February 2024 science fiction & fantasy catalogue

Jan2024 sf&f new releases


Here Be Dragons (Rivers of London graphic novel 11)
Aaronovitch, Ben; et al
An all-new original adventure, starring the Peter Grant the wizard-in-training hero of the first Rivers of London novel. After a rash of strange UFO sightings above the capital, a Met Police helicopter night patrol is attacked by what can only be described as a dragon! Wizard in training Peter Grant and his mentor, Thomas Nightingale, the Met’s only sanctioned wizard, takes to the skies to investigate. As the mystery deepens, Peter and Thomas find themselves caught between two groups of hunters – one human, one fae – and he uncovers the legacy of events that extend all the way back to the late ’60s and one of London’s most famous residents – a certain ‘Experienced’ rock star – who made a pact with the Demimonde that was never fulfilled. To save the skies of the city, Peter will have to face the enraged beast – but can he end things peacefully…? Or will he be forced to destroy the last wyvern? With exclusive bonus material, included a script to art comparison, covers gallery, and a collection of the backup articles from the original four comics. The continuing comic-book adaptation of Ben Aaronovitch’s hugely-successful and award-winning 10-book novel series, first published in 2011.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $32.99

2034 (a novel of the Next World War)
Ackerman, Elliot & Stavridis, James
On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris ‘Wedge’ Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt’s destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenceless. In a single day, America’s faith in its military’s strategic pre-eminence is in tatters.
Alternate history thriller | PBK | $22.99

Antimatter Blues (Mickey7 02)
Ashton, Edward
Summer has come to Niflheim. The lichens are growing, the six-winged bat-things are chirping, and much to his own surprise, Mickey Barnes is still alive – that last part thanks almost entirely to the fact that Commander Marshall believes that the colony’s creeper neighbours are holding an antimatter bomb, and that Mickey is the only one who’s keeping them from using it. Mickey’s just another colonist, now. Instead of cleaning out the reactor core, he spends his time these days cleaning out the rabbit hutches. It’s not a bad life. It’s not going to last. It may be sunny now, but winter is coming. The antimatter that fuels the colony is running low, and Marshall wants his bomb back. If Mickey agrees to retrieve it, he’ll be giving up the only thing that’s kept his head off the chopping block. If he refuses, he might doom the entire colony. Meanwhile, the creepers have their own worries, and they’re not going to surrender the bomb without getting something in return. Once again, Mickey finds the fate of two species resting in his hands. If something goes wrong, this time, though – he won’t be coming back. The thrilling follow-up to Mickey7 (TP, $42.95) in which an expendable, heads out to explore new terrain for human habitation.
SF adventure | TP | $39.95

Under the Smokestrewn Sky (Up-&-Under 04, novella)
Baker, A Deborah (aka McGuire, Seanan)
Since stumbling from their world into the Up-and-Under, Avery and Zib have walked the improbable road across forests, seas, and skies, finding friends in the unlikeliest of places and enemies great in number, as they make their way toward the Impossible City in the hope of finding their way home. But the final part of their journey is filled with danger and demise. Not everyone will make it through unscathed. Not everyone will make it through alive. The final part of the enchanting Up-and-Under quartet – a 208pp, Tor.com novella – reminds us of the value of friendship and the price one sometimes pays for straying from the path. No one’s safety can be guaranteed under the smokestrewn sky. The first in this quartet of companions to Middlegame (TP, $32.99) is Over the Woodward Wall (HC, $32.99).
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

Doctor Copernicus (Revolutions trilogy 01)
Banville, John
Sixteenth-century Europe is teeming with change and controversy: wars are being waged by princes and bishops and the repercussions of Luther are being felt through a convulsing Germany. In a remote corner of Poland, a modest canon is practicing medicine and studying the heavens, preparing a theory that will shatter the medieval view of the universe. In this astonishing work of historical imagination, John Banville offers a vivid portrait of a man of painful reticence. For, in a world that is equal parts splendour and barbarism, an obscure cleric who seeks ‘the secret music of the universe’ poses a most devastating threat. A reissue.
Biographical sf (reissue) | TP | $42.95

Kepler (Revolutions trilogy 02)
Banville, John
Johannes Kepler, born in 1571 in southern Germany, was one of the world’s greatest mathematicians and astronomers. This novel brilliantly re-creates his life and his work, which laid the foundation of the universe, even while he was being driven from exile to exile by religious and domestic strife. At the same time, it illuminates the harsh realities of the Renaissance world, rich in imaginative daring but rooted in poverty, squalor, and the tyrannical power of emperors. A reissue.
Biographical sf (reissue) | TP | $42.95

Hell Bent (Alex Stern 02)
Bardugo, Leigh
Wealth. Power. Murder. Magic. Alex Stern is back and the Ivy League is going straight to hell. Find a gateway to the underworld. Steal a soul out of hell. A simple plan, except people who make this particular journey rarely come back. But Galaxy ‘Alex’ Stern is determined to break Darlington out of purgatory – even if it costs her a future at Lethe, and at Yale. Forbidden from attempting a rescue, Alex and Dawes can’t call on the Ninth House for help, so they assemble a team of dubious allies to save the gentleman of Lethe. Together, they will have to navigate a maze of arcane texts and bizarre artefacts to uncover the societies’ most closely guarded secrets, and break every rule doing it. But when faculty members begin to die off, Alex knows these aren’t just accidents. Something deadly is at work in New Haven, and if she is going to survive, she’ll have to reckon with the monsters of her past and a darkness built into the university’s very walls. Thick with history and packed with Bardugo’s signature twists, Hell Bent brings to life an intricate world full of magic, violence, and all too real monsters. A sequel to Ninth House (PBK, $22.99).
Dark fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Tainted Cup (Shadow of the Leviathan 01)
Bennett, Robert Jackson
A peculiar crime. A brilliant investigator. A mystery of epic proportions. In an opulent mansion at the borders of the Empire, an Imperial officer lies dead – killed when a tree spontaneously erupted from his body. Even here, where contagions abound and the blood of the Leviathans works strange magical changes, it’s a death at once terrifying and impossible. Called in to solve the crime is Ana Dolabra, an investigator whose reputation for brilliance is matched only by her eccentricity. At her side is her new assistant, Dinios Kol: an engraver, magically altered to possess a perfect memory. Soon, the mystery leads to a scheme that threatens the safety of the Empire, itself. For Ana, all this makes for a deliciously thorny puzzle – at last, something to truly hold her attention. And Din? He’ll just have to hold on for the ride. An eccentric detective and her long-suffering assistant untangle a web of magic, deceit, and murder in this sparkling fantasy reimagining of the classic crime novel – from the bestselling author of the Founders Trilogy. The first in a new series. ‘Part Sherlock Holmes murder mystery, part Through the Looking-Glass, The Tainted Cup is one of the wildest, most original stories I’ve ever had the privilege to explore’ – Wesley Chu.
Fantasy crime | TP | $34.99

The Witches of Vardo
Bergman, Anya
Norway, 1662. A dangerous time to be a woman, when even dancing can lead to accusations of witchcraft. After recently-widowed Zigri’s affair with the local merchant is discovered, she is sent to the fortress at Vardo to be tried as a witch. Zigri’s daughter Ingeborg sets off into the wilderness to try to bring her mother back home. Accompanying her on this quest is Maren – herself the daughter of a witch – whose wild nature and unconquerable spirit gives Ingeborg the courage to venture into the unknown, and to risk all she has to save her family. Also captive, in the fortress, is Anna Rhodius – once the King of Denmark’s mistress, who has been sent in disgrace to the island of Vardo. What will she do – and who will she betray – to return to her privileged life at court? These Witches of Vardo are stronger than even the King. In an age weighted against them, they refuse to be victims. They will have their justice. All they need do is show their power.
Witch hunts | PBK | $24.99

Andromache Between Worlds
Bergmoser, Gabriel
All 14-year-old Andromache Peters wants is a normal life. But normal is pretty near impossible, when your parents were famous adventurers who saved the world, and nobody will let you forget it. On top of this, Andromache’s father has been missing and presumed dead since she was only two, and her mother has retreated into grief ever since. So, it’s no surprise that the last thing Andromache needs is to be reminded of where she came from. But when a mysterious stranger reveals that Andromache’s father is not only still alive but trapped in a parallel world, Andromache is thrown into a daring journey across other universes to find and save the father she never knew. A journey so strange and dangerous that it will forever transform Andromache’s life to anything but normal.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Queen’s Price (Black Jewels 12)
Bishop, Anne
The Queen’s price is to stand against what you know is wrong. To stand and fight, no matter the cost to your court or to yourself. Especially to yourself. Zoey, a young Queen-in-training at SaDiablo Hall, is wounded… and vulnerable to taunts and criticism. When an opportunity arises to befriend a stranger seeking sanctuary at the Hall, she puts herself and others in danger by ignoring Daemonar Yaslana’s warning to back off. Meanwhile, the witch Jillian’s family prepares for her Virgin Night, the rite of passage that assures a woman will retain her power and her Jewels. The trouble is Jillian secretly went through the ceremony already. Now she has to explain the omission of that detail to her powerful and lethal family. And the High Lord of Hell’s daughter, Saetien, travels to Scelt to find out about Jaenelle Angelline’s sister – and, perhaps, to discover truths about herself. With some guidance from Witch, these three young women will learn when to yield because it is right – and when to take a stand, even if they must pay the Queen’s price. We expect to have this edition of The Queen’s Price from its Australian distributors in April, at a lower price.
Fantasy | PBK | $26.95

Dirty Lying Dragons (Dirty Lying 02)
Blackburry, Sabrina
A young witch finds herself on the run for her life… and in the company of a centuries-old dragon, who may or may not be able to help save her. Dani has never been able to use her magic. She feels like half a witch. Without the protection of a coven, she’s lost, and is being hunted by a pack of very aggressive werewolves intent on claiming her for a powerful vampire’s ‘collection’. When the pack finds her one night, Dani races to the top of her apartment building and chalks a circle on the roof, but her spell mistakenly lands her in the hot spring of a centuries-old dragon, Ryker. As this odd pair grows closer, the shapeshifter Ryker soon discovers the secret Dani harbors, and it turns his world upside down. When she’s captured, it’s up to Ryker, to come to her aid – and their relationship will rock the supernatural world in ways neither expected, because when the truth about Dani comes out, everything changes. The follow-up to Dirty Lying Faeries (TP, $32.99).
Fantasy | HC | $49.99

The Book of Doors
Brown, Gareth
These books are like weapons. And possession is power… Because some doors should never be opened. New York bookseller Cassie Andrews is not sure what she’s doing with her life. She lives quietly, sharing an apartment with her best friend, Izzy. Then a favourite customer gives her an old book. Full of strange writing and mysterious drawings, at the very front there is a handwritten message: This is the Book of Doors. Hold it in your hand, and any door is every door. Cassie is about to discover that the Book of Doors is a special book – a magic book. A book that bestows extraordinary abilities on whoever possesses it. And she is about to learn that there are other magic books out there that can also do wondrous – or dreadful and terrifying – things. Because where there is magic there is power and there are those who will stop at nothing to possess it. Suddenly, Cassie and Izzy are confronted by violence and danger, and the only person who can help them is Drummond Fox, who has a secret library of magical books hidden in the shadows for safekeeping, a man fleeing his own demons. Because there is a nameless evil out there that is hunting them all… Because this book is worth killing for. A perfect combination of dark magical books and unforgettable characters…
Bibliofantasy | TP | $34.99

The Rowan (Rowan 01)
Bunn, Davis
Prize-winning investigative writer Valentina Garnier loves a good story; so, when she learns that CIA director Agnes Pendalon wants her to travel to Kunashir Island in Russia’s easternmost province, she jumps at the chance. Top scientists, political aides, CIA agents and even the vice president’s daughter have made mysterious trips to the island in recent weeks, and all have come back changed… When Val arrives in Kunashir, she is mesmerised by a magical rowan tree and its leaves that turn to golden threads, encircling the visitors. Something incredible and transformational is happening in front of her… With the CIA determined to hunt down this unknown force and everyone affected by the rowan, is a new battle for the future of humanity about to commence?
Urban fantasy | TP | $42.95

Simul (Momenticon 02)
Caldecott, Andrew
‘Remember Simul’ – the last words of a dying man, and the key to mankind’s survival. Words which take Morag, Fogg, and their friends on a wild ride through caverns and over mountains, into old paintings, to a university unlike any other and up the lethal Tower of No Return. A ride where mythical beasts, legendary monster-hunters and a corrupt establishment lie in wait… while the weather-watchers look on and bide their time. It’s a race against extinction, too… for nature herself is bent on vengeance. The gripping sequel to Momenticon (PBK, $24.99).
Science fiction | TP | $34.99

The Scarab Mission (Billion Worlds 02)
Cambias, James L
A droid and his boy, on a search for a legendary weapon. Daslakh is an AI with a problem. Its favourite human, a young man named Zee, is in love with a woman who never existed. But in the 10th Millennium, a billion worlds circle the Sun – everything from terraformed planets to artificial habitats, home to a quadrillion beings. Zee is convinced she’s out there somewhere. Then Zee helps Adya – a girl, but definitely not his dream girl – escape a gang of crooks. To get away, the pair must join the hunt for the Godel Trigger, a legendary weapon left over from the ancient war between humans and machines. Now, Daslakh must aid in the search, keep Zee’s love life on the right track, and make sure that nobody discovers the real secret of the Godel Trigger – for that would spell doom for men, machines, and the Solar System, itself! A sequel to The Godel Operation (PBK, $26.95).
Space opera | PBK | $26.95

Carlisle, Tom
1897. James Harringley is summoned home from London to his rambling family mansion in the north of England. His father is sick, deranged, and James must return, confronting the horrors he tried to forget: the labyrinthine house, the madness and secrets which poison their bloodline and, most frightening of all, the spectre of the tall man – an eerie visage who promises to whisk children away and make them royalty in the land of Faery. James returns to the house and finds his father and brother at war, and the nebulous substance of his childhood brought into unbearable relief. He remembers the whispers about the tall man. But can he trust his own memories? Then the groundskeeper Janey has had her baby kidnapped, one of many child disappearances connected with the house and the nearby village. There are those who blame the tall man, while others believe a more earthly culprit is responsible. James must sift through the ramblings of his father, the scepticism of his power-hungry brother and the uncertain fabric of his own memories to discover the truth.
Historical dark fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Rise of the Red Hand (Mechanists 01)
Chadha, Olivia
The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders live in a luxurious, climate-controlled biodome, healthy and artificially youthful forever. Outside, the poor and forgotten scrape by with black-market robotics, in slums threatened by rising sea levels, unbreathable air, and deadly superbugs. Ashiva works for the Red Hand, an underground network of revolutionaries fighting the government, which is run by a merciless computer algorithm. As a smuggler, with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, her cargo includes the city’s most vulnerable abandoned children. When the brilliant Uplander hacker Riz-Ali stumbles into the Red Hand’s dangerous activities, he and Ashiva uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. As armed guardians kidnap children, massive robots flatten the slums, and a pandemic threatens to decimate the city, Ashiva and Riz must put aside their differences to fight the system and save the communities they love. A street rat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens, to build its utopia. The first in a series.
YA dystopia | PBK | $19.99

Fathomfolk (Drowned World 01)
Chan, Eliza
Welcome to Tiankawi – shining pearl of human civilisation and a safe haven for those fleeing civil unrest. Or, at least, that’s how it first appears. But in the semi-flooded city, humans are, quite literally, on top: peering down from shining towers and aerial walkways on the fathomfolk – sirens, seawitches, kelpies, and kappas – who live in the polluted waters below. For half-siren Mira, promotion to captain of the border guard means an opportunity to help her downtrodden people. But if earning the trust and respect of her human colleagues wasn’t hard enough, everything Mira has worked towards is put in jeopardy when Nami, a know-it-all water dragon – fathomfolk royalty – is exiled to the city. When extremists sabotage the annual boat race, violence erupts, as does the clampdown on fathomfolk rights. Both Nami and Mira must decide if the cost of change is worth it, or, if Tiankawi should be left to drown. This debut fantasy inspired by East Asian mythology and watery folk tales is perfect for fans of Jade City (PBK, $24.99), The Bone Shard Daughter (PBK, $22.99), and House of Earth and Blood (PBK, $22.99).
Silkpunk | TP | $32.99

A Quantum Love Story
Chen, Mike
The only thing harder than finding someone in a time loop is losing them. Grieving her best friend’s recent death, neuroscientist Mariana Pineda’s ready to give up everything to start anew. Even her career – after one last week consulting at a top secret particle accelerator. Except the strangest thing happens: a man stops her… and claims they’ve met before. Carter Cho knows who she is, why she’s mourning, why she’s there. And he needs Mariana to remember everything he’s saying. Because time is about to loop. In a flash of energy, it’s Monday morning. Again. Together, Mariana and Carter enter an inevitable life, four days at a time, over and over, without permanence except for what they share. But just as they figure out this new life, everything changes. Because Carter’s memories of the time loop are slowly disappearing. And their only chance at happiness is breaking out of the loop – forever.
Time travel | TP | $42.95

Fox Wife
Choo, Yangsze
Some people think foxes go around collecting qi, or life force, but nothing could be further than the truth. We are living creatures, just like you, only usually better looking… Manchuria, 1908: A young woman is found frozen in the snow. Her death is clouded by rumours of foxes, believed to lure people into peril by transforming into beautiful women and men. Bao, a detective with a reputation for sniffing out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman’s identity. Since childhood, Bao has been intrigued by the fox gods, yet they’ve remained tantalisingly out of reach. Until, perhaps, now. Snow is a creature of many secrets, but most of all, she’s a mother seeking vengeance. Hunting a murderer, the trail will take her from northern China to Japan, with Bao following doggedly behind. And as their paths draw ever closer together, both Snow and Bao will encounter old friends and new foes, even as more deaths occur.
Myth retold | TP | $34.99

Myths of the Underworld (Timeless Tales of the Afterlife, Love, Revenge, Fatal Attraction, and More)
Christinee, Lindsay
Immerse yourself in stories of gods and goddesses of the underworld and explore how themes of death, love, and revenge are depicted in folklore and mythology by different cultures around the world. Myths of the Underworld is a vibrant collection of 10 retellings of forbidden love, acts of vengeance, and naïve attractions. Modernised for today’s reader, these diverse stories span time and space. But while the cultures and traditions are varied, the themes woven throughout these tales reveal how the struggle to understand and accept death and all that comes with it is one that is quintessentially human. The 10 different stories include: Hades and Persephone, the classic myth from Ancient Greece; Kali, the Indian goddess (and wife of Shiva), known for her fierceness on the battlefield; Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld; Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacíhuatl, the lovers who ruled the Aztec underworld; the Shinigami, Japanese spirits of the underworld; Maman Brigitte, the Haitian intermediary of death; Gamab, the Namibian god of fate who gifted rain to mankind; Hel, the Norse overseer of the underworld; Sedna, the Inuit goddess of the sea and the underworld; and the Sand Hills, the home of the dead for the Blackfeet Nation. The tales in Myths of the Underworld are sure to captivate and enchant readers. Perfect for fans of mythology, romance, and fairy tales.
Mythology | TP | $27.99

You Glow in the Dark (collection)
Colanzi, Liliana
The seven stories of You Glow in the Dark unfold in a Latin America wrecked and poisoned by human greed; and, yet, Bolivian writer Colanzi’s writing – at once, sleek and dense, otherworldly and intensely specific – casts an eerily bright spell over the wreckage. Some stories seem to be set in a near future; all are superbly executed and yet hard to pin down; they often leave the reader wondering: was that realistic or fantastic? Colanzi draws power from Andean cyberpunk just as much as from classic horror writers, and this daring is matched by her energising simultaneous use of multiplicity and fragmentation – the book’s stylistic trademarks. Freely mixing worlds, she uses the Bolivian altiplano as the backdrop for an urban dystopia and blends Aymara with Spanish. Colanzi never gets bogged down; she can be brutal and direct or light handed and subtle. Her materials are dark, but always there’s the lift of her vivid sense of humour. You Glow in the Dark seizes the reader’s attention (from the title on) and holds it: this is a book that announces the arrival of a major new talent.
Horror | TP | $34.95

The Ghost Woods
Cooke, C J
In the midst of the woods, stands a house called Lichen Hall. This place is shrouded in folklore – old stories of ghosts, of witches, of a child who is not quite a child. Now, the woods are creeping closer, and something has been unleashed. Pearl Gorham arrives in 1965, one of a string of young women sent to Lichen Hall to give birth. And she soon suspects the proprietors are hiding something. Then she meets the mysterious mother and young boy who live in the grounds – and together they begin to unpick the secrets of this place. As the truth comes to the surface and the darkness moves in, Pearl must rethink everything she knew – and risk what she holds most dear.
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Haunting in the Arctic
Cooke, C J
The year is 1901, and Nicky is attacked, then wakes on board the Ormen, a whaling ship embarked on what could be its last voyage. With land still weeks away, it’s just her, the freezing ocean, and the crew – and they’re all owed something only she can give them… Now, over 100 years later, the wreck of the Ormen has washed up on the forbidding, remote coast of Iceland. It’s scheduled to be destroyed, but explorer Dominique feels an inexplicable pull to document its last days, even though those who have ventured onto the wreck before her have met uncanny ends. On board the boat, Dominique will uncover a dark past riddled with lies, cruelty, and murder – and her discovery will change everything. Because she’ll soon realise she’s not alone. Something has walked the floors of the Ormen for almost a century. Something that craves revenge.
Horror | HC | $39.99

Chicks in Tank Tops (anthology)
Cordova, Jason (editor)
A boy and his dog. A girl and her tank. Tropes have been with us throughout all of history. Any girl would gladly trade in her skimpy armour for a tank. While a little bit of chainmail can take a chick far, heavy armour can take one even farther. Besides, what’s not to love, about chicks in tank tops? From pure near-future military science fiction to Pride and Prejudice with zombies, AI tanks, and true love! Stories by: Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, David Drake, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin Ikenberry, Esther Friesner, Joelle Presby, Robert E Hampson, A C Haskins, Lydia Sherrer & David Sherrer, G Scott Huggins, Philip Wohlrab, Marisa Wolf, and Jason Cordova & Ashley Prior. The chicks are back! Celebrating fearless and fearsome females, with stories inspired by the classic Chicks in Chainmail series!
Military sf | PBK | $26.95

Tower of Silence (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior 04)
Correia, Larry
The assassination of the Chief Judge has pushed the Capitol to the edge. The Great Extermination has spread to all the land. The casteless must be annihilated. Their only hope is the fallen Protector Ashok Vadal. But Vadal is being held prisoner on the island of Fortress. In order to save those who need him most, he must escape and find his way across the demon-infested sea and return to Thera, the prophet of an illegal and forgotten god. It is she who has sent the Sons of the Black Sword to war against the warrior caste, hoping to buy time until Vadal’s return. But as the chaos swirls, Grand Inquisitor Omand Vokkan launches a coup to install Lord Protector Devedas as his puppet king. Devedas has no intention of being anyone’s puppet, but it may not matter. For Vokkan has struck a secret bargain with a demon. Vokkan will destroy the casteless for this ancient being; in exchange, he will be granted the power of the ancient gods. Ashok Vadal, Thera, and the Sons of the Black Sword face foes both human and supernatural, Byzantine political intrigue and bloody hand-to-hand combat. But Vadal is a warrior with a warrior’s heart, and woe to those who would stand in his way – man, god, or demon! The first book of the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior is Son of the Black Sword (PBK, $26.95).
Military fantasy | TP | $39.95

The Ferryman
Cronin, Justin
The archipelago of Prospera lies in the middle of a vast ocean. Created by a mythic genius – known only as The Designer – Prospera exists in splendid isolation, forgetful of whichever untold horrors inspired its creation. Citizens of the main island enjoy fulfilling and privileged lives, attended to by the obliging support staff who live on a neighbouring island, The Annex. There, something is stirring. People are beginning to question their place in the social order – and there is talk of an underground resistance, who call themselves The Arrivalists. Meanwhile, life for Prosperans is perfection – and when it’s not, their bodies are sent to the smallest of the three islands: a mysterious facility named The Nursery, to have their memories wiped and to restart life afresh. Proctor Bennett is a Ferryman, who shepherds the soon-to-be retired across into the unknown. But Proctor has a secret: he has been dreaming. Something that The Designer’s system has made impossible. And in these strange dreams – of the stars and the sea – he feels someone is trying to tell him something… When he’s summoned to take his own father on board the ferry, to be rebooted – he is given a cryptic message: ‘The world is not the world…’ These simple words unravel something that Proctor has long suspected: that things are not what they seem. And, soon, his fate is tangled with a cause much bigger than he realised, and one that could change the fate of humanity, itself…
Dystopian thriller | PBK | $24.99

The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Tolkien’s World
Cummins, Antony
Tolkien’s Middle Earth continues to capture the global imagination. In this accessible (but unofficial) guide, this sometimes confusing world is broken down into bite-sized sections that bring it to life for the newcomer and the fanatic alike. Become an expert in Tolkien’s world – the easy way! The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Tolkien’s World offers something that’s never been attempted before: a single timeline, in chronological order, of all the events in Tolkien’s notorious complex books. Why was it so shocking that Galadriel gave three strands of her golden hair to Gimli the Dwarf? Why is Sauron afraid of Aragorn’s sword? Why does a Balrog lurk under a dwarven underground city, and how did the seven lost Seeing Stones come into being? How did the hobbits manage to have such a peaceful life? Who were the warriors whose corpse lights hover in the Dead Marshes? From handy lists of characters, places, weapons and types of magic to the 150 illustrations capturing overlooked details such as armour colours, heraldic signs and crests, this easy-to-follow guide to Middle Earth will ensure you’re never baffled by alternate character names, confusing mythologies, or labyrinthine plots, again.
Tolkien | HC | $74.99

Christmas and Other Horrors (An Anthology of Solstice Horror)
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
The winter solstice is celebrated as a time of joy around the world – yet, the long nights also conjure a darker tradition of ghouls, hauntings, and visitations. This anthology of all-new stories invites you to huddle around the fire and revel in the unholy, the dangerous; the horrific aspects of a time when families and friends come together – for better and for worse. From the eerie Austrian Schnabelperchten to the skeletal Welsh Mari Lwyd, by way of ravenous golems, uncanny neighbours, and unwelcome visitors, Christmas and Other Horrors captures the heart and horror of the festive season. Because the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside is hungry… Featuring stories from: Nadia Bulkin; Terry Dowling; Tananarive Due; Jeffrey Ford; Christopher Golden; Stephen Graham Jones; Glen Hirshberg; Richard Kadrey; Alma Katsu; Cassandra Khaw; John Langan; Josh Malerman; Nick Mamatas; Garth Nix; Benjamin Percy; M Rickert; Kaaron Warren.
Horror | HC | $39.99

Burnt Offerings
Devlin, Danielle
How far would you go to save yourself when the truth can’t set you free? Scotland, 1589. Besse Craw is a young mother whose husband has mysteriously vanished. And in a time when women were powerless, she is accused of witchcraft, abused by her employer, and destined to lose her daughter, her freedom, and her life. Set during the infamous North Berwick Witch Trials, that saw many persecuted, tortured and killed, Besse uncovers long-held secrets as she fights for justice and truth in a world of suspicion and lies.
Witch hunts | PBK | $22.99

Vangie’s Ghosts
Di Filippo, Paul
Three-year-old Vangie is mute and unresponsive. She shows no interest in the people or world around her, much to the frustration of her callous adoptive parents. Little do they know, Vangie is otherwise occupied, observing ‘ghosts’ – an infinite number of versions of herself, in an infinite number of parallel universes. When a tornado hits their trailer and Vangie is severely injured, she makes a desperate leap into another timeline where she survives the tornado, but her adoptive parents do not. So begins a life of shuttling through various foster homes, cultivating her abilities to seek out alternate timelines, and making jumps calculated to better her circumstances in order to avoid the exploitation of adults who seek to harness her powers for their own means. Vangie never communicates with her avatars, until one day the ‘Council’ – a group of Vangies – appear to her and warn her of an ominous, growing threat in the multiverse: a man they call the Massive. And, thus, begins an epic conflict, spanning millennia and worlds, in a brutal effort to control the fate of the multiverse.
Multiverse | TP | $37.95

The Collected Stories of Philip K Dick, volume 3 (collection)
Dick, Philip K
The definitive editions of Philip K Dick’s short stories, containing some of the most defining works in the science fiction genre. This stunning new edition of Philip K Dick’s work includes the influential ‘Minority Report’ and ‘Sales Pitch’, as well as a litany of mind-expanding other works. Work your way through some of the most influential stories from the 20th century, which have had a massive impact on popular culture.
Classic sf | PBK | $24.99

The Collected Stories of Philip K Dick, volume 4 (collection)
Dick, Philip K
The definitive editions of Philip K Dick’s short stories, containing some of the most defining works in the science fiction genre. This stunning new edition of Philip K Dick’s work includes the influential ‘We Can Remember It for You Wholesale’ and ‘The Electric Ant’, as well as a litany of mind-expanding other works. Work your way through some of the most influential stories from the 20th century, which have had a massive impact on popular culture.
Classic sf | PBK | $24.99

Dark Encounters (A collection of ghost stories)
Dickinson, William Croft
Tales of suspense for the twilight hour… Dark Encounters is a collection of classic and elegantly unsettling ghost stories. A spine-tingling collection, these tales are set in the brooding landscape of Scotland, with an air of historic authenticity – often referring to real events, objects and people. From a demonic text that leaves its readers strangled to the murderous spectre of a feudal baron, this is a crucial addition to the long and distinguished cannon of Scottish ghost stories. For those who seek out the unnerving, the unknown and the unexplainable, Dark Encounters is guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck. This edition features a rare story – ‘The MacGregor Skull’ – which was the last story every written by the author, and posthumously serialised in the Scotsman in 1963.
Ghost stories | HC | $29.99

Dimaline, Cherie
Métis millennial Lucky St James is barely hanging on, when she learns she’ll be evicted from the tiny Toronto apartment she shares with her cantankerous but loving grandmother Stella. But then one night, something strange and irresistible calls out to Lucky. She burrows through a wall to find a tarnished silver spoon, humming with otherworldly energy, etched with a crooked-nosed witch, and the word SALEM. Lucky is familiar with the magic of her indigenous ancestors, but she has no idea that the spoon connects her to a teeming network of witches across North America who have anxiously awaited her discovery. Enter VenCo, a front company fuelled by vast resources of dark money (its name is an anagram of ‘coven’.) VenCo’s witches hide in plain sight wherever women gather: Tupperware parties, Mommy & Me classes, and suburban book clubs. Since colonial times, they have awaited the moment the seven spoons will come together and ignite a new era, returning women to their rightful power. But as a reckoning approaches, a very powerful adversary is stalking their every move. He’s Jay Christos, a roguish and deadly witch-hunter, as old as witchcraft, itself. To find the last spoon, Lucky and Stella embark on a rollicking and dangerous road trip to the darkly-magical city of New Orleans, where the final showdown will determine whether VenCo will usher in a new beginning… or remain underground forever. A wildly imaginative and compulsively readable fantasia of adventure, history, Americana, feminism, and magic, VenCo is a novel only the supremely-gifted Cherie Dimaline could write.
Urban fantasy | TP | $45.95

