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.
The Hundred Years War. As the armies mass around Crecy the rivalries between Lucifer, Satan and God become ever deeper and more violent.
6 short works.
The first of three volumes collecting ALL of the Psychotechnic League future history stories, including short stories never before collected in a Psychotechnic League volume.
Morgan, a former Guardian of the Peace, believes the eradication of magic will lead to stability and lasting world peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with magical ability. The Red Tower is their last hope. Sheltered from a world that fears them, the students there are taught to control their wild and powerful gifts. But unrest is stirring both outside the walls of the Red Tower and within.
Tool, a half-man/half-beast designed for combat, is capable of so much more than his creators had ever dreamed. He has gone rogue from his pack of bioengineered "augments" and emerged a victorious leader of a pack of human soldier boys. But he is hunted relentlessly by someone determined to destroy him, who knows an alarming secret. Tool has found the way to resist his genetically ingrained impulses of submission and loyalty toward his masters...
The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell.
The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is the Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the bodyguard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.
After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie Redlantern must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela - the mother of them all - began. It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever.
Something alien is stirring in the depths of foldspace, something bigger than the squabbles between megacorporations and independents. Foldspace visions are supposed to be a figment of the imagination. At least, that's what they teach in flight school. Ben Benjamin knows it's not true. Meeting a void dragon was bad enough, but now there's the Nimbus to contend with. Are the two connected? Why do some ships transit the Folds safely and others disappear without a trace?
When hostilities between factions threaten to explode into a shooting war on the moon of Yakutsk, the two major galactic military powers, Central Corps and PSI, send ships to defuse the situation. But when a strange artifact is discovered, events are set in motion that threaten the entire colonized galaxy - including former Central Corps Commander Elena Shaw. Now an engineer on a commercial shipping vessel, Elena finds herself drawn into the conflict when she picks up the artifact on Yakutsk - and investigation of it uncovers ties to the massive, corrupt corporation Ellis Systems, whom she's opposed before.
A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy's core twenty-eight thousand years ago and now is approaching Earth's sector at the speed of light. Guided by the ancient intelligent machines called the Predecessors, men and women from Earth seek out those precious, rare worlds that harbor intelligent species, determined to save them from the doom that is hurtling toward them. The crew of the Odysseus has arrived at the third planet of the star Mithra, to protect the stone-age inhabitants from the Death Wave. But they'll also have to protect themselves.
Now the war is at hand, and humanity cannot hope to win it unless Arlen and Jardir, with the help of Arlen's wife, Renna, can bend a captured demon prince to their will and force the devious creature to lead them to the Core, where the Mother of Demons breeds an inexhaustible army. Trusting their closest confidantes to rally the fractious people of the Free Cities against the swarm, Arlen, Renna, and Jardir set out on a quest from which none of them expects to return alive.
Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death's stygian blackness.
At an illegal gambling port, the crew of the Keiko runs afoul of an ex-client, the mob boss who runs the casinos and who didn't get his shipment due to the war. The boss decides to take Tamara Rouke, the Keiko's second-in-command, and hold her hostage until the crew raises enough money to pay him back for the lost shipment. If they don't pay up in time, Rouke will be killed. Captain Ichabod Drift and his crew agree. But as they find a way to get the funds, one will betray everyone and one will die...
Over the years Devera, a small Dragaeran girl of indeterminate powers has turned up at the oddest moments in Vlad's life. Now she appears again, to lead Vlad into a mysterious, seemingly empty manor overlooking the Great Sea. Inside this structure are corridors that double back on themselves, rooms that look out over other worlds, and - just maybe - answers to some of Vlad's long-asked questions about his world and his place in it. If only Devera can be persuaded to stop disappearing in the middle of his conversations with her...
Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated: his own mother.
The Ministry of Colonization, headed by Hirum Graff, now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies. Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview.
Lieutenant Sam Bitka, U.S. Naval Reserve, is called back to active duty due to increased tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki. He is assigned as a tactical officer to the deep space destroyer USS Puebla and dispatched to a distant colony. Then a crippling surprise attack from the Varoki against the Earth coalition fleet leaves Sam in command of the USS Puebla.
Aleister Lanoe has been on a mission since before he can remember. Honing his skills as a fighter pilot and commander through three centuries of constant warfare, he has never met a foe he cannot best. But now he faces a mission which may be his last: take vengeance on the alien race who has coldly and systematically erased all the sentient life in its path.
It's a period of turmoil in Britain, with the country's politicians electing to remove the UK from the European Union, despite ever-increasing evidence that the public no longer supports it. And the small town of Lychford is suffering. But what can three rural witches do to guard against the unknown? And why are unwary hikers being led over the magical borders by their smartphones' mapping software? And is the immigration question really important enough to kill for?
Featuring seventeen all new tales based on Larry Correia's series, including contributions from Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, John C. Wright, Faith Hunter, Jody Lynn Nye, John Ringo, Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Sarah A. Hoyt.
Jason Morgan has returned to a Trade Pact under seige and desperate. The Assemblers continue to be a threat. Other species have sensed opportunity and threaten what stability remains, including those who dwell in the M'hir. What Morgan knows could save them all, or doom them. For not all of the Clan followed Sira. And peace isn't what they seek.
Private investigator Martin Valpolicella receives a tip that he will soon be framed for a future murder of his former lover, set to take place in the catacombs buried beneath the city of Bath, England. But can he save the girl, and himself?
An all-new anthology of 16 original epic tales by award-winning modern masters, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more.
Norman England, 1164. A young Saxon boy named Durwin shows magical promise and is allowed to attend classes at a rural school of magic. When he reaches adulthood he manages to correct errors in an ancient corrupted spell, which promptly prophesies murder. Sure enough, word soon reaches the school that the local count's house sage has died, perhaps slain by black magic. Durwin is whisked away to the family's castle, only to find that one death was only the beginning.
Li Heng has been guided and warded for centuries by the powerful sorceress known as the "Protectress" and she allows no rivals. She and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the Quon Tali Iron Legions. Yet under the new and ambitious King Chulalorn the Third, Itko Kan is on the march from the south. He sends his own assassin servants, the Nightblades, against the city, and there are hints that he also commands inhuman forces out of legend.
1916, Butte, Montana: City of the Copper Kings. Solomon Parker is old, broken and in debt to very bad people. He's always managed to stay one step ahead of his last bad decision, but more than anything, he wishes life had turned out differently. Little does he know that for him and his young protege, Billy Morgan, that wish is about to come true. The Above Ones, the gods of the People, are bored. Their servant, Marked Face is coming, and he's bringing his dice...
Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds. The starship he and his crew travelled on shattered to pieces before their eyes and disappeared, leaving them stranded in the endless night of deep space on Lifeboat LS-88, all systems dead, light-years from any known colony. Sergeant Campbell and his crew of half-trained children must somehow repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and - if they could find a planet they could live on - land a shuttle whose controls were more than half-destroyed.
After spending centuries trapped inside the void, the planet Bienvenido with its human and Faller inhabitants, has been expelled into normal space -- millions of light years from the Commonwealth. With the Fallers' numbers growing, and their ability to mimic humans allowing them to infiltrate all levels of society, it's only a matter of time before they surge to victory over the humans. Then, on a routine space flight, Major Ry Evine inadvertently frees a captive vessel that crash-lands on Bienvenido carrying the last, best hope for human survival: a baby. But a far from ordinary one.
Soldier Tallynd finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd's two sons - all that she has left. Historian Dervan has been hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. Hunter Abhi embarks on a journey of self-discovery and soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined. A powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all - if it doesn't destroy him first.
In New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk. Though warned never to fall in love, they cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.
In New York City, magic controls everything. But the power of magic is fading. No one knows what is happening, except for Sydney - a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades, and she may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness that is weakening the magic. But Sydney doesn't want to help the system, she wants to destroy it. Sydney comes from the House of Shadows, which controls the magic with the help of sacrifices from magicians.
A collection of Howey's science fiction and fantasy short fiction, including three stories set in the world of Wool, two never-before-published tales written exclusively for this volume, and fifteen additional stories collected here for the first time.
A collection of his stories.
Six weeks ago, former US Marine Patrick Larkin purchased shares in a massive high-tech, state of the art underground missile silo for his family. Then the missiles started flying. Now, with a maximum capacity of three hundred people, the bunker is pushed to its limits - and so are the people locked inside. Tensions rise. Panic erupts. Outside, armed marauders surround the bunker - and they want in. Larkin has to convince the others they must work together as a team to survive. And they must kill without mercy to stay alive...
It has been learned that Lovecraft's stories were based on fact. To combat these cosmic horrors, the Human Protection League (H.P.L.) was established to investigate and combat these otherworldly invaders. Down through the decades since, the only defense that has stood between humanity and these creatures of chaos are the agents of the H.P.L. - or, as they are sometimes known to those few who are aware of their existence: the Lovecraft Squad.
Arian and her apprentice, Sinnia, are skilled warriors who are knowledgeable in the Claim -- the magic inherent in the words of a sacred scripture. They have discovered a power that may destroy the One-eyed Preacher and the Talisman, his evil movement. The Bloodprint is a dangerous text the Talisman has tried to erase from the world. Finding a copy of this text promises to be their most dangerous undertaking yet, an arduous journey that will lead them deep into Talisman territory.
Something happens when women go to sleep. They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place... The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Audun and Ulfar, reunited, seek new allies in their struggle against the White Christ. And in Trondheim, King Olav, self-appointed champion of the White Christ, must decide how to spread the word of his god -- with his garrison halved and local chieftains at his table who wish him nothing but ill. And in the North, touched by the trickster god, something old, malevolent and very, very angry stirs...
It begins slowly. Women disappearing in the dark of night, women only missed by those of their own kind. The whispers only begin when they start to reappear - because when they do, they are no longer sane. And when psychics Nan and Sarah and their friends the Watsons are called on to examine these victims, they discover that it was no ordinary horror of the streets that drove them mad. But then, the shadows reach for other victims - girls of good, even exalted families, who vanish from concerts, lectures, and evening balls. And it will take the combined forces of magic, psychic powers, and the worlds greatest detective to stop the darkness before it can conquer all.
Now a member of the Elite Hunter unit, Joy starts discovering the bodies of Psimons while patrolling city sewers. Then chaos erupts when Ace, the murderous Hunter who tried to kill Joy at her Elite trials, escapes from the Army's captivity.
Genteel blackmail amongst the highborn and wealthy is a way of life, even in the relatively staid and well-behaved Court at Haven--but someone is breaking the unspoken rules. Whoever it is has several families (who only visit the Court over the Midwinter Holidays) terrified to the point of refusing to talk to anyone about it. Then, when one well-loved young man commits suicide, and a beloved daughter is kidnapped, Mags and Amily have to pull out all the stops to find the blackmailer and bring him to justice.
A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
Clancy and the gang have forged a new life working the land on an abandoned smallholding on the other side of the mountains. Hidden there from the murderous corporation that pursues them, they are as close to happy as they can be. Until too many unlucky coincidences convince them that another power is rising against them. There are many questions to be answered: what is the shadow maker? And who - or what - has begun to howl in the night?
The Reaction is arming for conquest, the Corporations trading with the enemy and the Direction planning to stamp out the rebel robots and their allies for good. Deep inside the enemy stronghold, the free robots have to spark a new revolt before the whole world falls in on them. As battle looms, the robots must become their own last hope.
Gabriel takes Ginny to London by airship to recuperate. But he isn't counting on coming face-to-face with a man who claims to embody the spirit of Albion itself, sinister forces gathering in the London Underground and an old ally - the British spy, Peter Rutherford - who could desperately use his help.
Summer and the Grand Tournament of High Colleges have come to the University of Maradaine. After someone calling himself the Thorn publicly attacks the Constabulary, Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey from the Maradaine Grand Inspectors Unit are brought in to investigate. Veranix Calbert, the magic student at the University who is the real Thorn, must find out who the imposter is and stop him before Welling and Rainey arrest him for the imposter's crimes.
Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl's home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task - repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn't take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems - the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies.
The definitive collection of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by Victor LaValle.
When bounty hunter Ryhalt Galharrow is ordered to locate a masked noblewoman at a frontier outpost, he finds himself caught in the middle of an attack by the Deep Kings, one that signifies they may no longer fear the Engine, the terrible weapon that has kept them at bay. Only a formidable show of power from the very woman he is seeking, Lady Ezabeth Tanza, repels the assault. The two stumble onto a web of conspiracy that threatens to end the fragile peace the Engine has provided.
Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder and calls from High Holders to repeal the Codis Legis, removing authority from the Rex. Alastar attempts to maintain a political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.
Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment. And if she can't identify the culprits before it's too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured...
A week after Mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy's, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
Japan, 1899. A party of vampires - exiled from Britain by Prince Dracula - seeks refuge in Tokyo and are confined to Yokai Town, a ghetto where the Meiji Emperor keeps the country's vampires - bizarre creatures as different from European nosferatu as they are from living humans. The British try to survive in Yokai Town as forces within and outside its walls threaten to destroy the newcomers and the long-time residents. What secret lies under the Temple of One Thousand Monsters?
