Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: May 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in May 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!

May 2016 includes new books by: Joe Abercrombie, Jack Campbell, Kylie Chan, Steven Erikson, Joe Hill, Richard Kadrey, Guy Gavriel Kay, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik… and many others.

Sharp Ends: Stories From the World of the First Law
Abercrombie, Joe
Sharp Ends combines previously-published, award-winning tales, with exclusive, new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side shows, back stories, and sharp endings – from the world of the First Law.
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $29.99

The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories
Aiken, Joan
Here is the whisper in the night, the dog whose loyalty outlasted death, the creak upstairs, that half-remembered ghost story that won’t let you sleep, the sound that raises gooseflesh, the wish you’d checked the lock on the door before dark fell. Here are tales of suspense and the supernatural that will chill, amuse, and exhilarate. Features a new introduction by the late author’s daughter, Lizza Aiken.
Fantasy collection | HC | $45.95

Veiled Alliances
Anderson, Kevin J
A novelisation of his graphic-novel prequel to the Saga of the Seven Suns series.
Science fiction | TP | $24.95

Dreamland
Anderson, Robert L
Dea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams, since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream, more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Straits of Hell (Destroyermen 10)
Anderson, Taylor
Matt Reddy’s old Asiatic Fleet destroyer USS Walker has been mysteriously transported to an alternate version of earth. Here, WWII is no longer raging, and Reddy and his crew have been trying to find a new place for themselves, in this strange new world. Now, along with the felinoid Lemurians and Imperial allies, they fight to keep the reptilian Grik, a race growing in supremacy, from reconquering the Lemurians’ ancestral home on Madagascar. Reddy and his crew are exhausted, far from reinforcements, and wildly outnumbered. As for the fate of the Americas, Don Hernan and the evil Dominion have gathered to annihilate the forces behind the walls of Fort Defiance as a shadowy power with an agenda all its own rises with chilling resolve. As the war teeters on a knife-edge, a tipping point may have been reached, at last – and cold steel and hot-blooded valour will remain the ultimate weapons.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Company Town
Ashby, Madeline
New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig – making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defence, and her record as a fighter, mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats, seemingly coming from another timeline?
Science fiction | HC | $46.95

War Factory (Transformation 02)
Asher, Neal
A berserk AI runs rampant across galaxies in this explosive, fast-paced follow up to Dark Intelligence (PBK, $19.99), continuing the new Polity series, Transformation.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

The Water Knife
Bacigalupi, Paolo
In a future hammered by climate change and drought, mountain snows have turned to rain, and rain evaporates before it hits the ground. In a fragmenting United States, the cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas skirmish for a dwindling share of the Colorado River. But it is the Las Vegas water knives – assassins, terrorists and spies – who are legendary for protecting Las Vegas’ water supplies, and for ensuring Phoenix’s ruin. When rumours of a game-changing water source surface, Las Vegas dispatches elite water knife, Angel Velasquez, to Phoenix to investigate. Recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Dark Vampire (Last True Vampire 03)
Baxter, Kate
For centuries, Jenner has been plagued by the shadows of his past. Now, a newly-turned vampire, he stalks the night like a wild predator, unable to satisfy his insatiable desires. Until a beautiful vampire sets his soul on fire… Bria is pure innocence, hidden her whole life from a merciless enemy determined to hunt her down. When things become perilous, safety comes in the form of a fearsome bodyguard – Jenner. One fateful night, Bria is saved by her vampire protector and a blazing connection is sparked. But surrendering to the powerful call of passion means breaking free from the shackles of their pasts. And with the war against the slayers more savage than ever, they must fight to survive. For the vampire race depends on it.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $18.99

Mother of Eden
Beckett, Chris
The sequel to Dark Eden ($19.99), Beckett’s 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award-winning tale of humans stranded on a remote planet who have mostly forgotten their origins. Now, humanity has spread across Eden and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favoured children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Long Black Curl (Tufa 03)
Bledsoe, Alex
In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people. Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back. She intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley – a rockabilly singer, known as the ‘Hillbilly Hercules’, for his immense size and strength – who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He’s ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds…
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Power Surge (Jake Ross 02)
Bova, Ben
Dr Jake Ross came to Washington, DC, to make a difference. As the science advisor to a newly-elected freshman senator, Jake has crafted a comprehensive energy plan that employs innovative new technologies to make America the world’s leader in energy production, while simultaneously boosting the economy and protecting the environment. The facts – and the science – are on Jake’s side, but his plan soon runs afoul of entrenched special interests, well-funded lobbies, cynical bureaucrats, pork-barrel politics, and one very powerful US Senator. To keep his plan alive and secure a sustainable future for America, Jake needs a crash course in the way Washington really works. Everyone keeps telling him that his plan has no hope of succeeding, but Jake is determined to prove them wrong, even if it kills him… something that certain hostile parties may be all too happy to arrange.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Insistence of Vision: Short Stories
Brin, David
What may we become? How will we endure? The future is a daunting realm, filled with real and imagined perils. So, enter it, prepared! Here are vivid tales about possible tomorrows, from the keen eye and colourful pen of David Brin, a modern master of speculative fiction.
Science fiction collection | TP | $28.95

The Warrior’s Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga 01)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
A special, 30th anniversary, trade paperback reissue of the novel which introduces the teenaged Miles, Lord Vorkosigan (part of the omnibus: Young Miles). Recommended, as a great introduction point for those new to this much-loved series!
Space opera | TP | $29.95

Corsair
Cambias, James
In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, where Schwartz is sneaking into classes, and have a brief affair. David is amoral and out for himself, and soon disappears. Elizabeth dreams of technology and space travel and takes a military job after graduating. Nearly ten years later, David is setting himself to become a billionaire by working in the shadows, and Elizabeth works in intelligence preventing international space piracy.
Science fiction thriller | TP | $31.95

Leviathan (Lost Fleet: Beyond The Frontier 05)
Campbell, Jack
Also available in May: the hardcover edition of Campbell’s Shattered Spear, the fourth book in the Lost Stars series ($49.95).
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Black Jade (Celestial Battle 03)
Chan, Kylie
The epic conclusion to the Celestial Battle trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

A Shadow All of Light
Chappell, Fred
This stylish, episodic, fantasy novel follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco’s potential and puts him through a gruelling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests. Falco’s adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates. A wry humour leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope.
Fantasy | HC | $37.99

Armada
Cline, Ernest
It’s just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He’s daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom – if he can make it that long, without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer… Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Virtues of War (Astral Saga 01)
Coles, Bennett R
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.
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Admiral (Evagardian 01)
Danker, Sean
He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire – a surprise as much to him, as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship’s records confirm he is their superior officer. Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence, if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship’s systems are failing, one by one – and they are not alone.
Military SF | HC | $49.95

Danger, Sweetheart
Davidson, MaryJanice
Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve, when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads with him – to go back to her roots, to save the town she grew up in. Blake’s used to using money, to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of cowboy boots – and he’s about to get a little help, from the loveliest lady in town…
Romance | PBK | $19.99

Fall of Light (Kharkanas Trilogy 02)
Erikson, Steven
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 | TP | $32.99

Dancer’s Lament (Malazan Empire: Path To Ascendancy 01)
Esslemont, Ian C
Esslemont’s all-new prequel trilogy takes readers deeper into the politics and intrigue of the Malazan Empire. Dancer’s Lament focuses on the genesis of the empire, and features Dancer, the skilled assassin, who, alongside the mage, Kellanved, would found the Malazan Empire.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Fire Bound (Sea Haven/Sisters Of The Heart 05)
Feehan, Christine
Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glassblower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa’s real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Rook Song (Gaia Chronicles 02)
Foyle, Naomi
Astra Ordott is in exile. Evicted from Is-Land, for a crime she cannot regret, she has found work in an ancient fortress in Non-Land: headquarters of the Council of New Continents, the global body charged with providing humanitarian aid to the inhabitants of this toxic refugee camp. Recovering from a disorienting course of memory pacification treatment, Astra struggles to focus on her overriding goals – to find her Code father and avenge the death of her Shelter mother, Hokma. But can the CONC compound director, the ambiguous Major Thames, protect her from the hawkeyed attentions of her old enemies? And who in this world of competing agendas can she trust? The deeper Astra ventures into this new world, the more she realises her true quest may be to find herself.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Last First Snow (Craft Sequence 04)
Gladstone, Max
The fourth novel set in Max Gladstone’s compellingly modern fantasy world of the Craft Sequence.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The First Confessor (A Sword of Truth prequel)
Goodkind, Terry
In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place – where treason and treachery are the rule of the day – comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Under Ground
Grey, S L
The Sanctum is a luxurious, self-sustaining survival condominium, situated underground. It’s a plush bolt-hole for the rich and paranoid – a place where they can wait out the apocalypse, in style. When a devastating super-flu virus hits, several families race to reach The Sanctum. All have their own motivations for entering. All are hiding secrets. But when the door locks and someone dies, they realise the greatest threat to their survival may not be above ground – it may already be inside.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

All Fixed Up (Ciel Halligan 04)
Grimes, Linda
Ciel Halligan, aura adaptor extraordinaire, has a lot of experience filling in for her clients – as them. A rare genetic quirk gives her the ability to absorb human energy and project it back out in a flawless imitation. She’s hard at work, posing as a well-known and celebrated astronaut, about to make a stunning announcement on behalf of the space program… when the photographer documenting the job sees right through her aura. Worse, it soon becomes apparent that he, not only, knows Ciel’s not who she’s supposed to be, but means her harm. When Ciel’s elderly Aunt Helen – also an aura adaptor – is murdered in Central Park, and the same photographer shows up at the funeral, Ciel starts to feel even more exposed. Then more adaptors are killed in the same way, and she becomes terrified her friends and family are being systematically exterminated… and it’s starting to look like she’s the ultimate target. She turns to Billy Doyle, her best-friend-turned-boyfriend, for help, but when an unexpected crisis causes him to take off without a word, she’s left to rely on her not-so-former crush, CIA agent Mark Fielding.
Urban fantasy | HC | $54.95

Speak
Hall, Louisa
Speak is the story of artificial intelligence; of those who loved it, hated it and created it. Spanning geography and time, the novel takes us from Alan Turing’s conviction, in the 1950s, to a Silicon Valley prodigy imprisoned, in 2040, for creating illegally lifelike dolls. From a pilgrim girl writing her diary, to a traumatised child exchanging messages with a software program; all these lives have shaped and changed a single artificial intelligence: MARY3. In Speak, she tells you their story, and her own. It is the last story she will ever tell, spoken both in celebration and also warning, a warning against creating and abandoning beings with the ability to feel as deeply as we do. ‘Speak is that rarest of finds: a novel that doesn’t remind me of any other book I’ve ever read. A complex, nuanced, and beautifully written meditation on language, immortality, the nature of memory, the ethical problems of artificial intelligence.’ – Emily St John Mandel. Highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas 03)
Harris, Charlaine
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves – only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides, right at the main crossroads in town. Who better, to figure out why blood is being spilled, than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place. And, now, they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose – which just might happen – it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Hollow Queen (Symphony of Ages 08)
Haydon, Elizabeth
Beset on all sides by the forces of the merchant emperor Talquist, the Cymrian Alliance finds itself in desperate straits. Rhapsody herself has joined the battle, wielding the Daystar Clarion, leaving her True Name in hiding with her infant son. Ashe tries to enlist the aid of the Sea Mages. Within their Citadel of Scholarship lies the White Ivory tower, a spire that could hold the key to unravelling the full extent of Talquist’s machinations. Achmed journeys to the reportedly unassailable palace of Jierna Tal, to kill emperor Talquist – all the while knowing that even if he succeeds, it may not be enough to stop the momentum of the war…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

