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Locus
Locus Magazine  ISBN/ITEM#: B00006KMAE
Date: 08 June 2007 List Price $32.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: Locus Online / Locus Staff /

Locus has long been the paper of record for the professional SF community, and each year only makes it more so. They also host a superb website for anyone interested in what's going on in written SF.

From release/information:

Locus Magazine, covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968, is a monthly 8 1/2 x 11'' magazine often with a bright red border. Locus publishes news of the Science Fiction publishing field with extensive reviews and listings of new science fiction books and magazines.

The magazine is published from Oakland, California. The publisher and editor-in-chief is Charles N. Brown.

Locus Magazine publishes:

  • News about the science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing field -- stories about publishers, awards, and conferences -- including The Data File, People & Publishing (rights sold, books sold, books resold, books delivered, publishing news, promotions; people news and photos about vacations, weddings, and births), and Obituaries
  • Interviews with well-known and up-and-coming writers (and sometimes editors and artists), usually 2 per issue
  • Reviews of new and forthcoming books, usually 20-25 per issue, by notable SF critics including Gary K. Wolfe, Faren Miller, Nick Gevers, Damien Broderick, Russell Letson, and Carolyn Cushman, plus short fiction reviews by Nick Gevers and Rich Horton.
  • Reports from around the world about the SF scenes in various countries
  • Listings of US and UK books and magazines published (monthly), bestsellers (monthly), and forthcoming books (every 3 months)
  • Convention Reports, with lots of photos
  • Annual year-in-review coverage, with extensive recommended reading lists and the annual Locus Poll and Survey
  • Letters and Classified ads


What They Say...

LOCUS is the only periodical I read from cover to cover. It is also the only magazine which makes me drop everything when it arrives...
--Arthur C. Clarke


I told my students...You have to subscribe to LOCUS!

--Connie Willis


Anyone whose interest in SF extends beyond reading it to wanting to read about it should be aware of LOCUS.

--The New York Times


LOCUS manages to be broad and deep at the same time. I appreciate the continuous contact with worldwide science fiction, the many viewpoints in the reviews, the lively and intelligent writing.

--Orson Scott Card


The sheer miracle of the production and survival of LOCUS in a field like ours never ceases to amaze me. It's essential reading in this house, and the closest thing we have to an international newszine.

--Terry Pratchett


LOCUS is now an intrinsic part of everything that science fiction is and does, a primary resource for innumerable enterprises, and a continuing source of information and entertainment.

--Michael Swanwick


Without LOCUS we would be groping around in the dark. But LOCUS is there, shining light into all the dark corners.

--Robert A. Heinlein

(Source: Locus)

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