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Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

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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

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

I don’t often think of calligraphy and traditional art as the basis for a fun, beautifully rendered fantasy, but Phoenix Extravagant is all of that. Automata and fox spirits roam the streets while subjugated people fight for their freedom, and dragons turn out to be far less monstrous to face than is contending with humanity’s greed. I particularly admire Lee’s ability to navigate the nonbinary gender of his protagonist with a light touch. I haven’t devoured something like this since Uprooted. Don’t miss out! — Jax
 

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ISBN: 9781781087947
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Published: Solaris - October 15th, 2020

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik is a literary chameleon and here she slides effortlessly into the magic school genre, making it brilliantly her own. If you like characters defying their tropes, intriguing magic systems, deadly libraries, stories of friendship and staying true to yourself—amidst magical monsters and backstabbing high school cliques—but with just a little more snark and murder, pick this up. I loved this book, and can’t wait to find everyone else who will love it too. 
— Jocelyn
 

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ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

An atmospheric, dark fantasy surrounding new and ancient religions and the intersection of science and faith, told from multiple perspectives. A haunting and at times violent exploration of trust, love, and authority. Fans of Rebecca Roanhorse, rejoice with me! One of my favorite books, period. — MJ

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ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

Hench: A Novel by Natalie Zina Walschots

A wild and creative twist on the superhero trope. Who inflicts more damage on society, superheroes or the supervillains they fight? Anna is a hench, a temp worker for low-level supervillains. After becoming a victim of superhero mayhem, she uses her data-analysis skills to fight back. What ensues is a battle royale, with twists and turns aplenty. This is a fun, cinematic novel set in a comic book universe, unlike anything else you've ever read.  
— Trey

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston

The deliciously intricate prose of Master of Poisons will swirl around you like a swarm of bees, minutely detailed but still moving as one, pulling you into a world of magical young girls, pirate wives, and complicated families. This is perfect for fans of Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf. — Jae

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ISBN: 9781250260543
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Published: Tordotcom - September 8th, 2020

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

While this one may not be entirely traditional fantastical fare, Schwab’s latest novel is utterly magical. Addie is given as much time to experience life as she wants but in exchange, she has become forgettable...until hundreds of years later, she meets a man who, against all odds, remembers her name. Immersive and transportive, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue makes you think about what price you would pay to keep what you want, and what deals with devils are worth making. — Jax

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ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

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