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.
Ruling with an iron hand, the Church has eliminated the ancient pagan ways. Yet demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the Inquisition, while age-old hatreds rage between the north and the south. Three heroes - Malcolm and Ian Blakeley and Gwendolyn Adair - must end the bloodshed before chaos is unleashed.
Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders.
Three standalone ghost story novellas from Martin Hall, Matthew Marchitto, and Ali Nouraei.
High school dropout Alex is, at age 20, the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. But at her hospital bed, she is offered a second chance: to attend Yale on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? She arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. She doesn't yet realize that their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
It is 1868, and a 21 year old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here...
Betrayed and condemned to command a ship of criminals, Meas is forced on a suicide mission to hunt the first living sea-dragon in generations. Everyone wants it, but Meas Gilbryn has her own ideas about the great beast. In the Scattered Archipelago, a dragon's life, like all lives, is bound in blood, death and treachery.
A history professor finds that he is able travel back to 1968, the year he was sixteen. Here he finds a slew of mentors with the same ability, including Robert Heinlein, Albert Einstein, and Philip K. Dick.
Shawn has built a multi-billion-dollar tech giant, while his former programming partner Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction. Now Shawn decides to resurrect one of his and Billy's old projects, a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house's every function, setting it up in the abandoned mansion where they used to collaborate. But something isn't quite right with Nellie, and reconstruction of the mansion is plagued with accidental deaths.
Followup to STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMBSTONE. More tales of the Weird Wild West - stories of horror, science fiction and fantasy set in the Old West from Charlaine Harris, Mike Resnick, D.J. Butler, Stephen Graham Jones, Jane Lindskold and more.
Over two hundred years after the first colonists landed on Pax, a new set of explorers arrives from Earth on what they claim is a temporary scientific mission. But the Earthlings misunderstand the nature of the Pax settlement and its real leader. Even as the alien Stevland attempts to protect his human tools, a more insidious enemy than the Earthlings makes itself known. Stevland is not the apex species on Pax.
Novella. Adriane is an astronaut on an extrasolar research vessel. She and her crewmates sleep between worlds, and wake up each time with different features. Her experience is one of fluid body and stable mind, and of a unique perspective on the passage of time. And what happens back on Earth has little bearing on their mission to explore, to study, and to send their learnings home.
Single mother Kate Reese and her 7 year old son Christopher flee an abusive relationship to settle in the tight-knit community of Mill Grove. Then Christopher vanishes for six days. He emerges from the woods at the edge of town, with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete. Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.
Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find there is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of the Shadowhunters before a deadly curse destroys them and everyone they love.
Uhtred has sworn that on King Edward's death, he will kill two men. And now Edward is dying. A violent attack drives Uhtred south with a small band of warriors, and headlong into the battle for kingship. Plunged into a world of shifting alliances and uncertain loyalties, he will need all his strength and guile to overcome the fiercest warrior of them all.
Includes the novels Dead Six, Swords of Exodus, Alliance of Shadows, plus three short stories and an all-new introduction from the authors.
THE LONELY GUIDE TO ROUGH PLANETS is your ultimate guide to all the must-see locations in the worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Join (former ambassador) Floyd as he shows you the all the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. Where to brunch with Boromir? Where to hit the tiles in Tatooine? Best hotels near Hogwarts? Let Floyd show you the way.
The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist - a secret lord of the empire she's vowed to destroy. Hunted by a mutinous admiral, haunted by the wound which has split her mind in two, Baru leads her dearest foes on an expedition for the secret of immortality. It's her chance to trigger a war that will consume the Masquerade. But Baru's heart is broken, and she fears she can no longer tell justice from revenge...or her own desires from the will of the man who remade her.
For generations, humanity has been clinging to survival by establishing colonies within enormous vacuum-breathing space beasts and mining their resources to the point of depletion. Rash, dreamy, and unconventional, Seske Kaleigh should be preparing for her future role as clan leader, but her people have just culled their latest beast, and she's eager to find the cause of the violent tremors plaguing their new home.
While Richard the Lionheart is away on crusade, his brother, John, and his supposed ally, Philip of France, are conspiring to steal his kingdom. It is up to Sir Durwin, Enchanter General of England, aided by his old friend William Legier, to see Richard safely home again and to save the kingdom from falling into the hands of the sadistic and treacherous Prince John.
When Rory Thorne's father, lord of of the interplanetary Thorne Consortium, is assassinated, she is sent to be bride to the Prince of a distant world. There she discovers that an unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) Prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the Prince.
A collection of original stories of speculative fiction from Carmen Maria Machado, Emily St. John Mandel, Charlie Jane Anders, Nnedi Okorafor, Paolo Bacigalupi, Madeline Ashby, Mark Oshiro, Meg Elison, Maureen F. McHugh, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Hannu Rajaniemi, Annalee Newitz, Lee Konstantinou, and Mark Stasenko.
Two queens, two concubines, six princes. Innumerable hidden agendas. Yala, lady-in-waiting to the princess of a vanquished kingdom, must navigate their captors' treacherous imperial court, the most dangerous place in Zhaon. The Khir princess and her lady-in-waiting find themselves pawns in the six princes' deadly schemes for the aging Emperor's throne.
Farama is still in the hands of the Halian invaders and their Shekayrin, and it's going to take magical as well as military strength to overcome them. Unexpected help comes from Bakura, the Princess Imperial of the Halians, whose gifts have been suppressed. As the voice of her brother the Sky Emperor she has some political power over the Halian military, and she will use it to aid the Faramans, if Kerida can free her from what she sees as a prison. But whether Kerida can help the princess remains to be seen. If she succeeds, Bakura may prove their salvation. But should Kerida fail, all may be lost....
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To do so they join forces with a small band of Napans who have fled a civil war on their own home island. The plan, however, soon goes awry as Kellanved develops a strange and dangerous fascination for a mysterious ancient structure found on the island.
Keisha Taylor lived a quiet life with her wife, Alice, until the day that Alice disappeared. After months of searching, presuming she was dead, Keisha held a funeral, mourned, and gradually tried to get on with her life. But that was before Keisha started to see her wife, again and again, in the background of news reports from all over America.
Fetching is the leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half orcs sworn to her command. She battles desperately to stave off famine, desertion, and the scorn of the other half-orc chieftains, even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots' very existence. Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave - and suddenly only one, faint hope for salvation remains.
[Canadian author]. Short novel (160pp). The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean, wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. And a thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster's heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.
