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Looking for a few good reads??

Are you looking for something to read? Browse these lists!
  1. 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List
  2. 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees
  3. Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
  4. list of links to the eligible 2017 works published by short fiction venues.
  5. 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire First Round Nominations

1)  2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

This is a very long list, includes art books. BROWSE IT HERE

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2018 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Gardner Dozois, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, and Gary K. Wolfe; Bob Blough; online editor Mark R. Kelly; Ysabeau Wilce; critics Paul Kincaid, Cheryl Morgan, and Graham Sleight. The young-adult list group wrapped in Laurel Amberdine, Gwenda Bond, Barry Goldblatt, Justina Ireland, and Justine Larbalestier. Art books were compiled with help from Arnie Fenner, Karen Haber, and Locus design editor Francesca Myman. Short fiction recommendations included editors and reviewers John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Liz Grzyb, Faren Miller, Charles Payseur, Nisi Shawl, and A.C. Wise.

2)  2017 Nebula Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards will be presented in Pittsburgh, PA at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center during a ceremony on May 19, 2018.


  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)


  • River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey ( Publishing)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages ( Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
  • Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang ( Publishing)


  • “Dirty Old Town”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 5-6/17)
  • “Weaponized Math”, Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)
  • “Wind Will Rove”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
  • “A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld 1/17)
  • “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson ( 1/4/17)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time”, K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)
  • “Utopia, LOL?”, Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel ( 3/15/17)
  • “Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)


3)   Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online

By JJ: The Nebula Finalists have just been announced, and if you’d like to check them out to see whether you think they’d be good contenders for your Hugo ballot, you can use this handy guide to find material which is available for free online.

Where available in their entirety, works are linked (most of the Novelettes and Short Stories are free). If not available for free, an Amazon link is provided. If a free excerpt is available online, it has been linked.

Fair notice: All Amazon links are referrer URLs which benefit fan site Worlds Without End.

The links are here


4)   2017 SFF Short Fiction Venue Eligibility Posts

By JJ: In the run-up to the Hugo Nomination deadline on March 16, for handy reference, here is a list of links to the eligible 2017 works published by short fiction venues.

Online and Print Magazines

Original Anthologies

If you can point me to eligibility lists by any of the missing magazines, it would be appreciated.  Update 02/24/2018: Added info provided by commenters.

5)   2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire First Round Nominations

The nominations for the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire have been announced. This is in effect a longlist, and in a few weeks the jurors will issue their shorter second round of nominees. The awards will be presented on May 20 at the Étonnants Voyageurs festival in Saint-Malo, France.

The jurors for the award are Joëlle Wintrebert (president), Jean-Luc Rivera (vice-president), Bruno Para (assistant secretary), Jean-Claude Dunyach (treasurer), Sylvie Allouche , François Angelier , Sandrine Brugot-Maillard , Olivier Legendre , Danielle Martinigol, Jean-Claude Vantroyen. The Secretary (not a member of the jury) is Pascal Patoz.

Roman francophone / Novel in French

  • La Désolation de Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Toxoplasma de Calvo (La Volte)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine de Thierry Di Rollo (Le Bélial’)
  • Pornarina de Raphaël Eymery (Denoël, Lunes d’encre)
  • Les Seigneurs de Bohen d’Estelle Faye (Critic)
  • Spire, tomes 1 & 2 de Laurent Genefort (Critic)
  • La Société des faux visages de Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)
  • Paris-Capitale de Feldrik Rivat (L’Homme sans nom)
  • Moi, Peter Pan de Michael Roch (mü éditions)
  • Pierre-Fendre de Brice Tarvel (Les moutons électriques)

Roman étranger / Foreign Novel

  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char de Scott Hawkins (Denoël, Lunes d’encre)
  • Bagdad, la grande évasion ! de Saad Z. Hossain (Agullo)
  • La Cinquième Saison de N.K. Jemisin (Nouveaux Millénaires)
  • Une histoire des abeilles de Maja Lunde (Presses de la Cité)
  • L’Arche de Darwin de James Morrow (Au diable vauvert)
  • Version officielle de James Renner (Super 8)
  • 2312 de Kim Stanley Robinson (Actes Sud, Exofictions)
  • L’Alchimie de la pierre d’Ekaterina Sedia (Le Bélial’)

Nouvelle francophone / Short Fiction in French

  • La Route des Orsadoles de Célia Chalfoun (in Galaxies n°45)
  • Célestopol d’Emmanuel Chastellière (Éditions de l’Instant)
  • Serf-Made-Man ? ou la créativité discutable de Nolan Peskine d’Alain Damasio (in Au bal des actifs, La Volte)
  • L’Empire électrique de Victor Fleury (Bragelonne)
  • Carnaval, l’Aire Tripartite de Laurent Genefort (in Bifrost n°86)
  • Point du jour de Léo Henry (Scylla)
  • Few of us de luvan (Dystopia)
  • In Google we trust de Jean-Marc Sire (in Galaxies n°49)
  • Terre de Brume de Cindy Van Wilder (in Galaxies n°47)


2017 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards.

