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2017 Speculative Fiction Novels

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While last year has been rough for women around country, we lost protections for equal pay, reproductive rights have taken a serious hit, among other things, we have made significant strides in the face of increasingly obvious systemic sexism and misogyny. Cardi B became the first solo female rapper to top the singles chart in 19 years, Patty Jensen's Wonder Woman maintained the best box office success of any superhero in 15 years, Women are running for and winning political appointments at record high rates. Does that mean it wasn't worst year ever? Probably not, but at least there are few silver linings. Fantasy and sci-fi in particular are genres that don't have the best reputation for being inclusive when it comes to both the content in book and the name of the author in the book. For generations, they were dominated by white men who repeated the same narrative for the same audience, and over time, they garnered a particular unsavory reputation for being sexist and exclusionary to women, particularly women of color. In 2017, Amazon's Best Books list is telling a different story. Out of 20 selected titles in the category of sci-fi and fantasy, nine of the authors were women. Less than half of those featured female authors were people of color, which highlights the fact that these genres still have progress to make on behalf of equality for all, but strides women have made can't be overlook. It's true that 2017 has officially been the worst and most of us can't wait until it's over, but these nine women who are dominating Science Fiction and fantasy will make you glad you didn't move to Canada after all. Naomi Alderman is an award winning author whose latest work of speculative fiction took home the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Power weaves a dark tale about a fierce future where teenage girls have dangerous powers that make them capable of causing severe pain or death. A fascinating exploration of power, gender, identity, and control, this rich and lyrical work once again proves Alderman is at the top of her game. Bestselling author VE Schwab first made waves in the fantasy world with her publication of Darker Shade of Magic, first in her thrilling series of fantasy adventures. In Conjuring of Light, Schwab's unforgettable characters return to fight on behalf of good against evil Magic one last time. Expertly plot and imaginative as ever, this fitting conclusion will make you love Schwab and her beloved series even more. She may be debut author, but SA Chakraborty is already making a name for herself in the sci-fi and fantasy world. Her stunning first novel, City of Brass, tells the story of Nahri, con woman whose trickery turns out to be real Magic when she accidentally summons mysterious djinn warrior Dara. Together, they travel to Daevabad, enchanted Brass City brimming where magic and danger lurk around every corner.

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11 Speculative Fiction Books

For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on tor. Com and B & N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of months cant-miss New SFF releases. Dark Sky, by Mike Brooks sequel to Dark Run, finds former pirate Ichabod Drift and crew deep in unexpectedly dangerous territory. When the crew of Keiko visit pleasure planet to spend their ill-gotten gains, they are hired by a powerful crime boss to retrieve messages from mining colony Uragan before a huge storm cuts the planet off from all communication. Drift and company assume easy money. What they find instead is a politically volatile situation that erupt into violent revolution. The crew is strand, forcing them to pick sides, form alliances, and think fast as action revs up to breakneck pace. Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden set directly after events of the film Rogue One, Goldens latest Star Wars adventure finds Empire in unfamiliar territory: on the defensive. Seeking to reestablish its primacy in the galaxy, it turned to the Inferno Squad, its most elite Imperial Soldiers. Dispatch to deal with extremist rebels know as Partisans via infiltration and destruction from within, Inferno Squad knows that failure is not an option. A tense game ensues as the Soldiers of Inferno Squad are tested to their limitsand beyondby group of rebels as ruthless and committed as Empire they resist. If youve ever wondered how Empire kept its Iron grip on the galaxy, Inferno Squad is part of the answer. Besiege, by Kevin Hearne Hearne collects short stories featuring the adventures of Iron Druid, 2 000-year old Atticus OSullivan, spanning many different time periods and locations, from ancient Egypt, to modern-day Kansas, to California Gold Rush, to Shakespearean England. OSullivan is pitted against old gods, flesh-eating ghouls, literal witches, and sentient elemental forces seeking to bleed the world dry. Vampires, wraiths, and other assorted bogeymen round out the rogues gallery Atticus must face, making each story hilarious and excitingand perfect book for fans of Iron Druid Chronicles as they wait for the Last Book in the series. Lose Boy, by Christina Henry, any thoughtful reading of Peter Pan, reveals Peter as a rather dark and cruel character beneath a flying, shadow-fleeing free spirit on the surface. Henry make this subtext text in retelling in which Peter Pan kidnaps children and forces them to play violent gamesas, Captain Hook tells it. Reveal to be one of the first and once favorite of losing boys, one-hand pirate explains how he became Peters ' bitter enemy. It is a mature take on a childhood favorite that adds a whole new dimension to Neverland and the mythology of boys who do want to grow up. Sand, by Hugh Howey in a desolate Post-apocalyptic future, People struggle to make life on shifting, swirling sand that buries old civilization.

