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2011 Posts


Locus Magazine Bestsellers, August

Wednesday 17 August 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Charlaine Harris' Dead Reckoning, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Aaron Allston's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Conviction, and Christian Dunn's anthology Warhammer 40,000: The Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, August

Wednesday 3 August 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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August New and Notable books include Karen Haber's Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art and other titles by Carriger, Datlow, Dozois, Egan, Gregory, Horton, Laymon/Gerlach/Chizmar, Lumley, Millet, Newton, Steele, Tan, Wilber, and Wilson.

August Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 31 July 2011  |  Magazine

august issue
The August issue has interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi and Karen Lord, results of this year's Locus Survey, a report from the Locus Awards/SF Hall of Fame Weekend, reviews of new books by Kathleen Ann Goonan, Lev Grossman, Mark Charan Newton, Richard Matheson, and many others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on J.G. Ballard.

Spotlight on: Bruce Coville, Writer and Audiobook Publisher

Monday 25 July 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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I'm particularly proud of our full cast recordings of some of the great Heinlein YA titles -- Have Space Suit, Will Travel; The Rolling Stones; Star Beast; and Red Planet. One of Heinlein's many strengths was his gift for dialogue, and large sections of these books read almost as if they were written as scripts.

Ted Chiang: Scientific Method

Friday 15 July 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

I consider most of my work science fiction, even the stories that look like fantasy. To me, what makes a story science fiction is not whether the universe has the same laws as our universe or not, but whether it is a universe in which the scientific method works.

Tim Pratt reviews Nick Mamatas

Wednesday 13 July 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's July 2011 issue

Sensation by Nick Mamatas is a political satire and a meditation on the nature of reality reminiscent of Philip K. Dick...

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, July

Monday 11 July 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Aaron Allston's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash, and Christian Dunn's anthology Warhammer 40,000: Victories of the Space Marines.

Lev Grossman: Insider / Outsider

Friday 8 July 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's July Issue interview.

We had to choose between packaging The Magicians for fantasy readers and for literary readers. In some ways, it made sense to skew it literary, because fantasy readers are more adventurous than literary readers.

Faren Miller reviews Daryl Gregory

Wednesday 6 July 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's July 2011 issue

Raising Stony Mayhall should add to Daryl Gregory's reputation as a dazzling innovator, despite being set in an alternate history whose starting point comes from the realm of pulpish horror: the zombie invasion in Night of the Living Dead.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, July

Sunday 3 July 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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July New and Notable books include James S.A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer's Year's Best SF 16, Graham Joyce's The Silent Land, and titles by Anderson, Blaylock, Datlow, Goldstein, Hobb & Lindholm, Rucker, Schafer, Silverberg, Tidhar, Vonnegut, and Williams.

Cory Doctorow: No Endorsement

Saturday 2 July 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's July Issue.

As 3D printing marketplaces race past traditional crafting sites, there's a world of potentially mass-produced objects that need some lightweight, simple way to get legit, avoid legal wrangles, and focus on making great stuff instead of enriching the legal profession.

July Issue Table of Contents

Friday 1 July 2011  |  Magazine

july issue
The July issue has interviews with Ted Chiang and Lev Grossman, a column by Cory Doctorow, reports from Nebula Awards Weekend and Baycon, a new audiobook review column by Amy Goldschlager, and reviews of new books by Robert Charles Wilson, Daryl Gregory, James S.A. Corey, Rudy Rucker, and many others.

Spotlight on: Rachel Swirsky, Writer

Wednesday 29 June 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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I really love short fiction. I love the novel, too, but there's something about the short form that can be intense in the best ways -- experimental, guttural, reduced like a simmering sauce until what's left is all flavor.

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Shirley Jackson

Monday 27 June 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

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From the June 2011 issue of Locus Magazine

Shirley Jackson evades description. She has been enormously influential on the field of the fantastic, yet it's rare indeed to find her depicting overtly fantastic events.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Greg Egan

Friday 24 June 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's June 2011 issue

Egan has probably done as much as any SF writer to uncover a kind of chilly Euclidian beauty in the pure mathematics of space-time, but he can still surprise us with the comparatively far simpler story of a girl who became a hero.

Patricia A. McKillip: Fairy Tales Matter

Thursday 23 June 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview.

The tropes of mythology and symbolism are the basics. Itís like notation in music: you can change it in really wacky ways, but the sound is always the same, the sound is always there. As long as we need these symbols, then the stories will be written.

