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Table of Contents


January 2017 • Issue 672 • Vol. 78 • No. 1
50th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Familiar & the Strange / 10
Blake Charlton: Forward & Backward / 24
Whitehead Wins NBA • Cooper Wins 2016 Endeavor Award • Ballard Home for Sale • PW‘s Best Books 2016 • SFWA Changes to Game Writing Qualifications • Amazon’s Best of 2016
2016 NEA Fellowships Announced • VanderMeer Creative Funds Octavia Project • Children’s Market Share • Awards News • B&N News • Announcements • World Conventions News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Audiobooks Received • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Sarah A. Hoyt, Jane Yolen, Gregory Maguire, Patricia A. McKillip, William C. Dietz, and many others.
Commentary by Cory Doctorow: It’s Time to Short Surveillance and Go Long on Freedom / 23 Reviewer Appreciations / 26 Spotlight on: Ellen Kushner, Tremontaine / 27 Spotlight on: Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street / 29 Photo Story: SF in SF with Mamatas, Bisson & Wilber / 52 Locus Holiday Party / 57
Magazines Received: November / 31 Books Received: November / 32 British Books Received: October / 42 Bestsellers / 44
Bill Warren Paul Carter William Trevor André Ruellan
Holiday Party • This Issue/ Next Issue
Short Fiction Reviews by Gardner Dozois / 12
Bridging Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; Drowned Worlds, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; To Shape the Dark, Athena Andreadis, ed.; Now We Are Ten, Ian Whates, ed.; Asimov’s 9/16, 10-11/16, 12/16.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
F&SF 11-12/16; Interzone 11-12/16; Analog 12/16; 11/02/16, 11/16/16; The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead; Passing Strange, Ellen Klages; Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor; Sisters of Tomorrow: First Women of Science Fiction, Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp, eds.; Where Memory Hides: A Writer’s Life, Richard A. Lupoff.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
The Graces, Laure Eve; A City Dreaming, Daniel Polansky; The Liberation, Ian Tregillis; SHORT TAKE: The City of Woven Streets, Emmi Itäranta.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 18
The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch; Like a River Glorious, Rae Carson; Deja Who, MaryJanice Davidson; The Ferryman Institute, Colin Gigl; Rose & Thorn, Sarah Prineas; Cast in Flight, Michelle Sagara; The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman; Iron Cast, Destiny Soria; Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow, Jonathan Stroud.
Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 19
Cemetery Dance #74-75; Black Static 11-12/16; Nightmare 11/16, 12/16; Fantasy 12/16; The Dark 12/16; Uncanny 11-12/16.
Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 21
The Reader, Tracy Chee; Forsaken Skies, D. Nolan Clark; ReMade, Season 1, Matthew Cody, Kier­sten White, E. C. Myers, Andrea Phillips, Carrie Harris, & Gwenda Bond; Bookburners, Season 2, Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, Brian Francis Slattery, Andrea Phillips, & Amal El-Mohtar; Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee; Goldenhand, Garth Nix; Dispatcher, John Scalzi; Nimona, Noelle Stevenson.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 17, 19


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog December 2016 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s September 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s October/November 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s December 2016 (Gardner Dozois)
Black Static Nov-Dec 2016 (Paula Guran)
Cemetery Dance 2016 (Paula Guran)
F&SF Nov/Dec 2016 (Rich Horton)
Fantasy Magazine December 2016 (Paula Guran)
Interzone Nov-Dec 2016 (Rich Horton)
Nightmare Magazine November 2016 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare Magazine December 2016 (Paula Guran)
The Dark December 2016 (Paula Guran) November 2016 (Rich Horton)
Uncanny November/December 2016 (Paula Guran)

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

Aaronovitch, Ben • The Hanging Tree (Carolyn Cushman)
Andreadis, Athena, ed. • To Shape the Dark (Gardner Dozois)
Carson, Rae • Like a River Glorious (Carolyn Cushman)
Davidson, MaryJanice • Deja Who (Carolyn Cushman)
Eve, Laure • The Graces (Faren Miller)
Gigl, Colin • The Ferryman’s Institute (Carolyn Cushman)
Itäranta, Emmi • The City of Woven Streets (Faren Miller)
Itäranta, Emmi • The Weaver (Faren Miller)
Klages, Ellen • Passing Strange (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lupoff, Richard A. • Where Memory Hides: A Writer’s Life (Gary K. Wolfe)
Okorafor, Nnedi • Binti: Home (Gary K. Wolfe)
Parisien, Dominik, & Navah Wolfe, eds. • The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales (Rich Horton)
Polansky, Daniel • A City Dreaming (Faren Miller)
Prineas, Sarah • Rose & Thorn (Carolyn Cushman)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Flight (Carolyn Cushman)
Sherman, Delia • The Evil Wizard Smallbone (Carolyn Cushman)
Soria, Destiny • Iron Cast (Carolyn Cushman)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Bridging Infinity (Gardner Dozois)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Drowned Worlds (Gardner Dozois)
Stroud, Jonathan • Lockwood & Co: The Creeping Shadow (Carolyn Cushman)
Tregillis, Ian • The Liberation (Faren Miller)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Now We Are Ten (Gardner Dozois)
Whitehead, Colson • The Underground Railroad (Gary K. Wolfe)
Yaszek, Lisa, & Patrick B. Sharp • Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction (Gary K. Wolfe)