Science Fiction & Fantasy Catalogue: November 2016

All the books in this catalogue are new books due for release in November 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!

November 2016 includes new books by: Ben Aaronovitch, Elizabeth Bonesteel, Miles Cameron, Becky Chambers, Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, V E Schwab, David Weber, Brent Weeks… and many others.

The Hanging Tree (PC Peter Grant 06)
Aaronovitch, Ben
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant, or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party, in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant, we’re talking about. He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends, and create new enemies, at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week… Actually, we didn’t believe this release date… until we took it out of the box!
Urban fantasy | TP | $29.99

The Spider’s War (Dagger and Coin 05)
Abraham, Daniel
Lord Regent Geder Palliako’s great war has spilled across the world, nation after nation falling before the ancient priesthood and weapon of dragons. But even as conquest follows conquest, the final victory retreats before him like a mirage. Schism and revolt begin to erode the foundations of the empire, and the great conquest threatens to collapse into a permanent war of all against all. In Carse, with armies on all borders, Cithrin bel Sarcour, Marcus Wester and Clara Kalliam are faced with the impossible task of bringing a lasting peace to the world. Their tools: traitors high in the imperial army, the last survivor of the dragon empire and a financial scheme that is either a revolution or the greatest fraud in the history of the world. The thrilling, final volume in Daniel Abraham’s acclaimed Dagger and Coin series.
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Ghost Rebellion
Ballantine, Pip & Morris, Tee
After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. Ballantine and Morris are no longer being published by a major publisher; so, have decided to self-publish this – hence the price.
Steampunk | TP | $35.00

Daughter of Eden
Beckett, Chris
Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats – five abreast with men in metal masks and spears standing proud, ready for the fight to come. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family – across the pitch black of Snowy Dark, to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela – the mother of them all – began. It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever. It will alter their future and re-shape their past. It is both a beginning and an ending. It is the true story of Eden. The sequel to Dark Eden and Mother of Eden (PBK, $19.99 each).
Science fiction | TP | $29.99

Remnants of Trust (Central Corps 02)
Bonesteel, Elizabeth
Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialled for their role, in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet, instead of dishonourable discharges, or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly-empty space of the Third Sector. But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous, when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship – the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster – is also in the sector, and joins in the desperate battle that leaves 97 of Exeter’s crew dead. An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning. When the PSI ship and Galileo suffer their own ‘accidents’, it becomes clear that someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector, to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power, and deep into Shaw’s past. Following the acclaimed The Cold Between (PBK, $24.99).
Science fiction | TP | $33.95

Apes and Angels (Star Quest Trilogy 03)
Bova, Ben
Humankind headed out to the stars – not for conquest, nor exploration, nor even for curiosity. Humans went to the stars, in a desperate crusade to save intelligent life wherever they found it. A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy’s core twenty-eight thousand years ago and, now, is approaching Earth’s vicinity at the speed of light. Every world it touched was wiped clean of all life. But it’s possible to protect a planet from gamma radiation. Earth is safe. Now, guided by the ancient intelligent machines called the Predecessors, men and women from Earth seek out those precious, rare worlds that harbor intelligent species, determined to save them from the doom that is hurtling toward them. The crew of the Odysseus has arrived at Mithra Gamma, the third planet of the star Mithra, to protect the stone-age inhabitants, from the Death Wave. But they’ll also have to protect themselves.
Science fiction | HC | $47.95

The Terranauts
Boyle, T C
Linda is desperate to be one of the lucky eight chosen to take part in the world’s most ambitious ecological experiment. Gazing longingly at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome. Competition is fierce between the hopefuls, among them smooth-talking PR man Ramsay, and Dawn, a naïve beauty. All are certain that they would never, ever, break closure, before two years are up – unlike their discredited predecessors…
Science fiction | HC | $37.99

The Courier (San Angeles 01)
Brandt, Gerald
Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier. A nobody. Level 2 trash, in a multilevel city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border – a land where corporations make all the rules. A runaway since the age of fourteen, Kris struggled to set up her life, barely scraping by, working hard to make it without anyone’s help. But a late-day delivery changes everything, when she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now, she’s stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place, she knows she can hide: the Level 1 streets.
Post-apocalyptic | PBK | $19.95

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan saga)
Bujold, Lois McMaster
Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans, in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated – his own mother. Recommended!
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Congress of Secrets
Burgis, Stephanie
A richly-researched fantasy, set at the historical Congress of Vienna, blends political machinations, forbidden alchemy, and romance – between a widowed noblewoman and a charming con man.
alternate history | TP | $33.95

Shadowed Souls
Butcher, Jim & Hughes, Kerrie L (editors)
In this dark and gritty collection – featuring short stories from Jim Butcher (a new Dresden Files story!), Seanan McGuire, Kevin J Anderson, and Rob Thurman – nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil.
Urban fantasy anthology | TP | $33.95

The Plague of Swords (Traitor Son Cycle 04)
Cameron, Miles
One enemy has fallen. A greater one remains. Now, it’s war. With one army defeated, in a victory that will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands and on sea, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether, or not, the Red Knight has guessed the foe’s true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost. Follows The Red Knight, The Fell Sword, and The Dread Wyrm (PBK, $22.99 each). This series has had some great customer feedback!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Carey, M R
Fellside is a maximum-security prison, on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors. It’s not the kind of place you’d want to end up. But it’s where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life. It’s a place, where even the walls whisper. And one voice belongs to a little boy, with a message for Jess. Will she listen?
Horror/thriller | PBK | $19.99

Poison or Protect
Carriger, Gail
‘Can one gentle Highland soldier woo Victorian London’s most scandalous lady assassin, or will they both be destroyed, in the attempt? New York Times bestselling author, Gail Carriger presents a standalone romance novella – set in her popular steampunk universe – full of manners, spies, and dainty sandwiches.’ – publisher’s blurb.
Steampunk | PBK | $27.95

