I have a special love for science fiction that examines the nature of humanity and the speculates about the results of our strivings. My current favorites include Ann Leckie, Helen Oyeyemi, and Jo Walton.
American noir explores crime — not only whodunit, but morality, identity, and the wages of guilt. The tradition employs terse, powerful language and the nightmare of the everyday. These ten novels serve as a starting place to explore the genre.