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In this issue: 

The September 2021 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Lavie Tidhar and Zen Cho. The issue lists US and UK forthcoming books through June 2022. Awards news covers the Seiun, Shirley Jackson, and Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Awards winners and the Dragon Awards ballot, and Readercon 31 coverage includes a report and photos. Elizabeth Anne Hull (1937-2021) is remembered with an obituary and appreciations. News includes museums honoring Butler and Afrofuturism, Worldcon to require vaccinations for attendance, Gene Wolfe's induction to the Hall of Fame, NPR’s 50 favorite SF/F books of the decade, and much more. Cory Doctorow's column is entitled "Breaking In". Additional obituaries remember Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, C. Dean Andersson, J.W. Rinzler, Ron Weighell, Lorna Toolis, and Judi B. Castro. Reviews cover new titles by Cadwell Turnbull, Nina Allan, Bo-Young Kim, Brenda Peynado, Tasha Suri, Laura Sebastian, Ellen Datlow (ed.), Christina Henry, Richard Powers, Monica Byrne, Ruth Ozeki, Keenan Norris, Michelle Ruiz Keil, Kelly Devos, A.S. King, Stephen Graham Jones, Brent Spiner, Alastair Reynolds, Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre (eds.), and others.


Table of Contents: 

September 2021 • Issue 728 • Vol. 87 • No. 3
54th Year of Publication • 30-Time Hugo Winner
Cover/interview art and design by Francesca Myman.

Lavie Tidhar: Between the Cracks / 10
Zen Cho: Gods, Ghosts, Gangsters & Grandmas / 26 

Elizabeth Anne Hull (1937-2021) • Appreciations by Richard Chwedyk and James Frenkel • Shirley Jackson Awards Winners • Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Awards • Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism • Dragon Awards Ballot

Worldcon to Require Vaccination • Wolfe in Hall of Fame • Seiun Awards Winners • NPR’s 50 Favorite SF/F Books of the Decade • SFWA News • Booker Prize Longlist • British Fantasy Awards Shortlist • Mythopoeic Awards Finalists • WSFA Small Press Awards Finalists • #DisneyMustPay Task Force Expands • Curious Fictions to Close • Publisher Reopenings Slow • COVID Cancellations • Publishing News • Announcements • Awards News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights

Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, etc., with news this issue about Dominica PhetteplaceD.G. ComptonRamsey CampbellTim PowersKevin J. AndersonOctavia E. Butler, and many others

Photo Story: Charm City Spec Returns / 7
Commentary by Cory Doctorow: Breaking In / 25 
Photo Story: Odyssey 2021 / 65 

Readercon 31 / 29

US Forthcoming Books / 30
British Forthcoming Books / 40 

Magazines Received: July / 44
Books Received: July / 45
British Books Received: June / 56
Bestsellers / 58 

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison • C. Dean Andersson • J.W. Rinzler • Ron Weighell • Lorna Toolis • Judi B. Castro 

Smoke and Fire • Staff News • This Issue


Short Fiction Reviews by Rich Horton / 12
Analog 7-8/21; Asimov’s 7-8/21; Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 6/21; Uncanny 7-8/21; Whether Change, Scott Gable & C. Dombrowski, eds.; The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories, Charles Payseur; Fantastic Americana, Josh Rountree.

Short Fiction Reviews by Alex Brown / 13
Anathema 5/21; Baffling 7/21; Clarkesworld 4/21; Dark Matter 1-2/21; Fireside 7/21; Fiyah Spring ’21; Strange Horizons 7/19/21; 3/3/21.

Short Fiction Reviews by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 7/21; 7/7, 7/21/21; Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/17, 7/1/21; Lightspeed 7/21; Future Sci- ence Fiction Digest 6/21; Strange Horizons 5/31; The Deadlands 6/21; khōréō 6/21; The Economist, 6/25/21.

Reviews by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
No Gods, No Monsters, Cadwell Turnbull; The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories, Nina Allan; On the Origin of Species and Other Stories, Bo-Young Kim; The Rock Eaters: Stories, Brenda Peynado.

Reviews by Maya C. James / 18
The Jasmine Throne, Tasha Suri; Half Sick of Shadows, Laura Sebastian.

Reviews by Gabino Iglesias / 19
Body Shocks, Ellen Datlow, ed.; Near the Bone, Christina Henry.

Reviews by Ian Mond / 20
Bewilderment, Richard Powers; The Actual Star, Monica Byrne; The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki; The Confession of Copeland Cane, Keenan Norris.

Reviews by Colleen Mondor / 22
Summer in the City of Roses, Michelle Ruiz Keil; Eat Your Heart Out, Kelly Devos; Switch, A.S. King.

Reviews by Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Alethea Kontis, Russell Letson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 23
My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones; Fan Fiction, Brent Spiner; Inhibitor Phase, Alastair Reynolds; Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre, eds.

Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 17, 21, 24 

Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Analog 7-8/21 (Rich Horton)
Anathema 5/21 (Alex Brown)
Asimov’s 7-8/21 (Rich Horton)
Baffling 7/21 (Alex Brown)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/17, 7/1/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 4/21 (Alex Brown)
Clarkesworld 7/21 (Karen Burnham)
Dark Matter 1-2/21 (Alex Brown)
Fireside 7/21 (Alex Brown)
Fiyah Spring ’21 (Alex Brown)
Future Science Fiction Digest 6/21 (Karen Burnham)
khōréō 6/21 (Karen Burnham)
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 6/21 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed 7/21 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 5/31 (Karen Burnham)
Strange Horizons 7/19/21 (Alex Brown)
The Deadlands 6/21 (Karen Burnham)
The Economist 6/25/21 (Karen Burnham) 3/3/21 (Alex Brown) 7/7, 7/21/21 (Karen Burnham)
Uncanny 7-8/21 (Rich Horton)

Books reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)—

Allan, Nina • The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Byrne, Monica • The Actual Star (Ian Mond)
Datlow, Ellen, ed. • Body Shocks (Gabino Iglesias)
Devos, Kelly • Eat Your Heart Out (Colleen Mondor)
Gable, Scott, & C. Dombrowski, eds. • Whether Change (Rich Horton)
Henry, Christina • Near the Bone (Gabino Iglesias)
Jones, Stephen Graham • My Heart Is a Chainsaw (Paula Guran)
Keil, Michelle Ruiz • Summer in the City of Roses (Colleen Mondor)
Kim, Bo-Young • On the Origin of Species and Other Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
King, A. S. • Switch (Colleen Mondor)
Nette, Andrew, & Iain McIntyre, eds. • Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 (Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)
Norris, Keenan • The Confession of Copeland Cane (Ian Mond)
Ozeki, Ruth • The Book of Form and Emptiness (Ian Mond)
Paynado, Brenda • The Rock Eaters: Stories (Gary K. Wolfe)
Payseur, Charles • The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories (Rich Horton)
Powers, Richard • Bewilderment (Ian Mond)
Reynolds, Alastair • Inhibitor Phase (Russell Letson)
Rountree, Josh • Fantastic Americana (Rich Horton)
Sebastian, Laura • Half Sick of Shadows (Maya C. James)
Spiner, Brent • Fan Fiction (Alethea Kontis)
Suri, Tasha • The Jasmine Throne (Maya C. James)
Turnbull, Cadwell • No Gods, No Monsters (Gary K. Wolfe)