Thursday, February 5, 2009

2008 Locus Meme

Wow, the Locus Recommended Reading List is long. I got it from Andrew Wheeler, a surprisingly regular meme vector.

It's the usual rule: bold for things one has read, italics for things one has in a pile but hasn't read yet. I'm cheating on italics, including books on my to-read list that may not be on my physical to-read stack (i.e. that I haven't bought yet).

This year I'll be heavier on short fiction than novels due to my magazine reading project.

SF novels
  • Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK)
  • Flood, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz, Roc '09)
  • Weaver, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz, Ace)
  • City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Gollancz, Del Rey)
  • Incandescence, Greg Egan (Gollancz, Night Shade)
  • January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
  • Marsbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace) [I really didn't think this one stood up, but YMMV]
  • Spirit, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
  • Escapement, Jay Lake (Tor)
  • Song of Time, Ian R. MacLeod (PS Publishing)
  • The Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
  • The Quiet War, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • The Company, K. J. Parker (Orbit)
  • House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Ace '09)
  • Pirate Sun, Karl Schroeder (Tor)
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)
  • Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Orbit, Ace)
  • Rolling Thunder, John Varley (Ace)
  • Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Implied Spaces, Walter Jon Williams (Night Shade Books)
Fantasy novels
  • An Autumn War, Daniel Abraham (Tor)
  • The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak (Bantam)
  • The Knights of the Cornerstone, James P. Blaylock (Ace)
  • The Ghost in Love, Jonathan Carroll (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • The Island of Eternal Love, Daina Chaviano (Riverhead)
  • The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
  • Shadowbridge/ Lord Tophet, Gregory Frost (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • The Memoirs of a Master Forger, William Heaney (Gollancz) ; as How to Make Friends with Demons, Graham Joyce (Night Shade Books '09)
  • Varanger, Cecelia Holland (Tor/Forge)
  • Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
  • The Bell at Sealey Head, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
  • The Hidden World, Paul Park (Tor)
  • The Engine's Child, Holly Phillips (Ballantine Del Rey) [I abandoned this after a few chapters, I'll assume it got much better later on]
  • The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Alchemy of Stone, Ekaterina Sedia (Prime Books)
  • The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
  • An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
First novels
  • The Ninth Circle, Alex Bell (Gollancz)
  • The Painted Man, Peter V. Brett (HarperVoyager); as The Warded Man (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • A Curse as Dark as Gold, Elizabeth C. Bunce (Scholastic)
  • Graceling, Kristin Cashore (Harcourt)
  • Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead)
  • Thunderer, Felix Gilman (Bantam Spectra)
  • Black Ships, Jo Graham (Orbit US)
  • Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • The Gone-Away World, Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann, Knopf)
  • Last Dragon, J.T. McDermott (Wizards of the Coast/Discoveries)
  • Singularity's Ring, Paul Melko (Tor)
  • The Long Look, Richard Parks (Five Star)
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy, Robert V. S. Redick (Gollancz, Del Rey '09)
  • The Cabinet of Wonders, Marie Rutkoski (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
Young Adult Books
  • City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/McElderry)
  • The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
  • Monster Blood Tattoo, Book Two: Lamplighter, D. M. Cornish (Putnam; Omnibus Books Australia)
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Bloomsbury)
  • Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, Alison Goodman (Viking); as The Two Pearls of Wisdom (HarperCollins Australia)
  • Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf)
  • How to Ditch Your Fairy, Justine Larbalestier (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Ink Exchange, Melissa Marr (HarperTeen)
  • Chalice, Robin McKinley (Putnam)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness (Candlewick Press)
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt)
  • Nation, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK, HarperCollins)
