Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: March 2018

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in March 2018.

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Until next time, good reading!

March 2018 includes new books by: Paolo Bacigalupi, Anne Bishop, Patricia Briggs, Kylie Chan, Brian McClellan, Seanan McGuire, Adam Sternbergh, David Weber, Corey J White… and many others.

The Furthest Station (PC Peter Grant)
Aaronovitch, Ben
Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter – making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. So, with a little help from Abigail, and Toby the ghost-hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost-hunting expedition. Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death. A 192-page novella.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Children of Blood and Bone (Children of Orïsha 01)
Adeyemi, Tomi
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Flame in the Mist
Ahdieh, Renée
Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan, en route to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands.
YA Fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Caves of Steel (Robots 01)
Asimov, Isaac
Detective Elijah Baley investigates the murder of an offworlder, in Spacetown. In the opinion of the Spacers, the murder is tied up with recent attempts to sabotage the Spacer-sponsored project of converting Earth to an integrated human/robot society on the model of the Outer Worlds. To search for the killer in the City’s vast caves of steel, Elijah is assigned a Spacer partner named R Daneel. That’s Robot Daneel. And notwithstanding the celebrated Three Laws of Robotics, which should make such a murder impossible, R Daneel is soon Elijah’s prime suspect.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

The Naked Sun (Robots 03)
Asimov, Isaac
Reacting in fear against the technological superiority of the Outer Worlds, the people of Earth have hidden themselves in vast underground cities, nursing a hatred for Spacers. The fifty Outer Worlds of the Spacers together are home to fewer people than planet Earth. And home to many, many more robots. Earthmen hate Spacer robots, too… But Baley doesn’t. He once had a robot partner, R Daneel – and when the authorities of the planet Solaria request terrestrial assistance in investigating a murder, Baley is once again teamed with Daneel. He is the first Earthman in a millennium to travel to the Outer Worlds… and he must endure the glare of a sun far deadlier than Earth’s.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

The Robots of Dawn (Robots 04)
Asimov, Isaac
Plain-clothes man Elijah Baley must travel to the planet Aurora to investigate the murder of Robot Jander. He would rather not. His last trip off Earth, on police business, resulted in a TV drama being made of the case – because of which even his son Bentley suspects Elijah had an affair with Gladia Delmarre, the murder suspect whom he proved innocent. Not only does Gladia now live on Aurora, the murdered robot belonged to her… and was her lover! Elijah is teamed once more with Robot Daneel, and they are joined by another interesting robot, Giskard. The investigation should benefit from a secret and unique ability possessed by Robot Giskard. But Elijah is disturbed by his presence, sensing perhaps that Giskard’s positronic brainpaths function to a hidden agenda. What Giskard knows but Elijah does not is that the future of mankind in space hangs on the outcome of this investigation…
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

Robots and Empire (Robots 05)
Asimov, Isaac
Gladia Delmarre’s homeworld, the Spacer planet Solaria, has been abandoned – by its human population. Countless robots remain there. And when traders from Settler worlds attempt to salvage them, the robots of Solaria turn to killing… in defiance of the Three Laws of Robotics. Long ago, Gladia’s robots Daneel and Giskard played a vital role in opening the worlds beyond the Solar system to Settlers from Earth. Now, the conscience-stricken robots are faced with an even greater challenge. Either the sacred Three Laws of Robotics are in ruins – or a new, superior Law must be established to bring peace to the galaxy. With Madam Gladia and D G Baley – the captain of the Settler traders and a descendant of the robots’ friend Elijah Baley – Daneel and Giskard travel to the robot stronghold of Solaria… where they uncover a sinister Spacer plot to destroy Earth itself.
Science fiction reissue | PBK | $22.99

The Tangled Lands
Bacigalupi, Paolo & Buckell, Tobias
Khaim clings to life. Flooded with refugees and slowly starving, the last city of a once-great empire is surrounded by a choking thicket of toxic bramble. This is a world poisoned by magic. Every time a spell is cast, the bramble advances, sprouting in tilled fields and roof beams, thrusting up from between cobblestones and bursting forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. After ten years of research, an alchemist believes he has found a potent new weapon to wield against the bramble. His invention promises freedom from fear, freedom from hunger, freedom from the rule of Khaim’s tyrant, the Jolly Mayor. But these are twisted times – there are no easy answers, only unforeseen consequences…
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Redemption of Time (Three-Body Problem paraquel)
Baoshu & Liu, Ken (translator)
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

Stone Mad (Karen Memory 02) (novella)
Bear, Elizabeth
Karen and Priya are out for a night on the town, celebrating the purchase of their own little ranch and Karen’s retirement from the Hotel Ma Cherie, when they meet the Arcadia Sisters, spiritualists who unexpectedly stir up the tommy-knocker in the basement. The ensuing show could bring down the house, if Karen didn’t rush in to rescue everyone she can. Karen is back – in a 192pp novella.
Steampunk | TP | $29.95

Forge of God
Bear, Greg
The disappearance of one of Jupiter’s moons, the appearance of ‘little green men’ in Australia and the American Southwest, and the sudden presence of unidentifiable objects on a collision course inside the Earth’s core add up to the inescapable conclusion that the Earth has been invaded by an enemy it cannot fight.
SF Masterworks | PBK | $22.99

