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» Washington Post’s 50 notable works of fiction (of 2012) include titles by G. Willow Wilson, Hari Kunzru, Tim Powers, Eowyn Ivey, Michael Chabon, and Junot Diaz

» Europa SF, the European Science Fiction Portal, has launched

» John Picacio has a Kickstarter campaign for a 2013 Calendar, through November 28th

» Odyssey Online Writing Classes has announced three courses beginning in January, with application deadlines in December

» Free online game: Planet Baen

» The University of Michigan Alumni magazine presents The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Genre [PDF]

» LA Review of Books: Lee Konstantinou on Anthony Burgess; re-posted at Salon as Why do Literaray Novelists Love Dystopias aka “When sci-fi went mainstream”

» Washington Post: Michael Dirda reviews Kurt Vonnegut’s letters

» NPR: Leigh Bardugo recalls Reading ‘Dune,’ My Junior-High Survival Guide

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from World Fantasy Con

» Scott Edelman also has WFC photos plus videos of readings by F. Brett Cox, Elizabeth Hand, and Robert Shearman

» One-time Locus reviewer Preston Grassmann has a story in Nature

» Morning Star: Matt Coward reviews David Brin, Graham Joyce, Eric Brown

» Publishers Weekly is out with its Best Books of 2012; the fiction list includes
Karen Thompson Walker and Junot Daz; the SF/F/H list has titles by Bennett, Jemisin, Johnson, Kosmatka, McKillip, Shinn, and the VanderMeers; the Children’s Fiction list includes titles by Libba Bay, Kristin Cashore, Margo Lanagan, Lois Lowry, Marissa Meyer, and Maggie Stiefvater; the Nonfiction list includes a title by Marina Warner

» Slate: Choire Sicha reviews Ursula K. Le Guin; “The incredible stories of Ursula Le Guin make arguments about genre seem foolish”

» Also at Slate: Jenny Hendrix reviews Philip Pullman’s Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

» Wall Street Journal: Tom Shippey reviews Benford & Niven’s Bowl of Heaven

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews Joe Abercrombie, James Lovegrove, Gardner Dozois

» David Langford’s Ansible 304

» NPR: Alan Cheuse reviews Karin Tidbeck’s Jagannath

» LA Review of Books: Leah Larson reviews Stephen Graham Jones’ Growing Up Dead in Texas

» CBC Books: Robert J. Sawyer on Five myths about science fiction writers

» China Daily on Ken Liu’s Hugo Award

» New York Times Book Review: Robin Wasserman reviews Lois Lowry’s Son, fourth volume in a series that began with The Giver, on the front page

» LA Times: Carolyn Kellogg reviews Justin Cronin’s The Twelve

» Ellen Datlow’s photos from the book launch of her and Terri Windling’s anthology After

» The American Scholar: Michael Dirda’s Castles in Space, on The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, past and present

» Barnes & Noble: Paul Di Filippo reviews American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s, edited by Gary K. Wolfe

» Eclipse Online is live, with an editorial by Jonathan Strahan and first story The Contrary Gardener by Christopher Rowe

» Michael Moorcock’s New Worlds is also live, though it requires registration to purchase issue #1

» New York Times Magazine profiles Justin Cronin and Lois Lowry

» Telegraph: David Langford briefly reviews G Willow Wilson, Iain M Banks, Peter F Hamilton, Peter Terrin, Luke Kennard

» Guardian: Eric Brown reviews G Willow Wilson, Kit Reed, Tad Williams, Mary Gentle

» LA Review of Books: Tim Pratt reviews Neal Barrett, Jr.’s Other Seasons

» Amazon’s Omnivoracious: Stephen Graham Jones and “Growing Up Dead in Texas”

» Discover Magazine: Kathleen Ann Goonan has a story in the October 2012 issue, though it’s not online

» NY Times profiles Justin Cronin

» Ruthless Culture: Jonathan McCalmont responds to Paul Kincaid’s essay about how science fiction has “lost the future”

» Sherry Gottlieb, once owner of A Change of Hobbit bookstore in LA, is asking for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help her make bail

» New online fiction venues just this week include Jonathan Strahan’s Eclipse Online, hosted by Night Shade Books, transitioning his anthology series to a two-stories per month free e-zine

» Next: Black Gate magazine is posting fiction weekly online, beginning 30 September, with first story by Jason E. Thummel

» And third: John Joseph Adams debuts horror zine Nightmare Magazine beginning this month

» Meanwhile, Strange Horizons has announced its 2012 Fund Drive

» David Langford’s Ansible 303

» Lovecraft eZine hosts a video chat with Ellen Datlow

» LA Review of Books has reviews by Erin Horkov of Kij Johnson’s At the Mouth of the River of Bees, and by Gary Dalkin of Kathleen Ann Goonan’s In War Times and This Shared Dream

» Gallery 55 in Natick MA has a Richard Powers exhibit hosted by Baldwin Hill Art and Framing, through Oct. 7th

» B&N: Paul Di Filippo reviews Roald Dahl

» The FictionMags Index has been updated by index-meister William G. Contento

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This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 19 November 2012  |  Monitor

Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatrill's Alliance and Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight debut on print lists.

Gwenda Bond reviews David Levithan's Every Day

Sunday 18 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2012 issue

Levithan resists the easy, the overly comforting, and in doing so manages a breathtaking and honest exploration of what love means.

