New Arrivals · Science Fiction

October 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A Call to Arms : a novel of the Honorverse

October 5, 2015
Weber, David, 1952-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
357 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
"Lieutenant Travis Long of the Royal Manticoran Navy is one of those rare people who likes rules but has a talent for thinking outside of them when everything starts coming apart. That is why he is now a mustang and also why he has enemies. At the moment, there are powerful forces in the young Star Kingdom's Parliament who don't think they need him or the navy for that matter. Unhappily for them, the edge of the explored galaxy can be a far more dangerous place than they think. They're about to find out why they need the Navy...and how very, very fortunate they are that Travis Long is in it"-- Provided by publisher.

Futuristic violence and fancy suits

October 5, 2015
Wong, David, 1975 January 10-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2015.
374 pages ; 24 cm
"Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop's Dumpster on a hot summer day. This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish, and ridiculous on any street corner"

Saturn run

October 1, 2015
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
486 pages ; 24 cm
"An extraordinary new thriller of the future from #1 New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein. Over the course of thirty-seven books, John Sandford has proven time and again his unmatchable talents for electrifying plots, rich characters, sly wit, and razor-sharp dialogue. Now, in collaboration with Ctein, he proves it all once more, in a stunning new thriller, a story as audacious as it is deeply satisfying. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope--something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins--an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect--and everything you could want from one of the world's greatest masters of suspense"-- Provided by publisher.

Raising Caine : volume three of the Tales of the Terran Republic

October 1, 2015
Gannon, Charles E.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2015]
548 pages ; 24 cm.
Caine Riordan, reluctant diplomatic and military intelligence operative, has just finished playing his part repulsing the Arat Kurs and HkhRkhs joint invasion of Earth.

Killing Titan

October 1, 2015
Bear, Greg, 1951-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
326 pages ; 22 cm
After an enforced isolation on earth, Master Sergeant Michael Venn returns to Mars to further investigate the ancient artifacts that have suddenly awakened, but is instead led to Saturn's moon, Titan, where war is brewing between the Drifters and the Gurus.

Ancillary mercy

October 1, 2015
Leckie, Ann.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
359 pages ; 21 cm

The storm

October 1, 2015
Bergin, Virginia, author.
326 pages ; 22 cm
The sequel to H2O.
"Originally published in 2015 in the United Kingdom by Macmillan Children's Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers Limited."
"Ninety-seven percent of the population is dead. And the killer rain keeps falling. Ruby's not sure she can make it on her own much longer. So when a chance encounter leads her to a camp with the last boy she may ever kiss (it's not easy to date during an apocalypse), Ruby gratefully accepts the army's protection. But safety comes with a price: If Ruby wants to stay, she must keep her eye -- and her mouth -- shut. Except Ruby stumbles across a secret she can't possibly keep. Horrified, she flips out and fights back -- only to make the most shocking discovery of all...."--Publisher's website

Star wars. Aftermath

September 30, 2015
Wendig, Chuck, author.
379 pages ; 25 cm
"Journey to Star Wars: The Force awakens"--Jacket.
"Book one of the aftermath trilogy"--Title page.
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance -- now a fledgling New Republic -- presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he's taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders. Meanwhile, on the planet's surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world -- war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles's urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn't know is just how close the enemy is -- or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be. Determined to preserve the Empire's power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top secret emergency summit, to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven't reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies -- her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector -- who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire's oppressive reign once and for all.

Die again tomorrow

September 29, 2015
Peikoff, Kira, author.
392 pages ; 20 cm
"Isabel Leon, the star of a survival reality show, thinks she can endure anything. But when she unwittingly gives an unscrupulous mogul a chance to profit from her murder, she becomes the target of a terrifying killer. At first left for dead, she awakens to find she's the living proof of a breakthrough that can change the world. Some people would pay any price to control it. Others would simply steal the secret--even if it costs Isabel's life. As powerful rivals pursue her, Isabel must risk everything to protect those she loves--or die again tomorrow."--Back cover.


September 29, 2015
Higgins, C. A. (Caitlin A.)
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
288 pages ; 25 cm
"Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond--not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship's electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship"--Dust jacket flap.


September 28, 2015
Westerfeld, Scott, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
546 pages ; 22 cm.
Don't call them heroes, but these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart. Take Ethan, a.k.a. Scam. He's got a voice inside him that'll say whatever you want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't -- like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days. Enter Nate, a.k.a. Bellwether, the group's "glorious leader." After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

The Forever man

September 24, 2015
Colfer, Eoin, author.
Los Angeles : Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2015.
339 pages ; 22 cm.
Riley, an orphan boy living in Victorian London, has achieved his dream of becoming a renowned magician, the Great Savano. He owes much of his success to Chevie, a seventeen-year-old FBI agent who traveled from the future in a time pod and helped him defeat his murderous master, Albert Garrick. But it is difficult for Riley to enjoy his new life, for he has always believed in his heart of hearts that Garrick will someday, somehow, return to seek vengeance. Chevie has assured Riley on numerous occasions that Garrick was sucked into a temporal wormhole, never to emerge. The full nature of the wormhole has never been understood, however, and just as a human body will reject an unsuitable transplant, the wormhole eventually spat him out. By the time Garrick makes it back to Victorian London, he has been planning his revenge on Riley for half a century. But even the best-laid plans can go awry, and when the assassin decides to include Chevie in his retaliation, the three are tossed once more into the wormhole with no idea where-or when-they will end up.

This monstrous thing

September 22, 2015
Lee, Mackenzi.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
371 pages ; 22 cm
"When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein"-- Provided by publisher.

Phoenix Island

September 22, 2015
Dixon, John, 1969- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
311 pages ; 24 cm
When a tough sixteen-year-old boxing champ sentenced to an isolated boot camp discovers it is actually a mercenary training facility turning "throwaway children" into scientifically enhanced killers, he risks everything to save his friends and stop a madman bent on global destruction.

The unquiet

September 21, 2015
Everett, Mikaela, author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
453 pages ; 22 cm
"For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill--and replace--a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she's beginning to suspect she is not a good person"-- Provided by publisher.

Luna : new moon

September 21, 2015
McDonald, Ian, 1960-
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
398 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it's being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon's ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon's near feudal society. And that is just what Adriana Corta did. As the leader of the Moon's newest "dragon," Adriana has wrested control of the Moon's Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family's new status. Now, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana's five children must defend their mother's empire from her many enemies... and each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Uncertain logic

September 17, 2015
Bennett, Christopher L., author.
New York, NY : Pocket Books, 2015.
389 pages ; 17 cm.
"Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek: Enterprise created by Rick Berman & Brannon Braga."
Years ago, Jonathan Archer and T'Pol helped unearth the true writings of Vulcan's great philosopher Surak, bringing forth a new era of peaceful reform on Vulcan. But when their discovery is seemingly proven to be a fraud, the scandal threatens to undo a decade of progress and return power to the old, warlike regime. Admiral Archer, Captain T'Pol, and the crew of the U.S.S. Endeavour investigate with help from their Vulcan allies, but none of them suspect the identity of the real mastermind behind the conspiracy to reconquer Vulcan -- or the price they will have to pay to discover the truth.

The last exodus

September 15, 2015
Tassi, Paul.
New York : Talos Press, 2015.
341 pages ; 21 cm
"The earthborn trilogy ; book 1"--Title page.
"Earth lies in ruins in the aftermath of an extraterrestrial invasion. The few survivors must work together to escape the planet. But if they don't find common ground, all will die, stranded on a ruined Earth"-- Provided by publisher.

One year after

September 15, 2015
Forstchen, William R.
New York : Forge, 2015.
302 pages ; 25 cm
Sequel to: One second after.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Months before publication, William R. Forstchen's One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the tale. One Year After is the thrilling follow-up to that smash hit. The story picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain, North Carolina, are beginning to piece back together the technologies they had once taken for granted: electricity, radio communications, and medications. They cling to the hope that a new national government is finally emerging. Then comes word that most of the young men and women of the community are to be drafted into an 'Army of National Recovery' and sent to trouble spots hundreds of miles away. When town administrator John Matherson protests the draft, he's offered a deal: leave Black Mountain and enter national service, and the draft will be reduced. But the brutal suppression of a neighboring community under its new federal administrator and the troops accompanying him suggests that all is not as it should be with this burgeoning government"-- Provided by publisher.

The autobiography of James T. Kirk : the story of Starfleet's greatest captain

September 11, 2015
Kirk, James T., 2233-2371, author.
London : Titan Books, a division of Titan Publishing Group Ltd, 2015.
272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Chronicles the greatest Starfleet captain's life in his own words. From his youth spent on Tarsus IV, his time in the Starfleet Academy, his meteoric raise through the ranks of Starfleet, and his illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, this in-world memoir uncovers Captain Kirk in a way Star Trek fans have never seen. Kirk's singular voice rings throughout the text, giving insight into his convictions, his bravery, and his commitment to the life--in all forms--throughout this Galaxy and beyond. Excerpts from his personal correspondence, captain's logs, and more give Kirk's personal narrative depth.

Trust no one

September 11, 2015
San Diego, CA : IDW Publishing, 2015.
418 pages ; 23 cm
We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies. This first volume includes stories by Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Max Allan Collins, Heather Graham, Brian Keene, Peter Clines, Ray Garton, Stefan Petrucha, Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon, Aaron Rosenberg, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Paul Crilley, W. D. Gagliani and David Benton, Gayle Lynds and John C. Sheldon, Timothy Deal, and Gini Koch.

Astra : book one of the gaia chronicles

September 11, 2015
Foyle, Naomi.
New York : Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus, 2015.
416 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
"Like every child in Is-Land, all Astra Ordott wants is to have her Security Shot, do her National Service and defend her Gaian homeland from Non-Lander "infiltrators". But when one of her Shelter mothers, the formidable Dr Hokma Blesser, tells her the shot will limit her chances of becoming a scientist and offers her an alternative, Astra agrees to her plan. When the orphaned Lil arrives to share Astra's home, Astra is torn between jealousy and fascination. Lil's father taught her some alarming ideas about Is-Land and the world, but when she pushes Astra too far, the heartache that results goes far beyond the loss of a friend. If she is to survive, Astra must learn to deal with devastating truths about Is-Land, Non-Land and the secret web of adult relationships that surrounds her."--Dust jacket, p. [2]


September 11, 2015
Odom, Mel, author.
New York, New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
372 pages ; 17 cm.
"He's behind enemy lines. But those lines are shifting beneath his feet. In the jungles of Makaum, the Terran military is locked in a critical standoff over the planet's resources with the hostile Phrenorians, even as both species maintain uneasy relations with the locals. Tensions could ignite at a moment's notice. And Master Sergeant Frank Sage has just stumbled upon the spark plug. Alongside trusted Makaum scouts, Sage is running recon on what is possibly an unsanctioned Phrenorian military base.Deep in the savage wilderness, Sage recognizes the renowned Phrenorian warrior arriving on-site: Zhoh GhiCemid. As Sage knows firsthand, Zhoh's presence could mean trouble. Meanwhile, a mysterious faction of Makaum insurgents breaks the fragile peace with a reckless attack on the Terran base. Before the situation devolves into chaos, Sage must learn to think like his adversaries--devious friends and deadly foes alike" -- from publisher's web site.

Kill by numbers

September 11, 2015
Rhoads, Loren, author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2015]
279 pages ; 21 cm.
"Former assassin Raena Zacari thinks she's left the past behind. The Imperial torturer who trained her is dead; the human empire is disbanded; and she is finally free. But Raena is troubled by a series of nightmares that always seem to end with her shooting an ex-lover in the head. She needs to get her mind clear because there's a flaw in the most commonly used starship drive--and the band of media-obsessed pirates she's fallen in with is right at the heart of the controversy. With humanity scattered across the galaxy, she's going to have to rely on the alien crew members of the Veracity to help her put the pieces together. It doesn't help that the Templars--wiped out in a genetic plague while Raena was imprisoned--have left booby-trapped biotechnology scattered across the galaxy."-- Provided by publisher.

Earth flight

September 10, 2015
Edwards, Janet, 1958-
365 pages ; 23 cm
"Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portaling to other planets. Except now she's the most famous Earth girl in the universe - but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra's actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity's worlds. On top of everything, the first alien artifact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth - or else the alien artifact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars - but never to reach them?"-- Provided by publisher.

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