As always, Stef’s popular contest attracted diverse and imaginative entries from all genres. Stef would like to stress that if you didn’t make the final cut it could be because of his bias in genres, even though he enjoys most of them, and he would like to thank each and every one of you for participating in his annual contest.
The overall winner of the hotly contested competition is:
High-Rise Crew: Dirty Money – A cyber crime adventure novel by Tim Brost. This newly published novel checked all of Stef’s boxes: including proportion, exposition, plot, diversity of characters, economy and quality of narrative, and above all reader captivation.
The two runners-up (in alpha order) are:
Spring-Clean by Proxy by Robert Bayley – one of the most original science fiction novels I have ever read, and Something Good by Darlene Deluca – a truly enigmatic and well-structured romance.