All new sci-fi books are coming in December!


Head below for the full list of sci-fi titles awaiting you in December!

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. Note: For December 2021, there will not be a separate list for horror titles and other genre titles.

First week (December 7)

1637: The Coast of Chaos — ed. Eric Flint (Baen)

Europe, 1632. It is a time of upheaval and great change, but none so great as when an unexplained temporal and spatial phenomenon known as the Ring of Fire transports the blue-collar town of Grantville, Virginia -Western, right in the middle of the Thirty Years War. After the dust settles, it becomes clear that the town of Grantville is going nowhere and the dynamic Americans of the 21st century are beginning to alter the course of history forever. It is now five years later, and the effects of the Ring of Fire extend from the Old World to the New. But the course of exploration and colonization will be very different from what it was in our timeline. The French purchased the English possessions in North America in 1633, but never did much with the uncivilized backwater. Until the new king of France, Gaston I, decides that it is time to seize the territory and establish French control of it. Here then is a new anthology, edited by Ring of Fire series creator Eric Flint, chronicling the exploits of the citizens of Grantville, their allies and their enemies, as they venture into a new continent.

No beauties or monsters — Tara Goedjen (Delacorte)

Rylie has not returned to Twentynine Palms Army Base since her father died. She left many memories there, buried in the sands of the Mojave Desert. Memories of her father, her old friends Nathan and Lily, and especially her enigmatic grandfather, a man who cut ties with Rylie’s family before he died. But her mother’s new assignment has sent her family to Twentynine Palms once again, and now Rylie is in the one place she never wanted to return to. At least his old friends are happy to welcome him home. Well, some of them anyway. It turns out that Lily is gone, disappeared in the desert. To make matters worse, there are rumors around town of a mysterious killer on the loose. But it’s not just Twentynine Palms that’s scary, there’s also something wrong with Rylie. She sees things she can’t explain. Visions of monstrous creatures that roam the night. Somehow, everything seems to be tied to his grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Rylie wants the truth, but she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Are the monsters in his head really there? Or could it be that the deadliest thing in the desert… is Rylie herself?

Discordia (Nova Vita Protocol #3) — Kristyn Merbeth (Orbit)

Scorpia is finally back among the stars, far from the memories of the war she and her family started – and ended – on Nibiru. Her first order as captain of the Memoria is to keep her crew safe, and she’s only too happy not to get involved in dangerous political games for once. Corvus is haunted by what he’s been through at the hands of the Attack Titans, and he’s equally eager for a fresh start. He knows that not all Titans are made for war and that the system can find peace, even as Deva and Pax begin to shake their sabers. Although the Kaisers may be responsible for hijacking a multiplanetary war, the planetary rulers are wary of the knowledge they hold. Better to lock them up and keep their dark secrets hidden. But the Kaisers are the only ones who know the truth about the threat of ancient alien weapons rooted in every planet, and they may be the only ones who can save the system from total annihilation.

That was now, that was then —Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)

Then: First Lt. Sean Elliott and nine other mixed service American soldiers from a convoy in Afghanistan suddenly found themselves and their MRAP vehicle sent back to Earth’s Paleolithic age. And they weren’t alone. Displaced Romans, Neolithic Europeans and many others also showed up. Some would be allies. Some have become mortal enemies. Now: Scientists in an almost unimaginable distant future need the guidance and support of survivors to recognize and ultimately recover other time-displaced groups. The problem isn’t that all these other groups want to be picked up or even figure out where they are. Prehistory is an ugly, fascinating place to visit, but not a place for a civilized person to live. But the future, as magnificent as it is, has a darker side that dulls the allure. In the end, only inventiveness, courage, and a thirst for freedom in the face of the fickle tides of time can keep Sean and the Displaced Americans alive and on course to finally find a place — and a time — to call home. them.

cybermage — Saad Z. Hossain (anonymous press)

Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 2089. A city known for its extreme population density has found an unexpected way to not only survive a global climate apocalypse, but to thrive: inject enough biological nanotechnology into the neighborhood and all bodies together form a sustained, even temperate self-microclimate. Of course, that means millions of humans have to stay put to maintain a livable temperature, and people get restless. All nanotechnology has also brought some surprises: some people no longer need food or water while others can live without functioning organs. Thus, the mercenary Djibrel must carry a machete wherever he goes. Only a quick decapitation can ensure the job is done. Djibrel navigates the crowded streets, humans teeming with genetic mutations, in search of answers about what happened to the Djinn, a magical super race of geniuses who seem to have disappeared or merged with humans in order to survive. What Djibrel doesn’t know is that his every move is being tracked by the infamous Cyber ​​Mage, better known to his parents as Murzak, a privileged sarcastic teenager who regularly works for a Russian crime syndicate. with a gang of elite hackers, like his best friends ReGi, who reside in the FEZ (Free Economic Zone) of North Africa. Respected and feared online, Murzak is about to embark on one of his biggest challenges: attending high school IRL. But when he discovers a whole new kind of AI, operating on a dark canvas of the abandoned kingdom of Bahrain that he thought was just an urban myth, Murzak and Djibrel will have to face the unimaginable in a world already inconceivable.

Absynth —Brendan Bellecourt (DAW)

Liam Mulcahey, a reclusive, shell-shocked veteran, remembers little of the Great War. Ten years later, when he’s caught up in a brutal attack on a Chicago speakeasy, Liam is saved by Grace, an attractive heiress with the ability to sow illusions. Although the attack appears to have been carried out by the hated uprising, Grace believes it was orchestrated by former commander Leland De Pere-Liam and the current President of the United States. Meeting Grace unearths long-buried memories. Liam’s old team, the Devil’s Henchmen, were given a serum to enable telepathic communication, turning them into a unified killing machine. With Grace’s help, Liam begins to regain his abilities, but when De Pere finds out, he orders his militia to eliminate Liam at all costs. But Liam’s abilities are developing rapidly. When Liam turns the tables and digs deeper into De Pere’s plans, he uncovers a terrible secret. The same experiment that granted Liam’s abilities was geared toward darker purposes. Liam must navigate both his enemies and his supposed allies to stop the President’s nefarious plans before they are unleashed on the world. And Grace is hiding her own secrets, secrets that could prove just as dangerous as those of the President.

To note: No new SF titles for the rest of the month.


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