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» Sunday NY Times Book Review: Scott Hutchins reviews Jeff VanderMeer’s Acceptance; elsewhere in Sunday’s NYT, VanderMeer essays about The Lighthouse Keepers

» Slate: Ed Finn (co-editor of new anthology Hieroglyph) essays about Why our science fiction needs new dreams

» Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego has events this next week with Lauren Beukes, Steven Gould, Chelsea Cain, Anna Carey and Gretchen McNeil, and James Ellroy

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB is now releasing audio recordings of recent months readings

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy; meanwhile, Steven H Silver interviews Di Filippo for Amazing Stories

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews William T. Vollmann

» Mythic Delirium’s September features are now live — works by Mohlere, Lanagan, Taaffe

» David Naimon has a radio interview with Benjamin Parzybok; earlier, Karen Russell

» Events at Borderlands Books in San Francisco in coming weeks include Steven Gould, Maria Alexander, Terry Shames, Greg Bear

» Time Magazine: Lev Grossman on How Magic Conquered Pop Culture

» Slate’s Mac Rogers reviews Jeff VanderMeer’s ‘Southern Reach’ trilogy: These Amazing Novels Are Like Lost, Except You Won’t Be Enraged When You Finish Them

» New Statesmen reviews VanderMeer: “Intricate, complex and surprising”

» Slate’s DS Bigham: One Planet, One Language: How Realistic Is Science Fiction Linguistics?

» NY Times on dystopian novels: The World Is Ending, and Readers Couldn?t Be Happier

» Chicago Tribune posts columns by Gary K. Wolfe like this one, but you need to subscribe to see them

» Guy Gavriel Kay celebrates 30 years of Fionavar at Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto, September 19th, 7pm

» David Langford’s Ansible 326

» Guardian: Ursula K. Le Guin reviews David Mitchell

» Entertainment Weekly gives VanderMeer’s Acceptance an A-; also (though apparently not online) David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks gets an A and Randall Munroe’s What If? an A

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Graham Joyce’s The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Peter Watts, John Scalzi, Ron Duncan

» Huffington Post: 15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies

» IEET: An Interview with: Professor George Slusser — Eaton science fiction collection’s Curator

» Photos from Loncon3 by Keith Stokes, James Patrick Kelly, and Strangelove

» KGB readings September 17 will be with Mary Robinette Kowal and Leanna Renne Hieber

» New York Review of Science Fiction Readings for September 9 are with Walter Mosley and Paul Di Filippo; in October, Paul Park and James Morrow

» Ellen Datlow has photos from August KGB readings with Veronica Schanoes and Karen Heuler

» Nalo Hopkinson expresses concern about the future of University of California, Riverside’s Eaton Science Fiction Collection

» University of Warwick (UK) is hosting a 3-day conference, 21-23 August, the first day about M. John Harrison, the second and third about SF/F Now

» The Center for Future Consciousness in Grand Rapids, MI, is hosting workshop Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future, 19-21 September

» LA Times: Gwenda Bond reviews Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land: “Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic.”

» Mythic Delirium’s August featured content includes a story by Saira Ali and poems by Landis, Garfinkle, and Lupescu

» Dark Delicacies (in Burbank CA) upcoming events include Joseph Maddrey, Alain Silver, James Ursini, Eric Forsberg, Jon Towlson, and Justin Humphreys

» MIT Technology Review interviews Gene Wolfe

» NY Times: Dwight Garner reviews David Shafer’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — “elements of DeLillo, Pynchon, Dick, Kunzru, Stephenson…”

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman

» David Langford’s Ansible 325

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey remembers Poul Anderson’s “A Bicycle Built for Brew”

» Guardian: Ed Cumming remembers William Gibson’s Neuromancer, 30 years old this month

» NY Times Book Review: Edan Lepucki reviews Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land — “the strongest book in Grossman?s series”

» The Millions: Ted Gioia on Italo Calvino’s Science Fiction Masterpiece Cosmicomics

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Paul Park’s All Those Vanished Engines

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower reviews Stephanie Feldman, Joe Abercrombie, Max Gladstone

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Thomas Sweterlitsch [subscription]

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews James Morrow’s The Madonna and the Starship












   
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New Books : 16 September

Tuesday 16 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 15 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

Nicola Griffith: The Body & the World

Sunday 14 September 2014  |  Perspectives

nicola griffith
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

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

New in Paperback: September

Saturday 13 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Benjamin Parzybok

Friday 12 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Locus Bestsellers, September

Thursday 11 September 2014  |  Magazine

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Wednesday 10 September 2014  |  Reviews

