Reading List: Science Fiction

As I have written in my resolutions for 2018, I really want to read more Science Fiction this year. When I started reading more non-fiction and short stories, I just went with books on best of the year lists that sounded interesting. Somehow that does not work for Science Fiction for me; mostly because I want to read a specific type of Science Fiction, I think so, at least. I took the recommendation I already got into account and then went with a Twitter thread with recommendations for people who like N. K. Jemisin (because I do).

These are the books that I want to read in the upcoming months (I don’t do well with fixed TBRs so I will have to wait and see how it goes).

A Close and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) – Becky Chambers


I have already started this and as was the first one, this book is just so very lovely. I love Becky Chamber’s optimistic imagination and how she creates aliens that feel alien but are still sympathetic. The third book in the series (Record of a Spaceborn Few) is supposed to come out on July 24th, 2018 and I am very excited about it.

NineFox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee


I am a bit intimidated by this book but also super intrigued. It was nominated for a Hugo and has been very well-received. I think this will be one of the books I am getting to later in the year though.

Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) – Rachel Bach


One of the books that were recommended for readers of N. K. Jemisin and written by a woman. This is pretty much all I know about this book but that often works out fine for me.

The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber


The author has been on my radar for a while and now that it has been recommended to me I am very eager to get to this book soon. It seems to straddle the line between Science Fiction and Literary Fiction and I am here for that. Also I was warned it is weird which I will take as a recommendation.

All Systems Down (The Murderbot Diaries #1) – Martha Wells


I just LOVE the series title. This is also a book that was recommended to me and it sounds absolutely brilliant. It is also a novella which fits into another of my reading resolutions. So I am very excited.

Places in the Darkness – Christopher Brookmyre


This is apparently a crime novel set in space. Which somehow intrigues me more than it should. But intrigue me it does.

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota #1) – Ada Palmer


Mixing Enlightenment philosophy with Science Fiction is a sure way to intrigue me. I read the first chapter and it seems dense but super fascinating. I cannot wait to see what I make of it.  If I like it there are two more books in the series already out which is always a plus.

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) – James S. A. Corey


This is the book I will be reading next. My partner and me will try to read it at the same time to be able to talk about it. If I like this, there are so many more books in this series to read, it makes me giddy. I am also very sure I will like this. Also, the TV show looks amazing!

Have you read any of those and what are your thoughts? Do you have other recommendations for me?

8 thoughts on “Reading List: Science Fiction

  1. I have to say I found The Book of Strange New Things very problematic—sanctimonious male protagonist was just the start. If the premise of it appeals to you, try The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, which is the same idea but (I think) better executed, and written first.

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  2. Oooh, lots of really good things on here. All Systems Red is an absolute gem of a book, as is everything by Becky Chambers. Fortune’s Pawn has a brilliant protagonist, and the plot was very enjoyable although a bit romance heavy for my tastes. Leviathan Wakes was a little underwhelming on its own but the series as a whole is one of my favourites. Too Like the Lightning is also good, although I can’t say I appreciated some of its more pretentious elements…

    I love Ninefox Gambit, although the first chapter is particularly impenetrable – I ended up going to find external reviews (like this one: to give me a mostly spoiler free background to the world, but you can also just power through it – it pays off!

    I also recommend the Indranan War trilogy by K.B Wagers (starts with Behind the Throne) for political intrigue and a reluctant older gunrunner-turned-space-princess; and Autonomous by Annalee Newitz for a great take on the future of AI and humanity, if you’re adding more things to the list. Happy reading!

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    1. Thank you! This is really helping me decide in which order I want to tackle these books. It’s good to know about the romance heavy book because I need to be in a certain mood for those.
      And yes, recommendations are always welcome! I am so overwhelmed with the choice I have that I really appreciate when people tell me what to read.


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