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Table of Contents


May 2015 • Issue 652 • Vol. 74 • No. 5
48th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Nnedi Okorafor: Magical Futurism / 6
Ken Liu: Silkpunk / 58
Willliamson Lectureship: April 9-11, 2015 / 4 2015 Writers and Illustrators of the Future / 5 2015 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts / 32 Norwescon 38 / 57
2015 Hugo Awards Ballot • Elison Wins Dick Award • 2014 BSFA Awards Winners • Russ and Schmidt Win Solstice Awards • Byrne and Walton Win Tiptree • Dell Awards Winners • Hugo Awards Controversy
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Tom Holt/K.J.Parker, F. Paul Wilson, Harlan Ellison, Cherie Priest, Robert Silverberg, and many others
Clarke Award Shortlist • 2014 Aurealis Awards Winners • Cutter Wins Herbert • Publishing News • Tiptree Fellowships • Awards News • World Conventions News • Book News • Announcements • Financial News
Commentary by Cory Doctorow: Shorter / 29 Spotlight on: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Artist / 31 Spotlight on: Jessica Cohen, Artist / 55
Magazines Received: March / 30 Books Received: March / 35 British Books Received: February / 46 Bestsellers / 48
Peggy Rae Sapienza Günter Grass Ellen Conford
Bloc Voting • Trips • This Issue/Next Issue

Gardnerspace: A Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 14
Asimov’s 3/15; F&SF 3-4/15; The Best of Ian McDonald, Ian McDonald.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 15
F&SF 3-4/15; Analog 4/15; Analog 5/15; Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.; Operation Arcana, John Joseph Adams, ed.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi; Seveneves, Neal Stephenson; Where, Kit Reed; Perdido: A Fragment from a Work in Progress, Peter Straub.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 18
Long Black Curl, Alex Bledsoe; Come Away, Stephen Policoff; Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, Alex Shvartsman; Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan; Vermilion, Molly Tanzer.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 21
Tracker, C.J. Cherryh; Evensong, John Love.
Reviews by Stefan Dziemianowicz / 22
Finders Keepers, Stephen King; Jack of Spades, Joyce Carol Oates; The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker.
Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 25
The Exile, C.T. Adams; Monstrous, MarcyKate Connolly; Princess Acedemy: The Forgotten Sisters, Shannon Hale; Unbound, Jim C. Hines; Of Noble Family, Mary Robinette Kowal; Artemis Invaded, Jane Lindskold; Pocket Apocalypse, Seanan McGuire; Uprooted, Naomi Novik; Cat Out of Hell, Lynne Truss.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Colleen Mondor, Richard A. Lupoff, Tom Whitmore & Liz Bourke / 26
The Messengers, Edward Hogan; The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma; The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro; Dancing with the Squirrels, Dwight R. Decker; To Hold the Bridge, Garth Nix; Updraft, Fran Wilde; Corsair, James L. Cambias.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 25


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog April 2015 (Rich Horton)
Analog May 2015 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s March 2015 (Gardner Dozois)
F&SF March/April 2015 (Gardner Dozois)
F&SF March/April 2015 (Rich Horton)

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

Adams, C. T. • The Exile (Carolyn Cushman)
Adams, John Joseph, ed. • Operation Arcana (Rich Horton)
Bacigalupi, Paolo • The Water Knife (Gary K. Wolfe)
Barker, Clive • The Scarlet Gospels (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Bledsoe, Alex • Long Black Curl (Faren Miller)
Bourke, Liz • Updraft (Liz Bourke)
Brennan, Marie • Voyage of the Basilisk (Faren Miller)
Cambias, James • Corsair (Liz Bourke)
Cherryh, C. J. • Tracker (Russell Letson)
Connolly, MarcyKate • Monstrous (Carolyn Cushman)
Decker, Dwight R. • Dancing with the Squirrels (Richard A. Lupoff)
Hale, Shannon • Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters (Carolyn Cushman)
Hines, Jim C. • Unbound (Carolyn Cushman)
Hogan, Edward • The Messengers (Colleen Mondor)
Ishiguro, Kazuo • The Buried Giant (Richard A. Lupoff)
King, Stephen • Finders Keepers (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Kowal, Mary Robinette • Of Noble Family (Carolyn Cushman)
Lindskold, Jane • Artemis Invaded (Carolyn Cushman)
Love, John • Evensong (Russell Letson)
Martin, George R. R., & Gardner Dozois, eds. • Old Venus (Rich Horton)
McDonald, Ian • The Best of Ian McDonald (Gardner Dozois)
McGuire, Seanan • Pocket Apocalypse (Carolyn Cushman)
Nix, Garth • To Hold the Bridge (Tom Whitmore)
Novik, Naomi • Uprooted (Carolyn Cushman)
Oates, Joyce Carol • Jack of Spades (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Policoff, Stephen • Come Away (Faren Miller)
Reed, Kit • Where (Gary K. Wolfe)
Shvartsman, Alex • Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories (Faren Miller)
Stephenson, Neal • Seveneves (Gary K. Wolfe)
Straub, Peter • Perdido (Gary K. Wolfe)
Suma, Nova Ren • The Walls Around Us (Colleen Mondor)
Tanzer, Molly • Vermilion (Faren Miller)
Truss, Lynne • Cat Out of Hell (Carolyn Cushman)