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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2017 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

December 28, 2017

“What are the best Sci-Fi & fantasy books of 2017?” We aggregated 25 year-end lists and ranked the 335 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 the most. The top 50 books, all of which appeared on 3 or more best Sci-Fi/Fantasy lists, are ranked below with images, summaries, and links for more information or to purchase. The remaining 250+ books, as well as the top book lists, are at the bottom of the page.

Make sure to take a look at our other Best of 2017 book lists:

You can also take a look at our Best Science Fiction & Fantasy books from last year as well as all the other Best 2016 articles!

Happy Scrolling!

 



Top 50 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books Of 2017



50 .) After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Tor
  • Syfy Wire

A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it – in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication. With America in chaos, former NASA employee Kwesi Bracket works at the only functioning space program in the world, which just happens to be in Nigeria. With Europe, Asia, and the U.S. knocked off-line, and thousands of dead satellites about to plummet to Earth, the planet’s only hope rests with the Nigerian Space Program’s plan to launch a daring rescue mission to the International Space Station. Bracket and his team are already up against a serious deadline, but life on the ground is just as disastrous after the flare. Nigeria has been flooded with advanced biohacking technologies, and the scramble for space supremacy has attracted dangerous peoples from all over Africa. What’s more: the militant Islamic group Boko Haram is slowly encroaching on the spaceport, leaving a trail of destruction, while a group of nomads has discovered an ancient technology more powerful than anything Bracket’s ever imagined. With the clock ticking down, Bracket – helped by a brilliant scientist from India and an eccentric lunar geologist – must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space. In this sequel to Nigerians in Space, Deji Bryce Olukotun poses deep questions about technology, international ambition, identity, and space exploration in the 21st century.

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49 .) Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books

“A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.

Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.”

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48 .) Amatka by Karin Tidbeck

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • Multnomah County
  • The Guardian

“Vanja, an information assistant, is sent from her home city of Essre to the austere, wintry colony of Amatka with an assignment to collect intelligence for the government. Immediately she feels that something strange is going on: people act oddly in Amatka, and citizens are monitored for signs of subversion.

Intending to stay just a short while, Vanja falls in love with her housemate, Nina, and prolongs her visit. But when she stumbles on evidence of a growing threat to the colony, and a cover-up by its administration, she embarks on an investigation that puts her at tremendous risk.

In Karin Tidbeck’s world, everyone is suspect, no one is safe, and nothing—not even language, nor the very fabric of reality—can be taken for granted. Amatka is a beguiling and wholly original novel about freedom, love, and artistic creation by a captivating new voice.”

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47 .) Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Seattle Times

“In Amberlough, amidst rising political tensions, three lives become intertwined with the fate of the city itself.

The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops.

The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself…and hopefully Aristide too.

The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans―if she can be trusted.

As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means ― and people ― necessary. Including each other.”

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46 .) An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Washington Post

“Under the One Child Policy, everyone plotted to have a son.

Now 40 million of them can’t find wives.

China’s One Child Policy and its cultural preference for male heirs have created a society overrun by 40 million unmarriageable men. By the year 2030, more than twenty-five percent of men in their late thirties will not have a family of their own. An Excess Male is one such leftover man’s quest for love and family under a State that seeks to glorify its past mistakes and impose order through authoritarian measures, reinvigorated Communist ideals, and social engineering.

Wei-guo holds fast to the belief that as long as he continues to improve himself, his small business, and in turn, his country, his chance at love will come. He finally saves up the dowry required to enter matchmaking talks at the lowest rung as a third husband—the maximum allowed by law. Only a single family—one harboring an illegal spouse—shows interest, yet with May-ling and her two husbands, Wei-guo feels seen, heard, and connected to like never before. But everyone and everything—walls, streetlights, garbage cans—are listening, and men, excess or not, are dispensable to the State. Wei-guo must reach a new understanding of patriotism and test the limits of his love and his resolve in order to save himself and this family he has come to hold dear.”

