20 Best New Fantasy & Sci Fi Books: October 2017

Dragons, giants, and space.

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Like many of you, we LOVE October. And while there are many reasons for our love for the true start of the fall season — like pumpkin spice things, horror movie marathons on TV, and beautiful foliage — the real reason is because it typically is a great month for book-lovers.new sci-fi fantasy books 2017

Of course, this year isn’t any different, as October 2017 is overloaded with potentially great new books to read, especially if you’re into sci-fi and fantasy like we all are at the Nerd Much? office.

Last month brought us some of the best new fantasy & sci-fi books of the year, including Sea of Rust, Autonomous, and Horizon, and we’re still playing catch up with our backlog.

That doesn’t mean that we’re not stoked for the month of reading ahead of us, and the month looks especially great. Here are the 20 best new fantasy and sci fi books coming in October 2017:

1. From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

new star wars book october 2017Any hardcore Star Wars fan will tell you that they love hearing and reading stories relating to the most popular sci-fi franchise on the planet. It’s why Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford tend to have such captivating interviews. This month, a mega collection containing 40 stories revolving around the Star Wars universe will hit the market.

The book is called From a Certain Point of View, and it contains many tales of the Star Wars universe from various different points of view. Gary Whitta tells us what happened between Rogue One and A New Hope from the perspective of Captain Antilles, Pablo Hidalgo gives a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin, Whil Wheaton tells a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin, and more.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: 
$14.99 (Kindle), $24.06 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


2. Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card

sci-fi books october 2017The Ender’s Shadow series gets a new vantage point in Orson Scott Card’s newest novel, Children of the Fleet, which is a parallel story set in space revolving the Fleet, parallel to the story told in Ender’s Shadow.

Following Ender Wiggin’s victory of the Third Formic war, the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans. Now, MinCol runs the Fleet School that’s now on the Old Battle School station.

Enter Dabeet Ochoa, a smart kid at the top of his class who doesn’t think he has a chance at Fleet School, until, one day, Colonel Graff arrives at his school to interview him.

Children of the Fleet appears to be another interesting wrinkle set in the same universe as Ender’s Game, and that should be enough to intrigue you.

Release Date: October 10, 2017
Price: 
$12.99 (Kindle), $17.10 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


3. Austral by Paul McAuley

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The great geoengineering projects have failed.The world is still warming, sea levels are still rising, and the Antarctic Peninsula is home to Earth’s newest nation, with life quickened by ecopoets spreading across valleys and fjords exposed by the retreat of the ice.Austral Morales Ferrado, a child of the last generation of ecopoets, is a husky: an edited person adapted to the unforgiving climate of the far south, feared and despised by most of its population. She’s been a convict, a corrections officer in a labour camp, and consort to a criminal, and now, out of desperation, she has committed the kidnapping of the century. But before she can collect the ransom and make a new life elsewhere, she must find a place of safety amongst the peninsula’s forests and icy plateaus, and evade a criminal gang that has its own plans for the teenage girl she’s taken hostage.Blending the story of Austral’s flight with the fractured history of her family and its role in the colonisation of Antarctica, Austral is a vivid portrayal of a treacherous new world created by climate change, and shaped by the betrayals and mistakes of the past. ‘Paul McAuley’s balanced grasp of science and literature, always a rare attribute in the writer of prose fiction, is combined with the equally rare ability to look at today’s problems and know which are really problems, and what can be done about them.’

Release Date: October 19, 2017
Price: TBD

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4. Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr by John Crowley

new fantasy books october 2017Award-winning author John Crowley brings a new fantasy tale that follows a man who tells the story of Dar Oakley, a crow who sees impossible lives and deaths in the land of Ka.

The two thousand year old crow is able to tell his tale to a man who learns the crow language. In his tale, the crow reveals his travels, including to the human underworld where he become immortal, his voyage west to America with Irish monks, and various other adventures in Ka. Most importantly, he reveals that he holds the secrets to change the human way of life.

Release Date: October 24
Price: $7.99 (Kindle), $28.99 (Kindle)

Buy it here.


5. A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis

a lot like christmasIt should be no secret that we here at Nerd Much? LOVE all things Christmas-related, and that’s why A Lot Like Christmas by Connie Willis first caught our eyes.

It’s a collection of holiday stories with a speculative spin, it’s loaded with unique and imaginative tales filled with absurdity, affirming our faith in love, the wonder of the season, and most importantly, the magic of it all.

Release Date: October 24
Price: $11.99 (Kindle), $11.55 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


6. First-Person Singularities by Robert Silverberg

new sci-fi books october 2017Sci-fi master Robert Silverberg brings together eighteen stories written during his 40-year career, told in the first-person singular perspective.

Each story is told from a unique point of view, including from a dolphin in love with a human being, a computer trying to convince the world of its sanity, and an alien in a New York City hotel in disguise. It offers a lot of fun ideas, and it’s definitely a sci-fi book worth checking out.

Release Date: October 31
Price: $9.99 (Kindle), $14.59 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


7. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.

One of the most anticipated fantasy books of 2017 is All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, whom you might know as the writer of Linger, Sinner, and Forever.

Release Date: October 10, 2017
Price: $11.99 (Kindle), $16.14 (Hardcover)

Buy it on Amazon.


8. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pulman

sci-fi books october 2017Author of The Golden Compass has a new book out in October by the name of The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, which is the first entry in a new series.

The new story is set in a parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials, set ten years before The Golden Compass. It’ll focus on Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon, telling the tale of how Lyra came to Jordan College in the first place.

Release Date: October 19, 2107
Price: $11.99 (Kindle), $18.39 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


9. Satellite by Nick Lake

satellite nick lakeSatellite by Nick Lake tells the story of a teenage boy who was born in space on Moon 2 and makes his first trip to Earth.

Leo and his friends will learn what life on Earth is like for the first time.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $10.99 (Kindle), $17.99 (Hardcover), $8.61 (Paperback)

Buy it on Amazon.


10. The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne

sci-fi thrillers octoberAndrew Mayne will begin his The Naturalist series with the first book that releases in October, properly named The Naturalist.

The story will follow Theo, whose scientific brain doesn’t accept the poor explanation of the death of one of his students. It’s more thriller than sci-fi, but it does have sci-fi elements within, including a focus on the unnatural.

Release Date: October 1, 2017
Price: $4.99 (Kindle), $10.97 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


11. A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings) by Kevin Hearne

new fantasy books october 2017Another one of the year’s most anticipated new fantasy books releases in October, as Kevin Hearne’s A Plague of Giants hits store shelves.

The new novel will kick off a new fantasy series filled with fire-wielding giants, children with the ability to speak to astonishing beasts, and shape-shifting bards. It’s an absorbing epic fantasy filled with great storytelling that gives each thread its own life.

Release Date: October 17, 2017
Price: $14.99 (Kindle), $17.71 (Hardcover), $17.22 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


12. The Seven (The Vagrant Trilogy) by Peter Newman

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Years have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm and Gamma’s sword in hand.

Since then the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps of her father, journeyed to the breach and closed the tear between worlds, protecting the last of humanity, but also trapping the infernal horde and all those that fell to its corruptions: willing or otherwise.

In this new age it is Vesper who leads the charge towards unity and peace, with seemingly nothing standing between the world and a bright new future.

That is until eyes open.

And The Seven awaken.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $10.99 (Kindle), $14.79 (Hardcover), $11.55 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


13. The Fall of Dragons (The Traitor Son Cycle) by Miles Cameron

the fall of dragonsDespite its terribly cheesy cover, The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron is going to be great. It will wrap up the Traitor Son Cycle, bringing about the final battle for the control of the gates to the hermetical universe.

This is book 5 of The Traitor Son Cycle, so obviously, start with the first one (The Red Knight) before jumping into this.

Release Date: October 31, 2017
Price: $11.99 (Kindle), $16.99 (Paperback)

Buy it on Amazon.


14. The Stone in the Skull: The Lotus Kingdoms, Book One by Elizabeth Bear

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Elizabeth Bear will see the release of the start of her brand new trilogy hit on October 10th, as The Stone in the Skull hits bookshelves across the nation. The novel is the first of the Lotus Kingdoms series, and it’ll take readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and into the Lotus Kingdoms.

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.

They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

Release Date: October 10, 2017
Price: $14.99 (Kindle), $27.02 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


15. Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

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The Akata Witch sequel will finally see a release as Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Warrior releases on October 3.

The new novel blends a modern day Nebula with mythology, fantasy, history, and magic to tell a tale that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $10.99 (Kindle), $11.60 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


16. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

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In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $9.99 (Kindle), $12.59 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


17. The Genius Plague by David Walton

the genius plagueThe Genius Plague by David Walton is a new science fiction thriller that will follow a contagion that gives its hosts new abilities they didn’t have before, but it also gives each of the infected a common and deadly goal.

The contagion will pit brothers against each other as one sees the fungal infection as the next step in human evolution, and the other sees it as a plague that’s driving its human hosts to madness and chaos.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $9.99 (Kindle), $12.03 (Paperback)

Buy it on Amazon.


18. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is a new fantasy adventure novel that’s filled with dark magic and thrilling action sequences.

It’s a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy that’s set in the walled city of Kos, where corrupt mages are magically able to call forth sin from a sinner in the form of a sin-beast, deadly creatures that are spawned from their guilt.

Release Date: October 31, 2017
Price: $10.99 (Kindle), $12.59 (Hardcover)

Buy it here.


19. The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency) by K Arsenault Rivera

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The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach—but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.

Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.

This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.

A crack in the wall heralds the end…two goddesses arm themselves…K Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter is an adventure for the ages.

Release Date: October 3, 2017
Price: $9.99 (Kindle), $10.99 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


20. Strange Weather by Joe Hill

strange weather joe hillAcclaimed author Joe Hill will release Strange Weather, a collection of four sci-fi novels. In one, “Aloft”, a first-time skydiver winds up a castaway on an impossibly solid cloud that seems animated by a mind of its own.

“Snapshot” follows an young boy who is threatened by a man with a Polaroid Instant Camera that erases memories in a snap.

There are some unique ideas in here, and with Joe Hill writing it, you can be sure to expect compelling storytelling.

Release Date: October 24, 2017
Price: $14.99 (Kindle), $17.10 (Hardcover), $23.13 (Paperback)

Buy it here.


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