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NPL Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2011

The Heroes
The Heroes By Abercrombie, Joe (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION ABERCROMBIE, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:Told from multiple points of a view, a bloody battle unfolds around the ancient stones known as The Heroes in a great struggle between the King of the Union and the Protector of the North.

Debris
Debris By Anderton, Jo (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK SCIENCE FICTION AND Available now View Details

Annotation:Able to control the building blocks of reality with the power of her mind, Tanyana, a gifted engineer, must find out who is trying to destroy her after a horrific disaster causes her to be demoted to the lowest of the low as a debris collector.

Machine Man
Machine Man By Barry, Max (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BARRY, M. Available now View Details

Annotation:After losing a limb in an industrial accident, Scientist Charles Neuman sees an opportunity to mechanize his human body.

Zoo City
Zoo City By Beukes, Lauren (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BEUKES, L. Available now View Details

Annotation:Zinzi, accompanied by a magical Sloth that helps her find missing things, searches for a missing pop star in the ghettos of Johannesburg, while a crime lord sets out to kill anyone who tries to find her.

The Hum and the Shiver
The Hum and the Shiver By Bledsoe, Alex (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BLEDSOE, A. Available now View Details

Annotation:Private Brownwyn Hyatt, an Iraq War veteran and member of a group of people in Appalachia who have a magical power over music, returns home from war to find she must save her family from an unknown, future death.

With Fate Conspire
With Fate Conspire [a Tale of Faerie Magic] By Brennan, Marie (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BRENNAN, M. Available now View Details

Annotation:In Victorian London, Eliza O’Malley, who witnessed her childhood friend kidnapped by faeries, ends up in the land of Faerie and finds more trouble than she anticipated.

River Marked
River Marked By Briggs, Patricia (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BRIGGS, P. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson learns more about her heritage when she and werewolf Adam investigate an evil presence stirring in the Columbia River. Mercedes Thompson Series #6.

Ghost Story
Ghost Story A Novel of the Dresden Files By Butcher, Jim (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION BUTCHER, J. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Wizard detective Harry Dresden, murdered by an unknown assassin, must save his friends and his soul without any magic to help him. Dresden Files #13.

Spellbound
Spellbound By Charlton, Blake (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION CHARLTON, B. Available now View Details

Annotation:Pursued by the demon who cursed him, Nicodemus must try to avoid spinning the word into chaos with his unique disability, the nasty inclination to misspell magical texts.

Ready Player One
Ready Player One By Cline, Ernest (Book - 2011 ) YA PAPERBACK CLI and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Immersing himself in a virtual utopia, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world's super-wealthy creator, who has promised that the winner will be his heir.

Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes By Corey, James S. A. (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION COREY, J. All copies in use View Details

Annotation:After Captain Jim Holden discovers an abandoned spaceship, he unearths a secret that threatens to throw the entire solar system into war.

The Crippled God
The Crippled God By Erikson, Steven (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION ERIKSON, S. Available now View Details

Annotation:avore Paran struggles to hold her army together in order to combat an alien force, while the gods threaten to unleash dragons. Malazan Book of the Fallen #10.

Deadline
Deadline By Grant, Mira (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK SCIENCE FICTION GRA Available now View Details

Annotation:When a CDC researcher arrives on his doorstep with a ravenous pack of zombies in tow, Shaun Mason, the head of a news organization, is plunged into the biggest story of his life. Newsflash Trilogy #2.

The Magician King
The Magician King A Novel By Grossman, Lev (Book - 2011 ) FICTION GROSSMAN, L. Available now View Details

Annotation:Quentin, a magician, and his old friend Julia try to find a way back into the magical land of Fillory, and only Julia's dark magic can get them back. Sequel to The Magicians.

Hounded
Hounded By Hearne, Kevin (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK SCIENCE FICTION HEA Available now View Details

Annotation:Atticus O'Sullivan, the last of the Druids, finds his life in Arizona shattered by the arrival of an angry Celtic god who wants Atticus's magical sword. Iron Druid Chronicles #3.

The Last Four Things
The Last Four Things By Hoffman, Paul (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION HOFFMAN, P. Available now View Details

Annotation:Warrior-monk Thomas Cale engages in battle while agonizing over what he will decide when the fate of the human race is placed in his hands. Sequel to The Left Hand of God.

