Top 5 Science Fiction July – December 2016

15/12/2016

While there were some science-fiction classics in the first half of the year (Top 5 sci-fi for Jan to June 2016) there were plenty of great science fiction reads to round out 2016. Click on links or images for the full review:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffKaufman and Kristoff’s second of the Illuminae Files, Gemina is ostensibly YA but is a science fiction treat for young and old. A cross between Aliens, Die Hard and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with a little bit of romance and plenty of other geek delights thrown in.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky ChambersBecky Chambers follow up to her stunning self-published debut (The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet) is smaller in scale but deeper and more heartfelt. A Closed and Common Orbit once again uses science fiction tropes to explore what it means to be human. Review pending.

Revenger by Alastair Raynolds

Two words : Space Pirates. Alistair Reynolds has alot of fun in Revenger set in a new ancient solar system. A young girl joins a (space) pirate ship and and encounters dark secrets, buried treasure and a dreaded pirate foe.

Company Town by Madeline AshbyMadeline Ashby delivers a post-cyberpunk, timey wimey thrill ride. Set on an oil rig turned city off the coast of Canada, Company Town, stars ass-kicking security guard Go-Jeung Hwa hired to protect the teenage son of the man who owns the town.

Rig by Jon WallaceAlso set on an oil rig, Rig is the final in Jon Wallace’s visceral post-robopocalyptic Kenstibec trilogy. Kenstibec is a Ficial (aka android) just trying to get by in a world pretty much gone mad. Rig is as intensely satirical, darkly funny and deeply felt as the previous entries in this series.

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