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The January 2009 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • Interviews with Frederik Pohl and Daryl Gregory

  • An obituary and appreciations of Forrest J Ackerman

  • News coverage of the publishing industry's Black Wednesday

  • A new column by Cory Doctorow, "Writing in the Age of Distraction"

  • Short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton, plus reviews by Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Paul Witcover, Carolyn Cushman, and others, of two dozen books by Dan Simmons, Daniel Fox, Bruce Sterling, Neal Asher, Brian Evenson, Holly Phillips, and others.

  • Bibliographic listings of the month's New Books and Magazines published in the US and UK

T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

January 2009 • Issue 576 • Vol. 62 No. 1
42nd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner

I N T E R V I E W S
Frederik Pohl: On My Way to the Future / 6
Daryl Gregory: That Mythic Thing / 64
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 5 & 10
Forrest J Ackerman (1916 - 2008) • Black Wednesday and Beyond • Are Cartoon Characters Real People? • Cooper Wins Endeavour
P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Ellen Kushner, Sara Douglass, Patrick Ness, Stephen King, Walter Jon Williams, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson, Robert J. Sawyer and many others
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
2008 world Fantasy Awards Judges • Publishers Weekly Not for Sale • Stoker Voting Deadlines Changed • Google Books -- SFWA Still Unhappy • Amazon Scrooge? • Zeno Agency Formed • SF at Auction • The Unsleeping Eye • Worldcons News • Poster-boy Pratchett • Help Vera • Bright Twilight • Harry Potter’s Bard Book • E-Book News • Publishing News • Magazine News • Book News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received
C O M M E N T A R Y / 29
Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
I N T E R N A T I O N A L / 36
SF in Brazil
L I S T I N G S
Magazines Received: November / 38    Books Received: November / 39   
British Books Received: October / 49    Bestsellers / 52
O B I T U A R I E S / 5 & 59
Forrest J Ackerman • Appreciations by Arthur Jean Cox, Greg Bear, Stephen Jones, & Alan White • James Cawthorn • Appreciation by Michael Moorcock • George C. Chesbro Ivan SouthallRichard K. LyonJoseph McGeeJohanna Braun & Günter BraunAdam SunBettie Page
L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 62
Christopher Kovacs
C O N V E N T I O N / 67
SFWA New York Reception
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 63
Real Weather • Thanksgiving • More Visitors • Bettie Page • Black Wednesday • This Issue • Next Issue • My Holidays



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S
Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 13
Dreaming Again, Jack Dann, ed.; Postscripts Summer ’08; The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed.; Subterfuge, Ian Whates, ed.; Celebrations, Ian Whates, ed.; Myth-Understandings, Ian Whates, ed.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
Asimov’s 1/09; F&SF 1/09; Analog 1-2/09; Interzone 10/08; Interzone 12/08; Postscripts Autumn ’08; Weird Tales 9-10/08; Intergalactic Medicine Show 12/08; Subterranean Fall ’08; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/08; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 12/08; Impossibilia, Douglas Smith.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
Drood, Dan Simmons; Poe, Ellen Datlow, ed.; The Caryatids, Bruce Sterling; The Walls of the Universe, Paul Melko; Last Days, Brian Evenson.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 19
Dragon in Chains, Daniel Fox; The Engine’s Child, Holly Phillips; The Company, K.J. Parker; The Pilo Family Circus, Will Elliott; The Stormcaller, Tom Lloyd.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 21
Shadow of the Scorpion, Neal Asher; Template, Matthew Hughes.
Reviews by Paul Witcover / 23
Last Days, Brian Evenson; The Walls of the Universe, Paul Melko; Leaving Fortusa: A Novel in Ten Episodes, John Grant; The High City, Cecelia Holland.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 25
Shift, Charlotte Agell; Undone, Rachel Caine; The Black Ship, Diana Pharaoh Francis; A Woman Worth Ten Coppers, Morgan Howell; Thirteen Orphans, Jane Lindskold; Zen and the Art of Vampires, Katie MacAlister; The Sweet Scent of Blood, Suzanne McLeod; The Engine’s Child, Holly Phillips.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Adrienne Martini, Mark R. Kelly, Stefan Dziemianowicz, & Rich Horton / 27
The January Dancer, Michael Flynn; Best American Fantasy 2008, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer; Just After Sunset: Stories, Stephen King; The Serial Garden, Joan Aiken.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 21



Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer)

Agell, Charlotte • Shift (Carolyn Cushman)
Aiken, Joan • The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories (Rich Horton)
Asher, Neal • Shadow of the Scorpion (Russell Letson)
Caine, Rachel • Undone: Outcast Season, Book One (Carolyn Cushman)
Dann, Jack, ed. • Dreaming Again: Thirty-Five New Stories Celebrating the Wild Side of Australian Fiction (Gardner Dozois)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Gardner Dozois)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • Poe (Gary K. Wolfe)
Elliott, Will • The Pilo Family Circus (Faren Miller)
Evenson, Brian • Last Days (Gary K. Wolfe)
Evenson, Brian • Last Days (Paul Witcover)
Flynn, Michael • January Dancer (Adrienne Martini)
Fox, Daniel • Dragon in Chains (Faren Miller)
Francis, Diana Pharaoh • The Black Ship (Carolyn Cushman)
Grant, John • Leaving Fortusa (Paul Witcover)
Holland, Cecelia • The High City (Paul Witcover)
Howell, Morgan • A Woman Worth Ten Coppers (Carolyn Cushman)
Hughes, Matthew • Template (Russell Letson)
King, Stephen • Just After Sunset (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Lindskold, Jane • Thirteen Orphans (Carolyn Cushman)
Lloyd, Tom • The Stormcaller (Faren Miller)
MacAlister, Katie • Zen and the Art of Vampires (Carolyn Cushman)
McLeod, Suzanne • The Sweet Scent of Blood (Carolyn Cushman)
Melko, Paul • The Walls of the Universe (Gary K. Wolfe)
Melko, Paul • The Walls of the Universe (Paul Witcover)
Parker, K. J. • The Company (Faren Miller)
Phillips, Holly • The Engine's Child (Carolyn Cushman)
Phillips, Holly • The Engine's Child (Faren Miller)
Simmons, Dan • Drood (Gary K. Wolfe)
Smith, Douglas • Impossibilia (Rich Horton)
Sterling, Bruce • Caryatids (Gary K. Wolfe)
Vandermeer, Ann, & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. • Best American Fantasy 2 (Mark R. Kelly)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Celebration: 50 Years of the British Science Fiction Association (Gardner Dozois)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Myth-Understandings (Gardner Dozois)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Subterfuge (Gardner Dozois)
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