Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: September 2018
All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in September 2018.
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Until next time, good reading!
September 2018 includes new books by: Stephen Baxter, Jack Campbell, Larry Correia, Peter F Hamilton, Richard Kadrey, Seanan McGuire, Tim Pratt, Catherynne M Valente, Martha Wells… and many others.
Magefall (Age of Dread 02)
The land is in turmoil. Mages are hunted by men and gods alike. With their last refuge fallen, two young mages must conspire against a god to show the world that their abilities aren’t a curse; they are the only way to ensure lasting peace. Under the threat of anti-magic fanatics, Wren struggles to find her place as a leader and to keep her people safe as they build a new home. Danoph searches for answers on a spiritual journey, determined to find out who he really is and where he came from, in an effort to calm the coming storm. The world has turned against mages, yet only they can save it. Follows the first in the series, Mageborn (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Valiant Dust (Breaker of Empires 01)
Sikander Singh North has always had it easy – until he joins the crew of the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. As the ship’s new gunnery officer and the only Kashmiri officer, he must constantly prove himself better than his Aquilan crewmates, even if he has to use his fists. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he’ll have to earn his unit’s respect, find who’s arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler – all, while dodging bullets. Sikander’s military career is off to an explosive start – but only if he and CSS Hector can survive his first mission. ‘New and extraordinary… Go read this!’ – David Weber.
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Heart of Thorns
In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch. But when Mia’s father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy. Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart… even if it kills her. The first in a trilogy, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Redemption (Xeelee series)
Michael Poole finds himself in a very strange landscape… This is the centre of the Galaxy. And in a history, without war with the humans, the Xeelee have had time to build an immense structure, here. The Xeelee Belt has a radius ten thousand times Earth’s orbital distance. It is a light year in circumference. If it was set in the solar system it would be out in the Oort Cloud, among the comets – but circling the sun. If it was at rest it would have a surface area equivalent to about thirty billion Earths. But it is not at rest: it rotates at near lightspeed. And because of relativistic effects, distances are compressed for inhabitants of the Belt, and time drastically slowed. The purpose of the Belt is to preserve a community of Xeelee into the very far future, when they will be able to tap dark energy, a universe-spanning antigravity field, for their own purposes. But with time the Belt has attracted populations of lesser species, here for the immense surface area, the unending energy flows. Poole, Miriam and their party, having followed the Ghosts, must explore the artefact and survive encounters with its strange inhabitants – before Poole, at last, finds the Xeelee, who led the destruction of Earth… One of the world’s bestselling sf authors returns to the series which made his name. The Xeelee are back, for the last time…
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Bennett, Robert Jackson
The city of Tevanne runs on scrivings, industrialised magical inscriptions that make inanimate objects sentient; they power everything, from walls to wheels to weapons. Scrivings have brought enormous progress and enormous wealth – but only to the four merchant Houses who control them. Everyone else is a servant or slave, or they eke a precarious living in the hellhole called the Commons. There’s not much in the way of work for an escaped slave like Sancia Grado, but she has an unnatural talent that makes her one of the best thieves in the city. When she’s offered a lucrative job to steal an ancient artefact from a heavily guarded warehouse, Sancia agrees, dreaming of leaving the Commons – but, instead, she finds herself the target of a murderous conspiracy. Someone powerful in Tevanne wants the artefact, and Sancia dead – and whoever it is already wields power beyond imagining. Sancia will need every ally, and every ounce of wits at her disposal, if she is to survive – because if her enemy gets the artefact and unlocks its secrets, thousands will die, and, even worse, it will allow ancient evils back into the world and turn their city into a devastated battleground. This first book in a new series has had raves.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The Golden Tower (Magisterium 05)
Black, Holly & Clare, Cassandra
A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed… but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle. It came at a cost. Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up, just yet… The final, thrilling instalment in this series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99
Cold Iron (Masters & Mages 01)
Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him, all along… The first in a new series from the author of the hugely-popular Traitor Son Cycle.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
The City of Lost Fortunes (Crescent City 01)
Jude has been lying low since Katrina, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered, and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Ascendant (Genesis Fleet 02)
Isolated and alone, Glenlyon places its hope in informal agreements with other worlds also facing attack. But fiercely independent worlds settled by people who wanted to escape higher authority don’t easily agree to such commitments. The sequel to Vanguard (PBK, $18.99).
Space opera | PBK | $18.99
Children of the Fleet (Fleet School 01)
Card, Orson Scott
Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonisation, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies. Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn’t think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least, until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.
Science fiction | PBK | $21.95
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate 01 (illustrated edition))
Carriger, Gail & Eckwall, Jensine (illustrator)
Alexia Tarabotti is labouring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse, apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate. With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart? A delightful illustrated edition.
Gaslamp fantasy | HC | $39.95
The fledgling colony on Mars consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they’re protected from the harsh radiation that sterilises the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality, except one – what happens, when disaster strikes Earth?
Science fiction | TP | $31.95
The Black God’s Drums (novella)
Clark, P Djèlí
In an alternate New Orleans, caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air – in particular, by earning a spot, on board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust… with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon – he calls the Black God’s Drums… This 128pp Tor.com novella has had some great customer feedback.
Steampunk/Alternate history | PBK | $16.99
2001: A Space Odyssey (50th anniversary reissue)
Clarke, Arthur C
The discovery of a black monolith on the moon leads to a manned expedition deep into the solar system, in the hope of establishing contact with an alien intelligence. Yet, long before the crew can reach their destination, the voyage descends into disaster… Written when landing on the moon was still a dream – and made into one of the most influential films of all time – 2001: A Space Odyssey remains a classic work of science fiction, fifty years after its original publication.
Classic SF (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Armored Saint (Sacred Throne 01)
In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils; and will kill as many innocent people as they must, to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
Military fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Port of Shadows (Chronicles of the Black Company)
The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being ‘The Lady’s favoured’ is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs – and the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all. The one person who was taken into the Lady’s Tower, and returned unchanged, has earned the special interest of the court of sorcerers known as The Ten Who Were Taken. Now, he and the company are being asked to seek the aid of their newest member, Mischievous Rain, to break a rebel army. However, Croaker doesn’t trust any of the Taken, especially not ones that look so much like The Lady and her sister… The first addition to the Chronicles of the Black Company, in many years.
Military fantasy | HC | $49.95
Target Rich Environment (collection)
Together for the first time, fourteen action-packed tales of demons, monster, vampires, and cosmic horrors, too terrible to name – and the men and women who take them all down. Oh, and toss in an interdimensional insurance salesman, for good measure.
Urban fantasy collection | HC | $49.95
The Monster Hunter Files (Monster Hunter Files) (anthology)
Featuring seventeen all-new tales based on Larry Correia’s bestselling series, from: Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Mike Kupari, Jessica Day George, John C Wright, Maurice Broaddus, Brad R Torgersen, Faith Hunter, Jody Lynn Nye, Quincy J Allen, Alex Shvartsman, Kim May, Steve Diamond, John Ringo, Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Julie C Frost, Sarah A Hoyt, and Jonathan Maberry.
