New Arrivals · Science Fiction

October 29, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The fatal tree

October 28, 2014
Lawhead, Steve.
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2014.
xi, 356 pages : map ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers
" What do you do when you're faced with The End of Everything? The evidence is compelling; not only is The End of Everything approaching, it's approaching rapidly. Desperation sends the Questors to the four corners of the universe in search of answers.Tony and Gianni are in Rome gathering additional data on the collapse of the universe, and Haven and Giles are captured by Huns and taken to Byzantium. Mina travels to Egypt to recruit Dr. Thomas Young, "the last man in the world who knows everything." But when he accompanies Mina, Kit, and Cass to the ley guarded by the giant tree, he manages to activate the ley and he and Mina disappear. Before disappearing, Dr. Young dubbed the giant Yew the Fatal Tree;but what fate is it leading these Questors toward?"-- Provided by publisher.

Coming home

October 28, 2014
McDevitt, Jack.
New York, NY : Ace Books, 2014.
358 pages ; 24 cm.
An antiquities dealer travels to Earth to search for an artifact of the early space age and to search for an interstellar transport that vanished 11 years prior.

Empire of dust : a psi-tech novel

October 28, 2014
Bedford, Jacey, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2014]
532 pages ; 18 cm.
Mega corporations, more powerful than any one planetary government, use their agents to race each other for resources across the galaxy. The agents, or psi-techs, are implanted with telepath technology. The psi-techs are bound to the mega-corps -- that is, if they want to retain their sanity. Cara Carlinni is an impossible thing -- a runaway psi-tech. She knows Alphacorp can find its implant-augmented telepaths, anywhere, anytime, mind-to-mind. So even though it's driving her half-crazy, she's powered down and has been surviving on tranqs and willpower. So far, so good. It's been almost a year, and her mind is still her own. She's on the run from Ari van Blaiden, a powerful executive, after discovering massive corruption in Alphacorp. Cara barely escapes his forces, yet again, on a backwater planet, and gets out just in time due to the help of straight-laced Ben Benjamin, a psi-tech Navigator for Alphacorp's biggest company rival. Cara and Ben struggle to survive a star-spanning manhunt, black-ops raids, and fleets of resource-hungry raiders. Betrayal follows betrayal, and friends become enemies. Suddenly the most important skill is knowing whom to trust.

Visitors

October 28, 2014
Card, Orson Scott.
New York, New York : Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2014.
598 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Ruins.
"Rigg's journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all"-- Provided by publisher.

Prototype

October 27, 2014
Waters, M. D., 1976-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Attack on Titan. No regrets

October 23, 2014
Snark, Gun.
New York : Kodansha USA, 2014
2 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Created by Hajime Isayama.
v. 1. The thief and the soldier -- v. 2. Remember your true enemy.
The young Erwin Smith is a rising star in the Survey Corps, humanity's only hope of defeating the man-eating monsters known as Titans. Ruthless and dispassionate, Erwin's mind is devoted to strategies and intrigue. But beneath Erwin's feet is another world, the Underground, where humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away. Here, the criminal Levi survives on his wits and agility. But when these two ambitious men cross paths, who will prove himself stronger?

Proxima

October 23, 2014
Baxter, Stephen.
©2013
468 pages ; 24 cm
"Mankind's future in this galaxy could be all but infinite.... There are hundreds of billions of red dwarf stars, lasting trillions of years--and their planets can be habitable for humans. Such is the world of Proxima Centauri. And its promise could mean the never-ending existence of humanity. But first it must be colonized, and no one wants to be a settler. There is no glamor that accompanies it, like being the first man on the moon, nor is there the ease of becoming a citizen of an already-tamed world. There is only hardship...loneliness...emptiness. But that's where Yuri comes in. Because sometimes exploration isn't voluntary. It must be coerced..."-- Provided by publisher.

Captain Marvel

October 21, 2014
DeConnick, Kelly Sue, author.
New York : Marvel, 2014-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Higher, further, faster, more
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's mightiest hero with an attitude to match, is launching headfirst into an all-new adventure! As Carol Danvers comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life, and the entire Marvel Universe.

Loop

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.

Masquerade

October 15, 2014
Madore, Nancy, author.
©2014
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.

Strike

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.

Emergent

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.
©2012.
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-
©2014
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.

Goodhouse

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.

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