Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: July 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in July 2016.

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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!

July 2016 includes new books by: Neal Asher, Wesley Chu, Richard Kadrey, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Naomi Novik, Alastair Reynolds, Anthony Ryan, Angela Slatter, Charles Stross, Jo Walton… and many others.

The Race
Allan, Nina
In a future, scarred by fracking and ecological collapse, Jenna Hoolman’s world is dominated by illegal smartdog racing: greyhounds genetically modified with human DNA. When her young niece goes missing that world implodes… Christy’s life is dominated by fear of her brother, a man she knows capable of monstrous acts and suspects of hiding even darker ones. Desperate to learn the truth she contacts Alex, who has his own demons to fight… And Maree, a young woman undertaking a journey that will change her world, forever. ‘A literate, gorgeously and superbly strange, SF novel.’ – Alastair Reynolds.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Flameout (Souls of Fire 03)
Arthur, Keri
Emberly and her red-hot partner, Jackson, have hit an impasse in their battle against the crazed humans – infected by a plague-like virus, derived from vampire blood. Their quest to unearth the leader of the group leads them into an ambush – and leaves Emberly at odds with her former lover, Sam, who’s pressuring her to join his Paranormal Investigations Team. To make matters worse, three local witches have been kidnapped – and if their spells fall into the wrong hands, Emberly’s powers could end up smothered. With time ticking, until the virus consumes the world, Emberly and Jackson must race to save the witches, find a cure, and smoke out their nemesis – or go down in a blaze of glory…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

War Factory (Transformation 02)
Asher, Neal
Thorvald Spear is losing his mind, as he drowns in dark memories that aren’t his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it’s murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain. As Spear tracks the AI across a hostile starscape, he has company. Sverl, an alien prador, has been warped by Penny Royal and hungers to confront it. But will the AI’s pursuers destroy each other or hunt it together? Sverl’s prador enemies aren’t far behind either. They plan to use his transition, to prove human meddling – triggering a devastating, new war… Follows Dark Intelligence (PBK, $19.99), which returns to the world of the Prador.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

The Great Ordeal (Aspect-Emperor 03)
Bakker, R Scott
As Fanim war drums beat just outside the city, Empress Anasurimbor Esmenet searches frantically throughout the palace – for her missing son, Kelmomas. Meanwhile, and many miles away, Esmenet’s husband’s Great Ordeal continues its epic march farther north. But in light of dwindling supplies, the Aspect-Emperor’s decision to allow his men to consume the flesh of fallen Sranc could have consequences even he couldn’t have foreseen. And deep in Ishual, the wizard Achamian grapples with his fear that his unspeakably long journey might be ending in emptiness, no closer to the truth than when he set out…
Fantasy | HC | $53.95

Creation Machine (Spin Trilogy 01)
Bannister, Andrew
It is the aftermath of civil war in the vast pageant of planets and stars, known as The Spin. Three years since he crushed the rebellion, Viklun Haas, industrialist and leader of the Hegemony, is eliminating all remnants of the opposition. Starting with his own daughter. But Fleare Haas, fighter for Society Otherwise has had a long time to plan her next move. Sprung from her remote monastery prison and reuniting with a team of loyal friends, Fleare’s journey will take her across The Spin to the cluster of fallen planets, known as The Catastrophy Curve – and from exile, to the very frontiers of war. Meanwhile, in the brutal and despotic empire of The Fortunate, word is reaching viceroy Alameche of a most unusual piece of plunder from their latest invasion. For hundreds of millions of years, the bizarre planets and stars of The Spin itself have been the only testament to the god-like engineers that created it. Now, buried in the earth of a ruined planet, one of their machines has been found… An absolutely fantastic debut, reminiscent of Iain M Banks. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Abduction (Alex Caine 03)
Baxter, Alan
Alex Caine has been suffering the weight of the world, and some days it’s hard to even get out of bed. Alone one night, a band of Fey overwhelm him and steal him away from the mortal realm. Silhouette, desperate to save her lover, calls in Armour, but the organisation seems reluctant to help. The first two Alex Caine books – Bound and Obsidian (TP, $24.99) – have been reissued, to coincide with the release of Abduction.
Paranormal thriller | TP | $24.99

Red Right Hand
Black, Levi
Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. Already wrestling with the demons of her past, she finds herself tested, as never before, when she arrives home one night to find herself under attack by three monstrous skinhounds, straight out of a nightmare. Just as hope seems lost, she is saved by a sinister Man in Black, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to possess a life of its own and wielding a black-bladed sword in his grisly, red, right hand. But her rescue comes at a cost.
Cthulhuiana | HC | $46.95

