The Website of The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field
Locus Online
The Magazine

From this issue:

Table of Contents

Locus Bestsellers

New & Notable Books

Michael Dirda interview excerpts

Nina Kiriki Hoffman interview excerpts

Table of Contents


The December 2009 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • Interviews with Michael Dirda and Nina Kiriki Hoffman

  • Listings of Forthcoming Books through September 2009

  • Report and photos from World Fantasy Convention

  • 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 Margaret Atwood, Terry Pratchett, Iain M. Banks, Jack McDevitt, Robert McCammon, Daryl Gregory, and many others

  • Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrow" column, about Brian Aldiss

T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

December 2009 • Issue 587 • Vol. 63 No. 6
42nd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner

Michael Dirda: Dashing International Man of Mystery and Sophisticated Boulevardier / 6
Nina Kiriki Hoffman: Young at Heart / 76
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 5 & 10
World Fantasy Awards Winners • Sci Fi Wire Cancels Columns • Amazonís Best of 2009 • 200 Waldenbooks to Close • PWís Best Books of 2009
W O R L D    F A N T A S Y    C O N V E N T I O N / 5
World Fantasy Convention
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 Joe Haldeman, Harlan Ellison, Dean Koontz, Charlaine Harris, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, and many others
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
Google Books Settlement Revision • Clarion Datamancer Keyboard Project • Parallel Import Decision • E-Reader Round-Up • Book View Cafe • E-book News • Expresso Expansion • Teen Reading Survey • Announcements • Publishing News • Potter News • Book News • Bookstore News • Contest News • Worldcons News • Awards News • Financial News • Foreign Rights • Other Rights
F O R T H C O M I N G    B O O K S
US Forthcoming Books / 32    British Forthcoming Books / 48
Magazines Received: October / 52    Books Received: October / 53   
British Books Received: September / 64    Bestsellers / 66
L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 73
Dean Koontz • Phil Harbottle • Lou Anders • Dennis Lien • Jonathan Strahan
O B I T U A R I E S / 74
Louise CooperDon Ivan PunchatzDean Ellis • Death Reported: Herbert A. Goldstone • Appreciation for Ben Indick by Barry N. Malzberg
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 75
World Fantasy Convention • Cakes • E-books • Visitors • This Issue/Next Issue

L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S
Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 12
F&SF 12/09; Asimovís 10-11/09; Subterranean Summer í09;; The Push, David Hutchinson.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 13
Lovecraft Unbound, Ellen Datlow, ed.; Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; Sky Whales and Other Wonders, Vera Nazarian, ed.; F&SF 12/09; Postscripts #19, Peter Crowther, ed.; Ars Memoriae, Beth Bernobich; Shadow Unit 2.06.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 15
The Devilís Alphabet, Daryl Gregory; The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood; Transition, Iain M. Banks; SHORT TAKE: The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition, Ray Bradbury.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett; In Great Waters, Kit Whitfield; Avilion, Robert Holdstock; Heartís Blood, Judith Marillier; By the Mountain Bound, Elizabeth Bear.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 19
Time Travelers Never Die, Jack McDevitt.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 21
Lifelode, Jo Walton; Transition, Iain M. Banks; Not Less Than Gods, Kage Baker; Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Reviews by Stefan Dziemianowicz / 23
Mister Slaughter, Robert McCammon; R.I.P., Terry Lamsley; The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One, Ellen Datlow, ed.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 25
Going Bovine, Libba Bray; Child of Fire, Harry Connolly; The Runaway Dragon, Kate Coombs; The Shifter, Janice Hardy; Nice Girls Donít Date Dead Men, Molly Harper; Once a Witch, Carolyn MacCullough; Bride of Tranquility, Tracy S. Morris; Doppelgangster, Laura Resnick; The Blue Shoe, Roderick Townley; Fables: Peter & Max, Bill Willingham.
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight / 27
Galaxies Like Grains of Sand, Brian Aldiss; Non-Stop, Brian W. Aldiss; Hothouse, Brian W. Aldiss; Barefoot in the Head: A European Fantasia, Brian W. Aldiss; Best SF Stories, Brian W. Aldiss; Helliconia, Brian Aldiss.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 19, 21

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

Aldiss, Brian W. • Barefoot in the Head: A European Fantasia (Graham Sleight)
Aldiss, Brian W. • Best Science Fiction Stories of Brian W. Aldiss (Graham Sleight)
Aldiss, Brian W. • Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (Graham Sleight)
Aldiss, Brian W. • Helliconia (Graham Sleight)
Aldiss, Brian W. • Hothouse (Graham Sleight)
Aldiss, Brian W. • Non-Stop (Graham Sleight)
Atwood, Margaret • The Year of the Flood (Gary K. Wolfe)
Baker, Kage • Not Less than Gods (Adrienne Martini)
Banks, Iain M. • Transition (Adrienne Martini)
Banks, Iain M. • Transition (Gary K. Wolfe)
Bear, Elizabeth • By the Mountain Bound (Faren Miller)
Bernobich, Beth • Ars Memoriae (Rich Horton)
Bradbury, Ray • The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition (Gary K. Wolfe)
Bray, Libba • Going Bovine (Carolyn Cushman)
Connolly, Harry • Child of Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Coombs, Kate • The Runaway Dragon (Carolyn Cushman)
Crowther, Peter, ed. • Postscripts #19 (Rich Horton)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • The Best Horror of the Year: Volume One (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • Lovecraft Unbound (Rich Horton)
Gregory, Daryl • The Devil's Alphabet (Gary K. Wolfe)
Hardy, Janice • The Shifter (Carolyn Cushman)
Harper, Molly • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men (Carolyn Cushman)
Holdstock, Robert • Avilion (Faren Miller)
Hutchinson, David • The Push (Gardner Dozois)
Lamsley, Terry • R. I. P. (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
MacCullough, Carolyn • Once a Witch (Carolyn Cushman)
Marillier, Juliet • Heart's Blood (Faren Miller)
Marillier, Juliet • Heart's Blood (Faren Miller)
McCammon, Robert • Mister Slaughter (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
McDevitt, Jack • Time Travelers Never Die (Russell Letson)
Morris, Tracy S. • Bride of Tranquility (Carolyn Cushman)
Nazarian, Vera, ed. • Sky Whales and Other Wonders (Rich Horton)
Pratchett, Terry • Unseen Academicals (Faren Miller)
Resnick, Laura • Doppelgangster (Carolyn Cushman)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Eclipse Three (Adrienne Martini)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Eclipse Three (Rich Horton)
Townley, Roderick • The Blue Shoe (Carolyn Cushman)
Walton, Jo • Lifelode (Adrienne Martini)
Whitfield, Kit • In Great Waters (Faren Miller)
Willingham, Bill • Fables: Peter & Max (Carolyn Cushman)
December 2009 Issue
Table of Contents

posted 1 December 2009

december cover
Cover Design: Arnie Fenner

US/Canada readers may purchase this issue for $6.95 + $3 shipping -- click the PayPal button to order.

Overseas readers -- please query, or phone at (510) 339-9198, to send a check or place a credit card order for this issue. (Or, Subscribe.)

© 2009 by Locus Publications. All rights reserved.