In this issue:
The August 2021 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Stephen Graham Jones and TJ Klune. Main Stories include the World Fantasy Awards ballot, an obituary and appreciations for William F. Nolan, DisCon III upheavals, and the Analog AnLab, Prometheus, and Aurealis awards winners. A full report with photos covers the 2021 Locus Awards Online event. Other news includes the Kitschies and SFRA awards winners, shortlists from the Clarke, Sturgeon, Shirley Jackson, and Eugie awards and others, the LeVar Burton Reads writing contest, Obama's summer reading list, the results of this year's Locus Survey, and more. Kameron Hurley's column is entitled "When Should You Compromise? How to Evaluate Editorial Feedback". Stephen Hickman, Joe McKinney, Paul Alexander, and John Longendorfer are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by Daryl Gregory, Lavie Tidhar, Zen Cho, Hannah Whitten, John Appel, Kerstin Hall, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, David Yoon, Max Barry, Jonathan Walker, Yan Ge, Brian Evenson, Chuck Wendig, Josh Malerman, Safia Elhillo, Rose Szabo, Kalynn Bayron, Angela Mi Young Hur, Charles de Lint, Akemi Dawn Bowman, Regina Hansen, Neal Asher, Brent Ryan Bellamy, and others.
Table of Contents:
August 2021 • Issue 727 • Vol. 87 • No. 2
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and interview design by Francesca Myman.
Stephen Graham Jones: Slasher Cycle / 10
TJ Klune: The Idea of Kindness / 26
MAIN STORIES / 5
World Fantasy Awards Ballot • William F. Nolan (1928-2021) • DisCon III Upheavals • Analog AnLab Awards Winners • Prometheus Awards Winners • Aurealis Awards Winners
THE DATA FILE / 7
Kitschies Winners • SFRA Awards Winners • Obama's Summer Reading List • Clarke Award Shortlist • Sturgeon Award Finalists • Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees • Eugie Award Finalists • Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards • SFF Rosetta Awards Shortlist • Rhysling Award Winners • Scribe Award Winners • LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest • Publishing News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nnedi Okorafor, Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Gear, Jennifer Egan, Jane Yolen, and many others
Photo Story: New Found Land / 9 Commentary by Kameron Hurley: When Should You Compromise? How to Evaluate Editorial Feedback / 25 Locus Survey Results / 28
2021 Locus Awards Online / 30
Magazines Received: June / 32 Books Received: June / 34 British Books Received: May / 44 Bestsellers / 46
OBITUARIES / 56
William F. Nolan Appreciation by Jason V Brock • Stephen Hickman • Appreciation by Don Maitz • Joe McKinney • Paul Alexander • DEATH NOTED: John Longendorfer • Appreciation by Christine Cohen
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 58
Thanks and Congratulations • Kameron Hurley • This Issue/Next Issue
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
F&SF 7-8/21; Fusion Fragment 5/21; Cossmass Infinities 5-6/21; Conjunctions: 76; Seasons Between Us, Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law, eds.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 6/21; Anathema 5/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/20/21, 6/3/21; Lightspeed 6/21; Omenana 4/21; Strange Horizons 6/21/21; Tor.com 6/9, 6/16, 6/23/21.
Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 15
Uncanny 5-6/21; Apex 124; Fantasy 5/21, 6/21; Nightmare 5/21, 6/21; The Dark 5/21, 6/21.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Revelator, Daryl Gregory; The Escapement, Lavie Tidhar; Spirits Abroad, Zen Cho.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 17
For the Wolf, Hannah Whitten; Assassin's Orbit, John Appel; Star Eater, Kerstin Hall.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 18
Grave Reservations, Cherie Priest; You Sexy Thing, Cat Rambo; Version Zero, David Yoon; The 22 Murders of Madison May, Max Barry.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 19
The Angels of L19, Jonathan Walker; Strange Beasts of China, Yan Ge; The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell, Brian Evenson.
Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 20
The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig; Goblin, Josh Malerman.
Reviews by Maya C. James / 21
Home Is Not a Country, Safia Elhillo; What Big Teeth, Rose Szabo.
Reviews by Alex Brown / 22
This Poison Heart, Kalynn Bayron; Folklorn, Angela Mi Young Hur.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 23
Juniper Wiles, Charles de Lint; The Infinity Courts, Akemi Dawn Bowman; The Coming Storm, Regina Hansen.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
Jack Four, Neal Asher; Remainders of the American Century: Post-Apocalyptic Novels in the Age of U.S. Decline, Brent Ryan Bellamy.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 16, 19, 23
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Anathema 5/21 (Karen Burnham)
Apex #124 (Paula Guran)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/20/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/3/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 6/21 (Karen Burnham)
Conjunctions: 76 (Rich Horton)
Cossmass Infinities 5-6/21 (Rich Horton)
The Dark 5/21 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 6/21 (Paula Guran)
F&SF 7-8/21 (Rich Horton)
Fantasy 5/21 (Paula Guran)
Fantasy 6/21 (Paula Guran)
Fusion Fragment 5/21 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 6/21 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 5/21 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 6/21 (Paula Guran)
Omenana 4/21 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 6/21/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 6/9/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 6/16/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 6/23/21 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 5-6/21 (Paula Guran)
Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Appel, John • Assassin's Orbit (Liz Bourke)
Asher, Neal • Jack Four (Russell Letson)
Barry, Max • The 22 Murders of Madison May (Adrienne Martini)
Bayron, Kalynn • This Poison Heart (Alex Brown)
Bellamy, Brent Ryan • Remainders of the American Century: Post-Apocalyptic Novels in the Age of U.S. Decline (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Bowman, Akemi Dawn • The Infinity Courts (Colleen Mondor)
Cho, Zen • Spirits Abroad (Gary K. Wolfe)
de Lint, Charles • Juniper Wiles (Colleen Mondor)
Elhillo, Safia • Home Is Not a Country (Maya C. James)
Evenson, Brian • The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (Ian Mond)
Forest, Susan, & Lucas K. Law, eds. • Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories (Rich Horton)
Ge, Yan • Strange Beasts of China (Ian Mond)
Gregory, Daryl • Revelator (Gary K. Wolfe)
Hall, Kerstin • Star Eater (Liz Bourke)
Hansen, Regina M. • The Coming Storm (Colleen Mondor)
Hur, Angela Mi Young • Folklorn (Alex Brown)
Malerman, Josh • Goblin (Gabino Iglesias)
Priest, Cherie • Grave Reservations (Adrienne Martini)
Rambo, Cat • You Sexy Thing (Adrienne Martini)
Szabo, Rose • What Big Teeth (Maya C. James)
Tidhar, Lavie • The Escapement (Gary K. Wolfe)
Walker, Jonathan • The Angels of L19 (Ian Mond)
Wendig, Chuck • The Book of Accidents (Gabino Iglesias)
Whitten, Hannah • For the Wolf (Liz Bourke)
Yoon, David • Version Zero (Adrienne Martini)