Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for February


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For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.

 

A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams (February 5, One World—Paperback)

Twenty-five stories examining America’s many possible futures, written by some of the best and brightest in sci-fi and fantasy? Sign us up. Overseen by award-winning author Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom) and editor John Joseph Adams, and featuring contributions from N.K. Jemisin, Justina Ireland, A. Merc Rustad, Omar El Akkad, Charlie Jane Anders, Charles Yu, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and 18 others, this collection is packed with stories that extrapolate the realities our fraught present into ...

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.

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

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 ...

All the Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in February!


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New young adult books coming out in February 2019

Here we go, Young Adult SFF fans: Get your Vikings, your duchesses, your healers, and waning teens here, as we round the corner into the second month of the year!

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

Station Zero (Railhead #3)—Philip Reeve (February 1, Capstone Editions)
What happens after the adventure of a lifetime? For Zen, it’s a safe, comfortable life of luxury. But it’s not what Zen wants. He misses the thrill of riding the rails, of dodging danger, and of breathing the air of different planets. Most of all of course he misses Nova—lost to him forever in a distant world. But then one day a mysterious message arrives, and that’s all Zen needs to head right off, ready for anything. Except that no one could be ready ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in February!


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Come February, will it be the frigid cold of the dark side of January (the planet, not the month), or will the sun burn us in its unforgiving light? There’s no way to know, but Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night will tell you how to find the happy medium between both! This month’s science fiction releases also includes the Library of America edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti trilogy collected in omnibus form, contemporary Chinese SF in translation, and a most ambitious undertaking that honors the memory of the late Gardner Dozois—the very best of the very best SF of the year! With so many short stories, novellas, and new novels, there’s 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.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in February!


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As we approach midwinter, you’ll need some engrossing new reads to keep you warm until spring! You could delve into fantasy intrigue through the eyes of bastard-orphan-turned-royal-heir Kihrin in Jenn Lyons’ The Ruin of Kings, or through the nose of the enigmatic Tracker in Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf—both the start of epic new series. Or maybe this February you’re feeling soft-hearted about such misunderstood creatures as the Beast or Sasquatch. Peruse this month’s new fantasy releases, from haunted tram cars to haunted pork processing plants, from L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s 12th Imager novel to Ann Leckie’s first fantasy adventure—and get started on that blanket fort. Lord knows you’ve got enough in your TBR stacks for the foundations.

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

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Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for January


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For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.

 

Outside the Gates, by Molly Gloss (January 1, Saga Press—Paperback)

Originally published in 1986, Molly Gloss’ slender first novel tells the tale of Vren, a boy who is exiled from his home because of his ability to communicate with animals. Vren has been told that beyond the safety of the walls are monsters, and standing at the gates where so many others have died when forced out of their home, Vren is certain his fate is just as grim. Then he meets Rusche, a weather-worker gifted with his own powers, and he’s adopted by a family of wolves. For a while, Vren ...

Romance, Revenge, and Revolutions in This Winter’s Upcoming Young Adult SFF


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A new year dawns and brings with it a new crop of incredible and enticing young adult science fiction and fantasy novels. I hope you still have some money left over and some room on your TBR pile after all that holiday gifting, because it’s next to impossible to not want to get your hands on these upcoming titles.

 

January


The Girl King by Mimi Yu

When their father names their male cousin Set as his heir instead of his eldest daughter, sisters Lu and and Min find themselves on a collision course as they fight over the throne. Lu flees the palace and builds an army of shapeshifters and magicians while Min explores how her newfound abilities might be used to benefit Set or take the empire for herself.

Jan. 8, 2019, Bloomsbury


 


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Paris, 1889. Séverin ...

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…

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

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 Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in January!


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Step right up, Young Adult SFF fans: get your clones, your fae, your slayers, your rules, and your spacefarers here, in the first batch of magical young adult books for 2019! Holly Black returns with The Wicked King; Kiersten White introduces a new Slayer; Roshani Chokshi returns with The Gilded Wolves; Leigh Bardugo goes back to the Grishaverse with King of Scars, and so, so much more!

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 Similars—Rebecca Hanover (January 1, Sourcebooks Fire)
Junior year just got a lot more cutthroat. This fall, six new students are joining the junior class at the elite Darkwood Academy. But they aren’t your regular over-achieving teens. They’re clones. And they’re joining the class alongside their originals. The Similars are all anyone can ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in January!


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There’s not a lot of space-faring SF this month, but it looks like there’s still enough to keep you spaceaholics busy. (Is that a thing?) January brings a new book from C.J. Cherryh (with Jane S. Fancher); the latest in David Weber’s Safehold series; the second Rise of Io book from Wesley Chu; the second Revenger book from Alastair Reynolds; and a new novella from Robert Jackson Bennett!

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

Nightchaser—Amanda Bouchet (January 1, Sourcebooks Casablanca)
Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in January!


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New year, new to-be-read stack! That’s how it works, right? No? Maybe a little optimistic? Well, at any rate, here are some new books for the stack… even if the stack remains, uh, precarious. Where will you start? The reissued Outside the Gates from Molly Gloss? The third Winternights book from Katherine Arden? The last Miriam Black book from Chuck Wendig? S.A. Chakraborty’s The Kingdom of Copper? Which door will you step through?

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

Outside the Gates—Molly Gloss (January 1, Saga Press)
Reissue. Vren has always been told that the world beyond the gates of his village is one filled with monsters, giants, and other terrifying creatures. But when he confides with his family about his ability to talk to animals, he’s outcast to ...

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for November


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For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.

 

Rewrite: Loops in the Timescape, by Gregory Benford
(November 6, Saga Press—Hardcover)

Nearly 40 years after the publication of his Nebula Award-winning time travel novel Timescape, veteran author Gregory Benford (who is also a winner of two Hugo Awards and a John W. Campbell Award, and is also a professor of physics and a noted academic) has penned a new book in the spirit of that landmark temporal adventure. In 2002, a history professor named Charlie is dealing with mid-life despair when he’s involved in a terrible car accident. He wakes up in 1968, in his own 16-year old body, and discovers ...

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 Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in November!


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Whether you want the last book in a completed trilogy, a middle-book to tempt you, or a debut novel to start something fresh, November’s YA SFF releases have something for every kind of reader. Julie C. Dao (Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix) and Marissa Meyer (Archenemies) are among those with second-books-in-series out this month; Emiko Jean (Empress of All Seasons) and Natasha Ngan (Girls of Paper and Fire) present tempting debuts; and if you’re ready for a complete trilogy or two, point yourself at Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen series (which winds up with The Dark Days Deceit) or Traci Chee’s Sea of Ink and Gold (winding up with The Storyteller)!

And, of course, there’s a new book by this fellow you might have heard of, Brandon Sanderson…

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in November!


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This month’s science fiction releases give you not one but two Star Trek-related options—and one Firefly novel, if that’s your spacefaring flavor of choice! Nancy Kress winds up her Yesterday’s Kin trilogy; Kate Heartfield introduces a new time-traveling heroine with Alice Payne Arrives; Corey J. White rounds out his Voidwitch trilogy with Static Ruin … and those are just a few of your options if you’re looking to go to space this month. Or the future. Or the future in space!

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 Subjugate—Amanda Bridgeman (November 6, Angry Robot)
In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in November!


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Finally: sweater weather! Also known as books-and-hot-cocoa weather (or hot toddies, depending). November’s fantasies range from Jane Yolen’s fractured fairytales to a new translation of Aladdin; from an omnibus edition of Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet to Tasha Suri’s debut fantasy Empire of Sand. And, of course, a little book from George R.R. Martin … (no, not that one, sorry!)

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

Breach—W.L. Goodwater (November 6, Ace)
When Soviet magicians conjured an arcane wall to blockade occupied Berlin, the world was outraged but let it stand for the sake of peace. Now, after ten years of fighting with spies instead of spells, the CIA has discovered the unthinkable… the wall is failing. While refugees and soldiers mass along the border, operatives from ...

Meet Hackers, Gunslingers, and Witches in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for October


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For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.

 

Street Freaks, by Terry Brooks
(October 2, Grim Oak Press—Hardcover)

Terry Brooks has been buried deep in the universe of Shannara for so long, it’s big news when he publishes something outside of that series. The fact that he would choose to write a sci-fi novel might seem strange for someone so linked to epic fantasy, but then again, under the fantasy trappings, Shannara is a secret sci-fi setting of sorts. Here, Brooks imagines a futuristic world where robots enforce the law and adults twist their children with technology to the point where they’re no longer considered human. Ash Collins receives a warning from his ...

Magic, Superpowers, and the Undead in This Autumn’s Upcoming YA SFF


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Tis the season for stories about queer teens of color fighting to save the world from utter destruction. Listen, a lot of times there are so few young adult science fiction or fantasy novels published in a season written by and about intersectionally diverse people that filling out this preview list is like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. This fall/winter, however, there were so many—especially #ownvoices!—that I couldn’t include them all without turning this into an ungainly longread. And when I say “so many,” what I really mean is “there are more YA SFF novels being published in just October than in November and December combined and I think I’m going to pass out from all the excitement.”

Even though they aren’t featured here, you should totally also check out Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox, Pintin Dunn’s Star-Crossed, Emiko Jean’s Empress of All ...

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 Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in October!


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It was time—time to give all the young adult science fiction and fantasy books their own list! And what a list it is: October brings Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to her Strange the Dreamer; a new book in the Every Day world from David Levithan; a new series-starter from The 100 author Kass Morgan; the final book in Sarah J. Maas’s epic fantasy Throne of Glass; and new books from dozens of excellent authors including Destiny Soria, Julie Kagawa, Elana K. Arnold, Mackenzi Lee, Neal Shusterman, Tochi Onyebuchi, and many, many more!

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

Damsel—Elana K. Arnold (October 2, Balzer + Bray)
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the ...