The July 2021 issue of Locus has interviews with Christopher Brown and Cassandra Khaw. Winners of the 2021 Locus Awards, 2020 Nebula Awards, and 2020 Bram Stoker Awards are announced. The SFWA Nebula Conference and StokerCon are covered with full reports and photos. Additional coverage includes Pulitzer and Carnegie Medal news, changes at Fireside and Strange Horizons, the Bloomsbury acquisition of Head of Zeus, SFSFC’s lawsuit settlement, the planned Afrofuturism Festival at Carnegie Hall, the Lambda Awards winners, new Fiyah grants, the Locus Poll 2021 writeup, and much more. There is a photo story on the “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration” exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Cory Doctorow‘s column is entitled “Tech Monopolies and the Insufficient Necessity of Interoperability”. Bookseller Bob Brown is remembered with an obituary and appreciation. Reviews cover new titles by M. Rickert, Matt Bell, Claire North, Lois McMaster Bujold, Cat Rambo, Ada Hoffman, Jeffrey Ford, Joe R. Lansdale, V. Castro, Marjorie Liu, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Nina Allan, Grady Hendrix, Julia von Lucadou, Mohamed Kheir, Shelley Parker-Chan, H.E. Edgmon, Shaun David Hutchinson, Brittany Cavallaro, Ellie Cypher, Patricia Briggs, MaryJanice Davidson, Kim Harrison, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Prineas, Michelle Sagara, M Verant, F. Brett Cox, and others.
TABLE of CONTENTS
July 2021 • Issue 726 • Vol. 87 • No. 1
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Christopher Brown interview design by Stephen H. Segal.
Cassandra Khaw interview design by Francesca Myman.
Christopher Brown: Gonzo Transgressive / 10
Cassandra Khaw: All-Consuming / 28
MAIN STORIES / 5
2020 Nebula Awards Winners • Locus Awards 2021 Winners • Erdrich Wins Pulitzer • Reynolds Wins Carnegie Medal • Bloomsbury Acquires Head of Zeus • Fireside News • Strange Horizons News • SFSFC Settles Lawsuit
THE DATA FILE / 7
Afrofuturism Festival • Lambda Awards Winners • New Fiyah Grants • Book News • Publishing News • Announcements • Departure Mirror Closing • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Kat Howard, V.E. Schwab, Walter Tevis, Guy Gavriel Kay, Holly Black, Ramsey Campbell, N.K. Jemisin, and many others
Locus Poll Results / 5 Commentary by Cory Doctorow: Tech Monopolies and the Insufficient Necessity of Interoperability / 27 Photo Story: Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration / 41
SFWA Nebula Conference / 30 StokerCon / 34 Bram Stoker Awards / 35
Magazines Received: May / 42 Books Received: May / 43 British Books Received: April / 55 Bestsellers / 54
OBITUARIES / 65
Bob Brown • Appreciation by Tom Whitmore
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 66
The Locus Awards • This Issue/Next Issue
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Asimov’s 5-6/21; Analog 5-6/21; Uncanny 5-6/21; Galaxy’s Edge 5/21; Reckoning 5.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 5/21; Lightspeed 5/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 4/22/21, 5/6/21; Tor.com 5/5/21; Future SF Digest #10; Fiyah Spring ’21; Diabolical Plots 3/1/21, 3/15/21, 4/16/21; Arsenika Spring ’21.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Shipbuilder of Bellfairie, M. Rickert; Appleseed, Matt Bell; Notes from the Burning Age, Claire North.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 17
The Assassins of Thasalon, Lois McMaster Bujold; You Sexy Thing, Cat Rambo; The Fallen, Ada Hoffman.
Reviews by Paula Guran / 18
Big, Dark Hole, Jeffrey Ford; Moon Lake, Joe R. Lansdale; The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro.
Reviews by Maya C. James / 19
The Tangleroot Palace, Marjorie Liu; Firebreak, Nicole Kornher-Stace.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
The Good Neighbours, Nina Allan; The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix; The High-Rise Diver, Julia von Lucadou; Slipping, Mohamed Kheir.
Reviews by Alex Brown / 22
She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan; The Witch King, H.E. Edgmon.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 23
A Complicated Love Story Set in Space, Shaun David Hutchinson; Muse, Brittany Cavallaro; The Girl from Shadow Springs, Ellie Cypher.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 24
Wild Sign, Patricia Briggs; A Wolf After My Own Heart, MaryJanice Davidson; Million Dollar Demon, Kim Harrison; Angel of the Overpass, Seanan McGuire; Calculated Risks, Seanan McGuire; Trouble in the Stars, Sarah Prineas; Cast in Conflict, Michelle Sagara; Miss Bennet’s Dragon, M Verant.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Katharine Coldiron, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 25
The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix; Roger Zelazny, F. Brett Cox.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 16, 21, 24
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Analog 5-6/21 (Rich Horton)
Arsenika Spring ’21 (Karen Burnham)
Asimov’s 5-6/21 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 4/22/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/6/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 5/21 (Karen Burnham)
Diabolical Plots 3/1/21 (Karen Burnham)
Diabolical Plots 3/15/21 (Karen Burnham)
Diabolical Plots 4/16/21 (Karen Burnham)
Fiyah Spring ’21 (Karen Burnham)
Future SF Digest #10 (Karen Burnham)
Galaxy’s Edge 5/21 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 5/21 (Karen Burnham)
Reckoning 5 (Rich Horton)
Tor.com 5/5/21 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 5-6/21 (Rich Horton)
Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Allan, Nina • The Good Neighbours (Ian Mond)
Bell, Matt • Appleseed (Gary K. Wolfe)
Briggs, Patricia • Wild Sign (Carolyn Cushman)
Bujold, Lois McMaster • The Assassins of Thasalon (Liz Bourke)
Castro, V. • The Queen of the Cicadas (Paula Guran)
Cavallaro, Brittany • Muse (Colleen Mondor)
Cox, F. Brett • Roger Zelazny (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Cypher, Ellie • The Girl from Shadow Springs (Colleen Mondor)
Davidson, MaryJanice • A Wolf After My Own Heart (Carolyn Cushman)
Edgmon, H.E. • The Witch King (Alex Brown)
Ford, Jeffrey • Big, Dark Hole (Paula Guran)
Harrison, Kim • Million Dollar Demon (Carolyn Cushman)
Hendrix, Grady • The Final Girl Support Group (Katharine Coldiron)
Hendrix, Grady • The Final Girl Support Group (Ian Mond)
Hoffman, Ada • The Fallen (Liz Bourke)
Hutchinson, Shaun David • A Complicated Love Story Set in Space (Colleen Mondor)
Kheir, Mohamed • Slipping (Ian Mond)
Kornher-Stace, Nicole • Firebreak (Maya C. James)
Lansdale, Joe R. • Moon Lake (Paula Guran)
Liu, Marjorie • The Tangleroot Palace (Maya C. James)
McGuire, Seanan • Angel of the Overpass (Carolyn Cushman)
McGuire, Seanan • Calculated Risks (Carolyn Cushman)
North, Claire • Notes from the Burning Age (Gary K. Wolfe)
Parker-Chan, Shelley • She Who Became the Sun (Alex Brown)
Prineas, Sarah • Trouble in the Stars (Carolyn Cushman)
Rambo, Cat • You Sexy Thing (Liz Bourke)
Rickert, M. • The Shipbuilder of Bellfairie (Gary K. Wolfe)
Sagara, Michelle • Cast in Conflict (Carolyn Cushman)
Verant, M • Miss Bennet’s Dragon (Carolyn Cushman)
von Lucadou, Julia • The High-Rise Diver (Ian Mond)