Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: April 2020

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in April 2020.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

April 2020 includes new books by: Max Barry, Elizabeth Bear, M R Carey, Becky Chambers, N K Jemisin, T Kingfisher, Seanan McGuire, John Scalzi, Neal Stephenson… and many others.

SF&F new releases, April 2020

The October Man (novella)
Aaronovitch, Ben
If you thought magic was confined to one country… think again. Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany’s oldest city. So, when a man is found dead with, his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately, this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he’s quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle-aged men – and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict, from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally, and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great, solving the case may mean unearthing the city’s secret magical history… so long as that history doesn’t kill them, first.
Rivers of London | PBK | $19.99

The Devil’s Blade
Alder, Mark
A riotous romp through 17th century France, in the company of Julie D’Aubigny, Mademoiselle Maupin – swordswoman, opera singer, duellist, lover of men and women, and servant of the devil. The story of Julie D’Aubigny is well known. Her tumultuous childhood, her powerful lovers, her celebrated voice. Connected to most of the nobility of 17th century Paris, feted for her performance, unwilling to live by the rules of her society, she took female lovers, fought duels with noblemen, and fled from city to country and back again. But, now, the real truth can be told. She also made a deal with the devil. He gave her no powers or help, but he kept her alive, for only one reason. To take revenge…
Semi-historical fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Dollmaker
Allan, Nina
Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls, in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps, that’s why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector’s magazine. Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her. On his journey through the old towns of England, he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin – potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet, at last, they will have a choice – to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Ares, Michael David
In the near future, patches of the northern hemisphere have been shrouded in years of darkness from a nuclear winter, and the water level has risen in the North Atlantic. The island of Manhattan has lost its outer edges to flooding and is now ringed by a large seawall. The darkness and isolation have allowed crime and sin to thrive in the never-ending shadows of the once great city, and when the sun finally begins to reappear, everything gets worse. A serial killer cuts a bloody swath across the city during the initial periods of daylight, and a violent panic sweeps through crowds on the streets. The Manhattan police, riddled with corruption and apathy, are at a loss. That’s when the Mayor recruits Jon Phillips – a small-town Pennsylvania cop, who had just single-handedly stopped a high-profile serial killer in his own area – and flies him into the insanity of this new, New York City…
SF noir | PBK | $22.95

The Human (Rise of the Jain 03)
Asher, Neal
A Jain warship has risen from the depths of space, emerging with a deadly grudge and a wealth of ancient yet lethal technology. It is determined to hunt down the alien Client, and will annihilate all those, who stand in its way. So, Orlandine must prepare humanity’s defence. Both humanity and the Prador thought their ancient foe – the Jain – had perished in a past age. And they resolve to destroy these outliers, at any cost. Orlandine wants the Client’s inside knowledge to act, but the Client has her own agenda. Earth Central, therefore, looks to the Prador for alliance, after the Jain destroy their fleet. However, not everyone is happy with this, and some will do anything to shatter this fragile coalition. As the Jain warship makes its way across the galaxy, it seems unstoppable. Human and Prador forces, alike, struggle to withstand its devastating weaponry. Orlandine’s life work is to neutralise Jain technology, so if she can’t triumph, no one can. But will she become what she’s vowed to destroy? An entire galaxy hangs in the balance… in this conclusion of Neal Asher’s Rise of the Jain trilogy.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Ashery, Asaf
Women disappear from streets, clubs, and rooftops, leaving the police dazed and confused. The mystical Soothsayer Task Force must use their special skills – to divine the truth and solve the mystery. Detectives Simantov and Bitton, along with their team of mystic agents, try to make sense of the weird crime scenes, and even weirder forensic findings. The victims are seemingly unconnected and the only clues to their disappearances are the small objects they leave behind; a whip, a feather, a lock of hair… Together, with Mazzy’s instincts and Yariv’s stubbornness, they realise that these abductions signal the start of an apocalypse – a war between opposing hosts of angels, the daughters of Lilith, and the Nephilim. The battle for access to heaven is underway, and humans are caught in the middle. But strong as they may be, angels will always underestimate the power and weight in human free will.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Barry, Max
Seven years after first contact, Providence Five launches. It is an enormous and deadly warship, built to protect humanity, from its greatest ever threat. On board is a crew of just four – tasked with monitoring the ship and reporting the war’s progress to a mesmerised, global audience by way of social media. But while pursuing the enemy across space, Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson confront the unthinkable: their communications are cut, their ship decreasingly trustworthy and effective. To survive, they must win a fight that is suddenly and terrifyingly real. ‘Providence is Philip K Dick and William Gibson fuelled by pure adrenaline (with a bit of Spielberg and Ridley Scott thrown in)… It will keep you riveted, from first page ’til last.’ – Jeffrey Deaver.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Girls Made of Snow and Glass
Bashardoust, Melissa
Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. In fact, it has never beat at all, for her father cut it out and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother. Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother; and, one day, she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow, in the dead queen’s image. Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina; but, when her father makes her queen of the southern territories, Mina starts to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do – and who to be – in order to win back the only mother she’s ever known… or else, defeat her, once and for all.
YA fairytales retold | PBK | $22.99

Tender is the Flesh
Bazterrica, Agustina
It all happened, so quickly. First, animals became infected with the virus, and their meat became poisonous. Then, governments initiated the Transition. Now, ‘special meat’ – human meat – is legal. Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans… only, no one calls them that. He works with numbers, consignments, processing. One day, he’s given a gift to seal a deal: a specimen of the finest quality. He leaves her in his barn, tied up, a problem to be disposed of, later. But the specimen haunts Marcos. Her trembling body, her eyes that watch him, that seem to understand. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost – and what might still be saved.
Dystopia | TP | $27.99

Ancestral Night (White Space 01)
Bear, Elizabeth
Haimey Dz thinks she knows what she wants. She thinks she knows who she is. She is wrong. A routine salvage mission uncovers evidence of a terrible crime and relics of a powerful ancient technology, just as Haimey and her small crew run afoul of pirates – at the outer limits of the Milky Way – and find themselves both on the run, and in possession of ancient, universe-changing technology… The first in a new sf series, now in paperback. Regulars loved this in its previous edition, highly recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

The Red-Stained Wings (Lotus Kingdoms 02)
Bear, Elizabeth
The Gage and the Dead Man brought a message from the greatest wizard of Messaline, to the ruling queen of Sarathai, one of the Lotus Kingdoms. But the message was a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Hammered (Jenny Casey trilogy 01)
Bear, Elizabeth
Jenny Casey is a former Canadian special forces warrior living on the hellish streets of Hartford, Connecticut, in the year 2062. Her artificially-reconstructed body is failing her; but a government scientist, from her old life, thinks she is perfect for his high-stakes’ project. Suddenly, Jenny is a pawn in a battle being waged on the Internet, the streets, and in the complex wirings of her manmade nervous system. And she needs to gain control of the game before a brave new future spins completely out of control. A reissue.
Military SF (reissue) | PBK | $22.99

