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The October 2009 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • Interviews with Connie Willis and David J. Schwartz

  • Reports on the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, Anticipation, including what happened at the WFSF Business Meeting

  • Reports on this year's Writers of the Future 25th anniversary awards, a Spectrum Exhibition opening, and this year's Discworld Convention

  • Bibliographic listings of the month's New Books and Magazines published in the US and UK

  • Short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton, plus reviews by Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Paul Witcover, and others, of books by Jonathan Lethem, Kristin Cashore, Cory Doctorow, Robert Silverberg, and many others

  • Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrow" column, about Hal Clement


T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

October 2009 • Issue 585 • Vol. 63 No. 4
42nd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner

I N T E R V I E W S
Connie Willis: All Clear / 6
David J. Schwartz: Cynics and Believers / 84
A N T I C I P A T I O N :    T H E    6 7 T H    W O R L D
   S C I E N C E    F I C T I O N    C O N V E N T I O N / 5
Report by Amelia Beamer • Report on the WSFS Business Meeting by Cheryl Morgan & Kevin Standlee
P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Frederik Pohl, J.G. Ballard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Diana Wynne Jones, Howard Waldrop, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, Robert J. Sawyer, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10
Writers of the Future 25th Anniversary • 2009 (Emperor) Norton Awards • Spectrum Exhibition Opening • Google Settlement News • Discworld Convention
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
Disney to Buy Marvel • Rebellion Buys Solaris • DC Entertainment • Lord of the Rings Settlement • F&SF’s Long Contest • B&N Rediscovers • Google Goes Print • Amazon News • E-Reader Wars Heat Up • Meyer Boosts Brontë • Merz & Nasisse Go Mobile • Awards News • Publishing News • Worldcons News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received • Catalogues Received
L I S T I N G S
Magazines Received: August / 44    Books Received: August / 45   
British Books Received: July / 56    Bestsellers / 58
C O R R E C T I O N S / 64
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 65
Non-Profit News • Discworld and WOTF • To Mind Meld, or Not to Mind Meld • Visitors • This Issue/Next Issue • World Fantasy
O B I T U A R I E S / 66
Donald M. GrantAnne J. BraudeGene Van Troyer • Appreciations for Charles N. Brown by Guy Gavriel Kay, Ellen Datlow, and Grania Davis



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S
Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 13
Interzone 223; Analog 10/09; Talebones Summer ’09; Realms of Fantasy 4/09; The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volume Three: This Mortal Mountain, Roger Zelazny; The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volume Four: Last Exit to Babylon, Roger Zelazny; The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson: Volume 2: The Queen of Air and Darkness, Poul Anderson; Wireless, Charles Stross.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
F&SF 10-11/09; Subterranean Spring ’09; Tor.com 8/09; Abyss and Apex 3rd Quarter ’09; Farrago’s Wainscot 7/09; Black Static 8-9/09; New Genre #6; Clarkesworld 9/09; Strange Horizons 7/09; Strange Horizons 8/09.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
Chronic City, Jonathan Lethem; Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld; Canticle, Ken Scholes; Four Freedoms, John Crowley; Fugue State, Brian Evenson.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 19
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Gordon Van Gelder, ed.; Harbinger, Jack Skillingstead; Fire, Kristin Cashore; Child of Fire, Harry Connolly; No Doors, No Windows, Joe Schreiber.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 21
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.; The Quiet War, Paul McAuley.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 25
Ice Song, Kirsten Imani Kasai; Liar, Justine Larbalestier; Makers, Cory Doctorow; Boneshaker, Cherie Priest.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 27
Fire, Kristin Cashore; Skin Deep, Mark Del Franco; Vampire Sunrise, Carole Nelson Douglas; Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Phil Foglio & Kaja Foglio; Bitter Night, Diana Pharaoh Francis; Walking Dead, C.E. Murphy; Vanished, Kat Richardson; Cast in Silence, Michelle Sagara; The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen, Delia Sherman.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Tim Pratt & Amelia Beamer / 29
The Red Tree, Caitlín R. Kiernan; The Harlequin and the Train, Paul G. Tremblay; The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg: Volume Four: Trips 1972-1973, Robert Silverberg; Other Spaces, Other Times: A Life Spent in the Future, Robert Silverberg.
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight / 31
The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 1: Trio for Slide Rule and Typewriter, Hal Clement; The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 2: Music of Many Spheres, Hal Clement The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 3: Variations on a Theme by Sir Isaac Newton, Hal Clement.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 21, 29



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

Anderson, Poul • The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 2: The Queen of Air and Darkness (Gardner Dozois)
Cashore, Kristin • Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Cashore, Kristin • Fire (Faren Miller)
Clement, Hal • The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 1: Trio for Slide Rule and Typewriter (Graham Sleight)
Clement, Hal • The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 3: Variations on a Theme by Sir Isaac Newton (Graham Sleight)
Clement, Hal • The Essential Hal Clement, Volume 2: Music of Many Spheres (Graham Sleight)
Connolly, Harry • Child of Fire (Faren Miller)
Crowley, John • Four Freedoms (Gary K. Wolfe)
Del Franco, Mark • Skin Deep (Carolyn Cushman)
Doctorow, Cory • Makers (Adrienne Martini)
Douglas, Carole Nelson • Vampire Sunrise (Carolyn Cushman)
Evenson, Brian • Fugue State (Gary K. Wolfe)
Foglio, Phil, & Kaja Foglio • Girl Genius: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones (Carolyn Cushman)
Francis, Diana Pharaoh • Bitter Night (Carolyn Cushman)
Kasai, Kirsten Imani • Ice Song (Adrienne Martini)
Kiernan, Caitlín R. • The Red Tree (Tim Pratt)
Larbalestier, Justine • Liar (Adrienne Martini)
Lethem, Jonathan • Chronic City (Gary K. Wolfe)
Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance (Russell Letson)
McAuley, Paul • The Quiet War (Russell Letson)
McAuley, Paul • The Quiet War (Russell Letson)
Murphy, C. E. • Walking Dead (Carolyn Cushman)
Priest, Cherie • Boneshaker (Adrienne Martini)
Richardson, Kat • Vanished (Carolyn Cushman)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Silence (Carolyn Cushman)
Scholes, Ken • Canticle (Gary K. Wolfe)
Schreiber, Joe • No Doors, No Windows (Faren Miller)
Sherman, Delia • The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (Carolyn Cushman)
Silverberg, Robert • Other Spaces, Other Times (Amelia Beamer)
Silverberg, Robert • Trips: The Collected Stories, Volume Four (Amelia Beamer)
Skillingstead, Jack • Harbinger (Faren Miller)
Stross, Charles • Wireless (Gardner Dozois)
Tremblay, Paul G. • The Harlequin and the Train (Tim Pratt)
Van Gelder, Gordon, ed. • The Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Faren Miller)
Westerfeld, Scott • Leviathan (Gary K. Wolfe)
Zelazny, Roger • The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volume Four: Last Exit to Babylon (Gardner Dozois)
Zelazny, Roger • The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volume Three: This Mortal Mountain (Gardner Dozois)
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