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» The New Yorker: Joshua Rothman on The Weird Thoreau: Jeff VanderMeer

» Guardian: Eric Brown’s best science fiction in January — review roundup, covering titles by Karen Lord, Gareth L. Powell, Genevieve Cogman, Martyn Amos & Ra Page, and Paul Brackston

» Farrago’s Wainscot has resumed publication

Events:

» SF in SF features Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, 22 January beginning 6:30 pm

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB features Gregory Frost and Andy Duncan, 21 January beginning 7pm

» The Odyssey Writing Workshop for 2015 runs from 8 June to 17 July; the deadline for early application is 31 January, regular application 8 April

» David Langford’s Ansible 330

» NY Times: op-ed columnist David Brooks on The Child in the Basement, re: Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”

» Washington Post: Religion satirist James Morrow on the Charlie Hebdo killings; Morrow’s latest novel Galapágos Regained has just been published

» The Spring edition of SF2 Concatenation is online, with news, con reports, and many reviews

» Seattle Times: Nisi Shawl reviews Karen Lord’s The Galaxy Games

» New York Public Library on Where’s the Science Fiction for Younger Readers?

Events:

» Borderlands Books has upcoming events with Shannon Page, Cecelia Holland, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Samantha Shannon

» LA Times’ California Sunday Magazine on The halting genius of science-fiction writer Ted Chiang

» The New Yorker: Peter Bebergal on The Anti-Tolkien: Michael Moorcock

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews pop science books of 2014

» Domain SciFiDimensions is for sale

January Events:

» NY Review of SF Readings for January 6th presents Sarah Pinsker and Daniel José Older

» KGB Fantastic Fiction features Gregory Frost and Andy Duncan, 21 January at 7pm

» SF in SF‘s January reading is with Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland, Jan 22nd 6:30pm

» Dark Delicacies in January hosts Amber Benson, Jeffrey Reddick, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and others

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry’s best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014 are by Byrne, Gibson, Grossman, King, Lovecraft/Klinger, Lotz, Mitchell, Scalzi, Walton, Weir, and Winters

» Guardian: Damien Walter’s 2014: The year when science fiction and fantasy woke up to diversity

» OpenDemocracy: Mary Hansen interviews Walidah Imarisha about Science fiction and the post-Ferguson world (via)

» Vox: Ezra Klein interviews Paul Krugman

» Ace and Roc Books are looking for readers to help promote their books: see Penguin’s Ace/Roc Books page and this SF Site News article

» Here is a YouTube channel for the works of Jack Vance

» Guardian: Adam Roberts on the Best science fiction books of 2014, by Leckie, Gibson, Weir, VanderMeer, Hutchinson, Pollack, Higgins, North, Unsworth, Tidhar, Abercrombie, Pollock, and Itäranta

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda’s pics for holiday gift books include books about Little Nemo, Fred Chappell, Alice in Wonderland, Virgil Finlay, Locked-Room mysteries, and Robert E. McGinnis

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Ysabeau S. Wilce, Patrick Rothfuss, Jonathan Carroll

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem

» Events: KGB hosts Gregory Frost and Andy Duncan, 21 January 2015 at 7pm

» LA Times’ Holiday Book Guide has SF/F titles by Lauren Beukes, Jonathan Carroll, William Gibson, Stephen King, Ann Leckie, Cixin Liu, Cherie Priest, Karen Russell, John Scalzi, and Jeff VanderMeer

» Entertainment Weekly’s 10 Best Fiction Books of 2014 [subscriber limited] include Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy at #10, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks at #6, and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven at #1

» Mythic Delirium’s December gifts are works by Nathaniel Lee, Rose Lemberg, and Lynette Mejía

» David Langford’s Ansible 329

» NY Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2014 include fiction titles by David Mitchell, Michel Faber, Helen Oyeyemi, and Lev Grossman

» Huffington Post’s Best Books of 2014 includes Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven

» Open Letters Monthly: Robert Minto reviews The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert

» Mythic Delirium’s December gifts are works by Nathaniel Lee, Rose Lemberg, and Lynette Mejía












   
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Wed 21 Jan 10:12 am

There are several works of genre interest among the 2015 Edgar Awards nominations: Best Novel Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King (Scribner) Best Paperback ...

