Pile by the Bed reviews Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders an anthology of First Nation alternative futurist stories set in Australia’s Tweed Valley.
Pile by the Bed reviews Simul by andrew Caldecott the second and final volume in his post-apocalytic steampunk and fantasy inspired duology which started with Momenticon.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Coral Bones by EJ Swift a climate fiction novel that is also a love letter to The Great Barrier Reef.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs a visceral and engaging debut space opera.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommens The Fractured Dark by Megan O’Keefe the second in her propulsive Devoured Worlds trilogy.
Pile by the Bed reviews 2023 Booker Prize winner Prophet Song by Paul Lynch, a dark desecnt into a future Ireland riven by fascism and civil war.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Cahokia Jazz by Francis Spufford, a noir detective thriller set in an alternatve 1920s America.
Pile by the Bed’s Top 10 books of 2023 including Cuddy, I Have Some Questions For You, Yellowface, Orbital, Birnam Wood, Bad Cree, Small Mercies, Return to Valetto, Mater 2-10 and Titanium Noir
Pile by the Bed’s Top five science fiction books of 2023 – In The Lives of Puppets, Titanium Noir, Translation State, The Blighted Stars and Ymir, plus five honourable mentions.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Future by Naomi Alderman, a techo-thriller with the heart of a heist novel that explores how technology might drive different possible futures.
Pile by the Bed reviews Conquest by Nina Allan a metanarrative involving consipracies, programmers and Bach held together by the work of a flawed private detective
Pile by the Bed reviews Red River Seven by AJ Ryan a post-apocalyptic horror-tinged puzzlebox novel full of guns and explostions that reads like the outline of a video game.
Pile by the Bed reviews Calico by Lee Goldberg, an engaging speculative fiction novel that deftly incorporates Western and crime fiction tropes.
Pile by the Bed reviews A Stranger in the Citadel by Tobias S Buckell a coming of age story set in a future world in which books and reading are criminalised.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Space Between Us by Doug Johnstone, a Scottish ET for adults that is more about human connection than it is about the alien at the centre of the action.
Pile by the bed reviews The Circumference of the World by Lavie Tidhar a mind-bending and loving exploration of the goldern age of science fiction.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Death I Gave Him by Em X Lui a science fiction, locked room retelling of Hamlet complete with AI, experimental drugs and surveillance.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin, the first book in a science fiction series set in a world in which all disputes are settled by one-on-one combat.
Pile by the Bed reviews Airside by Christopher Priest a novel that explores the starnge “null space” of airports through the eyes of a film critic.
Pile by the Bed reviews For the First Time, Again, the final book in Take Them to the Stars, Sylvain Neuvel’s science fiction series that reimagines the second half of the Twentieth Century and in particular the space race.