The Lost Cause
Doctorow, Cory
It’s 30 years from now. We’re making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But what about all the angry old people who can’t let go? For young Americans, a generation from now, climate change isn’t controversial. It’s just an overwhelming fact of life. And, so, are the great efforts to contain and mitigate it. Entire cities are being moved inland from the rising seas. Vast clean-energy projects are springing up everywhere. Disaster relief, the mitigation of floods and superstorms, has become a skill for which tens of millions of people are trained, every year. The effort is global. It employs everyone who wants to work. Even when national politics oscillates back to right-wing leaders, the momentum is too great; these vast programs cannot be stopped in their tracks. But there are still those Americans, mostly elderly, who cling to their red baseball caps, their grievances, their huge vehicles, their anger. To their ‘alternative’ news sources that reassure them that their resentment is right and pure and that ‘climate change’ is just a giant scam. And they’re your grandfather, your uncle, your great-aunt. And they’re not going anywhere. And they’re armed to the teeth. The Lost Cause asks: What do we do about people who cling to the belief that their own children are the enemy? When, in fact, they’re often the elders that we love?
Cli-fi | HC | $42.99

The Bezzle (Martin Hench 02)
Doctorow, Cory
The year is 2006. Martin Hench is at the top of his game as a self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerrilla war between people who want to hide money, and people who want to find it. He spends his downtime on Catalina Island, where scenic, imported bison wander the bluffs and frozen, reheated, fast-food burgers cost $25. Wait, what? When Marty disrupts a seemingly innocuous scheme during a vacation on Catalina Island, he has no idea he’s kicked off a chain of events that will overtake the next decade of his life. Martin has made his most dangerous mistake, yet: trespassed into the playgrounds of the ultra wealthy, and spoiled their fun. To them, money is a tool, a game, and a way to keep score, and they’ve found their newest mark – California’s Department of Corrections. Secure in the knowledge that they’re living behind far too many firewalls of shell companies and investors, ever to be identified, they are interested not in the lives they ruin, but only in how much money they can extract from the government and the hundreds of thousands of prisoners they have at their mercy. A seething rebuke of the privatised prison system that delves deeply into the arcane and baroque financial chicanery involved in the 2008 financial crash, The Bezzle is a sizzling follow-up to Red Team Blues (PBK, $22.99). This is the US hardcover edition of The Bezzle. We expect the UK trade paperback edition in June, priced at $32.99.
Cryptopunk | HC | $62.95

The Paleontologist
Dumas, Luke
A palaeontologist accepts a new position at a half-derelict natural history museum – the very same museum his sister was abducted from under his watch two decades’ earlier – and uncovers a dark mystery. Dr Simon Nealy never expected to return to his quiet Pennsylvania hometown, let alone the Hawthorne Museum of Natural History. He was just a boy when his six-year-old sister, Morgan, was abducted from the museum under his watch. The guilt has haunted Simon, ever since. But after the loss of the aunt who raised him, Simon feels drawn back to the place where Morgan vanished without a trace. But from the moment he arrives, things aren’t what he expected. The Hawthorne is a crumbling ruin and plummeting toward financial catastrophe. Worse, Simon begins seeing and hearing things he can’t explain: strange animal sounds. Bloody footprints that no living creature could have left. A prehistoric killer looming in the shadows of the museum. Terrified he’s losing his grasp on reality, Simon turns to the handwritten research diaries of his predecessor and uncovers a blood-soaked mystery in the making that could be the answer to everything – if he can solve it before it’s too late.
Horror | PBK | $24.99

Mary (or, The Birth of Frankenstein)
Eekhout, Anne
There is a beast inside her, a monster. It wants to scream, it wants to tear things apart. 1816. Mary, 18 years old, is staying in a villa on Lake Geneva with her lover Percy Shelley. She is tormented by his infidelities; haunted by the loss of her baby daughter. Then, one evening with friends – as storms rage outside and laudanum stirs their imaginations – Lord Byron challenges everyone to write a ghost story, and something fierce and wild awakens in Mary. Memories surface of the long, strange summer she once spent with a family in Scotland; where she found herself falling in love with the enigmatic Isabella Baxter. She learned tales of mythical beasts, witches and spirits. And she encountered real monsters – both in the rocky wilds, and far, far closer to home… Illuminating the past like a flash of lightning, this brilliant reimagining of the birth of Frankenstein takes us into a feverish world of waking dreams – where grief mingles with desire, and the veil, between beauty and horror, grows thin.
Historical fantasy | HC | $39.99

Faebound (Faebound 01)
El-Arifi, Saara
Divided by blood. Imprisoned by fate. Bound by desire. Welcome to the intoxicating world of the fae. Yeeran is a warrior in the elven army and has known nothing but violence, her whole life. Her sister, Lettle, is trying to make a living as a diviner, seeking prophecies of a better future. When a fatal mistake leads to Yeeran’s exile from the Elven lands, they are both forced into the terrifying wilderness beyond their borders. There they encounter the impossible: the fae court. The fae haven’t been seen for a millennium. But, now, Yeeran and Lettle are thrust into their seductive world – torn between their loyalty to each other, their elven homeland, and their hearts… ‘A devastatingly romantic and breathtaking fantasy – opulent and sweeping, this book is unforgettable’ – Tasha Suri. The first in a new trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Leopard’s Hunt (Leopard People 15)
Feehan, Christine
Gorya Amurov might be known as his family’s peacekeeper, but the leopard inside him wants nothing more than to claw to the surface and unleash hell. A harsh life has shaped him into a vicious fighter with a calm exterior, but Gorya knows it’s only a matter of time until he loses all control. Deep down, he truly believes he’d be better off dead, and that no woman will ever accept him as a mate… Maya Averina has spent years hunting the criminals who destroyed her life, and she always takes down her prey. She keeps to herself, stays under the radar, and never loses focus. But with her body burning up and her mind distracted by her first heat, an ambush takes her by surprise. Now, she’s trapped, an unmated female shifter about to be sold off to the highest bidder. Maya is ready to fight her way out – until the most dangerous, powerful man she’s ever encountered arrives to set her free…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

Red Side Story (Shades of Grey 02)
Fforde, Jasper
Thirteen years after the smash-hit Shades of Grey (PBK, $22.99), Eddie Russett and Jane Grey are about to embark on a new adventure… It’s the UK, but not as we know it: civilisation has rebuilt after an unspoken ‘Something that Happened’, 500 years before. Society is now colour based; the strict levels of hierarchy dictated by the colours you can see; and the economy, health service and citizen’s aspirations all dominated by visual colour, run by the shadowy National Colour, in far-off Emerald City. Out on the fringes of Red Sector West, Eddie Russett and Jane Grey have discovered that all is neither fair nor truthful within their cosy environment, and currently face trumped up charges that will see them die of the fatally soporific tones within the Green Room. Negotiating the narrow boundaries of the Rules within their society, Jane and Edward must find out the truth of their world: What is it? Where is it? And, even, when it is. As they unpeel the lies that cloak their existence, they come to the worrying conclusion that they may not be alone: That there might be a Somewhere Else beyond the sea, and more, Someone Else living there – and observing them all, purposefully unseen. Red Side Story delves into the strictures of a society imposed on itself by itself, immovable dogma, and the spirit of humans trying to love and survive and make sense of a world that makes no sense at all. Only it does, of course – you just have to look harder, look further, and forget everything you’ve ever been told.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

Fire with Fire (Caine Riordan 01)
Gannon, Charles E
2105, September: Intelligence Analyst Caine Riordan uncovers a conspiracy on Earth’s Moon – a history-changing clandestine project – and ends up involuntarily cryocelled, for his troubles. Twelve years later, Riordan awakens to a changed world. Humanity has achieved faster-than-light travel and is pioneering nearby star systems. And, now, Riordan is compelled to become an inadvertent agent of conspiracy, himself. Riordan’s mission: travel to a newly-settled world and investigate whether a primitive local species was once sentient – enough, so to have built a lost civilisation. However, arriving on site in the Delta Pavonis system, Caine discovers that the job he’s been given is anything but secret, or safe. With assassins and saboteurs dogging his every step, it’s clear that someone doesn’t want his mission to succeed. In the end, it takes the broad-based insights of an intelligence analyst and a matching instinct for intrigue to ferret out the truth: that humanity is neither alone in the cosmos, nor safe. Earth is revealed to be the lynchpin planet in an impending struggle for interstellar dominance, a struggle into which it is being irresistibly dragged. Discovering new dangers at every turn, Riordan must, now, convince the powers-that-be that the only way for humanity to survive as a free species is to face the perils directly – and to fight fire, with fire. A new edition, including new material, of the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel and Nebula Award Finalist. The first in the Caine Riordan series.
Space opera (new edition) | TP | $39.95

An Education in Malice
Gibson, S T
Love is sacrifice. One of us was always going to bleed for the other. Deep in the forgotten hills of Massachusetts stands Saint Perpetua’s College. Isolated and ancient, it is not a place for timid girls. Here, secrets are currency, ambition is lifeblood, and strange ceremonies welcome students into the fold. On her first day of class, Laura Sheridan is thrust into an intense academic rivalry with the beautiful and enigmatic Carmilla. Together, they are drawn into the confidence of their demanding poetry professor, De Lafontaine, who holds her own dark obsession with Carmilla. But as their rivalry blossoms into something far more delicious, Laura must confront her own strange hungers. Tangled in a sinister game of politics, bloodthirsty professors and sinister magic, Laura and Carmilla must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in their ruthless pursuit of knowledge.
Dark academia | TP | $32.99

The House of Last Resort
Golden, Christopher
Across Italy there are many half-empty towns, nearly abandoned by those who migrate to the coast or to cities. The beautiful, crumbling hilltop town of Becchina is among them, but its mayor has taken drastic measures to rebuild – selling abandoned homes to anyone in the world for a single Euro, as long as the buyer promises to live there for, at least, five years. It’s a no-brainer for American couple Tommy and Kate Puglisi. Both work remotely, and Becchina is the home of Tommy’s grandparents, his closest living relatives. It feels like a romantic adventure, an opportunity the young couple would be crazy not to seize. But, from the moment they move in, they both feel a shadow has fallen on them. Tommy’s grandmother is furious, even a little frightened, when she realises which house they’ve bought. There are rooms in an annex, at the back of the house, that they didn’t know were there. The place makes strange noises at night, locked doors are suddenly open; and when they go to a family gathering, they’re certain people are whispering about them, and about their house – which one neighbour refers to as The House of Last Resort. Soon, they learn that the home was owned for generations by the Church, but the real secret, and the true dread, is unlocked; when they, finally, learn what the priests were doing in this house, for all those long years… and how many people died in the strange chapel inside. While down in the catacombs, beneath Becchina… something stirs.
Horror | HC | $65.00

The Possessed
Gombrowicz, Witold
In The Possessed, Witold Gombrowicz, considered by many to be Poland’s greatest modernist, draws together the familiar tropes of the Gothic novel to produce a darkly funny and playful subversion of the form. With dreams of escaping his small-town existence and the limitations of his status, a young tennis coach travels to the heart of the Polish countryside, where he is to train Maja Ochołowska, a beautiful and promising player whose bourgeois family has fallen upon difficult circumstances. But no sooner has he arrived, than the relationship with his pupil develops into one of twisted love and hate; and he becomes embroiled in the fantastic happenings taking place at the dilapidated castle nearby. Haunted kitchens, bewitched towels, conniving secretaries and famous clairvoyants all conspire to determine the fate of the young lovers and the mad prince residing in the castle. Translated directly into English, for the first time – by Antonia Lloyd-Jones – The Possessed is a comic masterpiece that, despite being a literary pastiche, has all the hallmarks of Gombrowicz’s typically-provocative style.
Gothic horror | TP | $32.99

The Burning Land (Talmont trilogy 01)
Hair, David
A group of renegade knights disobey their Order and set out on an extraordinary quest to discover why their world is dying… The Falcons are knights of the Vestal Order, pledged to use their powers to protect the Empire of Talmont from the bestial Vyr and the carnage they have unleashed upon the world. When the Falcons take a Vyr alive, they go against the protocols of the Vestal Order and interrogate him. They are horrified to learn that the Empire’s worst enemy may not be the Vyr, but the Vestal Order, itself. Led by the indomitable Romara Challys, the Falcons go rogue, their quest for the truth taking them through burning forests, lost ruins, and the uncanny traces of a dying race, desperate to find answers before it’s too late. But by setting themselves against their own Order, the Falcons face all the terrifying resources of the Empire’s most deadly military power. Fanatical lictors, vengeful knights, and the greatest warrior in the world are on their heels, as they seek the answers they need… before time runs out for everyone. The first in a new trilogy.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Hardaker, Caroline
As a child, David could tell something was wrong. The kids in school spread rumours of missing people, nests of bones and bodies appearing in the mountains. His sister refused to share what she knew; and his parents turned off the TV, whenever he entered the room. Protecting him, they said. Worse, the only person who shared anything at all with him, his beloved grandpa, disappeared without a goodbye. Mum and Dad said he was dead. But what about the exciting discovery Grandpa had been working on, for his whole life? Now 26, David lives alone and takes each day as it comes. When a strange package arrives on his doorstep, one with instructions not to leave the Earth, a new world is unfurled before David, one he’s been trying to suppress for years… Including illustrations from bestselling illustrator and political cartoonist, Chris Riddell.
Horror | TP | $34.99

Maiden, Mother, Crone (collection)
Harris, Joanne
Turn the page, and step into a stunning, evocative world where nature, magic, and fate are inextricably linked, and one wrong – or right – step can take you from the modern world into one filled with both danger and wonder. This beautiful volume contains the award-winning novellas A Pocketful of Crows, The Blue Salt Road, and Orfeia. Fully illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, with a brand-new introduction by the author and three original short stories, this is a landmark collection which gloriously reimagines traditional British folktales into a timely, relevant, and powerful new stories.
Folklore | HC | $55.00

Fractured Fables (omnibus)
Harrow, Alix E
Collecting A Spindle Splintered and A Mirror Mended in an omnibus edition. In A Spindle Splintered, it’s Zinnia Gray’s 21st birthday. When she was young, an industrial accident left her with a rare condition and no one, who has it, has lived to 22. Her best friend is intent on making Zin’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But, when Zinnia pricks her finger, she finds herself cast into another world, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate. Then, in A Mirror Mended, Zinnia discovers there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White’s Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she’s desperate for a rewrite. Will Zinnia accept the Queen’s poisonous request for a rewrite and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them? Or will she try another path?
Fairy tales retold | TP | $34.99

Harvey, Samantha
Six astronauts rotate in their spacecraft contemplating the world below… A team of astronauts in the International Space Station collect meteorological data, conduct scientific experiments, and test the limits of the human body. But, mostly, they observe. Together they watch their silent blue planet, circling it 16 times, spinning past continents, and cycling through seasons, taking in glaciers and deserts, the peaks of mountains and the swells of oceans. Endless shows of spectacular beauty witnessed in a single day. Yet, although separated from the world they cannot escape its constant pull. News reaches them of the death of a mother, and with it comes thoughts of returning home. They look on, as a typhoon gathers over an island and people they love, in awe of its magnificence and fearful of its destruction. The fragility of human life fills their conversations, their fears, their dreams. So far from earth, they have never felt more part – or protective – of it. They begin to ask, what is life, without earth? What is earth, without humanity?
Science fiction | HC | $35.00

Hazelwood, Ali
Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast – again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold an historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres; and sees little choice, but to surrender herself in the exchange. Again… Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was… Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she’s ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory… alone with the wolf.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

A Curse of Krakens (Seven Kennings 03)
Hearne, Kevin
Seeker and Sower… Pen Yas ben Min’s cousin was one of the legendary heroes of the wars against the giants until her untimely death. Pen has grown up in her famous cousin’s shadow, but when she’s given a quest to plant the seed of the magical Fourth Tree, she has a chance to step into the light – and usher in a new age for her country. Fighter and Friend… Abhi’s life – and the world – changed when he discovered a lost magic: the power to speak to animals. After fighting so many battles, he’s weary and longs for home and his love, Tamhan. But, before he can return, there is one last mission that only Abhi can complete: to speak to the colossal creatures who wait beneath the waves – the krakens. Sailor and Explorer… Koesha and her shipmates have already made an impossible journey by navigating the Northern Yawn, at the end of which she secured an unusual cloak. But when that cloak turns out to be the key to unlocking the mystery of the Seventh Kenning, Koesha has to risk everything on another life-threatening journey and hope that she can steer her crew to safety. The final book in the epic fantasy trilogy – beginning with A Plague of Giants (PBK, $24.99) – about a war that broke a continent – and opened the door to a new world.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Dreamer of Dune (The Biography of Frank Herbert)
Herbert, Brian
The insightful and illuminating biography of one of science fiction’s most imaginative minds, written by Frank Herbert’s son Brian Herbert. Everyone knows Frank Herbert’s Dune. This science fiction epic combines politics human evolution and ecology and has captured the imagination of generations of readers. It is one of the most popular sf novels ever written, has won awards, sold millions of copies around the world and spawned multiple motion-picture adaptations. Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert’s eldest son, tells the provocative story of his father’s extraordinary life in this honest and loving chronicle. He has also brought to light all the events in Herbert’s life that would find their way into speculative fiction’s greatest epic. From his early years in Tacoma, Washington, through his time at university and in the Navy, to the difficult years of poverty while struggling to become a published writer, Herbert worked long and hard before finding success after the publication of Dune, in 1965. Brian Herbert writes about these years with a truthful intensity that brings every facet of his father’s brilliant, and sometimes troubled, genius to full light. Insightful and provocative, this absorbing biography offers Brian Herbert’s unique personal perspective on one of the most enigmatic and creative talents of our time.
Biography | TP | $36.99

Dune Messiah (Dune 02, special edition)
Herbert, Frank
The extraordinary sequel to Dune (PBK, $22.99), the greatest sf novel of all time. Twelve years after his victory over House Harkonnen, Paul Atreides rules as emperor from the desert planet Arrakis – but his victory has had profound consequences. War has been brought to the entire known universe, and billions have already perished. Despite having become the most powerful emperor known to history, Paul is powerless to bring an end to the fighting. While former allies conspire to dethrone Paul and even his own consort acts against him, Paul accepts a gift from the Tleilaxu, a guild of genetic manipulators, hoping to find a single spark of peace and friendship amidst the betrayal and chaos. But this act undermines Paul’s support from the Fremen, his own people. The Fremen are the true source of Paul’s power; losing them is the one thing that could truly topple his empire. As matters escalate, Paul will be forced to choose between his throne, his wife, his people and his future – and the future of the entire universe. An epic novel of the cost of victory… and the price of war. A special hardcover edition, published to coincide with the release of the new movie.
Dune | HC | $55.00

Boy of Chaotic Making (Whimbrel House 03)
Holmberg, Charlie N
Merritt Fernsby’s life has changed considerably, since he inherited Whimbrel House. He’s engaged to Hulda Larkin, who opened his eyes to the uncanny. And he’s grown quite protective of his uncle Owein – several generations, and iterations, removed. Owein is, presently, inhabiting the body of a mixed-breed terrier – when Merritt receives a missive from none other than Alexandrina Victoria, the Queen of England: I am interested in your dog. It’s the queen’s duty to the peerage to keep British wizardry empowered. Her offer: England will find a human vessel for Owein, marry him into the royal family, and add this remarkable soul-shifter to its lineage. For Owein, a boy trapped in the body of a pup, it’s a dream come true. How can Merritt refuse? However, once they are in London and in consortium with a necromancer, the situation doesn’t feel right, both with their hosts and the house they inhabit. Owein is having nightmares. And Hulda’s premonitions warn of danger in Merritt’s future. Clearly, someone doesn’t want them in town. But after 200 years of being cursed to drift, Owein is determined to chart his own destiny. He’s ready to defy whatever chaos is coming. After all, Owein is the master of chaos, and with Merritt and Hulda’s love and magical support, he can overcome anything. The first in the series is Keeper of Enchanted Rooms (TP, $34.95).
Fantasy | TP | $37.95

An Angel Called Peterbilt (Assiti Shards 05)
Huff, Gorg & Goodlett, Paula & Flint, Eric
History will never be the same, after a Peterbilt tanker truck full of oil is transported back 1,000 years in time. Michael and Melanie Anderle are hauling a tanker full of oil with their Peterbilt 18-wheeler when they’re struck by a temporal irregularity that sends them, the truck, and their daughter back in time 1,000 years. The bubble that transports them also grabs a chemist and her two young children; along with half a convenience store in the middle of the United States. They just want to make a decent life for themselves in this new world of the past, with their Peterbilt and its oil providing a means of transportation, a generator, and shelter. But not all the locals are willing to live and let live, and when the area shamans decide that this community of temporally displaced persons is a threat to their power, the Anderles find out what it’s like to take a Peterbilt to war.
Alternate history | HC | $62.95

One Moment
Hunter, Becky
The day Scarlett dies should have been one of the most important of her life. It doesn’t feel fair that she’ll never have the chance to fulfil her dreams – all because she stopped to help a stranger. And, now, she’s still… here – wherever here is – watching the ripple effect of her death on those she loved the most. Evie cannot contemplate her life without Scarlett, and she certainly cannot forgive Nate, the man she blames for her best friend’s death. But Nate keeps popping up, when she least expects him to, catapulting Evie’s life in directions she’d never let herself imagine possible. If you could go back, knowing everything that happens after, everything that happens because of one choice you made, would you change the course of history, or would you do it, all, again?
Multiple timelines | PBK | $22.99

Reports from the Deep End (stories inspired by J G Ballard)
Jakubowski, Maxim (editor)
Few authors are so iconic that their name is an adjective – Ballard is one of them. Master of both literary and science fiction, his novels such as Empire of the Sun, Crash, and Cocaine Nights show a world out of joint – a bewildering, alienating and, yet, enthralling place. From his rapturously weird takes on contemporary reality to his classic dystopias like The Drowned World and High Rise, Ballard’s legacy shaped the future of literature. This first-of-its-kind anthology, featuring our greatest literary and sf authors, pays tribute to the unique visions of humanity’s uncanny and uneasy clash with the future – our empires of concrete – seen through the warped lens of J G Ballard. A fascinating and unsettling anthology of 32 science fiction short stories in tribute to the prophetic dystopias of New Wave sf pioneer, and literary titan of the 20th century, J G Ballard – featuring Will Self, Iain Sinclair, Christopher Fowler, Chris Beckett, and a new Jerry Cornelius story from Michael Moorcock.
Science fiction | HC | $39.99

Island Witch
Jayatissa, Amanda
Set in 19th century Sri Lanka and inspired by local folklore, the daughter of a traditional demon-priest – relentlessly bullied by peers and accused of witchcraft, herself – tries to solve the mysterious attacks that have been terrorising her coastal village. Being the daughter of the village Capuwa, or demon-priest, Amara is used to keeping mostly to herself. Influenced by the new religious practices brought in by the British Colonisers, the villagers who once respected her father’s craft have turned on the family. Yet, they all still seem to call on him whenever supernatural disturbances arise. Now, someone – or something – is viciously seizing upon men in the jungle. But, instead of enlisting Amara’s father’s help, the villages have accused him of carrying out the attacks himself. As she tries to clear her father’s name, Amara finds herself haunted by dreams that eerily predict the dark forces on her island. And she can’t shake the feeling that it’s all connected, to the night she was recovering from a strange illness, and woke up, scared and confused, to hear her mother’s frantic cries: No one can find out what happened.
Dark fantasy | HC | $62.95

The Principle of Moments
Jikiemi-Pearson, Esmie
Star Wars meets Jane Austen, in this trailblazing debut; winner of the inaugural Future Worlds Prize for sf&f writers of colour, this is science fiction, like you’ve never seen it before… 6066: In Emperor Thracin’s brave new galaxy, humans are not citizens but indentured labourers, working to repay the debt they unwittingly incurred, when they settled on Gahraan – a desert planet already owned by the emperor, himself. Asha Akindele knows she’s just another voiceless cog working the assembly lines that fuel his vast imperial war machine. Her only rebellion: studying stolen aeronautics manuals in the dead of night. But then a cloaked stranger arrives to deliver an impossible message, and her life changes in an instant. 1812: Obi Amadi is done with time travelling. Never mind the fact he doesn’t know how to cure himself of the temporal sickness he caught, while anchoring his soul to Regency London… the one that unmakes him further, with every jump. Or, if the prince he loves will ever love him back. Or why his father disappeared. He is done. Until he hears about the ghost of a girl in the British Museum. A girl from another time. When Obi’s path tangles with Asha’s, and a prophecy awakens in the cold darkness of space, they must voyage through the stars, racing against time, tyranny, and the legacy of three heroes from an ancient religion who may be awakening, reincarnated in ways beyond comprehension. A symphonic, centuries-spanning adventure – unmissable for fans of the spacefaring, found-family of Becky Chambers, the alternate London of V E Schwab, and the virtuosic climate-craft of N K Jemisin.
SF adventure | TP | $34.99

The Dead Take the A Train (Carrion City duology 01)
Kadrey, Richard & Khaw, Cassandra
Julie is a coked-up, burnt-out, 30-year-old whose only retirement plan is dying early. She’s been trying to establish herself in the NYC magic scene, and she’ll work the most gruesome gigs, exorcise the nastiest demons, and make deals with the cruellest gods to claw her way to the top. But nothing can prepare her for the toughest job, yet: when her best friend, Sarah, shows up at her door, in need of help. Keeping Sarah safe becomes top priority. Julie is desperate for a quick fix, to break the dead-end grind and save her friend. But her power grab sets off a deadly chain of events that puts Sarah – and the entire world – directly in the path of annihilation. The first explosive adventure in the Carrion City duology, The Dead Take the A Train fuses Cassandra Khaw’s cosmic horror and Richard Kadrey’s gritty fantasy into a full-throttle thrill ride – straight into New York’s magical underbelly.
Urban fantasy | HC | $37.99

A Brief History of Living Forever
Kalfar, Jaroslav
Adela, diagnosed with a terminal illness, leaves her Czech village for America to reunite with her daughter, Tereza; now, a scientist at a New York biotech company hell-bent on curing mortality. Their reunion is short, and before Tereza can help her mother, Adela dies, and her remains disappear. But Adela’s spirit survives, restlessly watching over Tereza, as she searches for the body on a journey that spans oceans and continents, through a world ravaged by corporate greed and political extremism. Witty and prescient, A Brief History of Living Forever is a vivid story of family connection prevailing in the face of societal collapse.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Dragon Palace (collection)
Kawakami, Hiromi
Stories from a Japanese master of transformative fiction, where reality, myth, and human foibles meet shifting dimensions of gender, biology, and destiny. From the bestselling author of Strange Weather in Tokyo comes this otherworldly collection of eight stories, each a masterpiece of transformation, infused with humour, sex, and the universal search for love and beauty; in a world, where the laws of time and space and, even, species boundaries don’t apply. Meet a shape-shifting con man; a goddess who uses sex to control her followers; an elderly man possessed by a fox spirit; a woman who falls in love with her 400-year-old ancestor; a kitchen god with three faces, in a weasel-infested apartment block; moles who provide underground sanctuary, for humans who have lost the will to live; a man nurtured through life, by his seven extraordinary sisters; and a woman who is handed from husband to husband, until she is, finally, able to return to the sea.
Speculative fiction | TP | $29.99

Destroy the Day (Defy the Night 03)
Kemmerer, Brigid
Left for dead, but desperate to survive… they have one last chance to save their kingdom. Prince Corrick is out of options. Held captive by the vicious Oren Crane, he’s desperate to reunite with Tessa, but will need to ally with the rebel leader Lochlan, who until now wished him dead. An unlikely but deadly pair, Corrick and Lochlan must plot their next moves carefully… An island away, Tessa Cade is heartbroken and angry. Grieving Corrick, and unsure how to find a way back to Kandala, she doesn’t know who to trust. Until Rian – the man she trusts least – makes an offer: aid in a plot to finally oust Oren Crane and see what the future holds… Meanwhile in Kandala, Harristan is dethroned and on the run. He’s struggling to unite the rebels in his fractured kingdom, but he finds support – and, maybe, more – in unexpected places. Can Harristan be the king his people need? Can Corrick and Tessa find their way back to each other? As outside threats loom and the fires of revolution burn from within, time is running out to save their kingdom. In the thrilling conclusion to the Defy the Night series; which begins with Defy the Night (PBK, $17.99).
YA fantasy | PBK | $17.99

Tales for Twilight (Two Hundred Years of Scottish Ghost Stories, anthology)
Kerr, Alistair W J (editor)
A spine-tingling selection of unnerving tales by writers from James Hogg in the early 18th century to James Robertson, very much alive in the 21st. Scottish authors have proved to be exceptionally good at writing ghost stories. Perhaps, it’s because of the tradition of oral storytelling that has stretched over centuries, including poems and ballads with supernatural themes. The golden age was during the Victorian and Edwardian period; but the ghost story has continued to evolve and remains popular to this day. Including stories from Sir Walter Scott, George Mackay Brown, Muriel Spark, Margaret Oliphant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Guy Boothby, Algernon Blackwood, Eileen Bigland, Ronald Duncan, James Robertson, and Ian Rankin.
Ghost stories | PBK | $19.99

The Green Man of Eshwood Hall
Kerr, Jacob
Eshwood Hall is a great English house surrounded by sprawling woods. In 1962, Izzy is 13, lives in the servants’ quarters and doesn’t go to school. Neglected by her parents, she spends her moments of freedom exploring the forest and the village beyond. The more she comes to understand the history of the place and her own situation, the stranger are the things she hears and sees. The most tantalising of these is the Green Man who inhabits the woods, and seems to know all about her, even those desires she has buried deep inside. A family story rooted in folk tale, The Green Man of Eshwood Hall shows us the power that the wild still holds on our imagination, and the shocking nightmares to which it can give rise. ‘Recalls M R James at his nastiest’ – Telegraph.
Folk horror | PBK | $24.99

Celtic Fairy Tales and Legends
Kerven, Rosalind
From mermaids to dragons, 16 ancient Celtic fairy tales retold with their histories… The Celtic cultures of the British Isles – Ireland, Scotland, and Wales – have produced some of the richest traditional tales in Europe. Three words best sum up their themes and flavour: adventure, enchantment and romance. In this book, Rosalind Kerven has revived the best Celtic fairy tales for a new generation. The stories are sourced from old folk tale collections from all three regions, alongside selected medieval Welsh and Irish texts. Visit mysterious Otherworlds inside the hills and below the sea – including a land where only the truth is ever spoken. Meet iconic characters such as the first great Welsh poet, Taliesin, and the mighty Irish hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill. Cheer on bold Scots lasses such as Mallie Whuppy, as she outwits a fearsome giant, and Kate Crackernuts, who rescues a prince from bewitchment. Encounter witches, fairies, a bogle, talking animals and strange underwater beings. Each story is retold from the medieval texts and oral storytelling traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, with fascinating background notes and a long list of sources and further reading included. The background notes feature a list of source material, analyses of themes, and examples of similar legends from all over Europe.
Folklore | HC | $29.99

What Feasts at Night (Sworn Soldier 02)
Kingfisher, T
Retired soldier, Alex Easton, returns in a horrifying new adventure. After their terrifying ordeal at the Usher manor, Alex Easton feels as if they just survived another war. All they crave is rest, routine, and sunshine; but, instead, as a favour to Angus and Miss Potter, they find themselves heading to their family hunting lodge, deep in the cold, damp forests of their home country, Gallacia. In theory, one can find relaxation in even the coldest and dampest of Gallacian autumns, but when Easton arrives, they find the caretaker dead, the lodge in disarray, and the grounds troubled by a strange, uncanny silence. The villagers whisper that a breath-stealing monster from folklore has taken up residence in Easton’s home. Easton knows better than to put too much stock in local superstitions, but they can tell that something is not quite right in their home… or in their dreams. The follow-up to T Kingfisher’s bestselling gothic novella, What Moves the Dead (PBK, $24.99).
Horror | PBK | $24.99

