I don't have a bookstore nearby that carries a good selection of SF & F, so I do all my reading shopping online. Problem is, I don't know what there is to buy.

Where do you guys find out about recently published novels in Science Fiction and Fantasy?

I'm not interested in reviews, news on which writer might write what, which bookstore has closed, conventions etc., just a simple list of everything that is newly available in bookstores.

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    To those who voted to close: No doubt you are the People, and wisdom will die with you. But doesn't it seem odd, for a "request for a list of works or recommendations", that the accepted answer (with comment "this is exactly what I want") is a one-liner, which does not recommend, list, or mention any works at all? You do understand the difference between a "list question" and asking whether a list exists, don't you?
    – user14111
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 1:29
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    @user14111 Sure, they probably should have gone with a custom close reason, but that doesn't make the question appropriate. The "What types of questions should I avoid asking?" section of the help centre specifically mentions that questions where "every answer is equally valid" are considered unsuitable for the StackExchange format. Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 13:42
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    @what This isn't StackOverflow. Nor is it Movies & TV, which has their own solution to the same problem. Every site has its own meta site, in which users debate over what works and what doesn't. On SciFi.SE, we've learned over time that questions which are open to what we call "me, too!" answers just don't work; they continue accumulating new answers long after one has been accepted, making any one single posted answer incomplete (because none of them can include all the "me, too!" answers). That is why SciFi.SE doesn't accept so-called "list" questions.
    – Izkata
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 23:09
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    Related Meta discussion.
    – user1027
    Commented Sep 28, 2013 at 6:08
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    @Izkata How is this question "primarily opinion-based"? How is it "opinion-based" at all? The fact that ISFDB maintains a list of virtually all newly released science fiction and fantasy book in English seems to be about as much a matter of opinion as "Fargo is the capital of North Dakota".
    – user14111
    Commented Sep 29, 2013 at 6:36

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See the list of Selected Upcoming Books (scroll down) and the list of All Forthcoming Books at the ISFDB.

  • This is exactly what I want. Thank you!
    – user17604
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 10:43

I'd strongly recommend using goodreads. I am logging all books I've read there for several reasons:

  • They send out a 'new books from authors you've read' newsletter every month. In the beginning that's not that much, but last month I found four new books I want to read with that newsletter alone.
  • They've also got a recommendation-function, which is based on what you've read so far and how much you liked it (and it's sorted by genre too).
  • You can even 'become a fan' of your favourite authors, so you get updated on their stuff. (This is like facebook's 'like' essentially)

I'm not saying you won't miss any books anymore, but I've stumbled across so much awesome books there that it's become my single source for information on new books.

  • You've forgotten to mention that you can also give and recieve recommendations between friends on Goodreads. I find this just as invaluable as the monthly newsletter. It's helpful to have friends with the same taste as you though :P Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 10:35
  • +1 that's nice, I didn't know this site. I'll certainly take a look at it, but actually I don't want recommendations, because I have often found books boring that others recommended, and vice versa. I'm a bit of a non-mainstream reader and have a hard time finding things I like, which is why I want to see everything and not miss the books in the small publishing houses and other "hidden gems". But then maybe there is someone with a similar taste on goodreads, so I will definitely try it.
    – user17604
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 10:42
  • @RobertEnglish: I heavily dislike social networking, so I don't use those features that much. But you're right, if you're into that, it might be very helpful. This might be especially useful, if one is a non-mainstream reader, given one finds someone with similar taste. Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 11:01

You can do an advanced search on amazon.com and search by publication date, it may not give you everything but it should be close enough. Previewing however poses a problem due to copyright issues, if a specific author has a website they may make a few chapters of some of their work available or even complete books (like through the Baen free library)

  • Thank you. I took out the preview part of my question. I will post that as a separate question. I'm not really happy with that function on Amazon, though, because it seems to me that there is too included in their "list" that I don't want, e.g. reprints of older books. But I'll take a look at it again and compare it to the other solutions. +1 for your help.
    – user17604
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 10:37

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