As with the previous core lists, here are twenty Speculative Fiction Mysteries chosen entirely on the basis of merit and significance to the field . No implication is intended that these are the only twenty books you should consider .
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- White Cat by Holly Black
- The Mountains of Mourning by Lois Bujold
- Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan
- Needle by Hal Clement
- Servant of the Underworld by Aliette De Bodard
- A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin
- The Silent Tower by Barbary Hambly
- Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang
- Blood Price by Tanya Huff
- The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
- Daughter of Mystery by Heather Rose Jones
- Polar City Blues by Katherine Kerr
- The Doppelganger Gambit by Lee Killough
- Loups-Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
- Cyrion by Tanith Lee
- Pluto by Naoki Urasawa & Takashi Nagasa
- Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett
- “Media Man” by Joan D. Vinge
- Farthing by Jo Walton
Persons unfamiliar with one or two of the works, congratulations! You’re one of today’s Ten Thousand!
1: There are two filtering rules:
- Only one work per author per list
- Any given work can appear on only one list
2: NO IMPLICATION IS INTENDED THAT THESE ARE THE ONLY TWENTY BOOKS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER .
3: See footnote two.