Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyThe August issue features interviews with John Scalzi and Justina Ireland, a column by Kameron Hurley, results of this year’s Locus Survey, photos from the Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon, and reviews of short fiction and books by Michael Poore, Callie Bates, Sarah Gailey, Charles Stross, Nancy Kress, and many others.

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Table of Contents


August 2017 • Issue 679 • Vol. 79 • No. 2
50th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

John Scalzi: Paying it Forward / 10
Justina Ireland: Dread Nation / 26
2017 World Fantasy Awards Nominations • Whitehead Wins Carnegie • 2017 Chesley Awards Winners • Pearson Sells Part of PRH • Shirley Jackson Awards Winners • Omni Returns to Penthouse
Locus Awards Weekend / 5 LaffCon / 30 Readercon 2017 / 31
NASFiC 2017 • 2017 Prometheus Award Winners • 2017 Gemmell Awards Winners • Horn Wins James White Award • 2017 Rhysling Awards Winners • 2017 Sunburst Awards Shortlist • 2017 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist • Harry Potter Exhibit • Shirley Jackson Day • Amazon News • Publishing News • Awards News • World Conventions News • Announcements • Contest 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 Christopher Barzak, J.K. Rowling, Seabury Quinn, Susan Casper, Tricia Sullivan, Alan Dean Foster, Nnedi Okorafor, and many others
Commentary: Kameron Hurley: Did ‘‘Being a Writer’’ Ever Mean…Just Writing? / 25 SF in Finland / 33 Series Author Spotlight On: Janny Wurts, Wars of Light and Shadow / 34 2017 Locus Survey Results / 56
Magazines Received: June / 36 Books Received: June / 37 British Books Received: May / 48 Bestsellers / 50
George A. Romero Dwain Kaiser
Locus Awards Weekend • Readercon • This Issue/Next Issue
Short Fiction Reviews by Gardner Dozois / 12
Lightspeed 1/17, 2/17, 3/17, 4/17, 5/17; Wired: The Fiction Issue – Tales from an Uncertain Future 1/17; Cosmic Powers, John Joseph Adams, ed.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Strange Horizons 6/5/17; Analog 7-8/17; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/25/17, 6/22/17; Clarkesworld 6/17; Lightspeed 7/17; Tobias Buckell’s Patreon 4/17; 6/17; Tin House, Summer ’17.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
Reincarnation Blues, Michael Poore; Mother Go, James Patrick Kelly; Telling the Map: Stories, Christopher Rowe; Tender: Stories, Sofia Samatar; The River Bank, Kij Johnson.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 16
The Waking Land, Callie Bates; The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley; Blackwing, Ed McDonald.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 17
River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey; Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn; The Ghost Line, Andrew Neil Gray & J.S. Herbison; The Furthest Station, Ben Aaronovitch.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross; Tomorrow’s Kin, Nancy Kress; The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente; Blood Enemies, Susan R. Matthews.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 21
The Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume One, Ilona Andrews; Wildfire, Ilona Andrews; An Autumn Haunting, C. Dale Brittain; The Black Witch, Laurie Forest; Dragon’s Green, Scarlett Thomas; Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner; Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn; All Systems Red, Martha Wells.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, John Langan, Colleen Mondor / 22
Tomorrow’s Kin, Nancy Kress; Ill Will, Dan Chaon; The Song from Somewhere Else, A.E. Harrold; In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan.
Art Book Reviews by Karen Haber / 24
Goblin Market, Christina Rossetti & Omar Rayyan; Descants & Cadences: The Art of Stephanie Law, Stephanie Law; David Wiesner and the Art of Wordless Storytelling, Katherine Roeder, Eik Kahng & Ellen Keiter; The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art of Patrick J. Jones, Patrick J. Jones; Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations, Yoshitako Amano; Yvain: The Knight of the Lion, M.T. Anderson & Andrea Offermann; Fathoms: The Art of Michael Manomivibul, Michael Manomivibul; Magica: The Art of Mélanie Delon, Mélanie Delon; The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Dermot Power.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 16, 19


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog July/August 2017 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies May 2017 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies June 2017 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld June 2017 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed January 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed February 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed March 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed April 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed May 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed July 2017 (Rich Horton)
Strange Horizons June 2017 (Rich Horton)
Tin House Summer 2017 (Rich Horton)
Tobias Buckell’s Patreon Apr 2017 (Rich Horton) June 2017 (Rich Horton)
Wired January 2017 (Gardner Dozois)

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

Aaronovitch, Ben • The Furthest Station (Adrienne Martini)
Adams, John Joseph, ed. • Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies (Gardner Dozois)
Amano, Yoshitaka • Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations (Karen Haber)
Anderson, M. T., & Andrea Offermann • Yvain: The Knight of the Lion (Karen Haber)
Andrews, Ilona • The Innkeeper Chronicles, Volume One (Carolyn Cushman)
Andrews, Ilona • Wildfire (Carolyn Cushman)
Bates, Callie • The Waking Land (Faren Miller)
Brennan, Sara Rees • In Other Lands (Colleen Mondor)
Brittain, C. Dale • An Autumn Haunting (Carolyn Cushman)
Chaon, Dan • Ill Will (John Langan)
Delon, Mélanie • Magica: The Art of Mélanie Delon (Karen Haber)
Forest, Laurie • The Black Witch (Carolyn Cushman)
Gailey, Sarah • River of Teeth (Adrienne Martini)
Gray, Andrew Neil, & J. S. Herbison • The Ghost Line (Adrienne Martini)
Harrold, A. E. • The Song from Somewhere Else (Colleen Mondor)
Johnson, Kij • The River Bank (Gary K. Wolfe)
Jones, Patrick J. • The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Art of Patrick J. Jones (Karen Haber)
Kelly, James Patrick • Mother Go (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kress, Nancy • Tomorrow’s Kin (Liz Bourke)
Kress, Nancy • Tomorrow’s Kin (Russell Letson)
Law, Stephanie • Descants & Cadences: The Art of Stephanie Law (Karen Haber)
Manomivibul, Michael • Fathoms: The Art of Michael Manomivibul (Karen Haber)
Matthews, Susan R. • Blood Enemies (Liz Bourke)
McDonald, Ed • Blackwing (Faren Miller)
Poore, Michael • Reincarnation Blues (Gary K. Wolfe)
Power, Dermot • The Art of the Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Karen Haber)
Pulley, Natasha • The Bedlam Stacks (Faren Miller)
Roeder, Katherine, & Eik Kahng • David Wiesner and the Art of Wordless Storytelling (Karen Haber)
Rossetti, Christina, & Omar Rayyan • Goblin Market (Karen Haber)
Rowe, Christopher • Telling the Map: Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Samatar, Sofia • Tender: Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Stross, Charles • The Delirium Brief (Liz Bourke)
Thomas, Scarlett • Dragon’s Green (Carolyn Cushman)
Turner, Megan Whalen • Thick as Thieves (Carolyn Cushman)
Valente, Catherynne M. • The Refrigerator Monologues (Liz Bourke)
Vaughn, Carrie • Bannerless (Adrienne Martini)
Vaughn, Carrie • Bannerless (Carolyn Cushman)
Wells, Martha • All Systems Red (Carolyn Cushman)

These reviews, and all book reviews in Locus Magazine since 1984, and special to Locus Online since 2001, are indexed here by author.