Issue 715 Table of Contents, August 2020

The August 2020 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Tochi Onyebuchi and John Hornor Jacobs. Main Stories include the SF&F Hall of Fame inductees, Fantasy relaunch, new copyright registration rules, misconduct allegations in the SF field, and the Shirley Jackson and Prometheus winners. There is a full report on the 2020 Locus Awards online event, with photos. Other news includes the Rhysling winners, Sunburst and Clarke shortlists, COVID-19 relief, World Conventions news, and the results of this year’s Locus Survey. Kameron Hurley‘s column is entitled “Of Men and Monsters”. Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Rudolfo Anaya, Jean-Pierre Moumon, and F. Alexander Brejcha are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by Susanna Clarke, R.B. Lemberg, Cat Sparks, Justina Robson, Melissa Caruso, Jenn Lyons, Catherine Asaro, Algis Budrys, C.J. Cherryh, Marko Kloos, K.J. Parker, Veronica Roth, Karen Osborne, Myke Cole, David Mitchell, Samit Basu, Adam Cesare, Yoss, Kalynn Bayron, Alechia Dow, Sasha Laurens, Kyrie McCauley, Erica Waters, Jess Nevins, and others.

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Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

August 2020 • Issue 715 • Vol. 85 • No. 1
53rd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Tochi Onyebuchi: Power Systems / 10
John Hornor Jacobs: The Notes You Don’t Play / 28

SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees Fantasy Relaunch • Shirley Jackson Awards Winners • Prometheus Awards Winners • Clarke Award Shortlist • New Copyright Registration Rules • Misconduct Allegations in the SF Field

Rhysling Awards Winners • Sunburst Awards Shortlist • COVID-19 Relief • World Conventions News • Conventions News • Bookstore News Publishing News • Announcements • Bundoran Press Closes • Stewart’s Roundabout • Rowling Controversy Continues • Awards News • Legal News • Financial News

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Alan Dean Foster, Colson Whitehead, Kazuo Ishiguro, Tim Pratt, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Devi Pillai, and many others

Photo Story: Odyssey 2020 / 6 Kameron Hurley: Of Men and Monsters / 27 2020 Locus Survey Results / 32

2020 Locus Awards Online / 30

Magazines Received: June / 35 Books Received: June / 36 British Books Received: May / 44 Bestsellers / 46

Carlos Ruiz ZafónRudolfo AnayaJean-Pierre Moumon • DEATH NOTED: F. Alexander Brejcha

Locus Awards Online • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
A Sinister Quartet, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Amanda J. McGee & Jessica P. Wick, eds.; Aftermath of an Industrial Accident, Mike Allen; Pulp Literature Spring ’20; Interzone 5-6/20; Galaxy’s Edge 5/20; Reckoning #4.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 6/20; Lightspeed 7/20; 6/10/20, 6/17/20; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/18/20; Strange Horizons 6/2/20, 6/8/20; Samovar 4/20; Mithila Review #14.

Reviews by Paula Guran / 15
The Dark 5/20, 6/20; Nightmare 6/20, 7/20; Black Static 5-6/20; Uncanny 5-6/20.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Piranesi, Susanna Clarke; The Four Profound Weaves, R.B. Lemberg; Dark Harvest, Cat Sparks; Paper Hearts, Justina Robson.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
The Obsidian Tower, Melissa Caruso; The Memory of Souls, Jenn Lyons; The Vanished Seas, Catherine Asaro.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 20
Beyond the Outposts: Essays on SF and Fantasy 1955-1996, Algis Budrys; Divergence, C.J. Cherryh.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 21
Ballistic, Marko Kloos; How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It, K.J. Parker; Chosen Ones, Veronica Roth; Architects of Memory, Karen Osborne; Sixteenth Watch, Myke Cole.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 22
Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell; Chosen Spirits, Samit Basu; Clown in a Cornfield, Adam Cesare; Red Dust, Yoss.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 24
Cinderella Is Dead, Kalynn Bayron; The Sound of Stars, Alechia Dow; A Wicked Magic, Sasha Laurens; If These Wings Could Fly, Kyrie McCauley; Ghost Wood Song, Erica Waters.

Reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 26
Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature’s Most Chilling Genre, Jess Nevins.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 14, 19, 20, 26

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/18/20 (Karen Burnham)
Black Static 5-6/20 (Paula Guran)
Clarkesworld 6/20 (Karen Burnham)
The Dark 5/20 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 6/20 (Paula Guran)
Galaxy’s Edge 5/20 (Rich Horton)
Interzone 5-6/20 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 7/20 (Karen Burnham)
Mithila Review #14 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 6/20 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 7/20 (Paula Guran)
Pulp Literature Spring ’20 (Rich Horton)
Reckoning 4 (Rich Horton)
Samovar 4/20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 6/2/20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 6/8/20 (Karen Burnham) 6/10/20 (Karen Burnham) 6/17/20 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 5-6/20 (Paula Guran)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Allen, Mike • Aftermath of an Industrial Accident (Rich Horton)
Allen, Mike, & C. S. E. Cooney, eds. • A Sinister Quartet (Rich Horton)
Asaro, Catherine • The Vanished Seas (Liz Bourke)
Basu, Samit • Chosen Spirits (Ian Mond)
Bayron, Kalynn • Cinderella Is Dead (Colleen Mondor)
Budrys, Algis • Beyond the Outposts: Essays on SF and Fantasy 1955-1996 (Russell Letson)
Caruso, Melissa • The Obsidian Tower (Liz Bourke)
Cesare, Adam • Clown in a Cornfield (Ian Mond)
Cherryh, C. J. • Divergence (Russell Letson)
Clarke, Susanna • Piranesi (Gary K. Wolfe)
Cole, Myke • Sixteenth Watch (Adrienne Martini)
Dow, Alechia • The Sound of Stars (Colleen Mondor)
Kloos, Marko • Ballistic (Adrienne Martini)
Laurens, Sasha • A Wicked Magic (Colleen Mondor)
Lemberg, R. B. • The Four Profound Weaves (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lyons, Jenn • The Memory of Souls (Liz Bourke)
McCauley, Kyrie • If These Wings Could Fly (Colleen Mondor)
Mitchell, David • Utopia Avenue (Ian Mond)
Nevins, Jess • Horror Fiction in the 20th Century: Exploring Literature’s Most Chilling Genre (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Osborne, Karen • Architects of Memory (Adrienne Martini)
Parker, K. J. • How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It (Adrienne Martini)
Robson, Justina • Paper Hearts (Gary K. Wolfe)
Roth, Veronica • Chosen Ones (Adrienne Martini)
Sparks, Cat • Dark Harvest (Gary K. Wolfe)
Waters, Erica • Ghost Wood Song (Colleen Mondor)
Yoss • Red Dust (Ian Mond)

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