Science fiction extends the ideas that we have today and extends them outward. While the physics' horizons are always changing, much of today's science fiction addresses cultural concerns instead. Who are we online? What is near future artificial intelligence like? And, some hard science from an astrophysicist. See Den of Geeks' picks for the best new science fiction books in August 2022.
Meet Us by the Roaring Sea by Akil Kumarasamy
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux are the authors of a novel. Release Date: August 22
This one is a bit of a deep cut, but with many genre publishers focusing on fantasy, it may be better to look at the margins for science fiction; Publishers Weekly has praised this literary-flavored near future tale, which includes beautiful prose and quiet meditations on memory.
A young woman discovers her mother's body starving on the kitchen floor in Queens and begins a quest for a way back into herself. They begin translating an old story about a group of female medical students who are experiencing a drought and are at the edge of conflict, and the translators' lives become entangled.
Along the way, the arrival of a childhood friend, a stranger, and an unusual AI project will force her to question her own moral compass and sense of goodness. How do you make the world a better place?
Face by Joma West
TordotcomRelease date: August 2nd, 2013, type: NovelPublisher: TordotcomRelease date: August 2nd,
Den of Geek writes: I just reread Uglies, a YA dystopia set in a world with government-mandated plastic surgery. Face plays with some of the same things in a contemporary adult novel with shades of The Twilight Zone as well, including in ideas about todays online world and the face we present to the world.
Summary of the Publishers: Schuyler and Madeleine Burroughs have the perfect Facerich and powerful enough to ensure their dominance in society.But cracks are beginning to appear in Schuyler and Maddies household. Schuyler is bored and taking risks. Maddie is becoming brittle, her happiness becoming more temporary, and their menial is fighting bizarre desires.InFace, skin color is a professional aesthetic choice, consent is a pre-checked box on the path to social acceptance.
Eversion by Alistair Reynolds
OrbitRelease Date: August 2nd is a type of novelPublisher.
Reynolds is a pioneer in hard science fiction, according to Den of Geek. This era-spanning novel does not neglect the human stories among the scientific theories.
Summary of the Publishers: In the 1800s, a sailing ship crashes off the coast of Norway. In the 1900s, a Zepellin explores an icy canyon in Antarctica. In the far future, a spaceship sets out for an alien artifact. Each excursion goes horribly wrong. And only Silas seems to realize that these events keep repeating themselves. And how to prevent them from happening again.