Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: September 2017
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in September 2017.
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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!
September 2017 includes new books by: James Bennett, Trudi Canavan, Eric Flint, Seanan McGuire, Ken Macleod, Lisanne Norman, Diana Rowland, Django Wexler, Fran Wilde… and many others.
The Realm promotion
Keen to try a new author? First books, in twelve, great science fiction and fantasy series are available for a fantastic price, while stocks last. They include:
The Rivers of London (PC Peter Grant 01) by Ben Aaronovitch;
The Blade Itself (First Law 01) by Joe Abercrombie;
The Ambassador’s Mission (Traitor Spy trilogy 01) by Trudi Canavan;
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse 01) by James S A Corey;
Vengeance (Tainted Realm 01) by Ian Irvine;
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time 01) by Robert Jordan;
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch 01) by Ann Leckie;
Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidon’s Children 01) by Alastair Reynolds;
The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles 01) by Patrick Rothfuss;
Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow 01) by Anthony Ryan;
The Final Empire (Mistborn 01) by Brandon Sanderson; and
The Way of Shadows (Night Angel trilogy 01) by Brent Weeks.
Speculative fiction | PBK | $14.99 each
New editions of some of HarperCollins’ best-loved, essential classics, including:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum;
Grimms’ Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm;
Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll; and
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
YA/children’s classics | PBK | $9.99 each
Son of the Night (Bloody Banners 02)
As the armies mass around Crecy, the rivalries between Lucifer, Satan and God become ever deeper and more violent. A follow-up to Son of the Morning (PBK, $19.99).
Historical fantasy | TP | $32.99
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy (anthology)
This unique YA anthology presents classic and original fairy tales from the villain’s point of view. Contributing authors include: Renée Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, and Maggie Stiefvater.
YA fairy tale anthology | PBK | $14.99
Magic Stars (novella)
This is an 88-page novella set in the Kate Daniels world: featuring Derek and Julie, Curran and Kate’s very independent ward. Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family, he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when those close to him are murdered, he’ll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta. Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined – some might say stubborn – Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Ashes Reborn (Souls of Fire 04)
The clock is ticking, as Emberly – a phoenix capable of taking human form – races to take revenge against the sadistic and mysterious Rinaldo. The elusive rebel leader threatens to keep killing until he is given all of the research about a plaguelike virus derived from vampire blood. Forced to reach out to the Paranormal Investigations Team for help, Emberly and her partner, Jackson, must decide who to trust as they follow the trail of dead bodies. When classified information is leaked and their safe house is ambushed, Emberly’s suspicions are confirmed – someone at PIT has betrayed them. A final battle looms and Emberly will need to command all her powers – or watch the world turn to ash…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Bronze Skies (Skolian Empire 08)
‘In this riveting sequel to Undercity ($19.95), series heroine Bhaajan, the retired major of the Pharaoh’s Army within the interstellar Skolian Empire, returns in her capacity as an investigator for the noble House of Majda. As the Majda’s only real link to the underground slum called the Undercity, Bhaajan is sent to locate Calaj, an elite soldier thought to be hiding there. Even while Bhaajan conducts her investigation for the Majdas, she continues to live her life and work on personal projects – such as the martial arts training of some of the Undercity’s young people and guiding a good friend through a bureaucratic tangle. Bhaajan’s unique access to both cultures may be the only hope for saving not only the people of her planet, Raylicon, but the entirety of the empire. Not just for fans of Asaro’s Skolian Saga, this exciting novel stands alone for anyone who enjoys science fiction adventure’ – Publisher’s Weekly.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95
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 on the rig to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left – 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.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
The Handmaid’s Tale
A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction. A new edition, with a new introduction by the author.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99
War Dogs trilogy (omnibus)
The Gurus made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of, they became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn’t pass up. But they were followed by mortal enemies – the Antagonists – from sun to sun, planet to planet, and now the Gurus are stretched thin – and they need humanity’s help. Our first bill has come due. Skyrines, like Michael Venn, have been volunteered to pay the price. They face insidious enemies who were already inside the solar system, establishing a beachhead on Mars. Venn and his comrades will be lucky to make it out alive – let alone preserve the future of all of mankind. An omnibus edition collecting War Dogs, Killing Titan, and Take Back the Sky.
