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July 2015 Blinks

July 2015 -- News Posts

July 2015 Posts:

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

Friday 31 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Kim Stanley Robinson novels are never about only one thing, so when he addresses a familiar SF trope or subgenre, you can expect matters to get slippery. He interrogates and unpacks assumptions, asks previously unasked questions, and often rethinks the mode of storytelling itself.

Periodicals: late July

Thursday 30 July 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Mythic Delirium, Shimmer, Star*Line, and Uncanny, plus what's new in July at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Novellas

Wednesday 29 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Johanna DeBiase's Mama & the Hungry Hole, Jonathan Carroll's Teaching the Dog to Read, and Tim Powers' Nobody's Home

New Books : 28 July

Tuesday 28 July 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Half a War, Austin Grossman's Crooked, Tom Holt's The Good, the Bad, and the Smug, and titles by Carey, Dietz, Estep, Griffith & Griffith, Ishiguro, Johnson, Kadrey, Milán, Molles, Nassise & Howison, and Ochse

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada debuts strongly.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July

Sunday 26 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons,, and Shimmer

Classic Reprints: July

Saturday 25 July 2015  |  Monitor

An omnibous of Samuel R. Delany's three earliest novels, the first unabridged translation of a novel by Jules Verne, and titles by Charles de Lint and Michael Moorcock

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Friday 24 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

For all its grim corporate dystopianism and moments of tragedy and startling violence, The Book of Phoenix is actually a more playful and experimental novel than Who Fears Death, and in a weird and unsettling way, it's a lot of fun.

Paul Di Filippo reviews George Zebrowski

Thursday 23 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

George Zebrowski published three books from 1977 through 1983 which were collected in that latter year as The Omega Point Trilogy. Together, I think, they constitute one of the highpoints of that era in our genre, a late-period exfoliation of recomplicated Golden Age space opera, and should be properly invested as such.

New in Paperback: July

Wednesday 22 July 2015  |  Monitor

Greg Bear's War Dogs, David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Paul Park's All Those Vanished Engines, Anne Rice's Prince Lestat, Charles Stross' The Rhesus Chart, and titles by Bear, Bova, Brett, Cheney, Goodkind, Kadrey, Kratman, Lackey & Mallory, Monk, Palmatier, Ringo, Turtledove, and Valentine

New Books : 21 July

Tuesday 21 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ted Kosmatka's The Flicker Men, Adam Mansbach's The Devil's Bag Man, and titles by Gladstone, Goodkind, Jackson, Warrington, and Weitz

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 July 2015  |  Monitor

New novels by Christie Golden, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Charles Stross debut.

Max Gladstone: Power & Destiny

Sunday 19 July 2015  |  Perspectives

max gladstone
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

There's an illusion that there's such a thing as pure 'literary fiction.' I say that in the larg­est quotes possible because I don't think it cor­responds with literature about the real world. We have stories about middle-class, comfortable people problems, and we tell ourselves that's what the world is. That's the circle of firelight. That's the tiny little raft. There are oceans and oceans beneath it.

Periodicals: mid-July

Saturday 18 July 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, Kaleidotrope, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The New York Reviews of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Adrienne Martini reviews Naomi Novik

Friday 17 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

Most readers will recognize the furniture in Naomi Novik's Uprooted. You've read this book a billion times if you've read it once. Except, of course, you haven't. While the individual trees look familiar, Novik's is a whole new forest. Part of this due to Novik's mad writing skill.

Paul Di Filippo reviews The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera

Thursday 16 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing and has much to contribute to the field at large, despite any preconceptions from those who know it only by hearsay.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Wednesday 15 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

New Books : 14 July

Tuesday 14 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada, Carolyn Ives Gilman's Dark Orbit, Max Gladstone's Last First Show, and titles by Anders, Hand, Jennings, Leicht, Mason, Pulley, Sigler, Swendson, Turtledove, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 July 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian ranks in the top 3 on four trade paperback lists.

Joanne Harris: Modern Myths

Sunday 12 July 2015  |  Perspectives

joanne harris
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

When you look at what I've done before, I've never been far from the fantasy area. I've been talking about magic for 15 years. I've written two other books about Norse gods besides The Gospel of Loki. It's not new to me. Mythology is something I've been interested in since I was itty bitty, and Norse mythology particularly.

Old Whiners in New Bodies: A Review of Self/less

Saturday 11 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Self/less has several significant virtues: it is fast-paced and involving; it is unpredictable; it features excellent performances by an actor expected to provide them (Ben Kingsley) and an actor not expected to provide them (Ryan Reynolds); and its science-fictional premise, while not without questionable aspects, is developed with unusual care and consistency. However, director Tarsem Singh and screenwriters David Pastor and Alex Pastor were obliged to weaken their story by reducing a complex scenario to a simplistic morality tale and adding a modicum of gratuitous violence.

Gardner Dozois reviews Ian R. MacLeod

Friday 10 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

This month brings another early contender for the title of Best Collection of the Year, Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod, a collection of 11 stories and copious interstitial material (forewords, afterwords, and autobiographical non-fiction pieces), mixing science fiction, fantasy, and harder-to-classify slipstreamish stuff.

Locus Bestsellers, July

Thursday 9 July 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne, Jim Butcher's Skin Game, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by John Jackson Miller and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

Wednesday 8 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Asimov's, Analog, Perihelion, and Kaleidotrope

New Books : 7 July

Tuesday 7 July 2015  |  Monitor

Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection, Wesley Chu's Time Salvager, Charles Stross' The Annihilation Score, and titles by Ambrose, Blake, Brockway, Caine, Cheney, Cormick, Flint & Hunt, Friesner & Helfers, Galenorn, Jernigan, Maresca, Martin & Martin, Patel, Pollack, Rhoads, Ryan, Schultz, Wexler, and Willrich

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 July 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian ranks #2 on three trade paperback lists.

Periodicals: late June to early July

Sunday 5 July 2015  |  Monitor

June posts at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and, and July issues of Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

Saturday 4 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

Collected Fiction is an uneven collection, and may be a bit premature for a young writer still experimenting with voice and balance, but there's little doubt that Rajaniemi at his best is an imposing talent.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Friday 3 July 2015  |  Magazine

July New and Notable books include Peter Straub's Perdido and titles by Adams & Howey, Blaylock, Corey, Jama-Everett, King, Kowal, Munson, Rajamiemi, Reed, Reynolds, Steele, Strahan, the VanderMeers, and Wallace.

Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant

Thursday 2 July 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

When you read an era's popular SF, you don't learn much about the future, but you sure learn a lot about the past. Fright and hope are the inner and outer boundaries of our imagination, and the stories that appeal to either are the parameters of an era's political reality.

July Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 July 2015  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue features interviews with Joanne Harris and Max Gladstone, a new essay by Cory Doctorow, complete results of this year's Locus Awards and Poll, coverage of Nebula Awards Weekend, Wiscon 39 and BayCon 2015, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kim Stanley Robinson, China Miéville, Zachary Brown, Mercedes Lackey, Daniel José Older, and many others.

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