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Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2021

  • FICTION

    LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS

    SEPT. 28, 2021

FICTION

LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS

by Ryka Aoki

Filled with mouthwatering descriptions of food and heart-swelling meditations on music, this novel is an unexpected gift. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    DESTROYER OF LIGHT

    OCT. 12, 2021

FICTION

DESTROYER OF LIGHT

by Jennifer Marie Brissett

Richly developed and profound, able to serve both as a stand-alone and a surprising follow-up to the previous work. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    MACHINEHOOD

    MARCH 2, 2021

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

MACHINEHOOD

by S.B. Divya

Intriguing worldbuilding plus a fast-paced plot equals catnip for SF fans. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    THE FREE BASTARDS

    SEPT. 21, 2021

FICTION

THE FREE BASTARDS

by Jonathan French

One of the most original fantasy sagas to come along in years; like Tolkien on a bender. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    KLARA AND THE SUN

    MARCH 2, 2021

FICTION

KLARA AND THE SUN

by Kazuo Ishiguro

A haunting fable of a lonely, moribund world that is entirely too plausible. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    NO GODS, NO MONSTERS

    SEPT. 7, 2021

FICTION

NO GODS, NO MONSTERS

by Cadwell Turnbull

This is a deeply human story, beautifully and compellingly told. Full review >

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  • FICTION

    PROJECT HAIL MARY

    MAY 4, 2021

FICTION

PROJECT HAIL MARY

by Andy Weir

An unforgettable story of survival and the power of friendship—nothing short of a science-fiction masterwork. Full review >

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