Galaxy Quests | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy

Debuts showcase diverse voices, epics reign, space operas blast off, and horror rises from the grave (again)

Speculative fiction has traditionally explored the realm of what might be rather than what is. Yet many science fiction (sf) and fantasy titles have often presented those “might be’s” from a relatively narrow range of viewpoints. Increasingly, though, publishers are emphasizing diversity and greater inclusiveness, as reflected in the backgrounds of the authors being published, the types of stories these writers are telling, and the use of myths and legends from cultures outside the well-represented Western European Celtic and Norse mythologies as source material.

The upcoming fall/winter publishing season sees the release of more titles by female authors in what have been traditionally male bastions such as hard sf and military sf and grimdark fantasy. Likewise, authors of color are a greater presence in both sf and fantasy. A noteworthy addition this year is the increased number of authors identifying as ­LGBTQ across all subgenres. As well, physically challenged writers are introducing into the genre protagonists and stories that represent their own perspectives.

Diversity & Debuts

“What we want are great stories, and the thing that’s becoming [increasingly] apparent is that there are stories that just aren’t being told,” says Harper Voyager executive editor David Pomerico. The ability to publish fiction that readers connect to is Voyager’s goal. “[With authors] like Maggie Shen King writing about the one-child policy in China, or S.A. Chakraborty writing about Islamic myths, or Ausma Zehanat Khan fighting the Taliban through her fantasy, we’re trying to explore the world we live in today.”

To change the paradigm of which stories are being told and who is telling them, publishers are actively seeking and promoting previously underrepresented voices. Each season, Harper Voyager selects one book to market as its “Spotlight Title.” Chakraborty’s The City of Brass (Nov.) is the fall 2017 pick—as well as a lead title for parent company HarperCollins. “We’ve seen major excitement for this stunning debut,” notes Pomerico. One of HarperCollins’s most talked-about and requested galleys at BookExpo/BookCon this year, the novel is a brilliantly imagined historical fantasy in which a young con artist in 18th-century Cairo discovers that she’s the last descendant of a powerful family of djinn healers and must claim her magical birthright to prevent a war. In October, Khan, the author of the acclaimed mystery The Unquiet Dead, switches genres and delivers her first fantasy novel, The Bloodprint, the opening installment in a quartet about the epic battle to defeat a superstitious patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women.

Orbit Books, Hachette’s sf/fantasy imprint, too, is having a banner year for diverse debuts. “We have increased the number of titles we publish this year by 50 percent,” says publisher Tim Holman, “and we’re launching more new authors than ever.” Out this month is Anna Smith Spark’s debut, The Court of Broken Knives, which Holman praises as “a brilliantly told grimdark fantasy—an area that has been almost exclusively populated by male writers.” This November, Orbit is releasing Fonda Lee’s Jade City, a Godfather-style novel set in an Asia-inspired fantasy world. “It’s original and captivating, and we think readers will love getting swept away by Lee’s story,” remarks Holman.

Tor Books, which publishes the largest list of original sf and fantasy titles in the English-speaking world, is also actively acquiring material from different outlooks and cultural perspectives. Tor associate publishers Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Devi Pillai explain their company’s new direction: “It’s a big world out there, and we aim to find and publish stories that speak to all of it.”

Tor editor Jennifer Gunnels is excited about Richard Baker’s Valiant Dust (Nov.), a new military sf series featuring a Sikh hero struggling with race, class, and imperialism. “Baker manages to balance a great read with some issues drawn from today’s news,” explains Gunnels, who compares the novel to Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Vorkosigan Saga” and David Weber’s Honor Harrington books.

Senior editor Miriam Weinberg has high praise for promising newcomer K. Arsenault Rivera and her first novel, The Tiger’s Daughter (see review on p. 69), which “captures the epic lushness of a reimagined feudal East.” Weinberg is convinced that the October release, with its demon battles and ensemble of formidable, complex women, will shake up the epic fantasy scene. “Its powerful imagery and language have the potential to revolutionize the [epic] fantasy landscape, in the vein of Patrick Rothfuss or N.K. Jemisin.”

