Actor Snipes and Norman’s Debut of the Month, Cato’s Latest “Breath of Earth,” Yoon Ha Lee, Levine, and More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Setting is a huge draw for sf and fantasy readers, promising total escape from the humdrum real world. While many are imagined, these fictional universes often carry an author’s cultural influences or borrow from an actual society or physical place. This month’s titles give readers a sense of the variety in cultures and settings in both genres.

Praise for Newcomers Drayden, Bates, Bennis, Gailey, Tidbeck, plus New Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

Drayden’s winning mashup mixes genres and moods with gleeful abandon, heralding a fresh new talent; Bennis’s military steampunky fantasy debut is filled with quick action, witty dialog, and appealing characters; Valente proves her adroitness with imagery and emotion in this extraordinary book of linked stories

First Steps | Debut Novels

Summer fiction titles from first-timers bend the boundaries in this debut preview.

LJ Fiction Reviews: July 2017

With her mordant wit and clever storytelling, Culliton is a young novelist to watch; Moriarty is a gifted author of singular talent; Garrett’s Hollywood Homicide is sure to be a hit with readers seeking a fresh new sleuth; newcomer Klein delivers the next compelling sf technothriller, pleasing fans of Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Comics Cross Over | Genre Spotlight: Graphic Novels

In our Genre Spotlight, the most exciting new offerings in graphic novels don’t conform easily to expectations.

Novel New Directions: Fresh Takes on the Literary Mashup | RA Crossroads

Begin with Theodore Goss’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, a smart, engrossing, and multilayered read in which characters lay claim to both their past and future.

A Reading Checklist: Sizzling New Summer Fiction, plus Old Favorites

Summer reading isn’t just for children! Escape into a great book with these suggestions from members of the 2017–18 American Library ­Association (ALA) RUSA/CODES Reading List Council. There’s something for every reader in the eight genres the list recognizes—adrenaline, fantasy, horror, historical, mystery, romance, sf, and women’s fiction.

SF/Fantasy/Dystopia | Day of Dialog 2017

Five rising stars of speculative fiction wowed the audience with their insights on writing in this genre.

LJ Fiction Reviews: June 15, 2017

While Lee’s series offers plenty of gripping space opera action, the real pleasure is the inventive worldbuilding; this addictive story from the legendary Jo Beverley overflows with intrigue and breathtaking ardor; Adebayo’s work makes a blazing entry onto the list of talented, upcoming writers from Nigeria

SF/Fantasy’s Best: Nebula Award Winners, Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominees

Charlie Jane Anders’s All the Birds in the Sky won the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad was one of six novels to be short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Britain’s most prestigious sf literary prize,