2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

At the start of each year, Locus publishes a consensus list from several editors (like Dozois, Strahan, Horton, Clarke,…) a list of recommended readings of the last year. Here is the one for 2016:

2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

I just copy over the shorter works (the original list also contains novels, anthologies, etc.), including links to my reviews if available.

The Lost Child of Lychford, Paul Cornell (Tor.com Publishing)
The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
★★★★ • Every Heart a Doorway • magical realism novelly by Seanan McGuire • review
This Census-taker, China Miéville (Del Rey; Picador)
“The Charge and the Storm”, An Owomoyela (Asimov’s 6/16)
The Devil You Know, K.J. Parker (Tor.com Publishing)
The Iron Tactician, Alastair Reynolds (NewCon)
The Dispatcher, John Scalzi (Audible; Subterranean 2017)
Pirate Utopia, Bruce Sterling (Tachyon)
“The Vanishing Kind”, Lavie Tidhar (F&SF 07-08/16)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

★★★ •  The Art of Space Travel • SF novelette by Nina Allan • review
Checkerboard Planet”, Eleanor Arnason (Clarkesworld 12/16)
Fifty Shades of Grays”, Steven Barnes (Lightspeed 6/16)
Salto Mortal”, Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed 6/16)
A Dead Djinn in Cairo”, P. Djeli Clark (Tor.com 5/18/16)
“Pearl”, Aliette de Bodard (The Starlit Wood)
The Life and Times of Angel Evans”, Meredith Debonnaire (Booksmugglers 9/13/16)
★★★ • Touring with the Alien • First contact SF novelette by Carolyn Ives Gilman • review
★★ • Red as Blood and White as Bone • Fairy tale novelette by Theodora Goss • review
★★★ • Number Nine Moon • Hard SF short story by Alex Irvine • review
Birdfather”, Stephen Graham Jones (Black Static 3-4/16)
The Night Cyclist”, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com 9/21/16)
“Antediluvian Homesick Blues”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest 10/16)
Jonas and the Fox”, Rich Larson (Clarkesworld 5/16)
★★★★★ •  Foxfire, Foxfire • SF&F crossover novelette by Yoon Ha Lee • review
★★★★ • The Visitor from Taured • SF novelette by Ian R. MacLeod • review
“In the Ruins of Mohenjo-Daro”, Usman T. Malik (The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu)
Angel, Monster, Man”, Sam J. Miller (Nightmare 1/16)
“Cold Comfort”, Pat Murphy & Paul Doherty (Bridging Infinity)
★★★ •  Spinning Silver • Fairy tale Rumpelstilchen retold by Naomi Novik • review
Unauthorized Access”, An Owomoyela (Lightspeed 9/16)
Told by an Idiot”, K.J. Parker (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/04/16)
“Project Empathy”, Dominica Phetteplace (Asimov’s 3/16)
“Project Symmetry”, Dominica Phetteplace (Asimov’s 6/16)
★★+ • Those Shadows Laugh • Geoff Ryman • review
“Prodigal”, Gord Sellar (Analog 12/16)
“Inheritance, or the Ruby Tear”, Priya Sharma (Black Static 7-8/16)
★★+ • The Great Detective • Steampunk novelette by Delia Sherman • review

★★★★ • The Future is Blue • dystopic SF novelette by Catherynne M. Valente • review
★★★★+ • “Everyone from Themis Sends Letters Home” • SF short stoy by Genevieve Valentine • review
“The Mind Is Its Own Place”, Carrie Vaughn (Asimov’s 9/16)
The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing)
“The Metal Demimonde”, Nick Wolven (Analog 7-8/16)
“Passion Summer”, Nick Wolven (Asimov’s 2/16)
★★★★ • You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay • Weird novelette by Alyssa Wong • review

