Tau Zero by Poul Anderson—In this great example of classic hard science fiction, humankind reaches the stars

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood—The Handmaid’s Tale sequel follows the Hulu streaming adaptation

Three novelettes by Paolo Bacigalupi: The Fluted GirlThe People of Sand and Slag, and The GamblerThree science fiction novelettes by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester—Cyberpunk without the cyber: classic SF from the 50s

The Mountains of Mourning (Vorkosigan Saga #4.1) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Miles grows up in an award-winning novella in the Vorkosigan Saga

Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga #11) by Lois McMaster Bujold—The best book in the Vorkosigan Saga?

A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga #12) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Character development is king in the Vorkosigan Saga

Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga #13) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Babies occupy center stage in the 13th book of the amazing Vorkosigan Saga

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga #14) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Miles Vorkosigan’s cousin proves he’s not “that idiot”

Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga #15) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Who is Miles Vorkosigan?

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga #16) by Lois McMaster Bujold—A nontraditional love story in the Vorkosigan Saga

Semiosis (Semiosis Duology #1) by Sue Burke—Can plants think? These colonists on an alien world learn the answer the hard way.

Interference (Semiosis Duology #2) by Sue Burke—Humans, intelligent plants, brilliant insects, and that’s not all!

Retrograde (Retrograde #1) by Peter Cawdron—What life on Mars would really be like

Reentry (Retrograde #2) by Peter Cawdron—A fast-paced science fiction thriller grounded in believable science

3zekiel (First Contact) by Peter Cawdron—A thoughtful treatment of First Contact in this new sci-fi novel

To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers—An excellent hard science fiction novella from Becky Chambers

Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen—A novel treatment of time travel in this promising science fiction debut

Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke—Arthur C. Clarke’s believable First Contact novel

RealityTM 2048: Watching Big Mother by Derek Cressman—Updating Orwell’s 1984: a thoughtful new sci-fi novel foresees a dystopian future

The Andromeda Evolution by Michael Crichton and Daniel H. Wilson—Michael Crichton comes back to life in a new techno-thriller

Recursion by Blake Crouch—Spoiler alert: If you want to read this book, skip this review

The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean—A novel about memory evokes the siege of Leningrad

The Perfect Wife by J. P. Delaney—A psychological thriller in a science fiction setting

Skywave (Rorschach Explorer #1) by K. Patrick Donoghue—A private space company threatens a decades-long government coverup

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan—A haunting coming-of-age story about slavery and science in the 19th century

Jeeves and the Wedding Bells: An Homage to P. G. Wodehouse (Jeeves and Wooster #16) by Sebastian Faulks—A new Jeeves and Wooster novel is almost as funny as the originals

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh—River dolphins, man-eating tigers, and a massive cyclone on the Bay of Bengal

The Visitor: First Contact Hard Science Fiction by Tony Harmsworth—What happens after First Contact

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris—Robert Harris portrays a dystopian future England

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein—Robert Heinlein’s classic novel is a showcase for his reactionary politics

Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than it Appears (Singularity #1) by William Hertling—A cautionary tale about artificial intelligence

Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen—Carl Hiaasen on religious scam artists, Florida’s natural wonders, and the decline of local journalism

Double Whammy (Skink #1) by Carl Hiaasen—Carl Hiaasen introduces Florida’s feral one-eyed ex-Governor

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal—This novel shows just how good hard science fiction can be

The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut #2) by Mary Robinette Kowal—An astonishingly good science fiction novel about the first manned mission to Mars

Tomorrow’s Kin (Yesterday’s Kin #1) by Nancy Kress—Hard science fiction doesn’t get much better than this

If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday’s Kin #2) by Nancy Kress—In this highly anticipated science fiction sequel, surprises are the order of the day

Deep Past by Eugene Linden—Is homo sapiens the only highly intelligent species ever to walk the Earth?

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris—Holocaust memories: A deeply moving love story set at Auschwitz

Prodigy (Legend Trilogy #2) by Marie Lu—In this YA sci-fi trilogy, Marie Lu imagines a novel future for the United States

Trading in Danger (Vatta’s War #1) by Elizabeth Moon—The launch of a promising military science fiction series

A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul—Nobel Prizewinner paints an unflattering picture of Africa

Atlas Alone (Planetfall #4) by Emma Newman—Virtual reality, religious fanatics, and the end of life on Earth

Binti (Binti Trilogy #1) by Nnedi Okorafor—An African student travels to the stars in the first book of the Binti Trilogy

Transmission (Invasion Chronicles #1) by Morgan Rice—A YA novel about first contact that’s . . . well, childish

Odds Against Tomorrowby Nathaniel Rich—A novel about obsession, natural disaster, and business in New York

The Lightbringers by H. C. H. Ritz—The power of positive thinking goes awry in this dystopian novel

Nightwings by Robert Silverberg—A science fiction master imagines a far future Earth

The Woman in Black by Erik Tarloff—A Hollywood mystery woman, the Blacklist, and a legendary actor

The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky—An exceedingly clever science fiction story

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky—A science fiction novel that reads like a fever dream

Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells—Far away and long in the future, an augmented human designed to kill

Vortex (Spin Trilogy #3) by Robert Charles Wilson—The Spin Trilogy concludes with the heat death of the universe

Blind Lake by Robert Charles Wilson—An award-winning sci-fi novelist writes a disappointing book

Golden State by Ben H. Winters—A riveting hybrid science fiction mystery novel that questions reality

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