Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: July 2019

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in July 2019.

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Abbreviations used in this catalogue: PBK = ‘A’ or ‘B’ format (standard size) paperback;TP = ‘B+’ or ‘C’ format (oversize) trade paperback;HC = hardcover or cloth binding.

Until next time, good reading!

July 2019 includes new books by: Baoshu, Andrew Caldecott, Claire G Coleman, Jennifer Estep, Jasper Fforde, Charles E Gannon, Richard Kadrey, Gigi McCaffrey, Christopher Ruocchio… and many others.

SF&F new releases, July 2019

Uncharted (Arcane America 01)
Anderson, Kevin J & Hoyt, Sarah A
A new world. New magic. New history. After Haley’s Comet was destroyed in a magical battle in 1759, the backlash separated the entire New World from the Old in an event known as The Sundering. Now, isolated from the rest of the globe, America has become a very different place, where magic works and history has been changed forever. It is 1803 – a new 1803. Young Meriwether Lewis, footloose and intrigued, goes to hear a lecture in St Louis by the venerated old wizard Benjamin Franklin. Franklin’s talk is disrupted by the attack of a winged fire-breathing beast, much like legends from Lewis’ own Welsh heritage. In the aftermath, Franklin tells the young man that he knows of a great, growing evil that lurks in the uncharted Arcane Territories west of the Mississippi. Using his own vast fortune, Franklin commissions Lewis and his own talented partner William Clark to embark on a remarkable voyage of exploration, to meet and document the indigenous tribes, to find a route all the way to the Pacific Ocean – and, perhaps, beyond the magical veil to Europe, again – and to stop the growing evil that is filling the American West…
Alternate history | PBK | $21.95

Storm and Fury (Harbinger 01)
Armentrout, Jennifer L
Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret, so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens – gargoyle shape-shifters, who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers. When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes…
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Magebane (Age of Dread 03)
Aryan, Stephen
A plague rages in the streets of Perizzi. Guardians rally to deal with riots while apothecarists struggle to find a cure. The cult of Akosh has been decimated but there are many survivors in the north hungry for revenge. Elsewhere, new alliances are formed to combat a deity who feeds on pestilence and decay. Gods, Sorcerers and Battlemages must set aside the past, to work together – or risk unleashing greater suffering than they can possibly imagine… This third instalment follows Mageborn and Magefall (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Redemption of Time (Three-Body Problem series paraquel)
This is Tianming’s story. It reveals what happened to him, when he was intercepted by the Trisolarians. It reveals the true nature of the struggle that has created the universal ‘dark forest’, and the ultimate fate of the Universe… A companion volume to the bestselling Three-Body Problem trilogy.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Mage Against the Machine
Barger, Shaun
The year is 2120. The humans are dead. The mages have retreated from the world after a madman blew up civilisation with weaponised magical technology. Safe within domes that protect them from the nuclear wasteland on the other side, the mages have spent the last century putting their lives back together. Nikolai is obsessed with artefacts from twentieth-century human life: mage-crafted replica Chuck Taylors on his feet, Schwarzenegger posters on his walls, Beatlemania still alive and well in his head. But he’s also tasked with a higher calling – to maintain the Veils that protect mage-kind from the hazards of the wastes beyond. As a cadet in the Mage King’s army, Nik has finally found what he always wanted – a purpose. But when confronted – by one of his former instructors, gone rogue – Nik tumbles into a dark secret. The humans weren’t nuked into oblivion – they’re still alive. Not only that, outside the domes, a war rages… between the last enclaves of free humans and vast machine intelligences. Outside the dome, unprepared and on the run, Nik finds Jem. Jem is a Runner for the Human Resistance. A ballerina, turned soldier by the circumstances of war, Jem is more than just a human – her cybernetic enhancement mods make her faster, smarter, and are the only things that give her a fighting chance against the artificial beings bent on humanity’s eradication. Now, Nik faces an impossible decision: side with the mages and let humanity die out? Or stand with Jem and the humans – and risk endangering everything he knows and loves?
Post-apocalyptic fantasy | TP | $31.95

Sanction (Jacob’s Ladder 02)
Bear, Elizabeth
The generation ship Jacob’s Ladder has barely survived cataclysms, from without and within. Now, riding the shock wave of a nova blast toward an uncertain destiny, the damaged ship – the only world its inhabitants have ever known – remains a war zone. Even as Perceval, the new captain, struggled to come to terms with the traumas of her past, the remnants of rebellion aboard the ship still threaten the crew’s survival. Yet, as Perceval’s relatives Tristen and Benedick play a deadly game of cat and mouse in pursuit of a traitor, through a cast ship that is renewing itself in strange and dangerous ways; an even more insidious threat is building, in a place no one ever thought to look. And this implacable enemy could change the face of the ship forever, if a ragtag band of heroes cannot stop it. Originally published in 2010, as Chill. The sequel to Pinion (PBK, $22.99) (originally published in 2007, as Dust).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Trilogy 01)
Beaty, Erin
To escape the threat of being married off by her uncle, orphaned Sage Fowler accepts an apprenticeship with a matchmaker. Intelligent and unruly, she’s perfect for gathering information on prospective clients. Protected by a small army contingent, Sage and her mentor escort a group of ladies to be matched with noblemen. Sage spies on soldiers and brides alike, as they travel. Amongst rumours of a political uprising, a handsome solider recruits Sage to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers, the more uncertain she is of whom to trust. Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom. With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, The Traitor’s Kiss is Jane Austen with an espionage twist.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Traitor’s Ruin (Traitor’s Trilogy 02)
Beaty, Erin
After proving her worth as a deft spy and strategic matchmaker, Sage Fowler is now comfortably positioned in high society as the royal tutor. When she’s called upon to teach his majesty’s soldiers how to read and write, she jumps at the chance to serve her kingdom of Demora – and to be reunited with her fiancé, Captain Alex Quinn. During a skirmish, Sage and Alex are separated. She watches him die, before he can deliver important military intel – or so she thinks. She escapes from the enemy and makes an unlikely alliance with a mysterious soldier from a third nation. As Sage tries to rally their support against a common foe, the important political alliance is plagued by secrets and betrayal. Can Sage complete Alex’s mission and save her kingdom, once more?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Traitor’s Kingdom (Traitor’s Trilogy 03)
Beaty, Erin
Once a spy and counsellor to the throne, Sage Fowler has secured victory for her kingdom at a terrible cost. Now, an ambassador representing Demora, Sage faces her greatest challenge to avoid a war with a rival nation. After an assassination attempt destroys the possibility of peace, Sage and her fiancé, Major Alex Quinn, make a dangerous gamble to reveal the culprit. But the stakes are higher than ever, and in the game of traitors, betrayal is the only certainty. Unlikely alliances are forged and loyalties are stretched to the breaking point in the stunning conclusion to the trilogy.
YA fantasy | HC | $26.99

