Locus Award Nominees on BookBanter

The Locus Award nominations are out, and I’m glad to say that a number of authors have been interviewed on BookBanter, as well as books reviewed.  The nomination list is below, and where applicable, linked to the interview and/or review.

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
  • Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • Drood, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
  • Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  • Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)

First Novel

  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • The Manual of Detection, Jedediah Berry (Penguin)
  • Soulless, Gail Carriger (Orbit US)
  • Lamentation, Ken Scholes (Tor)
  • Norse Code, Greg van Eekhout (Ballantine Spectra)

Young-Adult Novel

  • The Hotel Under the Sand, Kage Baker (Tachyon)
  • Going Bovine, Libba Bray (Delacorte)
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic; Scholastic UK)
  • Liar, Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury; Allen & Unwin Australia)
  • Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)


  • The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
  • “Act One”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 3/09)
  • “Vishnu at the Cat Circus”, Ian McDonald (Cyberabad Days)
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima, James Morrow (Tachyon)
  • “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless)


  • “By Moonlight”, Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)
  • “It Takes Two”, Nicola Griffith (Eclipse Three)
  • “First Flight”, Mary Robinette Kowal ( 8/25/09)
  • “Eros, Philia, Agape”, Rachel Swirsky ( 3/3/09)
  • “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2)

Short Story

  • “The Pelican Bar”, Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
  • “An Invocation of Incuriosity”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
  • “Spar”, Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)
  • “Going Deep”, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 6/09)
  • “Useless Things”, Maureen F. McHugh (Eclipse Three)


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF


  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Pyr
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • Lovecraft Unbound, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
  • The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s)
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Subterranean)
  • Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)


  • We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • Wireless, Charles Stross (Ace, Orbit UK)
  • The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)
  • The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volumes 1-6, Roger Zelazny (NESFA)


  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Stephan Martinière
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-fiction/Art Book

  • Powers: Secret Histories, John Berlyne (PS)
  • Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
  • Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)
  • This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
  • Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, Charles Vess (Dark Horse)

“Shelter” by Lisa Glatt (Pear, 1999)


With her second book of poetry, published in 1999, Lisa Glatt has come a long way since Monsters and Other Lovers.  The first book was one of release and admittance; in Shelter Glatt has a lesson for you, and the moral of the book is read and learn.

In every poem there is a message to be read and understood: in some cases it is a warning, in others a piece of info you can either accept or ignore.

Within these sixty pages is also a collection of “if you” poems: “If You Have Sex With a Married Man,” “If You Have Sex With a Man Ten Years Your Junior,” “If You Have Sex With a Graying Guy,” and “If You Have Sex With a Stranger With One Ball.”

Emotions are alive in this book – there is laughter, but there is also pain.  While Shelter is not as dark as Glatt’s first book, it is in no ways inferior, revealing her further talents as a poet.

If you liked this review and are interested in purchasing this book, click here.

Originally published on February 25th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

“Monsters and Other Lovers” by Lisa Glatt (Pearl, 1996)

Monsters and Other Loversstarstarstarstar

You need something vibrant yet compelling to kick-start a career in poetry, and with Lisa Glatt’s debut book, she has done just that.  If you know Glatt pretty well, Monsters and Other Lovers will scare you; if you don’t know Glatt at all, the book will still scare you.

Published in 1996 and written over a period of many years before that, Glatt writes about what she knows and has experienced, albeit sad and horrifying in a mundane sort of way, it remains true and real.  Split into four parts that loosely tie in with significant changes in her life – her mother’s breast cancer, Glatt’s own accident as a young girl, her move to 69 Rose Street.  She even has some advice for impoverished writers with “I am Weird to the New Boys”: When you write for a living/and no one buys your words/canned food grows appetizing.”

Glatt is a fresh voice in this turbulent world of anger and pain, and she reminds us that even though life may be going to hell in a hand basket, there is still hope.

If you liked this review and are interested in purchasing this book, click here.

Originally published on February 28th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.