Welcome to 2018, everybody. And let’s get the year started the way we intend to go on, with a round up of the new books for this month. In fact, we’ve spotted so many books scheduled for January that we’ve split this post into three. And without more ado, here’s the first third of our list:
Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
We start with a glass spaceship, and an all-female crew captained by an adventuress known as the Bloody Baroness, so you pretty well know what you can expect in this whirlwind YA adventure. A routine job goes wrong, and suddenly the crew of the Marauder are having to deal with a bounty hunter from the past, a shadowy but vengeful ruler, and the chance that if their life-threatening mission doesn’t go right they could start a war that would devour worlds.
Spring Tide by Chris Beckett
Chris Beckett won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his novel Dark Eden, the first volume in his Eden Trilogy. Now he has produced a short story collection that illustrates the full range of his ability. What would you do if you found a labyrinth under your house? How about discovering an angel left alone at the very end of the universe? Beckett’s stories are varied, fluent, richly textured and unputdowable.
Sleep Over by H.G. Bells
The subtitle of this book is: “An Oral History of the Apocalypse”, so if you’re a fan of World War Z you know this is probably your thing. It’s a collection of first-hand accounts from journalists and scientists and ordinary people caught up in a terrifying plague of insomnia. Night after night, people find themselves unable to sleep, as all around them the pillars of society start to crumble with alarming speed. With mass suicides, online vigilantes and sleeplessness spreading ever more rapidly, the only question is: how long before the world falls apart?
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
This is an interesting-looking debut novel. It opens in New York in 1969, when four children sneak out to see a travelling psychic who claims to be able to foresee the date of your death. But how would such knowledge affect the rest of your life? Over the following decades the four children pursue very different destinies as they try to face up to knowing how long they still have to live. As one of the children pursues scientific inquiries into longevity, the novel becomes a challenge between science and fate.
The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier
The alien Abdelorians arrived 16 years ago, and wiped out all of human life, except for Li. One of the aliens took her in as a baby and protected her, and over the years since then she has learned to pass as one of the Abdelorians, who look like humans but have very strange abilities. Then Li meets Ryn, and finds herself caught up in a relationship that could spell the end of everything she knows.
The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
In the early years of the 20th century, an elephant was put to death at Coney Island in a demonstration of the power of electricity. At the same time, women working in a factory in Newark were dying of radiation poisoning, because nobody understood the lethal effects of the material they were working with. Starting from these two historical events, Brooke Bolander has constructed a searing alternate history story that exposes the way women and animals were exploited in the name of science, and sets out a raw thirst for vengeance.
The Martian Simulacra by Eric Brown
It is 1907, and the Martian ambassador arrives at the door of 221B Baker Street to seek the help of the great Sherlock Holmes in solving a grisly murder. The Martians had returned with their tripods just a few years before, now inoculated against terrestrial germs, and humanity had been forced to accept their new overlords. But the relationship is not easy, and when Holmes and Watson, accompanied by the scientist Professor Challenger, are taken to Mars, they discover a plot beyond their wildest imagining.
Iron Gold by Pierce Brown
With this fourth volume in the Red Rising sequence, one strand of the story is closed and another is started. Darrow’s revolution has only led to endless war, and now he must undertake one last desperate mission. But his fate is inextricably entwined with others coming to terms with the new order, including the Sovereign’s heir, who dreams of what will rise from the ashes of the Sovereign’s rule, and a young girl fleeing from her refugee camp.
Roar of the Storm by Adam Burch
Edmon is a medic, a member of a misfit crew aboard a starship, but everything changes when he receives news of the home world he fled 12 years before. The man he once called brother has risen to ruthless power, but he won’t feel safe until the rightful claimant to the throne has been eliminated, and that means Edmon must die. But even as he must run for his life, Edmon and his crew must also try to solve the Fracture that threatens to destroy the entire universe.
And there’s still more to come. Keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for news of books from C.J. Cherryh, Sheanan McGuire, Dave McKean, Nnedi Okorafor, Alastair Reynolds, and Charles Stross among others.
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.