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2010 Posts


Russell Letson reviews Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail

Thursday 30 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

From Locus Magazine's January 2011 issue

Civilizations rise and fall, Banks tells us, species rise and decline, marvels are wrought and return to dust, but wickedness and folly are forever. And that is the stuff of good stories.

Spotlight on Vandana Singh, Author

Wednesday 29 December 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

vandana singh
India violates conventional ways of thinking and being, violates the stereotypes and expectations that people might have in the West, in a sense violates reality!

Tim Pratt reviews Mira Grant

Sunday 26 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

From Locus Magazine's July issue

Feed is more of a sociological science fiction novel, intelligently extrapolating the future trajectory of a world where the dead begin to rise and attempt to eat the living.

Robert V.S. Redick: Sorcerer's Apprentice

Saturday 25 December 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

robert v.s. redick
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview.

I consider the worldbuilding as fundamental to the storyís success as the language, the characterization, anything else.

Nancy Kress: People Matter

Thursday 23 December 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

nancy kress
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's December Issue interview.

For science fiction, I try hard to get the science right, but even though it's about the future or technology, I still think the people — the characters — are most important.

Adrienne Martini reviews Jon Armstrong

Saturday 18 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

From Locus Magazine's December issue

What makes Yarn rise above its familiar plot are all of the accessories that Armstrong has woven into his richly imagined world.

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: John Wyndham

Monday 13 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

wyndham
From the December 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

The central question for Wyndham is With what consequences? Or, alternatively, How does this affect human life and society?

Gary K. Wolfe reviews William H. Patterson Jr.'s Robert A. Heinlein Biography

Friday 10 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

patterson
From Locus Magazine's December issue

It's hardly the last word on Heinlein — Patterson has barely started on the phase of his life that would turn him into a controversial cultural icon — but it's a truly impressive feat of research, and I can't imagine anyone who reads it not waiting eagerly for the second volume.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, December

Thursday 9 December 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

gibson
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by William Gibson's Zero History, Gail Carriger's Blameless, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Sean Williams' Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance, and Karen Traviss' Gears of War: Book 3: Anvil Gate

Faren Miller reviews Catherynne M. Valente

Monday 6 December 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

valente
From Locus Magazine's December issue

Few writers have a voice and vision as unique as Catherynne M. Valente's when she's delving into arcane realms of myth and legend...

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, December

Saturday 4 December 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

peter s beagle
December New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Peter S. Beagle's Return, Iain M. Banks' Surface Detail, Connie Willis' All Clear, other novels by Lois McMaster Bujold, Stephen R. Donaldson, N.K. Jemisin, and Catherynne M. Valente, and collections and anthologies from Allen, Fenner & Fenner, Jones, Lake, MacLeod, Scholes, and VanderMeer & VanderMeer.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through September 2011

Thursday 2 December 2010  |  Resources; Magazine; 2010 Posts

Selected titles from Locus Magazine's December issue listings are arranged here by month.

December Issue Table of Contents

Monday 29 November 2010  |  Magazine

december issue
December features interviews with Nancy Kress and Robert V.S. Redick, reports from this year's World Fantasy Convention, lists of forthcoming books through September 2011, and reviews of short fiction and books by Gene Wolfe, Catherynne M. Valente, Larry Niven, Anne Rice, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" on John Wyndham

Spotlight on Frank Wu, Artist

Friday 26 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

frank wu
Some people find shameless self-promotion distasteful, but I've always had fun at it. Maybe I'm overcompensating because I was never popular in high school. I was always drawing weird things and talking about weird nerdy stuff no one cared about. But now... I get invited to be Artist Guest of Honor at conventions for exactly the same behavior!

Spotlight on Mur Lafferty, Podcaster

Thursday 25 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

mur lafferty
With audio, most people do it while driving cars, or exercising, or cleaning. We know stories need a good hook, and shouldn't drag to lose the reader, but in audio those rules are even more important.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Greg Bear

Monday 22 November 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

greg bear
From Locus Magazine's November issue

The main strength of Hull Zero Three, at least for veteran hard SF readers, lies in the ingenious manner in which Bear has constructed these through-the-looking-glass puzzles, and in which he eventually unpacks them...

