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

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“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!

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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

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

“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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  • Multnomah County
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  • Christopher Pound
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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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  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • Gadgets 360
  • Christopher Pound
  • Goodreads 2
  • Navigating Worlds

“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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  • The Guardian

“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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  • The Seattle Times

“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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  • Syfy Wire
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  • Christopher Pound
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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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  • Stevereads
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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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  • Kirkus
  • Christopher Pound
  • Noted
  • NPR Books
  • 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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  • Book Riot
  • Syfy Wire
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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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  • Christopher Pound
  • 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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  • Book Riot
  • Christopher Pound
  • Multnomah County
  • The Best Sci Fi Books
  • 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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  • Gadgets 360

“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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  • Library Journal
  • Powells Books

“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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  • Vulture

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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  • Stevereads
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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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  • Multnomah County
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  • Publishers Weekly
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  • 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



 

#BooksAuthorsLists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
51A Face Like GlassFrances HardingeNPR Books
Tor
52A Plague of GiantsKevin HearneBarnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
53After OnRob ReidChristopher Pound
Stevereads
54Agents of DreamlandCaitlín R. KiernanChristopher Pound
Tor
55American StreetIbi ZoboiChristopher Pound
Multnomah County
56An Unkindness Of MagiciansKat HowardChristopher Pound
NPR Books
57Barbary StationR. E. StearnsThe Best Sci Fi Books
Tor
58Blackwing (Raven’s Mark)Ed McDonaldAmazon
Christopher Pound
59BrimstoneCherie PriestChristopher Pound
NPR Books
60Djinn CityThe Guardian
Tor
61Down Among the Sticks and BonesSeanan McGuireChristopher Pound
Library Journal
62Exit WestMohsin HamidTor
Vulture
63Feversong (Fever, #9)Karen Marie MoningChristopher Pound
Goodreads
64For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2)Dennis E TaylorNavigating Worlds
Gadgets 360
