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In this issue: 

Locus Magazine • February 2013 • Issue 625 • Vol. 70 • No. 2

February is the annual “Year in Review” issue, with Locus‘ Recommended Reading List and commentaries by Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, and many others; plus, interviews with Catherynne M. Valente and Brian Slattery, and reviews of new books by Karen LordFrances HardingeAdam RobertsLois Lowry, and many others.


Table of Contents: 

February 2013 • Issue 625 • Vol. 70 • No. 2
46th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman


Catherynne M. Valente: Weird Hybrids / 6
Brian Slattery: Pushing the Form / 72


Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Peter DavidJunot DíazSeanan McGuireRobert J. Sawyer, and many others


Penguin Settles with DoJ • 2012 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees • 2012 BSFA Awards Shortlist • Writing Workshop Applications Open • John Kessel, Elf Princess

The Data file / 11

Reclaiming Copyrights • Jay Lake Fundraisers • E-books Up, Print Down (But Not Out) • US Book Sales by Region • Bestsellers of 2012 • PW’s Bestselling Publishers • World SF Travel Fund • Publishing News • Announcements • World Conventions News • Awards News • Bookstore News • Magazine News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights


2012: Recommended Reading: Liza Groen Trombi (with Francesca Myman & Heather Shaw), Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Jonathan Strahan, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Amy Goldschlager / 24 
2012 Recommended Reading List / 38 2012 Book Summary / 42 2012 Magazine Summary / 46


Magazines Received: December / 50 Books Received: December / 51 British Books Received: November / 62 Bestsellers / 64

Obituaries / 70

Steven Utley • Appreciation by Howard Waldrop • Jacques Sedoul • Michael Alexander • Alice S. Clareson • Appreciation by Joe Sanders • Mary Gray • Death Noted: Mike Deckinger


Year-end-Review • 2012 • Poll & Survey • Locus Awards • Next Issue

Locus looks at books

Gardnerspace: A Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 14

Eclipse Online 10/12; Eclipse Online 11/12; Eclipse Online 12/12; Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear; The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume One: Where On Earth, Ursula K. Le Guin; The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories, Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, Ursula K. Le Guin; The Best of Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman; The Collected Kessel, John Kessel; Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete ‘‘Near Space’’ Stories: Expanded Edition, Allen Steele; At the Mouth of the River of Bees, Kij Johnson.

Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 15

F&SF 1-2/13; Asimov’s 2/13; Analog 3/13; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 11/29/12; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 12/13/12; Eclipse 1/13; Lightspeed 1/13; On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard; Gods of Risk, James S.A. Corey.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16

The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord; Before and Afterlives, Christopher Barzak; Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance: The Parke Family Scrapbook Number IV, Paul Park.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 18

A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, Catherynne M. Valente; Midnight and Mooonshine, Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter; Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille, James Van Pelt; Elsewhens, Melanie Rawn; Short Take:Trinity Rising, Elspeth Cooper.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 20

Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente; By Light Alone, Adam Roberts; Seven Wonders, Adam Christopher; The Friday Society, Adrienne Kress.

Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 21

The Peculiar, Stefan Bachman; Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill; Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst; Sanctum, Sarah Fine; Son, Lois Lowry; Velveteen vs. the Junior Super-Patriots, Seanan McGuire; Imager’s Battalion, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.; The Sweetest Spell, Suzanne Selfors.

Divers Hand: Reviews by James Bradley, John Clute, Karen Burnham & Gwenda Bond / 22

The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord; American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, Gary K. Wolfe, ed.; Diverse Energies, Tobias S. Buckell & Joe Monti, eds.; Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 21



Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) —

Analog March 2013 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s February 2013 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies November 2012 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies December 2012 (Rich Horton)
Eclipse Online October 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
Eclipse Online November 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
Eclipse Online December 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
Eclipse Online January 2013 (Rich Horton)
F&SF Jan/Feb 2013 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed January 2013 (Rich Horton)

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

Bachman, Stefan • The Peculiar (Carolyn Cushman)
Barnhill, Kelly • Iron Hearted Violet (Carolyn Cushman)
Barzak, Christopher • Before and Afterlives (Gary K. Wolfe)
Bear, Elizabeth • Shoggoths in Bloom (Gardner Dozois)
Buckell, Tobias S., & Joe Monti, eds. • Diverse Engines (Karen Burnham)
Christopher, Adam • Seven Wonders (Adrienne Martini)
Cooper, Elspeth • Trinity Rising (Faren Miller)
Corey, James S. A. • Gods of Risk (Rich Horton)
de Bodard, Aliette • On a Red Station, Drifting (Rich Horton)
Durst, Sarah Beth • Vessel (Carolyn Cushman)
Fine, Sarah • Sanctum (Carolyn Cushman)
Haldeman, Joe • The Best of Joe Haldeman (Gardner Dozois)
Hannett, Lisa L., & Angela Slatter, eds. • Midnight and Moonshine (Faren Miller)
Hardinge, Frances • A Face Like Glass (Faren Miller)
Johnson, Kij • At the Mouth of the River of Bees (Gardner Dozois)
Kessel, John • The Collected Kessel (Gardner Dozois)
Kress, Adrienne • The Friday Society (Adrienne Martini)
Le Guin, Ursula K. • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth (Gardner Dozois)
Le Guin, Ursula K. • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands (Gardner Dozois)
Lord, Karen • The Best of All Possible Worlds (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lord, Karen • The Best of All Possible Worlds (James Bradley)
Lowry, Lois • Son (Carolyn Cushman)
McGuire, Seanan • Velveteen vs. the Junior Super-Patriots (Carolyn Cushman)
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. • Imager’s Battalion (Carolyn Cushman)
Park, Paul • Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance (Gary K. Wolfe)
Rawn, Melanie • Elsewhens (Faren Miller)
Roberts, Adam • By Light Alone (Adrienne Martini)
Selfors, Suzanne • The Sweetest Spell (Carolyn Cushman)
Steele, Allen • Sex and Violence in Zero-G: The Complete ‘‘Near Space’’ Stories: Expanded Edition (Gardner Dozois)
Taylor, Laini • Days of Blood & Starlight (Gwenda Bond)
Valente, Catherynne M. • Six-Gun Snow White (Adrienne Martini)
Valente, Catherynne M. • The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Faren Miller)
Van Pelt, James • Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille and Other Stories (Faren Miller)
Wolfe, Gary K., ed. • American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s (John Clute)