Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: June 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in June 2016.

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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!

June 2016 includes new books by: Paul Cornell, Richard Kadrey, Mercedes Lackey, Alex Marshall, Claire North, Naomi Novik, Daniel O’Malley, Alastair Reynolds & Stephen Baxter, Lilith Saintcrow, Charles Stross… and many others.

Abbott, Jane
Devoid of rain, the earth has shrunk to dust and salt, hemmed by a swollen sea. Survivors gather to re-establish order, but it’s nothing like before. It is Jeremiah’s world. Commanded by the cruel Garrick, Jem is a Watchman and hunter of Disses: rebels who dare to challenge the Tower and its ruling Council.
Dystopia | TP | $32.99

The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction 2015: Volume 2
Afsharirad, David (editor)
The new Golden Age of short science fiction has arrived! Selected from the premier print and online markets in the field, here are stories to challenge, provoke, thrill, and entertain. Stories of future military men and women – space opera, on a grand scale; and edge-of-your-seat adventure science fiction, in the grand pulp tradition. The second volume in an ongoing series, The Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction, features stories by giants of the genre and the hottest new voices.
SF anthology | TP | $31.95

Blood of the Cosmos (Saga of Shadows 02)
Anderson, Kevin J
As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans – having narrowly escaped annihilation, at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies – are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them, the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies, believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it’s a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Blood in the Water (Destroyermen 11)
Anderson, Taylor
With more enemies than ever before arrayed against them, the crew of the Walker needs new allies. That means combing the lethal wilds of Madagascar, to find the Lemurians’ fabled ancestors as well as the enigmatic dwellers east of the Pass of Fire. But what Reddy’s crew unearths, may be more than they can handle – discoveries so shattering that they could tilt the balance of the war, in either direction. But Reddy’s greatest adversary is from his past: a madman, named Kurokawa, whose single-minded mission of revenge will shake the Alliance to its core and raise the stakes to the most personal and terrifying levels Reddy has ever faced.
Military SF | HC | $49.95

Company Town
Ashby, Madeline
New Arcadia is a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd. Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig – making her doubly an outsider, as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defence, and her record as a fighter, mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa.
Science fiction | HC | $34.99

Three Faces of Asprin
Asprin, Robert
An omnibus containing The Cold Cash Wars, The Bug Wars, and Tambu.
Science fiction | TP | $31.95

The Doubt Factory
Bacigalupi, Paolo
Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie – at least according to the mysterious young man who’s been stalking her. But could her dad really be a bad guy at the helm of an organisation that covers up the deadly wrongdoings of some of the country’s richest and most powerful? ‘A plot so expertly turned that you’ll be nailed to your seat’ – Cory Doctorow.
YA science fiction | PBK | $18.99

Borderline (Arcadia Project 01)
Baker, Mishell
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organisation that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.
Urban fantasy | TP | $24.99

Feersum Endjinn
Banks, Iain M
Count Sessine is about to die, for the very last time… Chief Scientist Gadfium is about to receive the mysterious message, she has been waiting for, from the Plain of Sliding Stones… And Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, is about to enter the chaos of the crypt… And everything is about to change… For this is the time of the encroachment and, although the dimming sun still shines on the vast, towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, the end is close at hand. The King knows it, his closest advisers know it, yet still they prosecute the war, against the clan Engineers, with increasing savagery. The crypt knows it too; so an emissary has been sent… an emissary, who holds the key to all their futures.
SF Masterwork | HC | $24.99

