SF Crossing the Gulf—Transformative Horror

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 More

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Issue 698 Table of Contents, March 2019

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 More

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Year-in-Review: 2018 Magazine Summary

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 More

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SF Crossing the Gulf—in Conversation with Ted Chiang

Episode 23: In conversation with Ted Chiang: “The Great Silence” Most people may know about Ted from “Story of Your Life” which was filmed as Arrival, but his reputation with readers and writers as a top tier craftsman of the short form was well established before then. We had the pleasure of asking Ted some questions about a short (very short!) piece of his from 2015, part of an ...Read More Read more

Kuang Wins Crawford Award

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

Issue 697 Table of Contents, February 2019

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 More

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SF Crossing the Gulf—in Conversation with Kij Johnson

Episode 22b: In conversation with Kij Johnson: “The Privilege of the Happy Ending” Rounding off our triad of podcasts about the end of the world as we know it, we are honoured to welcome Kij Johnson to discuss her apocalypse-themed fantasy story (with strong hints of science fiction!) “The Privilege of the Happy Ending”. The research, the worldbuilding, and the structural and narrative choices that went into this story make ...Read More Read more

SF Crossing the Gulf—in Conversation with Daryl Gregory

Episode 22a: In conversation with Daryl Gregory: “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” Even better than reading an excellent story is discussing with the author how and why they wrote it! We are so pleased to have Daryl Gregory with us to discuss the nuances, secrets and personal touches in his apocalypse-themed science fiction story “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth”. (But first listen to episode 22 of the podcast ...Read More Read more

SF Crossing the Gulf—The Everyday Apocalypse

Episode 22: The Everyday Apocalypse: “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth” by Daryl Gregory and “The Privilege of the Happy Ending” by Kij Johnson Apocalypse now, or some day soon when we least expect it? Karen and Karen compare and contrast two very different stories with a common theme – the end of the world as we know it. But apocalypse can mean many things when we consider the privileged ...Read More Read more

Issue 696 Table of Contents, January 2019

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 PartyLocus Looks at Art spotlights; an obituary for Thomas P. Dunn; and ...Read More

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Issue 695 Table of Contents, December 2018

The December issue features interviews with Kim Stanley Robinson and Becky Chambers; World Fantasy, National Book, and Prix Utopiales awards winners; Publishers WeeklyKirkus, 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 More

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Issue 694 Table of Contents, November 2018

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 More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: The Paris Review, New Yorker, Asimov’s, and Analog

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 More

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SF Crossing the Gulf — Authentic Indian Experience™

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.

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Issue 693 Table of Contents, October 2018

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 LonglistsThe New Academy Prize Shortlist; Space and Time Magazine news; photo stories; and reviews of short fiction and books by F. ...Read More

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Issue 692 Table of Contents, September 2018

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 47NorthGeorge R.R. Martin in Conversation with John Picacio; ...Read More

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Issue 691 Table of Contents, August 2018

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 CampbellSturgeonClarkeShirley JacksonGemmell, and Prometheus awards; convention reports from the Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon 29; reports on international ...Read More

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SF Crossing the Gulf — A Wrinkle in Time: The book, the movie

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 More

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2018 ICFA Report

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 More

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SF Crossing the Gulf — Season 3 Debut!

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 TimeAnnihilation, and Arrival (2016).

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Year-in-Review: 2017 Magazine Summary

[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.

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SF Crossing the Gulf – Season 2 Update!

Back in October of 2017 we announced that that SF Crossing the Gulf podcast, hosted by Karen Burnham and Karen Lord, had been made available via a dedicated archive page.

At that time, we shared that the archive page featured short descriptions of each episode (and links to the full details at SF Signal) for Season One, and that the rest of the episodes would be following soon. We’re pleased ...Read More

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SF Crossing the Gulf Is Back!

Announcing the new archive page for SF Crossing the Gulf podcast.

The podcast, hosted by Karen Burnham and Karen Lord, debuted in 2012 and ran for 18 episodes over the course of two seasons, originally hosted by SF Signal (the text descriptions are still available there, but no audio). Episodes include fascinating discussions of notable contemporary hard science fiction, classic writers such as Cordwainer Smith and Olaf Stapledon, weird stories, ...Read More

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20 Years of Locus Online

Introduction by Mark Kelly

Twenty years ago, already working for Locus as the magazine’s monthly short-fiction reviewer since 1988, I volunteered to Charles N. Brown to set up a Locus website. It was the early days of the web and it was becoming fashionable, even necessary, for any kind of institution or publication to have an online presence. Not coincidentally, I volunteered for a similar task at my workplace, an ...Read More

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FAQ

Q: How do I submit my book/magazine/audiobook for review in Locus, or listing on your site?

A: See our Review submission guidelines. Also contains information about inclusion in Forthcoming Books and People & Publishing sections.

Q: Where’s my issue? Your website says it was mailed last week.

A: Every month a few copies of the magazine get delayed by the postal service. Please wait another week or two, and chances ...Read More

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Index to Reviews

Review submission guidelines

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Aakhus, Patricia

The Voyage of Mael Duin’s Curragh (Dec 1989, Carolyn Cushman)

Aamodt, Donald

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SF Crossing the Gulf

Welcome to the SF Crossing the Gulf podcast. The podcast, hosted by Karen Burnham and Karen Lord, debuted in 2012 and ran for 18 episodes over the course of two seasons, originally hosted by the now defunct SF Signal (the text descriptions are still available there, but no audio). Episodes include fascinating discussions of notable contemporary hard science fiction, classic writers such as Cordwainer Smith and Olaf Stapledon, weird stories, ...Read More

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2017 Crawford Award

The winner of the 2017 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor). One judge cited the novel’s “humor, the light touch, the swiftness with which the narrative unspools.”

The Crawford shortlist includes:

Marginalia to Stone Bird, Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct); Maresi, Maria ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, June 2016

Joan Aiken, The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories (Small Beer Press Apr 2016)

This retrospective collection gathers 20 stories by the late author of mesmerizingly strange fiction, with pieces published from the 1950s to the ’90s. It includes an introduction by Kelly Link about her relationship to Aiken’s work, and another by the author’s daughter, Lizza Aiken, on ‘‘The Power of Storytelling’’.

Madeline Ashby, Company Town (Tor May ...Read More

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New in Paperback, April – May 2016

Barker, Clive : The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s Griffin 978-1250056177, $16.99, 368pp, trade paperback, May 2016) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 17 May 2016 (First edition: St. Martin’s, May 2015)

Horror novel involving two of Barker’s most famous characters: detective Harry D’Amour and the priest of hell Pinhead. • Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt. • Stefan Dziemianowicz reviewed it last year in Locus Magazine: “Where the machinations ...Read More

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Issue 664 Table of Contents, May 2016

The May issue features interviews with Guy Gavriel Kay and Molly Tanzer, a column by Cory Doctorow, a report on the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and reviews of short fiction and books by Guy Gavriel Kay, Peter Newman, Eleanor Arnason, Glen Hirshberg, Mishell Baker, and many others.

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Issue 662 Table of Contents, March 2016

The March issue features interviews with Lisa Goldstein and Fran Wilde, remembrances of David G. Hartwell, a column by Cory Doctorow, listings of forthcoming books through December 2016, and reviews of short fiction and books by Peter Straub, R.S. Belcher, James Gunn, and many others.

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