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Uncanny Vows

The follow-up to Uncanny Times continues to build Gilman’s delightful world. Fans of gaslamp fantasy, Sherlock Holmes, and wry siblings should take a look.


A gripping, fast-paced, genre-bending novel full of heart and wonder. Give this one to fans of Ben H. Winters and Dan Chaon.

The City of Stardust

An engrossing, fast-paced read.

Sun of Blood and Ruin

Lares’s debut is an action-filled historical fantasy set in an alternate 16th-century Mexico, featuring Mesoamerican mythology and a unique blend of magic and adventure.

The Oxygen Farmer

With a fascinating fictional scenario that connects history with the future, Holmes once again tackles conspiracy, subterfuge, and murder, but he takes it out of this world in his latest novel. Readers who enjoy Andy Weir’s novels, books like The Manchurian Candidate and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and TV shows such as Babylon 5 will want to put this one on their to-read lists.

The Parliament

Must-read fantasy for readers who appreciate the catharsis of horror; perfect for fans of Whalefall by Daniel Kraus and Such Sharp Teeth by Rachel Harrison.


Evocative and a little mysterious, this literary fantasy is immersive and full of Nigerian mythology. Recommend this lustrous coming-of-age story to those who like to read across genres.

After World

This novel upends the typical postapocalyptic format and provides a fresh, compelling new perspective.

The Lost Cause

Doctorow (Red Team Blues) tells a thought-provoking story, with a message of hope in a near-future that looks increasingly bleak.


Fay’s debut is highly recommended for fans of pulse-pounding combos of sci-fi with sympathetic characters and melting hearts, like that from Valerie Valdes, K.B. Wagers, Rachel Bach, and Cat Rambo.

Warrior of the Wind

The second “Nameless Republic” book builds on a complex story of rising power, secrets, and unique magic in an African-inspired landscape.

Annie Bot

Unflinching in its examination of humanity, Greer’s debut novel is a must-buy for libraries.

The Olympian Affair

Butcher’s long-awaited sequel to The Aeronaut’s Windlass is an exciting epic fantasy, set in the sky and filled with airships, magic, and the connections of blood and found family.

The Princess of Thornwood Drive

A contemporary fantasy debut that draws on Trinidadian culture, modern medical concerns, and family bonds. Fans of magical realism will find this tale engrossing.

Tonight, I Burn

With polyamory and a strong, queer main character, this is a breathtaking must-read for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Werewolf at Dusk and Other Stories

Small’s fluid linework and exceptional visual storytelling result in a compelling, deeply affecting collection.

The Silmarillion

Though complex and intricate, this foundational history is a winner for listeners looking to learn more about the origins of Tolkien’s iconic worlds.

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The Wolfe at the Door

Wolfe (1931–2019) has always been considered one of the most literary of SFF writers; though he hewed closely to genre tropes, he also sent them in directions no one had imagined. This collection picks up where 2009’s The Best of Gene Wolfe left off and will be appreciated most by readers and scholars of the author’s work.

A Stroke of the Pen: The Lost Stories

Fans of Pratchett (The Shepherd’s Crown) will love questing through these stories for bits of Ankh-Morpork.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2023

Although all of the stories here have been previously published, this is always a much anticipated collection, and readers of SF/F in short form will be glad to have so many standout stories, some already award-winners, in a single volume.

‘These Burning Stars’ by Bethany Jacobs | SFF Debut of the Month


Shards of Glass

Recommended for readers who have been caught up in the fantasy mystery trend, anyone looking for a way into Elantra without wading through its vast lore, and those who fell away from the series and are looking for a route back.

The Star and the Strange Moon

Readers who love timeslip fiction and twisty, puzzling stories will appreciate the latest from Sayers (The Ladies of the Secret Circus).

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The Bone Roots

This Slavic-inspired fantasy from Houston (The Second Bell) will appeal to readers who enjoyed Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver but want to see older women characters experience love and magic too.

All the Hidden Paths

The follow-up to A Strange and Stubborn Endurance continues to grow the richly immersive landscape of these fantasy lands, and the character growth matches the pace.

The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport

Between Moku’s endearing charm and Bador’s expressive eyemojis and heroic ambitions, including winning a bot martial arts tournament, the bots steal the show in Basu’s (The City Inside) fantastic, futuristic take on the “Aladdin” story.

These Burning Stars

Full of political intrigue and impressive worldbuilding, Jacobs’s superb debut launches this space opera trilogy.

System Collapse

Recommended for Murderbot’s legion of fans and for readers who love cynical antiheroes of all types.

The Kingdom of Sweets: A Novel of the Nutcracker

In this stand-alone novel, Johansen (“Queen of the Tearling” series) writes a beautifully twisted version of The Nutcracker, exploring the nature of revenge and its costs in horror-tinged fantasy. Recommend to fans of V.E. Schwab and Hannah Whitten.

We Are the Crisis

Turnbull continues to use his deft prose to tie themes of hate, social change, and backlash into an enthralling fantasy series in this sequel to the much-lauded No Gods, No Monsters.

Princess of Dune

This is a worthy new addition to the Dune universe, after The Heir of Caladan, filled with all of the best parts of Dune: the political scheming, the mutant space navigators, and the mystery and menace of the desert.

After the Forest

Recommended for fans of fantasy romance or fairy tale retellings with historical fiction woven in.

The Witch’s Lens

A delicious foray into a new series that melds history with the supernatural, from the author of The Raven Song. Smith’s fans, as well as new readers, will delight in the heady mixture of historical fiction, fantasy, and horror.

An Inheritance of Magic

Readers looking for a new take on urban fantasy, those who enjoy coming-of-age or training stories, and anyone who likes watching the rich fall will be delighted.

A Power Unbound

The final book of Marske’s “The Last Binding” series, after A Restless Truth, is a satisfying conclusion to a charming, queer historical fantasy trilogy.

The Quiet Room

Readers who loved the first book in the series, Rabbits, will be caught up in the wild goose chase aspects of this technothriller, but those looking for more straightforward storytelling may be less than thrilled.

Sword Catcher

A luscious story about fierce loyalty, powerful friendship, illusory love, and a unique brand of heroism.

Yours for the Taking

Korn’s (Everybody (Else) Is Perfect) timely fiction debut indicts exclusionary corporate feminism.

Generation Ship

Hacker Eddie Dannin is a fantastic successor to Mammay’s (The Misfit Soldier) signature character, Carl Butler, as a blunt instrument who bowls over obstacles in the path of the truth and pushes the story forward at a thrilling clip. Highly recommended.

Bookshops & Bonedust

This prequel is the perfect place for readers to start Baldree’s cozy fantasy series where folks band together for good, and evil is conquered through cleverness and friendship.

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Vol. 39

This panoramic collection offers something for everyone, with sci-fi and fantasy stories that are both inventive and creative. A solid addition to any SFF collection and a delight for genre fans.


This unique twist on the damsel-in-distress story is sure to delight listeners. A perfect listen for fantasy and adventure lovers alike.

Fractal Noise

This cinematic production pulls listeners into a character study of grief and religious zeal while making the most of the audio medium.

The Road to Roswell

Listeners will be over the moon with Hugo and Nebula Award winner Willis’s (Crosstalk) latest comedic gem, narrated by a voice actor at the top of her game.

The Combat Codes

Chang’s stellar performance and Darwin’s captivating story, mixing martial arts, dystopian science fiction, and fantasy, make for a top-notch listen. A thrilling series starter, highly recommended for fans of Pierce Brown’s “Red Rising” books.

Wild Massive

Though listeners may occasionally need to take a breather from this thrilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, this audio adventure should appeal to fans of John Scalzi’s The Kaiju Preservation Society.

The Judas Blossom

Romance, friendship, violence, and supernatural powers permeate the tale, making this a great option for fantasy fans and new listeners alike. The real-world historical context of Aryan’s novel adds depth and will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next installment in this planned trilogy.

Dual Memory

Socially conscious near-future, science fiction for listeners interested in the politics of individuality.

A Crown of Ivy and Glass

Rose’s skillful pacing and character portraits will draw listeners into Legrand’s first installment in a planned trilogy. A suspenseful fantasy romance for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The Book That Wouldn’t Burn

While the hefty run time may discourage some listeners, this should be a winner for bibliophiles and fans of intricate worldbuilding and mystery. For those who enjoyed Erin Morgenstern’s The Starless Sea.

The Nameless Restaurant

Listeners will be hungry for more of this charming series, which caters to fantasy fans and food lovers alike. Great for those who enjoyed Travis Baldree’s Legends & Lattes or Toshikazu Kawaguchi’s “Before the Coffee Gets Cold” series.

The Deep Sky

Interstellar explosions don’t diminish the inclusive and human tone of this novel, which is perfect for fans of To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers.

The Carnivale of Curiosities

For listeners who enjoy magic, the supernatural, and explorations of found families. Share with fans of Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Constance Sayers’s The Ladies of the Secret Circus.


A convoluted and intriguing story that asks big questions and delivers big action. For cyberpunk and hard-core science fiction fans.

The Splinter in the Sky

A standout addition to the growing genre of anticolonialist, political SFF dramas.

Feed Them Silence

This intriguing novella is perfect for those audiences who love ethical quandaries touched with a bit of science fiction. Though short, the story will stick with listeners long after the end.

The Thick and the Lean

A satisfying ending makes up for the imbalanced performances in this packed but intriguing narrative.

Some Desperate Glory

An action-packed space opera that traverses the galaxy and considers issues of intolerance, homophobia, ableism, and misogyny. Perfect for fans of Ann Leckie and Tamsyn Muir.

Titanium Noir

A winner for readers of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?? and Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon. Highly recommended for libraries with strong mystery and science fiction fan bases.

Camp Zero

A fast-paced, timely sci-fi novel for fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven or Sam J. Miller’s Blackfish City.

A Thousand Recipes for Revenge

Strong women characters and an innovative magic system make for a highly recommended listen.


A fun and fast-paced thriller that climbs high and more or less reaches the summit. Recommended for fans of speculative fiction and cinematic sci-fi-horror.

The Magician’s Daughter

A surprising, heartwarming, and moving fantasy that should appeal to fans of Diana Wynne Jones, Naomi Novik, and Katherine Arden.

The Basilisk Throne

Ideal for Game of Thrones fans looking for high-seas swashbuckling intermingled with political backstabbing.

The Ferryman

Detailed worldbuilding, a failing civilization, and the hope of humanity make for an engrossing listen.

The Scourge Between Stars

An exciting listen with a dramatic ending that will leave audiences breathlessly awaiting a sequel. Share with those who prefer their science fiction with a tinge of horror.

The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume 4

Recommended for readers who love stories guaranteed to send a frisson of wonder or fear, or both, up their spines.

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Don’t Spit in the Wind

Delightfully sinister and gleefully borrowing from its apocalyptic forbears, this is a fatalistic fever dream.

The Court of Shadows

Fantasy fans who like their speculative fiction filled with vampyre aristocrats and plenty of twists along the way will enjoy taking a bite out of this series starter.

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Saevus Corax Deals with the Dead

This satirical, tongue-in-cheek humorous first book in a trilogy is outlined in first person by the unreliable narration of Corax as he journeys and comments on the various events that happen to him. Readers who like Peter David, A. Lee Martinez, or the Guardians of the Galaxy movies will find this title right up their alley with similar tones, fantastical plots, and over-the-top characters.

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The Witches at the End of the World

Iversen’s debut may appeal to fans of The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow and For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten, but unfortunately, this take on the village witch hunt doesn’t have the same depth of character or engaging conflicts.

A Stranger in the Citadel

In World Fantasy Award winner Buckell’s (The Trove) latest, Lilith undergoes a journey from innocence to terrible experience. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories that reveal in layers and any who liked the postapocalyptic, flawed reconstruction of knowledge in The Starless Crown by James Rollins.

All the Dead Shall Weep

Magic meets the American West in the fifth installment of Harris’s delightful “Gunnie Rose” series, after The Serpent in Heaven.

Traitor of Redwinter

The second “Redwinter Chronicles” book, after Daughter of Redwinter, is filled with action, suspense, and magic. There are no altruistic characters here, making this a nuanced, complex story that will keep readers engaged.


A hard-hitting, topical story that fans of Mosley will enjoy.


Expertly told through a series of journal entries, emails, texts, and excerpts from Tobin’s novel, Frey’s (The Future Is Yours) book weaves a gripping, suspenseful narrative that flows well, even in this unique format. A blend of thriller and fantasy that’s perfect for fans of TV’s Stranger Things.

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch

A funny, lighthearted read recommended for those who love a retelling with a dash of magic and a witty heroine.

The Navigating Fox

Highly recommended for readers who love fantasies of talking, thinking animals but have had the misfortune to outgrow the “Redwall” series.

The Never Wars

Pedreira’s (Gunpowder Moon) newest is recommended for lovers of thoughtful military science fiction and space operas that root hard for the underdog.

The Salvation Gambit

Skrutskie builds upon her success with the “Bloodright Trilogy,” delivering a space-opera thriller that pits humans against each other and against artificial intelligence, with an exciting plot that starts strong and only gets stronger.

The Dead Take the A Train

Khaw (The Salt Grows Heavy) and Kadrey (King Bullet) create an excellent grim and gory tale that levels up urban fantasy in this series launch.

The Hurricane Wars

Guanzon brings a fresh voice and vivid world into the fantasy landscape, and this story will be incredibly popular. Readers will look forward to the next book in this new trilogy.

The Death I Gave Him

This is a fantastic and innovative retelling. Highly recommended for adventurous readers.

The Hexologists

This madcap thriller is recommended for readers who can’t resist the rising wave of fantasy mystery series.


In this debut trilogy launch, already a best seller in the UK, Kaner provides a satisfying payoff, along with twists setting up a sequel with much higher stakes.

The Mystery at Dunvegan Castle

This third entry in the series, after Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments, takes Ropa out of her city and drops her into the deep end of the political pond far away from home. Readers won’t be able to resist following this compelling character every step of her fraught way. Highly recommended.

Children of Memory

While it is possible to enjoy this book as a stand-alone, recurring emotional threads and connections to Tchaikovsky’s previous novels make this better experienced as part of a series. It’s difficult to imagine a follow-up novel, but listeners will hope for one anyway.

Facial Justice

Equal parts George Orwell and Lewis Carroll, Hartley’s fanciful futurism reflects its author’s aristocratic anxieties, a witty, entertaining, and oddly affecting science fiction outlier.

Chaos Terminal

The follow-up to Station Eternity is just as complex and engaging as its predecessor. Lafferty’s skill with dialogue and emotional arcs make the story equally character- and action-driven.

Long Past Dues

Grimsby continues his awkward hero’s journey, complete with reluctant partners and magical mysteries in the second installment of “The Unorthodox Chronicles,” after Dead Man’s Hand. This well-paced urban fantasy is a delightful addition to the subgenre.

Earthdivers, Vol. 1: Kill Columbus

A compellingly immersive character-driven science-fiction spectacle.

Moonray: Mother’s Skin

While some science-fiction and fantasy fans might be frustrated by Graham’s (Rain Like Hammers) seemingly improvisational plotting and emphasis on worldbuilding over propulsive forward progress, fans of the more experimental fringes of either genre are likely to embrace this fascinatingly surreal, richly imagined cosmic odyssey.

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