The Kingdom of Gods
The Kingdom of Gods By Jemisin, N. K. (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION JEMISIN, N. Available now View Details

Annotation:Shahar, the last scion of a ruthless family must choose her loyalties and uphold the family's interests at any cost, even when the Maelstrom, feared even by gods, is summoned. The Inheritance Trilogy #3.

Prince of Thorns
Prince of Thorns By Lawrence, Mark (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION LAWRENCE, M. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:After witnessing the murder of his mother and brother, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father's castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives. The Broken Empire #1.

A Dance With Dragons
A Dance With Dragons By Martin, George R. R. (Book - 2011 ) PAPERBACK SCIENCE FICTION MAR and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen fights off a multitude of enemies, and Jon Snow faces his foes both in the Night’s Watch and beyond the Wall. Song of Ice and Fire #5.

Embassytown
Embassytown By Miéville, China (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION MIEVILLE, C. All copies in use View Details

Annotation:In the distant future, aliens and humans manage to co-exist tenuously through mutually beneficial economic agreements until a new group of humans arrive, throwing everything off balance.

Hard Bitten
Hard Bitten By Neill, Chloe (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION NEILL, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:In the distant future, aliens and humans manage to co-exist tenuously through mutually beneficial economic agreements until a new group of humans arrive, throwing everything off balance.

The Unremembered
The Unremembered By Orullian, Peter Vance (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION ORULLIAN, P. Available now View Details

Annotation:A magical veil entrapping a condemned god and his monsters weakens, compelling hunter Than Junell and his companions to undertake a dangerous journey to protect their people.

Snuff
Snuff By Pratchett, Terry (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION PRATCHETT, T. Available now View Details

Annotation:Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch attempts to take a vacation, but, as usual, nothing goes as planned. Discworld Series #39.

The Quantum Thief
The Quantum Thief By Rajaniemi, Hannu (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION RAJANIEMI, H. Available now View Details

Annotation:After a mysterious woman breaks con man Jean le Flambeur free from a nightmarish prison, he must complete the heist he left unfinished as payment.

The River of Shadows
The River of Shadows By Redick, Robert V. S. (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION REDICK, R. Available now View Details

Annotation:The crew of the Chathrand race across the seas to stop the sorcerer Arunis from unleashing the Swarm of Night, while Pazel and his companions face a journey through altered realities, which offer glimpses of what might have been and the terror of what is to come.

The Wise Man's Fear
The Wise Man's Fear By Rothfuss, Patrick (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION ROTHFUSS, P. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Kvothe continues on his quest to reclaim the honor of his family in the Fae realm and learn the truth about the death of his parents and Amyr, the Chandrian.

Fuzzy Nation
Fuzzy Nation By Scalzi, John (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION SCALZI, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:Mining contractor Jack Holloway discovers an indigenous race of small, furry, sentient beings who his corporate partners are determined to eliminate in order to secure their stake in the treasure.

Reamde
Reamde By Stephenson, Neal (Book - 2011 ) FICTION STEPHENSON, N. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:When his high-tech start up turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

After the Golden Age
After the Golden Age By Vaughn, Carrie (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION VAUGHN, C. Available now View Details

Annotation:Estranged from her superhero parents, Celia finds her dream of a quiet life as a Commerce City accountant shattered while working on a notorious supervillain's tax-fraud trial.

Among Others
Among Others By Walton, Jo (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION WALTON, J. Available now View Details

Annotation:Morweena escapes a tragic childhood by reading science fiction novels and visiting with faeries, but eventually she must return to the tragedy of her youth and battle her black-magic obsessed and abusive mother.

Vortex
Vortex By Wilson, Robert Charles (Book - 2011 ) SCIENCE FICTION WILSON, R. Available now View Details

Annotation:Turk Findley is transported 10,000 years into the future world of "the Hypotheticals," where he is directed to travel to a dying Earth and fulfill a potentially apocalyptic prophecy. Sequel to Spin.

Robopocalypse
Robopocalypse A Novel By Wilson, Daniel H. (Book - 2011 ) YA FICTION WILSON, D. and more… Available now View Details

Annotation:Two decades into the future, humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

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