A (very) late review of the 2015 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Shortlist

This year’s breakneck pace between shortlist announcement and award ceremony made it impossible for most people to play along at home with The Kitschies’ search for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining speculative fiction. A full list of ten novels, five book covers, and five digital creations (one of which is another novel), is a lot to digest in a matter of weeks. Without a chance of making the deadline, I opted to string out my Kitschies reading for most of the year.

So, ten months later… I give you my impressions of the Kitschies Golden Tentacle list. In short, this is a very good list. Continue reading


Top Ten Books and 2015 Readsolutions

First of all, this whole new year starting in January thing is total balls because we stay up late to celebrate and then we wake up the next morning and it’s still cold, it still gets dark early, and, for crying out loud, winter JUST started. My desert neighborhood has been iced over for DAYS. Ugh.

Anyway, you didn’t come here for my bitching.

Total books read: Goodreads says I’ve read 89 fiction books this year. I have no idea how I managed that with the year I’ve been having. I expect to have less busies in 2015, so I hope to gain more time for more reading.


Top Ten Books I Read in 2014 (alpha order by last name)
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My Recommendations for Future Gollancz SF Masterworks Selections

sfmasterworks wwendThanks to Joachim at Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations for asking me to participate in his Gollancz SF Masterworks recommendation efforts!

I’ve spent the past couple of years reading more vintage SF, with an especially concentrated effort since last December. Dabbling with a few awards lists here and there, I’ve had more consistent pleasure sampling from the Gollancz SF Masterworks list, so I was thrilled when Joachim asked me to post some of my own recommendations for future SF Masterworks. Some of my suggestions might be obvious if you follow this blog regularly, but I surprised myself a few times!

I am of two minds when it comes to SF Masterworks potential, so I’ve divided my selections into two categories. For both categories, I made up the following criteria: Continue reading

BSFA Award Winners Announced!

The 2013 British Science Fiction Association Awards were awarded today in Glasgow at Eastercon! You can see the list of nominees here.

Best Novel- A Tie!
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (Orbit) My review!
Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris) Check out his interview with Science Book a Day!

Best Short Fiction
Spin by Nina Allen (TTA Press)

Best Artwork
Joey Hi-fi for the cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London (Solaris)

Best Nonfiction
Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer (Abrams Image)

I’ll back off of the book award news for now, but don’t forget the Arthur C. Clarke Award will be announced on May 1st and the Nebula Awards on May 17th!

The Kitschies Winners Announced Today!

The first major SF book award of the year was announced today at The Kitschies Awards ceremony in the UK!

Although The Kitschies has only been around since 2009, established by pornokitsch.com and sponsored by a rum company, it may seem like a rather un-major award, but considering the impressive panel of judges, and its mission to recognize “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works” of SF from the UK is quite compelling. You can see the full list of winners and nominees here. I’m tempted to squeeze of few of these into my own, already overfull reading list.

Congrats to the winners!

The Red Tentacle Award (Best Novel)  

ATaleforthetimebeingA Tale for the Time Being
by Ruth Ozeki





The Golden Tentacle Award (Best Debut Novel)


Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

The British Science Fiction Awards Shortlist is here (and the Kitschies)

Time to start your shortlist reading! The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) shortlists were finally announced this morning. You can find the full list here, but here are the Best Novel nominees:

BSFA Best Novel nominees:

God’s War 
by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Evening’s Empires by Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell (Solaris)
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)

Compare that to the Philip K. Dick nominee list announced recently (selected by panel):

A Calculated Life
by Anne Charnock (47North)
The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Angry Robot)
Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe, trans. Terry Gallagher (Haikasoru)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead (Solaris)
Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction edited by Ian Whates (Solaris)
Countdown City by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books)

Also, the Kitschies, a rather new-ish SF Award, revealed their shortlists last week (also selected by panel). You can see their full list here, but here are two of their shortlists:

The Red Tentacle (Novel):
Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut):
Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)

I’m seeing positive things about Ancillary Justice and A Calculated Life everywhere, so it’s no surprise that they are appearing so often.

We will see the shortlist for both the Nebulas and the Hugos in about a month, and the Clarke and Locus shortlists will come along later this spring. Remember that the Hugo nomination window closes this Friday!