At the time this post goes live, we Book Smugglers will be attending BookExpo America (May 29-June 1) for the fourth time. BEA is one of the biggest publishing events in the world, during which thousands of professionals—authors, publishers, librarians, journalists and bloggers—congregate to talk business and discuss trends and upcoming releases. And of course, two of the biggest draws of BEA are the galleys and author signings made available to attendees.
Although BEA might not be the usual destination for the Speculative Fiction aficionados (as there are numerous cons and gatherings that specifically cater to this particular audience), there are still plenty of SF/F books available at BEA. Here are a few that are on our radar this year:
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. Greek Mythology reimagined in a contemporary setting in this story coming from Tor Teen. Ana loved Blake’s teen horror novels Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares and is ridiculously excited about this new title.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab. YA author Victoria Schwab (of the woefully underappreciated The Near Witch) turns to adult SF/F and writes a tale of villainy and superheroes— the perfect combination.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. Based on her excellent short story of the same name (published in the anthology The Eternal Kiss), this is a vampire-meets-dystopia and we are incredibly excited to read it.
Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. There isn’t a lot out there about the book just yet (Science Fiction Thriller? Futuristic Agri-Dystopia?) but it’s a new YA series from Wendig coming from Amazon Childrens Publishing and we are intrigued.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. First in a new series from prolific Fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson (who writes some of the most kick-ass magic systems out there), Steelheart is his take on superheroes in a dystopian setting.
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. Book 4 in the criminally under-read and consistently good Heir Chronicles series.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi. Heavy-hitter, award-winner Bacigalupi’s first attempt at Middle Grade science fiction: It’s post-apocalyptic, it’s Zombie…it’s ours (precious).
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill. Yes, Dystopian YA seems to be “A Thing” now and this is another Dystopian title BUT with time travel added to it. Which is like, Kryptonite to at least one of us (Ana).
We are also keeping fingers (and toes) crossed that we will come across these titles: Kim Stanley Robinson’s Shaman; C.J. Sansom’s Dominion; Robin McKinley’s Shadows; and Cat Valente’s third Fairyland book The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two.