Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: January 2018

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Until next time, good reading!

January 2018 includes new books by: C J Cherryh, Charles de Lint, Marko Kloos, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Ada Palmer, Michelle Sagara, Charles Stross, Eileen Wilks… and many others.

January 2018 Science Fiction & Fantasy

Aldiss, Brian
In the year 2093, human consciousness has expanded to the point that man can visit the past using a technique called ‘mind-travelling’. Artist Edward Bush returns from a lengthy ‘trip’ to the Jurassic period to find the government overthrown by an authoritarian regime. Given his mind-travel experience, he is recruited by the new regime to track down and assassinate a scientist whose ideas threaten to topple the status quo. However, the job of an artist is not to take orders, but to ask questions…
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

The Dying Game
Avdic, Asa
On the remote island of Isola, seven people have been selected to compete in a 48-hour test for a top-secret intelligence position. One of them is Anna Francis, a workaholic with a nine-year-old daughter she rarely sees, and a secret that haunts her. Her assignment is to stage her own death and then observe – from her hiding place inside the walls of the house – how the other candidates react to the news that a murderer is among them.
Dystopian thriller | PBK | $19.99

Tool of War
Bacigalupi, Paolo
Tool – a powerful ‘augment’ made from animal and human DNA – finally in control of the Drowned Cities after years of battle. Before he can take in his victory, he’s attacked by a missile strike and barely survives. He makes his way to the small ship that belongs to Mahlia, who – along with former soldier boy Ocho and his crew – is running her own operation, smuggling art and other artefacts out of the Drowned Cities. ‘[D]elivers nonstop action, emotional bombs, and neck-twisting plot jolts, as well as examining moral issues of humanity versus their intelligent creations’ – Locus Magazine. The third in the sequence after Ship Breaker and Drowned Cities ($17.99 each).
YA science fiction | HC | $24.99

Sleep Over: An Oral History of the Apocalypse
Bells, H G
Remember what it’s like to last an entire night without sleep? That dull but constant headache. The feeling of your brain on edge. How easily irritated you were. How difficult it was to concentrate, even on seemingly menial tasks. It was just a single restless night, but everything felt just a little bit harder to do, and the only real comfort was knowing your head would finally hit the pillow at the end of the day, and when you awoke the next morning everything would return to normal. But what if sleep didn’t come the next night? Or the night after? What might happen if you, your friends and family, your co-workers, the strangers you pass on the street, all slowly began to realise that rest might not ever come again? How slowly might the world fall apart? How long would it take for a society without sleep to descend into chaos? Here is collection of waking nightmares, a scrapbook of the haunting and poignant stories from those trapped in a world where the pillars of society are crumbling, and madness is slowly descending on a planet without rest. Online vigilantism turns social media into a deadly gamble… A freelance journalist grapples with the ethics of turning in footage of mass suicide… A kidnapped hypnotist is held hostage, by those at wit’s end for a cure… For fans of the oral history series, World War Z. This has been getting great reviews.
Apocalyptic | TP | $29.95

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air 01)
Black, Holly
One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court, but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan. The first in a new series.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles 03)
Bouchet, Amanda
Who is Catalia Fisa? With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny. Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future: in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step – reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria. What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger… we hope. Follows A Promise of Fire and Breath of Fire (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Iron Gold
Brown, Pierce
Darrow was born a slave. He became a weapon. He ended centuries of Gold rule, broke the chains of an empire, and now he’s the hero of a brave new republic. But at terrible cost. At the edge of the solar system, the grandson of the emperor he murdered dreams of revenge. In his hidden fortress in the oceans of Venus, the Ash Lord lies in wait, plotting to crush the newborn democracy. And, at home, a young Red girl who’s lost everything to the Rising questions whether freedom was just another Gold lie. In a fearsome new world where Obsidian pirates roam the Belt, famine and genocide ravage Mars, and crime lords terrorise Luna, it’s time for Darrow and a cast of new characters from across the solar system to face down the chaos that revolution has unleashed. Iron Gold is the first in a new series, following on from the wonderful Red Rising trilogy (PBK, $16.99 each).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

The Skill of Our Hands (Incrementalists 02)
Brust, Steven & White, Skyler
A group of secretive immortals are thrown into turmoil by the murder of one of their own in Brust and White’s sequel to The Incrementalists ($19.95). The Incrementalists possess mortal bodies but immortal minds – as long as they can find willing host bodies to keep inhabiting. Able to share their memories, they seek to make the world a better place, albeit in ‘incremental’ fashion. In the first novel, one of their own committed suicide; this time, it’s the murder of the oldest Incrementalist, Phil, which disrupts immortality-as-normal. Phil’s fiancée, Ren, must investigate his killing with the help of a large cast: the handsome if bull-headed Oskar; meddling, haughty Irina; avuncular Jimmy; pragmatic doctor Kate, and others. Solving a murder should be easy when you can view the victim’s memories – and easier still when he can be resurrected. But the Incrementalists can’t agree on who Phil’s new host should be… and solving his murder is complicated by conflicting agendas and old wounds dating back to before the Civil War. ‘Secret societies, immortality, murder mysteries and Las Vegas, all in one book? Shut up and take my money.’ – John Scalzi.
Fantasy | TP | $33.95

