NPR has now put out it’s final list, based on the votes put in. Of my 10, seven made it in, with Lies of Locke Lamora and the Octavia Butler books off the list. Lies not making it doesn’t surprise me, it’s a young book.
But the Butler not making it– NO book by Octavia Butler making the list– I find that kind of appalling. She’s possibly one of the finest voices in the genre, and it’s a shame she isn’t more “popular”.
As another note, for the ArmadilloCon Writers’ Workshop, my group is Team Octavia, named for Ms. Butler. I’m quite pleased with that. I’m also pleased to be working with Julie Kenner and Rosemary Clement-Moore, two writers I greatly respect and admire. So that’s pretty cool.