PRIORITY TARGETS: Upcoming SF in 2019

Another year approaches, bringing with it a buffet of science fictional delights. Here are some that I’m particularly looking forward to.

January 10

The Shadow Captain – Alastair Campbell

I have a rocky relationship with Campbell’s writing, but this sequel to Revenger already has me intrigued.

January 12

The Anarch – Dan Abnett

The fifteenth and potentially final novel in the long running Gaunt’s Ghosts series, Anarch promises to wrap up many of the ongoing plotlines.

January 17

Star Trek: Discovery – Season 2

Discover’s debut season can charitably be described as uneven. But the same can be said for most series. Hopefully season 2 will build on the strengths rather than the weaknesses.

January 21

Killjoys – Season 4 blu-ray

One of the most fun shows on TV returns with darker storylines and new threats. The fifth and final series is on SyFy later in the year.

February 19

Broken Stars – edited by Ken Liu

Liu’s second collection of Chinese SF looks to be as varied as the first. High hopes here that the authors within get full novels translated into English too.

February 23

Honourbound – Rachel Harrison

With Gaunt departing, Black Library introduces a new, and female, commissar. Perhaps my most anticipated debut novel of the year.

March 28

Tiamat’s Wrath – James S A Corey

Delayed from its previous December 2018 slot, the penultimate book of the Expanse promises more trouble for Holden and the crew, not to mention the threat of interstellar warfare. Season 4 of the TV adaptation is also coming this year.

April 4

Cage of Souls – Adrian Tchaikovsky

Yes, I’m a Tchaikovsky fanboy, but everything deserves to be on this list. Cage of Souls is set on a dying earth, and looks to be more sombre than my usual fare.

April 19

Atlas Alone – Emma Newman

I haven’t loved all of the Planetfall series, but this looks like a direct follow up to After Atlas, the high point of the series. Hopefully it carries on from that strong beginning.

April 30

Walking to Aldebaran – Adrian Tchaikovsky

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Oddessy, this novella is more of an intimate piece than a lot of this list, but I’m very much looking forward to it.

April 30

The Waste Tide – Chen Qiufan

Ken Liu’s much-delayed translation is finally set to arrive next year. Part heist, part eco-thriller, this should not be missed.

May 16

Children of Ruin – Adrian Tchaikovsky

A strong contender for book of the year, this sequel to Arthur C Clarke award winner Children of Time sees humans and spiders working to investigate a new world. Definitely a day-one purchase.

May 28

Triumphant – Jack Campbell

The final installment in one of the best prequel trilogies ever written promises to answer a lot of questions about the early days of the Alliance.

June 4

To Clear Away the Shadows – David Drake

If the blurb is anything to go by, then the RCN series is heading in a new direction, shedding a lot of previous cast members. Fortunately Drake can be trusted to deliver.

June 11

In Howling Dark – Christopher Ruocchio

Empire of Silence was my 2018 book of the year by quite a margin, so the sequel has a lot to live up to. But with strong characters and a Dune-esque universe, it’s hard to go wrong.

June 14

Men In Black International

The fourth film in the franchise is more a spinoff than a follow up, and promises to be a bold new start. From the trailers, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thomson are set to make a memorable pair.

July 16

The Redemption of Time – Baoshu

Another Ken Liu translation, this fanfic rendered official story seeks to fill a large gap in the Three Body trilogy.

July 30

Spaceside – Michael Mammay

Planetside came to a somewhat abrupt ending, so there’s plenty for the sequel to pick up from.

December 20

Star Wars: Episode IX

The final episode in the Skywalker saga has a lot to live up to. After all the controversy around The Last Jedi, here’s hoping JJ Abrams can make a fitting finale to the series.

Unconfirmed Dates

The 100 – Season 6

Finally a genre series to make it to 6 seasons. This has been teased as a soft reboot of the show, but will undoubtedly be as brutal and brilliant as what has gone before.

Krypton – Season 2

The surprise TV hit of the year was renewed before I’d even heard of the show, which hopefully means it will be kept around for some years yet.

There’s bound to be some stuff I’ve missed, and some surprises lying in store. Let me know what you’re looking forward to

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