Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: April 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2018.

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Until next time, good reading!

April 2018 includes new books by: Phillipa Bornikova, Raymond E Feist, Kevin Hearne, Mark Lawrence, Emma Newman, John Scalzi, Daniel Suarez, Jodi Taylor, Catherynne M Valente… and many others.

April 2018 Science Fiction & Fantasy new releases

I, Robot (Robots 01)
Asimov, Isaac
What happens when a robot begins to question its creators? What would be the consequences of creating a robot with a sense of humour? Or the ability to lie? How do we truly tell the difference between man and machine? In I, Robot, Asimov sets out the Three Laws of Robotics – designed to protect humans from their robotic creations – and pushes them to their limits and beyond. Following genius robopsychologist Dr Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan, these short stories helped to transform artificial intelligence from a dream into a science and changed perceptions of robots… for ever.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

The Rest of the Robots (Robots 02)
Asimov, Isaac
How could robots be used in a time of war? Could a robot be raised like a child? Could we allow them to have children of their own? Is there any human profession that could never be performed by a robotic replacement? In The Rest of the Robots, robopsychologist Dr Susan Calvin and engineers Powell and Donovan return to investigate many more puzzling anomalies and catastrophic malfunctions. With characteristic wit, foresight and imagination, Asimov’s stories uncover the practical and ethical issues humanity will encounter in a robotic future.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

The Complete Robot (Robots series collection)
Asimov, Isaac
Could a robot ever show true creativity? Is it wise to trust self-driving cars? Will robotic body parts transform human beings into machines? Will organic technology allow robots to become human? The Complete Robot combines the stories in I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots, with many more found only in this collection – including one of Asimov’s masterpieces, the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novella The Bicentennial Man. Featuring Dr Susan Calvin, Donovan and Powell, and the detective Elijah Baley, hero of the Robot novels, this is the ultimate collection of short stories from a genius of the genre.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

Impostor Syndrome (Arcadia Project 03)
Baker, Mishell
Three months ago, a rift between agents in London and Los Angeles tore the Arcadia Project apart. With both fey Courts split down the middle – half supporting London, half LA – London is putting the pieces in place to quash the resistance. But due to an alarming backslide in her mental health, new LA agent Mille Roper is in no condition to fight. When London’s opening shot is to frame Millie’s partner, Tjuan, for attempted homicide, Millie has no choice but to hide him and try to clear his name. Her investigation will take her across the pond to the heart of Arcadia at the mysterious and impenetrable White Rose palace. The key to Tjuan’s freedom – and to the success of the revolution – is locked in a vault under the fey Queen’s watchful eye. It’s up to Millie to plan and lead a heist that will shape the future of two worlds – all while pretending that she knows exactly what she’s doing. The sequel to Borderline and Phantom Pains (TP, $24.99 each).
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Phantom Pains (Arcadia Project 02)
Baker, Mishell
Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, in a final visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss Caryl encounter Teo’s tormented ghost. But there’s one problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist. Millie has a new life, a stressful job, and no time to get pulled back into the Project, but she agrees to tell her side of the ghost story to the agents from the Project’s National Headquarters. During her visit, though, tragedy strikes when one of the agents is gruesomely murdered – in a way only Caryl could have achieved. Millie knows Caryl is innocent, but the only way to save her from the Project’s severe, off-the-books justice is to find the mysterious culprits that can only be seen, when they want to be seen. Millie must solve the mystery not only to save Caryl, but also to foil an insidious, arcane terrorist plot that would leave two worlds in ruins. The sequel to Borderline (TP, $24.99).
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Arm of the Sphinx (Books of Babel 02)
Bancroft, Josiah
Senlin and his eclectic crew are struggling to survive aboard their stolen airship, as the hunt to rescue Senlin’s lost wife continues. Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the Tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx never comes cheaply, and as Senlin knows, debts aren’t always what they seem in the Tower of Babel… The sequel to Senlin Ascends (PBK, $22.99). ‘Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page.’ – Django Wexler.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Vengeance (Xeelee series)
Baxter, Stephen
Defeated in a greater war, the Xeelee eventually fled the universe. Most of them. A handful were left behind, equipped with time travel capabilities, their task to tidy up: to reorder history more to the Xeelee’s liking. That million-year war with humankind was one blemish. It had to be erased. And in order to do that, a lone Xeelee was sent back in time – to remove Michael Poole from history.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

A Veil of Spears (Song of Shattered Sands 03)
Beaulieu, Bradley
The end is coming: as eda focuses on freeing the asirim and weaken the kings’ hold on Sharakhai, the kings’ forces, the scheming queen of Qaimir, Hamzakiir the ruthless blood mage, and the thirteenth tribe all prepare for a grand clash that may decide the fate of all who sail the desert.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Guns Above (Signal Airship 01)
Bennis, Robyn
They say it’s not the fall that kills you. For Josette Dupre – the Corps’ first female airship captain – it might just be a bullet in the back. Lord Bernat’s been assigned to her ship to catalogue her every moment of weakness and indecision. When the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive… long enough to prove herself? We expect the paperback edition ($22.99) in June; as well as a sequel: By Fire Above (HC, $36.99).
Steampunk | TP | $33.95

