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The October 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Sarah Pinsker and Phenderson Djèlí Clark. Worldcon 77 in Dublin is covered with an extensive report and photos, the complete Hugo and Retro-Hugo voting breakdowns, and a WSFS business meeting report. Stories include the renaming of the Campbell Conference and the Tiptree Award, the Dragon Awards and James White Award winners, Haikasoru on hiatus, and more. Kameron Hurley's column is entitled "Why Does Writing Books Get Tougher Instead of Easier?" Katherine MacLean, Terrance Dicks, Brad Linaweaver, and A.A. Glynn are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe (eds.), John Crowley, Elizabeth Hand, Nnedi Okorafor, Jonathan Strahan (ed.), C.S.E Cooney, Lina Rather, Tamsyn Muir, Karl Schroeder, Ian McDonald, Seth Fried, Chuck Wendig, Leigh Bardugo, Jake Wolff, Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne, K. Eason, Cassandra Khaw, Jeanette Winterson, Tade Thompson, Julia Armfield, Simon Jacobs, H.G. Parry, Jennifer Giesbrecht, Sophie Cameron, Erin A. Craig, Nathan Ballingrud, Damien Broderick, Charlie Jane Anders, John Scalzi, Jeff VanderMeer, V.E. Schwab, Stephanie Burgis, P. Djèlí Clark, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Sarah Gailey, Dawn Kurtagich, and Neal Stephenson.


Table of Contents: 

October 2019 • Issue 705 • Vol. 83 • No. 4
52nd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Design by Francesca Myman

Sarah Pinsker: Personal Collisions / 10
Phenderson Djèlí Clark: Wonderful Things to Behold / 30

Campbell Conference Renamed • Tiptree Award to Be Renamed • Dragon Awards Winners • Haikasoru on Hiatus • Maskill Wins James White Award • SFWA Rate Increase in Effect

2019 Booker Prize Shortlist • National Book Award Longlist • ALA Petitions Macmillan • Atwood Embargo Broken • Captions News • Patterson Grants • Book Expo Changes • Awards News • Contest News • World Conventions News • Publishing News • Conventions News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Vernor Vinge, George R.R. Martin, Simone Heller, Margo Lanagan, Stephen King, Daryl Gregory, and many others

Photo Story: Deep Dish Reading Series / 9 Commentary: Kameron Hurley: Why Does Writing Books Get Tougher Instead of Easier? / 29

Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon Report / 32 2019 WSFS Business Meeting / 38 Complete 2019 Hugo Voting / 42 Complete 1944 Retro-Hugo Voting / 46

Magazines Received: August / 50 Books Received: August / 51 British Books Received: July / 65 Bestsellers / 66

Ahrvid Engholm

Katherine MacLean Terrance Dicks Brad Linaweaver A.A. Glynn

Worldcon • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 13
Analog 9-10/19; Asimov's 9-10/19; Mission Critical, Jonathan Strahan, ed.; Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E. Cooney; f(r)iction Spring '19.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 8/19; Beneath Ceaseless Skies #284; Lightspeed 9/19; Strange Horizons 8/19; Augur #2.1; Future Science Fiction Digest #3.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 15
Black Static 7-8/19; Uncanny 7-8/19; Nightmare 8/19, 9/19; The Dark 7/19, 8/19; Cemetery Dance 7/19.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Mythic Dream, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds.; And Go Like This, John Crowley; Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand; Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected, Nnedi Okorafor; The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Thirteen, Jonathan Strahan, ed.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E Cooney; Sisters of the Vast Black, Lina Rather; Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 19
Stealing Worlds, Karl Schroeder; The Menace from Farside, Ian McDonald.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 20
The Municipalists, Seth Fried; Vultures, Chuck Wendig; Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo; The History of Living Forever, Jake Wolff.

Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 21
The Princess Beard, Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne; How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse, K. Eason; The Last Supper Before Ragnarok, Cassandra Khaw.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 22
Frankissstein: A Love Story, Jeanette Winterson; The Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson; Salt Slow, Julia Armfield; Masterworks and Other Stories, Simon Jacobs.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Colleen Mondor, John Langan, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, H.G. Parry; The Monster of Elendhaven, Jennifer Giesbrecht; Last Bus to Everland, Sophie Cameron; House of Salt and Sorrows, Erin A. Craig; Wounds, Nathan Ballingrud; The Time Machine Hypothesis: Extreme Science Meets Science Fiction, Damien Broderick.

Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 26
As Good as New, Charlie Jane Anders; The President's Brain Is Missing, John Scalzi; This World Is Full of Monsters, Jeff VanderMeer; Warm Up, V.E. Schwab; Spellswept and Snowspelled, Stephanie Burgis; A Dead Djinn in Cairo, P. Djèlí Clark; The Haunting of Tram 015, P. Djèlí Clark; The Black God's Drums, P. Djèlí Clark; Desdemona and the Deep, C.S.E. Cooney; This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone; Magic for Liars, Sarah Gailey; Teeth in the Mist, Dawn Kurtagich; Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 17, 19, 23

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Analog 9-10/19 (Rich Horton)
Asimov's 9-10/19 (Rich Horton)
Augur #2.1 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #284 (Karen Burnham)
Black Static 7-8/19 (Paula Guran)
Cemetery Dance 7/19 (Paula Guran)
Clarkesworld 8/19 (Karen Burnham)
The Dark 7/19 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 8/19 (Paula Guran)
f(r)iction Spring '19 (Rich Horton)
Future Science Fiction Digest #3 (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 9/19 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 8/19 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 9/19 (Paula Guran)
Strange Horizons 8/19 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 7-8/19 (Paula Guran)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Armfield, Julia • Salt Slow (Ian Mond)
Ballingrud, Nathan • Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell (John Langan)
Bardugo, Leigh • Ninth House (Adrienne Martini)
Broderick, Damien • The Time Machine Hypothesis: Extreme Science Meets Science Fiction (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Cameron, Sophie • Last Bus to Everland (Colleen Mondor)
Cooney, C.S.E. • Desdemona and the Deep (Liz Bourke)
Cooney, C.S.E. • Desdemona and the Deep (Rich Horton)
Craig, Erin A. • House of Salt and Sorrows (Colleen Mondor)
Crowley, John • And Go Like This (Gary K. Wolfe)
Dawson, Delilah S., & Kevin Hearne • The Princess Beard (Katharine Coldiron)
Eason, K. • How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (Katharine Coldiron)
Fried, Seth • The Municipalists (Adrienne Martini)
Giesbrecht, Jennifer • The Monster of Elendhaven (Paula Guran)
Hand, Elizabeth • Curious Toys (Gary K. Wolfe)
Jacbos, Simon • Masterworks and Other Stories (Ian Mond)
Khaw, Cassandra • The Last Supper Before Ragnarok (Katharine Coldiron)
McDonald, Ian • The Menace from Farside (Russell Letson)
Muir, Tamsyn • Gideon the Ninth (Liz Bourke)
Okorafor, Nnedi • Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected (Gary K. Wolfe)
Parisien, Dominik, & Navah Wolfe, eds. • The Mythic Dream (Gary K. Wolfe)
Parry, H.G. • The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep (Paula Guran)
Rather, Lina • Sisters of the Vast Black (Liz Bourke)
Schroeder, Karl • Stealing Worlds (Russell Letson)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Mission Critical (Rich Horton)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year Volume Thirteen (Gary K. Wolfe)
Thompson, Tade • The Rosewater Redemption (Ian Mond)
Wendig, Chuck • Vultures (Adrienne Martini)
Winterson, Jeanette • Frankissstein (Ian Mond)
Wolff, Jake • The History of Living Forever (Adrienne Martini)