What Have You Done This Year? What Have You Loved? (2015 Edition)

Last year I put together a meta post linking to various authors and editors’ posts about their award-eligible work for the year. The list also included recommended reading posts. Since folks seemed to find it helpful (heck, I found it helpful), I figured I would do it again this year. The Nebula Award nomination period just opened up for SFWA members, so now seems like a good time to start collecting links. This list will be an evolving creature, so keep checking back. If you have a link you’d like me to add, please drop me a note in the comments, on Twitter (@ac_wise), or by email a.c.wise(at)hotmail(dot)com.

First, up a few places that have been collecting recommendations from readers and editors throughout the year.

Some intrepid folks created a Wikia where you can recommend works you think are worthy of consideration, and check out what other people read and enjoyed in 2015. You can find it here.

Also worth checking out is the Tiptree Award recommendation site, which keeps a running list of reader-recommended works with a particular focus on works exploring gender.

The good folks at Lady Business have been collecting short fiction recommendations all year round and posting them quarterly:January to March 2015, April to June 2015, and July to September 2015 have been posted, October to December 2015 is forthcoming. Ladybusiness has also put together a list of recommended reading for the Hugo Awards; anyone is welcome to add their own recommendations. Overall their site is worth exploring; they post fiction reviews, media reviews, and fanwork recommendations among other wonderful things.

Sarah Pinsker started the hashtag #BestSF2015 on Twitter for people to recommend works they’ve loved. The tag is well-worth checking out, and it’s not too late to add your own recommendations as well. Similarly, a group of Year’s Best editors including Ellen Datlow, Steve Berman, Gardner Dozois, Paula Guran, Alisa Krasnostein, and Michael Kelly, among others, have been tweeting their recommendations through the @SFEditorsPicks twitter account.

Forest of Glory has been posting short fiction recommendations throughout the year.

There are several short fiction reviewers whose recommendations are worth following: Bogi Takács, who focuses particularly on diverse fiction and poetry; Charles Payseur, who maintains both Quick Sip Reviews and The Monthly Taster’s Guide to Speculative Short Fiction at Nerds of a Feather; Amal El-Mohtar, who reviews for NPR, and created the Rich and Strange review series; K. Tempest Bradford, who writes the wonderful Newsstand series for io9; Charlotte Ashley, who contributed the Clavis Aurea review series to Apex; and Rocket Stack Rank, posting short fiction and anthology reviews.

And now, onto the linky-links!

John Joseph Adams lists all the eligible work he edited in 2015.

Mike Allen’s year-end summary, including works published.

Aurora Awards eligibility lists (for Canadian authors.

Aqueduct Press is hosting a series of guest posts where authors talk about the books, music, and television they loved in 2015. Not all of the work is from 2015, but much of it is.

Nicolette Barischoff lists her award eligible work for 2015.

Barnes & Noble: Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015

Helena Bell has listed her award eligible works for 2015.

Best SF’s Favorites of 2015.

Brooke Bolander’s award eligible work for 2015.

Book Smugglers is running a series of year-end guest posts where authors talk about the things they enjoyed watching/reading/listening to most in 2015. For example, here is Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Favorite Reads of 2015. They’ve also posted their own Hugo Recommendation List, including the eligible work they published in 2015. Browse around Book Smugglers’ wonderful site for more year’s favorite posts, plus other cool stuff.

Bookworm Blues Epic Best Books of 2015 List.

Largehearted Boy has a meta post collecting various ‘year’s best’ book lists.

A.C. Buchanan’s award eligible fiction for 2015, including novellas and novelettes.

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best SF Books of 2015.

Aaron Canton’s award eligible work for 2015.

Beth Cato’s award eligible work for 2015.

Joyce Chng has her eligible work listed in her bibliography. (Scroll down for 2015.)

John Chu recommends some work he thinks folks should read.

Circlet Press lists their award-eligible stories for 2015, and encourages readers to vote in the Ravishing Reads Award.

Clarkesworld’s award eligible short fiction and novelettes for 2015.

Coode Street Podcast has a Best of the Year episode.

Fred Coppersmith lists his favorite short fiction of 2015 (with a smattering of non-2015 titles).

A.M. Dellamonica’s eligible fiction for 2015.

