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October 2015 Blinks

October 2015 -- News Posts

October 2015 Posts:

Periodicals: late October

Saturday 31 October 2015  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Nancy Jane Moore

Friday 30 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

The Weave, a first novel by Nancy Jane Moore, is science fiction that thoroughly deserves its ad­vance praise by Vonda N. McIntyre and Michael Bishop. Rather than simply chronicle the first hu­man expedition to a solar system beyond our own, First Contact with sentient aliens, and the ensuing war, Moore shows a future Earth and that alien world as experienced by two protagonists – one human, one alien – in plotlines that intertwine throughout the book...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Thursday 29 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and, with recommendations for Rebecca Campbell, Greg Egan, Robert Reed, Yoon Ha Lee, and Maria Dahvana Headley

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew De Abaitua

Wednesday 28 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else. It is full of magisterial weirdness, logical surrealism, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, Keith Roberts, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.

New Books : 27 October

Tuesday 27 October 2015  |  Monitor

Gregory Maguire's After Alice, Ellen Datlow's anthology The Monstrous, and titles by Bickle, Bowen, Carr, Clarke, Correia, Danielewski, Gerritsen, Kressel, Mitchell, Pillsworth, and Shepherd

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 October 2015  |  Monitor

David Weber's Hell's Foundations Quiver debuts on three lists.

Classic Reprints: September - October

Sunday 25 October 2015  |  Monitor

Collections by Kelley Armstrong, Charles Beaumont, Nancy Kress, and Clifford D. Simak, an anthology from Audrey Niffenegger, and new editions of novels by Greg Bear, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and William Sloane

Faren Miller reviews Ken Scholes

Saturday 24 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

While the titles in Ken Scholes's Psalms of Isaak sequence for Tor seem as monumental as Bach oratorios (Lamentation, Canticle, Antiphon, Requiem and the forthcoming Hymn), his col­lections have longer, more offbeat yet deliberately chosen names. In November 2008 (issue #574) I reviewed Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys. Though I missed the sequel, I'm back for his third collection, Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts.

Ysabeau Wilce reviews Marguerite Reed

Friday 23 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Though Archangel, Marguerite Reed’s debut SF novel, may begin with the warning "This is not Eden," the planet Ubastis certainly seems that way to those not privileged enough to live there.

Paul Di Filippo reviews William R. Forstchen

Thursday 22 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Forstchen's braiding of these four chords is deft and exciting and symphonic. In the midst of battle, Matherson has a moment to contemplate his daughter's condition. In the midst of a community pig roast, he is formulating strategy. The organic feel of the story replicates the blended nature of real life, where at any one moment we are all juggling a dozen different issues.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Wednesday 21 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Kaleidotrope, Apex, Unlikely Story, On Spec, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 20 October

Tuesday 20 October 2015  |  Monitor

Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man, Catherynne M. Valente's Radiance, and titles by Cameron, Card, Danvers, Howard, Joshi, Karpyshyn, Kaufman & Kristoff, Lovett, Mamatas & Washington, Newman, Riddle, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 October 2015  |  Monitor

George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self, and John Sandford & Ctein's Saturn Run debut on print lists.

Elizabeth Hand: Sunlit Horror

Sunday 18 October 2015  |  Perspectives

elizabeth hand
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

Just because you’re young and really stoned and in a weird creepy place, that doesn't mean something really weird and creepy isn't actually happening. I like the notion, too, that you don't know you've seen a ghost until afterward. I wanted to play with that, the idea of sunlit horror. Most of Wylding Hall takes place during the day.

Periodicals: mid-October

Saturday 17 October 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: October

Friday 16 October 2015  |  Monitor

William Gibson's The Peripheral and titles by Bova & Johnson, Campbell, Carriger, Grant, Harris, Ing, Krokos, Lackey, Lackey et al, Manieri, and Westerfeld

Faren Miller reviews N.K. Jemisin

Thursday 15 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

N. K. Jemisin's new novel The Fifth Season starts the Broken Earth, a series "set in a world where apocalypse is routine." We see its devas­tating impact on a large continent known as The Stillness, an ironic name for land this volatile, periodically beset by Fifth Seasons where great faultlines crack, spawning volcanoes whose smoke can hide the sun for years at a time, while lava obscures most of the previous culture — leav­ing behind only a mix of rumors and ruins, in the fragments of "stonelore" that endure.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Seth Dickinson

Wednesday 14 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Cherryh’s influence can be seen and felt, I think, in the debut novel from Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. There is the same sense of culture clash mediated through politesse, with deadly stakes, for one major aspect. But another tributary stream flows into the book, and those equally rich waters derive from Samuel Delany’s Return to Nevčr˙on series.

New Books : 13 October

Tuesday 13 October 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen R. Donaldson's The King's Justice, Garth Nix's Newt's Emerald, and titles by Barnett, Brewer & Phillips, Gwynne, Moffitt, Monette & Bear, Morris, Parks, Planck, Pratchett, Sage, Slatter, and Weber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 October 2015  |  Monitor

Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass debuts strongly.

Kameron Hurley: On Career-Building: The Marathon in the Desert

Sunday 11 October 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

There is no happily ever after in life, or in the career you're building. There's no gold medal. No end to the race. There is just the endless marathon through a desert teaming with snakes and jagged rocks and riddled with the bones of exhausted colleagues who have fallen along the way.

Periodicals: early October

Saturday 10 October 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, and Nightmare

Locus Bestsellers, October

Friday 9 October 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David R. George III and R.A. Salvatore

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Thursday 8 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed

Adrienne Martini reviews Max Gladstone

Wednesday 7 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

I am an unabashed Max Gladstone fan. His Craft sequence, in which the use of magic is intertwined with the business of insurance, is deeply satisfying. ... Last First Snow [is] the most recently released but also the first title in the sequence.

New Books : 6 October

Tuesday 6 October 2015  |  Monitor

Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Joe Hill's The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, John Sandford & Ctein's Saturn Run, and titles by Bear, Davidson, de Pierres, Fowler, Gannon, Gilman, Golden, Huff, Hurley, Kilpatrick, Knight, Lackey, Moyer, Ness, Parker, Rowland, Sanderson, Sniegoski, Steinmetz, Tingey, Weber/Zahn/Pope, and Wong

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 October 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian reigns on trade paperback lists.

'A Huge Moment for NASA' ... and Novelists: A Review of The Martian

Sunday 4 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ridley Scott's The Martian is the best film I've seen in a long, long time, and it can be enthusiastically recommended as involving and uplifting entertainment. ... Still, even while sincerely enjoying the film, I also felt a certain sense of ambivalence. For it was clearly and regularly trying to persuade me to believe something that is not true.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Friday 2 October 2015  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books are by Stephen Baxter, Jonathan Carroll, Aliette de Bodard, Cecelia Holland, Harry Turtledove, and others.

October Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 October 2015  |  Magazine

october issue
The October issue features an interview with Elizabeth Hand, reports on Sasquan including complete Hugo voting results, a new column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gene Wolfe, Christopher Moore, Ian McDonald, Michael Swanwick, Mercedes Lackey, Paul Tremblay, and many others.

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Sasquan & Hugo reports

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