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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2016 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

January 1, 2017
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2016

“What are the best Science Fiction & Fantasy books of 2016?” We aggregated 32 year-end lists and ranked the 254 unique titles by how many times they appeared in an attempt to answer that very question!

There are thousands of year-end lists released every year and, like we do in our weekly Best Book articles, we wanted to see which books appear on them the most. We used 32 Science Fiction & Fantasy book lists and found 254 unique titles. The top 42 books, all appearing on 3 or more lists, are below with images, summaries, and links for learning more or purchasing. The remaining books, along with the articles we used, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check out our other Best Book of the year lists:

And if you want to see how they compare to last year, take a look at the 2015 lists as well!

Happy Scrolling!

 



The Top Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2016



41 .) Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire by Michael J. Sullivan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Bookworm Blues
  • Amazon

“Michael J. Sullivan’s trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and Tolkien himself. Now, Sullivan’s stunning hardcover debut, Age of Myth, inaugurates an original five-book series–and one of fantasy’s finest next-generation storytellers continues to break new ground.

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer. Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom. And Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people.”

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40 .) Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbidden Planet
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • SFFWorld 2

“The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them…

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.”

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39 .) Super Extra Grande by Yoss

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kirkus
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“In a distant future in which Latin Americans have pioneered faster-than-light space travel, Dr. Jan Amos Sangan Dongo has a job with large and unusual responsibilities: he’s a veterinarian who specializes in treating enormous alien animals. Mountain-sized amoebas, multisex species with bizarre reproductive processes, razor-nailed, carnivorous humanoid hunters: Dr. Sangan has seen it all. When a colonial conflict threatens the fragile peace between the galaxy’s seven intelligent species, he must embark on a daring mission through the insides of a gigantic creature and find two swallowed ambassadors—who also happen to be his competing love interests.

Funny, witty, raunchy, and irrepressibly vivacious, Super Extra Grande is a rare specimen in the richly parodic tradition of Cuban science fiction, and could only have been written by a Cuban heavy-metal rock star with a biology degree: the inimitable Yoss.”

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38 .) The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Omnivoracious
  • Amazon

“In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population—killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant—the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power—and the strong who possess it.

A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.”

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37 .) The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Booklist Online
  • Omnivoracious

“In this dark and gripping sci-fi noir, an exiled police detective arrives at a lunar penal colony just as a psychotic android begins a murderous odyssey across the far side of the moon.

Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. You can’t find better drugs, cheaper plastic surgery, or a more ominous travel advisory anywhere in the universe. But trouble is brewing in Brass’s black-market heaven. When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself—and his equally ambitious daughter—are the chief suspects.

Meanwhile, two-thousand kilometers away, an amnesiac android, Leonardo Black, rampages across the lunar surface. Programmed with only the notorious “Brass Code”—a compendium of corporate laws that would make Ayn Rand blush—Black has only one goal in mind: to find Purgatory and conquer it.”

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36 .) The Hike by Drew Magary

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Omnivoracious
  • Tor
  • Amazon

“When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.”

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35 .) The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Omnivoracious

“One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it’s already been stolen.

London’s underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.”

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34 .) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tor
  • SFFWorld

“Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.”

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33 .) The Race by Nina Allan

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Guardian
  • Tor

“A child is kidnapped with consequences that extend across worlds… A writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder… Far away a young woman prepares for her mysterious future…

In a future scarred by fracking and ecological collapse, Jenna Hoolman’s world is dominated by illegal smartdog racing: greyhounds genetically modified with human DNA. When her young niece goes missing that world implodes… Christy’s life is dominated by fear of her brother, a man she knows capable of monstrous acts and suspects of hiding even darker ones. Desperate to learn the truth she contacts Alex, who has his own demons to fight… And Maree, a young woman undertaking a journey that will change her world forever.”

