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» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Blake Crouch, Jenni Fagan, Jeffrey Ford

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Lily Brooks-Dalton, Michael Swanwick, Chuck Wendig

» The Verge: Arrival is already a strong contender for the best science fiction film of 2016, the film based on Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life”

» Scientific American [subscriber limited]: What a Science Fiction Writer Knows about Predicting the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

» Inverse: Famous Science Fiction Planets to Look For in ‘No Man’s Sky’

» Dreadful Nights is a new horror and fantasy blog, launched by Alastair Rennie

» Ryder W. Miller is looking for contributors to anthology Green Visions; contact him here for more information
 

» ABC News: Barack Obama’s summer reading list includes Stephenson’s Seveneves and Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

» NY Times Travel: How to Find the Spirit of H.P. Lovecraft in Providence

» NY Times Book Review: Juan Gabriel Vásquez reviews Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

» NYT Book Review: N.K. Jemisin reviews Yoon Ha Lee, Kameron Hurley, Indra Das

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda on How great science fiction works, about works by Gary K. Wolfe and Brian Stableford

» The Guardian: Speculative or science fiction? As Margaret Atwood shows, there isn’t much distinction

Author events:

» KGB Bar in NYC hosts Leanna Renee Hieber and Theodora Goss, August 17

» Borderlands in SF August-Sept events include Cecil Castellucci, Ben Loory, Becky Chambers, Michael J. Martinez, Curtis Chen, Seanan McGuire, Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

» David Langford’s Ansible 349

» Vox: Constance Grady explains why You can’t write a sci-fi story about slavery without citing Octavia Butler, concerning Ben H. Winters’ new novel

» Publishing News, NY Times: Like Magic, Muggles Make New Harry Potter Play Disappear From Bookstores

» NY Times Book Review: Andrew O’Hehir reviews Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter; also, Jean Zimmerman reviews alternate history novels by Tim Baker, Simone Zelitch, and Ben H. Winters

» Ars Technica: This science fiction novel is a perfect antidote to U.S. election season by Annalee Newitz, about Malka Older’s Infomocracy

» Read It Forward: Science Fiction Books For People Who Don’t Read Science Fiction — Tobias Carroll lists books by Bacigalupi, Faber, Butler, Banks, Mieville, Atwood, Delany, Hall, Brissett, Gibson, Slattery, Hopkinson, Womack, and the Strugatsky brothers

» The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego hosts panel discussion Time, Mathematics, and the Mind of God, August 10th, with Brian Keating, Andrew Friedman, and David Brin

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda posts A summer book list like no other, including the VanderMeers’ Big Book of Science Fiction and works by Jules Verne and Patrick Quentin

» David Naimon interviews Rikki Ducornet

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews the VanderMeers’ The Big Book of Science Fiction

» New Scientist: Paul McAuley reviews the six finalists for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award: Six science fiction novels you should be reading

» Scientific American: C.A. Higgins on From Physics to Science Fiction, subtitled “A sci-fi author explains how she made the journey from science to writing”

» Entertainment Weekly: George R.R. Martin asks Stephen King: How do you write so fast?

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from KGB, with David D. Levine and Helen Marshall, July 20th

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from Readercon, July 7-10












   
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This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 August 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is still #1; Harry Potter books are selling on Amazon lists; N.K. Jemison's The Obelisk Gate ranks at USA Today

Spotlight on: Kelly Robson, Writer

Sunday 28 August 2016  |  Perspectives

kelly robson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

I believe science fiction, fantasy, and horror provide a writer with the brightest, truest, and widest spectrum of colors to illustrate the mysteries, contradictions, and untapped potential of human nature.

Classics In Reprint: August

Saturday 27 August 2016  |  Monitor

New editions of Murray Constantine's Swastika Night, Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home, Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time, and titles by Jones, McCammon, and Ness

John Langan reviews Christopher Buehlman

Friday 26 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2016 issue

The Suicide Motor Club, the new novel from Christopher Buehlman, is a lean, mean, souped-up, eight cylinder, four-speed race car of a book.

Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

Thursday 25 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

This month's theme might be horror and the horrific, with the subtheme "Why am I reading horror when I usually don't much care for it?" ... The Nightmare Stacks is a direct sequel to The Rhesus Chart, which added vampires to the Laundry universe's roster of spooky threats.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Swanwick

Wednesday 24 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ultimately, I think what strikes me most forcefully about Swanwick's fiction, aside from his fresh yet historically resonant conceits, is its elegance and economy. Per the definition of the perfect short story, not a word is extraneous or wasted, not one element of plot inessential. The maximum effects are achieved with the minimum of prose.

New Books : 23 August

Tuesday 23 August 2016  |  Monitor

Blake Charlton's Spellbreaker and titles by Barnhill, Campbell, Cato, Coles, Klune, Leake, Milford, Nothlit, Scott & Rose, and Thomas

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 August 2016  |  Monitor

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad ranks #1 and #2 on four lists.

Nancy Kress: Tomorrow's Kin

Sunday 21 August 2016  |  Perspectives

nancy kress
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Scientists have reputations and funding to protect, and can't go out on a limb and make crazy predic­tions. I’m a science fiction writer. I can go out on all the limbs I want to, and make all the crazy predictions I want. I've written about genetically engineered bio weapons, in two novels and several short stories. That's why he wanted to talk to me.

Faren Miller reviews The Big Book of Science Fiction

Saturday 20 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

Narratives also run through this anthology (just under the surface). Though presented in order of publication, these stories were cho­sen for continuing relevance and arranged to interplay like voices in a great conversation: shifting and offering new insights.

New in Paperback: August

Friday 19 August 2016  |  Monitor

Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, Neil Gaiman's American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings, and titles by Aycliffe, Bova, Canavan, Flint & Hunt, Grant, Hair, Holland, Liu, McDevitt, Meluch, Simmons, van Eekhout, and Weber/Zahn/Pope

John Langan reviews Joe Hill

Thursday 18 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

The Fireman, Joe Hill's big new novel, is a freight train of a book. Long, composed of many sections, it's already in motion on the first page, and it does not let up until the very end.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Robert Silverberg

Wednesday 17 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

We veer from the charmingly quotidian — at what hour the newspapers arrive on the Silverberg doorstep — to the loftily metaphysical: what are the meanings of age and time, where is the culture heading? Along the way, Silverberg offers commentary on his peers and literary ancestors...

New Books : 16 August

Tuesday 16 August 2016  |  Monitor

N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate, Kij Johnson's The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, collections by Tina Connolly, Carrie Vaughn, and Caroline M. Yoachim, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro's Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, and titles by Kowal, Marmell, Miyabe, Stokes, and Wendig

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 August 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains #1; titles by Colson Whitehead, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston debut.

David D. Levine: Everybody Loves Mars

Sunday 14 August 2016  |  Perspectives

david d. levine
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Arabella is the fourth novel I wrote, and the first novel I sold. Novel number three is a hard SF YA set on Mars — that one definitely came out of my simulated Mars experience in Utah. Just about the time I was finishing that one up, I was shopping my second novel, and looking for a new agent. The responses I was getting from agents as well as editors was, 'Science fiction just isn't selling.' I was getting this from the editors of science fiction houses!

Periodicals: mid-August

Saturday 13 August 2016  |  Monitor

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction publishes a special David Gerrold issue; plus, debut issue of online 'zine Liminal Stories and new issues of Aphelion, Mothership Zeta, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and The Dark

Spotlight on: Sam J. Miller, Writer

Friday 12 August 2016  |  Perspectives

sam j miller
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

I write speculative fiction because that's how the world looks to me. Life is magic. Human society is horror. The world is science fiction. We carry tiny rectangles in our pockets that can access the sum total of human knowledge!

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nina Allan

Thursday 11 August 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2016 issue

For all its intricate narrative link­ages and loopbacks, The Race presents us with a world which is thoroughly seductive and ominously credible, and a degree of narrative sophistication as impressive as anything I've seen in recent SF.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Forrest Leo

Wednesday 10 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Forrest Leo's wonderfully demented and comical debut novel, The Gentleman, lies more towards this hazy end of the steampunk spectrum than elsewhere. You can interpret it as a straight historical novel of a farcical type, along the lines of the Flashman books... But there's enough oddness, including ostensibly supernatural incidents and gadgetry riff of unreality, to push it just over the edge and into steampunk territory.

New Books : 9 August

Tuesday 9 August 2016  |  Monitor

China Miéville's The Last Days of New Paris, Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad, and titles by Damico, Foyle, Hearn, Hieber, Kristoff, Mamatas, Swsenson, Wareness, and Wexler

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 August 2016  |  Monitor

J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is #1 at USA Today

Periodicals: early August

Sunday 7 August 2016  |  Monitor

Print issues of Black Static and Interzone, and online issues of Apex, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Dawn of Injustice: A Review of Suicide Squad


Saturday 6 August 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

David Ayer's Suicide Squad strikes me as a very meh kind of film — a hodgepodge of characters and moments that work, and characters and moments that don't work, tossed together in a story line that sometimes makes sense and sometimes doesn't. [Still,] in contrast to Batman v Superman, [this film] is truer to both the contents and spirit of the comic books it is adapting...

Kameron Hurley: When to Quit Your Day Job

Friday 5 August 2016  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

While this is a personal decision that everyone is going to need to make on their own, here are some guidelines I've put together for myself in watching how other authors have managed this over the years. Consider quitting your day job...

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 4 August 2016  |  Magazine

briggs
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Guy Gavriel Kay's Children of Earth and Sky, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, and Chuck Wendig's Star Wars: Aftermath.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Wednesday 3 August 2016  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books include Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and titles by Chen, Das, Datlow, Hartley, Hurley, Kay, McKillip, Novik, Powers, Reynolds, Shriver, and Tremblay.

New Books : 2 August

Tuesday 2 August 2016  |  Monitor

C.A. Higgins' Supernova and titles by Allen, Boffard, Bradley & Ross, Card & Johnston, Correia & Ringo, Guran, Harper, Hunter, Kenyon, Laine, McGuire, Meadows, Offord, Pinborough, Taylor & Johnson, Tchaikovsky, and Wagers

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 August 2016  |  Monitor

Isolated debuts by Michael J. Sullivan, Sylvain Neuvel, and Gail Carriger

August 2016 Table of Contents

Monday 1 August 2016  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with Nancy Kress and David D. Levine, a column by Kameron Hurley, reports on Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon with lots of pics, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Jennifer Mason-Black, Jonathan Strahan, Matthew M. Bartlett, Walter Jon Williams, and many others.

Comments from the 2016 Locus Poll and Survey

Sunday 31 July 2016  |  Magazine

july issue
Here are comments, presented anonymously, submitted by voters in this year's Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine's July issue; survey results will appear in August issue.

Periodicals: late July 2016

Saturday 30 July 2016  |  Monitor

Issues of Perihelion and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and what's new at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

New Books : end of July

Friday 29 July 2016  |  Monitor

"Magnus opuses" by Agustín de Rojas and Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, and other titles by Jon Hollins, John Kenny, John Langan, and Sarah Tolmie

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Patricia A. McKillip

Thursday 28 July 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2016 issue

A rare new story collection is something to look forward to, especially when, as with Dreams of Distant Shores, it includes three previously unpublished tales, a long no­vella all but unavailable since its original 1994 publication, an essay by McKillip on high fan­tasy, and an appreciative and sharply insightful afterword by Peter Beagle.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David D. Levine

Wednesday 27 July 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This seems to be a "steam engine time" kind of period in publishing, when writers who have focused exclusively on short fiction for many years now step forth with their long-anticipated debut novels. Now comes David Levine's Arabella of Mars, ushering him into hardcovers some twenty years after his first story appeared...

New Books : 26 July

Tuesday 26 July 2016  |  Monitor

Max Gladstone's Four Roads Cross and titles by Bauers, Black, Craft, Crouch, Merbeth, Nassise, Palecek, and Sebold

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 July 2016  |  Monitor

A new Star Wars novel by Chuck Wendig debuts on four lists.

Periodicals: third week July: Print Magazines

Sunday 24 July 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

Steady As She Goes: A Review of Star Trek Beyond


Saturday 23 July 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

To a remarkable extent, Star Trek Beyond is a film designed to appeal to aging fans of the original series [yet] also includes ample doses of the explosions, fistfights, and chaotic chases that are said to most entertain young filmgoers, though these scenes invariably bore and confuse this no-longer-young reviewer. It is thus a film that is likely to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, albeit for different reasons.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeffrey Ford

Friday 22 July 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Having surveyed and relished the contents of A Natural History of Hell, what can we adduce as Ford's distinctions? A highly controlled mutable style and love of language, which can accommodate the first-person narration of a modern-day drug addict as easily as it contours to the omniscient attention given to a youth of the early twentieth century.

Faren Miller reviews Andrea Hairston

Thursday 21 July 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2016 issue

The glossary at the back of Andrea Hairston's Will Do Magic For Small Change includes words and phrases from African and Native American tribes, plus a smattering of European (mostly German). Hairston deftly weaves all this and more into two powerful linked tales...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Douglas Lain's Deserts of Fire

Wednesday 20 July 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Lain's main introduction and his introductions to each segment of the collection contain much wisdom about the relationship between art and war. They could easily be collated together as a valuable essay on the topic. And in fact he addresses my question about how 21st-century wars are different from 20th-century ones and thus alter their own fictional responses.

