Here Are All The Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For March

Here Are All The Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For March

We always warn you to clear more time in your schedule (and on your shelves) for each month’s new releases — but March brings new books from genre legends John Scalzi and Kim Stanley Robinson, as well as some very intriguing short-story collections and debuts. So, yeah. Better make all kinds of room.

The Erstwhile by Brian Catling

In this sequel to The Vorrh, Catling weaves a fantastic and layered tale that includes figures from the Bible (reawakened angels), mythology (a former cyclops), folklore (creatures in a haunted forest), and history (William Blake), as well as robots. (March 7)

Gather Her Round by Alex Bledsoe

Bledsoe wraps up his five-part Tufa series — about magical fairies who dwell in the mountains of Tennessee — with this tale that starts with a romantic triangle and leads into an exploration of the giant, aggressive beasts who have suddenly appeared in the local woods. (March 7)

Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells

This debut novel is about an orphan who lands on a corporate-owned planet and soon becomes a motorcycle-riding mercenary — until she becomes drawn into a complex murder mystery. (March 7)

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

A first novel about a teenage girl travelling with her older sister across a post-apocalyptic wasteland dotted with mysterious wreckage — including a crash-landed satellite and an ancient war machine that rises from the desert intent on wiping out all of humanity. (March 7)

Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire

The author’s sixth in her InCryptid series follows the ongoing adventures of a cryptozoologist family who keep the rest of the world safe from the strange monsters we have no idea are all around us. (March 7)

Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer

The author’s follow-up to Too Like the Lightning is set in a precariously balanced society that may be upended by the unlikely alliance between a convict, a counselor, and a supernaturally gifted child. (March 7)

Standard Hollywood Depravity by Adam Christopher

The author’s latest noir tale starring his robot hitman, Raymond Electromatic, starts with a deceptive dame — as these stories often do — and leads into an underworld populated by mobsters and other unsavoury types. (March 7)

Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

In 1850 England, a young woman with magical talents works to save her brother from the clutches of the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts — uncovering a secret plot that threatens not just her family, but the whole city, too. (March 14)

The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad

New and classic tales revolving around the mystical and cross-cultural creature known as the genie, or Djinn. Authors include Nnedi Okorafor, Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar, Catherine King, J.Y. Yang, and many more. (March 14)

The Wanderers by Meg Howry

Things get mighty strange for three astronauts who spend over a year in a highly realistic simulation while training for the first mission to Mars. (March 14)

Chalk by Paul Cornell

The latest from the versatile writer of TV, comics, short stories, and novels (Doctor Who, Wolverine, Batman & Robin, Witches of Lychford) is about a schoolboy in Thatcher’s England who’s tormented by bullies until an ancient power is awakens within him. (March 21)

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

The new novel from the prolific author (Old Man’s War, The Last Colony, Redshirts) imagines life after the discovery of “the Flow,” a wormhole that allows speedy transport between far-flung planets. When it’s discovered that the Flow is fluid, threatening the stability of the new ruling “Interdependency,” three people are tasked with doing whatever they can to save humanity. (March 21)

Infinity Engine by Neal Asher

Asher follows War Factory by continuing the story of elusive rogue AI Penny Royal — whose human, alien, and machine-based pursuers now include another dangerous AI. No matter what, a deadly showdown is imminent. (March 21)

New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

The latest from the noted author of the Mars trilogy focuses on the inhabitants of a New York City skyscraper. But the future version of the Big Apple is barely recognisable from today; rising tides have transformed the metropolis into a water-bound city where each building is its own island. (March 21)

Relics by Tim Lebbon

A supernatural horror tale about a London criminology student who stumbles upon a secretive black market specializing in magical objects — and soon finds that both the charmed collectibles and the people who desire them can be very dangerous. (March 21)

Star’s End by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The latest from the author of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is about a woman who learns the shocking truth about her father’s business dealings when she inherits the small planet system owned by her family. (March 21)

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald

The second book in McDonald’s Luna series finds the Moon, now controlled by corporations run by warring families, in political turmoil. One of the families has fallen, its heirs taken in by rivals — except for the most rebellious son, who escapes to Earth to recruit new allies. (March 28)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

An epic fantasy about a young librarian with a strange connection to a mythic lost city — a place that isn’t so “lost” once he starts vividly dreaming about it. (March 28)

Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The author’s latest collection of short fantasy and horror fiction includes 28 previously uncollected and otherwise rare stories. (March 31)