New Arrivals · Science Fiction

July 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Night parade

July 26, 2016
Malfi, Ronald Damien, author.
New York, New York : Kensington Pub Corp, [2016]
395 pages ; 21 cm
"They call it Wanderer's Folly, a disease of delusions, of daydreams and nightmares. A plague threatening to wipe out the human race. After two years of creeping decay, David Arlen woke up one morning thinking that the worst was over. By midnight, he's bleeding and terrified, his wife is dead, and he's on the run in a stolen car with his eight-year-old daugther, who may be the key to a cure" . --

Batman, Detective Comics

July 25, 2016
Daniel, Tony S. (Antonio Salvador)
New York, NY : DC Comics, c2012-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Faces of death -- v. 2. Scare tactics -- v. 3. Emperor penguin -- v. 4. The wrath -- v. 5. Gothtopia -- v. 6. Icarus -- v. 7. Anarky

The new Teen Titans

July 25, 2016
Wolfman, Marv, author.
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.

Supernova : book two of the Lightless trilogy

July 25, 2016
Higgins, C. A. (Caitlin A.), author.
290 pages ; 24 cm
"The events of Lightless set off a revolution that torches the oppressive government surveillance state--and instates a new ruler who may prove just as tyrannical. But the story finds the human element in this political saga: Constance, the leader of the revolution, has won the galaxy, but may be losing her soul. Althea, the heroine of Lightless, has devoted her life to protecting her ship--which has now become sentient, and is learning what it means to be human"-- Provided by publisher.

Dark matter : a novel

July 25, 2016
Crouch, Blake, author.
342 pages ; 25 cm
One night after an evening out, Jason Dessen, forty-year-old physics professor living with his wife and son in Chicago, is kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, driven to an abandoned industrial site and injected with a powerful drug. As he wakes, a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend." But this life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife; his son was never born; and he's not an ordinary college professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something impossible. Is it this world or the other that's the dream? How can he possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could have imagined--one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe. -- adapted from Fantastic Fiction website.


July 21, 2016
Driza, Debra, author.
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she's an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her. That's why Mila has gone into hiding with her friend, tech expert Lucas. She can't take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she'll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she's done. But then Mila discovers that General Holland has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she's got... or turn her back on the world forever.

We stand on guard

July 20, 2016
Vaughan, Brian K., author.
Berkeley, California : Image Comics 2016.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.

Drowned worlds : tales from the Anthropocene and beyond

July 19, 2016
Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2016.
381 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Jonathan Strahan -- Elves of Antarctica / Paul McAuley -- Dispatches from the cradle: The hermit -- Forty-eight hours in the sea of Massachusetts / Ken Liu -- Venice drowned / Kim Stanley Robinson -- Brownsville station / Christopher Rowe -- Who do you love? / Kathleen Ann Goonan -- Because change was the ocean and we lived by her mercy / Charlie Jane Anders -- The common tongue, the present tense, the known / Nina Allan -- What is / Jeffrey Ford -- Destroyed by the waters / Rachel Swirsky -- The new Venusians / Sean Williams -- Inselberg / Nalo Hopkinson -- Only ten more shopping days left till Ragnarök / James Morrow -- Last gods / Sam J. Miller -- Drowned / Lavie Tidhar -- The future is blue / Catherynne M. Valente.


July 18, 2016
Jones, Carrie, 1971- author.
New York : a Tor Teen Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2016.
252 pages ; 22 cm
"Cheerleader vs. alien, who will win?"--Cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Mana has always lived a normal life, albeit with an overprotective mother, until the day she comes home to find the house trashed and an alien in the garage. It turns out her mother is an alien hunter who has absconded with a piece of technology that everyone--human and alien--wants to get their hands on. When her mother's partner shows up and orders Mana to come with him, it may be up to Mana to save her mother--and the world.

The race

July 18, 2016
Allan, Nina. author.
447 pages ; 21 cm
The present day and an alternate future merge as a child is kidnapped, a writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder, and a young woman prepares for her mysterious future.


July 15, 2016
Peterson, Scott, 1968- author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2015]
volume : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Silent Knight / Scott Peterson, Kelley Puckett, Chuck Dixon, writers -- v. 2. To the death

Superman Action Comics

July 15, 2016
Morrison, Grant.
New York, N.Y. : DC Comics, c2012-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form in ACTION COMICS.
v. 1. Superman and the men of steel -- v. 2. Bulletproof -- v. 3. At the end of days -- v. 4. Hybrid -- v. 5. What lies beneath -- v. 6. Superdoom -- v. 7. Under the skin

Falcone strike : angel in the whirlwind

July 14, 2016
Nuttall, Christopher, 1982-
Seattle : 47North, [2016]
406 pages ; 21 cm
Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning…and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space. The objective is to gather intelligence and distract the hostile Theocracy while the Commonwealth prepares its counteroffensive. The chances for success are slim—and for survival even slimmer. Armed with a ragtag fleet of outdated starships, a few loyal officers, and a skeleton crew of refugees, Kat knows the Royal Navy expects her to fail. But failure almost certainly means death—or worse, as the Theocracy does not treat prisoners kindly. Pitted against the enemy defenses of her old nemesis Admiral Junayd, there is no room for error. And with a spy hidden aboard her ship, Kat will need more than her wits to survive. Can Kat enter the lion’s den, strike a blow for the Commonwealth, and escape with her life?