Science fiction | TP | $39.95
Raising Fire (Ben Garston 02)
Life isn’t treating Red Ben Garston well. He’s lost everything he once held dear, including the love of his life. Still, at least he escaped the clutches of a malevolent spirit bent on total destruction. So, there is that. Now, Ben just wants to drink, and forget, and drink some more. But he can’t. Not yet. Because someone is stirring up trouble. Someone who wants to unleash a powerful ancient magic that could bring the realm of mythology crashing into the modern world. If Ben fails to stop them, the world will burn – and that’s the last thing he needs on his conscience. Follows the very well-received Chasing Embers (PBK, $22.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Red Right Hand
Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. Already wrestling with the demons of her past, she finds herself tested – as never before – when she arrives home one night, to find herself under attack by three monstrous skinhounds… straight out of a nightmare. Just as hope seems lost, she is saved by a sinister Man in Black, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to possess a life of its own and wielding a black-bladed sword in his grisly, red, right hand. But her rescue comes at a cost.
Cthulhuiana | PBK | $22.99
Iraq + 100: the first anthology of science fiction to have emerged from Iraq
Blasim, Hassan (editor)
In this landmark anthology, a question is posed to ten Iraqi writers, living both in Iraq and abroad: what will your country look like after one hundred years? The answers to this question are vast and varied construct futures using science fiction, allegory, and magical realism.
SF anthology | TP | $35.95
Tomorrow War: Serpent Road (Chronicles of Max 02)
Bourne, J L
During an unacknowledged mission inside the Syrian border, a government operative had unwittingly triggered an incredible worldwide event that irrevocably shaped the future of the United States. In the aftermath of the crisis, families have struggled to survive in a world short on food, water, and electricity. Hyperinflation cripples the United States economy and postwar armoured military vehicles are patrolling the streets. One man has now stepped forward and continues to push back the dark wave of tyranny brought on by martial law in the streets of America, and may be the only hope of saving liberty for the country’s future.
Dystopian thriller | PBK | $22.99
Lair of Dreams (The Diviners 02)
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer (The Diviners, $17.99), Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now, the world knows of her ability to ‘read’ objects. Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
When a YouTube star is offered the lead role in a revolutionary new online show, he snatches at the opportunity. Rapidly becoming a viral sensation, David is propelled to stratospheric levels of celebrity. But he soon finds himself trapped by the chilling reality that he is owned by the company that bought his mind. A prisoner to both his fame and his own thoughts, when David tries to have the chip removed, he discovers the secret lurking at the heart of MindCast, and the terrifying ambition the show’s creator has for him. Where do you run when you can’t even hide in your own mind?
SF thriller | TP | $29.99
Ash and Quill (Great Library 03)
Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny. Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the library’s rule. Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies – and to save the very soul of the Great Library.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Successor’s Promise (Millennium’s Rule 03)
Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has safely grown up among the Travellers. Five years, in which Tyen has made a new home for himself, hidden from those who call him a traitor and the Spy. Five years of chaos in the world, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by machines, some drained of magic as sorcerers seek immortality. As war threatens Rielle and Tyen’s hard-won peace, and Qall comes of age, loyalties will be decided and tested. The promises they have made could change everything. Qall’s very existence depends on them. Because Dahli has the means to restore the Raen to power, and he will stop at nothing to succeed. This excellent series begins with Thief’s Magic ($19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Sea of Rust
Cargill, C Robert
Humankind is extinct. Wiped out in a global uprising by the very machines made to serve them. Now, the world is controlled by One World Intelligences – vast mainframes that have assimilated the minds of millions of robots. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality, and Brittle – a loner and scavenger, focused solely on survival – is one of the holdouts. Only, individuality comes at a price, and after a near-deadly encounter with another AI, Brittle is forced to seek sanctuary. Not easy, when an OWI has decided to lay siege to the nearest safe city. Critically damaged, Brittle has to hold it together long enough to find the essential rare parts to make repairs – but as a robot’s CPU gradually deteriorates, all their old memories resurface. For Brittle, that means one haunting memory, in particular…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Red Queen (Obernewtyn Chronicles 07)
Before Elspeth Gordie can continue her journey to find Sentinel and prevent it unleashing the horrors of the Great White, she must fight free of a strange prison, where people are laid to sleep forever or cling to a suffocating existence, believing the world beyond their walls is already utterly annihilated. But at the end of her journey, nothing is as she imagined. She is drawn into the struggle for a kingdom, only to find the Destroyer is at the heart of the turmoil, waiting for her. Somehow, she must do what she has sworn to do, for the sake of the world and all of its creatures. She must complete her quest, no matter what it costs. The long-awaited, final, dramatic volume in the much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles; now, in paperback.
YA fantasy | PBK | $22.99
A Shadow All of Light
Falco, a young man from the country, arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice shadow thief. Falco’s tests and adventures teach him to break through ingenious security traps and drop him among con men, monsters, pirates, and the King of Cats.
