Head below for the full list of sci-fi titles awaiting you in August!
Keep track of all new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or abstracted from the copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change.
First week (August 2)
Fault tolerance (Chilling Effect #3) — Valerie Valdes (Harper Voyager)
Nothing disrupts Captain Eva Innocente’s vacation plans quite like an anonymous threat to vaporize billions of people. Hundreds of monoliths suddenly materialized in space, broadcasting the same message over and over: surrender or be exterminated. Is the universe epically spammy? Go to whom? Exterminated when? And how is Eva, commander of a dented freighter, supposed to stop him? As panic spreads, a mysterious message sends Eva to search for answers, in a system that has not been explored in all of recorded history. With the crew of La Sirena Negra, twenty psychic cats, a feline-phobic robot and a super weapon she doesn’t know how to use, Eva prepares to fight the unknown. But first, she must defeat the known: the mercenary Tito Santiago, whose idea of a clean fight is a shower before the time to kill. Her mission is to make sure Eva doesn’t fail hers. If something goes wrong, the universe is doomed. But if everything goes according to Eva’s plans, wait, when will that happen?
Face — Joma West (Tordotcom Editions)
Schuyler and Madeleine Burroughs have the perfect face, rich and powerful enough to ensure their dominance in society. But in Schuyler and Maddie’s house, cracks begin to appear. Schuyler is bored and takes risks. Maddie becomes brittle, her happiness increasingly fleeting. And their subordinate fights the most bizarre compulsions.
40 —Alan Heathcock (MCD)
In a future America ravaged by natural disaster, pandemic, and political unrest, a fundamentalist faction emerges. As the Novae Terrae grow in power, luring civilians with bread and circuses, a civil war breaks out between its members and the US government. Mazzy Goodwin, a young soldier, only wants to find her little sister, Ava Lynn. One day, she wakes up in a bomb crater to find wings sprouting from her back. Is she dead? Have you received wings from God? Have you had military experience? The world sees a miracle. Mazzy is brought to see an opportunity: to become the angelic figurehead of the revolution, in exchange for her reunion with her sister. Her journey takes her to New Los Angeles, where the Novaes have set up their propaganda machine headquarters, right in the middle of the ruins of Hollywood. Aided by friends old and new, she must navigate a web of deception while remaining true to herself.
When the dust fell — Marshall Ross (swapped press)
When Sarah Long receives the message that her sister is alive and in need of rescue, she packs a bag with survival gear, loads a coat with six types of weapons, and hopes her pregnancy won’t slow her down. It has been three years since the ancient city-sized vessel was discovered. And three years since he turned half the planet into deserts of black dust. Sarah’s treacherous journey will cross continents and an ocean, as well as the lines between Earther and Alien, friend and foe. The dangers, however, go beyond the brutal reality of the lawless world she roams. For the past three years, the mysterious ship has been Sarah’s home. And she knows her powers. And there are those who will do absolutely anything to get them.
The passage —Kevin Ikenberry (Baen)
Behind enemy lines and shifted in time! Prior to the Battle of Trenton, George Washington reportedly threw a coin across the river. And if this piece was a quarter of the bicentenary? When a squad of ROTC cadets training at Fort Dix, New Jersey in November 2008 find themselves transported to December 1776 in the days before the Battle of Trenton, they find a Continental army in disarray and General George Washington contemplating the potential for a bleak future. . To make matters worse, they lost a modern M-16 rifle to a traveling Hessian patrol. Understanding the ramifications of such a discovery, the cadets have no choice but to report to General Washington. Without ammunition or their meager supplies, can Cadet Sergeant Jameel Mason and his friends bolster Washington’s courage and get America’s childhood back on track?
Full house (Wild Cards #30) — George RR Martin (Tor Books)
In hardcover for the first time, Full house collects Wild Cards stories that have previously been published on Tor.com, including works by: Daniel Abraham, Cherie Priest, David D. Levine, Walter Jon Williams, Paul Cornell, Carrie Vaughn, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, Melinda M Snodgrass, and more!
Second week (August 9)
terminal peace (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #3) — Jim C. Hines (DAW)
Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos and her team were trained to clean up spaceships. They were completely untrained in interplanetary warfare with the xenocidal Prodryans or in making first contact with the Jynx, a race that may not be as primitive as they seem. But if there’s one lesson Mops and his team have learned, it’s that things like “practicing” and “being qualified from a distance” are overrated. The war escalates. (It could be Mops’s fault.) The survival of mankind – those few who weren’t turned into savage, wandering monsters by an alien plague – as well as the fate of all other non-Prodryans, will depend on what Captain Mops and the crew of the EDFS Pufferfish discover on the ringed planet of Tuxatl. But the Jynx of Tuxatl are waging their own war, and the long-buried secrets of their world might be more dangerous than the Prodryans. To make matters worse, Mops is starting to feel a bit wild herself.
Third week (August 16)
dance with the devil (Mercenary Librarians #3) — Kit Rocha (Tor Books)
Tobias Richter, the fearsome Vice President of Security at TechCorps is dead. The puppeteer is gone, and the organization struggles to maintain control by ruthlessly limiting Atlanta’s access to resources, hoping to quell the rebellion. Our band of mercenary librarians have decided that the hour of revolution has come. Maya uses her wealth of secrets to weaken the TechCorps from within. Dani strikes from the shadows, cutting the chain of command one ambush at a time. And Nina is organizing their community, not just to survive, but to fight back. When Maya needs to make contact with a friendly insider, Dani and Rafe are the only ones with the skills and experience to infiltrate the highest levels of TechCorps. They’ll go deep undercover in the Hill’s decadent and luxurious penthouses. Bring Dani face to face with the man who turned her into a killer. And forcing Rafe to decide how far he will go to protect his two families – the one he was born into and the one he made himself. Victory will break the back of Power. Failure will destroy Atlanta.
Week four (August 23)
insomnia —Victor Manibo (Erewhon)
A mysterious pandemic causes a quarter of the world’s population to permanently lose the ability to sleep, with no apparent health implications. The epidemic is creating a new class of people who are both feared and ostracized, most of whom optimize their overtime to earn more money. Jamie Vega, a New York journalist at C+P Media, is one of the Sleepless. When his irascible boss dies in an apparent suicidal overdose, Jamie doesn’t accept this all-too-convenient explanation – especially given his suspicious timing in the midst of a corporate takeover – and begins to investigate. Things go awry when Jamie finds out he was the last person to see Simon alive. Retracing his steps, he realizes that he does not remember that night. Not only do the police suspect him, but Jamie can’t explain the lost time, and the memory loss may have something to do with the fact that he didn’t come down with hyperinsomnia naturally: through a risky and illegal process, Jamie had biohacked himself into Insomnia. As Jamie delves deeper into Simon’s final days, he is forced to come to terms with past trauma and the consequences of his decision to biohack himself. Along the way, he discovers a terrifying truth about what it means to be sleepless that will put him and all of humanity in peril.
Fifth week (August 30)
No new titles.