24 New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels Readers Are Loving

Posted by Cybil on May 28, 2020
Space operas, magic, destiny, dystopia, aliens: There's a bit of something for everyone in 2020's latest offerings in science fiction and fantasy. You'll find new titles from beloved authors including N.K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, Eoin Colfer, and William Gibson; fresh debuts; and a fictional pandemic book that found itself eerily reflecting current times. 

For this list, we rounded up Goodreads members' favorite new books in the two genres published so far this year in the U.S., then cut any book that had less then a 3.5-average rating from your fellow readers. Be sure to add the books that capture your interest to your Want to Read shelf.
 
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Ⓟⓔⓐⓒⓗⓨ Ⓚⓔⓔⓝ Ⓡⓔⓐⓓⓢ N.K. Jeminsin actually did an interview with my local Chronogram magazine. Really interesting and cool. Link below.

https://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvall...


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Lois Ⓟⓔⓐⓒⓗⓨ Ⓚⓔⓔⓝ Ⓡⓔⓐⓓⓢ wrote: "N.K. Jeminsin actually did an interview with my local Chronogram magazine. Really interesting and cool. Link below.

https://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvall......"

Thanks, I love Jemisin!


message 4: by Idamus (new)

Idamus I haven’t got any of these on my list, as I don’t know them, but I love both sci-fi and fantasy so off the read some blurps.


message 5: by Mairy (new)

Mairy I loved Chosen Ones! It was my first Veronica Roth novel and it was so good! Well-developed characters and real page turner. I also recommend this book to readers who, just like me, are not particularly into sci-fi/fantasy.


message 6: by Lory (new)

Lory Widmer Hess Three of these books have "Girl" in the title. And they are all by men. I'm so tired of this trend.


message 7: by Ty (new)

Ty Martin I was hesitant to start Legends of the First Empire series as the story didn’t really grab me as intriguing. I’m glad I did though because I love it and love all the work of Michael J. Sullivan now.


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* A.T. wrote: "My apologies, fellow readers and writers, if I have posted about my novel in the wrong place. As I said, I'm new here and still getting used to the site, and to social media in general (got my nose..."

I held back on flagging your post myself, since you seemed so genuinely earnest. I suggest checking out some of the Goodreads groups specifically for authors (for one example, "Goodreads Sci-Fi/Fantasy Authors") to share your work and get advice on promotion/marketing.


message 9: by Lois (new)

Lois Lory wrote: "Three of these books have "Girl" in the title. And they are all by men. I'm so tired of this trend."

Same.


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* Marcel wrote: "Spellbound - The Workings of DrugTech

I commend this book to all...

It is unique and an extreme page-turner...

Warning:. You will not be able to put it down!"


But.. that's your own book! What an amazing coincidence!

At least the other guy's book fit the SF/F topic.


message 11: by Allison (new)

Allison Can we please stop lumping sci-fi and fantasy together? They are entirely different genres.


message 12: by kittykat (Jo Tortitude) (last edited Jun 03, 2020 02:09PM) (new)

kittykat (Jo Tortitude) Allison wrote: "Can we please stop lumping sci-fi and fantasy together? They are entirely different genres."

Whilst I think that there can be a cross in general and also in some books, I agree wholeheartedly with this; stop lumping them all together. Sci fi, fantasy and crossover titles should all have their own focus.


message 13: by Rene (new)

Rene Garvin While waiting for Michael Sullivan’s Age of Empyre to be published I’ve been rereading all the books related to this world - it’s fun and fascinating to see how the threads tie in over several books. These are books you can read over and over and always find something you missed before; plus they’re just good fun.


message 14: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Tamis I love Mark Lawrence - dark and humorous - looking forward to reading this new one.


message 15: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Moss Allison wrote: "Can we please stop lumping sci-fi and fantasy together? They are entirely different genres."

Yes, please.


message 16: by Kate (new)

Kate Allison wrote: "Can we please stop lumping sci-fi and fantasy together? They are entirely different genres."

But the inevitable question: what do you do with Dune? How about the first chronological Pern book (does it go in a different genre than the other Pern books because it's scifi, even though it is literally a how they got to Pern?) How about Star Wars (which is pretty firmly fantasy but in space?) How about Machineries of Empire (Ninefox Gambit, Raven Strategem, and Revenant Gun - are they scifi or fantasy - about this we can debate till the sun come up. there is technically no right answer)? What about Zelazny's Changeling where a scifi world and a fantasy world switch chosen ones? And what do you do with attached novels of the Babylon 5 tv series, because talk about elements of both! Also, what do you do with mythology based characters or rule set but with science and study and by scientific means (futuristic-based Chinese cultivation novels for instance, or Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet, where Charles Wallace travels through time on a unicorn angel in the third book, working to avoid a deadly nuke going off)? There are too many that have elements of both to split them up without having a copy in both!


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) Kate wrote: "But the inevitable question: what do you do with Dune? How about the first chronologica..."

See #13 above.


message 18: by Kate (new)

Kate Which #13? 13th comment, 13th book...? If 13th comment, the fact that a lot of that beautiful age of scifi/fantasy blurred the line and can be called both, and that a lot of very, very good books qualify as both means it's more than just a few that overlap, and typically it's a lot of really good ones that remain on those who read them's top scifi/fantasy lists for a long, long time. Also, they aren't small book and tv show followings. These things have a massive number of fans!


message 19: by ClaraBelle (new)

ClaraBelle What’s dystopian?


message 20: by Alani (new)

Alani Santamarina You should try reading aspiring fantasy fiction author Alani Santamarina, the writer of a wide range of kids stories and the best fantasy fiction books - The Villains Reason, A Place Where We All Belong.
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message 21: by Rod (new)

Rod Marsden Please include 50 Dragons by Rod Marsden. It is Science Fiction published in 2020. Set in the future where human mutations known as dragons exist.


message 22: by Sam (new)

Sam Have new sci/fi in pipeline - Galactic Mission part 2Galactic Mission
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message 23: by Skip (last edited Jul 18, 2020 11:27AM) (new)

Skip 24 New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels Readers Are Loving ??

Seriously? What nonsense. The average GR rating for these books is below 4. And "they" already pruned all of the ones below 3.5. How about publishing a shorter list and deleting the ones below 4? Isn't that more in line with "loving"?


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