Appel, John: Assassin’s Orbit
(Rebellion/Solaris US 978-1-78618-915-6, $14.99, 448 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 20, 2021)
Far-future SF mystery novel. An assassination threatens a planet’s vote to join the Commonwealth, and police and private detectives work together to uncover an old threat that could spark interplanetary war.
Ashley-Smith, J.: The Ariadne, I Love You
(Meerkat Press 978-1-946154-50-7, $10.95, 76 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, July 20, 2021) ...Read MoreRead more
Altman, Mark A., Gross, Edward: Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-23687-6, $29.99, 576 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 13, 2021)
Nonfiction book exploring the entire story of the Star Wars franchise from the beginning. Features the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film ...Read MoreRead more
Barry, Max: The 22 Murders of Madison May
(Penguin Random House/Putnam 978-00593-08520-, $27.00, 336 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)
Serial killer novel of parallel worlds. Reporter Felicity Staples investigates a murder and discovers that someone is killing Madison May in multiple universes.
Estep, Jennifer: Capture the Crown
(Harper Voyager US 978-0-06-302303-1, $16.99, 464 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)
Fantasy novel, the first ...Read MoreRead more
Bayron, Kalynn: This Poison Heart
(Bloomsbury USA 978-1-5476-0390-9, $15.99, 384 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 29, 2021)
YA novel featuring adopted teen Briseis, who has a power over plants. She only starts to learn the full extent of her power when an unexpected inheritance gives her a 40-acre estate full of deadly plants and secrets about her birth family.
deVos, Kelly: Eat Your Heart Out
(Penguin Random House/Razorbill ...Read MoreRead more
Charlie Jane Anders, Victories Greater Than Death (Tor Teen 4/21) Midwestern high-school student Tina Mains learns that she is actually the clone of a legendary space warrior, and must lead her people into battle against an alien tyrant. The first in a new YA trilogy with all the glitz and color of the MCU. “A slam-bang space opera.” [Gary K. Wolfe]
Akemi Dawn Bowman, The Infinity Courts (Simon & ...Read MoreRead more
Anonymous, ed.: Terrifying Ghosts
(Flame Tree Collections US 978-1-839644818, $30, 432 pp, format: hardcover, June 15, 2021)
Anthology of ghost stories, including many from open submissions by new writers. Part of the Collector’s Editions series.
Bova, Ben: Power Challenges
(Arc Manor/Caezik SF & Fantasy 978-1-64710-018-6, $28.50, 236 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 15, 2021)
America begins to colonize the solar system, starting with a permanent moon base, with ...Read MoreRead more
Andrews, Claire: Daughter of Sparta
(Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson 978-0316540070, $18.99, 384 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 8, 2021)
Young-adult reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, where a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.
Aryan, Stephen: The Coward
(Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-888-2, $14.99, 400 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, June 8, 2021)
Fantasy novel, book ...Read MoreRead more
Blake, Adrienne: Pride and Paranormal
(City Owl Press 9781648980671, $14.99, 316pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, June 1, 2021)
Paranormal romance novel about witches and warlocks, inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Boekweg, Sheena: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
(Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends 978-1-250-77098-1, $18.99, 352pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 1, 2021)
Young-adult alternate/secret-history SF novel set in a world where women manipulate history behind the scenes, and ...Read MoreRead more
The Locus Selected Books by Author list has been updated on our Forthcoming Books page, with information from the June 2021 issue covering upcoming titles from genre houses slated through March 2022. Find out about your favorite authors’ upcoming books!
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Wendy Aldiss, My Father’s Things (Pannoval Press 12/20) Brian Aldiss’s daughter Wendy took still-life photos of her father’s things after he died – everything from art and books (and a few issues of Locus) down to the junk drawer and garden shed – and put a substantial selection of them in this photography/art book for a fascinating, quirky portrait of an influential author.
C.L. Clark, The Unbroken (Orbit US 3/21) ...Read MoreRead more
Announcing the cover reveal for They Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca! A brand new fantasy adventure novel from CamCat Books, featuring cover art by Maryann Appel.
From the publisher:
They used to be heroes… and it was all downhill from there.
The Starbreakers were your classic teenage heroes. Using their combined powers and skills, they were the most successful group of glintchasers in Corsar. But that all changed ...Read MoreRead more
Cristina Bacchilega & Jennifer Orme, eds., Inviting Interruptions: Wonder Tales in the 21st Century (Wayne State University Press 2/21) This anthology has a mix of 24 art and fiction pieces, with critical notes, each challenging our familiar fairy tale narratives of heteronormative happy endings. Contributors include Susanna Clarke, Nalo Hopkinson, Kelly Link, Sofia Samatar, Veronica Schanoes, Nisi Shawl, Shaun Tan, and more.
L.X. Beckett, Dealbreaker (Tor 1/21) In this ...Read MoreRead more
Bangs, Elly: Unity
(Tachyon Publications , $15.95, 304 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, April 16, 2021)
Danae is not only herself. She is concealing a connection to a grieving collective inside of her body. But while she labors as a tech servant in the dangerous underwater enclave of Bloom City, her fractured self cannot mend. In a desperate escape, Danae and her lover Naoto hire the enigmatic ex-mercenary Alexei to ...Read MoreRead more
Anders, Charlie Jane: Victories Greater Than Death
(Tor Teen 978-1-250-31731-5, $15.99, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, April 13, 2021)
A young-adult SF novel and the first in the Unstoppable trilogy, centering around a sleeper-agent alien teenager on Earth whose part in an intergalactic war is bigger than she thinks.
“It’s properly, wickedly exciting – I devoured it! How Anders packs so much power and energy into her prose is astonishing. ...Read MoreRead more
Allington, Patrick: Rise & Shine
(Scribe US 978-1-950354-42-9, $16.00, 240pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, April 6, 2021)
Post-apocalyptic SF novel of survivors in the only two city-states left, literally fed only by the suffering they see in graphic footage of perpetual war.
[Rise & Shine] could easily be an episode of Charlie Brooker’s Netflix series Black Mirror…Rise & Shine does not shy away from the ...Read MoreRead more
Cover reveal! Dare to Know by James Kennedy from Quirk Books.
Dark Matter meets Annihilation in this mind-bending and emotional speculative thriller set in a world where the exact moment of your death can be predicted–for a price.
From the publisher:
Our narrator is the most talented salesperson at Dare to Know, an enigmatic company that has developed the technology to predict anyone’s death down to the second. Divorced, estranged ...Read MoreRead more
Brown, Eli: Oddity
(Candlewick Press/Walker US 978-1-5362-0851-1, $18.99, 368pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, Mar 30, 2021)
Middle-grade alternate-history fantasy novel set in a 19th century where the Louisiana Purchase never went through, leaving the US in conflict with France. The daughter of a murdered doctor protects a magical Oddity he left behind. Illustrated by Karin Rytter.
Langmead, Oliver K.: Birds of Paradise
(Titan Books US 978-1789094817, $15.95, 304pp, formats: trade ...Read MoreRead more
A limited one-volume edition of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins) with the author’s own illustrations, due in October, ranks on Amazon Canada’s list this morning.