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» Guardian’s second in a series on literary definitions has Juliet McKenna on The genre debate: Science fiction travels farther than literary fiction

» Guardian also has this reaction to the Hugo finalists and Robert Jordan’s nomination, by Alison Flood

» The Atlantic: Chris Beckett on The Underrated, Universal Appeal of Science Fiction

» Salon: Elizabeth Hand, Saved by Obamacare

» Mike Allen offers three stories from Clockwork Phoenix 3

» Nature has a story by Preston Grassman

» Andrew Fox on The New Immortality of Authors and Books

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews William R. Forschten

» HuffPo: Jacob Bacharach on how All Good Books Are Weird Books

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman and The Time Traveler’s Almanac

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Sedgwick, Baggott, Hutchinson, Weir, Bach, Dietz

» SFGate: Michael Berry reviews Weir, Sternbergh, Cutter

» Amazing Stories interviews David Langford and John Clute about The SF Encyclopedia

» B&N interviews Christopher Priest

» Guardian: Damien Walter on how Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer

» Updated list of Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics, compiled by Andrew Fraknoi

» UC Riverside hosts “A Day of Latino Science Fiction” on April 30

» Upcoming events at Borderlands Books in San Francisco include Eileen Gunn, Emily Jiang and April Chu, Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw, Daryl Gregory, Seanan McGuire, Marie Brennan

» David Langford’s Ansible 321

» Never mind the title, here’s K. Tempest Bradford on NPR reviewing works by this year’s nominees for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Kenneth Calhoun’s Black Moon

» The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings presents A Tribute to Robert Sheckley, April 7th beginning 6:30pm, featuring Alisa Kwitney (Sheckley), Ziva Kwitney, Henry Wessells, Ellen Datlow, and Michael Swanwick

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel, present Douglas Clgg and John Langan, April 16th at 7pm

» Dark Delicacies in Burbank CA hosts Mike Mignola, Steve Niles, David J. Schow, Darryl Dawon, Lisa Dominique Machat, DH Altair, this next week

» Photos from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts from Ellen Datlow and James Patrick Kelly.

» New York Times profiles S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft devotee and atheist

» Entertainment Weekly gives Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation a full page review with a grade of B+

» Lots of comments to Cory Doctorow’s latest column Cold Equations and Moral Hazard (scroll down)

» Boulder Weekly profiles Carrie Vaughn

» Wired looks back at Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love

» New content at Mythic Delirium 0.3

» David Langford’s Ansible 320

» Toronto Star: Alex Good reviews Schroeder, VanderMeer, Peek, Costello & Hautala

» Globe and Mail: Jared Bland reviews VanderMeer’s Annihilation

» Hudson NJ Reporter profiles Jeff Somers

» LA Review of Books interviews Ken MacLeod, with discussion of his new novel Descent

» Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies: George Slusser inteviews Gregory Benford

» Lots of reviews of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Laura Miller at Salon; John Domini in Miami Herald; Tara Wanda Merrigan in GQ; Justin Alvarez in Paris Review

» Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviews Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB reading 19 Feb, with Kiini Ibura Salaam and Felix Gilman










   
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New Books : 22 April

Tuesday 22 April 2014  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's Afterparty, David Ramirez's The Forever Watch, a posthumous novel by Dianna Wynne Jones, and titles by Bach, Lackey & Edghill, Lukyanenko, Moore, Newman, Powell, and Trahan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 April 2014  |  Monitor

David Weber & Eric Flint's Cauldron of Ghosts and Laini Taylor's Dreams of Gods & Monsters debut on lists.

New in Paperback: April

Sunday 20 April 2014  |  Monitor

Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars, Robert J. Sawyer's Red Planet Blues, and titles by Cherryh, Daniel & Drake, Harris, Knight, Kowal, Marco, Modesitt, and Rawn

"The Colossus of Northern California": A Review of Transcendence


Saturday 19 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I can quickly say that Transcendence passed the Westfahl test for successful entertainment — I never looked at my watch — and it could be briefly described as a polished redaction of a familiar science fiction trope, the harmful results of separating the human mind from the human body. This venerable cautionary tale is founded on assumptions about human nature that are at best medieval: the brain provides our reasoning ability, while the body is the source of our emotions.

