New Arrivals · Science Fiction

December 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Journey through the mirror

December 19, 2014
Williams, T. R. (Tyler Ronald)
New York, NY : Atria Paperback, 2015.
450 pages ; 23 cm.

Sword art online. 2, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York, NY : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten"-- Provided by publisher.

Sword art online. 1, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo."
In the year 2022, some six thousand gamers excitedly explore the new Sword Art Online, which manipulates users' brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience, but soon learn it lacks a log-out button and to escape they must conquer all one hundred floors--or die trying.

Sword art online. 3, Fairy dance

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
204 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
After escaping Sword Art Online, the forbidden VRMMORPG of death, Kirito returns to reality to find that his game partner and lover, Asuna Yuuki, has not returned and his only clue to her virtual whereabouts is a mysterious screenshot than leads him into the new VRMMORPG world of ALfheim Online.

Earth & sky

December 16, 2014
Crewe, Megan, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2014]
304 pages ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky's beginning to think she's crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar's help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.


December 16, 2014
Walker, Rysa, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2013]
362 pages ; 21 cm
When Kate Pierce Kellers grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen year old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kates present day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago Worlds Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows. Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Metro 2033 : the novel behind Metro : last light

December 11, 2014
Glukhovskiĭ, Dmitriĭ.
[S.l.] : Future Corp., [2013]
458 p. ; 23 cm.
Cover title.
"The novel that gave birth to the video games 'Metro 2033' and 'Metro: Last Light.' ... In 2013 the world was devastated by an apocalyptic event, annihilating almost all mankind and turning the earth's surface into a poisonous wasteland. A handful of survivors took refuge in the depths of the Moscow underground, and human civilization entered a new Dark Age. The year is 2033. An entire generation has been born and raised underground, and their besieged Metro Station-Cities struggle for survival, with each other, and the mutant horrors that await outside. Artyom was born in the last days before the fire. Having never ventured beyond his Metro Station-City limits, one fateful event sparks a desperate mission to the heart of the Metro system, to warn the remnants of mankind of a terrible impending threat. His journey takes him from the forgotten catacombs beneath the subway to the desolate wastelands above, where his actions will determine the fate of mankind"--P. [4] of Cover.

The thousand emperors

December 10, 2014
Gibson, Gary, 1965- author.
London : Tor, 2013, 2012.
356 pages ; 20 cm.
MUST HE DIE TO KNOW THE TRUTH? Archivist Luc Gabion is dying, slowly, victim of a forced technology implant while on assignment. He brought down a powerful terrorist, but at great cost, and this new tech brings unexpected dangers. Luc must investigate the Thousand Emperors, rulers of the Tian Di's stellar empire. One of their number has been murdered and he needs to find the killer. But the technology he now carries supersedes anything he's encountered, and Luc sees things he knows are forbidden. As the truth emerges, he's in trouble. Any of these leaders could be guilty -- and could execute him on a whim. Worse, the murder victim was brokering the coming Reunification. Two great warring civilisations, separated for centuries, due to unite in a new age of peace. But it becomes clear that someone will do anything to ensure that day never comes.


December 10, 2014
Minnich, Reid, author.
Marble, NC : Word Branch Publishing, 2013.
283 pages ; 23 cm
"Mike's degenerative disease left him in a wheelchair with the certain knowledge that his life could end at any time. Working as a freelance computer technician from his home, he is cut off from the world he longs to join and the life he craves. When a beautiful attorney comes into his life telling him he has been chosen to be the executor for a man he never met. Mike is torn between taking a crazy chance with an alien parasite or continuing on his current path. Mike's decision, he finds out, is not only his personal liberation from his deteriorating body with the help of the alien Tweeskzaht, but the chance to reroute Earth from an inevitable fate. However, it comes with a very high cost that involves no only his own life but the lives of people he has come to care about"--back cover.

Emerald tears

December 10, 2014
Bender, Stacy C., author.
Marble, NC : Word Branch Publishing, 2012.
vi, 324 pages ; 23 cm
When club and gambling hall owner, Emerald, meets a mysterious woman with an emerald tear tattoo, he suspects her appearance has something to do with the reoccurring nightmare of his own death. As Emerald's relationship with Grym develops, he begins to remember a strange world and barriers crumble between worlds. Emerald and Grym struggle to save their worlds as a corporate/political battle rages.

Halo : broken circle

December 8, 2014
Shirley, John, 1953-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
339 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gallery original fiction trade."
"Based on the bestselling video game for XBOX"--Title page.
"Witness an untold chapter in Halo lore as John Shirley's Halo: Broken Circle takes us to the dawn of the Covenant and the fateful first bargain between the Prophets and the Elites. Broken Circle will explore an Elite splinter group rebelling against the Covenant in its earliest days, a brave Prophet caught in the machinations of the new Covenant leadership, and the root of the betrayal that would ultimately shatter the Covenant during events seen in the blockbuster Xbox video game Halo 2"-- Provided by publisher.


December 8, 2014
Mack, David, 1969-
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
334 pages ; 17 cm.
"Based on Star trek created by Gene Roddenberry and Star trek: Deep Space Nine created by Rick Berman & Michael Piller."
Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, and answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost. Doctor Julian Bashir sacrificed his career for a chance to infiltrate Section 31 and destroy it from within. Now it's asking him to help it stop the Breen from stealing a dangerous new technology from the Mirror Universe, one that could give the Breen control over the galaxy. It's a mission Bashir can't refuse, but is it really the shot he's been waiting for? Or is it a trap from which even his genetically enhanced intellect can't escape?

Mammoth book of SF stories by women

December 4, 2014
MacFarlane, Alex Daily, editor.
[Philadelphia, PA] : Running Press, 2014
xiii, 513 pages ; 20 cm
Girl hours / Sofia Samatar -- Excerpt for a letter by a social-realist Aswang / Kristin Mandigma -- Somadeva: a sky river sutra / Vandana Singh -- The queen of Erewon / Lucy Sussex -- Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's Day / Tori Truslow -- Spider the artist / Nnedi Okorafor -- The science of herself / Karen Joy Fowler -- The other graces / Alice Sola Kim -- Boojum / Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette -- The eleven holy numbers of the mechanical soul / Natalia Theodoridou -- Mountain ways / Ursula K. Le Guin -- Tan-Tan and Dry Bone / Nalo Hopkinson -- The four generations of Chang E / Zen Cho -- Stay thy flight / Élisabeth Vonarburg -- Astrophilia / Carrie Vaughan -- Invisible planets / Hao Jingfang -- On the Leitmotif of the Trickster Constellation in Northern Hemispheric star charts, post apocalypse / Nicole Kornher-Stace -- Valentines / Shira Lipkin -- Dancing in the shadow of the once / Rochita Loenen-Ruiz -- Ej-Es / Nancy Kress -- The cartographer wasps and the anarchist bees / E. Lily Yu -- The death of Sugar Daddy / Toiya Kristen Finley -- Enyo-Enyo / Kameron Hurley -- Semiramis / Genevieve Valentine -- Immersion / Aliette de Bogard -- Down the wall / Greer Gilman -- Sing / Karin Tidbeck -- Good boy / Nisi Shwal -- The second card of the Major Arcana / Thoraiya Dyer -- A short encyclopedia of lunar seas / Ekaterina Sedia -- Vector / Benjanun Sriduangkaew -- Concerning the unchecked growth of cities / Angélica Gorodischer -- The radiant car thy sparrows drew / Catherynne M. Valente.

Out of the ashes

December 1, 2014
Johnstone, William W.
New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., 1983.
478 pages ; 18 cm.
The worst-case scenario has come to pass: a nuclear strike has crippled America. Gangs, looters, and vandals have seized the streets. The decent few can only pray for a leader to protect them. Luckily, one of the survivors is Ben Raines.

Dangerous women 3

November 28, 2014
370 pages ; 18 cm
Previously published with Dangerous women 1 and 2 in a single hardcover edition under the title Dangerous women.
"All-new tales of women making a difference-- long ago, now, and in the worlds to come"--Cover image.
Bombshells / Jim Butcher -- City Lazarus / Diana Rowland -- Hell hath no fury / Sherrilyn Kenyon -- Some desperado / Joe Abercrombie -- The hands that are not there / Melinda Snodgrass -- Caretakers / Pat Cadigan -- Shadows for silence in the forest of hell / Brandon Sanderson.

Genome : a novel

November 28, 2014
Lukʹi︠an︡enko, Sergeĭ.
[New York] : Open Road Media, 2014.
489 pages ; 21 cm
"Five months after the horrific accident that left him near death and worried that he'd never fly again, master-pilot Alex Romanov lands a new job: captaining the sleek passenger vessel Mirror. Alex is a spesh--a human who has been genetically modified to perform particular tasks. As a captain and pilot, Alex has a genetic imperative to care for passengers and crew--no matter what the cost. His first mission aboard Mirror is to ferry two representatives of the alien race Zzygou on a tour of human worlds. His task will not be an easy one, for aboard the craft are several speshes who have reason to hate the Others. Dark pasts, deadly secrets, and a stolen gel-crystal worth more than Alex's entire ship combine to challenge him at every turn. And as the tension escalates, it becomes apparent that greater forces are at work to bring the captain's world crashing down" -- summary from

Carbide tipped pens : seventeen tales of hard science fiction

November 28, 2014
New York : Tor, 2014.
400 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Blue afternoon that lasted forever / Daniel H. Wilson -- Slow unfurling of truth / Aliette de Bodard -- Thunderwell / Doug Beason -- Circle / Liu Cixin -- Old timer's game / Ben Bova -- Snows of yesteryear / Jean-Louis Trudel -- Skin Deep / Leah Petersen & Gabrielle Harbowy -- Lady with fox / Gregory Benford -- Habilis / Howard Hendrix -- Play's the thing / Jack McDevitt -- Every hill ends with sky / Robert Reed -- She just looks that way / Eric Choi -- SIREN of Titan / David DeGraff -- Yoke of inauspicious stars / Kate Story -- Ambiguous nature / Carl Frederick -- Maldelbrot bet / Dirk Strasser -- Recollection / Nancy Fulda.
Presents a collection of hard science fiction tales that examines both the benefits and detriments of science and technology on humanity, the future, and the cosmos, and includes tales from Gregory Benford, Robert Reed, Aliette de Bodard, and Jack McDevitt.

