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20 Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Coming Out For February, 2014

With February, we have a huge new cohort of novels coming to keep us warm in the remaining winter months. Here's a group of the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror novels coming out in the coming weeks that you should look into:

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Broken Homes: A Rivers of London Novel, Ben Aaronovitch

What it's about: A murderer is on the loose in London, and the suspect might be a run of the mill serial killer or a magician. Peter Grant, a magician constable has to navigate some tricky and strange jurisdictions to close the case.

Why you should get it: Magical crime novels in London are always a fun read, given the city's long history. This one looks to be particularly interesting.

Release date: February 4th

Fallout by James K. Decker

What it's about: The followup to James K. Decker's fantastic novel Burn Zone finds Sam Shao learning more about the alien haan. The visitors have given and promised humanity a number of things, but it might turn out that the goals of humanity and the haan are two very different things.

Why you should get it: Decker's novel Burn Zone was set in a fantastic, vivid world. This one is a must read.

Release date: February 4th

The Star Thief, by Jamie Grey

What it's about: Renna is the galaxy's more notorious thief, and she wants out. The problem is, trouble finds her, and a galactic protection agency, MYTH, needs her skills, pulling her back in.

Why you should buy it: This looks like a really fun YA romp in space.

Release date: February 4th

Red Delicious: A Siobhan Quinn Novel by Caitlin R. Kiernan

What it's about: The sequel to Blood Oranges finds Half Vampire / Werewolf Siobhan Quinn surviving in a world of monsters. On the trail of a missing necromancer's daughter, she finds herself in the middle of much bigger problems.

Why you should get it: Caitlin R. Kiernan Is well known for her fantastic books, and the previous book in this series, Blood Oranges, was well received.

Release date: February 4th

Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald

What it's about: The latest installment of MacDonald's Everness series finds Everett, Sen and the rest of the crew jumping from plane to plane. Now, they've jumped into the middle of a war between the Fabreen and Dityu empires and are trapped as they try and figure out how to navigate the conflict.

Why you should buy it: MacDonald's series has been well received, and his other books are all high-caliber. This should be a fun one to read.

Release date: February 4th

The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

What it's about: Hannah and Amanda Given are saved when the world abruptly changes, saved only by three strangers who place silver bracelets onto their wrists. They're joined by several survivors in a strange new world, hunted for their abilities as they cross the country to find someone to save them.

Why you should buy it: This looks like an interesting read, one populated with a cool world and compelling characters.

Release date: February 4th

V-S Day: A Novel of Alternate History by Allen Steele

What it's about: In an alternate 1941, Hitler orders Wernher von Braun to shift directions - instead of developing the V2 rocket, he's to look into building a spaceship. In the US, Roosevelt asked Robert Goddard to do the same, and a new space race begins.

Why you should get it: The history behind this will likely be troublesome, but Steele's an excellent 'hard science' author, and we've got little doubt that he'll pull off an interesting read.

Release date: February 4th

Annihilation: A Novel by Jeff VanderMeer

What it's about: Area X has been cut off for decades, and a new expedition has been mounted to explore the region. Most of the former expeditions have come back broken - when they've returned at all, and the members of the 12th encounter anomalies and strange life forms that hint at greater secrets.

Why you should get it: We're reading this now, and it's utterly fantastic. VanderMeer's brought a new sense of Weird to the pages of this book, and it's undoubtedly one of the best books of the year thus far.

Release date: February 4th

Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler

What it's about: In this world, the Egyptian empire never ended and Pharaoh Djoser-George rules over most of the known world in 1877. A terrorist, Bismarck sets off a major conspiracy, and Lord Scott Koen and Professor-Prince Mikel Mabruke are charged with exposing the plot that could topple the empire.

Why you should buy it: Alternate history stories are always interesting, and this one looks as though it'll present a compelling take on the way the world developed. Count us in.

Release date: February 4th

White Space: Book One of The Dark Passages by Ilsa J. Bick

What it's about: This first entry in a trilogy in which 17 year old Emma Lindsay starts writing a story called White Space, and finds that she's dropped into the pages of her own story, and must navigate her own world and figure out what's going on.