A Breach of Containment (Central Corps 03)
Bonesteel, Elizabeth
Now, an engineer on a commercial shipping vessel, Elena finds herself drawn into the conflict when she picks up the artefact on Yakutsk – and investigation of it uncovers ties to the massive, corrupt corporation Ellis Systems, whom she’s opposed before. Her safety is further compromised by her former ties to Central Corps – Elena can’t separate herself from her past life and her old ship, the CCSS Galileo. Before Elena can pursue the artefact’s purpose further, disaster strikes: all communication with the First Sector – including Earth – is lost. The reason becomes apparent when news reaches Elena of a battle fleet, intent on destruction, rapidly approaching Earth. And with communications at sub-light levels, there is no way to warn the planet in time. Armed with crucial intel from a shadowy source and the strange artefact, Elena may be the only one who can stop the fleet, and Ellis, and save Earth. But for this mission there will be no second chances – and no return. Follows The Cold Between and Remnants of Trust (PBK, $24.99 each).
Military SF | PBK | $22.99

Publish and Perish (Linnet Ellery 03)
Bornikova, Phillipa
Linnet Ellery, a young attorney at a prestigious New York vampire law firm has proved she has extraordinary luck – and not just in the courtroom. She has walked unscathed through events that would kill a normal person. Linnet’s elven ex-boyfriend is trapped in Fairyland, and Linnet will have to lead a raid into Fey to free him – alongside her boss, whom she is falling in love with. But a love affair between a vampire and a human is strictly forbidden, and any violation is punishable by death for both parties. As events unfold, Linnet determines the source of her mysterious power, and is dismayed to discover that she is the most dangerous person in the world to her vampire and werewolf friends. The more secrets and treachery she uncovers, the more Linnet realises that a decision must be made: Can she be her true self, without sacrificing everyone she cares about?
Urban fantasy | TP | $33.95

Good Guys
Brust, Steven
Donovan was shot by a cop. For jaywalking, supposedly. Actually, for arguing with a cop, while black. Four of the nine shots were lethal – or would have been, if their target had been anybody else. The Foundation picked him up, brought him back, and trained him further. ‘Lethal’ turns out to be a relative term, when magic is involved. When Marci was fifteen, she levitated a paperweight and threw it at a guy she didn’t like. The Foundation scooped her up for training, too. ‘Hippie chick’ Susan got well into her Foundation training, before they told her about the magic, but she’s as powerful as Donovan and Marci, now. They can teleport themselves thousands of miles, conjure shields that will stop bullets, and read information from the remnants of spells cast by others, days before. They all work for the secretive Foundation… for minimum wage. Which is okay, because the Foundation are the good guys. Aren’t they?
Urban fantasy | HC | $34.99

Semiosis
Burke, Sue
Escaping conflict on Earth, an idealistic group of settlers arrive on a distant planet – Pax – with plans for a perfect society. The world they discover is rich with life, but this is not the Eden they were hoping for. The plants on Pax are smart – smart enough to domesticate, and even slaughter, its many extraordinary animals. To survive, the colonists realise that they must strike bargains of their own. But if they are to make Pax their home, they must go further, searching for a way to communicate and coexist with these utterly alien intelligences. ‘This is top-class SF, intelligent and engaging, and I loved every minute of it’ – Adrian Tchaikovsky. Highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Witchy Winter (Witchy 02)
Butler, D J
Sarah Calhoun paid a hard price for her entry onto the stage of the Empire’s politics, but she survived. Now she rides north into the Ohio and her father’s kingdom, Cahokia. To win the Serpent Throne, she’ll have to defeat seven other candidates, win over the kingdom’s regent, and learn the will of a hidden goddess – while mastering her people’s inscrutable ways and watching her own back. In New Orleans, a new and unorthodox priest arises to plague the chevalier and embody the curse of the murdered Bishop Ukwu. He battles the chevalier’s ordinary forces as well as a troop of Old World mamelukes for control of the city and the mouth of the great Mississippi River. Dodging between these rival titans, a crew of Catalan pirates – whose captain was once a close associate of Mad Hannah Penn – grapples with the chevalier over the fate of one of their mates. Meanwhile, a failed ceremony and a sick infant send the Anishinaabe hunter Ma’iingan on a journey across the Empire to Cavalier Johnsland, to a troubled foster child named Nathaniel. Ma’iingan is promised that Nathaniel is a mighty healer and can save his imperilled baby, but first Nathaniel – a pale young man with a twisted ear who hears the voices of unseen beings – must himself be rescued, from oppression, imprisonment, and madness. A sequel to Witchy Eye (PBK, $19.95).
Alternate fantasy | HC | $46.95

The City of Lost Fortunes (Crescent City 01)
Camp, Bryan
‘Debut author Camp transforms his native New Orleans into a realm of magic and gods that’s still deeply wounded from Hurricane Katrina. Street magician and demigod Jude Dubuisson used to magically locate lost objects and people, but he quit after Katrina overwhelmed the city with loss. The slaying of the god of fortune forces Jude into a maelstrom as he learns that he is inextricably bound with the murder, other murders that follow, and the lives of everyone in New Orleans. Camp’s fantasy reads like jazz, with multiple, chaotic-seeming threads of deities, mortals, and destiny playing in harmony. This game of souls and fate is full of snarky dialogue, taut suspense, and characters whose glitter hides sharp fangs. Jude is an engaging, once-cheerful trickster turned hermit and reluctant hero; if his destiny is bleak, he decides he might as well go all out, to save whomever he can and the city he refuses to abandon. Any reader who likes fantasy with a dash of the bizarre will enjoy this trip to the Crescent City.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.
Urban fantasy | HC | $45.95

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky 01)
Carew, Leo
A great war has come to the land under the Northern Sky. Beyond the Black River, among the forests and mountains of the north, lives an ancient race of people. Their lives are measured in centuries, not decades; they revel in wilderness and resilience, and they scorn wealth and comfort. By contrast, those in the south live in the moment, their lives more fleeting. They crave wealth and power, their ambition is limitless, and their cunning unmatched. When the armies of the south flood across the Black River, the fragile peace between the two races is shattered. On a lightning-struck battlefield, the two sides will fight – for their people, for their land, for their very survival. Two sides. One victor. The first in a series, by a new voice to rival David Gemmell, or George R R Martin.
Epic fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Erstwhile (Vorrh trilogy 02)
Catling, Brian
In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences. In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now, a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back, so easily. To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile, a child of mixed race has been found, abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course. A sequel to The Vorrh (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Moonglow
Chabon, Michael
Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession, made to a grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as ‘my grandfather’. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact – and the creative power – of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. Collapsing an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week, it is a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel, disguised as a memoir.
Fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three
Clarke, Neil (editor)
For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it’s a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. Award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year in review, and twenty-seven of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2017.
SF anthology | TP | $35.95

The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne 01)
Cole, Myke
In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils; and will kill as many innocent people as they must, to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
Military fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Boggart (Boggart 01)
Cooper, Susan
Accidentally transported from his remote Scottish castle to the bright, fast-moving, hi-tech city of Toronto, the highly mischievous Boggart simply can’t resist the opportunity for pranks, and wreaks havoc for the Volnik family, inheritors of his distant castle home. But the Boggart doesn’t mean any real harm, and when he begins to pine for the rolling Scottish mists and the sound of bagpipes, he turns to his two young friends, Emily and Jessup Volnik, for help. A delightfully funny and moving story for children.
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $14.99

The Boggart and the Monster (Boggart 02)
Cooper, Susan
Emily and Jess Volnik have returned for another Scottish adventure, joining their old friend Tommy and Mr Maconochie, the new owner of Castle Keep, on a trip to Loch Ness, where a new expedition is determined to find the fabled monster. The fun-loving Boggart – a mischievous shape-shifting spirit who has lived in the castle for centuries – comes along for the ride, but this time the Boggart has a serious mission. His cousin Nessie is trapped in the monster shape he took on long ago, and it’s up to the Boggart to keep Nessie from being discovered by the expedition’s high-tech equipment. Is modern science any match for the Boggart’s ancient magic?
YA fantasy reissue | PBK | $14.99

Tyrant’s Throne (Greatcoats 04)
de Castell, Sebastien
Falcio val Mond, First Cantor of the Greatcoats, is on the brink of fulfilling his dead King’s dream: soon, Aline will take the throne and restore the rule of law once and for all. But in Tristia, nothing is ever that simple. In neighbouring Avares, an enigmatic warlord has risen, and his closest ally is none other than Falcio’s old nemesis Trin. With the armies of Avares at her back, she’ll be unstoppable. Falcio, Kest and Brasti go racing north to stop her, but in those treacherous climes, they discover something altogether different, and far more dangerous… The first in this entertaining, swashbuckling series is Traitor’s Blade ($22.99). Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Though Hell Should Bar the Way (RCN 12)
Drake, David
Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal, he had to take whatever was offered. What is offered is a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end. Duty snatches Roy from the harem of a pirate chief to a world of monsters, from interstellar reaches in a half-wrecked starship to assassination attempts at posh houses. The action doesn’t slow, and nor can Roy. Captain Leary himself has given Roy a chance and he is determined to make the most of it.
Military SF | HC | $46.95

Phoresis (novella)
Egan, Greg
Welcome to Tvbura and Tvburi, the richly-imagined twin planets that stand at the centre of Greg Egan’s extraordinary new novella, Phoresis. These two planets–one inhabited, one not – exist in extreme proximity to one another. As the narrative begins, Tvbura, the inhabited planet, faces a grave and imminent threat: the food supply is dwindling, and the conditions necessary for sustaining life are growing more and more erratic. Faced with the prospect of eventual catastrophe, the remarkable women of Tvbura launch a pair of ambitious, long-term initiatives. The first involves an attempt to reanimate the planet’s increasingly dormant ecosphere. The second concerns the building of a literal ‘bridge between worlds’ that will connect Tvbura to its (hopefully) habitable sibling. These initiatives form the core of the narrative, which is divided into three sections and takes place over many generations. The resulting triptych is, at once, an epic in miniature, a work of hard SF filled with humanist touches, and a compressed, meticulously detailed example of original world building. Most centrally, it is a portrait of people struggling – and sometimes risking everything–to preserve a future they will not live to see. Erudite and entertaining, Phoresis shows us Egan at his formidable best, offering the sort of intense, visionary pleasures only science fiction can provide. A pricey, limited edition, hardback novella from Subterranean Press.
Science fiction | HC | $76.95

Memory’s Blade (Starfire trilogy 03)
Ellsworth, Spencer
If Jaqi and Araskar can fight their way out, they can use a secret at the heart of the Dark Zone to free the galaxy, and end John Starfire’s new tyranny. They lose, and every star in the sky will go dark. This 232pp Tor.com novella is the conclusion of the action-packed trilogy, following A Red Peace and Shadow Sun Seven (PBK, $24.99 each).
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

