New Books: 15 June 2021

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 More

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New Books: 8 June 2021

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)

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New Books: 1 June 2021

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 More

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Forthcoming Books Through March 2022

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!

For the complete list of books by publisher, subscribe to our print magazine or purchase the June issue in print or digital editions, available June 1, 2021.

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New & Notable Books, May 2021

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 More

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Cover Reveal: They Met in a Tavern by Elijah Menchaca

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.

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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 More

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New & Notable Books, April 2021

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 More

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New Books: 20 April 2021

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 More

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New Books: 13 April 2021

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 More

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New Books: 6 April 2021

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 MirrorRise & Shine does not shy away from the ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: Dare to Know by James Kennedy

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.

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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 More

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New Books: 30 March 2021

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 More

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New & Notable Books, March 2021

M.A. Carrick, The Mask of Mirrors (Orbit 1/21) Marie Brennan & Alyc Helms join together under the Carrick pen name to bring us this first in the Rook & Rose trilogy. Con artist Ren comes to Nadezra, the City of Dreams, and gets swept up in its aristocratic glamor and nightmare magic for a captivating fantasy adventure.


Kristin Cashore, Winterkeep (Dial 1/21) Cashore returns to the world of her ...Read More

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New Books: 23 March 2021

Barlough, Jeffrey E.: Hooting Grange

(Gresham & Doyle 978-0-9787634-7-3, $14.95, 273pp, formats: trade paperback, Mar 23, 2021)

Alternate-world Victorian fantasy novel, the 11th in the Western Lights series. Sea captain Robert Surtees loses his ship and moves into the ramshackle old family house at Hooting Grange.


Carey, M.R.: The Fall of Koli

(Orbit US 978-0-316-45872-6, $16.99, 576pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, Mar 23, 2021)

Post-apocalyptic SF novel, concluding ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: The Paratwa Saga by Christopher Hinz

Angry Robot presents the re-release of Chris Hinz’s award-winning ’80s cult-classic science fiction masterpiece, The Paratwa Saga. Remastered and reimagined with never-before-seen additional material!

50% off pre-orders until March 31, 2021.

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Book 1: Liege-Killer: Two hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse forced humanity to flee earth, humans still remember the most feared warriors of that planet – the Paratwa. These are genetically modified killers who occupy ...Read More

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New Books: 16 March 2021

Adler, Dahlia, ed.: That Way Madness Lies

(Macmillan/Flatiron 978-1-250-75386-1, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, Mar 16, 2021)

Young-adult original anthology with 15 retellings of some of Shakespeare’s most noted works, including some fantastic elements. Authors include Melissa Bashardoust, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro.


Briggs, Patricia: Wild Sign

(Ace 978-0-440-00158-4, $28.00, 368pp, formats: hardcover, trade paper, ebook, audio, Mar 16, 2021)

Urban fantasy novel, sixth in the bestselling ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers: 15 March 2021

Three strong debuts this week, beginning with Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun (Knopf), ranking #1 at LA Times and #3 at NY Times; Stephen King’s trade paperback original Later (Hard Case Crime), ranking #1 on two lists and #3 on two others; and Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Iron (McElderry), second in the Last Hours series, ranking #1 and #2 on two YA lists.
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New Books: 9 March 2021

Bishop, Anne: The Queen’s Weapons

(Ace 978-1-9848-0665-9, $28.00, 541pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 9, 2021)

Fantasy novel, book eleven in the Black Jewels series. Author has stated that this is the end of the series for now.


Brockmeier, Kevin: The Ghost Variations

(Penguin Random House/Pantheon 978-1-524748838, $27, 288pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 9, 2021)

Collection of 100 short ghost stories.


Deneen, Brendan: Morbius: The Living Vampire: ...Read More

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New Books: 2 March 2021

Beaton, E.J.: The Councillor

(DAW 978-0-7564-1699-7, $27.00, 448pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 1, 2021)

Machiavellian fantasy whcih follows a scholar’s quest to choose the next ruler of her nation amidst lies, conspiracy, and assassination. Debut novel.


Boehme, Jillian: The Stolen Kingdom

(Tor Teen 978-1-250-29882-9, $18.99, 336pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, March 2, 2021)

Young-adult epic fantasy. A vintner’s daughter’s magical blood reveals her to be secret royalty, involving ...Read More

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