Diabolical Plots/David Steffen’s award eligibility post for 2015, including editorial work, fiction, and fan work.

Seth J. Dickinson’s award eligible work for 2015.

Andy Dudak’s award eligible work for 2015.

Shaun Duke’s 2016 Hugo Awards watching/reading list.

Scott Edelman lists his award eligible for for 2015. One short story, and one novelette.

Amal El-Mohtar discusses her creative work in 2015.

A.J. Fitzwater lists award eligible work from 2015.

Annalee Flowerhorne’s award eligible work for 2015.

Forestofglory’s favorite short fiction of 2015.

Giganotosaurus’ 2015 in Review.

Harper Voyager lists the award eligible works they published in 2015.

Nin Harris is compiling a list of award eligible Malaysian authors (and encourages other authors to add their works to the list), and has a list of her own eligible work. She is also in her first year of eligibility for the Campbell Award this year. She’s also posted a list of her favorite reads of 2015.

Maria Dahvana Headley  lists her award eligible short fiction for 2015, and notes her novel Magonia is also eligible as well.

Kate Heartfield lists her award eligible short fiction for 2015.

Jim C. Hines’ novels, short fiction, and award-eligible editing work for 2015.

Alexis A. Hunter posted her award eligible short fiction for 2015.

io9’s Very Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2015.

Joe Iriarte’s award eligible work for 2015, and recommendations of favorite short stories.

Heather Rose Jones lists her award eligible work for 2015.

Cecily Kane recommends 2015 fiction and non-fiction.

Keffy R.M. Kehrli points out his award eligible novelette for 2015 – And Never Mind the Watching Ones.

Gwendolyn Kiste’s Must-Read Short Fiction of 2015.

Lady Knight Reads: Best in Books 2015

Mary Robinette Kowal withdraws herself from this year’s awards, and opens her comments up for people to suggest other award eligible work they loved this year.

Rose Lemberg lists award eligible novelettes, short fiction, and poetry for 2015.

Kate Lechler points to the award eligibility of FantasyLiterature.com. She has additional recommendations scattered across various posts on her blog. Check them out.

Locus Online’s Recommended Reading List

Natalie Luhrs‘ award eligibility post.

Michael Matheson recommends short fiction, novels, and poetry from 2015. (With some non-2015 work as well.)

Arkady Martine’s award eligible work for 2015.

J.M. McDermott lists his award eligible short fiction for 2015.

Seanan McGuire lists her award eligible work for 2015, including novels, novellas, short fiction, and editing projects.

Sunny Moraine lists their award eligible short fiction and two award eligible novels for 2015.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia lists what she wrote and edited in 2015.

Jaime Lee Moyer points to her award eligible novel for 2015, Against a Brightening Sky.

Linda Nagata lists her award eligible work for 2015.

Nerds of a Feather’s Hugo longlist for fiction.

Over the Effing Rainbow’s favorite reads of 2015.

Sunil Patel’s award eligible fiction for 2015.

Andrea Phillip’s award eligible work for 2015.

Sarah Pinsker’s year in review, including fiction published.

Laura Pearlman’s award eligible work for 2015.

Rachel/#bookstubesff has a series of short fiction reviews for her favorites of 2015 posted to YouTube. Here are parts 1, 2, and 3.

Cat Rambo has her own eligibility post, and a collection links to other eligibility posts.

Jessica Reisman has one award eligible story for 2015, The Demon of Russet Street.

Sean Robinson
‘s award eligible short fiction for 2015.

Kelly Robson  lists her award eligible short fiction for 2015, and notes that she is in her first year of eligibility for the Campbell Award.

A. Merc Rustad lists award eligible short stories and poetry for 2015.

Erika Satfika recommends her favorite novellas and novelettes of 2015. She also lists her own award eligible work.

John Scalzi’s post discouraging people from nominating him this year, and encouraging folks to check out other award eligible work.

Sci Fi Now’s 20 Books You Should Have Read in 2015.

SF Signal’s award eligibility post.

Joe Sherry’s 2016 Hugo long list post post.

Shimmer’s award-eligible stories from 2015.

Carlie St. George’s award eligible fiction and favorite short stories of 2015.

Penny Stirling’s 2015 in review.

SWFA has made the Nebula Suggested Reading List public this year, with tabs for Novels, Novelas, Novelettes, Short Fiction, Media, and YA recommendations.

Rachel Swirsky’s favorite science fiction and fantasy novels of 2015, favorite middle grade and YA novels, and her own award eligible works.

Bogi Takács lists award eligible short stories, poetry, and fan writing for 2015.

Wole Talabi’s favorite African science fiction and fantasy short fiction of 2015.

Tangent Online’s Recommended Reading List 2015

Shveta Thakrar has her eligible works listed in her bibliography. (The stories from Uncanny, Interfictions, and Faerie are from 2015.)

E. Catherine Tobler points readers to her favorite of her published works in 2015 (Blow the Moon Out), though she had several other pieces come out in 2015.

Joseph Tomaras shares his Nebula nominations and his Hugo nominations.

Tor.com Reviewer’s Choice Best Books of 2015 and Readers’ Choice Best of 2015.

Tor.com’s award-eligible fiction for 2015.

Uncanny Magazine’s award-eligible works for 2015.

Unlikely Story’s award-eligible work for 2015.

Mike Underwood’s award eligible work for 2015.

Jeff VanderMeer lists his favorite reads from 2015 (not all published in 2015).

Darusha Wehm lists her favorite short fiction of 2015, and her award eligible work.

Paul Weimer’s Top 5 Reads of 2015

Martha Wells lists her award eligible short fiction for 2015.

Fran Wilde’s massive award-eligibility post, including her work and the work of many other people.

John Wiswell’s favorite reads of 2015 (not all 2015 titles).

Alyssa Wong’s 2015 Recap & 2016 Sneak Preview.

Isabel Yap’s 2015 in Review.

Caroline M. Yoachim lists her eligible short fiction for 2015.

Ziv’s 2016 Hugo Recommendations.

Obviously, this list will never be comprehensive, but I will do my best to gather as many links as possible. Send me your eligibility lists, your recommendations, and point me to other lists you’ve found. Let’s build this thing together!


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14 Responses to What Have You Done This Year? What Have You Loved? (2015 Edition)

  1. Some lovely people have expressed love for my story “The Demon of Russet Street,” which is eligible… http://www.3lobedmag.com/issue27/3lbe27_story5.html :)

  2. Thanks for this – this is a great list! I’ve grabbed a dozen different links here for reviewers and individual stories.

    I’ve been compiling my own list of remarkable and notable favorites, at: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ziv-wities/zivs-hugo-2016-recommendations/10153327457949537

    I’m also fond of BestSF, by Mark Watson; he writes comprehensive reviews of a TON of material, and his favorites from 2015 are here: http://bestsf.net/best-sf-short-story-award-2015/ .

    Another great resource is Rocket Stack Rank , http://www.rocketstackrank.com/ , which is *fantastic* for finding short stories – they have index by all kinds of different criteria, and then you can look at a whole swath of material at a glance, finding something that sparks your interest. Particularly nice is that for each story, they also note other notable favorable reviews, so their ratings aren’t determined solely by their own taste – you get a much wider gestalt.

  3. Hi A.C.,

    Thank you so much for compiling this! Would it be all right to request some links for addition? :)

    I have my 2015 round-up: https://isalikeswords.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/2015-year-in-review-quiz-edition/

    Alyssa Wong’s: http://crashwong.net/post/136355660833/2015-recap-2016-sneak-preview

    Uncanny Magazine’s: http://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-2015-award-eligibility/

  4. No problem at all! I’ll add those.

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  7. I didn’t realize you were still updating this! I have a combined eligibility/favorite short story recs post, if you’d like to add it: http://mygeekblasphemy.com/2015/12/30/award-eligibility-and-my-13-favorite-short-stories-of-2015/

  8. Thank you for doing this!

    I just posted my eligibility list: https://aaroncanton.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/award-eligible-works-i-wrote-last-year/ . Could you please add it to this post?

    I enjoyed sharing a ToC with you in the Phobos: Troublemake issue. I’m looking forward to reading through more of your works from your own eligibility post, as well as the works on the other eligibility lists you’ve included above. :-)

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