Ancillary Justice (2013)
One of the things I like most about science fiction, or at least as “science fiction” exists in my head, is that it really lends itself to commenting on and sometimes even subverting paradigms and social norms. Not all science fiction is interested in subverting anything, of course (Orson Scott Card, you repulsive bigot, I’m looking at you) but the best of it is. Want to say something about conformity? All babies are grown in jars of green liquid! Want to say something about how the technocracy controls the flow of information? Extraterrestrials are beaming subliminal messages in from hidden satellites! Mind control! Dimension X! Robots! Clones! These are all code for little distinct parts of our reality that authors deem worthy of comment. Like everyone knows that zombies mean yuppies and aliens mean communists and so on, right? Comment is really what science fiction, and literature in general, is for, I think.