Why you should buy it: We really like meta-style stories, and this one looks to be an intriguing take on the nature of stories and characters.

Release date: February 11th

Deep Down by Deborah Coates

What it's about: The sequel to Wide Open finds Hallie Michaels out of the army and with life on the upswing, until a phone call from a neighbor pulls her back into a world of black dogs, reapers and ghosts.

Why you should get it: This looks like an refreshing supernatural story with some different creatures to contend with. (no Vampires, werewolves, etc.)

Release date: February 11th

The Waking Engine by David Edison

What it's about: David Edison's debut novel reveals The City, where the dead pass by on their journey through their afterlives. The gateway to the city is failing, and the city is becoming overrun, threatening to engulf the metaverse.

Why you should get it: This looks like an intriguing fantasy read, with a vibrant and interesting world and with a plot that screams 'must have!'

Release date: February 11th

The Martian by Andy Weir

What it's about: The first mission to Mars is threatened with a dust storm. As his crew evacuates, astronaut Mark Watney is left behind, with no way to signal his status home. He must use the tools at his disposal to have any hope at surviving.

Why you should get it: There's a lot of good Mars stories out there, and this one looks like it'll be a really interesting take on survival on the Red Planet.

Release date: February 11th

The Judge of Ages by John C. Wright

What it's about: The third in Wright's series, (Count to a Trillion and The Hermetic Millennia) starts with the Hyades Armada headed to Earth, while two factions clash as they try and figure out how to best meet the alien threat: one seeks to tinker with mankind to improve humanity, while the other wants to preserve humanity. How' they're about to clash in a mix of posthumanism and powered armor.

Why you should get it: We've heard good things about Wright's books, and this one looks like it'll be an action-packed showdown.

Release date: February 11th

The Book of Heaven by Patricia Storace

What it's about: Eve recounts her version of the events at the Garden of Eden, which follows four women and the alternate heavens above in four parts: The Book of Souraya, The Book of Savour, The Book of Rain, The Book of Sheba.

Why you should buy it: The description notes that the book "keenly evokes the life of a woman newly freed from the old tales in which she was trapped," and this looks like it's a really interesting take on the stories of the Old Testament.

Release date: February 18th

Moth and Spark, by Anne Leonard

What it's about: In a magical kingdom, a prince contends with Dragons under the control of the Empire, while a commoner learns that she's a seer. When the two meet, sparks fly, but there's further complications as war looms and as both seek to master their powers.

Why you should get it: This looks like a really interesting, modern fantasy take on some very traditional fantasy tropes.

Release date: February 20th

Influx, by Daniel Suarez

What it's about: A scientist and his team finally reaches their goal, only to have the Bureau of Technology Control confiscate all of their materials and work. They realize that the Bureau has been hording technology, doling it out bit by bit. From their prison, they have to figure out their escape and how to bring humanity out of their imposed dark age.

Why you should buy it: This technothriller has already been optioned for film, and it's been hailed to be as good as Michael Crichton's best novels.

Release date: February 20th

Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach

What it's about: The sequel to Fortune's Pawn brings Devi Morris back into the fight after she's lost some of her memories and a partner. Trying to keep her head down doesn't work, and she's infected with something, all while people are hot on her tail.

Why you should get it: Fortune's Pawn was a lot of fun: Firefly meets Starship Troopers. It's clear that there's more story in this world, and this sequel looks to be just as much fun as the first.

Release date: February 25th

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

What it's about: Tula and her family are on a colony ship to a distant planet, when she's attacked by the Colonist's leader and saved by Heckleck. Now, she's bent on revenge and after she's joined by a trio of humans on the station, she's caught between her mission and wanting some companionship.

Why you should buy it: This looks like a cool YA novel. Space opera, aliens, revenge, romance, it's got everything a good story needs.

Release date: February 25th

The Troop by Nick Cutter

What it's about: A scoutmaster brings his scouts into the woods for a camping trip. When a stranger comes upon their campsite, they face a terrifying nightmare that will pit everyone against the wilderness, the infected and each other.

Why you should buy it: Stephen King's said that this book scared the hell out of him, and who are we to disagree? It looks like a thrilling read.

Release date: February 25th

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