Another major Tor debut is Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous (Sept.), which explores the boundaries of gender and freedom. Senior editor Liz Gorinsky is proud to be publishing a rigorous sf book by a queer woman. “[Newitz’s] knowledge of and interest in LGBTQ+ issues shows in the queer woman protagonist but also in the complex journey one of the robot characters faces as they attempt to figure out how the human concept of gender applies to them.”

A special project for Tor senior editor Claire Eddy is Iraq + 100: Stories from Another Iraq (ed. by Hassan Blasim; Dec.), a collection of sf short stories set 100 years after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq and written by Iraqi authors (both those who still live in that nation and those who have joined the worldwide diaspora). “I was initially drawn by the idea of reading stories from a non-Western perspective,” says Eddy. “It was an eye-opening experience in the best possible of ways, and I knew I had to publish this book.”

Small press impact

Smaller presses, too, are pushing for more inclusivity with stories that represent the broad range of human diversity in terms of culture, race, gender, and sexuality. “Genre publishers are definitely committed to exploring previously unheard perspectives,” notes Jacob Weisman, publisher of Tachyon Publications.

Its August release The New Voices of Fantasy, coedited by veteran fantasy author Peter S. Beagle and Weisman, features some of the rising stars of the past few years, including Max Gladstone, Sofia Samatar, and Alyssa Wong, as well as introducing other writers of color, LGBTQ authors, and newcomers from outside the United States. “This is directly attributable to more inclusiveness in genre publishing in the short story markets,” explains Weisman. “I firmly believe that these writers will emerge as major [authors] in our field within the next few years.”

This October, S.&S.’s Saga Press imprint brings queer women of color into the often white male stronghold of space opera with the publication of R.E. Stearns’s debut, Barbary Station, in which lesbian space pirates of color battle a murderous AI. Another Saga title, Kat Howard’s An Unkindness of Magicians (Sept.; see review p. 66), is a fantasy revenge thriller, headed by a female protagonist fighting abuse and exploitation, set in a New York City underground of magicians. “Saga’s list has been built on bringing new voices and particularly women’s voices to the forefront of the genre,” says Saga editorial director Joe Monti.

DSP Publications, a Florida boutique imprint, adds to its expanding list of sf and fantasy titles featuring LGBTQ protagonists with such entries as Xenia Melzer’s Ummana (Jul.) and The Storm Lords (Aug.) by Ravon Silvius. This October, Bellingham, WA-based Blind Eye Books, which specializes in LGBT genre fiction, is releasing Ginn Hale’s The Long Past and Other Stories (Oct.), a collection of weird Westerns featuring diverse characters.

Genderqueer sf/fantasy is the theme of Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács, the second volume in Lethe Press’s new annual series (Sept.). Also, characters of differing physical abilities are represented in Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers (Handtype, Oct.), edited by Christopher Jon Heuer.

Dystopia & Dysfunction

Speculative fiction has always engaged with social and political questions, especially when it came to inventing futures or alternate worlds, but Tor’s Nielsen Hayden senses that in 2017 many more writers recognized that the genre is in constant dialog with present-day social reality, and this is reflected in their work. “We all have our points of view, and we might as well get on with the business of making stories out of them,” notes Nielsen Hayden.

It turns out that many of these stories in these politically fraught times are dystopian. Two books that Harper Voyager acquired well before the 2016 presidential election examine dystopic ­futures. Christopher Brown’s strangely prescient Tropic of Kansas (Jul.) features a celebrity president and an America torn by political discord, while Maggie Shen King’s An Excess Male (Sept.; see review on p. 69) looks at a China dealing with the aftermath of a generation composed mostly of boys.

In January 2018, the publisher is releasing Sarah Tarkhoff’s near-future Sinless, in which humans are chemically modified to be beautiful or ugly to manifest their moral standing. Harper Voyager’s Pomerico points out that this series launch examines more universal phenomena rather than something specifically tied to our current day. Warning against publishing speculative fiction that is too topical, he states, “We’re still a bit early into this new era to see something that either isn’t rushed or feels simply too ripped-from-the-headlines to come across as fresh.” Instead, Pomerico seeks much the opposite: “books that are hopeful, that could possibly help readers escape—if even for a moment—the reality we live in.”

apocalypse now

Others, however, are happy to publish explorations of ways that the world might end, or at least go to hell in a handcart, and their authors are drawing on our current anxieties. Holly Goddard Jones’s second novel, The Salt Line (Putnam, Sept.) is a literary dystopian thriller with elements of horror. The monster here is a disease-bearing tick that breeds and hatches within human bodies.

