Comments from a 2016 Locus Poll and Survey

August 1, 2016 - Kindle Unlimited

Here are comments, presented anonymously, submitted by electorate in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of a check were published in a magazine’s Jul issue; consult formula will seem in Aug issue.


A crony has a subscription and we examination his copies.

All good.

Anybody who doesn’t examination classical tough SF is not my kind; any entertainment that has many such people, or fatties, is something we wish to avoid.

As a reader, I’m take good pleasure in a ever-increasing farrago of a writers of scholarship novella and fantasy. I’m always anticipating new writers that we enjoy. At a same time, I’m withdrawal behind comparison writers who no longer seductiveness me.

Bravo and conclude you, Locus!

Continue to adore a repository as one of my primary information conduits and connectors to a field. It’s time for a grand new check of a readership – ask a fun doubt or on fun and argumentative subjects, and run with it.

Enjoyed final year’s Locus Awards Ceremony, yet will skip this one, alas!!

Essential to someone operative in a field; yet a examination selections are rather eccentric.

Glad we found this, unequivocally conclude your mag!

Good stuff, folks!

Hello from France !

I indeed examination a integrate of initial novels we liked, that astounded me! we don’t examination those unequivocally mostly these days, yet these were strongly urged on me and we was agreeably surprised. I’ve been reading e-books for about a year now and they’re starting to form a immeasurable cube of my “book” shopping in general, yet we still buy some-more genre in imitation form than e-book. I’m shopping a lot of a aged classics in e-book (i.e., Ye Olde Deade Whyte Guys, like Twain, Shakespeare, Mary Shelley (;)) and some of a comparison sf/f/h titles as well. The “Great Distemper of 2015” left me with a lifeless pain behind my eyes and reminded me given we ducked out of a fannish aspects of SF 20 years ago or so. we fervently wish it goes divided soon. we examination some-more and favourite some-more of what we examination final year. There contingency be something wrong with me! (innocentlookicon) I’m perplexing unequivocally tough to work adult my middle “Hey we kids, get off my lawn!” opinion about a state of SF, yet we can’t.

I am so blissful that we are still book this magazine. we demeanour brazen to it.

I am astounded during how many renouned authors, publishers and artists we do not embody in your idea lists. we find that unequivocally odd.

I steal many SF/F books and e-books from a library yet that’s not reflected in any questions in a survey. Please arrange stories by title, not author.

I buy a satisfactory volume of my tough duplicate from crowdsourcing and also support a array of magazines by crowdfunding and Patreon. You cunning wish to embody those questions subsequent year for where buy.

I could not be a reader yet my library.

I didn’t examination all of a selections yet chose authors we routinely enjoy, contemptible –

I do roughly all my reading in e-book form now, and we buy several e-books a week. we am also a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. The usually imitation books we buy new these days, we buy directly from their authors; that has a reward of vouchsafing me get sealed copies.

I do not agree to my personal sum to be used for any functions other than opinion entertainment for this award, and unequivocally not to be sold, given or expelled to 3rd parties or other tools of your possess company. All authorised pill will be sought if this occurs. we also find it humiliating how resourceful this check was in a entries displayed. This check is ostensible to learn a seductiveness of a village whatever it cunning be, not to figure it. A truly reliable information gourmet should not have a pre determined preference, that they are attempting to endorse (or that causes them to boomerang in startle when a ubiquitous open fails to endorse it). we wish your organization tries to be as truly consummate as probable into a future, and not usually ‘inclusive’ to your elite in-group. Future actions to serve marginalise fans who do not have strictly authorised preferences/tastes would be generally disheartening. As a churned competition paraplegic who leans middle/right politically and is for individualism over collectivism, we feel heavily marginalised by your practices, given by your metrics we should not exist. Or we should be a label house cut out that courteously allows people like we to do all my vocalization for me.

I don’t possess a dedicated ebook reader, given we use my intelligent phone. Maybe we should correct those questions to try to constraint how many people are reading ebooks contra paper copies.

I suffer any emanate of Locus. we generally suffer a reviews and books to come.

I have enjoyed Locus repository for over thirty years. we find it a best, many informative, and many usually scholarship novella examination repository around, possibly in imitation or online. It is one of a best laid out also, it is not as treacherous as others to find what we want.