Twelve Kings (Song of Shattered Sands 01)
Beaulieu, Bradley
Sharakhai, the great city of the desert, centre of commerce and culture, has been ruled from time immemorial by twelve kings – cruel, ruthless, powerful, and immortal. With their army of Silver Spears, their elite company of Blade Maidens and their holy defenders, the terrifying asirim, the Kings uphold their positions as undisputed, invincible lords of the desert. There is no hope of freedom for any under their rule. Or so it seems, until Ceda, a brave young woman from the west end slums, defies the Kings’ laws by going outside on the holy night of Beht Zha’ir.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Descendant: The Complete Nikki Glass, Immortal Huntress series
Black, Jenna
For Immortal Huntress and cunning private investigator Nikki Glass, vengeance trumps all. An omnibus edition of all four Descendant novels – Dark Descendant, Deadly Descendant, Rogue Descendant, and Divine Descendant – as well as the e-novella: Pros and Cons.
Urban fantasy | TP | $45.95

Chasing the Stars
Blackman, Malorie
What happens, when love brings loss? When love brings lies? When love brings hate? Olivia and her twin brother, Aidan, are heading alone back to Earth, following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew and their family in its entirety. Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive. Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head over heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after?
YA science fiction | TP | $32.99

Highway to Hell (Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 02)
Brallier, Max
Your mission? Drive your heavily-armed, 1967 el Camino from New York City to San Francisco. Along the way, you’ll encounter Mr Death’s Undead Circus and Animal Show; you’ll battle zombies, gladiator-style; you’ll be forced to help a band of lunatics defending the Alamo. And every step of the way, an army of drivers in armoured vehicles is hot on your tail – because there is one man, the mayor of New York, who will stop at nothing, to keep this apocalypse of the undead alive.
Zombies | TP | $24.99

The Sorcerer’s Daughter (Defenders of Shannara 03)
Brooks, Terry
The previous novel, The Darkling Child, is now also available in paperback ($19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Forevermore (Darkest London 07)
Callihan, Kristen
Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures, in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become. Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity, with the woman he loves.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Flamecaster (Shattered Realms 01)
Chima, Cinda Williams
Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur, than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
YA fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Forbidden: A Novel of the Sazi (Luna Lake 01)
Clamp, Cathy
Ten years have passed, since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible ‘cure’ on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift. Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now, it’s a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians. There’s reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted, by those who call Luna Lake home. Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared, a decade ago. When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly – but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $7.99

Beyond The Kingdoms (The Land of Stories 04)
Colfer, Chris
The Masked Man is on the loose, in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him… except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger. With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: he possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains! So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind, until it’s too late?
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

Spear of Light (Glittering Edge 02)
Cooper, Brenda
When the post-human Next suddenly reappear, in a solar system that banished them, humans are threatened. The first families of the planet Lym must deal with invasion while they grapple with their own inner fears. Ranger Charlie Windar is desperate to save his beloved planet, ambassador Nona Hall strives to forge links between the station she’s from and the people of Lym, and the formidable merchant Gunnar Ellensson appears to be up to no good. In the meantime, the Next’s motives remain inscrutable. Why are they here at all? What do they want? Why are they interested in the ancient past of a planet that has been ravaged and rebuilt?
Science fiction | TP | $35.95

Nemesis Games (Expanse 05)
Corey, James S A
A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush, in human history, has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing, without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks, previously considered impossible, bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning, to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born, in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive, and get back to the only home they have left.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (Shadow Police 03)
Cornell, Paul
The ghost of Sherlock Holmes is dead, but who will solve his murder? The Great Detective’s ghost has walked London’s streets for an age, given shape by people’s memories. Now, someone’s put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. But what’s the motive? And who – or what – could kill a ghost?
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The City of Mirrors (Passage 03)
Cronin, Justin
Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards to one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. Follows The Passage and The Twelve (both PBK, $19.99).
Post-apocalyptic thriller | TP | $32.99

Silent Hall (Silent Hall 01)
Dolkart, N S
After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything – and anyone – to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe. With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves from the wrath of the gods.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Death’s Bright Day (RCN 11)
Drake, David
Captain Daniel Leary thinks that his marriage will allow him to slip into the quiet role of a naval officer in peacetime. His friend, the spy and cybrarian Adele Mundy, is content to be collating data in her library. But high officials of both superpowers are involved! Those who want Daniel and Adele to become involved in the Tarbell Stars claim that only they can prevent a war between the Republic of Cinnabar and its great rival, the Alliance of Free Stars. The conflict is political, but at the sharp end it means blazing warfare and cold-blooded murder. Daniel and Adele will be at the sharp end…
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

