Two very different debut fantasy novels, a brilliant overturning of social hierarchy, monsters galore, an insidious fungus, and Ann Leckie's return to the universe of the Imperial Radch are among our top picks of the month of October.
But there's a lot more as well; October is a rich month for reading indeed. Read on to the end to click through to the full list of the best science fiction and fantasy of the month.
And don't forget to keep your eyes open for Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; Carmen Maria Machado's short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, which has been winning a lot of literary acclaim; and The Fire Queen, the sequel to Emily R. King's excellent novel The Hundredth Queen.
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