Iorich (Vlad Taltos 12)
Brust, Steven
House Jhereg, Dragaera’s organised crime syndicate, is still hunting Vlad Taltos. There’s a big price on his head on Draegara City. Then he hears disturbing news. Aliera – long-time friend, sometime ally – has been arrested by the Empire on a charge of practicing elder sorcery, a capital crime. It doesn’t make sense. Everybody knows Aliera’s been dabbling in elder sorcery for ages. Why is the Empire down on her now? Why aren’t her powerful friends – Morrolan, Sethra, the Empress Zerika – coming to her rescue? And most to the point, why has she utterly refused to do anything about her own defence? It would be idiotic of Vlad to jump into this situation. He’s a former Jhereg who betrayed the House. He’s an Easterner – small, weak, short lived. He’s being searched for by the most remorseless killers in the world. Naturally, that’s exactly why he’s going to get completely involved… The Book of Jhereg collects the first three in this wonderful series (TP, $33.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Swarm (Second Formic War 01)
Card, Orson Scott & Johnston, Aaron
The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic’s initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, and it’s heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster. Earth has been reorganised for defence. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There’s a Polemarch, responsible for organising all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado, and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies, in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War? The first in a new prequel trilogy to Ender’s Game.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Miranda and Caliban
Carey, Jacqueline
In this incredible retelling of The Tempest, we see the other side of the coin – the dutiful and tender-hearted Miranda, who loves her father, but is terribly lonely. And Caliban, the strange and feral boy Prospero has bewitched to serve him. The two find solace and companionship in each other; as Prospero weaves his magic and dreams of revenge.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Chabon, Michael
Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession, made to a grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as ‘my grandfather’. It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at mid-century and, above all, of the destructive impact – and the creative power – of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies. Collapsing an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week, it is a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional non-fiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel, disguised as a memoir.
Fiction | TP | $29.99

Emergence (Foreigner 19)
Cherryh, C J
Bren Cameron, acting as the representative of the atevi’s political leader, Tabini-aiji, as well as translator between humans and atevi, has undertaken a mission to the human enclave of Mospheira. Both his presence on the island and his absence from the continent have stirred old enemies to realise new opportunities. Old hatreds. Old grudges. Old ambitions. The situation has strengthened the determination of power-seekers on both sides of the strait. Bren knows most of them very well, but not all of them well enough. The space station, on which the world increasingly relies, is desperate to get more supplies up to orbit and to get a critical oversupply of human refugees down to the world below. Rationing is in force on the station, but the overpopulation problem must be solved quickly – and Bren’s mission on Mospheira has expanded to include preparation for that landing. First down will be the three children to whom Tabini’s son has a close connection. But following them will be thousands of humans who have never set foot on a planet, humans descended from colonists and officers who split off from Mospheiran humans two hundred years before in a bitter parting of the ways. There is no way the atevi, native to the world, will cede any more land to these new arrivals: they will have to share the island. But certain Mospheirans are willing to use force to prevent these refugees from settling among them. Bren’s job is as general peacemaker – but old enemies want war. Is Bren’s diplomatic acumen enough to prevent a war that both sides are prepared to wage?
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

Convergence (Foreigner 18)
Cherryh, C J
In the decades Bren has served Tabini, he has become enmeshed in the atevi world, in a way no human ever has before. Bren is now an atevi lord, with his own estate on the mainland, his own household, and his own Assassin’s Guild bodyguards. He is a treasured resource to Tabini and has become close to Tabini’s young son and heir, Cajieri, the first atevi child ever to grow up in the presence of a human. Tabini, impatient with human politics, has ordered Bren to return to the island of his birth in his official capacity as an atevi lord, with his full atevi retinue. Bren is to inform the president of Mospheira that he is no longer his diplomat, that Mospheira must take in the refugees from Alpha, and that there is no other acceptable solution. And among the refugees are three children requiring special protection because Cajieri has made them his ‘associates’ – a bond of atevi loyalty that is unbreakable and lifelong. While Bren travels to Mospheira, Tabini sends Cajieri to the country to visit his uncle Tatiseigi – a political gesture to shore up an old man and give the boy a well-earned vacation, a cherished opportunity to escape the formality of the atevi court. Tatiseigi’s neighbours, however, are determined to end an old feud to their own satisfaction… and Cajieri’s presence is just the excuse they need.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Sinners (Monster Hunter Memoirs 02)
Correia, Larry & Ringo, John
With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International’s premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI’s Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness. Chad had once taken a werewolf while wearing only jogging gear. With half a dozen or more loup garou appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, houdoun necromancers, fifty-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the ‘80s gives a whole new perspective to the term ‘Hell on Earth’. In fact, more monsters are popping up than crawfish at a fais do do! Chad may be able to collect enormous bounties for the monsters he kills. But there’s one catch: he has to stay alive to do it!
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Wind in His Heart
de Lint, Charles
Young Thomas Corn Eyes sees into the otherworld, but all he wants to do is get off the rez. Steve Cole escaped from his rock star life to disappear into the desert and mountains. Fifteen-year-old barrio kid Sadie Higgins has been discarded once too often. Blogger Leah Hardin needs to leave Newford, come to terms with the loss of her best friend, and actually engage with her life. When these lives collide in the Hierro Maderas Mountains, they must struggle to escape their messy pasts and find a way to carve a future for themselves. They don’t just have to learn how to survive. They have to learn how to fly.
Fantasy | TP | $49.95

The Man in the High Castle
Dick, Philp K
It is 1962 and the Second World War has been over for seventeen years: people have now had a chance to adjust to the new order. But it’s not been easy. The Mediterranean has been drained to make farmland, the population of Africa has virtually been wiped out and America has been divided between the Nazis and the Japanese. In the neutral buffer zone that divides the two superpowers lives the man in the high castle, the author of an underground bestseller, a work of fiction that offers an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers didn’t win the war. The novel is a rallying cry for all those who dream of overthrowing the occupiers. But could it be more than that? A new, hardcover edition from Gollancz.
Alternate history | HC | $35.00

Doctorow, Cory
In a world wrecked by climate change… in a society owned by the ultra rich… in a city hollowed out by industrial flight, Hubert, Etcetera, Seth and Natalie have nowhere else to be and nothing better to do. But there is another way. After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter – from a computer, there is little reason to toil within the system. So, like thousands of others in the mid-21st century, the three of them turn their back on the world of rules, jobs, the morning commute and… walkaway. It’s a dangerous world out there, the empty lands are lawless, hiding predators – animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, the thousands become hundreds of thousands, building what threatens to become a post-scarcity utopia. But then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. And, now, it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down. A brilliant imagining of the potential of technology to dismantle the boundary between utopia and dystopia. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Queen of All Crows (Map of Unknown Things 01)
Duncan, Rod
The year is 2012. The nations of the world are bound together in an alliance of collective security, overseen by the International Patent Office, and its ruthless stranglehold on technology. When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret. One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the controlling Patent Office, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order. The first in a new series, set in the world of the Gas-Lit Empire.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99

Shadow Sun Seven (Starfire trilogy 02)
Ellsworth, Spencer
Jaqi, Araskar and Z are on the run from everyone – the Resistance, the remnants of the Empire, the cyborg Suits, and right now from the Matakas – and the Matakas are the most pressing concern because the insectoid aliens have the drop on them. The Resistance has a big reward out for Araskar and the human children he and Jaqi are protecting. But Araskar has something to offer the mercenary aliens. He knows how to get to a huge supply of pure oxygen cells, something in short supply in the formerly human Empire, and that might be enough to buy their freedom. Araskar knows where it is, and Jaqi can take them there. With the Matakas as troops, they break into Shadow Sun Seven, on the edge of the Dark Zone. This 336pp novella is the second in an action-packed trilogy, following A Red Peace (PBK, $24.99).
Space opera | PBK | $24.99

Judgment Road (Torpedo Ink 01)
Feehan, Christine
A brutal education in a Russian training facility for assassins has taught this group of men one thing: It’s a long road to redemption. As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford – until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin… Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smouldering looks just ratchet up the heat. Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want – and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club – his heart and his soul. The first in a brand-new series from Feehan.
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99

Time Shards
Fredsti, Dana
It’s called ‘the event’, an unimaginable cataclysm that shatters 600 million years of the Earth’s timeline. Our world is gone, instantly replaced by a new one made of scattered remnants of the past, present, and future, dropped alongside one another in a patchwork of ‘shards.’ Monsters from Jurassic prehistory, ancient armies, and high-tech robots all coexist in this deadly post-apocalyptic landscape. A desperate group of survivors sets out to locate the source of the disaster. They include 21st century Californian Amber Richardson, Cam, a young Celtic warrior from Roman Britannia, Alex Brice, a policewoman from 1985, and Blake, a British soldier from World War II. With other refugees from across time, they must learn the truth behind the Event, if they are to survive.
Science fiction/time travel | TP | $29.95

Taste of Marrow (River of Teeth 02)
Gailey, Sarah
In the aftermath of the Harriet catastrophe, that crew has scattered to the winds. Some hunt the missing lovers they refuse to believe have died. Others band together to protect a precious infant and a peaceful future. All of them struggle with who they’ve become after a long life of theft, murder, deception, and general disinterest in the strictures of the law. This rollicking 192pp novella is the sequel to River of Teeth (PBK, $22.99), which has received fantastic feedback!
Alternate history | PBK | $22.99

