Head below for the full list of sci-fi titles awaiting you in April!
Keep track of all new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or abstracted from the copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change.
First week (April 5)
Our Shared Storm: A novel about five climate futures —Andrew Dana Hudson (Fordham University Press)
What is the future of our climate? Given that our summers are now regularly characterized by arctic heatwaves and bloody wildfire skies, polar vortex winters that sweep all the way to Texas, and “100-year” storms that hit every few months, it may seem that the disaster is a done deal. As bleak as things are, we still have options. Combining fiction and non-fiction and using speculative tools for scientific purposes, Our Shared Storm explores not just one potential climate future, but five possible outcomes based on our actions today. Written by speculative fiction writer and sustainability researcher Andrew Dana Hudson, Our Shared Storm features five overlapping fictions to use a futuristic technique called “script thinking.” Rather than trying to predict how history will unfold – choosing one of many unpredictable and contingent branching paths – it instead creates a set of futures that represent major trends or opposing possibilities, based on a set of climate modeling scenarios known as the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway (SSP). The setting is the year 2054, during the global climate negotiations of the Conference of the Parties (aka, the COP) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Each story features a common cast of characters, but with events that unfold differently for them – and human society – in each alternate universe. These five scenarios highlight the political, economic and cultural possibilities for a future where the investments in climate change adaptation and mitigation promised today have been successfully made, abandoned or abandoned altogether. From poignant to hopeful, these stories highlight the choices we must make to stabilize the planet.
Braking day —Adam Oyebanji (DAW)
It’s been more than a century since ships of three generations escaped an artificial intelligence-dominated Earth in pursuit of life on a distant planet orbiting Tau Ceti. Now it’s almost brake day, when the ships begin their long-awaited descent to their new home. Born on the lower decks of the Archimedes, Ravi Macleod is an engineer-in-training, who will be the first in his family to become an officer in the stratified hierarchy aboard the ship. During a routine inspection, Ravi sees the impossible: a young woman floating, helmetless, in space. And he’s the only one who can see her. As his visions of the girl become more frequent, Ravi is faced with a choice: secure his family’s place among the elite members of Archimedes’ crew or risk it all pursuing the mystery of the floating girl. With the help of his cousin, Boz, and his illegally built AI, Ravi must investigate the source of these strange visions and uncover the truth behind Archimedes’ departure from Earth before Braking Day arrives and changes everything. about life as they know it.
The Blood Trials (Blood Donation #1) — NE Davenport (Harper Voyager)
It’s all about blood. Blood flowed between the Republic of Mareen and the armies of the Blood Emperor long ago. Blood donations from Mareen’s deadliest enemies. The blood that flows through Mareen’s war-elite houses, the rulers of the Tribunal dedicated to keeping the republic alive. The blood of former Legatus, Verne Amari, murdered. For her granddaughter, Ikenna, the only stable thing in her life was the man who saved Mareen. The man who had secretly trained her, not just in martial techniques, but in harnessing the blood donation that ran through her. Who trained her to keep the secret. But now there are too many secrets, and with her grandfather murdered, Ikenna knows two things: that only a member of the Tribunal could have ordered her death, and that only a Praetorian guard could have carried out that order. Wanting revenge as much as finding out the truth, Ikenna agrees to participate in the Praetorian Trials, a brutal initiation that only a quarter of the Aspirants survive. She submits to racism directed against her half-Khanaian heritage and the misogyny of a society that values offspring over prodigy, while hiding a power that, if discovered, would subject her to execution…or worse. Ikenna is ready to risk everything because she must find out who murdered her grandfather…and then she must kill them. Mareen has been at peace for a long time… Ikenna joining the Praetorians is about to change all that.
In the Real (Transdimensional Hunter) – John Ringo, Lydia Sherrer (Baen)
Lynn Raven may be the boss of WarMonger 2050 with her online character of “Larry the Snake”, but when the CEO of Tsunami Entertainment asks her personally, as a favor, to beta test a new augmented reality game , she has to face her greatest fear: going out and dealing with, uh, people. As she immerses herself in the game, the stakes increase, and so do the obstacles. Conflicts between teammates, a ruthless rival team, and those weird glitches that make the game’s algorithm (or maybe the “game’s AI”?) seem to have it all. Now she must face a new fear: is she ready to step into the real to win the future she always wanted? What do you do when a game and real life merge?