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 01)
Butcher, Jim
This is the first in a new series… ‘set in a world where people live in highly-developed societies, housed in spires that protrude into the sky. Each spire has its own guard and fleets of airships to use for trade and defence fleets made up of Master and Commander-style ships that float through the mist-shrouded skies, powered by magical crystals. A disgraced fleet captain and a group of young guardsmen and women loyal to Spire Albion are forced together after a surprise attack by Spire Aurora, but, as they soon learn, this attack is much more than a simple war between Spires. With shifting points of view, short chapters, fast-paced action, and awesome battle scenes, the large cast of characters, elaborate world building, and intricate plot are revealed quickly and realised fully. It all reminds readers of when they first fell for Harry Dresden’. – Booklist. Recommended!
Fantasy with airships | PBK | $22.95

Gladiator (Wolf’s Empire series)
Christian, Claudia & Buchanan, Morgan Grant
When her mother and brother are murdered, young noblewoman Accala Viridius cries out for vengeance. But the empire is being torn apart by a galactic civil war, and her demands fall on deaf ears. Undeterred, Accala sacrifices privilege and status to train as a common gladiator. Mastering the one weapon available to her – a razor-sharp discus that always returns when thrown – she enters the deadly imperial games, the only arena where she can face her enemies.
Alternate history | HC | $38.99

Time Siege
Chu, Wesley
Having been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future. Earth is a toxic, sparsely-inhabited wasteland – the perfect hiding place, for a fugitive ex-chronman to hide from the authorities. James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries: Elise Kim, who believes she can renew Earth, given time; Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel, herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and, the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans – who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world. James also has enemies. They include the full military might of benighted solar system, ruled by corporate greed, and a desperate fear of what James will do next. Sequel to the excellent Time Salvager ($22.99).
Time travel | PBK | $22.99

An Author’s Odyssey (Land of Stories 05)
Colfer, Chris
Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man’s literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds, crafted from Conner’s imagination – finding allies, no one else could have ever dreamed of – the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man’s reign of terror. Can the twins, finally, restore peace in the fairy tale world?
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99

Cathedral of Known Things (Relic Guild 02)
Cox, Edward
Divided, hunted and short on resources, the surviving members of the Relic Guild are in real trouble. Their old enemy, the Genii, and their resurrected master have infiltrated Labrys Town and taken over the police force. So, the Relic Guild must flee their home and set off on a dangerous journey across the worlds of the Aelfir. One that will lead them to a weapon which might destroy the Genii. Or the whole universe… And, 40 years before all this, the war which led to the fall of the Genii continues. And what happens to the Relic Guild, during that conflict, will change the course of their desperate flight.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Warrior King (Odyssey One 05)
Currie, Evan
Battle-weary after a desperate fight to save Earth from the Drasin alien onslaught, Confederation Captain Eric Weston is tasked with a perilous, new mission. He and the crew of the Odysseus must hunt down those, who unleashed the hellish attack on his home world and that of Earth’s Priminae allies. But the situation turns dire, when they catch sight of a ship belonging to the mysterious beings – who orchestrate the fearsome Drasin’s depredations. This powerful Empire, it seems, has two primary aims: to conquer new worlds and settle old scores. Weston’s ultimate objective: keep humanity from becoming collateral damage, as the Drasin war expands to engulf the galaxy.
Military SF | TP | $29.95

The Dragon Hammer
Daniel, Tony
Evil from the dawn of time is on the verge of domination, but Wulf von Dunstig figured none of that mattered to ‘him’. What could he do about it? After all, he was basically nobody the sixteen-year-old third son of a duke destined for an uneventful life as a ranger. But when destiny comes calling, it turns out there is only Wulf to answer. After a devastating invasion of his native land, Wulf must rally the peaceful valley of Shenandoah. He must free his family and his land from the grip of intruders controlled by vampiric evil.
Fantasy | TP | $26.95

Best Horror of the Year Volume 8
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalogue of terror, fear, and unpleasantness, as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.
Horror anthology | TP | $31.95

The Stars Askew (Caeli-Amur 02)
Davidson, Rjurik
It seems the seditionists’ hopes – for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur – have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle, in the city, but if they can escape with their lives. Sequel to the Miévillesque Unwrapped Sky (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | HC | $47.95

