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The October 2020 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Naomi Kritzer and Marshall Ryan Maresca and spotlights on Ho Che Anderson and Francesca Myman. Main Stories are "Sargent Leaves Macmillan", "Diversity in Publishing Initiatives", and the Dragon, Sunburst, Seiun, and Ditmar Awards winners. People & Publishing includes notes on milestones, awards, books sold, and more, with news this issue about Howard V. Hendrix, Walter Mosley, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, Shannon Messenger, Jennifer Roberson, Cixin Liu, and many others. The Outer Dark Symposium online is covered with a report and photos and Kameron Hurley's column is entitled "Measuring Life in Keurig Cups". Terry Goodkind, Charles R. Saunders, and H. Paul Honsinger are remembered with obituaries. Reviews cover new titles by Kim Stanley Robinson, Alix E. Harrow, P. Djèlí Clark, Aliette de Bodard, Christopher Priest, Melissa Bashardoust, Michelle Sagara, Elizabeth Bear, Tamsyn Muir, Lauren Beukes, Sayaka Murata, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Amanda J. McGee, Jessica P. Wick, Christiane Vadnais, Naomi Novik, Derek Künsken, Jackson Ford, T. Kingfisher, Jeremy Robert Johnson, S.L. Huang, Charles Stross, Mintie Das, Margaret Owen, Quan Barry, and others.


Table of Contents: 

October 2020 • Issue 717 • Vol. 85 • No. 4
53rd Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman

Naomi Kritzer: CatNet / 10
Marshall Ryan Maresca: Choosing Magic / 30

Dragon Awards Winners • Sargent Leaves Macmillan • Sunburst Awards Winners • Diversity in Publishing Initiatives • Ditmar Awards Winners • Seiun Awards Winners

Sidewise Postponed • Book News • Publishing News • Legal News • World Conventions News • Le Guin Home Sold • Announcements • Grant and Scholarship News • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received • Catalogs Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Howard V. HendrixWalter MosleyBrian Herbert & Kevin J. AndersonShannon MessengerJennifer RobersonCixin Liu, and many others

Commentary: Kameron Hurley: Measuring Life in Keurig Cups / 27 Spotlight on Ho Che Anderson / 28 The Outer Dark / 29 Spotlight on Francesca Myman / 32

Magazines Received: August / 33 Books Received: August / 34 British Books Received: July / 44 Bestsellers / 46

Terry Goodkind • Appreciation by Kevin J. Anderson • Charles R. Saunders • H. Paul Honsinger

West Coast Apocalypse • Reviewers • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12
Asimov's, 9-10/20; Analog, 9-10/20; Uncanny, 7-8/20; Curiosities #7; Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 13
The Dark 7/20, 8/20; Nightmare 8/20, 9/20; Uncanny 7-8/20; Shoreline of Infinity #18.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 8/20; Fiyah Spring '20; 7/29/20, 8/12/20, 8/19/20; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/30/20, 8/13/20; Strange Horizons 7/13/20; Slate Future Tense 7/20; Apparition 7/20; Kasma 8/20; Luna Station Quarterly 6/20.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson; The Once and Future Witches, Alix E. Harrow; Ring Shout, P. Djèlí. Clark; Seven of Infinities, Aliette de Bodard; Episodes: A Collection, Christopher Priest.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 18
Girl, Serpent, Thorn, Melissa Bashardoust; The Emperor's Wolves, Michelle Sagara; Machine, Elizabeth Bear; Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower, Tamsyn Muir.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Afterland, Lauren Beukes; Earthlings, Sayaka Murata; A Sinister Quartet, Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Amanda J. McGee & Jessica P. Wick; Fauna, Christiane Vadnais.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 22
A Deadly Education, Naomi Novik; The House of Styx, Derek Künsken; Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air, Jackson Ford; A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking, T. Kingfisher.

Reviews by Katharine Coldiron / 23
The Loop, Jeremy Robert Johnson; Burning Roses, S.L. Huang.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, Colleen Mondor / 24
Dead Lies Dreaming, Charles Stross; Brown Girl Ghosted, Mintie Das; The Faithless Hawk, Margaret Owen; We Ride Upon Sticks, Quan Barry.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 15, 19, 23

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Analog 9-10/20 (Rich Horton)
Apparition 7/20 (Karen Burnham)
Asimov's 9-10/20 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/30/20 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/13/20 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 8/20 (Karen Burnham)
Curiosities #7 (Rich Horton)
The Dark 7/20 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 8/20 (Paula Guran)
Fiyah Spring '20 (Karen Burnham)
Kasma 8/20 (Karen Burnham)
Luna Station Quarterly 6/20 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 8/20 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 9/20 (Paula Guran)
Shoreline of Infinity #18 (Paula Guran)
Slate Future Tense 7/20 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 7/13/20 (Karen Burnham) 7/29/20 (Karen Burnham) 8/12/20 (Karen Burnham) 8/19/20 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 7-8/20 (Paula Guran)
Uncanny, 7-8/20 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—
Allen, Mike, C.S.E. Cooney, Amanda J. McGee & Jessica P. Wick • A Sinister Quartet (Ian Mond)
Barry, Quan • We Ride Upon Sticks (Colleen Mondor)
Bashardoust, Melissa • Girl, Serpent, Thorn (Liz Bourke)
Bear, Elizabeth • Machine (Liz Bourke)
Beukes, Lauren • Afterland (Ian Mond)
Clark, P. Djèlí • Ring Shout (Gary K. Wolfe)
Das, Mintie • Brown Girl Ghosted (Colleen Mondor)
de Bodard, Aliette • Seven of Infinities (Gary K. Wolfe)
Ford, Jackson • Random Sh*t Flying Through the Air (Adrienne Martini)
Harrow, Alix E. • The Once and Future Witches (Gary K. Wolfe)
Huang, S.L. • Burning Roses (Katharine Coldiron)
Jennings, Kathleen • Flyaway (Rich Horton)
Johnson, Jeremy Robert • The Loop (Katharine Coldiron)
Kingfisher, T. • A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking (Adrienne Martini)
Künsken, Derek • The House of Styx (Adrienne Martini)
Muir, Tamsyn • Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower (Liz Bourke)
Murata, Sayaka • Earthlings (Ian Mond)
Novik, Naomi • A Deadly Education (Adrienne Martini)
Owen, Margaret • The Faithless Hawk (Colleen Mondor)
Priest, Christopher • Episodes: A Collection (Gary K. Wolfe)
Robinson, Kim Stanley • The Ministry for the Future (Gary K. Wolfe)
Sagara, Michelle • The Emperor's Wolves (Liz Bourke)
Stross, Charles • Dead Lies Dreaming (Russell Letson)
Vadnais, Christiane • Fauna (Ian Mond)