11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to checkout in late June

With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing coming up next month, I’ve been thinking about a huge classic about Apollo history. Ink has spilled over the past 5 years exploring every detail of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, and more is on the way.

Few works stand out in the history of aerospace literature. The first is two books by Francis French and Colin Burgess: into the silent sea, about NASA’s work before Apollo, and in the shadow of the moon, About the Apollo program until Apollo 11.They are part of the University of Nebraska Press Outgoing Odyssey series and provide an accessible, in-depth look at how America got to the moon.

Another must-have book is Spacesuits: Shaping Apollo Nicolas de Monkhao.If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to design a spacesuit (if you haven’t seen my colleague Loren Grush’s spaceship series), an exhaustive history of how a company best known for making bras and belts developed the iconic suits worn on the moon. It explores how spacesuits are made and offers a unique perspective on the history of spaceflight.

Here are 11 new science fiction and fantasy novels coming out in the second half of June. (You can read the books that hit shelves earlier this month here.)

June 18

Image: Seven Stories Press

whole city alex difrancisco

The story of Alex DiFrancesco takes place in the near future of New York City whole city The story of the plight of two people who survived a superstorm: clerk Makira and genderqueer anarchist Jesse. After getting caught up in the storm, they carved out their niche in abandoned luxury apartment complexes. As they work to rebuild their lives, bizarre, colorful murals start popping up in the city, attracting journalists’ attention and drawing unwanted attention to the homes they’ve been building. Publishers Weekly Said it was a “loving, sad warning” [that] Thoughtfully portrays the resilience, vulnerability and joy of unstable communities in a direct, compassionate voice. “


Image: Orbit Books

girl who can move by Jackson Ford

Teagan Frost has remote power, and the government takes full advantage of that, sending her on a mission that only she can do. Like most people with special abilities, she just wants to be normal. But after a mission, authorities found a body; she was the prime suspect, with only 22 hours to prove her innocence. If she can’t, she might start a fight that could ruin Los Angeles. Kirkus Review Says it’s “a fast-paced, high-adrenaline story that manages to get into some dark themes without losing its fun.”

Read the excerpt.


Image: Tor Books

forever queen Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone is known for his great performances Process sequence urban fantasy series, and with forever queen, he turned his attention to space opera. Weiwei Liao is a talented businesswoman, but her rivals turn against her, and while trying to sabotage their efforts, she finds herself transported into the distant future by a powerful entity called the Queen. The Queen controls the universe and plunders technology from the past to protect the universe from alien species known as the Bleeding. To get home, Vi gathers a group of adventurers of all shapes and sizes who try to destroy the Queen and save everyone. Publishers Weekly gave this book a star review, and Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog Call it an “intense feminist space opera.”

Read the excerpt.


Image: Titan Books

Recorder by Agnes Gomillion

After Earth was devoured by World War III, the remaining armies and nations established a new world order in which racial boundaries were tightly controlled and drugs were distributed to erase the memory of the lowest classes. Arika Cobane has been training for ten years, joining the Congolese elite who rewrite history to fit the status quo. But when a new student arrives with dangerous ideas and openly question official history, he forces Arika to question everything she’s worked for. Publishers Weekly Said the book “a knowledgeable, emotionally charged, relentlessly honest confrontation with racism that proves that Gomillion is a vital new voice.”


Image: Berkeley Books

girl in red Christina Henry

Christina Henry brings her own reimaginings of classic fantasy stories: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and now Little Red Riding Hood.exist girl in red, a woman in a red jacket travels across a post-apocalyptic Earth trying to figure out how to survive in the new world. She is determined to reach her grandmother’s house, but has to fight against dangerous government officials with malicious intent. Publishers Weekly Saying the book “satisfactorily subverts the familiar tale of a wise girl, a dangerous wolf, and a brave savior, folklore lovers will love this bloody recent variation on a familiar theme.”


Image: Macmillan

FKA USA Author: Reed King

Set in 2085, FKA USA Imagine a world in which the United States has collapsed due to environmental disasters and policies. It tells the story of a man named Truckee Wallace who lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas (now known as Crunchtown 407) with no other goal than to go to bed someday. When the president asked him to ship a talking goat across the continent to a lab in San Francisco, he was conflicted — he wasn’t entirely sure it was worth it. But he travels across the country with an odd group of companions: Barnaby the goat; Sammy, a robot who wants to be human; and Tim Little, a lobotomized criminal. Kirkus Review Said it was “America’s epic apocalyptic vision in all its fading glory”.

Read the excerpt.


Image: Tor Books

steal the world Karl Schroeder

In the not-too-distant future, Sura Neelin has struggled to survive in a world where automation sucks up jobs and the country’s surveillance machines mean it’s impossible to disappear. Following the murder of her father, she continues on the run, and with the help of the Resistance, learns to hide and survive in the shadow economy that exists in AR games. All the while, she sets out to piece together why her father was killed, and uncovers some dark secrets about the nature of the game’s world – she might be able to overturn the entire system. Publishers Weekly “Readers looking for a bit of optimism and grim predictions will find a good balance here,” said.

Read the excerpt.


Image: Tor.com

silver in the woods by Emily Tesh

In her debut novel, Emily Tesh revisits the Green Man myth. Located in Victorian England, Tobias Finch has been tending Greenhollow for centuries, listening to the sounds of the trees and enjoying the peaceful life. When a man named Henry Silver appears, he turns Tobias’ life upside down, forcing him to take stock of his past. Publishers Weekly Says “Tesh’s characters and myths are beautifully crafted”, it’s a “fresh, evocative short story” [that] Heralds a welcome new voice in fantasy. “


Image: Blackstone Press

course Caldwell Turnbull

If you recognize Cadwell Turnbull’s name, it’s probably because he’s one of our authors better world An anthology project earlier this year, his story “Monsters Howl in Their Seasons”. course is his debut novel set in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where spaceships from an advanced alien race known as the Ynaa are parked. Aliens are mysterious and seem friendly unless provoked, in which case they respond harshly. A year after Ynaa killed a young boy on the island, three families find themselves embroiled in an even bigger conflict.The book received star reviews Kirkus Review and Publishers Weeklyand Locus Magazine Says it’s “a book that raises issues and issues of race in a whole new way, which makes it a book that…stands the test of time.”

June 25

Image: Solaris Books

Hexarchate Stories Yin Holly

Yoon Holly’s Imperial Machinery Space Opera Trilogy – Ninefox Strategy, Raven Strategyand Undead Gun— He has won considerable praise for him in recent years. These books follow the adventures of infantry captains and generals in a fierce interstellar war, and Lee returns to the world with this collection of short stories about the world and its characters. These include art thieves who must save the galaxy from prototype weapons, generals who must outsmart their opponents, and more.writing book smugglerLee has gone through some of the thinking behind the story in the book.

You can read some short stories online: “Extracurricular Activities” Tor.comand the “Battle of the Candle Arc” ends Clarks World Magazine.


Image: Tor Books

Mother of Iron Dragon Michael Swanwick

Part 3 of Michael Swanwick Daughter of Iron Dragon series (including 1993’s Daughter of Iron Dragon and in 2008 Dragon of Babel), Mother of Iron Dragon Follow Caitlin Sans Merci, a pilot of the Queen’s Absent Dragonflight, who pilots a sentient robotic dragon named 7708. She returns home from the raid only to find that she has brought back a hitchhiker, Helen V, from Ace and is framed for her brother’s disappearance and presumed murder. She ran into an industrialized faerie with 7708 to clear her name. Kirkus Review Starred the book, describing it as “Disc World meets Faust”. They don’t like each other. Philip Pullman picks up the pieces. ”

Read the excerpt.

Leave a Comment

%d bloggers like this: