Rich Horton reviews Infinite Stars by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, ed.

Infinite Stars, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, ed. (Titan 9781785655937, $24.95, 688pp, hc) Oc­tober 2017.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt’s new anthol­ogy Infinite Stars is a big collection of space opera stories, split roughly evenly between reprints and originals. The reprints serve to some extent as an introduction to the subgenre, with examples from such classic series as Cordwainer Smith’s Instrumentality of Man­kind, Anne McCaffrey’s Ship Who Sang books, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Lightspeed 8/17, 9/17 Tor.com 8/17 Apex 7/17 Interzone 7-8/17 McSweeney’s #49

There’s a good set of stories in the August Lightspeed. Ashok Banker‘s “Tongue” is an uncomfortable and rather over-the-top satire on the horrors of a traditional Indian mar­riage, set on an asteroid. The over-the-top elements are part and parcel of satire, though I also thought the portrayal of Indian culture seemed a wincing cliché, as did ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction

Asimov’s 7-8/17 F&SF 7-8/17 Uncanny 7-8/17 Clarkesworld 7/17 Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, People of Color Take Over Special Issue Tor.com 7/17

There are two very entertaining novellas in the July-August Asimov’s, both by writers who have long been favorites of mine, and both of whom had long career hiatuses. Alexander Jablokov published nothing between 1998 and 2006; while R. Garcia y Robertson‘s story this month is the first ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction: August 2017

Strange Horizons 6/5/17 Analog 7-8/17 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/25/17, 6/22/17 Clarkesworld 6/17 Lightspeed 7/17 Tobias Buckell’s Patreon 4/17 Tor.com 6/17 Tin House Summer ’17

Utopia, LOL?” is a very nice far-future story from a fairly new voice, Jamie Wahls, in Strange Horizons. It’s told by Kit, one of trillions of humans living in what appear to be Matrioshka brains in the extreme far future. Her job (one ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction, January 2017

F&SF 11-12/16 Interzone 11-12/16 Analog 12/16 Tor.com 11/02/16, 11/16/16 The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga Press) October 2016

F&SF for November/December features a rare and welcome appearance from Gardner Dozois, whose fame as an editor should not cause us to forget how good his fiction is. ‘‘The Place of Bones’’ is a short, stylish dark fantasy told by the tutor of a ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction, September 2016

F&SF 7-8/16 Asimov’s 9/16 Clarkesworld 6/16, 7/16 Lightspeed 8/16 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/21/16 Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 7/16 Swords v. Cthulhu, Jesse Bullington & Molly Tanzer, eds. (Stone Skin Press) August 2016.

Lavie Tidhar offers perhaps the best novella of the year in the July/August F&SF. ‘‘The Vanishing Kind’’ is set in London in the 1950s, but in an alternate London where the Nazis won WWII, and ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Short Fiction, May 2016

Analog 4/16 Asimov’s 3/16 F&SF 3-4/16 Lightspeed 4/16 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/3/16, 3/17/16 Galaxy’s Edge 3/16

Analog leads off April with a fine story by Maggie Clark, ‘‘Seven Ways of Looking at the Sun-Worshippers of Yul-Katan’’. It’s told by a woman native to the planet Yul-Katan, where the people worship the sun. Having lost her faith following her father’s ‘‘ascension’’ to the station orbiting their sun, she ...Read More

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RICH HORTON

RICH HORTON, Contributing Editor, is a software engineer living in Webster Groves, Missouri. He was born in Naperville, Illinois, and received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Illinois in 1981. He has been working for the same large aerospace concern in St. Louis for over 20 years. He has been reading science fiction since the Golden Age (i.e since he was 12). His reviews and essays have ...Read More

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Rich Horton reviews Sandra McDonald

Sandra McDonald is best known for novels which, on the face of them, are fairly conventional military SF with a romantic slant, yet those who have followed her short fiction know she’s a quirkier writer than her novels display. Diana Comet and Other Improbable Stories features 14 tales, many originals, set in a sort of alternate history that for the most part is a transparent version of our world, at ...Read More

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New Books, 7 June 2016

* Afsharirad, David, ed. : The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF 2015 (Baen 978-1-4767-8177-8, $16, 288pp, trade paperback, June 2016) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 7 Jun 2016 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-503-8

Anthology of 12 stories first published in 2015, second volume of a series following last year’s The Year’s Best Military SF & Space Opera. • Authors include David Brin, Seth Dickinson, ...Read More

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New and Notable Books, September 2015

Wesley Chu, Time Salvager (Tor Jul 2015)

The author of the popular Tao trilogy launches a new time-travel series with this intense tale of ‘‘chronmen,’’ operatives sent back to the moments before historical disasters to steal valuable resources without altering the timeline. When chronman James Griffin-Mars breaks the rules by rescuing a scientist from the prior century, they go on the run to escape justice.

 

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New Books, 9 June 2015

* Blaylock, James P. : Beneath London (Titan 978-1783292608, $14.95, 432pp, trade paperback, June 2015) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 9 Jun 2015 • Langdon St. Ives #4

Steampunk fantasy novel, fourth in a series about Langdon St. Ives following Homunculus (1986) Lord Kelvin’s Machine (1992), and The Aylesford Skull (2013). • The publisher’s site has this description. • Site Dread Central has an exclusive PDF excerpt linked from this ...Read More

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New Books, 10 June

* Card, Orson Scott, & Aaron Johnston : Earth Awakens (Tor 978-0-7653-2906-6, $25.99, 400pp, hardcover, June 2014) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Jun 2014 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781429948814 • Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 978-1-4272-4101-6 • UK edition: Little, Brown UK/Orbit 978-0356502762 (Tue 10 Jun 2014) • The First Formic War #3

SF novel, third in a prequel trilogy to Card’s Ender’s Game ...Read More

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New Books: 2 July

* Allen, Mike, ed. : Clockwork Phoenix 4 (Mythic Delirium 978-0-9889124-0-3, $15.95, 275pp, trade paperback, July 2013) • Nominal Publication Date: Mon 1 Jul 2013 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: B00DGQPX4S

Anthology of 18 original stories. • Authors include Yves Meynard, Ian McHugh, Gemma Files, Tanith Lee, Cat Rambo, and Richard Parks. • Series site www.clockworkphoenix.com has the full table of contents. • Amazon’s “Look Inside” function ...Read More

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New Books, 7 August

* Berman, Steve : Wilde Stories 2012 (Lethe Press 978-1590213988, $15, 236pp, trade paperback, August 2012) • Nominal Publication Date: Wed 11 Jul 2012

Anthology of 12 stories first published in 2011, subtitled “The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction”. • Authors include Alex Jeffers, Richard Bowes, Tom Cardamone, Lee Thomas, Christopher Barzak, and Ellen Kushner • The publisher’s site has a brief description. • Amazon’s “Look Inside” function provides the ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, May 2019

Elizabeth Bear, Ancestral Night (Saga 3/19) A thrill­ing space adventure from the Hugo Award-winning author, following salvagers Connla and Haimey Dz (and their cats) from the black hole at the center of the Milky Way to the galactic fringes as they encounter pirates, the corpse of a giant space-dwelling alien, and agents of the galaxy-spanning Synarche. The first in the new White Space series.

 

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New Books : 14 May 2019

Find your favorite animal in these new SFF books: dragons, trufflepigs, snake-haired gorgons, a trickster coyote, and a cyberpunk hero named Lion. New titles this week are by Sarah Beth Durst, Fernando Flores, W. Michael Gear, Paula Guran, Guy Gavriel Kay, Dean Koontz, Steven Kotler, Ambelina & Ezekial Kwaymullina, Una McCormack, Eliot Peper, Max Porter, Karen Russell, and Adrian Tchaikovsky. ...Read More Read more

Issue 700 Table of Contents, May 2019

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 More

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Issue 699 Table of Contents, April 2019

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 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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A Year of Looking Backward by Gary K. Wolfe

I’m not sure this is prog­ress: 2018 began with The Handmaid’s Tale, Nine­teen Eighty-Four, and Fahrenheit 451 back on the bestseller lists, and a fair number of folks re­marking on how prescient Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower suddenly seemed.

Toward the end of the year, just before Thanksgiv­ing, Vintage decided to re-release, for the first time in decades, Fletcher Knebel’s Night of Camp David, the 1965 ...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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2018 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2019 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; Locus reviewers Liz Bourke, Katharine Coldiron, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Lila Garrott, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Arley Sorg, Tom ...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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New & Notable Books, January 2019

Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping (DAW 11/18) Detective Constable (and apprentice wizard) Peter Grant has to deal with some major new developments as he hunts the Faceless Man and ends up confronting an old (very old) foe in this thrilling seventh book in the Rivers of London urban fantasy series. (Published simultaneously in the UK by Gollancz.)

 

Aliette de Bodard, In the Vanishers’ Palace (JABberwocky Literary Agency 10/18) “Beauty and ...Read More

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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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New & Notable Books, December 2018

Dale Bailey, In the Night Wood (John Joseph Adams 10/18) This tale of literary horror concerns Erin, the descendant of a famous children’s book author, who inherits the family estate. In mourning with her husband over the loss of their daughter, things get worse when they begin to see a grim figure from her ancestor’s book. “The prose is genuinely good, the setting is genuinely creepy, and the hints of ...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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2018 Directory

This page compiles 2018 books 1) reviewed in Locus Magazine; 2) listed in Locus Online’s New Titles & Bestsellers pages; 3) and selected forthcoming titles not yet seen.

Jump down to:

Novels | YA novels | Novellas & short fiction | Collections | Anthologies | Nonfiction & Art | Media & Gaming Related | New in Paperback | Classic Reprints

 

Novels • Aaronovitch, Ben • Lies Sleeping • (UK: ...Read More Read more

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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New & Notable Books, October 2018

Robert Jackson Bennett, Foundryside (Crown 8/18) Bennett’s new fantasy series, The Founders, focuses on the powerful city of Tevanne, controlled by four merchant houses using a imperfectly understood magic system. Sancia, a young thief with strange powers, steals a talking key that can open any door, and mayhem (sometime spectacular) ensues, revealing more of the fascinatingly complex magic system along the way.

 

Michael Bishop, The Sacerdotal Owl and Three ...Read More

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