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April 2016 • Issue 663 • Vol. 76 • No. 4
49th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Paolo Bacigalupi: Broken World / 6
Tim Pratt: Closing Doors / 58
Penguin Random House Cuts • Perseus Book Group Sold • Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists • 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Finalists • Spectrum 23 Awards Finalists • Apple Appeal Denied • 2015 Stoker Awards Final Ballot
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch, Alan Moore, George Romero, Gregory Benford, Nora Roberts, and many others
Harris Drops Out of Festival • Amazon News • Samhaim Publishing to Close • Lovecraft & Eddy Manuscript Found • Publishing News • Bestselling Books of 2015 • Convention News • Awards News • Announcements • BookShots Launch • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Audiobooks Received • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
Commentary: Kameron Hurley: Cultivating Inspiration on Deadline / 25 2015 British Book Summary / 26 Photo Story: Superstars 2016 / 27 FOGcon / 29 International Report from Cuba by Yoss & Tom Crosshill / 30 Photo Story: SF in SF / 50
Magazines Received: February / 32 Books Received: February / 35 British Books Received: January / 45 Bestsellers / 46
Umberto Eco Mark Justice Jake Page Jef Smith • DEATH REPORTED: Ann Downer
ICFA • Color! • Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ • Poll & Survey
Gardnerspace: A Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 12
Clarkesworld 1/16, 2/16; Asimov’s 2/16; Interzone 1-2/16.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Interzone 1-2/16; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/21/16, 2/4/16; Lightspeed 3/16; Clarkesworld 2/16; The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria, Carlos Hernandez; Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens, Eleanor Arnason.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu; Company Town, Madeline Ashby; Central Station, Lavie Tidhar; The Devil You Know, K.J. Parker.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
Roadsouls, Betsy James; A Shadow All of Light, Fred Chappell; Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. SHORT TAKES: Masks and Shadows, Stephanie Burgis; In the Labyrinth of Drakes, Marie Brennan.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 19
The Merril Theory of Lit’ry Criticism: Judith Merril’s Nonfiction, Judith Merril; Titan’s Fall, Zachary Brown.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 20
Crooked, Austin Grossman; Tremontaine: Season 1, Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Malinda Lo, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Patty Bryant & Paul Witcover; Borderline, Mishell Baker; Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 21
Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs; Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, Lois McMaster Bujold; Blood in her Veins, Faith Hunter; Burned, Benedict Jacka; In Shining Armor, James Elliott; The Alchemy of Chaos, Marshall Ryan Maresca.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Colleen Mondor & Tim Pratt / 22
Hour of the Bees, Lindsay Eager; The Spider’s War, Daniel Abraham.
Locus Looks at Art Books: Karen Haber / 23
Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner, ed.; The Fantasy Illustration Library: Volume One: Lands and Legends, Macolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, eds.; Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design, Steven Heller, ed. SHORT TAKES; IDYLL – I’M AGE, Jeffrey Jones; The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, eds.
Locus Listens to Audiobooks: Amy Goldschlager / 24
Elysium: Or, The World After, Jennifer Marie Brissett; Manners & Mutiny, Gail Carriger; Spellwright, Blake Charlton; Spellbound, Blake Charlton; The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, Max Gladstone, Lindsay Smith, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, & Michael Swanwick; Swords and Scoundrels, Julia Knight; Legends and Liars, Julia Knight; Warlords and Wastrels, Julia Knight; The Gameshouse 1: The Serpent, Claire North; The Gameshouse 2: The Thief, Claire North; The Gameshouse 3: The Master, Claire North.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 17, 24


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Asimov’s February 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies January 2016 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies February 2016 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld January 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld February 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld February 2016 (Rich Horton)
Interzone January/February 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Interzone January/February 2016 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed March 2016 (Rich Horton)
Tor.com January 2016 (Rich Horton)
Tor.com February 2016 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer)

Abraham, Daniel • The Spider’s War (Tim Pratt)
Allen, Mike, ed. • Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Faren Miller)
Arnason, Eleanor • Hwarhath Stories: Twelve Transgressive Tales by Aliens (Rich Horton)
Ashby, Madeline • Company Town (Gary K. Wolfe)
Baker, Mishell • Borderline (Adrienne Martini)
Brennan, Marie • In the Labyrinth of Drakes (Faren Miller)
Briggs, Patricia • Fire Touched (Carolyn Cushman)
Brown, Zachary • Titan’s Fall (Russell Letson)
Bujold, Lois McMaster • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Carolyn Cushman)
Burgis, Stephanie • Masks and Shadows (Faren Miller)
Chappell, Fred • A Shadow All of Light (Faren Miller)
Eager, Lindsay • Hour of the Bees (Colleen Mondor)
Fenner, Cathy, ed. • Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art (Karen Haber)
Grossman, Austin • Crooked (Adrienne Martini)
Hammond, Wayne G., & Christina Scull, eds. • The Art of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Karen Haber)
Heller, Steven, ed. • Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design (Karen Haber)
Hernandez, Carlos • The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria (Rich Horton)
Hunter, Faith • Blood in Her Veins (Carolyn Cushman)
Jacka, Benedict • Burned (Carolyn Cushman)
James, Betsy • Roadsouls (Faren Miller)
James, Elliott • In Shining Armor (Carolyn Cushman)
Jones, Jeffrey • IDYLL — I’M AGE (Karen Haber)
Kushner, Ellen, et al • Tremontaine: Season 1 (Adrienne Martini)
Liu, Ken • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan • The Alchemy of Chaos (Carolyn Cushman)
Merril, Judith • The Merril Theory of Lit’ry Criticism (Russell Letson)
Parker, K. J. • The Devil You Know (Gary K. Wolfe)
Phifer, Malcolm R., & Michael C. Phifer • The Fantasy Illustration Library: Volume One: Lands and Legends (Karen Haber)
Sawyer, Robert J. • Quantum Night (Adrienne Martini)
Tidhar, Lavie • Central Station (Gary K. Wolfe)