Adrienne Martini reviews Tansy Rayner Roberts

Friday 17 June 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's June 2011 issue

In less than 120 pages, Tansy Rayner Roberts has not only told a kick-ass series of interlinked stories in Love and Romanpunk, she has also, quite possibly, kicked off the next historical period for writers to mine. For such a slim volume, it packs a wallop.

Saladin Ahmed: Complicated Fantasy

Wednesday 15 June 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's June Issue interview.

I'm pretty close to a pacifist, and in the real world I think violence is a sad way to try and solve problems. So what does it mean that I love reading books about monsters getting their heads chopped off by guys with swords?

Russell Letson reviews Walter Jon Williams

Friday 10 June 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's June 2011 issue

Williams' approach is reflexively hyper-aware, the story of the making of a techno-thriller-like entertainment that itself unfolds like a techno-thriller and then collapses the pretend into the actual -- an imaginary adventure with real assassins (and despots and torturers) in it.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, June

Thursday 9 June 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Patrick Rothfuss' The Wise Man's Fear, Jim Butcher's Changes, Steven Erikson's The Crippled God, Simon Beecroft & Jeremy Beckett's LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, and Greg Bear's Halo: Cryptum

Locus Magazine's Forthcoming Books: Selected Titles through March 2012

Monday 6 June 2011  |  Resources; Magazine; 2011 Posts

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

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, June

Friday 3 June 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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June New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include China Miéville's Embassytown, Brent Hayward's The Fecund's Melancholy Daughter, and titles by Abraham, Aiken, Beagle, Emshwiller, Pohl, Sawyer, Strahan, Swanwick, Valentine, Van Gelder, and Williamson.

June Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 1 June 2011  |  Magazine

june issue
The June issue has interviews with Patricia A. McKillip and Saladin Ahmed, lists of Forthcoming Books through March 2012, a Spotlight on author Rachel Swirsky, an obituary of Joanna Russ, reviews of new books by Greg Egan, Walter Jon Williams, Andrea Hairston, Charlaine Harris, and others, and Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Shirley Jackson.

Stefan Dziemianowicz reviews Henry Kuttner

Wednesday 25 May 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's May 2011 issue

The last story in Terror in the House: The Early Kuttner, Volume One was published in April 1939. Within a year, he would marry C.L. Moore. Science fiction and fantasy would never be the same again, and this book captures one of its best writers on the threshold of its transformation.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews China Miéville

Wednesday 18 May 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's May 2011 issue

Miéville is far less interested in the exoticism of his setting and characters, or in their science fictional ingenuity, than in their capacity to express some rather complex themes, among which are issues of colonialism, betrayal, and perhaps most of all language and reality.

David D. Levine: Life on Mars

Thursday 12 May 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's May Issue interview.

When you are isolated a long way from home with a small number of other people, you become self-reliant. You learn to take action -- do all the things that make you the protagonist of your own story.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, May

Wednesday 11 May 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Kristen Britain's Blackveil, Robin Hobb's Dragon Keeper, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, John Jackson Miller's Star Wars: Knight Errant, and Greg Bear's Halo: Cryptum

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, May

Thursday 5 May 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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May New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Philip José Farmer's Up the Bright River, Cory Doctorow's With a Little Help, Kris Saknussemm's Enigmatic Pilot, and other titles by Barnes, Bisson, Bledsoe, Fox, Griffin, Hairston, Lansdale, Le Guin, McIntosh, Rothfuss, Valente, and Wells.

Cory Doctorow: Techno-Optimism

Monday 2 May 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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From Locus Magazine's May Issue.

"Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?" It's a question I get asked so often that I have a little canned response I can rattle off without thinking...

May Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 1 May 2011  |  Magazine

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The May issue has a Roundtable Discussion of Theodore Sturgeon, an interview with David D. Levine, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Michael Swanwick, Kris Naknussemm, Patrick Rothfuss, Henry Kuttner, James Gurney, and others.

Spotlight on: Sean Wallace, Editor

Thursday 28 April 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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I'm always looking for the next new author or project, because that's where a lot of the excitement is, for me, in taking it and introducing it to a broader audience. It's a burning desire to infect others with that same enthusiasm...

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Fritz Leiber

Monday 25 April 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

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From the April 2011 issue of Locus Magazine

Leiber's imagination was not just urban, it was one that was determined to be contemporary.

Dani & Eytan Kollin: Desperation and Inspiration

Wednesday 20 April 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview.

