Be on the lookout for these 4 sci-fi/fantasy novels to check out:
The Vorrh by Brian Catling
Like The Whispering Swarm, by Michael Moorcock, The Vorrh by Brian Catling unites literary and historical personages — yet the similarities will end there. Catling’s novel might not yet have the following in the U.S. it deserves; however, it will soon. Arguably the best fantasy novel thus far in this decade, it tells the tale of a forest named the Vorrh that similar to Lem’s Solaris, also might be sentient.
Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
More than somewhat drunk upon Greek mythology, Nicole Kornher-Stace’s novel tells the tale of a ghost hunter and “archivist” who learns to talk to the specter of a supersoldier and (within the process) will unlearn what she understands about her very own horrorscape of a world. This story is risk-taking, smart, and weird.
Just City / Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton
What starts as a heterotopic experiment by Pallas Athene, a goddess — to construct a city of teachers and children modeled upon Plato’s Republic — ultimately (and predictably) goes awry in this sequence of books that bring together philosophical and mythological characters.
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
Call it a generation ship, an ark — whatever. The trope arguably is the most agile in all latest narrative art. From Jean-Luc Godard’s movie Socialisme to Children of Men by Alfonso Cuaron to Wall-E, the ark is ubiquitous within the film of the past fifteen years, serving mainly to rescue humanity from imaginative deadlock and material constraints of life upon Earth.