The Irish Times published a list of books to read in 2012 but like many of these sort of things, left out my preferred genre science fiction. So here I present (in no particular order) some of the books I’m looking forward to in the next year.
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
The fourth book in the Laundry series sees Stross returning his occult version of MI5. The mix of James Bond spy antics with Cthulhu mind-bending horrors always works for me.
Railsea by China Miéville
A riff on Moby Dick set on a train traveling across a sea of rails. His books are always full of superb ideas that would be justified being spun out to stories themselves.
Blue Remembered Earth (Hardback|Kindle) by Alastair Reynolds
While I’d normally avoid buying parts of trilogy (this is the first book of Poseidon’s Children), I’ll probably make an exception here as it looks like the books are only loosely interlinked. There’s one of those odd video trailers for it if you like that sort of thing.
Update: this was released on the 19th of January.
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
A story of child soldiers in a dystopian civil war wracked America. Bacigalupi is still relatively new on the scene, but he’s been producing consistently good work from the off.
Intrusion (Hardback|Kindle) by Ken MacLeod
Another near-future dystopia story. While I’d like to see another singularity type story from him, his 20 minutes in the future stuff is well worth a read.
Update: this was released on the 1st of March
Any other suggestions?