New Arrivals · Science Fiction

October 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


October 17, 2014
Akins, Karen.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
viii, 324 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Error-prone Bree Bennis, sixteen, will lose her scholarship if she can't pass Quantum Paradox 101, and things don't look good after she inadvertently brings a twenty-first century boy back with her, then enlists his help in discovering who's attacking time travelers in the twenty-third century.

Adventures of Superman

October 16, 2014
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 abyss beyond dreams : a novel of the Commonwealth

October 15, 2014
Hamilton, Peter F.
New York : Del Rey, [2014]
614 pages ; 25 cm
"The wait is over. Bestselling science fiction master Peter F. Hamilton is back with the first of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe. Distinguished by deft plotting, a teeming cast of characters, dazzling scientific speculation, and imagination that brings the truly alien to life, The Abyss Beyond Dreams reveals Hamilton as a storyteller of astonishing ingenuity and power. The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel--self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void, where the laws of physics are subtly different and mental powers indistinguishable from magic are commonplace. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics--the Fallers--that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever--if Nigel can uncover their secrets. As the Fallers' relentless attacks continue, and the fragile human society splinters into civil war, Nigel must uncover the secrets of the Fallers--before he is killed by the very people he has come to save. Praise for Peter F. Hamilton's Great North Road "Gripping. a mammoth tale featuring believable characters and exceptionally skilled storytelling."--Library Journal (starred review) The Evolutionary Void "Satisfying and powerful. Space Opera doesn't get much more epic."--SFFWorld The Temporal Void "Fusing elements of hard SF with adventure fantasy tropes, Hamilton has singlehandedly raised the bar for grand-scale speculative storytelling."--Publishers Weekly The Dreaming Void "A real spellbinder from a master storyteller. dozens of scenarios, a surprisingly well-delineated cast of thousands, plotting enough to delight the most Machiavellian of readers."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

The peripheral

October 15, 2014
Gibson, William, 1948-
New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
485 pages ; 24 cm
Depending on her veteran brother's benefits in a city where jobs outside the drug trade are rare, Flynne assists her brother's latest beta-test tech assignment only to uncover an elaborate murder scheme.


October 15, 2014
Madore, Nancy, author.
422 pages ; 23 cm
"The stakes get higher as a trap is set. Nadia is severely shaken by the recent tragedy but, as the Legacy of the Watchers continues, she will turn to BEACON for comfort, immersing herself in plans for an extravagant masquerade ball to raise funds for the disaster victims. But she can't escape the hidden ones--or the high stakes battle they're waging behind the scenes. This time Poseidon will be their guide, taking them from the Titan War to the destruction of Atlantis, and leaving Nadia with the hardest decision of her life. Finding courage she didn't know she possessed, Nadia strikes up a treacherous bargain that will put her at odds with everyone--especially Will. It's a deadly game, laced with deception, and Nadia will find that she's not the only player in this masquerade when part three of the series reaches its shocking conclusion."--Amazon website.


October 15, 2014
MacHale, D. J.
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
431 pages ; 22 cm.
Once again, Tucker Pierce and friends must fight for their lives against the better-equipped SYLO, and they will risk nearly everything to keep each other safe the battle's climax nears.

The time roads

October 14, 2014
Bernobich, Beth.
New York : Tor, 2014.
302 pages ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
The golden octopus -- A flight of numbers fantastique strange -- Ars memoriae -- The time roads.


October 7, 2014
Cohn, Rachel, author.
New York : Hyperion, [2014]
281 pages ; 24 cm.
Elysia's finally learned that she has a soul and although she knows it hurts Zhara, her First, that Alexander has chosen her as his life mate, Elysia can't give him up and instead takes her place fighting by his side in the revolution of clones and humans against Denesme's twisted regime.

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures

October 6, 2014
Philadelphia : Running Press ; London : Robinson, 2014.
ix, 518 p. ; 20 cm
Short stories.

Break out

October 6, 2014
Croft, Nina, author.
314 pages ; 18 cm
"A dark desires novel"--Cover.
The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they've discovered the secret of immortality--Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they're called, rule the universe. Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can't resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous-or so fun!

War dogs

October 6, 2014
Bear, Greg, 1951-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2014.
291 pages ; 22 cm
"They came in peace, bearing gifts. The Gurus were a highly advanced species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. They warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus across the cosmos. The media have taken to calling them the Antagonists -- or Antags -- and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. For all they've done for us, the Gurus now need our help. Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Skyrine who is dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to turn back the Antag tide. But the Skyrines will face impossible odds just to survive -- let alone make it home alive. "-- Provided by publisher.