Fantasy | TP | $23.99
Coleman, Claire G
In the near future, Australia is about to experience colonisation once more. What have we learned from our past? The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, re-education is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This terra nullius is something new, but all too familiar. This is an incredible debut from a striking, new Australian Aboriginal voice.
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
The Wizards of Once
Xar is a Wizard boy who has no Magic, and will do anything to get it. Wish is a Warrior girl, but she owns a banned Magical Object, and she will do anything to conceal it. In this whirlwind adventure, Xar and Wish must forget their differences, if they’re going to make it to the dungeons at Warrior Fort. Where something that has been sleeping, for hundreds of years, is stirring… The first book in a new series, from the author of the How to Train Your Dragon books.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
The Gate to Futures Past (Reunification 02)
Czerneda, Julie E
Their starship, powered by the M’hir, follows a course set long ago, for Clan abilities came from an experiment their ancestors – the Hoveny – conducted on themselves. But it’s a perilous journey. The Clan must endure more than cramped conditions and inner turmoil. Their dead are Calling. Sira must keep her people from answering, for if they do, they die. Morgan searches the ship for answers, afraid the Hoveny’s tech is beyond his grasp. Their only hope? To reach their destination. Little do Sira and Morgan realise their destination holds the gravest threat of all…
Science fiction | PBK | 19.95
Captain Scarlet Manual (Haynes Manuals)
Denham, Sam & Bleathman, Graham (illustrator)
This fascinating manual is a technical guide to Spectrum, the global security service of 2068, and features background information, a history of its creation, profiles of leading agents, confidential details of Spectrum’s most valuable weapon in the fight against the Mysterons, and fully annotated cutaway drawings of Spectrum vehicles. The book finishes with comprehensive Mission Files, making it the complete and essential manual for all Spectrum Agents.
TV superheroes | HC | $43.95
A Green and Ancient Light
Durbin, Frederic S
Set in a world similar to our own, during a war that parallels World War II, this is the stunning story of a boy who is sent to stay with his grandmother for the summer, in a serene fishing village. Their tranquillity is shattered by the crash of a bullet-riddled enemy plane, the arrival of grandmother’s friend Mr Girandole – a man who knows the true story of Cinderella’s slipper – and the discovery of a riddle in the sacred grove of ruins behind grandmother’s house.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95
Buried Heart (Court of Fives 03)
Jessamy is the crux of a revolution forged by the Commoner class hoping to overthrow their long-time Patron overlords. But enemies from foreign lands have attacked the kingdom, and Jes must find a way to unite the Commoners and Patrons to defend their home and all the people she loves. Will her status as a prominent champion athlete be enough to bring together those who have despised one another since long before her birth? Will she be able to keep her family out of the clutches of the evil Lord Gargaron? And will her relationship with Prince Kalliarkos remain strong when they find themselves on opposite sides of a war?
YA fantasy | HC | $24.99
Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives 02)
Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives – the complex athletic contest favoured by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes’ only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the centre of the war that Lord Kalliarkos – the prince she still loves – is fighting against their country’s enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal’s life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion… She must become a warrior.
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99
Dark Legacy (Carpathian series)
The victim of a terrible vampire experiment, Emeline Sanchez fears she will never be free of their taint. But can an ancient Carpathian heal her heart, body, and soul, or will she always be caught between the vampire and Carpathian worlds?
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Power Game (GhostWalker 13)
When radical terrorists take hostages in Indonesia, Captain Ezekiel Fortunes is called to lead the rescue team. Part of a classified government experiment, Zeke is a super soldier with enhanced abilities. He can see better, run faster, disappear when necessary, and hunt the enemy along any terrain. There are those in the world willing to do anything for power like that. A formidable spy, genetically engineered to hide in plain sight, Bellisia rarely meets a man who doesn’t want to control her or kill her. But Zeke’s different. His gaze, his touch, they awaken feelings inside her she never thought possible. He’s the kind of man she could settle down with – if she can keep him alive.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Flint, Eric & Kimble, Alistair
A bizarre kidnapping case leads FBI Special Agent Jasper Wilde into the mysterious world of a strange religious cult and even stranger criminals. At the scene of the kidnapping itself, a frightening apparition is seen. Then a hideously-mutilated corpse is found nearby. It doesn’t take long before the FBI agents realise something extraordinary is unfolding at the centre of Indiana’s steel industry. Jasper is joined by Supervisory Special Agent Temple Black, who is in charge of the new unit, the Scientific Anomalies Group, which deal with peculiar cases. As the FBI agents race to put a stop to the horrors, they come to understand and accept that something very ancient and very evil has surfaced in the world – or perhaps something very, very alien.
Urban fantasy | HC | $46.95
Castaway Odyssey (Boundary 05)
Flint, Eric & Spoor, Ryk E
Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds: the starship he and his crew travelled on, the Outward Initiative, shattered to pieces before their eyes and disappeared, leaving them stranded in the endless night of deep space on Lifeboat LS-88 – all systems dead, light years from any known colony. Somehow, Sergeant Campbell and his crew of half-trained children – ranging from freshly graduated Xander Bird down to eight-year-old Francisco – have to repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and – if they could find a planet they could live on – land a shuttle whose controls were more than half destroyed.
Space opera | PBK | $19.95
The Twilight Pariah (novella)
All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child. Disturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child. A 176pp Tor.com novella.
Horror | TP | $29.95
Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth 02) (novella)
In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they’ve become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law. This rollicking 192pp Tor.com novella is the sequel to River of Teeth (PBK, $22.99), which has received fantastic feedback!
Alternate history | PBK | $29.95
In the wake of her brother’s brutal murder, Kate Bishop has a lot of questions. Why was her brother keeping a man chained in his cellar? What was his relationship with the detective now leading the investigation into his death? Could his murder be connected to the death of their reclusive uncle, two weeks earlier? One man, the enigmatic author of a book, called A Brief History of Evil, contacts Kate saying he has the answers to her questions – answers that will expose her to the nature of true evil. Kate, he says, has a hidden talent, a talent that has marked her for death at the hands of humanity’s super-predators…
Paranormal thriller | PBK | $22.99
The Ghost Line: the Titanic of the Stars
Gray, Andrew Neil & Herbison, J S
The Martian Queen was the Titanic of the stars, before it was decommissioned – set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars, on the off chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga’s mother’s life. But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider’s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.
Science fiction | TP | $22.99
Slayers and Vampires: the Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorised, Oral History of Buffy and Angel
Gross, Edward & Altman, Mark A
Two decades after its ground-breaking debut, millions of fans worldwide remain enthralled with the incredible exploits of Joss Whedon’s Buffy Summers, the slayer and feminist icon who saved the world… a lot; as well as Angel, the tortured vampire with a soul who fought against the apocalyptic forces of evil. Now, go behind the scenes of these legendary series that ushered in the new golden age of television, with the candid recollections of writers, creators, executives, programmers, critics and cast members. Together, they unveil the oftentimes shocking true story of how a failed motion picture became an acclaimed cult television series, how that show became a pawn between two networks, and the spin-off series that was as engaging as everything that came before. This is the amazing true story of Buffy and the friends, vampires, slayers, and demons, who changed television forever.
TV history/criticism | HC | $52.95
Haspil, Michael F
Alex Menkaure, former pharaoh and mummy, and his vampire partner, Marcus, who was born in ancient Rome, once hunted evil vampires for UMBRA, a super-secret unit of the NSA. That was before the discovery of a blood substitute and a Supreme Court ruling allowed thousands of vampires to integrate into society. Now, Alex and Marcus are vice cops in a special police unit. They fight to keep the streets safe from criminal vampires, shapeshifters, blood-dealers, and anti-vampire vigilantes…
Urban fantasy | HC | $36.99
An Unkindness of Magicians
In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney – a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic – with the help of sacrifices, from magicians…
Fantasy | HC | $47.95
The Colony left Earth to find their utopia – a home on a new planet where their leader could fully explore the colonists’ genetic potential, unfettered by their homeworld’s restrictions. They settled a new paradise, and have been evolving and adapting for centuries. Earth has other plans. The original humans have been tracking their descendants across the stars, bent on their annihilation. They won’t stop until the new humans have been destroyed, their experimentation wiped out of the human gene pool. Can’t anyone let go of a grudge anymore? This 112pp Tor.com novella is excellent.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.95
An Echo of Things to Come (Licanius trilogy 02)
In the wake of the devastating attack on Ilin Illan, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs – finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against Andarra. However, as Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. The second book in the trilogy, following Islington’s debut novel, The Shadow of What Was Lost (PBK, $22.99), the new voice in Australian fantasy.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
The Fate of the Tearling (Tearling trilogy 03)
Since ascending to the throne, Kelsea Glynn has grown into a powerful monarch and a visionary leader. But in her quest to end corruption and restore justice within the Tearling, she has made many enemies. Chief amongst them is the evil and feared Red Queen, who now holds Kelsea – and her magical sapphires – captive in her castle in Mortmesne, a deal brokered to protect the Tearling from a Mort invasion. But the Tearling needs its Queen, and the Mace, head of Kelsea’s personal guards, will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison. Now, it is time for the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – to be revealed… The conclusion of the trilogy, following The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Kowal, Mary Robinette
Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps, when they die, so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé, to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things… Recommended!
Fantasy/alternate history | TP | $24.99
Godsgrave (Nevernight 02)
Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold, secrets are revealed and the body count rises within the collegium walls, Mia will be forced to choose between her loyalties and her revenge. The sequel to Nevernight (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99
Three by Laumer (omnibus)
Enter the worlds of Keith Laumer. From the adventures of self-aware superheavy battle tanks to the intricacies of galactic diplomacy via the clash of parallel worlds, Laumer’s imagination knew few bounds. Worlds of the Imperium, Retief: Envoy to New Worlds, and Bolo are the opening volumes to three classic series, collected in one exciting, thrill-a-minute omnibus.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99
The Hainish Novels and Stories (collection)
Le Guin, Ursula K
For the first time, a deluxe collector’s edition of the path-breaking novels and stories that reinvented science fiction, with new introductions by the author. Now, for the first time, the complete Hainish novels and stories are collected in a deluxe two-volume Library of America boxed set, with new introductions by the author. Volume One gathers the first five Hainish novels: Rocannon’s World, in which an ethnologist sent to a bronze-age planet must help defeat an intergalactic enemy; Planet of Exile, the story of human colonists stranded on a planet that is slowly killing them; City of Illusions, which finds a future Earth ruled by the mysterious Shing; and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning masterpieces: The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed – as well as four short stories. Volume Two presents Le Guin’s final two Hainish novels: The Word for World Is Forest, in which Earth enslaves another planet to strip its natural resources, and The Telling, the harrowing story of a society which has suppressed its own cultural heritage. Rounding out the volume are seven short stories and the story suite Five Ways to Forgiveness, published here in full for the first time. The endpapers feature Le Guin’s own hand-drawn map of Gethen, and a full-colour chart of the known worlds of Hainish descent. Each of these Library of America volumes is available separately (HC, $79.95 each).
Hain | HC | $150.00
Who’s Afraid Too?
Tommi Grayson: all bark, all bite… and, now, she’s back! After the sh*t show that was her family reunion, Tommi needed to get gone. She’s spent the last few weeks trying to understand her heritage – the one that comes with a side order of fur, as well as her Maori history – and how she can connect to it. But she can only escape, for so long – when an unspeakable evil, thought long destroyed, returns, Tommi needs every bit of the skills she’s learned. With the help of allies both old and new, she’s going to take the fight to the enemy… A sequel to the fantastic Who’s Afraid? (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn 01)
It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted. But in order to win, our alien allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe. Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies. To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals – and put the world at ease – the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully, one day, help mankind. But not everyone thinks that’s the best use of their talents. And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.
YA fantasy | TP | $22.99
The History of Bees
England, 1851. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive – one that will give both him and his children honour and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees, now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident – and she is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition – she sets out on a gruelling journey to find out what happened to him. In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go.
Environmental SF | TP | $32.99
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass 06)
Maas, Sarah J
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them. But what they discover in Antica will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
YA fantasy | HC/PBK | $25.99/$17.99
The Brightest Fell (October Daye 11)
Things are slow, and October ‘Toby’ Daye couldn’t be happier about that. The elf-shot cure has been approved, Arden Windermere is settling into her position as Queen in the Mists, and Toby doesn’t have anything demanding her attention except for wedding planning and spending time with her family. Maybe, she should have realised that it was too good to last. When Toby’s mother, Amandine, appears on her doorstep with a demand for help, refusing her seems like the right thing to do… until Amandine starts taking hostages, and everything changes. Now, Toby doesn’t have a choice about whether or not she does, as her mother asks. Not with Jazz and Tybalt’s lives hanging in the balance. But who could possibly help her find a pureblood she’s never met, one who’s been missing for over a hundred years? Enter Simon Torquill, elf-shot enemy turned awakened, uneasy ally. Together, the two of them must try to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the Mists: what happened to Amandine’s oldest daughter, August, who disappeared in 1906. This is one missing-person case Toby can’t afford to get wrong. Contains an original, bonus novella, Of Things Unknown!
Urban fantasy | HC | $47.95
Emergence (Corporation Wars 03)
The sequel to Dissidence and Insurgence (PBK, $22.95 each) which ‘… hits the main vein of conversation about locks on artificial intelligence and living in simulations and exoplanetary exploitation and drone warfare and wraps it all into a remarkably human, funny, and smartly-designed yarn’. – Warren Ellis.
