is a monthly American magazine
, subtitled "The Magazine Of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field". It reports on the science fiction
writing industry, including comprehensive listings of new books published in the field.
The magazine is published in Oakland, California by publisher and editor-in-chief Charles N. Brown.
- 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, Damien Broderick, Russell Letson, and Carolyn Cushman, plus short fiction reviews by Nick Gevers and Rich Horton.
- 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 3 months)
- Convention Reports, with lots of photos
- Annual year-in-review coverage, with extensive recommended reading lists and the annual Locus Poll and Survey
- Letters and classified ads
The magazine also presents the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Locus has won many Hugo Awards, and the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine was created in 1984 after Locus won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine four years running. As of 2008, Locus has won the award for Best Fanzine eight times, and the award for Best Semiprozine 21 times (in the 25 years the award has been given).