John Langan Reviews Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones ( Publishing 9780765395108, $10.99, 112pp, tp) June 2017.

Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones’s astonishing novella, begins with the narrator sighting the ghost of his father. Twelve-year-old Junior lives in a small house with his widowed mother and younger brother, Dino, on a Native American reservation somewhere in the American west. His father has been dead for years, long enough ago that his older ...Read More

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PerVisions Closes

PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:

The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read More

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2018 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO, February 9-13, 2018.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown) was named a ...Read More

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2017 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)

Novella of the Year

  • Quiet Places, Jasper Bark (Crystal Lake)
  • In the River, Jeremy Robert Johnson (Lazy
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RUSA 2018 Selections

The selections for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 2018 Reading List, Listen List, and Notable Books List were announced on February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Reading List
The annual best-of reading list is selected by the Reading List Council. Shortlisted honor titles were also announced. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • Winner: The Collapsing
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Carrie Vaughn: Writing the Good Parts

Carrie Vaughn was born January 28, 1973 in Sacramento CA to a military family, and grew up all over the country before settling in Colorado, where she graduated high school. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, and got her Master’s in English Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1998, and taught there in 2009. Vaughn began publishing  short fiction in ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Short Fiction

Global Dystopias, Junot Díaz, ed. (Boston Re­view) November 2017.

Children of a Different Sky, Alma Alexander, ed. (Kos Books) November 2017.

Mad Hatters and March Hares, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor) December 2017.

There’s no pretense of optimism about the future in Global Dystopias, a special issue of the Boston Review edited by Junot Díaz. The title tells you just what you’re going to get, and most of the stories here ...Read More

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Brin Launches TASAT

SF writer David Brin and the University of San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center of Human Imagination have launched a new website called TASAT – “There’s A Story About That”. Brin says,

After years speaking at “alphabet agen­cies” in DC about various threat scenarios, I kept wishing there were a way to cite SF stories at them, no matter what scenario they were worried about. Finally, some of us… built ...Read More

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Katharine Coldiron Reviews Daughters of the Air by Anca L. Szilágyi

Daughters of the Air, Anca L. Szilágyi (Lantern­fish Press 978-1-941360-11-8, $16.00, 260pp, tp) December 2017.

Until just a few years ago, I was barely aware of Argentina’s Dirty War, which purged tens of thousands of its “subver­sive” citizens from 1974 to 1983. These people usually vanished, traceless, leaving behind fami­lies who had no idea what happened to put them at the mercy of the repressive government. The whole affair was ...Read More

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Skyhorse Fails to Unionize

An attempt to unionize employees at Skyhorse Publish­ing failed, with 18 workers voting to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110, and 28 vot­ing against. Twenty-three more votes were submitted but deemed ineligible. The drive to unionize has been ongoing for months, with co­pyeditor Terry Buck leading the effort in hopes that joining the union would improve employee compensation and offer better job security. Sky­horse president Tony Lyons said, “Skyhorse ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okora­for

Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okora­for ( Publishing 978-0-7653-9312-8 $14.99, 160pp, tp). January 2018. Cover by Da­vid Palumbo.

Well worth a look is Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti: The Night Masquerade, third and concluding volume in her trilogy of novellas starring a young Himba woman who defies cultural expectations to go to an off-planet university. Binti is a har­moniser, with a natural talent for mathematics and a predisposition towards bringing people into ...Read More

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2018 Stella Prize Longlist

The Stella Prize announced their 2018 longlist of “powerful books by Australian women” at a gala event held February 8, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent in Melbourne. Several titles of genre interest are on the twelve-title list:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar (Wild Dingo)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • The Fish Girl, Mirandi Riwoe (Seizure)

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Niall Harrison Reviews Taty Went West by Nikhil Singh

Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh (Jacaranda 978-1-909762-61-9, £9.99, 408pp, pb) October 2017. (Rosarium Publishing 978-0-998705-90-3, $17.95, 400pp, tp) January 2018.

In search of reference points for Nikhil Singh’s energetically transgressive first novel, perhaps cued by the 40-odd black-and-white illustra­tions scattered throughout the text, I find my­self reaching as much for graphic novels as the prose kind. Think of Grant Morrison circa The Invisibles or Alan Moore circa Lost Girls, mix ...Read More

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Stephenson Wins 2018 Heinlein Award

Neal Stephenson is the winner of the 2018 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including 15 novels and many non-fiction articles.

The winner was chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, ...Read More

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Faren Miller Reviews The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-267810-2, $25.99, 535pp, hc) November 2017.

The City of Brass by first-novelist S.A. Chakraborty begins a trilogy. Though notably ambitious – taking fantastic elements (and El­ementals) from a wide range of Eastern/Middle Eastern myths and folklore and switching be­tween viewpoint characters in two plotlines that converge – it flows with such natural ease, 500-plus pages become swift and compelling. Back­ground emerges from ...Read More

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2017 HWA Specialty Press Award

Eraserhead Press and Independent Legions Press are the dual winners of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, recognizing “the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press or presses” and given to “an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.”

The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2018, to be held March 1-4, 2018 at the Providence Biltmore in Providence RI. For more information, see the HWA website. ...Read More

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2018 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2018 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest include:


Original Work

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast (Audible)
  • Mother Go, James Patrick Kelly, read by January LaVoy (Audible)

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts by M. John Harrison

You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts, M. John Harrison (Comma Press 978-1-910-97434-6, £9.99, 272pp, tp) November 2017.

“I’m moving forward into something here,” thinks the main character in M. John Harrison’s story “Yummie”, “but I don’t know what it is.” That’s a pretty succinct description of what it feels like to enter many of the stories and sketches in You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of ...Read More

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2018 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the 2018 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, “for best classic literary works of liberty.”

  • “Starfog”, Poul Anderson (Analog 8/67)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • The Island Worlds, Eric Kotani & John Maddox Roberts (Baen)
  • “Conquest by Default”, Vernor Vinge (Analog 5/68)
  • “With Folded Hands…”, Jack Williamson (Astounding 7/47)

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Rachel Swirsky Reviews Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska

Mandelbrot the Magnificent, Liz Ziemska ( Publishing 9780765398055, $10.99, 128pp, November 2017, trade paperback). Cov­er artist Will Staehle.

“I want to make a discovery just like Kepler’s,” Mandelbrot announced, [his] life’s purpose sud­denly clear to [him], “a discovery so simple, so obvious, that no one else has thought of it.”

Liz Ziemska’s Mandelbrot the Mag­nificent is a fantastical, fictionalized biography of Benoit Mandelbrot and his discovery of the Man­delbrot set. ...Read More

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2018 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Worldcon 76, August 16-20, 2018 in San Jose CA. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki (the 2017 Worldcon), Worldcon 76, or Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon (Worldcon 77) are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes March 16, 2018 at at 11:59 ...Read More

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2017 Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Ararat, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)
  • Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King (Scribner)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)
  • Ubo, Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Cold Cuts, Robert Payne Cabeen (Omnium Gatherum)
  • In the Valley
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Kameron Hurley: What I’ve Learned About Being a Writer

You will fail more than you succeed. You will remember the failures more often than the successes.

The people who believe in you now will believe in you always. Get rid of everyone else.

Readers will love your work. They will think this means they love you. They will be wrong, but do not correct them. You will no longer be yourself when you’re among readers, but an amalgamation of ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews The Sisters of the Crescent Empress by Leena Likitalo

The Sisters of the Crescent Empress, Leena Likitalo ( Publishing 978-0-7653-9545-0, $17.99, 322pp, tp). November 2017. Cover by Anna & Elena Balbusso.

The Sisters of the Crescent Empress is the second volume in Leena Likitalo’s Waning Moon duology, after this summer’s The Five Daughters of the Moon. The first book was full of promise, told in the five individual voic­es of five different sisters, daughters of the em­press and in ...Read More

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Faren Miller Reviews Future Home of the Living God by Louise Er­drich

Future Home of the Living God, Louise Er­drich (Harper 978-0-06-269405-8, $28.99, 280pp, hc) November 2017.

In Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich works elements from taut near-fu­ture dystopian thrillers, apocalyptic SF, and epic fantasy into a narrative where the sudden change that’s stricken Earth is too great and new to comprehend, the perspective too intensely personal for Avatars of Good and Evil to battle over the planet’s fate. ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Lucas K. Law & Derwin Mak

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Lucas K. Law & Derwin Mak, eds. (Laksa Media 978-1988140049, $28.00, hc) March 2017.

One of the most interesting and encouraging developments in modern science fiction is a flood of good new writers of Asian descent (some Asian-American or Asian-Canadian, some liv­ing in various Asian countries around the world) entering the field. In recent years, writers such as Aliette de Bodard, ...Read More

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2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)
  • Elmet, Fiona Mozley (JM Originals)

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 to “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under” and published in 2017. The judging ...Read More

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Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship

Ellen Klages is sponsoring the 2018 Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship for Clarion West’s six-week summer workshop. The instructorship is named for Klages’s sister, Sally. Karen Lord is the 2018 recipient.

For more information, see the official Clarion West website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine and site going, and would ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Will and Temper, Molly Tanzer (Houghton Mifflin Mariner 978-1-328-71026-0, $16.99, 346pp, tp) November 2017.

Something often overlooked in this whole business of setting fiction in the Victorian era, whether steampunk or its various fan­tasy and horror offshoots, is that the Victorians were perfectly capable of writing their own fan­tasy, SF, and horror, some of it classic. This may be one reason I have less sympathy for novels and ...Read More

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2018 Locus Poll and Survey

The 2018 Locus Poll & Survey Ballot, for works and contributions published in 2017, is live. Vote today in the Locus Awards! The link to the ballot is

Voting is open until April 15, 2018. All votes from subscribers and non-subscribers alike are welcome; subscriber votes count double. (Subscribe!)

Tickets to the Locus Awards in Seattle, June 22-24, 2018 are available now. ...Read More

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2018 Branford Boase Award Long List

The long list for the 2018 Branford Boase Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Yaba Badoe (Zephyr)
  • Ink, Alice Broadway (Scholastic)
  • The Starman and Me, Sharon Cohen (Quercus)
  • Knighthood for Beginners, Elys Dolan (Oxford University Press)
  • Who Let the Gods Out?, Maz Evans (Chicken House)
  • The City of Secret Rivers, Jacob Sager Weinstein (Walker)
  • A Girl Called Owl, Amy
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Tevis Inducted Into Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame

The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning inducted science fiction writer Walter Tevis into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame during a ceremony held on January 31, 2018 in Lexington KY. The award “was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage.”

For more information, including a full list of inductees, see the ...Read More

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