King of Ashes (Firemane Saga 01)
Feist, Raymond E
The world of Garn once boasted five great kingdoms, until the King of Ithrace was defeated and every member of his family executed by Lodavico, the ruthless King of Sandura – a man with ambitions to rule the world. Ithrace’s ruling family were the legendary Firemanes, and represented a great danger to the other kings. Now, four great kingdoms remain, on the brink of war. But rumour has it that the newborn son of the last king of Ithrace survived, carried off during battle and sequestered by the Quelli Nacosti, a secret society whose members are trained to infiltrate and spy upon the rich and powerful throughout Garn. Terrified that this may be true, and that the child will grow to maturity with bloody revenge in his heart, the four kings have placed a huge bounty on the child’s head. The first book in an entirely new series by Feist.
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

Archangel (Spectre War 02)
Fortune, Margaret
As a soldier of the Celestial Expanse, Guardian First Class Michael Sorenson knows better than anyone that when the Spectres invade, there are only two options. Run or die. However, his defensive war takes on a whole new spin when he’s recruited into Division 7, a Research and Development facility with the ultimate mission: to create a large-scale weapon that can kill Spectres, en masse. Here, Michael joins a team of military elite who have the daring – and dangerous – task of taking new weapons prototypes out into the field for testing on enemy troops. Yet, the closer they come to developing a working WMD, the more it becomes clear: There’s a saboteur in R&D. With all signs pointing to a massive Spectre attack brewing on the horizon, the creation of a new weapons system yields an opportunity to end the threat, once and for all. As the days count down toward its launch, Michael must hunt down the saboteur… before the saboteur hunts down him. A sequel to Nova (PBK, $19.95).
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Norse Mythology
Gaiman, Neil
The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from Tolkien, Alan Garner, and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction. Now, he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman’s gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, and passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarök and the twilight of the gods. Galvanised by Gaiman’s prose, Thor, Loki, Odin, and Freya are irresistible forces for modern readers.
Fantasy/mythology | PBK | $19.99

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club 01)
Goss, Theodora
A remarkable group of women, who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders – and the bigger mystery of their own origins. Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless, following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue, in particular, hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture… a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana – a feral child, left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now, it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.
Historical fantasy | TP | $24.99

The Queens of Innis Lear
Gratton, Tessa
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, star-blessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year… when prophecies align, and a poison ritual can be enacted. Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided. ‘Amazing. Just Amazing.’ – Robin McKinley.
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Defy the Worlds (Defy the Stars 02)
Gray, Claudia
Noemi Vidal has returned to her planet, Genesis, as an outsider – ostracised for refusing to end the Liberty War by sacrificing Abel, the most advanced mechanical man ever made. She dreams of travelling through the stars again, and when a deadly plague arrives on Genesis, Noemi gets her chance. The only soldier to have ever left her planet, it will be up to her to save its people. If only she wasn’t flying right into a trap.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Runelight (Runemarks 02)
Harris, Joanne M
The squabbling Norse gods and goddesses back! Maggie – a girl, the same age as Maddy, but brought up a world apart… literally, in World’s End, the focus of the Order in which Maddy was raised. Six hundred miles apart, two girls each bear on their skin a runemark: a symbol of the Old Days – when the known Worlds were ruled by the gods from their sky citadel, Asgard… A sequel to Runemarks (PBK $22.99).
Norse fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Scourged (Iron Druid Chronicles 09)
Hearne, Kevin
Unchained from fate, the Norse gods Loki and Hel are ready to unleash Ragnarök, aka the Apocalypse, upon the earth. With a whole host of dark allies on their side, there’s a globe-spanning battle on the cards – one which Druid Atticus O’Sullivan will be hard pressed to survive, much less win. Atticus must recruit the aid of an Indian witch and a trickster god in hopes that they’ll give him just enough leverage to both save Gaia and see another sunrise. After all – if the world ends, who’s going to make sure the hound Oberon gets his well-deserved snack? The finale of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Hounded ($19.95) is the first in this great series.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Radiate (Lightless 03)
Higgins, C A
Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators. Now, Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her, and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her ‘father’, Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life. But Matthew is on a strange quest of his own, traveling the galaxy alongside Ivan, with whom he shares a deeply painful history. Ananke and her parents are racing toward an inevitable collision, with consequences as violent as the birth of the solar system itself – and as devastating as the discovery of love. The conclusion of the superb trilogy, following Lightless (TP, $24.99) and Supernova (TP, $29.99). Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

Assassin’s Fate (Fitz and the Fool trilogy 03)
Hobb, Robin
Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants – a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures, but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams – but just what part remains uncertain. As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world… Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside – a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return. For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And, though, Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with – deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Wanderers
Howrey, Meg
The best of Helen Kane exists in space. If she doesn’t go back up, she’ll be consigned to a lesser version of herself on a planet that has also seen better days. Helen is an experienced astronaut with a NASA position and a struggling, grown-up daughter who needs her; but when, at fifty-three, she is offered a place on the training program for the first mission to Mars, the most realistic simulation ever, she cannot refuse a last chance to walk among the stars.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The After Wife
Hunter, Cass
When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband. Now, she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone. But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love – to see them through the dark days after her death. A gift, called iRachel.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Brave New World (Vintage Classics)
Huxley, Aldous
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress… Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.
Classic SF | HC | $29.99

