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2010 Recommended Reading List

Recommended Reading List


2010 Locus Recommended Reading List

This recommended reading list, published in Locus Magazine's February 2011 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers -- Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren C. Miller, Russell Letson, Paul Witcover, Graham Sleight, Carolyn Cushman, Adrienne Martini, Tim Pratt, and Karen Haber, and, for short fiction, Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Rich Horton, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Lois Tilton, and others.

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

Anthologies - Bests


Art Books


  • "Mammoths of the Great Plains", Eleanor Arnason (Mammoths of the Great Plains)
  • Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean Press)
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean Press)
  • "Chicken Little", Cory Doctorow (Gateways)
  • Kentauros, Gregory Feeley (New Haven Review)
  • "The Maiden Flight of McCauley's Bellerophon", Elizabeth Hand (Stories)
  • "The Rift", John G. Hemry (Analog 10/10)
  • "The Sultan of the Clouds", Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's 9/10)
  • "Phantom Sense", Richard A. Lovett & Mark Niemann-Ross (Analog 11/10)
  • "The Mystery Knight", George R. R. Martin (Warriors)
  • Seven Cities of Gold, David Moles (PS Publishing)
  • "Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance", Paul Park (F&SF 1-2/10)
  • "Jackie's Boy", Steven Popkes (Asimov's 4-5/10)
  • "A History of Terraforming", Robert Reed (Asimov's 7/10)
  • "Dead Man's Run", Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/10)
  • "Troika", Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines)
  • The Taborin Scale, Lucius Shepard (Subterranean Press)
  • "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window", Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer '10)
  • Cloud Permutations, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
  • "A Glimpse of the Marvellous Structure (And the Threat it Entails)", Sean Williams (Godlike Machines)
  • "Several Items of Interest", Rick Wilber (Asimov's 10-11/10)
  • "The Curious Adventure of the Jersey Devil", Michael D Winkle (Panverse 2)


  • "The Fool Jobs", Joe Abercrombie (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • "Eating at the End-of-the-World Café", Dale Bailey (F&SF 9-10/10)
  • "—30—", Laird Barron (Occultation)
  • "The Redfield Girls", Laird Barron (Haunted Legends)
  • "Map of Seventeen", Christopher Barzak (The Beastly Bride)
  • "La Lune T'Attend", Peter S. Beagle (Full Moon City)
  • "Trinity County, CA", Peter S. Beagle (Intergalactic Medicine Show 8/10)
  • "Pining to be Human", Richard Bowes (F&SF 7-8/10)
  • "The Spy Who Never Grew Up", Sarah Rees Brennan (Kiss Me Deadly)
  • "A Jar of Goodwill", Tobias S. Buckell (Clarkesworld 5/10)
  • "Princess Prettypants", Meg Cabot (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  • "Braiding the Ghosts", C.S.E. Cooney (Clockwork Phoenix 3)
  • "Queen of the Kanguellas", Scott Dalrymple (Realms of Fantasy 12/10)
  • "The Cage", A.M. Dellamonica ( 7/28/10)
  • "Amor Fugit", Alexandra Duncan (F&SF 3-4/10)
  • "Goats of Glory", Steven Erikson (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains", Neil Gaiman (Stories)
  • "The Mad Scientist's Daughter", Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 1/18-1/25/10)
  • "Chimbwi", Jim Hawkins (Interzone 3-4/10)
  • "Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Matter", Jim Hawkins (Interzone 7-8/10)
  • "Brownian Emotion", Tom Holt (Subterranean Spring '10)
  • "Blind Cat Dance", Alexander Jablokov (Asimov's 3/10)
  • "Plus or Minus", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's 12/10)
  • "A Thousand Flowers", Margo Lanagan (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  • "Marya and the Pirate", Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's 1/10)
  • "Black and White Sky", Tanith Lee (Brighton Shock)
  • "Under/Above the Water", Tanith Lee (Songs of Love and Death)
  • "Pupa," David D. Levine (Analog 10/10)
  • "The Literomancer", Ken Liu (F&SF 9-10/10)
  • "In the Stacks", Scott Lynch (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • "WE HEART VAMPIRES!!!!!!", Meghan McCarron (Strange Horizons 5/3-5/10/10)
  • "The Naturalist", Maureen McHugh (Subterranean Spring '10)
  • "Frankenstein, Frankenstein", Will McIntosh (Asimov's 10-11/10)
  • "Eight Miles", Sean McMullen (Analog 9/10)
  • "To Hold the Bridge", Garth Nix (Legends of Australian Fantasy)
  • "Seven Years from Home", Naomi Novik (Warriors)
  • "Amor Vincit Omnia", K.J. Parker (Subterranean, Summer '10)
  • "A Rich Full Week", K.J. Parker (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • "Errant", Diana Peterfreund (Kiss Me Deadly)
  • "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn", Diana Peterfreund (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  • "Sleepover", Alastair Reynolds (The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF; US: The Mammoth Book of the End of the World)
  • "Dr. Death vs. the Vampire", Aaron Schutz (F&SF 5-6/10)
  • "The Bodhisattvas", Gord Sellar (Subterranean Spring '10)
  • "The Unorthodox Dr. Draper", William Browning Spencer (Subterranean Fall '10)
  • "Butterfly and the Blight at the Heart of the World", Lavie Tidhar (Daily Science Fiction 9/3/10)