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

New Books : 9 September

Tuesday 9 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

Yoon Ha Lee: Axioms & Theorems

Sunday 7 September 2014  |  Perspectives

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

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

Periodicals: early September

Saturday 6 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

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

Friday 5 September 2014  |  Resources

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Thursday 4 September 2014  |  Magazine

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

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

Wednesday 3 September 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

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

New Books : 2 September

Tuesday 2 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

September Issue Table of Contents

Monday 1 September 2014  |  Magazine

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 September 2014  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Sunday 31 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Periodicals: late August

Saturday 30 August 2014  |  Monitor

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

New Books : August UK Books

Friday 29 August 2014  |  Monitor

A posthumous novel by John James, and other titles by John Hornor Jacobs, Chloe Neill, Tom Pollock, and Arianne 'Tex' Thompson

Kameron Hurley: People Don't Buy Books They Don't Know About (Even Great Ones)

Thursday 28 August 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

I get into perennial discussions with other authors about whether or not blog posts, or bookmarks, or reviews, or carrier pigeons, or flash mobs sell books. The cold reality is that any of these tactics, when done as a one-off, probably doesn't sell more than a book or two...

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter Watts

Wednesday 27 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In the sequel [to Blindsight], Echopraxia, Watts is not content merely to pick up his tale where he left off (with Siri alone in the ruins of the expedition). Rather, he returns us to Earth and makes a lateral move, from metaphysics to realpolitik.

New Books : 26 August

Tuesday 26 August 2014  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's Lock In, Peter Watts' Echopraxia, and titles by Agurirre, Anderson, Carson, Dashner, Duncan, Green, Hurley, Kadrey, Weeks, and Whates

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 August 2014  |  Monitor

Robin Hobb's Fool's Assassin debuts on three lists.

Ian McDonald: On Xenoforming

Sunday 24 August 2014  |  Perspectives

ian mcdonald
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

There's the whole Northern Ireland thing, living in a marginal country, which doesn't seem that science fictional — I'm drawn to other marginal places. When I write about a place, I always go there. (I'm doing a book about the moon, which is problematic. You should see the flyer miles I get with that.)

New Books : August Supplemental

Saturday 23 August 2014  |  Monitor

Mark Teppo's collection The Court of Lies, a tribute anthology to Laird Barron edited by Ross E. Lockhart & Justin Steele, and titles by Sarah Fine, Bishop O'Connell, Ken Scott Smith, Robin Spriggs, and Jonathan Thomas

Paul Di Filippo reviews John Varley

Friday 22 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With his newest book, Dark Lightning, John Varley has admirably and resoundingly terminated his sequence that began with Red Thunder in 2003.

Periodicals: mid-August

Thursday 21 August 2014  |  Monitor

The final issue of Subterranean, and new issues of The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion SF, and The Dark

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 20 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the new issue of F&SF and in Neil Clarke's upcoming anthology Upgraded

New Books : 19 August

Tuesday 19 August 2014  |  Monitor

Series openers by Alan Gratz and Ben Peek, and series installments by Kelley Armstrong, Drew Karpyshyn, and Lilith Saintcrow

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 August 2014  |  Monitor

Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land and Terry Goodkind's Severed Souls debut; Grossman is #1 at New York Times

Tim Pratt reviews Darin Bradley

Sunday 17 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

Bradley's sophomore effort is just as ambitious as his debut, and his voice is more assured, his characters better delineated. Chimpanzee isn't cheerful stuff, but there's a revolutionary zeal, and a belief in the power of the mind to effect change in the world, that provides some light in this otherwise bleak dystopia.

"A Black-and-White Movie, in More Ways Than One": A Review of The Giver


Saturday 16 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

While one can complain at length about the ways that the film fails to do justice to Lowry's novel, published for readers in 1993, a film adaptation also has to be considered on its own terms, as an original creation designed for viewers in 2014. And, as it turns out, the film actually has some interesting things to say about the young people who were undoubtedly envisioned as its major audience.

Classic Reprints: August

Friday 15 August 2014  |  Monitor

A new NESFA volume of The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, and new editions of works by Samuel R. Delany, Hal Clement, Philip José Farmer, and Damon Knight

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Thursday 14 August 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Storytelling has always been his first claim to fame, and the fourteen tales in this new volume uphold his reputation splendidly.

Adrienne Martini reviews Rachel Bach

Wednesday 13 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

The narrative never quite goes where you expect it to, in a good way. There are surprises here; even though Bach is clearly working from space opera/military SF/romance impulses, she never gets mired in easy shorthand that betrays her characters.

