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Our pick of the best sci-fi and speculative fiction books for 2022

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The Unfamiliar Garden / The Sky Vault

Benjamin Percy

Hodder & Stoughton

Not one but two sequels to The Ninth Metal come out this year. A comet peppers Earth with a new metallic super-ore whose discovery changes everything. Out in January and August, respectively.

 

Goliath: A novel

Tochi Onyebuchi

Tordotcom

In the 2050s, space colonies offer refuge from a collapsing climate, but only for the rich. The rest have to figure out how to live in it. Out in January.

 

Mickey7

Edward Ashton

St Martin’s Press

Mickey7 is a disposable human who is sent to colonise dangerous new worlds, a job he is suited for because he can regenerate. After being lost, presumed dead, he meets his successor and they must team up to survive. Out in February.

 

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The This

Adam Roberts

Gollancz

In the dystopian near future, smartphones have become sex toys and the hottest new social media platform grows directly into your brain. What could possibly go wrong? Out in February.

 

The Cartographers

Peng Shepherd

Hachette

In this dark fable, a young woman finds a strange map among her estranged father’s things after his untimely death. Deadly secrets and gothic-inflected speculative fiction ensue. Out in March.

 

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Plutoshine

Lucy Kissick

Orion 

Lucy Kissick is a nuclear scientist with a PhD in planetary geochemistry. Her book about terraforming Pluto – even as native alien species are discovered – may put you in mind of Kim Stanley Robinson. Out in April.

 

Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak

Charlie Jane Anders (Titan)

Teenage geniuses in space. Book two of a fun, rompy, LGBTQ+ space opera series that blurs the line between young adult and science fiction. Out in April.

 

Eversion

Alastair Reynolds

Gollancz

Airships, steampunk, a mysterious artefact and expeditions that keep going wrong. It’s up to Dr Silas Coade to figure out why. Out in May.

 

Glitterati

Oliver Langmead

Titan

An influencer comedy of horrors billed as A Clockwork Orange meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. The fun kicks off when nosebleeds become a fashion trend – and it sparks a vicious fight for credit. Out in May.

 

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