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The May 2010 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • A Roundtable discussion on Poe and the Fantastic, with Peter Straub, Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Datlow, Brian Evenson, and Liza Groen Trombi; and an interview with Brian Evenson

  • Spotlight features on David Palumbo and Lynne M. Thomas

  • A new column by Cory Doctorow, "Persistence Pays Parasites"

  • Report and photos from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando and World Horror Con in Brighton

  • Obituaries of George H. Scithers, John Schoenherr, 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, Paul Witcover, Carolyn Cushman, and others, of books by Guy Gavriel Kay, K.J. Parker, Charlie Huston, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, and many others

T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

May 2010 • Issue 592 • Vol. 64 No. 5
43rd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner

Poe & the Fantastic: A Roundtable with Peter Straub, Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Datlow, Brian Evenson, and Liza Groen Trombi / 12
Brian Evenson: Strange (But Never Gratuitous) / 64
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 5 & 10
2009 Hugo Awards Nominations • Ballantine and Bantam Del Merge • ‘‘C.L. Anderson’’ Wins 2010 Philip K. Dick Award • 2009 Stoker Awards Winners
Spotlight on David Palumbo, Artist / 5 Spotlight on Lynne M. Thomas, Archivist / 41 Rudy Rucker, Artist / 55
International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts / 6 WHC 2010, Brighton England / 62
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 Jeanne Robinson, Gene Wolfe, Margaret Atwood, Garth Nix & Sean Williams, Stephen King, and many others
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
2009 BSFA Winners • Clarke Award Shortlist • Borders Buys Some Time • PW Purchased • Book Production Numbers • Canadian Booksellers vs. Amazon • Another Google Lawsuit • Orbit’s Short Fiction • Authors Guild on E-book Royalties • Big Trouble in China • iPad News • HarperStudio Folds • Superman Regains Record • Stolen Rowling • Awards News • Announcements • Worldcons News • Bookstore News • Book News • Publishing News • Media News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • PW Bestsellers of 2009
C O M M E N T A R Y / 31
Cory Doctorow: Persistence Pays Parasites
SF in Brazil / 34
Magazines Received: March / 36    Books Received: March / 37   
British Books Received: February / 48    Bestsellers / 50
O B I T U A R I E S / 58
George H. Scithers • Appreciations by Darrell Schweitzer and John Betancourt Patricia Wrightson William Mayne John Schoenherr
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 60
Spring • Visitors • 1,000,000 Books • Ballantine Bantam Dell • 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 / 15
Sword & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds.; Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber; Is Anybody Out There?, Nick Gevers & Marty Halpern, eds.; Asimov’s 4-5/10; Interzone 1-2/10.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 17
Asimov’s 4-5/10; F&SF 5-6/10; Tales of the Unanticipated #30; Black Static 2-3/10; Strange Horizons 3/10; Clarkesworld 4/10; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/11/10; Alembical 2, Lawrence M. Schoen & Arthur Dorrance, eds.; The God Engines, John Scalzi.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 18
Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay; Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi; Leviathan Wept and Other Stories, Daniel Abraham; SHORT TAKES: Conversations with Octavia Butler, Conseula Francis, ed.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 21
The Folding Knife, K.J. Parker; Shades of Grey, Jasper Fforde; Dragon Haven, Robin Hobb; Changeless, Gail Carriger; SHORT TAKE: Moonshine, Alaya Johnson.
Reviews by Paul Witcover / 24
Sleepless, Charlie Huston; Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear; The Taborin Scale, Lucius Shepard; Hespira, Matthew Hughes
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 27
Changeless, Gail Carriger; Dead in the Family, Charlaine Harris; Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins; Unholy Ghosts, Stacia Kane; A Local Habitation, Seanan McGuire; The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7: Lord Sunday, Garth Nix; Burning Lamp, Amanda Quick; Avenging Angels, Mary Stanton; Blood Magic, Eileen Wilks; Foiled, Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Stefan Dziemianowicz, Rich Horton, & Tim Pratt / 29
Blockade Billy, Stephen King; Warriors, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.; A Matter of Blood, Sarah Pinborough.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 17, 19, 25, 27

Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Asimov's April/May 2010 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov's April/May 2010 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies February 2010 (Rich Horton)
Black Static Feb-Mar 2010 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld Magazine April 2010 (Rich Horton)
F&SF May/June 2010 (Rich Horton)
Interzone Jan-Feb 2010 (Gardner Dozois)
Strange Horizons March 2010 (Rich Horton)
Tales of the Unanticipated #30 2010 (Rich Horton)

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

Abraham, Daniel • Leviathan Wept and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Bacigalupi, Paolo • Ship Breaker (Gary K. Wolfe)
Bear, Elizabeth • Bone and Jewel Creatures (Paul Witcover)
Brown, Charles N., & Jonathan Strahan, eds. • Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories (Gardner Dozois)
Carriger, Gail • Changeless (Carolyn Cushman)
Carriger, Gail • Changeless (Faren Miller)
Fforde, Jasper • Shades of Grey (Faren Miller)
Francis, Consuela, ed. • Conversations with Octavia Butler (Gary K. Wolfe)
Gevers, Nick, & Marty Halpern, eds. • Is Anybody Out There? (Gardner Dozois)
Harris, Charlaine • Dead in the Family (Carolyn Cushman)
Hawkins, Rachel • Hex Hall (Carolyn Cushman)
Hobb, Robin • Dragon Haven (Faren Miller)
Hughes, Matthew • Hespira (Paul Witcover)
Huston, Charlie • Sleepless (Paul Witcover)
Johnson, Alaya • Moonshine (Faren Miller)
Kane, Stacia • Unholy Ghosts (Carolyn Cushman)
Kay, Guy Gavriel • Under Heaven (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kay, Guy Gavriel • Under Heaven (Gary K. Wolfe)
King, Stephen • Blockade Billy (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. • Warriors (Rich Horton)
McGuire, Seanan • A Local Habitation (Carolyn Cushman)
Nix, Garth • The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7: Lord Sunday (Carolyn Cushman)
Parker, K. J. • The Folding Knife (Faren Miller)
Pinborough, Sarah • A Matter of Blood (Tim Pratt)
Quick, Amanda • Burning Lamp (Carolyn Cushman)
Scalzi, John • The God Engines (Rich Horton)
Schoen, Lawrence M., & Arthur Dorrance, eds. • Alembical 2 (Rich Horton)
Shepard, Lucius • The Taborin Scale (Paul Witcover)
Stanton, Mary • Avenging Angels (Carolyn Cushman)
Strahan, Jonathan, & Lou Anders, eds. • Swords and Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery (Gardner Dozois)
Wilks, Eileen • Blood Magic (Carolyn Cushman)
Yolen, Jane, & Mike Cavallaro • Foiled (Carolyn Cushman)
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