Bestsellers, Science Fiction & Fantasy: October 2018
Uncompromising Honor (Honor Harrington 14)
Praise be! Honor is back at last! The Solarian League’s navy counts its superdreadnoughts by the thousands. Not even its own government knows how enormous its economy truly is. And for hundreds of years, the League has borne the banner of human civilisation, been the ideal to which humanity aspires in its diaspora across the galaxy. But the bureaucrats known as the ‘Mandarins’, who rule today’s League, are not the men and women who founded it so long ago. They are corrupt, venal, accountable to no one… and they’ve decided the upstart Star Kingdom of Manticore must be destroyed. Very few people know war, the way Honor Harrington does. Very few have lost as many men and women, as many friends, as much family as she has. But the Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.
Space opera | HC | $49.95
The Consuming Fire (Interdependency 02)
Finally!! The Consuming Fire – the sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning The Collapsing Empire. The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilisation may go with it – unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth – or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power. While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields. The Emperox and her allies are smart and resourceful, but then so are her enemies. Nothing about this power struggle will be simple or easy… and all of humanity will be caught in its widening gyre. So excited!!
Space opera | TP | $29.99
There Before the Chaos (Farian War 01/Hail Bristol 04)
K B Wagers
And another we’ve all been waiting for… The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning. Hail Bristol, infamous galactic gunrunner and former runaway princess, never expected to inherit the throne of Indrana. But after avenging the murder of her family and cleansing the Empire of usurpers in a bloody civil war, the former outlaw must fulfil her duties to her people. Hail retires her gun and throws herself into the rebuilding of her Empire. Her hard-won peace is short-lived. When Indrana’s closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she embarks on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced. Caught between two alien civilisations at each other’s throats, she must uncover each side’s true intentions before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war. Actually – when you read it like that – publisher’s blurbs can sound really silly… but the series is great! We’ve sold heaps of the first trilogy – starting with Behind the Throne (PBK, $22.99) – and regulars are eagerly awaiting more.
Space opera | TP | $31.95
Salvation (Salvation Sequence 01)
Peter F Hamilton
‘How far ‘space opera’ has come! The Old Masters of sci-fi would admire the scope and sweep of Salvation.’ – The Wall Street Journal. In the year 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation – including starships – virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. All seems wonderful – until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly-located world eighty-nine light years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat, a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem… Mwah! ‘Tis truly the season to be jolly! So much to be grateful for…
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim 10)
James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood – an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself… because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again – and this time there will be no coming back. Even though he’s armed with the Room of 13 Doors, Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed, he’s got to enlist the help of new friends – plus a few unexpected old faces. Stark has been in dangerous situations before – you don’t get named Sandman Slim for nothing. But with a mysterious enemy on the loose, a debt to pay, and a clock ticking down, this may truly be the beginning of his end… Supposedly, urban fantasy is yesterday’s genre and ‘isn’t selling’. We still sell buckets of it – and Kadrey is definitely still a bestseller here at Pulp!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Restoration (Verity Fassbinder 03)
Speaking of best-selling urban fantasy… Walking between the worlds has always been dangerous – but this time V’s facing the loss of all she holds dear. Verity Fassbinder thought no boss could be worse than her perfectionist ex-boyfriend – until she grudgingly agreed to work for a psychotic fallen angel. And dealing with a career change not entirely of her own choosing is doing nothing to improve V’s already fractious temper. The angel is a jealous – and violent – employer, so she’s quit working for the Weyrd Council and sent her family away, for their own safety. Instead of indulging in domestic bliss, she’s got to play BFFs with the angel’s little spy, Joyce the kitsune assassin… and Joyce comes with her own murderous problems. The angel has tasked V with finding two lost treasures, which would be hard enough even without a vengeful Dusana Nadasy on her heels. And Inspector McIntyre won’t stop calling: the bodies of Normal women – who disappeared decades before – are turning up, apparently subjected to Weyrd magics. Angelic demands or not, this isn’t something she can walk away from. And the angel is getting impatient for results…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99
Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires 01)
‘New and extraordinary… Go read this!’ – David Weber. Sikander Singh North has always had it easy – until he joined the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and only Kashmiri, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all, while dodging bullets. Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start – but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. We did pretty well with this in hardcover – and now it’s in paperback.
Space opera | PBK | $21.95
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters 13)
The thirteenth novel in the magical alternate history Elemental Masters series continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate Victorian England. The threat of Moriarty is gone – but so is Sherlock Holmes. Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty’s network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over: in a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways. A couple who fears for their own recently-wedded daughter hires the group to investigate, but with each new body, the mystery only deepens. The more bodies emerge, the more the gang suspects that there is dangerous magic at work, and that Moriarty’s associates are somehow involved. But as they race against the clock to uncover the killer, it will take all their talents, Magic, and Psychic Powers – and perhaps some help from a dearly departed friend – to bring the murderer to justice. Holy cow, Sherlock Holmes has been a boon to the publishing industry – not just the Victorian and Edwardian iterations either – but here, well into the twenty-first century… a gift that keeps on giving!
Historical fantasy | HC | $49.95
Dragon’s Code (Dragonriders of Pern)
‘In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales that recount the adventures of the brave inhabitants of a distant planet who battle the pitiless adversary known as Thread’ – publisher’s blurb. The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight – until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders arrived from the past, traveling four hundred years to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed. Piemur, a journeyman harper, also feels displaced, cast adrift by the loss of his spectacular boyhood voice and uncertain of his future. But when the Masterharper of Pern sees promise in the young man and sends him undercover among the exiled Oldtimers, Piemur senses the looming catastrophe that threatens the balance of power between the Weyrs and Holds of Pern. When the unthinkable happens, Piemur must rise to the challenge to avert disaster and restore honour to the dragons and dragonriders of Pern. Because now, in a world already beset by Thread, another, more insidious danger looms: For the first time in living memory, dragons may be on the verge of fighting dragons…
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce 19)
L E Modesitt Jnr
In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic – the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents no one dreamed of, talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power-hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his newfound power will be enough to save them all. It’s really been a month mostly of old favourites – and there’s nothing wrong with that. :)
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95