Omni Readers: What Sci-Fi and Fantasy are You Looking Forward To?


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.

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My interest has been most piqued by...

Empire State by Adam Christopher [December 2011]

The Levels by Sean Cregan [October 2011]

Method for Madness by David Gerrold [November 2011]

Earthbound by Joe Haldeman [December 2011]

The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett [December 2011]

After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh [October 2011]

Infidel by Kameron Hurley [Night Shade, October 2011]

The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen [September 2011]

11/22/63 by Stephen King [November 2011]

20 Years Later by Emma Newman [October 2011]

Technicolor Ultra Mall by Ryan Oakley [October 2011]

By Light Alone by Adam Roberts [August 2011]

The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski [September 2011]

Reamde by Neal Stephenson [September 2011]

Meeting the Dog Girls: Stories by Gay Terry [September 2011]

The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge [October 2011]

Zone One by Colson Whitehead [October 2011]

All About Emily by Connie Willis [December 2011]

Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright [December 2011]

Posted by: Dan Geiser | Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Wowza! Some nice titles there. I've got or picking up at least the following. The Whitehead I'm reviewing somewhere. Hope to review all of them, in addition to Amazon features, possibly.

The Liminal People by Ayize Jama-Everett [December 2011]

After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh [October 2011]

The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen [September 2011]

Reamde by Neal Stephenson [September 2011]

Zone One by Colson Whitehead [October 2011]

Posted by: Jeff VanderMeer | Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I'm interested in seeing your take on those that you've picked up. I must admit I have a very soft spot for Gerrold's War with the Chtorr and Method for Madness along with Reamde are the two that I am _most_ looking forward to.

Posted by: Dan Geiser | Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Great to get an idea of what's coming up later this year. Usually I don't know a book's coming out until it hits the shelves. :)

Posted by: Paul Kane | Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM

There is still (this is not the first time I've made the complaint) far too much emphasis on "science fiction" on this blog which is not, after all, a science fiction blog. Thanks for the revival of Old Media Mondays; I've missed it.

Posted by: Linda C. | Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM

In addition to the Vinge, Whitehead, and Stephenson, McHugh, King, and Roberts, mentioned above, I'm particularly looking forward to these four:
* 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
* The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
* A Bridge of Years, by Robert Charles Wilson
* Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, by Samuel R. Delany

Posted by: John C. | Thursday August 18, 2011 at 6:24 AM

I've been looking forward to Reamde for a while, yes. Other things this late summer, fall and early winter:

Just finished: The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Currently reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Machine Man by Max Barry (author of Jennifer Government) (already out)

Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs (Night Shade Books, August 16)

Low Town: A novel by Daniel Polansky (Tor, Aug 16, 2011)

The Unincorporated Woman by Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin (Tor, Aug 16, 2011)

The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley (Orbit, Aug 17, 2011)

The White City (The Clockwork Dark, Book 3) by John Claude Bemis (Aug 23, 2011, Random House Books for Young Readers)

Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1 by Colin Meloy (young reader book from Balzer + Bray, August 30, 2011) being billed as an "American Narnia"

The Postmortal: A Novel by Drew Magary (Penguin, Aug 30, 2011)

Briarpatch by Tim Pratt (ChiZine, September)

The Rift Walker by Clay and Susan Griffith, Book 2 in their Vampire Empire series which began with The Greyfriar (Pyr, September)

Collection: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers (Tachyon, September)

Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight: Stories of Steampunk and Supernatural Suspense by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers (Sep 6, 2011)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, Oct 25, 2011)

The Kingdom of Gods by N. K. Jemisin (October)

Two October books from Cory Doctorow: The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (Outspoken Authors) (Oct 1, 2011, PM Press) and a non-fiction collection: Context (Oct 1, 2011, Tachyon, a follow on to Content)

The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge (October)

Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz Kafka edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly (Tachyon, November)

Two November titles from Night Shade: The Folded Word by Catherynne M. Valente, book 2 in her A Dirge for Prester John after 2010’s The Habitation of the Blessed; When We Were Executioners by J. M. McDermott (Night Shade Books) sequel to Never Knew Another

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King (Scribner, Simon & Schuster Audio, November 8, 2011)

And: Pilgrim of the Sky by Natania Barron (Candlemark & Gleam, December)

Posted by: Sam M-B | Thursday August 18, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Ugh. Hate to come back but I had a different list stowed somewhere else that I remembered:

ICO: Castle in the Mist (Haikasoru) by Miyuki Miyabe (Aug 16, 2011)

Isles of the Forsaken by Carolyn Gilman (ChiZine, Aug 15, 2011)

ANTHOLOGY: Kizuna: Fiction for Japan (a charity anthology) by Michael Moorcock, Jason Wuchenich, Trent Zelazny and Ken Asamatsu

The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski (Tor Books, September 13)

David Anthony Durham finishes the “Acacia Trilogy” with The Sacred Band (Doubleday, October 4, 2011)

Posted by: Sam M-B | Thursday August 18, 2011 at 9:02 AM

ARCTIC RISING by Tobias S. Buckell, mainly. On the Star Wars front, Drew Karpyshyn's REVAN promises to be quite a treat as a follow-up to the Xbox bestseller Knights of the Old Republic.

Posted by: Alex J. Kane | Thursday August 18, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Here is my list for the Fall and early Winter:
Seed by Rob Ziegler (debut)
Infidel by Kameron Hurley
Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (debut)
The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner

I just recently finished Ready Player One and everyone needs to check this out. Easily one of my favorite reads of the year.

Posted by: The Mad Hatter | Friday August 19, 2011 at 7:52 AM

Just heard about: Scorch City by Toby Ball (St. Martins, Aug 30, 2011) via a description of it as "dystopian noir" set in a dystopian 10930s. Looks interesting, sequel to last year's The Vaults.

(Just finished Ready Player One and while it seemed more suited to YA categorization in voice and content it was indeed fun.)

Posted by: Sam M-B | Friday August 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

A Prince of Mars, RPG novel by Frank Chadwick (2011)

Shannach — The Last: Farewell to Mars, collection of reprints by Leigh Brackett (Haffner Press 2011)

Martian Sands, novel by Lavie Tidhar (Apex Books 2011)

Winning Mars, revised novel by Jason Stoddard (Prime Books 2011)

Invisible Sun, novel by David Macinnis Gill (2012)

Finches of Mars, novel by Brian J. Aldiss (2012)

Champion of Mars, novel by Guy Haley (Solaris 2012)

The New Adventures of John Carter of Mars, YA anthology edited by John Joseph Adams (Simon & Schuster 2012)

Shades of Mars: Stories in Honor of Leigh Brackett, anthology (Haffner Press 2012)

Posted by: Paul | Monday August 22, 2011 at 11:12 AM

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