Ivy and her sisters have a secret. Their reclusive great aunt is actually Adela Martin, inspired author of the fantasy classic, Ivory Apples. They must protect their secret from the generations of obsessive fans that have searched for Adela. And Ivy must protect the secret that she shares with her great aunt - a magic that is real, untamable, and - despite anyone's desire - always prefers choosing its own vessel.
As he fled the legendary city of Ildakar, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history. Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon have to help Ildakar survive this unbreakable siege.
England, 1952. A time of peace, regeneration and hope. A Golden Age. Unfortunately, it's been 1952 for the past 65 years. Meet Professor Quanderhorn: a brilliant, maverick scientific genius with absolutely no moral compass. Assisted by a rag-tag crew - his part-insect "son" (reputedly 'a major breakthrough in Artificial Stupidity'), a recovering amnesiac, a brilliant scientist with a half-clockwork brain, and a captured Martian hostage - he'll save the world. Even if he has to destroy it in the process.
Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing - a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible.
Emperor Constant is dead and his rivals are scrabbling for power. In the East, Sultan Salim, peacemaker and visionary ruler, faces his greatest challenge as his people demand an invasion of the West in retribution for the Rondian Crusades. And lurking in the darkness, orchestrating both the power struggles and the inevitable conflicts, is a shadowy group threatening to destroy civilisation itself.
A vast windfleet, constructed in secret, is winging across the Pontic Sea. In the Rondian Empire Empress Lyra has barely survived a coup, triggered by a masked cabal whose members still remain concealed in the highest echelons of her court. Only Lyra's secret affinity to the heretical power of dwyma saved her - but that affinity is also her most dangerous weakness.
Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes to request her assistance, claiming to be the professor and a Phoenix wizard. She not only has to believe in him, but in magic, for an ancient evil is awakening and it will take the two of them, plus a few shady friends, to stand against it. Because the rejuvenation ritual has gone horribly wrong.
Once upon a time a princess awoke from a long, betwitched sleep to find no Prince Charming, only a surfeit of hair and grotesquely long fingernails. She cut off her long braids and used them to escape. But she kept the beard because it made a great disguise. Now, this is not a story about finding true love's kiss - it's a story about finding yourself. On a pirate ship. Where you belong.
A collection of thirteen short stories of supernatural suspense.
Novelette. An alien time-traveler ensnared in Earth's 20th century plots her escape by changing humanity's fate, and not for the better. But her strange encounters with Marcel Duchamp and Albert Einstein takes an unexpected turn when she realizes she's pregnant.
25th anniversary and first hardcover edition, featuring a new foreword by Robin Hobb and ten full-color illustrations.
A collection of her fantasy short work.
Only 60 of the five hundred colonists sent across the stars to settle an alien planet survive the explosion on their vessel that occurs half way to their destination. Their education in survival, delivered by the ship through simulations by an artificial intelligence, is woefully incomplete. Naked and terrified, the teens stumble from their fiery baptism ill-prepared for the unfamiliar and harsh alien world around them.
Local author. Three lands, peopled by humans and immortals. In Corinthium a decadent endlessly-lived elite run the world for profit and power. But when a poor, honest solider dies, and is reborn, everything changes. In wintry Midgarth, where immortals are revered as deities, one of them has realized that something - or someone - is killing the gods. And in Ometepe there is only one immortal, for he has murdered every other. Until one woman gives birth to a very special baby. Yet there is a fourth, hidden land, where savage tribes have united under the prophecy of 'the One': a child who is neither boy nor girl. Now they plan to conquer the world. Unless a broken soldier, a desperate mother and a crippled god can stop them...
Darien was once the Empire of Salt's greatest stronghold, but now the Feal Empire is determined to claim its magic and use it to take the throne. With nowhere else to turn, the twelve families enlist the help of the Sword Saint. Alongside five outcasts - a gambler, a hunter, a young thief, a sorceress and a battle-scarred warrior - the Sword Saint must travel into the very heart of the invading army.
The Light Council is investigating Alex Versus, and if they find out the truth, he'll lose everything. Meanwhile, his old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he's preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control. To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker...
A novella and a short novel that examine the violence and depravity of the human condition. One examines life in a South American dictatorship through the journal of a poet-in-exile and his failed attempts at translating a maddening text. In the other, a librarian discovers a recording from the Deep South - which may be the musical stylings of the Devil himself.
A never before published novel. Wulfgar, a leader of the Altaii people, must contend with twin queens, warlords, prophets and magic in hopes of protecting his people and securing their future. Elspeth, a visitor from another world, holds the answers, but first Wulfgar must learn to ask the right questions. But what if the knowledge that saves the Altaii will also destroy them?
Freelance journalist Harry Hendrick is pursuing a story about a paedophile ring preying on boys at one of the city's most prestigious schools, and probing rumours of a union official who is blowing members' dues on an exclusive professional dominatrix. Then word reaches Harry of clients under a supernatural thrall, of demonic visions, and something dark and infernal spreading out into the world.
Queen of the island kingdom of Calanthe, Lia will do anything to keep her people free - and her secrets safe - from the mad tyrant who rules the mainland. Guided by a magic ring of her father's, Lia plays the political game with the cronies the emperor sends to her island. Conri, former Crown Prince of Oriel, has built an army to overthrow the emperor. But he needs the fabled Abiding Ring to succeed. The ring that Lia holds so dear to her heart.
Arian, continues to lead a disparate group in pursuit of the one artifact that could end the Talisman's authoritarian rule: The Bloodprint. But after a vicious battle, the arcane tome has slipped once more beyond her reach. To continue the fight, she must make a dangerous journey to a distant city to recruit new allies. But instead of her trusted friends, she is accompanied by associates she may no longer be able to trust.
2017: Ottoman flags have been flying over Paris for three centuries, ever since the fall of Europe to the empire's all-conquering army. Kamal Arslan Agha, an officer in the sultan's secret police, is tasked with surveying potential threats. When a mysterious stranger - naked, covered in strange tattoos - appears on the banks of the Seine, Kamal is called in to investigate and discovers a secret buried in the empire's past, a secret the Sultan will do anything to silence.
When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother's home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather's journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants - until, alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors.
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on the soldier Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Xiulan appears to be an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery - but she is a princess in disguise with a plan to secure her throne. And Lee is a small-time criminal who joins Xiulan in order to obtain a magical animal companion as a reward. These four must unite to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic.
To avert the utter destruction of his people and the world they live on, Belisaurius has to make a new deal with the boss he just double-crossed, to travel back in time and work his quantum magic once again, tracking down the source of the wormholes. If he can avoid detection, dodge paradox and stay ahead of the eerie, relentless Scarecrow, he might just get back to his own time alive.