  • Zoe's Tale, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Flora's Dare, Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt) [I've been looking for it, more or less, but I don't have a copy.]
Collections
  • The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories, Joan Aiken (Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House)
  • Pump Six and Other Stories, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books)
  • The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean Press)
  • Works of Art, James Blish (NESFA Press)
  • The Wall of America, Thomas M. Disch (Tachyon Publications)
  • Dark Integers and Other Stories, Greg Egan (Subterranean Press)
  • The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
  • The Wreck of the Godspeed and Other Stories, James Patrick Kelly (Golden Gryphon Press)
  • The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, John Kessel (Small Beer Press)
  • Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories, Nancy Kress (Golden Gryphon Press)
  • Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters, John Langan (Prime Books)
  • Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking)
  • H.P. Lovecraft: The Fiction, H. P. Lovecraft (Barnes & Noble)
  • Binding Energy, Daniel Marcus (Elastic Press)
  • Ten Sigmas and Other Unlikelihoods, Paul Melko (Fairwood Press)
  • The Collected Short Fiction: Where Angels Fear / The Gods Perspire, Ken Rand (Fairwood Press)
  • The Ant King and Other Stories, Benjamin Rosenbaum (Small Beer Press)
  • Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys, Ken Scholes (Fairwood Press)
  • Filter House, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)
  • The Autopsy and Other Tales, Michael Shea (Centipede Press)
  • The Best of Lucius Shepard, Lucius Shepard (Subterranean Press)
  • The Best of Michael Swanwick, Michael Swanwick (Subterranean Press)
  • Other Worlds, Better Lives, Howard Waldrop (Old Earth Books)
  • Crazy Love, Leslie What (Wordcraft of Oregon)
  • Gateway to Paradise: The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson, Volume Six, Jack Williamson (Haffner Press)
Anthologies - Original
  • Clockwork Phoenix, Mike Allen, ed. (Norilana Books)
  • Fast Forward 2, Lou Anders, ed. (Pyr)
  • Sideways in Crime, Lou Anders, ed. (Solaris)
  • Dreaming Again, Jack Dann, ed. (HarperCollins Australia; Eos)
  • The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • Galactic Empires, Gardner Dozois, ed. (SFBC)
  • Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology, Nick Gevers, ed. (Solaris)
  • A Book of Wizards, Marvin Kaye, ed. (SFBC)
  • The Solaris Book Of New Science Fiction Volume Two, George Mann, ed. (Solaris)
  • Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy, William Schafer, ed. (Subterranean Press)
  • Eclipse Two, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade Books)
  • The Starry Rift, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Viking)
  • Fast Ships, Black Sails, Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Night Shade Books)
  • Celebration: 50 Years of the British Science Fiction Association, Ian Whates, ed. (NewCon Press)
Anthologies - Reprint
  • Wastelands, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)
  • A Science Fiction Omnibus, Brian W. Aldiss, ed. (Penguin Modern Classics)
  • The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria, Franz Rottensteiner, ed. (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Poe's Children: The New Horror, Peter Straub, ed. (Doubleday)
  • The New Weird, Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)
  • Steampunk, Ann Vandermeer & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)
Anthologies - Best of the Year
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008: Twenty-first Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, eds. (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
  • Year's Best Fantasy 8, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)
  • Year's Best SF 13, David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, eds. (Eos)
  • Fantasy: The Best of the Year: 2008 Edition, Rich Horton, ed. (Prime Books)
  • Science Fiction: The Best of the Year: 2008 Edition, Rich Horton, ed. (Prime Books)
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume Nineteen, Stephen Jones, ed. (Robinson; Running Press)
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Two, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade Books)
Non-Fiction
  • Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle, Second Edition, Michael Andre-Driussi (Sirius Fiction) [I did read, and still have, the first edition, though -- actually, what I have is an ultra-rare comb-bound advance proof of the first edition.]
  • Miracles of Life, J. G. Ballard (HarperCollins/Fourth Estate UK)
  • An Unofficial Companion to the Novels of Terry Pratchett, Andrew M. Butler (Greenwood)
