4th Street Fantasy 2018 Book List

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4th Street Fantasy panels provide a list books pertinent to the discussion.

All the Things We Do That Aren’t Smashing Things

Mary Robinette Kowal, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Chelsea Polk, Abra Staffin Wiebe, John Wiswell (M)

  • Witchmark by C. L. Polk
  • China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Homer
  • Orbital Resonance by John Barnes
  • Lifelode by Jo Walton
  • Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
  • Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
  • Sector General (series) by James White
  • Dick Francis
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Pacific edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Maxx (comic book series) by Sam Kieth
  • Mad Max: Fury Road

In Consideration of Smashing Things, and What Follows

John Appel, Tim Boerger (M), Aimee Kuzenski, Sloane Talest, Blair Woodall

  • Schlock Mercenary (web comic) by Howard Tayler
  • Born to the Blade (series) by Marie Brennan, Cassandra Khaw, Malka Older, and Michael R. Underwood
  • Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
  • Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner
  • Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (series) by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • On Killing by Dave Grossman
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R. R. Martin
  • The Black Company by Glen Cook
  • A Small Colonial War by Robert Frezza
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Marko Kloos
  • The Armored Saint by Myke Cole
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • Stranger by Rachel Brown and Sherwood Smith
  • Cold Iron by Stina Leich
  • Ash : A Secret History by Mary Gentle
  • Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams
  • City on Fire by Walter Jon Williams
  • The Divine Cities (trilogy) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Emberverse (series) by S. M. Stirling
  • The Healer’s War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
  • A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Borderline by Mishell Baker
  • Behind the Throne by K. B. Wagers
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
  • Jerry Pournelle

Rebuilding the Mystery: Rejecting Rules for Magic

Casey Blair (M), Max Gladstone, Chelsea Polk, Caroline Stevermer, Django Wexler

  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Mistborn (series) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Hercules stories by various authors
  • Superman (comic series) by various creators
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip
  • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Fritz Leiber
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  • Thor myths by various authors
  • Dragon Ball Z (anime) by Akira Toriyama
  • Teller Speaks!  about the neuroscience of magic
  • Witchmark by C. L. Polk
  • The Compleat Enchanter by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp
  • Miscellaneous urban fantasy books
  • Spider-man (comic series) by Marvel Comics

The Craft of Cutting Out: Using Reductive and Restrictive Tools

John Chu, Mary Robinette Kowal (M), Arkady Martine, Caroline Stevermer

  • Clarkesworld Magazine
  • The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • “Uncleftish Beholding” by Poul Anderson
  • Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Sometimes Writers Block is really Depression” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Sorcery and Cecelia by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede
  • The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford

You Don’t Own Me: Concepts of Freedom in the Work of John M. Ford

Pamela Dean, Marissa Lingen, Elise Matthesen (M), Teresa Nielsen Hayden

  • Web of Angels
  • The Last Hot Time
  • Heat of Fusion and Other Stories
  • How Much for Just the Planet?
  • The Princes of the Air
  • The Dragon Waiting
  • Stories from the shared world of Liavek
  • Growing Up Weightless
  • The Final Reflection
  • The Scholars of Night

Complicity and Consequence in Interactive Narrative: Press ‘D’ to Feel Guilty!

Max Gladstone (M), Scott Lynch, Cat Manning, John Wiswell

  • Where the Water Tastes Like Wine
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Monopoly
  • Hotline Miami
  • Wing Commander 3
  • Only You Can Save Mankindby Terry Pratchett
  • Serial Cleaner
  • Tropico
  • Shrouded Isle
  • Prison Architect
  • This War of Mine
  • A Russian Valentine by empty fortress
  • Life is Strange
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Batman by DC Comics
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  • Bioshock
  • Pathologic
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Mass Effect
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Fallout
  • Save One More
  • Papers Please
  • Frostpunk
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • Choice of the Deathless
  • Long Live the Queen
  • “The House at the End of the Lane is Dreaming” by A. Merc Rustad
  • Harmonia by Liza Daly
  • Will Not Let Me Go
  • Sword Art Online
  • Tyranny
  • Subnautica


