Issue 718 Table of Contents, November 2020

The November 2020 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Victor LaValle and Meg Elison and spotlights on We Need Diverse Books and Fantasy Magazine. Main story headlines include Jemisin Wins Genius Grant, Serpell Wins Clarke, Palmer Wins Sturgeon, HMH to Discontinue JJA Books, WFC Revises Program, B&N Breached, and a photo story: Meacham Retires. Data File continues with National Book Awards News, Time’s 100 Best Fantasy Books, Labyrinth Road, and much more. People and Publishing adds news about Tomi Adeyemi, John Crowley, Jeff VanderMeer, Matthew Hughes, Scott Westerfeld, and many others. ICon in Israel (online this year) and EstCon in Estonia (an in-person but socially distanced event) are covered with reports and photos/screencaps. Randall Kenan is remembered with an obituary and Richard A. Lupoff‘s death is noted with a Breaking News box, with coverage to follow December 2020. Cory Doctorow‘s column is entitled “Past Performance is Not Indicative of Future Results”. Reviews cover new titles by Jonathan Strahan (ed.), Jonathan Lethem, Sam J. Miller, V.E. Schwab, Jane Yolen, Michael Marshall Smith, Kathe Koja, John Langan, David J. Schow, Eugen Bacon, A. Deborah Baker, Andrea Hairston, Jonathan Lethem, Laura van den Berg, Hiroko Oyamada, Roshani Chokshi, Sara Faring, C.S. Malerich, Lilliam Rivera, Walter Jon Williams, Karen Osborne, Derek Künsken, and more.

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Locus Magazine, Science Fiction Fantasy

November 2020 • Issue 718 • Vol. 85 • No. 5
53rd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Steven H. Segal

Victor LaValle: Destroy the Reader / 10
Meg Elison: They’re Made Out of Stories / 30

Jemisin Wins Genius Grant • Serpell Wins Clarke • Palmer Wins Sturgeon • HMH to Discontinue JJA Books • WFC Revises Program • B&N Breached

National Book Awards News • Time‘s 100 Best Fantasy Books • Labyrinth Road • Absinthe Books • Patterson Gives • Sunburst Awards Hiatus • Elgin Awards Winners • 2021 ICFA Going Virtual • Diversity Initiatives • Women’s Prize Controversy • Senators Against Cixin Liu • Bookstore News • Publishing News • Awards News • Announcements • World Conventions News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Tomi Adeyemi, John Crowley, Jeff VanderMeer, Matthew Hughes, Scott Westerfeld, and many others

Photo Story: Meacham Retires / 7 Commentary by Cory Doctorow: Past Performance is Not Indicative of Future Results / 25 ICon / 26 EstCon / 28 Spotlight on We Need Diverse Books / 29 Spotlight on Fantasy Magazine / 51 Locus Letters / 57

Magazines Received: September / 32 Books Received: September / 33 British Books Received: August / 42 Bestsellers / 44

Randall Kenan

November Already? • Beth Meacham Retires • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Uncanny 9-10/20; F&SF 11-12/20; Interzone 9-10/20; Galaxy’s Edge 9/20; The Adventure of the Naked Guide, Cynthia Ward; Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas, Emily C. Skaftun; The Best of James Van Pelt, James Van Pelt.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Strange Horizons 8/20; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/27/20; Clarkesworld 9/20; Lightspeed 10/20; Future SF Digest 6/20; Diabolical Plots 9/20; Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 8/20; Daily SF 9/20; Night Roll, Michael J. DeLuca; Bunkerpunk, Thea Boodhoo, ed.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 1, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; The Arrest, Jonathan Lethem; The Blade Between, Sam J. Miller; The Invisible Life of Addie Larue, V.E. Schwab.

Reviews by Paula Guran / 18
The Midnight Circus, Jane Yolen; The Best of Michael Marshall Smith, Michael Marshall Smith; Velocities: Stories, Kathe Koja; Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies, John Langan; Monster Movies, David J. Schow.

Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 19
Ivory’s Story, Eugen Bacon; Over the Woodward Wall, A. Deborah Baker; Master of Poisons, Andrea Hairston.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
The Arrest, Jonathan Lethem; I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg; The Hole, Hiroko Oyamada; The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories, Eugen Bacon.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 22
The Silvered Serpents, Roshani Chokshi; White Fox, Sara Faring; The Factory Witches of Lowell, C.S. Malerich; Never Look Back, Lilliam Rivera.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, Liz Bourke, Rich Horton / 24
Fleet Elements, Walter Jon Williams; Architects of Memory, Karen Osborne; The House of Styx, Derek Künsken.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 19, 23

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/27/20 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 9/20 (Karen Burnham)
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 8/20 (Karen Burnham)
Daily SF 9/20 (Karen Burnham)
Diabolical Plots 9/20 (Karen Burnham)
F&SF 11-12/20 (Rich Horton)
Future SF Digest 6/20 (Karen Burnham)
Galaxy’s Edge 9/20 (Rich Horton)
Interzone 9-10/20 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 10/20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 8/20 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 9-10/20 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Bacon, Eugen • Ivory’s Story (Katharine Coldiron)
Bacon, Eugen • The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories (Ian Mond)
Baker, A. Deborah • Over the Woodward Wall (Katharine Coldiron)
Boodhoo, Thea, ed. • Bunkerpunk (Karen Burnham)
Chokshi, Roshani • The Silvered Serpents (Colleen Mondor)
DeLuca, Michael J. • Night Roll (Karen Burnham)
Faring, Sara • White Fox (Colleen Mondor)
Hairston, Andrea • Master of Poisons (Katharine Coldiron)
Koja, Kathe • Velocities: Stories (Paula Guran)
Künsken, Derek • The House of Styx (Rich Horton)
Langan, John • Children of the Fang and Other Genealogies (Paula Guran)
Lethem, Jonathan • The Arrest (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lethem, Jonathan • The Arrest (Ian Mond)
Malerich, C.S. • The Factory Witches of Lowell (Colleen Mondor)
Miller, Sam J. • The Blade Between (Gary K. Wolfe)
Osborne, Karen • Architects of Memory (Liz Bourke)
Oyamada, Hiroko • The Hole (Ian Mond)
Rivera, Lilliam • Never Look Back (Colleen Mondor)
Schow, David J. • Monster Movies (Paula Guran)
Schwab, V.E. • The Invisible Life of Addie Larue (Gary K. Wolfe)
Skaftun, Emily C. • Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas (Rich Horton)
Smith, Michael Marshall • The Best of Michael Marshall Smith (Paula Guran)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Volume 1 (Gary K. Wolfe)
van den Berg, Laura • I Hold a Wolf by the Ears (Ian Mond)
Van Pelt, James • The Best of James Van Pelt (Rich Horton)
Ward, Cynthia • The Adventure of the Naked Guide (Rich Horton)
Williams, Walter Jon • Fleet Elements (Russell Letson)
Yolen, Jane • The Midnight Circus (Paula Guran)

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