65Her Body and Other PartiesCarmen Maria MachadoChristopher Pound
Tor
66In CalabriaPeter S. BeagleChristopher Pound
Publishers Weekly
67Into the Drowning DeepMira GrantChristopher Pound
Powells Books
68Jane, UnlimitedKristin CashoreMultnomah County
Tor
69Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of YmrJohn CrowleyChristopher Pound
Tor
70Kings of the WyldNicholas EamesBarnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
71Luna: Wolf MoonIan McDonaldThe Best Sci Fi Books
NPR Books
72Malice of CrowsLila BowenBarnes & Noble 2
Tor
73Minecraft: The IslandMax BrooksBarnes & Noble
NPR Books
74Our Dark DuetV.E. SchwabChristopher Pound
Tor
75Persepolis RisingJames S.A. CoreyThe Best Sci Fi Books
Gadgets 360
76Red SisterMark LawrenceBarnes & Noble 2
Christopher Pound
77Reincarnation BluesMichael PooreChristopher Pound
NPR Books
78RevengerAlastair ReynoldsChristopher Pound
Powells Books
79River Of TeethSarah GaileyChristopher Pound
NPR Books
80SourdoughRobin SloanThe Best Sci Fi Books
NPR Books
81Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel)Vivian ShawChristopher Pound
NPR Books
82Tender: StoriesSofia SamatarChristopher Pound
NPR Books
83The Bedlam StacksNatasha PulleyChristopher Pound
Publishers Weekly
84The Bone WitchRin ChupecoMultnomah County
Tor
85The Book Of Joan: A NovelLidia YuknavitchNPR Books
Tor
86The Clockwork DynastyDaniel H. WilsonChristopher Pound
Kirkus
87The GauntletKaruna RiaziBook Riot
Multnomah County
88The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series)Emily R. KingAmazon
Christopher Pound
89The Lamb Will Slaughter the LionMargaret KilljoyChristopher Pound
Tor
90The River BankKij JohnsonThe Seattle Times
NPR Books
91The Rules Of MagicAlice HoffmanChristopher Pound
NPR Books
92The Twenty Days of TurinGiorgio de Maria (translated by Ramon Glazov)Christopher Pound
NPR Books
93Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn, #1)Timothy ZahnGoodreads 2
Navigating Worlds
94Tomorrow’s KinNancy KressSyfy Wire
Stevereads
95Void StarZachary MasonAmazon
Christopher Pound
96WantCindy PonChristopher Pound
Syfy Wire
97When the English FallDavid WilliamsAmazon
Multnomah County
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
985 Worlds Book 1: The Sand WarriorAlexis Siegel and Mark Siegel, illustratedNPR Books
995 Worlds: The Sand WarriorMark Siegel, et al
Multnomah County
100A Closed and Common OrbitBecky Chambers
Publishers Weekly
101A Court of Wings and RuinSarah J. Maas
Christopher Pound
102A Game of GhostsJohn Connolly
Christopher Pound
103A Gathering of RavensScott Oden
Christopher Pound
104A God in the ShedJ-F Dubeau
Christopher Pound
105A Red Peace (Starfire #1)Spencer Ellsworth
Multnomah County
106A Skinful of ShadowsTor
107A.D.: After DeathScott Snyder, illustratedNPR Books
108Above the TimberlineGregory Manchess
The Best Sci Fi Books
109AcadieDave Hutchinson
Christopher Pound
110AfterlifeMarcus Sakey
Christopher Pound
111Age of SwordsMichael J. Sullivan
Christopher Pound
112All the Crooked SaintsMaggie Stiefvater
Christopher Pound
113All These WorldsDennis Taylor
Christopher Pound
114AloneScott Sigler
Christopher Pound
115An Accident of StarsTor
116An Alchemy of Masques and MirrorsCurtis Craddock
Christopher Pound
117Another Castle: GrimoireAndrew Wheeler
Multnomah County
118ApexMercedes Lackey
Christopher Pound
119Arabella and the battle of VenusDavid D. Levine.
Multnomah County
120AraratChristopher Golden
Christopher Pound
121Ash and QuillRachel Caine
Christopher Pound
122AustralPaul McAuley
The Guardian
123BannerlessCarrie Vaughn
Christopher Pound
124Before She IgnitesJodi Meadows
Christopher Pound
125Before the Devil Breaks YouLibba Bray
Christopher Pound
126BeneathKristi DeMeesterTor
127BENEATH THE SUGAR SKYSeanan McGuireVulture
128Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard TimeSaladin Ahmed, illustratedNPR Books
129BlackthorneStina LeichtTor
130Blood ViceAngela Roquet
Christopher Pound
131Bodies of SummerTor
132BoundBenedict Jacka
Christopher Pound
133Brother’s RuinEmma Newman
Christopher Pound
134Buried HeartKate Elliott
Christopher Pound
135CaravalStephanie Garber
Christopher Pound
136Carve the MarkVeronica Roth
Christopher Pound
137Cat Pictures Please and Other StoriesNaomi Kritzer
Christopher Pound
138Chain of CommandFrank Chadwick
Christopher Pound
139ChalkPaul Cornell
Christopher Pound
140Change AgentDaniel Suarez
Christopher Pound
141Children of the FleetOrson Scott Card
Christopher Pound
142City of BrassS.A. Chakraborty
Barnes & Noble 2
143CladeJames Bradley
Barnes & Noble 2
144Clockwork DynastyDaniel H. Wilson
The Seattle Times
145Cold CounselChris Sharp
Christopher Pound
146Cold ReignFaith Hunter
Christopher Pound
147Creatures of Will and TemperMolly Tanzer
Christopher Pound
148Crossroads of CanopyThoraiya DyerStevereads
149Defy the StarsClaudia Gray
Christopher Pound
150Dept. H Volume 1: Murder Six Miles DeepMatt Kindt
Multnomah County
151Descender. Book four, Orbital mechanicsJeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Multnomah County
152Diego and the Rangers of the VastlanticArmand Baltazar
Multnomah County
153DisruptorArwen Elys Dayton
Christopher Pound
154Duchess of TerraGlynn Stewart
Christopher Pound
155Dusk or Dark or Dawn or DaySeanan McGuire
Christopher Pound
156EarthaCathy MalkasianNPR Books
157Entropy in BloomJeremy Robert Johnson
Christopher Pound
158Etched in BoneAnne Bishop
Christopher Pound
159Every Anxious WaveMo Daviau
Powells Books
160EXOFonda Lee
Multnomah County
161Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original ScreenplayJ.K. RowlingGoodreads
162Felix YzLisa BunkerNPR Books
163Fields of FireMarko Kloos
Christopher Pound
164Final GirlsMira Grant
Christopher Pound
165First WatchDale Lucas
Christopher Pound
166Forest of a Thousand LanternsJulie C. Dao
Christopher Pound
167Frogkisser!Garth Nix
Christopher Pound
168FrontierCan Xue, translatedNPR Books
169Future Home of the Living GodLouise Erdrich
Multnomah County
170Gather the Daughters
The Guardian
171Generation OnePittacus Lore
Christopher Pound
172
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
Tor
173Gilded CageVic James
Christopher Pound
174Gnomon
The Guardian
175GodblindAnna Stephens
Christopher Pound
176GodsgraveJay Kristoff
Christopher Pound
177Haunted NightsEllen Datlow and Lisa Morton (eds.)
Christopher Pound
178HeartstoneElle Katharine White
Christopher Pound
179Hekla’s ChildrenJames Brogden
Christopher Pound
180Henry and the Chalk DragonJennifer Trafton (with illustrations by Benjamin Schipper)
Christopher Pound
181Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future NutcrackerGregory Maguire
Barnes & Noble
182House Of WomenSophie GoldsteinNPR Books
183Hunger Makes the WolfAlex Wells
Christopher Pound
184In Other LandsSarah Rees Brennan
Christopher Pound
185InvictusRyan Graudin
Christopher Pound
186Iraq +100: The First Anthology Of Science Fiction To Have Emerged From IraqHassan Blasim (editor)NPR Books
187Kaijumax Season Two, The Seamy UnderbellyCannon, Zander
Multnomah County
188Killing GravityCorey J. White
Christopher Pound
189King’s CageVictoria Aveyard
Christopher Pound
190[email protected] RisingMatthew David Goodwin
The Seattle Times
191Leia, Princess of AlderaanClaudia GraySyfy Wire
192Lincoln in the BardoTor
193Little HeavenNick Cutter
Powells Books
194Lord of ShadowsCassandra Clare
Christopher Pound
195Lost BoyChristina Henry
Christopher Pound
196Machine Learning: New and Collected StoriesHugh Howey
Christopher Pound
197Magicians ImpossibleBrad Abraham
Christopher Pound
198Mapping the InteriorStephen Graham Jones
Christopher Pound
199Mask of ShadowsLinsey Miller
Multnomah County
200MeTomoyuki Hoshino, translatedStevereads
201
Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers
Tor
202Meddling KidsEdgar Cantero
Christopher Pound
203Midnight at the ElectricAnderson, Jodi Lynn
Multnomah County
204Mightier Than the SwordK.J. Parker
Christopher Pound
205Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel)Jason ReynoldsNPR Books
206Miranda and CalibanJacqueline Carey
