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The August 2009 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • An obituary of Locus co-founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief Charles N. Brown

  • A report on the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle

  • A roundtable discussion on history and fantasy with Guy Gavriel Kay, Cecelia Holland, Gary K. Wolfe, and Charles N. Brown, and an interview with Mary Robinette Kowal

  • Results of this year's Locus Survey

  • Other obituaries, of Phyllis Gotlieb, Robert A. Collins, and others

  • 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 Kim Stanley Robinson, James Braziel, Jack Vance, Kage Baker, and many others

  • Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrow" column, about A.E. van Vogt


T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

August 2009 • Issue 583 • Vol. 63 No. 2
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
History & Fantasy: A Roundtable Discussion with Guy Gavriel Kay, Cecelia Holland, Gary K. Wolfe, and Charles N. Brown / 6
Mary Robinette Kowal: Puppetmaster / 64
2 0 0 9    S C I E N C E    F I C T I O N    A W A R D S    W E E K E N D / 4
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 Ray Bradbury, Iain M. Banks, Peter Dickinson, Alastair Reynolds, Neal Stephenson, Sherri S. Tepper, Ian McDonald, Elizabeth Hand, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 11
Readercon Awards • Summer Writing Workshops
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 13
Penguin UK Upheavals • F&SF Workshop Brouhaha • Google Books Antitrust Inquiry • Parallel Import Repeal? • Amazonís Memory Hole • Torís Online Store • E-book Stores • Borders UK Buyout • Amazon/Hachette Dťtente • SFWA Dues Increase • Worldcons News • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights
C H A R L E S    N .    B R O W N    ( 1 9 3 7 - 2 0 0 9) / 35
C O N V E N T I O N S
Readercon / 39
L O C U S    S U R V E Y    2 0 0 9 / 42
L I S T I N G S
Magazines Received: June / 46    Books Received: June / 47   
British Books Received: May / 57    Bestsellers / 60
O B I T U A R I E S / 35 & 66
Charles N. BrownPhyllis Gotlieb • Appreciation by Robert J. Sawyer • Robert A. CollinsH.B. GilmourG. Scott HeckenlivelyKen MooreIlene Meyer • Appreciation by Arnie Fenner
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 67
Charles N. Brown



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S
Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 15
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, John Joseph Adams, ed.; Gamer Fantastic, Martin H. Greenberg & Kerrie Hughes, eds.; Man-Kzin Wars XII, Anonymous, ed.; Asimovís 7/09; Starfall, Stephen Baxter; Analog 6/09; Analog 7-8/09; Tor.com.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 17
Conjunctions 52; Greatest Uncommon Denominator Spring í09; Zahir Summer í09; Sybilís Garage 5/09; M-Brane SF 4/09; Analog 9/09; Asimovís 8/09; Interzone 6/09; Fantasy Magazine 8/09; Clarkesworld 7/09; Trollís Eye View, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds.; The Priestess and the Slave Girl, Jenny Blackford.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 19
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 3, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; The Yearís Best SF 14, David G. Hartwelll & Kathryn Cramer, eds.; Galileoís Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson; Snakeskin Road, James Braziel; Hope-in-the-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees, Michael Swanwick.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 23
Burn Me Deadly, Alex Bledsoe; Elfland, Freda Warrington; Snakeskin Road, James Braziel; Winterstrike, Liz Williams: SHORT TAKE: Prospero Lost, L. Jagi Lamplighter.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 25
The Sunless Countries, Karl Schroeder; Wild Thyme, Green Magic, Jack Vance.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 27
The Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker; The Women of Nell Gwynneís, Kage Baker; Sandman Slim, Richard Kadrey; Purple and Black, K.J. Parker; The Affinity Bridge, George Mann.
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight / 29
The Voyage of the Space Beagle, A.E. van Vogt; The World of A, A.E. van Vogt; Slan, A.E. van Vogt; Transfinite: The Essential van Vogt, A.E. van Vogt.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 17, 23, 25, 27



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

Adams, John Joseph, ed. • The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Gardner Dozois)
Anonymous, ed. • Man-Kzin Wars XII (Gardner Dozois)
Baker, Kage • The Hotel Under the Sand (Adrienne Martini)
Baker, Kage • The Women of Nell Gwynne's (Adrienne Martini)
Baxter, Stephen • Starfall (Gardner Dozois)
Blackford, Jenny • The Priestess and the Slave (Rich Horton)
Bledsoe, Alex • Burn Me Deadly (Faren Miller)
Braziel, James • Snakeskin Road (Faren Miller)
Braziel, James • Snakeskin Road (Gary K. Wolfe)
Datlow, Ellen, & Terri Windling, eds. • Troll's Eye View (Rich Horton)
Greenberg, Martin H., & Kerrie Hughes, eds. • Gamer Fantastic (Gardner Dozois)
Hartwell, David G., & Kathryn Cramer, eds. • Year's Best SF 14 (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kadrey, Richard • Sandman Slim (Adrienne Martini)
Lamplighter, L. Jagi • Prospero Lost (Faren Miller)
Mann, George • The Affinity Bridge (Adrienne Martini)
Parker, K. J. • Purple and Black (Adrienne Martini)
Robinson, Kim Stanley • Galileo's Dream (Gary K. Wolfe)
Schroeder, Karl • The Sunless Countries (Russell Letson)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Three (Gary K. Wolfe)
Swanwick, Michael • Hope-In-the-Mist: The Extraordinary Career and Mysterious Life of Hope Mirrlees (Gary K. Wolfe)
van Vogt, A. E. • Slan (Graham Sleight)
van Vogt, A. E. • The Voyage of the Space Beagle (Graham Sleight)
van Vogt, A. E. • The World of Null-A (Graham Sleight)
van Vogt, A. E. • Transfinite: The Essential A.E. van Vogt (Graham Sleight)
Vance, Jack • Wild Thyme and Green Magic (Russell Letson)
Warrington, Freda • Elfland (Faren Miller)
Williams, Liz • Winterstrike (Faren Miller)
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