SciFi Sandwich: 8/3/20

Good day to you, fellow fans! We know you’re hungry for the genre so we have designed our newest experiment around satisfying your SF & Fantasy appetite. Below is a digest of the best book news and author updates to cross the headlines this week. We’ve also got a rundown of what titles are coming out soon. 

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  • The official trailer has been released for HBO’s Lovecraft Country and it looks phenomenal. Based on Matt Ruff ‘s novel of the same name, the story follows Atticus Freeman as he meets up with his friend, Letitia, and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow American in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. Watch the trailer here. 

Hugo Award

  • The winners of the famed Hugo Award have been announced! Hugo’s best novel of the years is: A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. See the winners of the short story, novella, and other categories.
  • The World Fantasy Award finalists  have been decided. Check the list on Locus Magazine’s site. But first, here’s a peek at the novels:

Apex Magazine

  • Apex Magazine has launched a Kickstarter in an effort to relaunch their zine. And guess what? They’ve already blown passed their goal. Get ready for a new source for quality SFF fiction.

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  • If you love your board games, check out Good Geek Deals on Facebook. They post updates on a huge range of games that are on sale.
  • There’s actually an account on Twitter called Fantasy Books Bot that creates random names for Fantasy novels. Fan Favorite: Lamp Wand.


  • In celebration of the upcoming release of Harrow the Ninth this week, Tor has put together a fun rundown of the Necromancy Family Houses so you can find where you fit (á la Harry Potter).

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  • Enjoy a short story, on us. This one is an unnerving and sort of… goopy… rendition of the way we all just keep on chugging through the massive wildfire that is sometimes daily life: Everything’s Fine by Matthew Pridham.

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Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir; from Tom Doherty on 8/4/20
Midnight Sun Stephanie Meyer
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer; from Little, Brown on 8/4/20
The Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn
Heirs of Locksley by Carrie Vaughn (Book 2); from Tor on 8/4/20
Seven Devils by Laura Lam; from DAW on 8/4/20


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  • Ferret Steinmetz, author of Majestic Sol (a foodie science fiction novel), has written a blog post about his new title: Automatic Reload. The story is about the future of the weapons industry, the faultiness of tech programming, and its affects on human lives (and love).

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

  • Neil Shusterman has a new book planned for 2021. If you loved his Arc of a Scythe series don’t forget to check out Game Changer.
  • If you follow Steven Erikson you know he’s flip-flopped between a couple series, causing delays on his work. Turns out, he’s picking up where he left off on the Malazan series. Read more here.

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  • Cherie Priest on Twitter: “I have a steampunk joke, but it’ll really grind your gears.”

2 thoughts on “SciFi Sandwich: 8/3/20

  1. Nice selection – it’ll take me a while to work my way through it, but really glad to hear that Erikson’s going to finish of the Kharkanas trilogy at last. Not eeryone’s cup of tea, but I always found you had to work at understanding his world rather than being spoonfed. As for the HBO series, looks really interesting. Thanks for taking the time to compile all this.


    1. Hi there. Thanks for the feedback. I’m glad the article was useful to you. Worlds that take a little longer to understand can really deter people who are just looking for a fast-paced escape. But often, the worlds that take the most time are the most beautiful. Tolkien could fit into the long-winded writers category but people love him because his stuff’s been so circulated we all feel part of the loop.

      Am also looking forward to the HBO series. They usually have some pretty stellar writers. Thank you, again, for commenting. We always love to hear from readers. Have a wonderful afternoon!

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