If you’re looking for the best sci-fi books of 2021, you’ve come to the right place! The following titles have received rave reviews from critics and sci-fi fanatics alike, and we’re confident there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
Top 10 Science Fiction Novels of 2021
In this John Scalzi novel, dispatchers are licensed killers who are responsible for murdering others whenever they’re at risk of dying naturally. Murder is now an effective tool against death itself in the new world; natural deaths are permanent, but murder victims come back to life immediately… most of the time. When a dispatcher notices that people are dying of strange circumstances, he must try to find the clever murderer who’s killing people by other means.
When a research team of marine biologists stumble upon a revolutionary species that alters the way humans experience time, it doesn’t take long for the secret to leak to some of the world’s most powerful governments and leaders. The team must go on the run to prevent any single agency from having access to the most influential and valuable resource of all: time itself.
Surgeon Riley Poole is a young widow stranded with her teenage daughter in the middle of an unprecedented solar flare, which has completely destroyed the power grid. The global natural disaster coupled with the total loss of power drives the nation into madness, and Riley finds herself in the fight of her life as she tries to survive and find a place of safety for her and her daughter.
A remote portion of Texas is now home to the most brutal ecosystems in the world after the government launches an experiment in slowing down time. Every three minutes, ten years pass in this small coastal area, giving rise to new evolved species, brutal human deaths, and rapid technological advancements. While this experiment does yield some fascinating results, things start to go horribly wrong, threatening the wellbeing of the entire nation.
In the year 2047, the US has eradicated unsolved crimes. All people have surveillance technologies implanted in their brains, making it easy for federal agents and police to track down guilty culprits. When Dray Quintero’s teenage daughter has committed a crime, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her life, striving to override the very technology he helped create.
This story weaves a compelling story of parallel universes told by two monster hunters, a criminal investigator, and a physicist, who all begin to notice strange disturbances in the natural order of their world. As their curiosity gets the best of them, they continue to widen the cracks between worlds, allowing strange new creatures and horrifying monstrosities to invade the planet.
Journals of the deceased Kate Holland are recovered after a brutal massacre and subsequent eruption from Mount Rainier destroyed her small town. Her personal stories and experiences are harrowing, describing a tale of survival, terror, and scientific inquiry into the legendary creatures and cryptids we’d like to believe don’t exist. But if Holland’s journals are accurate, this means that people must accept that a Bigfoot creature exists and that it’s bloodthirsty and savage beyond comprehension.
Recipient of a 2020 Nebula Award for Best Novel, Black Sun is a story full of ancient prophecies, sorcery, and political motivations in a region heavily inspired by the Pre-Columbian Americas. This epic adventure story details the challenges faced by people who feel forced to conform to societal expectations, ignore their pasts, and believe in whatever their leaders tell them. Roanhorse’s characters strive to overcome these barriers and aim to fully understand their own purpose outside of what society wants them to do.
Anna is a quick-witted, intelligent data analyst and researcher who relies on her skills in order to make a living in a largely corrupt and hopeless world. She’s already jaded and nihilistic, but after she suffers a terrible injury and gets laid off, Anna is determined to do whatever it takes to be successful… even if that means working for one of the world’s most corrupt villains imaginable.
This worldwide New York Times bestselling novel imagines that, somewhere in the universe, there’s a library that offers an infinite supply of books, with each one detailing stories from various realities. A person entering the library could read one book about the story of their actual life, or pick up another book that explains how their life could have been different if they had made another choice along the way. When Nora Seed finds herself feeling completely lost, she travels to the Midnight Library in an attempt to figure out what makes life worth living..
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