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The Towers Still Stand

Fans of alternative history will appreciate this concept of a New York where the World Trade Center buildings still stand

The Fall of Gondolin

Every Tolkien aficionado, and they are legion, will want to read this book, both for the story it tells and as a final collaboration between this legendary father-and-son duo

"Sixth World" Series Sparks a Trailblazer's Beginning | Debut Spotlight

Set in a postapocalyptic America, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning conceives of a reborn Navajo nation, where ancient legends and dark witchcraft battle it out in a world of deteriorating technology.

August Genre Reads | Wyatt's World

August brings a fresh wave of genre reads, from a breakout new police procedural to a fan-favorite blend of romance, history, and paranormal.

An Easy Death

Best-selling author Harris's ("Sookie Stackhouse" and "Midnight Crossroad" series) latest thriller combines the supernatural elements she's known for with a dose of Western flair. It's a slow starter but an intriguing genre blend resulting in a mostly seamless read. Her fans won't be disappointed.

Rogue Protocol

This third outing featuring Wells's introverted Murderbot (after All Systems Red and Artificial Condition) highlights a unique protagonist in search of a way to live, while learning about the faults and foibles of humanity. Continuing the fast pace and enjoyable interactions of the series' previous books, this latest entry is a refreshing and clever addition.

State Tectonics

Older concludes the "Centenal Cycle" trilogy with an entertaining trip into the near future while taking a sober look at the world's current state.

The Seas of Distant Stars

Recommended for fans of sf new adult narratives with strong YA crossover appeal.

I Am Behind You

Swedish sensation Lundqvist's (Let the Right One In) twisting journey into the dark corners of the mind is true psychological horror. It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end.


Thompson's (The Murders of Molly Southbourne) intriguing Afrofuturistic tale features an incredible mashup of alien contact and human-centered power, delivering a stark and gritty story that will keep readers engaged.

Street Freaks

Sf fans will applaud this fast-paced thriller, which has enough espionage, mystery, and dystopian elements to satisfy readers in these related genres.

Night and Silence

McGuire's latest tale of the changeling knight (after The Brightest Fell) weaves myriad storylines, paving a course to the forthcoming The Unkindest Tide. Urban fantasy enthusiasts should find this a must-read series, brimming with masterly characters, setting, and plots.

The Bus on Thursday

This book deserves to find its (cult) audience. For readers who enjoy their horror elegantly twisted.

Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

An engaging collection of poignant travel through time and space. Highly recommended for its breadth of stories that look at having to leave home—or discover it.

The Stars Now Unclaimed

This expansive debut for space opera enthusiasts is full of high-flying battles that readers of Becky Chambers and fans of the show Firefly will relish.

Kill the Queen

This epic fantasy launch brings all of the action, magic, and smart cast of characters whom fans have come to expect from Estep ("Elemental Assassin" series). Readers of Chloe Neill, Kim Harrison, and Ilona Andrews will welcome this bright new heroine.

Zero Sum Game

This hard-to-put-down, action-packed sf debut is intelligent and entertaining. With Cas, Huang has created an indelible, flawed character who makes mathematics seem almost magical.

Worlds Seen in Passing: 10 Years of Short Fiction

A wealth of exceptional sf, fantasy, and horror spanning a decade is brought together to honor both speculative authors and their publisher. Highly recommended for all collections.

Time's Convert

Harkness's worldbuilding skills are top notch, and this latest addition is destined to join her other works as a best seller. Not to be missed by historical fantasy fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]

We Sold Our Souls

Hendrix's (My Best Friend's Exorcism) remarkable, immersive prose will have readers recognizing pieces of themselves in the characters' flawed thoughts and actions, which is by turns disturbing and captivating.

Jay Schiffman’s Game of the Gods | LJ Review

As a former military commander and longtime judge for the Federacy, Max Cone determines who can become a citizen. But he is only interested in getting out of the spotlight and putting politics behind him. 

Who Is the Average Canadian Ebook Reader? | INFOdocket

Booknet Canada surveyed 500 Canadians over the age of 18 who read digital books about their format preferences, book buying, price points, channels, and more. See INFOdocket for an infographic and link to a video presentation on the findings.


The Point

Bram Stoker Award winner Dixon (Phoenix Island; Devil's Pocket) delivers an exciting military sf adventure with strong YA crossover appeal owing to the characters' ages and energetic story line.

One of Us

Dilouie (Suffer the Children) delivers a fresh take on the well-worn story of oppression and rebellion. Unfortunately, one-dimensional characters and clichéd dialog clog the story, leaving little room for building empathy. Still, the author's fans will want this.

The War in the Dark

A combination of James Bond, Indiana Jones, and The X-Files set in a post-World War II world, this sf/alternative history debut will appeal to fans who enjoy similar genre mashups.

Wild Hunger

Fans of Neill's "Chicagoland Vampires" series will rejoice to see the next generation in their own spin-off. Featuring her trademark snarky characters and colorful backgrounds, this is a fun and action-packed urban fantasy launch.

Empire of Silence

The author, an assistant editor at Baen Books, pens an engrossing read that confidently blends action and political intrigue. Although stretched across a vast array of planets, the story line is often more focused on the intimate than on the expanse, giving it a wonderful emotional punch. This wow book is a must for fans of Pierce Brown and Patrick Rothfuss.

Game of the Gods

Schiffman's absorbing sf adventure debut will satisfy all kinds of speculative readers.


This engaging new series from Bennett ("Divine Cities" trilogy) features a masterly blend of fantastical magic with sf technology that will engage readers to the final page. [See Prepub Alert, 2/19/18].

