Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a lot of things in it that will please Godzilla fans, and plenty that will piss them off. It is a sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, which was directed by Gareth Edwards, and picks up shortly after that movie’s destruction of San Francisco and Godzilla’s subsequent disappearance. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), who lost his son in the attack, wants Godzilla and all other “Titans” ...Read MoreRead more
Cast in Oblivion, Michelle Sagara (Mira 978-0-7783-0784-6, $16.99, 538pp, tp) February 2019. Cover by Glenn Mackay & Shane Rebenschied.
Michelle Sagara has a long career behind her under at least two names. Her House War series as Michelle West is ongoing, and she’s been writing the Chronicles of Elantra series as Michelle Sagara for going on 15 years now. Cast in Oblivion comes to us as the 14th novel ...Read MoreRead more
Norwescon 42 was held April 18-21, 2019 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The theme was “Never Forget Your Towel.” Guests of honor were Mary Robinette Kowal (writer), Tran Nguyen (artist), Dan Koboldt (science), and Nancy Pearl (special guest). Subterranean Press was the spotlight publisher, represented by COO and managing editor Yanni Kuznia. Neil Clarke was honored professional.
Norwescon 43 will be held April 9-12, 2020 ...Read MoreRead more
Analog 3-4/19 Asimov’s 3-4/19 Uncanny 3-4/19 Black Infinity Fall ’18
The March-April issue of Asimov’s is a special issue in memory of their great former editor Gardner Dozois, who died about a year ago. As such, it includes his Nebula Award-winning story “The Peacemaker“, many brief memoirs of his effect on writers, and, of course, plenty of new stories. There is a novella from Greg Egan, ...Read MoreRead more
Locus senior editor Tim Pratt has a new book coming out in October: The Forbidden Stars (Angry Robot), the dazzling space opera sequel to Philip K. Dick Award finalist The Wrong Stars and The Dreaming Stars! Here’s a first look at the cover, with art by Paul Scott Canavan.
From the publisher: The ancient alien gods are waking up, and there’s only one spaceship crew ready to stop them. ...Read MoreRead more
Winners for several Society of Authors (SoA) fiction awards were announced June 17, 2019 during the Society of Authors’ Awards and Summer Party at Southwark Cathedral in London, UK.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower (Harvill Secker) and The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton) were among the six Betty Trask Award winners, each receiving £2,700. The award is given “for a first novel by a ...Read MoreRead more
Ninth Step Station, Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (of 11), Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi & Curtis C. Chen; Emily Woo Zeller, narrator (Serial Box, 1.99 per episode/$13.99 per season, digital download, aprox. 1.5 hr. per episode, unabridged) January–March 2019.
A devastating earthquake, followed by war with both North Korea and China, have left Japan in general, and Tokyo in particular, partially controlled by the Chinese as well as partially ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:“In the City of Dreadful Joy”, Misha Burnett “Treason Properly”, J.J. Cragun “In the House of Rain and Gale”, Joelle Douthit “The Laughing Folk”, Steve DuBois “The Storm Stone”, Kevin Harkness “Breach of Contract”, Anne Leonard “The Dragon is Blind”, Sam Muller “FedEx”, Sam Robb “The Dormer Trees”, Sarah Totten “Demons on the Canadian Frontier”, Shannon Walker
The ...Read MoreRead more
Translator, editor, and fan Yoshio Kobayashi, 67, died June 13, 2019 of an ischemic heart attack. Under his pen name Takashi Ogawa he was one of the leading SF translators in Japan, tirelessly promoting SF and bringing works by Greg Bear, Bruce Sterling, Lucius Shepherd, Lewis Shiner, Michael Swanwick, and other major writers to the Japanese audience. He translated for Japanese publishers including Shueisha and Hayakawa, and for magazine Hayakawa ...Read MoreRead more
Michael John Blumlein was born June 28, 1948 in San Francisco CA. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and has worked as a practicing MD and member of the faculty at UCSF for decades.
His first SF story, “Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report”(1984) appeared in Interzone. Other notable stories include World Fantasy Award finalist “The Brains of Rats”(1986), Stoker Award finalist “Bestseller”(1990), ...Read MoreRead more
Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, Scotto Moore (Tor.com Publishing 978-1-250-31489-5, $3.99, eb) February 2019.
Imagine if Ziggy Stardust really did have some Martian Spiders that were very, very hungry – and you would get close to the idea that drives Scotto Moore’s novella Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You. The idea of music as a force for violent behavior isn’t new, of course, but Moore’s voice and ...Read MoreRead more
Waste Tide, Chen Qiufan (Tor 978-0-7653-8931-2, $26.99, 352pp, hc) April 2019.
In last year’s The Reincarnated Giant: An Anthology of Twenty-First-Century Chinese Science Fiction, co-editor Mingwei Song writes in his introduction, “The single most important change in recent years in the English-language translations of Chinese science fiction has been the unrivaled devotion and efforts of Ken Liu.” It’s a generous assessment, but pretty indisputable. Not only is Liu ...Read MoreRead more
Burgess Foundation director Andrew Biswell discovered an unfinished manuscript by Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Condition, dating from 1972-73. The book is about Burgess’s experience writing his classic A Clockwork Orange (1963) and the reaction to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation. Biswell was cataloging the author’s archive when he found the manuscript, which he says sheds “new light on Burgess, Kubrick and the controversy surrounding the notorious novel.” Kubrick mentioned ...Read MoreRead more
Empress of Forever, Max Gladstone (Tor 978-0-7653-9581-8, $18.99, 480pp, tp) June 2019. Cover by Tommy Arnold.
