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Locus All Centuries Poll
The Locus All Centuries Poll -- best SF/Fantasy novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries (separately) is ending just about now. Here's my votes (note that they change over time, and the order is random, and there are stories I missed!)

20th Century SF Novel:
1: The Book of the new Sun, Gene Wolfe

2: Nova, Samuel R. Delanny

3: The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester

4: The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

5: A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge

6: Engine Summer, John Crowley

7: Sarah Canary, Karen Joy Fowler

8: Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys

9: Use of Weapons, Iain M. Banks

10: Pavane, Keith Roberts

20th Century Fantasy Novel:
1: The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

2: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

3: The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers

4: The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

5: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon

6: The Lost Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle

7: The Princess Bride, William Goldman

8: Winter Rose, Patricia McKillip

9: Peace, Gene Wolfe

10: Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees

20th Century Novella:
1: "Story of Your Life", Ted Chiang

2: "Great Work of Time", John Crowley

3: "Green Mars", Kim Stanley Robinson

4: "The Blabber", Vernor Vinge

5: "Seven American Nights", Gene Wolfe

6: "The Star Pit", Samuel R. Delany

7: "The Last of the Winnebagos", Connie Willis

8: "E for Effort", T. L. Sherred

9: "The Originist", Orson Scott Card

10: "The Gold at the Starbow's End", Frederik Pohl

20th Century Novelette:
1: "Wang's Carpets", Greg Egan

2: "Fondly Fahrenheit", Alfred Bester

3: "The Second Inquisition", Joanna Russ

4: "The Sources of the Nile", Avram Davidson

5: "A Rose for Ecclesiastes", Roger Zelazny

6: "Starfog", Poul Anderson

7: "An Infinite Summer", Christopher Priest

8: "Nine Lives", Ursula K. Le Guin

9: "The Stars Below", Ursula K. Le Guin

10: "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", Jorge Luis Borges

20th Century Short Story:
1: "Out of All Them Bright Stars", Nancy Kress

2: "The Man Who Lost the Sea", Theodore Sturgeon

3: "The Milk of Paradise", James Tiptree, Jr.

4: "Nobody's Home", Joanna Russ

5: "Light of Other Days", Bob Shaw

6: "Day Million", Frederik Pohl

7: "New Rose Hotel", William Gibson

8: "The Last Flight of Dr. Ain", James Tiptree, Jr.

9: "The Man Who Came Early", Poul Anderson

10: "Schwartz Between the Galaxies", Robert Silverberg

21st Century SF Novel:
1: Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

2: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon

3: The Sky So Big and Black, John Barnes

4: Spin, Robert Charles Wilson

5: Ares Express, Ian McDonald

21st Century Fantasy Novel:
1: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susannah Clarke

2: Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin

3: The Light Ages, Ian R. MacLeod

4: The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

5: The City and the City, China Mieville

21st Century Novella:
1: "New Light on the Drake Equation", Ian R. MacLeod

2: "Magic for Beginners", Kelly Link

3: "A Billion Eves", Robert Reed

4: "The Engines of Desire", William Barton

5: "The Tear", Ian McDonald

21st Century Novelette:
1: "The Voluntary State", Christopher Rowe

2: "The People of Sand and Slag", Paolo Bacigalupi

3: "Lull", Kelly Link

4: "The Path of the Transgressor", by Tom Purdom

5: "Finisterra", by David Moles

21st Century Short Story:
1: "The House Beyond Your Sky", Benjamin Rosenbaum

2: "Three Days of Rain", Holly Phillips

3: "Pip and the Fairies", Theodora Goss

4: "More Adventures on Other Planets", Michael Cassutt

5: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang
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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Locus Poll

I didn't find out about the poll until about 10PM Pacific Time on November 30. I didn't really like it that that they split the novel categories between Fantasy and SF. I also didn't like it that they split the categories by century. I realized that if they'd combined the centuries, very little from the 21st century would have made my ballot. So figuring I only had an hour or so to put my vote together, I decided to vote only in the 20th century short fiction categories. As it is, I sent my vote in at 11:18 Pacific Time, and I'm not sure it was in time to count.

My vote:

20th Century Novella:
1. "A Momentary Taste of Being" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
2. "Houston, Houston, Do You Read" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
3. "Born with the Dead" (Robert Silverberg)
4. "The Death of Dr. Island" (Gene Wolfe)
5. "Hardfought" (Greg Bear)
6. "Molly Zero" (Keith Roberts)
7. "Eifelheim" (Michael Flynn)
8. "Protection" (Maureen F. McHugh)
9. "The Persistence of Vision" (John Varley)
10. "The Scapegoat" (C.J. Cherryh)

20th Century Novelette:
1. "The Screwfly Solution" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
2. "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
3. "Microcosmic God" (Theodore Sturgeon)
4. "Flowers for Algernon" (Daniel Keyes)
5. "On the Last Afternoon" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
6. "Emergence" (David R. Palmer)
7. "The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, A Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk" (Daffyd ab Hugh)
8. "Understand" (Ted Chiang)
9. "Divided by Infinity" (Robert Charles Wilson)
10. "The Cold Equations" (Tom Godwin)

20th Century Short Story:
1. "Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
2. "Ripples in the Dirac Sea" (Geoffrey A. Landis)
3. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" (Ursula K. Le Guin)
4. "Weed of Time" (Norman Spinrad)
5. "White Creatures" (Gregory Benford)
6. "The Last Flight of Dr. Ain" (James Tiptree, Jr.)
7. "Schwartz Between the Galaxies" (Robert Silverberg)
8. "A Mouse in the Walls of the Global Village" (Dean R. Koontz)
9. "To See the Invisible Man" (Robert Silverberg)
10. "Speech Sounds" (Octavia E. Butler)

So we had only two stories in common on our lists, both in the short story category. If I'd voted in the 21st century categories, "The People of Sand and Slag" likely would have made my ballot.
From: ecbatan Date: December 28th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Locus Poll

Little overlap with my lists perhaps but every story you mention is a very worthwhile one. (I could maybe have gone as wild with the Tiptree stories as you did! (noting that technically "The Screwfly Solution" is not by "Tiptree" but by "Raccoona Sheldon")) Good to see some love for Daffyd ab Hugh's weird story too!
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