Before I dash off again, John Joseph Adams has a question:
In the Guardian, Gwyneth Jones has a Top Ten list of SF novels written by women. It’s an interesting list, though I note that only two of them are from the 21st century. Which is fair enough, considering it’s a Top Ten of all-time sort of list. But seeing the list made me wonder: What would this top ten list look like if we restricted the timeframe to books published in 2000 or later? So let’s hear it: What’s in your top ten? (Keep in mind we’re specifically talking about SF here, not fantasy.)
Funnily enough, I was having this conversation over dinner not too long ago (after the Gresham symposium, if memory serves). Unfortunately, I’ve lost the bit of paper we wrote down our conclusions on, but I remember feeling that for every novel I was sure should be in a top ten — Tricia Sullivan’s Maul; Gwyneth Jones’ Life; Sarah Hall’s The Carhullan Army; Justina Robson’s Living Next-Door to the God of Love; Jan Morris’s Hav — there was one I hadn’t read — Susan Palwick’s Shelter; Maureen McHugh’s Nekropolis; Jo Walton’s Farthing; Kathleen Ann Goonan’s In War Time; Elizabeth Bear’s Carnival. (It’s probably not a coincidence that none of the books I haven’t read yet have UK editions; they’re all on my shelves, but it’s only in the last few years that I’ve started acquiring many US editions.) So I pass on the question by way of generating a reading list, as much as anything else: what would be in your top ten?