Classic Reprints: April

Friday 18 April 2014  |  Monitor

A new collection of early work by Jack Vance, SF Gateway omnibuses by Burroughs, Compton, and Cooper, and other titles by Chandler, Jordan, and Lumley

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

Thursday 17 April 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean, F&SF, and Kaleidotrope

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Moore Williams

Wednesday 16 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Sometimes reading these humus authors delivers a certain kind of modest, unique pleasure otherwise unobtainable. With them, you don't confront the pressure of being worthy of their masterpieces. They labored in quiet and without expectations or constraints, rewarded so long as they delivered on time. ... By any standard, the forgotten Robert Moore Williams was one such figure.

New Books : 15 April

Tuesday 15 April 2014  |  Monitor

Hal Duncan's Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, essays on ecology and SF edited by Gerry Canavan & Kim Stanley Robinson, Ellen Datlow's Lovecraft's Monsters, The Art of Ian Miller, and novels by Asher, Bova, Cameron, Davidson, Edwards, Riopelle, and Sullivan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 April 2014  |  Monitor

Ian Doescher's Williams Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back ranks on three lists.

Amish: Humility of a Witness

Sunday 13 April 2014  |  Perspectives

amish
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

My book was rejected by every publisher I sent it to. One publisher explained in very clear terms why the book had no hope. ... So I'm self-published.

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 12 April 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Kaleidotrope, Mythic Delirium (the final print issue), The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Tim Pratt reviews Alan DeNiro

Friday 11 April 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2014 issue

DeNiro never over-explains, and we rarely learn more about the strange worlds he shows us than what the viewpoint characters know or bother to speculate about, and since angels with flying guns, telepathic aliens, and immense monsters that eat mountains are all everyday occurrences for those characters, there's plenty of ambiguity and unexplained strangeness.

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 10 April 2014  |  Magazine

le modesitt
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.'s Rex Regis, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and titles by Dayton Ward and Oliver Bowden.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Buettner

Wednesday 9 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Buettner carries forward nobly a kind of core SF tale pioneered by writers such as Anderson, Gordon Dickson, Christopher Anvil, James Schmitz, and C. J. Cherryh, offering entertainment aplenty with thoughtful meditations on how humanity can get along with itself — or not!

New Books : 8 April

Tuesday 8 April 2014  |  Monitor

US editions of Christopher Priest's The Adjacent and Pratchett & Briggs' Turtle Recall, Benford & Niven's Shipstar, Laini Taylor's Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and other titles by Armstrong, Bear, Buettner, Jones, Lebbon, Reese, Shepherd, Weber & Flint, and Wilson & Adams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 April 2014  |  Monitor

Split mass market editions of Stephen King's Under the Dome debut.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Sunday 6 April 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Apex Magazine

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 5 April 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Analog, Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Friday 4 April 2014  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Robert Reed's The Memory of Sky, collections by Adam-Troy Castro and Pen Peek, and other novels by Carson, Lafferty, McDonald, Sanderson, Tierney, Weber, and Williams

Daryl Gregory: The Numinous

Thursday 3 April 2014  |  Perspectives

daryl gregory
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

When you grow up in a religion like I did, there are some people you believe are better off — become better people — once they've 'found Jesus,' because of this belief system. Why would you want to take that away from them? In science fiction, of course, we would argue that you need a life without any illusions because that's the stronger choice, but I wanted to have it both ways in the book.

New Books : 2 April

Wednesday 2 April 2014  |  Monitor

Hal Duncan's collection Scruffians!, the first US edition of Chris Beckett's Clarke Award winner Dark Eden, and titles by Addison, Ahlborn, Benulis, Cherryh, Fisher, Flewelling, Gilman, Harris & Kelner, Hughes, Jensen, Kenyon, Knight, Martin, Monk, Schoon, and Takami

April Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 April 2014  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue features interviews with authors Daryl Gregory and Amish, lots of publishing news, a report about SF in Brazil, a commentary by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Simon Ings, Daryl Gregory, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven, Chuck Palahniuk, Seanan McGuire, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 March 2014  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam debuts strongly on four lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Karl Schroeder

Sunday 30 March 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

What Schroeder capitalizes on is the shared emotional underpinnings of the classics. We don't want our new SF to blindly replicate the dead furniture of the past, but rather to deliver the same classic sense of wonder in new clothing. Mission accomplished here!

Periodicals: late March

Saturday 29 March 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Asimov's, Black Static, and Dreams and Nightmares, plus what's new at Tor.com and Strange Horizons

New Books : March Supplemental

Friday 28 March 2014  |  Monitor

Nonfiction by Brian Attebery about fantasy and myth, Clareson & Sanders about Heinlein, Maurer about Rushdie, and Slusser about Benford; plus an anthology by Steve Berman, novels and novellas by Barker, Block, Calhoun, Edwards, Green, Lansdale, Lovegrove, and Pratt, a collection by Peek, and poetry by Simon & Turzillo

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Thursday 27 March 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, On Spec, and Stupefying Stories

Russell Letson reviews Allen Steele

Wednesday 26 March 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2014 issue

Twenty years ago I found "Goddard's People" to read like minimally fictionalized journalism, but V-S Day is a fully formed historical-procedural WWII drama — if it were a movie, the book's date-stamp chapter headers would be superimposed on establishing shots: "June 1, 1943, Somewhere over the Pacific," "December 21, 1941, Peenemünde."

New Books : 25 March

Tuesday 25 March 2014  |  Monitor

Karen Russell's e-book novella Sleep Donation, Karl Schroeder's Lockstep, and other titles by Ballantine & MOrris, Boatman, Carr & Conry-Murray, Christopher, Dalglish & Duperre, Higgins, Maberry, Nix & Williams, Pratchett & Simpson, Robertson, and Sylvan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 March 2014  |  Monitor

Patricia Briggs' Night Broken debuts at #2 on the New York Times list.

Paul Cornell: Impossible Things

Sunday 23 March 2014  |  Perspectives

joan slonczewski
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

The series deals with a group of undercover police who suddenly gain the ability to see all the supernatural stuff in London. What's important, really, about these books is absurdity: the notion that a group of professional people, who have their training and systems, find themselves up against something that's impossible.

Periodicals: mid-March

Saturday 22 March 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The New York Review of Science Fiction, On Spec, and Perihelion

Spotlight on SF Signal

Friday 21 March 2014  |  Perspectives

john denardo
SF Signal started in 2003 when we noticed a criminal lack of any science fiction-oriented blogs on the Internet. Being the tech geeks we are, we decided to start our own blog as a place to share interesting links and bits of SF/F and to avoid clogging the corporate e-mail servers with our stuff.

Classic Reprints: March

Thursday 20 March 2014  |  Monitor

The US edition of Ann & Jeff VanderMeer's The Time Traveler's Almanac, first volume in a series of collected R.A. Lafferty short fiction, and SF Gateway reprints and omnibuses by Bayley, de Camp, Heinlein, McAuley, and Willis

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Christopher Priest

Wednesday 19 March 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2014 issue

It takes a bit of triangulation to arrive at the core of Christopher Priest's endlessly tantalizing and ultimately very satisfying The Adjacent, and some of that triangulation is quite literal: characters, events, and places are doubled and tripled, and the central apocalyptic images are areas of land in which everything has been obliterated...

New Books : 18 March

Tuesday 18 March 2014  |  Monitor

US editions of Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam and Will Elliott's The Pilgrims, and a title by Glenda Larke

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 March 2014  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance debuts at #1 on three lists and #2 on a fourth.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

Sunday 16 March 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in The Book of Silverberg and new issues of Interzone, Black Static, and Flytrap, with recommendations of stories by John Grant, Greg Kurzawa, and Vajra Chandrasekera

New in Paperback: March

Saturday 15 March 2014  |  Monitor

Nebula nominees We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and Fire With Fire by Charles E. Gannon, plus John Scalzi's The Human Division and other titles by Adams, Bishop, Bradley & Ross, Card, Clare, Cornell, Czerneda, Gould, Lee & Miller, Scull, Taylor, Tregillis, Walton, and Weber

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Joe R. Lansdale

Friday 14 March 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2014 issue

Lansdale's latest collection, Bleeding Shadows, features 21 stories and nine poems. It's the biggest collection of his work produced to date and his most creatively varied. Only about half of its selections are weird or fantastic in nature, but anyone who likes that side of Lansdale's writing will enjoy the others.

Locus Bestsellers, March

Thursday 13 March 2014  |  Magazine

neil gaiman
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, John Scalzi's Redshirts, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Eileen Gunn

Wednesday 12 March 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Eileen Gunn's wry, droll intelligence and cockeyed storytelling magic shine forth like some kind of quasar beacon from every one of these surprising, irreplaceable stories — two of which have never before seen print.

New Books : 11 March

Tuesday 11 March 2014  |  Monitor

Eileen Gunn's collection Questionable Practices, Ken MacLeod's Descent, Robert Reed's The Memory of Sky, and titles by Black, Briggs, Cameron, Cook, Cooper, de Castell, Herbert & Anderson, Pass, and Sprunk

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 March 2014  |  Monitor

Kim Harrison's The Undead Pool debuts at #1 on the New York Times list.

Joan Slonczewski: Field of Discovery

Sunday 9 March 2014  |  Perspectives

joan slonczewski
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

In The Highest Frontier I try to show both creative and destructive expressions of faith. The college chaplain is the force for progressive religion, religion that humanely engages science. Whereas there is another view in the book, the geocentrist view that says everything just centers around the Earth. People think that is ludicrous, but in fact, geocentrism is out there.

Periodicals: early March

Saturday 8 March 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through December 2014

Friday 7 March 2014  |  Resources

Selected titles from Locus Magazine's March issue listings are arranged here by month.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

Thursday 6 March 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Matthew Johnson and Seth Dickinson

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Wednesday 5 March 2014  |  Magazine

March New and Notable books include the first volume of Collected Short Fiction by R.A. Lafferty and other titles by Cambias, Dubosarsky, Golden, Haldeman, Knox, Lee, Morden, Pratt, Theroux, VanderMeer, and Walton

New Books : 4 March

Tuesday 4 March 2014  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance and other novels, all fantasy, by Arnett, Bishop, Brennan, Buehrlen, Hambly, Lafferty, Leigh, McGuire, Smylie, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 March 2014  |  Monitor

David Weber's Like a Mighty Army debuts on four lists.

Cory Doctorow: Cold Equations and Moral Hazard

Sunday 2 March 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

Two stories have been coming to mind more often than the others lately, and not because of their wisdom: rather, because they embody the worst parts of modern shortsightedness. They present a kind of blueprint for disaster, a willful and destructive blindness whose self-deception is perfectly mirrored in these two classics of SF.

March Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 March 2014  |  Magazine

march issue
The March issue features interviews with authors Joan Slonczewski and Paul Cornell, lists of forthcoming books through December 2014, a new column by Cory Doctorow, a spotlight on SF Signal, lots of news about awards, people, and publishing, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Christopher Priest, Jeff VanderMeer, Karl Schroeder, Reggie Oliver, and many others.

New Books : February Supplemental

Friday 28 February 2014  |  Monitor

Anthologies by Chizmar and Rew; collections by Lloyd and Moloney; nonfiction by Lacey; and novels by Holloway, Joss, Rowe, and Walker

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late February

Thursday 27 February 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Unlikely Story, with recommendations of stories by Marie Brennan, LaShawn M. Wanak, Barry King, and Mari Ness

Periodicals: late February

Wednesday 26 February 2014  |  Monitor

A new issue of Shimmer, and what's new at Strange Horizons and Tor.com

New Books : 25 February

Tuesday 25 February 2014  |  Monitor

Adam-Troy Castro's collection Her Husband's Hands and Other Stories, Kim Harrison's penultimate Rachel Morgan novel The Undead Pool, and titles by Almasi, Bach, D'Lacey, Kashina, Liu, Roy, Shepherd, Stourton, Tem, and Viehl

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 February 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian debuts on three print lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Roberts

Sunday 23 February 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Roberts's latest, Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea, is a return to such an eye-popping and mind-blowing extrapolative technique, and our author outdoes himself, by creating a book that is so allusive and multivalent in its clean-limbed premise that the reader hardly knows how to parse it.

