By Michael Cobley
'Proper galaxy-spanning space opera' Iain M. Banks on Seeds of EarthAction-orientated sci-fi with a spaceship crewed by rogues and scoundrels, perfect for fans of Star Wars, Firefly or FarscapeFor Pyke and his crew it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device then use it to find a ship buried in the planet's vast and trackless sandy wastes. Except that the museum vault is a bio-engineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought after by another gang of treasure hunters led by an old adversary of Pyke's, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is a quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key, a relic to unlock all the treasures and technologies of a lost civilisation . . .'Splintered Suns splices new and old space opera, cyberpunk, quest fantasy and heist caper -- the maddest thing I've read since Van Vogt!' Ken MacLeod"Splintered Suns is a masterpiece of future nostalgia. All who love mischievous interstellar derring-do in pursuit of ancient relics of departed races as well as exotic panoplies of sentient species, all who love space opera should feast upon this generous novel. Let us revel in the admirable jaunty technicolour richness which Mike Cobley serves up so entertainingly-for this is how the universe ought to be" Ian Watson, author of the Games Workshop Warhammer 40K novels Space Marine and The Inquisition Wartrilogy
The Corporation Wars Trilogy
By Ken MacLeod
Three books in one!The Corporation Wars trilogy is an epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space - a robot's eye view of a robot revolt Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he's been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he's not sure he's fighting for the right side. Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other 'freebots', Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.Collects the three novels in the Corporation Wars trilogy - Dissidence, Insurgence and Emergence.Praise for Ken MacLeod'Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global'Peter F. Hamilton'MacLeod's novels are fast, funny and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky'Kim Stanley Robinson'MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read'SFX
The Night Angel Trilogy
By Brent Weeks
This is a special 10th-anniversary hardback edition of Brent Weeks's internationally bestselling Night Angel trilogy, featuring a striking all-black design (including page edges). This edition includes the novels The Way of Shadows, Shadow's Edge and Beyond the Shadows.The perfect killer has no friends. Only targets.For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art. And he is the city's most accomplished artist, his talents required from alleyway to courtly boudoir.For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned the hard way to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death.
How Long 'til Black Future Month?
By N. K. Jemisin
Hugo award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection.'The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation... Jemisin seems able to do just about everything'NEW YORK TIMES'Smart, sharp and very, very timely'I NEWSPAPER 'An important collection by a rising star' GUARDIAN'Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold'ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'The most critically acclaimed author in contemporary science fiction and fantasy'GQ'One line from [Jemisin's introduction] has tattooed itself on my mind, a sort of manifesto for her ongoing work and all the fiction I love: 'Now I am bolder, and angrier, and more joyful.' I felt, after reading these stories, that I was too'NPR BOOKS'N. K. Jemisin is a powerhouse of speculative fiction. So, obviously, you need to read this new short story collection'BUSTLEN. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of GodsDreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed SunThe Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky
The Eternity War: Exodus
By Jamie Sawyer
'A NEW MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION' William C. Dietz, author of the Halo tie-in novels'Jamie Sawyer is easily one of the best military SF writers working today - a must read for anyone who grew up watching Aliens and reading 2000AD' Gavin Smith, author of The Bastard LegionFollowing Pariah comes Exodus, the second book in the Eternity War series - an explosive tale of elite marines, deep-space exploration and warring galactic empires.Lieutenant Keira Jenkins and her Jackals may have survived confrontations with the Black Spiral terrorist network and a betrayal by one of their own. Yet their troubles are only just beginning.With their starship badly damaged, they find themselves adrift in hostile territory. Somehow they must find a way to warn the Alliance before the Black Spiral unleashes a new war across the galaxy.But first they must face the Alliance's oldest enemy: the Asiatic Directorate. And the Directorate has a score to settle with Jenkins . . .Praise for Jamie Sawyer:'A gripping read that moves at warp speed' Jack Campbell, author of the Lost Fleet novels'Alien biomechs . . . terrorism, subterfuge and traitors . . . starships sporting particle beam weapons, railguns the size of skyscrapers, laser batteries, missiles . . . This, dear readers, is the good stuff' Neal Asher, author of the Agent Cormac novels 'Fast-paced and full of action' SFX'Gripping, gritty and unsentimental - Sawyer shows us how perilous future war can be' Michael Cobley, author of Seeds of Earth
