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Books You Should Have Read in 2011-2012

At last week’s Armadillocon, I sadly missed a panel I really wanted to see: “What You Should Have Read in 2011-2012”. I saw last year’s version and it offered an excellent list of suggested reads. This year’s panel consisted of Jeremy Lassen, Bill Parker, Willie Siros, Michelle Muenzler and Bev Hale.

Although I missed it, convention guest A.T. Campbell did see it. Even better: he took notes.

Following is the list of books that A.T. noted as being mentioned by the panelists.

  1. Alastair Reynolds – Blue Remembered Earth
  2. Ayize Jama-Everett – The Liminal People
  3. Bruce Sterling – Gothic High-Tech
  4. Charles Stross – The Apocalypse Codex
  5. Ernest Cline – Ready Player One
  6. F Paul Wilson – Nightworld
  7. Francis Spufford – Red Plenty
  8. Gail Carriger – Heartless
  9. Geoff Ryman – Paradise Tales
  10. George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, ed. – Down these Strange Streets
  11. Greg Egan – The Clockwork Rocket
  12. Haruki Murakami – 1Q84
  13. Holly Black & Ellen Kushner, ed. – Welcome to Bordertown
  14. Iain Banks – Stonemouth
  15. Ian McDonald – Planesrunner
  16. J M McDermott – When We Were Executioners
  17. James S. A. Corey – Caliban’s War
  18. Jason Heller – Taft 2012
  19. Jim Butcher – Ghost Story
  20. Jo Walton – Among Others
  21. John Joseph Adams, ed. – Other Worlds than These
  22. John Love – Faith
  23. John Scalzi – Fuzzy Nation and Red Shirts
  24. Jonathan L. Howard – Johannes Cabal the Detective
  25. Kage Baker – The Best of Kage Baker
  26. Kameron Hurley – God’s War
  27. Kameron Hurley – Infidel
  28. Kendare Blake – Anna Dressed in Blood
  29. Kim Newman – The Hound of the D’Urbervilles
  30. Kim Stanley Robinson – 2312
  31. Laird Barron – The Croning
  32. Laura Anne Gilman – Pack of Lies
  33. Lauren Beukes – Zoo City
  34. Laurie R. King – The Pirate King
  35. Margaret Atwood – In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination
  36. Mark Lawrence – Prince of Thorns
  37. Martha Wells – The Serpent Sea
  38. Michael Swanwick – Dancing with Bears
  39. N.K. Jemisin – The Kingdom of Gods
  40. N.K. Jemisin – The Killing Moon
  41. Neal Stephenson – Reamde
  42. Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and Mark Teppo, ed. – The Mongoliad
  43. Pip Ballantine – Phoenix Rising
  44. Rachel Caine – Bite Club
  45. Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  46. Rob Ziegler – Seed
  47. Rose Lemberg. ed. – The Moment of Change
  48. Ross Lockhart, ed. – The Book of Cthulhu
  49. Rudy Rucker – Jim and the Flims
  50. Seanan McGuire – Discount Armageddon
  51. Stina Leicht – And Blue Skies from Pain
  52. Stina Leicht – Of Blood and Honey
  53. Terry Bisson – Any Day Now
  54. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long Earth
  55. Will McIntosh – Soft Apocalypse

BONUS: Forthcoming Books of Interest

  • Iain M. Banks – Hydrogen Sonata
  • Mark Teppo – Earth Thirst
  • Robin Maxwell – Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan

To see who picked which titles, visit A.T. Campbell’s page.

Thanks, A.T.!

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

7 Comments on Books You Should Have Read in 2011-2012

  1. Nice. I finished reading the Hugo nominees and voted so I thought I had some time for easy summer reading. Twelve down and many to go. Yahoo! Thanks for the list. I’ve printed it out for easy reference.

  2. No audio recording? šŸ™‚

  3. Paul Weimer // August 4, 2012 at 10:49 am //

    More books for Mount Toberead.

  4. I think I’ve at least **bought** (primarily as eBooks) most of these…heaven knows when I’ll get around to **reading** all of them!

  5. Great list! Just so you know, you’ve got Gail Carriger and Heartless backwards, with the title where the author should be.

    Thanks for the list! I’ll have to get to work šŸ™‚

  6. What? No E.L James?

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