The New Year is rolling in with a lineup of diverse and wide-ranging sci-fi interests. This year, like every year, I’ve resolved to read more books (and it will be easy to improve on 2020), and here’s where I’ll be starting.
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
One of our favorite books of 2019 is getting a sequel. We knew that Mahit and Three-Seagrass would be back and we’re excited to return to Teixcalaan for another space-empire-mystery.
The Veiled Throne by Ken Liu
Speaking of sequels, we’re stoked to be getting another Dandelion Dynasty novel. Ken Liu’s fantasy never fails to disappoint and his doorstopper series (apparently a must for any fantasy writer) is among the best in a crowded field.
We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
Everyone has thought of what they would do if they had superpowers and Mike Chen scratches that itch in his upcoming novel. We’re not quite tired of superheroes, and we’re always up for a new take on an old tale.
The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman
High fantasy opens entire worlds for exploration, and we’re excited to see what The Blacktongue Thief brings. From the mind of longtime Renaissance fair performer Buehlman, this novel’s very title promises adventure and skullduggery.
The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison
Addison’s previous book, The Goblin Emperor, was one of those rare fantasy books without a series for a long time, but no more! Her latest novel promises a story within the same universe, but not necessarily in the same story as its predecessor.
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
Mecha, anyone? Mikuta’s debut novel is a fantasy about martial arts and giant robots that can’t help remind me of a certain movie I really really liked.
Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal
This one’s a little obscure, but fascinating nonetheless. The Camondos were an ancient family that amassed wealth and eventually settled in Paris, setting up a museum in honor of a son killed in the First World War. This book of imaginary letters to Moise de Camondo from a contemporary ceramicist will be a fascinating appreciation of art in retrospective.