Even more Tachyon among the very best

Several Tachyon titles were included on many a pundit’s list for the best publications of 2015. 

Christina Scholz at STRANGE HORIZONS loved Nalo Hopkinson’s FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS.

As long as we’re talking short stories, Nalo Hopkinson’s FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS has also earned a special place in my heart. If you’re looking for a distinctive and powerful woman’s voice in weird fiction, you should definitely read this book. Hopkinson writes from a transcultural, postcolonial, feminist, LGBT perspective, and her work is empowering and fun to read. I especially enjoyed her use of patterns from oral storytelling and her interweaving of Carribbean myth with contemporary Weird (and other things, including Shakespeare).

The LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY included FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS on their best of the year list.

This collection of short stories by celebrated fantasy author Nalo Hopkinson is incredibly original and beguiling. The stories throw you straight into new and fantastic worlds that you will wish to stay in longer.  Whether it be the quirky and adorable world of “Miss Emily Breakfast,” or the chilling coming of age “The Easthound,” this is a collection you will not be able to put down. 

THE CONVERSATIONALIST included the collection among it’s favorite books.

This was such a strong and interesting collection to read! Once again I was reminded that given the right context, I do really enjoy short fiction. I savoured this book, I really enjoyed it and I tried to let all the words seep into my bones. Before this collection I was unfamilar with Hopkinson’s work – but she’d been on my ‘to-read’ list for absolutely ages! I’m so glad I got a chance to read this collection because I really got a sense of her writing, the kind of stories she wanted to tell. I’m so glad I had an opportunity to read this, it’s easily one of the best things I read this year.

Without comment, Damien Angelica Walters listed Ellen Datlow’s THE MONSTROUS with the best anthologies and collections of 2015.

Also without comment (though he wrote effusively about the book in his THIS IS HORROR review), James Everington included four tales from the anthology in his annual Favourite Short Stories selections.

Andrew Wheeler on his THE ANTICK MUSINGS OF G.B.H. HORNSWOGGLER, GENT. mentioned Alastair Reynolds’ SLOW BULLETS among his favorite books of 2015.

But the pride of place for the month has to go to a short book that made me want to read science fiction again, after a long period of being sour on fiction in general and techno-babble in particular. Alastair Reynolds’s SLOW BULLETS uses SFnal ideas to tell a story that mainstream fiction never could – and that’s a story of characters, about memory and redemption and second chances and traditions and justice and revenge.

At IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE RIGHT…, Ian Sales laments the poor quality of 2015 science fiction books covers with the exception of HANNU RAJANIEMI: COLLECTED FICTION.

I’ve had a quick look at my bookshelves, and online, for cover art from genre books published in 2015… and failed to find any which particularly stood out. Except, perhaps, the cover art to Hannu Rajaniemi’s COLLECTED FICTION, which is by Luis Lasahido. But I shall continue to look, in the hope I find enough candidates for my ballot before the end of the year.

For more information on FALLING IN LOVE WITH HOMINIDS, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover art by Chuma Hill

Design by Elizabeth Story

For more information on THE MONSTROUS, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover by Reiko Murakami

Illustrations by John Coulthart

Cover design by Elizabeth Story

For more information about SLOW BULLETS, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover art by Thomas Canty

Design by Elizabeth Story

For more information on HANNU RAJANIEMI: COLLECTED FICTION, visit the Tachyon page.

Cover art by Lius Lasahido

Design by Elizabeth Story