SFF Novels in 2018

The BSFA Award for Best Novel is open to any work science fiction or fantasy over 40,000 words, first published in 2018. If you are a BSFA member, formal nominations for the awards are also now open. To nominate and vote you must be a BSFA member (join here).

And here (in no particular order) is this year’s list of suggested reading.

  • 84K by Claire North (Orbit) → search
  • Triptych by J.M. Frey (Strange Fuse) → search
  • Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell (Titan Books) → search
  • I Still Dream by James Smythe (Borough Press) → search
  • A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell (Harper Voyager) → search
  • The Gophers of High Charity by Kimberly Unger (Strange Fuse) → search
  • The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey (Titan Books) → search
  • Broken Branches by Ben Ellis → search
  • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga) → search
  • Half-Witch by John Schoffstall (Small Beer) → search
  • The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston (Angry Robot) → search
  • Rosewater by Tade Thompson (Orbit) → search
  • A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White (Orbit) → search
  • Spark City by Robert J Power (DePaor Press) → search
  • The Skylark’s Song by J.M. Frey (REUTS Publishing) → search
  • State Tectonics by Malka Older (Tor) → search
  • Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor) → search
  • Arkady by Patrick Langley (Fitzcaraldo) → search
  • By the Pricking of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts (Gollancz) → search
  • Adrift by Rob Boffard (Orbit) → search
  • Monster Portraits by Sofia Samatar and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press) → search
  • Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz) → search
  • The Wind’s Kiss by Dave Smeds (Lace and Blade 4 (MZB)) → search
  • Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz) → search
  • I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher (Titan Books) → search
  • Biomass by Terry Persun (Strange Fuse) → search
  • Severance by Ling Ma (Macmillan) → search
  • Lost Gods by Micah Yongo (Angry Robot) → search
  • Origamy by Rachel Armstrong (Newcon Press) → search
  • Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers (Faber) → search
  • Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Picador) → search
  • Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport (Tor) → search
  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen) → search
  • Pirate’s Pleasure by Lisa Kessler (Entangled) → search
  • The Gathering Dark by James Oswald (Penguin) → search
  • Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann) → search
  • City of Lies by Sam Hawke (Bantam Press) → search
  • The Rig by Roger Levy (Titan Books) → search
  • Dark State by Charles Stross (Pan Macmillan) → search
  • Ravencry by Ed McDonald (Gollancz) → search
  • Wishes Folded Into Fancy Paper by Kimberly Unger (Strange Fuse) → search
  • Before Mars by Emma Newman (Gollancz) → search
  • The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark (HarperCollins) → search
  • The Smoke by Simon Ings (Gollancz) → search
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad al Sadaawi (oneworld) → search
  • Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift (Solaris) → search
  • Darksoul by Anna Stephens (Harper Voyager) → search
  • The Last Day by Jaroslavas Melnikas (Noir Press) → search
  • Now We Can See The Moon by Berrit Ellingsen (Snuggly Books) → search
  • Sisyphean by Dempow Torishima (Haikasoru) → search
  • Icefall by Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press) → search
  • Dancing with Bangles by Irene Radford (BookView Cafe) → search
  • Witchsign by Den Patrick (Harper Voyager) → search
  • Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) → search
  • Noumenon Infinity by Marina J. Lostetter (Harper Collins) → search
  • Sweet Dreams by Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz) → search
  • The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavich (Canongate) → search
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga) → search
  • Desert Sands & Silence by Kate Coe (Grimbold) → search
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (Hodder) → search
  • The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascerenhas (Head of Zeus) → search
  • The 99% Solution by Ransom Stephens (Strange Fuse) → search
  • The Body in the Library by Jeff Noon (Angry Robot) → search
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (Orbit) → search
  • Blood of Assassins by R.J. Barker (Orbit) → search
  • The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan (Vintage) → search
  • Europe at Dawn by David Hutchinson (Solaris) → search
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books) → search
  • Seven Deadly Swords by Peter Sutton (Grimbold) → search
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Penguin) → search
  • In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky) → search
  • Concrete Faery by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press Publishing) → search
  • Darwin’s Soldiers by Ste Sharp (Unbound) → search
  • Sherbet in Silver by Brenda W. Clough (BookView Cafe) → search
  • The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Penguin) → search
  • The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams (Headline) → search
  • Strike Dog by Ashley R Pollard (Triode Press) → search
  • From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris (DAW) → search
  • Ghost Dog by Ashley R Pollard (Triode Press) → search
  • Forest Law, Wild & True by Rachel Atwood aka Irene Radford (Zombies Need Brains) → search
  • Creature’s Cookbook by Simon Alkenmayer (Strange Fuse) → search
  • An American Story by Christopher Priest (Gollancz) → search
  • King of Assassins by R.J. Barker (Orbit) → search

If you’ve recently joined and don’t yet have a membership number, don’t worry! You’re still eligible to nominate and to vote.

Please note: The crowdsourced list is drawn from this public Google sheet (feel free to keep adding, although we will no longer update this post). This list hasn’t been thoroughly checked or anything, so there’s a chance some things have slipped in that aren’t actually eligible (let us know if you spot any errors)!

Earlier: recommended reading list for SFF short stories published in 2018.

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