10 Most Anticipated Science Fiction Novels of 2023: As technology continues to rapidly advance, the world of science fiction has become an increasingly popular genre, capturing the imaginations of readers around the globe. In this blog, we’ll be exploring the upcoming releases that are sure to delight sci-fi fans in 2023. From dystopian futures to epic space operas, these novels promise to take readers on unforgettable journeys to other worlds and times. So buckle up and get ready to discover the exciting new releases that will be shaping the sci-fi landscape in the coming year.
10 Most Anticipated Science Fiction Novels of 2023
Veronica Roth, the bestselling author and dystopian visionary, presents a sharp reimagining of Antigone in Arch-Conspirator, reaching back to the roots of the legend and creating a timeless yet unexpected future world.
On the barren planet beyond the last city on Earth, humanity faces its end without the Archive, which stores the genes of the deceased. Although entering the Archive should be a cause for celebration, Antigone is filled with rage since her parents’ murders have left her father’s throne vacant, and her uncle Kreon intends to claim it. Antigone sees his mansion, where he welcomes her and her siblings, as a gilded cage where she is both captive and guest. Nevertheless, her uncle will soon realize that no cage is indestructible, and neither is he.
The Deep Sky
Yume Kitasei’s debut science fiction novel, The Deep Sky, takes readers on a thrilling journey through the depths of space. The story follows the crew of The Phoenix, a spacecraft that carries the last hope for humanity in a time of environmental collapse on Earth. The crew, composed of carefully selected elite graduates, must give birth to a new generation of children in deep space to ensure humanity’s survival.
However, their mission takes a dark turn when a bomb detonates, killing three crew members and throwing the ship off course. Asuka, the sole witness to the explosion, becomes the prime suspect. Asuka, who has always felt like an outsider, must fight to prove her innocence as the crew turns on one another.
The Deep Sky tackles mature themes such as miscarriage, fertility issues, terrorism, death of a child, racism, gore, and strong language. Asuka’s determination to uncover the truth in the face of adversity makes for a gripping read. Kitasei’s debut novel is a promising start to a thrilling science fiction series.
Prospera is a utopian archipelago founded by an enigmatic individual known as the Designer. The inhabitants of this paradise lead long, contented lives until the embedded monitors on their forearms show a decrease in physical and psychological well-being, at which point they retire to the Nursery. Here, their deteriorating bodies are revitalized, their memories erased, and they are prepared for a new start. Proctor Bennett, a ferryman from the Department of Social Contracts, helps citizens with the retirement process and enforces it when necessary. However, his own monitor percentage is falling rapidly, and he has been dreaming, which is not supposed to happen in Prospera.
When he is instructed to retire by his father, who gives him a cryptic message, Proctor begins to question everything he knows. Meanwhile, the Support Staff, the laborers who keep Prospera functioning, have begun to express dissent, and rumors of a revolution led by the Arrivalists are circulating. Proctor finds himself caught up in a larger struggle and on a quest for the truth. In this standalone novel, the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage explores the secrets of a seemingly perfect island society.
Some Desperate Glory
Kyr has been preparing all her life to avenge the murder of planet Earth. She grew up in Gaea Station with the last remnants of humanity, training to face the Wisdom, the tool that gave the Majoda their victory. Kyr is an exceptional warrior, the hope for the survival of the human race. However, when Command assigns her brother to death and forces her to bear children until she dies trying, Kyr realizes she must take revenge into her own hands.
With the help of her brother’s friend and a captive alien, Kyr escapes from her home and discovers a universe that is more complicated and wondrous than she had ever imagined. Some Desperate Glory is a queer space opera that tells the story of the aftermath of war, the importance of family, and the struggle to make choices when none are given. Emily Tesh’s debut novel is a thrilling adventure that is highly anticipated by readers.
Children of Memory
Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Memory is a space opera that picks up where Children of Time left off, detailing the struggle of humanity for survival on a terraformed planet. After the failure of Earth, the spaceship Enkidu under the leadership of Captain Heorest Holt transported humanity to a new world in search of a new paradise. This fragile colony, however, has to deal with numerous challenges to its survival, such as the loss of technological knowledge and a difficult existence.
Suddenly, strangers appear, bringing with them advanced technology and knowledge from another world. The arrival of these outsiders may be the colony’s only hope for survival, but not everything is what it seems. As the story progresses, the cost of the stranger’s assistance may be the very existence of the colony itself.
Children of Memory is a far-reaching space opera that explores generations, species, and galaxies, all in Tchaikovsky’s unique and captivating style.
“Chain-Gang All-Stars” is an explosive novel from the New York Times-bestselling author of “Friday Black”, which tells the story of two female gladiators, Loretta Thurwar and Hamara “Hurricane Staxxx” Stacker, fighting for their freedom in a corrupt private prison system similar to America’s own. The Criminal Action Penal Entertainment (CAPE) program is a controversial entertainment platform within the private prison industry, where prisoners fight in death-matches for the ultimate prize of their freedom. The gladiators travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in front of packed arenas with righteous protestors outside.
Thurwar and Staxxx are both teammates and lovers and the fan favorites. Thurwar is close to winning her freedom, and she intends to help her fellow Links preserve their humanity, despite the inhumanity of their situation. However, CAPE’s corporate owners will do anything to protect their profit-driven program, and their efforts have devastating consequences for the gladiators. “Chain-Gang All-Stars” is a powerful critique of America’s systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a clear-eyed exploration of the meaning of freedom in a country where justice is far from equal.
The Mimicking of Known Successes
Malka Older, known for her acclaimed Centenal Cycle series, delivers a thrilling murder mystery and a sapphic romance set in Jupiter in her latest book, The Mimicking of Known Successes. The story revolves around Investigator Mossa, who is on the hunt for a missing man on a remote human colony outpost on Jupiter. She follows the trail to Valdegeld, the home of the colony’s scholarly university, and her former girlfriend Pleiti, who is a renowned researcher in Earth’s pre-collapse ecosystems.
Pleiti’s life’s work is focused on helping to pave the way for a potential return to Earth. When Mossa seeks her assistance in the investigation, the two are drawn into a complex and dangerous path that could impact the future of life on Earth and their own futures together. The book offers an intriguing plot that combines the elements of a classic Holmesian murder mystery with a touching sapphic romance, making for a truly captivating read.
The question of whether we should manipulate reality is a central theme in the novel Observer, written by renowned scientist Robert Lanza and award-winning author Nancy Kress. The story follows Dr. Caroline Soames-Watkins, a rising star in the medical field whose career is derailed when she accuses a superior of sexual misconduct. Left with few options, Caro is presented with a proposition from her great-uncle, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Samuel Watkins. Sam has developed a unique medical procedure at his facility in the Caribbean that offers the potential for a new kind of life beyond the physical body. Despite her reservations about the project’s true goals, Caro accepts the opportunity to secure a better future for her family. What she discovers is a world of profound connections and dangers she never could have anticipated.
Observer takes readers on a mind-expanding journey that challenges their perceptions of reality, mortality, and the power of imagination. The novel offers a relatable cast of characters and a fascinating exploration of cutting-edge scientific concepts. It encourages readers to think deeply about the implications of manipulating reality and the true meaning of human existence.
Ascension is a thrilling speculative novel that will leave readers questioning the very nature of humanity. The story begins with the sudden appearance of a massive mountain in the Pacific Ocean, prompting a group of scientists to embark on a dangerous journey to investigate its origins.
As the team ascends the mountain, strange and unsettling things begin to happen. Time moves differently, memories fade, and paranoia turns to violence. They are pursued by ancient creatures as they push towards the peak, driven by a need to uncover the secrets of the mountain. But as the dangers increase, the line between discovery and destruction becomes blurred. The story is framed by the unsent letters of scientist Harold Tunmore to his family, adding a chilling and thought-provoking element to the already gripping plot.
Ascension explores the boundaries of science and faith and delves into the complexities of human nature. It is a mind-bending and thrilling read that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
In a near-future, post-climate-change world, a small group of survivors in northern Canada find themselves drawn together in a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel that evokes echoes of Station Eleven and The Power.
Camp Zero, an American construction project in the far north, holds a secret that several people are desperate to uncover. Rose agrees to infiltrate the camp and spy on its architect, in exchange for accommodation for her climate-displaced mother. Meanwhile, Grant, a college professor seeking escape from his wealthy family’s dark legacy, arrives at Camp Zero around the same time. Together, they begin to uncover the truth behind the architect and a disturbing mystery at the heart of the camp. At the same time, rumors circulate about an elite group of women soldiers working at a nearby Cold War-era climate research station, and the two stories become intertwined.
Camp Zero offers an electrifying read, deftly exploring the ways in which gender, class, and migration intersect in a warming world, and asking tough questions about who will survive and what they’ll need to do to succeed.
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