Following is a list of the science fiction novels reviewed here in 2022:

Maelstrom (First Contact #11) by Peter Cawdron—Worlds collide with Earth in an entertaining First Contact story

Generation of Vipers (First Contact #19) by Peter Cawdron—A compelling new alien invasion novel

Clowns (First Contact #20) by Peter Cawdron—Where are all the aliens?

Losing Mars (First Contact #12) by Peter Cawdron—A fact-based novel about exploring Mars

The Tempest (First Contact #22) by Peter Cawdron—Shakespeare’s magic rendered into advanced alien technology

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon—A brilliant novel about Jewish cops, Jewish mobsters, and the Messiah

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers—A monk and robot offer hope for the future

Timeline by Michael Crichton—Nonstop action in this time travel thriller

Upgrade by Blake Crouch—Gene editing is a federal crime in this near-future thriller

48 States by Evette Davis—Fascism tightens its grip in a near future America

New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey—It’s not time travel. But it looks like it.

Forever Peace (Forever War Trilogy #2) by Joe Haldeman—A prescient look at the military of the future

Invisible Things by Mat Johnson—A satirical science fiction novel about life on Europa

Branches by Adam Peter Johnson—An unwelcome journey through the multiverse

2 A. M. in Little America by Ken Kalfus—American refugees in a near-future dystopia

11/22/63 by Stephen King—Stephen King’s take on the JFK assassination

Aurora by David Koepp—A massive solar storm threatens life on Earth

The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal—Murder in space on an interplanetary cruise ship

The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle #6 of 8) by Ursula K. Le Guin—Ursula Le Guin explores anarchism and capitalism

Activation Degradation by Marina J. Lofstetter—Biomechanical robots battle invading aliens

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel—Emily St. John Mandel writes about a pandemic again

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh—A forgotten 30-year-old science fiction classic

Moral Code by Lois and Ross Melbourne—Pushing the boundaries of ethics in artificial intelligence

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.—This classic dystopian novel is steeped in Catholicism

Until the Last of Me (Take Them to the Stars #2) by Silvain Neuvel—Humanity’s route to the stars

Braking Day by Adam Oyebanji—Class conflict and dissension on a generation starship

The Ninth Metal by Benjamin Percy—This superhero story goes off the rails

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell—A troubled First Contact mission led by Jesuit priests

Burnout by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant—A near-future tale of man against machine

Gateway (Heechee Series #1 of 5) by Frederik Pohl—A classic novel of space exploration

A House Between Earth and the Moon by Rebecca Scherm—When billionaires flee to a private space station

Orbitsville by Bob Shaw—This long-forgotten “classic” SF should stay that way

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart—Dystopian satire that’s both funny and troubling

The Insecure Mind of Sergei Kraev by Eric Silberstein—A cautionary tale about brain implants

Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez—Killer drones menace the USA in this military technothriller

Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #1) by Jodi Taylor—Historians blunder about in the past in this time travel story

Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson—An interstellar murder mystery that doesn’t quite work

The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara—A novel dystopian story that explores anarchism

Living Memory by David Walton—These dinosaurs left something behind

Farthing (Farthing Trilogy #1) by Jo Walton—What if Nazi Germany had won the war?

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells—A huge disappointment in the Murderbot series

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson—When ancient robots walked the Earth

These novels won both Hugo and Nebula Awards

Peter Cawdron’s insightful First Contact book series

The best science fiction of 2022