New Books : 12 August

Tuesday 12 August 2014  |  Monitor

Daryl Gregory's We Are All Completely Fine, Patrick Swenson's first novel The Ultra Thin Man, a collection of stories by Kate Bernheimer, and other titles by Cole, Hager, Herbert & Anderson, Hobb, Krinard, Ringo, Wells, and Wooding

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 August 2014  |  Monitor

Ilona Andrews' Magic Breaks debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Sunday 10 August 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from the final issue of Subterranean and new issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex Magazine, with recommendations of stories by Rachel Swirsky, Joseph Tomaras, and Olivia Cade

New in Paperback: August

Saturday 9 August 2014  |  Monitor

Yangsze Choo's Shirley Jackson and Mythopoeic finalist The Ghost Bride and titles by Barker, Barron, Goyer & Cassutt, Harrison, Hines, Johnson, Lambshead, Lynch, Modesitt, Novik, Sniegoski, and Spencer

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Daryl Gregory

Friday 8 August 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2014 issue

Gregory is interested more in empathy than revulsion, more in accommodation than heroics, and more in the victim than the monster. The result is his most tightly constructed and compulsively readable novel to date, and a small gem of what we might call post-horror horror.

Periodicals: early August

Thursday 7 August 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Dreams and Nightmares, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Quantum Muse, and Star*Line

Ann Leckie: Silhouettes

Wednesday 6 August 2014  |  Perspectives

ann leckie
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

The way you can't deal with somebody without putting them into that gender pigeonhole is so strong! When you take a baby to the supermarket, everybody wants to lean over and coo at your baby, because babies are adorable. But sometimes, people lean over to coo at the baby and they stop, because they don't know how to coo if they don't know what gender the baby is. That blew my mind, when I had babies.

New Books : 5 August

Tuesday 5 August 2014  |  Monitor

Lucius Shepard's Beautiful Blood and other Subterranean titles by K.J. Parker and Charles Stross; Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land; John Varley's Dark Lightening; 1st US editions of titles by Neal Asher, Greg Egan, and Graham Joyce; first novels by Lou Anders, David Shafer, and Chris Weitz; and other titles by Abraham, Berg, Blackmore, Blake, Esslemont, Gannon, Goodkind, Kashina, Lackey & Mallory, Radford, Richardson, Strieber, and Thurman

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 August 2014  |  Monitor

Deborah Harkness' The Book of Life is among the top 10 on all five print lists compiled here.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Sunday 3 August 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's Skin Game, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by Ian Doescher and Erin M. Evans.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Saturday 2 August 2014  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books include Kieran Shea's Koko Takes a Holiday and titles by Buckell, Corey, Guran, Hearne, Horton, Martin & Dozois, Pratchett & Baxter, Pratt, van Eekhout, and Van Gelder.

August Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 August 2014  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with authors Ian McDonald and Ann Leckie, a new column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary with appreciations of Frank M. Robinson, results of this year's Locus Survey, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lucius Shepard, Jeff VanderMeer, James S.A. Corey, Chris Willrich, Nick Mamatas, and many others.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late July

Thursday 31 July 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Tor.com, and of a forthcoming novella by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Periodicals: late July

Wednesday 30 July 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Interzone, plus what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

New Books : 29 July

Tuesday 29 July 2014  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell's The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1, an art book by Fred Gambino, and titles by Andrews, Bear, Brown, Cunningham, Johnson, Nelson, Snyder, and Waters

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 July 2014  |  Monitor

Deborah Harkness' The Book of Life is #1 on three lists.

Faren Miller reviews Erika Johansen

Sunday 27 July 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2014 issue

The Queen of the Tearling portrays the early stages of a quest where reason may be more relevant than you might expect.

New UK Books, June-July

Saturday 26 July 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Mike, Linda, & Louise Carey, Snorri Kristjansson, Peter Liney, James Lovegrove, Rachel Pollack, Nalini Singh, Simon Sylvester, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Jon Wallace

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Joe Abercrombie

Friday 25 July 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2014 issue

In an era when fantasy seems enthralled by long series of huge volumes that seem to pass by like freight trains at a crossing when you're trying to get somewhere, Joe Abercrombie's Half a King serves as a reminder that there are considerable virtues yet to be found by efficient, on-the-ground storytelling propelled more by plot than by setting, with crisp dialogue, humane characters, and a distinct inward spiral of rapid-fire events.

Classic Reprints: July

Thursday 24 July 2014  |  Monitor

The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Volume 2, and new editions of titles by Barnes, Brunner, Dick, Price, Tiptree, and Williamson

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-July

Wednesday 23 July 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Shimmer, and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

New Books : 22 July

Tuesday 22 July 2014  |  Monitor

Ben Bova's New Frontiers, literary fantasies by Andrei Bitov and Sharona Muir, and other titles by Gwynne, Nevill, Niven/Mandell/Lam, Oreskes & Conway, Sklar & Avery, and Sweterlitsch

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 July 2014  |  Monitor

New titles by Terry Brooks and Edan Lepucki debut.