The Winter Road
By Adrian Selby
'A bold, assured storyteller' PETER NEWMAN author of The VagrantThe greatest empire of them all began with a road.The Circle - a thousand miles of perilous forests and warring clans. No one has ever tamed such treacherous territory before, but ex-soldier Teyr Amondsen, veteran of a hundred battles, is determined to try. With a merchant caravan protected by a crew of skilled mercenaries, Amondsen embarks on a dangerous mission to forge a road across the untamed wilderness that was once her home. But a warlord rises in the wilds of the Circle, uniting its clans and terrorising its people. Teyr's battles may not be over yet . . .All roads lead back to war.Praise for Adrian Selby: 'Perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie' RT BOOK REVIEWS'A lot to enjoy, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty, old-soldier stories' FANTASY FACTION'Wears its grimdark on its sleeve . . . a thrilling tale of adventure, betrayal, triumph and loss' INTERZONE 'I give it nothing but the highest recommendation' GRIMDARK MAGAZINE For more epic fantasy action from Adrian Selby, check out SNAKEWOOD or follow him on twitter at @adrianlselby for updates.
Empire of Sand
By Tasha Suri
'Empire of Sand thoroughly swept me away' S. A. Chakraborty, author of CITY OF BRASS'A darkly intricate, devastating, and utterly original story about the ways we are bound by those we love' R. F. Kuang, author of THE POPPY WARA NOBLEMAN'S DAUGHTER WITH MAGIC IN HER BLOOD AN EMPIRE BUILT ON THE DREAMS OF ENSLAVED GODS Mehr is a girl trapped between two cultures. Her father comes from the ruling classes of the empire, but her mother's people were outcasts, Amrithi nomads who worshipped the spirits of the sands. Caught one night performing these forbidden rites, Mehr is brought to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, who try to force her into their service by way of an arranged marriage. If she fails in their bidding, the gods themselves may awaken and seek vengeance... From British debut author Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand is a lush and beautiful tale set in a magical world inspired by medieval India.'Draws you into an intricately realised world of blood and secrets. An arresting and magical history told through the eyes of an indomitable heroine. I cannot ask for more' Jeannette Ng 'Astounding . . . the epic story set my heart free' Fran Wilde 'The best fantasy novel I have read this year' Miles Cameron TASHA SURI is a librarian in London. Follow her on twitter at @tashadrinkstea for updates.
Someone Like Me
By M. R. Carey
'A TAUT, CLEVER THRILLER THAT LEFT ME UTTERLY BEREFT WHEN I'D FINISHED. IT'S A MASTERPIECE' Louise Jensen, bestselling author of The SisterFrom the author of the million-copy bestseller The Girl With All the Gifts comes a heart-stopping psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming and a heroine you can't trust . . . THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY. Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home.But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. She will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme.And when her alter-ego takes control, the consequences are devastating.Someone Like Me is the intoxicating new thriller from the phenomenal M. R. Carey. A modern take on the Jekyll and Hyde tale, think Gone Girl meets Stephen King - but you won't have read anything quite like this before . . . Praise for M. R. Carey:'An intense, haunting thriller with heart. You will not want to put this down' Laini Taylor'Carey writes with compassion and fire' Lauren Beukes'Enigmatic and utterly gripping' Harper's Bazaar'Keeps you on tenterhooks as the action unfolds' Elle'Heartfelt, remorseless and painfully human . . . a jewel' Joss Whedon'Original, thrilling and powerful' Guardian'If you only read one novel this year, make sure it's this one' Martina Cole
The Labyrinth Index
By Charles Stross
Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry - the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats, has culminated in the unthinkable - an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street.But in true 'the enemy of my enemy' fashion, Mhari Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy - there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.A thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found - Mhari must lead a task force of disgraced Laundry personnel into the storm front to discover the truth. But working for an elder god is never easy, and as the stakes rise, Mhari will soon question exactly where her loyalties really lie.
