What are the best SF novels published in the last ten years?
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Fledgling by Octavia Butler (2005)
The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon (2003)
Oryx and Crake (2003) and Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (2009)
I have not found a lot in the last 6 or 8 years that has really interested me, so my list is short. I suspect my husband could add a few nominations.
Looking through my library, here are some other sf books by women that I liked that were published in the last 10 years (some of these may have been published sooner, and my dates are for the editions I have--I did look at Amazon to see if I could find a real date, but I could be totally wrong on some of these!):
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist (2009)
The Glass Harmonica by Louise Marley (2000)
The Baby Merchant by Kit Reed (2006) (I also liked Thinner Than Thou and Enclave quite a lot)
The Phoenix Code by Catherine Asaro (2000)
While I personally love everything by Sheri S. Tepper, I think her best work is The Gate to Women's Country, and that is from 1988, so it doesn't fit here.
As well as those two authors, my list would also include Gwyneth Jones novel 'Life' (published 2004), Susan Palwick's Shelter (2007), and books in L. Timml Duchamp's Marq'ssan Cycle.
Otherwise, the best woman-authored SF I've read in recent years has been in a shorter form than the novel-but that's true for the best SF I've read written by anybody anytime really (I think SF works best in short form overall and I am so glad that great writers like James Tiptree, Jr. and Ted Chiang get that ;-) )
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fool's war - don't know when this was written but it was recently released as an ebook if that counts. Again superb. Not much science but some brilliant twists and turns.
Julie Czerneda has written some great stuff, and also RM Meluch I'm fairly sure her latest books are less than 10 years old.
I really did not like The hundred thousand kingdoms; the characters left me cold and I couldn't see any logic in their motivations. Yeine did not seem to me like the leader of her people; she seemed to act purely according to her own whims. Also, while I know the boundary between fantasy and SF is frequently blurred, to me the book is very clearly fantasy.
I loved Slow river (2003) and am thrilled to see that it will be released in the SF Masterworks series in 2013 according to amazon uk. Solitaire is high on my tbr list.
Justina Robson's other books don't really share much of a feel with the two I mentioned previously.
Mappa Mundi is a much more straightforward read. As is the "Quantum Gravity" series but in a different way - a bit urban fantasy meets cyberpunk.