Best science fiction, fantasy and horror books of 2020

Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Lavie Tidhar

THE WASHINGTON POST – Looking for a distraction from the pandemic? Look no further as you can read the best titles that can take your mind off from reality

THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS

By Stephen Graham Jones

Jones, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, conjures a revenge story involving friends who are haunted by a supernatural entity. The tale calls to mind classics such as It and Ghost Story. Jones’ take is a fresh and enticing tale – and features a memorable foe.

THE ORDER OF THE PURE MOON REFLECTED IN WATER

By Zen Cho

A former nun with secrets joins a group of mercenaries on a rip-roaring wuxia (martial arts) adventure that combines witty banter and plenty of excitement.

THE SILENCE OF THE WILTING SKIN

By Tlotlo Tsamaase

In this impressive and memorable debut, Tsamaase presents a surrealist odyssey: A city is bisected by a railway of the dead, and the protagonist sheds her colour and her name. Throughout, Tsamaase explores themes of race and gender in compelling ways.

WAR OF THE MAPS

By Paul J McAuley

In this elegiac far-future quest story, an ageing lawman battles a strange post-human plague across a strange world. The underrated McCauley is in top form in this hard science fiction novel with heart.