After a devastating epidemic that changes the very nature of humans, two sisters, an epidemiologist and a neuro­biologist, hold the key to humanity’s survival in Eric L. Harry’s Pandora: Outbreak (Rebel Base, Jan. 2018), the first volume in an apocalyptic series from Kensington’s new digital-first imprint (see “Digital Universes,” page opposite, for more details).

Meanwhile, N.K. Jemisin concludes her award-winning postapocalyptic “The Broken Earth” epic trilogy with The Stone Sky (Orbit, Aug.), and we return to more traditional apocalyptic visions with Stephen Baxter’s The Massacre of Mankind (Crown, Aug.), the authorized sequel to H.G. Wells’s classic The War of the Worlds. It is 14 years after the “war,” and the Martians are back. This time, it’s for keeps.

Epic fantasy still rules

As HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones moves into its penultimate seventh season, fans of Martin’s epic “Song of Ice and Fire” series are still impatiently awaiting the release of The Winds of Winter. This sixth book (of a projected eight) was originally scheduled for publication as early as 2012. Then 2013—and 2014. The date is now uncertain.

Meanwhile, readers will have to content themselves with a full-color graphic novel edition of The Mystery Knight (Bantam, Aug.), one of the thrilling “Dunk and Egg” novellas from Martin’s A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms and a prequel of sorts to A Game of Thrones, as well as a never-before-published “Song of Ice and Fire” story included in The Book of Swords (Bantam, Oct.), edited by Gardner Dozois.

Despite the publication delay, Martin’s books continue to influence the epic fantasy genre. Coming in May 2018 from Tor is Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear, a medieval European epic fantasy inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear. “[It] has the provocative political drama and eerie family ties perfect for fans of Martin’s ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series,” explains senior editor Weinberg.

This fall, another big name in epic fantasy, Stephen R. Donaldson, will be publishing Seventh Decimate (Berkley, Nov.), the start of a new trilogy about a prince seeking the legendary sorcerers’ library to save his people and the author’s first novel since completing his landmark “The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.” At the other end, veteran writer Peter V. Brett is closing out his “Demon Cycle” epic fantasy saga in truly epic fashion with The Core (Del Rey, Oct.).

Meanwhile, Kevin Hearne, best known for his “Iron Druid Chronicles” urban fantasy series, is branching out into epic fantasy with A Plague of Giants (Del Rey, Oct.), the first book in a projected series with an entirely new mythology of shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts.

“Kevin Hearne transformed urban fantasy with his unique voice,” says Del Rey editorial director Tricia Narwani. “Now he’s doing something similar with epic fantasy: taking a classic genre and making the inimitably Kevin Hearne version of it.” In trying this subgenre, Hearne notes that he “wanted to [simulate] the experience of a nightly bardic performance…so that readers might imagine what it would have been like to perform The Iliad or The Odyssey.” With this new series, he also wanted to feature characters who aren’t necessarily great leaders or heroes but ordinary people thrust into circumstances that require heroism.

There are plenty of debut authors in epic fantasy this season, including V.M. Escalada’s Halls of Law (DAW, Aug.), which Alexis Nixon, assistant director of publicity for Berkley Publishing Group and DAW, praises as a great choice for George R.R. Martin and Terry Brooks fans. This launch of “The Faraman Prophecy” military/magic series introduces a young female psychic who refuses to follow the rules and goes on the run from the powers that would harness her talents. Rounding out DAW’s series debuts in January is Cass Morris’s From Unseen Fire, an alternative Roman historical fantasy.

To carry on the fine tradition of antiheroes in epic fantasy, look no further than Age of Assassins (Orbit, Aug.) by R.J. Barker, in which an apprentice assassin is tasked with saving a life by a master who is up to her neck in empire-ending politics. Other debut fantastic worlds to explore in the coming months: Melissa Caruso’s The Tethered Mage (Orbit, Oct.), the first volume in a new series that centers on the relationship between an imprisoned mage and her sympathetic captor, and Ed McDonald’s Blackwing (Ace, Oct.), an unusual first-person-narrated epic fantasy featuring a bounty hunter living at the edge—of everything.

