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The best sci-fi and fantasy books to buy in the Barnes & Noble Cyber Monday sale

Includes bestsellers like Fairy Tale and manga collections like Akira’s 35th anniversary box set

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It’s time for Barnes & Noble’s annual Cyber Monday sale. The site is jam-packed with excellent choices across genres — and Polygon is here to help sort through the best science fiction and fantasy (SFF) options that are currently discounted. Bestseller hardcovers are 50% off, boxed sets are up to 30% off, and tons of paperbacks are buy one, get one 50% off.

The entire site is also running a 15% deal for Cyber Monday with the coupon code CYBER15. It’s worth mentioning that this deal isn’t applicable on top of other coupon codes. But if you’re looking to take advantage of the 15% and need general SFF book recommendations, here are our favorites (so far) from 2022, as well as our favorites from 2021. Or if you’re looking for a more human touch, here are some of our favorite SFF BookTokers who are sure to have some ideas for holiday reading.

Here’s the best SFF from Barnes & Noble Cyber Monday sale:

50% off hardcovers

  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King for $16.25 (50% off)
  • The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe for $14.49 (50% off)
  • Demon in the Wood: A Shadow and Bone Graphic Novel by Leigh Bardugo, illustrated by Dani Pendergast for $11.49 (50% off)
  • This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede for $9.49 (50% off)

Up to 30% off boxed sets


  • One Piece Box Set 4: Dressrosa to Reverie: Volumes 71-90 by Eiichiro Oda for $148.79 (20% off)
  • Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set by Katsuhiro Otomo for $149.98 (25% off)
  • Bleach Box Set 1: Volumes 1-21 by Tite Kubo for $139.99 (20% off)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Box Set by Hiromu Arakawa for $175.99 (20% off)


  • The Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising) by Leigh Bardugo for $26.37 (20% off)
  • Shades of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light) by V.E. Schwab for $43.17 (20% off)
  • Three-Body Problem (The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest, Death’s End) by Cixin Liu for $43.17 (20% off)
  • Dune Saga (Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, Chapterhouse: Dune) by Frank Herbert for $75.60 (30% off)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King) by J.R.R. Tolkien for $28.76 (20% off)
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Sam Keith, J.H. Williams III, and Chris Bachalo for $225.00 (10% off)

2022 notable titles on sale

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin for $21.99 (21% off) [Ed note: while this one isn’t SFF, it is about game developers, so we thought it worth the inclusion.]
  • Babel: Or, The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution by R.F. Kuang for $24.99 (11% off)
An image of science fiction and fantasy books laid down side by side, shot at an angle. Books include Children of Time, Three-Body Problem, On a Sunbeam, Six of Crows, and others. Photo: Nicole Clark/Polygon

Buy one, get one 50% off

While Barnes & Noble adds books to this deal throughout the year, it continues to be an excellent way to build up that science fiction and fantasy collection. Here are some of our favorite choices from this section some of which have a separate sale price already applied.

  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan for $14.99 (17% off)
  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir for $16.99 (15% off)
  • The Poppy War (Poppy War #1) by R.F. Kuang for $16.19 (10% off)
  • Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey for $15.49 (14% off)
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin for $14.99 (11% off)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers for $15.99 (11% off)
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (The Roots of Chaos #1) for $17.99 (10% off)
  • Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky for $15.99 (11% off)
  • A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik for $14.99 (17% off)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for $13.99 (18% off)
  • Kindred by Octavia E. Butler for $16.00
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for $14.35 (10% off)

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