The best future is a mystery novel
August 3, 2014 7:36 PM   Subscribe

I really enjoy Robb's "in death" series and recently discovered Alex Hughes' Mindspace series which I enjoyed tremendously. (And, many, many years ago, likely before most of you were born, I read Asimov's stories and will always remember fondly R. Daneel Olivaw.) What other detective series set in the future should I read?
posted by aroberge to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Larry Niven's "Gil the ARM" stories.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:50 PM on August 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Takeshi Kovacs series, starting with Altered Carbon.
posted by sebastienbailard at 8:01 PM on August 3, 2014 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Alastair Reynolds' Century Rain.
posted by Poldo at 8:20 PM on August 3, 2014

Best answer: Peter F Hamilton's "Commonwealth Saga," starting with Pandora's Star, features a detective thread throughout. (It's big, galactic civilization space opera too, mind.) I recommend.
posted by mumkin at 8:32 PM on August 3, 2014

Best answer: Oh. This Goodreads list of Great Sci-Fi Detective Stories has some good ones: Brin's Kiln People, Effinger's Budayeen trilogy, Martinez's The Automatic Detective.
posted by mumkin at 8:41 PM on August 3, 2014

Best answer: I believe Mieville's The City and the City occurs in the future. It may be an alternative present day.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 9:16 PM on August 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The Last Policeman trilogy.
posted by matildaben at 9:36 PM on August 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Seconding matildaben- I just finished The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben Winters last week and thought it was very good.
posted by charmedimsure at 1:46 AM on August 4, 2014

Seconding the Takeshi Kovacs series and The City & The City (it is supposed to be present-day, but it's so great that you should read it anyway). Also, Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro and Charles Stross' Laundry Files series.

If you're interested in re-reading some Asimov, I recently read a good collection of stories called Asimov's Mysteries.
posted by neushoorn at 1:59 AM on August 4, 2014

Gun With Occasional Music is my favorite Jonathan Lethem book by a substantial margin.
posted by dersins at 1:41 PM on August 5, 2014

Charles Stross's Halting State and Rule 34, set in a near-future Scotland.
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 12:33 PM on August 8, 2014

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