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» David Langford’s Ansible 342

» NY Times: N.K. Jemisin’s bimonthly SF/F column begins with reviews of China Miéville, Emma Newman, Charlie Jane Anders, Keith Lee Morris

» LA Times: Michael Hiltzik’s Five great sci-fi novels to make you forget ‘Star Wars’ are by Bester, Hoban, Orwell, Vonnegut, and Mitchell

» LA Times: Elizabeth Hand reviews Leena Krohn

» LA Review of Books: Toward a New Fantastic: Stop Calling It Science Fiction by Joshua Adam Anderson

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville and anthologies from Jonathan Strahan and Greg Bear

» Washington Post: Best science-fiction and fantasy books, December edition: Nancy Hightower reviews China Miéville, Lawrence M. Schoen, Johanna Sinisalo

» Jeff VanderMeer’s Epic List of Favorite Books Read in 2015

» NPR: No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real, about books by Andy Weir, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Neal Stephenson

» Huffington Post: Brian Clegg: Star Wars vs. Science Fiction

» Cato Institute: David Boaz on Science Fiction Authors Lost in the Myths of the 1950s, responding to the TV production of Childhood’s End

» New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2015 includes N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season and Michel Houellebecq’s Submission

» Tor.com’s Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2015

» Guardian’s Best Fiction of 2015 includes titles by Terry Pratchett, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Kate Atkinson; Adam Roberts’ Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015 includes titles by Robinson, Leckie, Reynolds, Stephenson, McDonald, Chambers, Liu, and others

» Slate: Laura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2015 includes Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble and Oliver Sacks’ On the Move

» Locus hosts a Steampunk Tea Party Fundraiser with Gail Carriger, Dec 5th, 10am – noon, at Borderlands Books in San Francisco

» David Langford’s Ansible 341

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe’s Gift guide: Satisfying the sci-fi, fantasy fan

» Washington Post: Nancy Hightower’s Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015, by Robinson, Jemisin, Dibbell, Miéville, North

» Guardian: The best recent science fiction and horror — review roundup: Eric Brown on Adam Nevill, Ann Leckie, Dave Hutchinson, David Barnett, William Gay

» Washington Post: Three science fiction and fantasy books we love, November edition, by Emma Newman, Michael Matheson, Christopher Golden

» New York Review of SF Readings host Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, December 8th

» Guardian: one of several posts recently about how how the word ‘Taser’ came from a century-old racist novel– Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle

» Microsoft has published Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft today, free in various ebook formats, with stories by Bear, Bear, Brin, Kress, Leckie, McDevitt, McGuire, and Sawyer

» Atlantic Council has released anthology War Stories from the Future, also a free ebook, with works by Liu, Ashby, Brin, Nagata, and others

» SFWA has released a Nebula Suggested Reading List of titles recommended for next year’s Nebula Awards, so far

» Scott Edelman has videos of 14 readings from the 2015 World Fantasy Convention

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from World Fantasy Con

» Slate: Pulp Sci-Fi’s Legacy to Women in Science

» Wired: Sci-Fi Writer William Shunn: The Book of Mormon Is a Lot Like Lord of the Rings

» David Herter on The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Czech composer Zdenek Liska, one of the unknown inspirers of Steampunk

» Borderlands Books in San Francisco features Richard Kadrey and Mira Grant later this month












   
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New Books : 9 February

Tuesday 9 February 2016  |  Monitor

John Wray's The Lost Time Accidents and titles by Benulis, Brown, Duane, Landers, McKillip, Offutt, Pears, Remic, Ryan, Sanderson, and Turner

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 8 February 2016  |  Monitor

Brandon Sanderson's The Bands of Mourning and Kevin Hearne's Staked debut.

Kameron Hurley: The Sad Economics of Writing Short Fiction

Sunday 7 February 2016  |  Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's February Issue.

The abysmally low payment terms for science fiction and fantasy short story markets have been a sad topic of conversation among writers for de­cades. Gone are the days when writing and selling a short story would pay your rent (unless you’re selling to Tor.com).

Periodicals: early February

Saturday 6 February 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, Nightmare, and The Dark

Locus Bestsellers, February

Friday 5 February 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor's Welcome to Night Vale, Andy Weir's The Martian, Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Thursday 4 February 2016  |  Magazine

February New and Notable books include Harlan Ellison's Can & Can'tankerous and titles by Boroson, Files, Krohn, Matheson, Miéville, Morrow, Strahan, and Williams.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Ben Bova

Wednesday 3 February 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Any preconceptions that readers might have had about imaginary limitations regarding the kind of fiction that Ben Bova produces will be blown away by the broad spectrum of stories here...

New Books : 2 February

Tuesday 2 February 2016  |  Monitor

Lois McMaster Bujold's Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, the US edition of Alastair Reynolds' Poseidon's Wake, and titles by Aronovitz, Bedford, Bova, Cheney, Duncan, Hill, Hines, Hogan, Hunter, Kelly, Maresca, Price, Reichert, Saintcrow, Snyder, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 1 February 2016  |  Monitor

Karen Moning's Feverborn debuts on three lists.

February 2016 Table of Contents

Monday 1 February 2016  |  Magazine

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The February issue is the annual Year in Review issue, with the 2015 Recommended Reading List, essays on the year's works by Gary K. Wolfe, Ellen Datlow, Paul Kincaid, and many others, and the 2015 Locus Poll and Survey ballot; there's also an interview with Tom Doherty, an obituary of David G. Hartwell, and reviews of short fiction and books by Tim Powers, John Wray, Carter Scholz, and many others

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Sunday 31 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

Most of China Miéville’s fiction describes a spectrum between the almost formal preci­sion of novels like The City & The City and Embassytown and the more exuberant textual irruptions of Kraken or Railsea, and his style can range from a kind of ornate dialectical Mervyn Peake to the hardboiled irony of the post-Raymond Chandler school. His new no­vella, This Census-Taker, approaches neither extreme.

Periodicals: late January

Saturday 30 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Kaleidotrope, and January content at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Karen Burnham reviews AfroSF v2

Friday 29 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

It is gratifying to see science fiction from around the world getting a little more traction. Hartmann should be commended for giving voice to authors who haven't gotten much genre attention, and for providing us with a wide sampling of what African authors have to offer.

