I don't do top ten lists each year, and in a year like 2015 it poses a huge challenge, in no small part because I neither read much new fiction nor saw a large number of new movies. That said, there were books released that I did enjoy, including the horror tales These Last Embers by Simon Stranzas and The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud. Many fans held Alastair Reynolds's novella Slow Bullets in their hands and found it wanting, perhaps because it lacked the heft (read: page numbers) of Revelation Space or Blue Remembered Earth, but I found its bare-bones tale among his best work. Another space opera, the incredible Archangel by Marguerite Reed, announced the arrival of a bold new talent.
This month's Watching the Future column for SF Signal will feature a recap of genre movies, including a list of my favorite science fiction movies. Although it seemed like a good year for SF cinema in general, too much of it left me underwhelmed. Outside of the genre, movies seemed to fare much better. Below includes my favorite movies released in 2015. It is worth your while to seek them out.
In no particular order:
Mad Max: Fury Road
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Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. His work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
He lives in Central Texas.