2021 Locus Recommended Reading List 

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2022 issue, this list is assembled by Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and well-known critics of genre fiction and non-fiction. This year we considered over 900 titles between short fiction and long fiction. The final recommendations, combined and trimmed to a somewhat reasonable-length list, are our best recommendations for your consideration. We know there will be titles you loved that do not appear here; it happens every year. Any one of our recommending group would have put forward a different exact list, but this is the combined sum of opinions, assessed with great affection and care for the field.


Just follow the link above to see the full lists. Below are the ones I have actually read…


Leviathan Falls, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK) — good conclusion to the series. Loved the epilogue.

.Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf; Faber & Faber) — not a winner for me.

A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK) — some great ideas, but I didn‘t love it.

Shards of Earth, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK; Orbit US) — yep, one of my favourite reads of the year. Looking forward to the sequel in May.


The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna (Delacorte; Usborne) — considering that YA is not my genre, this was decent.


A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom; Orbit UK) — good. I liked the novellas and short stories more.

Winter’s Orbit, Everina Maxwell (Tor; Orbit UK) — m/m romance in a SF setting. Fun!


Fugitive Telemetry, Martha Wells (Tordotcom) — Murderbot. What else.

Well, I did not read a lot of the entries. Is there anything that you loved and that I really should have read?

14 thoughts on “2021 Locus Recommended Reading List 

  1. I haven’t read nearly as many of these as I want to—several are still on my TBR. However, I did enjoy several of the novellas. (Psalm for the Wild-Built, Fugitive Telemetry, and Defekt are my favorites of the lot, though I also enjoyed A Spindle Splintered and Fireheart Tiger.) And among the shorter pieces, I loved both “Bots of the Lost Ark“ by Suzanne Palmer and “A House is Not a Home“ by L Chan.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have to check out “Bots of the Lost Ark“ by Suzanne Palmer. I have read something by her before and I am pretty sure I liked it. Have to look that up as well.


      1. I am just about to finish my current read. I plan to read this short story straight after, before diving into the next buddy read…


    1. According to my StoryGraph stats I read twice as much SF as Fantasy. I do need to mix it up a bit with other genres though, if I don‘t want to burn out…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s