Locus Magazine, Issue #667, August 2016

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Locus is the magazine of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing fields, with book reviews, author interviews, news, and listings.


Locus Issue # 667 (August 2016) features interviews with Nancy Kress and David D. Levine, a column by Kameron Hurley, reports on Locus Awards Weekend and Readercon, and reviews of short fiction and books by China Miéville, Jennifer Mason-Black, Jonathan Strahan, Matthew M. Bartlett, Walter Jon Williams, and many others.


Magazine Issues reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer)

Analog July/August 2016 (Rich Horton)
Asimov’s July 2016 (Rich Horton)
Beneath Ceaseless Skies May 2016 (Rich Horton)
Black Static May-Jun 2016 (Paula Guran)
Lightspeed June 2016 (Rich Horton)
Lightspeed July 2016 (Rich Horton)
Nightmare Magazine June 2016 (Paula Guran)
Nightmare Magazine July 2016 (Paula Guran)
The Dark June 2016 (Paula Guran)
The Dark July 2016 (Paula Guran)
Uncanny May/June 2016 (Paula Guran)

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

Abercrombie, Joe • Sharp Ends (Gary K. Wolfe)
Barnhill, Kelly • The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Carolyn Cushman)
Barnhill, Kelly • The Unlicensed Magician (Carolyn Cushman)
Bartlett, Matthew M. • Creeping Waves (John Langan)
Buehlman, Christopher • The Suicide Motor Club (John Langan)
Caine, Rachel • Paper and Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Carriger, Gail • Imprudence (Carolyn Cushman)
Charlton, Blake • Spellbreaker (Carolyn Cushman)
Cisco, Michael • The Wretch of the Sun (John Langan)
Crouch, Blake • Dark Matter (Adrienne Martini)
Cushman, Karen • Grayling’s Song (Carolyn Cushman)
Dann, Jack, ed. • Dreaming in the Dark (Rachel Swirsky)
Egan, Greg • The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred (Russell Letson)
Hunter, Faith • Blood of the Earth (Carolyn Cushman)
Johnson, Kij • The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe (Gary K. Wolfe)
Kadrey, Richard • The Perdition Score (Faren Miller)
Kowal, Mary Robinette • Ghost Talkers (Faren Miller)
Mason-Black, Jennifer • Devil and the Bluebird (Faren Miller)
Miéville, China • The Last Days of New Paris (Gary K. Wolfe)
Nassise, Joseph • Urban Allies (Carolyn Cushman)
Ryan, Anthony • The Waking Fire (Carolyn Cushman)
Schelly, Bill • Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary (Gary K. Wolfe)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. • Decision Points (Rich Horton)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas, ed. • Galactic Games (Rich Horton)
Slatter, Angela • Vigil (Faren Miller)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Drowned Worlds (Rich Horton)
Strahan, Jonathan, ed. • Drowned Worlds (Russell Letson)
Swanwick, Michael • Not So Much, Said the Cat (Gary K. Wolfe)
Tolmie, Sarah • Two Travelers (Rich Horton)
Wagers, K. B. • Behind the Throne (Liz Bourke)
Walton, Jo • Necessity (Gary K. Wolfe)
Wehunt, Michael • Greener Pastures (John Langan)
Williams, Walter Jon • Impersonations (Adrienne Martini)
Winter, Ariel S. • Barren Cove (Adrienne Martini)


About Locus:

Locus is the news magazine and trade journal for chain SF and fantasy buyers, independent bookstore SF and fantasy buyers, and independent distributors as well as librarians, editors, authors, publishing personnel, and interested readers. The magazine has been covering the SF and fantasy fields for over 40 years, and has won the Hugo Award, science fiction's premier honor, 30 times. The magazine's website, which contains a sampling of magazine content as well as additional genre news, media reviews, the Roundtable Blog, indexes of reviews and interviews published, the science fiction awards database, and much much more, can be found at Information about advertising in the magazine can be found at or on the website at

Our Quarterly Forthcoming Book issues (March, June, September, and December) usually sell out, and are used by librarians, bookstores, publishers, and readers to keep abreast of forthcoming titles. Each contains publishing schedules from the major genre publishers – big houses to small presses – for the next nine months.

Our February issue summarizes the previous year, and includes a highly regarded annual Recommended Reading List. The August issue has the Locus Awards, voted on by our readers from the best of the previous year. The October and November issues cover the World SF Convention and are constant back issue favorites. All issues have a list of the new books that month, a list of recommended books and bestsellers, and interviews with leading authors.