To follow on from my recent post on rogue AIs (and to celebrate the lack of missiles being launched by a newly awakened Skynet), I decided to post this podcast that I recorded with Ted Chiang recently. While we start off talking about Greg Egan’s work, we move into a broader discussion of AIs–how they may need to be evolved and grown, and how they are sometimes characters in sf, ...Read MoreRead more
At ICFA, I was lucky enough to be on the same continent as regular Locus Roundtable contributor, Graham Sleight. We took advantage of the opportunity to sit down and record a podcast without worrying about time zone coordination. We talk about: the classic sf space futures that never were, how the field has changed and evolved, space travel and global warming, and storyable futures. Below are some links from the ...Read MoreRead more
The August 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with William Gibson and Lesley Nneka Arimah. Awards news includes the Campbell, Sturgeon, Clarke, Shirley Jackson, Chesley, and Prometheus awards winners. Other news includes an update on the Beagle legal battle, the retirement of DC’s Vertigo imprint, Amazon legal developments, the results of this year’s Locus Survey, and more. Kameron Hurley‘s column ...Read MoreRead more
The July 2019 issue of Locus has interviews with Ben H. Winters and R.F. Kuang. Awards news covers the 2019 Locus, Ditmar, and Lambda Literary winners, and finalists, longlists, and/or ballots from the Campbell Memorial, Chesley, Mythopoeic, Sunburst, Aurora, and Eugie awards. There are photos and reports covering the 2019 SFWA Nebula Conference, WisCon 43, and The Outer Dark Symposium ...Read MoreRead more
An Illusion of Thieves, Cate Glass (Tor 978-1-250-31100-9, $16.99, 352pp, tp) May 2019. Cover by Alyssa Winans.
When I first heard about Cate Glass’s An Illusion of Thieves – a fantasy novel, part heist, part political thriller, and part coming-of-age story in a setting inspired by late medieval Italy – I had no idea that Glass was a pen name for notable author Carol Berg, whose novel-writing career began ...Read MoreRead more
The Best of Greg Egan, Greg Egan (Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-942-8, $45.00, 731 pp, hc) October 2019. Cover by David Ho.
I first encountered Greg Egan’s work in 1991, with two stories selected by Gardner Dozois for The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection. Gardner continued to pick up Egan stories with some regularity, and then came the early novels (Quarantine, Permutation City, Distress), ...Read MoreRead more
The June 2019 issue of Locus has interviews with Michael Blumlein and Kaaron Warren. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books titles through March 2020. Awards news covers the 2018 Nebula Awards, Stoker Awards, Asimov’s Readers’ Awards, Analog Anlab Awards, Aurealis Awards, and more. There are finalists and shortlists from the Clarke, Shirley Jackson, and Scribe Awards. Convention and event ...Read MoreRead more
The 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando Airport Marriot Hotel, with a theme of “Politics and Conflict.” Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with about 480 people attending (up from 457 last year) and about 285 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (down from 306 last year). G. Willow Wilson ...Read MoreRead more
The May 2019 issue of Locus has interviews with G. Willow Wilson and Ilana C. Myer. Grand Master Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) and Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019) are remembered with obituaries and appreciations. News includes the 2019 Hugo Awards ballot, 1944 Retro Hugos ballot, Audrey Shulman’s Philip K. Dick Award win, the new Tor horror imprint, Gabriela Damián Miravete’s Tiptree win, the closure of the Gemmell ...Read MoreRead more
The April issue features interviews with Jasper Fforde and Sarah Beth Durst; a column by Kameron Hurley; an obituary for Janet Asimov; the Sturgeon Award and Aurealis Awards finalists; the Audie Awards winners; the Kitschies shortlists; a photo story on Bastard Legion; FOGcon report; a spotlight on David Baldacci; SF in India; and reviews of short fiction and books by Cynthia Ward, Chen ...Read MoreRead more
Episode 24a: In conversation with Nathan Ballingrud: “The Good Husband”
In a follow up to our previous podcast, we had the very great pleasure of chatting with the lovely Nathan Ballingrud, author of “The Good Husband”, about the themes and inspiration for his story about a marriage gone awry, and his new works (both film and text) in 2019. Best to read “The Good Husband” first or, if you must ...Read MoreRead more
Episode 24: Transformative Horror: “The Fruit of My Woman” by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) and “The Good Husband” by Nathan Ballingrud
Ballingrud’s work is frightening, Kang’s is surreal, and both are disturbingly beautiful in their portrayal of how a person’s radical transformation can destabilize their marriage… or are they about how marriage can precipitate a radical transformation? Tune in to hear us tease out the nuances of these ...Read MoreRead more
The March issue features interviews with Leigh Bardugo and S.A. Chakraborty; a column by Cory Doctorow; obituaries and appreciations for Betty Ballantine, Carol Emshwiller, and Carrie Richerson; the 2018 Nebula Awards Ballot, 2018 Stoker Awards Final Ballot, 2019 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists, the BSFA, Audie, and Spectrum 26 Awards Finalists; a photo story on Finch for the Stage ...Read MoreRead more
We are mixing it up a little this year. The following sections are sorted by Hugo Eligibility: Professional, Semiprozine, etc., and by the SFWA qualifying standard for pay rate, then sorted loosely by pay rate and amount of fiction published. We covered 70 magazines, 14 audio sites, and nine critical magazines.