Even as they mourn the loss of their colleague Sherlock Holmes, psychic Nan Killian, medium Sarah Lyon-White, and Elemental Masters John and Mary Watson must be vigilant, for members of Moriarty's network are still at large. And their troubles are far from over. In a matter of weeks, two headless bodies of young brides wash up in major waterways.
Although her friend tries to warn her, Olivia accepts an invitation to go to the Adirondack resort camp of Lake Endor with swimming star Blake and his family. But Olivia discovers that Blake is not the guy she thought he was and that there is something lying beneath the waters of Lake Endor. Something not of this world. Will Olivia be drawn under or will she allow true friends to draw her from the lure of oblivion?
A collection of talks, essays, and criticism that investigates the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction.
The god known as the Raven has watched over Iraden for centuries from atop a tower in the port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven's Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The warrior Eolo, aide to the true Lease Mawat, discovers that the foundations to the Raven's Tower conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself...and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
A deadly flu pandemic has hit the country in a future where time travel exists. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer. In exchange the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. She promises to meet Frank again in Galveston 12 years hence. But she is re-routed an extra five years into the future and Frank is nowhere to be found.
Eight light years away, a star has died, creating a supernova event that showers Earth in deadly levels of radiation. Within a year, everyone over the age of thirteen will die. And so the countdown begins. Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they'll need to keep the world running. But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents' world. And though they imagine a better, brighter world, they may bring about a future so dark humanity won't survive.
Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day...
The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2018, as selected by Carmen Machado. Includes N. K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire and Kelly Robson.
In a brilliant and dangerous brain hacking experiment, Harv Leonel and Tara Mukherjee are thrust unprepared into ancestral memory, into an Antediluvian age, where all the ancient legends of knights and trolls and flood myths are true, where men and women struggled and yearned and innovated in a world of savage contrasts. Will their science be enough to save them?
When her family's House is mysteriously attacked, Bianca's oldest brother, the heir to House von Hasenberg, disappears. Fearful for her brother's life, the headstrong Bianca defies her father and leaves Earth to save him. Ian Bishop, the director of House von Hasenberg security - and Bianca's first love - and the last man Bianca wants to see - is ordered to find and retrieve the rebellious woman.
This year's anthology includes stories from Nebula Winners Rebecca Roanhorse, Martha Wells, and Kelly Robson as well as finalists Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Richard Bowes, K.M. Szpara, Jonathan Brazee, Sarah Pinsker, Caroline M. Yoachim, Fran Wilde, Matthew Kressel, and Jamie Wahls.
Winner of the Aurealis Best Horror 2017. On winter solstice, the birds disappeared, and the mist arrived. The inhabitants of Nebulah quickly learn not to venture out after dark. But eventually only six remain. Like the rest of the townspeople, Pete has nowhere else to go. After he rescues a stranded psychic from a terrible fate, he's given a warning. He will be dead by solstice unless he leaves town -soon.
1992: Beth, a teenage riot grrl, witnesses a murder and realizes something is deeply wrong with her life - maybe it's her best friend, maybe it's her dad, or maybe it's the strange woman who keeps trying to warn her about what's coming. 2022: Tess, a time-traveling geologist, journeys to different eras for her research, while secretly hoping to correct a mistake from her past that haunts her still. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined as war breaks out across the timeline.
On the eve of the new millennium vampire princess Christina Light throws a party in Tokyo, attended by the leaders of the worlds of technology, finance and culture. But the party is crashed. The distinguished guests are held hostage by yakuza assassins and Transylvanian mercenaries, and vampire schoolgirl Nezumi - agent of the Diogenes Club - finds herself pitted against the world's deadliest creatures...
Liliath's single-minded quest to unite with Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara, leads her to four young people. Simeon is a doctor-in-training, Henri a fortune hunter, Agnez a musketeer, and Dorotea an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but none know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else.
A recklessly idealistic girl dares to test the perimeters of her tightly controlled (future) world and is punished by being sent 80 years back in time to Wainscotia, Wisconsin. Cast adrift in time in this idyllic Midwestern town she is set upon a course of "rehabilitation" - but cannot resist falling in love with a fellow exile and questioning the constrains of the Wainscotia world with results that are both devastating and liberating.
Assassin Kyara is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the legendary rebel called the Shadowfox, but then she learns her target's true identity. Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn't save tortures him daily.
A collection of his stories.
General Bas Alyates has assembled a vast army against the might of Those Above. Eudokia, the power behind the Empty Throne, comes to the Roost, nominally to play peacemaker - but in fact to inspire the human population toward revolt. Deep beneath the mountain the urchin Pyre leads a band of fanatical revolutionaries in acts of terrorism against their inhuman oppressors. Against them, Calla, handmaiden of the Eternals' king, fights desperately to stave off the rising tide of violence which threatens to destroy her beloved city.
Death's observations, witticisms and wisdom will keep you company as you commit your own observations, witticisms and wisdom (such as it is) to the paper page.
On board the White Raven, Captain Callie and her crew of Axiom-hunters receive word that the silencing of one of humanity's 29 wormholes may be due to something other than radical separatists. With their bridge generator they skip past the wormhole, and discover another Axiom project, fully awake, and poised to pour through the wormhole gate into all the worlds of humanity...
Once more intrigue is swirling around Lyra, now a 20-year-old undergraduate at St. Sophia's College. Her daemon Pantalaimon is witness to a brutal murder, and the dying man entrusts them with secrets that carry echoes from their past. They learn of a city haunted by daemons, of a desert said to hold the secret of Dust. And powerful forces are about to throw Lyra and Malcolm together into danger once again.
Barsalayaa Shefali, famed Qorin adventurer, and the spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, have survived fights with demon armies, garnered infamy, and ruled an empire. Raised together since birth, then forced into exile after their wedding, and reunited amidst a poisonous invasion - these bold warrior women have faced monumental adventures and catastrophic battles. As they come closest to fulfilling the prophecy of generations - Shefali and Shizuka will face their greatest test yet.
One of the world's four richest people may be dead - but nobody is sure which one. Hired to discover the truth behind the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the ultra-rich, PI Alma must juggle treating her terminally ill lover with a case which may not have a victim.
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.
Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she's come to hate, and her messed-up life. She takes a job salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien.
An anthology of stories about big ships blowing things up. Star Destroyers. Space opera and military sf from Drake, Lee & Miller, Michael Z. Williamson, Steve White, Buettner, Matthews, Bara, and many more!
As the Flow disappears, Emperox Grayland II attempts to take the desperate measures necessary to prevent the collapse of human civilization. But while Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for a civil war, a war that will take place in the halls of power, the markets of business and the altars of worship as much as it will take place between spaceships and battlefields.
