7 SF & fantasy novels we can't wait to read in spring 2020

Adrian Liang on December 16, 2019
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As the end of the year (decade!) wraps up, excellent books are waiting for us just over the horizon of 2020. The upcoming year promises to both continue beloved series and surprise us with books from debut authors

While May 2020 is looking very exciting indeed (a new Thrawn book! A new Murderbot novel!), there’s a whole lot to love in the first three months of the year.


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The Vanished Birds: A Novel by Simon Jimenez

Set thousands of years in the future, Simon Jimenez’s character-rich debut novel of a young boy with a mysterious past, a spaceship captain, and the scientist who lifted humanity into space includes enough science fiction for the SF fan and personal connections for those who lean toward family drama. Literary to its core, The Vanished Birds will immerse readers in its complex world and equally relationships. (January 14, 2020)


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A Longer Fall (Gunnie Rose Book 2) by Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris, author of the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse (aka True Blood) books, returns with book two of her Gunnie Rose series set in an alternate version of the U.S. Hired gunslinger Lizbeth Rose has a past she wants to keep hidden, but her new relationship with a pair of Russian wizards seeking beings with magical blood promises to make her life harder, not easier. And for a gunslinger who faces bandits on a regular basis, life is hard enough. Lizbeth is a hard-hitting character who goes into her adventures with her eyes wide open, and Harris’s new world of the post-United States is intriguing indeed. (January 14, 2020)


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Agency by William Gibson

William Gibson is back with a follow-up to The Peripheral, though it’s not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this one. Verity Jane is an “app whisperer” and recognizes a new digital assistant as a technological breakthrough that could change AI and human interactions. The world might never be the same again.  (January 21, 2020)


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The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition: Star Wars by Rae Carson

Sometimes movie novelizations are a straight-up regurgitation of the film. Sometimes there’s more—more scenes, more character insights. The expanded edition of The Rise of Skywalker, releasing months after the film, promises to include content not seen in the theater. (March 3, 2020)

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas delivers her first adult novel (as opposed to young adult novel) this spring with House of Earth and Blood, the start of a new series. Part Fae, part human Bryce Quinlan partners with a Fallen angel to investigate the murder of Bryce’s friends. Red-hot romance and lots of action should make this one a page-turner even for those new to Maas’ writing. (March 3, 2020)

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Sometimes a cover just calls to you. That happened to me with the gorgeously and quirky cover for this novel about an orphanage that houses magical children and the caseworker called in to inspect it—and maybe close it down. Linus, who works for the Department in Charge of Magical Youth (DICOMY), is summoned by Extremely Upper Management to investigate a highly classified level-four case at a remote orphanage and then make a recommendation on whether the orphanage should be shuttered. Between the tongue-in-cheek tone, the starchy protagonist, and the magic-casting orphans, this novel already checks off so many happy boxes for me. (March 17, 2020)

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The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

This is my No. 1 most-anticipated read of the spring. A multi-Hugo Award winning author, N. K. Jemisin knows how to craft a story with teeth. In The City We Became, she crafts a city with soul. Specifically, New York City, which actually has six souls. These souls have human avatars who are built to defend the city, which comes under threat from an ancient evil. I loved the short story “The City Born Great” in her collection How Long 'til Black Future Month? (an Amazon Best Book of the Month in December 2018), and I can’t wait to see how Jemisin expands that story and my world with this new novel. (March 24, 2020)


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