From hugely anticipated fantasy debuts to continuing adventures in science fiction’s most popular universes, there’s a lot to look forward in the world of sci fi and fantasy books this year. 

New year, new you - and most importantly new science fiction and fantasy. It will be fascinating to see which trends emerge and how quickly, and if the predictions we made on our Best of 2018 podcast episode are proven right.

Either way, let’s take a look at some of the titles we can’t wait to get our hands on.



Dragon Pearl

Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire trilogy was lyrical, imaginative military science fiction. So Dragon Pearl, a YA space opera based on Korean folklore, is a change of pace. The novel tells the tale of Min, a human from a family imbued with fox-magic and able to shape-shift (although this is forbidden, in order to avoid raising suspicion). Tired of her daily routine and unexciting planet, she yearns to follow her brother into the Space Forces, and to see the Thousand Worlds. Highly recommended for younger readers, but frankly enjoyable whatever your age.




The Dragon Republic

We discussed The Poppy War by R.F Kuang in the Best of 2018: Science Fiction and Fantasy blog, so it’s little surprise that we’re chomping at the bit for the follow up. Expect copious amounts of opium, vengeful gods, traitorous rulers and a deepening of protagonist Rin’s compelling moral complexity – and powers. Even more of the same would be amazing, but The Dragon Republic essentially sees Rin go rogue, which opens up so many more possibilities. This is fast opening up into one of the best fantasy series of recent years.



For more on what to look forward to in 2019, check out this episode of the Uncaring Universe podcast: