Liz Bourke, in her recent Sleeps with Monsters column, lists some highly anticipated new titles, including:
Winter’s Orbit by Everine Maxwell (February 2)
Two princes have to make an arranged marriage work, or their empire will fall. Secrets, lies, misunderstandings, romance, and space opera politics. I read an advance copy of this accomplished debut, and I look forward to seeing it out in the world.
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard (February 9)
I read an advance copy of Fireheart Tiger, a new standalone fantasy novella from the author of Tea Master and the Detective and In the Vanishers’ Palace, and yes, 2021 is sure to be improved by it. A jewel of a novella, concerned with power and affection, colonialism and independence, and complicated interpersonal interactions, it’s a delight to read.
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (March 2)
Sequel to the award-winning A Memory Called Empire, A Desolation Called Peace revisits Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass as a crisis on the Teixcalaanli empire’s borders—and on the borders of Lsel Station—calls for diplomatic skills. Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is faced with an alien threat that she can’t communicate with and that she can’t easily destroy. Mahit and Three Seagrass share an impossible task while negotiating the boundaries of an empire that, like all empires, is difficult to work for without being consumed by.
Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells (April 27)— read the full list at Sleeps With Monsters: Most Anticipated Books For 2021 at Tor.com
Murderbot and a murder mystery. Who in the world could turn that down?