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io9’s List of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for January

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

Persephone Station by Stina Leicht
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Happy New Year! Time to add some new books to your 2021 reading list, and we’ve got you covered with space adventures (including a little something from the world of Star Wars), fantasy battles, ghosts, unicorns, dragons, magical con artists, narcoleptic detectives, and so much more.


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Table of Contents

The House of a Hundred Whispers by Graham Masterton

After a man’s lonely death in his rambling, isolated mansion, his estranged family comes to colle
ct their inheritance—but soon realizes it’s too eerie to stay. Just when they decide to pack up and leave, one of their young children goes missing. (January 1)

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Deuces Down: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin

This revised Wild Cards anthology digs into the “Deuces,” people whose superpowers are “minor” but still have an impact in the world of the Wild Cards. Co-edited by Melinda M. Snodgrass, it features new illustrations and new stories by Carrie Vaughn, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Caroline Spector. (January 5)

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The Ever After: The Omte Origins by Amanda Hocking

The author’s final novel in the Omte Origins arc returns to the world of her Trylle Trilogy, following Ulla Tulin as she embarks on a dangerous quest to unravel her family history. (January 5)

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Hard Time by Jodi Taylor

In this comedic spin-off of the author’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s, the Time Police are forced to task an inexperienced trio of undercover agents—nicknamed “Team Weird”—to battle the increasing problem of time-travel tourists altering history. (January 5)

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Persephone Station by Stina Leicht

On an out-of-the-way planet known for harboring elite criminals and secretive corporations, an ex-marine agrees to do a job for a local bar owner—only to uncover a secret that’ll put her and her team in the fight of their lives. (January 5)

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Reconstruction: Stories by Alaya Dawn Johnson

This short-story collection blends genres, settings, and time periods to explore diverse characters; it includes “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” a Nebula-winning novelette about tropical vampires and their human prey. (January 5)

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Root Magic by Eden Royce

The South Carolina author explores her own Gullah Geechee heritage with this 1963-set tale of a young Black girl who faces racism in the real world while using her gifts to battle sinister magic in the supernatural realm. (January 5)

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A Siege of Rage and Ruin by Django Wexler

The Wells of Sorcery Trilogy concludes as ghost-ship captain Isoka heads to free her sister, Tori—only to find Tori heading up a rebellion against the empire in their home city. Will their magical family reunion turn the tide in the fight? (January 5)

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Star Trek Picard: The Dark Veil by James Swallow

Inspired by the Picard TV series, this adventure finds Captain William Riker, his family, and his crew on the USS Titan caught up in a chaotic crisis at the Romulan-Federation border. (January 5)

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Star Wars: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule

Lucasfilm’s new transmedia venture Star Wars: The High Republic kicks off with the release of this first novel digging into the long history of the Jedi. Today’s other High Republic release, Justina Ireland’s A Test of Courage, is a novel aimed at younger readers. (January 5)