It’s January, which means it’s time for even more exciting books to release this year! Here’s a highlight of some of the best sci-fi books coming your way in 2022.

January 25:

Light Years From Home by Mike Chen

The cover of Mike Chen's Light Years From Home

Fifteen years ago, Evie and Kass’ dad and brother Jakob went missing. Their brother never returned, but their father showed up days later, claiming an alien abduction. Kass became the family’s rock while Evie pursued alien conspiracy theories.

When her UFO network discovers something strange, she investigates; she finds Jakob, older and more eccentric, warning of an intergalactic war. With the FBI and possibly an entire space armada after him, the siblings must come together and fix their issues fast if they want to survive.

I first discovered Mike Chen early in 2021 when I read his third novel, We Could Be Heroes. Light Years From Home promises to be another fantastic sci-fi story of belonging, identity and community that I can’t wait to read.

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Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi

The wealthy and privileged have left the United States – left Earth – for the comforts of the space colonies. Those left behind salvage what they can while their neighborhoods are sent brick by brick to the colonies.

With a cast consisting of, among others, a white couple returning from the colonies and black Earth-based laborers, Tochi Onyebuchi’s first full-length adult novel takes a hard look at a bleak but quite possible near-future. I’ve had Goliath on my preorder list since it was announced, and I’m so excited that it’s almost here!

February 22:

Last Exit by Max Gladstone

Ten years ago, five friends discovered the ability to travel to alternate realities. Together, they battled the black rot threatening to unmake each world. However, it wasn’t enough; they lost one of their own and quickly fell apart. When that rot returns, they reunite as adults and attempt to heal the other worlds and each other.

Fresh from Hugo and Nebula Award wins, Max Gladstone’s new book is a profoundly imaginative and emotional story about losing your innocence and finding your place in the world.

The only Gladstone work I’ve read so far is his joint-authored This Is How You Lose the Time War (with Amal el-Mohtar). While Last Exit sounds entirely different from that one, this sci-fi/urban fantasy seems perfect for fans of alternate realities 

April 5:

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

The cover of Emily St John Mandel's Sea of Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel is back with Sea of Tranquility, a novel tracing three very different lives — an exiled 20th-century aristocrat, a lunar colonist conducting a book tour on Earth and a detective tracking his childhood friend through the North American wilderness — over three centuries.

It’s unclear at the moment how these three characters intertwine, but rumor has it Mandel’s sixth novel links her previous works Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel. I, for one, am incredibly excited for the continuation of the Mandel Literary Extended Universe!

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May 24:

City of Orange by David Yoon

A man who can’t remember his name, let alone how he got there, wakes up alone and injured in a post-apocalyptic landscape. He must learn to survive, searching for water and foraging for food. When he encounters a boy, the man must reevaluate everything he thinks about the past, present and future.

Publisher Penguin Random House describes City of Orange as “David Yoon at his finest: thought-provoking and heart-piercing, by turns funny and challenging, and at all times deeply human.”

June 7:

The City Inside by Samit Basu

The cover of The City Inside by Samir Basu

Joey is a Reality Controller, supervising the multi-reality live streams of Indi, AKA one of South Asia’s fastest-rising online celebrities and Joey’s ex. Rudra is a wealthy recluse, seeking refuge in video games and living in an impoverished immigrant neighborhood.

As Joey and Rudra both try to make the right decisions — or at least the lesser of two evils — they become enmeshed in conspiracies, corporate espionage, surveillance capitalism and more.

Samit Basu is an Indian novelist and filmmaker; The City Inside first came out in India in 2020 as Chosen Spirits and was shortlisted for The JCB Prize, India’s top fiction award.

July 19:

The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Carlotta Moreau grew up in a luxurious estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. She sees only her father, a brilliant but possibly mad doctor, and his assistant Montgomery Laughton, a tragic and alcoholic outcast. Together they create monstrous animal/human hybrids that blindly obey their creators. When the charming and capricious son of Doctor Moreau’s patron arrives, their perfectly balanced world falls into disarray.

Everything Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes is spectacular. Her other work of horror, Mexican Gothic, was terrifying, and I’m sure the sci-fi slant The Daughter of Doctor Moreau takes will be just as impressive.

These are just seven of the biggest new sci-fi books coming out in 2022. All are available for preorder now through your local independent bookstore or Bookshop.org. What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know below, and keep an eye out for more!

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