Lost Acre (Rotherweird 03)
Caldecott, Andrew
Apocalypse now? Geryon Wynter, the brilliant Elizabethan mystic, has achieved resurrection and returned to present-day Rotherweird. But after the chaos of Election Day, how can a stranger, from another time, wrest control? And for what fell purpose, is Wynter back? His dark conspiracy reaches its climax, in this unique corner of England – where the study of history is forbidden, and neither friend nor foe are quite what they seem. The stakes could not be higher, for at the endgame, not only Rotherweird is under threat. The future of mankind, itself, hangs in the balance. ‘Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn’ – Hilary Mantel, on Rotherweird. The sequel to Rotherweird and Wyntertide (PBK, $22.99 each). Recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Book of Koli (Rampart trilogy 01)
Carey, M R
Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will. Koli has lived in Mythen Rood, his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls. He’s wrong. The first in a new series by the author of The Girl With All the Gifts. ‘This is a beautiful book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ – Seanan McGuire.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $22.99

To Be Taught, If Fortunate (novella)
Chambers, Becky
Imagine a future in which, instead of terraforming planets to sustain human life, explorers of the solar system instead transform themselves. Adriane is one such explorer. As an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel, she and her fellow crewmates sleep between worlds, and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind, and of a unique perspective on the passage of time… Brilliant writing, fantastic world building, and exceptional, diverse characters… what’s not to recommend? Now in paperback.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Sword and the Dagger
Cochran, Robert
During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio – a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin – embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has yet known, Genghis Khan. A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young people, who must grapple with fundamental issues of loyalty, friendship, faith, honour, and courage – against the backdrop of conflicts that still resonate today.
YA historical fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Soulkeeper (Keepers 01)
Dalglish, David
Devin Eveson is a Soulkeeper, travelling through remote villages as a priest and healer. But when mysterious black water washes over the world, the veil is torn, flooding the land with ancient magic and forgotten races. And not all the creatures that have reawakened remember humanity fondly. As the land grows increasingly dangerous and chaotic, Soulkeepers are turning up dead. Devin must set aside his words of peace and accept his new role: slayer of monsters and protector of the human race. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Overruled! (anthology)
Davis, Hank & Ruocchio, Christopher (editors)
Order in the court! A new anthology of science fiction stories that explores what the future of jurisprudence might well be like, with thrilling, hilarious, and downright entertaining results! So much fun, it oughta be illegal! Stories by Robert A Heinlein, Clifford D Simak, Sarah A Hoyt, and more.
Science fiction | TP | $33.95

The House of Sundering Flames (Dominion of the Fallen 03)
de Bodard, Aliette
The great magical Houses of Paris – headed by Fallen angels and magicians – were, however temporarily, at peace with each other. Until House Harrier was levelled by a powerful explosion. Now that peace has become chaos, tearing apart old alliances and setting off a race, in which each House hoards magic and resources to protect itself against another such blast. Thuan, the Dragon head of the divided House Hawthorn, is still consolidating his power when war comes to his doorstep. Aurore – exiled from and almost beaten to death by House Harrier – sees her moment to seek power in order to protect her family, even if she must venture back to her destroyed former home to get it. And Emmanuelle finds herself alone in the middle of it all, driven to protect others, trying to piece together what has happened, and hoping – eventually – to make sense of it all. None of them know what destroyed House Harrier, though… and when they do uncover that fiery, destructive magic then divided Houses, old enemies and estranged friends will all have to make a decision: stand together, or burn alone…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Our War
Dilouie, Craig
On the battlefields of America, even our children will have to fight. After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, ten-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis. In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They’ll teach her how to survive. They’ll give her hope. And they’ll show her how to use a gun.
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99

Alien Secrets (Solar Warden 01)
Douglas, Ian
US Navy SEAL Mark Hunter has witnessed the impossible: an unidentified flying object destroying a compound, used to develop weapons of mass destruction. Now, he has been recruited to join a government agency that has been harbouring a secret alliance with extra-terrestrials, since 1947. Selected to lead an elite force of soldiers, Hunter will travel across the stars to help humanity stake its claim among greater intelligent life in the universe. But the aliens who have infiltrated Earth and guided warmongering nations, since the twentieth century, have their own agendas… The first in a new series.
Military SF | PBK | $19.99

Drake, Temple
One night in 2012, Zhang Guo Xing takes a group of European clients to a fashionable high-end nightclub in Shanghai. While there, he meets a strikingly beautiful young Finnish woman called Naemi Vieno Kuusela. The physical attraction between them proves irresistible, and they embark on an intoxicating affair. But Naemi is not what she appears to be… To Zhang’s surprise, she veers between passion and wariness, conducting the relationship, entirely, on her own terms. He feels compelled to find out more about her, and is swiftly drawn into a web of intrigue, mystery, and horror. Is she a ghost? A demon? Do the living dead walk the streets of twenty-first century Shanghai?
Gothic horror | PBK | $19.99

Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy 02)
Duncan, Emily A
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic, anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war, with who – and what – he’s become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined. They’re pieces on a board, being orchestrated by someone… or something. The voices that Serefin hears, in the darkness; the ones that Nadya believes are her gods; the ones that Malachiasz is desperate to meet – those voices want a stake in the world, and they refuse to stay quiet, any longer.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy 01)
Duncan, Emily A
When Nadya prays to the gods, they listen, and magic flows through her veins. For nearly a century the Kalyazi have been locked in a deadly holy war with Tranavian heretics, and her power is the only thing that is a match for the enemy’s blood magic. But when the Tranavian High Prince, and his army invade the monastery she is hiding in; instead of saving her people, Nadya is forced to flee the only home she’s ever known, leaving it in flames behind her, and vengeance in her heart… The plan? Assassinate the king and stop the war. In order to save her people, Nadya must now decide whether to trust the High Prince – her country’s enemy – or the beautiful boy with powers that may ignite something – far worse than the war they’re trying to end.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99

The King of Elfland’s Daughter
Dunsany, Lord
The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland’s Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale, following the ‘happily ever after’. A true classic and ‘Dunsany’s masterpiece… that may well be the same as saying it could be the very best fairy story ever written’ – Graham Wilson.
Fantasy Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

