12 of the Best Debut Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels

These first books have launched extraordinary careers. 

12 of the best debut sff novels ever
zara the windseeker

Zahrah the Windseeker

By Nnedi Okorafor

The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

the song of achilles

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

books like Mass Effect becky chambers long way to a small angry planet

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

By Becky Chambers

red rising

Red Rising

By Pierce Brown

An Unkindness of Ghosts Rivers Solomon

An Unkindess of Ghosts

By Rivers Solomon

empire of sand

Empire of Sand

By Tasha Suri

The Poppy War by  R.F. Kuang Grimdark Books

The Poppy War

By R.F. Kuang

books like Station Eleven

Trail of Lightning

By Rebecca Roanhorse

a memory of empire

A Memory Called Empire

By Arkady Martine

raybearer

Raybearer

By Jordan Ifueko

the wolf of oren-yaro

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

By K.S. Villoso