Rocketing into space

Once a subgenre in decline, overshadowed by epic fantasy’s dominance in the market, space-based sf is expanding like the universe it depicts. “The runaway success of the ‘Expanse’ series by James S.A. Corey [now a popular Syfy show] has helped make sf feel epic again,” comments Orbit’s Holman. In December, the publisher will release Persepolis Rising, the next title in Corey’s series.

Holman also notes that investment in commercial space travel has increased public interest in our solar system and that a number of writers have been looking at the moon. The most notable example is Andy Weir, who follows up his surprise best seller, The Martian, with Artemis (Crown, Nov.), a heist thriller set in a lunar city.

Other authors prefer to travel to other galaxies. In Marina J. Lostetter’s space opera debut, Noumenon (Harper Voyager, Aug.), it is the year 2088, and humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But where do we go? Elizabeth Bonesteel’s Breach of Containment (Harper Voyager, Oct.), the third entry in her “Central Corps” series, is a riveting mix of space opera, military sf, and space-age technothriller that Harper Voyager describes as a hybrid of Corey’s gritty sf thrillers and Ann Leckie’s sociopolitical dramas.

Leckie returns this September to the military sf world of her award-winning “Ancillary” space operas with a stand-alone, Provenance (Orbit; see review on p. 67). Likewise, Pierce Brown, after the runaway success of his “Red Rising Trilogy,” mines for Iron Gold (Del Rey, Jan. 2018), a new adventure set in the same universe. Jim C. Hines, however, is investigating new frontiers in space. After concluding his funny and thoughtful “Magic Ex-Libris” urban fantasies with 2016’s Revisionary, Hines is bringing his light touch to a new humorous military sf series. The first title, Terminal ­Alliance (DAW, Nov.), introduces a team of janitors who must save their spaceship’s zombied crew—and the galaxy.

genre Mashups

With its mix of various genre themes—alien invasion, zombie apocalypse, and secret conspiracies—Hines’s “Janitors of the Postapocalypse” series is a prime example of the increased blurring of lines between distinct types of fantasy and sf. “We love to see this blend of subgenres,” explains DAW’s Nixon, “because it allows authors to both embrace familiar and beloved aspects of each genre but also deconstruct old tropes in exciting ways.”

Another DAW series, Marshall Ryan Maresca’s “Maradaine” novels, blends epic fantasy with urban fantasy, as well as the vigilante justice of superhero stories; the next title, The Imposters of Aventil, arrives in October. This month, Joshua Palmatier concludes his “Ley” trilogy with Reaping the Aurora (DAW). Nixon describes the book as blending sf and epic fantasy in a world in which complex technology and magical, landscape-changing natural phenomena interact.

Genre blending also involves going outside of the speculative fiction box, as in the case of Brad Abraham’s Magicians Impossible (Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s, Sept.), which mixes urban fantasy with espionage fiction. Best described as Harry Potter meets James Bond, this series launch by a screenwriter features ages-old spy rings of magic-wielding secret agents. Simon R. Green also skewers both urban fantasy and Bond thrillers in his long-running “Secret Histories,” set in an alternate London. His hero is Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, who is literally a dead man walking in search of his killer. His latest adventure is Moonbreaker (Ace, Jun.).

For the ultimate mashup, there is Canadian sf author James Alan Gardner’s All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault (Tor, Nov.). “It is a brilliantly witty and ingenious mashup that literally pits comic book superhero tropes against Gothic horror tropes in a never-ending battle of genre versus genre, weird science versus the supernatural,” comments Tor consulting editor Greg Cox. With fans eagerly awaiting Gardner’s first major book in years, the author is already working on a sequel, They Told Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded.

It’s alive!

Harper Voyager’s Pomerico notes a surprising resurgence of horror. “You might not realize it, but there are people other than Stephen King writing in that genre.” At William Morrow, Voyager’s sister division of HarperCollins, the author list includes Joe Hill (King’s oldest son), Stephen Graham Jones, and Paul Tremblay.

