Trade fiction reviewed here in 2020

Things Fall Apart (Africa Trilogy #1) by Chinua Achebe—The classic African novel about colonization

Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga—A compelling portrait of Indian society today

The Traitor by V. S. Alexander—Dramatizing anti-Nazi resistance in Germany during World War II

The Alteration by Kingsley Amis—Alternate history by a celebrated mainstream author

The Corridors of Time by Poul Anderson—A legendary sci-fi author makes a mess of time travel

The Forge of God (Forge of God #1) by Greg Bear—Greg Bear’s powerful tale of interstellar conflict

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin—Resistance, and collaboration, among the rich and famous of Paris

The Absolved by Matthew Binder—A dystopian novel runs off the rails

The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen—A touching tale of love and betrayal in World War II Italy

Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney—Clever plot twists in a time travel tale

Make Russia Great Again by Christopher Buckley—Satirizing Donald Trump is a tall order

Labyrinth (Vorkosigan Saga #7.1) by Lois McMaster Bujold—A missing chapter in the long-running Vorkosigan Saga

Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga 7.2) by Lois McMaster Bujold—A space opera series about the ways and wiles of human beings

Winterfair Gifts (Vorkosigan Saga #12.1) by Lois McMaster Bujold—A cast of characters worthy of Shakespeare

The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga #14.1) by Lois McMaster Bujold—Space opera comes home in this charming Vorkosigan Saga novella

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Lost Fleet #1) by Jack Campbell—The exciting first book in a military SF series

Neptune Crossing (Chaos Chronicles #1) by Jeffrey A. Carver—Chaos theory triggers an interplanetary adventure

Anomaly (First Contact #1) by Peter Cawdron—Extraterrestrial contact changes everything in this SF novel

But the Stars (First Contact #11) by Peter Cawdron—An alien encounter that questions the nature of reality

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke—Far-future fantasy from Arthur C. Clarke

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, Audible Edition, narrated by Ralph Lister, Ray Porter, and Jonathan Davis—The SF stories of Arthur C. Clarke aren’t great

Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy—What if the Cold War had turned hot in 1945?

Sphere by Michael Crichton—Michael Crichton’s literary exercise in human conflict

The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers—A satirical novel about Donald Trump by Dave Eggers

Axiom’s End (Noumena #1) by Lindsay Ellis—First Contact is old news in this sc-fi thriller

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich—Louise Erdrich on Indian cultural genocide

The Evening and the Morning (Kingsbridge #1) by Ken Follett—Ken Follett sets up the Kingsbridge Trilogy in a prequel

The Quiet American by Graham Greene—The classic Vietnam novel by Graham Greene

Zero Percenters by Scott T. Grusky—A utopian fantasy degenerates into New Age mumbo-jumbo

The Warehouse by Rob Hart—Amazon on steroids in a grim near-future dystopia

A. I. Apocalypse (Singularity #2) by William Hertling—Artificial general intelligence—by accident

The Last Firewall (Singularity #3) by William Hertling—A grim view of life after the singularity

Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen—A snake stars in Carl Hiaasen’s savage takedown of Donald Trump

Cold Storage by David Koepp—A biological thriller that may keep you up at night

Fractured State by Steven Konkoly—A fast-moving military thriller set in a dystopian future California

The Relentless Moon (Lady Astronaut #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal—The third Lady Astronaut novel doesn’t live up to the promise of the first two

Severance by Ling Ma—Literary critics loved this novel.

A Burning by Megha Majumdar—Terrorism, corruption, and Hindu nationalism in India today

Landfall by Thomas Mallon—A novelist’s sympathetic portrait of George W. Bush

Wolf Hall (Wolf Hall Trilogy #1) by Hillary Mantel—Hillary Mantel won the Booker Prize for this sprawling historical novel

Deacon King Kong by James McBride—Unforgettable characters in this delightful new novel

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Stephen Millhauser—This Pulitzer winner falls flat

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz—Alternate feminist history by a gifted science fiction author

The Wrong Stars (The Axiom #1) by Tim Pratt—This space travel tale is just so-so

Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds—Time travel and the apocalypse

The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington by Charles Rosenberg—Was George Washington truly the indispensable man?

Darwin’s Cipher by M. A. Rothman—Genetic research goes awry in this chilling science fiction novel

The Collapsing Empire (Interdependency #1), The Consuming Fire (Interdependency #2), and The Last Emperox (Interdependency #3) by John Scalzi—Reviewing John Scalzi’s Interdependency trilogy

First Encounter by Jasper T. Scott—Hostile First Contact in this promising prequel to a new sci-fi series

Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg—A science fiction Grand Master gets it wrong about the future

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One 1929-1964 edited by Robert Silverberg—Reassessing the Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Resistant by Rachel Sparks—Resistant germs threaten humanity in this doomsday thriller

Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky—A dismal, dystopian future where the climate has run amok

Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky—In a clever novella, a future of endless war

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington—In a classic First Contact novel, astronauts meet . . . something very strange

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