hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.
Amongst ruins in the the ancient city of Berlin, in a not-too-distant future, the Auxs, bred for hand to hand combat in a war long-thought to be over, are now fighting among themselves. Their ancient enemy, Them (giant marauding insects), are a folk memory. Young Evelyn War however will be the first to realize that the Auxs must set aside their petty hostilities if they are to face the battle to come. But the Aux clan leaders and her elders do not believe her warnings, and time is running short.
There's a new drug running rife amongst the Undead community. Once ingested, it simulates all of the symptoms of the living...Not that Max or Tom would be stupid enough to try it, of course - they're far too busy smashing their senses to a pulp working their way though Deadbeat's new cocktail menu. When people start vanishing from the Soho streets and some of their customers disrupt big band nights by keeling over dead for the second time, they decide it might be worth looking into.
On the eve of departing on a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa to mine a rare ore that would provide for Earth's long-term energy needs, tech genius Robert Eisenbraun is put into cold sleep against his will. He wakes to find the ship deserted and not functional. He escapes to the surface of an Earth terribly changed. The plan has gone horribly wrong, but as he adapts to a hostile environment, he realizes that there may still be a way to accomplish what his mission had set out to achieve.
After Elisha discovered his uncanny talent for wielding powerful magic, he unleashed that power to end an unjust war - and killed the king in the process. Now a wanted man, Elisha not only flees from those who fear and hate him, but from those who would use him and his magic for their own agendas.
Three teenagers from different periods of history find themselves flung together by a tear in the fabric of reality. With the help of a mysterious stranger, they learn to harness their abilities to move through time, only just managing to keep one step ahead of the evil Lord Sweetclover - who will stop at nothing to capture them.
Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent it from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.
As head dragon and owner of a successful gambling operation in New Orleans, Griffen McCandles is asked by the Krewe of Fafnir - a society of dragons - to be the king of their Mardi Gras parade. He can't resist the honour, but not everyone is happy with Griffen's new leadership status. A group of powerful dragons is out to bankrupt his business, from the inside out. And when a young dragon in Griffen's employ is murdered, it becomes clear that certain dragons will stop at nothing to dethrone the new king.
Violent gangs, a corrupt mayor and a heavily armed police force are hallmarks of the former Detroit. When Ryan and the companions show up, the Desolation Angels are waging a war to rule the streets. After saving the companions from being chilled by gangsters, the mayor hires Ryan and his friends to stop the Angels cold. But it is soon clear, as Motor City erupts into bloody conflagration, that there is no good side to be fighting for.
Non-sf. 18 year old Kit lives with his father Guy in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. Now Guy is dying and his old friends are gathering. As young film students they all lived together in the house. Now they're back, and they're all looking for a mysterious tape. Kit too has ulterior motives. He wants to know who his mother is and what's on that tape. But most of all he wants to stop time and keep his father alive.
Barnes' college friend, Travis Bismark, relates tales of a Gaudeamus machine that bends physics to enable teleportation and time travel. Travis tells tales of other independent groups trying to invent the Gaudeamus machine and tales of 5 scientists who wear clown suits while piloting a flying saucer by day and playing awful punk rock at night. Barnes' commentary blurs the line between fiction, fact, and metafiction.
The secret log of a murdered lighthouse keeper falls into the hands of the wealthy Gilbert Frobisher, who discovers encoded within it a stunning mystery. Langdon St. Ives and his companions set sail for the West Indies aboard Gilbert Frobisher's steam yacht, pursued by murderous pirates and bound for an uncharted volcanic island on the verge of eruption. Their search for a hidden treasure protected by an unspeakable pagan god will unleash a power that will ultimately threaten the devastation of London.
Thirteen startling visions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow from the six-time winner of the Hugo Award.
Discovery of a new, Earthlike planet eventually results in dispatch of an exploration team on an 80 year long voyage. Relativistic effects and cryonics reduce that to a dozen years subjectively, so it isn't a bunch of old geezers who are greeted on arrival by a small group of intelligent and inordinately friendly creatures who look very much like human beings. As the scientists probe the nature of these creatures they begin to suspect that the entire planet might be an artifact.
Darrow is a miner and a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the colour-coded society of the future. Though he has never seen the sky he believes he works for a better future for his children. But Darrow discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow and Reds like him are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
THE SHEEP LOOK UP, THE SHOCKWAVE RIDER, and THE TRAVELLER IN BLACK in one volume.
Roo, a former Caribbean Intelligence operative, spends his downtime on his catamaran dodging the punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the simple calm of his new life - until an unexpected package from a murdered fellow spy shows up. Suddenly Roo is thrown into the center of the biggest storm of all. Using his wits - and some of the more violent tricks of his former trade - Roo begins to unravel the mystery that got his friend killed.
It has been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can't escape the feeling that Oriana is in danger. And to save her, Duilio will have to reveal his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as the Seat of Magic.
First Gair's lover and now his mentor have been killed - the first by the dangerous, ambitious Savin, the second in a revolutionary uprising. Far to the north, Teia must attempt to cross a high mountain pass in the teeth of winter. It is an act of desperation, but the message she carries cannot wait for spring. An invasion force is gathering behind her, and only an ancient order of knights can hold them back.
The director of the very agency that Agent Franks works for is breaking the promise made long ago -- that no other like him would ever be created. Project Nemesis is making thirteen. Now all bets are off, and Hell hath no fury like a monster betrayed. Particularly if that monster happens to be an undying killing machine capable of taking out vampires and werewolves with one hand tied behind his back.
Once a year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite - shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry - Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected...or each other.
While Josh and the other teens-turned-Wildings would love nothing more than to keep their identities hidden, others have different ideas. The FBI have questions for Josh, and a bully is out to make sure he doesn't even think about trying to return to his former life. Meanwhile, several Wilding Elders view Josh as a prospective leader, but another formidable Elder is determined to have him secretly murdered.
Lost in a body that isn't his own, Berren - the Bloody Judge - continues his search for the man who stole his life. But there is another power inside Berren, one which escapes when he is in danger and has the habit of disintegrating those around him. And that power has its own agenda.
One minute, 24 year old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world: Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies - and a language different from any Sophie has heard. It is her world, where everyone seems to know who she is. She doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm.
Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes are among the contributors to the annual compilation. The extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction have not been omitted.
Contains THE SWORD and THE CHOSEN, #5 and #6 in the Raj Whitehall series.
Coming of age novel. In the spring of 1971, 12 year old Owen Brand and his family move to the riverside town of Middlecross in a renewed attempt to escape poverty. He quickly falls in with a gang of three local boys and forms a strong bond with Jennifer, the rebellious daughter of a violent, alcoholic father. Then the boys stumble on a body washed up on the riverbank - a discovery whose reverberations will result, as the year comes full circle, in a cataclysm that envelops them all...
Novella. After the events of LEES OF LAUGHTER'S END, Bauchelain and Korbal Broach come to a village at the foot of a majestic castle and make acquaintance with its residents, including the man who should have stayed dead, the woman whose prayers should never have been answered, the tax collector everyone ignores, the ex-husband town militiaman who never married, the beachcomber who lives in his own beard, the now singular lizard cat who used to be plural, and the girl who likes to pee in your lap. And of course, hovering over all, the denizen of the castle keep, Lord - Ah, but there lies this tale.
There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight.
Newly crowned Fae Queens Cicely and Rhiannon have embraced their destinies and claimed their thrones. But Myst is rising once more and beginning her final assault on the Golden Wood. As Fae, vampires, and magic-born alike fall under the tide of blood, Cicely and her friends must discover a way to destroy the spidery queen - or face total annihilation.
