All new sci-fi books are coming in January!


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

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 (January 4)

Romeo awake —Kathryn Barker (Flatiron)

Year: 2083. Location: London. Mission: wake up Romeo. It’s the end of the world. Literally. Time travel is possible, but only forward. And only a handful of families choose to stay in the “now”, living off the scraps left behind. Among them, eighteen-year-old Juliette and the love of her life, Romeo. But things are far from rosy for Jules. Romeo is in a coma and Jules is estranged from friends and family, dealing with the very real fallout from their wild romance. Then a mysterious time traveler, Ellis, arrives from the future with a mission that causes Juliette to question everything she knows about life and love. Can Jules wake up Romeo and rewrite his future?

Star Wars: The Fallen Star (The High Republic) — Claudia Gray (Del Rey)

Time and time again, the vicious raiders known as the Nihil have sought to put a fiery end to the Golden Age of the High Republic. Time and again, the High Republic has emerged beaten and weary, but victorious thanks to its Jedi protectors – and there is no grander monument to their cause than the Starlight Beacon. Suspended like a jewel in the Outer Rim, the Lighthouse embodies the High Republic at its pinnacle: a center of culture and learning, a shining torch against the darkness of the unknown, and an outstretched hand of welcome to the farthest reaches. of The Galaxy. As survivors and refugees flee from the Nihil’s attacks, the Beacon and her crew stand ready to shelter and heal. The grateful Knights and Padawans of the Jedi Order stationed there finally have a chance to recover from the pain of their injuries and the grief of their losses. But the storm they thought had passed is still raging; they are simply caught in his eye. Marchion Ro, the true mastermind of the Nihil, plots his boldest attack yet, one designed to smother the light of the Jedi.

Second week (January 11)

deep dive — Ron Walters (Angry Robot)

Still reeling from the failure of his latest project, video game developer Peter Banuk is working hard to ensure his next game doesn’t meet the same fate. He desperately needs a win, not just to save his struggling business, but to justify the time he’s been away from his wife and daughters. So when Peter’s tech genius partner offers him the chance to beta test a new, state-of-the-art virtual reality headset, he jumps at the chance. But something goes wrong during the trial, and Peter wakes up to find himself trapped in a strangely familiar world where his children no longer exist. As the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds begin to blur, Peter is forced to consider what really matters to him. But will he be able to escape from his virtual prison before losing his family forever?

The broken skies (Cruel Stars #2) – John Birmingham (Del Rey)

The Sturms, an empire of “species purists”, have returned from the farthest reaches of dark space to wage war against what they call mutants and borgs: any genetically or neural engineered human being. In a sneak attack, they overwhelmed almost all of humanity’s defenses, detonating vicious malware on networks spanning the galaxy, a dark code that turned anyone connected to the system into a mindless psychotic killer. The Sturms’ victory seemed complete, their eventual triumph inevitable, until a small group of fearless and unlikely heroes fought back. Commander Lucinda Hardy and Admiral Frazer McLennan used the last surviving navy warship Armadalen to repel the Sturm, destroying the massive power of an entire attack fleet. With brilliant tactics and the support of drunken and grief-stricken pirate Sephina L’trel and traitorous operator Booker, this ragtag crew sent the Sturm on the loose, managing to save Princess Alessia, the only surviving heiress of the gigantic Montanblanc ul Haq Corporation and possibly Earth’s only remaining senator. Now left with the remnants of a fallen civilization, they must work together to rebuild what has been lost and root out Earth’s countless enemies. The Sturm invaders remain much more powerful, and they may not be the only threat lurking in the darkness of space.

Battle of the Linguist Mages — Scotto Moore (Tordotcom Editions)

Isobel is the queen of the medieval rave-themed game Sparkle Dungeon. Her acting prowess makes her an ideal candidate to learn the secrets of “power morphemes” – abnormally dense units of meaning that distort perception when skillfully spoken. But Isobel’s reputation makes her the target of a bizarre resistance movement led by spell-casting anarchists, who may be the only thing stopping the cabal from tipping California to the brink of a terrible transformation. , with forty million lives at stake. Time is running out for Isobel to level up and choose a side, as the cabal has attracted far bigger and stranger enemies than the anarchist resistance, emerging from the dark and vicious dimensions of the reality and heading straight for planet Earth!

Third week (January 18)

Seven Mercies (Seven Devils #2) — Laura Lam, Elizabeth May (DAW)

After an ambush leaves the Novantae resistance in tatters, the survivors scatter across the galaxy. Wanted by two great empires, the bounty on any rebel’s head is enough to make a captor extremely wealthy. And the seven demons? The highest score of all. To avoid attacks, Zelus’ crew scavenge supplies from long-abandoned Tholosian outposts. Shortly after remnants of the rebellion briefly settle on Fortuna, Ariadne receives a message with unimaginable consequences: the Oracle has gone rogue. In a planned coup against the Empire’s new ruler, the AI ​​has developed a way to program citizens en masse into mindless drones. The Oracle’s request is simple: the AI ​​wants to recover One’s daughter at all costs. It’s time for a mission impossible to infiltrate: high risk of death, low chance of success. Demons will have to use their unique skills no matter the sacrifice and team up with ancient enemies. Their project? Enter the heart of the Empire. Destroy the Oracle. Burn everything to the ground.

The chosen twelve —James Breakwell (Rebellion)

The last ship of the interstellar colony is down to its last batch of humans after the robots in charge needlessly suppress the rest. But rebooting a species and training it for the arduous task of colonization isn’t easy, especially when the planet below is filled with monsters, humans are more interested in asking questions than learning, and robots are all programmed to kill each other. But humanity’s destiny hinges on creating a new civilization on the planet below, and there are twelve seats on the lander. Will manipulation or loyalty save the day?

Week 4 (January 25)

Light years from home — Mike Chen (Mira Books)

Evie Shao and her sister, Kass, are not on good terms. Fifteen years ago, on a family camping trip, their father and brother disappeared. Their father returned a few days later, dehydrated and confused, and convinced he had been abducted by aliens. Their brother, Jakob, is still missing. Women experienced it very differently. Kass, suspecting her dropout twin simply ran away, became the rock of the family. Evie swapped academics to pursue alien conspiracy theories, still searching for Jakob. When Evie’s UFO network discovers a new event, she goes to investigate. And discovers that Jakob is back. He’s different – older, alien, and about an intergalactic war – but the tensions between the siblings haven’t changed at all. If the family is going to come together to help Jakob, then Kass and Evie are going to have to sort things out, and fast. Because the FBI is after Jakob, and if their brother is telling the truth, maybe a whole space armada too.

Goliath — Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom Editions)

In the 2050s, the Earth began to empty. Those who have the means and the privileges have left the big cities of the United States for the more comfortable confines of the space colonies. Those who remain are salvaging what they can from the collapsing infrastructure. As they survive, their neighborhoods are cannibalized. Brick by brick their homes are sent to the colonies, what was once a home is now a quaint reminder for the settlers of the world they destroyed. A primitive biblical epic thrown into the future, Goliath weaves disparate tales together – a space dweller looking to New Haven, Connecticut as a chance to reconnect with his spiraling lover; a group of workers attempting to renew the promises of Earth’s crumbling cities; a journalist trying to capture the violence of the streets; a marshal trying to solve a kidnapping – into a rich and pressing mosaic of race, class, gentrification and who is allowed to be the hero of any story.


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