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. Below is a list of suggested reading. You can still suggest SFF works you loved in 2018, and we’ll keep updating this list.

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). 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.

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

  1. The Traitor God by Cameron Johnston (Angry Robot) → search
  2. City of Lies by Sam Hawke (Bantam Press) → search
  3. Dancing with Bangles by Irene Radford (BookView Cafe) → search
  4. Sherbet in Silver by Brenda W. Clough (BookView Cafe) → search
  5. I Still Dream by James Smythe (Borough Press) → search
  6. The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavich (Canongate) → search
  7. From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris (DAW) → search
  8. Spark City by Robert J Power (DePaor Press) → search
  9. Pirate’s Pleasure by Lisa Kessler (Entangled) → search
  10. Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers (Faber) → search
  11. Arkady by Patrick Langley (Fitzcaraldo) → search
  12. An American Story by Christopher Priest (Gollancz) → search
  13. Before Mars by Emma Newman (Gollancz) → search
  14. Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz) → search
  15. Ravencry by Ed McDonald (Gollancz) → search
  16. Sweet Dreams by Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz) → search
  17. The Smoke by Simon Ings (Gollancz) → search
  18. By the Pricking of Her Thumb by Adam Roberts (Gollancz) → search
  19. Desert Sands & Silence by Kate Coe (Grimbold) → search
  20. Seven Deadly Swords by Peter Sutton (Grimbold) → search
  21. Sisyphean by Dempow Torishima (Haikasoru) → search
  22. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen) → search
  23. Darksoul by Anna Stephens (Harper Voyager) → search
  24. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascerenhas (Head of Zeus) → search
  25. The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams (Headline) → search
  26. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (Hodder) → search
  27. In the Vanisher’s Palace by Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky) → search
  28. The Wind’s Kiss by Dave Smeds (Lace and Blade 4 (MZB)) → search
  29. Concrete Faery by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press Publishing) → search
  30. Severence by Ling Ma (Macmillan) → search
  31. Origamy by Rachel Armstrong (Newcon Press) → search
  32. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad al Sadaawi (oneworld) → search
  33. A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White (Orbit) → search
  34. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (Orbit) → search
  35. Rosewater by Tade Thompson (Orbit) → search
  36. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (Penguin) → search
  37. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Penguin) → search
  38. Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (Picador) → search
  39. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Raven Books) → search
  40. The Skylark’s Song by J.M. Frey (REUTS Publishing) → search
  41. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Saga) → search
  42. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga) → search
  43. Broken Branches by Ben Ellis (Self-published) → search
  44. Half-Witch by John Schoffstall (Small Beer) → search
  45. Now We Can See The Moon by Berrit Ellingsen (Snuggly Books) → search
  46. Europe at Dawn by David Hutchinson (Solaris) → search
  47. Paris Adrift by E.J. Swit (Solaris) → search
  48. Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) → search
  49. Biomass by Terry Persun (Strange Fuse) → search
  50. Creature’s Cookbook by Simon Alkenmayer (Strange Fuse) → search
  51. The 99% Solution by Ransom Stephens (Strange Fuse) → search
  52. The Gophers of High Charity by Kimberly Unger (Strange Fuse) → search
  53. Triptych by J. M. Frey (Strange Fuse) → search
  54. Wishes Folded Into Fancy Paper by Kimberly Unger (Strange Fuse) → search
  55. Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell (Titan Books) → search
  56. The Rig by Roger Levy (Titan Books) → search
  57. The Synapse Sequence by Mr Dull Godfrey (Titan Books) → search
  58. Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor) → search
  59. Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport (Tor) → search
  60. State Tectonics by Malka Older (Tor) → search
  61. Ghost Dog by Ashley R Pollard (Triode Press) → search
  62. Strike Dog by Ashley R Pollard (Triode Press) → search
  63. Icefall by Stephanie Gunn (Twelfth Planet Press) → search
  64. The Second Cure by Margaret Morgan (Vintage) → search
  65. Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (William Heinemann) → search
  66. Forest Law, Wild and True by Rachel Atwood aka Irene Radford (Zombies Need Brains) → search

Note: 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)!

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