“With writers like Tremblay and Graham Jones (and a growth in the short story market allowing new voices to find a wider audience), I think we’re seeing darker, contemporary stories that aren’t just dystopian or zombies but filled with different kinds of monsters,” says Pomerico. When a new New York subway line opens to the public, it also unleashes an ancient horror in James S. Murray and ­Darren Wearmouth’s Awakened (Harper ­Voyager, Apr. 2018). Fans of The Strain, both the book by ­Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Logan and the FX television series, are bound to be enjoyably creeped out.

Meanwhile, the master of horror himself is writing a dark, near-future thriller with his younger son, Owen King. In Sleeping Beauties (Scribner, Sept.), women fall prey to a sleeping sickness; if they are awakened, they become feral and violent. David Wong, the ­author of the darkly comic John Dies at the End, returns with the third installment of his series in What the Hell Did I Just Read (St. Martin’s, Oct.). Whatever the protagonist just read, it was gothic, scary, and hilarious in equal measure.

In the Still of the Night (St. Martin’s, Oct.), the follow-up to David L. Golemon’s acclaimed haunted-house tale The Supernaturals, has the ghost-hunting team of scientists and paranormal experts reunite to investigate a modern-day California ghost town. The horror trope of remote places haunted by past evil also continues with the scarily titled One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning (Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s, Dec.) by David Moody. Focused on a group of people trapped on a island in the North Sea, this gloomy psychological horror thriller contains a surprising twist of dystopia, a promising note for the series that it launches.

Mira Grant, who writes more traditional and urban fantasy as ­Seanan McGuire, dons her horror/dark fantasy cap and takes us an underwater maritime adventure in Into the Drowning Deep (Orbit, Nov.) as her protagonist seeks answers to her sister’s disappearance at sea. She’ll soon find that wresting the sea’s secrets from its depths comes at a frighteningly high price.

Horror fright-fests, dystopian thrillers, diverse heroines and universes, twisty plots, and worlds of wonder are at our fingertips in this upcoming influx of speculative fiction. Sf/fantasy readers will have their ­voracious appetites whetted while looking for the next big thing to come ­along.

Marlene Harris is Solo Librarian, TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry) Resources Library, Peachtree Corners, GA, and is the founder of the book review blog Reading Reality. She has been an LJ reviewer since 2011 and has written the LJ Best of the Year E-Originals online feature since its inception. She is also a library consultant in the Atlanta metro area

Digital Universes

As ebooks have come of age, major publishers have introduced digital sf/fantasy imprints, such as Random House’s Hydra, Impulse from Harper Voyager, and Tor.com from Tor Books. Now Kensington, which already releases other digital genre fiction under the Lyrical Press imprint, will be joining the sf/fantasy ranks in January 2018 with the launch of Rebel Base Books. Meanwhile, Tor moves this summer into yet another brave new world with Tor Labs, which will focus on dramatic podcasts of original speculative fiction.

Kensington editor Martin Biro, who will be captaining Rebel Base, explains the company’s move. “We feel that the digital market is the best place both to cater to longtime fans [and] capture the attention of crossover readers.”

The initial January list of four titles, each the first volume in a new series, includes Pandora: Outbreak, an apocalyptic thriller by Eric L. Harry; J.T. Nicolas’s cyberpunk SINthetic; popular paranormal author Barb Hendee’s new fantasy, Through a Dark Glass; and Alexander Rushe’s A Meddle of Wizards. “We have fairy tale kingdoms, synthetic humans, wizards, and a globe-devastating virus,” says Biro.

Rebel Base will then release two titles a month by a mix of best-selling and debut authors, with a focus on soft sf and dark epic fantasy. Biro stresses that the imprint will continue Kensington’s proud tradition of publishing diverse stories. “We are especially interested in books with strong female protagonists.”

PODCASTING SF

Tor is turning to audio for its new experimental publishing initiative. “Audio is currently one of the fastest-growing formats in publishing,” comments Tor senior editor Marco Palmieri, who will be helming, with editor Jennifer Gunnels, Tor Labs, the first Big Five publishing imprint to focus on dramatic podcasts as the primary format for original speculative fiction.

The initial audio drama, Steal the Stars, is a noir sf thriller, coproduced with Gideon Media and written by award-winning podcast writer Mac Roger (The Message; LifeAfter). Debuting August 2, the 14-episode series will air weekly through the Macmillan Podcast Network and conclude in November. A novelization of the entire series will follow, as well as an ad-free audio bundle of the entire miniseries from Macmillan Audio.