Wed 21 Jan 10:05 am

The US division of children’s book publisher Egmont will close, effective January 31, 2015, after attempts to sell the division failed. Danish pare...








Lauren Beukes: Shining Girl

Sunday 25 January 2015  |  Perspectives

lauren beukes
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

Actual serial killers are not diabolical Hannibal Lecters. They're not super smart. Some of them can be charming and functional, but many of them are pathetic lonesome losers who feel powerless in the world. ... They're not monsters; they're vile opportunists.

New Books : January Supplemental

Saturday 24 January 2015  |  Monitor

The Collectors' Book of Virgil Finlay and titles by Strayhorn, Sykes, and Williams

Spotlight On: David Pomerico, Editorial Director

Friday 23 January 2015  |  Perspectives

david pomerico
My vision is to help continue the great science fiction and fantasy tradition at Harper Voyager. Voyager has been doing such an amazing job in terms of fantasy. I think one area that I'm really excited about is expanding our list a bit, specifically in terms of science fiction.

Classic Reprints: January

Thursday 22 January 2015  |  Monitor

A collection of Harlan Ellison's award-winning short fiction, two novels by Greg Egan, and the first novel of Jacqueline Carey

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Wednesday 21 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Up until page 35 of Michael Moorcock's brilliant new fabulaic book, The Whispering Swarm, you assume you are reading a straightforward roman a clef, a subtly transmogrified autobiographical memoir of a young fellow named Michael Moorcock... But then onto the mundane scene comes one Friar Isadore, a strange humble little chap who is a member of the secretive order known as the White Friars.

New Books : 20 January

Tuesday 20 January 2015  |  Monitor

The final volume in Dean Koontz' Odd Thomas series, Saint Odd, plus titles by Files, Fine, Hocking, O'Flaherty, Powers, and Pratchett/Stewart/Cohen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 January 2015  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Firefight debuts.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Sunday 18 January 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Aoex, and in the debut issue of Straeon

New in Paperback: January

Saturday 17 January 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, Allen Steele's V-S Day, and titles by Cook, Friedman, Hendee & Hendee, Modesitt, Spoor, Tregillis, Weber, and Wright

Paul Di Filippo reviews Greg van Eekhout's Pacific Fire

Friday 16 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Van Eekhout's scrupulously crafted language continues to flaunt that Zelazny-esque balance of demotic and poetic. He is very kind to his readers by putting lots of background info up front to bring newbies up to speed. But really, this sequel is merely the second half of a single long narrative...

Periodicals: mid-January

Thursday 15 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Galaxy's Edge, Kaleidotrope, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Morrow

Wednesday 14 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

I can think of few authors who would try to cast a deeply intellectual psychomachia in the form of a wildly comic picaresque tall tale, and fewer still who could get away with it and have so much fun in the process.

New Books : 13 January

Tuesday 13 January 2015  |  Monitor

James Morrow's Galapágos Regained, Michael Moorcock's The Whispering Swarm, Jo Walton's The Just City, and titles by Black, Carey, Grahame-Smith, Larke, Rusch, and Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 January 2015  |  Monitor

Highest ranking paperbacks this week are Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library and Andy Weir's The Martian.

Robert Jackson Bennett: Subreality

Sunday 11 January 2015  |  Perspectives

michael moorcock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

I've always loved the Cold War and spy novels. I love the idea that there's something fake and transient about those lives. These people are ghosts. They go from hotel room to hotel room. They exist in this interstitial realm in urban society. I found that really interesting, the idea that spies live in a sub­reality of our own...

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

Saturday 10 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

Blending elements of mainstream YA, dystopian SF, and political thriller, Love Is the Drug manages to fascinate, wherever and whenever it may go.

Spotlight On: An Owomoyela, Writer and Editor

Friday 9 January 2015  |  Perspectives

an owomoyela
When it comes to hard SF, a lot of my interest is rooted in the fact that science is absolutely wonderful. Once you start catching glimpses of it, it's hard not to let it capture your imagination and shake up your thinking patterns.