Hello Devilfish! : a novel

October 6, 2014
Dakron, Ron.
New York : Three Rooms Press, c2014.
139 p. : port. ; 21 cm.
"Hello Devilfish! is a Manglish-spiced, first-person (or first-fish) account of a giant blue Japanese movie monster (kaiju) stingray's attack on contemporary Tokyo and his tragic morph into human form. HD is soon pursued by Squidra, a love-struck Kaiju giant squid. She demands love. He refuses. In an epic waterfront battle, she traps HD in a human-growth hormone bath that changes him into a puny human--a reverse metamorphosis--monster to man. HD refuses to accept his humanity, and acts like his former giant stingray self while trying to find food, shelter, romance--and avoiding the destructive rampage of his stalker squid love interest. Epic waterfront battles! Shock-pop! Destructive rampages! And under it all, a stinging critique of contemporary culture and mainstream literature."--Publisher's website.

Green Lantern : rise of the third army

October 3, 2014
Johns, Geoff, 1973- author.
New York : DC Comics, c2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Originally published in single magazine form in Green Lantern #13-16, Green Lantern Corps #13-16, Red Lanterns #17-20, Green Lantern: New Guardians #13-16, Red Lanterns 13-16, Green Lantern Corps Annual 1, Green Lantern Annual 1."--Tp verso.
The universe is in shambles and the Guardians are the cause. Their mysterious Third Army has risen across the cosmos like a plague, destroying everything in its path and Hal Jordan and Sinestro are nowhere to be found. It is up to wrongfuly accused Simon Baz to clear his name and become the hero that the Corps needs in order to get to the bottom of Hal and Sinestro's disapperance and the Rise of the Third Army!

The lost stars : imperfect sword

September 30, 2014
Campbell, Jack (Naval officer)
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
x, 369 pages ; 24 cm.
" The wait is over. New York Times bestselling author Jack Campbell continues his action-packed spin-off to The Lost Fleet series as the Syndicate's civil war threatens to spread even farther into the final frontier ... President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System-but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won't surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex-Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system's citizens punished for their defiance. Outnumbered and led by junior officers hastily promoted in the wake of the uprising, Midway's warships are no match for the fleet massing and preparing to strike. But the Syndicate isn't the only threat facing Iceni and Drakon. Another former CEO has taken control of the Ulindi Star System, the first calculated move toward establishing his own little empire. With Drakon's ground forces dispatched to Ulindi, Midway erupts in violence as Syndicate agents and other, unknown enemies stoke a renewed revolt against Iceni's power-leaving both her and Drakon vulnerable to trusted officers just waiting for an opportune moment to betray them ..."-- Provided by publisher.

A vision of fire

September 30, 2014
Anderson, Gillian, 1968- author.
New York : Simon451, 2014.
ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O'Hara is a single mom trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lackluster dating life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India's ambassador to the United Nations, starts speaking in tongues and having violent visions. Caitlin is sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father--a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels--but when teenagers around the world start having similar outbursts, Caitlin begins to think that there's a more sinister force at work"-- Provided by publisher.

A call to duty : a novel of the honorverse

September 30, 2014
Weber, David, 1952-
viii, 384 pages ; 25 cm.
"Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...two things his neglectful mother couldn't or wouldn't provide. So when Travis enlists in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he'd finally found the structure he'd always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn't exactly as expected. Boot camp is rough; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is on the edge of extinction. The Star Kingdom is a minor nation among the worlds of the Diaspora, its closest neighbor months away and with little resources. With only modest interstellar trade, no foreign contacts to speak of, a plague ravaged economy and no enemies looming at the hyper limit, factions in Parliament want nothing more than to scrap the Navy and shift its resources elsewhere. But those factions are mistaken. The universe is not a safe place as Travis is about to find out"-- Provided by publisher.


September 29, 2014
Marshall, Peyton, 1972-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
322 pages ; 22 cm
"A bighearted dystopian novel about the corrosive effects of fear and the redemptive power of love by first time novelist Peyton Marshall"-- Provided by publisher.