New Books : 19 July

Tuesday 19 July 2016  |  Monitor

Jeffrey Ford's A Natural History of Hell, the US edition of Nina Allan's The Race, and titles by Carriger, Guran, Jones, Olson, Power, Revis, Schultz, and Turtledove

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 July 2016  |  Monitor

Ben H. Winters' Underground Airlines cracks the New York Times list.

Joe Hill: All in the Cult

Sunday 17 July 2016  |  Perspectives

peter straub
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

For the longest time there has been this fight about what has more value, genre fiction or literary fiction. The truth is, we won the battle. We won it a decade ago, if not longer. Science fiction, fantasy, and horror elements are all over mainstream literature and have been for years and years. The people who don't like it are the Donald Trumps of genre fiction: they want to build a wall between us and the rest of the world. I can't be in favor of some kind of walled city state where sci­ence fiction and fantasy meet. I don't want it.

New in Paperback: July

Saturday 16 July 2016  |  Monitor

Greg Bear's Killing Titan, Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass, Becky Chambers' The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown, Charles Stross' The Annihilation Score, and titles by Beaulieu, Blake, Forstchen, Gratz, Greenwood, Maguire, and Martinez

Classics In Reprint: July

Friday 15 July 2016  |  Monitor

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer's massive The Big Book of Science Fiction, collections by Ben Bova, Alastair Reynolds, and Clifford D. Simak, and an anthology from Paula Guran

Adrienne Martini reviews Hugh Howey

Thursday 14 July 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2016 issue

Hugh Howey's Beacon 23 started as a novel-in-installments, with each of the mostly freestanding parts released individually. Only after you'd completed the set could you see the full story of a space-age lighthouse keeper who came back from the interstellar war deeply damaged.

John Langan reviews Gemma Files

Wednesday 13 July 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2016 issue

There's a cache of lost films at the center of Experimental Film, the fine, compel­ling novel by Gemma Files. The movies were made in the early years of the 20th century by a woman who herself went missing during what should have been a routine train journey to Toronto....

New Books : 12 July

Tuesday 12 July 2016  |  Monitor

Anthologies from Jonathan Strahan, Douglas Lain, and Jacob Weisman, and titles by Bakker, Chu, Das, Davidson, Gratz, Haley, Henry, Kane, Levine, MacNaughton, Taylor, and Walton

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 July 2016  |  Monitor

A new edition of L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth ranks #1 at Publishers Weekly.

Peter Straub: Interior Darkness

Sunday 10 July 2016  |  Perspectives

peter straub
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

My ideas about narrative have certainly changed with time, and my whole stance toward it has changed, as would have to happen in any long en­gagement with a subject. I don't want to write the same kind of books I did when I started. Really, I can't. I like reading novels that go from the beginning to the end. I like reading novels that don't break the frame. I like novels that have endings one cannot anticipate, novels with jolting revelations.

Periodicals: second week July

Saturday 9 July 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Dark, and Uncanny

Locus Bestsellers, July

Friday 8 July 2016  |  Magazine

briggs
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Robert J. Sawyer's Quantum Night, Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, and Christopher L. Bennett's Star Trek Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Live by the Code.

Gardner Dozois reviews Short Fiction

Thursday 7 July 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2016 issue

The April/May Double Issue of Asimov's is a substantial one, full of good stories, almost all of them core SF. The best story here is also the most ambitious one: "Flight from the Ages" by Derek Künsken, a story taking place over a timespan of billions of years...

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Wednesday 6 July 2016  |  Magazine

July New and Notable books include Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Seats, Kameron Hurley's The Geek Feminist Revolution, and titles by Baxter & Reynolds, Clarke, Hearn, Hill, Lee, Saulter, and Strahan

New Books : 5 July

Tuesday 5 July 2016  |  Monitor

Gardner Dozois' Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-third Annual Collection, Ben H. Winters' Underground Airlines, and titles by Amish, Bond, Caine, Daniel, Helms, Kuhn, Lee & Miller, Martinez, Milán, Orwin, Palmatier, Powers, Ryan, Schwab, Snodgrass, Verne St. John, Williams, and Wilson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 July 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's End of Watch dominates; Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Legend debuts.

Cory Doctorow: Peak Indifference

Sunday 3 July 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

From Ashley Madison to Office of Personnel Management, the future is clear: every couple weeks, from now on and for the foreseeable, a couple million people whose lives were just destroyed by a data breach will sheepishly show up on privacy advocates' doorsteps, ashen-faced like smokers who’ve just received cancer diagnoses, saying, "I guess you were right. What do we do?"

Periodicals: early July

Saturday 2 July 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and Shimmer

July 2016 Table of Contents

Friday 1 July 2016  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue features interviews with Peter Straub and Joe Hill, a column by Cory Doctorow, complete results of this year's Locus Awards and Poll, reports on the Nebula Conference and WisCon, and reviews of short fiction and books by Nina Allan, Dan Vyleta, Charles Stross, Joe Hill, Guy Gavriel Kay, and many others.

Periodicals: late June

Thursday 30 June 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Perihelion, and what's new the month at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Classic Reprints: May - June

Wednesday 29 June 2016  |  Monitor

New editions of works by Stephen Baxter, Greg Bear, Ted Chiang, Fred Hoyle, Michael Moorcock, Clark Ashton Smith, Walter S. Tevis, and John Wyndham

New Books : 28 June

Tuesday 28 June 2016  |  Monitor

Charles Stross' The Nightmare Stacks, E. Catherine Tobler's The Kraken Sea, Eliot Fintushel's Zen City, a book about Philip K. Dick, an anthology of the First Women of Science Fiction, and titles by Christian & Buchanan, Heitz, Kadrey, Kroese, Lore, Niven & Barnes, Schutt & Finch, Skovron, Sullivan, and Valentine

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 June 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's End of Watch remains #1 on three lists.

John Langan reviews Stephen Graham Jones

Sunday 26 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

For some time, now, Stephen Graham Jones has been writing fiction that boldly engages familiar horror tropes, from demonic posses­sion, to the serial killer, to the zombie, in the process compiling one of the more impressive and interesting bibliographies in recent memo­ry. Now, in Mongrels, his excellent, exuberant new novel, he turns his attention to the were­wolf.

The Fogeys of July: A Review of Independence Day: Resurgence


Saturday 25 June 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Although I was bored and appalled by the original Independence Day (1996), and utterly baffled by its tremendous popularity, I somehow found its belated sequel to be surprisingly engaging, even moving, despite some obvious issues in its logic and plausibility. Perhaps it is simply a better film than its precursor, the theory that merits some extended exploration.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2017

Friday 24 June 2016  |  Resources

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Three Small Press Books

Thursday 23 June 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Reviews of titles by Darren Speegle, Tim Powers, Robert Silverberg, and H.L. Gold & Floyd C. Gold

Russell Letson reviews C.J. Cherryh

Wednesday 22 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

Visitor is the 17th entry in C.J. Cherryh's long-running (since 1994) Foreigner Universe series and the middle volume of its sixth sub-trilogy. The crucial elements of Visitor are rooted in events in the fifth volume, Explorer (2002), during which the precariously balanced alliance of lost humans and their host species, the atevi, encoun­ter a third spacegoing species, the maybe-warlike kyo, and establish a fragile and partial détente...

