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April 2015 -- News Posts

April 2015 Posts:

Paul Di Filippo reviews Dale Bailey

Thursday 30 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Throughout all these fictions Bailey exhibits his compassion for and comprehension of his characters, his inerrant sense of choosing just the right words, and his determination to make all the matter of fantastika over afresh.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

Wednesday 29 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Lackington's, with recommendations of works by Usman T. Malik and Thomas M. Waldroon

New Books : 28 April

Tuesday 28 April 2015  |  Monitor

Maria Dahvana Headley's Magonia and titles by Birmingham, Grey, Kerzner & Stueart, Kowal, McCullough, Nevill, Purdom, Scott, Sparhawk, Steele, and Wellington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 April 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian is still on lists after six months in paperback.

Melissa Marr: Otherworldly

Sunday 26 April 2015  |  Perspectives

melissa marr
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

Speculative fiction is how we talk about things we aren't ready to talk about in literal ways. Our literary ancestors did some amazing things by using speculative elements. That tradition, whether it's folklore or literature, is what I want to be part of.

Methuselah's Daughter: A Review of The Age of Adaline

Saturday 25 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Age of Adaline proves to be surprisingly attentive to the demands of science fiction, and amidst its emotional turmoil the film is also striving to thoughtfully explore the possible effects of human immortality. It thus qualifies as a worthwhile addition to a long tradition of science fiction stories about immortality.

Classic Reprints: April

Friday 24 April 2015  |  Monitor

The fifth volume of The Early Jack Vance and titles by Arnason, Egan, McCaffrey, Newman, and Silverberg

Spotlight On: Alyssa Wong, Author

Thursday 23 April 2015  |  Perspectives

alyssa wong
I do think that the field is becoming more and more globalized, and the awards slates — with stories by diverse writers from all over the world, and novels in translation like Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem — are starting to reflect that. But diversity isn't a trend; it's a constant battle to change an existing culture that shuts us out. Itís not about pushing people out of the market, but about expanding it to make space for a myriad of underrepresented voices.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Algernon Blackwood

Wednesday 22 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This current Ashley-compiled volume from Stark House — a superb small press which concentrates on rescuing groovy vintage noir, but which has also reprinted ten Blackwood novels and story collections previously — features rare stories and essays from the early years of Blackwood's career.

New Books : 21 April

Tuesday 21 April 2015  |  Monitor

Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, John C. Wright's The Architect of Aeons, and titles by Christopher, Johnson, Martin, and Sakuraba

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 April 2015  |  Monitor

Faith Hunter's Dark Heir debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

Sunday 19 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, Unlikely Story, and Kaleidotrope, with recommendations of stories by Sean McMullen and Ray Naylor

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 18 April 2015  |  Monitor

Latest issues of Farrago's Wainscot, Fireside, Kaleidotrope, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: April

Friday 17 April 2015  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's Afterparty, John Varley's Dark Lightening, and titles by Cherryh, Conroy, Gilman, Gladstone, Harris, Hiffings, Knight, Kowal, Lindskold, and Modesitt

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Purdom

Thursday 16 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This volume collects the quartet under the lovely and somewhat Vancian title Romance on Four Worlds, a title which blithely plays with the dual meanings of romance as carnal, emotional affection, a love affair, and romance as adventure, as in "scientific romances," that great old term that predated "science fiction."

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Ellen Datlow's Nightmare Carnival

Wednesday 15 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

The dark carnival theme has been a staple of weird fiction since the early part of the twentieth century, and over the decades numerous writers have written stories drawn from its most familiar inspirations, notably sideshow performers whose incredible feats border on the uncanny, and the grotesque physical horrors of the freak show. Several of the stories in Nightmare Carnival fit this bill, but to Datlow's credit a number of her selections take the dark carnival theme into provocative new territory.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Since I've already mentioned Daryl Gregory as a writer of unannounced left turns, it's very helpful of him to provide me with evidence.

New Books : 14 April

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Monitor

Benjamin Percy's The Dead Lands, Steven Millhauser's Voices in the Night, and titles by Human, Lebbon, Marshall, Patel, Rawn, Rusch, and Watson

Faren Miller reviews Brenda Cooper

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Edge of Dark brings events on a grand scale down to the level of individuals, portrayed with an intimacy we can't deny, and capable of suffering and feeling loss — whether or not they fit into a standard definition of humanity.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Monitor

Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne debuts on three lists.

Christopher Barzak: Visions & Voices

Sunday 12 April 2015  |  Perspectives

christopher barzak
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

Transformation is something that obsesses me. What is the soul? Is there a difference between something like a soul and something like a self? Is our identity something we construct, or is it organic and natural? There are all kinds of theories. It's interested me from a young age.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Mike Allen

Saturday 11 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Allen can write as lyrically and as viscerally as the best of them, sometimes in the same paragraph. This is an exceptional debut collection, and its stories show an imaginative writer with a very original voice working at the top of his game.

Locus Bestsellers, April

Friday 10 April 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things and The Name of the Wind, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Una McCormack and Graham McNeill.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

Thursday 9 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Valentine now strikes out in entirely different directions again with both her new novel Persona and the novella Dream Houses.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Wednesday 8 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, with recommendations of stories by Robert Reed and Barrien C. Henderson

New Books : 7 April

Tuesday 7 April 2015  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings, C.J. Cherryh's Tracker, David Walton's Superposition, and titles by Armstrong, Bein, Chu, Dornbusch, Fawcett, Flint, Gaiman & Rex, Green, Hunter, Painter, Peeler, Rowland, Swann, Taylor, Turtledove, and Waggoner

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 April 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is back on lists.

Kameron Hurley: The Privilege to Publish; the Power to Persevere

Sunday 5 April 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

I am not writing this book for you, is a statement that often comes as a shock to readers. Writers are expected to be producers of widgets, and don't we want to sell widgets to everyone? No. No, I do not.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 4 April 2015  |  Monitor

Latest issues of Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Friday 3 April 2015  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise and titles by Abercrombie, Asher, Cooper, Datlow, Elliott, Gaiman, Henderson, Martin & Dozois, Priest, Tregillis, and van Eekhout

Paul Di Filippo reviews Past Futures

Thursday 2 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In 1957, with the launch of Sputnik and the dawn of the Space Age, artists in Latin America cast their eyes to the heavens just as their North American counterparts did, and began to incorporate Space Age imagery into their works. Past Futures is the physical record of an exhibition mounted at Bowdoin College which sought to reveal this hidden 1960s realm of SF-inspired painting, sculpture and installations.

April Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 April 2015  |  Magazine

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April features interviews with Melissa Marr and Christopher Barzak, appreciations of Terry Pratchett, a new column by Kameron Hurley, awards and publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ken Liu, Samantha Shannon, Eleanor Arnason, Jo Walton, Mira Grant, and many others.

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