Greg van Eekhout: Story Grenades

Thursday 18 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

greg van eekhout
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

Splatterpunk writers can be mature artists, but I was not approaching it with any maturity or artistry whatsoever... I eventually got bored with reading that stuff, so I didnít want to write it anymore.

Spotlight on Lynne M. Thomas, Archivist

Saturday 13 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

lynne m thomas
The biggest change in our field in the past 30 years is the growing amount of electronic documentation in addition to paper materials. To completely document the genre, libraries like mine are now actively working to preserve both formats as part of their mission.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, November

Thursday 11 November 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

weeks
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Brent Weeks' The Black Prism, Terry Prachett's Unseen Academicals, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Sean Williams' Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance, and James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Nemesis.

Mercedes Lackey: Making Fun

Wednesday 10 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

mercedes lackey
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

Publishers really don't want a difficult writer who writes brilliant books. Publishers really like a good writer who writes good books and doesn't have any problem with being a prima donna.

Tim Pratt reviews James Enge

Monday 8 November 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

james enge
From Locus Magazine's November issue

The Wolf Age is the third book in James Enge's inventive and delightful sword and sorcery series following the adventures and misfortunes of larger-than-life hero Morlock Ambrosius.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Thursday 4 November 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

charles yu
November New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Greg Egan's Zendegi, William Gibson's Zero History, Patrick Ness' Monsters and Men, and other titles by Bernheimer, Bernobich, Black & Larbalestier, Fowler, Gilman, Hodder, Kadrey, Niffenegger, Priest, Resnick, Smith, Sturgeon, and Westerfeld.

Cory Doctorow: A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web

Wednesday 3 November 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

For me, to be cosmopolitan is to live your life by the ancient science fictional maxims: "All laws are local" and "No law knows how local it is."

November Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 31 October 2010  |  Magazine

november issue
November features interviews with Mercedes Lackey and Greg van Eekhout, a new column by Cory Doctorow, reports from this year's World Science Fiction Convention in Australia, and reviews of short fiction and books by Greg Bear, N.K. Jemisin, Jack McDevitt, James Enge, Mercedes Lackey, and others

Russell Letson reviews Jack McDevitt

Friday 29 October 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

jack mcdevitt
From Locus Magazine's November issue

Echo is Jack McDevitt's fifth novel featuring antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his starship-pilot/assistant/narrator Chase Kolpath. Perhaps the biggest surprise is how McDevitt manages to make the odd coupling of the cozy and the cosmic into effective and moving SF.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Michael Moorcock

Wednesday 27 October 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

michael moorcock
From Locus Magazine's October issue

In Into the Media Web -- what amounts to a non-fiction companion volume not only to that book but to Moorcock's entire career -- his friend John Davey has assembled some 150 items covering a 52-year span.

Spotlight on Daniel Dos Santos, Artist

Saturday 23 October 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

daniel dos santos
The SF/F genre is one of the few markets that still uses painted illustrations. I'm sure that a lot publishers would use a photo of a dragon if they could get one, but they can't...

Pulp Fiction: A Roundtable Discussion

Thursday 21 October 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

captain future
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue discussion with Robert Silverberg, Richard A. Lupoff, and Frank M. Robinson.

The pulp concept is not just a format; itís also a sensibility. Itís a way of telling stories in a simple, direct, fast-paced mode. Avatar, Star Trek, Star Wars: these are all pulp stories in a different medium

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Harry Harrison

Saturday 16 October 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

Harrison
From the October 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

In general, funny writers are valued less than serious ones, which perhaps accounts for my sense that Harrison isn't understood or read as fully as he might be by the SF community.

Faren Miller reviews Anthony Huso

Thursday 14 October 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

the last page
From Locus Magazine's October issue

The Last Page may not have the astonishing impact of Titus Groan and the rest of the Gormenghast trilogy, but it's a highly promising entry into today's sometimes overspecialized field(s) of fantasy writing.

Barry N. Malzberg: A Measure of Peace

Wednesday 13 October 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

barry n malzberg
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's October Issue interview.

