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Locus Recommended Online Fiction

Here is a selection from this year’s Locus Recommended Reading List with links to online content. If you spot anything that I’ve left off, please contact me and I’ll add it in.



Short Story


Comment from Ken Liu
Time February 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Two of my stories on the list are also available online:

“The Paper Menagerie”, by Ken Liu, reprinted at Suvudu:

“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”, by Ken Liu, available on my web site as a free PDF courtesy of Panverse Publishing:

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

Got them added, thanks Ken!

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Comment from Liz
Time February 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Yes, you’re missing a few. I made a list of these last week, you are missing:

Kiss Me Twice
‘The Silver Wind’ (PDF), Nina Allan (Interzone 3-4/11)
‘The Copenhagen Interpretation’ (PDF), Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
‘Bronsky’s Dates with Death’ (PDF), Peter David (F&SF 7-8/11)
‘The Cold Step Beyond’, Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s 6/11)
‘’The Boneless One’, Alec Nevala-Lee (Analog 11/11)
‘Canterbury Hollow’, Chris Lawson (F&SF 1-2/11)
‘Absinthe Fish’, M. David Blake (Bull Spec Spring ’11)

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Liz! Sorry I’m behind the curve on this.

Comment from Anne S. Zanoni
Time February 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hi, Karen.

A correction: Darin’s Electric Velocipede story is “∞°” with a degree symbol.


Anne S. Zanoni
Managing editor, Electric Velocipede

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Anne – I got it fixed here. You may also want to contact Mark Kelly on the main Locus Online site to get it fixed on the official list posting. Thanks!

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Comment from Sam M-B
Time February 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I made a list of the stories available in podcast form (that I knew about) here:

(Which also lists the novels and books which have audiobooks that I know about.)

At least some of the short stories in the collections and anthologies are also available online and/or in podcast form, but I didn’t go down that road.

Comment from disappointed
Time February 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm

‘‘Kiss Me Twice’’, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11) is only an excerpt – when you get to the bottom, you see “Be sure to read the exciting conclusion in our June issue on sale now.”

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Ouch, you are quite right. I missed that when I scanned through it. I’ve removed it now, thanks!

Comment from Roger
Time February 20, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Now MR Kowal’s “Kiss Me Twice” is available online:

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Good catch Roger, I’ve updated the list. Thanks!

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[…] Locus Recommended Online Fiction –  Locus Magazine har offentliggjort sin liste med de romaner og noveller, som ifølge deres anmeldere var de bedste i 2011. Som en ekstra service har Locus Online samlet de noveller, der kan læses på nettet, så man ikke selv skal lede efter dem. Blandt dem findes også noveller, som ikke oprindeligt blev bragt i elektronisk form, men som enten forfatteren eller magasinet har valgt at gøre tilgængelige. […]

Comment from Jonathan Laden
Time February 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

There are some nice stories here.

Comment from Bob
Time February 27, 2012 at 11:12 pm

MacLeod’s “A COLD STEP BEYOND is only partial as well – unfortunately!

Comment from Karen Burnham
Time February 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

Sorry about that Bob. Thanks for the update!

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