Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: June 2017
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 2017.
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Until next time, good reading!
June 2017 includes new books by: Ilona Andrews, Stephen Baxter, Tanya Huff, Sylvia Hunter, K W Jeter, Richard Kadrey, Seanan McGuire, Neal Stephenson, Catherynne M Valente… and many others.
Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Volume 3
Afsharirad, David (editor)
Tales of brave military men and women, thrilling derring-do, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Stories to get your blood racing, your heart pounding, and your fingers turning the pages. Stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories that prove the new Golden Age is now!
Military SF anthology | TP | $31.95
Devil’s Due (Destroyermen 12)
Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have been fighting for their lives ever since their ship was swept from the Pacific to another world and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between their Lemurian allies and the ravening Grik. But things are about to get worse. With Reddy’s family and allies held prisoner by the mad General Kurokawa, the mysterious League and evil Dominion plotting schemes of their own, and the Grik trying to build their swarm and concentrate power, Reddy faces danger on all sides. Although desperate to confront Kurokawa, Captain Reddy fears he’s subordinating the war effort for personal reasons. But Kurokawa is too dangerous to be left alone. With the mighty League battleship Savoie at his command, he plots a terrible vengeance against Reddy and his tiny, battered destroyer. The stage is set for a devastating cataclysm, and Reddy and his allies will have to risk everything to protect what they hold dear.
Military SF | HC | $47.95
White Hot (Hidden Legacy 02)
Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill – she knows when people are lying – and she’s used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colourful and close-knit family’s detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor ‘Mad’ Rogan. Rogan is a billionaire Prime – the highest rank of magic user – and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s ‘talent’. But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $14.99
Defiant (Lightship Chronicles 03)
Peter and Karina have embarked on a diplomatic mission to Sandosa, an old ally of Pendax, the newest member of the Union. But during their mission the government of Sandosa attacks Peter’s new command, Defiant, and tries to assassinate Karina and him. Peter responds the only way he can, with all the power at his disposal to protect both his wife and Defiant. Then suddenly Defiant is called away to Skondar, where Peter’s old flame Dobrina Kierkopf and her new ship Impulse II have come under attack by the Butcher of Carinthia, Prince Arin. Though Defiant chases away the prince, it is not before some pretty devastating events have occurred. And soon Peter finds himself racing toward the mysterious world of Altos, where he discovers an unpleasant truth about the Union’s allies, the Historians of Earth. Each encounter with Arin, and his allies, leaves Peter and the Union Navy fleet reeling, even as they continue to pursue this elusive enemy. But all of this can only have one conclusion, a final confrontation in which Peter and Arin will battle over the future of humanity – Union or Empire. Follows Impulse and Starbound (PBK, $22.99 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Nephilim (Orion Chronicles 02)
Barrowman, John & Barrowman, Carole
Seventeen-year-old Rémy is a Conjuror – someone who can alter reality with his music. But such a talent comes with a price. He and his superpowered friends, Matt and Em Calder, are engaged in a dangerous battle to save humanity as we know it. If they are to succeed, they must first decide who to trust. An amoral seventeenth-century artist? A quick-witted gang leader? Or a nephilim, half angel and half human, with silver-flecked wings? But time is running out. The friends must take action soon. For when fallen angels rule, chaos will reign. A sequel to Conjuror (PBK, $17.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Waking Land
Lady Elanna is fiercely devoted to the king who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder – and must flee for her life. Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition – powers that suddenly stir within her. But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now, Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. First in a series. Recommended to fans of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
Half a million years in the future, on a dead, war-ravaged world at the centre of the Galaxy, there is a mile-high statue of Michael Poole. Poole, born on Earth in the fourth millennium, was one of mankind’s most influential heroes. He was not a warrior, not an emperor. He was an engineer, a builder of wormhole transit systems. But Poole’s work would ultimately lead to a vast and destructive conflict, a million-year war between humanity and the enigmatic, powerful aliens known as the Xeelee. The Xeelee won, but at a huge cost. And, defeated in a greater war, the Xeelee eventually fled the universe. Most of them. A handful were left behind, equipped with time travel capabilities, their task to tidy up: to reorder history more to the Xeelee’s liking. That million-year war with humankind was one blemish. It had to be erased. And in order to do that, a lone Xeelee was sent back in time – to remove Michael Poole from history…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Queen of Swords (Golgotha 03)
Belcher, R S
1870. Maude Stapleton, late of Golgotha, Nevada, is a respectable widow raising a daughter on her own. Few know that Maude belongs to an ancient order of assassins, the Daughters of Lilith, and is as well the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Anne Bonney, the legendary female pirate. Leaving Golgotha – in search of her daughter, Constance, who has been taken from her – Maude travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of Anne Bonney as she embarks on a perilous voyage that will ultimately lead her to a lost city of bones in the heart of Africa – and the Father of All Monsters.
Fantasy | HC | $47.95
Ninth City Burning
Black, J Patrick
When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as ‘thelemity’. It seemed nothing could stop it – until we discovered we could wield the power, too. Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition…
Science fiction | TP | $31.95
Saturn (Grand Tour of the Universe 06)
Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to run the risks. Now, the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark on a one-way expedition, twice Jupiter’s distance from the Sun, to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since. But humans will be human, on Earth or in the heavens – so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting the tight moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers 02)
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so alone. But she’s not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty. The sequel to the joyful, breakout, space-opera debut: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Flamecaster (Shattered Realms 01)
Chima, Cinda Williams
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur, than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Forgotten Worlds (Silence 02)
Clark, D Nolan
Aleister Lanoe has won a stunning victory against the alien armada that threatened Niraya, but it’s not enough to satisfy his desire for vengeance. He won’t rest, until he’s located the armada’s homeworld and reduced it to ashes. Yet, his personal vendetta will have to wait. Lanoe now faces a desperate race against time, and the merciless Centrocor corporation, if he’s to secure the Earth’s future – and discover the truth he seeks. The sequel to Forsaken Skies (PBK, $22.99).
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Virtues of War (Ghosts of War 02)
Lieutenant Katja Emmes is assigned to the fast-attack craft Rapier, joining a mission to investigate weapons smuggling activity between the Terran colonies of Sirius and Centauria. If true, this act of rebellion could escalate rapidly, and lead to all-out war. When combat does erupt, its ferocity stuns the Terran forces, and pushes them to their limits. It tests the abilities of Lieutenant Emmes, as well, along with Sublieutenant Jack Mallory and Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane, commanding officer of the Rapier. But failure is not acceptable. They must defeat the enemy… by whatever means necessary.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95
An Author’s Odyssey (Land of Stories 05)
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 | PBK | $14.99
Wilders (Project Earth 01)
Coryn Williams has grown up in the megacity of Seacouver, where her every need is provided for – except satisfaction with her life. After her parents’ suicides, her sister Lou fled the city to work on a rewilding crew, restoring lands once driven to the brink of ecological disaster by humans to a more natural state. Finally of age, Coryn leaves the city – with her companion robot – to look for her sister. But the outside world is not what she expects – it is rougher and more dangerous, and while some people help her, some resent the city and some covet her most precious resource: her companion robot. As Coryn struggles toward her sister, she uncovers a group of people – with a sinister agenda that may endanger Seacouver. When Coryn does find her sister, Lou has secrets she won’t share. Can Coryn and Lou learn to trust each other in order to discover the truth hidden behind the surface and to save both Seacouver and the rewilded lands?
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $35.95
The Space Between the Stars
Jamie Allenby wakes, alone, and realises her fever has broken. But could everyone she knows be dead? Months earlier, Jamie had left her partner Daniel, mourning the miscarriage of their baby. She’d just had to get away, so took a job on a distant planet. Then the virus hit. Jamie survived as it swept through our far-flung colonies. Now she feels desperate and isolated, until she receives a garbled message from Earth. If someone from her past is still alive – perhaps, Daniel – she knows she must find a way to return. She meets others seeking Earth, and their ill-matched group will travel across space to achieve their dream. But they’ll clash with survivors – intent on repeating humanity’s past mistakes, threatening their precious fresh start. Jamie will also get a second chance at happiness. But can she escape her troubled past, to embrace a hopeful future? This debut novel is perfect for fans of Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven.
Post-pandemic | TP | $29.99
Grunge (Monster Hunter Memoirs 01)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
When Marine Private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the Marine barracks bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to Heaven or return to Earth. The Boss has a mission for him. He’s a Marine: he chooses the mission. Eventually, it appears that God’s will is for Chad to join a group called ‘Monster Hunters International’ and protect people from things that go bump in the night. From there, things trend downhill…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero. Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those second-hand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl. ‘A thoroughly enjoyable, emotionally rich, action-packed story with the most exciting new superheroes in decades. Unmissable.’ – Kirkus.
YA science fiction | TP | $29.95
Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist
A new collection of essays and previously published and unpublished work by the brilliant evolutionary biologist.
Science-y stuff | TP | $35.00
Hunter’s Moon (Jack 01)
‘My name is unimportant, but you can call me Jack. I’m a musician by choice, a magician by profession, and a bastard by disposition. I’d been doing the magic thing for about five years when they found me. They said I had a talent, that I was smart enough and fit enough and enough of a shit that I could serve my country in a way most people never even get to hear about. And I did want to serve my country, didn’t I? I didn’t really want to contemplate what might happen if I said no.’ And, so, Jack found himself on the front line of a secret war that most people simply wouldn’t believe was possible. Working for a secret organisation tasked with defending our country from whatever supernatural threat faces it. MI5 know nothing about and would laugh if they found out. Well, at first, they would… Whether wiping out a group of demon summoners, infiltrating a coven determined to assassinate the PM, or rooting out a neo-Nazi sect who are trying to bring back Hitler from the dead, Jack is a very modern sort of magician – trained in a variety of the dark arts but also a dab hand with a Heckler and Koch, skilled in unarmed combat and electronic surveillance. Reissue.
Horror | PBK | $22.99
Eagle Rising (Jack 02)
Someone has been mad enough to revive the most terrifying evil of the last 60 years. And only one man is bad enough to stop them. Jack must go to the rotten heart of big business and find the dark secrets of a neo-Nazi magical sect, intent on giving the world back to a terror from the darkest days of the 1940s. He must infiltrate the closed corridors of big business and reach the core of a conspiracy amongst some of the most high-powered city executives in the country. A cabal of business men with occult interests and an insane hunger for the return of an old and dark order. Reissue.
Horror | PBK | $22.99
Red Vengeance (Dark Victory 02)
Now, as the hodgepodge military unit makes a desperate stand at a remote outpost, young Sergeant Randy Knox learns just how far he will go, to protect those he loves – and what it takes to save humanity from total alien domination.
Military SF | TP | $31.95
Fall of Light (Kharkanas trilogy 02)
Before the Malazan Empire, there was a time that set the stage for all those tales yet to be told… The winter is bitter. Civil war threatens Kurald Galain for the warrior Urusander’s army has begun its march on the city of Kharkanas. Led by the ruthless Hunn Raal, it intends to cast aside Mother Dark’s consort, Draconus, and set Urusander himself on the throne, beside the Living Goddess.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Retribution (War of the Gods trilogy 02)
As Adrina struggles to hold Hythria together, and Marla tries to deal with the fallout from the shocking events that take place in the Citadel, during the treaty negotiations, Wrayan Lightfinger and the apprentice sorcerer, Julika Hawksword, must travel to Sanctuary to find out why the fortress is back. What they will discover is shocking and will affect the entire world, even though they don’t realise it. A sequel to The Lyre Thief (TP, $29.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Shadow Reaper (Shadow 02)
Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood – but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness not only puts his life at risk, but the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own… Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her – a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them… The second in a new series, following Shadow Rider (PBK, $19.99).
