Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: July 2017

#1

Corpselight (Verity Fassbinder 02)
Angela Slatter
Mud. Mud. And more mud. Life in Brisbane is never simple for those who walk between the worlds… An insurance investigation sounds pretty harmless, even if it is for ‘unusual happenstance’ – a rarely-used clause that covers all-purpose hauntings, angry genii loci, ectoplasmic home invasion, demonic possession – that kind of thing. But Susan Beckett’s claimed three times in three months. Her house keeps getting inundated with mud. But she’s still insisting she doesn’t need or want help. Until the dry-land drownings begin. The sequel to the fabulous Vigil – and this just may be even more fabulous…
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

#2

Vigil (Verity Fassbinder 01)
Angela Slatter
When a fantastic paranormal mystery is set here – in Brisbane (or, as Angela would have it: Brisneyland) – how could we not recommend this above all else? Now in paperback!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

#3

Besieged (Iron Druid Chronicles collection)
Kevin Hearne
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this action-packed and very funny collection of short stories featuring Atticus O’Sullivan, the two-thousand-year-old Druid who runs a magic shop in modern day Arizona (first in the series is Hounded – recommended!)
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

#4

The Collapsing Empire (Flow 01)
John Scalzi
A scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency are all in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. Oh, yeah! Fantastic new space opera from one of the modern masters of the genre – classic stuff but with a very modern sensibility…
Space opera | PBK | $19.99

#5

The Goblin Emperor
Katherine Addison
Yes, we know it came out a couple of years ago – but Ron has finally got around to reading it and is obsessed and forcing copies upon anyone who will listen to him… (It’s very, very good!) Ignore the drab cover art! Ignore the lacklustre blurb! Just read it!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

#6

The Delirium Brief (Laundry Files 08)
Charles Stross
The eighth case in Stross’ Laundry Files – the Hugo-winning series described by Kirkus reviews as ‘a weirdly alluring blend of super-spy thriller, deadpan comic fantasy, and Lovecraftian horror’ (the series starts with The Atrocity Archives).
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.99

#7

In Evil Times (Imperials 02)
Melinda Snodgrass
Snodgrass has been around for years – and spent a lot of time working on things like Star Trek: Next Generation, Sliders, Seaquest DSV, and the like – but she’s back to writing SF novels again – and this sequel to The High Ground is cracking good space opera! (Also: she’s written a couple of fabulous paranormal mysteries under the pen-name of Phillipa Bornikova as well! Lots of customers rave about them! Recommended!)
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

#8

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Neil Stephenson & Nicole Galland
A captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world… Iain says: ‘Think witches, time travel, magic, etc, through the prism of quantum mechanics and multi-agency clandestine operations. So. Much. Fun. Don’t miss!’
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

#9

The Kill Society (Sandman Slim 09)
Richard Kadrey
Sandman Slim returns in this high-octane ninth thriller in the series. He’s been to Heaven and Hell – and many places in between – but now he finds himself in an unknown land: the far, far edge of Tenebrae, the desolate home of the lost dead – with a fat bounty on his head…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

#10

Cold Welcome (Vatta’s Peace 01)
Moon, Elizabeth
Return to the fabulous universe of the Vatta’s War series, in this first instalment of a new trilogy. When commander Kylara Vatta is summoned home, she expects a hero’s welcome – instead she finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world – and struggling to survive in a hostile environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance…
Space opera | PBK | $22.99