Fortune, Margaret
Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
Gaiman, Neil
This collection brings together more than sixty pieces of Neil Gaiman’s outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences, at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Non-fiction collection | TP | $29.99

Dark Orbit
Gilman, Carolyn Ives
Reports of a strange, new habitable world have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilisation. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate. Thora was once a member of the interplanetary elite, but since her prophetic delusions helped mobilise a revolt on Orem, she’s been banished to the farthest reaches of space – to minimise the risk her very presence may pose. This is excellent – recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $25.99

Oryon (Changers 02)
Glock-Cooper, Allison & Cooper, T
Oryon finds our hero Ethan/Drew on the eve of her second metamorphosis – into Oryon, a skinny African American skater boy, with more swagger than he knows what to do with. Enter a mess of trouble from the Changers Council, the closed-minded Abiders, the Radical Changers, and his best friend Audrey – at least she was his best friend, when Oryon was Drew – and now, it’s complicated. But that’s life for Changers, an ancient race of humans who must live out each year of high school as a completely different person. Before next summer, Oryon will learn what it means to be truly loved, scared spitless, and at the centre of a burgeoning national culture war. Most of all, he will learn again how much the eyes of the world try to shape you into what they see – and how only when you resist do you clearly begin to see yourself.
YA science fiction | PBK | $16.99

The Tabit Genesis
Gonzales, Tony
They left Sol in two great ships, carrying with them the last hope for humankind. Destined for different stars, their mission was to ensure the survival of our species. One ship was never heard from again. Decades later, the other arrived at a lifeless world, where the survivors learned that Earth was lost not to famine, but to an alien species determined to eradicate humans from existence.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Rise: The Complete Newsflesh Collection
Grant, Mira
Collected here, is every piece of short fiction from the acclaimed Newsflesh series, with two new, never-before-published novellas and all eight short works.
Newsflesh | HC | $46.95

Dr DOA (Secret Histories 10)
Green, Simon R
Secret Histories book nine, From a Drood to a Kill, is also now available in paperback ($19.95).
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu
Guran, Paula (editor)
A new collection of weird fiction inspired by H P Lovecraft’s creations.
Cthulhiana | PBK | $22.99

Day Shift (Midnight 02)
Harris, Charlaine
There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous, when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead, the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular – and very wealthy – clients dies during a reading. Manfred returns, from Dallas, embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get, in Midnight…
Paranormal mystery | PBK | $19.99

Julius and the Watchmaker (Watchmaker 01)
Hehir, Tim
When Julius Higgins isn’t running from Crimper McCready and his gang of bullies, he’s working in his grandfather’s bookshop in Ironmonger Lane. Until Jack Springheel, a mysterious clock collector, turns up looking for the fabled diary of John Harrison – the greatest watchmaker of all time. Before he knows it, Julius becomes a thief and a runaway and makes a deal with Springheel that he will live to regret. And all before he finds out that Harrison’s diary is really an instruction manual for making a time machine. The second Watchmaker novel, Julius and the Soulcatcher, is out now.
YA steampunk | PBK | $19.99 each

Three Classic Novels
Hoyle, Fred
Collects Ossian’s Ride, October the First Is Too Late, and Fifth Planet.
Classic SF | PBK | $24.99

Duskfall (Chaos Queen 01)
Husberg, Christopher B
Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

The Summon Stone (Gate of Good and Evil 01)
Irvine, Ian
The Merdrun, cruel warriors blooded by thousands of years of slaughter, are gathering in the void between the worlds. Their long-hidden summon stone is waking, corrupting good people as well as bad, and turning arcane places into magically-polluted wastelands. The start of a new series, set in the world of Irvine’s View from the Mirror series.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The City of Woven Streets
Itäranta, Emmi
In the City of Woven Streets, human life has little value. You practice a craft to keep you alive, or you are an outcast, unwanted and tainted. Eliana is a young weaver in the House of Webs, but secretly knows she doesn’t really belong there. When an unknown woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs, Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city’s facade.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Jones, Stephen Graham
A coming-of-age story about a young boy living on the fringe with his family – who are secretly werewolves – and struggling to survive in a contemporary America that shuns them.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Perdition Score (Sandman Slim 08)
Kadrey, Richard
The request from Thomas Abbot, the Augur of the Sub Rosa council, couldn’t come at a better time for James Stark, aka Sandman Slim. For a man who’s most recently met Death – and Death’s killer – a few months of normal life is more than he can handle. He needs a little action, and now Abbott wants Stark and Candy to investigate the disappearance of a young boy – and help uncover council members who might be tied to Wormwood’s power brokers. Stark’s plans change, when he meets a dying angel who gives him a vial of a mysterious black liquid that could be a secret weapon in the ongoing war – between angels who want to allow human souls into heaven, and rebel angels willing to die to keep them out. When one of Stark’s closest friends is poisoned with the black liquid, Stark and Candy have to go to the only place, where they might find a cure: hell. But standing in their way are the damned souls who, even after death, still work for Wormwood. The secret deal they’ve struck with the rebel angels is darker than anything Stark has encountered. The fate of not only the world hangs in the balance but also the souls of everyone in it. Stark has to find a way to break the stalemate in the angel war, score the Perdition cure for the black poison, and make it back to LA in one piece – where an old enemy waits to finish him, once and for all.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Assassin Queen (Majat Code 03)
Kashina, Anna
The new Majat Guildmaster, Mai, is planning a march against the Kaddim. His key ally, Prince Kyth Dorn, is instrumental in these plans: Kyth’s magic gift can protect the Majat against the Kaddim mind control powers. But Mai and Kyth are having trouble getting over their rivalry for Kara’s affections – even after they realise that this rivalry is the least of their worries, at least for the moment. The first two books in the series are Blades of the Old Empire and Guild of Assassins (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Dragonbane (Dark-Hunter 26)
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
Out of all the mysterious boarders, who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty-foot wingspan. Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded. But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humour. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern-day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
Krueger, Paul
College grad Bailey Chen has all of the usual, new-adult demons: no cash, no job offers, and a rocky relationship with Zane, the only friend still around when she moves back home. But her demons become a lot more literal when Zane introduces Bailey to his cadre of monster-fighting bartenders. It turns out supernatural creatures are stalking the streets of Chicago, and they can be hunted only with the help of magically mixed cocktails: vodka grants super-strength, whiskey offers the power of telekinesis, and tequila lets its drinker fire blasts of elemental energy.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $24.99

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters 11)
Lackey, Mercedes
Book ten of the series, From a High Tower, is now also available in paperback, $19.95.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

The Wheel of Osheim (Red Queen’s War 03)
Lawrence, Mark
All the horrors of Hell stand between Snorri Ver Snagason and the rescue of his family, if indeed the dead can be rescued. For Jalan Kendeth, getting back out alive and with Loki’s key is all that matters. Loki’s creation can open any lock, any door, and it may also be the key to Jalan’s fortune back in the living world. Jalan plans to return to the three w’s that have been the core of his idle and debauched life: wine, women, and wagering. Fate, however, has other plans – larger plans. The Wheel of Osheim is turning ever faster, and it will crack the world unless it’s stopped. When the end of all things looms and there’s nowhere to run, even the worst coward must find new answers. Jalan and Snorri face many dangers, from the corpse hordes of the Dead King to the many mirrors of the Lady Blue, but in the end, fast or slow, the Wheel of Osheim always pulls you back. In the end it’s win or die. The thrilling conclusion to the Red Queen’s War.
Fantasy | TP | $27.99

