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November 2016 Blinks

November 2016 -- News Posts

November 2016 Posts:

Periodicals: late November

Wednesday 30 November 2016  |  Monitor

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

New Books : 29 November

Tuesday 29 November 2016  |  Monitor

Lauren Beukes' Slipping, Anne Rice's Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, Erika Johansen's The Fate of the Tearling, and titles by Dunstall, Johnson, and MacLeod

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 November 2016  |  Monitor

A new Star Wars/Rogue One novel, Catalyst, debuts.

Paula Guran reviews Short Fiction

Sunday 27 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

This month we discover some dark delights, but also encounter fiction bogged down in the end-of-summer doldrums. Of the five original stories in the July/August 2016 issue of recent Hugo-winner Uncanny Magazine, two can be said to be truly dark. ...

Russell Letson reviews Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Saturday 26 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

In Traveler of Worlds, we have the latest and most substantial entry in [Silverberg's] serial autobiography: a kind of interactive memoir built, as the subtitle signals, on a series of extended conversations between Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. Zinos-Amaro — himself cosmopolitan, cultured, attentive, articulate, and interactive — is well-suited to the task of unpacking the worlds of this sophisticated, widely-traveled and -read, ferociously intelligent man.

Classics In Reprint: November

Friday 25 November 2016  |  Monitor

Robert Silverberg's anthology This Way to the End Times, and new editions of a Christmas anthology by David G. Hartwell and works by Tanith Lee, Ken MacLeod, and Kim Stanley Robinson

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Crowley

Thursday 24 November 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It's Crowley's mad, capricious and hypnotically glorious retelling of a 400-year-old book which he has the temerity to dub, during an interview in the Guardian newspaper, "the first science fiction novel"...

Adrienne Martini reviews Chuck Wendig

Wednesday 23 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

Chuck Wendig's Invasive, which is about killer ants (sort of), is a companion (also sort of) to Zer0es, which was about killer hackers (mostly (but not really)). Both are rich, darkly funny page-turners with details designed to make those little hairs on the back of your neck stand up with how plausible they seem.

New Books : 22 November

Tuesday 22 November 2016  |  Monitor

A collection of early work by Hugo Gernsback, Michael Chabon's associational Moonglow, the first collection by Brandon Sanderson, and titles by Bova, Brooks, Dalglish, Harrison, Morris & Tremblay, and Wright

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 November 2016  |  Monitor

David Weber's At the Sign of Triumph debuts on four lists; Ted Chiang makes the New York Times list.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Lauren Beukes and Bruce Sterling

Sunday 20 November 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Currently in its twenty-first year of operation, Jacob Weisman's Tachyon Publications has attained a nigh-legendary stature as one of the leaders and innovators in the modern domain of genre-centric small-presses. Just consider two of their latest offerings.

Periodicals: mid-November

Saturday 19 November 2016  |  Monitor

New print issues of Analog and Asimov's, and online issues of Aphelion, Fireside, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Perihelion

Rachel Swirsky reviews Short Fiction

Friday 18 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

This review focuses on a sampling of short fiction from three prominent online venues — Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny Magazine.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

Thursday 17 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

In Revenger Alastair Reynolds inserts a distinctly old-fashioned space opera into a Stapledonian milieu right out of Last and First Men, a solar system rendered unrecognizable by millions of years of natural and unnatural processes.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Dave Hutchinson

Wednesday 16 November 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The engine at the center of Hutchinson's near-future landscape is a prophetically simple notion that permits elaborate outgrowths of plot and speculative riffs. Basically, Hutchinson proclaims that the past will reassert itself — an observation utterly relevant in the light of certain political events of our own 2016.

