I read 85 books in 2015, fairly evenly divided between science fiction and fantasy. The photo shows an average mail day.
Science fiction was slightly ahead this year in part because of my push to read all of the first 24 books in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series; I blogged about that here.
My reading in 2015 concentrated a lot on reading and re-reading modern classics. Here are some highlights and low points:
BEST FANTASY NOVEL: A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA by Ursula K. Le Guin. Seemingly effortless story-telling, with archetypes peeking through the originality.
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL: HYPERION by Dan Simmons. So many ideas, and a set of characters with great individual stories.
WORST NOVEL: ORYX AND CRAKE by Margaret Atwood. Unsympathetic characters weakened my resistance, then the child porn finished me off. I loved the Handmaid’s Tale, but for me Atwood really misfired with this one.
BEST SERIES: THE LATRO SERIES by Gene Wolfe. starting with Soldier of the Mist, a plausible way of fitting the ancient gods with the contemporary mind-set.
BEST NOVELLA: THE MIRACLE WORKERS by Jack Vance. Middle Ages and magic from one of the masters.
BEST STORY: I, ROBOT by Isaac Asimov. Almost all of these stories could be individual winners. On this re-read, I saw much more philosophy in this than last time.
MOST OVER-RATED: THE FINAL EMPIRE by Brandon Sanderson. The characters spend so much time rolling their eyes, glaring and shrugging, that I almost lost sight of how silly this is. Almost. Strong competition in this category from Rothfuss and Abercrombie.
THIS IMMORTAL by Roger Zelazny
THE STARS MY DESTINATION by Alfred Bester
THE EARTH ABIDES by George R. Stewart
CAMP CONCENTRATION by Thomas Disch
THE FEMALE MAN by Joanna Russ