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In this issue: 

The October 2021 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Tade Thompson and R.B. Lemberg and a spotlight on Sana Takeda, artist. Main Stories are Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki's Otherwise win, Karen Tei Yamashita's National Book Foundation medal win, and the Ignyte, Dragon, and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners. People & Publishing includes notes on milestones, awards, books sold, and more, with news this issue about N.K. Jemisin, Nancy Pearl, Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Carroll, Chaz Brenchley, Charlie Jane Anders, and many others. Erle Korshak, L. Neil Smith, Carol Carr, Genevieve DiModica, and Elizabeth Anne Hull are remembered with obituaries and appreciations. Reviews cover new titles by Lavie Tidhar, Alix E. Harrow, Catherynne M. Valente, James Patrick Kelly, Peter Straub, C.J. Carey, Naomi Novik, Miles Cameron, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Veronica G. Henry, Tiffany D. Jackson, Tade Thompson, Gus Moreno, Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre (eds.), Andy Marino, Chris McKinney, K. Ancrum, TJ Klune, Victoria Lee, Nana Nkweti, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Philip Ball, Piers Bizony, Sija Hong, Gary Villarreal, Dian Hanson, Jeffrey Alan Love, P. Djèlí Clark, Neal Stephenson & Sean Stewart, and others.


Table of Contents: 

October 2021 • Issue 729 • Vol. 87 • No. 4
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover/interview art and design by Francesca Myman.

Tade Thompson: Unified Field Theory / 10
R.B. Lemberg: A Different Adventure / 28

Ignyte Awards Winners • Ekpeki Wins Otherwise Award • Yamashita Wins National Book Foundation Medal • Dragon Awards Winners • Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Winners

National Book Award Longlists • Dwarf Stars Winners • 2019 and 2020 Sidewise Award Nominees • King News • Amazon News • SF Opera Premiere • Announcements • World Conventions News • HWA News • SFWA News • Publishing News • Workshop News • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about N.K. JemisinNancy PearlSusanna ClarkeJonathan CarrollChaz BrenchleyCharlie Jane Anders, and many others

Estcon 2021 & Stalker Awards Winners / 32 Spotlight on Sana Takeda, Artist / 33

Magazines Received: August / 34 Books Received: August / 35 British Books Received:
June / 44 Bestsellers / 46

Erle Korshak • Appreciation by Bradford Lyau • L. Neil Smith • Carol Carr • Appreciation by Karen Haber • Genevieve DiModica • ‘‘Betty Hull, Candidate’’, an appreciation of Elizabeth Anne Hull by Bradford Lyau

Conventions • This Issue/Next Issue • On COVID


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12

Analog 9-10/21; Interzone #290-291; Galaxy’s Edge 7/21; Fusion Fragment 7/21; The National Pastime 2021 Edition; Alternate Plains, Darren Ridgley & Adam Petrash, eds.; The Adventure of the Golden Woman, Cynthia Ward.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 13 

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 6/21; Uncanny 7-8/21; The Dark 7/21, 8/21; Nightmare 7/21, 8/21, 9/21; Fantasy 7/21, 8/21, 9/21.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14 8/4/21, 8/18/21, 8/25/21; Fiyah Summer ’21; Clarkesworld 8/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/15/21, 7/29/21, 8/12/21, 8/26/21; Lightspeed 8/21, 9/21; Strange Horizons 7/21.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16 
The Hood, Lavie Tidhar; A Spindle Splintered, Alix E. Harrow; Comfort Me With Apples, Catherynne M. Valente; The First Law of Thermodynamics, James Patrick Kelly; The Complete Short Fiction of Peter Straub: Volume 1: Stories, Peter Straub; The Complete Short Fiction of Peter Straub: Volume 2: Novellas, Peter Straub.

Reviews by Adrienne Martini / 18
, C.J. Carey; The Last Graduate, Naomi Novik; Artifact Space, Miles Cameron; Destroyer of Light, Jennifer Marie Brissett.

Reviews by Alex Brown / 19
Bacchanal, Veronica G. Henry; White Smoke, Tiffany D. Jackson.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20 
The Escapement, Lavie Tidhar; Far from the Light of Heaven, Tade Thompson; This Thing Between Us, Gus Moreno; Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction 1950 to 1985, Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre, eds.

Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 22
The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess
, Andy Marino; MidnightWater City, Chris McKinney.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 23
, K. Ancrum; Flash Fire, TJ Klune; A Lesson in Vengeance, Victoria Lee.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Maya C. JamesRussell LetsonAlvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
Walking on Cowrie Shells
, Nana Nkweti; Shards of Earth, Adrian Tchaikovsky; The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination, Philip Ball.

