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Did you have any favorite reads? Me? Not so many -
The Mirage, Matt Ruff - recommended
Embassytown, China Mieville - recommended
Red Shirts, John Scalzi - nice homage
Line War, Neal Asher and Boneyards, KK Rusch - because I just like these series
I'm not current on my reading at all, it seems.
I think I only read 3 or 4 books published in 2012, and only one of those was science fiction. But it's was hillarious, so here goes: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold.
If you want books published in any year, then disregarding continuing series in progress, there were three big standouts for me.
Catherynne M. Valente's Silently and Very Fast -- I loved it, but she's not for everyone.
Solaris - Stanislaw Lem
Earth Abides - George R. Stewart
I also really enjoyed Kage Baker's Empress of Mars, but it hasn't stuck with me like the other 3 I've mentioned have.
Of books I read last year, Ready Player One was the top science fiction for me. I also enjoyed Redshirts, Firebird, and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. Who Fears Death? was powerful and disturbing. I reread Cherryh's Chanur series and Hal Clement's Needle duology, and still loved them both.
I had quite a bit of ones I loved that were 4 stars or more:
The Bar Code Tattoo
Demonglass - Hex Hall Book 2
Flow My Tears the Policeman Said
The John Varley Reader