Periodicals: mid-February

Saturday 22 February 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Faren Miller reviews Catherynne M. Valente

Friday 21 February 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2014 issue

The Bread We Eat in Dreams proved challenging to review. Though the contents range from offbeat poetry to an award-winning novella, in a multitude of styles and voices, this isn't just a random gathering of her shorter stuff. The more I read, the more these pieces seemed to resonate both intellectually and emotionally — like the interplay of themes and movements in a symphony — for a final impact greater than the sum of its parts.

Classic Reprints: February

Thursday 20 February 2014  |  Monitor

A 19th century feminist novel by Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett and titles by Steven Brust and Michael Moorcock

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar

Wednesday 19 February 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2014 issue

The central conceit of The Violent Century is that a German quantum physicist named Vomacht created a machine in 1932 which propagated a kind of probability wave around the world, affecting everyone in minute ways but transforming a select few into ready-made Marvel franchises, complete with Stan Lee-like monikers: Tigerman, Whirlwind, the Electric Twins, the Green Gunman, Surfer Girl, Frogman.

New Books : 18 February

Tuesday 18 February 2014  |  Monitor

Steve Berman's collection Red Caps and titles by Joanne Harris, Rhiannon Held, and David Weber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 February 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian is selling well at Amazon.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-February

Sunday 16 February 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed and Beneath Ceaseless Skies and in anthology The End is Nigh, edited by John Joseph Adams and Hugh Howey; with recommendations of stories by Will McIntosh, Paolo Bacigalupi, Alec Austin, and Ann Chatham

Classic Reprints: January Gollancz Omnibuses

Saturday 15 February 2014  |  Monitor

Volumes by Algis Budrys, Pat Cadigan, Garry Kilworth, Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore, Clifford D. Simak, John Sladek, and E.C. Tubb

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

Friday 14 February 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With awesome, meticulous attention to scientific details, engineering protocols, bureaucratic procedures, and international politics (though the larger war is just background noise), Steele walks us through what it would have taken to build a space plane rather than an A-bomb.

New in Paperback: February

Thursday 13 February 2014  |  Monitor

Kate Atkinson's Life After Life, Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls, Karen Lord's The Best of All Possible Worlds, George Saunders' Tenth of December, Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni, and other titles by Brennan, Briggs, Chadwick, Cooper, Herbert & Anderson, Hoyt, Pratchett & Baxter, and Stirling

Russell Letson reviews Stephen Baxter

Wednesday 12 February 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2014 issue

Of this promised cosmic-multiverse mystery tour we get the smallest clues and winks in what generally unfolds as an epic of interstellar pioneering and solar-system expansion against a backdrop of back-home political madness, with just the smallest dashes of lurking superscience puzzles.

New Books : 11 February

Tuesday 11 February 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian and titles by Edison, Forstchen, Foyle, Simmons, Waters, and Wright

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 February 2014  |  Monitor

Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale is #1 on the New York Times' trade paperback list.

Terry Pratchett: Talking to Other Monkeys

Sunday 9 February 2014  |  Perspectives

terry pratchett
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

The whole thing with the dignity in dying issue is that everyone dies, and no one wants to die nastily. Somehow being able to die when at time of your choosing separates a human from an animal.

Electronic Periodicals: early February

Saturday 8 February 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 7 February 2014  |  Magazine

lee and miller
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Trade Secret, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons in two different editions, and titles by David Mack and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 6 February 2014  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Richard A. Lupoff's (belated) What If? Volume 3 and other titles by Emily Croy Barker, Ben Bova, Richard Chizmar, Juliet Marillier, Shawn Speakman, Maggie Stiefvater, Catherynne M. Valente, and Carrie Vaughn

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early February

Wednesday 5 February 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, The Dark, Apex, and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

New Books : 4 February

Tuesday 4 February 2014  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, Marcel Theroux's Strange Bodies, Allen Steele's V-S Day, the US edition of Ian McDonald's Empress of the Sun, and titles by Aaronovitch, Baggott, Decker, Duncan, Friedman, Green, Lee, McKiernan, Neumeier, Price, Ringo, Scott, Tierney, and Wheeler

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 February 2014  |  Monitor

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Bites and Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale debut.

2013 Locus Poll and Survey Ballot

Sunday 2 February 2014  |  Magazine

february issue
From Locus Magazine's February 2014 issue. Deadline for voting is April 15, 2014.

February Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 February 2014  |  Magazine

february issue
The February issue features 2013: The Year in Review, with the Locus Recommended Reading List, commentary by Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, and many others, and the Locus Poll and Survey ballot. Plus: an interview with Terry Pratchett, awards and publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Lavie Tidhar, Simon Morden, Neal Asher, A. Lee Martinez, and many others.

New Books : January Supplemental

Friday 31 January 2014  |  Monitor

Rudy Rucker's The Big Aha, Jay Lake's Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh, Karen Joy Fowler's The Science of Herself, Catherynne M. Valente's The Bread We Eat in Dreams, and titles by Armstrong, Check, Clines, Dinniman, Estep, Jones, Maddox, Rainey, and Wingrove

Electronic and Print Periodicals: late January

Thursday 30 January 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

Wednesday 29 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, and On Spec

New Books : 28 January

Tuesday 28 January 2014  |  Monitor

James L. Cambias' A Darkling Sea and titles by Brown, Christopher, Cole, Frost, Hutchinson, Kearney, Morden, and Schafer

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 January 2014  |  Monitor

Ransom Riggs' Hollow City debuts on three lists.

Classic Reprints: December - January

Sunday 26 January 2014  |  Monitor

Two big collections of fiction by Edmond Hamilton, plus titles by Avram Davidson and Robert A. Heinlein

Paul Di Filippo reviews Rudy Rucker

Saturday 25 January 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Big Aha — the title riffs on a state of deliberately triggered cosmic consciousness — picks up many of the themes Rucker has been exploring of late... Biotech; engineered telepathy, other-dimensional beings; and the nature of consciousness. Like a jazzman, Rucker takes his intellectual obsessions as chords and juggles them into fascinating new patterns each time out.

New UK Books : 24 January

Friday 24 January 2014  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea and other titles by Simon Ings, Stephen Leather, Andy McDermott, and James Smythe

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Leena Krohn

Thursday 23 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Datura, which takes its title from a flowering plant whose seed pods come to take on a more than metaphorical meaning as the tale unfolds, begins with the narrator offering us the Dickian proposition that "reality is nothing more than a working hypothesis."

Paul Di Filippo reviews Chang-rae Lee

Wednesday 22 January 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Post-collapse books are not out to indict malefactors or extoll the Heroic Resistance. Instead, they are all about how to share the common suffering of the low times and thereby lessen it; how to be happy even under perilous and reduced circumstances; and what kind of eternal values remain behind when all the extraneous fripperies of modern life are stripped away. And on this score, Lee's book does a wonderful job of fulfilling the author's intentions, with inventiveness, empathy, artistry and genuine extrapolative vigor.

New Books : 21 January

Tuesday 21 January 2014  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great, Scott Sigler's Pandemic, and titles by Golden, Kenyon, Powers, Walters, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 January 2014  |  Monitor

Trade paperback reprints by Kate Atkinson and George Saunders debut.

Faren Miller reviews Jeanette Winterson

Sunday 19 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Jeanette Winterson's short novel The Daylight Gate tackles the jittery years of Protestantism's first hold in England, where mobs could view both witches and Catholics with the deep suspicion we now reserve for Arab terrorists.