The Silver Kings (Silver Kings 04)
Deas, Stephen
The Silver King, half-god, legend and myth, is returning. Once he fought his brother, the Black Moon, and his dragons, and was defeated. But the Black Moon was also weakened, and a millennium has passed. Humanity has grown used to a world without gods, a world where they were masters of all – including the terrifying dragons. But the dragons have awakened, the hole in reality is expanding, and the shackles that kept the half-gods controlled have been broken. The Black Moon lives on in the body of Berren Crowntaker, and has taken control. With an army behind him, the dragons above and the Dragon Queen at his side, he goes to war with his brother. The worlds are turning, and only one thing is sure – there will be an ending.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Traitor
Dickinson, Seth
Baru Cormorant – a young woman from a conquered people – tries to transform an empire, in this richly-imagined, geopolitical fantasy.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Third Annual Collection
Dozois, Gardner (editor)
The definitive yearly collection of short science fiction.
SF anthology | TP | $44.95

Dark Victory (A Novel of the Alien Resistance)
DuBois, Brendan
A decade ago, the alien Creepers came to Earth, dropping asteroids to drown our coastal cities, detonating nuclear weapons overhead to destroy our communications, power and computer systems, and to set up their network of killer stealth satellites to kill anything on our planet that used modern technology. In a matter of days, Earth was driven back to a nineteenth century existence. Then the war really began, as the Creepers descended and set up domed bases that were impervious to everything save a nuclear bomb. For ten years then, the battered and surviving members of humanity have fought against the Creepers and their mechanised exoskeletons, until something unexpected has happened: a chance for victory…
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

In The Shadow of the Gods (Bound Gods 01)
Dunne, Rachel
Eons ago, a pair of gods known as the Twins grew powerful in the world of Fiatera, until the Divine Mother and Almighty Father exiled them, binding them deep in the earth. But the price of keeping the fire lands safe is steep. To prevent these young gods from rising again, all twins in the land must be killed at birth, a safeguard that has worked, until now. Trapped for centuries, the Twins are gathering their latent powers to break free and destroy the Parents for their tyranny – to set off a fight between two generations of gods for control of the world and the mortals who dwell in it. When the gods make war, only one side can be victorious…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Shadow Rider (Shadow 01)
Feehan, Christine
The first in a new series, starring a Chicago crime family hiding a dark secret.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

A Natural History of Hell: Stories
Ford, Jeffrey
A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth, that is living.
Dark fantasy collection | TP | $31.95

The Beast’s Garden
Forsyth, Kate
‘Ava fell in love, the night the Nazis first showed their true nature to the world…’ It’s August 1939 in Germany, and Ava’s world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Löwenstein, who works for Hitler’s spy chief, in Berlin… ‘Filled with danger, intrigue and romance, The Beast’s Garden, a retelling of the Grimm brothers’ “Beauty and The Beast”, is a beautiful, compelling love story – set in a time when the world seemed on the brink of collapse.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Fiction | PBK | $22.99

How To Talk To Girls At Parties (graphic novel)
Gaiman, Neil
Enn is a fifteen-year-old boy, who just doesn’t understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear! Adapted – from the Locus Award-winning short story by Neil Gaiman – in vibrant ink-and-watercolour illustrations, by the Daytripper duo of brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, this original graphic novel is not to be missed!
Science fiction | HC | $29.99

Neverwhere
Gaiman, Neil & Riddell, Chris (illustrator)
A new edition of Gaiman’s beloved 1996 novel, beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell.
Urban fantasy | HC | $35.00

The Many Selves of Katherine North
Geen, Emma
Since she was twelve, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals, for the purpose of research. Kit experiences a multitude of other lives – fighting and fleeing, predator and prey – always hoping, but never quite believing, that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them. But after a jump as an urban fox ends in disaster, Kit begins to suspect that those she has trusted for her entire working life may be out to cause her harm.
Science fiction | TP | $27.99

Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence 05)
Gladstone, Max
The next novel set in Max Gladstone’s compellingly-modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

The Shadow Hour (Girl at Midnight 02)
Grey, Melissa
Everything in Echo’s life changed in a blinding flash, when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace. The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart. Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she’s already overcome. She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall, without a fight. Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature – or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what’s left of her world to the ground? Follow the Firebird, in the much-anticipated follow-up to Grey’s magical The Girl at Midnight (PBK, $19.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold
Guran, Paula (editor)
This new anthology compiles some of the best modern fairy-tale retellings and reinventions from award-winning and bestselling authors, acclaimed storytellers, and exciting new talents, into an enchanting collection. Explore magical new realms by travelling with us, Beyond the Woods
Fantasy anthology | TP | $31.95

Red Queen
Henry, Christina
Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake, even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin, or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King. The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful – the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen. A sequel to the creepily brilliant Alice (TP, $29.95).
Dark fantasy | TP | $29.95

Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool 02)
Hobb, Robin
Happy endings never last… Years ago, they freed a dragon from the glaciers on Aslevjal. Then they parted ways, the Fool returning. to far-off Clerres; while Fitz finally claimed a wife, a family, and a home of his own. Now, betrayed by his own people and broken by torment, the Fool has made his way back, to the Six Duchies. But, as Fitz attempts to heal his old friend in Buckkeep Castle, his young daughter Bee is abducted from Withywoods – by pale and mysterious raiders, who leave ruin and confusion in their wake. Fitz must find a way, to rescue his beloved Bee. At the same time, it is the Fool’s fiercest wish to return to Clerres, with the best assassin he has ever known, to gain vengeance and justice. Can Fitz bear to take up the tools of his old trade again, even to avenge his dearest friend, and save his child? The first in the series, Fool’s Assassin, is available in paperback ($19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Heartland (Worldmaker Trilogy 02)
Hounsom, Lucy
Kyndra has taken on the sunken citadel of Naris and won – for now. In its subterranean chambers, she faced its dangerous politics and a fanatical sect. And as she discovered more about herself than she ever believed possible, she almost lost her life. Now, she’s changed the rules for a whole world, but her greatest challenge is still to come. The first in the Worldmaker Trilogy, Starborn, is available in paperback ($19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling 02)
Johansen, Erika
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities, as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen – a brutal ruler, whose power derives from dark magic – who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world, where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out. The Queen of the Tearling, which begins this series, is available in paperback ($22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson 10)
Jones, Darynda
Part-time PI and full-time grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But ‘how do I trap not one god but three?’ was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them and cast them from this dimension. But one of them stole her heart, a very long time ago. Can a god of absolute death and destruction change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiance lie with his brothers? Those are just some of the questions Charley must answer, and quickly. Add to that a homeless girl on the run for her life, a man who’s been framed for murdering a woman, who is still very much alive, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim 08)
Kadrey, Richard
The request, from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn’t come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man, who’s most recently met Death – and death’s killer – a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy – and help uncover council members, who might be tied to Wormwood’s power brokers. Stark’s plans change, when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war – between angels, who want to allow human souls into heaven; and rebel angels, willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark’s closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place, where they might find a cure: hell…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Born of Legend (League 09)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Ushara Altaan has spent her entire life hating the Andarion royal house that drove away her entire species. When Dagger saves her son’s life, she is torn between her Tavali people and a debt that can never be repaid. Meanwhile, the League assassins after Dagger will stop at nothing to claim the lives of Ushara and her kind. The only hope she has left is to put her faith – and her family’s future – into the hands of the very enemy, whose grandmother personally extinguished Ushara’s lineage. But how can Ushara ever trust Dagger when he is a disinherited outlaw whose real name is synonymous with betrayal?
Paranormal romance | TP | $32.99

Ashley Bell
Koontz, Dean
The girl who said no to death. Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman – whose doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, ‘We’ll see’. When Bibi is miraculously cured of an inoperable brain tumour, it’s only the beginning of a strange and terrifying journey. For Bibi believes that, in exchange for being saved herself, she in turn must save the mysterious Ashley Bell. But first, she has to find her. Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
Paranormal thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Flicker Men
Kosmatka, Ted
The Man: Eric Argus, a washed-up quantum physicist given one last chance. The Experiment: An investigation probing the true composition of light and matter. The Discovery: Unexpected and unprecedented evidence for the existence of the soul. The Consequences: A shocking revelation about the underlying reality of the universe. And a grave threat to humanity that only Eric Argus has any hope of preventing. But who trusts a washed-up scientist to save the world?
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.99

Heroine Complex
Kuhn, Sarah
Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job blending into the background, handling her boss’s epic diva tantrums, and getting demon blood out of leather pants. Unfortunately, she’s not nearly as together, when it comes to running her own life, standing up for herself, or raising her tempestuous teenage sister, Bea. But everything changes, when Evie’s forced to pose as her glamorous boss for one night, and her darkest secret comes out: she has powers, too.
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95

Deserts of Fire: Speculative Fiction and the Modern War
Lain, Douglas (editor)
Speculative fiction is a vital tool to understanding the inexplicable. Deserts of Fire is a war-inspired anthology for the new millennium; because, for many, the recent wars in the deserts of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East are just as slippery to grasp and difficult to understand, as Vietnam was, two generations earlier.
Anthology | TP | $31.95

