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The May 2023 issue of Locus has interviews with Mary Robinette Kowal and C.L. Clark and a spotlight on artist Ed Binkley. News includes Unger's Philip K. Dick Award win, the Internet Archive lawsuit loss, Whitehead's National Humanities Medal, Satifka's Endeavour win, the BSFA Awards Winners, the Tokuda-Hall and Scholastic controversy, and more. Photo reports cover the 2023 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Norwescon 45, and the Williamson Lectureship. Cory Doctorow's column is entitled "The Swivel-Eyed Loons Have a Point". Obituaries remember Rachel Pollack, Eric Brown, Michael Reaves, Joseph Wrzos, and Anne Perry. Reviews cover new titles by Peter S. Beagle, K.J. Parker, Fonda Lee, Barbara Hambly, Moniquill Blackgoose, Charles Stross, Ann Leckie, Nick Harkaway, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Han Song, Garth Nix, Rebecca Ross, Roshani Chokshi, V. Castro, Mariana Enriquez, Jeremy C. Shipp, Stephen Graham Jones, Owen King, and others.


Table of Contents: 

May 2023 • Issue 748 • Vol. 90 • No. 5 
56th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner 
Cover and interview design by Stephen H. Segal 

Mary Robinette Kowal: The Futures of Many Pasts / 10 C.L. Clark: Hope and Tragedy / 26 

Unger Wins PKD Award • Internet Archive Loses Lawsuit • Whitehead Wins National Humanities Medal BSFA Awards Winners • Satifka Wins Endeavour

Tokuda-Hall and Scholastic Controversy • Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices • Jennings Wins Crook Award • Guggenheim Fellows • Prometheus Award Finalists • Audie Awards Winners • SFWA News • Amazon News • Publishing News • Legal News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Salman RushdieKelley ArmstrongZen ChoChuck WendigCherie Priest, and many others

Commentary: Cory Doctorow: The Swivel-Eyed Loons Have a Point, 24 • Photo Story: Salam Award Writers’ Workshop, 29 • Photo Story: Rainforest Writers Retreat, 33 • Spotlight on Ed Binkley, 34 

2023 Williamson Lectureship, 28 • 2023 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, 30 • Norwescon 45, 33 

Magazines Received: March, 35 • Books Received: March, 36 • Bestsellers, 46 • New & Notable, 47 

Rachel Pollack • Appreciations by Ellen Kushner, Roz Kaveney, Alisa Kwitney, Terry Bisson, and John Clute • Eric Brown • Michael Reaves • Joseph Wrzos • Anne Perry 

Karen Burnham’s Farewell • Creature Feature • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by CHARLES PAYSEUR / 12 
Cast of Wonders 2/25/23, 2/28/23; Worlds of Possibility 2/23; Samovar 2/27/23; Strange Horizons 2/20/23, 3/6/23, 3/13/23; Diabolical Plots 3/23; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/9/23, 3/23/23; GigaNotoSaurus 3/23; Hexagon 3/23; Flash Fiction Online 3/23; Lightspeed 3/23, 4/23; Fantasy 3/23, 4/23.

Short Fiction Reviews by KAREN BURNHAM / 14 
Analog 3-4/23; Asimov’s 3-4/23; Clarkesworld 3/23; The Sunday Morning Transport 2/19/23, 3/5/23.

Reviews by GARY K. WOLFE / 16 
The Way Home, Peter S. Beagle; Under My Skin, K.J. Parker; Untethered Sky, Fonda Lee.

Reviews by LIZ BOURKE / 17 
The Iron Princess, Barbara Hambly; To Shape a Dragon’s Breath, Moniquill Blackgoose.

Reviews by RUSSELL LETSON / 18 
Season of Skulls, Charles Stross; Translation State, Ann Leckie.

Reviews by IAN MOND / 19 
Titanium Noir, Nick Harkaway; Chain-Gang All-Stars, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah; Hospital, Han Song.

Reviews by COLLEEN MONDOR / 20 
The Sinister Booksellers of Bath, Garth Nix; Divine Rivals, Rebecca Ross; The Last Tale of the Flower Bride, Roshani Chokshi.

Reviews by GABINO IGLESIAS / 21 
The Haunting of Alejandra, V. Castro; Our Share of Night, Mariana Enriquez; The Merry Dredgers, Jeremy C. Shipp.

Don’t Fear the Reaper, Stephen Graham Jones; The Curator, Owen King.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 16, 18, 21 

Magazines reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Cast of Wonders 2/25/23, 2/28/23 (Charles Payseur)
Worlds of Possibility 2/23 (Charles Payseur)
Samovar 2/27/23 (Charles Payseur)
Strange Horizons 2/20/23, 3/6/23, 3/13/23 (Charles Payseur)
Diabolical Plots 3/23 (Charles Payseur)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/9/23, 3/23/23 (Charles Payseur)
GigaNotoSaurus 3/23 (Charles Payseur)
Hexagon 3/23 (Charles Payseur)
Flash Fiction Online 3/23 (Charles Payseur)
Lightspeed 3/23, 4/23 (Charles Payseur)
Fantasy 3/23, 4/23 (Charles Payseur)
Analog 3-4/23 (Karen Burnham)
Asimov’s 3-4/23 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 3/23 (Karen Burnham)
The Sunday Morning Transport 2/19/23, 3/5/23 (Karen Burnham)

Books reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame • Chain-Gang All-Stars (Ian Mond)
Beagle, Peter S. • The Way Home (Gary K. Wolfe)
Blackgoose, Moniquill • To Shape a Dragon's Breath (Liz Bourke)
Castro, V. • The Haunting of Alejandra (Gabino Iglesias)
Chokshi, Roshani • The Last Tale of the Flower Bride (Colleen Mondor)
Enriquez, Mariana • Our Share of Night (Gabino Iglesias)
Hambly, Barbara • The Iron Princess (Liz Bourke)
Harkaway, Nick • Titanium Noir (Ian Mond)
Jones, Stephen Graham • Don't Fear the Reaper (Angela Slatter)
King, Owen • The Curator (Caren Gussoff Sumption)
Leckie, Ann • Translation State (Russell Letson)
Lee, Fonda • Untethered Sky (Gary K. Wolfe)
Nix, Garth • The Sinister Booksellers of Bath (Colleen Mondor)
Parker, K. J. • Under My Skin (Gary K. Wolfe)
Ross, Rebecca • Divine Rivals (Colleen Mondor)
Shipp, Jeremy C. • The Merry Dredgers (Gabino Iglesias)
Song, Han • Hospital (Ian Mond)
Stross, Charles • Season of Skulls (Russell Letson)