Urban fantasy anthology | PBK | $21.95
Twice Magic (Wizards of Once 02)
This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught, since birth, to hate each other like poison. But, now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences, once more – for an Evil Spell has broken free. It’s up to Xar and Wish to find the ingredients. But it means entering the Druids Castle unannounced…
Children’s fantasy | TP | $19.99
To Guard Against the Dark (Reunification 03)
Czerneda, Julie E
Jason Morgan is a troubling mystery to friends, and enemies, alike – once a starship captain and trader, then Joined to the most powerful member of the Clan, Sira di Sarc, following her and her kind out of known space. Only to return, alone and silent. But he’s returned to a Trade Pact under siege and desperate. The Assemblers continue to be a threat. Other species have sensed opportunity and threaten what stability remains, including those who dwell in the M’hir. What Morgan knows could save them all, or doom them. For not all of the Clan followed Sira. And peace isn’t what they seek. Following This Gulf of Time and Stars and The Gate to Futures Past (PBK, $21.95 each) and concluding the series.
Science fiction | PBK | $21.95
Silence can be deafening. Jean McClellan spends her time in almost complete silence, limited to just one hundred words a day. Any more, and a thousand volts of electricity will course through her veins. Now, the new government is in power, everything has changed. But only if you’re a woman…
Dystopia | TP | $32.99
In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, sixteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation and receiving a sign that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace. There, she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double to appear in public, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty – and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear, and she soon realises that one wrong move could lead to her death… The first in a series.
YA space fantasy | TP | $19.99
The world is different, now. There are no rules, no governments, and no guarantees that you’ll be saved. Rival factions have taken over, fighting each other for survival with no loyalty to anyone but their own. At 21, Hayden has taken over Blackwing and is one of the youngest leaders in the area. In protecting his camp from starvation, raids from other factions and the threat of being kidnapped, he has enough to worry about before he finds Grace. The daughter of the head of the rival camp Greystone, she is slow to trust anyone, much less the leader of those she has been trained to kill. This is danger. This is chaos. This is anarchy. The first in a series… The Hunger Games – for a new generation.
YA dystopia | PBK | $19.99
Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire 01)
Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital – her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion – and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities, to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan. To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire – and burn, once more. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95
Bloody Rose (The Band 02)
Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards, sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown. When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets, as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death. It’s time to take a walk on the Wyld Side… The sequel to the terrific Kings of the Wyld (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Future Home of the Living God
Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed as the rest of America around her. But, for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months’ pregnant. Cedar feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts – an Ojibwe, living on the reservation – to understand both her and her baby’s origins…
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99
Dark Sentinel (Carpathian 28)
After the devastating loss of her entire family, Lorraine Peters heads to the woods searching for peace of mind and anything to quell the anger in her soul. Instead, she stumbles upon a scene of horrific violence, as one man lies helpless in the face of three attackers. Andor Katona’s existence has been a harsh one, living for centuries as a monk in the Carpathian Mountains. Unable to find his lifemate, he almost welcomes his release from a colourless and unfeeling world at the hands of the vampire hunters who have mistaken him for their prey. That is, until a whirling ball of fury bursts onto the scene, determined to save him. In one glimpse, in one breath, Andor recognises Lorraine as his lifemate, but it will take more than their telepathic connection to convince her of their immortal bond. Lorraine is a lethal combination of cunning and courage. So much so that she captures the attention of a master vampire, one who has already lost what was once irreplaceable to him. One who will strike with deadly precision at Andor and his ancient Carpathian comrades, in a war to end all wars…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Dark Legacy (Carpathian 27)
In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city – when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire. Now, it’s his voice that haunts her… that calls to her in the dark… that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: she must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm… For her beauty is irresistible to the vampires, her psychic ability like a drug. Whipped into a frenzy, they’ll never stop coming for her. And only the taste of one Carpathian warrior – the rush of his blood – can save her…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99
Ahab’s Return: Or, the Last Voyage
At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland – to confront the true author of the novel Moby Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. The greatly-exaggerated rumours of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm – after hearing about Ahab’s demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York; and, now, Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them. Ahab’s pursuit leads him to The Gorgon’s Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor, while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod…
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
Art Matters (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil & Riddell, Chris (illustrator)
Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters. Neil Gaiman once said that ‘the world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before’. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old. A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman; combining his extraordinary words with striking illustrations by Chris Riddell.
Essay | HC | $22.99
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.Com Short Fiction (anthology)
Gallo, Irene (editor)
Since it began in 2008, Tor.com has explored countless new worlds of fiction, delving into possible and impossible futures, alternate and intriguing pasts, and realms of fantasy previously unexplored. Its hundreds of remarkable stories span from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and everything in between. Now, Tor.com is making some of those worlds available for the first time in print. This volume collects some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program. Including stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, N K Jemisin, Leigh Bardugo, Jeff VanderMeer, Yoon Ha Lee, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Kai Ashante Wilson, Kameron Hurley, Seth Dickinson, Rachel Swirsky, Laurie Penny, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson, David D Levine, Genevieve Valentine, Max Gladstone, and many others.
Tor.com anthology | HC | $39.99
Fierce Fairytales and Other Stories to Stir Your Soul
Gone are the gender stereotypes of obliging lovers, violent men and girls that need rescuing. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains and you’ll meet brave princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle and a courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own. Beautifully illustrated feminist fairy tales, for young and old.
Fairy tales retold | HC | $27.99
The Synapse Sequence
In the near future, everyday life is dictated by algorithms, from who gets a bank loan or a job, to what supermarkets sell and which news stories you read. Even policing is run by AIs, who track patterns and predict where crimes are likely to occur. Anna Glover joins a start-up company that hopes to revolutionise solving crimes by combining the memories of witnesses into a virtual reality simulator that can be explored by an investigator. Her first case is that of a fostered teenage boy put in a coma by a brutal assault, and she begins to explore his memories, the only witness to the crime. But when the boy’s sister disappears – and Anna’s own actions are called into question – it becomes clear that there are other motives in play, and there are those who do not want her to succeed…
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
The Girl Who Fell (Chess Raven Chronicles 01)
Chess Raven is a hacker who has grown up with nothing and no one. Her parents died when she was three and her foster care situation turned out badly – very badly. But on her sixteenth birthday, her life is turned upside down. Chess learns her mother was Queen of the Fae and her father was a brilliant physicist. She must learn to overcome a fear of her own power and stop waiting for other people to save her. She is the one she’s been waiting for. A first novel in a new Australian young-adult series.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone 01)
Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land’s fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise… Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, A Time of Dread takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99
Hamilton, Peter F
AD 2204: An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so, Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. Many lightyears from Earth, Dellian and his clan of genetically-engineered soldiers are raised with one goal. They must confront and destroy their ancient adversary. The enemy caused mankind to flee across the galaxy and they hunt us still. If they aren’t stopped, we will be wiped out – and we’re running out of time. The first in a new series from the great Hamilton. Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
The Reality Dysfunction (Night’s Dawn 0)
Hamilton, Peter F
In AD 2600, the human race is finally realising its full potential. Hundreds of colonised planets across the galaxy host a multitude of wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature’s boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary space-born creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialisation of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. But, now, something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet, a renegade criminal’s chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it the Reality Dysfunction, and is the nightmare which has prowled beside us, since the beginning of history. A reissued edition with new cover art.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Neutronium Alchemist (Night’s Dawn 0)
Hamilton, Peter F
The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation’s peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night. In such desperate times the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet, Dr Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist – so she can complete her thirty-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated. But he’s not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to sue the ultimate doomsday device. A reissued edition with new cover art.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Naked God (Night’s Dawn 0)
Hamilton, Peter F
The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the ‘possessed’ to infiltrate more worlds. Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn’t quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind which hasn’t been seen by humankind for six hundred years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction. Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their starships on a mission to find the Sleeping God – which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed. A reissued edition with new cover art.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
The Late Great Wizard (Wayward Mages 01)
With her father vanished under suspicious circumstances and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn’t shake and rumble, as if haunted. But, at least, she and her mom have a roof over their heads, so her luck couldn’t be all bad, could it? As if to prove her wrong, Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes to request her assistance, claiming to be the professor and a Phoenix wizard… The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95
We Sold Our Souls
In the ’90s, heavy metal band Durt Wurk was poised for success – but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on his own solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates behind. Now, 20 years later, Terry is still touring stadiums and preparing to release his second greatest hits compilation, but his old Durt Wurk band members are still toiling away in menial jobs and struggling to pay the bills. Tuck Merryweather is a smalltime landlord who plays bass in an oldies R&B cover band; guitarist Scottie Rocket works in IT; and lead guitar player Kris is struggling to care for her aging mother in the house she grew up in. As for Bill, no one likes to talk about what happened to Bill. Everything changes when Kris learns that Terry’s rocket ride to success was no accident – that he actually sold their souls in exchange for his own fame and fortune. It turns out that Durt Wurk’s third album (a 1998 concept album called Troglodyte) is actually a secret schematic that reveals the truth about the shadowy forces that enslave mankind. Determined to make things right, Kris reunites the band and tries to convince them that they must go on the road to confront the ex-friend who damned them all to Hell. But the only thing they’re convinced of is that Kris is cracking up.
