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In this issue: 

The September issue features interviews with Matt Ruff and Karin Tidbeck, a column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary and appreciations of Brian Aldiss, lists of forthcoming books through June 2018, and reviews of short fiction and books by Annalee Newitz, Josh Malerman, Kat Howard, Linda Nagata, and many others.


Table of Contents: 

September 2017 • Issue 680 • Vol. 79 • No. 3
50th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover and Interview Designs by Francesca Myman


Matt Ruff: Lovecraft Country / 10
Karin Tidbeck: Language Matters / 30 


Brian Aldiss (1925 – 2017) • 2017 Hugo Award Winners • Worldcon 75 • Dragon Awards News


Whitehead Wins Clarke Award • 2017 Seiun Awards Winners • 2016 Sidewise Awards Winners • 2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners • 2017 Scribe Awards Winners • 2017 Man Booker Longlist • 2017 Endeavour Award Nominees • Jay Kay Klein Photographs Digitized • Macmillan to Leave Flatiron Building • New Sendak Picture Book Found • Galaktika Infringement Agreement • Skybound Books • Forbes’s Top-Earning Authors • Awards News • World Conventions News • Announcements • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Audiobooks Received • Publications Received


Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Lynne M. ThomasPhilip Stephensen-PayneSheree Renée ThomasWilliam Gibson & Michael St. John SmithJim ButcherRichard PowersColleen LindsayOctavia E. Butler, and many others


Commentary: Cory Doctorow: Demon-Haunted World / 29 Summer Workshops / 69 Convention Report: Estcon 2017 / 70 


US Forthcoming Books / 32 British Forthcoming Books / 44


Magazines Received: July / 50 Books Received: July / 51 British Books Received: June / 62 Bestsellers / 64 


Brian Aldiss (1925-2017) Appreciations from Gregory Benford, Christopher Priest, Paul McAuley, Joe Haldeman, Gary K. Wolfe, John Clute, and Andy Duncan / 5 Jeff Carlson 77 William Sanders 77 Jordin Kare 77 Mustafá Ibn Ali Kanso 77


Helsinki • Brian Aldiss • The Office • This Issue/Next Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Gardner Dozois / 13

Clarkesworld, 2/17, 3/17, 4/17, 5/17; Extrasolar, Nick Gevers, ed.

Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 15

Asimov’s 7-8/17; F&SF 7-8/17; Uncanny 7-8/17; Clarkesworld 7/17; Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, People of Color Take Over Special Issue; 7/17; Extrasolar, Nick Gevers, ed.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 17

Autonomous, Annalee Newitz; Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor; After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun; The Twilight Pariah, Jeffrey Ford; Acadie, Dave Hutchinson.

Reviews by Faren Miller / 21

Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman; Carnivalesque, Neil Jordan; You Die When You Die, Angus Watson; Call of Fire, Beth Cato. SHORT TAKEMeddling Kids, Edgar Cantero.

Short Fiction Reviews by Paula Guran / 23

Sirenia Digest 7/17; Black Static 7/8-17; Uncanny 7-8/17; Nightmare 7/17; Down Among the Sticks and Bones, Seanan McGuire; Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones.

Reviews by Liz Bourke / 24

An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard; Raid, K.S. Merbeth; The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, Margaret Killjoy; Five Daughters of the Moon, Leena Likitalo.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Russell Letson, Rachel Swirsky, Colleen Mondor / 27

The Last Good Man, Linda Nagata; An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King; The Leaf Reader, Emily Arsenault.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 15, 19, 21, 25


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) —

Asimov’s July/August 2017 (Rich Horton)
Clarkesworld February 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld March 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld April 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld May 2017 (Gardner Dozois)
Clarkesworld July 2017 (Rich Horton)
F&SF July/Aug 2017 (Rich Horton)
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination: People of Color Take Over Special Issue 2017 (Rich Horton) July 2017 (Rich Horton)
Uncanny July/August 2017 (Rich Horton)

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

Arsenault, Emily • The Leaf Reader (Colleen Mondor)
Cantero, Edgar • Meddling Kids (Faren Miller)
Cato, Beth • Call of Fire (Faren Miller)
Ford, Jeffrey • The Twilight Pariah (Gary K. Wolfe)
Gevers, Nick, ed. • Extrasolar (Gardner Dozois)
Gevers, Nick, ed. • Extrasolar (Rich Horton)
Howard, Kat • An Unkindness of Magicians (Liz Bourke)
Hutchinson, Dave • Acadie (Gary K. Wolfe)
Jones, Stephen Graham • Mapping the Interior (Paula Guran)
Jordan, Neil • Carnivalesque (Faren Miller)
Killjoy, Margaret • The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Liz Bourke)
King, Maggie Shen • An Excess Male (Rachel Swirsky)
Likitalo, Leena • The Five Daughters of the Moon (Liz Bourke)
Malerman, Josh • Black Mad Wheel (Faren Miller)
McGuire, Seanan • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Paula Guran)
Merbeth, K. S. • Raid (Liz Bourke)
Nagata, Linda • The Last Good Man (Russell Letson)
Newitz, Annalee • Autonomous (Gary K. Wolfe)
Okorafor, Nnedi • Akata Warrior (Gary K. Wolfe)
Olukotun, Deji Bryce • After the Flare (Gary K. Wolfe)
Watson, Angus • You Die When You Die (Faren Miller)