People talk about inspiration, but what really matters is desperation. Fear of well-deserved anonymity: that's what drives so many of us to action.

Gwenda Bond reviews Greg van Eekhout's The Boy at the End of the World

Sunday 10 April 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's April 2011 issue

The sure-footed pacing, deft balance of humor with serious, memorable characters, and well-crafted action sequences combine to make this van Eekhoutís most accomplished work to date.

Shaun Tan: Alien Objects

Thursday 7 April 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's April Issue interview.

When you think about it, everything is quite alien. And that's why science fiction interests me so much, it's based in part on the suspicion that everything is quite arbitrary, that 'normal' and 'weird' are simply relative concepts.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, April

Wednesday 6 April 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by John Ringo's Citadel, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Joe Schreiber's Star Wars: Red Harvest, and Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy: Prospero Burns

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, April

Sunday 3 April 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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April New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Charles Stross' Scratch Monkey, K.J. Parker's Blue and Gold, Tom Holt's Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Sausages, and other titles by Aaronovitch, Anderson, Bear, Britain, Deas, Matheson, Partridge, and Strahan

April Issue Table of Contents

Wednesday 30 March 2011  |  Magazine

april issue
The April issue has interviews with Shaun Tan and Dani & Eytan Kollin, reports from Potlatch and FOGcon, a Spotlight feature on editor Sean Wallace, and reviews of short fiction and books by Carol Emshwiller, Daniel Abraham, Frederik Pohl, John Scalzi, Brian Lumley, and others, plus Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Fritz Leiber.

Faren Miller reviews Daniel Abraham

Monday 28 March 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's April 2011 issue

Magic would become a dangerous tool or weapon in the hands of a species as ornery, contradictory, and self-deluding as humankind; The Dragon's Path makes that clear.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Margo Lanagan's Yellowcake

Thursday 24 March 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's March 2011 issue

Margo Lanagan always seems to be a couple of steps ahead of us, like a tricksterish lightning bug that is never in the jar you thought you'd put it in.

Gene Wolfe: Engineering the Future

Sunday 20 March 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview.

When you do anything in a book, you really have to be doing several things at once. You need to pique the tone of the book; to move the plot forward; to touch on the character of the person.

Faren Miller reviews Patrick Rothfuss

Saturday 19 March 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's March 2011 issue

Was the wait worth it for the reader? I'd answer that with an emphatic yes. Despite its length, The Wise Man's Fear fairly leaps off the page.

Alaya Dawn Johnson: Dreaming Stories

Friday 18 March 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's March Issue interview.

Fantasy and childhood literature jibe with each other so well because in both, strong emotions and metaphors can merge with each other. I don't think anyone ever wholly loses those feelings of being an outsider, and coming of age.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, March

Thursday 17 March 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's Towers of Midnight, Jim Butcher's First Lord's Fury, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Troy Denning's Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex, and R.A. Salvatore's Gauntlgrym.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Robert Silverberg's Musings and Meditations

Friday 11 March 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's March 2011 issue

There are not many people you can talk to who remember what he remembers, and fewer who remember it with such acuity, charm, and a graceful even-handedness...

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, March

Thursday 10 March 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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March New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Joe Abercrombie's The Heroes, Cherie Priest's Bloodshot, Robert Silverberg's Musings and Meditations, and other titles by Aaronovitch, Adams, Baker, Bear, Courtenay Grimwood, Di Filippo, Dowling, Edelman, Hirshberg, Kovacs, Straub, and Williams.

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

Wednesday 9 March 2011  |  Resources; Magazine; 2011 Posts

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

Cory Doctorow: Explaining Creativity to a Martian

Wednesday 2 March 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's March Issue.

Explaining a subject to a Martian is a particularly useful exercise where people of good will disagree bitterly about a subject on grounds both moral and practical...

March Issue Table of Contents

Sunday 27 February 2011  |  Magazine

march issue
The March issue has interviews with Gene Wolfe and Alaya Dawn Johnson, a new column by Cory Doctorow, lists of forthcoming books through December 2011, and reviews of short fiction and books by Johanna Sinisalo, Patrick Rothfuss, Peter S. Beagle, Robert Silverberg, and others.

Graham Sleight's Yesterdays Tomorrows: Doris Lessing

Monday 21 February 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

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From the February 2011 issue of Locus Magazine

When we say, as we often do inside our community, that SF is a literature of ideas, these are the kind of books we should be pointing to.