Art Book Reviews by Karen Haber / 26 
The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions, Piers Bizony; Monstrous Tales: Stories of Strange Creatures and Fearsome Beasts from Around the World, Sija Hong; Villarrte: Art by Gary Villarreal, Gary Villarreal; The Blazing World, Margaret Cavendish; Rebekka Dunlap, illustrator; Master- pieces of Fantasy Art, Dian Hanson. SHORT TAKES: Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration, Jesse Kowalski, ed.; Spectrum 27, Katherine Chu & John Fleskes, eds.; Infected by Art Volume 8, Todd Spoor, Bill Cox & Jon Schindehette, eds.; The Mountain of Smoke: A Jeffrey Alan Love Sketchbook, Jeffrey Alan Love.

Audiobook Reviews by Amy Goldschlager / 27 

Victories Greater Than Death, Charlie Jane Anders; A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark; New Found Land: The Long Haul, Austin Grossman, Neal Stephenson & Sean Stewart.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13152125

Magazines reviews in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Analog 9-12/21 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/15/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/29/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/12/21 (Karen Burnham)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 8/26/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 8/21 (Karen Burnham)
Fantasy 7/21 (Paula Guran)
Fantasy 8/21 (Paula Guran)
Fantasy 9/21 (Paula Guran)
Fiyah Summer ’21 (Karen Burnham)
Fusion Fragment 7/21 (Rich Horton)
Galaxy’s Edge 7/21 (Rich Horton)
Interzone #290 (Rich Horton)
Interzone #291 (Rich Horton)
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 6/21 (Paula Guran)
Lightspeed 8/21, 9/21  (Karen Burnham)
Lightspeed 8/21, 9/22 (Karen Burnham)
Nightmare 7/21 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 8/21 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare 9/21 (Paula Guran)
Strange Horizons 7/21 (Karen Burnham)
The Dark 7/21 (Paula Guran)
The Dark 8/21 (Paula Guran)
The National Pastime 2021 Edition (Rich Horton) 8/18/21 (Karen Burnham) 8/25/21 (Karen Burnham) 8/4/21 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 7-8/21 (Paula Guran)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Ancrum, K. • Darling (Colleen Mondor)
Ball, Philip • The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Bizony, Piers • The Art of NASA: The Illustrations That Sold the Missions (Karen Haber)
Brissett, Jennifer Marie • Destroyer of Light (Adrienne Martini)
Cameron, Miles • Artifact Space (Adrienne Martini)
Carey, C. J. • Widowland (Adrienne Martini)
Cavendish, Margaret, & Rebekka Dunlap • The Blazing World (Karen Haber)
Chu, Katherine, & John Fleskes • Spectrum 27 (Karen Haber)
Hanson, Dian • Masterpieces of Fantasy Art (Karen Haber)
Harrow, Alix E. • A Spindle Splintered (Gary K. Wolfe)
Henry, Veronica G. • Bacchanal (Alex Brown)
Hong, Sija • Monstrous Tales: Stories of Strange Creatures and Fearsome Beasts from Around the World (Karen Haber)
Jackson, Tiffany • White Smoke (Alex Brown)
Kelly, James Patrick • The First Law of Thermodynamics (Gary K. Wolfe)
Klune, TJ • Flash Fire (Colleen Mondor)
Kowalski, Jesse • Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration (Karen Haber)
Lee, Victoria • A Lesson Vengeance (Colleen Mondor)
Love, Jeffrey Alan • The Mountain of Smoke (Karen Haber)
Marino, Andy • The Seven Visitations of Sydney Burgess (Gabino Iglesias)
McKinney, Chris • Midnight, Water City (Gabino Iglesias)
Moreno, Gus • This Thing Between Us (Ian Mond)
Nette, Andrew, & Iain McIntyre, eds. • Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 (Ian Mond)
Nkweti, Nana • Walking on Cowrie Shells (Maya C. James)
Novik, Naomi • The Last Graduate (Adrienne Martini)
Ridgley, Darren, & Adam Petrash, eds. • Alternate Plains (Rich Horton)
Spoor, Todd, & Bill Cox, eds. • Infected by Art, Volume 8 (Karen Haber)
Straub, Peter • The Complete Short Fiction of Peter Straub: Volume 1: Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Straub, Peter • The Complete Short Fiction of Peter Straub: Volume 2: Novellas (Gary K. Wolfe)
Tchaikovsky, Adrian • Shards of Earth (Russell Letson)
Thompson, Tade • Far from the Light of Heaven (Ian Mond)
Tidhar, Lavie • The Escapement (Ian Mond)
Tidhar, Lavie • The Hood (Gary K. Wolfe)
Valente, Catherynne M. • Comfort Me with Apples (Gary K. Wolfe)
Villareal, Gary • Villarrte: Art by Gary Villarreal (Karen Haber)
Ward, Cynthia • The Adventure of the Golden Woman (Rich Horton)