God-Obsessed Aliens, Ocean Dwellers, & the Realm of Ash: SF/Fantasy Previews, Nov. 2019, Pt. 3 | Prepub Alert

Fans have been waiting for a sequel to Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, and here it comes, written by Robopocalypse best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson. Plus a novella  helmed by John W. Campbell Award finalist Rivers Solomon and inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’s rap group, Clipping.

Callender, Kheryn. Queen of the Conquered. Orbit: Hachette. Nov. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9780316454933. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316454919. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316454926. Downloadable. FANTASY
When the childless king of the islands of Hans Lollik declares that he will pick a successor from among the noble families, Sigourney Rose rushes forward, ready to use her mind-controlling abilities to gain the crown—and revenge the murder of her parents by island royals. But someone else intent on the crown is killing off competitors, which puts Sigourney in danger. From the Caribbean-born children’s/YA author of Hurricane Child; with a 50,000-copy first printing.cover of Crichton/Wilson's The Andromeda Evolution

Crichton, Michael & Daniel H. Wilson. The Andromeda Evolution. Harper. Nov. 2019. 448p. ISBN 9780062473271. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473288. CD. SF
It’s been 50 years since Michael Crichton remade our sf expectations with The Andromeda Strain, and though he’s not around to write a sequel, Wilson, the New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, has taken up the challenge. With a 750,000-copy first printing.

Hamilton, Peter F. Salvation Lost. Del Rey: Ballantine. Oct. 2019. 512p. ISBN 9780399178856. $32; ebk. ISBN 9780399178863. SF
In this second in the “Salvation Sequence” from the author of the popular “Night’s Dawn” trilogy, Earth is a happy place to be—until some new visitors, a seemingly friendly bunch of aliens called the Olyix, turn out to be religious extremists fiendishly determined to persuade humans that their god is the only god. But humans won’t give in without a fight.

Roberts, Nora. The Rise of Magicks. St. Martin’s. (Chronicles of the One, Bk. 3). Nov. 2019. 464p. ISBN 9781250123039. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250123060. FANTASY
In this conclusion to Roberts’s “Chronicles of the One” trilogy, begun with Year One and Of Blood and Bone, Fallon has learned the ways of magick, a part of her world since the destruction of civilization. Her new skills come in handy as she sets out to rescue those hunted or imprisoned by the obsessive Purity Warriors—and then to help them heal. There’s nary a genre Roberts doesn’t hit.

Solomon, Rivers & others. The Deep. Saga: Gallery: S. & S. Nov. 2019. 176p. ISBN 9781534439863. $19.99. SF
Inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song “The Deep” from Daveed Diggs’s rap group, Clipping, this cover of Solomon and others' The Deepnovella is set in an underwater universe inhabited by the water-breathing descendants of pregnant African women tossed overboard by slavers. All but the historian Yetu suppress the horrible memories of what happened to them, and Yetu is finding these memories unbearable, rising to the surface to find a new world and new possibilities for her people.  Diggs and Clipping members William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes are joined by Solomon, a John W. Campbell Award finalist for An Unkindness of Ghosts, to craft this work. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Suri, Tasha. Realm of Ash. Orbit: Hachette. Nov. 2019. 480p. ISBN 9780316449755. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316449724; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316449748. FANTASY
Following up her LJ-starred debut, Empire of Sand, Suri drops us back in the Mughal India–inspired Ambhan lands, where a massacre out of all proportions has left Arwa a widow. Arwa has always suppressed knowledge of her strange and powerful blood, yet now she offers up that blood to the beleaguered imperial family, bonding with an outsider, illegitimate prince to find help among the whispers of their ancestors’ dreams in the Realm of Ash. But should this empire be saved? With a 50,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Book Review; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president of the National Book Critics Circle, to which she has just been reelected.

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