This is nice: Locus magazine has released its “Recommended Reading List” for 2008, and I’m on it twice: First for Zoe’s Tale, in the Young Adult Books category, and then again for “After the Coup” in the short story category.
I suspected ZT might show up on the list this year, as the Locus review of the novel called it “one of the best young-adult science fiction novels of the last decade,” and that seemed like a pretty good sign. But “Coup” popping up on the list as well was a happy surprise. And in both categories I have some excellent company: YA recommended works include books by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Justine Larbalestier and Terry Pratchett, among others, and short stories by Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette, Mary Robinette Kowal, Geoff Ryman and Michael Swanwick, among others as well. Hard to complain when one gets to be slotted in with that level of talent.
In all, the Locus list is pretty good collection of what was good in the genre in 2008, so if you’re looking for reading ideas, have at it.