Fantasy and Science Fiction
“She was a Mem, trapped in a single moment, every other memory were, quite literally, single-minded, replaying themselves every minute of every hour of the day and then watching their origins at night.”
Mem, Bethany C. Moore
The Memory of Fire by Callie BatesIn this follow-up to The Walking Land, Paladisian nobleman Jahan Korakides must hide his magic powers -- or face punishment by death. But as the former emperor prepares to invade, Jahan finds that magic might be the only way to maintain peace.
Starless by Jacqueline CareySince birth, Khai has been tasked with protecting and defending his soul’s twin, the Princess Zariya of the Ageless and Sun-Blessed. But in a world where exiled gods mingle among mortals, nothing is as it seems -- and an important and critical piece of Khai’s identity has been withheld from him.
Readers who like intricate world-building, intrigue, and adventure will enjoy this epic fantasy.
Medusa Uploaded by Emily DevenportOichi Angelist, a genetically engineered “worm” who is "partially deaf, dumb, and blind" and toiling in domestic servitude for the Executives on the generation starship Olympia -- until she joins with a sentient AI Medusa unit and sets out to change the world.
“Richly detailed and gorgeously imagined…a gripping and unusual read” (Kirkus Reviews).
Mem by Bethany C. MorrowIn 1925 Montreal, wealthy elites can separate their memories from their bodies and deposit them in “Mems” -- people who exist only to relive these memories over and over again. But one Mem -- Dolores Extract No. 1 -- has the unique ability to create her own memories, too.
If you liked Blade Runner or Altered Carbon and enjoy philosophical explorations of topics like memory, mortality, wealth, and what it means to be human, don’t miss this haunting speculative fiction debut.
Witchmark by C.L. PolkDr. Miles Singer, who has just returned from the war in an alternate world reminiscent of Edwardian England. Now working in a hospital, Miles is not only concealing his magical healing powers, but he is also hiding from his powerful family.
This debut historical fantasy is for fans of Philip Pullman, Victoria Schwab, or Tarun Shanker.
Focus on: Australian Speculative Fiction
Lexicon by Max BarryWords have the power to maim and kill, but only a few people can wield them -- including teenage street denizen Emily, whom a mysterious organization recruits for training. In a parallel story, Wil is the only survivor of a catastrophe in Australia, and one man thinks he might be immune to the effects of powerful words that have proved fatal for others.
You might also like The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon.
Thief's Magic by Trudi CanavanWhile excavating an ancient tomb, sorcerer-archaeologist Tyen discovers a sentient book named Vella, magically created from the body of a living woman. In a parallel narrative, Rielle has possessed supernatural powers since birth and is reluctant to conform to society’s expectations for young women.
Thief's Magic is an epic fantasy with a hefty dose of magic.
The Clockwork Rocket by Greg EganOn a faraway planet where women are treated harshly and the species reproduces only through the death of the mother, the female polymorph Yalda discovers that a celestial object is headed straight for her home. Can Yalda build a rocket ship to save her people from impending destruction?
For fans of Larry Niven and John Scalzi as well as science fiction and steampunk readers who like hard science.
The Lyre Thief by Jennifer FallonPrincess Rakaia of Fardohnya and her illegitimate half-sister Charisee, have been trading identities for years. But this time it's not a game, for Rakaia has learned that she is not the king's biological daughter, placing her in extreme jeopardy.
This fast-paced epic fantasy is full of romance, revenge, and political intrigue.
Dreamer's Pool: A Blackthorn & Grim Novel by Juliet MarillierTo avoid execution, imprisoned healer Blackthorn strikes a bargain with one of the fae: her freedom in exchange for seven years' service in the kingdom of Dalriada, where she soon discovers that something’s rotten.
Dreamer's Pool is the 1st book in the Blackthorn & Grim series, which is inspired by Irish mythology and features women’s empowerment as a theme.
The Swan Book: A Novel by Alexis WrightIn a dystopian near-future where climate change has drastically changed Australia, Oblivia Ethelyne, an Aboriginal teen, is violently assaulted but rescued by eccentric old Bella Donna -- until Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, forcibly takes her as his bride.
You might also like The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenny Fagan, which is also a lyrical science fiction story set in a near-future world.
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