December is a really light month for new science fiction and fantasy books, but there's still some really great stuff out there. Including a new Deryni novel by Katherine Kurtz, a dwarf detective novel, and a Jay Lake collaboration. Here are the most essential books published in December.
The past few years, there's been a running dialogue in the U.K. over the fact that major awards, like the BSFA Awards and the Clarke Awards, tend to feature way more male authors on their shortlists. This year, both awards are trying to address that in different ways.