K.W. Jeter: Rockin' in the Steampunk World

Sunday 20 July 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

I read a lot of people's blog posts and things, friends of mine, when they came home from San Antonio. Of course they had a great time, but people were saying, 'Gosh, it seems like everybody was so old.' I said, 'Go to a steampunk convention, because that skews way younger.' A lot of the wildness makes some dismiss it as just people running around with goggles on their top hats and corsets on the outside of their dresses. But it's also this anarchic approach to history.

Periodicals: mid-July

Saturday 19 July 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews Scott Nicolay and Rhys Hughes

Friday 18 July 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Thank goodness that so many fine and bold small presses have stepped into the breach. They are performing a vital service to the field, and making all us short-story-philes very happy. They deserve our support. Let's look at two such volumes today.

New in Paperback: July

Thursday 17 July 2014  |  Monitor

Charles Stross' Neptune's Brood and other titles by Bova, Dornbusch, Erikson, Gafla, Huso, Jernigan, Kadrey, Mann, Richardson, Ringo, Ryan, Wexler, Williams, and Zahn

Paul Di Filippo reviews Vintage Visions

Wednesday 16 July 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

These sixteen essays all derive from Science Fiction Studies, and appeared from 1976 to 2010, but boast new afterwords. The books they cover date from 1657 (Cyrano de Bergerac) to 1937 (Olaf Stapledon). That's a lot of rewardingly oddball grandparental material.

New Books : 15 July

Tuesday 15 July 2014  |  Monitor

Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Collection, Joe Abercrombie's Half a King, Hannu Rajamiemi's The Causal Angel, and titles by Berman, de Castell, Gladstone, Harkness, Holt, Kearney, Turtledove, and Winters

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 July 2014  |  Monitor

New titles by Dean Koontz and Ian Doescher debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews K.J. Parker

Sunday 13 July 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

"Let Maps to Others" is certainly be my favorite piece here. A ironic and blackly humorous account of the rediscovery of a Prester John-style kingdom lost to history involves scholarly rivalry and deceit and royal bull-headedness. It's comic gold where, as in much comedy, the most vile deeds are the funniest.

"Carrying that Weight": A Review of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes


Saturday 12 July 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, properly characterized as the second film in the third series of Apes films, offers a cycle within a single film, as the filmmakers devote two hours of screen time to energetically taking their story back to its starting point. At the beginning of the film, humans and intelligent apes are poised to start fighting, they proceed to fight, and at the end of the film, their issues unresolved, they are poised to start fighting again, only with the promise of bigger and better battles in the next installment.

Periodicals: early July

Friday 11 July 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, James Gunn's Ad Astra, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Luna Station Quarterly, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Quantum Muse

Locus Bestsellers, July

Thursday 10 July 2014  |  Magazine

pratchett
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Terry Pratchett's Raising Steam, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early July

Wednesday 9 July 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Clarkesworld, Apex, Unlikely Story, Luna Station Quarterly, and James Gunn's Ad Astra, and of a two-story collection by Peter Grandbois

New Books : 8 July

Tuesday 8 July 2014  |  Monitor

Ellen Datlow's Fearful Symmetries, Edan Lepucki's California, Veronica Roth's Four, Terry Brooks' The High Druid's Blade, and other titles by Currie, Erikson, Green, Herbert, Hodder, Hoover, Jackson, Johansen, and Ouellette

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 July 2014  |  Monitor

Forthcoming titles by Veronica Roth and Deborah Harkness are selling at Amazon.

Jeff VanderMeer: South of Reality

Sunday 6 July 2014  |  Perspectives

jeff vandermeer
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview

The other thing that I keep coming up against in my fiction is how people react to something that is inexplicable. We're living on an alien planet to begin with, because we don't even know this world that we are, in effect, colonizing, and subjecting to our will all the time. I really, truly believe that in order to survive as a species (and this is a very science-fictional theory), we need to be able to imagine the world without us in it.

New Books : 5 July

Saturday 5 July 2014  |  Monitor

Thomas Ligotti's The Spectral Link, a book of Ligotti interviews, and other late-June/early-July titles by Blaylock, Cormick, Guran, Johnson, Jones, Kendall, Koontz, Millet, Moore, and Weil

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Friday 4 July 2014  |  Magazine

July New and Notable books include Hayley Campbell's The Art of Neil Gaiman and other titles by Adams, Bear & Dozois, Britain, Cargill, Cornell, Datlow, Horton, Johnson, Kelly, Morrow, Patterson, Strahan, VanderMeer, and Walton.