Belcher, R S
Laytham Ballard is a legend. It’s said he raised the dead, at the age of ten; stole the Philosopher’s Stone in Vegas, back in 1999; and survived the bloodsucking kiss of the Mosquito Queen. Wise in the hidden ways of the night, he’s also a cynical bastard who stopped thinking of himself as the good guy, a long time ago. Now, a promise to a dying friend has Ballard on the trail of an escaped Serbian war criminal, with friends in both high and low places – and a sinister history of blood sacrifices…
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

Lake Silence (World of the Others 01)
Bishop, Anne
After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki’s don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you… Set in the world of The Others series.
Urban fantasy | HC | $49.95

The Only Harmless Great Thing
Bolander, Brooke
In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island. These are the facts. Now, these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Another of the fabulous novellas (this one is 96 pages) appearing from
Fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega 05)
Briggs, Patricia
Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves – and his father’s enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But, this time, the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna’s own pack.
Paranormal fantasy | PBK/HC | $19.99/$49.95

The Black Elfstone (Fall of Shannara 01)
Brooks, Terry
The age of peace that has reigned across the Four Lands is now at an end. An army of invaders, wielding a terrible new magic, is cutting a bloody swathe across the far north… The fate of the world now rests on the shoulders of an exiled druid, a conflicted warrior and a young woman struggling to master a powerful magic. As the conflict grows, they will face dangerous adversaries and deadly challenges – and the consequences of their actions will determine the future of the Four Lands.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Zero Limit
Brown, Jeremy K
For war hero Caitlin Taggart, mining work on the Moon is dirty, low pay, and high risk. But no risk seems too extreme if it helps her return to Earth and the daughter she loves more than life itself. Offered a dangerous, long-shot chance to realise that dream, Caitlin will gamble with more than just her life. By leading a ragtag crew of miners on a perilous assignment to harvest an asteroid, Caitlin could earn a small fortune. More importantly, it would give her clearance to return to Earth. But when an unexpected disaster strikes the mission, Caitlin is plunged into a race to save not only herself, but every human being on Earth. ‘Funny, grim, and technical but not oppressively so, this story of sacrifice born of love, duty, and redemption should appeal to any SF fan.’ – Publishers Weekly.
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Burke, Sue
Colonists from Earth wanted the perfect home, but they’ll have to survive on the one they found. They don’t realise another life form watches… and waits. Highly recommended for fans of ecological SF.
Science fiction | HC | $39.99

The Boy on the Bridge
Carey, M R
Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. This narrative parallels The Girl With All the Gifts (PBK, $19.99).
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99

The Memory Chamber
Cave, Holly
Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from their memories. So, when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal – and married – clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him. But when Jarek’s wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds…
SF thriller | TP | $29.99

The Rule of Luck (Felicia Sevigny 01)
Cerveny, Catherine
Year 2950. Humanity has survived devastating climate shifts and four world wars, coming out stronger and smarter than ever. Advanced technology is available to all, and enhancements to appearance, intelligence, and physical ability are commonplace. In this future, Felicia Sevigny has built her fame reading the futures of others. Alexei Petriv, the most dangerous man in the TriSystem, will trust only Felicia to read his cards. But the future she sees is darker than either of them could ever have imagined. A future that pits them against an all-knowing government, almost superhuman criminals, and something from Felicia’s past that she could never have predicted, but that could be the key to saving – or destroying – them all.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

The Chaos of Luck (Felicia Sevigny 02)
Cerveny, Catherine
Mars, the terraformed jewel of the TriSystem, is the playground for the rich and powerful. A marvel of scientific engineering, the newly colonised world offers every luxury. For the first time in human history, the picture-perfect life is possible. Felicia Sevigny’s come to the Red Planet for a fresh start. She’s brought the tarot cards that have been her family’s trade for generations but is hoping to leave the rest of her troubled past behind. Felicia wants to believe that Mars will also be a clean slate for her and Alexei Petriv, notorious leader of the Tsarist Consortium, but her cards keep predicting something even darker and more insidious is ahead. Something that could mean the end, not just for her and Alexei, but for the entire TriSystem – and all of humanity.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Scales of Empire (Dragon Empire 01)
Chan, Kylie
Corporal Jian Choumaliis on the mission of a lifetime – security officer on one of Earth’s huge generation ships, fleeing Earth’s failing ecosystem to colonise a distant planet. The ship encounters a technologically and culturally-advanced alien empire, led by a royal family of dragons. The empire’s dragon emissary offers her aid to the people of Earth, bringing greater health, longer life, and faster-than-light travel to nearby stars… The first in a new series.
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

The Belles
Clayton, Dhonielle
In the opulent world of Orleans, the people are born grey and damned, and only a Belle’s powers can make them beautiful. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the favourite Belle – the one chosen by the queen to tend to the royal family. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be.
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

The Space Between the Stars
Corlett, Anne
Jamie Allenby wakes, alone, and realises her fever has broken. But could everyone she knows be dead? Months earlier, Jamie had left her partner Daniel, mourning the miscarriage of their baby. She’d just had to get away, so took a job on a distant planet. Then the virus hit. Jamie survived as it swept through our far-flung colonies. Now, she feels desperate and isolated, until she receives a garbled message from Earth. If someone from her past is still alive – perhaps, Daniel – she knows she must find a way to return… This debut novel is perfect for fans of Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven.
Post-pandemic | PBK | $19.99

