Top 10 21st Century Fiction Books
Public educÁtion in the social network VKontakte has published a list of 10 best science fiction books published in the 21st century. I added to the titles and descriptions of books their covers. It is interesting to find out from fans of science fiction and fantasy – how representative is this sample?
1. “Doomed to Victory” – John Scalzi
The world of the future Earth is not as beautiful as we would like mankind tired of current problems. Colonization of outer space turns into a band of fierce protracted wars with inhabitants of other galaxies. There is even a special army – the Self-Defense Forces of the Colonies – where only elderly people are recruited, promising to return to their youth. Is this true or just a trick for simpletons – no one can really say, because the soldiers of this mercenary army never return to Earth. John Perry, one of these mercenaries, signs a contract and almost immediately finds himself embroiled in a terrible whirlwind of war. During a fight for the planet Coral, which almost cost John his life, he meets ghosts in the Brigade – such is the name of the Star Special Forces – his own wife, whom he buried before going into mercenaries. This minute was the new starting point of his abruptly changed life.
2. “American Gods” – Neil Gaiman
The main character Shadow, after serving 3 years in prison, is released. He still does not suspect that the main trials await him ahead. His wife Laura dies in a car accident … At home, a strange man named Wednesday appears to be waiting for Shadow, who appears to be a refugee from some distant country and involves the hero in complicated events related to the investigation of a series of murders throughout the United States …
3. “The name of the wind” – Patrick Rotfuss
Once, young Kwoot, an edema rue, an actor from a traveling company and an apprentice arcanist, heard from his father about chandrians – strange and scary demons, or real creatures, or heroes of legends and children’s horror songs. No one knew that a song about them would cost Kwoot’s parents and the whole troupe of life, and he himself would be pushed onto a road full of adventures and dangers. And no matter who he is – a vagabond, a university student or an innkeeper – he will look for the trail of terrible creatures that were met one night in the ashes where his carefree childhood burned down.
4. “False Blindness” – Peter Watts
In 2082, mankind became convinced that it is not alone in the universe. Countless probes of a luminous web have enveloped the Earth. The Theseus ship was sent to establish contact with extraterrestrial civilization, carrying on board a hastily assembled team of specialists. But, upon reaching the goal, researchers have to understand that the most incredible fantasies about an alien mind fade compared to reality, and the fate of the Earth and all of humanity is at stake.
5. “Cushiel’s Arrow” – Jacqueline Carey
The Land of Angels is a country of unsurpassed beauty and grandeur. According to legend, the angels, having come to this earth, found it beautiful … and the race, descended from the seed of angels and people, has long lived according to one simple rule: “Love according to your will.”
6. “The Storm of Swords” – George R.R. Martin
In an impregnable castle, a powerful warlock is weaving a network of sophisticated conspiracy … In the distant, cold lands, the young ruler of the North, Robb from the Starks’ house, gathers strength … New and new warriors converge under the banners of Daenerys the Bureroborn, ruling the last of the remaining dragons in the world … But now the Others are entering the flaming fire of battles – the army of the living dead, which cannot be stopped either by the power of weapons or the power of magic. A STORM OF SWORDS is coming in the Seven Kingdoms – and many will fall under the blow of this storm …
7. “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” – Suzanne Clark
England, XIX century. For several centuries, magic has lived only on the pages of ancient books and in the minds of theoretician magicians, but here two come out of nowhere – real practicing sorcerers, ready to resurrect lost art …
8. “Anathem” – Neil Stevenson
Stevenson creates a planet of the distant future, similar to the Earth, called Arb, where scientists, philosophers and mathematicians – in themselves a religious order – are locked behind the walls of monasteries. Their role is to preserve knowledge, while protecting it from the vicissitudes of the irrational secular external world. Among the scientists is the 19-year-old Raz, who was taken to the monastery at the age of 8, and who is now a ten-year-old (those who are allowed contacts outside the citadel once every ten years). But the millennial rules are destroyed when an alien threat appears, and Raza and his comrades – at some point participating in an intellectual dispute, at another fighting like naughty teens – are called to save the world.
9. “Ashes and Steel” – Brandon Sanderson
… What if the Chosen One, whose appearance and victory over Darkness was predicted many centuries ago, will suffer a crushing defeat? The Great Prophecy, which was believed, feared, in whose name they were dying, turned out to be crazy nonsense. The light is defeated, and the Dark Lord triumphs … Unusually, right? But since the paladin heroes failed, the time has come to try the bandits’ happiness.