Fantasy and Science Fiction
“That's the moon, commissioner: hours of boredom followed by a few seconds of terror.”
David Pedreira, Gunpowder Moon
Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly BarnhillA collection of lush and lyrical short stories for adults by the Newbery Award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
"The Unlicensed Magician," won the 2016 World Fantasy Award for best novella.
You might enjoy this collection if you are a fan of Kelly Link's offbeat and atmospheric short story collections, such as Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen.
Lake Silence: The World of the Others by Anne BishopVicki DeVine, a recent divorcée moves to a village populated by the shapeshifting Others. Her attempts at a fresh start are complicated by a murder investigation, her abusive ex-husband, and her eyeball-eating avian lodger, Aggie Crowe.
Set in the world of the Courtyards of the Others series, Lake Silence is a stand-alone story that introduces a brand new cast of characters.
Blood of the Four by Christopher Golden and Tim LebbonA princess' desire for power in a realm where everyone is a slave upsets the delicate balance of peace between the royal and working classes, triggering a series of events that will end in her either becoming a goddess or destroying the kingdom.
With its detailed world-building and large cast of characters, Blood of the Four packs all of the drama and scope of a multi-volume epic fantasy saga into one stand-alone novel.
Gunpowder Moon by David PedreiraIt's 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: Safety for All. When a bomb kills a digger on Mare Serenitatis, the hunt is on to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.
For fans of Andy Weir's lunar crime caper Artemis and the political machinations and financial skullduggery of Ian McDonald's Luna novels.
The Rending and the Nest: A Novel by Kaethe SchwehnWhen a mysterious event known as "The Rending" wipes out 95 percent of the global population, young women in the refugee settlement of Zion start giving birth to inanimate objects.
A chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.
For fans of the surrealistic world-building in Julia Baggott's Pure; leisurely paced yet compelling stories of survival among the ruins, as found in Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven.
The Strange Bird: A Borne Story by Jeff VanderMeerThe Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory--she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. Flying through tunnels, dodging bullets, and changing her colors and patterning to avoid capture, the Strange Bird manages to escape. but her trial doesn't end there.
Booklist praises the "hallucinatory imagery and expressive prose" of this bleak and lyrical companion novella to Borne.
Dark Eden by Chris BeckettOn the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family take shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it.
But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark...and discover the truth about their world..
For fans of Harry Harrison's West of Eden Trilogy or William Golding's The Inheritors, which also depict not-quite-human societies struggling to survive in an inhospitable alien environment.
The Abyss Beyond Dreams: A Novel of the Commonwealth by Peter F. HamiltonCommonwealth founder Nigel Sheldon enters the Void and lands on the planet Bienvenido, inhabited by the descendants of colonists stranded centuries before. Now he and his new acquaintances are threatened by a hostile alien race known as the Fallers.
The Abyss Beyond Dreams kicks off the Chronicle of the Fallers duology, which is set in the author's Commonwealth universe and concludes with A Night Without Stars.
Artemis Awakening by Jane LindskoldLong after an interstellar war wipes Artemis off the map, archaeologist Griffin Dane crashes on the planet's surface. Aided by local woman Adara, Griffin searches for a way home.
Readers may also enjoy Carolyn Gilman Ives' Dark Orbit, which also features an intrepid explorer whose sojourn on a mysterious planet leads to surprising discoveries.
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth MoonSummoned to the home planet of her family's business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero's welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear.
Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.
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