New UK Books : January

Thursday 28 January 2016  |  Monitor

Tricia Sullivan's Occupy Me and titles by Gavin Smith and Ian Whates

Russell Letson reviews Nancy Kress

Wednesday 27 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's January 2016 issue

What strikes me about this volume — 21 stories from more than three decades of production — is how Kress's sensibility remains intact across the range of science-fictional subtypes she employs. She remains always an observational writer who manages to get inside her characters' skins — working stiffs or middle-class moms or heiresses or narcissistic nobles.

New Books : 26 January

Tuesday 26 January 2016  |  Monitor

Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky, Robert Jackson Bennett's City of Blades, and titles by Armstrong, Dietz, Hearne, Lowe, Sanderson, Shearin, and Wood

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 25 January 2016  |  Monitor

Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens remains in the top 5 on three print lists.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Michael Cobley

Sunday 24 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If you want a rousing space adventure full of sense of wonder that is also ideationally challenging, then you need look no further than Ancestral Machines.

A Divergent Hunger Maze Game: A Review of The 5th Wave


Saturday 23 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

I really didn't enjoy watching The 5th Wave, though it is hard to explain why, for by any conventional evaluation, it qualifies as a well-crafted diversion, not unlike many successful films of the recent past. Perhaps the problem is that the film is artfully following an overly familiar, even an exhausted pattern...

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Charlie Jane Anders

Friday 22 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

Charlie Jane Anders takes a number of fascinat­ing genre risks in All the Birds in the Sky, her first SF/F novel, and one of the most prominent is implied by that slashmark between SF and F: the basic concept of the story revisits the aging but indomitable trope of science versus magic, centered around the two best-friend main char­acters, one of whom is a powerful witch and the other a brilliant, cutting-edge scientist.

Print Periodicals: mid-January

Thursday 21 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Black Static, and Interzone

Paul Di Filippo reviews Morgan Llywelyn

Wednesday 20 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Only the Stones Survives is a melancholy, elegiac yet ultimately life-affirming tale, written with bardic simplicity, clarity and elegance. It concerns a pivotal era of change...

New Books : 19 January

Tuesday 19 January 2016  |  Monitor

Tim Powers' Medusa's Web and titles by Akers, Allan, Carey/Carey/Carey, Chen, Matheson, Tallerman, Tassi, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 18 January 2016  |  Monitor

Alan Dean Foster's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is #1 on three print lists.

Mary Rickert: Resonance

Sunday 17 January 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

My big takeaway during my most recent time thinking of this was that I'd chosen a life of devotion. Devotion is an old fashioned word, and it's a long game. When you live a life of devotion, the point isn't what you get. The point isn't any kind of result other than — did you devote yourself that day? Did you write, did you listen today, did you read, did you think of stories today, did you practice?

Periodicals: mid-January

Saturday 16 January 2016  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Mythic Delirium, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Perihelion, and Uncanny

New in Paperback: January

Friday 15 January 2016  |  Monitor

Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem and titles by Bear, Bova & Choi, Green, Hendee & Hendee, Henderson, Hines, Reichert, Ringo, and Schwab

"It's Gravity Meets Night of the Living Dead!": A Review of 400 Days


Thursday 14 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

My title describes how one imagines writer-director Matt Osterman might have pitched the idea of 400 Days, in a stereotypically succinct fashion, to skeptical Hollywood executives. Like many pitches, no doubt, it is not entirely accurate, for there are few if any specific plot similarities between this film and the referenced classics. Yet the pitch would be broadly defensible, inasmuch as 400 Days begins like a realistic depiction of near-future astronauts and devolves into a standard-issue horror film.

Russell Letson reviews Linda Nagata

Wednesday 13 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

My interest is caught when a science-fictional "war story" goes for more than guts-and-glory formulas, better ways to Blow Stuff Up, and exotic locales in which to do it. I find myself especially taken by attention to what might be called the soldier's dilemma — the tensions generated when duty and honor and competence must be exercised in the service of an unworthy, corrupt, incompetent, or illegitimate leadership.

New Books : 12 January

Tuesday 12 January 2016  |  Monitor

China Miéville's This Census-Taker and titles by Michael Cobley, Emily Foster, and Patricia Ward

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 11 January 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Rick Yancey rise in the rankings.

Charlie Jane Anders: Whimsy Death Match

Sunday 10 January 2016  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview

What I was consciously thinking about as I was writing and revising All The Birds in the Sky was this narrative about finding where you be­long in the world, and coming of age — the notion that we define ourselves through others, and we try to find people we belong with and can commu­nicate with.

Faren Miller reviews Will Elliott

Saturday 9 January 2016  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's December 2015 issue

Like most Americans, I came late to The Pilo Family Circus, since Will Elliott's unnerving deep-black comedy, a first novel, appeared in Australia in 2006... By now, Elliott is a multiple award-winner — au­thor of a trilogy and two further unrelated novels — and with The Pilo Traveling Show he returns to the Circus on his own time.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Jason Gurley

Friday 8 January 2016  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Jason Gurley's Eleanor exhibits some of the transcendent but hardnosed New Age mysticism of Paulo Coelho's work, hybridized with the gritty, pain-driven otherworldliness of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking series. As an example of the "as above, so below" theory of existential harmony and disharmony, it does its job with micro-machined precision.

Locus Bestsellers, January

Thursday 7 January 2016  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Wednesday 6 January 2016  |  Magazine

January New and Notable books are by James Bradley, Stephen King, Microsoft, Mary Rickert, Gene Wolfe, and others.

New Books : 5 January

Tuesday 5 January 2016  |  Monitor

Johanna Sinisalo's The Core of the Sun, Keith Lee Morris' Travelers Rest, and titles by Arthur, Bara, Benson, Dennard, DuBois, Flint & Dennis, Hendee & Hendee, Kristjansson, Llywelyn, Mamatas, McLean, O'Keefe, Older, Stone, Weis & Hickman, and Zahn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 4 January 2016  |  Monitor

Titles by Andy Weir and Stephen King remain the top-ranking genre titles.

Cory Doctorow: Wicked Problems: Resilience Through Sensing

Sunday 3 January 2016  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

A problem is said to be "wicked" when the various parties engaged with it can't even agree what the problem is, let alone the solution. As the name implies, wicked problems are hard to deal with. More than a decade ago, the Federal Communica­tions Commission got its first inkling of a wicked problem on its horizon.

Periodicals: early January

Saturday 2 January 2016  |  Monitor

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

January 2016 Table of Contents

Friday 1 January 2016  |  Magazine

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The January issue features interviews with Mary Rickert and Charlie Jane Anders, a new column by Cory Doctorow, an international report from Brazil, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Robert Jackson Bennett, V.H. Leslie, Stephen King, Nancy Kress, and many others.

Lois Tilton's 2015 Reviews in Review

Thursday 31 December 2015  |  Reviews

Lois Tilton lists stories by Robert Reed, Greg Egan, Adam-Troy Castro, Alastair Reynolds, Kai Ashante Wilson, Chen Qiufan, Yoon Ha Lee, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, Ian McDonald, and many others

Periodicals: late December

Wednesday 30 December 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Aphelion, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fantasy, and December posts at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

New Books : 29 December

Tuesday 29 December 2015  |  Monitor

Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard and titles by Louis Chude-Sokei, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Gail Z. Martin

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 December 2015  |  Monitor

Titles by Andy Weir and Stephen King remain the top-ranking genre titles.

Beth Cato: Ripple Effects

Sunday 27 December 2015  |  Perspectives

beth cato
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

My book isn't about the petticoats and the nice clothes. It's not the el­egant side of steampunk at all. It's pretty gritty, set in a secondary world based on WWI-era Europe. It's got disease and starvation. There are also ripple effects, like archaic technology and a lack of education.

Colleen Mondor reviews Nicola Kornher-Stace

Saturday 26 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Nicole Kornher-Stace's new novel Archivist Wasp is an utterly beguiling and intense book on bravery for teens. Set in a post-technological world that harkens back to the Middle Ages, the story is steeped in myth and fear with levels of brutality that put The Hunger Games to shame.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Roberts

Friday 25 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

If Greg Egan and Stanislaw Lem had conspired to rewrite John D. MacDonald's The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything, the result might have been half as ingenious and gripping and funny and scary and invigorating as The Thing Itself.

Faren Miller reviews Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear

Thursday 24 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Young and with no predestined role to play in politics, battle, or the use of otherworldly powers, Alfgyfa brings this trilogy to an ultimately satisfy­ing conclusion without extravagant heroics. If you find her world as interesting as I do, that shouldn't bother you at all!

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-December

Wednesday 23 December 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Lightspeed, Fantasy, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and GigaNotoSaurus

New Books : 22 December

Tuesday 22 December 2015  |  Monitor

Adam Roberts' The Thing Itself and titles by Gemma Files, Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Terry Pratchett/Ian Stewart/Jack Cohen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 December 2015  |  Monitor

Dean Koontz's Ashley Bell debuts on three lists.

Actually, the Force Is Sleepwalking: A Review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Sunday 20 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

It would be virtually impossible to not enjoy a film that is so visibly striving to replicate all of the elements that made the original films so appealing.... The problem is that while one can praise to the stars the immense talent that went into the making of this film, it is hard to discern much creativity in either its design or its execution.

Periodicals: mid-December

Saturday 19 December 2015  |  Monitor

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

Paul Di Filippo reviews Adam Christopher

Friday 18 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The first thing to mention about Christopher's entertaining new book is that it belongs to a kind of retro-SF which I am starting to see cropping up more and more. I can't quite call it dieselpunk, since to me that term refers to fantastical fiction set in some era identical to or analogous to our consensus reality years of 1935-1955. Christopher's novel is set in the year 1965...

New in Paperback: November-December

Thursday 17 December 2015  |  Monitor

Jay Lake's Last Plane to Heaven and titles by Bara, Rothfuss, Staveley, Weis & Krammes, and Wellington

James Bradley reviews Dave Hutchinson

Wednesday 16 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

What is most striking about Europe at Midnight is not the hard edge of its politics, or even the casual brilliance of its science fictional reworking of the political thriller, but Hutchinson's thrillingly assured control of his material.

New Books : 15 December

Tuesday 15 December 2015  |  Monitor

Paula Guran's anthology Warrior Women and titles by Mike & Anita Allen, Christopher Fowler, and Julia Knight

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 December 2015  |  Monitor

Titles by Andy Weir and Stephen King remain the top-ranking genre titles.

Chuck Wendig: Evolution or Ruination

Sunday 13 December 2015  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview

We're either moving toward evolution or the ruination of humanity. There's an angel and a devil. Both of those are manifest in every single technical jump we make. Which one of these do we bet on? Are we going to destroy ourselves with technology, with a nuclear bomb? Or are we going to get nuclear energy?

Locus Bestsellers, December

Saturday 12 December 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Carter Scholz

Friday 11 December 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Gypsy is the tale of a meticulously rendered but kludgy slower-than-light starship fleeing a systems-crashing totalitarian Earth. ... Scholz gives us a devastating tale where an admirable, almost superhuman heroism does not result in a clear-cut victory — or any conventional victory at all — but rather in a spiritual or symbolical triumph amidst ashes, rendered all the more laudable by a kind of defiant, Battle of Thermopylae stubbornness and clarity of purpose.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through September 2016

Thursday 10 December 2015  |  Resources

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December

Wednesday 9 December 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from the first 2016 issues of Analog, Asimov's, and F&SF

New Books : 8 December

Tuesday 8 December 2015  |  Monitor

Greg Bear's anthology Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 and titles by Di Filippo, Koontz, Krohn, Rew, and Scholz

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 December 2015  |  Monitor

Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle rises on three print lists.

Kameron Hurley: When the Writing Sprint Goes Wrong

Sunday 6 December 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's December Issue.

It's no wonder that so many writers come across as anxious and neurotic, and I'm no exception. This has been a good year for me when it comes to book contracts and sales, but it's also the year I was sud­denly in the position of having to deliver three books on deadline while holding down an increasingly un­certain day job.

Periodicals: early December

Saturday 5 December 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Lisa Goldstein

Friday 4 December 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Weighing Shadows marks a departure from her usual fantasy themes, moving into a com­bination of time-travel adventure (which she previously explored in The Dream Years) and contemporary conspiracy thriller, with a growing undertone of feminist utopianism, which turns out to be the among most interest­ing aspects of the book.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Thursday 3 December 2015  |  Magazine

December New and Notable books are by Leah Bobet, David Dalglish, Nancy Kress, Alter S. Reiss, Carter Scholz, and others.

New Books : 1 December

Wednesday 2 December 2015  |  Monitor

Jonathan Strahan's anthology Meeting Infinity, Jack McDevitt's novel Thunderbird, and titles by Berg, Chadwick, Dellamonica, Harper, Kaufman & Spooner, Koch, Lackey, Nye, Resnick, Sapkowski, Thurman, Tregillis, and Wallace

December 2015 Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 December 2015  |  Magazine

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The December issue features interviews with Chuck Wendig and Beth Cato, lists of Forthcoming Books through September 2016, a new column by Kameron Hurley, a report on the World Fantasy Convention, and reviews of short fiction and books by Charlie Jane Anders, Leena Krohn, Linda Nagata, Cherie Priest, Gemma Files, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 30 November 2015  |  Monitor

Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle debuts on two more print lists.

Periodicals: late November

Sunday 29 November 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Dreams and Nightmares, and Interzone, plus November content at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late November

Saturday 28 November 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Uncanny, Lackington's, and Shimmer

Laird Barron reviews Damien Angelica Walters

Friday 27 November 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Sing Me Your Scars is another debut collection of horror and dark fantasy stories by an outstanding young author. I've observed Damien Angelica Walters's progress over the past few years, not­ing that she has quickly gone from an intriguing newcomer to a mainstay, appearing in various anthologies, including year's bests....

Russell Letson reviews Greg Bear

Thursday 26 November 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

I should probably cop to this: I'm fascinated by military history, but I've never been much taken by what I think of as genre military SF, by which I mean adventure stories set in the military establishment and emphasizing weaponry, com­radeship, chains of command, career progress, and (of course) combat....

Carolyn Cushman reviews Terry Pratchett, Sarah Prineas, David Weber

Wednesday 25 November 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Pratchett's last Discworld novel is fifth in the Tiffany Aching series, and it comes with a major spoiler that is a little hard to talk around, for the few fans who haven’t already heard, but I'll try...

New Books : 24 November

Tuesday 24 November 2015  |  Monitor

Mary Rickert's You Have Never Been Here: New and Selected Stories, Mira Grant's Chimera, and titles by Britt, Carey, and Livingston

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 23 November 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams remains in the top 10; Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle ranks on three lists.

Bradley P. Beaulieu: Common Ground

Sunday 22 November 2015  |  Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

When you write something, you owe it to yourself and your readers to educate yourself on what you're writing about, whether that's sex, race relations, different religions, whatever. At least you know going in what you chose to do and why you chose it. After that point, live with the consequences. Let people have their opin­ions.

Rebels Without a Clue: A Review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2


Saturday 21 November 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, one can definitely detect echoes of the points I have already extracted from the previous films — that young people today regard themselves as victims of adult mistreatment, yet they also want adults to solve all their problems, simply because young people are inherently and amazingly wonderful — but I will shift my attention to other, more novel, messages in this generally entertaining but occasionally disappointing film.

Carolyn Cushman reviews Julie E. Czerneda, Tanya Huff, Yanni Kuznia

Friday 20 November 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2015 issue

Someone is hunting the M'hiray, the people who can teleport themselves through the M'hir. Whoever this someone is, they have influence and money to send killers after many all at once....

Periodicals: mid-November

Thursday 19 November 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Farrago's Wainscot, Perihelion, and Uncanny

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-November

Wednesday 18 November 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Ivor W. Harmann's anthology AfroSF 2 and from Interzone, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 17 November

Tuesday 17 November 2015  |  Monitor

Sean Williams’ Hollowgirl, nonfiction The Brothers Vonnegut, and titles by Bailey, Bova, Canavan, Dalglish, Dashner, Goodkind, Hatton, Haworth, Sumner-Smith, Tassi, and Underwood

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 16 November 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's The Bazaar of Bad Dreams debuts at #1 on two lists.

Sean Williams: Hardwired

Sunday 15 November 2015  |  Perspectives

elizabeth hand
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview

I think that one of the functions of science fiction — obviously this is not a new thought — is to examine the present through metaphors of the future. I had a couple of agendas for Twinmaker. One was, I want people to write more matter transmitter stories. I really like matter transmitter stories, and I'm tired of being the only one writing them. The other thing is politics and our monetary system.

New in Paperback: November

Saturday 14 November 2015  |  Monitor

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning, Jonathan Carroll's Bathing the Lion, and titles by Belcher, Bernobich, Card, Czerneda, Hair, Huff, Jackson, Koontz, Marillier, McDevitt, Modesitt, Shinn, Torgersen, and Weber & Flint

Paul Di Filippo reviews Catherynne M. Valente

Friday 13 November 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Valente's latest novel shows her trying out a different mode than any of her previous works, a mark of her relentlessly questing creativity. In a blog post, she describes Radiance as "a decopunk alt-history Hollywood space opera mystery thriller. With space whales."

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 12 November 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by John Scalzi's The End of All Things, Robin Hobb's Fool's Assassin, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David Mack and R.A. Salvatore

Paul Di Filippo reviews Clifford D. Simak

Wednesday 11 November 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Precisely by having this unassuming nature, in both his personality and on the page, Simak did not generate as many headlines or partisans as did Heinlein. And since his death, it seems to me that his star has unjustifiably faded a bit. Now comes Open Road Media with the stated intention of issuing all of his short fiction in fourteen books. Hooray! Maybe the Simak Renaissance is finally here!

New Books : 10 November

Tuesday 10 November 2015  |  Monitor

John Fleskes' Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, The Art of Stephen Hickman, and titles by Hutchinson, Knight, Kowal, Meloy, Nesbet, Patrick, Renner, Rhoads, Ware, and Wrigley

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 9 November 2015  |  Monitor

David Mitchell's Slade House and Gregory Maguire's After Alice debut.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Mission: Tomorrow

Sunday 8 November 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The takeaway from this outstanding anthology is that even after a century of tales involving solar system exploration, writers have barely begun to scratch the surface — especially as new scientific findings offer new story parameters.

Periodicals: early November

Saturday 7 November 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Nightmare, Shimmer, and The Dark

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Friday 6 November 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Jonathan Strahan's anthology Meeting Infinity and from new issues of The Dark and Clarkesworld, with recommendations for Bruce Sterling, John Barnes, and Sara Saab

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Thursday 5 November 2015  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books are by Greg Bear, Zen Cho, Kameron Hurley, Ann Leckie, Ian McDonald, Terry Pratchett, and others.

Cory Doctorow: The Internet Will Always Suck

Wednesday 4 November 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

Technologist Anil Dash has a law. "Three things never work: Voice chat, printers, and projectors." It’s funny because it's true. ... But why? For the same reason that the Internet will always suck: because we always use our vital technologies at the edge of their capabilities.

New Books : 3 November

Tuesday 3 November 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen King's collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Lisa Goldstein's novel Weighing Shadows, James Morrow's collection Reality by Other Means, Linda Nagata's novel Going Dark, Kim Stanley Robinson's trilogy-novel Green Earth, nonfiction The Wheel of Time Companion, and titles by Allan, Carriger, Christopher, Czerneda, Denzel, Drake, Elliott, Friedman, Golden, Gray, Griffith & Griffith, Human, Kupari, Marillier, Modesitt, Moore, Newman, Peak, Polansky, Schmidt, Shinn, and Tomlinson

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 2 November 2015  |  Monitor

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff's Illuminae debuts on two lists.

November Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 November 2015  |  Magazine

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The November issue features interviews with Sean Williams and Bradley P. Beaulieu, a new column by Cory Doctorow, a report on SF in Israel, and reviews of short fiction and books by Lisa Goldstein, Erika Johansen, T.E. Grau, Terry Pratchett, Alastair Reynolds, Greg Bear, Gary Lovisi, and many others.

Periodicals: late October

Saturday 31 October 2015  |  Monitor

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

Faren Miller reviews Nancy Jane Moore

Friday 30 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

The Weave, a first novel by Nancy Jane Moore, is science fiction that thoroughly deserves its ad­vance praise by Vonda N. McIntyre and Michael Bishop. Rather than simply chronicle the first hu­man expedition to a solar system beyond our own, First Contact with sentient aliens, and the ensuing war, Moore shows a future Earth and that alien world as experienced by two protagonists – one human, one alien – in plotlines that intertwine throughout the book...

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Thursday 29 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Tor.com, with recommendations for Rebecca Campbell, Greg Egan, Robert Reed, Yoon Ha Lee, and Maria Dahvana Headley

Paul Di Filippo reviews Matthew De Abaitua

Wednesday 28 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

This is the kind of post-apocalypse, after-it-all-changed novel — with clever codicils — that the Brits do with so much more classy, idiosyncratic style than anyone else. It is full of magisterial weirdness, logical surrealism, melancholy joy and hopeful terror. If I begin to toss out names like Adam Roberts, Brian Aldiss, Keith Roberts, and J. G. Ballard, I will not be lavishing undue praise.

New Books : 27 October

Tuesday 27 October 2015  |  Monitor

Gregory Maguire's After Alice, Ellen Datlow's anthology The Monstrous, and titles by Bickle, Bowen, Carr, Clarke, Correia, Danielewski, Gerritsen, Kressel, Mitchell, Pillsworth, and Shepherd

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 26 October 2015  |  Monitor

David Weber's Hell's Foundations Quiver debuts on three lists.

Classic Reprints: September - October

Sunday 25 October 2015  |  Monitor

Collections by Kelley Armstrong, Charles Beaumont, Nancy Kress, and Clifford D. Simak, an anthology from Audrey Niffenegger, and new editions of novels by Greg Bear, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and William Sloane

Faren Miller reviews Ken Scholes

Saturday 24 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

While the titles in Ken Scholes's Psalms of Isaak sequence for Tor seem as monumental as Bach oratorios (Lamentation, Canticle, Antiphon, Requiem and the forthcoming Hymn), his col­lections have longer, more offbeat yet deliberately chosen names. In November 2008 (issue #574) I reviewed Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys. Though I missed the sequel, I'm back for his third collection, Blue Yonders, Grateful Pies and Other Fanciful Feasts.

Ysabeau Wilce reviews Marguerite Reed

Friday 23 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Though Archangel, Marguerite Reed’s debut SF novel, may begin with the warning "This is not Eden," the planet Ubastis certainly seems that way to those not privileged enough to live there.

Paul Di Filippo reviews William R. Forstchen

Thursday 22 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Forstchen's braiding of these four chords is deft and exciting and symphonic. In the midst of battle, Matherson has a moment to contemplate his daughter's condition. In the midst of a community pig roast, he is formulating strategy. The organic feel of the story replicates the blended nature of real life, where at any one moment we are all juggling a dozen different issues.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-October

Wednesday 21 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Kaleidotrope, Apex, Unlikely Story, On Spec, and Strange Horizons

New Books : 20 October

Tuesday 20 October 2015  |  Monitor

Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man, Catherynne M. Valente's Radiance, and titles by Cameron, Card, Danvers, Howard, Joshi, Karpyshyn, Kaufman & Kristoff, Lovett, Mamatas & Washington, Newman, Riddle, and Wallace

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 October 2015  |  Monitor

George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Brandon Sanderson's Shadows of Self, and John Sandford & Ctein's Saturn Run debut on print lists.

Elizabeth Hand: Sunlit Horror

Sunday 18 October 2015  |  Perspectives

elizabeth hand
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview

Just because you’re young and really stoned and in a weird creepy place, that doesn't mean something really weird and creepy isn't actually happening. I like the notion, too, that you don't know you've seen a ghost until afterward. I wanted to play with that, the idea of sunlit horror. Most of Wylding Hall takes place during the day.

