Top 5 Science Fiction 2021

The Past is Red by Catherynne M Valente
Catherynne M Valenty excoriates the current generation in her profane and profound The Past is Red.
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
Arkady Martine continues to reinvent and redefine the space opera in the second book of her Teixcalaan series A Desolation Called Peace
Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
Jeff VandeMeer’s Hummingbird Salamander is a weirdly compelling neo-thriller with a definite environmental edge
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro does artificial intelligence, androids and considers what it means to be human in Klara and the Sun
Girl One by Sarah Flannery Murphy
Sarah Flannery Murhpy anchors Girl One with a great speculative premise, engaging characters, a well told mystery and a classic road trip.

Honourable Mentions

Leviathan Falls by James SA Corey
James SA Corey sticks the landing in the 9th and final book of The Expanse
Noor by Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor’s Noor is an Africanfuturist tale with some cyberpunk styling and a kick-arse protagonist

The House of Styx by Derek Kunsken
Derek Kunsken brings the atmosphere of Venus to vivid life with a heist thrown in for good measure in House of Styx
Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North
Claire North’s Notes from a Burning Age uses some classic espionage tropes but drops them into a solarpunk, post-apocalyptic milieu on the brink of falling back into bad habits.

The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield
Astronaut and educator Chris Hadfield delivers a retro tehnothriller set around an alternative 1973 Apollo mission

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