Epic Reads: 5 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Series to Devour This Summer

Adrian Liang on July 30, 2018
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The only thing better than reading one exciting book is reading four exciting books. All five of these science fiction or fantasy series have at least four books available--or four scheduled, in the case of the Murderbot Diaries. Those with bigger reading appetites will be delighted by the even longer book series toward the end of this list.

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The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

While it's not unheard of to have an unnamed protagonist, in this series the unnamed protagonist decides to dub itself "Murderbot," since no one else has bothered to give it a name. A partially organic, partially mechanical SecUnit gains control of its own systems after a horrific murder spree, but all Murderbot wants to do with its freedom is spend time watching its entertainment vids in between security gigs. Unfortunately, Murderbot has an eye for trouble, and also unfortunately, Murderbot might be developing...feelings...about the humans it's protecting. The Amazon Books editors chose All Systems Red as one of the best SF books of 2017, and the third book in this excellent SF action series with heart releases on August 7, 2018, and book four hits shelves in October 2018.

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The Great Library by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine's fans are legion, whether they are reading her Weather Warden novels, the Morganville Vampires books, or her Stillhouse Lake thrillers...but the Great Library books rank among readers' favorites. Here, the Great Library of Alexandria never burned and now it controls all knowledge. Owning books is illegal; learning things the Great Library doesn't want you to know is almost impossible. But Jess has learned quite a bit through black-market books, and when he gets the chance to get inside the Great Library itself, he knows the risk is great, but so might be the rewards.

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Odyssey One by Evan Currie

Currie released book seven in the Odyssey One series earlier in 2018, continuing to deliver more aliens and more battles as Eric Weston and his crew have to deal with the ever-changing alliances in a galaxy far from our own but still close enough to be a threat. Top military sci-fi for readers looking for lots of action both on-planet and amongst the stars.

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The Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor

Time travel books can be a challenge to write convincingly, but Taylor loads her novels about a secret group of time-traveling historians with so much humor and historical detail that you'll happily skim over any concerns and enjoy the ride. These historians have no intention of changing the past but rather want to observe events that have been masked by the mists of time. Unfortunately, "observation" sometimes gets more hands-on than intended, and the consequences can be disastrous. As well as hilarious.

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Star Carrier by Ian Douglas

SF writer Ian Douglas's eighth book in the Star Carrier series comes out in November 2018, so if you start reading now, you'll have plenty of time to get caught up before launching into Bright Light. Briskly paced, plus smart in how it deals with spaceflight and battle tactics, this military SF series isn't afraid to throw a lot of technical jargon around but counterbalances it with explosive action scenes. Character-focused readers might be disappointed in the Star Carrier books, but those who enjoy the tension of humanity battling for survival against a more powerful threat will get a thrill.


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