Novella (176 pp). Uprooted from Bath by his father's failures, Gideon Belman finds himself stranded on Ormeshadow farm, an ancient land of chalk and ash and shadow. His uncle's land crests the Orme, a buried, sleeping dragon that dreams resentment, jealousy, estrangement, death. Or so the folklore says. Growing up in a house that hates him, Gideon finds his only comforts in the land. Gideon will live or die by the Orme, as all his family has.
Series conclusion. With her fire-forged friend and ally, Japanese Empress Reiko, Orlaith must take up her sword to stop the spread of the mad malignancy behind the Yellow Raja, who has imprisoned her brother Prince John. And from the emerging superpower of Mongolia, the Sky-Blue Wolves of the High Steppe ride once more beneath the banner of Genghis Khan - the thunder of their hooves resounding across a world in turmoil.
In the near-future, the collision of two nuclear superpowers across timelines, one in the midst of a technological revolution and the other a hyper-police state, is imminent. In Commissioner Miriam Burgeson's timeline, her top level agents run a high risk extraction of a major political player. Meanwhile, the Commissioner's adopted daughter and newly-minted spy, Rita, is in a timeline where an activated sleeper threatens to unravel everything.
Trade paperbacks of THEFT OF SWORDS, RISE OF EMPIRE, and HEIR OF NOVRON, collected in a boxset.
Nigeria isn't willing to let Rosewater go without a fight. And the city's alien inhabitants are threatening mass murder for their own sinister ends. Operating across spacetime, the xenosphere, and international borders, it is up to a small group of hackers and criminals to prevent the extra-terrestrial advance. The fugitive known as Bicycle Girl, Kaaro, and his former handler Femi may be humanity's last line of defense.
The Mandarins have embraced a desperate new strategy, and in pursuit of that strategy, the SLN has committed atrocities such as the galaxy has not known in a thousand years. The League have violated its own Eridani Edict against mass civilian casualties, and violated the Deneb Accords prohibition on war crimes. And they have finally killed too many of the people Honor Harrington loves. Hers is the voice of caution and compromise no longer, and the galaxy is about to see something it has never imagined. The Salamander is coming for the Solarian League, and Hell is coming in her wake.
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.
When their father is stricken by a mysterious ailment, the five royal sisters must come together on a desperate journey to save him and prevent their treacherous stepbrother from seizing the throne. Their mission is find the powerful witch who can cure the king. But to succeed on their quest, they must overcome their differences, and hope that the secrets they hide from one another and the world are never brought to light.
Four years have passed since the five royal sisters - daughters of the king - worked together to restore their father to health and to the throne while fracturing the bonds among themselves almost irreparably. Only Bluebell remains at home, dutifully serving as heir to her father's kingdom - the others, Rose, Ash and Ivy, have left. And as for Willow, she hides the most dangerous secret of all - one that could destroy all that the sisters once sought to save.
A hardcover omnibus containing Poul Anderson's THE HIGH CRUSADE, Clifford Simak's WAY STATION, Daniel Keyes' FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, and Roger Zelazny's AND CALL ME CONRAD.
A hardcover omnibus containing R. A. Lafferty's PAST MASTER, Joanna Russ's PICNIC ON PARADISE, Samuel Delany's NOVA, and Jack Vance's EMPHYRIO.
When invaders throw the kingdom into turmoil, knight Vedren Chel finds opportunity in the chaos. If he escorts a stranded prince to safety, he will be released from his oath of fealty. All he has to do is drag the brat from one side of the country to the other, through war and wilderness, chased all the way by ruthless assassins. With killers on your trail, you need killers watching your back. You need the Black Hawk Company - mercenaries, fighters without equal, a squabbling, scrapping pack of rogues.
Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring the Faceless Man to justice. But Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
Peter Grant takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. But magic is not finished with him -- Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC, a technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
The Spin is dying. As the vrealities drain the last resources of the Spin, a rebellion which could kill millions sparks and gains momentum. In a remote star system, an ancient insectoid called Skarbo the Horologist has studied the Spin for several lifetimes. Himself near to death, he makes a final journey to look his last on the object of his studies. There he learns of the artificial system's past, the real nature of the vrealities - and the part he has to play in their future...
Leaving Golgotha in search of her daughter Constance, who has been taken from her, Maude Stapleton travels to Charleston, South Carolina, only to find herself caught in the middle of a secret war between the Daughters of Lilith and their ancestral enemies, the monstrous Sons of Typhon. To save Constance, whose prophetic gifts are sought by both cults, Maude must follow in the footsteps of the pirate Anne Bonney.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister Taryn. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict's bloody politics. And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity...
Hiram Woolley is a cunning man, a person who is master of the lore necessary to defend you against witches, and against other evil powers. He is also a widower and a beet farmer, who learned his occult lore from his Grandma Hettie. In the 1930s, with the western United States sunk in deep depression, Hiram finds demons, curses, sorcerers, and unatoned wrongs. Bags of groceries and carpentry won't be enough - to truly help the poor, Hiram will have to turn to Grandma Hettie's magic.
Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands' colonizers, and now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge. When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonizers.
Two short novels set in the RING OF FIRE universe, featuring down-timers attempting to deal with the impact of Grantville in their time.
Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification. Ross and Fallon, crew members of the Galway, believe the ship belongs to Pell, which has an interest in the Rights of Man, another massive ship docked at Alpha. It is under the command of the Earth Company, but it is not quite ready, and its true purpose is shrouded in mystery.
Heloise and her allies are marching on the Imperial Capital. The villagers, the Kipti, and the Red Lords are united only in their loyalty to Heloise, though dissenting voices are many and they are loud. Then the first of the devils start pouring through a rent in the veil between worlds -- and Heloise must strike a bargain with an unlikely ally, or doom her people to death and her world to ruin.
One week after their 11th birthday, the Fowl twins - scientist Myles, and Beckett, the force of nature - are left in the care of house security (NANNI) for a single night. In that time they befriend a troll who has clawed his way through the earth's crust to the surface. Unfortunately for the troll, he is being chased by a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun, who both need the magical creature for their own gain, as well as a fairy-in-training who has been assigned to protect him.
The first three novels of THE EXPANSE in hardcover for the first time and collected in a boxset: LEVIATHAN WAKES, CALIBAN'S WAR, and ABADDON'S GATE.
176 pages. The borders of Lychford are crumbling. Other realities threaten to seep into the otherwise quiet village, and the resident wise woman is struggling to remain wise. The local magic shop owner and the local priest are having troubles of their own. And a mysterious stranger is on hand to offer a solution to everyone's problems. No cost, no strings (she says).
