Top 10 Best New Sci-Fi Fantasy Books to Read: November 2015

new sci-fi fantasy books to readGood news, bookworms: November looks to be yet another good month in terms of book releases. We appreciate the difficulty of determining what to read next, so we have done the work for you and selected ten of our favorites to add to your to-read list. With the cold weather coming, there is no better time to curl up inside with a good book.

You can also check out the new sci-fi and fantasy books you might have missed in October, which also had some great new book releases.

So without further ado, here are the top 10 best upcoming sci-fi and fantasy books to read in November:


1.  Death Wave (Star Quest Trilogy) by Ben Bova

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Release Date: November 17, 2015

“In Ben Bova’s previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation….When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift….He must convince Earth’s new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy’s heart.”

Death Wave is the first volume of the Star Quest Trilogy from six-time Hugo Award winning author Ben Bova. He has written over 120 works of science fiction and nonfiction, so at this point, readers should know what to expect. He’s been around for years and is widely considered one of the best science-fiction authors of all time; if you haven’t read any of his works yet, but are a fan of classic sci-fi, this is as good a place as any to start.

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2. Black Wolves (The Black Wolves Trilogy) by Kate Elliot

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life. Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate.”

Black Wolves marks the beginning of a new trilogy from already-established fantasy writer Kate Elliot. Reading the reviews for her previous books, she seems to be a very polarizing author; some readers loathe her books, others adore them. If you fall into the prior category, you may still want to give this one a try, as it seems to have quite a different tone than her prior series and is thus far receiving mostly positive reviews.

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3. Warheart (Richard and Kahlan) by Terry Goodkind

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Release Date: November 17, 2015

“All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D’Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Except what isn’t lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever.”

Warheart is a bittersweet novel, as it marks the conclusion of Terry Goodkind’s beloved The Sword of Truth series. If you’re a fan of this series, you are no doubt already anticipating this release. If not, we suggest you start at the beginning: Wizard’s First Rule is the first book of this 17-book epic fantasy series, and Terry Goodkind’s first ever novel. In fact, he has only written one other novel that was not a part of this series, having written 18 in total. The series has been around for about 20 years, but definitely has a much older feel to it; fans of classic fantasy will definitely enjoy Terry Goodkind.

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4. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.”

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a collection of 20 short stories by Stephen King (his sixth such collection), containing some previously published works and some brand new material. Of course, we all love when there are new Stephen King books to read. The author has written 54 full-length novels in total, every one of them an international bestseller, but he is also a master of short stories (having written some 200 of those). It’s a shame that this horror anthology won’t be out in time for Halloween, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy. It promises to be spectacular. Also, the cover is really awesome.

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5. Solar Express by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“You can’t militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth’s surface is causing some interested parties to militarize…The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the “Solar Express” before it perhaps destroys itself. Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna’s friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out…”

Solar Express is a standalone science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (best known for his fantasy Recluce series). He has a large and loyal following, having written over 60 novels — both epic fantasy series and hard science fiction. None of them are a prerequisite for this book, however, so don’t worry if you’ve never read any. Most are fantasy; his science fiction novels tend to be few and far between (as he says they require much more research), so definitely don’t miss this one if you’re a sci-fi fan.

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6. Planetfall by Emma Newman

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity….Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony’s 3-D printer engineer…harboring a devastating secret. Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi. The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…”

Not to be confused with the science fiction computer game published in 1983, Planetfall is a standalone science fiction book by relatively new writer Emma Newman. She is best known for her urban fantasy young adult series The Split Worlds, and also writes dark/horror short stories; this is her first attempt at sci-fi. However, if her previous works are any indication, it will definitely be worth reading. Finishing at a mere 328 pages, this novel is short but sweet, and it sounds like it could become one of the best sci-fi books of 2015.

Buy Planetfall here.

7. Green Earth by Kim Stanley Robinson

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“The Arctic ice pack averaged thirty feet thick in midwinter when it was first measured in the 1950s. By the end of the century it was down to fifteen. One August the ice broke. The next year the breakup started in July. The third year it began in May. That was last year. It’s a muggy summer in Washington, D.C., as Senate environmental staffer Charlie Quibler and his scientist wife, Anna, work to call attention to the growing crisis of global warming. But as they fight to align the extraordinary march of modern technology with the awesome forces of nature, fate puts an unusual twist on their efforts—one that will pit science against politics in the heart of the coming storm.”

This work of near-future speculative fiction is meant to serve as a cautionary tale of what could happen to the human race if global warming is allowed to continue unchecked. This multi-award winning author is known for writing novels from an ecological standpoint, as well as with political and economic themes. Green Earth is a compilation of three of his previous works — Forty Signs of Rain, Fifty Degrees Below, and Sixty Days and Counting — condensed and updated based on more current research. As it is three books in one, it is a long one, and can be rather dry at times. However, it is certainly eye-opening.

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8. Jeweled Fire (Elemental Blessings #3) by Sharon Shinn

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“As one of the four princesses of Welce, Corene always thought she might one day become queen. Only circumstances changed, leaving fiery Corene with nothing to show…until a chance arises to become the ruler of a nearby country. After stowing away on a ship bound for Malinqua with her loyal bodyguard, Foley, Corene must try to win the throne by making a play to marry one of the empress’s three nephews….Unaccustomed to being anyone’s friend, Corene is surprised to find companionship among her fellow competitors. But behind Malinqua’s beautiful facade lie many secrets. The visiting princesses are more hostages than guests. And as the deadly nature of the court is revealed, Corene must rely on both her new allies and Foley’s unwavering protection—for the game she has entered is far more perilous than she ever imagined…”

Jeweled Fire is the third book in Sharon Shinn’s Elemental Blessings fantasy romance series (which begins with Troubled Waters). Elemental-themed fantasy series are hardly original, but this one seems to be well-done and worth reading anyhow. If you haven’t yet, grab the first one and get yourself caught up. It shouldn’t take you long, as it seems to be targeted towards a young adult audience.

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9. Born of Betrayal (The League Series Book ) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Release Date: November 3, 2015

“Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved….Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again. But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all. It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…”

Sherrilyn Kenyon is nothing if not prolific, typically churning out several novels in the course of a year. But whatever formula she has found seems to be working for her, as it seems most of them become international bestsellers. Since 2004, she has put more than 65 on the New York Times’ bestseller list, in fact. She writes mostly paranormal and urban fantasy romances, and is one of the most highly acclaimed authors of her genre. All of her books, although part of a series, are meant to be standalone; so even if you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, you can pick Born of Betrayal up and have no trouble understanding it. It will surely be one of the best fantasy books of 2015.

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10. Cast in Honor (Chronicles of Elantra #11) by Michelle Sagara

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Release Date: November 24, 2015

“In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets…Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks…were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines—none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city….Yet as the chaos surrounding the battle begins to wane, Private Kaylin Neya’s duties must resume…Called in to investigate a triple murder in a quiet part of town, Kaylin and her companions are soon embroiled in a case that is anything but routine. Evidence of the deadly Shadows that still threaten the city leads to hints of ancient, forgotten magics…and everything can be traced directly to Ravellon, the heart of the Shadows and the darkness they contain. But it is there that Lord Nightshade will be found—if he still survives.”

New York Times bestselling author Michelle Sagara is back with the eleventh installment of her highly acclaimed Chronicles of Elantra series. If you haven’t read it, it is necessary to read the previous books beforehand; this one begins right where the previous book leaves off. The series begins with Cast in Shadow, if you’re interested in catching up. It is well worth your time, and you will quickly become invested in the lives of Kaylin and company.


See Also:

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