A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers 02)
Chambers, Becky
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up, in a new body – following a total system shut-down and reboot – she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She’s never felt so alone. But she’s not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that, huge as the galaxy may be, it’s anything but empty. The sequel to the joyful, breakout, space-opera debut: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (PBK, $19.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Illicit (a novel of the Sazi) (Luna Lake 02)
Clamp, Cathy
When a border dispute between two bear clans destabilises shapeshifter relations, throughout Europe, and threatens to reveal their existence to humans, the Sazi High Council orders both sides to the negotiation table. The peace talks take place in Luna Lake, the American community where all shifter species – wolf, cat, bird, bear, and more – live in harmony. Diplomats, their families, and security personnel stream into town, among them Dalvin Adway, a Wolven agent. Dalvin is startled to find Rachel Washington in Luna Lake. The last time he saw her, they were children in Detroit. Then she was kidnapped and, he thought, murdered. But Rachel became an owl-shifter, as a result of the attack; and has avoided family and old friends ever since, knowing they would not understand her. She’s stunned to see Dalvin and learn that he, too, is an owl-shifter. Their wary friendship is on the brink of becoming something more when conspiracy and betrayal cause the peace talks to break down. The fight between the bear clans will be settled through a form of traditional challenge – a risky tactic that might lead to full-blown war. Rachel is determined to prevent that, even if it means taking up the challenge, herself!
Urban fantasy | TP | $31.95

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Clare, Cassandra, Brennan, Sarah Rees & Wasserman, Robin
Ten, illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after events left him stripped of his memories, he isn’t sure who he is, any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this Simon might be…
YA fantasy collection | PBK | $22.99

Babylon’s Ashes (The Expanse 06)
Corey, James S A
A revolution brewing, for generations, has begun in fire. It will end in blood. The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them. James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force, better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante, for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network. But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Cox, Greg
For thousands of years, the Librarians have secretly protected the world from dangerous magical relics and knowledge, including everything from Pandora’s Box, to King Arthur’s sword. Ten years ago, Flynn Carson was the only living Librarian. When the ancient criminal organisation, known as the Forty, steals the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, Flynn is called in to investigate.
Supernatural librarianism | PBK | $24.99

An Empire Asunder (Scourwind Legacy 02)
Currie, Evan
The coup that won traitor General Corian the Scourwind throne has been overturned, but his ongoing rebellion has left the empire divided. Lydia’s birthright regained, she adjusts to her role as empress at war, while Brennan begins training as an elite Cadreman soldier. With tensions rising between the empire and the Alliance, this momentary lull seems to portend a gathering storm… The royal twins aren’t the only ones, sensing peace may not last. Searching for a vanished supply shipment, vital to her own mission of vengeance against Corian, former Cadrewoman turned pirate Mira Delsol makes a shocking discovery about the theft. As both Mira and Brennan follow similar clues to the fate of the stolen supplies, their trajectories converge. Now, Mira will embark on a perilous attempt to infiltrate the heart of the enemy camp, while Brennan’s path will also lead him across Alliance lines, and into a lethal confrontation with the Alliance air fleet. But will either of their efforts be enough to keep Corian from executing his plan, to bring the empire to its knees, once again?
Science fiction | TP | $29.95

Nightmares: A New Decade of Modern Horror
Datlow, Ellen (editor)
In this chilling 21st-century companion to the cult classic Darkness: Two Decades of Modern Horror, Ellen Datlow again proves herself the most masterful editor of the genre. She has mined the breadth and depth of ten years of terror, collecting superlative works of established masters, and scene-stealing newcomers, alike.
Horror anthology | TP | $33.95

The Battles of Tolkien
Day, David
Tolkien’s works are punctuated by dramatic and explosive battles. Men versus Orcs, Elves versus Sauron, Goblins versus Dwarves – the history of Middle-earth has seen some of the greatest characters pitted against each other time and time again. From the iconic battle of Helm’s Deep to the Destruction of Isengard, The Battles of Tolkien analyses each battle in depth, with clear maps showing the lay of the land, and exactly how and where the armies attacked. This is essential reading, for anyone who loves Tolkien’s works and wants to explore the wars within them.
Tolkien | PBK | $19.99

The Tourist
Dickinson, Robert
The future has already happened… It’s expected to be an excursion, like any other. There is nothing in the records to indicate that anything out of the ordinary will happen. A bus will take them to the mall. They will have an hour or so, to look around. Perhaps, buy something, try their food. A minor traffic incident on the way back to the resort will provide additional interest – but the tour rep has no reason to expect any trouble. Until he notices that one of his party is missing…
Conspiracy thriller | TP | $32.99

Defying Doomsday
Dolichva, T & Kench, H (editors)
A collection of apocalypse fiction, featuring disabled and chronically ill protagonists, proving it’s not always the ‘fittest’ who survive – it’s the most tenacious, stubborn, enduring and innovative characters who have the best chance of adapting when everything is lost. Includes stories from Seanan McGuire, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Thoraiya Dyer.
Dystopian anthology | TP | $29.99

Confluence (Linesman 03)
Dunstall, S K
While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. His latest political manoeuvrings seem to be tilting the balance of control to Lancia’s favour – a move that not all members of the New Alliance are looking upon favourably. As tensions mount, Ean and his former shipmates must unite, to avert a disastrous conflict: the princess working within the tumultuous Alliance, Ean seeking the help of the impatient alien ships, and Ean’s close friend and bodyguard, Radko, embarking on a mysterious and perilous mission. But the biggest threat comes from an unexpected source. Someone is trying to take down the New Alliance from within – and will use anything, even the lines themselves, to ensure its destruction… The first two in this series, Linesman and Alliance (PBK, $19.95 each), are getting great customer feedback.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives 02)
Elliott, Kate
Now, a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives – the complex athletic contest favoured by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes’ only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the centre of the war that Lord Kalliarkos – the prince she still loves – is fighting against their country’s enemies. With a sinister overlord watching her every move and Kal’s life on the line, Jes must now become more than a Fives champion… She must become a warrior. The sequel to Court of Fives (PBK, $16.99).
YA fantasy | HC | $29.99

The Graces
Eve, Laure
Like everyone else, in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they, really, what they seem? And are they more dangerous, than they let on?
YA supernatural thriller | PBK | $19.99