Neverwhere (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil & Riddell, Chris (illustrator)
Under the streets of London lies a world most people could never dream of. When Richard Mayhew helps a mysterious girl, he finds bleeding on the pavement, his boring life changes in an instant. Her name is Door, she’s on the run from two assassins in black suits and she comes from London Below. His act of kindness leads him to a place filled with monsters and angels, a Beast in a labyrinth, and an Earl who holds Court in a Tube train. It is strangely familiar, yet utterly bizarre. The beautifully-illustrated edition is now available in paperback.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Shroud of Eternity (Nicci Chronicles 02)
Goodkind, Terry
After driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay, Nicci and her companions – the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon – continue their perilous journey into uncharted lands. Guided by the witch-woman Red’s mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan’s salvation – severed Norukai heads on pikes, a monster born of new dark arts, and a petrified army of half a million – are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity. ‘And the Sorceress must save the world’. The second instalment of the spinoff from the Sword of Truth series, following Death’s Mistress (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

A Time of Dread (Of Blood and Bone 01)
Gwynne, John
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced; and their ancient enemy may not be as crushed as they thought. In the snowbound north, Drem, a trapper, finds mutilated corpses in the forests – a sign of demonic black magic. In the south, Riv, a young, tempestuous soldier, discovers a deadly rift within the Ben-Elim themselves. Two individuals with two world-changing secrets. But where will they lead? And what role will Drem and Riv play in the Banished Land’s fate? Difficult choices need to be made. Because in the shadows, demons are gathering, waiting for their time to rise… Set in the same world as the Faithful and the Fallen quartet, A Time of Dread takes place one hundred years after the end of Wrath (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Exile (Return of Ravana 03)
Hair, David
Ravindra is back, and close to his dream of becoming the Demon King Ravana, once and for all – unless Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Ras find their own powers, evil will overwhelm the world… Follows The Pyre and The Adversaries (PBK, $19.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Holland, Sara
Time is a prison. She is the key. In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything – even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry. Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life, forever… and, possibly, the future of time itself. Packed with danger, temptation and desire, this debut novel is the first in a series – a perfect read for fans of Victoria Aveyard’s The Red Queen.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

The Midnight Queen (Noctis Magicae 01)
Hunter, Sylvia
Gray Marshall’s Britain is a fragmented kingdom of many tongues, many gods and many magics. But all that concerns Gray is returning, as soon as possible, to his studies at Merlin College, Oxford and setting right the nightmare that has seen him disgraced and banished to his tutor’s home. Sophie Callender may not have magic herself and a father who forbids his daughters a magical education, but her bookish rebellion and growing friendship with Gray are the first steps of a journey. A journey that will involve them in a conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom and into the legend of a young queen who vanished, without a trace, years before. The series has had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Lady of Magick (Noctis Magicae 02)
Hunter, Sylvia
In an ancient kingdom full of secrets, unease and myth, Sophie and Gray Marshall are about to be ensnared in an arcane plot that threatens to undo them both… In her second year of studies at Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall is feeling alienated among fellow students who fail to welcome a woman to their ranks. So, when her husband, Gray, is invited north as a visiting lecturer at the University in Din Edin, they leap at the chance. There, Sophie’s hunger for magickal knowledge can finally be nourished. But she must put her newly-learned skills to the test, sooner than expected. All is not well in the Kingdom of Alba, and before long the Marshalls find themselves beset by unexpected dangers. When Gray disappears, and none of her spells can find a trace of him, Sophie realises something sinister has befallen him. Delving into Gray’s disappearance, she soon finds herself in a web of magick and intrigue that threatens not just Gray, but the entire kingdom. The series has had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

A Season of Spells (Noctis Magicae 03)
Hunter, Sylvia
After three years of study at the University in Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London escorting Lucia MacNeill, heiress of Alba, to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. When sparks fail to fly between the pair, it is an inauspicious start, and when the traitors who tried to poison King Henry escape from prison, the alliance seems to be on shaky ground indeed. In an attempt to forge a connection between Lucia and Roland, Sophie enlists them in her scheme to reopen the mysterious and long-shuttered women’s college at Oxford. But the future of the college and of the kingdom itself is put in the balance by a deadly contest between Sophie’s group and enemies at Britain’s gates. The series has had some great customer feedback.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Born of Vengeance (League 10)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her team were left on an outpost to die, under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But if she doesn’t bring Bastien in, her sister will pay the ultimate price. Now, she has to find some way to betray her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman, who took a loyalty oath to protect her home-world and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien means more to her than just another partner. Yet, as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to the Sentella-League war, and to the Tavali. If she hands him over, three nations fall. If she doesn’t, her entire family dies. Their fates are all in her hands, and time for all of them is quickly running out.
Paranormal | PBK | $19.99

