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The August 2016 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Nancy Kress and David D. Levine, and spotlights on Kelly Robson and Sam J. Miller. News includes the 2016 World Fantasy Awards nominations; the Library of Congress's honor to Stephen King; the Shirley Jackson, Prometheus, and Seiun awards winners; SFnal titles on the NEA Big Read program booklist; SFWA's move to include game writers; finalists for the Sunburst, Sidewise, Gemmell, Endeavour, and Eugie Foster Memorial awards; a report on science fiction in China by Preston Grassmann; and more. Events coverage with photos and reports includes the Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon. The column by Kameron Hurley is entitled "When to Quit Your Day Job". Carolyn See is remembered with an obituary. Reviews cover new titles by China Miéville, Jo Walton, Kij Johnson, Michael Swanwick, Joe Abercrombie, Jennifer Mason-Black, Mary Robinette Kowal, Richard Kadrey, Angela Slatter, Sarah Tolmie, Greg Egan, Michael M. Bartlett, Walter Jon Williams, Kelly Barnhill, Rachel Caine, Gail Carriger, and others.


Table of Contents: 

August 2016 • Issue 667 • Vol. 77 • No. 2
49th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Nancy Kress: Tommorrow’s Kin / 10
David D. Levine: Everybody Loves Mars / 28
2016 World Fantasy Awards Nominations • King Honored • Shirley Jackson Awards Winners • 2016 Prometheus Award Winners • NEA Big Read • Seiun Awards Winners
Locus Awards Weekend / 5 Readercon / 58
SFWA Opens to Game Writers • Sunburst Awards Shortlist • Sidewise Awards Finalists • Gemmell Awards Shortlist • 2016 Endeavour Award Nominees • 2016 Eugie Award Finalists • Awards News • Publishing News • Bookstore News • Legal News • World Conventions News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Robert J. Sawyer, Allen Steele, Judith Merril, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia Briggs, Terry Pratchett, and many others
Photo Story: Odyssey 2016 / 7 Photo Story: Sycamore Hill 2016 / 9 Commentary by Kameron Hurley: When to Quit Your Day Job / 27 Spotlight on Kelly Robson, Writer / 31 Spotlight on Sam J. Miller, Writer / 33 Photo Story: SF in SF / 33 The Cosmic Village: Chinese Science Fiction by Preston Grassmann / 60
Magazines Received: June / 38 Books Received: June / 39 British Books Received: May / 50 Bestsellers / 52
Carolyn See
Locus Awards Weekend • This Issue/ Next Issue
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Asimov’s 7/16; Analog 7-8/16; Lightspeed 6/16, 7/16; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/25/16; Decision Points, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, ed.; Galactic Games, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, ed.; Drowned Worlds, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; Two Travelers, Sarah Tolmie.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 14
The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville; Necessity, Jo Walton; The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson; ‘‘Not So Much,’’ Said the Cat, Michael Swanwick; Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie; SHORT TAKE: Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary, Bill Schelly.
Reviews by Faren Miller / 16
Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black; Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal; The Perdition Score, Richard Kadrey; Vigil, Angela Slatter; Two Travelers, Sarah Tolmie.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 17
Drowned Worlds, Jonathan Strahan, ed.;The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred, Greg Egan.
Reviews by John Langan / 18
Creeping Waves, Matthew M. Bartlett; The Wretch of the Sun, Michael Cisco; The Suicide Motor Club, Christopher Buehlman; Greener Pastures, Michael Wehunt.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 20
Impersonations, Walter Jon Williams; Barren Cove, Ariel S. Winter; Dark Matter, Blake Crouch.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 21
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill; The Unlicensed Magician, Kelly Barnhill; Paper and Fire, Rachel Caine; Imprudence, Gail Carriger; Spellbreaker, Blake Charlton; Grayling’s Song, Karen Cushman; Blood of the Earth, Faith Hunter; Urban Allies, Joseph Nassise, ed.; The Waking Fire, Anthony Ryan.
Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 23
Black Static #52; Nightmare 6/16, 7/16; The Dark 6/16, 7/16; Uncanny 5-6/16.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Liz Bourke & Rachel Swirsky / 25
Behind the Throne, K.B. Wagers; Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 17, 21


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog July/August 2016 (Rich Horton)
Asimov's July 2016 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies May 2016 (Rich Horton)
Black Static May-Jun 2016 (Paula Guran)
Lightspeed June 2016 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed July 2016 (Rich Horton)
Nightmare Magazine June 2016 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare Magazine July 2016 (Paula Guran)
The Dark June 2016 (Paula Guran)
The Dark July 2016 (Paula Guran)
Uncanny May/June 2016 (Paula Guran)

Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer)

Abercrombie, Joe • Sharp Ends (Gary K. Wolfe)
Barnhill, Kelly • The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Carolyn Cushman)
Barnhill, Kelly • The Unlicensed Magician (Carolyn Cushman)
Bartlett, Matthew M. • Creeping Waves (John Langan)
Buehlman, Christopher • The Suicide Motor Club (John Langan)
Caine, Rachel • Paper and Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Carriger, Gail • Imprudence (Carolyn Cushman)
Charlton, Blake • Spellbreaker (Carolyn Cushman)
Cisco, Michael • The Wretch of the Sun (John Langan)
Crouch, Blake • Dark Matter (Adrienne Martini)
Cushman, Karen • Grayling's Song (Carolyn Cushman)
Dann, Jack, ed. • Dreaming in the Dark (Rachel Swirsky)
Egan, Greg • The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred (Russell Letson)
Hunter, Faith • Blood of the Earth (Carolyn Cushman)
Johnson, Kij • The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kadrey, Richard • The Perdition Score (Faren Miller)
Kowal, Mary Robinette • Ghost Talkers (Faren Miller)
Mason-Black, Jennifer • Devil and the Bluebird (Faren Miller)
Miéville, China • The Last Days of New Paris (Gary K. Wolfe)
Nassise, Joseph • Urban Allies (Carolyn Cushman)
Ryan, Anthony • The Waking Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Schelly, Bill • Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary (Gary K. Wolfe)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. • Decision Points (Rich Horton)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. • Galactic Games (Rich Horton)
Slatter, Angela • Vigil (Faren Miller)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Drowned Worlds (Rich Horton)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Drowned Worlds (Russell Letson)
Swanwick, Michael • Not So Much, Said the Cat (Gary K. Wolfe)
Tolmie, Sarah • Two Travelers (Rich Horton)
Wagers, K. B. • Behind the Throne (Liz Bourke)
Walton, Jo • Necessity (Gary K. Wolfe)
Wehunt, Michael • Greener Pastures (John Langan)
Williams, Walter Jon • Impersonations (Adrienne Martini)
Winter, Ariel S. • Barren Cove (Adrienne Martini)