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April 2016 Locus Now on Sale

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

Locus April 2016-smallI let my subscription to Locus lapse last year as a cost-savings measure (I subscribe to too many magazines), and that proved to be a big mistake. I told myself I could still buy the occasional issue when they caught my eye on newsstands. Turns out Locus is pretty eye-catching. I’ve spent far more than what a subscription would have cost me buying up individual issues. This year, I won’t make that mistake. I’m signing up for a subscription this month.

The April Locus is packed with great stuff, including interviews with Paolo Bacigalupi and Tim Pratt, a column by Kameron Hurley, a report on SF in Cuba, and reviews of short fiction and books by Eleanor Arnason, Ken Liu, Betsy James, Judith Merril, Austin Grossman, Cathy Fenner, and many others. In addition to all the news, features, and regular columns, there’s also the indispensable listings of Magazines Received, Books Received, British Books Received, and Bestsellers. Plus Letters, and an editorial. See the complete contents here.

The big change I noticed with the latest issue is that the magazine has gone to glossy, full-cover interiors — and it looks great. All those books thumbnails look terrific in color.

We last covered Locus with the February 2015 issue. Locus is edited by Liza Groen Trombi, and published monthly by Locus Publications. The issue is 62 pages, priced at $7.50. Subscriptions are $63 for 12 issues in the US. Subscribe online here. The magazine’s website, run as a separate publication by Mark R. Kelly, is a superb online resource. It is here.

See our Mid-April Fantasy Magazine Rack here, and all of our recent Magazine coverage here.


  1. I share your pain on the cost cutting John but the resistance is futile with covers that they have in these times. I’m going to try to make more money so that I can support my habit. I hope you can do the same.

    Comment by Wild Ape - April 28, 2016 7:30 pm

  2. I know what you mean about those awesome magazine covers, Ape.

    And one good thing about magazines — at least they’re cheaper than books!

    Comment by John ONeill - April 28, 2016 11:30 pm

  3. The glossy pages are not as sauna-friendly as the old ones. Sure, better photos, but hotter against bare skin. (My protest has been duly noted by at least one staffer. :-)

    Comment by Jeff Stehman - April 29, 2016 5:30 pm

  4. Man, a subscription to this sounds oh so tempting.

    Comment by Zeta Moore - April 30, 2016 12:43 pm

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