2016 was a fun and fulfilling year for fans of speculative fiction!
It saw us through to conclusions of great trilogies like Red Rising and The Passage, the beginnings of promising new series like The Machineries of Empire, and releases of eagerly anticipated books like Babylon’s Ashes and Dark Matter. Great books from genre fiction staples came out and Brandon Sanderson did Brandon Sanderson things throughout the year.
For those readers who are always on the hunt for new writers to follow, there were also great debut fiction releases and breakout novels from several authors. There were six books in this category that caught my eye through 2016:
Infomocracy is a dystopian sci-fi story with a premise especially chilling in today’s age of rapidly-disappearing online privacy.
Tiffany Tsao’s The Oddfits is a wonderful urban fantasy debut that brought me back to the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Chandler J. Birch