DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED
By Jason Erik Lundberg
Epigram Books/Paperback/ 192 pages/$18.90 before GST/ Major bookstores and epigrambooks.sg
In 2040, a dystopian world in which those with superhuman abilities, or "swees", are kept in oppression, North American Union envoy Lucas Lehrer is sent on a diplomatic trip to the South-east Asian nation of Tinhau, where the swee population is allowed to live freely. There, he ends up a fugitive and befriends a young woman who may not be of this world.
HEADWINDS AND HAZARDS
By Vikram Khanna
Straits Times Press/Paperback/ 344 pages/$32.10/Major bookstores
The Straits Times associate editor, who is a former International Monetary Fund economist, explores economic affairs in the age of populism in this collection of essays. Its subjects range from bitcoin and blockchain, to the trade war between China and the United States, to how economists try to predict football results.
ROADKILL FOR BEGINNERS
By Stephanie Chan
Math Paper Press/Paperback/ 101 pages/$16 before GST/ BooksActually
Chan, a poetry slam veteran who will be familiar to many in Singapore's spoken word scene by her moniker Stephanie Dogfoot, puts out her first poetry collection in print. Apocalyptic hawker centres, magical night bus rides and hungry turkey vultures feature.
NUSA FIVE VOL. 1
By Sweta Kartika
Shogakukan Asia/Paperback/ 248 pages/$12.90/Major bookstores
Published by the Singapore branch of Shogakukan Asia, this comic series by Indonesian artist Kartika is about five young people with special powers who must band together to save the world from an army of darkness that is collecting pure souls to resurrect Kelana, an evil entity with the power to destroy mankind.