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September 2016 Blinks

September 2016 -- News Posts

September 2016 Posts:

Periodicals: late September

Friday 30 September 2016  |  Monitor

September content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Notable New UK Books : August - September

Thursday 29 September 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Obelisk, Peter F. Hamilton's Night Without Stars, Christopher Priest's The Gradual, Alastair Reynolds' Revenger, Connie Willis' Crosstalk, and titles by Barclay, Gibson, and Heitz

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Drowned Worlds

Wednesday 28 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

For all the recurring iconic images that populate Drowned Worlds, each story manages to become its own human-scale drama, evoking at its best not only a profound sense of loss, but a sort of cultural and global PTSD that may be getting pretty close to inevitable.

New Books : 27 September

Tuesday 27 September 2016  |  Monitor

The US edition of Christopher Priest's The Gradual, the final volume of Lian Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko, and titles by Bardugo, Carson, Dees & Flippin, Lindsey, Westerfeld/Lanagan/Biancotti, and Wilde

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 September 2016  |  Monitor

Books by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson and Alan Moore debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alexander Weinstein

Sunday 25 September 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With his debut volume, Children of the New World, Alexander Weinstein is the latest creator to venture down such a path, and a fine job he does. Coming from outside the genre precincts, he nonetheless exhibits an intimate familiarity and dexterity with all of SF's toolkit, as well as the ability to insert some subtle homages to past landmarks of SF.

Classics In Reprint: September

Saturday 24 September 2016  |  Monitor

Kristine Kathryn Rusch's anthology Women of Futures Past, the first Library of America volume by Ursula K. Le Guin, and collections by Robert Silverberg and Clark Ashton Smith

Faren Miller reviews Jennifer Mason-Back

Friday 23 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

A powerful debut novel, Jennifer Mason-Black's Devil and the Bluebird begins with a teenager's memories of what had been her mother's guitar, as she stands at a dirt crossroad on a chilly, moonless night with the instrument strapped to her back, hoping to make a deal with something like a devil.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brian Lee Durfee

Thursday 22 September 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I can affirm that the debut novel by Brian Lee Durfee, The Forgetting Moon, while not necessarily breaking new ground, provides plenty of well-crafted spectacle, thrills, suspense, blood, thunder and general sense of wonder.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kij Johnson

Wednesday 21 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

Now here comes the ever-inventive Kij Johnson with The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, which among other things addresses the almost complete absence of women in HPL's tales — and in particular The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, whose plot it inverts in ingenious ways...

New Books : 20 September

Tuesday 20 September 2016  |  Monitor

Cixin Liu's Death's End, K.M. Szpara's Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, and titles by Andrews, Cluess, Durst, Evenson, Latham, Porter, Priest, Simmons, and Turner

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 September 2016  |  Monitor

Three Harry Potter-related e-books by J.K. Rowling debut.

Charles Stross: Future Vision

Sunday 18 September 2016  |  Perspectives

charles stross
Excerpt from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

What makes something work as near-future SF is that the author has to be paying attention to the background. There's an awful lot of stories that CNN, Fox, NBC, just don't carry — or the BBC for that matter. You have to read widely around the technological trends, and the climatological issues. At this stage, denying climate change is futile and stupid. What are the consequences? ...A lot of this stuff is interconnected.

Periodicals: mid-September

Saturday 17 September 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Aphelion, Asimov's, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Perihelion, and Uncanny

New in Paperback: September

Friday 16 September 2016  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon, Fran Wilde's Updraft, Michael Swanwick's Chasing the Phoenix, Alastair Reynolds' Poseidon's Wake, and titles by Card, Conroy, Correia, Czerneda, Donaldson, Erikson, Friedman, Older, Pratchett, Stirling, and Weber

Paul Di Filippo reviews Women of Futures Past

Thursday 15 September 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This book needs to be slotted onto your shelves amongst all the other seminal anthologies that seek to limn the greatness of our field. Its judiciously and intelligently selected table of contents both entertains and instructs. Rusch has done important, masterful work here, and redressed a huge esthetic and moral imbalance.

Faren Miller reviews Mary Robinette Kowal

Wednesday 14 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

Mary Robinette Kowal had her own ways of finding gritty truths in the course of her five "Glamourist Histories"... When she turns to a mixture of spycraft and spiritualism in Ghost Talkers, this apparent standalone is even more brutally direct about the horrific death tolls of Britain's Great War (World War One), showing its ghosts as they see themselves in their last moments.

New Books : 13 September

Tuesday 13 September 2016  |  Monitor

Alan Moore's Jerusalem and titles by Anderson, Arnopp, Brennan, Herbert & Anderson, Hogan, Kurtz, Lovegrove, Martinez, Poole, Sherman, and Taylor

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 September 2016  |  Monitor

The Underground Railroad and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continue to dominate lists.

Eleanor Arnason: Unfolding

Sunday 11 September 2016  |  Perspectives

eleanor arnason
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I read a lot projections of the future, and people never factor in enough. They project a population of nine billion, but they don't factor in the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — famine, war, disease, and death due to climate change. All they're doing is a projection of where we've been. Science fiction, when it's good, will pick up a whole bunch of these ideas at once.

Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Saturday 10 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

Lavie Tidhar offers perhaps the best novella of the year in the July/August F&SF. "The Vanishing Kind" is set in London in the 1950s, but in an alternate London where the Nazis won WWII, and are in control in England. ...

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through June 2017

Friday 9 September 2016  |  Resources

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

Locus Bestsellers, September

Thursday 8 Septembeer 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors, John Scalzi's The End of All Things, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Wednesday 7 September 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

These thoughts are occasioned by China Miéville's new novella The Last Days of New Paris, which makes brilliant use of both the political and imagistic aspects of Surrealism — he even has creatures from Surrealist paintings and collages stomping around the Paris of 1950...

New Books : 6 September

Tuesday 6 September 2016  |  Monitor

Nisi Shawl's Everfair, Peter S. Beagle's Summerlong, and titles by Alexander, Beaulieu, Bennett, Black, Bledsoe, Clark, Cogman, Cox, Czerneda, Flint & Carrico, Johansen, Maas, McGuire, Remic, Spencer, Steinmetz, and Stirling

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 September 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is still #1; Sarah J. Maas' Empire of Storms, published tomorrow, is selling well on Amazon sites.

Cory Doctorow: The Privacy Wars Are About to Get A Whole Lot Worse

Sunday 4 September 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

The best way to secure data is never to collect it in the first place. Data that is collected is likely to leak. Data that is collected and retained is certain to leak. A house that can be controlled by voice and gesture is a house with a camera and a microphone covering every inch of its floorplan.

Periodicals: early September

Saturday 3 September 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Shimmer

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Friday 2 September 2016  |  Magazine

September New and Notable books include Michael Bishop's Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls and titles by Bakker, Berman, Guran, Hairston, Horton, Jemisin, Mamatas, Strahan, Swanwick, the VanderMeers, Wagers, Walton, and Weisman

September 2016 Table of Contents

Thursday 1 September 2016  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with Charles Stross and Eleanor Arnason, a column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through June 2017, and reviews of short fiction and books by Christopher Priest, Beth Cato, Paul Tremblay, Peter S. Beagle, and many others.

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