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32 .) The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Omnivoracious
  • Bookworm Blues
  • Amazon

“ELKA BARELY REMEMBERS a time before she knew Trapper. She was just seven years old, wandering lost and hungry in the wilderness, when the solitary hunter took her in. In the years since then, he’s taught her how to survive in this desolate land where civilization has been destroyed and men are at the mercy of the elements and each other.

But the man Elka thought she knew has been harboring a terrible secret. He’s a killer. A monster. And now that Elka knows the truth, she may be his next victim.

Armed with nothing but her knife and the hard lessons Trapper’s drilled into her, Elka flees into the frozen north in search of her real parents. But judging by the trail of blood dogging her footsteps, she hasn’t left Trapper behind—and he won’t be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she’s going to survive, Elka will have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about the dark road she’s been set on. “

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31 .) United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Verge

“Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible Emperor, and nobody believes that Japan’s conduct in the war was anything but exemplary. Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons – a shadowy group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest subversive tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead.

Captain Beniko Ishimura’s job is to censor video games, and he’s working with Agent Akiko Tsukino of the secret police to get to the bottom of this disturbing new development. But Ishimura’s hiding something… He’s slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive videogame’s origins are even more controversial and dangerous than either of them originally suspected. “

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30 .) A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Tor
  • The Verge
  • SciFiNow

“Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera—the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.”

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29 .) Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist Online
  • The Biblio Sanctum
  • The BiblioSanctum
  • Stevereads

“Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.”

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28 .) Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Booklist Online
  • Stevereads

“From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city-state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the grand khalif at his request—and possibly to do more—and a fiercely intelligent, angry woman, posing as a doctor’s wife, but sent by Seressa as a spy.

The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the accomplished younger son of a merchant family, ambivalent about the life he’s been born to live. And farther east a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif—to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming.

As these lives entwine, their fates—and those of many others—will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world…”

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27 .) Everfair by Nisi Shawl

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tor
  • Bookworm Blues
  • Best Science Fiction Books

Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

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26 .) Morning Star by Pierce Brown

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Goodreads 2
  • Amazon

“Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.”

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25 .) The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tor
  • NPR
  • Michael Patrick Hicks

“People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?”

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24 .) The Big Book of Science Fiction by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer.

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Verge
  • Booklist Online
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • SFFWorld 2

What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret history of science fiction, from titans of literature who also wrote SF to less well-known authors from more than twenty-five countries, some never before translated into English. In The Big Book of Science Fiction, literary power couple Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds.

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23 .) The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • NPR
  • MPR News
  • SciFiNow

With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon Award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).

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22 .) The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tor
  • SFFWorld

“Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered when the Summer Dragon—one of the rare and mythical High Dragons—makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.

And so Maia is swept into an adventure that pits her against the deathless Horrors—thralls of the enemy—and a faceless creature drawn from her fears. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself.”

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21 .) The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Bookworm Blues
  • Passionate Foodie
  • The Verge

“In the much-anticipated sequel to the “magnificent fantasy epic” (NPR) Grace of Kings, Emperor Kuni Garu is faced with the invasion of an invincible army in his kingdom and must quickly find a way to defeat the intruders.

Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara—and chaos results.

But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat himself with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara’s savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.”

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20 .) Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Guardian
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Tor

“Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer–a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.”

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19 .) Version Control by Dexter Palmer

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Booklist Online
  • Washington Post
  • MPR News
  • NPR

“The acclaimed author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion returns with a compelling novel about the effects of science and technology on our friendships, our love lives, and our sense of self.

Rebecca Wright has reclaimed her life, finding her way out of her grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the internet dating site where she first met her husband. But she has a strange, persistent sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; her dreams are full of disquiet. Meanwhile, her husband’s decade-long dedication to his invention, the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you not call a “time machine”) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or can possibly imagine.”

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18 .) Borderline by Mishell Baker

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • NPR
  • Bookworm Blues
  • MPR News

“A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales. “

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17 .) Company Town by Madeline Ashby

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • The Biblio Sanctum
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Michael Patrick Hicks
  • The BiblioSanctum

“New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.

Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig–making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?”

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16 .) The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Kirkus
  • Passionate Foodie
  • Stevereads
  • The Verge

“The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

But the three imperial siblings at the heart of it all–Valyn, Adare, and Kaden–come to understand that even if they survive the holocaust unleashed on their world, there may be no reconciling their conflicting visions of the future.”

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15 .) Arkwright by Allen Steele

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Biblio Sanctum
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The BiblioSanctum
  • SFFWorld 2
  • The Verge
  • Sci-Fi and Scary

“Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Allen Steele’s Arkwright features the precision of hard science fiction with a compelling cast of characters. In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true, timeless legacy.

Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan’s legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.”

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14 .) Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Guardian
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Tor
  • NPR
  • Best Science Fiction Books

“A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.”

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13 .) City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Passionate Foodie
  • SFFWorld
  • SciFiNow
  • Tor
  • Amazon

“A triumphant return to the world of City of Stairs.

A generation ago, the city of Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions.

Now, the city’s god is dead. The city itself lies in ruins. And to its new military occupiers, the once-powerful capital is a wasteland of sectarian violence and bloody uprisings.

So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh— foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister—has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten. “

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12 .) Crosstalk by Connie Willis

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads 2
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • NPR
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • SciFiNow

“In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal—to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don’t quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely—in a way far beyond what she signed up for.

It is almost more than she can handle—especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that’s only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize that love—and communication—are far more complicated than she ever imagined.”

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11 .) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Tor
  • MPR News
  • Michael Patrick Hicks
  • Bibliotropic

“Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.”

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10 .) Infomocracy by Malka Older

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kirkus
  • Washington Post
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Bookriot
  • The Verge

“It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global micro-democracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?”

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9 .) A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Best Fantasy Books
  • Tor
  • Bookworm Blues
  • SFFWorld
  • Stevereads
  • Goodreads

“Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games-an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries-a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.”

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8 .) After Atlas by Emma Newman

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Biblio Sanctum
  • Bookworm Blues
  • MPR News
  • The BiblioSanctum

“Gov-corp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.

To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes…”

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7 .) Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Goodreads 2
  • The Biblio Sanctum
  • MPR News
  • Michael Patrick Hicks
  • The BiblioSanctum
  • NPR

““Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.”

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6 .) Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Guardian
  • Omnivoracious
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Tor
  • Best Science Fiction Books

“To win an impossible war Captain Kel Cheris must awaken an ancient weapon and a despised traitor general.

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.”

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5 .) Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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Lists It Appears On:

  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Bookriot
  • MPR News
  • Stevereads
  • The West
  • Goodreads 2
  • SciFiNow

“A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.”

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4 .) The Fireman by Joe Hill

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Forbidden Planet
  • Tor
  • NPR
  • SFFWorld
  • SFFWorld 2
  • Sci-Fi and Scary
  • SciFiNow

“The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.”

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3 .) The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Kirkus
  • Publishers Weekly
  • NPR
  • Bookriot
  • Bibliotropic
  • The Verge

“This is the way the world ends, for the last time.

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun — once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger — has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power – and her choices will break the world.”

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2 .) Death’s End by Cixin Liu

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Kirkus
  • NPR
  • Barnes & Noble
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Tor
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • The Guardian

“With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Three-Body Trilogy by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu.

Now this epic trilogy concludes with the New York Times bestelling Death’s End. Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.”

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1 .) All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

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Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus
  • Washington Post
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Tor
  • NPR
  • Bookworm Blues
  • MPR News
  • Best Science Fiction Books
  • The Verge
  • SciFiNow

“Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together―to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.”

