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Mar 3 2015 12:00pm

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 222: Forthcoming Books with Locus Magazine’s Liza Trombi

Locus Magazine March 2015 Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

We are always on the look-out for new and exciting books to read, and always want to know what we should keep an eye out for. For years we’ve relied on Locus’s quarterly Forthcoming Books issues as a guide on what to look for.

One of the very earliest ideas for the Coode Street Podcast was that each month we’d sit down and discuss the newest issue of Locus. That didn’t happen, but hopefully this is the start of a new series where, once every three months, we sit down with Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Trombi to discuss what’s new and exciting, and what we all should be looking for in the months ahead. Our thanks to Liza for making time to record the podcast. The March issue of Locus is on sale now.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Feb 1 2015 8:35am

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see fifteen stories on the list this year!

[Read more]

Jun 29 2014 9:22am

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Winners

Locus Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Locus Awards last night in Seattle, WA. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! 

We are especially honored that Tor Books won for Best Publisher and Ellen Datlow for Best Editor!

[All the winners and nominees below]

May 7 2014 8:07pm

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 27-29, 2014. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees! 

We are honored to see Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages’s “Wakulla Springs” and  Jeffrey Ford’s “A Terror” nominated in the short fiction categories, as well as our editors Ellen Datlow and Ann VanderMeer, and nominated for Best Magazine! 

[Read more]

Feb 1 2014 8:40am

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see eleven stories on the list!

[Read more]

Feb 1 2013 3:40pm

Congrats to Tor Authors Included in Locus’s 2012 Recommended Reading List!

Locus Magazine has just released their annual Recommended Reading List, looking back at science fiction and fantasy published in the previous year. We’re happy to report it features several authors of original stories as well as books published by Tor Books! The list was compiled by an array of SF industry professionals and Locus editors.

Congrats to and Tor authors! Check out the list of recommendations below.

[List of included Tor authors]

Nov 27 2012 3:30pm

Vote In Locus Magazine’s All-Centuries Poll!

From Locus Online

Locus Online is hosting, during the month of November 2012, a poll for the best novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries, the first such poll Locus has conducted since those hosted by the Magazine in 1975, 1987, and 1998 (with an online supplemental poll in 1999). The scope for this poll is the 20th century, 1901 to 2000, and the first decade of the 21st century, 2001 to 2010.

There are five categories in each century: SF novel, fantasy novel, novella, novelette, and short story. For 20th century categories, you may vote for up to 10 items in each category; for 21st century categories, you have the usual 5 items in each. Results will be scored based on rank, so that a 1st place vote is worth twice as much as a 5th or 10th place vote, but not 5 times or 10 times as much. 

The ballot is only live through November 30th. Check it out here.

Jun 28 2012 9:00am

Morning Roundup: Scandal! Neil DeGrasse Tyson Spotted with Pluto

We saw this news over on Facebook on the regularly amusing I F**king Love Science, and we had to share it with you. A little shocking, we know, but desire has no physical or quantum limits. Also, we’ve seen the Forbidden Planet pictures and they are HOT.

Your offsite links contain minor scandals.

Today’s highlights include:

  1. Ant-Man is coming?
  2. Tyler Perry is headed for space.
  3. A supposed, less-violent Starship Troopers.

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May 1 2012 5:45pm

2012 Science Fiction Hall Fame Inductees

Science Fiction Hall of FameLocus Magazine has announced the 2012 Inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

In Seattle Washington, on June 9th, Joe Haldeman, James Tiptree Jr., James Cameron, and Virgil Finlay will be inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. The weekend will serve as a ceremony which will see the re-opening of the Icons of Science Fiction display at Experience Music Project Museum.

Exhibits at the museum include a James Cameron Avatar display, props from Star Trek, Battlestar Galatica, and more. Details here.

Feb 2 2012 6:00pm

Check Out the Locus Recommending Reading List of 2011

Need some recommendations? The Locus Recommended Reading List for 2011 has just been released. This list covers everything from SFF novels to short fiction to art books, and can help you get caught up on anything you might have missed in the last calendar year. Congratulations to everyone and a great big thank you to Locus Online for including some stories in the mix!

