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In this issue: 

The May 2021 issue of Locus has interviews with Nnedi Okorafor and Nghi Vo and a spotlight on Spanish magazine Windumanoth. News includes the 2021 Hugo Awards Ballot, changes to the 2021 Worldcon dates and venue, Pillai's promotion to head Tor, News Corp's acquisition of HMH, Stine's Philip K. Dick Award win, Jones's Bradbury Prizewin, BSFA winners, and more. Photo reports cover the 2021 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts and Norwescon 43Cory Doctorow's column is entitled "Qualia" and a special feature by Douglas F. Dluzen & Christopher Mark Rose examines "Seasonal Bias in Speculative Fiction Awards Nominations". Obituaries remember John C. Pelan, Wanda June Alexander, and Margaret Wander Bonanno. Reviews cover new titles by P. Djèlí Clark, Sarah Pinsker, Zen Cho, Karin Tidbeck, Nick Mamatas, Katherine Addison, T. Kingfisher, Django Wexler, Alexandra Oliva, Robbie Arnott, Natasha Pulley, Sam Riviere, Priyanka Champaneri, Patrick Allington, Nino Cipri, Kate Milford, Kosoko Jackson, Anna Carey, Nadia Afifi, Joe R. Lansdale, Rivers Solomon, Namina Forna, Bruce Sterling, David Brin, and others.


Table of Contents: 

May 2021 • Issue 724 • Vol. 86 • No. 5
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Nnedi Okorafor: That Which Is Hers / 10
Nghi Vo: Stories About Stories / 28

2021 Hugo Awards Ballot • 2021 Worldcon Changes Dates and Venue • News Corp to Acquire HMH • Stine Wins PKD Award • Pillai to Head Tor • Jones Wins Bradbury Prize • BSFA Awards Winners • Aurealis Awards Finalists

American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards • International Booker Prize Longlist • Westercon 73 Canceled • GRRM Signs HBO Deal • Beagle Regains IP • Audie Awards Winners • Prometheus Award Finalists • Amazing Stories on Hiatus • Magazine News • Publishing News • B&N Children's YA Book Awards Shortlist • Announcements • Serial Box Becomes Realm • International Costumers Gallery Relaunches • Campaign to Buy Tolkien's House Fails • L'Engle Library Auctioned for Charity • World Conventions News • Royal Mail Classic Science Fiction Stamps • Awards News • SFWA News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Jean-Claude MourlevatJ.R.R. TolkienMargaret Atwood Douglas PrestonMark LawrenceSarah J. Maas, and many others

Commentary by Cory Doctorow: Qualia / 26 Seasonal Bias in Speculative Fiction Awards Nominations by Douglas F. Dluzen & Christopher Mark Rose / 33 Spotlight on Windumanoth / 34 

2021 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts / 30 Norwescon 43 / 32

Magazines Received: March / 35 Books Received: March / 36 British Books Received: February / 44 Bestsellers / 46

John C. Pelan • Appreciation by Brian Keene • Wanda June Alexander • Margaret Wander Bonanno


Returning to Normal • Locus Awards • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Uncanny 3-4/21; Weird Tales #364; Pulp Literature Winter '21; Fusion Fragment 3/21; Galaxy's Edge 3/21; The New Yorker 3/8/21.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 3/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/25/21, 3/11/21; Lightspeed 3/21; 3/3/21, 3/24/21; Strange Horizons 3/1/21, 3/15/21; Giganotosaurus 2/21, 3/21; Departure Mirror Quarterly Winter '21; Flash Fiction Online 3/21.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark; We Are Satellites, Sarah Pinsker; Black Water Sister, Zen Cho; The Memory Theater, Karin Tidbeck; The Planetbreaker's Son, Nick Mamatas.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison; Paladin's Strength, T. Kingfisher; Hard Reboot, Django Wexler.

Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 19
Forget Me Not, Alexandra Oliva; The Rain Heron, Robbie Arnott; The Kingdoms, Natasha Pulley.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Dead Souls, Sam Riviere; The City of Good Death, Priyanka Champaneri; Rise & Shine, Patrick Allington; Defekt, Nino Cipri.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 22
The Raconteur's Commonplace Book, Kate Milford; Yesterday Is History, Kosoko Jackson; This is Not the Jess Show, Anna Carey.

Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 23
The Sentient, Nadia Afifi; Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories, Joe R. Lansdale.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Maya C. James, Russell Letson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
Sorrowland, Rivers Solomon; The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna; Robot Artists and Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories, Bruce Sterling; Vivid Tomorrows: On Science Fiction and Hollywood, David Brin.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 17, 21, 25

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/25/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/11/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 3/21 (Karen Burnham)
Departure Mirror Quarterly Winter '21 (Karen Burnham)
Flash Fiction Online 3/21 (Karen Burnham)
Fusion Fragment 3/21 (Rich Horton)
Galaxy's Edge 3/21 (Rich Horton)
Giganotosaurus 2/21 (Karen Burnham)
Giganotosaurus 3/21 (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 3/21 (Karen Burnham)
The New Yorker 3/8/21 (Rich Horton)
Pulp Literature Winter '21 (Rich Horton)
Strange Horizons 3/1/21 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 3/15/21 (Karen Burnham) 3/3/21 (Karen Burnham) 3/24/21 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 3-4/21 (Rich Horton)
Weird Tales #364 (Rich Horton)