BOOKS: 11 Sci-fi & Fantasy New Releases for September

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The Uploaded - Image: Angry Robot

Whose got time to read books in the Back to School month? If you answered EVERYONE should, than you are correct. All school work and no play makes Grumpy grumpy. Here’s my short list for September.

A point of disclaimer before I begin. There are A LOT of cool Star Wars books being released between now and that magical date in December when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits the theaters. Our resident fanboy…ehem…I mean expert, Josiah LeRoy did a great rundown of those Star Wars books, sooooo… I left all of the books about the galaxy far, far away off of this list. (That was hard too, since some of them sound so good…. Don’t tell Jo I said that.) So, here we go…

MJ-12: Shadows by Michael J. Martinez (September 5)
Set in the late 1940’s, after WWII, America has a secret program in which people with paranormal powers are drafted into service as the Cold War grows world-wide. These “Variants”, as they are called, are fighting on the front lines, fighting the political battles and fighting a foe that might be even worse than the Soviet Union. MJ-12: Shadows is the second book in MAJESTIC-12 Series.

Order MJ-12: Shadows from Amazon now

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The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire (September 5)
A fantasy offering in which half-human/half fairy woman October “Toby” Daye is enjoying some downtime until her mother shows up demanding that Toby find her older sister, who has been missing for over a hundred years. With a reluctant ally, Toby must solve one of the greatest mysteries in the history of her people. The book also contains a bonus novella, Of Things Unknown. I first heard Seanan McGuire’s name as one of the group of writers that produced Indigo, which I reviewed for The Geekiverse.

The Brightest Fell is available on Amazon now

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The Glass Town Game by Catherynne Valente (September 5)
Valente’s June release, The Refrigerator Monologues, is among my favorites of 2017 thus far. The Glass Town Game sounds equally as fun. In the world of Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë, the four sisters have invented a game called “The Glass Town Game” where toy soldiers battle with Napoleon’s forces and no one dies. On a day when two of the sisters are headed to boarding school, a train whisks the four of them away to a real Glass Town, just like they imagined, or sort of.

Order your copy of The Glass Town Game

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The Uploaded by Ferrett Steinmetz (September 5)
This one sounds like it is in the spirit of The Matrix. In this cyberpunk tale, when people die they are upload to a sort of digital heaven, where they live forever. Only trouble is that there is A LOT of network maintenance on the part of the living. It’s not enough for one brother and sister. Steinmetz’s Amazon page showcases a portfolio of books that sound absolutely hilarious, making The Uploaded this month’s best bet.

The Uploaded is available now on Amazon.

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Future Noir Revised and Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon (September 12)
With the coming release of Blade Runner 2049, writer and movie insider Paul Sammon revisited and expanded his book chronicling the making of Ridley Scott’s 1982 cult classic. I think that this is the very first non-fiction entry on this list, and it was a tough choice between this and a 20th anniversary Buffy the Vampire Slayer guide book that is also out this month.

Spruce up on Blade Runner before the October 6 premiere. This book available on September 12

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Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12)
This book gets some mixed reviews on Amazon, but they do lean medium to high. Hard to say why. She gets good reviews from the press. I like the premise a lot, and I’m going to go with it. Warcross is a digital game that is interconnected with millions playing it around the world. Emika Chen is a teenage hacker who acts as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game, which is illegal. Emika gets a call from the inventor of Warcross who wants her to spy on the Warcross tournament, where she uncovers an insidious plot.

Warcross is available on Amazon on September 12. Pre-order until then. 

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (September 19)
From one of the founders of io9, Autonomous is about Jack, a drug pirate who travels the world in a submarine making prescription drugs for people who cannot afford them. Her latest drug, however, has a terrible side effect that leaves people addicted to their work. Tracking down Jack is an angry military agent and his robot partner who need to stop information about the origins of Jack’s drug from getting out.

Pre-order Autonomous until September 19

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Oceans: The Anthology (September 26)
Oceans: The Anthology is the collection of the month, and this one is only available as an e-Book, and it’s a crazy low 99 cents. For less than a buck you get 12 great speculative fiction authors sharing short stories inspired by the ocean. If you’re like me, there’s a lot of inspiration there. Authors include: Ken Liu, Rysa Walker (the Chronos series), Daniel Arthur Smith (Tales from the Canyons of the Damned), R.D. Brady (the Belial series), Alex Shvartsman (the Unidentified Funny Objects series), P.K. Tyler (the UnCommon series), plus six more of today’s top authors in speculative and science fiction.

Oceans: The Anthology will be available for download on Amazon on September 26

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Paradox Bound by Peter Clines (September 26)
A time traveler in a steampunk Model A Ford. A small town that never changes. A chase across the country and through two centuries of history to save America’s past, present, and future. A super clever title. If that’s not intriguing, I don’t know what is. And his Amazon author page bio is hilarious.

Paradox Bound is available for pre-order until September 26

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Scooby Apocalypse, Volume 2 by Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis by (September 26)
I’ve added “graphic novel/trade paperback” to my list of categories I will try to include each month. So, I searched. There were again two that I had to choose between this month. Scooby Apocalypse and The Art of Rick and Morty. Rick and Morty are a thing right now, but this book was more of animated retrospective with interviews and commentary. I may get there someday, but not today. So, a story with real heroes and dastardly villains and great drama took me to those meddling kids in the Mystery Machine. Besides, my college nickname is Shaggy. Zoinks.

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Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (September 26)
In this new world that Stephen King and his son Owen King create, all of the women go to sleep and are covered in a gauzy cocoon. If they are disturbed they become violent feral animals, save one…the mysterious Eve Black, who appears to be immune. The men, of course, break up into warring factions, with some wanting to kill Eve, and others wanting to protect her. Stephen King is the master of these types of stories, and the idea that this is a father/son collaboration makes it even more exciting. This book was almost my best bet of the month. It’s a close second. It’s definitely on my list to buy.

Pre-order Sleeping Beauties from Amazon today.

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There were so many good books to choose from for September. It was hard to narrow it down. Which book are you excited for this month? Doesn’t even have to be on this list. Leave a comment below.


Like this? have a look at other book articles by The Grumpy Geek
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