649coverThis Recommended Reading List, published in Locus Magazine’s February 2015 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Paul Kincaid, and others — with inputs from outside reviewers, other professional critics, other lists, etc. Short fiction selections are based on material from Jonathan Strahan, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Lois Tilton, Ellen Datlow, Alisa Krasnostein, and Paula Guran with some assistance from Karen Burnham, Nisi Shawl, and Mark Kelly. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their particular favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue.

Novels – Science Fiction


Novels – Fantasy


Young Adult Books


First Novels




Anthologies – Original


Anthologies – Reprint/Bests




Art Books





  • “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie (Rogues)
  • “The End of the End of Everything”, Dale Bailey (Tor.com 4/23/14)
  • “Skullpocket”, Nathan Ballingrud (Nightmare Carnival)
  • “The Hand Is Quicker”, Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Silverberg)
  • “Subduction”, Paul M. Berger (F&SF 7-8/14)
  • “Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind)”, Holly Black (Monstrous Affections)
  • “Sleep Walking Now and Then”, Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
  • “The Changeling”, James Bradley (Fearsome Magics)
  • “The Rider”, Jérôme Cigut (F&SF 9-10/14)
  • “A Better Way to Die”, Paul Cornell (Rogues)
  • “The Magician and Laplace’s Demon”, Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
  • “Memorials”, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 1/14)
  • “I’ll Follow the Sun”, Paul Di Filippo (F&SF 11-12/14)
  • “Petard: A Tale of Just Deserts”, Cory Doctorow (Twelve Tomorrows)
  • “Seventh Sight”, Greg Egan (Upgraded)
  • “Shadow Flock”, Greg Egan (Coming Soon Enough)
  • “The Litany of Earth”, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com 5/14/14)
  • “A Wish from a Bone”, Gemma Files (Fearful Symmetries)
  • “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star”, Kathleen Ann Goonan (Tor.com 7/20/14)
  • “His Artist Wife”, John Grant (Black Static 1-2/14)
  • “Skull and Hyssop“, Kathleen Jennings (Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 12/14)
  • The Elvis Room, Stephen Graham Jones (This Is Horror)
  • “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i”, Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
  • “Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No.8)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest)
  • “The Cats of River Street (1925)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest)
  • “The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (The Book of Silverberg)
  • “Hey Presto!”, Ellen Klages (Fearsome Magics)
  • “Schools of Clay”, Derek Künsken (Asimov’s 2/14)
  • “A Hotel in Antarctica”, Geoffrey A. Landis (Hieroglyph)
  • “The Jar of Water”, Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House #62)
  • “Wine”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 1/14)
  • “Draft 31”, Michael Libling (F&SF 3-4/14)
  • “I Can See Right Through You”, Kelly Link (McSweeney’s #48)
  • “The New Boyfriend”, Kelly Link (Monstrous Affections)
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”, Scott Lynch (Rogues)
  • “The Fifth Dragon”, Ian McDonald (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Home is the Haunter”, Garth Nix (Fearsome Magics)
  • “Heaven Thunders the Truth”, K.J. Parker (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/2/14)
  • “Bogdavi’s Dream”, Tom Purdom (Asimov’s 9/14)
  • “The Cryptic Age”, Robert Reed (Asimov’s 12/14)
  • “The Last Log of the Lachrimosa“, Alastair Reynolds (Subterranean Spring ’14)
  • “Thing and Sick”, Adam Roberts (Solaris Rising3)
  • “On Skybolt Mountain”, Justina Robson (Fearsome Magics)
  • “Among the Thorns”, Veronica Schanoes (Tor.com 5/7/14)
  • “Kheldyu”, Karl Schroeder (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Ice in the Bedroom”, Robert Shearman (Fearsome Magics)
  • Home and Hearth, Angela Slatter (Spectral Press)
  • “On Ice”, Simon Strantzas (Burnt Black Suns)
  • “Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown”, Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s 4-5/14)
  • “Tawny Petticoats”, Michael Swanwick (Rogues)
  • “The Insects of Love”, Genevieve Valentine (Tor.com 5/28/14)
  • “Collateral”, Peter Watts (Upgraded)
  • “The Colonel”, Peter Watts (Tor.com 7/29/14)
  • “The Devil in America”, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)