The awards will be presented at Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, June 23-25.


  • Company Town, Madeline Ashby (Tor)
  • The Medusa Chronicles, Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Saga)
  • Take Back the Sky, Greg Bear (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Visitor, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
  • Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Death’s End, Cixin Liu (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday; Fleet)
  • Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)


  • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • Summerlong, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
  • The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Children of Earth and Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay (NAL; Viking Canada; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Wall of Storms, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)
  • The Last Days of New Paris, China Miéville (Del Rey; Picador)
  • The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Nightmare Stacks, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Necessity, Jo Walton (Tor)


  • The Brotherhood of the Wheel, R.S. Belcher (Tor)
  • Fellside, M.R. Carey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Fireman, Joe Hill (Morrow)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (Morrow)
  • The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
  • Certain Dark Things, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Dunne)
  • HEX, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor; Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Family Plot, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)


  • Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Holt)
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin)
  • Lois Lane: Double Down, Gwenda Bond (Switch)
  • Truthwitch, Susan Dennard (Tor Teen; Tor UK)
  • Poisoned Blade, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
  • Burning Midnight, Will McIntosh (Delacorte; Macmillan)
  • Goldenhand, Garth Nix (Harper; Allen & Unwin; Hot Key)
  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Orbit US ’17)
  • This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab (Titan; Greenwillow)
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)


  • The Reader, Traci Chee (Putnam)
  • Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Dunne)
  • The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
  • The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig (Greenwillow; Hot Key)
  • Roses and Rot, Kat Howard (Saga)
  • Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
  • Infomocracy, Malka Older ( Publishing)
  • Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)
  • Vigil, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher

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30 Best SF Books in the Universe?

Saw this in File 770, and thought the list was quite interesting and worth a look.

DON’T SKIP OVER THIS. Steven Lovely picked “The 30 Best Science Fiction Books in the Universe” for Early Bird Books. You may think it’s only been ten minutes since you saw a list of sf/f greats, but this one includes a bunch of present day greats, too, like Ancillary Justice and Three-Body Problem.

The books are put in pigeon holes–Military SF, Cyberpunk, First Contact, etc.  But doing this, means a lot of books don’t make the list because they do not fit in the little boxes.  SF is already a fairly fluid genre, trying to class a book like Ender’s Game as either military SF or Space Opera is rather futile.  Shouldn’t here be a box for time travel?

OTOH, there are a lot of authors I’ve not heard of before, so worth taking a second look and maybe expanding my reading a bit.  As if there are enough hours in a day to read more than I already do!!





Provisional Speculative Fiction Top 5 of 2016

 Time flies and we’re already past the halfway point of the year! Here are the top 5 speculative fiction novels published in 2016 I’ve read so far! =) Click on each title to read my review. . .

1- Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay (Canada, USA, Europe)

2- The Wolf in the Attic by Paul Kearney (Canada, USA, Europe)

3- The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker (Canada, USA, Europe)

4- Javelin Rain by Myke Cole (Canada, USA, Europe)

5- The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Canada, USA, Europe)

2016 Locus Awards Winners

2016 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards. on Saturday, June 25, 2016 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.





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Sunburst Awards

The Sunburst Award Society for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has announced its long list for 2016.

It is indeed a Long List, click here.

Or look up their Facebook page.

I’ve only read one of the books on the list, The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson. I highly recommend  it! This is the kind of book that you need to read quietly, thoughtfully, and then let it soak in gently. It says a lot about family, friendship, and the ties that bind us into social groups.

I bought Arvida, by Samuel Archibald, but have not got to reading it yet. I grew up in Arvida, but I have a feeling I might not  recognize the goings-on! I have it in French, and a quick scan of the first story confirms that it is indeed the French I grew up with–the distinct sounds of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean.



The Locus Awards

Some good reading recommendations. Interesting also to compare with the Nebula and Hugo nominations. Some are saying this is what Robot readsthe Hugos might have looked like if the Puppies hadn’t got their claws into it.  Not so sure I agree with that. For one thing, the Locus awards have more categories, which means more cream rising to the top. There is a strong suspicion that Locus removes obvious slate voting.

Hugo nominated works

Mike Glyer asked: What did you nominate for the 2016 Hugos?

(Ignore the first one by Brian Z, It’s a Puppy joke for April Fools Day.)

The answers provide an interesting and quite eclectic list of potential good reads.  If typical, I suspect Naomi Novik and Ann Leckie will make it to the final ballot. I’ve read and enjoyed both.

N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season, will probably also make the ballot. This one, I have not read. Sounds rather too dark and weird for my tastes, but the reviewers are ecstatic.

I see some pro artists I do not recognize, always fun to discover new-to-me art.

Tintin was nominated by at least one person for a retro Hugo. That’s fun.