Cory Doctorow: Security in Numbers

Thursday 3 July 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

There's good news in the Snowden story, and its longevity. The wider public seems to finally give a damn about security and privacy, topics that have been hopelessly esoteric and nerdy until this moment. It makes a huge difference in all kinds of policy questions.

New Books : 2 July

Wednesday 2 July 2014  |  Monitor

Tobias S. Buckell's Hurricane Fever, Paul Park's All Those Vanished Engines, Charles Stross' The Rhesus Chart, and other early-July titles from Ace, Baen, DAW, Roc, and Tor by Ambrose, Cheney, Correia, Gibson, Hickman & Hickman, Kratman, Palmatier, Philip, Rowland, Ryan, Schultz, Shepherd, Wexler, and White

July Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 July 2014  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue features interviews with authors Jeff VanderMeer and K.W. Jeter, a new column by Cory Doctorow, obituaries of Jay Lake and Daniel Keyes, complete Locus Awards winners and poll results, spotlights on agents Joshua Bilmes and Ginger Clark, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gardner Dozois, Sheila Finch, William H. Patterson, Jr., Thomas Ligotti, Jim Butcher, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 June 2014  |  Monitor

George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois' anthology Rogues debuts on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late June

Sunday 29 June 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Jonathan Strahan's anthology Reach for Infinity and from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, with recommendations of stories by Ian McDonald, Karl Schroeder, Stephen Case, JY Yang, and Yoon Ha Lee

Periodicals: late June

Saturday 14 June 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and what's new this month at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

New Books : June Supplemental

Friday 27 June 2014  |  Monitor

S.T. Joshi's anthology Searchers After Horror, an illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman's novelette The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, and titles by Asher, Horn, Kelly, Underwood, Valentine, and Webb

Classic Reprints: June

Thursday 26 June 2014  |  Monitor

A new translation of Arkady & Boris Strugatsky's Hard to Be a God, and new editions of titles by Burroughs, Dick, Hamilton, Ings, James, Moorcock, Pohl, and Sturgeon

Adrienne Martini reviews Tim Pratt

Wednesday 25 June 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2014 issue

Tim Pratt's writing just keeps getting better and better. In Heirs of Grace, his voice feels dialed in. The writing is tight and sassy without wasting one word — and he makes it seem easy.

New Books : 24 June

Tuesday 24 June 2014  |  Monitor

Octavia E. Butler's (previously unpublished) Unexpected Stories, Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex's Chu's First Day of School, and titles by Dellamonica, Martin, Molles, Pillsworth, and Sapkowski

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 June 2014  |  Monitor

Diana Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood debuts strongly.

Eileen Gunn: Other Lands

Sunday 22 June 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

All fiction has value, whether it's science fiction or not. It helps people deal with their lives in the present, helps them understand their own emotions and the emotions of people around them. All fiction can take you to other lands, and introduce you to people whose lives and struggles and opinions you can't even imagine until you read their stories.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Green Planets

Saturday 21 June 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In this era of climate change, when the very fate of the biosphere — and consequently the fate of our species — is up for debate, it's more important than ever that SF exert its intelligence on the ecologies we inhabit. This is precisely the intention and accomplishment of Green Planets, another of the typically outstanding genre-connected critical works from Wesleyan University Press.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-June

Friday 20 June 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Jacob A. Boyd, Robert Reed, and Crystal Lynn Hilbert

New in Paperback: June

Thursday 19 June 2014  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, Kim Stanley Robinson's Shaman, Cory Doctorow's Homeland, and titles by Ambrose, Barnes, Correia, Davidson, Green, Hoyt, Jackson, Koontz, Lackey, Lawrence, Niven & Harrington, Planck, Turtledove, Wheeler, and White

Paul Di Filippo reviews Laline Paull

Wednesday 18 June 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

What Laline Paull has accomplished here is multivalent: a rumination on nature; a portrait of the struggle between individual and the stifling matrix of society; and a depiction of how humanity might organize itself along different lines. I'd call it, in the end, science fiction at its best.

New Books : 17 June

Tuesday 17 June 2014  |  Monitor

James S.A. Corey's Cibola Burn, Martin & Dozois' anthology Rogues, and titles by Evans, Gabaldon, Hearne, Klaus, Owen, Pehov, Pratchett & Baxter, Pratt, Remic, and Wilson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 June 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes and Laurell K. Hamilton's A Shiver of Light debut strongly.

Kameron Hurley: Making Excuses for Science Fiction

Sunday 15 June 2014  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's June Issue.

