8 2017 Debut Sci-Fi Novels With Potential

A banner with the words The Top Ten Tuesday List on it.Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017! The theme for this week is debut novels we’re excited about this year. I’m too much of a grouch to get truly excited about any debut novel, but I’ve picked some debut sci-fi novels with potential. Here’s hoping they live up to it!

This list includes a few authors who have had a short story published in an anthology before getting their first book published. I wavered on whether or not to include them but decided to do so because there’s a big difference between a short story and a full novel, so they deserve the inclusion for their first major work.


8 2017 Debut Sci-Fi Novels with Potential


Book cover for All Our Wrong Todays by Elan MastaiAll Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Publisher: Dutton

Release Date: February 7th, 2017

Subgenre: Time Travel

Why You Might Be Interested: The line from the synopsis that indicates our normal reality is as a dystopian wasteland. It’s a nice change of pace on the dystopian saturation in our science fiction market.

Pre-order it on Amazon 

Book cover for Hold Back the Stars by Katie KhanHold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

Publisher: Doubleday

Release Date: January 26th, 2017

Subgenre: Space Setting, Romance

Why You Might Be Interested: While the ‘love is banned’ setting isn’t exactly new, you’ve got to wonder how they ended up in outer space with 90 minutes of air left. Or maybe that’s just me.

Pre-order it on Amazon

Book cover for The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoungThe Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung

Publisher: Boyd Mills Press

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Subgenre: Exploration / Adventure

Why You Might Be Interested:  It seems like most of the time, books about exploring new planets have a general adult audience in mind. (We are Legion (We Are Bob), for example.) Seeing the discovery through a young adult set of eyes might be interesting. I just hope there’s not too much of a hormones issue.

Pre-order it on Amazon

Book cover for Mutationem by Phoenix JerichoMutationem by Phoenix Jerico

Publisher: Colt Creek Publishing

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

Subgenre: Action / Adventure

Why You Might Like It: It’s an all-female crew that ends up being a planet’s only survivors. And they were readying for a simulation when the feces hit the fan. Not the real thing.How exactly does this work out for the human race?

Pre-order it on Amazon

Book cover for The Space Between The Stars by Ann CollettThe Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Release Date: June 1st, 2017

Subgenre: Post-apocalyptic

Why You Might Like It: Usually it’s a man who ends up being the one thinking he’s the sole survivor, and leading the group. Not in this case. Also, there’s a space-crossing element to it, and what looks like a conflict with the original Earthers.

Pre-order it on Amazon

Book cover for Spaceman of BohemiaSpaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

Subgenre: Space Setting, Self-Discovery

Why You Might Like It: Bacon. Possible imaginary giant spider, a Czech astronaut, and a second chance at love.

Pre-order it on Amazon.


Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Publisher: Puffin Books

Release Date: December 2017

Subgenre: Action / Thriller

Why You Might Like It: Battle Royale set in space.

You can’t pre-order it yet, sorry!



27 Hours by Tristina Wright

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: October 3rd, 2017

Subgenre: GLBT

Why You Might Like It:  ARC reviews state it nails the POC and the GLBT representations. There are gargoyles, and it’s on the moon.

Preorder it on Amazon

Alright, there’s my (admittedly short) list of debut sci-fi novels I’m interested in seeing. What about you? Feel free to leave your links below (whether they’re science fiction or not!) And please let me know if there’s a debut novel coming out that should have made it on this list for some reason!

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7 Responses to 8 2017 Debut Sci-Fi Novels With Potential

  1. Can’t wait to hear more about 27 Hours because you pretty much had me with gargoyles!

  2. tpolen says:

    I had an ARC of All Our Wrong Todays and just couldn’t get into it, but I’ve seen some excellent reviews.

  3. Other than 27 Hours, I hadn’t heard of any of these but just added quite a few to my TBR. Hope you enjoy all of these when you get around to them!

  4. I’m interested in All Our Wrong Todays as well. I’m not a dystopian fan, but it’s made me curious.

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