Gerrold Wins Heinlein Award

David Gerrold is the winner of the 2022 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space.” Winners are chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and receive a certificate plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, all featuring the likeness of Robert A. Heinlein.

The award will be presented ...Read More

Read more

Caren Gussoff Sumption Reviews The Perishing by Natashia Deón

The Perishing, Natashia Deón (Counterpoint 978-1-64009-302-7, $26.00, 320pp, hc) November 2021.

There’s no way to overstate our obsession with immortality. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Marvel’s Eternals, humans have always dreamt of living forever, and speculated on what it would be like to do so. And with so many examples in existence, it’s difficult to present readers with a fresh take on the sempiternal trope, but Natashia ...Read More

Read more

All We Ever Were, Just Zeroes and Ones: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss The Matrix Resurrections

And… we’re back! Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are still stuck in the Matrix. Versions of Morpheus and Agent Smith return, played by new actors (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jonathan Groff, respectively). There are new characters, such as Bugs (Jessica Henwick) and the Analyst (Neil Patrick Harris). Niobe (Jada Pinkett Smith) and the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson) reappear, though their characters are essentially unrecognizable.

That’s about it. It’s The ...Read More

Read more

2022 SF Notable Lists

The Core Committee Recognizing Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the selections for its 2022 Notable Lists.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • The Electric Kingdom, David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • This Is Not the Jess Show, Anna Carey (Quirk)
  • Hunting, Stars, Cherie Dimaline (Amulet)
  • The Curie Society, Heather Einhorn, Adam
...Read More Read more

2022 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the results of the Youth Media Awards during their LibLearnX conference, held online January 21-24, 2022, including some works of genre interest.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (Levine Querido) is the 2022 John Newbery Medal winner “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature,” and also won the won the Pura Belpre children’s author award. A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie ...Read More

Read more

Lin Wins Carnegie Medal

The American Library Association (ALA) named The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin (Little, Brown and Company) as the winner of the the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in the Fiction category, for the best work “for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” A prize was also presented in the Nonfiction category. Winners receive $5,000 and a medallion.

The awards were announced at ...Read More

Read more

Spotlight on: Rich Horton

You started reviewing short fiction for Locus in the February 2002 issue, 20 years ago. What a career! What’s the origin story for you as a reviewer; what brought you into this?

I started reviewing for the short fiction reviewzine Tangent – back when it was a print fanzine. Dave Truesdale posted a notice somewhere saying he was looking for reviewers, and I thought, ‘‘I like short fiction’’ – even ...Read More

Read more

Gary K. Wolfe reviews The Horizon by Gautam Bhatia

The Horizon, Gautam Bhatia (HarperCollins India 978-9354227639, ₹499.00, 468pp, tp) October 2021.

It’s always tricky to review the second volume of a duology without loading it with spoilers for readers who may not have read the first volume, or who might quite reasonably have decided to wait until the complete work was available (authors have been known to leave you hanging, after all, sometimes in ways that make you ...Read More

Read more

Colleen Mondor reviews We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

We Light Up the Sky, Lilliam Rivera (Bloomsbury 978-1-5476-0376-3, $17.99, hc 240pp) October 2021.

In what is likely one of the first pandemic-related novels for teens, author Lilliam Rivera’s We Light Up the Sky drops an alien invasion into the lives of three Los Angeles teens who are still reeling from COVID. (It’s important to note that the pandemic is not caused by the aliens; they just happen to ...Read More

Read more

Sebold News

Author Alice Sebold, who wrote fantasy The Lovely Bones (2002), has been in the news recently because a man who went to prison based on her testimony was released and had his conviction overturned. In Sebold’s 1999 memoir Lucky, she described her sexual assault and the trial of alleged perpetrator Anthony J. Broadwater. Broadwater, 61, spent 16 years in prison and was a registered sex offender after his release, ...Read More

Read more

2021 AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Open

Public voting is open for the Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Awards, covering works published in their 2021 issues. Readers can select three favorite choices from each magazine in novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover categories, as well as a “Best Science Fact” article from Analog. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2022.

For more information, see the Analog and ...Read More

Read more

2022 HWA Summer Scares Reading Program

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist for the fourth annual Summer Scares Reading Program. The program “introduces readers and librarians to new authors and helps start conversations extending beyond the books from each list and promote reading for years to come.”

