The Year in Fantasy 2011: World Fantasy Con Panel (Part 1)

At this year's World Fantasy Con the "The Year in Fantasy" panel gave us a nice list of some of the best in new and upcoming fantasy. The panelists were all editors and publishers in the genre; Ellen Datlow, Jo Fletcher, Paula Guran, David Hartwell and Jonathan F. Strahan.

Here are their book recommendations from the panel, collected by our roving reviewer WebGenii:

  • The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie. Orbit Books: February 2011
  • The Hammer, by K.J. Parker. Orbit Books: January 2011
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton. Tor: January 2011
  • The Dragon's Path, by Daniel Abraham. Orbit Books: 2011
  • The Uncertain Places, by Lisa Goldstein. Tachyon Press: Books: July 2011
  • The Crystal Bridge, Charles M. Pulsipher. Createspace: September 2011
  • Dark Matter, by Michelle Paver. Orion: December 2010
  • Kraken, by China Mieville. Del Rey: March 2011
  • Horns, by Joe Hill. Avon: February 2011
  • The Silent Land, by Graham Joyce. Gollancz: : December 2010
  • The Diviners Tale, by Bradford Morrow. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: December 2010
  • The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead, by Paul Elwok. GP Putnam: April 2011
  • The White Devil, by Justin Evans. Harper: May 2011
  • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan. Knopf: May 2011
  • Harbor, by John Lindquist. Thomas Dunne: October 2011
  • The Devil All the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock. Doubleday: July 2011
  • Before I Go to Sleep, by S. Watson. Harper Collins: June 2011
  • My Soul to Take, by Tananarive Due. Washington Square Press: September 2011
  • Deadfall Hotel by Steve Rasnic Tem. Centipede Press: April 2012
  • A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. Viking: February 2011.
  • Deathless, by Catherynne Valente. Tor: March 2011
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine. Prime Books: May 2011
  • Low Town or The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky. Hodder and Stoughton: August 2011.
  • The Land of Hope and Glory, by Geoffery Wilson. Hodder and Stoughton: February 2012
  • Outpost, by Adam Baker. Hodder and Stoughton: September 2011
  • Prince of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence. Ace: August 2011
  • The Crippled God: The Malazan Book of the Fallen 10 by Steven Erickson. Bantam: February 2012
  • Songs of the Earth, by Elspeth Cooper. Tor Books: February 2012
  • The Emperor's Knife, by Mazarkis Williams. NightShade: December 2012
  • Ashes, by Ilsa Bick EdgemontUSA: September 2011
  • Rivers of London /Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch. Gollancz: : February 2011
  • The Sandman Slim series by by Richard Kadrey. Eos.
  • Abarat: Absolute Midnight (Book Three), by Clive Barker. HarperCollins: September 27 2011
  • The Dog Faced Gods Trilogy: A Matter of Blood, by Sara Pinborough. Gollancz: April 2011
  • Mr. Shivers, by Robert Jackson Bennett. Orbit: January 2010
  • Dancing with Bears, by Michael Swanwick. NightShade Books: May 2011
  • Death and Resurrection, by R.A. MacAvoy. Prime Books: December 2011
  • Snuff, by Terry Pratchet. Doubleday: November 2011
  • Miss Peregrines House of Peculiar Children, by Ransome Riggs. Quirk Books: June 7 2011

What Fantasy books are you looking forward to? Have you read any of these titles? Please weigh in with your thoughts.

About Laith Preston

Laith Preston is a programmer by day, Sci-Fi geek and father of three little geek-lings by night.. If you can't find him in front of a computer, or perusing some tome, he will be with the kids encouraging them in their own geeky interests.


  1. "Midnight Riot" and "Moon over Soho" by Ben Aaronovitch were deliciously fun. I just started "Discovery of Witches", I really need to go get a copy of "The Heroes", and that latest Malazan book.

  2. I can't say enough good things about Among Others. So its in my review que

  3. Wow - that's some list. I haven't read a single one. I better get started!

    I, too, have read Ben Aaronovitch's books and enjoyed them.

    I noticed GRRM's latest tome is not on this list. Why not? I enjoyed the installment to his series, though was disappointed that more didn't happen (though, to be fair, lots did happen!).

  4. Good question tmso, I would guess that they were more focused on new books. Are any of these titles a book #/#? That might be it... I'm not the biggest fantasy reader myself so I could be wrong.

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