The Year's Most Anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy

Posted by Hayley on January 18, 2018
Here there be monsters to slay and to love, final frontiers to conquer, and diabolical empires to topple. The real world has its charms, but this year's crop of science fiction and fantasy books offers irresistible escapism.

And for you patient and not-so-patient fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and The Kingkiller Chronicle, we know—and we're sorry. But while you wait for those promised next installments, try out a fresh new take on the genre, like Tessa Gratton's "Game of Thrones meets King Lear" epic, The Queen of Innis Lear, or Josiah Bancroft's unforgettable quest up the Tower of Babel in Senlin Ascends. (Check out our interview with Bancroft here.)

Click on the covers below to find out more about each of these fantastical reads coming out this year. How many will you be adding to your Want-to-Read shelf?


Standalone Fantasy & Science Fiction
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The Sequels You've Been Waiting For
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Urban Fantasy Books with Bite
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Dive into a New Series
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Which fantasy or science fiction books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

Check out more recent blogs:
The Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2018
40 of the Hottest Mysteries & Thrillers of 2018
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message 1: by Alexandra (last edited Jan 19, 2018 06:54AM) (new)

Alexandra Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think.


message 2: by Susun (new)

Susun Saw a lot of fanasy in the list, not much sci fi. Where, oh, where are all the good science fiction books?


message 3: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Susun wrote: "Saw a lot of fanasy in the list, not much sci fi. Where, oh, where are all the good science fiction books?"

It's only two weeks into the year, give it time :D


message 4: by Mia (new)

Mia I am looking very much forward to Burn Bright, and both looking forward to and dreading Magic Triumphs as it is the last Kate Daniels book!


message 5: by Filip (new)

Filip I'd call this list "The Year's sci-fi and fantasy books we're most looking forward to," rather than "best" but that's just me.

Some really interesting books; looking forward to Feist's return to fantasy, Novik's Spinning Silver, which gives me all the Rumplestiltskin fairy tale vibes.

Circe is also very appealing to me, as will be many others of these, no doubt.


message 6: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Alexandra wrote: "Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think."

The blog title now says "The Year's Most Anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy", not sure if they changed it after the comments.

Glad they included an urban fantasy section too.


message 7: by Alexandra (last edited Jan 19, 2018 08:26AM) (new)

Alexandra Lindsey wrote: "The blog title now says "The Year's Most Anticipated Science Fiction & Fantasy", not sure if they changed it after the comments."

Good! And yes, it was changed after I posted my comment. At the time I posted my comment it read, "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy". Considering we're only a few weeks into the year, that seemed a tad premature :D

For the most part these aren't the Sci Fi and Fantasy books I'm most anticipating, but obviously GR gets to have an opinion, and no doubt some people are looking forward to these books.


message 8: by Janice (last edited Jan 19, 2018 09:30AM) (new)

Janice Loved that Sci-Fi Moon art.


message 9: by Ben (new)

Ben Alexandra wrote: "Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think."

Doesn't say best anywhere, says most anticipated.


message 10: by Johanna (new)

Johanna Where is Obsidio? Oh please don't tell me they postponed it again!


message 11: by Katsuro (last edited Jan 19, 2018 01:57PM) (new)

Katsuro Alexandra wrote: "Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think."
Even if it hadn't been early, including a new Anita Blake novel on a list of best books, or even good books, doesn't make sense. Only a minority of Hamilton-fans think that her Anita Blake novels are still good.

Johanna wrote: "Where is Obsidio? Oh please don't tell me they postponed it again!"

Nope, the GR people just have poor taste in books :P

Ben wrote: "Doesn't say best anywhere, says most anticipated."

It said "best" before; Goodreads changed it.


message 12: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Where is The Burning White by Brent Weeks? It's the final book of a tremendous, amazing series and I can't figure out why it's so overlooked. It would be perfect for your Dive Into a New Series section. Everyone give it a shot!


message 13: by Brittany (new)

Brittany Ben wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think."

Doesn't say best anywhere, says most anticipated."


Thank you, I was going to say the same thing!


message 14: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Brittany wrote: "Ben wrote: "Alexandra wrote: "Bit early to declare what "The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy" is, I should think."

Doesn't say best anywhere, says most anticipated."

Thank you, I was going ..."


It did say best, but it got edited later on.


message 15: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Johanna wrote: "Where is Obsidio? Oh please don't tell me they postponed it again!"