Periodicals: mid-October

Saturday 17 October 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion

New in Paperback: October

Friday 16 October 2015  |  Monitor

William Gibson's The Peripheral and titles by Bova & Johnson, Campbell, Carriger, Grant, Harris, Ing, Krokos, Lackey, Lackey et al, Manieri, and Westerfeld

Faren Miller reviews N.K. Jemisin

Thursday 15 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

N. K. Jemisin's new novel The Fifth Season starts the Broken Earth, a series "set in a world where apocalypse is routine." We see its devas­tating impact on a large continent known as The Stillness, an ironic name for land this volatile, periodically beset by Fifth Seasons where great faultlines crack, spawning volcanoes whose smoke can hide the sun for years at a time, while lava obscures most of the previous culture — leav­ing behind only a mix of rumors and ruins, in the fragments of "stonelore" that endure.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Seth Dickinson

Wednesday 14 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Cherryh’s influence can be seen and felt, I think, in the debut novel from Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. There is the same sense of culture clash mediated through politesse, with deadly stakes, for one major aspect. But another tributary stream flows into the book, and those equally rich waters derive from Samuel Delany’s Return to Nevèrÿon series.

New Books : 13 October

Tuesday 13 October 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen R. Donaldson's The King's Justice, Garth Nix's Newt's Emerald, and titles by Barnett, Brewer & Phillips, Gwynne, Moffitt, Monette & Bear, Morris, Parks, Planck, Pratchett, Sage, Slatter, and Weber

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 October 2015  |  Monitor

Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass debuts strongly.

Kameron Hurley: On Career-Building: The Marathon in the Desert

Sunday 11 October 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's October Issue.

There is no happily ever after in life, or in the career you're building. There's no gold medal. No end to the race. There is just the endless marathon through a desert teaming with snakes and jagged rocks and riddled with the bones of exhausted colleagues who have fallen along the way.

Periodicals: early October

Saturday 10 October 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Fireside, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Kaleidotrope, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium, and Nightmare

Locus Bestsellers, October

Friday 9 October 2015  |  Magazine

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Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David R. George III and R.A. Salvatore

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early October

Thursday 8 October 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of F&SF, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed

Adrienne Martini reviews Max Gladstone

Wednesday 7 October 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

I am an unabashed Max Gladstone fan. His Craft sequence, in which the use of magic is intertwined with the business of insurance, is deeply satisfying. ... Last First Snow [is] the most recently released but also the first title in the sequence.

New Books : 6 October

Tuesday 6 October 2015  |  Monitor

Ann Leckie's Ancillary Mercy, George R.R. Martin's A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms, Joe Hill's The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, John Sandford & Ctein's Saturn Run, and titles by Bear, Davidson, de Pierres, Fowler, Gannon, Gilman, Golden, Huff, Hurley, Kilpatrick, Knight, Lackey, Moyer, Ness, Parker, Rowland, Sanderson, Sniegoski, Steinmetz, Tingey, Weber/Zahn/Pope, and Wong

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 October 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian reigns on trade paperback lists.

'A Huge Moment for NASA' ... and Novelists: A Review of The Martian


Sunday 4 October 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Ridley Scott's The Martian is the best film I've seen in a long, long time, and it can be enthusiastically recommended as involving and uplifting entertainment. ... Still, even while sincerely enjoying the film, I also felt a certain sense of ambivalence. For it was clearly and regularly trying to persuade me to believe something that is not true.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Friday 2 October 2015  |  Magazine

October New and Notable books are by Stephen Baxter, Jonathan Carroll, Aliette de Bodard, Cecelia Holland, Harry Turtledove, and others.

October Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 October 2015  |  Magazine

october issue
The October issue features an interview with Elizabeth Hand, reports on Sasquan including complete Hugo voting results, a new column by Kameron Hurley, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gene Wolfe, Christopher Moore, Ian McDonald, Michael Swanwick, Mercedes Lackey, Paul Tremblay, and many others.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late September

Wednesday 30 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from this year's Twelve Tomorrows anthology, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and GigaNotoSaurus

New Books : 29 September

Tuesday 29 September 2015  |  Monitor

Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last, C.A. Higgins' Lightless, Jim Butcher's The Aeronaut's Windlass, and titles by DeLima, Latham, Lindsey, Myer, Riggs, Watson, and Westerfeld/Lanagan/Biancotti

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 28 September 2015  |  Monitor

William R. Forstchen's One Year After debuts on three lists.

Russell Letson reviews Michael Swanwick

Sunday 27 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Chasing the Phoenix is part of Michael Swanwick's continuing account of the adven­tures of far-future con artists Darger and Surplus, which to my chagrin I have heretofore somehow not been following. (I am already remedying that situation as I write ...)

Periodicals: mid/late September

Saturday 26 September 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Black Static, Interzone, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Perihelion, and what's new this past month at Daily SF, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews Salman Rushdie

Friday 25 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Rushdie's newest, whose initially arcane title translates simply to "1001 nights," pointing us slyly to the book's Arabian fairytale influence, would not have been regarded askance coming from Tor or DAW or Angry Robot or Saga, wrapped in a Michael Whelan jacket. And in fact its basic conceit — a shift in cosmic parameters unleashes some latent wild talents in a select group of folks — is a pure comic book/pulp invention.

New in Paperback: September

Thursday 24 September 2015  |  Monitor

Glen Hirshberg's Motherless Child and titles by Briggs, Carey, Spencer, Stirling, Weber & Zahn, and Williams

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tom Toner

Wednesday 23 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Now, I think, you can safely add the name Tom Toner to that list of space opera revolutionaries. With The Promise of the Child, subtitled "Volume One of the Amaranthine Spectrum," this debut author has gifted us with a space opera of surpassing gracefulness, depth, complexity and, well, all-round weirdness.

New Books : 22 September

Tuesday 22 September 2015  |  Monitor

Ian McDonald's Luna: New Moon, Rae Carson's Walk on Earth a Stranger, Tom Toner's debut The Promise of the Child, and titles by Alexander, Aryan, Blake, Duncan, Gaiman & Riddell, Gischler, Grant, Hogan, Jama-Everett, Lee, Mayberry, and Okorafor

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 21 September 2015  |  Monitor

Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Night debuts on four lists.

Sarah Monette: The Key to the Library

Sunday 20 September 2015  |  Perspectives

Sarah monette
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I was interested in what happens after the scullery boy is crowned king. The idea mutated a little, but it's still the core: a boy who has no experience of court is now the emperor and has to deal. In this book, if you make your decisions with compassion and ethics, things will work out.