Special guest author Alma Katsu and a committee of five librarians, Carolyn Ciesla, Kelly Jensen, Julia Smith, Becky Spratford, and ...Read More

Read more

Gabino Iglesias Reviews The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

The Death of Jane Lawrence, Caitlin Starling (St. Martin’s Press 978-1250272584, $27.99, 368pp, hc) October 2021. Cover by Colin Verdi.

Caitlin Starling’s The Death of Jane Lawrence is a horror Gothic with romance elements that relies on much more than atmosphere and a crumbling manor to hook readers and keep them glued to the pages. Between dark magic and gore, this is a novel with a historical angle that ...Read More

Read more

PRH Author Diversity Audit

As part of its attempts to improve diversity, Penguin Random House has published its “phase one” study on the demographics of authors, illustrators, and translators of works published from the start of 2019 to the end of 2021. They received 3,415 responses, and concluded that the company’s ‘‘contributor demographics do not reflect U.S. reader demographics when it comes to race and ethnicity. Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous representation is low, while ...Read More

Read more

36th Annual Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards

The 36th Annual Asimov‘s Readers’ Awards ballots are now open for voting. The winners “join the pantheon of Asimov authors who represent the Who’s Who of science fiction writers over the past thirty years.”

The voting is open from now until February 1, 2022. For more information about the awards and how to vote, see the announcement here.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with ...Read More

Read more

2021 National Jewish Book Award Winners

The Jewish Book Council has announced the 2021 National Jewish Book Award winners. The awards “rec­og­nize out­stand­ing works of Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture” and include several authors of genre interest. Joshua Cohen won the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award for Fiction for The Netanyahus, and Helen Wecker won The Miller Family Book Club Award in Mem­o­ry of Helen Dunn Wein­stein and June Keit Miller for The Hid­den Palace. Gordon Korman won ...Read More

Read more

2022 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book.

The 2022 Hugo Awards will be presented at the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 8, to be held September 1-5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago Illinois. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Chicon 8 or DisCon III are eligible ...Read More

Read more

2021 National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) has announced the finalists for the 2021 NBCC awards. Authors and titles of genre interest are below:

2021 Leonard Finalists

  • Detransition, Baby, Torrey Peters (One World)

2021 Fiction Finalists

  • The Netanyahus, Joshua Cohen (NY Review)
  • Second Place, Rachel Cusk (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Burntcoat, Sarah Hall (Custom)
  • The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (Harper)
  • Harlem
...Read More Read more

2022 Walter Award Winners

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has announced the winners of the 2022 Walter Dean Myers Awards, to “recognize diverse authors whose works feature diverse main characters and address diversity in a meaningful way.” in the Teen and Young Readers categories. They have announced one winner in each category, and two honorees. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

2022 Walter Honors, Teen Category

  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club,
...Read More Read more

Colleen Mondor reviews Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch

Lies My Memory Told Me, Sacha Wunsch (Inkyard Press 978-1-335-01827-4, $18.99, hc 320pp) October 202 1.


Sacha Wunsch’s just slightly futuristic debut Lies My Memory Told Me offers up an excellent technological twist with the invention of “Enhanced Memory.” People no longer have to spend the money to travel, take the time to learn a new skill, or risk their lives on activities like racing cars. They can ...Read More

Read more

Tóibín Named Irish Fiction Laureate

Author Colm Tóibín has been named the new Laureate for Irish Fiction by the Arts Council of Ireland. He takes over from Sebastian Barry, and his three-year term begins this month. The Laureate position “seeks to acknowledge the contribution of fiction writers to Irish artistic and cultural life by honouring an established Irish writer of fiction, encouraging a new generation of writers, promoting Irish literature nationally and internationally and encouraging ...Read More

Read more

2022 Edgar Awards Nominations

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the 2022 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television,” with numerous authors and works of genre interest.

Best Novel
  • The Venice Sketchbook, Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
  • Razorblade Tears, S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
  • No One Will Miss Her, Kat Rosenfield (Morrow)

Best First Novel By An American Author

  • Never Saw Me Coming, Vera Kurian (Park Row)
...Read More Read more

Ian Mond reviews The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim

The Cabinet, Un-Su Kim (Angry Robot 978-0-85766-917-9, $14.99/£9.99, 400pp, tp) October 2021.

