Swords and Spaceships

Most Anticipated SFF Releases of 2022

Happy Friday, shipmates! It’s Alex, and for our first Friday newsletter of the year, I’m getting a little self-indulgent again–I want to tell you about ten books I’m super looking forward to this year. There are a lot more awesome books coming out than just these ten, of course (and this only gets us as far as August so I expect to do this again in six or seven months), but this newsletter can only be so long. Stay safe out there, space pirates, and I hope you’re keeping warm! See you on Tuesday.

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Free Association Friday: Coming Up in 2022

I’m sorry for being a bit self-indulgent again, but for all my (I hope understandable) dread about the coming year, there’s a lot to look forward to. Movie-wise, we’re getting Everything Everywhere All at Once why actual goddess Michelle Yeoh and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent and The Lost City. And books? EVEN MORE EXCITING! Here are the ten I’m looking forward to the most.

Cover of Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

Fevered Star by Rebecca Roanhorse

Publication date: April 19

This is the sequel to Black Sun, which is one of the best books I read in 2021 and one of two epic fantasy series that’s managed to truly grab me in recent days. If I was only allowed to buy one book in 2022, it would be this one. GIVE IT TO ME N O W.

Cover of The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri

The Oleander Sword by Tasha Suri

Publication date: August 16

Since we’re talking sequels I’m super looking forward to, here’s another one–the next book in Tasha Suri’s “morally grey lesbian” series that started with The Jasmine Throne. Looking forward to it, hoping the guy I really hate gets set on fire.

Cover of Star Child by Ibi Zoboi

Star Child by Ibi Zoboi

Publication date: January 25

This isn’t a novel, but it’s about Octavia Butler–and it focuses on her childhood and early life during the space race and Civil Rights Movement.

Cover of Light Years From Home by Mike Chen

Light Years From Home by Mike Chen

Publication date: January 25

I’ve enjoyed every one of Mike Chen’s books I’ve read (and with each book it feels like he levels up) so I’m jazzed about his take on complicated sibling relationships and UFOs being real making things worse and then forcing sisters to figure their crap out.

Cover of Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston

Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston

Publication date: February 1

Andrea Hairston does gorgeous prose at all times, and I’m excited to see her bend her talents to alternate history that takes place in the vaudeville era, which has hoodoo conjurers also working as performers on the stage and struggling to find the magical world they envision.

Cover of Spear by Nicola Griffith

Spear by Nicola Griffith

Publication date: April 19

You had me at “queer Arthurian fantasy” and then you threw in “girl masquerades as a boy and becomes a warrior and hero who woos maidens.”

Cover of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

A Strange and Stubborn Endurance by Foz Meadows

Publication date: July 26

I am weak to a good arranged marriage trope, particularly when it gets hit with a queer twist, which this one promises with its gay character whose politically arranged wife gets traded out for her brother, much to everyone’s surprise.

Cover of The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

Publication date: August 9

In this contemporary fantasy, “The Family” is a secretive clan of book eaters, whose scions literally eat books and retain all the information therein. Devon got fed fairytales and cautionary stories, unlike her brothers, and then when her son is born, he seems more inclined to eat human minds…

Cover of Servant Mage by Kate Elliott

Servant Mage by Kate Elliott

Publication date: January 18

A fire mage who gets saved from indentured servitude by monarchists… and then she gets caught up by a conspiracy to destroy those same monarchists by killing the youngest royal child. Sounds fun, and I love me some Kate Elliott.

Cover of Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Publication date: February 1

I had a heck of a good time with Jessie’s previous science fiction romance series (start with Polaris Rising) so I am on board to read about a bounty hunter and a former general in an enemies-to-lovers trope fest.

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