Happy New Year everyone! I know every year in January, I make a big list of all the things I want to read in the new year, and 2021 looks like it’s going to be a great year for science fiction fans! I want to share with you a few titles I am looking forward to reading this year as well as some older titles that are worth your time.
Coming in 2021
Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Hailed as a mash up of Cowboy Bebop and The Mandalorian, Persephone Station is sure to be a wild ride! Angel, a down and out ex-marine, leads a ragtag group of assassins, soldiers, and criminals on Persephone Station. She works for bar owner Rosie doing jobs that aren’t fit for daylight and on one of these jobs, Angel and her crew uncover something horrific that they can’t ignore. The group finds themselves pitted against a powerful corporation for the fate of Persephone Station and the secret it holds.
I just started this! And it is as good as the blurbs say it is. If you read only one space opera this year, Persephone Station should be it!
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Release Date: January 19, 20201
If you haven’t read anything by Nnedi Okorafor, you have to fix that immediately. Award winning author of the Binti trilogy and Who Fears Death (which has been optioned for early production by HBO) Nnedi Okorafor brings us the story of a young girl who is turned into Death’s adopted daughter by an alien artifact. Remote Control sounds amazing.
In The Quick by Kate Hope Day
Release Date: March 2, 2021
Billed as being written in the tradition of Station Eleven and The Martian, I cannot wait for this to release in March!
In The Quick is the story of June, who is a brilliant mechanical engineer who gains a coveted spot working on a near Earth space station. Haunted by the disappearance of a beloved Uncle and his crew when the experimental spacecraft they are working on malfunctions when she was twelve, June believes she has evidence that they are still alive.
A haunting tale of perseverance, love, and space, this book seems like a winner!
Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
Release Date: June 29, 2021
War! Rebellion! Mecha! Enemies to lovers romance!
That’s basically all you need to know about Zoe Hana Mikuta’s upcoming release in June. I am thrilled that this book exists, and I cannot wait to read it!
A Psalm For The Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Centuries after the robots of Earth have gained their sentience and disappeared into the wilderness, fading into myth and legend, a tea monk is visited by one of the now mythical robots. The robot has a deceptively simple question that must be answered. Unfortunately, the answer to the question What do you need? is more complex than anyone can imagine.
I loved, loved, loved Becky Chambers Wayfarers books(awesome space opera that was like if Star Trek and Firefly had a baby) and cannot wait to read this book about robots and human need.
The Past Is Red by Catherynne Valente
Release Date: July 20, 2021
Set in a future where the planet has drowned because of global climate change, The Past Is Red is about hope, courage, and terrible secrets. Tetley Abednego lives in Garbagetown, a place set adrift in the endless blue of this wrecked, hot world. She is the most loved girl in town, although she is the only one that knows it. The world is a mess, things seem completely unmanageable, and hope is fragile. This book will most likely break my heart, and I am here for it.
Past Titles Worth Checking Out
A Pale Light In The Black by K.B. Wagers
K.B. Wagers writes the kinda of space opera I crave.Their books are twisty, thrilling, and full of the most amazing characters. The NeoG series, of which Pale Light In The Black is the first, is no exception. Following the exploits of the Near-Earth Orbital Guards which they based on the real-life mission of the Coast Guard, A Pale Light In The Black is a rollicking good time. I have seen this series compared to The Expanse with a good dose of the Battle Room from Ender’s Game, and I couldn’t agree more. Full of amazing characters, plot twists by the page, and humor, I loved this book when it came out. The second book in the series, Hold Fast Through The Fire releases June 14, 2022. It’s a long time to wait for a sequel (unless you’re a Song Of Ice And Fire fan, and then it’s just the blink of an eye), but worth it. After you’ve read A Pale Light In the Black, make sure you check out their Indranan series!
The First Sister by Linden Lewis
I have seen this book compared to The Handmaid’s Tale meets Red Rising, and while I have not read Red Rising, I have read The Handmaid’s Tale, and I can tell you that the social commentary in The First Sister is a lot more subtle, with characters who you want to root for rather than loathe. The book explores gender, revolution, and the price of freedom. It’s a wild ride with plenty of espionage, explosions, and hard moral decisions. I loved it. The second book in the trilogy, The Second Rebel, comes out August 24, 2021.
The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
If you have not read any of the Murderbot Diaries, you have no idea what you’re missing! Following the adventures of a self-aware security bot who has named themselves Murderbot as they cross the galaxy trying to babysit humans who can’t seem to keep themselves from getting killed, these delightful novellas are amazing. Murderbot, our killer robot, just wants to watch streaming videos in their charging pod and not talk to anyone. I have never read a book with a more relatable protagonist.
The first book is called All Systems Red. The newest installment, Fugitive Telemetry, comes out April 27, 2021.
The Locked Tomb Trilogy by Tasmyn Muir
Gideon The Ninth is the weirdest, wildest book I have ever read. Hands down. It was also fabulous. Space gothic mansions that are also ships! Necromancers! Blood, guts, glory! Nuns! It’s space bonkers. And very, very funny. Gideon the Ninth is one heck of a protagonist, and you will enjoy following her as she stabs everyone with the utmost snark. Harrow the Ninth, the sequel, just ramps up the action, the spooky, and the stakes. I couldn’t recommend it more. Although there is no release date as of yet for the last book in the trilogy, Alecto the Ninth, I cannot wait! It needs to be out now!