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20 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books We Can’t Wait to Dive This Summer

The else Leading summer season It is upon us. Some of the year’s biggest science fiction and fantasy books will be hitting shelves over the next four months, including new books from Ken Liu, Holly Black, and Rothana Emris. In addition, widely popular writers such as Akil Kumarasamy, Megan Giddings and Georgi Gospodinov are back with new head scratchers along with a new batch of novice authors.

Whether you’re looking for a quick fix to devour in one weekend or an epic book that will last for months, here are the 20 best science fiction and fantasy books on your way in May, June, July and August 2022.


Jennifer Saint's Electra cover, featuring three people with long hair on an orange background.

Photo: Flatiron Books

electra By Jennifer Saint (May 3)

Madeline Miller lovers Circe And Margaret Atwood Penelopiad He will be drawn to re-imagining this The Iliad which is zoomed in on Helen’s niece, Electra. It is another historical fantasy sweeping in the context of the first Saint novel, Ariadnebut this time expanded the focus to include two additional women: Electra’s mother, Clytemnestra, and her father’s mistress, Agamemnon, Cassandra.


Cover of The Immortal King Rao, featuring a set of concentric uneven circles and an upward facing silhouette.

Photo: WW Norton

Not many former Wall Street Journal technical reporters have written a science fiction novel, but Fauhini Vara has done just that with this stunningly accurate book on memory, capitalism, and climate change. It’s the story of a South Indian boy who grows up to be the most powerful man in the world – first as CEO of a technology company, then as the leader of an international company – and gives his daughter access to his memories in a desperate situation. Trying to save the planet.


Night book cover by Holly Black, with a half moon on a black and blue background.

Photo: Tor Books

co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles She is back with her first adult novel, a mystery fantasy set in a world that could be ours if it weren’t for Shadow Magic and the gloamists who study it. When a 28-year-old thief named Charlie Hall finds a dead man whose shadow has been torn to shreds, she goes on an adventure in search of a missing magical text – the Night Book of Honor.


Cover of Shelter Time by Georgiy Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rudel.  Illustrative color blocking face with round girls.

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shelter time By Georgy Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rudel (10 May)

This Ballardian novel, Gospodinov’s third translation from Bulgarian to English, is about a Swiss health clinic for Alzheimer’s patients where each floor is designed to recreate a different decade of the 20th century. Things start to get wild when entire countries decide to start “living” in a particular decade of the past. (France, of course, chooses the ’80s.)


Hidden picture cover of Jason Rekulak, showing a person shoveling on the road in front of a parked car.

Photo: Flatiron Books

This one is about contemporary screw turn The film revolves around a newly sober nanny, Mallory Quinn, who takes care of a 5-year-old. The kid looks cute at first (isn’t it always?), until he paints a picture of a man dragging a woman’s body through the woods. As his drawings become more realistic, Mallory wonders if he’s directing something supernatural — something that could help solve a cold case.


Cover of The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah, featuring an amulet on a white background.

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Theorized Lully, a magical criminal smuggler with the enviable alias “Midnight Merchant,” teams up with her genie guardians and a prince and thief in this fast-paced fantasy adventure inspired by multiple stories of… One Thousand and One Nights. Fans of SA Chakraborty’s Dayvapad Trilogy will enjoy the Nizari race to find an ancient artifact with the power to annihilate all the elves in the world.


The cover photo for Garden of Earthly Bodies by Sally Oliver, shows a woman with her back exposed and hair growing along her spine.  Also, potentially tentacles!

Photo: The Overlook Press

Traumatized women begin to grow thick, dark hair along the spine in this first novel by Sally Oliver. Marianne, grieving over her sister’s death, joins other afflicted women at an experimental treatment center in the Welsh wilderness, as her past and present begin to overlap – and as her mind begins to collapse.


Cover image of Ordinary Monsters by JM Miro, showing a black bird flying against a background of clouds and the night sky.

Photo: Flatiron Books

A grim historical fiction set in Victorian London and Meiji period Tokyo, Ordinary monsters The film revolves around a British detective tasked with keeping two children with supernatural powers safe from a man made of smoke. At nearly 700 pages, it’s a door cover with a labyrinthine story and a huge cast of characters.


Cover photo of City Inside by Samit Basu, which shows a color photo of Delhi.

Photo: Tor Books

In the near future, the metaverse is being moderated by Reality Controllers like Joey, who is overseeing the live broadcast of South Asian celebrities. When she hires an assistant named Rudra, a scion of a wealthy family in Delhi, they discover an institutional plot that shatters everything they think they know.


