Jeffrey Ford: Leviathan

Jeffrey Ford was born November 8, 1955 in West Islip NY. He flunked out of community college and took various jobs until he earned enough to buy a clam boat at age 18. He worked as a clammer for several years while writing on the side, until he decided to go back to school. He returned to the same community college, then attended New York State University, Binghamton, where he ...Read More

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John Langan Reviews The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Trem­blay

The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Trem­blay (Morrow 978-0062679109, $26.99, 288pp, hc) June 2018.

Anyone who has followed Paul Tremblay’s short fiction, from the stories collected in the remark­able In the Mean Time, to “Where We Will All Be” in Joseph Pulver, Sr.’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets and “Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks” in Bourbon Penn magazine, knows that one of his ...Read More

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No Nobel for Literature This Year

The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the No­bel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Night Fall by Simon R. Green

Simon R. Green, Night Fall (Ace 978-0-451-47697-5, $27.00, 453pp, hc) June 2018.

Green wraps up the Secret Histories and the Nightside series (and a few more) in a massive kitchen-sink of a battle between the righteous Droods and the lawless Nightside that brings together a host of old characters with a bunch of impossibly deadly weapons, a massive body count, and a healthy sprinkling of humor. Some­thing happens in the ...Read More

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Díaz Harassment Accusations

Junot Díaz has “asked to relinquish” his position as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board (though he remains a board member) after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and verbal abuse. The board is “conducting an independent review of allegations of misconduct.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Díaz teaches creative writing, is looking “into concerns shared on social media regarding Professor Díaz…. Both accusers and the accused have rights and ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews If Tomorrow Comes by Nancy Kress

If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress (Tor 978-0-765390325, $27.99, 336 pp, hc) March 2018. Cover by Stephan Martiniere.

Nancy Kress’s If Tomorrow Comes is, as the subtitle informs us, the middle volume of three, which some might take to indi­cate an absolute dependence on its predecessor, Tomorrow’s Kin (2017) or the novella of the same title that serves as the first book’s opening section – but such folk would be making ...Read More

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2018 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2018 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
  • To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • RecipeArium,
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2018 Hemming Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Awards were announced June 8, 2018 at Continuum 14, the Australian National SF Convention, in Melbourne Australia.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • WINNER: “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
  • “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
  • “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
  • “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell
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Carolyn Cushman Reviews The Reign of the Departed by Greg Keyes

Greg Keyes, The Reign of the Departed (Night Shade 978-1-59780-937-5, $14.99, 348pp, tp) June 2018. Cover by Micah Epstein.

Errol Greyson says he didn’t intend to commit suicide – but he wakes in a body carved of wood and joined by wire and bolts, and his classmate Aster tells him his real body’s in a coma. She’s originally from another world, and needs to re­turn there for the magic water ...Read More

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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Voting

Voting has opened for the 2020 Worldcon and 2019 NASFiC conventions. Ballots for both are available on the Worldcon 76 site. Voting is open until August 11, 2018 to members of Worldcon 76 who have paid the voting fees ($30 for NASFiC, $50 for Worldcon).

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has filed a bid to host the 2020 Worldcon at the ...Read More

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2018 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperCollins)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
  • The Moon and the Other, John Kessel (Saga)
  • The Stargazer’s Embassy, Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple)
  • Austral, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (Unnamed)
  • New
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Smoke by Simon Ings

The Smoke, Simon Ings (Gollancz 978-0-575-12007-5, £16.99, 298pp, tp) February 2018.

Simon Ings’s The Smoke – his second new SF novel in four years after having taken more than a decade off for more mainstream projects (including a fascinating study of sci­ence under Stalin) – is quite a bit more radical than 2014’s Wolves, which was judiciously and elegantly restrained in its examination of the pos­sible impact of augmented reality, ...Read More

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2018 Wellman Award Nominees

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Frost & Filigree, Natania Barron (Falstaff)
  • Amazing Grace, John G. Hartness (Falstaff)
  • The Stravinsky Intrigue, Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Scourge, Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

Final voting is open to members of three ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney

Cadaver & Queen, Alisa Kwitney (Harlequin Teen 978-1-335-47046-1, $18.99, 320pp, hc) February 2018.

In Alisa Kwitney’s alternate history Cadaver & Queen, the governments of Europe are laser-focused on constructing armies of “Bio-Mechan­icals.” These mechanized cadavers are perceived as the solution to the most painful cost of war: human soldiers lost to combat. The problem is that Bio-Mechanicals have proven themselves to be good at shuffling along and taking basic direction, ...Read More

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Royal Society of Literature Fellows

Several writers of genre interest were among the 31 new Fellows introduced into the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) in a ceremony held June 4, 2018 in London UK:

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Ken Follett
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Mohsin Hamid
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Philip Kerr
  • Adam Roberts
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Louise Welsh

Potential new Fellows must have had published in the United Kingdom at least two substantial works (or a sufficient body of ...Read More

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30th Annual Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017.” Winners of genre interest follow.


  • WINNER: Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (DZANC)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Night Visitors, Owen Keehnen (OutTales)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King
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Russell Letson Reviews The Soldier by Neal Asher

The Soldier, Neal Asher (Night Shade 978-1-59780-943-6, $26.99, 375 pp, hc) May 2018. Cover by Adam Burn

Neal Asher keeps extending his already sprawl­ing Polity setting, devising ever more dire and dangerous scenarios and filling in a deep history characterized by predation, warfare, genocide, extinctions, and the apparent impossibility of getting rid of any threat (or extinct species) permanently. One of the most persistent and de­structive features of this universe ...Read More

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2017 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced winners for the sixth annual Bisexual Book Awards on June 2, 2018 including titles of genre interest:

Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • WINNER: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
  • Island of Exiles, Erica Cameron (Entangled Teen)
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember (Duet)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor)
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa, TS Porter (Less Than Three)
  • Run in the Blood,
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Deep Dish Reading Series

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF), Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Chicago Nerds Social Club (CNSC) have sponsored the Deep Dish science fiction reading series, held at Volumes Book Cafe in Chicago IL.

