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Did this surprise anyone else?

Is anyone else surprised by the short story section on the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2006?    To save you the effort of counting, here are the publications with more than one recommended story:

11 Asimovs
7 F&SF
2 Analog
2 Interzone
2 Realms of Fantasy
2 Paraspheres
2 Strange Horizons
2 Red Spikes

45 stories made the list.  Asimov’s gets nearly 25% of the recommendations and as someone who reads a lot of short stories, I never expected things to fall out that way.  It should be interesting to see how this compares to the multitude of Year’s Best collections.

This is NOT a criticism of the stories selected.  In fact, congratulations to all of you.


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  1. I know of at least one person who was assembling a “best of” year list who said they expected F&SF to beat out Asimov’s this year, based on their initial impressions, but after it was all put together realized that Asimov’s still had the most stories on the list.

    • Thanks for passing that along. I suppose my surprise comes from a feeling of overall quality of the source, which isn’t what this list is all about. I’m still not sure that 25% of my top 45 (odd number to pick) would fall into Asimovs though.

  2. Just out of curiosity, how did you expect the list to fall out?

    • I don’t have the patience to sit down and rank my top 45 stories, but I think I expected a little more diversity in the markets and certainly didn’t expect anyone to take such a significant percentage. I know I read some really good stories in Lady Churchills, Postscripts, Fantasy, and quite a few others. I would have guessed F&SF for the top spot.

  3. I’ve only followed F & SF, and surprised at most of those stories selected, cause there were other stories I either liked more or thought were stronger. But hey, that’s my humble opinion. 🙂

    • And I have to keep reminding myself, that’s all these lists are… someone’s humble opinion. I shouldn’t be so surprised that they don’t reflect my opinion.

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