Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The very best science fiction & fantasy books of 2015: io9

Among io9's very best science fiction & fantasy books of 2015:
Lightless, C.A. Higgins

It’s nice to see hard science fiction written by someone who knows what she’s talking about. That’s the case with C.A. Higgins and her debut novel, Lightless. She holds a degree in physics, and it shows through in this story. In a dystopian future solar system, resistance is beginning to spread. When a pair of dissenters board a top secret spacecraft, the crew must contend with the consequences from both the System and their own ship. This book is a fascinating, deliberate read that keeps you on your toes right to the very end.

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The Mechanical, Ian Tregillis

Ian Tregillis’ novels have always delighted us—but The Mechanical, the first of a trilogy, is his best book yet. Jax is a mechanical man, who’s powered by alchemy. He’s faithful to his masters, but he yearns for freedom. And meanwhile, a group of conspirators who are plotting against the Dutch empire discover the Dutch are way ahead of them. We already can’t wait for the next volume.
Read about another book on the list.

The Page 69 Test: Lightless.

--Marshal Zeringue