The House of Binding Thorns (Dominion of the Fallen 02)
de Bodard, Aliette
As the city rebuilds from the onslaught of sorcery that nearly destroyed it, the great Houses of Paris, ruled by Fallen angels, still contest one another for control over the capital. House Silverspires was once the most powerful, but just as it sought to rise again, an ancient evil brought it low. Phillippe, an immortal who escaped the carnage, has a singular goal – to resurrect someone he lost. But the cost of such magic might be more than he can bear. In House Hawthorn, Madeleine the alchemist has had her addiction to angel essence savagely broken. Struggling to live on, she is forced on a perilous diplomatic mission to the underwater dragon kingdom – and finds herself in the midst of intrigues that have already caused one previous emissary to mysteriously disappear… As the Houses seek a peace more devastating than war, those caught between new fears and old hatreds must find strength – or fall prey to a magic that seeks to bind all to its will.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Sightwitch (Witchlands 03)
Dennard, Susan
Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch… Before Merik returned from the dead… Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight – and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper, in search of answers, their road filled with horrors. What they find, at the end of that road, will alter the fate of the Witchlands, forever.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

The Toy Makers
Dinsdale, Robert
Do you remember when you believed in magic? It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that the Emporium has secrets, of its own… Perfect for fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

In Real Life (graphic novel)
Doctorow, Cory & Wang, Jen
Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively multiplayer role-playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer – a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behaviour is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realise that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake. In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.
Game culture | PBK | $19.99

Amberlough (Amberlough Dossier 01)
Donnelly, Lara Elena
Trust no one with anything – especially in Amberlough City. Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, especially from Aristide Makricosta. They suit each other: Aristide turns a blind eye to Cyril’s clandestine affairs, and Cyril keeps his lover’s moonlighting job, as a smuggler, under wraps. Cyril participates on a mission that leads to disastrous results, leaving smoke from various political fires smouldering throughout the city. Shielding Aristide from the expected fallout isn’t easy, though, for he refuses to let anything – not the crooked city police or the mounting rage from radical conservatives – dictate his life.
Fantasy espionage | PBK | $23.99

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest trilogy 01)
Dyer, Thoraiya
Unar dreams of greatness. Determined but destitute, she escapes her parents’ plot to sell her into slavery. Now she serves in the Garden of the goddess Audblayin, ruler of growth and fertility. But when Audblayin dies, Unar sees her opportunity for glory – at the risk of descending into the unknown dangers of Understorey to look for a reincarnated newborn god. In its depths, she discovers new forms of magic, lost family connections, and murmurs of a revolution that could cost Unar her chance… or grant it, by destroying the home she loves. ‘I am majorly impressed with Thoraiya Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy. A unique, gorgeous, and dangerous world, a stubborn female hero, and a writer to watch!’ – Tamora Pierce.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

Echoes of Understorey (Titan’s Forest trilogy 02)
Dyer, Thoraiya
Great deeds are expected of Imeris. Raised by accomplished warriors and skilled healers, and being the sister to a goddess, Imeris always felt pressured to be the best fighter in Understorey. Yet, during a mission to capture the body-snatching sorceress Kirrik, Imeris fails disastrously. With death on her conscience and in hiding from her peers, Imeris climbs up to the sun-kissed world of Canopy to learn new ways to defeat Kirrik. What she doesn’t expect is to be recruited in a Hunt for the Ages, against a terrifying divine monster that will take all of her skills to stop.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

Gunslinger Girl
Ely, Lyndsay
Seventeen-year-old Serendipity ‘Pity’ Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She runs away from their humble farming commune and ends up in the most dangerous, decadent city on the continent: Cessation (a lawless Las Vegas). Pity becomes the star of the Theatre Vespertine as a trick sharpshooter like Annie Oakley, and there she finds fame, friendship and – what she most wanted – belonging…
YA science fiction | HC | $24.99

Covert Game (Ghostwalkers 14)
Feehan, Christine
Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there’s no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He’s the perfect killing machine – a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire. A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord’s computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now, she’s the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her…
Paranormal | TP | $29.99

The Span of Empire (Jao Empire 03)
Flint, Eric & Carrico, David
It has become clear to both the Jao and their human and Lleix partners that if they are going to defeat the Ekhat who have been terrorising the galaxy for eons, they need more allies. To that end, Preceptor Ronz, guardian of Earth and greatest living strategist of the Jao, has harnessed the energy of Earth’s humans to create and send out an exploration fleet under the command of Caitlin Kralik. But, after a long search, all the expedition has found are dead worlds and now-extinct intelligent species slaughtered by the genocidal Ekhat. Do they continue to search down the galactic arm in which Earth and the Jao worlds lie, or do they make an astounding leap in another direction? With friends like Gabe Tully, Tamt, Wrot and Caewithe Miller supporting her, Caitlin makes her decision. Meanwhile, the Ekhat, as murderous and destructive as they have always been, have a new generation of leaders growing into power, who are even more implacable than those who have gone before them. The Ekhat have not forgotten the Jao, nor the damage they have done over the years, to the Ekhat purpose. It’s up to the Jao-human-Lleix confederation and the new allies they make to survive the onslaught and turn the tables on the Ekhat.
SF adventure | PBK | $19.95

Caine’s Mutiny (Caine Riordan 04)
Gannon, Charles E
Caine Riordan, fresh from serving as envoy to the aliens known as the Slaasriithi, has been given yet another daunting task: apprehend raiders that are terrorising a distant planet. As difficulties mount, Caine becomes aware that the mission his superiors sent him to perform may not be the one they actually hope he will achieve. Which means Caine may be forced to choose between honouring a promise to friends and following orders – a choice that could ultimately put him in front of a board of inquiry. Or a firing squad.
Space opera | PBK | $19.95

Folk (collection)
Gilbert, Zoe
Take a torch, the last to be lit, and follow the jostle of fat, spitting lights as the men and women of Neverness spread out along the gorse edge. Every year they gather while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. The gorse burning will smoke them out, cleanse the air for another season’s turning. On a remote and unforgiving island, lies a village unlike any other. In Neverness a girl might be snatched by a water bull and dragged to his dark lair, and Jack Frost can take his chilling revenge on a jealous sister. A babe is born with a wing for an arm, and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. The beliefs and rituals of the islanders conjure their own dark spirits, flying with the red kites at night or stalking lustful boys through the gorse maze. While the villagers live out their own tales, magic always lurks, blighting and blessing lives in equal measure. A collection of stories exploring the remote, rocky island of Neverness, and its singular inhabitants.
Folklore/short fiction collection | HC | $35.00

The Cold Eye (Devil’s West 02)
Gilman, Laura Anne
Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory. Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss – better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists – sometimes wild and perilous. But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads, as they find what’s happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory. The anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road (TP, $24.99).
Dark fantasy | TP | $24.99

The Queens of Innis Lear
Gratton, Tessa
The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes. The king’s three daughters – battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, star-blessed Elia – know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align, and a poison ritual can be enacted. Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war – but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided. ‘Amazing. Just Amazing.’ – Robin McKinley.
Fantasy | HC | $49.95

Smoke Eaters
Grigsby, Sean
Firefighter Cole Brannigan is on the verge of retirement after 30 years on the job, and a decade fighting dragons. But during his final fire call, he discovers he’s immune to dragon smoke. It’s such a rare power that he’s immediately conscripted into the elite dragon-fighting force known as the Smoke Eaters. Retirement cancelled, Brannigan is reassigned as a lowly rookie, chafing under his superiors. So, when he discovers a plot to take over the city’s government, he takes matters into his own hands.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Empress of the Fall (Sunsurge Quartet 01)
Hair, David
The Emperor is dead – long live the Empress! Emperor Constant is dead, and his rivals are scrabbling for power – but any misstep could plunge the land, already devastated by the shocking outcome of the Third Crusade, into a calamitous civil war. This first book in a new series follows on where Hair’s much-loved Moontide Quartet finished.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Triumph of the Dwarves (Dwarves 05)
Heitz, Markus
After decades of occupation by the alfar, the dark elves have been defeated and peace has finally been declared. But the nations still distrust each other, and when a child is found in the Grey Mountains who speaks the language of the alfar, the dwarves believe this little girl heralds a new threat. And they will be right – just not in the way they thought. Under the orders of Ireheart, now High King of the dwarves, a small delegation is sent to search for Tungdil Goldhand, the true High King, who many believe dead. Against all odds, Tungdil has survived his mission to the terrifying realm of Phondrason. But is he truly the legendary hero of the dwarves, or an impostor at the heart of a deeper conspiracy? And does he realise that the fiends from Phondrason, themselves, aren’t far behind…?
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Between the Blade and the Heart
Hocking, Amanda
Malin is a Valkyrie-in-training. It’s her responsibility to slay immortals, returning them to the afterlife to maintain balance in the world. She also struggles to maintain balance in her own life – between her studies, her duties as a Valkyrie and her conflicting feelings for her ex-girlfriend. But when a beguiling stranger breaks into her home on a quest for vengeance, Malin’s carefully balanced life falls apart. Asher is hunting the rogue immortal who murdered his mother, and he thinks Malin may have information. Her loyalties are tested, as she uncovers a betrayal that unravels everything she thought she knew. And she must decide if helping the mysterious Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk – to the world, and to her heart.
YA fantasy | PBK | $14.99

An Echo of Things to Come (Licanius trilogy 02)
Islington, James
As Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. The second book in the trilogy, following Islington’s debut novel, The Shadow of What Was Lost (PBK, $22.99), a new voice in Australian fantasy.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Spaceman of Bohemia
Kalfar, Jaroslav
Set in the near-distant future, the account of a Czech astronaut, as he launches into space to investigate a mysterious dust cloud covering Venus, a suicide mission sponsored by a proud nation. Suddenly a world celebrity, Jakub’s marriage starts to fail, and his sanity comes into question. After his mission is derailed – he must make a violent decision that will force him to come to terms with his family’s dark political past.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Obsidio (Illuminae Files 03)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza – but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys – an old flame from Asha’s past – reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
YA science fiction | TP | $22.99

If Tomorrow Comes (Yesterday’s Kin 02)
Kress, Nancy
Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity succeeds in building a ship, Friendship, to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the Friendship arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base – and no cure for the spore disease. A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed… The sequel to Tomorrow’s Kin (TP, $31.95).
Science fiction | HC | $52.95

