17 best new science fiction and fantasy books to read in October

The autumn is upon us, which means it's a good time to relax on the sofa with a good book and a hot drink of choice.

One of my recent books was published at the beginning of this year: The king of birds, by G. Willow Wilson. The novel follows a concubine named Fatima, who resides in the royal court of Grenada, just as Spain is consolidating under the Inquisition. Her friend Hassan has a secret: she can shape reality through her work as a map creator, she can change landscape or create doors with a quick sketch. His talents draw the attention of the inquisitors, who came to Grenada to negotiate the surrender of the kingdom, and force Fatima and Hassan into a desperate escape, aided by a djinn and other unexpected allies as they try to find security.

The novel is beautifully written and is a powerful story about freedom and the ability to write one's own destiny. So, although not new, the book should not be overlooked.

Here are 17 new sci-fi and fantasy novels to discover this month (and another 13 if you missed last month).


1st October


the cover of Future Tense Fiction, lively and vivid shapes surround the title, in shades of pink, red, mint, orange and yellow. The entire design is vaguely retro-future

Printing without a name

Future Tense Fiction: Stories of Tomorrow curated by Kirsten Berg, Torie Bosch, Joey Eschrich, Edd Finn, Andres Martinez and Juliet Ulman

Over the past two years, some of the best science fiction short films have emerged from a joint project between Slate, New America and Arizona University. The Future Tense brings together some of the best science fiction writers who write right now, and this book brings together a series of those stories in one volume. The authors here include the likes of Charlie Jane Anders, Paul Bacigalupi, Madeline Ashby, Hannu Rajaniemi, Annalee Newitz, Nnedi Okorafor and others. This is an essential book for those who want cutting-edge fiction about our near future. Reviews of Kirkus he gave the book a starred review, saying that it is full of "provocative and stimulating stories that project today's technological innovations on tomorrow's moral framework".



the cover of The Walking Dead: Typhon, the title is in red text on a sepia-colored landscape reminiscent of Chinese watercolor paintings. among the sloping mountains, there are outpost establishments of the apocalypse

Simon & Schuster

The Walking Dead: Typhoon by Wesley Chu

There have been a handful of novels based on The dead man walkingand the last one comes from Wesley Chu. The Walking Dead: Typhoon takes place in China, where the government believes that there are over a billion zombies (called Jiangshi) roaming in the country. The survivors created protected settlements and the leader of one, Secretary Guo, of the Beacon of Light settlement, ordered to gather as many survivors as possible for a last stand. When Zhu discovers that people still live in his village while searching for food, he is in conflict: he stays and fights with his friends in the settlement or runs away with the survivors who escaped the Jiangshi till now. Read an excerpt.



the cover of The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl; the large character is on a magenta background, with aligned floral motifs. in the lower left corner is the outline of a girl with long wavy blond hair

Simon & Schuster

The sinister mystery of the mesmerizing girl by Theodora Goss

With his first two novels of Athena Club (The strange case of the daughter of the alchemist is European journey for the monstrous lady), Theodora Goss provided a subversive and exciting view of some of the most famous horror figures. In his first novel, he presented Mary Jekyll, who brings together a series of fantastic characters as he searches for answers to the question about his father's death. C & # 39; is Catherine "Cat" Moreau, a former puma, transformed into a human being through a series of experiments; Beatrice Rappaccini, a poisonous woman; Justine Frankenstein, the resuscitated wife for the original Frankenstein monster, and Diana Hyde, Mary's younger sister.

In his latest adventure, the Athena Club contends the kidnapping of their friend Alice and the employer Sherlock Holmes. As they search for their missing companions, they discover that their abduction is part of a larger plot to threaten Queen Victoria.



Penguin Random House

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

The hell has a special place for unfinished books: the unwritten wing. Claire, the librarian who oversees the wing, is there to keep the shelves and books organized in good shape, but also to keep them in mind. The unfinished books she is in charge of supervising sometimes manifest their characters in an attempt to finish themselves. When a hero flees to find his author, it's up to Claire to track him down, along with his assistant Brevity and a demon named Leto. Their mission goes awry when they face an angel, who believes that what they really have is the Devil's Bible, one that could have huge implications in the war between Heaven and Hell.