I put my life into this damn thing. Science fiction was the most important thing in the world to me, for many years. Regardless of any considerations of the permanence of science fiction or the permanence of my work, I really feel I did the work God put me on Earth to do.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, October

Friday 8 October 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

mieville
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by China Miéville's Kraken, Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Goes to War, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Troy Denning's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss, and R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, October

Wednesday 6 October 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

wotf 25
October New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include a history of Writers of the Future, a biography of Robert A. Heinlein, anthologies from Beagle, Datlow & Mamatas, Horton, and Strahan, collections by Kiernan, Kuttner & Moore, and Tem & Tem, and new works by Chiang, Clare, Hamilton, Hoffman, Sanderson, Scholes, and Tepper.

Adrienne Martini reviews Jeff VanderMeer

Sunday 3 October 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

the third bear
From Locus Magazine's October issue

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's newest collection of short fiction, The Third Bear, is how the juxtaposition of these initially unrelated 14-plus stories creates a much larger narrative about a larger undiscovered country.

October Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 October 2010  |  Magazine

october issue
October features a Pulp Fiction Roundtable, an interview with Barry N. Malzberg, reports and voting breakdowns of this year's Hugo Awards Winners, reviews of short fiction and books by Ted Chiang, Michael Moorcock, Felix Gilman, Lois McMaster Bujold, Charles Vess, and others, and Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Harry Harrison

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Hannu Rajaniemi

Monday 27 September 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

the quantum thief
From Locus Magazine's September issue

Offhand, I can think of about four different ways to read Hannu Rajaniemi's rather astonishing debut novel The Quantum Thief, each of them equally valid, each equally inadequate.

Russell Letson reviews Walter Jon Williams

Wednesday 22 September 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

walter jon williams
From Locus Magazine's September issue

The nine stories in Walter Jon Williams' The Green Leopard Plague cover a decade's worth of his work and display a mastery of genre possibilities and a considerable range of emotional effects.

Phil & Kaja Foglio: Gaslamp Fantasies

Friday 17 September 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

phil and kaja foglio
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

"If we were doing it all over, we'd do it as a web comic. Give it away for free, and build up your audience like that." And eventually we realized, this is really good advice. We should take it.

Gail Carriger: Remember to Behave

Thursday 16 September 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

gail carriger
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

There isn't a lot of comedy in science fiction and fantasy. I was interested in seeing if I could write the kind of humor that would appeal to female readers, because they are the majority of readers and I've always enjoyed reading women authors myself.

Cherie Priest: Pornography & War

Monday 13 September 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cherie priest
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's September Issue interview.

Steampunk is a style that's still searching for myths — the archetypes and icons and tropes by which it will be defined. The airship and the goggles are just trappings.

Rich Horton reviews Sandra McDonald

Saturday 11 September 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

mcdonald
From Locus Magazine's September issue

Sandra McDonald is best known for novels which, on the face of them, are fairly conventional military SF with a romantic slant, yet those who have followed her short fiction know she's a quirkier writer than her novels display.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, September

Wednesday 8 September 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

bradbury
September New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: The Complete Edition, The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction, novels by Baker, Holland, Holmes, Johnson, Kowal, and Stross, and collections and anthologies from Anders, Anderson, Ashley, de Lint, Hull, Pratt, Vance, and VanderMeer.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, September

Saturday 4 September 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

carey
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Jacqueline Carey's Naamah's Curse, Tanya Huff's The Enchantment Emporium, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Troy Denning's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss, and Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Cory Doctorow: Proprietary Interest

Thursday 2 September 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's September Issue.

Scanning a public domain item does not attract a new copyright to it. Copyright rewards creativity, not "sweat of the brow." Of course, it's only natural to feel a proprietary instinct to the product of one's labor, but in this case, it's misplaced — or at least, best kept to oneself.

September Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 September 2010  |  Magazine

september issue
September is Steampunk month, with interviews of Cherie Priest, Gail Carriger, and Phil & Kaja Foglio, plus a new column by Cory Doctorow, listings of Forthcoming Books through June 2011, and reviews of short fiction and books by Hannu Rajaniemi, William Gibson, Walter Jon Williams, Adam Roberts, Marie Brennan, and others

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Ted Chiang

Friday 27 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

chiang
From Locus Magazine's August issue

Conceptually, The Lifecycle of Software Objects may seem understated compared to the intellectual bottle rocket of a story like "Exhalation", but it joins "Story of Your Life" and a handful of other tales which remind us that Chiang can write as movingly about characters as about ideas.