Short Stories

  • “The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick”, Charlie Jane Anders (Lightspeed 6/14)
  • “The Scrivener”, Eleanor Arnason (Subterranean Winter ’14)
  • “Moriabe’s Children”, Paolo Bacigalupi (Monstrous Affections)
  • “Covenant”, Elizabeth Bear (Hieroglyph)
  • “This Chance Planet”, Elizabeth Bear (Tor.com 10/22/14)
  • “Slipping”, Lauren Beukes (Twelve Tomorrows)
  • “Beside the Damned River”, D.J. Cockburn (Interzone 7-8/14)
  • “Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale”, C.S.E. Cooney (Strange Horizons 7/21/14)
  • “The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile”, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean Spring ’14)
  • “The Dust Queen”, Aliette de Bodard (Reach for Infinity)
  • “The Truth About Owls”, Amal El-Mohtar (Kaleidoscope)
  • “Printable”, Toh EnJoe (Granta Spring ’14)
  • “Sadness”, Timons Esaias (Analog 7-8/14)
  • “Hibbler’s Minions,”, Jeffrey Ford (Nightmare Carnival)
  • “The Prelate’s Commission”, Jeffrey Ford (Subterranean Winter ’14)
  • “Nanny Anne and the Christmas Story”, Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Winter ’14)
  • “Cimmeria: From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology“, Theodora Goss (Lightspeed 7/14)
  • “Ghost Story”, John Grant (Interzone 3-4/14)
  • “The Tallest Doll in New York City”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Tor.com 2/14/14)
  • “Cures for a Sickened World”, Brian Hodge (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)
  • “Left Foot, Right”, Nalo Hopkinson (Monstrous Affections)
  • “The Saint of the Sidewalks”, Kat Howard (Clarkesworld 8/14)
  • “The Instructive Tale of the Archaeologist and His Wife”, Alexander Jablokov (Asimov’s 7/14)
  • “Catching Flies”, Carole Johnstone (Fearful Symmetries)
  • “Chapter Six”, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com 6/11/14)
  • “Someday”, James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s 4-5/14)
  • “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying”, Alice Sola Kim (Monstrous Affections/Tin House #61)
  • “Amicae Aeternum”, Ellen Klages (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Caligo Lane”, Ellen Klages (Subterranean Winter ’14)
  • “West to East”, Jay Lake (Subterranean Summer ’14)
  • “Combustion Hour”, Yoon Ha Lee (Tor.com 6/18/14)
  • “The Contemporary Foxwife”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 7/14)
  • “The Lady and the Fox”, Kelly Link (My True Love Gave to Me)
  • “The Long Haul From the ANNALS OF TRANSPORTATION, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009”, Ken Liu (Clarkesworld 11/14)
  • “Selfie”, Sandra McDonald (Lightspeed 5/14)
  • “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family”, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • “Four Days of Christmas”, Tim Maughan (Terraform 12/24/14)
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted”, Garth Nix (Fearful Symmetries)
  • “And Wash Out by Tides of War”, An Owomoyela (Clarkesworld 2/14)
  • “Shatterdown”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 6/14)
  • “Windows”, Susan Palwick (Asimov’s 9/14)
  • “I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Winter ’14)
  • “The Manor of Lost Time”, Richard Parks (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/26/14)
  • “The Sorrow of Rain”, Richard Parks (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 10/2/14)
  • “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide”, Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
  • “Invisible Planets”, Hannu Rajaniemi (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Pernicious Romance”, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld 11/14)
  • “In Babelsberg”, Alastair Reynolds (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Trademark Bugs: A Legal History”, Adam Roberts (Reach for Infinity)
  • “Fift and Shria”, Benjamin Rosenbaum (Solaris Rising3)
  • “How to Get Back to the Forest”, Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed 3/14)
  • “Ogres of East Africa”, Sofia Samatar (Long Hidden)
  • “Wake-Rider”, Vandana Singh (Lightspeed 12/14)
  • “Passage of Earth”, Michael Swanwick (Clarkesworld 4/14)
  • “The Walking-Stick Forest”, Anna Tambour (Tor.com 5/21/14)
  • “Vladimir Chong Chooses To Die”, Lavie Tidhar (Analog 9/14)
  • “Aberration”, Genevieve Valentine (Fearsome Magics)


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