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The Remaining 214 Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Books of 2016



 

# Books Authors Lists
(All Appear On 2 Lists Each)
42 A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay SFFWorld
SciFiNow
43 A Night Without Stars Peter F. Hamilton Kirkus
Forbidden Planet
44 A Taste of Honey Kai Ashante Wilson Barnes & Noble
Tor
45 Admiral Sean Danker The Biblio Sanctum
The BiblioSanctum
46 An Accident of Stars Foz Meadows Tor
Bibliotropic
47 Azanian Bridges Nick Wood The Guardian
Best Science Fiction Books
48 Babylon’s Ashes James S.A. Corey The Best Sci Fi Books
SFFWorld 2
49 Bite K.S. Merbeth The Biblio Sanctum
The BiblioSanctum
50 Black Panther Ta-Nehisi Coates Tor
51 Cloudbound Fran Wilde The Best Sci Fi Books
Tor
52 Conspiracy of Ravens Lila Bowen Tor
SciFiNow
53 Creation Machine Andrew Bannister Forbidden Planet
SFFWorld 2
54 False Hearts Laura Lam Forbidden Planet
Bookworm Blues
55 Gemina Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The Biblio Sanctum
The BiblioSanctum
56 Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen Lois McMaster Bujold Barnes & Noble
SFFWorld 2
57 Iraq + 100: Stories from a Century After the Invasion The Guardian
Tor
58 Kingfisher Patricia A. McKillip Kirkus
Publishers Weekly
59 Labyrinth Lost Zoraida Córdova Tor
NPR
60 League of Dragons Naomi Novik Best Fantasy Books
Booklist Online
61 Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff Tor
SciFiNow
62 Machinations Hayley Stone Amazon
Omnivoracious
63 Magic Binds Ilona Andrews Best Fantasy Books
Goodreads
64 Marked in Flesh Anne Bishop Best Fantasy Books
Goodreads
65 Mongrels Stephen Graham Jones Tor
SciFiNow
66 Queen of the Night Alexander Chee SFFWorld 2
Tor
67 Saint’s Blood Sebastien De Castell Passionate Foodie
Best Fantasy Books
68 Star Wars: Bloodline Claudia Gray The Biblio Sanctum
The BiblioSanctum
69 Star Wars: Dark Disciple Christie Golden The Biblio Sanctum
The BiblioSanctum
70 The Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson Best Fantasy Books
Goodreads
71 The Blood Mirror Brent Weeks Barnes & Noble
Stevereads
72 The Burning Isle Will Panzo Amazon
Omnivoracious
73 The Devourers Indra Das Barnes & Noble
Washington Post
74 The Gradual Christopher Priest The Guardian
Best Science Fiction Books
75 The Last Days of Jack Sparks Jason Arnopp Bookworm Blues
SFFWorld
76 The Last Days of New Paris China Mieville Best Science Fiction Books
Stevereads
77 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Becky Chambers Tor
SFFWorld 2
78 The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter and Alasdair Reynolds Tor
SciFiNow
79 The Nightmare Stacks Charles Stross Forbidden Planet
SFFWorld
80 The Power Naomi Alderman Tor
SciFiNow
81 The Raven King Maggie Stiefvater Best Fantasy Books
Tor
82 The Sunlight Pilgrims Jenni Fagan Tor
NPR
83 The Unfinished World Amber Sparks Washington Post
Tor
84 The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan Best Fantasy Books
Stevereads
85 The Wheel of Osheim Mark Lawrence Best Fantasy Books
Bookworm Blues
86 The Winged Histories Sofia Samatar Best Fantasy Books
NPR
87 Underground Airlines Ben H. Winters Goodreads 2
The Verge
(All Appear On A Single List Each)
88 A Green and Ancient Light Fredrick S. Durban Bookworm Blues
89 A City Dreaming Tor
90 A Collapse Of Horses: A Collection Of Stories Brian Evenson NPR
91 A Conspiracy of Ravens Lila Bowen Barnes & Noble
92 A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan, #1) Julie McElwain Goodreads 2
93 A Promise Of Fire Amanda Bouchet NPR
94 A Tree or a Person or a Wall Matt Bell Tor
95 Alight Scott Sigler SFFWorld 2
96 All Good Children Dayna Ingram Publishers Weekly
97 AND I DARKEN KIERSTEN WHITE SciFiNow
98 Arcadia Iain Pears Booklist Online
99 Armada Ernest Cline Booklist Online
100 Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard Lawrence Schoen Passionate Foodie