The Haunting of Henry Twist
John, Rebecca F
London, 1926: Henry Twist’s heavily pregnant wife leaves home to meet a friend. On the way, she is hit by a bus and killed, though miraculously the baby survives. Henry is left with nothing but his new daughter – a single father, in a world without single fathers. He hurries the baby home, terrified that she’ll be taken from him. Racked with guilt and fear, he stays away from prying eyes, walking her through the streets at night, under cover of darkness. But, one evening, a strange man steps out of the shadows and addresses Henry by name. The man says that he has lost his memory, but that his name is Jack. Henry is both afraid of and drawn to Jack, and the more time they spend together, the more Henry sees that this man has echoes of his dead wife. His mannerisms, some things he says… And, so, Henry wonders, has his wife returned to him? Has he conjured Jack himself from thin air? Or is he in the grip of a sophisticated con man? Who really sent him? Shortlisted for the 2017 Costa First Novel Award.
Ghost story | PBK | $19.99

Deadmen Walking (Deadman’s Cross 01)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane – an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn – an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates… gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen: humanity’s last hope to restore the gates. But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For theSea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged – a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now, Marcelina – the Sea Witch – must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and watches humanity fall, or she puts her faith in an enemy, who has already betrayed her. Her people, over the totality of humanity? Let’s hope Bane can sway her favour… The first in a new series – spinning off from the Dark-Hunter novels.
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99

Queen of the Struggle (Memory Thief trilogy 02)
Korpon, Nik
Overthrowing the tyrannical Tathadann government should have been cause for celebration. But as Eitan City announces its independence, soldiers from the northern province of Vårgmannskjør storm the ceremony and annex the city. The cruelties of the Tathadann soon pale beside the new occupiers’ atrocities. Henraek finds himself resettled in the north, in a city where the people seem happy and well… until its labour camps and enslaved spirits come to light. The rebellion must begin anew, in Eitan City and throughout Vårgmannskjør, and now the stakes are higher than ever. A sequel to The Rebellion’s Last Traitor (PBK, $19.95).
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99

Wolf’s Mate (Shifter Rogues 01)
Kyle, Celia
Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That’s why she’s an accountant – no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organisation, she’ll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed… or end up six feet under. Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it’s time to put his past behind him. Now, Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he’s going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he’ll have to embrace the darkness he’s fought to keep at bay. But, first, he has to convince Abby that there’s no safer place in the world than the arms of a big, bad werewolf.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Hot and Badgered (Honey Badgers 01)
Laurenston, Shelly
It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands, face first, on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late. Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or, maybe, Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed, again… and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist – with a network of every shifter in Manhattan – get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along – that is, if he can keep up…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor 02)
Lawrence, Mark
In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the ambition of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a blade, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord. As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she has sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pull of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty. And in all this only one thing is certain. There will be blood.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

What If Our World Is Their Heaven: the Final Conversations of Philip K Dick
Lee, Gwen & Sauter, Doris Elaine (editors)
In the field of science fiction, the work of Philip K Dick is unparalleled. His work formed the basis for the films: Blade Runner, The Minority Report, Total Recall, and his masterpiece, A Scanner Darkly. Dick’s appeal and influence have reached the world over, creating the standard for the literary science fiction novel. In November 1982, six months before the author’s death, journalist Gwen Lee recorded the first of several in-depth discussions with Philip K Dick that continued over the course of the next three months. These extraordinary interviews are filled with the wit and aplomb characteristic of Dick’s writing. A must read for anyone interested in Dick’s headlong pursuit of the truth, and in the secret history of our times.
Memoir | PBK | $19.99

The Long Sunset (Academy 08)
McDevitt, Jack
Hutch has been the Academy’s best pilot for decades. She’s had numerous first-contact encounters and even became a minor celebrity. But world politics have shifted from exploration to a growing fear that the program will run into an extra-terrestrial race, more advanced than humanity, and war. Despite taking part in the recent scientific breakthrough that rejuvenates the human body and expands one’s lifespan, Hutch finds herself as a famous interstellar pilot with little to do – until a message from an alien race arrives.
SF adventure | HC | $52.95

Blackwing (Raven’s Mark 01)
McDonald, Ed
The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh eaters, and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost… A gritty epic fantasy, for fans of Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch, and Daniel Polansky. This has had raves from customers!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Circe
Miller, Madeline
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home. There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
Mythic fantasy | TP | $29.99

Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce
Modesitt Jr, L E
A collection of short stories – set in the world of the Recluce Saga – features seventeen new tales, and four popular reprints; spanning the thousand-year history of Recluce, complemented by a background essay.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Noir
Moore, Christopher
San Francisco. Summer, 1947. A dame walks into a saloon… It’s not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint, where Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin tends bar. It’s love, at first sight – but before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business.‘Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he’s got the connections on the street. Meanwhile, a suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainer, followed by a mysterious plane crash in a distant patch of desert in New Mexico that goes by the name Roswell. But the real weirdness is happening on the streets of the City by the Bay. When one of Sammy’s schemes goes south and the Cheese mysteriously vanishes, Sammy is forced to contend with his own dark secrets – and more than a few strange goings on – if he wants to find his girl. Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon, with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir.
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.99

One Way
Morden, S J
Eight astronauts. One killer. No way home. Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son’s drug dealer. So, when he’s offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations – the company that runs the prison – he takes it, even though it means swapping one life sentence for another. He’s been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is – and he’ll have to learn to trust them, if they’re to succeed. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents, at all… There’s a murderer amongst them, and everyone’s a suspect.
SF noir | TP | $29.99

