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The May 2009 issue of Locus Magazine is a special "Urban Fantasy" issue: featuring:

  • Interviews with Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, and Marjorie Liu

  • Commentary about Urban Fantasy by Ginjer Buchanan, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and many others

  • Also, news about the Nebula Awards winners, the Philip K. Dick awards winners, and a convention report about the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

  • A new column by Cory Doctorow, "Extreme Geek"

  • An obituary of J.G. Ballard with an appreciation by Michael Moorock

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

  • Short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton, plus reviews by Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, and others, of books by Robert Charles Wilson, Greer Gilman, Francis Hardinge, Roger Zelazny, and many others


T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

May 2009 • Issue 580 • Vol. 62 No. 5
42nd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner

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 K.D. Wentworth, Christopher Priest, Michael Crichton, Michael Moorcock, Greg Bear, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10
2008 Nebula Awards • Castro and Walton Win 2009 Philip K. Dick Award • J.G. Ballard (1930-2009)
L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    U R B A N    F A N T A S Y
An Interview with Kim Harrison: Secret Identity / 6
An Interview with Patricia Briggs: Mercy and Faith / 30
An Interview with Marjorie Liu: Hopeless Romantic / 41


Urban Fantasy by Liza Groen Trombi / 32 In the Beginning... by Ginjer Buchanan / 33 Paranormal Thoughts by Charlaine Harris / 34 The Urban Fantasy Heroine by Kelley Armstrong / 34 Urban Fantasy by Carrie Vaughn / 34 Looking Beyond the Sexy Babe on the Cover – Which Subgenre Is This? by Maryelizabeth Hart / 35 It’s Not About the Monsters by Vicki Pettersson / 36 The Flight of the Bumblebee by Mike Carey / 36 Accidental Urban Fantasist by T.A. Pratt / 38 Our World, Only Better? by Diana Gill / 39 A Reader’s Guide: Recommendations by Carolyn Cushman / 40
C O N V E N T I O N S / 5
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
BSFA Winners • Mighty Meyers • Streets of Discworld • Dave McKean Postage Stamps • Wheel of Time Conclusion • Totally Space Opera • Tessa B. Dick Sues • Starlog Goes Digital • Borders Survives • Dover Loses Goodwill • Amazon News • Google Books Still Embattled • Tolkien Digital Rights • E-Reader News • E-Book Royalities Reduced • Contest News • Announcements • Awards News • Legal News • Book News • Financial News • International Rights • Publications Received • Catalogues Received
C O M M E N T A R Y / 27
Cory Doctorow: Extreme Geek
L I S T I N G S
Magazines Received: March / 44    Books Received: March / 45   
British Books Received: February / 53    Bestsellers / 54
O B I T U A R I E S / 60
J.G. Ballard • Appreciation by Michael Moorcock Sir Clement Freud • Appreciation by Neil Gaiman Chester D. CuthbertJohn Kennedy Michael CoxKen RandDave ArnesonFrank Springer John S. Brooks
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 63
April in California • ICFA • Urban Fantasy • Visitors • J.G. Ballard • Sub Changes • Hall of Fame Awards • Looking Ahead



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
Federations, John Joseph Adams, ed.; Apex 3/09; Interzone 1-2/09; Subterranean Winter ’09; Asimov’s 4-5/09; F&SF 4-5/09.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
Weird Tales 11-12/08; Black Static 1-2/09; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/26/09; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/12/09; Apex 2/09; Apex 3/09; Fantasy Magazine 4/09; Fantasy Magazine 5/09; Clarkesworld 4/09; Intergalactic Medicine Show 3/09; We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle; Flurb Spring/Summer ’09; Strange Horizons 3/09; Shadow Unit Season 2; Analog 5/09; Asimov’s 4-5/09.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd Century America, Robert Charles Wilson; The Cardboard Universe, Christopher Miller; Genesis, Bernard Beckett; Long Juju Man, Nnedi Okorafor.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 19
Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales, Greer Gilman; Gullstruck Island (as The Lost Conspiracy in the US), Frances Hardinge; Darkborn, Alison Sinclair; The Red Wolf Conspiracy, Robert V.S. Redick; SHORT TAKES: Fall of Light, Nina Kiriki Hoffman; In the Land of Invented Languages, Arika Okrent.
Reviews by Paul Witcover / 21
The Babylonian Trilogy, Sébastien Doubinsky; Hylozoic, Rudy Rucker; We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle; Mortal Coils, Eric Nylund.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 23
Magic Strikes, Ilona Andrews; Death’s Daughter, Amber Benson; Thicker Than Water, Mike Carey; Blood from Stone, Laura Anne Gilman; Dead and Gone, Charlaine Harris; The Enchantment Emporium, Tanya Huff; Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun, Victoria Laurie; Rampant, Diana Peterfreund; Spiral Hunt, Margaret Ronald; Mortal Sins, Eileen Wilks.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Rich Horton & Richard A. Lupoff / 25
Federations, John Joseph Adams, ed.; The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction Volume Three, George Mann, ed.; The Dead Man’s Brother, Roger Zelazny; A Little Intelligence, Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 21



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

Adams, John Joseph, ed. • Federations (Gardner Dozois)
Adams, John Joseph, ed. • Federations (Rich Horton)
Andrews, Ilona • Magic Strikes (Carolyn Cushman)
Beagle, Peter S. • We Never Talk About My Brother (Paul Witcover)
Beagle, Peter S. • We Never Talk About My Brother (Rich Horton)
Beckett, Bernard • Genesis (Gary K. Wolfe)
Benson, Amber • Death's Daughter (Carolyn Cushman)
Carey, Mike • Thicker than Water (Carolyn Cushman)
Doubinsky, Sébastien • The Babylonian Trilogy (Paul Witcover)
Gilman, Greer • Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Faren Miller)
Gilman, Laura Anne • Blood from Stone (Carolyn Cushman)
Hardinge, Frances • Gullstruck Island (Faren Miller)
Hardinge, Frances • The Lost Conspiracy (Faren Miller)
Harris, Charlaine • Dead and Gone (Carolyn Cushman)
Hoffman, Nina Kiriki • Fall of Light (Faren Miller)
Huff, Tanya • The Enchantment Emporium (Carolyn Cushman)
Laurie, Victoria • Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Carolyn Cushman)
Mann, George, ed. • The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Three (Rich Horton)
Miller, Christopher • The Cardboard Universe: A Guide to the World of Phoebus K. Dank (Gary K. Wolfe)
Nylund, Eric • Mortal Coils (Paul Witcover)
Okorafor-Mbachu, Nnedi • Long Juju Man (Gary K. Wolfe)
Okrent, Arika • In the Land of Invented Languages (Faren Miller)
Peterfreund, Diana • Rampant (Carolyn Cushman)
Redick, Robert V. S. • The Red Wolf Conspiracy (Faren Miller)
Ronald, Margaret • Spiral Hunt (Carolyn Cushman)
Rucker, Rudy • Hylozoic (Paul Witcover)
Silverberg, Robert, & Randall Garrett • A Little Intelligence (Richard A. Lupoff)
Sinclair, Alison • Darkborn (Faren Miller)
Wilks, Eileen • Mortal Sins (Carolyn Cushman)
Wilson, Robert Charles • Julian Comstock (Gary K. Wolfe)
Zelazny, Roger • The Dead Man's Brother (Richard A. Lupoff)
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