Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2013

io9 has released its 2013 list of the best SF and Fantasy books. As always, there is some spirited debate and more offerings in the comments. There are definitely lots of good reading suggestions to be found. Here are some highlights from our collection. 

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Republic of thieves

Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

A latest installment in the popular series that includes Red Seas Under Red Skies finds con man Locke Lamora's latest scrapes with fellow Gentleman Bastard Jean Tannen giving way to an increasingly audacious resolve to have an incredibly good time while robbing the world blind. With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives.

Abbadon's gate

Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey

An alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

Neptune's brood

Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross

After being stalked across the galaxy by an assassin, post-human Krina Alzon-114 journeys to the water-world Shin-Tethys in search of her sister.

Great north road

Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton

Futuristic speculation combines with murder when a scientific expedition on a faraway planet searches for an alien species only to be stalked by a determined killer who may be a hostile alien or a member of their own team.

Ancillary justice

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.