Top Blue SF of the Century
Sunday , 1, February 2015
I was discussing Blue SF with a Worldcon gentleman who is fairly neutral as such things go, and he mentioned that it might be useful if there was a list of what we Blue aficionados consider the top 10 Blue SF/F novels of the last 15 years. I can think of a few contenders, I have no doubt that others could come up with others. Here are my initial thoughts about some potentially relevant works:
- The Golden Age by John C. Wright. This is a fantastic trilogy and both the first and third books are excellent. The second book is still good, but suffers slightly from the usual getting from A to Z problem of a middle book. Since it makes more sense to start at the beginning than the end, I’ll go with the first book here.
- Awake in the Night Land by John C. Wright. Wright is one of the three best SF writers writing, so it should be no surprise that he appears more than once on this list.
- Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia. Easily the best novel by the best-known Blue SF author.
- Reamde by Neal Stephenson. Stephenson’s dirty little secret is that he really isn’t a pinkshirt, no matter how much they adore them. But regardless, Reamde is the Great American Novel the literary snobs have been looking for in the wrong places for the last fifty years.
- A Throne of Bones by Vox Day. The Arts of Dark and Light have been compared favorably to A Song of Ice and Fire by more than a few readers. It’s a bit of a stretch, in my opinion, and it is probably too soon to tell anyhow, given that it is only the first book, but a potential candidate. As with most epic fantasy series, Book Two will tend to dictate where it stands.
- A Sword into Darkness by Thomas Mays. Despite a few moderately pinkish minor elements, this debut novel is about as classic SF as it gets.
What else is missing? Do one of Chris Nuttall’s works belong there? I haven’t read any John Ringo, so I can’t testify as to that. And there are some of the very popular new mil-SF guys, such as Vaughan Heppner and B.V. Taylor, who might merit mention as well. I quite like Tom Kratman’s Carrera series, but it is perhaps too didactic to be listed here. Remember, it has to have been published in 2000 or later.