New Arrivals · Science Fiction

March 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Adventures of Superman

March 25, 2015
New York : DC Comics, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Rocketed from Krypton. Adopted by Earth. Powered by the sun. Raised to be a hero. Features standout stories from a host of comics' top talents in these collections of digital-first material.

The Laptev virus : a novel

March 25, 2015
Esmahan, Christy, author.
238 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"Once thought to be pure academic legend, scientists recently found proof of the existence of viruses thousands of times larger than ordinary viruses. So far all have been innocuous, but what if one was a human pathogen? While drilling for oil in the desolate reaches of the Arctic, an unsuspecting company extracts a permafrost ice core that has been frozen for 30,000 years, accidentally releasing 'megavirus.' Top investigator Sarah Spallanzani and her team must race against the ticking clock of the short Arctic summer to discover a way to protect workers from the virus before competitors drain the basin of its rich resources, and before anyone else succumbs to the deadly fever of the Laptev virus."--Back cover.

Dove arising

March 16, 2015
Bao, Karen, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Dove chronicles ; 1"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"On a lunar colony, fifteen-year-old Phaet Theta does the unthinkable and joins the Militia when her mother is imprisoned by the Moon's oppressive government"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost boys symphony : a novel

March 16, 2015
Ferguson, Mark Andrew, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
341 pages ; 22 cm
"After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself. After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to. In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger claiming to be an older version of his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With no one else to turn to, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val"-- Provided by publisher.

The Dickens mirror

March 5, 2015
Bick, Ilsa J., author.
New York : Egmont Publishing, [2015]
566 pages ; 22 cm.
"In the second book of the Dark Passages series, Emma wakes up trapped in the body of a grown Victorian woman trapped in an insane asylum, and must find a way a way back to Reality or else her friends and family will die with her"-- Provided by publisher.

The fire sermon : a novel

March 4, 2015
Haig, Francesca.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha--physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega--burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world's sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other. Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights"-- Provided by publisher.

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.


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.


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.


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.
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.


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.


February 18, 2015
Jordan, Sophie, author.
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.


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."


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

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.


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.

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