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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 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 matter. His headquarters are in Milton Keynes and he is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 Haig’s The Humans has done. Tom Barren is one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/03/2017
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 science to alienate the reader. But at its core is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/04/2017
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. We follow the residents of one of the titular city’s...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/03/2017
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 which reality itself will be reset or destroyed. But for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/04/2017
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 first time in this collection, here is a collection of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/03/2017
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 agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she's...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/03/2017

Last Month's Featured Books

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

China Mountain Zhang
Maureen F. McHugh
This is a rich but quiet SF novel that tells the story of ordinary people making their way in a future for our world that is culturally and politically dominated...

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

The Thing Itself
Adam Roberts
It begins like a modern version of John Carpenter's sinister SF horror movie THE THING when two research scientists isolated in an Antarctic station stumble across unholy matters hitherto unknown...

South by Frank Owen

South
Frank Owen
A stunning high-concept post-apocalyptic debut novel in the vein of The Passage by Justin Cronin and Wool by Hugh Howey. This is the story of Dyce and Vida....

Nemesis by Alex Lamb

Nemesis
Alex Lamb
British scientist Lamb's debut last year with 'Roboteer' was a striking one (and a book I was sad to have initially missed and not been unable to review in time)....

Waking Hell by Al Robertson

Waking Hell
Al Robertson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Robertson's debut science fiction thriller CRASHING HEAVEN introduced us to one of the most bizarre and well-constructed visions of the...

The Month Before's Featured Books

Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Reader Reviewed Hold Back the Stars
Katie Khan
February 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month. Beautifully written, this stunning, unusual debut weaves its way through an intense, all-encompassing first love. A love forbidden by...

Europe in Winter by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Winter
Dave Hutchinson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The third instalment in Hutchinson's brilliant Fractured Europe futuristic series confirms the appeal and strength of his vision of a continent...

The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind
Stephen Baxter
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Baxter is one of the most prolific British science fiction writers and a serial collaborator (with Arthur C Clarke and...

The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D'Lacey

The Veil (Testaments I and II)
Joseph D'Lacey
A provocative, gut-wrenching and oh so readable pair of tales. Two novellas, testaments I and II, are included in this book of ‘The Veil’, both very different stories, yet linked...

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in...

The Arbitrator by Max Nowaz

The Arbitrator
Max Nowaz
Sci-fi, political intrigue and all-out action adventure combine in Max Nowaz’s novel The Arbitrator. Set more than 500 years in the future, when humankind has colonised multiple solar systems, Jim...

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Hatching
Ezekiel Boone
An old-fashioned and high concept novel, the first in a new series, this is destined for the bestseller lists and the screen in sheer overdrive. Like a throwback to 1950s...

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Simon Spanton, formerly Associate Publisher of Gollancz, the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK, joined the editorial team of Lovereading in 2016 with a brief to select and review the very best titles in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror including those he believes may become the stars of tomorrow.

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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?

SF is all about these questions and thoughts. And it’s about things we can never experience, perhaps not even thought about yet. It’s about putting you at the centre of wonder and excitement. Whether the wide-screen excitements from the likes of Peter Hamilton and Suzanne Collins, or the noir thrills of cyberpunk by authors such as Pat Cadigan and William Gibson or the intricate speculations of authors like Ian McDonald and Nnedi Okorafor SF really does have something for everyone and you’ll find the very best of it here.

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A selection of authors who will feature in this Lovereading category include:

 

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

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