Here's some SFF releases by authors of colour that are coming out in January 2021. Which books will make it into your reading list this year?
Written by Gagan / @afantasysky and edited with permission. Enter the Shimmering Worlds Reading Challenge here and discover exciting science fiction and fantasy books by BIPOC authors.
1. Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
"She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own." From the winner of the prestigious Nebula and Hugo Awards, comes a haunting novella that combines African culture with a futuristic setting.
2. Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha
"A rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia. A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia."
3. We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen
"When archrivals meet in a memory-loss support group, they realize the only way to reveal their hidden pasts might be through each other. As they uncover an ongoing threat, suddenly much more is at stake than their fragile friendship. With countless people at risk, they will have to recognize that sometimes being a hero starts with trusting someone else—and yourself." An endearing tale about two people with superpowers who happen to be on the opposite sides of the law.
4. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
"In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry--and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she'll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds."
5. Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibañez
"An adventerous South American Tomb Raider! This hotly anticipated companion to Woven in Moonlight follows an outcast Condesa, as she braves the jungle to forge an alliance with the lost city of gold."
"The sequel to the New York Times–bestselling We Hunt the Flame, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them." The second book of the Sands of Arawiya, a fantasy series with Middle Eastern influences, does not disappoint.