To Kill A Kettle Witch (Mist-Torn Witches 04)
Hendee, Barb
Powerful Prince Malcolm is facing ruin in the wake of a curse that has destroyed his harvest. He blames the band of nomadic Mondyalitko who summer in the meadow below his castle – and he is determined to root out the people who caused the blight by any means necessary. When Celine and Amelie Fawe, descended from the Mondyalitko, learn that their mother’s people are under suspicion of sabotage and treason, they set out to use their magical gifts to save their estranged relatives and learn about their own origins. Now, it’s up to the sisters – along with their motley escorts, including a prince’s lieutenant, a shape-shifter, and an old woman with a murky past – to discover the source of the curse, restore life to the ravaged land, and protect the innocent from unfair vengeance.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Hex
Heuvelt, Thomas Olde
Whoever is born here is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened, or the consequences will be too terrible to bear. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiralling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.
Horror | TP | $29.99

Strangely Beautiful
Hieber, Leanna Renee
Persephone Parker is different, with her snow-white hair, pearlescent skin, and uncanny ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Percy never imagined that she had immense power, much less that she would someday find true love, in a most unexpected place. Athens Academy, an elite boarding school in Queen Victoria’s London, is the citadel of the Guard, an ancient order that battles the forces of evil. Professor Alexi Richman, who leads the Guard, dreams of their missing seventh member, and fears that without her, they will be unable to defeat the hellhound wreaking havoc in Whitechapel – killings attributed to Jack the Ripper. This author’s preferred edition reunites Heiber’s critically-acclaimed first two books (The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker) and has been revised.
Gaslamp fantasy | TP | $34.95

Radiant State (Wolfhound Century 03)
Higgins, Peter
We discover both the glory and the true horror of Joseph Kantor’s plan for the Vast and its people. It is a plan that transcends the boundaries of the world. And out in the depths of the endless forest that borders the Vast, the mighty fallen angel and the powers of the earth itself will still have a part to play. Will Vissarion and Maroussia survive the violence of the end game?
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Fireman
Hill, Joe
Nobody knew where the virus came from. FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians, in the 1980s. MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty, Christian types, fixated on the Book of Revelation. CNN reported both sides. While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt. Pregnant school nurse, Harper Grayson, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn, for real, was in the playground behind the school. This is one woman’s story of survival, at the end of the world.
Apocalypse | TP | $29.99

The Stealers’ War (Far-Called Trilogy 03)
Hunt, Stephen
Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war. All anyone should want is a return to peace. But Jacob Carneham still wants his revenge; and if he can lure the invaders into the mountain he can have it. He can kill them all. If he does, there may never be peace again. If he doesn’t, Weyland will never be free of the threat of invasion. The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob’s son is trying to restore peace and stability to Weyland, alongside the rightful King. And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

In Shining Armor (Pax Arcana 04)
James, Elliott
When someone kidnaps the last surviving descendant of the Grandmaster of the Knights Templar, it’s bad news. When the baby is the key to the tenuous alliance between a large werewolf pack and the knights, it’s even worse news. They’re at each other’s throats, before they’ve even begun to look for baby Constance. But whoever kidnapped Constance didn’t count on one thing: she’s also the goddaughter of John Charming. Modern-day descendant of a long line of famous dragonslayers, witch finders, and wrong righters. John may not have any experience being a parent, but someone is about to find out that he can be one mean mother…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Everything Box
Kadrey, Richard
22000 BC. A beautiful, ambitious angel stands on a mountaintop, surveying the world and its little inhabitants below. He smiles because, soon, the last of humanity – who survived the great flood – will meet its end, too. And he should know. He’s going to play a big part in it.
Urban fantasy | HC | $44.99

Children of Earth and Sky
Kay, Guy Gavriel
From the small coastal town of Senjan, notorious for its pirates, a young woman sets out to find vengeance for her lost family. That same spring, from the wealthy city – state of Seressa, famous for its canals and lagoon, come two very different people: a young artist traveling to the dangerous east to paint the Grand Khalif at his request – and possibly to do more – and a beautiful oman, posing as a doctor’s wife in her role of a spy. The trading ship that carries them is commanded by the clever younger son of a merchant family – with ambivalence about the life he’s been born to live. And, farther east, a boy trains to become a soldier in the elite infantry of the khalif – to win glory in the war everyone knows is coming. As these lives entwine, their fates – and those of many others – will hang in the balance, when the khalif sends out his massive army, to take the great fortress that is the gateway to the western world.
Epic fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Wolf in the Attic
Kearney, Paul
1920s Oxford: home to C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien… and Anna Francis, a young Greek refugee looking to escape the grim reality of her new life. The night they cross paths, none suspect the fantastic world at work around them.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