Echo Cycle
Edwards, Patrick
68 CE: Fleeing disaster, young Winston Monk wakes to find himself trapped in the past, imprisoned by the mad Emperor Nero. The Roman civilisation he idolised is anything but civilised, and his escape from a barbaric home has led him somewhere far more dangerous. 2070 CE: As the European Union crumbled, Britain closed its borders, believing they were stronger, alone. After decades of hardship, British envoy Lindon Banks joins a diplomatic team to rebuild bridges with the hypermodern European Confederacy. But in Rome, Banks discovers his childhood friend who disappeared without a trace. Monk appears to have spent the last two decades living rough, but he tells a different story: a tale of Caesars, slavery and something, altogether more sinister. Monk’s mysterious emergence sparks the tinderbox of diplomatic relations between Britain and the Confederacy, controlled by shadowy players with links back to the ancient world itself… Gladiator meets 1984 in this near-future thriller featuring timeslips, ancient magic, and a disturbingly plausible, dystopian Britain…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Kellanved’s Reach (Malazan Empire: Path to Ascendancy 03)
Esslemont, Ian C
As Purge and Tali indulge in what seems like a never-ending game of war, a mercenary, caught up in the fight between the two states, suddenly refuses to play along and causes all sorts of chaos. Simultaneously, a pair of escapees from Castle Gris make their way across this ravaged landscape of flame and butchery. Their intention is to seek out the legendary Crimson Guard. And, then, there’s Kellanved, who could not care less about any of this petty politicking, or strategy, or war. Something other and altogether more mysterious has caught his attention; and he – together with a reluctant and decidedly sceptical Dancer – traverses continents and journeys through the Realms, in pursuit… But this ancient mystery that has so captivated Kellanved is neither esoteric, nor ephemeral. No, it is of an altogether darker and more dangerous hue. It involves the Elder races, themselves; and, more specifically – certainly, more alarmingly – the semi-mythic, and universally dreaded, Army of Dust and Bone. Surely, no one in their right mind would be so foolish, as to embark on a journey – from which, none have returned? Well, no one, except Kellanved, that is…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Crush the King (Crown of Shards 03)
Estep, Jennifer
Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt, orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables, and take the fight to her enemies. There is no better opportunity to strike, than during the Regalia Games – a time, when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together, to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat; and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic, if she has any chance of defeating her foes. Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies… and crush the king. Jennifer Estep’s popular fantasy series continues; following Kill the Queen (TP, $29.99) and Protect the Prince (TP, $32.99). Regular customers recommend!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Glass of Lead and Gold
Funke, Cornelia
In a land of elves, mermaids and trolls, true magic is where you least expect it… In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold. As word of the Glass spreads across the city, Tabetha finds herself with some unlikely companions – not least, a one-armed girl, and a rather impressive soup chef. But will Tabetha discover that there are even greater fortunes to be found, than the magical Glass?
Children’s fantasy | PBK | $12.99

The Annotated American Gods
Gaiman, Neil (author) & Klinger, Leslie S (editor)
Destined to be a treasure for the millions of fans who made American Gods an internationally bestselling phenomenon, this beautifully designed and illustrated collectible edition of Neil Gaiman’s revered masterpiece features enlightening and incisive notes, throughout, by award-winning annotator and editor Leslie S Klinger. A perennial favourite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing – an epic war, for the very soul of America – and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. This annotated volume of the Author’s Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman’s creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully-chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.
Fantasy | HC | $95.00

Pariah (Donovan series 03)
Gear, W Michael
Corporate assassin Tamarland Benteen’s last hope is the survey ship Vixen. With a load of scientists aboard, under the supervision of Dr Dortmund Weisbacher, Vixen is tasked with the first comprehensive survey of the newly-discovered planet called Donovan. Given that, back in Solar System, Boardmember Radcek would have Benteen’s brain dissected, he’s particularly motivated to make his escape. The transition – that should have taken Vixen, years – is instantaneous. Worse, a spaceship is already orbiting Donovan – and, impossibly, human settlements have been established on the planet. For Dortmund Weisbacher, this is a violation of the most basic conservation tenets. Donovan is an ecological disaster. Down on Donovan, Talina Perez takes refuge in the ruins of Mundo Base – with the wild child, Kylee Simonov. But the quetzals are playing their own deadly game: one that forces Talina and Kylee to flee farther into the wilderness. Too bad, they’re stuck with Dortmund Weisbacher, in the process. Back in Port Authority, Dan Wirth discovers that he’s not the meanest, or deadliest, man on the planet. Tamarland Benteen is making his play for control of PA. And, in the final struggle, if Benteen can’t have it… he’ll destroy it, all. Follows Outpost and Abandoned (PBK, $22.95 each)
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Lady Hotspur
Gratton, Tessa
Strike Fast, Love Hard, Live Forever… This is the motto of the Lady Knights – sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonising choice: give up everything she’s been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded – or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora’s own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights. Hal loathes being a Prince; she’s much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court… where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best – but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates – Lady Isarna Hotspur, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war. The latest Shakespearean gender-swap novel from the author of The Queens of Innis Lear (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

A Time of Courage (Of Blood and Bone 03)
Gwynne, John
The Demon-King of the Otherworld is finally free. And armed with mighty new starstone weapons, Asroth prepares to lead his demonic war-host south. With the help of his dark bride Fritha, he plans to crush the warrior-angels and their allies. In the shadows of Forn Forest, Riv and the surviving Ben-Elim hold a war council. After the catastrophic events at Drassil, they are desperate to unite those who would stand against Asroth and his army. So, they fly west, to join the Order of the Bright Star. But Drem and the Order are besieged by a demon horde – and their fragile defence may soon shatter. Across the Banished Lands armies are heading south, to settle ancient grudges and decide the fate of humanity. Drem, Riv and the Bright Star’s warriors will need every ounce of their courage, if they are to join the final battle. But will their combined forces be enough to face down their greatest foe?
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Fantastic Hope (anthology)
Hamilton, Laurell K & McCaskey, William (editors)
In this anthology, seventeen authors have woven together brand-new stories that speak to the darkness and despair that life brings while reminding us that good deeds, humour, love, sacrifice, dedication, and following our joy can ignite a light that burns so bright the darkness cannot last. Laurell K Hamilton and William McCaskey are joined by Kevin J Anderson, Griffin Barber, Patricia Briggs, Larry Correia, Kacey Ezell, Monalisa Foster, Robert E Hampson, John G Hartness, Jonathan Maberry, L E Modesitt Jr, Jessica Schlenker, Sharon Shinn, M C Sumner, Patrick M Tracy, and Michael Z Williamson.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

The Breach
Hill, M T
Freya Medlock, a reporter at her local paper, is down on her luck and chasing a break. When she’s assigned to cover the death of a young climber named Stephen, she might just have the story she needs. Digging into Stephen’s life, Freya uncovers a strange photo uploaded to an urban exploration forum not long before he died. It seems to show a weird nest, yet, the caption below suggests there’s more to it. Freya believes this nest – discovering what it really is and where it’s hidden – could be the key to understanding the mysteries surrounding Stephen’s death. Soon, she meets Shep, a trainee steeplejack with his own secret life. When Shep’s not working up chimneys, he’s also into urban exploration – undertaking dangerous ‘missions’ into abandoned and restricted sites. As Shep draws Freya deeper into the urbex scene, the circumstances of Stephen’s death become increasingly unsettling – and Freya finds herself risking more and more, to get the answers she wants. But neither Freya nor Shep realise that some dark corners are better left unlit.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Venom (Isles of Storm and Sorrow 02)
Hogan, Bex
Marianne is, now, the Viper; but her hopes for peace, in the Eastern Isles, are being frustrated. The corrupt King remains on the throne, bandits are proving hard to stop, and Marianne is not sure who – among her crew – she can truly trust. For the islands to prosper, the invisible bond that once existed uniting land and sea must be reinstated. There’s only one way that can happen – the return of magic. To do that, Marianne must put aside all her fears: she must return to her roots, the Western Isles, and call on the power that runs in her blood. She must become a Mage. Only then, can she possibly command the army needed to finally take down the King. The sequel to Viper (PBK, $17.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99

After Sundown
Howard, Linda & Jones, Linda
Sela Gordon, shy owner of a Tennessee general store, prefers solitude. If anyone can chip away at her protective shell – it’s the handsome, mysterious, ex-military man who’s been hiding for two years, in the wilds of Cove Mountain. But when he warns her that a catastrophic solar storm with the capability of taking down the power grids is approaching, Sela must come out of her shell and be the leader, Wears Valley needs. Living in self-imposed exile, Ben Jernigan has learned the hard way to look out only for number one. With a top-notch security system, he’s serious about keeping people at a distance. Yet, he has to caution the undeniably sexy Sela about the impending threat – and, now, she’s making it too easy for him to lower his guard. As panic spreads, Sela and Ben discover that in the dark, cut off from the outside world, there’s no more playing it safe – in life, or in love.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