From Unseen Fire (Aven Cycle 01)
Morris, Cass
The Dictator is dead; long live the Republic. But whose Republic will it be? Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. Latona of the Vitelliae, a mage of Spirit and Fire, has suppressed her phenomenal talents for fear they would draw unwanted attention from unscrupulous men. Now that the Dictator who threatened her family is gone, she may have an opportunity to seize a greater destiny as a protector of the people – if only she can find the courage to try. Her siblings – a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess learning to navigate a treacherous world, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia – will be her allies as she builds a place for herself in this new world, against the objections of their father, her husband, and the strictures of Aventan society. Latona’s path intersects with that of Sempronius Tarren, an ambitious senator harbouring a dangerous secret. Sacred law dictates that no mage may hold high office, but Sempronius, a Shadow mage who has kept his abilities a lifelong secret, intends to do just that. As rebellion brews in the provinces, Sempronius must outwit the ruthless leader of the opposing Senate faction to claim the political and military power he needs to secure a glorious future for Aven and his own place in history. As politics draw them together and romance blossoms between them, Latona and Sempronius will use wit, charm, and magic to shape Aven’s fate. But when their foes resort to brutal violence and foul sorcery, will their efforts be enough to save the Republic they love?
Fantasy/alternate history | HC | $47.95

Fire Dance (Last Song Before Night 02)
Myer, Ilana C
Lin, newly initiated in the art of otherworldly enchantments, is sent to aid her homeland’s allies against vicious attacks from the Fire Dancers: mysterious practitioners of strange and deadly magic. Forced to step into a dangerous waltz of tradition, treachery, and palace secrets, Lin must also race the ticking clock of her own rapidly dwindling life to learn the truth of the Fire Dancers’ war, and how she might prevent death, on a scale too terrifying to contemplate. A sequel to Last Song Before Night (TP, $26.99).
Fantasy | HC | $52.95

Only Human (Themis Files 03)
Neuvel, Sylvain
As the human race picks up the pieces of destruction left behind, a new world order emerges. New alliances are formed. Old divisions are strengthened. And, with a power struggle fuelled by the threat of mutually assured destruction, nothing is certain. At a time when the world’s nations should have been coming together, they have never been more divided. With the human race teetering on the brink of total war, Rose, Vincent, and Eva must choose sides. But doing the right thing might mean making the ultimate sacrifice.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Waking Gods (Themis Files 02)
Neuvel, Sylvain
As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery – a huge metallic hand, buried deep in the earth. She has since focused her scientific career on uncovering everything about the hand and the other gigantic body parts found scattered about the globe. When another robot is discovered and lashes out, Dr Franklin is closer to learning its secrets than ever before. But as more machines appear, earth looks set for an invasion for which it is colossally unprepared. Mankind’s only chance is for Rose and her team to uncover the mysteries of the ancient technology, or the earth might be lost to them forever…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

After Atlas (Planetfall 02)
Newman, Emma
Gov-corp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’ entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And, now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’ departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead, in his hotel room… A sequel to Planetfall (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Body Library (Man of Shadows 02)
Noon, Jeff
In a city where words come to life and reality is infected by stories, private eye John Nyquist wakes up in a room with a dead body… The dead man’s impossible whispers plunge him into a murder investigation like no other. Clues point him deeper into an unfolding story infesting its participants as reality blurs between place and genre. Only one man can hope to put it all together, enough that lives can be saved… That man is Nyquist, and he is lost. A sequel to A Man of Shadows (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Nineteen Eighty-Four (Vintage Classics)
Orwell, George
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in what remains of a Britain ravaged by revolution. His every move is monitored by the Thought Police, who are responsible for detecting dissent against the Party and its leader, Big Brother – and eliminating it. When he meets Julia, Winston thinks he might have found love, and a fellow loather of the Party. But when the pair are arrested and sent to the sinister Room 101 for re-education, their bond – and commitment to their shared cause – will be tested to its limits. George Orwell’s dystopian vision of a world enslaved by doublethink and thoughtcrime is as terrifying now, as it was on its initial publication in 1949. One of the great classics of the twentieth century, 1984 is a startlingly original and arresting novel about tyranny and the universal struggle of the individual against the malevolent tendencies of the modern state.
Dystopia/classic SF | HC | $29.99

Quietus
Palmgren, Tristan
In medieval Italy, Niccolucio, a young Florentine Carthusian monk, leads a devout life until the Black Death kills all of his brothers, leaving him alone and filled with doubt. Habidah, an anthropologist from an alien world racked by plague, is overwhelmed by the suffering. Unable to maintain her neutrality, she saves Niccolucio from the brink of death. Habidah discovers that neither her home’s plague nor her assignment on Niccolucio’s ravaged planet are as she’s been led to believe. Suddenly, the pair are drawn into a worlds-spanning conspiracy to topple an empire larger than the human imagination can contain.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Diminished
Patterson, Kaitlyn Sage
In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole… yet, some face the world alone. A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone, whose twin has died…
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

David Brin Presents Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World
Potts, Stephen W (editor)
As we debate Internet privacy, revenge porn, the NSA, and Edward Snowden, cameras get smaller, faster, and more numerous. Has Orwell’s Big Brother finally come to pass? Or have we become a global society of thousands of Little Brothers – watching, judging, and reporting on one another? Noted author and futurist David Brin and scholar Stephen Potts, partnering with the Arthur C Clarke Centre for Human Imagination, and inspired by Brin’s nonfiction book The Transparent Society, have compiled essays and short stories from writers such as William Gibson, Ramez Naam, Cat Rambo, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Vernor Vinge, and many others – to examine the benefits and pitfalls of technologic transparency in all its permutations.
Science/fiction | TP | $24.99