An Un-Amazing Story: A Review of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


Saturday 19 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The makers of Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials have taken a reasonably inventive and innovative novel and transformed it into a less inventive and less innovative film. They might profitably recall that science fiction novels often become popular precisely because they are offering their audiences something different. It is not a comment that one can make about this science fiction film.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-September

Friday 18 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Asimov's, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer

Paul Di Filippo reviews Tananarive Due

Thursday 17 September 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Due did not begin publishing short fiction until five years into her career, with three stories appearing at last in the year 2000. She has since accumulated the fifteen stories that grace her impressive first collection. The wait for such a milestone volume was well worth it, since the book holds a treasure trove of scary and touching tales.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Wednesday 16 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's August 2015 issue

China Miéville's devout following is all the more remarkable because he never does quite the same thing twice. Most of the contents of Three Moments of An Explosion: Stories will be new to readers, apart from the fact that ten of the 28 stories appear for the first time in print — and some are likely to be puzzling as well.

New Books : 15 September

Tuesday 15 September 2015  |  Monitor

John Joseph Adams' anthology Loosed Upon the World: The Saga Anthology of Climate Fiction, and titles by Anderson & Peart, Dickinson, Elliott, Forstchen, Prineas, Reiss, Stroud, and van Eekhout

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 14 September 2015  |  Monitor

New books by Chuck Wendig and R.A. Salvatore debut.

Daniel José Older: Crossroads

Sunday 13 September 2015  |  Perspectives

daniel jose older
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview

I wasn't very conscious of the urban fantasy genre when I started Shadowshaper. I was just writing magic in a city. A city is a crossroads — that's something that always rings true to me, because there are all these different forces smashing into each other. Forces of race and gender and class, history and present and future and industry.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ian McDonald

Saturday 12 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's September 2015 issue

Luna: New Moon is the best moon novel I've seen in many years, but it's also something of a piece with the recent movement on the part of Paul McAuley, Kim Stanley Robinson, and oth­ers to confine novels to the solar system, out of a realistic assessment that this is likely all we'll have to work with — but McDonald takes this a step further.

Locus Bestsellers, September

Friday 11 September 2015  |  Magazine

stephenson
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by Dayton Ward and R.A. Salvatore

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through June 2016

Thursday 10 September 2015  |  Resources

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

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early September

Wednesday 9 September 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from new issues of Interzone, Lightspeed, Uncanny, Apex, and Clarkesworld

New Books : 8 September

Tuesday 8 September 2015  |  Monitor

Salman Rushdie's Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, Aliette de Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, and titles by Aguirre, Barzak, Cornell, Dees & Flippin, Edwards, Green, Hair, Lackey, Nelson, Oates, Piercy, and Tassi

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 7 September 2015  |  Monitor

Christopher Moore's Secondhand Souls debuts on four lists.

Russell Letson reviews James L. Cambias

Sunday 6 September 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

James L. Cambias' second novel, Corsair, earns a fistful of hyphenations: a near-future techno-thriller heist-caper with a sizable dose of hard-engineering space-stuff and maybe just a dash of cyberpunk. It all fits together so smoothly, though, that one hardly notices the joins and overlaps.

Periodicals: early September

Saturday 5 September 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Clarkesworld, Forever, Galaxy's Edge, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Shimmer, and Uncanny

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Friday 4 September 2015  |  Magazine

September New and Notable books are by Lavie Tidhar, Wesley Chu, Rich Horton, Nalo Hopkinson, Cixin Liu, Michael Swanwick, and others.

Cory Doctorow: What If People Were Sensors, Not Things to be Sensed?

Thursday 3 September 2015  |  Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

Whatever your feelings are about the justice of treating employees, school children, travellers, or even prisoners as things to be controlled by semi-autonomous computers, it's a good bet that you would feel more dignified and secure if you got to boss your Internet of Things around, rather than vice-versa.

New Books : 1 September

Wednesday 2 September 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown, Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown, Tananarive Due's Ghost Summer: Stories, Angélica Gorodischer's Prodigies, Ursula K. Le Guin's Steering the Craft, Kai Ashante Wilson's The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, and titles by Barnes, Beaulieu, Black & Clare, Conroy, Davis, De Abaitua, Harrison, Holland, Lain, McGuire, Monk, Priest, Rakunas, Remic, Rhoads, Stirling, Walton, and Wilde

September Issue Table of Contents

Tuesday 1 September 2015  |  Magazine

september issue
The September issue features interviews with Sarah Monette and Daniel José Older, results of this year's Hugo Awards, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through June 2016, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ian McDonald, Robin Hobb, Michael Swanwick, Robert R. McCammon, Zen Cho, and many others.

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 31 August 2015  |  Monitor

Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown is #1 on Amazon UK today; the mass market movie tie-in edition of Andy Weir's The Martin debuts on two lists.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late August

Sunday 30 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories from Terraform, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, GigaNotoSaurus, and Farrago's Wainscot

Periodicals: late August

Saturday 29 August 2015  |  Monitor

New in August at Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, The Dark, and Tor.com

Paul Di Filippo reviews C.S.E. Cooney

Friday 28 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

The latest offering from Mythic Delirium Books is the first collection (five sizable stories) by C. S. E. Cooney. This is a strong and enduring debut collection.

Classic Reprints: August

Thursday 27 August 2015  |  Monitor

The Best of Gregory Benford and new editions of titles by Ursula K. Le Guin, Paul McAuley, and Michael Moorcock

Neal Stephenson: Exponential Crisis

Wednesday 26 August 2015  |  Perspectives

neal stephenson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

The idea for the disaster in Seveneves came from some research on the problem of debris in low earth orbit, suggesting that when two of these objects happen to hit each other, because they're moving at incredibly high relative velocities, they tend to shatter and make more fragments. It runs the risk of becoming an exponential phenomenon, putting so much debris in lower orbit, that we couldn't use space any­more...

New Books : 25 August

Tuesday 25 August 2015  |  Monitor

Harry Turtledove's We Install: and Other Stories and titles by Ballantyne, Bray, Korman, Moore, Odom, and Rouaud

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 24 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things and Robin Hobb's Fool's Quest debut on three lists each.