  • The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold, Lillian Stewart Carl & Martin H. Greenberg (Baen)
  • H. Beam Piper: A Biography, John F. Carr (McFarland)
  • The Worlds of Jack Williamson: A Centennial Tribute 1908-2008, Stephen Haffner, ed. (Haffner Press)
  • Basil Copper: A Life in Books, Stephen Jones (PS Publishing)
  • What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction, Paul Kincaid (Beccon)
  • Anthony Boucher: A Biobibliography, Jeffrey Marks (McFarland)
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan University Press)
  • The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia, Laura Miller (Little, Brown)
  • Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman, Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden & Stephen R. Bissette (St. Martin's Press)
Art Books
  • Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood Books)
  • Paint or Pixel: The Digital Divide in Illustration Art, Jane Frank, ed. (NonStop Press)
  • P. Craig Russell, Coraline, Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins)
  • J. Allen St. John, The Paintings of J. Allen St. John: Grand Master of Fantasy, Stephen D. Korshak & J. David Spurlock (Vanguard)
  • Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09)
  • A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P.L., Jerad Walters, ed. (Centipede Press)
Novellas
  • Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key, Kage Baker (Subterranean Press)
  • "The Overseer", Albert E. Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)
  • The Word of God: Or, Holy Writ Rewritten, Thomas M. Disch (Tachyon Publications)
  • “The Political Prisoner", Charles Coleman Finlay (F&SF 8/08)
  • "Arkfall", Carolyn Ives Gilman (F&SF 9/08)
  • The Luminous Depths, David Herter (PS Publishing)
  • "Mystery Hill", Alex Irvine (F&SF 1/08)
  • "The Erdmann Nexus", Nancy Kress (Asimov’s 10-11/08)
  • "Pretty Monsters", Kelly Link (Pretty Monsters)
  • "The Surfer, Kelly Link (The Starry Rift) "
  • "The Hob Carpet", Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s 6/08)
  • "The Tear", Ian McDonald (Galactic Empires)
  • "Tenbrook of Mars", Dean McLaughlin (Analog 7-8/08)
  • Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman (Knopf)
  • "The Man with the Golden Balloon", Robert Reed (Galactic Empires)
  • "Truth", Robert Reed (Asimov’s 10-11/08)
  • "True Names", Benjamin Rosenbaum & Cory Doctorow (Fast Forward 2)
  • "Wonjjang and the Madman of Pyongyang", Gord Sellar (Tesseracts Twelve)
  • "The Philosopher’s Stone", Brian Stableford (Asimov’s 7/08)
Novelettes
  • "The Gambler", Paolo Bacigalupi (Fast Forward 2)
  • "Pump Six", Paolo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories)
  • "Tangible Light", J. Timothy Bagwell (Analog 1-2/08)
  • "Radio Station St. Jack", Neal Barrett, Jr. (Asimov’s 8/08)
  • "The Ice War", Stephen Baxter (Asimov’s 9/08)
  • "Turing’s Apples", Stephen Baxter (Eclipse Two)
  • "The Rabbi’s Hobby", Peter S. Beagle (Eclipse Two)
  • "The Tale of Junko and Sayuri", Peter Beagle (InterGalactic Medicine Show 7/08)
  • "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
  • "Shoggoths in Bloom", Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 3/08)
  • "The Golden Octopus", Beth Bernobich (Postscripts Summer ’08)
  • "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
  • "From the Clay of His Heart", John Brown (InterGalactic Medicine Show 4/08)
  • "Jimmy", Pat Cadigan (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • "Catherine Drewe", Paul Cornell (Fast Forward 2)
  • Conversation Hearts, John Crowley (Subterranean Press)
  • "The Things that Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away", Cory Doctorow (Tor.com 8/08)
  • "Crystal Nights", Greg Egan (Interzone 4/08)
  • "Lost Continent", Greg Egan (The Starry Rift)
  • "The Ray-Gun: A Love Story", James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s 2/08)
  • "Memory Dog", Kathleen Ann Goonan (Asimov’s 4-5/08)
  • "Shining Armor", Dominic Green (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • "The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm", Daryl Gregory (Eclipse Two)
  • "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
  • "The Art of Alchemy", Ted Kosmatka (F&SF 6/08)
  • "Divining Light", Ted Kosmatka (Asimov’s 8/08)
  • "Childrun", Marc Laidlaw (F&SF 8/08)
  • "Machine Maid", Margo Lanagan (Extraordinary Engines)
  • "The Woman", Tanith Lee (Clockwork Phoenix)
  • "The Magician’s House", Meghan McCarron (Strange Horizons 7/08)
  • "An Eligible Boy", Ian McDonald (Fast Forward 2)
  • "The Dust Assassin", Ian McDonald (The Starry Rift)
  • "Special Economics", Maureen F. McHugh (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • "Beyond the Sea Gate of the Scholar-Pirates of Sarsk√∂e", Garth Nix (Fast Ships, Black Sails)
  • "Infestation", Garth Nix (The Starry Rift)