Sins of Her Father (Her Brother’s Keeper 02)
Kupari, Mike
The Saurians have held themselves aloof from galactic politics for eons, in order to regain the strength to exact their revenge on an ancient foe. They have the means to resist the Combine. If they can be convinced to help. Enter privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood, and her ship, the Andromeda. Blackwood and her crew have handled dangerous cargo and dicey situations before. But Catherine has made a promise, and the freedom of a world hangs in the balance.
Military SF | TP | $31.95

The Night Lies Bleeding (Wolfsangel 05)
Lachlan, M D
The world is at war again. London is suffering from the German Blitz. For one immortal werewolf, the war means little. He knows he will soon have to give up his identity once more, begin a new life. Before the wolf emerges. But a chance conversation leads him to the scene of a gruesome murder, and the realisation that another war is being fought. The runes want to be together, and the when they are the wolf’s story will end. And in Germany, one weak-willed doctor finds himself caught up in the Third Reich’s fascination with the occult and the Norse myths. They believe that the runes will bring them power; and wish to abuse them – for their own ends. And, if they succeed, Ragnarok will come.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Bash Bash Revolution
Lain, Douglas
Seventeen-year-old Matthew Munson is ranked 13th in the state, in Bash Bash Revolution – an outdated video game from 2002 – that, in 2017, is still getting tournament play. He’s a high school dropout who still lives at home with his mom, doing little but gaming and moping. That is, until Matthew’s dad turns up again. Jeffrey Munson is a computer geek who’d left home, eight years earlier, to work on a top-secret military project. Jeff has been a sporadic presence in Matthew’s life, and much to his son’s displeasure insists on bonding, over video games. The two start entering local tournaments together, where Jeff shows astonishing aptitude for Bash Bash Revolution, in particular. Then, as abruptly as he appeared, Matthew’s father disappears again – just as he was beginning to let Jeff back into his life. The betrayal is life shattering, and Matthew decides to give chase, in the process discovering the true nature of the government-sponsored, artificial-intelligence program his father has been involved in.
Artificial intelligence | TP | $29.95

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor 01)
Lawrence, Mark
The Convent of Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased, when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse. The first in a new series.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Dreams Must Explain Themselves: the Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K Le Guin 1972–2004
Le Guin, Ursula K
Ursula Le Guin’s talents did not stop at fiction. Over the course of her extraordinary career, she has penned numerous essays around themes important to her: anthropology, environmentalism, feminism, social justice, and literary criticism – to name a few. She responded in detail to criticism of her own work; and even reassessed that work in the context of such critiques. This selection of the best of Le Guin’s non-fiction shows an agile mind, an unparalleled imagination, and a ferocious passion to argue against injustice. In 2014, Ursula Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and her widely-praised acceptance speech is one of the highlights of this volume, which shows that one of modern literature’s most original voices was also one of its purest consciences.
SF reference | TP | $32.99

Lotz, Sarah
The story begins with an old woman dying in a hospital bed. Bonnie Black has been widowed for fourteen years and she’s terrified of dying, believing there’s nothing on the other side. But when she passes away, Bonnie wakes up in the place we all go when we die, and she’s twenty-five years old. Not heaven or hell; somewhere else. Somewhere, you have to fight to survive… Inspired by the comic book series created by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Wrath of Empire (Gods of Blood & Powder 02)
McClellan, Brian
Back in the capital, Michel Bravis smuggles even more refugees out of the city. But internal forces are working against him. With enemies on all sides, Michael may be forced to find help with the very occupiers he’s trying to undermine. Meanwhile, Ben Styke is building his own army. The sequel to Sins of Empire (PBK, $19.99). Recommended!
Flintlock fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children 03) (novella)
McGuire, Seanan
When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest – not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.) If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: She will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well acquainted with quests… A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do. Warning: May contain nuts. This 176pp novella is the third volume in this hugely-popular series (after Every Heart a Doorway (HC, $27.99) and Down Among the Sticks and Bones (HC, $26.99)).
Fantasy novella | HC | $29.99

Tricks for Free (Incrytid 07)
McGuire, Seanan
Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognise her – including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course. Some people would call Lowryland the amusement park. It’s one of the largest in Florida, the keystone of the Lowry entertainment empire… but, for Annie, it’s a place to hide. She’s just trying to keep her head down, long enough to come up with a plan that will get her home without getting anyone killed. No small order when she’s rooming with gorgons and sylphs, trying to placate frustrated ghosts, and rushing to get to work on time. Then the accidents begin. The discovery of a dead man brings Annie to the attention of the secret cabal of magic users running Lowryland, from behind the scenes. They want the fire that sleeps in her fingers. They want her on their side. They want to help her – although… their help, like everything else, comes with a price. No plan. Minimal backup. No way out. Annie’s about to get a crash course in the reality behind the pretty façade. If she’s lucky, she’ll survive the experience.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Warrior Within (novella)
McIntyre, Angus
Karsman has a dozen different people living in his head, each the master of a different set of skills and hoping to gain mastery of Karsman’s body. He survives on a backwater planet dominated by the Muljaddy, a mostly ambivalent religious autocracy, where devotion and prayer can be traded in for subsistence wages and enough food to survive. Surrounded by artefacts of a long dead civilisation, the population survives off its salvage, with Karsman eking out an uneventful life as the unofficial mayor of his small town. But that life is soon interrupted, when a group of commandos arrive, coming from the wastelands – as only offworlders could. They’ve come to kill a woman, or so they say. At first the commandos merely threaten as they search. Unable to find what they’re looking for, they begin to ratchet up their measures, separating the men from the women, instigating violent encounters, and eventually staging a coup against the Muljaddy and his Temple. Faced with the task of protecting his quiet town and a woman he might love from the commandos who could want to kill her, Karsman must balance between maintaining his personality, and harnessing the personas whose skills he desperately needs. A mind-bending, 176pp novella.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