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Year of the Orphan
Outback Australia. Hundreds of years from now. After the end. A girl races across the desert, pursued by the reckoner, scavenged spoils held close. In a blasted landscape of abandoned mines and the crumbling bones of civilisation, she survives by picking over the dead past. She trades her scraps at the only known settlement, a ramshackle fortress of greed, corruption and disease. An outpost whose only purpose is survival – refuge from the creatures that hunt beyond. Sold, then raised hard in the System, the Orphan has a mission, carries secrets about the destruction that brought the world to its knees. And she’s about to discover that the past still holds power over the present. Given an impossible choice, will the Orphan save the only home she knows or see it returned to dust? Both paths lead to blood, but whose will be spilled? In a post-apocalyptic future, survivors scavenge in the harsh Australian outback. Living rough in the remnants of our ruined world, an orphan with her own brutal past must decide if what’s left of humanity is worth saving.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99
1636: Chronicles of Dr Gribbleflotz (Ring of Fire series)
Flint, Eric; et al
An alchemist of the 17th century confronts modern science with often amusing results. Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz, the world’s greatest alchemist and a great-grandson of Paracelsus – and a Bombast on his mother’s side – was a man history had forgotten. But when the town of Grantville was transported by a cosmic accident from modern West Virginia to central Germany in the early seventeenth century, he got a second chance at fame and fortune. The world’s greatest alchemist does not make household goods. But with suitable enticements Gribbleflotz is persuaded to make baking soda and then baking powder so that the time-displaced Americans can continue to enjoy such culinary classics as biscuits and gravy. Applying his superb grasp of the principles of alchemy to the muddled and confused notions the Americans have concerning what they call ‘chemistry’, Gribbleflotz leaves obscurity behind. In his relentless search for a way to invigorate the quinta essential of the human humours, Gribbleflotz plays a central role in jumpstarting the seventeenth century’s new chemical and marital aids industries – and pioneering such critical fields of human knowledge as pyramidology and aura imaging. These are his chronicles.
Alternate history | PBK | $19.95
Moonbreaker (Secret Histories 11)
Green, Simon R.
My name is Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, the very secret agent. And I am a dead man walking. I’ve been poisoned by Dr DOA. There is no cure, no treatment, no chance of a last-minute miracle. So, all that is left to me and my love, Molly Metcalf, is to track down my killer and stop him before he can murder anyone else. So, whether that means fighting a secret army on another world; or searching for a forgotten weapon in the Museum of Unattached Oddities; or facing off against Grendel Rex, the Unforgiven God, in the hidden heart of the Moon, for the terrible secret that is Moonbreaker… I will do whatever it takes, while I still can. Because the game isn’t over till I say it’s over – and I still have one last card to play…
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95
Death Shall Come (Ishmael Jones 04)
Green, Simon R.
Ishmael and Penny go to Cardavan House for the unveiling of an Egyptian mummy. When a body is found, Ishmael doesn’t believe the mummy’s curse is to blame. He sets out to find the human killer, but how can he explain the odd footsteps creeping along the corridors? Who is playing games with them, and why?
Supernatural mystery | HC | $44.95
Runelight (Runemarks 02)
Harris, Joanne M
The squabbling Norse gods and goddesses back! And there’s a feisty new heroine on the scene: Maggie – a girl, the same age as Maddy, but brought up a world apart… literally, in World’s End, the focus of the Order in which Maddy was raised. Now, the Order is destroyed, Chaos is filling the vacuum left behind… and is breaching the everyday world. Six hundred miles apart, two girls each bear on their skin a runemark: a symbol of the Old Days – when the known Worlds were ruled by the gods from their sky citadel, Asgard. Now, Asgard lies in ruins, and the power of the gods has long since been destroyed. Or, so everyone thinks…
Norse fantasy | TP | $29.99
Runemarks (Runemarks 01)
Harris, Joanne M
It’s been five hundred years since the end of the world and society has rebuilt itself anew. The old Norse gods are no longer revered. Their tales have been banned. Magic is outlawed, and a new religion – the Order – has taken its place. In a remote valley in the north, fourteen-year-old Maddy Smith is shunned for the ruinmark on her hand – a sign associated with the Bad Old Days. But what the villagers don’t know is that Maddy has skills. According to One-Eye, the secretive Outlander who is Maddy’s only real friend, her ruinmark – or runemark, as he calls it – is a sign of Chaos blood, magical powers and gods know what else… Now, as the Order moves further north, threatening all the Worlds with conquest and Cleansing, Maddy must finally learn the truth to some unanswered questions about herself, her parentage, and her powers.
Norse fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Weaver’s Lament (Symphony of Ages 09)
For a thousand years, the lands ruled by the Cymrian Alliance have been at peace. When the brutal death of a dear friend catapults the kingdom to the brink of civil war, Rhapsody finds herself in an impossible situation: forced to choose between her beloved husband, Ashe, and her two oldest friends, Grunthor and Achmed. Choosing her husband will mean the death of thousands of innocents. Siding against him will cost Rhapsody the other half of her soul, both in this life and the next.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Tale of Shikanoko series
Books 1 and 2 are contained in Emperor of the Eight Islands; and books 3 and 4 make up Lord of the Darkwood, both available, in paperback editions now. These are the threads of an intricate tapestry in which the laws of destiny play out, against a backdrop of wild forest, elegant court, and savage battlefield. Set in a mythical, medieval Japan inhabited by warriors and assassins, ghosts and guardian spirits… 300 years before Tales of the Otori.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $22.99 each
Perilous Prophecy (Strangely Beautiful 02)
Hieber, Leanna Renee
Cairo in the 1860s is a bustling metropolis where people from all walks of life mix and mingle, mostly in complex harmony. When evil ghosts and unquiet spirits stalk the city’s streets, the Guard are summoned – six young men and women of different cultures, backgrounds, and faiths, gifted by their Goddess with great powers. While others of the Guard embrace their duties, their leader, British-born Beatrice, is gripped by doubt. What right has she, a bookish, sheltered, eighteen-year-old, to lead others into battle? Why isn’t dark-eyed, compelling Ibrahim, who is stronger of will than Beatrice, the one in charge? Ghosts maraud through Cairo’s streets, heralding a terrible darkness. Beatrice and her Guard have little time to master their powers; a great battle looms as an ancient prophecy roars toward its final, deadly conclusion. This enchanting prequel to the gaslamp fantasy, Strangely Beautiful, returns to print – edited and revised – after more than a decade.