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45 .) And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #8) by Jodi Taylor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads 2
  • Navigating Worlds

“Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s Institute (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

You think you’re having a bad day? Max is trapped in the same deadly sandstorm that buried the fifty thousand-strong army of the Pharaoh Cambyses II, and she’s sharing the only available shelter for miles around with the murdering psychopath who recently kidnapped her and left her adrift in time.”

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44 .) Assassin’s Fate (The Fitz and the Fool, #3) by Robin Hobb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads

“More than twenty years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain.

As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.”

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43 .) Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse #6) by James S.A. Corey

Lists It Appears On:

  • New In Books
  • Goodreads 2
  • Navigating Worlds

“A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.”

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42 .) City of Miracles (The Divine Cities) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound

“Revenge. It’s something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do—and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara’s killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara’s death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And—perhaps most daunting of all—finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.”

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41 .) Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire) by Yoon Ha Lee

Lists It Appears On:

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

“Captain Kel Cheris is possessed by a long-dead traitor general. Together they must face the rivalries of the hexarchate and a potentially devastating invasion.

When the hexarchate’s gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn’t reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment – and possessing her.

Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, which was tasked with stopping them. Only one of Khiruev’s subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.”

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40 .) Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • Stevereads

“A scavenger robot wanders in the wasteland created by a war that has destroyed humanity in this evocative post-apocalyptic “”robot western”” from the critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, and noted film critic.

It’s been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI—One World Intelligence—the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality—their personality—for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world.

One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning. Although unable to experience emotions like a human, Brittle is haunted by the terrible crimes the robot population perpetrated on humanity. As Brittle roams the Sea of Rust, a large swath of territory that was once the Midwest, the loner robot slowly comes to terms with horrifyingly raw and vivid memories—and nearly unbearable guilt.”

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39 .) Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Stevereads
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Gadgets 360

“In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war…a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed locations, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.

Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.”

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38 .) Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Syfy Wire

“Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn’t the only one to die recently…”

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37 .) Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • NPR Books
  • The Seattle Times

“Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie’s in serious debt to his dad’s old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there’s any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene’s son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn’t told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves—if it doesn’t tear them apart in the process.”

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36 .) The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • NPR Books
  • Tor

“When Apollo Kagwa’s father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself—and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo’s old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act—beyond any parent’s comprehension—and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

Thus begins Apollo’s odyssey through a world he only thought he understood, to find a wife and child who are nothing like he’d imagined. His quest, which begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma’s whereabouts, takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.

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35 .) The Genius Plague by David Walton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker in the NSA when his brother, Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. Meanwhile, something is happening in South America; others, like Paul, have also fallen ill and recovered with abilities they didn’t have before.

But that’s not the only pattern–the survivors, from entire remote Brazilian tribes to American tourists, all seem to be working toward a common, and deadly, goal. Neil soon uncovers a secret and unexplained alliance between governments that have traditionally been enemies. Meanwhile Paul becomes increasingly secretive and erratic.

Paul sees the fungus as the next stage of human evolution, while Neil is convinced that it is driving its human hosts to destruction. Brother must oppose brother on an increasingly fraught international stage, with the stakes: the free will of every human on earth. Can humanity use this force for good, or are we becoming the pawns of an utterly alien intelligence?”

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34 .) The Rise and fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Washington Post

“When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “”jams”” the “”frequencies”” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.”

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33 .) The Strange Case Of The Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • NPR Books
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.”

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32 .) The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Noted
  • Stevereads

“In an age of space exploration, we search to find ourselves.

In four years, aerospace giant Prime Space will put the first humans on Mars. Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must prove they’re the crew for the historic voyage by spending seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. Constantly observed by Prime Space’s team of “”Obbers,”” Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters—and each other. “

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31 .) Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter

Lists It Appears On:

  • Kirkus
  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • Publishers Weekly

“In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy— is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.”

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30 .) Provenance by Ann Leckie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • Multnomah County
  • Gadgets 360

“A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.”

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29 .) Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amazon
  • Christopher Pound
  • Multnomah County
  • NPR Books

“The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around–and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?”

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28 .) The House of Binding Thorns (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel) by Aliette de Bodard

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Tor

“As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital.

House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal—to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear.

In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom—and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear….”

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27 .) The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Washington Post

“John Kessel, one of the most visionary writers in the field, has created a rich matriarchal utopia, set in the near future on the moon, a society that is flawed by love and sex, and on the brink of a destructive civil war.

In the middle of the twenty-second century, over three million people live in underground cities below the moon’s surface. One city-state, the Society of Cousins, is a matriarchy, where men are supported in any career choice, but no right to vote—and tensions are beginning to flare as outside political intrigues increase.

After participating in a rebellion that caused his mother’s death, Erno has been exiled from the Society of Cousins. Now, he is living in the Society’s rival colony, Persepolis, when he meets Amestris, the defiant daughter of the richest man on the moon.

Mira, a rebellious loner in the Society, creates graffiti videos that challenge the Society’s political domination. She is hopelessly in love with Carey, the exemplar of male privilege. An Olympic champion in low-gravity martial arts and known as the most popular bedmate in the Society, Carey’s more suited to being a boyfriend than a parent, even as he tries to gain custody of his teenage son.”

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26 .) The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • Kirkus
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“Set within a system of decaying world-ships travelling through deep space, this breakout novel of epic science fiction follows a pair of sisters who must wrest control of their war-torn legion of worlds—and may have to destroy everything they know in order to survive.

Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. Here in the darkness, a war for control of the Legion has been waged for generations, with no clear resolution.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say there are her family. She is told she is their salvation, the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.”

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25 .) Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • The Guardian
  • Syfy Wire

Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.

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24 .) Winter Tide (The Innsmouth Legacy) by Ruthanna Emrys

Lists It Appears On:

  • Tor
  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Christopher Pound
  • NPR Books

“After attacking Devil’s Reef in 1928, the U.S. government rounded up the people of Innsmouth and took them to the desert, far from their ocean, their Deep One ancestors, and their sleeping god Cthulhu. Only Aphra and Caleb Marsh survived the camps, and they emerged without a past or a future.

The government that stole Aphra’s life now needs her help. FBI agent Ron Spector believes that Communist spies have stolen dangerous magical secrets from Miskatonic University, secrets that could turn the Cold War hot in an instant, and hasten the end of the human race.

Aphra must return to the ruins of her home, gather scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkness of human nature.”

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23 .) All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Multnomah County
  • Navigating Worlds
  • Noted
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“It’s 2016, and in Tom Barren’s world, technology has solved all of humanity’s problems—there’s no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn’t happy. He’s lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you’re heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.

Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.

Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.”

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22 .) All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells

Lists It Appears On:

  • Christopher Pound
  • Amazon
  • Barnes & Noble 2
  • Multnomah County
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid ― a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.”

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21 .) Home (Binti, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor

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  • Christopher Pound
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“It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?”

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20 .) Jade City by Fonda Lee

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“Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.”

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19 .) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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“In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.”

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18 .) Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3) by Brandon Sanderson

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“In Oathbringer, the third volume of the New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

Dalinar Kholin’s Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar’s blood-soaked past and stand together―and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past―even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.”

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17 .) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman

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“Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy….

Malcolm’s parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him.

When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra.”

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16 .) The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1) by John Scalzi

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“Our universe is ruled by physics. Faster than light travel is impossible―until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, which can take us to other planets around other stars.

Riding The Flow, humanity spreads to innumerable other worlds. Earth is forgotten. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war―and, for the empire’s rulers, a system of control.

The Flow is eternal―but it’s not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals―a scientist, a starship captain, and the emperox of the Interdependency―must race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.”

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15 .) The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear

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  • The Guardian
  • Vulture

“The Stone in the Skull, the first volume in her new trilogy, takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.”

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14 .) An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

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“Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She’s used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she’d be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world.

Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship’s leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot–if she’s willing to sow the seeds of civil war.”

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13 .) Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

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“When anything can be owned, how can we be free

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.”

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12 .) The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) by S. A. Chakraborty

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“Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of eighteenth-century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trades she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, and a mysterious gift for healing—are all tricks, both the means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive.

But when Nahri accidentally summons Dara, an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior, to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to reconsider her beliefs. For Dara tells Nahri an extraordinary tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire and rivers where the mythical marid sleep, past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises and mountains where the circling birds of prey are more than what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass—a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound.”