Catherine Helstone's brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news. Her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon - but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.
Contains new fairy tales from Charlie Jane Anders, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Max Gladstone, Theodora Goss, Daryl Gregory, Kat Howard, Stephen Graham Jones, Margo Lanagan, Marjorie Liu, Seanan McGuire, Garth Nix, Naomi Novik, Sofia Samatar, Karin Tidbeck, Catherynne M. Valente, and Genevieve Valentine.
A soldier with a gift for archery. A woman who kills without care. Two brothers, both unbeatable generals, now fighting for opposing armies. No one in the vast and once glorious United Empire remains untouched by the rift between East and West, and the war has been fought for as long as anyone can remember. Some still survive who know how it was started, but no one knows how it will end. Part 2 will be issued in November, Part 3 in December.
Drone pilot Damilola Karpov lives in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, working for Big Byz Media. He can employ his cameras to record a newsworthy event or deploy his weapons to create one. His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film.
Alesandro grows up in Glaud, a fascist state constantly at war with a faceless opponent. His brother is sent off to war; his family is destroyed by grief. Occasionally he catches glimpses of islands in the far distance from the shore, and they feed into the music he composes - music for which he is feted. His search from his brother brings him into contact with the military leadership and suddenly he is a fugitive on the run - he seeks refuge on the islands and his endless travels take him through places and time, bringing him answers where he could not have foreseen them.
Set ten years before THE GOLDEN COMPASS, this trilogy will center on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.
It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save their world from the encroaching demons. This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil. A crack in the wall heralds the end...two goddesses arm themselves...
On Station the dead live on, haunting the living as Fetches; digital ghosts drawn from the downloaded memories of the deceased. And hell is a series of hard drives where those who cannot haunt are stored. But now one woman must journey into the hard drives to solve a murder. Even as the gods of Station face the dawn of a new age.
28 stories (nine poems) by some of Canada's best fantasy and science fiction writers. Includes local authors Linda DeMeulemeester, Steve Fahnestalk, Catherine Girczyc, Guy Immega, Susan Pieters, and Rhea Rose.
Special gift edition of EDGEDANCER, a short novel that previously appeared in ARCANUM UNBOUNDED.
Lieutenant Keira Jenkins is an experienced simulant operative and leader of the Jackals, a team of raw recruits keen to taste battle. They soon get their chance when the Black Spiral terrorist network seizes control of a space station.Yet no amount of training could have prepared the Jackals for the deadly conspiracy they soon find themselves drawn into - a conspiracy that is set to spark a furious new war across the galaxy.
An anthology of space opera and military sf. Includes a new Honorverse tale by David Weber, a new Dune story by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, set within the time frame of the original novel Dune, a new Ender's Game story by Orson Scott Card, a new Lost Fleet story by Jack Campbell, a new Vatta's War story by Elizabeth Moon. 14 new stories in all, plus ten seminal reprints.
Almost seven weeks have passed since the Hemorrhage Virus ravaged the world. The remnants of the United States military have regrouped and relocated Central Command to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. It's here, in the North Atlantic, that President Jan Ringgold and Vice President George Johnson prepare to deploy a new bioweapon and embark on the final mission to take back the country from the Variants.
The spirit of troubadour Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yellow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers - headed by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson - must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dreams to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death.
Before Lucky can really start to enjoy her new life in the Underlands, Kayla's men are slain and Kayla herself is kidnapped by the Sicarii, assassins-for-hire members of a death cult. Lucky's nemesis Henri le Dent has somehow escaped the Chambers of Rectification and court torturer Amaliel Cheriour is also missing...and daemon princess Kayla is just bait to catch Lucky. For Lucky's own powers are growing, and Amaliel has his own nefarious plan to use her. But first, he has to get past her Guards, not to mention Lucky herself.
Antarctica is protected from human exploitation by international treaty - and that treaty is due for renegotiation. The people who have the talents to influence the outcome of these negotiations run Edges, a company of media manipulators. They've been hired by one of the corporations who wants to keep the status quo in Antarctica. This team knows that they have the skills to make whatever they want happen. But they also know that if they succeed, they might doom the planet.
Quillifer is young, serially in love, studying law, and living each day keenly aware that his beloved homeport of Ethlebight risks closure due to silting of the harbor. Then the city is attacked by Aekoi pirates, leading to brigands in the streets and his family and friends in chains. First, he has to survive the night. Then, he has to leave his home behind and venture forth into the wider world of Duisland, where he can find friends and allies to help avenge his losses and restore Ethlebight to glory.
This new, expanded edition of Miracle and Other Christmas Stories features twelve brilliantly reimagined holiday tales, five of which are collected here for the first time.
While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing.
Lysaer's unstable integrity lies under threat of total downfall, and as his determined protector, Daliana will face the most frightening decision of her young life. Arithon, Master of Shadow, is marked for death and still hunted, his critical quest to recover his obscured past entangles him in a web of deep intrigue and ancient perils beyond his imagining. Elaira's urgent pursuit of the Biedar Tribes' secret embroils her in the terrible directive of the Fellowship Sorcerers, while Dakar - the Mad Prophet - confronts the hard reckoning for the colossal mistake of his misspent past, and Tarens is steered by a destiny far from his crofter's origins.
A collection of the best American science fiction and fantasy stories from 2016.
Sikander Singh North is the new gunnery officer for the Aquilan Commonwealth starship CSS Hector. When the Hector is called to help with a planetary uprising, he'll have to earn his unit's respect, find who is arming the rebels, and deal with the headstrong daughter of the colonial ruler - all while dodging bullets.
A collection of his stories, including new and uncollected work.
Karl Cohen, a chemist and mathematician who is part of the Manhattan Project team, has discovered an alternate solution for creating the uranium isotope needed to cause a chain reaction: U-235. After convincing General Groves of his new method, Cohen and his team of scientists work at Oak Ridge preparing to have a nuclear bomb ready to drop by the summer of 1944 in an effort to stop the war on the western front. What ensues is an altered account of World War II.
The dollar has failed; the grid is wiped out. Van Dorn is eighteen and running solo, dodging the bloodthirsty hordes and militias that have emerged since the country went haywire. His dead father's voice rings in his head as Van Dorn sets his sights not just on survival but also on an old-fashioned system of justice. Meanwhile, a leader has risen among the gangs - and around him swirls the cast of brawlers from Donnybrook, with their own brutal sense of right and wrong, of loyalty and justice through strength.
