Anthropomorphism, a world where nature has the power of thought and speech is the theme of the new novel by Adam Roberts, titled Bete and comes highly recommended in this month’s selection of new Science Fiction and Fantasy novels.
Resistance / Samit Basu.
“The sequel to the novel Turbulence. In 2020, eleven years after the passengers of flight BA142 from London to Delhi developed extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires, the world is overrun with supers. Some use their powers for good, others for evil, and some just want to pulverize iconic monuments and star in their own reality show. But now, from New York to Tokyo, someone is hunting down supers, killing heroes and villains both, and it’s up to the Unit to stop them.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
War dogs / Greg Bear.
“They made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn’t pass up. We called them Gurus. It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back. It was a very big shoe. They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin and they needed our help. And so our first bill came due. Skyrines like me were volunteered to pay the price.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The abyss beyond dreams : Chronicle of the fallers / Peter F. Hamilton.
“The first book in the two book series titled, The Chronicle of the Fallers. When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void, a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities.” (Adapted from book cover)
The little green book of Chairman Rahma / Brian Herbert.
“A revolution has taken over the government of the United States and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It’s a bright, green new world. But this new world comes with a great cost. The United States is ruled by a dictatorship and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them is an increasing number of rebels angered by the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma. The Chairman’s power is absolute and appears strong, but cracks are beginning to show as new weapons are developed by the old corporate powers, foreign alliances begin to make inroads into America’s influence and strange reports of mutants filter through the government’s censorship.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Ancillary sword / Ann Leckie.
“The sequel to Ancillary Justice, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship, once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor. With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew, a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Bête / Adam Roberts.
“A man is about to kill a cow. He discusses life and death and his right to kill with the compliant animal. He begins to suspect he may be about to commit murder, but kills anyway. It began when the animal rights movement injected domestic animals with artificial intelligences in bid to have the status of animals realigned by the international court of human rights. But what is an animal that can talk? Where does its intelligence end at its machine intelligence begin? And where might its soul reside? This is a world where nature can talk back, and can question humans and their beliefs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Rise of the king / R.A. Salvatore.
“The second book of the Companions Codex series continues following dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his violent feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows, as they seek to take advantage of the Sundering chaos.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
A call to duty : a novel of the honorverse / David Weber & Timothy Zahn.
“Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he would finally found the structure he had always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN was not exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction. There are factions in Parliament who want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources and manpower elsewhere. But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place. Travis Long is about to find that out.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Echopraxia / Peter Watts.
“It’s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself. Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational. Taking refuge in the Oregon desert, he’s turned his back on a humanity that shatters into strange new subspecies with every heartbeat. But he awakens one night to find himself at the center of a storm that will turn all of history inside-out.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The shadow throne / Django Wexler.
“The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment, and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom and he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy. Exposure would mean ruin, but Raesinia is determined to find a way to break herself and her country out of Orlanko’s iron grip.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)