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month 1) Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam) 2 1 2) How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US) 1 – 3) The ...Read More
Strange Horizons 10/18
Big Echo 8/18
Liminal Stories 8/18
Red Sun #3
Fall brings expanded coverage from Strange Horizons as their successful annual fundraiser “unlocked” extra stories in October. “The Fortunate Death of Jonathan Sandelson” by Margaret Killjoy is one such story, a cyber-punkish tale of left wing activists using doxxing/IT/hacking tools to go after abusive corporate and government powers. Jeje has been following ...Read MoreRead more
The Million, Karl Schroeder (Tor.com) August 2018.
People Change, Gwynne Garfinkle (Aqueduct Press) October 2018.
Mother of Invention, Rivqa Rafael & Tansy Rayner Roberts, eds. (Twelfth Planet Press) September 2019.
The Million by Karl Schroeder is a very intriguing novella set in the future of his novel Lockstep, which I have not read. In this future, Earth is inhabited by close to one million people who ...Read MoreRead more
It is the distant future: 1995. In this 21st installation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first female-led Marvel movie, Brie Larson plays Vers, a green blue-blooded member of the Kree, a technologically advanced race of aliens who value emotional control. Vers and her mentor, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law) lead a Starfleet Starforce secret mission against the Romulans Skrull, a shapeshifting race that has been at war with the Kree ...Read MoreRead more
Calendar year 2018 was dominated by the overwhelming success of the movie Black Panther, which drew a whole new audience to cinemas in cities like Nairobi and Lagos. It inspired a sugar-rush of love, a hastily retitled Nollywood rip off, and a small mini-backlash from those who rewrote Wakanda’s history to make it more credibly African. Elsewhere in film, the Nigerian short Hello Rain, adapted by CJ Obasi ...Read MoreRead more
Voting has opened for the 2020 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Ballots are available on the SpikeCon/NASFiC 2019 site. Voting by mail is open until June 29, 2019 to members of NASFiC 2019 who have paid the $35 Advance Supporting Membership fee. Voting at the convention is available July 4-5, 2019.
The only qualifying bid on the ballot is Columbus in 2020, to be held August 20-23, 2020 at ...Read MoreRead more
LEIGH BARDUGO was born April 6, 1975 in Jerusalem, Israel, and grew up in Southern California. She attended Yale University, graduating with an English degree in 1997, and worked various jobs, including as a copywriter, journalist, and make-up and special effects artist.
Her debut YA novel Shadow and Bone, an epic fantasy, appeared in 2012, and began the Shadow and Bone trilogy that continued with Siege and Storm (2013) ...Read MoreRead more
Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi; Antonia Beamish, narrator (Macmillan Audio, $23.95, digital download, 10 hr., unabridged) June 2018.
Rajaniemi’s standalone supernatural spy thriller is set in an alternate Cold War during the 1930s. The British have successfully colonized a piece of the afterlife, which they call Summerland, and the Soviets have built a supercomputer based on a hive mind of the deceased, controlled by the spirit of Lenin. The two sides ...Read MoreRead more
Confessions of the Fox, Jordy Rosenberg (One World 978-0-399-59227-0, $27.00, 334pp, hc) June 2018.
When Jordy Rosenberg’s Confessions of the Fox appeared last summer to some mainstream fanfare, drawing praise from figures as diverse as China Miéville and Kelly Link, it didn’t come to my immediate attention since – at least technically – it’s not quite SF or fantasy. Instead, it concerns a failing professor named Voth who comes ...Read MoreRead more
The top five results of the Uncanny Magazine 2018 Favorite Fiction Reader Poll have been announced.
“The Old Man and C” by Sheila Finch (1989) has been adapted as a
stage play by Jason Trucco & David Jager, with a musical score by Carlos
Alomar, and debuted in “semi-public” performances on February 10-13,
2019 in New York.
This story and more like it in the March 2019 issue of Locus.
While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or ...Read MoreRead more
Howdy, listeners! It’s been another year when audiobooks seem ever more robust as a medium, plus another year of the interminable online argument about whether listening to the audiobook has equal weight with reading the book (hint: yes, yes it does).
But, as is my wont at this time of year, I’m using this space to discuss the listening time I spent being unfaithful to audiobooks, and talk about the ...Read MoreRead more
The Plastic Magician, Charlie N. Holmberg (47North 978-1503951778, $24.95, 225pp, hc) May 2018.
Returning to the world of her Paper Magician novels, author Charlie Holmberg takes readers along on the trials and tribulations of Alvie Brechenmacher, aspiring Plastic Magician. There is a journey far from home! Great magical achievements! A smidgeon of romance! A dastardly villain! A battle to save life, limb, and reputation! A robbery! A car! A ...Read MoreRead more
All Systems Red, Martha Wells; Kevin R. Free, narrator (Recorded Books 978-1-5019-7701-5, $11.95, CD, 3.25 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) October 2017.
Artificial Condition, Martha Wells; Kevin R. Free, narrator (Recorded Books 978-1-5019-7700-8, $11.95, CD, 3.25 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) May 2018.
Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells; Kevin R. Free, narrator (Recorded Books 978-1-5019-7699-5, $11.95, CD, 3.75 hr., unabridged [also available ...Read MoreRead more
The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.
At the beginning of 2018 I had no idea that I would end up reading so much short fiction from so many different venues that I would need a spreadsheet to keep track of it. Since I started reviewing online short fiction for Locus in the August issue (after the sad passing of Gardner Dozois – I very much wish I could read his 2018 year-end column this year) I’ve ...Read MoreRead more
Ray Bradbury Park in Waukegan IL will receive Literary Landmark status from the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division in a designation ceremony on March 16, 2019 at 4:51 p.m. The park contains the Waukegan Ravine, featured in Bradbury’s novel Dandelion Wine.
The ceremony will include the unveiling of a Literary Landmark plaque, prominent Bradbury speakers, and a special performance of Bradbury’s short play, “The Whole Town’s Sleeping” ...Read MoreRead more
Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2019 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:
The Grand Prize winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid a professional rate.
Grand Prize, second, and third place ...Read MoreRead more
Through Fiery Trials, David Weber (Tor Books 978-0765325594, $28.99, 752pp, hc) January 2019.
I’m not so much looking forward to what David Weber does next. Reading his work has become something of an ordeal. And yet it remains an ordeal to which I’ve willingly subjected myself many times over – at least ten times, in the case of his Safehold series, of which the most recent instalment is Through ...Read MoreRead more
Shadow Captain, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz 978-0575090637, 432pp, £18.99, hc) January 2019.
Alastair Reynolds’ Shadow Captain, the sequel to Revenger (2016) moves from the YA-ish space-operatic pirate adventure of the first book to something considerably less light-hearted – not that there weren’t indications in Revenger, starting with the title and extending to the villain, whose comprehensive cruelty was not ignored or minimized. But now the growing-up thematics are ...Read MoreRead more
The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on June 21, 2019.
These days I don’t read much horror other than short fiction. It’s not what I turn to for pleasure-reading fiction. So my “year-in-review” article does not specifically discuss the dark side. Maybe not surprisingly, though, many of my favorite reads have more than a thin stream of the tenebrous trickling through them. Outside of personal inclination, this may be an indication of what seems to be becoming more of a ...Read MoreRead more
The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton) is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Percival Everett, Ernesto Quiñonez, and Joy Williams.
The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner will be announced on April 29, 2019 and honored at an award ceremony on ...Read MoreRead more
The Audio Publishers Association announced the winners of the 2019 Audie Awards, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment, at an awards ceremony on March 4, 2019 at Guastavino’s in New York City.
Winners of genre interest follow.
Author Janet Asimov, 92, died February 25, 2019.
Her first book was SF novel The Second Experiment (1974, as by Janet Jeppson). Other works under the Jeppson name include The Last Immortal (1980) and collection The Mysterious Cure, and Other Stories of Pshrinks Anonymous (1985). SF novel Mind Transfer (1988) was bylined Janet Jeppson Asimov, and Murder at the Galactic Writers’ Society (1994), an installment of the Isaac’s Universe series, ...Read MoreRead more
The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) announced the winners for the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards in a ceremony at the Gladstone Library in London.
The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award
For more information, including complete winners, see the RNA website.
While you are ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the 2018 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.
The Red Tentacle (Novel)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut)
Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (DAW 978-0-7564-1513-6, $26.00, 304 pp, hc) November 2018.
Ben Aaronovitch’s Lies Sleeping is not the book to start with if you’re looking to get up to speed on his Rivers of London oeuvre. In Lies Sleeping, the media is way beyond res and there is too much to catch up on, which Aaronovitch’s main character Peter Grant acknowledges near this book’s start.
[FSW] stands ...Read MoreRead more
There are several titles of genre interest on the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:
The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The shortlist will be announced on April 29, 2019 and the winner on June 5....Read More
Finalists for the 2018 Sara Douglass Book Series Award, for series ending between January 2015 and December 2017, have been announced:
“When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller was named Best Story in the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll. “The Storkfriars” by Sean Murray, from the June 2018 issue, won Best Cover Art.
For more, including finalists, see the Clarkesworld site.
While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine and site going, and ...Read MoreRead more
In 1660, John Locke published his Two Treatises of Government, where he set out to resolve the seeming conflict between individual property rights (which he valorized) and the Bible (ditto), which set out the principle that God had created the Earth and its bounty for all of humanity. How could a Christian claim to own something personally when God had intended for everyone to share in His creation?
Locke’s ...Read MoreRead more