Check out the full list of sci-fi titles waiting for you in December below!
Keep track of all new versions of SFF here. All title summaries are taken and / or summaries from one copy supplied by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change. Note: As of December 2021, there will not be a separate roster for horror and other genre titles.
First week (December 7)
1637: The Coast of Chaos – ed. Eric Flint (Baen)
Europe, 1632. It is a time of upheaval and great change, but not as great as when an unexplained temporal and spatial phenomenon known as the Ring of Fire transports the blue collar town of Grantville, West Virginia , right in the middle of the Thirty Years’ War. When the dust settles, it becomes clear that the city of Grantville is not going anywhere, and brave 21st-century Americans begin to change the course of history forever. It is now five years later, and the Ring of Fire’s effects extend from the Old World to the New. But the course of exploration and colonization will be very different from that of our timeline. The French bought the English possessions in North America in 1633, but never did much with the uncivilized backwaters. Until the new king of France, Gaston I, decided that it was time to seize the territory and establish French control there. So here’s a new anthology, edited by Ring of Fire series creator Eric Flint, chronicling the exploits of the citizens of Grantville, their allies, and their enemies, as they venture to a new continent.
No beauties or monsters – Tara Goedjen (Delacorte)
Rylie has not returned to Twentynine Palms military base since her father’s death. She left a lot of memories there, buried in the sands of the Mojave Desert. Memories of her father, old friends Nathan and Lily, and most importantly, her enigmatic grandfather, a man who cut ties with Rylie’s family before his death. But her mother’s new work assignment sent their family to Twentynine Palms once again, and now Rylie is in the one place she never wanted to return. At least her old friends are happy to welcome her into her home. Well, some of them anyway. It turns out that Lily is gone, disappeared in the desert. To make matters worse, there are rumors around town of a mysterious killer on the loose. But it’s not just Twentynine Palms that’s scary, there’s something wrong with Rylie as well. She sees things that she cannot explain. Visions of monstrous creatures that roam the night. Somehow, it all seems to have to do with his grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Rylie wants the truth, but she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Are the monsters in his head really there? Or could it be that the deadliest thing in the desert … is Rylie herself?
Discord (Nova Vita Protocol # 3) – Kristyn Merbeth (Orbite)
Scorpia is finally back among the stars, far from the memories of the war she and her family started and ended against Nibiru. Her first order as captain of the Memoria is to ensure the safety of her crew, and she is only too happy not to get involved in dangerous political games for once. Corvus is haunted by his experiences at the hands of Attack on Titan, and he’s just as eager for a fresh start. He knows that not all Titans are built for war and that the system can find peace, even as Deva and Pax begin to shake their sabers. While the Kaisers may be responsible for hijacking a multiplanetary war, planetary rulers are wary of the knowledge they hold. Better lock them up and keep their dark secrets hidden. But only the Kaisers know the truth about the threat of ancient world-ending alien weapons rooted in every planet – and they may be the only ones who can save the system from total annihilation.
It was now, this is then – Michael Z. Williamson (Baen)
Then: First Lt. Sean Elliott and nine other US Joint Service soldiers on a convoy in Afghanistan suddenly found themselves and their MRAP vehicle sent back to the Paleolithic Age of Earth. And they weren’t alone. Displaced Romans, Neolithic Europeans and many more also showed up. Some would be allies. Some have become mortal enemies. Now: Scientists of an almost unimaginable future need the guidance and support of survivors to recognize and ultimately recover other time-displaced groups. The problem is not that all of these other groups want to be picked up or even understand where they are. Prehistory is an ugly, fascinating place to visit, but not a place for a civilized person to live. But the future, as magnificent as it is, has a darker side that lessens the appeal. Ultimately, only inventiveness, courage, and a thirst for freedom in the face of the changing tides of time can keep Sean and the displaced Americans alive and on track to finally find a place and time to feel at home. .
Cyber-Mage – Saad Z. Hossain (Anonymous press)
Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2089. A city known for its extreme population density has found an unexpected way not only to survive a global climate apocalypse, but also to thrive: inject enough biological nanotechnology into the neighborhood and all bodies. together form a self-sustainable microclimate, even temperate. Of course, this means that millions of humans have to stay put in order to maintain a livable temperature, and people become restless. All the nanotechnologies have also given rise to some surprises: some people no longer need food or water while others can live without functioning organs. The mercenary Djibrel must therefore carry a machete wherever he goes. Only a quick beheading can guarantee that the job is still done. Djibrel roams the crowded streets, humans teeming with genetic mutations, searching for answers to what happened to the Djinn, a magical super race of geniuses who seem to have disappeared, or merged, with humans in order to survive. What Djibrel doesn’t know is that his every move is followed by the infamous Cyber Mage, better known to his parents as Murzak, a privileged sarcastic teenager who regularly works for a Russian crime syndicate. with a group of elite hackers, like his best friend ReGi, who resides in the FEZ (Free Economic Zone) of North Africa. Respected and feared online, Murzak is about to embark on one of his biggest challenges ever: attending IRL High School. But when he discovers a whole new kind of AI, operating on a dark web of the abandoned Kingdom of Bahrain that he thought was just an urban myth, Murzak and Djibrel will have to face the unimaginable in a world already inconceivable.
Absynthe – Brendan Bellecourt (DAW)
Liam Mulcahey, a reclusive and shocked veteran, remembers little of the Great War. Ten years later, while caught in a brutal attack on a Chicago sweatshop, Liam is rescued by Grace, an attractive heiress capable of deluding herself. Although the attack appears to have been carried out by the hated uprising, Grace believes it was orchestrated by former Leland Commander De Pere-Liam and the current President of the United States. Meeting Grace brings to light long-buried memories. Liam’s former team, the Devil’s Henchmen, have been given a serum to enable telepathic communication, turning them into a unified killing machine. With Grace’s help, Liam begins to regain his abilities, but when De Pere learns about it, he orders his militia to eliminate Liam at all costs. But Liam’s abilities are developing rapidly. When Liam turns the tables and delves into De Pere’s plans, he uncovers a terrible secret. The same experience that bestowed Liam’s abilities was geared toward darker goals. Liam must sail against both his enemies and his supposed allies to stop the President’s nefarious plans before they unleash themselves on the world. And Grace hides her own secrets, secrets that could prove to be just as dangerous as those of the president.
To note: No new sci-fi titles for the rest of the month.