Space! Dragons! Space dragons (that’s a thing)! Welcome to the sci-fi and fantasy corner of Book Riot, where we discuss the best fantasy book series (and best fantasy books that standalone–yes, those do exist), military sci-fi, science fiction books for kids, cozy sci-fi (also a thing!), and more. Pack your lembas bread and let’s get reading.
If you love the Studio Ghibli’s film, pick these heartwarming and comforting books like Kiki’s Delivery Service, including Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe.
These excellent speculative fiction short story collections out this year, including The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe, range from fantasy, horror, sci fi, magical realism, and more.
AAPI folklore is as diverse as the countries its people cover. You’ll want to pick up these folklore based books sooner rather than later, Ocean’s Kiss by Lani Wendt Young.
Looking for a book you can read in a day? Check out these short sci-fi novellas for fun in space, time, and the multiverse, like Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
Looking for great Latine SFF books? Whether they are fantasy, sci-fi, or speculative in general here are 10 books you don’t want to miss, like The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore.
Whether you're waiting for your own call to adventure or prefer to quest vicariously, you'll love these new fantasy adventure books.
From middle grade adventure to adult space opera, add these sci-fi and fantasy releases to your TBR in May, including Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao.
We could always use more queer pirate books, but these are a good place to start, from genderqueer pirates to sapphic love on the high seas, including A Clash of Steel.
Move over cyberpunk. The best post-cyberpunk books, like Nexus by Ramez Naam, are a bit more hopeful, a little less dark, and incredible to read.
Speculative fiction readers will discover some hidden gems with this list of the best fantasy books you’ve never heard of, including The Labyrinth’s Archivist by Day Al-Mohamed.