The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have just revealed their picks for the best sci-fi and fantasy writing and filmmaking of the last year.
Long before sci-fi films and TV commanded our attention, sci-fi novels were king, and for many of us there's still nothing that compares to a thumping good genre novel. So for this installment in our series of holiday gift guides, we opted to highlight a dozen acclaimed sci-fi and fantasy books from the last year.
Kraken owes as much to the mystery genre as it does to fantasy, and the caper plot serves as a tour guide to the terrifying, if occasionally goofy, underbelly of the occult world.
The award-winning author delivers one of the best fantasy novels of 2009.