Smoke in the Glass (Immortals’ Blood 01)
Humphreys, Chris
Three lands: peopled by humans and immortals. In Corinthium, a decadent, immortal elite run the world for profit and power. But when a poor, honest solider dies, and is reborn, everything changes. In wintry Midgarth, where immortals are revered as deities, one of them has realised that something – or someone – is killing the gods. And, in Ometepe, there is only one immortal, for he has murdered every other. Until one woman gives birth, to a very special baby. Yet, there is a fourth, hidden land… where savage tribes have united under the prophecy of ‘the One’: a child who is neither boy nor girl. Now, they plan to conquer the world. Unless a broken soldier, a desperate mother, and a crippled god can stop them… The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Anthropocene Rag
Irvine, Alex
In the future United States, our own history has faded into myth; and travelling across the country means navigating wastelands and ever-changing landscapes. The country teems with monsters and artificial intelligences try to unpack their own becoming, by recreating myths and legends of their human creators. Prospector Ed, an emergent AI – who wants to understand the people who made him – assembles a ragtag team to reach the mythical Monument City. In this nanotech Western, Alex Irvine infuses American mythmaking with terrifying questions about the future, and who we will become. Anthropocene Rag is ‘a rare distillation of nanotech, apocalypse, and mythic Americana into a heady psychedelic brew.’ – Jeffrey Ford. We expect this 256pp novella to become available locally, later in the year; however, in the meantime, this import edition is available to order.
Nanotech western | PBK | $31.95

James, V V
Sanctuary. It’s the perfect town… to hide a secret. To Detective Maggie Knight, the death of Sanctuary’s star quarterback seems to be a tragic accident. Only, everyone knows his ex-girlfriend is the daughter of a witch – and she was there, when he died. Then the rumours start. Bereaved mother Abigail will stop at nothing, until she has justice for her dead son. Her best friend Sarah will do everything in her power to protect her accused daughter. And both women share a secret that could shatter their lives. It falls to Maggie to prevent her investigation – and Sanctuary, itself – from spiralling out of control.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The City We Became
Jemisin, N K
Five New Yorkers must band together to defend their city… Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got five. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors, unless they can come together and stop it, once and for all. This astonishing new fantasy tale is the first book of a new series – from the record-breaking, triple Hugo Award-winning author. ‘The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation… Jemisin seems able to do just about everything’ – New York Times.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Jingfang, Hao
AD 2201. Just over a century ago, the Martian colonies declared their independence. After a brief conflict, Earth and Mars cut ties, carving separate trajectories into the future, viewing each other with suspicion and even hatred. Five years ago, a group of Martian students were sent to Earth as goodwill ambassadors from the Red Planet. Now, the young men and women are coming home, escorting a delegation of prominent Terrans to see if the two worlds can bridge the void that has opened up between them. Almost immediately, negotiations break down and old enmities erupt. How do you escape the gravity of the past? Luoying, one of the returning Martians, is caught amidst the political intrigue and philosophical warfare. Martians and Terrans, old friends and new mentors, statesmen and revolutionaries – everything and everyone challenges her, pushing her to declare her allegiance. Torn between her native land and the world on which she came of age, Luoying must discover the truth amid a web of lies spun by both sides, she must chart a course between history and the future, or face the destruction of everything she’s ever loved. The first novel from the Hugo Award-winning author of ‘Folding Beijing’, translated by Ken Liu.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

The Last Human
Jordan, Zack
Sarya Vald is the galaxy’s worst nightmare: a Human. Fortunately, she’s the last one. Adopted and raised by the alien Senya, a terrifying sentient spider-like species known as a Widow, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life, keeping her identity as a human secret, even as she puzzles over the impossible questions behind her own existence. One, how it is that she – and she, alone – is the sole survivor of a race that was supposedly wiped out, centuries ago? Two, what mysterious force could wipe out four trillion people, in a single Galactic year, while making each death look like an accident? Three, what made the Humans so special – or, so frightening – that they warranted such treatment? When the station’s central intelligence, a grumpy AI named ELLIE, discovers the truth about Sarya’s origins, she’s forced to flee, a step ahead of rioting inhabitants and vicious enforcers. Together with a band of misfits and cutthroats, Sarya makes for the depths of space, aboard a stolen ship; in a desperate search of the truth behind her existence…
Space opera | TP | $32.99

Night of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox 03)
Kagawa, Julie
All is lost. To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now, she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate, final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon, and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos. Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil – the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko, to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon – for nearly a millennium. But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll… a player, who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realised existed… until now.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Khanani, Intisar
For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had… until she’s betrayed. Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed, with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies – and, now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself, or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realise, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust herself. Inspired by the Goose Girl fairytale, by the Brothers Grimm.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Twisted Ones
Kingfisher, T
When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be? Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is packed to the gills with useless garbage. That would be horrors enough, but there’s more. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be the ravings of a broken mind. Until she encounters some of the terrifying things he described herself. Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse has to confront a series of impossible terrors – because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them, head on, she might not survive to tell the tale… Now in paperback. This has had raves from customers; and is recommended by authors such as Seanan McGuire and Angela Slatter.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

A Broken Queen (Nine Realms 03)
Kozloff, Sarah
Barely surviving her imprisonment in Oromondo, and scarred by its Fire Spirit, Cerulia is taken to a recovery house in Wyeland – to heal from the trauma. As she wrestles with her destiny and, now, questions whether she should even attempt to win her throne; Cerulia discovers that not all scars are visible. The Nine Realms series begins with A Queen in Hiding (PBK, $21.99).
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

Seasons of War (Skulduggery Pleasant 13)
Landy, Derek
To avert catastrophe, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are sent on a secret mission that takes them away from everything they know – to a forsaken land of magic and grim, unrelenting terror. It is here that Valkyrie will have to fight the hardest – not only against the enemies who want her dead, but also against her own self-destructive impulses. It’s only by crawling through darkness that she’ll be able to, once again, stand in the light…
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Badger to the Bone (Honey Badger Chronicles 03)
Laurenston, Shelly
She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas… like getting them both out of this nightmare, alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because, while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something, much more deadly… Max ‘Kill It Again’ MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing, with all these criminal humans, until she realises that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or, exactly, how much power he truly has. But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world, and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done, once she realises how far her enemies will go – to wipe her out. Too bad for them, Zé is willing to do whatever it takes, to keep her alive… and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill! Follows Hot and Badgered and In a Badger Way (PBK, $19.99 each).
Paranormal romance | TP | $27.99