The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard and Kahlan have survived. But a new menace has attacked them in the Dark Lands. Infected with the essence of death itself, robbed of his power as a war wizard, Richard must race against time to uncover and stop the infernal conspiracy assembling itself behind the wall far to the north. Bereft of magic, Richard has only his sword, his wits, his capacity for insight - and an extraordinary companion, the young Samantha, a healer just coming into her powers.
Clover didn't set out to start a revolution - but that was before she discovered terrifying secrets about The Company. Now, Clover's ragtag resistance group is doing its best to spread the rebellion. Except The Company has special plans for Clover, plans that could risk her life and stop the uprising in its tracks.
Corban flees his homeland searching for peace, but the agents of Rhin and roaming bands of giants hound his every step. Veradis leaves the battleground and rushes to his King's side but his duty weighs heavily upon him. Maquin seeks only revenge, but pirate slavers and the brutal world of pitfighting stand in his way. Nathair becomes embroiled in the wars of the west as Queen Rhin marches against King Owain. The need to find the cauldron of the giants drives him on. Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.
New York PI and Other specialist Shiarra Waynest wakes up in a windowless room, the prisoner of a vampire slave trader. But although she's desperate to escape, Shia needs some answers too. Her friends are in danger. There are some betrayers and spies among them. And even if she can figure out what's going on and somehow get a message out, she's still a captive of the worst kind.
In the wake of her older sister's suicide, Finn Sullivan and her father move to a quaint town in upstate New York populated with socialites, hippies, and dramatic artists. It holds bright possibilities - and dark enigmas, including the devastatingly attractive Jack Fata, scion of one of the town's most powerful families. As she begins to settle in, Finn discovers that beneath its pretty, placid surface, the town and its denizens - especially the Fata family - wield an irresistible charm and dangerous power, a tempting and terrifying blend of good and evil, magic and mystery.
At Sept-Tours, the ancestral home of vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont, Matthew and historian-witch Diana Bishop reunite with the characters from A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.
A revolution has taken over the government of the United States and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. But now this bright, green new world is ruled by a dictatorship and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them are an increasing number of rebels. Cracks are beginning to show in the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma's absolute power as new weapons are developed by the old corporate powers and strange reports of mutants filter through the government's censorship.
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself - but she doesn't remember any of them. Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who claim to be friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, and that her memories may return in time. But, for her own sake - so they claim - they refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state.
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!
With access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now. Because now a perfectly good business model based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on.
A story about technology becomes a personal quest into a changed world and the pursuit of a secret from the past. A secret about a missing mother, a secret that could hide a murder.
A genetically modified corn can repel all pests. But it also, unknowingly, contains the DNA of a rare species of fungus that is invasive, virulently infectious, and very deadly. In the small town of Sutter Creek, Illinois a container of the seeds has been planted. But this year's crop won't taste like any other -- this year's crop will eat you alive.
On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon - from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic-to prevent her from wearing the crown.
The hunt for an all-powerful weapon of the older gods leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland. Somewhere in this kill zone is a dead man with the answers Stark needs.
The best speculative fiction published by Canadian writers in the 2013 calendar year.
Jonah Kirk tells of his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever.
Paul Carlson, a brilliant young scientist, is summoned from his laboratory job to the remote Indonesian island of Flores to collect DNA samples from the ancient bones of a strange, new species of tool user unearthed by an archaeological dig. The questions the find raises seem to cast doubt on the very foundations of modern science, which has proven the world to be only 5,800 years old, but before Paul can fully grapple with the implications of his find, the dig is violently shut down by paramilitaries.
Carrera has provoked the Zhong Guo mercilessly, infuriating their ruling Empress. He needs the Zhong in the war, to buck up the Taurans to continue the war to its bitterest end. But to get to Carrera, the Zhong must take the Isla Real, the strongest island fortress on two worlds.
A new collection of her fantasy stories. Illustrated by Shelley Jackson.
After discovering the third murder victim with the chest cracked open and heart removed, Scotland Yard sends for supernatural specialist Sir Maurice Newbury and his determined assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes. They deduce that the killings may be the work of an apparently immortal woman, a mercenary known as the Executioner.
Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.
Winter is coming - it's time for a new calendar - maybe one with twelve illustrations by Donato Giancola, drawn from the SONG OF ICE AND FIRE?
To Captain Lee Harden, Project Hometown feels like a distant dream and the completion of his mission seems unattainable. Wounded and weaponless, he has stumbled upon a group of survivors that seems willing to help. But a tragedy in the group causes a deep rift to come to light and forces him into action. In the chaos of the world outside, Lee is pursued by a new threat: someone who will stop at nothing to get what he has.
For over a year Joanne has been fighting the Master - the world's most abiding evil. She's sacrificed family, friendships, even watched potential futures fade away - and now the Master is bringing the final battle to Joanne's beloved Seattle. Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne's growth come to her doorstep. Before the end, she'll mourn, rejoice - and surrender everything for the hope of the world's survival. She'll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.
Ten months after vampires revealed their existence to the mortals of Chicago, they are enjoying a celebrity status. It is up to new vampire Merit to reconnect with her upper class family and act as liaison between humans and bloodsuckers and keep the unsavory aspects of vampire life out of the media. Someone does not want peace between humans and vampires--someone with an ancient grudge.
Madison Spencer, the liveliest, snarkiest dead girl in the universe, having somewhat reluctantly escaped from Hell, now wanders the Purgatory that is Earth as a ghostly spirit, seeking her do-gooding celebrity parents, fighting the malign control of Satan, recounting the disgracefully funny (to us, anyway) encounter with her grandfather in a fetid highway rest stop in Upstate New York when she...oh, never mind, and climaxing in a rendezvous with destiny on the new, totally plastic continent in the Pacific called, not at all accidentally, Madlantis.
At the heart of the city Erenthrall is the Nexus, the hub of the magical ley line system that powers the city. A rebel organization seeks to destroy the ley system, and two people are caught in the chaos: Kara Tremain, a young magical Wielder who discovers the forbidden truth behind the Nexus' magic, and Alan Garrett, a recruit in the ruling Baron's guard, who learns that the city holds more mysteries and danger than they could've imagined.
Three sections, each in its own alternate history universe. The first section is set in the aftermath of the Civil War, in a world in which the Queen of the North has negotiated a two-nation settlement. The second, taking place in northwestern Massachusetts, investigates a secret project during World War II, in a time somewhat like the present. The third is set in the near-future United States, with aliens from history.
As populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds in the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption, Sally is asked by her father to help trace an advanced alien technology. Meanwhile U. S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an expedition to the outer limits of the far Long Earth. And Joshua has become embroiled in the plight of the Next: the super-bright post-humans who are beginning to emerge from their 'long childhood' in the community called Happy Landings.
Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. Then their king falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows and for reasons Coe cannot understand she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.
The sequel to BLUE REMEMERED EARTH. It is a thousand years in the future. Mankind is making its way out into the universe on massive generation ships.
When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she's never witnessed, with a skill she's never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including mysterious writing appearing on the patient's skin and strange voices issuing from her mouth, even her doctors start to wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated, frightened, and at the end of her rope, the patient's sister reluctantly turns to Harper Blaine to discover who - or what - is occupying her sister's body.
When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors. It is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky.
It's zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs and undead trafficking to rescue her friends -- and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father, Battle Lord to King Janue, left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order to be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. Vaelin's rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. But he is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.
The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. He is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries. While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl. Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.
