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Spring Reading 2021 Science Fiction and Fantasy

See the full list of great reading recommendations for Spring 2021 here.

The Vanished Birds: A Novel by Simon Jimenez

A lyrical, character driven space symphony that is a refreshing break from the average space odyssey. Jimenez’ focus on characters and their interactions makes it a compelling speculative exploration of life in a universe where time has been dislocated by technology. It’s almost like a series of short stories and micro-fictions woven together to form a loose, flowing narrative about love, loss, and deep space politics. Highly recommended as an entry point for literary fiction readers looking for a sci-fi change of pace. — Edward

This book is part of our Spring Reading Challenge. Read more here.


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ISBN: 9780593129005
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Published: Del Rey - January 26th, 2021

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor, award-winning author of The Binti Trilogy, offers us a new coming-of-age story. Remote Control chronicles the travels of Sankofa, a young Ghanian girl who is endowed with the touch of Death by a mysterious celestial object. Through Okorafor’s skillful storytelling, Sankofa quickly becomes a living legend in this slim Afrofuturistic novella. A wonderful read for lovers of fast-paced sci-fi and female protagonists. — Juj

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ISBN: 9781250772800
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Published: Tordotcom - January 19th, 2021

The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Why do we ignore the realities that upset our ideas of ourselves? What if we were forced to face them? What if you were a brilliant scientist who made a clone of yourself and then your husband started having an affair with that clone? The Echo Wife takes these questions and runs with them, merging Black Mirror’s eerie, science fiction energy with the page-turning thrill of a murder mystery (and don’t forget the strong feminist voice!). A must read for the modern sci-fi enthusiast! —Jess

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ISBN: 9781250174666
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

The Loosening Skin by Aliya Whitely

In Aliya Whitley’s The Loosening Skin, humans periodically shed their skin along with the emotions and identities embedded in them, to varying degrees. For the novel’s protagonist, Rose Allington, the effects of this process are extreme: she is always driven to leave her life and her loves behind. This literal molting process explores the transient and permanent aspects of self, of love, and of our own histories. It is sparse, engaging, strange, and deeply affecting. — Brooks

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ISBN: 9781789092332
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Published: Titan Books - February 23rd, 2021

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