Head down below for the full list of sci-fi titles waiting for you in July!
Keep track of all new versions of SFF here. All title summaries are taken and / or summaries from one copy supplied by the publisher. Note: Release dates are subject to change.
WEEK ONE (July 6)
The snake (Time of Heroes # 3) —David Drake (Baen)
Jon of Dun Add created a civilization where previously there had been only isolated pockets of humanity in a shattered cosmos. The young knight Pal is one of the most respected members of Lord Jon’s Hall of Champions. But Pal’s greatest talent isn’t found on the battlefield, although he is no slouch there. He’s also a maker, the one who can repair tools that the Ancients had left behind sometimes. Plus, he’s learned to use his warrior dog’s ability to predict movement better than any human, an ability that has saved his skin and won him over more than once. Now Pal will need all of his talent – as a fighter, as a maker, as a champion – to deal with the monsters the Trash throws at him – and to deal with his fellow human beings. For there are those who would destroy Dun Add, and Lord Jon’s vision of a united humanity in peace, from within …
Joker Moon (Wild Cards # 29) —George RR Martin (Editor) (Tor Books)
Theodore was a dreamer. As a child, he dreamed of planes, rockets and space. When the wild card virus hit him and turned him into a monstrous snail centaur weighing several tons, his childhood dreams seemed out of reach, but a Witherspoon isn’t that easy to defeat. Years and decades passed, and Theodorus grew to maturity and entered his fortune … but his dream always endured. But now, when he looked up into the night sky, he saw more than the moon … he saw a wild card homeland, a haven where the outcast children of the wild card could create a safe place of their own. of hatred and evil. An impossible dream, some said. Others, alarmed by the prospect, put all their power to oppose him. Theodorus persisted… never dreaming that the Moon was already inhabited. And the Moon Maid didn’t want company.
The 22 Madison May Murders—Max Barry (Putnam)
Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her and professes his love, shortly before murdering her. Felicity Staples hates reporting on the murders. As a reporter for a mid-sized New York newspaper, she knows she must take on the mission of researching Madison May’s shocking murder, but the crime seems hit and miss and the suspect is hot. That is, until Felicity spots the killer in the subway, just before he disappears. Soon Felicity feels that her whole universe has changed. No one remembers Madison May or Felicity’s encounter with the mystery man. And her cat is missing. Felicity realizes that in her pursuit of Madison’s killer, she has followed him into a different dimension, one where everything in her existence is slightly altered. At first, she’s determined to get back to the reality she knows, but when Madison May – in this world, a struggling actress – is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer – and learns that she is not the only one to chase him away. Traveling through different realities, Felicity discovers the opportunity and the danger of living more than one lifetime.
WEEK TWO (July 13)
A psalm for the wild-built (Monk & Robot # 1) —Becky Chambers (Tordotcom Edition)
It has been centuries since Panga’s robots became aware of themselves and put down their tools; centuries since they have wandered, en masse, in the desert, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into urban myth and legend.
One day, the life of a tea monk is turned upside down by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise to register. The robot cannot go back to the question “What do people need?” is answered.
But the answer to this question depends on who you ask and how.
They are going to have to ask a lot.
Midnight, City of Water (Water City # 1) —Chris McKinney (Soho Press)
Year 2142: The Earth is forty years past a near collision with the asteroid Sessho-seki. Akira Kimura, the scientist responsible for eliminating the threat, has reached heights of fame approaching deification. But now Akira feels her safety is threatened, so after years without contact, she reaches out to her former security chief, who has since become a police inspector. When he arrives at his house on the high seas and finds Akira methodically dismembered, this detective will risk everything – his career, his family, even his own life – and plunge back into his common past with Akira to find his killer. With a rich, cinematic voice and searing cynicism, Midnight, Water City is both a thrilling neo-noir procedure and a stunning exploration of research, class, climate change, personality cult, and dark sacrifice. that we are ready to make in the name of progress.