Short Stories

  • "Ware of the Worlds", Michael Alexander (F&SF 11-12/10)
  • "The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model", Charlie Jane Anders ( 8/11/10)
  • "One Saturday Night, with Angel", Peter M. Ball (Sprawl)
  • "Stereogram of the Gray Fort, in the Days of Her Glory", Paul M. Berger (Fantasy 6/21/10)
  • "Sobek", Holly Black (Wings of Fire)
  • "The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue", Holly Black (Full Moon City)
  • "Under the Moons of Venus", Damien Broderick (Subterranean Spring '10)
  • "The Taste of Night", Pat Cadigan (Is Anybody Out There?)
  • "How Seosiris Lost the Favor of the King", James L. Cambias (F&SF 9-10/10)
  • "The Duke of Vertumn's Fingerling", Elizabeth Carroll (Strange Horizons 4/5/10)
  • "Cold Hands", Cassandra Clare (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  • "The Jammie Dodgers and the Adventure of the Leicester Square Screening", Cory Doctorow (Shareable 5/25/10)
  • "The Green Book", Amal El-Mohtar (Apex 11/1/10)
  • "The Interior of Mister Bumblethorn's Coat", Willow Fagan (Fantasy 10/11/10)
  • "Polka Dots and Moonbeams", Jeffrey Ford (Stories)
  • "Booth's Ghost", Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn't See and Other Stories)
  • "The Thing About Cassandra", Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
  • "Sins of the Father", Sara Genge (Asimov's 12/10)
  • "Fair Ladies", Theodora Goss (Apex 8/2/10)
  • "Sleeping Dogs", Joe Haldeman (Gateways)
  • "The Red Bride", Samantha Henderson (Strange Horizons 7/5/10)
  • "Futures in the Memories Market", Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Clarkesworld 6/10)
  • "Love Will Tear Us Apart", Alaya Dawn Johnson (Zombies vs. Unicorns)
  • "Names for Water", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 10-11/10)
  • "The Other Graces", Alice Sola Kim (Asimov's 7/10)
  • "In-Fall", Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed 12/10)
  • "For Want of a Nail", Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov's 9/10)
  • "The Children of Cadmus", Ellen Kushner (The Beastly Bride)
  • "The Man With the Knives", Ellen Kushner (Temporary Culture)
  • "Permanent Fatal Errors", Jay Lake (Is Anybody Out There?)
  • "The Miracle Aquilina", Margo Lanagan (Wings of Fire)
  • "Graffiti in the Library of Babel", David Langford (Is Anybody Out There?)
  • "Between Two Dragons", Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 4/10)
  • "Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain", Yoon Ha Lee (Lightspeed 9/10)
  • "Second Journey of the Magus", Ian R. MacLeod (Subterranean Winter '10)
  • "Blue Fire", Bruce McAllister (F&SF 3-4/10)
  • "The Courtship of the Queen", Bruce McAllister ( 5/5/10)
  • "Tonight We Fly", Ian McDonald (Masked)
  • "Beach Blanket Spaceship", Sandra McDonald (Clarkesworld 7/10)
  • "Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots", Sandra McDonald (Strange Horizons 10/4/10)
  • "The Isthmus Variation", Kris Millering (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 7/1/10)
  • "After the Dragon", Sarah Monette (Fantasy 1/25/10)
  • "A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet", Garth Nix (Swords & Dark Magic)
  • "Clockwork Fairies", Cat Rambo ( 8/20/10)
  • "Elegy for a Young Elk", Hannu Rajaniemi (Subterranean Spring '10)
  • "The Cull", Robert Reed (Clarkesworld 9/10)
  • "The Nature of Bees", Priya Sharma (Albedo One 2010)
  • "Conditional Love", Felicity Shoulders (Asimov's 1/10)
  • "Brisneyland by Night", Angela Slatter (Sprawl)
  • "Lost Things", Angela Slatter (Sourdough and Other Stories)
  • "All the Love in the World", Cat Sparks (Sprawl)
  • "The Exterminator's Want-Ad", Bruce Sterling (Shareable 6/22/10)
  • "The Word of Azrael", Matthew David Surridge (Black Gate Winter '10)
  • "Libertarian Russia", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's 12/10)
  • "The Monster's Million Faces", Rachel Swirsky ( 9/8/10)
  • "The Stable Master's Tale", Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy 7/5/10)
  • "A Letter from the Emperor", Steve Rasnic Tem (Asimov's 1/10)
  • "The Night Train", Lavie Tidhar (Strange Horizons 6/14/10)
  • "The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String", Lavie Tidhar (Fantasy 5/17/10)
  • "Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale)", Ian Tregillis (Apex 10/4/10)
  • "What Doctor Gottlieb Saw", Ian Tregillis ( 6/8/10)
  • "How to Become a Mars Overlord", Catherynne M. Valente (Lightspeed 8/10)
  • "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/10)
  • "The Zeppelin Conductors' Society Annual Gentlemen's Ball", Genevieve Valentine (Lightspeed 7/10)
  • "Amarylis", Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed 6/10)
  • "The Things", Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)
  • "The Children of Main Street", A.C. Wise (Clarkesworld 12/10)
  • "Standard Loneliness Package", Charlie Yu (Lightspeed 11/10)
February 2011 Issue
2010 Recommended Reading List

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