17 Sci-Fi and Geek Books Coming Out This Fall

Monday, 05 September 2016 - 11:02AM
Star Wars
The Maze Runner
Monday, 05 September 2016 - 11:02AM
17 Sci-Fi and Geek Books Coming Out This Fall
This fall will be amazing for sci-fi movies and geek TV shows, but the crop of books coming out this season might be the most exciting yet. From part-bird, part-cat superheroes to a tell-all about Twin Peaks to the latest spoiler-heavy installment of the Star Wars book series, there are plenty of nerdy books coming out in the next few months. Here are the most exciting books coming out this fall:

September


Angel Catbird by Margaret Atwood


Release date: September 6

The award-winning and highly literary author takes a shot at graphic novels with the wonderfully weird Angel Catbird, which follows a genetically engineered superhero who is part cat and part owl. And just like the protagonist, we can expect this novel to be a genetic splice of high-brow and pulp entertainment.

The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker


Release date: September 6

The Ones is the first installment of a dystopian YA series (and yes, I know we have enough of those, but this sounds pretty interesting), which takes the usual designer baby premise and turns it on its head. 1% of the population has been engineered to be genetically perfect, but instead of becoming a privileged "master race," they are feared and despised, which pushes the teenage designer baby protagonists towards a fringe radical group. Read an excerpt here.

Women of Futures Past edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Release date: September 6

Read some of the most classic stories from sci-fi's preeminent female sci-fi authors, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, and Empire Strikes Back co-writer Leigh Brackett.

Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson


Release date: September 13

The newest Dune novel from Frank Herbert's son, Brian, as well as bestselling contemporary sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, is the final installment of the Great Schools of Dune prequel trilogy, taking place 10,000 years before the events of Dune.

Jerusalem by Alan Moore


Release date: September 13

The acclaimed Watchmen writer is publishing his long-awaited second novel, an ode to his hometown of Northampton, England. It's less of an ode than a tome, actually, since the author finished at 1,184 pages and approximately one million words. 

Eternity's Mind by Kevin J. Anderson


Release date: September 13

The final installment of the Saga of Shadows trilogy, Eternity's Mind sees the Klikiss robots teaming up with the near-omnipotent Shana Rei as they attempt to destroy all sentient life in the universe.

Death's End by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu)


Release date: September 20

The Three Body Problem, the first installment in Liu's Three Body trilogy, was a huge hit in China before being translated to great acclaim, becoming the first translated novel to be nominated for a Nebula award. Now, the final installment is coming out in English, and it follows a 21st century engineer who wakes up hundreds of years in the future, bringing knowledge of a program that threatens to disturb the delicate truce between two worlds.

The Warren by Brian Evenson


Release date: September 20

In this short novella by acclaimed literary novelist Brian Evenson, a character with no name (called X) has multiple personalities imprinted into him, and "isn't as human as he believes himself to be." Early reviews call it "mind-bending" and "deliciously frustrating."

The Fever Code by James Dashner


Release date: September 27

The anticipated prequel to the Maze Runner series will go back to the beginning of the apocalypse, back to when the maze itself was first built, and will further build the Maze Runner universe.

Time Travel: A History by James Gleick


Release date: September 27

Science historian and bestselling author of Chaos: Making a New Science explores the history and cultural significance of time travel, as well as how the sci-fi concept has impacted the real study and scientific understanding of time. 

October


The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams


Release date: October 4

This year's collection of the best sci-fi and fantasy short stories include works by celebrated authors such as Salman Rushdie, Kelly Link, and Ted Chiang, who wrote the short story that inspired Denis Villeneuve's Arrival.

The Found and the Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin By Ursula K. Le Guin


Release date: October 18

For the first time, all of the iconic sci-fi/fantasy author's novellas will be in one collection, including Hugo Award winner The Word for World Is Forest, which follows a rebellion of an oppressed native people in a military logging colony on a fictional planet.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher


Release date: October 18

This book isn't technically sci-fi, but it's a must-read for any sci-fi fan. Princess Leia herself writes a memoir based on her diary from filming the original Star Wars. Judging from her previous books, we'll be guaranteed to get lots of fun facts about Star Wars production, as well as genuine insights about mental illness and addiction.

October


The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost


Release date: October 18

Another non-fiction book that will give you lots of geeky intel. Co-creator Mark Frost answers all the questions you never knew to ask about the cult show, and prepares you for the 2017 revival that is sure to blow all of our minds all over again.

The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle


Release date: October 25

The latest novel from the celebrated author of World's End and countless short stories follows an experiment in which eight men and women live in a glass prototype of an off-Earth colony, called New Eden, in the desert. 

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon


Release date: October 25

Truth is stranger than fiction, as Matt Simon, who writes the "Absurd Creature of the Week" section of Wired, proves in this popular science book about bizarre and disturbing examples of evolution running amok.

November


Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno


Release date: November 14

A must-read for any Star Wars fan who wants to keep up with the canon, Catalyst takes place during the Clone Wars and reveals an intimate connection between Rogue One villain Krennic and Jyn Erso's father, Mads Mikkelsen's Galen Erso.
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