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» LA Review of Books: Paul Graham Raven reviews William Gibson’s The Peripheral

» NY Times: Janet Maslin reviews Stephen King’s Revival

» Seattle Times: Nisi Shawl reviews Dellamonica, Lindskold, and Johansen

» NY Times: In a Topsy-Turvy World, China Warms to Sci-Fi, about Liu Chixin’s The Three-Body Problem

» The Atlantic: Women Rise in Sci Fi (Again)

» Sunday NY Times Book Review: Robin Wasserman reviews Paolo Bacigalupi and Alaya Dawn Johnson; Chris Taylor reviews Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang; Stephanie Zacharek reviews Scott Westerfeld; Maria Russo reviews Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

» David Naimon interviews William Gibson

» Events: Dark Delicacies in Burbank CA hosts Dave Zeltserman, Jonathan Maberry, Chuck Palahniuk, and others this month

» Events: Borderlands in San Francisco hosts F. Paul Wilson, Steven Erikson, Mira Grant, and others this month

» Amazon.com’s Top 100 Books of 2014 (in print format) include Stephen King’s Revival (#6), Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (#10), David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Randall Munroe’s What If?, Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat, Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land, Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress, Andy Weir’s The Martian, Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea, Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, and Rick Riordan’s The Blood of Olympus.

» Amazon’s Best SF & Fantasy Books of 2014 are led by Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and then include, listed in bestselling order, titles by Martin/Garcia/Antonsson, Rice, Rothfuss, Gabaldon, Mitchell, Weir, and others

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Stephen King’s “spendid” Revival

» David Langford’s Ansible 328

» Publishers Weekly is first out with Best Books of 2014 lists: Sf/fantasy/horror titles are by Cambias, Gibson, Hyde, Lebbon, MacFarlane, Page & Lake, and Sherman; fiction titles include Margaret Atwood, Chang-Rae Lee, and Helen Oyeyemi

» NPR interviews Cory Doctorow about whether “information wants to be free”

» LA Times profiles William Gibson

» The Atlantic: Jeff VanderMeer on The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction

» Guardian profiles Guy Gavriel Kay

» Washington Post: Elizabeth Hand reviews Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat

» Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park CA hosts a Sci Fi/Fantasy Day [scroll down] on Nov 15, with Andy Weir, Steven Erikson, Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, Marie Brennan, Chaz Brenchley, and others

» Dark Delicacies in Burbank CA hosts Joe R. Lansdale on Nov 5th and a Creature from the Black Lagoon 60th anniversary event on Nov 8th with David J. Schow and many others

» Redcat at Disney Hall in downtoan LA presents Samuel R. Delany, Nov 15, 3pm

» Guar...

» The New Yorker: A Science-fiction Classic Still Smolders, about Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz

» Darin Bradley reports that ‘zine Farrago’s Wainscot is being revived after five years

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews William Gibson’s The Peripheral

» NY Times: Dwight Garner reviews Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things

» Sunday’s NY Times Book Review includes a science fiction and fantasy column by N.K. Jemisin, covering Robert Jackson Bennett, Peyton Marshall, Beth Cato, William Gibson, and Ann Leckie

» Salon: Michael Berry on The Rise of Climate Fiction, focusing on Paolo Bacigalupi

» New York Review of SF Readings presents John Langan and Nicholas Kaufmann on November 4th

» Fantastic Fiction at KGB presents Nancy Kress and Jack Skillingstead on November 19th

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews David Cronenberg’s novel Consumed

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Hieroglyph, Scalzi, Winters

»: io9: Sean Williams on The Tragic Demise of Science Fiction’s Greatest Idea [teleportation]

» io9: Charlie Jane Anders on 10 Science Fiction Authors Whose Books Just Kept Getting Stranger

» KGB’s November 19th event hosts Jack Skillingstead and Nancy Kress

» David Langford’s Ansible 327

» KGB Fantastic Fiction has Genevieve Valentine and E. Lily Yu, next Wednesday, October 15, 7pm

