Best books of 2022: Science fiction


Book cover of ‘Twilight’s Last Screaming’

Twilight’s Last Screaming
by Sean Hogan, Black Shuck Books £30

In this apocalyptic America-set sequel to 2020’s England’s Screaming, Sean Hogan revisits his cunning conceit that the events of classic and not-so-well-known horror movies are all interlinked. Cineaste readers will get the most out of this, but there is much here for even casual film fans to enjoy.

Book cover of ‘Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome’

Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome
by Garth Marenghi, Hodder Studio £16.99

Horrormeister Garth Marenghi makes a triumphant comeback with three linked tales of shuddersome, mind-bending fear in which evils plucked from an author’s imagination are unleashed on an unsuspecting English town. Top-notch spoofy spookiness from comedian Matthew Holness as the fictional horror author, affectionately lampooning British genre giants such as James Herbert, Clive Barker and Shaun Hutson.

Book cover of ‘Illuminations’

Illuminations
by Alan Moore, Bloomsbury £20

This collection, gathering prose stories written over the course of a 40-year career by an author famed for his comics work, is a bran tub of delights. The biggest and greatest prize is the novel-length “What We Can Know About Thunderman”, celebrating — but mainly skewering — the American comics industry.

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Book cover of ‘The Kaiju Preservation Society’

The Kaiju Preservation Society
by John Scalzi, Tor £16.99

Gigantic marauding monsters from an alternate-dimension Earth threaten to break through into our world and must be corralled, while the perfidious, profiteering plans of a billionaire businessman must be curbed. John Scalzi’s snarky romp zips along like a rocket ship powered by pure nerdium. Godzilla-sized fun.

Book cover of ‘All The White Spaces’

All The White Spaces
by Ally Wilkes, Titan Books £8.99

Ally Wilkes’s debut packs a lot into its story of a post-first world war Antarctic expedition: ghosts, transgenderism, survivor guilt, patriotism, hubris. Mostly, though, she tells a tense, at times harrowing tale of humans under pressure and makes the wide-open wastes of the frozen continent as claustrophobic as any haunted house.

Books of the Year 2022

All this week, FT writers and critics share their favourites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Business by Andrew Hill
Tuesday: Environment by Pilita Clark
Wednesday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Thursday: Fiction by Laura Battle
Friday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Saturday: Critics’ choice

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