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In This Issue: 

The February 2010 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • 2009: The Year in Review, with Locus' annual Recommended Reading Listand commentary by Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, and many others 
  • Interviews with Jo Walton and Felix Gilman 
  • Bibliographic listings of the month's New Books and Magazines published in the US and UK 
  • Obituaries of Takumi Shibano and others 
  • Short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton, plus reviews by Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Paul Witcover, Adrienne Martini, and others, of books by Connie WillisPaul McAuleyStephen KingJames GurneyRobin HobbEoin Colfer, and many others 
  • Graham Sleight's "Yesterday's Tomorrows" column, on Gene Wolfe


T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

February 2010 • Issue 589 • Vol. 64 No. 2
43rd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner


Jo Walton: Feral Writer / 6
Felix Gilman: Making the World Stranger / 81

2 0 0 9 :    T H E    Y E A R    I N    R E V I E W 

2009: Recommended Reading: Liza Groen Trombi, Mark R. Kelly, Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Jonathan Strahan, Paul Witcover, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton / 32 2009 Recommended Reading List / 42 2009 Book Summary / 50 2009 Magazine Summary / 54

P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 8

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Kage Baker, Peter Straub, Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, and many others

M A I N    S T O R I E S / 10

2009 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees • 2010 World Fantasy Awards Judges • Le Guin Resigns in Protest • Hugo Nominations Open • Takumi Shibano (1926-2010)

T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11

Kirkus Reborn • Google Books Settlement News • More Gormenghast • Dick Fights Google • Rothfuss’s Golden Ticket • Hoffman Donates Books • TAFF Winners • Awards News • Worldcons News • Publishing News • Magazine News • Bookstore News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights


Magazines Received: December / 58    Books Received: December / 59    
British Books Received: November / 72    Bestsellers / 74

O B I T U A R I E S / 10 & 79

Takumi Shibano • Appreciation by Gregory Benford • Jeffrey M. Elliot • Karen Duff • Knox Burger • Mark Owings • Ernesto Vegetti

L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 79

Ellen Datlow

E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 80

Locus Poll & Survey • The List & Summaries • Changes • Next Issue


L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S

Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 12

Interzone 224, 225; X6, Keith Stevenson, ed.; Panverse One, Dario Ciriello, ed.; Footprints, Jay Lake & Eric T. Reynolds, eds.; Talebones Winter ’09.

Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 13

The Dragon Book, Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, eds.; X6, Keith Stevenson, ed.; L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, Volume XXV, K.D. Wentworth, ed.; The Push, Dave Hutchinson; Wireless, Charles Stross; Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight, Cat Rambo; Asimov’s 2/10; Analog 3/10; Realms of Fantasy 2/10;Fantasy 1/10.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 15

Gardens of the Sun, Paul McAuley; Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle, Peter S. Beagle; Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy, Volume 3, Kevin Brockmeier, ed.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 17

The Shadow on the Doorstep, James Blaylock; Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits, Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson; Jade Man’s Skin, Daniel Fox; Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb. 

Reviews by Russell Letson / 19

Gardens of the Sun, Paul McAuley; The Trade of Queens, Charles Stross.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 21

Blackout, Connie Willis; Mr. Shivers, Robert Jackson Bennett; And Another Thing..., Eoin Colfer. 

Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 27

The Spirit Lens, Carol Berg; Shalador’s Lady, Anne Bishop; Reaver’s Ransom, Emily Diamand (republished in the UK as Flood Child; in the US as Raider’s Ransom)Betraying Season, Marissa Doyle; Blood Cross, Faith Hunter; Wild Hunt, Margaret Ronald; Spellbent, Lucy A. Snyder; Kitty’s House of Horrors, Carrie Vaughn. 

Reviews by Divers Hands: Stefan Dziemianowicz & Graham Sleight / 25

Under the Dome, Stephen King; The Ask and The Answer, Patrick Ness.

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Graham Sleight / 26

The Fifth Head of Cerberus, Gene Wolfe; Peace, Gene Wolfe; The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe; The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe; The Claw of the Conciliator, Gene Wolfe; The Sword of the Lictor, Gene Wolfe; The Citadel of the Autarch, Gene Wolfe.