Talking Across Ten Thousand Years

John Appel, Elizabeth Bear, Casey Blair, Marissa Lingen (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden


Who Put This $#@!! Balrog Lair in the Middle of a Sewer Line? (Alternate Title: Life in the Temporary Topmost Layer)

Elizabeth Bear, Ben Kinney, Arkady Martine(M), Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Vivian Shaw

  • Elizabeth Bear
    • Stone Mad
    • Ancestral Night
    • The Red-Stained Wings
  • Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger (anthology) by John Appel and more
  • Tea Princess Chronicles by Casey Blair
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn
  • Pern books by Anne McCaffery
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  • Darmok : Star Trek: The Next Generation episode
  • Harlan Jay Ellison
  • A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
  • Lockstep by Karl Schroeder
  • Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
  • Against a Dark Background by Iain Banks
  • Gateway novels by Frederik Pohl
  • “History Lesson” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
  • The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  • Icehenge by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 40,000 in Gehenna by C. J. Cherryh
  • Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
  • Heechee Rendezvous by Frederik Pohl

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  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Thud! by Terry Pratchett
  • The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
  • A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • The Doctrine of Labyrinths (series) by Sarah Monette
  • Hellblazer (comic series) by Vertigo Comics
  • Forerunner by Andre Norton
  • Gentleman Bastard (series) by Scott Lynch
  • Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
  • The Cosmic Computer by H. Beam Piper
  • Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith
  • Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • Zero History by William Gibson

Literally Killing Figurative Characters

Stella Evans, Scott Lynch (M), Ginger Weil, Vivian Shaw

  • The Wheel of Time (series) by Robert Jordan
  • Transformers (movie)
  • The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher
    • The White Mountains
    • The City of Gold and Lead
    • The Pool of Fire
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Rocket Man (TV series)
  • Dreadful Company by Vivian Shaw
  • James Bond (series) by Ian Fleming
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • For Better or For Worse (comic strip) by Lynn Johnston
  • 87th Precinct (series) by Ed McBain
  • Bitter End by Rex Stout
  • The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
  • Madeleine L’Engle
  • Horatio Hornblower (series) by C. S. Forester
  • Lord Peter Wimsey (series) by Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Jenny Casey (series) by Elizabeth Bear
    • Hammered
    • Scardown
    • Worldwired
  • Sherlock Holmes (series) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Teen Wolf (TV Series)
  • Poirot (series) by Agatha Christie
    • Ariadne Oliver (character)
  • Spenser (series) by Robert B. Parker
  • The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant by Jeffrey Ford
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • “Umney’s Last Case” by Stephen King
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  • DC Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  • Melanie Rawn
  • The Architect of Sleep by Steve Boyett
  • The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O’Brian
  • The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (book vs movie)
  • Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  • FixitFic http://lousysharkbutt.tumblr.com/

Grim Times, Bright Tidings

John Chu, Alex Haist (M), Jennifer Mace, Reuben Poling, Paul Weimer

  • Be the Serpent (podcast)
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Iron Council by China Miéville
  • William Shakespeare
    • King Lear
    • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Urinetown (musical) by Greg Kotis
  • Hadestown (album) by Anaïs Mitchell
  • Fallout: Equestria by Kkat
  • Steven Universe (animated series) by Cartoon Network
  • The Green Dark Sea ?
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Star Trek
  • “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin
  • 42nd Street
  • The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  • The Girl with All the Gifts by Mike Carey
  • The Steel Seraglio Paperback by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, and Louise Carey
  • A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R. R. Martin
  • The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  • A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Marvel Comics
  • Mike Birbiglia (comedian)

But That’s a Different Panel: Something Lives Beyond the Last Page

  • Becky Chambers
    • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
    • A Closed and Common Orbit
  • Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Thomas Love Peacock
  • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
  • The Dagger and the Coin (series) by Daniel Abraham
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Bone Universe (series) by Fran Wilde
  • Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  • The Laundry Files (series) by Charles Stross
  • A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell
  • X-Files (TV series)

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