Points of Impact (Frontlines 06)
Kloos, Marko
Earth’s armed forces have stopped the Lanky advance and chased their ships out of the solar system, but for CDC officer Andrew Grayson, the war feels anything but won. On Mars, the grinding duty of flushing out the twenty-metre-tall alien invaders from their burrows underground is wearing down troops and equipment at an alarming rate. And for the remaining extrasolar colonies, the threat of a Lanky attack is ever present. Earth’s game changer? New advanced ships and weapons, designed to hunt and kill Lankies and place humanity’s militaries on equal footing with their formidable foes. Andrew and his wife, Halley, both now burdened with command responsibilities and in charge of more lives than just their own, are once again in humanity’s vanguard as they prepare for this new phase in the war. But the Lankies have their own agenda… and in war, the enemy doesn’t usually wait until you are prepared. This series has been getting brilliant feedback – highly recommended for fans of David Weber and Paul Honsinger. The first is Terms of Enlistment (TP, $29.95).
Military SF | TP | $29.95

Aliens Abroad (Alien series 16)
Koch, Gini
With the human population growing and alien refugees pouring in from around the galaxy, Earth is becoming too overcrowded to sustain itself – and the solar system is filling up with the alien overflow. Advanced technology from the Alpha Centauri and Vatusan systems offers one possible solution. It’s time to explore new planets and see if any uninhabited ones can be claimed. The President and First Lady, aka Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, aren’t supposed to be on this mission, but what looks like a snafu during a political photo op, on the newly-christened Distant Voyager spaceship turns out to be a call for help from a planet that might be Earth’s salvation… or its destruction. The discovery of a world at the opposite end of the galaxy that seems like it could be a twin to Earth creates the usual issues for Kitty and company. It also raises questions of Z’porrah and Ancient influence – not to mention cloning, the multiverse, and, scariest of all, whether or not the Black Hole Universe Police are starting to take too much of an interest, in this particular universe.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters 12)
Lackey, Mercedes
It begins slowly. Women disappearing in the dark of night, women only missed by those of their own kind. The whispers only begin when they start to reappear – because when they do, they are no longer sane. And when Nan and Sarah and the Watsons are called on to examine these victims, they discover that it was no ordinary horror of the streets that drove them mad. But then, the shadows reach for other victims – girls of good, even exalted families, who vanish from concerts, lectures, and evening balls. And it will take the combined forces of magic, psychic powers, and the world’s greatest detective to stop the darkness… before it can conquer all.
Fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Neogenesis (Liaden Universe 21)
Lee, Sharon & Miller, Steve
Among those with a stake in the freedom of Independent Logics is Theo Waitley, who is somewhat too famously the captain of intelligent ship Bechimo. Theo’s brother, Val Con yos’Phelium, presides over a household that has, for a generation, employed an AI butler. Recently, he approved the ‘birth’ of the butler’s child, who was sent, with human mentor Tolly Jones, to rescue or destroy an orphaned AI abandoned at a remote space station. Then, there’s Uncle, the shadowy mastermind from the Old Universe, whose many projects often skirt the boundaries of law, both natural and man made – and the puppet masters at the Lyre Institute, whose history is just as murky – and a good deal less honourable. All have an interest in the newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic that is rumoured to have the power to destroy universes. The question is: Who will get to it first?
Space opera | HC | $46.95

Game of Shadows
Lewis, Erika
Ethan Makkai struggles with an overprotective mother who never lets him out of her sight, and a terrifying secret: he can see ghosts. When his mother is kidnapped to the uncharted continent of Tara, he sets out to save her; a journey that leads him to the hidden lands, and straight into the arms of a vicious sorcerer who will stop at nothing until he controls Tara. It’s an arduous road, but Ethan doesn’t travel it alone; a cousin he never knew he had and a sword-slinging healer who’d rather fight than mend bones both insist on helping him. Together, they dodge imprisonment, battle beasts Ethan thought only existed in nightmares, and accept help from the beings he’s always sought to avoid: ghosts. This LA teen must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother, the fearless girl he’s fallen for, and all the people of Tara.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Twilight Herald (Twilight Reign 02) (10th anniversary edition)
Lloyd, Tom
The eyes of the Land are on the minor city of Scree, which could soon be obliterated as the new Lord of the Farlan plots his revenge against Scree’s rulers. Suffering under an unnatural summer drought and surrounded by volatile mercenary armies that may be its only salvation, the city is a strange sanctuary for a fugitive abbot to flee to, but he is only the first of many to be drawn there. Kings and princes, lords and monsters; all walk the sun-scorched streets, while the evenings witness the performance of cruel and subversive plays that work their way into the hearts of the audience. Elite soldiers clash after dark and the city begins to tear itself apart as the sanity of its citizens crumbles, yet even chaos can be scripted. There is a malevolent will at work in Scree and one that has a lesson for the entire Land; nations can be manipulated, prophecies perverted, and Gods denied. Nothing lies beyond the reach of a shadow, and no matter how great a man’s power, there some things he cannot be protected from. A beautiful, collectable new hardback edition, celebrating The Twilight Herald’s tenth anniversary. The 10th anniversary edition of The Stormcaller (HC, $29.99) is also still available.
Fantasy | HC | 35.00

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children 03) (novella)
McGuire, Seanan
When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.) If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well acquainted with quests… This 176pp novella is the third volume in this hugely-popular series (after Every Heart a Doorway (HC, $27.99) and Down Among the Sticks and Bones (HC, $26.99)).
Fantasy novella | HC | $35.95

The Fallen Kingdom (Falconer 03)
May, Elizabeth
Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to control. Desperate to break the curse that pits two factions of the fae against, her only hope is hidden in an ancient book guarded by the legendary Morrigan, a faery of immense power and cruelty. To save the world and the people she loves, Aileana must learn to harness her dark new powers, even as they are slowly destroying her. Follows The Falconer (PBK, $19.99) and The Vanishing Throne (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Fallen Gods (Tides of War 02)
Moore, James A
Brogan McTyre and his compatriots are wanted, dead or alive. Preferably alive, so they can be sacrificed to the raging gods. All Brogan can do is hire more mercenaries and create a fearsome army. But warriors aren’t enough when the gods bring Armageddon to the world, unleashing storms and madness, and ceaseless attacks on Brogan’s men, by increasingly demonic foes. Deep in the heart of the Broken Blades Mountains lies a sword containing the heart of a god slain in immortal combat, the one thing that might give Brogan an edge against the gods. However, finding it isn’t going to be easy… The sequel to The Last Sacrifice (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America: A Novel of the Digital Revolution
Ober, Damien Lincoln
It is 1777, in a colonial America where the internet, social media, and ubiquitous electronic communications are fully woven into the fabric of society. Hours after a top-secret Congressional subcommittee uploads the Articles of Confederation, a mysterious internet plague breaks loose in the cloud, killing any user who accesses a networked device. Seven in ten Americans are dead, the internet is abandoned. Seizing the moment, the British take control of New York and Philadelphia, scattering what little remains of the rebellion. Just when all seems lost, George Washington reappears, from off the grid, to pin the British army at Yorktown. Independence is won, but with the countryside in ruins and internet commerce impossible, the former colonies teeter on the brink of collapse. Meeting in secret, a faction of the Founding Fathers code a new error-proof operating system, designed to stabilise the cloud and ensure everlasting American prosperity. Not everyone is happy with the new format. Believing the draconian regulations of the new OS a betrayal of the hard-fought revolution, Thomas Jefferson organises a feisty, small-government opposition to fight the overreach of Washington’s Federalist administration. Their most valuable weapon is Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America, a new open-source social networking portal which will revolutionise representative government, return power to the people, and make Congress and the Presidency irrelevant…
Cyberpunk | TP | $29.95

The Night Masquerade (Binti 03)
Okorafor, Nnedi
Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again, it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene – though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives – and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all. The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-winning Binti (PBK, $16.99).
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

The Will To Battle (Terra Ignota 03)
Palmer, Ada
The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world’s stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives’ facade of solidity is the only hope they have, for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that façade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilisation. Now, everyone – Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints – scrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war. ‘A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent.’ – Ken Liu. A sequel to Too Like the Lightning and Seven Surrenders (TP, $29.99). Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Pelevin, Victor
Damilola Karpov is a pilot. Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, he makes his living as a drone pilot – capable of being a cameraman, who records the events unfolding in Urkaine; or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: ‘Big Byz Media’. His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film. S.N.U.F.F. contrasts poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity and civilisation – while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment and humanity.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $22.99

The Complete Ack-Ack Macaque Trilogy (omnibus)
Powell, Gareth L
Welcome to Europe in 2058, a place where Britain and France have been united for a century and vast, nuclear-powered Zeppelins carry passengers between Paris, London and New York. When former journalist Victoria Valois starts investigating the murder of her ex-husband, she attracts a motley assortment of unlikely allies – including a surgically-upgraded monkey who drinks, smokes and curses, and can even fly a plane! Collected together here, for the first time in one volume, are the novels: Ack-ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, and Macaque Attack!
SF adventure | TP | $29.95

Happiness for Humans
Reizin, P Z
Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a thirty-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her… and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software. Aiden has calculated that Jen needs a man in her life for optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the internet at his disposal, he doesn’t have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very-artificially-intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen’s life?
Artificial intelligence | TP | $29.99

Nights of the Living Dead
Romero, George A & Maberry, Jonathan (editors)
It all started in 1968, on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse… the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A Romero’s landmark film Night of the Living Dead. The dead rose to attack the living, not as vampires or werewolves, but as something modern and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. Nights of the Living Dead is a collection of all-new tales, set during the forty-eight hours of that legendary outbreak. In addition to original stories by Romero and Maberry themselves, this anthology includes stories by Chuck Wendig, Jay Bonasinga, Joe R Lansdale, Mike Carey, Mira Grant, and others.
Horror anthology | TP | $29.99

Cast in Deception (Chronicles of Elantra 13)
Sagara, Michelle
Private Kaylin Neya thought her home couldn’t possibly get more crowded. But when one of her housemates, Annarion, decides to undertake the Barrani Test of Name, his friends refuse to let him face his task alone – and Kaylin’s sentient home, Helen, is the only structure capable of shielding the rest of Elantra from the magnitude of their power. Annarion and Mandoran almost caused the destruction of the High Halls once already. Add nine of their closest friends, and the danger is astronomically higher – especially since these guests are at the heart of a political firestorm. Imprisoned almost a millennium ago, their recent freedom threatens the rulership of several prominent Barrani families, and the machinations of those Lords make it almost impossible to tell friend from foe. As political tensions ramp up, the shadows beneath the High Halls are seeking a freedom that has never been possible before. Kaylin must find a way to keep those shadows from escaping, or that freedom will destroy her city, the empire and everything she holds dear.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Extinction War (Extinction Cycle 07)
Sansbury Smith, Nicholas
In Europe, Master Sergeant Joe Fitzpatrick and Team Ghost return from a mission deep into enemy territory only to find that the Variant army has grown stronger. And, they are advancing toward the EUF’s final stronghold in Paris. Back in the United States, President Ringgold and Dr Kate Lovato are on the run. The Safe Zone Territories continue to rally behind the ROT flag, leaving Ringgold more enemies than allies. But there are still those who will stand and fight for America. Commander Rachel Davis and Captain Reed Beckham will risk everything to defeat ROT and save the country from collapsing into Civil War.
Pandemic | PBK | $14.99

Infinite Stars (anthology)
Schmidt, Bryan Thomas (editor)
A who’s who of space opera and military science fiction contribute new stories set in the universes of their most famous series. Contributions from David Weber, Alastair Reynolds, Elizabeth Moon, Jack Campbell, David Drake, and many more.
SF anthology | HC | $35.00

Frankenstein (Classics Reimagined series)
Shelley, Mary & Plunkert, David (illustrator)
This beautiful deluxe edition celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original, 1818 version. The suspense and horror of Dr Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an unknowing family, and the creature’s revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning, when accompanied by Plunkert’s mystical, layered interpretations.
Horror | HC | $29.99

The Cackle of Cthulhu (anthology)
Shvartsman, Alex (editor)
Twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu mythos from bestselling and award-winning authors: Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more! Guaranteed to leave you howling. Because if you look at it just right, there’s nothing funnier than a soul writhing in cosmic horror, before a tentacled maw of malevolence. As HPL, himself, sayeth: ‘From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.’
Cthulhuiana | TP | $31.95

Silver Silence (Psy-Changelings Trinity)
Singh, Nalini
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him. Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence – her mind clear of all emotion – Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious… and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan. Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed… The beginning of a new series, set in the Psy-Changelings universe.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

An Unkindness of Ghosts
Solomon, Rivers
The HSS Matilda is a massive spaceship that has carried a small contingent of humanity for many years away from a destroyed Earth and toward a hazy vision of a promised land. Over generations, the ship’s decks have become harshly segregated by race and prosperity, and the corrupt leadership of the upper decks has imposed increasingly cruel rules, restrictions, and forced labour on the darker-skinned residents of the lower decks. Aster is an angry and strange young woman of the lower decks, who struggles with deeply-rooted anger and sadness; but also provides medical care to her shipmates with great skill and compassion. When the ship’s sovereign falls ill and Aster’s friend and mentor, the Surgeon General Theo Smith – a member of the leadership class – asks for her help with his treatment, Aster finds herself thrown into the investigation of a personal mystery that is deeply entwined with the fate of the ship. A seemingly inexplicable link between the sovereign’s illness and her mother’s suicide, 25 years earlier, sends Aster on a dangerous search for answers that threatens to upend her understanding of herself, fuel an uprising, and open up the never-imagined possibility of escape. This is getting fantastic reviews.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

Project Elfhome (Elfhome Series)
Spencer, Wen
Stories exploring the fascinating realm of Elfhome – a world where modern-day Pittsburgh has collided with the kingdom of the Elves; a special entry in the series.
Urban fantasy short fiction | PBK | $19.95

Dark State (Empire Games 02)
Stross, Charles
In the near future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers – in two different timelines – is imminent. One is in the midst of its first technological revolution and the other is a hi-tech police state. And both have the capacity to wreak all-out destruction. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson’s timeline, one of her top agents is working on the defection of a major political player. If they can pull this off, their version of America might just avert civil war. Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, Rita, watches and waits in the rival timeline, until a sleeper cell is activated which threatens to unravel everything. The sequel to Empire Games (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire 02)
Sullivan, Michael J
With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid – a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan, where waits an ancient adversary as fearsome as it is deadly. A sequel to Age of Myth (PBK, $22.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.95

