Locus (magazine)

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Locus: The Magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field, founded in 1968, is an American magazine published monthly in Oakland, California. It is the news organ and trade journal for the English-language science fiction and fantasy fields.[1] It also publishes comprehensive listings of all new books published in the genres (excluding self-published).[2] The magazine also presents the annual Locus Awards. Locus Online was launched in April 1997, as a semi-autonomous web version of Locus Magazine.

EditorLiza Groen Trombi
Founded1968; 56 years ago (1968)
CountryUnited States
Based inOakland, California



Charles N. Brown, Ed Meskys, and Dave Vanderwerf founded Locus in 1968 as a news fanzine to promote the (ultimately successful) bid to host the 1971 World Science Fiction Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally intended to run only until the site-selection vote was taken at St. Louiscon, the 1969 Worldcon in St. Louis, Missouri, Brown decided to continue publishing Locus as a mimeographed general science fiction and fantasy newszine. Locus succeeded the monthly newszine Science Fiction Times (formerly Fantasy Times, founded 1941), when SFT ceased publication in 1970. Brown directed Locus as publisher and editor-in-chief for more than 40 years, from 1968 until his death at age 72 in July 2009.[1][3]

Locus announced that the magazine would continue operations, with then executive editor Liza Groen Trombi succeeding Brown as editor-in-chief in 2009.[4] The magazine is now owned by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation.[5]

Locus publishes:[3][6][7]

  • 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 two 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, Jonathan Strahan, Adrienne Martini, Russell Letson, Gwenda Bond, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Carolyn Cushman, Karen Burnham, and Richard Lupoff plus short fiction reviews by Gardner Dozois and Rich Horton[8][9]
  • A bimonthly commentary column by Cory Doctorow
  • 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 three months)
  • Convention reports, with many photos
  • Annual year-in-review coverage, with extensive recommended reading lists and the annual Locus Poll and Survey
  • Letters and classified ads

Locus Online


Locus Online (founded 1997)[10] is the online component of Locus Magazine. It publishes news briefs related to the science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing world, along with original reviews and feature articles, and excerpts of articles that appeared in the print edition.[3] Information for Locus Online is compiled and edited by Mark R. Kelly.[11] In 2002, Locus Online won the first Hugo Award for Best Web Site.[12] It was nominated again in 2005.[13] In January 2016, longtime short-fiction reviewer Lois Tilton announced her resignation. She wrote, "Without consulting or informing me, they had begun deleting material they considered negative from my reviews. To me, this is censorship and completely unacceptable."[14] It was later clarified by Locus that the edits were not intended to be made to work already published, but rather going forward, to future reviews. None of her past columns were changed, she was paid for the unpublished work, and the relationship ended amicably.[15]

Locus Awards


Awarded annually since 1971, the Locus Awards are voted on by the readership of Locus magazine.[16] Developed initially as a reading list for the Hugo Awards,[17] they have since come to be considered a prestigious prize in science fiction, fantasy and horror literature.[18][19]

Science Fiction Awards Database


Known previously as the Locus Index to SF Awards, the Science Fiction Awards Database (SFADB) is an index of science fiction, fantasy and horror awards compiled by Mark R. Kelly. It is often more up-to-date than the awards' own websites (according to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction),[3] and has received praise from editors and authors of SF.[20][21]



Locus has won many Hugo Awards, first the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine, and then in 1984 when the new category "Best Semiprozine" was established. As of 2012, Locus won the award for "Best Fanzine" eight times and for "Best Semiprozine" 22 times during the category's first 29 years. In 2012 "Best Semiprozine" was redefined to exclude all small, independent genre magazines as "professional publications" if they had either "(1) provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or, (2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner."; this included Locus.[22] There is no longer a "Professional Magazine" Hugo Award; that original category was replaced in 1973 by the current "Best Editor."[3][23]

See also



  1. ^ a b Clute, John (September 2, 2009). "Charles N. Brown: Sci-Fi enthusiast and founder of 'Locus' magazine". The Independent. London, England. Obituaries. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  2. ^ Aversa, Elizabeth. Miller, Cynthia J. Perrault, Anna. Wohlmuth, Sonia Ramirez.Information Resources in the Humanities and the Arts, 6th Edition. p. 161.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nicholls, Peter; David Langford. "Locus". In Clute, John; et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (3rd ed.). Gollancz. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "Charles N. Brown, 1937–2009". Locus Online. July 13, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  5. ^ "Working to Promote and Preserve Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror". Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Kleckner Keefe, Karen (September 23, 2011). "Web Crush of the Week: Locus Online". The Booklist Reader. American Library Association. Archived from the original on June 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "About". Locus Magazine. April 21, 2010. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "Staff". Locus Online. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Index to Locus Magazine". Locus Online. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Locus Online: About the Website". Locus Online. September 5, 2017. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Dozois, Gardner, ed. (July 5, 2011). The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection. St. Martin's Publishing Group. ISBN 9781429983068.
  12. ^ "2002 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. July 26, 2007. Archived from the original on July 29, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  13. ^ "2005 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. July 24, 2007. Archived from the original on June 29, 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  14. ^ Glyer, Mike (January 10, 2016). "Lois Tilton Leaves Locus Online". File 770.
  15. ^ Glyer, Mike (January 11, 2016). "Locus Responds to Tilton Departure". File 770. Retrieved December 30, 2020.
  16. ^ Langford, David. "Locus Award". In Clute, John; et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction] (3rd ed.). Gollancz. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  17. ^ "Locus Awards". Science Fiction Awards Database. Locus Science Fiction Foundation. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  18. ^ Schaub, Michael (June 26, 2018). "Locus Award winners include N.K. Jemisin, Victor LaValle and John Scalzi". The Los Angeles Times.
  19. ^ Flood, Allison (June 27, 2016). "Locus awards go to Ann Leckie, Naomi Novik and other stars". The Guardian.
  20. ^ "In Praise of.. The Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards". SF Gateway. Orion Publishing Group. March 13, 2013.
  21. ^ Walton, Jo (2018). "Conclusion". An Informal History of the Hugos. Tor Books. p. 571.
  22. ^ "Hugo Award Categories". The Hugo Awards. World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  23. ^ Langford, David; Peter Nicholls (writer); Cheryl Morgan. "Hugo". In Clute, John; et al. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (3rd ed.). Gollancz. Retrieved September 11, 2021.