The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 228): Upcoming 2014 Books We Need To Read And Why

In episode 228 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson, Derek Johnson, Carl V. Anderson and Rob H. Bedford discuss books coming out in 2014 that we absolutely must read, and why.

The Panel:

The Books:

  1. Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy) by Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals) [February 4, 2014]
  2. City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway Books) [September 9, 2014]
  3. The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D’ Lacey (Angry Robot) [February 25, 2014]
  1. Cibola Burn (The Expanse) by James S.A. Corey (Orbit) [June 17, 2014]
  2. Defenders by Will McIntosh (Orbit) [May 13, 2014]
  3. Lockstep by Karl Schroeder (Tor Books) [March 25, 2014]
  1. Echopraxia by Peter Watts (Tor Books) [August 26, 2014]
  2. My Real Children by Jo Walton (Tor Books) [May 20, 2014]
  3. Nemo: The Roses of Berlin by Kevin O’Neill & Alan Moore (Top Shelf Productions) [April 8, 2014]
  1. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books) [March 4, 2014]
  2. The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (Del Rey) [August 5, 2014]
  3. Armada by Ernest Cline [October 7, 2014]

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18 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 228): Upcoming 2014 Books We Need To Read And Why”

  1. Firstly, hurrah for Rob!

    My three books are as follows:

    1. Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski. And I probably spelt his name wrong again. Anyway. Yeah, it took me a few tries over a few years to get into his Witcher books, spurned on – of course – by the game series, but I’m glad I got into them and both recent releases I’ve been champing at the bit for in the run-up to release.

    2. Blood & Iron by Jon Sprunk. Fan of Jon’s anyway, so a new book in a new world has me a little anxious but, hey, I’m sure it’ll be good.

    3. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach. Before anyone seeks to correct me, the UK MMPB doesn’t release until this week (it’s officially Thursday, but I’ve already had my pre-order release note from The Book Depository, so I hope my copy will be here by the start of next week). I’ve heard a *lot* of positive stuff about this, and it’s right up my alley (female-led sci-fi, with a bonus tick for being female-written), so got my fingers crossed it’s as good as has been said.

  2. The Vandermeer, the Bennett, and the Walton for sure. Also: new Lucius Shepard, Paul Park, and Monica Byrne’s The Girl in the Road.

    1. Shepard was fourth on my list. Robert Reed was fifth. I am also assuming Kristine Katherine Rusch will have a book out this year.

  3. Have already ordered the Jeff Vandermeer. Will probably also get the Peter Watts, the Robert Bennett and the Jo Walton. Couple others are maybes depending on reviews. Also looking forward to new Adam Roberts,Robert Reed, Ian MacDonald and Felix Gilman.

  4. California Bones: Greg Van Eekhout
    Water Knife: Paolo Bacigalupi
    On the Steel Breeze: Alastair Reynolds

    also the Lord and Cline as well as
    Hurricane Fever: Tobias S. Buckell
    Empress of the Sun: Ian McDonald
    Magician Land: Lev Grossman

  5. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
    Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
    The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley (I got to start it – benefits of working at Angry Robot – but it’s suitably huge for epic fantasy.)

  6. Thanks for having me on the podcast John and Patrick!

    I really need to get on the Will McIntosh bandwagon and DEFENDERS seems like a great place to start.

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