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14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books – January 2013

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2012 might have left us with a great selection of books to read, but we know you've blown through them already, right? With a new year comes a new cohort of novels to dig into. Here's 14 books that have come out (or are coming out soon!) in January.

the fat years koonchung 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

The Fat Years, Chan Koonchung , translated by David Tse

What it’s about: At some point in Beijing’s near future, an entire month goes missing. Nobody has any recollection of what went on, or has any desire to find out what happened. A close group of friends take matters into their own hands to try and find out what happened during that month in 2011.
Why you should get it: Chan’s book was originally released back in 2009 in Hong Kong, only to be banned in mainland China. Now, it’s been translated and released here in the United States. This dystopian tale has received great reviews around the world, and Koonchung appears to be a writer on the ascendancy.
Release date: 1-8-13


the mad scientists daughter clarke 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter, Cassandra Rose Clarke

What it’s about: A scientist builds an android named Finn, who is tasked with watching and tutoring his daughter, Cat. Spanning the years as Cat grows older, this story follows the pair as they grow up together, and soon, as robots are granted more rights in society, Finn must learn to find his place in the world.
Why you should get it: This book follows in a great tradition of exploring the role of robots in society – Isaac Asimov’s Bicentennial Man comes to mind when thinking about this book. As robots and technology become more pervasive in our lives, it’s a story that appears to be increasingly relevant.
Release date: 1/29/2013


shadow ops fortress frontier cole 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier, Myke Cole

What it’s about: Following Cole’s debut novel, Control Point, Magic has entered the world in The Great Awakening, and the US Military addresses the problem of a huge number of magic users in the world. Colonel Alan Bookbinder finds that he’s a latent, and is sent off to FOB Frontier, and onto the front lines of a war that he’s ill prepared to deal with.
Why you should get it: Cole’s first novel was quite a bit of fun to read, with an interesting take on magic, combined with his own experience as a contractor in the Middle East. This is a fantasy series that you don’t want to miss.
Release date: 1/29/2013


she returns from war collins 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

She Returns From War by Lee Collins

What it’s about: Collin’s follow-up novel to Dead of Winter, this story picks up four years later when an Englishwoman named Victoria Dawes leads Cora after a Navajo witch who is hell-bent on revenge.
Why you should get it: The cover calls this True Grit meets True Blood, and we like the idea of a dark fantasy revenge tale set in the American southwest.
Release date: 1/29/2013


gun machine ellis 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

The Gun Machine, Warren Ellis

What it’s about: A New York City police detective comes across a room following a shootout, one that contains hundreds of guns, each tied to a different murder. The story grows stranger, with a man named ‘The Hunter’, deals with the devil and political inner workings all coming together.
Why you should get it: Mixing speculative fiction with detective fiction, it’s a darkly comic tale, it’s received rave reviews all across the internet, from the New York Time to fellow authors.
Release date: 1/1/2013


impulse gould 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Impulse, Steven Gould

What it’s about: The third book in Gould’s Jumper series, Cent is Daniel and Millie’s daughter, who’s never left her parents while on the run from various organizations. Faced with sudden danger, she makes a jump of her own.
Why you should get it: While the film Jumper wasn’t that great, the books in the series have proven to do well on their own. This third entry in the series looks to be an excellent coming of age story.
Release date: 1/8/2013


great north road hamilton 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Great North Road, Peter F. Hamilton

What it’s about: Hamilton sets up an ideal human society in the future: interstellar travel is possible and humanity has cleaned up its footprint in the world. Ruled by a family of clones who have spread themselves among the stars, a murder is set to break it all apart. Detective Sidney Hurst has to work against a ticking clock before the murderer strikes again.
Why you should get it: Hamilton has written some of the more interesting space opera novels in recent years, such as Pandora’s Star, The Temporal Void, and the Night’s Dawn trilogy. Now, he’s back with a new story that looks just as interesting as the others.
Release date: 1/1/2013


a memory of light jordan 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

A Memory of Light, Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

What it’s about: At long last, the Wheel of Time series, begun by Robert Jordan, has come to an end. The Armies of the Westlands have gathered to wage the last battle as a new age approaches.
Why you should get it: Fans of Jordan’s epic series have long waited for the conclusion, and this 14th novel has been a long time coming. Following Jordan’s death in 2007, Brandon Sanderson has picked up the reins to finish the series.
Release date: 1/8/2013


bio punk ra page 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Bio-Punk: Stories from the Far Side of Research, Ra Page, Editor

What it’s about: This anthology edited by Ra Page, is a collaboration between scientists and science fiction authors, examining the boundaries of science and its acceptable limits, covering such topics as nanotechnology, reproduction and memory.
Why you should get it: Bioethics have become a major issue within science fiction as scientists continue forward in the pursuit of knowledge. This book looks to be a unique take on the topic.
Release date: 1/1/2013


shades of earth revis 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Shades of Earth, Beth Revis

What it’s about: The third book in Revis’s Across the Universe series, characters Amy and Elder have escaped from the Godspeed, finding themselves on a new world: Centauri-Earth. However, their new world isn’t what they expect.
Why you should get it: The Across the Universe has been well received amongst YA circles, and it will be nice to see the books come down to a fitting conclusion.
Release date: 1/15/2013


adam robots roberts 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Adam Robots Short Stories, Adam Roberts

What it’s about: A collection of Adam Roberts’ short fiction, which has appeared together for the first time in one volume.
Why you should get it: Adam Roberts is one of Science Fiction’s best writers out there today. Having all of his short fiction in a single book is long overdue!
Release date: 1/17/2013


the human division scalzi 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

The Human Division, John Scalzi

What it’s about: Set in Scalzi’s Old Man’s War universe, this series of short stories sees its first entry released as an ebook. In the first ‘episode’, The B Team, a diplomat goes missing and Colonial Union ambassador Ode Abumwe are called in as last minute replacements for the search. While they do so, they find more than they expected.
Why you should get it: John Scalzi’s Human Division represents a new experiment in publishing: serialized, standalone episodes that fill out an entire story. Each episode will be released on a weekly basis, and in April, we’ll see a completed print edition.
Release date: 1/15/2013 – 5/2013


six gun snow white valente 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente

What it’s about: A wild-west re-telling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, where a Crow woman is abducted and forced into an unhappy marriage. Enter “seven kick ass ladies” a detective and a charming horse and you get an epic showdown.
Why you should get it: Catherynne Valente is a fantastic author, with a beautiful, unique prose. Enter in a reimagination of a classic fairytale? You’ve got gold.
Release date: 1/31/2013


star wars scoundrels zahn 14 Noteworthy Science Fiction and Fantasy Books  January 2013

Star Wars: Scoundrels, Timothy Zahn

What it’s about: Following the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo finds himself out of a lot of credits, and Jabba the Hutt is breathing down his neck. Gathering up a band of rogues, they set off to take down a Black Sun stronghold.
Why you should get it: Think Ocean’s 11 meets Star Wars, with one of the franchise’s best authors at the helm.
Release date: 1/1/2013


These are just a small number of the books that have come out this month. Which books are you looking most forward to?

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