The Ranger known as Rhett must make the ultimate transformation if he has any hope of stopping the dark alchemist or fulfilling his destiny. He must become the leader of a new Rangers outpost. To save his friends, and the lives of countless others, he'll first have to lead them on a mission more dangerous than anything they've ever faced.
[Canadian author]. Just as Kris Ballard's training with the anti-corporate movement ends, their compound is destroyed. The trainees head for San Angeles, but their transport is shot down and Ian Miller, the man she loves, is captured. With the help of a retired operative with PTSD, and the mysterious man who fled the scene when Kris's parents were killed, Kris searches for any sign of Ian. As the corporations battle civil unrest--and each other--the city slowly shuts down. Kris is running out of time.
Kris Merrill is torn between working with the insurgents as they become more like the corporations they are fighting, and helping the people of the lower levels. Caught in one of SoCal's draft sweeps and being hunted by an enemy who will stop at nothing to have revenge are just the tip of the iceberg. Kris is pregnant, and she might have to choose between bringing down the corporations that destroyed her family or saving the life of her unborn son.
Bootlegging, booze, and prostitution form a lucrative underground economy for rival gangs on the earth-orbiting space city. Authorities are happy to turn a blind eye - until a disassembled corpse is found dancing in the micro-gravity. Nikki "Fix" Freeman and Alice Blake investigate the murder. As the bodies pile up, and the partners are forced to question their own memories, they begin to realize that gang warfare may not be the only cause for the violence.
When the world's richest man is the victim of a car bomb and literally blown off the Golden Gate Bridge the attack is attributed to terrorists and the world moves on. But some still wonder. Was Manuel Colibri targeted because, as Silicon Valley rumor has it, he was about to make the dream that people alive today can live to be one thousand come true? Tech journalist Kate Boyle and recovering Iraq war veteran Ben Shepard race through the Bay Area chasing the only clues the reclusive Colibri left behind. They discover not only each other but a cosmic secret that can change human history - and may cost them their lives.
Zaira has lived her life on the streets, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire. Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations. But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.
Year 2950. Felicia Sevigny has built her fame reading the futures of others. Alexei Petriv, the most dangerous man in the TriSystem, will trust only Felicia to read his cards. But the future she sees is darker than either of them could ever have imagined. A future that pits them against an all-knowing government, almost superhuman criminals, and something from Felicia's past that she could never have predicted, but that could be the key to saving - or destroying - them all.
On the streets of 18th century Cairo, Nahri is a con woman, swindling Ottoman nobles. When she accidentally summons a djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she learns of Daevabad, the legendary city of brass - a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. Here, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. A young prince dreams of rebellion. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal.
Sequel to THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who is determined to help her learn and grow. Together, Pepper and Lovey will discover that no matter how vast space is, two people can fill it together.
As Esme is groomed to take over the family business of manufacturing weapons for the mercenary groups spread across the galaxy, she slowly uncovers the sinister truth at the heart of her father's company. And when those secrets are finally revealed, Esme is sure that she's lost her sisters - and part of her soul - for good. As Esme struggles to assemble her estranged sisters for one last goodbye with their dying father, she has to choose whether she wants to follow in her father's footsteps - or blaze a daring new path.
THE WIZARD'S PROMISE and THE NOBLEMAN'S REVENGE, published separately in the UK, in one volume. One day when Hanna is with her apprentice - a taciturn fisherman called Kolur - the boat is swept wildly off course during a day of storms and darkness. In this strange new land, Kolur hires a stranger to join the crew and, rather than heading home, sets a course for the dangerous island of Jadanvar. As Hanna meets a secretive merboy - and learns that Kolur has a deadly past - she soon realizes that wishing for adventures can be deadly...because those wishes might come true.
Movie tie-in edition. 2044. Most of humanity is jacked into OASIS, a sprawling virtual world. The creator has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune, and remarkable power, to whoever can unlock them. Wade Watts stumbles upon the first puzzle. Suddenly thousands of competitors join the hunt, among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Wade must not only keep ahead in the hunt, he must learn to exist in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Out of control and fighting a secret war with the government it once served, the Gemini Cell has dispatched its shadowy Director to the far reaches of the subarctic in search of a secret magic that could tip the balance of power in its favour. Undead Navy SEAL James Schweitzer must join with the elite warriors of both America and Canada in a desperate bid to get there first - and avert a disaster that could put the Cell in control.
When people, ships, and even places begin to disappear, Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have to face the fact that the thing they've been hauling through the depths of space only appears to be Detective Miller. The time when the protomolecule's agenda and humanity's overlapped has passed. As the protomolecule takes control of the ancient networks and relays, the final battle begins.
Dar Oakley - the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own - was born two thousand years ago. When a man learns his language, Dar finally gets the chance to tell his story. He begins his tale as a young man, and how he went down to the human underworld and got hold of the immortality meant for humans, long before Julius Caesar came into the Celtic lands; how he sailed West to America with the Irish monks searching for the Paradise of the Saints; and how he continuously went down into the land of the dead and returned. Through his adventures in Ka, the realm of Crows, and around the world, he found secrets that could change the humans' entire way of life - and now may be the time to finally reveal them.
Bree Skyborn is the Phoenix of Weshern and the face of the rebellion. But when Kael is captured and brought to Center for execution, Bree no longer cares about the war or the call for independence. All that matters is rescuing her brother and putting a stop to the violence for once and for all.
Once Nelson was a radical journalist, but now he works for Monad, who make the Dr Easys, the androids which police London's streets. They also make the Red Men - entirely virtual corporate workers - and they're looking to expand the programme. Nelson is put in charge of Redtown: a virtual city, inhabited by copies of real people, where humanity can be studied in perfect simulation. But the project's goals are increasingly authoritarian and potentially catastrophic. As the boundaries between Redtown and the real world break down and revolution against the Red Men is imminent, Nelson is forced to choose between community and the corporation.
Amika has found a seventh Decimate, a sorcery that has left Belleger standing defenseless. If Belleger is to survive, Prince Bifalt must find a legendary library. This, which may not even exist, may be found beyond an unforgiving desert and treacherous mountains. Wracked by hunger and fatigue, sacrificing loyal men along the way, Bifalt will discover that there is a game being played by those far more powerful than he could ever imagine. And that he is nothing but a pawn...
In his capital, Dun Add, the Leader provides law and justice. In the universe beyond, his Champions advance - and enforce - the return of civilization. Pal, a youth from the sticks, has come to Dun Add to become a Champion. Pal is a bit of a Maker, and in his rural home he's been able to think of himself as a warrior because he can wield the weapons of the Ancient civilization. Pal has no idea of what he's really getting into in Dun Add. On the other hand, the Leader and Dun Add have no real idea of what might be inside this hayseed with high hopes.
