(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. 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’ 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 is a stunning often surprising collection of science fiction short stories by a master of the form. 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 O’Keefe is pacey, fun space opera with some great twists. 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 is a novella full of Becky Chambers’ humanist, wonder-filled and thoughtful science fiction. Rohan Wilson explores the plight of environmental refugees and the commercialisation of incarceration in his clifi Daughter of Bad Times Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Related Tags: Arkady Martine, Becky Chambers, Ben Smith, James SA Corey, Megan O'Keefe, Rob Hart, Rohan Wilson, Science Fiction, Tade Thompson, Ted Chiang, top 5
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