12 extraordinary science fiction books to watch out for in 2024

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EVEN in the future, history never stays in the past tense. The most anticipated books of 2024 explore the deep roots of the moral and philosophical quandaries shaping our times.

Many depths are visible in Exordia (Tor), Seth Dickinson’s clever take on a first-contact-with-aliens, military sci-fi, moral philosophy tome. If all that hasn’t got you running away screaming, this book is for you.

Alien contact with the military industrial complex also dominates Jumpnauts (Simon & Schuster) by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu. Here, the aliens may prevent a world war in a barely recognisable future.

Robin Sloan’s Moonbound (MCD)…