Alliance of Equals (Liaden Universe 19)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
Beset by the angry remnants of the Department of the Interior, challenged at every turn by opportunists on their new home world of Surebleak, and somewhat low on funds, Clan Korval desperately needs to re-establish its position: as one of the top trading clans in known space. To this end, Master Trader Shan yos’Galan, aboard Korval’s premier trade ship, Dutiful Passage, is on a mission – to establish new business associations and to build a strong primary route that links well with existing Loops and secondary routes. But re-establishing trade and preserving the lives of the few remaining members of the clan aren’t all of Korval’s problems. Matters come to a head, as Dutiful Passage – accustomed to being welcomed and feted, at those ports on its call list – finds itself denied docking, and blacklisted, while agents of the DOI mount armed attacks on others of Korval’s traders, under the very eyes of port security systems. Travelling with Dutiful Passage, on this unsettling journey, is Padi yos’Galan, the master trader’s heir and his apprentice. Padi is eager to make up for time lost, due to Korval’s unpleasantness with the Department of the Interior. She is also keeping a secret – so intense that her coming of age and, perhaps, her very life, is threatened by it.
Space opera | HC | $47.95

The Wolf Road
Lewis, Beth
Since the Damn Stupid turned the clock back on civilisation by centuries, the world has been a harsher place. But Elka has learned everything she needs to survive from the man she calls Trapper, the solitary hunter who took her in, when she was just seven years old. So, when Elka sees the Wanted poster in town, her simple existence is shattered. Her Trapper – Kreagar Hallet – is wanted for murder. Even worse, Magistrate Lyon is hot on his trail, and she wants to talk to Elka. Elka flees into the vast wilderness, determined to find her true parents. Perfect for fans of Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel.
Alternate history thriller | TP | $32.99

Who’s Afraid?
Lewis, Maria
Meet Tommi Grayson: she’s all bark… and all bite. ‘It was like my wolf had been there all along, waiting for me to tap its hand and step into the ring…’ Tommi Grayson’s never exactly been a normal girl. Bright blue hair, a mysterious past and barely controlled rage issues have a way of making a woman stand out. Yet she’s never come close to guessing who she really is… When her mother dies, a shattered Tommi decides to track down her estranged father. Leaving Scotland for a remote corner of New Zealand, she discovers the truth of her heritage – and it’s a whole lot more than merely human. Barely escaping with her life, Tommi must now return to her friends, pretending everything is normal, while all too aware of the dangers lurking outside – and within.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

I Am Behind You
Lindqvist, John Ajvide
Four families wake up one morning in their caravans, next to their cars, on an ordinary campsite, in southern Sweden. However, during the night something strange has happened. Everything else has disappeared, and the world has been transformed into an endless expanse of grass. The sky is blue, but there is no sign of the sun; there are no trees, no flowers, no birds. And every radio plays nothing but the songs of sixties pop icon Peter Himmelstrand. As the holidaymakers try to come to terms with what has happened, they are forced to confront their deepest fears and secret desires, and in many cases expose the less appealing aspects of their character.
Horror | TP | $32.99

Stranger of Tempest (God Fragments 01)
Lloyd, Tom
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served, and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little – so, bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others, or kill without cause. Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least, the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he’s met, over the years. So long as there are no surprises, or hidden agendas, along the way… it should work out fine.
Fantasy | HC | $35.00

United as One (Lorien Legacies 07)
Lore, Pittacus
The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities – like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi – and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way… but they are no longer alone, in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. The Garde have always known there is power in numbers. If they can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war. The time has come, for the Garde to make their final stand.
YA science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Gentleman Bastards Sequence Box-Set
Lynch, Scott
A gorgeous box-set, which collects this awesome series, thus far: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and The Republic of Thieves.
Fantasy | PBK | $59.99

The Last Adventure of Constance Verity
Martinez, A Lee
Constance Verity has been saving the world since she was seven, and she’s sick of it. She sets off on one last adventure to reset her destiny and become the one thing she’s never been: ordinary. Ever since she was granted a wish at birth by her fairy godmother, Constance Verity has become the world’s great adventurer. She is a master of martial arts, a keen detective, and possesses a collection of strange artefacts. Constance has spent the past twenty-eight years saving the world, and she’s tired of it. All she wants is to work in an office and date a nice, normal guy. And she’s figured a way out. The only problem is that saving the world is Constance’s destiny. She’s great at it, and there are forces at work to make sure she stays in the job. Then again, it’s also her destiny to have a glorious death. The first in a new series.
Urban fantasy | HC | $46.95

The Venusian Gambit (Daedalus 03)
Martinez, Michael J
Now, Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland, or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it’s possible to save the man she loves, or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions. In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity’s fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance – forcing past and present to, once again, join forces against an ancient terror…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Fairyland
McAuley, Paul
When gene hacker Alex Sharkey helps a super-smart girl turn a genetically-engineered doll into a new species, he accidentally gives history a dangerous shove.
SF Masterwork | PBK | $22.99

