Locus Magazine • January 2014 • Issue 636 • Vol. 72 No. 1

The January issue features interviews with Stephen Baxter and Stina Leicht, a new column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on Annalee Newitz and Galen Dara, lots of publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Ian McDonald, Joe Haldeman, Brain Staveley, Alastair Reynolds, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.


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January 2014 • Issue 636 • Vol. 72 • No. 1
47th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

INTERVIEWS
Stephen Baxter: Conceptual Breakthrough / 6
Stina Leicht: Element of Magic / 56
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Samuel R. Delany, Robert A. Heinlein, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Ken Liu, Jo Walton, and many others • Photo Story: Viable Paradise.
MAIN STORIES / 10
Electric Velocipede and Icarus Closing • SF Site Suspends Regular Updates • PW’s Best of the 2013 • Bookseller Class Action Dismissed • Kramer Pleads Guilty • Amazon’s Best of 2013 • Other Best of the Year Lists
thE datA file / 11
SFWA Raises Qualifying Market Rates • Amazon News • Museum of Science Fiction Update • Awards News • Book News • Publishing News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights
COMMENTARY
Cory Doctorow: Cheap Writing Tricks / 25
SPECIAL FEATURES
Time Travel Through Japan: The Second International Science Fiction Symposium / 26 Spotlight on Annalee Newitz, Author & Editor / 29 Spotlight on Galen Dara, Artist / 55
listings
Magazines Received: November / 31 Books Received: November / 32 British Books Received: October / 43 Bestsellers / 46
Locus letters / 51
Pat Cadigan
ObituarieS / 52
Colin Wilson Joel Lane • Appreciation by Jean-Daniel Breque Michael Roy Burgess AKA Robert Reginald • Appreciation by Mack Hassler Hugh Nissenson T.R. Fehrenbach Graham Stone Joseph J. Lazzaro
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 54
Hello, 2014! • Donor Thank You • New Roundtable Blog Editor • This Issue/Next Issue
locus looks aT books
Gardnerspace: A Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 12
The Other Half of the Sky, Athena Andreadis & Kay Holt, eds.; We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology, Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad, eds.; METAtropolis: Green Space, Jay Lake & Ken Scholes, eds.; Snodgrass and Other Illusions: The Best Short Stories of Ian R. MacLeod, Ian R. MacLeod; Horse of a Different Color: Stories, Howard Waldrop; Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology, Ellen Datlow, ed.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Old Mars, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.; Twelve Tomorrows, Stephen Cass, ed.; Once Upon a Time, Paula Guran, ed.; The Other Half of the Sky, Athena Andreadis & Kay Holt, eds.; F&SF 11-12/13; We Three Kids, Margo Lanagan.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
Empress of the Sun, Ian McDonald; Work Done for Hire, Joe Haldeman; Datura (Or a Delusion We All See), Leena Krohn; The Explorer and Other Stories, Jyrki Vainonen.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
The Emperor’s Blade, Brian Staveley; The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson; Once Upon a Time, Paula Guran, ed.; Datura (Or a Delusion We All See), Leena Krohn.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 19
On the Steel Breeze, Alastair Reynolds; Work Done for Hire, Joe Haldeman; Starhawk, Jack McDevitt.
Reviews by Stefan Dziemianowicz / 20
The Pretence, Ramsey Campbell; Holes for Faces, Ramsey Campbell; The Small Hand and Dolly, Susan Hill; Everything You Need, Michael Marshall Smith.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 22
The Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney; Conjured, Sarah Beth Durst; Constable & Toop, Gareth P. Jones; Brothers of the Fang, Sharon Joss; The One-Eyed Man, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.; All Is Fair, Emma Newman; Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud; Treecat Wars, David Weber & Jane Lindskold; Happy Hour in Hell, Tad Williams.
Locus Listens to Audiobooks by Amy Goldschlager / 23
Elisha Barber, E.C. Ambrose; The Incrementalists, Steven Brust & Skyler White; William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Ian Doescher; The Circle, Dave Eggers; Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman; The Returned, Tom Mott; The Waking Dark, Robin Wasserman.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 17, 19, 21


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

F&SF Nov/Dec 2013 (Gardner Dozois)

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

Andreadis, Athena, & Kay T. Holt, eds. • The Other Half of the Sky (Gardner Dozois)
Andreadis, Athena, & Kay T. Holt, eds. • The Other Half of the Sky (Rich Horton)
Campbell, Ramsey • Holes for Faces (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Campbell, Ramsey • The Pretence (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Cass, Stephen, ed. • Twelve Tomorrows (Rich Horton)
Cheney, J. Kathleen • The Golden City (Carolyn Cushman)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • Telling Tales: The Clarion West 30th Anniversary Anthology (Gardner Dozois)
Durst, Sarah Beth • Conjured (Carolyn Cushman)
Fernandes, Fabio, & Djibril al-Ayad, eds. • We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology (Gardner Dozois)
Guran, Paula, ed. • Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (Faren Miller)
Guran, Paula, ed. • Once Upon a Time: New Fairy Tales (Rich Horton)
Haldeman, Joe • Work Done for Hire (Gary K. Wolfe)
Haldeman, Joe • Work Done for Hire (Russell Letson)
Hill, Susan • The Small Hand and Dolly (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Jones, Gareth P. • Constable & Toop (Carolyn Cushman)
Joss, Sharon • Brothers of the Fang (Carolyn Cushman)
Krohn, Leena • Datura, or A Delusion We All See (Faren Miller)
Krohn, Leena • Datura, or A Delusion We All See (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lake, Jay, & Ken Scholes, eds. • METAtropolis: Green Space (Gardner Dozois)
Lanagan, Margo • We Three Kids (Rich Horton)
MacLeod, Ian R. • Snodgrass and Other Illusions: The Best Short Stories of Ian R. MacLeod (Gardner Dozois)
Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. • Old Mars (Rich Horton)
McDevitt, Jack • Starhawk (Russell Letson)
McDonald, Ian • Empress of the Sun (Gary K. Wolfe)
McDonald, Ian • Empress of the Sun (Gary K. Wolfe)
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. • The One-Eyed Man (Carolyn Cushman)
Newman, Emma • All Is Fair (Carolyn Cushman)
Reynolds, Alastair • On the Steel Breeze (Russell Letson)
Smith, Michael Marshall • Everything You Need (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Staveley, Brian • The Emperor’s Blades (Faren Miller)
Stroud, Jonathan • Lockwood & Co. (Carolyn Cushman)
Vainonen, Jyrki • The Explorer and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Waldrop, Howard • Horse of a Different Color (Gardner Dozois)
Weber, David, & Jane Lindskold • Treecat Wars (Carolyn Cushman)
Williams, Tad • Happy Hour in Hell (Carolyn Cushman)
Winterson, Jeanette • The Daylight Gate (Faren Miller)


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