New Arrivals · Science Fiction

April 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The fandom

April 20, 2018
Day, Anna, author.
©2017
406 pages ; 22 cm
Violet's in her element--cosplay at the ready, she can't wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallow's Dance, a mega-story and movie franchise. But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the The Gallows Dance for real - and in the first five minutes, they've caused the death of the heroine. It's up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own..."--Publisher's web site.

America

April 19, 2018
Rivera, Gabby, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2017-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. Life and times of America Chavez (collects America #1-6) -- v. 2. Fast and fuertona (collects America #7-12)
"She was a Young Avenger. She leads the Ultimates. And now she officially claims her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the entire Marvel Universe!

Dreamer

April 19, 2018
DeLano, L. E., author.
New York : Swood Reads, 2018.
314 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Traveler.
"This thrilling sequel to Traveler doles out adventure and heartbreak in equal measure as it takes readers through a kaleidoscope of intricately crafted worlds of wonder, discovery, and danger. You're still you no matter where you go. Jessa has learned the hard way that traveling to alternate dimensions isn't all delicious, glittering desserts and fancy parties: it also means accidentally running into people she thought she'd never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn't really prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add an increasingly complicated relationship with her best friend Ben, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa's got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds ... but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends. In Dreamer, the young adult fantasy follow up to Traveler, author L.E. DeLano delivers a gripping, emotional story that will leave readers on the edge of their seat."--Amazon.

East of west

April 18, 2018
Hickman, Jonathan.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2013-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.

Paper girls

April 18, 2018
Vaughan, Brian K., author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2016-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.

Green Lantern, the Silver Age

April 18, 2018
Broome, John, 1913-1999, author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016]-
volumes : chiefly color illusrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artist vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Collects Showcase #22-24 and Green Lantern #1-9 -- v. 2. Collects Green Lantern #10-22 -- v. 3. Collects Green Lantern #23-35

Before Mars : a Planetfall novel

April 18, 2018
Newman, Emma, 1976- author.
New York : ACE, 2018.
340 pages ; 21 cm.
"Hugo Award winner Emma Newman returns to the captivating Planetfall universe with a dark tale of a woman stationed on Mars who starts to have doubts about everything around her. After months of travel, Anna Kubrin finally arrives on Mars for her new job as a geologist and de facto artist in residence--and already she feels she is losing the connection with her husband and baby at home on Earth. In her room on the base, Anna finds a mysterious note, painted in her own hand, warning her not to trust the colony psychiatrist. A note she can't remember painting. When she finds a footprint in a place that the colony AI claims has never been visited by humans, Anna begins to suspect that she is caught up in an elaborate corporate conspiracy. Or is she losing her grip on reality? Anna must find the truth, regardless of what horrors she might discover or what they might do to her mind"-- Provided by publisher.

Blackfish City

April 18, 2018
Miller, Sam J., author.
©2018
328 pages ; 24 cm
After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. Now crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called "the breaks" is ravaging the population. When a strange new visitor arrives--a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side--the city is entranced. She very subtly brings together four people--each living on the periphery--to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

Head on

April 18, 2018
Scalzi, John, 1969- author.
©2018
335 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are "threeps," robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth--and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport of Hilketa, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

Shadow call

April 18, 2018
Strickland, AdriAnne, 1984- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
422 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Shadow run.
"Qole is the youngest starship captain in living memory on her homeworld of Alaxak and has spent her life hunting a dangerous energy source called Shadow. Alaxans distrust and evade the galaxy's royalty as a rule, but Qole is now harboring the exiled Prince Nevarian Dracorte, along with some very conflicting feelings about it--and him. Nev's feelings are just as complicated, but not towards her. When it comes to Qole, he knows one thing: he'd do anything to stay with her. But when Alaxak is attacked and Nev finds himself framed for murder, he realizes the only way to help Qole and her people is to fight for the throne that should be his. To become the royal she might hate. As for Qole, she would never have imagined herself as the leader of a rebellion. Despite that, she soon realizes that hiding from her power is no longer an option. It's time to answer the call, even if it kills her."--Inside dust jacket.

