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March 2017 Blinks

March 2017 -- News Posts

March 2017 Posts:

Periodicals: late March

Friday 31 March 2017  |  Monitor

Fourth issue of new quarterly 'zine Into the Ruins, and March issues and content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Fireside, Persistent Visions, Strange Horizons, Terraform, and

Liz Bourke reviews Lara Elena Donnelly

Thursday 30 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

Amberlough isn't a cheerful book, but it has an amazing voice. Its spy-thriller twists and ever-growing tension combine to provide an extraordinarily entertaining ride. And I have to say: if this is her debut? I can't wait to see what Donnelly does next.

John Langan reviews Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Wednesday 29 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

With Certain Dark Things, Silvia Moreno-Garcia demonstrates that there is always more to be done with familiar figures such as the vampire, and that in the hands of a talented writer, the creatures can rise to new (un)life.

New Books : 28 March

Tuesday 28 March 2017  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Luna: Wolf Moon and titles by Eves, McDermott, Sapkowski, Taylor, and Westerfeld

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 March 2017  |  Monitor

A new edition of Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, and Andrzej Sapowski's The Lady of the Lake debut.

Classics In Reprint: March

Sunday 26 March 2017  |  Monitor

The seventh volume of Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, a 50th-anniversary edition of Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, and new editions of novels by Richard Bowes and Tanith Lee

Mutiny of the Unknown Alien Slime: A Review of Life

Saturday 25 March 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

From one perspective, Life represents yet another example of a recent Hollywood trend that I find heartening — a renewed interest in realistic depictions of humanity's probable future in space. ... Regrettably, however, Life ultimately becomes a conventional, and sometimes silly, horror film.

Russell Letson reviews Cory Doctorow

Friday 24 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

For all of its engagement with What's Happenin' Now, Baby, Walkaway feels like good old-fashioned science fiction: part thrill-ride, part warning, part all-night political wrangle with your really smart college roommate.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Cat Sparks

Thursday 23 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

[Her] fine first novel Lotus Blue, set in a far future Australian wasteland, is as evocative of Terry Dowling's Rynosseros stories, with their neat sandships, or even of David R. Bunch's surreal Moderan stories, as it is of George Miller's monster truck rallies.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Caitlín R. Kiernan

Wednesday 22 March 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The heterogeneous tales assembled in this collection display Kiernan's large but tightly interlocked range of interests. Outsiders, art, the elements, transcendence, sex, love, failure, responsibility.

New Books : 21 March

Tuesday 21 March 2017  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire, Mishell Baker's Phantom Pains, and titles by Allan, Asher, Clarke, Cornell, Fujii, Lebbon, Strickland & Miller, and Weis & Krammes

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 March 2017  |  Monitor

Patricia Briggs' Silence Fallen, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West, and Anne Bishop's Etched in Bone debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday 19 March 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This book is amiable, humorous, good-natured, optimistic, in love with the quotidian and with the crazy quilt adaptive existence that life under stress assumes. Robinson gives us a host of fascinating, interlocking plots, and some of them have global resonance.

Periodicals: mid-March

Saturday 18 March 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Uncanny

New in Paperback: February - March

Friday 17 March 2017  |  Monitor

Robert J. Sawyer's Quantum Night, Allen Steele's Arkwright, and titles by Abercrombie, Brennan, Das, Lawrence, Locke, Oyeyemi, Staveley, Straub, Tremblay, and Valente

Adrienne Martini reviews Carrie Vaughn

Thursday 16 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Carrie Vaughn's Martians Abroad clearly shares DNA with Heinlein's juveniles, and is, the author states, and homage to Podkayne of Mars.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Paul La Farge

Thursday 15 March 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Put most simplistically, it's a novel examining the friendship between H. P. Lovecraft and his teenage pal, Robert Barlow, who became HPL's literary executor. But it's also much more than that, as we shall see.

New Books : 14 March

Tuesday 14 March 2017  |  Monitor

Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140 and titles by Fletcher, Helmreich, Knaak, Murad & Shurin, Neumeier, Newman, and Xue

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 March 2017  |  Monitor

Kristen Britain's Firebrand debuts; George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology rank #1 or #2 on four lists.

Jane Yolen: Accidental Novelist

Sunday 12 March 2017  |  Perspectives

jane yolen
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

Children's books and young-adult books and fantasy have this in common: the best are writ­ten like poems. They have metaphor, they have astonishing lyrical prose, and they work on mul­tiple levels. They are a gateway drug to beautiful literature, and shouldn't be dismissed.

Bungle in the Jungle: A Review of Kong: Skull Island

Saturday 11 March 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Kong: Skull Island actually begins quite promisingly, as we are introduced to a diverse and generally appealing cast of characters, and they gather together to journey to the mysterious Skull Island and confront the enormous, and initially hostile, King Kong. ... Unfortunately, the film devolves into an iterative, and increasingly unpleasant, series of variations on the two basic set pieces observed in all giant monster movies: humans vs. monster, and monster vs. monster.

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

Friday 10 March 2017  |  Resources

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

Locus Bestsellers, March

Thursday 9 March 2017  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by James S.A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes, Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and James Luceno's Star Wars: Catalyst.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ken Liu

Wednesday 8 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

The Wall of Storms is a far more complex and rewarding novel than The Grace of Kings — unusual for the middle book in a series, and equally unusual is that it can be appreciated largely as a standalone.

New Books : 7 March

Tuesday 7 March 2017  |  Monitor

Paul La Farge's The Night Ocean, Ada Palmer's Seven Surrenders, Jaroslav Kalfar's Spaceman of Bohemia, Cat Sparks' Lotus Blue, and titles by Bailey & Schmidt, Bishop, Bledsoe, Briggs, Butler, Christopher, Claycomb, Fortune, Hamilton, Henderson, Maresca, McClellan, McGuire, Rieder, and Wells

Langan reviews Pinborough: They Say a Girl Died Here Once

Monday 6 March 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's March 2017 issue

The family at the heart of They Say a Girl Died Here Once, Sarah Pinborough's excellent new novel, is in retreat. Three years prior to the book's opening, Anna, its teenaged protagonist, was slipped a date-rape drug at a party....

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 March 2017  |  Monitor

V.E. Schwab's A Conjuring of Light and Chuck Wendig's Empire's End: Aftermath debut; George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology rank #1 and #2 on three lists.

John Joseph Adams: The Stars His Destination

Sunday 5 March 2017  |  Perspectives

john joseph adams
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview

Having read The Stars My Destination, I went on a quest to find more books like it, and ultimately that's what led to me becoming an editor — to driving myself to find things that would challenge me as a reader and change the way I read.

Periodicals: early March

Saturday 4 March 2017  |  Monitor

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Friday 3 March 2017  |  Magazine

March New and Notable books include Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes and titles by Bond, Brust & White, Datlow, Delany, Dyer, Hand, Matthews, McGuire, Okorafor, Stross, and Vaughn

Cory Doctorow: The Jubilee: Fill Your Boots

Thursday 2 March 2017  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

Technology hints at another model, one that hybridizes the pre-industrial rhythms of work and play and the super-modern ability to use computers to solve otherwise transcendentally hard logistics and coordi­nation problems.

March 2017 Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 March 2017  |  Magazine

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The March issue features interviews with Jane Yolen and John Joseph Adams, listings of forthcoming books through December 2017, a column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary with appreciations for Edward Bryant, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kim Stanley Robinson, Cory Doctorow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lara Elena Donnelly, Henry Kuttner, Shaun Tan, and many others.

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