The highly influential Locus Recommended Reading List has been posted by Locus Online.
The 2014 list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers with some input by others —
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.
On the list are —
- 28 SF novels, 22 fantasy novels, 18 YA books, 11 first novels;
- 14 collections, 12 original anthologies, 11 reprint anthologies;
- 12 nonfiction books, 13 art books;
- 16 novellas
- 53 novelettes
- 58 short stories
The list is always a focal point of discussion during awards season. This year it may also provide ammunition for the Sad Puppies 3 campaign because despite its breadth it contains a grand total of zero works written by —
- Larry Correia
- Brad Torgersen
- John C. Wright
- Vox Day
- Sarah Hoyt
- Dan Wells
— five writers who were on last year’s Sad Puppies slate, and a sixth, John C. Wright, who has been constantly mentioned as a writer they will endorse in 2015. Four members of last year’s slate, Correia, Torgersen, Day and Wells, made the 2014 Hugo ballot (though none was on last year’s Locus list, either).
Oh, and the current Locus list also contains absolutely zero works published by Baen Books.