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February 2006
Mailing Date:
31 January 2006

Locus Magazine
Recommended Reading: 2005

This recommended reading list, published in Locus Magazine's February 2006 issue, is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers -- Charles N. Brown, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Nick Gevers, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Haber, and Rich Horton -- and other professionals, including Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, and others. It takes at least two positive mentions to make the final list. Essays by many of these contributors are published in the February issue.

SF novels

Fantasy novels

First novels

YA Books




Art Books


  • "The Diversification of Its Fancy", John Barnes (Analog 11/05)
  • "The Imago Sequence", Laird Barron (F&SF 5/05)
  • "In the Machine", Michael Cunningham (Specimen Days)
  • "Human Readable", Cory Doctorow (Future Washington)
  • Fishiní With Grandma Matchie, Steven Erikson (PS Publishing)
  • "The Nursemaidís Suitor", Charles Coleman Finlay (Black Gate Summer 2005)
  • The Cosmology of the Wider World, Jeffrey Ford (PS Publishing)
  • "The Road to Recovery", Gregory Frost (Attack of the Jazz Giants)
  • Voluntary Committal, Joe Hill (Subterranean)
  • The Life of Riley, Alexander C. Irvine (Subterranean)
  • Burn, James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon)
  • "Magic for Beginners", Kelly Link (F&SF 9/05; Magic for Beginners)
  • "The Little Goddess", Ian McDonald (Asimovís 6/05)
  • The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass, Vera Nazarian (PS Publishing)
  • "The Gypsies in the Wood", Kim Newman (The Fair Folk)
  • "Bank Run", Tom Purdom (Asimovís 10-11/05)
  • "Diving into the Wreck", Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimovís 12/05)
  • "The Emperor", Lucius Shepard (Sci Fiction 12/14/05)
  • "Winning Mars", Jason Stoddard (Interzone 1-2/05)
  • "Audubon in Atlantis", Harry Turtledove (Analog 12/05)
  • "Inside Job", Connie Willis (Asimovís 1/05)