The inaugural event was held on October 7, 2017 and featured Chris Bauer, Richard Chwedyk, Meg Khoury, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Cath Schaff-Stump, and was hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

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Kameron Hurley: On Patience, Goal-Setting, and Gardening

I’m coming off a 16-hour editing day working on a novel called The Light Brigade, which comes out next year. The editing flurry was my fault – the book was three months late. Any later, and it was going to have to push to another publishing season.

Pushing a book out is a pain to everyone involved: the publishing machine is a capitalist enterprise like any other, and a writer ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher, Brief Cases (Ace 978-0-451-49210-4, $28.00, 437pp, hc) June 2018. Cover by Chris McGrath.

This new collection in the Dresden Files series offers 12 entertaining stories, some real gems. Three of my favorites, previously collected as Working for Bigfoot, are relatively light stories about Harry and a sasquatch who needs help for his half-human son. Several take the viewpoint of characters other than Harry Dresden, with a couple of ...Read More

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Romantic Times Closes

Founder Kathryn Falk and her husband and co-owner Kevin Rubin announced that romance publishing industry magazine RT Book Reviews is shutting down, effective immediately. The long-running RT Booklovers Convention is also ending, with the one held this May 15-20 in Reno NV being the last. This year’s RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards were the last that will be given. Falk wrote, “After 38 years, I am retiring and ending my participation ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga 978-1481497497, $19.99, 304pp, hc) April 2018.

Like its acknowledged inspiration, The Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera is something of a Christmas tree: a fairly generic template adorned with so many glittering ornaments and exuberant sentences careening along like beaded garlands (some of Valente’s more ambitious sentences sound as though they need bongos for backup), that pretty soon the plot ...Read More

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Gowar Nominated for Times Breakthrough Award

Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (Harvill Secker) is one of ten nominees for the Times Breakthrough Award, a category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards that recognizes outstanding new British artists. A “panel of Times judges” will determine the winner, who will receive a trophy at an awards ceremony broadcast on Sky Arts on July 1, 2018.

For more information, see the Bookseller website.


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Liz Bourke Reviews Though Hell Should Bar the Way by David Drake

Though Hell Should Bar the Way, David Drake (Baen 978-1481483131, $25.00, 416pp, hc). April 2018.

Though Hell Should Bar the Way is the twelfth and latest novel in David Drake’s Republic of Cinnabar Navy (RCN) series, published in the UK by Titan Books and in the USA by Baen. Drake is well known for his command of military science fiction – his record of success stretches back to the Hammer’s ...Read More

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2018 Best Translated Book Awards

The 11th annual Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) 2018 winners were announced at the New York Rights Fair. The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán (Open Letter), translated by Will Vanderhyden, won for fiction.

The winning authors and translators will each receive $5,000 cash prizes. Three Percent at the University of Rochester founded the BTBAs in 2008. For more information, see the Best Translated Book Award site.

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Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association announced the 2018 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, at the Audies Gala on May 31, 2018 at the New York Historical Society in New York.

Winners of genre interest include:

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • WINNER: House of Names, Colm Tóibín, read by Juliet Stevenson, et al. (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read by Claire
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Forthcoming Books Through March 2019

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the June 2018 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through March 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 June issue in print or digital editions.

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld,, and Bourbon Penn

Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/15/18
Lightspeed 4/18
Clarkesworld 3/18 2/18, 3/18
Bourbon Penn 3/18

In the May 15 issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Siobhan Carroll offers a powerful if slanted look at the course of a war in “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes”. A chef is captured by soldiers of the Iron Crusade, in the act of collecting an egg for his lord. The commander impulsively ...Read More

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Issue 689 Table of Contents, June 2018

The June issue features interviews with Jeffrey Ford and Theodora Goss; appreciations for Susan Ann Protter; an obituary for William O’Connor; a column by Kameron Hurley; US and British Forthcoming Books; the 2018 Nebula, Asimov’s Readers’, Analog AnLab, and Spectrum 25 awards winners; the Chesley, Clarke, Gemmell, and Shirley Jackson awards finalists; and reviews of short fiction and books by Rebecca Roanhorse, Barry N. Malzberg, Alma Katsu, Derek Künsken, and ...Read More

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Hill Wins YA Book Prize

Will Hill is the winner of the 2018 YA Book Prize for his novel After the Fire (Usborne). The £2,000 annual prize is given to the best young adult book written by an author living in the UK or Ireland and was presented May 31, 2018 at a ceremony during Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye, Wales. Hill’s previous genre titles include the Department 19 vampire hunter series.

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Time Was by Ian McDonald

Time Was, Ian McDonald ( 978-0-7653-9146-9, $14.99, 144pp, tp) April 2018.

Throughout his career, Ian McDonald has demon­strated a remarkable versatility of style and language. His recent fiction has ranged from the YA sense-of-wonder exuberance of his parallel-world Everness series to the efficient social melodrama narration of the Luna novels, but he’s always been equally capable of great lyricism, and his new novella, Time Was, is a persuasive and gorgeous ...Read More

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