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May 2017 Posts:


Periodicals: late May

Wednesday 31 May 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Interzone, and Into the Ruins, plus May content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

New Books : 30 May

Tuesday 30 May 2017  |  Monitor

Kit Reed's Mormama and titles by Andrews, Black, Brennan, and Hough

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 May 2017  |  Monitor

Stephen King & Richard Chizmar's Gwendy's Button Box debuts on four lists.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Claire North

Sunday 28 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2017 issue

With its fragmented structure and occasionally self-consciously meditative prose, The End of the Day might puzzle some who enjoyed the thriller plotting of The Sudden Appearance of Hope, but at its best it reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer.

Comments from the 2017 Locus Poll and Survey

Saturday 27 May 2017  |  Magazine

february issue
Here are comments, presented anonymously, submitted by voters in this year's Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll will be published in the magazine's July issue; survey results will appear in August issue.

Adrienne Martini reviews Robert Charles Wilson

Friday 26 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2017 issue

The past, it has been said, is another country. If you're August Kemp in Robert Charles Wilson's Last Year, that other country is one you can monetize.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Powers of Darkness

Thursday 25 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2017 issue

Question: When is Bram Stoker's Dracula not Bram Stoker's Dracula?

Answer: When it's Makt Myrkranna, a book whose title translates from the Icelandic as Powers of Darkness and which, in the early twentieth century, was published as the Icelandic-language edition of Stoker's vampire classic.

New Books : 23 May

Tuesday 23 May 2017  |  Monitor

Michael Crichton's Dragon Teeth, Stephen King & Richard Chizmar's Gwendy's Button Box, and titles by Baldwin, Clare, Gailey, and Higgins

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 May 2017  |  Monitor

Robin Hobb's Assassin's Fate and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Deadmen Walking debut; Amazon.com debuts "Amazon Charts"

Periodicals: mid-May

Sunday 21 May 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Aurealis, and The Dark

Contractual Obligations: A Review of Alien: Covenant


Saturday 20 May 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Unquestionably, Alien: Covenant fulfills its contractual obligations: so, if you have been longing to watch scene after scene of lunging aliens latching on the faces of intended victims and gruesomely slaughtering every one of them, this film represents the answer to your prayers. The very open question is whether anyone without that fervent yearning will want to sit through two hours and three minutes of this otherwise lamentable movie.

Faren Miller reviews Brian Staveley

Friday 19 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2017 issue

Over the course of killings and adventures, Skullsworn explores deeper issues — love and death, humanity and Other — without becoming ponderously profound... Stavely pulls it all off with style.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews John Kessel

Thursday 18 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2017 issue

The Moon and the Other brilliantly balances character, social commentary, and hard SF in a novel of surprising density and depth of feeling.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Jackson Bennett

Wednesday 17 May 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The rest of the book is a hurdle across many venues, a cat-and-mouse game in which Sigrud and his allies have to stay one step ahead of Nokov to frustrate his plans for world domination. Finished pretty much with any fresh worldbuilding — that activity was executed sufficiently in the first two books — Bennett can now use his well-established venues and cultures as stagesets for incredible action.

New Books : 16 May

Tuesday 16 May 2017  |  Monitor

Nebula Awards Showcase 2017, edited by Julie E. Czerneda, and titles by Campbell, Golden, MacLeod, Rossi, Smale, Turner, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 May 2017  |  Monitor

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Wings and Ruin debuts prominently on two lists.

Ellen Klages: Magic in the Mix

Sunday 14 May 2017  |  Perspectives

ellen klages
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

I love short stories. Imagine holding a small carved bowl, its weight and shape and size a perfect fit for two cupped hands. The grain of the wood flows with the bowl's curves. The interplay of light and dark pleases the eye. The texture is silken against your skin. You turn it, admiring the craft, the artistry, and the detail. "Itís lovely," you say, handing it back to its creator. Then you say, "Now when are you going to make something real, like furniture?"

New in Paperback: May

Saturday 13 May 2017  |  Monitor

Guy Gavriel Kay's Children of Earth and Sky, Blake Crouch's Dark Matter, Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Streets, and titles by Andrews, Bear, Coe, DeLillo, Green, Lockwood, Maas, Niven & Barnes, and Ryan

Paul Di Filippo reviews Bud Sparhawk

Friday 12 May 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Sparhawk offers us unflashy, solid tales which nonetheless often extend SF's remit. He never neglects either real technological novums nor humanistic story-telling values. He does not privilege message over entertainment, nor vice versa, but rather tries to keep both in balance. And in the end, he's all about the art and the history and traditions of the genre, not self-aggrandizing grandstanding.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Elizabeth Hand

Thursday 11 May 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

PM Press's ongoing series of chapbook miscellanies of "outspoken authors" — basically appetizer-size collections of fiction, non-fiction, and interviews — can at their best convey a sense of meeting an old radical friend in a bar, sharing a few memories, and catching up on things. Elizabeth Hand's Fire, the series' 18th volume, offers a cross-section of Hand's work as both author and critic.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Eric Flint & Mike Resnick

Wednesday 10 May 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Flint and Resnick deliver an outstanding, madcap, goofball adventure, with plenty of surprises and not a dull moment. If you want some points of comparison, I would adduce Ron Goulart, Keith Laumer, James Schmitz and — a fellow who has unfortunately dropped off the publishing map — that master of surreal japes, Philip Palmer.

New Books : 9 May

Tuesday 9 May 2017  |  Monitor

Gregory Benford's The Berlin Project, Ellen Klages' Wicked Wonders, and titles by Hardinge, Hobb, Kenyon, Khaw, Kroese, Rustad, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 May 2017  |  Monitor

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale ranks #1 on two paperback lists.

Paul Tremblay: Aftermath

Sunday 7 May 2017  |  Perspectives

jane yolen
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

That's why the emotional lives of characters in books are so interesting to me. I want to know why people react in certain ways to different situations, and what decisions they're going to make after that. In the best horror stories, the horror happens somewhere in the middle. The interesting part for me is the aftermath: "What are people going to do now?"

Periodicals: early May

Saturday 6 May 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Bestsellers, May

Friday 5 May 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by V.E. Schwab's A Conjuring of Light, Patricia Briggs' Fire Touched, Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and Claudia Gray's Star Wars: Bloodline.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 4 May 2017  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Ian McDonald's Luna: Wolf Moon and titles by Armstrong, Asher, Britain, Chokshi, Kessel, Lafferty, Matthews, Moon, Robinson, Scalzi, and Silverberg

Cory Doctorow: Weaponized Narrative

Wednesday 3 May 2017  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

Walkaway is a utopian disaster novel. It's a novel about people doing right for one another under conditions of adversity. It's a deliberate, tactical rebuttal of the science fiction stories (including my own) that resort to the easy, lazy trope of having civilization erupt into violence, rape, and chaos the minute that technology fails.

New Books : 2 May

Tuesday 2 May 2017  |  Monitor

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's 20th Liaden novel The Gathering Edge, and titles by Bennett, Bennis, Carey, Danker, Douglas, Flint & Resnick, Gaiman & Srinivasan, Hoyt, Hunter, Koch, Kushner, Maas, McLean, Meadows, Ochse, Patel, Rhodes, Wells, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 May 2017  |  Monitor

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale rises in the rankings.

May 2017 Table of Contents

Monday 1 May 2017  |  Magazine

may issue
The May issue features interviews with Ellen Klages and Paul Tremblay, a column by Cory Doctorow, coverage of the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and other conventions, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Strahan, Jeff VanderMeer, Ian McDonald, Clive Barker, Marie Brennan, and many others.

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