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Locus Magazine • December 2011 • Issue 611 • Vol. 67 No. 6


The December issue has interviews with Charles Stross and Gemma Files, complete lists of forthcoming books through September 2012, reviews of new books by Alastair Reynolds, Gregory Maguire, Ian R MacLeod, Libba Bray, Kim Harrison, and many others, plus all the latest SF and fantasy news.


T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

December 2011 • Issue 611 • Vol. 67 No. 6
44th Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Francesca Myman

I N T E R V I E W S
Charles Stross: Contrarian / 6
Gemma Files: The Sex and Death Show / 76
2 0 1 1   W O R L D   F A N T A S Y   C O N V E N T I O N / 5
World Fantasy Awards Winners • World Fantasy Convention 2011
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 Suzette Haden Elgin, Kit Reed, Brian Herbert, Philip José Farmer, Caitlín R. Kiernan, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10
Adams Buys Lightspeed and Fantasy • Priest Wins Endeavour • Amazon’s Best of 2011 • Realms of Fantasy Closes (Again) • PW’s Best of 2011
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
Strange Chemistry to Launch • Cheetham’s Head of Zeus • BFS Meeting Called • Neil Gaiman Presents • Kindle Lending Library • Parallel Imports in the Antipodes • Penguin (Self) Publishing • Kirkus Best of 2011 • Publishing News • Legal News • Announcements • Bookstore News • Stoker Awards Changes • Awards News • Nickels and Dimes from Borders • Book News • Magazine News • Financial News • International Rights • Audiobooks Received • Publications Received
F O R T H C O M I N G    B O O K S
US Forthcoming Books / 30    British Forthcoming Books / 46
L I S T I N G S
Magazines Received: October / 52    Books Received: October / 53   
British Books Received: September / 64    Bestsellers / 66
O B I T U A R I E S / 74
Sara DouglassLes DanielsVictor Farkas
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 75
World Fantasy Convention • Holiday Special • This Year/Next Year • This Issue/Next Issue
L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 74
Stephen Jones • Rob Latham



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S
Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 14
Postscripts 24/25: The New and Perfect Man, Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers, eds.; Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction, Ian Whates, ed.; Technology Review: Science Fiction, Stephen Cass, ed.; Gravity Dreams, Stephen Baxter.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
F&SF 11-12/11; Asimov’s 12/11; Albedo One #40; Technology Review: Science Fiction, Stephen Cass, ed.; Tin House #49; Steampunk!, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds.; Fables from the Fountain, Ian Whates, ed.; Further Conflicts, Ian Whates, ed.; After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds; In the Mouth of the Whale, Paul McAuley; The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine, Peter Straub.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 18
Out of Oz, Gregory Maguire; Wake Up and Dream, Ian R. MacLeod; Briarpatch, Tim Pratt; SHORT TAKES: The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson; When the Saints, Dave Duncan.
Reviews by Russll Letson / 21
Wake Up and Dream, Ian R. MacLeod; The Recollection, Gareth L. Powell; Firebird, Jack McDevitt.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 23
Beauty Queen, Libba Bray; Aloha From Hell, Richard Kadrey; Hellbent, Cherie Priest; Briarpatch, Tim Pratt.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 25
Debris, Jo Anderton; Fate’s Edge, Ilona Andrews; Drink, Slay, Love, Sarah Beth Durst; The Doomsday Vault, Steven Harper; The Hollows Insider, Kim Harrison; Fire Works in the Hamptons, Celia Jerome; Mastiff, Tamora Pierce; Cast in Ruin, Michelle Sagara.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Stefan Dziemianowicz, Gwenda Bond, Richard A. Lupoff & Tim Pratt / 28
Mrs Midnight and Other Stories, Reggie Oliver; The Shattering, Karen Healey; The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman; Ancient Rockets: Treasures and Trainwrecks of the Silent Screen, Kage Baker; House of Fear, Jonathan Oliver, ed.
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight / 29
The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, and Other Stories, Roger Zelazny; Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny; The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 23



Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Albedo One #40 2011 (Rich Horton)
Asimov's December 2011 (Rich Horton)
F&SF Nov/Dec 2011 (Rich Horton)
Tin House Fall 2011 (Rich Horton)

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

Anderton, Jo • Debris (Carolyn Cushman)
Andrews, Ilona • Fate's Edge (Carolyn Cushman)
Baker, Kage • Ancient Rockets: Treasures and Trainwrecks of the Silent Screen (Richard A. Lupoff)
Baxter, Stephen • Gravity Dreams (Gardner Dozois)
Bray, Libba • Beauty Queen (Adrienne Martini)
Cass, Stephen, ed. • Technology Review: Science Fiction (Gardner Dozois)
Cass, Stephen, ed. • Technology Review: Science Fiction (Rich Horton)
Crowther, Peter, & Nick Gevers, eds. • Postscripts 24/25: The New and Perfect Man (Gardner Dozois)
Duncan, Dave • When the Saints (Faren Miller)
Durst, Sarah Beth • Drink, Slay, Love (Carolyn Cushman)
Harper, Steven • The Doomsday Vault (Carolyn Cushman)
Harrison, Kim • The Hollows Insider (Carolyn Cushman)
Healey, Karen • The Shattering (Gwenda Bond)
Jerome, Celia • Fire Works in the Hamptons (Carolyn Cushman)
Kadrey, Richard • Aloha from Hell (Adrienne Martini)
Link, Kelly, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. • Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (Rich Horton)
MacLeod, Ian R. • Wake Up and Dream (Faren Miller)
MacLeod, Ian R. • Wake Up and Dream (Russell Letson)
Maguire, Gregory • Out of Oz (Faren Miller)
McAuley, Paul • In the Mouth of the Whale (Gary K. Wolfe)
McDevitt, Jack • Firebird (Russell Letson)
McHugh, Maureen F. • After the Apocalypse (Rich Horton)
Oliver, Jonathan, ed. • House of Fear (Tim Pratt)
Oliver, Reggie • Mrs Midnight and Other Stories (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Pierce, Tamora • Mastiff (Carolyn Cushman)
Powell, Gareth L. • The Recollection (Russell Letson)
Pratt, Tim • Briarpatch (Adrienne Martini)
Pratt, Tim • Briarpatch (Faren Miller)
Priest, Cherie • Hellbent (Adrienne Martini)
Reynolds, Alastair • Blue Remembered Earth (Gary K. Wolfe)
Reynolds, Alastair • Blue Remembered Earth (Gary K. Wolfe)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Ruin (Carolyn Cushman)
Sanderson, Brandon • The Alloy of Law (Faren Miller)
Sherman, Delia • The Freedom Maze (Gwenda Bond)
Straub, Peter • The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine (Gary K. Wolfe)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Fables from the Fountain (Rich Horton)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Further Conflicts (Rich Horton)
Whates, Ian, ed. • Solaris Rising: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction (Gardner Dozois)
Zelazny, Roger • Lord of Light (Graham Sleight)
Zelazny, Roger • The Chronicles of Amber (Graham Sleight)
Zelazny, Roger • The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth (Graham Sleight)
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