… I had no plans of reading the shortlist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award until Jonathan Strahan pointed it out to me this morning.
Here are the finalists:
- The Race by Nina Allan
- A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias
- The Peripheral by William Gibson
- Afterparty by Daryl Gregory
- Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
- Wolves by Simon Ings
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Defenders by Will McIntosh
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
- The Bees by Laline Paull
- Bête by Adam Roberts
- Lock In by John Scalzi
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
- Echopraxia by Peter Watts
First off, yes this is the biggest single shortlist published by a genre award (that isn’t a longlist that’s going to be whittled down later). And while it does look a tad intimidating, at least for award lovers like me, of the 16 books nominated I’ve:
- reviewed five;
- read eight (and a third if you include Annihilation); and
- have another 5 and two-thirds lined up to read.
This means there’s only three books on this list that I wasn’t already planning to read and review. And given they include a Gregory and a Roberts how could I say no to this list. Frankly, if you want a summary of high quality Science Fiction published in 2014, sans Sad Puppy mishigas, this is the recommended reading list for you. (Except for maybe The Martian which I really didn’t like at all).