Here is the complete list:
- Grass- Sherri S. Tepper
- Sheepfarmer's Daughter - Elizabeth Moon
- Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
- The Secret City - Carol Emshwiller
- Gemsigns - Stepanie Saulter
- Jaran - Kate Elliot
- Who Fear's Death -Nnedi Okorafor
- Palimpsest - Catherynne M. Valente
- Arslan - M.J. Engh
- The Best of All Possible Worlds - Karen Lord
- Debris - Jo Anderton
I tried to make my own selection it a mix of classic and more recent work, although I must admit I didn't go back very far. Engh's Alrslan and Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang are both 1976 publications. Those are the oldest. The morst recent is probably either Lord's The Best of all Possible Worlds or Saulter's Gemsigns, both of which are released this year.
When you pick books from authors you haven't read before it chance of picking something that doesn't turn out to be to your taste is always a bit greater. This set of books is a bit of a mixed bag. I didn't like Moon's Sheepfarmer's Daughter at all for instance. Okorafor's Who Fear's Death was probably the most interesting book in terms in a literary sense. I had issues with it, but I it also had quite an impact. It's one of those books one has to admire for dealing with a number of very difficult themes unflinchingly. In terms of sheer enjoyment I probably liked Emshwiller's The Secret City and Lord's The Best of All Possible Worlds best.
There is going to be a new challenge for next year but Worlds Without End hasn't announced what it is going to be yet. I trust them to come up with something interesting so I'll likely be participating. In fact, I'm looking forward to it.