The Reviews & Robots Guide to 2018 Science Fiction & Fantasy

We’ve compiled the best of the best from 2018. We’ve got women breaking through barriers, reaching for the stars and beyond. You’ll find a time traveler stuck in the past, a pair of magical twins trying to figure out their place in the world, and epic space operas that span the known universe. Strong characters…

Favorite Preview for 2019

Favorite Preview for 2019 The Ruin of Kings By Jenn Lyons Published by Tor Books The Ruin of Kings is a fantastic novel — my one regret is that I was only able to devour the preview instead of the full book. It’s a fantasy tale set in a world that seems similar to Middle…

Most Thought-Provoking Novel of 2018

Most Thought-Provoking Novel of 2018 Side Life By Steve Toutonghi Published by Soho Press, Inc. A wild journey through infinite possible realities, Side Life will leave you reeling, contemplating the existence of reality and the many ways your life could have turned out differently. It starts with a simple enough story and ends as a warped…

Favorite Character of 2018

Best Character of 2018 Bloody Rose from “Bloody Rose” By Nicholas Eames Published by Orbit Books Bloody Rose is the most fun I’ve had all year. It’s a great equation. Take a well-done fantasy novel filled with monsters, battles, and arena brawls, add in a band of rock star warriors that are worshipped throughout the land…

Best Series of 2018

Best Series of 2018 The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Published by Tor.com Exit Strategy is a fitting end to the marvelous Murderbot Diaries, giving a final huzzah to a character I’ve grown to love over the past year. The fourth addition to the series concludes the journey our favorite bot set out on, complete with…

Best Sc-Fi Thriller of 2018

Best Thriller of 2018 The Synapse Sequence By Daniel Godfrey Published by Titan Books The Synapse Sequence is a science fiction thriller that left my head spinning with the possibilities of a world on the verge of removing the need for humanity. Filled with twists and new-fashioned sleuthing on a high-stakes kidnapping, the book also…

Best Space Opera of 2018

Best Space Opera of 2018 Embers of War By Gareth L. Powell Published by Titan Books A literary space opera set in the aftermath of a universal conflict, Embers of War drives the reader toward a startling destination and inspiring finish. By combining a masterful prose style featuring multiple narrators with a richly devised word-building…

Best Novella of 2018

Best Novella of 2018 The Black God’s Drums By P. Djèlí Clark Published by Tor.com The Black God’s Drums is a masterwork of world-building and alternate history, giving us a vivid portrayal of a New Orleans that stands free amidst warring nations. The story is filled with the magic of gods and goddesses, and industrial-age contraptions…

Best Fantasy Book of 2018

Best Fantasy Novel of 2018 Time’s Children By D.B. Jackson Published by Angry Robot Time’s Children is a tour-de-force, setting a fascinating tale of magic and intrigue amidst a world filled with dark corners and creatures who are not to be trusted. I loved every part of this book, and applaud the author on creating…

Best Science Fiction Book of 2018

Best Science Fiction Novel of 2018 The Calculating Stars By Mary Robinette Kowal Published by Tor Books Spanning the gamut of physics, mathematics and space travel, The Calculating Stars is an alternate history of the space race, as humanity attempts to ensure their survival following a catastrophic global event. With a brilliantly rendered protagonist and…