So, I like to consider myself a fan of science fiction but I would be lying if I didn’t say I think a lot of it is all the same and it’s really really boring. To that end, I was rather pleasantly surprised and impressed with Ann Leckie’s Ancillary trilogy and am currently enjoying the works of Yoon Ha Lee.
I mention both of these authors in particular because I think what I responded to in their respective works was (1) the strength of the writing (2) the depth of the worlds created (it felt like the civilizations were able to function outside of wherever the plot was taking place) (3) unconventional plots and character driven action (4) the distortion of something we may take for granted (e.g. in Leckie’s work that is the notion of the self and individual identity along and Lee’s technology is all based around calendars in a way I can’t properly grasp but it is fascinating).
The above is not a comprehensive list of the reasons why I like these authors–it is merely what came immediately to mind. But, based on that, what sort of contemporary SF do you think may be comparable reading? (I will confess that I read Leviathan Wakes and while entertained was not compelled to continue the series.)