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January 2016 -- News Posts

January 2016 Posts:

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Sunday 31 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

Most of China Miéville’s fiction describes a spectrum between the almost formal preci­sion of novels like The City & The City and Embassytown and the more exuberant textual irruptions of Kraken or Railsea, and his style can range from a kind of ornate dialectical Mervyn Peake to the hardboiled irony of the post-Raymond Chandler school. His new no­vella, This Census-Taker, approaches neither extreme.

Periodicals: late January

Saturday 30 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Kaleidotrope, and January content at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Karen Burnham reviews AfroSF v2

Friday 29 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

It is gratifying to see science fiction from around the world getting a little more traction. Hartmann should be commended for giving voice to authors who haven't gotten much genre attention, and for providing us with a wide sampling of what African authors have to offer.

New UK Books : January

Thursday 28 January 2016  |  Monitor

Tricia Sullivan's Occupy Me and titles by Gavin Smith and Ian Whates

Russell Letson reviews Nancy Kress

Wednesday 27 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

What strikes me about this volume — 21 stories from more than three decades of production — is how Kress's sensibility remains intact across the range of science-fictional subtypes she employs. She remains always an observational writer who manages to get inside her characters' skins — working stiffs or middle-class moms or heiresses or narcissistic nobles.

New Books : 26 January

Tuesday 26 January 2016  |  Monitor

Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades, and titles by Armstrong, Dietz, Hearne, Lowe, Sanderson, Shearin, and Wood

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 January 2016  |  Monitor

Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains in the top 5 on three print lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Cobley

Sunday 24 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If you want a rousing space adventure full of sense of wonder that is also ideationally challenging, then you need look no further than Ancestral Machines.

A Divergent Hunger Maze Game: A Review of The 5th Wave

Saturday 23 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I really didn't enjoy watching The 5th Wave, though it is hard to explain why, for by any conventional evaluation, it qualifies as a well-crafted diversion, not unlike many successful films of the recent past. Perhaps the problem is that the film is artfully following an overly familiar, even an exhausted pattern...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Charlie Jane Anders

Friday 22 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

Charlie Jane Anders takes a number of fascinat­ing genre risks in All the Birds in the Sky, her first SF/F novel, and one of the most prominent is implied by that slashmark between SF and F: the basic concept of the story revisits the aging but indomitable trope of science versus magic, centered around the two best-friend main char­acters, one of whom is a powerful witch and the other a brilliant, cutting-edge scientist.

Print Periodicals: mid-January

Thursday 21 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Black Static, and Interzone

Paul Di Filippo reviews Morgan Llywelyn

Wednesday 20 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Only the Stones Survives is a melancholy, elegiac yet ultimately life-affirming tale, written with bardic simplicity, clarity and elegance. It concerns a pivotal era of change...

New Books : 19 January

Tuesday 19 January 2016  |  Monitor

Tim Powers' Medusa's Web and titles by Akers, Allan, Carey/Carey/Carey, Chen, Matheson, Tallerman, Tassi, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 January 2016  |  Monitor

Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is #1 on three print lists.

Mary Rickert: Resonance

Sunday 17 January 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

My big takeaway during my most recent time thinking of this was that I'd chosen a life of devotion. Devotion is an old fashioned word, and it's a long game. When you live a life of devotion, the point isn't what you get. The point isn't any kind of result other than — did you devote yourself that day? Did you write, did you listen today, did you read, did you think of stories today, did you practice?

Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 16 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Uncanny

New in Paperback: January

Friday 15 January 2016  |  Monitor

Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and titles by Bear, Bova & Choi, Green, Hendee & Hendee, Henderson, Hines, Reichert, Ringo, and Schwab

"It's Gravity Meets Night of the Living Dead!": A Review of 400 Days

Thursday 14 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

My title describes how one imagines writer-director Matt Osterman might have pitched the idea of 400 Days, in a stereotypically succinct fashion, to skeptical Hollywood executives. Like many pitches, no doubt, it is not entirely accurate, for there are few if any specific plot similarities between this film and the referenced classics. Yet the pitch would be broadly defensible, inasmuch as 400 Days begins like a realistic depiction of near-future astronauts and devolves into a standard-issue horror film.

Russell Letson reviews Linda Nagata

Wednesday 13 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

My interest is caught when a science-fictional "war story" goes for more than guts-and-glory formulas, better ways to Blow Stuff Up, and exotic locales in which to do it. I find myself especially taken by attention to what might be called the soldier's dilemma — the tensions generated when duty and honor and competence must be exercised in the service of an unworthy, corrupt, incompetent, or illegitimate leadership.

New Books : 12 January

Tuesday 12 January 2016  |  Monitor

China Miéville's This Census-Taker and titles by Michael Cobley, Emily Foster, and Patricia Ward

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 January 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Rick Yancey rise in the rankings.

Charlie Jane Anders: Whimsy Death Match

Sunday 10 January 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

What I was consciously thinking about as I was writing and revising All The Birds in the Sky was this narrative about finding where you be­long in the world, and coming of age — the notion that we define ourselves through others, and we try to find people we belong with and can commu­nicate with.

Faren Miller reviews Will Elliott

Saturday 9 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

Like most Americans, I came late to The Pilo Family Circus, since Will Elliott's unnerving deep-black comedy, a first novel, appeared in Australia in 2006... By now, Elliott is a multiple award-winner — au­thor of a trilogy and two further unrelated novels — and with The Pilo Traveling Show he returns to the Circus on his own time.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jason Gurley

Friday 8 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Jason Gurley's Eleanor exhibits some of the transcendent but hardnosed New Age mysticism of Paulo Coelho's work, hybridized with the gritty, pain-driven otherworldliness of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series. As an example of the "as above, so below" theory of existential harmony and disharmony, it does its job with micro-machined precision.

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 7 January 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Wednesday 6 January 2016  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books are by James Bradley, Stephen King, Microsoft, Mary Rickert, Gene Wolfe, and others.

New Books : 5 January

Tuesday 5 January 2016  |  Monitor

Johanna Sinisalo's The Core of the Sun, Keith Lee Morris' Travelers Rest, and titles by Arthur, Bara, Benson, Dennard, DuBois, Flint & Dennis, Hendee & Hendee, Kristjansson, Llywelyn, Mamatas, McLean, O'Keefe, Older, Stone, Weis & Hickman, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 January 2016  |  Monitor

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

Cory Doctorow: Wicked Problems: Resilience Through Sensing

Sunday 3 January 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

A problem is said to be "wicked" when the various parties engaged with it can't even agree what the problem is, let alone the solution. As the name implies, wicked problems are hard to deal with. More than a decade ago, the Federal Communica­tions Commission got its first inkling of a wicked problem on its horizon.

Periodicals: early January

Saturday 2 January 2016  |  Monitor

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

January 2016 Table of Contents

Friday 1 January 2016  |  Magazine

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The January issue features interviews with Mary Rickert and Charlie Jane Anders, a new column by Cory Doctorow, an international report from Brazil, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Robert Jackson Bennett, V.H. Leslie, Stephen King, Nancy Kress, and many others.

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