The short fiction market held strong through 2018, with more new voices, more inclusivity, and more translations than we’ve ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the 2019 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager).
The Crawford shortlist includes:The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing) The Breath of the Sun, Rachel Fellman (Aqueduct) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (ChiZine) Half-Witch, John ...Read More Read more
The February issue features an interview with Derek Künsken; our 2018 Year in Review with the 2018 Recommended Reading List and 2018 Book and Magazine summaries; a column by Kameron Hurley; the PKD Award Finalists; SFWA news; the Stoker Preliminary Ballot; photo stories on Christopher Rowe, Heinlein’s The Puppet Grand Master, and Rick Bowes‘ 75th birthday; obituaries for Fred Patten, Jane ...Read MoreRead more
The January issue features interviews with Charles Vess and Kathleen Jennings; Gaylactic Spectrum and Parsecs awards winners; Barnes and Noble and The New Yorker Best of the Year lists; a column by Cory Doctorow; photo stories on Nnedi Okorafor, Manchess Exhibition, and SF Writers in China; the Locus Holiday Party; Locus Looks at Art spotlights; an obituary for Thomas P. Dunn; and ...Read MoreRead more
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, ...Read MoreRead more
The November issue features an interview with Andy Duncan; MacArthur Genius Grant news; British Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, Copper Cylinder, Geffen, and Elgin awards winners; a column by Cory Doctorow; photo stories on Galactic Philadelphia, the Neukom Awards ceremony, George R.R. Martin, and Genrepalooza; international reports on Israel and Estonia; obituaries for Pat Lupoff, Anthea Bell, and David ...Read MoreRead more
The Paris Review Summer ’18 New Yorker 6/4-11/18 Asimov’s 7-8/18 Analog 7-8/18
This month Karen Burnham steps in for the late and much-lamented Gardner Dozois, and we’re making changes to ensure Locus covers as much short fiction as possible. We’ve decided to split review sources between three reviewers: this column will cover primarily print magazines and anthologies, Karen will cover primarily online sources, and Paula Guran will continue her focus ...Read MoreRead more
Welcome to your authentic Crossing the Gulf experience! In one of our favourite discussions to date, Karen and Karen summarise, assess, dissect and digest the multiple-award-winning short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse. This richly layered and nuanced story rewards on so many levels. We provide perspectives from our own experiences, alternating roles as insider and outsider.
Reference is made to the film The Thirteenth Floor ...Read MoreRead more
The October issue features interviews with N.K. Jemisin and Kate Elliott; obituaries for K.C. Ball and Roger Lee Vernon; a column by Kameron Hurley; the Dragon and Dwarf Stars awards winners; Worldcon 76 and Hugo Voting reports; DragonCon; 2018 National Book Awards Longlists; The New Academy Prize Shortlist; Space and Time Magazine news; photo stories; and reviews of short fiction and books by F. ...Read MoreRead more
The September issue features interviews with Kelly Robson and Rebecca Roanhorse; obituaries for Michael Scott Rohan and Gerald M. Weinberg; a column by Cory Doctorow; the Hugo, Retro-Hugo, Mythopoeic, Chesley, and Sidewise awards winners; Worldcon & NASFiC Site Selection news; US and British Forthcoming Books; a spotlight on Jason Kirk of 47North; George R.R. Martin in Conversation with John Picacio; ...Read MoreRead more
The August issue features interviews with Martha Wells and Curtis Chen; appreciations for Harlan Ellison; obituaries for Eugene E. Olson and Clive King; a column by Kameron Hurley; the World Fantasy Award Finalists; the winners of the Campbell, Sturgeon, Clarke, Shirley Jackson, Gemmell, and Prometheus awards; convention reports from the Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 29; reports on international ...Read MoreRead more
When a dearly loved but challenging book becomes a movie, where do you set your expectations? Karen and Karen discuss the alchemy of transmuting text to screen and the choices that must be made if the story is to not merely translate, but flourish. We also talk about how much the book meant to us growing up, and our belief that Ava DuVernay has given us a film that will ...Read MoreRead more
The 39th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place March 14-18, 2018 at the Orlando Airport Marriot Hotel. The theme was ”200 Years of the Fantastic: Celebrating Frankenstein and Mary Shelley”. Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with about 457 people attending (down from 490 last year) and about 306 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (up from ...Read MoreRead more
A Marvel movie, an afrofuturistic dream, a box office phenomenon… and more? We take a side step from page to screen to comment on the many ways that Black Panther works, and works well. We also hint at future podcasts to compare text to film in other adaptations such as A Wrinkle in Time, Annihilation, and Arrival (2016).
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Note: This podcast and all previous ...Read MoreRead more
[Editor’s note: This is the first time we have run the yearly Magazine Summary online. Text has been edited for formatting.]
The short fiction market was strong throughout 2017. We added a few online markets to our review, though we did see a number of print markets shift to online only (that sticky distribution problem) and a number of venues went on hiatus or closed because of financial difficulties.
The ...Read MoreRead more