Space Opera, Fairy Tales, and Epic Fantasy Await in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for December

For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SFF releases.


Canto Bight, by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller
(December 5, Random House—Hardcover)

Four novellas set in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe offer a glimpse at one of the new settings of The Last Jedi: Canto Bight, a city-sized casino where the rich and ruthless mingle to play the odds and make deals. Ahmed tells the story of a working-class salesman whose vacation in Canto Bight is twisted when he meets one of the city’s criminal class; Mira Grant follows a deal for a priceless bottle of wine that goes spectacularly bad; Rae Carson demonstrates the possibilities the ...