Davidson Letters Sought

Editor Henry Wes­sels invites “any persons holding correspondence from Avram Davidson to send legible photocopies or scans of interesting or notable letters” to his at­tention, for a volume of Davidson’s selected letters to be published next year by The Nutmeg Point District Mail for the Avram Davidson Society. Material may be sent to Henry Wessells, PO Box 43072, Upper Montclair NJ 07043; <wessells@aol.com>.

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Witchmark Audiobook by C.L. Polk

Witchmark, C.L. Polk; Samuel Roukin, narrator (Re­corded Books 978-1-9800-0200-0, $20.95, digital download, 9 hr., unabridged) June 2018.

Dr. Miles Singer, a doctor and military veteran of the war between Aeland and Laneer, is desperately trying to find out why his fellow veterans are com­ing home and brutally slaughtering their loved ones. Then a new mystery – and a new danger – show up at his hospital: Nick Elliot, a witch ...Read More

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Moldow Retires, Touchstone Closes

Susan Moldow is retiring from her position as presi­dent of Scribner Publish­ing Group and president of the Touchstone imprint at Simon & Schuster at the end of the year. Moldow has worked in publishing since 1966, and has held senior positions at Dell, Penguin, Doubleday, and HarperCollins, as well as Simon & Schuster, and her authors included Anthony Doerr, Charles Johnson, Stephen King, and Colm Tóibín, among many others.

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Lightspeed, BCS, Tor.com, and CSZ

Lightspeed 8/18, 9/18
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/18
Tor.com 7/19/18, 8/1/18
Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol 8, No. 3

Lightspeed has reached its 100th issue! A proud milestone for any magazine, they celebrate in style this September with a more-than-double issue: ten stories plus extra reprints and interviews. It leads with a mythic SF story, “Her Monster, Whom She Loved” by Vylar Kaftan. In this story a goddess births 500 gods, but ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Hâsib & the Queen of Ser­pents by David B

Hâsib & the Queen of Ser­pents: A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights, David B. (NBM Graphic Novels 978-1-68112-162-8, $24.99, 112pp, hc) June 2018. Cover by Da­vid B.

The brilliant French cartoonist and comic artist David B. (David Beauchard) has switched gears, moving away from black-and-white linework and personal stories to create a full-color fantasy tour-de-force in Hâsib & the Queen of Serpents.

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Brief Cases Audiobook by Jim Butcher

Brief Cases, Jim Butcher; James Marsters, Jim Butcher, Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell & Oliver Wyman, narrators (Penguin Audio, $29.95, digital download, 15.5 hr., unabridged) June 2018.

While we wait endlessly for Butcher to finish the next novel in The Dresden Files, here’s a short-story collection to tide us over. The stories take place at various points during the arc of the series about professional wizard and Chicago PI Harry Dresden, ...Read More

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2019 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:

  • Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
  • Simon Litten (New Zealand)
  • Nicole Murphy (Australia)

The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read More

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Winners

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:


  • WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
  • A Long
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Ohaegbu Wins Arts Scholarship

Chimedum Ohaegbu, assistant editor at Uncanny magazine, has been awarded the $17,500 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.

In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.

For more information, see the announcement on Uncanny‘s website.

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Ian Mond Reviews The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

The Emissary, Yoko Tawada (New Directions 978-0811227629, $14.95, 138pp, tp) April 2018. As The Last Children of Tokyo, Yoko Tawada (Portobello Books 978-1846276705, £9.99 144pp, tp) June 2018.

The unsettling premise of Yoko Tawada’s short novel The Last Children of Tokyo (published as The Em­issary in the US), translated by Margaret Mitsutani, is that the adults of Japan are living longer while the children are dying before they reach maturity. ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Aliens: Past, Present, Future, edited by Ron Miller

Aliens: Past, Present, Future, Ron Miller, ed. (Watkins Pub­lishing 978-1-78028-968-7, $32.50, 224pp, hc) October 2017.

