(Yeah, yeah, I know. This list isn’t strictly part of my regular list of science books lists, but hey, it’s Boxing Day and we should all be a little extra self-indulgent and buy ourselves something nice. Being a fan of the full range of science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, I have been paying attention to those “best of 2012” lists as I see them online — as well as crime fiction and cookbooks, natch — so I thought I’d share one of the nicest ones I’ve seen with all my readers. Enjoy!)
Another list for your reading, gift-giving and collection development pleasure.
Every year for the last bunch of years I’ve been linking to and posting about all the “year’s best sciencey books” lists that appear in various media outlets and shining a bit of light on the best of the year.
All the previous 2012 lists are here.
This post includes the following: io9: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2012.
- 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
- The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxte
- Intrusion by Ken MacLeod
- Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
- The Killing Moon and The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood Duology) by NK Jemisin
- Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip
- Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan
- vN: The First Machine Dynasty by Madeline Ashby
- Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
- The Dog Stars by Peter Hiller
I’m always looking for recommendations and notifications of book lists as they appear in various media outlets. If you see one that I haven’t covered, please let me know at jdupuis at yorku dot ca or in the comments.
I am picking up most of my lists from Largehearted Boy.
For my purposes, I define science books pretty broadly to include science, engineering, computing, history & philosophy of science & technology, environment, social aspects of science and even business books about technology trends or technology innovation. Deciding what is and isn’t a science book is squishy at best, especially at the margins, but in the end I pick books that seem broadly about science and technology rather than something else completely. Lists of business, history or nature books are among the tricky ones.