The Midnight Front (Dark Arts 01)
Mack, David
On the eve of World War Two, Nazi sorcerers come gunning for Cade but kill his family instead. His one path of vengeance is to become an apprentice of the Midnight Front – the Allies’ top-secret magickal warfare program – and become a sorcerer himself. Unsure who will kill him, first – his allies, his enemies, or the demons he has to use to wield magick – Cade fights his way through occupied Europe and enemy lines. But he learns, too late, the true price of revenge will be more terrible than just the loss of his soul – and there’s no task harder than doing good with a power born of ultimate evil. The first in a series.
Fantasy | TP | $24.99

The Brass God (Gates of the World 03)
McKinley, K M
War is coming to Ruthnia. As ancient, inhuman powers move against one another, Rel Kressind finds himself in the company of the fabled modalmen – giants who regard themselves as the true keepers of humanity’s legacy. Far out in the blasted, magical wastelands of the Black Sands where no man of the Hundred has ever set foot before, Rel comes face to face with the modalman’s deity, the Brass God. What Rel learns in the Brass God’s broken halls will shake his understanding of reality, forever.
Epic fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe (Streets of Maradaine 02)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan
The Rynax brothers – Asti and Verci are still looking for the moneyed interests behind the fire. The trail of breadcrumbs leads the crew to Lord Henterman, and they plan to infiltrate the noble’s house on the other side of the city. With the crew’s attention divided, Asti discovers that the secrets behind the fire, including ones from his past, might be found in Lady Henterman’s wardrobe. A sequel to The Holver Alley Crew (PBK, $19.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Meyer, Deon
Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck – filled with essential supplies – through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa – and the world, as far as they know – to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realises that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy…
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.99

Torn (Unravelled Kingdom 01)
Miller, Rowenna
In a time of revolution, everyone – even a humble seamstress plying her magic to support her family – must take a side. Sophie is a young dressmaker who, with hard work, talent, and a rare proficiency sewing spells into cloth, has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of the poverty that plagues their immigrant community. Worlds collide, when the revolution’s shadow leader takes Kristos hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s new Midwinter costume – or Kristos will die at their hand. The first novel in a new fantasy series.
Fantasy | TP | $31.95

Newitz, Annalee
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe, or insane. This is brilliant stuff – highly recommended for fans of Gibson, Doctorow, Sterling, Stephenson, etc. Don’t miss!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Newman, Emma
More than twenty-two years have passed, since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planet fall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi. The truth Ren has concealed, since planet fall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Home (Binti 02) (novella)
Okorafor, Nnedi
It’s been a year, since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year, since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year, since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places. And, now, she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders. But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace. After generations of conflict, can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony? A sequel to the award-winning novella Binti (PBK, ???).
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 01)
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 competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us, it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life. 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. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life… Now in paperback. Hugely recommended, along with its sequels Seven Surrenders and The Will to Battle (TP, $29.99 each).
Science fiction | PBK | $19.99

Robots Versus Fairies (anthology)
Parisien, Dominik & Wolfe, Navah
A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome – robots or fairies? Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match! People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons. On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph, as the greatest genre symbol of all time? There can only be one… or can there? Featuring an incredible line-up of authors, including John Scalzi, Catherynne M Valente, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, Robots vs Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mashup across genres.
Anthology | PBK | $24.99

Gunpowder Moon
Pedreira, David
It’s 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors bringing Earth back from environmental disaster. But competing for the richest prize in the history of the world has destroyed the oldest rule in space: safety for all. When a bomb kills one of Dechert’s diggers on Mare Serenitatis, the haunted veteran goes on the hunt to expose the culprit before more blood is spilled.
Science fiction | TP | $27.99

Master Assassins (Fire Sacraments 01)
Redick, Robert V S
Kandri Hinjuman was never meant to be a soldier. His brother Mektu was never meant for this world. Rivals since childhood, they are drafted into a horrific war led by a madwoman-Prophet; and survive each day only by hiding their disbelief. Kandri is good at blending in, but Mektu is hopeless: impulsive, erratic – and certain that a demon is stalking him. Is this madness, or a second sense? The first in a new desert-based series. ‘The names, science, medicine, military life, and other elements are reminiscent to Arabic, Persian, and Turkish culture from the Middle Ages and later. Redick’s fine series launch is recommended for all fantasy readers.’ – Publishers Weekly.
Fantasy | TP | $29.95

