august cover The August issue features interviews with Neal Stephenson and Wesley Chu, a new essay by Kameron Hurley, results of this year’s Locus Survey, coverage of Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 2015, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gardner Dozois, Richard Kadrey, Max Gladstone, James S.A. Corey, Kim Harrison, and many others.


 


 
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Table of Contents

 

August 2015 • Issue 655 • Vol. 75 • No. 2
48th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

INTERVIEWS
Neal Stephenson: Exponential Crisis / 6
Wesley Chu: Timelines / 60
MAIN STORIES / 5 & 10
2015 World Fantasy Awards Nominations • 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners • Berkley and New American Library Combined • Suarez Wins Prometheus • Apple Loses Appeal • Amazon News
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Connie Willis, Alex Irvine, Neal Stephenson, Lavie Tidhar, Daniel H. Wilson, Ursula Vernon, Algis Budrys, and many others
THE DATA FILE / 11
2015 Seiun Awards Winners • 2015 Sunburst Awards Nominees • 2015 Endeavor Award Nominees • Sidewise Awards Finalists • Books-A-Million Buyout • Patterson Grant Update • Potter Play • Awards News • Publishing News • World Conventions News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Audiobooks Received • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
SPECIAL FEATURES
Commentary by Kameron Hurley: Your Author Meltdown Will Be Live-Tweeted / 25 2015 Locus Survey Results / 26 Spotlight on Deanna Hoak, Copyeditor / 31
CONVENTIONS
Locus Awards Weekend / 5 Report of the 15th Indian Science Fiction Conference / 30 2015 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech by James Gunn / 34 Readercon 2015 / 56
LISTINGS
Magazines Received: June / 35 Books Received: June / 36 British Books Received: May / 46 Bestsellers / 48
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 55
Conventions • This Issue/Next Issue
OBITUARIES / 58
Tom Piccirilli • Appreciations by Brian Keene, Ed Gorman, Linda Addison, Nick Mamatas, and Jack M. Haringa
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Gardnerspace: A Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 12
Asimov’s 6/15; Asimov’s 6/15; Interzone 5-6/15.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 6/15; Clarkesworld 6/15; Lightspeed 7/15; Analog 7-8/15; Interzone 5-6/15; Galaxy’s Edge 5/15; The Dark #6; Little Sisters, Vonda N. McIntyre; Press Start to Play, Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams, eds.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed.; Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville; Half a War, Joe Abercrombie.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
Killing Pretty, Richard Kadrey; Nightwise, R.S. Belcher; Dead Man’s Reach, D.B. Jackson; The Weave, Nancy Jane Moore; Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts, Ken Scholes.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 19
Last First Snow, Max Gladstone; The Deep Woods, Tim Pratt; The Chart of Tomorrows, Chris Willrich; The End of All Things, John Scalzi.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 21
Magic Shifts, Ilona Andrews; Forbidden, Cathy Clamp; A Key, an Egg, and Unfortunate Remark, Harry Connolly; Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly; The Big Fix, Linda Grimes; Day Shift, Charlaine Harris; The Drafter, Kim Harrison; From a High Tower, Mercedes lackey; Charmed Deception, Ellis O’Neal.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, Karen Burnham, Liz Bourke, and Colleen Mondor / 22
Nemesis Games, James S.A. Corey; The Sweet Taste of Regret, Karen Haber; Nova, Margaret Fortune; Archivist Wasp, Nicola Kornher-Stace.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 17, 23

 


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog July/August 2015 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s June 2015 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s July 2015 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld June 2015 (Rich Horton)
Galaxy’s Edge May 2015 (Rich Horton)
Interzone May/June 2015 (Gardner Dozois)
Interzone May/June 2015 (Rich Horton)
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet June 2015 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed July 2015 (Rich Horton)
The Dark November 2014 (Rich Horton)

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

Abercrombie, Joe • Half a War (Gary K. Wolfe)
Andrews, Ilona • Magic Shifts (Carolyn Cushman)
Belcher, R. S. • Nightwise (Faren Miller)
Clamp, Cathy • Forbidden (Carolyn Cushman)
Connolly, Harry • A Key, an Egg, an Unfortunate Remark (Carolyn Cushman)
Connolly, Tina • Seriously Wicked (Carolyn Cushman)
Corey, James S. A. • Nemesis Games (Russell Letson)
Dozois, Gardner, ed. • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection (Gary K. Wolfe)
Fortune, Margaret • Nova (Liz Bourke)
Gladstone, Max • Last First Snow (Adrienne Martini)
Grimes, Linda • The Big Fix (Carolyn Cushman)
Haber, Karen • The Sweet Taste of Regret (Karen Burnham)
Harris, Charlaine • Day Shift (Carolyn Cushman)
Harrison, Kim • The Drafter (Carolyn Cushman)
Jackson, D. B. • Dead Man’s Reach (Faren Miller)
Kadrey, Richard • Killing Pretty (Faren Miller)
Kornher-Stace, Nicole • Archivist Wasp (Colleen Mondor)
Lackey, Mercedes • From a High Tower (Carolyn Cushman)
McIntyre, Vonda N. • Little Sisters (Rich Horton)
Miéville, China • Three Moments of an Explosion (Gary K. Wolfe)
Miéville, China • Three Moments of an Explosion (Gary K. Wolfe)
Moore, Nancy Jane • The Weave (Faren Miller)
O’Neal, Eilis • Charmed Deception (Carolyn Cushman)
Pratt, Tim • The Deep Woods (Adrienne Martini)
Scalzi, John • The End of All Things (Adrienne Martini)
Scholes, Ken • Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts (Faren Miller)
Willrich, Chris • The Chart of Tomorrows (Adrienne Martini)
Wilson, Daniel H., & John Joseph Adams, eds. • Press Start to Play (Rich Horton)

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