What are the best sci-fi novels from the 2009 Locus recommended reading list?

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    #1Under the Dome

    Under the Dome
    Under The Dome is a sci-fi horror novel written by the acclaimed author of horror, Stephen King. It was first published in 2009 by Scribner, and it is the basis of the TV Series of the same name.
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    Billy Coleman
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "good"
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    #2The Windup Girl

    The Windup Girl
    The Windup Girl is a multi-award winning science fiction novel by Paolo Bacigalupi. It tells the story of a futuristic world governed by bioterrorism and environmental collapse, a world where calories are considered to be currency.
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    Zachary Bates
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The windup girl is a great sci-fi novel and more people should read it and embrace just how original and great it is."
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    #3Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)

    Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)

    Boneshaker is book 1 in the Clockwork Century series that won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Follow Briar Wilkes as she rescues her son from the city under the wall created by her late husband's failed invention, the Boneshaker.

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    Lauren Schmidt
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska's ice. Thus was Dr. Blue's Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born."
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    #4Chronic City

    Chronic City
    Chronic City is a science fiction novel written by Jonathan Lethem, first published in 2009 by Doubleday. Set in Manhattan, it tells the story of Chase Insteadman, a socialite, living in a world governed by never-ending routine.
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    Charles Jacobs
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I chose this book from the 2009 Locus recommended reading list among others, and this was by far my favorite. Chronic City is a sci-fi view of Manhattan and provides an escape for leaders looking to disconnect from the troubles of their day. It also has a number of twists and turns that will surprise the reader as well. Over all an interesting read and a fun one. "
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    #5The Devil's Alphabet

    The Devil's Alphabet
    The Devil's Alphabet is a science fiction novel written by Daryl Gregory, author of the bestselling book Pandemonium. It tells the story of an unexplainable disease, the Transcription Divergence Syndrom.
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    Moisés Sánchez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Starred Review. Gregory (Pandemonium) produces a quietly brilliant second novel. As a teen, Paxton Martin left the town of Switchcreek, Tenn., to escape a scandal and the retrovirus that afflicted many of the town's inhabitants. Many died hideously, and most survivors turned into strange creatures: towering argos, parthenogenic betas, enormously obese charlies. A decade later, Pax returns home to attend the funeral of a close friend who has committed suicide. Hoping to avoid his estranged father, Pax plans to leave immediately after the funeral, but he soon finds himself caught up in both the complexities of his old life and the deep quantum weirdness that Switchcreek has become. A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation will earn this understated novel an appreciative audience among fans of literary SF. (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved."
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    #6Julian Comstock

    Julian Comstock
    Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America is a science fiction novel written by Hugo Award-winning author Robert Charles Wilson. It was first published in 2009 by Tor Books.
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    Beverly Hopkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I'm not the biggest fan of science fiction but I found this book on my son's shelf and figured I'd give it a try since he obviously didn't. I actually liked it pretty well. No real tech genius or computer literacy required. Just the regular kind. Well done for an older gal's accidental first sci-fi experience. "
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    #7Galileo's Dream

    Galileo's Dream

    Galileo's Dream is a historical science fiction novel written by Kim Stanley Robinson, first published in 2009 by Harper Voyager. It tells the story of a man who travels back into the past to bring Galileo into the future.

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    Emma Phillips
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was looking for a good book for my mom's birthday and she mentioned that she wanted something from Locus' recommended reading list (and specifically 2009). I ended up coming across this title and thought it sounded really interesting. I bought the book for my mom and she fell in love with it! She can hardly put it down. Great book!"
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    #8Steal Across the Sky

    Steal Across the Sky

    Steal Across The Sky is a science fiction novel written by Nancy Kress. It was first published in 2009 by Tor Books, and it tells the story of an alien settlement on the moon.

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    Joseph Gordon
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I read this book back in college and it was okay. However, I found most of the stories too unrealistic and quite frankly unbelievable. I can't say that I enjoyed it but I think some people might like it. "
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    #9Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)

    Gardens of the Sun is a science fiction novel written by Paul McAuley. It was first published in 2010 by Pyr, and it is the second book in the Quiet War series. It is a space opera following Earth's regime over the Solar System.

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    Steven Butler
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Gardens of the Sun is a book written by Paul McAuley. The book is a shift from how many science fiction novels are written as it describes the beauty of the solar system, the biology of engineered ecosystems and the creative inspiration involved in their design, and the passage of time during slower-than-light travel."
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    #10This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)

    This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)

    This Is Not A Game is a science fiction novel of the cyberpunk subgenre written by Walter Jon Williams. It was first published in 2009 by Orbit, and it is the first book in the Dagmar Shaw Thrillers.

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    Jing Zhu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book reflects real life. People often get caught up in things they did not intend to become involved with. I was looking for a great modern sci fi novel and Not A Game exceeded my expectations!"

Summary

Best What are the best sci-fi novels from the 2009 Locus recommended reading list
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Under the DomeBooks 25 Paid
2The Windup GirlBooks 21 Paid
3Boneshaker (Clockwork Century)Books 20 Paid
4Chronic CityBooks 19 Paid
5The Devil's AlphabetBooks 17 Paid
6Julian ComstockBooks 14 Paid
7Galileo's DreamBooks 12 Paid
8Steal Across the SkyBooks 10 Paid
9Gardens of the Sun (The Quiet War)Books 8 Paid
10This Is Not a Game (Dagmar Shaw Thrillers)Books 4 Paid
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