Space carrier avalon

July 14, 2016
Stewart, Glynn, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Glynn Stewart, 2015.
341 pages ; 23 cm
Avalon was the flagship of the Castle Federation in the last war, now twenty years past. The first of the deep space carriers, no other warship in the fleet holds as many honors or has recorded as many kills. No other warship in the fleet is as old. Accepting the inevitable, the Federation Space Navy has decided to refit her and send her on a tour of the frontier, showing the flag to their allies and enemies as a reminder of her glory - and then decommission her for good. But Avalon has been a backwater posting for ten years - and has problems a mere refit can't fix. The systems along her planned tour have been seeing pirates for the first time in decades, and there are rumblings of Commonwealth scouting ships all along the border.

Starship Grifters : a Rex Nihilo adventure

July 14, 2016
Kroese, Robert, author.
Seattle : 47North, [2014]
242 pages ; 21 cm
"A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet... and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front--and trying to double-cross them both--may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists ... while still keeping Rex's martini glass filled." --cover.

Star watch

July 14, 2016
McGinnis, Mark Wayne, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Avenstar Productions, [2015]
372 pages ; 21 cm.
"Join the Star Watch crew on their first mission to the planet of Trom, where hostile Pharlom invaders have appropriated high altitude cloud-ports as prisoner of war camps. As a fierce battle in space ensues, fragmented warships fall into Trom’s atmosphere and head right for a populated cloud-port... Across the galaxy, young Boomer, daughter of Captain Jason Reynolds, begins her training in the ancient fighting methods of the Kahill Callan, and prepares to battle against Lord Vikor Shakrim--leader of the dreaded Sahhrain warriors."--Page [4] of cover.


July 14, 2016
McGinnis, Mark Wayne, author.
342 pages ; 21 cm.
"The need for Star Watch assistance is heating up within the galaxy. With their resources quickly thinning, Ricket and a small team are sent to Port City, on the planet Eriok. Here Ricket’s adventure begins, and he’ll have to use every bit of his technical cunning to survive, because what’s waiting for him will alter the course--for both Star Watch and Ricket forever. Many light-years away, there’s a new spatial land-grab in process by the Darion Cartel--their expanding fleet of warships, led by Captain Mar Oswaldo, the Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron) of space … a masterful starship captain who’s never been defeated in battle, and he’s ready to come up against the commander of Star Watch, Captain Jason Reynolds. Join the Star Watch team as they encounter both new and old adversaries. Be prepared to say goodbye to a beloved crewmember--one who has been with them since the very beginning."--Page [4] of cover.


July 14, 2016
McGinnis, Mark Wayne, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Avenstar Productions, [2016]
384 pages ; 21 cm.
"Five years have passed, and the story begins in a dark period within the Star Watch saga. Captain Jason Reynolds, Omni of the U.S. Space Fleet, along with his now sixteen-year-old daughter, Mollie, are en route to the Dacci System to attend the memorial service for none other than Boomer, his other daughter. Information on her death had been sketchy at best--an attack by the Sahhrain on Harpaign, during the Goldwon graduation trials. It had been a massacre. The Blues have since declared war on the Sahhrain, and there is a good chance the U.S. Fleet and the Alliance will be dragged into the fray as well. Once on the planet Harpaign, Jason conducts a preliminary investigation--one that soon reveals things are not what they seem. Information is being withheld and clues indicate there is a slim possibility that Boomer did not die on the sandy dunes battlefield of Capital City after all--setting in motion the most riveting, non-stop action, Star Watch novel yet. So grab ahold your multi-guns and affix your Enhancement shields, because this is going to be one hell of a wild, rollercoaster ride!"--Page [4] of cover.

