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December 2015 Blinks

December 2015 -- News Posts

December 2015 Posts:

Lois Tilton's 2015 Reviews in Review

Thursday 31 December 2015  |  Reviews

Lois Tilton lists stories by Robert Reed, Greg Egan, Adam-Troy Castro, Alastair Reynolds, Kai Ashante Wilson, Chen Qiufan, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, Ian McDonald, and many others

Periodicals: late December

Wednesday 30 December 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fantasy, and December posts at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

New Books : 29 December

Tuesday 29 December 2015  |  Monitor

Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard and titles by Louis Chude-Sokei, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Gail Z. Martin

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 December 2015  |  Monitor

Titles by Andy Weir and Stephen King remain the top-ranking genre titles.

Beth Cato: Ripple Effects

Sunday 27 December 2015  |  Perspectives

beth cato
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

My book isn't about the petticoats and the nice clothes. It's not the el­egant side of steampunk at all. It's pretty gritty, set in a secondary world based on WWI-era Europe. It's got disease and starvation. There are also ripple effects, like archaic technology and a lack of education.

Colleen Mondor reviews Nicola Kornher-Stace

Saturday 26 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Nicole Kornher-Stace's new novel Archivist Wasp is an utterly beguiling and intense book on bravery for teens. Set in a post-technological world that harkens back to the Middle Ages, the story is steeped in myth and fear with levels of brutality that put The Hunger Games to shame.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Roberts

Friday 25 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If Greg Egan and Stanislaw Lem had conspired to rewrite John D. MacDonald's The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything, the result might have been half as ingenious and gripping and funny and scary and invigorating as The Thing Itself.

Faren Miller reviews Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear

Thursday 24 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Young and with no predestined role to play in politics, battle, or the use of otherworldly powers, Alfgyfa brings this trilogy to an ultimately satisfy­ing conclusion without extravagant heroics. If you find her world as interesting as I do, that shouldn't bother you at all!

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

Wednesday 23 December 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Lightspeed, Fantasy, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and GigaNotoSaurus

New Books : 22 December

Tuesday 22 December 2015  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' The Thing Itself and titles by Gemma Files, Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Terry Pratchett/Ian Stewart/Jack Cohen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 December 2015  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz's Ashley Bell debuts on three lists.

Actually, the Force Is Sleepwalking: A Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sunday 20 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It would be virtually impossible to not enjoy a film that is so visibly striving to replicate all of the elements that made the original films so appealing.... The problem is that while one can praise to the stars the immense talent that went into the making of this film, it is hard to discern much creativity in either its design or its execution.

Periodicals: mid-December

Saturday 19 December 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The New York Review of SF, and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Christopher

Friday 18 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first thing to mention about Christopher's entertaining new book is that it belongs to a kind of retro-SF which I am starting to see cropping up more and more. I can't quite call it dieselpunk, since to me that term refers to fantastical fiction set in some era identical to or analogous to our consensus reality years of 1935-1955. Christopher's novel is set in the year 1965...

New in Paperback: November-December

Thursday 17 December 2015  |  Monitor

Jay Lake's Last Plane to Heaven and titles by Bara, Rothfuss, Staveley, Weis & Krammes, and Wellington

James Bradley reviews Dave Hutchinson

Wednesday 16 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

What is most striking about Europe at Midnight is not the hard edge of its politics, or even the casual brilliance of its science fictional reworking of the political thriller, but Hutchinson's thrillingly assured control of his material.

New Books : 15 December

Tuesday 15 December 2015  |  Monitor

Paula Guran's anthology Warrior Women and titles by Mike & Anita Allen, Christopher Fowler, and Julia Knight

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 December 2015  |  Monitor

Titles by Andy Weir and Stephen King remain the top-ranking genre titles.

Chuck Wendig: Evolution or Ruination

Sunday 13 December 2015  |  Perspectives

chuck wendig
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

We're either moving toward evolution or the ruination of humanity. There's an angel and a devil. Both of those are manifest in every single technical jump we make. Which one of these do we bet on? Are we going to destroy ourselves with technology, with a nuclear bomb? Or are we going to get nuclear energy?

Locus Bestsellers, December

Saturday 12 December 2015  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Carter Scholz

Friday 11 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Gypsy is the tale of a meticulously rendered but kludgy slower-than-light starship fleeing a systems-crashing totalitarian Earth. ... Scholz gives us a devastating tale where an admirable, almost superhuman heroism does not result in a clear-cut victory — or any conventional victory at all — but rather in a spiritual or symbolical triumph amidst ashes, rendered all the more laudable by a kind of defiant, Battle of Thermopylae stubbornness and clarity of purpose.

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

Thursday 10 December 2015  |  Resources

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Wednesday 9 December 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from the first 2016 issues of Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF

New Books : 8 December

Tuesday 8 December 2015  |  Monitor

Greg Bear's anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 and titles by Di Filippo, Koontz, Krohn, Rew, and Scholz

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 December 2015  |  Monitor

Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle rises on three print lists.

Kameron Hurley: When the Writing Sprint Goes Wrong

Sunday 6 December 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

It's no wonder that so many writers come across as anxious and neurotic, and I'm no exception. This has been a good year for me when it comes to book contracts and sales, but it's also the year I was sud­denly in the position of having to deliver three books on deadline while holding down an increasingly un­certain day job.

Periodicals: early December

Saturday 5 December 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lisa Goldstein

Friday 4 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Weighing Shadows marks a departure from her usual fantasy themes, moving into a com­bination of time-travel adventure (which she previously explored in The Dream Years) and contemporary conspiracy thriller, with a growing undertone of feminist utopianism, which turns out to be the among most interest­ing aspects of the book.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Thursday 3 December 2015  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books are by Leah Bobet, David Dalglish, Nancy Kress, Alter S. Reiss, Carter Scholz, and others.

New Books : 1 December

Wednesday 2 December 2015  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's anthology Meeting Infinity, Jack McDevitt's novel Thunderbird, and titles by Berg, Chadwick, Dellamonica, Harper, Kaufman & Spooner, Koch, Lackey, Nye, Resnick, Sapkowski, Thurman, Tregillis, and Wallace

December 2015 Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 December 2015  |  Magazine

december issue
The December issue features interviews with Chuck Wendig and Beth Cato, lists of Forthcoming Books through September 2016, a new column by Kameron Hurley, a report on the World Fantasy Convention, and reviews of short fiction and books by Charlie Jane Anders, Leena Krohn, Linda Nagata, Cherie Priest, Gemma Files, and many others.

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