Thursday, February 1, 2018

Annotated 2017 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 4/17/18: Tagged Sturgeon Award finalists.
Update 3/30/18: Removed highlighting and non-Locus stories.
Update 3/5/18: Used new dynamic table. Locus stories are highlighted to show it's a subset of the RSR Hugo Awards page.
Update 2/20/18: Added 2017 Nebula Award finalists.
Update 2/10/18: Added recommendations from RHorton's The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2018 Edition.
Update 2/7/18: Added links to all 5 Asimov's stories.

Here is the annotated 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List for short fiction, sorted by score to highlight the stories that made it into the "year's best" anthologies so far (GDozois, JStrahan, NClarke, RHorton) and "year's best" lists of prolific reviewers (GDozois, RHorton, RSR, SFRevu, JMcGregor).

Annotations include time estimates, links to the story on the author’s website (if available), author links with Campbell Award-eligibility marked (superscript for year 1 or 2), blurbs for RSR-reviewed stories, links to reviews, and links to digital back issues (of print magazines) at eBookstores and library websites.


RSR reviewed 96 out of the 123 stories in the Locus list (78%). Of the 27 not reviewed by RSR, 10 were stories from horror magazines and horror anthologies. The rest were from other science fiction & fantasy sources, some of which might be reviewed by RSR as time permits.

Moreover, 74 of the 113 science fiction & fantasy stories in the Locus list (65%) are in RSR's Year-To-Date page. That means one can follow the Year-To-Date page over the course of the year and read stories that are likely to make it to the Locus list.

Shortcuts: Novellas (26), Novelettes (41), Short Stories (56)


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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. You have a couple short stories listed twice:

    One Hour, Every Seven Years
    This Is Our Town

    Looks like they moved up with points from RHorton, but still show under 0 as well.

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