Leopard’s Fury (Leopard People 09)
Feehan, Christine
With her own bakery in San Antonio, Evangeline Tregre made a new life, far from the brutal lair of shifters she was born into. Though she is all too aware of her leopard-shifter blood, she never felt the sensation of a wild animal stirring inside her. Not until Alonzo Massi walked into her bakery. The powerful shifter is as irresistible as he is terrifying, but his icy demeanour tells her to keep her distance. Alonzo knows better than to let himself get involved with someone like Evangeline. She doesn’t deserve the type of danger that follows him, or the threat of his Amur leopard. But even with his lean muscle and iron will, Alonzo isn’t strong enough to stay away from the one woman who can make him feel at peace. And when their secret lives draw a mortal threat, Alonzo unleashes the feral passion he keeps pent up inside himself.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, volumes 1 and 2
Fink, Joseph & Cranor, Jeffrey
In June of 2012, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale began airing twice-weekly podcasts. By the anniversary show, a year later, the fan base had exploded, vaulting the podcast into the number one spot on iTunes. Since then, its popularity has grown by epic proportions, hitting more than 100 million downloads, and Night Vale has expanded to a successful live multi-cast international touring stage show and a New York Times bestselling novel. Now, the first two seasons are available as books, offering an entertaining reading experience, and a valuable reference guide to past episodes. Mostly Void, Partially Stars introduces us to Night Vale – a town in the American Southwest, where every conspiracy theory is true; and to the strange but friendly people, who live there. In The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, we witness a totalitarian takeover of Night Vale that threatens to forever change the town, and everyone living in it.
Horror | TP | $32.99 each

Pillar to the Sky
Forstchen, William R
Skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies, and a devastating drought – which has led to wars over water – threaten the planet. Four people strive to prevent global chaos and journey to the stars.
Science fiction thriller | PBK | $22.95

The Rift: Uprising (Rift Trilogy 01)
Foster, Amy
Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of fourteen, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL – which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal, or an axe-wielding Viking, is trying to make it through the Rift and into your world. But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through – a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. The first in a new, fast-paced, action-adventure trilogy.
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

Into the Fire (Night Prince 04)
Frost, Jeaniene
For nearly 600 years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the foolhardiest stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride, against him. A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them, and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $14.99

The Secret History of Twin Peaks
Frost, Mark
From the co-creator of the landmark television series Twin Peaks comes a novel that deepens the mysteries of that iconic town – in ways that not only enrich the original series, but readies fans for the upcoming, new episodes.
Twin Peaks | HC | $39.99

The Petrified Flesh (Reckless 01)
Funke, Cornelia
Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox – a beautiful, shapeshifting girl, who guides and guards him. But, now. Jacob’s younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. A third instalment in the series is due next year.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Living Shadows (Reckless 02)
Funke, Cornelia
Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s – legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And, yet, hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time, to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility – an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first – and, somehow, convince Fox to do whatever it takes, to save him.
YA fantasy | PBK | $16.99

Virgins (Outlander novella)
Gabaldon, Diana
Mourning the death of his father and gravely injured at the hands of the English, Jamie Fraser finds himself running with a band of mercenaries in the French countryside, where he reconnects with his old friend, Ian Murray. Both are nursing wounds, both have good reason to stay out of Scotland, and both are still virgins… despite several opportunities to remedy that deplorable situation, with ladies of easy virtue. But Jamie’s love life becomes infinitely more complicated – and dangerous – when fate brings the young men into the service of Dr Hasdi: a Jewish gentleman, who hires them to escort two priceless treasures to Paris. One is an old Torah; the other is the doctor’s beautiful daughter, Rebekah, destined for an arranged marriage. Both Jamie and Ian are instantly drawn to the bride-to-be – but they might be more cautious, if they had any idea who they’re truly dealing with.
Timeslip | HC | $24.99

American Gods (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil
After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But, as the time until his release ticks away, he can feel a storm brewing. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr Wednesday, claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together, they embark on a very strange journey across the States; along the way, solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But the storm is about to break… A special, illustrated, hardcover edition of the startling, terrifying, and fiercely funny novel.
Fantasy | HC | $45.00

Anansi Boys (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil
Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once, but he is definitely not fat, now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared, right now; his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad s fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn’t dropped dead, at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi, the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée… or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it, than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies, and their unique brand of voodoo; and – between them – they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends, and badness begins, is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece… or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain? A special, illustrated, hardcover edition.
Fantasy | HC | $45.00

Black Dog (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil
Baldur ‘Shadow’ Moon is on his way back to America… but, in this story, he’s only made it as far as the Peak District in Derbyshire, England. Here, he becomes involved with a strange, small-town couple – and the spectral legend of a black dog that causes death. A special, illustrated, hardcover edition.
Fantasy novella | HC | $35.00

The Monarch of the Glen (illustrated edition)
Gaiman, Neil
Shadow’s journey has brought him to the north coast of Scotland, where he finds himself a bouncer at a party. A special, illustrated, hardcover edition.
Fantasy novella | HC | $35.00

Ascendant’s Rite (Moontide Quartet 04)
Hair, David
For failed mage Alaron, and his companion Ramita – widow to the mage who built the Leviathan Bridge – the unthinkable has happened. They have lost the Scytale of Corineus, the key to the Rite of Ascendancy, as well as one of Ramita’s infant sons, to the hands of their deadliest enemies. In Javon, Cera Nesti, the imprisoned queen, has been freed, and plots to take on the overwhelming might of the Rondian Empire. But standing between her, and her goal, is a band of deadly mercenaries – playing a dangerous game of their own. And, in the East, Seth Korion’s Lost Legions must navigate treacherous roads to gain safety, bearing secrets that could bring down the Emperor. The time has come, for the Rite of Ascendancy to be performed. New powers must rise to save or damn Urte, and on the mighty Leviathan Bridge itself, all will be decided. This series has had great customer feedback!
Fantasy | PBK | $24.99

The Operator (Peri Reed Chronicles 02)
Harrison, Kim
Peri Reed’s job eats her mind, but for a special task agent in hiding, forgetting the past can be a blessing. Betrayed, by the man she thought she loved, and the agency that turned her into the very thing she fought against; Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti, for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self doubt. But when a highly-addictive drug promises to end her dependency, on those who’d use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable; or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once left: strong but without will, for whoever holds her next fix will hold her loyalty. Yet, even now, as then, a love based on lies of omission might still save her life. The second of Peri Reed’s adventures, following The Drafter (PBK, $19.99).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.99

