Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the other is to keep reading and highlighting as many books by women, LGBTQIA and POC as possible.  

Here are six speculative fiction releases that I am looking forward to reading, that are being published early next year.

Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel José Older (January 3) – the third in the excellently fun Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy series, this installment sees the dead rise up to create (even more) havoc in Carlos’ world. This is a great series that straddles the collective versus the personal spheres really well, and I can’t wait to see more of this world just as much as I can’t wait to read more of Carlos’ (and his friends!) personal drama.  

The Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott (January 17) – an author whose dark fantasy work I adore (check out his novel Never Knew Another) writing a dark military science fiction set in space, about a clone named Ronaldo Aldo who wants to have his consciousness transferred to a newer model – which would happen only if he can prove himself against an alien enemy? I am so here for that.    

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SMug 12.9 Dreadnought by April Daniels (January 24) – featuring a transgender teenage girl who has just inherited the powers of the world’s greatest superhero. The powers she inherits when Dreadnought falls out of the sky and dies in front of her, transforms her body into the what’s she always knew it to be – it also means she is no longer in the closet.  Superheroes, a young girl finding herself – it’s all catnip to me. 

Bitch Planet vol.2 – President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, and Taki Soma (January 31) - collecting issues #6-10 of this ground-breaking series, this volume returns to meanest, wrongest, penal planet in the galaxy where non-compliant women are sent to reform by a patriarchal society.  If you think this is an agenda-driven, overly feminist comic, you are correct. It is that awesome.  

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor  (January 31) – the sequel to Binti, one of my all-time favourite novellas, Home sees Binti going back home after one year away, after numerous changes (both physical and emotional). How can anything be the same ever again (and does it have to be?).       

Wintersongby S. Jae-Jones (February 7) –I am SO looking forward to this novel. Nineteen-year-old Liesl dreams of the Goblin King, but her life’s concerns and routine are anything but fanciful. Until her sister is taken by the globins and Liesl must make a deal with the Goblin King in order to save her sister. That deal will change everything.  I love Goblin Kings stories and this one has been on my wish-list forever. I can believe I actually get to read it soon.      

Join me in anticipating these books on tenterhooks.