The next book in our ongoing Future Classics series is Jo Walton’s Farthing. Niall will be leading discussion, likely starting before the end of September.
Farthing was published two years after Gwyneth Jones’ Life, which means 2005 is the first year of the last decade we have skipped. None of the books published that year made it onto our list of the top-10 science fiction novels by women of the last decade.
2006, however, gave us Farthing, the first of Walton’s Small Change trilogy. It was also the year that Pluto was demoted from being a planet; novels by five male authors were shortlisted for the best novel for the Hugo Award; and Octavia Butler, Stanislaw Lem, Jack Williamson, and Jim Baen died.
Farthing was shortlisted for a slew of awards, including the Nebula, the John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and the Locus award. It won the Romantic Times 2006 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Science Fiction.
I hope you will be able to join us in reading and discussing Farthing.