New Books : 21 June

Tuesday 21 June 2016  |  Monitor

Paul Tremblay's Disappearance at Devil's Rock, debut novels by Curtis C. Chen, Rachel Dunne, Daniel Godfrey, Christopher B. Husberg, and Aditi Khorana, and other titles by Grant, Haydon, Hickman & Garriott, Kenyon, Shriver, Wallace, and Zelitch

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 June 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's End of Watch ranks #1 on four lists.

Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling: Depth and Heart (part 2)

Sunday 19 June 2016  |  Perspectives

terri windling
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

Terri Windling: I like stories where you can tell the writer is really invested in it. It's not just a clever idea they are toying with or think will sell; it's a story they need to tell. I really like stories that have depth and heart to them. Not necessarily positive stories; they can be very dark, but always multi-layered, with something going on beyond surface cleverness.

New in Paperback: June

Saturday 18 June 2016  |  Monitor

China Miéville's Three Moments of an Explosion, John Scalzi's The End of All Things, and titles by Fortune, Green, Harris, Lackey, Lawrence, Lee & Miller, Milán, Ryan, Testa, Wendig, and Wexler

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Year's Best Weird Fiction

Friday 17 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

The most refreshing aspects of Year's Best Weird Fiction: Volume Two are the same as for the other year's-best compilations — the overwhelm­ing majority of its contributors are writers who have come to editor and reader attention mostly within the past decade, and the quality of the work they are publishing in books and magazines that are predominantly niche markets is indisputable.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alastair Reynolds

Thursday 16 June 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If the baseline necessity for any SF story is to have both the science and the mimetic humanity be integral to and integrated within the tale, then Reynolds's work can stand as a prime instance of pure, archetypical SF. His novums contour and shape the human experiences and reactions within the world of his creations, and vice versa.

Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Wednesday 15 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

Analog leads off April with a fine story by Maggie Clark, "Seven Ways of Looking at the Sun-Worshippers of Yul-Katan". It's told by a woman native to the planet Yul-Katan, where the people worship the sun.

New Books : 14 June

Tuesday 14 June 2016  |  Monitor

Yoon Ha Lee's debut novel Ninefox Gambit, Naomi Novik's final Temeraire novel League of Dragons, Patricia A. McKillip's collection Dreams of Distant Shores, and titles by Anderson, Cogman, Hartley, Humphrey, Lam, Martin, Pratchett & Baxter, Remic, Warom, and Zieja

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 June 2016  |  Monitor

Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors debuts at #1 on one more list.

Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling: Depth and Heart (part 1)

Sunday 12 June 2016  |  Perspectives

ellen datlow
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

Ellen Datlow: The reason I got into horror was so it wouldn't conflict with Omni. I was supposed to be buying science fiction and some fantasy for Omni, but I was not supposed to buy horror. My first original horror anthology was Blood Is Not Enough...

Periodicals: second week June

Saturday 11 June 2016  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Lian Hearn

Friday 10 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

Emperor of the Eight Islands, first of four volumes in Lian Hearn's "The Tale of Shika­noko" (all scheduled for this year), is a fantasy set in medieval Japan and inspired by some of its "warrior tales." It draws on the pseudonymous author's fascination with the country and culture, which led her to study them, and live there for a time.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Bishop

Thursday 9 June 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This fine, funny, affecting book — which also happens to serve as a satire on the excesses of capitalism — shows us an author still at the top of his game, intent on extending his reach into new realms while reaffirming his core themes and values from a career as extensive as the tendrils of the Sporangium itself.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Guy Gavriel Kay

Wednesday 8 June 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2016 issue

In the brief acknowledgments at the end of his magnificent new novel Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay mentions that his fictional Renaissance city of Obravic is an "amalgam," and it occurs to me that this is as good a word as any for Kay's much-discussed technique of combining history and fantasy...

New Books : 7 June

Tuesday 7 June 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's End of Watch, Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds' The Medusa Chronicles, Michael Bishop's Joel-Brock the Brave and the Valorous Smalls, year's-best anthologies from David Afsharirad, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, and Rich Horton, and other titles by Cooper, Dolkart, Dozois, Drake, Durbin, Green, Kashina, Lackey, Lawrence, Nye, Older, Rakunas, Schmidt, Taylor, and Tilahun

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 June 2016  |  Monitor

Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors debuts at #1 on three lists.

Kameron Hurley: Hard Publishing Truths: Relationships Matter

Sunday 5 June 2016  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's June Issue.

The myth of the meritocracy runs deep in publishing. "Just write a good book!" is of­fered up as the singular cure to all of a writer’s worries about the financial success of their title. But writing a good book is no more a magical recipe for success than "working hard" is a guarantee one will retain gainful employment.

Periodicals: early June

Saturday 4 June 2016  |  Monitor

Lightspeed publishes a special double "People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!" SF issue; plus new issues of Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, and Nightmare

Locus Bestsellers, June

Friday 3 June 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Patricia Briggs' Fire Touched, Seanan McGuire's Chaos Choreography, Naomi Novik's Uprooted, and Christie Golden's Star Wars: Dark Disciple.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Thursday 2 June 2016  |  Magazine

June New and Notable books include Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants and titles by Aiken, Ashby, Asher, Hardinge, Howard, Kadrey, Lackey, North, Olde Heuvelt, Palmer, Parker, Tidhar, and Underwood

June 2016 Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 June 2016  |  Magazine

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The June issue features interviews with Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, a column by Kameron Hurley, lists of forthcoming books through March 2017, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ada Palmer, Andrea Hairston, Madeline Ashby, Philip Reeve, and many others.

New Books : 31 May

Tuesday 31 May 2016  |  Monitor

Eleanor Arnason's Hwarhath Stories, Neil Gaiman's The View from the Cheap Streets, Kameron Hurley's The Geek Feminist Revolution, Manu Saadia's Trekonomics, and titles by Brooks, Esslemont, Guran, Hairston, Peek, Sawyer, Shepherd, and Sniegoski

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 May 2016  |  Monitor

Joe Hill's The Fireman debuts strongly on four lists.

Periodicals: late May

Sunday 29 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Interzone and Black Static, and what's new in May at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

"Alice the Great and Powerful": A Review of Alice Through the Looking Glass


Saturday 28 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The visual effects are regularly creative and engaging, and there are lines here and there that might make you laugh, but overall, anyone looking for 153 minutes of entertainment on this Memorial Day weekend would be best advised to read, or reread, Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) instead of watching this film, which borrows its title but none of its unique wit and charm.