Electronic and Print Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 18 January 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Focus, International Speculative Fiction, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, On Spec, Perihelion, and Vector

Russell Letson reviews Joe Haldeman

Friday 17 January 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2014 issue

Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire is a tricky book to review, thanks to its membership in the intrigue/mystery/pursuit family, the pleasures of which include having to withhold from the reader answers to various questions about who is doing bad things and how they're doing them.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Thursday 16 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Interzone, Analog, Asimov's, and Lightspeed, and of a novella by Octavia Cade, with recommendations of stories by Greg Kurzawa, Rebecca Campbell, and Adam-Troy Castro

Spotlight on Galen Dara, Artist

Wednesday 15 January 2014  |  Perspectives

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Why the focus on science fiction/fantasy? Because as a kid I lived in my head. I wanted magic, special powers. I wanted swords, ray guns, rocket ships, and dragons. I wanted all the cool outfits that came with these other worlds too!

New Books : 14 January

Tuesday 14 January 2013  |  Monitor

Ransom Riggs' Hollow City and other titles by Alex Bledsoe, Matthew Costello & Rick Hautala, David Dalglish & Robert J. Duperre, Sarah Pinborough, and Brian Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 January 2014  |  Monitor

Paperback reprints by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson and by Helene Wecker debut.

Stephen Baxter: Conceptual Breakthrough

Sunday 12 January 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

It's a great sequence — a staggering piece of controlled wonder. I've been aiming for that deliberately with Proxima and Ultima, presenting a series of conceptual breakthroughs.

New in Paperback: January

Saturday 11 January 2014  |  Monitor

Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze, Jordan & Sanderson's A Memory of Light, Ian McDonald's Be My Enemy, and other titles by Bova, Frost, Hamilton, Hendee & Hendee, Weber, West, and White

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Friday 10 January 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Subterranean, Clarkesworld, Mythic Delirium, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Jeffrey Ford and Ursula Vernon

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 9 January 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Mercedes Lackey's Bastion, Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Scott Lynch's The Republic of Thieves, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Spotlight on Annalee Newitz, Author and Editor

Wednesday 8 January 2014  |  Perspectives

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We agreed [io9] should fundamentally be about how we are living in a science fictional age, and that it's time to rekindle people's optimism about the future. I pushed hard for the site to be half science and half science fiction coverage — I like to think of science fiction as the cultural wing of a larger scientific project.

New Books : 7 January

Tuesday 7 January 2013  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Empress of the Sun, Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea, Joe Haldeman's Work Done for Hire, and titles by Brennan, Chadwick, Cooper, Frost, Golden, Green, Hager, Harris & Golden, Harvey, Hendee & Hendee, Hilburn, Howard, Hunter, Lackey et al, Lam, Lee & Miller, Logan, Modesitt, Radford, Rowland, Sagara, and Vaughn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 January 2014  |  Monitor

The highest ranking genre titles on USA Today's and Publishers Weekly's lists this week are Veronica Roth's YA trilogy Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant

Stina Leicht: Element of Magic

Sunday 5 January 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

I love the religion and politics — it's part of the worldbuilding, as far as I'm concerned. I'm fascinated. It's part of the human condition. That's one of the things that I think is missing in science fiction. The whole assumption that we've moved past religion, so it doesn't exist in lots of SF. To me that's shallow.

Electronic Periodicals: early January

Saturday 4 January 2014  |  Monitor

What's new online at Clarkesworld, Daily SF, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse, and Subterranean

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Friday 3 January 2014  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Nicola Griffith's Hild, Jack McDevitt's Starhawk, Lynne M. Thomas' The Book of Apex, and titles by Baker, Blake, Farmer, Hartwell, Kiernan, Krohn, Lee, Martin & Dozois, Oliver, Waldrop, Watts, and Wolfe.

Cory Doctorow: Cheap Writing Tricks

Thursday 2 January 2014  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Our world is littered with catalogs of the ways in which human misunderstandings turn into problems, and how those problems worsen if not properly tended — they're called self-help books. Take "Twenty Four Standard Causes of Human Misjudgement," the classic 1995 speech by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s business partner...

January Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 January 2014  |  Magazine

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The January issue features interviews with Stephen Baxter and Stina Leicht, a new column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on Annalee Newitz and Galen Dara, lots of publishing news, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Ian McDonald, Joe Haldeman, Brain Staveley, Alastair Reynolds, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.



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