The best science fiction novel of 2008 was Brian Francis Slattery's Liberation, according to's new top 10 list, compiled by io9 contributor Jeff VanderMeer. The story of a gang of super-criminals reuniting to save a fallen America that's reinstated human slavery beat out Neal Stephenson's Anathem (which came in at number five), Jeanette Winterson's The Stone Gods (number eight) and Iain M. Banks' Matter (number nine). But's customers chose Stephenie Meyers' symbiont love story The Host as the best book of the year. (Click on each book title to read our own review.) [Omnivoracious]