The lost fleet, oblivion's light

July 14, 2016
Weil, Raymond L., author.
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm.
"A slaver wars novel."
"Two more years have passed for the Lost Fleets trapped in the Triangulum Galaxy. It's becoming more apparent with each passing day that the Dyson Sphere of the Simulins must be destroyed if Fleet Admiral Jeremy Strong and his people want to survive. Rear Admiral Kathryn Barnes sets out on a mission of discovery seeking allies against the Simulins. What she finds threatens to increase the conflict between the Lost Fleets and the Simulins to a whole new level. Can she make it safely back to Gaia with her discovery, which could change the entire war in the Lost Fleets favor? Admiral Race Tolsen is assigned a new mission in the home galaxy. Simulin ships have been detected in Shari space, and the Federation needs to know why. Race is sent to the Shari Empire with the knowledge that if his small task force is discovered it could lead to a new galactic war."--Page [4] of cover.

The oncoming storm : angel in the whirlwind

July 13, 2016
Nuttall, Christopher, 1982-
Seattle : 47North, [2015]
402 pages ; 21 cm
In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth. Caught in the middle sits the occupied outpost system Cadiz, where young officer and aristocrat Katherine "Kat" Falcone finds herself prematurely promoted at the behest of her powerful father. Against her own wishes, Kat is sent to command the Commonwealth navy's newest warship, Lightning. Determined to prove she has value beyond her family name, Kat struggles to earn her crew's respect and find her footing as the youngest captain in naval history. She soon discovers the situation on Cadiz is even worse than anyone in power anticipated. War isn't just a possibility--it is imminent. Yet the admiral in position to bolster defenses refuses to prepare for a fight. Can Kat find a way to investigate the enemy, alert the Commonwealth, and whip an entire fleet into fighting shape before the Theocracy's war machine destroys everything she holds dear?

Lords of space

July 13, 2016
Wallace, Michael.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace], [2015]
219 pages ; 22 cm.
Starship blackbeard series
"Captain James Drake is desperate to clear his name. Pursued relentlessly by the Royal Navy, he takes his loyal crew to attack Admiral Malthorne's estate and seize the evidence that will prove his innocence. But their search uncovers something else the ruthless admiral has secreted away--the key to stopping a brutal and decades-old war with the Hroom, an ancient alien race. What they find sends Drake on a dangerous mission deep into Hroom territory. Joined by his valiant crew and the daughter of a former rival captain, Drake risks his life and his freedom to stop the war and save what's left of his world"--Back cover.

Starship blackbeard

July 13, 2016
Wallace, Michael.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace], [2014]
217 pages ; 22 cm.
Starship blackbeard series
"In the aftermath of an interstellar war with an alien race, Captain James Drake is unjustly court martialed and sentenced to hard labor. Now Drake is on the run from Lord Admiral Malthorne, while another pursuer, Drake's old friend, believes the accusations are true, and promises to bring him to justice. But Drake won't go down without a fight. Rather than surrender, he'll lead his loyal crew into the lawless frontier worlds, infested with pirates and smugglers, to repair and rearm his ship. Then he'll return to attack Malthorne's estates and seize the evidence he needs to clear his name. But more than just Malthorne's estate is at stake. If Drake is captured, he and his crew are doomed--and the kingdom will be plunged into another war"--Back cover.

Arabella of Mars

July 12, 2016
Levine, David D., 1961- author.
New York : Tor, 2016.
350 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A century after Captain Kidd's first expedition to Mars, Arabella Ashby is set to leave her Martian plantation home for London to learn to be a lady, until her home is threatened and she joins the crew of a Mars Trading Company ship disguised as a boy.

Invaders : 22 tales from the outer limits of literature

July 12, 2016
xvi, 368 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Jacob Weisman -- Portal / J. Robert Lennon -- Beautiful monsters / Eric Puchner -- The squid who fell in love with the sun / Ben Loory -- Five fucks / Jonathan Lethem -- LIMBs / Julia Elliott -- We are the Olfanauts / Deji Bryce Olukotun -- The region of unlikeness / Rivka Galchen -- A precursor of the cinema / Steven Millhauser -- In the bushes / Jami Attenberg -- Fugue state / Brian Evenson -- Reports concerning the death of the Seattle Albatross are somewhat exaggerated / W.P. Kinsella -- Lambing season / Molly Gloss -- Conrad Loomis & the clothes ray / Amiri Baraka -- Topics in advanced rocketry / Chris Tarry -- The inner city / Karen Heuler -- Escape from spiderhead / George Saunders -- Amorometer / Kelly Luce -- The yogurt of Vasirin Kefirovsky / Max Apple -- Monstro / Junot Díaz -- Minotaur / Jim Shepard -- Help me find my spaceman lover / Robert Olen Butler -- Near-flesh / Katherine Dunn.
Twenty-two science fiction short stories from acclaimed authors such as Steven Millhauser, Junot Diaz, Amiri Baraka, and Katherine Dunn.

Final Incal

July 12, 2016
Jodorowsky, Alejandro, author.
Los Angeles : Humanoids, [2016]
158 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm

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