Some pitches are irresistible. Try this one on for size: lesbian space pirates brought to you by Aliette de Bodard. Right? RIGHT? Good news – Aliette de Bodard’s novel-length space opera is flying to shelves near you this November, and I’m delighted to be part of the crew presenting The Red Scholar’s Wake gorgeous cover today.

Back in 2013, bloggers seemed to talk more fantasy than science fiction. In response, Rinn Reads set up SciFiMonth, a month-long celebration of the genre. Fast forward to 2022 and sign up for our TENTH annual event is now open! Come geek out with the finest crew of genre lovers as we celebrate the joys and horrors of but what if this November. Sure, we enjoy SF all year round – but SciFiMonth is when we enjoy it together.

Book cover: Dead Water - C A FletcherSig is a loner even by the standards of the remote island community she lives on the margins of. Haunted by guilt, she has cut herself off from friends and family. But when an older, darker sin is uncovered by an ignorant visitor, Sig must decide whether she is truly ready to turn her back on her world.

Book cover: Eversion - Alastair ReynoldsAn arrogant foreigner funds an expedition north – or perhaps south – or maybe out – to find a mysterious Edifice that appears on no charts. As questions gather about what happened to the first ship to find it, the expedition’s doctor begins to recall events his crewmates assure him haven’t happened…