Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: June 2017

#1

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

#2

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

#3

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

#4

Desperate Fire (Angel in the Whirlwind 04)
Christopher Nuttall
As two empires prepare to fight the largest space battle in history, Kat must trust her instincts to save her people and avoid oblivion. The fourth and final book in the Angel in the Whirlwind series, which includes the preceding books: The Oncoming Storm, Falcone Strike, and Cursed Command (TP, $29.95 each).
Space opera | TP | $29.95

#5

Creation Machine (Spin Trilogy 01)
Andrew Bannister
Iain says: ‘An absolutely fantastic debut, reminiscent of Iain M Banks. Highly recommended.’
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

#6

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters 11)
Mercedes Lackey
Psychic Nan Killian and Medium Sarah Lyon-White – along with their clever birds, the raven Neville and the parrot Grey – have been agents of Lord Alderscroft, the Elemental Fire Master known as the Wizard of London, since leaving school. Now, Lord Alderscroft assigns them another commission: to work with the famous man, living at 221 Baker Street – but not the one in flat B. They are to assist the man living in flat C. Dr John Watson and his wife Mary, themselves Elemental Masters of Water and Air, take the occult cases John’s more famous friend disdains, and they will need every skill the girls and their birds can muster!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

#7

Walkaway
Cory Doctorow
A brilliant imagining of the potential of technology to dismantle the boundary between utopia and dystopia. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

#8

Saint’s Blood (Greatcoats 03)
Sebastien de Castell
How do you kill a Saint? Falcio, Kest, and Brasti are about to find out, because someone has figured out a way to do it and they’ve started with a friend. The Dukes were already looking for ways out of their agreement to put Aline on the throne, but with the Saints turning up dead, rumours are spreading that the Gods themselves oppose her ascension. Now, churches are looking to protect themselves by bringing back the military orders of religious soldiers, assassins, and (especially) Inquisitors – a move that could turn the country into a theocracy. The only way Falcio can put a stop to it is by finding the murderer. He has only one clue: a terrifying iron mask which makes the Saints vulnerable by driving them mad. But even if he can find the killer, he’ll still have to face him in battle. And that may be a duel that no swordsman, no matter how skilled, can hope to win. The first in the series is Traitor’s Blade (PBK, $22.99). Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

#9

Station Eleven
Emily St John Mandel
The sheer humanity of this post-apocalypse novel still brings a tear to Ron’s (somewhat jaded!) eyes. Wonderful!
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99

#10

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels 09)
Ilona Andrews
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this… Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar… Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry, in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him, forever. And the only person, Kate can ask for help, is long dead. The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95