This poll is from our Year of Diverse Polls, and as such it can't includes authors who are cishet white men. Please adjust your nominations accordingly.
Also for my FACEBOOK followers:
If you didn't read that explanation and/or don't read this and insist on adding some sanctimonious comment to WAW's Facebook Page about how you're so enlightened that you only judge art by its quality or how this is the real bigotry or "what would you think if I said no [marginalized group]; how would you like it then?" (or basically any of those boilerplate, paint-by-numbers Chadclone points), do so at your own peril. (Also true if you did read that stuff and dropped the same old arguments anyway.) I'll be erasing comments and showing the more obnoxious commenters the door. There are ten months to go and the answers are literally a click away.
Since we did a similar fantasy poll just a while ago with a lot of dovetail, we're going to skip on to our next popular topic (but with the diverse polls rules)–modern science fiction. Please note that I'm tightening up the "modern" for this as Sci-fi tends to be impacted. (Twenty years instead of 25.)
- Please note the diversity requirements above.
- Nominations must be copyrighted no later than 1998 (twenty years). Any series with books before that cannot be nominated as a full series (but individual books still can be).
- As always, I leave the niggling over "Science Fiction" to your best judgement because I'd rather be inclusive. If you feel like Pern is science fiction, I'm not going to argue. (Though you might need to "show your work" to get anyone to second your nomination.) I'll only throw them out if they get super ridiculous.
- You may nominate two (2) books or series. If you nominate three or more my eyes glaze over and I seethe with primordial rage. But more importantly for you, I will NOT take any nominations beyond the second that you suggest. (I will consider a long list to be "seconds" if someone else nominates them as well.)
- You may (and absolutely should) second as many nominations of others as you wish. So stop back in and see if anyone has put up something you want to see go onto the poll.
- Please put your nominations here. I will take nominations only as comments on this post. (No comments on FB posts or G+.)
- You are nominating WRITTEN SCIENCE FICTION, not their movie portrayals. CGI may make Sleeping Giants pretty fun to look at, but if you find the books to be a little contrived, you shouldn't nominate it.
- No more endless elimination rounds. I will take somewhere between 8-20 best performing titles and at MOST run a single semifinal round. So second the titles you want even if they already have one. (Yes, I guess that would make them thirds, fourths, etc...)
Ancillary Justice by Ann LeckieReplyDelete
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
Ancillary Justice is also great ^___^Delete
Add another 2nd for Ancillary JusticeDelete
I will nominate Andrea Hairston's Mindscape.ReplyDelete
The Binti series by Nnedi OkoraforReplyDelete
THE BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY BY NK JEMISINReplyDelete
Second Broken EarthDelete
Um, third broken earthDelete
Fourth Broken Earth.Delete
Samuel R Delany - DhalgrenReplyDelete
Really any of his sci-fi he’s a famous black and LGBT sci-fi writer in the USA but very few people in Britain seem to have read him
Endorse Delaney, pretty much anything, but Dhalgren is too old to meet the "last 20 years" part.Delete
I was saddened to realize that "Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand" is over 30. Dang.
Colson Whitehead's The Underground RailroadReplyDelete
I’ll nominate CJ Cherryh’s 2nd Trillogy in the Froeigner series - Precursor Defender and Explorer. For those unsure about which stories those are in the series, this is when Bren is elevated to Lord of the Heavens, and goes to the station for the first time, and then onboard the Phoenix and finally encounters the KyoReplyDelete
If nominating a trillogy in a long running series isn’t cool with the rules, I’ll go with the Explorer, the final book of this arc
Seconded like crazy!Delete
Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin.ReplyDelete
Oh a more recent one is Samuel delany’s Through the valley of the nest of spiders - 2012ReplyDelete
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Claire North with "First Fifteen Lives of Harry August."ReplyDelete
Convergence by Marita Smith (Book 1 in the Kindred Ties series) + Emergence by Marita Smith (Book 2 in the Kindred Ties series, out May 1 2018)ReplyDelete
I'll nominate the Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin.ReplyDelete
Nicky Drayden's "Prey of the Gods" rocked my world last year. Cyberpunk with big threads of magical realism painted with an afro-futurist pallet.ReplyDelete
Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears DeathReplyDelete
Octavia Butler’s Patternist series, and Kindred
Tomi Adeymi’s Children of Blood and Bone
Since someone already nominated Friedman's Coldfire trilogy I get a free second there, so I'll nominate:ReplyDelete
1) C.S. Friedman's This Alien Shore (1998)
2) Der-Shing Helmer's Mare Internum (2017-2018, stunningly beautiful web graphic novel -> www.marecomic.com *A-maz-ing*)
Since I can't add a third (and the series is pre-1998 anyway) I'll just throw a posthumous shoutout to Julian May for her Many Coloured Land series, particularly the final novel, The Adversary. If you haven't read them I encourage you to bump them to the top of your To Read pile, you're missing something outstanding.
second for this alien shoreDelete
Bruna Husky series : "Tears in Rain", "Weight of the Heart" by ROSA MONTEROReplyDelete
So I Am Glad by A L Kennedy. Perhaps on the edge of the genre but involves time travel and a sci-fi writer so I think it just about counts.ReplyDelete
And UFO In Her Eyes by Xiaolu Guo.
The End of Mr Y by Scarlett ThomasReplyDelete
or the Oryx and Crake series by Margaret Atwood
CJ Cherryh Regenesis (2009)ReplyDelete
She hits two categories,i believe. Does that make her qualify twice? 😉
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky ChambersReplyDelete
The Vatta’s War series by Elizabeth Moon
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le GuinReplyDelete
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers SolomonReplyDelete