» Borderlands Books has upcoming events with Terry Shames, F. Paul Wilson, Robert Shults and Rudy Rucker, and others

» Washington Post: Peter Straub reviews Keith Donohue

» Mythic Delirium has Issue 1.2 content

» David Naimon interviews David Mitchell

» Salon: Our science-fiction apocalypse: Meet the scientists trying to predict the end of the world

» Slate: essay by Ramez Naam about the Neal Stephenson-inspired anthology Hieroglyph

» 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












   
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Periodicals: mid-November

Friday 21 November 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Aurealis, Bastion, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, Shimmer, The Dark, and Uncanny

Paul Di Filippo reviews Brad R. Torgersen

Thursday 20 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

A fix-up or expansion that includes two earlier stories, one of which made the Hugo ballot in 2014, The Chaplain's War is wartime SF with a unique slant, offering moral and ethical complexities, adroit characterization, and plenty of firepower thrills as well.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 19 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the debut issue of new 'zine Uncanny and in new issues of Interzone, Shimmer, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 18 November

Tuesday 18 November 2014  |  Monitor

The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert, Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and titles by Cory Doctorow, Peter Dub&3acute;, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., and Sean Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 November 2014  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat is #1 at Los Angeles Times.

Faren Miller reviews Gregory Maguire's Egg & Spoon

Sunday 16 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

Mingling in-jokes with history and witch­craft, fantastic creatures with disruptions in the weather, Egg & Spoon provides a feast much richer, subtler (and more digestible) than borscht with a side order of breakfast cereal.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lavie Tidhar's A Man Lies Dreaming

Saturday 15 November 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2014 issue

No one can accuse Lavie Tidhar of being risk-averse. Tidhar's latest variation on 20th-century history takes us into an alternate 1939 in which Adolf Hitler, having lost the 1933 German election to the Communists, is scraping by as a down-at-the-heels private eye in London.

New in Paperback: November

Friday 14 November 2014  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian and titles by Anthony, Baxter, Blake, Griffith, Hobb, Martin & Dozois, McDevitt, and Merz

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 13 November 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Broken Eye, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, and titles by John Jackson Miller and Richard Lee Byers.

Hannu Rajaniemi: Posthuman Utopias

Wednesday 12 November 2014  |  Perspectives

hannu rajamiemi
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

Real science is an infinite source of fascinating ideas. You can come up with these interesting connections: the very reason the first book is called The Quantum Thief is that I started wondering what a futuristic gentleman thief would actually steal in a post-scarcity society. What is there to be stolen?

New Books : 11 November

Tuesday 11 November 2014  |  Monitor

Stephen King's Revival, Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem, Small Beer Press collections by Delia Sherman and Ysabeau S. Wilce, Stephen Jones' 25th Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and titles by Neal Asher and Jessica Leake

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 November 2014  |  Monitor

Titles by Patrick Rothfuss, Anne Rice, William Gibson, and National Book Award finalist Emily St. John Mandel debut on print lists.

Periodicals: early November

Sunday 9 November 2014  |  Monitor

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

"2014: A Grand Ole Odyssey": A Review of Interstellar


Saturday 8 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It requires considerable courage to make a film that, as I will argue, undertakes to both emulate and refute 2001: A Space Odyssey; and while I ultimately found its argument unpersuasive, the film is still provocative and, one might say, intelligently misguided in ways that are unfortunately rare in today’s filmmaking marketplace.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Steven Erikson

Friday 7 November 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now comes Steven Erikson's rendition of a Star Trek homage-cum-dismantling. Erikson's version is Monty Python by way of Steve Aylett, a mad, sometimes surreal running amok of pure Id, Libido, Irreverence and Anti-authoritarianism...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Thursday 6 November 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from hard SF anthology Carbide Tipped Pens and from issues of Clarkesworld and Apex, with recommendations of stories by Gregory Benford and Robert Reed

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Wednesday 5 November 2014  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Ellen Datlow's anthology Nightmare Carnival and titles by Abercrombie, Bacigalupi, Belcher, Bennett, Clarke, Gould, Leckie, Morgan, Nix, Powers, Pratchett, Strahan, and Szarlan.