101 Beyond Redemption and The Mirror’s Truth Michael Fletcher Passionate Foodie
102 Binary Storm Christopher Hinz Passionate Foodie
103 Bloodline Claudia Gray Goodreads 2
104 Bloodmage & Chaosmage Stephen Aryan SFFWorld
105 Certain Dark Things Silvia Garcia-Moreno NPR
106 Chains of the Heretic Jeff Salyards Best Fantasy Books
107 Children of the Dark Jonathan Janz Michael Patrick Hicks
108 Children Of The New World: Stories Alexander Weinstein NPR
109 Children of Time Adrian Tchiakovsky Barnes & Noble
110 Citizen of the Galaxy Robert A Heinlein SFFWorld 2
111 Cold-Forged Flame Marie Brennan Tor
112 Crooked Kingdom Leigh Bardugo Best Fantasy Books
113 Dark Run Mike Brooks The Best Sci Fi Books
114 Deadlight Jack Mark Onspaugh Sci-Fi and Scary
115 Demon, Volume 1 Jason Shiga NPR
116 Drake Peter McLean Best Fantasy Books
117 End of Watch Stephen King SFFWorld
118 Escapology Ren Warom Barnes & Noble
119 Eternity’s Mind Kevin J Anderson SFFWorld 2
120 Europe in Winter Dave Hutchinson Best Science Fiction Books
121 Every Anxious Wave Mo Daviau NPR
122 Faith Volume 1: Hollywood And Vine Jody Houser, illustrated NPR
123 Fear The Drowning Deep Sarah Glenn Marsh NPR
124 Fellside M.R. Carey NPR
125 Feverborn (Fever, #8) Karen Marie Moning Goodreads
126 Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9) Patricia Briggs Goodreads
127 Fix Ferrett Steinmetz Bibliotropic
128 Foundation and Foundation and Empire Isaac Asimov SFFWorld 2
129 Four Roads Cross Max Gladstone Barnes & Noble
130 Furnace and Other Stories Livia Llewellyn Tor
131 Ghostland Colin Dickey Tor
132 Good Morning Midnight Lily Brooks-Dalton Sci-Fi and Scary
133 Hag-seed Margaret Atwood Tor
134 Harmonic Resonance Nico Laesser Sci-Fi and Scary
135 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8) J.K. Rowling Goodreads
136 Heroine Complex Sarah Kuhn Barnes & Noble
137 Hex The West
138 Hope and Red Jon Skovron SFFWorld
139 HUNTERS AND COLLECTORS M SUDDAIN SciFiNow
140 I AM PROVIDENCE NICK MAMATAS The Verge
141 Icon Genevieve Valentine The Best Sci Fi Books
142 Invisible Planets Ken Liu Bibliotropic
143 Javelin Rain Myke Cole SFFWorld
144 Jerusalem Alan Moore NPR
145 Judenstaat Simone Zelitch Barnes & Noble
146 Kings Rising The West
147 Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #7) Jodi Taylor Goodreads 2
148 Lights Out Nate Southard Michael Patrick Hicks
149 Livia Lone Barry Eisler Michael Patrick Hicks
150 Los Nefilim Teresa Frohock Passionate Foodie
151 Malafrena Ursula Le Guin Tor
152 MASTERS’ MYSTERIUM: LAS VEGAS R.R. Reynolds Huffington Post
153 Mechanical Failure Joe Zieja Barnes & Noble
154 Monstress: Vol. 1 Marjorie Liu MPR News
155 MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM GRADY HENDRIX SciFiNow
156 Necessity: A Novel Jo Walton NPR
157 Necrotech K.C. Alexander Passionate Foodie
158 Night of the Animals Bill Broun Stevereads
159 Night Without Stars Peter F Hamilton (See: told you so! MarkY) SFFWorld 2
160 NOD ADRIAN BARNES SciFiNow
161 Northwoods Bill Schweigart Sci-Fi and Scary
162 NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT Michael Swanwick Kirkus
163 Occupy Me Tricia Forbidden Planet
164 Odd Man Out James Newman Michael Patrick Hicks
165 ODY-C: Cycle One Matt Fraction, illustrated NPR
166 On the Edge of Gone Corinne Duyvis Sci-Fi and Scary
167 Patience Daniel Clowes NPR
168 PHILOMENA Mark Guiney Huffington Post
169 Pirate Utopia Bruce Sterling Best Science Fiction Books
170 Planetfall Emma Newman Bibliotropic
171 Plutona Emi Lenox and Jeff Lemire, illustrated NPR
172 Pretty Deadly Volume 2: The Bear Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated NPR
173 Red Right Hand Levi Black Passionate Foodie
174 Regeneration Stephanie Saulter Bibliotropic
175 Roses and Rot Kat Howard Barnes & Noble
176 RUN RAGGED Kari Aguila Huffington Post
177 Savages Greg F. Gifune Michael Patrick Hicks
178 SERVANT OF DARKNESS, SERVANT OF LIES and SERVANT OF FIRE Simon J Cambridge Huffington Post