Nightchaser (Endeavour 01)
Bouchet, Amanda
Wanted criminal Tess Bailey and her band of merry thieves are desperate, and on the run. The most powerful ruler in the universe wants them dead, and while he hunts them, the stolen ship they escaped on is running out of steam. Their one offer of help comes from Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations. At her side is gentle, blind Shiori, Fiona, an ex-rebel fighter with a rage so strong it could bring generals to their knees, and determined Jax and Miko, steering their ship through the depths of space. Together, their friendship gives them strength, but will their bond be strong enough to defeat an enemy, whose ruthlessness is legendary? As their luck runs out, Tess will have to choose an ending to her story – and whether to fight against, or yield to, a temptation so strong – it threatens to cleave the land of stars in two. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Earth (Grand Tour 22)
Bova, Ben
A wave of lethal gamma radiation is expanding from the core of the Milky Way galaxy at the speed of light, killing everything in its path. The countdown to when the death wave will reach Earth and the rest of the solar system is at two thousand years. Humans were helped by the Predecessors, who provided shielding generators that can protect the solar system. In return, the Predecessors asked humankind’s help to save other intelligent species that are in danger of being annihilated. But what of Earth? With the Death Wave no longer a threat to humanity, humans have spread out and colonised all the worlds of the solar system. The technology of the Predecessors has made Earth a paradise, at least on the surface. But a policy of exiling discontent young people to the outer planets and asteroid mines has led to a deep divide between the new worlds and the homeworld, and those tensions are about to explode into open war…
Science fiction | HC | $55.00

Briggs, Andy
In near-future London, Theo must navigate the darkest corners of Space, to rescue his kidnapped mother. Log in > load world > save her. Life in the near future’s not all bad. We’ve reversed global warming; and fixed the collapsing bee population. We even created Space, a virtual-sensory universe; where average guys, like Theo Wilson, can do almost anything they desire. But almost anything isn’t enough, for some. Every day, normal people are being taken, their emotions harvested – and lives traded – to create death-defying thrills for the rich and twisted. Now, Theo’s mother has disappeared. And as he follows her breadcrumb trail of clues, he’ll come up against the most dangerous… Space has to offer: vPolice, AI Bots, and anarchists – as well as a criminal empire that will kill – to stop him finding her… For fans of Ready Player One and The Martian.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Lost Acre (Rotherweird 03)
Caldecott, Andrew
Wynter is here… Gervon Wynter has returned to Rotherweird and has not only taken over the town, but is busy destroying the countrysiders’ lives, too. Can our small band of heroes find a way to outwit a genius – whose master plan is five centuries in the making? Watch this space… ‘Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn’ – Hilary Mantel. The sequel to Rotherweird and Wyntertide (PBK, $22.99 each). Recommended.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Triumphant (Genesis Fleet 03)
Campbell, Jack
The recently colonised world of Glenlyon has learned that they’re stronger when they stand with other star systems than when they are on their own. But after helping their neighbour Kosatka against an invasion, Glenlyon has become a target. An attack is launched against Glenlyon’s orbital facility with forces too powerful for fleet officer Rob Geary to counter – using their sole, remaining destroyer, Saber. Mele Darcy’s Marines must repel repeated assaults while their hacker tries to get into the enemy systems to give Saber a fighting chance…
Space opera | PBK | $19.99

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four
Clarke, Neil (editor)
For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it’s a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year in review, and twenty-nine of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2018.
Year’s Best | TP | $39.95

The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction
Clarke, Neil (editor)
On July 20, 1969, mankind made what had only years earlier seemed like an impossible leap forward: Apollo 11 became the first manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the first person to step foot on the lunar surface. While there have only been a handful of new missions since, the fascination with our planet’s satellite continues, and generations of writers and artists have imagined the endless possibilities of lunar life. The Eagle Has Landed collects the best stories written in the fifty years, since mankind first stepped foot on the lunar surface, serving as a shining reminder that the moon is a visible and constant example of all the infinite possibility of the wider universe.
Lunar SF anthology | TP | $39.95

Terra Nullius
Coleman, Claire G
The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace, and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart, re-education is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not Australia as we know it. This is not the Australia of our history. This terra nullius is something new, but all too familiar. An incredible debut from a striking new and award-winning Australian Aboriginal voice, now in paperback.
Dystopia | PBK | $22.99

The Labyrinth of the Faun (Pan’s Labyrinth series)
del Toro, Guillermo & Funke, Cornelia
In fairy tales, there are men and there are wolves, there are beasts and dead parents, there are girls and forests. Ofelia knows all this, like any young woman with a head full of stories. And she sees right away what the Capitán is, in his immaculate uniform, boots and gloves, smiling: a wolf. But nothing can prepare her for the fevered reality of the Capitán’s eerie house, in the midst of a dense forest which conceals many things: half-remembered stories of lost babies; renegade resistance fighters hiding from the army; a labyrinth; beasts and fairies. There is no one to keep Ofelia safe, as the labyrinth beckons her into her own story – where the monstrous and the human are inextricable, where myths pulse with living blood… Inspired by del Toro’s 2006 film.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Illearth War (First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever 02)
Donaldson, Stephen
Against his will, Thomas Covenant is drawn, once again, out of our reality and into the strange and magical alternative world known as the Land. But forty years have passed in the Land since Covenant’s last visit – forty years in which the evil Lord Foul has grown in power and built an unstoppable army. Covenant must act fast, or abandon the Land to complete destruction. Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson’s uniquely imaginative and complex Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

The Power that Preserves (First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever 03)
Donaldson, Stephen
Twice before, Thomas Covenant had been summoned to a strange, magical other-world. Twice he had been forced to join with the Lords of Revelstone, in their war against Lord Foul, the ancient enemy of the Land. Now, Covenant returns, once more, to find the Lords besieged and helpless, while the forces of Lord Foul ravage the Land. In this darkest hour, Covenant gathers his allies for a desperate journey to the very heart of the enemy’s power. Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson’s uniquely imaginative and complex Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $19.99

Protect the Prince (Crown of Shards 02)
Estep, Jennifer
Despite the dangers, Evie goes ahead with a scheduled trip to the neighbouring kingdom of Andvari – in order to secure a desperately-needed alliance. But complicating matters is the stubborn Andvarian king, who wants to punish Evie for the deaths of his countrymen during the Seven Spire massacre… Evie’s magic, life, and crown aren’t the only things in danger – so, is her heart; thanks to Lucas Sullivan, the Andvarian king’s bastard son, and Evie’s… well, Evie isn’t quite sure, what Sullivan is to her. The sequel to Kill the Queen (TP, $29.99), which customers have been loving! Recommended.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Early Riser
Fforde, Jasper
Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally-cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death, as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls – a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey – a remote sector, in the middle of Wales – to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination, and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Tricksy Nightwalkers, whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he’s been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters… Leanne loved this (Rick Astley jokes, belike); and thinks it has all the charm of the early Thursday Nexts.
Fantasy adventure | PBK | $19.99

Worlds 2 (collection)
Flint, Eric
Known for his bestselling alternate history novels, Flint is equally a master of shorter forms, and this second large volume gathers more of Flint’s shorter works. Includes: several stories and a short novel set in Flint’s celebrated Ring of Fire alternate history series. A commemorative novelette set in Poul Anderson’s Operation Chaos universe. A story with Dave Freer, set in his and Flint’s popular Rats, Bats and Vats series. Several humorous short stories addressing Biblical literalism. A long novella in a Martian steampunk setting. And another long novella set in David Weber’s bestselling Honor Harrington universe. In addition to the fiction, Eric Flint has written an overall introduction, plus an introduction for each story, telling how it came to be written, making this an irresistible book for the many thousands of Eric Flint fans.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $21.95

The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind
Ford, Jackson
For Teagan Frost, sh*t just got real. Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers – a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of… sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once. But then a body turns up, at the site of her last job – murdered in a way that only someone, like Teagan, could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding… Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent, new voice will blow your tiny mind.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
Fry, Stephen
Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta – who was raised by bears – outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera. Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst, and our very best.
Myth/folklore | PBK | $22.99

Marque of Caine (Caine Riordan 05)
Gannon, Charles E
It’s been two years since Caine Riordan was relieved of his command for following both his orders and his conscience. Now, he’s finally received the message he’s been waiting for: a summons to visit the ancient and enigmatic Dornaani. And, this time, making direct contact is not just professional, but personal: the Dornaani still have his mortally-wounded love, Elena Corcoran, in their unthinkably advanced medical facilities. But instead of arranging a swift reunion, Riordan’s new Dornaani hosts are not only disinterested in human affairs, but are in such social disarray that they have lost track of Elena’s surgical cryocell. Riordan must blaze his own trail through dying and dangerous worlds to find the mother of his child, her fate as uncertain as the true agenda of the Dornaani leaders. However, as new clues and new threats push Caine’s quest beyond the edge of known space, he discovers that the Dornaani empire is not merely decaying; there are subtle signs that its decline is being accelerated from without. Which means that rescuing Elena is just half the mission: Riordan must report that the Dornaani collapse is not only being engineered, but that it is the prelude to a far more malign scheme: To clear a path for a foe bent on destroying Earth.
Space opera | TP | $31.95

The Record Keeper
Gomillion, Agnes
After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law – in every way – or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race. Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labour provides food for the remnants of humanity, she’s destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After ten, gruelling years of training, she’s on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields – but everything changes when a new student arrives.
Dystopia | PBK | $19.99

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Green, Hank
The Carls just appeared. Roaming through New York City at three am, twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship – like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armour – April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world – from Beijing to Buenos Aires – and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the centre of an intense international media spotlight. Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world – April, now, has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us. ‘Funny, thrilling, and an absolute blast to read. I knew Hank would be good at this, but I didn’t know he would be this good on the first try.’ – John Scalzi.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Into the Thinnest of Air (Ismael Jones 05)
Green, Simon R
Ishmael Jones is attending the reopening of Tyrone’s Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner, the guests entertain one another with ghost stories inspired by local legends. But it would appear the curse of Tyrone’s Castle has struck for real, when one of their number disappears into thin air. And then another.
Paranormal mystery | TP | $29.95

The Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations (Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu 03)
Gresh, Lois H
The deadly dimensions over London have been sealed, and the monsters have departed. But word has come to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson of a more terrifying creature still – the great Cthulhu has been sighted off the waters of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. Only Holmes can defeat him. And in the muddy village of Innsmouth, surrounded by villagers – who are more sea monster than human – Holmes meets again his nemesis, Moriarty, and yet greater foes: Amelia Scarcliffe and Maria Fitzgerald, harbingers of Dagon, who have called forth Cthulhu. Their task: to bring about the end of humankind, and begin the realm of nightmares on Earth.
Sherlockiana/Cthulhuiana | TP | $29.95

Hamilton, Duncan M
Mirabaya, a country similar to medieval France, is ruled by a young, untried king who should be easily led by Amaury, the head of the church. Amaury knows power is often best wielded from behind the throne, out of sight, out of range of an assassin… Threatening his plans is news of a dragon, a creature thought destroyed centuries ago. How best to deal with this nuisance? Once a member of the King’s personal guard, Gill now spends most days drinking and mourning his wife and child. He’s stunned to be ordered to find and destroy a marauding dragon – weren’t they hunted to extinction, long before he was born? Together with Solene, a young woman who has an unstable, dangerous magical talent, this unlikely hero faces treachery and uncovers lost history as they attempt to defeat a dragon that shouldn’t exist. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $26.99

