Fantasy and Science Fiction: June 2020

Published: 10-Jul-2020

Check out the recent fantasy and science fiction releases for June 2020

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Recent Releases

Legacy of ash

Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic. While the armies of the Hadari Empire invade the borderlands, the Republic's noble families plot against each other, divided by personal ambition. But as Tressia falls, heroes rise. Viktor Akadra is the Republic's champion and conqueror of the rebellious south. A warrior without equal, he also hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic. Josiri Trelan would gladly see Viktor condemned to the flames - vengeance for a rebellion crushed and a mother slain. While Josiri plots fresh insurrection, his sister Calenne is determined to escape their tarnished legacy and break the shackles of the past. As dark days beckon, these three must overcome their differences to save the Republic. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. Victory - if it comes at all - will command a higher price than they could have imagined.

Dark Age

Dark age by Pierce Brown

Outlawed by the Republic he founded, Darrow wages a destructive war on Mars; while heir-in-exile Lysander struggles to overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families.

A longer fall

A longer fall by Charlaine Harris

A sequel to An Easy Death finds Lizbeth Rose going undercover with an old friend when a transport job involving a stolen crate threatens an alternate-world Dixie with a violent rebellion.

The deep

The deep by Rivers Solomon

The historian of the water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slaves thrown overboard by slavers keeps all the memories of her people both painful and miraculous, until she discovers that their future lies in returning to the past.

Dead astronauts

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

What happens: a trio of time-traveling astronauts -- both alive and dead, human and not -- attempt to destroy a sinister corporate entity known as the Company across a dizzying array of realities.

Is it for you? Although Dead Astronauts shares a setting with Borne and The Strange Bird, this stand-alone novel takes a more experimental approach to its prose style and narrative structure.

Reviewers say: "a kaleidoscopic and fractured mosaic" (NPR).

The blue eye

The Blue Eye by Ausma Zehanat Khan

This third volume in the Khorasan Archive series finds Arian, in order to continue the fight against the patriarchal Talisman, recruiting new allies in her quest to find the one artifact that could end the Talisman’s authoritarian rule—The Bloodprint.

he affair of the mysterious letter

The affair of the mysterious letter by Alexis J. Hall

A fantasy tale inspired by Sherlock Holmes finds multi-universe war soldier John Wyndham taking lodging in the home of lesbian sorceress Miss Shaharazad Haas, who draws him into a blackmail case against one of her former lovers.

eye spy

Eye spy by Mercedes Lackey

A sequel to The Hills Have Spies is set in the best-selling world of Valdemar and finds the children of Heralds Mags and Amily exploring the potential of Abi's supernatural gifts to protect the realm

Focus on: Short Stories

Years best aotearoa nz

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy by Andi C. Buchanan

Collected together for the first time, the very best science fiction and fantasy short stories published by New Zealand authors in 2018.


Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

What it is: the long-awaited 2nd short story collection by the author of Stories of Your Life and Others.

Don't miss: "The Life Cycle of Software Objects," in which humans and machines form parent-child bonds; "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a time travel tale in the style of One Thousand and One Nights.

Reviewers say: "likely to linger in the memory the way riddles may linger -- teasing, tormenting, illuminating, thrilling" (The New Yorker).

Myths and Legends

Myths & Legends by Richard Dinnick

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us. This is a collection of adventures from the Time Lords' mist-covered past.

Invisible Planets

Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu (editor)

What it is: a collection of award-winning short stories by Chinese speculative fiction writers, most translated into English for the first time.

What sets it apart: In addition to brief author profiles accompanying each of the 13 stories, Invisible Planets includes three essays on various aspects of Chinese science fiction.

Read this next: editor and translator Ken Liu's follow-up anthology Broken Stars.