Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Looking to escape to a new galaxy, learn more about an alien species, or get wrapped up in interplanetary politics? Blast off to new worlds with these new science fiction books and authors. 


Compiled by:
Matt N.

Fantasy

The Book of Swords

edited by Gardner Dozois
Adult Fiction – SF Book

An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by such names as George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear. 


The City of Brass

S. A. Chakraborty
Adult Fiction – SF Chakrab
Series: Daevabad

A young con artist of unsurpassed talent inadvertently summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, revealing the existence of true magic before the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom falls into her hands.


Death's Mistress

Terry Goodkind
Adult Fiction – SF Goodkin
Series: Nicci Chronicles

After years being a defender, the kingdom has stabilized enough for Nicci to set out on new adventures, including keeping Nathan, a prophet, out of trouble.


The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin
Adult Fiction – SF Jemisin
Series: Broken Earth Novels

After the empire Sanze collapses and the vast continent Stillness becomes ravaged by a red rift which darkens the sky, Essun, whose daughter has been kidnapped by her murderous husband, crosses Stillness in a desperate attempt to save her daughter. 


The Grace of Kings

Ken Liu
Adult Fiction – SF Liu
Series: Dandelion Dynasty

Becoming the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, a bandit and a duke's son become the rival leaders of separate factions with very different ideas about justice and politics.


King of Ashes

Raymond E. Feist
Adult Fiction – SF Feist
Series: Firemane Saga

Years after four of the once-peaceful kings of North and South Tembria betray an ancient covenant and kill a fifth ruler, the slain king's secret heir, an elite warrior; and another mysterious orphan, a master weapons smith, find their choices determining the fate of their world. 


Lake Silence: the World of the Others

Anne Bishop
Adult Fiction – SF Bishop
Series: Courtyards of the Others

Taking over the management of a rustic resort in the aftermath of a divorce, Vicki teams up with shape-shifting lodger Aggie to investigate a murder that is complicated by corrupt detectives and the awakening of omnipotent ancient forces. 


The Magicians

Lev Grossman
Adult Fiction – SF Grossma
Series: The Magician Novels

Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery. 


The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss
Adult Fiction – SF Rothfus
Series: Kingkiller Chronicles

A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world. 


A Plague of Giants

Kevin Hearne
Adult Fiction – SF Hearne
Series: Seven Kennings

A bard in a magical kingdom describes how the world was taken over by invading giants and inspires the remaining humans to fight back, including a mage who discovers how to speak to and control magical beasts. 


The Stone in the Skull

Elizabeth Bear
Adult Fiction – SF Bear
Series: Lotus Kingdom

A first volume in a trilogy set in the fantasy world of The Eternal Sky follows the experiences of a brass automaton mercenary who at the side of an embittered bodyguard carries an important message into the Lotus Kingdom only to become embroiled in a dynastic war. 


Uprooted

Naomi Novik
Adult Fiction – SF Novik

A tale inspired by the "Beauty and the Beast" story follows the experiences of Agnieszka, who becomes the latest girl chosen to serve an immortal wizard who protects their village from the malevolent forces of a nearby forest.


The Witchwood Crown

Tad Williams
Adult Fiction – SF William
Series: Last King of Osten Ard

The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns—the long-vanquished elvish foe—are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs...


Science Fiction

Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie
Adult Fiction – SF Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq was the Justice of Toren—a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.


Artemis

Andy Weir
Adult Fiction – SF Weir

Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon's wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city.


Binti

Nnedi Okorafor
Adult Fiction – SF Okorafo
Series: Binti

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars, among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.


Borne

Jeff VanderMeer
Adult Fiction – SF Vanderm

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a scavenger named Rachel finds a creature named Borne, a leftover from a biotech firm called The Company, and she takes it back to her underground layer where she must shield it from her drug-dealer boyfriend, Wick. By the author of the Southern Reach trilogy.


The Genius Plague

David Walton.
Adult Fiction – SF Walton

After Paul survives a mysterious fungal infection to emerge with enhanced intellectual abilities and becomes convinced of its power to advance human evolution, he comes into conflict with his brother Neil, a NASA analyst, who see the fungal organism as adanger to the world. 


Influx

Daniel Suarez
Adult Fiction – SF Suarez

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.


The Long Earth

Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
Adult Fiction – SF Pratche
Series: The Long Earth

Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive—some said mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and...a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Becky Chambers
Adult Fiction – SF Chamber
Series: Wayfarers

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime: tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan.


Semiosis

Sue Burke
SF Burke

Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realize another life form watches...and waits... Only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet's sentient species and prove that humans are more than tools.


Sleeping Giants

Sylvain Neuvel
Adult Fiction – SF Neuvel
Series: Themis Files

Seventeen years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts.


Space Opera

Catherynne M. Valente
Adult Fiction – SF Valente

The fate of humankind and the Earth hang in the balance as species compete for glory in a galaxy-wide musical contestrife with glitter, lipstick, and electric guitarswhere they must sing to survive.


The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu
Adult Fiction – SF Liu
Series: Three-Body Trilogy

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project's signal is received by an alien civilization on the brink of destruction, which plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.


Welcome to Night Vale

Joseph Fink
Adult Fiction – SF Fink
Series: Science Fiction

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.