You can read an excerpt from The Library of the Unwritten on Tor.com.



the cover of Dune: Deluxe Edition; a figure profiled in a cloak rises up against a turquoise moon that stains an orange background; the figure has bright turquoise eyes that match the moon, although there are no other recognizable facial features

Ace Books

Dune: Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert

The dune of Frank Herbert is one of the best-known classics of the genre and, with a new film adaptation coming up, its publisher is publishing a "deluxe edition" of the novel. This edition is beautiful and includes some new works of art and a new introduction by the son of Herbert Brian, who carried on his father's legacy with a new series of novels set in the same world. (Another volume to be examined is the edition of The Folio Society novel, which is also quite nice.)



the cover of Full Throttle; a beige background, with a big blue Prussian truck

Harper Collins

All gas by Joe Hill

With books like NOS4A2, The Fireman, is Strange timeand comics like Locke & Key, Joe Hill has established himself as a leading horror author. He is now releasing a new collection of his shorter stories, All gas. It contains stories that tell fairy tales, librarians who bring books to the dead and others. The book also contains a couple of short stories written in collaboration with his father, Stephen King, such as "Throttle" and "In The Tall Grass", an adaptation of which will soon arrive on Netflix.

Read an excerpt.



the cover of Dooku: Jedi Lost; the text cuts dramatically diagonally on the cover; the lower half has the dooku wielding a blue lightsaber, the upper half has Asajj Ventress wielding a redhead

Penguin Random House

Dooku: Jedi Lost by Canavan Scott

At the beginning of this year, Random House published an original Star Wars called audio drama Dooku: Jedi Lost, on the fallen Jedi Master who orchestrated the Clone Wars and his life before it fell. Now, the publisher has published the story in book form: the script of the filming of the audio drama, for those who want to resume the story, but who are not a big fan of audiobooks.


3 October


the cover of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth; it's all in red, with a fast-flowing train in front of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Penguin Random House

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman Its dark materials the trilogy is a classic of fantasy literature and for years worked on a subsequent project, The book of dust. That novel turned into a trilogy, whose first volume, La Belle Sauvage hit stores in 2017. This second installment, The secret Commonwealth, is set after the events of the first trilogy. Lyra Silvertongue is now a student at St. Sophia's College and her demon Pantalaimon witnesses a brutal murder, plunging the couple into a new adventure, one that sends them into a demon-infested city that could hold the secret of Dust, an elemental particle that imparts consciousness to life through the universe.


8 October


the cover of The Princess Beard; the text is in elaborate characters against a purple sky, above a green sea. a ship is in the distance, a female centaur standing out in the foreground. a cream-colored border surrounds the entire cover

Penguin Random House

The Princess Beard by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Following is the latest irreverent fantasy comedy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne Kill the Farm Boy is No country for old gnomes. The Princess Beard finds a cute princess after a long sleep in a magic tower and decides that she prefers to join a pirate crew to set off on adventures. Weekly publishers states that "while plying the crimson tides of the Myn Seas (populated by tampons) and challenging the dangers of night restaurants, they challenge gender roles in fantasy and pierce social trends, attacking targets such as Harry Potter and gym culture with a dizzying series of bad jokes and puns. ‚ÄĚHere's an excerpt.



cover for Warrior of the Altaii; a crimson cover with the black head of a wild cat; the text is large and golden

Tor Books

Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan is famous for his Time wheel epic fantasy series, but before writing it, he wrote another novel, which his publisher had never published in the 80's: Warrior of Altaii. The book is now being printed and is about a warrior, Wulfgar, who must protect his people from warlords and magicians in a changing world. When Elspeth arrives, a visitor to another world, it may contain the answers to survive, but Wulfgar must first know the right questions to ask.



cover for Supernova; a planet surrounded by rectangular spaceships with a futuristic appearance

Tor Books

Era of the supernova by Cixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen

The Chinese author Cixin Liu is best known for his Memory of the Earth's past trilogy (The problem of the three bodies, the dark forest, is The end of death). In his last one, a star explodes eight light-years away. The supernova bombards the Earth with deadly radiation that kills anyone over the age of 13. Governments around the world set up programs designed to keep civilization going, training children to do vital jobs. The novel follows a group of children in China as they work to supervise their local area and face the ambitions of their international neighbors and the younger generations that are growing right behind them. Weekly publishers he states that "plausible but surprising twists make this a memorable" what-if "story.

You can read the first and second chapters.


October 15th


the cover of Escaping Exodus: a woman with a fantastic appearance with a lush green and purple background; it is wrapped in a white cloak

Harper Voyager

Exodus on the run by Nicky Drayden

Humanity has expanded deeply into space in the latest Nicky Drayden novel, Exodus on the run. With the stars too far away, people have created habitats in giant creatures. A young woman, Seske Kaleigh, is preparing to take on the role of clan leader and discovers that their home may not be as safe as they hoped. He must face up to the responsibilities of sustaining the burden of leadership for his people, while he is also challenged by his ambitious and astute sister. Reviews of Kirkus he states that it is "a science fiction story written directly with a construction of the world of the first order and a strong characterization". Here is an excerpt.



the cover for the recovery; a woman's head is suspended in space

Penguin Random House

recovered by Madeleine Roux

Rosalyn Devar is running away from her family, her job and her life, and takes a job as a savior. After a serious mistake, she was given a last chance to redeem herself: help clean up the Brigantine, a dead research vessel. The only problem is that the crew has been infected with a fungus that revives their bodies and are trying to convince Rosalyn to join them. Weekly publishers gave the book a starred review, saying that it is "a funny, deeply disturbing and intelligent story that hits all the right notes for those who like a bit of horror with their SF." Read an excerpt.



cover for The Rosewater Redemption; the white text takes up most of it, with an intricate blue and purple zigzag pattern

Orbit books

The redemption of rose water by Tade Thompson

Tade Thompson completes her epic science fiction trilogy The redemption of rose water. The first episode of 2015 was set in the middle of the 21st century when a government agent meets a strange city on the edge of an alien dome in Nigeria known as Wormwood. Wormwood is expanding its influence and the city has worked to declare independence in The Rosewater Insurrection. In this final installment, the city is struggling to maintain its independence: debts increase, aliens threaten genocide and Karro could be the city's last hope for peace.

Reviews of Kirkus he gave the book a starred review and states that it is "an appropriate conclusion of this trilogy, which, even in its most triple moments, maintains a plausibility that is often lacking in others in this subgenre".


22 October


cover for interference; a black, starry sky, below are green plants

Tor Books

Image: Tor Books

interference by Sue Burke

Last year, Sue Burke published her debut novel, semiosis, and quickly became one of my favorites of 2018. Set in the distant future, it followed generations of settlers who landed on a planet called Pax, which was inhabited by an intelligent plant life. It was an excellent interpretation of the scenarios of first contact and the nature of intelligence, and in its last, Burke continues the story of Pax and its new inhabitants while a new intelligent species of apex makes its presence known . Read an excerpt.



the cover of The Queens of Animation; a black and white photo of a woman at an animator's desk, it's all on a yellow background

Little Brown & Co.

The queens of animation: the untold story of the women who transformed the world of Disney and made film history by Nathalia Holt

The stories of the film industry, and in particular that of Walt Disney, focus heavily on male creators, artists and visionaries who have produced some of the best-known stories that entertain us so far. The new book by Nathalia Holt is added to that story, focusing on an influential group of women who have shaped the animation industry during the Walt Disney story and the challenges they faced along the way. Weekly publishers states that "Holt's full and enchanting account will be a must-read for Disney fans and champions of women's artistic contribution"


29 October


cover for the name of all things; a black background with a bronze horse head in the center

Tor Books

The name of all things by Jenn Lyons

At the beginning of this year, Jenn Lyons released her first epic fantasy novel, The ruin of kings, the first in his Chorus of Dragons series. The next installment is The name of all things, told through stories alternated by a woman named Janel Theranon and Qown in Kihrin, a slum thief who was claimed as a missing prince (and who appears to be a reincarnated god.) They tell the story of their efforts to save the city of Atrina from a huge dragon, and that events could be part of Kihrin's past history. Reviews Kirkus states that the book is a "fantastic fantasy adventure written for a 21st century audience – highly recommended." Here is an excerpt.

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