The somber, dignified cover and design of Aliens: Past, Present, Future gives no indication of how much fun this book really is. Perhaps, given the colorful, flamboyant depiction of extraterrestrial life in popular culture over, say, the past 70 years, the design decision naturally embraced the oppo­site. That is not to say that his book ...Read More

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2019 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2019 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2018 publication date, and all magazines a 2018 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2019 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges

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2018 World Fantasy Convention Report

The 44th World Fantasy Convention was held November 1-4, 2018 in the Renais­sance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in windy and rainy Baltimore MD. Guests of honor were Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, with special guest Aliette de Bodard, and toastmaster Linda D. Addison. Life Achievement Awards winners were Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The Dragon’s Path and The King’s Blood Audiobooks by Daniel Abraham

The Dragon’s Path, Daniel Abraham; Pete Bradbury, narrator (Hachette Audio 9781549118821, $24.98, digital down­load, 14.75 hr., unabridged) June 2018.

The King’s Blood, Daniel Abraham; Pete Brad­bury, narrator (Hachette Audio 9781549118838, $24.98, digital download, 14.75 hr., unabridged) June 2018.

When The Dragon’s Path, book one of The Dagger and the Coin, first came out in 2011, I searched for an audio version of the book so that I’d be able to ...Read More

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2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2018” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 4, 2018. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Mystery & Thriller

  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner) 62,170 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Vengeful, V.E. Schwab (Tor) 49,563 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Circe, Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) 78,733 votes

Best Horror

  • Elevation, Stephen King (Scribner) 39,616 votes


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Paula Guran Reviews All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Under­tow 978-1-988964-02-7 $17.99 tp) May 2018.

Despite frequent appearances in “year’s best” compilations and on Locus Rec­ommended Reading Lists, as well as a British Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, Priya Sharma may not yet have come to your attention. This award-worthy debut collection from Sharma, a practicing medical doctor in England, could change that. Sharma’s stories often feature families or the sea, but range ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Line of Beauty by Wendy Pini

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, Wendy Pini (Flesk 978-1-933865-88-1, $50.00, 304pp, hc) June 2017. Cover by Wendy Pini.

Wendy Pini is a remarkable outlier who, from a very early age, seemed destined to pursue a career in art and illustration. Despite a lack of support from her adoptive parents, and growing up without art instruction or role models in the pre-digital age, she taught herself how to ...Read More

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Forthcoming Books Through September 2019

The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the December 2018 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through September 2019. Find out about your favorite authors upcoming books!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the December issue in print or digital editions, available December 1, 2018.


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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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Adeyemi Wins Foyles Book of the Year Award

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan/Henry Holt) was named the Foyles Children’s Book of the Year for 2018. Winners were also chosen by Foyles staff in fiction and non-fiction categories, and all three winners will receive “significant focus instore and online throughout the festive period across windows, table displays, instore screens, and online on the Foyles website, where a bundle of all three titles is also ...Read More

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Ishiguro to Receive Bodley Medal

Kazuo Ishiguro will receive the 2019 Bodley Medal, awarded by the Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University. The original medal was created in 1646 to honor Sir Thomas Bodley, who rebuilt the first public library at Oxford. Since 2002, replicas have been awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the worlds of literature, culture, science, and communication. The medal will be presented April 3, 2019 at the FT Weekend ...Read More

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Green Wins FutureBook Story Contest

The winner of the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, has been announced:

  • WINNER: “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Entries were judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke Award director Tom

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Kameron Hurley: Genre Conventions and Conferences: What Makes Great Events

This is the time of year when I’m astounded at how many of my peers have made the event rounds at various conventions and festivals this year and still had time to, you know, write books. And pay bills.

The vast majority of events in my career – and certainly every event early in my career – were and are self-funded. Even when I was invited as a participant to ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Before Mars by Emma Newman

Before Mars, Emma Newman (Ace 978-0-399-58732-0, $16.00, 352pp, tp) April 2018.

Emma Newman adds more perspectives to the universe she created in both Planetfall and After Atlas with Before Mars, which shares a timeline with After Atlas but is set on the red planet rather than in a future England. Rather than a straight-up who-done-it like After Atlas, Before Mars is a Memento-esque mystery.

