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What are the best SF novels published in the last ten years?

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1m4marya
Out 18, 2010, 3:53pm

There is an interesting article posted at http://io9.com/5666329/what-are-the-best-sf-published-by-women-in-the-past-10-ye...

I really recommend reading the various posts attached mentioned in the article and if you are so inclined send an email with your own favorites.

Sorry if this is posted elsewhere!

M

2avaland
Out 20, 2010, 9:27pm

Don't see why we can't make a list here.

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.

3sussabmax
Dez 23, 2010, 2:04pm

I thought this was funny, because the first book that popped into my head when I came to this topic was Maul by Tricia Sullivan, and then what should be the book by the article? I am also a big fan of Spin Control and Spin State by Chris Moriarty. And Children of Men by P.D. James was just fantastic. Oh, and Califia's Daughters by Leigh Richards/Laurie R. King

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.

4sussabmax
Dez 23, 2010, 2:07pm

Also, I really like your choices, Lois!

5marietherese
Dez 23, 2010, 11:24pm

sussabmax, The Unit is a great choice! I read that book this year and was both disturbed and deeply moved by it. I also really enjoy Kit Reed's work.

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 ;-) )

6markon
Editado: Dez 30, 2010, 11:01am

I'll 2ndGwynneth Jones Life: a novel and P.D. James Children of men.

How does The Unit compare with Never let me go?

Some authors are new to me, so I'll have to check them out.

Anyone over here interested in this "Future Women" discussion?

7sussabmax
Dez 30, 2010, 11:25am

I actually think that The Unit is better than Never Let Me Go. The issues are different, in that the people chosen for donations in The Unit are naturally born, but living lives that are not deemed important, so the issues investigated are deeper.

Thanks for the link to the Future Women discussion! It looks really interesting!

8Citizenjoyce
Jan 27, 2011, 2:19am

I feel bad that most of the feminist science fiction/fantasy I love was not written in the last 10 years. Recently I've been hearing good things about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. Any thoughts on her writing?

9dukedom_enough
Jan 28, 2011, 7:33am

Citizenjoyce@8,

I've met N .K. Jemisin, she's very nice. She writes well on her blog. I have The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms but haven't read it yet.

10Citizenjoyce
Jan 28, 2011, 4:27pm

You know, meeting an author pushes her books miles up my tbr list. That didn't completely apply to the rather abrasive Rita Mae Brown, but in general it does. I'll be reading N. K. Jemisin next month, so I guess I'll find out for myself.

11Citizenjoyce
Abr 20, 2011, 6:23pm

I liked N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms very much, now have started on Solitaire by Kelley Eskeridge. (I can't force touchstones to show the right Solitaire. It's copywrited 2002, just barely fits into this decade. Wow, I need to update my library.

12marietherese
Editado: Abr 21, 2011, 12:20am

Those interested in contemporary feminist and woman-authored speculative and science fiction may want to check out a new magazine produced by Aqueduct Press called The Cascadia Subduction Zone. Lots of fascinating authors featured and many reviews of brand new fiction with a feminist and progressive bent.

Note: I am in no way affiliated, personally or financially, with Aqueduct Press or The Cascadia Subduction Zone. I just support the work they're doing by buying and enjoying their publications.

13fiadhiglas
Abr 30, 2011, 12:52am

I'm a big fan of N. K. Jemisin's first 2 books in the Inheritance Trilogy, and I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out.

14zilliah
Jul 12, 2011, 3:00am

N. K Jemisin's Ineritance Trilogy (the first 2 at least, I can't wait till the third one is out) is amazing! I knew she was my new favourite author as soon as I finished the first book. I can't express how fantastic these books are, you have to go read them!

15reading_fox
Editado: Jul 12, 2011, 8:40am

regenesis has to be on the list!

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.

16andyl
Jul 12, 2011, 9:25am

#15

Fool's War is a bit too old - published in the late 90s.

Most of who I would recommend have already been mentioned.

However Justina Robson needs a shout-out. Living Next Door To The God Of Love and Natural History were both great.

17sussabmax
Set 13, 2011, 5:15pm

I have heard such good things about Justina Robson, but when I got Natural History out of the library, I couldn't get into it all. I had to take it back, life is too short to read books I am not enjoying. Maybe it was just not the time for that book for me.

18Sakerfalcon
Set 14, 2011, 8:07am

>17 sussabmax:: I quite liked Natural History when I read it a few years ago, but not enough to keep. However, it keeps popping into my thoughts every now and then and I wonder if I should give it another try. I gave up on Living next door to the god of love though.

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.

19andyl
Set 14, 2011, 8:23am

#17

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.

20andyl
Set 14, 2011, 8:25am

#18

Slow River was 1995

21Sakerfalcon
Set 14, 2011, 8:37am

>20 andyl:: oops! My fault for being lazy and not looking more closely.

22avaland
Mar 2, 2012, 8:45am

I haven't been over to this group in ages, but it's interesting to see what has been added here since the thread began.

>18 Sakerfalcon: I didn't think Jemison's work was SF, and as I was catching up on the thread, I was hoping for a clarification, so thanks.