The September issue features a long interview with Kim Stanley Robinson about his trip to Antarctica, and his new book, Antarctica.
Plus, Forthcoming books through June 1998.
Also in the issue:
- New and recommended books.
- New and recommended short fiction.
- 1997 Locus Survey Results: the latest statistics about the habits and interests of Locus's readers.
- World Fantasy Awards Nominations.
- Publishing news: Avon's new SF imprint, Eos; Legend sold to Orbit; HarperCollins rumors.
- Obituaries of William S. Burroughs and Caroline Macdonald, plus an appreciation of Amos Tutuola by Michael Swanwick.
- Reports on the 1997 Academic Conference on Canadian SF & Fantasy, and the Science Fiction Research Association Conference: 1997.
- "People and Publishing" news items about Kurt Vonnegut (the internet hoax), Janet Dailey (the plagiarism scandal), Rachel Pollack, Allen Steele, Marc Scott Zicree, Don Webb, and many more.
- John Clute's "Commentary" (something between an essay and a review column) focuses on Robert Coover's Briar Rose and Steven Brust and Emma Bull's Freedom & Necessity.
- Reviewer Gary K. Wolfe reviews three massive new books: Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica, Dan Simmons' The Rise of Endymion, and Walter M. Miller Jr.'s Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. Plus books by Tananarive Due and Joe Haldeman.
- Russell Letson deals with matters Stapledonian as he considers Greg Egan's Diaspora, Charles Sheffield's Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and Greg Bear's / [Slant].
- Faren Miller offers different perspectives on Antarctica and / [Slant], plus looks at books by A. A. Attanasio, Michael Williams, and Cynthia Ozick.
- Edward Bryant reviews Tananarive Due's My Soul to Keep, James Herbert's '48, Roberta Lannes's The Mirror of Night, and several others.
- Carolyn Cushman's short reviews include new books by Marion Zimmer Bradley (Gravelight), Elizabeth DeVos (The Seraphim Rising), S. Andrew Swann (God's Dice), Vivien Alcock, and others.
- Visiting editor Jonathan Strahan contributes short reviews of Ian R. MacLeod's Voyages by Starlight, Patrick O'Leary's The Gift, Michael Swanwick's Jack Faust and A Geography of Unknown Lands, and others.
- Mark R. Kelly reviews new issues of Interzone, F&SF, Asimov's, and Realms of Fantasy.