For science fiction readers, witnessing the clock turn over to the year 2000 was a special feeling indeed. The divide had been crossed, the next century was here, and distant years bandied about solely in sci fi classics would now play out in reality.
Passing into 2011 echoes that feeling, as we now have an entire decade of the future that exists primarily in memory. We’ve done the work, so to speak, and can better appreciate the future in which we live…
In the spirit of appreciation, we now ask Tor.com readers to choose the best science fiction and fantasy novels of the first decade of the 21st century! Any novel published from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2010 is eligible* and there’s no limit to how many you can pick.**
We’ll tabulate the novels mentioned in the comments until 11:59 PM EST on Friday, January 14 and the ten with the highest number of votes will be higlighted in a series of appreciation posts here on the site, featuring an array of guest writers!
*We realize that’s eleven years. We wanted to have the option of including the year 2000, in case this year was skipped in best-of lists of the previous decade.
**Please note that if you individually repeat the name of a book twice we’ll only be counting it for a single vote.