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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.

Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Fifth Volume of Free Stories Eligible for 1941 Retro Hugos

Short Fiction Eligible for the 1941 Retro-Hugos Vol. 5, a collection of 20 public domain short stories published in 1940 assembled by File 770 commenter von Dimpleheimer. (Earlier posts contain links to Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three and Volume Four.)

These books are created to help MidAmeriCon II members who will vote next year on the Retro Hugos (along with the regular Hugos).

Click to see table of contents for volume 5

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