Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hayakawa's SF Magazine's All-Time Best SF: short fiction, novels, & authors

This is an old list, available at Locus - results of a reader's poll, originally published in the Japanese "Hayakawa's SF Magazine 2006/4, issue number 600".

6 lists in two 3-list pairs - English & Japanese. Each of pair has all time "best" novels, short stories, & authors trio. What I find interesting is: I've read only 4 of the 10 entries in their English short fiction list, & every one of them was a good read; so rest should be worth exploring!
Nitpick: Stanislaw Lem is the only non-Japanese author on lists not writing in English. So, I marginally simplified when I said English & Japanese pairs.

Note to myself: Unread English short fiction: Greg Egan's "Reasons to be Cheerful", Edmond Hamilton's "Fessenden’s Worlds", James Tiptree, Jr's "The Only Neat Thing to Do", James Tiptree, Jr's "The Girl Who Was Plugged In", Robert F Young's "The Dandelion Girl", & Cordwainer Smith's "A Planet Named Shayol".

[via Thomas R @ Asimov's Forum]

Related: "best of" lists; fiction about Japan or by Japanese authors.