Time’s Convert
Harkness, Deborah
On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire. But his transformation is not an easy one and the ancient traditions and responsibilities of the de Clermont family clash with Marcus’ deeply-held beliefs in liberty, equality, and brotherhood. In contemporary London, Marcus has fallen for Phoebe Taylor, a young employee at Sotheby’s. She decides to become a vampire, too; and, the couple discovers that the challenges facing a human, who wishes to be a vampire, are no less formidable in the modern world than they were in the 18th century… Set in the world of All Souls trilogy (one of Leanne’s faves), Marcus and Phoebe’s love story offers glimpses into the lives of the rest of the Bishop-Clairmont clan. Leanne totally recommends anything by Harkness. If you’re new to these books, start with A Discovery of Witches (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Testament of Loki (Loki 02)
Harris, Joanne M
Ragnarok was the End of Worlds. Asgard fell, centuries ago, and the old gods have been defeated. Some are dead, while others have been consigned to eternal torment in the netherworld – among them, the legendary trickster, Loki. A god who betrayed every side and still lost everything, who has lain forgotten as time passed and the world of humans moved on to new beliefs, new idol and new deities… But, now, mankind dreams of the Norse Gods, once again, the river Dream is but a stone’s throw from their dark prison, and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality. The first, but not the only one to. Other, darker, things have escaped with him, who seek to destroy everything that he covets. If he is to reclaim what has been lost, Loki will need allies, a plan, and plenty of tricks… A follow-up to The Gospel of Loki (PBK, $19.99).
Mythic fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Harrison, M John
On the barren surface of an asteroid, located deep in the galaxy beneath the unbearable light of the Kefahuchi Tract, lie three objects: an abandoned spacecraft, a pair of bone dice covered with strange symbols, and a human skeleton. What they are and what they mean are the mysteries explored and unwrapped in M John Harrison’s triumphant novel. ‘Light puts most modern fiction to shame. It’s a magnificent book’ – China Miéville.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

City of Lies (Poison War 01)
Hawke, Sam
Only a handful of people in Silasta know Jovan’s real purpose in life. To most, he is just another son of the ruling class. The quiet, forgettable friend of the Chancellor’s charming, irresponsible heir. In reality, Jovan has been trained for most of his life to detect, concoct and withstand poisons in order to protect the ruling family. His sister Kalina is too frail to share in their secret family duty. While other women of the city hold positions of power and responsibility, her path is full of secrets and lies – some hidden, even from her own brother. Until now, peace has reigned in Silasta for hundreds of years. But when the Chancellor succumbs to an unknown poison and an army storms the gates, the so-called Bright City is completely unprepared. It falls to Jovan and Kalina to protect the heir and save their homeland – but first they must make their way through a new world of unexpected treachery, a world where the ancient spirits are rising… and angry. An award-winning, debut fantasy novel by a new Australian voice.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Girl in Red
Henry, Christina
It’s not safe for anyone, alone, in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that served as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She was just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that didn’t look anything like the one she’d grown up in, the one that had been perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago. There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined. Red didn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she wasn’t going to let herself get eaten up just because she was a woman alone in the woods…
Post-apocalyptic fairy-tale | PBK | $19.99

Shaman’s Crossing (Soldier Son 01)
Hobb, Robin
Nevare Burvelle anticipates a golden future. He will follow his father into the army, to the frontier and thence to an advantageous marriage. Over twenty years, the army has pushed the frontiers of Gernia as far as the Barrier Mountains – home to the enigmatic Speck people, who retain the last vestiges of magic in a progressive world. Exotic and misunderstood, they are believed to spread a sexual plague which has ravaged the frontier, decimating entire regiments. Such beliefs will affect Nevare’s military training at the Academy, where he will experience injustice and foul play. But his world view will also be challenged by his unconventional cousin Epiny. And, on Dark Evening, when the carnival comes to Old Thares, it will bring with it the first Specks Nevare has ever seen…
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Forest Mage (Soldier Son 02)
Hobb, Robin
The King’s Cavalla Academy has been ravaged by the Speck plague. As the infirmary empties, Cadet Nevare Burvelle also prepares to journey home. Far from being a broken man, Nevare is hale and hearty after defeating his nemesis, Tree Woman, and freeing himself of the Speck magic that infected him and attempted to turn him against his own people. Yet, his nights are still haunted by dreams of the voluptuous Tree Woman… dreams, in which his Speck self betrays everything he holds dear in his waking life. Has the plague infected him in ways far more mysterious than the merely physical? Despite his fears, Nevare will journey back in full expectation of a jubilant homecoming and a reunion with his fiancée, Carsina. But his life is about to take a shocking turn, as the magic in his blood roars to life, a magic that seeks to destroy all he loves.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Renegade’s Magic (Soldier Son 03)
Hobb, Robin
The people of Gettys town believe their cemetery soldier, Nevare Burve, guilty of unspeakable crimes. They also recall beating him to death. But Nevare didn’t die that day. A power far more intractable than an angry mob seized control of his life and swept him away. The magic of the Speck people has claimed Nevare, and is shaping him into a weapon to halt the Gernian expansion into Speck lands. As his efforts to find a peaceful solution fail, Nevare realises he can no longer suppress his ruthless Speck self, Soldier’s Boy. He is determined to stop the Gernian expansion, at all costs; and, unlike Nevare, has no sympathy for his spirit-twin’s world.
Fantasy (reissue) | PBK | $18.99

Null Set (Cas Russell 02)
Huang, S L
Math-genius mercenary Cas Russell has decided to Fight Crime.™ After all, with her extraordinary mathematical ability, she can neuter bombs or out-shoot an army. And the recent outbreak of violence in the world’s cities is Cas’ fault – she’s the one who crushed the organisation of telepaths keeping the world’s worst offenders under control. But Cas’ own power also has a history, one she can’t remember – or control. One that’s creeping into her mind and fracturing her sanity… just when she’s gotten herself on the hit list of every crime lord on the West Coast. And her best, only, sociopathic friend. Cas won’t be able to save the world. She might not even be able to save herself.
SF thriller | HC | $52.95

Shiang (Empire of Salt 02)
Iggulden, C F
The city of Shiang stands at the edge of a shattered empire. A single family keeps order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Ambitious leaders sense a chance to carve out empires of their own. Men nearer at hand speak in whispers of war and the destruction of a great city to the west – Darien. And on the great road between Shiang and Darien, bands of mercenaries and deserters restlessly wait for the time to launch their attack on the empire’s land. The sequel to Darien (PBK, $19.99).
Alternate history | PBK | $19.99

