The December issue features interviews with Seanan McGuire and Mike Allen, a column by Kameron Hurley, an obituary for Gregory Bernard Banks, reports from World Fantasy Convention and ICon, a special feature on Borderlands Books 20th Anniversary, and reviews of short fiction and books by Rivers Solomon, Louise Erdrich, S.A. Chakraborty, Ken MacLeod, and many others.
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Table of Contents
December 2017 • Issue 683 • Vol. 79 • No. 6
50th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Stephen H. Segal
Seanan McGuire: Out of Sync / 10
Mike Allen: The Allure of the Forbidden / 26
MAIN STORIES / 5
2017 World Fantasy Awards • Ward Wins 2017 NBA • Carnegie Medals Shortlist • Borderlands Buys a Building • Tachyon Launches Particle Books • Beagle Lawsuit News
THE DATA FILE / 7
McKillip and Ruff Win Endeavour Award • Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards • Cooke and McDermid Agencies Merge • SF Museum News • Speculative Poetry Day • C.A. Suleiman Banned from HWA Events • World Conventions News • Awards News • Announcements • Publishing News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Audiobooks Received • Other Media Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Gene Wolfe, Colson Whitehead, Ursula K. Le Guin, Elizabeth Bear, Navah Wolfe, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many others
Photo Story: SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series / 7 Commentary: Kameron Hurley: Fear, Procrastination, and the Thorny Problem of Demanding What You’re Worth / 25 Photo Story: Borderlands Books 20th Anniversary / 81
US Forthcoming Books / 28 British Forthcoming Books / 40
World Fantasy Convention / 5 ICon / 69
Magazines Received: October / 46 Books Received: October / 47 British Books Received: September / 60 Bestsellers / 62
OBITUARIES / 81
Gregory Bernard Banks
LOCUS LETTERS / 81
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 82
World Fantasy • Staff Changes • Our February Recommendations
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Gardner Dozois / 12
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World, David Brin & Stephen W. Potts, eds.; Shadows & Reflections: Stories from the Worlds of Roger Zelazny, Trent Zelazny & Warren Lapine, eds.; Omni Winter ’17; The Hainish Novels and Stories, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Asimov’s 9-10/17; Clarkesworld 10/17; Lightspeed 11/17; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/28/17; Tor.com 10/17; Prime Meridian, Silvia Moreno-Garcia.; Singing My Sister Down, Margo Lanagan.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
Creatures of Will and Temper, Molly Tanzer; An Unkindness of Ghosts, Rivers Solomon; You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts, M. John Harrison; Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal, eds.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 17
Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich; Corpse Light, Angela Slatter; The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 18
The Corporation Wars: Emergence, Ken MacLeod; Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, James Gunn.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 19
Provenance, Ann Leckie; Artemis, Andy Weir; The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt; Sourdough, Robin Sloan.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 20
The Tiger’s Daughter, K. Arsenault Rivera; The Sisters of the Crescent Empress, Leena Likitalo; The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson; Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor.
Reviews by Rachel Swirsky / 22
The Fisher of Bones, Sarah Gailey; The Murders of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson; Mandelbrot the Magnificent, Liz Ziemska; Madame Zero, Sarah Hall.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Colleen Mondor, Angela Slatter,
Niall Harrison, Tom Whitmore / 23
The Disappearances, Emily Bain Murphy; Black Light Express, Philip Reeve; The Silver Well, Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins; Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh; March of War, Bennett R. Coles.
Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) —
Asimov’s September/October 2017 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies September 28, 2017 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld October 2017 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed November 2017 (Rich Horton)
Omni Winter ’17 (Gardner Dozois)
Tor.com October 2017 (Rich Horton)
Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer) —
Brin, David, & Stephen W. Potts, eds. • Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (Gardner Dozois)
Chakraborty, S. A. • The City of Brass (Faren Miller)
Coles, Bennett R. • March of War (Tom Whitmore)
Erdrich, Louise • Future Home of the Living God (Faren Miller)
Forsyth, Kate, & Kim Wilkins • The Silver Well (Angela Slatter)
Gailey, Sarah • The Fisher of Bones (Rachel Swirsky)
Gunn, James • Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction (Russell Letson)
Hall, Sarah • Madame Zero (Rachel Swirsky)
Harrison, M. John • You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lanagan, Margo • Singing My Sister Down and other stories (Rich Horton)
Le Guin, Ursula K. • The Hainish Novels & Stories, Volumes I & II (Gardner Dozois)
Leckie, Ann • Provenance (Adrienne Martini)
Likitalo, Leena • The Sisters of the Crescent Empress (Liz Bourke)
MacLeod, Ken • The Corporation Wars: Emergence (Russell Letson)
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia • Prime Meridian (Rich Horton)
Murphy, Emily Bain • The Disappearances (Colleen Mondor)
Okorafor, Nnedi • Binti: The Night Masquerade (Liz Bourke)
Pierce, Alexandra • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler (Gary K. Wolfe)
Pratt, Tim • The Wrong Stars (Adrienne Martini)
Reeve, Philip • Black Light Express (Colleen Mondor)
Rivera, K. Arsenault • The Tiger’s Daughter (Liz Bourke)
Singh, Nalini • Taty Went West (Niall Harrison)
Slatter, Angela • Corpse Light (Faren Miller)
Sloan, Robin • Sourdough (Adrienne Martini)
Solomon, Rivers • An Unkindness of Ghosts (Gary K. Wolfe)
Tanzer, Molly • Creatures of Will and Temper (Gary K. Wolfe)
Thompson, Tade • The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Liz Bourke)
Thompson, Tade • The Murders of Molly Southbourne (Rachel Swirsky)
Weir, Andy • Artemis (Adrienne Martini)
Zelazny, Trent, & Warren Lapine, eds. • Shadows & Reflections: Stories From the Worlds of Roger Zelazny (Gardner Dozois)
Ziemska, Liz • Mandelbrot the Magnificent (Rachel Swirsky)
These reviews, and all book reviews in Locus Magazine since 1984, and special to Locus Online since 2001, are indexed here by author.