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April 2016 Blinks

April 2016 -- News Posts

April 2016 Posts:

Periodicals: late April

Saturday 30 April 2016  |  Monitor

What's new this month at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Paul Di Filippo reviews Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Friday 29 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

According to Olde Heuvelt's ISFDB entry, HEX is his fifth novel, but only the first the be translated into English. Indeed, aside from a couple of translated stories, he remains unknown to most SF readers, so this book will be his calling card. What readers will discover is a deftly crafted, darkly Gothic, at times surreal tale that is both innovative and traditional in parts.

New UK Books : April

Thursday 28 April 2016  |  Monitor

April UK books not (yet) published in the US are by Sebastien de Castell, Tony Tonzales, Paula Guran, Paul McAuley, and Ben Peek.

Faren Miller reviews Betsy James

Wednesday 27 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Roadsouls, written and illustrated by Betsy James, starts with a prelude simply called "Two Stories", showing the main characters at key moments some years before they go on the road. ...

New Books : 26 April

Tuesday 26 April 2016  |  Monitor

Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX and titles by Abercrombie, Aiken, Erikson, Hearn, Hieber, James, Maberry, Neuvel, and Thomas

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 April 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still #1 on Amazon with pre-publication orders.

Tim Pratt: Closing Doors

Sunday 24 April 2016  |  Perspectives

paolo bacigalupi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

There are so many authors doing what I do that we have a name now: hybrid authors. Hybrids combine different things, and hybrids are stronger and more robust. There are tons of people now who do traditional publishing and also self-publish, or crowdfund some projects through Kickstarter, or publish short stories through Patreon, or whatever. It's no longer either/or.

Tim Pratt reviews Daniel Abraham

Saturday 23 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Daniel Abraham has gotten a lot of attention lately, but mostly as half of the writing team James S.A. Corey (with Ty Franck). Their popular Expanse space opera is one of my favorite SF series, but it does tend to overshadow the equally good and quite different fantasy saga Abraham writes solo, the Dagger and the Coin. That series has just concluded with fifth volume The Spider's War...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Johanna Sinisalo

Friday 22 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

It's that odd juxtaposition of the purely sensual with the satirically absurd that helps make The Core of the Sun the most original, unsettling, and weirdly comic dystopia that I've seen in some years...

Classic Reprints: April

Thursday 21 April 2016  |  Monitor

New electronic and print editions of works by Iain M. Banks, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, and Jane Yolen

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alex Stewart

Wednesday 20 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Stewart has come up with a genial, clever, colorful, rousing space opera that resonates with the classic work of Poul Anderson, James Schmitz and A. Bertram Chandler.

New Books : 19 April

Tuesday 19 April 2016  |  Monitor

Elizabeth Hand's Hard Light and titles by Carter, Griep, Haley, Harbour, Kadrey, Kittredge, Kloos, Larke, Richards, and Turtledove

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 April 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Faith Hunter and R.A. Salvatore debut.

Paolo Bacigalupi: Broken World

Sunday 17 April 2016  |  Perspectives

paolo bacigalupi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

A lot of our problems stem from the fact that we're a global species, and in order for us to gather information about the state of ourselves as a global species, we need to rely on data, rather than visceral experiences, to inform us about whether we're proceeding in a way we like or don't like.

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 16 April 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aurealis, Fireside, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Perihelion

Russell Letson reviews James Gunn

Friday 15 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

[Earlier book] Transcendental echoes Olaf Stapledon in its embedded pilgrim-tales of alien evolutionary paths and ends with scenery and action right out of the SF-pulp version of lost-city adventures. Transgalactic continues that latter line, interleaving images and gestures from earlier cycles of science-fictional storytelling with more contemporary devices and shaping the whole concoction into an old-fashioned interstellar odyssey.

New in Paperback: March - April

Thursday 14 April 2016  |  Monitor

Naomi Novik's Uprooted and titles by Anderson, Baxter, Cherryh, Flint, Harris, Herbert, King, Orullian, Taylor, and Valentine

Colleen Mondor reviews Leah Bobet

Wednesday 13 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

An Inheritance of Ashes is a gorgeous book about the ignominy and foolishness of war, the enduring love of family, and the brilliance of true friendship as well as all the many many — many — reasons why we should never turn our backs on science.

New Books : 12 April

Tuesday 12 April 2016  |  Monitor

K.J. Parker's Downfall of the Gods and titles by Anderson & McFetridge, Aryan, Boyczuk, Brin, Burgis, Chappell, Guran, Morris, Roman, Schneider, Schow, Sederholm & Weinstock, Stanton, Trent, Wexler, and Williamson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 April 2016  |  Monitor

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is rising on Amazon lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Hughes, Aylett, Rucker & Sterling

Sunday 10 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Nowadays, much of the most exciting work in the literature of fantastika appears from the small or independent presses, and from self-publishing ventures that are funded either on a solo basis or communally. Publishers like Tachyon, Word Horde, WordFire, Small Beer, Prime, Wildside, Underland, Aqueduct and many others promote new voices and, along with more traditional tales, a fair amount of experimentalism. ...

Kameron Hurley: Cultivating Inspiration on Deadline

Saturday 9 April 2016  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

Like most people trying to stay above water in this tricky economy, I've been looking into ways to use my time more effectively. I have a bushel of novel and short story deadlines, a busy day job, and I'm feeling increasing pressure to sell more work now while the getting is good.

Faren Miller reviews R.S. Belcher

Friday 8 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

Though Tor calls R.S. Belcher's The Brotherhood of the Wheel an "urban fantasy," it also describes the novel as set on "the haunted byways and truck stops of the US Interstate Highway System." Roads — both real and metaphorical — are crucial to this dark fantasy...

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 7 April 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Alan Dean Foster and R.A. Salvatore.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Straub

Wednesday 6 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

Straub is not a particularly prolific writer of short fiction, which in turn means that the retrospective collection Interior Darkness: Selected Stories gives us a pretty complete overview of his shorter work, even if a few favorites might be missing.

New Books : 5 April

Tuesday 5 April 2016  |  Monitor

C.J. Cherryh's Visitor and titles by Armstrong, Baker, Black, Marie Brennan, Sarah Rees Brennan, Carey, Freer, Gordon, Harte, Hunter, Jacka, Jennings, Krinard, Lackey & Martin, McGuire, Rogers, Sigler, Sniegoski, Stewart, Strieber, Tomlinson, Wells, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 April 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers debuts in paperback.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Sunday 3 April 2016  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Patricia A. McKillip's Kingfisher and titles by Baker, Bradley et al, Eager, Hines, Llewellyn, McIntosh, Reynolds, Samatar, Sanderson, Steele, and VanderMeer.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 2 April 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

April 2016 Table of Contents

Friday 1 April 2016  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue features interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi and Tim Pratt, a column by Kameron Hurley, a report on SF in Cuba, and reviews of short fiction and books by Eleanor Arnason, Ken Liu, Betsy James, Judith Merril, Austin Grossman, Cathy Fenner, and many others.

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