These are books due out over the next few weeks that have caught our eye.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Alderman is, I think, the only author of Dr Who novels to have been included in one of Granta‘s Best Young Writers lists, and there’s something of that tension between the literary and genre in this new novel. All at once, young women find they have the power to inflict pain or even death on other people. It’s a game changer, but the male establishment doesn’t take it lightly, hunting the women down so they end up having to take refuge in a convent.
Slipping: Stories, Essays, & Other Writing by Lauren Beukes
A first collection of short stories and journalism from the Arthur C. Clarke Award winning author of Moxyland, Zoo City and The Shining Girls. She is one of the key new writers to have emerged out of Africa in recent years and this collection of stories about marketing when brands are addictive, and art installations that go rogue, is sure to be one of the essential books of this autumn.
The Tourist by Robert Dickinson
The world of the future has become ordered, restricted, totalitarian, dystopian, so the hard-pressed population look for excape wherever they can find it. As a result, the most popular choice of holiday excursion is time travelling, particularly to the world of the early 21st century. But when someone goes missing, it seems she could change history. But the tour guide sent back to find her, finds himself caught up in a conspiracy that becomes more complex the more he finds out.
The Corporation Wars: Insurgence by Ken MacLeod
This is the second part of MacLeod’s new trilogy (the first part, Dissidence, came out in Spring this year). It’s an action-packed story of interstellar war, with virtual realities, AIs in revolt, and terrorists like Carlos the Jackal resurrected from our own times and forced to fight for ruthless corporations.
Weird Space: The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack
The Weird Space series was begun by Eric Brown, but after collaborating with Brown on last year’s Weird Space: The Baba Yaga, McCormack now continues the series on her own with this latest story. It is set on a small world where humans and the alien Vetch, fleeing persecution, live in harmony. But the strange and sudden arrival of Cassandra Walker means an end to peace.
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Thompson’s follow-up to his award-winning debut, Making Wolf, is another gritty, gripping and disturbing novel. An alien entity lives beneath a biodome around which the city of Rosewater has grown. The people of Rosewater are intrigued by what lies beneath the biodome, but Kaaro isn’t so sure. Then the agency her works for instruct him to find a woman known as Bicycle Girl, while something unknown starts killing off sensitives like himself, and Kaaro finds he has to penetrate the biodome to discover the answer.
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.