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» The New Yorker: Laura Miller: Jeff VanderMeer Amends the Apocalypse

» SF Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews Zachary Mason’s Void Star

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews John Kessel, Antonia Honeywell, Gwyneth Jones

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews Jaroslav Kalfar’s Spaceman of Bohemia

» 1843 Magazine: Tim Cross on Iain M. Banks, The novelist who inspired Elon Musk

» Mashable: Chris Taylor on Banks: If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid

» Mashable, via Yahoo News: The forgotten Trump-like terror lurking in a sci-fi classic, about Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy and the Mule

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Paul Cornell, Jen Williams, Alastair Reynolds, Tim Lebbon, James Brogden

» NYT Book Review: Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump

» NYT Book Review: Jennifer Senior reviews Jaroslav Kalfar’s Spaceman of Bohemia

» NYT Book Review profiles V.E. Schwab, whose A Conjuring of Light ranks on this week’s published fiction hardcover bestseller list

» The Verge: Andrew Liptak on how Science fiction would be unrecognizable without women: To grow, the genre must embrace more and different voices

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Kim Stanley Robinson, Emma Newman, and anthology The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

» San Francisco Chronicle: Michael Berry reviews horror novel Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

» LA Review of Books: Alison Sperling reviews Weinstock & Sederholm’s The Age of Lovecraft

» David Langford’s Ansible 356

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda on the evolution of science fiction, reviewing books by Brian Stableford and Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp

» Seattle Times: On Saturday the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame

» Guardian: Adam Roberts reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140

» NY Times: Andy Weir’s Best Seller ‘The Martian’ Gets a Classroom-Friendly Makeover, i.e., an authorized classroom edition with the dirty words toned down

» Bangladesh Daily Star: Science fiction pulls in young readers at the Ekushey book fair

» New Scientist: Lavie Tidhar, In China, this is science fiction’s golden age

» New York Times: John Williams revisits Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, in light of the current political situation

» Foreign Policy: How China Became a Sci-Fi Powerhouse

» Boing Boing’s Sci-Fi Sundays: Amazing Science Fiction, April 1958

» Bend Bulletin: Everdeen Mason’s Best science fiction, fantasy books to read in February reviews Kameron Hurley, Vic James, Matt Wallace














   
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New Books : 25 April

Tuesday 25 April 2017  |  Monitor

Jeff VanderMeer's Borne, Cory Doctorow's Walkaway, and titles by Brennan, Broaddus, Honeywell, Maberry, and Staveley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 April 2017  |  Monitor

Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Thrawn ranks #2 at New York Times and Publishers Weekly

Paul Di Filippo reviews Allen Steele

Sunday 23 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

After being more or less defunct for decades, this seems to be Captain Future's time to be reborn. The Captain's retro yet timeless virtues — both the hero's personal creed and the narrative stylings — are arguably congruent with cultural trends today toward a desired and desirable return to basics and old verities with a useful revisioning.

Adrienne Martini reviews Elan Mastai

Saturday 22 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

This is a science fiction love story that is by turns funny and wistful and smart, while remaining fully invested in how being human feels.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gordon R. Dickson

Friday 21 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Dickson began publishing professionally in 1950, and this first volume of his Best Stories chronicles the years 1954 through 1964 — with one important exception. Editor Hank Davis has wisely and temptingly kicked off the collection with "Love Song," the piece that Dickson sold to Harlan Ellison for Last Dangerous Visions, and which has been unseen since.

New in Paperback: March - April

Thursday 20 April 2017  |  Monitor

Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, Stephen King's End of Watch, Thomas Olde Heuvelt's HEX, Anna Smaill's The Chimes, and titles by Armstrong, Bauers, Belcher, Campbell, Cherryh, Martinez, Riggs, Seay, and Stewart.

Spotlight on: Rovina Cai, Artist

Wednesday 19 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

I've just wrapped up illustrating a picture book! It's called Tintinnabula, and is written by Australian SF/F writer Margo Lanagan. One of my favourite things about illustration is getting to delve into a writer's "world," and it has been a delight to explore Margo's.

New Books : 18 April

Tuesday 18 April 2017  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Eleven, Sofia Samatar's Tender: Stories, John Joseph Adams' Cosmic Powers, and titles by Armstrong, Carr, Clark, Golden, James, Johnson, Kent, Shea, and Wolf

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 April 2017  |  Monitor

Omar El Akkad's American War debuts on three lists.

20 Years of Locus Online

Monday 17 April 2017  |  About the Website

Locus Online debuted 20 years ago today. Here's a look back at the history of the site, a selection of featured posts, and a gallery of homepage image captures that illustrate the development of the site as web standards evolved over the years.