Ninefox Gambit
Lee, Yoon Ha
Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’ career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next. Cheris’ best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress. The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95

The Lives She Left Behind
Long, James
In a Somerset village, a teenage boy confronts a teacher with a story he should know nothing about. The boy’s impossible knowledge uncovers memories Michael Martin has done his utmost to forget. As Martin confronts his past once more, three girls arrive in the village of Pen Selwood, one of them drawn by an ancient instinct to find a man called Ferney.
Time-slip romance | PBK | $19.99

A Blade of Black Steel (Crimson Empire 02)
Marshall, Alex
After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star. As an inhuman army gathers on its shores, poised to invade the Immaculate Isles, the members of the Cobalt Company face an ugly choice: abandon their dreams of glory and vengeance to combat a menace from another realm, or pursue their ambitions and hope the Star is still there when the smoke clears. With a huge cast of great characters, we can highly recommend this for fans of Brian McClellan, Peter V Brett and Scott Lynch. Follows the most excellent A Crown for Cold Silver (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Shadowed Path (Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures)
Martin, Gail Z
Soldier. Fight slave. Smuggler. Warrior. Brigand Lord. You may have encountered Jonmarc Vahanian – in the Chronicles of the Necromancer – but you don’t really know him, until you walk in his footsteps. This is the start of his epic journey. A blacksmith’s son in a small fishing village, before raiders killed his family, Jonmarc was wounded and left for dead in the attack. He tried to rebuild his life, but when a dangerous bargain – with a shadowy stranger – went wrong, he found himself on the run. These thrilling tales of adventure and high fantasy, are collected together, for the very first time.
SF collection | PBK | $22.95

Dreams of Distant Shores
McKillip, Patricia A
Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn. Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.
Fantasy collection | TP | $31.95

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles)
Meyer, Marissa
The enchantment continues… The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories – and secrets – that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realise their destinies? With six stories – two of which have never before been published – and an exclusive, never-before-seen excerpt, from Marissa Meyer’s novel, Heartless (about the Queen of Hearts, from Alice in Wonderland) – Stars Above is essential for fans of the beloved Lunar Chronicles.
YA fantasy collection | PBK | $18.99

Three Moments of an Explosion
Miéville, China
In these stories, glistening icebergs float above urban horizons; a burning stag runs wild through the city; the ruins of industry emerge unsteadily from the sea; and the abandoned generations, in a decayed space elevator, look not up at the stars, but down at the Earth.
Collection | PBK | $19.99

Secondhand Souls
Moore, Christopher
Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone – or something – is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed, as everyone else. He’s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall ‘meat puppet’ waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host. The sequel to the fantastic A Dirty Job ($28.95).
Supernatural | TP | $29.99

The War Against the Assholes
Munson, Sam
Mike Wood is a teenager at a decidedly unprestigious Catholic school in Manhattan, accustomed to solving problems using brawn rather than brains. One day, his nerdy classmate Hob Callahan persuades him to read a mysterious old book of unknown authorship, The Calendar of Slights. On the face of things, the book is a guide to performing clever card tricks; but, in fact, it is a test for recruiting new members to join a secret cell of radical magicians. Amazingly, Mike passes with flying colours unlocking not only his potential magic powers – but also the door to New York City’s vast and hidden underground network of warlocks, sorcerers and mages.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Malice (Vagrant 02)
Newman, Peter
In the south, the Breach stirs. Gamma’s sword, the Malice, wakes, calling to be taken to battle once more. But the Vagrant has found a home now, made a life and so he turns his back, ignoring its call. The sword cries out, frustrated, until another answers. Her name is Vesper.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Sudden Appearance of Hope
North, Claire
‘Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So, listen. Remember me. My name is Hope Ardern, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before – a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous…’ The new thriller, from the ingenious voice who brought you The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Touch ($19.99 each).
Paranormal thriller | TP | $32.99