An argumentation of historians : the chronicles of St. Mary's

April 18, 2018
Taylor, Jodi, author.
New York : Night Shade Books, [2018]
421 pages ; 21 cm.
The ninth book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don't call it "time travel"--These historians "investigate major historical events in contemporary time." And they aren't your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St. Mary's under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There's an ambitious programme hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs. Midgely's objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr. Markham's stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status. And as if that's not enough--the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan, but hey--what's the worst that could happen?

X-Men : Domino

April 18, 2018
Dezago, Todd
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., [2018]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Originally published in magazine form as Domino (1997) #1-3, Domino (2003 0 #1-4, X-Force: Sex and violence #1-3, X-Force & Cable Annual '95, A+X #10, and Uncanny X-Men Annual #1.

Batman Arkham : Hugo Strange

April 18, 2018
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2018]
211 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
"Collects Detective Comics 36, 471, 472, 942, Batman 356, Batman Annual 10, Batman: Gotham Knights 8-11, Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe 18."
"One of the Dark Knight's oldest enemies, Hugo Strange, is the first foe to determine Batman's true identity: Bruce Wayne, mild-mannered playboy billionaire! In Stange's first appearance, he was a simple mad scientist turned bank robber but after being foiled by the Caped Crusader, he decided to dedicate his life to taking revenge on Batman."-- Provided by publisher.

Your robot dog will die

April 17, 2018
Greenwood, Arin, author.
New York : Soho Teen, [2018]
194 pages ; 22 cm
In the near future, the few surviving dogs are studied in a sanctuary, Dog Island, where seventeen-year-old Nano Miller tests robotic dogs, seeks her missing brother, and experiences her first romance.

The long sunset

April 17, 2018
McDevitt, Jack, author.
©2018
451 pages ; 22 cm
"Hutch has been the Academy's best pilot for decades. She's had numerous first contact encounters and even became a minor celebrity. But world politics have shifted from exploration to a growing fear that the program will run into an extraterrestrial race more advanced than humanity and war. Despite taking part in the recent scientific breakthrough that rejuvenates the human body and expands one's lifespan, Hutch finds herself as a famous interstellar pilot with little to do, until a message from an alien race arrives. The message is a piece of music from an unexplored area. Despite the fact that this alien race could pose a great danger and that this message could have taken several thousand years to travel, the program prepares the last interstellar ship for the journey. As the paranoia grows, Hutch and her crew make an early escape--but what they find at the other end of the galaxy is completely unexpected"-- Provided by publisher.

A god in the shed

April 17, 2018
Dubeau, J-F. (Jean-Francois), author.
©2017
428 pages ; 21 cm
"The village of Saint-Ferdinand has all the trappings of a quiet life: farmhouses stretching from one main street, a small police precinct, a few diners and cafes, and a grocery store. Though if an out-of-towner stopped in, they would notice one unusual thing--a cemetery far too large and much too full for such a small town, lined with the victims of the Saint-Ferdinand Killer, who has eluded police for nearly two decades. It's not until after Inspector Stephen Crowley finally catches the killer that the town discovers even darker forces are at play. When a dark spirit reveals itself to Venus McKenzie, one of Saint-Ferdinand's teenage residents, she learns that this creature's power has a long history with her town--and that the serial murders merely scratch the surface of a past burdened by evil secrets"--Page 4 of cover.

Spider-Man/Deadpool

April 16, 2018
Kelly, Joe, 1971-
©2016
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artist vary between volumes.
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. Isn't it bromantic -- v. 2. Side pieces -- v. 3. Itsy bitsy -- v. 4. Serious business -- v. 5. Arms race

Aliens : dead orbit

April 16, 2018
Stokoe, James, 1985- author, artist.
©2017
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"After an accident strikes at a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools--a timer, utility kit, and his wits--to survive an attack from an alien creature"--Provided by publisher.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man

April 16, 2018
Zdarsky, Chip, author.
©2017
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
v. 1. Into the twilight (Collects Peter Parker: the spectacular Spider-Man #1-6 and Free comic book day 2017 (Secret empire) #1) -- v. 2. Most wanted (Collects Peter Parker: the spectacular Spider-Man #297-300)

From darkest skies

April 16, 2018
Peters, Sam, author.
©2017.
341 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London : Gollancz, 2017.
Includes an excerpt from "From distant stars".
After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keon Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife's personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose -- to discover the truth behind her own death -- but Keon's relationship with her has grown into something more, something frighteningly dependent, something that verges on love. Cashing in old favours, Keon uses his return to the Service to take on a series of cases that allow him and the artificial Alysha to piece together his wife's last days. His investigations lead him inexorably along the same paths Alysha followed five years earlier, to a sinister and deadly group with an unhealthy fascination for the unknowable alien Masters; but as the wider world of Magenta is threatened with an imminent crisis, Keon finds himself in a dilemma: do his duty and stand with his team to expose a villainous crime, or sacrifice them all for the truth about his wife?