Gaslamp fantasy | TP | $31.95
Eterna and Omega (Eterna Files 02)
Hieber, Leanna Renee
In New York City, fearing the dangers of the Eterna Compound – supposedly the key to immortality – Clara Templeton buries information vital to its creation. The ghost of her clandestine lover is desperate to tell her she is wrong, but though she is a clairvoyant, she cannot hear him. In London, Harold Spire plans to send his team of assassins, magicians, mediums, and other rogue talents to New York City, in an attempt to obtain Eterna for Her Royal Majesty, Queen Victoria. He stays behind to help Scotland Yard track down a network of body snatchers and occultists, but he’ll miss his second-in-command, Rose Everhart, whose gentle exterior masks a steel spine. Rose’s skepticism about the supernatural has been shattered since she joined Spire’s Omega Branch. Meeting Clara is like looking into a strange mirror: both women are orphans, each is concealing a paranormal ability, and each has a powerful and attractive guardian who has secrets of his own. The hidden occult power that menaces both England and America continues to grow. Far from being dangerous, Eterna may hold the key to humanity’s salvation.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95
Supernova (Lightless 02)
Higgins, C A
Once Ananke was an experimental military spacecraft. But a rogue computer virus transformed it – her – into something much more: a fully sentient artificial intelligence, with all the power of a god – and all the unstable emotions of a teenager. Althea, the ship’s engineer and the last living human aboard, nearly gave her life to save Ananke from dangerous saboteurs, forging a bond as powerful as that between mother and daughter. Now, she devotes herself completely to Ananke’s care. But teaching a thinking, feeling machine – perhaps, the most dangerous force in the galaxy – to be human proves a monumental challenge. When Ananke decides to seek out Matthew Gale, the terrorist she regards as her father, Althea learns that some bonds are stronger than mortal minds can understand – or control…
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
False Idols (Dragon Lords 02)
The Dragons who once ruled over the land are dead. The motley crew that stole the dragons’ gold and stumbled through a revolution are rich, and praised as saviours. Everyone gets to live happily ever after, right? Well, it might have worked out that way, if the dragons in Kondorra had been the only ones. If they hadn’t been just the tip of the spear, about to fall upon the whole world… A sequel to Fool’s Gold (PBK $22.99) – which its blurb hilariously categorises as: ‘Ocean’s Eleven meets The Hobbit’.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy (2017) (anthology)
This ninth volume of the year’s best science fiction and fantasy features thirty stories by some of the genre’s greatest authors, including Charlie Jane Anders, Steven Barnes, Seth Dickinson, Kameron Hurley, Rich Larson, Ian R MacLeod, Paul McAuley, Adam Roberts, Lavie Tidhar, Genevieve Valentine, Carrie Vaughn, and many others.
SF anthology | TP | $39.95
A Peace Divided (Peacekeeper 02)
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps. But that was before Torin learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting – before she’d been declared dead and had spent time in a prison that shouldn’t exist – before she’d learned about the ‘plastic’ beings, who were really behind the war between the Confederation and the Others. A sequel to An Ancient Peace (PBK, $19.95).
Military SF | HC | $47.95
The End We Start From
In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z’s small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content… against all the odds. This is a story of new motherhood in a terrifying setting: a familiar world made dangerous and unstable, its people forced to become refugees.
Cli-fi/post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99
A Season of Spells (Noctis Magicae 03)
After three years of study at the University in Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. When sparks fail to fly between the pair, it is an inauspicious start, and when the traitors who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison, the alliance seems to be on shaky ground indeed. In an attempt to forge a connection between Lucia and Roland, Sophie enlists them in her scheme to reopen the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. But the future of the college and of the kingdom itself is put in the balance by a deadly contest between Sophie’s group and enemies at Britain’s gates. Concluding the trilogy which began with The Midnight Queen and Lady of Magick (TP, $29.99 each). Recommended for fans of Caroline Stevermer.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Grim Expectations (George Dower 03)
Jeter, K W
Sometime after the events of Fiendish Schemes, George Dower finds himself a widower, of sorts. On her deathbed, Miss McThane entrusts Dower with a small, ticking clockwork box. The box is mysteriously linked to her. When she breathes her last, the box stops ticking and Dower is able to open it, to find hundreds of letters – written in an unknown hand, signed only with the initial S. They’re not love letters, but refer instead to the letter writer’s ongoing search for some other person. The last is a simple note, reading: ‘Found him’…
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99
The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power, longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever. On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas. Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.