Dinosaur Knights (Dinosaur Lords 02)
Milan, Victor
This is the second in Victor Milan’s lush, exotic tale about knights… Knights riding dinosaurs.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

League of Dragons (Temeraire 09)
Novik, Naomi
Napoleon’s invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Captain William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he’ll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. This is the final instalment in the Temeraire saga.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Robert Asprin’s Myth-Fits
Nye, Jody Lynn
Humorous fantasy novel, latest in the long-running Myth Adventures series.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

The Interminables
Orwin, Paige
It’s 2020, and a magical cataclysm has shattered reality as we know it. Now a wizard’s cabal is running the East Coast of the US, keeping a semblance of peace. Their most powerful agents, Edmund and Istvan – the former a nearly immortal 1940s-era mystery man, the latter, well, a ghost – have been assigned to hunt down an arms smuggling ring that could blow up Massachusetts. Turns out the mission’s more complicated than it seemed. They discover a shadow war that’s been waged since the world ended, and, even worse, they find out that their own friendship has always been more complicated than they thought. To get out of this alive, they’ll need to get over their feelings, their memories, and the threat of a monstrous foe who’s getting ready to commit mass murder…
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Long Cosmos (Long Earth 05)
Pratchett, Terry & Baxter, Stephen
2070–71. For Joshua Valiente – now, in his late sixties – it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal, from the stars. A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers; but also in more abstract ways – by the trolls, and by the Great Traversers. Its message is simple but its implications are enormous: Join us
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction
Rajaniemi, Hannu
Drawn from anthologies, magazines, and online publication; and brought together in book form – for the first time – this collection, of sixteen short stories, ranges from the lyrical to the bizarre, from the elegiac to the impish. It is a collection that shows one of the great new imaginations in SF having immense fun.
SF collection | TP | $32.99

Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds
Reynolds, Alastair
‘This is an amazing collection of some of the best short fiction ever written in the SF genre, by an author acclaimed as “the mastersinger of space opera”.’ – The Times. Recommended.
SF collection | TP | $35.00

The Fallen (Darkest Hour Trilogy 02)
Richardson, Tarn
Set in an alternate World War I, unspeakable creatures roam the grisly trenches, and a ruthless Catholic Inquisition holds sway – still powerful, but working in the shadows. The Damned, which introduces this trilogy, is now available in paperback ($22.99).
Dark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea
Roberts, Adam
It is 1958 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. The Plongeur makes her first dive and, losing control, plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board. The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds… nothing. Her final dive continues, the pressure begins to relent, but the depth gauge is useless. They have gone miles down. Hundreds of miles, thousands. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Crashing Heaven
Robertson, Al
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality – ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue. With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual puppet tied to Jack’s mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home. Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon, he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future, but all of humanity’s. But with Fist’s software licence about to expire, taking Jack’s life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Waking Fire (Draconis Memoria 01)
Ryan, Anthony
Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. The Syndicate’s last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it. Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world. As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Orbs (Orbs 01)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing – to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars. Dr Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation, to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare the company for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston’s team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren’t the only thing missing. The planet’s water is gone, too. As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $19.99

Regeneration ((R)Evolution 03)
Saulter, Stephanie
The gillungs – water-breathing, genetically-modified humans – are thriving. They’ve colonised riverbanks and ports, long since abandoned to the rising seas, and the demand for their high-efficiency technologies is growing fast. But, as demand grows, so do fears about their impact on both norm businesses, and the natural environment. Then, a biohazard scare, at Sinkat – their colony on the Thames – fuels the opposition and threatens to derail the gillungs’ progress. But was it an accident, or was it sabotage? Detective Sharon Varsi has her suspicions, but her investigations are compromised, by family ties. And, now, there is a new threat: Zavcka Klist is about to be released from prison – and she wants her company back.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Savage Song
Schwab, Victoria
Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon. Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something. But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which? ‘Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
YA fantasy | HC | $35.95

Sparrow Falling (Sparrow 02)
Sebold, Gaie
Eveline Sparrow (formerly Duchen) hopes to put her past experiences as a thief and con-artist to more legitimate use; which is why some of the girls at her Sparrow School receive private lessons in burglary, fakery, and other such underhand practices. But it’s hard to get honest work when few businesses will employ young ladies in the security professions. The duns are at the doorstep, her friend Liu the half-fox-spirit is in some sort of trouble, and the rivalries of the Folk are in danger of overspilling into the mundane world and forcing the Empire into a bloody and horrifying war. Can Eveline pull things out of the mire this time, or will the Sparrow’s wings be clipped, once and for all?
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95

