October Sci-Fi and Fantasy Releases

There is a wealth of new reads coming our way next month. Here are just a few to look out for. As always, be sure and check back here for reviews – I doubt they all will reviewed, but I can guarantee several of them will!

Oct. 7

Leckie_AncillarySword_TPB-300x450Ancillary Sword — Ann Leckie

The sequel to Leckie’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ancillary Justice is one of the most anticipated titles of the month. It continues the story of Breq, a sentient spaceship inhabiting a humanoid body, as she now leads her own ship in service of the Radch Empire. Note: Ancillary Sword  is not available for pre-order through Amazon.com.

The Dark Defiles — Richard K. Morgan
The popular cyberpunk author concludes his powerful and disturbing fantasy trilogy, “A Land Without Heroes” with a phonebook. Ringil, Egar and Archeth, the damaged warriors from a previous war, continue to wade through blood and bodies as they battle the ultimate evil. If it follows the path of the previous entries in this series, The Dark Defiles will not be for the squeamish.

us_zoltar_400x600The Eye of Zoltar — Jasper Fforde
The latest in Fforde’s YA “Chronicles of Kazam” series is already a hit in England, where it hit shelves several months ago. Zoltar follows sixteen-year-old Dragonslayer Jennifer Strange as she seeks a mysterious gem to prevent the genocide of all dragons. Fans of Fforde’s “Thursday Next” books will love this silly fantasy.

 Oct. 14

clarielClariel: The Lost Abhorsen — Garth Nix
Nearly 20 years ago Garth Nix launched “Abhorsen” series.  And now after 10 years the Australian author has returned to the Old Kingdom for this prequel. Clariel is born of royalty, but she longs for a simple life. Her attempt to save her city from a fearsome magic creature will delight YA audiences or those who grew up reading Nix’s books.

 Oct. 21

hamiltonThe Abyss Beyond Dreams — Peter F. Hamilton
The British sci-fi author returns to the Commonwealth, the futuristic universe of his acclaimed “Void Trilogy”, with this, the first space opera in a new  duology. Commonwealth founder Nigel Sheldon must travel into the Void at the center of the universe and face an alien menace in hopes of destroying the Void and saving humanity.

tepperFish Tails — Sheri S. Tepper
For her 35th novel, this feminist sci-fi icon brings two of her acclaimed series together. Fish Tails picks up with Abasio and Xulaim from her most recent novel, 2010’s The Waters Risingas the travel Tingawa looking for people to join them as they take to the sea. Along the way they encounter characters from her “True Game” series, visitors from the alien world of Lom.

Oct. 28

RothfussThe Slow Regard of Silent Things — Patrick Rothfuss
No, this isn’t the long-awaited third novel in the “Kingkiller Chronicles” – there’s still no ETA on that one. But this novella is set in the same universe. Slow Regard focuses on Auri, the eccentric  girl who lives in the Underthing, the sewers beneath the University. At less than 200 pages, it’s barely a snack for Rothfuss connoisseurs, but it should hopefuly tide you over until Doors of Stone arrives.

lestatPrince Lestat — Anne Rice
After a detour to the Holy Land for a series of books on the life of Christ, Rice has returned to where she began. Picking up where The Vampire Lestat left off 25 years ago, vampires are proliferating and their society is crumbling. Only the renegade Lestat can save the undead.

peripheralThe Peripheral — William Gibson
The master of cyberpunk is back with his first novel since 2010’s Zero HistoryThe Peripheral follows an ex-soldier suffering from brain damage due to faulty neural implants. Unemployed and struggling on disability, he takes a job as a beta tester for a new VR game. But the reality behind the game may not be what it seems.

martinThe World of Ice and Fire — George R.R. Martin, et al.
Boy, Oct. 28 is the day for tiding fans over. While Martin writes like the wind to finish the final two novels of his epic “A Song of Ice and Fire”, fans can immerse themselves in the history of Westeros. This gorgeous coffee-table book is packed with lavish illustrations, tales and plenty of minutiae courtesy of Martin and the editors of the fan site Westeros.org, Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson.

—Michael Senft

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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