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kat's picks: 2017 edition

Fly Away Home
Fly Away Home
by Marge Piercy
Her perfect husband wants a divorce, and people are dying in houses she never knew she owned. What rotten foundation has Daria's perfect world been built upon, and what will it cost her to tear it down?
Genrenauts
Genrenauts
by Michael R. Underwood
The stories of Earth are only reflections of a vast constellation of story-worlds, and when things go wrong in those worlds, it spills over into Earth Prime as disasters. Enter the Genrenauts, tasked with finding broken stories -- and fixing them.
Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes
by James S.A. Corey
Holden's ship is destroyed when it answers a faked distress call; Miller's career is destroyed by the search for a missing girl. Each has one end, but neither understands how deep and treacherous a mystery lies in the middle.
Penric's Demon
Penric's Demon
by Lois McMaster Bujold
An accident on the eve of his betrothal leaves Penric sharing the inside of his head with a demon -- and the ghosts of the women it has possessed over the centuries. Suddenly marriage to one woman sounds pretty good....
Range of Ghosts
Range of Ghosts
by Elizabeth Bear
The moons of the Khan's children fall, save Temur's -- and he, too, is hunted by his ambitious cousin. But more than one kingdom is at stake: the cult of the sorceror-king sows chaos that it may reap the world....
Six Wakes
Six Wakes
by Mur Lafferty
Maria's woken up in a new clone before. But never in a sea of bodies, light-years from Earth, with decades missing from her memory and five crewmates all wondering the same thing: which of them was the killer?
The Cold Between
The Cold Between
by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Her crewmates get to have simple bar hookups. But not Commander Elena Shaw. Within the day her ex-boyfriend is dead, the police are framing her new lover, and Central Corps is on the brink of war with the PSI....
The Long Earth
The Long Earth
by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Other Earths surround us, and it turns out all it takes to reach them is some wires, a potato, and one step. Now natural stepper Joshua and a sentient drinks machine take the ultimate Step: to the end of all Earths...
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red
The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red
by Martha Wells
Watching over scientists on a planetary survey is a boring job if you haven't, say, hacked your governor module -- not to go on a murderbot spree; to watch soap operas. But then the survey gets interesting....
The Raven and the Reindeer
The Raven and the Reindeer
by T. Kingfisher
Gerta has secretly loved Kay for years: now the Snow Queen has stolen him, and she's determined to get him back, no matter how long the way, how hard the journey, or how little he may want it. But who is she really rescuing?
Who?
Who?
by Algis Budrys
Lucas Martino returns from captivity in the SIB more machine than man, stripped of all the features his government could use to identify him. Have the Allies got a scientist, or an SIB imposter and spy? What makes a man himself?









kat's picks (vintage edition)

Bone
Bone
by Jeff Smith
The Bones were lucky to find the valley-- but between dragon, princess, ancient evil, and stupid, stupid rat creatures, they'll be luckier to leave.
DMZ
DMZ
by Brian Wood
Matty is a journalist abandoned behind the front lines of the war for New York City. So why does he feel more at home than he ever has?
District 9
District 9
by n/a
When the aliens finally came, they were neither saviors nor destroyers, only refugees. And it's even easier to dehumanize aliens... easily the best sf movie of the decade.
District B13
District B13
by n/a
Gritty near-future setting; crisp, witty dialogue; fantastic stuntwork; and a cast of characters I actually care about. Hollywood, the French have a thing or two to teach you about action films.
Dragon and Thief
Dragon and Thief
by Timothy Zahn
Jack Morgan has a ship full of trouble, a cool tattoo, and a new alien friend. The problem? They're one and the same....
Enchantment Emporium
Enchantment Emporium
by Tanya Huff
Gale women cook, cast charms, and arrange marriages. To Alysha Gale, inheriting Gran's Calgary shop seems a lucky escape. But Gran was still a Gale, and she'd meddled in more than charmed pie will fix....
Halting State
Halting State
by Charles Stross
It's 2012, and orcs have just robbed an Avalon 4 bank. A deadbeat programmer, a sword-wielding accountant, and a very bewildered cop must join forces to catch them.
Hawkspar
Hawkspar
by Holly Lisle
She lost name and freedom to slavery, sacrificed hopes and sight for kin she barely remembers. But can the Hawkspar eyes find a future to save them all?
Implied Spaces
Implied Spaces
by Walter Jon Williams
The AIs protected mankind for centuries, as Aristide created them to. But now he, his magic sword, and his talking cat must save the world.... again.
Inland Territory
Inland Territory
by Vienna Teng
Beautiful piano, bittersweet lyrics, and a voice so pure as to be almost painful. If you can't catch her in concert, do yourself a favor and get the CD.
Just Us Kids
Just Us Kids
by James McMurtry
Dust-dry and brutally truthful, McMurtry is a spinner of song-stories and a virtuoso of the heartstrings. Listen with care; lyrics can cause mental whiplash.
Midnight Boom
Midnight Boom
by The Kills
Sharp punk edge with clever lyrics and a backbeat to kill for. I picked this up after hearing 'URA Fever' as soundtrack on 'The Losers', and I'm glad I did.
Nation
Nation
by Terry Pratchett
Mau paddles home to find his village gone -- and a strange ghost girl washed up on the same tidal wave. What world will they build on the ruins of the old?
Rainbows End
Rainbows End
by Vernor Vinge
Alfred Vaz wants to save the world. Robert Gu just wants to make poetry again. Mr. Rabbit promises both what they want... but will they get what they deserve?
Scar Night
Scar Night
by Alan Campbell
Dill is the last of his line, an angel forbidden to fly. Rachel is half an assassin. Both serve the Chained God -- but is the church all that it seems?
Shangri-La
Shangri-La
by Mark Knopfler
Take a helping of Dire Straits. Add vivid, evocative lyrics, a fascination with the sordid side of American culture, and a dash of blues growl, and what do you have? One hell of an album.
Staying Dead
Staying Dead
by Laura Anne Gilman
Mages control the current; wizzards are controlled by it. Wren stands on the razor edge between, a lonejack-for-hire with a killer agent. But some jobs make it hard to stay in the middle....
The Aware
The Aware
by Glenda Larke
Just another citizenless halfbreed looking for a pretty slave on Gorthan Spit. But Blaze is far from ordinary, and as she'll find out, neither is her prey....
The Child Goddess
The Child Goddess
by Louise Marley
A immortal child isn't a child: she's a prize for science to win and business to sell. Grownups want to live forever. But children want to grow up....
The Wizard Hunters
The Wizard Hunters
by Martha Wells
To Tremaine, it's an enemy airship. To Illias, it's a wizard-ridden flying whale. Both want the same thing: stop it destroying their worlds....
Undertow
Undertow
by Elizabeth Bear
An assassin. A godbotherer. A war criminal. The government. Who would you trust? (Hint: don't pick the government.)
Winter's Orphans
Winter's Orphans
by Elaine Corvidae
An indentured, impoverished factory girl isn't much of a threat -- unless she has fae blood.But is Mina a greater danger to those she hates, or those she loves?
Wrapt in Crystal
Wrapt in Crystal
by Sharon Shinn
The holy women of Semay are dying. As a Moonchild, it's Drake's duty to find the killer, no matter what he may think of their religion. But pinning down the priestesses of Ava is harder than it looks...