September 29, 2014
Zahn, Timothy, author.
New York : Open Road, 2014.
326 pages ; 21 cm
"For Dr. Adrian Sommers, a split second of driving while distracted leads to tragedy--and obsession. His family destroyed, he devotes his entire being to developing Soulminder, a technology that might have saved his son as he wavered on the edge of death. Sommers's vision is to capture a dying person's life essence and hold it safely in stasis while physicians heal the body from injury or disease. Years of experimentation finally end in success--but those who recognize Soulminder's possibilities almost immediately corrupt its original concept to pursue dangerous new frontiers: body-swapping, obstruction of justice, extortion, and perhaps even immortality"--Publisher's description.

Spark : a novel

September 29, 2014
Twelve Hawks, John.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
301 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Working as an assassin for a dystopian-era multinational corporation, Jacob Underwood, a man who believes he is an emotionless ghost, confronts baffling truths when he tracks down a second-year associate suspected of stealing company information.

Falling sky

September 29, 2014
Khanna, Rajan, 1974-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2014.
255 pages ; 21 cm
"Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground. Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that's not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he's ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back. This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters--whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own"-- Provided by publisher.

Ancillary sword

September 29, 2014
Leckie, Ann.
New York : Orbit, 2014.
391 pages ; 21 cm
"The sequel to the award-winning Ancillary justice"--Cover.
"What if you once had thousands of bodies and near god-like technology at your disposal? And what if all of it were ripped away? The Lord of the Radch has given Breq command of the ship Mercy of Kalr and sent her to the only place she would have agreed to go -- to Athoek Station, where Lieutenant Awn's sister works in Horticulture. Athoek was annexed some six hundred years ago, and by now everyone is fully civilized -- or should be. But everything is not as tranquil as it appears. Old divisions are still troublesome, Athoek Station's AI is unhappy with the situation, and it looks like the alien Presger might have taken an interest in what's going on. With no guarantees that interest is benevolent"-- Provided by publisher.

We are not good people

September 26, 2014
Somers, Jeff, 1971-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
pages cm

The golden princess : a novel of the Change

September 26, 2014
Stirling, S. M., author.
New York : Roc, [2014]
viii, 420 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"Princess Orlaith, heir to Rudi Mackenzie, Artos the First, High King of Montival, now wields the Sword of the Lady--and faces a new enemy. Fortunately, she also has a new ally in Reiko, Empress of Japan, who has been pursued to America by a conquering army from Asia. To combat their mutual foe, Orlaith and Reiko embark on a quest to find the fabled Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, the Grass-Cutting Sword, one of the three great treasures of the Japanese Imperial House. But dreams have revealed that the road to Kusanagi lies through the meganecropolis of the City of Angels, the greatest and most perilous of the dead cities...and beyond it, to a castle in the fearful Valley of Death. And their relentless enemy will stop at nothing to prevent them from succeeding. For across the Pacific, the great arc of land that stretches from the dark kingdom of Korea to the realm of Capricornia in Australia is threatened by war. Now all the survivors of the Change must choose sides.... "-- Provided by publisher.

Fortunes of the imperium

September 26, 2014
Nye, Jody Lynn, 1957- author.
Riverdale : Baen Books, 2014.
471 pages ; 24 cm
"Lieutenant Lord Thomas Kinago sets out from the Imperium homeworld for the Autocracy of the Uctu, a galactic region with a geckolike overlord. Thomas is ostensibly on a pleasure cruise with his cousin to enjoy Gecko culture. In fact, Thomas is on a mission for the secret service to discover how prohibited goods are being smuggled into the Autocracy. His crew's overt assignment is to find out why legitimate shippers are being detained without explanation. Thomas's reputation for sudden enthusiasm and goodhearted mayhem precede him. It is all his trusted aide Parsons can do to keep Thomas on course. While the Autocrat, a new and fairly young Uctu female, finds Thomas a curious diplomat, she also rather likes him--much to Parson's relief. It seems Thomas needs free passage within the Uctu home system before he can investigate the illegal contraband. The smuggling ring is quite determined to cancel Thomas's visit before he can cancel them and as usual, it's up to Parsons to find a way to lead his hapless master to victory--or at least keep hims from getting himself killed by a very determined enemy"-- Provided by publisher.


September 26, 2014
Strout, Anton
New York, N.Y. : Ace Books, 2014
x, 306 p. ; 17 cm.
"Book three of The Spellmason Chronicles."
"Ace fantasy."
When a spell goes horribly wrong, setting thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, Alexandra Belarus, who is gifted with the ability to breathe life into stone, and her protector, Stanis, must put things right.

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