This shortlist along with the lineup of the Hugo awards should provide a lot comfortable or confronting reading for science fiction fans.
Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
Way Down Dark by JP Smythe (Hodder & Stoughton)
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)