In this issue:
The November 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Robert McCammon and L.X. Beckett. Main stories include the renaming of the Tiptree Award, Nobel wins for Tokarczuk and Handke, British Fantasy, Aurora, Booker Prize, Sunburst, and Sidewise winners, Link & Grant's new bookstore, King's house as a museum, the cancellation of Hour of the Wolf after almost 50 years on the air, and much more. Ehud Maimon provides a report on SF in Israel entitled "The Elephant Slowly Disappearing from the Room". Cory Doctorow's column is entitled "Jeannette Ng Was Right: John W. Campbell Was a Fascist". J.A. Pitts and Harold Bloom are remembered with obituaries. Reviews explore new titles by Dave Hutchinson, Tade Thompson, Walter Jon Williams, K.J. Parker, Tim Pratt, Valerie Valdes, Aliette de Bodard, Gary K. Wolfe (ed.), Gwyneth Jones, Sara Faring, Emma Berquist, Laura Ruby, Alexandra Rowland, Rebecca Roanhorse, Emily Devenport, Claire North, Nick Mamatas, Matt Tompkins, Nino Cipri, Ilona Andrews, Alexis Hall, Benedict Jacka, Juliet Marillier, Seanan McGuire, Tamsyn Muir, Margaret Rogerson, John Scalzi, Vivian Shaw, Joe Hill, Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson, T. Kingfisher, Stephen King, Desirina Boskovich (ed.), Stephen Jones (ed.), and more.
Table of Contents:
52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Francesca Myman
Robert McCammon: Out of Darkness / 10
L.X. Beckett: Hopetopia / 34
MAIN STORIES / 6
Tiptree Award Renamed • Tokarczuk and Handke Win Nobels • Atwood and Evaristo Win Booker • British Fantasy Awards Winners • Aurora Awards Winners
THE DATA FILE / 7
Sunburst Awards Winners • National Book Awards Finalists • Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist • Link & Grant Open Bookstore • Hour of the Wolf Off the Air • Sidewise Awards Winners • King’s House as a Museum • Kramer Hacking Charges • Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards Winners • Geffen Awards Winners • Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award • CBS and Viacom Merging • Self-Publishing Stats Rise • Announcements • Publishing News • Book News • Magazine News • NYT Bestseller List Changes • Captions News • Awards News • World Conventions News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received
PEOPLE & PUBLISHING / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Andy Duncan, Leigh Bardugo, Stephen King, Stanislaw Lem, Brenda Cooper, Tamora Pierce, and many others
Photo Story: Rick Riordan Presents / 9 Commentary: Cory Doctorow: Jeannette Ng Was Right: John W. Campbell Was a Fascist / 33 SF in Israel: The Elephant Slowly Disappearing from the Room, Ehud Maimon / 36 Photo Story: SF in SF with Garth Nix / 61
Magazines Received: September / 38 Books Received: September / 39 British Books Received: August / 50 Bestsellers / 52
OBITUARIES / 64
J.A. Pitts • Appreciations by Ken Scholes, Brenda Cooper, and Patrick Swenson • Harold Bloom
EDITORIAL MATTERS / 66
VP23 • This Issue/Next Issue • Fund Drive
LOCUS LOOKS AT BOOKS
Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
F&SF 11-12/19; Uncanny 9-10/19; Interzone 9-10/19; Galaxy’s Edge 9/19; Not One of Us 10/19; The Mythic Dream, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds.; If This Goes On, Cat Rambo, ed.; Tomorrow Girl and Other Stories, Robert Zoltan; Exhalation, Ted Chiang.
Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 9/19; Strange Horizons 9/19; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/29/19; Lightspeed 10/19; Tor.com 9/11/19, 9/18/19; The Future Fire 8/19; Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 8/19, 9/19.
Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Return of the Incredible Exploding Man, Dave Hutchinson; Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson; Quillifer the Knight, Walter Jon Williams; My Beautiful Life, K.J. Parker.
Reviews by Liz Bourke / 19
The Forbidden Stars, Tim Pratt; Chilling Effect, Valerie Valdes; Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight, Aliette de Bodard.
Reviews by Russell Letson / 21
American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s, Gary K. Wolfe, ed.; Joanna Russ, Gwyneth Jones.
Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 23
The Tenth Girl, Sara Faring; Missing, Presumed Dead, Emma Berquist; Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, Laura Ruby.
Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 25
A Choir of Lies, Alexandra Rowland; Storm of Locusts, Rebecca Roanhorse; Medusa in the Graveyard, Emily Devenport.
Reviews by Ian Mond / 26
The Pursuit of William Abbey, Claire North; Sabbath, Nick Mamatas; Odsburg, Matt Tompkins; Homesick: Stories, Nino Cipri.
Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 29
Sapphire Flames, Ilona Andrews; The Affair of the Mysterious Letter, Alexis Hall; Fallen, Benedict Jacka; The Harp of Kings, Juliet Marillier; Laughter at the Academy, Seanan McGuire; Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir; Sorcery of Thorns, Margaret Rogerson; A Very Scalzi Christmas, John Scalzi; Grave Importance, Vivian Shaw.
Reviews by Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Niall Harrison, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Arley Sorg / 30
Full Throttle: Stories, Joe Hill; Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction, Lisa Kröger & Melanie R. Anderson; The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher; The Institute, Stephen King; Miracles & Marvels: Stories, Tim Pratt; Lost Transmissions: The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Desirina Boskovich, ed.; Best New Horror #29, Stephen Jones, ed.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 21, 27
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/29/19 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 9/19 (Karen Burnham)
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 8/19 (Karen Burnham)
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores 9/19 (Karen Burnham)
F&SF 11-12/19 (Rich Horton)
The Future Fire 8/19 (Karen Burnham)
Galaxy’s Edge 9/19 (Rich Horton)
Interzone 9-10/19 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 10/19 (Karen Burnham)
Not One of Us 10/19 (Rich Horton)
Strange Horizons 9/19 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 9/11/19 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 9/18/19 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 9-10/19 (Rich Horton)