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Comments from the Locus Poll and Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and in random order, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine’s July issue; survey results will appear in August issue. * Keep up the great work! – Thank you for putting in all the work on this survey. [...]

David Brin: Our Favorite Cliché — A World Filled With Idiots…, or,
Why Films and Novels Routinely Depict Society and its Citizens as Fools

Special to Locus Online – David Brin is a scientist, tech speaker/consultant, and author.  His new novel about our survival in the near future is Existence.   A film by Kevin Costner was based on The Postman.  His 16 novels, including NY Times Bestsellers and Hugo Award winners, have been translated into more than twenty [...]

The Joke Is on Us: The Two Careers of Robert A. Heinlein

by Gary Westfahl Readers of contemporary science fiction might understandably grow impatient with commentators who keep talking about older science fiction writers, since they have largely been supplanted by new favorites in today’s marketplace. Still, there is at least one classic writer that every science fiction reader must come to terms with; for when you [...]

Comments from the Locus Poll & Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and in random order, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll will be published in the magazine’s July issue; survey responses will appear in August. * I especially enjoy the People & Publishing section of Locus. It is a great way to track [...]

Nick Mamatas: Webs

Nikolaus Mamatas was born February 20, 1972 in Port Jefferson NY, and grew up in Brooklyn. He attended SUNY Stony Brook (now Stony Brook University), earning a degree in multidisciplinary studies, then went to grad school at New School for Social Research (now New School University) for an MA in Media Studies. In 2008 he [...]

Spotlight on: David Langford, Editor and Writer

David Langford (http://ansible.co.uk) has published over 30 books, 80 short stories and many hundreds of essays, reviews and magazine columns. He has won 28 Hugos, many for his long-running SF newsletter Ansible and once for best short story. Langford’s most popular novel is the nuclear farce The Leaky Establishment (1984), based on his years as [...]

Comments from the Locus Poll & Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and grouped by theme, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine’s July issue; survey responses will appear in August. * – Current State of SF – - Current State of Locus – - What We Should Have Asked [...]

Pulp Fiction: A Roundtable Discussion

In July 2010, authors Robert Silverberg, Richard A. Lupoff, and Frank M. Robinson visited the Locus offices for a roundtable discussion on the history and ongoing influence of the pulp science fiction magazines. Robert Silverberg, Richard A. Lupoff, Frank M. Robinson. Photo by Amelia Beamer Their pulp pedigrees are impressive: Silverberg wrote extensively for a [...]

Notes from a Mixed Marriage, Or, The Lady and the Monster

— by Gary Westfahl — To immediately clarify my title, I must explain that both my wife Lynne and I have blonde hair and blue eyes, and are of Northern European descent, so our relationship matches no conventional definition of a “mixed marriage.” But if I add that I have been devoted to science fiction [...]

Comments from the Locus Poll & Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and grouped by theme, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine’s July issue; survey responses will appear in August. * – About the poll and suggestions for making it better – - About SF and fantasy and the [...]


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