Horror | PBK | $19.99
The Great Dune Trilogy (omnibus)
A gorgeous, leather-bound omnibus edition collecting: Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune.
Science fiction (reissue) | HC | $69.99
The Gates of Tagmeth (Kencyrath 08)
Hodgell, P C
Obeying instructions from her brother, Jame sets out with a force of Southron warriors to re-establish the long-fallen castle keep of Tagmeth. By Jame’s side is Lyra, a devious Kencyrath noble girl who is determined not to be forced into a marriage with a man she despises. Jame’s old friends Mark and Brier Iron-thorn stand with her, as well: Marc, steward and organiser of Jame’s household and Brier, the only captain under her command wholly sworn to support Jame, no matter the cost. Jame finds more allies in the forest surrounding the ancient keep where the wild people of the woodlands, the Merikit, hold court. And Jame’s adopted mother, Gran Cyd, matriarch and queen of the Merikit, may once again provide the voice of calm that Jame requires to survive her own tempestuous nature. Jame sets about establishing Tagmeth as an outpost against the gathering power of Perimal Darkling. But Tagmeth hides a secret, a gateway to a mystery that may save this world from eternal darkness – or plunge it to destruction and ruin, all the sooner. It is up to Jame to find her way through Perimal Darkling’s traps, and to come to terms with the god of pandemonium and destruction within her who grows stronger every day. If she succeeds it may be that Perimal Darkling can finally be defeated after eons of fear and flight. And if she fails, yet another world will fall to darkness forever.
Fantasy | PBK | $21.95
The Lantern’s Ember
Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil, thus condemning himself to an eternity of servitude. As a Lantern, his sole duty is to guard one of the many portals that lead to the immortal realm, making sure that no souls stray where they are not welcome. It’s a job that Jack excels at – until he meets the beautiful Ember O’Dare. When seventeen-year-old Ember finds out she’s a witch, the inexplicable pull she’s always felt to Jack’s remote part of the forest finally makes sense. Stubborn and undeterred by his warnings, Ember crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire – and so the wild chase through a dazzling, dangerous world begins. Can Jack get Ember back where she belongs before both the worlds, both earthly and supernatural, descend into chaos?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99
The After Wife
When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. Now, she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter, alone. But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death. A gift called iRachel.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Shiang (Empire of Salt)
Iggulden, C F
The city of Shiang stands at the edge of a shattered empire. A single family keeps order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Ambitious leaders sense a chance to carve out empires of their own. Men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of a great city to the west – Darien. And on the great road between Shiang and Darien, bands of mercenaries and deserters restlessly wait for the time to launch their attack on the empire’s land. The sequel to Darien (PBK, $19.99).
Alternate history | TP | $29.99
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories (anthology)
Jones, Stephen (editor)
Twenty-six terrifying tales set on the scariest night of the year! Treat yourself to some very tricky stories! Halloween… All Hallows’ Eve… Samhain… Día de los Muertos… the Day the Dead Come Back… When the barriers between the worlds are at their weakest – when ghosts, goblins, and grisly things can cross over into our dimension – then for a single night each year the natural becomes the supernatural, the normal becomes the paranormal, and nobody is safe from their most intimate and terrifying fears. A dark feast of frightening fiction by some of the most successful and respected horror writers working today, including Ramsey Campbell, Neil Gaiman, Joe R Lansdale, Helen Marshall, Richard Christian Matheson, Robert Shearman, Robert Silverberg, Angela Slatter, Steve Rasnic Tem, and many more, along with a very special contribution by award-winning poet Jane Yolen.
Horror anthology | TP | $29.95
Hollywood Dead (Sandman Slim 10)
James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood – an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself… because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again – and this time there will be no coming back. Even though he’s armed with the Room of Thirteen Doors, Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed he’s got to enlist the help of new friends – plus a few unexpected old faces. Stark has been in dangerous situations before – you don’t get named Sandman Slim for nothing. But with a mysterious enemy on the loose, a debt to pay, and a clock ticking down, this may truly be the beginning of his end… Recommended!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Access Restricted (Word$ 02)
Katsoulis, Gregory Scott
On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead – or to start a rebellion of Silents. But after taking down the tyrant Silas Rog and freeing the city from his grasp, everyone is looking to Speth for answers she doesn’t have. All she wants is to find her parents, who are shackled to a lifetime of servitude in exchange for a debt they can never repay. But how can Speth leave her friends to fend for themselves, when she’s the reason their city is in chaos? When the government threatens to restore the WiFi and take back the city, Speth is forced to flee with a ragtag group of friends by her side. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey outside the dome they’ve lived in their entire lives, in search of a better future. Along the way, Speth will discover the shattering truth about their world… and the role she’ll need to play to save it. The sequel to All Rights Reserved (PBK, $19.99).
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Stygian (Dark Hunter 29)
Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years – believing myself to be something I’m not. Someone I’m not. Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment I was ripped from my mother and planted into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son. Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. To become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life. Or so I thought. In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives. Now, I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her, even as everyone around me attempts to steal what little soul I have left. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. And if I fail to find the answers I need to save Phoebe, more than just my wife will die. We will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99
Flight or Fright (anthology)
King, Stephen & Vincent, Bev (editors)
Stephen King hates to fly. Now, he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you. Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong, when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like – gulp! – a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before… but, now, you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger. Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem; from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, ‘ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents… Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight’. Book a flight for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.
Horror anthology | TP | $32.99
Gwendy’s Button Box (novella)
King, Stephen & Chizmar, Richard
The small town of Castle Rock, Maine, has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now. There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson takes the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. One day, while Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground and the chink of an aluminium bat hitting a baseball, a stranger calls out to her. On a bench in the shade sits a man in a small, neat black hat. He offers Gwendy a mahogany box with coloured buttons. The buttons will produce gifts, such as chocolate which can make you slimmer. But he warns her that the gifts will be ‘small recompense for the responsibility’.
Horror | PBK | $22.99
The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut 02)
Kowal, Mary Robinette
1961… mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: Mars. Of course, the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but could the International Aerospace Coalition ever stand the thought of putting a woman on such a potentially dangerous mission? Could Elma knowingly take the place of other astronauts, who have been overlooked because of their race? The sequel to The Calculating Stars (PBK, $24.99).
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99
Catching Teller Crow
Kwaymullina, Ambelin & Ezekiel
Nothing’s been the same for Beth Teller, since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her – and he’s drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what’s her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven’t been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town… This gripping novel interweaves themes of grief, colonial history, violence, love and family, from two of the most exciting Aboriginal voices in Australia.
Ghost story | PBK | $19.99
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters 12)
Christmas is a very special time of year. It is special for Psychic Nan Killian and Medium Sarah Lyon-White and their ward Suki, who are determined to celebrate it properly. It is special for their friends, Doctor John Watson, and his wife Mary, both Elemental Masters, who have found great delight in the season seeing it through young Suki’s eyes. It is also special to others… for very different reasons. For Christmas Eve is also hallowed to dark forces, powers older than mankind, powers that come awake on this, the Longest Night. Powers best left alone. Powers that could shake the foundations of London and beyond.
Historical fantasy | PBK | $21.95
The Hills Have Spies (Family Spies 01)
Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife Amily are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Justyn, has the Gift of animal Mindspeech – he can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Justyn’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Herald Spy, but has yet to be Chosen by his horse companion. Mags is more than happy to teach Justyn all he knows. He regularly trains his children, including Justyn, with tests and exercises, preparing them for the complicated and dangerous lives they will likely lead. As the next stage of Justyn’s training, Mags proposes that Justyn joins a group of travelling players and musicians, to get experience away from home and out in the world. Justyn joins the troupe, and he starts collecting information for his father. And the patterns he finds are unsettling… During the troupe’s travels, Justyn witnesses growing rural unrest about an indigenous community of Valdemar, known as Hawkbrothers.
Valdemar | PBK | $19.99
The Beginning Place
Le Guin, Ursula K
Fleeing from the monotony of his life, Hugh Rogers finds his way to ‘the beginning place’ – a gateway to Tembreabrezi, an idyllic, unchanging world of eternal twilight. Irena Pannis was thirteen when she first found the beginning place. Now, seven years later, she has grown to know and love the gentle inhabitants of Tembreabrezi, or Mountaintown, and she sees Hugh as a trespasser. But then a monstrous shadow threatens to destroy Mountaintown, and Hugh and Irena join forces to seek it out. Along the way, they begin to fall in love. Are they on their way to a new beginning… or a fateful end?
Science fiction | TP | $29.95
The Left Hand of Darkness
Le Guin, Ursula K
Two people, until recently strangers, find themselves on a long, tortuous and dangerous journey across the ice. One is an outcast, forced to leave his beloved homeland; the other is fleeing from a different kind of persecution. What they have in common is curiosity, about others and themselves, and an almost unshakeable belief that the world can be a better place. As they journey for over 800 miles, across the harshest, most inhospitable landscape, they discover the true meaning of friendship, and of love.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $19.99
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. In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go.
Environmental SF | PBK | $22.99
Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend. So, Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies cease operations. The subways screech to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost. Candace won’t be able to make it on her own, forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret, she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?
Dystopia | TP | $29.99
War Cry (novella)
Teado is a Changer, a shapeshifting military asset trained to win wars. His platoon has been stationed in the Bavares high plains for years, stranded. As they ration supplies and scan the airwaves for news, any news, their numbers dwindle. He’s not sure how much time they have left… A 112pp Tor.com novella, from the author of the popular Powder Mage trilogy.
Military fantasy | PBK | $16.99
Night and Silence (October Daye 12)
Things are not okay. In the aftermath of Amandine’s latest betrayal, October ‘Toby’ Daye’s fragile self-made family is on the verge of coming apart at the seams. Jazz can’t sleep, Sylvester doesn’t want to see her, and worst of all, Tybalt has withdrawn from her entirely, retreating into the Court of Cats as he tries to recover from his abduction. Toby is floundering, unable to help the people she loves most heal. She needs a distraction. She needs a quest. What she doesn’t need is the abduction of her estranged human daughter, Gillian. What she doesn’t need is to be accused of kidnapping her own child by her ex-boyfriend and his new wife, who seems to be harbouring secrets of her own. There’s no question of whether she’ll take the case. The only question is whether she’s emotionally prepared to survive it. Signs of Faerie’s involvement are everywhere, and it’s going to take all Toby’s nerve and all her allies to get her through this web of old secrets, older hatreds, and new deceits. If she can’t find Gillian, before time runs out, her own child will pay the price. Two questions remain: Who in Faerie remembered Gillian existed? And what do they stand to gain? No matter how this ends, Toby’s life will never be the same.
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95
Endgame (Majestic-12 03)
Martinez, Michael J
Josef Stalin is dead. In the aftermath, the Soviet Union is thrown into crisis, giving former secret police chief Laverentiy Beria exactly the opening he needs. Beria’s plan is to secretly place his country’s Variants – ordinary people mysteriously imbued with strange, superhuman powers – into the very highest levels of leadership, where he can use them to stage a government coup and seize control of the USSR. America’s response comes from its intelligence communities, including the American Variants recruited for the top-secret Majestic-12 program, who are suddenly thrown into their most dangerous and important assignment yet. From the halls of the Kremlin to the battlefields of Korea, superpowered covert agents face off to determine the future of the planet – a future their very existence may ultimately threaten. Follows Inception and Shadows (PBK, $21.95 each).
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Blood of the Gods (Ascension Cycle 02)
The battle for the city is over, but the aftermath of a revolution is never simple… Sarine begins to experience visions, ones which make her dragon familiar sicker every day. Erris pushes toward conquest and the need to expand her territory and restore her power. And, exiled from his tribe, Arak’Jur apprentices himself to a deadly master. Faced with the threat of a return to the days of darkness, the heroes begin to understand the depth of the sacrifices required from them. To protect their world, they’ll have to stand and fight once more. The sequel to Soul of the World (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99
The Mongrel Mage (Saga of Recluce 19)
Modesitt Jr, L E
In the world of Recluce, powerful mages can wield two kinds of magic – the white of Chaos or the black of Order. Beltur, however, has talents not seen in hundreds of years that blend both magics. On the run from a power-hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages, who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his newly adopted city, Beltur must hope his newfound power will be enough to save them all.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95
Morden, S J
Frank Kittridge is serving life for murdering his son’s drug dealer. So, when he’s offered a deal by Xenosystems Operations – the company that runs the prison – he takes it, even though it means swapping one life sentence for another. He’s been selected to help build the first permanent base on Mars. Unfortunately, his crewmates are just as guilty of their crimes as he is – and he’ll have to learn to trust them if they’re to succeed. As the convicts set to work on the frozen wastes of Mars, the accidents multiply. Until Frank begins to suspect they might not be accidents, at all… There’s a murderer amongst them, and everyone’s a suspect.
SF mystery | PBK | $19.99
(Thirteen was previously published as Black Man.) One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance, and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy… Genetically engineered alpha males, designed to fight the century’s wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime. Many of them have left for Mars – but, now, one has come back and killed everyone else on the shuttle he returned in. Only one man, a genengineered ex-soldier himself, can hunt him down. So begins a frenetic man hunt and a battle survival… and a search for the truth about what was really done with the world’s last soldiers.
Science fiction (reissue) | PBK | $19.99
And the Ocean Was Our Sky (illustrated edition)
Ness, Patrick & Cai, Rovina (illustrator)
The whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself… Moby Dick, from the whales’ point of view…
Fantasy | HC | $24.99
We Three Heroes (Medoran Chronicles collection)
Alexandra Jennings might be the hero of the Medoran Chronicles, but she would be lost without her three closest friends. DC, Jordan and Bear are the heroes of their own stories. It is time for their stories to be told.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99
Theo Miller knows the value of human life – to the very last penny. Working in the Criminal Audit Office, he assesses each crime that crosses his desk and makes sure the correct debt to society is paid in full. But when his ex-lover is killed, it’s different. This is one death he can’t let become merely an entry on a balance sheet. Because when the richest in the world are getting away with murder, sometimes the numbers just don’t add up.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Everything is dangerous in Afghanistan, nothing more so than the mission of a Tactical Support Team, or TST. All veterans, these men and women spend seasons in hell, to not only try and fix what’s broken in each of them, but also to make enough bank to change their fortunes. But seven months later, safely back on American soil, they feel like there’s something left undone. And they’re all having the same dream… a dream of a sky that won’t stop burning.
Military horror | TP | $29.95
State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle 03)
The future of democracy must evolve or die. The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, sabotage by major world governments, and an uncontrolled earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it’s time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever. Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served, all their lives, is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew. The sequel to Infomocracy (PBK, $23.99) and Null States (PBK, $22.99)
Science fiction | HC | $39.99
Null States (Centenal Cycle 02)
The future of democracy is about to implode. After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order. The sequel to Infomocracy (PBK, $23.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99
Olson, Melissa F
Alex McKenna is the new Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations – the division tasked with investigating crimes involving shades. Or vampires, as they’re more widely known. Children have been going missing, and agents are routinely being slaughtered. It’s up to McKenna, and some unlikely allies, to get to the bottom of the problem, and find the kids, before it’s too late. The first in the novella series, now in paperback. Recommended!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99
The Will to Battle (Terra Ignota 03)
The year is 2454. Three centuries of peace and a hard-won golden age have come to an abrupt end. The once steadfast leadership of the seven Hives is crumbling, soured by corruption and deception. Savagery and bloodlust, three-centuries suppressed, have been unleashed. The terrible truth is that centuries of peace were bought with a trickle of secret murders. The killings were mathematically planned, meticulously organised to preserve the balance – to ensure no faction could dominate. But now the secret is out, the balance has tipped, the Hives’ utopian facade has slipped. Just days ago, humanity stood at the pinnacle of civilisation. Now everyone – Hives and Hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and convicts, warriors and saints – is preparing for war. The first in this fantastic series is Too Like the Lightning (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Collectors’ Edition Calendar 2019
Pratchett, Terry & Kidby, Paul
This year’s calendar draws upon the whimsical, remarkable art of long-time Discworld collaborator, Paul Kidby – the man whose depictions Terry Pratchett himself described as being ‘the closest anyone’s got to how I see the characters’.
Discworld | calendar | $35.00
Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell 02)
Not many people can see the dead (not many would want to). Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he’s got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learnt a thing or two, from Johnny. They’re not going to take it, lying down… especially since it’s Halloween tomorrow. Besides, they’re beginning to find that life is a lot more fun than it was, when they were… well… alive. Particularly if they break a few rules… Johnny’s first adventure was Only You Can Save Mankind (PBK, $16.99).
YA science fiction reissue | PBK | $16.99
The Dreaming Stars (Axiom 02)
Sebastien wakes up, claiming his altered brain architecture can help the crew deactivate the swarm – from inside the Axiom simulation. To protect humanity, Callie must trust him, but if Sebastien still plans to dominate the universe using Axiom tech, they could be in a whole lot of trouble… The sequel to The Wrong Stars (PBK, $19.99). We’ve had lots of great feedback for this series.
Space opera | PBK | $21.95
An American Story
Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did – no body has been recovered, and she shouldn’t have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was. The world has moved on from that terrible day. Nearly 20 years later, it has faded into a dull memory for most people. But a chance encounter rekindles Ben’s interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him…
Science fiction | TP | $29.99
Rose and Lily and their little brother Ned live in an orphanage – a terrible place, where the porridge is thin and cold, and nobody smiles. One dark and stormy night, they decide enough is enough, and they run away. But hiding in the shadows, as they make their way through the dangerous back streets of London, is Mack the Knife: the most villainous of villains… Hiding above the streets, leaping through the air, is Spring-Heeled Jack. He dresses like the devil and his name creates shivers in people, but he is ready for action against the evildoers and scallywags of the city’s dark streets – Mack the Knife included – and he might just be able to save the orphans.
YA fantasy adventure (reissue) | PBK | $16.99
His Dark Materials trilogy (omnibus)
It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford’s motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra’s greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard the hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical Dust – found only in the vast Arctic Expanse of the North – was rumoured to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle; and would stop at nothing to destroy it… Recommended.
YA fantasy | HC | $34.99
These Rebel Waves (Steam Raiders 01)
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice – but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work… The first in a series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99
Mother of Invention (anthology)
Rafael, Rivqa & Roberts, Tansy Rayner (editors)
A speculative fiction anthology of diverse, challenging stories about gender and artificial intelligence. Knit robots, build spaceships, and shape the future. Extraordinary short stories about gender, artificial intelligence and the art of building something new. Mother of Invention features the work of Seanan McGuire, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Nisi Shawl, John Chu, Justina Robson, and more.
Speculative fiction anthology | TP | $29.99
By the Pricking of Her Thumb
Private Investigator Alma is caught up in another impossible murder. One of the world’s four richest people may be dead – but nobody is sure which one. Hired to discover the truth behind the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the ultra-rich, Alma must juggle treating her terminally ill lover, with a case which may not have a victim. Inspired by the films of Kubrick, this standalone novel returns to the near-future of The Real-Town Murders (PBK, $19.99), and puts Alma on a path to a world she can barely understand.
SF thriller | TP | $29.99
Salvation’s Fire (After the War 02)
The Tzarkomen necromancers sacrificed a thousand women to create a Bride for the Kinslayer so he would spare them in the war. But the Kinslayer is dead and now the creation intended to ensure his eternal rule lies abandoned by its makers in the last place in the world that anyone would look for it. Which doesn’t prevent someone finding her, by accident. Will the Bride return the gods to the world or will she bring the end of days? It all depends on the one who found her, Kula, a broken-hearted little girl with nothing left to lose. A thrilling new fantasy adventure, following Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Redemption’s Blade (PBK, $26.95).
Shared-world fantasy | PBK | $26.95
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the Original Screenplay
Rowling, J K
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
Harry Potter | PBK | $19.99
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ((illustrated edition))
Rowling, J K & Kay, Jim (illustrator)
When a letter arrives for Harry Potter on his eleventh birthday, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that, apparently, he’s the last to know. An incredible adventure is about to begin! Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of J K Rowling’s wizarding world has won legions of fans since the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in hardback in 2015. This irresistible smaller-format paperback edition of J K Rowling’s novel brings the magic of Jim Kay’s illustration to new readers, with full-colour pictures, French flaps and a handsome poster pull-out at the back of the book. This edition has been beautifully redesigned with selected illustration highlights – the fully-illustrated edition is still available in hardback ($59.99). The fully-illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are similarly still available (HC, $59.99 each).
