2007: A Year in Review – John’s Take

Continuing my annual tradition, this is a year-end summary of my personal sf/fantasy/horror experiences for 2007. Note: These are not necessarily things that first appeared this year, they are just the things that I read (or watched) this year.

THE SHORT VERSION

To sum up, the Best Reads of 2007 (works that received at least a 4.5/5 rating) are:



The Liberty Gun by Martin Sketchley (2006)

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (1956)

D.A. by Connie Willis (2006)

Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas (2007)

The Last Colony by John Scalzi (2007)

The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin (2006)

Helix by Eric Brown (2007)

The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks (2006)

We, Robots by Sue Lange (2007)

The Electric Church by Jeff Somers (2007)

Ivory – A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick (1988/2007)

“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison & Rick Berry (1965/1997)

The Dragon’s Nine Sons by Chris Roberson (2008)

Maybe worth noting: only 5 of these titles first appeared in 2007 and one (an advanced reader copy) will appear in 2008. Ellison and Scalzi were on last year’s list.

Read on for the longer version…


THE LONG VERSION

BOOKS

Here is my OCD-summary of the books I’ve read in 2007 noting the year the book was originally released.

The Liberty Gun by Martin Sketchley (2006)

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester (1956)

Already Dead by Charlie Huston (2006)

The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett (1983)

No Dominion by Charlie Huston (2006)

Xombies by Walter Greatshell (2004)

New Dreams for Old by Mike Resnick (2006)

Gods and Pawns by Kage Baker (2007)

The Plot to Save Socrates by Paul Levinson (2006)

D.A. by Connie Willis (2006)

The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction edited by George Mann (2007)

Deadstock by Jeffrey Thomas (2007)

The Last Colony by John Scalzi (2007)

The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (1986)

Fast Forward 1 edited by Lou Anders (2007)

Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder (2006)

The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin (2006)

Alien Crimes edited by Mike Resnick (2007)

Helix by Eric Brown (2007)

Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher (2007)

Ragamuffin by Tobias S. Buckell(2007)

Prador Moon by Neal Asher (2006)

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006)

A Thousand Deaths by George Alec Effinger (2007)

Dusk Before the Dawn by Larry Ketchersid (2006)

The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks (2006)

Interzone #209 (2007)

Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder (2007)

We, Robots by Sue Lange (2007)

The Electric Church by Jeff Somers (2007)

Quantumscapes by Stephan Martiniere (2007)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction #24 edited by Gardner Dozois (2007)

The Dark River by John Twelve Hawks (2007)

Jim Baen’s Universe #7 edited by Eric Flint & Mike Resnick (2007)

Ivory – A Legend of Past and Future by Mike Resnick (1988/2007)

Jim Baen’s Universe #8 edited by Eric Flint & Mike Resnick (2007)

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (1988)

Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan (2007)

“Repent, Harlequin!” Said the Ticktockman by Harlan Ellison & Rick Berry (1965/1997)

Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem (1995)

Infinity Plus – The Anthology edited by Keith Brooke and Nick Gevers (2007)

Mad About Star Wars by Jonathan Bresman (2007)

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 1 edited by Jonathan Strahan (2007)

Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton (2007)

War Machine by Andy Remic (2007)

The Dragon’s Nine Sons by Chris Roberson (2008)

The Commons by Matthew Hughes (2007)

“The Vaccinator” by Michael Marshall Smith (1998)

“Andy Warhol’s Dracula” by Kim Newman (1999)

The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes (2005)

Jim Baen’s Universe #10 edited by Eric Flint & Mike Resnick (2007)

SHORT FICTION

In addition to the short fiction anthologies, collections and magazines listed above, I also read the 2006 Nebula Award Short Fiction nominees and the 2007 Hugo Award Short Fiction nominees. See the indicated posts for details on the stories.

MOVIES

Here’s the summary of movie watching in 2007:

Bubba Ho-Tep

Superman Returns

The Last Mimzy

Children of Men

Sky High

Shrek 3

Bee Movie

Enchanted

I Am Legend

TELEVISION

The Bad:

  • Heroes occupied most of my genre television viewing in 2007. Too bad…it took me a while to realize that, ultimately, season 2 offically sucked. I’m slow that way. Now I know better and I’m off that train wreck.
  • Masters of Science Fiction was more merciful, dying a quick death and sparing us too much wasted time.
  • Flash Gordon (Ah-Aaaaah!) has to take the prize for sucking so bad I couldn’t bear to watch episode 2.
  • BSG isn’t even on my radar any more.

On the happier side of the dial:

All things considered, another fun year!

7 thoughts on “2007: A Year in Review – John’s Take”

  1. Great wrap up John! Love seeing Bester on there as I read it for the first time in 07 and loved it. Happy to see John Scalzi on there as well.

    Disappointed not to see Pushing Daisies on your good television. That is simply the best show on right now in my opinion.

  2. Good list. I’ll put some of those on my to-read list for 2008. The Stars My Destination is one of my favorite sci fi novels–The Demolished Man runs a close second. The Hedge Knight is great too, although I haven’t been able to get into the actual series it spun off from, much to the chagrin of my fantasy loving friends.

  3. Carl: As noted, these were just the things I spent time on this year. I’ve yet to see Pushing Daisies. Is it worth the time?

    Thanks, General X. You too!

    Paul: I’ve added your summary to the latest tidbits.’

    Joe: I’ve yet to start A Song of Ice and Fire myself, though I hear very good things about it. Too much to read! :O

  4. Thanks for the list and the trip down memory lane–I don’t think I’ve read “Repent, Harlequin” since high school!

    Another great book in the SF vein is Discipline by Paco Ahlgren: time travel, multiple universes, and a mind-manipulation device called “The Bell” all woven into a classic good vs. evil framework make for a thrilling read!

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