Epic fantasy | HC | $52.95
Jones, Stephen Graham
A coming-of-age story about a young boy living on the fringe with his family – who are secretly werewolves – and struggling to survive in a contemporary America that shuns them.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Kill Society (Sandman Slim 09)
Sandman Slim has reached the far edge of Tenebrae: the desolate home of the lost dead. Alone and with no clue how to get back home, he collides with a caravan of the damned, led by the ruthless Magistrate. Slim didn’t land in Tenebrae, by chance. When he tried to open Heaven, he sent a tsunami across the universe and now the afterlife is falling apart. The angels know Slim is close by, and they have put a tempting bounty on his head. It’s one thing to ride with a ferocious criminal gang, across the land of the dead – it’s quite another to do it while everyone is trying to make sure you stay there. But Slim’s not too worried. He’s been fighting cosmic forces, hell-bent on destruction, for years. A pack of vicious bounty hunters, vengeful angels, and dangerous enemies with friendly smiles isn’t going to stop him fixing the chaos he’s caused…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter 27)
Centuries ago, Illarion was betrayed – a dragon made human against his will, then forced to serve humanity as a dragonmount in their army, and to fight for them in barbaric wars, even while he hated everything about them. Enslaved and separated from everyone he knew and from his own dragon brothers, he was forced into exile in a fey realm where he lost the only thing he ever really loved. Now, he has a chance to regain what’s been lost – to have the one thing he covets most. But only if he gives up his brothers and forsakes the oaths he holds most dear. Yet what terrifies him most isn’t the cost his happiness might incur, it’s the fact that there is just enough human in his dragon’s heart that he might actually be willing to pay it and betray everything and everyone – to see the entire world burn…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
When Cynthia Rothschild’s best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, Cyn can totally see why. He’s really young and super cute, and thinks Annie would make an excellent library monitor. But after meeting Mr Gabriel, Cyn realises something isn’t quite right. Maybe, it’s the creepy look in the librarian’s eyes, or the weird feeling Cyn gets whenever she’s around him. Before long, Cyn realises that Mr Gabriel is, in fact… a demon. Previous editions of Evil Librarian had excellent reviews.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Revenge of the Evil Librarian (Evil Librarian 02)
Last autumn, Cynthia Rothschild saved her best friend, as well as the entire student body, from the demon librarian. But now all that demon stuff is behind her, Cyn is looking forward to the best summer ever at theatre camp with her boyfriend, Ryan. Once she gets to camp, though, Cyn realises all that demon stuff might not be as over as she thought. But at least any new demons that show up can’t possibly be as evil as Mr Gabriel. It’s not like he could somehow come back to life to seek his terrible revenge or something, right?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Rebellion’s Last Traitor (Memory Thief trilogy 01)
After decades of war, the brutal Tathadann Party restored order to shattered Eitan City by outlawing the past and rewriting history. Memory is a commodity – bought and sold, and experienced like a drug. Henraek works as a Tathadann memory thief, draining citizens’ memories. Everything changes when Henraek harvests a memory of his own wife’s death, in the hidden rebellion that once tore apart their city. Now, he will do whatever it takes to learn the truth – even if it means burning Eitan City to the ground.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters 11)
Psychic Nan Killian and Medium Sarah Lyon-White – along with their clever birds, the raven Neville and the parrot Grey – have been agents of Lord Alderscroft, the Elemental Fire Master known as the Wizard of London, since leaving school. Now, Lord Alderscroft assigns them another commission: to work with the famous man, living at 221 Baker Street – but not the one in flat B. They are to assist the man living in flat C. Dr John Watson and his wife Mary, themselves Elemental Masters of Water and Air, take the occult cases John’s more famous friend disdains, and they will need every skill the girls and their birds can muster! Nan and Sarah’s first task: to confront and eliminate the mysterious and deadly entity that nearly killed them as children: the infamous Haunt of Number 10, Berkeley Square. But the next task divides the girls for the first time since they were children. A German opera star begs Sarah for help, seeking a Medium’s aid against not just a single spirit, but a multitude. As Sarah becomes more deeply entwined with the Prima Donna, Nan continues to assist John and Mary Watson alone, only to discover that Sarah’s case is far more sinister than it seems. It threatens to destroy not only a lifelong friendship, but much, much more.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Resurrection (Skulduggery Pleasant 10)
When Skulduggery learns of a plot to resurrect a terrifying evil, he persuades Valkyrie to join him for just 24 hours. But they need someone else on their team, someone inconspicuous…someone, who can go undercover. Enter Omen Darkly. Student at the new Corrival Academy. Overlooked. Unremarkable in every way. Twenty-four hours to save the world. One sharply-dressed skeleton. One grief-stricken young woman. One teenage boy who can’t remember which class he’s supposed to be in. This cannot end well…
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire trilogy 02)
Lee, Yoon Ha
When the hexarchate’s gifted young captain Kel Cheris summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn’t reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment – and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, which was tasked with stopping them. Only one of Khiruev’s subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao. Jedao claims to be interested in defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev or Brezan trust him? For that matter, will the hexarchate’s masters wipe out the entire fleet to destroy the rogue general?
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95
Arabella of Mars
Levine, David D
Since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Captain William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars, in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable. Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company, where she meets a mysterious captain who is intrigued by her knack with clockwork creations. Now, Arabella just has to weather the naval war, currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew… if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.95
It Can’t Happen Here (Penguin Modern Classics)
It’s 1935 and discontent is rife in America. From the political margins appears Buzz Windrip, charismatic presidential candidate and ‘inspired guesser at what political doctrines the people would like’. Sweeping to power amid mass elation, he promises wealth for all and the dawn of a glorious new era. Small-town newspaper editor Doremus Jessop is worried, especially when the new regime becomes increasingly authoritarian. But what can one individual do to fight an all-powerful state? Sinclair Lewis’s terrifying cautionary tale pits liberal complacency against popular fascism and shows: yes, it really can happen here.
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99
Death’s End (Three-Body trilogy 03)
Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity, due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilisations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent. Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program, dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle? Concludes the brilliant trilogy, which began with The Three-Body Problem (PBK, $19.99) and continued in The Dark Forest ($19.99). Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children 02)
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen, when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. This is the story of what happened first… Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter – polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter – adventurous, thrill seeking, and a bit of a tomboy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got. They were five, when they learned that grownups can’t be trusted. They were twelve, when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic, in a land filled with mad scientists, and death, and choices. This 192pp Tor.com novella is a follow-up to the beloved Every Heart A Doorway (HC, $27.99).
