Pile by the Bed reviews Momenticon by Andrew Caldecott, the first book in a wild, weird and fun post-apocalyptic duology
Pile by the Bed reviews Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel, a literary science fiction tale that is part auto-fiction but also wraps in characters and siutations from her last two books.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Candy House, Jennifer Egan’s companion novel to her Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad.
Pile by the Bed reviews The LAst Adventure of Constance Verity by A Lee Martinez the first in a trilogy of tongue-in-cheek fantasy/ science fiction adventure stories currently being made into a film with Awkwafina in the lead role.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Flight of the Aphrodite by SJ Morden a gritty space survival tale in which a slowly disintegrating sceintific expedition make huge discoveries around Jupiter,
Pile by the Bed reviews Metronome a by Tom Watson a claustrophobic, dystopian scenario with echoes of Waiting for Godot.
Pile by the Bed reviews Plutoshine by Lucy Kissick debut science fiction revolving around an ambitious terraforming project on Pluto.
Pile by the Bed reviews The School for Good Mothers a debut by Jessamine Chan a slightly dystopian commentary on standarda of parenting and the child protection system.
Pile by the Bed reviews Until the Last of Me by Sylvain Neuvel, second in his shadow history meets science fiction Take Them to the Stars trilogy
Pile by the Bed reviews The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, a fun riff on monster movies from Godzilla to Pacific Rim and beyond.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Hovering by Rhett Davis – a worthy winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award
Pile by the Bed reviews Stars and Bones, the start of a new space opera series by Gareth L Powell (The Continuance #1)
Pile by the Bed reviews Bluebird by Ciel Perlot a debut space opera which lives up to its tagline: Lesbian gunslingers fight spies in space – with great assurance.
Pile by the Bed reviews Anthem by Noah Hawley, an angry dystopia that takes aim at global ills and particularly the irony embedded in modern America’s view of itself.
Pile by the Bed reviews Burntcoat by Sarah Hall – a pandemic love story that also charts the life of its artist protagonist.
Pile by the Bed reviews Azura Ghost by Essa Hansen, (The Graven #2) the action packed space opera sequel to Nophek Gloss
Pile by the Bed reviews Mickey7 by Edward Ashton a fun, thrilling and heart-felt science fiction tale involving space colonies, cloning and an alien threat.
Pile by the bed reviews Sequoia Nagamatsu’s debut novel How High We Go in the Dark a series of connected short stories charting the response to a deadly global pandemic.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Quantum War, the third of four books planned in Derek Künsken’s heist-fuelled science fiction Quantum Evolution series.
Pile by the Bed’s top five science fiction novels for 2021 with five honourable mentions.