Valley of fires : a Conquered Earth novel

November 26, 2014
Mitchell, J. Barton.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone—a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience once they reach their early twenties. Which means that there is one group left to resist: Children. In Valley of Fires the trio of heroes -Holt, Mira, and Zoey- are forced apart to accomplish individual quests if they are to have any hope of uniting what remains of Earth's disparate survivors against its alien invaders. Mira ventures west to bargain with Van Cleef, the enigmatic leader of North America's most infamous resistance group. But Van Cleef has his own plans to end the conflict, a destructive solution that might actually work...but at a horrible cost. Meanwhile, Holt travels with Ravan and Avril back to the one place he swore he would never return: Faust, the sprawling and dangerous desert city of the Menagerie pirate guild. He goes not only to resolve his issues with Tiberius, its tyrannical leader, but to enlist the Menagerie in the fight to save Zoey. Except Tiberius has his own problems. Factions within the Menagerie are splintering, and word of rebellion is beginning to spread. If Holt wants the Menagerie's help, he might have to help his greatest enemy in exchange.

Andromeda's war : a novel of the Legion of the Damned

November 20, 2014
Dietz, William C., author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
356 pages ; 22 cm
Now a platoon leader, Legionnaire Andromeda McKee seems to have successfully left behind her true identity of Lady Catherine "Cat" Carletto, one of the last two surviving members of the Carletto family targeted for death by Empress Ophelia. After failing at her one shot at vengeance, Andromeda had been questioning her own resolve. But now her uncle has been killed in a government raid back on Earth, leaving her as the last Carletto standing, and the family's only chance for justice.

The Fortress in Orion

November 20, 2014
Resnick, Michael D., author.
303 pages ; 21 cm.
"The Democracy is at war with the alien Traanskei Coalition. War hero Colonel Nathan Pretorius has a record of success on dangerous behind-enemy-lines missions, missions that usually leave him in the hospital. Now he's recruited for a near-impossible assignment that may well leave him dead. At the cost of many lives, the Democracy has managed to clone and train General Michkag, one of the Traanskei's master strategists. Colonel Pretorius and a hand-picked team must kidnap the real Michkag if they can, assassinate him if they can't, but no matter which, put the clone in his place, where he will misdirect the enemy's forces and funnel vital information to the Democracy. Against the odds, Pretorius, along with Cyborg Felix Ortega, computer expert Toni Levi, convict and contortionist Sally "Snake" Kowalski, the near-human empath Marlowe, the alien Gzychurlyx, and Madam Methuselah - the Dead Enders - must infiltrate the Fortress in Orion, accomplish their mission, and escape with their lives"-- Provided by publisher.


November 18, 2014
Johnson, Jean, 1972-
New York : Ace Books, 2014
xi, 371 p. ; 18 cm.
Ia's Damned boarding the Damnation to return to battle against their Salik foes, face a new threat when the Greys emerge after several centuries of silence.

The body electric : a novel

November 18, 2014
Revis, Beth.
[United States] : Scripturist Books, 2014.
368 p. : map ; 23 cm.
Includes a short story which inspired the writing of this and other novels, as well as an interview and a brief history of the mindset behind the current novel.


November 13, 2014
Grant, Mira.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
518 pages ; 25 cm.
"THE SECOND BOOK IN MIRA GRANT'S TERRIFYING PARASITOLOGY SERIES. THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US. The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world's population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over their hosts, what their eventual goal is, and how they can be stopped"-- Provided by publisher.

The three-body problem

November 11, 2014
Liu, Cixin.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
399 pages ; 25 cm
"With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from China's most beloved science fiction author. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision"-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan. Before the fall

November 11, 2014
Suzukaze, Ryo.
New York : Kodansha, 2014-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama.
v. 1. A child of carnage -- v. 2. Free to face the truth
Cut alive from his mother's womb after she had been eaten by a rampaging Titan, Kuklo has spent his entire life in chains as a freakish curiosity and a feared abomination. Eventually the boy they call the "Titan's son" finds himself sold to wealthy merchant Dario Inocencio as a plaything for his cruel and ambitious son Xavi. Kuklo knows nothing but abuse and neglect, but help may come from the most unexpected place.

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