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles 01) (deluxe illustrated edition)
Rothfuss, Patrick
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Patrick Rothfuss’ fantastic (and bestselling) debut fantasy novel, this hardcover includes more than 50 pages of extra content! Including: beautiful, iconic cover by artist Sam Weber and designer Paul Buckley; gorgeous, never-before-seen illustrations by artist Dan Dos Santos; detailed and updated world map by artist Nate Taylor; brand-new author’s note; appendix detailing calendar system and currencies; and a pronunciation guide of names and places.
Fantasy | HC | $55.00

Star Destroyers
Ruocchio, Christopher & Daniel, Tony (editors)
Big ships blowing things up! Go big, or go home! Boomers. Ships of the Line. Star Destroyers. The bigger the ship, the better the bang. From the dawn of history onward, commanding the most powerful ship around has been a dream of admirals, sultans, emperors, kings, generalissimos, and sea captains everywhere. For what the intimidation factor alone doesn’t achieve, a massive barrage from super-weapons probably will. Thus, it was, and ever shall be, even into the distant future. From the oceans of Earth, to beneath the ice of Europa, to the distant reaches of galactic empires, it is the great warships and their crews that sometimes keep civilisation safe for the rest of us – but sometimes become an extinction-level event, in and of themselves. Big, bold, and edge-of-your-seat space opera and military science fiction from David Drake, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, Michael Z Williamson, Steve White, Robert Buettner, Susan R Matthews, Dave Bara, and many more!
Space opera anthology | TP | $31.95

Child of a Mad God (Coven 01)
Salvatore, R A
When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home. The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for, is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe’s coven – known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven’s power, and Aoleyn’s talent has made her a beacon in the night.
Epic fantasy | HC | $39.99

The Lady of the Lake (Witcher 07)
Sapkowski, Andrzej
After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped, with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world. But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape, to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart – the man who chased, wounded, and tortured Ciri – is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Enemy in Sight (Rita Longknife 02)
Shepherd, Mike
The victory parades are over; and half the fleet is back in mothballs. The Navies better start getting them back in Commission! Rita Longknife, commander of the heavy cruiser Exeter, has proof. Proof that there is something else, out there. Proof we are not alone in the galaxy. Aboard her ship is evidence that we have blown up an alien ship, and they have blown up one of ours. So far, contact with the aliens is being made by pirates, the worst scum humanity has. How do the right people take over making contact? Is there already too much bad blood between us? Have we already blown first contact?
Science fiction | TP | $26.95

Kris Longknife’s Replacement (Admiral Santiago 01)
Shepherd, Mike
Sandy Santiago is a woman with a whole lot of problems. She’s ordered to replace Kris Longknife, but can any mere mortal fill the shoes of a Longknife, and Kris Longknife, most of all? Follow Sandy as she’s introduced to the mess on Canopus Station. Watch her as she meets cats (with nuclear weapons!) and birds and vicious alien raiders. Oh, and she must share Alwa Station with Rita Nuu Longknife. How does a gal get so lucky?
Science fiction | TP | $26.95

Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence
Smith, Michael Marshall
It’s not every day that the Devil knocks on your door. Hannah, a young girl living a mundane existence in California, discovers that her grandfather has been friends with the Devil, for the past 150 years… and, now, they need her help.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust 01)
Smith Spark, Anna
It is the richest empire the world has ever known, and it is also doomed – but only one man can see it. Haunted by prophetic dreams, Orhan has hired a company of soldiers to cross the desert – to reach the capital city. Once they enter the palace, they have one mission: kill the emperor, then all those who remain. Only from the ashes can a new empire be built. The company is a group of good, ordinary soldiers, for whom this is a mission like any other. But the strange boy Marith who walks among them is no ordinary soldier. Though he is young, ambitious, and impossibly charming, something dark hides in Marith’s past – and in his blood. For fans of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence.
Grimdark fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Stephens, Anna
There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire. That time has long since passed, and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border, where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory, at any cost. But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable. Vulnerable to the bloodthirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting, in the mountains…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The Blinds
Sternbergh, Adam
Imagine a place populated by criminals – people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who’ve been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to the Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits – who don’t know if they perpetrated a crime, or just witnessed one. What’s clear to them is that, if they leave, they will end up dead. For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace; but, after a suicide and a murder, in quick succession, the town’s residents revolt. Highly recommended.
Thriller | PBK | $19.99

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Twelve
Strahan, Jonathan (editor)
Science fiction is a portal that opens doors onto futures too rich and strange to imagine. Fantasy takes us through doorways of magic and wonder. For more than a decade, award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan has sifted through tens of thousands of stories to select the best, the most interesting, the most engaging science fiction and fantasy to thrill and delight readers. Featuring stories from Daniel Abraham, Charlie Jane Anders, Kelly Barnhill, R S Benedict, Tobias Buckell, Indrapramit Das, Samuel R Delany, Greg Egan, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Saad Z Hossain, Dave Hutchinson, Kathleen Kayembe, Caitlin R Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Rich Larson, Yoon Ha Lee, Scott Lynch, Maureen McHugh, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali, Linda Nagata, Suzanne Palmer, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, Nick Wolven, and Caroline M Yoachim.
Year’s best anthology | TP | $39.95