New Books : 4 November

Tuesday 4 November 2014  |  Monitor

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, Steven Erikson's Willful Child, Jack McDevitt's Coming Home, and titles by Baxter, Bedford, Brenchley, Brennan, Card, Carriger, Clark, Czerneda, Green, Grinti & Grinti, Marillier, Martin & Snodgrass, Metzl, Niven et al, Shinn, and Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 November 2014  |  Monitor

The World of Ice & Fire enters the USA Today list; still selling well at Amazon

Cory Doctorow: Stories Are a Fuggly Hack

Sunday 2 November 2014  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

Storytelling is a fuggly (funky and ugly — that is, cool but also really weird and inefficient) hack to get you to feel stuff — make up a story about imaginary people in order to trick your naive empathy into believing that they exist so that you empathize with them and then feel some cool and difficult emotions.

November Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 November 2014  |  Magazine

november issue
The November issue features interviews with authors Hannu Rajaniemi and Linda Nagata, a new column by Cory Doctorow, a special R.A. Lafferty Centennial feature, a spotlight on Joe Monti, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lavie Tidhar, Ann Leckie, Stephen King, Gregory Maguire, and others.

New Books : October Supplemental

Friday 31 October 2014  |  Monitor

Anne Rice's Prince Lestat, Bruce Sterling's Twelve Tomorrows, Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds, Mike Allen's Unseaming, and titles by Aguirre, Alexander, Allen & Allen, Anderson & Olexa, Bradley, Engdahl, Jeffers, John, Marshall, Morris, Mullins, and Spinrad

Periodicals: late October

Thursday 30 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Bastion, plus what's new this month at Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Wednesday 29 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Dark, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Kaleidotrope, and Bastion

New Books : 28 October

Tuesday 28 October 2014  |  Monitor

William Gibson's The Peripheral, Martin/Garcia/Antonsson's The World of Ice and Fire, and titles by Andrews, Armstrong, Faber, Gaiman & Mattotti, Haydon, Henry, Kittredge, Lawhead, Rothfuss, and Wilber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 October 2014  |  Monitor

Garth Nix's Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen debuts on two lists.

Kameron Hurley: Horror & Glory

Sunday 26 October 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

All writing is practice. There's this funny thing that ends up happening once you get published: a lot of editors and publishers will tell their authors, 'You should blog, it's great for your career and it's good visibility.' What people don't realize is these are very different types of writing. Novel writing, blog writing, corporate copy writing.

Classic Reprints: October

Saturday 25 October 2014  |  Monitor

H.P. Lovecraft annotated; a volume of mostly 19th-century horror stories; and books by Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, and Christopher Priest

Adrienne Martini reviews Kaleidoscope

Friday 24 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

The seeds of an idea were planted and the result is a book full of YA SF/F shorter fiction that better resembles the actual world — you know, one that has more than straight, white people in it. A crowd-funding campaign was launched and the resulting book is now alive.

New in Paperback: September - October

Thursday 23 October 2014  |  Monitor

David G. Hartwell & Patrick Nielsen Hayden's anthology Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, and titles by Campbell, Carey, Carriger, Connolly, Erikson, Flint & Carrico, Gaiman, Gunn, Jeschke, Lackey/Flint/Freer, Lerner, Martin & Dozois, Sanderson, Stiefvater, and Williamson

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Wednesday 22 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Lightspeed, Fantasy Magazine, and On Spec

New Books : 21 October

Tuesday 21 October 2014  |  Monitor

Jonathan Carroll's Bathing the Lion, Peter F. Hamilton's The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Sheri S. Tepper's Fish Tails

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 October 2014  |  Monitor

A new Companions Codex novel by R.A. Salvatore debuts.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Christopher Fowler

Sunday 19 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

One might expect a novel concerned with "fear of darkness" to take place in some twilit, northern, Germanic clime, a place where daylight hours are short and fleeting. But right away we sense Fowler's inclination to mess with our expectations in his choice of settings: sunny Spain.

Russell Letson reviews William Gibson

Saturday 18 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

The world evoked by The Peripheral is deliberately and progressively estranged, not only by its genre furniture (around to which we will get eventually), but by the writerly craft with which everything in the story is delivered.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Peter F. Hamilton

Friday 17 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Peter Hamilton's new novel stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Culture books of Iain Banks and the Kefahuchi Tract saga of M. John Harrison, but rotated through the looking glass of a totally different, resolutely non-postmodern worldview, to produce a book that is paradoxically both old-school and totally au courant: the best of two worlds.

Periodicals: mid-October

Thursday 16 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Alt Hist, Aphelion, Aurealis, Fireside, Kaleidotrope, Luna Station Quarterly, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Shimmer

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jonathan Carroll

Wednesday 15 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2014 issue

Jonathan Carroll's greatest charm as a writer may well be simply that no one has yet been able to pin him down.

New Books : 14 October

Tuesday 14 October 2014  |  Monitor

Paolo Bacigalupi's The Doubt Factory, Greg Bear's War Dogs, Garth Nix's Clariel, anthologies from Ellen Datlow and Paula Guran, and titles by Bernobich, Doctorow & Wang, Durst, Krokos, Ruckley, and Warrington

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 October 2014  |  Monitor

Books by George R.R. Martin (et al) and Patrick Rothfuss are selling on Amazon prior to publication.

Paul Park: Metafictional Demons

Sunday 12 October 2014  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

One of the ways in which science fiction tends to depart from our own experience of the world is that often in a science fiction world the facts are too clear. We go to some planet and there's an expository section that tells about the history of the place and how it works, because we need a clear sense of it in order for the story to develop correctly and make sense. But that's different from the way we perceive the real world. The worlds of any two different people don't really resemble each other. This is the problem with politics too.

Print Periodicals: early October

Saturday 11 October 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Dreams and Nightmares, and On Spec

Periodicals: early October

Friday 10 October 2014  |  Monitor

Ellen Datlow guest-edits Nightmare Magazine; plus, new issues of Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, and Quantum Muse

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Thursday 9 October 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Whenever discussion turns to candidates for the next SFWA Grandmaster Award, the name of one author who is fully entitled to such a distinction is notably missing. I refer to Norman Spinrad.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Wednesday 8 October 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in Ed Finn & Kathryn Cramer's anthology Hieroglyph and in new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Apex

New Books : 7 October

Tuesday 7 October 2014  |  Monitor

Ann Leckie's Ancillary Sword, Rob Latham's The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction, Jonathan Strahan's Fearsome Magics, Jeff VanderMeer & Desirina Boskovich's The Steampunk User's Manual, and titles by Belcher, Brust, Buehlman, Jack Campbell, John L. Campbell, Carey, Connolly, Davis, Fforde, Fowler, Hair, Harper, Hunter, Joshi, Khanna, Lackey, Morgan, Newman, Rawlik, Somers, Torgersen, Twelve Hawks, Weber & Zahn, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 October 2014  |  Monitor

Scott Westerfeld's Afterworlds debuts.

Kameron Hurley: The Status Quo Is Not a Neutral Position: Fiction and Politics

Sunday 5 October 2014  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

I've been writing on the internet since 2004, and publishing in more traditional venues since 1996. And I have a distinct set of values and politics and opinions that I bring to both my fiction and nonfiction work, of course. Doesn't everyone?