“Because Change Was the Ocean and We Lived By Her Mercy”, Charlie Jane Anders (Drowned Worlds)
“Rager in Space”, Charlie Jane Anders (Bridging Infinity)
★★ • Mika Model • SF short story by Paolo Bacigalupi • review
I Was a Teenage Werewolf“, Dale Bailey (Nightmare 12/16)
The Story of Kao Yu“, Peter S. Beagle (Tor.com 12/7/16)
Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies“, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“The Voice in the Cornfield, the Word Made Flesh”, Desirina Boskovich (F&SF 9-10/16)
The House That Jessica Built“, Nadia Bulkin (The Dark 11/16)
“Nesters”, Siobhan Carroll (Children of Lovecraft)
Applied Cenotaphics in the Long, Long Latitudes“, Vajra Chandrasekera (Strange Horizons 9/5/16)
A Tower for the Coming World“, Maggie Clark (Clarkesworld 12/16)
The House That Creaks“, Elaine Cuyegkeng (The Dark 10/16)
★★★+ • A Salvaging of Ghosts • SF short story in Xuyan universe by Aliette de Bodard • review
The Sound That Grief Makes“, Kristi DeMeester (The Dark 10/16)
★★★ • Seasons of Glass and Iron • fairy tale short story by Amal El-Mohtar • review
“Ghost Pressure”, Gemma Files (What the #@&% Is That?)
Not Without Mercy“, Jeffrey Ford (Conjunctions 67: Other Aliens)
“The Mutants Men Don’t See”, James Alan Gardner (Asimov’s 8/16)
★★★ • Even the Crumbs Were Delicious • Hänsel und Gretel turned to SF short story by Daryl Gregory • review
Tower of the Rosewater Goblet“, Nin Harris (Strange Horizons 1/4/16)
Little Widow“, Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
“The Magical Properties of Unicorn Ivory”, Carlos Hernandez (The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria)
The City Born Great“, N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com 9/28/16)
★★★★+ • Red Dirt Witch • Urban Fantasy short story by N.K. Jemisin • review
“Night Journey of the Dragon-Horse”, Xia Jia (Invisible Planets)
Breathe“, Cassandra Khaw (Clarkesworld 5/16)
“The Line Between the Devil’s Teeth (Murder Ballad No. 10)”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Sirenia Digest 11/16)
 • Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9) • Caitlín R. Kiernan horror
Successor, Usurper, Replacement“, Alice Sola Kim (Buzzfeed 10/25/16)
The One Who Isn’t“, Ted Kosmatka (Lightspeed 7/16)
Postcards from Natalie“, Carrie Laben (The Dark 7/16)
The Finest, Fullest Flowering“, Marc Laidlaw (Nightmare 6/16)
Sparks Fly“, Rich Larson (Lightspeed 3/16)
★★★★ • You Make Pattaya • Near Future con-man short story by Rich Larson •  review
Shadows Weave“, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/26/16)
“Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit – Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts”, Ken Liu (Drowned Worlds)
★★★★ • Seven Birthdays • SF short story by Ken Liu • review
A Good Home“, Karin Lowachee (Lightspeed 6/16)
“Ozymandias”, Karin Lowachee (Bridging Infinity)
Her Sacred Spirit Soars“, S. Qiouyi Lu (Strange Horizons 7/18/16)
My Body, Herself“, Carmen Maria Machado (Uncanny 9-10/16)
The Wreck at Goat’s Head“, Alexandra Manglis (Strange Horizons 11/16)
★★+ • Elves of Antarctica • CliFi short story by Paul McAuley • review
Something Happened Here, but We’re Not Quite Sure What It Was“, Paul McAuley (Tor.com 7/20/16)
Ye Highlands and Ye Lowlands“, Seanan McGuire (Uncanny 5-6/16)
“Last Gods”, Sam J. Miller (Drowned Worlds)
★ • Things with Beards • Weird short story by Sam J. Miller • I didn’t get at all what this story was about, couldn’t get into it
Webs“, Mary Anne Mohanraj (Asimov’s 7/16)
u wont remember dying“, Russell Nichols (Terraform 6/23/16)
With Her Diamond Teeth“, Pear Nuallak (The Dark 11/16)
Ever Changing, Ever Turning“, Yukimi Ogawa (Lackington’s Summer 2016)
Afrofuturist 419“, Nnedi Okorafor (Clarkesworld 11/16)
Screamers“, Tochi Onyebuchi (Omenana 11/9/16)
Between Dragons and Their Wrath“, An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky (Clarkesworld 2/16)
Under One Roof“, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 9-10/16)
Left Behind“, Cat Rambo (Clarkesworld 5/16)
“Sixteen Questions for Kamala Chatterjee”, Alastair Reynolds (Bridging Infinity)
Those Brighter Stars“, Mercurio D. Rivera (Lightspeed 8/16)
The Bog Girl“, Karen Russell (The New Yorker 6/20/16)
The Red Thread“, Sofia Samatar (Lightspeed 6/16)
“The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle”, Sofia Samatar (The Starlit Wood)
Vulcanization“, Nisi Shawl (Nightmare 1/16)
Wednesday’s Story“, Wole Talabi (Lightspeed 5/16)
“Drowned”, Lavie Tidhar (Drowned Worlds)
★★★ •  Terminal • SF short story by Lavie Tidhar • review
The Abduction of Europa“, E. Catherine Tobler (Clarkesworld 1/16)
La beauté sans vertu“, Genevieve Valentine (Tor.com 4/16)
That Game We Played During the War“, Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com 3/16/16)
Dragon Brides“, Nghi Vo (Lightspeed 4/16)
First Light at Mistaken Point“, Kali Wallace (Clarkesworld 8/16)
“Openness”, Alexander Weinstein (Beloit Fiction Journal Spring 2016)
Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left“, Fran Wilde (Shimmer 9/16)
A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers“, Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 3/02/16)
Secondhand Bodies“, JY Yang (Lightspeed 1/16)
Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station | Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed 3/16)
★★★ • The Witch of Orion Waste and the Boy Knight • fairy tale shor story by E. Lily Yu • review


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