There have been a lot of lists recently of SF/F books everyone should read from *insert older decade here.* While I enjoy these lists — occasionally you discover something new or unusual — I’m always driven to annoyance by the endless nostalgia for the “good ole days.” Don’t get me wrong here. I don’t hate the classics. Some of the best works of SF/F come from before my time. But I think we need to have more discussions about the works being produced now. Maybe that’s because I like to pretend that I’ll have a bead on what will be remembered 50 years from now. Or maybe I like seeing what people feel are great works of SF/F from the 2000s (ish) so I can rub my chin and ponder. It doesn’t really matter.
Today’s post is about this very question:
What do you think are the great works of science fiction and fantasy from the post-millenium period (the 2000s to the present)? Why?
- They obviously have to have been originally released at some point between 2000 and the present. Re-releases or re-writes or pickups of self-published books published prior to that do not count.
- “Great” should be taken to mean “a book that contributes to the genre in some significant way.” Interpret that how you will. Entertainment value, however, is not enough on its own.
- The books must be science fiction or fantasy. I will not define what these mean; we can hash out suspect entries in the comments if people feel the need to do so.
- The publisher or marketing strategy for the book is not strictly relevant. If a great SF novel was published as a literary work in the general fiction section, then so be it.
The comments are yours. Suggest away.