Best Science Fiction — Goodreads Choice AwardsA s per that ancient Chinese curse, SF and fantasy have been living through interesting times. This year attempts to rig the Hugo ballots by disaffected, right-wing, mostly American fans — known as the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies — were heartily rebuffed by fandom more generally. The Puppies have not gone away, but as the year ends, it seems their influence is waning. Some on the right reacted angrily to this decision, as though Lovecraft himself were somehow being censored. He is not, of course: his books are as available, and as widely read, as ever. What we are witnessing is a struggle for the soul of the genre.
The 24 Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015
Speaking of which, you can see our picks here , and also and Radiance , by Catherynne M. Valente This almost indescribable sci-fi novel could have come from no other author. Valente has created a beguiling hybrid of wide-eyed Victorian wonder, pulp space adventure, lavish Hollywood excess, and good old-fashioned murder mystery, a multifaceted novel that explores the strange disappearance of revered documentary filmmaker Severin Unk through script excerpts, lost film clips, interviews, and even old-fashioned commercials. Explore a version of our solar system right out of your dreams, where callowhales swim the oceans of Venus and settlers eke out a meager existence on distant Uranus. Read our review. Luckily, Baru is a prodigy when it comes to revenge.
Opening Round: Nov 03 - 08
I wrote about this here , so it probably comes as no surprise that I rate this the best book of the year. The big surprise for me is that nobody else did. But it is one of those books that seemed to creep out with hardly anyone in the sf world noticing it. This was the Hugo Award winner; it was hardly the most sparkling of shortlists, but it still produced a worthy winner. The world is prone to apocalypses, brought on by the unstable geology, and when a great chasm opens across the continent it looks like another apocalypse has arrived. Meanwhile, the civilisation that rules the continent proves to be as unstable as the geology and starts to fall apart bloodily. And in the midst of all of this, a woman finds that her husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter, so she sets out for revenge through a world tearing itself apart, literally and politically.
The Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 01, Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book see eligibility below. The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.
Here are the best of the bunch:. The book immerses its readers in the sheer believably of its world. The Total Emasculation of the White Man by David Valentine Bernard Strebor Books — This novel — about a group of largely unconnected men whose lives are affected in big and small ways, among other things, angels, demons, and a hysterically racist tract called The Total Emasculation of the White Man — was never destined, I suppose, to become a widely-embraced bestseller. I loved the book, hence its appearance here. Our Lady of the Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke Saga Press — An ordinary working woman named Eliana Gomez is the heart and soul of this terrific novel about the corrupt and ailing Hope City, domed and isolated Argentinian colony in the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, where unrest among the human and robot population is at a breaking point and crime is rampant. Myer Tor — Lin is a courageous young woman who follows her passion for song in a land where death is the penalty for women who sing, and that might be premise enough for most fantasy novels.