Thursday, February 1, 2018

Annotated 2017 Locus Reading List for Short Fiction

Update 4/30/18: Tagged 30 Locus Award finalists and wrote observations.
Update 4/17/18: Tagged Sturgeon Award finalists.
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 Coverage

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.

Locus Finalists Observations

The Novella, Novelette and Short Story categories each had 10 finalists.

View: 🌀Category/ΣScore (default)
  • Novella: No surprises, the top 8 were finalists; Only 2 were not already finalists for another award or recommended by prolific reviewers.
  • Novelette: It was surprising the top 2 were not finalists.
  • Short Story: No surprises, the top 10 had 8 finalists; Only 1 finalist was not already a finalist for another award and/or included in a "year's best" anthology.

View: 📚Publication/ΣScore
  • Most (%): F&SF had 2 finalists out of 3 stories in the list; Tor Novellas had 8 finalists out of 14 stories; Uncanny had 4 finalists out of 8 stories; Asimov's had 2 finalists out of 5 stories; had 5 finalists out of 14 stories.
  • Least: Clarkesworld no finalists even though it had 9 stories in the list (including the top 2 novelettes); Ditto for Lightspeed with 12 stories in the list.
  • Four anthologies each had one finalist.

View: ✍New Writer/ΣScore
  • There were 2 finalists out of 9 stories by Campbell Award-eligible writers.

Locus List Observations

  • Locus Finalists: No surprises, every Locus finalist was in the Locus recommended reading list, so no write-in candidates made the cut.
  • Hugo Finalists: 15 of 18 finalists were in the Locus list (yellow highlights), with 13 also being Locus finalists (orange highlights). Hugo finalists missing from the Locus list include one novelette and two short stories (links to 2017 Best SF/F page).
  • Nebula Finalists: 11 of 18 finalists were in the Locus list (yellow highlights), with 9 also being Locus finalists (orange highlights). Nebula finalists missing from the Locus list include one novella, three novelettes, and three short stories (links to 2017 Best SF/F page).
  • Sturgeon Finalists: All 11 finalists were in the Locus list, with 6 also being Locus finalists (orange highlights).
  • Eugie Finalists: TBD

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

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Eric Wong
Updated April 30, 2018

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.