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The Best Books of 2020: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Posted on 11th November 2020 by Mark Skinner

The Science Fiction universe saw the return of two seminal modern series this year, as Ernest Cline finally followed up his pop-culture packed cult favourite Ready Player One and Suzanne Collins took us all back to Panem and the backstory of the future President Snow in her prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. Meanwhile, the realms of Fantasy saw the contemporary fiction debuts of Young Adult titans, Sarah J. Maas and Veronica Roth. Elsewhere, we defended a future New York with N.K. Jemisin, traded our souls for immortality with V.E. Schwab and learned to live side by side with bunnies thanks to Jasper Fforde. Where will we boldly go in 2021?

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The much-anticipated fourth installment of the epic The Stormlight Archive sees the Knights Radiant face the ultimate conflict against an enemy bent on destroying humanity.

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From the bestselling master of YA fantasy comes a richly imagined story of intertwining quests and mysterious booksellers in an alternate 1980s London.

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A satanic pact and a woman forced to wander the world in anonymity; The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a tour de force of imagination and epic storytelling.
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Conspiracy and betrayal run rampant in this energetic piece of high fantasy, the second instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s magnificent The Age of Madness trilogy.
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Grant’s ingenious reboot of Les Misérables maps the adventures of daring young thief Eponine in a fantastical version of nineteenth-century Paris, plagued by ruthless guilds and sinister royals.
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Set in an austere school for the magically gifted, A Deadly Education weaves together sorcery, monsters and humour into an intoxicating literary brew.

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The spellbinding culmination of Tahir’s bestselling Ember Quartet, A Sky Beyond the Storm charts the Soul Catcher’s final, defiant mission to save humankind.

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Opening a dazzling new fantasy epic from the author of the Witcher stories, Tower of Fools sees doctor-magician Reynevan fight injustice in an old Europe ravaged by religious wars and hostility to new ideas.
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The first adult fantasy novel from one of the most influential YA authors of the last decade, Chosen Ones pitches a band of ordinary teens into a spectacular supernatural battle with pace and flair.

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Another characteristically eccentric concept breaks free from the wildly inventive mind of Jasper Fforde as a bizarre tale of human-rabbit coexistence masks a clever allegory about belonging and identity.
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The author of The Psychology of Time Travel returns with a spellbinding, genre-busting tale of family drama, crime, and magical dolls charged with emotions.
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The sixteenth novel in Butcher’s Dresden Files series, Peace Talks sees Chicago’s only professional wizard face his biggest challenge yet as dark machinations threaten to destroy hopes for a peace treaty between the Supernatural nations.
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Full of dangerous magic, monstrous forces and political intrigue, the second instalment of the Firemane Saga is a story of love and loyalty tested to the extreme in the shadow of a dark assassination plot.
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Centred around young Nathan Treeves and his richly realised battles with the evil Master of Mordew, Pheby’s immersive novel is a mesmeric slice of gothic fantasy.
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The fate of an empire hangs in a young woman's hands in this stunning fantasy debut filled with magic, old secrets, and the winds of change.

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Fizzing with wit and invention, the eagerly awaited sequel to the cult classic Ready Player One is a bravura mash-up of high-octane gaming adventure and 1980s pop culture.
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A mesmerising novel from a giant of modern science fiction writing, The City We Became furnishes New York City with a quintet of souls before unleashing an ancient evil upon the futuristic metropolis.
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Return to the world of The Hunger Games in a compelling prequel that both informs the original trilogy and stands alone as a powerful, breathlessly exciting science fiction thriller.
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From the author of the iconic Eragon cycle comes an epic space opera of first contact and interstellar battles for the fate of humanity.
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Another spectacular broadside from the cult science fiction scribe, Agency skips between a post-apocalyptic London and an alternate San Francisco where Hilary Clinton was crowned President.
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A wickedly subversive tale of abstract, shape-shifting creatures battling the authoritarian Company, Dead Astronauts whirls with manic invention.
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Strange, wild, and yet terrifyingly plausible, the follow-up to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a story about ambition, threat, and the fragility of the world as we think we know it.

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The first part of a bold, dynamic new space opera duology sees seven female resistance fighters take on the might of the evil Empire, in a narrative that balances interstellar thrills with involving characterisation.

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The bestselling author of Children of Time returns with a gripping slice of world-building that mixes folk horror, political intrigue and stunning science fiction.
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A post-apocalyptic thriller with real urgency and credibility, this electrifying debut from ‘QI elf’ Murray describes an immobile future Earth, with each side locked in permanent day and night.
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