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Top 5 Science Fiction 2023


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In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune

TJ Klune upends the story of Pinnochio with a novel full of comedy and heart – “joyful, touching and, as in the original, ultimately redemptive”

Titanium Noir by Nick Harkaway

Nick Harkaway “completely owns the noir detective form – cynical and sharp and not a word wasted” – and delivers a dark thriller set in a world where a drug extends the disparity between the haves and have-nots

Translation State by Ann Leckie

Ann Leckie returns with “another must-read science fiction book set in a universe that keeps getting more complex and more interesting” and that considers a range of issues of belonging and identity.

Ymir by Rich Larson

Rich Larson riffs on Beowulf in this icy, cyberpunk inspired adventure tale – “a compulsive noir descent into a dangerous, hardscrabble world on the coattails of an engagingly flawed protagonist”

The Blighted Stars by Megan E O'Keefe

Megan O’Keefe manages to pack in a huge amount of world building but still delivers engaging characters in a high octane adventure in the first book of her new series.

Honourable Mentions

The Future by Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman takes on the apocalypse, AI and big tech in her hopeful view of the future.

Descendant Machine by Gareth L Powell

The second (but practically standalone) book in Gareth L Powell’s Continuance series is a great space adventure

Infinity Gate by MR Carey

MR Carey takes on a multiverse which includes senient rabbits in the engaging first book of a new duology

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

The Ferryman is a puzzle inside a mystery set in a dystopian utopia where things are clearly not what they seem.

Frontier by Grace Curtis

Grace Curtis has plenty of fun with Western tropes in Frontier a post-apocalyptic, sapphic, dystopian tale.

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