Here's Goodreads' List of the Best Science FIction of 2015

Tuesday, 01 December 2015 - 3:54PM
Star Wars
Old Man's War
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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 - 3:54PM
Here's Goodreads' List of the Best Science FIction of 2015
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Goodreads' list of the best science fiction novels of the year have been released, and it includes installments of classic series like John Scalzi's Old Man's War, James S.A. Corey's The Expanse, and Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch, as well as the always-welcome Margaret Atwood, Ernest Cline's follow-up to Ready Player One, and- weirdly- Star Wars: Aftermath.

Here's the full list, in order by number of votes:

Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Seven Eves by Neal Stephenson
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Armada by Ernest Cline
Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
The End of All Things by John Scalzi
The Fold by Peter Clines
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin
Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo
Warship by Joshua Dalzelle
Apex by Ramez Naam
BrainWeb by Douglas E. Richards
Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos
King of Thieves by Evan Currie
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

The winner, Golden Son by Pierce Brown, is the second novel in the Red Rising trilogy. In the world of Red Rising, humanity has settled on other planets for 700 years, and our multiplanetary society has split off into a rigid social caste system. Lowborn miner, Darrow, learns of the treachery of the ruling class and attempts to infiltrate and destroy them from within. The first novel received critical acclaim, and is set to be adapted into a feature film by Marc Forster. The second book was similarly well-received, and the final novel, Morning Star, is expected to come out in January.

Most of the books on this list are unsurprising, although since it's based on votes from users, it might be more based on popularity than perceived quality. Aftermath, for example, received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics and fans alike, but probably made the list just because it's Star Wars, and a lot of people read it. Lost Stars, a canon young adult novel by Claudia Grey, is far superior, but probably didn't make the list because it just came out in September.
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