Head below for the full list of sci-fi titles awaiting you in September!
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 (September 6)
lost in time — AG Riddle (Head of Zeus)
One morning, Dr. Sam Anderson wakes up to find the woman he loves has been murdered. For Sam, the horror has only just begun. He and his daughter are charged with the crime. The evidence is foolproof. They will be condemned. And so, to secure his daughter’s freedom, Sam does what he has to: he confesses. But in the future, the murderers are not sent to prison. Thanks to a machine that Sam helped invent, the world’s worst criminals are now sent to the past – some 200 million years in the past, at the dawn of the time of the dinosaurs – where they must live their lives alone, in exile from the human race. Sam accepts his fate. But not his daughter. Adeline Anderson has already lost her mother to a deadly and unjust illness. She can’t bear to lose her father either. So she embarks on a quest to prove her innocence. And to bring him back. People around her insist that both are impossible tasks. But Adeline does not give up. She just works harder. She soon learns that impossible tasks are her specialty. And that she’s made of harder things than she ever imagined. As she unravels the layers of mystery that tore her father from this world, Adeline finds more questions than answers. Everyone around her hides a secret. But which ones are linked to the murder that exiled his father?
Second week (September 13)
Redspace Rising —Brian Trent (Flame Tree Press)
Harris Alexander Pope is the man who ended the partisan war on Mars. All he seeks now is solitude and a return to the life that was stolen from him. However, when he learns that the worst war criminals are hiding in other bodies, he is forced into an interplanetary pursuit. Teaming up with other survivors hungry for their own brand of revenge, Harris begins to suspect a darker truth: perhaps what he remembers from the war isn’t what happened at all. .
Week Three (September 20)
Restored Imperium (A Novel of Praxis) – Walter Jon Williams (Harper Voyager)
Star-crossed lovers Gareth Martinez and Caroline Sula decisively defeat the forces of Zanshaa’s corrupt government. It seems that all that remains is to travel to the capital of Zanshaa to reunite the empire under the banner of the Restoration. Before they can sweep the rooms, however, it is revealed that any advance would trigger an enemy trap. To make matters worse, their opponents have more resources than Martinez and Sula could have imagined, and a superior force is now directed into the heart of the Restoration. But before Martinez and Sula can deal with the gathering enemy forces, a surprising act of violence from Sula threatens their relationship and undermines their trust. Hurt and confused, Martinez sends Sula into exile as he tries to recover from his broken heart. Somehow, these two lovers must mend their relationship in order to defeat this new enemy threat…especially when more than love is at stake.
Week 4 (September 27)
The genesis of misery — Neon Yang (Tor Books)
It’s an old and familiar story: a youth hears the voice of an angel saying that he has been chosen as a warrior to lead his people to victory in a holy war. But Misery Nomaki (she/they) knows they are a fraud. Raised on a distant lunar colony, they believe in no god. Their angel is an illusion, brought on by hereditary spatial exposure. Yet their survival hinges on mastering the sacred robot they are meant to be and the Emperor of the Faithful’s belief that they are the real deal. However, the deeper they go into their charade, the more they begin to doubt their beliefs. What if all of this was real?
Leech — Hiron Ennes (Editions Tordotcom)
In an isolated castle, in the far north of the north, the baron’s doctor died. The doctor’s substitute has a mystery to solve: to discover how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies. For hundreds of years, the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by rooting itself in young minds and molding them into physicians, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to heal and cut, to lull and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors that their ancestors unleashed. In the frozen north, the body of the Institute will discover a contender for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the Baron’s castle, an already dark abyss of secrets, lies, violence and fear. The two will wage war on the battlefield of the body. Whatever the victory, humanity will lose again.
Hell’s Walk (Gunners #2) – Taylor Anderson (Ace)
The year is 1847, and almost a year after being shipwrecked on another far stranger and more dangerous Earth while on their way to fight Santa Anna in the Mexican-American War, Lewis Cayce and his small band of gunners , infantry, and dragoons made friends in the Yucatán, helped build an army, and repelled the bloodied Holy Dominion’s early efforts to annihilate their newfound friends. As an even more radical cult of Blood Priests emerges and begins to pursue its own path to power, the Dominion cannot let its defeat stand. He must crush the heretics and expel them from the land he has claimed. Fortunately, Lewis Cayce is a professional. He understands that defense can only result in a stalemate at best, and a stalemate with the most populous Dominion will only lead to defeat in the end. The lucky ones will be enslaved. The rest will be sacrificed in the most gruesome way imaginable. Their new allies’ only hope is to win – and to do so, their small army must attack the most powerful and diabolical enemy on the planet in their own territory. Achieving victory will require all of Lewis’s imagination, the courage and confidence of his soldiers – and all the rounds and rounds his small band of gunners can slam.
The record —Madison Lawson (CamCat)
Imagine it being legal to commit murder in your lifetime, if you register the victim and complete the murder within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to save the man who abused her as a child, she is shocked to hear a stranger save her to be killed. Why would someone who doesn’t know her waste their only legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find out who wants to kill her and why. Easier said than done as Lynell soon discovers that several strangers have been using their recording on her. Along the way, she reunites with her ex-husband who is determined to dig up a past that Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days to live, Lynell struggles to uncover the truth and survive a fate she didn’t choose.