Spotlight on Charlie Jane Anders

Wednesday 25 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

charlie jane anders
From Locus Magazine's August Issue

If you see Writers With Drinks, do not attempt to photograph it — camera flashes tend to make it shape-shift — much less detain it.

Faren Miller reviews Alaya Dawn Johnson

Saturday 21 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

johnson
From Locus Magazine's August issue

At this midpoint the Spirit Binders trilogy has a style all its own: unflinching, sophisticated, imaginative enough to please (and jolt and challenge) even jaded adults.

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Theodore Sturgeon

Thursday 19 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

sturgeon
From the August 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

If Sturgeon is valued for any one thing in the SF community, it's for finding ways to tell stories that reach out emotionally beyond the props and tropes of the genre.

N.K. Jemisin: Rites of Passage

Wednesday 18 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

nk jemisin
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

The way we write traditional epic fantasy now is making the whole genre look bad. I think what they're saying is that the genre has become so formulaic that it's almost stagnant. There's no reason for medieval Europe-based fantasies to be as boring as they are.

Patrick Rothfuss: Worldbuilder

Thursday 12 August 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

patrick rothfuss
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's August Issue interview.

People talk about the trunk novel, writing 10 novels before the 11th or 12th gets published. For me it was just the one book. I worked on this one book for the same amount of time that other writers worked on 11.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Wednesday 11 August 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

okorafor
August New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include novels by Amelia Beamer, Jay Lake, Ian McDonald, China Miéville, Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, and Alastair Reynolds, plus collections and anthologies from Abraham, Datlow & Windling, Dozois, Gevers & Halpern, and Strahan & Anders.

Russell Letson reviews Greg Egan's Zendegi

Monday 9 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

zendegi
From Locus Magazine's August issue

This book satisfies the claims that SF has to being an art form as fully engaged with the worlds of the family and the community as it is with those of the laboratory, the machine shop, the space habitat, or the computational environment.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, August

Saturday 7 August 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

butcher
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Jim Butcher's Changes, Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet: Victorious, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Aaron Allston's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast, and Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman's Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Gardner Dozois reviews Gateways

Wednesday 4 August 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

gateways
A sample review from Locus Magazine

A festschrift (as we intellectuals call it) or tribute anthology (as the rest of you can call it) honoring Frederik Pohl's work. This is a substantial anthology, good value for the money, 17 stories from top authors...

Spotlight on David Moles

Wednesday 28 July 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

david moles
First of a new feature, from Locus Magazine's April Issue

If a crime novel feels to me like engineering, and a mimetic novel like photography, then SF, the kind of SF I write, feels more like collage.

Cecelia Holland reviews Guy Gavriel Kay

Thursday 22 July 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

kay
A sample review from Locus Magazine

A shimmering novel, a fantasia on T'ang China, the epitome of Chinese civilization, as beautiful and as alien as the rings of Saturn.

Jedediah Berry: A Stranger Road

Wednesday 21 July 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

jedediah berry
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

Dreams give so many tools to the writer to play with: images and archetypes. It's just like a playground, so I couldn't resist that. It can be a trap too.

Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

Friday 16 July 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

stross
A sample review from Locus Magazine

Charles Stross's The Fuller Memorandum offers a melding of spy-intrigue and the fantastic that also occupies the borderland where two sides of Stross-the-writer's personality overlap: the antic wit (in the Renaissance sense) and the darker dreamer.

Laurence Yep: Strategies For Living

Wednesday 14 July 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

laurence yep
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

Despite having studied with John Barth, eventually I realized I didnít belong in the avant garde. I was feeling that way about a lot of experimental fiction, so I started getting back to my roots, which was traditional storytelling.