New in Paperback: November

Saturday 17 November 2012  |  Monitor

Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole and titles by Asaro, Baxter, Benulis, Conroy, Huff, Ivey, Jablokov, Koja, Mitsuse, Revis, and Rosen

Paul Di Filippo reviews Anna Tambour

Friday 16 November 2012  |  Reviews

Special to Locus Online

With the appearance of her new novel, Crandolin, she will surely register Richter-powerful on the delighted synapses of all patrons of weird, funny fabulism.

Locus Bestsellers, November

Thursday 15 November 2012  |  Magazine

Bestsellers from specialty bookstores are led by George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons and A Game of Thrones, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, and books by Michael A. Martin and R.A. Salvatore

Gary K. Wolfe reviews Karin Tidbeck

Wednesday 14 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's October 2012 issue

Her collection Jagannath includes eleven stories, mostly translated from the Swedish ... It's a slim volume, and some of the stories are only a few pages long, but it's not quite like anything you've seen, even though you may hear vague echoes of everyone from Kafka to Borges to Tove Jansson.

New Books : 13 November

Tuesday 13 November 2012  |  Monitor

Joe Abercrombie's Red Country, Elizabeth Hand's collection Errantry, Nancy Kress' YA novel Flash Point, nonfiction by Michael Andre-Driussi, and other titles by Condie, Crawford & Boston, Fukui, Howard, Johnson, Lackey & Mallory, Moers, Priest, Souders, Williams, and Yolen

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 12 November 2012  |  Monitor

Karen Marie Moning's Iced and Orson Scott Card's Ruins debut on print lists.

Tim Pratt: On the Side of Wonder

Sunday 11 November 2012  |  Perspectives

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

People say, "How do you run a successful Kickstarter?" and I reply, "Have a thriving career in traditional publishing for ten years first." You can't crowdfund if you don't have a crowd. Some people do manage to come out of nowhere and make millions self-publishing, but those are rare outliers.

Periodicals: mid-November

Saturday 10 November 2012  |  Monitor

New issues of Analog, Apex, Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Nightmare

Locus Magazine's New & Notable Books, November

Friday 9 November 2012  |  Magazine

November New and Notable books include Cory Doctorow's Pirate Cinema, Iain M. Banks' The Hydrogen Sonata, John Varley's Slow Apocalypse, and other titles by Barrett, Blaylock, Datlow & Windling, Hamilton, McDonald, McKillip, Pratchett, Rabuzzi, Sanderson, Silverberg, Williams, and Wolfe

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early November

Thursday 8 November 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the new issues of Clarkesworld, Apex Magazine, Bourbon Penn, Three-lobed Burning Eye, GigaNotoSaurus, and The New Yorker, plus a novella by Robert Reed

Faren Miller reviews Lois McMaster Bujold

Wednesday 7 November 2012  |  Reviews

From Locus Magazine's November 2012 issue

A fast-paced narrative that can extend as far as the schemes of warring empires, then shrink back to the private intimacies of lovers no with no mind to the future.

New Books : 6 November

Tuesday 6 November 2012  |  Monitor

Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight, Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick's The Cassandra Project, Allen Steele's Apollo's Outcasts, and other titles by Baxter, Caine, Collins, Cooper, Crilley, Davis, Harper, Huff, Marillier, Monk, Resnick (Laura), Shinn, Spoor, and Taylor & Osborn

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 5 November 2012  |  Monitor

Ally Condie's Reached, third in her Matched trilogy, debuts on's list.

Gregory Benford: Dynamic Control

Sunday 4 November 2012  |  Perspectives

Excerpts from Locus Magazine's November Issue interview.

How come you can't open the unconscious and look at it? I try to see things from the evolutionary perspective: why did that evolve? Not being able to tell what you're thinking: how can that be adaptive? But it is. I think the brain needs to be left alone to work. Every writer will understand this.

Periodicals: early November

Saturday 3 November 2012  |  Monitor

Weird Tales returns, with a new editor; plus, new issues of Abyss & Apex, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, GigaNotoSaurus, Jupiter, and SF Site

Cory Doctorow: The Internet of the Dead

Friday 2 November 2012  |  Perspectives

From Locus Magazine's November Issue.

I'm giving hard thought to what I'd like done with my drives when I go. The passwords for my encrypted disks are on deposit with lawyers I trust, but having tried to make sense of someone else's lifetime of data, I've realized that I've barely begun to think this through.

November Issue Table of Contents

Thursday 1 November 2012  |  Magazine

The November issue features interviews with Gregory Benford and Tim Pratt, a new column by Cory Doctorow, and reviews of short fiction and new books by Hannu Rajaniemi, Lois McMaster Bujold, Iain M. Banks, Stephen King & Stewart O'Nan, David Levithan, and many others.

Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, late October

Wednesday 31 October 2012  |  Reviews

Reviews of stories in the latest issues of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, Kaleidotrope,, Lightspeed, and Black Gate

New Books : 30 October

Tuesday 30 October 2012  |  Monitor

Karin Tidbeck's collection Jagannath, other collections by Elizabeth Bear and Robert Shearman, Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword, and other novels by Brom, Card, Chan, Cobley, Griffin, Hawk, Henry, Hurley, Jeter & Jones, Kent, Long, Painter, Shepherd, and Williams, and an anthology from Ekaterina Sedia

This Week's Bestsellers

Monday 29 October 2012  |  Monitor

Justin Cronin's The Twelve, Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword, and Gregory Benford & Larry Niven's Bowl of Heaven debut

Periodicals: late October

Sunday 28 October 2012  |  Monitor

What's new with Albedo One, Dreams and Nightmares, and Eclipse Online

"Somber and Silly Symphonies": A Review of Cloud Atlas
by Gary Westfahl

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