League of Dragons (Temeraire 09)
Novik, Naomi
Napoleon’s invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Captain William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force, and he’ll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive. This is the final instalment in the Temeraire saga.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Stiletto (Checquy Files 02)
O’Malley, Daniel
After years of enmity and bloodshed, two secret organisations with otherworldly abilities must merge, and there is only one person with the fearsome powers – and bureaucratic finesse – to get the job done. Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between deadly rivals, the Checquy – a centuries-old covert British organisation that protects society from supernatural threats; and the Grafters – a centuries-old supernatural threat. But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare. Only Myfanwy – and two women, who detest each other – can seek out the culprits, before they trigger a devastating, otherworldly war. The long-awaited, oft-delayed sequel to the award-winning The Rook (PBK, $19.99), which we all love. Totally recommended!
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Dark Side
O’Neill, Anthony
Purgatory is the lawless moon colony of eccentric billionaire, Fletcher Brass: a mecca for war criminals, murderers, sex fiends, and adventurous tourists. But trouble is brewing in Brass’ black-market heaven. When an exiled cop arrives in this wild new frontier, he immediately finds himself investigating a string of ruthless assassinations in which Brass himself and his equally ambitious daughter are the chief suspects.
SF noir | TP | $31.95

Too Like the Lightning
Palmer, Ada
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes, he is required – as is the custom of the 25th century – to wander the world being as useful as he can, to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counsellor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes, as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like minded, whose endless economic and cultural completion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilise the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. ‘[It] manages to be several books at once: a serious philosophical treatise; a murder-mystery whose surprises buffet the reader like cold slaps out of nowhere that feel inevitable in hindsight; a piece of historical theory in narrative form; a thought-experiment about gender, nationality, identity and bigotry; and a gripping personal story whose players are likable, flawed, sexy, and sometimes terrifying…a book more intricate, more plausible, more significant, than any debut I can recall.’ – Cory Doctorow.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

Poison, Charm, Beauty (Tales From the Kingdoms)
Pinborough, Sarah
Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty – stories you love, and that we all think we know… but, what about the secrets hidden within them? Why would a prince fall in love with a woman in a coffin? Why would a queen try so hard to poison her stepdaughter? And what is a fairy Godmother’s real motivation? Turn the page, and discover these classic fairy stories, told the way they always should have been…
Fantasy collection | HC | $29.99

A Toaster On Mars
Pitt, Darrell
Neo City, 2509. After a series of operational bungles, as well as the accidental death of his partner, special agent Blake Carter’s career at the Planetary Bureau of Investigation is in trouble. To make matters worse, he’s just been assigned a new partner – and the beautiful and brilliant Nicki Steel happens to be a cyborg.
YA science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Shepherd’s Crown
Pratchett, Terry
The fourth in the Tiffany Aching subseries. Or, the 41st, and last-ever, Discworld novel.
Discworld | PBK | $19.99

Like A Boss (Windswept 02)
Rakunas, Adam
Former labour organiser Padma’s worst nightmare comes true: she gets yanked out of early retirement. After buying her favourite rum distillery and settling down, she thought she’d heard the last of her arch nemesis, Evanrute Saarien. But Saarien, fresh out of prison for his misdeeds in Windswept, has just fabricated a new religion, positioning himself as its holy leader. He’s telling his congregation to go on strike, to fight the system. And unfortunately, they’re listening to him. Now, Padma’s summoned by the Union president to help stop this strike from happening. The more she digs, the more she realises this whole strike business is more complicated, than the Union president let on… Follows Windswept (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Elsewhens (Glass Thorns 02)
Rawn, Melanie
Touchstone, the magical theatre troupe, continues to build audiences. But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his ‘elsewhens’ – the uncontrolled moments, when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures. He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him. But worldly success follows them – an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent, with a Royal Embassy, to collect Prince Ashgar’s new bride. They are the first theatre artists to appear outside Albeyn, for at least seventy years – for magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdom’s easy race mixing and magic use horrifies the people they are to travel among.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

