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In this issue: 

The August 2022 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Suzanne Palmer and L. Penelope. News covers the World Fantasy Awards ballot, an obituary and appreciations for Eric Flint, the sale of DAW to Astra, Analog AnLab and Prometheus awards winners, Internet Archive’s lawsuit, the HarperCollins union strike, a BayCon 2022 report, the 2022 Locus Survey results, and much more. This year’s Locus Awards Weekend is covered with a full report and photos. Geoffrey H. Goodwin, Dorothy J. Heydt, Barbara Haldeman (AKA Barbara Delaplace), and Jonathan Lyons are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by R.B. Lemberg, Robert Freeman Wexler, Erin Swan, Becky Chambers, R.F. Kuang, Mary Robinette Kowal, Kirstyn McDermott, Karen Heuler, Steve Toltz, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Kimberly Unger, H.E. Edgmon, Rachel Hartman, Naz Kutub, Emily X.R. Pan, Blake Crouch, Ronald Malfi, Naben Ruthnum, Kelly Barnhill, Heather Kamins, Adi Alsaid, A.C. Wise, Foz Meadows, Linda Nagata, Tamsyn Muir, and many others.


Table of Contents: 


August 2022 • Issue 739 • Vol. 89 • No. 2
55th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and interview art and design by Francesca Myman 

Suzanne Palmer: Rational Optimism / 10
L. Penelope: Community Magic / 30

2022 World Fantasy Awards Ballot • Eric Flint (1947 – 2022) • DAW Sold to Astra • Macmillan Security Incident • Analog AnLab Awards Winners • Internet Archive Lawsuit

HarperCollins Union Strike • Canedy Leaving S&S • Prometheus Awards Winners • Clarke Award Shortlist • Sidewise Award Nominees • Eugie Award Finalists • SFWA News • Publishing News • Legal News • World Conventions News • Convention News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Rudy RuckerJesmyn 
WardSalman RushdieJennifer Roberson, and many others

Photo Story: Sycamore Hill 2022 / 9 2022 Locus Survey Results / 32 

2022 Locus Awards Online / 34 BayCon 2022 / 36

Magazines Received: June / 37 Books Received: June / 39 Bestsellers / 50 New & Notable / 51

Appreciations for Eric Flint by Toni Weisskopf, Nancy Kress, Walt Boyes, Charles E. Gannon, Shahid Mahmud, Jim Minz, and John Goodwin • Geoffrey H. Goodwin • Dorothy J. Heydt • Appreciation by Karen Brenchley • Barbara Haldeman [AKA Barbara Delaplace] • Appreciation by Lorena Haldeman • DEATH NOTED: Jonathan Lyons


Eric Flint • The State of Locus • This Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 12 
Clarkesworld 6/22; Asimov’s 5-6/22; Future Fire 4/22; Augur Spring ’22; Flash Fiction Online 5/22; Lost Colony Winter- Spring ’22; Slate Future Tense 5/22.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 13 
Uncanny 5-6/22; Apex #131; 5/25/22, 6/1/22, 6/15/22, 7/13/22, 7/20/22, 7/27/22; Podcastle 5/24/22, 5/3/22; PseudoPod 6/3/22, 6/17/22; The Dark 5/22, 6/22; The Deadlands 5/22, 6/22; Nightmare 6/22, 7/22.

Short Fiction Reviews by Charles Payseur / 14 
Black Cat Weekly 4/9/22, 4/15/22; Fusion Fragment 5/22; Cast of Wonders 5/22; Strange Horizons 5/16/22, 5/23/22, 5/30/22, 6/6/22; Hexagon 5/22; Diabolical Plots 6/22; GigaNotoSaurus 6/22; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/2/22, 6/16/22; Escape Pod 6/22; Fantasy 7/22; Lightspeed 7/22; F&SF 7-8/22.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Unbalancing
, R.B. Lemberg; The Silverberg Business, Robert Freeman Wexler; Walk the Vanished Earth, Erin

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 17 
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, Becky Chambers; Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the 
Oxford Translators’ Revolution, R.F. Kuang; The Spare Man, Mary Robinette Kowal.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 18 
Hard Places, Kirstyn McDermott; The Splendid City, Karen Heuler; Here Goes Nothing, Steve Toltz.

Reviews by Caren Gussoff Sumption / 19 
Where You Linger and Other Stories, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam; The Extractionist, Kimberly Unger.

Reviews by Alex Brown / 20 
The Fae Keeper, H.E. Edgmon; In the Serpent’s Wake, Rachel Hartman; The Loophole, Naz Kutub; An Arrow to the Moon, Emily X.R. Pan.
Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 22
, Blake Crouch; Black Mouth, Ronald Malfi; Helpmeet, Naben Ruthnum.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 23
The Ogress and the Orphans
, Kelly Barnhill; The Moth Girl, Heather Kamins; Before Takeoff, Adi Alsaid.

