If you love fantasy and science fiction books, you already love N.K. Jemisin, reigning queen of all things speculative. She made history as the first woman of color to win a coveted Hugo Award for her novel The Fifth Season, and then she made history again as the first author to win another Hugo Award the very next year for the sequel, The Obelisk Gate. She's also the author of the acclaimed Inheritance Trilogy, and her writing is about to hit the small screen as an epic TV drama. Her books deal with dangerous dreams and gods who walk the Earth, women who can control seismic activity and semi-apocalyptic fantasy realms. She writes fascinating characters and builds worlds that are more than just medieval Europe with a coat of fantasy paint on top. She is, in short, the best. Go read her books, if you haven't yet. But if you've already read all things Jemisin, and you're still craving some fierce adventures and extensive world-building, check out these other excellent fantasy and science fiction novels to tide you over.
After all, while Jemisin is undeniably awesome, she is by no means the only author writing smart, inventive sci-fi and fantasy out there today: