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October 2016 -- News Posts

October 2016 Posts:

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 October 2016  |  Monitor

J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts screenplay is selling on Amazon; Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams debuts in paperback.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mariko Koike

Sunday 30 October 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Graveyard Apartment is a classic ghost story or weird tale, along the lines of milestone work by Shirley Jackson or early Stephen King. You won't encounter a postmodern, surreal New Weird puzzler here, as in something by Thomas Olde Heuvelt or Nathan Ballingrud. Instead, you will feel you are reading some mid-century-modern classic you never encountered before.

Periodicals: late October

Saturday 29 October 2016  |  Monitor

A new issue of The New York Review of Science Fiction, and October issues and content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and

Classics In Reprint: October

Friday 28 October 2016  |  Monitor

Novellas by Ursula K. Le Guin, an omnibus by Robert Aickman, and new hardcover editions of novels by Dick, Le Guin, Clarke, White, Heinlein, Herbert, and Gibson

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Thursday 27 October 2016  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books include Beth Cato's Breath of Earth, China Miéville's The Last Days of New Paris, and titles by Bartlett, Kowal, Le Guin, Shawl, Silverberg, Tem, Vaughn, Wendig, and Yoachim.

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Will McIntosh

Wednesday 26 October 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The novel he produced is utterly state-of-the-art SF, with bold new ideas, old-school action, and characters whom you will root wholeheartedly for. Prepare to fall from great heights into unknown territory.

New Books : 25 October

Tuesday 25 October 2016  |  Monitor

Will McIntosh's Faller, Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey, A.C. Wise's The Kissing Booth Girl and other stories, and titles by Brom, Cameron, Douglas, Fahnestock, Gustainis, McCormack, Melanson, Moreno-Garcia, Shepherd, and Weeks

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 October 2016  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton and E.K. Johnston debut.

Connie Willis: Open Channel

Sunday 23 October 2016  |  Perspectives

connie willis
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

You really can't teach comedy. You can teach a number of techniques, but you can't teach the comic temperament, or the comic way of looking at things. I know that, because I'll tell people a story I've read, or a story I've seen in the paper, and to me I can see all the funny sides, and they'll say, 'That's so tragic.' I'm like, 'Yes, but there's a funny side to it.'

Print Periodicals: October

Saturday 22 October 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Black Static, Interzone, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Online Periodicals: early/mid-October

Friday 21 October 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and The Dark

New Books : 4 October, 11 October, and 18 October

Thursday 20 October 2016  |  Monitor

Partially-annotated listings of US books published in the past three weeks, including titles by Karen Joy Fowler, Ken Liu, China Miéville & Zak Smith, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis, Carl Abbott, Margaret Atwood, Shaun Tan, Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Jonathan Lethem. Full listings will resume next week.

This Week's and Last Week's Bestsellers

Wednesday 19 October 2016  |  Monitor

James Dashner's The Fever Code debuts October 10th; Joey Graceffa's Children of Eden debuts October 17th.

Another Day, Another Dinosaur: A Review of Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence)

Wednesday 19 October 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I hoped to report that, after American producers had for the second time abused Godzilla in a disastrously awful film, Japan's Toho Studios had triumphantly reclaimed its iconic character in a classic addition to a venerable franchise. Instead, however, they have merely produced what Japan has long been noted for, another mediocre Godzilla movie. Still ... there is something to be said for films of mediocrity, as opposed to films that are atrocities.

Tim Pratt Reviews Nick Mamatas

Tuesday 18 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

The stakes keep rising, too, with further crimes committed, and pressure mounting on Colleen (from both her fellow convention-goers and the cops) to drop her investigation, and it all builds toward a satisfying conclusion. Mythos fans, mystery fans, and convention-goers (some of us are all three!) will all find plenty to like here.

Carolyn Cushman Reviews Lackey, Meadows, Nielsen, Novik, Ribar

Monday 17 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

Reviews of titles by Mercedes Lackey, Foz Meadows, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Naomi Novik, and Lindsay Ribar

Carolyn Cushman Reviews Armstrong, Black & Clare, Durst, Elliott, Evans

Friday 14 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

Reviews of titles by Michael A. Armstrong, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, Sarah Beth Durst, Kate Elliott, and Sandra Evans

Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Christopher Priest

Thursday 13 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

Even mainstream authors have all sorts of ways of shifting the reader back and forth in time, revealing characters from different perspectives and at different points in their histories, but Priest literally puts his narrator through such time shifts, and the effect is both dizzying and firmly grounded. . .

Liz Bourke Reviews Fran Wilde

Tuesday 11 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

After the disruptions of Updraft, the aerial society of the bone towers—where people use human-made wings to travel from place to place, where life is precarious, and where monsters lurk in the clouds below—is on edge. Stability is precarious, and everyone is looking for someone to blame for the continuing problems.

Nisi Shawl: A Real Magician

Monday 10 October 2016  |  Perspectives

nisi shawl
Excerpt from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

When you're writing things from a historical viewpoint, you don't want anachronisms. What you have to watch out for is assuming that one kind of historical viewpoint takes precedence over another. You'll hear people say, "Lovecraft was a racist, but that was just his time." No it wasn't. My grandfather was alive then. There is the axis of time and historicity, but there are plenty of other axes: gender, class, and so on.

Faren Miller Reviews Beth Cato

Sunday 9 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

Her adventures take some cues from entertainments of the era, evoking the dime novel's melodrama, perils, and romance—there's a hot guy here, and everyone has secrets—along with the wild interplay of tragicomedy in opera and operetta...

Kameron Hurley: The Mission-Driven Writing Career

Friday 7 October 2016  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

What drives us when we despair? More often than not, it is our personal mission. And if we don't have one, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut and lose focus and purpose.

Paul Di Filippo Reviews Ursula K. Le Guin

Friday 7 October 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first appreciation derives from the sheer level of talent and word-wizardry and world-building that Le Guin exhibits. These stories are constructed so solidly, with such ingenuity and craftsmanship and heart, that they achieve the inevitable rightness and impressiveness of real world things.

Rachel Swirsky Reviews Dreaming in the Dark

Thursday 6 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

Dann's choices emphasize impressive prose, sometimes precise and measured, sometimes absurdist, sometimes poetic... Dreaming in the Dark will especially appeal to two groups of readers—those who love words themselves, and those who want an enticing sampler of work by some of Australia's most talented working writers.

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 4 October 2016  |  Monitor

Books by Ilona Andrews and Cixin Liu debut.

John Langan Reviews Paul Tremblay

Monday 3 October 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2016 issue

At least as far back as Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes, moving forward through much of Stephen King's best work, horror fiction has featured protagonists at or near adolescence. The field has also featured families under stress and threat. Tremblay mines both these veins with skill and compassion, creating a portrait of a small community that bears comparison with the best of Stewart O'Nan's work.

October 2016 Table of Contents

Saturday 1 October 2016  |  Magazine

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The October issue features interviews with Connie Willis and Nisi Shawl, a column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary of David A. Kyle, and reviews of short fiction and books by Connie Willis, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Chuck Wendig, Naomi Novik, Jennifer Mason-Black, and many others.

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