The best science-fiction and fantasy literature takes the reader to brave new worlds and opens our eyes to the perilous and strange reality we inhabit, and 2016 has proffered exemplary samples.
Becky Chambers absorbing intergalactic drama, begun with 2015’s The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, continues apace with the expansive sequel A Closed and Common Orbit coming alongside haunting, genre-defying debut, The Loney and former bookseller Ben Aaronovitch’s latest treat, The Hanging Tree another slice of his fantasy-edged crime series. There’s never been a better time to look beyond the ordinary.
Today sees the release of the Penguin Worlds Series, five unmissable science fiction, fantasy and horror classics, reissued with spectacularly vivid covers designed by Notting Hill-based design studio La Boca with a firm eye on the publisher's SF heritage of the 1970s. To introduce the series for us, and to explore the ways in which Science Fiction and Fantasy may be seeing a renaissance, we are thrilled to present the following article by Naomi Alderman, voted in 2013 by Granta as one of their prestigious Best Young British Novelists and author of the highly anticipated novel, The Power.
'In Science Fiction, We Dream' - The Very Best in Classic Science Fiction
Michelle Paver, best known for her internationally bestselling children's myth and adventure series set during the Stone Age, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, has turned her hand to writing tales of the supernatural for adults; her first, Dark Matter, was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award and her second is the critically acclaimed Thin Air, which tells the story of a group of mountaineers climbing Mount Kangchenjunga who have more than the mountain to fear. We are delighted to present ten chilling tales selected by Paver exclusively for Waterstones.