Chosen by The Washington Post's monthly science fiction and fantasy reviewer, Nancy Hightower
  1. AURORA, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
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    In the year 2545, thousands of volunteers begin a multi-generational journey aboard a starship to see if another planet’s moon can sustain human life.
  2. THE FIFTH SEASON, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
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    In this fantastical tale, Earth has gone through cataclysmic seasonal shifts, and a new branch of humans has arisen called the orogens who can shift the Earth and atmosphere to protect themselves — or to harm others.
  3. THE ONLY ONES, by Carola Dibbell (Two Dollar Radio)
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    In a time when most of the population has been wiped out by a series of superviruses, 19-year-old Inez Fardo makes a meager living cleaning up contaminated sites.
  4. THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION, by China Miéville (Del Ray)
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    Miéville expertly mixes science fiction, fantasy and surrealism in this gripping collection.
  5. TOUCH, by Claire North (Redhook)
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    A Kepler can move from person to person, wearing his or her skin for a while, living each life while its host’s consciousness “sleeps.”