The explosion in publishing for science fiction, fantasy and horror makes me believe that 2016 will be an amazing years for these genres.  Orbit has stated they are expanding their publishing efforts, Houghton Mifflin has added a new SFF imprint, Marvelous SFF podcast/book club Sword and Laser seem to have started up a publishing endeavor, and of course there is the ongoing boom in self-publishing.  I have so many books I want to read, and I’m lucky enough that my gig as the science fiction and fantasy columnist for Library Journal means that I will probably not only get to read most of these, but I can share my joy (or occasional disappointment) with them in my reviews for librarians around the country.  But let’s face it. I’d read most of these even if I didn’t have to. Of course, print magazine publishing being what it is, my deadlines mean that I’ve actually read some of these, which I will note throughout. So without further ado, here are the titles I am most excited about for the first half of 2016. There’s a couple of titles scheduled later in the year (Crosstalk by Connie Willis, Cloudbound by Fran Wilde are just two examples) that I will undoubtedly devour, but that’s so far out that you never know if the pub dates will shift. I’m sure there are so many more great ones coming, so if I missed something you’re dying to read, feel free to tell me in the comments!


All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders  (Read, LOVED)
City of Blades (The Divine Cities, book 2) by Robert Jackson Bennett (Read, LOVED)
This Census-Taker by China Mieville
Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers (Read, LOVED)
Feverborn (Fever) by Karen Marie Moning


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Read, LOVED)
A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (Read, LOVED)
The Immortals (Olympus Bound) by Jordanna Max Brodsky (Read, LOVED)
Morning Star (Red Rising, book 3) by Pierce Brown 
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold


Marked In Flesh (Others, book 4) by Anne Bishop (Read, LOVED)
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson) by Patricia Briggs (Read, LOVED)
Kingfisher by Patricia McKillip
Borderline (The Arcadia Project Book 1) by Mishell Baker
The Cold Between (Central Corps, book 1) by Elizabeth Bonesteel (Read, LOVED)


Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Fellside by M. R. Carey
The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey (Read, LOVED)
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Read, LOVED)
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
Dead Letters  ed. by Conrad Williams (horror anthology with exciting list of contributors)
Join by Steve Toutonghi



Central Station by Lavie Tidhar
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
Company Town by Madeline Ashby
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Sixth Watch (Night Watch) by Sergei Lukyanenko
Voodoo Killings
by Kristi Charish (Canadian, but hopefully getting a US release)


Stiletto (The Rook Files) by  Daniel O’Malley
Dark Run by Mike Brooks
Necessity (Thessaly) by Jo Walton
The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim) by Richard Kadrey
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Series)by Genevieve Cogman
Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey


Supernova by C.A. Higgins
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence) by Max Gladstone
Time Siege by Wesley Chu
Assassin’s Fate (Fitz and the Fool, book 3) by Robin Hobb


These titles have not been announced yet, but that doesn’t keep me from hoping, right?

Winds of Winter by George R.R. Martin
Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss

3 Comments on Anticipated Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016

    • My pleasure, Updraft was one of my favorite books of the year and I can’t wait to go back to your world!

  1. It’s amazing how many books you anticipate. It seems like you read a lot each month. I can manage roughly a book per month and if it is long read, it takes me two months to complete.

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