Aerie (Magonia 02)
Headley, Maria Dahvana
Aza Ray is back on Earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be, if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship, and discovering that your song can change the world. As in, not normal. Part of Aza still yearns for the clouds, no matter how much she loves the people on the ground. When Jason’s paranoia over Aza’s safety causes him to make a terrible mistake, Aza finds herself a fugitive in Magonia, tasked with opposing her radical, bloodthirsty, recently escaped mother, Zal Quel, and her singing partner, Dai. She must travel to the edge of the world – in search of a legendary weapon, the Flock – in a journey through fire and identity that will transform her forever. The sequel to Magonia (TP, $19.99).
YA fantasy | TP | $19.99

The Travelling Bag and Other Ghostly Stories
Hill, Susan
From the foggy streets of Victorian London, to the eerie perfection of 1950s’ suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly, in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black (HC, $29.99).
Supernatural collection | HC | $24.99

Binary Storm (Paratwa series)
Hinz, Christopher
Near the end of the 21st century, Earth is in chaos from environmental devastation and a vicious undeclared war against binaries, genetically engineered assassins. Composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies (tways), binaries are ruled by an alpha breed, the Royal Caste. Nick Smith, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organisation dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries. But there’s a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the Royal Caste’s cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.
Science fiction | PBK | $22.99

Curse on the Land (Soulwood 02)
Hunter, Faith
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded – even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own. After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods, to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death, itself. And it wants more.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Shadow of What Was Lost (Licanius Trilogy 01)
Islington, James
It has been twenty years, since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them – the Gifted – are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion’s Four Tenets, vastly limiting their own powers. As a young Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden powers of the Augurs, he sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian’s wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is… And, in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated, begins to stir… The sensational debut novel from an Australian author, recommended for fans of epic fantasy.
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

Jennings, Holly
Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death, on national TV. She’s died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier…
Dystopia | TP | $29.95

After Supper Ghost Stories
Jerome, Jerome K
As they relax after dinner on Christmas Eve, the members of a family and their guests turn to telling ghost stories. These ghoulish accounts range from the melancholy to the macabre, and get increasingly bizarre – as the ghosts leap out of the tales and make an appearance in the family’s home. Fact and fiction, the real and unreal collide, until the reader is not sure who is haunting whom.
Gothic horror | PBK | $16.99

The Blockade (First Salik War 03)
Johnson, Jean
Though committed to helping their V’Dan cousins, the Terrans resent how their allies treat them. The V’Dan in turn feel the Terrans are too unseasoned to act independently. And the other nations fear that ending the Salik War means starting a Human Civil War. Even as Imperial Prince Li’eth and Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie struggle to get their peoples to cooperate, they still face an ethical dilemma: How do you stop a ruthless, advanced nation from attacking, again and again, without slaughtering them in turn?
Military SF | PBK | $19.95

Gemina (Illuminae Files 02)
Kaufman, Amie & Kristoff, Jay
Hanna is the station – Heimdall – captain’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while they are struggling with the realities of life, aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed to Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together, to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the crew, one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum may be ripped in two, before dinner. Soon, Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival. The fate of everyone on the Hypatia – and possibly in the known universe – is in their hands. But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope. The sequel to Illuminae (TP, $19.99).
YA science fiction | TP | $22.99

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book: the Artist’s Edition
Kidby, Paul
Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice, Paul Kidby, set new standards for adult colouring books, when he meticulously adapted his own fan-favourite artwork – to produce dozens of black-and-white line drawings of many of the Discworld’s most iconic characters. This special Artist’s Edition of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book contains Paul Kidby’s selection of the best of his wonderful line work: 20 single-sided illustrations, presented on high-quality paper for detaching and framing.
Discworld | PBK | $29.99 each

Her Brother’s Keeper
Kupari, Mike
When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet. Now, the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon, after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood. It seems Catherine’s brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood’s plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom, by a fearsome local warlord.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

The Privilege of the Sword (Swords of Riverside 02)
Kushner, Ellen
Reissued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Swordspoint. The second volume of Ellen Kushner’s loose, classic trilogy of modern fantasy, set in a world of unforgettable characters; whose political ambitions, passionate love affairs and age-old rivalries collide, with deadly results. It is preceded by Swordspoint and followed by The Fall of Kings (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Mortal Engines (Penguin Modern Classics)
Lem, Stanislaw
A selection of the best of Stanislaw Lem’s extraordinary, miniature space epics.
Classic SF | PBK | $24.99

A Gambler’s Anatomy
Lethem, Jonathan
An international backgammon hustler, who has amassed a fortune through psychic tomfoolery, develops a large tumour on his face that compromises his vision and eventually threatens his life, forcing him to pursue an experimental surgery and contemplate existential questions.
Fiction | HC | $52.95

The Wall of Storms (Dandelion Dynasty 02)
Liu, Ken
Dara is united under the Emperor Ragin, once known as Kuni Garu, the bandit king. There has been peace for six years, but the Dandelion Throne rests on bloody foundations – Kuni’s betrayal of his friend, Mata Zyndu, the Hegemon. The Hegemon’s rule was brutal and unbending – but he died well, creating a legend that haunts the new emperor, no matter what good he strives to do. Where war once forged unbreakable bonds between Kuni’s inner circle, peace now gnaws at their loyalties. Where ancient wisdoms once held sway, a brilliant scholar promises a philosophical revolution. And from the far north, over the horizon, comes a terrible new threat… The scent of blood is in the water.
Fantasy | TP | $29.99

Invisible Planets (anthology)
Liu, Ken (editor)
Thirteen intriguing visions of the future from China. Award-winning translator and author Ken Liu presents a collection of short, speculative fiction from China. Some stories have won awards; some have been included in various ‘Year’s Best’ anthologies; some have been well reviewed by critics and readers; and some are simply Ken’s personal favourites. Many of the authors collected here (with the obvious exception of Liu Cixin) belong to the younger generation of ‘rising stars’. In addition, three essays at the end of the book explore Chinese science fiction. Liu Cixin’s essay, ‘The Worst of All Possible Universes and The Best of All Possible Earths’, gives a historical overview of SF in China, and situates his own rise to prominence as the premier Chinese author within that context. Chen Qiufan’s ‘The Torn Generation’ gives the view of a younger generation of authors trying to come to terms with the tumultuous transformations around them. Finally, Xia Jia, who holds the first PhD issued, for the study of Chinese SF, asks ‘What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?’
SF anthology | HC | $46.95

Old Man’s Ghosts (Empire of A Hundred Houses 02)
Lloyd, Tom
Some men can never outrun their ghosts. Enchei thought he’d found a home, at last – a life of quiet obscurity far removed from the horror of his military days. After a decade in the Imperial City, his mistakes have been few; but one has, now, returned to haunt him. As Narin’s pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn’t be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck’s rarely been on Narin’s side. Once, Enchei swore he’d take his own life, rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it’s not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city – and a man’s ghosts are always watching and waiting… Follows Moon’s Artifice (PBK, $19.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

An Import of Intrigue (Maradaine Constabulary 02)
Maresca, Marshall Ryan
The neighbourhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling. With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident, in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war, unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.
Fantasy | PBK | $19.95

The Vanishing Throne (Falconer 02)
May, Elizabeth
Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it… to re-join a world, devastated by war. The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers… The first book in this series is The Falconer ($22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Dominion (Burned Man 02)
McLean, Peter
In the tunnels, deep under London, the Earth Elementals are dying. Hunted by something they know only as the Rotman, the Elementals have no one trustworthy they can turn to. Enter Don Drake, diabolist and semi-reformed hitman; and an almost-fallen angel, called Trixie. When the matriarch tells Don that Rotman is, actually, the Archdemon Bianakith, he knows this is going to be a tough job. Bianakith is the foretold spirit of disease and decay – whose aura corrupts everything it comes near – and even the ancient foundations of London will crumble, eventually. Now, Don, Trixie and the Burned Man have to hatch a plan, to keep Bianakith from wiping out the Elementals, and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans, and those may have dire consequences… for everyone. A follow-up to Drake (PBK, $19.95).
Urban fantasy | PBK | $22.99

Dissidence (Corporation Wars 01)
MacLeod, Ken
They’ve died for the companies, more times than they can remember. Now, they must fight to live for themselves. Sentient machines work, fight and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners – the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick. With this newfound autonomy, come new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $22.95

Cosmonaut Keep (Engines of Light 01)
MacLeod, Ken
This opening novel of a ‘new future history’ features two tales of mankind’s first encounters with a mysterious alien civilisation. Matt Cairns, a 21st century outlaw computer programmer, struggles to survive a politically turbulent near-future Europe. Three hundred years later, Matt’s descendant, Gregor Cairns, makes a home for himself, on a distant and exotic alien world. A reissue of MacLeod’s Hugo-nominated series opener. Recommended!
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

McIntosh, Will
Day One: No one can remember anything who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of an islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity gone, except for what people can find, and they can’t find much. Faller’s pockets contain tantalising clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can’t remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world, to find the woman and set things right. He encounters other floating islands, impossible replicas of himself and others, and learns that one man hates him – enough to take revenge, for actions Faller can’t even remember. A new, gripping, standalone, science fiction thriller by Hugo Award-winning author, Will McIntosh.
Science fiction | HC | $34.99

The Witches of New York
McKay, Ami
New York, in the spring of 1880, is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation, and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women – some possessed of true intuitive powers, and some gifted with the art of performance – find work as mediums. Enter Adelaide Thom and Eleanor St Clair. At their humble teashop, Tea and Sympathy, they provide a place for whispered confessions, secret cures, and spiritual assignations for a select society of ladies, who speak the right words and ask the right questions. But the profile of Tea and Sympathy is about to change, with the fortuitous arrival of Beatrice Dunn. When seventeen-year-old Beatrice leaves the safety of her village, to answer an ad that reads: ‘Respectable Lady Seeks Dependable Shop Girl. Those averse to magic need not apply’, she has little inclination of what the job will demand of her. Beatrice doesn’t know it, yet, but she is no ordinary small-town girl; she has great spiritual gifts – ones that will serve as her greatest asset; and, also, place her in grave danger. Under the tutelage of Adelaide and Eleanor, Beatrice comes to harness many of her powers, but not even they can prepare her for the evils, lurking in the darkest corners of the city, or the courage it will take to face them.
Historical urban fantasy | TP | $32.99

Drone Command (Troy Pearce 03)
Maden, Mike
When China stakes a dubious claim in the hotly-disputed waters of the East China Sea, the prime minister of Japan threatens to dispatch the country’s naval assets and tear up its antiwar constitution, unless the Americans forcefully intervene. The war-weary Americans are reluctant to confront the powerful Chinese navy directly, but if the Japanese provoke a military conflict with their historic enemy, treaty obligations would draw the United States into the fight. In order to deescalate the first foreign policy crisis of his administration, US president Lane dispatches Troy Pearce and his team to Tokyo to defuse the situation. What they find is a quagmire of hawkish politicians, nationalistic fervour, special interests with their own hidden agendas, and possibly the greatest military threat that America has ever faced. In this treacherous atmosphere, it will require all of Pearce’s cunning – and his team’s technological prowess – to separate the truth from misdirection, and prevent the world from plunging into war.
SF thriller | PBK | $14.99

The White City
Morden, Simon
Since escaping London’s inferno, Mary and Dalip have fought monsters and won – though in the magical world of Down, the most frightening monsters come from within. Now they hold the greatest of treasures: maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they’re looking for, and learn the secrets of Down. But to get there, they must rely on Crows, who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place – in all of Down – without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go, to find their way home. After all, if there’s one thing the White City offers those, brave enough to enter, it’s more than they bargained for. A sequel to Down Station (PBK, $22.99) which is heaps of fun, and recommended!
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

After Atlas (Planetfall 02)
Newman, Emma
Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby, when Atlas left Earth. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’ entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now it has something to do with why Casales was found dead in his hotel room – and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation. To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realises that escaping the past is not so easy. A follow-up to Planetfall (PBK, $24.99).
SF procedural | TP | $29.95

The Obsidian Throne (Ballad of Sir Benfro 05)
Oswald, J D
There is no war in the northlands, just annihilation. Either the dragons will destroy this world or Queen Beulah will raze it to the ground. Below the city is a secret, the House of Balwen have kept for millennia, a treasure beyond imagination. None but a direct descendant of Balwen himself can open the escape routes from this cavern. To do so, Princess Iolwen will need to claim the Obsidian Throne. Meanwhile, Errol and Sir Benfro find their destinies drawing closer together, with the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms resting on these two unlikely heroes. There will be self sacrifice, and terrible betrayals. And the lives of boy and dragon will be forever changed. The conclusion to the Ballad of Sir Benfro, in which the preceding books are: Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord, The Golden Cage (PBK, $19.99 each) and The Broken World (PBK, $22.99).
Fantasy | PBK | $22.99

The Burning Isle
Panzo, Will
‘A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.’ Cassius is not lost… The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general, who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit… But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This a treacherous island where the native gods are restless, and anything can happen…
Grimdark fantasy | TP | $31.95

Everything Belongs to the Future
Penny, Laurie
In the ancient heart of Oxford University, the ultra rich celebrate their vastly extended lifespans. But a few surprises are in store for them. From Nina and Alex, Margo and Fidget, scruffy anarchists sharing living space with an ever-shifting cast of crusty punks and lost kids. And also from the scientist who invented the longevity treatment, in the first place. ‘Original and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of a utopia gone wrong, this is science fiction at its thought provoking finest.’ – Geek Syndicate. This is an absolutely brilliant novella (128pp) – highly recommended.
Science fiction | PBK | $24.99

Carpe Jugulum (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Now available in the same, stylish, small, hardcover format, popularised by Gollancz. Hopefully, this means that the rest will be forthcoming from Doubleday – who have the rights to the remaining Discworld novels in hardcover.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

The Fifth Elephant (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Now available in the same, stylish, small, hardcover format, popularised by Gollancz. Hopefully, this means that the rest will be forthcoming from Doubleday – who have the rights to the remaining Discworld novels in hardcover.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

The Last Continent (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Now available in the same, stylish, small, hardcover format, popularised by Gollancz. Hopefully, this means that the rest will be forthcoming from Doubleday – who have the rights to the remaining Discworld novels in hardcover.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

The Truth (Discworld Collector’s editions)
Pratchett, Terry
Now available in the same, stylish, small, hardcover format, popularised by Gollancz. Hopefully, this means that the rest will be forthcoming from Doubleday – who have the rights to the remaining Discworld novels in hardcover.
Discworld | HC | $27.99

The Family Plot
Priest, Cherie
Dahlia Dutton’s father is thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Winthrow appears in his office and makes a deal for his company, Music City Salvage, to take over and liquidate her massive family estate in Chattanooga. He gives the job to Dahlia, who gathers a crew and a couple of trucks and heads for the estate – an ancient house, a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Winthrow left out of the paperwork. She left out a lot of things…
Gothic fantasy | HC | $36.99

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials 01) (graphic novel)
Pullman, Philip
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, and a mysterious substance known as Dust. As she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win – or to lose – this more-than-mortal battle. The stunning full-colour art offers both new and returning readers a chance to experience the story of Lyra – an ordinary girl, with an extraordinary role to play in the fates of multiple worlds – in an entirely new way.
YA fantasy | TP | $32.99

Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015
Rios, J & Krasnostein, A (editors)
More tales of wonder, adventure, diversity, and variety, in this collection devoted to stories with teen protagonists; uncovering the best, young-adult, short fiction of the year – published in the anthologies dedicated to the form, the occasional special edition of a magazine, and individual pieces appearing in otherwise ‘adult’ anthologies and magazines – and bringing them together in one accessible collection. Includes stories from Felix Gilman, E C Myers, Daniel José Older, Genevieve Valentine, and Sean Williams.
YA anthology | TP | $29.99

Waking Hell
Robertson, Al
On Station the dead live on, haunting the living as Fetches; digital ghosts drawn from the downloaded memories of the deceased. And hell is a series of hard drives, where those who cannot haunt are stored. But, now, one woman must journey into the hard drives to solve a murder. Even as the gods of Station face the dawn of a new age. The sequel to the Crashing Heaven (PBK, $22.99).
Science fiction | TP | $32.99

The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance
Robinson, Kim Stanley
In 3229 AD, human civilisation is scattered among the planets, moons, and asteroids of the solar system. Billions of lives depend on the technology derived from the breakthroughs of the greatest physicist of the age, Arthur Holywelkin. But in the last years of his life, Holywelkin devoted himself to building a strange, beautiful, and complex musical instrument that he called The Orchestra. Johannes Wright has earned the honour of becoming the Ninth Master of Holywelkin’s Orchestra. Follow him on his Grand Tour of the Solar System, as he journeys down the gravity well toward the sun, impelled by a destiny he can scarcely understand, and pursued by mysterious foes – who will tell him anything, except the reason for their enmity. An early novel from science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson – now available, for the first time in decades.
Science fiction | PBK | $19.95

Legacy of the Demon (Kara Gillan 08)
Rowland, Diana
Sidelined demon summoner Kara Gillian has her hands full, when dimensional rifts allow demons to cause widespread panic and destruction, on Earth. These aren’t the human-tolerant summonables she’s known before, but demons from the far reaches of the demon realm. Add three demonic lords with conflicting ambitions to the mix, and Kara has the perfect recipe for global disaster.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $19.95

Harry Potter Illustrated Box Set
Rowling, J K & Kay, Jim (illustrator)
A hardcover box set of the illustrated editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
YA fantasy | HC | $119.99

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection
Sanderson, Brandon
A collection of stories and novellas, including tales from the Reckoners world, the Stormlight Archive, and from the bestselling Mistborn universe.
Fantasy collection | TP | $32.99

Calamity (Reckoner 03)
Sanderson, Brandon
They told David, it was impossible – that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died, by David’s hand. Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realise he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one, in Newcago, who can give him the answers he needs. He found some of those answers, before. Now, he has to decide what to do with them…
Fantasy | PBK | $19.99

