The March 2020 issue of Locus has interviews with Nina Allan, Gareth L. Powell, and Sue Burke. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books titles through December 2020. News includes the Nebula Awards Ballot, Muir’s Crawford win, the 2020 Dell Award winner, the Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ awards, the inaugural Ray Bradbury prize finalists, Hachette’s acquisition of more than 1,000 Disney titles, RWA resignations, and much more. There is an international report on SF in India and photo stories on SF by the Bay and Michael Blumlein’s memorial. Cory Doctorow‘s column is entitled “A Lever Without A Fulcrum is Just a Stick”, and Kelly Lagor‘s column is “Putting the ‘Science’ in Science Fiction: Part Two”. Paul Barnett is remembered with an obituary, and D.C. Fontana with an appreciation by David Gerrold. Reviews cover new titles by Paul McAuley, Jonathan Strahan (ed.), Rick Wilber, K.J. Parker, Matthew Hughes, C.L. Polk, Daniel José Older, Matt Ruff, Max Barry, Claire Boyle (ed.), Eddie Robson, Seanan McGuire, Elana K. Arnold, E.L. Chen, Patrice Caldwell (ed.), Ben Aaronovitch, Genevieve Cogman, K.D. Edwards, E.E. Knight, Michelle Sagara, Carrie Vaughn, S.M. Stirling, Stephen Graham Jones, Kameron Hurley, and others.
TABLE of CONTENTS
March 2020 • Issue 710 • Vol. 84 • No. 3
52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman
Nina Allan: Never Enough Time / 10
Gareth L. Powell: A Rising Tide / 26
Sue Burke: Aliens Among Us / 48
MAIN STORIES / 5
2019 Nebula Awards Ballot • Muir Wins Crawford Award • World Fantasy Awards Judges • 2020 Dell Award Winner • 2019 BSFA Shortlist • Compton Crook Award Finalists • Analog AnLab Awards Finalists • Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize • Asimov’s Readers’ Award Finalists
THE DATA FILE / 7
Hachette Acquires Disney Titles • RWA Resignations • Captions Settlement • SLF Grants • Spectrum 27 Awards Finalists • Announcements • Diverse Editions Debacle • Publishing News • Workshop News • World Conventions News • RUSA Selections • HWA Summer Scares • LITA SF Notable Lists • Bestsellers of 2019 • Edgar Awards Nominations • Audie Awards Finalists • ALA Youth Media Awards • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Owl Goingback and Thomas Ligotti, Cory Doctorow, Mike Resnick, Naomi Novik, and many others
Photo Story: SF by the Bay / 29 Commentary: Kelly Lagor: Putting the “Science” in Science Fiction: Part Two / 24 Commentary: Cory Doctorow: A Lever Without A Fulcrum is Just a Stick / 25 Photo Story: Blumlein Memorial / 76
SF in India / 28
US Forthcoming Books / 30 UK Forthcoming Books / 42
Magazines Received: January / 50 Books Received: January / 51 British Books Received: December / 63 Bestsellers / 64
OBITUARIES / 77
Paul Barnett • Appreciation for D.C. Fontana by David Gerrold
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 78
“SF by the Bay” • Magazine Summary Whoops • Locus Awards • This Issue/Next Issue
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12
F&SF 3-4/20; Uncanny 1/20; Galaxy’s Edge 1/20; Interzone 1-2/20; Conjunctions 73.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 13
Mad Scientist Journal Winter ’20; Clarkesworld 1/20; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/16/20; Strange Horizons 1/6/20, 1/20/20; Lightspeed 1/20; Tor.com 1/8/20, 1/15/20; Diabolical Plots 1/20.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
War of the Maps, Paul McAuley; Made to Order: Robots and Revolution, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination, Rick Wilber; Prosper’s Demon, K.J. Parker.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 16
What the Wind Brings, Matthew Hughes.
Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 17
Stormsong, C.L. Polk; The Book of Lost Saints, Daniel José Older.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 18
88 Names, Matt Ruff; Providence, Max Barry; McSweeney’s 58: 2040 A.D., Claire Boyle, ed.; Hearts of Oak, Eddie Robson.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 20
Come Tumbling Down, Seanan McGuire; Red Hood, Elana K. Arnold; Summerwood/Winterwood, E.L. Chen; A Phoenix First Must Burn, Patrice Caldwell, ed.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 22
False Value, Ben Aaronovitch; The Secret Chapter, Genevieve Cogman; The Hanged Man, K.D. Edwards; Novice Dragoneer, E.E. Knight; Imaginary Numbers, Seanan McGuire; Cast in Wisdom, Michelle Sagara; The Immortal Conquistador, Carrie Vaughn.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Liz Bourke, Paula Guran, Ysabeau S. Wilce / 23
Shadows of Annihilation, S.M. Stirling; The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones; The Broken Heavens, Kameron Hurley.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 12, 15, 17, 22
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/16/20 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 1/20 (Karen Burnham)
Conjunctions 73 (Rich Horton)
Diabolical Plots 1/20 (Karen Burnham)
F&SF 3-4/20 (Rich Horton)
Galaxy’s Edge 1/20 (Rich Horton)
Interzone 1-2/20 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 1/20 (Karen Burnham)
Mad Scientist Journal Winter ’20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 1/6/20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 1/20/20 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 1/8/20 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 1/15/20 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 1/20 (Rich Horton)
Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Aaronovitch, Ben • False Value (Carolyn Cushman)
Arnold, Elena K. • Red Hood (Colleen Mondor)
Barry, Max • Providence (Ian Mond)
Boyle, Claire, ed. • McSweeney’s 58: 2040 A.D. (Ian Mond)
Caldwell, Patrice • A Phoenix First Must Burn (Colleen Mondor)
Chen, E.L. • Summerwood/Winterwood (Colleen Mondor)
Cogman, Genevieve • The Secret Chapter (Carolyn Cushman)
Edwards, K.D. • The Hanged Man (Carolyn Cushman)
Hughes, Matthew • What the Wind Brings (Russell Letson)
Hurley, Kameron • The Broken Heavens (Ysabeau Wilce)
Jones, Stephen Graham • The Only Good Indians (Paula Guran)
Knight, E.E. • Novice Dragoneer (Carolyn Cushman)
McAuley, Paul • War of the Maps (Gary K. Wolfe)
McGuire, Seanan • Come Tumbling Down (Colleen Mondor)
McGuire, Seanan • Imaginary Numbers (Carolyn Cushman)
Older, Daniel José • The Book of Lost Saints (Katharine Coldiron)
Parker, K.J. • Prosper’s Demon (Gary K. Wolfe)
Polk, C.L. • Stormsong (Katharine Coldiron)
Robson, Eddie • Hearts of Oak (Ian Mond)
Ruff, Matt • 88 Names (Ian Mond)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Wisdom (Carolyn Cushman)
Stirling, S.M. • Shadows of Annihilation (Liz Bourke)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Made to Order: Robots and Revolution (Gary K. Wolfe)
Vaughn, Carrie • The Immortal Conquistador (Carolyn Cushman)
Wilber, Rick • Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination (Gary K. Wolfe)