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Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2019

  • FICTION

    THE KINGDOM OF COPPER

    JAN. 22, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE KINGDOM OF COPPER

by S.A. Chakraborty

As good or better than its predecessor: promise impressively fulfilled. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    EARLY RISER

    FEB. 12, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

EARLY RISER

by Jasper Fforde

Whip-smart, tremendous fun, and an utter delight from start to finish. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD

    APRIL 23, 2019

FICTION

A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD

by C.A. Fletcher

This un-put-down-able story has everything—a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense,... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF

    FEB. 5, 2019

FICTION

BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF

by Marlon James

If this first volume is any indication, James’ trilogy could become one of the most talked-about and influential adventure... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    STEEL CROW SAGA

    OCT. 1, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

STEEL CROW SAGA

by Paul Krueger

As tasty as the mushroom adobo that appears in the book both as food and metaphor. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE RUIN OF KINGS

    FEB. 5, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE RUIN OF KINGS

by Jenn Lyons

Epic fantasy fans looking for a virtually un-put-down-able read should look no further. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MIDDLEGAME

    MAY 7, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

MIDDLEGAME

by Seanan McGuire

Satisfying on all levels of the reading experience: thrilling, emotionally resonant, and cerebral. Escape to Witch Mountain... Full review >

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  • FICTION

    BLOOD OF AN EXILE

    AUG. 6, 2019

FICTION

BLOOD OF AN EXILE

by Brian Naslund

Top-notch adventure fantasy—a stand-up-and-applaud debut. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    FALL; OR, DODGE IN HELL

    JUNE 4, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

FALL; OR, DODGE IN HELL

by Neal Stephenson

An audacious epic with more than enough heart to fill its many, many pages. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE IRON DRAGON'S MOTHER

    JUNE 25, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE IRON DRAGON'S MOTHER

by Michael Swanwick

Discworld meets Faust. They do not like each other. Philip Pullman picks up the pieces. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE LESSON

    JUNE 18, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

THE LESSON

by Cadwell Turnbull

A persuasively—almost musically—worded meditation on colonialism and whether it’s really possible to return home again. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    WANDERERS

    JULY 2, 2019

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

WANDERERS

by Chuck Wendig

Wendig is clearly wrestling with some of the demons of our time, resulting in a story that is ambitious, bold, and worthy of... Full review >

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