2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2020 issue, the list is a consensus by the Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and critics of genre fiction and non-fiction — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Katharine Coldiron, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, Gary K. Wolfe, and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro; Bob Blough; online editor Mark R. Kelly; critics Paul Kincaid, Cheryl Morgan, and Graham Sleight. The YA group wrapped in assistant editor Laurel Amberdine, Gwenda Bond, Dhonielle Clayton, Justine Larbalestier, and Mark Oshiro. Art books had help from Arnie Fenner, Karen Haber, and design editor Francesca Myman. Short fiction recommenders included editors and reviewers John Joseph Adams, Rachel S. Cordasco, Ellen Datlow, John DeNardo, Maria Haskins, Charles Payseur, Sean Wallace, and Alison Wise, plus our own reviewers. Locus thanks all involved for their time and their expertise. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting and discussing their particular favorite books and stories, are also published in the February issue, along with the Magazine Summary and Book Summary for 2019.

We considered over a thousand titles between short and long fiction. The final list comprises our best recommendations for your consideration. There will be titles you loved that do not appear here; it happens every year. Any one of the recommending group would have built a different list, but this is the aggregate, compiled with great affection for the field.

You can let us know what your favorites were by voting in the 2020 Poll & Survey, live now! The Poll decides the winners of the Locus Awards, presented in June 2020 at the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, and is open to all to vote on.

NOVELS – SCIENCE FICTION

NOVELS – FANTASY

NOVELS – HORROR

YOUNG ADULT NOVELS

FIRST NOVELS

COLLECTIONS

ANTHOLOGIES

ORIGINAL

REPRINTS/BESTS

NON-FICTION

ILLUSTRATED AND ART BOOKS

NOVELLAS

NOVELETTES

SHORT STORIES

This list appears in the February 2020 issue of Locus. Thank you for reporting any typos or broken links to locus@locusmag.com. Vote now for your favorites at the Locus Poll & Survey!

*edited from the print list (moved from Short Stories to Novelettes)


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4 thoughts on “2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

  • February 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm
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    Noticeably absent are small press titles. Truly disappointing

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  • February 3, 2020 at 7:16 am
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    in the Novelette category, “A Country Called Winter” by Theodora Goss was reprinted by Lightspeed.

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  • February 6, 2020 at 12:26 pm
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    Has anyone completed the poll yet? If so, how do the write-in fields work — would any write-in entries need to meet the same requirements as those from the Recommended Reading List? Thank you!

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  • February 9, 2020 at 9:31 am
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    My favorite Short Story is ” Beast Weeps with One Eye” by Morgan Al-Moor Beneath Ceaseless Skies #275 Jan 3 2019. Read it at the start of the year and it has still resonated . My favorite Novel of 2019 is ” Boy and His Dog at the End of the World” by C. A. Fletcher. If you love dogs, this is a novel you will love.

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