Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyLocus Magazine • January 2012 • Issue 612 • Vol. 68 No. 1

The January issue has interviews with Lois McMaster Bujold and Claude Lalumière, a new column by Cory Doctorow, obituaries of Anne McCaffrey and Darrell K. Sweet, and reviews of new books by Margo Lanagan, Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Michael Dirda, and many others, plus audiobook review by Amy Goldschlager.

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January 2012 • Issue 612 • Vol. 68 No. 1
44th Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Francesca Myman

Lois McMaster Bujold: Topias / 6
Claude Lalumière: The Word for Yearning / 60
Anne McCaffrey (1926 – 2011) / 5
Appreciations by Todd McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison, Michael Whelan, Janis Ian, Catherine Asaro, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jody Lynn Nye, James Frenkel, and Jack Dann
Darrell K. Sweet (1934-2011) / 31
P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Fred Saberhagen, Ian Tregillis, Lois McMaster Bujold, Kevin J. Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Anne Rice, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10
Prix Aurora Awards • E-Book Lending Controversy • Fantasy and Lightspeed Merge • Your Store, Amazon’s Showroom
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11
Amazon News • Google Book Lawsuit News • Antitrust and the Agency Model • Night Shade Off Probation • Audible’s Best • BFS Committee Positions Filled • World Book Night • Multi-Million-Dollar Comics • ISBNs for E-Books • Writing Workshop Applications Open • Awards News • Magazine News • Announcements • Legal News • Publishing News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Audiobooks Received
C O M M E N T A R Y / 20
Cory Doctorow: A Vocabulary for Speaking about the Future
Magazines Received: November / 36
Books Received: November / 37
British Books Received: October / 49
Bestsellers / 52
O B I T U A R I E S / 58
Russell Hoban Thomas J. Bassler Euan Harvey Gilbert Adair Christopher Hitchens Juan Carlos Planells John Berry Michelle Muijsert
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 59
Welcome 2012, Goodbye 2011 • Anne McCaffrey • This Issue • Next Issue



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S


Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 14
F&SF 11-12/11; Asimov’s 12/11; Interzone 7-8/11; Interzone 9-10/11; Interzone 11-12/11.
Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15
Asimov’s 1/12; Analog 1-2/12; Realms of Fantasy 10/11; On Spec Summer ’11; An A to Z of the Fantastic City, Hal Duncan; Wave of Mutilation, Douglas Lain; Fall Into Time, Douglas Lain.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Sea Hearts (in the US and UK as The Brides of Rollrock Island), Margo Lanagan; Hitchers, Will McIntosh; Cain, Jos&3acute; Saramago.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 18
A Web of Air, Philip Reeve; All Men of Genius, Lev A.C. Rosen; The Taker, Alma Katsu; Necropolis, Michael Dempsey; A Rope of Thorns, Gemma Files.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 21
Gothic High-Tech, Bruce Sterling; Earthbound, Joe Haldeman.
Reviews by Paul Witcover / 22
Nested Scrolls: A Writers’s Life, Rudy Rucker; The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fantasy, Michael Bishop; Count to a Trillion, John C. Wright.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Stefan Dziemianowicz and Gwenda Bond / 24
On Conan Doyle, Michael Dirda; Ghosts Know, Ramsey Campbell; The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates; Blood Red Road, Moira Young; The Conference of the Birds, Peter Sís.
Locus Listens to Audiobooks: Amy Goldschlager / 27
Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks; Fox and Phoenix, Beth Bernobich; Queen of Kings, Maria Dahvana Headley; Tunnel in the Sky, Robert A. Heinlein; The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown, Paul Malmont; The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern; Snuff, Terry Pratchett; The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History /
15, 17, 19, 23



Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog January/February 2012 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s December 2011 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s January 2012 (Rich Horton)
F&SF Nov/Dec 2011 (Gardner Dozois)
Interzone July-August 2011 (Gardner Dozois)
Interzone Sep-Oct 2011 (Gardner Dozois)
Interzone Nov-Dec 2011 (Gardner Dozois)
On Spec Summer 2011 (Rich Horton)
Realms of Fantasy October 2011 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer)

Bishop, Michael • The Door Gunner and Other Perilous Flights of Fancy (Paul Witcover)
Campbell, Ramsey • Ghosts Know (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Dempsey, Michael • Necropolis (Faren Miller)
Dirda, Michael • On Conan Doyle (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Duncan, Hal • An A-Z of the Fantastic City (Rich Horton)
Files, Gemma • A Rope of Thorns (Faren Miller)
Haldeman, Joe • Earthbound (Russell Letson)
Katsu, Alma • The Taker (Faren Miller)
Lain, Douglas • Fall Into Time (Rich Horton)
Lain, Douglas • Wave of Mutilation (Rich Horton)
Lanagan, Margo • Sea Hearts (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lanagan, Margo • The Brides of Rollrock Island (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lanagan, Margo • The Brides of Rollrock Island (Gary K. Wolfe)
McIntosh, Will • Hitchers (Gary K. Wolfe)
Oates, Joyce Carol • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Reeve, Philip • A Web of Air (Faren Miller)
Reeve, Philip • A Web of Air (Faren Miller)
Rosen, Lev AC • All Men of Genius (Faren Miller)
Rucker, Rudy • Nested Scrolls: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (Paul Witcover)
Rucker, Rudy • Nested Scrolls: A Writer’s Life (Paul Witcover)
Saramago, José, translated by Margaret Jull Costa • Cain (Gary K. Wolfe)
Sís, Peter • The Conference of the Birds (Gwenda Bond)
Sterling, Bruce • Gothic High-Tech (Russell Letson)
Wright, John C. • Count to a Trillion (Paul Witcover)
Young, Moira • Blood Red Road (Gwenda Bond)