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 8 January 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Mercedes Lackey's Bastion, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by Kirsten Beyer and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Wednesday 7 January 2015  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 6 January

Tuesday 6 January 2015  |  Monitor

Karen Lord's The Galaxy Game, Pierce Brown's Golden Son, Pete Terrin's The Guard, and titles by Aaronovitch, Asher, Benson, Campbell, Coe, Gordon, Green, Harper, Hendee & Hendee, Hines, Kristjansson, Lee, Love, Merz, Older, Ringo, Sanderson, and Shepherd

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 January 2015  |  Monitor

Highest ranking titles again this week are Stephen King's Revival and Andy Weir's The Martian.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Sunday 4 January 2015  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Jack McDevitt's Coming Home and titles by Allen, Brissett, Finn & Cramer, Fleskes, Grant, Herbert, Jones, King, Klima, Rice, Sherman, and Williams.

Periodicals: early January

Saturday 3 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Shimmer

Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright

Friday 2 January 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Last November, I published a book-length essay about how copyright is failing to serve artists, and how it has come to present a clear and present danger to wider society. The book is called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, and it is composed of three snappy arguments...

January Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 January 2015  |  Magazine

january issue
The January issue has interviews with Lauren Beukes and Robert Jackson Bennett, a column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on David Pomerico and Randy & Jean-Marc Lofficier, reports from Cheryl Morgan and Tobias S. Buckell, and reviews of short fiction and books by James Morrow, John Twelve Hawks, Elizabeth Bear, Ramsey Campbell, David Mitchell, and many others.

Lois Tilton's 2014 Reviews in Review

Wednesday 31 December 2014  |  Reviews

Lois Tilton cites titles by J.Y. Yang, Robert Reed, Nina Allen, Richard Bowes, K.J. Parker, Rachel Swirsky, Theodora Goss, Geoffrey A. Landis, Cory Doctorow, Ian McDonald, Justina Robson, Gregory Benford, Ken Liu, and many others.

New Books : 30 December

Tuesday 30 December 2014  |  Monitor

Eleanor Arnason's Hidden Folk: Icelandic Fantasies, and titles by Adams, Perry, Powell, Taylor, and Vaughn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 December 2014  |  Monitor

Highest ranking titles this week are Stephen King's Revival and Andy Weir's The Martian.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

Sunday 28 December 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of Tim Powers' novella Nobody's Home and stories from Lackington's, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Tor.com

Periodicals: late December

Saturday 27 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Jupiter and Three-lobed Burning Eye, and what's new online at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com

Classic Reprints: December

Friday 26 December 2014  |  Monitor

10th anniversary edition of Lee Thomas' first novel Stained, plus omnibus volumes by Jack L. Chalker, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock

Faren Miller reviews Beth Cato

Thursday 25 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

The magic that saves lives in The Clockwork Dagger, a memorable debut by Beth Cato, cen­ters around the myth of another mortal woman who lost loved ones to illness and became a lady goddess.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday 24 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Like all the best SF, Station Eleven is simultaneously a comment on the present moment, and a speculation on where we go from here.

New Books : 23 December

Tuesday 23 December 2014  |  Monitor

Guy Haley's Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy’s Greatest Science Fiction, and UK titles from recent weeks by Barclay, Gaiman & Riddell, Hair, Kent, Newton, Pratchett, Sheehan, Tidhar, and Whates

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 December 2014  |  Monitor

Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven debuts on three lists.

Michael Moorcock: Multiverses

Sunday 21 December 2014  |  Perspectives

michael moorcock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

I think the notion of worldbuilding is a failure of literary sophistication. I only invent what's necessary to explain the mood of a character. I haven't thought about an imaginary world's social security system; I don't know the gross national product of Melniboné.

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

Saturday 20 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

While World of Trouble is bleak, it is also beautiful in its own way, and redemptive. And unlike other episodic stories about the end of the world, this one pays off by the time the apocalypse arrives.

Periodicals: mid-December

Friday 19 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Bastion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

The Tolkienator, or, Thorin Hacks Again: A Review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


Thursday 18 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

One might characterize this film as a charming 30-minute rendering of the last six chapters of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937) padded out with two hours of repetitive slashing, stabbing, bludgeoning, and beheading. Tolkien, one imagines, would not be pleased.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherine Asaro's Undercity

Wednesday 17 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Asaro plants herself firmly into that grand SF tradition of future history franchises favored by luminaries like Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, Anderson, Dickson, Niven, Cherryh, and Baxter. It really seems to me that any future mention of this stefnal lineage must include her name as a worthy exemplar.

