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In this issue: 

The May issue features interviews with Nick Harkaway and Ada Palmer; appreciations for Peter Nicholls; obituaries for Philip Kerr, Ahmed Khalid Towfik, and David Bischoff; a column by Cory Doctorow; reports on ICFA, the 2018 Williamson Lectureship, the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards, Norwescon 41, and The Outer Dark Symposium; the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retro Hugo ballots; the PKD, BSFA, Ditmar, Aurealis, and Kitschies Awards winners; and reviews of short fiction and books by Nicole Kornher-Stace, David Drake, Alisa Kwitney, Jim Butcher, and many others.


Table of Contents: 

May 2018 • Issue 688 • Vol. 80 • No. 5
51st Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner

Cover and Interview Designs by Stephen H. Segal

Nick Harkaway: A Little Bit Quantum / 12
Ada Palmer: Beyond the Exponential Age / 26
2018 Hugo Awards Ballot • 1943 Retro Hugo Awards • ENMU Special Collections Library Update • Vaughn Wins PKD Award • 2017 BSFA Winners • Groff and Miéville Win Guggenheim Fellowships • 2017 Aurealis Awards Winners • 2017 Kitschies Winners • Ditmar Awards Winners
2018 Sturgeon Award Finalists • Prometheus Award Finalists • Greer Wins Pulitzer • Neukom Awards Shortlist • Robinson Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster • Charon’s Features Named • Rebellion SFF Commissioning Team • Bradbury Studies NEH Grant • Amazing Stories Returns to Print • LeVar Burton Reads • Mythic Delirium Closes • Publishing News • People & Publishing Continues: Media • Workshop News • World Conventions News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Other Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Liz Bourke & Charlotte CuffeThomas Pynchon, J.R.R. TolkienJesmyn WardJames Tiptree, Jr.Michael BishopTad Williams, and many others
Commentary: Cory Doctorow: The Engagement-Maximization Presidency / 25 Rainforest Writers Village / 57Chinese SF New Year Gala / 58 SF in SF with Michael Moorcock / 61
2018 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts / 28 2018 Williamson Lectureship / 31 2018 Writers and Illustrators of the Future Awards / 32 Norwescon 41 / 33 The Outer Dark Symposium / 34
Magazines Received: March / 36 Books Received: March / 37 British Books Received: February / 48 Bestsellers / 50
Philip Kerr • Ahmed Khalid Towfik • David Bischoff • Appreciation for Peter Nicholls by Neil Gaiman, John Clute, and Jack Dann
Locus • Visitors • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Gardner Dozois / 14
Asimov’s 3-4/18; Analog 3-4/18; Clarkesworld 2/18; Lightspeed 2/18.
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 15
F&SF 3-4/18; Analog 3-4/18; Asimov’s 3-4/18; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/15/18; Lightspeed 4/18; Clarkesworld3/18; 2/18, 3/18; Bourbon Penn 3/18.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17
The Smoke, Simon Ings; Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente; Time Was, Ian McDonald.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
Latchkey, Nicole Kornher-Stace; Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell; A Call to Vengeance, David Weber, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope; Though Hell Should Bar the Way, David Drake.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 20
If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress; The Soldier, Neal Asher.
Reviews by John Langan / 21
The Hunger, Alma Katsu; The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay; SHORT TAKE: The Teardrop Method, Simon Avery.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 22
The Cruel Prince, Holly Black; Cadaver & Queen, Alisa Kwitney.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 23
Lake Silence, Anne Bishop; Burn Bright, Patricia Briggs; Brief Cases, Jim Butcher; Witchy Winter, D.J. Butler; Night Fall, Simon R. Green; The Reign of the Departed, Greg Keyes; The Boy Who Went Magic, A.P. Winter.

Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) —
Analog 3-4/18 (Gardner Dozois)
Analog 3-4/18 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s 3-4/18 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s 3-4/18 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/15/18 (Rich Horton)
Bourbon Penn 3/18 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld 2/18 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkes­world 3/18 (Rich Horton)
F&SF 3-4/18 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 2/18 (Gardner Dozois)
Lightspeed 4/18 (Rich Horton) 2/18 (Rich Horton) 3/18 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer) —
Asher, Neal • The Soldier (Russell Letson)
Avery, Simon • The Teardrop Method (John Langan)
Bishop, Anne • Lake Silence (Carolyn Cushman)
Black, Holly • The Cruel Prince (Colleen Mondor)
Briggs, Patricia • Burn Bright (Carolyn Cushman)
Butcher, Jim • Brief Cases (Carolyn Cushman)
Butler, D. J. • Witchy Winter (Carolyn Cushman)
Drake, David • Though Hell Should Bar the Way (Liz Bourke)
Green, Simon R. • Night Fall (Carolyn Cushman)
Ings, Simon • The Smoke (Gary K. Wolfe)
Katsu, Alma • The Hunger (John Langan)
Keyes, Greg • The Reign of the Departed (Carolyn Cushman)
Kornher-Stace, Nicole • Latchkey (Liz Bourke)
Kress, Nancy • If Tomorrow Comes (Russell Letson)
Kwitney, Alisa • Cadaver & Queen (Colleen Mondor)
McDonald, Ian • Time Was (Gary K. Wolfe)
Powell, Gareth L. • Embers of War (Liz Bourke)
Tremblay, Paul • The Cabin at the End of the World (John Langan)
Valente, Catherynne M. • Space Opera (Gary K. Wolfe)
Weber, David, & Timothy Zahn • A Call to Vengeance (Liz Bourke)
Winter, A. P. • The Boy Who Went Magic (Carolyn Cushman)