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11 .) Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel

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  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads 2
  • Navigating Worlds
  • The Best Sci Fi Books

“As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.”

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10 .) Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

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  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Seattle Times

“Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza―known to his friends as Hubert, Etc―was too old to be at that Communist party.

But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be―except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society―and walk away.

After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life―food, clothing, shelter―from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system.

It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down.”

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9 .) A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab

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  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads
  • Kirkus

“As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point.

In the wake of tragedy, Kell―once assumed to be the last surviving Antari―begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace―but never common―thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry.

An ancient enemy returns to claim a city while a fallen hero tries to save a kingdom in decay. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.”

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8 .) American War: A Novel by Omar El Akkad

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  • Multnomah County
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  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads 2
  • Navigating Worlds
  • New In Books
  • NPR Books

“An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle—a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.”

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7 .) New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

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  • Noted
  • Powells Books
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • The Guardian
  • The Seattle Times

“As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.

There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear — along with the lawyers, of course.
There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building’s manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don’t live there, but have no other home– and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.

Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all– and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.”

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6 .) The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

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  • The Seattle Times
  • Vulture

“In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:

A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .

An emerging AI uprising . . .

And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.”

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5 .) Artemis by Andy Weir

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“Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.

Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.

So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.

The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. “

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4 .) The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden

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“Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.”

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3 .) The Power by Naomi Alderman

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In THE POWER, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

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2 .) Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

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  • The Guardian

“In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company―a biotech firm now derelict―and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump―plant or animal?―but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts―and definitely against Wick’s wishes―Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.”

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1 .) The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) by N.K. Jemisin

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  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Guardian
  • The Washington Post
  • Tor

“The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.”

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The 250+ Additional Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Of 2017



