Science Fiction & Fantasy | Prepub Alert, May 2024 Titles

Jack Campbell and Veronica Roth have new titles, and there are multiple May debuts; plus a series list.








Bond, Charlotte. The Fireborne Blade. (The Fireborne Blade, Bk. 1). May 2024. 176p. ISBN 9781250290311. $20.99. FANTASY

Bond’s The Watcher in the Woods won the British Fantasy Society’s award for best story collection. In this novella, she introduces the knight Maddileh, who must redeem her honor by retrieving a fabled fireborne blade from its keeper, a legendary dragon. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Campbell, Jack. In Our Stars. Ace: Berkley. (Doomed Earth, Bk. 1). May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9780593640630. $28. SF

Best-selling author of the “Lost Fleet” series, Campbell writes a new military SF duology featuring Lieutenant Selene Genji, who has been genetically engineered with alien DNA. When humanity manages to annihilate Earth, Genji is hurled back in time and has a chance to change the future, starting with Earth’s first alien contact.

Corrain, Cait. Crown of Starlight. Del Rey: Ballantine. May 2024. 560p. ISBN 9780593598542. pap. $18. FANTASY

Corrain debuts with an epic reimagining of a Greek myth as a space romantasy, first in a duology that sees Ariadne, Crown Princess of the interstellar Cretan Empire, making a bargain with Dionysus, an exiled god, that will bring them together in a marriage of convenience as they seek safety in Olympus.

Gibson, S.T. Evocation. Angry Robot. (Summoner’s Circle, Bk. 1). May 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781915202680. $28. FANTASY

Gibson (A Dowry of Blood, a B&N Best Book) returns with a series launch set in a magic-riddled Boston. David, once a teen psychic prodigy, is now an attorney and a medium for a secret society and must break a century-old curse if he wants to live, with some help from his polyamorous ex.

Hairston, Andrea. Archangels of Funk. May 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781250807281. $29.99. FANTASY

In a world ravaged by Water Wars, the disruptors, the nostalgia militia, and the invisible Darknet Lords wreak havoc. Working with Motor Fairies and Wheel-Wizards, Cinnamon, along with her Circus-Bots and dogs, help flood refugees—as she faces down threats from the Darknet Lords and the militia.

Lam, L.R. Emberclaw. DAW. (Dragon Scales, Bk. 2). May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780756418441. $28. FANTASY

Following the Sunday Times best seller Dragonfall, Lam offers the second entry in their fantasy trilogy, which finds ancient dragons, which humans first banished and then worshipped as gods, returning to the mortal realm.

Logan, James. The Silverblood Promise. Tor. (The Last Legacy, Bk. 1). May 2024. 528p. ISBN 9781250345806. pap. $19.99. FANTASY

In this epic fantasy debut, disgraced heir Lukan tries to solve the mystery of his estranged father’s death, leading him to the city of Saphrona, a place full of traders, thieves, and monsters, along with plenty of danger and secrets. With a 100K-copy first printing.

Manibo, Victor. Escape Velocity. Erewhon Bks. May 2024. 384p. ISBN 9781645660842. $28. SF

A 2022 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow, Manibo (Sleepless) writes a near-future sci-fi mystery set aboard a luxury resort in low Earth orbit. As the exclusive Rochford Institute holds its class reunion onboard, one former student seeks answers about her brother’s murder, while others plot against the Institute’s wealthy alumni who plan to abandon Earth for Mars.

Okungbowa, Suyi Davies. Lost Ark Dreaming. May 2024. 192p. ISBN 9781250890757. $19.99. SF

Nommo Award–winning Okungbowa writes a postapocalyptic novella that fuses African politics, climate fiction, and mythology into a story in which those who’ve survived the rise of the ocean live in partially submerged towers, while those who were left for dead in the Atlantic seek vengeance after being reawakened by an ancient power.

Patel, Vaishnavi. Goddess of the River. Redhook: Orbit. May 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780759557345. $30. FANTASY

Patel, author of the best seller Kaikeyi, reimagines a story from Hindu mythology as she tells the tale of river goddess Ganga, who is bound to a mortal body and weds King Shantanu. She becomes queen and gives birth to a son, Devavrata, whom she is forced to leave behind once she is freed from her mortality.

Roth, Veronica. When Among Crows. Tor. May 2024. 176p. ISBN 9781250855480. $19.99. FANTASY

A monster-slaying knight who split his soul in half to make a sword from his spine and a woman who has inherited her family’s curse seek help from legendary witch Baba Jaga in this novella from best-selling Roth (Arch-Conspirator). With a 200K-copy first printing.

Shields, Sydney J. The Honey Witch. Redhook: Orbit. May 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780316568869. pap. $18.99. FANTASY

In Shields’s debut, the price of the Honey Witch’s magic is that no one can fall in love with her. Marigold prefers magic to her suitors, so she’s happy to train as the next Honey Witch—until grumpy skeptic Lottie shows up, and Marigold begins to wonder if she’ll lose her magic and her heart.

Thorne, Rebecca. Can’t Spell Treason Without Tea. Bramble. (Tomes & Tea, Bk. 1). May 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781250333292. pap. $19.99. FANTASY

A self-published hit, this cozy fantasy gets the big-publisher treatment with turquoise-sprayed edges and a 150K-copy first printing. Reyna, the Queen’s private guard, and her girlfriend, powerful mage Kianthe, decide to leave their work behind to open a bookshop that serves tea, but mishaps, mysteries, and a murderous queen still find them.

Valente, Catherynne M. Space Oddity. Saga. (Space Opera, Bk. 2). May 2024. 304p. ISBN 9781534454521. $27.99. SF

Best-selling and award-winning Valente returns with the sequel to the hilarious Space Opera. In the aftermath of the galaxy-wide Sentience Wars, the Metagalactic Grand Prix was created, in which sentient species compete to avoid sudden extermination. As civilizations opposed to humanity plot against them, Earth is once again threatened and must battle for survival.

Forthcoming Series Titles

Armentrout, Jennifer L. Born of Blood and Ash. Blue Box. (Flesh and Fire, Bk. 4). May 2024. 560p. ISBN 9781957568782. $31.99. FANTASY

O’Keefe, Megan E. The Bound Worlds. Orbit. (Devoured Worlds, Bk. 3). May 2024. 544p. ISBN 9780316291576. pap. $19.99. SF

Vo, Nghi. The Brides of High Hill. (Singing Hills Cycle, Bk. 5). May 2024. 128p. ISBN 9781250851444. $19.99. FANTASY

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