All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in February!


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From Demogorgons to the Joker to supernatural bands to Cain and Abel, this month’s round of genre-benders will take you on a journey! Whether you love Ursula K. Le Guin, Batman, or Weird Westerns, this list has a story you’ll want in your life.

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WEEK ONE

Stranger Things: Suspicious MindsGwenda Bond (February 5, Del Rey)
It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about ...

Andre Norton’s Star Gate Inspired Me Before I Knew I Wanted to Write


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One of my absolute favorite books when I was a kid in the 70s was Star Gate by Andre Norton, published in 1958. I found it first in the junior high school library, then managed to buy a used paperback copy—probably secretly; my father didn’t believe in letting me buy books I’d already read, even when they were only $1.00 or so. Even as a kid I was careful with books no matter how many times I read them, and it’s on my shelf today.

It’s one of those books that I didn’t realize was deeply encoded in my writing DNA until I went back and looked at it recently. It’s not like I ever forgot about the book, but it and the others like it were so deep under my skin I forgot there was a time before I read them. They formed my understanding of what SF/F ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in January!


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OK, genre-bender fans, your mission is clear: there are five genre-bending titles this month. You can definitely read most, if not all of them. And to list any here would be to give the whole list away! So go forth and click, and find what kind of bendery awaits…

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WEEK ONE

No new titles.

 

WEEK TWO

Ninth Step Station—Malka Older, Fran Wilde, Jacqueline Koyanagi & Curtis C. Chen (January 9, Serial Box)
Years of disaster and conflict have left Tokyo split between great powers. In the city of drone-enforced borders, bodymod black markets, and desperate resistance movements, US peacekeeper Emma Higashi is assigned to partner with Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Miyako Koreda. Together, they must race to solve a series of murders that test their ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in November!


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Stories, fairytales, superheroes, literary time travel—the genre-lines are crossing in all kinds of interesting directions this month. Which will you pick up first: the latest creepy thriller form M.R. Carey? Joyce Carol Oates’ new time travel novel? N.K. Jemisin’s first collection of short fiction? All of the above and then some?

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Someone Like Me—M.R. Carey (November 6, Orbit)
Liz Kendall wouldn’t hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she’s devoted to bringing up her two kids in a loving home. But there’s another side to Liz—one that’s dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way, no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating.

An Agent of Utopia—Andy ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in October!


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From anthologies to serial tales, story story collections to nonfiction, fairy tales in translation to a critical take on The X-Files, October’s genre-benders are here to cheerfully and delightfully resist categorization. You’ve got potential new literary loves from cult favorites (Shelley Jackson’s Riddance), pop culture icons (Stephen King’s Elevation), small presses (Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Taiga Syndrome) and podcast masters (Joseph Fink’s Alice Isn’t Dead). Which path will you dance down first?

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

The Best of the Best Horror of the Year—Ellen Datlow, editor (October 2, Night Shade Books)
Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Ellen Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. In this anniversary edition, Datlow brings back her ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in September!


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We hope you’d like to be creeped out next month, because… there’s a lot of horror heading your way this month. You can choose from: a creepy house; a creepy reissue of a creepy Stephen King book; a creepy anthology about terrible things that might happen to you whilst flying; a creepy boarding school…

There are a few non-terrifying options as well, like a new book from Patrick Ness, a biography of Hayao Miyazaki, Mu Lafferty’s Solo novelization, and a beautiful collection of Philip Pullman’s essays, talks, and more. Still, the creepy stuff is calling…

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

The Chrysalis—Brendan Deneen (September 4, Tor Books)
Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving the city ...

All the Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in August


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A little bit of horror, a little bit of near-future weirdness, a little bit of nonfiction, a little bit of Catwoman … this month’s in-between books are delightfully all over the place. A Short Film About Disappointment is entirely told in movie reviews. Severance has a cover the color of a pink slip. An Informal History of the Hugos does what it says on the tin. You’ve got stories from Ben Marcus and Abbey Mei Otis; a fabulist take on Moby-Dick from Jeffrey Ford; epic Nordic historical fiction; and Yellow Submarine. There’s truly something for everyone.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Bad Man—Dathan Auerbach (August 7, Doubleday)
Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, ...