To Preserve (Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot 03)
Reichert, Mickey Zucker
N8-C, better known as Nate, has been Manhattan Hasbro Hospital’s resident robot for more than twenty years. A prototype, who is humanoid in appearance, he was created to interact with people. While some staff accepted working alongside an anthropomorphic robot, Nate’s very existence terrified most people, resulting in the robot’s being utilized for menial tasks and generally ignored. Until one of the hospital’s physicians is found brutally murdered, with Nate standing over the corpse, while clutching a blood-smeared utility bar. As designer and programmer of Nate’s positronic brain, Lawrence Robertson is responsible for his creation’s actions, and arrested for the crime…
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Twilight of the Dragons (Blood Dragon Empire 02)
Remic, Andy
The sequel to The Dragon Engine (PBK, $19.95).
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Poseidon’s Wake (Poseidon’s Children 03)
Reynolds, Alastair
Completing the trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze ($19.99 each), this classic big-scale, big-concept SF, the likes of which is becoming scarce these days. Highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Medusa Chronicles
Reynolds, Alastair & Baxter, Stephen
Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident… and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. Not as himself, but as an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable. Beginning where Arthur C Clarke’s Nebula Award-winning A Meeting with Medusa left off, this is classic, mind-tweaking SF. Recommended.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Riddle, A G
En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home? Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schroder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist. As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on – answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past – to save our world… or end it.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Black Tide Rising
Ringo, John (editor)
A collection of original stories set in the Black Tide Rising series.
Post-apocalyptic anthology | HC | $47.95

Wasteland King (Gallow & Ragged 03)
Saintcrow, Lilith
The plague has broken loose, the Wild Hunt is riding, and the balance of power in the sidhe realms is still shifting. The Unseelie King has a grudge against Jeremiah Gallow, but it will have to wait. For he needs Gallow’s services for a very delicate mission – and the prize for success is survival, itself. In order to save both Robin Ragged and himself, Gallow will have to do the unspeakable…
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.95

Legion (Lazarus War 02)
Sawyer, Jamie
Having survived their ordeal on Helios, Harris and his elite Simulant Operations are now leading a large-scale mission to the perilous, unexplored region of the Damascus Rift. There, another Artefact has been discovered. It is the product of an ancient alien life form – and a possible weapon to be used against the Krell. This Artefact could finally help humanity win the war. But what Harris and the Lazarus Legion will discover there is from their worst nightmares… Follows Artefact (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

End of All Things (Old Man’s War 06)
Scalzi, John
In the sixth Old Man’s War novel, a direct sequel to The Human Division ($19.95), human and alien governments on the brink of war must foil the secret cabal that pushed them there.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Allegiance of Honour (Psy-Changeling 15)
Singh, Nalini
A staggering transformation has put the Psy, humans, and changelings at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: old enemies, new allies, wary loners. But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten, and it threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: a child who is both Psy… and changeling…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Stephenson, Neal
When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain. Five thousand years later, their progeny – seven distinct races, now three billion strong – embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth. A dazzling return to SF proper from Mr Stephenson – highly recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

The Nightmare Stacks (Laundry Files 07)
Stross, Charles
The previous in the series, The Annihilation Score is also now available in paperback format ($19.95).
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.99

Monday Starts On Saturday
Strugatsky, Arkady & Strugatsky, Boris
When young programmer Aleksandr Ivanovich Privalov picks up two hitchhikers, while driving in Karelia, he is drawn into the mysterious world of the Scientific Research Institute of Sorcery and Wizardry – where research into magic is serious business. Where science, sorcery and socialism meet, can chaos be far behind? A brilliant and incisive satire of the Soviet pseudo-science research of the Cold War, with a new introduction by Adam Roberts.
SF Masterwork | PBK | $22.99

