The first half of the year has seen high-profile releases like George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons dominate the SF/fantasy news cycles. Now that we’re entering the latter stages of summer and transitioning to fall, I’m curious… Omnivoracious readers, what forthcoming science fiction and fantasy titles are you interested in reading and seeing spotlighted here? Here’s a brief list of books that have caught my eye, to get the discussion started...
Hellbent by Cherie Priest – The critically acclaimed author of modern Steampunk classics has turned to urban fantasy with a new series featuring a vampire and super-thief.
Reamde by Neal Stephenson – After the somber bell-ringing and kick-ass monastery world of Anathem, Stephenson has returned with an action-packed global adventure thriller.
The Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross Lockhart – Not enough tentacles in your diet? This anthology of reprints from the likes of Kage Baker, Joe R. Lansdale, Thomas Ligotti, Charles Stross, Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Bear, and Caitlin R. Kiernan will satiate your taste for Lovecraftian horrors.
All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen – A promising Steampunk title inspired by Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, and featuring brilliant inventor Violet Adams. This novel was acquired by the same editor who launched Cherie Priest’s Steampunk career.
In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood – Given the perception in the science fiction community that Atwood looks down on the genre, this slim volume of essays and observations may go down as well as unstable rocket fuel at a fire station. Essay titles like “Flying Rabbits,” “Burning Bushes,” and “Dire Cartographies” sound very promising, regardless.