It’s still early in 2016, but this year is already shaping up to be a very good one for fans of science fiction and fantasy. We’ll get our first Harry Potter story in nearly a decade, a long-lost J.R.R. Tolkien book, and a whole lot more. These are the 2016 book releases that we’re most excited about.
Release Date: April 5, 2016
When it comes to fantasy, no author can claim a bigger impact than J.R.R. Tolkien. So you can imagine the excitement that followed when a new story of his was discovered last year. This April, fans will get their first chance to read the uncovered tale, which prefigures some of the legends that ended up in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion.
Release Date: March 15, 2016
World of Warcraft is one of fantasy’s biggest franchises, but you might be more used to seeing it on a computer screen than between book covers. This book is out to change that - it’s the first part in a series of new tomes about the history of Warcraft’s fictional world. It’s a big, glossy, beautiful book with full-color paintings as illustrations.
Release Date: May 3, 2016
When Disney and J.J. Abrams took over the Star Wars universe, they did something unprecedented: they declared that the huge Star Wars literary universe was, for the most part, no longer “canon.” That upset some die-hard fans of the Star Wars books, which have a long and respectable history, but it also opened to door for new literature. Enter Claudia Gray, with a new account of the events preceding Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s an exciting time to be a fan.
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Do you have 5th Wave fever yet? The 5th Wave is the latest young adult sci-fi series to take bookstores and box offices by storm. The whole series will wrap up this summer, when The Last Star drops in May. It’s the third book in the hit series that started with The 5th Wave.
Release Date: May 24, 2016
The Sword of Shannara series is finally getting the TV series treatment it deserves, and now we’re also getting a brand-new Shannara book from Terry Brooks. The new book is a standalone story set in the same world as the Sword of Shannara series. It’s good to have you back, Terry.
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Ben Bova is one of science fiction’s most legendary writers, and the anthology series that Baen is putting out is a great place for new fans to start. Volume I of the series was just released earlier this year, and Volume II will follow this summer. Both volumes collect Bova’s short fiction.
Release Date: July 31, 2016
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news: we’re getting a new Harry Potter story for the first time in nearly a decade. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II will include the entire script of the Harry Potter play that will debut in London this summer. You can pinch yourself all you want - you’re not dreaming.
Release Date: September 6, 2016
New York Times bestseller Eric Flint’s Jao Empire series continues with this latest installment, which will be released this fall. The great space opera series is taking a while to complete, and fans will be eager to get their hands on this latest installment - which took more than half a decade to arrive.