Wake
Knox, Elizabeth
A small community on New Zealand’s Tasman Bay is suddenly overwhelmed, by a bloodthirsty madness. There are fourteen survivors. Trapped in by a strange force-field called the ‘no-go’, cut off from the world outside, they must pull together, bury the dead and face their fears. Because whatever caused the insanity is still at large. And it hasn’t finished with them yet. Wake is a riveting tour-de-force. A book about extreme events, ordinary people, heroic compassion – and invisible monsters.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

Camp Alien (Alien 13)
Koch, Gini
The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, don’t get any downtime once the Mastermind has been revealed to the world. Not only do they have myriad high-level government positions to fill, but the scrutiny and pressure on this Administration has gone into overdrive. The sudden reappearance of a long-forgotten adversary turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. New robots and androids attacking, old enemies making new alliances, and new aliens with interesting abilities almost overshadow the fact that the US still has to host a peace summit, at Camp David, between Israel and Iraq. It’s clear that while the Mastermind may be down, there are plenty of others ready to take his place – and all that stands between them, and success, are Kitty and Company…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Nemesis (Roboteer 02)
Lamb, Alex
Years ago, one starship and its crew discovered an alien entity which changed everything. Its discovery finally bought an end to the interstellar war being fought between the masses of humanity and the few pockets of genetically engineered colonists. An uneasy peace was negotiated as the human race realised there was something else sharing our universe. Something that had plans for us. But the aliens have remained silent. The earthers have begun to test the edges of the peace treaty. Will, once a roboteer, once a human, now the most powerful being alive, has been sidelined and ignored. And a system-wide conspiracy threatens to plunge humanity back into war. Now, one man, his head full of alien technology that lets him interact with machinery, must get to the bottom of the plot, find out what the aliens want, stop the oncoming war and save Will. And his journey will uncover a new threat to humanity. Nemesis is coming. Follows Roboteer (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Fall of the Dagger (Forsaken Lands 03)
Larke, Glenda
Excommunicated cleric Saker returns from exile in the Spice Islands, to find his homeland in chaos. A dark sorcerer controls the ear of the King, turning him against his own son and heir, while a corrupted army gathers in the shadows. With the illusionist Sorrel and islander Ardhi, armed with magic from Ardhi’s homeland; Saker now must stand between his city, and the corruption that threatens to cripple it, before it is too late… The third and final novel in this epic fantasy trilogy, full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Dragon in Exile (Liaden Universe 18)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
Star-trading Clan Korval – known to Terrans as the Tree-and-Dragon Family and to the locals simply as the Dragon – has been convicted of crimes against the home world. No matter that one of the ‘crimes’ consisted of saving the elitist planet of Liad from very real internal threats, the Council of Clans wanted Korval heads to roll. Unfortunately for the council, the Dragon’s allies conspired to impose a milder punishment for saving the world: banishment rather than execution. If you love the Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series and other good space opera – you’ll love the Liaden Universe!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Summer Dragon (Evertide 01)
Lockwood, Todd
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she hopes for a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. But the war goes badly, and the needs of the Dragonry dash her hopes. Her peaceful life is shattered, when the Summer Dragon – one of the rare and mythical High Dragons – makes an appearance in her quiet valley. The Summer Dragon is an omen of change, but no one knows for certain what kind of change he augurs. Political factions vie to control the implied message, each to further their own agendas.
Fantasy | HC | $47.95

Day Four (Three 02)
Lotz, Sarah
Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops, dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them, soon. All they have to do is wait. That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin, the passengers start to panic. There’s a murderer, on board the Beautiful Dreamer… and, maybe, something worse.
Horror | PBK | $19.99

A Court of Mist and Fury (Court of Thorns and Roses 02)
Maas, Sarah J
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99

