Photo Story: SF in SF with Garth Nix

SF in SF hosted Garth Nix, on tour with new novel Angel Mage, at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on October 2, 2019. Coordinated by Rina Weisman and moderated by Terry Bisson, the event featured readings and signings, a Q&A session, a full bar, and time to mingle. Books were available for purchase thanks to Borderlands Books; Tachyon Publications sponsored the event. Proceeds went to the museum. ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Kel Kade

Your newly released novel Fate of the Fallen is the start of a new series. Tell us about the book, the world, and your plans for the series.

Fate of the Fallen is a story about the internal conflicts that humans, as a species, experience. It begins with the basic balance between civilization and nature then turns inward toward the struggles of the heart. It confronts the value of survival ...Read More

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Robert McCammon: Out of Darkness

Robert Rick McCammon was born July 17, 1952 in Birmingham AL, where he has lived all his life. He received a BA in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1974, and worked on the copy desk at a lo­cal paper before becoming a full-time writer.

McCammon began his career as a horror writer, and wrote numerous acclaimed and bestselling novels as Robert R. McCammon. His debut Baal appeared in ...Read More

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Photo Story: Rick Riordan Presents

Rick Riordan appeared at Bookworks in Albuquerque NM on September 27, 2019 as part of the eight-city tour for his new book The Tyrant’s Tomb (Disney-Hyperion). He was joined by New Mexico authors J.C. Cervantes and Rebecca Roanhorse, who both have titles published or forthcoming from Disney’s Rick Riordan Presents imprint.

This story and more like it in the November 2019 issue of Locus.

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Cory Doctorow: Jeannette Ng Was Right: John W. Campbell Was a Fascist

[All opinions expressed by commentators, guest bloggers, reviewers, and interviewees are solely their own and do not reflect the opinions of Locus magazine or its staff.]

At the Hugo Awards ceremony at this summer’s Dublin Worldcon, Jeannette Ng was presented with the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Ng gave an outstanding and brave acceptance speech in which she called Campbell – the award’s namesake and one of ...Read More

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SF in Israel: The Elephant Slowly Disappearing from the Room, by Ehud Maimon

The last two decades have been a very good time for genre writing in Israel. We see more and more writers and more and more works – from Weird Fiction to hardcore SF and everything in between. One thing, how­ever, is obviously missing, at least for me as a reader and an editor: the Jewish heritage. The Bible (the Old Testament), the Talmud and other Rabbinical sources, all the way ...Read More

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Tyler Hayes Guest Post–“Rescued From the Trunk”

The week before I got an offer on my debut novel, I made the decision to give up on it.

The Imaginary Corpse was a labor of love: a noir-flavored fantasy cobbled together from childhood memories, my experiences in therapy, and a million literary and ludological ancestors. Writing it felt right in a way that no other manuscript had before. I built this world in a matter of hours, the ...Read More

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Phenderson Djèlí Clark: Wonderful Things to Behold

Phenderson Djèlí Clark is the pen name of Dexter Gabriel, born June 11, 1971 in Queens NY to immigrant parents from Trinidad and Tobago. His family sent him to live in Trinidad with his grand­parents when he was a baby, and he returned to the US when he was eight. He lived in Staten Island and Brooklyn until moving to Houston TX when he was 12. He got his BA ...Read More

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Sarah Pinsker: Personal Collisions

Sarah Pinsker was born in New York and lived in various places in the US (including Illinois and Texas) before her family settled in Toronto, Canada when she was 14. She returned to the US for college and has remained here since.

Her first professional sale was “20 Ways the Desert Could Kill You” in 2012. She followed that with Sturgeon Award winning “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind” (2013), ...Read More

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Tade Thompson Guest Post–“The Unworthy: The Nature of Virtue in Jason Aaron’s Thor”

At first glance you might think this topic is too comic-nerdy for you, but I promise there’s a universal theme that applies to any reader. Oh, and comic nerds? Spoiler alert.

For the uninitiated, Thor is a character from Marvel comics, created in 1962 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby. The easiest thing to say about the origins is that Thor was inspired by Norse mythology by way ...Read More

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Spotlight on: Jenn Lyons

The Ruin of Kings launched the Chorus of Dragons series, and book two, The Name of All Things, is out soon. Tell us about the series.

Fortunately for me, A Chorus of Dragons really IS about dragons. Also: gods, demons, prophecies, so much magic, and the poor fools caught in the middle of that whirlwind. But dig a little deeper and the series is about the way massive systems corrupt ...Read More

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Photo Story: Deep Dish Reading Series

The latest Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) Deep Dish Reading series was held August 8, 2019 at Volumes Book Cafe in Chicago IL. Co-hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj & Chris Bauer, the event featured readings by Scott Woods, S.L. Huang, and T.J. Martinson. Other readers included Dawn Bonanno, Richard Chwedyk, Beth Kander, and Aurelius Raines II. These events are sponsored by the SLF with assistance from SFWA grants. The next reading ...Read More

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Kameron Hurley: Why Does Writing Books Get Tougher Instead of Easier?

One of the ironies of the writing craft is that the more novels many of us write, the more difficult it is to write a novel. This appears to be a contradiction, but I hear it again and again from other professional writers, and I encounter it in my own work. It’s as if, once you know how to write a book, it gets easier to see the flaws in ...Read More

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Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon Report

Dublin 2019, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, took place August 15-19, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland. Guests of honour were Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, and Ian McDonald; other guests of honour were astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell, fans Bill & Mary Burns, and game creator Steve Jackson. There were 6,024 attending memberships purchased, with 5,814 warm bodies, compared to San Jose’s 5,440 attending members and Helsinki’s 5,949. ...Read More

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Photo Story: Cascade Writers

The Cascade Writers workshop was held July 19-21, 2019 in Bremerton WA.

This story and more like it in the September 2019 issue of Locus.

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Cadwell Turnbull: The Trauma of an Alien Invasion

Cadwell Wilbur Turnbull, Jr. was born August 12, 1987 in Chevy Chase MD, and moved to his parents’ home island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands when he was a month old. He grew up there, then moved to Pittsburgh PA to attend La Roche College, where he earned a degree in Professional Writ­ing. After graduating he returned to St. Thomas for a year, where he worked as ...Read More

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Photo Story: 2019 Butler Scholarship

‘Pemi Aguda received the 2019 Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Carl Brandon Society to support a writer of color admitted to the Clarion Workshop, held this year June 23, 2019 – August 3, 2019 in San Diego CA. Aguda also received an owl necklace designed by artist Laurie Edison.

 

 

 

 

This story and more like it in the September 2019 issue of Locus.

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Photo Story: Launch Pad

The Launch Pad astronomy workshop was held July 22-28, 2019 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie WY. The workshop, founded by SF writer and astronomer Mike Brotherton, focuses on teaching astronomy principles to SF writers.

This story and more like it in the September 2019 issue of Locus.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Take a Road Trip with the Mayan God of Death!

Silvia Moreno-Garcia was born April 25, 1981 in Baja California, Mexico, and grew up in various places throughout the country. She attended Endicott College in Massachusetts, where she studied communications, then returned to Mexico, where she married her hus­band; they immigrated to Canada 15 years ago, and have two children. She studied journalism in Canada and recently earned a Master’s in science and technology studies. She now works in communications ...Read More

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Photo Story: 2019 Alfie Awards

Editors Jane Johnson and Malcolm Edwards received Alfie Awards for their editing, presented by George R.R. Martin at the Hugo Losers Party, held August 18, 2019 in Dublin Ireland during Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon. Martin created the Alfie Awards in 2015 and named them in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments.

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Cory Doctorow: DRM Broke Its Promise

When states had established religions and all-powerful churches, the clergy could impose many indignities on their parishoners merely by asserting that it was “God’s will.” Our modern secular religion is the worship of markets as self-correcting, self-perfecting systems that merely demand that we all act in our own self-interest to produce an outcome that makes us all better off. Whenever corporations thrive by making us all worse off, we’re told ...Read More

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Photo Story: Myman at the Museum

Locus design editor Francesca Myman visited the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, home to “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of Asian Pacific American Science Fiction”, an exhibit on view through September 15, 2019. The show includes two pieces by Myman: “Silkpunk”, illustrating Ken Liu’s work for the May 2015 issue of Locus, and “Axioms & Theorems”, illustrating Yoon Ha Lee’s September 2014 Locus interview. The long list of SFnal ...Read More

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Christopher Brown Guest Post–“Truth and Reconciliation and Science Fiction”

The best science fiction I have read this year came in a series of emails from the future.

The Training Commission is a collaboration between authors Ingrid Burrington and Brendan C. Byrne, produced with sponsorship from Mozilla. It’s an epistolary work, a fragmented narrative in the form of electronic correspondence from a character on the run in a near-future USA that is both familiar and incredibly strange. Rich with worldbuilding ...Read More

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Lesley Nneka Arimah: Dualities

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born October 13, 1983, in London and grew up in Nigeria, Europe, and the US – wherever her father was stationed for work. She attended Florida State University as an undergrad and got her MFA at Minnesota State University, graduating in 2010.

Arimah’s short fiction has appeared in in Granta, Harper’s, McSwee­ney’s, The New Yorker, A People’s Future of the United States (2019), and several other ...Read More

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Photo Story: Sycamore Hill

The 2019 Sycamore Hills Writers’ Conference was held June 15-21, 2019 at the Wildacres Retreat Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland NC.

This story and more like it in the August 2019 issue of Locus.

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Reese Hogan Guest Post–“Music, Art, and Connection: How Artists Benefit One Another Through Creation”

All ideas come from somewhere. For me, a book really starts taking shape when I have three separate ideas that come together. These ideas come from all sorts of places, but at least one of them is almost always from another piece of art. For example, for one of my novels, I found a gorgeous picture on Deviant Art that filled my mind with possibilities, and brought my story in ...Read More

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William Gibson: One Tough Zeitgeist

William Gibson was born March 17, 1948 in Conway SC and grew up in Virginia, attending boarding school in Arizona. He went to Canada in 1967 to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, eventually settling in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1972. He began seriously writing fiction while studying at the University of British Columbia, where he earned a BA in English in 1977. That same year he published his ...Read More

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