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August 2016 Blinks

August 2016 -- News Posts

August 2016 Posts:

Periodicals: end of August

Wednesday 31 August 2016  |  Monitor

August issues and content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and

New Books : 30 August

Tuesday 30 August 2016  |  Monitor

A new Wild Cards mosaic novel edited by George R.R. Martin & Melinda M. Snodgrass, a new Gor novel by John Norman, and titles by Belanger, Black & Clare, Boffard, Brockway, Clark, Davis, Durfee, Estep, McGee, Parks, and Sawyer

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 August 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is still #1; Harry Potter books are selling on Amazon lists; N.K. Jemison's The Obelisk Gate ranks at USA Today

Spotlight on: Kelly Robson, Writer

Sunday 28 August 2016  |  Perspectives

kelly robson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

I believe science fiction, fantasy, and horror provide a writer with the brightest, truest, and widest spectrum of colors to illustrate the mysteries, contradictions, and untapped potential of human nature.

Classics In Reprint: August

Saturday 27 August 2016  |  Monitor

New editions of Murray Constantine's Swastika Night, Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home, Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time, and titles by Jones, McCammon, and Ness

John Langan reviews Christopher Buehlman

Friday 26 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

The Suicide Motor Club, the new novel from Christopher Buehlman, is a lean, mean, souped-up, eight cylinder, four-speed race car of a book.

Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

Thursday 25 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

This month's theme might be horror and the horrific, with the subtheme "Why am I reading horror when I usually don't much care for it?" ... The Nightmare Stacks is a direct sequel to The Rhesus Chart, which added vampires to the Laundry universe's roster of spooky threats.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Swanwick

Wednesday 24 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ultimately, I think what strikes me most forcefully about Swanwick's fiction, aside from his fresh yet historically resonant conceits, is its elegance and economy. Per the definition of the perfect short story, not a word is extraneous or wasted, not one element of plot inessential. The maximum effects are achieved with the minimum of prose.

New Books : 23 August

Tuesday 23 August 2016  |  Monitor

Blake Charlton's Spellbreaker and titles by Barnhill, Campbell, Cato, Coles, Klune, Leake, Milford, Nothlit, Scott & Rose, and Thomas

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 August 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad ranks #1 and #2 on four lists.

Nancy Kress: Tomorrow's Kin

Sunday 21 August 2016  |  Perspectives

nancy kress
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Scientists have reputations and funding to protect, and can't go out on a limb and make crazy predictions. I'm a science fiction writer. I can go out on all the limbs I want to, and make all the crazy predictions I want. I've written about genetically engineered bio weapons, in two novels and several short stories. That's why he wanted to talk to me.

Faren Miller reviews The Big Book of Science Fiction

Saturday 20 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

Narratives also run through this anthology (just under the surface). Though presented in order of publication, these stories were chosen for continuing relevance and arranged to interplay like voices in a great conversation: shifting and offering new insights.

New in Paperback: August

Friday 19 August 2016  |  Monitor

Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, Neil Gaiman's American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings, and titles by Aycliffe, Bova, Canavan, Flint & Hunt, Grant, Hair, Holland, Liu, McDevitt, Meluch, Simmons, van Eekhout, and Weber/Zahn/Pope

John Langan reviews Joe Hill

Thursday 18 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

The Fireman, Joe Hill's big new novel, is a freight train of a book. Long, composed of many sections, it's already in motion on the first page, and it does not let up until the very end.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Robert Silverberg

Wednesday 17 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

We veer from the charmingly quotidian — at what hour the newspapers arrive on the Silverberg doorstep — to the loftily metaphysical: what are the meanings of age and time, where is the culture heading? Along the way, Silverberg offers commentary on his peers and literary ancestors...

New Books : 16 August

Tuesday 16 August 2016  |  Monitor

N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate, Kij Johnson's The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, collections by Tina Connolly, Carrie Vaughn, and Caroline M. Yoachim, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro's Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, and titles by Kowal, Marmell, Miyabe, Stokes, and Wendig

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 August 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains #1; titles by Colson Whitehead, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston debut.

David D. Levine: Everybody Loves Mars

Sunday 14 August 2016  |  Perspectives

david d. levine
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Arabella is the fourth novel I wrote, and the first novel I sold. Novel number three is a hard SF YA set on Mars — that one definitely came out of my simulated Mars experience in Utah. Just about the time I was finishing that one up, I was shopping my second novel, and looking for a new agent. The responses I was getting from agents as well as editors was, 'Science fiction just isn't selling.' I was getting this from the editors of science fiction houses!

Periodicals: mid-August

Saturday 13 August 2016  |  Monitor

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction publishes a special David Gerrold issue; plus, debut issue of online 'zine Liminal Stories and new issues of Aphelion, Mothership Zeta, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and The Dark

Spotlight on: Sam J. Miller, Writer

Friday 12 August 2016  |  Perspectives

sam j miller
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

I write speculative fiction because that's how the world looks to me. Life is magic. Human society is horror. The world is science fiction. We carry tiny rectangles in our pockets that can access the sum total of human knowledge!

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nina Allan

Thursday 11 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

For all its intricate narrative linkages and loopbacks, The Race presents us with a world which is thoroughly seductive and ominously credible, and a degree of narrative sophistication as impressive as anything I've seen in recent SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Forrest Leo

Wednesday 10 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Forrest Leo's wonderfully demented and comical debut novel, The Gentleman, lies more towards this hazy end of the steampunk spectrum than elsewhere. You can interpret it as a straight historical novel of a farcical type, along the lines of the Flashman books... But there's enough oddness, including ostensibly supernatural incidents and gadgetry riff of unreality, to push it just over the edge and into steampunk territory.

New Books : 9 August

Tuesday 9 August 2016  |  Monitor

China Miéville's The Last Days of New Paris, Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, and titles by Damico, Foyle, Hearn, Hieber, Kristoff, Mamatas, Swsenson, Wareness, and Wexler

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 August 2016  |  Monitor

J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is #1 at USA Today

Periodicals: early August

Sunday 7 August 2016  |  Monitor

Print issues of Black Static and Interzone, and online issues of Apex, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Dawn of Injustice: A Review of Suicide Squad

Saturday 6 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

David Ayer's Suicide Squad strikes me as a very meh kind of film — a hodgepodge of characters and moments that work, and characters and moments that don't work, tossed together in a story line that sometimes makes sense and sometimes doesn't. [Still,] in contrast to Batman v Superman, [this film] is truer to both the contents and spirit of the comic books it is adapting...

Kameron Hurley: When to Quit Your Day Job

Friday 5 August 2016  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

While this is a personal decision that everyone is going to need to make on their own, here are some guidelines I've put together for myself in watching how other authors have managed this over the years. Consider quitting your day job...

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 4 August 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Guy Gavriel Kay's Children of Earth and Sky, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Wednesday 3 August 2016  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books include Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and titles by Chen, Das, Datlow, Hartley, Hurley, Kay, McKillip, Novik, Powers, Reynolds, Shriver, and Tremblay.

New Books : 2 August

Tuesday 2 August 2016  |  Monitor

C.A. Higgins' Supernova and titles by Allen, Boffard, Bradley & Ross, Card & Johnston, Correia & Ringo, Guran, Harper, Hunter, Kenyon, Laine, McGuire, Meadows, Offord, Pinborough, Taylor & Johnson, Tchaikovsky, and Wagers

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 August 2016  |  Monitor

Isolated debuts by Michael J. Sullivan, Sylvain Neuvel, and Gail Carriger

August 2016 Table of Contents

Monday 1 August 2016  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with Nancy Kress and David D. Levine, a column by Kameron Hurley, reports on Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon with lots of pics, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Mieville, Jennifer Mason-Black, Jonathan Strahan, Matthew M. Bartlett, Walter Jon Williams, and many others.

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