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» 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

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe’s The best books for the science fiction fan are titles by Gibson, Dozois, Link & Grant, and Valentine

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews photography by William Mortensen

» New York Review of SF readings presents Delia Sherman and Ellen Kushner, Tuesday Dec. 2nd, 7pm

» NY Times’ 36 Hours in Santa Fe includes a stop at George R.R. Martin’s Jean Cocteau Cinema

» LA Times profiles Kip Thorne, science adviser to the film Interstellar

» Washington Post: The five best science fiction/fantasy books of 2014, by Stephanie Feldman, James L. Cambias, Claire North, Genevieve Valentine, and Joe Abercrombie

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe’s Science fiction roundup: ‘The Three Body Problem,’ others, on Cixin Liu, Johanna Sinisalo, and Guy Haley

» Tangent Online posts a classic interview with Wilson Tucker

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB readings on November 19th with Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead

» Events: KGB hosts Steven Gould and Rajan Khanna, December 17th

» LA Review of Books: Paul Graham Raven reviews William Gibson’s The Peripheral

» NY Times: Janet Maslin reviews Stephen King’s Revival

» Seattle Times: Nisi Shawl reviews Dellamonica, Lindskold, and Johansen

» NY Times: In a Topsy-Turvy World, China Warms to Sci-Fi, about Liu Chixin’s The Three-Body Problem

» The Atlantic: Women Rise in Sci Fi (Again)

» Sunday NY Times Book Review: Robin Wasserman reviews Paolo Bacigalupi and Alaya Dawn Johnson; Chris Taylor reviews Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang; Stephanie Zacharek reviews Scott Westerfeld; Maria Russo reviews Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

» David Naimon interviews William Gibson

» Events: Dark Delicacies in Burbank CA hosts Dave Zeltserman, Jonathan Maberry, Chuck Palahniuk, and others this month

» Events: Borderlands in San Francisco hosts F. Paul Wilson, Steven Erikson, Mira Grant, and others this month

» Amazon.com’s Top 100 Books of 2014 (in print format) include Stephen King’s Revival (#6), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (#10), David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Randall Munroe’s What If?, Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat, Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land, Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress, Andy Weir’s The Martian, Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, and Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus.

» Amazon’s Best SF & Fantasy Books of 2014 are led by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and then include, listed in bestselling order, titles by Martin/Garcia/Antonsson, Rice, Rothfuss, Gabaldon, Mitchell, Weir, and others

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Stephen King’s “spendid” Revival












   
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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.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Sunday 30 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Analog, and Asimov's

Russell Letson reviews Ann Leckie

Saturday 29 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

Ann Leckie's debut novel, Ancillary Justice, created instant buzz in the field and then took a thoroughly deserved fistful of big awards. To my delight, Ancillary Sword is an even stronger book, though it takes an interestingly different path than the one that made Justice a bit of a magical mystery tour de force.

Periodicals: late November

Friday 28 November 2014  |  Monitor

Terraform debuts; new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Intergalactic Medicine Show; and what's new this month at Strange Horizons and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mike and Rachel Grinti's Jala's Mask

Thursday 27 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

They have produced a very amiable, engaging, small-scale fantasy, praiseworthy both for its entertaining qualities and its "done in one" remit. Although not technically a YA, the book has an overall texture and tone akin to the best of Andre Norton, a writer whom many adult readers certainly and justifiably esteem.

Classic Reprints: November

Wednesday 26 November 2014  |  Monitor

Michael Bishop's Count Geiger's Blues, two early books by Greg Egan, and titles by James Gunn & Jack Williamson, Richard Kadrey, and Charles Sheffield

New Books : 25 November

Tuesday 25 November 2014  |  Monitor

David Nickle's collection Knife Fight and Other Struggles and titles by Estep, Grant, Harris & Kelner, Huff, Johnson, Kent, and Parks

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 November 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #1.

Linda Nagata: Adventure First

Sunday 23 November 2014  |  Perspectives

linda nagata
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

In 1995 there was no self-publishing option for a career, and of course things have changed incredibly since then. I hesitate to give career advice, because everybody's career is going to go in a different direction, but I'd say, consider all your options.

