2018 LITA SF Notable Lists

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) announced the selections for its inaugural 2018 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held February 9-13, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • The Innocence Treatment, Ari Goelman (Roaring Brook)
  • Defy the Stars, Claudia Gray (Little, Brown)
  • Dare Mighty Things, Heather Kaczynski (HarperTeen)
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Carrie Vaughn: Writing the Good Parts

Carrie Vaughn was born January 28, 1973 in Sacramento CA to a military family, and grew up all over the country before settling in Colorado, where she graduated high school. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, and got her Master’s in English Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1998, and taught there in 2009. Vaughn began publishing  short fiction in ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts by M. John Harrison

You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of Ghosts, M. John Harrison (Comma Press 978-1-910-97434-6, £9.99, 272pp, tp) November 2017.

“I’m moving forward into something here,” thinks the main character in M. John Harrison’s story “Yummie”, “but I don’t know what it is.” That’s a pretty succinct description of what it feels like to enter many of the stories and sketches in You Should Come With Me Now: Stories of ...Read More

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Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship

Ellen Klages is sponsoring the 2018 Sally Klages Memorial Instructorship for Clarion West’s six-week summer workshop. The instructorship is named for Klages’s sister, Sally. Karen Lord is the 2018 recipient.

For more information, see the official Clarion West website.

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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. MC Connie Willis

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 ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fic­tion by James Gunn

Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fic­tion, James Gunn (McFarland 978-1-4766-7026-3, $25.00, 209pp, tp) November 2017. Cover photo by Jason Dailey.

I hope I might be excused for injecting personal notes into a review of James Gunn’s autobiog­raphy, Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction. As I read it, I couldn’t help noticing how many times and in how many ways my life in SF was affected by Gunn’s work ...Read More

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Martin Funds Clarion West Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Clarion West writing workshop in Seattle WA. The “Worldbuilder Scholarship” will be given “to an applicant who demonstrates both financial need and a talent for worldbuilding and the creation of secondary universes” and will cover all tuition, fees, and lodging for one student per year. The scholarship will be decided via blind judging.

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Martin Funds Taos Toolbox Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, held every summer in Angel Fire NM. The “Terran Award” is intended “to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country” to the workshop and will cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included). “Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a ...Read More

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Mike Allen: The Allure of the Forbidden

MICHAEL LOUIS ALLEN was born Febru­ary 1, 1969 in Minneapolis MN to academic parents, who moved often for teaching jobs. He lived in Guam until after kindergarten, spent a year outside Chicago, then spent eight years in the small mining town of Wise VA before finally settling in Roanoke VA, where he has lived ever since. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a liberal arts degree, then earned his Master’s ...Read More

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Russell Letson reviews Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction by James Gunn

Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, James Gunn (McFarland 978-1-4766-7026-3, $25.00, 209pp, tp) November 2017. Cover photo by Jason Dailey.

I hope I might be excused for injecting personal notes into a review of James Gunn’s autobiography, Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction. As I read it, I couldn’t help noticing how many times and in how many ways my life in SF was affected by Gunn’s work ...Read More

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2017 World Fantasy Awards Winners

Photo/award design by Vincent Villafranca

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2016 were announced during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Sudden Appearance
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James Patrick Kelly: Alterations

James Patrick Kelly was born April 11, 1951 in Mineola NY. He earned a BA in English Literature at the University of Notre Dame in 1972, and attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 1974 and ’76. He began writing full time in 1977. In 2005 he joined the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA program as an instructor.

Kelly’s professional career began with “Dea Ex Machina” for Galaxy (1975), followed by scores ...Read More

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Rachel Swirsky Reviews An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King (Harper Voyager 9780062662552, $15.99, 416pp, tp) September 2017.

Wei-Guo is An Excess Male. One of a huge population of unmarried men in China, Wei-Guo has never slept with a woman apart from his weekly government-allotted sex worker. Finally, at 40, he and his fathers have saved enough money for a small dowry, just enough to attract the attention of May-Ling and her two husbands, ...Read More

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Index to Contributors

Last Updated 12 April 2017

Adams, John Joseph

  • Review:
    Locus Listens to Audio #2
    (21 Feb 2005)
  • Review:
    The Audio Age or, A Young Listener’s Illustrated Primer Part One
    (10 Aug 2004)
  • Review:
    Locus Listens to Audio
    (23 Jul 2004)

Aldiss, Brian W.

  • Commentary:
    A Course in Life, A Foot in Two Worlds
    (1 Jan 1999) [from Locus Magazine, Jan 1999]

Anders, Lou

  • Commentary:
    Interview by Nick Gevers
    (2 Mar
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Kit Reed (1932-2017)

Author Kit Reed, 85, died September 24, 2017 several months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was a prolific author with an astonishing range who published work consistently for almost 60 years, writing outstanding novels and stories in various genres for children, teens, and adults.