Kinuko Y. Craft: Light & Shadow

Sunday 16 April 2017  |  Perspectives

jane yolen
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview

One of the benefits I get from doing covers is, I get to read. The main thing I like about what I do is that I'm away from reality and the real world where I live, in a make believe one — a land of someone else's imagination — as long as the project lasts. I need that to survive.

Periodicals: mid-April

Saturday 15 April 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Aurealis, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Interzone, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Spotlight on: Jeffrey Alan Love, Artist

Friday 14 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

My first job in SF/F, I think, was working for Irene Gallo for Tor.com, an absolutely wonderful website which has revolutionized short fiction and art in the SF/F field. I couldn't have asked for a better first job.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Kameron Hurley

Thursday 13 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

While the raw template may be space opera, The Stars Are Legion draws enthusiastically and effectively on a number of mythological and horror traditions as well.

Spotlight on: Paul Lewin, Artist

Wednesday 12 April 2017  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's April Issue

Coming from the perspective of a fine artist, there are only a handful of cover projects that I've been involved with over the years. Without a doubt, though, the most interesting one has been with Seven Stories Press and the reissuing of Octavia Butler's books Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents.

New Books : 11 April

Tuesday 11 April 2017  |  Monitor

Allen Steele's Avengers of the Moon, Elizabeth Moon's Cold Welcome, Gwyneth Jones' Proof of Concept, and titles by Anderson, Beal, Durst, Farland, Maberry, Mason, Pollock, Smith, and Smythe

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 April 2017  |  Monitor

Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer debuts on two lists.

Kameron Hurley: How to Write a Book in a Month

Sunday 9 April 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's April Issue.

We all want to learn how to write books faster. The pace of the news cycle today has heated up to such an extent that for those of us who aren't in the 1% of writers, if we don't come out with a book a year, it feels like the world has forgotten us amid the buzz of ever more intensifying world horror.

Periodicals: early April

Saturday 8 April 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, The Dark, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Russell Letson reviews Ken MacLeod

Friday 7 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Ken MacLeod's new trilogy-in-progress bears the overall title The Corporation Wars, with US print editions of the first two volumes, Dissidence and Insurgence, appearing just a month apart late in 2016. (The third, Emergence, is due out later this year.) The story is told from a variety of viewpoints and features a mixture of motifs: the post-human condition, interstellar colonization, and space combat, along with familiar MacLeodian discussions about political systems and revolution.

Locus Bestsellers, April

Thursday 6 April 2017  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by James S.A. Corey's Babylon's Ashes, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, and Alexander Freed's Rogue One.

Liz Bourke reviews Charles Stross

Wednesday 5 April 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Empire Games is the start of a new trilogy, set in the world of his Merchant Princes novels (six books, now released as three omnibus editions), but several years on from the nuclear events that punctuated those novels.

New Books : 4 April

Tuesday 4 April 2017  |  Monitor

John Kessel's The Moon and the Other, Omar El Akkad's American War, Aliette de Bodard's The House of Binding Thorns, Neil Clarke's The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume Two, and titles by Cherryh, Dolkart, Emrys, Flint & Barber, Jacka, Jennings, Lawrence, Lee, Matthews, Neuvel, North, O'Keefe, Priest, and Yatsuhashi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 April 2017  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire debuts on two lists.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Sunday 2 April 2017  |  Magazine

April New and Notable books include Edmund Gordon's The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and titles by Bledsoe, Carey, Donnelly, Nix, Palmer, Pratt, Rosetti & Rayyan, Schwab, and Spinrad.

Back to the Retrofuture, Version 2.0: A Review of Ghost in the Shell


Saturday 1 April 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ghost in the Shell is most definitely a film worth seeing, and no one who buys a ticket will feel cheated afterwards; they may especially appreciate the film, as I did, as an unusually artful rendering of all the things that people used to worry about in the 1980s. Still, like me, they may also conclude that the film just wasnt their cup of tea.

April 2017 Table of Contents

Saturday 1 April 2017  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue features an interview with Kinuko Y. Craft and spotlights of artists Paul Lewin, Jeffrey Alan Love, and Rovina Cai, an obituary and appreciations for Susan Casper, a column by Kameron Hurley, a report on SF in Portugal, and reviews of short fiction and books by John Kessel, Brian Staveley, Robert Charles Wilson, Alex Wells, and many others.

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 Tor.com

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

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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

march issue
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.

