I was looking through my Goodreads Read-2012 shelf and I was intrigued by a pattern I saw developing. Namely, that there seems to be a goodly number of high profile science fiction titles released this year.
In the next few weeks:
Redshirts: A Novel of Three Codas by John Scalzi
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
Existence by David Brin
Railsea by China Mieville
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell
Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
In the coming months we’ll have:
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujols
The Cassandra Project by Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick
I haven’t even typed out the titles for new books from these authors:
Neal Asher, Charles Stross, David Weber, Eric Brown, James S.A. Corey, Hannu Rajaniemi, C.J. Cherryh, Jack Campbell, Kameron Hurley, Daniel H. Wilson, and Ken MacLeod
Rob Reid, John Love, Christopher Bennett, Paul Tobin, and E.J. Swift, among others
I guess what I’m saying is that there seems to be a disproportionate number of exciting science fiction titles this year. Some of the best selling and critically acclaimed authors all seemed to be publishing something in 2012.
So I ask you, fair reader, is it my imagination or are we in the midst of a special year for SF?
Admittedly, who knows if any of them are any good? I’ve only read a handful.