A collection of 13 stories collected here.
Paul's father has gone missing under dire circumstances. Before he can convince Esen to help him search, a friend shows up to use the Library. A crisis on Dokeci Na is about to explode into violence. To stop it, Evan Gooseberry needs answers. Unfortunately, the artifact he brought in trade holds its own distracting secret. A touch of very familiar blue. Web-flesh. The race is on. Paul, to find his father. Esen, to search for a mysterious legacy while helping Evan avert an extinction.
Thana's first contract as assassin is Heru, a dangerous foreign diplomat with the ability to bind a person's soul under his control. But when Heru is targeted by a rival sorcerer who sends hordes of the undead to attack them both, Thana must pursue Heru across the sands. Now a stranger in a strange city, her only ally is Mo, a healer who may be too noble for her own good.
Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an alien arrival where no aliens show up. Imagine the sudden appearance of exclusion zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the schoolyard bully to nations at war. Imagine an end to borders, an end to all crime. Imagine a world where hate has no outlet and the only harm one can do is to oneself. On the day of First Contact, it won't be about them. It will be about us.
The English and the French in North America, who had been on the brink of war when the Sundering came, now have to contemplate what would once have been unthinkable. They must not simply forge a military alliance against the rising dark powers but may even have to unite politically behind the young English Prince Edward, now the only person of royal blood left in the terrifying world created by the Sundering.
Despite her wariness of the new and growing powers she gained in Germany, American magician Karen O'Neil agrees to help an old friend and is drawn to Cuba, a world of opulence run by a corrupt government and ruthless, magic-obsessed mobsters. In Havana, while the fires of revolution kindle, Karen searches for a missing girl whose fate is intertwined with impossible and deadly magic.
The war between good and evil has just been kicked up a notch for Gabriel Redfeather and his partner, the half Valkyrie, De Mona Sanchez. Gabriel is the only one who can stem the tide of darkness creeping across the land. But will he be able to do it without falling into darkness himself?
Three dragons wreak havoc throughout Mirabay - eating livestock, killing humans, and burning entire villages to ash. Guillot dal Villerauvais will need help to deal with three. Meanwhile the Prince Bishop still wants Gill dead, but more than that, he wants the Cup, and he'll do whatever he has to to get it, even sending his own daughter - a talented thief and assassin - into the dragons' path.
Driven by an intense religious extremism, the alien Olyix are determined to bring everyone to their version of God as they see it. As human ingenuity and determination rise to the challenge, collective humanity has only one goal - to wipe this apparently undefeatable enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means playing a ridiculously long game indeed.
Nine explorers aboard the powerful AI vessel Alchemon are sent to investigate an "anomalous biosignature" on a distant planet. But deadly freakish incidents begin to threaten their lives. Are they being targeted from inside by one of their number -- or do their troubles originate with the strange alien lifeform retrieved from the planet, a creature that might possess an intelligence beyond human understanding or may perhaps be the spawn of some terrifying supernatural force?
Jane Yellowrock seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal - or to die - from the disease brought on by her magic. But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and the younger Son of Darkness stalks her, even into the safety of the hills.
Cold Hill House has been demolished to make way for a new housing estate. Luxury-living at its best with high specification gadgets all thrown in. The first two families move in, and as soon as they do, the unearthly residents of Cold Hill begin to make themselves known. Nobody who moves into Cold Hill reaches their fortieth birthday, and the old couple that have just arrived...let's just say their days are numbered.
Kyrkenall, Elenai, and the kobalin Ortok ride for the storm-wracked shifting lands to rekindle the alliance with the winged lizards known as ko'aye, the only possible counter to the terrible Naor dragons. Meanwhile, the queen is delving further and deeper into the magic of the mysterious hearthstones, in a frantic attempt to save the realms.
When Mathias discovers it's his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride. But the going gets rough and folks start to believe their best chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn't how the prophecy goes. At all. As the list of allies grows thin, and the friends find themselves staring death in the face they must decide how to become the heroes they were destined to be or, failing that, how to survive.
14-year-old Ileth grew up in an orphanage, and thanks to her stutter was never thought to be destined for much beyond kitchen work and cleaning. But now she runs away to become a novice dragoneer at the ancient human-dragon fortress of the Serpentine. While most of her fellow apprentices are from rich and influential families, Ileth must fight for her place in the world, even if it includes a duel with her boss at the fish-gutting table.
Pleo Tanza is an outcast, even among the struggling masses on Chatoyance, the once-great space colony she calls home. Unjustly accused of murdering the only daughter of a powerful industrial family, she's thrown into a desperate race to clear her name. Facing a resurgent threat from a shadowy alien enemy after decades of intrigues and treachery, Chatoyance is ready to explode - and this could be the spark that triggers it.
Arabella's fiance is captured by the French and sent to a POW camp on Venus. Now she must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain. To do this she will need to enlist the help of the privateer, Daniel Fox and build her own clockwork navigational automaton.
Kihrin D'Mon meets Janel Theranon, a mysterious Joratese woman who claims to know him. Her plea for help pits Kihrin against all manner of dangers: a secret rebellion, a dragon capable of destroying an entire city, and Kihrin's old enemy, the wizard Relos Var. Janel believes that Relos Var possesses one of the most powerful artifacts in the world - the Cornerstone called the Name of All Things.
11th-century warrior Hexen Sabbath is plucked from death and certain damnation by a being claiming to be an angel of the Lord and dropped naked into contemporary Manhattan. He must track down and kill the living personifications of the Seven Deadly Sins before they bring about Armageddon. With time running out and his only ally a destitute art gallery owner, Sabbath must fight his way through New York's elite and challenge the world's most powerful man.
A dissident group called The Open Hand - and their mysterious, charismatic leader, Bishop Ret Issendel - seeks to disrupt the Parliament elections with their message of secession and dissolution. Despite orders to stay out of the public eye, Dayne and Jerinne are drawn into the intrigue of the Open Hand and kept apart by dark powerful conspiracies that brew around them.
160 pages. Cariad Corcoran has a new sister who is everything she is not: tall, beautiful, confident. They're unlikely allies and even unlikelier sisters, but they're determined to find the moon's first footprint, even if the lunar frontier is doing its best to kill them before they get there.
There's only one thing Scorpia Kaiser wants in the whole galaxy: to finally own Fortuna, the ship she pilots and the only home she's ever known. But when it becomes clear her predecessor - the family matriarch - has been secretly dealing with various planetary governments, Scorpia realizes that her own family may be the reason the system's five planets are headed toward a devastating war.
