The best science fiction and fantasy books of 2022, so far



We’ve run through our favorite games, movies, and TV shows of the year to date, and now it’s time to talk about our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of the year. The list is in reverse chronological order of release, so the most recently released books will be at the top. And while you’re here, be sure to check out our list of 14 great new romance books you should read. My favorite part of Sea of Tranquility is its wholesale embrace of one of my favorite science fiction tropes. The Way Spring Arrives is a collection of 17 Chinese science fiction and fantasy stories — and all of them have been written, translated, and edited entirely by women and nonbinary writers.


47.28% objective
57.59% positive


VANITY FAIR - “Serious Money Has the Ability to Distort Reality”: Hernan Diaz on His New Novel
40.36% MORE objective
-3.84% LESS positive

Tucked away in a corner of Brooklyn’s Othmer Library, Hernan Diaz waves his hand over a shelf of 19th-century land records. The library has granted Diaz a private visit for an interview about his new novel, Trust, published by Riverhead Books this week. Technically, Diaz is an author of historical fiction, insofar that his books are set in the past. Diaz lives about one mile and 100 years from the world of his new novel. When the situation in Argentina was safer, his family returned, but Diaz felt an international itch he needed to scratch.

DISCOVER MAGAZINE - Citizen Science Month 2022: Turning Curiosity Into Impact Around the Country
1.54% MORE objective
12.02% MORE positive

Each April, with support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter, in partnership with Arizona State University, hosts Citizen Science Month, a one-of-a-kind celebration of citizen science that includes events hosted around the world, thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of new contributions to citizen science projects. Citizen Science Month 2022 featured collaborations with the National Science Foundation, PBS, NASA and others. In partnership with PBS Books and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, SciStarter also presented Benjamin Franklin and Citizen Science: Sharing Stories of Collective Impact. Participants were introduced to the life of the Founding Father and lifelong amateur scientist, and presented citizen science projects that anyone around the country can get involved in. SciStarter is now seeking sponsors to join the National Library Medicine in growing and sustaining Citizen Science Month 2023-2026!

THE VERGE - Brooklyn Public Library is offering free digital library cards to young adults in the US
31.03% MORE objective
-3.59% LESS positive

The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is counteracting a ban on certain books by letting anyone in the US aged 13 to 21 apply for a digital library card. This gives teens and young adults, regardless of their location in the United States, access to the library’s entire ebook collection. With libraries facing an increasingly coordinated and effective effort to remove books from library shelves. You can see a full list of frequently challenged books (and why they were challenged) on the ALA’s website. If you’re interested in getting a BPL digital library card, you can apply by emailing

POLYGON - The real history behind Stranger Things 4’s Satanic Panic plot
14.57% MORE objective
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D&D monsters go beyond the gameBut anyone familiar with the game would know this was all make-believe fantasy fiction stuff, right? But the co-creators of D&D, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, were both quite serious about Christianity. The fervor was centered around a high school D&D club much like the one in Stranger Things 4. Those kids who thought the occult was nothing more than a cool way to shock their elders would probably agree. By invoking “real-world” historically researched demons, devils, and occult trappings, D&D had always blurred the line between fantasy and reality just a bit.