Issue 699 Table of Contents, April 2019

The April issue features interviews with Jasper Fforde and Sarah Beth Durst; a column by Kameron Hurley; an obituary for Janet Asimov; the Sturgeon Award and Aurealis Awards finalists; the Audie Awards winners; the Kitschies shortlists; a photo story on Bastard Legion; FOGcon report; a spotlight on David Baldacci; SF in India; and reviews of short fiction and books by Cynthia Ward, Chen Qiufan, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Meg Elison, and many others.

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Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy


April 2019 • Issue 699 • Vol. 82 • No. 4

52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Francesca Myman

Jasper Fforde: Narrative Dare / 10
Sarah Beth Durst: Love the Journey / 26

Levine Goes Indie • Sturgeon Award Finalists • InterGalactic Medicine Show Closing • Curtis Wins Dell Award • Nebula Awards Ballot Controversy • Aurealis Awards Finalists

PEN America Winners • Audie Awards Winners • Carnegie Medal Shortlist • Kitschies Shortlists • Bradbury News • Dick News • Derleth Park Renamed • Odyssey Workshop Scholarships • Amazon News • Publishing News • World Conventions News • Awards News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Christopher Paolini, Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer, Ellen Klages, Philip Pullman, Gabriel García Márquez, Seanan McGuire, and many others

Commentary: Kameron Hurley: The Future Is Intrinsically Hopeful / 25 Spotlight on David Baldacci / 28 FOGcon / 29 2018 British Book Summary / 30 SF in India: Report of the 17th Indian Science Fiction Conference / 50 Photo Story: Bastard Legion / 53

Magazines Received: February / 32 Books Received: February / 33 British Books Received: January / 44 Bestsellers / 46

Janet Asimov


ICFA • Locus Poll & Survey Awards! • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12
Analog 3-4/19; Asimov’s 3-4/19; Uncanny 3-4/19; Black Infinity Fall ’18; Strange Economics, David F. Shultz, ed.; The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum, Cynthia Ward; The Freeze-Frame Revolution, Peter Watts.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 13 1/23/19, 1/30/19, 1/31/19; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/14/19, 2/28/19; Clarkesworld 2/19; Fiyah Winter ’19; Lightspeed 3/19; Future Tense 1/19; Abyss & Apex 1st Quarter ’19; Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 1/19.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 14
Nightmare 2/19, 3/19; The Dark 1/19, 2/19; Uncanny 1-2/19; Black Static 1-2/19.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 15
Luna: Moon Rising
, Ian McDonald; Edges, Linda Nagata.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Waste Tide
, Chen Qiufan; Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, Ken Liu, ed.; Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction, Sunyung Park & Sang Joon Park, eds.; Big Cat and Other Stories, Gwyneth Jones.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
Empress of Forever
, Max Gladstone; The Hound of Justice, Claire O’Dell; Cast in Oblivion, Michelle Sagara; An Illusion of Thieves, Cate Glass; Prisoner of Midnight, Barbara Hambly.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Golden State
, Ben H. Winters; We Cast a Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin; The Book of Flora, Meg Elison; Dark Constellations, Pola Oloixarac.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 22
Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
, Arwen Elys Dayton; The October Man, Ben Aaronovitch; Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, Scotto Moore; Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, K.J. Parker; Golden State, Ben H. Winters.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Katharine Coldiron, Coleen Mondor, Rich Horton / 23
The Gutter Prayer
, Gareth Hanrahan; The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi; For the Killing of Kings, Howard Andrew Jones.

Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 24
And Other Stories
, Adam-Troy Castro; The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty; The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko; Ninth Step Station, Season 1, Episodes 1-8 (of 11), Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi, and Curtis C. Chen.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 17, 19, 21, 23

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Abyss & Apex 1st Quarter ’19 (Karen Burnham)
3-4/19 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s 3-4/19 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/14/19 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/28/19 (Karen Burnham)
Black Infinity Fall ’18 (Rich Horton)
Black Static 1-2/19 (Paula Guran)
Clarkesworld 2/19 (Karen Burnham)
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 1/19 (Karen Burnham)
The Dark 1/19 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 2/19 (Paula Guran)
Fiyah Winter ’19 (Karen Burnham)
Future Tense 1/19 (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 3/19 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 2/19 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 3/19 (Paula Guran) 1/23/19 (Karen Burnham) 1/30/19 (Karen Burnham) 1/31/19 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 1-2/19 (Paula Guran)
Uncanny 3-4/19 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Aaronovitch, Ben • The October Man (Adrienne Martini)
Carlos, Maurice • We Cast a Shadow (Ian Mond)
Chokshi, Roshani • The Gilded Wolves (Colleen Mondor)
Dayton, Arwen Elys • Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful (Adrienne Martini)
Elison, Meg • The Book of Flora (Ian Mond)
Gladstone, Max • Empress of Forever (Liz Bourke)
Glass, Cate • An Illusion of Thieves (Liz Bourke)
Hambly, Barbara • Prisoner of Midnight (Liz Bourke)
Hanrahan, Gareth • The Gutter Prayer (Katharine Coldiron)
Jones, Gwyneth • Big Cat and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Jones, Howard Andrew • For the Killing of Kings (Rich Horton)
Liu, Ken, ed. • Broken Stars (Gary K. Wolfe)
McDonald, Ian • Luna: Moon Rising (Russell Letson)
Moore, Scotto • Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You (Adrienne Martini)
Nagata, Linda • Edges (Russell Letson)
O’Dell, Claire • The Hound of Justice (Liz Bourke)
Oloixarac, Pola • Dark Constellations (Ian Mond)
Park, Sunyung, & Sang Joon Park, eds. • Readymade Bodhisativa: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction (Gary K. Wolfe)
Parker, K. J. • Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City (Adrienne Martini)
Qiufan, Chen • Waste Tide (Gary K. Wolfe)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Oblivion (Liz Bourke)
Shultz, David G., ed. • Strange Economics (Rich Horton)
Ward, Cynthia • The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum (Rich Horton)
Watts, Peter • The Freeze-Frame Revolution (Rich Horton)
Winters, Ben H. • Golden State (Adrienne Martini)
Winters, Ben H. • Golden State (Ian Mond)

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