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New York 2140

Early in New York 2140, two boys jump into their inflatable boat to begin the day's business, scavenging through canals of half-drowned New York. Since the weight of the engine threatens to sink stern, older boy sit up front to balance it out. Much of Kim Stanley Robinson's significant body of work is built on small moments like these; beneath the vast scope of his futurist landscapes is fascination with everyday rhythms of resilience. It's no surprise, then, that he's drawn New York of 2140 to be both dramatically altered and still the biggest small town in the world. Coastal water level 50 feet higher than today has reshaped both physical geography and the civic ecosystem, but Robinson aims to make it feel like home. Sure, millions of clams have to filter water in the New Manhattan Intertidal zone, but commuters also have to decide if walking skybridges is going to be faster than waiting for a vaporetto. In true New York fashion, our disparate protagonists all come and go from MetLife Tower for a while before their plots begin to leisurely converge: Finance coders Mutt and Jeff, who go missing after trying to hack the planet; cloud-video star Amelia; suspiciously-bro day trader Franklin; gruff social worker Charlotte; gruffer superintendent Vlade; gruffest police inspector Gen Octaviasdottir. Some of them feel fully realize, scraping through their daily circumstances and emerging conspiracies around them while building low-key connections. Some characters, as can happen in Robinson novels, exist largely as vehicles for conceptual exposition. There are also interludes from anonymous citizens that offer info dumps about market mechanics, global warming, and human nature, reiterating that we've passed several points of no return: People played with global thermostat Imagining they had godlike powers. They didn't. These interjections offer glimpses of what seems to be extensive research on New York, and ask the US to face reality that 2140 is a textbook rather than a Science-fictional possibility. Give that these interludes are scattered throughout the 600-page novel with a plot that doesn't quite require 600 pages, eventually they feel like a little much. Honestly, this isn't novel that cares to be subtle; it just wants its large-scale implications to feel uncomfortably close to home. Concepts and world-building take such precedence that writing can fall flat sometimes. Nearly every introductory description of a woman seems like parody; friend of Octaviasdottir's is five nine, 120 pounds, Well distribute what little there was of her and make inspector feel like a big black female cop wed to her job. Ebony and ivory, chess queens black and white, supermodel and glump, capo and copette, on and on it go. But though Robinson accepts inevitable among his epigraphs is HG Wells' What beautiful Ruin it will make! There's deep urgency in the details of this cautionary tale.

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Borne

The Jeff VanderMeers Borne series may be coming to our TV screens. According to THR, science fiction novels are in development at AMC Studios for possible TV series from speculative fiction writer who also brought us Annihilation. Borne novels are set in the future in a city that has been destroyed by an evil company. In the first book in the series, 2017s Borne, we follow Rachel, scavenger who finds anemone-like creature she longs to keep, in spite of all reasons she knows she shouldnt. She named the creature Borne. Other books in the series are 2017s Strange Bird: Borne Story and just-release Dead Astronauts, standalone short novel also set in the Borne universe. The latter tells the story of a fight against companies which span space and time. I am so excited about this partnership and working with AMC on Borne universe, says VanderMeer, who will be executive producer and creative consultant on the project. Ive had such productive, energizing, and creative conversations with wonderful folks involved and look forward to the road ahead. Ben Davis, executive vp programming at AMC Studios, had this to say of the adaptation project: Borne universe is a totally unique piece of IP, and Jeff has created a vivid postapocalyptic world with enormous opportunities for visual medium like television. AMC Studios is perhaps best known for the Walking Dead franchise, but has also produced projects like Terror, NOS4A2, and Lodge 49. Upcoming projects include: Dispatches From Elsewhere, 61 Street, and Kevin Can F Himself. More news on the Borne TV series as we hear it.

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Walkaway

Walkaway is yet another sci-fi novel that looks at our future world affected by climate change. But that's not the only issue that the novel is interested in exploring. Doctorow's latest also covers capitalism, gap between wealthiest people and poorest people, fluid sexuality, and 3D printing. It's world that seems shockingly realist if you're reading tech headlines. Surprisingly, Doctorow doesn't see his work as a dystopian novel. In fact, he thinks it's precisely the opposite. Despite depicting a world that is changed by our own technological advancements and ideologies, Doctorow is optimistic about future generations of humans. Walkaway follow characters who do just thatthey walk away from society in search of something better. As the literary world keeps churning out dystopian novels, it's relief that they're not all doom and gloom.