Anna Kubrin is a geologist/painter who ...Read More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction by Eric Brown, F. Brett Cox, and Sandra M. Odell

The Martian Simulacra, Eric Brown (NewCon Press) January 2018.

The End of All Our Exploring, F. Brett Cox (Fairwood Press) August 2018.

Godfall and Other Stories, Sandra M. Odell (Hydra House) April 2018.

There’s another Martian novella from NewCon Press, after Jaime Fenn’s excellent The Mar­tian Job. This one, The Martian Simulacra by Eric Brown, is more of a mixed bag. It’s a mashup of Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Short Takes

Weinberg Tales: Collecting Fantasy Art, Doug Ellis, Bob Garcia & Phyllis Weinberg, eds. (Amer­ican Fantasy Press 978-0-99078466-1, $25.00, 269pp, pb) April 2017. Cover by Douglas Klauba.

Weinberg Tales is an affectionate memorial to the late, great, fantastic art collector and authority Bob Weinberg. Designed to echo the look of an old pulp magazine, printed on pulp paper, it provides surprisingly good image reproduction. The charm­ing, old-style cover by Douglas Klauba ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Press 978-0802127358, $24.00, 229pp, hc) February 2018.

Akwaeke Emezi’s debut novel Freshwater is a book that refuses to be pigeon-holed into a literary or genre category. The back-cover copy, with its talk of alternate selves and splintered personalities, suggests the story of a young woman struggling with a dissociative identity disorder. However, the opening chapter’s account of spirits possessing the body of an infant bears all ...Read More

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Issue 695 Table of Contents, December 2018

The December issue features interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson and Becky Chambers; World Fantasy, National Book, and Prix Utopiales awards winners; Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Amazon Best of the Year lists; a column by Kameron Hurley; a photo story on Forbidden Planet Halloween Signing; World Fantasy and SF in Brazil convention reports; US and British Forthcoming Books; obituaries for Dave Duncan, William Goldman, and Stan Lee; and reviews of short ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

The City of Sand, Tianxia Bachang (Delacorte 978-0-553-52410-9 $17.99, 243pp, tp) November 2017.

For readers looking for a full-tilt adventure with a side order of the supernatural, Chi­nese author Tianxia Bachang has all they could want with The City of Sand. The novel starts with a bang as teenage “gold hunters” Tianyi and Kai awaken a very angry spirit while looking for treasure inside a grave. Their Indiana Jones bonafides ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books: Celtic Faeries, English De­luxe Edition by Jean-Baptiste Monge

Celtic Faeries, English De­luxe Edition, Jean-Baptiste Monge (Goblins Way Pub­lishing 978-2-9815289-1-9, C$30.00, 144pp, hc) July 2016. Cover by Jean-Baptiste Monge.

French artist Jean-Baptiste Monge is an award-winning practitioner of time-honored handskills whose crowdfunded book Celtic Faeries: The Secret Kingdom is filled with color and black-and-white illustrations of dwellers in faerie.

From his studio in Canada, home of his Gob­lins’ Way Press, Monge depicts characters who are by turns whimsical, frightening, ...Read More

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New Amazon Branch Offices

Amazon has announced plans to open new branch offices for their head­quarters in Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY and in the Crystal City neighbor­hood in Arlington VA. The New York office will occupy four million square feet initially, with an option to double in size, and will employ around 25,000 people with an average salary of $150,000 a year; the size and staffing for the Ar­lington location are ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Daughters of Forgotten Light by Sean Grigsby

Daughters of Forgotten Light, Sean Grigsby (Angry Robot 978-0857667953, $12.99, 352pp, tp) September 2018. Cover by John Coulthart.

I came away from Sean Grigsby’s debut novel, science fiction pulp extravaganza Daughters of Forgotten Light, deeply entertained, and moved by its apparent feminism and queer-inclusiveness – the latest in Angry Robot’s (really quite strong) feminist, queer-inclusive and fun pulp list. Further consideration, though, leaves me re-evaluating my initial impressions.

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