Russell Letson reviews John Barnes

Sunday 11 July 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

barnes
A sample review from Locus Magazine

[I]t's called Directive 51 in honor of the document (which actually exists) that details how the US government will maintain itself in the face of possible catastrophic failure of social and material systems. Also concealed in that naming is a hard-SF-style treatment of some notions that in other hands might have been just literalized metaphors, but that here become frighteningly concrete.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Friday 9 July 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

rutkoski
July New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include young adult novels by Diana Wynne Jones, Daniel Pinkwater, and Greg van Eekhout; novels and novellas by Baxter, Bear, Cronin, and Hobb; and collections and anthologies from Hartwell & Cramer, Leiber, Rusch, Strahan & Jablon, Swirsky, Williams, and Williamson.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, July

Thursday 8 July 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

butcher
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Jim Butcher's Changes, Gail Carriger's Changeless, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Margaret Wander Bonanno's Star Trek: Unspoken Truth, and Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000: Gaunt's Ghosts: The Lost

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Robert Silverberg

Monday 5 July 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

silverberg
From the June 2010 issue of Locus Magazine

Silverberg is of course too intelligent a writer to believe in the kinds of free rides that the fantastic offers. Solitary mortality is the ending for so many of his protagonists, albeit solitary mortality with a little more self-knowledge.

Cory Doctorow: What I Do

Saturday 3 July 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

From time to time, people ask me for an inventory of the tools and systems I use to get my work done. I'm going to try to create a brief inventory, along with a wish/to-do list for the next round.

July Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 July 2010  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue has interviews with Laurence Yep and Jedediah Berry, complete results of this year's Locus Poll, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and books by Ian McDonald, China Miéville, Ted Chiang, Ken MacLeod, Paolo Bacigalupi, Dean Koontz, and many others.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Sunday 27 June 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

mieville
A sample review from Locus Magazine

The level of sheer inventiveness in Kraken is exhilarating, though it never slows the pace of the basic let's-all-save-the-world plot.

M.K. Hobson: Bustlepunk

Saturday 26 June 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

mk hobson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview.

I like a little taste of fantasy better than a whole big plate of it. People who say, 'I'm going to build the kind of world I want' - that doesnít turn my crank as much as, 'What can I say about this world?' I donít want to escape. I don't care about escape.

Adrienne Martini reviews Helen Merrick

Friday 25 June 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

merrick
A sample review from Locus Magazine

Merrick traces how the field has evolved over the last ninety years, from a boys' club to a moderately inclusive field — inclusive for women, that is.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Peter S. Beagle

Wednesday 16 June 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2010 Posts

beage
A sample review from Locus Magazine

Surely there are few 70-year-old writers in any genre for whom a "best of" anthology, consisting of only 18 stories, could include 12 from the last five years and still be a balanced overview of their finest work.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Friday 11 June 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

rutkoski
June New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include novels and novellas by Barnes, Briggs, Kay, King, Lake, Rutkoski, Shepard, and Spinrad, collections and anthologies by Barron, Beagle, Dowling, Fawcett, and Jackson, and a reference on British SF from Kincaid & Harrison.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, June

Friday 11 June 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

willis
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Connie Willis' Blackout, Jim Butcher's Turn Coat, Steven Erikson's Dust of Dreams, Aaron Allston's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash, and Graham O'Neill's Warhammer 40,000: A Thousand Sons.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2011

Thursday 10 June 2010  |  Resources; Magazine; 2010 Posts

Selected titles from Locus Magazine's June issue listings are arranged here by month.

June Issue Table of Contents

Friday 4 June 2010  |  Magazine

june issue
The June issue has interviews with Kit Reed and M.K. Hobson, an obituary and appreciations of Frank Frazetta, lists of forthcoming books through March 2011, reviews of books by China Miéville, Terry Dowling, John Barnes, Nnedi Okorafor, Cory Doctorow, and others, and Graham Sleight's "Yesterdays Tomorrows" on Robert Silverberg.

Poe and the Fantastic

Saturday 29 May 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

roundtable
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue roundtable discussion

We're talking here with Brian Evenson, Peter Straub, Liza Groen Trombi, and Ellen Datlow about what is more or less the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth...

Brian Evenson: Strange (But Never Gratuitous)

Wednesday 26 May 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

brian evenson
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview.

