BOOKS: 10 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Releasing in October

10 Science Fition and Fantasy Books Released in October
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I’m no publishing industry marketing expert, but judging from the amount of books being released in October, I would extrapolate that once the pumpkin spice infiltrates the lattes and beers (a crime against humanity), people must also start reading more. Well, I’ve done my part to pare the list down to something more manageable. Here’s my list of the ten best bets in sci-fi and fantasy for October. Keep reading, and stay away from the pumpkin beers. 

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The Bloodprint by Ausuma Zehanat Khan – October 3
The Talisman, an oppressive patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women, has risen in the land. A group of influential women called the Companions of Hira oppose them, and they send two young women warriors to find The Bloodprint, the one magic capable of destroying the Talisman.

Order The Bloodprint from Amazon now

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From a Certain Point of View: 40 Stories Celebrating 40 Years of Star Wars – October 3
This is a GREAT idea. Josiah included it on his list of Star Wars books releasing before The Last Jedi, but I loved the idea so much I wanted to revisit it myself. 40 short stories that look at moments from Star Wars: A New Hope from another supporting character’s point of view. The 40 authors who contributed to this collection have donated their compensation to First Book.

Order From a Certain Point of View now

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The Genius Plague by David Walton – October 3
A strange fungal infection is making it’s way through South America and it either kills you or makes you a super smart member of a hive mind. Neil Johns’ brother Paul falls victim to the fungus, and Neil must fight to save his brother, and maybe all of humankind, from this strange attack.

Get your copy of The Genius Plague from Amazon today

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The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson – October 3
Molly Southbourne has a problem. Whenever she bleeds, she watches as another Molly is born, another Molly that is identical to her and also set on killing the original Molly. Will she be able to survive against … herself?

Order The Murders of Molly Southbourne from Amazon

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To Fall Among Vultures by Scott Warren – October 3
In book 2 of the Union Earth Privateers series, Captain Victoria “Vick” Marin and her crew of salvagers, the Vultures, stumble into an intergalactic conflict, and rescue an alien prince, which, of course, angers the other side. Wishing they could get out of the area, an alien Commander arrives with a deal that the Vultures cannot refuse, even if means the extinction of one of the two alien races as they fight over their thousand year old grudge.

To Fall Among Vultures is available now at Amazon

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A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell – October 10
The small town of Lychford is suffering after the politicians of Britain voted for Brexit. Three rural witches are looking for what they can do to help, and suddenly hikers are crossing over into their magical realm due to a malfunction in their smartphone map app. The third installment in Cornell’s Witches of Lychford series.

Pre-order A Long Day in Lychford until October 10

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The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear – October 17
Bear introduces a new fantasy trilogy set in the world she created in her last work. In this one, a brass automaton created over the core of a human by a long dead wizard travels the lands working as a mercenary. His companion, “The Dead Man,” an angry survivor of a past conflict travels with the automaton, protecting him, as they both walk into a new world wide conflict.

Order your copy of The Stone in the Skull here.

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Above the Timberline by Greg Manchess – October 24
The son of a famed polar explorer is searching for his father in a city that has been lost in the snow. After a long-predicated pole shift happened, the weather changes that ensued caused it to snow for 1500 years. The world is covered with snow, and his father was lost looking for a fabled snowbound city, until he fell out of contact. What makes this book really interesting is that it includes 120 original pieces of artwork by the author.

Pre-order Above the Timberline until October 24

This is the Grumpy Geek’s Best Bet for the Month, and it was a hard choice, and I am buying this one, and “A Certain Point of View”, and “Barbary Station” and “Slugfest” – DON’T TELL MRS. PETE !

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Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns – October 31
In a solar system destroyed by the economic collapse after an interplanetary war, two engineers cannot find work, so they do what anyone would do – they steal a space ship and go out in search of a band of space pirates that are living in luxury on a space base. When they get there, however, it turns out that there is no luxury, only a band of pirates being held captive by the malevolent AI that controls the base they live in. If the engineers want to join the space pirates, they need to defeat the AI. Piece of cake, right?

Pre-order Barbary Station today. It’ll be a nice Halloween present to you.

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The Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt Jr – October 31
In the world of Recluce, magic lives. Mages can wield either White magic or Black magic, except for Beltur, who has talents that no one has seen in centuries – he can use both. He is on the run from a very powerful mage who eventually catches up with him, and Beltur is forced to turn and defend himself and his new home. This is book 19 in the Saga of Recluce, and it begins a new story arch. A perfect place to start reading.

Pre-order The Mongrel Mage now

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Honorable Mention (or late entry, whichever you prefer):

Slugfest: Inside the Epic, 50 Year Battle Between Marvel and DC by Reed Tucker – October 3
This book popped up after the list was already written, so I just added it to the end. I like to have a non-fiction book on the list anyway. Reed Tucker is a pop-culture journalist and has penned several books. In this one, the title speaks for itself. As a guy who has been around for all of those 50 years, I am excited to have a look at this epic.

Order your copy of Slugfest today


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