The most dangerous lie we tell ourselves is that writing novels shouldn't feel like a job. It encourages younger and newer writers to work for little or no pay. It convinces those with a book or two under their belt that there's something wrong with them when the writing is no longer fun all the time. Worst of all, when we hit bumps along the road, we're convinced we're the only ones to feel this type of burnout, and that there's something wrong with us because of it.

Periodicals: early to mid-June

Saturday 14 June 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Neo-Opsis, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Perihelion, and Quantum Muse

Faren Miller reviews Lauren Owen

Friday 13 June 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's June 2014 issue

Early in Lauren Owen's first novel The Quick, library scenes help establish the narrative tone. Evidently splendid tomes, "delicious-smelling volumes," line the shelves of Owen's library...

Locus Bestsellers, June

Thursday 12 June 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance, John Scalzi's The Human Division, John Scalzi's Redshirts, and titles by Greg Cox and R.A. Salvatore

Paul Di Filippo reviews James Morrow

Wednesday 11 June 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

What is surprising is its relative brevity, its light-hearted zip, and its rollicking comic tone, compared to the gravitas and black, piercingly satirical humor of his other books. Which is not to say that Morrow's central theme of the role of religion in humanity's affairs is absent.

New Books : 10 June

Tuesday 10 June 2014  |  Monitor

James Morrow's The Madonna and the Starship, Rich Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2014 Edition, and titles by Card & Johnston, Carey, Itäranta, Johansen, Mann, McCammon, McCleary, McMann, O'Kane, Shea, and Van Eekhout

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 June 2014  |  Monitor

Jim Butcher's Skin Game debuts at #1 on three lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early June

Sunday 8 June 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and Interzone, with recommendations of stories by Paul M. Berger and Spencer Ellsworth

"If You Get It Wrong, You'll Get It Right Next Time": A Review of Edge of Tomorrow


Saturday 7 June 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Edge of Tomorrow is a film about people who have a job to do (defeating aliens), and they do it very well; and it was made by people who had a job to do (making a successful film), and they did it very well. And if someone responds that such films are not genuine works of art, since they are failing to comment on the human condition, perhaps they are wrong.

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

Friday 6 June 2014  |  Resources

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

Joe Abercrombie: Fiction on the Edge

Thursday 5 June 2014  |  Perspectives

joe abercrombie
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview

There's no right way to do anything, particularly. There's a way that feels right to you as a writer with a certain story. I never feel like anything I do is a manifesto of how it should be done. It's healthy that we’ve got a bit more edge, a bit more range, in epic fantasy now. There's no shortage of stuff that's quite traditional if that's your bag.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Wednesday 4 June 2014  |  Magazine

June New and Notable books include Elizabeth Bear's Steles of the Sky and titles by Benford & Niven, Burnham, Davidson, de Lint, Dozois & Schafer, Gilman, Moore, Riopelle, Strahan, Tan, Taylor, Vance, and Wolverton.

New Books : 3 June

Tuesday 3 June 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's crime thriller Mr. Mercedes, the 2nd volume of William H. Patterson, Jr.'s biography of Robert A. Heinlein, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six, The Art of John Harris, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' On the Steel Breeze, and other titles by Anderson, Bova & Johnson, Flint & Gannon, Green, Hairston, Hamilton, Haydon, Hodgell, Irvine, Lackey, Lawrence, Moyer, Pratchett & Stewart & Cohen, Ross, Salyards, Shufeldt, Ware, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 June 2014  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary ranks on two print lists.

June Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 June 2014  |  Magazine

june issue
The June issue features interviews with authors Joe Abercrombie and Eileen Gunn, lists of forthcoming books through March 2015, publishing and awards news, a new column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Strahan, C. Robert Cargill, Robert Reed, Larissa Brown, Rich Horton, and many others.

New Books : May Supplemental

Saturday 31 May 2014  |  Monitor

Anthologies Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds and The Book of Silverberg, Alena Graedon's The Word Exchange, Laline Paull's The Bees, and titles by Church, de Lint, Denton, Flint & Gannon, Fox, Fox & Older, Moore, Nix & Williams, Schoen, Thomas, and Williams

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late May

Friday 30 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Interzone, Tor.com, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Apex, with recommendations of works by Anna Tambour, Genevieve Valentine, E. Catherine Tobler, Caroline M. Yoachim, and E. Saxey

Periodicals: late May

Thursday 29 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Bastion, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Interzone, Shimmer, and Weird Tales, plus this month's content at Daily SF, Tor.com, and Strange Horizons

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Wednesday 28 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

When it was first announced that Nnedi Okorafor's new novel Lagoon would be an alien invasion story set mostly in Lagos, Nigeria, I imagine I'm not the only one who suspected the tone of the book might well be along the lines of "District 9, take that!"