Harry Potter | PBK | $29.99
Timeless (Drizzt 01)
Salvatore, R A
A prelude to the journeys that have shaped the modern-day Forgotten Realms. There, a Zaknafein and Drizzt are joined together in a series of trials that parallel those of centuries long past, even though their paths no longer seem to be aligned. How will a father, so long constrained by the vicious and conservative world of the drow, be able to reconcile his ingrained prejudices with the world and companions of his enlightened son? The answer lies in their desire for peace over chaos. And as long as the scourge of the goddess Lolth’s ambitions still remain, both are determined to keep her dark will at bay. But the spider queen is powerful; and, now, demons have been unleashed on the unwitting denizens of the surface world. United in purpose – and through their mutual friendship with Jarlaxle – Zaknefein and Drizzt will need to put aside their differences, in order to keep the ones they love safe.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99
It is 2028… and Australia has gone to hell in a handbasket. Prime Minister Fitzwilliams’ instincts tell him it’s time to call a snap election. His cabinet team is adequate (just); the howling protests of the doctors, after the GP changes, has finally died down; and, best of all, the Australian Greens are in receivership. So, what could possibly go wrong? The PM is prepared for everything until he finds himself facing what he least expected – an actual opposition… ‘I’ve found the Australian Douglas Adams!’ – Tom Gleeson.
Near-future parody | TP | $29.99
The Moons of Barsk (Barsk 02)
Schoen, Lawrence M
Years after the events of Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard (PBK, $22.99), the lonely young outcast and physically-challenged Fant, Pizlo, is now a teenager. He still believes he hears voices from the planet’s moons, imparting secret knowledge to him alone. And, so, embarks on a dangerous voyage to learn the truth behind the messages. His quest will catapult him offworld – for second time in his his short life – and reveal things the galaxy isn’t yet ready to know. Elsewhere, Barsk’s Senator Jorl, who can speak with the dead, navigates galactic politics as Barsk’s unwelcome representative, and digs even deeper into the past than ever before to discover new truths of his own.
Science fiction | HC | $36.99
The Million (novella)
Every thirty years, ten billion visitors overrun Earth during one month of madness: partying, polluting, and brawling. In between, the world is ruled by the Million; the inheritors and custodians of all of humanity’s wealth and history, they lead unimaginable lives of privilege and wealth, and they see it as their due. Gavin Penn-of-Chaffee is an illegal child – a visitor hidden among the Million. When the family that raised him in secret is torn apart, Gavin must impersonate a dead boy to survive. What he doesn’t know is that his new identity is expected at the School of Auditors – the Million’s feared police force, sworn to find and capture outcasts like him to keep the peace. In order to solve the murder of his adoptive father, Gavin must keep his disguise and his wits intact within the stronghold of those threatened by his very existence. A 192pp Tor.com novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Live Long and… What I Might Have Learned Along the Way
Shatner, William with Fisher, David
‘I have always felt,’ William Shatner says early in his newest memoir, that, ‘like the great comedian George Burns, who lived to 100, I couldn’t die as long as I was booked.’ And Shatner is always booked. Still, a brief health scare in 2016 forced him to take stock. After mulling over the lessons he’s learned, the places he’s been, and all the miracles and strange occurrences he’s witnessed over the course of an enduring career in Hollywood and on the stage, he arrived at one simple rule for living a long and good life: don’t die. It’s the only one-size-fits-all advice, Shatner argues in Live Long and… What I Might Have Learned Along the Way, because everyone has a unique life – but, to help us all out, he’s more than willing to share stories from his unique life. With a combination of pithy humour and thoughtful vulnerability, Shatner lays out his journey from childhood to peak stardom and all the bumps in the road. (Sometimes the literal road, as in the case of his 2,400-mile motorcycle trip across the country with a bike that didn’t function.) William Shatner is one of our most beloved entertainers, and he intends never to stop entertaining. His funny, provocative, and poignant reflections offer an unforgettable read about a remarkable man.
Memoir | HC | $36.99
Simak, Clifford D
On sabbatical from teaching at a small university, palaeontologist Asa Steele is content to relax amidst the pastoral splendour of his Wisconsin farm. That is, until his dog starts bringing home unrecognisable artefacts and, strangest of all, fresh dinosaur bones. Since boyhood, Asa has heard the rumours of a UFO crash site nearby, and his encounter with a cat-faced alien life form proves the old story to be shockingly true. A gregarious immortal stranded on Earth for fifty thousand years, Catface has the power to create portals in time, and now he has opened a gateway into a prehistoric world of wonder and beauty, a place Asa calls ‘Mastodonia’. But keeping this idyllic realm a secret from a prying government and the greedy corporate entities it serves could prove impossible – and perilous – when there are resources to drain, land to despoil, and gargantuan vanished beasts from a distant age to hunt down and destroy in the name of profit. A reissue of the classic science fiction tale by Clifford D Simak.
Classic science fiction | TP | $26.95
The Werewolf Principle
Simak, Clifford D
Many centuries in the future, a two-hundred-year-old man is discovered hibernating in a space capsule orbiting a distant star. Transported back to his home planet, Andrew Blake awakens to an Earth he does not recognise – a world of flying cars and sentient floating houses – with no memory whatsoever of his history or purpose. But he has not returned alone. The last survivor of a radical experiment abandoned more than a century earlier, Blake was genetically altered to be able to adapt to extreme alien environments, and now he can sense other presences inhabiting his mind and body. One is a biological computer of astonishing power; the other is a powerful creature akin to a large wolf. And Blake is definitely not the one in control. With his sanity hanging in the balance, Blake’s only option is to set out in frantic pursuit of his past, the truth, his destiny – and quite possibly the fate of humankind. A reissue of the classic science fiction tale by Clifford D Simak.
Classic science fiction | TP | $24.95
All Flesh is Grass
Simak, Clifford D
Nothing much ever happens in Millville, a small, secluded Middle-American community – until the day Brad Carter discovers he is unable to leave. It’s not just the nearly bankrupt real estate agent who’s being held prisoner; every other resident is also being confined within the town’s boundaries by an invisible force field that cannot be breached. As local tensions rapidly reach breaking point, a set of bizarre circumstances leads Brad to the source of their captivity, making him humanity’s reluctant ambassador to an alien race of sentient flora, and privy to these jailers’ ultimate intentions. But some of Millville’s most powerful citizens don’t take kindly to Carter’s ‘collaboration with the enemy’, even under the sudden threat of global apocalypse. A reissue of the classic science fiction tale by Clifford D Simak.
Classic science fiction | TP | $29.95
Simak, Clifford D
Following a conversation with a talking slot machine, Professor Edward Lansing finds himself mysteriously transported to a tavern on a long and empty road. It is immediately obvious to the educator that he is no longer on campus – or even Earth – and that he is not alone. Lansing’s new companions – a female engineer, a military officer, a humourless priest, a poetess, and a robot named Jurgens – all hail from separate alternate realities and share Lansing’s confusion. What is clear, however, is that they must continue down the road together, encountering a series of bizarre sights, dangerous obstacles, and perplexing puzzles along the way: an abandoned, decaying city; a set of doorways; a large blue cube; a tower that sings. Soon it is apparent they are all being tested for some eerie, inexplicable reason, and the choices each must make will determine his or her future. For those who fail, the alien trail will never be seen again. A reissue of the classic science fiction tale by Clifford D Simak.
Classic science fiction | TP | $26.95
Time and Again
Simak, Clifford D
Twenty years ago, Asher Sutton vanished somewhere in the star system 61 Cygni, an inaccessible corner of the universe that humankind has thus far been unable to explore. Now Asher has returned to Earth, having impossibly survived catastrophic damage to his spacecraft. But the star-traveller is not the same man he was when he began his journey two decades earlier. He is, in fact, no longer completely human. And he isn’t alone. But he has a message to convey that could have reality-altering consequences for the human galaxy conquerors, who consider themselves almost gods; and for the nearly human androids they create, enslave, and oppress. It is Asher’s destiny to change everything. His mission has made him a hero to some, a pariah to others – and a target for determined time-traveling assassins from the future whose mission it is to silence him at all costs before everything they cherish is obliterated. A reissue of the classic science fiction tale by Clifford D Simak.
Classic science fiction | TP | $29.95
Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So, she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother. Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past. In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together – a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity. With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.
YA science fiction | HC | $27.99
The Reincarnated Giant: An Anthology of Twenty-First-Century Chinese Science Fiction (anthology)
Song, Mingwei & Huters, Theodore (editors)
A new wave of Chinese science fiction is here. This anthology showcases the best of contemporary science fiction from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China in fifteen short stories and novel excerpts. The Reincarnated Giant is an essential read for anyone interested in the future of the genre.
Science fiction anthology | TP | $66.95
Welcome to the end of the world. One minute, people are going about their lives, and the next – not. In the wake of the inexplicable purge, only a handful of young misfits remains. When it all went down, ‘Wizard of Odd’ Dev Brinkman was seeking shelter from the taunts of his classmates. Goth girl Lucy Abernathy had lost her best friend and had no clue where to turn. And Twinkie-loving quarterback ‘Marcus’ Haddad was learning why you never discuss politics and religion in polite company – or online. As if life, when you’re sixteen, isn’t confusing enough, throw in the challenges of post-apocalyptic subsistence, a case of survivor’s guilt turned up to seven billion, and the small task of rebuilding humankind… No one said doomsday would be a breeze. But for Dev, Lucy, and Marcus, the greatest hope – and greatest threat – will come when they find each other.
Post-apocalypse | TP | $29.95
The Oracle Year
Knowledge is power. So, when an unassuming Manhattan bassist, named Will Dando, awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity, by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily-guarded website with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies. He’s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site – as it’s come to be called – and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust – including a beautiful journalist – it’s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.
Apocalypse thriller | TP | $32.99
Tinker (Elfhome 01)
Inventor, girl genius Tinker lives in a near-future Pittsburgh which now exists mostly in the land of the elves. She runs her salvage business, pays her taxes, and tries to keep the local ambient level of magic down with gadgets of her own design. When a pack of wargs chase an Elven noble into her scrap yard, life as she knows it takes a serious detour. Tinker finds herself taking on the Elven court, the NSA, the Elven Interdimensional Agency, technology smugglers and a college-minded xenobiologist as she tries to stay focused on what’s really important – her first date. Armed with an intelligence the size of a planet, steel-toed boots, and a junkyard dog attitude, Tinker is ready to kick butt to get her first kiss. The first in this wonderful series.
Urban fantasy reissue | TP | $31.95
The Electric State (illustrated edition)
In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her small yellow toy robot travel west through a strange American landscape where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside, along with the discarded trash of a high-tech consumerist society addicted to a virtual-reality system. As they approach the edge of the continent, the world outside the car window seems to unravel at an ever faster pace; as if, somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilisation has finally caved in. Features almost a hundred gorgeous, full-colour illustrations.
Dystopia/SF art | HC | $66.95
Dreaming in Smoke
Kalypso Deed is a shotgun, riding the interface between the AI Ganesh and human scientists, who solve problems through cyberassisted Dreams. But she’s young and a little careless; she’d rather mix drinks and play jazz. Azamat Marcsson is a colorless statistician: middle-aged, boring, and obsessed with microorganisms. A first-class nonentity – until one of his Dreams implodes, taking Kalypso with it. Now, Ganesh is crashing, and nothing could be worse. For on the planet T’nane, it is the AI alone that keeps the colonists alive, eking out a grim existence in an environment inimical to human life. To save the colony, Kalypso must persuade Marcsson to finish the Dream that is destroying Ganesh. But Marcsson has gone mad, and T’nane itself has plans for them both that will alter their minds – and their world – forever. The Clarke-Award-winning novel.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $19.99
God’s Last Breath (Bring Down Heaven 03)
The great demon Khoth-Kapira has broken free of his prison and taken his first step upon the mortal world. And he owes it all to Lenk. Believing that the demon will heal a broken world that the gods have abandoned, Lenk serves as reluctant champion to Khoth-Kapira’s cause. But as the desperate and fearful flock to Khoth-Kapira’s banner, begging for salvation, Lenk begins to doubt his patron’s great designs. The city of Cier’Djaal, meanwhile, has become the field for the last great battle of mortals. And as humans, shicts and tulwar prepare to tear each other apart, none are aware of the ancient horror that marches upon their tiny wars. At the tip of a spear or beneath the heel of demons, the reign of mortals ends.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Mecha Samurai Empire (United States of Japan 02)
Makoto Fujimoto grew up in California, but with a difference – his California is part of the United States of Japan. Growing up in this world, Mac plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot. Only problem: Mac’s grades are terrible. His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program, at Berkeley Military Academy… A sequel to United States of Japan (PBK, $21.95).
Alternate history | TP | $27.99
The Fall of Gondolin
Tolkien, J R R & Christopher; Lee, Alan (illustrator)
In the tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves – who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth, the sea-god himself appears to him – rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo. At last, comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Tuor and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources. Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J R R Tolkien, this was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.
Tolkien | HC | $44.99
The Story of Kullervo
Tolkien, J R R
Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J R R Tolkien’s characters. ‘Hapless Kullervo’, as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy, with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny. Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and who tries three times to kill him when still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and guarded by the magical powers of the black dog, Musti. When Kullervo is sold into slavery, he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruellest of fates. Tolkien wrote that The Story of Kullervo was ‘the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own’; and was ‘a major matter in the legends of the First Age’; his Kullervo was the ancestor of Túrin 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 | PBK | $19.99
Tolkien Calendar 2019
Tolkien, J R R & Lee, Alan
This year, the official Tolkien calendar contains 12 of the finest watercolours by Alan Lee, selected from the three Great Tales of Middle-Earth: The Fall of Gondolin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Children of Húrin; accompanied by numerous pencil sketches, many unique to this calendar.
Tolkien | calendar | $35.00
Valente, Catherynne M
In space, everyone can hear you sing… A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent spacefaring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented – something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the civilisations gather for Galactivision – part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete. This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny – they must sing. A one-hit-wonder band of human musicians, dancers and roadies from London – Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes – have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.
Space opera | HC | $32.99
An Informal History of the Hugos: a Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953 – 2000
The Hugo Awards, named after pioneer science fiction publisher Hugo Gernsback, and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, have been given out since 1953. They are widely considered the most prestigious award in science fiction. Between 2010 and 2013, Jo Walton wrote a series of posts for Tor.com, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from the award’s inception up to the year 2000. Her contention was that each year’s full set of finalists generally tells a meaningful story about the state of science fiction at that time. Walton’s cheerfully opinionated and vastly well-informed posts provoked valuable conversation among the field’s historians. Now these posts, lightly revised, have been gathered into this book, along with a small selection of the comments posted by SF luminaries such as Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, and the late David G Hartwell.
Speculative fiction reference | HC | $39.99
The Land You Never Leave (West of West 02)
Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take the child Ottar west of west to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen… The follow-up to You Die When You Die (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99
Ashes of Victory (Honor Harrington 09) (special leather-bound edition))
The People’s Republic of Haven was mistaken in announcing the execution of Honor Harrington, for she has escaped from a prison planet and returned with more than half a million freed prisoners. Her return provides a much-needed lift for the Allies’ morale, for the war is rapidly entering a decisive phase, and Honor finds herself at the heart of it all. A signed, limited, leather-bound edition.
Space opera | HC | $68.95
The Night Angel Trilogy (Night Angel trilogy) (10th anniversary edition) (omnibus)
For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art – and he is the city’s most accomplished artist. For Azoth, survival is just the beginning. He was raised on the streets and knows an opportunity when he sees one – even when the risks are as high as working for someone like Durzo Blint. Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins’ world of dangerous politics and strange magics – and become the perfect killer. This special 10th anniversary edition celebrates the assassin-fantasy series that launched Brent Weeks’ career.
Fantasy | HC | $55.00
All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries 01) (novella)
In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ’droid – a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though, never out loud) as ‘Murderbot’. Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighbouring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth. This 160pp Tor.com novella has just won the 2018 Hugo. The sequels: Artificial Condition (HC, $23.99), Rogue Protocol (HC, $24.99), Exit Strategy (HC, $24.99) are all available now.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99
Frey was raised to take a bullet. She’s the body double for her twin sister Rafia – the precious heir of the first family of Shreve – and her existence is a closely guarded secret. So, while Rafi was schooled in poise and diplomacy, Frey was drilled in weapons and combat. Her purpose: to protect her sister from their tyrannical father’s many enemies. When Frey is sent in Rafi’s place as collateral in a precarious business deal, she becomes the perfect impostor – as elegant and charming as her sister. But Col Palafox, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As layers of deceit peel away, can Frey become her own person, and risk everything in a rebellion? Scott Westerfeld returns with the first in a new sequence, set in the world of the Uglies series.
YA science fiction | TP | $19.99
A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe (Salvagers 01)
Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure hunter in another life, but now she’s washed up. Nilah Brio is the top driver in the Pan Galactic Racing Federation and the darling of the racing world – until she witnesses Mother murder a fellow racer. Framed for the murder and on the hunt to clear her name, Nilah has only one lead: the killer also hunts Boots. On the wrong side of the law, the two women board a smuggler’s ship that will take them on a quest for fame, for riches, and for justice. The first in a series.
Space opera | PBK | $22.99
Her Majesty’s American
In an alternate future, where the British Empire never crumbled, the space ships of Her Majesty’s Navy work to keep the spaceways safe. Commander Robert Rogers of the Royal Space Navy is a defence intelligence officer known for his unconventional ways. Rogers is American born and raised, a loyal citizen of the Viceroyalty of North America. But there are those among the stars who are not so happy being subjects of the British Empire. In the Tau Ceti system, a terrorist faction of the rebellious Sons of Arnold attacks the empire from within and warships from the theocratic Caliphate are prepared to destroy the hated empire…
Military SF | TP | $31.95
For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends. But one shattering moment of violence changes everything. Mysterious attackers kill her best friend. They’re about to kill Shawna. She can’t believe it’s happening – and just like that, it isn’t. It hasn’t. No one else remembers the attack, or her friend. To everyone else, Shawna’s friend never existed… Everyone, that is, except the mysterious stranger who shows up in Shawna’s shop. He claims her world has been perfect because she Shaped it to be perfect; that it is only one of uncounted Shaped worlds in a great Labyrinth; and that all those worlds are under threat from the Adversary, who has now invaded hers… The first in a new series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95
The Stars Now Unclaimed
A century ago, a mysterious pulse of energy spread across the universe. Meant to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, it instead destroyed technology indiscriminately, leaving some worlds untouched and throwing others into total chaos. The Justified, a mysterious group of super-soldiers, have spent a hundred years trying to find a way to restore order to the universe. Their greatest asset is the feared mercenary Kamali, who travels from planet to planet searching for gifted young people and bringing them to the secret world she calls home… ‘Come for the exploding spaceships, stay for the intriguing universe’ – Becky Chambers.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99
Forged in Blood (Freehold anthology)
Williamson, Michael Z (editor)
From the distant past to the far future, those who carry the sword rack up commendations for bravery. They are men and women who, like the swords they carry, have been forged in blood. These are their stories. Features all-new stories by: Zachary Hill, Larry Correia, Michael Massa, John F Holmes, Rob Reed, Dale Flowers, Tom Kratman, Leo Champion, Peter Grant, Christopher L Smith, Jason Cordova, Tony Daniel, Kacey Ezell, and Michael Z Williamson.
Military SF | PBK | $21.95
Walking Through Fire (Misbegotten 01)
Woosley, Sherri Cook
The end of the world begins as fire rains down from the heavens. Ancient gods are released from their prison, eager to re-establish their long-lost power. But Rachel Deneuve has bigger, more contemporary concerns than a divine war. Her son Adam is in the middle of a fight against leukemia, and Rachel is determined to keep focused on that battle. But when humans begin picking sides and the fighting escalates, their home in Baltimore becomes a war zone, one she can’t ignore. Desperate to stay away from the carnage – as well as the germ-ridden refugee centre – Rachel and Adam flee to their remote mountain cottage, only to find their refuge marred by mutated, grotesque plants and animals. Eventually, the cancerous cells in Adam’s body begin evolving as well, threatening his life and forcing Rachel to venture back into the eye of the storm. Left with no other choice but to sacrifice her own freedom for her son’s safety, she must become an unwilling warrior in a battle, unlike anything seen in millennia; or lose everything she holds dear. This debut novel is the first in a series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95
The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K Le Guin (anthology)
Yaszek, Lisa (Editor)
Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery… space-opera heroines, gender-bending aliens, post-apocalyptic pregnancies, changeling children, interplanetary battles of the sexes, and much more: a ground-breaking new collection of classic American science fiction by women, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Contributors include: Leslie F Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jnr, and Ursula K Le Guin, and more.
Science fiction anthology | HC | $52.95
In the 24th century, Josué Valdés’ rise from an orphan in the slums of Rubble City, Cuba to one of the galaxy’s most accomplished explorers was nothing short of meteoric. Josué used to race cockroaches for cash on the streets; until he discovered his true calling: as a sexual ambassador for humanity and the Nu Barsa colony. Every so-called ‘condomnaut’ knows that trade deals in the galactic community depend on sexual pacts, which makes every encounter a close encounter. While some condomnauts have been trained and genetically enhanced, to meet the needs of any tentacled insectoid in the galaxy; Josué is a natural whose ego could eclipse the big dipper. Josué and his fellow intrepid condomnauts travel light years across the galaxy and discover that old rivalries – and prejudices – are never far behind. When the first extragalactic beings arrive in the Milky Way, and with them the potential to negotiate for extraordinary new technologies, Josué must call upon every ounce of his talent to seal the deal for his colony, and all of humanity.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99