Over at Kirkus Reviews, the tireless John DeNardo itemizes the 13 “must-read science fiction and fantasy books being released in October.” And John reads even more than I do, so he should know. Here he is on Faller by Will McIntosh, which will be released by Tor Books on October 25.
The people of the world find themselves on floating islands of rock, with no memory of who they are, how they got there, or what happened. A man calling himself Faller discovers in his pocket a photo of himself with a woman… thus prompting him to find the woman he can no longer remember… This science fiction thriller starts with a mystery that will make you not want to put the book down.
And Impersonations by Walter Jon Williams (Tor.com, October 4).
After the fall of an evil empire that subjugated both humans and aliens, a hero emerged from the civil war that followed. But Caroline Sula offended her superiors by winning a battle without their permission, and now she is posted to old Earth to keep her quiet. But the powers that be aren’t content; someone is manufacturing evidence that would lead to her false imprisonment… This is a sweeping space opera with an emphasis on adventure.
And Yesternight by Cat Winters (William Morrow, October 4).
A young child psychologist arrives in a small town in Oregon in 1925 to administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. However, one of the children, a seven-year-old girl, is not only a mathematical genius, but also claims to have memories of a former life, including her own death by drowning at age nineteen… Yesternight is a story that is unassumingly haunting.
See John’s complete article here.
Our previous coverage of John’s recent Kirkus articles includes:
The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction You Won’t Want to Miss in September
John DeNardo Proves Lovecraftian Fiction is Alive and Well
John DeNardo on the Best Books of August 2016
In Defense of Media Tie-Ins (Part 1)
The Must-Read Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror in June
How to Start Reading Science Fiction: Short Stories
February Speculative Fiction Books You Can’t Miss
January Must-Read Speculative Fiction
The Best of the Best of 2015’s Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books
2015 Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Holiday Gift Guide
Why I Love Retro Science Fiction
Five Reasons to Read Short Speculative Fiction Anthologies
A Quick History of Serialized Science Fiction and Fantasy
See all our coverage of the best new book releases here.