It’s the most speculative time of the year – SciFiMonth lifts off today for a month exploring the realms of what if. The SciFiMonth crew will be adventuring across the multiverse to read, watch, play and celebrate tales of possible futures and alternate nows, survive first contact or enjoy being part of a thriving galactic community. Expect 30 days of chat and geekery – you’re welcome to join us!

I had an incredibly exclusive watchlist for December releases until last week, when it doubled in size – from one book to two. Rest assured there are more than 2 SFF releases this month, but I’m focusing on a very selective handful (although yes, I’ve got more than two now I’ve done my research). If there’s always room for one more, these are the ones I’m considering…

Book cover: Echo Cycle - Patrick Edwards20 years ago, three boys went on an ill-fated school trip to Rome. One lost an eye. One lost his only friend. One lost himself. Now all three are back in the newly-rebuilt capital of the European Confederacy, and their schoolboy feud will be nothing next to the ancient vengeance taking shape.