While I think most of us can bid good riddance to 2016, there are some wonderful things to look forward to (at least entertainment-wise) in 2017, which may serve as a respite from all the turmoil in the world.
I, for one, can’t wait for Game of Thrones to begin again in June. There are plenty of books coming out as well, including—ahem—my own.
In one bit of news, I recently completed my latest sci-fi thriller, Atticus, which should be out early this year. More on that to come.
Meanwhile, popular sci-fi and tech-science blog I09 just published a great list of new sci-fi and fantasy books being released this month. It’s quite an incredible lineup, especially considering this is only for January!
Here is just a small sampling of the amazing storylines in the list, along with i09’s reported descriptions. Check out i09 for the full list.
The Last Sacrifice by James A. Moore
The prolific fantasy author’s latest is about a warrior who becomes a hunted man when he challenges the gods who have targeted his family as their next human sacrifice. (Jan. 3)
The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden
Debut novel about a young woman in rural Russia who starts to realize the fairy-tale monsters she grew up reading about might actually be real. (Jan. 10)
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World edited by David Brin and Stephen W. Potts
A collection of essays and stories by William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and other science fiction writers, all examining technologic transparency in the era of internet privacy, the NSA, and other concerns. Co-edited by scholar Stephen W. Potts and Hugo winner David Brin (The Uplift War, The Transparent Society). (Jan. 10)
The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman
The sequel to the acclaimed Silver on the Road follows Isobel, the Devil’s emissary, as she travels through a magical Wild West-like frontier known as “the Territory,” protecting its people against a mysterious force that’s working against them. (Jan. 10)
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
The ghost of a New York City woman who died before her time realizes a force darker than death is targeting the city’s spirit population—and it’s up to her to stop it. (Jan. 10)
The Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
A guilt-ridden young man ponders his situation—and plots his redemption—while stationed at the very edge of the known galaxy. (Jan. 17)
Galactic Empires edited by Neil Clarke
Science fiction writers contribute short stories that examine the social, political, and economic questions raised by the concept of Galactic Empires (think Star Wars) in science fiction. (Jan. 17)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
A young woman from Mars dreams of exploring the galaxy, but is instead sent to study on Earth—a place that proves far more perilous and exciting than she ever imagined. (Jan. 17)
Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories by Kim Newman
Short stories that revolve around familiar characters (Jack the Ripper, Frankenstein’s monster) in new situations—plus, a piece that prefaces horror scholar Newman’s upcoming vampire novel, Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju. (Jan. 24)
A Sterkarm Tryst by Susan Price
A 21st-century woman sent to 16th-century Scotland on behalf of her employers realizes she’d rather be living in the past than brokering deals for a sinister time-traveling megacorp. (Jan. 24)
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
The former Doctor Who writer continues his supernatural detective series starring Peter Grant, a cop who’s also a wizard tasked with solving London’s most mysterious cases. (Jan. 31)
Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
The official description is so juicy we’re just gonna go with it: “A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer—before they kill again.” (Jan. 31)
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