Sure, summer is great—there are endless barbeques, weddings, and vacations galore—but sometimes you just want to be transported somewhere else. Perhaps… to a war-torn foreign planet? A world where a demon has possessed you? A place where your video game comes to life? If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world adventure, these books are calling out to you (from a super futuristic type of telephone) this summer.
Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds
As a solar-system-spanning war winds down, a soldier named Scur is captured and left for dead. When she awakens, prisoners from both sides emerge from hibernation to find the world completely unrecognizable. (June 9)
Armada by Ernest Cline
The author of Ready Player One returns with a novel about a UFO-invasion videogame that comes true—and only the millions of gamers around the world have the skills to stop it. Full of nods to pop culture and sci-fi classics, it’s a thrilling coming-of-age story. (July 14)
The Devil’s Bag Man by Adam Mansbach
Jess Galvan escapes a Mexican prison by making a deal with the devil—well, an evil 500-year-old Aztec priest who takes over his mind and body. (July 21)
Crooked by Austin Grossman
What if Richard Nixon really wasn’t a crook? What if he was trying to save America from a menacing alternate reality? Here is the captivating parallel tale in the politician’s “own” words. (July 28)
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Combining classic film glamour, interplanetary space travel, and alternate universes, Valente spins an intricate yarn about a rebellious documentary filmmaker, lost while completing her last film, whose story is told by the last survivor of a diving colony on Venus. (August 18)
To read the rest of our Summer Books Preview, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday May 8, or subscribe online.