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» David Langford’s Ansible 338

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Terry Pratchett’s The Shepherd’s Crown

» Guardian: Neil Gaiman reveals the real ending Terry Pratchett wanted for The Shepherd’s Crown

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe on Hugo Awards: Rabid Puppies defeat reflects growing diversity in science fiction [editorial gloss and quotes]

» New York Times: Stephen King: Stephen King: Can a Novelist Be Too Productive?

» NPR: Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

» Ellen Datlow’s Sasquan photos

» New York Review of Science Fiction readings host Michael Swanwick and Rajan Khanna, September 8

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB hosts Tom Monteleone and Lawrence C. Connolly, September 16

» August 24th was James Tiptree, Jr.’s 100th anniversary: Conceptual Fiction; Letters to Tiptree by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com; Tachyon Publications

» Summaries of Hugo Awards results and attendant issues at Wired, Boing Boing, Wall Street Journal, and Slate.

» Reactions to the first Hugo Award to a Chinese writer: NYT: Science-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time; WSJ: Cixin Liu Becomes First Asian to Win Hugo Award for Science Fiction

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews China Miéville, N.K. Jemisin, Aliette de Bodard

» Ellen Datlow’s Photos from KGB, August 19, with A.C. Wise and N.K. Jemisin

» Guardian: Claire L Evans on Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it

» Open Democracy/Transformation: Adrienne Maree Brown on Science fiction and social justice: giving up on utopias

» LA Times: John Scalzi conquers the publishing universe

» B&N: Stefan Beck reviews Kevin Keating’s The Captive Condition (“influenced by Hawthorne and Poe, by H. P. Lovecraft and William S. Burroughs”)

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews The Best of Gregory Benford

» OpenDemocracy/Transformation: Ken MacLeod: Science Fiction: taking science personally

» Washington Post: Why you should be reading Liu Cixin, China’s hottest science-fiction writer

» Guardian: Richard Lea on Science fiction: the realism of the 21st century, with Kim Stanley Robinson, Alastair Reynolds, and Ann Leckie

» Sunday NYT Book Review: Ursula K. Le Guin: By the Book; also, Naomi Novik reviews N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

» NYT: Q. and A.: Ken Liu on Science Fiction and Chinese History

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews Sisters of the Revolution edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

» Guardian: Ursula Le Guin’s advice for aspiring writers: ‘There are no recipes’, about her new online writing workshop

» Toronto Star: the latest and best reads are by Kim Stanley Robinson, Gardner Dozois, Ernest Cline, Carolyn Ives Gilman

» Small Print Magazine: Robert J. Sawyer Shares His Process and Writerly Wisdom

» SF at CSUF (Cal State University Fullerton) will host a 2016 Philip K. Dick  Conference, April 29-30, 2016

» YouTube: SFWA events at Sasquan

» NY Times: Sarah Lyall reviews China Miéville’s Three Moments of an Explosion

» Book View Cafe: Ursula K. Le Guin: A Personal Take on Go Set a Watchman

» David Langford’s Ansible 337

» The New Yorker: Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction

» Gregory Benford: Envisioning Starflight Failing, long essay/review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora (expanded from essay in Nature)

» The Guardian: Jeff VanderMeer: Are we alone? SF is as sure a guide as any

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews Natasha Pulley’s The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Scott Hawkins and Ernest Cline

» Providence Monthly: The Cult of Cthulhu: Artists, scholars, uber-fans. Meet the people keeping Lovecraft’s hometown legacy alive

» Borderlands Books in SF hosts the formal presentation of this year’s Tiptree Award, to Jo Walton for My Real Children, Sunday August 9

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB in NYC hosts N.K. Jemisin and A.C. Wise, August 19th

» Dark Delicacies in LA hosts Joe Nassise & Del Howison, editors of Midian Unmade, along with numerous contributors

» Guardian: Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy

» New Statesman: Michael Moorcock: “I think Tolkien was a crypto-fascist”

» Boing Boing: James Blaylock On Writing Steampunk

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Classic Gods in 4 New Fantasy Novels by Martin Millar, Joanne Harris, and 2 by Jo Walton












   
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September Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 September 2015  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with Sarah Monette and Daniel José Older, results of this year's Hugo Awards, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through June 2016, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ian McDonald, Robin Hobb, Michael Swanwick, Robert R. McCammon, Zen Cho, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 August 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown is #1 on Amazon UK today; the mass market movie tie-in edition of Andy Weir's The Martin debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Sunday 30 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Terraform, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, GigaNotoSaurus, and Farrago's Wainscot

Periodicals: late August

Saturday 29 August 2015  |  Monitor

New in August at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The Dark, and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews C.S.E. Cooney

Friday 28 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The latest offering from Mythic Delirium Books is the first collection (five sizable stories) by C. S. E. Cooney. This is a strong and enduring debut collection.

Classic Reprints: August

Thursday 27 August 2015  |  Monitor

The Best of Gregory Benford and new editions of titles by Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul McAuley, and Michael Moorcock

Neal Stephenson: Exponential Crisis

Wednesday 26 August 2015  |  Perspectives

neal stephenson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

The idea for the disaster in Seveneves came from some research on the problem of debris in low earth orbit, suggesting that when two of these objects happen to hit each other, because they're moving at incredibly high relative velocities, they tend to shatter and make more fragments. It runs the risk of becoming an exponential phenomenon, putting so much debris in lower orbit, that we couldn't use space any­more...

New Books : 25 August

Tuesday 25 August 2015  |  Monitor

Harry Turtledove's We Install: and Other Stories and titles by Ballantyne, Bray, Korman, Moore, Odom, and Rouaud

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things and Robin Hobb's Fool's Quest debut on three lists each.

Wesley Chu: Timelines

Sunday 23 August 2015  |  Perspectives

wesley chu
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Regardless of time traveling and those things, at the core of the book, it's a love story. Russ [Galen] read Time Salvager and said, 'I hadn't figured you out until I read this. You're a romance writer masquerading as a sci­ence fiction author.' The relationship is where the magic happens.

Colleen Mondor reviews Daniel José Older

Saturday 22 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Behind the decidedly fierce cover of Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper is the story of a young woman thrust into a fast-paced adventure that is heavy with magic and mystery.

New in Paperback: August

Friday 21 August 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Proxima, John Scalzi's Lock In, and titles by Gould, Richardson, Sargent, Swenson, Taylor, Tepper, and Weeks

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wesley Chu

Thursday 20 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

When you add up all the elements — great cast, high stakes, well-crafted language, new exfoliations of a classic premise — I think we can say with assurance that Chu is certainly on his way to a vibrant second stage of his career.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 19 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex, with recommendations for Chen Qiufan, J.Y. Yang, and Sunny Moraine

New Books : 18 August

Tuesday 18 August 2015  |  Monitor

Jason M. Hough's Zero World, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven, Linda Nagata's The Trials, and titles by Armstrong, Belcher, Clamp, Duncan, Elliott, Fletcher, Marmell, Otsuichi, Wendig, and Wilson & Adams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 August 2015  |  Monitor

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonbane and Ilona Andrews' Magic Shifts debut.

Periodicals: mid-August

Sunday 16 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Perihelion, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Fifty Years Later Affair: A Review of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Saturday 15 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

While it is entertaining enough, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is not a film that anyone will want to watch a second time, and few people will leave the theatre yearning for another installment. Like attending a high school reunion, perhaps, revisiting the world of 1960s television is enjoyable as a rare diversion, but not as a regular activity.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Pamela Sargent

Friday 14 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Sargent's prose is always distinctively hers, yet molded professionally to the imperatives of the story, whether those urges are tonal or character-driven. Not a rococo stylist, nor a writer given to flashy experimental story-telling techniques, she believes in delivering her mind-movies in the most direct and impactful manner possible. Her stories always seem utterly vital and imperative, not factitious or arbitrary. They are built to convey solid truths in lasting forms.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 13 August 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David Galanter and R.A. Salvatore.

Karen Burnham reviews Carolyn Ives Gilman

Wednesday 12 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Dark Orbit raises many, many more interesting questions than it has time to interrogate and resolve. It leaves itself almost demanding a sequel.

New Books : 11 August

Tuesday 11 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things, Michael Swanwick's Chasing the Phoenix, Cixin Liu's The Dark Forest, Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell's Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and titles by Berman, Bova, Coe, Doyle, Guran, Hobb, Hodder, Hopkinson, James, Lee & Miller, Meseldzija, and Nabhan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 August 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian again ranks in the top 3 on four trade paperback lists.

Kameron Hurley: Your Author Meltdown Will Be Live-Tweeted

Sunday 9 August 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

More and more, "being a writer" isn't about writing at all. It's about the writer as celebrity. The writer as brand. The writer as commodity. And more and more, I see authors themselves reviewed as if they're busi­nesses on Yelp.

Periodicals: early August

Saturday 8 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Farrago's Wainscot, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Faren Miller reviews Natasha Pulley

Friday 7 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a remarkably assured first novel that makes the most of Natasha Pulley's varied influences, from studies in English lit. and creative writing to her current life in Tokyo.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Thursday 6 August 2015  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books are by Clive Barker, Quan Barry, Gardner Dozois, Cathy Fenner, Stina Leicht, Jane Lindskold, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, Cherie Priest, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jo Walton.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Wednesday 5 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Asimov's, F&SF, Analog, and Lackington's

New Books : 4 August

Tuesday 4 August 2015  |  Monitor

China Miéville's Three Moments of an Explosion, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, a new collection by Shirley Jackson, first US editions of books by Aldiss, Baxter, and Foyle, and other titles by Ames, Andrews, Arnett, Bedford, Bee, Brennan, Doubinsky, Farnsworth, Foyle, Henry, Hocking, Jacka, Kenyon, Lain, Meluch, Murray, Posey, Saintcrow, Snodgrass, Vaughn, Weber, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 August 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada debuts on one more list.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

Sunday 2 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Slow Bullets finally addresses a set of questions about what it takes to rebuild a damaged society: what is worth saving, what can or should be jettisoned, how to choose a new direction, and how one's humanity might be reshaped in order to make that all happen.

August Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 August 2015  |  Magazine

august issue
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.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

Friday 31 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Kim Stanley Robinson novels are never about only one thing, so when he addresses a familiar SF trope or subgenre, you can expect matters to get slippery. He interrogates and unpacks assumptions, asks previously unasked questions, and often rethinks the mode of storytelling itself.

Periodicals: late July

Thursday 30 July 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Mythic Delirium, Shimmer, Star*Line, and Uncanny, plus what's new in July at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Novellas

Wednesday 29 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Johanna DeBiase's Mama & the Hungry Hole, Jonathan Carroll's Teaching the Dog to Read, and Tim Powers' Nobody's Home

New Books : 28 July

Tuesday 28 July 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Half a War, Austin Grossman's Crooked, Tom Holt's The Good, the Bad, and the Smug, and titles by Carey, Dietz, Estep, Griffith & Griffith, Ishiguro, Johnson, Kadrey, Milán, Molles, Nassise & Howison, and Ochse

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada debuts strongly.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July

Sunday 26 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Shimmer

Classic Reprints: July

Saturday 25 July 2015  |  Monitor

An omnibous of Samuel R. Delany's three earliest novels, the first unabridged translation of a novel by Jules Verne, and titles by Charles de Lint and Michael Moorcock

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Friday 24 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

For all its grim corporate dystopianism and moments of tragedy and startling violence, The Book of Phoenix is actually a more playful and experimental novel than Who Fears Death, and in a weird and unsettling way, it's a lot of fun.