Epic READS

Below are the forthcoming titles mentioned in this article.

AUTHOR TITLE PUBLISHER RELEASE
Abraham, Brad Magicians Impossible Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s Sept.
Baker, Richard Valiant Dust Tor Nov.
Barker, R.J. Age of Assassins Orbit: Hachette Aug.
Baxter, Stephen The Massacre of Mankind Crown Aug.
Beagle, Peter S. & Jacob Weisman, eds. The New Voices of Fantasy Tachyon Aug.
Blasim, Hassan, ed. Iraq + 100 Tor Oct.
Bonesteel, Elizabeth Breach of Containment Harper Voyager Oct.
Brett, Peter V. The Core Del Rey: Ballantine Oct.
Brown, Christopher Tropic of Kansas Harper Voyager Jul.
Brown, Pierce Iron Gold Del Rey: Ballantine Jan. 2018
Caruso, Melissa The Tethered Mage Orbit: Hachette Oct.
Cassidy, Nat & Mac Rogers Steal the Stars Tor Nov.
Chakraborty, S.A. The City of Brass Harper Voyager Nov.
Corey, James S.A. Persepolis Rising Orbit: Hachette Dec.
Donaldson, Stephen R. Seventh Decimate Berkley Nov.
Dozois, Gardner, ed. The Book of Swords Bantam Oct.
Escalada, V.M. Halls of Law DAW Aug.
Gardner, James Alan All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault Tor Nov.
Golemon, David L. In the Still of the Night St. Martin’s Oct.
Grant, Mira Into the Drowning Deep Orbit: Hachette Nov.
Gratton, Tessa The Queens of Innis Lear Tor May 2018
Green, Simon R. Moonbreaker Ace Jun.
Hale, Ginn The Long Past and Other Stories Blind Eye Oct.
Harry, Eric L. Pandora: Outbreak Rebel Base: Kensington Jan. 2018
Hearne, Kevin A Plague of Giants Del Rey: Ballantine Oct.
Hendee, Barb Through a Dark Glass Rebel Base: Kensington Jan. 2018
Heuer, Christopher Jon, ed. Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Writers Handtype Oct.
Hines, Jim C. Terminal Alliance DAW Nov.
Howard, Kat An Unkindness of Magicians Saga: S. & S. Sept.
Jemisin, N.K. The Stone Sky Orbit: Hachette Aug.
Jones, Holly Goddard The Salt Line Putnam Sept.
Khan, Ausma Zehanat The Bloodprint Harper Voyager Oct.
King, Maggie Shen An Excess Male Harper Voyager Sept.
King, Stephen & Owen King Sleeping Beauties Scribner Sept.
Leckie, Ann Provenance Orbit: Hachette Sept.
Lee, Fonda Jade City Orbit: Hachette Nov.
Lostetter, Marina J. Noumenon Harper Voyager Aug.
Maresca, Marshall Ryan The Imposters of Aventil DAW Oct.
McDonald, Ed Blackwing Ace Oct.
Martin, George R.R., Ben Avery, Mark S. Miller (illus.) The Mystery Knight Bantam Aug.
Melzer, Xenia Ummana DSP Jul.
Moody, David One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s Dec.
Morris, Cass From Unseen Fire DAW Jan. 2018
Murray, James S. & Darren Wearmouth Awakened Harper Voyager Apr. 2018
Newitz, Annalee Autonomous Tor Sept.
Nicolas, J.T. SINthetic Rebel Base: Kensington Jan. 2018
Palmatier, Joshua Reaping the Aurora DAW Aug.
Rivera, K. Arsenault The Tiger’s Daughter Tor Oct.
Rushe, Alexander A Meddle of Wizards Rebel Base: Kensington Jan. 2018
Silvius, Ravon The Storm Lords DSP Aug.
Spark, Anna Smith The Court of Broken Knives Orbit: Hachette Aug.
Stearns, R.E. Barbary Station Saga: S. & S. Oct.
Takács, Bogi, ed. Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction Lethe Sept.
Tarkhoff, Sarah Sinless Harper Voyager Jan. 2018
Weir, Andy Artemis Crown Nov.
Wong, David What the Hell Did I Just Read St. Martin’s Oct.

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