LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2013: SF/Fantasy

See all of LJ’s 2013 Bests

Asher, Neal. The Departure. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597804479. pap. $15.99.
A survivor of his own execution, Alan Saul finds his mind has merged with a rogue AI who endows Saul with special powers and enables him to start a revolution in a high-tech world beset by overpopulation and ruled by an uncaring Committee. Dystopia was never so exciting. (LJ 3/15/13)

Bein, Steve. Year of the Demon. Roc: Penguin. ISBN 9780451465191. pap. $16.
DS Mariko Oshiro of Tokyo’s Narcotic Unit confronts a yakuza crime boss as she searches for the iron demon mask tied to the samurai sword she has inherited. Urban fantasy meets future crime drama in a supernatural thriller. (LJ 10/15/13)

Cheney, J. Kathleen. The Golden City. Roc: Penguin. ISBN 9780451417749. pap. $15.
Portugal at the turn of the 20th century provides the backdrop for an original historical fantasy. Oriana Paredes, one of the exotic sereia or sirens, becomes involved in a deadly occult intrigue that might change the fate of the world. Time and place come to life in this series opener. (LJ 11/15/13)

Donaldson, Stephen R. The Last Dark. Putnam. ISBN 9780399159206. $35.
In true epic form, Donaldson concludes a ten-volume fantasy saga about leper Thomas Covenant’s adventures in another world and the effects his deeds have on both universes. A literary tour de force. (LJ 9/15/13)

Martinez, Michael J. The Daedalus Incident. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597804721. pap. $15.99.
Steampunk meets parallel universes as a geological survey team on Mars encounters a planet that is terraforming itself. A 300-year-old journal holds the clues to a mind-boggling mystery as two worlds converge and existence hangs in the balance. (LJ 5/15/13)



  1. I don’t usually comment on “Best of” listing which are inherently subjective but the inclusion of The Daedalus Incident in your listing seems egregious. I can only assume the critic who reviewed this book has little or no background in science fiction. The plot ideas are almost wholly derivative and the conflation of conventional science fiction and science fantasy in a plot we might have seen in the 1930s and 40s is tedious.


    If you want original genre bending novels where are books like:

    Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
    Fiendish Schemes by K W Jeter

    or collections like:

    How the World Became Quiet by Rachel Swersky
    The Ape’s Wife by Caitlin R Kiernan

  2. Thrillhouse says:

    My favorite was The Yeti, an old-fashioned adventure/horror book filled with killer action.