SF/Fantasy

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Literary Getaways: Escape with New Summer Fiction and Backlist Favorites

Summer is the perfect time to relax and retreat from the day-to-day worries with a great book. Members of the 2018–19 American Library Association (ALA) RUSA CODES Reading List Council offer suggestions in eight genres.

Exploring a Rapidly Expanding Podcast Universe | Discovery & Advisory

The appeal of podcasts is easy to understand—they’re free, easy to sample and subscribe to, and there are now so many that it’s possible to find a show to match any interest and satisfy any reader.

When Genre Worlds Collide | Collection Development: SF Romance

SF romance combines the expected happy ever after with a consistent and believable science fictional setting. Offer up these 39 titles as a jumping-off point for the uninitiated.

Top Historical Fiction (Davis, Rose), Beach Reads (Colgan, Monroe, Noble), Near-Future Fantasy Debuts (Roanhorse, Edwards, Heng) | Review Alert: May 15, 2018

Evocative prose and skillful worldbuilding carry Carey’s historical epic fantasy; Heng’s highly imaginative debut warns us to be careful what we wish for; this fast-paced star-crossed romance will captivate Rose’s many fans; Makkai’s sweeping fourth novel shows the compassion of chosen families; this atmospheric novel draws in the needy and provides inspiration; Woods is pitch perfect and highly recommended

L. Penelope Launches New Series with Major Publisher | Debut Spotlight

L. Penelope’s Song of Blood & Stone, winner of the 2016 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Self-Publishing Award and the first book in the author’s “Earthsinger Chronicles” series, finds a new home with publisher St. Martin’s.

LJ Fiction, Sf/Fantasy, Romance | Review Alert, April 15, 2018

A solid recommendation for historical fiction readers; a stunning, gritty story of survival that unfolds with raw emotion on every page; complex, intense, and engrossing, this riveting romantic thriller has a chilling gothic touch; a work of tremendous ambition, strangeness, and compassion that will appeal to fans of New Weird authors; Willis packs a punch with this slim novella

The Shape of Water: The Novel | Oscars 2018

Daniel Kraus’s The Shape of Water is no ordinary novelization of Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar-winning movie.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 15, 2018

Bishop’s fans will be happy to return to the universe of the Others; Ganshert’s emotionally charged and powerful novel will have readers examining their own personal biases; those who take the plunge will be rewarded with a wild ride from a narrator whose sardonic outlook reveals profound truths; based on real-life events, Winthrop’s engrossing story unfolds through strong memorable characters

Windo’s Debut of the Month, Baker’s Latest “Aracadia” Entry, Newcomers Blum, McIntyre, Myers, Wilson | SF/Fantasy Reviews

This thought-provoking debut shines a speculative light on the subjects of connection, disconnection, and identity; Gratton’s engrossing and magical debut will attract fans of vivid epic fantasies; Wilson’s first story collection highlights imaginative works in which AIs and humans connect, for better or worse

Diversity Reigns | 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. These awards honor the best in sf and fantasy—novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories—published during the prior calendar year.