More Best of 1999 Lists
Three of the five fiction titles chosen for the online magazine's annual Book Awards are of genre interest: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn, and Stewart O'Nan's Civil War horror novel A Prayer for the Dying. The editors also note: ''We loved the 'Harry Potter' books, too, and heartily recommend them to adults and children alike -- but you didn't really need us to tell you that, did you?''
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is ranked third among the five fiction titles on the magazine's list of Best of 1999: Books. There's one science or technology themed book among the nonfiction titles, James Gleick's Faster, also ranked third.
The Voice Literary Supplement's list of 25 Favorite Books of 1999 includes Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, Jorge Luis Borges's Selected Non-Fictions, Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn (a ''Mendelian experiment upon genre fiction''), and Michael Light's Full Moon.
Los Angeles Times
The LAT Book Review's Best Books of 1999 issue, consisting of paragraph-length excerpts from several dozen books reviewed over the past year, in no particular order, includes several titles of SF/F/H interest: Martin Amis's Heavy Water and other stories; Eric Idle's The Road to Mars; Thomas Harris's Hannibal; Sylvia Brownrigg's The Metaphysical Touch; Steve Erickson's The Sea Came in at Midnight; J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; A.S. Byatt's Elementals; and Steven Millhauser's Enchanted Night. The nonfiction list includes Brian Greene's The Elegant Universe, Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, Barry Glassner's The Culture of Fear, and Roger Shattuck's Candor and Perversion: Literature, Education and the Arts. The Book Review has no regular SF columnist, though genre books are sometimes reviewed in the daily paper.
Thematic essays by various writers offer perspectives on the year in books more than a comprehensive overview. George Garrett cites Kit Reed's Seven for the Apocalypse as one of six notable collection in his Expert's Picks: Short Stories.
(Wed 8 Dec 1999, amended Thu 16 Dec 1999)
(Tally of 1999 SF/F/H titles)
DECEMBER SF/F/H NEWS NYTBR Best of 1999
Barnes & Noble Best of 1999
Amazon.co.uk Best of 1999
NOVEMBER SF/F/H NEWS Event Horizon hiatus
Amazon Best Best SF of 1999; Millennial Poll
SFC Best San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 1999, and Best of the West readers poll
Obits Howard Browne, Walt Willis
People Ray Bradbury, Greg Bear, King & Straub, Scott Edelman
WFAs World Fantasy Awards winners; PW's Best Books of 1999