Best new science fiction books in July 2022


They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers’ new series continues to ask the question: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?

A Half built garden by Ruthanna Emrys

Type: Novel
Editor: Tordotcom
Release date: July 26

Den of Geek says: Climate fiction and first contact come together in this book that has made a big splash as a writers’ favorite. Expect a parable about how best to live with each other as well as aliens.

Editor’s Summary: On a hot night in March 2083, Judy Wallach-Stevens wakes up with a warning of unknown pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. She leaves to check what she thinks is a false alarm and comes across the first alien visitors to Earth. These aliens have crossed the galaxy to save humanity, convinced that the inhabitants of Earth must leave their ecologically ravaged planet and join them among the stars. And if humanity does not agree, it may have to be saved by force.

But the watershed networks that have risen to save the planet from corporate devastation are not ready to give up on Earth. Decades ago, they reorganized humanity around the hope of keeping the world livable. By sharing the burden of decision making, they began to heal our wounded planet.

Now corporations, nation states, and networks are all vying to represent humanity to these powerful new beings, and if anyone takes up the aliens’ offer, Earth could be lost. While everyone’s eyes are on the sky, the future depends on Judy’s efforts to create understanding, both within and beyond her own species.


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