New Books : 27 May

Tuesday 27 May 2014  |  Monitor

J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Jonathan Strahan's anthology Reach for Infinity, popular titles by Jim Butcher and Cassandra Clare, and other titles by Archer, Coates, Douglas, Durst, Lindskold, Moon, Pettersson, Waggoner, and Zettel

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 May 2014  |  Monitor

Cassandra Clare's City of Heavenly Fire and Jim Butcher's Skin Game both rank high on Amazon lists.

Cynthia Ward reviews Melissa Scott

Sunday 25 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Melissa Scott's new novel, Fairs' Point, is the most recent book in the Astreiant series. The Astreiant books are police procedurals, but with a difference: they're set in a secondary world in which alchemy, necromancy, and astrology are working sciences.

New UK Books : April - May

Saturday 24 May 2014  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon and titles by Brown, Hardinge, Heitz, Mamatas, Pinborough, and Watson

Faren Miller reviews Robin Riopelle

Friday 23 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

Deadroads is a Novel of Supernatural Suspense with elements of the Western's quest, showdown, and vengeance... Riopelle knows what she's doing.

Classic Reprints: May

Thursday 22 May 2014  |  Monitor

A third volume of Kurt Vonnegut novels from Library of America and new editions of Robert Silverberg's anthology Science Fiction: 101 and titles by Benford, Blish, Cook, Dick, Norton, and Sakurazaka

Paul Di Filippo reviews Stephen Baker

Wednesday 21 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In the case of Stephen Baker's debut novel, The Boost, whose focal trope is that of brain implants, the impetus for tackling this bit of standard cyberpunk gear — again, used nowadays mostly as off-the-shelf background hardware — is not, I believe, technical progress, but social and cultural events.

New Books : 20 May

Tuesday 20 May 2014  |  Monitor

Jo Walton's My Real Children, Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eight, Kij Johnson's Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, and titles by Baker, Campbell, Canavan, Cornell, Dalglish, Evan Garriott et al, Hirshberg, Modesitt, Scott, and Wu

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 May 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Charlaine Harris, Kristen Britain, and Jeff VanderMeer debut.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-May

Sunday 18 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new anthology Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, and from second issue of new electronic 'zine Bastion

"Dinosaur Train Wreck": A Review of Godzilla


Saturday 17 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Why is it that American filmmakers, blessed with enormous financial resources, state-of-the-art special effects, and long experience in making successful films, have been consistently unable to make a good Godzilla film, a skill long ago mastered by the Japanese?

New in Paperback: May

Friday 16 May 2014  |  Monitor

The Best of Connie Willis, Brandon Sanderson's The Rithmatist, and titles by Campbell, Card & Johnston, Eggers, Flint & Spoor, Karpyshyn, Moon, Weber, and Wellington

Periodicals: mid-May

Thursday 15 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Galaxy's Edge, Jupiter, Lightspeed, Nightmare, On Spec, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Mary Rickert

Wednesday 14 May 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's May 2014 issue

It may be that love has always been Rickert's major theme, and while it sometimes goes off the rails in decidedly creepy ways in her short fiction, it's never treated cynically, and it's never without real power. That power is what finally drives The Memory Garden...

New Books : 13 May

Tuesday 13 May 2014  |  Monitor

Mary Rickert's first novel The Memory Garden, anthologies from John Joseph Adams and Paula Guran, and novels by Cargill, Malerman, Marmell, McIntosh, Painter, and Wellington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 May 2014  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's The Serpent of Venice ranks in the top 10 on two lists.

George Saunders: Irrational Skills

Sunday 11 May 2014  |  Perspectives

george saunders
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

What we want in art is to have something go in a way we don't expect, that isn't random, that builds on what we expected, and goes beyond. There's something delicious about that. There's no purpose in it, except the thrill. ... What my students are really training to do is to be that tiny percentage of the population that can actually thrill you with a narrative. That's almost like being a musician or an athlete. It's an irrational or a super-irrational skill set.”

