The May 2021 issue of Location has talks with Nnedi Okorafor and Nghi Vo and a spotlight on the Spanish magazine Windumanoth. News includes Ballot for the 2021 Hugo Awards, changes to the Worldcon 2021 dates and location, The promotion of Pillai to the head of Tor, Acquisition of HMH by News Corp, Stine’s Philip K. Dick Award win, Jones Bradbury Prize to win, BSFA Winners, and more. Photo reports cover the 2021 International Conference on Fantastic in the Arts and Norwescon 43. Cory doctorowThe column by is titled “Qualia” and a special article by Douglas F. Dluzen and Christopher Mark Rose examines “seasonal biases in speculative fiction award nominations”. Obituaries remember John C. Pelan, Wanda June Alexander, and Margaret wander bonanno. Reviews cover new titles by P. Djèlí Clark, Sarah Pinsker, Zen Cho, Karin Tidbeck, Nick Mamatas, Katherine Addison, T. Kingfisher, Django Wexler, Alexandra Oliva, Robbie Arnott, Natasha Pulley, Sam Riviere, Priyanka Champaneri, Patrick Allington, Nino Cipri, Kate Milford , Kosoko Jackson, Anna Carey, Nadia Afifi, Joe R. Lansdale, Rivers Solomon, Namina Forna, Bruce Sterling, David Brin, and others.
BOARD of CONTENT
May 2021 • Number 724 • Vol. 86 • No. 5
54th year of publication • 30 times winner of Hugo
Cover and interview designs by Francesca Myman
Nnedi Okorafor: it’s his / ten
Nghi Vo: Stories about stories / 28
MAIN STORIES / 5
Hugo 2021 Award Bulletins • Worldcon 2021 changes dates and location • News Corp to acquire HMH • Stine wins PKD award • Pillai as head of Tor • Jones wins Bradbury award • BSFA award winners • Aurealis award finalists
THE DATA FILE / 7
American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards • International Booker Prize Selection List • Westercon 73 Canceled • GRRM Signs HBO Deal • Beagle Regains Intellectual Property • Audie Prize Winners • Prometheus Prize Finalists • Amazing stories paused • Magazine News • Edition News • List of B&N Children’s YA Book Awards Finalists • Announcements • Serial Box Becomes The Kingdom • International Client Gallery Relaunch • Failed Home Buyers Campaign Tolkien • L’Engle Library Auctioned for Charity • Global Convention News • Royal Mail Classic Sci-Fi Stamps • Awards News • SFWA News • Financial News • International Rights • Audio Rights • Publications Received
PEOPLE AND EDITION / 8
Notes on milestones, awards, books sold, and more, with news on this issue Jean-Claude Mourlevat, JRR Tolkien, Margaret atwood & Douglas Preston, Mark Lawrence, Sarah J. Maas, and many more
Comment from Cory Doctorow: Qualia / 26 Seasonal biases in speculative fiction award nominations by Douglas F. Deluzen and Christopher Mark Rose / 33 Spotlight on Windumanoth / 34
2021 International Conference on Fantastic in the Arts / 30 Norwescon 43 / 32
Magazines received: March / 35 Books received: March / 36 British pounds received: February / 44 Bestsellers / 46
OBITUARIES / 57
John C. Pelan • Appreciation of Brian Keene • Wanda june alexander • Margaret wander bonanno
LOCUS LETTERS / 57
EDITORIAL QUESTIONS / 58
Return to normal • Location assignments • This number / next number
LOCATION LOOK AT THE BOOKS
Rich Horton’s Short Fiction Film Reviews / 13
Astonishing 3-4 / 21; Strange tales # 364; Pulp Literature Winter ’21; Fusion Fragment 3/21; Edge of the galaxy 3/21; The New Yorker 3/8/21.
Reviews of Short Fiction Films by Karen Burnham / 14
Clarkesworld 3/21; Under ceaseless skies 02/25/21, 03/11/21; Speed of light 3/21; Tor.com 3/3/21, 3/24/21; Strange horizons 3/1/21, 3/15/21; Giganotosaurus 2/21, 3/21; Quarterly departure mirror Winter ’21; Flash Fiction Online 3/21.
Review by Gary K. Wolfe / 16
A master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark; We are satellites, Sarah Pinsker; Black Water Sister, Zen Cho; The theater of memory, Karin Tidbeck; The son of the planetbreaker, Nick Mamatas.
Liz Bourke’s Review / 18
The witness of the dead, Katherine Addison; Paladin’s strength, T. Kingfisher; Hard restart, Django Wexler.
Katharine Coldiron’s Review / 19
Do not forget me, Alexandra Oliva; The rain heron, Robbie Arnott; Kingdoms, Natasha Pulley.
Review by Ian Mond / 20
Dead souls, Sam Rivière; The city of the good death, Priyanka Champaneri; Rise & Shine, Patrick Allington; Defekt, Nino Cipri.
Review by Colleen Mondor / 22
The commonplace book of the Raconteur, Kate Milford; Yesterday is history, Kosoko Jackson; This is not the Jess Show, Anna Carey.
Gabino Iglesias Review / 23
The Sentient, Nadia Afifi; Dinosaur fishing and other stories, Joe R. Lansdale.
Comments from Divers Hands: Paula Guran, Maya C. James, Russell Letson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro / 24
Sorrowland, Rivers Solomon; The golden ones, Namina Forna; Robot artists and black swans: the Italian stories of Fantascienza, Bruce Sterling; Vivid Tomorrows: On Science Fiction and Hollywood, David Brin.
Terry Bisson: This Month in History / 13, 17, 21, 25
Magazines reviewed in this issue (indicating reviewer) –
Under an incessant sky 02/25/21 (Karen Burnham)
Under an incessant sky 03/11/21 (Karen Burnham)
Clarkesworld 03/21 (Karen Burnham)
Quarterly departure mirror Winter 21 (Karen Burnham)
Flash Fiction Online 03/21 (Karen Burnham)
Fusion Fragment 03/21 (Rich Horton)
Edge of the galaxy 03/21 (Rich Horton)
Giganotosaurus 02/21 (Karen Burnham)
Giganotosaurus 03/21 (Karen Burnham)
Speed of light 03/21 (Karen Burnham)
The New Yorker 03/08/21 (Rich Horton)
Pulp Literature Winter 21 (Rich Horton)
Strange horizons 03/01/21 (Karen Burnham)
Strange horizons 03/15/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 03/03/21 (Karen Burnham)
Tor.com 03/24/21 (Karen Burnham)
Astonishing 3-4 / 21 (Rich Horton)
Strange tales # 364 (Rich Horton)