I have macular lapse and can’t examination printed publications anymore. we get many of my audio SF from Braille Institute for free, yet we do buy some unequivocally new things from

I have examination some unequivocally good sf in a final few years. I’ve been reading sf for 50 years (since we was 8-10 yr. old) and after my initial decade’s detonate of reading works from a field’s (then) benefaction and past, it’s a past 20 years, including generally a past 2-3 years, that have supposing to me a best sf reading (and tv!) of my life. (sorry for a run-on sentence, yet I’ve been unequivocally astounded during this development) The huge accumulation facilitated by a internet has finally (finally!) innate a fruit of huge accumulation and new authors that has done me examination any emanate of Locus to find out what’s out there with an enterprising expectation that we had lost. Bravo to a sf/f/h margin for expanding a perspective of a destiny to embody worlds of good fun and consternation grounded in story and mystery. (also, my internal open library is great, and lets me examination many works so that we can make sensitive decisions about what to buy)

I haven’t examination any passed tree books given we got my initial iPad. Which was a day they were 1st released. Best invention ever!

I demeanour brazen to any issue, examination it, afterwards pass it on to a crony who can’t means his possess copy. Since we bought an i-pad, I’ve started shopping anthologies to examination on it, yet we still buy novels, etc, in paper. I’ll see we during universe con.

I adore LOCUS. It’s a best ever.

I adore a digital edition.

I adore a paper chronicle of Locus, and we unequivocally wish that this repository continues into a foreseeable future. Thank we for doing such a smashing pursuit with a magazine, and for gripping it alive and well. :)

I adore we guys, yet as you’re operative toward, we need a bolder online presence. If we cost it nicely, we cruise publishers can assistance support a growth.

I examination about 60% SF and 40% story and chronological biography.

I examination Locus cover to cover monthly, maybe usually skimming a fear reviews and some-more data-oriented sections (new books and such).

I examination a reviews

I comprehend it looks peculiar for an zealous reader to have so few votes tallied; we dislike brief stories and mostly don’t hear about books until they’ve been out for a year or two, so a lot of what we examination isn’t eligible.

I unequivocally like Locus yet I’m a slow plant of six-figure-advance envy…

I cruise Locus is awesome, and yet I’m not a subscriber, we buy it from time to time when I’m in London and go to Forbidden Planet. Thanks for using a poll!

I used to buy millions of books–but afterwards we started drowning in them, so now we use a library whenever possible. (Also I’m OLD so we don’t have a income to spend that we did when my father was employed too. ALSO we can’t find my Locus array given we don’t have a mailer. Damn!

I wish someone during Locus was profitable courtesy to Douglas Nicholas, has published 3 books in a smashing chronological expectation series. we don’t know given Martha Wells never gets listed in a Locus endorsed list, she is essay during a tip of a field. we adore a cosmetic mailers/mailing service, haven’t missed an emanate given we switched mailing services.

I wish we would change a talk format — stringing together decontextualized quotes from a thesis does not work well, in my opinion.

I would adore to concede to Locus digitally, yet we don’t wish to have to understanding with a criminal of sophistry epubs or pdfs – if we were usually accessible as an iPad repository subscription, like Wired, a New Yorker, MacLife and all a other magazines we concede to, you’d have my subscription immediately. No offence, yet your now digital smoothness intrigue is kludgy and old-school.

I’d be meddlesome in saying a drop-off rate for this survey.

I’d adore to see a blueprint of a imitation repository updated. we comprehend I’m in a minority, yet we don’t utterly caring about a photos and entertainment wrap-ups unless they cover tangible news from cons (like research of who won and conjecture on why).

I’m a book reviewer so a immeasurable infancy of a books we accept and examination are examination copies sent by a examination publisher or a book publisher, or fetched from Netgalley. Might supplement this to a “how many many books do we buy a year?” partial of a survey.

i’m meddlesome essentially in opposite sf. poc, queer, genderqueer, stories by and about women.

I’m unequivocally blissful that book is apropos so decentralized that a SJWs are mostly incompetent to bury what we read.

I’ve substantially pronounced this before, yet what a hey: it cunning seem like scholarship novella is in a duration noted by misunderstanding and/or dullness, yet who knows what it will demeanour like when we examination it twenty or thirty years from now? we contend good hopes for a field. We’re going to see some implausible essay in a subsequent few years — we can feel a tremors. Science novella is going to save a universe — again. It’s what we do.

