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Debuter Maaren Joins Cogman, Hunter, Okorafor, Yolen, & Many More | Sf/Fantasy Reviews

This month's selections of short fiction will delight both longtime fans with favorite authors and newcomers who want to sample the genres.

      

Fonda Lee's Pick of the Month, Mira Grant, Nora Roberts, Josh Malerman, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Space opera is one of the most iconic subgenres under the sf/fantasy umbrella. For many, it conjures up images of starships, ray guns, and space battles against alien enemies. But the modern version encompasses more than those iconic elements, often marrying the action and broad sweep of space with nuanced characterization and social commentary.

      

A Future-Forward Look at Current Events | SF/Fantasy Reviews

WHILE READERS often turn to sf and fantasy for “out-of-this-world” experiences, many of these titles are often grounded in current events woven into fantastical landscapes. Reflecting a resurgence of hard sf, two debut authors this month are ensuring that the world’s challenges are not lost.

      

Actor Snipes and Norman's Debut of the Month, Cato's Latest "Breath of Earth," Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.

      

Praise for Newcomers Drayden, Bates, Bennis, Gailey, Tidbeck, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Drayden's winning mashup mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent; Bennis's military steampunky fantasy debut is filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters; Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories

      

Newcomer Honeywell, McClellan, North, Robinson, Scalzi, Skovron, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

THE ELEMENTS, whether a personal power or a force of nature, have been mainstays of sf/fantasy writing from the genre’s beginning. How humanity has dealt with these components can be either a bane or boon, focused on creation or destruction. This month’s titles highlight the strengths of such elements in both natural and magical ways.

      

Donnelly's Debut of the Month, Baker, Bledsoe, Lawrence, Neuvel, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, February 15, 2017

Donnelly’s striking debut brings a complex world of politics, espionage, and cabaret life to full vision; McGuire continues to keep the high energy and excitement in her frenetic action-filled stories; Balaskovits’s anthology breathes fresh life into classic fairy tales

      

Ahlborn's Pick of the Month, Briggs, Chambers, Hurley, Palmer, Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, January 2017

Ahlborn does a good job of keeping her monster offstage and out of sight; an enjoyable series for urban fantasy fans; Palmer’s reflections on social issues cannot be denied; this short novel is marred by the singularly unappealing lead character

      

Vic James's Debut of the Month, Cogman, Gladstone, Lafferty, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews, December 2016

Readers will eagerly anticipate James's next volume; clever dialog, time-hopping through fun locales, plenty of action, and hints of fresh plotting from Cogman; Scalzi readers will find these refreshingly concise tales delightful

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