War of the Maps
McAuley, Paul
On a giant artificial world surrounding an artificial sun, one man – a lucidor, a keeper of the peace, a policeman – is on the hunt. His target was responsible for an atrocity; but is too valuable to the government to be truly punished. Instead, he has been sent to the frontlines of the war, to use his unique talents on the enemy. So, the lucidor has ignored orders, deserted from his job, left his home and thrown his life away, in order to finally claim justice. Separated by massive seas, the various maps dotted on the surface of this world rarely contact each other. But something has begun to infiltrate the edges of the lucidor’s map, something that genetically alters animals and plants and turns them into killers. Only the lucidor knows the depths to which his quarry will sink. in order to survive; only the lucidor can capture him. The way is long and dangerous. The lucidor’s government has set hunters after him. He has no friends, no resources, no plan. But he does have a mission.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Collapsium (Queendom of Sol 01)
McCarthy, Wil
In the eighth decade of the Queendom of Sol, three commodities rule the day. The first is wellstone, a form of programmable matter capable of emulating almost any substance: natural, artificial, even hypothetical. The second is collapsium, a deadly crystal composed of miniature black holes, vital for the transmission of information and matter – including humans – throughout the solar system. The third is the bitter rivalry between Her Majesty’s top scientists. Bruno de Towaji, famed lover and statesman, dreams of building an arc de fin, an almost mythical device capable of probing the farthest reaches of space-time. Marlon Sykes, de Towaji’s rival in both love and science, is meanwhile hard at work on a vast telecommunications project; whose first step is the construction of a ring of collapsium around the sun. But when a ruthless saboteur attacks the Ring Collapsiter and sends it falling into the sun, the two scientists must put aside personal animosity and combine their prodigious intellects to prevent the destruction of the solar system… and every living thing within it. A reissue of McCarthy’s Nebula Award-nominated novel; the first in the series.
Science fiction (reissue) | TP | $33.95

River of Gods
McDonald, Ian
August 15th, 2047. Happy Hundredth Birthday, India… On the eve of Mother India’s hundredth birthday, ten people are doing ten very different things. In the next few weeks, all these people will be swept together, to decide the fate of the nation. From gangsters to government advisors, from superstitious street boys to scientists to computer-generated soap stars, River of Gods shows a civilisation in flux – a river of gods. A reissue of the novel that secured McDonald’s reputation as one of the most exciting voices in global sf.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $24.99

McGuire, Seanan
An America: run in the shadows by the Alchemical Congress, a powerful society focused on transmuting reality, itself. Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works, through the power of story. Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human… though, they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts, like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own. Godhood is attainable. Pray, it isn’t attained. Those, who read this in hardcover, loved it! Recommended!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Animals in that Country
McKay, Laura Jean
Hard drinking, foul mouthed, and allergic to bullshit, Jean is not your usual grandma. She’s never been good at getting on with other humans, apart from her beloved granddaughter, Kimberly. Instead, she surrounds herself with animals, working as a guide in an outback wildlife park. And although Jean talks to all her charges, she has a particular soft spot for a young dingo, called Sue. As disturbing news arrives of a pandemic sweeping the country, Jean realises this is no ordinary flu: its chief symptom is that its victims begin to understand the language of animals – first mammals, then birds and insects, too. As the flu progresses, the unstoppable voices become overwhelming, and many people begin to lose their minds, including Jean’s infected son, Lee. When he takes off with Kimberly, heading south, Jean feels the pull to follow her kin. Setting off on their trail, with Sue the dingo riding shotgun, they find themselves in a stark, strange world, in which the animal apocalypse has only further isolated people from other species.
Pandemic | TP | $29.99

Monstrous Heart
McKenna, Claire
Arden Beacon arrives in the salt-swept port of Vigil with a job to do. Tasked with using the magic in her blood to keep the lighthouse burning, she needs to prove herself worthy of her family name and her ancestors’ profession. But the coastline Arden must keep alight – battered by a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts – is far from the cultured, urban world she knows. It is a place of secrets, rumours and tight-lipped expectations of a woman’s place. More than anyone, the town folk whisper about Arden’s neighbour, Jonah Riven, the hunter of leviathans. They say he murdered his wife. They say he is as much a monster as his prey. Amidst all her determination and homesickness Arden cannot get this shadowy stranger out of her head. A plot swirls around the lighthouse keeper, the hunter and the authorities. Arden must make sense of these dark waters – before they wash her away.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Nor Fang, Nor Fire 01 (Ash and Ambition)
Marmell, Ari
Trapped by Magic. Trapped by Politics. Trapped by Destiny. Trapped in the form of the knight, who supposedly slew him, the dragon Tzavalantsaval – with a loathsome goblin steward, as his only true ally – struggles to navigate the Kirresci royal court and humanity itself, even as politics and intrigues, he scarcely understands, push the southern kingdoms ever nearer to open war. The first in a new series (but… pricy!).
Fantasy | TP | $42.95

The Beetle
Marsh, Richard
Meet Paul Lessingham: an up-and-coming statesman, known for his unflappable calm, winning the respect of his peers and the admiration of the people with his powerful convictions and finely crafted speeches in Parliament. A man at the height of his powers, politically and personally, recently engaged to a beautiful young woman, who adores him. A man on top of the world – reduced to a cowering, snivelling heap of abject terror at the utterance of two words: ‘The Beetle!’ Set in London, at the end of the nineteenth century, this blood-chilling tale is told from the viewpoints of four characters who have the distinct misfortune of stumbling into a diabolical scheme of revenge, with a scorned would-be lover – a strange, seemingly magical creature – at its core. Snubbed marriage proposals, secret engagements, deadly chemical experiments, and mysterious visitors all weave their hypnotic spell upon the reader, culminating in a desperate hunt for an abducted young woman whose life, it seems, is the price to be paid for her lover’s indiscretion some twenty years prior. Though, published the same year as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Richard Marsh’s The Beetle was far more popular, in its day. This curated edition, based on the original 1897 publication by Skeffington and Sons, London, will horrify and delight the modern reader with its timeless tale of jealousy and its many hideous faces – as relevant today, as it was over 100 years ago.
Haunted Library Horror Classics | TP | $27.99

Kingdom of Exiles (Beast Charmer 01)
Martineau, Maxym M
Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts – an offence, punishable by death – and, now, there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life. Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena’s terms, in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin’s oath will eventually force him to choose, between Leena’s continued survival… and his own.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

A Superior Spectre
Meyer, Angela
Jeff is dying. Haunted by memories and grappling with the shame of his desires, he runs away to remote Scotland with a piece of experimental tech that allows him to enter the mind of someone in the past. Instructed to only use it three times, Jeff – self-indulgent, isolated and deteriorating – ignores this advice. In the late 1860s, Leonora lives a contented life in the Scottish Highlands, surrounded by nature, her hands and mind kept busy. Contemplating her future and the social conventions that bind her, a secret romantic friendship with the local laird is interrupted when her father sends her to stay with her aunt in Edinburgh – an intimidating, sooty city; the place where her mother perished. But Leonora’s ability to embrace her new life is shadowed by a dark presence that begins to lurk behind her eyes, and strange visions that bear no resemblance to anything she has ever seen or known…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Age of Witches
Morgan, Louisa
Harriet Bishop is descended from a long line of witches and uses her magic to help women in need – not only ordinary women, but also those with powers of their own. Frances Allington has used her wiles and witchcraft to claw her way out of poverty and into a spectacular marriage with one of New York’s wealthiest new tycoons. She is determined to secure the family’s position, among the city’s elite, by any means necessary – including a scheme involving her headstrong stepdaughter, Annis. To save her from this dark magic, Harriet must help kindle Annis’ own nascent powers. If Annis can’t resist her stepmother’s agenda, she could lose her freedom… and, possibly, her life.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Poet King (Harp & Ring Sequence 03)
Myer, Ilana C
After a surprising upheaval, the nation of Tamryllin has a new ruler: Elissan Diar, who proclaims himself the first Poet King. Not all in court is happy with this regime change, as Rianna secretly schemes against him; while she investigates a mysterious weapon he hides in the bowels of the palace. Meanwhile, a civil war rages in a distant land, and former Court Poet Lin Amaristoth gathers allies, old and new, to return to Tamryllin in time to stop the coronation. For the Poet King’s ascension is connected with to a darker, more sinister prophecy which threatens to unleash a battle out of legend unless Lin and her friends can stop it. The first in the Harp & Ring Sequence is Last Song Before Night (TP, $29.99).
Fantasy | HC | $44.99

Nicholas, J T
Carter Langston is murdered, while salvaging a derelict vessel – a major inconvenience as he’s downloaded into a brand-new body on the space station where he backed up, several weeks’ journey away. But events quickly slip out of control when an assassin breaks into the medbay and tries to finish the job. Death no longer holds sway over a humanity that has spread across the solar system: consciousness can be placed in a new body, or coil, straight after death, giving people the potential for immortality. Yet, Carter’s backups – supposedly secure – have been damaged, his crew are missing, and everything points back to the derelict that should have been a simple salvage mission. With enemies in hot pursuit, Carter tracks down his last crewmate – re-coiled after death, into a body she cannot stand – to delve deeper into a mystery that threatens humanity and identity as they have come to know it. The Expanse meets Altered Carbon in this science fiction thriller, where immortality is theoretically achievable, yet identity, gender, and selfhood are very much in jeopardy…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Starborn and Godsons (Heorot 03)
Niven, Jerry; Pournelle, Jerry; Barnes, Stephen
Avalon was thriving. The cold-sleep colonists from Earth had settled on a verdant, liveable world. The fast and cunning predators – humans named ‘grendels’ – were under control, and the mainland outposts well established. Avalon’s new mainland hydroelectric power station was nearly complete, and, when on-line, would compensate for the nuclear power systems lost in the Grendel Wars. Humans would have power, and with power came the ability to make all the necessities for life. They would survive. They would not survive, as a spacefaring people. What they were losing faster than they knew was the ability to get to space. But unbeknownst to the planet-bound humans, something was moving, out there in the stars, decelerating at a rate impossible for a natural object. And its destination was Avalon. The most probable origin was Earth’s Solar System. This is a novel of first contact – between the human Starborn and the self-named Godsons who followed on, between the first generation of Avalon-born humans and their descendants, and between humans and the almost ineffably alien species, native to their new world… The long-awaited conclusion of the Heorot series, following the recently-reissued The Legacy of Heorot and Beowulf’s Children (TP, $33.95 each).
Science fiction | HC | $55.00

Creeping Jenny (Nyquist mysteries 03)
Noon, Jeff
Nyquist finds himself in a village, where every day is a different type of nightmare; and whose bizarre rules are governed by whichever Saint rules that day. In between days of no talking, no going outside, and only telling lies, Nyquist must find the answer to the mystery he could never solve; the disappearance of his father. Nyquist’s third investigation follows A Man of Shadows and The Body Library (PBK, $24.99 each).
SF noir | PBK | $24.99

Cursed: an Anthology (anthology)
O’Regan, Marie & Kane, Paul (editors)
It’s a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring, or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents… Here, you’ll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world – expect new monsters and mythologies, as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters, and stories of magic. Features stories by: Charlie Jane Anders; James Brogden; M R Carey; Karen Joy Fowler; Christopher Fowler; Neil Gaiman; Christopher Golden; Christina Henry; Margo Lanagan; Tim Lebbon; Alison Littlewood; Maura McHugh; Lilith Saintcrow; Angela Slatter; Michael Marshall Smith; Catriona Ward; Jen Williams; Jane Yolen.
Folktales | PBK | $19.99

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Oh, Temi
A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, ten astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives. It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years, spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years, with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years, with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Animal Farm
Orwell, George
‘All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that, one day, he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges… Animal Farm – the history of a revolution that went wrong – is George Orwell’s brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power.
Satire (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Finder (Finder Chronicles 01)
Palmer, Suzanne
Fergus Ferguson has been called a lot of names: thief, con artist, repo man. He prefers the term finder. His latest job should be simple. Find the spacecraft Venetia’s Sword, and steal it back from Arum Gilger – ex-nobleman, turned power-hungry trade boss. He’ll slip in, decode the ship’s compromised AI security, and get out of town, Sword in hand. Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a backwater deep space colony called Cernee. But Fergus’ arrival at the colony is anything but simple. A cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger’s enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries… The first in a series.
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

The Mistress of Illusions (Dreamscape trilogy 02)
Resnick, Mike
Her name is Lisa, and ever since Eddie Raven hooked up with her, strange things keep happening. How strange? Lisa can take on any role at a moment’s notice. She’s Maid Marian. She’s Elizabeth Bennet, from Pride and Prejudice. In an instant, she can become the sexy, gum-chewing secretary to his hardboiled detective. She can even become Doc Holliday’s frontier lady, Big Nose Kate. But who is she, really? That’s something Eddie’s got to find out, before this series of strange adventures overtakes him. And if Lisa’s not enough of a problem, there’s also the powerful creature – who claims to be the chief demon, in hell – who seems convinced that he, Eddie, and Lisa are on the same side. Is Eddie being told the truth? He’d better decide quickly, because the one thing that’s clear is that he’s running out of time. The sequel to The Master of Dreams (PBK, $22.95).
Fantasy | HC | $55.00

The Master of Dreams (Dreamscape trilogy 01)
Resnick, Mike
Eddie Raven isn’t quite sure what’s happening to him – and he’s in a race to find out, before it kills him. His adventures begin with a shooting in a very strange shop in Manhattan – but, soon, he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality… he’s, suddenly, become one of several undersized people helping a young woman search for a wizard. And, after confronting the wizard, he, somehow, finds himself in Camelot. But as he rushes to solve the mystery of his many appearances, a larger threat looms. Because someone or something is stalking him – through time and space – with deadly intent… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Winter World (Long Winter 01)
Riddle, A G
The ice is coming. It was the last thing we expected, but the world is freezing. A new ice age has dawned. Humanity has been forced to confront its own extinction. Billions have fled the glaciers, crowding out the world’s last habitable zones. They can run from the ice, but they can’t escape human nature: a cataclysmic war is coming. In orbit, a group of scientists are running the Winter Experiments, a last-ditch attempt to understand why the planet is cooling. None of the climate models they build make sense. But then they discover an anomaly, an unexplained variation in solar radiation… The first in a series.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Voices of the Fall (Black Tide Rising 07) (anthology)
Ringo, John & Poole, Gary (editors)
Civilisation had fallen. Everyone who survived the plague lived through the Fall, that terrible autumn when life as they had known it ended in blood and chaos. Nuclear attack submarines, facing sudden and unimaginable crises. Paid hunters on a remote island, suddenly, cut off from any hope of support. Elite assassins. Never-made-it retirees. Bong-toting former soldiers. There were seven and a half billion stories of pain and suffering, courage, hope, and struggle – crying out, from history: Remember us. These are their stories. These are the Voices of the Fall. Contributors: John Ringo; John Birmingham; Sarah Hoyt; Travis S Taylor; Michael Z Williamson; Jody Lynn Nye; Robert Buettner; Brendan DuBois; Dave Freer; Mike Massa; Griffin Barber; Rob Hampson; Michael Gants.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $22.95