I’ve unequivocally enjoyed reading these check results, over a years, and saying a changes. Great stuff!

Just starting to examination scholarship novella again. we gave adult in a early 90s- and a occasional times we checked during that decade we found 0 value reading all a approach through. we usually started removing meddlesome in a genre again (beyond spasmodic picking adult a used duplicate of an comparison work) when we detected Baen books. Now we tend to give anything expelled by Baen or smaller publishers such as Castalia House a try and usually compensate courtesy to a few authors published by other houses.

Keep adult a good work! Frankly, of all a magazines we concede to, LOCUS is a usually one that we examination any month.

Keep adult a good work. we generally conclude Gary Wolfe’s reviews a annual Recommended List. The interviews are fun too.

Less pulling and lionization of passionate disorders, and SF/F will be a good genre again.

LOCUS – glorious pursuit with glorious staff! Book business-shorter some-more opposite genre fiction, certainly; we wish it was easier ( reduction expensive) to find/afford it – a tiny press prices are prohibitive. Constant glorious work by ‘newer’ authors: Langan, Barron, Hand, Valente, and a up-and-comers uncover many guarantee Keep adult we good and required work!

Locus continues to contend a high turn of excellence, yet as common i am generally unfeeling in stirring books, and feel a space could be put to improved use such as some-more reviews. As to a state of SF and Fantasy in general: i feel it is ceaselessly sad that many new titles are stretched into trilogies. This trend has turn a norm, and i find it usually another approach for a publisher to triple a bucks. It is so frustrating to have a smoothness of a story stretched out. There should be an total round in ruin for a publishers that make a unchanging use of this butchery. That said, i still adore SF and continue to make it one of my primary reading choices.

LOCUS is great. we can’t suppose removing along yet it, utterly with a stream fragmentation/expansion of a sf field. When we was young–fifty years ago–it seemed probable to examination all poignant in a genre; now that’s impossible. Locus, with a reviews, news, and even a ads, helps me to drive in a instruction of a things we cunning like. Please, keep it up.

Locus is still an implausible magazine. Hats off to a area staff.

Locus is wonderful!! This consult is not!! we have a lot to contend about SF, yet conjunction a room nor a calm to contend it.

Locus rocks!! we demeanour brazen to a “Forthcoming Books” issues like additional Christmases – they assistance me devise my book purchases (and we buy about 140 of them any year, so there is a lot to plan).

Love how many areas Locus covers; stirring books is a smashing apparatus as is a books perceived section, and a reviews are top-notch. Also, wd like to enrich we on staff when we have called to renew: friendly, helpful, knowledgeable. Above, we answered a entertainment doubt as “no” yet if a NecronomiCon Providence is deliberate to be an SF con, greatfully change my answer to “yes.”

Love Locus magazine. Love a news that Locus online provides.

Love Locus, keep adult a good work!

More reportage of anime/manga, please!

Nice summary. Voting was formidable given I’d never seen a lot of a endorsed novels/stories/etc.

Please cruise adding a Middle Grade book category, graphic from YA. This year we would’ve nominated The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. Please cruise formulating categories for suppositional communication and suppositional communication journals. They seem to get mislaid in a shuffle.

Please keep a repository going. Thanks for good work.

Re a Science Fiction Book Club doubt : I’ve been a member for many years (when we assimilated we got 10 books for 10 cents) given we enjoyed removing hardback books during a unequivocally reasonable price, infrequently cheaper than a cost of a paperback. we haven’t purchased anything from SFBC in utterly a few years. The cost of their books total with a shipping and doing charges became ridiculously expensive. we buy mass-market paperbacks roughly exclusively. we squeeze maybe one or dual hardbacks a year. we never get trade paperbacks, a cost is excessive. And we weep a trend toward “premium” mass-market paperbacks; they’re usually taller paperbacks during a unequivocally arrogant price. I’ve given adult on authors whose work we enjoy, simply given their books are released in reward paperbacks for dual or 3 dollars more. Consider adding a territory on destiny surveys about what people examination or skip in Locus. Might be interesting.

Re.: “Locus” — we get examination it any month, yet indiscriminate around a crony who manages a internal comics shop. we sequence Diamond-distributed sell thru him, he orders Ingram-distributed books thru me… :-)

Read Locus forever, it seems; it’s one of a unequivocally few venues we frequently follow to obtain genre/author/fannish information. This is a initial Locus Poll in that I’ve participated. As a late [person],I can’t means earthy books or mags anymore. E-readers are my usually car for accessing a immeasurable infancy of my reading pleasure. My reading volume has indeed grown by find of new authors by on-line sources.

