Russell Letson Reviews Memory’s Legion: The Complete Expanse Story Collection by James S.A. Corey

Memory’s Legion: The Complete Expanse Story Collection, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US 978-0-316-66919-1, $28.00, 422 pp, hc) March 2022. Cover by Daniel Dociu.

The long main storyline of James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series – nine volumes released over a decade – wrapped up with last year’s Leviathan Falls. At various points along the way, though, Corey (AKA Daniel Abraham & Ty Franke) produced shorter pieces that did not ...Read More

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction:Slate Future Tense, Translunar Travelers Lounge, and The Sunday Morning Transport

Slate Future Tense 1/22 Translunar Traveler’s Lounge 2/22 The Sunday Morning Transport 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27/22

The January story in Slate Future Tense is “If We Make It Through This Alive” by A.T. Greenblatt. It’s a really cool story about three friends who enter a road race to try to make it across America, Pennsylvania to California, in a post-collapse future. Crumbled infrastructure is only the start ...Read More

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What Have You Been Missing? It’s a scream! Locus Patreon Archive Tier

Greetings from beyond the paywall! We have been posting new content monthly on our Patreon Archive Feed – scans of vintage Locus and older audio clips from author interviews and more – and wanted to share a little of what that looks like.

In addition to all the benefits of lower tiers, including a digital subscription and other perks, patrons pledging $15+ monthly have access to the Archive content (AKA ...Read More

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Taos Toolbox Moves Due to Fires

Walter Jon Williams, founder of the Taos Toolbox workshop, announced on Facebook that this year’s event is relocating from Taos NM to Albuquerque NM due to fires in the area:

So quite a number of plans have gang agley in the last days, so I’ve been putting out fires—nearly literal fires.

Taos Toolbox, the master class for writers of science fiction and fantasy, starts this weekend, and has been held

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Gabino Iglesias Reviews Milk Teeth by Helene Bukowski

Milk Teeth, Helene Bukowski (The Unnamed Press 978-1-95121-335-0, $26.00, 223pp, hc) September 2021. Cover by Chrissy Kurpeski.

Helene Bukowski’s Milk Teeth, which has been beautifully translated from the German by Jen Calleja, is an enigmatic narrative about three women that succeeds as much because of what’s on the page as it does thanks to the questions left unanswered at the core of the story. Atmospheric, dark, a bit ...Read More

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StokerCon Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), was held May 12-15, 2022, on the virtual Hopin platform as well as in-person at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO. Guests of honor were Linda D. Addison, Ernest Dickerson, Gemma Files, Brian Keene, John Edward Lawson, Jennifer McMahon, and Sheree Renée Thomas, with Kevin Wetmore as Stoker Awards emcee. Jo Fletcher, Nancy Holder, and Koji Suzuki received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Co-chair ...Read More

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Hadfield Shortlisted for Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield (Mulholland) is on the six-title shortlist for the 2022 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize in the Best Published Novel category. The winner will be announced September 22, 2022, and the author of the winning title will receive £10,000. Awards are also given for Best Unpublished Manuscript and Author of Tomorrow.

For more information, including the complete shortlist, see the Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation ...Read More

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HWA Mental Health Initiative

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is launching a Mental Health Initiative, a “coordinated roll-out of events, resources, and activities intended to promote positive mental health, foster the concept of hope, and challenge the stigma of mental illness in the horror genre.”

The initiative will launch in June 2022. Plans include “a dedicated webpage for resources on the HWA website, publication of Of Horror and Hope, a downloadable anthology of ...Read More

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History of Fantasy Illustration Exhibit

The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee has opened Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, an exhibition exploring “a thoughtful appraisal of how artists from the early 20th century to the present have brought to life myths, fairy tales, and modern epics like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.”

Artists showcased include Bob Eggleton, Kinuko Y. Craft, Victo Ngai, Charles Vess, and Michael Whelan, among ...Read More

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Jo Fletcher to Leave Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher has announced that she will be leaving Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint she founded 11 years ago. She has yet to announce her next plans, and will be officially leaving her post on September 30th, 2022.

Jo Fletcher Books will be looking to fill a senior commissioning role in order to continue the imprint, and will be keeping the Jo Fletcher name.

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HWA Scholarships Open

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced that the submission window for HWA scholarships, grants, and endowments are open from June 1, 2022 to August 1, 2022. You do not need to be a member of the organization to apply.

Available programs include The Horror Writers Association Scholarship, The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship, Diversity Grants, The Dark Poetry Scholarship, The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship for Non-fiction, The Dennis Etchison Young ...Read More

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Issue 737 Table of Contents, June 2022

The June 2022 issue of Locus has interviews with Nicola Griffith and V. Castro and a spotlight on The Science Fiction Outreach Project. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books titles through March 2023. Patricia A. McKillip (1948-2022) is remembered with an obituary and appreciations. Other news covers the 2022 Nebula Awards, the Bram Stoker Awards, Zen Cho’s Bradbury Prize win, the Sturgeon Award finalists, Lackey’s removal from the ...Read More

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New Books: 31 May 2022

Adelmann, Maria: How to Be Eaten

(Little, Brown 978-0316450843, $28.00, 304pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, May 31, 2022)

Fantasy novel. Women in a present-day support group in New York City share their traumatic life stories, each of which is based on a different fairy tale.

 

Anthony, Piers: Six Crystal Princesses

(Open Road 978-1-5040-6690-7, $16.99, 292pp, formats: trade paperback, hardcover, ebook, May 31, 2022)

Fantasy novel, 46th in the Xanth ...Read More

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2021 Aurealis Awards Winners

The 2021 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Waking Romeo, Kathryn Barker (Allen & Unwin)
  • The 22 Murders of Madison May, Max Barry (Hachette Australia)
  • Stealing Time, Rebecca Bowyer (Story Addict)
  • Papa Lucy & The Boneman, Jason Fischer (Outland Entertainment)
  • Aurora’s End, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Deepwater King,
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Boys, Beasts & Men by Sam J. Miller

Boys, Beasts & Men, Sam J. Miller (Tachyon 978-1-61696-3729, $17.95, 330pp, tp) June 2022.

In reading his new collection Boys, Beasts & Men, it came as a bit of a surprise to remember that Sam J. Miller’s first novel, The Art of Starv­ing, appeared only five years ago, and that the earliest of the 14 stories here date back only to 2013. This may in part be ...Read More

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Spotlight on Artist Alyssa Winans

ALYSSA WINANS is an illustrator, animator, and game artist working in the SF Bay area. She grew up outside Chicago, and spent much of her childhood reading and writing stories with friends. Her illustrations tend towards the surreal and fantastical, and have been used for T-shirts, posters, hats, and book covers. When not drawing, Winans spends her free time making desserts, gardening, playing games, and perusing cookbooks from the library. ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

Nettle & Bone, T. Kingfisher (Tor 978-1-25024-404-8, 256pp, $25.99, hc) April 2022.

I am already a fan of T. Kingfisher (AKA Ursula Vernon). The three books (so far) in the Paladin series are full of light romance (with occasional corpses) and have kept me going through the last 18 months. Her young-adult stories like the Lodestar Award-winning The Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking are fun for adults as well ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House, Jennifer Egan (Scribner 978-1-47671-676-3, $28.00, 352pp, hc) April 2022.

As the publishing Gods would have it, Emily St. John Mandel’s Sea of Tranquility is published in the same month as Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House. Moreso than Margaret Atwood, I consider Mandel and Egan to be the mainstream authors who have done the most to blur the artificial lines between literary and speculative fiction, as ...Read More

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Lygia Fagundes Telles (1918-2022)

LYGIA FAGUNDES TELLES, the grand dame of Brazilian mainstream fiction and a feminist icon, died April 3, 2022 in São Paulo, Brazil. Her story “A Caçada” was in the third Brazilian science fiction anthology, Além do Tempo e do Espaço (1965), and her 1977 story ‘‘Seminário dos Ratos’’ [Rat Seminar] is a mordant allegory of a popular uprising against the violent Brazil­ian military dictatorship of that time. She was ...Read More

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Carlos Emílio C. Lima (1956-2022)

Brazilian author, poet, culture activist, and edi­tor CARLOS EMÍLIO C. LIMA, 65, died on April 2, 2022, in Fortaleza, Ceará (in the North­east Brazil), from an infection following surgery. Carlos Emílio Barreto Corrêa Lima was born in Fortaleza in 1956, and published first book So­lário: Contos Infantis para Adultos [Solarium: Child Stories for Adults] in 1970, when he was 13. In that decade he wrote reviews for major news­papers ...Read More

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2022 Hugo Awards Voting Open

Chicon 8, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, has announced that voting is open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

Supporting or Adult, Young Adult, Teen, Child, or Virtual Attending members of Chicon 8 are eligible to vote. The ballots must be received by August 11, 2022 at 11:59pm PDT.

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Cordasco Wins Space Cowboy Award

Rachel Cordasco received the third annual Space Cowboy Award, given for “support and excellence in the field of Science Fiction.” The award is administered by science fiction bookstore Space Cowboy Books, based in Joshua Tree CA. This year’s committee was composed of Cora Buhlert, Jean-Paul L. Garnier, Zara Kand, and Gideon & Janice Marcus.

For more information, see Space Cowboy’s announcement.

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Colleen Mondor Reviews From Dust, A Flame by Rebecca Podos

From Dust, A Flame, Rebecca Podos (Balzer + Bray 978-0-06-269906-0, $17.39, hc, 416pp) February 2022.

Hannah Williams enjoys a largely manage­able life with her widowed mother and wicked cool older brother, Gabe, finding new homes from city to city in a variety of houses, cabins, apartments, and cottages. They move for no reason other than their mother’s restless spirit but have always landed on their feet and settle in ...Read More

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Charles Payseur Reviews Short Fiction: Fantasy, Lightspeed, and Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth

Fantasy 3/22 Lightspeed 3/22 Xenocultivars: Stories of Queer Growth, Isa­bela Oliveira & Jed Sabin, eds. (Speculatively Queer) March 2022.

March’s Fantasy Magazine features a new story by Isabel J. Kim, who has been having a very strong year. ‘‘Christopher Mills, Return to Sender’’ focuses on death and resurrection as Chris awakens from his own personal hell, a giant mall without a smoothie place, thanks to the ...Read More

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Magazines Received – April

This list covers new SF/F/H print, online, and electronic periodicals (including regularly updated websites) seen by Locus magazine, focusing on those that publish fiction or reviews and criticism. To submit titles for listing on these pages, please send to Locus Publications, 655 13th St. #100, Oakland CA 94612 or email locus@locusmag.com.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Sheila Williams, ed.
  • Vol. 46 Nos. 5 & 6, Whole Numbers 556 & 557
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

A Mirror Mended, Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom 978-1-250-76664-9, $18.99, 144pp, hc) June 2022.

Although it hasn’t really caught on much, ‘‘bib­liofantasy’’ has always seemed to me a useful term for describing a certain kind of recursive fantasy, in which protagonists find themselves transported into classic stories or story-worlds. It has a pretty respectable pedigree, and although some of its earlier classics aren’t read much these days, it’s enjoyed a ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, May 2022

 

Eugen Bacon, Mage of Fools (Meerkat 3/22) Bacon’s distinct style stands out in this genre-blending dystopian fantasy novel. Jasmin opposes a dictator who hates fic­tion and has nearly destroyed the environment with the help of his sorcerer – but Jasmin has her late husband’s forbidden story machine with its subversive tales of a better world.

 

 

Ben Bova, Sam Gunn Jr. (Blackstone 3/22) The last completed novel from ...Read More

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Lackey Posts Apology

As previously reported, Mercedes Lackey was removed from this year’s Nebula Conference following a comment on a panel. She posted an apology on her Tumblr:

I wish to Apologize

On a panel at the 2022 Nebulas, I had the chance to celebrate authors who wrote positive gay characters long before me.

Chip Delany is obviously a major player in that game. Because there are two Samuel Delanys ⁠– there’s one ...Read More

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Witchcraft & Wizardry: Arley Sorg and Josh Pearce Discuss Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

It’s the third major movie this year premised on a fundamental misinterpretation* of quantum theory! (We also reviewed this one and this one, and there’s at least one more scheduled for later in 2022.) It’s also the third comic book/superhero movie we’ve reviewed this year (with many more on the way), and a sequel to a pretty average film in its own right. So, does Doctor Strange in the Multiverse ...Read More

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2022 Xingyun Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 13th annual Xingyun Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association.

Best Novel

  • Reset, Qidaojun (Qingdao)
  • The New New Newspaper Press: Shadow of the Enchanted Metropolis, Liang Qingsan (New Star)
  • Travel with My Dear Android, A Que (Aviation Industry)
  • The Times of Great Antiquity,  Su Xuejun (China Broadcast, Film & Television Publishing House)
  • Secrets of the Lost Town
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2022 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2022 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for the best German science fiction works and translations have been announced.

Best German SF Novel

  • Nanopark, Uwe Hermann (Polarise)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Utopie27“, Aiki Mira (Am Anfang war das Bild)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • Das Ministerium für die Zukunft [The Ministry for the Future], Kim Stanley Robinson (Heyne)

Best SF Translation Into

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New Books: 24 May 2022

Bruno, Rhett C., Castle, Jaime: Cold as Hell

(Blackstone Publishing 9798200710676, $28.99, 419pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, May 24, 2022)

Western dark fantasy/horror novel, the first in the Black Badge series. Includes bonus prequel story. James Crowley died in a gunfight, and is now stuck in purgatory, doing penance by fighting evil in the service of the White Throne.

 

Chaon, Dan: Sleepwalk

(Macmillan/Holt 978-1-250-17521-2, $27.99, 320pp, formats: hardcover, ...Read More

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