Rewind

April 13, 2018
O'Doherty, Carolyn, author.
©2018
247 pages ; 24 cm
"Sixteen-year-old Alex is a Spinner--she has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of Spinners is restricted to Centers--compounds created to house and protect them. Alex's society uses the Spinners' skills to solve major crimes, but messing with time comes with consequences: no Spinner lives past the age of twenty. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime--until time sickness strikes early. When she is offered an experimental treatment, Alex sees a future for herself for the first time. But the promising medication offers more than just a cure--it also brings with it dire consequences."--Amazon.com.
In a world where spinners can freeze and rewind time but are tightly controlled by the government, sixteen-year-old Alex is a spinner paired with Agent Ross to help catch a dangerous criminal.

Wonder Woman by George Pérez

April 11, 2018
Pérez, George, 1954- author, illustrator.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artist vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Collects Wonder Woman 1-14, Who's who: The definitive directory of the DC universe 26, Who's who update '87 1-3, Wonder Woman 120, Wonder Woman Volume 1: Gods and mortals, Wonder Woman Volume 2: Challenge of the gods -- v. 2. Collects Wonder Woman 15-24 and Wonder Woman annual 1. -- v. 3. Collects Wonder Woman 25-35, Who's who: Update '87 4, and Who's who: Update '88 4.

Space opera

April 11, 2018
Valente, Catherynne M., 1979- author.
New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, [2018]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny. They must sing. A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented by the remnants of civilization. Something to cheer up everyone who was left. Something to celebrate having escaped total annihilation by the skin of one's teeth, if indeed one has skin. Or teeth. Something to bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, understanding, and the most powerful of all social bonds: excluding others. Once every cycle, the great galactic civilizations gather for Galactivision--part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part, a very large, but very subtle part, continuation of the wars of the past. Thus, a fragile peace has held. This year, a bizarre and unsightly species has looked up from its muddy planet-bound cradle and noticed the enormous universe blaring on around it: humanity. Where they expected to one day reach out into space and discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of grave aliens, they have found glitter. And lipstick. And pyrotechnics. And electric guitars. A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent their planet on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of Earth lies in their ability to rock"-- Provided by publisher.

Theory of bastards

April 11, 2018
Schulman, Audrey, 1963- author.
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2018.
403 pages ; 21 cm
"Stage four. Surgery. Recovering." While those are the simple words that once described Dr. Francine Burk's situation, the reality is much more complex. Her new reality is feeling unduly thrilled by her increasing ability to walk across a room without assistance. And it's being offered a placement at a prestigious research institute where she can put to good use her recent award money. With the Foundation's advanced technological resources and a group of fascinating primates, Francine can begin to verify her subversive scientific discovery, which has challenged the foundations of history--her Theory of Bastards. Frankie finds that the bonobos she's studying are as complex as the humans she's working alongside. Their personalities are strong and distinct, and reigning over it all is Mama, the commanding matriarchal leader of the group. Frankie comes to know the bonobos and to further develop her groundbreaking theory with the help of her research partner, a man with a complicated past and perhaps a place in her future. And then something changes everything, and the lines that divide them--between subject and scientist, between colleague and companion--begin to blur.

Traitor born

April 11, 2018
Bartol, Amy A., author.
Seattle : 47North, [2018]
300 pages ; 21 cm.
"Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic's armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother's command. The deadly war of intrigue between her new masters and her ruthless family is but one conflict challenging Roselle. A soldier for the rebellion has drawn her into a rogue army's plot to overthrow the Republic and shatter its brutal caste system. Targeted by assassins and torn between allies, Roselle will have her loyalty, love, and honor tested in the greatest battle of--and for--her life."--Back cover.

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