Welcome to the launch of the Locus Roundtable blog.
We dedicated some time at the end of last year to work with our intrepid web editor, Mark R. Kelly, making plans to add to and streamline our online space; the most notable changes include the news feed on the homepage and this latest addition, a team blog covering topics of SFnal interest. Our starting line-up of contributors includes various reviewers, authors, and academics—Terry Bisson, John Clute, Rich Horton, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Paul Witcover, Gary K. Wolfe—as well as some of the Locus editorial staff—Amelia Beamer, Charles N. Brown, Jonathan Strahan, and myself.
We’re launching the blog with a Roundtable discussion on 2008, to complement our February Year-in-Review issue of Locus. This is not a “Best of” or “Top Ten” discussion per se, but rather a look at some standout titles from the year, how those titles fit into the field, and some introspection on choosing titles from amongst the many. The first part of the discussion takes place between some of our long fiction reviewers, and we hope to follow up with a second discussion between short fiction reviewers and invited editors.
Thanks to everyone for their contributions, especially Mark and Jonathan who were essential to getting this up and running.
I hope you enjoy the blog.