The Bookman (Bookman Histories 01)
Tidhar, Lavie
When his beloved is killed in a terrorist atrocity committed by the sinister Bookman, young poet Orphan becomes enmeshed in a web of secrets and lies. His quest to uncover the truth takes him from the hidden catacombs of a London on the brink of revolution, through pirate-infested seas, to the mysterious island that may hold the secret to the origin, not only of the shadowy Bookman, but of Orphan, himself… This is great steampunk! Recommended.
Steampunk | PBK | $19.99

Vyleta, Dan
Smoke opens in a private boarding school near Oxford, but history has not followed the path known to us. In this other past, sin appears as smoke on the body and soot on the clothes. Children are born carrying the seeds of evil within them. The ruling elite have learned to control their desires and contain their sin. They are spotless. It is within the closeted world of this school that the sons of the wealthy and well – connected are trained as future leaders. Among their number are two boys, Thomas and Charlie. On a trip to London, a forbidden city shrouded in smoke and darkness, the boys will witness an event that will make them question everything they have been told about the past.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant 01)
Weber, David & Zahn, Timothy
Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life – the two things his neglectful mother couldn’t, or wouldn’t, provide. So, when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted, so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction. The universe is not a safe place. Travis Long is about to find that out.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Zer0es (Zer0es 01)
Wendig, Chuck
Zer0es follows five hackers – an Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk and an online troll – who are scooped up by the US government and told they face prison sentences, they take the deal that’s offered them: working as white-hat hackers in service to their nation. But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys… Recommended.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $14.99

The Price of Valour (Shadow Campaigns 03)
Wexler, Django
Follows The Thousand Names and The Shadow Throne (both PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

A Long Time Until Now (Temporal Displacement 01)
Williamson, Michael Z
Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow, they arrive in Earth’s Palaeolithic Asia. With no idea how they arrived, or how to get back, the shock of the event is severe. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Despite their technological advantage, the soldiers only have ten people, and know no way home. Then two more time travellers arrive – from a future far beyond the present – with a treacherous agenda that may very well lead to the death of the displaced, in a harsh and dangerous era.
Time travel SF | PBK | $19.95

The Affinities
Wilson, Robert Charles
After becoming a part of the Tau, one of twenty-two large, global, network Affinities in the near future, young Adam Fisk thinks his life has improved for the better, until the different Affinities begin to go to war with one another in a conflict that will change Adam’s world forever. ‘An intriguing and seriously innovative attempt to grapple with some of the issues raised by the 21st century’s obsession with social media.’ – Kirkus Reviews.
Science fiction | PBK | $25.99

Sisters of Tomorrow: The First Women of Science Fiction
Yaszek, Lisa & Sharp, Patrick B (editors)
For nearly half a century, feminist scholars, writers, and fans have successfully challenged the notion that science fiction is all about ‘boys and their toys’, pointing to authors such as Mary Shelley, Clare Winger Harris, and Judith Merril as proof that women have always been part of the genre. Providing insightful commentary and context, this anthology documents how women in the early twentieth century contributed to the pulp-magazine community and showcases the content they produced, including short stories, editorial work, illustrations, poetry, and science journalism.
Science fiction anthology | TP | $54.95

Mechanical Failure (Failure 01)
Zieja, Joe
A smooth-talking ex-sergeant, accustomed to an easy-going, peacetime military, unexpectedly re-joins the fleet and finds soldiers preparing for the strangest thing – war. Mankind in the Galactic Age had finally conquered war, so what was left for the military to do but drink and barbecue? That’s the kind of military that Sergeant R Wilson Rogers lived in… before he left the fleet to become a smuggler. But when Rogers returns after only a year away, something has changed. These are soldiers, ‘actual’ soldiers, doing actual soldier things like preparing for a war that Rogers is sure doesn’t exist. Rogers vows to put a stop to all this nonsense, even if it means doing actual work.
Science fiction | HC | $46.95