Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2015

Chosen by The Washington Post's monthly science fiction and fantasy reviewer, Nancy Hightower
  1. AURORA, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
    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)
    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)
    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)
    Miéville expertly mixes science fiction, fantasy and surrealism in this gripping collection.
  5. TOUCH, by Claire North (Redhook)
    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.”