The Best of 2014 – Getting Started

Every year I end up spending a lot of time thinking and writing about the best science fiction and fantasy of the year. I started doing it for fun back in the 1980s and ended up doing it professionally starting back in the 1990s. I suppose it’s somewhere between insider pool and “Hey, read this!”

Basically, i spend a month talking to people about this. From early December through to early January I pour over year end lists, seasonal gift lists, emails from experts, notes from friends, and so many, many more people and lists emerge. I play a part in the main Locus Recommended Reading List and I help compile the Locus Short Fiction Recommended Reading List, and I compile my own table of contents for my best of the year.

This is work, but it’s also fun. And there’s always something overlooked. So every day for the next month I’m going to both you on Facebook and Twitter, and post stuff on my blog too. I want YOUR favorites of 2014. There are only two rules:

  1. the book or story must have been published for the first time in English in 2014, and
  2. you must LOVE it.

I want you to copy this and retweet it. I want you to tell friends. I’m going to try to respond to everyone and to look at new stuff as much as I can. And it will likely change what I recommend and what I think was the best of the year.

You can recommended anything to me, but I especially want:

  • your favorite novels of the year
  • your favorite short story collections of the year
  • your favorite anthologies of the year
  • your favorite short story of the year

Please recommended away! The hash tag is #BestSFF2014. Get involved! Tweet! Retweet!

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5 Comments

  1. The books that make me chair dance and want readers to read now now now?

    Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
    City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett
    Steles of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear
    The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
    Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone
    Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

  2. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
    The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi
    The Way Inn by Will Wiles
    City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
    Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
    Echopraxia by Peter Watts
    The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
    The Empire of Time by David Wingrove
    Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
    The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
    The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin

  3. Still got much of what looks interesting in 2014 to read although I did enjoy the following:-

    The Madonna and the Starship – James Morrow – few people do satirical or farce well, particularly within SF but this is a lot of fun.

    Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer – not got onto the second and third books also published this year but the first one was a hugely satisfying and memorably weird.

    Fearful Symmetries edited by Ellen Datlow had some strong dark work by Jeffrey Ford and Nathan Ballingrud among others

    The Gillian Flynn story in Rogues was very entertaining but more horror than sf/fantasy.

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