The January 2022 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Simon Jimenez and Eugen Bacon and spotlights on artist/author Nilah Magruder and reviewer Rich Horton. News covers the 2021 Hugo Awards winners at DisCon III, the 2023 Worldcon in China bid win, the new Ad Astra Center and Gunn Center updates, the Penguin Random House response to the Department of Justice, the Nommo, Lodestar, Astounding, Sidewise, and Ditmar winners, a PRH author diversity audit, the opening of the Sky Railway in Santa Fe, and much more. People and publishing covers news this issue about John Varley, Tomi Adeyemi, Janelle Monáe, Robert Lanza & Nancy Kress, Dean Koontz, and many others. Cory Doctorow’s column is entitled “Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature”, and there is a convention report on Fantastika in Sweden. Obituaries remember Anne Rice, Diana G. Gallagher, William G. Contento, Jeremy G. Byrne, Chris Achilléos, and José Luis Benício da Fonseca. Reviews cover new titles by Marlon James, Patrick O’Leary, Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan, Roshani Chokshi, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Garth Nix, James S.A. Corey, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Stephanie Garber, Cherie Dimaline, John Darnielle, Sarah Hall, Jessie Greengrass, Darcie Little Badger, Natasha Bowen, S.A. Barnes, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Lyndsay Faye, Leila Siddiqui, Claire Tomalin, Gwenda Bond, Jeffrey Cranor & Janina Matthewson, TJ Klune, Jay Kristoff, Brent Spiner, and others.
TABLE of CONTENTS
January 2022 • Issue 732 • Vol. 88 • No. 1
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and interview art and design by Francesca Myman
Simon Jimenez: Resonance / 10
Eugen Bacon: Agents of Change / 30
MAIN STORIES / 5
2021 Hugo Awards Winners • DisCon III • 2023 Worldcon in China • Ad Astra Center and the Gunn Center • PRH Responds to DoJ • Folio Sold to Employees • Prometheus Hall of Fame Awards Finalists
THE DATA FILE / 7
Ditmar Awards Winners • Fan Awards at Worldcon 79 • Sidewise Awards Winners • Nommo Awards Winners • Ignotus Awards Winners • Goodreads Choice Awards • PRH Author Diversity Audit • Publishers’ Reopenings Pushed Back • Sky Railway Opening • New Zealand Library Updates • Angry Robot Upgrades • Sebold News • Tolkien News • Publishing News • Best Books Lists • Awards News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about John Varley, Tomi Adeyemi, Janelle Monáe, Robert Lanza & Nancy Kress, Dean Koontz, and many others
Commentary: Cory Doctorow: Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature / 26 Spotlight on Nilah Magruder / 27 Spotlight on Rich Horton / 28
Fantastika / 32
Magazines Received: November / 33 Books Received: November / 34 British Books Received: October / 44 Bestsellers / 46
OBITUARIES / 56
Anne Rice • Diana G. Gallagher • William G. Contento • Jeremy G. Byrne • Chris Achilléos • José Luis Benício da Fonseca
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 58
RIP Bill Contento • Coode Street Hugo • Rich Horton • This Issue/Next Issue
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Out of the Ruins, Preston Grassman, ed.; Asimov’s 11-12/21; Analog 11-12/21; F&SF 1-2/22; Conjunctions: 77.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Fiyah Fall ’21; Clarkesworld 11/21; Apex Magazine 10/21; Strange Horizons 10/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/21, 11/4, 11/18/21; Future Science Fiction Digest 9/21; Lightspeed 12/21; Tor.com 11/10/21.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Moon Witch, Spider King, Marlon James; 51, Patrick O’Leary; AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future, Kai-Fu Lee & Chen Qiufan.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 17
Once More Upon a Time, Roshani Chokshi; The Sisters of Reckoning, Charlotte Nicole Davis; Terciel & Elinor, Garth Nix.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 18
Leviathan Falls, James S.A. Corey; Elder Race, Adrian Tchaikovsky.
Reviews by Maya C. James / 19
Once Upon a Broken Heart, Stephanie Garber; Hunting by Stars, Cherie Dimaline.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Devil House, John Darnielle; Burntcoat, Sarah Hall; The High House, Jessie Greengrass.
Reviews by Alex Brown / 21
A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger; Skin of the Sea, Natasha Bowen.
Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 22
Dead Silence, S.A. Barnes; How High We Go in the Dark, Sequoia Nagamatsu.
Reviews by Caren Gusoff Sumption / 23
The King of Infinite Space, Lyndsay Faye; House of Glass Hearts, Leila Siddiqui.
Reviews by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World, Claire Tomalin.
Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 24
Not Your Average Hot Guy, Gwenda Bond; You Feel It Just Below the Ribs, Jeffrey Cranor & Janina Matthewson; Under the Whispering Door, TJ Klune; Empire of the Vampires, Jay Kristoff; Terciel & Elinor, Garth Nix; Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events, Brent Spiner.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 18, 22, 24
Magazines reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Out of the Ruins, Preston Grassman, ed. (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s 11-12/21 (Rich Horton)
Analog 11-12/21 (Rich Horton)
F&SF 1-2/22 (Rich Horton)
Conjunctions: 77 (Rich Horton)
Fiyah Fall ’21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 11/21 (Karen Burnham)
Apex Magazine 10/21 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 10/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/21, 11/4, 11/18/21 (Karen Burnham)
Future Science Fiction Digest 9/21 (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 12/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 11/10/21 (Karen Burnham)
Books reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Barnes, S. A. • Dead Silence (Gabino Iglesias)
Bowen, Natasha • Skin of the Sea (Alex Brown)
Chokchi, Roshani • Once More Upon a Time (Colleen Mondor)
Corey, James S. A. • Leviathan Falls (Russell Letson)
Darnielle, John • Devil House (Ian Mond)
Dimaline, Cherie • Hunting by Stars (Maya C. James)
Faye, Lyndsay • The King of Infinite Space (Caren Gussoff Sumption)
Garber, Stephanie • Once Upon a Broken Heart (Maya C. James)
Grassman, Preston, ed. • Out of the Ruins (Rich Horton)
Greengrass, Jessie • The High House (Ian Mond)
Hall, Sarah • Burntcoat (Ian Mond)
James, Marlon • Moon Witch, Spider King (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lee, Kai-Fu, & Chen Qiufan • AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future (Gary K. Wolfe)
Little Badger, Darcie • A Snake Falls to Earth (Alex Brown)
Nagamatsu, Sequoia • How High We Go in the Dark (Gabino Iglesias)
Nicole, Charlotte • The Sisters of Reckoning (Colleen Mondor)
Nix, Garth • Terciel & Elinor (Colleen Mondor)
O’Leary, Patrick • 51 (Gary K. Wolfe)
Siddiqui, Leila • House of Glass Hearts (Caren Gussoff Sumption)
Tchaikovsky, Adrian • Elder Race (Russell Letson)
Tomalin, Claire • The Young H.G. Wells: Changing the World (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)