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The Boy Who Fell to Earth:

Gary Westfahl reviews
The Space Between Us

» NY Times: Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay

» Portland 90.7 FM’s David Naimon interviews Ursula K. Le Guin

» David Langford’s Ansible 355 and Ansible 355 1/2 with Tom Shippey’s funeral tribute to Peter Weston

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

» Boing Boing: Kameron Hurley: What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Norman Spinrad’s The People’s Police [subscription site]

» NDTV Gadgets 360: Pranay Parab reviews Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti: Home

» National Post: ‘We’re all living in science-fiction now’: Screenwriter Elan Mastai explains the improbability of our lives, Terra Arnone on Mastai’s All Our Wrong Todays

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak reviews Kameron Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kameron Hurley, Peter S. Beagle, Norman Spinrad

» Recode: Want to understand the future? Read science fiction, John Markoff says.

» PRI’s The World talks to David Brin and Catherine Asaro today, asking Can science fiction help prevent a nuclear war?; Brin and Asaro are hosting an AMA, ‘ask me anything’, tomorrow morning on Reddit

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo’s Disunion: Visions of Our Fragmented Future, on SF depictions of the breakup of America

» Vox: Constance Grady reviews Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

» Guardian: Damien Walter on 30 years of Culture: what are the top five Iain M Banks novels?


» New York Review of Science Fiction Readings hosts James Morrow and Jack Womack, Feb. 7th

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Michael Cisco and Nicholas Kaufmann, Feb. 15th

» Locus Online’s Conventions page is initialized for 2017. Send updates and additions to Locus Online.

» NY Times Book Review: N.K. Jemisin reviews Galactic Empires, a graphic novel version of Butler’s Kindred, Veronica Roth, and Bookburners

» NY Times: Michiko Kakutani on Why ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB, January 18, 2017, with Holly Black and Fran Wilde

» Slate’s Trump Story Project presents 10 stories of dystopian futures, beginning with Hctor Tobar and Ben H. Winters

» New York Times, and many others: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-seller; bestsellers [updated hourly]

» Nature: Andrew Robinson on Arthur C. Clarke’s centenary

» Publishers Weekly: ‘New York Times’ Cuts a Range of Bestseller Lists, including the mass market paperback list

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Mon 20 Feb 2:40 pm

Jo Walton is the recipient of the 2017 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction(AKAthe Skylark Award), presented by the New England...

Mon 20 Feb 12:27 pm

The shortlist for the 2016 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced: Best Novel Daughter of Eden, Chris Beckett (Golla...

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology rank #1 on two print lists.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Sunday 19 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

Binti: Home opens about a year after that earlier story began as a quiet coming-of-age story, turned suddenly into a survival adventure, and ended with Binti playing a key role in a kind of revolution.

Periodicals: mid-February

Saturday 18 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex, Aphelion, Aurealis, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Mothership Zeta, and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews Elan Mastai

Thursday 16 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first thing to note is that although Mastai might very well have been raised outside strict genre borders, he exhibits a playful fluency with, and is creatively savvy about, all the genre appurtenances and furniture. His does not make a single misstep with his speculations or language.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Richard Kadrey

Wednesday 15 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Lastly, and possibly the biggest attraction of the book, is the sheer language. Like S. J. Perelman writing for the Marx Brothers, combined with Raymond Chandler's propensity for over-the-top similes and metaphors, Kadrey's language pops off the page, whether as dialogue or description.

New Books : 14 February

Tuesday 14 February 2017  |  Monitor

Peter S. Beagle's In Calabria, Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and titles by Brodsky, Carey, Danielewski, Duncan, Hand, James, Jordan, Tem, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology ranks high on all three Amazon lists.

Alastair Reynolds: Expanding Universe

Sunday 12 February 2017  |  Perspectives

alastair reynolds
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

The other seed of Revenger came from when I really fell in love with science fiction, around the time I was 16. That's when I was absolutely besotted with Larry Niven and the Known Space stories...

New in Paperback: January - February

Saturday 11 February 2017  |  Monitor

Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning and titles by Bishop, Briggs, Carriger, Harris, Hines, Jones, Kadrey, Lyris, McAuley, McIntosh, Neuvel, North, Pratchett & Baxter, and Sullivan

Faren Miller reviews Laura Eve

Friday 10 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

What is myth for the new millennium? In The Graces, Laure Eve confronts what's left of the old with something that might take its place (no galactic empires required).

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Thursday 9 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Spinrad revels in the juicy, sleazy, all-too-human Machiavellian machinations of all the parties, the rebels and the establishment alike. His ability to chart thrust and counter-thrust is akin to that of some television political strategist following the twists and turns of national affairs.

Kameron Hurley: If You Want to Level Up, Get Back to the Basics

Wednesday 8 February 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

There are few things, for me, that are as equally depressing and energizing as reading a really great book. Great books are why I got into this business in the first place, which is why I'm often so shocked when I hear from other professional writers that they don't read anymore.

New Books : 7 February

Tuesday 7 February 2017  |  Monitor

Samuel R. Delany's journals In Search of Silence, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion, Norman Spinrad's The People's Police, and titles by Ambrose, Beaulieu, Blackmoore, Clarke, Datlow, Donnelly, Fischl, Gannon, Harrison, Isaacson, Jae-Jones, Mastai, Sagara, Savory, Spencer, Taylor, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 February 2017  |  Monitor

Terry Goodkind's Death's Mistress and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology debut; Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is #1 this morning at; Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is #1 at USA Today and Washington Post.

Periodicals: early February

Sunday 5 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Persistent Visions

The Boy Who Fell to Earth: A Review of The Space Between Us

Saturday 4 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Like a NASA rocket slowly rising from the surface, The Space Between Us takes a long time to achieve escape velocity and soar through space; however, if you can endure one of the most boring opening sequences in any film I can recall, and about an hour of trite melodramatic sequences interspersed with inauthentic personal drama, its last thirty minutes are actually quite enjoyable, even moving.

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 3 February 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Book III: Hero

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 2 February 2017  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Karen Lord's anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean and titles by Arden, Bear, Dellamonica & Berman, Dellamonica, Dennard, Gemmell, Gilman, Heller & Viola, Littlewood, MacLeod, and Pinborough.

February 2017 Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 February 2017  |  Magazine

february issue
The February issue features an interview with Alastair Reynolds and the annual Year in Review with essays by Gary K. Wolfe, Paul Kincaid, Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois, and many others; the Locus Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll and Survey ballot, a column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kameron Hurley, S. Jae-Jones, Ian McDonald, Ken MacLeod, and many others.

New Books : 31 January

Tuesday 31 January 2017  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: Home, Thoraiya Dyer's debut novel Crossroads of Canopy, Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes, and titles by Aaronovitch, Gladstone, Goodman, Goodwin, and Shearin

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 January 2017  |  Monitor

Titles by Veronica Roth and Karen Marie Moning debut; George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been #1 on most of the past week; other dystopian titles by Atwood, Bradbury, Huxley, Lewis, and Orwell also rank on Amazon lists.

Spotlight on: Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street

Sunday 29 January 2017  |  Perspectives

kelly abbott
From Locus Magazine's January Issue

Great Jones Street is the Netflix of Fiction. We mean that seriously, as both a business model and a battle cry. We feature short fiction. We curate. We package it nicely into a great user experience.

Periodicals: late January

Saturday 28 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static and Interzone, and January posts at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

Friday 27 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

Passing Strange may be the most fully developed and richly detailed of all of Klages's stories for adults, but it never feels like it needs to be a longer novel...

Classics In Reprint: January

Thursday 26 January 2017  |  Monitor

New editions of books by Lois McMaster Bujold, David G. Hartwell, William Hope Hodgson, Keith Laumer, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Clark Ashton Smith, and an anthology of short fiction from Hank Davis

Liz Bourke reviews Wesley Chu

Wednesday 25 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

The Rise of Io is a messy, scrappy, and yet incredibly fun science fiction thriller with extra body-snatching (more like body-sharing) aliens.

New Books : 24 January

Tuesday 24 January 2017  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Wells sequel The Massacre of Mankind, Ellen Klages' Passing Strange, Tom Toner's The Weight of the World, and titles by Brust & White, Crilley, Goodkind, Kemp, Newman, and Price

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 January 2017  |  Monitor

Susan Dennard's YA fantasy Windwitch debuts on two lists; George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four ranks #6 this morning on

Spotlight on: Ellen Kushner, Tremontaine

Sunday 22 January 2017  |  Perspectives

ellen kushner
From Locus Magazine's January Issue

The other writers have made it more real. The world is already a great big stewpot of periods, books, and cities I love. But I've only explored certain corners of it. A real world is vast and full of complexities and contradictions.

Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 21 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of The Dark, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Adrienne Martini reviews Bob Proehl

Friday 20 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

I thought I knew what Bob Proehl's A Hundred Thousand Worlds would be about before I even cracked the spine. It's about comic book conventions, the blurbs on the back said...

New in Paperback: January

Thursday 19 January 2017  |  Monitor

Joe Hill's The Fireman, Dexter Palmer's Version Control, and titles by Asher, Bara, Dennard, Hemstreet, Kadrey, Marshall, Sanderson, and Schwab

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Brin & Stephen W. Potts

Wednesday 18 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

David Brin's The Transparent Society (1998) surveyed the new technology that is driving us towards more and more disclosure, and drew fresh new conclusions about the issues. Now, still cogitating on the ramifications of these issues, and displaying admirable tenacity and dedication to the cause, Brin offers an anthology of fiction on the topic, featuring a stellar lineup of contributors.

New Books : 17 January

Tuesday 17 January 2017  |  Monitor

Charles Stross' Empire Games, Neil Clarke's anthology Galactic Empires, and titles by Germain, Graham & Land, McDermott, Moning, Roth, Vaughn, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 January 2017  |  Monitor

Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem ranks #53 on this morning, after Obama plugs it in today's NYT

Blake Charlton: Forward & Backward

Sunday 15 January 2017  |  Perspectives

blake charlton
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

You'd think failing kindergarten would be difficult to do, but I did it rather spectacularly. ... The book went around the class, and soon after that my parents got called in. My teacher said, 'When Blake had the book, he held it upside down when he read from it.'

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gordon Eklund

Saturday 14 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Few occasions give more pleasure to a reader than witnessing the unexpected return to print of a long-silent author who once had a rewarding, admirable career. This time around, the satisfaction derives from the appearance of Cosmic Fusion, by Gordon Eklund.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Emmi Itäranta

Friday 13 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

The Weaver, published earlier this year in England under the far more evocative title The City of Woven Streets, is the second novel from the Finnish writer Emmi Itäranta, whose post-apocalyptic SF novel The Memory of Water deservedly gained attention a couple of years ago, largely because of her evocative, lyrical prose (she apparently writes simultaneously in Finnish and English). That prose serves her well in The Weaver...

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 12 January 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, and Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Paul Di Filippo reviews Henry Kuttner

Wednesday 11 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Nearly seven hundred pages of fiction by Kuttner from the short span of 1937 to 1940 finds the Golden Age Master even more deft and wide-ranging than in that first volume, Terror in the House... The sure hand and clever wit that would be fully on display under John Campbell's Golden Age guidance appear in stronger and more lasting flashes here.

New Books : 10 January

Tuesday 10 January 2017  |  Monitor

David Brin & Stephen W. Potts' Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World and titles by Arden, Cogman, Dennard, Gilman, Liggett, and McGuire

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 January 2017  |  Monitor

Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Chabon's Moonglow each ranks #1.

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Familiar & the Strange

Sunday 8 January 2017  |  Perspectives

mary robinette kowal
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

It wasn't really until I started to get into the novel that I buckled down and did some more research and realized how much perceived knowledge I had about the First World War was completely wrong and very American-centric. You watch these war movies, and it's all about the men at the battlefront. I did not realize at all how heavily involved women were in the First World War, and how directly tied it was to suffrage.

Electronic Periodicals: early January

Saturday 7 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Print Periodicals: January

Friday 6 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog and Asimov's, both now bi-monthly; Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Thursday 5 January 2017  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Richard A. Lupoff's Where Memory Hides: A Writer's Life and titles by Beukes, Chabon, Corey, Duchamp, Ellis, Kuttner, MacLeod, Milford, Sanderson, Shusterman, Sterling, Strahan, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Robert Charles Wilson.

Cory Doctorow: It's Time to Short Surveillance and Go Long on Freedom

Wednesday 4 January 2017  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Let's say for the sake of argument that you voted for Donald Trump and you're ecstatic that he's taking the White House.

New Books : 3 January

Tuesday 3 January 2017  |  Monitor

A study of American SF films, and titles by Bara, Bedford, Buettner, Flint, Forstchen, Hendee & Hendee, McKinley, Modesitt, Moore, Older, Pratchett, Scalzi, Scull, Jen Williams, and Tad Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 January 2017  |  Monitor

The novelization Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts on two lists.

January 2017 Table of Contents

Sunday 1 January 2017  |  Magazine

january issue
The January issue features interviews with Mary Robinette Kowal and Blake Charlton, a column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on Ellen Kushner and Kelly Abbott, and reviews of short fiction and books by Colson Whitehead, Laure Eve, Ben Aaronovitch, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan and many others.

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Steve Rasnic Tem Guest Post–“The Long Gestation Period of UBO”

Thu 26 Jan

The journeys taken by my most recent novels from idea to completion have been lengthy and complex. Deadfall Hotel (Solaris, 2012) began as a novelette first published in Charlie Grant?s Shadows series in 1986. My southern gothic Blood Kin (Solaris, 2014) started with a few paragraphs written duri...
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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro: What’s your favorite ant or insect movie? Chuck Wendig: Probably Heston’s The Naked Jungle. A Z-A:By any chance have you watched Saul Bass’ moviePhase IV(1974)? Or read Barry Malzberg’s novelization? CW:When I was first writing Invasive, I hadn’t seen it — had only heard a...

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