How to view the state of the field now? SF (and fantasy) are in some sort of pop culture ascendance – the rapturous reception of The Last Jedi on the one hand, and Wonder Woman on another hand, and even The Shape of Water (a more ambitious film than the more popular pair I mentioned, and yet also an hommage of sorts to 1950s monster movies) is surely evidence of ...Read MoreRead more
F&SF 1-2/18 Lightspeed 1/18 Clarkesworld 12/17 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 12/7/17, 12/21/17
The highlight of F&SF‘s first 2018 issue is Dale Bailey‘s gleefully horrifying story “The Donner Party“. It opens with young Mrs. Breen delighted to be tasting human flesh for the first time – at a party given by the influential Lady Donner. Mrs. Breen is of an insignificant family (her grandfather made his money in trade!) ...Read MoreRead more
F&SF 11-12/17 Asimov’s 11-12/17 Analog 11-12/17 Lightspeed 12/17 Clarkesworld 11/17 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11/21/17 Uncanny 9-10/17 Not One of Us 10/17 Omni Winter ’17
Global Dystopias, Junot Díaz, ed. (Boston Review) November 2017. Infinity Wars, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris) October 2017. Acadie, Dave Hutchinson (Tor.com Publishing) September 2017.
F&SF’s November/December issue features “Stillborne“, a significant and, as always, enjoyable entry in Marc Laidlaw‘s Spar/Gorlen ...Read MoreRead more
Asimov’s 9-10/17 Clarkesworld 10/17 Lightspeed 11/17 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/28/17 Tor.com 10/17 Prime Meridian, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Indiegogo/Innsmouth Free Press) December 2017. Singing My Sister Down, Margo Lanagan (Allen and Unwin) May 2017.
Is the novelette the ideal form for SF? I suppose not necessarily, but it does work pretty well, as evidenced by the September-October Asimov’s. R. Garcia y Robertson‘s “Grand Theft Spacecraft” is the ...Read MoreRead more
F&SF 9-10/17 Analog 9-10/17 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/17/17 Lightspeed 10/17 Tor.com 9/6/17
The most exciting short fiction news this month is surely the appearance in the September/October F&SF of a new story by Samuel R. Delany. Even better, “The Hermit of Houston” is exceptional work! It’s set some time in a strange future and is hard to get a grip on (the best kind). From one angle ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
* 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 MoreRead more
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.
Max Gladstone, Last First ...Read MoreRead more
* 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 MoreRead more
* 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 MoreRead more
* 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 MoreRead more
* 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 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
Nathan Ballingrud, Wounds (Saga 4/19) This collection – “Six Stories from the Border of Hell” – gathers some of the author’s best dark work, including original story “The Butcher’s Tale” and “The Visible Filth” (2015), adapted as 2019 horror film Wounds. His first collection, North American Lake Monsters (2013), won a Shirley Jackson Award and was nominated for British Fantasy, Stoker, and World Fantasy Awards.
Ashok K. Banker, ...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
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.
Zen Cho, The True Queen ...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
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
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more