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
Robson, Kelly
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity’s ancestral habitat. She’s spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects, Minh works on, have been stalled, due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology. A 176pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark 02)
Roth, Veronica
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: he will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek – a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead – reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever. As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may – or may not – be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives, in ways most unexpected. A sequel to Carve the Mark (PBK, $19.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $24.99

Twice Bitten (Argeneau Family 27)
Sands, Lynsay
For someone who’s been around for over a hundred and forty years, immortal Elspeth Argeneau hasn’t done a whole lot of living. Now that she’s moved away from her controlling mother, she’s tracking down rogue vampires and enjoying some overdue freedom. A fling would be fun. A life mate can wait. Yet to Elspeth’s surprise, her landlady’s hot grandson checks both boxes. Wyatt fell instantly in love with Elspeth, four years ago. He’s stunned to run into her again, especially as she has no memory of him. Then again, there are a lot of things about Elspeth that don’t make sense, like the miraculous speed with which her wounds heal. And the chemistry that transforms every touch into an explosion of desire. But with mysterious ‘accidents’ besieging Elspeth, the ex-Special Forces soldier appoints himself her bodyguard. But time is running out to uncover the truth about her enemies – and rediscover the man, determined to love her for eternity.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Head On (Lock In 02)
Scalzi, John
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are ‘threeps’, robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt; but the brutality is real, and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident, or murder? FBI agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth – and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field. A novel of the near future, Head On is a standalone follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF, with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $17.99

One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the 21st Century
Schimmelpfennig, Roland
One clear, ice-cold January morning shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. Experiences and encounters flicker past with a raw, visual power, like frames in a black and white film. Those who catch sight of the wolf see their own lives reflected; and find themselves searching for a different path, in a cold time. The first novel of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary playwright.
Magical realism | TP | $29.99

Kris Longknife’s Relief (Admiral Santiago 02)
Shepherd, Mike
Sandy Santiago has problems coming out her ears. Granny Rita is out of control. The workers are out on strike. Worse, the murderous alien raiders are testing Alwa’s defence perimeter. Once she has her house in order, Sandy is strongly thinking of getting her own good look at what appears to be the alien home world.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Earthcore
Sigler, Scott
Deep below a desolate Utah mountain lies the largest platinum deposit ever discovered. A billion-dollar find, it waits for any company that can drill a world’s record, three-mile-deep mine shaft. EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company’s driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting… and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out, first hand, why this treasure has never been unearthed.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.95

The Glass Breaks (Form and Void 01)
Smith, A J
Seventeen-year-old Duncan Greenfire is alive. Three hours ago, he was chained to the rocks and submerged as the incoming tide washed over his head. Now, the waters are receding, and Duncan’s continued survival has completed his initiation as a Sea Wolf. It is the 167th year of the Dark Age. The Sea Wolves and their Eastron kin can break the glass and step into the void, slipping from the real world and reappearing wherever they wish. Wielding their power, they conquered the native Pure Ones and established their own Kingdom. The Sea Wolves glorify in piracy and slaughter. Their rule is absolute, but young Duncan Greenfire and duellist Adeline Brand will discover a conspiracy to end their dominion, a conspiracy to shatter the glass that separates the worlds of Form and Void and unleash a primeval chaos across the world.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

I Still Dream
Smythe, James
1997. Seventeen-year-old Laura Bow has invented a rudimentary artificial intelligence; and named it Organon. At first, it’s intended to be a sounding board for her teenage frustrations, a surrogate best friend; but as she grows older, Organon grows with her. As the world becomes a very different place, technology changes the way we live, love and die; massive corporations develop rival intelligences to Laura’s, ones without safety barriers, or morals; and Laura is forced to decide whether to share her creation with the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, she knows, its power could be abused. But what if Organon is the only thing that can stop humanity from hurting itself, irreparably?
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (Embraced 03)
Sparks, Kerrelyn
Gwennore is an Elf, able to track down the cause of a certain illness and heal it – a valuable asset to her people. But when she is thrust into the realm of the dragons, she discovers a haunted place of power, passion, and magic – one that is plagued by an ancient curse. When she meets the smouldering General Silas Dravenko, Gwen knows she’s entered a whole new world of trouble. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon. So, why does making a deal with the devil feel so good? Silas has no way of saving the royal family he’s served, for years. But when a beautiful, innocent elf comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to desire in a way he’s never felt before. But how can he trust a sworn enemy… and how can he live without her? Follows How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and So I Married A Sorcerer (PBK, $19.95 each), which have had raves from customers.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

Avengers of the Moon (Captain Future series)
Steele, Allen
Curt Newton has spent most of his life hidden from the rest of humankind, being raised by a robot, an android, and the disembodied brain of a renowned scientist. Curt’s innate curiosity and nose for trouble inadvertently lead him into a plot to destabilise the Solar Coalition and assassinate the president. There’s only one way to uncover the evil mastermind – Curt must become Captain Future. With the permission of the Edmond Hamilton estate, Allen Steele revives the exciting adventures of Captain Future.
Pulp SF | TP | $33.95

A Fistful of Elven Gold
Stewart, Alex
When someone starts killing his fellow bounty hunters in the port of Fairhaven, gnome turned private investigator Drago Appleroot is happy to help his contacts in the City Watch with their investigation – for a reasonable fee, of course. But posing as an assassin-for-hire to draw out the killer attracts the attention of two separate groups from a far-off Elven kingdom whose private war is being fought on the streets of his home town. Pitched into a maelstrom of treachery and lethal politics, Drago is forced into a long and dangerous journey to the heart of the Sylvan Marches, where one determined gnome might just decide the destiny of a kingdom. If he can survive, long enough to decide which side he ought to be on…
Fantasy adventure | TP | $31.95

