Forthcoming Books Through September 2019

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the December 2018 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through September 2019. Find out about your favorite authors upcoming books!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the December issue in print or digital editions, available December 1, 2018.

 

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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Foyles Book of the Year Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan/Henry Holt) was named the Foyles Children’s Book of the Year for 2018. Winners were also chosen by Foyles staff in fiction and non-fiction categories, and all three winners will receive “significant focus instore and online throughout the festive period across windows, table displays, instore screens, and online on the Foyles website, where a bundle of all three titles is also ...Read More

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Ishiguro to Receive Bodley Medal

Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2019 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. The medal will be presented April 3, 2019 at the FT Weekend ...Read More

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Green Wins FutureBook Story Contest

The winner of the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Entries were judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom

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Kameron Hurley: Genre Conventions and Conferences: What Makes Great Events

This is the time of year when I’m astounded at how many of my peers have made the event rounds at various conventions and festivals this year and still had time to, you know, write books. And pay bills.

The vast majority of events in my career – and certainly every event early in my career – were and are self-funded. Even when I was invited as a participant to ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Before Mars by Emma Newman

Before Mars, Emma Newman (Ace 978-0-399-58732-0, $16.00, 352pp, tp) April 2018.

Emma Newman adds more perspectives to the universe she created in both Planetfall and After Atlas with Before Mars, which shares a timeline with After Atlas but is set on the red planet rather than in a future England. Rather than a straight-up who-done-it like After Atlas, Before Mars is a Memento-esque mystery.

Anna Kubrin is a geologist/painter who ...Read More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction by Eric Brown, F. Brett Cox, and Sandra M. Odell

The Martian Simulacra, Eric Brown (NewCon Press) January 2018.

The End of All Our Exploring, F. Brett Cox (Fairwood Press) August 2018.

Godfall and Other Stories, Sandra M. Odell (Hydra House) April 2018.

There’s another Martian novella from NewCon Press, after Jaime Fenn’s excellent The Mar­tian Job. This one, The Martian Simulacra by Eric Brown, is more of a mixed bag. It’s a mashup of Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Short Takes

Weinberg Tales: Collecting Fantasy Art, Doug Ellis, Bob Garcia & Phyllis Weinberg, eds. (Amer­ican Fantasy Press 978-0-99078466-1, $25.00, 269pp, pb) April 2017. Cover by Douglas Klauba.

Weinberg Tales is an affectionate memorial to the late, great, fantastic art collector and authority Bob Weinberg. Designed to echo the look of an old pulp magazine, printed on pulp paper, it provides surprisingly good image reproduction. The charm­ing, old-style cover by Douglas Klauba ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press 978-0802127358, $24.00, 229pp, hc) February 2018.

Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel Freshwater is a book that refuses to be pigeon-holed into a literary or genre category. The back-cover copy, with its talk of alternate selves and splintered personalities, suggests the story of a young woman struggling with a dissociative identity disorder. However, the opening chapter’s account of spirits possessing the body of an infant bears all ...Read More

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Issue 695 Table of Contents, December 2018

The December issue features interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson and Becky Chambers; World Fantasy, National Book, and Prix Utopiales awards winners; Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Amazon Best of the Year lists; a column by Kameron Hurley; a photo story on Forbidden Planet Halloween Signing; World Fantasy and SF in Brazil convention reports; US and British Forthcoming Books; obituaries for Dave Duncan, William Goldman, and Stan Lee; and reviews of short ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

The City of Sand, Tianxia Bachang (Delacorte 978-0-553-52410-9 $17.99, 243pp, tp) November 2017.

For readers looking for a full-tilt adventure with a side order of the supernatural, Chi­nese author Tianxia Bachang has all they could want with The City of Sand. The novel starts with a bang as teenage “gold hunters” Tianyi and Kai awaken a very angry spirit while looking for treasure inside a grave. Their Indiana Jones bonafides ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Celtic Faeries, English De­luxe Edition by Jean-Baptiste Monge

Celtic Faeries, English De­luxe Edition, Jean-Baptiste Monge (Goblins Way Pub­lishing 978-2-9815289-1-9, C$30.00, 144pp, hc) July 2016. Cover by Jean-Baptiste Monge.

French artist Jean-Baptiste Monge is an award-winning practitioner of time-honored handskills whose crowdfunded book Celtic Faeries: The Secret Kingdom is filled with color and black-and-white illustrations of dwellers in faerie.

From his studio in Canada, home of his Gob­lins’ Way Press, Monge depicts characters who are by turns whimsical, frightening, ...Read More

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New Amazon Branch Offices

Amazon has announced plans to open new branch offices for their head­quarters in Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY and in the Crystal City neighbor­hood in Arlington VA. The New York office will occupy four million square feet initially, with an option to double in size, and will employ around 25,000 people with an average salary of $150,000 a year; the size and staffing for the Ar­lington location are ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Daughters of Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of Forgotten Light, Sean Grigsby (Angry Robot 978-0857667953, $12.99, 352pp, tp) September 2018. Cover by John Coulthart.

I came away from Sean Grigsby’s debut novel, science fiction pulp extravaganza Daughters of Forgotten Light, deeply entertained, and moved by its apparent feminism and queer-inclusiveness – the latest in Angry Robot’s (really quite strong) feminist, queer-inclusive and fun pulp list. Further consideration, though, leaves me re-evaluating my initial impressions.

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin

How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit 978-0-316-49134-1, $26.00, 404pp, hc) November 2018.

When an author achieves as much suc­cess as N.K. Jemisin has with huge architectonic structures like the Broken Earth and Inheritance trilogies, readers might be excused for greeting her first story collection in either of two ways: gleefully expecting more of the same, or cynically suspecting a series of outtakes or early yeomanlike exercises. I ...Read More

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Bishop Inducted into Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Michael Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame during a November 5, 2018 ceremony at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens GA. The Hall of Fame “was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural ...Read More

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2018 Galaxy Awards

The 29th annual Galaxy Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced November 23, 2018 at the third China Science Fiction Conference in Shenzhen, China.

Most Popular Foreign Writer

  • Richard K. Morgan

Best Novelette (tie)

  • Forest of Death, Peng Chao
  • The Hearts Behind, Gu Di

Best Short Story (tie)

  • “Amorville”, Bella Han
  • “Tian Tu”, Wang Jinkang
  • “An Account of the Sky Whales”, A Que

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Klages Wins 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2018 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Chessiecon 2018, held at the Red Lion Hotel Baltimore North in Timonium MD from November 23-25, 2018.

  • WINNER: Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Cult of Ocasta, Mark Allan Gunnells (Evil Jester)
  • Hexslayer, Jordan L. Hawk (self-published)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager)
  • Tremontaine, Ellen Kushner, ed.
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Women’s Prize Announces Fee

The Women’s Prize for Fiction (until this year known as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and from 1996-2012 called the Orange Prize for Fiction) has announced a new £1,000 fee for publishers whose works appear on the 16-title longlist, prompting outcry from smallpress publishers. Galley Beggar Press called the change “catastrophic to small publishers,” noting that though one of their authors won the prize years ago, “it would have ...Read More

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Stefan Dziemianowicz Reviews The Thing’s Incredible! The Secret Origins of Weird Tales by John Locke

The Thing’s Incredible! The Secret Origins of Weird Tales, John Locke (Off-Trail Publications 978-1-935031-25-3, $35.00, 314pp, hc) June 2018.

We’re creeping up on the 100th anniversary of Weird Tales, the first issue of which was dated March 1923 but was available at newsstands the month before. It’s an event deserving of some fanfare. Although it struggled financially for the entirety of its almost 32-year existence – we’re talking the original ...Read More

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Paul Kincaid Reviews Europe at Dawn by Dave Hutchinson

Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris 978-1781086094, £7.99, 320pp, pb) November 2018.

It may seem paradoxical, but it is the ordinari­ness that Dave Hutchinson evokes that makes his work so extraordinary. The normal run of things in science fiction is to emphasise how dif­ferent the invented world is from our normal daily experience. The world may be gritty or glitzy, utopian or dystopian, but it is decidedly not like what ...Read More

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A Burden to Watch: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

We usually start these reviews with a summary, trying to give a sense of what the movie is about without spoiling any important moments. Spoiler: the storyline is too boring to be relayed. The plot is haphazard and unnecessarily convoluted. An honest synopsis would go something like, “random events strung together vaguely trying to look serious just so new magical effects can happen, plus a handful of magical creatures, often ...Read More

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Fletcher Wins Rotsler

Ken Fletcher is the winner of the 2018 Rotsler Award for “long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 45 in Los Angeles CA, November 23-25, 2018.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, and includes an honorarium of $300 and a plaque. The Rotsler judges are Mike Glyer, John Hertz, and Sue Mason.

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Smith Named MWA Grand Master

Martin Cruz Smith has been named 2019 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA), along with Linda Fairstein. Smith’s genre work includes The Indians Won (Tower & Leisure), The Analog Bullet (Nordon), and Nightwing (Simon & Schuster). The Grand Master awards will be presented during the 73rd annual Edgar Awards banquet, April 25, 2019 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York NY.

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Worlds Beyond Here

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle is home to “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction”, on view October 12, 2018 – September 15, 2019. Hugo Award winning managing editor of Uncanny, Michi Trota, who wrote the text for the exhibit, said, “This exhibit means a great deal to me because much of my own journey in learning to understand what ...Read More

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Lila Garrott Reviews In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (Houghton Mif­flin Harcourt, 978-1-328-49443-6, $23, 224pp, hc) October 2018. Cover by Andrew Davidson.

Charles and Erin Hayden move to England following the accidental death of their young daughter Lissa. Erin is descended from Caedmon Hollow, the author of In the Night Wood, a children’s book from the Victo­rian era. As the last survivor of the family, she gets the Hollow estate: a lot of ...Read More

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2018 Costa Book Awards Shortlist

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa First Novel award, and The Colour of the Sun by David Almond (Hodder Children’s) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children’s Book award.

The Costa Book Awards recognizes “some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” Each winner in the five individual ...Read More

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2019 TAFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) were announced November 23, 2018:

  • Teresa Cochran
  • Sarah Gulde
  • Mike Lowrey
  • Geri Sullivan

Voting opens December 1, 2018 and ends April 22, 2019. The 2019 fund is administered by Johan Anglemark and John Purcell and will send one fan from North America to Europe to attend the 77th Worldcon, held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information, see the TAFF

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Cymera Festival Announced

Cymera, “Scotland’s first Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing,” will take place June 7-9, 2019 at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, Scotland. Weekend pass prices start at £65 and are available through the festival’s crowdfunding campaign, which runs until the end of January 2019. Tickets to individual events will be available March 1, 2019.

Full programming will be announced in February 2019. Confirmed authors include Cassandra Khaw, Ken MacLeod, ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia 978-0733638312, A$29.99, 304pp, tp) August 2017. (Small Beer 978-1-61873-1517, $17.00, 304pp, tp) September 2018.

The idea of alien invasion as a commentary on colonialism is at least as old as H.G. Wells, but unfortunately never seems to get out of date. Wells himself, in the very first chapter of The War of the Worlds, formulated it succinctly:

The Tasmanians, in spite of their ...Read More

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Indian Science Fiction Conference

The 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference will be held December 15-16, 2018 at the Banaras Hindu University Campus in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. The event is organized by Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies, Bangalore, Karnataka; Indian Science Fiction Writer’s Association, Faizabad, UP; and Mailviya Center of Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, UP. Programming will covers subjects including the impact of SF on science and technology, teaching science ...Read More

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