2017 novel and short story recommended reading list

Here are the novels and short fiction from 2017 which I'm recommending people consider for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. This list will inform my eventual nominations for all those awards.

That said, this list is not all-inclusive. I actually read less in 2017 than in many previous years. I'm trying to fix this by reading and reviewing a short story each day during 2018. You can follow my progress on Twitter and my Patreon. If you like what I'm doing consider becoming one of my Patreon backers.

Note: If no link is provided for a work that means it can be found through your local bookseller or in the specified back issue of a magazine.


  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon 
  • Autonomous by Annalee Newitz 
  • Borne: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer 
  • City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett 
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 
  • Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker 
  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle 
  • The Rift by Nina Allan 
  • The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley 
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Young Adult Novels

  • The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller 
  • The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan


  • A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • And Then There Were (N-One) by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine)
  • Barry's Deal by Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
  • Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus (Tor)
  • In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon Publications)
  • Nexus by Michael Flynn (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, March/April 2017)
  • Passing Strange by Ellen Klages (Tor)
  • Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang (Tor)


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