Her first SF story was “The Wait” (1958; AKA “To Be Taken in a Strange Country”) in F&SF. She published scores of stories ...Read More

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Karin Tidbeck: Language Matters

Karin Margareta Tidbeck was born April 6, 1977, in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in the suburbs. She briefly attended university before dropping out. She worked at various jobs, including in a bookshop, and just before she turned 30, enrolled in a three-year arts program. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop in 2010.

Her debut collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? (2010) appeared in Sweden. First English-language

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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

  • A Name
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Issue 680 Table of Contents, September 2017

The September issue features interviews with Matt Ruff and Karin Tidbeck, a column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary and appreciations of Brian Aldiss, lists of forthcoming books through June 2018, and reviews of short fiction and books by Annalee Newitz, Josh Malerman, Kat Howard, Linda Nagata, and many others.


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Conventions

2018
  • Boskone 55 – Feb 16-18, 2018
    • Boston MA: Westin Waterfront Boston
    • Guest of Honor: Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Special Guest: Craig Miller
    • Boskone is the longest-running science fiction convention in New England! Meet an impressive array of well-known figures in the field and join more than 1000 fans & pros for a fun filled weekend.
  • StokerCon – March 1-4, 2018
    • Biltmore Hotel, Providence RI
    • Guests of Honor: Ramsey Campbell, Craig
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History of Locus Magazine

Locus magazine was founded in 1968 in New York by Charles N. Brown, Ed Meskys, and Dave Vanderwerf as a one-page newszine to promote the “Boston in ’71” Worldcon bid. Two trial issues were sent to various fans and professionals to drum up subscriptions before issue #1 was mailed. Vanderwerf left after issue #4, and Meskys after #11, but Charles decided to keep the ‘zine going with the help of ...Read More

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2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2016 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards Finalists are:

Best Novel

  • Borderline, Mishell
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Sam J. Miller: A Better Power

Sam Joshua Miller was born February 7, 1979 in Hudson NY. He attended Rutgers University, where he studied cinema studies and Russian language and literature (and met his future husband).

Miller began publishing stories in ’zines and online in the early 2000s, and attended the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2012. In recent years he’s published a slew of award-quality short fiction, including Shirley Jackson Award winner

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2017 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced winners in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards.

The Locus Awards are chosen by a survey of readers in an open online poll that runs from February 1 to April 15. We welcome and invite everyone to vote in the poll. Our recommended list for 2016 can be found here.

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • Death’s End, Cixin Liu (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • Company
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Cat Sparks: Strange Directions

Catriona Sparks was born September 11, 1965 in Sydney Australia. She studied film making and photography at the City Art Institute, and worked as a media monitor, political photographer and graphic designer for many years, as well as traveling through Europe, the Middle East, Indonesia, the South Pacific, China, and the Americas.

Sparks began publishing short fiction in 2001, and has since published around 70 stories, including Ditmar Award winners

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John Kessel: Over the Moon

John Joseph Vincent Kessel was born September 24, 1950 in Buffalo NY. He received a dual BA in English and Physics from the University of Rochester in 1972, an MA in English from the University of Kansas in 1974, and a PhD in English from the University of Kansas in 1981. From 1979-82 he was a copy and news editor at Commodity News Service in Kansas. In 1982 he began

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Contractual Obligations: A Review of Alien: Covenant

In contemporary Hollywood, the announced information about a film often conveys an implied contract – a covenant, as it were – between filmgoers and filmmakers: if you buy a ticket to see this movie, you are guaranteed to experience certain desired forms of entertainment. Thus, a picture with the word “Alien” in its title, directed by Ridley Scott, promises potential viewers that they will observe numerous images of H. R.

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2017 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 23-25, 2017; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Daryl Gregory, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket ...Read More

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Martin Funds Odyssey Horror Scholarship

George R.R. Martin announced on April 26, 2017 that he will fund a horror-writing scholarship for the Odyssey Writing Workshop, held every summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH. The “Miskatonic Scholarship” will be awarded once a year to a writer of Lovecraftian fiction and will cover tuition, fees, and lodging. Winners will be selected “solely on the basis of their story samples” by a panel of three judges. ...Read More

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2017 Scholarship From Hell Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship From Hell on April 4, 2017. The scholarship places writers in the intensive Horror University workshop, which will take place during StokerCon 2017.

First place winner Billicent James San Juan will receive airfare to and from Long Beach CA, a four-night stay on the Queen Mary, and registration for StokerCon 2017 and the Horror University workshop classes.

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Cory Doctorow: The Jubilee: Fill Your Boots

In 1972, a group of researchers funded by the Volkswagen Foundation published a seismic book called Limits to Growth, which used the most sophisticated techniques of the day to model the planet Earth and project its future. The book’s authors were trying to figure out how rosy a future the world’s poor could count on: would they some day enjoy the cars and refrigerators and other benefits of the ...Read More

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