Second week (April 12)
A potato — Tyler McMahon (lighthouse)
Eddie reluctantly arrives in South America to have his plans for a quick resolution thwarted when he finds himself caught between two sides of an impending revolution, each hoping to capitalize on the potato scandal in order to seize power. Eddie falls into a plot that reveals how far his company will go to advance his potato empire. He is forced to make a choice: what and who will he sacrifice to preserve his own future in this new world of biotechnology?
Third week (April 19)
The Librarian of Memory and Other Dirty Computer Stories — Janelle Monáe and others (Harper Voyager)
Whoever controls our memories controls the future. Janelle Monáe and an incredible number of talented collaborating creators have written a collection of tales featuring the bold vision and powerful themes that have made Monáe such a fascinating and famous storyteller. dirty computer introduced a world in which thoughts—as a means of self-conception—could be controlled or erased by a select few. And whether human, AI, or otherwise, your lives and sensibilities were dictated by those who had convinced themselves that they had the right to decide your fate. That was until Jane 57821 decided to remember and break free. Building on this myth, these stories fully explore what it’s like to live in such a totalitarian existence…and what it takes to get out of it. Drawing on the traditions of speculative writers such as Octavia Butler, Ted Chiang, Becky Chambers and Nnedi Okorafor – and filled with the artistic genius and powerful themes that made Monáe a global icon in the first place –The Librarian of Memory serves readers with tales grounded in the human trials of identity expression, technology and love, but also reaching into the worlds of memory and time within, and the issues and power that exists there.
The Devil’s Dictionary – Steven Kotler (Saint-Martin Press)
It’s hard to say exactly when the human species split. Harder to say when this new talent arrived. But Lion Zorn, protagonist of Last tango in cyberspace, is the first of its kind – an empathy tracker, an emotional forecaster, with a keen sense of how culture evolves and the future arrives. It’s also a useful skill in today’s competitive marketplace. In The Devil’s Dictionary, when a routine electronic tracking job goes awry and the electronic trackers themselves begin to disappear, Lion finds himself at a loss for who to trust in a life-or-death race to uncover the truth. And when the trail leads to the world’s first mega-link, a continent-wide national park touted as the best way to avoid environmental collapse, and exotic animals like no other on Earth begin to appear, the Lion’s quest for truth becomes a fight for the survival of the species.
Week 4 (April 26)
Rosebud — Paul Cornell (Tordotcom Editions)
When five sentient digital beings, doomed for over three hundred years to man the all-powerful Company’s small hydrographic vessel, encounter a mysterious black sphere, their plan of action is clear: get the item, inform the Company, win lots of praise. But the ship malfunctions and the crew has no choice but to approach the sphere and examine it themselves. They have no idea that this object – and the transcendent truth hidden within it – will change the destiny of all existence, of the Company and of themselves.
The Ascendant of the Void (Beneath the Rising #3) — Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
Seven years ago, Earth’s last survivor crashed through countless dimensions into a strange new world. Nick Prasad has found refuge and earns his living as a prophet for the ruling family – the servants of the Old Ones who destroyed his home. Now he’s been offered a chance to rid the multiverse of the Old Ones, past and present and forever, though he’ll have to betray his new masters to do so. The first step is to jailbreak a god – and that’s the easy part…
Resilient (Fractal #2) — Allen Stroud (Flame Tree Press)
AD 2118. Humanity colonized the Moon, Mars, Ceres and Europe. The partnership of business and government has energized the space program for a hundred years. This partnership is shattered when a terrorist attack destroys the world’s largest solar panel in Atacama, Chile, altering the global economic balance. On Mars, at Phobos station, Doctor Emerson Drake arrives, answering an emergency call to help a shuttle of injured miners, but when these miners turn out to be insurgents, Drake realizes he is trapped and fight to survive. In deep space, Captain Ellisa Shann has exceeded her limits. Now the last survivors of the Khidr must choose whether to try to return home on the captured ship, Gallowglass, or stay to observe the strange gravity anomaly that has engulfed the remains of their ship. On Earth, in a secret place, Natalie Holder finally has the opportunity to free herself from her confinement, where she has been experimented on several times. His consciousness is transmitted to the Phobos station, just as the insurgents take over the facility. Holder and Drake form an alliance but are separated. Drake is captured and taken to the leader of the insurgents – Rocher – a clone of the stowaway who instigated the mutiny on Captain Shann’s Khidr.