Science fiction | PBK/HC | $22.95/$35.00
Following the suicide of his lover, the last of the ‘old-ones’ – ancient immortal beings, as clever as they are ruthless and unable to withstand the light of the sun – has decided to end his immortality. As he sits on a bench on the edge of a council estate to await his demise with the rising of the sun, he is mistaken for an old man, held up at knifepoint by a young man and stabbed… before the sun burns his body to ashes. His assailant scurries back into the belly of the estate with the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge. But once the blade finds new flesh, the congealed blood mingles with that of its victim, and awakens in them the old-one’s consciousness from the depths of the afterlife. It is not long before the knife draws blood again; and, one by one, the youth living on the estate are taken over by the old-one’s mind…
Dark fantasy | TP | $22.99
Martinez, Michael J
It is a new world, stunned by the horrors that linger in the aftermath of total war. The United States and Soviet Union are squaring off in a different kind of conflict, one that’s fought in the shadows, where there are whispers of strange and mysterious developments. Normal people across the United States have inexplicably gained paranormal abilities. A factory worker can heal the sick and injured. A schoolteacher bends emotion to her will. A car salesman alters matter with a simple touch. A former soldier speaks to the dying and gains their memories as they pass on. They are the Variants, controlled by a secret government program called MAJESTIC-12 to open a new front in the Cold War. From the deserts of Nevada to the palaces of Istanbul, the halls of power in Washington to the dark, oppressive streets of Prague, the Variants are thrown into a deadly game of shifting alliances. Amidst the seedy underbelly of nations, these once-ordinary Americans dropped in extraordinary circumstances will struggle to come to terms with their abilities as they fight to carve out a place for themselves in a world that may ultimately turn against them. The second in the series, Shadows, is now available ($19.95).
Alternate history paranormal espionage thriller | PBK | $19.95
All the Galaxies
John Fallon is a disillusioned journalist on a failing Glasgow newspaper. After a second failed independence referendum, Scotland is in turmoil, having broken into a number of autonomous city states. But Fallon has trouble closer to home: his son Roland has gone missing, after a peaceful student protest turns violent at the hands of the newly-militarised police. In another world, a boy is wakened in the afterlife by his spirit guide, his beloved childhood dog, Kim. Kim takes the boy on a journey to the planets where the dead go, where he hopes to find his long dead mother. As the boy and his dog make a shocking discovery that requires an impossible choice; Fallon searches for his son, discovering along the way that a great deal more is at stake than the future of one nation.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Assassin’s Price (Imager Portfolio 11)
Modesitt Jr, L E
Six years have passed since the failed uprising of the High Holders, and the man, behind the conspiracy, is where the rex and Maitre Alastar can keep an eye on him. Charyn has come of age and desperately wants to learn more so that he can become an effective rex after his father – but he’s kept at a distance by the rex. So Charyn sets out to educate himself – circumspectly. When Jarolian privateers disrupt Solidar’s shipping, someone attempts to kill Charyn’s younger brother as an act of protest. Threatening notes follow in the wake of acts of violence against the rex and his family, demanding action – build more ships, or expect someone to die.
Fantasy | HC | $42.99
New Fears: New Horror Stories by Masters of the Genre (anthology)
Morris, Mark (editor)
Fear comes in many forms. The horror genre’s greatest living practitioners drag our darkest fears kicking and screaming into the light in this collection of nineteen brand-new stories. Numinous, surreal and gut wrenching, New Fears is a vibrant collection showcasing the very best fiction modern horror has to offer; including a story by Brisbane author, Angela Slatter.
Horror anthology | TP | $29.95
Urban Enemies (anthology)
Nassise, Joseph (editor)
Includes the top villains from authors Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, and Jonathan Maberry. In this can’t-miss anthology, you get to plot world domination, with the best of the evildoers we love to hate!
Urban fantasy anthology | TP | $24.99
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned? This debut novel is from the founder of io9!
Science fiction | HC | $47.95
Circle’s End (Sholan Alliance 09)
It’s been a long journey, taking Kusac Aldatan, his family, and allies over countless light years and to numerous planets and space stations. Finally, it is the time for Kusac and his allies to deal with the threat of the warrior Valtegans on their world of M’zull. Will he work to rehabilitate them using tools given him by the Touiban scientists, or will his calling as the Avatar of Justice take over and destroy all of his foes? Isolated on M’zull, Kusac – with his clan of Sholans and Humans – works to destabilise the Valtegan society, posing as the avenging spirit of the long-dead, legendary hero Zsadhi. Is it a ruse to fool the M’zullians, or is Kusac becoming more and more like the first Valtegan king with every passing day? If so, can he escape that destiny and chart his own course?
