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Whether the inspiration for Hollywood blockbusters or the home of mind-bending speculation, SF is one area of fiction where you’ll always find excitement and fresh ideas jumping off the page.

This Month's Featured Books

The Burning World by Isaac Marion
The Burning World
Isaac Marion
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The much-anticipated sequel to young adult zombie love story Warm Bodies (which was the object of a fairly decent adaptation to the screen by Jonathan Levine with Nicholas Hoult, Teresa...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/02/2017
Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee
Raven Stratagem
Yoon Ha Lee
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A follow-up to the Korean-American author's noted SF debut Ninefox Gambit which has since been shortlisted for various awards and forms the opening sequence of the Machineries of Empire trilogy....
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
Borne
Jeff VanderMeer
Finch, the last VanderMeer that I read, was referred to as ‘fungal noir’, a wonderful phrase. With that in mind Borne could be described as a post-apocalyptic thriller with squishy bits, or possible human drama with tentacles. Scavenger Rachel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/06/2017
The One by John Marrs
The One
John Marrs
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An ingenious and quite gripping psychological thriller based on the use of DNA matching for a new style of dating, this was originally self-published and we must be grateful it came...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman
Joe Hill
Tales of overwhelming pandemics striking our world are like buses: you wait for ages and all of a sudden, like a plague, they all emerge at the same time. Recent months have witnessed, among others, the Cronin trilogy reach its...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/05/2017
Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time Lords by Steve Tribe
Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time Lords
Steve Tribe
A Brief History of Time Lords unlocks the secrets of this ancient, legendary alien race - a civilisation that inflicted some of its most notorious renegades and criminals on the universe, but was also the benevolent power that rid the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/05/2017
Revenger by Alastair Reynolds
Revenger
Alastair Reynolds
Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future - a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism ...and of vengeance...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan
Spandex and the City
Jenny T. Colgan
Can Holly Phillips find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind? A superpowered love story from the Sunday Times bestselling Jenny T. Colgan, author of Resistance Is Futile and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Switch by Justina Robson
The Switch
Justina Robson
This groundbreaking new novel from one of the genre's most respected authors is a thrilling mix of science, magic and politics.
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/05/2017
The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells
The Shape of Things to Come
H. G. Wells
This fictional 'account of the future' (similar to Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon) proved prescient in many ways, as Wells predicts events such as the Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare and climate change.
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2017
Orsinia Malafrena, Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin
Orsinia Malafrena, Orsinian Tales
Ursula K. Le Guin
All of the stories set in award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin's fictional European nation of Orsinia, gathered together for the first time. Tales of love, of life and of death and - amidst the great 19th-century rise of liberalism...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/06/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

False Hearts by Laura Lam

False Hearts
Laura Lam
This is an intensely personal and affecting SF novel. Set in San Francisco in the near future there is much to recognise here and little in the way of outlandish...

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge
M. R. Carey
In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of The Girl With All the Gifts, the phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller which was made into a...

Take Back the Sky by Greg Bear

Take Back the Sky
Greg Bear
Same war. Different enemy... The soldiers must forget their training, forget what they know, and journey to Planet X - infamous home of the Antagonists. Hunted by friend and foe...

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

Walkaway
Cory Doctorow
A multi-generational SF thriller about the momentous changes coming in the next hundred years: an epic tale of revolution, love, war, and the end of death.

Wild Cards: High Stakes by George R. R. Martin

Wild Cards: High Stakes
George R. R. Martin
Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct...

The Month Before's Featured Books

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
Elan Mastai
This brain-twisting, heart-flipping, wryly funny time-travel debut about the shifting sands of personal identity seems set to become one of those zeitgeisty novels that captures readers in the way Matt...

Keeping it Real by Justina Robson

Keeping it Real
Justina Robson
A heroine who's half robot and all attitude, a world of quantum strangeness; SF that has remembered how to have fun from the UK's most successful female SF writer. Special...

Invisible Planets Collected Fiction by Hannu Rajaniemi

Invisible Planets Collected Fiction
Hannu Rajaniemi
Mindblowingly inventive and beautifully written short stories from the most exciting new name in SF. Drawn from antholgies, magazines and online publications and brought together in book form for the...

The End of the Day by Claire North

The End of the Day
Claire North
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Charlie just happens to be the harbinger of death. He never wanted the job, but he had no choice in the...

The Master of Time by David Wingrove

The Master of Time
David Wingrove
As the German and Russian forces seek to destroy a third, seemingly-unstoppable faction, Otto Behr reluctantly finds himself at the centre of all timelines, his very existence the catalyst by...

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

New York 2140
Kim Stanley Robinson
Cli-fi (climate-fiction) has come into it’s own in the last 15 years or so, but with Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 'New York 2140', it really has hit a peak....

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If you’ve ever dreamed about the world our grandchildren will live in, thought about how life could be different, looked at a star and wondered if there’s someone or something there looking at our sun you’ve been wondering about the same things as the great writers of SF. Or perhaps you’ve simply wanted to share the excitement and danger of life on an alien world or in the harsh expanses of space? Maybe you’re so busy you wish you had a clone of yourself to do the work while you had the fun of exploring new places and experiences – how would that feel? For both of you?

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Peter Hamilton
Suzanne Collins
Pat Cadigan
William Gibson
Ian McDonald
Nnedi Okorafor

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