Alvaro Zinos-Amaro Reviews The Time Machine Hypothesis by Damien Broderick

The Time Machine Hypothesis: Extreme Science Meets Science Fiction, Damien Broderick (Springer 978-3030161774, $27.99, 244pp, pb) July 2019.

J. Richard Gott III’s epigraph in Damien Brod­erick’s engaging survey may contain a mission statement of sorts: “To appreciate what scientists are studying now, an excellent first step is to explore major time-travel themes in science fiction, where many ideas in this arena were first advanced.” Brod­erick undertakes this exploration with ...Read More

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Nebula Awards Ballot Controversy

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Board released a statement March 1, 2019 in response to allegations that a Facebook group devoted to self-publishing, “20Booksto50k,” may have promoted slate voting to influence this year’s ballot, a situation that drew sometimes heated responses from authors troubled by the issue. The statement reads, in part:

In light of recent events regarding the 2018 SFWA Nebula Nominations short list, the SFWA ...Read More

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Brenda Cooper and Joey Eschrich Guest Post–“From Guilt To Hope: Why We Write Climate Fiction”

In the shadow of several years of climate chaos, from devastating hurricanes and unforeseen droughts to migrant crises, climate fiction is experiencing a surge of popularity in speculative and other literature. There is an emerging global consciousness that climate change is present and urgent, and that it affects all of us even if its impacts vary wildly depending on who and where you are.

Climate fiction often depicts people who ...Read More

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Locus Awards Student Discount Membership

Student Discount Membership Locus Awards Weekend, June 26-28, 2020 in Seattle, Washington This page is for Clarion West and other students who have been invited to attend the Locus Awards. For invited students, attending memberships are $55 (15% off the regular price of $65), and include the awards banquet and all Locus events except the Writers Workshop, plus a free six-month digital subscription to Locus,  from our February 2020 issue ...Read More Read more

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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2019 Locus Awards Weekend

SOLD OUT!!!No memberships will be sold at the door. Locus Awards, June 28-30, 2019 in Seattle, Washington Attending memberships are $75 and include the awards banquet and all Locus events except the Writers Workshop, plus a free six-month digital subscription* to Locus.

The weekend includes readings, a kickoff party hosted by Clarion West for instructor Elizabeth Hand (the first of their six summer parties honoring 2019 instructors), panels with leading ...Read More

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2019 Locus Poll and Survey

Here is the online version of the 49th annual Locus Awards ballot, covering works that appeared in 2018. Thank you for participating! In each category, you may vote for up to five works or nominees, ranking them 1 (first place) through 5 (fifth).

We have seeded the ballot with options based on our 2018 Recommended Reading List; this greatly facilitates tallying of results. As always, you are welcome to use the ...Read More

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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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Fonda Lee Guest Post–“The Case for YA Science Fiction”

On a recent plane ride home from a major book festival, I ended up chatting with a woman next to me who had also been at the festival. “So, what do you write?” she asked, when she discovered I was an attending author. I reluctantly told her that I write science fiction and fantasy. “Oh, that explains why I didn’t see you on any panels this weekend,” she said. “I ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Art Books

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vast­lantic, Armand Baltazar (Katharine Tegen 978-0-06-240236-3, $19.99, 607pp, hc) October 2017. Cover by Armand Baltazar. Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction, Grady Hendrix (Quirk 978-1-5947-4981-7, $16.95, 256pp, tp) September 2017. Flora & Fauna, J.A.W. Cooper (Flesk 978-1-933865-96-6, $25.00, 80pp, tp) October 2017. Cover by J.A.W. Cooper. Familiars, J.A.W. Cooper (Flesk 978-1-933865-95-9, $25.00, 80pp, ...Read More

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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.

The ...Read More

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2018 Locus Poll and Survey

Here is the online version of the 48th annual Locus Awards ballot, covering works that appeared in 2017. Thank you for participating! In each category, you may vote for up to five works or nominees, ranking them 1 (first place) through 5 (fifth).

We have seeded the ballot with options based on our 2017 Recommended Reading List; this greatly facilitates tallying of results. As always, you are welcome to use ...Read More

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Issue 685 Table of Contents, February 2018

The February issue features interviews with Carrie Vaughn; the annual Year in Review with essays by Gary K. Wolfe, Paul Kincaid, Geoff Ryman, Gardner Dozois, and many others; the Locus Recommended Reading List; the Locus Poll and Survey ballot; obituaries for Ursula K. Le Guin, Douglas Quinta Reis, and Raul Fiker; a column by Kameron Hurley; a report on SF in Ukraine; and reviews of ...Read More

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2018 Locus Awards Weekend

Locus Awards, June 22-24, 2018 in Seattle, Washington Attending memberships are $65 and include the awards banquet and all Locus events except the Writers Workshop, plus a free six-month digital subscription* to Locus.

The weekend includes readings, a kickoff party hosted by Clarion West for instructor Daniel Abraham (the first of their six summer parties honoring 2018 instructors), panels with leading authors, an autograph session, the lunch banquet, and a ...Read More

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2016 Locus Poll & Survey Ballot Online

The 2016 Locus Poll & Survey Ballot, for works and contributions published in 2015, is live. The link to the ballot is http://www.locusmag.com/Magazine/2016/PollAndSurvey.html.

Voting is open until April 15, 2016. Subscriber votes count double, but all votes from subscribers and non-subscribers alike are welcome, and, though we’ve seeded the ballot with titles from the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2015, you may vote for anything via the write-in slots in ...Read More

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Issue 660 Table of Contents, January 2016

The January issue features interviews with Mary Rickert and Charlie Jane Anders, a new column by Cory Doctorow, an international report from Brazil, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Robert Jackson Bennett, V.H. Leslie, Stephen King, Nancy Kress, and many others.

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New in Paperback, January – February

Abercrombie, Joe : Half a King (Ballantine Del Rey 978-0804178419, $15, 368pp, trade paperback, January 2015) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 20 Jan 2015 • Shattered Sea #1 (First edition: Ballantine Del Rey, July 2014)

Fantasy novel, first book in a trilogy, about a second son who becomes king following the deaths of his father and brother. • Random House’s site has this description with an excerpt. • Gary K.

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Scott Nicolay and Rhys Hughes

The big genre publishers have effectively abandoned producing short story collections, even for their best-selling authors. Just inspect that category in the annual Locus Recommended Reading Lists for 2013, 2012 and 2011 to verify that. True, Connie Willis was honored with a Best Of volume in 2013. But if you have to become a Grandmaster to achieve such a collection, there’s little hope for the average author, even if he

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New and Notable Books, August

Eleanor Arnason, Big Mama Stories (Aqueduct Jul 2013)

Arnason pioneers (and possibly invents) the subgenre of ‘‘space-age tall tales’’ here, with five stories (two original) about ‘‘Big Mamas,’’ cosmic trickster figures capable of traveling in time and space and changing in size from bigger than galaxies all the way down to human scale, as they meddle in the affairs of people and aliens. ‘‘Wonderfully over-the-top.’’ [Gary K. Wolfe]

 

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Comments from the Locus Poll and Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and in random order, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine’s July issue; survey results will appear in August issue.

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Keep up the great work!

Thank you for putting in all the work on this survey.

“Do you get your news…” I don’t get all my news from any one

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Blinks: Best of 2012 from B&N, January Mag, Tangent Online; Guardian reviews

» Barnes & Noble’s Best Science Fiction Releases of 2012 are titles by MacLeod, Pelland, Sawyer, Heller, Connell, Niven & Lerner, Wright, Duncan, Evenson, Robinson, John, Epstein, and Love

» January Magazine’s Best SF/F of 2012 are titles by Robinson, Marshall, Miéville, Scalzi, VanderMeer, Pratchett & Baxter, Dozois, and Sawyer

» Tangent Online has posted its 2012 Recommended Reading List for short fiction

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Locus Online to Host All-Time Best Polls in November – Updated 27 Oct

Locus Online will host a set of all-time best polls, covering both novels and short fiction, beginning November 1st, for one month. These will be the first such polls hosted by Locus since 1998; earlier polls were run in 1975 and 1987. This time we’ll do two all-century polls, for 20th century works (1901 – 2000) and 21st century works so far (2001- just to 2010), with five categories in ...Read More

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Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early February

As readers should have noted, the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2011 has just been released, which in my mind is the kickoff for the annual awards season. As one of the contributors to the short fiction section, I must say that I am rather pleased with it this year. Which is to say, a good number of the stories I liked best are on the list, and only a

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New Books, 7 February

* Adams, John Joseph, ed. : Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom (Simon & Schuster 978-1-4424-2029-8, $16.99, 349pp, hardcover, February 2012, cover illustration Mark Zug) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Feb 2012

Anthology of 14 original stories inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom novels, which began with A Princess of Mars (1912), basis for the forthcoming film John Carter, to be released in March. • Contributors

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Weekly Bestsellers, 6 February

This page has not been tracking Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife (Random House), a literary novel that appeared last March, but since it’s been included on the 2011 Locus Recommended Reading List (as a first novel), it will now. The trade paperback, which appeared in November, is still high on several lists, ranking #1 this week on the LA Times list, #4 on the NY Times list.

 

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New in Paperback, January

Barnes, John : Daybreak Zero (Ace 978-1937007300, $7.99, 432pp, mass market paperback, January 2012) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 27 Dec 2011 • Daybreak #2 (First edition: Ace, March 2011)

SF thriller, second in a trilogy following Directive 51 (2010), about the aftermath of a movement that destroyed modern civilization. In this book Heather O’Grainne leads a movement to try to put the world back together. • The publisher’s site

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Online Periodicals, mid-January

SF Signal • Daily blog of SF reviews, links, video clips, and commentary; online since 2003; regular contributors JP Frantz and John DeNardo • Format: Online • Frequency: Daily • http://www.sfsignal.com/

January 2012— • The latest Mind Meld is about Genre Resolutions for 2012, with responses from Joe Abercrombie, Aliette de Bodard, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and others. • Charles Tan interviews James L. Sutter. • There are guest posts

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Comments from the Locus Poll & Survey

Here are comments, presented anonymously and grouped by theme, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll were published in the magazine’s July issue; survey responses will appear in August.

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– Current State of SF – – Current State of Locus – – What We Should Have Asked About on the Survey – – Why We Asked What We Did on the Survey
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Nebula Award Overlap

The 2010 Nebula Award nominee list is out! This gives us our first chance to examine some lists and look for overlap. I’ve marked all the stories that appear both on the Nebula ballot and the Locus Recommended Reading list with asterisks [**]. Of course, it’s pretty easy to overlap with the Recommended Reading List, since it is large and meant to be comprehensive. It’s also much easier to compare ...Read More

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The magazine is currently published from Oakland CA. It was co-founded, published, and edited by Charles ...Read More

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Liza Groen Trombi: Wrapping Up

With that late entry from John Clute in (he was busy helping take care of Ellen Datlow in London), I’m wrapping up the long fiction section of 2008 Under Discussion—thanks to everyone who participated. We may have a similar moderated discussion on short fiction, with invited editors chiming in on the topic—we’ll have to see how that comes along. Either way, our contributors are now freed up to blog at ...Read More

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