New Books : 16 December

Tuesday 16 December 2014  |  Monitor

Haruki Murakami's The Strange Library, Laird Barron's The Year's Best Weird Fiction, Jennifer Marie Brissett's Elysium, Lydia Millet's Mermaids in Paradise, Johanna Sinisalo's The Blood of Angels, and other titles from recent weeks by Brett, Bullington, Datlow, Farr, Littlewood, Pratchett, Scott & Griswold, Sedia, Sweet, and Tripp

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 December 2014  |  Monitor

Laurell K. Hamilton's Jason is #1 on New York Times' mass market paperback list.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cixin Liu

Sunday 14 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

The main reason The Three-Body Problem is noteworthy is that it's for the most part a compelling piece of work, brilliantly translated by Ken Liu, whose astonishing con­trol of tone lets us experience the novel as a speculative thriller without losing the sense of Chinese language and culture that makes it uniquely different from the familiar rhythms of Western SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jennifer Marie Brissett

Saturday 13 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If Carol Emshwiller — oblique and delicate — had collaborated with Samuel Delany — straightforward and blunt — then the result might resemble Jennifer Brissett's impressive debut novel, Elysium, a kind of fantasia on identity and character, what is superficial and what is central to both.

New in Paperback: December

Friday 12 December 2014  |  Monitor

Gene Wolfe's The Land Across and titles by Bornikova, de Lint, Dietz, Drake, Lee & Miller, Martin & Dozois, Ringo, Turtledove, and Vaughn

Periodicals: early December

Thursday 11 December 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Black Static, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Interzone, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Wednesday 10 December 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Tom Crosshill and Eleanor Arnason

New Books : 9 December

Tuesday 9 December 2014  |  Monitor

Shannon Page & Jay Lake's Our Lady of the Islands and titles by Stephen Baxter, Jordan Ellinger & Richard Salter, N.K. Jemisin, K.V. Johansen, and John Klima

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 December 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #1 at Washington Post and #4 on three other lists.

Spotlight On: Joe Monti

Sunday 7 December 2014  |  Perspectives

joe monti
I'm working with editor Navah Wolfe on the imprint, so while I do not want to speak for her, I can say that Saga Press is taking the best practices of SF/F imprints, along with select general fiction imprints and children's/YA publishing, and incorporating them into our business.

Locus Bestsellers, December

Saturday 6 December 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye, Seanan McGuire's The Winter Long, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by John Jackson Miller and R.A. Salvatore.

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

Friday 5 December 2014  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Thursday 4 December 2014  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books include Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and titles by Bear, Carriger, Carroll, Gibson, Grossman, Hamilton, Harrison, Headley & Howard, Latham, Millet, Silverberg, Tepper, Westerfeld, and Wilce.

Kameron Hurley: Publishing's Not Dying, It's Diversifying (And You Should Too)

Wednesday 3 December 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

For all the doom and gloom about the publishing industry during the last 20 years (or more!), what the advent and proliferation of digital platforms has given us as creators are options.

New Books : 2 December

Tuesday 2 December 2014  |  Monitor

Hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens and titles by Amish, Arthur, Asaro, Dietz, Fowler, Hughes, Koch, Kurtz, Lackey et al, Lackey, Lukyanenko, MacFarlane, Nassise, Oliver, Painter, Resnick, Spoor, and Yarbro

December Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Magazine

december issue
The December issue has a 75th Birthday Feature on Michael Moorcock, with an interview, tributes, and novel excerpt; plus, a report and photos on the World Fantasy Convention, lists of forthcoming books through September 2015, a new column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Cixin Liu, Shannon Page & Jay Lake, Stephen Gould, Ben H. Winters, and others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #2.



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A Cheery Holiday Roundtable

Wed 21 Jan

In December 2014 I approached our esteemed panelists with the following: On his blog Michael Swanwick recently addressed a reader-inspired question: “How do I cope with the despair endemic upon being an unpublished or little-published writer?” In an essay first published in 1991, Robert Silverber...
Roundtable on 2015 Releases

Fri 12 Dec

Being close to the end of the year, it occurs to me it might be interesting to talk about some of the books we’re most looking forward to in 2015, and why. I will mention three to get the ball rolling. Daryl Gregory’s Harrison Squared (March 24, 2015). I love Daryl’s writing, and this Lovecraftia...



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