  • "Immortal Snake", Rachel Pollack (F&SF 5/08)
  • "The Hour of Babel", Tim Powers (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
  • "Five Thrillers", Robert Reed (F&SF 4/08)
  • "Fury", Alastair Reynolds (Eclipse Two)
  • "The Star Surgeon’s Apprentice", Alastair Reynolds (The Starry Rift) "
  • "The Egg Man", Mary Rosenblum (Asimov’s 2/08)
  • "Sacrifice", Mary Rosenblum (Sideways in Crime)
  • "Days of Wonder", Geoff Ryman (F&SF 10-11/08)
  • "Lester Young and the Jupiter’s Moons’ Blues", Gord Sellar (Asimov’s 7/08)
  • "Gift from a Spring", Delia Sherman (Realms of Fantasy 4/08)
  • "An Alien Heresy", S.P. Somtow (Asimov’s 4-5/08)
  • "Following the Pharmers", Brian Stableford (Asimov’s 3/08)
  • "The First Editions", James Stoddard (F&SF 4/08)
Short Stories
  • "Don’t Go Fishing on Witches Day", Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden)
  • "Goblin Music", Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden)
  • "The Occultation", Laird Barron (Clockwork Phoenix)
  • "King Pelles the Sure", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
  • Boojum", Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette (Fast Ships, Black Sails)
  • "Private Eye", Terry Bisson (F&SF 10-11/08)
  • "Offworld Friends Are Best", Neal Blaikie (Greatest Uncommon Denominator Spring ’08)
  • "The Man Who Built Heaven", Keith Brooke (Postscripts Summer ’08)
  • "Balancing Accounts", James L. Cambias (F&SF 2/08)
  • "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • "The Fooly", Terry Dowling (Dreaming Again)
  • "Truth Window: A Tale of the Bedlam Rose", Terry Dowling (Eclipse Two)
  • "Awskonomuk", Gregory Feeley (Otherworldly Maine)
  • "Daltharee", Jeffrey Ford (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • "The Dismantled Invention of Fate", Jeffrey Ford (The Starry Rift) "
  • "The Dream of Reason", Jeffrey Ford (Extraordinary Engines)
  • "The Seventh Expression of the Robot General", Jeffrey Ford (Eclipse Two)
  • "Reader’s Guide", Lisa Goldstein (F&SF 7/08)
  • “Glass”, Daryl Gregory (Technology Review 11-12/08)
  • "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08)
  • "The Voyage Out", Gwyneth Jones (Periphery)
  • "Evil Robot Monkey", Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • "The Kindness of Strangers", Nancy Kress (Fast Forward 2)
  • "The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue into the Black", Jay Lake (Clarkesworld 3/08)
  • "The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross", Margo Lanagan (Dreaming Again)
  • "The Goosle", Margo Lanagan (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • "The Thought War", Paul McAuley (Postscripts Summer ’08)
  • "[a ghost samba]", Ian McDonald (Postscripts Summer ’08)
  • "Midnight Blue", Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 9/08)
  • "Fallen Angel", Eugene Mirabelli (F&SF 12/08)
  • "Mars: A Traveler’s Guide", Ruth Nestvold (F&SF 1/08)
  • "The Blood of Peter Francisco", Paul Park (Sideways in Crime)
  • "The Small Door", Holly Phillips (Fantasy 5/08)
  • "His Master’s Voice", Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone 10/08)
  • "The House Left Empty", Robert Reed (Asimov’s 4-5/08)
  • "Fifty Dinosaurs", Robert Reed (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • "Traitor", M. Rickert (F&SF 5/08)
  • "Snatch Me Another", Mercurio D. Rivera (Abyss & Apex 1Q/08)
  • "The Film-makers of Mars", Geoff Ryman (Tor.com 12/08)
  • "Talk is Cheap", Geoff Ryman (Interzone 6/08)
  • "After the Coup", John Scalzi (Tor.com 7/08)
  • "Invisible Empire of Ascending Light", Ken Scholes (Eclipse Two)
  • "Ardent Clouds", Lucy Sussex (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • "From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled", Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s 2/08)
  • "The Scarecrow’s Boy", Michael Swanwick (F&SF 10-11/08)
  • "Marrying the Sun", Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy 6/08)
  • "A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)
  • "Fixing Hanover", Jeff VanderMeer (Extraordinary Engines)
  • "The Eyes of God", Peter Watts (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • "Ass-Hat Magic Spider", Scott Westerfeld (The Starry Rift) "
Now, I can't endorse everything in Bold; some of them weren't terribly memorable. But there's some really amazing stuff in that list, and I'm hoping to have a very thorough Hugo recommendation list up in a bit less than two weeks. Final magazine reviews to come next week--only two left, and they're both drafted!

2 comments:

A.R.Yngve said...

The slim short-story collection I sent you, THE FLATTERED PLANET... is it on your list?

Karen Burnham said...

A. R. - It's still in the pile! It's just that the pile is so very big, and right now especially my time is so very short...

I'll try to get to it sooner!