The long-feared attack on Austria by the Ottoman Empire has begun. Armed with new weapons inspired by the time-displaced Americans of Grantville, the Turks are determined to do what they were unable to do in the universe the Americans came from: capture Vienna. The only force Emperor Gustav Adolf can think of sending to Austria is the United States of Europe Third Division under the command of Mike Stearns, an army currently engaged in a desperate struggle for Bavaria.
As John Matherson and his community attempt to restore their world to what it was before the EMP apocalypse, a new, aggressive government appears. General Bob Scales, John's old commanding officer and closest friend from prewar days, is sent to bring John into line. Will John and his people accept the new, autocratic regime? Or will revolution rip the fledgling nation apart at the seams?
A rogue human employing forbidden advanced weaponry threatens to ignite a war on the backward planet of Largess. Flinx's empathic abilities are rendered useless by the natives' unique language, which is sung rather than spoken. Worse, the abduction of a powerful chieftain's daughter has raised tensions to the boiling point.
Ezra is accidentally pushed through the Rift, taking a stolen laptop - and the answers it could give Ryn - with him. Now all Ryn wants is to locate Ezra and get back to her Earth. But that's not easy when she's traveling the multiverse with Levi, the painfully guarded Citadel who shoved Ezra through in the first place. And Ryn is quickly learning that inside the multiverse there is no normal - it's adapt, or die - and the one weapon she really needs to win the war back home is the truth.
Now the deadly wraiths known as reapers, created to hunt down the last Dreamwalkers, are starting to target Jessica Drake's family. In order to destroy them she must seek out a mysterious shapeshifting tower where the secret of the reapers' creation - and her own Dreamwalker heritage - can be found. Joining forces once more with the ex-Shadow Isaac and loremaster Sebastian, she travels to the Badlands, a region on the alternate Earth from which no traveler has ever returned.
Kim Lam is an ordinary college student until a freak scientific accident (what else?) transforms Kim and three housemates into Sparks - and drafts them into the never-ending war between the Light and Dark. They struggle to master their new abilities - and (of course) to design cool costumes and come up with great hero-names. Turns out that "accident" was just the first salvo in a Mad Genius's latest diabolical scheme.
New technology developed by the corporate giant NovusPart has allowed them to transport much of the population of ancient Pompeii - minutes before the volcanic eruption - to a replica town in Central Asia. Post-grad historian Nick Houghton has been hired to study the Romans - but he soon realises that the corporation is underestimating its captives. The Romans may be ignorant of modern technology - for now - but city boss Manius Barbatus wasn't born yesterday. The stage is set for the ultimate clash of cultures in which time itself is a weapon...
Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a "mockumentary" bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. Now, a new crew has been assembled. For the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
All the Sookie Stackouse short stories in one volume.
Prequel to a new HOLLOWS series. Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
A collection of four short horror-suspense novels.
A mutated plague has turned the human race into shambling, near-unstoppable animals. The alien Krakau have started to turn things around. Marion "Mops" Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she's in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.
Daniel Carter finds himself working for the German secret security service to uncover the truth behind a major scientific joint project that is going suspiciously well. The trail takes Emily Lovecraft and him to a distant, abandoned island, and a conspiracy that threatens everything. To fight it, Lovecraft must walk a perilously narrow path between forbidden knowledge and soul-destroying insanity. Fortunately, she also has a shotgun.
Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance, comrades for the coming travails.So assisted ably and otherwise by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, he will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit and a city of horrors. London, to be exact.
If Jacob Carneham can lure the invaders into the mountain he can kill them all. If he does, there may never be peace again. If he doesn't, Weyland will never be free of the threat of invasion. The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob's son is trying to restore peace and stability to Weyland, alongside the rightful King. And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all.
Anat, leader of the Katazyrna world-ship and the most fearsome raiding force on the Outer Rim, wants peace. To do so she offers the hand of her daughter, Jayd, to her rival. Jayd has dreamed about leading her mother's armies to victory her whole life but she has a unique ability, and that makes her leverage, not a leader. As Anat convinces her to spend the rest of her life wed to her family's greatest enemy, it is up to Jayd's sister Zan (with no stomach for war) to lead the cast off warriors she has banded together to victory and rescue Jayd. But the war does not go at all as planned.
DOPS sends Coop to break into a traveling antiquities show to steal a sarcophagus containing the mummy of a powerful Egyptian wizard named Harkhuf. With the help of his pals Morty, Giselle, and a professor that's half-cat, half-robotic octopus, Coop pulls off the heist without a hitch. It's not Coop's fault that when DOPS opened the sarcophagus they didn't find the mummy they were expecting. Well, it was the right mummy, but it wasn't exactly dead - and now it's escaped, using a type of magic the organization hasn't encountered before.
Every day in the summer of 1974, 12 year old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs up to Castle View, which are held by strong - if time-rusted - iron bolts and zig-zag up the precarious cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat.
As Vieliessar confronts the first waves of the forces of Darkness, her destined Bondmate, Runacar, leads a rag-tag group to war. For centuries, the Elves have hunted the Otherfolk - minotaurs, gryphons, dryads, and more - considering them beasts. But they have a complex society, Runacar discovers, and though he is an Elf, takes it as his mission to help them reclaim their lands from his former friends and allies.
Combining THE FOUND AND THE LOST and THE UNREAL AND THE REAL, this comprehensive boxed set contains many of Ursula K. Le Guin's most treasured and award-winning short stories and novellas.
All of her novellas, collected together for the first time.
A collection of the best of Le Guin's short stories.
Here gathered together for the first time are the best of the best, of the first decade of the Jim Baen Memorial Award, the winners and runners-up whose stories dared imagine a bright future in which humankind has shaken off the shackles of gravity and moved into that limitless realm known as "outer space."
When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone - even foreigners - wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones - from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets - and of Kekon itself.
Alexandria has fallen. Only Cleopatra's young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar. To show his strength, Augustus Caesar will go to war against the Cantabrians in northern Spain, and it isn't long before he calls on Juba of Numidia, his adopted half-brother and the man whom Selene has been made to marry - but whom she has grown to love. The young couple journey to the Cantabrian frontier, where they learn that Caesar wants Juba so he can use the Trident of Poseidon to destroy his enemies.
At Miskatonic University in Arkham, Massachusetts, a certain Professor James Moriarty is attempting a diabolical experiment that will enable him to conquer the world on behalf of his evil, elder-god masters. Holmes and Watson must travel to America to stop their nemesis before he can tap the secrets of the fabled Necronomicon and unleash hell on earth.
Light magician and high-ranking member of the Night Watch, Anton Gorodetsky must deal with a reincarnated vampire that has been terrorizing Moscow. His daughter's school is ambushed by a bizarre chimera. And the Prophets have all reached the same chilling conclusion: the world will end in five days time.
A re-creation of the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimagining how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier - the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's ballet - who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.
At a research station in Antarctica, scientists probe below the ice for submerged ruins of a lost civilization that hold the key to the strange mutations encountered across the globe. Then a series of sound waves trigger ancient organisms. Latching onto a human host - crossbreeding with human DNA - a long-extinct life form is reborn. Its instincts are fiercer, more savage, than any predator alive. And its prey are the scientists who unleashed it, the humans who spawned it, and the tender living flesh on which it feeds.
When Jacob Tracy - Civil War veteran, ex-seminarian, and reluctant psychic - agrees to move into Miss Fairweather's St. Louis mansion and study magic with her, he has one purpose in mind: to hunt down and destroy the necromancer Mereck, a predatory madman who has twice tried to make a meal of Trace and trapped Trace's partner Boz in a monstrous half-life.
On the run from a power hungry white mage, Beltur is taken in by Order mages who set him on the path to discover and hone his own unique gifts and in the process find a home. However, when the white mage he fled attempts to invade his new home, Beltur must hope his new found power will be enough to save them all.
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season when she falls under the spell of the telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to control her telekinetic gift, she believes a marriage proposal is imminent. Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she's willing to sacrifice.
Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba, the last goddess, so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind's enemies suspect this as well. Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent.
The pitiless Wolf Duke of Pohorir, Innisth Eanete, dreams of breaking his people and his province free of the king he despises. But he has no way to make that happen - until chance unexpectedly leaves Kehara Raehema on his doorstep and at his mercy. Yet in a land where immanent spirits inhabit the earth, political disaster is not the greatest peril one can face.
THE SKEWED THRONE, THE CRACKED THRONE, and THE VACANT THRONE in one volume.
In a future of near-instantaneous global travel and abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war-war has finally come.
2nd part of the serial fantasy novel of an epic war. Part 1 was issued in October, Part 3 in December.
Sixteen tales of science fiction and fantasy from the two-time World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Award winning author of The Anubis Gates and On Stranger Tides.
The shady crew of the White Raven run freight and salvage at the fringes of our solar system. They discover the wreck of a centuries-old exploration vessel floating light years away from its intended destination and revive its sole occupant, who wakes with news of First Alien Contact. When the crew break it to her that humanity has alien allies already, she reveals that these are very different extra-terrestrials... and the gifts they bestowed on her could kill all humanity, or take it out to the most distant stars.
Daphne's ideal suburban life is turned upside down when her husband Gabriel, whom she thought a traveling troubleshooter for a softwar company, foils a mugging attempt using wizard-level magic. He is, she learns, the sheriff of the International Guild of Wizards, and her brilliant children are also budding magicians. Then she learns about his ex-wife, a dangerous witch who has just escaped from her magical prison. Revenge-bent and blind, she needs the eyes of her son to restore her sight - the son Daffy has raised as her own since he was a year old.
Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they.
Moss is your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. It still sits at the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed eleven years ago. A secret military base was built around the crash site to study both Moss and the dangerous technology it brought to Earth. The day Matt Salem joins her security team, Dak's whole world changes. It's love at first sight - which is a problem, since they both signed ironclad contracts vowing not to fraternize with other military personnel. If they run, they'll be hunted for what they know. Dak and Matt have only way to be together: do the impossible. Steal Moss and sell the secret of its existence. And they can't afford a single mistake.
Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together - and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past - even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.
This book chronicles three unlikely invasion bids, in dingy commercial estates and broken-down council estates, where unlikely heroes - kids, screw-ups, survivors - will stumble their way through protecting the Earth.
The Mongol Horde has arrived in North America and is taking no prisoners. As the Mongol cavalry advances across the Great Plains leaving destruction in its path, Roman Praetor Gaius Marcellinus and his Cahokian friends must summon allies both great and small in preparation for a final showdown.
Captain Reed Beckham and Dr. Kate Lovato are settling into a new life on Plum Island. Across the United States, the adult Variants have all been wiped out, and the juveniles are on the run. But the survivors soon realize there are other monsters at home, and they may be human. A new monster emerges...
Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates - only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now they have to outwit the AI if they want to join the pirate crew - and survive long enough to enjoy it.
Charlie is a dreamhacker, able to enter your dreams and mould their direction -- the only one able to do this, as far she knows. In London 2022, her skill is in demand. And when she is hired by a minor celebrity - who also happens to be the new girlfriend of Charlie's lamented ex - who dreams of a masked Creeper then sleepwalks off a tall building, Charlie begins to realize that someone else might be able to invade dreams.
A collection of all of Jodi Taylor's previously published St. Mary's short stories in one single volume.
Special limited edition (1000 copies) sf hardcover novella. A son of one of the great corporate families, a Scion, has gone missing at the front. He should have been protected by his Ironclad - the lethal battle suits that make the Scions masters of war - but something has gone catastrophically wrong. Now Sergeant Ted Regan and his men, ill equipped and demoralized, must go behind enemy lines, find the missing Scion, and uncover how his suit failed.
After eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and - faced with the unthinkable - it's decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.
Special hardcover edition of the novella that tells the origin story of the Night Angel trilogy's most enigmatic character, Durzo Blint. Also includes the short story, I, Nightangel.
From the author of THE MARTIAN. Jazz Bashara makes a living in the lunar city of Artemis by smuggling contraband. Then she sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.
Somewhere away from the cities and towns, in the Valley of the Rocks, a society of men and boys gather around the fire each night to listen to their history recounted by Nate, the storyteller. Requested most often by the group is the tale of the death of all women. They are the last generation. One night, Nate brings back new secrets from the woods; peculiar mushrooms are growing from the ground where the women's bodies lie buried.
It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past - but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened. A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back - no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.
The rival Thelicosan fleet, under the influence of bad intelligence, a forbidden romance, and a communication officer with an eardrum injury, is about to break a two-hundred-year-old nonaggression pact. They have offered a vague, easily misinterpreted message: "We're invading." Rogers isn't sure, but he thinks that's probably bad. War is hell, especially when you've forgotten how to fight one.
Driven from her home by frightened villagers, Vasilia dresses herself as a boy and sets off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after she prevails in a skirmish with bandits, the Grand Prince of Moscow proclaims her a hero. But she dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues, she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.