The publication of The Cabinet is a second (not a first) for both the author, Un-Su Kim, and publisher Angry Robot. While The Cabinet is Kim’s debut novel (winning South Korea’s Munhakdongne Novel Award back in 2006), it’s his second book to be translated into English. Somewhat confusingly, but typical for works in translation, English audiences were ...Read More

Read more

Adrienne Martini reviews Paladin’s Hope by T. Kingfisher

Paladin’s Hope, T. Kingfisher (Red Wombat Studio 978-1-61450-551-8, $34.95, 270pp, hc), October 2021.

Paladin’s Hope is the third book in T. Kingfisher’s (AKA Ursula Vernon’s) Saint of Steel series. Like Paladin’s Grace and Paladin’s Strength before it, Paladin’s Hope is a fantasy romance at its core. There are gods and clerics and gnoles set against a medieval-esque city and countryside. The two main characters are destined for each other but ...Read More

Read more

Russell Letson reviews The Book of All Skies by Greg Egan

The Book of All Skies, Greg Egan (Greg Egan 978-1-922240-38-5, $12.99, 236 pp, tp) September 2021.

Speaking of skies – when Greg Egan leaves our familiar cosmological or geometrical framework, he really leaves it, as he does in The Book of All Skies, which is set on a planet that has been sliced up like a spiral-carved ham by structures called Hoops. (At least that’s what I get ...Read More

Read more

Ron Goulart (1933-2022)

Writer Ron Goulart, 89, died January 14, 2022. Goulart was a prolific author in multiple genres, producing more than 180 titles in his long career.

Ronald Joseph Goulart was born January 13, 1933 in Berkeley CA, and worked in advertising after college. His first SF story, “Letters to the Editor”, appeared in 1952, and he published a number of stories before debut novel The Sword Swallower (1968), first of his ...Read More

Read more

J. Brian Clarke (1928-2022)

SF writer J. Brian Clarke, 93, died January 17, 2022.

James Brian Clarke was born May 23, 1928 in Birmingham, England, but spent most of his life in Canada. He began publishing genre work with “Artifact” in Analog in June 1969, where he continued to publish stories for the rest of his career. Debut novel Expediter (1990) includes material first published there, as does second book Alphanauts (2006), winner of ...Read More

Read more

Feng Wins SLF Illustration Award

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has announced that artist Michelle Feng is the winner of their 2022 Illustration of the Year.

“Feng’s winning piece will be featured throughout 2022 on the Speculative Literature Foundation’s website and on social media. In addition, it may be featured in limited edition SLF-related marketing materials, such as bookmarks and pins.”

Feng wanted to “combine visual elements from traditional village living structures with futuristic elements ...Read More

Read more

Bill Wright (1937-2022)

Fan and convention organizer Bill Wright, 84, died January 17, 2022 in the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, the day before his 85th birthday.

Wright, born 1937, was a stalwart of Australian fandom since the late 1950s. He was a founding member of both ANZAPA and the Nova Mob; HonSec of the Eighth Australian Science Fiction Convention (the eighth Australian Natcon) in 1969; secretary of Aussiecon in 1975; awards administrator ...Read More

Read more

Paula Guran Reviews Short Fiction: Flash Fiction Online, Nightmare, and Fantasy

Flash Fiction Online 10/21

Nightmare 10/21, 11/21

Fantasy 10/21, 11/21

Flash Fiction Online’s October 2021 issue seeks to “explore that darkness that lurks inside things that initially seem harmless….” Sarah Pauling’s “Litany in the Heart of Exorcism” considers the casting out of a demon – but is something that has kept a young woman from a marriage she does not want demonic? “Better devil-deals than marriage contracts.” ...Read More

Read more

Eugen Bacon: Agents of Change

EUGEN MATOYO BACON was born near Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and moved to Nairobi, Kenya, with her family as a toddler. Her parents and siblings later returned to Tanzania, but she stayed in Kenya at a boarding school run by German sisters. She studied Information Technology at Strathmore College and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Greenwich in the UK. She had her son at a hospital in ...Read More

Read more