Monday, March 21, 2011

SF Site Best Books of 2010: Reader’s Choice

SF Site has presented its annual Reader’s Choice for the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2010:

1. Dervish House by Ian McDonald (UK: Gollancz; US: Pyr)
2. Kraken by China Miéville (UK: Macmillan; US: Del Rey)
3. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay (UK: Harper Voyager; US: Roc)
4. Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (UK and US: Orbit)
5. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (UK: Gollancz; US: forthcoming May 2011)
6. The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman (US: Tor)
7. Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (US: Spectra)
8. (tie) How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (US: Pantheon; UK: Corvus)
8. (tie) Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (US: Baen Books)
10. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis (US: Tor)

The Rajaniemi, Yu, and Tregillis are all first novels. First novels made another strong showing recently when the 2011 Nebula short list was announced (see below). None of the first novels overlap between the two lists.

Overall it looks like a strong list. I’ve only read two of these so far: Dervish House and The Quantum Thief, which were both quite good. Time to get back to the to-be-read stack.

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