Locus Bestsellers, May

Saturday 10 May 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Andy Weir's The Martian, Patricia Briggs' Frost Burned, Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, and titles by Kirsten Beyer and R.A. Salvatore

Paul Di Filippo reviews John C. Wright

Friday 9 May 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In this installment of his far-future adventure Wright tries something daring which I'm not certain is a complete success. The entire action of the story takes place in the cloistered environment of the Tombs or, towards the conclusion, on the nearby surface. There's no large canvas, no zipping back and forth among stars and down the centuries, as we have come to expect.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 8 May 2014  |  Magazine

May New and Notable books include Peter Higgins' Truth and Fear and titles by Brennan, Datlow, Elliott, Gregory, Gunn, Pratchett, Priest, Schroeder, Steele, and VanderMeer & VanderMeer

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early May

Wednesday 7 May 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Analog, Asimov's, Clarkesworld, and The Dark, with recommendedations of works by Timons Esaias, Alexander Jablokov, E. Catherine Tobler, and S.L. Gilbow

New Books : 6 May

Tuesday 6 May 2014  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Authority, Karen Burnham's Greg Egan, and titles by Anderson, Asher, Britain, Campbell, Clarke, Colebatch & Fox, Doyle, Drake, Fletcher, Harris, Hendee, Hulick, Kenemore, Koch, Martinez, McGuire, Raughley, Saulter, Scott, Swann, Ventresca, and Willrich

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 May 2014  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's The Serpent of Venice debuts on four lists.

Kathleen Ann Goonan: Designing the Future

Sunday 4 May 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview

At Georgia Tech, the students' minds are prepared for science fiction because it's one of the top engineering schools in the world. The students' enthusiasm regenerated my interest in science fiction — its history, its long-running conversation, its boldness in bringing important issues to life.

Periodicals: early May

Saturday 3 May 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Quantum Muse, and Star*Line

Cory Doctorow: How to Talk to Your Children About Mass Surveillance

Friday 2 May 2014  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

I explained to my daughter that there was a man who was a spy, who discovered that the spies he worked for were breaking the law and spying on everyone, capturing all their e-mails and texts and video-chats and web-clicks. My daughter has figured out how to use a laptop, phone, or tablet to peck out a message to her grandparents... When I told her that the spies were spying on everything, she had some context for it.

May Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 May 2014  |  Magazine

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The May issue features interviews with authors Kathleen Ann Goonan and George Saunders, lots of publishing news, a new column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary and appreciations of Lucius Shepard, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jo Walton, Jeff VanderMeer, Robert Reed, Steve Rasnic Tem, Shaun Tan, and many others.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Simon Ings

Wednesday 30 April 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2014 issue

While it's easy to read the headlong future of the novel as apocalyptic, Wolves is a good deal more complex than that, and its balance of an almost ruthless insight into character with speculations on the technology of perception calls to mind few other writers, perhaps M. John Harrison most closely.

New Books : 29 April

Tuesday 29 April 2014  |  Monitor

The US edition of Shaun Tan's picture book Rules of Summer, plus titles by Aguirre, Chan, de Pierres, Kowal, Ochse, Posey, Rawn, Sebold, and Sparks

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 April 2014  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance is the highest ranking adult genre hardcover this week.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late April

Sunday 27 April 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, and Strange Horizons, with recommendedations of works by Carmen Maria Machado, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Malcolm Cross, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Dale Bailey

New UK Books : March - April

Saturday 26 April 2014  |  Monitor

David Wingrove's The Empire of Time and titles by Alder, Clarke, Dalton, Fforde, Fowler, Gwynne, Patrick, Saulter, and Torday

Periodicals: late April

Friday 25 April 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Subterranean, plus this month's new content at Tor.com and Strange Horizons

New Books : April Supplemental

Thursday 24 April 2014  |  Monitor

Gregory Benford's The Galactic Center Companion and titles by Adams & Howey, Finch, Harte, Lackey & Martin, Maas, and Moore

Russell Letson reviews Daryl Gregory

Wednesday 23 April 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2014 issue

This is a real science-fiction crime thriller: the old evils and insanities are all there, given new twists by the double-edged blades of science and technology. And, like the best crime and SF novels, those moral and philosophical questions linger, after the mere whodunnit puzzles have been solved.

New Books : 22 April

Tuesday 22 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

New in Paperback: April

Sunday 20 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

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


Saturday 19 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

Classic Reprints: April

Friday 18 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-April

Thursday 17 April 2014  |  Reviews

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Moore Williams

Wednesday 16 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 15 April

Tuesday 15 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

Amish: Humility of a Witness

Sunday 13 April 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

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

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 12 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

Tim Pratt reviews Alan DeNiro

Friday 11 April 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's April 2014 issue

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

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 10 April 2014  |  Magazine

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Robert Buettner

Wednesday 9 April 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

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

New Books : 8 April

Tuesday 8 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early April

Sunday 6 April 2014  |  Reviews

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

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 5 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Friday 4 April 2014  |  Magazine

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

Daryl Gregory: The Numinous

Thursday 3 April 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

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

New Books : 2 April

Wednesday 2 April 2014  |  Monitor

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

April Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 April 2014  |  Magazine

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



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