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Top 5 Science Fiction 2019

13/12/2019
The Rosewater Insurrection and The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson
(A cheat) Number 1 is both The Rosewater Insurrection and The Rosewater Redemption by Tade Thompson. The final two volumes of his Wormwood trilogy use some classic science fiction tropes in unique, thoughtful and engaging ways.
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine
Arkady Martine’s debut A Memory Called Empire is immersive, thoughtful space opera that delves into questions of what it means to be human and how we define ‘civilisation’
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
Rob Hart’s The Warehouse is so close to reality that it is hard to call it science fiction. A scarily believable dystopian takedown of the online shopping world
Exhalation by Ted Chiang
Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a stunning often surprising collection of science fiction short stories by a master of the form.
Tiamat’s Wrath by James SA Corey
Eight books in, Tiamat’s Wrath shows why James S A Corey’s Expanse is still one of the best science fiction reads (and TV series) out there.

Honourable mentions

Velocity Weapon by Megan E O'Keefe
Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe is pacey, fun space opera with some great twists.
Doggerland by Ben Smith
Doggerland by Ben Smith is a spare, almost Beckett-eque novel set in dystopian future on a rusting windfarm in the middle of the North Sea.
To Be Taught if Fortunate by Becky Chambers
To Be Taught if Fortunate is a novella full of Becky Chambers’ humanist, wonder-filled and thoughtful science fiction.
Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson
Rohan Wilson explores the plight of environmental refugees and the commercialisation of incarceration in his clifi Daughter of Bad Times

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