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June 2017 Blinks

June 2017 -- News Posts

June 2017 Posts:

Liz Bourke reviews Cassandra Khaw

Thursday 29 June 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2017 issue

Food of the Gods is a mosaic novel, of sorts. It collects three linked novellas by Cassandra Khaw that, together, form a whole arc. At least two of these novellas have already been published as standalone e-books. The first of these is called "Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef", and if I tell you it really does live up to the title, you've got some idea of the flavour of the novel as a whole.

Russell Letson reviews Ian McDonald

Wednesday 28 June 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2017 issue

Ian McDonald's Luna: Wolf Moon (the second-act volume in the sequence that opened last year with Luna: New Moon) is instantly recognizably as hard SF: it's set only a century from now, in a future developed from current conditions and built on technologies that we can imagine evolving from today's cutting-edge efforts in AI, medicine, and engineering.

New Books : 27 June

Tuesday 27 June 2017  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's Spoonbenders, Karin Tidbeck's Amatka, and titles by Barnes, Belcher, Dunne, Gabaldon, Hough, Irvine, Lore, Oden, Ryan, Tanaka, West, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 June 2017  |  Monitor

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland and The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker and James Morrow

Sunday 25 June 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Both these novellas offer as much pleasure as books three times their size. Snap them up!

Bruce Sterling reviews Cory Doctorow

Saturday 24 June 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2017 issue

Walkaway is a real-deal, generically traditional science-fiction novel; it's set in an undated future and it features weird set design, odd costumes, fights, romances, narrow escapes, cool weapons, even zeppelins. This is the best Cory Doctorow book ever.

New in Paperback: June

Friday 23 June 2017  |  Monitor

David D. Levine's Arabella of Mars, Sofia Samatar's The Winged Histories, and titles by Black, Durbin, Martinez, and Milán

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

Thursday 22 June 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2017 issue

Like Bradbury, Klages is notable for the clarity and unstrained elegance of her prose, though she never reaches for the self-conscious rhapsodizing that often characterized Bradbury's later work. To the extent that Klages's world is like Bradbury's, it’s for the most part Bradbury without the boys and without the exclamation points.

New Books : 20 June

Tuesday 20 June 2017  |  Monitor

Theodora Goss's The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, James Morrow's The Asylum of Dr. Caligari, and titles by Bishop, Chen, Crowley, Dietz, Gunn, Hieber, Holt, Jones, Koontz, Lam, Nagata, and Turzillo

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 June 2017  |  Monitor

Michael Crichton's Dragon Teeth ranks in the top 5 on four lists.

Cat Sparks: Strange Directions

Sunday 18 June 2017  |  Perspectives

cat sparks
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

I didn't set out to write a climate change story, but it is easy to see how I ended up with one. My still-not-finished PhD examines the intersection point of ecocatastrophe science fiction and climate fiction. No way to stop that bleeding over into any­thing else I'm working on. I can barely keep it out of my conversation.

Periodicals: mid-June

Saturday 17 June 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Aurealis, Forever, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Star*Line

Spotlight on: Scott H. Andrews, Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Friday 16 June 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's June Issue

"Literary adventure fantasy" is my tagline for literary or character-centered fantasy set in other worlds. Much secondary-world fantasy feels focused on the setting or the plot; I like a focus on the characters, for example using Realist approaches like close points-of-view or ambiguous endings — realism in worlds that aren't real.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2018

Thursday 15 June 2017  |  Resources

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

Wednesday 14 June 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Just after I had lamented, a few reviews ago, that authors were not inclined nowadays to indulge in old-school, one-on-one collaborations, along comes this giddy, engrossing romp of a novel authored by a team. It's a seamless performance reminiscent of such ancestors as de Camp & Pratt, while still hewing to ultra-modern standards and practices for SF novels with a magical slant.

New Books : 13 June

Tuesday 13 June 2017  |  Monitor

Yoon Ha Lee's Raven Stratagem, Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland's The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., and titles by Anderson, Brooks, Cooper, Corlett, Drayden, Egan, Johnston, Lavalle, McGuire, Saintcrow, Schenck, Schwab, and Smith & Gladstone

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 June 2017  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien debuts.

John Kessel: Over the Moon

Sunday 11 June 2017  |  Perspectives

john kessel
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

I'm very happy to have The Moon and the Other out. In this book I wanted to make the scientific extrapolation as plausible as I could, and do social speculation, and get deeply into the characters — tell a novel of manners, two love stories set in a made-up society — and have political intrigues and family drama and even something of a thriller plot.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gregory Benford

Saturday 10 June 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

From his wonted haunts in the intergalactic realms of space, Gregory Benford has come down to Earth — a venue he has not totally neglected in the past, given such seminal and well-received quasi-naturalistic works as Timescape — to produce a counterfactual novel in the manner of Harry Turtledove.

Spotlight on: Heather Shaw, Persistent Visions

Friday 9 June 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's June Issue

As I say in my guidelines, I'm looking for "stories that include a diverse cast of characters, that challenge conventional assumptions regarding race, relationships, gender, neurodiversity, disability, and sexuality in thought-provoking, exciting new ways..."

Kameron Hurley: Story Isn't Just "Stuff Happens"

Thursday 8 June 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's June Issue.

Just because we have read stories doesn't mean we intrinsically know how to write them, the same way that simply having a dog isn't going to teach you how to better understand them.

Locus Bestsellers, June

Wednesday 7 June 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patricia Briggs' Silence Fallen, Seanan McGuire's Magic for Nothing, V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, and Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End.

New Books : 6 June

Tuesday 6 June 2017  |  Monitor

Catherynne M. Valente'a The Refrigerator Monologues, K.W. Jeter's Grim Expectations, a memoir by Frank M. Robinson, and titles by Afsharirad, Chandler & Mullenax, Conroy & Dunn, de Castell, DuBois, Gilligan, Green, Huff, Jensen, Kadrey, Korpon, Tolkien, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 June 2017  |  Monitor

Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows and Michael Crichton's Dragon Teeth debut strongly.

Periodicals: early June

Sunday 4 June 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

A Working Model for Superhero Films: A Review of Wonder Woman

Saturday 3 June 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Without a doubt, Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman is the very best of the recent "DC Extended Universe" superhero films — yet the praise doesn't mean as much as it should, inasmuch as its undistinguished precursors — Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad — set the bar very low, to put it mildly.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Friday 2 June 2017  |  Magazine

June New and Notable books include Weinberg Tales and titles by Adams, Brennan, Clarke, Doctorow, Hobb, Johnson, Kiernan, Klages, Kushner, Murad & Shurin, and VanderMeer

June 2017 Table of Contents

Thursday 1 June 2017  |  Magazine

june issue
The June issue features interviews with John Kessel and Cat Sparks, a column by Kameron Hurley, spotlights on Scott H. Andrews and Heather Shaw, lists of forthcoming books through March 2018, and reviews of short fiction and books by Daryl Gregory, Dave Duncan, C.J. Cherryh, Ellen Datlow, Cory Doctorow, and many others.

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