Table of Contents, February 1986

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1985s A Record Year in SF………. p.1
Book Summary
Magazine Report
Recommended Reading
Cinema Summary
Editorial Matters………………… 3
John Silbersack New NAL Editor……. 4
Greetings from China………………4
Philip K. Dick Award Nominees…….. 4
Radical Changes at Collins……….. 4
The Data File……………………. 4
Clarion Call West………………… 5
Alien Fungus & Invisible Ink……… 5
World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced.5
Aboriginal SF Magazine…………….5
1985 Preliminary Nebula Ballot……. 5
People & Publishing……………….7
Agent’s Corner, Richard Curtis……. 9
Moons & Stars & Stuff, Fritz Leiber..11
Locus Looks at Books, Faren Miller…13
Locus Looks at More Books,
Debbie Notkin………………….15
Locus Looks at More Books, Dan Chow..17
1985 Recommended Reading List……. 26
Convention Listings…………….. 28
Son of Along Publishers Row……… 30
Magazines Received— December…….. 31
Books Received— December………… 32
Classified Ads…………………..40
Bestseller Lists…………….. 44
Obituaries: Rene Barjavel,
Roy Hunt,
Christopher Isherwood,
Banks H. Mebane, Alex Austin,
Buddie Jacoby Eva n s ………… 46
Locus Letters……………………46
ISSUE #301 ‘ VOL 19, NO. 2 • FEBRUARY 1986 Mailing date: January 24,1986
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December is a quiet month. Nothing
much seems to happen and it should have
been a perfect time to catch up. Unfortunately,
the whole world, including
us, slows down in December, and January
started with us as far behind as usual.
The last issue went out a week late
because our printer closed before
Christmas. We got calls and letters
from people who were worried or annoyed
they didn’t get the magazine on their
usual day. It’s nice to feel wanted,
but please wait next time. The post
office works in uncertain ways. During
December, it took an average of a week
for first class mail to arrive from New
York. One of our subscribers got his
October issue in late December. We’ll
gladly replace second class issues if
they’re more than three weeks late and
first class issues if they’re more than
a week late. Our average mailing date
is the 24th of the month, with a three
day leeway on both sides.
This issue is shorter than usual.
The size is determined by the number of
ads we get — we add an extra page of
text for each one over our minimum. We
had fewer than usual (a common problem
in January) and had to cut text. There
were photo features on my October trips
to Europe which are now too dated and
will not appear. We had convention
reports from various correspondents.
We’ll try to run some next issue, but
others, including an interesting piece
on Bouchercon, will have to stay unpublished.
We have feature interviews on
hand on David Brin, Katherine Kurtz,
Dwight V. Swain and Howard Brown, and
Barbara Hambly.
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HUGO AWARDS
Last issue, we ran two letters urging
readers to nominate and vote for Judy-
Mayfair Games…………………… 32
MGA Services…………………….38
Phantasia Press………………….14
Scream/Press……………………. 34
Signet………………………. 18,19
Stith, John…………………….. 36
Tor……………………. 10,35,37,52
Questar………………………… 21
Lynn del Rey for the editor’s Hugo. I
certainly agree. The editor’s Hugo has
always been dominated by magazine editors
even though others are eligible.
Don Wollheim of DAW also belongs on the
ballot, as does Lou Aronica for the
marvelous job he’s done at Bantam.
There are also a number of outstanding
editors of anthologies; see our recommended
list for these. On the magazine
side, Shawna McCarthy did a fine job in
her last year at Asimov’s and deserves
a nomination.
As for other categories, I hope you
vote for Locus. We think last year was
our best year yet. Locus gets accused
of unfairly dominating the semi-professional
Hugo because of its circulation,
which is higher than all the other
nominees combined. Obviously, we think
our circulation is high because we’re
the better magazine.
Unfortunately, I don’t get to read
much science fiction anymore. There
just doesn’t seem to be time. I start
a lot of books, get distracted, and
don’t go back to them. I have to be
caught up in the plot and ideas right
away. My favorites last year were EON
by Greg Bear and BETWEEN THE STROKES OF
NIGHT by Charles Sheffield for ideas,
FOOTFALL by Niven and Pournelle as a
page-turner, and THE CAT WHO WALKED
THROUGH WALLS by Robert A. Heinlein for
both. I’ve always been a sucker for
Heinlein, and I guess I’m too old to
change now.
CORRECTIONS
AFTER THE FLAMES, edited by Elizabeth
Mitchell (Baen), was not an original
anthology. The stories appeared earlier
in magazines.
Rebecca Meluch complained bitterly
that my offhand comment of “terrorists
in space” on her book JERUSALEM FIRE
proved I hadn’t read it. She’s right.
I only glanced through it. I apologize
for the cheap shot.
COLLATING
Mailing help was scarce last month —
it was the Friday after Christmas.
Special thanks to Carol Day, Connie
Buchanan, Ellen Leverenz, plus Carolyn,
Faren, and Donna, for last-minute help.
Proofreading was by Karen Haber.
______________________________ — C .N . Brown
LOCUS February 1986 / 3
THE NEWSPAPER OF THE SCIENCE F IC T IO N FIELD
Ace………………………….. p.48
Baen………………………… 43,45
Bantam………………………….. 2
Berkley………………………… 12
Bluejay………………………… 16
Capitol City Distribution……….. 39
DAW………………………………………………………………………..6 , 5 1
Del Rey…………………………. 8
Locus ………………………… 50