Science fiction is one of the most popular genres in the United States today, and new authors are gaining critical acclaim for their contributions to this body of work. Here are some of the new authors I have explored this past month. Click on the links to locate their works in our collection.
Andrzej Sapkowski – Bestselling author in Poland, also made the New York Times bestsellers list. Noted for his series about the world of The Witcher, which inspired the video game by the same name, of which the fifth full length book is coming in 2017.
Michelle West (Michelle Sagara) – Canadian author, writes books under both names, her Sun Sword series was very popular, and is currently writing the House Wars series. All her works share an interconnected universe.
David Dalglish – USA Today bestselling author David Dalglish is noted for his Half-Orcs series. His fast paced writing style is a combination of Game of Thrones and sword and sorcery RPGs with vivid descriptions.
Rachel Aaron (a.k.a. Rachel Bach, where she writes more hardcore SF) – Urban fantasy writer, known for witty and humorous characters.
John Gwynne – Recommended for fans of George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and David Gemmell. His Faithful and the Fallen series is currently 4 books long, and the first book won the David Gemmell award for best debut fantasy in 2012.
Mark Lawrence – Similar writing style to Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, Peter V. Brett, and has drawn comparisons to George R. R. Martin. Has two trilogies currently (Broken Empire trilogy and Red Queen’s War), with another series starting in 2017.
Anthony Ryan – Another New York Times bestselling author, has 3 series currently published or expected (Raven’s Shadow, Slab City Blues and Draconis Memoria). Draws many comparisons with epic fantasy writers such as Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin and David Gemmell.
Richard A. Knaak – USA Today and NYT bestselling author, also known for his writing and cover art in the world of DragonLance. HIs Dragonrealm series is very similar to DragonLance and Forgotten Realms, though set in a different world, and his newest series is the Black City series.
Naomi Novik – Her Temeraire series has drawn many good reviews, and her standalone novel Uprooted was nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel in 2016.
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