Peter Cochrane and his wife, Karina, have been married less than a year. And although things have been quiet in relation to the old Empire during that time, they're about to get a lot hotter. They find themselves on a diplomatic mission to Korivar, an old ally of Pendax, a new member of the Union. But during their mission, the government of Korivar attacks Peter's new command, Defiant, and tries to assassinate him and his wife.
TRACER, ZERO-G and IMPACT in one volume.
Rebecca has been reunited with her lost love Henely, and together they have escaped the clutches of the hidden killer in Henry VIII's court. But now they are stranded in modern day London, with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Clothes which look rather out of place.
Felicia Sevigny's come to the Red Planet for a fresh start. She's brought the tarot cards that have been her family's trade for generations but is hoping to leave the rest of her troubled past behind. Felicia wants to believe that Mars will also be a clean slate for her and Alexei Petriv, notorious leader of the Tsarist Consortium, but her cards keep predicting something even darker and more insidious is ahead. Something that could mean the end, not just for her and Alexei, but for the entire TriSystem - and all of humanity.
The EXPANSE series continues.
Mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. Meanwhile, Valentine's friend, one-time enemy, and sometime partner Hector Lorenzo finds himself in a dungeon owned by Asian drug lord Sala Jihan. He must make a deal that may lead him to cross paths with Valentine again.
1876. Two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. but determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet.
Featuring stories and poems from Seanan McGuire, Jane Yolen, Catherynne M. Valente, Delia Sherman, Genevieve Valentine, Jane Yolen, and many more.
A selection of ten of Dick's best short stories. ____Douglas, Ian. DARKNESS FALLING. [ANDROMEDAN DARK #2]. Voyager, 9.99 pb. Far from the worlds they know, the colony ship is on its own, facing something that seems to have no weakness, something whose sole purpose seems to be devouring civilizations. With both time and space as enemies, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair must figure out a way to explore this new corner of space, maintain military order on a mission that was supposed to be civilian, and - somehow - bring the Tellus Ad Astra back to the Milky Way
The Wall at World's End has been brought down, war is coming to the land, and Eric and his newfound friends are caught in the thick of it. They are forced to flee from the Tormentors, dreadful creatures that have poured through the breach, and there are rumors that one of the great dragons has escaped its sky prison. Worse yet, the mad Lord Vous's journey to godhood is almost complete, and a mysterious being called Shadow (who is not but looks remarkably like Eric) is wandering Levaal with great power but no purpose it yet understands.
May, 1636 It's spring in Burgundy. The flowers are out and so are the cardinals - of Pope Urban's renegade papacy, now on the run from the Vatican's would-be usurper Borja. Most of the Church's senior leaders have converged upon the city of Besancon, where the Pope plans to offer an ecumenical olive branch to the other Christian denominations with which Rome has been at war. Fortunately, Urban has up-time help.
With the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. One of her jobs will be to keep her travelling companion, the unworldly prophet Nathan, out of trouble. But her real task will be to scout the far reaches of Richard Rahl's realm. This will take her and Nathan to visit the mysterious witch-woman Red, to tangle with the street life of the port city of Tanimura, to fight lethal battles on the high seas, and ultimately to a vast magical confrontation far from home.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead - and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell's team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more - or less - than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
The discovery of a world at the opposite end of the galaxy that seems like it could be a twin to Earth creates the usual issues for Kitty & Company. It also raises questions of Z'porrah and Ancient influence - not to mention cloning, the multiverse, and, scariest of all, whether or not the Black Hole Universe Police are starting to take too much of an interest in this particular universe.
The eleventh anthology of short stories set in Mercedes Lackey's beloved Valdemar universe features 23 stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.
In the midst of his rise to fame as a gladiator, Rehger meets Aztira, an intriguing woman who wields devastating power. With her magic and knowledge, she could be the person who transforms his life of subservience and leads him to his destiny. But before he can fully uncover the truth of their connection, a powerful earthquake strikes, devastating the city and forcing Rehger to flee. Haunted by visions of Aztira long after their first encounter, Rehger embarks on a quest to seek out her people, the legendary Amanackire, in a city shrouded in mystery and myth.
All Freddy wants is to survive high school. Then two extremely odd neighbours move in next door. Cuerva Lachance and Josiah definitely aren't normal. Neither is their house, which defies the laws of physics. Neither is Freddy's situation, when she suddenly finds herself stuck thousands of years in the past with her very, very weird neighbors. And that's only the beginning.
An all-new, adventurous jaunt along one of America's greatest rivers, featuring many beloved Wild Cards characters and the writing talents of Stephen Leigh, David D. Levine, John Joseph Miller, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Cherie Priest, and Carrie Vaughn.
A collection of some of Matheson's classic terror stories, including the title story that inspired the film. Remember the murderous semi chasing Dennis Weaver down a lonely stretch of desert highway?
Together for the first time, here are the novellas, novelettes, and short stories that complete Matthews' epic science fiction series. Plus, supplemental materials that flesh out Matthews' characters and detailed worldbuilding.
The insurrection that threatens Landfall must be purged with guile and force, a task which falls on the shoulders of a spy named Michel Bravis, convicted war hero Mad Ben Styke, and Lady Vlora Flint, a mercenary general with a past as turbulent as Landfall's present. The past haunts all... As loyalties are tested, revealed, and destroyed, a grim specter as old as time has been unearthed in this wild land, and the people of Landfall will soon discover that rebellion is the least of their worries.
The Grakhul, immortal servants of the gods, choose who lives and who dies when it comes time to make sacrifices to their deities. When they take the family of Brogan McTyre to offer as sacrifice, everything changes. Brogan heads off on a quest to save his family from the Grakhul. The decision this time is costlier than they expected, leading to Brogan and his kin being hunted as criminals and the gods seeking to punish those who have defied them.
Mary and Dalip have acquired maps that reveal the way to the White City, where they can find the answers they're looking for, and learn the secrets of Down. But to get there they must rely on Crows, who has already betrayed them at every turn. As they battle their way towards the one place in all of Down without magic, they must ask themselves how far they will go to find their way home.
Nationality is a fading memory, and most people identify instead with their choice of the seven global Hives, distinguished from one another by their different approaches to the big questions of life. This is a world in which, unknown to most, the entire social order is teetering on the edge of collapse. Because even in utopia, humans will conspire. And also because something new has arisen: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to conscious life.
3rd part of the serial fantasy novel of an epic war. Part 1 was issued in October, Part 2 in November.
An epidemic results in the collapse of civilization and death of most of earth's population. Science and technology recedes and magic rises up in its place. Witch Lana Bingham and her lover Max decide to leave a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a saviour, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why.