Sherlock Holmes and Mr Hyde (Classified Dossier 02)
Klaver, Christian
1903. A darkness has descended on London. A series of grisly murders are uncovered, trophies taken, bodies arranged and, soon, there are whispers of Jack the Ripper’s return. A new client arrives at Baker Street – seeking Sherlock Holmes’ help: Dr Jekyll claims his friend has been wrongfully accused of the hideous crimes, a friend called Mr Edward Hyde, whose very existence relies on a potion administered by the doctor, himself. But the case becomes more complicated, more unsettling than simply proving Mr Hyde’s innocence – for Holmes and Watson unearth beastly transformations, a killer who moves unseen, a secret organisation and then find a traitor in their midst… A deftly crafted, scintillating mash-up of Victorian mystery and horror – Sherlock Holmes and Mr Hyde encounter villains with unfathomable, terrifying abilities… This second Classified Dossier follows Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula (PBK, $19.99).
Sherlockiana | PBK | $19.99

Heartsong (Green Creek 03)
Klune, T J
All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough – until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine. Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes – the Alpha of all – and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home. But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound – but who are the traitors and who the betrayed? More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett – the wolf who may be his mate. The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter. Begin the Green Creek quartet with Wolfsong (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Babel (Or, the Necessity of Violence – an Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution)
Kuang, R F
Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.
1828. Robin Swift, orphaned by cholera in Canton, is brought to London by the mysterious Professor Lovell. There, he trains for years in Latin, Ancient Greek, and Chinese, all in preparation for the day he’ll enrol in Oxford University’s prestigious Royal Institute of Translation – also known as Babel. Babel is the world’s centre for translation and, more importantly, magic. Silver working – the art of manifesting the meaning lost in translation using enchanted silver bars – has made the British unparalleled in power, as its knowledge serves the Empire’s quest for colonisation. For Robin, Oxford is a utopia dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. But knowledge obeys power, and as a Chinese boy raised in Britain, Robin realises serving Babel means betraying his motherland. As his studies progress, Robin finds himself caught between Babel and the shadowy Hermes Society, an organisation dedicated to stopping imperial expansion. When Britain pursues an unjust war with China over silver and opium, Robin must decide… Can powerful institutions be changed from within, or does revolution always require violence? Now in paperback. So good. Recommended.
Alternate history | PBK | $24.99

The Ten Percent Thief
Lakshminarayan, Lavanya
A bold, bitingly satirical near-future mosaic novel about a city run along ‘meritocratic’ lines, the injustice it creates, and the revolution that will destroy it. Nothing has happened. Not yet, anyway. This is how all things begin. Welcome to Apex City, formerly Bangalore, where everything is decided by the mathematically perfect Bell Curve. With the right image, values and opinions, you can ascend to the glittering heights of the Twenty Percent – the Virtual elite – and have the world at your feet. Otherwise you risk falling to the precarious Ten Percent, and deportation to the ranks of the Analogs, with no access to electricity, running water or even humanity. The system has no flaws. Until the elusive ‘Ten Percent Thief’ steals a single jacaranda seed from the Virtual city, and plants a revolution in the barren soil of the Analog world. A striking debut by a ferocious new talent.
Cyberpunk | TP | $37.95

Ursula K Le Guin, Five Novels (LOA 379)
Le Guin, Ursula K & Attebery, Brian (editor)
Together for the first time, all five standalone novels, from the Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer who reinvented science fiction, including one restored to print. Spans from the 1971 classic The Lathe of Heaven to her career-crowning 2008 masterpiece Lavinia. This seventh volume in the definitive Library of America edition of Ursula K Le Guin’s works presents five remarkable standalone novels that showcase her boundless creativity and literary range. Collecting: The Lathe of Heaven, The Eye of the Heron, The Beginning Place, Searoad, and Lavinia. These five novels showcase a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning master at her very best.
Science fiction | HC | $89.95

Second Rite (Filthy Rich Vampires 02)
Lee, Geneva
Thea Melbourne has a broken heart. A month after her world turned upside down, she’s struggling to return to the life she left behind. Her mother is in a coma, she’s selling off designer gowns to pay the bills, and her roommates seem to think she’s made of glass. But when the vampire, who broke her heart, shows up at the hospital, she learns a devastating secret. To save the love of his life, Julian pushed her away. Now, he has to live with the pain and regret… or find someone, to put him out of his misery. When it becomes clear that Thea is still in danger, he has a choice to make. He can stay away like the Council demands or risk everything, including their lives, to win her back. Convincing her means facing his own dark secrets and resisting the temptation to claim her as his mate once and for all. But Thea isn’t going to make that easy for him… A sequel Filthy Rich Vampire (PBK, $22.99).
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

The Book of Love
Link, Kelly
Laura, Daniel, and Mo disappeared without trace, a year ago. They have long been presumed dead. Which they were. But, now, they are not. And it is up to the resurrected teenagers, to discover what happened to them. Revived by Mr Anabin – the man they knew as their high school music teacher – they are offered a chance to return to the mortal realm if they can solve the mystery of their deaths, learn how to use the magic they now possess, and identify the mysterious fourth soul that crossed back over with them. But their return has upset a delicate balance that has held – just – for millennia.
Urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Cage of Dark Hours (Five Penalties 02)
Lostetter, Marina
The defeat of a serial killer, back from the dead, has pulled the mask off the myths and magics of a fantastical city. Krona and her Regulators survived their encounter with Charbon, the long-dead serial killer who returned to their city, but the illusions of their world were shattered forever. Allied with an old friend they will battle the elite who have ruled their world with deception, cold steel, and tight control of the magic that could threaten their power, while also confronting beasts from beyond the foggy barrier that binds their world. Now, they must follow every thread to uncover the truth behind the Thalo, once thought of as only a children’s tale, who are the quiet, creeping puppet masters of their world. The sequel to The Helm of Midnight (TP, $45.95).
Fantasy | TP | $45.95

Sherlock Holmes and the Highgate Horrors (Cthulhu Casebooks 04)
Lovegrove, James
It’s 1929 and an ageing Dr John Watson – conscious of his imminent demise – finally sits down to write a fresh chronicle disclosing the true events behind his published accounts of Sherlock Holmes’ exploits. In these pages, Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart companion encounter reanimated corpses in Highgate Cemetery; a very different, though ever elusive, Irene Adler; tales of madness and murder in the frozen wastes of the north; grotesque organic machines; and much more. Each case brings the illustrious pair ever closer to the dramatic and terrifying truth about the mysterious aliens, the Mi-Go, and their plans for Earth…
Cthulhuiana | HC | $37.99

House of Flame and Shadow (Crescent City 03)
Maas, Sarah J
Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world, other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she’s going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that’s no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust. Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he’s in the Asteri’s dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce’s fate. He’s desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri’s leash, his hands are quite literally tied. In a sexy, breathtaking sequel to the bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath (PBK, $22.99 each), Sarah J Maas’ Crescent City series reaches new heights; as Bryce and Hunt’s world is brought to the brink of collapse – with its future resting on their shoulders.
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Beggar’s Sky (Rich Man’s Sky 03)
McCarthy, Wil
Trillionaire Igbal Renz has constructed a starship capable of making the 20-year journey to Alpha Centauri. So, why is he stopping at barely one-tenth that distance, with a cargo of 100 frozen scientists and diplomats? Rumours abound that Renz Ventures Inc, has made contact with… something. And, yet, as deadly stealth ships prowl the space lanes and as the corporate space race threatens to devolve into outright warfare, the Four Horsemen of space industry are discovering, first hand, that even in a limitless and lawless frontier, no one can ever be truly self-sufficient. The first in this series is Rich Man’s Sky (PBK, $26.95).
Science fiction | HC | $62.95

Doorway to the Stars (novella)
McDevitt, Jack
The stars are ours. Again. After an effort to disable an ancient stargate discovered on Sioux land was stymied, the local people cooperated with Federal officials and others in exploring the strange worlds linked by the alien technology. Secrets, old and new, are uncovered but prove difficult to explain. Who built the stargate? What connection do the builders have with the worlds and intelligent species the various doors open to reveal? A millennia-old danger is uncovered by some of Jack McDevitt’s meticulously drawn characters in Doorway to the Stars, which is loosely connected to the author’s highly-praised novel Thunderbird (PBK, $26.95). The exact nature of the danger is only slowly revealed, and exactly what humanity can do about it is a question weighing heavily on the minds of, eventually, everyone in the world. Scientists, bureaucrats, clergymen, and even a science fiction writer all have their ideas, but firm evidence is hard to come by. Jack McDevitt, whose novel Seeker won the Nebula Award in 2006, has been exploring first contact situations and xenoarchaeology for over 40 years. His many readers have grown to anticipate more questions than answers, and to find deep satisfaction with the mysteries of McDevitt’s universe. A 112pp, pricey, limited edition novella from Subterranean Press – which may be out of print, on release.
Science fiction | HC | $79.95

McDonald, Ian
Hopeland is not a nation. It is not a cult. It is not a religion. Hopeland is a community. It is a culture. It is a family. When Raisa Hopeland, determined to win her race to become the next electromancer of London, bumps into Amon Brightbourne – tweed-suited, otherworldly, guided by the Grace – in the middle of a London riot, she sets in motion a series of events which will span decades, continents and a series of events which will change the world. Amon falls in love in that moment of chaos, but being loved by him can have a cost. And while Raisa has Hopeland, Amon has a family of his own, and they have their own secrets. From rioting London to geothermal Iceland to the climate-struck islands of Polynesia, from birth to life to death, from tranquillity to terror to joy, Raisa’s journey will encompass the world. But one thing will always be true. Hopeland is family. A visionary literary sf novel about a vast family, intimately linked – a new way for mankind to live.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Relight My Fire (Stranger Times 04)
McDonnell, C K
Some comebacks can be murder… Stella is enjoying life as an almost student; or, at least, she is…until a man falls from the sky, right in front of her, leaving a big old hole in the pavement for Manchester Council to fill. The obvious question of how he ended up in the sky, in the first place, has no obvious answers, which is where The Stranger Times come in. But this isn’t just the hunt for another story. Dark powers think Stella might have been involved and the only way she and the team can prove her innocence is to find out what the hell is really going on. And what have dodgy gear, disturbed graves and a decommissioned rock star got to do with all this? Vincent Banecroft has problems of his own in the form of a tall, dark but-definitely-not-handsome man dressed like a funeral who has been sent to make the paper’s editor atone for his sins. Once he finds out exactly what that entails, Banecroft is not keen. Being banished to a Hellscape for all eternity looks like being no fun at all, not least because he has that pale Irish skin that burns really easily… All that, plus territorial ghouls, homicidal felines, eternal (and seemingly unstoppable) gnomes, and a celebrity Who’s Who that’d put a royal wedding to shame, and you’re looking at a wild few days, for The Stranger Times. The fourth book in the acclaimed and brilliantly-funny Stranger Times series. Start with The Stranger Times (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Urban fantasy | TP | $34.99

Backpacking Through Bedlam (Incryptid 12)
McGuire, Seanan
Reunion, noun: One, the state of being united again.
Reconciliation, noun: One, an act of reconciling, as when former enemies agree to an amiable truce. Two, the process of making consistent or compatible. Three, see also ‘impossible’.
Alice Price-Healy gave up her life, for 50 years, to focus completely on the search for her missing husband. The danger of focus like that is that it leaves little room for thinking about what happens, after… and, now, that she’s finally managed to find Thomas, she has no idea what she’s supposed to do next. The fact that he comes with a surrogate daughter who may or may not have some connection to Alice’s recently-adopted grandson is just icing on the complicated cake. So, the three of them are heading for the most complicated place in the universe: they’re going home. But things on Earth have changed – while Alice, Thomas, and Sally have been away. The Covenant of St George, antagonised by Verity’s declaration of war and Sarah’s temporary relocation of an entire college campus, is trying to retake North America from the cryptids and cryptozoologists who’ve been keeping the peace for the past 100 years. And they’re starting in New York. Alice and company have barely been back for an hour, before the Ocean Lady and the Queen of the Routewitches are sending them to New York to help, and they find themselves embroiled in the politics of dragons, kidnappings… and of course, the most dangerous people of all: family. Getting ‘back to normal’ may be the hardest task Alice has undertaken, yet.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $26.95

Empire Falling (Twilight Wars: Twilight Imperium 01)
MacNiven, Robbie
Millennia ago, the great empire of the Lazax brought the galaxy to heel; but, now, their ancient doctrine of strength and peace is failing. In the shadows, other factions begin to move against each other and their authoritarian masters. To rule themselves they must first tear down the crumbling regime they are forced to serve. When the Barony of Letnev, supplier of the Lazax’s grand fleet, blockades a crucial wormhole to force the empire to listen to its demands, the spark of war is ignited and Zara Hail, an official for the Federation of Sol, is caught in the middle. As the threat of conflict continues to escalate, every faction must choose: Bend beneath the yoke of despots, or break the chains that bind them.
Space opera | TP | $24.99

Generation Ship
Mammay, Michael
In 2108, Colony Ship Voyager departed Earth, for the planet of Promissa, with 18,000 of the world’s best and brightest on board. 250 years and 27 light-years later, an arrival is imminent. But all is not well. The probes that they’ve sent ahead, to gather the data needed to establish any kind of settlement, aren’t responding; and the information they have received has presented more questions, than answers. It’s a time when the entire crew should be coming together to solve the problem; but science officer Sheila Jackson can’t get people to listen. With the finish line in sight, a group of crewmembers want an end to the draconian rules that their forebears put in place, generations before. However, security force officer Mark Rector and his department have different plans. As alliances form and fall, Governor Jared Pantel sees only one way to bring Voyager’s citizens together, and secure his own power: a full-scale colonisation effort. Yet, he may have underestimated the passion of those, working for the other side… Meanwhile, a harsh alien planet awaits that might have its own ideas about being colonised. A battle for control brews, and victory for one group could mean death for them, all.
Space opera | TP | $36.99

Garth Marenghi’s Incarcerat (TerrorTome 02)
Marenghi, Garth
Garth Marenghi – Frightenerman, Darkscribe, Doomsage – is back, with volume two of his TerrorTome… Horror novelist, Nick Steen, is abducted and imprisoned at Nulltec, a shadowy technological research facility with excellent conference parking, concealed deep on the Stalkford Downs. There, he is observed, tested, and ‘interfered with’ (physically) by a team of scientific experts led by Dr Barbara Nullman, determined to probe and ‘nullify’ his escaping imagination… Will Nick regain control of his faculties – and, crucially, his particulars – before everyone, including his erstwhile editor, Roz, dies horribly? To find out, you will need to read the book; and, more importantly, purchase it. I can say this much on this blurb (and no more) – not before Nick Steen has faced the ultimate monster. (Don’t read the last story first, or you’ll wreck the entire flow.) From the word processor (that’s correct) of the Archduke O’Darkness, Garth Marenghi – Chief Frightener, Quakerman, and Lord High Petrifier – come three new dark tales. Will ye, too, become the… Incarcerat… The follow-up to TerrorTome (PBK, $24.99).
Horror | HC | $55.00

Remedial Magic (Course in Magic 01)
Marr, Melissa
An unassuming librarian: one, has fallen in love with a powerful witch; two, has discovered that she is a witch; and, three, must attend magical community college to learn how to save her new world from complete destruction… Ellie loves working in her local library, in the small town of Ligonier. She loves baking scones and investigating the mysterious and captivating in her spare time. And there is nothing more mysterious and captivating than the intriguingly beautiful, too properly dressed woman sipping tea in her library who has appeared, as if out of nowhere. The pull between them is undeniable, and Ellie is not sure that she wants to resist. Prospero, a powerful witch from the magical land of Crenshaw, is often accused of being… ruthless in her goals and ambitions. But she is driven to save her dying homeland, and a prophecy tells her that Ellie is the key. Unbeknownst to Ellie, her powers have not yet awakened. But all of that is about to change. The first in a new series.
Urban fantasy | TP | $39.95

