The best science fiction and fantasy books for November ‹ Literary Hub

The best science fiction and fantasy books for November ‹ Literary Hub

It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of the year, especially that super-fast period of time in which you blink at Thanksgiving, and again at Christmas. Whether you have a plane/train/car ride to get through some catch-up reading, or you need a handy excuse to ditch family tasks for a break, you’ll have plenty of TBR options for November. This month’s list alone is full of prequels, sequels, and series endings of duology And Triple type. Enjoy cozy fantasy set in libraries, cozy sci-fi featuring everyone’s favorite Murderbot, and thrilling epics set in the distant imaginative past or speculative near future.

Unlimited power

freya marsky, Unbound force
(Published by Tordotcom, November 7)

Reader, when you realize that the latest installment in director Freya Marske’s Edwardian fantasy romance series The Last Binding will bring together the bisexual and eccentric Lord Jack Hawthorne (introduced in… Wonderful light) with journalist and smart-mouthed thief Alan Ross (from Restless truth…I’m not ashamed to say that I screamed with delight. Marski delivers a thorny love story while deftly tying up all the loose ends in her series, which includes a long-standing deal between human wizards and ancient faeries, and how the resulting magic was twisted by human greed.

naomi Alderman, the future
(Simon & Schuster, November 7)

A new thriller set in the near future from an author Power However, this story is about a different possible path for humanity, about how knowing the world will end will only get you so far, unless you also have the resources to survive. The timeline-hopping story follows two groups of characters: tech billionaires who receive early warning about a pandemic worse than the coronavirus; And many of their beleaguered lieutenants, ousted former partners, and rebellious children have turned to extremist activism in order to save the rest of the world, or at least warn them when the billionaires won’t. Naomi Alderman has a lot to say about the novel’s many dualities, which are reflected in the cover of The Fox and the Hare, revealed on Lit Hub.

Chaos station

moore lafferty, Chaos station
(ASS, November 7)

In the sequel to Mur Lafferty’s Midsolar Murders series, amateur detective Mallory Viridian reluctantly accepts that she will continue solving crimes in space; After fleeing Earth because people kept dying around her, she still encounters victims and killers, now human. And Exotic variety. Mallory’s home, the sentient space station Eternity, has become her Cabot Cove (if we’re talking… She Wrote Murder-speak), and continues to receive human visitors – this time her teenage crush, her former best friend, and a law enforcement agent who wonders why she is in the midst of so many deaths on Earth. When someone on their shuttle ends up dead, it’s up to Mallory to solve the crime again.

Libraries and bonedust

travis baldry, Libraries and Bonedust
(Tor Books, November 7)

Travis Baldry, who just won a stunning award for Best New Writer, returns with an introduction to his comfort fiction Legends and lattes. Twenty years before battle-torn orc Viv hung up her blade to open a café, she was a mercenary recovering from a wound and fearing her fighting days were over. Viv, who lives in a small town called Mork, reluctantly spends her summer in a dilapidated bookstore where the owner, Verne, a human rat, has a knack for selecting the perfect read for each customer. When Viv finds herself potentially falling in love with the book, the store, and maybe even Fern, she ponders whether she has reached the end of her story or if she is about to turn the page to a new chapter.

Davinia Evans, Shadow Baron

Davinia Evans Shadow Baron
(Orbit Books, November 14)

I love the second book in the SFF series where the protagonist has solved the high stakes of the first adventure but now has to figure out what comes next. In its sequel The notorious magicianDavinia Evans delves into the new challenges facing Sion Filo: Although he is called the Alchemist of Bizim, and is the only person who can stop the city from shaking at sea, he may be no match for the new problems plaguing the streets. These are mythical creatures such as the jinn and the nagas that came into existence from other planes. Shion pinned the planes in Bizim once, but can he regain the balance a second time?

Martha Wells, Collapse of Order

martha wells, System collapse
(Tordotcom publication, November 14)

The seventh book in Martha Wells’ Murderbot series is only the second full-length novel, picking up directly after the events of the previous adventure Network effect. Stranded on a newly colonized planet at risk, Murderbot must deter the colonists from jumping on incoming rescue ships from the Barish-Estranza Corporation – knowing that the company just wants to get some free human slave labor. What’s the best way to convince a group of colonists to listen to a malfunctioning killer robot? By creating a promotional video based on everything Murderbot knows about humans from the beloved TV series Moon of the Haramnaturally!

Swee Davies Okungbua, Warrior of the Wind

Swee Davies Okungbua, Wind warrior
(Orbit Books, November 21)

Son of the Storm, the first book in Suyi Davies Okungbowa’s West African-inspired trilogy The Nameless Republic, places its trio of protagonists at a literal and figurative crossroads. In Part Two, each of them must face the consequences of their chosen path: lower-class scholar Danso and skin-changing warrior Leilong have escaped Basa and the Red Emperor’s control – for now – but Leilong wants to return Dewey’s magical legacy. For its people. But Esheme, Danso’s ambitious ex-fiancée, wants Dewi to fulfill her desires of climbing the social class.

Nnedi Okorafor, like thunder

nnedi okorafor, Like thunder
(DAW, November 28)

Earlier this year, the Division for the Advancement of Women released an expanded edition of Shadow speaker, Nnedi Okorafor’s previously out-of-print afrofuturist fantasy, revolves around teenagers in a post-apocalyptic desert in the year 2074 after a nuclear apocalypse has given away energy. While the first volume of the Desert Wizard duology was told from the perspective of Eiji, the eponymous shadow speaker who tracks down her father’s executioner, Okorafor concludes the series through the eyes of Eiji’s former best friend, Dikyogo Obedemkpa. Rainmaker, enslaved by his shapeshifting powers, Dikéogu seeks revenge on his parents but also searches for answers to what happened to him in the three years that followed. Shadow speaker And why did he and Iggy become separated?

Gwen and Art are not in love

lex crouch, Gwen and Art are not in love
(Written Wednesday, November 28)

Every time I think of this book, which contains feelings of love between members of the royal family (but not with each other!) Red, white and royal blue After it is clearly set Knight’s story-esque setting, I just smile. It’s a delight in metaphors throughout, starting with the arranged marriage at its heart: Gwendolyn, Princess of Camelot, betrothed to Arthur DeLacy, a distant descendant of Mordred. Although the two resent their shared commitment to securing a political alliance, their mutual discovery that they are gay leads first to blackmail, and eventually to conspiratorial consolation: Art will help Gwen do her favor for Lady Bridget Leclerc, the only lady in the kingdom. Knight, while exploring his romance with Gwen’s older brother Gabriel, the heir to the throne. Every fall should have at least one remixed SFF movie like this.

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