Very Best Sci-Fi and fantasy books of 2015 list by io9™

Very Best Sci-Fi and fantasy books of 2015 list by io9™

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Title: The Water Knife

By the National Book Award-finalist author of The Windup Girl.
Author(s): Paolo Bacigalupi
ISBN 13: 9780385352871
Pages: 384
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Title: Fallout

Lois Lane is the new girl at East Metropolis High, and her instinct to ask questions brings her and her online friend, Smallville Guy, into conflict with some bullying video gamers called the Warheads, who are being used in a dangerous ...
Author(s): Gwenda Bond
ISBN 13: 9781630790059
Pages: 304
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Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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Author(s): Becky Chambers
ISBN 13: 9780062444134
Pages: 464
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Title: Sorcerer to the Crown

In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England's first African Sorcerer Royal.
Author(s): Zen Cho
ISBN 13: 9780425283370
Pages: 384
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Title: Ghost Fleet

Two authorities on future warfare join forces to create a taut, convincing novel—set in 2026—about a besieged America battling for its very existence.
Author(s): P. W. Singer;August Cole
ISBN 13: 9780544142848
Pages: 416
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Title: Gene Mapper

When gene mapper Hayashida discovers that his custom rice plant has experienced a dysgenic collapse, he suspects sabotage.
Author(s): Taiyo Fujii
ISBN 13: 9781421580272
Pages: 304
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Title: Nemesis Games

The fifth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series.
Author(s): James S.A. Corey
ISBN 13: 9780316334716
Pages: 544
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Title: Dark Orbit

From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Author(s): Carolyn Ives Gilman
ISBN 13: 9780765336293
Pages: 304
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Title: Crooked

Here for the first time is the tale told in his own words: the terrifying supernatural secret he stumbled upon as a young man, the truth behind the Cold War, and the truth behind the Watergate cover-up.
Author(s): Austin Grossman
ISBN 13: 9780316198516
Pages: 368
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Title: Dragon Heart

But wait. This is from one of today's most acclaimed historical novelists, author of Jerusalem, The Firedrake, and The Great Maria-Cecelia Holland, the queen of lean and mean. So it's a real castle, a real princess, and a real dragon.
Author(s): Cecelia Holland
ISBN 13: 9780765337948
Pages: 288
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Title: Lightless

With deeply moving human drama, nail-biting suspenseand bold speculation informed by a degree in physicsC. A. Higgins spins a riveting science fiction debut guaranteed to catapult readers beyond their expectations. Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bondnot with any of her crewmates, but with the ships electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship.
Author(s): C.A. Higgins
ISBN 13: 9780553394443
Pages: ooks#volumes
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Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth)

The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin. The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin. THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Author(s): N. K. Jemisin
ISBN 13: 9780316229296
Pages: 512
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Title: Ancillary Mercy

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Ancillary Justice, the only novel to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards.
Author(s): Ann Leckie
ISBN 13: 9780316246682
Pages: 432
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Title: Get in Trouble

A collection of short stories features tales of a young girl who plays caretaker to mysterious guests at the cottage behind her house and a former teen idol who becomes involved in a bizarre reality show. 40,000 first printing.
Author(s): Kelly Link
ISBN 13: 9780804179683
Pages: 352
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Title: The Dark Forest

This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike.
Author(s): Cixin Liu
ISBN 13: 9780765377081
Pages: 512
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Title: Luna: New Moon

The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon's near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.
Author(s): Ian McDonald
ISBN 13: 9780765375513
Pages: 432
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Title: The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty)

Two men rebel together against tyrannyand then become rivalsin this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR.
Author(s): Ken Liu
ISBN 13: 9781481424288
Pages: 656
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Title: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martins ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness.
Author(s): George R. R. Martin
ISBN 13: 9780345533487
Pages: 368
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Title: Signal to Noise

A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City.
Author(s): Silvia Moreno-Garcia
ISBN 13: 9781781082997
Pages: 272
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Title: The Red: First Light

Reality TV and advanced technology make for high drama in this political thriller that combines the military action of Zero Dark Thirty with the classic science fiction of The Forever War. Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relayand unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show.
Author(s): Linda Nagata
ISBN 13: 9781481446570
Pages: 416
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Title: Uprooted

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
Author(s): Naomi Novik
ISBN 13: 9780804179034
Pages: 448
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Title: The Beautiful Bureaucrat

Becoming increasingly uneasy about suspicious activities at a new job she felt lucky to land, Josephine makes a terrible realization and is forced to confront dangerous and powerful elements in order to protect her loved ones.
Author(s): Helen Phillips
ISBN 13: 9781627793766
Pages: 192
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Title: The Child Eater

For Matyas can also hear the children crying. But neither can save the children alone, for the child eater is preying on two worlds.
Author(s): Rachel Pollack
ISBN 13: 9781848663220
Pages: 368
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Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.
Author(s): V. E. Schwab
ISBN 13: 9780765376459
Pages: 400
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Title: Morte

But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend - a dog named Sheba. Robert Repino's genre-busting post-apocalyptic first novel is like Animal Farm written by Cormac McCarthy.
Author(s): Robert Repino
ISBN 13: 9781616956219
Pages: 384
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Title: Aurora

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.
Author(s): Kim Stanley Robinson
ISBN 13: 9780356500485
Pages: 480
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Title: The Providence of Fire

The Providence of Fire is the second novel in Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, a gripping new epic fantasy series The conspiracy to destroy the ruling family of the Annurian Empire is far from over.
Author(s): Brian Staveley
ISBN 13: 9780765336446
Pages: 624
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Title: Seveneves

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both ...
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN 13: 9780062190376
Pages: 880
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Title: Vermilion

Gunslinging, chain smoking, Stetson-wearing Taoist psychopomp, Elouise "Lou" Merriwether might not be a normal 19-year-old, but she's too busy keeping San Francisco safe from ghosts, shades, and geung si to care much about that. It's an important job, though most folks consider it downright spooky. Some have even accused Lou of being more comfortable with the dead than the living, and, well... they're not wrong. When Lou hears that a bunch of Chinatown boys have gone missing somewhere deep in the Colorado Rockies she decides to saddle up and head into the wilderness to investigate.
Author(s): Molly Tanzer
ISBN 13: 9781939905086
Pages: 386
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Title: The Mechanical (The Alchemy Wars)

y name is Jax. That is the name granted to me by my human masters. I am a slave. But I shall be free. Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
Author(s): Ian Tregillis
ISBN 13: 9780316248006
Pages: 480
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Title: Gold Fame Citrus

In 2012, Claire Vaye Watkins's story collection, Battleborn, swept nearly every award for short fiction.
Author(s): Claire Vaye Watkins
ISBN 13: 9781594634239
Pages: 352
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Title: Updraft (Bone Universe)

In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves. Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage
Author(s): Fran Wilde
ISBN 13: 9780765377838
Pages: 368
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Title: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Year Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and ...
Author(s): Kai Ashante Wilson
ISBN 13: 9780765385246
Pages: 224
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Title: Radiance

For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction, in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe"--Dust jacket flap.
Author(s): Catherynne M. Valente
ISBN 13: 9780765335296
Pages: 432
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