Paul Di Filippo reviews George Zebrowski

Thursday 23 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

George Zebrowski published three books from 1977 through 1983 which were collected in that latter year as The Omega Point Trilogy. Together, I think, they constitute one of the highpoints of that era in our genre, a late-period exfoliation of recomplicated Golden Age space opera, and should be properly invested as such.

New in Paperback: July

Wednesday 22 July 2015  |  Monitor

Greg Bear's War Dogs, David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Paul Park's All Those Vanished Engines, Anne Rice's Prince Lestat, Charles Stross' The Rhesus Chart, and titles by Bear, Bova, Brett, Cheney, Goodkind, Kadrey, Kratman, Lackey & Mallory, Monk, Palmatier, Ringo, Turtledove, and Valentine

New Books : 21 July

Tuesday 21 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ted Kosmatka's The Flicker Men, Adam Mansbach's The Devil's Bag Man, and titles by Gladstone, Goodkind, Jackson, Warrington, and Weitz

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 July 2015  |  Monitor

New novels by Christie Golden, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Charles Stross debut.

Max Gladstone: Power & Destiny

Sunday 19 July 2015  |  Perspectives

max gladstone
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

There's an illusion that there's such a thing as pure 'literary fiction.' I say that in the larg­est quotes possible because I don't think it cor­responds with literature about the real world. We have stories about middle-class, comfortable people problems, and we tell ourselves that's what the world is. That's the circle of firelight. That's the tiny little raft. There are oceans and oceans beneath it.

Periodicals: mid-July

Saturday 18 July 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, Kaleidotrope, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The New York Reviews of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Adrienne Martini reviews Naomi Novik

Friday 17 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

Most readers will recognize the furniture in Naomi Novik's Uprooted. You've read this book a billion times if you've read it once. Except, of course, you haven't. While the individual trees look familiar, Novik's is a whole new forest. Part of this due to Novik's mad writing skill.

Paul Di Filippo reviews The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera

Thursday 16 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The variety of styles and topics and themes, and the high level of craft in this assemblage, prove that this subgenre is flourishing and has much to contribute to the field at large, despite any preconceptions from those who know it only by hearsay.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Wednesday 15 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Clarkesworld, Apex, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

New Books : 14 July

Tuesday 14 July 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada, Carolyn Ives Gilman's Dark Orbit, Max Gladstone's Last First Show, and titles by Anders, Hand, Jennings, Leicht, Mason, Pulley, Sigler, Swendson, Turtledove, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 July 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian ranks in the top 3 on four trade paperback lists.

Joanne Harris: Modern Myths

Sunday 12 July 2015  |  Perspectives

joanne harris
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

When you look at what I've done before, I've never been far from the fantasy area. I've been talking about magic for 15 years. I've written two other books about Norse gods besides The Gospel of Loki. It's not new to me. Mythology is something I've been interested in since I was itty bitty, and Norse mythology particularly.

Old Whiners in New Bodies: A Review of Self/less


Saturday 11 July 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Self/less has several significant virtues: it is fast-paced and involving; it is unpredictable; it features excellent performances by an actor expected to provide them (Ben Kingsley) and an actor not expected to provide them (Ryan Reynolds); and its science-fictional premise, while not without questionable aspects, is developed with unusual care and consistency. However, director Tarsem Singh and screenwriters David Pastor and Alex Pastor were obliged to weaken their story by reducing a complex scenario to a simplistic morality tale and adding a modicum of gratuitous violence.

Gardner Dozois reviews Ian R. MacLeod

Friday 10 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

This month brings another early contender for the title of Best Collection of the Year, Frost on Glass by Ian R. MacLeod, a collection of 11 stories and copious interstitial material (forewords, afterwords, and autobiographical non-fiction pieces), mixing science fiction, fantasy, and harder-to-classify slipstreamish stuff.

Locus Bestsellers, July

Thursday 9 July 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne, Jim Butcher's Skin Game, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by John Jackson Miller and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

Wednesday 8 July 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Asimov's, Analog, Perihelion, and Kaleidotrope

New Books : 7 July

Tuesday 7 July 2015  |  Monitor

Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection, Wesley Chu's Time Salvager, Charles Stross' The Annihilation Score, and titles by Ambrose, Blake, Brockway, Caine, Cheney, Cormick, Flint & Hunt, Friesner & Helfers, Galenorn, Jernigan, Maresca, Martin & Martin, Patel, Pollack, Rhoads, Ryan, Schultz, Wexler, and Willrich

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 July 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian ranks #2 on three trade paperback lists.

Periodicals: late June to early July

Sunday 5 July 2015  |  Monitor

June posts at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com, and July issues of Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

Saturday 4 July 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2015 issue

Collected Fiction is an uneven collection, and may be a bit premature for a young writer still experimenting with voice and balance, but there's little doubt that Rajaniemi at his best is an imposing talent.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Friday 3 July 2015  |  Magazine

July New and Notable books include Peter Straub's Perdido and titles by Adams & Howey, Blaylock, Corey, Jama-Everett, King, Kowal, Munson, Rajamiemi, Reed, Reynolds, Steele, Strahan, the VanderMeers, and Wallace.

Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant

Thursday 2 July 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

When you read an era's popular SF, you don't learn much about the future, but you sure learn a lot about the past. Fright and hope are the inner and outer boundaries of our imagination, and the stories that appeal to either are the parameters of an era's political reality.

July Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 July 2015  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue features interviews with Joanne Harris and Max Gladstone, a new essay by Cory Doctorow, complete results of this year's Locus Awards and Poll, coverage of Nebula Awards Weekend, Wiscon 39 and BayCon 2015, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kim Stanley Robinson, China Miéville, Zachary Brown, Mercedes Lackey, Daniel José Older, and many others.

New Books : 30 June

Tuesday 30 June 2015  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's The Philisopher Kings and titles by Bee, Birmingham, Cunningham, Dunstall, Griffith & Griffith, Guran, Haydon, Helms, Lindskold, Nagata, Older, and Palma

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 June 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers is in the top 10 on five lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Nicole Kornher-Stace

Sunday 28 June 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Archivist Wasp arrives from Big Mouth House, the imprint of Kelly Link's and Gavin Grant's Small Beer Press that specializes in books for Young Adults, and this novel is so labeled. But its vast virtues and wise lessons hold full appeal for any age group, despite its brushes with a narrowness of scope.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Saturday 27 June 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, GigaNotoSaurus, Perihelion, Aphelion, and Fireside

Classic Reprints: May - June

Friday 26 June 2015  |  Monitor

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's feminist anthology Sisters of the Revolution and new editions of titles by Bacigalupi, Bishop, Blumlein, Chandler, Lee, McDevitt, and Snodgrass

Locus Bestsellers, June

Thursday 25 June 2015  |  Magazine

gaiman
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, Jim Butcher's Skin Game, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Tony Daniel and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter

Wednesday 24 June 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This series has shown a rare desire not to replicate familiar thrills from one volume to another, but rather to always be moving into new frontiers of plot and future history, a strategy congruent with the very nature of their SF novum. This volume, more than the previous three, really drives home the weight of the changes, the resonance for the characters of all their shared weird history, and so perhaps ultimately does justify its Grail-assonant title.

New Books : 23 June

Tuesday 23 June 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter's The Long Utopia, Cuban SF by Agustín de Rojas and Yoss, and titles by Brooks, Golden, Holder & Viguié, and Saintcrow

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 June 2015  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton's Dead Ice debuts on four lists.

James Morrow: Absolute Uncertainty

Sunday 21 June 2015  |  Perspectives

james morrow
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

Although I'm an atheist, I don't really write as an atheist. I write as a heretic. I write as a bewil­dered pilgrim, someone who has been thrown into the world, like everybody else, and feels he has an obligation in his perplexity to ask really good questions.

Periodicals: mid-June

Saturday 20 June 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Fireside, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Friday 19 June 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new issues of Lightspeed and Strange Horizons, with recommendations of stories by Chaz Brenchley and Paul Evanby

New in Paperback: June

Thursday 18 June 2015  |  Monitor

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven, Alastair Reynolds' On the Steel Breeze, Peter Watts' Echopraxia, and titles by Bear & Dozois, Coe, Daniel & Drake, de Castell, Flint & Gannon, Green, Herbert & Anderson, Lackey, Lawrence, Miller, Ryan, and Wexler

Paul Di Filippo reviews Kevin J. Anderson

Wednesday 17 June 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Anderson's Saga is resolutely old school. Frank Herbert or Isaac Asimov are the most advanced of Anderson's guiding lights, and in fact one might almost add Doc Smith to his pantheon. (A clan named "Duquesne" might well constitute an homage.)

New Books : 16 June

Tuesday 16 June 2015  |  Monitor

Ayize Jama-Everett's The Liminal War and titles by Carlson, Fletcher, Fujii, Lotz, Munson, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 June 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers debuts on four lists at #1; the trade paperback of Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven also debuts on four lists.

Kameron Hurley: Money, Fame, Notoriety: What Are We Self-Publishing For?

Sunday 14 June 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's June Issue.

This is what worries me when I see so many young writers in particular run off to publish work themselves. Writing a novel isn't a get-rich quick scheme, and self-publishing a novel isn't a golden ticket to becoming a better writer. Whether you self-publish or traditionally publish a book, if you're waiting for some kind of external validation for your work, you aren’t going to get it from publishing.

Our Dinosaurs, Ourselves: A Review of Jurassic World


Saturday 13 June 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If you are wondering whether or not you should see Jurassic World, here is this reviewer’s advice: either pay the exorbitant price of admission to watch the film in a theatre, or never bother to watch it at all. When everything in the film is larger than life, none of its weaknesses matter, as you will consistently be enthralled and entertained by the amazing spectacle of realistic dinosaurs thundering across the screen and interacting with human characters.

Paul Di Filippo reviews A. Bertram Chandler

Friday 12 June 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

We get vivid characters — Grimes is a salty, irascible softie, old-fashioned but empathetic, with a code of honor, but not inflexible — a solid plot and a negligible but not nonexistent quota of speculative bits.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2016

Thursday 11 June 2015  |  Resources

Titles from Locus Magazine's June issue listings of Selected Forthcoming Books by Author are arranged here by month.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Wednesday 10 June 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Apex

New Books : 9 June

Tuesday 9 June 2015  |  Monitor

Rich Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 Edition, Alastair Reynolds' Slow Bullets, and titles by Blaylock, Cato, Gratz, Greenwood, Hamilton, Johansen, Lewis, Nix, Pratchett et al, and Rusch

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 June 2015  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife debuts on three lists.

Stephenie Feldman: Folklore & Imagination

Sunday 7 June 2015  |  Perspectives

stephanie feldman
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

I'm excited readers have embraced the fantasy elements. When I talk to readers or see reviews from people who approach it from more of a literary point of view, they don't always get or like the fantasy. I've always read genre-bending books, so that's been my point of view as a reader and a writer all along.

Periodicals: early June

Saturday 6 June 2015  |  Monitor

Lightspeed publishes a special "Queers Destroy Science Fiction" issue; plus new issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Friday 5 June 2015  |  Magazine

June New and Notable books include Naomi Novik's Uprooted and titles by Bacigalupi, Ee, Harris, Harris, Headley, Kornher-Stace, Naam, Okorafor, Suma, Tanzer, Vernon, and Wilson

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Thursday 4 June 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

I think Signal to Noise is one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year so far, despite that almost-generic title, that familiar trope, and the fact that on the surface it looks like a coming-of-age novel about teenage witches.

New Books : 2 June

Wednesday 3 June 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers, James S.A. Corey's Nemesis Games, Paul Tremblay's A Head Full of Ghosts, a US edition of Paul McAuley's Evening's Empires, the first volume of Baen's The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera, and other titles by Anderson, Birmingham, de Castell, Douglas, Fortune, Green, Griffith & Griffith, Harbour, Hurst, Jensen, Lackey, Lawrence, Lee & Miller, Manney, Shepherd, Sprunk, Stirling, Wells, and Zaleski & Zaleski

This Week's Bestsellers

Tuesday 2 June 2015  |  Monitor

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves and Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels debut strongly.

June Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 June 2015  |  Magazine

june issue
June features interviews with authors James Morrow and Stephanie Feldman, lists of Forthcoming Books through March 2016, a spotlight on Usman T. Malik, a new column by Kameron Hurley, awards and publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and books by Nnedi Okorafor, Mary Robinette Kowal, David Walton, Jim Butcher, Terry Pratchett, and many others.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Chris Beckett

Sunday 31 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Beckett's themes are societal inequalities, the strengths and dangers of mythmaking, the ways in which knowledge is power. One gets an almost Biblical, early dynastic sense of history here, and something of a foreshadowing that life on Eden will continue to replicate the lines of the history we know.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James L. Cambias

Saturday 30 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Corsair fulfills all its multiple mandates to perfection. It thrills and amuses, enlightens and surprises. James Cambias has validated every SF novel that ever featured cutlasses in space.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Friday 29 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Analog, and Asimov's, with recommendations of stories by Yoon Ha Lee, Adam-Troy Castro, and Rudy Rucker

Periodicals: late May

Thursday 28 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Interzone, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com

New in Paperback: May

Wednesday 27 May 2015  |  Monitor

Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer's Hieroglyph, Stephen King's Revival, Christopher Priest's The Adjacent, Adam Roberts' Bête, Jo Walton's My Real Children, and titles by Anderson, Baker, Blake, Britain, Campbell, Canavan, Card & Johnston, Carey, Clare, Coates, Corey, Edison, Harrison, Jones, Pratchett, and Rajamiemi

New Books : 26 May

Tuesday 26 May 2015  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife and titles by Bledsoe, Orullian, Pinborough, and Priest

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 May 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers, due June 2nd, moves up on the Amazon lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clive Barker

Sunday 24 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With the painterly brio of H. R. Giger and Guillermo del Toro, and the transgressive flavor of some French antinovelist, Clive Barker splashes as much crimson on his gospels as the page will permit.

Star-Crossed Horizon: A Review of Tomorrowland


Saturday 23 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Brad Bird's Tomorrowland is a film that one yearns to love, but not a film one can actually love .... One wishes to argue that that this film needs to be cherished and celebrated because of its resoundingly optimistic message about the future, driven home by an uplifting and emotionally powerful conclusion that constitutes by far the film’s best sequence; but sadly, the more one thinks about that message, the less resonant it seems.

Periodicals: mid-May

Friday 22 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Fireside, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Uncanny

Liz Bourke reviews Ian Tregillis

Thursday 21 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

The Mechanical is an excellent novel. Truly excellent: I have rarely found myself this gripped by a book which I began knowing full well there could be no happy outcome.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Wednesday 20 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Apex, and Shimmer

New Books : 19 May

Tuesday 19 May 2015  |  Monitor

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels, and titles by Baldwin, Elrod, Fenner, Gaiman & Reaves & Reaves, Higgins, Kilpatrick, McLachlan, and Rajaniemi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 May 2015  |  Monitor

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses and Charlaine Harris' Day Shift debut.

Nnedi Okorafor: Magical Futurism

Sunday 17 May 2015  |  Perspectives

nnedi okorafor
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

I listen to the stories of the women around me. I listen to my aunts and my cousins. I listen and I watch because there are stories nobody else can tell. I pick those up and when I write about them, I write about them as honestly as I possibly can. I don't worry about whether it looks good or bad. Family issues, gender issues, all these things became part of Who Fears Death.

Mad Maxine and Her Marvelous Machines: A Review of Mad Max: Fury Road


Saturday 16 May 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

George Miller’s new installment of the Mad Max saga must stand entirely on its own, and for the most part it does so remarkably well .... And those seeking intellectual as well as physical stimulation will find that the film's dystopian future society is interestingly in dialogue with a modern world that no longer shares the concerns that inspired the original series.

Russell Letson reviews Kit Reed

Friday 15 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

Where sits along one of those inter-generic fault lines, or (to shift metaphors) it is contained in a literary Schrödinger box, waiting for some categorical function to collapse it into a definite condition of fantasy or science fiction or magic-realism or expressionism, or any number of half-sibling traditions and forms.

Locus Bestsellers, May

Thursday 14 May 2015  |  Magazine

gaiman
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, Patricia Briggs' Night Broken, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Joe Schreiber and Karen Traviss.

New Books : 12 May

Wednesday 13 May 2015  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Nine, Kit Reed's Where, Ramez Naam's Apex, and titles by Beckett, Dalglish, Danielewski, Grimes, Hardinge, Hogan, Sumner-Smith, Witcover, and Wrede & Dean

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 May 2015  |  Monitor

A new Star Wars novel by Paul S. Kemp debuts on four print lists.

Ken Liu: Silkpunk

Sunday 10 May 2015  |  Perspectives

ken liu
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

I did not want to write a magical China story. I think magical China stories are difficult to do well, and even then they cannot escape the problem of the colonial gaze. China has been so steeped, since the days of Marco Polo, in a very exoticizing and subjugating gaze by the West, that it's not possible to tell a story about China without invoking layers of Orientalism and colonialism.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Saturday 9 May 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from The Dark, Interzone, Clarkesworld, and Uncanny, and of Erzebet Yellowboy's novella Fingerbones

Periodicals: early May

Friday 8 May 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Shimmer

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 7 May 2015  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Zachary Brown's The Darkside War and titles by Bailey, Bear, Brennan, Brett, Grant, Gregory, Hieber, Kinsella, Liu, Rawn, Valente, Valentine, and Vance

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Charles Wilson

Wednesday 6 May 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2015 issue

It's tempting to say the novel is a grown-up version of the Divergent series, but that would overlook one of the novel's main insights: if the government pigeonholes you on the basis of required tests, it's pretty much a dystopia to begin with, but if you choose to be tested and join a group, the dystopia or utopia is what you and the group make of it.

New Books : 5 May

Tuesday 5 May 2015  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix and titles by Adrian & Horowitz, Anderson, Atkinson, Cambias, Campbell, Connolly, Conroy, Duncan, Guran, Harris, Hendee, Koch, Kornher-Stace, Maas, Martinez, Murray, Nelson, Oates, Scull, Spoor, West, and Williamson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 May 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian remains the highest-ranking genre book on general bestseller lists.

Cory Doctorow: Shorter

Sunday 3 May 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

You get better at anything you do, especially if you get feedback. We get lots of feedback on Boing Boing, from comments, to analytics, to social media responses. Two years of writing 10-20 very short ledes daily, along with regular Twitter use, imbued me with a smooth facility for brevity that I find delightful and horrifying.

Periodicals: late April

Saturday 2 May 2015  |  Monitor

The 1000th issue of Analog, new issues of Asimov's and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and April posts at Strange Horizons and Tor.com

May Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 May 2015  |  Magazine

may issue
May features interviews with Nnedi Okorafor and Ken Liu, a new column by Cory Doctorow, awards and publishing news, including coverage of this year's Hugo Awards Ballot, and reviews of short fiction and books by Paolo Bacigalupi, Alex Bledsoe, C.J. Cherryh, Stephen King, Kazuo Ishiguro, and many others.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Dale Bailey

Thursday 30 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Throughout all these fictions Bailey exhibits his compassion for and comprehension of his characters, his inerrant sense of choosing just the right words, and his determination to make all the matter of fantastika over afresh.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

Wednesday 29 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Lackington's, with recommendations of works by Usman T. Malik and Thomas M. Waldroon

New Books : 28 April

Tuesday 28 April 2015  |  Monitor

Maria Dahvana Headley's Magonia and titles by Birmingham, Grey, Kerzner & Stueart, Kowal, McCullough, Nevill, Purdom, Scott, Sparhawk, Steele, and Wellington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 April 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian is still on lists after six months in paperback.

Melissa Marr: Otherworldly

Sunday 26 April 2015  |  Perspectives

melissa marr
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

Speculative fiction is how we talk about things we aren't ready to talk about in literal ways. Our literary ancestors did some amazing things by using speculative elements. That tradition, whether it's folklore or literature, is what I want to be part of.

Methuselah's Daughter: A Review of The Age of Adaline


Saturday 25 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Age of Adaline proves to be surprisingly attentive to the demands of science fiction, and amidst its emotional turmoil the film is also striving to thoughtfully explore the possible effects of human immortality. It thus qualifies as a worthwhile addition to a long tradition of science fiction stories about immortality.

Classic Reprints: April

Friday 24 April 2015  |  Monitor

The fifth volume of The Early Jack Vance and titles by Arnason, Egan, McCaffrey, Newman, and Silverberg

Spotlight On: Alyssa Wong, Author

Thursday 23 April 2015  |  Perspectives

alyssa wong
I do think that the field is becoming more and more globalized, and the awards slates — with stories by diverse writers from all over the world, and novels in translation like Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem — are starting to reflect that. But diversity isn't a trend; it's a constant battle to change an existing culture that shuts us out. It’s not about pushing people out of the market, but about expanding it to make space for a myriad of underrepresented voices.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Algernon Blackwood

Wednesday 22 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This current Ashley-compiled volume from Stark House — a superb small press which concentrates on rescuing groovy vintage noir, but which has also reprinted ten Blackwood novels and story collections previously — features rare stories and essays from the early years of Blackwood's career.

New Books : 21 April

Tuesday 21 April 2015  |  Monitor

Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, John C. Wright's The Architect of Aeons, and titles by Christopher, Johnson, Martin, and Sakuraba

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 April 2015  |  Monitor

Faith Hunter's Dark Heir debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

Sunday 19 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Analog, Asimov's, Unlikely Story, and Kaleidotrope, with recommendations of stories by Sean McMullen and Ray Naylor

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 18 April 2015  |  Monitor

Latest issues of Farrago's Wainscot, Fireside, Kaleidotrope, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: April

Friday 17 April 2015  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's Afterparty, John Varley's Dark Lightening, and titles by Cherryh, Conroy, Gilman, Gladstone, Harris, Hiffings, Knight, Kowal, Lindskold, and Modesitt

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Purdom

Thursday 16 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This volume collects the quartet under the lovely and somewhat Vancian title Romance on Four Worlds, a title which blithely plays with the dual meanings of romance as carnal, emotional affection, a love affair, and romance as adventure, as in "scientific romances," that great old term that predated "science fiction."

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Ellen Datlow's Nightmare Carnival

Wednesday 15 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

The dark carnival theme has been a staple of weird fiction since the early part of the twentieth century, and over the decades numerous writers have written stories drawn from its most familiar inspirations, notably sideshow performers whose incredible feats border on the uncanny, and the grotesque physical horrors of the freak show. Several of the stories in Nightmare Carnival fit this bill, but to Datlow's credit a number of her selections take the dark carnival theme into provocative new territory.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Since I've already mentioned Daryl Gregory as a writer of unannounced left turns, it's very helpful of him to provide me with evidence.

New Books : 14 April

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Monitor

Benjamin Percy's The Dead Lands, Steven Millhauser's Voices in the Night, and titles by Human, Lebbon, Marshall, Patel, Rawn, Rusch, and Watson

Faren Miller reviews Brenda Cooper

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Edge of Dark brings events on a grand scale down to the level of individuals, portrayed with an intimacy we can't deny, and capable of suffering and feeling loss — whether or not they fit into a standard definition of humanity.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Monitor

Peter V. Brett's The Skull Throne debuts on three lists.

Christopher Barzak: Visions & Voices

Sunday 12 April 2015  |  Perspectives

christopher barzak
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

Transformation is something that obsesses me. What is the soul? Is there a difference between something like a soul and something like a self? Is our identity something we construct, or is it organic and natural? There are all kinds of theories. It's interested me from a young age.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Mike Allen

Saturday 11 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Allen can write as lyrically and as viscerally as the best of them, sometimes in the same paragraph. This is an exceptional debut collection, and its stories show an imaginative writer with a very original voice working at the top of his game.

Locus Bestsellers, April

Friday 10 April 2015  |  Magazine

rothfuss
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things and The Name of the Wind, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Una McCormack and Graham McNeill.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

Thursday 9 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Valentine now strikes out in entirely different directions again with both her new novel Persona and the novella Dream Houses.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Wednesday 8 April 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, with recommendations of stories by Robert Reed and Barrien C. Henderson

New Books : 7 April

Tuesday 7 April 2015  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings, C.J. Cherryh's Tracker, David Walton's Superposition, and titles by Armstrong, Bein, Chu, Dornbusch, Fawcett, Flint, Gaiman & Rex, Green, Hunter, Painter, Peeler, Rowland, Swann, Taylor, Turtledove, and Waggoner

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 April 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Ready Player One is back on lists.

Kameron Hurley: The Privilege to Publish; the Power to Persevere

Sunday 5 April 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

I am not writing this book for you, is a statement that often comes as a shock to readers. Writers are expected to be producers of widgets, and don't we want to sell widgets to everyone? No. No, I do not.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 4 April 2015  |  Monitor

Latest issues of Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Ideomancer, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Friday 3 April 2015  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Signal to Noise and titles by Abercrombie, Asher, Cooper, Datlow, Elliott, Gaiman, Henderson, Martin & Dozois, Priest, Tregillis, and van Eekhout

Paul Di Filippo reviews Past Futures

Thursday 2 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In 1957, with the launch of Sputnik and the dawn of the Space Age, artists in Latin America cast their eyes to the heavens just as their North American counterparts did, and began to incorporate Space Age imagery into their works. Past Futures is the physical record of an exhibition mounted at Bowdoin College which sought to reveal this hidden 1960s realm of SF-inspired painting, sculpture and installations.

April Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 April 2015  |  Magazine

april issue
April features interviews with Melissa Marr and Christopher Barzak, appreciations of Terry Pratchett, a new column by Kameron Hurley, awards and publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ken Liu, Samantha Shannon, Eleanor Arnason, Jo Walton, Mira Grant, and many others.

New Books : 31 March

Tuesday 31 March 2015  |  Monitor

Gavin Smith's A Quantum Mythology and titles by Ballantine & Morris, Brennan, Brett, Fowler, Guran, Pinborough, and Roughgarden

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 March 2015  |  Monitor

Gail Carriger's Prudence debuts on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Sunday 29 March 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in Interzone, Tor.com, Shimmer, and in John Joseph Adams' anthology Operation Arcana

Periodicals: late March

Saturday 28 March 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Dreams and Nightmares, and Interzone, and what's new this past month at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com

Classic Reprints: February - March

Friday 27 March 2015  |  Monitor

The Essential W.P. Kinsella and titles by Lord Dunsany, Greg Egan, R.A. Lafferty, George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle, and Michael Moorcock

Karen Burnham reviews The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

Thursday 26 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Alex Dally MacFarland should be commended for putting together such a diversity of voices in one anthology. You'll find established masters here, and very new writers.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jill Ciment

Wednesday 25 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ciment's Act of God is a compact, droll farce, light-hearted and pleasurable as a chocolate truffle, yet with a nugget of hard, somewhat unpalatable truths in the center. It is propelled into motion by a conceit that echoes, in what I am sure is a deliberate way, Jack Finney's classic The Body Snatchers.

New Books : 24 March

Tuesday 24 March 2015  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's Harrison Squared, the US edition of Dan Simmons' The Fifth Heart, and titles by Green, Lloyd, Philip, Robson, and Thompson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 March 2015  |  Monitor

Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant debuts on two more print lists.