New Books : 15 November

Tuesday 15 November 2016  |  Monitor

Bruce Sterling's Pirate Utopia and titles by Fleskes, Larbalestier, Livingston, Tanaka, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 November 2016  |  Monitor

David Weber's Shadow of Victory debuts on three lists; Ted Chiang is selling on

Pat Cadigan: The Future We Promised You

Sunday 13 November 2016  |  Perspectives

cat rambo
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

Is Cyberpunk dead? No. I told some people who were reading Synners for the first time, recently, 'Well, there's actually not as much science fiction in it as there used to be.' People always say, 'Where's my flying car?' That's not the future we promised you. We promised you a dark technological dystopia. How do you like it?

Two Thousand Translations: A Speech Odyssey: A Review of Arrival

Saturday 12 November 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Denis Villeneuve's Arrival is a film that will be properly praised as an unusually intelligent and sensitive science fiction film, derived from an unusually intelligent and sensitive science fiction story, Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" (1998). In many respects, it is faithful to Chiang's novella .... However, as invariably happens when Hollywood adapts even the finest science fiction literature available, certain aspects of the source material are, well, lost in translation.

New in Paperback: October - November

Friday 11 November 2016  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Kathleen Ann Goonan's This Shared Dream, and titles by Bujold, Christopher, Drake, Forstchen, Gilman, Herbert, Marillier, Modesitt, Toner, Valente, and Van Name

Faren Miller Reviews Keith Donohue

Thursday 10 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

Keith Donahue's The Motion of Puppets opens with a bold statement from the heroine's perspective: "She fell in love with a puppet."

Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Connie Willis

Wednesday 9 November 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

Crosstalk is a thoroughly plotted piece of work — hardly an advance in SFnal thinking about telepathy, but a thoroughly enjoyable example of what it's really good for these days — as a way to tell a tale.

New Books : 8 November

Tuesday 8 November 2016  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's Bridging Infinity, Dave Hutchinson's Europe in Winter, and titles by Bassingthwaite, Bates-Hardy, Bonesteel, Clink, Islington, Johnson, Littlewood, Neumeier, Newman, O'Flaherty, Remic, Taniguchi, Taylor, Weber, White, Wilber, and Yolen & Stemple

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 November 2016  |  Monitor

Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror debuts on three lists.

Cat Rambo: Beasts

Sunday 6 November 2016  |  Perspectives

cat rambo
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

The genre field is so much more rewarding to work in for me, personally, in many ways. It is a much friendlier place than literary fiction. People are much more invested in the idea of paying it forward. I don't mean to diss literary fiction — I love literary fiction, and many of the writers. I love John Barth with all my heart and always will. But genre writers just take care of their own in fandom, in general.

Periodicals: early November

Saturday 5 November 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Bestsellers, October and November

Friday 4 November 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by titles by Charles Stross, Jim Butcher, Naomi Novik, Greg Cox, J.K. Rowling, Neal Stephenson, and David Mack

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Thursday 3 November 2016  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Peter S. Beagle's Summerlong and titles by Donohue, Fowler, Le Guin, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu, Nix, Porter, Weinstein, and Willis.

Cory Doctorow: Sole and Despotic Dominion

Wednesday 2 November 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

If copyright law were a system of magic in a fantasy novel, we'd never buy it. It's full of exceptions and carve-outs that ignore its alleged underlying rationale and just fiddle things around for the sake of narrative convenience.

New Books : 1 November

Tuesday 1 November 2016  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, Emmi Itäranta's The Weaver, Ellen Datlow's Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror, and titles by Adams, Beaulieu & Ziegler, Birch, Brandt, Burgis, Butcher & Hughes, Clamp, Connolly, Cornell, Erikson, Gray, Hinz, Hunter, Maresca, Marillier, McLean, Panzo, Shinn, Weber, and Williamson

November 2016 Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 November 2016  |  Magazine

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The November issue features interviews with Pat Cadigan and Cat Rambo, a column by Cory Doctorow, a report on Japanese Science Fiction, and reviews of short fiction and books by Alastair Reynolds, Juliet Marillier, Laird Barron, Ilona Andrews, Jonathan Strahan, and many others.

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