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Sunday, June 02, 2019

11 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in early June | Books - The Verge

Stories about magicians, digital afterlives, and starfighter pilots, notes Andrew Liptak, writer and historian from Vermont.

Photo: Andrew Liptak / The Verge
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been catching up on a book that’s been on my to-read list for a while now: Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear. It came out back in March, and I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting to it earlier. It’s a huge space opera that follows the adventures of two salvage workers and their AI as they discover a fantastical alien ship.

Engineer Halmey Dz is infected with something on board the alien ship, and that paints a target on their back by governments and space pirates. It’s a book that reminds me quite a bit of The Expanse and other recent space operas like R.E. Stearns’ Barbary Station, Mike BrooksKeiko trilogy, and Becky Chambers’ Wayfarers series.

While I’m enjoying the adventures of the crew and their spaceship, I’m really loving Bear’s approach to the world and the bond that her characters share. Halmey, her pilot Connla, and their AI Singer (as well as their two cats) make for a really intriguing group: friends who care deeply for one another and who hold each other up as they go on the run. I’m looking forward to what the next book brings.

Here are 11 science fiction and fantasy novels coming out in the first half of June that you should check out. Come back later this month for the next list. 

Source: The Verge