Same as final year: In “Does SF form a vital partial of your pleasure reading?” does SF embody all spec fic? I’m presumption Yes. “Do we cruise yourself a book collector?” Define “collector” (someone who has amassed thousands of books or someone who deliberately buys comparison editions for their “collectible” value?). we answered Yes this year even yet I’ve answered No in a past. The magazine: we still cruise your apportion of reviews (the categorical underline for that we concede to a magazine) has decreased in new years. we would gladly see a second talk in any emanate transposed by 3 or 4 some-more pages of brief reviews. And we wish we could examination novels from some of a tiny e-book-first publishers (on your website, maybe?). Otherwise, we adore a magazine; keep adult a good work.

Should Worldcon Hugo package count in e-fiction query? (Doesn’t unequivocally change a $0 answer, yet cunning supplement $0 for e-books, that we don’t acquire during all otherwise.)

Sincere apologies. My reading in a margin this past year was 0 — or a books we examination were conjunction noted nor utterly good. we finished a consult apportionment in an bid to assistance your information collection. we know if this half-completed list is not sufficient for a total issue. See we during LocusCon!

Still a good magazine, keep adult a good work.

Still a good magazine. Love a reviews, news and interviews. we cruise many of a best writers are now in scholarship novella – cruise Leckie, Corey, Stephenson. There are good expectation writers – usually not as many right now. YA novella used to be slicing corner in expectation yet now is sunk in derivatives of Potterdom and Hunger Games.

Still wish initial books of an author didn’t have to pass a write-in separator to contest in a vital categories as well.

Thank we for another good year of Locus

Thank we for honoring writers in a universe that occasionally pays them what they deserve!

Thank we for peculiarity year after year.

Thanks for all your amazingly consummate and rarely veteran tough work!

Thanks for permitting non-subscribers to opinion in a Locus poll, we would be meddlesome in training some-more about subscribing and a SF Book Club!

Thanks for putting this together, and for all your work on a magazine!

Thanks for your continued support for a SF community!

The list any year unequivocally needs to essay to embody some-more work by writers of color, utterly women of color. Also, some-more indie/independent/self-published authors.

There’s no choice for libraries; we get a immeasurable infancy of my books and cinema from a library, including audiobooks. And after doing so many critting and slushing, it’s tough to examination a book for fun unless a nonfiction, yet we do listen to an awful lot of audiobooks, that is also not many of an choice in this survey.

Thorough poll! But many of a things we got this year had seemed earlier, so not many votes cast.

Too many books, too small time

Used to subscribe, afterwards used to buy a occasional emanate (especially a February) when we could find it on a shelves during my dual internal Barnes Noble locations. They haven’t carried it for roughly dual years now. My internal library still maintains a subscription to it, and we check it out from them whenever we can find issues in batch that haven’t been stolen.

Very prolonged poll. we am relocating divided from paper books and removing into e-books. An e-reader is easier to examination from and to ride around. Plus it saves on storage space for paper books

Very many suffer Laird Barron’s reviews of dim novella / expectation and wish your repository continues to cover a Weird Fiction bang that is function lately. Truly good work being constructed in that margin recently.

Would have favourite a difficulty for urban/modern fantasy.

Would like some-more on state of book authors, detriment of imprints, editor firings, etc.

You cunning wish to cruise treating media tie-ins with some-more respect, and cruise interviewing authors other than those formed on a West coast.

You put together a good small check here. we honour simple competence.

You should concede electorate to select their tip 10 in any category–at slightest in any novella category. Secondly, maybe some-more practically, clumping original-story anthologies with reprint anthologies unequivocally doesn’t make any clarity during all. Of march reprint anthologies by good editors will expected have a aloft suit of glorious reading–the payoff of hindsight. But original-story anthologies, that we find roughly always many some-more disproportionate than a “Year’s Best”, are critical to a margin in a opposite way. One keeps stories in imitation or revives or enhances recognition, since a other takes a risk by anticipating for a best from a authors in their response to a thesis or set of tropes that a editor has asked them to explore. The newness of that mostly unsure tender is partial of what should be rewarded in an strange anthology–a pattern that’s probably absent in a retrospective anthology.

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