All the Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in July!


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You’ve got your alternate history; you’ve got your classic retellings; you’ve got your appearances of the Old Testament God and your talking Jesus and Mary lawn ornaments (in two different books!). You’ve got a new take on Sherlock Holmes and an annoying sibling who happens to be a superhero—and you’ve got a murder at Comic Con. Which do you read first?

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WEEK ONE

Thoreau’s Microscope—Michael Blumlein (July 1, PM Press)
The politics and terrors of biotech, human engineering, and brain science are highlighted in this selection of short stories with Michael Blumlein’s signature mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and wicked humor. The title piece, “Thoreau’s Microscope,” is a stunning mix of hypothesis and history, in which the author inhabits Thoreau’s last days to explore ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in June


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We’re bending genres every which way this month, starting with Jason Heller’s Strange Stars—a nonfiction look at sci-fi and music in the ’70s—and ending with the latest from Paul Tremblay! In between, Peng Shepherd imagines a world where shadows go missing—and it turns out that’s where memories are kept; Siobhan Adcock imagines a near-future with a serious infertility problem; Hannu Rajaniemi’s Summerland does away with death; and Charles Rosenberg’s alternate history does something entirely different with George Washington.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded—Jason Heller (June 5, Melville House)
As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in May


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If you asked us to stack this month’s genre-bending releases in the order you should read them … it’d be impossible. We’d be sitting here forever, trapped under the weight of an impossible task. Should you start with Melissa Broder’s merman novel? One of several intriguing story collections? A nonfiction book about geek culture, or one about the military science of Star Wars? Bethany C. Morrow’s debut, Mem? A new Stephen King novel? Or maybe Nikhil Singh’s Taty Went West?

You tell us: Which first?

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WEEK ONE

Hell! No Saints in Paradise—A.K. Asif (May 1, HarperCollins)
2050, New York. In the aftermath of a grueling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in April


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Ghosts, secrets, rewritten classics, classics being newly collected, sequels, and a guy who knows the future—this month’s genre-benders are all over the map in the best possible way.

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WEEK ONE

The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories—Arthur Machen (April 3, Oxford University PresS)
Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalized late-Victorian readers. Machen’s “weird fiction” has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro. This new collection constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March


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This month’s genre-bending list begins with a spooky version of the Donner Party and ends with a book that features the returning souls of murdered children, so … brace yourself, is all we’re saying! But you can also pick up Daniel H. Wilson’s new collection of short stories, Mallory Ortberg’s updated children’s stories in The Merry Spinster, the latest horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, and Elizabeth Bear’s new Karen Memory adventure. You might be up all night reading—but in a good way. We swear.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

The Hunger—Alma Katsu (March 6, G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Evil is invisible, and it is everywhere. That is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the wagon train known as the Donner Party. ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in February


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If you’re looking for variety, you’re in the right place. February has immortal men, time-traveling special agents, haunted museums, mysterious new creatures, and a lot of magical-sounding short story collections. Plus Austen meets Shelley in John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus, and Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus present the novel edition of The Shape of Water!

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

How to Stop Time—Matt Haig (February 6, Viking)
Tom Hazard may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history—performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life. So Tom moves back his to London to become a high school history teacher—the perfect ...

All the Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in January


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Let’s kick off 2018 with one heck of a range of genre-bending books—many of which are guaranteed not to comfort you in the dark winter months. From alternate-history wars to a scary school to a future society full of frightful “transparency,” there’s a lot to be creeped out by in these new books, which include releases from Nick Harkaway, Leni Zumas, Brooke Bolander, and Jo Walton. Where will you start? (If you need something a bit more fun, maybe look to Saga’s latest face-off anthology, Robots vs. Fairies.)

