Just because many of us are still working on our March selection—Ali Abunimah’s The Battle for Justice in Palestine—doesn’t mean we can’t get the ball rolling for April. Below, vote for one of the 10 science-fiction books nominated by #1book140 readers and join the online conversation at #1book140.
The 100 by Kass Morgan
Simply, it's teenagers on spaceships preparing to recolonize the planet. Or, as Publishers Weekly writes, "It's easy to be drawn in by the Lord of the Flies-style tension that builds as the teens struggle to set up a new society on a battered Earth, and by the smoldering romances that hang in the balance."
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Set in a near future where information technology meets the secret book of the jinn, Alif the Unseen is “an exuberant fable that has thrills, chills and—even more remarkably—universal appeal.”
Annihilation: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer
Booklist calls Annihilation “[a] gripping fantasy thriller ... VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human.” So, are you prepared to join the twelfth expedition to Area X?
Blackout by Connie Willis
After years on the curriculum for history students at Oxford University, time-travel is starting to get a little glitchy, just as Blackout’s protagonists head back to the bombs, air raids, and blackouts of World War II.
Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters by John Birmingham
The set-up is impeccable: a killer hangover, a demonic ex-wife, an explosion ... And then the monsters.
Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
Booklist calls the sci-fi/mystery Great North Road, “[a] perfect introduction to [Hamilton’s] gifts for character design, dialogue, and sheer, big-idea-driven storytelling.”
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
The first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, Octavia E. Butler has been captivating readers since the early 1970s. Kindred, one of her best known works, tells the story of a black woman who is unceremoniously yanked from the present day to the antebellum South and back again.
The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur) by Hannu Rajaniemi
Hannu Rajaniemi, think-tank director by day, science-fiction writer by night, delivers a debut novel that Kirkus Reviews praises as “spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured and wholly spellbinding.”
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
While global agencies bicker over what to do after making contact with extraterrestrials, the Jesuits quietly send their own scientific expedition to explore a newly discovered planet in this sensitive and provocative debut novel.
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
Set during China’s Cultural Revolution, The Three-Body Problem amplifies a modern Chinese perspective on a galaxy-wide scale according to the book’s nominee, @MaryEsther220.
Cast your vote by 12 p.m. on Friday, March 27.