Our pick of the best science fiction and speculative fiction books for 2022


The unknown garden / The celestial vault

Benjamin Percy

Hodder & Stoughton

Not one but two suites The Ninth Metal come out this year. A comet dots the Earth with a new super metallic ore whose discovery changes everything. Released in January and August respectively.

Goliath: a novel

Tochi Onyebuchi


In the 2050s, space colonies provide a safe haven from climate collapse, but only for the wealthy. The others have to find a way to live there. Released in January.


Edward ashton

Saint-Martin press

Mickey7 is a disposable human who is sent to colonize dangerous new worlds, a job he is suited for because he can regenerate. After being lost, presumed dead, he meets his successor and they must team up to survive. Released in February.

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Adam roberts


In the dystopian near future, smartphones have become sex toys and the most popular new social media platform is growing right in your brain. What could go wrong? Released in February.


Peng Shepherd


In this dark fable, a young woman finds a strange map among her father’s belongings after his untimely death. Deadly secrets and speculative Gothic-leaning fiction ensue. Released in March.

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Lucy kissick


Lucy Kissick is a nuclear scientist with a doctorate in planetary geochemistry. His book on the terraforming of Pluto – even as native alien species are discovered – may remind you of Kim Stanley Robinson. Released in April.

Dreams bigger than sorrow

Charlie jane anders (Titan)

Teenage geniuses in space. Book two in a fun and wacky LGBTQ + space opera series that blurs the line between young adults and science fiction. Released in April.


Alastair reynolds


Airships, steampunk, a mysterious artifact, and expeditions gone awry. It’s up to Dr Silas Coade to figure out why. Released in May.


Olivier Langmead


An influential horror comedy billed as A clockwork orange meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. The fun begins when nosebleeds become a fashion trend – and it triggers an uphill battle for credit. Released in May.

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