Art Book Reviews by Karen Haber / 24 
Every Leaf a Hallelujah, Ben Okri, illustrated by Diana Ejaita; Forgotten Gods: The Art of Yoann Lossel, Yoann Lossel & Psyche Ophiuchus; The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure, Xavier Dollo & Djibril Morissette- Phan; 1984: The Graphic Novel, George Orwell & Fido Nesti; Infected by Art Volume 9, Todd Spoor, Bill Cox & Jon Schindehette, eds.; Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, Damian Duffy & John Jennings; Norse Tales: Stories from Across the Rainbow Bridge, Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love; Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly, Volume One, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Maya C. James, Russell Letson, Sam J. Miller / 28
, A.C. Wise; A Strange and Stubborn Endurance, Foz Meadows; Needle, Linda Nagata; Nona the Ninth,
Tamsyn Muir.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 18, 23 

Magazines reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Clarkesworld 6/22 (Karen Burnham)
Asimov’s 5-6/22 (Karen Burnham)
Future Fire 4/22 (Karen Burnham)
Augur Spring ’22 (Karen Burnham)
Flash Fiction Online 5/22 (Karen Burnham)
Lost Colony Winter – Spring ’22 (Karen Burnham)
Slate Future Tense 5/22 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 5-6/22 (Paula Guran)
Apex #131 (Paula Guran) 5/25/22, 6/1/22, 6/15/22, 7/13/22, 7/20/22, 7/27/22 (Paula Guran)
Podcastle 5/24/22, 5/3/22 (Paula Guran)
PseudoPod 6/3/22, 6/17/22 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 5/22, 6/22 (Paula Guran)
The Deadlands 5/22, 6/22 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 6/22, 7/22 (Paula Guran)
Black Cat Weekly 4/9/22, 4/15/22 (Charles Payseur)
Fusion Fragment 5/22 (Charles Payseur)
Cast of Wonders 5/22 (Charles Payseur)
Strange Horizons 5/16/22, 5/23/22, 5/30/22, 6/6/22 (Charles Payseur)
Hexagon 5/22 (Charles Payseur)
Diabolical Plots 6/22 (Charles Payseur)
GigaNotoSaurus 6/22 (Charles Payseur)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/2/22, 6/16/22 (Charles Payseur)
Escape Pod 6/22 (Charles Payseur)
Fantasy 7/22 (Charles Payseur)
Lightspeed 7/22 (Charles Payseur)
F&SF 7-8/22 (Charles Payseur)

Books reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Alsaid, Adi • Before Takeoff (Colleen Mondor)
Barnhill, Kelly • The Ogress and the Orphans (Colleen Mondor)
Chambers, Becky • A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Adrienne Martini)
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love • Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans (Karen Haber)
Crouch, Blake • Upgrade (Gabino Iglesias)
Dollo, Xavier, & Djibril Morissette-Phan • The History of Science Fiction: A Graphic Novel Adventure (Karen Haber)
Duffy, Damian, & John Jennings • Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation (Karen Haber)
Egmon, H. E. • The Fae Keeper (Alex Brown)
Fenner, Cathy, & Arnie Fenner, eds. • Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly, Volume One (Karen Haber)
Hartman, Rachel • In the Serpent’s Wake (Alex Brown)
Heuler, Karen • The Splendid City (Ian Mond)
Kamins, Heather • The Moth Girl (Colleen Mondor)
Kowal, Mary Robinette • The Spare Man (Adrienne Martini)
Kuang, R. F. • Babel (Adrienne Martini)
Kutub, Naz • The Loophole (Alex Brown)
Lemberg, R. B. • The Unbalancing (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lossel, Yoann, & Psyche Ophiuchus • Forgotten Gods: The Art of Yoann Lossel (Karen Haber)
Malfi, Ronald • Black Mouth (Gabino Iglesias)
McDermott, Kirstyn • Hard Places (Ian Mond)
Meadows, Foz • A Strange and Stubborn Endurance (Maya C. James)
Muir, Tamsyn • Nona the Ninth (Sam J. Miller)
Nagata, Linda • Needle (Russell Letson)
Okri, Ben • Every Leaf a Hallelujah (Karen Haber)
Orwell, George, & Fido Nesti • 1984: The Graphic Novel (Karen Haber)
Pan, Emily X. R. • An Arrow to the Moon (Alex Brown)
Ruthnum, Naben • Helpmeet (Gabino Iglesias)
Spoor, Todd • Infected by Art Volume 9 (Karen Haber)
Stufflebeam, Bonnie Jo • Where You Linger and Other Stories (Caren Gussoff Sumption)
Swan, Erin • Walk the Vanished Earth (Gary K. Wolfe)
Toltz, Steve • Here Goes Nothing (Ian Mond)
Unger, Kimberly • The Extractionist (Caren Gussoff Sumption)
Wexler, Robert Freeman • The Silverberg Business (Gary K. Wolfe)
Wise, A. C. • Hooked (Paula Guran)