Dark Orbit, by Caroline Ives GilmanRead about the other entries on the list.
This rather recent science fiction novel coasted under a lot of people’s radar, which is a shame, because it delivers so much that is wonderful about science fiction. It’s got competent, intrepid explorers, science!, space anomalies, incredible new worlds, and the optimism in humanity’s future to insist that we could tackle some of the universe’s strangest phenomena without destroying ourselves. This is an exploratory team that lands on a planet teeming with dark matter. I mean, how much more science fiction can you get? But what really impresses about this novel is its turn inward into an exploration of how our expectations about the unknown may make it more difficult for us to understand it.