In this issue:
The December 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Matthew Hughes and Rivers Solomon. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books titles through September 2020. News includes the World Fantasy Awards and convention report, photo reports on I-Con in Tel Aviv and Can*Con in Ottawa, the McIntyre bequest to Clarion West, the ChiZine Publications controversy, the Prix Utopiales and Endeavour winners, Tokarczuk's new foundation, Macmillan’s conflict with the ALA, the Yahoo Groups deletion and related fan preservation efforts, and the impending end of Mysterious Galaxy's lease and subsequent urgent last call for a new owner to rescue the bookstore. Kameron Hurley's column is entitled "The Power of Giving a Damn". Michael Blumlein, Charlee Jacob, Norman Clarke Metcalf, Sabrina Chin, Jack Weaver, and Jacques Conia (AKA Jacques Hoven) are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by Rivers Solomon (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes), Margaret Atwood, Joe Abercombie, Aliette de Bodard, Susan Palwick, John Crowley, William Gibson, C.J. Cherryh, T. Kingfisher, Drew Williams, Jackson Ford, Erin Morgenstern, Becky Chambers, Jeff VanderMeer, Charles Soule, Hiroko Oyamada, Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, Jimmy Cajoleas, Cassandra Clare (ed.), Michelle Ruiz Keil, L.L. McKinney, Derek Künsken, Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson.
Table of Contents:
December 2019 • Issue 707 • Vol. 83 • No. 6
52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Stephen H. Segal
Matthew Hughes: Shaman in the Past Tense / 10
Rivers Solomon: Into the Deep / 26
MAIN STORIES / 5
2019 World Fantasy Awards • McIntyre Gives to Clarion West • Mysterious Galaxy Seeks New Owner • Yahoo Groups Deletion • ChiZine Publications Controversy
THE DATA FILE / 7
Macmillan vs. Librarians • Prix Utopiales Winners • Richardson Wins Endeavour • Tokarczuk Opens Foundation • Publishing News • PW’s Best Books of 2019 • Amazon’s Best of the Year • Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019 • Awards News • Financial News
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Margaret Atwood, George R.R. Martin, Charlie Jane Anders, Yoon Ha Lee, Madeline Ashby, Jacqueline Carey, and many others
Commentary: Kameron Hurley: The Power of Giving a Damn / 25
2019 World Fantasy Convention / 5 I-Con / 33 Can*Con / 72
US Forthcoming Books / 34 British Forthcoming Books / 44
Magazines Received: October / 50 Books Received: October / 51 British Books Received: September / 64 Bestsellers / 66
OBITUARIES / 77
Michael Blumlein • Appreciations by Andy Duncan and Rudy Rucker • Charlee Jacob • Norman Clarke Metcalf • Sabrina Chin • Jack Weaver • DEATH REPORTED: Jacques Conia (AKA Jacques Hoven)
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 78
Michael Blumlein • ChiZine • This Issue/Next Issue
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12
Asimov’s 11-12/19; Analog 11-12/19; On Spec #110; Popshot Quarterly Summer ‘19; Stray Bats, Margo Lanagan.
Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 13
Black Static 9-10/19; The Dark 9/19, 10/19; Nightmare 10/19; Uncanny 9-10/19; Three-lobed Burning Eye 8/19.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/26/19, 10/10/19; Tor.com 9/25/19, 10/23/19; Clarkesworld 10/19; Lightspeed 11/19; New Myths 9/19; Factor Four 7/19; Transcendent 4, Bogi Takács, ed.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Deep, Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, William Hulson & Jonathan Snipes; The Testaments, Margaret Atwood; A Little Hatred, Joe Abercombie; The House of Sundering Flames, Aliette de Bodard; All Worlds Are Real, Susan Palwick; Reading Backwards: Essays & Reviews, 2005-2018, John Crowley.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 18
Agency, William Gibson; Resurgence, C.J. Cherryh.
Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 19
Minor Mage, T. Kingfisher; A Chain Across the Dawn, Drew Williams; The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind, Jackson Ford; The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern; To Be Taught, If Fortunate, Becky Chambers.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Dead Astronauts, Jeff VanderMeer; Anyone, Charles Soule; The Factory, Hiroko Oyamada; Jakarta, Rodrigo Márquez Tizano.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 22
Minor Prophets, Jimmy Cajoleas; Ghosts of the Shadow Market, Cassandra Clare, ed.; All of Us With Wings, Michelle Ruiz Keil; A Dream So Dark, L.L. McKinney.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Adam Roberts, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 23
The Quantum Garden, Derek Künsken; Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction, Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 21, 23
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Analog 11-12/19 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s 11-12/19 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/26/19 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/10/19 (Karen Burnham)
Black Static 9-10/19 (Paula Guran)
Clarkesworld 10/19 (Karen Burnham)
The Dark 9/19 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 10/19 (Paula Guran)
Factor Four 7/19 (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 11/19 (Karen Burnham)
New Myths 9/19 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 10/19 (Paula Guran)
On Spec #110 (Rich Horton)
Popshot Quarterly Summer ‘19 (Rich Horton)
Three-lobed Burning Eye 8/19 (Paula Guran)
Tor.com 9/25/19 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 10/23/19 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 9-10/19 (Paula Guran)