Change Agent
Suarez, Daniel
In 2045, Kenneth Durand leads Interpol’s most effective team against genetic crime, hunting down black-market labs that perform ‘vanity edits’ on human embryos for a price. With the worlds of genetic crime and human trafficking converging, Durand and his fellow Interpol agents discover that one figure looms behind it all: Marcus Demang Wyckes, leader of a powerful and sophisticated cartel, known as the Huli jing. But the Huli jing have identified Durand, too. After being forcibly dosed with a radical new change agent, Durand wakes from a coma, weeks later, to find he’s been genetically transformed into someone else – his most wanted suspect: Wyckes. Now, a fugitive, pursued through the genetic underworld by his former colleagues and the police, Durand is determined to restore his original DNA; by locating the source of the mysterious – and highly valuable – change agent… With the technology to genetically edit the living, Wyckes and his Huli jing could be anyone, and everyone – and they have plans to undermine identity, itself.
SF thriller | TP | $29.99

An Argumentation of Historians (Chronicles of St Mary’s 09)
Taylor, Jodi
From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St Mary’s under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There’s an ambitious program, hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs Midgely’s objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr Markham’s stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status. And as if that’s not enough – the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative, to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan… but, hey – what’s the worst that could happen?
Time travel | TP | $27.95

Space Opera
Valente, Catherynne M
A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent, spacefaring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented by the remnants of civilisation. Something to cheer up everyone who was left. Something to celebrate having escaped total annihilation by the skin of one’s teeth, if indeed one has skin. Or teeth. Something to bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, understanding, and the most powerful of all social bonds: excluding others…
Science fiction | TP | $39.95

Borne
VanderMeer, Jeff
A ruined city of the future lives in fear of a despotic, gigantic, flying bear, driven mad by the tortures inflicted on him by the Company, a mysterious biotech firm. A scavenger, Rachel, finds a creature entangled in his fur. She names it Borne. At first, Borne looks like nothing at all… a green lump that might be a discard from the Company. But he reminds Rachel of her homeland, an island nation long lost to rising seas, and she prevents her lover, Wick, from rendering down Borne as raw genetic material for the special kind of drugs he sells. But nothing is quite the way it seems: not the past, not the present, not the future. If Wick is hiding secrets, so is Rachel… and Borne, most of all. Beautifully strange and highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Martians Abroad
Vaughn, Carrie
Polly Newton has one single-minded dream – to be a starship pilot, and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the Director of the Mars Colony, derails Polly’s plans, when she sends Polly – and her genius twin brother, Charles – to Galileo Academy, on Earth. Strange, unexplained, dangerous coincidences, centred on their high-profile classmates, begin piling up. With the help of Charles, Polly is determined to find the truth, no matter the cost.
YA science fiction | TP | $29.99

Jules Verne: The Essential Collection
Verne, Jules
This superb collection of classic science fiction features the best of Jules Verne’s epic adventure stories, including Five Weeks in a Balloon (1863), A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Often called the ‘father of science fiction’, Verne was a masterful storyteller and visionary, anticipating such technological marvels as the submarine and skyscraper. For nearly 150 years, his unusual characters, outlandish plots, and vivid descriptions have captivated readers, and now they are available – complete and unabridged – in this gorgeous slipcase edition. The stylish clothbound hardcover also features a ribbon marker, historical timeline, and comprehensive introduction, enlightening the reader on the author’s life and works.
Classic SF | HC | $45.00

The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood 16)
Ward, J R
Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defences: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love – and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Wonderblood
Whicker, Julia
In a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals; a mad cow-like disease called ‘Bent Head’ has killed off millions. Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA’s space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca. Medicine and science have been rejected in favour of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice. When traveling marauders, led by the bloodthirsty Mr Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band – on their journey to Cape Canaveral. As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor’s queen. But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl’s ascent. Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing debut novel.
Dystopia | HC | $49.95

I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land (novella)
Willis, Connie
Jim is in New York City, at Christmastime, shopping a book based on his blog – Gone for Good – premised on the fact that ‘being nostalgic for things that have disappeared is ridiculous’. Progress decides for people what they need and what’s obsolete. It’s that simple. Of course, not everyone agrees. After Jim bombs a contentious interview with a radio host, who defends the sacred technology of the printed, tangible book, he gets caught in a rainstorm… only to find himself with no place to take refuge other than a quaint, old-fashioned bookshop. Ozymandias Books is not just any store. Jim wanders, intrigued, through stacks of tomes he doesn’t quite recognise the titles of, none with prices. Here, he discovers a mysteriously pristine, seemingly endless wonderland of books – where even he gets nostalgic for his childhood favourite. And, yes, the overwhelmed and busy clerk showing him around says they have a copy. But it’s only after Jim leaves that he understands the true nature of Ozymandias and how tragic it is that some things may be gone forever… From beloved, multiple-award-winning, bestselling author Connie Willis and Subterranean Press, comes a pricey, limited edition, hardback novella about the irreplaceable magic of books.
Magical realism | HC | $76.95

Lost Gods
Yongo, Micah
Neythan is one of five young warriors trained and raised together by a mysterious brotherhood of assassins known as the Shedaím. When Neythan is framed for the murder of his closest friend, he pursues his betrayer; and, in so doing, learns there’s far more to the Brotherhood, and the machinations of the rulers of the warring kingdoms, than he’d ever thought possible.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99