Which are the trending topics in 2019 about Science Fiction.
Posted on 8th of January, 2019


It is actually not too hard to predict what topics will be trending in science fiction this year, all you have to do is look at what topics sold the most last year and you can be guaranteed that there will be an army of clones following in their wake. Kidding aside, these are the topics that I personally think will be trending this year.

1 - Space Operas - Space operas used to be all the rage back in the glory days of science fiction and I think it is about time that they make a comeback. We've seen it happen with epic fantasy that has begun creeping back in after years of watered down fantasy, so there's no reason why space operas can't do it too. One of the novels that will kick things off is Tiamat's Wrath by James S. A. Corey. The Expanse series has been gaining popularity in recent years and the latest novel is dropping this year. Another space opera that is going to take 2019 by storm, in my humble opinion, is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. This is one of the novels I'm most excited about and ever since I saw the beautiful cover I can't wait to put it up on my shelf. I could keep going, but I'll just mention one more, Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone. This has been described as a feminist Guardians of the Galaxy meets Star Wars, which sounds pretty impressive to me. In true space opera fashion, it's going to have universe spanning action and plenty of really cool characters.

2. - Space Pirates - Yes, another topic that we haven't seen much of since the early days of pulp science fiction is space pirates, but I'm willing to bet my lunch that 2019 is going to see their triumphant return. This will mostly be thanks to Alastair Reynolds, who is dropping his Shadow Captain this year. I know it's going to be good because it is the sequel to the excellent Revenger, so be sure to read that one before Shadow Captain drops. It's going to have fearsome pirates and hidden treasure, which is all you need for a good space pirates story. Not to be outdone, Bennett R. Coles is dropping the first book in the planned Blackwood Virtue series this year, namely Windows of Marque. It's being described as Master and Commander in space as it features swashbuckling action and pirate raiders.

3. - Dystopian - Just in case I'm completely wrong about the other two topics, I'm going to fall back on trusty old dystopian science fiction for my last prediction. This genre has been going strong for years and shows no signs of stopping. I know that Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell is dropping Sky Without Stars this year, which sounds like it ticks all of the dystopian science fiction boxes and then some. It is set on a French planet of all things and there is talk of revolution going round, so I'm pretty sure I know where this tale will be heading.

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