Locus Magazine, Science Fiction FantasyLocus Magazine • August 2012 • Issue 619 • Vol. 69 No. 2

The August issue features interviews with Jack Vance and with Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, results of this year’s Locus Survey, more appreciations of the late Ray Bradbury, reports and photos from Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Kij Johnson, Paula Brandon, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven, John Barnes, and many others.

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August 2012 • Issue 619 • Vol. 69 No. 2
45th Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Jack Vance: Go For Broke / 6
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer: The Weird / 7
Spotlight: E. Lily Yu / 5
Locus Survey / 28
Locus Awards Weekend / 5
Readercon / 34
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 Fredric Brown, Neil Gaiman, Gail Carriger, Patrick Ness, Mike Resnick, James Gunn, and many others
M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10
2012 Locus Awards Winners • 2012 Locus Poll Results • 2012 Nebula Awards Weekend • Ness Wins Carnegie, Kay Wins Greenaway • 2012 Chesley Awards Finalists • Antitrust Suit Update
T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 13
World Fantasy Life Achievement Awards • Priest and Slonczewski Win Campbell, McAuley Wins Sturgeon • Shirley Jackson Awards Winners
Magazines Received: June / 36
Books Received: June / 37
British Books Received: May / 49
Bestsellers / 50
International Books and Magazines Received / 54
E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 56
Looking Back • Travel • This Issue • Next Issue
O B I T U A R I E S / 57
Appreciations for Ray Bradbury by Susan Bradbury Nixon, David Brin, and Lou Aronica • Margaret MahySuzanne Allés BlomCynthia Goldstone • Appreciation for Jim Young by Michael Swanwick



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


Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 15
The New Yorker 6/4/12-6/11/12; Asimov’s 4-5/12; Asimov’s 6/12; Eater-of-Bone and Other Novellas, Robert Reed.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 17
The New Yorker 6/4/12-6/11/12; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/31/12; Clarkesworld 6/12; Lightspeed 6/12; Interzone 5-6/12; 6/12; Intergalactic Medicine Show 3/12; Analog 9/12; Strange Horizons 6/12; The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories, Andy Duncan.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 18
At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson; Cracklescape, Margo Lanagan; Be My Enemy, Ian McDonald; Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010, Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 20
The Wanderers, Paula Brandon; Worldsoul, Liz Williams; Blackwood, Gwenda Bond; Zeuglodon, James P. Blaylock; SHORT TAKE: Permeable Borders, Nina Kiriki Hoffman.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 23
Bowl of Heaven, Gregory Benford & Larry Niven; The Apocalypse Codex, Charles Stross.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 25
Raise the Gipper, John Barnes; Spin the Sky, Katy Stauber; Existence, David Brin; vN: The First Machine Dynasty, Madeline Ashby.
Locus Looks at Art Books by Karen Haber / 27
Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art, Jeffrey Jones & Cliff Biggers; The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings, Patrick Wilshire & David Spurlock, eds.; SHORT TAKE: Michael Wm. Kaluta: Sketchbook Series 1: Sketchbook, Michael William Kaluta.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History /



Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog September 2012 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s April/May 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies May 2012 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld June 2012 (Rich Horton)
Intergalactic Medicine Show March 2012 (Rich Horton)
Interzone May-Jun 2012 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed June 2012 (Rich Horton)
New Yorker June 4 & 11 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
New Yorker June 4 & 11 2012 (Rich Horton)
Strange Horizons June 2012 (Rich Horton) June 2012 (Rich Horton)

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

Ashby, Madeline • vN (Adrienne Martini)
Barnes, John • Raise the Glass (Adrienne Martini)
Benford, Gregory, & Larry Niven • Bowl of Heaven (Russell Letson)
Blaylock, James P. • Zeuglodon (Faren Miller)
Bond, Gwenda • Blackwood (Faren Miller)
Brandon, Paula • The Wanderers (Faren Miller)
Brin, David • Existence (Adrienne Martini)
Broderick, Damien, & Paul Di Filippo • Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010 (Gary K. Wolfe)
Duncan, Andy • The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories (Rich Horton)
Hoffman, Nina Kiriki • Permeable Borders (Faren Miller)
Johnson, Kij • At the Mouth of the River of Bees (Gary K. Wolfe)
Jones, Jeffrey • Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (Karen Haber)
Kaluta, Michael William • Michael Wm. Kaluta: Sketchbook Series 1: Sketchbook (Karen Haber)
Lanagan, Margo • Cracklespace (Gary K. Wolfe)
McDonald, Ian • Be My Enemy (Gary K. Wolfe)
Reed, Robert • Eater-of-Bone and Other Novellas (Gardner Dozois)
Stauber, Katy • Spin the Sky (Adrienne Martini)
Stross, Charles • The Apocalypse Codex (Russell Letson)
Williams, Liz • Worldsoul (Faren Miller)
Wilshire, Patrick, & David Spurlock, eds. • The Art of the Dragon: The Definitive Collection of Contemporary Dragon Paintings (Karen Haber)