Military SF | PBK | $19.95
The End of the Day
Charlie meets everyone – but only once, for he is the harbinger of death. You might meet him in a hospital, in a warzone, or at the scene of traffic accident. Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole – he gets everywhere, our Charlie. Would you shake him by the hand, take the gift he offers, or would you pay no attention to the words he says? Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He never knows which.
Speculative fiction | PBK | $22.99
It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line. With power, comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain? All three begin to realise that not everyone plans to play fair at the next election…
Science fiction | PBK | $23.99
Discworld Collectors’ Edition Calendar 2018
Discworld | Calendar | $35.00
The Castle in Cassiopeia (Dead Enders 03)
A crisis has arisen. On their first mission as a team, Pretorius and his Dead Enders kidnapped the real General Michkag and substituted a clone who had been raised and trained in the Democracy. But now they find that the clone likes being the most powerful man in the hundred-world Traanskei Coalition – and having been raised on Earth, he knows how humans think and react. This becomes a many-layered problem for Pretorius and what is left of his Dead Enders. As the only humans on a totally militarised alien world, they must first find where the best-guarded member of the enemy’s military – Michkag – is hiding and how many aliens, or regiments, or divisions, are guarding him, and then they must find a way past all his lines of defence, to kill or capture him.
Space opera | TP | $29.99
The Real-Town Murders
Alma is a private detective in a near-future England, a country desperately trying to tempt people away from the delights of Shine, the immersive successor to the internet. But most people are happy to spend their lives plugged in, and the country is decaying. Alma’s partner is ill, and has to be treated, without fail, every four hours; a task that only Alma can do. If she misses the five-minute window her lover will die. She is one of the few, not to access the Shine. So, when Alma is called to an automated car factory to be shown an impossible death and finds herself caught up in a political coup, she knows that getting too deep may leave her unable to get home. Alma must evade arrest, digs into the conspiracy, and tries to work out how on earth a dead body appeared in the boot of a freshly-made car in a fully-automated factory.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Everything you are about to read is true. Mostly. After US Postmaster Theodore Roosevelt showed the Nazis who was boss, in 1942, the Postal Bureau – part of the Department of Transportation – ushered in an era of scientific marvels: simulcast via satellite, suborbital transnational flights, dazzle pistols, and electromagnetic driverless cars. However, long-simmering feuds between the Shamans of Commerce and the Wizards of Technology were not forgotten, and it isn’t until the age of Sputnik and the Space Race that the secret organisations buried deep within the US Weather Service and Census Bureau make their move against the Department of Transportation. It’s up to G-man Fred Mackey of the Electromagnetic Bureau, Domestic Interference Engineering Section, to figure out how to science America back on track.
Alternate history | TP | $33.95
White Trash Zombie Unchained (White Trash Zombie 06)
Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds. Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous. With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the ‘real’ zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet, when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds ‘no-holds-barred revenge’ to her to-do list. Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up. The first in this hugely-entertaining series is My Life as a White Trash Zombie ($19.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95
Extinction Age (Extinction Cycle 03)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance. Trapped in the extensive sewer system, beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of First Platoon must battle through the tunnels – where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape. At Plum Island, Dr Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended. As the doomsday clock ticks down, and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail – or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?
