Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

October Books 13) The Locus Awards

13) The Locus Awards: Thirty Years of the Best in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Charles N. Brown and Jonathan Strahan

This is a totally superb collection. OK, $15.95 for 500 pages paperback may seem a bit pricy, but the quality of the stories really justifies it. Of the 18 stories, I had read eight previously - the six that have won both Hugo and Nebula (as well as the Locus Award, a precondition for inclusion), and also Sterling's "Maneki Neko" and Le Guin's "The Day Before The Revolution". The other ten are all classics which I should have read years ago and somehow hadn't:

"The Death of Doctor Island" by Gene Wolfe
"The Way of Cross and Dragon", by George R.R. Martin
"Souls" by Joanna Russ
"The Only Neat Thing to Do", by James Tiptree Jr - possibly the weakest story in the collection, I thought, but still very good
"Rachel In Love", by Pat Murphy
"The Scale-Hunter's Beautiful Daughter", by Lucius Shepard
"Buffalo", by John Kessel
"Gone", by John Crowley
"Border Guards", by Greg Egan
"October in the Chair", by Neil Gaiman

Go out and buy it.
Tags: bookblog 2004, writer: jonathan strahan
Subscribe

  • 2021 Hugo short stories

    6) “A Guide for Working Breeds”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Opening dialogue in third section: Kleekai Greyhound (K.g1-09030) hey mentor…

  • 2021 Hugo novelettes

    Before I get started, I just want to say that these are all really good. Some years it feels like the novelette is the ideal range for speculative…

  • 2021 Hugo novellas

    Here are my thoughts on this year's Hugo finalists in the Best Novella category. All of them are from Tor.com, a clean sweep previously achieved…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments