Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson; The Cabinet by Un-su Kim; Femlandia by Christina Dalcher; When Things Get Dark edited by Ellen Datlow; The Workshop of Filthy Creation by Richard Gadz
Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson (Orbit, £8.99)
When rookie pilot Michelle is assured on her first trip into outer space that the AI never fails, readers will guess that she’ll wind up in sole charge of the spaceship Ragtime, responsible for the lives of hundreds of passengers on their way from Earth to colony planet Bloodroot. But that’s the only predictable thing in the Rosewater author’s inventive, exciting and compulsively readable new novel. The plot involves a classic locked-room mystery, but the stakes are far higher than they could be for any Earth-bound detective. Campion is constantly on the brink of death, along with everyone else on her ship, unless she can discover and neutralise the murderer. This book is like the Tardis, larger inside than out, with a range of ideas, characters and fascinating future settings making it probably the best science fiction novel of the year.