Want to increase your SF cred? You must check out Big Sky #3 & #4, the latest editions of the gorgeous book review fanzine, released this month for LonCon3. Issues #3 and #4 are dedicated to the Gollancz SF Masterworks list, in which SF fans share their thoughts about critically acclaimed works of the genre. Contributors include familiar names from the SF world, including some of my favorite writers, critics, and fellow blogger buddies from around the web. (Some of my reviews are in there, too.)
What else has happened lately?
Oh, the Hugos! I was thrilled to see John Chu win the Hugo for his short story, “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere”, and completely unsurprised to see Ann Leckie complete her SF triple crown and take home the big one for Ancillary Justice. I am a bit shocked that Cat Valente and Ted Chiang didn’t win in the novella and novelette categories. You can see the full list of nominees and winners here.
In celebration of the Hugos, (or rather, in lieu of the Hugos and its disappointing best novel shortlist), I did a little recap of the past Hugo nominees from the years ending in -4: 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, & 2004. Ranking books is much easier than rating books, especially when my opinions vary daily, so this series was a blast to do. I might do it again next year for the 2015 Hugos at Sasquan.
As we edge our way out of summer and into fall, my reading list will be getting more and more exciting, with some truly classic staples of the genre, including works by Delany, Priest, Silverberg, Mieville, Galouye, Wolfe, and Pohl! And I’ll probably throw in some clunkers as well, because book OCD.