New Arrivals · Science Fiction

March 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Burning kingdoms

March 3, 2015
DeStefano, Lauren, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
312 pages ; 22 cm.
After Morgan Stockhour and her friends escape Internment, she discovers that life on the ground is not safer, and that, perhaps, going over the edge has led her to madness.

The time traveler's almanac

March 3, 2015
New York : Tor, 2014.
xii, 948 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Head of Zeus, 2013.
Introduction / Rian Johnson -- Top Ten Tips for Time Travelers / Charles Yu -- Experiments. -- Death Ship / Richard Matheson -- Ripples in the Dirac Sea / Geoffrey Landis -- Needle in a Timestack / Robert Silverberg -- Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea / Ursula K. LeGuin -- Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters / Alice Sola Kim -- How the Future Got Better / Eric Schaller -- Pale Roses / Michael Moorcock -- The Gernsback Continuum / William Gibson -- The Threads of Time / C.J. Cherryh -- Triceratops Summer / Michael Swanwick -- The Most Important Thing in the World / Steve Bein -- Himself in Anachron / Cordwainer Smith -- The Time Machine / H.G. Wells -- Young Zaphod Plays It Safe / Douglas Adams -- Time Travel in Theory and Practice / Stan Love -- Reactionaries and Revolutionaries. -- A Sound of Thunder / Ray Bradbury -- Vintage Season / Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore -- Thirty Seconds From Now / John Chu -- Forty, Counting Down / Harry Turtledove -- The Final Days / David Langford -- Fire Watch / Connie Willis -- Noble Mold / Kage Baker -- Under Siege / George R.R. Martin -- Where or When / Steve Utley -- Time Gypsy / Ellen Klages -- On the Watchtower at Plataea / Garry Kilworth -- Alexia and Graham Bell / Rosaleen Love -- A Night on the Barbary Coast / Kage Baker -- This Tragic Glass / Elizabeth Bear -- The Gulf of the Years / George-Olivier Châteaureynaud -- Enoch Soames : a memory of the eighteen-nineties / Max Beerbohn -- Trousseau, Fashion for Time Travelers / Genevieve Valentine -- Mazes and Traps. -- The Clock That Went Backwards / Edward Page Mitchell -- Yesterday Was Monday / Theodore Sturgeon -- Is There Anybody There? / Kim Newman -- Fish Night / Joe Lansdale -- The Lost Pilgrim / Gene Wolfe -- Palindromic / Peter Crowther -- Augusta Prima / Karin Tidbeck -- Life Trap / Barrington J. Bayley -- The Lost Continent / Greg Egan -- The Mouse Ran Down / Adrian Tchaikovsky -- The Great Clock / Langdon Jones -- Traveller's Rest / David Masson -- Delhi / Vandana Singh -- Come-From-Aways / Tony Pi -- Terminós / Dean Francis Alfar -- The Weed of Time / Norman Spinrad -- The Waitabits / Eric Frank Russell -- Music for Time Travelers / Jason Heller -- Communiqués. -- What If / Isaac Asimov -- As Time Goes By / Tanith Lee -- At Dorado / Geoffrey Landis -- 3 RMS, Good View / Karen Haber -- Twenty-One, Counting Up / Harry Turtledove -- The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time / Tamsyn Muir -- Against the Lafayette Escadrille / Gene Wolfe -- Swing Time / Carrie Vaughn -- The Mask of the Rex / Richard Bowes -- Message in a Bottle / Nalo Hopkinson -- The Time Telephone / Adam Roberts -- Red Letter Day / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Domine / Rjurik Davidson -- In The Tube / E.F. Benson -- Bad Timing / Molly Brown -- If Ever I Should Leave You / Pamela Sargent -- Palimpsest / Charlie Stross.
"The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers"). In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth's history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler's Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life"-- Provided by publisher.