Pandemic | PBK | $14.99
The Core of the Sun
‘Finnish author Sinisalo creates a dystopian near-future Finland, where women are subjugated to the demands of men by a chilling system of law and eugenics, all in the name of promoting a placid, healthy, and successful society… the novel maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99
Infinity Wars (anthology)
Strahan, Jonathan (editor)
Who will fight the wars of tomorrow? Join Elizabeth Bear, Indrapramit Das, Aliette de Bodard, Garth Nix, An Owomoyela, Peter Watts, and many more in an exploration of the furthest extremes of military science fiction…
Military SF | TP | $29.95
The Doomed City
Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris
It is a mysterious city whose sun is switched on in the morning and switched off at night, bordered by an abyss on one side and an impossibly high wall on the other. Its inhabitants are people who were plucked from twentieth-century history at various times and places and left to govern themselves, advised by Mentors whose purpose seems inscrutable. This is life in the Experiment. Andrei Voronin, a young astronomer plucked from Leningrad in the 1950s, is a diehard believer in the Experiment, even though his first job in the city is as a garbage collector. As increasingly nightmarish scenarios begin to affect the city, he rises through the political hierarchy, with devastating effect.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99
The Story of Kullervo
Tolkien, J R R
Tells the powerful story of a doomed young man, who is sold into slavery; and who swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Turin Turambar, tragic, incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. In addition to being a powerful story, in its own right, The Story of Kullervo – published here for the first time with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work, the Kalevala – is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
Tolkien | HC | $19.99
The Man in the Tree
Our planet is dying and the world’s remaining nations have pooled their resources to build a seed ship that will carry colonists on a multi-generational journey to a distant planet. Everything is set for a bright adventure… and then someone is found hanging dead, just weeks before the launch. The authorities want the case settled quickly and quietly so as not to cause panic. This is superb – highly recommended for fans of Kim Stanley Robinson.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95
The Complete Trilogy (Thessaly) (omnibus)
The goddess Athena thought she was creating a utopia. Populate the island of Thera with extraordinary men, women, and children from throughout history, and watch as the mortals forge a harmonious society based on the tenets of Plato’s Republic. Meanwhile, following his famous spurning by a nymph, Athena’s ever-curious brother Apollo has decided to live a mortal human life on the island, in an effort to gain a better understanding of humanity. But as both Athena and Apollo soon discover, even the Just City is susceptible to the iron law that nothing ever happens as planned. And there are sins in Paradise, mortal and divine, far graver than the everyday ones. An omnibus edition collecting: The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, and Necessity.
Alternate history | TP | $39.95
The Murderer’s Ape
Sally Jones is not only a loyal friend, she’s an extraordinary individual. In overalls, or in a maharaja’s turban, this unique gorilla moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. She and the Chief are devoted comrades who operate a cargo boat. A job they are offered pays big bucks, but the deal ends badly, and the Chief is falsely convicted of murder. For Sally Jones, this is the start of a harrowing quest for survival and to clear the Chief’s name. ‘I don’t know when I last read a book with such pure and unalloyed pleasure.’ – Philip Pullman.
YA adventure fantasy | HC | $24.99
The Guns of Empire (Shadow Campaigns 04)
After their shattering defeats at the hands of brilliant General Janus bet Vhalnich, the opposing powers have called all sides to the negotiating table in hopes of securing an end to the war. Queen Raesinia of Vordan is anxious to see the return of peace, but Janus insists that any peace with the implacable Sworn Church of Elysium is doomed to fail. For their Priests of the Black, there can be no truce with heretics and demons they seek to destroy, and the war is to the death. Soldiers Marcus d’Ivoire and Winter Ihernglass find themselves caught between their general and their queen. Now, each must decide which leader truly commands their loyalty – and what price they might pay for final victory. And in the depths of Elysium, a malign force is rising – and defeating it might mean making sacrifices beyond anything they have ever imagined. The fourth in the series, after The Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne, and The Price of Valor (all PBK, $22.99). Highly recommended!
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Cornwall, 1817. What if your worst mistake changed the course of history? Napoleon has crushed the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, and his ex-wife Josephine presides over French-occupied England. Cornwall erupts into open rebellion, and young heiress Hester escapes with Crow – Wellington’s former intelligence officer, a half-French aristocrat haunted by his part in the catastrophic defeat. Together, they become embroiled in a web of treachery and espionage as plans are laid to free Wellington from secret captivity in the Scilly Isles and lead an uprising against the French occupation…
Alternate history | TP | $29.99
Horizon (Bone Universe 03)
Nat Brokenwings – once Kirit’s brother long before the rebellion tore them apart – is still trying to save his family in the face of catastrophe. They will need to band together once more to ensure not just their own survival, but that of their entire community. The finale of the series, following Updraft (PBK, $22.99) and Cloudbound (TP, $26.99).
Fantasy | HC | $49.95
The Ninth Rain (Winnowing Flame trilogy 01)
The great wall of Ebora is crumbling. Wolves walk streets that once shone with gold, and Ebora’s people – diseased and inhuman – are fading into nothing. Tormalin the Oathless, last son of Ebora, has had enough. Better to enjoy the pleasures of wine and coin, the pursuit of men and women, than to waste away under the blind gaze of a long-dead god. But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire fall. And Tormalin is soon drawn into a conspiracy of magic and war, whilst a horror from the depths of history threatens to make even his people look reasonable. The Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain will fall… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Forged in Blood (anthology)
Williamson, Michael Z (editor)
An anthology of 16 original stories set in Williamson’s Freehold universe of novels. Authors include Larry Correia, Rob Reed, Tom Kratman, Tony Daniel, and Zachary Hill.
Military SF | HC | $46.95