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In this issue: 

Locus Magazine • September 2012 • Issue 620 • Vol. 69 No. 3

The September issue features interviews with John ScalziNancy Pearl, and Richard Kadrey, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Jeffrey FordN.K. JemisinCory Doctorow & Charles StrossBrian EvensonJim C. Hines, and many others.


Table of Contents: 

September 2012 • Issue 620 • Vol. 69 No. 3
45th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman


John Scalzi: Redshirts / 6
Nancy Pearl: Elastic Realism / 40
Richard Kadrey: Running With the Devil / 76

M A I N    S T O R I E S / 5 & 10

2011 World Fantasy Awards Nominations • Harry Harrison (1925-2012) • Google Lawsuit News • Readercon Board Resigns • Antitrust Suit Update • 2012 Aurora Awards Winners

P E O P L E   &   P U B L I S H I N G / 8

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Barry MalzbergJay LakeFrederik Pohl, Stephen King & Stewart O’NanNeil Gaiman, Brian Aldiss, Guy Gavriel Kay, and many others • Stanley Schmidt Retires

T H E    D A T A    F I L E / 11

Highest-Earning Authors • Worldcons News • Mythopoeic Awards Winners • Awards News • Announcements • Publishing News • Book News • Bookstores News • International Rights • Other Rights

C O M M E N T A R Y / 29

Cory Doctorow: Why Science Fiction Movies Drive Me Nuts

F O R T H C O M I N G    B O O K S / 29

US Forthcoming Books / 30
British Forthcoming Books / 46


Octavia Butler Scholarships / 51
Summer Workshops / 74


Magazines Received: July / 52
Books Received: July / 53
British Books Received: June / 63
Bestsellers / 64

L O C U S    L E T T E R S / 56

Robert Silverberg • Alan Dean Foster • Frederik Pohl

O B I T U A R I E S / 69

Appreciations for Harry Harrison by Brian Aldiss, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Tom Doherty, Joe Haldeman • Gore Vidal • Adam Niswander • Appreciation by Alan Dean Foster • Roland C. Wagner• Appreciation by Norman Spinrad • Ken Hunt

E D I T O R I A L    M A T T E R S / 73

Interns • Harry Harrison • This Issue/Next Issue



L O C U S    L O O K S    A T    B O O K S


Gardnerspace: Short Fiction Column by Gardner Dozois / 14

F&SF 7-8/12; The Sword & Sorcery Anthology, David G. Hartwell & Jacob Weisman, eds.; Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel, eds.; Arc 1.2.

Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 15

Asimov’s 8/12; F&SF 7-8/12; Analog 10/12; On Spec Spring ’12; Clarkesworld 7/12; Lightspeed 7/12; Lightspeed 8/12; The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, Sean Wallace, ed.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16

Crackpot Palace, Jeffrey Ford; Wonders of the Invisible World, Patricia A. McKillip; Some Remarks, Neal Stephenson.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 19

The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin; The Shadowed Sun, N.K. Jemisin; King of Thorns, Mark Lawrence; Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce.

Reviews by Russell Letson / 21

The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross; Blue Remembered Earth, Alastair Reynolds.

Reviews by Stefan Dziemianowicz / 22

Windeye, Brian Evenson; The Nefertiti-Tut Express, Ray Bradbury; Monster, David Zeltzerman; The Circle, Bentley Little.

Short Reviews by Carolyn Cushman / 28

Gunmetal Magic, Ilona Andrews; Spellcrossed, Barbara Ashford; Silver, Rhiannon Held; Libriomancer, Jim C. Hines; Ashes of Honor, Seanan McGuire; Princeps, LE. Modesitt, Jr.; The Taken, Vicki Pettersson; Kitty Steals the Show, Carrie Vaughn; Dust Girl, Sarah Zettel.

Divers Hands: Reviews by Richard A. Lupoff, Gwenda Bond,
and Karen Burnham / 27

Tales from Super-Science Fiction, Robert Silverberg, ed.; This Is Not a Test, Courtney Summers; Adaptation, Malinda Lo; Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology, James Patrick Kelly & John Kessel, eds.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 



Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) —

Analog October 2012 (Rich Horton)
Arc 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
Asimov’s August 2012 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld July 2012 (Rich Horton)
F&SF July/August 2012 (Gardner Dozois)
F&SF July/August 2012 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed July 2012 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed August 2012 (Rich Horton)
On Spec Spring 2012 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue, listed by author (indicating reviewer) —

Andrews, Ilona • Gunmetal Magic (Carolyn Cushman)
Ashford, Barbara • Spellcrossed (Carolyn Cushman)
Bradbury, Ray • The Nefertiti-Tut Express (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Doctorow, Cory, & Charles Stross • The Rapture of the Nerds (Russell Letson)
Evenson, Brian • Windeye (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Ford, Jeffrey • Crackpot Palace (Gary K. Wolfe)
Hartwell, David G., & Jacob Weisman, eds. • The Sword & Sorcery Anthology (Gardner Dozois)
Held, Rhiannon • Silver (Carolyn Cushman)
Hines, Jim C. • Libriomancer (Carolyn Cushman)
Jemisin, N. K. • The Killing Moon (Faren Miller)
Jemisin, N. K. • The Shadowed Sun (Faren Miller)
Joyce, Graham • Some Kind of Fairy Tale (Faren Miller)
Kelly, James Patrick, & John Kessel, eds. • Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology (Karen Burnham)
Lawrence, Mark • King of Thorns (Faren Miller)
Little, Bentley • The Circle (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Lo, Malinda • Adaptation (Gwenda Bond)
McGuire, Seanan • Ashes of Honor (Carolyn Cushman)
McKillip, Patricia A. • Wonders of the Invisible World (Gary K. Wolfe)
Modesitt, L. E., Jr. • Princeps (Carolyn Cushman)
Pettersson, Vicki • The Taken (Carolyn Cushman)
Reynolds, Alastair • Blue Remembered Earth (Russell Letson)
Silverberg, Robert, ed. • Tales from Super-Science Fiction (Richard A. Lupoff)
Stephenson, Neal • Some Remarks (Gary K. Wolfe)
Summers, Courtney • This Is Not a Test (Gwenda Bond)
Vaughn, Carrie • Kitty Steals the Show (Carolyn Cushman)
Wallace, Sean, ed. • The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Rich Horton)
Zeltserman, Dave • Monster (Stefan Dziemianowicz)
Zettel, Sarah • Dust Girl (Carolyn Cushman)