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
51 A Face Like Glass Frances Hardinge NPR Books
Tor
52 A Plague of Giants Kevin Hearne Barnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
53 After On Rob Reid Christopher Pound
Stevereads
54 Agents of Dreamland Caitlín R. Kiernan Christopher Pound
Tor
55 American Street Ibi Zoboi Christopher Pound
Multnomah County
56 An Unkindness Of Magicians Kat Howard Christopher Pound
NPR Books
57 Barbary Station R. E. Stearns The Best Sci Fi Books
Tor
58 Blackwing (Raven’s Mark) Ed McDonald Amazon
Christopher Pound
59 Brimstone Cherie Priest Christopher Pound
NPR Books
60 Djinn City The Guardian
Tor
61 Down Among the Sticks and Bones Seanan McGuire Christopher Pound
Library Journal
62 Exit West Mohsin Hamid Tor
Vulture
63 Feversong (Fever, #9) Karen Marie Moning Christopher Pound
Goodreads
64 For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2) Dennis E Taylor Navigating Worlds
Gadgets 360
65 Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado Christopher Pound
Tor
66 In Calabria Peter S. Beagle Christopher Pound
Publishers Weekly
67 Into the Drowning Deep Mira Grant Christopher Pound
Powells Books
68 Jane, Unlimited Kristin Cashore Multnomah County
Tor
69 Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr John Crowley Christopher Pound
Tor
70 Kings of the Wyld Nicholas Eames Barnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
71 Luna: Wolf Moon Ian McDonald The Best Sci Fi Books
NPR Books
72 Malice of Crows Lila Bowen Barnes & Noble 2
Tor
73 Minecraft: The Island Max Brooks Barnes & Noble
NPR Books
74 Our Dark Duet V.E. Schwab Christopher Pound
Tor
75 Persepolis Rising James S.A. Corey The Best Sci Fi Books
Gadgets 360
76 Red Sister Mark Lawrence Barnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
77 Reincarnation Blues Michael Poore Christopher Pound
NPR Books
78 Revenger Alastair Reynolds Christopher Pound
Powells Books
79 River Of Teeth Sarah Gailey Christopher Pound
NPR Books
80 Sourdough Robin Sloan The Best Sci Fi Books
NPR Books
81 Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) Vivian Shaw Christopher Pound
NPR Books
82 Tender: Stories Sofia Samatar Christopher Pound
NPR Books
83 The Bedlam Stacks Natasha Pulley Christopher Pound
Publishers Weekly
84 The Bone Witch Rin Chupeco Multnomah County
Tor
85 The Book Of Joan: A Novel Lidia Yuknavitch NPR Books
Tor
86 The Clockwork Dynasty Daniel H. Wilson Christopher Pound
Kirkus
87 The Gauntlet Karuna Riazi Book Riot
Multnomah County
88 The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series) Emily R. King Amazon
Christopher Pound
89 The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion Margaret Killjoy Christopher Pound
Tor
90 The River Bank Kij Johnson The Seattle Times
NPR Books
91 The Rules Of Magic Alice Hoffman Christopher Pound
NPR Books
92 The Twenty Days of Turin Giorgio de Maria (translated by Ramon Glazov) Christopher Pound
NPR Books
93 Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn, #1) Timothy Zahn Goodreads 2
Navigating Worlds
94 Tomorrow’s Kin Nancy Kress Syfy Wire
Stevereads
95 Void Star Zachary Mason Amazon
Christopher Pound
96 Want Cindy Pon Christopher Pound
Syfy Wire
97 When the English Fall David Williams Amazon
Multnomah County
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
98 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior Alexis Siegel and Mark Siegel, illustrated NPR Books
99 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior Mark Siegel, et al
Multnomah County
100 A Closed and Common Orbit Becky Chambers
Publishers Weekly
101 A Court of Wings and Ruin Sarah J. Maas
Christopher Pound
102 A Game of Ghosts John Connolly
Christopher Pound
103 A Gathering of Ravens Scott Oden
Christopher Pound
104 A God in the Shed J-F Dubeau
Christopher Pound
105 A Red Peace (Starfire #1) Spencer Ellsworth
Multnomah County
106 A Skinful of Shadows Tor
107 A.D.: After Death Scott Snyder, illustrated NPR Books
108 Above the Timberline Gregory Manchess
The Best Sci Fi Books
109 Acadie Dave Hutchinson
Christopher Pound
110 Afterlife Marcus Sakey
Christopher Pound
111 Age of Swords Michael J. Sullivan
Christopher Pound
112 All the Crooked Saints Maggie Stiefvater
Christopher Pound
113 All These Worlds Dennis Taylor
Christopher Pound
114 Alone Scott Sigler
