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Amy, Queen's Square | June 1, 2021

If you’re like me and you’ve already read everything by your favourite fantasy and sci-fi authors – have no fear!

Fans of Brandon Sanderson’s books for the high fantasy settings, intriguing characters, and unique magic systems, should try Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. This fantasy novel inspired by the Pre-Columbian Americas follows a ship captain, the future vessel of the Crow God, a beast-rider, and a Sun Priest as they prepare for the prophesized solar eclipse and their lives draw closer together.

If you enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir for its journal entry format, scientific discussions, and fast-paced, suspenseful action, then you should try Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. This thrilling sci-fi read is told as a series of interviews of scientists and other stakeholders, surrounding the discovery of an ancient robotic hand that seems to have extra-terrestrial origins. With complex characters, an intriguing mystery, and lots of politics, this story will have you at the edge of your seat. I highly recommend the audiobook which has a full cast of voice actors and sound effects – it’s like you’re listening to a movie!

If you liked The Warehouse by Rob Hart for the eerily real-feeling, near-future dystopian world dominated by consumerism, then you should try Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling. This near future sci-fi/dystopian novel examines a world where lives are controlled by algorithms and artificial intelligence has come a long way. Want to get married? The algorithm will pair you up with your ideal match and prepare the ceremony. Are you a little hungry? The algorithm will automatically send a meal to your door. Pfft who needs privacy!