The list author says: "This is a terse, most eclectic, list of novels I have read that I found especially memorable as literary debuts. These are ranked in order with William Gibson's debut novel as the finest of our time."
"Published appropriately in 1984, William Gibson's exhilirating literary debut is elegant and electrifying prose run amok as the quintessential novel defining the cyberpunk literary movement. Critc and author Lev Grossman regards this as the most important novel of our time."
"Fellow Stuyvesant High School (and Frank McCourt creative writing course) alumnus's memorable sword and sorcery fantasy set on the campus of his undergraduate alma mater, Cornell University, marking the debut of one of the most distinctive literary voices of my generation."
"An emotionally gripping first-contact space opera science fiction novel about the lone Jesuit survivor of a disastrous first contact mission to the remote Alpha Centauri world of Rakhat is both a great novel of ideas as well as of classic space opera science fiction."
"Nick Harkaway's bold, brash, near future dystopian alternate history SF novel is late China Mieville ("The City and The City", "Kraken") and Neal Stephenson ("Snow Crash") all rolled up into one. Enjoy the ride, you'll be glad you did."
"Emmi Itäranta's debut novel reads like a far future mix of George Orwell's "1984" and Ursula Le Guin's "Hainish" novels. One of the most poetic, and powerful, fictional depictions of a rebel trying to survive as she opposes the totalitarian dictatorship that rules most of Earth."
"A beautifully written, compellingly memorable and also difficult to read account of the Croatian civil war as seen through the eyes of a young Croatian girl who still relives the horrors she witnessed in her dreams as a young woman residing in New York City and New Jersey. It warrants recognition as one of the finest debut novels of our time."
"China Mieville's first novel is a riveting blend of fantasy and horror which foreshadows his great work in his "New Crubozon" trilogy ("Perdido Street Station", "The Scar", "Iron Council"), "The City and The City" and "Embassytown"."
"An impressive, fast-paced, near future dystopian cyberpunk SF novel from South African writer Lauren Beukes that echoes early William Gibson, Pat Cadigan and John Shirley in its gritty realism and rapid-fire prose. A notable debut acclaimed by William Gibson and Charles Stross."
"Peter Heller's debut novel is the best recently published near future dystopian SF novel by a mainstream literary fiction writer I have read; it is far more compelling a read than Cormac McCarthy's "The Road"."
"Quite possibly the best debut mainstream fiction novel published in 2014, Cheshire's novel brilliantly shows a former Fundamentalist Protestant Christian from Queens trying to find himself after one memorable moment as a child preacher. Cheshire is both a superb prose stylist and storyteller. One of the finest New York City-centric novels published in recent years."
"Alison Espach's witty and occasionally humorous look at the trials and tribulations of a young girl's path toward adulthood, is also a fine fictional look at dysfunctional suburban life that compares favorably with Rick Moody's "The Ice Storm" and "Purple America"."
"A woman and a girl decades apart deal with the consequences of a near future Earth adversely affected by global warming in India and sub-Saharan Africa. Compellingly told by science writer and playwright Monica Byrne via elegant, simple and poetic, prose, the novel has garnered praise from Neil Gaiman and Kim Stanley Robinson."