Garth Nix: Back in the Old Kingdom

Sunday 22 March 2015  |  Perspectives

garth nix
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

Clariel has been in the works since 1998, just building up in the queue of books to be written. When I was writing Lirael, I made a note about one of the characters and that was the beginning of Clariel. It's been lurking there, just waiting. I only work things out as I need them, typically. People often ask me, 'So you left it for years.' No, it's always been in my head.

Periodicals: mid-March

Saturday 21 March 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: March

Friday 20 March 2015  |  Monitor

Karl Schroeder's Lockstep and titles by Ambrose, Andrews, Benford & Niven, Bledsoe, Bova, Butcher, Correia, Davidson, Hunt, Leigh, McKiernan, Salyards, Sanderson, and Valente

Faren Miller reviews Sam Sykes

Thursday 19 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Sykes may seem like a videogame designer more obsessed with quantity than quality, but here's the rub: this brash, prolific wordsmith has a natural eloquence that grabbed my attention and refused to let go, over the course of almost 600 pages.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

Wednesday 18 March 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of Alastair Reynold's short novel Slow Bullets and stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 17 March

Tuesday 17 March 2015  |  Monitor

The US edition of Terry Pratchett's collection A Blink of the Screen, and titles by Buchanan, Carriger, Deas, Evans, Liney, Smale, and Teppo

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 March 2015  |  Monitor

Patricia Briggs' Dead Heat and Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant debut strongly on print lists.

Stephanie Burgis: Masks & Shadows

Sunday 15 March 2015  |  Perspectives

stephanie burgis
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

I can't imagine writing anything without magic because it wouldn't be fun for me. I love the sense of wonder in fantasy. Even in dark fantasy there's a whole opening-yourself-to-wonder when magic is a factor. It gives me a sense of wonder when I write, to have a fan­tasy element. In general my philosophy of writ­ing is I want to write smart, fun books. I want them to be both.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Neil Gaiman

Saturday 14 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Trigger Warning contains perhaps a half dozen of his strongest short fictions and a handful of rather hasty ones, but by the time we're done with it we feel like we've been celebrating not only Gaiman's considerable imaginative skills, but also those of Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wu Ming-yi

Friday 13 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The fact that toward the book's end Alice, revitalized, has written a novel titled The Man with the Compound Eyes speaks to the way in which larger cosmic forces flow through all living things, redeeming their inevitable losses, even through such seemingly crass instruments as a horde of seaborne trash.

Locus Bestsellers, March

Thursday 12 March 2015  |  Magazine

rothfuss
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Justin Richards and R.A. Salvatore.

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt

Wednesday 11 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

Allow me to now propose the McDevitt ramble, which wanders through time more than space, rummaging around in the apparently empty areas of a deep past, retrieving objects and records, reconstructing lost stories, and filling in blank spots.

New Books : 10 March

Tuesday 10 March 2015  |  Monitor

Dan Simmons' The Fifth Heart, Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, and titles by Adams, Datlow, Hartman, Joshi, Rusch, Tregillis, Valente, and Valentine

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 March 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning is the highest ranking genre hardcover on print lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

Sunday 8 March 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Uncanny, Clarkesworld, Unlikely Story, and Diabolical Plots, with recommendations of stories by Vajra Chandrasekera and Chen Qiufan (translated by Ken Liu)

Periodicals: early March

Saturday 7 March 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Friday 6 March 2015  |  Magazine

March New and Notable books include Kelley Armstrong's Forsaken and titles by Black, Elliott, Ellison, Link, Moorcock, Morrow, Mosley, Staveley, and Walton

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through December 2015

Thursday 5 March 2015  |  Resources

Titles from Locus Magazine's March issue listings of Selected Forthcoming Books by Author are arranged here by month.

Cory Doctorow: Stability and Surveillance

Wednesday 4 March 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

It's hard to overstate just how efficient surveillance has become in the 21st century. Critics of mass Internet surveillance like to compare the NSA and its allied spy services to the Stasi, the secret police of the former East Germany, who were notorious for the pervasive and suffocating blanket of surveillance with which they smothered the country. But the Stasi were engaged in pre-Internet surveillance, and they were very expensive guard labor by modern standards.

New Books : 3 March

Tuesday 3 March 2015  |  Monitor

John Joseph Adams' Operation Arcana, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois' Old Venus, and titles by Bishop, Briggs, Chan, Cooper, Drake & Lambshead, Leigh, McGuire, Modesitt, Monk, Nelson, and Roy

March Issue Table of Contents

Monday 2 March 2015  |  Magazine

march issue
March features interviews with Garth Nix and Stephanie Burgis, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through December, awards and publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and books by Neil Gaiman, Sam Sykes, Paul McAuley, Benjamin Percy, Jonatham Lethem, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 March 2015  |  Monitor

Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant, to be published tomorrow, is selling well on the Amazon sites.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ian Weir

Sunday 1 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

That is precisely what Ian Weir has done with Will Starling. He's taken the kind of nascently-pre-Victorian narrative that might have been written by Fielding or Richardson or their slightly later compatriots (the book takes place in 1816), with that mode's picaresque, loquacious, directly-address-the audience-baggy-pants-style, and created a new instance of such.



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Guest Post Rodolfo Martínez–”Twenty Years Ago…”

Tue 04 Aug

Note: Special thanks to Steve Redwood for his assistance with the translation of this piece. Between 1985 and 1994 I wrote, more or less, a novel a year. All of them, except Cat’s Whirld and Jormungand, have been lost. Although not completely; somewhere there are typed copies of a few of them, or...
Carolyn Ives Gilman Guest Post–”Becoming the Other”

Sun 12 Jul

A friend once told me she couldn?t get interested in a book unless it was about people just like herself. She meant 21st-century African American women, but the demographics were not the point. Her comment made me realize I am exactly the opposite: I read books to become something I am not. To ca...







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