2014 was a pretty good year for new releases, and saw new fiction by some of my favourite authors. It looks like 2015 might be the same. Here are the books I’m particularly looking forward to next year. I’ve put them alphabetically by author rather than by month of release as the latter can – and often does – change.
Poems, Iain Banks. I think the title pretty much says it all.
Mother of Eden, Chris Beckett. The follow-up to the Clarke Award-winning Dark Eden.
Dark Orbit, Carolyn Ives Gilman. A murder-mystery set during the exploration of a new planet and a possible first contact. “Intellectually daring, brilliantly imagined, strongly felt. This one’s a winner,” according to Ursula K Le Guin. I’m especially looking forward to this one as I thought Gilman’s Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles very good indeed.
A Song for Europe, Dave Hutchinson. The sequel to the excellent Europe in Autumn. There’s no information online at present for this book, but as far as I’m aware it’s due out next year.
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in post-Roman Britain, a couple set out to find their missing son.
Touch, Claire North. I’ve not read anything by North, but the premise to this sounds appealing: a person who can switch bodies just by touching. I’m pretty sure sf has covered similar ground before, but this one does sound really good.
Other Stories, Paul Park. I’m not sure when this’ll be out (it has yet to appear on the PS Publishing website), but a collection by one of my favourite writers is a cert for my wishlist.
Arcadia, Iain Pears. I’ve really liked Pears historical novels, and although this one opens in 1962 it apparently also features a future dystopia. Should be interesting.
Poseidon’s Wake and Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds. The first is the final book in the Poseidon’s Children trilogy; the second is a small press novella from Tachyon Press.
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson. A generation starship story, set at the point at which the ship approaches its destination.
The Glorious Angels, Justina Robson. I heard Justina read an excerpt from this at the York pub meet in November. “On a world where science and magic are hard to tell apart a stranger arrives in a remote town with news of political turmoil to come.”
The Woman in the Green Coat, Katie Ward. A novel about suffragette Lady Constance Georgina Bulwer-Lytton. I loved Ward’s debut Girl Reading, so I’m expecting to love this too. It certainly sounds fascinating.
Anything I’ve missed? Yes, I know there’s the final book of the Imperial Radch trilogy due next year, and no doubt a number of fantasy novels – de Bodard, for example; possibly the second book of the Worldbreaker Saga from Hurley. But while I may or may not give them a go, I have very little interest in epic fantasy. There may also be one or two debuts which create a bit of a buzz, and which I might be persuaded to read. But is there anything not mentioned here which I really should make a note of?
December 9, 2014 at 11:06 am
I didn’t know about Robinson, that’s a cert here.
Sarah Hall has a novel, The Wolf Border out in April.
December 9, 2014 at 11:07 am
Have been meaning to try one of Hall’s for ages but haven’t managed yet.
December 9, 2014 at 11:24 am
Interestingly Hall’s powerful, evocative northern novels, Haweswater & The Carhullan Army were written when she was living down south, and she moved to Norwich a couple of years ago.
She once said that the viscerality of Carhullan was a reaction to life in Cambridge.
December 9, 2014 at 11:17 am
I haven’t read Europe in Autumn yet…but probably should.
December 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm
Very much looking forward to Reynolds’ Slow Bullets and Robinson’s Aurora, but much less so for Michael Cobley’s Ancestral Machines in June.
December 9, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Mike’s book is on my wishlist, but I didn’t mention it in my post because he’s a friend of many years.
December 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Would love to see a stylistic change from The Ascendant Stars, but I’ll most likely buy it as soon as it’s available. How about Stephenson’s Seveneves? Enticing premise even though I haven’t picked up anything since Anathem.
December 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm
I haven’t been able to pick up anything since Anathem without a hoist…
December 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm
December 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm
I hated the Baroque Cycle. Not read anything by Stephenson since.
December 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Company Town, Madeline Ashby
December 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Persona, by Genevieve Valentine
December 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Crashing Heaven by Al Robertson and The Promise of the Child by Tom Toner. Two debuts from Gollancz so I am biased but both are brilliant. In very different ways.
December 10, 2014 at 8:13 am
Biased is not a problem, and those two books do look interesting.
December 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm
Huh. Lauren Groff published a novel called Arcadia, which starts in the 1960s and continues at intervals into a dystopic 2020s, in 2012.
December 10, 2014 at 9:36 am
So far as books to look forward to go, now that I’ve checked my list, I’ll add:
Clade by James Bradley
The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
Something Coming Through by Paul McAuley
Regeneration by Stephanie Saulter
Tamaruq by EJ Swift
Persona by Genevieve Valentine
The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
December 10, 2014 at 9:57 am
Some of those I was aware of. I’ve not read Saulter or Swift, but I believe those books are parts of series? The McAuley I’m ambivalent about – I normally like his stuff, but both The Quiet War and Evening’s Empires rubbed me up the wrong way. I don’t get on with Link’s fiction at all. The Valentine – also mentioned by Paul – does look interesting, although none of her previous work has been my sort of thing. The others are new to me.
December 10, 2014 at 6:09 am
Dark Orbit and Aurora sound especially interesting to me.
December 28, 2014 at 7:55 am
Just now reading Scott Sigler’s Ancestor (2007). Not liking it at all, but he has a new trilogy starting next year with Alive (July 14, 2015). Might be worth a peek.