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May 2015 Blinks

May 2015 -- News Posts

May 2015 Posts:

Paul Di Filippo reviews Chris Beckett

Sunday 31 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Beckett's themes are societal inequalities, the strengths and dangers of mythmaking, the ways in which knowledge is power. One gets an almost Biblical, early dynastic sense of history here, and something of a foreshadowing that life on Eden will continue to replicate the lines of the history we know.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James L. Cambias

Saturday 30 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Corsair fulfills all its multiple mandates to perfection. It thrills and amuses, enlightens and surprises. James Cambias has validated every SF novel that ever featured cutlasses in space.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Friday 29 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, Analog, and Asimov's, with recommendations of stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Adam-Troy Castro, and Rudy Rucker

Periodicals: late May

Thursday 28 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Interzone, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and

New in Paperback: May

Wednesday 27 May 2015  |  Monitor

Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer's Hieroglyph, Stephen King's Revival, Christopher Priest's The Adjacent, Adam Roberts' Bête, Jo Walton's My Real Children, and titles by Anderson, Baker, Blake, Britain, Campbell, Canavan, Card & Johnston, Carey, Clare, Coates, Corey, Edison, Harrison, Jones, Pratchett, and Rajamiemi

New Books : 26 May

Tuesday 26 May 2015  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife and titles by Bledsoe, Orullian, Pinborough, and Priest

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 May 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers, due June 2nd, moves up on the Amazon lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clive Barker

Sunday 24 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With the painterly brio of H. R. Giger and Guillermo del Toro, and the transgressive flavor of some French antinovelist, Clive Barker splashes as much crimson on his gospels as the page will permit.

Star-Crossed Horizon: A Review of Tomorrowland

Saturday 23 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a film that one yearns to love, but not a film one can actually love .... One wishes to argue that that this film needs to be cherished and celebrated because of its resoundingly optimistic message about the future, driven home by an uplifting and emotionally powerful conclusion that constitutes by far the filmís best sequence; but sadly, the more one thinks about that message, the less resonant it seems.

Periodicals: mid-May

Friday 22 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Fireside, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Uncanny

Liz Bourke reviews Ian Tregillis

Thursday 21 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

The Mechanical is an excellent novel. Truly excellent: I have rarely found myself this gripped by a book which I began knowing full well there could be no happy outcome.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Wednesday 20 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Apex, and Shimmer

New Books : 19 May

Tuesday 19 May 2015  |  Monitor

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels, and titles by Baldwin, Elrod, Fenner, Gaiman & Reaves & Reaves, Higgins, Kilpatrick, McLachlan, and Rajaniemi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 May 2015  |  Monitor

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses and Charlaine Harris' Day Shift debut.

Nnedi Okorafor: Magical Futurism

Sunday 17 May 2015  |  Perspectives

nnedi okorafor
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

I listen to the stories of the women around me. I listen to my aunts and my cousins. I listen and I watch because there are stories nobody else can tell. I pick those up and when I write about them, I write about them as honestly as I possibly can. I don't worry about whether it looks good or bad. Family issues, gender issues, all these things became part of Who Fears Death.

Mad Maxine and Her Marvelous Machines: A Review of Mad Max: Fury Road

Saturday 16 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

George Millerís new installment of the Mad Max saga must stand entirely on its own, and for the most part it does so remarkably well .... And those seeking intellectual as well as physical stimulation will find that the film's dystopian future society is interestingly in dialogue with a modern world that no longer shares the concerns that inspired the original series.

Russell Letson reviews Kit Reed

Friday 15 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

Where sits along one of those inter-generic fault lines, or (to shift metaphors) it is contained in a literary Schrödinger box, waiting for some categorical function to collapse it into a definite condition of fantasy or science fiction or magic-realism or expressionism, or any number of half-sibling traditions and forms.

Locus Bestsellers, May

Thursday 14 May 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, Patricia Briggs' Night Broken, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Joe Schreiber and Karen Traviss.

New Books : 12 May

Wednesday 13 May 2015  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine, Kit Reed's Where, Ramez Naam's Apex, and titles by Beckett, Dalglish, Danielewski, Grimes, Hardinge, Hogan, Sumner-Smith, Witcover, and Wrede & Dean

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 May 2015  |  Monitor

A new Star Wars novel by Paul S. Kemp debuts on four print lists.

Ken Liu: Silkpunk

Sunday 10 May 2015  |  Perspectives

ken liu
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

I did not want to write a magical China story. I think magical China stories are difficult to do well, and even then they cannot escape the problem of the colonial gaze. China has been so steeped, since the days of Marco Polo, in a very exoticizing and subjugating gaze by the West, that it's not possible to tell a story about China without invoking layers of Orientalism and colonialism.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Saturday 9 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from The Dark, Interzone, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny, and of Erzebet Yellowboy's novella Fingerbones

Periodicals: early May

Friday 8 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Shimmer

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 7 May 2015  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Zachary Brown's The Darkside War and titles by Bailey, Bear, Brennan, Brett, Grant, Gregory, Hieber, Kinsella, Liu, Rawn, Valente, Valentine, and Vance

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Charles Wilson

Wednesday 6 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

It's tempting to say the novel is a grown-up version of the Divergent series, but that would overlook one of the novel's main insights: if the government pigeonholes you on the basis of required tests, it's pretty much a dystopia to begin with, but if you choose to be tested and join a group, the dystopia or utopia is what you and the group make of it.

New Books : 5 May

Tuesday 5 May 2015  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix and titles by Adrian & Horowitz, Anderson, Atkinson, Cambias, Campbell, Connolly, Conroy, Duncan, Guran, Harris, Hendee, Koch, Kornher-Stace, Maas, Martinez, Murray, Nelson, Oates, Scull, Spoor, West, and Williamson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 May 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian remains the highest-ranking genre book on general bestseller lists.

Cory Doctorow: Shorter

Sunday 3 May 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

You get better at anything you do, especially if you get feedback. We get lots of feedback on Boing Boing, from comments, to analytics, to social media responses. Two years of writing 10-20 very short ledes daily, along with regular Twitter use, imbued me with a smooth facility for brevity that I find delightful and horrifying.

Periodicals: late April

Saturday 2 May 2015  |  Monitor

The 1000th issue of Analog, new issues of Asimov's and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and April posts at Strange Horizons and

May Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 May 2015  |  Magazine

may issue
May features interviews with Nnedi Okorafor and Ken Liu, a new column by Cory Doctorow, awards and publishing news, including coverage of this year's Hugo Awards Ballot, and reviews of short fiction and books by Paolo Bacigalupi, Alex Bledsoe, C.J. Cherryh, Stephen King, Kazuo Ishiguro, and many others.

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