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» Washington Post: Steven Levingston reviews David Walton’s Superposition

» Salon puts the Hugo Awards controversy into a context; other commentary by Damien Walter at The Guardian and at Entertainment Weekly

» SF in SF on May 1 presents Peter Straub & Michael Marshall Smith

» David Langford’s Ansible 333

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Carola Dibbell, Ian Tregillis, and Francesca Haig

» Bustle: 6 Ways Reading And Watching Science Fiction Makes You A More Ethical Person

» The Daily Beast: Richard Powers?s Pulp Surrealism

» KGB Fantastic Fiction hosts James Morrow and Ken Liu, April 15th

» New Conventions listings: RavenCon 10 in April; SF:SE 2015 in September; Oz Con International in July-August; Archon 39 in October

» David Langford’s Ansible 332

» Sunday NY Times Book Review, front cover: Neil Gaiman reviews Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant

» NY Times Book Review: Michiko Kakutani reviews Jonathan Lethem’s Lucky Alan; Carmela Ciuraru reviews Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble (and others)

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Kelly Link and Neil Gaiman and reviews Reif Larsen’s I Am Radar; Alexander Chee reviews Jonathan Lethem’s Lucky Alan

» David Langford’s Ansible 331

» LA Times: David L. Ulin reviews Kelly Link’s Get In Trouble

» Wall Street Journal: Kelly Link, Jeff VanderMeer, Elizabeth Hand and others are discussed in Slipstream Fiction Goes Mainstream

» Shelf Awareness: Book Brahmin: Kim Stanley Robinson

» Guardian: Susan Stepney on The real science of science fiction

ݖ Huffington Post: Ben Bova explains What Is ‘Hard’ Science Fiction?

» Mythic Delirium’s February content is online, with works by Sunny Moraine, Kristine Ong Muslim, and Sheree Renee Thomas

» Events at Borderlands in SF include Samantha Shannon, Randy Henderson, Seanan McGuire, and Gail Carriger

» NYT Book Review: Q&A with Kelly Link, whose new collection Get In Trouble is due Tuesday

» The Atlantic: Jeff VanderMeer on From Annihilation to Acceptance: A Writer’s Surreal Journey

» Toronto Star: Alex Good has mini reviews of the latest SF books by Trichter, Mosley, Moorcock, Walton

» The Independent: Star Wars creator George Lucas: ‘I really have no interest in science fiction at all’ [also reported elsewhere]

» Kirkus: Andrew Liptak on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars

» NYRSF Readings presents Carlos Hernandez and Jennifer Marie Brissett this Tuesday, Feb 3

» KGB Fantastic Fiction in NY is hosting Ben Loory & Mike Allen, Feb 18th

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

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

» Farrago’s Wainscot has resumed publication

Events:

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

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

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

» David Langford’s Ansible 330

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

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

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

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

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

Events:

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

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












   
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Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 18 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

New in Paperback: April

Friday 17 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Purdom

Thursday 16 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Ellen Datlow's Nightmare Carnival

Wednesday 15 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

New Books : 14 April

Tuesday 14 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Brenda Cooper

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

Christopher Barzak: Visions & Voices

Sunday 12 April 2015  |  Perspectives

christopher barzak
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

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

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Mike Allen

Saturday 11 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Locus Bestsellers, April

Friday 10 April 2015  |  Magazine

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

Thursday 9 April 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Wednesday 8 April 2015  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 7 April

Tuesday 7 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

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

Sunday 5 April 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

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

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 4 April 2015  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Friday 3 April 2015  |  Magazine

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Past Futures

Thursday 2 April 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

April Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 April 2015  |  Magazine

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

New Books : 31 March

Tuesday 31 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 March 2015  |  Monitor

Gail Carriger's Prudence debuts on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late March

Sunday 29 March 2015  |  Reviews

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

Periodicals: late March

Saturday 28 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Classic Reprints: February - March

Friday 27 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Karen Burnham reviews The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women

Thursday 26 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jill Ciment

Wednesday 25 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 24 March

Tuesday 24 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Garth Nix: Back in the Old Kingdom

Sunday 22 March 2015  |  Perspectives

garth nix
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

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

Periodicals: mid-March

Saturday 21 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

New in Paperback: March

Friday 20 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Sam Sykes

Thursday 19 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-March

Wednesday 18 March 2015  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 17 March

Tuesday 17 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Stephanie Burgis: Masks & Shadows

Sunday 15 March 2015  |  Perspectives

stephanie burgis
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Neil Gaiman

Saturday 14 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wu Ming-yi

Friday 13 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Locus Bestsellers, March

Thursday 12 March 2015  |  Magazine

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

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt

Wednesday 11 March 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2015 issue

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

New Books : 10 March

Tuesday 10 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early March

Sunday 8 March 2015  |  Reviews

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

Periodicals: early March

Saturday 7 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Friday 6 March 2015  |  Magazine

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

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

Thursday 5 March 2015  |  Resources

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

Cory Doctorow: Stability and Surveillance

Wednesday 4 March 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

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

New Books : 3 March

Tuesday 3 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

March Issue Table of Contents

Monday 2 March 2015  |  Magazine

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 March 2015  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ian Weir

Sunday 1 March 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Dead, and a Rival: A Review of The Lazarus Effect


Saturday 28 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

To epitomize the experience of watching The Lazarus Effect, then, imagine a new film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith (1925) in which Dr. Martin Arrowsmith, after years of quiet, painstaking medical research, somehow makes a mistake and ends up creating the Incredible Hulk.