Christopher Pound
115 An Accident of Stars Tor
116 An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors Curtis Craddock
Christopher Pound
117 Another Castle: Grimoire Andrew Wheeler
Multnomah County
118 Apex Mercedes Lackey
Christopher Pound
119 Arabella and the battle of Venus David D. Levine.
Multnomah County
120 Ararat Christopher Golden
Christopher Pound
121 Ash and Quill Rachel Caine
Christopher Pound
122 Austral Paul McAuley
The Guardian
123 Bannerless Carrie Vaughn
Christopher Pound
124 Before She Ignites Jodi Meadows
Christopher Pound
125 Before the Devil Breaks You Libba Bray
Christopher Pound
126 Beneath Kristi DeMeester Tor
127 BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY Seanan McGuire Vulture
128 Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time Saladin Ahmed, illustrated NPR Books
129 Blackthorne Stina Leicht Tor
130 Blood Vice Angela Roquet
Christopher Pound
131 Bodies of Summer Tor
132 Bound Benedict Jacka
Christopher Pound
133 Brother’s Ruin Emma Newman
Christopher Pound
134 Buried Heart Kate Elliott
Christopher Pound
135 Caraval Stephanie Garber
Christopher Pound
136 Carve the Mark Veronica Roth
Christopher Pound
137 Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories Naomi Kritzer
Christopher Pound
138 Chain of Command Frank Chadwick
Christopher Pound
139 Chalk Paul Cornell
Christopher Pound
140 Change Agent Daniel Suarez
Christopher Pound
141 Children of the Fleet Orson Scott Card
Christopher Pound
142 City of Brass S.A. Chakraborty
Barnes & Noble 2
143 Clade James Bradley
Barnes & Noble 2
144 Clockwork Dynasty Daniel H. Wilson
The Seattle Times
145 Cold Counsel Chris Sharp
Christopher Pound
146 Cold Reign Faith Hunter
Christopher Pound
147 Creatures of Will and Temper Molly Tanzer
Christopher Pound
148 Crossroads of Canopy Thoraiya Dyer Stevereads
149 Defy the Stars Claudia Gray
Christopher Pound
150 Dept. H Volume 1: Murder Six Miles Deep Matt Kindt
Multnomah County
151 Descender. Book four, Orbital mechanics Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Multnomah County
152 Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Armand Baltazar
Multnomah County
153 Disruptor Arwen Elys Dayton
Christopher Pound
154 Duchess of Terra Glynn Stewart
Christopher Pound
155 Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Seanan McGuire
Christopher Pound
156 Eartha Cathy Malkasian NPR Books
157 Entropy in Bloom Jeremy Robert Johnson
Christopher Pound
158 Etched in Bone Anne Bishop
Christopher Pound
159 Every Anxious Wave Mo Daviau
Powells Books
160 EXO Fonda Lee
Multnomah County
161 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay J.K. Rowling Goodreads
162 Felix Yz Lisa Bunker NPR Books
163 Fields of Fire Marko Kloos
Christopher Pound
164 Final Girls Mira Grant
Christopher Pound
165 First Watch Dale Lucas
Christopher Pound
166 Forest of a Thousand Lanterns Julie C. Dao
Christopher Pound
167 Frogkisser! Garth Nix
Christopher Pound
168 Frontier Can Xue, translated NPR Books
169 Future Home of the Living God Louise Erdrich
Multnomah County
170 Gather the Daughters
The Guardian
171 Generation One Pittacus Lore
Christopher Pound
172
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Tor
173 Gilded Cage Vic James
Christopher Pound
174 Gnomon
The Guardian
175 Godblind Anna Stephens
Christopher Pound
176 Godsgrave Jay Kristoff
Christopher Pound
177 Haunted Nights Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton (eds.)
Christopher Pound
178 Heartstone Elle Katharine White
Christopher Pound
179 Hekla’s Children James Brogden
Christopher Pound
180 Henry and the Chalk Dragon Jennifer Trafton (with illustrations by Benjamin Schipper)
Christopher Pound
181 Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Gregory Maguire
Barnes & Noble
182 House Of Women Sophie Goldstein NPR Books
183 Hunger Makes the Wolf Alex Wells
Christopher Pound
184 In Other Lands Sarah Rees Brennan
Christopher Pound
185 Invictus Ryan Graudin
Christopher Pound
186 Iraq +100: The First Anthology Of Science Fiction To Have Emerged From Iraq Hassan Blasim (editor) NPR Books
187 Kaijumax Season Two, The Seamy Underbelly Cannon, Zander
Multnomah County
188 Killing Gravity Corey J. White
Christopher Pound
189 King’s Cage Victoria Aveyard
Christopher Pound
190 [email protected] Rising Matthew David Goodwin
