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Silly Season Redux: Locus Poll

The Locus Poll to decide the best works of 2013 has opened.  There are a couple of things you need to know about the Locus Poll:

1.  You do not have to subscribe to the paper edition of Locus to participate in the poll.

2.  You do have to fill in your name, age, gender, and provide a (working) email address.  Please be honest, particularly with regard to gender.

3.  Subscriber votes count DOUBLE; that means that the cards are already stacked against any book that has not "made" the list of works that Locus has already decided are the best of 2013, and which are already provided in the poll.

4.  You do not have to vote for the works Locus has already decided are the best of 2013, unless, of course, you agree.  A lot of fine work was done in 2013, and Locus doesn't read everything.  If you have an opinion which is at odds with Locus, you may fill in your nominations for best works in the blanks that are helpfully provided.

5.  Lee and Miller published several works in 2013.  They are:

Novels:  Necessity's Child, Trade Secret
Novelettes:  Eleutherios, Moon's Honor
Short Story:  Out of True
Collection:  A Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume One

6.  Here's your link

Remarkably biased, aren't they?

Charlie Russel

2014-02-05 06:50 pm (UTC)

I find it quite illuminating that Locus, in their infinite wisdom listing the books published last year that they thought of merit, could not find a SINGLE Baen book, novella, novellete, or story for that list?

The silly season for sure.

Re: Remarkably biased, aren't they?


2014-02-05 07:18 pm (UTC)

Well, to be fair, you can only recommend what you've read. I read 50 books last year and only two of them are on the Locus Recommended Reading List (Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie, which was terrific; and Mr. Wuffles by David Weisner, which is a kid's SF picture book and is also (though differently) terrific). Certainly, I thought The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo was worthy of mention, but I think it might have been marketed as mainstream.

In general, I don't believe that Locus reviews/reads Baen or work, though certainly Baen authors pretty frequently appear on the various Locus bestseller lists.

. . .there's a lesson here, somewhere. . .

Edited at 2014-02-05 07:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Remarkably biased, aren't they?

Charlie Russel

2014-02-05 09:58 pm (UTC)

One that I thought deserved to be on the First Book list was How Dark the World Becomes by Frank Chadwick. A book I did not expect to like, only bought because it was in the Baen Bundle. And I was completely impressed.

Re: Remarkably biased, aren't they?


2014-02-05 10:05 pm (UTC)

How Dark the World Becomes by Frank Chadwick. . .

I was pleasantly surprised by that one, too, though I don't think I had realized it was his first novel.

Perhaps it is publication bias, or just a bias in my reading. I find it interesting that I had only read one of the SF or Fantasy novels on their lists. I guess I need to get out more, or they do.

There's a pattern, probably discoverable by making a spreadsheet of the publishers, but that's a project for someone who is not me. And the founder of Locus was a person who had Very Strong Opinions about What SF Is, and anything that fell outside of that box was an annoyance. The founder having passed on to new frontiers, I think that the new folks have redefined, narrowed, and deepened. This may, I note, Just Be Me.

I was reading an urban fantasy blog the other day, and the blog-owner listed all the new books in that genre that were coming out in February. It was close to two dozen books. Given that kind of volume, in a sub-genre (even a currently hot sub-genre), no one can keep up with the "whole field."