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John DeNardo’s The Best of the Best of 2015’s Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 | Posted by John ONeill

Three Moments of an Explosion China Miéville-smallAh, the end of the year. It comes with all those fascinating Best-of-the-Year lists, written by people who read waaaay more than I do. I always tell myself I’ll at least mention them all here at Black Gate, because damn it would be cool if I were that on top of things. But then there’s all those Christmas parties, and my kids want me to watch Big Hero 6 with them (again), and really, that’s such an awesome movie. So, uh, yeah. Didn’t get to it. Maybe next year.

Fortunately, the tireless John DeNardo works much harder than me. He doesn’t go to Christmas parties, or watch movies. Ever. Or sleep, apparently. No, he read every single one of those Best SF & Fantasy of the Year lists. The ones that matter anyway:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Los Angeles Times
NPR
Publishers Weekly
The Guardian
The Washington Post
Kirkus Reviews

But then — because he has to show off — he did, like, math and stuff on those lists. (Well, addition, which counts as math.) He added up how many times each book appeared. And then he constructed a SUPER LIST, of the Best of the Best of 2015’s Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books. Just like those scientist guys who built Robocop.

Want to know which books appeared on his SUPER LIST? Of course you do. Prepare yourself for awesomeness, and click here for the complete list.

Because it’s a ton easier to just link to his articles than to do work of our own, we’ve mentioned John DeNardo a lot recently. It’s kind of embarrassing, actually. Let’s just keep this between us, mm’kay?

John DeNardo’s 2015 Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Holiday Gift Guide
John DeNardo on Why I Love Retro Science Fiction
John DeNardo’s Five Reasons to Read Short Speculative Fiction Anthologies
John DeNardo’s Quick History of Serialized Science Fiction and Fantasy

Just to prove that we do cover the publishing industry (in between all the Christmas parties), check out all of our recent book coverage here.

4 Comments »

  1. Interesting list.

    I’ve read quite a few of them. Of those I have, I would put N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season at the top. I’m not a fan of her earlier work, but this was amazing.

    Comment by peadarog - December 31, 2015 10:02 am

  2. I’m always reading way behind, so my favorite SFF novels for the year, which was 4 of 9 top picks, the others being mystery fiction, were:

    Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan, fantasy (Lady Trent)
    The Human Division by John Scalzi, science fiction (OMW)
    A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias, science fiction
    One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor, fantasy

    I read a lot of other SFF, but when my little number ratings put in when I finished the book, show I liked these best. For short story reading, it was mostly all Holmes, canon and pastiche, plus the 1952 Groff Conklin edited Omnibus of Science Fiction.

    Comment by R.K. Robinson - December 31, 2015 1:58 pm

  3. > I would put N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season at the top. I’m not a fan of her earlier work, but this was amazing.

    Thanks for the rec, Peadar. I listened to her read at Wiscon a few years ago, and I was blown away.

    Comment by John ONeill - December 31, 2015 5:44 pm

  4. > One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor, fantasy

    Fascinating list RK – especially this one, which I missed completely!

    > plus the 1952 Groff Conklin edited Omnibus of Science Fiction.

    A classic! Did you enjoy it?

    Comment by John ONeill - December 31, 2015 5:59 pm


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