Stack of Books

2018 had some really great science fiction releases that I am still savoring as we head into the first days of the new year. But I’m just as eager for the new crop of great books releasing as early as the second week of the new year.

Below is a brief list of books releasing in the first few months of the new year, with a more detailed description of each book further down. Click the title of each novel in this list to jump to its longer description.

Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) by C.J Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher
Release: January 8, 2019

Ancestral Night (White Space Book 1) by Elizabeth Bear
Release: March 5, 2019

Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse Book 8) by James S.A. Corey
Release: March 26, 2019

Rebel Born (Secondborn Book 3) by Amy A. Bartol
Release: June 4, 2019


Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe)

by C.J Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher
Space Opera, Hard Scifi, Military Space Fleet

Release: January 8, 2019 (Order here.)

SFWA Grand Master Cherryh returns to the Hugo-award winning Alliance-Union Universe with a thrilling entry in her far-reaching sci-fi saga.

For years, the stations of the Hinder Stars, those old stations closest to Sol, have lagged behind the great megastations of the Beyond, like Pell and Cyteen. But new opportunities and fears arise when Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification. The denizens of Alpha wait anxiously for news about the outsiders, each with their own suspicions about the ship and its origins.

Ross and Fallon, crew members of the Galway, believe the unidentified ship belongs to Pell and has come to investigate another massive ship docked at Alpha, The Rights of Man. Though Rights is under the command of the Earth Company, it is not quite perfected–and its true purpose is shrouded in mystery.

James Robert Neihart, captain of Finity’s End–a huge faster-than-light ship flown by one of the Merchanter Families–has heard whispers of The Rights of Man and wonders at its design and purpose, especially as Sol struggles to rival the progress of the Farther Stars. Now docked at Alpha, he must convince the crews that there is more to The Rights of Man than meets the eye.

Because the reasons behind the creation of The Rights of Man, and its true plans, could change everything–not just for Sol, but for the Hinder Stars and the Beyond itslf.

Release: January 8, 2019 (Order here.)

Ancestral Night (White Space)

by Elizabeth Bear
Space Opera, First Contact, Alien Invasion

Release: March 5, 2019 (Order here.)

A space salvager and her partner make the discovery of a lifetime that just might change the universe in this wild, big-ideas space opera from multi award-winning author Elizabeth Bear.

Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law…usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence—with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big—just once—to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that has been long thought dead, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into full-out war.

Energetic and electrifying, Ancestral Night is a dazzling new space opera, sure to delight fans of Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, and Peter F. Hamilton.

Release: March 5, 2019 (Order here.)

Tiamat’s Wrath (The Expanse Book 8)

by James S.A. Corey
Space Opera, Alien Invasion, Space Exploration

Release: March 26, 2019 (Order here.)

Tiamat’s Wrath is the eighth novel in James S.A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse series.

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father’s godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn’t guess. And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule — and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose — seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…

Release: March 26, 2019 (Order here.)

Rebel Born (Secondborn Book 3)

by Amy A. Bartol
Teen & Young Adult, Dystopian

Release: June 4, 2019 (Order here.)

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave. As the consequences of her actions ripple throughout the Fates Republic, can Roselle create a destiny of her own? Or will her Fate override everything she fights for—even love?

Release: June 4, 2019 (Order here.)

Which new book or series are you most looking forward to?

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