Russell Letson reviews Zachary Brown

Friday 27 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

As with recent work by Greg Bear, Ann Leckie, and Linda Nagata, Brown's picture of future soldiering and the context in which it operates leavens traditional respect for the fighting man and woman with a recognition of the ambiguities, ironies, failures, and outright criminalities of warfare. This becomes the central non-combat feature of Brown's second book, Titan's Fall...

New UK Books : May

Thursday 26 May 2016  |  Monitor

May UK books not (yet) published in the US are Ken MacLeod's The Corporation Wars: Dissidence and titles by Stephen Deas, Naomi Foyle, Peter Newman, and Sue Tingey.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds

Wednesday 25 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The voice of The Medusa Chronicles is utterly organic and seamless, a blend of Baxter's and Reynolds' distinct styles which emulates Clarke's to a high degree, without affectations or pastiche.

New Books : 24 May

Tuesday 24 May 2016  |  Monitor

Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors and titles by Brooks, Grimes, Mann, and Marshall

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 May 2016  |  Monitor

Don DeLillo's Zero K debuts on two more print lists.

Molly Tanzer: Ghosts 'n' Shit

Sunday 22 May 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

Actually, every novel I write, and maybe every single short story I write, too, is about power exchange. Who has power, who doesn't have it, and how does that af­fect them and their sense of self? What do people do with the power they get? Do they cling to it? Do they give it away? That's Vermilion.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Madeline Ashby

Saturday 21 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

As a brutal murder mystery in a very detailed and convincing SF setting, Company Town never falters in its pacing, and introduces its more SFnal complications with considerable skill.

Gardner Dozois reviews Short Fiction

Friday 20 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Clarkesworld is off to a good start in 2016, with two strong issues in January and February. The best story in the January Clarkesworld is Rich Larson’s "Extraction Request", a viscerally powerful, disturbing, at times even horrific, bit of military SF....

New in Paperback: April - May

Thursday 19 May 2016  |  Monitor

Paul Tremblay's Stoker Award winner A Head Full of Ghosts, Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix, Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, Robert Charles Wilson's The Affinities, and titles by Barker, Bledsoe, Bova, Brooks, Cambias, Campbell, Chu, Conroy, Corey, Gilman, Gladstone, Haydon, Maas, Moore, Reed, Stirling, Weber, West, and Zahn

Paul Di Filippo reviews Frank Herbert

Wednesday 18 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

As Kevin J. Anderson reveals in his introduction, these four books were composed after the success of Herbert's first novel, The Dragon in the Sea (1956). They are finished product, deemed fully polished by Herbert at the time. But unable to place any of them, even with the help of agents, he moved ahead to Dune, serialized beginning in 1963, and the rest is history, with these novels languishing. Consequently, these books reflect the vintage era of their composition.

New Books : 17 May

Tuesday 17 May 2016  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Ten, Joe Hill's The Fireman, and titles by Ashby, Castle, Denning, Divya, Hemstreet, Howard, Ingram, Irvine, North, Sapkowski, and Van Young

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 May 2016  |  Monitor

Debuting this week are titles by Sarah J. Maas, Claudia Gray, Don DeLillo, Charlaine Harris, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Guy Gavriel Kay: Journeying

Sunday 15 May 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

The rhythm of a long novel is different from the rhythm of a 150-page novel. When you mention not showing too much of a character the first time you see them, to me that seems obvious. I've got a lot of room. I want to keep you around for a while. I want you to discover, as I discovered, more about these people.

Periodicals: mid-May

Saturday 14 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mythic Delirium, and Perihelion

Russell Letson reviews Judith Merril

Friday 13 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Between 1956 and 1969, Merril produced a body of commentary that explored and explained the field of science fiction and fantasy even as it was changing around her and her readers. She was not an academic critic but an anthologist, reviewer, and working SF writer....

Locus Bestsellers, May

Thursday 12 May 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Pierce Brown's Morning Star, Andy Weir's The Martian, V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, and Paul S. Kemp's Star Wars: Lords of the Sith

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew Cheney

Wednesday 11 May 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

A well-wrought and substantial and invigorating contribution to this Belle Epoque now arrives in the form of Matthew Cheney's first solo book of fiction, Blood. His name has previously appeared on anthologies as an editor, but all the while, since at least the days of his "Getting a Date for Amelia" (2001), he has been amassing macabre and odd tales in various periodicals, with finally enough, over a score, to fill a volume.

New Books : 10 May

Tuesday 10 May 2016  |  Monitor

Guy Gavriel Kay's Children of Earth and Sky, Lavie Tidhar's Central Station, first novels by Ada Palmer, Martin Seay, and Anna Smaill, and other titles by Jones, Kearney, Lebbon, Palmer, Saulter, Stiefvater, and Teppo

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 May 2016  |  Monitor

Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven King debuts on two lists.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Sunday 8 May 2016  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and titles by Abraham, Brennan, Brown, Burgis, Carey, Gunn, Kasturi & Stueart, Kowal, Oliver & Moore, Parker, Reeve, and Staveley

Periodicals: early May

Saturday 7 May 2016  |  Monitor

Issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fireside, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Shimmer, The Dark, and Uncanny

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar

Friday 6 May 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Tidhar has been writing a quieter, rather lovely series of tales that are both more lyrical in style and more directly engaged with particular SF traditions than the high-wire acts of his more transgressive novels. Detailing the lives of an interlinked group of characters who live and work around a massive spaceport called Central Station in a future Tel Aviv, these stories, apparently with some revisions, are now assembled...

Print Periodicals: April - May

Thursday 5 May 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF

Cory Doctorow: Peace In Our Time

Wednesday 4 May 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

E-books continue to be a source of bitter controversy that divides publishers from two of their most potentially useful allies: writers' groups and libraries. Below, I'll present two thought experiments for how libraries and writers' groups could find common cause with the Big Five publishers, using tech projects that would make a better world for writers, readers, literature, and culture.

New Books : 3 May

Tuesday 3 May 2016  |  Monitor

Don DeLillo's Zero K, Mercedes Lackey's Nebula Awards Showcase 2016, the US edition of Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree, and titles by Asher, Campbell, Chu, Coe, Danker, Farland, Flint, Harris, Hendee, Jensen, Kenyon, Koch, Lockwood, Maas, Moore, Oates, Posey, Strydom, Wells, and Wilde

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 May 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child remains the highest-ranking genre book on general lists.

May 2016 Table of Contents

Sunday 1 May 2016  |  Magazine

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The May issue features interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay and Molly Tanzer, a column by Cory Doctorow, a report on the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and reviews of short fiction and books by Guy Gavriel Kay, Peter Newman, Eleanor Arnason, Glen Hirshberg, Mishell Baker, and many others.