The Grand Dark
Kadrey, Richard
The Great War is over. The city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the peace with a decadence and carefree spirit as intense as the war’s horrifying despair. But this newfound hedonism – drugs, and sex, and endless parties – distracts from strange realities of everyday life: Intelligent automata taking jobs. Genetically-engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war. A theatre, where gruesome murders happen twice a day. And a new plague that even the ceaseless euphoria can’t mask. Unlike others, who live strictly for fun; Largo is an addict with ambitions. A bike messenger who grew up in the slums, he knows the city’s streets and its secrets intimately. His life seems set. He has a beautiful girlfriend, drugs, a chance at a promotion – and, maybe, an opportunity for complete transformation: a contact among the elite who will set him on the course to lift himself up out of the streets. But dreams can be a dangerous thing, in a city whose mood is turning dark and inward… A lush, dark, standalone fantasy, from the author of the Sandman Slim series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox 02)
Kagawa, Julie
Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon – who will grant one wish, to whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy, now. The demon Hakaimono – who, for centuries, was trapped in a cursed sword – has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons, in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross, once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos. The sequel to Shadow of the Fox (PBK, $19.99). Signed copies are available!
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Last of Her Name
Khoury, Jessica
Sixteen years ago, rebellion swept the galaxy known as the Belt of Jewels. Every member of the Leonov royal family was murdered – down to their youngest child, Princess Anya – making way for the Union government to seize power. But Stacia doesn’t think much about politics. She spends her days, half wild – rambling her father’s vineyard with her friends, Clio and Pol. That all changes when a Union ship appears burning through the sky, bearing the leader of the Union, the Direktor Eminent himself, who declares that Stacia’s sleepy village is a den of empire loyalists. Even more shocking, the Direktor claims that Princess Anya Leonova is alive – and Stacia is the lost princess. As their home explodes into chaos, Pol smuggles Stacia to a hidden escape ship, leaving Clio in the hands of the Union. With everything she knows threading away into the stars, Stacia sets her heart on a single mission: She will find and rescue Clio, even with the whole galaxy on her trail.
YA space opera | HC | $35.95

King, Reed
2085: the self-interested rule of a final, disastrous president of the United States has provoked the splintering of the states into individual countries. Truckee Wallace – a young man plucked from obscurity, from the factory line where he works – is hand picked, by the president, to lead a covert mission: to bring a talking goat to the other side of the continent… and, hopefully, save civilisation. Along the way, he picks up an android who wants to be human, and a well-intentioned former convict who has had a lobotomy. As this strange foursome encounters an environmentally-depleted and lawless continent, the parallels to our own times become devastatingly – and hilariously – clear. Filled with footnotes that could be an incredible novel in their own right, FKA USA is insanely smart and brimming with social satire.
Dystopian satire | HC | $39.99

Heroine’s Journey (Heroine Complex 03)
Kuhn, Sarah
If there’s one thing Beatrice Tanaka never wanted to be, it’s normal. But somehow, her life has unfolded as a series of ‘should haves’. Her powers of emotional projection should have made her one of the most formidable superheroes of all time. And she should have been allowed to join her older sister Evie as a full-fledged protector of San Francisco, pulverising the city’s plethora of demon threats. But Evie and her superheroing partner, Aveda Jupiter, insist on seeing Bea as the impulsive, tempestuous teenager she used to be – even though she’s now a responsible adult. And that means Bea is currently living a thoroughly normal life. She works as a bookstore lackey, hangs out with best friends Sam Fujikawa and Leah Kim, and calms her workplace’s more difficult customers. Sure, she’s not technically supposed to be playing with people’s mental states. But given the mundanity of her existence, who can blame her? When a mysterious being starts communicating with Bea, hinting at an evil that’s about to overtake the city, she seizes the opportunity, hoping to turn her ‘should haves’ into the fabulous heroic life she’s always wanted. But gaining that life may mean sacrificing everything – and everyone – she holds dear… The third in the popular series, following Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship (PBK, $21.95 each), now in paperback
Urban fantasy | PBK | $21.95

Eye Spy (Family Spies 02)
Lackey, Mercedes
The children of Heralds Mags and Amily must follow in their parents’ footsteps to protect the realm… Abidela, dreams of building on her parents’ legacy by joining her father’s network of spies, hoping to offset her seeming lack of a gift. But when Abi senses the imminent collapse of a bridge only moments before it happens, she saves countless lives, including that of her best friend, Princess Katiana. The experience, though harrowing, uncovers her unique gift – an ability to sense the physical strains in objects. Intrigued by the potential of her gift, the Artificers seek to claim her as their own – but only the Healers can train her. Through training with both of them, Abi discovers unique facets of her gift, including a synesthetic connection to objects that allows her to ‘see’, as well as feel, the strains. Her gift may also grant her a distinct advantage as a spy – there won’t be a building in the entire kingdom of Valdemar with a secret room that she doesn’t know about. With the help of her mentors, she must hone her gift to uncover the hidden secrets in the depths of Valdemar. The second instalment of the Family Spies trilogy, following The Hills Have Spies (PBK, $19.99). Eye Spy will be out early, in a UK paperback edition – only $19.99 – in August.
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Valdemar | HC | $49.95

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea 01) (illustrated edition)
Le Guin, Ursula K & Vess, Charles
Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, was called Sparrowhawk in his reckless youth. Hungry for power and knowledge, Sparrowhawk tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance. Beautifully illustrated, by Charles Vess, in the same style as last year’s The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition (HC, $65.00).
Fantasy | HC | $32.99

The Witch Who Courted Death
Lewis, Maria
Considering her status as the world’s most powerful medium, Casper von Klitzing and her twin brother, Baristan, have lived a pretty normal life – until now. After a horrific incident in her home city of Berlin, orchestrated by the mysterious Oct, Casper is consumed with vengeance towards an enemy she doesn’t understand. But the only other person, ever to escape Oct, was a witch – and, so, Casper is soon on her trail. But this witch does not want to be found. Diving headfirst into the supernaturally secretive world of spells, charms and covens, it’s not long before Casper is crossing more than just the line between the living and the dead…
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Knight of Stars (God Fragments 03)
Lloyd, Tom
Lynx and the rest of the Cards are heading south. There’s money in their pockets, beer in their hands and a simple job ahead – sun, sea and not getting shot at much. Throw in the prospect of a bar fight and it’s almost a holiday. But the volatile Mage Islands are a powder keg – one just waiting for a spark. A bloody-handed exile, perhaps; or the agent of a foreign power preparing for war. Maybe, even a bunch of trigger-happy drunks, who’ve upset the balance of magic across the Riven Kingdom. Or all three together, that’d definitely work…
Fantasy | HC | $39.99

Drop By Drop (Step By Step 01)
Llywelyn, Morgan
Global catastrophe occurs, as all plastic mysteriously liquefies. All the small components making many technologies possible – navigation systems, communications, medical equipment – fail. In Sycamore River, citizens find their lives disrupted as everything they’ve depended on melts around them, with sometimes fatal results. All they can rely upon is themselves. The first of a trilogy.
Post-apocalypse | TP | $26.99

Return to Zero (Lorien Legacies Reborn 03)
Lore, Pittacus
After the battle in Switzerland, the Fugitive Six find their loyalties torn, splitting them into two factions. Taylor, Nigel and Kopano join Nine to return to the Academy, but nothing is the same. Fear and resentment of the Human Garde has been growing and the Academy is under siege. The United Nations has decreed that all humans with Legacies must be implanted with inhibitors, a move that will take away their power and their human rights. The team have no choice, but to fight back. And with the faceless Foundation still at large, Caleb, Ran and Isabela have decided to join forces with their former foes Einar and Five to hunt them down. But when a new threat is revealed, the group find themselves painfully outmatched. Fractured and facing capture or annihilation, on all sides; the Human Garde have to sacrifice everything, in a war that pitches them against the rest of the world.
YA science fiction | TP | $22.99

Dragon’s Code (Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern)
McCaffrey, Gigi
The last time Thread attacked Pern, the world was unprepared for the fight – until the Oldtimers appeared. These courageous dragonriders arrived from the past, travelling four hundred years to help their descendants survive. But the collision of past and present took its toll. While most of the displaced rescuers adapted to their new reality, others could not abide the jarring change and found themselves in soul-crushing exile, where unhappiness and resentment seethed. Piemur, a journeyman harper, also feels displaced, cast adrift by the loss of his spectacular boyhood voice and uncertain of his future. But when the Masterharper of Pern sees promise in the young man and sends him undercover among the exiled Oldtimers, Piemur senses the looming catastrophe that threatens the balance of power between the Weyrs and Holds of Pern… In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Dragonriders of Pern series, Gigi does her mother proud, adding to the family tradition of spinning unputdownable tales.
Pern | PBK | $21.95

Crowfall (Raven’s Mark 03)
McDonald, Ed
A sorceress cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the Republic and the immortal Deep Kings. Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the Republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war. Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all. He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him – changed him – but all power comes with a price, and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere. They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness. The third instalment, following Blackwing and Ravencry (PBK, $19.99 each).
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Priest of Lies (War for the Rose Throne 02)
McLean, Peter
When Tomas Piety and his Pious Men returned from the war, he just wanted to rebuild his crime empire and look after his people. But the sinister Queen’s Men had different ideas and whether he likes it or not, he’s now a spy as well. Now, half the city of Ellinburg lies in ashes and the webs of political intrigue are stretching out from the Queen’s capital to pull Tomas in. Dannsburg is calling. In Dannsburg, the nobility fight with words, not blades, but the results are every bit as bloody. In this pit of beasts, Tomas must decide once and for all whether he is, truly, the people’s champion… or just a priest of lies. And as Tomas’ power grows, the nobility had better watch their backs… The sequel to Priest of Bones (PBK, $22.99) which had some great customer feedback.
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $32.99

Malerman, Josh
J is a student at a school deep in a forest, far away from the rest of the world. J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics; and their life at the school is all they know – and all they are allowed to know. But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them? Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest – in a school very much like J’s – a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other. From the author of Bird Box (PBK, $22.99).
Horror | TP | $32.99

The Ruthless (Deathless 02)
Newman, Peter
For years, Vasin Sapphire has been waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. Now, as other Deathless families come under constant assault from the monsters that roam the Wild, that time has come. In the floating castle of Rochant Sapphire, loyal subjects await the ceremony to return their ruler to his rightful place. But the child raised to give up his body to Lord Rochant is no ordinary servant. Strange and savage, he will stop at nothing to escape his gilded prison. Far below, another child yearns to see the human world. Raised by a creature of the Wild, he knows their secrets better than any other. As he enters into the struggle between the Deathless houses, he may be the key to protecting their power; or destroying it, completely. The sequel to The Deathless (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Girls of Paper and Fire
Ngan, Natasha
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honour they could hope for… and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And, instead of paper, she’s made of fire. Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back… and, this time, it is Lei they’re after – the girl with the golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has piqued the king’s interest. Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, Lei does the unthinkable – she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. Perfect for fans of Renée Ahdieh, Laini Taylor, and Sabaa Tahir.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Broken Places and Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected
Okorafor, Nnedi
Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralysed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi’s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan – something a simple surgery would easily correct. But when Nnedi wakes from the surgery to find she can’t move her legs, her entire sense of who she is begins to waver. Confined to a hospital bed for months, unusual things begin to happen. Psychedelic bugs crawl her hospital walls; strange dreams visit her, nightly. She begins to feel as if she’s turning into a cyborg. Unsure if she’ll ever walk again, Nnedi begins to put these experiences into writing, conjuring up strange, fantastical stories. What Nnedi discovers during her confinement would prove to be the key to her life as a successful science fiction writer: In science fiction, when something breaks, something greater often emerges from the cracks. While she may be bedridden, instead of stopping her journey Nnedi’s paralysis opens up new windows in her mind, kindles her creativity and ultimately leads her to become more alive than she ever could have imagined. Nnedi takes the reader on a journey from her hospital bed deep into her memories, from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago, to her powerful visits to her parents’ hometown in Nigeria, where she got her first inkling that science fiction has roots beyond the West. This was not the Africa that Nnedi knew from Western literature – an Africa that she always read was a place left behind. The role of technology in Nigeria opened her eyes to future-looking Africa: cable TV and cell phones in the village, 419 scammers occupying the cybercafés, the small generator connected to her cousin’s desktop computer, everyone quickly adapting to portable tech devices due to unreliable power sources. Nnedi could see that Africa was far from broken, as she’d been taught, and her experience there planted the early seeds of sci-fi – a genre that speculates about technologies, societies, and social issues – from an entirely new lens. In Broken Places and Outer Spaces, Nnedi uses her own experience as a jumping off point to follow the phenomenon of creativity born from hardship. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelley, she examines great artists and writers who have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work. Through these compelling stories and her own, Nnedi reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths – far greater than when we were unbroken.
Memoir/motivational speech | HC | $19.99

David Mogo, Godhunter
Okungbowa, Suyi Davies
Lagos will not be destroyed. The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, the city endures. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala. No problem, right?
Godpunk | TP | $22.95

State Tectonics (Centenal Cycle 03)
Older, Malka
The future of democracy must evolve or die. The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, sabotage by major world governments, and an uncontrolled earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it’s time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace, for 25 years, is more vulnerable than ever. Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew. Concluding the Centenal Cycle trilogy, which begins with Infomocracy (PBK, $23.99).
Science fiction | TP | $26.99

Adjustment Day
Palahniuk, Chuck
People pass the word only to those they trust most: Adjustment Day is coming. They’ve been reading a mysterious blue-black book and memorising its directives. They are ready for the reckoning. Smug, geriatric politicians hatch a nasty fate for the burgeoning population of young males; working-class men dream of burying the elites; and professors propound theories that offer students only the bleakest future. When it arrives, Adjustment Day inaugurates a new Disunited States of America.
Alternate history/political satire | PBK | $19.99

The Need
Phillips, Helen
Molly is exhausted, anxious, losing her grip on reality. Her husband is away, and she is running between her children and her job, where things are unravelling. She’s a palaeobotanist, working at a fossil quarry, and has recently unearthed artefacts that defy understanding; the coke bottle with the lettering that leans the wrong way, an alternative version of the Bible. Where do these things come from? At home, as dusk falls, she gets jumpy. Are those footsteps out in the hall? What was that noise? She holds her two small children close to her; and tries to pull herself together. But her worlds of work and home are about to collide. She discovers that the stranger in her sitting room knows everything about her life and, as their identity becomes chillingly clear, this intruder makes a demand of Molly that upends everything, forcing her to reckon with her most unspeakable fears.
SF thriller | TP | $29.99

The Toll
Priest, Cherie
State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you’ll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven. But you’d better hope not. Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo – for a second honeymoon, canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. But shortly before they reach their destination, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car… When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.
Gothic horror | TP | $24.99

An American Story
Priest, Christopher
Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or, thinks he did – no body has been recovered, and she shouldn’t have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was. The world has moved on from that terrible day. Nearly 20 years later, it has faded into a dull memory for most people. But a chance encounter rekindles Ben’s interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him. Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew…
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Episodes (collection)
Priest, Christopher
Christopher Priest is one of the most acclaimed writers of both SF and literary fiction at work today. Here, for the first time in almost twenty years, is a collection of his short work. Largely previously uncollected, ranging from the horrific to the touching, the science fictional to the realist, these stories are a perfect demonstration of the breadth and power of Priest’s writing. Eleven stories are included, along with commentary and reflection from the author. Within these pages you will discover the stage magic-inspired horror of ‘The Head and the Hand’; the time-slip accidents of ‘’; the impossible romance of ‘Palely Loitering’; and the present-day satire of ‘Shooting an Episode’.
Short fiction collection | TP | $29.99

River of Night (Black Tide Rising 08)
Ringo, John & Massa, Mike
Tom Smith used to be somebody. Now, he’s just another refugee, fleeing the smoking ruins of civilisation. Well, maybe not just another refugee. Late of the Bank of the Americas where he used to be the global managing director for Security, Tom and his fellow survivors watched New York City burn. His plan to the save New York long enough to find a cure for the zombie virus hadn’t survived the bloody scrimmage between angry cops, cunning gangsters, and rapacious City officials. Now only millions of infected humans, driven mad by the high infectious tailored rabies virus, inhabited the city. But Tom and some trusted allies were able to stay one step ahead and escaped offshore. Now, they’re holed up in a safe house in coastal Virginia and it’s time to break out. Between him and his objective, one of the bank’s prepared evacuation camps in the Cumberland Valley, are hundreds of miles of clogged roads, burnt-out towns and howling mobs of infected humans who know only hunger. He must corral his motley team, complete with middle-schoolers, to navigate the treacherous landscape. And, yet, he feels his odds are good. But there’s always someone smarter. And they like things just the way they are. Without a fat chequebook and the team of hired spec-ops mercenaries it used to bring, how will Tom Smith fend off entrepreneurial marauders, a brilliant sociopath or two, and a kill-count hungry member of the E-4 mafia?
Post-apocalyptic | HC | $49.95

The Sisters of the Winter Wood
Rossner, Rena
Every family has a secret… and every secret tells a story. In a remote village surrounded by forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami’s babka, and the low rumble of their Tati’s prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell – despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods. As dark forces close in on their small village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realise the old fairy tales are true… and could save them all. Recommended to fans of Katherine Arden.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Conspiracy of Truths
Rowland, Alexandra
Arrested on accusations of witchcraft and treason, Chant finds himself trapped in a cold, filthy jail cell in a foreign land. With only his advocate, the unhelpful and uninterested Consanza, he quickly finds himself cast as a bargaining chip in a brewing battle between the five rulers of this small, backwards, and petty nation. Or, at least, that’s how he would tell the story. In truth, Chant has little idea of what is happening outside the walls of his cell, but he must quickly start to unravel the puzzle of his imprisonment… before they execute him for his alleged crimes. But Chant is no witch – he is a member of a rare and obscure order of wandering storytellers. With no country to call his home, and no people to claim as his own, all Chant has is his wits and his apprentice, a lad more interested in wooing handsome shepherds, than learning the ways of the world. And, yet, he has one great power: his stories in the ears of the rulers determined to prosecute him, for betraying a nation he knows next to nothing about. The tales he tells will topple the Queens of Nuryevet and, just maybe, save his life.
Fantasy | TP | $35.95

Howling Dark (Sun Eater 02)
Ruocchio, Christopher
Hadrian Marlowe is lost. For half a century, he has searched the farther suns for the lost planet of Vorgossos, hoping to find a way to contact the elusive alien Cielcin. He has not succeeded; and, for years, has wandered among the barbarian Normans as captain of a band of mercenaries. Determined to make peace and bring an end to nearly four hundred years of war, Hadrian must venture beyond the security of the Sollan Empire and among the Extrasolarians – who dwell between the stars. There, he will face not only the aliens he has come to offer peace, but contend with creatures that once were human, with traitors in his midst, and with a meeting that will bring him face to face with no less than the oldest enemy of mankind. If he succeeds, he will usher in a peace, unlike any in recorded history. If he fails… the galaxy will burn. The sequel to the very popular Empire of Silence (PBK, $22.99). Recommended!
Space opera | TP | $32.99

Orange World (collection)
Russell, Karen
Karen Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerising talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives are on display in these exuberant, unforgettable stories. In ‘The Bad Graft’, a couple on a road trip stop in Joshua Tree National Park, where the spirit of a giant tree accidentally infects the young woman, their fates becoming permanently entangled. In ‘The Prospectors’, two opportunistic young women fleeing the Depression strike out for new territory, but find themselves fighting for their lives. In the brilliant and hilarious title story a new mother desperate to ensure her baby’s safety strikes a diabolical deal – as long as the devil protects her baby, she’ll do anything. Stories of survival, love and of surreal and magnificent transformation – even in their darkness, these stories give us an escape. Just as many of the characters make a leap – whether to a different world or a different state – we go along for the ride, as Russell takes us to strange and exhilarating new heights. This is haunting and beautiful work from one of America’s most gifted writers.
Short fiction collection | TP | $32.99