A series of nuclear strikes has left huge swathes of the country uninhabitable. Both Hater and Unchanged alike have to fight to stay alive. Both have retreated to their camps to regroup, less than twenty miles away from each other. Both armies are ready to fight to the death, each of their leaders hell-bent on victory, each determined to strike first, get the enemy in a chokehold, then strangle the life out of them.
Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have concealed their strange and dangerous family secret from the other residents of their small coastal community. Now their quiet lives are threatend by first the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. And, second, Barrie Anne's long-lost husband suddenly reappears. Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves - and the child they think of as their own - from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family.
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered, Zachary uncovers a series of clues - a bee, a key and a sword - that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.
South Africa in the 1880s. A young and naive English doctor by the name of William Abbey witnesses the lynching of a local boy by the white colonists. As the child dies, his mother curses William. William begins to understand what the curse means when the shadow of the dead boy starts following him across the world. It never stops, never rests. It can cross oceans and mountains. And if it catches him, the person he loves most in the world will die.
Boy Scout has multiple entities hitching a ride in his mind, and at least one of them is desperate to get control. Lore is researching Zoroastrianism to see if she can figure out a way to free him. McQueen has set up a rat line that can help them out. Dervishes are looking for them. They tracked down Faood and made him tell all. Now they want to take Boy Scout. With enemies all around, the T.S.T are about to face their toughest mission yet.
All his best stories in one volume, each with a new introduction by editor and longtime Pournelle assistant John F. Carr, as well as essays and remembrances by Pournelle collaborators and admirers.
As you head through the year, work your way across the Disc's landscapes: take in the meadows of The Chalk, the peaks of the Ramtops, even the titanic span of Great A'Tuin's flippers.
Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did - no body has been recovered, and she shouldn't have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was. Nearly 20 years later a chance encounter rekindles Ben's interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him. Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew...
In 1938, death is no longer feared but exploited. Since the discovery of the afterlife, the British Empire has extended its reach into Summerland, a metropolis for the recently deceased. Yet Britain isn't the only contender for power in this life and the next. The Soviets have spies in Summerland, and the technology to build their own god. When SIS agent Rachel White gets a lead on one of the Soviet moles, blowing the whistle puts her hard-earned career at risk. The spy has friends in high places, and she will have to go rogue to bring him in. But how do you catch a man who is already dead?
An anthology of SF stories from Rebecca Roanhorse, Amal El-Mohtar, Alice Sola Kim, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Rich Larson, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Sarah Pinsker, Darcie Little Badger, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kelly Robson, Suzanne Palmer, Nino Cipri, and more.
Novella. The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own. When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care - and that of the galactic diaspora - are in danger.
To combat the zombie virus Tom Smith needs infected human spinal tissue to formulate a vaccine - and he needs it by the truckload. To get it, he will have to forge a shady alliance with both the politicians of the City of New York and some of its less savory entrepreneurs. But all of his back-alley dealing may amount to nothing if he can't stave off the fast-moving disease as it sweeps across the planet, leaving billions dead in its wake.
What the hell are you supposed to do about preventing hell-on-earth when you're fresh out of prison, a biker ex-con who can't even vote? But the man who bears the message of the end of days is not a stranger shouting on a street corner while hoisting a sign promising death and damnation. He is someone you've known since boyhood, someone you trust implicitly. Someone who has never, ever lied to you. He's Grandaddy.
Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries. She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined.
Young adult novel. Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing - kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood.
Today's most popular writers produce new stories set in their most famous universes, alongside essential and seminal short fiction from past masters. With a new introduction and a short story by David Weber, the authors include Becky Chambers (Wayfarers), Curtis C. Chen (Kangaroo), Orson Scott Card (Ender), Susan R. Matthews, Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (Dream Park), Tanya Huff (Confederation), Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet) and many more.
Hand-picked classic sf stories about aliens.
A police pursuit kicks Sergeant Jack Redding of the Florida Highway Patrol and his trainee, Julie Karras, into a shoot-out that ends with one girl dead and another in cuffs, and the driver of the SUV fleeing into the Intracoastal Waterway. Redding stays on the hunt, driven by the trace memory that he knows that running woman - and he does, because his grandfather, a cop in Jacksonville, was hunting the same woman in 1957.
Arwa makes common cause with a disgraced, illegitimate prince who has turned to forbidden occult arts to find a cure to the darkness hanging over the Ambhan Empire. Using the power in Arwa's blood, they seek answers in the realm of ash: a land where mortals can find the ghostly echoes of their ancestors' dreams. But the Emperor's health is failing, and a terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon, not just for the Imperial throne, but for the magic underpinning Empire itself.
192 pages. Welcome to Fountains Parish - a cesspit of trade and crime. Coppelia is a street thief, a trickster, a low-level con artist. But she has something other thieves don't... tiny puppet-like companions, some made of wood, some of metal. They don't entirely trust her, and she doesn't entirely understand them, but their partnership mostly works.
2019 Stoker Best Novel. 7 year old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, "None of what's going to happen is your fault".
Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she's denied a place at the nation's premier arcane academy. She sails to the city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a university. But as soon as Onna arrives, she's drawn into the mysterious murder of four trolls.
Peter Watts said to read this book. Or else.In over fifty unpredictable essays and revenge fantasies, Hugo Award-winning author, former marine biologist, and angry, sentient tumor, Peter Watts is the savage dystopian optimist that you can't look away from. Even when you probably should.
Moon has spent his life hiding what he is: a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. Cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself - someone who promises that Moon will be welcomed into the shape-shifter community. What Moon is not told is that his presence will tip a balance of power and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell.
The Tekari - sworn enemies of humans - are openly roaming the kingdom and are headed towards the capital, Edonarle. Then unexpected news arrives. Riding like a dark dragon on the winds from the south, an ambassador from the Silent King of Els, has left the shores of the distant desert kingdom for the first time in centuries. Unknown enemy? Or unexpected ally?
Skein Island is a private refuge 12 miles off the coast. Few receive the invitation to stay for one week, free of charge. If you are chosen, you must pay for your stay with a story from your past; a Declaration for the Island's vast library. What happens to your Declaration after you leave the island is not your concern. Powerful and disturbing, it is a story over which the characters will fight for control. Until they realise the true enemy is the story itself.
Quillifer is back in court after two years away and finds that the small castle and domain that came with his knighthood require much reformation. He is outed as Princess Floria's lover, and those who once despised him now seek his favor. Of course, Queen Berlauda will attempt to reconquer the country with the power of her husband's armies. At the very least, there will be a long, long war. But Quillifer is prepared to fight.
Deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance is on the verge of shut-down when a Brazilian terrain-mapping drone detects a bizarre anomaly of otherworldly matter in the middle of the jungle, and, worse yet, the tell-tale chemical signature of the Andromeda Strain. And it is growing and evolving. And if the Wildfire team can't reach the quarantine zone, enter the anomaly, and figure out how to stop it, this new Andromeda Evolution will annihilate all life as we know it.
Zaelie struggles to unite the maji in an Orisha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orisha, Zaelie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zaelie finds herself at a breaking point. She must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orisha tears itself apart.
12 year old orphan Nicholas Withybeck has been chosen by Elena, the Celtic goddess of crossroads, sorcery, and cemeteries. This allows him to recognize Little John, of Robin Locksley's band, as the Green Man. Then he learns that Little John's love has been kidnapped by Queen Mab of the Faeries. The door to the Faery mound will only open when the moons of the two realms align. That time is fast approaching. Nick must release Elena so that she can use sorcery to unlock that door, allowing Nick's band of friends to try to rescue the girl.
Sikander Singh North now commands the destroyer Ardent, assigned to Zerzura, where the Aquilan Commonwealth and the Empire of Dremark vie for the allegiance of local ruler Marid Pasha. Sikander must stop pirate attacks in the region while charting his course between the ambitions of Marid Pasha, a dubious alliance with a shipping magnate, and the inexperience of Ardent's crew.
Salvage operators Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that has been long thought dead, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into full-out war.
Two new short stories and a novella set in Sacoridia.
Aranthur and his friends have come together to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to rip the world apart. But is Aranthur, a 20 year old student, really the master strategist to bring it all together? And can he and his friends overcome aeons of lies when their plans inevitably fall to pieces? Do they even know, for sure, who the enemy is...?
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.
A new collection of Correia's stories.
Once an outlaw spellslinger, Kellen Argos has made a life for himself as the Daroman Queen's protector. A little magic and a handful of tricks are all it takes to deal with the constant threats to her reign. But when rumors of an empire-shattering war begin to stir, Kellen is asked to commit an unimaginable act to protect his queen. Inside enemy territory, he quickly realizes something is amiss. Someone is playing a dangerous game. And to discover their secrets, Kellen will have to challenge the greatest spellcaster who has ever lived.
Malachus is a draga living on borrowed time. The magic that has protected him will soon turn on him - unless he finds a key part of his heritage. He has tracked it to a group of free traders, among them Halani, a grave-robbing earth witch who fascinates him as much as she frustrates him with her many secrets. Unbeknownst to both, the Empire's twisted empress searches for a draga of her own, to capture and kill as a trophy. As Malachus the hunter becomes the hunted, Halani must risk herself and all she loves to save him from the Empire's machinations and his own lethal birthright.
We join the not terribly bright but exceedingly cocksure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child for a series of devil-may-care, near-calamitous and downright chaotic adventures through the infinite vastness of interstellar space.
The eighth anthology of RING OF FIRE stories.
Once a Citadel, a genetically enhanced super soldier charged with protecting her version of Earth, Ryn now can no longer follow - she must lead. As a general, she must forge alliances with unpredictable species, make impossible decisions, and face deep sacrifices. She must command multitudes of troops. Ultimately, she must leave behind any trace of her childhood. Ryn was created to fight. Now she must take charge. Her armies are ready. Is she?
Supervisor Kalico Aguila has bet everything on a fragile settlement far south of Port Authority. There, she has carved a farm and mine out of wilderness. But Donovan is closing in. When conditions couldn't get worse, a murderous peril descends out of Donovan's sky - one that will leave Kalico bleeding and shattered. In the end, the only hope will lie with a "lost" colony, and the alien-infested reflexes possessed by Security Officer Talina Perez. On Donovan, only human beings are more terrifying than the wildlife.
Carrera's adopted country of Balboa is under Zhong and Tauran assault from all directions. In space, the United Earth Peace Fleet, is spying and feeding intelligence to both Zhong and Tauran. It's beginning to look like the game is up for Balboa and Patricio Carrera. But Carrera's been planning this war for fifteen years. He certainly hopes his enemies think they're winning.
John and Mary Watson and Nan Killian and Sarah Lyon-White travel to Dartmoor to track down a rumour of evil magic brewing there. While there they intend to look into the case of a poor cottager whose children went out on the moors to forage for something to eat and vanished without a trace. In fact, their tracks abruptly stopped "as if them Pharisees took'd 'em."
23 authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to Valdemar.
The invasion is over, but not all the aliens are gone. As the outside world learns what happened to the city, Violet and Bo struggle to keep their ally Gloom hidden from prying eyes. Those in power believe he is the key to unlocking the invaders' technology, and will stop at nothing to capture him.
Sequel to NEOGENESIS. Exiled from Liad after bombing a city to save it from the Department of the Interior's infernal weapons and plans, Clan Korval has gone to ground on the back-water planet Surebleak. But the Department of the Interior is not done with Clan Korval yet. They seek a final fully reckoned revenge, with Surebleak and Korval's ships and people everywhere in the crosshairs.
Orla, daughter of Voada, flees northward to Onglse, the island home of the draoi that is the center of the Cateni rebellion against the Mundoa. She becomes quickly embroiled in battle as well as deceptions from both sides of the conflict, as everyone expects that she's come to take up her mother's mantle.
At last husband and wife, Arabella and Captain Singh seem to have earned the attention of great men, ones who have new uses in mind for the Mars Company captain and his young wife. Both Company and Crown have decided that it is time to bring Mars into the folds of Empire, and they think Singh is the perfect man to do it. Now, Arabella must decide between staying loyal to the man she loves and the country of her father or betraying all that she has known to fight alongside the Martians in a hopeless resistance against the Galaxy's last remaining superpower.
Young London bike courier/graffiti artist Ajia Ryker runs afoul of the authorities and finds herself in the world of eidolon, mythical beings who are living incarnations of an idea, from Oberon, King of the Faeries to Robin Hood. There the government's affable-seeming Prime Minister seeks to crown himself as the new King Arthur with his own round table of knights, using ancient powers to achieve his agenda. Only Ajia and her new allies can stop him.
The Dynize have unlocked the Landfall Godstone, and Michel Bravis is tasked with returning to Greenfire Depths to do whatever he can to prevent them from using its power. Meanwhile, bereft of her sorcery and physically and emotionally broken, Lady Vlora Flint now marches on Landfall at the head of an Adran army seeking vengeance against those who have conspired against her. While allied politicians seek to undo her from within, she faces insurmountable odds and Dynize's greatest general.