Chosen Ones
Roth, Veronica
They were the Chosen Ones. Saving the world made them heroes. Saving it, again, might destroy them. When Sloane Andrews and her friends defeated the Dark One, and saved the world, it nearly cost them everything. Ten years later, they are still struggling to put the battle behind them and reclaim their lives. After all, the rest of the world has moved on… so, why can’t they? On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold – bigger than the world, itself. Last time, it took everything she had. This time, it might not be enough. A long-awaited adult debut, by the bestselling YA author.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (illustrated edition)
Rowling, J K & Gill, Olivia Lomenech (illustrator)
Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts. This glorious paperback edition, with French flaps, is considered a classic throughout the wizarding world. It features an extraordinary array of magical creatures, from Acromantula to Yeti, via ten different breeds of dragon – all beautifully illustrated in full colour by the brilliantly inventive, Greenaway Medal shortlisted Olivia Lomenech Gill. This edition contains all of the mesmerising illustrations from the original edition, and features the fully-updated 2017 text; including a foreword by J K Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.
Harry Potter | PBK | $29.99

Folktales for Fearless Girls: the Stories We Were Never Told
Sayalero, Myriam
Heroines save the day, in this empowering collection of folktales from around the world. Curses to be broken. Riddles to be solved. Kings’ favour to be won. These are the standard stories we’ve heard in folktales and fables, for as long as we can remember – challenges faced and overcome… by princes and knights in shining armour. In Folktales for Fearless Girls, though, we see a different set of heroes charge across the page. In fact, we see heroines. Wily women and clever girls, valiant queens and brave villagers – these are the people to save the day in this collection of folktales from around the world and across the ages. With stories from China, Russia, Persia, India, Armenia, the UK, Spain, France, Southern Africa, Egypt, and Germany, this is a collection of tales that showcases the original literary feminists. With beautiful full-colour art throughout, to accompany these empowering tales, this an essential book for all girls!
Folk tales | HC | $42.99

The Last Emperox (Interdependency 03)
Scalzi, John
Can they escape the end of an empire? Entire star systems, and billions of people, are about to be stranded. The pathways that link the stars are collapsing faster than anyone expected, accelerating the fall of civilisation. But though the evidence is insurmountable, many are in denial. And some even attempt to profit from the final days of this golden age. Emperox Grayland II has wrested control of the empire from her enemies. But even as she works to save her people, others seek power. And they will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne. Grayland and her depleted allies must use every tool at their disposal, to save themselves and humanity – yet, it still may not be enough. Will Grayland become the saviour of her civilisation… or the last emperox, to wear the crown? The conclusion of John Scalzi’s wonderful Interdependency series; following The Collapsing Empire (PBK, $19.99) and The Consuming Fire (PBK, $18.99). Highly recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $18.99

Today I Am Carey
Shoemaker, Martin L
Mildred has Alzheimer’s. As memories fade, she acquires the aid of a fulltime android, to assist her in everyday life. Carey. Carey takes care of Mildred, but its true mission is to fill in the gaps, in Mildred’s past. To bring yesterday into today, by becoming a copy. But not merely a copy of a physical person. A copy, from the inside out. After Mildred passes away, Carey must find a new purpose. For a time, that purpose is Mildred’s family. To keep them safe from harm. To be of service. There is Paul Owens, the overworked scientist and business leader. Susan Owens, the dedicated teacher. And Millie, a curious little girl, who will grow up alongside her android best friend. And Carey will grow up with her. Carey cannot age. But Carey can change. Carey struggles. Carey seeks to understand life’s challenges. Carey makes its own path. Carey must learn to live. To grow. To care. To survive. To be. A novel based on Shoemaker’s award-winning short story, ‘Today I am Paul’.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95

Bonds of Brass (Bloodright trilogy 01)
Skrutskie, Emily
Ettian Nassun’s life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded. He’s spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy, and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he’s met Gal Veres – his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate; who’s made the Academy feel like a new home. But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised Academy unscathed; rattled both that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule. As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who’s won his heart, and trust that Gal’s goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion, and fight to take back what’s rightfully theirs?
Space opera | HC | $46.99

Apsara Engine (collection) (graphic novel)
Som, Bishakh
The eight delightfully-eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality. A woman drowns herself in a past affair; a tourist chases another guest into an unforeseen past; and a non-binary academic researches postcolonial cartography. Imagining diverse futures, and rewriting old mythologies, these comics delve into strange architectures, fetishism, and heartbreak. Painted in rich, sepia-toned watercolours, Apsara Engine is trans illustrator Bishakh Som’s highly-anticipated debut work of fiction. Showcasing a series of fraught, darkly humorous, and seemingly alien worlds – which ring all too familiar – Som captures the weight of twenty-first-century life – as we hurl ourselves forward into the unknown. ‘An astonishing collection of stories that expand and pulse into galaxy-sized moments of strangeness and wonder.’ – Kelly Link.
Magical realism | PBK | $32.99

The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust 03)
Spark, Anna Smith
Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and, now, he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must, now, learn to live. But some things cannot be learnt. The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and, soon, they are on the move again. But Marith – lord of lies, dragon killer, father killer – has begun to falter, and his mind decays. How long can a warlord, rotting from within, continue to win? As the Army marches on, to Sorlost, Thalia’s thoughts turn to home and to the future: a life grows inside her, and it is a precious thing – but it grows weak. Why must the sins of the father curse the child? A glorious, ambitious, and bloodily brilliant conclusion to the Empires of Dust trilogy; following The Court of Broken Knives and The Tower of Living and Dying (PBK, $19.99 each).
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Gravity of a Distant Sun (Shieldrunner Pirates 03)
Stearns, R E
Adda Karpe and Iridian Nassir are on the run – both from the authorities who want to imprison them and the artificial intelligence that want to control their minds. Trapped on a desolate black-market space station on the edge of Jupiter, they’re nearly out of allies – and out of luck. Now, they have one last shot to find a safe haven where they can live together in peace – across the interstellar bridge to another galaxy. Getting onto that mission will take everything they’ve got and more. But on the other side of that bridge lies the life they’ve always dreamed of… if they can survive, long enough to reach it. The conclusion of the trilogy, following Barbary Station and Mutiny at Vesta (TP, $27.99).
Space opera | TP | $27.99

Fall, Or Dodge in Hell
Stephenson, Neal
When gaming billionaire Richard ‘Dodge’ Forthrast is pronounced brain dead following a routine medical procedure, his family and close friends are left stunned, devastated, and forced to make difficult decisions. Dodge’s will asks that his body be given to a cryonics company, owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd, whose business practices give Dodge’s family understandable cause for concern. But when Dodge wrote his will, he didn’t anticipate that, one day, he’d be declared brain dead. He also didn’t anticipate his brain being turned on, again… A follow-up to Reamde (PBK, $24.99) – with some call-backs to Cryptonomicon (PBK, $24.99). Highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Glass Magician
Stevermer, Caroline
New York, 1905 – The Vanderbilts. The Astors. The Morgans. They are the cream of society – and they own the nation on the cusp of a new century. Thalia Cutler doesn’t have any of those family connections. What she does know is stage magic, and she dazzles audiences with an act that takes your breath away. That is, until one night when a trick goes horribly awry. In surviving, she discovers that she can shapeshift, and has the potential to take her place among the rich and powerful. But, first, she’ll have to learn to control that power… before the real monsters descend, to feast.
Gaslamp fantasy | HC | $39.99

