The new year brings a world of new books to the literary horizon. Just in the month of January, plenty of great science fiction books are set for release. Some are continuations of much loved series, while others are standalones from new to the genre writers. If you’re interested, keep reading for 10 great science fiction books coming this month.
1. The Heart of What Was Lost by Tad Williams
January 3rd saw the release of the next book in Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. The Heart of What Was Lost takes places after the closing events of To Green Angel Tower. After the defeat of the Storm King, it tells of the Norns fleeing back to their homeland, and the secrets they encounter.
2. Boss Fight: Heartache; Thicker Than Blood; Magic to the Bone by Annie Bellet
Boss Fight is the second book in Bellet’s Twenty-Sided Sorceress series and is a volume of three stories; Heartache, Thicker Than Blood, and Magic to the Bone. Sorceress Jade Crow has been defeated by her ex-boyfriend once. Now, she’s leveled up and ready to face him again. This volume released on January 3rd.
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Vasilisa loves fairytales. Her favorite is the story of Frost, a giant who comes in the night to steal unwary souls. The only protection against him is to honor the spirits of house and yard.
But when Vasilisa’s mother dies and her father remarries, her new stepmother forbids honoring the spirits. Something that can force doom upon the whole family. This book releases on January 10th.
4. The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman
In this sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is the left hand of the Devil. When she investigates a natural disaster, she finds something is weakening local magic and killing livestock, and it is up to her, and her mentor, Gabriel, to stop it. This book releases on January 10th.
5. The Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
After committing a horrible crime, military officer Aldo is sent to the furthest reaches of human space; the Citadel. A relic of galactic warfare, the Citadel now acts as a listening station. It will be Aldo’s eternal prison unless he is able to come to terms with his past and escape. This book releases on January 17th.
6. Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Better known for her urban fantasy thrillers, Carrie Vaughn has delivered a standalone science fiction novel. Polly Newton’s only dream is to be a starship pilot. But her mother stands in the way of this when she sends Polly and her twin brother off to school on Earth. However, when the students begin to suffer from a series of dangerous coincidences, Polly works to get to the bottom of it. This book will be released on January 17th.
7. Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
San Francisco is a kaleidoscope of cities within a city. In 1940, it is a haven for the unconventional, the outcasts, and the forbidden. Six women find their lives entangled, and discover love and danger in the strange and mysterious corners of San Francisco. Inspired by pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange will be released on January 24th.
8. The Prometheus Man by Scott Reardon
January 24th brings the story of CIA agent Tom Blake. He’s working on a major case when a pile of bodies are found in Paris. The only thing is, Tom Blake isn’t a CIA agent at all. His name his Tom Reese, and he tricked his way into the CIA in order to find his brother’s killer.
9. Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery
Serialized fiction is a style of storytelling similar to television, wherein the story is told in episodes. Bookburners is the first “season” of agents tracking down dangerous and magical books. This volume releases on January 31st.
10. Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Six crew members of a starship wake up to find themselves murdered. The clones of the crew now have to work together to find their killer, before it happens again. This murder mystery in space will be released on January 31st.
What science fiction stories will you be reading this month?
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