Dissidence (Corporation Wars 01)
MacLeod, Ken
They’ve died for the companies, more times than they can remember. Now, they must fight to live for themselves. Sentient machines work, fight and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners – the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick. With this newfound autonomy, come new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead.
Science fiction | HC | $35.00

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novels, Volumes 1–4 (boxed set edition) (Song of Ice and Fire)
Martin, George R R & Abraham, Daniel
George R R Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork, A Game of Thrones, is brought to life, in the pages of these full-colour, graphic novels. This set contains volumes one to four, of a series that is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.
Fantasy | HC | $99.99

Into Everywhere (Something Coming 02)
McAuley, Paul
Humanity’s future has been disrupted and shaped by the mysterious alien Jackaroo. We spread to the planets they gave us, and we discovered the ruins of a dozen previous civilisations. All previous clients of the Jackaroo, all dead. So far we have escaped that fate – but we have also escaped from the Jackaroo’s planets and begun to explore the galaxy.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Outliers (Outliers Trilogy 01)
McCreight, Kimberly
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from her one-time best friend, Cassie, in over a week. Not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, and it’s up to Wylie to do what she does best: save her best friend, from herself. This time it’s different, though – Cassie’s texts are increasingly cryptic and scary. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up, saying Cassie asked him to help. Trusting the super-hot boy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice. But as Wylie and Jasper follow Cassie’s bizarre trail, Wylie has a growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? Who is she with, and what do they want from her? And could finding her be just the beginning?
YA urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Every Heart A Doorway
McGuire, Seanan
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children: No Solicitations. No Visitors. No Quests. Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her newfound schoolmates to get to the heart of things. No matter the cost.
Fantasy novella | TP | $27.99

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files 01)
Neuvel, Sylvain
An eleven-year-old girl, named Rose, is riding her bike in the woods near her home in Deadwood, USA, when the ground disappears beneath her feet. When she comes to, she finds herself in a deep pit, lying in the palm of a giant metallic hand. Seventeen years later, Dr Rose Franklyn is leading a top-secret scientific investigation into the strange artefact she unwittingly discovered, all those years ago. It is clear to Rose and her team that the hand is not only ancient but also not of this world. A search begins for the rest of this vast creation. What they find defies their imaginations: it is perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. But even more terrifying is the power it begins to unleash…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Uprooted
Novik, Naomi
‘When Agnieszka is chosen to serve the Dragon for ten years, she finds within herself a rare and incredible talent for magic. She is disaster prone and homesick, but nonetheless steps up to the role of heroine when the situation demands it. Soon, Agnieszka’s fabulous journey expands to encompass a deadly quest, the terrible glamour of a royal court, a true and unbreakable friendship, and just a touch of romance. Novik’s use of language is supremely skilful as she weaves a tale that is both elegantly grand and earthily humble, familiar as a Grimm fairy tale, yet fresh, original, and totally irresistible. This will be a must read, for fantasy fans, for years to come.’ – Publisher’s Weekly. Recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts 01)
Oakes, Colleen
Dinah is a princess, the future Queen of Hearts – who will, one day, reign over Wonderland. Unaware of the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and to reign with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, Dinah is launched into the dangers of Wonderland.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Leviathan’s Blood (Children Trilogy 02)
Peek, Ben
Follows The Godless (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Those Above (Empty Throne 01)
Polansky, Daniel
They enslaved humanity three thousand years ago. Tall, strong, perfect, superhuman and near immortal they rule from their glittering palaces in the eternal city in the centre of the world. They are called Those Above by their subjects. They enforce their will with fire and sword. Twenty-five years ago, mankind mustered an army and rose up against them, only to be slaughtered in a terrible battle. Hope died that day, but hatred survived. Whispers of another revolt are beginning to stir in the hearts of the oppressed: a woman, widowed in the war, who has dedicated her life to revenge; the general, the only man to ever defeat one of Those Above in single combat, summoned forth to raise a new legion; and a boy killer who rises from the gutter to lead an uprising in the capital.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Outriders
Posey, Jay
A daring hostage rescue leads to the discovery of an imminent terrorist attack. Thanks to the Outriders, thousands of lives are saved. Until they aren’t. Despite the intelligence and the warnings provided by the unit, the terrorist attack goes off unhindered. What was supposed to be a triumph becomes a tragedy, and a ‘mission completed’ completely unravels. And when they learn the reasons why, the Outriders find themselves tasked with stopping a war before it can ever start. A dangerously cunning woman, who most assuredly should be dead, has seemingly returned. And her plans aren’t just devastating, they might be unstoppable… The first in a new series.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Where
Reed, Kit
In a coastal town on the Outer Carolina Banks, David Ribault and Merrill Poulnot are at odds, and David wonders if he loves her enough to commit to marriage. When a slick developer, Rawson Steele, arrives in town and starts buying up property, David isn’t fooled by his smooth charm and is suspicious of Rawson’s seemingly romantic conversations with Merrill. When David agrees to a 4:30am meeting with Rawson, he hopes to confront him, but while he waits, the population of Kraven Island, including Steele, vanishes. Something just lifted everybody – Merrill, her fanatical father, and kid brother, and all – out of this space and time, and dropped them in a mysterious new place. The question is where.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Mort(e)
Repino, Robert
The ‘war with no name’ has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony’s watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans’ penchant for violence, exploitation and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony’s war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning, two-legged beings, who rise up to kill their masters. A former housecat turned war hero, Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon: EMSAH. But the true motivation behind his recklessness is his ongoing search for a pre-transformation friend: a dog named Sheba.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo 01)
Riordan, Rick
How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’ favour. But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods, known as Camp Half-Blood.
YA fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Tower of the Swallow (Witcher Saga 04)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting… Also, join Geralt – as he battles monsters, demons, and prejudices alike, in the Witcher short story collection: Sword of Destiny, available now in paperback format ($22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Zero-G
Shatner, William & Rovin, Jeff
In the year 2050, the United States sends the FBI to govern its space station, the Empyrean. Under the command of former fighter pilot and FBI field agent Samuel Lord, the space-based Zero-G men are in charge of investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and of keeping an eye on the rival Chinese and Russian stations. In this gripping space adventure, Director Lord must connect the dots to discover who or what has caused a tsunami, as well as subsequent disasters, and how the Chinese might be involved.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

Rebel (Vicky Peterwald 03)
Shepherd, Mike
Vicky Peterwald is no longer just the heir apparent to an imperial dynasty. She survived naval training and proved her mettle in combat, to help the starving people of the ravaged world of St Petersburg. Now, she is truly a grand duchess, leading a growing battle fleet in a rebellion against the tyranny of her stepmother, the empress. Determined to stop her spoiled stepdaughter’s betrayal from upsetting the balance of power within the Peterwald Empire, the empress is leading her own armada to St Petersburg, intent on killing Vicky and every soul on the planet that gave her refuge. But Vicky is her father’s daughter, and it would be a grave mistake to underestimate her…
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029–2047
Shriver, Lionel
It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down, when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America’s soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown. A bloodless world war will wipe out the savings of millions of American families. Their inheritance turned to ash, each family member must contend with disappointment, but also – as the effects of the downturn start to hit – the challenge of sheer survival. This is not science fiction. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States, all too soon.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Singer, P W & Cole, August
An imagining of a war set in the not-too-distant future. Navy captains battle through a modern-day Pearl Harbor; fighter pilots duel with stealthy drones; teenage hackers fight in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilise for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on who can best blend the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future.
Science fiction/military thriller | TP | $29.95

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth
Stirling, S M (editor)
S M Stirling invites the most fertile minds in science fiction to join him, in expanding his rich Emberverse canvas. Here are inventive new perspectives on the cultures, the survivors, and the battles arising, across the years, and across the globe, following the Change – from the ruins of Sydney to the Republic of Fargo and Northern Alberta to Venetian and Greek galleys clashing in the Mediterranean. These adventures revisit beloved people and places from Stirling’s fantastic universe, introduce us to new ones, and deliver endlessly fascinating challenges to conquer.
Emberverse anthology | TP | $31.95