Locus Bestsellers, October

Saturday 4 October 2014  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's Skin Game, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and titles by Ian Doescher and R.A. Salvatore.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter Watts

Friday 3 October 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

This is not a novel that wants to invite anyone in for tea. But while, on the one hand, it's SF hard enough to break a tooth on, it also challenges some of the very tenets of hard SF by questioning whether religion might turn out to be as useful as science, at least in terms of predictive power.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Thursday 2 October 2014  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books include Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress and titles by Abraham, Bradley, Hobb, Hurley, Joyce, Kress, Lake, Link & Grant, Milford & Zollars, Sanderson et al., Scalzi, VanderMeer, Watts, Weir, and Whates

October Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 October 2014  |  Magazine

october issue
The October issue features interviews with authors Paul Park and Kameron Hurley, a new column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary with appreciations of Graham Joyce, reports on Loncon 3, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Carroll, William Gibson, John Scalzi, and others.

New Books : 30 September

Tuesday 30 September 2014  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' Bête and titles by DeLima, Gaiman & Rusell, Headley & Kat Howard, Jonathan Howard, Kaufmann, Lansdale, Lindsey, Strout, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 September 2014  |  Monitor

Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Sunday 28 September 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Tor.com and in Jonathan Strahan's anthology Fearsome Magics, and of a novella by Genevieve Valentine

Periodicals: late September

Saturday 27 September 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Black Static and Interzone, and what's new this month at Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and Daily SF

Classic Reprints: September

Friday 26 September 2014  |  Monitor

New editions of John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar and Greg Egan's Permutation City, a perhaps final volume of Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, and omnibus volumes by Cowper, Holdstock, and Moorcock

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Stephen Jones' Best New Horror 25

Thursday 25 September 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

Stephen Jones's Mammoth Book of Best New Horror series celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a landmark by any standard in genre publishing.

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Shafer

Wednesday 24 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ending satisfyingly but with ultimate outcome uncertain, WTF deals with its big themes in a sprightly yet serious fashion. If you were to fuse Max Barry's Lexicon with Dave Eggers's The Circle, then blend in some of Matt Ruff's Bad Monkeys, you might approach the lunatic sanity and gonzo wisdom of Shafer's accomplished debut.

New Books : 23 September

Tuesday 23 September 2014  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Nonfiction, and titles by Brennan, Clarke, Grant, James, Jones, Spalenka, Sumner-Smith, Waugh, Weis & Krammes, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 22 September 2014  |  Monitor

Kim Harrison's The Witch With No Name debuts on four lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Sunday 21 September 2014  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Analog, Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and of Octavia Cade's novella The Don't Girls

"A Hunger for Games?": A Review of The Maze Runner


Saturday 20 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The Maze Runner, as one hardly needs to say about any major film that achieves wide release, is a fast-paced, involving adventure with excellent special effects, and there are even hints of an imperfectly realized effort to achieve a sort of profundity not found in the novel.

Periodicals: mid-September

Friday 19 September 2014  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, and Perihelion

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Genevieve Valentine

Thursday 18 September 2014  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2014 issue

The real achievement of Genevieve Valentine's The Girls at the Kingfisher Club isn't just that it recasts the princesses as flappers in 1927 New York — even Anne Sexton saw that coming when in her version she described them as dancing "like taxi girls at Roseland" — but in delicately balancing her language between the transparent directness of the folktale and the contemporary sensibility of the novel.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jay Lake

Wednesday 17 September 2014  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This volume contains over thirty stories, published from 2007 to 2013, so there is assuredly little overlap with Lake's earlier collections. In other words, we are getting his mature work, written almost precisely in the interstices of his illness, which began in 2008.

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.



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A Note About Asimov’s Essay “On Creativity”

Thu 06 Nov

In late October various fine publications (including this one) reported that a previously unpublished essay by Isaac Asimov had appeared in the MIT Technology Review. In a prefatory note to the essay, Arthur Obermayer describes how he was the one who suggested, back in 1959, that Asimov be approa...
Brad R. Torgersen Guest Post–”What Value the ‘Traditional’ Path?”

Fri 17 Oct

An aspiring writer recently asked if there was any value in doing short fiction, as a way to break into SF/F publishing. Versus merely penning novels and pitching them at the editors in New York. Once upon a time, doing short fiction was the established path. From the 1920s through the early 1980...





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