Periodicals: late April

Saturday 30 April 2016  |  Monitor

What's new this month at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Friday 29 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

According to Olde Heuvelt's ISFDB entry, HEX is his fifth novel, but only the first the be translated into English. Indeed, aside from a couple of translated stories, he remains unknown to most SF readers, so this book will be his calling card. What readers will discover is a deftly crafted, darkly Gothic, at times surreal tale that is both innovative and traditional in parts.

New UK Books : April

Thursday 28 April 2016  |  Monitor

April UK books not (yet) published in the US are by Sebastien de Castell, Tony Tonzales, Paula Guran, Paul McAuley, and Ben Peek.

Faren Miller reviews Betsy James

Wednesday 27 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Roadsouls, written and illustrated by Betsy James, starts with a prelude simply called "Two Stories", showing the main characters at key moments some years before they go on the road. ...

New Books : 26 April

Tuesday 26 April 2016  |  Monitor

Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX and titles by Abercrombie, Aiken, Erikson, Hearn, Hieber, James, Maberry, Neuvel, and Thomas

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 April 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still #1 on Amazon with pre-publication orders.

Tim Pratt: Closing Doors

Sunday 24 April 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

There are so many authors doing what I do that we have a name now: hybrid authors. Hybrids combine different things, and hybrids are stronger and more robust. There are tons of people now who do traditional publishing and also self-publish, or crowdfund some projects through Kickstarter, or publish short stories through Patreon, or whatever. It's no longer either/or.

Tim Pratt reviews Daniel Abraham

Saturday 23 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2016 issue

Daniel Abraham has gotten a lot of attention lately, but mostly as half of the writing team James S.A. Corey (with Ty Franck). Their popular Expanse space opera is one of my favorite SF series, but it does tend to overshadow the equally good and quite different fantasy saga Abraham writes solo, the Dagger and the Coin. That series has just concluded with fifth volume The Spider's War...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Johanna Sinisalo

Friday 22 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

It's that odd juxtaposition of the purely sensual with the satirically absurd that helps make The Core of the Sun the most original, unsettling, and weirdly comic dystopia that I've seen in some years...

Classic Reprints: April

Thursday 21 April 2016  |  Monitor

New electronic and print editions of works by Iain M. Banks, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, and Jane Yolen

Paul Di Filippo reviews Alex Stewart

Wednesday 20 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Stewart has come up with a genial, clever, colorful, rousing space opera that resonates with the classic work of Poul Anderson, James Schmitz and A. Bertram Chandler.

New Books : 19 April

Tuesday 19 April 2016  |  Monitor

Elizabeth Hand's Hard Light and titles by Carter, Griep, Haley, Harbour, Kadrey, Kittredge, Kloos, Larke, Richards, and Turtledove

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 April 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Faith Hunter and R.A. Salvatore debut.

Paolo Bacigalupi: Broken World

Sunday 17 April 2016  |  Perspectives

paolo bacigalupi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

A lot of our problems stem from the fact that we're a global species, and in order for us to gather information about the state of ourselves as a global species, we need to rely on data, rather than visceral experiences, to inform us about whether we're proceeding in a way we like or don't like.

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 16 April 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aurealis, Fireside, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Perihelion

Russell Letson reviews James Gunn

Friday 15 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

[Earlier book] Transcendental echoes Olaf Stapledon in its embedded pilgrim-tales of alien evolutionary paths and ends with scenery and action right out of the SF-pulp version of lost-city adventures. Transgalactic continues that latter line, interleaving images and gestures from earlier cycles of science-fictional storytelling with more contemporary devices and shaping the whole concoction into an old-fashioned interstellar odyssey.

New in Paperback: March - April

Thursday 14 April 2016  |  Monitor

Naomi Novik's Uprooted and titles by Anderson, Baxter, Cherryh, Flint, Harris, Herbert, King, Orullian, Taylor, and Valentine

Colleen Mondor reviews Leah Bobet

Wednesday 13 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

An Inheritance of Ashes is a gorgeous book about the ignominy and foolishness of war, the enduring love of family, and the brilliance of true friendship as well as all the many many — many — reasons why we should never turn our backs on science.

New Books : 12 April

Tuesday 12 April 2016  |  Monitor

K.J. Parker's Downfall of the Gods and titles by Anderson & McFetridge, Aryan, Boyczuk, Brin, Burgis, Chappell, Guran, Morris, Roman, Schneider, Schow, Sederholm & Weinstock, Stanton, Trent, Wexler, and Williamson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 April 2016  |  Monitor

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is rising on Amazon lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Hughes, Aylett, Rucker & Sterling

Sunday 10 April 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Nowadays, much of the most exciting work in the literature of fantastika appears from the small or independent presses, and from self-publishing ventures that are funded either on a solo basis or communally. Publishers like Tachyon, Word Horde, WordFire, Small Beer, Prime, Wildside, Underland, Aqueduct and many others promote new voices and, along with more traditional tales, a fair amount of experimentalism. ...

Kameron Hurley: Cultivating Inspiration on Deadline

Saturday 9 April 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

Like most people trying to stay above water in this tricky economy, I've been looking into ways to use my time more effectively. I have a bushel of novel and short story deadlines, a busy day job, and I'm feeling increasing pressure to sell more work now while the getting is good.

Faren Miller reviews R.S. Belcher

Friday 8 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

Though Tor calls R.S. Belcher's The Brotherhood of the Wheel an "urban fantasy," it also describes the novel as set on "the haunted byways and truck stops of the US Interstate Highway System." Roads — both real and metaphorical — are crucial to this dark fantasy...

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 7 April 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Alan Dean Foster and R.A. Salvatore.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Straub

Wednesday 6 April 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2016 issue

Straub is not a particularly prolific writer of short fiction, which in turn means that the retrospective collection Interior Darkness: Selected Stories gives us a pretty complete overview of his shorter work, even if a few favorites might be missing.

New Books : 5 April

Tuesday 5 April 2016  |  Monitor

C.J. Cherryh's Visitor and titles by Armstrong, Baker, Black, Marie Brennan, Sarah Rees Brennan, Carey, Freer, Gordon, Harte, Hunter, Jacka, Jennings, Krinard, Lackey & Martin, McGuire, Rogers, Sigler, Sniegoski, Stewart, Strieber, Tomlinson, Wells, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 April 2016  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Finders Keepers debuts in paperback.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Sunday 3 April 2016  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Patricia A. McKillip's Kingfisher and titles by Baker, Bradley et al, Eager, Hines, Llewellyn, McIntosh, Reynolds, Samatar, Sanderson, Steele, and VanderMeer.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 2 April 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

April 2016 Table of Contents

Friday 1 April 2016  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue features interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi and Tim Pratt, a column by Kameron Hurley, a report on SF in Cuba, and reviews of short fiction and books by Eleanor Arnason, Ken Liu, Betsy James, Judith Merril, Austin Grossman, Cathy Fenner, and many others.

