Bacon, Eugen: An Earnest Blackness
(Raw Dog Screaming/Anti-Oedipus , $18.95, 124pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, August 15, 2022)
Non-fiction collection of 12 critical essays, four new, looking at speculative fiction’s potential for dealing with blackness, Afrofuturism, colonialism, and more. Individual essays include references.
Dawn, Randee: Tune in Tomorrow
(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-78618-630-0, $16.99, 464pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Humorous fantasy novel, subtitled “The Curious, Calamitous, Cockamamie Story of Starr Weatherby and the Greatest Mythic Reality Show Ever”. Struggling New York actor Starr gets a big role on a reality show for a Fae audience beyond the Veil.
Graham, Jo: Warlady
(Candlemark & Gleam 978-1-952456-10-7, $21.45, 224pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 15, 2022)
SF space opera novel, the second in the Calpurnian Wars series. The Warlady of Morrigan has been assassinated, and her attaché hunts her killer in a race against time.
Gunn, Eileen: Night Shift
(PM Press 978-1-62963-942-0, $15.00, 128pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 16, 2022)
Gunn’s third collection of short SF stories. Includes an interview with Gunn conducted by Terry Bisson and a bibliography. Part of PM Press’s Outspoken Authors series.
Guran, Paula, ed.: The Year’s Best Fantasy: Volume One
(Start/Pyr 978-1-64506-048-2, $21.95, 465pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 16, 2022)
Year’s Best anthology with 24 short fantasy stories from 2021. Authors include Elizabeth Bear, P. Djèlí Clark, Karen Joy Fowler, and Catherynne M. Valente.
Hall, Kerstin: Second Spear
(Tordotcom 978-1-250-25017-9, $17.99, 288pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Fantasy novel of a warrior no longer satisfied with her job guarding her ruler, sequel to The Border Keeper.
James, Russell: Demon Dagger
(Flame Tree Press US 978-1-78758-695-6, $16.95, 304pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Horror novel. Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Price can see the demons inside possessed people, but one demon gets wise and attacks Drew’s son.
Kurella, Jordan: I Never Liked You Anyway
(Vernacular 978-1-952283-23-9, $18.99, 172pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 15, 2022)
Dark fantasy novella based on Greek myth. Eurydice is stuck in a hellish high school learning how to be dead, and telling the story of her disastrous relationship with Orpheus.
Lozano, Brendano: Witches
(Catapult 978-1-64622-068-7, $26.00, 240pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Fantasy novel about healers, storytelling, and family trauma, following a reporter investigating the murder of a curandera who could see the future.
Merchant, Bruce, Evans, Claire L., eds.: Terraform: Watch/Worlds/Burn
(Macmillan/MCD X FSG Originals 9780374602666, $18.00, 496pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Anthology of 51 near-future SF stories on surveillance, AI, and climate change from VICE.com’s “digital speculative story destination” Terraform. Introduction by Cory Doctorow. Authors include Tobias Buckell, Meg Elison, Sarah Gailey, Sam J. Miller, Tochi Onyebuchi, Bruce Sterling, Wole Talabi, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Jeff VanderMeer, and E. Lily Yu.
Poblocki, Dan: Tales to Keep You Up at Night
(Penguin Random House/Penguin Workshop 978-0-593-38747-4, $17.99, 272pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Middle-grade horror novel. Amelia finds a mysterious book in her grandmother’s attic, and some of the stories have spooky connections to Amelia’s own life.
Revis, Beth: Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel
(Penguin Random House/Del Rey 978-0-593-49849-1, $28.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Star Wars tie-in novel, about the wedding of Princess Leia and Han Solo.
Rocha, Kit: Dance with the Devil
(Tor 978-1-250-78149-9, $30.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
SF novel, third in the Mercenary Librarians series. People scramble for power in TechCorps after the fearsome VP of Security dies.
Seidlinger, Michael J.: Anybody Home?
(Clash Books 978-1955904094, $18.95, 234pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 16, 2022)
Near future horror novel where a sadistic serial home invader films his crimes and offers tips for others to do the same as the crimes get darker and more inventive.
Silvis, Randall: The Deepest Black
(Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press 978-1-7282-2361-2, $16.99, 320pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Mystery novel, in which the author is the protagonist, searching for ideas for his next book when he gets a tip about an abandoned baby and three shooting deaths — but then starts to suspect there’s something off about the tipster.
Sorokin, Vladimir: Telluria
(New York Review Books 978-1-68137-633-2, $18.95, 352pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, August 16, 2022)
SF novel of a neo-feudal world torn apart by holy war, and the drug tellurium, delivered by a spike through the brain. Translated from the Russian by Max Lawton.
Suri, Tasha: The Oleander Sword
(Orbit US 978-0-316-53856-5, $17.99, 512pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Epic fantasy novel, the second in the Burning Kingdoms trilogy inspired by Indian history. Malini prepares to depose her brother, while Priya fights the sickness that is spreading through all the living things in her country.
Victoria, Eliza: Dwellers
(Tuttle 978-0-8048-5523-5, $14.99, 160pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, August 16, 2022)
Urban fantasy mystery novel about people who inhabit the bodies and lives of others; two dwellers discover a body in their new house, uncovering layers of secrets when they investigate.
Virdi, R.R.: The First Binding
(Tor 978-1-250-79617-2, $29.99, 832pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, August 16, 2022)
Fantasy novel about storyteller and a singer on the run, and how they let loose the first evil.
Zahler, Diane: Goblin Market
(Holiday House 978-0-8234-5081-7, $17.99, 256pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, August 16, 2022)
Young-adult dark fantasy/horror novel about a girl trying to save her sister who has been bewitched by a goblin prince.