10 must-read SFF releases to make October your best reading month yet

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab. Image courtesy Tor
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab. Image courtesy Tor /
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The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

If you’re growing increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change, Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future may be the book for you. (Or maybe not, depending on how much you’re attempting to escape with your fiction.)

This science-fiction narrative tells the tale of an organization — that’s right, The Ministry for the Future — tasked with protecting all living things and ensuring the world is survivable for future generations. In the book, this fictional organization is formed in 2025, only five years out from now. And it’s entirely conceivable that humans could need something like this in the near future.

Per The Ministry for the Future‘s synopsis:

"“Its setting is not a desolate, post-apocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us — and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face.”"

The description also promises to tackle climate change, so it’ll be interesting to see how Robinson lets that narrative unfold. This sci-fi story may not feel so much like fiction at this point, but that means it’s that much more worth reading.

The Ministry for the Future is available now in ebook, audiobook, and print formats.