It's on the YA list: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1...


message 16: by Angrboda (new)

Angrboda Both Circe and Queens of Innis Lear sound right up my alley! And several others strikes me as interesting as well.


message 17: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I know not to judge a book by its cover, but if these represent the trends in cover art for the year, it's not looking good. Cluttered, garish, hard to read...just plain ugly.
I see maybe three covers here that make me think the graphics designer put any thought into what might cause a potential buyer to stop and pick the thing up.


message 18: by Mike (new)

Mike I hope Goodreads isn't turning into another (pay to play) gatekeeper. None of these books were anticipated by me at all.


message 19: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Mike wrote: "I hope Goodreads isn't turning into another (pay to play) gatekeeper. None of these books were anticipated by me at all."

Word.


message 20: by Mike (new)

Mike Pluta What about Super Powereds: Year 4 by Drew Hayes? I loved years 1 through 3 and Corpies. I'm missing those Landers kids!


message 21: by Roy (last edited Jan 20, 2018 05:00PM) (new)

Roy for Susun: "Where has good SF gone? As I remember good SF went out for a copy of Galaxy in 1962 and never returned. What we have today looks like good SF but the personality has been replaced by pod people in dark suits and sunglasses who work for a major studio. Just don't tell anyone I said so. I hate wearing tinfoil over my ears." (Ashley Grayson)


message 22: by Helstar (new)

Helstar Long time since I last read a captivating fantasy book....lets see this year


message 23: by Karen (new)

Karen Yaaresse wrote: "I know not to judge a book by its cover, but if these represent the trends in cover art for the year, it's not looking good. Cluttered, garish, hard to read...just plain ugly.
I see maybe three co..."


totally agree


message 24: by Bibliyohan (new)

Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰ I got my money on Only Human, Spinning Silver and Iron Gold!


message 25: by James (last edited Jan 21, 2018 06:43AM) (new)

James Joyce Weird.

The "Standalone" section has a sequel (#2): European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

The "Sequels You've Been Waiting For" has a book referred to as "a standalone" in its own description: Head On

And "Dive into a New Series" has two books which are #4, in their respective (not new) series: Iron Gold and The Plastic Magician.

That's some attention to detail!


message 26: by Christine (new)

Christine McCann James wrote: "The "Sequels You've Been Waiting For" has a book referred to as "a standalone" in its own description: Head On"

It's definitely the next book in the Lock In universe, and features the same detectives, but it sounds like it can be read without knowledge of the first book.

Anyway, I'm very impatient for The Broken Vow, the sequel to Spill Zone. Excellent graphic novel that straddles the line between scifi and weird ficiton!


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Helstar wrote: "Long time since I last read a captivating fantasy book....lets see this year"

Helstar, I can't recommend enough The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks starting with The Black Prism. If you haven't already, give it a shot. So, so good! And complete this fall.


message 28: by Tawnie (new)

Tawnie Mizer Susun wrote: "Saw a lot of fanasy in the list, not much sci fi. Where, oh, where are all the good science fiction books?"

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson just recently came out! Amazing steam punk, sci-fy book!


message 29: by Laura (new)

Laura Dam Looking forward to Agency by William Gibson!!!!


message 30: by Jeff (last edited Jan 24, 2018 04:15PM) (new)

Jeff Raglin Still haven't given up hope on Early Riser by Jasper Fforde being out this year. Also, John Varley's Iron Sunrise apparently has a 2018 release date, so should be high up on these kinds of lists.


message 31: by Kaltum (new)

Hassan Kaltum I really wanna be apart this to, i know it will be so interested.


message 32: by Lady (new)

Lady Makaveli Personally, I'm hoping this is the year book 6 of the song of ice and fire comes out... That is my number 1 most anticipated book... period lol


message 33: by MoreBooks2012 (new)

MoreBooks2012 Looking forward to Night Dahlia from RS Belcher!


message 34: by James (last edited Jan 27, 2018 03:21PM) (new)

James Joyce Unauthorized Cinnamon wrote: "It's definitely the next book in the Lock In universe, and features the same detectives, but it sounds like it can be read without knowledge of the first book."

Yes, indeed. It's set in the same universe, but the publisher makes an effort to clarify that it's a standalone, as opposed to a sequel.


message 35: by Becky (new)

Becky Susan There are some good ones coming! I still am catching up from last year. I have been into Mark Speed's series Doctor How. It's hilarious and I just can't stop reading as it's just so clever. http://markspeed.co.uk/ for his info. He really has a great premise playing off the whole Doctor Who series. It works!


message 36: by Reader453 (last edited Jul 11, 2018 10:09AM) (new)

Reader453 My Most Anticipated Scifi & Fantasy 2018

Lies Sleeping - Ben Aaronovitch

Rat Queens Vol 5/Neon Static - Kurtis J. Wiebe

Oblivion Song - Robert Kirkman

Abbott - Saladin Ahmed

Infidel - Pornsak Pichetshote

Motherlands - Simon Spurrier

Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor - Richard Dinnick


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