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Gunslinger Girl—Lyndsay Ely (January 2, jimmy patterson)
Young adult. Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and ...

The One Book That Showed Me How Genres Can Coexist: The Eight by Katherine Neville


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I was sitting at my desk at my first agency job, typing submission letters on my IBM Selectric for cook books, diet books, military thrillers, romance novels “written” (not really) by celebrity wives of New York real estate tycoons, wondering if it was too late to apply to med school (yes, I was just out of college, and full of myself), when my friend Helen, who sat at the desk ahead of me, turned around and handed me a book.

It was one of those small paperbacks (mass market, as they call it in the publishing trade), as opposed to the larger format paperbacks reserved for reprints of more upscale works of fiction. The cover featured raised gold foil lettering and a lurid magenta infinity sign hovering over what looked like a carved ivory (yes, I too shudder) chess piece, a knight. I rifled the yellowish, minutely printed pages. There ...

Five Books That Have Fun Mashing Up Sub-Genres


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One of the glories of science fiction and fantasy is the way that writers can mash up different genres and sub-genres to provide new perspectives on old tropes. This has been happening for at least as far back as Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream mixes together Greek mythology (Theseus and Hippolyta), stories of English Faerie folk (Oberon and Titania), romantic comedy (the mismatched lovers), and lowbrow slapstick (the “rude mechanicals”) to obtain a play which throws a fresh light on all its elements. The play is also ridiculously funny, which is why it’s still a favorite with modern audiences.

I like funny. I love funny. Most of the stories I’ve written contain plenty of laughter, even when they deal with serious subjects. And mashing together different sub-genres is a perfect opportunity for jokes.

Let’s face it: plenty of SF tropes are balloons just waiting to be popped. If a book ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in November


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Things are dark in this month’s genre-benders… which is just the way some of us like it. London is flooded; women are missing; the world is ending; the timeline is different. But it’s not all floods and gloom! You might also explore The Un-Discovered Islands, a collection of stories about places once believed to be real, or new collections from Tim Powers and Philip K. Dick.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

The End We Start From—Megan Hunter (November 7, Grove Press)
As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place. The story traces ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in August


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In this month’s genre-bending titles, you’ll find demons in the internet, ghosts in houses, prophecies in the north, and spellbooks in the woods. Natasha Pulley returns with The Bedlam Stacks; Patrick Hemstreet continues his God Wave series; Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s Irish teens find a Spellbook of the Lost and Found; and, in Brian Allan Carr’s Sip, people start getting drunk on their own shadows. (Don’t try this at home, kids.) Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.  

WEEK ONE

Secondborn (Secondborn #1)—Amy A. Bartol (August 1, 47North)
On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the ...

How The Laundry Files Got Published


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One of the realities of publishing that we don’t like to talk about is that a series generally lives or dies by grace of its first publisher. It’s extremely unusual for a series to hop from one publisher to another, yet with the recent publication of The Delirium Brief by Tor.com Publishing, the Laundry Files will be on its third US publisher (and fifth English language publisher overall). What happened and how did we get here? Let’s rewind to the summer of 1999, when an aspiring SF novelist called Charlie had finished a space opera and was waiting to hear from the editor to whom he’d sent it. I was tired of far-future SF at that point and wanted to do something for light relief; a spy story, perhaps, or maybe something Lovecraftian. A year earlier I’d published a short story titled “A Colder War” which got some attention, ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in July


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The world is an especially strange place in this month’s genre-benders, from Christopher Brown’s post-USA Tropic of Kansas to David Williams’ When the English Fall. Edgar Cantero explores the grown-up lives of some Meddling Kids; Sherlock Holmes takes on Cthulhu; and Harry Turtledove continues his Hot War series with Armistice. Plus, two best of the year anthologies! Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.  

WEEK ONE

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions—Lois H. Gresh (July 4, Titan)
A series of grisly murders rocks London. At each location, only a jumble of bones remains, along with a bizarre bone sphere covered in arcane symbols. The son of the latest victim seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, who discover a common thread that ties together the ...