  • "Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck", Neal Asher (Asimovís 8/05)
  • "The Calorie Man", Paolo Bacigalupi (F&SF 10-11/05)
  • "Bad Machine", Kage Baker (Asimovís 6/05)
  • "The Unfortunate Gytt", Kage Baker (Adventure Vol. 1)
  • "Proboscis", Laird Barron (F&SF 2/05)
  • "The Language of Moths", Christopher Barzak (Realms of Fantasy 4/05)
  • "Two Hearts", Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 10-11/05)
  • "Wax", Elizabeth Bear (Interzone 11-12/05)
  • "The Perimeter", Chris Beckett (Asimovís 12/05)
  • "Piccadilly Circus", Chris Beckett (Interzone 5-6/05)
  • "Heavy Lifting", Suzy McKee Charnas (Sci Fiction 7/06/05)
  • "The Spear Carrier", A.M. Dellamonica (Sci Fiction 3/09/05)
  • "The Emperor of Gondwanaland", Paul Di Filippo (Interzone 1-2/05)
  • "I, Robot", Cory Doctorow (The Infinite Matrix 2/15/05)
  • "A Man of Light", Jeffrey Ford (Sci Fiction 1/26/05)
  • "The Scribble Mind", Jeffrey Ford (Sci Fiction 5/25/05)
  • "The Fraud", Esther M. Friesner (Asimovís 3/05)
  • "Last Man Standing", Esther M. Friesner (F&SF 1/05)
  • "Second Person, Present Tense", Daryl Gregory (Asimovís 9/05)
  • "The 120 Hours of Sodom", Jim Grimsley (Asimovís 2/05)
  • "The Cape", Joe Hill (20th Century Ghosts)
  • "The Gist Hunter", Matthew Hughes (F&SF 6/05)
  • "Help Wonted", Matthew Hughes (F&SF 10-11/05; The Gist Hunter)
  • "Inner Huff", Matthew Hughes (F&SF 2/05)
  • "City of Reason", Matthew Jarpe (Asimovís 1/05)
  • "Invasion of the Axbeaks", Philip C. Jennings (Asimovís 1/05)
  • "The Fulcrum", Gwyneth Jones (Constellations)
  • "The Edge of Nowhere", James Patrick Kelly (Asimovís 6/05)
  • "The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Home From the Stars", Jay Lake & Ruth Nestvold (Sci Fiction 9/28/05)
  • "Rats of the System", Paul McAuley (Constellations)
  • "The Policemanís Daughter", Wil McCarthy (Analog 6/05)
  • "Keyboard Practice, consisting of an Aria with diverse Variations for the Harpsichord with two manuals", John G. McDaid (F&SF 1/05)
  • "Written in the Stars", Ian McDonald (Constellations)
  • "Little Faces", Vonda N. McIntyre (Sci Fiction 2/23/05)
  • "The Summer of the Seven", Paul Melko (Asimovís 8/05)
  • "Planet of the Amazon Women", David Moles (Strange Horizons 5/16-5/23/05)
  • "Maze of Trees", Claudia OíKeefe (F&SF 8/05)
  • "In the Loop", Brian Plante (Analog 7-8/05)
  • "Dallas: An Essay", Robert Reed (Asimovís 4-5/05)
  • "Beyond the Aquila Rift", Alastair Reynolds (Constellations)
  • "Zima Blue", Alastair Reynolds (Postscripts 4 Summer/05)
  • "Gold Mountain", Chris Roberson (Postscripts 5 Autumn/05)
  • "The Order of Things", Adam Roberts (Constellations)
  • "Oxygen Rising", R. Garcia y Robertson (Asimovís 2/05)
  • "Green Shift", Mary Rosenblum (Asimovís 3/05)
  • "The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai", Geoff Ryman (F&SF 12/05)
  • "Amba", William Sanders (Asimovís 12/05)
  • "CommComm", George Saunders (The New Yorker 8/1/05)
  • "Walpurgis Afternoon", Delia Sherman (F&SF 12/05)
  • "The Mermaid", Lauren Slater (Blue Beyond Blue)
  • "The Blemmyeís Stratagem", Bruce Sterling (F&SF 1/05)
  • "Panacea", Jason Stoddard (Sci Fiction 9/14/05)
  • "Girls and Boys, Come Out to Play", Michael Swanwick (Asimovís 7/05)
  • "Pericles the Tyrant", Lois Tilton (Asimovís 10-11/05)
  • "Of Kings, Queens, and Angels", Rajnar Vajra (Analog 7-8/05)
  • "The King of Where-I-Go", Howard Waldrop (Sci Fiction 12/7/05)
  • "A Knot of Toads", Jane Yolen (Nova Scotia)