When Jack West, Jr. won the Great Games, he threw the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil. Now dark forces are coming after Jack, in ruthless fashion, reaching into our world - explosively... With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must find the Three Secret Cities, three incredible lost cities of legend. It's an impossible task by any reckoning, but Jack must do it while he is being hunted...by the greatest hunters in history.
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal - and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been the One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy's stronghold, and pursues her destiny - to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all - she will need an army behind her...
Aoelyn risked her life to save the trader Talmadge and it cost her everything that is dear to her, but Talmadge survived and can't forget the amazing woman that killed a god. Little do they realize, war is coming to the mountain. Far to the west, a fallen empire stirs. One that sees a solar eclipse as a call to war. Their empire once dominated the known world and they want it back.
Back in Alliance territory with new weapons, new armor, and new bodies, Lieutenant Jenkins and her Jackals are given a secret assignment: to investigate the mysterious Aeon, a potential ally in the escalating conflict, and a force that might shift the gears of war in favor of the Alliance. But there are many agencies interested in the Aeon, and too many sides in this war. Jenkins is going to have to trust her squad, the alien Pariah, and her instincts as she faces the most dangerous decision of her career.
Inside a barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a scientist searching for an Alzheimer's cure throws a switch - and finds herself mysteriously transported into her husband's body. What begins as a botched experiment will change her life - and the world - forever. The present-day story of the discovery and development of the flash is interwoven with the gritty tale of one woman's crusade to put an end to the darkness it has brought to the world twenty-five years after its creation.
A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden. And in a City with no name of its own, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives - both human and otherwise - converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth - all the Earths.
Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen - the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana's oldest allies, finally comes to a head. When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision whether to back the Shen or the Farians.
Battling across the Shining Mountains, the questers discover a land more terrifying and filled with more dangerous creatures than they could ever have imagined - and they've fought thunder lizards. The tentatively allied Wootah and Calnians must survive monster attacks, flash floods and tornados to uncover the secret of the Meadows. And then comes the hard part. To save themselves and everybody else they will travel west of west, deeper into danger, and do all that they can to defeat a goddess who has already killed all the other gods.
Featuring all-new stories by Larry Correia, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, Mike Massa, Kacey Ezell, and more! The individualists of the Freehold of Grainne intend to make the UN pay for its invasion.
It's the summer of 1969. When word gets around about an important government experiment in the small town of Hawkins, Terry Ives signs on as a test subject for the project, code named MKULTRA. Unmarked vans, a remote lab deep in the woods, mind-altering substances administered by tight lipped researchers...and a mystery the young and restless Terry is determined to uncover. But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory--and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr. Martin Brenner--lurks a conspiracy greater than Terry could have ever imagined.
If the UNSC has any chance of stemming the tide of the war in the Outer Colonies, the Master Chief and Blue Team must drop onto an empty, hellish world in order to capture a disabled Covenant frigate filled with valuable technology. It has all the makings of a trap, but the bait is far too tempting to ignore - and this tantalizing prize is being offered by a disgraced and vengeful Covenant fleetmaster, whose sole opportunity for redemption lies in extinguishing humanity's only hope of survival...
When Jedi Rael Averross requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together before Qui-Gon joins the Jedi Council. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon's mind. As Qui-Gon's faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan's faith in him is tested--just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Mal wins an old map in a card game. Ancient and written in impenetrable symbols, the former owner insists it's worthless. Yet River Tam can read it, and says it leads to one of the Arks, legendary ships that brought humans from Earth-that-was to the 'Verse. The salvage potential alone is staggering. But the closer they get to the ancient ship, the more agitated River becomes. She says something is waiting inside, something powerful, and very angry...
The past returns to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard - a crime he thought long buried has been exposed, and he must return to Earth to answer for his role in a conspiracy that some call treason. Meanwhile, the U.S.S. Enterprise is sent to apprehend pirates who have stolen vital technology from a fragile Federation colony. But acting captain Commander Worf discovers that the pirates' motives are not what they seem, and that sometimes standing for justice means defying the law....
The original script to the audio production. As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord's past begins to come to light. Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the Sith relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light - even as the darkness begins to fall.
Eddie Brock / Venom leaves New York for San Francisco, where he becomes the protector of an underground community of homeless. He is attacked by police and mercenaries alike, leading Spider-Man to go after Venom to bring him in. Together they discover an organization hidden beneath the Mojave Desert seeking to separate Brock from his symbiote and use it to create more vicious versions of Venom.
For as long as they can remember, the twin endermen Fin and Mo have lived in the mysterious land of the End. On the outskirts of the great enderman city of Talos, they explore ancient ruins under the watchful gaze of the mighty ender dragon. They have everything they need in the end ship they call home, and know everything there is to know about their world--or so they think until the strangers from another dimension arrive. The invaders are called humans, and they've come to steal artifacts and slay the ender dragon.
Just how adventurous are you? Would you go to a galaxy far far away? California? Inpired by the cuisine in the Disney theme park. Now you can just go into the kitchen.
What was once the Resistance army is now a handful of wounded heroes. From the jungles of Ryloth to the shipyards of Corellia, the shadow of the First Order looms large, and those with the bravery to face the darkness are scattered and isolated. If hope is to survive, the Resistance must journey throughout the galaxy, seeking out more leaders.
Carol Danvers - Captain Marvel - narrowly stops a spacecraft from crashing. The pilot Rhi is a young Inhuman woman from a group who left for a life among the stars. Instead they were imprisoned on a planet where an enslaved Inhuman brings her owner great power and influence. Horrified by the account, Carol gathers a team - including Ant-Man, Mantis, and Amadeus Cho - and they set out to free Rhi's people.
When an industrial spy steals a Xenomorph egg, former Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks must prevent an alien from killing everyone on an isolated colony planet.
As the Gatewatch's newest member, Kaya aims to help write that future. In joining, she pledged an oath to protect the living and the dead, but now that oath will be tested. The grieving guild masters of Ravnica have tasked her with a grave mission suited to her talents as a hunter and assassin--a mission she is ordered to keep secret from the Gatewatch. She must track down and exact retribution on the traitor Liliana Vess.
Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the U.S.S. Discovery and its spore-based hub drive through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored.
A collection of novellas and short stories featuring the Fireborn, the Salamanders who battle through the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy.
The Avengers journey into deep space, where they unite the intergalactic races against the Builders - deadly aliens who seek to destroy the known galaxy. While the heroes are gone, Thanos sets his sights on Earth, sending the Black Order to launch the assault. It falls to the Inhumans, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, the X-Men, and more to defend the planet.