I can come to your library, book club meeting, or conference to talk about how to help your readers find their next good read. Click here for more information including RA for All's EDI Statement.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's Science Fiction and Fantasy Week on Goodreads

Click here to see what Goodreads has as part of their SF/F coverage this week. As I have mentioned before, I like using Goodreads to help genre readers because the lists and information you get from Goodreads is created by actual readers. If you are not a fan of a specific genre, you want to go right to the source-- actual readers-- if you wan to best help a reader in front of you. Even if you are a fan, you might not have the same genre tastes. 

The Hugo Awards were also handed out this week.  Here is a list of nominees and winners via Locus magazine and below I have reprinted the most relevant ones to public libraries:

2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners 
These are all names you should know, purchase, and get into the hands of readers right now. Also don’t forget my post on how to use awards lists as a RA tool. It’s not just the winners you need to worry about.

Also a comment on Jemisin’s win. She is the first author to win the Hugo for every book in a series! A few years ago I already make her my official start with author for all readers looking to see what SF is right now. She still holds that place for me as she should for you. One of the most striking things about her writing is how it straddles the line between SF and Fantasy. This is becoming a major trend in all speculative fiction. Click here to read more about the Broken Earth Trilogy on Goodreads. 

Scalzi and Wells are also very good examples of the current state of SF. And Rebecca Roanhorse is an amazing talent that you need to read and know about. 

Speaking of Locus, they have this wonderful, linked index of every single speculative award in one place and this wonderful, annual their Recommended Reads list for all speculative genres.

I also love Barnes and Noble’s speculative fiction blog, Tor.Com’s articles, pre-pub alerts, essays, re-reads, etc..., and LitReactor Magazine which isn’t only speculative but has a lot of speculative fiction coverage.

I think you are now properly set up to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy Week. These links should start you down a rabbit hole [or 2 or 3]. 

No comments: