We all love movies and comics and videogames just fine, but we can't forget about the books.
Despite how big all our favorite sci-fi adventures can get on the big screen, the written word is still the original science fiction experience, and we still love it. In many ways, the field of genre fiction is more vibrant than it ever was, with great new stuff from new authors and old favorites hitting the shelves all the time.
With that in mind, we went looking for some of the best sci-fi, fantasy and horror novels of the last year, and assembled more than a dozen of them here for your reading and gifting pleasure. They range from the latest from beloved masters to promising debuts to young adult stories and goodbyes to fan-favorite characters, and they're all guaranteed to make sci-fi bookworms happy.
So, of the latest in our series of holiday gift guides, check out the 16 books below and see which ones will end up under your tree.
And be sure to check out the rest of our 2013 holiday gift guides: