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Summer Reading 2021 Science Fiction & Fantasy Recommendations

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

Machinehood by S.B. Divya

The year is 2095 and there is a struggle for the rights of A.I. A former marine and now cyborg- gun-for-hire, Welga, protects the rich against daily violent protests lead by battle bots and armored drones. In nonstop action, full of cool tech and innovative world building, this visionary science fiction thriller reimagines artificial intelligence, sentience, and labor rights in an automated near future. Penned by a Hugo and Nebula finalist. — Jason

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ISBN: 9781982148065
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 2nd, 2021

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Solomon’s writing does something to me that I ironically can’t explain in words. Whether the setting is space, the open ocean, or the forest, their writing examines the human condition, with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality, through the lens of fantasy and science fiction. It always feels fresh; everything about the stories is alien and yet all too familiar. I don’t have a lot to say, but Sorrowland gave me a lot to feel. And I think that’s important. — MJ

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ISBN: 9780374266776
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition by Douglas Adams, illustrated by Chris Riddell

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is turning 42! To mark this auspicious birthday, illustrator Chris Riddell put pen to paper and has brought to life beloved characters like Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Riddell is the prolific artist best known for illustrating The Edge Chronicles and for his work on many Neil Gaiman novels, including versions of Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and Fortunately, the Milk. So grab your towel, pour a cup of something almost but not quite entirely unlike tea, and get ready to share and enjoy this hilarious classic. — Molly

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ISBN: 9780593359440
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

The First Ten Years: Two Sides of the Same Love Story

I am a big fan of Welcome to Night Vale and Joseph Fink. Fink always takes something simple and puts a fascinating spin on it. He could have just written a memoir. Instead, his wife Meg Bashwiner and he give us two different perspectives on 10 of their years. Brilliant. In fact, Bashwiner might actually be funnier (sorry, Joseph!). There’s lots for fans of the show, but really it’s the perfect encapsulation of a millennial love story. It’s funny, poignant, and weird, all in one go. — Ivy

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ISBN: 9780063027251
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2021

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

This was an enthralling ride through a fantastical version of Africa, with characters I loved despite their flaws. Danso is a student of stories who longs to be the author of his own, despite the rigidity of color and class within his city. A mystery brought to light threatens to upend everything, forcing questions of what is truly worth saving. It’s been a while since I gave myself fully over to the creation of a fantasy world, and Okungbowa made sure it was worth the time. — Jax

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ISBN: 9780316428941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - May 11th, 2021

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Zen Cho builds an immersive #ownvoices Malaysian fantasy, where the interplay of gangsters, ghosts, and gods acts as a compelling counterpoint to a modern-day story of identity, family, and self-determination. Cho’s protagonist Jess, drawn away from her home, career, and girlfriend, is real and relatable. Black Water Sister has a vivid supporting cast of family, frenemies, and supernatural entities, who will welcome you with a smile (and maybe a knife) to explore secrets and plots in the green heat of Malaysia. — Jocelyn

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By Zen Cho
ISBN: 9780425283431
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - May 11th, 2021

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

If you love atmospheric fantasy and retellings of familiar fairy tales, look no further. Redarys is promised to the Wolf that hunts the Forest, a generational sacrifice that keeps her home and the entire continent on which she lives safe from demonic destruction. Or so the stories have always told. But what happens when she learns the intricacies of these stories? And how will she find her place among the legends? — Jae

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ISBN: 9780316592789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - June 1st, 2021

Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy

Josie Morrow is Girl One of the nine Homestead girls, all conceived without male DNA. An arson fire destroyed their experimental commune when they were still young children, and the girls and their mothers scattered far and wide. Now 23, Josie embarks on a desperate journey to find her missing mother. She connects with other Homestead girls, and together they discover their hidden powers. Secrets and lies unravel one after another as the truth finally emerges. An exciting sci-fi/mystery thriller! — Trey

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ISBN: 9780374601744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - June 1st, 2021

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