Macmillan titles in general have a great showing amongst the recommendations. Full list below the cut.

[Titles below]

Apr 7 2011 1:24pm

2011 Science Fiction Hall of Famers Announced

Science Fiction Hall of FameLocus Magazine has announced the 2011 Inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In a ceremony to take place during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend (June 24th-26th in Seattle, WA), the Hall will induct Harlan Ellison, Vincent Di Fate, Moebius, and Gardner Dozois.

In addition to the Awards Banquet (hosted by Connie Willis) the weekend will also feature a kick-off party hosted by Clarion West, which will honor author Paul Park. During the festivities the SF Museum will be featuring exhibits on Battestar Galactica and Avatar.

The Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KCSFFS) founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1996 in conjunction with the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Created in 1971, the KCSFFS fosters interest in the literary forms known as science fiction and fantasy, and is one of the oldest science fiction clubs in mid-America.

Complete information, schedules, and tickets are available here.

Feb 17 2011 5:07pm

Excerpts From Every 2010 Locus-Recommended Macmillan Novel

Locus Magazine Year in ReviewIn the annual Year-in-Review issue, Locus also recommends books from the previous year. You’ve heard of “books,” yes? We do some of those.

Here are links to sample chapters from the various books on the Locus list that were published in 2010 by companies and imprints in the Macmillan group:

In addition, the following Macmillan-published anthologies appeared on the Locus list:

  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Edition ed. Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s)
  • Warriors ed. George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (Tor)

Congratulations to all!

Dec 8 2010 3:47pm

Locus Magazine Heading Online

Locus Magazine onlinePremier science fiction magazine Locus is going to start offering their magazine entirely online beginning with this January’s issue #600!

The special issue includes commentary from Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Cheryl Morgan, Mur Lafferty, Niall Harrison, and others.

From Locus regarding file and reader formats: “Subscriptions will be available in, at minimum, PDF format and we hope to have e-pub and Kindle versions also. We plan to primarily distribute through our own website, though we will be looking into other distribution options as well. Many of our readers have requested digital editions, and we are excited to be able to offer this alternative.”

Check out the announcement for more information.

Jun 26 2010 7:30pm

2010 Locus awards announced

The 2010 Locus awards, voted on by the readers of Locus, the magazine of the professional science fiction and fantasy field, were announced today in Seattle, Washington. Congratulations to the winners!

[Click for the winners!]

Feb 19 2010 11:28am


Nearly a third—seven out of 22—of’s original stories published in 2009 made this year’s annual Locus recommended-reading list:

In addition, Rachel Swirsky’s “A Memory of Wind” is among the just-announced finalists for this year’s Nebula Award.

Our congratulations to all of these authors!

Jun 29 2009 6:51pm

Web Round-Up, Now With International Flavor

[After the cut, allergy-fighting rice and writing advice. Say that ten times fast!]

Apr 29 2009 11:39am

2009 Locus Award Finalists Announced!

Congratulations to all the nominees! Two stories made the final nominations: John Scalzi’s “After the Coup” for Short Story and Cory Doctorow’s “The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange” for Novelette. Here is the official Locus announcement. The awards will be presented at the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle, June 26-27th.


* Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK)
* City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Gollancz, Del Rey)
* Marsbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace)
* Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)
* Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross (Orbit, Ace)


* The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
* Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
* The Bell at Sealey Head, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
* The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
* An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe (Tor)


* Thunderer, Felix Gilman (Bantam Spectra)
* Black Ships, Jo Graham (Orbit US)
* Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Ballantine Del Rey)
* The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann, Knopf)
* Singularity’s Ring, Paul Melko (Tor)


* Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
* The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Bloomsbury)
* Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf)
* Nation, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK, HarperCollins)
* Zoe’s Tale, John Scalzi (Tor)

[More nominees below the fold.]