I’ve been today nostalgically looking back over the last-almost-twelve months that have been 2012 and considering the kind of science fiction we have had offered to us and what has produced such efforts and the quality of it all.
We certainly have had a few of the big hitting living legends of the genre reappear again thankfully, producing what seems to have been some very respectable quality work once more as hoped for.
Most notably, we have had Iain M Banks return to his famous Culture world again, in his Hydrogen Sonata novel. Then another big epic SF author, Peter F Hamilton has given us The Great North Road, which incidentally reminds me of places up north of England where I come from-thought that, I believe has little connect to the narrative. Then the other huge selling fine author Alastair Reynolds cam back with Blue Remembered Earth, which seems to be the start of another new direction.
After those huge and masterful writers, all very well known and respected continually, there have been books from some lesser known but still very much interesting and relevant authors in the sci-fi genre.
Some other very talented writers who many readers should make to effort to read include Richard Philips, Dan Worth, John Paul Cleary, David Brin, Neal Asher, John Meaney, Gary Gibson, Hannu Rajaniemi, Edmond Barrett, Richard Morgan.
Finally there have been a few other established and always distinctively individual and unique SF authors return who I very much admire for various reasons whom include-Dan Simmons who is always pushing himself and the limits, as does Charles Stross, Lauren Beukes, Neal Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, and the mighty pairing of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter with their joint effort. It may not immediately have seemed so, but it has eventually I believe been a rich and rewarding year for the genre known as science fiction. And that year is not yet over…