The British Lion
Schumacher, Tony
With the end of the war, the victorious Germans now occupy a defeated Great Britain. In London, decorated detective John Henry Rossett, now reporting to the Nazi victors, lies in a hospital bed recovering from gunshot wounds. Desperate to avoid blame over the events that led to the shooting, his boss, Ernst Koehler, covers up the incident. But when Koehler’s wife and daughter are kidnapped, by American spies, the terrified German turns to the only man he trusts to help him – a shrewd cop who will do whatever is necessary to get the job done: John Rossett. Surviving his brush with death, Rossett agrees to save his friend’s daughter. But in a chaotic new world ruled by treachery and betrayal, doing the right thing can get a man killed. Caught between the Nazi SS, the violent British resistance, and Americans with very uncertain loyalties, Rossett must secretly make his way out of London and find Ruth Hartz, a Jewish scientist working in Cambridge. Spared from death because of her intellect and expertise, she is forced to work on developing the atom bomb for Germany. Though she knows it could end any hope of freedom in Europe and, maybe, even the world, Ruth must finish the project – if she, too, wants to survive. The sequel to The Darkest Hour (PBK, $24.99).
Alternate history | TP | $29.99

This Savage Song
Schwab, V E
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city, a grisly metropolis where the violence has begun to create real and deadly monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the inhabitants pay for his protection. August just wants to be human – as good-hearted, as his own father – but his curse is to be what the humans fear. The thin truce that keeps the Harker and Flynn families at peace is crumbling, and an assassination attempt forces Kate and August into a tenuous alliance. But how long will they survive, in a city where no one is safe and monsters are real… Recommended.
Urban fantasy | PBK | $18.99

Unquiet Land (Elemental Blessings 04)
Shinn, Sharon
Leah Frothen has returned home, to rebuild the life she’s avoided for years. But she can scarcely catch her breath before she is summoned to meet with the regent, Darien Serlast, the man who made her a spy. Leah is reluctant to take on a new assignment, but Darien has dangled the perfect lure to draw her in. Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago. Leah is simultaneously thrilled, terrified, hopeful, moved, and almost undone, as she slowly attempts to become part of her daughter’s life. But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, she develops a dangerous friendship with a foreign woman and finds herself falling in love with a man from her past. Soon Leah learns that everyone – her regent, her lover, and even her daughter – has secrets that could save the nation, but might very well break her heart.
Fantasy | HC | $47.95

Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter 09)
Singh, Nalini
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together, to discuss the fate of her territory. Accompanying her archangel lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, Guild Hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within – truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is… Nothing will ever be the same, again.
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Wild Embrace (Psy-Changelings collection)
Singh, Nalini
A stunningly sensual collection of four, all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible…
Paranormal romance | TP | $29.99

Pirate Utopia
Sterling, Bruce & Coulthart, John (artist)
Who are these bold rebels pillaging their European neighbours, in the name of revolution? The Futurists! Utopian, pirate warriors of the diminutive Regency of Carnaro, scourge of the Adriatic Sea. Mortal enemies of communists, capitalists, and even fascists (to whom they are not entirely unsympathetic). The ambitious Soldier-Citizens of Carnaro are led by a brilliant and passionate coterie of the perhaps insane. Lorenzo Secondari, World War I veteran, engineering genius, and leader of Croatian raiders. Frau Piffer, Syndicalist manufacturer of torpedos at a factory run by and for women. The Ace of Hearts, a dashing Milanese aristocrat, spymaster, and tactical savant. And the Prophet, a seductive warrior-poet who leads via free love and military ruthlessness. Fresh off a worldwide demonstration of their might, can the Futurists engage the aid of sinister American traitors and establish global domination?
Alternate history | HC | $39.95

Bridging Infinity (Infinity Project 05)
Strahan, Jonathan (editor)
Sense of wonder is the lifeblood of science fiction. When we encounter something on a truly staggering scale – metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes re-engineered, starships bigger than worlds – the only response we have is reverence, admiration, and possibly fear… at something that is grand, sublime, and extremely powerful. Bridging Infinity puts humanity at the heart of that experience, as builder, as engineer, as adventurer, reimagining and rebuilding the world, the solar system, the galaxy and possibly the entire universe, in some of the best science fiction stories you will experience. Includes stories from Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Zachary Brown, Pat Cadigan, Kameron Hurley, Scott Lynch, Vonda N McIntyre, Hannu Rajaniemi, Allan Steele, and many more.
SF anthology | TP | $29.95

A Trail Through Time (Chronicles of St Mary’s 04)
Taylor, Jodi
The fourth book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea. The Chronicles of St Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Madeleine Maxwell and her compatriots Director Bairstow, Leon ‘Chief’ Farrell, Mr Markham, and many more; as they travel through time, saving St Mary’s (too often, by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea. The first in this hugely entertaining series is Just One Damned Thing After Another ($27.95).
Science fiction | TP | $27.95

The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood 14)
Ward, J R
Nothing is as it used to be, for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. After avoiding war with the Shadows, alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. The slayers of the Lessening Society are stronger than ever, preying on human weakness to acquire more money, more weapons, more power. But as the Brotherhood readies for an all-out attack on them, one of their own fights a battle, within himself… For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetites, but also the biggest heart, life was supposed to be perfect – or at the very least, perfectly enjoyable. Mary, his beloved shellan, is by his side and his King and his brothers are thriving. But Rhage can’t understand – or control – the panic and insecurity that plague him… And that terrifies him – as well as distances him, from his mate. After suffering mortal injury in battle, Rhage must reassess his priorities – and the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world… and Mary’s. But Mary is on a journey of her own, one that will either bring them closer together or cause a split that neither will recover from…
Paranormal romance | PBK | $19.99