"The Revolution Will Be Televised": A Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


Saturday 22 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I have been studying the films of the unfolding Hunger Games saga as a revealingly successful effort to reflect the attitudes and opinions of the teenagers and young adults in their target audience. And, in a manner that is both fascinating and annoying, this new film offers additional insights into the minds of America's future leaders.

Periodicals: mid-November

Friday 21 November 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Bastion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, Shimmer, The Dark, and Uncanny

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Thursday 20 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain's War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 19 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the debut issue of new 'zine Uncanny and in new issues of Interzone, Shimmer, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 18 November

Tuesday 18 November 2014  |  Monitor

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert, Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and titles by Cory Doctorow, Peter Dub&3acute;, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and Sean Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 November 2014  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat is #1 at Los Angeles Times.

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire's Egg & Spoon

Sunday 16 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming

Saturday 15 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar's latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

New in Paperback: November

Friday 14 November 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian and titles by Anthony, Baxter, Blake, Griffith, Hobb, Martin & Dozois, McDevitt, and Merz

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 13 November 2014  |  Magazine

weeks
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by John Jackson Miller and Richard Lee Byers.

Hannu Rajaniemi: Posthuman Utopias

Wednesday 12 November 2014  |  Perspectives

hannu rajamiemi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

Real science is an infinite source of fascinating ideas. You can come up with these interesting connections: the very reason the first book is called The Quantum Thief is that I started wondering what a futuristic gentleman thief would actually steal in a post-scarcity society. What is there to be stolen?

New Books : 11 November

Tuesday 11 November 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival, Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, Small Beer Press collections by Delia Sherman and Ysabeau S. Wilce, Stephen Jones' 25th Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and titles by Neal Asher and Jessica Leake

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 November 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Rice, William Gibson, and National Book Award finalist Emily St. John Mandel debut on print lists.

Periodicals: early November

Sunday 9 November 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

"2014: A Grand Ole Odyssey": A Review of Interstellar


Saturday 8 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It requires considerable courage to make a film that, as I will argue, undertakes to both emulate and refute 2001: A Space Odyssey; and while I ultimately found its argument unpersuasive, the film is still provocative and, one might say, intelligently misguided in ways that are unfortunately rare in today’s filmmaking marketplace.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

Friday 7 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now comes Steven Erikson's rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson's version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Thursday 6 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens and from issues of Clarkesworld and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Gregory Benford and Robert Reed

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Wednesday 5 November 2014  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Ellen Datlow's anthology Nightmare Carnival and titles by Abercrombie, Bacigalupi, Belcher, Bennett, Clarke, Gould, Leckie, Morgan, Nix, Powers, Pratchett, Strahan, and Szarlan.

New Books : 4 November

Tuesday 4 November 2014  |  Monitor

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, Steven Erikson's Willful Child, Jack McDevitt's Coming Home, and titles by Baxter, Bedford, Brenchley, Brennan, Card, Carriger, Clark, Czerneda, Green, Grinti & Grinti, Marillier, Martin & Snodgrass, Metzl, Niven et al, Shinn, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 November 2014  |  Monitor

The World of Ice & Fire enters the USA Today list; still selling well at Amazon

Cory Doctorow: Stories Are a Fuggly Hack

Sunday 2 November 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

Storytelling is a fuggly (funky and ugly — that is, cool but also really weird and inefficient) hack to get you to feel stuff — make up a story about imaginary people in order to trick your naive empathy into believing that they exist so that you empathize with them and then feel some cool and difficult emotions.

November Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 November 2014  |  Magazine

november issue
The November issue features interviews with authors Hannu Rajaniemi and Linda Nagata, a new column by Cory Doctorow, a special R.A. Lafferty Centennial feature, a spotlight on Joe Monti, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lavie Tidhar, Ann Leckie, Stephen King, Gregory Maguire, and others.

New Books : October Supplemental

Friday 31 October 2014  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat, Bruce Sterling's Twelve Tomorrows, Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds, Mike Allen's Unseaming, and titles by Aguirre, Alexander, Allen & Allen, Anderson & Olexa, Bradley, Engdahl, Jeffers, John, Marshall, Morris, Mullins, and Spinrad

Periodicals: late October

Thursday 30 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Bastion, plus what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Wednesday 29 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Kaleidotrope, and Bastion

New Books : 28 October

Tuesday 28 October 2014  |  Monitor

William Gibson's The Peripheral, Martin/Garcia/Antonsson's The World of Ice and Fire, and titles by Andrews, Armstrong, Faber, Gaiman & Mattotti, Haydon, Henry, Kittredge, Lawhead, Rothfuss, and Wilber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 October 2014  |  Monitor

Garth Nix's Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen debuts on two lists.

Kameron Hurley: Horror & Glory

Sunday 26 October 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

All writing is practice. There's this funny thing that ends up happening once you get published: a lot of editors and publishers will tell their authors, 'You should blog, it's great for your career and it's good visibility.' What people don't realize is these are very different types of writing. Novel writing, blog writing, corporate copy writing.

Classic Reprints: October

Saturday 25 October 2014  |  Monitor

H.P. Lovecraft annotated; a volume of mostly 19th-century horror stories; and books by Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, and Christopher Priest

Adrienne Martini reviews Kaleidoscope

Friday 24 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

The seeds of an idea were planted and the result is a book full of YA SF/F shorter fiction that better resembles the actual world — you know, one that has more than straight, white people in it. A crowd-funding campaign was launched and the resulting book is now alive.

New in Paperback: September - October

Thursday 23 October 2014  |  Monitor

David G. Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden's anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, and titles by Campbell, Carey, Carriger, Connolly, Erikson, Flint & Carrico, Gaiman, Gunn, Jeschke, Lackey/Flint/Freer, Lerner, Martin & Dozois, Sanderson, Stiefvater, and Williamson

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Wednesday 22 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, and On Spec

New Books : 21 October

Tuesday 21 October 2014  |  Monitor

Jonathan Carroll's Bathing the Lion, Peter F. Hamilton's The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Sheri S. Tepper's Fish Tails

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 October 2014  |  Monitor

A new Companions Codex novel by R.A. Salvatore debuts.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Fowler

Sunday 19 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

One might expect a novel concerned with "fear of darkness" to take place in some twilit, northern, Germanic clime, a place where daylight hours are short and fleeting. But right away we sense Fowler's inclination to mess with our expectations in his choice of settings: sunny Spain.

Russell Letson reviews William Gibson

Saturday 18 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter F. Hamilton

Friday 17 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Peter Hamilton's new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison, but rotated through the looking glass of a totally different, resolutely non-postmodern worldview, to produce a book that is paradoxically both old-school and totally au courant: the best of two worlds.

Periodicals: mid-October

Thursday 16 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Alt Hist, Aphelion, Aurealis, Fireside, Kaleidotrope, Luna Station Quarterly, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Shimmer

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jonathan Carroll

Wednesday 15 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

Jonathan Carroll's greatest charm as a writer may well be simply that no one has yet been able to pin him down.

New Books : 14 October

Tuesday 14 October 2014  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's The Doubt Factory, Greg Bear's War Dogs, Garth Nix's Clariel, anthologies from Ellen Datlow and Paula Guran, and titles by Bernobich, Doctorow & Wang, Durst, Krokos, Ruckley, and Warrington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 October 2014  |  Monitor

Books by George R.R. Martin (et al) and Patrick Rothfuss are selling on Amazon prior to publication.

Paul Park: Metafictional Demons

Sunday 12 October 2014  |  Perspectives

paul park
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

One of the ways in which science fiction tends to depart from our own experience of the world is that often in a science fiction world the facts are too clear. We go to some planet and there's an expository section that tells about the history of the place and how it works, because we need a clear sense of it in order for the story to develop correctly and make sense. But that's different from the way we perceive the real world. The worlds of any two different people don't really resemble each other. This is the problem with politics too.

Print Periodicals: early October

Saturday 11 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, and On Spec

Periodicals: early October

Friday 10 October 2014  |  Monitor

Ellen Datlow guest-edits Nightmare Magazine; plus, new issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, and Quantum Muse

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Thursday 9 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Whenever discussion turns to candidates for the next SFWA Grandmaster Award, the name of one author who is fully entitled to such a distinction is notably missing. I refer to Norman Spinrad.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Wednesday 8 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer's anthology Hieroglyph and in new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Apex

New Books : 7 October

Tuesday 7 October 2014  |  Monitor

Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword, Rob Latham's The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, Jonathan Strahan's Fearsome Magics, Jeff VanderMeer & Desirina Boskovich's The Steampunk User's Manual, and titles by Belcher, Brust, Buehlman, Jack Campbell, John L. Campbell, Carey, Connolly, Davis, Fforde, Fowler, Hair, Harper, Hunter, Joshi, Khanna, Lackey, Morgan, Newman, Rawlik, Somers, Torgersen, Twelve Hawks, Weber & Zahn, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 October 2014  |  Monitor

Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds debuts.

Kameron Hurley: The Status Quo Is Not a Neutral Position: Fiction and Politics

Sunday 5 October 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

I've been writing on the internet since 2004, and publishing in more traditional venues since 1996. And I have a distinct set of values and politics and opinions that I bring to both my fiction and nonfiction work, of course. Doesn't everyone?

Locus Bestsellers, October

Saturday 4 October 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's Skin Game, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Watts

Friday 3 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

This is not a novel that wants to invite anyone in for tea. But while, on the one hand, it's SF hard enough to break a tooth on, it also challenges some of the very tenets of hard SF by questioning whether religion might turn out to be as useful as science, at least in terms of predictive power.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Thursday 2 October 2014  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books include Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress and titles by Abraham, Bradley, Hobb, Hurley, Joyce, Kress, Lake, Link & Grant, Milford & Zollars, Sanderson et al., Scalzi, VanderMeer, Watts, Weir, and Whates

October Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 October 2014  |  Magazine

october issue
The October issue features interviews with authors Paul Park and Kameron Hurley, a new column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary with appreciations of Graham Joyce, reports on Loncon 3, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Carroll, William Gibson, John Scalzi, and others.

New Books : 30 September

Tuesday 30 September 2014  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' Bête and titles by DeLima, Gaiman & Rusell, Headley & Kat Howard, Jonathan Howard, Kaufmann, Lansdale, Lindsey, Strout, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 September 2014  |  Monitor

Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Sunday 28 September 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Tor.com and in Jonathan Strahan's anthology Fearsome Magics, and of a novella by Genevieve Valentine

Periodicals: late September

Saturday 27 September 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static and Interzone, and what's new this month at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Daily SF

Classic Reprints: September

Friday 26 September 2014  |  Monitor

New editions of John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar and Greg Egan's Permutation City, a perhaps final volume of Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, and omnibus volumes by Cowper, Holdstock, and Moorcock

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Stephen Jones' Best New Horror 25

Thursday 25 September 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

Stephen Jones's Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a landmark by any standard in genre publishing.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Shafer

Wednesday 24 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ending satisfyingly but with ultimate outcome uncertain, WTF deals with its big themes in a sprightly yet serious fashion. If you were to fuse Max Barry's Lexicon with Dave Eggers's The Circle, then blend in some of Matt Ruff's Bad Monkeys, you might approach the lunatic sanity and gonzo wisdom of Shafer's accomplished debut.

New Books : 23 September

Tuesday 23 September 2014  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction, and titles by Brennan, Clarke, Grant, James, Jones, Spalenka, Sumner-Smith, Waugh, Weis & Krammes, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 September 2014  |  Monitor

Kim Harrison's The Witch With No Name debuts on four lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Sunday 21 September 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Analog, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and of Octavia Cade's novella The Don't Girls

"A Hunger for Games?": A Review of The Maze Runner


Saturday 20 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Maze Runner, as one hardly needs to say about any major film that achieves wide release, is a fast-paced, involving adventure with excellent special effects, and there are even hints of an imperfectly realized effort to achieve a sort of profundity not found in the novel.

Periodicals: mid-September

Friday 19 September 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

Thursday 18 September 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

The real achievement of Genevieve Valentine's The Girls at the Kingfisher Club isn't just that it recasts the princesses as flappers in 1927 New York — even Anne Sexton saw that coming when in her version she described them as dancing "like taxi girls at Roseland" — but in delicately balancing her language between the transparent directness of the folktale and the contemporary sensibility of the novel.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jay Lake

Wednesday 17 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This volume contains over thirty stories, published from 2007 to 2013, so there is assuredly little overlap with Lake's earlier collections. In other words, we are getting his mature work, written almost precisely in the interstices of his illness, which began in 2008.

New Books : 16 September

Tuesday 16 September 2014  |  Monitor

Jay Lake's "Last Collection" Last Plane to Heaven, and titles by Barnett, Cato, Hoover, Mamatas & Washington, Marr, Pagliassotti, Prineas, Shearman, Stroud, Yancey, and Zhang

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 September 2014  |  Monitor

David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Patricia Briggs' Shifting Shadows, and Sherrilyn Kenyon's Son of No One debut on print lists.

Nicola Griffith: The Body & the World

Sunday 14 September 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I like to write about women who are the subject, not objects. I like to write about women who do rather than have done to them. They might do bad things — a lot of my women do bad things — but they do them because they seem like efficient ways to deal with what's going on. I’m very much a creature of the body.

New in Paperback: September

Saturday 13 September 2014  |  Monitor

Robert Charles Wilson's Burning Paradise and titles by Brust & White, Donaldson, Farmer, Gemmell, Hair, Lake, Mooney & Fawcett, Palwick, Shinn, Stirling, and Weber & Lindskold

Paul Di Filippo reviews Benjamin Parzybok

Friday 12 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Whatever silly tag we try to affix on Parzybok and Sherwood Nation, the undeniable truth is, he's a unique voice who's delivered a very good book that is both comic and tragic, grounded and fanciful, closely observed and well imagined.

Locus Bestsellers, September

Thursday 11 September 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's Skin Game, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and titles by David R. George III and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Wednesday 10 September 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Interzone, Clarkesworld, Apex, Lightspeed, and anthology Coming Soon Enough, with recommendations of stories by Nina Allan, T.R. Napper, Greg Egan, J.Y. Yang, and Seth Dickinson

New Books : 9 September

Tuesday 9 September 2014  |  Monitor

Ed Finn & Kathrym Cramer's anthology of optimistic SF Hieroglyph, Jonathan R. Eller's biography Ray Bradbury Unbound, Nancy Kress' novel Yesterday's Kin, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant's anthology Monstrous Affections, and titles by Bennett, Carlson, Gould, Harrison, Maguire, Miller, Parzybok, Planck, and Waldorf

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 September 2014  |  Monitor

Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye and John Scalzi's Lock In debut.

Yoon Ha Lee: Axioms & Theorems

Sunday 7 September 2014  |  Perspectives

yoon ha lee
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I approach writing like it's an equation. What is the... moral is maybe too loaded a term... but what is the thing at the end that the reader should come away with? What is the final conclusion? What is the theorem that I am trying to prove, and what are the axioms that will get me there, and how do I show the steps?

Periodicals: early September

Saturday 6 September 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aurealis, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

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

Friday 5 September 2014  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Thursday 4 September 2014  |  Magazine

September New and Notable books include Hannu Rajaniemi's The Causal Angel and titles by Anderson, Bear, Bernheimer, Blaylock, Dozois, Gladstone, Gregory, Muir, Park, Parker, Shepard, Valentine, and Winters

Cory Doctorow: Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow's First Law

Wednesday 3 September 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

It's been half a decade since I coined "Doctorow's first law of electronic publishing": "Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, and won't give you the key, you can be sure that the lock isn't there for your benefit." I'm talking, of course, about "digital rights management."

New Books : 2 September

Tuesday 2 September 2014  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Acceptance, David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, and titles by Briggs, Daniel & Drake, Hunter, Jacka, Kenyon, Lewis, Maberry, McGuire, Monk, Nye, Priest, Spencer, Stirling, Watson, and Williams

September Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 September 2014  |  Magazine

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The September issue features interviews with authors Nicola Griffith and Yoon Ha Lee, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through June 2015, a new column of advice for new authors by Tom Whitmore & Karen G. Anderson, and reviews of short fiction and books by Peter Watts, Robert Jackson Bennett, John Varley, and others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 September 2014  |  Monitor

David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks is selling on Amazon sites.



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