Periodicals: late March

Thursday 31 March 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static, Interzone, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, plus March content at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Carolyn Cushman reviews Funke, Galenorn, Hines, McGuire, Sagara

Wednesday 30 March 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Reviews of titles by Cornelia Funke, Yasmine Galenorn, Jim C. Hines, Seanan McGuire, and Michelle Sagara

New Books : 29 March

Tuesday 29 March 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Myke Cole, Christopher Fowler, Stella Gemmell, James Lovegrove, and Sam Sykes

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 March 2016  |  Monitor

Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight and Patricia Briggs' Fire Touched remain high on lists.

Print Periodicals: March

Sunday 27 March 2016  |  Monitor

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

"No One Stays Good in This World": A Review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Saturday 26 March 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It should be obvious by now that I disliked this film's approach to Superman and Batman and generally did not enjoy watching it; yet, after two hours of routine violence and tedious exposition, there comes a time when this misbegotten film suddenly sputters to life and becomes a satisfying viewing experience — and that is when a third hero, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), finally appears [and] for the first time in the film, we are presented with a hero that we can actually like.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Carlos Hernandez

Friday 25 March 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Note to small presses: sometimes introductions and blubs do make a difference. When Carlos Hernandez's debut collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria showed up in the mail, the title struck me as almost fatally whimsical, even though it's actually the title of one of the better stories here — but then I noticed a blurb from Christopher Barzak and an introduction by Jeffrey Ford...

Classic Reprints: March

Thursday 24 March 2016  |  Monitor

New electronic and print editions of works by Katherine Kurtz, Michael Moorcock, Christopher Priest, Clifford D. Simak, and James Tiptree, Jr.

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Gunn

Wednesday 23 March 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

To say that this attitude is antithetical to the current crop of miserabilist, defeatist, cynical, dystopian SF is to state the nakedly obvious. Gunn is bucking the current publishing tide, yet there is nothing forced or labored or disingenuous about this book. He sells the hope.

New Books : 22 March

Tuesday 22 March 2016  |  Monitor

James Gunn's Transgalactic and titles by Allen, Barron, Brown, Clare, Elliott, Martin, Oyeyemi, Smale, and Tanaka

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 March 2016  |  Monitor

Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight debuts #1 on three lists; Patricia Briggs' Fire Touched and Anne Bishop's Marked in Flesh also debut.

Adrienne Martini reviews Blythe Woolston

Sunday 20 March 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Like Bradbury, whose work Woolston honors both in the title and as a running theme, this author has a knack for finding just the right details to flesh-out a world without bogging down the action in reams of description. ... MARTians is a marvel of linguistic economy.

Periodicals: mid-March

Saturday 19 March 2016  |  Monitor

New York Review of Science Fiction's David G. Hartwell In Memoriam issue, plus new issues of Mythic Delirium and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews R.A. Lafferty

Friday 18 March 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Centipede Press is the noble enterprise handling the Complete Stories. They have just issued Volume 3, which is our topic for today. The upside of their output is that each volume is lovingly produced, a luxury item that is a tribute to the artistry of the small press. The downside is that each book is limited to 300 copies...

New in Paperback: March

Thursday 17 March 2016  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings and titles by Abercrombie, Andrews, Christopher, Drake & Lambshead, Higgins, Kadrey, Kowal, Leigh, Modesitt, Patterson, Scull, and Testa

Faren Miller reviews John Wray

Wednesday 16 March 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

It's probably not coincidence (or synchronicity) that John Wray's substantial, genre-busting novel The Lost Time Accidents shares a notion with Marcel Proust's even more massive Remembrance of Things Past, whose French title Á La Recherche Du Temps Perdu could also be rendered into English as "In Search of Lost Time".

New Books : 15 March

Tuesday 15 March 2016  |  Monitor

Brian Staveley's The Last Mortal Bond and titles by Brown, Evenson, Joshi, Lebbon, Selby, and Tidhar

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 March 2016  |  Monitor

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is #1 on Amazon with pre-publication orders.

Fran Wilde: Magical Engineering

Sunday 13 March 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

I realized that I was a worldbuilder, and that my game experience, all of the things I'd been doing with my life, all of the art background, the animation, the visual stuff — I could draw on that and build a world. I'm hoping that at different points in somebody's life — young adult through adult — they can come back to Updraft and say, 'There’s more here,' and that an adult can read it and say, 'That was really fun.'

Adrienne Martini reviews Becky Chambers

Saturday 12 March 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

The first 30 pages of Becky Chambers' Kick­starter-backed novel The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet are catnip for space opera fans, especially those with a bent toward TV shows that portray a spacecraft's crew as a chosen fam­ily, like Firefly or Farscape.

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

Friday 11 March 2016  |  Resources

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

Locus Bestsellers, March

Thursday 10 March 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matt Ruff

Wednesday 9 March 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Lovecraft Country is not some ham-handed book-length satire or parody. This goal Ruff meets admirably. He honors all the tropes and special effects and ambiance of the Mythos in new ways that discard the superficial trappings of the 1920s and HPL's crotchets for the more relevant clothing and attitudes of the 1950s.

New Books : 8 March

Tuesday 8 March 2016  |  Monitor

Ken Liu's The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and titles by Abraham, Bishop, Bonesteel, Briggs, Fallon, Kowal, Marr, Merril, Tompkins, and Valente

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 March 2016  |  Monitor

V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows debuts on two lists.

Lisa Goldstein: Secret Sisterhood

Sunday 6 March 2016  |  Perspectives

lisa goldstein
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

I like the idea of a sisterhood working in the shadows that influences things, so I came up with the idea of a secret society that one of the time travelers starts in ancient Crete. I wanted to think that there's some force working against all the obvious forces in history, all the wars and op­pression.

Periodicals: early March

Saturday 5 March 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Friday 4 March 2016  |  Magazine

March New and Notable books include Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country and titles by Alder, Braunbeck, Bujold, Guran, Kuznia, Lafferty, LaValle, Moreno-Garcia & Stiles, Offutt, Powers, and Wray

Cory Doctorow: Wealth Inequality Is Even Worse in Reputation Economies

Thursday 3 March 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

The Internet has been trying to figure out how to make reputation work for decades now. Those scores that appear next to Ebay sellers' names and on the profiles of "shar­ing economy" workers profile pages — Uber, Lyft, Airbnb — attempt to establish a basis for strangers to trust one another.

