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The big re­lease this month is the script of HARRY POT­TER AND THE CURSED CHILD (31 July, Lit­tle Brown) – but that’s be­ing kept un­der wraps. Bah. Then there’s AND I DARKEN (out now, Pen­guin), ba­si­cally a gen­der-swapped ver­sion of the early life of Vlad the Im­paler. Au­thor Kier­sten White has clearly done her his­tor­i­cal re­search, and spun the re­sults into an en­ter­tain­ing YA story – but the gen­der­swap­ping is the only fan­tas­tic el­e­ment. Jen Wil­liams’s Cop­per Cat tril­ogy con­cludes in THE SIL­VER TIDE (out now, Head­line). Book one’s old-fash­ioned dun­geoneer­ing made a nice change from grim­dark; ex­pect more “un­de­mand­ing fun”. Peter F Hamil­ton does YA fan­tasy again in THE HUNT­ING OF THE PRINCES (28 July, Macmillan), a fol­low-up to The Queen Of Dreams, which saw kids res­cue their dad from the land of Faerie. Light-hearted Ghost­busters tie-in GHOSTS FROM OUR PAST (out now, Pen­guin) mixes back­story for the film’s para­nor­mal ex­perts with a his­tory of ghosts and fun stuff. Gard­ner Do­zois’s an­nual an­thol­ogy THE MAM­MOTH BOOK OF BEST NEW SF 29 (out now, Robin­son) in­cludes 33 sto­ries, while the 15 tales of DROWNED WORLDS (out now, So­laris) are set in fu­tures re­shaped by cli­mate change. Fi­nally Jeff and Ann Vandermeer’s THE BIG BOOK OF SCI­ENCE FIC­TION (out now, Vin­tage) has a whop­ping 99 sto­ries, many in English for the first time.

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