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32 of Our Favorite Sci-Fi Reads for National Science Fiction Day

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A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 11 books displayed. The books are: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots; Little Mushroom by Shishi; Always Human by Ari North; More Than We Deserve by Nicola Kapron; Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho; Ocean's Echo by Everina Maxwell; Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff; Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao; Crash Course by Wilhemina Baird; and Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki. Graphic 2 of 4 for this event.
A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 10 books displayed. The books are: We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen; Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden; Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders; Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir; The Fever King by Victoria Lee; All Systems Red by Martha Wells; Infomocracy by Malka Older; Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang; Binti by Nnedi Okorafor; and Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot. Graphic 3 of 4 for this event.
A space background with a rainbow nebula, with 11 books displayed. The books are: A Pslam for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers; This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone; Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow; Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka; In the Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune; Mega Man by Ian Flynn; Mega Man Megamix by Hitoshi Ariga; Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow; Once & Future by A. R. Capetta and Cory McCarthy; Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott; and The Big Sigma Collection by Joseph Lallo. Graphic 4 of 4 for this event.

Duck Prints Press LOVES kicking off the new year with one of our favorite annual recommendation lists: science fiction stories (ideally queer, but it wasn’t required) to celebrate National Science Fiction Day! For this year, 14 Duck Prints Press contributors suggested a whopping 32 awesome science fiction books. Note that there’s no overlap with last year (by design) so make sure you also check out Our Ten Favorite Science Fiction Reads of 2022 for some more titles to add to your 2024 TBR.

Our 2024 Science Fiction Recs:

  1. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
  2. Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots
  3. Little Mushroom by Shisi
  4. Always Human by Ari North
  5. More Than We Deserve by Nicola Kapron
  6. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  7. Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell
  8. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman
  9. Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
  10. CrashCourse by Wilhelmina Baird
  11. Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  12. We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen
  13. Emergent Properties by Aimee Ogden
  14. Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
  15. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  16. The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  17. All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  18. Infomocracy by Malka Older
  19. Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
  20. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  21. Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott
  22. Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
  23. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
  24. Trigun and Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow
  25. Legend of the Galactic Heroes by Yoshiki Tanaka & Katsumi Michihara
  26. In the Lives of Puppets by T. J. Klune
  27. Mega Man by Ian Flynn & Pat Spaz Spaziante
  28. Mega Man Megamix by Hitoshi Ariga
  29. Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
  30. Once & Future by A. R. Capetta & Cory McCarthy
  31. Five-Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott
  32. The Big Sigma by Joseph R. Lallo

Want to come read some of these books with us? Join our 2024 Queer Book Challenge on Storygraph! One of our challenges there is to read a queer science fiction book, and there’s a lot on this list that’d count!

You can check out all our sci-fi recs on this Goodreads shelf.

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