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Spring Reading 2020 Science Fiction and Fantasy

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

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ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This Is How You Lose the Time War combines war via time travel (think Haldeman’s The Forever War), a love story between agents on opposite sides, and the epistolary novel (Les Liaisons dangereuses / Dangerous Liaisons, Griffin & Sabine). Exciting word play, and the intriguing letter delivery methods, made me look forward to the next epistle as much as the main characters did. —Dave

 


The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

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By Nghi Vo
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ISBN: 9781250750303
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Published: Tor.com - March 24th, 2020

Nghi Vo is an impressive storyteller and is about to take the fantasy world by storm. Her short stories have delighted for years and I cannot wait for everyone to read her new novella. This promising debut author delivers lush settings, intriguing magic, and political intrigue. When an Empress dies, a young monk travels to record her straightforward history, but they find a complex legacy instead. Every twist and turn surprised me. This is an author to watch. —Ivy


Docile by K.M. Szpara

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ISBN: 9781250216151
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Published: Tor.com - March 3rd, 2020

Docile is a hard but important critique of capitalism through the lens of an indentured servant and his master. It’s the future, and in order to pay off millions of inherited debt for their future family, people are selling themselves to the rich. To soften the blow of human rights violations, a drug called Dociline has been invented to modify memories and make “dociles” more compliant. Truly artful writing that I couldn’t put down, this sci-fi is sure to make waves. —MJ


The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781982134037
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 25th, 2020

Ken Liu delivers a beautiful mix of speculative fiction and light fantasy in his second collection of short stories following The Paper Menagerie. Delving into the complexities of shared history, the impending reality of a virtual existence, and other thoughtful meditations on the ramifications of our social evolution, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories questions our idea of authenticity and consciousness—yet Liu always returns to the pervasive power of memory and the strength of human connection (even when it’s in 1s and 0s). —Tori


The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

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ISBN: 9780316509848
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Published: Orbit - March 24th, 2020

New York is a city on the brink of becoming something more, something self-aware and able to better care for its people. But an ancient evil is working against that birth, and it will take a ragtag, wildly diverse crew who call the city home to protect it. A love letter to (and a critique of) New York and its burroughs, a haunting exploration of the Lovecraftian racism we face today, and the most punk rock fantasy I’ve read in an age, this is one you can’t miss. —Jax


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