The Wind in His Heart

To read a de Lint novel is to let yourself believe in the power of magic. Highly recommended.


This strong entry in Hamilton's long-running "Anita Blake" series (after Crimson Death), is sure to draw in urban fantasy readers, newbies, and longtime fans.

The Fated Sky

This gripping follow-up to The Calculating Stars is a near-perfect combination of real-world issues set in an alternate universe. Highlighting the racial tensions of the early 1960s with a frantic race for space colonization, Kowal's deft writing is sf at its best.


The stunning plot of Foster's (Strange Music) stand-alone novel will intrigue readers for not only the "last man in the universe" trope but also the well-developed alien species. A true first contact novel on many different levels.

The Descent of Monsters

Yang's third series novella (after Red Threads of Fortune) continues to establish silkpunk fantasy as a superbly original subgenre.

The Calculating Stars

A fast-forward thrill ride, Hugo Award winner Kowal's ("Glamourist Histories") exciting alternate history, the first in a duology, highlights the space race and the sexism of the time. Sf and space history buffs will enjoy this entertaining tale.

The Wild Dead

This thrilling postapocalyptic mystery, which demonstrates the author's wide range of style, will please Vaughn's many fans.

A Study in Honor

In this intriguing and fresh twist on the Sherlock Holmes mythos, O'Dell (pseudonym for author Beth Bernobich) brings a heady mix of dystopian sf and strong female protagonists in the first of a new series.

City of Lies

This epic fantasy debut weaves political, class, and belief systems into a deftly drawn world, laying fertile ground for exciting political commentary.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection

This notable anthology is appropriate for seasoned readers and those looking to discover speculative fiction's vast possibilities.

Deep Roots

Emry's follow-up to Winter Tide is even more action-packed as it takes readers once again into an alternate post-World War II America.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown

McGuire's fans will relish this ghostly treat, as will those with a penchant for the supernatural, specifically works by Simon R. Green.

Apocalypse Nyx

Series fans will savor original episodes featuring the battle-worn Nyx, which also serve as an introduction to new readers.

Spinning Silver

This masterly, immersive high fantasy tale is grounded in real-world challenges and opportunities for growth. Highly recommended for fans of Novik's previous titles or fairy-tale retellings.

The Grey Bastards

Winner of the 2016 Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO), this gritty debut takes the swords and sorcery trope to new heights; a must for epic fantasy enthusiasts.

Mira's Last Dance

Bujold's fans will appreciate this novella, which returns to her World of the Five Gods and beloved maturing characters.

Kill the Farm Boy

Dawson (Star Wars: Phasma) and Hearn's ("Iron Druid Chronicles") reimagining of a traditional fairy tale is reminiscent of William Goldman's The Princess Bride and William Steig's Shrek! Irreverent, funny, and full of entertaining wordplay, this will keep readers guessing until the end and eager for the sequel. [See Prepub Alert, 1/29/18.]

The Robots of Gotham

As the violence and romance aren't explicit, this adventure is appropriate for ambitious adult and YA readers alike.

Suicide Club

Fans of modern speculative fiction and readers who love stories that warn us to be careful what we wish for will be enthralled by Heng's highly imaginative debut, which deftly asks, "What does it really mean to be alive?" [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]


Recommended for the author's fans and readers who enjoy Ben Aaronovitch and Adam Roberts. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

The Memory of Fire

Strong worldbuilding and intriguing characters continue to highlight the action-driven plot of this compelling sequel to Bates's acclaimed debut, The Waking Land, taking readers further into a beautiful reality of the awakening of magic and minds. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

The Poppy War

Drawing on the bloody history of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), debuter Kuang balances strong, graphic details of violent warfare and its effects with a young woman's struggle to succeed and her desire for vengeance in this strikingly grim military fantasy that summons readers into an East Asian-inspired world of battles, opium, gods, and monsters. Fans of Ken Liu's The Grace of Kings will snap this one up. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/17.]

The Last Sun

Intriguing characters, a fast-paced mystery, and an original magical hierarchy will immediately hook readers, who will eagerly await the next volume in this urban fantasy series.

Brief Cases: More Stories from the Dresden Files

Butcher's die-hard fans, along with fantasy short story enthusiasts, will find this compilation irresistible. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

Dark Space

Fans of short sf will enjoy this refreshing collection featuring distinct and varied protagonists.


Carey's evocative prose and skillful worldbuilding establishes a lushly detailed setting populated by memorable, well-drawn characters in a story that is deliberate and immersive. Exquisite action sequences will delight the many fans of her "Kushiel's Legacy" series. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

It Takes Death To Reach a Star

There are lots of moving pieces in this interesting attempt at merging the best of apocalyptic fiction and sf from Jones ("Action of Purpose" trilogy) and Worthington (Children of the Fifth Sun). And fans of both genres may find it compelling.

Trail of Lightning

This exciting postapocalyptic debut, with its heady combination of smartly drawn characters, Wild West feel, and twisty plot, is a must-read for fantasy enthusiasts. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]

Plum Rains

This quietly thoughtful read sits at the crossroads of literary and speculative fiction and will attract readers of both genres, especially those interested in exploring the consequences of present-day policies and the boundaries of artificial intelligence and human/robotic relationships.

When Genre Worlds Collide | Collection Development: SF Romance

SF romance combines the expected happy ever after with a consistent and believable science fictional setting. Offer up these 39 titles as a jumping-off point for the uninitiated.

SF/Fantasy's Best: Nebula Award Winners, Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominees

Charlie Jane Anders's All the Birds in the Sky won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad was one of six novels to be short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Britain's most prestigious sf literary prize,

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