Hope and Red (Empire of Storms 01)
Skovron, Jon
One seeks power. The other revenge. Together, they are rebellion. Hope, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor’s forces, secretly trains as an assassin and dreams of vengeance. Red, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist. When they meet, empires will fall. The first in a new, blockbuster, fantasy series – perfect for fans of Brent Weeks.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Vigil (Verity Fassbinder 01)
Slatter, Angela
Verity Fassbinder has her feet in two worlds. The daughter of one human and one Weyrd parent, she has very little power herself, but does claim unusual strength – and the ability to walk between one and the other – as a couple of her talents. As such a rarity, she is charged with keeping the peace between both races, and ensuring the Weyrd remain hidden from us. But, now, Sirens are dying, illegal wine made from the tears of human children is for sale – and in the hands of those Weyrd, who hold with the old ways – and someone has released an unknown and terrifyingly destructive force on the streets of Brisbane. And Verity must investigate – or risk ancient forces carving our world apart. This is award-winning, Brisbane author Angela Slatter’s first, full-length novel, Vigil (and the first in a new series), where the normal and the Weyrd combine, on the streets of Brisbane. We all loved this, by the way! Signed copies are available.
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

The High Ground (Imperial Saga 01)
Snodgrass, Melinda
Emperor’s daughter Mercedes is the first woman ever admitted to the High Ground, the elite training academy of the Solar League’s Star Command, and she must graduate if she is to have any hope of taking the throne. Her classmate Tracy has more modest goals – to rise to the rank of captain, and win fame and honour. But a civil war is coming and the political machinations of those who yearn for power threatens the young cadets. In a time of intrigue and alien invasion, they will be tested, as they never thought possible. The first in a new series.
Space opera | TP | $29.95

Stallo
Spujt, Stefan
When an old woman claims that a small furry animal has been standing outside her house, observing her for hours, paranormal investigator Susso picks up her camera and leaves for what will become a terrifying adventure into the unknown.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Drowned Worlds
Strahan, Jonathan (editor)
Features stories set in futures wracked by the deluge, from some the best writers in SF, including Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken Liu, Paul McAuley, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Jeffrey Ford, and James Morrow.
Cli-fi anthology | TP | $29.95

The Nightmare Stacks (Laundry Files 07)
Stross, Charles
For his first assignment, Alex is dispatched to Leeds, to help assess the costs of renovating a 1950s’ Cold War bunker for use as the Laundry’s new headquarters. Unfortunately, Leeds is Alex’s hometown, and the thought of breaking the news to his parents that he’s left banking for the Civil Service, while hiding his undead condition, is causing him more anxiety, than learning how to live as a vampire secret agent, preparing to confront multiple apocalypses. Alex’s only saving grace is Cassie Brewer, a drama student appearing in the local goth festival, who is inexplicably attracted to him, despite his awkward personality and massive amounts of sunblock. But Cassie has secrets of her own – secrets that make Alex’s nightlife behaviours seem positively normal… The previous in the series, The Annihilation Score is also now available in paperback format ($19.95). Recommended!
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.99

Just One Damned Thing After Another (Chronicles of St Mary’s 01)
Taylor, Jodi
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it ‘time travel’ – these historians ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics, either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster magnets. The first thing you learn on the job, at St Mary’s, is that one wrong move and history will fight back – sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit, Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting. Previously available only from a small English publisher, this series has got rave reviews! ‘Danger, romance, history, financial and academic politics, hidden agendas, dangerous assignments, characters you care about, and the feeling that more is going on than you’re actually reading about. I can hardly wait for book two. Just One Damned Thing After Another is a true page-turner.’ – SFRevu. Book two, A Symphony of Echoes, has just been released (TP, $27.95).
Science fiction | TP | $27.95

Fallout (Hot War 02)
Turtledove, Harry
Even as Joe McCarthy rises in power, the US president is focused elsewhere, planning to cut off the head of the Soviet threat by taking out Stalin. It’s a daring gambit, but the Soviets have one of their own. Meanwhile, Europe’s weak sisters, France and Italy, seem poised to choose the winning side, while China threatens to overrun Korea. With Great Britain ravaged and swaths of America in ruins, leaders are running out of options. When the United States drops another series of bombs to slow the Russian advance in Europe, Stalin strikes back – with horrifying results…
Alternate history | HC | $52.95

The Big Book of Science Fiction
VanderMeer, Jeff & Ann (editors)
Literary power couple, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer transport readers from Mars to Mechanopolis, planet Earth to parts unknown. Immerse yourself in the genre that predicted electric cars, space tourism, and smartphones. Sit back, buckle up, and dial in the coordinates, as this stellar anthology has got worlds within worlds. Including: legendary tales from Isaac Asimov and Ursula K Le Guin; an unearthed sci-fi story from W E B Du Bois; the first publication of the work of cybernetic visionary David R Bunch, in twenty years; a rare and brilliant novella, by Chinese international sensation Cixin Liu. Plus: Aliens! Space battles! Robots! Technology gone wrong! Technology gone right! Recommended.
SF anthology | TP | $46.95

The Transference Engine
Verne St John, Julia
Madame Magdala runs a fashionable London coffee salon and reading room, while living a flamboyant lifestyle at the edge of polite society. Behind the scenes, she and Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, use the massive library stored at the Bookview Cafe to track political and mercantile activity around the world. On the eve of Queen Victoria’s coronation, in June of 1838, rumours of an assassination attempt abound.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95

Rig (Kenstibec 03)
Wallace, Jon
Barricade introduced artificial lifeform, Kenstibec. Steeple saw him reduced to the level of humanity. Now, Kenstibec must fight his way to the home of the man who created him and the other Ficials. The man who tipped the world into war and sealed humanity’s fate. Can Kenstibec win a future back for man?
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

Necessity (Thessaly 03)
Walton, Jo
Now, more than a generation has passed. The cities are flourishing on Plato and even trading with multiple, alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies, as a human – returning, immediately, as Apollo in his full glory. And there’s suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato – a ship, from Earth. The sequel to The Just City and The Philosopher Kings (each $19.99).
Historical fantasy | HC | $36.99

Flag in Exile (limited edition) (Honor Harrington 05)
Weber, David
Limited, signed, leather-bound edition.
Military SF | HC | $67.95

A Call to Arms (Manticore Ascendant 02)
Weber, David; Zahn, Timothy & Pope, Thomas
Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is the sort of person who likes an orderly universe. One where people follow the rules. Unfortunately, he lives in the real universe.
Space opera | PBK | $19.95

The Palace of Glass (Forbidden Library 03)
Wexler, Django
For Alice, danger threatens from inside the library as well as out. Her master and uncle, Geryon, is not the mild scholar he pretends to be, and now Alice knows his role in the disappearance of her father. Ending – the mysterious, magical giant feline and guardian of Geryon’s library – knows of a spell hidden inside the Palace of Glass that would allow Alice to trap Geryon. But Ending hasn’t told Alice everything. With Geryon trapped, there’s no one to stop the other Readers from sending their apprentices to attack Geryon’s library. Alice enlists the help of the apprentices and the magical creatures imprisoned in Geryon’s library, promising them freedom from Readers altogether. She prepares to face an impending attack from the combined might of the Readers, not knowing who, if anyone, she can trust.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Soldiers Out of Time (Jason Thanou 05)
White, Steve
Special operations officer Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority must, once again, plunge into Earth’s blood-drenched past; to combat the plots of the Transhumanist underground to subvert that past and create a secret history, leading up to the fulfilment of their mad dream of transforming humanity into a race of gods and monsters.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Daughters of the Storm
Wilkins, Kim
Dying in a magic-induced coma, the King of Thyrsland is on the brink of death: if his enemies knew, chaos would reign. In fear for his life and his kingdom, his five daughters set out on a perilous journey to try to save him, their only hope an aunt they have yet to meet, a shadowy practitioner of undermagic – who lives on the wild northern borders. No one can stand before the fierce tattooed soldier and eldest daughter Bluebell, an army commander who is rumoured to be unkillable – but her sisters, the loyal and mystical Ash, beautiful but unhappily married Rose, pious Willow and uncertain Ivy…all have their own secrets, to keep from her – the kind of secrets that, if revealed, could bring disaster down upon not only them, but the entire kingdom. Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Day of the Triffids
Wyndham, John
When Bill Masen wakes up in his hospital bed, he has reason to be grateful for the bandages that covered his eyes the night before. For he finds a population rendered blind and helpless by the spectacular meteor shower that filled the night sky, the evening before. But his relief is short lived, as he realises that a newly-blinded population is now at the mercy of the Triffids. Once, the Triffids were farmed for their oil, their uncanny ability to move and their carnivorous habits well controlled by their human keepers. But now, with humans so vulnerable, they are a potent threat to humanity’s survival. It is up to people like Bill, the few who can still see, to carve out a future for the human race…
SF Masterwork | HC | $24.99

The Cobra War Trilogy
Zahn, Timothy
Cobra warriors: technologically enhanced and implanted with an arsenal of covert weaponry to fight against alien foes and evil humans. An omnibus edition, collecting all three novels of the Cobra War series: Cobra Alliance, Cobra Guardian, and Cobra Gamble.
Military SF | TP | $31.95