4 Sci-Fi September Recs for Readers Who ‘Don’t Read Sci-Fi’

#SciFiSeptember is one event I love to participate in every year. I’m constantly trying to get science fiction books in the hands of those that are skeptical about the genre. There is honestly something for everyone- it’s not all space battles and aliens. So here are 3 science fiction books I’ve read and loved lately…

If you’re looking for more queer fiction with a touch of the unusual, read…

Finna, Nino Cipri

I really enjoyed this unusual sci-fi novel about a pair of store employees who get pulled into an alternate reality together. The world they end up in is incredibly weird and the adventures they encounter along the way border on the bizarre. But what really stands out is the two characters and how they navigate the world together and in the process learn to appreciate and understand each other better. 

When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but our two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. Can friendship blossom from the ashes of a relationship?

If you like fantasy, ghost hunting stories and international settings, read…

The Haunting of Tram Car 015, P. Djèlí Clark

What a wild ride this book was! A magical realism book with touches of steampunk and science fiction, this book is such a treat. It’s going to make you want to read more of about the dangerous and exciting worlds that Clark creates. 

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 returns to the alternate Cairo of Clark’s short fiction, where humans live and work alongside otherworldly beings; the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities handles the issues that can arise between the magical and the mundane. Senior Agent Hamed al-Nasr shows his new partner Agent Onsi the ropes of investigation when they are called to subdue a dangerous, possessed tram car. What starts off as a simple matter of exorcism, however, becomes more complicated as the origins of the demon inside are revealed.

If you love fairytale retellings and young adult, read…

Cinder, Marissa Meyer

A backlist book that is a must read if you haven’t checked it out yet. Each book in this series focuses on a different fairytale retelling gradually intertwining all of their stories together in an epic finish. Highly, highly recommend. 

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. Cinder, a second class citizen, cyborg, and gifted mechanic, might be the planet’s only hope. She’s hated by her step mother and blamed for her step sister’s illness but her luck might be turning when she meets the the handsome Prince Kai. A galactic Cinderella retelling you’ll fall in love with.

If you like steamy romances and really smart female protagonists, read…

The Consortium Rebellion, Jessie Mihalik

I’m highlighting this whole series because each book follows a different character and they’re all excellent! It’s so much fun with sassy female leads and hunky, mysterious love interests. There’s intrigue, mystery, spies, conspiracies, and so much more. And those steamy scenes… ahem… trust me on this one. 

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three High Houses, wield the true power. The series highlights each of the three Von Hassenburg siblings. All facing politically arranged futures and all fighting back against the fates they disagree with. 

What would convince you to give science fiction a try?

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