Six Books to Read in January 2017

A new year brings new adventures! Several new book series kick off 2017, but for those afraid of change, we also return to familiar hunting grounds. Here are six sci-fi and fantasy books to read in January 2017:

January 3rd, 2017

The Heart of What Was Lost (The Last King of Osten Ord prequel)

Tad Williams

Epic Fantasy

Tad William’s newest The Last King of Osten Ord trilogy, due to begin in June with The Witchwood Crown, will mark the beginning of a new story set in the world of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, which concluded almost 25 years ago. The Heart of What Was Lost is a standalone novella that bridges the gap between both trilogies.

The Final Day (After #3)

William R. Forstchen


The Final Day is the third book in the After series, where William R. Forstchen’s John Matherson have taken us through a nuclear cataclysm and the struggle to recover from the devastation.

January 17th, 2017

Empire Games (Empire Games #1)

Charles Stross

Alt-Universe Spy Sci-Fi

Charles Stross is no stranger to far-out sci-fi ideas, as evidenced by titles like Accelerando. HIs new Empire Games series looks to be just as fantastical, with secret agents and alternate timelines all mixed up in a sci-fi thriller hodgepodge.

Galactic Empires

Anthology (Neil Clarke, ed.)

Sci-Fi Short Story Anthology

Galactic Empires by [Clarke, Neil]

Galactic Empires is an anthology of space-faring sci-fi short stories, collected by Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld Magazine and numerous Hugo award fame.

January 19th, 2017

The Massacre of Mankind (sequel to The War of the Worlds)

Stephen Baxter

Alien Invasion Sci-Fi

The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds by [Baxter, Stephen]

Stephen Baxter’s The Time Ships was a successful sequel to H. G. Wells The Time Machine — The Massacre of Mankind seeks to be the same for The War of the Worlds.

January 24th, 2017

Death’s Mistress: Sister of Darkness (The Nicci Chronicles #1)

Terry Goodkind

Epic Fantasy

Nicci — Sister of the Light, Sister of the Dark, and yes, Death’s Mistress — gets her own series in Terry Goodkind’s follow-up to the 5000-book The Sword of Truth series. Don’t fret, weary-eyed fantasy readers: The Nicci Chronicles is rumored to be only a mere 75 books in length.

2016’s Six Best Debuting and Breakout Spec-Fiction

2016 was a fun and fulfilling year for fans of speculative fiction!

It saw us through to conclusions of great trilogies like Red Rising and The Passage, the beginnings of promising new series like The Machineries of Empire, and releases of eagerly anticipated books like Babylon’s Ashes and Dark Matter. Great books from genre fiction staples came out and Brandon Sanderson did Brandon Sanderson things throughout the year.

For those readers who are always on the hunt for new writers to follow, there were also great debut fiction releases and breakout novels from several authors. There were six books in this category that caught my eye through 2016:



Malka Older

Infomocracy is a dystopian sci-fi story with a premise especially chilling in today’s age of rapidly-disappearing online privacy.

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The Oddfits

Tiffany Tsao

Tiffany Tsao’s The Oddfits is a wonderful urban fantasy debut that brought me back to the first time I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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The Facefaker’s Game

Chandler J. Birch

The Facefaker’s Game is a solid fantasy book from debuting writer Chandler J. Birch. SwordsAndSpaceships review here.

Good Morning, Midnight

Lily Brooks-Dalton

Lily Brooks-Dalton created a cerebal, haunting post-apocalyptic book in Good Morning, Midnight. SwordsAndSpaceships review here.
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All the Birds in the Sky

Charlie Jane Anders
Author Charlie Jane Anders isn’t a stranger to spec-fiction, with many short story and editing credits, but apocalyptic genre mash-up All the Birds in the Sky is definitely her breakout work.
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Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer’s breakout sci-fi dystopian fantasy Too Like the Lightning has a sequel in the works for a 2017 release.
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Kindle Deals: Dark Matter, Swan Song, & Seed to Harvest Trilogy

Swan Song by [McCammon, Robert R.]
Kindle editions of Blake Crouch’s alt-universe thriller Dark Matter ($4.99), Robert R. McCammon’s post-apocalyptic classic Swan Song ($1.99), and Octavia E. Butler’s Seed to Harvest sci-fi quadrilogy ($1.99) are all on sale.

2017’s Highly Anticipated Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Books

2017 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Books2016 was a fantastic year for speculative fiction!

Several great series came to a conclusion (The Passage, Red Rising, Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, The Red Queen’s War) while other series began (The Machineries of Empire, The Draconis Memoria, The Legends of the First Empire). There were also great fiction debuts from new writers.

2017 is shaping up to be just as exciting for speculative fiction; I’ve compiled a list of titles I’m anxious to get my hands on. Titles that I’m most excited about are bolded:

Q1 2017

Q2 2017

Q3 2017

  • The Unholy Consult (Aspect-Emperor 4) by R. Scott Bakker – July 2017
  • The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files 8) by Charles Stross – July 2017
  • Dichronauts by Greg Egan – July 2017
  • Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire 2) by Michael J. Sullivan – June 2017 July 2017
  • Xeelee Vengeance (Xeelee Sequence 5) by Stephen Baxter – July 2017
  • The Stone Sky (Broken Earth 3) by N.K. Jemisin – August 2017
  • The Core (Demon Cycle 5) by Peter V. Brett – August 2017
  • Iron Gold (Iron Gold 1) by Pierce Brown – August 2017

Q4 2017

  • Untitled (Imperial Radch Universe 1) by Ann Leckie – October 2017
  • The More Known World (Oddfits 2) by Tiffany Tsao – October 2017
  • Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive 3) by Brandon Sanderson – November 2017

Q? 2017

  • Persepolis Rising (The Expanse 7) by James S.A. Corey – 2017 (author blog)
  • Strange Weather by Joe Hill – 2017
  • Null States (Centenal Cycle 2) by Malka Older – 2017 (, Macmillan)

Maybe sometime in 2017?

  • The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastards 4) by Scott Lynch – originally scheduled for 2016 release, now delayed to ?
  • Peace Talks (Dresden Files 16) by Jim Butcher – in progress
  • The Mad Baron’s Mechanical Attic (Gentleman Bastards Novella)
  • Untitled (Wayfarers 3) by Becky Chambers
  • Untitled The Infernal Battalion (Shadow Campaigns 5) by Django Wexler
  • Walk in Shadow (Kharkanas 3) by Steven Erikson


  • Doors of Stone (Kingkiller Chronicle 3) by Patrick Rothfuss – January 2018
  • The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire 6) by George R. R. Martin – March 3502


Last updated May 25th, 2017

Kindle Deals: Ninefox Gambit, Boy’s Life, & The Dragon and the George

First entries in two different series and a classic horror tale are on sale for the Kindle: