What You Should Have Read in 2012 and 2013

One of the panels was about books that every science fiction and fantasy fan should have read in 2012 or earlier this year.  DSC_1791

The panelists participating were:

Elizabeth Bear, Willie Sirios, David Hartwell and Jess Nevins.  Ms. Bear and Mr. Hartwell (not in picture – he was late) are both authors.  Mr. Sirios is a book collector/bookstore owner and has helped guide science fiction conventions in Texas for over 30 years.  I think he was involved in the earliest ArmadilloCons that take place in Austin most years.  Jess Nevins is a librarian.

Elizabeth Bear’s Selections

Mad Scientist’s Daughter – Cassandra Rose Clarke – PBO

Self Reference Engine Toh EnJoe – PBO

Drowning GirlCaitlin Kiernan – PBO — Locus Award Nominee

Tales of the Beanworld – Larry Marder – hardcover graphic novel

American Elsewhere Robert Jackson Bennett – PBO

EncryptedCarolyn McCray – PBO

Librimancer Jim C. Hines – hardcover – author’s first book in a series – no starred reviews so it did not make it into the database

Codex Born – Jim C. Hines – hardcover – author’s second book in a series – no starred reviews for this one either

Willie Soros’ Picks

Sea ChangeS. M. Wheeler – hardcover – has two starred reviews – in database – released in June 2013 by Tor

Hydrogen Sonata Ian Banks – hardcover – author has died since the book was published

ShamanKim Stanley Robinson – hardcover – author won Nebula this year and was nominated for the Hugo Award

Great North RoadPeter Hamilton – hardcover

We Were Completely Beside OurselvesKaren Fowler – hardcover – two starred reviews – in database

Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil Gaiman – hardcover – two starred reviews – in database

Cold SteelKate Elliott – PBO – third book in a trilogy

Jess Nevins’ Selections

Vorrh – Brian Catling – PBO

Angel Maker – Nick Harkaway

Crandolin – Anna Tambour – PBO – search for a medieval cookbook

The Shining Girls – Lauren Beukes – hardcover

Edge – Koji Suzuki – hardcover

Last Policeman – Ben Winters – PBO


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