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February 2017 -- News Posts

February 2017 Posts:

New Books : 28 February

Tuesday 28 February 2017  |  Monitor

Rob Latham's Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' Revenger, and titles by Britain, Broaddus, Dawidziak, Hoover, Kadrey, Kiernan, Lewis, Marr, Martinez, Millet, Nix, Skovron, and Wendig

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 February 2017  |  Monitor

George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo debuts at #1 on three lists; Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology is #2 on the same three lists.

Periodicals: late February

Sunday 26 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog and Asimov's (its 40th-anniversary issue), and February content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and

Classics In Reprint: February

Saturday 25 February 2017  |  Monitor

New editions of books by William Gibson, K.W. Jeter, Philip Francis Nowlan, and Michael Swanwick

Liz Bourke reviews Bookburners

Friday 24 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Book­burners Season 1 might top 200,000 words, but it reaches that total in 16 novelette-to-short-novella-length episodes. Structurally, then, it's a lot more like a television show than a serial novel — as it's intended to be. A supernatural copshow/caper/spies and intrigue television show, with added complicated team dynamics.

Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Thursday 23 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

F&SF for November/December features a rare and welcome appearance from Gardner Dozois, whose fame as an editor should not cause us to forget how good his fiction is...

Faren Miller reviews S. Jae-Jones

Wednesday 22 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Historically, "The Earl-King" (Der Erlkönig), "Unfinished Sym­phony", the title piece, and more are works by Franz Schubert. Jae-Jones plays her own games by reimagining and recasting him as the heroine's young violin-virtuoso brother (not a composer in his own right), while still invoking the full pas­sion of the time when Baroque gave way to early Romantic — and the world changed.

New Books : 21 February

Tuesday 21 February 2017  |  Monitor

Meg Elison's The Book of Etta, Michael Tolkin's NK3, and titles by Dayton, Dornbusch, Eames, Hogan, Lyons, Schwab, and Sharp

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology rank #1 on two print lists.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Sunday 19 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

Binti: Home opens about a year after that earlier story began as a quiet coming-of-age story, turned suddenly into a survival adventure, and ended with Binti playing a key role in a kind of revolution.

Periodicals: mid-February

Saturday 18 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex, Aphelion, Aurealis, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Mothership Zeta, and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews Elan Mastai

Thursday 16 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first thing to note is that although Mastai might very well have been raised outside strict genre borders, he exhibits a playful fluency with, and is creatively savvy about, all the genre appurtenances and furniture. His does not make a single misstep with his speculations or language.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Richard Kadrey

Wednesday 15 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Lastly, and possibly the biggest attraction of the book, is the sheer language. Like S. J. Perelman writing for the Marx Brothers, combined with Raymond Chandler's propensity for over-the-top similes and metaphors, Kadrey's language pops off the page, whether as dialogue or description.

New Books : 14 February

Tuesday 14 February 2017  |  Monitor

Peter S. Beagle's In Calabria, Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and titles by Brodsky, Carey, Danielewski, Duncan, Hand, James, Jordan, Tem, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology ranks high on all three Amazon lists.

Alastair Reynolds: Expanding Universe

Sunday 12 February 2017  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

The other seed of Revenger came from when I really fell in love with science fiction, around the time I was 16. That's when I was absolutely besotted with Larry Niven and the Known Space stories...

New in Paperback: January - February

Saturday 11 February 2017  |  Monitor

Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning and titles by Bishop, Briggs, Carriger, Harris, Hines, Jones, Kadrey, Lyris, McAuley, McIntosh, Neuvel, North, Pratchett & Baxter, and Sullivan

Faren Miller reviews Laura Eve

Friday 10 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

What is myth for the new millennium? In The Graces, Laure Eve confronts what's left of the old with something that might take its place (no galactic empires required).

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Thursday 9 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Spinrad revels in the juicy, sleazy, all-too-human Machiavellian machinations of all the parties, the rebels and the establishment alike. His ability to chart thrust and counter-thrust is akin to that of some television political strategist following the twists and turns of national affairs.

Kameron Hurley: If You Want to Level Up, Get Back to the Basics

Wednesday 8 February 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

There are few things, for me, that are as equally depressing and energiz­ing as reading a really great book. Great books are why I got into this business in the first place, which is why I'm often so shocked when I hear from other professional writers that they don't read anymore.

New Books : 7 February

Tuesday 7 February 2017  |  Monitor

Samuel R. Delany's journals In Search of Silence, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion, Norman Spinrad's The People's Police, and titles by Ambrose, Beaulieu, Blackmoore, Clarke, Datlow, Donnelly, Fischl, Gannon, Harrison, Isaacson, Jae-Jones, Mastai, Sagara, Savory, Spencer, Taylor, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 February 2017  |  Monitor

Terry Goodkind's Death's Mistress and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology debut; Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is #1 this morning at; Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is #1 at USA Today and Washington Post.

Periodicals: early February

Sunday 5 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Persistent Visions

The Boy Who Fell to Earth: A Review of The Space Between Us

Saturday 4 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Like a NASA rocket slowly rising from the surface, The Space Between Us takes a long time to achieve escape velocity and soar through space; however, if you can endure one of the most boring opening sequences in any film I can recall, and about an hour of trite melodramatic sequences interspersed with inauthentic personal drama, its last thirty minutes are actually quite enjoyable, even moving.

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 3 February 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Book III: Hero

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 2 February 2017  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Karen Lord's anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean and titles by Arden, Bear, Dellamonica & Berman, Dellamonica, Dennard, Gemmell, Gilman, Heller & Viola, Littlewood, MacLeod, and Pinborough.

February 2017 Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 February 2017  |  Magazine

february issue
The February issue features an interview with Alastair Reynolds and the annual Year in Review with essays by Gary K. Wolfe, Paul Kincaid, Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois, and many others; the Locus Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll and Survey ballot, a column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kameron Hurley, S. Jae-Jones, Ian McDonald, Ken MacLeod, and many others.

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