The Locus Magazine Recommended Reading list is published annually in their February issue and represents a consensus view by Locus editors and reviewers.
The following 2008 novelettes and short stories were selected from the pages of semiprozines:
- “Offworld Friends Are Best” by Neal Blaikie (Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Spring ’08)
- “The Man Who Built Heaven” by Keith Brooke (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “The Sky that Wraps the World Round, Past the Blue into the Black” by Jay Lake (Clarkesworld Magazine, 3/08)
- “The Thought War” by Paul McAuley (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “[a ghost samba]” by Ian McDonald (Postscripts, Summer ’08)
- “The Small Door” by Holly Phillips (Fantasy Magazine, 5/08)
- “His Master’s Voice” by Hannu Rajaniemi (Interzone, 10/08)
- “Snatch Me Another” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Abyss & Apex, 1Q/08)
- “Talk is Cheap” by Geoff Ryman (Interzone, 6/08)
- “Marrying the Sun” by Rachel Swirsky (Fantasy Magazine, 6/08)
- “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld Magazine, 5/08)
The table of contents for David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer’s Year’s Best SF 14 (EOS) and Year’s Best Fantasy 9 (Tor.com) have been released. The following stories were originally published in semiprozines:
Year’s Best SF 14
- “The Ships like Clouds, Risen by Their Rain” by Jason Sanford (Interzone, Issue 217)
Year’s Best Fantasy 9
The fate of the Best Semiprozine Hugo will be determined during the WSFS business meeting at Anticipation this August. I’ve invited Kevin Standlee, WSFS Business Meeting Chair, to give us an overview of how the process will work. Here’s his response:
The proposal to eliminate the Semiprozine Hugo Award and make existing semiprozines ineligible passed at the 2008 WSFS Business Meeting in Denver. If the proposal is ratified at the 2009 WSFS Business Meeting in Montreal, the Semiprozine Hugo ceases to exist at the end of Anticipation, and no Semiprozine Hugo will be presented in 2010 or thereafter.
Every attending member of the 2009 Worldcon may attend the Business Meeting and vote on the ratification. The debate and vote are expected to happen sometime after 10 AM on Saturday of the convention. If you want to vote on this proposal, you must be present in person at the time of the vote. Voting takes place only in person, not by mail, ballot, or by proxy.
The longer version of this piece that follows goes into much more detail about the background and process, including details of how the debate process works. It sounds more intimidating than it really is, if you just watch the other people present and follow along.
This is a website born from an ongoing attempt to abolish the Best Semiprozine Hugo. In the course of trying to eliminate the category, some disparaging remarks have been made against semiprozines. By and large, I consider their statements about the worth and health of the semiprozine field uninformed. As such, I have invited (and continue to invite) the people involved with these publications to join me in providing content for this blog.
Our goal is to be both educational and informational. We’ll be featuring specific venues, providing current news, and offering some of our opinions on the state of the field as well as the Best Semiprozine Hugo. We encourage you to ask questions, suggest topics, and help spread the word.