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In this issue: 

The January 2020 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Joe Abercrombie and Arkady Martine. News includes Lois McMaster Bujold‘s induction as a SFWA Grand Master, an eleventh hour save for venerable San Diego bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, George R.R. Martin’s new bookstore Beastly Books, the Prometheus Hall of Fame Awardfinalists, B&N news, and much more. Gahan WilsonAndrew WeinerIan CovellAndrew Clements, and Lisa Lepovetsky are remembered with obituaries. International Reports cover events and trends in Brazil, China, and Italy. Cory Doctorow‘s column is entitled “Disruption for Thee, But Not for Me”. Reviews cover new titles by William GibsonJames Patrick KellyNaomi KritzerCharles SouleMargo LanaganSarah GaileyJenn LyonsRJ Barker, Stephen BaxterHelen OyeyemiKerstin HallJeanne Gomoll, ed., Naomi BoothJoanna KavennaMarc-Uwe KlingSean AdamsRivers SolomonYangsze ChooDeborah HewittMargaret OwenStephanie BurgisD.J. ButlerRachel CaineAndrew CaldecottCharlaine HarrisMercedes LackeyGarth NixMargaret AtwoodN.K. JemisinStephen KingErin MorgensternPhilip Pullman, and others.


Table of Contents: 

January 2020 • Issue 708 • Vol. 84 • No. 1
52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Joe Abercrombie: Age of Madness / 10
Arkady Martine: Histories of Power / 30

Gahan Wilson (1930 – 2019) • Appreciations by Andy Duncan and Jim Frenkel • Mysterious Galaxy Saved! • Martin’s Beastly Books • Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists • B&N News

The End of 10-Digit ISBNs • World Fantasy 2021 Guests of Honor • Hugo Awards Base Competition • Europa SF Closing • Audible Best of 2019 • Goodreads Choice Awards • The Guardian Best SF • Financial Times Best Books of 2019 • China Science Fiction Research Institute • Workshop News • Publishing News • Agency News • Awards News • Convention News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Ted Chiang, Jonathan Carroll, Lois McMaster Bujold, John M. Ford, Jeff VanderMeer, Ben Aaronovitch, and many others

Photo Story: ephemera Reading Series / 6 SFWA Pacific Northwest Reading Series / Commentary: Kelly Lagor: Putting the “Science” in Science Fiction / 27 Commentary: Cory Doctorow: Inaction is a Form of Action / 28 Locus Holiday Party / 65

SF in Brazil by Roberto Causo • SF in China: Chengdu International Science Fiction Conference and China Report by Jaymee Goh & Rafaela Yilum Fan and Return of the Science Fiction Ghost: Report on the Beijing SF Summit Forum 2019 and Shenzhen by Lavie Tidhar • SF in Italy: Lucca Comics & Games 2019: The Flying Saucer Has Finally Landed? by Fulvio Gatti

Magazines Received: November / 38 Books Received: November / 40 British Books Received: October / 48 Bestsellers / 50 International Magazines Received / 61

Other Obituaries: Andrew Weiner • Ian Covell • Appreciation by James Bowman & Martin Shakespeare • Andrew Clements • Lisa Lepovetsky


Locus Milestones • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
F&SF 1-2/20; Uncanny 11-12/19; Interzone 11-12/19; Neo-Opsis #30; Bourbon Penn 11/19; Galaxy’s Edge 11/19; The New Yorker 9/30/19; Hexarchate Stories, Yoon Ha Lee; And Go Like This, John Crowley.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 11/19; Fiyah Autumn ’19; Omenana 10/19; Capricious SF 7/19; Strange Horizons 9/30/19; Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, Ann VanderMeer, ed.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
Agency, William Gibson; King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats, James Patrick Kelly; Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer; Anyone, Charles Soule; SHORT TAKE: Stray Bats, Margo Lanagan.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
Upright Women Wanted, Sarah Gailey; The Name of All Things, Jenn Lyons; The Bone Ships, RJ Barker.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 19
World Engines: Destroyer, Stephen Baxter.

Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 20
Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi; The Border Keeper, Kerstin Hall; Carl Brandon, Jeanne Gomoll, ed.; Sealed, Naomi Booth.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 22
Zed, Joanna Kavenna; Qualityland, Marc-Uwe Kling; The Heap, Sean Adams; The Deep, Rivers Solomon.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 24
The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo; The Nightjar, Deborah Hewitt; The Merciful Crow, Margaret Owen.

Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 25
The Princess Who Flew with Dragons, Stephanie Burgis; Witchy Kingdom, D.J. Butler; Sword and Pen, Rachel Caine; Lost Acre, Andrew Caldecott; A Longer Fall, Charlaine Harris; The Case of the Spellbound Child, Mercedes Lackey; Angel Mage, Garth Nix.

Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 26
The Testaments, Margaret Atwood; Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin; The Institute, Stephen King; The Starless Sea, Erin Morgenstern; Angel Mage, Garth Nix; The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth, Philip Pullman.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 23

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Bourbon Penn 11/19 (Rich Horton)
Capricious SF 7/19 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 11/19 (Karen Burnham)
F&SF 1-2/20 (Rich Horton)
Fiyah Autumn ’19 (Karen Burnham)
Galaxy’s Edge 11/19 (Rich Horton)
Interzone 11-12/19 (Rich Horton)
Neo-Opsis #30 (Rich Horton)
The New Yorker 9/30/19 (Rich Horton)
Omenana 10/19 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 9/30/19 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 11-12/19 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Adams, Sean • The Heap (Ian Mond)
Barker, R. J. • The Bone Ships (Liz Bourke)
Baxter, Stephen • World Engines: Destroyer (Russell Letson)
Booth, Naomi • Sealed (Katharine Coldiron)
Burgis, Stephanie • The Princess Who Flew With Dragons (Carolyn Cushman)
Butler, D. J. • Witchy Kingdom (Carolyn Cushman)
Caine, Rachel • Sword and Pen (Carolyn Cushman)
Caldecott, Andrew • Lost Acre (Carolyn Cushman)
Choo, Yangsze • The Night Tiger (Colleen Mondor)
Crowley, John • And Go Like This (Rich Horton)
Gailey, Sarah • Upright Women Wanted (Liz Bourke)
Gibson, William • Agency (Gary K. Wolfe)
Gomoll, Jeanne, ed. • Carl Brandon (Karen Burnham)
Hall, Kerstin • The Border Keeper (Katharine Coldiron)
Harris, Charlaine • A Longer Fall (Carolyn Cushman)
Hewitt, Deborah • The Nightjar (Colleen Mondor)
Kavenna, Joanna • Zed (Ian Mond)
Kelly, James Patrick • King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kling, Marc-Uwe • Qualityland (Ian Mond)
Kritzer, Naomi • Catfishing on CatNet (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lackey, Mercedes • The Case of the Spellbound Child (Carolyn Cushman)
Lanagan, Margo • Stray Bats (Gary K. Wolfe)
Lee, Yoon Ha • Hexarchate Stories (Rich Horton)
Lyons, Jenn • The Name of All Things (Liz Bourke)
Nix, Garth • Angel Mage (Carolyn Cushman)
Owen, Margaret • The Merciful Crow (Colleen Mondor)
Oyeyemi, Helen • Gingerbread (Katharine Coldiron)
Solomon, Rivers, & Daveed Diggs, with234 • The Deep (Ian Mond)
Soule, Charles • Anyone (Gary K. Wolfe)
VanderMeer, Ann, ed. • Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology (Karen Burnham)