Your (Geeky) Summer Book Guide

Your guide to the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction out this summer.

Summer is the perfect time to curl up with a good science fiction, fantasy, or horror read. There is a lot of speculative fiction to like this summer, but here are our top suggestions for what to dive into this sunny season. From horror in the woods to science fiction in the stars, check out one (or all) of these new classics!

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, OUT NOW — William Morrow

In The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay pairs the home invasion subgenre with apocalyptic themes in this story that begins when a family’s vacation on a remote New Hampshire lake is interrupted by a group of dangerous men who are either trying to end the world or save it.

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Ascendant by Jack Campbell, OUT NOW — Ace Press

The second book in Jack Campbell’s Genesis Fleet series picks up three years after former fleet officer Rob Geary and former Marine Mele Darcy first stood together to defend the newly-settled colony of Glenlyon. In that time, tensions in human-colonized space have only gotten worse. When Geary decides to take Glenlyon’s last destroyer to protect a diplomatic mission at nearby star Kosatka, they are again pulled into a fight to retain their freedom.

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The Calculating Stars & The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal, OUT NOW — Tor Books

The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky are two prequels set in the world of The Lady Astronaut of Mars, explaining how a cataclysmic meteor strike accelerated the race to space in the 1950s and 1960s. These books follow pilot and mathematician Elma York in her efforts to become the first astronaut on the moon and, later, Mars.

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European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss, OUT NOW — Saga Press

In this sequel to Theodora Goss’ The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Mary Jekyll and the other daughters of literature’s mad scientists are off on an adventure to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in order to save Professor Van Helsing’s daughter, Lucinda, from the nefarious clutches of the Alchemical Society.

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Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers, July 24 — Harper Voyager

Introducing us to a new part of the Wayfarers world, Record of a Spaceborn Few follows several humans living as part of the Exodan Fleet, a group of spaceships built when Earth became uninhabitable, on the search for a new long-term home. This book is not plot-driven, but rather an exploration of the society and culture that has built up within this homesteader fleet over many generations—thoughtful science fiction at its best.

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas, August 7 — Random House Books for Young Readers

The latest installment in the DC Icons Series, Catwoman: Soulstealer follows Selina Kyle two years after her escape from the Gotham City slums. In that time, she has transformed herself into the affluent Holly Vanderhees and, with Batman away on a mission, she is ready to take Gotham for herself. Luke Fox (aka Batwing), Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn all feature in this tale of unexpected friendships within a Batman-less Gotham.

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Mother of Invention, September — Twelfth Planet Press

Mother of Invention is an anthology of short stories that challenge conventions of gender and explore issues of artificial intelligence. Writers in this anthology include Jo Anderton, John Chu, Kameron Hurley, Rosaleen Love, Sandra McDonald, Seanan McGuire, E.C. Myers, Justina Robson, Nisi Shawl, Cat Sparks, Bogi Takács, and Kaaron Warren.

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Further Reading…

Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn, OUT NOW — Del Rey

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Heroine’s Journey by Sarah Kuhn, OUT NOW — Daw

The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan, OUT NOW — Ace

Luna: Moon Rising by Ian McDonald, July 31 — Tor Books

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch, Aug. 7 — Balzer + Bray

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Aug. 14 — Tor Books


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