New Books Network

Craig DiLouie, “Our War” (Orbit, 2019)
In science fiction, “near future” usually refers to settings that are a few years to a few decades off. But Craig DiLouie’s Our War (Orbit, 2019)—about a second U.S. civil war that starts after the president is impeached and convicted but refuses to step down—feels as if it might be only weeks away.... Read More
H. G. Parry, “The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep” (Redhook, 2019)
While all fiction writers can pull characters from their imaginations and commit them to the page, most readers can’t do what Charley Sutherland can: pull characters from the page and commit them to the real world. Sutherland’s fantastical ability is at the center of H.G. Parry’s debut novel The Unlikely Escape of... Read More
John Birmingham, “The Cruel Stars” (Del Rey, 2019)
After writing more than 30 books, including memoirs, military science fiction, alternate histories, and a book of writing advice, John Birmingham was ready to try his hand at the sweeping and dramatic science fiction subgenre known as space opera. But you’d never know The Cruel Stars (Del Rey, 2019) is his first attempt at... Read More
Annalee Newitz, “The Future of Another Timeline” (Tor, 2019)
Amid a wave of time travel books published this year, Annalee Newitz’s The Future of Another Timeline (Tor, 2019) stands out for its focus on a woman’s right to obtain a safe abortion. The book opens in an alternate America in which women gained the right to vote in the 1870s (rather... Read More
Cadwell Turnbull, “The Lesson” (Blackstone Publishing, 2019)
In Cadwell Turnbull’s The Lesson (Blackstone Publishing, 2019), the U.S. Virgin Islands serve as Earth’s entry point for the Ynaa, beings from a far corner of the universe whose intentions and desires are as complex as the humans who come to loathe them. The Ynaa (pronounced EE-nah) claim to come... Read More
C.A. Fletcher, “A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World” (Orbit, 2019)
C.A. Fletcher’s new novel,  A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World (Orbit, 2019), takes place several generations after a pandemic has turned humans into an endangered species. For Griz, the adolescent narrator, life is bounded by his family, two dogs, and the Outer Hebrides island where they... Read More
Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, “This is How You Lose the Time War” (Saga Press, 2019)
For Blue and Red—arch enemies at the center of Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s epistolary novella, This is How You Lose the Time War (Saga Press, 2019)—the only thing that endures after millennia of espionage and intrigue is love. El-Mohtar and Gladstone are themselves avid letter writers who favor fountain... Read More
David Wellington, “The Last Astronaut” (Orbit, 2019)
In The Last Astronaut (Orbit, 2019), David Wellington turns his prolific imagination—which is more often associated with earthbound monsters like zombies, vampires, and werewolves—to the threat of an alien invasion. Set in 2055, the novel introduces a NASA ill equipped to respond to the arrival of a massive object from... Read More
Eliot Peper, “Breach” (47North, 2019)
The massive corporation at the center of Eliot Peper’s Analog trilogy, which he completed last month with the publication of Breach (47North, 2019) is radically different from most science fictional companies. It aspires to do good. The growth of Commonwealth into a benevolent behemoth is chronicled in the series’ first two novels, Bandwidth and Borderless (which Peper discussed on the New... Read More
Vandana Singh, “Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories” (Small Beer Press, 2018)
Vandana Singh has made a career of studying both hard science and the far corners of creativity. It’s no surprise then that Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories (Small Beer Press, 2018), which was nominated for a Philip K. Dick Award, reflects a fluency in multiple languages—not just English and Hindi,... Read More