Max Gladstone is unfairly talented. Reviewing his Empress of Forever is a bloody intimidating undertaking, because it’s just that damn good. It’s not enough that his Craft Sequence series is a complex, twisty, delightfully playful and deeply thought provoking set of works that take on themes of power, the tension between progress and ...Read MoreRead more
The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull (Blackstone Publishing 978-1538584644, $26.99, 290pp, hc) June 2019.
Cadwell Turnbull’s debut, The Lesson, has been billed as one of the first science fiction novels set in the Virgin Islands. While this is something to cheer about, what’s more important, especially in the context of the #ownvoices movement, is that Turnbull was raised in the Caribbean in a family that lived there for generations. This ...Read MoreRead more
The Best of Greg Egan, Greg Egan (Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-942-8, $45.00, 731 pp, hc) October 2019. Cover by David Ho.
I first encountered Greg Egan’s work in 1991, with two stories selected by Gardner Dozois for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection. Gardner continued to pick up Egan stories with some regularity, and then came the early novels (Quarantine, Permutation City, Distress), ...Read MoreRead more
An SF in SF reading was held on April 28, 2019 at the American Bookbinders Museum with Peter S. Beagle and Jaymee Goh performing, with guest moderator Cliff Winnig. The event included readings from each author’s work, a Q&A with the audience, and was podcasted by SomaFM. Proceeds from the reading went to the American Bookbinders Museum.
This story and more like it in the June 2019 issue of Locus. ...Read MoreRead more
The fifth Bay Area Book Festival took place May 4-5, 2019 in Berkeley CA, with keynotes, interviews, and panels held on ten indoor stages. The festival also included an Outdoor Fair in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park with over 200 exhibitors and free programming, including many events for children. Books were available for sale through various independent bookstore partners.
The festival included over 300 speakers and panelists, with ...Read MoreRead more
Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (Tor 978-0765391476, $29.99, 448pp, hc) March 2019.
If Ian McDonald’s Luna sequence is a trilogy (or, as I see it, a single triple-decker novel), then Luna: Moon Rising is the final volume, since it completes the large-cast, multi-threaded, braided story arc that began with Luna: New Moon (2015) and continued in Luna: Wolf Moon (2017). On the other hand, this capacious, busy, fictional story ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the 2019 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:
Best German SF NovelNSA – Nationales Sicherheits-Amt, Andreas Eschbach (Lübbe)
Best German SF Short Story“Confinement”, Thorsten Küper (Nova #26)
Best Foreign SF Work Published in GermanEiswelt [Early Riser], Jasper Fforde (Heyne)
Best SF Translation Into GermanNew York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson, translated by Jakob Schmidt (Heyne) ...Read More Read more
The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi (Wednesday Books 978-1-250-14454-6, $18.99, 388pp, tp) January 2019.
In this glittering journey through a fantastical late 19th-century Paris, author Roshani Chokshi gifts readers with adventure wrapped in mystery wrapped in (unorthodox) family drama that incorporates aspects of crime thrillers, caper flicks, and a fair bit of James Bond-esque espionage. The descriptions of the 1889 Paris Exposition are exquisite, and the history that Chokshi weaves ...Read MoreRead more
The longlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 10, 2019:
Adult FictionSodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp) One of Us, Craig DiLouie (Orbit) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (Chizine) The Wolves of Winter, Tyrell Johnson (Simon & Schuster Canada) The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken (Simon & Schuster Canada) The Tiger Flu, ...Read More Read more
The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty; Soneela Nankani, narrator (HarperAudio 978-1-98260844-6, $65.99, MP3 CD, 23.25 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) January 2019.
This second in a series picks up five years after The City of Brass, in which Nahri, an orphan from Napoleonic-era Cairo with a magical gift for healing, discovered her true heritage as a Daeva (a tribe of djinn who refuse that name) ...Read MoreRead more
The finalists for the 2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor) A Spy in Time, Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird) The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing) Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco) Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice (ECW) Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) Unholy Land, Lavie ...Read More Read more
Golden State, Ben H. Winters (Mulholland Books 978-0-31650-541-3, $28.00, 336pp, hc) January 2019.
Ben H. Winters’s new novel the Golden State begins with a lovely bit of cognitive dissonance:
This is a novel. All the words of it are true.
Not only does this pronouncement wrong-foot the reader, echoing Orwell’s clocks striking 13 on a cold April day, but it also establishes a tension between fact and fiction that ...Read MoreRead more
George R.R. Martin will receive the 2019 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Martin will be honored at an awards dinner held October 10, 2019 at the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Previous winners of the award, which “recognizes the work of the world’s most heralded authors,” include Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman ...Read MoreRead more
Works of genre interest Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (Viking BFYR) and Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends) were among four books nominated for the Northern California Book Awards in the Children’s Literature category for older readers.
The awards, “celebrating books published by Northern California authors in 2018,” are presented and sponsored by the Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, PEN West, Mechanics’ Institute Library, ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the 2019 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF have been announced:
Best NovelWINNER: City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor) Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter) The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot) Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia) The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton) Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)
Best Novella or NoveletteWINNER: Cabaret of Monsters, Tansy ...Read More Read more
The winners of the 2019 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.
Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)WINNER: “Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum) “Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com 9/5/18) “The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 9-10/18) “With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum) “Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum) “Knitting Day”, Jen White (Mother of Invention)
Long Work (tie)WINNER: ...Read More Read more
Winners of the 2018 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”
Best NovelWINNER: Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum) Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter) Teeth of the Wolf, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming) Contrition, ...Read More Read more
Winners of the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2018, have been announced:
French NovelWINNER: Le Cycle de Syffe, tomes 1 & 2, Patrick K. Dewdney (Au diable vauvert) BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’) Dernières fleurs avant la fin du monde, Nicolas Cartelet (Mü Éditions) Rouille, Floriane Soulas (Scrineo) Les Pierres et les Roses, tomes 1 ...Read More Read more