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May 2016 Blinks

May 2016 -- News Posts

May 2016 Posts:

New Books : 31 May

Tuesday 31 May 2016  |  Monitor

Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath Stories, Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Streets, Kameron Hurley's The Geek Feminist Revolution, Manu Saadia's Trekonomics, and titles by Brooks, Esslemont, Guran, Hairston, Peek, Sawyer, Shepherd, and Sniegoski

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 May 2016  |  Monitor

Joe Hill's The Fireman debuts strongly on four lists.

Periodicals: late May

Sunday 29 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Interzone and Black Static, and what's new in May at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

"Alice the Great and Powerful": A Review of Alice Through the Looking Glass

Saturday 28 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The visual effects are regularly creative and engaging, and there are lines here and there that might make you laugh, but overall, anyone looking for 153 minutes of entertainment on this Memorial Day weekend would be best advised to read, or reread, Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) instead of watching this film, which borrows its title but none of its unique wit and charm.

Russell Letson reviews Zachary Brown

Friday 27 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

As with recent work by Greg Bear, Ann Leckie, and Linda Nagata, Brown's picture of future soldiering and the context in which it operates leavens traditional respect for the fighting man and woman with a recognition of the ambiguities, ironies, failures, and outright criminalities of warfare. This becomes the central non-combat feature of Brown's second book, Titan's Fall...

New UK Books : May

Thursday 26 May 2016  |  Monitor

May UK books not (yet) published in the US are Ken MacLeod's The Corporation Wars: Dissidence and titles by Stephen Deas, Naomi Foyle, Peter Newman, and Sue Tingey.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds

Wednesday 25 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The voice of The Medusa Chronicles is utterly organic and seamless, a blend of Baxter's and Reynolds' distinct styles which emulates Clarke's to a high degree, without affectations or pastiche.

New Books : 24 May

Tuesday 24 May 2016  |  Monitor

Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors and titles by Brooks, Grimes, Mann, and Marshall

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 May 2016  |  Monitor

Don DeLillo's Zero K debuts on two more print lists.

Molly Tanzer: Ghosts 'n' Shit

Sunday 22 May 2016  |  Perspectives

molly tanzer
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

Actually, every novel I write, and maybe every single short story I write, too, is about power exchange. Who has power, who doesn't have it, and how does that af≠fect them and their sense of self? What do people do with the power they get? Do they cling to it? Do they give it away? That's Vermilion.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Madeline Ashby

Saturday 21 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.

Gardner Dozois reviews Short Fiction

Friday 20 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Clarkesworld is off to a good start in 2016, with two strong issues in January and February. The best story in the January Clarkesworld is Rich Larsonís "Extraction Request", a viscerally powerful, disturbing, at times even horrific, bit of military SF....

New in Paperback: April - May

Thursday 19 May 2016  |  Monitor

Paul Tremblay's Stoker Award winner A Head Full of Ghosts, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, and titles by Barker, Bledsoe, Bova, Brooks, Cambias, Campbell, Chu, Conroy, Corey, Gilman, Gladstone, Haydon, Maas, Moore, Reed, Stirling, Weber, West, and Zahn

Paul Di Filippo reviews Frank Herbert

Wednesday 18 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

As Kevin J. Anderson reveals in his introduction, these four books were composed after the success of Herbert's first novel, The Dragon in the Sea (1956). They are finished product, deemed fully polished by Herbert at the time. But unable to place any of them, even with the help of agents, he moved ahead to Dune, serialized beginning in 1963, and the rest is history, with these novels languishing. Consequently, these books reflect the vintage era of their composition.

New Books : 17 May

Tuesday 17 May 2016  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten, Joe Hill's The Fireman, and titles by Ashby, Castle, Denning, Divya, Hemstreet, Howard, Ingram, Irvine, North, Sapkowski, and Van Young

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 May 2016  |  Monitor

Debuting this week are titles by Sarah J. Maas, Claudia Gray, Don DeLillo, Charlaine Harris, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Guy Gavriel Kay: Journeying

Sunday 15 May 2016  |  Perspectives

guy gavriel kay
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

The rhythm of a long novel is different from the rhythm of a 150-page novel. When you mention not showing too much of a character the first time you see them, to me that seems obvious. I've got a lot of room. I want to keep you around for a while. I want you to discover, as I discovered, more about these people.

Periodicals: mid-May

Saturday 14 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mythic Delirium, and Perihelion

Russell Letson reviews Judith Merril

Friday 13 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Between 1956 and 1969, Merril produced a body of commentary that explored and explained the field of science fiction and fantasy even as it was changing around her and her readers. She was not an academic critic but an anthologist, reviewer, and working SF writer....

Locus Bestsellers, May

Thursday 12 May 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Pierce Brown's Morning Star, Andy Weir's The Martian, V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, and Paul S. Kemp's Star Wars: Lords of the Sith

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew Cheney

Wednesday 11 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

A well-wrought and substantial and invigorating contribution to this Belle Epoque now arrives in the form of Matthew Cheney's first solo book of fiction, Blood. His name has previously appeared on anthologies as an editor, but all the while, since at least the days of his "Getting a Date for Amelia" (2001), he has been amassing macabre and odd tales in various periodicals, with finally enough, over a score, to fill a volume.

New Books : 10 May

Tuesday 10 May 2016  |  Monitor

Guy Gavriel Kay's Children of Earth and Sky, Lavie Tidhar's Central Station, first novels by Ada Palmer, Martin Seay, and Anna Smaill, and other titles by Jones, Kearney, Lebbon, Palmer, Saulter, Stiefvater, and Teppo

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 May 2016  |  Monitor

Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven King debuts on two lists.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Sunday 8 May 2016  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and titles by Abraham, Brennan, Brown, Burgis, Carey, Gunn, Kasturi & Stueart, Kowal, Oliver & Moore, Parker, Reeve, and Staveley

Periodicals: early May

Saturday 7 May 2016  |  Monitor

Issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fireside, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Shimmer, The Dark, and Uncanny

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar

Friday 6 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Tidhar has been writing a quieter, rather lovely series of tales that are both more lyrical in style and more directly engaged with particular SF traditions than the high-wire acts of his more transgressive novels. Detailing the lives of an interlinked group of characters who live and work around a massive spaceport called Central Station in a future Tel Aviv, these stories, apparently with some revisions, are now assembled...

Print Periodicals: April - May

Thursday 5 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF

Cory Doctorow: Peace In Our Time

Wednesday 4 May 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

E-books continue to be a source of bitter controversy that divides publishers from two of their most potentially useful allies: writers' groups and libraries. Below, I'll present two thought experiments for how libraries and writers' groups could find common cause with the Big Five publishers, using tech projects that would make a better world for writers, readers, literature, and culture.

New Books : 3 May

Tuesday 3 May 2016  |  Monitor

Don DeLillo's Zero K, Mercedes Lackey's Nebula Awards Showcase 2016, the US edition of Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree, and titles by Asher, Campbell, Chu, Coe, Danker, Farland, Flint, Harris, Hendee, Jensen, Kenyon, Koch, Lockwood, Maas, Moore, Oates, Posey, Strydom, Wells, and Wilde

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 May 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains the highest-ranking genre book on general lists.

May 2016 Table of Contents

Sunday 1 May 2016  |  Magazine

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The May issue features interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay and Molly Tanzer, a column by Cory Doctorow, a report on the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and reviews of short fiction and books by Guy Gavriel Kay, Peter Newman, Eleanor Arnason, Glen Hirshberg, Mishell Baker, and many others.

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