By Kim Stanley Robinson
'A masterpiece' Times'Any new novel by the great Kim Stanley Robinson is always an event and Red Moon doesn't disappoint' Independent'Sci-fi fans will love the detail and the optimism about humanity's future in space' Wall Street JournalIT IS THIRTY YEARS FROM NOW, AND WE HAVE COLONISED THE MOON. American Fred Fredericks is making his first trip, his purpose to install a communications system for China's Lunar Science Foundation. But hours after his arrival he witnesses a murder and is forced into hiding. It is also the first visit for celebrity travel reporter Ta Shu. He has contacts and influence, but he too will find that the moon can be a perilous place for any traveler. Finally, there is Chan Qi. She is the daughter of the Minister of Finance, and without doubt a person of interest to those in power. She is on the moon for reasons of her own, but when she attempts to return to China, in secret, the events that unfold will change everything - on the moon, and on Earth. Red Moon is a magnificent novel of space exploration and political revolution from New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson. Recent titles by Kim Stanley Robinson:2312ShamanAuroraNew York 2140
Treason of Hawks
By Lila Bowen
'Quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it's a wild bronco of a read that'll leave you breathless for more' Rachel Caine on Wake of Vultures The conclusion to Lila Bowen's widely-acclaimed dark fantasy series, which New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne described as 'thrilling, delightfully written, and important.'Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he's lost haunting his dreams. And now the Shadow tugs him West, back to where his journey began. With the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. This time it's not all about horses and land. This time, it feels personal. Because the newest monster on the horizon just may be wearing the face of someone from Rhett's past.To save the Durango territory, Rhett must accept the Shadow's call and fulfill his destiny. Treason of Hawks is the gripping final instalment of the acclaimed Shadow series, starring a hero who has been hailed as 'one of the iconic characters of this generation'.Praise for the Shadow series:'I don't care what else you've seen in the bookstore today. Read this one' Kevin Hearne 'I enjoyed the hell out of it' Patrick Rothfuss 'Weird and wonderful . . . Hot damn, this book is good' Chuck WendigThe Shadow seriesWake of VulturesConspiracy of RavensMalice of CrowsTreason of Hawks
By Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
From the authors of the New York Times bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale and the #1 podcast of the same name, comes a powerful new novel about two young people finding their place in the world, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God.Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town's top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation's darkest and most terrible secret.
There Before the Chaos
By K. B. Wagers
An epic space opera trilogy featuring the gunrunner empress Hail Bristol, who must navigate alien politics and deadly plots to prevent an interspecies war.The battle for the throne is over. The war for the galaxy is just beginning. Hail Bristol, infamous galactic gunrunner and former runaway princess, never expected to inherit the throne of Indrana. But after avenging the murder of her family and cleansing the Empire of usurpers in a bloody civil war, the former outlaw must fulfill her duties to her people. Hail retires her gun and throws herself into the rebuilding of her Empire. Her hard-won peace is short-lived. When Indrana's closest ally asks Hail to intervene in an interstellar military crisis, she embarks on the highest stakes diplomatic mission the Empire has ever faced. Caught between two alien civilizations at each other's throats, she must uncover each side's true intentions before all of humanity becomes collateral damage in a full-blown galactic war.There Before the Chaos begins a fresh, pulse-pounding space opera series from an exciting new voice in science fiction. For more from K. B. Wagers, check out: The Indranan War trilogy Behind the Throne, After the Crown, Beyond the Empire