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December 2016 Blinks

December 2016 -- News Posts

December 2016 Posts:

Periodicals: late December

Saturday 31 December 2016  |  Monitor

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

New UK Books : October - December

Friday 30 December 2016  |  Monitor

Notable UK novels not (yet) published in the US, by Ben Aaronovitch, Becky Chambers, Robert Irwin, and Steph Swainston

John Langan reviews Ray Cluley

Thursday 29 December 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

Ray Cluley's Probably Monsters was one of the standouts of 2015, a collection of well-written stories about a variety of monsters in a variety of landscapes. His follow-up publication, the standalone novella, Within the Wind, Beneath the Snow, is another success.

Faren Miller Reviews Erika Johansen

Wednesday 28 December 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

Tackling both utopia and epic fantasy in a trilogy with divided timelines, multiple perspectives, and a wild genre mix, Johansen may not reach [Aldous] Huxley's satiric heights. Nonetheless, the work is genuinely subversive: social commentary in the guise of supernatural adventure.

New Books : 27 December

Tuesday 27 December 2016  |  Monitor

An anthology of stories based on Edward Hopper paintings, plus titles by Bickle, Rambo, and Thompson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 December 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad continues to dominate lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Classic Lost World Novels

Sunday 25 December 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Lost World genre still remains readable, however, if we merely suspend our disbelief a little harder than with other genres. And thanks to Greg Luce at Armchair Fiction, we can enjoy new editions of some lesser-known classics from their "Lost World-Lost Race" series.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Alastair Reynolds

Saturday 24 December 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2016 issue

Revenger is tremendous fun, with perhaps the most linear, straightforward, and kinetic plot of all Reynolds's novels.

Classics In Reprint: December

Friday 23 December 2016  |  Monitor

New editions of novels by Buzz Aldrin & John Barnes, Geoffrey A. Landis, Marge Pierce, H.G. Wells, and Bernard Wolfe

Starshipboard Romance: A Review of Passengers

Thursday 22 December 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

There are several reasons to admire Passengers: it addresses a topic that is usually avoided in science fiction films — how humanity might colonize the galaxy without the magic of faster-than-light travel; its starship is filled with imaginative visual touches; and its story is genuinely unpredictable, consistently holding one’s interest despite a small cast and limited sets. And yet, there is also something strangely incongruous about the film, as its uneasy blend of disparate elements sometimes makes it seem like a film at war with itself.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Charles Wilson

Wednesday 21 December 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Robert Charles Wilson has crafted a novel that is at once shiny and futuristic and yet rousingly old-fashioned, considering its ambiance and character development, done up in the manner of a classic pre-modern adventure.

New Books : 20 December

Tuesday 20 December 2016  |  Monitor

Ken MacLeod's The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Greg Bear's Take Back the Sky, James S.A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes, and titles by Egan, Lansdale, Oliver, and Stueart

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 December 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad rises on several lists.

Thomas Olde Heuvelt: Color of Language

Sunday 18 December 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

Rewriting a novel to an American setting is a lot more than changing names and places and using Google Earth. The entire cultural heart changes. I actually went to upstate New York, to the Hudson Valley where it's set now, to do research. The region has a lot of Dutch history.

"I Have a Bad Feeling About This": A Review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Saturday 17 December 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story provides precisely what it promises — a professionally-rendered, authentic Star Wars story — and enthusiastic devotees of the Star Wars universe will probably be pleased by the results. However, filmgoers who are not diehard fans... may be bored and appalled by this latest installment of the venerable franchise.

Periodicals: mid-December

Friday 16 December 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Mythic Delirium, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: November - December

Thursday 15 December 2016  |  Monitor

Tim Powers' Medusa's Web, Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man, and titles by Dickinson, Duncan, Flint & Dennis, Kupari, Shea, and Weis & Hickman

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ken MacLeod

Wednesday 14 December 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Currently MacLeod is in the middle of a saga, The Corporation Wars, with the third book, The Corporation Wars: Emergence, due in September 2017. But we can gear up for that conclusion by having a look at the first two.

New Books : 13 December

Tuesday 13 December 2016  |  Monitor

John Crowley's The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosencreutz and titles by Canavan, Fowler, Lord, and Wagers

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 December 2016  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis debuts on three lists.

Spotlight on: Brooks Peck, MoPOP Curator

Sunday 11 December 2016  |  Perspectives

brooks peck
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

Curating exhibitions involves a lot of writing, but also scenic design, planning how to display objects, a little filmmaking. Being a curator is akin to being a writer-director of a film.

Kameron Hurley: There Have Always Been Times Like These

Saturday 10 December 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

We are going to lose much in 2017. That is something that we as writers, as artists, as human beings, cannot forget... but we cannot allow it to let us lose our hope or our ability to tell the stories that not only earn us our supper but also inspire and comfort others during times of great upheaval.

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

Friday 9 December 2016  |  Resources

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

Locus Bestsellers, December

Thursday 8 December 2016  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by S.M. Stirling's Prince of Outcasts, Seanan McGuire's Once Broken Faith, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and Dayton Ward's Star Trek: Legacies: Purgatory's Key.

Adrienne Martini reviews Manuel Gonzales

Wednesday 7 December 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2016 issue

Wrapping your metaphoric arms around Manuel Gonzales's The Regional Office Is Under Attack! is nearly impossible — but it is delicious to try.

New Books : 6 December

Tuesday 6 December 2016  |  Monitor

Robert Charles Wilson's Last Year, and titles by Arthur, Correia & Ringo, Dellamonica, Friedman, Gemmell, Gwynne, Hunter, Koch, Lackey, Pedersen, Planck, and Tregillis

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 December 2016  |  Monitor

Michael Chabon's Moonglow debuts on five lists.

Eric Flint: Remaking History

Sunday 4 December 2016  |  Perspectives

eric flint
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

The characters in my 1632 series are a bit idealized. The people rise to the occasion — not unrealistically, but within the parameters of the way they behave, they do as well as they could. That's the kind of story I wanted to tell.

Periodicals: early December

Saturday 3 December 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Interzone, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and The Dark

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Friday 2 December 2016  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books include Walter Jon Williams' Impersonations and titles by Adams & Cohen, Bardugo, Brom, King, Kirby, Le Guin, Molles, Moore, Neumeier, Parisien & Wolfe, Salaam, and Whitehead

December 2016 Table of Contents

Thursday 1 December 2016  |  Magazine

december issue
The December issue features interviews with Eric Flint and Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary of Sheri S. Tepper, lots of photos from World Fantasy Convention, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Strahan, Erika Johansen, Ray Cluley, John Langan, Bob Proehl, Lois McMaster Bujold and many others.

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