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Reviewers' Choices for Best of 1997
The February 1998 issue of Locus Magazine features recommended reading essays by the monthly reviewers, as well as an extensive composite Recommended Reading List for help in Locus Poll voting. This page lists several of the reviewers' personal selections of their favorite books of 1997. (See also the short fiction list.)

Note also the ''new and recommended'' books lists compiled from the monthly editorial selections in Locus Magazine; these are even longer than the Recommended Reading List in the February issue. Other best-of-97 lists from various sources are provided on the news pages.

Gary K. Wolfe -- ''Five titles I think you should read... They are books which remain as vividly in mind now as when I first read them, and which I would eagerly read again. They are listed alphabetically by author:

  • Vacuum Diagrams, Stephen Baxter
  • The Calcutta Chromosome, Amitav Ghosh
  • Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
  • Antarctica, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Rise of Endymion, Dan Simmons''

Faren Miller -- ''My top five picks:

  • The White Abacus, Damien Broderick
  • The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, A. S. Byatt
  • Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn, Robert Holdstock
  • The Gift, Patrick O'Leary
  • Going Home Again, Howard Waldrop''

Russell Letson -- ''Picking five favorites from this big litter is a problem... so my act of rebellion will be to list six, in democratically alphabetical order.

  • / (Slant), Greg Bear
  • Finity's End, C. J. Cherryh
  • Diaspora, Greg Egan
  • Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
  • Secret Passages, Paul Preuss
  • City on Fire, Walter Jon Williams''

Edward Bryant -- ''Five Memorable Books from 1997:

  • Slippage, Harlan Ellison
  • Wizard and Glass, Stephen King
  • The Throne of Bones, Brian McNaughton
  • Black River, Melanie Tem
  • Revelations, Douglas Winter, ed.''

Jonathan Strahan -- ''If forced to pick, my favorites for the year would be:

  • Back in the USSA, Eugene Byrne & Kim Newman
  • Finity's End, C. J. Cherryh
  • Modern Classics of Fantasy, Gardner Dozois, ed.
  • Diaspora, Greg Egan
  • Secret Passages, Paul Preuss''

Charles N. Brown --

[SF novels] ''My own favorites? Antarctica, by Robinson, Diaspora by Egan, and the marvelous fusion of archaeology and quantum physics in Secret Passages by Paul Preuss.''

[Fantasy novels] ''My own favorites were the Pullman [The Subtle Knife], Powers [Earthquake Weather], and Roessner [The Stars Dispose] novels.''

[First novels] ''Personal favorite? The Great Wheel by Ian R. MacLeod.''

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