Titan’s Day (Carter Archives 02)
Stout, Dan
The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to ‘stabilise the situation’. Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders’ true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And, in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But, in death, she’s found a champion. Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he’s forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets, during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan’s Day. A sequel to the wonderful Titanshade (PBK, $22.95).
SF noir | HC | $55.00

Ruthless (Eye of the Beholder 03)
Tarkoff, Sarah
Grace Luther grew up believing in the Revelations: the moment when Great Spirit ‘saved’ humanity and transformed the world into a place where pious behaviour is rewarded with beauty, and wrongdoing results in ugliness and even death. But, at eighteen, she learned the truth: the Revelations were a lie meant to manipulate and suppress her society. Joining the resistance, Grace heroically struck a major blow against the government of the prophets. Now, many in the rebellion believe that ‘Prophet Grace’, is the champion who will lead them to final victory. Grace isn’t so sure. The battle has cost too many lives – including those closest to her. Devastated, by all she has seen and endured, she fears she cannot command anyone – much less, an entire movement. As the government’s reign of terror intensifies, rebel after rebel is targeted and killed. Yet, there is one last hope. With the future at stake, Grace must overcome her fears to expose, and destroy the government’s false prophets forever. Though, she has many doubts, there’s one thing she’s certain of: she will lead the rebellion to victory… or die trying.
Dystopia | TP | $27.99

Plan for the Worst (Chronicles of St Mary’s 11)
Taylor, Jodi
I would have trusted this man with my life. Until a couple of days ago, anyway. You know what they say – hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Max is quite accustomed to everything going wrong. She’s St Mary’s, after all. Disaster is her default state. But with her family reunited, and a jump to Bronze Age Crete in the works, life is getting back to normal. Well, normal, for St Mary’s. And, then, following one fateful night at the Tower of London, everything Max thought she knew comes crashing down, around her. Too late for plans. The worst has happened. And who can Max trust, now? This fun time-travel series begins with Just One Damned Thing After Another (PBK, $22.99).
Time-travelling historians | PBK | $22.99

Lady of Shadows (Empty Gods 02)
Teintze, Breanna
Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray expected death to be final; but life, and his loved ones, had other plans. A year after being resurrected and flung into a new body, he’s still trying to come to terms with his situation – and his self – when the all-powerful Mages’ Guild demands his help to stop a deadly plague. He’s inclined to refuse the organisation that still wants him dead, until his partner Brix starts showing symptoms – to save her, Gray will do anything, even if it means working with his greatest enemies. But it quickly becomes clear that this is no normal plague. The situation is more complicated, and more lethal, than anyone has realised… The sequel to Lord of Secrets (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

An Affair of Poisons
Thorley, Addie
After unwittingly poisoning King Louis XIV, alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: They aren’t the heroes they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. Mira tries to ease her guilt by brewing helpful curatives, but her hunger tonics and headache remedies cannot right past wrongs or save the dissenters her mother vows to purge. With the Sun King and half the royal court dead, royal bastard Josse de Bourbon’s only objective is to keep his injured sisters, and the petulant Dauphin, alive – until his path collides with Mirabelle’s, and he finds an ally in his once sworn enemy. They form a tenuous pact to unite the commoners and nobility against the Shadow Society. But can a rebellion, built on mistrust, ever hope to succeed?
YA historical fantasy | PBK | $17.99

A Star-Wheeled Sky
Torgersen, Brad R
Well over a millennium in the past, men and women fled Earth. Escaping Armageddon. What they found – lost in some forgotten corner of the Milky Way Galaxy – was the Waywork: an alien superhighway system between a closed sphere of stars. Now, the five Starstates – which rule all that’s left of humanity – are poised on the brink of another terrible war. And three, unlikely people – the daring daughter of a royal family, the reluctant son of an interstellar shipping magnate, and a disgraced flag officer seeking redemption – must come together to race against the forces of their greatest foe… It’s a clash of civilisations, as the future of the human race hangs in the balance!
Space opera | PBK | $22.95

Across the Void
Vaughn, S K
May Knox floats in space, the only survivor of a catastrophic accident. There is just one person who can save her: a man whose heart she broke, millions of miles away. It’s Christmas Day, 2067. ‘Silent Night’ drifts across the ruins of a wrecked spaceship, listing helplessly in the black. A sole woman, May, stirs within – the last person left alive of a disastrous, first, manned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. There is only one person who can help her – her ex-husband Stephen, a NASA scientist who was heading up the mission, back on Earth. Until, that is, she broke his heart and he left both her and the mission. Now, May clings to life and it is only his voice – travelling across the fathomless miles – that can bring her home.
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99

Now, Then, and Everywhen (Chronos Origins 01)
Walker, Rysa
When two time-travelling historians cross paths, during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline? In 2136, Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline – to find millions of lives erased; and only the people inside her house realise anything has changed. In 2304, CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs, while he’s in 1965; and, suddenly, the history he sees, isn’t the history he knows…
Time-travel | TP | $27.99

The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood 18)
Ward, J R
Syn has kept his side hustle, as a mercenary, a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed – in danger of dying, during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong. Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally, in Syn. But can he trust the male – or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication? With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood, against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail… or was the prophecy wrong, all along?
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99

Legacy of Ash (Legacy trilogy 01)
Ward, Matthew
A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic. Yet, as Tressia falls, heroes rise. Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic. Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion. And, yet, Calenne, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the Trelan name… The first in a series.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Come Again
Webb, Robert
You can’t fall in love, for the first time, twice… Kate’s husband, Luke – the man she loved, from the moment she met him, twenty-eight years ago – died suddenly. Since then, she has pushed away her friends, lost her job, and everything is starting to fall apart. One day, she wakes up in the wrong room and in the wrong body. She is eighteen, again, but remembers everything. This is her college room, in 1992. This is the first day of Freshers Week. And this is the day, she first meets Luke. But Luke is not the man that she lost: he’s still a boy – the annoying nineteen-year-old English student, she first met. Kate knows how he died, and that he’s already ill. If they can fall in love, again; she might just be able to save him. She’s going to try to do everything, exactly, the same… A debut novel by the great British comic actor.
Time-travel | TP | $29.99

Queen (Chronicles of the Sibyl’s War 03)
Zahn, Timothy
Nicole Hammond is a Sibyl – a special human, who has the ability to communicate with a strange alien ship called the Fyrantha. However, Nicole and all other sentient creatures are caught up in a war for control between two competing factions. Now, the street kid, turned rebel leader, has a plan that would restore freedom to all who have been shanghaied by the strange ship. She just has to unite the many alien races being forced to combat for their freedom, dodge slaving war profiteers determined to capture her, and convince an AI, at war with itself, to trust her… above all else. The conclusion of Zahn’s thrilling space adventure series, following Pawn and Knight (PBK, $22.95 each).
Space opera | HC | $55.00