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September 2015 -- News Posts

September 2015 Posts:

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Wednesday 30 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from this year's Twelve Tomorrows anthology, Strange Horizons,, and GigaNotoSaurus

New Books : 29 September

Tuesday 29 September 2015  |  Monitor

Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last, C.A. Higgins' Lightless, Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass, and titles by DeLima, Latham, Lindsey, Myer, Riggs, Watson, and Westerfeld/Lanagan/Biancotti

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 September 2015  |  Monitor

William R. Forstchen's One Year After debuts on three lists.

Russell Letson reviews Michael Swanwick

Sunday 27 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Chasing the Phoenix is part of Michael Swanwick's continuing account of the adven­tures of far-future con artists Darger and Surplus, which to my chagrin I have heretofore somehow not been following. (I am already remedying that situation as I write ...)

Periodicals: mid/late September

Saturday 26 September 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Interzone, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion, and what's new this past month at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Paul Di Filippo reviews Salman Rushdie

Friday 25 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Rushdie's newest, whose initially arcane title translates simply to "1001 nights," pointing us slyly to the book's Arabian fairytale influence, would not have been regarded askance coming from Tor or DAW or Angry Robot or Saga, wrapped in a Michael Whelan jacket. And in fact its basic conceit — a shift in cosmic parameters unleashes some latent wild talents in a select group of folks — is a pure comic book/pulp invention.

New in Paperback: September

Thursday 24 September 2015  |  Monitor

Glen Hirshberg's Motherless Child and titles by Briggs, Carey, Spencer, Stirling, Weber & Zahn, and Williams

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Toner

Wednesday 23 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now, I think, you can safely add the name Tom Toner to that list of space opera revolutionaries. With The Promise of the Child, subtitled "Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum," this debut author has gifted us with a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity and, well, all-round weirdness.

New Books : 22 September

Tuesday 22 September 2015  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon, Rae Carson's Walk on Earth a Stranger, Tom Toner's debut The Promise of the Child, and titles by Alexander, Aryan, Blake, Duncan, Gaiman & Riddell, Gischler, Grant, Hogan, Jama-Everett, Lee, Mayberry, and Okorafor

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 September 2015  |  Monitor

Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Night debuts on four lists.

Sarah Monette: The Key to the Library

Sunday 20 September 2015  |  Perspectives

Sarah monette
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I was interested in what happens after the scullery boy is crowned king. The idea mutated a little, but it's still the core: a boy who has no experience of court is now the emperor and has to deal. In this book, if you make your decisions with compassion and ethics, things will work out.

An Un-Amazing Story: A Review of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Saturday 19 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The makers of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials have taken a reasonably inventive and innovative novel and transformed it into a less inventive and less innovative film. They might profitably recall that science fiction novels often become popular precisely because they are offering their audiences something different. It is not a comment that one can make about this science fiction film.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Friday 18 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tananarive Due

Thursday 17 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Due did not begin publishing short fiction until five years into her career, with three stories appearing at last in the year 2000. She has since accumulated the fifteen stories that grace her impressive first collection. The wait for such a milestone volume was well worth it, since the book holds a treasure trove of scary and touching tales.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Wednesday 16 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

China Miéville's devout following is all the more remarkable because he never does quite the same thing twice. Most of the contents of Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories will be new to readers, apart from the fact that ten of the 28 stories appear for the first time in print — and some are likely to be puzzling as well.

New Books : 15 September

Tuesday 15 September 2015  |  Monitor

John Joseph Adams' anthology Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction, and titles by Anderson & Peart, Dickinson, Elliott, Forstchen, Prineas, Reiss, Stroud, and van Eekhout

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 September 2015  |  Monitor

New books by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore debut.

Daniel José Older: Crossroads

Sunday 13 September 2015  |  Perspectives

daniel jose older
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I wasn't very conscious of the urban fantasy genre when I started Shadowshaper. I was just writing magic in a city. A city is a crossroads — that's something that always rings true to me, because there are all these different forces smashing into each other. Forces of race and gender and class, history and present and future and industry.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ian McDonald

Saturday 12 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I've seen in many years, but it's also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and oth­ers to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we'll have to work with — but McDonald takes this a step further.

Locus Bestsellers, September

Friday 11 September 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Dayton Ward and R.A. Salvatore

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through June 2016

Thursday 10 September 2015  |  Resources

Titles from Locus Magazine's September issue listings of Selected Forthcoming Books by Author are arranged here by month.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Wednesday 9 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Interzone, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Apex, and Clarkesworld

New Books : 8 September

Tuesday 8 September 2015  |  Monitor

Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, and titles by Aguirre, Barzak, Cornell, Dees & Flippin, Edwards, Green, Hair, Lackey, Nelson, Oates, Piercy, and Tassi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 September 2015  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls debuts on four lists.

Russell Letson reviews James L. Cambias

Sunday 6 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

James L. Cambias' second novel, Corsair, earns a fistful of hyphenations: a near-future techno-thriller heist-caper with a sizable dose of hard-engineering space-stuff and maybe just a dash of cyberpunk. It all fits together so smoothly, though, that one hardly notices the joins and overlaps.

Periodicals: early September

Saturday 5 September 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Friday 4 September 2015  |  Magazine

September New and Notable books are by Lavie Tidhar, Wesley Chu, Rich Horton, Nalo Hopkinson, Cixin Liu, Michael Swanwick, and others.

Cory Doctorow: What If People Were Sensors, Not Things to be Sensed?

Thursday 3 September 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

Whatever your feelings are about the justice of treating employees, school children, travellers, or even prisoners as things to be controlled by semi-autonomous computers, it's a good bet that you would feel more dignified and secure if you got to boss your Internet of Things around, rather than vice-versa.

New Books : 1 September

Wednesday 2 September 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown, Tananarive Due's Ghost Summer: Stories, Angélica Gorodischer's Prodigies, Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft, Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, and titles by Barnes, Beaulieu, Black & Clare, Conroy, Davis, De Abaitua, Harrison, Holland, Lain, McGuire, Monk, Priest, Rakunas, Remic, Rhoads, Stirling, Walton, and Wilde

September Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 September 2015  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with Sarah Monette and Daniel José Older, results of this year's Hugo Awards, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through June 2016, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ian McDonald, Robin Hobb, Michael Swanwick, Robert R. McCammon, Zen Cho, and many others.

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