Locus Looks at Art Books: Reviews by Karen Haber / 28

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist, James Gurney; Imaginaire I: Magic Realism 2008-2009, Claus Brusen, ed.; Imaginaire II: Magic Realism 2010, Claus Brusen, ed.; The Future of Fantasy Art, Aly Fell & Duddlebug, eds.; SHORT TAKE: The Child Thief, Brom; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Rodney Matthews, illus.; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Eric Shanower & Skottie Young; From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul, Stephen D. Korshak, ed.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 19, 21


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

Beagle, Peter S., edited by Jonathan Strahan • Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle (Gary K. Wolfe) 
Bennett, Robert Jackson • Mr. Shivers (Adrienne Martini) 
Berg, Carol • The Spirit Lens (Carolyn Cushman) 
Bishop, Anne • Shalador's Lady (Carolyn Cushman) 
Blaylock, James P. • The Shadow on the Doorstep (Faren Miller) 
Brockmeier, Kevin, ed. • Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy, Volume 3 (Gary K. Wolfe) 
Brom • The Child Thief (Karen Haber) 
Brusen, Claus, ed. • Imaginaire I: Magic Realism 2008-2009 (Karen Haber) 
Brusen, Claus, ed. • Imaginaire II: Magic Realism 2010 (Karen Haber) 
Ciriello, Dario, ed. • Panverse One (Gardner Dozois) 
Colfer, Eoin • And Another Thing... (Adrienne Martini) 
Dann, Jack, & Gardner Dozois, eds. • The Dragon Book (Rich Horton) 
Diamond, Emily • Raider's Ransom (Carolyn Cushman) 
Diamond, Emily • Reaver's Ransom (Carolyn Cushman) 
Doyle, Marissa • Betraying Season (Carolyn Cushman) 
Fell, Aly, & Duddlebug, eds. • The Future of Fantasy Art (Karen Haber) 
Fox, Daniel • The Jade Man's Skin (Faren Miller) 
Gurney, James • Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist (Karen Haber) 
Hobb, Robin • Dragon Keeper (Faren Miller) 
Hobb, Robin • Dragon Keeper (Faren Miller) 
Hunter, Faith • Blood Cross (Carolyn Cushman) 
Hutchinson, David • The Push (Rich Horton) 
King, Stephen • Under the Dome (Stefan Dziemianowicz) 
Korshak, Stephen D., ed. • From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul (Karen Haber) 
Lake, Jay, & Eric T. Reynolds, eds. • Footprints (Gardner Dozois) 
Matthews, Rodney, illustrator • Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland (Karen Haber) 
McAuley, Paul • Gardens of the Sun (Gary K. Wolfe) 
McAuley, Paul • Gardens of the Sun (Russell Letson) 
McAuley, Paul • Gardens of the Sun (Gary K. Wolfe) 
McAuley, Paul • Gardens of the Sun (Russell Letson) 
McKinley, Robin, & Peter Dickinson • Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Faren Miller) 
Ness, Patrick • The Ask and the Answer (Graham Sleight) 
Ness, Patrick • The Ask and the Answer (Graham Sleight) 
Rambo, Cat • Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight (Rich Horton) 
Ronald, Margaret • Wild Hunt (Carolyn Cushman) 
Shanower, Eric, & Skottie Young • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Karen Haber) 
Snyder, Lucy A. • Spellbent (Carolyn Cushman) 
Stevenson, Keith, ed. • X6 (Gardner Dozois) 
Stevenson, Keith, ed. • X6 (Rich Horton) 
Stross, Charles • The Trade of Queens (Russell Letson) 
Stross, Charles • Wireless (Rich Horton) 
Vaughn, Carrie • Kitty's House of Horrors (Carolyn Cushman) 
Wentworth, K. D., ed. • L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXV (Rich Horton) 
Willis, Connie • Blackout (Adrienne Martini) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Best of Gene Wolfe (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Citadel of the Autarch (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Claw of the Conciliator (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Fifth Head of Cerberus (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • Peace (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Shadow of the Torturer (Graham Sleight) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Sword of the Lictor (Graham Sleight)