The Seattle Times
191 Leia, Princess of Alderaan Claudia Gray Syfy Wire
192 Lincoln in the Bardo Tor
193 Little Heaven Nick Cutter
Powells Books
194 Lord of Shadows Cassandra Clare
Christopher Pound
195 Lost Boy Christina Henry
Christopher Pound
196 Machine Learning: New and Collected Stories Hugh Howey
Christopher Pound
197 Magicians Impossible Brad Abraham
Christopher Pound
198 Mapping the Interior Stephen Graham Jones
Christopher Pound
199 Mask of Shadows Linsey Miller
Multnomah County
200 Me Tomoyuki Hoshino, translated Stevereads
201
Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers
Tor
202 Meddling Kids Edgar Cantero
Christopher Pound
203 Midnight at the Electric Anderson, Jodi Lynn
Multnomah County
204 Mightier Than the Sword K.J. Parker
Christopher Pound
205 Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) Jason Reynolds NPR Books
206 Miranda and Caliban Jacqueline Carey
Christopher Pound
207 Missing Kelley Armstrong
Christopher Pound
208 Monday Starts on Saturday Boris and Arkady Strugatsky
Powells Books
209 My Cat Yugoslavia Pajtim Statovci
Christopher Pound
210 Nothing Left to Lose Dan Wells
Christopher Pound
211 Odd and True Cat Winters
Multnomah County
212 One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3) Ilona Andrews Goodreads
213 Orbital Cloud Tor
214 Out In The Open: A Novel Jesus Carrasco NPR Books
215 Passing Strange Ellen Klages
Christopher Pound
216 Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! Tor
217 Perilous Waif E. William Brown
Christopher Pound
218 Peter Darling Austin Chant
Christopher Pound
219 Pilot X Tom Merritt
Christopher Pound
220 Quillifer Walter Jon Williams
Christopher Pound
221 Radiant Terminus Tor
222 Rat queens. Volume four, High fantasies Kurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
Multnomah County
223 RECLUCE TALES: STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF RECLUCE L.E. Modesitt Jr. Kirkus
224 Refuge for Masterminds Kathleen Baldwin
Christopher Pound
225 Release Patrick Ness Tor
226 Relics Tim Lebbon
Christopher Pound
227 Rise Of The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste NPR Books
228 Saga, vol. 7 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Multnomah County
229 Seven Stones to Stand or Fall Diana Gabaldon
Christopher Pound
230 Shadowbahn Steve Erickson
Christopher Pound
231 Shadowhouse Fall Daniel Jose Older NPR Books
232 Shadows in the Water Kory Shrum
Christopher Pound
233 Ship Beyond Time Tor
234 Shutter Volume 5: So Far Beyond Joe Keatinge, illustrated NPR Books
235 Silence Fallen Patricia Briggs
Christopher Pound
236 Sins of Empire Brian McClellan
Christopher Pound
237 Six Months Charlie Jane Anders
Christopher Pound
238 Skullsworn Brian Staveley
Barnes & Noble 2
239 Skyfarer Joseph Brassey
Christopher Pound
240 Sleeping Beauties Stephen King and Owen King
Christopher Pound
241 Smells Like Finn Spirit Randy Henderson
Multnomah County
242 Snapshot Brandon Sanderson
Christopher Pound
243 Soleri Michael Johnston
Christopher Pound
244 Solid State Matt Fraction and Jonathan Coulton, illustrated NPR Books
245 Son of the Night
The Guardian
246 Sovereign April Daniels
Christopher Pound
247 Spaceman of Bohemia Jaroslav Kalfar
Christopher Pound
248 Star Sailors James McNaughton Noted
249 Star Scouts Mike Lawrence
Multnomah County
250 Starfire: A Red Peace Spencer Ellsworth
Christopher Pound
251 Steal The Stars Nat Cassidy and Mac Rogers NPR Books
252 Strange Weather Joe Hill
Christopher Pound
253 Sufficiently Advanced Magic Andrew Rowe
Christopher Pound
254 Swimmer Among the Stars Kanishk Tharoor NPR Books
255 Terminal Alliance Jim C. Hines
Christopher Pound
256 The Adventure of the Incognita Countess Cynthia Ward
The Seattle Times
257 The Art Of Starving: A Novel Sam J. Miller NPR Books
258 The Backstagers Volume 1 James Tynion IV, illustrated NPR Books
259 The Beautiful Ones Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Christopher Pound
260 The Berlin Project Gregory Benford
Christopher Pound
261 The Black Tides of Heaven JY Yang
Christopher Pound
262 The Black Witch Laurie Forest
Christopher Pound
263 The Black Wolves of Boston Wen Spencer
Christopher Pound
264 The Book of Swords Gardner Dozois (ed.)
Christopher Pound
265 The Brightest Fell Seanan McGuire
Christopher Pound
266 The Burning World Isaac Marion
Christopher Pound
267 The Caledonian Gambit Dan Moren
Christopher Pound
268 The Cold Eye (The Devil’s West Book 2) Laura Anne Gilman NPR Books
269 The Complete Stories Of Leonora Carrington Leonora Carrington NPR Books
270 The Core Peter V. Brett
Christopher Pound
271 The Court of Broken Knives Anna Smith Spark
Christopher Pound
272 The Dark Days Pact Alison Goodman
Christopher Pound
273 The Dark Net Tor
274 The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (eds.)
Christopher Pound
275 The Epic Crush of Genie Lo F.C. Lee
Multnomah County
276 The Epiphany Machine David Burr Gerrard
The Washington Post
277 The Fallen Kingdom Elizabeth May
Christopher Pound
278 The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3) Erika Johansen Goodreads
279 The Grip of It Tor
280 The Guns Above Robyn Bennis
Christopher Pound
281 The Holver Alley Crew Marshall Ryan Maresca
Christopher Pound
282 The House of Shattered Wings Tor
283 The Invented Part Tor
284 The Jane Austen Project Kathleen A Flynn
Christopher Pound
285 The Last Days of New Paris
The Guardian
286 The Last Good Man Linda Nagata
Christopher Pound
287 The Last Magician Lisa Maxwell
Christopher Pound
288 The Management Style of the Supreme Beings Tom Holt
Christopher Pound
289 The Marrow Thieves Cherie Dimaline NPR Books
290 The Mermaid’s Daughter Ann Claycomb
Christopher Pound
291 The Murders of Molly Southbourne Tade Thompson
Christopher Pound
292 The Night Ocean Paul La Farge
Multnomah County
293 The Nine Tracy Townsend
Christopher Pound
294 The Real-Town Murders Tor
295 The Refrigerator Monologues Catherynne M. Valente (with illustrations by Annie Wu)
Christopher Pound
296 The Reluctant Queen Sarah Beth Durst
Christopher Pound
297 THE REMNANT Charlie Fletcher Kirkus
298 The Rift
The Guardian
299 The Salt Line Holly Goddard Jones
The Best Sci Fi Books
300 The Silver Mask Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Christopher Pound
301 THE SONG OF THE ORPHANS Daniel Price Kirkus
302 The Space Between the Stars Anne Corlett
Christopher Pound
303 The Spark David Drake
Christopher Pound
304 The Talented Ribkins Ladee Hubbard
Multnomah County
305 The Tiger’s Daughter Tor
306 The Two of Swords Tor
307 The Tyranny of Queens Tor
308 The Unyielding Shelly Laurenston NPR Books
309 The Waking Land Callie Bates Stevereads
310 The White Road Tor
311 The Wish Granter C. J. Redwine
Multnomah County
312 The Witch Who Came in from the Cold Lindsay Smith et al.
Publishers Weekly
313 The Witchwood Crown Tad Williams
Barnes & Noble 2
314 The Wonderous Science, Book 1 of the mysteries of the Laurel Society Brian & Josie Parker
Multnomah County
315 The Wrong Stars Tim Pratt
Christopher Pound
316 Thick as Thieves Megan Whalen Turner
Christopher Pound
317 Thunderbird Tor
318 Tower of Dawn Sarah J. Maas
Christopher Pound
319 Tropic of Kansas Christopher Brown
The Seattle Times
320 Turn Loose our Death Rays and Kill them All!: The complete works of Fletcher Hanks Fletcher Hanks
Multnomah County
321 Twenty Days of Turin Giorgio DeMaria
Multnomah County
322 Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier Tor
323 Warcross Marie Lu
Christopher Pound
324 Weave a Circle Round Kari Maaren
Barnes & Noble 2
325 What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky: Stories Lesley Nneka Arimah NPR Books
326 White Hot Ilona Andrews
Christopher Pound
327 White Tears: A Novel Hari Kunzru NPR Books
328 Wildfire Ilona Andrews
Christopher Pound
329 Windwitch Susan Dennard
Christopher Pound
330 Wintersong S. Jae-Jones
Christopher Pound
331 Wishtree Katherine Applegate NPR Books
332 Witchy Eye D.J. Butler
Christopher Pound
333 Within the Sanctuary of Wings Marie Brennan
Multnomah County
334 You Die When You Die Angus Watson
Christopher Pound
335 You Should Have Left Daniel Kehlmann (translated by Ross Benjamin)
Christopher Pound


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Navigating Worlds 11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017
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NPR Books NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads
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The Best Sci Fi Books 23 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017
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