Unchanged

March 3, 2015
Brody, Jessica, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
420 pages ; 22 cm.
"As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it's a choice that may cost her everything she's ever loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Heir to the Jedi

March 2, 2015
Hearne, Kevin, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
288 pages ; 25 cm.
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke Skywalker plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit.

Terminal

February 26, 2015
Reichs, Kathy, author.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xii, 380 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
"Tory and her comrades must track a new pack of rogue Virals who have brought on the attention of a shadowy government organization intent on learning the secret to their powers"-- Provided by publisher.

Old Venus

February 26, 2015
New York : Bantam Books, [2015]
xvii, 586 pages ; 25 cm
"This original anthology of all-new stories harkens back to the Golden Age of SF, when science fiction was filled with tales from our own solar system, at a time when no one knew what lay on the surface of our nearest galactic neighbors and speculation ran rampant. And though that old solar system was "disproved" in the 1960s, when space probes showed that the real worlds were very different from those of our imaginations, these linked anthologies take us back to the time when it still seemed possible that Mars was home to dying civilizations, and Venus was a steamy, swampy jungle world, with strange creatures lurking amidst the lush vegetation. "-- Provided by publisher.

Into the maelstrom

February 23, 2015
Drake, David, 1945-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
430 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"The sequel to Into the hinterlands"--Jacket flap.
"The Cutter Stream colonies were at peace. If everyone behaved reasonably, that peace could last a thousand years. Allen Allenson had known war; it had made him peaceful and reasonable. He was far too experienced to believe the same of all his fellow colonists, let alone the government of the distant homeworld. War was coming, a war the colonies had to win if they were ever to be more than prison camps and a dumping ground for incompetent noblemen. Allenson knew that he wasn't really a general, but he understood his fellow colonists better than any homeworld general could. He would free the Cutter Stream or die trying"-- Provided by publisher.

Radiomen

February 20, 2015
Lerman, Eleanor, 1952-
Sag Harbor, NY : The PermanenT Press, [2015]
288 pages ; 23 cm

The Doomsday equation

February 20, 2015
Richtel, Matt.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2015.
367 pages ; 21 cm
"Jeremy Stillwater is a computer genius who has invented a machine that can predict global conflict. Governments can use this machine to prevent war and ultimately acheive world peace. Unfortunately, there's someone out there who wants Jeremy's creation, and not for good. The mysterious organization has worked hard to discredit Jeremy and make it look like the machine doesn't work. That's when the machine starts beeping... There are 3 days left until World War III breaks out unless Jeremy can stop it. Unfortunately, no one believes him. And there is someone out there, someone very powerful, who will do just about anything to make sure that the world erupts in chaos, even if that means killing Jeremy. Will he be able to save the world and himself before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

A darker shade of magic

February 20, 2015
Schwab, Victoria.
New York : Tor, 2015.
400 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. "-- Provided by publisher.

The suicide exhibition

February 20, 2015
Richards, Justin.
©2013
341 pages ; 25 cm
"The Never war: book one"--T.p.
"The threat is not new. The aliens have been here before. The German war machine has woken an ancient threat - the alien Vril and their Ubermensch have returned. With this new power, ultimate Victory in the war for Europe is now within the Nazis' grasp. Obsessed with the Occult, Hitler and other senior Nazis believed they were destined to inherit the Earth. To this end, they are determined to recover 'their' ancient artifacts -- the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Destiny. When Dunkirk veteran and Foreign Office trouble-shooter Major Guy Pentecross stumbles across a seemingly unbelievable conspiracy, he, together with pilot and American spy Sarah Diamond and SOE operative Leo Davenport, enter the shadow world of Section Z. All three have major roles to play as they uncover the Nazis' insidious plot to use the Vril's technology to win the war... at any cost. This is The Thirty-Nine Steps crossed with Indiana Jones and The X-Files. Justin Richards has an extremely credible grasp of WWII history and has transformed it into a groundbreaking alternate reality thriller"-- Provided by publisher.

Empire

February 19, 2015
Connolly, John, 1968-
New York, NY : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, [2015]
439 pages ; 24 cm.
"Following Conquest, the first part in a stunning new science fiction trilogy that "should not to be missed" (The Guardian), Empire continues the journey of Syl and Paul as they fight to regain planet Earth from a ruthless alien species. She is the trophy of a civilization at war with itself. He is its rebel captive. Separated by millions of light years, they will fight to be united... Earth has been conquered and occupied. The war is lost. The Resistance still fights the invaders, but they are nothing more than an annoyance to the Illyri, an alien race of superior technology and military strength. When caught, the young rebels are conscripted. Part soldiers, part hostages, they join the Brigades, sent to fight at the edges of the growing Illyri Empire. Paul Kerr is one such soldier--torn from his home and his beloved Syl Hellais. She is the first alien child born on Earth, a creature of two worlds--and a being possessed of powers beyond imagining. Now both must endure the terrible exile that Syl's race has deemed just punishment for their love. But the conquest of Earth is not all it seems. There is another species involved, known only as the Others, and the Illyri will kill to keep their existence secret. Light years from Earth and millions of miles apart, Paul and Syl must find a way to reveal the horrifying truth behind the Empire, and save all that they hold dear from the hunger of the Others. Even at the cost of their own lives.."-- Provided by publisher.

Savage trade

February 19, 2015
Daniel, Tony, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
371 pages ; 17 cm.

Unleashed

February 18, 2015
Jordan, Sophie, author.
©2015
355 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Uninvited.
Having escaped from camp and on the run from government agents, Davy is rescued by Caden and his rebel group, but she is still unsure of her safety.

Quake

February 18, 2015
Carman, Patrick.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
273 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Tremor.
Teens Faith and Dylan finally go head-to-head with the mastermind behind their "pulses."

Allegiance

February 18, 2015
Molles, D. J., author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
567 pages ; 19 cm.
"Through an overwhelming storm of pain and adversity Captain Lee Harden has fought and survived. But his mission continues. Recovering from his wounds, mental and physical, he must rally his companions at Camp Ryder and push back against the still swarming hordes of the infected that threaten to extinguish an already devastated society."--provided from Amazon.com.

Out of the black

February 16, 2015
Currie, Evan.
Seattle : 47North, 2014.
440 pages ; 21 cm.
Deep in blackest space, the Drasin have watched humanity's journey to the stars - and determined that a species as barbaric as ours has no place in the cosmos. The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth's greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey's sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious "Gaia", he knows with the Drasin it's kill or be killed.

Dark space III : origin

February 16, 2015
Scott, Jasper T.
[Lexington, KY] : [CreateSpace Independent Pubishing Platform], [2013]
507 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Subtitle from cover.
"Book 3 of the best-selling series."
Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race. Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space--once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind. The once galaxy-spanning Imperium of Star Systems is left guarding the gate which is the only way in or out of Dark Space--but not everyone is satisfied with their governance. Freelancer and ex-convict Ethan Ortane is on the run. He owes crime lord Alec Brondi 10,000 sols, and his ship is badly damaged. When Brondi catches up with him, he makes an offer Ethan can't refuse. Ethan must infiltrate and sabotage the Valiant, the Imperial Star Systems Fleet carrier which stands guarding the entrance of Dark Space, and then his debt will be cleared. While Ethan is still undecided about what he will do, he realizes that the Imperium has been lying and putting all of Dark Space at risk. Now Brondi's plan is starting to look like a necessary evil, but before Ethan can act on it, he discovers that the real plan was much more sinister than what he was told, and he will be lucky to escape the Valiant alive.

Homecoming

February 13, 2015
Morgan, Kass, author.
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2015.
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"Humanity is coming home. Weeks after landing on Earth, the hundred have managed to create a sense of order amid their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space. These new arrivals are the lucky ones--back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone--but after making it safely to Earth, Glass's luck seems to be running out. Clarke leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can't stop thinking about her parents, who may still be alive. Meanwhile Wells struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and Bellamy must decide whether to flee or face the crimes he thought he'd left behind. It's time for the hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they've found on Earth, or risk losing everything--and everyone--they love"--Page [4] of cover.

Touch

February 13, 2015
North, Claire, author.
New York, NY : Redhook, 2015.
426 pages ; 24 cm.
Originally published in Great Britain by 2015 by Little, Brown.
"He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place. Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both"--Jacket.

The slaver wars, Retaliation : the slaver wars book five

February 12, 2015
Weil, Raymond L., author.
©2014
i, 309 pages ; 23 cm.
"Operation First Strike is coming to an end. It has succeeded in buying the Human Federation of Worlds valuable time to prepare for the coming invasion. Now Fleet Admiral Streth needs to get his remaining warships back home to aid in the defense of the human worlds. The AIs and the Hocklyns are determined to follow the admiral and annihilate every single human in the Federation. The humans are massively outnumbered, but they have a daring plan that just might save their worlds. However, the AIs have a plan of their own, one that if it succeeds will ensure the end of the human race."--Page [4] of cover.

The slaver wars, Galactic conflict : the slaver wars book 6

February 12, 2015
Weil, Raymond L., author.
©2014
i, 300 pages ; 23 cm.
"Fleet Admiral Streth has left Rear Admiral Jeremy Strong the difficult task of holding the system of Careth until he can return with a relief fleet. Jeremy is facing impossible odds as the Hocklyns and AIs gather a massive force to crush his fleet and the defenses he has put in place around the bear's home planet. Cut off from the Federation, Jeremy and his people have no idea whether the Federation still exists or if the Hocklyns and the AIs have destroyed it."--Page [4] of cover.

The slaver wars, Endgame : the slaver wars book 7

February 12, 2015
Weil, Raymond L., author.
©2014
iii, 295 pages ; 23 cm.
"The Federation is pushing the Hocklyns steadily back, but they still vastly outnumber the Humans and their allies by hundreds to one. Fleet Admiral Hedon Streth has to defeat them before they develop newer and more deadly weapons. In a bold move, Hedon comes up with a daring plan to attack the Hocklyn home worlds. If he succeeds, the war will be over and if he fails then the Federation will face imminent defeat. The AIs have withdrawn to the center of the galaxy where they are working on their Great Project. Once completed it will send out a hyperwave that will eliminate all organic life in the galaxy. Can anything be done to stop this impending apocalypse? "--Page [4] of cover.

Dark space IV : revenge

February 12, 2015
Scott, Jasper T., author.
©2014
515 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Humanity has just won a major victory against the invading Sythians--the first victory in the history of the war. The savage Gors have joined forces with Dark Space, and now for the first time since the invasion, it looks like the tide is turning. But the Sythians weren't defeated. Humanity just bloodied their noses. Now they know where Dark Space is, and they are coming back for revenge. Admiral Hoff Heston is secretly terrified of what's coming, but he's lulling people into a false sense of security. He needs to buy time. The people of Dark Space are not as alone as they think. Avilon, a lost sector of humans, has remained hidden and untouched by the Sythian invasion. No one knew they even existed, except for Admiral Heston. Now he must send a mission to contact them and get help, but what humanity finds there will change more than just the course of the war against the alien invaders . . . it will change the very nature of their existence.

Dark space V : Avilon

February 12, 2015
Scott, Jasper T., author.
©2014
515 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Dark Space, the last refuge of humanity, is overrun; its citizens are either enslaved or dead. The relentless Sythians have slaughtered humanity wherever they could find them, and now only a few hundred survivors remain. Desperate to escape, these few chase rumors of a lost sector of humanity and end up on Avilon, a planet covered with a vast, kilometers-high city that lies hidden and shielded from the rest of the galaxy by its impossibly advanced technology and its benevolent ruler--Omnius, the Artificial Intelligence who would be god to his human creators.

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