There's never been a better time to take some time off from reality and escape into some much-needed sci-fi. 2018 has been a great year for great reads, and luckily we still have 6 more months to go. Here are the 10 books that we've already loved this year (and think you will, too).
We love Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space series so much, we think it should get its own TV show immediately. The latest installment of this sprawling universe is , and if space operas are your sci-fi fiction of choice, then Reynolds' sprawling saga needs to be on your must-read list. It's also a direct sequel to and features the exploits of one sci-fi's most enduring characters, Prefect Tom Dreyfus. Seriously, just make your summer reading list .
Some novels defy explanation, and Katie Williams' debut fits in that category. Following the story of Pearl who operates a machine that tells you what you need to be happy, Tell the Machine Goodnight is considerably lighter fair than galaxy-traipsing exploits of hard science fiction, but it's so beautifully crafted that you'll breeze through its 280 pages in no time. It's essentially constructed as a series of short stories, so even if you only have time for a couple pages, you'll put down the book satisfied.
First Contact is the moment when humanity meets another alien civilization. At that moment, all of human existence rests on a knife's edge. Patrick Tomlinson's Gate Crashers creates a world in which this hollowed experience comes to be—and humans, being human, completely screw it up. Following in the tradition of tongue-in-cheek sci-fi reads like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Gate Crashers follows the crew of the spaceship Magellan as they create one intergalactic incident after another.
A sequel to the 2014 (you're going to want to pick that one up, too), Head On wraps a murder mystery within the context of a robot fighting league. The book begins as a police procedural as FBI agents investigating the death of a robot-fighting sports star. If you're up for a fast-paced read that quickly immerses you in a world of the possible near-future, look no further than Head On.
So Solo: A Star Wars Story may wasn't everyone's favorite Star Wars film, but Daniel José Older takes a surprisingly intimate look as the heroes of the rebellion, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, enter fatherhood and grow older. Perhaps littered with one-too-many flashbacks, Last Shot gives great context for the Solo film and is a fun romp in a galaxy far, far away.
Set in the end result of years of denying climate change, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach follows Minh, a river rehabilitator tasked with reclaiming the world above ground some 250 years into our future. Toss in a little bit of time travel, and you have a sci-fi novella that challenges and delights.
Much like Gate Crashers, Catherynne M. Valente's Space Opera is another sci-fi journey that's one of the funniest we've read in a long time. In order to survive extermination, humans must prove themselves at a competition called the Megagalactic Grand Prix, Basically, imagine America's Got Talent but in space.
In the near future, people begin losing their shadows and gaining extraordinary powers—but at the cost of their memories. The Forgetting, as its called, becomes the central premise of a thrilling adventure that analyzes the precious cost of our memories.
Imagine a future world where an arm of the military has a covert space and time-traveling program, and you're ready to enter The Gone World. NCIS (Naval Space Command) agent Shannon Moss must investigate murders across time and her startling discoveries will make it impossible for you to put this one down.
The first entry in a new series by V.E. Schwab, readers follow the murderous exploits Victor and Eliot as they used their new found powers to hunt down emerging EOs or (ExtraOrdinary people). The most startling thing about Vicious is you follow the story of the villians, which is an atypical narrative choice. The best part is you won't have to wait long for the next installment, it's .