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August 2015 Blinks

August 2015 -- News Posts

August 2015 Posts:

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 August 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown is #1 on Amazon UK today; the mass market movie tie-in edition of Andy Weir's The Martin debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Sunday 30 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Terraform, Beneath Ceaseless Skies,, Strange Horizons, GigaNotoSaurus, and Farrago's Wainscot

Periodicals: late August

Saturday 29 August 2015  |  Monitor

New in August at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The Dark, and

Paul Di Filippo reviews C.S.E. Cooney

Friday 28 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The latest offering from Mythic Delirium Books is the first collection (five sizable stories) by C. S. E. Cooney. This is a strong and enduring debut collection.

Classic Reprints: August

Thursday 27 August 2015  |  Monitor

The Best of Gregory Benford and new editions of titles by Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul McAuley, and Michael Moorcock

Neal Stephenson: Exponential Crisis

Wednesday 26 August 2015  |  Perspectives

neal stephenson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

The idea for the disaster in Seveneves came from some research on the problem of debris in low earth orbit, suggesting that when two of these objects happen to hit each other, because they're moving at incredibly high relative velocities, they tend to shatter and make more fragments. It runs the risk of becoming an exponential phenomenon, putting so much debris in lower orbit, that we couldn't use space any­more...

New Books : 25 August

Tuesday 25 August 2015  |  Monitor

Harry Turtledove's We Install: and Other Stories and titles by Ballantyne, Bray, Korman, Moore, Odom, and Rouaud

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things and Robin Hobb's Fool's Quest debut on three lists each.

Wesley Chu: Timelines

Sunday 23 August 2015  |  Perspectives

wesley chu
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Regardless of time traveling and those things, at the core of the book, it's a love story. Russ [Galen] read Time Salvager and said, 'I hadn't figured you out until I read this. You're a romance writer masquerading as a sci­ence fiction author.' The relationship is where the magic happens.

Colleen Mondor reviews Daniel José Older

Saturday 22 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Behind the decidedly fierce cover of Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper is the story of a young woman thrust into a fast-paced adventure that is heavy with magic and mystery.

New in Paperback: August

Friday 21 August 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Proxima, John Scalzi's Lock In, and titles by Gould, Richardson, Sargent, Swenson, Taylor, Tepper, and Weeks

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wesley Chu

Thursday 20 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

When you add up all the elements — great cast, high stakes, well-crafted language, new exfoliations of a classic premise — I think we can say with assurance that Chu is certainly on his way to a vibrant second stage of his career.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 19 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex, with recommendations for Chen Qiufan, J.Y. Yang, and Sunny Moraine

New Books : 18 August

Tuesday 18 August 2015  |  Monitor

Jason M. Hough's Zero World, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven, Linda Nagata's The Trials, and titles by Armstrong, Belcher, Clamp, Duncan, Elliott, Fletcher, Marmell, Otsuichi, Wendig, and Wilson & Adams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 August 2015  |  Monitor

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonbane and Ilona Andrews' Magic Shifts debut.

Periodicals: mid-August

Sunday 16 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Perihelion, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Fifty Years Later Affair: A Review of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Saturday 15 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

While it is entertaining enough, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is not a film that anyone will want to watch a second time, and few people will leave the theatre yearning for another installment. Like attending a high school reunion, perhaps, revisiting the world of 1960s television is enjoyable as a rare diversion, but not as a regular activity.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Pamela Sargent

Friday 14 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Sargent's prose is always distinctively hers, yet molded professionally to the imperatives of the story, whether those urges are tonal or character-driven. Not a rococo stylist, nor a writer given to flashy experimental story-telling techniques, she believes in delivering her mind-movies in the most direct and impactful manner possible. Her stories always seem utterly vital and imperative, not factitious or arbitrary. They are built to convey solid truths in lasting forms.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 13 August 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David Galanter and R.A. Salvatore.

Karen Burnham reviews Carolyn Ives Gilman

Wednesday 12 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Dark Orbit raises many, many more interesting questions than it has time to interrogate and resolve. It leaves itself almost demanding a sequel.

New Books : 11 August

Tuesday 11 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things, Michael Swanwick's Chasing the Phoenix, Cixin Liu's The Dark Forest, Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell's Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and titles by Berman, Bova, Coe, Doyle, Guran, Hobb, Hodder, Hopkinson, James, Lee & Miller, Meseldzija, and Nabhan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 August 2015  |  Monitor

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

Kameron Hurley: Your Author Meltdown Will Be Live-Tweeted

Sunday 9 August 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

More and more, "being a writer" isn't about writing at all. It's about the writer as celebrity. The writer as brand. The writer as commodity. And more and more, I see authors themselves reviewed as if they're busi­nesses on Yelp.

Periodicals: early August

Saturday 8 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Farrago's Wainscot, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Faren Miller reviews Natasha Pulley

Friday 7 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a remarkably assured first novel that makes the most of Natasha Pulley's varied influences, from studies in English lit. and creative writing to her current life in Tokyo.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Thursday 6 August 2015  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books are by Clive Barker, Quan Barry, Gardner Dozois, Cathy Fenner, Stina Leicht, Jane Lindskold, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, Cherie Priest, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jo Walton.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Wednesday 5 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Asimov's, F&SF, Analog, and Lackington's

New Books : 4 August

Tuesday 4 August 2015  |  Monitor

China Miéville's Three Moments of an Explosion, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, a new collection by Shirley Jackson, first US editions of books by Aldiss, Baxter, and Foyle, and other titles by Ames, Andrews, Arnett, Bedford, Bee, Brennan, Doubinsky, Farnsworth, Foyle, Henry, Hocking, Jacka, Kenyon, Lain, Meluch, Murray, Posey, Saintcrow, Snodgrass, Vaughn, Weber, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 August 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada debuts on one more list.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

Sunday 2 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Slow Bullets finally addresses a set of questions about what it takes to rebuild a damaged society: what is worth saving, what can or should be jettisoned, how to choose a new direction, and how one's humanity might be reshaped in order to make that all happen.

August Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 August 2015  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with Neal Stephenson and Wesley Chu, a new essay by Kameron Hurley, results of this year's Locus Survey, coverage of Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 2015, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gardner Dozois, Richard Kadrey, Max Gladstone, James S.A. Corey, Kim Harrison, and many others.

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