SFF Books of 2017 I’m Excited to Read

Bear with me, these may not all be from this year, but I’m still excited for them!  I’m really bad with deadlines/pub dates.

  1. The Ship Beyond Time, by Heidi Heilig

The characters of The Girl From Everywhere really stuck with me, and I loved the way she plotted this time travel fantasy (I’m kind of a sucker for time travel), so I will definitely be checking out this sequel.  Plus the cover art!

2. All Systems Red, by Martha Wells.

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This novel has gotten awesome reviews from SFF fans I trust.  Plus it’s got robots, in space, with snark.  What’s not to love?

3. Provenance, by Ann Leckie.

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I finally acquired Ancillary Sword, which I mean to read soonish, and I loved Ancillary Justice for more reasons I can express in this teeny space, so anything she writes is on my auto-TBR list.

4. Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly.

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This novel makes me think fantasy noir roaring twenties.  It came out early in the year, but crops up on my Twitter feed from time to time, and every time I’m reminded I need to read this novel!

5. The Stone in the Skull, by Elizabeth Bear

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Bear is one of my favorite authors, in any genre, and this novel is set in the same world as the Eternal Sky trilogy, only taking place in a different kingdom.  Her superior skill with narrative and character make Bear both versatile and readable, as she’s published in multiple sub-genres, both in short and long fiction formats.

 

So that’s just a taste of what I’m looking forward to reading from this year.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty  more to add to this list before the year’s out!

New 2016 Books I’m Excited About

All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders, January 2016

quoted from io9:

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways during school. She is a magician, and he’s a scientist, and something is bringing them together to either save the world or destroy it.

My take:  I’ve read one short story by Anders, and it was enough to make me want to read anything I can find by her.  Taken with the fact that All the Birds in the Sky is getting great reviews, I can’t wait to get my hands on this novel.

Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee, June 2016

quoted from io9:

Captain Kel Cheris, a disgraced officer, is given the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a heretic stronghold. She allies herself with an undead tactician, someone she might not be able to trust. Yoon Ha Lee has written some stunning short fiction in the past, and we’re eager for this debut novel.

Lee writes mindbending short fiction and I’m really looking forward to a full-length novel.

Cloudbound, Fran Wilde, September 2016

I loved the world that Wilde created in her debut Updraft, and am excited to read more!

Crosstalk, Connie Willis, October 2016

quoted from io9:

We can always get excited for a new Connie Willis novel. Briddey is a mobile phone executive, and she’s about to meld minds with her partner, Trent. This is described as a romantic comedy, and it’s one that looks like it’ll touch on things like privacy and our five-minutes-into-the-future world.

My take:

Connie Willis is one of my favorite recent discoveries.  I’ll pretty much read anything by her.

The Winged Histories, Sofia Samatar, March 2016

quoted from B&N:

Samatar’s debut, A Stranger in Olondoria, is a glorious exercise in world-building, a lush, literary fantasy set in a world in which the ability to read is the source of all magic. She returns there in this standalone followup, in which four women fight a revolution with both pen and sword.

My take:

I purchased her A Stranger in Olondria, and The Winged Histories is part of the same world, so now I have something extra to look forward to!

Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal, July 2016

quoted from io9:

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamour novels have been popular fantasies, and she’s returning with a new, historical world: World War I. Here, mediums use the deceased for intelligence gathering and communications, and when the Spirit Corps is targeted, Ginger has to make some tough choices.

My take:

Kowal is one of the most solid writers I’ve encountered recently, particularly her short fiction.  I’m excited for a novel that branches out of the Glamourist Histories world.