This novel about a future technocratic society in which eugenically uniform humans are programmed into docility won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 1992 (the Prometheus Awards were not established until 1979).
Hailed as a “classic work” of science fiction by sci-fi author and critic Damon Knight, this often-overlooked novel describes the global war between humans and an aquatic species of enslaved intelligent newts who rebel against their human overlords.
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (1994)
Nominated for a 1994 Nebula Award for Best Novel, this book follows the adventures of a private detective through a futuristic San Francisco and Oakland in which evolved animals have become part of human society.
Nabokov’s second English-language novel and the first book he wrote while living in America is an overtly political story about a European philosophy professor’s resistance to the totalitarian police state of the “Party of the Average Man.”
The first installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, this book about a biologist, anthropologist, psychologist, and surveyor exploring the abandoned and deadly Area X won the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic.
This young adult novel about a girl who awakens on a generation spaceship en route to a new planet after her cryo chamber is mysteriously unplugged made The New York TimesBest Seller list for children’s chapter books.
Nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Stephenson’s third novel follows pizza delivery boy-cum-computer hacker Hiro Protagonist as he fights a nefarious virtual villain.
Hugo-nominated author Dan Wells depicts the ravaged vestiges of humanity in the aftermath of a war with the engineered, imitation-human Partials. Sixteen-year-old Kira strives to save her race, only to discover that the survival of humans and Partials lies in the secret of the war’s origins.
A monstrous species of stinging plants overrunsEarth following a worldwide plague of blindness in this novel that was nominated for the International Fantasy Award in 1952 and listed on the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read.