The Book of M
Shepherd, Peng
In the middle of a market in India, a man’s shadow disappears. As rolling twenty-four-hour news coverage tries to explain the event, more cases are discovered. The phenomenon spreads like a plague as people learn the true cost of their lost part: their memories. Two years later, Ory and his wife Max have escaped ‘the Forgetting’ by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods in Virginia. They have settled into their new reality, until Max, too, loses her shadow…
Magical realism | PBK | $19.99

The Eyes of Tamburah (Archives of the Invisible Sword 01)
Snyder, Maria V
Shyla is a researcher who resides in the underground desert city of Zirdai, which is ruled by the wealthy Water Prince and brutal Heliacal Priestess. Even though Shyla is sun kissed – an outcast, considered cursed by the Sun Goddess – she is still renowned for uncovering innumerable archaic facts, lost artefacts, ancient maps, and obscure historical documents. Her quiet life is about to change… when Banqui, an archaeologist, enlists her services to find the Eyes of Tamburah: legendary gemstones that bestow great magic on their wielder. These ancient objects can tip the balance of power and give whoever possesses them complete control of the city. But chaos erupts, when the Eyes are stolen, soon after they’re found – and Shyla is blamed for the theft… The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Mission Critical (anthology)
Strahan, Jonathan
Houston, we have a problem… Life is fragile. The difference between success and failure can come down to nothing – the thread of a screw, the flick of a switch – and when it goes wrong, you fix it. Or someone dies. Mission Critical takes us from our world, across the Solar System, and out into deep space to tell the stories of people who had to do the impossible. And do it fast. Featuring stories by Peter F Hamilton, Yoon Ha Lee, Aliette de Bodard, Greg Egan, Linda Nagata, Gregory Feeley, John Barnes, Tobias S Buckell, Jason Fischer & Sean Williams, Carolyn Ives Gilman, John Meaney, Dominica Phetteplace, Allen M Steele, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Peter Watts.
SF anthology | TP | $24.95

Silver in the Wood (novella)
Tesh, Emily
There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads. When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely-curious, new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past, both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart. A 112pp novella. ‘A true story of the woods, of the fae, and of the heart. Deep and green and wonderful.’ – Naomi Novik.
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Survival of Molly Southbourne (novella)
Thompson, Tade
Who was Molly Southbourne? What did she leave behind? A burnt-out basement. A name stained in blood. Bodies that remember murder, one of them left alive. A set of rules that no longer apply. Molly Southbourne is alive. If she wants to survive, she’ll need to run, hide, and be ready to fight. There are people who remember her, who know what she is and what she’s done. Some want her alive, some want her dead, and all hold a piece to the puzzles in her head. Can Molly escape them, or will she confront the bloody history that made her? A 128pp novella; the sequel to The Murders of Molly Southbourne (PBK, $19.99) by this year’s winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award.
Horror | PBK | $16.99

Alpha and Omega
Turtledove, Harry
What would happen if the ancient prophecy of the End of Days came true? It is certainly the last thing Eric Katz – a secular archaeologist from Los Angeles – expects to discover during what should be a routine dig in Jerusalem. But, perhaps, higher forces have something else in mind. For when a sign presaging the rising of the Third Temple is located in America and a dirty bomb is detonated in downtown Tel Aviv, events conspire to place a team of archaeologists in the tunnels deep under the Temple Mount. And there, Eric is witness to a discovery of such monumental proportions that nothing will ever be the same, again…
Alternate history | HC | $55.00

Space Opera
Valente, Catherynne M
A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent spacefaring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented – something to cheer up everyone, who was left, and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the civilisations gather for Galactivision – part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show…
Space opera | PBK | $22.99

Shadows of the Short Days (Hrimland 01)
Vilhjálmsson, Alexander Dan
Smundur the Mad, addict and sorcerer, has been expelled from the magical university, Svartiskoli, and can no longer study galdur, an esoteric source of magic. Obsessed with proving his peers wrong, he will stop at nothing to gain absolute power and knowledge, especially of that which is long forbidden. Garun is an outcast: half-human, half-huldufolk – her very existence is a violation of dimensional boundaries, the ultimate taboo. A militant revolutionary and graffiti artist, recklessly dismissive of the status quo, she will do anything to achieve a just society, including spark a revolution. Even if she has to do it, alone. This is a tale of revolution set in a twisted version of Reykjavík fuelled by industrialised magic and populated by humans, interdimensional exiles, otherworldly creatures, psychoactive graffiti, and demonic familiars.
Icelandic fantasy | TP | $32.99

Salvation Day
Wallace, Kali
They thought the ship would be their salvation. Zahra knew every detail of the plan. House of Wisdom, a massive exploration vessel, had been abandoned by the government of Earth a decade earlier, when a deadly virus broke out and killed everyone on board – in a matter of hours. But, now, it could belong to her people if they were bold enough to take it. All they needed to do was kidnap Jaswinder Bhattacharya – the sole survivor of the tragedy, and the last person whose genetic signature would allow entry to the spaceship. But what Zahra and her crew could not know was what waited for them on the ship – a terrifying secret buried by the government. A threat to all of humanity that lay sleeping, alongside the orbiting dead. And then they woke it up.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Tide of Battle: Stories and Provocations (collection)
Williamson, Michael Z
Michael Z Williamson returns with his second collection of short fiction, essays, and provocations. Sure to thrill, entertain, and scandalise. After a brutal car crash, a disabled young man beats all odds to pursue his dream of crewing the first starship. Outnumbered and outgunned, a Freehold warship must use guile, expert manoeuvring and sheer courage to survive a pursuing UN fleet. Meanwhile, other Freeholders resort to terrifying psyops to destroy their invaders’ morale. A family learns that their patriarch isn’t as crazy as they thought when a zombie uprising actually happens. A young girl must use her knowledge of elementals and spirit beings to protect a king who is unaware of the threats against him. In an alternate Bronze Age, the descendants of dinosaurs fight with sentient felinoids for territory and survival. Humans reduced to cowering in caves find a most unlikely weapon against their alien invaders. With cutting satire on classic poetry and modern movies, a no-holds-barred lambast of several beloved firearms and their fan clubs, Williamson concludes with more of his Inappropriate Cocktail recipes – frequently, both delicious and outrageously snarky – commemorating celebrities, events, and cultural memes.
Short fiction collection | PBK | $21.95