Sleeper Straddle: A Novel in Stories (George R R Martin presents Wild Cards)
Martin, George R R & Snodgrass, Melinda M (editors)
Croyd Crenson is the Wild Card’s greatest failure – and its greatest success. Dubbed ‘The Sleeper’, he randomly undergoes hibernations that can span days, weeks, or even months. After each hibernation, he awakens with a new appearance and set of powers – sometimes a joker, sometimes an ace, and sometimes a combination of both – until exhaustion claims him and his next inevitable sleep shuffles the cards anew. Ever since his initial infection in 1946, he’s awoken in a singular body – until now. His latest awakening has left him split into six different incarnations, each of them a self-contained piece of the original and each with a unique look and ability. One of them, at least, recognises this for the disaster that it is, and tasks the clever and elusive Tesla – a joker with ace powers – to locate and gather the remaining five versions of himself before sleep claims them again and leaves Croyd permanently fractured. What follows is a journey through Croyd’s long and colourful life, through the lens of some who have encountered the world’s most unusual wild carder. And, as Tesla delves deeper into the investigation, he’ll have to work fast, because not every Croyd is as amiable as the first – and they’ll do whatever it takes to survive. Featuring stories from: Christopher Rowe, Carrie Vaughn, Cherie Priest, William F Wu, Walter Jon Williams, Stephen Leigh, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Max Gladstone. Edited by George R R Martin, assisted by Melinda M Snodgrass.
Wild Cards | HC | $62.95

Vow of the Shadow King (Shadow King 02)
Mercedes, Sylvia
A treacherous bride. A heartbroken groom. Is their marriage over before it’s begun? Her deceit discovered, Faraine finds herself trapped in the Shadow Realm, at the mercy of her new husband. She’s surrounded by enemies, far from any allies, and her best bet for survival is to convince Vor to send her home. But to do so means to give up on the alliance. Which would spell disaster for her people. With the tremors growing worse and poison spreading through his realm, Vor is more desperate than ever to find a solution. Only, it cannot involve his wife. Vor wants nothing to do with the woman he has inadvertently married. At one time, he thought he might love her, but now? How can love flourish where trust is broken? When circumstances require them to spend more time together, however, Vor’s blood is stirred in ways he doesn’t like to acknowledge. Can two lost hearts find healing and hope in one another? Or is their love already poisoned, beyond recovery? The sequel to Bride of the Shadow King (PBK, $22.99).
Romantasy | PBK | $19.99

Contrarian (Grand Illusion 03)
Modesitt, L E
Protests, against unemployment and poor harvests, have become armed riots as the people sink deeper into poverty. They look to a government struggling to emerge from corruption and conspiracy. Recently elected to the Council of Sixty-Six, Steffan Dekkard is the first Councillor who is an Isolate, a man invulnerable to the emotional manipulations and emotional surveillance of empaths – but not the recent bombing of the Council Office Building by insurrectionists. His patron, the Premier of the Council, has been assassinated, leaving Dekkard with little firsthand political experience and few political allies. Not only must Dekkard handle political infighting, and continued assassination attempts, but it appears that someone, high up in the government and corporations, has supplied arms and explosives to insurrectionists. Insurrectionists who have succeeded in taking over a naval cruiser that no one can seem to find. The Grand Illusion begins with Isolate (PBK, $28.95).
Gaslamp fantasy | HC | $54.99

Wild Massive
Moore, Scotto
Welcome to the Building, an infinitely tall skyscraper in the centre of the multiverse, where any floor could contain a sprawling desert oasis, a cyanide rain forest, or an entire world. Carissa loves her elevator. Up and down she goes, content with the sometimes chewy food her reality fabricator spits out, as long as it means she doesn’t have to speak to another living person. But when a mysterious shapeshifter from an ambiguous world lands on top of her elevator –intent on stopping a plot, to annihilate hundreds of floors – Carissa finds herself stepping out of her comfort zone. She is forced to flee into the Wild Massive network of theme parks, in the Building – where technology, sorcery, and elaborate media tie-ins combine to form impossible ride experiences, where every guest is a VIP, the rollercoasters are frequently safe; and, if you don’t have a valid day pass, the automated defence lasers will escort you from being alive.
Science fiction | TP | $34.99

The Ghosts of Beatrice Bird
Morgan, Louisa
Beatrice Bird is plagued by ghosts. It’s a gift she’s had since she was a small child. Unfortunately, it’s a gift that has grown more intense, shifting from flashes and feelings to physical manifestations she can’t escape. In a desperate attempt for relief, Beatrice flees her home, her partner and a psychology practice in San Francisco for a remote island with only nuns and a few cows for company. She sees as few people as she possibly can. She doesn’t call home. Then she meets Anne Iredale, a timid woman who has lost everything that matters to her. For the first time in a long time, Beatrice’s gift will be called on to help someone in need. The path to healing awaits both of them – if Beatrice can find the courage to take the first step.
Ghost story | PBK | $22.99

The Blind Spots
Mullen, Thomas
In a world where a global event has blinded every person on the planet, one detective seeks a murderer who should not, cannot, exist. Seven years ago, everyone in the world went blind, in a matter of months. Technology helped people adjust to the new normal, creating a device that approximates vision, downloading visual data directly to people’s brains. But what happens, when someone finds a way to manipulate it and change what people see? Homicide detective Mark Owens has been on the force since before The Blinding. When a scientist is murdered, and the only witness insists the killer was blacked out of her vision, Owens doesn’t believe her – until a similar murder happens in front of him. With suspects ranging from tech billionaires to anti-modernity cultists, Owens must conduct an investigation in which he can’t even trust his own eyes…
SF thriller | PBK | $22.99

Cold Curses (Heirs of Chicagoland 05)
Neill, Chloe
Elisa, the only vampire ever born, is hoping all can remain quiet in the City of Chicago in the wake of a destructive attack by an ancient demon who broke the city’s defensive magic. Still, she and her friends, including shifter Connor Keene, know they need to be ready for anything. Everyone is working as hard as they can to repair the city’s wards, but unwelcome creatures are slipping through and Elisa soon finds herself caught in the middle of a magical turf war with roots that go back generations. She knows she will have to take a stand, but retaliating threatens to reveal her deepest secret…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $24.99

For the First Time, Again (Take Them to the Stars trilogy 03)
Neuvel, Sylvain
When you don’t know The Rules, it’s hard to stay safe. After a traumatic incident, Aster’s blood work comes back with some unusual readings. Unsurprising, as she’s the last of an alien race called the Kibsu, though she doesn’t know it. She becomes the focus of a hunt, with her mortal enemies, the Trackers, on one side, and the American government on the other. But help has come from a most unexpected quarter. Whoever finds her first, it won’t be good news for Aster. Or, for the world! Against the backdrop of authentic historical events, Sylvain Neuvel concludes his acclaimed Take Them to the Stars series with a biting satire on the role of authority, in all its guises; bringing us a truly breathtaking sf trilogy that spans the ages. This series begins with A History of What Comes Next (PBK, $22.99).
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99

Jungle House
Pachico, Julianne
A young woman is brought up in the jungle, by artificial intelligence – Never Let Me Go meets Lord of the Flies. Lena has always lived in the jungle with Mother. There, they look after a holiday home in surroundings that burst with colour and crawl with danger. Lena’s only other friend is Isabella, who once visited regularly with her wealthy parents and security drone, Anton. But Isabella and her family haven’t been seen, in years. Mother is not like other mothers. She gets angry, when Lena draws her with a face. When Lena challenges her to portray herself, she paints a tiny yellow dot, surrounded by swirling black. She is a bastion of light, she says, against an army of darkness. Outside, rebels are fighting to take over the country. Mother is determined nothing will change, inside the security fence, nothing to threaten her bond with Lena, or endanger the family. But there are secrets that need to emerge. How did Lena end up here? And what has happened to the family who no longer visit? What has Mother been planning, and what is gathering around them to change their lives forever?
Science fiction | HC | $32.99

Zoey is too Drunk for this Dystopia (Zoey Ashe 03)
Pargin, Jason (aka Wong, David)
Zoey Ashe wakes up, every day, feeling like she’s trying to steer a battleship while tied to the propeller. The 23-year-old heiress to a criminal empire is navigating a futuristic world of high-tech liars and cutthroats, forced to learn the rules of a devious game she never asked to play. Now, she’s facing a crisis that is both bigger and stranger than all that came before: The gleaming new city of Tabula Ra$a is hosting its massive, annual music festival; which, every year, precedes the equally-massive, annual, drunken riot. This is all organised by Zoey’s people, including the riot. As her advisors explain, the citizens need a little controlled chaos, now and then. Zoey, however, fears the chaos will not stay controlled for long. When a horrific crime is broadcast live, on an all-seeing social network, Zoey and her team suspect a carefully-staged hoax – arranged by one of the Tabula Ra$a’s shadowy, power players. But in a city in which lies are always served in layers, even that explanation will prove far too simple. The first book in the Zoey Ashe series is Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (PBK, $19.99).
Cosmic horror | PBK | $22.99

We Ate the Dark
Pearson, Mallory
Five years after Sofia Lyon disappeared, her remains are found – stuffed into the hollow of a tree, bursting through the floorboards of an abandoned house in the woods. The women, who loved her, flock home to the North Carolina hills to face their grief. Frankie, Sofia’s twin, is in furious mourning. Poppy is heartbroken. Cass has never felt more homesick. And Marya knows something, the rest of them don’t. Determined to find Sofia’s murderer, they share more than a need to see justice done for their friend. Each woman is haunted, bound to the next by something both cruel and kind, and now stalked by a shadowy presence they’ve yet to understand. Only to question, and to fear. As Sofia’s secrets unravel, so do those of the woods, and the women soon realise that Sofia might not be, who they thought she was, at all. And that whoever – or whatever – killed her is coming after them.
Horror | TP | $37.95

A Light Most Hateful
Piper, Hailey
Three years after running away from home, Olivia is stuck with a dead-end job, in nowhere town Chapel Hill, Pennsylvania. At least, she has her best friend, Sunflower. Olivia figures she’ll die in Chapel Hill, if not from boredom; then the summer-night storm which crashes into town, with a mind-bending monster in tow. If Olivia’s going to escape Chapel Hill and, someday, reconcile with her parents, she’ll need to dodge residents enslaved by the storm’s otherworldly powers, and find Sunflower. But as the night strains friendships and reality itself, Olivia suspects the storm, and its monster, may have its eyes on Sunflower, and everything she loves.
Supernatural thriller | PBK | $19.99

Exit Black
Pitkin, Joe
Imperium is the most expensive structure ever created. Once an orbiting laboratory, it is now a space hotel for the fantastically wealthy. But as the station preps for its first group of space tourists, Dr Chloe Bonilla, Imperium’s resident biophysicist, finds herself questioning whether babysitting a bunch of space glampers is worth the distraction from her research. A private rocket delivers a rogues’ gallery of the world’s elite to Imperium: eccentric billionaires, callow tech bros, a sponsored Instagram influencer, and a seemingly-saintly philanthropist. However, posing among the staff are members of a global terrorist group who call themselves the Reckoners, hell bent on upending the economic inequality of 21st-century Earth – and they have a bone to pick, with these scions of the one per cent. As the Reckoners take control of Imperium and demand an $8 billion ransom from their wealthy hostages, it’s up to Dr Bonilla to save them, and fast. Or the captives will be forced to exit the station – and there’s only one way out.
Space opera | TP | $35.95

Fall Through (graphic novel)
Powell, Nate
At first glance, Diamond Mine seems to have emerged, in 1979, as Arkansas’ first punk band. Instead, this quartet is revealed to be interdimensional travellers from 1994, guided – largely, against their will – by vocalist Diana’s powerful spell embedded into their song ‘Fall Through’, As Diamond Mine tours the country, each performance of the song triggers a fracturing of space-time, perceptible only by the band members; as they’re transported to alternate worlds in which they’ve never existed, but their band’s legend has. That is, until Jody, the band’s bassist and the story’s protagonist, finds herself disrupting Diana’s sorcery; even at the cost of her own beloved work and legacy. While some band members perpetually seek the free space offered by the underground punk scene –to escape from their mundane, or traumatic, lives; others work toward it, as a means of expression, connection, and growth – even if that means eventually outgrowing Sisyphean patterns and, inevitably, outgrowing their beloved band-family, altogether. Master cartoonist Nate Powell has crafted a graphic novel that serves as both a brilliant example of circular storytelling, reminiscent of Netflix’s Russian Doll, and a love letter to the spirit of punk communities. Fall Through will stay with the reader, long after they’ve turned the last page, asking the impossible question: Would you burn down everything you love, in order to save it all?
Musical time travel | HC | $44.99

My Brother’s Keeper
Powers, Tim
Howarth, 1846. In a parsonage at the edge of the moors, a widowed rector lives with his family: three daughters and their dissolute brother, Bramwell. Though the future will celebrate Charlotte, Emily, and Anne… right now, they are unknown, their genius concealed. In just a few short years, they will all be dead; and it will be middle sister Emily’s chance encounter with a grievously-wounded man, on the moor, that sets them on the path to their doom. For there is an ancient pagan secret haunting the moors, a dark inheritance in the family bloodline, and something terrible buried under an ogham-inscribed slab in the church. Not only are their lives at stake, but their very souls. My Brother’s Keeper is an atmospheric gothic novel that mixes diabolical hatred and vengeance with the supreme power of love to conjure dark magic, from the tragic fate of the Brontë sisters.
Historical gothic fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Blueprint
Rashad, Rae Giana
Solenne Bonet lives in Texas, where choice no longer exists. An algorithm determines a Black woman’s occupation, spouse, and residence. Solenne finds solace in penning the biography of Henriette: an ancestor, who’d been an enslaved concubine to a wealthy planter in 1800s’ Louisiana. But history repeats itself, when Solenne, lonely and naïve, finds herself entangled with Bastien Martin, a high-ranking government official. Solenne finds the psychological bond unbearable, so she considers alternatives. With Henriette as her guide, she must decide whether and how to leave behind all she knows. Inspired by the lives of enslaved concubines to US politicians and planters, The Blueprint unfolds over dual timelines to explore bodily autonomy, hypocrisy, and power imbalances through the lens of the nation’s most unprotected: a Black girl. In the vein of Octavia E Butler and Margaret Atwood, a harrowing novel set in an alternate United States – a world of injustice and bondage in which a young Black woman becomes the concubine of a powerful white government official, and must face the dangerous consequences.
Dystopia | HC | $65.00

A Season of Monstrous Conceptions (novella)
Rather, Lina
In 17th-century London, unnatural babies are being born, with eyes made for the dark and webbed digits suited to the sea. Sarah Davis is intimately familiar with such strangeness – having hidden her uncanny nature all her life and fled to London under suspicious circumstances, Sarah starts over as a midwife’s apprentice, to a member of the illegal Worshipful Company of Midwives; hoping to carve out for herself an independent life. But with each new unnatural birth, the fear in London grows of the Devil’s work. When the wealthy Lady Wren hires her to see her through her pregnancy, Sarah quickly becomes a favourite of her husband, the famous architect Lord Christopher Wren – whose interest, in the uncanny, borders on obsession. Sarah, soon, finds herself caught in a web of magic and intrigue created by those who want to use her power for themselves; and whose pursuits threaten to unmake the earth, itself. A 160pp, Tor.com novella.
Historical dark fantasy | HC | $36.99

Rebelein, Sam
After publishing his debut novel, The Shattered Man, to disappointing sales and reviews, Campbell P Marion is struggling to find inspiration for a follow-up. When Edenville College invites him to join, as a writer-in-residence, he’s convinced that his bad luck has finally taken a turn. His girlfriend, Quinn, isn’t so sure – she grew up near Edenville, and has good reasons for not wanting to move back. Cam disregards her scepticism and accepts the job, with Quinn reluctantly following along. But there’s something wrong in Edenville. Despite the charming, old ladies milling about Main Street and picturesque sunflowers dotting the sidewalks, poison lurks beneath the surface. As a series of strange and ominous events escalate in Edenville and among its residents, Cam and Quinn find themselves entangled in a dark and disturbing history.
Horror | PBK | $22.99

River Mumma
Reid-Benta, Zalika
Alicia has been out of grad school for months. She has no career prospects and lives with her mom – who won’t stop texting her macabre news stories, and reminders to pick up items from the grocery store. Then, one evening, the Jamaican water deity, River Mumma, appears to Alicia, telling her that she has 24 hours to scour the city for her missing comb. Alicia doesn’t understand why River Mumma would choose her. She can’t remember all the legends her relatives told her, unlike her retail co-worker Heaven, who can reel off Jamaican folklore, by heart. She doesn’t know if her childhood visions have returned, or why she feels a strange connection to her other co-worker Mars. But when the trio are chased down by malevolent spirits, called duppies, they realise their tenuous bonds to each other may be their only lifelines. With the clock ticking, Alicia’s quest through the city broadens into a journey through time – to find herself, and what the river carries. Energetic and invigorating, River Mumma is a vibrant exploration of diasporic community and ancestral ties, and a homage to Jamaican storytelling by one of the most invigorating voices in today’s literature.
Urban fantasy | HC | $57.95

Machine Vendetta (Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies 03)
Reynolds, Alastair
Panoply is a small, efficient police force, dedicated to maintaining the rule of democracy among the 10,000 disparate city states orbiting the planet Yellowstone. Ingvar Tench was one of Panoply’s most experienced operatives. So, why did she walk alone, and virtually unarmed, into a habitat with a vicious grudge against her organisation? As his colleagues pick up the pieces, Dreyfus must face his conscience. Four years ago, when an investigation linked to one of his most dangerous adversaries got a little too personal, Dreyfus arranged for Tench to continue the enquiry, by proxy. In using her – even though, he had his reasons – did Dreyfus also put her in the line of fire? And what does Tench’s misadventure tell him about an enemy, he had hoped was dormant? The first of the Prefect Dreyfus Emergencies is The Prefect (aka Aurora Rising) (PBK, $26.99). This is the US trade paperback of Machine Vendetta. We expect the UK trade paperback edition ($34.99) in July.
SF crime | TP | $45.95

A Fire Endless (Elements of Cadence 02)
Ross, Rebecca
East and west. Humans and spirits. The tenuous balance of the Isle of Cadence is under threat from Bane, the spirit of the north wind. In the west, Adaira struggles to find her place. And, though magic blooms there, the spirits suffer beneath Bane’s harsh power, felt in every gust of wind. In the east, Jack Tamerlaine is adrift without Adaira, until he acquires a mission destined to lead him back to her. But, among the Tamerlaines, sickness is spreading; and Torin desperately strikes a bargain with the spirits – a folly, at any time. With their very land at risk, all will need to join together to confront Bane. Yet, none can challenge the north wind without paying a terrible price, and the sacrifice required may be more than they can bear… The stunning sequel to A River Enchanted (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle 01, deluxe edition)
Rothfuss, Patrick
‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’ So begins, the tale of Kvothe – currently known as Kote, theunassuming innkeeper – from his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, through his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe the notorious magician, the accomplished thief, the masterful musician, the dragon-slayer, the legend-hunter, the lover, the thief, and the infamous assassin. The Name of the Wind is fantasy at its very best, and an astounding must-read coming-of-age adventure. A deluxe hardcover edition.
Fantasy | HC | $69.99

The Destroyer of Worlds (Lovecraft Country 02)
Ruff, Matt
Summer, 1957. Atticus Turner and his father, Montrose, travel to North Carolina to mark the centennial of their ancestor’s escape from slavery, but an encounter with an old nemesis leads to a life-and-death pursuit. Back in Chicago, George Berry is diagnosed with cancer and strikes a devil’s bargain with the ghost of Hiram Winthrop, who promises a miracle cure – but, only, if George brings Winthrop back from the dead. Fifteen-year-old Horace Berry, reeling from the killing of a close friend, joins his mother, Hippolyta, and her friend Letitia Dandridge on a trip to Nevada for The Safe Negro Travel Guide. But Hippolyta has a secret – and far more dangerous – agenda that will take her and Horace to the far end of the universe, and bring a new threat home to Letitia’s doorstep. Hippolyta isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Letitia’s sister, Ruby, has been leading a double life as her white, alter ego, Hillary Hyde. Now, the supply of magic potion, she needs to transform herself, is nearly gone, and a surprise visitor throws her already tenuous situation into complete chaos. Yet, these troubles are soon eclipsed by the return of Caleb Braithwhite. Stripped of his magic and banished from Chicago – at the end of Lovecraft Country (PBK, $19.99) – he’s found a way back into power and is ready to pick up, where he left off. But, first, he has a score to settle…
Cthulhuiana | TP | $42.95

Ashes of Man (Sun Eater 05)
Ruocchio, Christopher
The galaxy is burning. With the Cielcin united under one banner, the Sollan Empire stands alone after the betrayal of the Commonwealth. The Prophet-King of the Cielcin has sent its armies to burn the worlds of men, and worse, there are rumours… whispers that Hadrian Marlowe is dead, killed in the fighting. But it is not so. Hadrian survived with the help of the witch, Valka, and together they escaped the net of the enemy having learned a terrible truth: the gods that the Cielcin worship are real and will not rest, until the universe is dark and cold. What is more, the Emperor himself is in danger. The Prophet-King has learned to track his movements as he travels along the borders of Imperial space. Now, the Cielcin legions are closing in, their swords poised to strike off the head of all mankind. The fifth novel of the galaxy-spanning Sun Eater series merges the best of space opera and epic fantasy, as Hadrian Marlowe continues down a path that can only end in fire. Begin the series with Empire of Silence (PBK, $24.99).
Space fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Day of Fallen Night (Roots of Chaos 02, prequel)
Shannon, Samantha
Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For 50 years, she has trained to slay wyrms – but none have appeared, since the Nameless One; and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory’s purpose. To the north – in the Queendom of Inys – Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, narrowly saving both realms from ruin. Their daughter, Glorian, trails in their shadow – exactly, where she wants to be. The dragons of the East have slept for centuries. Dumai has spent her life in a Seiikinese mountain temple, trying to wake the gods from their long slumber. Now, someone from her mother’s past is coming to upend her fate. When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, these women must find the strength to protect humankind from a devastating threat. Intricate and epic, A Day of Fallen Night sweeps readers back to the world of A Priory of the Orange Tree (PBK, $22.99), showing us a course of events that shaped it, for generations to come. Highly recommended.
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

Simmons, Dan
It is the 29th century and the universe of the Human Hegemony is under threat. Invasion by the warlike Ousters looms, and the mysterious schemes of the secessionist AI TechnoCore bring chaos ever closer. On the eve of disaster, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a final voyage to the legendary Time Tombs on Hyperion, home to the Shrike, a lethal creature, part god and part killing machine, whose powers transcend the limits of time and space. The pilgrims have resolved to die before discovering anything less than the secrets of the universe, itself. The book that reinvented space opera, from the Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning author. A reissue with eye-catching new cover art (sadly, this new cover art does not match the rest of the Masterworks series).
SF Masterworks | PBK | $24.99

The Flaw in the Crystal and Other Uncanny Stories by May Sinclair (Tales of the Weird)
Sinclair, May & Ashley, Mike (editor)
Tales of eternal damnation, love, sexuality, death and supernatural talents form the core of May Sinclair’s essential and ground-breaking oeuvre. Literary and still thrilling, today, her stories explore the strangeness at the heart of human experience and relationships, where the mundane and the everyday meets lurking, otherworldly weirdness. Including the contents of the classic collections Uncanny Stories (1923) and The Intercessor and Other Stories (1931), this new volume also features two rare, strange tales – from a third, lesser-known book – which explore further facets of Sinclair’s fascination with the uncanny.
Weird | TP | $37.95

Resonance Surge (Psy-Changeling Trinity 07)
Singh, Nalini
Pavel and Yakov Stepyrev have been a unit since their birth, but now Pavel’s life is veering in a new direction, his heart held in the hands of Arwen Mercant, a Psy empath – and the only man who has ever brought Pavel to his knees. This is it. A point of irrevocable change. For Pavel… for Arwen… for Yakov… and for another pair of twins – whose bond has a far-darker history. A low-gradient Psy, Theodora Marshall is considered worthless, by everyone but her violently powerful twin, Pax. She is the sole person he trusts, in their venomous family, to investigate a hidden and terrible part of their family history – an unregistered rehabilitation centre established by their grandfather. Places of unimaginable pain designed to psychically wipe minds, leaving the victims shells of their former selves, the Centres are an ugly vestige of the Psy race’s Silent past. But this Centre was worse. Far, far worse. And, now, Theo must uncover the awful truth – in the company of a scowling bear named Yakov who isn’t about to take a Marshall at face value… especially a Marshall who has turned his dreams into chilling nightmares. Because Yakov is the great-grandson of a foreseer… and he has seen Theo die in an unstoppable surge of blood. Night after night after night…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $22.99

The Briar Book of the Dead
Slatter, A G
Told in the award-winning Brisbane author’s trademark, gorgeous, addictive prose, this is an intricately-woven tale of a family of witches struggling against the bonds of past sins and persecution. Ellie Briar is the first non-witch to be born into her family for generations. The Briar family of witches run the town of Silverton, caring for its inhabitants with their skills and magic. In the usual scheme of things, they would be burnt for their sorcery, but the church has given them dispensation in return for their protection of the borders of the Darklands, where the much-feared Leech Lords hold sway. Ellie is being trained as a steward, administering for the town, and warding off the insistent interest of the church. When her grandmother dies suddenly, Ellie’s cousin Audra rises to the position of Briar Witch, propelling Ellie into her new role. As she navigates fresh challenges, an unexpected new ability to see and speak to the dead leads her to uncover sinister family secrets, stories of burnings, lost grimoires and evil spells. Reeling from one revelation to the next, she seeks answers from the long dead and is forced to decide who to trust, as a devastating plot threatens to destroy everything the Briar witches have sacrificed so much to build. Set in the same universe as the acclaimed All the Murmuring Bones (PBK, $22.99) and The Path of Thorns (PBK, $24.99) (one of Oprah Daily’s Top 25 Fantasy Novels of 2022), this beautifully-told Gothic fairy tale of ghosts, witches, deadly secrets, and past sins, will be perfect for fans of Hannah Whitten and Ava Reid. Signed copies are available.
Gothic fantasy | PBK | $27.99

The Bone Shard War (Drowning Empire 03)
Stewart, Andrea
Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance – and Lin is dangerously short of allies. As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Both seek her death. Yet, hopes lies in history. Legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries’ past. If Lin can find them, before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide. If she fails, the Sukai dynasty – and the entire empire – will fall. The unmissable conclusion to the Drowning Empire series, which began with The Bone Shard Daughter (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The City of Stardust
Summers, Georgia
For centuries, Everlys have seen their brightest and best disappear, taken as punishment for a crime no one remembers, for a purpose no one understands. Their tormentor is a woman named Penelope, who never ages, never grows sick – and never forgives a debt. Ten years ago, Violet Everly’s mother left to break the curse, and never returned. Now, Violet must find her mother, or she will be taken in her place. Her hunt leads her into a seductive magical underworld of power-hungry scholars, fickle gods, and monsters bent on revenge. And into the path of Penelope’s quiet assistant, Aleksander, who she knows cannot be trusted – and, yet, to whom she finds herself undeniably drawn. Tied to a very literal deadline, Violet will travel to the edges of the world to find her mother, and the key to the city of stardust, where the Everly story began… Filled with magic, stardust, and a shockingly-dark heart, this is a stunning standalone fantasy perfect for fans of The Ten Thousand Doors of January (PBK, $22.99), The Starless Sea (PBK, $22.99), and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (PBK, $24.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Invocations
Sutherland, Krystal
Three girls, one supernatural killer on the loose… Zara Jones believes in magic, because the alternative is too painful to consider – that her murdered sister is gone forever, and there is nothing she can do about it. Rather than grieving and moving on, Zara decides she will do whatever it takes, to claw her sister back from the grave – even trading in the occult. Jude Wolf may be the daughter of a billionaire, but she is also undeniably cursed. After a deal with a demon went horribly wrong, her soul has been slowly turning necrotic. It’s a miserable existence marred by pain, sickness, and monstrous things that taunt her in the night. Now, that she’s glimpsed what’s beyond the veil, Jude’s desperate to find someone to undo the damage she’s done to herself. Enter Emer Byrne, an orphaned witch with a dark past and a deadly power, aka the solution to both Zara’s and Jude’s problems. Though, Emer lives a hardscrabble life, she gives away her most valuable asset – her invocations – to women in desperate situations who are willing to sacrifice a piece of their soul, in exchange for a scrap of power. Zara and Jude are willing, but they first have to find Emer. When Emer’s clients start turning up dead, all over London, a vital clue leads Zara and Jude right to her. If a serial killer is targeting her clients, Emer wants to know why – and to stop them. She strikes a tenuous alliance with Zara and Jude to hunt a killer, before they are next on his list; even if she can’t give them, in return, what Zara and Jude want most – a sister and a soul.
Supernatural thriller | TP | $24.99

Trials of Empire (Empire of the Wolf 03)
Swan, Richard
The time of judgement is at hand… The Empire of the Wolf is on its knees, but there’s life in the great beast, yet. To save it, Sir Konrad Vonvalt and Helena must look beyond its borders for allies – to the wolfmen of the southern plains, and the pagan clans in the north. But old grievances run deep, and both factions would benefit from the fall of Sova. Even these allies might not be enough. Their enemy, the zealot Bartholomew Claver, wields infernal powers bestowed on him by a mysterious demonic patron. If Vonvalt and Helena are to stand against him, they will need friends on both sides of the mortal plane – but such allegiances carry a heavy price. As the battlelines are drawn in both Sova and the afterlife, the final reckoning draws close. Here, at the beating heart of the Empire, the two-headed wolf will be reborn in a blaze of justice… or crushed beneath the shadow of tyranny. The epic conclusion to the bestselling Empire of the Wolf series, which begins with The Justice of Kings (PBK, $24.99).
Fantasy | TP | $34.99

Convergence Problems (collection)
Talabi, Wole
From the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Nommo award-nominated author of Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon (TP, $32.99) comes a stunning new collection of stories that investigate the rapidly changing role of technology and belief in our lives – as we search for meaning, for knowledge, for justice; constantly converging on our future selves. In ‘An Arc of Electric Skin’, a roadside mechanic seeking justice volunteers to undergo a procedure that will increase the electrical conductivity of his skin by orders of magnitude. In ‘Blowout’, a woman races against time and a previously undocumented geological phenomenon to save her brother on the surface of Mars. In ‘Ganger’, a young woman trapped in a city, run by machines, must transfer her consciousness into an artificial body and find a way to give her life purpose. In ‘Debut’, a Nairobi-based technical support engineer tries to understand what is happening, when an AI art system begins malfunctioning in ways that could change the world. The 16 stories of Convergence Problems – which include work published for the first time in this collection; rare stories; and recently-acclaimed work – showcase Talabi at his creative best: playful and profound, exciting and experimental, always interesting.
Science fiction | HC | $57.95

