It is frustrating, working with this stripped down format. Nevertheless, onward! Because here are more of the interesting-looking books due in February.
Into the Fire by Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon’s latest military sf adventure featuring Admiral Kylara Vatta begins with a ragtag group of crash survivors seeking refuge on a remote arctic island. But the harsh conditions of the island are nothing compared to the turmoil that follows when Vatta’s report on the rescue goes missing, along with the other survivors. Vatta realises she is up against a powerful and dangerous enemy, a conspiracy that is closing in on her with murderous intent,and her family and the government she supports are both under threat.
The Hyperspace Trap by Christopher Nuttall
This is another novel of survival in dangerous and extraordinary circumstances. In this instance, it is a luxury space liner, Supreme, on its maiden voyage with a passenger list full of aristocrats and celebrities. Then the liner collides with a pirate ship in hyperspace, leaving it becalmed, and circumstances suddenly change. As the weird, unnatural realm of hyperspace begins to have its inevitable effect upon the passengers, they suddenly realise that they are not alone in this floating graveyard. The only way to survive is to hold on to their sanity in this maddest of settings.
Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira
This debut novel is an sf thriller set on a grittily described Moon, where there are so many things that can kill you that murder seems almost redundant. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. When the head of a mining operation on the Sea of Serenity starts to investigate an explosion that killed one of his diggers, it quickly becomes more than a quest to solve the first murder on the Moon. The Moon is a political powder keg that could ignite into open warfare on the slightest excuse, and the effects could be devastating not just for the Moon but for Earth as well.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
As a child, Ana was found drifting through space with a sentient android, D09. But when she needs to save D09, the only option is to find a lost ship. Her search for the coordinates brings her into contest with a spoiled Ironblood boy, but when things go wrong she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives, and the powerful forces after them don’t necessarily want to take them alive. This is a romantic adventure that forces Ana to face the darkness of her own past, and to make an impossible choice.
Embers of War by Gareth L. Powell
BSFA Award-winner Gareth Powell begins a new epic of war and adventure in space. Trouble Dog is a sentient warship disgusted with her role in genocide, so when the war is over she strips out her weapons and, with her crew of misfits, joins a peaceful mission to rescue ships in distress. But her latest mission, to seek out a starship which had a famous poet on board, turns dramatically wrong. What should have been a straightforward rescue mission plunges Trouble Dog and her crew into the middle of a new conflict, and she is going to have to learn how to fight all over again.
All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva
This is a debut collection of short stories that introduce an exciting new writer. The stories range in setting from the past to the near future, and many are intriguing exercises in speculative fiction. Within these stories you will explore a secret subterranean world beneath the prairie of the Old West; meet genetically modified septuplets; and see a man being transformed into a medical oddity by the blast furnaces of a steel mill. Questioning whether our new gods of science are any more reliable than the old gods of the past, these stories offer a powerful evocation of terror and wonder.
The Rending and the Nest by Kaethe Schwehn
It was called the Rending, a strange, apocalyptic event in which 95% of the Earth’s population suddenly disappeared. Now, four years later, in a community of survivors known as Zion, Lana announces that she is pregnant, it will be the first birth since the Rending. But it turns out that she gives birth to an inanimate object, and soon other women of Zion are following suit. What do these Babies signify for the future of Zion? And what does it all have to do with the arrival of a stranger, Michael, who lures Lana away from the community?
Ambiguity Machines by Vandana Singh
For those who have been following the career of this remarkable writer, this surely must be one of the most anticipated short story collections of the year. The collection includes a brand-new novella, “Requiem”, which follows a young woman to Alaska to investigate the strange disappearance of her aunt. Other stories tell of an 11th century poet who finds himself revived as an AI aboard a starship, a solar powered utopia, and a woman from the slums with the curious ability to see into the past.
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.