The always excellent Locus magazine is compiling a survey of the Best SF & Fantasy of the 20th and 21st centuries. The categories are SF Novel, Fantasy Novel, SF/F Novella, SF/F Novelette and SF/F Short Story, and you – that’s right: YOU – can have your say.
Go here to select your top ten novels, novellas, novelettes and short stories of the 20th and 21st (so far) centuries. Locus has helpfully provided extensive lists of books & short fiction covering the two periods to use as an aide-mémoire, but you’re not required to choose from these lists:
* 20th century novels
* 20th century short fiction
* 21st century novels
* 21st century short fiction
We mighty cheekily suggest that the 1,500 or so books on the SF Gateway could also prove useful as a reference in the 20th century category.
Locus is as close as we have in the SFF field to a ‘paper of record’. It’s also a publication I’ve been reading since 1985, so I’m probably a little biased when I say that this is very likely to be the most extensive and important survey of the field for years to come. Given how extremely well-read and informed the majority of the Locus readership is, it’s certainly hard to think of a survey likely to carry more credibility.
The Locus survey is open until 30th November, so you have a week and a day to vote. So, what are you waiting for?