Periodicals: late February

Friday 27 February 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Daily Science Fiction, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Ficiton, On Spec, Perihelion, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late February

Thursday 26 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois's anthology Old Venus and Tor.com, with recommendations of stories by Paul J. McAuley, David Brin, and Ian McDonald

New in Paperback: January - February

Wednesday 25 February 2015  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great and titles by Abercrombie, Bear, Bishop, Brennan, Briggs, Cambias, Drake, Elliott, Forstchen, Herbert & Anderson, Koontz, Kratman, Lain, Moon, Moore, Rawn, Sagara, Schwab, Weber & Flint, Wheeler, and Williams

New Books : 24 February

Tuesday 24 February 2015  |  Monitor

Paul McAuley's Something Coming Through and titles by Adams, Carman, Elliott, Frater, Goss, Khoury, Lethem, Molles, Reichert, and Schwab

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 February 2015  |  Monitor

J.D. Robb's Obsession in Death debuts on four lists.

Russell Letson reviews George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois' anthology Old Venus

Sunday 22 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

These 16 stories, mostly of novelette length, aspire to resuscitate not only the obsolete, imaginary planetology of Old Venus, but the iconography and tropes that filled the pulp adventure stories once set there...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom McCarthy

Saturday 21 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Whereas C was somewhat old school and massive, a big canvas with lots of characters, Satin Island is slim and bleeding edge, almost a claustrophobic monologue. But it's a compelling, fascinating monologue, probably the best J.G. Ballard book not written by JGB himself.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kelly Link

Friday 20 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

A new Kelly Link collection is still major news, in part because you can never really read a Link story for the second time, much like you can't step in the same river twice.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Judd Trichter

Thursday 19 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Trichter's noirish dystopia Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction is hallucinogenic naturalism, a prickly, disturbing descent into a world where only love — carnal or positronic — can offer a shelter from the artificial storms.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-February

Wednesday 18 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Asimov's, and Analog, with recommendations of stories by Will Kaufman, Patricia Russo, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch

New Books : 17 February

Tuesday 17 February 2015  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Half the World, and titles by Enge, Hill, Manieri, McDougall, Roman, and Tchaikovsky

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 February 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances debuts on three lists.

Simon Ings: Hyperreal

Sunday 15 February 2015  |  Perspectives

simon ings
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

To be honest, the future of digital is print. The economics of small editions are fantastic. Print distribution isn't going away, and people are waking up to the fact that there's this fantastic engine running slightly on idle at the moment, because publishing is in a fairly difficult state.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elizabeth Bear

Saturday 14 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

There’s no better series of words for describing Elizabeth Bear’s newest, Karen Memory, than "excellent grown-up steampunk yarn." And, just FYI, "grown-up" modifies "steampunk," rather than the yarn itself...

Faren Miller reviews Brian Staveley

Friday 13 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

Brian Staveley acknowledges genre tradition, yet still finds ways to undermine it. The Providence of Fire starts with a flashback connected to the title, showing royal siblings Adare, Kaden, and Valyn as children whom their father has commanded to witness an Imperial Deed from the top of a very high tower...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Bradley

Thursday 12 February 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2015 issue

Clade is among the most literate and humane contributions to that slowly emerging tradition of what is sometimes called "slow apocalypse" fiction — tales that grapple with the emergent realities of climate change, species die-offs, virulent new diseases, and the inexorable pattern of the world going irreversibly to hell in a comparatively pokey handbasket.

Locus Bestsellers, February

Wednesday 11 February 2015  |  Magazine

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

New Books : 10 February

Tuesday 10 February 2015  |  Monitor

The Very Best of Kate Elliott, two novels by Jonathan Aycliffe, and titles by Barnes, Carr, Heitz, Henderson, Hieber, McClellan, Simmons, Wells, and Wright

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 February 2015  |  Monitor

Samantha Shannon's The Mime Order debuts on three lists.

Periodicals: early February

Sunday 8 February 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

A Myriad of Texts, Reloaded, or, The Clich´-Hoarder’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Review of Jupiter Ascending


Saturday 7 February 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Readers of this review, at this point, might feel that I am relentlessly berating the Wachowskis for displaying a lack of originality. Yet I am theorizing that the film might have originated when one of them said, "Hey, let’s remake The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but take out all of the jokes." And that represents a genuinely original idea. More grievously, though, the Wachowskis also removed something else from The Hitchhiker's Guide, and from every other film that they borrowed from, and that is their messages.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early February

Friday 6 February 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, On Spec, and Perihelion, with recommendations of stories by Paul M. Berger, Kat Howard, and Rich Larson

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 5 February 2015  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include William Alexander's Ambassador and titles by Aaronovitch, Bova & Choi, Brenchley, Grandbois, Guran, Lafferty, Lord, Page & Lake, Parks, Powers, Sykes, and Valentine.

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

Wednesday 4 February 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

Sometimes I think it's because the only ones of us left in this business are the writers with safety nets. The writers who have another way to eat, and have the privilege, yes, privilege, of persevering even in the face of constant rejection.

New Books : 3 February

Tuesday 3 February 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Kelly Link's Get in Trouble: Stories, Elizabeth Bear's Karen Memory, and titles by Asher, Bara, Davis, Fisher, Flint & Spoor, Ing, Maresca, Marmell, Tettensor, Tierney, Trichter, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 February 2015  |  Monitor

Karen Marie Moning's Burned debuts on four lists.

February Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 February 2015  |  Magazine

february issue
February is the 2014 Year in Review issue, with the annual Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll & Survey ballot, and Commentary by Liza Groen-Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, and many others; plus, an interview Simon Ings, a column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by James Bradley, Brian Staveley, Keith Stevenson, Elizabeth Bear, and many others.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Neal Asher

Saturday 31 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

What Asher delivers here is state-of-the-art SF on so many levels. This type of SF is really the litmus test for separating serious readers from, say, media fans who might groove to Guardians of the Galaxy but blanch at A.E. van Vogt or John Wright, flavors of both of whom season Asher’s book.

Periodicals: late January

Friday 30 January 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Farrago's Wainscot, and Uncanny, plus what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late January

Thursday 29 January 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Unlikely Story, Kaleidotrope, Shimmer, and Farrago's Wainscot, with recommendations of stories by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Michael Andre-Driussi, and Megan E. O'Keefe

Russell Letson reviews Elizabeth Bear

Wednesday 28 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

Karen Memory is a delight, a tour-de-force of historical reimagining and character creation, and a ripping yarn full of surprises, and despite Karen’s opening line, I can't imagine anyone not liking what she has to tell us.

New Books : 27 January

Tuesday 27 January 2015  |  Monitor

Walter Mosley's Inside a Silver Box and titles by Cole, Dietz, Shannon, Shearin, Sykes, and Van Eekhout

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 January 2015  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz's Saint Odd debuts at #1.

Lauren Beukes: Shining Girl

Sunday 25 January 2015  |  Perspectives

lauren beukes
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

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

New Books : January Supplemental

Saturday 24 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Spotlight On: David Pomerico, Editorial Director

Friday 23 January 2015  |  Perspectives

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

Classic Reprints: January

Thursday 22 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Moorcock

Wednesday 21 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 20 January

Tuesday 20 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 January 2015  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Firefight debuts.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-January

Sunday 18 January 2015  |  Reviews

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

New in Paperback: January

Saturday 17 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Greg van Eekhout's Pacific Fire

Friday 16 January 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Periodicals: mid-January

Thursday 15 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews James Morrow

Wednesday 14 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

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

New Books : 13 January

Tuesday 13 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Robert Jackson Bennett: Subreality

Sunday 11 January 2015  |  Perspectives

michael moorcock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

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

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

Saturday 10 January 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2015 issue

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

Spotlight On: An Owomoyela, Writer and Editor

Friday 9 January 2015  |  Perspectives

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

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 8 January 2015  |  Magazine

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early January

Wednesday 7 January 2015  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 6 January

Tuesday 6 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Sunday 4 January 2015  |  Magazine

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

Periodicals: early January

Saturday 3 January 2015  |  Monitor

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

Cory Doctorow: A New Deal for Copyright

Friday 2 January 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

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

January Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 January 2015  |  Magazine

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

Lois Tilton's 2014 Reviews in Review

Wednesday 31 December 2014  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 30 December

Tuesday 30 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late December

Sunday 28 December 2014  |  Reviews

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

Periodicals: late December

Saturday 27 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Classic Reprints: December

Friday 26 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Beth Cato

Thursday 25 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Emily St. John Mandel

Wednesday 24 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 23 December

Tuesday 23 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Michael Moorcock: Multiverses

Sunday 21 December 2014  |  Perspectives

michael moorcock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

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

Adrienne Martini reviews Ben H. Winters

Saturday 20 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

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

Periodicals: mid-December

Friday 19 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

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


Thursday 18 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherine Asaro's Undercity

Wednesday 17 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 16 December

Tuesday 16 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cixin Liu

Sunday 14 December 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2014 issue

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jennifer Marie Brissett

Saturday 13 December 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New in Paperback: December

Friday 12 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Periodicals: early December

Thursday 11 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Wednesday 10 December 2014  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 9 December

Tuesday 9 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

Spotlight On: Joe Monti

Sunday 7 December 2014  |  Perspectives

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

Locus Bestsellers, December

Saturday 6 December 2014  |  Magazine

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

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

Friday 5 December 2014  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Thursday 4 December 2014  |  Magazine

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

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

Wednesday 3 December 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

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

New Books : 2 December

Tuesday 2 December 2014  |  Monitor

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

December Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Magazine

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 December 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival is #2.



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