The race for freedom (Dreambird # 1) —Lucinda Roy (Tor Books)
The Second Civil War, the sequel, came and went in the United States, leaving radiation, disease and fractures too deep to repair. One faction, the Homestead Territories, faced devastation by recruiting immigrants from Africa and starting a new slave trade while the other two factions stood by. Ji-ji Lottermule was bred and bred in captivity on one of the family land plantations in the broken states to serve and raise more “mules”. There is only one outcome: the annual Freedom Race. First prize, freedom. An underground movement intends to free Ji-ji, who unknowingly holds the key to breaking the hold of the Territories. However, before he can start releasing them all, Ji-ji must unravel the true voices of the dead.
Those who have fallen (Outside) —Ada Hoffman (Angry robot)
The laws of physics operating on the planet Jai have been forever overturned; its surface has changed completely and its inhabitants have changed permanently, causing chaos. Fearing heresy, the artificially intelligent gods who once ruled the galaxy have become the jailers of the planet. Tiv Hunt, who once trusted these gods completely, spends his days helping Jai’s last survivors. Everyone is fighting for their freedom and calls for drastic action on their savior, Tiv’s girlfriend, Yasira. But Yasira has fallen deeply ill, weakened from her exposure to the outdoors, and is barely able to breathe, let alone lead a revolution. Hunted by the gods and Akavi, the disgraced angel, Yasira and Tiv must delve deeper than ever into the maddening mysteries of their fractured planet in order to save – or perhaps even destroy – their declining world.
WEEK THREE (July 20)
The past is red—Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom Edition)
The future is blue. Endless blue… except for a few small spots that float across the hot, drowned world left by the big fossil fuel guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is Garbagetown’s most beloved girl, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% all hate them at the same time. But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing and a lot of people are very angry with it. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more in her world than she ever imagined.
Notes of the Burning Age—Claire North (Orbit)
Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient records. It was his duty to interpret the archaic texts, sorting out useful knowledge from the heretical ideas of the scorching age, a time of excess and climatic catastrophe. For in the world of Ven, such material must be closely watched so that the evils that led to this cataclysmic era can never recur. But when the Revolutionary Brotherhood approaches Ven, urging him to translate stolen writings that threaten everything he once held dear, his life will turn upside down. Torn between friendship and faith, Ven must decide how far he is willing to go to save this new world, and how much he is prepared to lose.
Exchange (junction) —Daniel M. Bensen (Flame Tree Press)
A year ago, Anne Houlihan discovered a wormhole near Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien biomes. Now, she and Daisuke return to investigate “The Howling Mountain,” the possible location of a wormhole in space. Her mission led by an eccentric millionaire, Anne believes she will have the opportunity to learn more about the origin of Junction and its varied ecosystems. However, the mission has goals beyond what it knows, just like the planet. As the expedition weaves its way through the alien landscape, Anne must fight to protect her life forms, herself and Earth.
WEEK FOUR (July 27)
Hold on through the fire (NeoG): bets in KB (Harper Voyager)
Zuma’s ghost won the Boarding Games for the second year in a row. The crew, led by Jenks ‘unmatched ability in the cage, the brilliant pairing of Ma and Max in the pilot seats, the technical know-how of Sapphi, and the sword skills of Tamago and Rosa, s’ are all gathered to form an unstoppable team. . Until it all collapses. Their Commander and Master Chief are both retiring. Which means Jenks is promoted, a new commander joins them, and a fresh-faced spacer arrives to shake their perfect dynamic. And although they don’t think of three rounds, the most important thing is how they will complete their mission in the dark. After a plea deal turns a twenty-year sentence of ore mining into a NeoG service, Spacer Chae Ho-ki earns a spot on the team. But there’s more about Chae that the crew don’t know, and they must hide a secret that could endanger everyone they love, as well as their new teammates, if revealed. At the same time, a seemingly untouchable coalition is trying to resume trade with the Trappist colonies and start a war with the NeoG. When the crew of Zuma’s Ghost get involved, they end up becoming the target of this ruthless foe. With new members on board, will the team get stronger this time around? Will they be able to win the matches? And, more importantly, will they be able to overcome threats from outside and inside?