Now Read This! November 2021: Science Fiction & Fantasy Recommendations

Our Now Read This! newsletters offer suggestions for your next favorite read, from hidden gems to the latest hot pick. Available in six genres, these newsletters include:

  • a featured book of the month
  • a special event worth checking out
  • a curated selection of newly acquired and upcoming titles
  • booklists for further reading

Whether you prefer epic fantasies or hard sci-fi, your friendly BPL Reader Services Librarians have recommendations for every reader.

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Q1: Parallel Realities or Futuristic Worlds? Parallel Realities ---> Q2: Sleeping Beauty Multiverse or Cerebral Dreamscapes? Sleeping Beauty Multiverse: A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow | Cerebral Dreamscapes: The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar | Futuristic Worlds ---> Q3: Biotechnology in Nigeria or Murder on a Colony Ship? Biotechnology in Nigeria: Noor by Nnedi Okorafor | Murder on a Colony Ship: Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson

This Month's Recommendations:

A Spindle Splintered

In this feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, a terminally ill woman pricks her finger on her 21st birthday and falls through the multiverse, where she meets another sleeping beauty desperate to avoid her fate.

The Escapement

A lone gunman on a quest to rescue his son rides into the Escapement, a mysterious dreamscape full of lawless heroes, stone giants, downtrodden clowns, and shadowy beings. Instantly available on Hoopla.


When a disabled woman with biotech body augmentations kills five men in an act of self-defense, she finds herself on the lam in the deserts of Northern Nigeria. An inventive indictment of capitalism and corporate greed.

Far from the Light of Heaven

In this tense sci-fi murder mystery, the first mate on a colony ship traveling to a distant planet rouses from her cryogenic sleep to discover that the ship's AI has been tampered with and 31 of her passengers are dead.