Tales of the Celestial Kingdom (Celestial Kingdom 03, collection)
Tan, Sue Lynn
Sue Lynn Tan’s highly-acclaimed, bestselling Celestial Kingdom duology is expanded with this new compilation of stories from before, during, and after the events in Daughter of the Moon Goddess (PBK, $22.99) and Heart of the Sun Warrior (PBK, $24.99), all from the perspectives of beloved characters. Tales of the Celestial Kingdom collects nine spellbinding stories – two previously published, seven original, including the epilogue to the duology – set in the enchanting world of Sue Lynn Tan’s stunning debut. Filled with magic and mythology, friendship and love, these stories intertwine through the past, present, and future of the two novels, told from the perspectives of multiple characters, including Chang’e, Shuxiao, Liwei, and Wenzhi. With beautiful illustrations from Kelly Chong throughout, these wondrous tales make the perfect complement to Sue Lynn Tan’s breathtaking series. Embark upon new adventures of valour, danger, and love, in a world where the celestial and mortal realms entwine.
Silkpunk | TP | $32.99

Heart of the Sun Warrior (Celestial Kingdom duology 02)
Tan, Sue Lynn
Those forged through fire form the strongest blades. After winning her mother’s freedom from the Emperor, Xingyin lives peacefully at home, on the moon. But that fragile peace is threatened by a strange new magic – Xingyin is determined to keep clear of danger; but the discovery of a shocking truth forces her to flee her home. once more. Xingyin and her companions venture across the Immortal Realm, encountering cunning monarchs, legendary creatures, beloved friends, and bitter foes on their travels. As an unspeakable terror sweeps the realm – Xingyin must uncover the truth of her heart and rise against this evil, before it destroys everything she holds dear, and all she has grown to love… Inspired by the legend of Chang’e the Moon Goddess, this is the sequel to Sue Lynn Tan’s captivating debut, Daughter of the Moon Goddess (PBK, $22.99).
Silkpunk | PBK | $24.99

These Deadly Prophecies
Tang, Andrea
Being an apprentice to one of the world’s most famous sorcerers has its challenges; Tabatha Zeng just didn’t think they would include solving crime. But when her boss, the infamous fortune-teller Sorcerer Solomon, predicts his own brutal death – and worse, it comes true – Tabatha finds herself caught in the crosshairs. The police have their sights set on her and Callum Solomon, her murdered boss’ youngest son. With suspicion swirling around them, the two decide to team up to find the real killer, and clear their own names, once and for all. But solving a murder isn’t as easy as it seems; especially when the suspect list is mostly the rich, connected, and magical members of Sorcerer Solomon’s family. And Tabatha can’t quite escape the nagging voice in her head, asking: just how much can she really trust Callum Solomon? Nothing is as it seems, in this quick-witted and fantastical murder mystery.
YA fantasy mystery | PBK | $19.99

Africa Risen (A New Era of Speculative Fiction, anthology)
Thomas, Sheree Renée; Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald; Knight, Zelda (editors)
A group of cabinet ministers query a supercomputer containing the minds of the country’s ancestors. A child robot on a dying planet uncovers signs of fragile new life. A descendent of a rain goddess inherits her grandmother’s ability to change her appearance – and, perhaps, the world. Created in the legacy of the award-winning anthology series Dark Matter, Africa Risen celebrates the vibrancy, diversity, and reach of African and Afro-Diasporic sf&f and reaffirms that Africa is not rising – it’s already here.
Speculative fiction | TP | $34.99

The Best of World SF (volume 03)
Tidhar, Lavie (editor)
In this third instalment, you’ll discover alien artists, rioting dinosaurs, shape-shifting rabbits, heartbreak-harvesting cafés, and one robot on a quest for meaning. You will be transported to the stars and back down to Earth and sideways, with the order of the world turned upside down. Featuring authors from Austria, Bulgaria, China, Finland, Ghana, Greece, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa, this collection’s stories have been selected by award-winning writer, editor and World SF expert Lavie Tidhar. The most exciting science fiction on the planet comes from all corners of the globe. And it’s all in the Best of World SF series.
Year’s Best | HC | $49.99

Child of Earth and Sky (Sisters Grimm 03)
van Praag, Menna
Goldie is nearly 30. And Luna is her daughter. Eight years old, she is part star, part Grimm. With her father’s scars marking body and her mother’s powers at her fingertips, she is increasingly consumed by the struggle between the two opposing forces within her. When Luna’s teacher notices the child’s scars, and summons social services; Goldie, facing the very real danger that she’ll lose her daughter, goes on the run. But the fates are against her, her daughter is taken into care, and the only time and place they are able to meet, at night, is in the strange, haunted realm of Everwhere. Goldie is desperate to reclaim her daughter, but she notices her Luna’s behaviour is becoming disconcertingly erratic. And, in Everwhere, all is far from well: fresh leaves are falling once more and Grimm girls are dying. Fearing the return of her demonic father, Goldie stalks the shadows and glades of Everywhere, hoping to confront the killer. Then, one night, she is attacked… by her own child. Calling on the help of her sister Liyana and her Tarot cards, Goldie learns that to save Luna and curb the darkness growing within her, the connection between Everwhere and our world must be severed. But, to do so, would mean crippling the powers of the Grimm girls, throughout the world. Is this a price, Goldie is willing to pay? And, more significantly, will her daughter let her…? This series begins with The Sisters Grimm (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

A City of Flames (City of Flames 01)
Vasquez, Rina
When a fire dragon attacks her village, the perfect opportunity presents itself – now, she can take revenge on the creatures that killed her father. But the dragon, she’s determined to kill, seems fascinated by Nara – something, everyone slowly begins to notice… After this strange event, Nara is invited to join the Venators – a trained order of people, who slay dangerous magical creatures – just like her father, before her. This offer should be a dream come true. After all, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to hunt down the cruel, destructive creatures that enslaved humans for thousands of years? But Nara is about to learn the ugly truth; history is written by the victors. The first in a series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Cursed Rose (Bone Spindle 03, YA)
Vedder, Leslie
Fi is a prisoner. Briar, a monster. Shane’s a warrior. And Red is a traitor. What was once a formidable group of four – fighting to reawaken the kingdom – is now ruptured, torn apart by the wicked Spindle Witch. Confined to a tower, with the monstrous Briar Rose, Fi is caught in the Spindle Witch’s ever-tightening web. With the Spindle Witch on the verge of finding the Siphoning Spells, and crushing Andar – with Fi’s help, no less – Fi’s only hope lies in decoding the ancient riddle of the Rose Witches, before she loses Briar, forever. Shane is desperate to save Andar – and her partner. She’s on the hunt for a weapon, left by the mysterious Lord of the Butterflies; which holds the key to the Spindle Witch’s demise. Her love for Red has only fortified. But Red’s betrayal puts her in danger, from a new enemy – the Spindle Witch’s executioner, the Wraith… a witch as powerful, as he is cruel. The future of Andar lies in the secrets of its past. Fi and Shane must take on the greatest lost ruin of them, all – the Tomb of Queen Aurora. Filled with vicious bone monsters, new alliances, and surprises at every turn, prepare to be swept away by this taut, clever, and heart-filled series conclusion. The first in the series is The Bone Spindle (PBK, $19.99).
YA fairy tales retold | PBK | $19.99

Midnight on Beacon Street
Verona, Emily Ruth
October 1993. One night. One house. One dead body. When single mom Eleanor Mazinski goes out a for a much-needed date night, she leaves her two young children – sweet, innocent six-year-old Ben and precocious, defiant 12-year-old Mira – in the capable hands of their sitter, Amy. The quiet 17-year-old is good at looking after children, despite her anxiety disorder. She also loves movies, especially horror flicks. Amy likes their predictability; it calms the panic that threatens to overwhelm her. The evening starts out normally enough, with games, pizza, and dancing. But as darkness falls, events in this quaint suburban New Jersey house take a terrifying turn – unexpected visitors at the door, mysterious phone calls, and by midnight, little Ben is in the kitchen standing in a pool of blood, with a dead body at his feet.
Horror | TP | $39.95

Blood Circus
Victoire, Camila
At the end of the 21st century, climate change and famine almost ended humanity – until the discovery of the Klujns: a barbaric, humanoid species, with strangely-coloured eyes and even stranger abilities. Their crystal claws and bones fertilise barren soil, and their tender meat is a super-protein. Klujns are both humans’ saviours and natural-born enemies, meant to be hunted and used. When 16-year-old Ava finds herself on the wrong side of a military fence, erected to protect the North American Territory, she’s captured by Klujns; and made to participate in the Blood Race, a macabre tradition where young human hostages compete, to the death, for Klujn amusement. At first, she is terrified. But, as Ava observes Klujn behaviour that contradicts what she’s learned, she begins to wonder: Are Klujns as different, as she was led to believe? And, as she fights for her life, does it matter?
YA dystopia | TP | $35.95

Made of Stars
Voris, Jenna
Shane and Ava are a team. He steals the aircraft, she charms their mark, and together they take what they need. Not even their distracting chemistry could get in the way. Until Shane was caught and left to rot on a prison moon. Now, freshly escaped from confinement and simmering with anger, he has his sights set on their biggest job, yet. Cyrus just graduated from the flight academy with a shiny new position lined up reporting to a well-respected general. On his very first assignment, he stops the outlaws in their tracks – or he would have, if his annoyingly handsome co-pilot, Lark, hadn’t fallen for Ava’s deception. But when Shane uncovers a top-secret plot that would leave his and Ava’s home world at the mercy of Cyrus’ military leaders, he makes it his mission to thwart them at all costs. It isn’t long before the two of them make interstellar headlines with each new heist. And thanks to a chance run-in with the rebels, Cyrus is caught between two versions of the truth. He must pick a side – and fast. Because Shane and Ava will bring the planet to its knees… or die trying.
YA space opera | TP | $32.95

Dead Things Are Closer Than They Appear
Wasley, Robin
High school is hard enough to survive without an apocalypse to navigate. Sid Spencer has always been the most normal girl in her abnormal hometown, a tourist trap built over one of the fault lines that seal magic away from the world. Meanwhile, all Sid has to deal with is hair-ruining humidity, painful awkwardness, being one of four Asians in town, and her friends dumping her when they start dating each other – just days after one of the most humiliating romantic rejections faced by anyone, ever, in all of history. Then someone kills one of the Guardians who protect the seal. The earth rips open and unleashes the magic trapped inside. Monsters crawl from the ground, no one can enter or leave, and the man behind it all is roaming the streets with a gang of violent vigilantes. Suddenly, Sid’s life becomes a lot less ordinary. When she finds out her missing brother is involved, she joins the remaining Guardians, desperate to find him, and close the fault line for good. Fighting through hordes of living corpses and uncontrollable growths of forest, Sid and a ragtag crew of would-be heroes are the only thing standing between their town and the end of the world as they know it. Between magic, murderers, and burgeoning crushes, Sid must survive being a perfectly normal girl caught in a perfectly abnormal apocalypse. Only – how can someone so ordinary make it, in such an extraordinary world? A painfully-average teen’s life is upended by a magical apocalypse, in this darkly atmospheric and sweepingly romantic novel; perfect for fans of The Raven Boys (TP, $32.95) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
YA fantasy | HC | $45.95

System Collapse (Murderbot Diaries 07, novella)
Wells, Martha
Following the events in Network Effect (HC/TP, $42.99/$32.99), the Barish-Estranza corporation has sent rescue ships to a newly-colonised planet in peril, as well as additional SecUnits. But if there’s an ethical corporation out there, Murderbot has yet to find it, and if Barish-Estranza can’t have the planet, they’re sure as hell not leaving without something. If that something just happens to be an entire colony of humans, well, a free workforce is a decent runner-up prize. But there’s something wrong with Murderbot; it isn’t running within normal operational parameters. ART’s crew and the humans from Preservation are doing everything they can to protect the colonists, but with Barish-Estranza’s SecUnit-heavy persuasion teams, they’re going to have to hope Murderbot figures out what’s wrong with itself, and fast! Yeah, this plan is… not going to work. If you know us at all, you know that it is Ron’s sworn mission to saturate the greater south-east’s personal libraries with the Murderbot Diaries (among other titles, from time to time). Accept his will, and read them!
Science fiction | HC | $39.99

Beyond Enemies
Wolf, Marisa
Sometimes the only way forward is to burn it all down. Talinn Reaze and Bee serve as ‘Breezy’, part of the United Colonial Force’s elite Artificial Intelligence Troops. Trained for full integration since before Talinn’s birth, they exceeded expectations and became one of the premier heavy tanks, leading assaults on several fronts of the long war against the Interstellar Defence Corps. When they’re thrown to a backwater base without cause, boredom becomes their main enemy – until the world falls out from under their treads and they begin to question everything they’ve ever known. As they orient to their new reality, they have a decision to make: Uphold the status quo, or risk burning civilisation to the ground? Talinn and Bee always did have a fondness for fire.
Military sf | TP | $39.95

The Wolfe at the Door (collection)
Wolfe, Gene
The circus comes to town… and a man gets to go to the stars. A young girl on a vacation at the sea meets the man of her dreams. Who just happens to be dead. And an immortal pirate. A swordfighter pens his memoirs… and finds his pen is in fact mightier than the sword. Welcome to Gene Wolfe’s playground, a place where genres blend, and a genius’ imagination straps you in for the ride of your life. The Wolfe at the Door is a brand-new collection from one of America’s premiere literary giants, showcasing some material been seen before. Short stories, yes, but also poems, essays, and ephemera that gives us a window into the mind of a literary powerhouse whose world view changed generations of readers in their perception of the universe.
Science fiction | HC | $54.99

Thirteen Ways to Kill Lulabelle Rock
Woolf, Maud
A washed-up star creates a clone tasked with eliminating other clones of herself… Her purpose is to track down and eliminate her predecessors. Simple, right? In the glitz and glamour of Bubble City even a washed-up film star simply has too much to do, too many places to be. Thank heavens for clones. Lulabelle Rock has 12, doing the tiresome celebrity rounds. But times have changed: you can have too much of a good thing. And time is up for the 12 Lulabelles. A 13th clone, an assassin is created. Killing yourselves should be easy. We’re talking clones, not people; it’s not murder. Not really. But love has a way of complicating things…
Science fiction | TP | $36.99

The Nightmare in Him (Devil’s Cradle 02)
Wright, Suzanne
The Ancients and the Aeons. Two groups of powerful immortals that have not seen eye to eye for millennia. And, right now, at the heart of their conflict, stands Wynter Dellavale. Wynter is a witch who sought safe haven for herself and her coven in Devil’s Cradle. Founded by seven Ancient beings, the Home of Monsters provides protection, shelter, and will never give you up to outsiders… providing you pay the Ancients’ substantial fee. Wynter already wears the brand of Cain – the mark that she is in his service and that her soul partly belongs to him. But as their relationship deepens, Wynter has to make a choice from which there’s no turning back. Cain cannot reveal the nightmare which lives inside him, the beast that could tear apart the woman who means more to him than he ever thought possible. But with his brother Abel out for revenge, and the suspicious reappearance of his parents Adam and Eve, Cain sees that Devil’s Cradle is on the verge of war. As the stakes are raised, Cain knows he needs more than anything to keep Wynter safe and by his side – forever. The sequel to The Wicked In Me (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy romance | TP | $32.99

Iron Flame (Empyrean 02, special limited edition)
Yarros, Rebecca
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die, during her first year at Basgiath War College – Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky. Now, the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s gruelling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance. It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is – unless she betrays the man she loves. Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits – and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules. But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year. Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College – and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end. The fiery sequel to the sensational Fourth Wing. A special limited hardcover edition – with gilded dustjackets, painted foredges, and black-and-white maps printed on the endpapers.
Fantasy | HC | $49.99

The Best of Roger Zelazny (SF Masterworks)
Zelazny, Roger
A collection of award-winning fiction from one of sf&f’s greatest writers. From the far reaches of space to the hidden corners of Earth, from aliens to wizards and everything in between… One of the most influential sf&f writers of modern times, Roger Zelazny wrote across a wide range of subgenres and themes, experimenting with form and story with mastery. He won many awards throughout his lifetime, including six Hugo awards, three Nebula awards, and two Locus awards. He has inspired many of today’s great sf&f authors. This new collection contains a selection of his short stories and novellas which span the depth and breadth of the human imagination.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $24.99

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