45 of the Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2021

Posted by Cybil on January 1, 2021


Get ready for some out-of-this-world reading and some insane near-realities with the science fiction and fantasy books that are catching the most early buzz with Goodreads members.

Cheating clones, robots with human feelings, extinction threats, evil social networks, wild space operas, and much, much more await your reading list in 2021. In addition, you'll also see the return of favorite series, including new books in the Gentleman Bastard, Teixcalaan, The Murderbot Diaries, and Fatma el-Sha’arawi series. We're also awaiting word on Brandon Sanderson's seventh book, The Lost Metal, in his beloved Mistborn series, Leigh Bardugo's second book in the Alex Stern series, and, oh yeah, maybe this will be the year readers will finally get the long-promised The Winds of Winter from George R.R. Martin.

Scroll over the book covers to learn more about each novel, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!


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Which new speculative-fiction novels are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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message 1: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Bateman Marc alan edelhert worth a mention as the tiger series no6 comes to an end


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan  (Sandra Loves Books) I can't wait for 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚𝐳𝐚𝐫𝐮𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝, By Jay Raven releasing on the 28th January.
Its a Gothic horror/dark fantasy
Its the Third book in the Blood Riders series
Its definitely going to be worth the wait!!


message 3: by Jayna (new)

Jayna The Goblin Emperor is one of my favorite books, one I've reread several times. I'm so happy there will finally be a sequel!


message 4: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Davis I can’t wait to read The Desolations of Devil’s Acre of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs!


message 5: by Ronnie (new)

Ronnie Graham No mention of Joe Abercrombie means I can’t take this list seriously.


message 6: by Dorothy (new)

Dorothy Piper I hope Hail Mary is as good as The Martian.


message 7: by Dale (new)

Dale Ogden Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters and Local Star both by Aimee Ogden

Coming out in 2021


message 8: by Paul (new)

Paul I wish Fantasy could be separated as a genre from Science Fiction! They’re two separate genres and it just confuses when they’re lumped together.


Patrick O'Connor Paul wrote: "I wish Fantasy could be separated as a genre from Science Fiction! They’re two separate genres and it just confuses when they’re lumped together."

Totally agree and whoever did join them up should be tasked with separating them!
Barry


message 10: by Shannon (new)

Shannon No Nnedi Okorafor?


message 11: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Woodroffe Where are the books from Faith Hunter or Patricia Briggs?


message 12: by Ab (new)

Ab On the fantasy spectrum, I'm really looking forward to "The Star Eater" by Kerstin Hall, "The Bright and the Pale" by Jessica Rubinkowski, and "Witches Steeped in Gold" by Ciannon Smart, as well.


message 13: by Justin (new)

Justin Dean Ronnie wrote: "No mention of Joe Abercrombie means I can’t take this list seriously."

Yes! He's at the top of his game writing one of the best fantasy series of all time and lists like this continue to overlook him.


message 14: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Are we still waiting for ‘Winds of Winter’ by George R R Martin or has he decided not to finish it?


message 15: by Divakar (new)

Divakar Paul wrote: "I wish Fantasy could be separated as a genre from Science Fiction! They’re two separate genres and it just confuses when they’re lumped together."

Yes! You said it. Most places don't even try to distinguish between the two.


message 16: by Przemek (new)

Przemek Antoniuk Ronnie wrote: "No mention of Joe Abercrombie means I can’t take this list seriously."

Dorothy wrote: "I hope Hail Mary is as good as The Martian."

I was not disappointed with „Artemis” so I look forward to „Hail Mary”


message 17: by Ley (new)

Ley Holloway I agree about separating fantasy and science fiction, while we're on the subject, horror and fantasy are not the same thing either.


message 18: by Anita (new)

Anita Patrick O'Connor wrote: "Paul wrote: "I wish Fantasy could be separated as a genre from Science Fiction! They’re two separate genres and it just confuses when they’re lumped together."

Totally agree and whoever did join t..."


Also agree!


message 19: by Mark (last edited Jan 17, 2021 04:40PM) (new)

Mark Duffett Any word on the sequel (reported as "Under Seven Skies") to J. Patrick Black's Ninth City Burning, also billed as 'War of the Realms #1' i.e. the first of a series? Both it and he seem to have dropped completely out of sight since mid-2019.


message 20: by Daryl (new)

Daryl Brayman What has happened to the supposed sequel to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, "Seven Sisters"?


message 21: by Deepa (new)

Deepa Umm Hello.. Brandon Sanderson, Skyward 3 Fall 2021?! Probably the only fantasy/ sci-fi author who gives us a detailed schedule and sticks to it.


message 22: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly The Last Graduate for sure! A Deadly Education was a thrill on every page.


message 23: by Idiot Sandwich (new)

Idiot Sandwich Deepa wrote: "Umm Hello.. Brandon Sanderson, Skyward 3 Fall 2021?! Probably the only fantasy/ sci-fi author who gives us a detailed schedule and sticks to it."

Skyward is his YA series and if this list contained YA, it would've had "YA Sci-fi/Fantasy" in title


message 24: by Red (new)

Red Anita wrote: "Patrick O'Connor wrote: "Paul wrote: "I wish Fantasy could be separated as a genre from Science Fiction! They’re two separate genres and it just confuses when they’re lumped together."

Totally agr..."

I enjoy both but they are not the same


message 25: by Miguel (new)

Miguel Goncalves "Empire of the Vampire" by Jay Kristoff without a doubt!


message 26: by Janie (new)

Janie Anderson Very excited for The Golem and the Jinni sequel, the Hidden Palace, since it’s been announced for years but no release date until now


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