Christopher Pound
207MissingKelley Armstrong
Christopher Pound
208Monday Starts on SaturdayBoris and Arkady Strugatsky
Powells Books
209My Cat YugoslaviaPajtim Statovci
Christopher Pound
210Nothing Left to LoseDan Wells
Christopher Pound
211Odd and TrueCat Winters
Multnomah County
212One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #3)Ilona AndrewsGoodreads
213Orbital CloudTor
214Out In The Open: A NovelJesus CarrascoNPR Books
215Passing StrangeEllen Klages
Christopher Pound
216Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!Tor
217Perilous WaifE. William Brown
Christopher Pound
218Peter DarlingAustin Chant
Christopher Pound
219Pilot XTom Merritt
Christopher Pound
220QuilliferWalter Jon Williams
Christopher Pound
221Radiant TerminusTor
222Rat queens. Volume four, High fantasiesKurtis J. Wiebe and Owen Gieni
Multnomah County
223RECLUCE TALES: STORIES FROM THE WORLD OF RECLUCEL.E. Modesitt Jr.Kirkus
224Refuge for MastermindsKathleen Baldwin
Christopher Pound
225ReleasePatrick NessTor
226RelicsTim Lebbon
Christopher Pound
227Rise Of The JumbiesTracey BaptisteNPR Books
228Saga, vol. 7Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Multnomah County
229Seven Stones to Stand or FallDiana Gabaldon
Christopher Pound
230ShadowbahnSteve Erickson
Christopher Pound
231Shadowhouse FallDaniel Jose OlderNPR Books
232Shadows in the WaterKory Shrum
Christopher Pound
233Ship Beyond TimeTor
234Shutter Volume 5: So Far BeyondJoe Keatinge, illustratedNPR Books
235Silence FallenPatricia Briggs
Christopher Pound
236Sins of EmpireBrian McClellan
Christopher Pound
237Six MonthsCharlie Jane Anders
Christopher Pound
238SkullswornBrian Staveley
Barnes & Noble 2
239SkyfarerJoseph Brassey
Christopher Pound
240Sleeping BeautiesStephen King and Owen King
Christopher Pound
241Smells Like Finn SpiritRandy Henderson
Multnomah County
242SnapshotBrandon Sanderson
Christopher Pound
243SoleriMichael Johnston
Christopher Pound
244Solid StateMatt Fraction and Jonathan Coulton, illustratedNPR Books
245Son of the Night
The Guardian
246SovereignApril Daniels
Christopher Pound
247Spaceman of BohemiaJaroslav Kalfar
Christopher Pound
248Star SailorsJames McNaughtonNoted
249Star ScoutsMike Lawrence
Multnomah County
250Starfire: A Red PeaceSpencer Ellsworth
Christopher Pound
251Steal The StarsNat Cassidy and Mac RogersNPR Books
252Strange WeatherJoe Hill
Christopher Pound
253Sufficiently Advanced MagicAndrew Rowe
Christopher Pound
254Swimmer Among the StarsKanishk TharoorNPR Books
255Terminal AllianceJim C. Hines
Christopher Pound
256The Adventure of the Incognita CountessCynthia Ward
The Seattle Times
257The Art Of Starving: A NovelSam J. MillerNPR Books
258The Backstagers Volume 1James Tynion IV, illustratedNPR Books
259The Beautiful OnesSilvia Moreno-Garcia
Christopher Pound
260The Berlin ProjectGregory Benford
Christopher Pound
261The Black Tides of HeavenJY Yang
Christopher Pound
262The Black WitchLaurie Forest
Christopher Pound
263The Black Wolves of BostonWen Spencer
Christopher Pound
264The Book of SwordsGardner Dozois (ed.)
Christopher Pound
265The Brightest FellSeanan McGuire
Christopher Pound
266The Burning WorldIsaac Marion
Christopher Pound
267The Caledonian GambitDan Moren
Christopher Pound
268The Cold Eye (The Devil’s West Book 2)Laura Anne GilmanNPR Books
269The Complete Stories Of Leonora CarringtonLeonora CarringtonNPR Books
270The CorePeter V. Brett
Christopher Pound
271The Court of Broken KnivesAnna Smith Spark
Christopher Pound
272The Dark Days PactAlison Goodman
Christopher Pound
273The Dark NetTor
274The Djinn Falls in Love and Other StoriesMahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (eds.)
Christopher Pound
275The Epic Crush of Genie LoF.C. Lee
Multnomah County
276The Epiphany MachineDavid Burr Gerrard
The Washington Post
277The Fallen KingdomElizabeth May
Christopher Pound
278The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Erika JohansenGoodreads
279The Grip of ItTor
280The Guns AboveRobyn Bennis
Christopher Pound