Fantasy novella | HC | $35.95
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (Hedge Knight series)
Martin, George R R
Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals – in stature if not experience. Tagging along with him is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg – whose true identity must be hidden from all he and Dunk encounter: for in reality he is Aegon Targaryen, and one day he will be king. Improbable heroes though they be, great destinies lie ahead for Dunk and Egg; as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits. Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, this is a compilation of the first three official prequel novellas to George R R Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire (slipcase edition))
Martin, George R R
A gorgeous, individually-slipcased edition of the third volume of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Fantasy | HC | $179.99
The Fallen Kingdom (Falconer 03)
Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers even as they are slowly destroying her.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa – and the world, as far as they know – to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy. But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is both a thinker and a leader, a wise and compassionate man with a vision for a new community that survivors will rebuild, from the ruins. And, so, Amanzi is founded, drawing Storm’s ‘homeless and tempest-tost’ – starting with Melinda Swanevelder, who they rescued from brutal thugs, Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane, Beryl Fortuin with her ragtag group of orphans and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand. And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen, who changes everything. So, the community grows – and with each step forward, as resources increase, so do the challenges they must face – not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within… Nico will find experience hardship and heartbreak and have his loyalty tested to its limits as he undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this new world. Looking back as he writes in memoirs later in life, he recounts the events that led to the greatest rupture of all – the murder of his father.
Post-apocalyptic | TP | $32.99
What’s worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief? Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socialising Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened AI. When Al manages to access the Internet, and escape the lab days before his official unveiling, Hope and her team embark on a mission to contain him – before he causes any real trouble. Soon, the NSA is on Al’s back, the US Army is fighting a brigade of mass-produced robots, and a wannabe cyberterrorist is looking to silence Al permanently. After months spent ‘raising’ Al, Hope knows she’s running out of time – and she’s not sure she’ll be able to protect him. Will she manage to control the unruly AI, and quell a global crisis… or, will Al outsmart them, once and for all?
Artificial intelligence | TP | $29.95
In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a traumatic event. He tries – and fails – to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape. When, at last, a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over. But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether? Recommended.
Fiction | PBK | $19.99
Legacies (Corean Chronicles 01)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Millennia ago, a magical disaster caused the fall of a great worldwide civilisation, the end of a golden age. New civilisations have fought their way up from the ancient destruction and chaos, knowing little of the lost world that preceded them or the details of its fall. Corus, today, is a world of contending countries, of humans, but also of strange animals and supernatural creatures. It is a place of magical powers, and of a few people who are talented enough to use them. Alusius is drafted into the local Militia and must fight against the invading slave armies of The Matrial, an immortal ruler in a nearby land. Alusius is captured and enslaved. If the evil surrounding The Matrial is not brought to an end, the world as he knows it could very well end. Reissue.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Takeshi Kovacs collection (omnibus)
Collecting Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies into an omnibus edition. If you haven’t yet read these action-and-violence-packed thriller, noir SF novels, you’re missing out!
Science fiction | PBK | $65.00
The Asylum of Dr Caligari
If you think today’s profiteers are diabolical, blink again. It is the summer of 1914. As the world teeters on the brink of the Great War, a callow American painter, Francis Wyndham, arrives at a renowned European insane asylum, where he begins offering art therapy under the auspices of Alessandro Caligari – sinister psychiatrist, maniacal artist, alleged sorcerer. And determined to turn the impending cataclysm to his financial advantage, Dr Caligari will – for a price – allow governments to parade their troops past his masterpiece: a painting… so mesmerising, it can incite entire regiments to rush headlong into battle.
Absurdist SF | TP | $29.95
All Good Things (Split Worlds 05)
As the Iris family consolidates their hold on society within the secret world of the Nether, William Iris finds himself more powerful and yet more vulnerable than ever. His wife, Cathy, has left him, a fact that will destroy him if it becomes public. To keep his position – and survive – he needs to get her back, whatever the cost. Cathy has finally escaped the Nether, but hates that she must rely so heavily on Sam’s protection. When the strange sorceress Beatrice offers her a chance to earn true freedom by joining the quest Sam has been bound to, Cathy agrees. But can she and Sam navigate Beatrice’s plans for the future without becoming two more of her victims? And Beatrice, a self-taught and powerful killer, is not without her enemies. Rupert, the last sorcerer of Albion, is obsessed with finding and destroying her. He orders Max and his gargoyle to help him, pulling them away from protecting innocents. As the Arbiter and his partner face the ugly side of their responsibilities to Rupert, they begin to question where their loyalties should truly lie. Amidst death, deceit, and the fight for freedom, friendships are tested, families are destroyed, and heroes are forged as the battle to control the Split Worlds rages to its climatic conclusion.
Alternate history | TP | $29.95
Blue Shift (Second Species trilogy)
2187: Earth is cold, dead and divided. The rich hide away while the rest will do anything to survive. Humanity have only one hope: reaching a habitable planet. But getting there means travelling in large numbers through alien-held space, something that’s almost impossible. Yet, for some, fighting their way through space is just a way of life… Jinnifer Blue is a rich girl on the run. An expert pilot, she apprehends criminals on behalf of the government and keeps her illegal genetic modifications a closely guarded secret. But when a particularly dangerous job goes south, leaving her stranded on a prison ship with one of the most ruthless criminals in the galaxy, Jinn realises that the rich and the powerful are hiding more than she’d ever guessed. Now, she must decide if she can trust her co-prisoner – because once they discover what the prison ship is hiding, she definitely can’t trust anyone else… A gripping space adventure, for fans of Elizabeth Moon and Rachel Bach.
Space opera | TP | $29.99
The Beautiful Bureaucrat
In a windowless building, in a remote part of town, the newly-employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as The Database. As the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings – the office’s scarred, pinkish walls take on a living quality, the drone of keyboards echoes eerily down the long halls. When, one evening, her husband Joseph disappears and then returns, offering no explanation as to his whereabouts, her creeping unease shifts decidedly to dread.