New Books : 28 February

Tuesday 28 February 2017  |  Monitor

Rob Latham's Science Fiction Criticism: An Anthology of Essential Writings, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' Revenger, and titles by Britain, Broaddus, Dawidziak, Hoover, Kadrey, Kiernan, Lewis, Marr, Martinez, Millet, Nix, Skovron, and Wendig

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 27 February 2017  |  Monitor

George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo debuts at #1 on three lists; Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology is #2 on the same three lists.

Periodicals: late February

Sunday 26 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog and Asimov's (its 40th-anniversary issue), and February content at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Classics In Reprint: February

Saturday 25 February 2017  |  Monitor

New editions of books by William Gibson, K.W. Jeter, Philip Francis Nowlan, and Michael Swanwick

Liz Bourke reviews Bookburners

Friday 24 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Bookburners Season 1 might top 200,000 words, but it reaches that total in 16 novelette-to-short-novella-length episodes. Structurally, then, it's a lot more like a television show than a serial novel — as it's intended to be. A supernatural copshow/caper/spies and intrigue television show, with added complicated team dynamics.

Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Thursday 23 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

F&SF for November/December features a rare and welcome appearance from Gardner Dozois, whose fame as an editor should not cause us to forget how good his fiction is...

Faren Miller reviews S. Jae-Jones

Wednesday 22 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's February 2017 issue

Historically, "The Earl-King" (Der Erlkönig), "Unfinished Symphony", the title piece, and more are works by Franz Schubert. Jae-Jones plays her own games by reimagining and recasting him as the heroine's young violin-virtuoso brother (not a composer in his own right), while still invoking the full passion of the time when Baroque gave way to early Romantic — and the world changed.

New Books : 21 February

Tuesday 21 February 2017  |  Monitor

Meg Elison's The Book of Etta, Michael Tolkin's NK3, and titles by Dayton, Dornbusch, Eames, Hogan, Lyons, Schwab, and Sharp

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 20 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology rank #1 on two print lists.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor

Sunday 19 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

Binti: Home opens about a year after that earlier story began as a quiet coming-of-age story, turned suddenly into a survival adventure, and ended with Binti playing a key role in a kind of revolution.

Periodicals: mid-February

Saturday 18 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Apex, Aphelion, Aurealis, Forever, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Mothership Zeta, and Perihelion

Paul Di Filippo reviews Elan Mastai

Thursday 16 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first thing to note is that although Mastai might very well have been raised outside strict genre borders, he exhibits a playful fluency with, and is creatively savvy about, all the genre appurtenances and furniture. His does not make a single misstep with his speculations or language.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Richard Kadrey

Wednesday 15 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Lastly, and possibly the biggest attraction of the book, is the sheer language. Like S. J. Perelman writing for the Marx Brothers, combined with Raymond Chandler's propensity for over-the-top similes and metaphors, Kadrey's language pops off the page, whether as dialogue or description.

New Books : 14 February

Tuesday 14 February 2017  |  Monitor

Peter S. Beagle's In Calabria, Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn, George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo, and titles by Brodsky, Carey, Danielewski, Duncan, Hand, James, Jordan, Tem, and Wells

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 13 February 2017  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology ranks high on all three Amazon lists.

Alastair Reynolds: Expanding Universe

Sunday 12 February 2017  |  Perspectives

alastair reynolds
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview

The other seed of Revenger came from when I really fell in love with science fiction, around the time I was 16. That's when I was absolutely besotted with Larry Niven and the Known Space stories...

New in Paperback: January - February

Saturday 11 February 2017  |  Monitor

Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning and titles by Bishop, Briggs, Carriger, Harris, Hines, Jones, Kadrey, Lyris, McAuley, McIntosh, Neuvel, North, Pratchett & Baxter, and Sullivan

Faren Miller reviews Laura Eve

Friday 10 February 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

What is myth for the new millennium? In The Graces, Laure Eve confronts what's left of the old with something that might take its place (no galactic empires required).

Paul Di Filippo reviews Norman Spinrad

Thursday 9 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Spinrad revels in the juicy, sleazy, all-too-human Machiavellian machinations of all the parties, the rebels and the establishment alike. His ability to chart thrust and counter-thrust is akin to that of some television political strategist following the twists and turns of national affairs.

Kameron Hurley: If You Want to Level Up, Get Back to the Basics

Wednesday 8 February 2017  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

There are few things, for me, that are as equally depressing and energizing as reading a really great book. Great books are why I got into this business in the first place, which is why I'm often so shocked when I hear from other professional writers that they don't read anymore.