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The Stars Are Legion

Stars Are Legion, recently released by Saga Press, is a stand-alone novel by the same woman who brought us the Bel Dame Apocrypha and Geek Feminist Revolution. Set in a scattered belts of dying world-ships referred to as Legion by people who have access to surfaces of the world, novel mixes trappings of quest narratives and space opera. Zan, our protagonist, awakes injured and with no memoriesfinding herself in control of a group of women who claim to BE her family, but seem to treat her more like a conscript. She is told she must gain control of Mokshi, travelling world-ship that repels all invaders, to save the world of her so-call-family. However, other ruling families in Legion are also seeking to gain control of it and therefore bring salvage and life to their own decaying homes. Through a sprawling set of intrigues, Zan must discover her own past and determine a path to a future that she can survive. The first thing of note is that, for readers who are familiar with the Bel Dame Apocrypha, there are several familiar themes present here: organic technologies everywhere, lot of gruesome physicality, concentration on the womb as form of tech and birthing as something equal parts Horror and creation, plus aggressive poorly-adjust female leads. World-ships are multilayered and each level has a different society, often barely in contact with levels nearest it; some of levels seem entirely toxic or deadly. More important, though, is that these separate worlds are all organic creatures. Theyre technology, but theyre birth by special women whose pregnancies deliver worlds as opposed to cogs or monsters or other people. Worlds themselves influence women on them to parthenogenic births that fit the needs of ship. HURLEY leaves a great deal of science and magic of Worlds in Legion up for debate between women of different layers; novel doesnt explain itself much to the reader, just expect us to follow along and make our own conclusions. The only thing that sure is that these worlds are populated entirely by women. It makes you realize, to BE honest, how much Science Fiction there is that Star only menand how much more notable this is, in contrast. Pleasingly enough, there is no explanation offered or mention tender of different options for physical devices and therefore, there is more or less zero concept of gender. It isnt that men are go. There just no such thing as them in the first place. People might act or perform differently from culture to culture and person to person, but gender doesnt seem to exist at all. It was remarkably refreshing. And though in the context of the world, without gender, theres no real sense of queerness as reader, it is also notable that these women are all, in our terms, queer.

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Waking Gods

Kick-ass, one-on-one robot action combines with mind-bending scientific and philosophical speculation. Series science-Fiction fans will enjoy this follow-up filled with unexpected revelations and a surprise finale. Booklist Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of mankind. In word: unputdownable. The Kirkus Reviews are stunningly good. If you read just one science fiction book this year, then WAKING GODS is the perfect choice. Fresh Fiction Sheer escapist fun. Shelf Awareness Praise for Sylvain Neuvels SLEEPING GIANTS As high-concept as it is, SLEEPING GIANTS is a thriller through and through. One of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory. NPR Neuvel weaves complex tapestry with ancient machinery buried on Earth, shadow governments, and geopolitical conflicts. But the most surprising thing about the book may just be how compelling the central characters are in the midst of these larger-than-life concepts. Chicago Review of Books this stellar debut novel. It masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Page-turner of the highest order. Kirkus Reviews reminiscent of Martian and World War Z, SLEEPING GIANTS is luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for stars. Pierce Brown, 1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Rising trilogy First-time novelist Sylvain Neuvel does bold, splashy cannonball off high dive with SLEEPING GIANTS. It burst at seams with big ideas. This book is a sheer blast from start to finish. I haven't had this much fun reading in ages. Blake Crouch, author of Dark Matter and the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, remarkable debut.

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The Moon and the Other

Fans of science fiction are drawn to the genre for a variety of reasons. If you were to look at some of the best sci-fi books through literary history, you'd see such a range of titles and authors that you'd barely believe that they could be shelved in the same part of the bookstore. But one thing undoubtedly unites them all: vivid imaginations their authors possess when it comes to thinking about the world. Maybe you read sci-fi for intense technological speculation, or because you enjoy how its authors hold mirror up to modern Society, or simply as a means of escaping everyday mundanity. No matter what, you're sure to find some of your favorite books in this chronological list of 100 Best sci-fi books of all time. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the number of great sci-books books out there, you can also take our 1-minute quiz below to narrow it down quickly and get personalized book recommendations.

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