Wesley Chu: Timelines

Sunday 23 August 2015  |  Perspectives

wesley chu
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview

Regardless of time traveling and those things, at the core of the book, it's a love story. Russ [Galen] read Time Salvager and said, 'I hadn't figured you out until I read this. You're a romance writer masquerading as a sci­ence fiction author.' The relationship is where the magic happens.

Colleen Mondor reviews Daniel José Older

Saturday 22 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Behind the decidedly fierce cover of Daniel José Older's Shadowshaper is the story of a young woman thrust into a fast-paced adventure that is heavy with magic and mystery.

New in Paperback: August

Friday 21 August 2015  |  Monitor

Stephen Baxter's Proxima, John Scalzi's Lock In, and titles by Gould, Richardson, Sargent, Swenson, Taylor, Tepper, and Weeks

Paul Di Filippo reviews Wesley Chu

Thursday 20 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

When you add up all the elements — great cast, high stakes, well-crafted language, new exfoliations of a classic premise — I think we can say with assurance that Chu is certainly on his way to a vibrant second stage of his career.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, mid-August

Wednesday 19 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in new issues of Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, The Dark, and Apex, with recommendations for Chen Qiufan, J.Y. Yang, and Sunny Moraine

New Books : 18 August

Tuesday 18 August 2015  |  Monitor

Jason M. Hough's Zero World, Ellen Datlow's The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Seven, Linda Nagata's The Trials, and titles by Armstrong, Belcher, Clamp, Duncan, Elliott, Fletcher, Marmell, Otsuichi, Wendig, and Wilson & Adams

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 17 August 2015  |  Monitor

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonbane and Ilona Andrews' Magic Shifts debut.

Periodicals: mid-August

Sunday 16 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Asimov's, Perihelion, and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Fifty Years Later Affair: A Review of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.


Saturday 15 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

While it is entertaining enough, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is not a film that anyone will want to watch a second time, and few people will leave the theatre yearning for another installment. Like attending a high school reunion, perhaps, revisiting the world of 1960s television is enjoyable as a rare diversion, but not as a regular activity.

Paul Di Filippo reviews Pamela Sargent

Friday 14 August 2015  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

Sargent's prose is always distinctively hers, yet molded professionally to the imperatives of the story, whether those urges are tonal or character-driven. Not a rococo stylist, nor a writer given to flashy experimental story-telling techniques, she believes in delivering her mind-movies in the most direct and impactful manner possible. Her stories always seem utterly vital and imperative, not factitious or arbitrary. They are built to convey solid truths in lasting forms.

Locus Bestsellers, August

Thursday 13 August 2015  |  Magazine

stephenson
Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, Andy Weir's The Martian, and titles by David Galanter and R.A. Salvatore.

Karen Burnham reviews Carolyn Ives Gilman

Wednesday 12 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Dark Orbit raises many, many more interesting questions than it has time to interrogate and resolve. It leaves itself almost demanding a sequel.

New Books : 11 August

Tuesday 11 August 2015  |  Monitor

John Scalzi's The End of All Things, Michael Swanwick's Chasing the Phoenix, Cixin Liu's The Dark Forest, Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell's Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, and titles by Berman, Bova, Coe, Doyle, Guran, Hobb, Hodder, Hopkinson, James, Lee & Miller, Meseldzija, and Nabhan

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 10 August 2015  |  Monitor

Andy Weir's The Martian again ranks in the top 3 on four trade paperback lists.

Kameron Hurley: Your Author Meltdown Will Be Live-Tweeted

Sunday 9 August 2015  |  Perspectives

kameron hurley
From Locus Magazine's August Issue.

More and more, "being a writer" isn't about writing at all. It's about the writer as celebrity. The writer as brand. The writer as commodity. And more and more, I see authors themselves reviewed as if they're busi­nesses on Yelp.

Periodicals: early August

Saturday 8 August 2015  |  Monitor

New issues of Apex, Aphelion, Clarkesworld, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Farrago's Wainscot, Forever, GigaNotoSaurus, Lightspeed, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Nightmare

Faren Miller reviews Natasha Pulley

Friday 7 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a remarkably assured first novel that makes the most of Natasha Pulley's varied influences, from studies in English lit. and creative writing to her current life in Tokyo.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Thursday 6 August 2015  |  Magazine

August New and Notable books are by Clive Barker, Quan Barry, Gardner Dozois, Cathy Fenner, Stina Leicht, Jane Lindskold, Garth Nix, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter, Cherie Priest, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jo Walton.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early August

Wednesday 5 August 2015  |  Reviews

Reviews of new stories in Asimov's, F&SF, Analog, and Lackington's

New Books : 4 August

Tuesday 4 August 2015  |  Monitor

China Miéville's Three Moments of an Explosion, N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season, a new collection by Shirley Jackson, first US editions of books by Aldiss, Baxter, and Foyle, and other titles by Ames, Andrews, Arnett, Bedford, Bee, Brennan, Doubinsky, Farnsworth, Foyle, Henry, Hocking, Jacka, Kenyon, Lain, Meluch, Murray, Posey, Saintcrow, Snodgrass, Vaughn, Weber, and White

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 3 August 2015  |  Monitor

Ernest Cline's Armada debuts on one more list.

Russell Letson reviews Alastair Reynolds

Sunday 2 August 2015  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's July 2015 issue

Slow Bullets finally addresses a set of questions about what it takes to rebuild a damaged society: what is worth saving, what can or should be jettisoned, how to choose a new direction, and how one's humanity might be reshaped in order to make that all happen.

August Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 August 2015  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue features interviews with Neal Stephenson and Wesley Chu, a new essay by Kameron Hurley, results of this year's Locus Survey, coverage of Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 2015, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gardner Dozois, Richard Kadrey, Max Gladstone, James S.A. Corey, Kim Harrison, and many others.



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I suppose I wear my influences on my sleeve — most of them anyway. My most recent novel, the dipsomaniac zombie story The Last Weekend, is a tribute to some of them. Mike Berry at the San Francisco Chronicle nailed it: “it is the shades of Charles Bukowski, Henry Miller, John Fante and other hard...
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Wed 13 Jan

There’s a passage in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost that gave me pause when I first read it: “For I must tell thee, it will please his grace, by the world, sometime to lean upon my poor shoulder, and with his royal finger, thus, dally with my excrement…” Thank goodness for the glossary, which...





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