Shadow of Victory (Honor Harrington 14)
Weber, David
Sometimes, things don’t work out exactly as planned. The Mesan Alignment has a plan – one it’s been working on, for centuries. A plan to remake the galaxy and genetically improve the human race – its way. Until recently, things have gone pretty much as scheduled, but then the Alignment hit a minor bump in the road called the Star Empire of Manticore. So, the Alignment engineered a war between the Solarian League, the biggest and most formidable interstellar power in human history. To help push things along, the Alignment launched a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy’s industrial infrastructure. And, in order to undercut Manticore’s galaxy-wide reputation, as a star nation of its word, it launched Operation Janus – a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. The twin purposes are to harden Solarian determination to destroy the Star Empire once and for all, and to devastate the Star Empire’s reputation with the rest of the galaxy. But even the best-laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.
Science fiction | HC | $49.95

At the Sign of Triumph (Safehold 09)
Weber, David
The Church of God Awaiting’s triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it, possibly, resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels. But Charis had something far more powerful, than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die, where they stood, in its defence. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold’s founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin – the cybernetic avatar of a woman, dead over a thousand years – who was determined to break the Church’s grip upon the human mind and soul. So, after eight years of war, it is not Charis, but the Church, that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and – faced with the unthinkable – it’s decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle – between those who believe in freedom, and those who would crush it forever.
Science fiction | HC | $49.99/$37.99 late November

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer 04)
Weeks, Brent
When does an empire fall? The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four – and those are falling, before the White King’s armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone. Kip Guile will make a last, desperate attempt to stop the White King’s growing horde. Karris White attempts to knit together an empire falling apart, helped only by her murderous and possibly treasonous father-in-law, Andross Guile. Meanwhile, Teia’s new talents will find a darker use – and the cost might be too much to bear. Together, they will fight to prevent a tainted empire from becoming something even worse. Follows: The Black Prism, The Blinding Knife, and The Broken Eye (PBK, $22.99 each).
Fantasy | TP | $32.99

The Great Science Fiction (Penguin Modern Classics)
Wells, H G
This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels – The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds – with his most unsettling and strange short stories.
Classic SF | PBK | $29.99

Alien Morning
Wilber, Rick
Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper. The year 2030 sees a new era in social media. Sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, can immerse the audience in another person’s experience. By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned – to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S’hudonni. The S’hudonni offer advanced science in exchange for various trade goods from Earth, but nothing is as simple as it seems. Peter finds himself falling for Heather Newsome, a scientist chosen by the S’hudonni to act as their liaison. Engaged to his brilliant marine biologist brother, Tom, Heather is not what she appears to be, but Peter has bigger problems. While he and his brother fight over longstanding family troubles, another issue looms: a secret war among the aliens, who are neither as benevolent nor as unified as they first seemed.
Science fiction | HC | $34.99

Cloudbound (Bone Universe 02)
Wilde, Fran
When Kirit Densira left her home tower for the skies, she gave up many things: her beloved family, her known way of life, her dreams of flying as a trader for her tower, her dreams. Kirit set her City upside down, and fomented a massive rebellion at the Spire, to the good of the towers – but months later, everything has fallen to pieces. With the Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defence against the dangers lurking in the clouds, daily life is full of terror and strife. Naton, Kirit’s wing-brother, sets out to be a hero in his own way – sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City. But what he finds, down-tier, is more secrets and now Nat will have to decide who to trust, and how to trust himself – without losing those he holds most dear – before a dangerous myth raises a surprisingly realistic threat to the crippled City. The sequel to Updraft (PBK, $22.99), which is getting raves from customers!
Fantasy | HC | $34.99

Angeleyes (Freehold 07)
Williamson, Michael Z
Angie Kaneshiro never planned to be a spy. She was a veteran of the Freehold Forces of Grainne and was now a tramp freighter crew-woman who hadn’t set foot on the dirt of a world in 10 years. Angie was free, and that was the way she liked it. Then the war with Earth started. One thing Angie knew was human space. She knew where the UN troops garrisoned, the methods they used to scan and chip their own to control them. Even better, she had a mental map of the access conduits, the dive bars, and the make-out cubbies people used, to get around restrictions. The UN forces may hold most of the stations, the docks, and the jump points, but now the Freehold of Grainne has its own lethal weapon. The Intelligence branch sends a freighter crewed with Blazers, special forces troops. All, Angie has to do, is lead them through the holes. Responsibility for the explosions and wreckage will be theirs. But war is complicated, and even the most unwilling of heroes can be forged in its crucible.
Military SF | HC | $47.95

The Day of the Triffids
Wyndham, John
When Bill Masen wakes up in his hospital bed, he has reason to be grateful for the bandages that covered his eyes, the night before. For he finds a population rendered blind, and helpless, by the spectacular meteor shower that filled the night sky, the evening before. But his relief is short lived, as he realises that a newly-blinded population is now at the mercy of the Triffids. Once, the Triffids were farmed for their oil, their uncanny ability to move and their carnivorous habits well controlled by their human keepers. But, now, with humans so vulnerable, they are a potent threat to humanity’s survival. It is up to people, like Bill – the few who can still see – to carve out a future for the human race…
SF classic | HC | $35.00

The Midwich Cuckoos
Wyndham, John
In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later, the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except, that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others, and brings them into conflict with the villagers, just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world, outside…
SF Masterworks | HC | $26.99

The Secret People
Wyndham, John
While flying over Africa’s New Sea, a water project in the heart of the Sahara desert, Mark Sunnet’s rocket plane crashes and is sucked through a hole in the desert floor into a strange, cavernous, new world. There, he and his partner Margaret encounter the survivors of an ancient race of underground dwellers, whose whole existence is now threatened. Captured and forced to live with other prisoners taken from the surface, the pair know that they must escape, before the waters above drown them all… The Secret People, published in 1935, is John Wyndham’s first novel.
SF classic | PBK | $22.99

Stowaway To Mars
Wyndham, John
For British pilot Dale Curtance, the Keuntz Prize – to be awarded to the first person to take a spaceship to another planet, and back – is the ultimate challenge. Not only has he to build a ship to survive the journey, assemble a top-notch crew, and choose a destination; he’s also got to beat the Russians and Americans. Soon, the Gloria Mundi blasts off from Salisbury Plain, bound for Mars. There’s only one problem – a stowaway, called Joan. Not only does her presence wreck calculations and threaten the mission, but her tale suggests that Mars may be a more dangerous destination, than they ever expected.
SF classic | PBK | $22.99