Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Locus 'Year in Review' for 2013

Locus magazine's "Year in Review" is now available. It features recommended reading lists and commentary from reviewers, editors, and professionals in the science fiction and fantasy community. Here is a brief sample:

Graham Sleight's half dozen favorite books of the year:
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
What the Doctor Ordered by Michael Blumlein
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar
The Land Across by Gene Wolfe

Russell Letson's top 11 novels:
Zero Point by Neal Asher
The Last President by John Barnes
Proxima by Stephen Baxter
Protector by C.J. Cherryh
Impulse by Steven Gould
Empty Space: A Haunting by M. John Harrison
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Evening's Empires by Paul McAuley
The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata
Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds

As with previous years (Year in Review 2012 and 2011) my own preferences are closer to Sleight rather than Letson, whose list I find uneven. This year, for the first time in many years, there was no essay or best books list from Jonathan Strahan. I hope he will return next year.

For the complete 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List, follow here.