I don't think of myself as an experimental writer, just as a writer who's willing to use any tool that I have to, to do the thing thatís necessary.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Wednesday 19 May 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

moore
May New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include novels by Brett, Carriger, Moore, Steele, Tregillis, Williams, and Wolfe, and anthologies and collections by Datlow, de Vries, Golden, Lansdale, Mamatas & Wallace, Martin & Dozois, and VanderMeer & VanderMeer.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, May

Wednesday 19 May 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

willis
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Connie Willis' Blackout, Patricia Briggs' Bone Crossed, Steven Erikson's Dust of Dreams, and titles by S. D. Perry & Britta Dennison and Anonymous.

Cory Doctorow: Persistence Pays Parasites

Wednesday 5 May 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

I know that phishing — using clever fakes to trick the unsuspecting into revealing their passwords — is a real problem, with real victims. But I just assumed that phishing was someone else's problem. Or so I thought, until I got phished last week.

May Issue Table of Contents

Monday 3 May 2010  |  Magazine

may issue
The May issue has a roundtable on Poe and the Fantastic, an interview with Brian Evenson, reports and photos from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and World Horror Con, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of books by Guy Gavriel Kay, K.J. Parker, Charlie Huston, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, and many others.

David Anthony Durham: Imagined World

Sunday 2 May 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

david anthony durham
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview.

All writing is fantasy — its all make-believe. I like the things the imagined world allows me to do, but I approach my fantasies and my historical fiction the same way.

James P. Blaylock: Impractical Machines

Sunday 2 May 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

james p blaylock
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview.

I'm shocked by the way steampunk has become such a thing here in the US... I'm not heavily into goggles.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Monday 12 April 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

lester del rey
April New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include collections by Lester del Rey and Alastair Reynolds, an anthology edited by Kevin Brockmeier, and novels by Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Fox, Joe Hill, N.K. Jemisin, Garth Nix, Dexter Palmer, K.J. Parker, John Scalzi, Dan Simmons, and Peter Straub.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, April

Monday 12 April 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

jordan and sanderson
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Orson Scott Card's Ender in Exile, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and titles by Karen Traviss and Chris Roberson.

April Issue Table of Contents

Monday 5 April 2010  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue has interviews with James P. Blaylock and David Anthony Durham, a new Spotlight feature on David Moles, a remembrance by Charles N. Brown of his early days in fandom, and reviews of books by Connie Willis, Jay Lake, Alastair Reynolds, Guy Gavriel Kay, Anne Rice, and many others.

Samuel R. Delany: The Grammar of Narrative

Tuesday 23 March 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

samuel r delany
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview.

Writing good science fiction is more complex and more difficult than writing a relatively straightforward account of someone getting up in the morning... You have to be able to describe that in a familiar earthbound kitchen before you can describe it on a spaceship in free fall.

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through December 2010

Wednesday 10 March 2010  |  Resources Magazine; 2010 Posts

Selected titles from Locus Magazine's March issue listings are arranged here by month.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Wednesday 10 March 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

robin hobb
March New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Connie Willis' Blackout, Joe Haldeman's Starbound, David Louis Edelman's Geosynchron, Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper, Conversations with Octavia Butler, and other titles by Berg, Bernobich, Jablokov, MacKenzie, Murphy & Shunn, O'Leary, Redick, Shaw, Shea, and Wilshire & Wilshire.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, March

Wednesday 10 March 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

jordan and sanderson
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Robin McKinley's Chalice, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and titles by Karen Traviss and R.A. Salvatore.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Peter Straub

Saturday 6 March 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine

straub
From Locus Magazine's March 2010 Issue

The publication of Peter Straub's The Skylark and A Dark Matter only a handful of months apart gives readers a unique opportunity to see how one of the most talented living writers of fantastic fiction cuts a rough diamond of a novel into a brilliant gem.

Faren Miller reviews N.K. Jemisin

Saturday 6 March 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine

jemisin
From Locus Magazine's March 2010 Issue

Inventiveness, irreverence, and sophistication — along with sensuality — brings vivid life to the setting and other characters. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms definitely leaves me wanting more of this delightful new writer.

