The best recent science fiction – reviews roundup

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett; Tommy Catkins by Stephen Palmer; Sam Hawke’s City of Lies; One Way by SJ Morden; and Candas Jane Dorsey’s Ice and Other Stories

After recent forays into science fiction and magic realism, Robert Jackson Bennett tackles epic fantasy in Foundryside (Jo Fletcher, £14.99). The ancient city-state of Tevanne is ruled by four merchant houses who have mastery of a powerful form of magic known as scriving: the ability to effect change through the control and manipulation of objects. Sancia Grado, a young girl scraping a precarious living in the teeming city, has a special ability that is both an asset and a curse: when she touches an object, she instantly comprehends its fundamental nature and recalls its history. She has to keep her body covered at all times to protect herself from sensory overload, but her ability helps in her profession as a thief; when ...