Short Stories

  • "Masonís Rats", Neal Asher (Asimovís 4-5/05)
  • "The Two Old Women", Kage Baker (Asimovís 2/05)
  • "The Children of Time", Stephen Baxter (Asimovís 7/05)
  • "A Signal from Earth", Stephen Baxter (Postscripts 5 Autumn/05)
  • "Bliss", Leah Bobet (On Spec Winter/04-05)
  • "Is There Life After Rehab?", Pat Cadigan (Sci Fiction 8/17/05)
  • "Magic in a Certain Slant of Light", Deborah Coates (Strange Horizons 3/21/05)
  • "Twilight States", Albert E. Cowdrey (F&SF 7/05)
  • "I Live With You", Carol Emshwiller (F&SF 3/05)
  • "Boatmanís Holiday", Jeffrey Ford (The Book of Voices)
  • "Giant Land", Jeffrey Ford (Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives 2)
  • "Prayer for a Dead Paramecium", Carl Frederick (Analog 7-8/05)
  • "Helen Remembers the Stork Club", Esther M. Friesner (F&SF 10-11/05)
  • "Sunbird", Neil Gaiman (Noisy Outlaws etc.)
  • "The Belt", Theodora Goss (Flytrap 5/05)
  • "Pip and the Fairies", Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 10/3/05)
  • "Heads Down, Thumbs Up", Gavin J. Grant (Sci Fiction, 04/27/05)
  • "The Clockwork Atom Bomb", Dominic Green (Interzone 5-6/05)
  • "Angel of Light", Joe Haldeman (Cosmos 12/05)
  • "Calypso in Berlin", Elizabeth Hand (Sci Fiction 7/13/05)
  • "Best New Horror", Joe Hill (Postscripts 3 Spring/05)
  • "Earthtime", Damian Kilby (Asimovís 12/05)
  • "The God Engine", Ted Kosmatka (Asimovís 10-11/05)
  • "Jane", Marc Laidlaw (Sci Fiction 2/16/05)
  • "Sweetmeats", Marc Laidlaw (F&SF 6/05)
  • "A Coffee Cup/Alien Invasion Story", Douglas Lain (Strange Horizons 2/7/05)
  • "Tkítkítk", David D. Levine (Asimovís 3/05)
  • "The Great Divorce", Kelly Link (One Story 10/7/05)
  • "Monster", Kelly Link (Noisy Outlaws etc.)
  • "Some Zombie Contingency Plans", Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners)
  • "A Case of Consilience", Ken MacLeod (Nova Scotia)
  • "Close to You", Meghan McCarron (Strange Horizons 4/18/05)
  • "They Will Raise You in a Box", Wil McCarthy (Asimovís 4-5/05)
  • "Lost Time", John Meaney (Adventure, Vol. 1)
  • "The Second Coming of Charles Darwin", James Morrow (Amazon Shorts 8/19/05)
  • "The Witchís Hand", Patrick OíLeary (The Infinite Matrix 2/05)
  • "The Fate of Mice", Susan Palwick (Asimovís 1/05)
  • "By the Light of Tomorrowís Sun", Holly Phillips (In the Palace of Repose)
  • "Bottom Feeding", Tim Pratt (Asimovís 8/05)
  • "Rocket Fall", David Prill (Sci Fiction 4/06/05)
  • "Deus Ex Homine", Hannu Rajaniemi (Nova Scotia)
  • "Getting It Back", Kit Reed (Dogs of Truth)
  • "Finished", Robert Reed (Asimovís 9/05)
  • "Pure Vision", Robert Reed (F&SF 8/05)
  • "Tales of the Chinese Zodiac", Jenn Reese (Strange Horizons 1/05 - 12/05)
  • "A Case Study of Emergency Room Procedure and Risk Management by Hospital Staff Members in the Urban Facility", Stacey Richter (Fairy Tale Review Blue Issue)
  • "Anyway", M. Rickert (Sci Fiction 8/24/05)
  • "The Harrowing", M. Rickert (F&SF 4/05)
  • "Gypsy Tail Wind", Mary Rosenblum (F&SF 8/05)
  • "Search Engine", Mary Rosenblum (Analog 9/05)
  • "Three Urban Folk Tales", Eric Schaller (LCRW #16 7/05)
  • "Alphabet Angels", Ekaterina Sedia & David Bartell (Analog 3/05)
  • "Single White Farmhouse", Heather Shaw (Polyphony 5)
  • "Ruby Red", Lauren Slater (Blue Beyond Blue)
  • "The Denial", Bruce Sterling (F&SF 9/05)
  • "Snowballís Chance", Charles Stross (Nova Scotia)
  • "Matricide", Lucy Sussex (Sci Fiction 2/02/05)
  • "Triceratops Summer", Michael Swanwick (Amazon Shorts 8/19)
  • "On the Blindside", Sonya Taaffe (Flytrap 5/05)
  • "White Shadows", Sonya Taaffe (SayÖHave You Heard This One?)
  • "Invisible", Steve Rasnic Tem (Sci Fiction 3/02/05)
  • "The Ice-Cream Man", James Van Pelt (Asimovís 6/05)
  • "The Inn at Mount Either", James Van Pelt (Analog 5/05)
  • "The Farmerís Cat", Jeff VanderMeer (Polyphony 5)
  • "Mayfly", Peter Watts & Derryl Murphy (Tesseracts 9)
  • "Ikiryoh", Liz Williams (Asimovís 12/05)
  • "La Malcontenta", Liz Williams (Strange Horizons 3/7/05)
  • "Comber", Gene Wolfe (Postscripts 3 Spring/05)
  • "The Telephone", Zoran Zivkovic (Argosy 3 Spring/05)
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