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Ten
Strahan, Jonathan (editor)
With established names and new talent, this diverse and ground-breaking collection will take the reader to the outer-reaches of space and the inner realms of humanity – with stories of fantastical worlds and worlds that may still come to pass.
Anthology | TP | $39.95

Hunters and Collectors
Suddain, M
John Tamberlain is The Tomahawk, the universe’s most feared food critic – though he himself prefers the term ‘forensic gastronome’. He’s on a quest, in search of the much-storied Hotel Grand Skies, a secretive and exclusive haven where the rich and famous retreat to bask in perfect seclusion. A place where the waiters know their fish knife from their butter knife, their carotid from their subclavian artery, and are trained to enforce the house rules, with brutal efficiency.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Children of Time
Tchaikovsky, Adrian
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare. Now, two civilisations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Steps of the Sun and Far From Home: An Omnibus
Tevis, Walter
The Steps of the Sun – In a time when America’s power has been eroded by energy depletion, and world control has been virtually given over to the Chinese, only one man has the courage to seek new mineral resources, among the stars. Far From Home is a collection of Walter Tevis’ essential short fiction.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Central Station
Tidhar, Lavie
A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper. When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’ ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the data-stream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik – a damaged cyborg soldier, who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return. Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

Ruined
Tintera, Amy
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined – completely lacking any magic – she is determined to get revenge… Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. She will lead an ambush. She will kill the king and everyone he holds dear, including his son…
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Devil’s Detective (Devil 01)
Unsworth, Simon Kurt
Welcome to hell, where skinless demons patrol the lakes and the waves of Limbo wash against the outer walls, while the souls of the Damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of Hell’s detectives, known as ‘Information Men’. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something?
Fantasy noir | PBK | $22.99

The End of the World Running Club
Walker, Adrian J
When the world ends and you find yourself stranded on the wrong side of the country, every second counts. No one knows this more than Edgar Hill. 550 miles away from his family, he must push himself to the very limit to get back to them, or risk losing them forever… His best option is to run. A brilliant novel, set in a post-apocalyptic United Kingdom. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Steeple (Kenstibec 02)
Wallace, Jon
Kenstibec is a Ficial – a genetically-engineered, artificial life form; tough, skilled, hard to kill. Or, at least, he was. He’s lost the nanotech that constantly repaired him. Life just got real. Just like it is for the few remaining humans in this blighted world – the Reals; locked in a fight over a ruined world with the Ficials, they created to make Utopia. And, now, Kenstibec must take a trip to the pinnacle of our failed civilisation. The Steeple is a one-thousand-storey tower that looms over the wreckage of London. It is worshipped, feared and haunted by attack droids and cannibals. And the location of a secret, that just might save Kenstibec’s life. The only way is up.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99

The Sword of the South
Weber, David
The first in a new epic fantasy series by David Weber – set within his Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe – in which a swordsman, who has been robbed of his past, must confront an evil wizard – with a world at stake.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

Oracle (House Wars 06)
West, Michelle
To save the city – and the House over which she rules – Jewel Markess A’Terafin must go to face the Oracle. She leaves a House that is still divided and a city in which demons, in human guise, have begun to move. At no time, in Terafin’s history, has it faced the dangers it now faces, and it will face them bereft of its leader. Jewel has always seen unpredictable glimpses of the future – images of death and destruction that she cannot control and cannot always understand. To master her birthright, she chooses to walk the path of the Oracle…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Affinities
Wilson, Robert Charles
After becoming a part of the Tau, one of twenty-two large, global, network Affinities in the near future, young Adam Fisk thinks his life has improved for the better, until the different Affinities begin to go to war with one another in a conflict that will change Adam’s world, forever. ‘An intriguing and seriously innovative attempt to grapple with some of the issues raised by the 21st century’s obsession with social media.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Science fiction | PBK | $25.99

The Last Star (Fifth Wave Trilogy 03)
Yancey, Richard
The enemy is Other. The enemy is us. They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth; they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out; they came to save us. But beneath these riddles, lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So, has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people, who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves… or saving what makes us human.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99