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Waiting on Wednesday: Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Waiting on Wednesday: Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

Waiting on Wednesday is a regular feature that spotights upcoming, can't-wait-for books... check out previous Waiting on Wednesday picks here ➤

I love sci-fi horror. And lately, with the non-stop airing of ads for the Annihilation movie starring Natalie Portman, I've been positively hungering for it. Alien, Event Horizon, even the not-so-great Alien: Covenant — I've been re-watching them all. But I can only watch them so many times, you know? And I don't want to re-read the Jeff VanderMeer book again until after I've seen the movie.

Enter this week's Waiting on Wednesday pick. Described as a "thrilling sci-fi horror and space adventure," Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda sounds like just the thing to satisfy that creepy sci-fi itch. There are marauding space scavengers and alien monsters who kill with sound. That alone sounds dope enough, but then tagline on the cover promises: In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you'll hear. I hope so!

Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: February 6

Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: February 6

February is my favorite month of the year, and not just because it's my birthday month! You also have the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, and (most years, anyway) the Oscars. It's a month made for parties, glitz and glamour, which is why I especially enjoy decadent books at this time of year. And this week's new releases don't disappoint, kickstarting the month with a book set in an opulent world called Orleans where beauty is a literal power and commodity. Yes, please.

This week also brings a Publisher's Weekly starred review of a mind-bending read about a miraculous girl who was born of a virgin, two new high fantasy series from bestsellers R.A. Salvatore and Tamora Pierce that both sound wickedly dark, and a unique YA dystopian that explores what it means to live and love as the only human in a world full of clones. 

Time travel is also a theme this week, with a time travel thriller that's billed as Inception meets True Detective — I mean, how awesome does that sound? And one of the year's most anticipated reads, described as a poignant time travel novel in the vein of The Time Traveler's Wife... except that it's not actually about time travel, but is instead a poignant kind of historical speculative fiction about a man who suffers from the same slow-aging "immortal" condition that Keanu Reeves surely must have.

Here are this week's best new sci-fi and fantasy books...

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction

It's Black History Month, so I'm re-blogging A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction, a list of 43 speculative fiction works by black authors compiled by Nisi Shawl for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. You'll find this list is super comprehensive, stretching all the way back to 1859 and covering both the sci-fi and fantasy genres (although, as the title implies, it does lean more towards science fiction). 

What to Watch This Month: The Best SFF Movies & TV in February

What to Watch This Month: The Best SFF Movies & TV in February

This time of year is generally a wasteland lacking in interesting movies — January and February have long been considered the "dump months" where low budget horror can thrive, but otherwise where bad movies go to die. But the times, they are a changing.

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have upped their game, bringing viewers new high-quality TV and movies all throughout the year. And thanks to the massive success of the February-released Deadpool, movie studios are finally starting to realize that bigger films at this time can still make gobs of money, too. Luckily for all us movie lovers! 

Here are the best SFF movie and TV picks to watch this February...

Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: January 30

Best New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: January 30

January is already nearing its end, but there are always new books! And I have to admit, this week has the first book of the new year that I'm really excited about, The Hazel Wood. Of course, it's billed as a dark, creepy, fairy tale-inspired contemporary fantasy, so it should come as no surprise that it's a must read for me (and based on all the glowing reviews, for you, too). 

Speaking of fairy tale love... this week also has a reissue of book two in Joan D. Vinge's sci-fi classic The Snow Queen Cycle, World's End. I loved this series when I was a teen — it's one of the inspirations for my own sci-fi version of Snow White — and I'm super excited that it's available in print again, and also in ebook!

Rounding out the best of this week's new sci-fi and fantasy books are an urban fantasy set during WWII that features secret Allied sorcerers battling it out with Nazi sorcerers, what's sure to be an exquisitely written collection of quirky short stories from Jo Walton, and a new time travel series with a super cool premise: 600 years of Earth's timeline are shattered and jumbled together. It's 21st century Britain surrounded by a Pleistocene wilderness, which sounds fun AF.

Check out the best new sci-fi and fantasy books out today...

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

The 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza has come to an end — for 12 days leading up to Christmas, I gave away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author. And the winners of those awesome ebooks are . . .

Day 12 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Day 12 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

It's the last day of the 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza type thing! Today's 12th and final giveaway is... Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, a compulsively readable retelling of Norse myths.

Full of Gaiman's signature charm and humorous wit, this book is perfect whether you're obsessed with mythology in general or you simply want to read more about your fave Norse gods like Thor, Odin or Loki (and discover a few more along the way!). If you're a lover of fantasy, a mythology buff, mythology buff adjacent, or just looking for an introduction to the tales of the Norse, get your entries in — today's your last day!

The 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing is me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for twelve days (check the link for the complete list of giveaways so far)! The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool... and happy holidays!

Day 11 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Day 11 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Can you believe there's only one day left in the 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza?! Today's penultimate gift is... An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King. 

Named one of the 5 best sci-fi and fantasy novels of 2017 by the Washington Post, this chilling dystopian tale set in a near-future China explores inequality, gender, marriage, love, and rebellion in a world where men are overpopulated due to China's One Child Policy. If you love thoughtful speculative fiction like The Handmaid's Tale, get your entry in!

The 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing is me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for twelve days (check the link for the complete list of giveaways so far)! The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool... and happy holidays!

Day 10 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Day 10 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

It's now day 10 in the 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza, and today's ebook is... The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, a wintry fantasy that reads like a darkly magical Russian fairy tale. Exquisitely written, if you love rich detail and captivating characters, or enjoyed the setting of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse, this is one you should check out.

The 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway extravaganza type thing is me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for twelve days (check the link for the complete list of giveaways so far)! The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool... and happy holidays!

Day 9 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Day 9 of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza

Nine days down, only three more to go! And today's gift in the Christmas ebook giveaway is... Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Winner of the 30th anniversary Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel, this epic story about the last of humanity fighting extinction on a terraformed planet is packed with unique ideas. Also, evolved alien spiders. If you love smart and imaginative space opera with that classic sci-fi feel and an unforgettable ending, go enter this now.

The 12 Days of Christmas Ebook Giveaway Extravaganza type thing is me giving away one ebook from an awesome sci-fi or fantasy author every day for twelve days (check the link for the complete list of giveaways so far)! The giveaway ends on December 23 and all the winners will receive their gifts via email on Christmas Eve. So go forth and enter, you SFF book loving fool... and happy holidays!