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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Top ten SF and fantasy of decade

I'm starting to notice various "ten best of the decade" lists coming out, here is Tyler Cowen's contribution, and here is a compilation of "best of the 2010s" lists. 

For most of these various categories, I don't feel qualified to offer an opinion; I don't keep up with popular music, I don't watch much TV or see many movies.

But I do still read a great deal of fantasy and SF, so here is my list of the top ten SF and fantasy novels of the 2010s:

Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks, 2010.
Somnium, Steve Moore, 2011.
The Yearbook, Carol Masciola. 2015.
Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald, 2015.
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin, 2015.
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson, 2015.
Too Like the Lightning, Ada Palmer, 2016.
The Corporation Wars trilogy (first book, 2016) , Ken MacLeod.
Kingdom of the Wicked, Helen Dale, 2017
Gnomon, Nick Harkaway, 2017.

Some honorable mentions:

Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie, 2014.
All Systems Red, Martha Wells, 2017.
Stealing Worlds, Karl Schroeder, 2019.
The Powers of the Earth, Travis Corcoran, 2017.


Eric Wagner said...

Man, I have not read any of these. However, November 26 marks the Fred Pohl centennial. I attended the 1978 Worldcon where Pohl won the Hugo for "Gateway".

Rarebit Fiend said...

This is an excellent list Tom! I'm really happy to see you like Somnium this much and I of course agree with "Too Like the Lighting" and "Luna"'s inclusion. Thanks for turning me on to both of those series!