Blood Fury (Black Dagger Legacy 03)
Ward, J R
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match – until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another. Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody – and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love. As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled – and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love… and cost Saxton everything?
Paranormal | TP | $32.99

In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington 07) (limited edition)
Weber, David
Honor Harrington’s career has its ups and its downs. She’s survived ship-to-ship battles, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. She’s been shot at, shot down, and just plain shot, had starships blown out from under her, and made personal enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin her… and, somehow, she’s survived it all. But, this time, she’s really in trouble. The People’s Republic of Haven has finally found an admiral who can win battles, and Honor’s orders take her straight into an ambush. Outnumbered, outgunned, and unable to run, she has just two options: see the people under her command die in a hopeless, futile battle… or surrender them – and herself – to the Peeps. There can be only one choice, and at least the People’s Navy promises to treat their prisoners honourably. But the Navy is overruled by the political authorities, and Honor finds herself bound for a prison planet, aptly named ‘Hell’… and her scheduled execution. Put into solitary confinement, separated from her officers and her treecat Nimitz, and subjected to systematic humiliation by her gaolers, Honor’s future has become both bleak and short. Yet, as bad as things look, they’re about to get worse… for the Peeps. A limited, leather-bound edition.
Military | HC | $68.95

Thunderbird (Miriam Black 04)
Wendig, Chuck
Miriam heads to the southwest in search of another psychic who may be able to help her understand her curse, but instead finds a cult of domestic terrorists and the worst vision of death she’s had, yet. Miriam is becoming addicted to seeing her death visions, but she is also trying out something new: Hope. She is in search of another psychic who can help her with her curse, but instead finds a group of domestic terrorists in her deadliest vision to date. Follows the first three of Miriam Black series: Blackbirds, Cormorant, and Mockingbird ($24.99 each).
Paranormal | PBK | $24.99

The Infernal Battalion (Shadow Campaigns 05)
Wexler, Django
The Beast, imprisoned beneath the fortress-city of Elysium for a thousand years, has been loosed upon the world. Military might and arcane power clash in the conclusion to the Shadow Campaigns. Following The Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne, The Price of Valor (PBK, $22.99 each), and The Guns of Empire (PBK, $19.99). Highly recommended!
Flintlock fantasy | TP | $29.99

Dragon Blood (Lupi 14)
Wilks, Eileen
When a mission to rescue five children stolen by an Old One falls apart, under the assault of a demon prince, Lily wakes up in a strange reality – and is immediately taken captive by the dragon spawn who rule there. Jumping worlds has fractured her party, and Cynna is her only companion. Although the clock is ticking, time works differently, and Lily has miraculously gained a week. That means seven days to free herself, find Rule and the others, rescue the children, and make it home alive. All, before the dragon spawn holding her hostage trade her to the Old One. It would almost be doable, if this weren’t Lóng Jia – also known as Dragonhome: the birthplace of dragons.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.95

What the Hell Did I Just Read? (John Dies at the End 03)
Wong, David
It’s the story ‘They’ don’t want you to read. Though, to be fair, ‘They’ are probably right about this one. To quote the Bible, ‘Learning the truth can be like loosening a necktie, only to realise it was the only thing keeping your head attached.’ No, don’t put the book back on the shelf – it is, now, your duty to purchase it… to prevent others from reading it. Yes, it works with ebooks, too, I don’t have time to explain how. While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shapeshifting, interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realised there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically-convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they – like you – would be better off not knowing. Your first impulse will be to think that a story this gruesome – and, to be frank, stupid – cannot possibly be true. That is precisely the reaction ‘They’ are hoping for. A third book in the sequence: John Dies At the End (TP, $34.95) and This Book Is Full of Spiders (TP, $35.95).
Cosmic horror | PBK | $18.99

Cobra Traitor (Cobra 10)
Zahn, Timothy
Once the Cobras fought the implacable alien invaders, the Trofts, to an uneasy stalemate. Now, a threat from without looms. The alien Troft are again planning an attack. Before, they came to conquer. This time, they’ve come to annihilate. If the Cobras are to survive, they may have to do the unthinkable: align themselves with the hated Dominion. Cobras are not known for taking the easy path – and this may be the hardest path of all. But, if the Cobras can manage to avoid complete destruction or abject slavery, a new day may finally dawn on the Cobra worlds.
Military SF | TP | $31.95

Mandelbrot the Magnificent
Ziemska, Liz
Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler, Benoit Mandelbrot found escape from the cruelties of the world around him through mathematics. Logic sometimes makes monsters, and Mandelbrot began hunting monsters at an early age. Drawn into the infinite promulgations of formulae, he sinks into secret dimensions and unknown wonders. His gifts do not make his life easier, however. As the Nazis give up the pretence of puppet government in Vichy France, the jealousy of Mandelbrot’s classmates leads to denunciation and disaster. The young mathematician must save his family with the secret spaces he’s discovered, or his genius will destroy them.
Speculative fiction | PBK | $19.99