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So You Want to Be a Robot

A. Merc Rustad (Lethe)

Swaying freely between science fiction and fantasy, diverse in setting and tone, this debut collection by prolific short story author Rustad is creative and often whimsical. An element of queerness enhances many of the stories, always delivered as unobtrusively and naturally as hair color. Each piece in this unmissable collection shimmers with bright explorations of love, loss, and the quest for hope.

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The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

Theodora Goss (Saga)

Goss's long-awaited debut novel brings her gothic-inflected fantasies roaring into the steampunk era as the "monstrous" daughters of famous villains such as Moreau, Hyde, and Frankenstein band together to assert their humanity and ownership of their stories. This is a tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with wit and insight.

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Vanguard

Jack Campbell (Ace)

Launching a trilogy in his Lost Fleet universe, the always-reliable Campbell delivers an exciting tale of interstellar adventure. Campbell's skillfully constructed tale keeps a riveting pace, making each character's personal stakes into fundamental threads woven into a high-energy whole.

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Food of the Gods: A Rupert Wong Novel

Cassandra Khaw (Abaddon)

Khaw’s first full-length novel pits Rupert Wong, bureaucrat and cannibal chef, against some bellicose deities who value him for both his culinary skills and his links to the Chinese hell. This amazing book is perfect for foodies, readers of modernized mythology and light supernaturals, and fans of the smart, underpowered survivor who wins in the face of cosmic might and mundane brawn.

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City of Miracles

Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)

Bennett concludes his Divine Cities trilogy (City of Stairs, City of Blades) with a stunning and heartbreaking tale of sacrifice amid magic and spy craft. The bittersweet ending, which elegantly and definitively caps off the novel and the trilogy, will have readers reaching for the tissues.

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