New Books : 7 February

Tuesday 7 February 2017  |  Monitor

Samuel R. Delany's journals In Search of Silence, Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology, Kameron Hurley's The Stars Are Legion, Norman Spinrad's The People's Police, and titles by Ambrose, Beaulieu, Blackmoore, Clarke, Datlow, Donnelly, Fischl, Gannon, Harrison, Isaacson, Jae-Jones, Mastai, Sagara, Savory, Spencer, Taylor, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 6 February 2017  |  Monitor

Terry Goodkind's Death's Mistress and Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology debut; Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is #1 this morning at Amazon.com; Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is #1 at USA Today and Washington Post.

Periodicals: early February

Sunday 5 February 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Clarkesworld, The Dark, Fireside, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, and Persistent Visions

The Boy Who Fell to Earth: A Review of The Space Between Us


Saturday 4 February 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Like a NASA rocket slowly rising from the surface, The Space Between Us takes a long time to achieve escape velocity and soar through space; however, if you can endure one of the most boring opening sequences in any film I can recall, and about an hour of trite melodramatic sequences interspersed with inauthentic personal drama, its last thirty minutes are actually quite enjoyable, even moving.

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 3 February 2017  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, and R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms: Homecoming Book III: Hero

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 2 February 2017  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Karen Lord's anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean and titles by Arden, Bear, Dellamonica & Berman, Dellamonica, Dennard, Gemmell, Gilman, Heller & Viola, Littlewood, MacLeod, and Pinborough.

February 2017 Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 February 2017  |  Magazine

february issue
The February issue features an interview with Alastair Reynolds and the annual Year in Review with essays by Gary K. Wolfe, Paul Kincaid, Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois, and many others; the Locus Recommended Reading List, the Locus Poll and Survey ballot, a column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Kameron Hurley, S. Jae-Jones, Ian McDonald, Ken MacLeod, and many others.

New Books : 31 January

Tuesday 31 January 2017  |  Monitor

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti: Home, Thoraiya Dyer's debut novel Crossroads of Canopy, Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes, and titles by Aaronovitch, Gladstone, Goodman, Goodwin, and Shearin

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 January 2017  |  Monitor

Titles by Veronica Roth and Karen Marie Moning debut; George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four has been #1 on Amazon.com most of the past week; other dystopian titles by Atwood, Bradbury, Huxley, Lewis, and Orwell also rank on Amazon lists.

Spotlight on: Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street

Sunday 29 January 2017  |  Perspectives

kelly abbott
From Locus Magazine's January Issue

Great Jones Street is the Netflix of Fiction. We mean that seriously, as both a business model and a battle cry. We feature short fiction. We curate. We package it nicely into a great user experience.

Periodicals: late January

Saturday 28 January 2017  |  Monitor

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

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ellen Klages

Friday 27 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2017 issue

Passing Strange may be the most fully developed and richly detailed of all of Klages's stories for adults, but it never feels like it needs to be a longer novel...

Classics In Reprint: January

Thursday 26 January 2017  |  Monitor

New editions of books by Lois McMaster Bujold, David G. Hartwell, William Hope Hodgson, Keith Laumer, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Clark Ashton Smith, and an anthology of short fiction from Hank Davis

Liz Bourke reviews Wesley Chu

Wednesday 25 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

The Rise of Io is a messy, scrappy, and yet incredibly fun science fiction thriller with extra body-snatching (more like body-sharing) aliens.

New Books : 24 January

Tuesday 24 January 2017  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Wells sequel The Massacre of Mankind, Ellen Klages' Passing Strange, Tom Toner's The Weight of the World, and titles by Brust & White, Crilley, Goodkind, Kemp, Newman, and Price

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 January 2017  |  Monitor

Susan Dennard's YA fantasy Windwitch debuts on two lists; George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four ranks #6 this morning on Amazon.com

Spotlight on: Ellen Kushner, Tremontaine

Sunday 22 January 2017  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's January Issue

The other writers have made it more real. The world is already a great big stewpot of periods, books, and cities I love. But I've only explored certain corners of it. A real world is vast and full of complexities and contradictions.

Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 21 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of The Dark, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

Adrienne Martini reviews Bob Proehl

Friday 20 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

I thought I knew what Bob Proehl's A Hundred Thousand Worlds would be about before I even cracked the spine. It's about comic book conventions, the blurbs on the back said...

