Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Locus Year in Review for 2011

The Locus annual "year in review" issue is available now. It features recommended reading lists and commentary from reviewers, editors, and professionals in the science fiction community.

Here's a sample of some of the best books of the year list-making that Locus provides:

Jonathan Strahan's picks:
Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (Walker UK; Candlewick)
Two Worlds and in Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
The Heroes, Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz; Orbit US)
After the Apocalypse, Maureen McHugh (Small Beer)
Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
The Dragon Path, Daniel Abraham (Orbit)
Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories, Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, eds. (Candlewick: Walker UK)

Russell Letson's picks:
Daybreak Zero, John Barnes (Ace)
This Shared Dream, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor)
7th Sigma, Steven Gould (Tor)
Earthbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace)
Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace)
Scratch Monkey, Charles Stross (NESFA)
The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)
Deep State, Walter Jon Williams (Orbit)

Graham Sleight's picks:
The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller: Volume 1, Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
The Uncertain Places, Lisa Goldstein (Tachyon)
This Shared Dream, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor)
Unpossible and Other Stories, Daryl Gregory (Fairwood)
After the Apocalypse, Maureen McHugh (Small Beer)
Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey)
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht (Random House)
The Islanders, Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
Paradise Tales, Geoff Ryman (Small Beer)
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)
Home Fires, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

My own choices fall somewhere between Strahan and Sleight. I'm playing catch up with these industry insiders and their lists will have an influence on which books rise to the top of my to-be-read pile. I've only read one of the books on Letson's list, so far, Goonan's This Shared Dream, and it is excellent.

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