7 Best Speculative Fiction Picks For 2016


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Another year, another bumper crop of new genre titles. Some of these will come as no surprise to those of you who read my previous posts 7 New Speculative Fiction Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016 and 5 More Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2016.  Read on to find out which ones made the list.



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Title: The Fireman

Author: Joe Hill (NOS4R2)

What it’s about: A deadly spore causes an epidemic of spontaneous combustion. Determined to protect themselves, survivors form ruthless Cremation Squads to hunt down anyone carrying the infection. As anyone still watching The Walking Dead can attest, post-apocalyptic fiction can get a little too heavy sometimes, so it was fun to see Hill inject some much-needed humour into the genre with his irreverent Fireman.



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Title: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

Author: Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts)

What it’s about: A mother tries to unravel the mystery of her teenage son’s disappearance before it’s too late. As the evidence begins to point to signs of foul play, Tremblay reminds us that there’s a fine line between horror and heartbreak.



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Title: The Hatching 

Author: Ezekiel Boone

What it’s about: Arachnophobia for a new generation as humanity fights back against a plague of flesh-eating spiders. A sequel, Skitter, hatches in May next year. You can read what I enjoyed most about The Hatching here.



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Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch (Wayward Pines)

What it’s about: Ever wondered what your life would be like if you’d made different choices? You’ll be glad you never have to find out after reading Blake Crouch’s terrifying sci fi thriller about love, ambition, and the roads not taken.



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Title: A Closed and Common Orbit

Author: Becky Chambers (The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet)

What it’s about: Chambers’ heartfelt follow-up to her much-loved space opera debut. You can read my review here.



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Title: Faller

Author: Will McIntosh (Defenders, Love Minus Eighty)

What it’s about: I’ve said it before: McIntosh is one of the most underrated sci fi authors of his generation and Faller is his most original and mind-bending novel yet. You can read my thoughts on it here.



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Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Author: J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter)

What it’s about:  While technically not a book but a screenplay for the Harry Potter prequel movie of the same name, Fantastic Beasts is still welcome return to form for the franchise for those disappointed by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


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