New in Paperback: January

Thursday 19 January 2017  |  Monitor

Joe Hill's The Fireman, Dexter Palmer's Version Control, and titles by Asher, Bara, Dennard, Hemstreet, Kadrey, Marshall, Sanderson, and Schwab

Paul Di Filippo reviews David Brin & Stephen W. Potts

Wednesday 18 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

David Brin's The Transparent Society (1998) surveyed the new technology that is driving us towards more and more disclosure, and drew fresh new conclusions about the issues. Now, still cogitating on the ramifications of these issues, and displaying admirable tenacity and dedication to the cause, Brin offers an anthology of fiction on the topic, featuring a stellar lineup of contributors.

New Books : 17 January

Tuesday 17 January 2017  |  Monitor

Charles Stross' Empire Games, Neil Clarke's anthology Galactic Empires, and titles by Germain, Graham & Land, McDermott, Moning, Roth, Vaughn, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 January 2017  |  Monitor

Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem ranks #53 on Amazon.com this morning, after Obama plugs it in today's NYT

Blake Charlton: Forward & Backward

Sunday 15 January 2017  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

You'd think failing kindergarten would be difficult to do, but I did it rather spectacularly. ... The book went around the class, and soon after that my parents got called in. My teacher said, 'When Blake had the book, he held it upside down when he read from it.'

Paul Di Filippo reviews Gordon Eklund

Saturday 14 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Few occasions give more pleasure to a reader than witnessing the unexpected return to print of a long-silent author who once had a rewarding, admirable career. This time around, the satisfaction derives from the appearance of Cosmic Fusion, by Gordon Eklund.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Emmi Itäranta

Friday 13 January 2017  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2016 issue

The Weaver, published earlier this year in England under the far more evocative title The City of Woven Streets, is the second novel from the Finnish writer Emmi Itäranta, whose post-apocalyptic SF novel The Memory of Water deservedly gained attention a couple of years ago, largely because of her evocative, lyrical prose (she apparently writes simultaneously in Finnish and English). That prose serves her well in The Weaver...

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 12 January 2017  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Brent Weeks' The Blood Mirror, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, and Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Paul Di Filippo reviews Henry Kuttner

Wednesday 11 January 2017  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Nearly seven hundred pages of fiction by Kuttner from the short span of 1937 to 1940 finds the Golden Age Master even more deft and wide-ranging than in that first volume, Terror in the House... The sure hand and clever wit that would be fully on display under John Campbell's Golden Age guidance appear in stronger and more lasting flashes here.

New Books : 10 January

Tuesday 10 January 2017  |  Monitor

David Brin & Stephen W. Potts' Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World and titles by Arden, Cogman, Dennard, Gilman, Liggett, and McGuire

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 January 2017  |  Monitor

Whitehead's The Underground Railroad and Chabon's Moonglow each ranks #1.

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Familiar & the Strange

Sunday 8 January 2017  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

It wasn't really until I started to get into the novel that I buckled down and did some more research and realized how much perceived knowledge I had about the First World War was completely wrong and very American-centric. You watch these war movies, and it's all about the men at the battlefront. I did not realize at all how heavily involved women were in the First World War, and how directly tied it was to suffrage.

Electronic Periodicals: early January

Saturday 7 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Abyss & Apex, Apex, Aurealis, Clarkesworld, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Print Periodicals: January

Friday 6 January 2017  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog and Asimov's, both now bi-monthly; Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Thursday 5 January 2017  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books include Richard A. Lupoff's Where Memory Hides: A Writer's Life and titles by Beukes, Chabon, Corey, Duchamp, Ellis, Kuttner, MacLeod, Milford, Sanderson, Shusterman, Sterling, Strahan, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Robert Charles Wilson.

Cory Doctorow: It's Time to Short Surveillance and Go Long on Freedom

Wednesday 4 January 2017  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

Let's say for the sake of argument that you voted for Donald Trump and you're ecstatic that he's taking the White House.

New Books : 3 January

Tuesday 3 January 2017  |  Monitor

A study of American SF films, and titles by Bara, Bedford, Buettner, Flint, Forstchen, Hendee & Hendee, McKinley, Modesitt, Moore, Older, Pratchett, Scalzi, Scull, Jen Williams, and Tad Williams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 January 2017  |  Monitor

The novelization Rogue One: A Star Wars Story debuts on two lists.

January 2017 Table of Contents

Sunday 1 January 2017  |  Magazine

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The January issue features interviews with Mary Robinette Kowal and Blake Charlton, a column by Cory Doctorow, spotlights on Ellen Kushner and Kelly Abbott, and reviews of short fiction and books by Colson Whitehead, Laure Eve, Ben Aaronovitch, Ellen Klages, Jonathan Strahan and many others.



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