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April 2017 Blinks

April 2017 -- News Posts

April 2017 Posts:

Online Periodicals: late April

Sunday 30 April 2017  |  Monitor

April posts at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Fireside, Persistent Visions, Strange Horizons, and

Print Periodicals: late April

Saturday 29 April 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Black Static

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

Friday 28 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

In contrast to the Dos Passos expansiveness of 2312 and despite its panoramic title, New York 2140 is a comparatively intimate tale of a handful of representative characters whose paths cross in various ways in a New York defiantly rebuilding after two separate "pulses" have left sea levels something like 50 feet higher than they are now.

Classics In Reprint: April

Thursday 27 April 2017  |  Monitor

The first volumes of The Best of Gordon R. Dickson and Seabury Quinn's The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, and titles by Jeter, Lee, and Niven & Pournelle

Paul Di Filippo reviews Poul Anderson

Wednesday 26 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The date range is almost identical to that of the selections in The Best of Gordon R. Dickson: Volume 1 that I reviewed earlier this month. And right up front, I believe we can make an important distinction along these lines. Poul Anderson was simply the better and more influential and consequential writer of the pair...

New Books : 25 April

Tuesday 25 April 2017  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Borne, Cory Doctorow's Walkaway, and titles by Brennan, Broaddus, Honeywell, Maberry, and Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 April 2017  |  Monitor

Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Thrawn ranks #2 at New York Times and Publishers Weekly

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

Sunday 23 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

After being more or less defunct for decades, this seems to be Captain Future's time to be reborn. The Captain's retro yet timeless virtues — both the hero's personal creed and the narrative stylings — are arguably congruent with cultural trends today toward a desired and desirable return to basics and old verities with a useful revisioning.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elan Mastai

Saturday 22 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

This is a science fiction love story that is by turns funny and wistful and smart, while remaining fully invested in how being human feels.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gordon R. Dickson

Friday 21 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Dickson began publishing professionally in 1950, and this first volume of his Best Stories chronicles the years 1954 through 1964 — with one important exception. Editor Hank Davis has wisely and temptingly kicked off the collection with "Love Song," the piece that Dickson sold to Harlan Ellison for Last Dangerous Visions, and which has been unseen since.

New in Paperback: March - April

Thursday 20 April 2017  |  Monitor

Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, Stephen King's End of Watch, Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX, Anna Smaill's The Chimes, and titles by Armstrong, Bauers, Belcher, Campbell, Cherryh, Martinez, Riggs, Seay, and Stewart.

Spotlight on: Rovina Cai, Artist

Wednesday 19 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

I've just wrapped up illustrating a picture book! It's called Tintinnabula, and is written by Australian SF/F writer Margo Lanagan. One of my favourite things about illustration is getting to delve into a writer's "world," and it has been a delight to explore Margo's.

New Books : 18 April

Tuesday 18 April 2017  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven, Sofia Samatar's Tender: Stories, John Joseph Adams' Cosmic Powers, and titles by Armstrong, Carr, Clark, Golden, James, Johnson, Kent, Shea, and Wolf

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 April 2017  |  Monitor

Omar El Akkad's American War debuts on three lists.

20 Years of Locus Online

Monday 17 April 2017  |  About the Website

Locus Online debuted 20 years ago today. Here's a look back at the history of the site, a selection of featured posts, and a gallery of homepage image captures that illustrate the development of the site as web standards evolved over the years.

Kinuko Y. Craft: Light & Shadow

Sunday 16 April 2017  |  Perspectives

jane yolen
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

One of the benefits I get from doing covers is, I get to read. The main thing I like about what I do is that I'm away from reality and the real world where I live, in a make believe one — a land of someone else's imagina­tion — as long as the project lasts. I need that to survive.

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 15 April 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Spotlight on: Jeffrey Alan Love, Artist

Friday 14 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

My first job in SF/F, I think, was working for Irene Gallo for, an absolutely wonderful website which has revolutionized short fiction and art in the SF/F field. I couldn't have asked for a better first job.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kameron Hurley

Thursday 13 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

While the raw template may be space opera, The Stars Are Legion draws enthusiastically and effectively on a number of mythological and horror traditions as well.

Spotlight on: Paul Lewin, Artist

Wednesday 12 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

Coming from the perspective of a fine artist, there are only a handful of cover projects that I've been involved with over the years. Without a doubt, though, the most interesting one has been with Seven Stories Press and the reissuing of Octavia Butler's books Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.

New Books : 11 April

Tuesday 11 April 2017  |  Monitor

Allen Steele's Avengers of the Moon, Elizabeth Moon's Cold Welcome, Gwyneth Jones' Proof of Concept, and titles by Anderson, Beal, Durst, Farland, Maberry, Mason, Pollock, Smith, and Smythe

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 April 2017  |  Monitor

Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer debuts on two lists.

Kameron Hurley: How to Write a Book in a Month

Sunday 9 April 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

We all want to learn how to write books faster. The pace of the news cycle today has heated up to such an extent that for those of us who aren't in the 1% of writers, if we don't come out with a book a year, it feels like the world has forgotten us amid the buzz of ever more intensifying world horror.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 8 April 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, The Dark, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Russell Letson reviews Ken MacLeod

Friday 7 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Ken MacLeod's new trilogy-in-progress bears the overall title The Corporation Wars, with US print editions of the first two volumes, Dissidence and Insurgence, appearing just a month apart late in 2016. (The third, Emergence, is due out later this year.) The story is told from a variety of viewpoints and features a mixture of motifs: the post-human condition, interstellar coloni­zation, and space combat, along with familiar MacLeodian discussions about political systems and revolution.

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 6 April 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by James S.A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, and Alexander Freed's Rogue One.

Liz Bourke reviews Charles Stross

Wednesday 5 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Empire Games is the start of a new trilogy, set in the world of his Merchant Princes novels (six books, now released as three omnibus edi­tions), but several years on from the nuclear events that punctuated those novels.

New Books : 4 April

Tuesday 4 April 2017  |  Monitor

John Kessel's The Moon and the Other, Omar El Akkad's American War, Aliette de Bodard's The House of Binding Thorns, Neil Clarke's The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two, and titles by Cherryh, Dolkart, Emrys, Flint & Barber, Jacka, Jennings, Lawrence, Lee, Matthews, Neuvel, North, O'Keefe, Priest, and Yatsuhashi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 April 2017  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire debuts on two lists.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Sunday 2 April 2017  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Edmund Gordon's The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and titles by Bledsoe, Carey, Donnelly, Nix, Palmer, Pratt, Rosetti & Rayyan, Schwab, and Spinrad.

Back to the Retrofuture, Version 2.0: A Review of Ghost in the Shell

Saturday 1 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ghost in the Shell is most definitely a film worth seeing, and no one who buys a ticket will feel cheated afterwards; they may especially appreciate the film, as I did, as an unusually artful rendering of all the things that people used to worry about in the 1980s. Still, like me, they may also conclude that the film just wasn’t their cup of tea.

April 2017 Table of Contents

Saturday 1 April 2017  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue features an interview with Kinuko Y. Craft and spotlights of artists Paul Lewin, Jeffrey Alan Love, and Rovina Cai, an obituary and appreciations for Susan Casper, a column by Kameron Hurley, a report on SF in Portugal, and reviews of short fiction and books by John Kessel, Brian Staveley, Robert Charles Wilson, Alex Wells, and many others.

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