Locus List: best sf/f/h of 2012


8 Responses to “Locus List: best sf/f/h of 2012”

  1. Slartibartfatsdomino says:

    The only ones I’ve read of these, Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds and 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson were both pretty great. 

  2. Oooh thank you.  I hadn’t realized Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance was out!  I know what I’ll be doing today.

  3. elusis says:

    Am I right in inferring that there is exactly one female writer on that list?  (A couple of names are ambiguous).  And… how many people of color?

    Oh Science Fiction.  Never change.

    • Peter says:

      C.J. Cherryh and Lois McMaster Bujold are both women, so that’s two.  I don’t know all of the others who are ambiguous (not to mention that occasionally female authors deliberately choose male names, although that is somewhat less common these days), but yes, they do seem to be mostly male.  And it’s not just Science Fiction, but Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, remember.

  4. Peter says:

    I haven’t yet read any of these, because except in a few rare cases I wait for the paperback version that takes months or years to come out. 

    However, on my “highly anticipated” list is:

    The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    The Rapture of the Nerds, Cory Doctorow & Charles Stross (Tor)
    The Fractal Prince, Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor)
    Ashes of Candesce, Karl Schroeder (Tor)

    I actually just ordered the Fractal Prince yesterday after greatly enjoying The Quantum Thief (and having a gift card from Xmas I needed to use up).

    Anyway, that’s not to say that I won’t read any of the others, just that either I’m not all that familiar with them, or I’m not 100% excited by them yet but may pick up once they got paperback and/or if I find them in a used bookstore.

  5. stretchoutandwait says:

     The Hydrogen Sonata – meh. 2/5 bloated chickens

  6. Wow, there’s an awful lot of bad fiction in that list.  

  7. I feel as though I’m the only one who didn’t like redshirts… it was an underwhelming Stranger than Fiction in Space.

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