New Books : 1 March

Wednesday 2 March 2016  |  Monitor

Robert J. Sawyer's Quantum Night, Sofia Samatar's The Winged Histories, Allen Steele's Arkwright, and titles by Baker, Belcher, Boatman, Brandt, Cady, Caine, de Abaitua, Knaak, Lubar, Lyris, McGuire, Neill, Nelson, Parker, Spoor, Swann, Tieryas, Weber & Presby, and White & Gannon

March 2016 Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 March 2016  |  Magazine

march issue
The March issue features interviews with Lisa Goldstein and Fran Wilde, remembrances of David G. Hartwell, a column by Cory Doctorow, listings of forthcoming books through December 2016, and reviews of short fiction and books by Peter Straub, R.S. Belcher, James Gunn, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 February 2016  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Calamity debuts at #2 at USA Today.

Laird Barron reviews Gary A. Braunbeck

Sunday 28 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Without question Halfway Down the Stairs is a long overdue omnibus of horror stalwart Gary Braunbeck's short fiction. It's a massive tome weighing in at nearly 600 pages and it collects the vast majority of the author's output over the past couple of decades.

Periodicals: late February

Saturday 27 February 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and what's new this month at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Reviews by Carolyn Cushman, February 2016

Friday 26 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Reviews of titles by Carol Berg, Anne Bishop, Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, and C. Dale Brittain

Print Periodicals: February

Thursday 25 February 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog and Asimov's

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Tim Powers

Wednesday 24 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Like Three Days to Never, Medusa's Web features a California setting, a mysterious lost film of the silent era, and bits of time travel.

New Books : 23 February

Tuesday 23 February 2016  |  Monitor

Dexter Palmer's Version Control, Glen Hirshberg's Good Girls, and titles by Bright, Dunstall, Estep, Sawyer, Schwab, and Underwood

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 February 2016  |  Monitor

Pierce Brown's Morning Star debuts at #1 on three lists.

Russell Letson reviews Carter Scholz

Sunday 21 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2016 issue

Gypsy is the first collection of Carter Scholz material in a dozen years, consisting of the centerpiece title novella, a pair of short stories, an essay, an interview with Scholz (conducted by editor Terry Bisson), and a bibliography. As compelling as the shorter pieces are, it is the novella that grabs and won't let go.

New UK Books : February

Saturday 20 February 2016  |  Monitor

Recent UK titles, not published in the US, by John Ayliff, Markus Heitz, Sarah Pinborough, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Liz Williams

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Wray

Friday 19 February 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

For a book concerned with time travel, The Lost Time Accidents is resolutely linear. Wray really has no use for the clichés of paradoxes and jumbled continuity. Instead he is intent on chronicling with grim humor the weight of eternity and mortality that afflicts all of us. In the case of the time-tormented Tollivers, they are the quivering canaries in the temporal coal mine of the cosmos.

Classic Reprints: February

Thursday 18 February 2016  |  Monitor

New editions of Cordwainer Smith's Norstrilia and titles by Orson Scott Card, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and Clark Ashton Smith

Laird Barron reviews V.H. Leslie

Wednesday 17 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

Michael Kelly's Undertow Press is a champion of literary horror and V.H. Leslie's Skein and Bone fits the mold of the quiet, nuanced work we've come to expect from this publisher. Leslie's collection is moody and atmospheric; cozy, yet far from comforting.

New Books : 16 February

Tuesday 16 February 2016  |  Monitor

Peter Straub's Interior Darkness: Selected Stories, Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country, Victor LaValle's The Ballad of Black Tom, and titles by Brodsky, Henderson, Rossi, Salyards, Sanderson, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 February 2016  |  Monitor

Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen debuts on four print lists; J.K. Rowling is #1 with forthcoming sales.

Tom Doherty: Story First

Sunday 14 February 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

First comes the story. But if the story can do good, it's a nice plus. It's a great thing if we can stimulate good ideas and future action by the young — if they’ll read this and then maybe go out and build it. Key people in NASA management believe many of their people got into sci­ence because they read science fiction when they were young and said, 'Yes, I want to do this.'

Periodicals: mid-February

Saturday 13 February 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Fireside, Mythic Delirium, Perihelion, and Quantum Muse

Paul Di Filippo reviews Edward D. Hoch

Friday 12 February 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Primarily and correctly labeled a mystery writer, the prolific Hoch (nearly 1000 stories to his credit) also delved exuberantly into fantastika. And now, thanks to the efforts of an editor, an heir and a fan — and publisher Wildside Press — we get twenty-nine of his out-of-this-world tales neatly assembled in a single volume.

New in Paperback: February

Thursday 11 February 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Anne Bishop, Marie Brennan, Patricia Briggs, Gail Carriger, Markus Heitz, Peter Liney, Adam Mansbach, Sarah Pinborough, Marc Turner, and Mark L. Van Name

Faren Miller reviews Ian Tregillis

Wednesday 10 February 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

Like The Mechanical, first of Ian Tregillis’s Alchemy Wars trilogy, The Rising deftly inter­weaves three viewpoints and plotlines, but this sequel raises the stakes in its fantastical North America devoid of Brits and rife with industrial magics.

New Books : 9 February

Tuesday 9 February 2016  |  Monitor

John Wray's The Lost Time Accidents and titles by Benulis, Brown, Duane, Landers, McKillip, Offutt, Pears, Remic, Ryan, Sanderson, and Turner

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 February 2016  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's The Bands of Mourning and Kevin Hearne's Staked debut.

Kameron Hurley: The Sad Economics of Writing Short Fiction

Sunday 7 February 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

The abysmally low payment terms for science fiction and fantasy short story markets have been a sad topic of conversation among writers for de­cades. Gone are the days when writing and selling a short story would pay your rent (unless you’re selling to Tor.com).

Periodicals: early February

Saturday 6 February 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and The Dark

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 5 February 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale, Andy Weir's The Martian, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 4 February 2016  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Harlan Ellison's Can & Can'tankerous and titles by Boroson, Files, Krohn, Matheson, Miéville, Morrow, Strahan, and Williams.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Wednesday 3 February 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Any preconceptions that readers might have had about imaginary limitations regarding the kind of fiction that Ben Bova produces will be blown away by the broad spectrum of stories here...

New Books : 2 February

Tuesday 2 February 2016  |  Monitor

Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' Poseidon's Wake, and titles by Aronovitz, Bedford, Bova, Cheney, Duncan, Hill, Hines, Hogan, Hunter, Kelly, Maresca, Price, Reichert, Saintcrow, Snyder, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 February 2016  |  Monitor

Karen Moning's Feverborn debuts on three lists.

February 2016 Table of Contents

Monday 1 February 2016  |  Magazine

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The February issue is the annual Year in Review issue, with the 2015 Recommended Reading List, essays on the year's works by Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Datlow, Paul Kincaid, and many others, and the 2015 Locus Poll and Survey ballot; there's also an interview with Tom Doherty, an obituary of David G. Hartwell, and reviews of short fiction and books by Tim Powers, John Wray, Carter Scholz, and many others



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