The Locus Recommended Reading List was published over the weekend. As some of you will know, I am one of many people who have an input to this. I’m very pleased with how things went.
It has been an interesting year. I have read precisely two of the books on the Science Fiction list, though there are another seven I would like to read. I’ve done a bit better in Fantasy, but the fact that I have read five of the nine books on the Debuts list tells you a lot about the focus of my reading. The Collections list is frankly amazing, and almost all down to hard-working small presses.
I’m a bit disappointed that Adventure Rocketship didn’t get a mention. Jonathan Strahan did say on the latest Coode Street that he had lobbied to get Tim Maughan’s “Flight Path Estate” listed, but the competition is intense. Even the folks at Tor.com were a bit disappointed, so I can’t complain. There are plenty of Clarkesworld stories listed, but that is expected these days.
There are a number of books that are listed that I have in the bookstore. Here are some highlights.
- Datura (Or a Delusion We All See), Leena Krohn (Cheeky Frawg)
- Space Is Just a Starry Night, Tanith Lee (Aqueduct)
- Conservation of Shadows, Yoon Ha Lee (Prime)
- Caution: Contains Small Parts, Kirstyn McDermott (Twelve Planets)
- Kabu Kabu, Nnedi Okorafor (Prime)
- We See a Different Frontier, Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad, eds. (Futurefire)
- Once Upon a Time, Paula Guran, ed. (Prime)
- Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler, Rebecca J. Holden & Nisi Shawl, eds. (Aqueduct)