281The Holver Alley CrewMarshall Ryan Maresca
Christopher Pound
282The House of Shattered WingsTor
283The Invented PartTor
284The Jane Austen ProjectKathleen A Flynn
Christopher Pound
285The Last Days of New Paris
The Guardian
286The Last Good ManLinda Nagata
Christopher Pound
287The Last MagicianLisa Maxwell
Christopher Pound
288The Management Style of the Supreme BeingsTom Holt
Christopher Pound
289The Marrow ThievesCherie DimalineNPR Books
290The Mermaid’s DaughterAnn Claycomb
Christopher Pound
291The Murders of Molly SouthbourneTade Thompson
Christopher Pound
292The Night OceanPaul La Farge
Multnomah County
293The NineTracy Townsend
Christopher Pound
294The Real-Town MurdersTor
295The Refrigerator MonologuesCatherynne M. Valente (with illustrations by Annie Wu)
Christopher Pound
296The Reluctant QueenSarah Beth Durst
Christopher Pound
297THE REMNANTCharlie FletcherKirkus
298The Rift
The Guardian
299The Salt LineHolly Goddard Jones
The Best Sci Fi Books
300The Silver MaskHolly Black and Cassandra Clare
Christopher Pound
301THE SONG OF THE ORPHANSDaniel PriceKirkus
302The Space Between the StarsAnne Corlett
Christopher Pound
303The SparkDavid Drake
Christopher Pound
304The Talented RibkinsLadee Hubbard
Multnomah County
305The Tiger’s DaughterTor
306The Two of SwordsTor
307The Tyranny of QueensTor
308The UnyieldingShelly LaurenstonNPR Books
309The Waking LandCallie BatesStevereads
310The White RoadTor
311The Wish GranterC. J. Redwine
Multnomah County
312The Witch Who Came in from the ColdLindsay Smith et al.
Publishers Weekly
313The Witchwood CrownTad Williams
Barnes & Noble 2
314The Wonderous Science, Book 1 of the mysteries of the Laurel SocietyBrian & Josie Parker
Multnomah County
315The Wrong StarsTim Pratt
Christopher Pound
316Thick as ThievesMegan Whalen Turner
Christopher Pound
317ThunderbirdTor
318Tower of DawnSarah J. Maas
Christopher Pound
319Tropic of KansasChristopher Brown
The Seattle Times
320Turn Loose our Death Rays and Kill them All!: The complete works of Fletcher HanksFletcher Hanks
Multnomah County
321Twenty Days of TurinGiorgio DeMaria
Multnomah County
322Twin Peaks: The Final DossierTor
323WarcrossMarie Lu
Christopher Pound
324Weave a Circle RoundKari Maaren
Barnes & Noble 2
325What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky: StoriesLesley Nneka ArimahNPR Books
326White HotIlona Andrews
Christopher Pound
327White Tears: A NovelHari KunzruNPR Books
328WildfireIlona Andrews
Christopher Pound
329WindwitchSusan Dennard
Christopher Pound
330WintersongS. Jae-Jones
Christopher Pound
331WishtreeKatherine ApplegateNPR Books
332Witchy EyeD.J. Butler
Christopher Pound
333Within the Sanctuary of WingsMarie Brennan
Multnomah County
334You Die When You DieAngus Watson
Christopher Pound
335You Should Have LeftDaniel Kehlmann (translated by Ross Benjamin)
Christopher Pound


25 Best Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Sources/Lists Of 2017



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Gadgets 360 The Best Science Fiction Books of 2017
Goodreads Best Fantasy
Goodreads 2 Best science fiction
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Library Journal The Best SF/Fantasy
Multnomah County The Best Books of 2017
Navigating Worlds 11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017
New In Books Best Sci Fi Books of 2017
Noted The 100 Best Books of 2017
NPR Books NPR’s Book Concierge Our Guide To 2017’s Great Reads
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Publishers Weekly Best SF Fantasy Horror
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Syfy Wire THE 10 BEST SCI-FI AND FANTASY BOOKS OF 2017
The Best Sci Fi Books 23 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017
The Guardian The best science fiction and fantasy of 2017
The Seattle Times Noteworthy books of 2017: speculative fiction
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Tor Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2017
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