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We recently put together a big guide to every fantasy and sci-fi show you should watch in 2022. Now, we’ll cross over to the written medium to introduce you to all the science fiction and fantasy books coming out this year.
There are a lot of great sci-fi and fantasy books coming out in 2021, and we’ll get more in 2022. We’ve rounded up 40 titles that we think genre readers should pay attention to, because there can never be too many books on one’s to-do list. (Let’s be real here, any of us have only one TBR pile? )
From weird alien universes to epic fantasy worlds, there will be something for most fans of these genres this year. 2022 will see new work from big names such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, Rebecca Roanhorse, Ken Liu and John Scalzi, as well as debuts and sequels from many upcoming authors. This will be a good year in the stack.
There are several great books already hitting shelves in January 2022, and we don’t want you to lose them. So, before we dive into the list, we’d like to briefly touch on the big 2022 releases that are already available at a bookstore or online retailer near you:
daughter of the moon goddess By Sue Lynn Tan — (Posted January 11)
Inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess Chang’e, Sue Lynn Tan’s debut is one of the most anticipated books of early 2022. It tells the story of Xiangyin, the daughter of the Moon Goddess, who, after her magic was discovered by humans, the mighty Heavenly Emperor, is forced to leave her lunar homeland and undertake an epic quest in order to save her mother.
daughter of the moon goddess There are mysterious beasts, mythical journeys, romance, and all the other staples of a good epic fantasy. It was the first of an anticipated duo, and it received rave reviews.
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Imperial Engine RS Ford — (Published January 18)
Imperial Engine It’s an epic fantasy story with an industrial twist. It follows the Hawkspur family, who run a guild charged with keeping the technology of the Empire running. With succession issues looming, the family matriarch sent each of her three children to a different part of the Torwin country. There’s Conor, the eldest son sent to the far frontier for military service; Tyreta, a witch who discovers the disturbing costs of running her hometown’s industrial machinery; and the youngest child, Fulren, who finds himself framed for a Enough to throw Torwyn into a turbulent crime.
Different plot threads intertwine and pull at each other in this epic fantasy, marking the beginning of a new RS Ford series.
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Akita woman By Nnedi Okorafor — (Posted January 18)
The third volume by award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor Nsibidi script Also playing this month. Akita woman Continue the story of Sunny Nwazue, a young girl with albinism who discovers that she has potential magical powers. These books combine Okorafor’s consistently excellent Afro-futuristic style with a strong coming-of-age story, and the third book continues that tradition. In the first two installments of the series, Sonny has to “find balance between almost everything in her life – America and Nigeria, a “normal” world and a world full of juju, humans and spirits, good daughters and powerful The world of the Leopard Man.” But now she faces her most dangerous mission yet, forced into “otherworldly realms” in search of mysterious objects.
Defeating the guardian of the prize will pay more than she does, and victory will mean she will change forever.
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light years away from home By Mike Chen — (Posted January 25)
light years away from home Mike Chen’s work is as much a family story as it is an alien abduction story. The Shao family’s rift stemmed from a family camping trip that went awry. Here’s a snippet from the copy at the back of the book:
Evie Shao is at odds with her sister Kass. Fifteen years ago, their father and brother disappeared during a family camping trip. A few days later, their father shows up, dehydrated and confused – and convinced he’s been abducted by aliens. Their brother Jacob is still missing. Women are treated very differently. Cass suspects that her college dropout twins just ran away and became the backbone of the family. Evie, who trades academics in pursuit of alien conspiracy theories, keeps searching for Jacob.
As you might have guessed, Jacob will eventually return…but he’s bringing unexpected and unbelievable news of Star Wars. With the FBI and alien forces looming, the Shaw siblings must come together to solve the mystery behind his disappearance…and make peace with his family. light years away from home Commitment to Chen’s signature fusion of heart and imagination. Considering this is a standalone, you don’t need to read a lengthy series to check it out.
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Goliath By Tochi Onyebuchi – (Posted January 25)
Goliath Marks author Tochi Onyebuchi’s adult novel debut. Works by Onyebuchi, such as his World Fantasy Award-winning novella Riot Babe, including many social commentary and imaginative visions of the near future. From the sound of it, Goliath A lot of the same buttons are pressed while taking everything up a notch:
In the 2050s, the Earth began to become empty. Those with the means and privileges have left America’s big cities for more comfortable space colonies. Those who stay can save what they can from crumbling infrastructure. While they are barely surviving, their communities are being cannibalized. Brick by brick, their house was delivered to the colony, and what used to be a home is now a quaint reminder to the world’s colonists that they have destroyed.
An original biblical epic thrown into the future, Goliath weaves together disparate narratives – a space dweller sees New Haven, Connecticut as an opportunity to reconnect with his spiraling lover; a group tries to renew A promised worker in Earth’s crumbling cities; a journalist trying to capture street violence; a marshal trying to solve kidnapping – turning it into an extremely pressing mosaic of race, class, gentrification and who is allowed to be the hero of any history .
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Now that we’ve covered the books that are already out in 2022, let’s move on to February, and those that haven’t been published yet…