As we slide into the final days of the countdown to 2000, the prophets of doom are predicting Y2Kaos and/or the end of the
world, the millennium purists are insisting that the real party is still another year away -- and we here at the SF Site are
gearing up for yet another round of Best Read of the Year awards!
In addition to our 3rd annual Best Read of the Year, as chosen by the SF Site staff of contributors and editors, the early
part of the year 2000 will also be heralding our 2nd annual Readers' Choice: Best Read of 1999 list. This is
where you get to let the world know what you thought were the best books you read all year.
Unlike most of the genre awards out there, we're not limiting our picks to so narrow a category as the best new Fantasy, the
best SF, the best new author, the best alternate history, the best new novel, or anything of the sort. Those are already
covered by one award or another. Instead, the SF Site Readers' Choice: Best Read of 1999 choices will list the 10 most popular
books that you have read this year and as voted by you, our readers. We figure, if you thought the best book you read all
year was the Avon EOS new edition of Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, first published in Russian in 1920-something, why shouldn't
that be acknowledged? Heck, if it's that good a book, shouldn't we let the rest of the world know?
The only stipulations for eligibility are that:
So whether the best thing you read this past year was The Other Side of Dawn -- John Marsden's conclusion to
his Tomorrow series -- published by Pan-Macmillan Australia, or a non-fiction re-release such as
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi, published in North America by Harcourt
Brace, we want to hear about it! Or, if you found your most enjoyable read of the year to be Ellen Datlow's & Terri
Windling's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 12th Annual Collection, that counts too.
- the book must be genre-related (i.e., somehow associated with SF or Fantasy); and
- the book must have been released somewhere in the world, in English, in 1999.
Readers' Choice: Best Read of 1998
Best Read of the Year: 1998
Best Read of the Year: 1997
We are encouraging each and every one of our readers to vote for the best books you read this past year. Voting is
easy. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject line "Vote" and list
your top 10 picks of the year, in order, with your first choice in the number one slot.
Be sure to list the title and author for each of your 10 choices.
Since you get 10 choices, we're only allowing you to vote once per person -- NO BALLOT STUFFING, PLEASE! Last year was
the first time we did a Readers' Choice list, and we only had a small number of people who tried to cheat. Please
don't. It's just tedious. We will catch it, and we will disqualify all your votes.
There's no list of nominations to pick from, although we'll give you a starting point by listing all the books that passed
through the SF Site offices in the past year. But if you know of a book that's not mentioned by us and you want to give it
a vote, go right ahead.
All votes must be received by 15 January 2000. Nothing received after that date will be counted.
Now, before you vote, you may want to peruse through our list of books to see if there are any titles you may have
forgotten about. Those books noted with a blue flag have been reviewed on the SF Site, and if you need a quick
reminder of a particular title you can drop by our review list (be careful, it's big) -- or
the SF Site Books Section, where every single title we receive
is scanned and given a 100-150 word blurb.
On to the books...