Cory Doctorow: Making Smarter Dumb Mistakes About the Future

Wednesday 3 March 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

I don't know how to predict the future, and I never will. But I do know how not to predict it.

March Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 28 February 2010  |  Magazine

march issue
The March issue has forthcoming books listings through December 2010, an interview with Samuel R. Delany, obituaries of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and Kage Baker, and reviews of books by Peter Straub, Jonathan Strahan, Gene Wolfe, Charlie Huston, Jim Butcher, and many others.

Felix Gilman: Making the World Stranger

Saturday 27 February 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

felix gilman
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview.

If you're going to introduce magic in a world, it should complicate things -- it should make the world stranger.

Jo Walton: Feral Writer

Monday 22 February 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

jo walton
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview.

I started writing seriously when I was about 13. I discovered that I could not read 'how to write' books, so I'm a feral writer: I taught myself how to write.

Adrienne Martini reviews Connie Willis

Tuesday 16 February 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine

willis
From Locus Magazine's February 2010 Issue
What she's also able to do is to play her reader like a newly tuned piano. Scenes that could be milked for every last mawkish drop somehow get around your defenses and wring out your heart.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Monday 15 February2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

james blish
February New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include classic works by Poul Anderson and James Blish, art by Charles Vess, first novels from Tim Akers and Lucy A. Snyder, collections by Charles de Lint and Michael Shea, a Rich Horton anthology, and other titles by Briggs, Cashore, MacAvoy, Reynolds, and Robinson.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, February

Monday 15 February 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

terry pratchett
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Jack McDevitt's The Devil's Eye, Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and titles by James Swallow and R.A. Salvatore.

February Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 31 January 2010  |  Magazine

february issue
The February issue is the annual Year in Review, with the 2009 Recommended Reading List and summaries of the year's books. Plus: interviews with Jo Walton and Felix Gilman, reviews of new books by Connie Willis, Paul McAuley, Stephen King, James Gurney, Robin Hobb, Eoin Colfer, and others, and Graham Sleight on Gene Wolfe.

Charles Coleman Finlay: The Crucible

Friday 29 January 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

charles coleman finlay
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview.

These days, I think the impulse toward short stories, and the short story market in speculative fiction, is profoundly anticommercial. It's reaching for an audience that's interested in other things. So that transition between what makes for a satisfying short story and what makes for a commercial novel is a hard one to bridge.

John Crowley: End of an Age

Thursday 28 January 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

john crowley
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's January Issue interview.

To actually articulate a way of being in a literary world without boundaries between reality and fantasy Ė- it can't just be a bunch of craziness and surreal carrying on, like some writers in the '70s were doing. What is done in the writing has to be understood by the standard structures of what counts as a moving and live piece of fiction.

Russell Letson reviews Alexander Jablokov

Monday 25 January 2010  |  Reviews; Magazine

jablokov
From Locus Magazine's January 2010 Issue
Like the famously convoluted plot of the film version of The Big Sleep, this one spins us all around so thoroughly (often with a bucket over our heads) that by the time it's all sorted out it's hard to tell whether it all made sense. (I think it does, just don't make me explain how in detail.)

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Monday 18 January 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

gahan wilson
January New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Fred Chappell's Ancestors and Others, Cathy & Arnie Fenner's Spectrum 16, Gahan Wilson's 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons, and titles by Bledsoe, Chadbourn, Dann & Dozois, DeNiro, Gregory, King, Marillier, McDevitt, Roden, and Sherman & Barzak.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, January

Monday 18 January 2010  |  Magazine; 2010 Posts

terry pratchett
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, Jim C. Hines' The Mermaid's Madness, Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, and titles by Joe Schreiber and R.A. Salvatore

Cory Doctorow: Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll

Thursday 7 January 2010  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

If the Internet has a motif, it is rock 'n' roll's Protestant Reformation thrashing against the orchestral One Church.

January Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 3 January 2010  |  Magazine

january issue
The January issue features interviews with John Crowley and Charles Coleman Finlay, a new column by Cory Doctorow, obituary and appreciations of Robert Holdstock, and reviews of new books by Greg Bear, Daryl Gregory, Joe Haldeman, Michael Shea, Alan DeNiro, Steven Brust, and many others.

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