The Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Posted by Marie on August 12, 2019
Goodreads SFF Week 2019

If you need a break from the real world, this year's upcoming science fiction and fantasy novels guarantee a great escape. We've got heroes from other solar systems, alternate timelines, paranormal institutes, and mythical realms.

How did we create this list of off-world and otherworldly releases? We took an early look at the biggest titles coming out through the rest of the year and focused on what Goodreads members can't wait to read. Then we measured that anticipation by checking out how many times each title has been added to Want to Read shelves.

Below you'll find books from fresh new voices, including Alix E. Harrow, A.J. Hackwith, and Kassandra Montag, as well as books from beloved favorites like Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Erin Morgenstern. Add what catches your eye to your to-read list!


SCIENCE FICTION

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Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to Gilead to continue the story of Offred. The sequel is narrated by three female characters and will not be connected to the recent adaptation.

Release date: September 10


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In this new novel from the award-winning author of The Three-Body Problem, Earth is showered in deadly levels of radiation. In a year, everyone above the age of 13 will die. Will our legacy live on in the last generation? Or is this the start of a darker era?

Release date: October 22


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Inspired by the Hugo Award–nominated song "The Deep" by actor Daveed Diggs' rap group, this novella follows the underwater-dwelling descendants of an African slave woman. Only Yetu, a historian, remembers their traumatic past.

Release date: November 5


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This standalone novella from the acclaimed author of the Wayfarers series tells the story of explorer Ariadne O'Neill, who's sent to survey other habitable planets light-years away. As time passes more quickly on Earth, her crew risks being forgotten.

Release date: September 3


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Merging science fiction and epic fantasy, this new series follows Gideon—a swordswoman ready to embrace a necromancy-free life. She's packed all the essentials for a daring escape, including her dirty magazines. But her childhood nemesis has other plans.

Release date: September 10


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In a little more than a century, our world is submerged in an expanse of open water. Only a few mountaintop colonies remain. Here Myra and her daughter, Pearl, will voyage to the remaining outposts of civilization in search of Myra's other daughter, Row.

Release date: September 3


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The year is 2022, and Tess is determined to create a better future—literally. Using time travel, she meets a young woman named Beth in 1992. Soon a war breaks out between their two timelines, reshaping both history and humanity.

Release date: September 24


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Captain Eva Innocente lives an unassuming life delivering cargo across the galaxy. Then she encounters the Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that kidnaps her sister, Mari. To pay her ransom, Eva must complete a series of absurdly dangerous missions.

Release date: September 17


FANTASY

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The wait is over! From the author of the 2011 bestseller The Night Circus comes a new fantasy about graduate student Zachary's discovery of a book full of adventures, secrets, and something truly strange: a story from Zachary's own childhood.

Release date: November 5


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The bestselling author of the Grishaverse novels writes her first adult fantasy series about a woman who's traded her life of dead ends for an education at Yale. The only catch is that she'll have to monitor the university's most occult secret societies.

Release date: October 8


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The story that began with a magically gifted student named Davian in The Shadow of What Was Lost comes to a close. Here Davian fights the remaining Venerate as he grapples with the path before him. Can he live with the choices he's made?

Release date: December 10


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The coauthor of The Illuminae Files pens the epic conclusion to his adult fantasy series, The Nevernight Chronicle. Fans will follow famed assassin Mia Corvere one last time as she undertakes a perilous journey across the Itreyan Republic.

Release date: September 3


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In the final book of the Lightbringer series, the kingdom of Chromeria is threatened by treason and siege. Kip Guile, stripped of position and power, must try to rally his companions for one final stand against the White King's armies.

Release date: October 22


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The final battle approaches. The end to McClellan's sweeping trilogy of magic and gunpowder follows a sellsword, a spy, and a general as they gather unlikely allies to turn the tides of war. Their only obstacles? Dissension, violence, and betrayal.

Release date: December 3


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This new series from the bestselling author of The First Law trilogy introduces an ensemble cast that hungers for glory, power, and freedom in a world where the forces of magic clash with the rise of machines.

Release date: September 17


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Bayr is haunted by his mother's curse: that there will be no more daughters born in Saylock. Two decades later, a girl named Alba is born. Now Bayr sees his chance at redemption in this new novel from the author of The Bird and Sword Chronicles.

Release date: August 20


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January Scaller is just one of the many curiosities kept in the sprawling mansion of her benefactor, the wealthy Mr. Locke. Then one day she discovers a door—the kind of door that leads to Valhalla, Atlantis, and other impossible places.

Release date: September 10


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Elendhaven was a place left to rot, but not all things die so easily. A monster stalks its streets, seeking vengeance on those who wronged the the city. With each kill, the monster grows colder and more cunning. Its next victim? The world.

Release date: September 24


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Claire has an unusual job. As the head librarian of the Unwritten Wing, she oversees a neutral space in hell where all unfinished stories reside. When a hero escapes one of the books, she enlists the help of a former muse and a nervous demon.

Release date: October 1



Which books are you most excited to get your hands on? Tell us why in the comments!

Check out complete coverage of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week:
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The New Frontier of Science Fiction
The 24 Most Popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels of 2019 (So Far)


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message 1: by KristynRene (new)

KristynRene Swiss Cheese Jelly Bean These books seriously sound so enticing! Especially Ten Thousand Doors of January, because I'm a SUCKER for portal fantasies.


message 2: by Follow the (new)

Follow the Reader Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern sound so good


message 3: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Science fiction by Chambers and Valdes were added to my list. A few others may be added later.


message 4: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Allison The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes. Debut novel, first in a series of 3. So good.


message 5: by Rosemarie (new)

Rosemarie Can't wait for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern!


message 6: by Heather LitChick4ever (last edited Aug 12, 2019 03:46PM) (new)

Heather LitChick4ever The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Ten Thousand Doors of January.


message 7: by Maggie (new)

Maggie May The Library of the Unwritten sounds fun but I don't read series until they are complete so it will be on my tbr for a while. Can't wait for The Starless Sea!


message 8: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta I absolutely cannot wait for The Starless Sea and Ten Thousand Doors of January. I just know they'll be gorgeous inside and out.


message 9: by Tara (new)

Tara Olson Can not wait for The Starless Sea!


message 10: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Wilkins Darkdawn!!! I cannot wait!!


Anjedah / bookriot_awesomeyou These books are awesome can't wait to read everyone of them . Mostly starless sea💗💗💗


St. Erika (NotAnEarlyBird) The Starless Sea! I loved The Night Circus!


message 13: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca September is a good month for me - Darkdawn and The Testaments!!!!!


message 14: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Louise Have literally added them all to my want to read collection. Can't wait to start them all!


message 15: by Jessica/Carissa (new)

Jessica/Carissa Robinson I have just added half of these to my tbr! 😁👍


message 16: by Julia (new)

Julia I think "The Future of Another Timeline" sounds intriguing. But really, I wan't wait for the sequel of the Handmaid's Tale...


message 17: by Kiera (new)

Kiera I like the sound of all the fantasy ones, but I think the one I'm most anticipating is The Library of the Unwritten because anything involving a nervous demon sounds amazing xD


message 18: by Jason (new)

Jason I really thought “The Library of the unwritten” was a sequel to “The Library of Mount Char” and was a little disappointed. Covers look a little close.


message 19: by Jason (new)

Jason “The Library at Mount Char”


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm so so excited for Ninth House!


message 22: by heidi (new)

heidi Ihav..e not read any of them!


message 23: by Sydney (new)

Sydney Scothon These books sound so good especially some of the fantasy ones especially gideon the ninth


message 24: by Juan (new)

Juan Sanderson's Starsight (Skyward #2) should be on here! It's due out this year.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 25: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Eoffe Nice list thanks!


message 26: by Emily (new)

Emily I just added like three new books to my TBR


message 27: by Amy (new)

Amy The late Michael Crichton is science fiction at its best so where is the upcoming The Andromeda Evolution on your stupid list?


message 28: by rina dunn (new)

rina dunn Reading The handmaids tale in preparation for The Testaments and can we just share anticipation for The Starless Sea 😍


message 29: by J. (new)

J. Lieutenant of Barad Dur Cannot wait for Abercrombie and Bardugo


message 30: by Raquel (new)

Raquel As a huge fan of fantasy this list is making me super excited for the rest of the year. The Monster of Elendhaven and The Library of the Unwritten both sound amazing!


message 31: by Aylin (new)

Aylin Canpolat The book I am most excited for (and missing on this list) is Starsight by Brandon Sanderson.


message 32: by Linh (new)

Linh Song Super excited for Legacy by Shannon Messenger (missing from this list).


message 33: by Joyful (new)

Joyful The Daughters of Nri by Reni K Amayo!!!!


message 34: by NC (new)

NC Nerd I am losing it waiting for The Burning White!!!!!!!!!


message 35: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Jewell Here's another for the list, Ingraham: The Quest


message 36: by Lynda (new)

Lynda Jewell Here's another for the list; Ingraham: The One


message 37: by Lynda (last edited Aug 14, 2019 03:13PM) (new)

Lynda Jewell Here's book one for the list; Ingraham: Dragoon Quest


message 38: by Lynda (last edited Aug 14, 2019 03:13PM) (new)

Lynda Jewell And finally, book four Ingraham: The Wizard and a Queen just published a week ago,


message 39: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Kronenberger Jason wrote: "I really thought “The Library of the unwritten” was a sequel to “The Library of Mount Char” and was a little disappointed. Covers look a little close."

I thought the same thing!


message 40: by Tanya (new)

Tanya The Testaments is the only one in this list I care about. I will pick it up the day it is available (or do just about anything for an ARC, but I could see there being a strict embargo on that one!)


message 41: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Bohn The Deep! Solomon’s An Unkindness of Ghosts was astounding, and I’ve already listened to this song on repeat, so... Can. Not. Wait!


message 42: by Books by Kimi (new)

Books by Kimi Wow, sounds like there's a lot of new and great releases to come and many seem to be for an adult audience as well, not just YA - I'm psyched!


message 43: by Fanny (new)

Fanny M. I'm so excited! Ninth House and The Ten Thousand Doors of January, here I come!


message 44: by Anthea (new)

Anthea Tarica The Testaments/ Atwood.


message 45: by Lori (new)

Lori Maggie wrote: "The Library of the Unwritten sounds fun but I don't read series until they are complete so it will be on my tbr for a while. Can't wait for The Starless Sea!"

I know what you mean. Jean Auel made me nervous with Earth's Children. I started the series when I was 12 and she didn't finish writing it until I was almost 40 and I was afraid she would die before she completed the series. Stephen King almost did die before he finished The Gunslinger series.


message 46: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Gideon the Ninth, The Ninth House, The Starless Sea, The Ten Thousand Doors of January; all sound so great!!


message 47: by Donné (new)

Donné Black Awesome. I cannot wait to read these especially Ten Thousand Doors of January!


message 48: by Petra (new)

Petra Can't wait for The Starless Sea and I loved The Night Circus!


message 49: by George D (new)

George D MacKinnon The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz
These three books all sound really good, I look forward to reading them sometime in the future


message 50: by Diane (new)

Diane I really loved the Night Circus! I can't wait to read the Starless Sea.


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