Love among the stars or in the far future? Which ones do you love? Which authors do something surprising and worth exploring in their futuristic, SFR or space operas? What tropes or issues do you wish more SF dealt with?
My favorite SFR series this year was Ada Harper's Conspiracy of Whispers. I just loved how diverse and inclusive the worldbuilding was, how it was centered on a heroine claiming and fighting for bodily autonomy in a world that wants to strip the agency from anyone still capable of reproducing. Olivia is tenacious, unpredictable and give no fucks. Galen is over-his-head smitten with her and will help her fight the fights she wants to fight to make the world safer for her. It was just so swoony.
This year I also adored reading Meredith Katz's The Cybernetic Tea Shop. Set in the far future were autonomous sentient AIs were briefly built before being discontinued, a sole sentient and sapient AI remains. Sal runs the a small tea shop, in remembrance of her first original owner, rooted in place by grief and nostalgia but she is slowly falling apart. Clara is a nomadic AI-mechanic, who wonders in one day, and is drawn back day after day to get to know Sal. The romance was incredibly gentle and beautiful.
What futuristic, SFR or Space Operas did you read this year and can't stop thinking about?