Alastair Reynolds: The Moral Universe

Friday 18 February 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

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Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview.

I'm always trying to write from a rationalist perspective, but I tend to push away from the label 'hard SF' as well, because I think it's a limiting term that puts off as many people as it attracts.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch

Wednesday 16 February 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's February 2011 issue

There's always been an undercurrent of horror in her fiction even when it's set in colorful green jungles.

Sharyn November: Firebird Rising

Friday 11 February 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

sharyn november
Excerpts from Locus Magazine's February Issue interview.

Iíve heard this for years: adult publishing has become more like Hollywood, and children's books (especially now) have become more like adult publishing. Children's publishing, especially YA, is now big business.

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, February

Thursday 10 February 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

bujold
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Jim Butcher's Side Jobs, Glen Cook's Gilden Latten Bones, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl, Joe Schreiber's Star Wars: Death Troopers, and Nick Kyme's Warhammer 40,000: Firedrake.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, February

Friday 4 February 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

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February New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include The Best of Larry Niven, Lauren Beukes' Zoo City, Jo Walton's Among Others, Gene Wolfe's Home Fires, and other titles by Armstrong, Card, Condie, Foglio & Foglio, McKillip, Parker, Pevel, Strahan, Williams, and Wolfe

Locus Poll and Survey Ballot

Thursday 3 February 2011  |  Magazine

february issue
The annual Locus Poll and Survey online ballot is now live - voting is open through April 15, 2011.

2010 Recommended Reading List

Wednesday 2 February 2011  |  Magazine

february issue
Locus Magazine's annual list includes 141 novels, collections, anthologies, nonfiction books, and art books, and 135 novellas, novelettes, and short stories.

February Issue Table of Contents

Monday 31 January 2011  |  Magazine

february issue
February is the annual Year in Review, with recommended reading essays, the final 2010 Recommended Reading List, and summaries of the year in books and magazines. Plus: interviews with Alastair Reynolds and Sharyn November, reviews of short fiction and books by Jonathan Strahan, Mark Chadbourn, Philip José Farmer, Stephen King, and others, and Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column on Doris Lessing

Adrienne Martini reviews Scott Phillips

Friday 28 January 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's February 2011 issue

Scott Phillips's Rut is nearly impossible to talk about without also talking about the mode of its publication. Concord Free Press' publishing model defies all of our expectations about what a publishing house should do...

Faren Miller reviews Ben Aaronovitch

Friday 21 January 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's January 2011 issue

Midnight Riot opens in modern police-procedural mode, with the discovery of a dead body and (six meters away) its missing head.

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Jo Walton's Among Others

Saturday 15 January 2011  |  Reviews; Magazine; 2011 Posts

From Locus Magazine's January 2011 issue

I donít believe I've seen, either in fiction or in memoir, as brilliant and tone-perfect an account of what discovering SF and fantasy can mean to its young readers — citing chapter and verse of actual titles — as in Jo Walton's remarkable and somewhat autobiographical new novel Among Others

Locus Magazine Bestsellers, January

Thursday 6 January 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

bujold
Locus Magazine Bestsellers are led by Lois McMaster Bujold's CryoBurn, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson's The Gathering Storm, Connie Willis' Blackout, Drew Karpyshyn's Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil, and R.A. Salvatore's Gauntlgrym: Neverwinter, Book I.

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, January

Wednesday 5 January 2011  |  Magazine; 2011 Posts

robert silverberg
January New and Notable books, selected by Locus Magazine editors, include Robert Silverberg's The Last Song of Orpheus, Jon Armstrong's Yarn, Greg Bear's Hull Zero Three, Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars, and other titles by Card, Dann & Strahan, Enge, Jordon & Sanderson, Martin & Dozois, McDevitt, Parks, Rickert, Sedia, Swenson, and Warrington.

Cory Doctorow: Net Neutrality for Writers: It's All About the Leverage

Sunday 2 January 2011  |  Magazine; Perspectives

cory doctorow
From Locus Magazine's January Issue.

This is not an analogy to the Net Neutrality fight. This is an analogy to the "compromise" most governments and regulators are planning for the Internet.

January Issue Table of Contents

Saturday 1 January 2011  |  Magazine

january issue
January features the launch of Locus new digital editions, with essays and commentary on the future of digital publishing by Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, and many others; plus, an interview with Robert J. Sawyer, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and books by Jo Walton, Patricia A. McKillip, Iain M. Banks, Orson Scott Card, and others

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