A Loncon3 Book List


So I spent a crazy week in London, attending Loncon3, My First Con Ever. I finally got to meet my agent, Jennie Goloboy, in person and I had a blast hanging out with and learning from her as well as my agency-siblings: Tex Thompson (author of the American rural fantasy One Night in Sixes out right now from Solaris), Carrie Patel (The Buried Life out in April from Angry Robot), and Foz Meadows (the Hugo-nominated essay, Politics Belong in Science Fiction). We did and talked about so much I can’t even, but in the interests of biting off what you can chew, here are just the books I learned about at the convention and which I MUST read.

And that’s my reading list. What does your reading list look like? What’s shaking the foundations of science fiction in your opinion? Keep watching for more revelations and musings from My First Con Ever. I have enough material to last until Sasquan!

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  • Kalin Nenov

    Ack, Dan … I wish I had more time to read your blog. Had I known you’d be going to LonCon, I’d have asked you to help with finding some international partners we need for future projects. 🙁

    Anyway, no use crying over missed spiels. 😉 Compared to your list, mine is but paltry: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/741149-kalin?shelf=to-read

    And I can think of very few books that have shaken the foundations of SF. One of them is the _Golden Age_ trilogy by John C. Wright (funny how your GR ratings progressed from “didn’t like” to “really liked it” :). Wright did to space opera what Steven Erikson did to fantasy with his Malazan decalogy: helped it level up. 😉

    The other is my perennial favorite: David Zindell’s Requiem for Homo Sapiens (starting with _The Broken God_). Zindell brings together Western science and Eastern philosophy in the most holistic manner I’ve seen yet.

    If anyone else loved these (especially Zindell): guys, what else do you love? I’m desperate for recommendations.

    • I actually did mention the Human Library to some people. (That’s http://choveshkata.net/blog/?page_id=36#English, folks!) The good news is that there are lots of non-Anglophone people who have made it in the Anglosphere genre-fiction market (with short stories in particular). Check back on my blog next Wednesday and I’ll talk more about that.

      Anyway, if there’s any way I can help, let me know 🙂

      John C. Wright is problematic. Nowadays I read his stuff compulsively because it’s so damn good. Unfortunately, the man himself has said things online that put him in a very career-limiting place. American sci-fi is full of politics, and I’m doing my best to stay out of that mess.

      I still need to read Zindell. And yes, other people, please tell us what’s on your reading list!

  • Kalin Nenov

    P.S. I also read the _2014 Campbellian Anthology_. Of the 111 writers gathered there (you’re still to become eligible, right? ;), three really caught my eye. I’ve explained here: