This summer’s selection of new books offers something for everyone. Perfect for holiday reading and to stash in your suitcase or beach bag, we have listed a range of science fiction and fantasy books, from time travel to virtual reality to space opera, our top five summer reads will be sure to impress.
NEW POMPEII by DANIEL GODFREY
Publication Date: 21st June
“Fascinating, cleverly wrought, intelligent and occasionally brutal, New Pompeii is a thrillingly original take on the time travel genre.”
– TIM LEBBON, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In the future, energy giant NousPart develops technology which transports the city of Pompeii into the present day. For historian Nick Houghton this presents an opportunity to study a lost civilisation. But while the Romans may be ignorant of modern technology, they also built a vast empire…
Daniel Godfrey has had several short stories published, including in My Weekly and Writers’ Forum, and is a dedicated reader of SF and historical fiction. New Pompeii is his debut novel.
DUSKFALL by CHRISTOPHER HUSBERG
Publication Date: 21st June
"Duskfall is a delicious mix of Jason Bourne, dark fantasy, and horror. Husberg has written the kind of debut that has me thrilled for the future of Fantasy."
– STEVE DIAMOND from ELITIST BOOK REVIEWS
Stuck with arrows and close to death, a man is pulled from the icy waters of the Gulf of Nahl. Winter, a seemingly quiet woman, harbours a secret that threatens to destroy her. Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. Three characters are brought together by fate on one perilous adventure.
Christopher Husberg was born in Alaska and studied at Brigham Young University, where he went on to teach creative writing. His short story collection Look Me in the Stars received an honorable mention in the 2013 Utah Original Writing Competition.
THE RACE by NINA ALLAN
Publication Date: 19th July
"Totally assured - this is a literate, intelligent, gorgeously human and superbly strange SF novel that will continually skewer your assumptions."
– ALISTAIR REYNOLDS
In a future scarred by fracking and ecological collapse, a child is kidnapped with consequences that extend across worlds, a writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder and far away a young woman prepares for an uncertain future…
Nina Allan is a British writer of speculative fiction. She has published four collections of short stories, a novella and a novel. Her stories have appeared in magazines, Interzone, Black Static and Crimewave and have won a number of awards including the Grand Prix de I’Imaginaire and the British Science Fiction Association Award.
ESCAPOLOGY by REN WAROM
Publication Date: 14th June
"Brutal, compulsive, and punk as fuck. A breakneck, knife-edge cyberthriller."
– GARETH POWELL, BSFA AWARD WINNING AUTHOR
Shock Pao is the best. There isn’t a system he can’t crack. Outside the virtual world though, he’s a Fail—no degree, no job, no affiliations to protect him from angry ex-customers. So when his ex brings Shock a job which could help him escape his miserable existence, he accepts, little realizing that it will turn out to be his most impossible and illegal assignment yet.
Ren Warom lives in the West Midlands with her three children, innumerable cats, a very friendly corn snake, and far, far too many books. She haunts Twitter as @RenWarom, and can be found on her YouTube channel talking about mental health issues and, of course, books.
THE HIGH GROUND by MELINDA SNODGRASS
Publication Date: 5th July
“Melinda Snodgrass just keeps getting better and better.”
– GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she wants to take the throne. Her classmate Tracy wants to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honor. But in a time of political intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested to their limit.
Melinda Snodgrass has written multiple novels and screenplays, and is best known for her work on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has also worked on numerous other shows, including The Profilers, Sliders and Seaquest DSV. She coedits the Wild Cards series with George R.R. Martin. Melinda is the author of The Edge series, which is published by Tor Books in the US and Titan Books in the UK.