“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

For me, the best speculative fiction asks just one “what if?” question and spirals off from there – everything in the novel that seems a bit off can be tied to that one break from our reality. Here are my five favorite.

ForTheWinFor the Win by Cory Doctorow: What if part of the world’s economy ran on virtual currency?

LambLamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore: What if Jesus Christ had a best friend who didn’t make it into the bible?


Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: What if disease had been eradicated?

ThePassageThe Passage by Justin Cronin: What if humans could contract vampirism virally?

TheRebelThe Rebel by Jack Dann: What if James Dean hadn’t died in a car crash in 1955?

Have your own five favorite speculative fiction novels? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

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