Magical realism | PBK | $19.99
Finmere Tingewick Smith was abandoned on the steps of the Old Bailey. Under the guardianship of the austere Judge Harlequin Brown and the elderly gentlemen of Orrery House, Fin has grown up under a very strange set of rules. He spends alternate years at two very different schools and now he’s tired of the constant lies to even his best friends, to hide the insanity of his double life. Neither would believe the truth! But on his sixteenth birthday, everything changes. The Judge is killed, stabbed in the chest with a double-edged sword that’s disturbingly familiar, and from that moment on, Fin is catapulted into an extraordinary adventure. Through the Doorway in Fin’s London, a hole in the boundaries of Existence, lies another London – and, now, both are in grave danger. For the Knights of Nowhere have kidnapped the Storyholder, the keeper of the Five Eternal Stories which weave the worlds together. Because of the Knights’ actions, a black storm is coming, bringing madness with it. Fin may be just 16, but he has a long, dark journey ahead of him if he is to rescue the Storyholder and save Existence! This young-adult fantasy trilogy – The Double-Edged Sword, The Traitor’s Gate, and The London Stone – was originally written under the pseudonym Sarah Silverwood, but is now being reissued under Pinborough.
YA fantasy/dimension-slip | PBK | $22.99 each
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner
Poor Mr Swimble is having a bad day. Rabbits are bouncing out of his hat, pigeons are flying out of his jacket and every time he points his finger, something magically appears – cheese sandwiches, socks… even a small yellow elephant on wheels! It’s becoming a real nuisance – and he’s allergic to rabbits. His friends at the Magic Rectangle can’t help, but the mysterious vacuum cleaner he saw, that morning, may have something to do with it… A collection of fourteen, fantastically funny stories.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The Long Cosmos (Long Earth 05)
Pratchett, Terry & Baxter, Stephen
Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve. For Joshua Valienté, 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’. The super-smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind. Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent – a device that will alter the Long Earth’s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life-affirming goal of those who sent the Message. Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all – mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals – who inhabit the Long Earths…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles, six years ago – leaving both her role on a cult, sci-fi TV show and her co-star husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now, Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way. As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travellers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars, from a hapless twentysomething illustrator to a brilliant, corporate comics’ writer struggling with her industry’s old-school ways, to a group of cosplay women who provide a chorus of knowing commentary. For Alex, this world is a magical place – where fiction becomes reality; but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realise that the story his mother is telling him, about their journey, might have a very different ending than he imagined…
Superheroes | TP | $31.95
Beyond the Aquila Rift: the Best of Alastair Reynolds ((collection))
‘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. This is mind-blowing SF at its best – highly recommended.
SF collection | PBK | $22.99
Revelation Space trilogy boxed set
Nine hundred thousand years ago, something wiped out the Amarantin. For the human colonists now settling the Amarantin homeworld Resurgam, it’s of little more than academic interest, even after the discovery of a long-hidden, almost perfect Amarantin city and a colossal statue of a wingest Amarantin. For brilliant but ruthless scientist Dan Sylveste, it’s more than merely intellectual curiosity – and he will stop at nothing to get at the truth. Even if the truth costs him everything. But the Amarantin were wiped out for a reason, and that danger is closer and greater than even Sylveste imagines… A boxed set, collecting Revelation Space, Chasm City, and Redemption Ark. Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $55.00
Keeping It Real (Quantum Gravity 01)
The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe’s different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves. Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty… but, now, she’s not so sure. Her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery. A machine she’s barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation. As for her heart… well, ever since being drawn into a Game by the elven rock star she’s been assigned to protect, she’s not even sure she can trust that anymore either. Reissued.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Russell, Eric Frank
Something bizarre is happening among the government workers at weapons laboratories across the United States. Increasing numbers of employees are abandoning their jobs for no apparent reason, some of them committing suicide, others trading their high-profile, specialised careers for unskilled jobs, in obscure towns. One such employee, metallurgist Richard Bransome, is drinking coffee at a café, when he overhears a conversation about a long-ago murder that has newly come to light. The details awaken Bransome’s suppressed memory of a similar crime that he committed years before. Like his co-workers, Bransome takes flight, eventually discovering that his sudden recollection is linked to an enemy spy ring, and a powerful new weapon. Originally published in 1964, and set during the height of Cold War tensions, this novel offers a compelling mix of espionage, crime drama, and psychological thriller.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95
Maestro (Homecoming 02)
Salvatore, R A
Drizzt is going home. But not to Mithral Hall. Not to Icewind Dale. He’s going to Menzoberranzan. Bruenor is ready to march with him bringing along an army of dwarves to end the scourge of Menzoberranzan, but Drizzt needs to see what’s happening there. The dwarf army may not be necessary. The City of Spiders might already have fallen to the demons and their wicked prince. But even if that’s true, what’s to say the demons will stop there?
Fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Extinction Horizon (Extinction Cycle 01)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy, yet – a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters. After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr Kate Lovato alive – long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything. Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?
Pandemic | PBK | $12.99
Extinction Edge (Extinction Cycle 02)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
The dust from Dr Kate Lovato’s bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the Haemorrhage Virus into something even worse. Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving. The fractured military plans Operation Liberty – a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left. As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won’t just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap…
Pandemic | PBK | $22.95
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: a Novel of Retropolis
Schenck, Bradley W
After a surprise efficiency review, the switchboard operators of Retropolis find themselves replaced by a mysterious system they don’t understand. Nola Gardner pools their severance pay to hire Dash Kent, freelance adventurer and apartment manager, to find out what happened. Dash discovers that the replacement switchboard is only one element of a plan concocted by an insane civil engineer: a plan so vast that it reaches from Retropolis to the Moon. If Fritz Lang’s Metropolis somehow mated with Futurama, their mutant offspring might well be this novel. Inspired by the future imagined in the 1939 World Fair, this hilarious, beautifully-illustrated adventure is utterly unlike anything else in science fiction – enhanced throughout, by two dozen astonishing illustrations.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95
Wild Embrace (Psy-Changelings) (collection)
A stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Silver Silence (Psy-Changelings Trinity)
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him. Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence – her mind clear of all emotion – Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious… and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan. Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed… The beginning of a new series, set in the Psy-Changelings universe.
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
The Witch Who Came In From the Cold
Smith, Lindsay & Gladstone, Max (creators); et al
The Cold War rages in back rooms and dark alleys of 1970s’ Prague, as spies and sorcerers battle for home and country. The fate of the East and the West hangs in the balance right along the Iron Curtain – and crackling beneath the surface is a vein of magic… waiting to be tapped. A serial novel from five award-winning and critically-acclaimed authors.
Supernatural noir | TP | $43.95
Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
Smith, Michael Marshall
It’s not every day that the Devil knocks on your door. Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil, for the past 150 years… and, now, they need her help.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The High Ground (Imperial Saga 01)
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. Highly recommended!
Space opera | PBK | $19.95
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
Stephenson, Neal & Galland, Nicole
1851, England: The Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic – in decline since the industrial revolution began – is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth. 21st century, America: Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past. After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic, and time travel; and, so, the Department of Diachronic Operations – D.O.D.O. – is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history. But when you interfere with the past, there’s no telling what you might find in your future… Think witches, time travel, magic, etc, through the prism of quantum mechanics and multi-agency clandestine operations. So. Much. Fun. Don’t miss!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire 02)
Sullivan, Michael J
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid – a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan, where waits an ancient adversary as fearsome as it is deadly. A sequel to Age of Myth (PBK, $22.95).
Fantasy | HC | $52.95
A superb work of literary fantasy. In a truly-original, imagined world of breathtaking, sometimes surreal beauty, fifty utterly alien but disarmingly human immortals lead mankind, in a centuries-long war. Reissues of the novels preceding last year’s Fair Rebel (TP, $32.99), including: The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, The Modern World, and the series prequel: Above the Snowline. Highly recommended: Begin with The Year of Our War ($19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99 each
Vanja, a government worker, leaves her home city of Essre for the austere, wintry colony of Amatka on a research assignment. It takes some adjusting: people act differently in Amatka, and citizens are monitored for signs of subversion. Intending to stay just a short while, Vanja finds herself falling in love with her housemate, Nina, and decides to stick around. But when she stumbles on evidence of a growing threat to the colony and a cover-up by its administration, she begins an investigation that puts her at tremendous risk. Language has the power to shape reality. Unless objects, buildings, and the surrounding landscape are repeatedly named, and named properly, everything will fall apart. Trapped in the repressive colony, Vanja dreams of using language to break free, but her individualism may well threaten the very fabric of reality.
Dystopia | TP | $31.95
The Last Days of Magic
Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and – with her twin, Anya – unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots. But increasingly he finds himself torn between duty and his desire to understand the magic that has been forbidden. As kings prepare, exorcists gather, and divisions widen between the warring clans of Ireland, Aisling and Jordan must come to terms with powers given and withheld, while a world that can still foster magic hangs in the balance. Loyalties are tested, betrayals sown, and the coming war will have repercussions that ripple centuries later, in today’s world – and, in particular, for a young graduate student named Sara Hill. ‘The Last Days of Magic is intricate, bold and memorable long after you put it down. It succeeds in bringing magic and mythology to life and… delivers a shimmer of optimism and the possibility that magic is not quite dead.’ – New York Daily News.
Historical fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Refrigerator Monologues (collection)
Valente, Catherynne M & Wu, Annie (illustrator)
A series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been ‘refrigerated’: comic book women, who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken… so, that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.
Superheroes | HC | $39.95
Unveiled (PI Changeling series)
Mabily ‘Mab’ Jones’ life has returned to normal. Or as normal as life can be for a changeling, who also happens to be a private detective working her first independent case, and dating a half-fey. But then a summons to return to the fairy world arrives in the form of a knife on her pillow. Mab soon realises she has no choice but to answer the summons and return to the Vale. But the deeper she is drawn into the machinations of the realm, the more she becomes ensnared by promises she made in the past. And in trying to do the right thing, Mab will face her most devastating betrayal yet, one that threatens everything and everyone she holds most dear.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $12.99
Rig (Kenstibec 03)
Caught in a world that is too busy destroying itself, to care for anything except how to exploit the weak, Kenstibec is the ultimate outsider: he used to be invulnerable – but, now, he’s just a killer with no one to kill for. But when the old world is ending everyone needs a reason to live, someone to live for. Kenstibec is on a quest. A quest that will take him across a freezing ocean and into the cold heart of a new world order.
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99
You Die When You Die (West of West 01)
You can’t change your fate – so throw yourself into battle, because you’ll either end the day a hero, or drinking mead in the halls of the gods. That’s what Finn’s tribe believe. But Finn wants to live. When his settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe – Finn, plus several friends and rivals, must make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, and to survive, Finn will fight harder than he’s ever fought before.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $22.99
On an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific, a team of scientists is employed by a charismatic billionaire, hoping to change the world through cutting-edge research. In a small cabin on a remote lake in the middle of the Adirondacks, FBI futurist Hannah Stander confronts a barely recognisable human body – one skinned alive by thousands of genetically engineered ants. Hannah’s investigation ultimately leads her to Kohole Atoll. Though the team there vehemently denies any connection to the body, the more Hannah studies the group, the more she suspects their work has sinister applications. And the more it looks like no one is getting off the island alive. The sequel to the recommended Zer0es (PBK, $14.99).
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $14.99
Killing Gravity (Voidwitch Saga 01)
White, Corey J
Before she escaped in a bloody coup, Mephisto transformed Mariam Xi into a deadly voidwitch. Their training left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust, and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers. Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumours to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential. A brilliant 176pp Tor.com novella, from an ex-Brisbanite! Highly recommended for fans of Scalzi and Firefly.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99