Battle-scarred veterans Prefect Cato and Centurion Macro, have survived years of campaigning in Britannia and have been recalled to Rome. Their time in the teeming, dangerously political city is short, and soon they are travelling with the Praetorian Guard to Spain, a restless colony where simmering tension in the face of Roman rule is aggravated by bitter rivalry amongst the natives. The challenges that face two old friends and their comrades in arms are unlike any they have seen before - in a land that declares itself unconquerable...
Now the struggle between the Andro-Francine Order of the Named Lands and the Y'Zirite Empire has reached a terrible turning point. Believing that his son is dead, Rudolfo has pretended to join with the triumphant Y'zirite forces - but his plan is to destroy them all with a poison that is targeted only to the enemy. In Y'Zir, Rudolfo's wife Jin Li Tam is fighting a war with her own father which will bring that Empire to ruin. And on the Moon, Neb, revealed as one of the Younger Gods, takes the power of the Last Home Temple for his own.
Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword. Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he's been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.
In the United States, the Safe Zone Territories continue to rally behind the ROT flag, leaving President Ringgold more enemies than allies. Even so, Captain Rachel Davis and Captain Reed Beckham will risk everything to defeat ROT and save the country from collapsing into Civil War.
Stephen Russ was a normal guy living a normal life before a child's desperate scream led him into an alley filled with faceless winged things that almost killed him, before the strange white rat spoke to him, telling him that this was but the beginning, that the Stars were almost Right and the forces of Azathoth Nine-Armed would soon be unleashed against the world, that his courage and willingness to risk himself made him the perfect choice to be one of the defenders of the world against this evil. A defender named Princess Holy Aura, the first of the five Apocalypse Maidens.
The year is 2020, 17 years since the Revolution overthrew the last king of the New British Empire, and the newly-reconstituted North American Commonwealth is developing rapidly, on course to defeat the French and bring democracy to a troubled world. But Miriam Burgeson, commissioner in charge of the shadowy Ministry of Intertemporal Research andIntelligence - the paratime espionage agency tasked with catalyzing the Commonwealth's great leap forward - has a problem.
The Mesan Alignment has engineered a war between Manticore and the Solarian League launching a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy's industrial infrastructure. Then, to destroy Manticore's reputation, it launched Operation Janus a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.
Miriam heads to the southwest in search of another psychic who may be able to help her understand her curse, but instead finds a cult of domestic terrorists and the worst vision of death she's had yet.
A collection of her stories.
Forty years. Forty stories. More than forty authors have lent their unique vision to forty scenes, each retelling a different moment from the original Star Wars film, but with a twist. Every scene is told from the point of view of a background character.
Stories detailing the second brutal year of Judge Dredd's beat as a full-eagle judge on the mean streets of Mega-City One.
A mystery exploring the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.
As a colony ship hovers in Earth orbit, several violent events reveal a deadly conspiracy to sabotage the launch. While Captain Jacob Branson and his wife complete their preparations, security chief Daniel Lope recruits the final key member of his team. Together they seek to stop the perpetrators before the ship and its passengers can be destroyed.
Three months into a year long mission, first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship's crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted - including Sisko's daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar.
This is the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court martials, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.
The outcome of the historic War of the Ancients is forever altered by the arrival of three time-lost heroes: Krasus, the dragon mage whose great power and memories of the ancient conflict have inexplicably diminished; the human wizard Rhonin, whose thoughts are divided between his family and the seductive source of his now-growing power; and Broxigar, a weathered orc veteran who seeks a glorious death in combat.
Aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Lieutenant Michael Burnham, a human woman raised and educated among Vulcans, is promoted to acting first officer. But if she wants to keep the job, she must prove to Captain Philippa Georgiou that she deserves to have it. She gets her chance when the Shenzhou must protect a Federation colony that is under attack by an ancient alien vessel that has surfaced from the deepest fathoms of the planet's dark, uncharted sea.
Annie Pearl's unique collection of creatures is one of the travelling circus's star attractions, but Annie is also a woman running from her past. Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a travelling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town. The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her mute young daughter - and the circus - from both.
Something akin to "peace" has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do'Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go, Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And so Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface once again.
16 new stories of Predators encountering humans, featuring Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Correia, Mira Grant, Tim Lebbon, Weston Ochse and many more.
With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...
In the far-future Ninth World, claves of Aeon Priests help their community understand and use the mysterious technologies of the past. But what happens when a group of these priests uses this knowledge and power to exploit the people who depend on them? In the region of Steremoss, a group of brave individuals are determined to resist this oppression from the shadows. They call themselves the Night Clave.
Nine years after the Covenant destroyed Molly's homeworld and killed her family, she moves with her adoptive parents to the Onyx construct. When a violent ex-Covenant sect under the guidance of the notorious Pale Blade somehow makes its way inside this supposedly impregnable sphere, Molly is now forced to consider if she and her new parents have made a terrible and fatal mistake in coming here...
Now stranded on a hostile sea with countless refugees, Miller sees the hundreds of tiny, difficult decisions that need to be made every day to keep people alive. Samantha Hernandez has moved beyond humanity, becoming something else: an Archaean, part of the new breed that live and breathe the ancient ecology. Now she's having doubts; are they the future of the human race, or only the agents of its destruction?
Shroud of the Avatar prequel. Aren Bendis is a Captain in the Obsidian Army who has seen enough of what a world without Virtue looks like and is willing to do whatever it takes to establish a lasting peace. But after finding a magical sword that only he can wield, a sword his trusted scout, Syenna, claims is a blade once used by the legendary Avatars, Aren is thrown into a far more unfamiliar battle.
Journey to Canto Bight: a lavish city rich with opportunity - but where the stakes couldn't be higher. Featuring four interconnected novella-length adventures of the exotic aliens and creatures who frequent the captivating casino. With stories by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller.
Several brutal terrorist attacks have occurred near the border of the Klingon Empire, resulting in thousands of deaths. With the Klingons calling for violent vengeance, the Federation races to discover the perpetrators, sending the USS Prometheus, their most powerful ship, to the border region to find the culprits and solve the mystery before war breaks out in the galaxy.
Twenty years have passed since the interstellar scourge known as the Husnock were exterminated without warning by a being with godlike abilities. Left behind, intact but abandoned, their desolate worlds and derelict ships brim with destructive potential - a target for everyone from black market smugglers to alien military forces. All that stands between the galaxy and those who have come to plunder the cruelest secrets of the Husnock are Admiral William Riker, Captain Christine Vale, and the crew of the Starship Titan.