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In This Issue: 

The March 2010 issue of Locus Magazine features:

  • Forthcoming Books listings, through December 2010 
  • Interview with Samuel R. Delany 
  • Obituaries of Philip Klass [William Tenn] and Kage Baker 
  • Bibliographic listings of the month's New Books and Magazines published in the US and UK 
  • Short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton, plus reviews by Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Paul Witcover, Stefan Dziemianowicz, and others, of books by Peter StraubJonathan StrahanGene WolfeCharlie HustonJim Butcher, and many others 

T a b l e   o f   C o n t e n t s

March 2010 • Issue 590 • Vol. 64 No. 3
43rd Year of Publication • 29-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Arnie Fenner


Samuel R. Delany: The Grammar of Narrative / 6

M A I N    S T O R I E S / 5 & 10

2010 SF Hall of Fame Inductees •  William Tenn [Philip Klass] 1920-2010 • Kage Baker 1952-2010 • Amazon and Publishers Clash • E-Reader Round-up

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 Terry Pratchett, Ed Bryant, Brian Lumley and William F. Nolan, Harry Turtledove, K.W. Jeter, Neil Gaiman, and many others

T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11

2010 Nebula Awards Weekend •  Kirkus Buyer Revealed • SFWA Elections • Borders Troubles • Le Guin’s Petition • 2009 Stoker Preliminary Ballot • 2010 Philip K. Dick Award Judges •  PW Bestsellers of 2009 • Clarion West News • Amazon Increases Kindle Royalties • Bloomsbury Whitewashes (Again) •  Avatar Accusations • Worldcons News • Awards News • Publishing News • Book News • Magazine News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights

C O M M E N T A R Y / 29

Cory Doctorow: Making Smarter Dumb Mistakes About the Future

F O R T H C O M I N G    B O O K S

US Forthcoming Books / 32    British Forthcoming Books / 42

L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 47

Ellen Datlow, Gérard Kraus


Magazines Received: January / 47    Books Received: January / 48    
British Books Received: December / 57    Bestsellers / 60

O B I T U A R I E S / 5 & 64

William Tenn [Philip Klass] 1920 - 2010 • Appreciations by Robert Silverberg and John DeChancie •  Kage Baker 1954 - 2010 • Appreciations by Linn Prentis, Kathleen Bartholomew, Rick Bowes, Gardner Dozois, and Michael Kandel •  J.D. Salinger •  Hisashi Asakura [Zenji Otani] •  Roger Gaillard • DEATH REPORTED: Tom Wright • Appreciation for Takumi Shibano by Grania Davis 

E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 70

Visitors • Deaths •  Locus Poll & Survey • This Issue • 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 / 13

Asimov’s 1/10; Asimov’s 2/10; F&SF 1-2/10; Subterranean Winter ’10; Clarkesworld 1/10;

Short Fiction Reviews by Richard Horton / 15

Exotic Gothic 3, Danel Olson, ed.; The Apex Book of World SF, Lavie Tidhar, ed.; Asimov’s 3/10; F&SF 3-4/10; Analog 4/10; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/14/10; Strange Horizons 1/10; Subterranean Fall ’09; Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #42; Under in the Mere, Catherynne M. Valente; The Night Cache, Andy Duncan; Cast a Cold Eye, Derryl Murphy & William Shunn; The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF, Mike Ashley, ed. 

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 4, Jonathan Strahan; Northwest Passages, Barbara Roden.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 19

Sleepless, Charlie Huston; The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin; Soulless, Gail Carriger; Spellbent, Lucy A. Snyder; SHORT TAKES: The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, Peter Ackroyd; Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein, Molly Dwyer.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 21

Young Flandry, Poul Anderson; Flights of Eagles, James Blish.

Reviews by Paul Witcover / 23

The Sorcerer’s House, Gene Wolfe; Geosynchron, David Louis Edelman; Cast a Cold Eye, Derryl Murphy & William Shunn; Indigo Springs, A.M. Dellamonica.

Reviews Stefan Dziemianowicz / 25

A Dark Matter, Peter Straub; The Skylark, Peter Straub.

Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 27

Silver Borne, Patricia Briggs; Changes, Jim Butcher; Spellwright, Blake Charlton; Heart’s Blood, Gail Dayton; Unperfect Souls, Mark Del Franco; Black Magic Sanction, Kim Harrison; Darkship Thieves, Sarah A. Hoyt; Bleeding Violet, Dia Reeves.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 21, 23


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) — 

Analog April 2010 (Rich Horton)  
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #42 2009 (Rich Horton)  
Asimov's January 2010 (Gardner Dozois)  
Asimov's February 2010 (Gardner Dozois)  
Asimov's March 2010 (Rich Horton)  
Beneath Ceaseless Skies January 2010 (Rich Horton)  
Clarkesworld Magazine January 2010 (Gardner Dozois)  
F&SF Jan/Feb 2010 (Gardner Dozois)  
F&SF Mar/Apr 2010 (Rich Horton)  
Strange Horizons January 2010 (Rich Horton)  
Subterranean Fall 2009 (Rich Horton)  
Subterranean Winter 2010 (Gardner Dozois) 2010 (Gardner Dozois)  

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

Ackroyd, Peter • The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein (Faren Miller) 
Anderson, Poul • Young Flandry (Russell Letson) 
Ashley, Mike, ed. • The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF (Rich Horton) 
Blish, James • Flights of Eagles (Russell Letson) 
Briggs, Patricia • Silver Borne (Carolyn Cushman) 
Butcher, Jim • Changes (Carolyn Cushman) 
Carriger, Gail • Soulless (Faren Miller) 
Charlton, Blake • Spellwright (Carolyn Cushman) 
Dayton, Gail • Heart's Blood (Carolyn Cushman) 
Del Franco, Mark • Unperfect Souls (Carolyn Cushman) 
Dellamonica, A. M. • Indigo Springs (Paul Witcover) 
Duncan, Andy • The Night Cache (Rich Horton) 
Dwyer, Molly • Requiem for the Author of Frankenstein (Faren Miller) 
Edelman, David Louis • Geosynchron (Paul Witcover) 
Harrison, Kim • Black Magic Sanction (Carolyn Cushman) 
Hoyt, Sarah A. • Darkship Thieves (Carolyn Cushman) 
Huston, Charlie • Sleepless (Faren Miller) 
Jemisin, N. K. • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Faren Miller) 
Murphy, Darryl, & William Shunn • Cast a Cold Eye (Paul Witcover) 
Murphy, Darryl, & William Shunn • Cast a Cold Eye (Rich Horton) 
Olson, Danel, ed. • Exotic Gothic 3 (Rich Horton) 
Reeves, Dia • Bleeding Violet (Carolyn Cushman) 
Roden, Barbara • Northwest Passages (Gary K. Wolfe) 
Snyder, Lucy A. • Spellbent (Faren Miller) 
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four (Gary K. Wolfe) 
Straub, Peter • A Dark Matter (Stefan Dziemianowicz) 
Straub, Peter • The Skylark (Stefan Dziemianowicz) 
Tidhar, Lavie, ed. • The Apex Book of World SF (Rich Horton) 
Valente, Catherynne M. • Under in the Mere (Rich Horton) 
Wolfe, Gene • The Sorcerer's House (Paul Witcover)