Best science fiction and fantasy of June

Adrian Liang on June 17, 2019
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The new SF and fantasy books of June range far and wide. Between a pilot who awakens 200 years after the battle that decimated her home planet, a young librarian who grew up among magical but oft-deadly books, a private investigator called to solve a gruesome murder at a high school for mages, and a black ops agent who can move sh*t just by thinking about it, there’s a whole lot to love among these picks.

Also releasing this month are the second-to-last book in the current Shannara timeline from Terry Brooks, Neal Stephenson’s in-depth novel that plumbs the possibilities of cryogenics, and a unique take on alien invasion and colonization.

Click on the link at the bottom of the article to see all our picks for June 2019.


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Velocity Weapon (The Protectorate) by Megan E. O'Keefe

Pilot Sanda Greeve lost her leg in the space battle between her planet and the neighbor who wants to control the system’s jump gate, but she never expected to lose 200 years while she floated in stasis. Picked up by a sentient ship, Greeve begins scrounging the debris field for equipment they’ll need for the very long trip to the nearest habitation—only to discover one more survivor among the wreckage. A survivor who might know what really happened. A mix of space opera action and interplanetary political shenanigans, Velocity Weapon is a good match for readers of John Scalzi.


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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Both casual and dedicated readers of YA fantasy will fall for Rogerson’s latest, about an orphan who grows up in a Great Library among mischievous and sometimes deadly grimoires. When a book escapes, leaving a trail of bodies behind it, Elisabeth is initially blamed. A reluctant ally and Elisabeth’s admirable stubbornness reveal the true culprit, but it might be too late to stop the long-planned coup d’état. A delightful fantasy perfect for a weekend at the beach or long hours at the pool.


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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey, author of the American Hippo novella series about feral hippos in the Mississippi River, delivers their debut fantasy novel this month—which we also named one of our Top 10 picks among all books published in June. Ivy Gamble is a no-nonsense PI who pays her rent by tracking down cheaters of all kinds. So when a school hires her to solve a murder, she jumps at the chance to solve a big case, even if it means working at the Osthorne Academy for Young Mages where her estranged sister, Tabitha, happens to be a teacher. Gailey focuses their attentions on Ivy and the murder more than sorcerous mechanics, but also creates a fully realized magical world, making this a perfect read for fans of mystery and fantasy alike. —Alison Walker, curator, Amazon Books stores

See Sarah Gailey’s recommendations for forthcoming reads not to be missed.


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The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind by Jackson Ford

Teagan Frost can move sh*t with her mind, and as far as she and the secretive government agency that employs her/holds her hostage are aware, she’s the only one alive with telekinesis powers. At least, that's the theory until a victim is discovered with a metal bar wrapped around his neck—something that Frost herself is not powerful enough to do. But that little fact doesn’t stop her coworkers and the government from turning on her. As Frost flees into the darker reaches of Los Angeles, more bodies begin piling up, and Frost knows she has to find the killer before they get to her…. Fast-paced and fun, with a bit of the wacky edge of David Wong, The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with her mind will keep readers turning pages and chuckling.


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