Gollancz Titles on the Locus Recommended Reading List

Every year, Locus, the magazine of the science fiction & fantasy field, compiles a Recommended Reading List to help readers sort through the vast number of novels, collections, anthologies, stories, etc that are published each year. They’ve just released 2011’s list, which is as good a roadmap through last year’s territory as you’re going to find, and contains a number of items of Gollanczish goodness:

SF Novels
The Islanders by Christopher Priest

Fantasy Novels
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
The Cold Commands by Richard Morgan
The River of Shadows by Robert V.S. Redick
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

YA Novels
Red Glove by Holly Black

First Novels
Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht (not Gollancz, but a very welcome mention for sister Orion imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson’s 2011 Orange Prize winner!)

There are also some familiar names in the Novella, Novelette and Short Story categories: novella ‘Gravity Dreams’ by Stephen Baxter; novelettes ‘The Choice’ by Paul McAuley, ‘The Old Man and the Martian Sea’ by Alastair Reynolds and ‘What We Found’ by Geoff Ryman; and short stories ‘The Invasion of Venus’ by Stephen Baxter, ‘Digging’ by Ian McDonald, ‘The Server and the Dragon’ by Hannu Rajaniemi and ‘Ascension Day’ by Alastair Reynolds.

So, that should keep you busy for a while.


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  • Does anyone know the name of a short story where cars take over the world? I know there’s “Trucks” by Stephen King, but I think there was another one as well.

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