For nearly ten years, the Roman Empire has fought ceaselessly to strengthen its hold over Britannia. But opposition from native tribes led by the ruthless warrior Caratacus threatens to destroy everything. Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro are summoned by Governor Ostorius to Londinium. Tasked with leading a newly formed cavalry cohort into the heartland of Wales, they must destroy the growing resistance. But with Caratacus hatching increasingly ambitious plans and disorder threatening from within Macro and Cato's own ranks, this final test will push the soldiers to their limits.
The client for the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting - and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you're in business with him, there's no backing out. Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It's a piece of something larger. Something sinister. Karyn's crew and even Sobell himself are about to find out just how powerful it is...and how powerful it may yet become.
When her brother is killed in battle by Lieutenant Kris Longknife, Vicky Peterwald, daughter of the Emperor, must change her life from one of pampered privilege to one of military discipline. Though the lessons are hard-learned, Vicky masters them with help from an unexpected source: Kris Longknife.
A young wife disappears in the night, never to be seen again. There is no evidence of kidnapping - in fact, everything indicates that she left on purpose. Her husband, a brilliant police detective, cannot believe this - but he also can't find her. Flynn Carroll's lost love becomes his obsession. He begins amassing a file of similar cases nationwide. His conclusion is unavoidable: somebody is taking people and making it look like they walked out on their own.
Hugo nominee. The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct - for the fourth time - due to its fragile nature. Metahuman Krina Alizond-114 is on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. They each possess half of the Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value and power. En route she is captured by pirates, led by the enigmatic Count Rudi who suspects the truth of her search. But what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole - and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale.
Employees of a merchant bank in London are showing strange signs of infection - unusual symptoms like super speed and strength, mind control, an extreme allergy to sunlight, and an unquenchable thirst for blood. As Howard's department at the Laundry idles away, watching Buffy reruns and debating how to stop the rash of vampirism, he uncovers a bloodcurdling conspiracy between men and monsters.
Steampunk space opera. The Armadas of the universe set sail for the next dimension! Will M. Francisco Fabrigas -- scientist, explorer, 'dreamer' (fool), and perhaps the greatest human of all ages (fool) -- with his shipful of slave children and mysterious stowaways -- succeed?
A decade has passed since Pittsburgh was reduced to ash. But survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past, reliving his lost life by immersing in a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh. Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cases long grown cold, but when he discovers glitches in the code surrounding a crime scene - the body of a woman abandoned in a muddy park that he's convinced someone tried to delete from the Archive. He tracks the murder through a web of deceit that takes him from the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, and into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than he could ever have imagined.
In Cornwall they have seen magic rise - in an angel of death and endless, unseasonal snow. Across the ocean, on a remote Canadian island, the blood and offerings and smoke of England seem nothing more than distant rumours of hysteria. Until the girl disappears. And the whale comes. And the Plague spreads. And nothing is as it was before.
The Nazis fortify thin lines with Hungarian and Romanian troops. England, finding its footing after the suspicious death of Winston Churchill and a coup d'etat, fights back in Europe and on the seas of the North Atlantic. Jews fight on both sides of the war - in secret in German uniform, openly in Spain, France, and Russia. Into the standoff come new killing tools, from tanks to bazookas. In the Pacific, Japan prepares bombs filled with macabre biological concoctions to be dropped on Hawaii.
October 2011. While West Berlin enjoys all the trappings of capitalism, to the east the GDR is facing bankruptcy. Its only hope lies in economic talks with the West, but then an ally of the GDR's chairman is found murdered - and all the clues suggest that his killer came from within the Stasi. Detective Martin Wegener is assigned to the case, but, with the future of East Germany hanging over him, Wegener must work with the West German police if he is to find the killer, even if it means investigating the Stasi themselves.
Charles de Lint, Stephen King, Jane Haddam, Paolo Bacigalupi and Harlan Ellison are among those represented.
Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead. He will run any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who is touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles. On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant king with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race.
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane. When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.
Emma wakes with her memory wiped clean. Her husband, Declan - a powerful and seductive man - narrates the story of her past, but Emma's dreams contradict him. They show her a war, a camp where girls are trained to be wives, and love for another man. Something inside her warns her not to speak of those things to Declan, but the line between her dreams and reality is about to shatter forever.
Captain Marcus d'Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire's colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. Then a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert. To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds. The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order.
The ailing king of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he passes, his daughter Raesina Orboan will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for those who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom. And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesina completely at his mercy - and that could throw the nation into chaos.
The transhumanists are attempting to use the chaos of the American Civil War to escape the Observer Effect: the immutable law that recorded history cannot be changed. Now it is the last days of the Confederacy, and the Fall of Richmond looms. In the Shenandoah Valley, in the region later known as Mosby's Confederacy, insurgency brews, and the time travelers must join the raiders to prevent a transhumanist trap from dooming the mission from the start. Yet human freedom is ultimately on the line in both the past and the future, and the leader of a secret slave underground fighting for liberty possesses an incredible secret that may change Jason's fate - and that of the future itself - forever.
Bobby Dollar, the angel sometimes known as Doloriel, is off to hell with the impossible mission to rescue his girlfriend, a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. She is held by Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell, who'd like nothing better than to get his hands on Bobby Dollar.
As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He's got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they're going to have to pick a side. It's a choice they'll be staking their lives on. Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed. When the smoke clears, who will be left standing? Stand-alone conclusion to the series.
Cobra Merrick Moreau is on a secret mission to a world of humans enslaved by Troft masters. There the Troft force whole villages, even children, into life and death struggles served up for Troft entertainment. But the game-masters are in for a rude surprise. Rebellion is at hand, and once again, Cobras lead the fight for freedom.
Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory. But as the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain the love - or else the destruction of the one woman he desires. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall. And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it.
Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. She's struggling to keep her business afloat, dealing with pack affairs, and preparing for an attack from an ancient god-like being. Then, when a Master of the Dead is found murdered at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given 24 hours to hunt down the killer - or she may find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear.
Serene Galahad will do anything to prevent Saul's escape from Argus Station. Earth's ruthless dictator aims to crush her enemy in a terrifying display of interstellar violence. Meanwhile, The Scourge limps back to earth, its crew slaughtered, its mission to annihilate Saul a disaster. There are survivors, but while one seeks Galahad's death, Clay Ruger will negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity's greatest prize - seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen gene-bank data will come at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity's future?
Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters.
The madness surrounding entombed secrets of an ancient race puts Kane and his allies on a death chase across the African subcontinent. Facing relentless attack from winged hell beasts and marauding militia, the rebels are forced into an unholy alliance with a deadly foe. Only the dark goddess spawned of humanity's most brutal overlord can challenge a superhuman interloper and navigate an ancient ziggurat that guards a nightmare.
During a miserable weekend at a friend's wedding, eager to forget about her disastrous breakup and stalled dissertation, Nora Fischer wanders off and somehow finds herself in another realm. There she meets the glamorous Ilissa - who introduces Nora to a decadent new world - and her gorgeous son Raclin. But when the elegant veneer of this dreamland shatters, Nora finds herself in a fairy tale gone incredibly wrong. And the only way she can survive is by learning real magic herself.
No longer the purview of esoteric readers, weird fiction is enjoying wide popularity. Chiefly derived from early 20th-century pulp fiction, its remit includes ghost stories, the strange and macabre, the supernatural, fantasy, myth, philosophical ontology, ambiguity, and a healthy helping of the outre. Contributing authors include Jeffrey Ford, Sofia Samatar, Joseph S. Pulver Sr, John Langan, Richard Gavin, and W. H. Pugmire.
Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. But then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman's flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren't wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet but with each step he takes, he finds helping some means harming others. Will it all end, as 80 years of superhero fiction suggest, in a meaningless, explosive slugfest?
Set in the world of FLESH AND SPIRIT. After his family is killed and his fortune lost, young pureblood sorcerer Lucian de Remeni is forced to use his magical gift of portraiture in service of the coroner to identify suspicious deaths. But it is the murder of his own family that Lucian is driven to investigate, putting him in dire peril.
His sister murdered, his best friend dead, and married to the patron saint of death, Santa Muerte, necromancer Eric Carter never imagined things could get so bad. Until now. While searching for a way to break Santa Muerte's hold over him, Carter finds himself the target of a psychopath who can steal anyone's form, powers and memories. Now Carter has to change the game and go from hunted to hunter.
15 year old Mara Holdfast faces new perils as she struggles to understand and control her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic - and to tear magic from those around her. Then an act of brutality tips Mara dangerously close to madness. And when she is caught in a devastating battle, Mara comes face-to-face with the very thing she may become.
It's 1910 and the British rule the subcontinent with an iron fist - and with strange technology fuelled by a power source known as Annapurnite - discovered in the foothills of Mount Annapurna. The Russians and Chinese, in a political confrontation known as The Greater Game, continually attempt to learn the secret of this technology. Now 18 year old Janisha Chaterjee has discovered a strange device which leads her toward the Himalayas. When Russians spies and the evil priest Durja Das find out about the device, the chase is on to apprehend Janisha before she can reach the mountains.
Kes is a professional dominatrix who has become a celebrity attraction at a palatial dungeon called Tryst. One of Kes's most devoted clients is the infamous interplanetary political operative Janus, the last man standing when his business fell apart on Selmun III, and now a major cog in Lyndir's political machine. When a highpowered imperial authority decides she wants Janus out of the way, the seductive domna Kes is the most logical avenue. Imprisoned, altered against her will, and turned into a brutal weapon by the highly experimental Splintegrate cloning technology, Kes is at war with herself as everything she holds dear falls apart around her.
Gamer PerfectQuestion fights for ColaCorp in WarWorld, an online combat sport arena where mega-corporations field entire armies in the battle for real world global advertising-space dominance. Within the immense virtual battlefield, players and bots are high-tech grunts, using drop-ships and state-of-the-art assault rifles to attack the enemy.But times are tough and the rent is due, and when players need extra dough, there's always the Black, an illegal open source tournament where the sick and twisted desires of the future are given free rein in The Westhavens, a gothic dungeon fantasy world.
In Malcolm Cross's ORBITAL DECAY, the team in the Space Station watch helplessly as the world is all but wiped out. Exiled from Earth, astronaut Alvin Burrows must solve the mystery of the "Pandora" experiment, even as someone on the station takes to murdering the crew one by one. In C. B. Harvey's DEAD KELLY, fugitive and convict Kelly McGuire returns to the lawless city of Melbourne to be revenged on his old gangmates, and - ultimately - to reveal his own terrible destiny. In Adrian Tchaikovsky's THE BLOODY DELUGE Katy Lewkowitz and her friend and old tutor Dr. Emil Weber, fleeing the depredations of the so-called New Teutonic Order, take refuge among the strangely anachronistic survivors at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Western Poland. A battle of faith ensues, that could decide the future of humankind.
The company of heroes has thwarted the plan of the power-hungry basilissa to conquer Anfractus, but not without a cost. Andrew's character, Roldan, died, leaving him cut off from the mystical realm without any memory of its existence. If the others reveal the park's magical nature to Andrew, his banishment will become permanent. So they must hide their nighttime adventures - and hope that his memory returns. Pursued by the basilissa's forces, the rest of the group keeps a low profile in Anfractus until they uncover an unholy alliance between their enemy and the silenoi, satyrlike creatures who hunt humans - an alliance that threatens to cross the barrier into the real world.
When the wyrd-woman warned Ivor he was going to meet a monster, he didn't believe her. He thought he had worse things to worry about. He was wrong about both.
As tensions mount over the risks of turning the ship around and starting the long voyage home, a new complication arises. There is the prospect of constructing a messaging system that will give the Peerless news of its own future. While some see this as a guarantee of safety and a chance to learn of their mission's ultimate success, others are convinced that the knowledge will be oppressive.
Agatha Heterodyne returns to her ancestral home, the warped little town of Mechanicsburg. There she must claim her inheritance by convincing the artificial intelligence that animates her family's castle that she is, in fact, the new Heterodyne. But this apparently simple task is made complicated in several ways. An imposter claiming to be the legitimate heir appears. The Empire is convinced that Agatha is the person responsible for the Long War (and to be fair, they are not entirely incorrect). And, worst of all, the Castle itself is insane.
With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy. When the technologically-superior attackers sweep aside the solar system's last defenses, traitorous corporations invite the invaders to land 'security forces'. Caine discovers large and disturbing gaps in human collective memory that might explain both the invasion and the human response.
Pilot Megan Jacinth must find her friend Bash, who she'd left for dead to save her own life. Then she needs Bash's unique skill-set to locate an ancient spacefaring entity. Lastly she must use this Wanderer's knowledge to save human-occupied worlds from an alien incursion. Megan finds Bash, but the person she'd known and loved is a husk of his former self. Bash is also held captive by her greatest enemy, Gregor Tarrant. Tarrant wants the Wanderer too, even more than he wants her life, with motives less pure than her own. And he's close to finding Megan's most closely guarded secret.
From the far reaches of the D'Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved "half-people" into the Empire's heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living. Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives...sooner rather than later.
The immense long-range spaceship Keanu has now reestablished contact with Earth - and discovered that the Reivers have, in fact, taken over the planet, placing most of the population under their dominion. A few scattered pockets of humanity, constantly in danger of being assimilated, have mounted a resistance. As the Reivers prepare a devastating strike against the Architects, Rachel Stewart, who grew up in Keanu, leads a small band of human survivors in an attempt to infiltrate the massive Reiver fortress in the American West. But their only hope for victory may yet be somewhere inside the NEO. If the men and women still in Keanu cannot find it, humanity will be finished. And the galaxy will be next.
Quentin Coldwater, cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams, uncovers the key of a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia, a new Fillory - but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them Quentin will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Your worst school nightmares, as realized in 13 all-new stories from such authors as Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Mike Carey, Thomas Sniegoski, Amber Benson, Rhys Bowen and many more.
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel has managed to save the demonic ever-after from shrinking, but at high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.
Queen Michella is captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans had developed their minds to the point where they could evolve and, in so doing, trigger another Big Bang, wiping out everything. The rogue Xayans thought they succeeded in stopping the ascension, but the orthodox Xayans on Hellhole are nearly ready. Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort.
500 years ago Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books and pull objects from their pages. Gutenberg's power brought him many enemies - including some who have waited centuries for revenge. Now Libriomancer Isaac Vainio, along with psychiatrist Nidhi Shad and dryad bodyguard Lena Greenwood, must stop those enemies from unleashing an evil far darker than any ever before seen.
Masquerading as Tom Badgerlock, Fitz is now married to his childhood sweetheart, Molly, and leading the quiet life of a country squire. Though Fitz is haunted by the disappearance of the Fool, who did so much to shape Fitz into the man he has become, such private hurts are put aside in the business of daily life, at least until the appearance of menacing, pale-skinned strangers casts a sinister shadow over Fitz's past - and his future. Now, to protect his new life, the former assassin must once again take up his old one.
Nine unique stories set in the Dying Earth-esque planet, each story adding new dimension to the universe of Matthew Hughes's Archonate novels.
The drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious young woman who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting trip, the two groups are thrown together. For Fisk and Shoe, two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other - their young comapnion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky.
Sophie Lawson is not as concerned as she should be, in the opnion of fallen angel Alex Grace, at the discovery of a horribly barbecued corpse holding her business card -- or at the sudden glut of earthquakes, wildfires and three-headed dogs.
This is the way the world ends. Again. Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze, the worldspanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land.
People live cheek-by-jowl in sprawling concrete cities; most animals are extinct; and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few. It is a harsh world for an orphan girl like Nadia Stepan, whose bleak childhood is made bearable solely by dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island that is rumored to exist in a faraway place called the Pacific Northwest.
Demoralized, their ship destroyed, Ia's Damned must fight their way out of a planet-bound blockade and back into space. But there is more happening here on Dabin than meets even Ia's inner eye. Some of the Feyori, energy-based beings of vast power and arrogance, are moving to block her efforts under the direction of her counter-faction foe, Miklinn. The Terran Army Division stationed on Dabin is not cooperating with her battle plans. Events are not happening as Ia has foreseen, and too many people are now in grave danger, thanks to alien meddling. All these hardships are threatening to derail Ia's carefully laid plans. The meddlers, however, have made one fatal mistake. They're just making Bloody Mary mad.
Now, beset on all sides by both mortal and supernatural enemies, the Children of Fire realize that their strength and faith will be tested as never before. And their greatest trial will be finding Daemron's Sword, the last of the ancient Talismans, before the entire mortal world is engulfed in the war and chaos that will herald the return of the Slayer.
Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed - freedom from the Guild! But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai. But is their relationship - and the force that makes their union all-powerful - a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a distraction sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?
Mist's very normal life is disrupted when a snowy winter descends upon San Francisco. In quick succession, she is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets...and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years. The normal life for which Mist fought so hard is falling apart. But thankfully, Mist isn't quite so normal herself. She's a Valkyrie, and she's going to need all her skill to thwart Loki's schemes and save modern Earth from the ravages of a battle of the gods.
Rhian, a girl from the Welsh valleys on the run from tragedy and herself, finds a new home in the modern East End of London. As bodies begin to litter the East End streets, the Commission dispatches its best enforcers to deal with the situation. Karla is not human, and Jameson left his humanity behind in pieces in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Rhian makes new friends, dangerous friends; and where Rhian goes, the wolf is always in her shadow, just a heartbeat away.
In a world where death lurks in the shadows, four people must discover how they fit into the world. Nethmi, the gentle princess, who discovers a strength she never knew she had. Dae Ho, the savage warrior,who finds that a lifetime of bravery cannot make up for a single mistake. Eric, who follows his heart only to learn that love can exact a terrible price. And Krish, the humble shepherd, with a destiny he hardly understands and can never accept.
Chloe walks into a bar and blows five years of sobriety. When she wakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, The Wasteland. She discovers people from all times and places have also arrived there. Kitty and Jack, a brother and sister from the Wild West; Edgar, a prohibition bootlegger; Francis, a one-time hippie; Melody, a mentally unbalanced 1950s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist. None know why they arrived there - or if there is way out of a world populated by monsters and filled with corruption.
The fifth and final installment about fae Genny Taylor who works for Spelltrackers.com, run by witches - it pays the rent, lets her do what she's good at (magic and crack it), and it keeps the vamps off her back. Packed with humour, magic, romance, and a few revelations, and the cameo appearence of a few characters from Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant novels.
Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara -- a planet that supplies the galaxy with longevity drugs -- freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for. Stittara's atmosphere is populated with skytubes - gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes' role in the planet's ecology - if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.
He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee's mission...or his methods. Growing tensions between camp leaders are coming to a head, and as Lee struggles amid the dissention and controversy, new revelations about the infected threaten to destroy everything he has worked for.
Working for Grimm isn't Marissa Locks's dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don't have many career options. To pay off her parents' debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she's called on to deal with. Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before.
The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for 200 years by laws enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. Upon receving news of his father's death, Sun Chamber officer Lucan Drakenfeld is called home only to be embroiled in a mystifying case. The King's sister has been found brutally murdered. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld tries to separate superstition from certainty but his determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target.
Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg.
The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation - Ricoletta's top-secret historical research facility. When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them.
Now that Lukan has finally achieved journeyman magician status, he wants to escape from home, family and the University magicians. Needing a goal, he focuses on finding and rescuing his mentor, Master Robb. Gathering together a small band of friends to assist him, he sets out - only to discover that while he can run away from his family, he can't escape the problems that drove him away in the first place.
Sure to be taken up as the newest of literary fads, Darwin, the educated ape here tells his life story to his legions of fans. Featuring chickens, Martians, doodlebugs, the far future, the distant past, Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill, dynamite, more monkeys than you can shake a stick at, barmen, pubs, the end of the world, and more, this is the fourth in Robert Rankin's series of steampunk-tinged Victoriana novels featuring the master detective Cameron Bell and his companion Darwin, the educated ape.
In 1995, the CIA made a breakthrough that they hid from the world because it would change everything in modern science - but some secrets can't stay hidden. A rogue force has learned how to make disembodied minds capable of lethal action. Ghosts have been weaponized, and now a Russian general has infiltrated the U.S. with a squad of "berzerkers" - an army that can't be killed because they're already dead. Only one person knew the general's plans, but she died in a car crash. The only person who can communicate with her is the cop who was at her side when she died - and now he must race to stop a force that could end life as we know it.
Susan Calvin is about to enter her second year as a psych resident at the Manhattan Habro teaching hospital when her worst fear comes to pass: her father is dead, apparently murdered. But her grief is soon replaced with shock and horror as the truth about her father - and her own life - is revealed.
Vagandrak is broken, and a new threat has arisen that may defeat even the mighty Iron Wolves. The twisted, deviant Elf Rats have gathered in the toxic realm beyond the White Lion Mountains... swiftly they invade the troubled land of Vagandrak, killing for profit and pleasure. The now-disgraced Iron Wolves are the realm's only hope, but there's a problem. They've been sentenced to death by the insane King Yoon for the dark sorcery in their blood. In the mountains of Zalazar lie the White Towers, pillars of legend said to contain the Heart of the Elves. The Iron Wolves must journey north to steal the Heart, and purify the evil in the land, but the land belongs to the Elves - and they won't give it up without a fight!
Turmoil, sickness, and destruction are sweeping through Europe - and its effects are being felt all the way across the world in Seattle. And Harper Blaine and her lover Quinton suspect that Quinton's father, James Purlis, and his terrifying Ghost Division - are involved.
Wolf Squadron Steve Smith, banding together with what remains of the U.S. Navy, not only plans to survive - he plans to retake the mainland from the infected, starting with North America. The next step: produce a vaccine. But to do that, Wolf Squadron forces led by Smith's terrifyingly precocious daughters Sophia and Faith must venture into a sea of the infected to obtain and secure the needed materials. And if some of the rescued survivors turn out to be more than they seem, Smith just might be able to pull off his plan.
All Kaylin wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. She can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade's latent magic is waking. And it's not the only thing.
Archibald Clare, mentath in the service of Britannia, is about his usual business of solving crimes and restoring public order until a shattering accident places him in the care of Emma Bannon, sorceress Prime, who once served...and now simply remains at home, tending her solarium in reasonably quiet contentment. What Clare needs now is time to recover, and not so incidentally, a measure of calm to repair his faculties of Logic and Reason. Unfortunately, calm and rest will not be found. There is a killer hiding in the sorcerous steamhells of Londinium, stalking the Eastron End and unseaming poor women of a certain reputation.
When one of Heaven's greatest generals is murdered it falls to Remy to discover who - or what - might be responsible for the death. The deeper he digs, the further he goes into a dark world of demonic assassins, secret brothels, and things that are unsettling even to a being who has lived since time began. But it is not in his nature - angelic or human - to stop until he has found the killer, no matter the personal price.
Nikki, a young American expat writer in Japan suffering from OCD, tries to figure out if she's crazy or not while solving a murder that may be part of a war among Japanese deities. She's attacked by a raccoon in a business suit. After a series of blackouts, she's accompanied by a boy that no one else can see, a boy who claims to be a god. Is she really being pursued by Japanese myths - or is she simply going insane? What Nikki does know for sure is that the bodies are piling up, her mother has arrived in Japan to lock her up for the rest of her life - and her novels always end with everyone dead.
Last book in the series. The Seal has been shattered, and the Worm stirs towards the light for the first time in a thousand years. Already it is striking at the surface, voraciously consuming everything its questing tendrils touch. Faced with this threat, Seda knows that only the most extreme of solutions can lock the Worm back in the dark once again. But if she will go to such appalling lengths to save the world from the Worm, then who will save the world from her?
Abasio and Xulai and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle. Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far-off world of Lom gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.
The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient animal gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight. If he ever wants to go home again, he'd better find his missing partner before they do. But if he's caught out after dark, Elim risks succumbing to the old and sinister truth in his own flesh - and discovering just how far he'll go to survive the night.
Cal's nightmarish monster side is growing ever stronger, changing Cal physically as well as mentally. Which is exactly what Grimm - Cal's savage doppelganger - wants. And when a covert supernatural organization decides that it's time to put Cal down before he threatens pretty much everything else in existence, the brothers find themselves in a fight they actually might lose.
Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patenthoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by islandsized alien creatures, will be her last.
On a voyage to New Earth, the starship Rolling Thunder is powered by an energy no one understands, except for its eccentric inventor Jubal Broussard. But after returning from a state of suspended animation, Jubal makes a shocking announcement - the ship must stop or everyone will die. As the ship's inhabitants are torn into two opposing groups - those who believe and those who doubt - it will be up to Jubal's twin daughters, Cassie and Polly, to stop a mutiny.
As the Bottom-Dwellers' contramagic eats away at the magic of the dragons that helps protect the world above, a former dragon-riding hero gathers a ragtag group to form a new dragon brigade. Their high-flying heroics will be to no avail, though, unless they can somehow uncover forbidden knowledge, long hidden by the Church, without which they will never be able to prevent the world's destruction.
When a rare Blue Moon upsets the magical balance in the city, Detective Kate Prospero and her Magical Enforcement colleagues pitch in to help Babylon PD keep the peace. Between potions going haywire and everyone's emotions running high, every cop in the city is on edge. But the moon's impact is especially strong for Kate who's wrestling with guilt over falling off the magic wagon. After a rogue wizard steals dangerous potions from the local covens, Kate worries their suspect is building a dirty magic bomb. Her team must find the anarchist rogue before the covens catch him, and make sure they defuse the bomb before the Blue Moon deadline. Failure is never an option, but success will require Kate to come clean about her secrets.
Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility - and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission. Dresdemona "Dred" Devos hasn't survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate's armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down.
Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize that she is must a pawn in some kind of game, all her actions controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. Then she meets a fascinating outsider who claims to be a game moderator, and she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.
After a captain in Her Majesty's Guard and his young wife are brutally murdered in their flat, master sleuth Colin Pendragon and his partner Ethan Pruitt are summoned to Buckingham Palace. Major Hampstead demands discretion at all costs to preserve the reputation of the Guard and insists Pendragon participate in a cover-up by misleading the press.
On the road to Vermont for her weekend away, she impulsively took the exit for a town called Dale. For some reason, the area felt familiar, especially the big white barn she passed on the way to town. What came next was the biggest adventure in Maggie's life. Her experience as an actor landed her a job in the summer stock company of the Crossroads Theatre, housed in that same white barn, but none of her professional credits could prepare her for the magic that happened on this stage. Or for the theatre's unorthodox staff, especially its moody and mysterious director. That staff and stage will soon become family to Maggie, but all the magic in the world might not be enough to keep them safe - with threats ranging from interfering board presidents to imprisonment in the realm of Faerie.
Taken captive on a ship in the former Caribbean, Ryan and his companions must work as part of the crew or perish at the hands of the captain. But the mutant in charge of the vessel is the least of their worries. Each day is a struggle for survival as they face rivalry among the sailors, violent attacks and deadly storms. Worse a powerful agent is hunting the ship to destroy everyone on board.
The dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon - a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne's trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies - to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.
Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japan's elite narcotics unit - and with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and he'll lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the mask - or of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields.
Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself - first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it - stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem - and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards; half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him "Bambi," but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
A collection of new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson.
The Incrementalists is a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They have a very modest mission - to make the world better, just a little bit at a time. Their ongoing argument about how to do this is older than most of their individual memories. Phil, whose personality has stayed stable through more incarnations than anyone else's, has loved Celeste - and argued with her - for most of the last four hundred years. But now Celeste, recently dead, embittered, and very unstable, has changed the rules - not incrementally, and not for the better.
Andrew Ranulf Blankenship is a recovering alcoholic and a practicing warlock, able to speak with the dead through film. His house is a maze of sorcerous booby traps and escape tunnels, as yours might be if you were sitting on a treasury of Russian magic stolen from the Soviet Union thirty years ago. Now a monster straight from the pages of Russian folklore is coming for him, and frost and death are coming with her.
An old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Captain Ivan Vorpatril to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate. Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret which could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril
After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn't have the power to stop.
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the warscarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened. Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue. The dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers - the Queen's spies and assassins - and her cabinmate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.
On the Isle of Wight, a colony of survivors wakes to a world plunged into darkness. Before long, the triffids, thought safely penned on the mainland, attack.
In the book-filled, artfully messy Paris apartment of the famous French intellectuals Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, an astonishing discovery is made - the grisly, butchered remains of Celestine, partially eaten. Her husband, sought by police for questioning, is nowhere to be found. Naomi Seberg, a young journalist, embarks upon a quest to uncover the truth of Celestine's death and Aristide's role in it. She travels to Tokyo to interview the suspected cannibal, while her boyfriend, Nathan Math, a medical journalist, seduces the cancer patient of a controversial Hungarian doctor and contracts a sexually transmitted disease. He traces the famous discoverer of the diseases to Forest Hill Village in Toronto, where he encounters the most interesting journalistic subject of all.
Omnibus of the SPECIES IMPERATIVE series.
Exploring the theory that media is the real opium of the masses: stories by J. G. Ballard, Lisa Tuttle, Robert Silverberg, and William Gibson, among others, combine noir city elements with thought-provoking scenarios that look at the future of television, radio, and the internet.
Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as "the Land." Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance. The climax of the entire THOMAS COVENANT CHRONICLES.
All five of David Drake's time travel stories collected for the first time in one volume, including dinosaur tale "Time Safari."
The supercomputer Zentrum maintains stasis on Duisberg, assisted by the periodic barbarian invasions known as the Blood Winds, soon to blow again. But Abel Dashian, helped by the spirit of Raj Whitehall and the supercomputer Center, must conquer the very land of his origin and attempt to destroy the computer A.I. "god" who has doomed his world to an everlasting Dark Age.
Elizabeth Barnabus is a consulting detective. More accurately, she is a consulting detetive when disguised as her brother, the two of them long on the run from a family debt. Hired to find a missing aristocrat, Elizabeth and her brother run afoul of both nations of the divided England, including the all-powerful Patent Office, which manages the careful detante between the countries.
The ice is melting, and the menacing and inaccessible land of Assail is at last yielding its secrets. The Crimson Guard arrives there, drawn by the promise of answers to mysteries, answers that Shimmer, second in command, wonders should even be sought. Arriving also, part of an uneasy alliance of Malazan fortune-hunters and Letherii soldiery, is the bard Fisher kel Tath. And with him is a Tiste Andii who was found washed ashore and who cannot remember his past life, yet who commands far more power than he really should. Also venturing north is said to be a mighty champion, a man who once fought for the Malazans, the bearer of a sword that slays gods: Whiteblade.
In this volume, a select group of Wolfe's fellow authors pay tribute with entirely new stories written specifically to honour him. The book features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.
Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction -- from twenty of today's leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries - among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling...
The zombie plague has gone airborne, and the conspiracy that began it all reaches the boiling point. Having been ambushed in San Francisco, which is now fully engulfed in the zombie plague, Ashley and the wild cards must pursue the enemy to San Diego. There they will discover a splinter of their own organization, the Dolofonoi tou Zontanous Nekrous, which seeks to weaponize the plague. But that isn't the worst news. The plague has gone airborne, making it transferable without physical contract. It cannot be controlled by anyone, so reports of the zombie swarm are coming in from across the United States - and across the world.
The fugitive Osgaardan prince, Harkeld, has outrun his father's soldiers, but he can't outrun the assassins who seek him - Fithians, trained in the art of killing. Even the Sentinel mages who guide and guard him are no match for Fithian steel. Faced with the ever-present threat of death, Harkeld must learn to use his fire magic. Or die. Meanwhile, dark plots are unfolding in Osgaard's gold-tiled palace, snaring Princess Brigitta and those she loves. And in the eastern kingdoms, young orphan Jaume journeys with a band of mysterious and dangerous fighters, heading north for a purpose he does not understand.
Conclusion to David Gemmell's TROY series. Somewhere in the ancient City lives the emperor. A small number have come to the desperate conclusion that the only way to stop the war is to end the emperor's unnaturally long life. They pin their hopes on one man - Shuskara, the emperor's former general who believes the time has come for him to engage in one final battle to free the City from the creature who dwells at its heart, pulling the strings that keep the land drenched in gore.
Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be - sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you "do just this one thing for them." And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics. But Cent isn't easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She's going to make some changes in the world.
In a quiet London suburb, four university students participating in an experiment inside a reputed haunted house hold a seance that goes terribly wrong. What - or who - ever they summoned has taken their minds away, leaving them empty shells. Enter the Ghost Finders, ready to confront an enraged poltergeist for the students' very souls. All in a day's work - except the team doesn't know that in another part of the city, a different entity has also breached the threshold between worlds. And this time what is at stake is not four lives - but the very existence of all humanity.
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every twelve years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest." Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.
Power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price.That time is now.To save her best friend Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever-after and our own world from utter destruction at the hands of fanatics, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. End of the series.
Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, is employed by the mysterious Fear Institute to lead an expedition into the Dreamlands, an expedition to hunt and destroy the dread Phobic Animus, the font of terrors, the very source of all the world's fear. They will enter exotic lands where magic is common and monsters abound. Cabal will encounter witches, vile abominations, and far too many zebras. And, when they finally come close to their goal, Cabal will have to face his own nightmares. But for a man who communes easily with devils and the dead, surely there is nothing left to fear.
Gray Marshall's deep talent for magick has won him a place at Oxford's Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace - and without a trace of his power. He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender, working in the gardens of Callender's country estate and hoping to recover his abilities. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor's daughter.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy. As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Anne Walker has been kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex Verus and his apprentice Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her. But another shadow from the past has resurfaced - Alex's former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is...
In 2052 a secret research facility in the Vatican is recruiting scientists for a mission to restore the flora of the irradiated territories. The institute claims to have time travel. When Domenica's sometime-lover tells her that he knows her future but that she must decide her own fate, she enlists despite his ambiguous warning. The Middle Ages hold Domenica spellbound. She immerses herself in the mysteries, puzzles, and peculiarities of a culture foreign to her, though she risks changing the past with effects far more disastrous than radiation poisoning. Perhaps there is more than one Domenica, and more than one catastrophe.
Charley Davidson's beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he's dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes' childhood happens to land in her lap, she can't help herself. She opens it...and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can't get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed...
Los Angeles is descending into chaos, and a new evil - the Wildfire Ripper - is stalking the city. No ordinary killer, the Ripper takes Stark deep into a conspiracy that stretches from Earth to Heaven and Hell. He's also the only person alive who may know how to keep the world from going extinct. The trouble is, he's also Stark's worst enemy - the only man in existence Stark would enjoy killing twice.
Aliens have landed in New York. A deadly cloud of spores has already infected and killed the inhabitants of two worlds. Now that plague is heading for Earth, and threatens humans and aliens alike. Can either species be trusted to find the cure? Geneticist Marianne Jenner is immersed in the desperate race to save humanity, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Siblings Elizabeth and Ryan are strident isolationists who agree only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Marianne's youngest, Noah, is a loner addicted to a drug that constantly changes his identity. But between the four Jenners, the course of human history will be forever altered.
The mad Shogun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The toxic blood lotus flower continues to ravage the land, the deadlands splitting wider by the day. The machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild conspire to renew the nation's broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously - by endorsing a new Shogun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.
The final and definitive short story collection of award-winning SF author Jay Lake.
Green is hounded by the gods of Copper Downs and the gods of Kalimpura, who have laid claim to her and her children. She never wanted to be a conduit for the supernatural, but when she killed the Immortal Duke and created the Ox god with the power she released, she came to their notice. Now she has sworn to retrieve the two girls taken hostage by the Bittern Court, one of Kalimpura's rival guilds. But the Temple of the Lily Goddess is playing politics with her life.
An Eldrennai prince carelessly breaks a millenia-long truce with the Eldrennai's warrior-slaves, the Aern, by setting up a surprise museum exhibit containing sentient suits of Aernese armor left behind, never to be touched. Through their still-existing connection with their ancient armor, the Aern know instantly, and Kholster, first-born of the Aern must find a way to keep his oaths, even those made in haste and anger. While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor Rae'en, his troops travel by sea, heading for war.
Dev Harmer, reluctant agent of Interstellar Security Solutions, wakes up in a newly cloned host body on the planet Alighieri, ready for action. Colonies of miners dig for the precious helium-3 regolith deposits in Alighieri's crust. Polis, the AI race who are humankind's great galactic rivals, want to claim the fiery planet's mineral wealth for their own. All that stands between them and this goal is Dev.
Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment's most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy - the savviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way - just couldn't get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling's life. But Channel Blue's ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. In just three weeks, their TV show will go out with a bang. The trouble is, so will Earth.
Anthology of the best horror from African American writers, including Tananarive Due, Michael Boatman and Terence Taylor.
Toby is doing great. She has friends, powerful allies, and even the new Queen of the Mists is on her side, going so far as to name her a hero of the realm. Things are on track - which means that things are about to start going very, very wrong. Because winter is here, and everything is about to change.
In the distant past, the Kingdom of Harcia was torn apart by royal brothers who could not accept a lesser inheritance. Now, the consequences of their actions are coming to light. Balfre, son of Aimery, Duke of Harcia, is his father's heir. But he has dreams of a crown, not a coronet. He dreams himself the king of a Harcia reunited, but his brother Grefin, their father's favorite, stands in his way. Harald, debauched Duke of neighboring Clemen, is feared and despised by his nobles. He thinks he can trust his bastard-born cousin Ederic - but Ederic fears for the duchy and will do what he must to save it. And caught between dangers is Harald's infant son, Liam. Stolen by his nurse, vanished into the lawless Marches, he is the spark that will grow to set the world on fire.
15 year old runaway Holly Sykes is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics - and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly's life, affecting all the people Holly loves - even the ones who are not yet born. From the author of THE CLOUD ATLAS.
The Camp Ryder hub is broken. Lee is nowhere to be found, and his allies are scattered across the state, each of them learning that their missions will not be as easy as they thought. Inside the walls of Camp Ryder, a silent war is brewing, between those few that still support Lee's vision of rebuilding, and the majority that support Jerry's desire for isolation. But this war will not remain silent for long. And in this savage world, everyone will have to make a choice. To keep their morals. Or keep their lives.
Matilda Case is unique in the world - a girl pieced together from spare parts. Or so she believes until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all. Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are also tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death - and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece.
Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous instalments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.
Lieutenant Lord Thomas Kinago sets out from the Imperium homeworld for the Autocracy of the Uctu on a secret mission to discover how prohibited goods, including a small fighter ship, are being smuggled into the Autocracy. His trusted aid Parsons must do all he can to keep his leader on course. But the smuggling ring is quite determined to cancel Thomas's visit before he can cancel them. As usual, it's up to Parsons to find a way to lead his hapless master to victory - or at least keep him from getting himself killed by a very determined enemy.
The dragons of Glwad are dying. Persecuted for over two millennia, they're a shrunken echo of the proud creatures they once were. And yet in new life springs hope. Benfro, son of Morgwm the Green, is the first male kitling in a thousand years, and he is marked for great things. Long ago, dragons wrought a terrible wrong to the land, and now is the time for redemption.
Christopher Sinclair is thrown into a world where magic is real - but bought at a terrible price. In an act of desperation he agrees to be drafted into an eternal war, serving as a priest of the Bright Lady, Goddess of Healing. But when Marcius, god of war, offers the only hope of a way home to his wife, Christopher pledges to him instead, plunging the church into turmoil and setting him on a path of violence and notoriety. To win enough power to open a path home, this mild-mannered mechanical engineer must survive duelists, assassins, and the never-ending threat of monsters, with only his makeshift technology to compete with swords and magic.
A complete collection of his shorter fiction.
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very "souls," were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean's depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness. This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
A virus leaves one percent of the population "locked in" - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. It is discovered that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse.
Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city. Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables. Josetta nurses him back to health after he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries. And when she learns the reason he's being hunted, she knows that the truth about his history could endanger not only their love but also their very lives.
New York City child geniuses Louise Mayer and her twin sister Jillian have discovered that they have an older sister, Alexandra, living on the planet of Elfhome, and four siblings still in cryogenic storage at the fertility center. But the frozen embryos are scheduled to be destroyed within six months. As a war breaks out on Elfhome and riots start in New York City, the twins use science and magic to plow over everything standing in their way. But when they come face to face with an ancient evil force, they're soon in over their heads in danger.
Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power he must master before it's too late. An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. But before he can set out to save Kaden, Valyn must survive one horrific final test. At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor's final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. But Adare also believes she knows who murdered her father, and she will stop at nothing - and risk everything - to see that justice is meted out.
Rudi Mackenzie will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void. Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Orlaith and John. Rudi knows this. And as his heir Princess Orlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents' dream.
Princess Orlaith now wields the Sword of the Lady - and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan, who has been pursued to America by a conquering army from Asia. To combat their mutual foe, they need a fabled weapon -- but dreams have revealed that to find it they must pass through the meganecropolis of the City of Angels, the greatest and most perilous of the dead cities. And their relentless enemy will stop at nothing to prevent them from succeeding.
It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border, on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown, navigating new terrain and new challenges, the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In this last installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound or terrifying.
A collection of stories, including two all-new works, featuring Kitty Norville, werewolf DJ and out-of-the-closet supernatural creature.
Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary traveling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who has vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution. Now Dug's on the wrong side of the thousands-strong army he hoped to join.
The follow-up to BLINDSIGHT. Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, a cat's-paw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Now he's trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn't yet found the man she's sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call "The Angels of the Asteroids."
Includes stories by Charles E. Gannon, Timothy Zahn and Joelle Presby. It's rounded out with an all new David Weber authored novella featuring a young Manticoran Royal Navy commander who goes by the name Harrington.
As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin has lost more than just his powers as Prism - he can't use magic at all. Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins, the Broken Eye.
In Solaris Rising 3, we'll be taking SF into the outer reaches of the universe. Aliette de Bodard, Tony Ballantyne, Julie Czerneda, Ken Liu, Alex Dally McFarlane, Gareth L Powell, Adam Roberts, Cat Sparks, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Ian Watson, and Sean Williams are just some of the exciting names set to appear.
Having returned from Hell empty-handed, Bobby ends up back at his job as an angel advocate. That is, until Walter, an old angel friend whom Bobby never thought he'd see again, shows up at the local bar. Turns out that there's corruption hidden within the higher ranks of Heaven and Hell, but the only proof Bobby has is a single feather. Before he knows it, he's in the High Hall of Heavenly Judgement - no longer a bastion for the moral high ground, if it ever was, but instead just another rigged system - on trial for his immortal soul.
19 year old Cassie Klyne lives in a world with an alternate history. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered that for decades human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. Cassie's parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby. For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked. Until now. Because the killers are back. And they're not human.
Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species.
Sequel to IMMORTAL COIL and the COLD EQUATIONS trilogy. Having resigned his commission, Data now works to make his way on an alien world, while also coming to grips with the very human notion of wanting versus having a child. But complicating Data's new life is an unexpected nemesis from years ago on the "U.S.S. Enterprise" - the holographic master criminal Professor James Moriarty.
The unthinkable has happened. Terra has fallen to the traitor forces of Warmaster Horus! Nothing else could explain the sudden disappearance of the Astronomican's guiding light at the heart of the Imperium, or so Roboute Guilliman would believe. Ever the pragmatist, he has drawn all his forces to Ultramar and begun construction of the new empire known as Imperium Secundus.
Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the "Sagittarius" find the Tomol - a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood. The crew of the "Sagittarius" wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they'll need to save themselves - from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is in hiding on Tattoine from the Sith Lords who rule the galaxy and takes great pains to keep to himself. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Continuing the groundbreaking story from "ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS" by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley's legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.
In the second book of the Companions Codex, the latest series in the saga of dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden, we pick up with the fan-favourite storyline of dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his bloody feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows.
Answering the distress call of the Sagittarius which has crashed on the planet following a fierce battle with the Klingons - Captain Atish Khatami and the crew of the Starship Endeavour must now attempt a rescue mission...even as they are locked in battle with the evolving, increasingly malevolent Tomol who, if allowed to escape their home world, pose an imminent threat to the entire galaxy!
Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin's murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover - and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look - a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it's time for revenge - it's time the devil had his due...
A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox. As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven't the Daleks simply killed the humans? Searching for answers, the Doctor meets 'Cinder', a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey and set in chain events that will change everything. And everyone.
Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Grey Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena. Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens.
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects' lives. But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine's machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off.
Straightforward or fiendish, easy or horrendously difficult, all 3000 questions in this book have one thing in common - a certain traveller through time and space. From Ace to Zoe and Axons to Zygons, it covers every single one of the almost 250 Doctor Who stories that have been broadcast since 1963. So put on your brainy specs, pour yourself a nice glass of carrot juice and prepare to discover if you have the knowledge to graduate from Time Lord Academy...
Dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor's loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do'Urden dead.
The ultimate collector' book for fans of Firefly, detailing in-depth information about Dr Simon Tam and including artwork, diagrams and notes from other crew members. Firefly Journals - The Journal of Dr Simon Tam is an in-universe title from the TV show Firefly. The journal, presented as an artefact from the show, contains elaborate information about the medical procedures that Simon has performed, his growing feelings for Kaylee, as well as his regular confrontations with Jayne and Mal.