179 SHRIVERS Jeb Kinnison Huffington Post
180 Sisters of Tomorrow edited Lisa Yaszek & Patrick B. Sharp Best Science Fiction Books
181 Skinner Luce Patricia Ward Amazon
182 SLIPPING LAUREN BEUKES SciFiNow
183 Smoke: A Novel Dan Vyleta NPR
184 Sorcerer to the Crown Zen Cho The Guardian
185 Star Nomad: Fallen Empire, Book 1 Lindsay Buroker Amazon
186 Stiletto Daniel O’Malley Bookworm Blues
187 Strike Delilah S. Dawson SFFWorld 2
188 Summerlong Peter S. Beagle Barnes & Noble
189 SUPERNOVA C.A. Higgins Kirkus
190 Survival Game Gary Gibson SFFWorld 2
191 The Bird and the Sword Amy Harmon Goodreads
192 The Bloodsworn Erin Lindsey Tor
193 The Chimes Anna Smaill Bibliotropic
194 The City of Mirrors Justin Cronin Best Fantasy Books
195 The Complex Brian Keene Michael Patrick Hicks
196 The Copper Promise Jen Williams Tor
197 The Corporation Wars: Dissidence Ken MacLeod SFFWorld 2
198 The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) Darynda Jones Goodreads
199 The Dark Days Club Alison Goodman NPR
200 THE DARKEST SIDE OF SATURN Tony Taylor Huffington Post
201 The Demonists Thomas Sniegoski Sci-Fi and Scary
202 The Devil You Know K.J. Parker Bookworm Blues
203 The Diabolic S. J. Kincaid Amazon
204 The Dream-Quest Of Vellitt Boe Kij Johnson NPR
205 The Familiar, Volume 3: Honeysuckle & Pain Mark Z. Danielewski NPR
206 The Fate of the Tearling Erika Johansen Best Fantasy Books
207 THE FIFTH SEASON NK JEMISIN SciFiNow
208 The Fisherman John Langan Tor
209 The Forgetting Moon Brian Lee Durfee Bookworm Blues
210 The Geek Feminist Revolution Kameron Hurley Bibliotropic
211 The Girl From Everywhere Heidi Heilig NPR
212 The Guns of Empire Django Wexler Tor
213 The Hatching Ezekiel Boone SFFWorld
214 The Island Will Sink The West
215 The Last Adventure of Constance Verity A. Lee Martinez Booklist Online
216 The Last Days of Magic Mark Tompkins Bookworm Blues
217 The Last One Alexandra Oliva Goodreads 2
218 The Liberation Ian Tregillis Tor
219 The Library at Mount Char Scott Hawkins Booklist Online
220 The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge NPR
221 The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth, #5) Terry Pratchett Goodreads 2
222 The Lost Time Accidents: A Novel John Wray NPR
223 The Lyre Thief Jennifer Fallon Stevereads
224 The Nature of a Pirate A M Dellamonica Bibliotropic
225 THE PRELAPSARIANS John Gaiserich Huffington Post
226 The Reader Traci Chee NPR
227 The Regional Office Is Under Attack!: A Novel Manuel Gonzales NPR
228 The Rogue Retrieval Dan Koboldt SFFWorld
229 The Second Death T Frohock Bibliotropic
230 THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS MARK FROST SciFiNow
231 THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST JAY ISLINGTON SciFiNow
232 THE SILVER TIDE JEN WILLIAMS SciFiNow
233 The Singing Bones Shaun Tan NPR
234 The Spider’s War Daniel Abraham Best Fantasy Books
235 The Story Of Hong Gildong edited and translated NPR
236 THE TIGER AND THE WOLF ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY SciFiNow
237 The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Best Science Fiction Books
238 The Vagrant Peter Newman Barnes & Noble
239 The War of the Worlds HG Wells SFFWorld 2
240 The Wicked + The Divine Gillen and McKelvie Tor
241 THIN AIR MICHELLE PAVER SciFiNow
242 Things From The Flood Simon Stålenhag NPR
243 This Census-Taker China Miéville NPR
244 This Savage Song Victoria Schwab Tor
245 Those Below Daniel Polansky Best Fantasy Books
246 VERSAILLES YANNICK HILL SciFiNow
247 Veterans’ Affairs Joseph Hirsch Sci-Fi and Scary
248 Vicky Peterwald: Rebel Mike Shepherd The Best Sci Fi Books
249 War Factory Neal Asher SFFWorld 2
250 We Are Legion (We Are Bob) Dennis E. Taylor Sci-Fi and Scary
251 What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi Tor
252 When The Sea Turned To Silver Grace Lin NPR
253 Who’s Afraid The West
254 Wicked Weeds Pedro Cabiya Tor


