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The Best Books of 2021: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

Posted on 10th November 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's defending planet Earth with Andy Weir, falling into fairytale drama with Stephanie Garber or braving a haunted escape room with James Han Mattson, science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing has been truly out of this world in 2021. From alien invasion to kingdoms in peril, explore our list of the best speculative fiction to lift you out of the humdrum and everyday.   

 
 

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In the third compelling Skyward novel, an interstellar war rages and the brave Defiant Defense Force pilot Spensa must solve the enigma surrounding her own identity in an attempt to save the galaxy.
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Charting the desperate last-chance mission of a lone astronaut to safeguard our planet, Project Hail Mary is a riveting interstellar adventure from the bestselling author of The Martian.

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The sequel to Eggers' masterly dystopia The Circle sees an unholy union of the world's biggest search engine with the world's biggest social media company, as a renegade tech sceptic attempts to bring down the terrifying monopoly from within.

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Deftly constructed and suffused with tenderness and melancholy, Silvey’s exquisite debut throws two individuals together multiple times across time and space, forcing them to confront the question of why they keep meeting in so many different lives.

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The sequel to the acclaimed Axiom’s End is another piece of complex and enthralling science fiction that poses intelligent questions about the limitations of human rights and how societies come to terms with ‘the other.’
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A stunning new gift edition of one of the pivotal works of literary science fiction, Frank Herbert’s sand-blasted epic details the internecine battles for control of the desert planet Arrakis and its precious resource, ‘spice’.
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Exploring the tensions and heartbreak of three strangers thrown together at an intergalactic pit-stop, The Galaxy, and the Ground Within is a stunning conclusion to Becky Chamber’s highly acclaimed Wayfarers series.
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Amidst the turmoil of economic collapse and personal loss, Miranda and her daughter seek refuge in a deceptively idyllic female community in this chilling dystopian thriller from the bestselling author of Vox and Q.
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Written with sparkling wit and playful mischief, this sprightly novel of old gods and sly ghosts from the British Fantasy Society Award-winning author of Sorcerer to the Crown revolves around Jessamyn’s return to her home country of Malaysia and the spirit of her dead grandmother who is determined to avenge a spiritual slight.

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Set in a future society where multiple minds can inhabit one body, Morpuss’ breathtaking mix of science fiction and crime thriller is based upon a dazzling central conceit that renders the novel truly unputdownable.
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Full of wit, heartbreak and humour, Last One at the Party is a staggeringly original debut about the end of the world as we never imagined it, set in an apocalyptic London.
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Bursting with wild imagination and littered with singular imagery, Vandermeer’s apocalyptic sci-fi thriller flings climate change, identity politics and conspiracy theories into a psychedelic narrative blender with glorious results.
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A bold, utterly unforgettable novel about new beginnings and the survival of hope that’s already a huge hit with our booksellers, The Stranding tells the story of one woman’s extraordinary journey as the world reels from a seismic catastrophic event.
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Corey's epic space opera finally reaches its showstopping conclusion, bringing together the threads of the acclaimed nine book saga in compelling fashion.

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In this highly anticipated fifth book of the mesmerising A Court of Thorns and Roses saga, it is the turn of Feyre’s sister to step into the limelight: now that the war has finally ended, the world seems wide open for the valiant Nesta.
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The author of cult favourite The House in the Cerulean Sea returns with another uplifting slice of whimsical fantasy that gifts a freshly deceased jobsworth seven days to discover the meaning of a fun-filled existence.
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Brimming with danger, secrets, sin and romance, this intoxicating sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked sees Emilia on a fierce mission to finally uncovered what happened to her sister.

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A breathtaking, gothic twist on the story of The Nutcracker, Kuzniar’s bewitching debut focuses on a young Northern ballerina and the mysterious toymaker whose sinister magic holds out the promise of fulfilling all her dreams.

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From the author of the Caraval series comes a bewitching new world to immerse yourself in, as a young woman makes a dangerous bargain with the manipulative Prince of Hearts to snare the one she loves.

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With breathtaking world-building and remarkably assured plotting, Thomas’s bewitching debut sees a girl burdened by her magical abilities descend into a London filled with the supernatural and enchanted.

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The Age of Madness trilogy concludes in spectacular style, as riots engulf Abercrombie’s finely wrought world and the Weaver’s ultimate plan comes to chilling fruition.

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The pulsating sequel to A Deadly Education finds El in even more danger from the dark school of magic as graduation looms and few will make it out alive.

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Merging The Binding with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Marske's irresisitible debut is set in an alternate Edwardian England suffused by magic where a baronet becomes embroiled in a dastardly plot that threatens the very fabric of the British Isles.

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A glorious new fantasy adventure from the bestselling author of The Demon Cycle, The Desert Prince is a spellbinding tale of courage, allegiance and two young people about to discover the meaning of real danger.

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A mesmerising, stunningly crafted story of loss and the importance of dreams, The Winter Garden sees a young woman enter a competition to design a spectacular pleasure garden, with a promise to revisit the magical place of her childhood if she wins.
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The fourth book in Shannon’s phenomenal The Bone Season series, The Mask Falling inhabits both gloomy Parisian catacombs and the opulent hallways of Versailles in an unputdownable continuation of the saga.
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Inspired by the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale The Six Swans, Lim's evocative fantasy follows a banished princess' quest to track down her transformed cousins.

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Richly imagined and drawing from history and myth, Parker-Chan’s haunting epic reimagines the life of a peasant rebel-turned-founding emperor of the Ming dynasty in fourteenth-century China.

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Based on the traditional folk ballad The Two Sisters, Holland’s evocative period fantasy finds magical strangers and warring tribes entrap a regal family in Dark Ages Britain.
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The first instalment of the phenomenally popular Witcher series gets a deluxe hardback illustrated edition boasting seven images from a range of stellar artists.
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Housing the complete saga of The Lord of the Rings in one unique volume, this sumptuous hardback edition of Tolkien’s iconic masterpiece features, for the very first time, thirty glorious colour illustrations, sketches and maps produced by the author himself.
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The perfect gift for fans of Terry Pratchett’s iconic fantasy series, The Ultimate Discworld Companion covers everything you could conceivably want to know about the richly imagined universe balanced on the back of a great star turtle.
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A deliciously wintry collection of ghostly and gothic tales, The Haunting Season boasts spine-chilling stories from eight bestselling authors including Bridget Collins, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Elizabeth Macneal.

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From the author of the bestselling Nevernight series comes a gripping new saga to sink your teeth into, as a lone warrior captured by victorious vampires tells his chilling, unputdownable tale.

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The challenge taken on by a group competing in the chilling Quigley House escape room takes a truly sinister turn when one of the contestants is murdered in this page-turning slice of psychological horror, dripping with acerbic social commentary.
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A freewheeling, fantastical spectacular set on the streets of an alternate Mexico, Certain Dark Things finds the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic smuggling an unconventional love story into an exhilarating page-turner about vampires on the run.
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From the author of the bestselling Horrorstör, The Final Girl Support Group delves into the deep darkness of a therapy group unlike any other.
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Swathed in an ominous sense of creeping dread punctuated by blasts of chilling violence, this riveting horror from the author of the Alice series serves up unseen monsters and sinister strangers on a remote mountainside.
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