Sinless (Eye of the Beholder 01)
Tarkoff, Sarah
In Grace Luther’s world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are ‘good’ are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences – disfigurement or even death. The daughter of a cleric, Grace has always had faith in the higher power that governs her world. But when she stumbles onto information that leaves her questioning whether there are more complicated – and dangerous – forces manipulating the people around her, she finds herself at the centre of an epic battle…
Dystopia | TP | $27.99

Strange the Dreamer
Taylor, Laini
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around – and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world, in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he must seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep, two hundred years ago, to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he, now, seeks help in solving? The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries – including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And, if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy 01) (film tie-in edition)
VanderMeer, Jeff
An expedition of four women is sent into an unknown region called Area X, beyond the borders of humanity: a psychologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist, and our narrator, a biologist. The purpose of the mission is to collect data about Area X and report back to the government, the Southern Reach, but circumstances begin to change when the group discovers a tower (or tunnel) that was previously unmarked on the map. Soberly narrated, this feels like a modern incarnation of a John Wyndham novel. Now, a major motion picture, starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.
Science fiction/horror | TP | $24.99

A Call to Vengeance (Manticore Ascendant 03)
Weber, David; Zahn, Timothy & Pope, Thomas
After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system, by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore’s own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain. It’s up to officers like Travis Long and Lisa Donnelly – to defend the Star Kingdom and the Royal Manticoran Navy from these threats, but the challenge is greater than any they have faced before. Weakened, but not defeated, the mercenary forces and their mysterious employer could return at any time, and the anti-Navy faction within Parliament is growing. The situation becomes even more dire, when fresh tragedy strikes the Star Kingdom. While the House of Winton faces their enemies at home, Travis, Lisa, and the other officers of the Royal Manticoran Navy must reunite with old friends and join new allies to hunt down and eliminate the forces arrayed against them in a galaxy-spanning conspiracy. Manticore has learned that the universe is not a safe place, but the Star Kingdom’s enemies are about to learn it’s dangerous to mess with the Manticore!
Space opera | HC | $47.95

The Raptor and the Wren (Miriam Black 05)
Wendig, Chuck
Armed with new knowledge that suggests a great sacrifice must be made to change her fate, Miriam continues her quest, and learns that she must undo the tragedies of her past – to move forward. One such tragedy is Wren, who is now a teen – caught up in a bad relationship with the forces that haunt Miriam – and has become a killer, just like Miriam. Black must try to save the girl, but what’s ahead is something, she thought impossible…
Paranormal | PBK | $24.99

Void Black Shadow (Voidwitch Saga 02)
White, Corey J
Mars Xi is a living weapon, a genetically-manipulated psychic supersoldier with a body count in the thousands, and all she wanted was to be left alone. People who get involved with her get hurt, whether by MEPHISTO, by her psychic backlash, or by her acid tongue. It’s not smart to get involved with Mars… but that doesn’t stop some people from trying. The last time MEPHISTO came for Mars, they took one of her friends with them. That was a mistake. A force hasn’t been invented that can stop a voidwitch on a rampage, and Mars won’t rest – until she’s settled her debts. This 224pp novella, from a former Brisbanite, is the sequel to the hugely-popular Killing Gravity which we love!
Space opera | TP | $29.95

The Bitter Twins (Winnowing Flame trilogy 02)
Williams, Jen
The Ninth Rain has fallen. The Jure’lia are awake. Nothing can be the same again. Tormalin the Oathless and the fell-witch Noon have their work cut out rallying the first war-beasts to be born in Ebora for three centuries. But these are not the great winged warriors of old. Hatched too soon and with no memory of their past incarnations, these onetime defenders of Sarn can barely stop bickering, let alone face an ancient enemy who grow stronger each day. The key to uniting them, according to the scholar Vintage, may lie in a part of Sarn no one really believes exists – a distant island, mysteriously connected to the fate of two legendary Eborans… who disappeared long ago. But finding it will mean a perilous journey, in a time of war, while new monsters lie in wait for those left behind. The next in the series, after The Ninth Rain (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

A Hero Born (Legends of the Condor Heroes 01)
Yong, Jin
China. The year is 1200. The Song Empire has been defeated in the north by invading Jurchen forces. Now, it falls to lone patriots trained in the martial arts to save China. Guo Jing’s father was one such hero, killed in defence of his country. His mother was forced to flee to the edges of the empire, where Guo Jing was brought up fighting with Genghis Khan. Yang Kang, Guo Jing’s sworn brother since birth, grew up to a different fate among the enemy. Enter Qiu Chuji, a Taoist priest famed for his martial prowess and burning patriotism. Enlisting the help of the eccentric band of martial artists, known as the Seven Freaks of the South, he must find the two young men and train them in a way befitting the memory of their fathers, to take back China.
Chinese mythic fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Book of Joan
Yuknavvitch, Lidia
In the near future, world wars have transformed the earth into a battleground. Fleeing the unending violence and the planet’s now-radioactive surface, humans have regrouped to a mysterious platform – known as CIEL – hovering over their erstwhile home. Out of the ranks of the endless wars rises Jean de Men, a charismatic and bloodthirsty cult leader who turns CIEL into a quasi-corporate police state. A group of rebels unite to dismantle his iron rule – galvanised by the heroic song of Joan, a child-warrior who possesses a mysterious force that lives within her.
Science fiction | TP | $27.99