The 32 Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lists Used



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Amazon Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016
Barnes & Noble The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016
Best Fantasy Books 23 Best Fantasy Books of 2016
Best Science Fiction Books THE 15 MUST-HAVE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS 2016
Bibliotropic Top 11 Books I Read in 2016
Booklist Online Top 10 SF/Fantasy: 2016
Bookriot HERE YOU HAVE IT! BOOK RIOT’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2016.
Bookworm Blues The Annual Epic Best Books of 2016 List You Can’t Miss!
Forbidden Planet Our Top 10 Books for 2016
Goodreads BEST FANTASY
Goodreads 2 BEST SCIENCE FICTION
Huffington Post The Best Self-Published Books of 2016
Kirkus Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016
Michael Patrick Hicks BEST BOOKS OF 2016
MPR News Best books of 2016 to give — and receive: Sci-fi and fantasy
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
Omnivoracious The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016
Passionate Foodie My Favorite Fiction of 2016, From Novels to Anthologies
Publishers Weekly Best SF/Fantasy/Horror
Sci-Fi and Scary Best Sci-Fi & Scary Novels of 2016
SciFiNow 25 BOOKS YOU SHOULD HAVE READ IN 2016
SFFWorld SFFWorld Review of the Year 2016: Part 1 – Fantasy
SFFWorld 2 SFFWorld Review of the Year 2016: Part 2 – Science Fiction
Stevereads Best Books of 2016 – SFF!
The Best Sci Fi Books 19 Best Science Fiction Books of 2016
The Biblio Sanctum Top 10 Tuesday
The BiblioSanctum #RRSciFiMonth: Mogsy’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Reads of 2016
The Guardian The best SF and fantasy books of 2016
The Verge The 11 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016
The West My top 5 sci-fi and fantasy books for 2016
Tor Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2016
Washington Post Best science fiction and fantasy of 2016

 

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