Speech bone shell by Ken Liu, featuring an abundance in front of Garinafin's skull.

Photo: Saga Press

Ken Liu returns with the fourth and final book in the Dandelion Dynasty series, best known for establishing the “silkpunk” genre with 2015 The blessing of kings. This time, Pékyu Takval and Princess Théra must navigate two wars to settle the fate of the seven Dara Islands.


Cover of Drunk On All Your Weird New Worlds by Eddie Robson, featuring dark text on a pastel background partially obscured by a ripple effect.

Photo: Tor Books

Take out the knives Meets The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy In this near-future mystery room, a human translator for a foreign diplomat is arrested on a murder investigation. Eddie Robson wrote for British sitcoms and Doctor from The pop is, so some dry humor is to be expected.


The cover of the book What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher, a surreal portrait of a rabbit dotted with a rabbit skeleton made of mushrooms.

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Kingfisher’s retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s novel “The Fall of the House of Usher” is a great way to re-enact the story from before. Mike Flanagan’s Next Adaptation to Netflix from the original text. This version includes mushrooms, “owned wildlife” and a group of ghosts that may not actually be ghosts.


Cover image of a half-built garden, which shows land in the distance surrounded by dandelion seed heads.

Photo: Tor Books

Emrys’ first novel since the Innsmouth Legacy series is a primary communication story driven by climate change. In the late 21st century, when aliens land in the Chesapeake Bay and offer humanity sanctuary from what they consider to be a doomed land, our species must decide whether to leave home or stay out.


Cover photo for The Sleepless by Victor Manibo, which shows three pairs of eyes in neon lights that open gradually.

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Insomnia by Victor Manibo (Aug 2)

What if you never need to sleep again? It looks great, but it doesn’t show up well in Manibu’s first novel. A “sleepless” journalist named Jimmy Vega gets entangled in a murder investigation, and worst of all, he can’t remember anything from the night of the crime. After embarking on his own investigation, he discovers the truth behind insomnia, well, that can’t be good.


Cover image of The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean, featuring a diorama of a parent, child, and home, all made up of pages from a book, while standing on a book.

Photo: Tor Books

The title is not a metaphor. This novel is about people who eat books. They call themselves family, and they live in the Yorkshire Moors, and they punish children by making them eat dictionaries. Turns out, they actually live on the stories received inside Books, which becomes a problem when one tastes the best story bowl ever – the human brain.


Cover image 40 by Alan Heathcock, bright image with a red angel-like shape inside the numbers 4 and 0.

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40 by Alan Heathcock (Aug 2)

The Civil War between the United States government and a faction of revolutionary fundamentalists is the beginning of Heathcock’s grotesque and daring novel about faith, family, and the future. When a young soldier named Mazie Goodwin wakes up in a volcano crater to find wings sprouting from her back, she’s unsure whether it’s a miracle or a biological experiment, but it gives her the chance to become a wartime leader and find her missing sister.


Cover photo for Face by Joma West, an abstract blend of colors creating the shape of the face in the middle.

Photo: Tor Books

Face by Joma West (Aug 2)

Skin color is a choice in Jumma West’s first novel, courtesy of some GatakaGenetic technology at a level that allows everyone (who can afford it) to design their own “perfect” face. At the same time, every skin-to-skin contact is obscene, and a wealthy family’s quest for happiness turns into a well-deserved nightmare. black mirror episode.


Cover photo for The Women Can Fly by Megan Giddings, vibrant blue photo depicting a tree and sun.

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Brilliant author Lakewood He imagines the grim reality where witches are real – a fact used by the authoritarian state to criminalize the celibacy of women after the age of thirty, and to prosecute black women for the slightest suspicion. When Josephine Thomas goes on her quest to honor her mother’s last wish, she discovers a society that lives under very different rules.


The cover photo for The First Bindin by RR Virdi, showing a person climbing a mountain with a fantasy background.

Photo: Tor Books

first binding is a South Asian-inspired fantasy epic that has been compared to Patrick Rothfuss’ the name of the windAnd for good reason: It’s an 800-page series told in the first person by a legendary sharp-tongued warrior using magic. Amazing cover art doesn’t hurt either!


Cover image for Meet Us by the Roaring Sea by Akil Kumarasamy, grid image with background wallpaper and various images of geography within each grid.

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This genre-defying novel from the author of the 2018 short story collection Demigod The film revolves around a near-future artificial intelligence instructor, Ada, who in her spare time translates a Tamil manuscript written by a group of female medical students in the 1990s. The story alternates between Ada’s encounters with futuristic technology and medical students’ attempts to struggle as much as possible in order to understand their patients.