New Arrivals · Science Fiction

August 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Trial by Fire : volume two of the Tales of the Terran Republic

July 31, 2014
Gannon, Charles E.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2014.
626 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
"Sequel to the award-winning Fire with fire"--Cover.
"When interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity's first encounter with aliens, war erupts. With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with alien enemy but finds all is not as it seems. What if something even worse is on the way? It could be that Earth's attacker's harrowing memories of a long-past war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from starting over again--even if that means exterminating the human race"-- Provided by publisher.

Alien hunter : Underworld

July 31, 2014
Strieber, Whitley.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
301 pages ; 25 cm
"A Flynn Carroll thriller"--Jacket.
A sequel to Alien Hunter finds CIA alien communications agent Flynn Carroll tracking down murderous rogue agents from the planet Aeon, an assignment that separates him from his unit and causes him to question what he believes about his own existence. By the best-selling author of Communion.

Opposition : a Lux novel

July 31, 2014
Armentrout, Jennifer L.
533 pages ; 22 cm
Second edition statement taken from dust jacket.
Includes the Bonus prequel novella "Shadows", pages 365-533.
Opposition -- Shadows.
Shadows: "The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. To him, human girls are--well fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Bethany can't deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren't a complication she wants, whenever they lock eyes, she's drawn in. Captivated. Dawson can't stop risking everything for one human girl. Or stop a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself."-- Publisher's description.

William Shakespeare's the Jedi doth return

July 25, 2014
Doescher, Ian, author.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2014]
165 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Star Wars part the sixth"--Title page.
"Lucas Books"--Title page.
Han Solo entombed in carbonite, the princess taken captive, the Rebel Alliance besieged, and Jabba the Hutt engorged. Now Luke Skywalker and his Rebel band must seek fresh allies in their quest to thwart construction of a new Imperial Death Star.

The Burnouts

July 24, 2014
Thomas, Lex, author.
New York : Egmont USA, 2014.
266 pages ; 22 cm.
"In this final installment of the Quarantine trilogy, David and Will are alive, but on the outside of McKinley High, while Lucy is the last of the trinity left inside to deal with Hilary, who will exact revenge before taking over McKinley High"-- Provided by publisher.

Prototype : a novel

July 24, 2014
Waters, M. D., 1976-
New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
375 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Archetype.
The stunning debut that began with Archetype' and has readers buzzing'concludes in Prototype, when a woman's dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future. Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past'both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents' whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family. But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there's nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he's got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker. Emma returns to face what she's done but finds that the past isn't the problem. It's the present'and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter. In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters's spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She's decided to play their game and prove she isn't the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.

Hardship : theirs not to reason why

July 23, 2014
Johnson, Jean, 1972- author.
New York : Ace, 2014.
p. cm.

New frontiers : a collection of tales about the past, the present, and the future

July 18, 2014
Bova, Ben, 1932-
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
334 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Sam below par -- A country for old men -- In trust -- The question -- "We'll always have Paris" -- Waterbot -- Moon race -- Scheherazade and the storytellers -- Duel in the Somme -- Bloodless victory -- Mars farts -- A pale blue dot -- Inspiration -- The last decision.
"Fourteen startling visions of yesterday, today, and tomorrow from the six-time winner of the Hugo Award Frontiers can be found in all directions. Frontiers of time and space, as well as frontiers of courage, devotion, love, hate, and the outer limits of the human spirit. This outstanding collection of stories by one of science fiction's premier talents spans the length and breadth of history and the universe, while exploring thought-provoking new ideas and dilemmas. From the Baghdad of the Arabian Nights to a vast interstellar empire thousands of years in the future, from the Vatican to a one-man vessel drifting in the vast emptiness of the Asteroid Belt, from virtual reality duels to the subtle intricacies of time travel and a golf tournament on the Moon, here are tales of scoundrels and heroes, scientists and explorers, aliens and artificial intelligences, and even a young Albert Einstein. Each of them stands at the border of a new frontier and must venture out into unexplored territory--thanks to the limitless imagination of Ben Bova"-- Provided by publisher.


July 18, 2014
O'Rourke, Erica.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2014]
484 pages ; 22 cm
"Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world is spun off the existing one and Del's job is to keep the dimensions in harmony"-- Provided by publisher.

The young world

July 17, 2014
Weitz, Chris, 1969-
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
373 pages ; 24 cm
Jefferson, with his childhood friend Donna, leads a tribe of teenagers in New York City on a dangerous quest to find an antidote for a mysterious illness that wiped out all adults and children.

Second nature

July 17, 2014
Mack, David, 1969- author.
New York : Pocket Books, [2014].
304 p. ; 17 cm.
Based on Star trek created by Gene Roddenberry.
An all-new Star Trek series begins! A new mission: The late twenty-third century--Starfleet's golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach. A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood. An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they'll need to save themselves--from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.

Rescue mode

July 11, 2014
Bova, Ben, 1932-
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, 2014.
421 pages ; 25 cm
"The first human mission to Mars meets with near-disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft, almost destroying it. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight-person crew must ride their crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive. On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans into space is too dangerous to continue. The whole human space flight program hangs in the balance. And if the astronauts can't nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists--or the first humans to perish on another planet" -- from publisher's web site.


July 10, 2014
Colucci, A. J.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
322 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"George Brookes, a 75-year old recluse on a small Canadian island, is plagued by guilt, afraid that his botany experiments have released a monster upon the world. He climbs to the top of a cliff and jumps to his death. Several weeks later, six people arrive on the island, heirs to George's estate: his daughter, Isabelle, and her three teenagers, Jules Beecher, a friend and fellow botanist, and Ginny Shufflebottom, a contentious Englishwoman who funded George's research. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives. In the laboratory, Jules reads over piles of notes and realizes that George may have achieved the most monumental breakthrough in the history of modern science: communication between humans and plants. Jules knows that the idea of plant intelligence has long been regarded as quackery among conventional scientists, but George's experiments could prove the theories that Jules has been working on all his life. However, the notes are incomplete, and it's unclear whether George's findings are real or the ramblings of a madman. In the woods, Jules begins to have disturbing visions. A fierce storm hits, the power goes out, and a night of terror begins. Isabelle and the others are stalked by Jules and his crossbow, and plagued by the feeling that something on the island does not want them there. A.J. Colucci's new novel is a feast of horror and suspense sure to please fans of Stephen King"-- Provided by publisher.

Cauldron of ghosts

July 9, 2014
Weber, David, 1952-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2014]
581 pages ; 25 cm.
The Republic of Haven and the Star Empire of Manticore forge an alliance that hinges on an undercover mission by Zilwicki and Cachat to expose an ancient Mesan Alignment conspiracy.

The plague forge

July 9, 2014
Hough, Jason M.
New York : Del Rey, c2013
431 p. : ill., map ; 19 cm.
"The hunt is on for the mysterious keys left by the alien Builders. While Skyler's team of immune scavengers scatters around the disease ravaged globe in search of the artifacts, Skyler himself finds much more than he expected in the African desert, where he stumbles upon surprising Builder relics-- and thousands of bloodthirsty subhumans. From the slums and fortresses of Darwin to the jungles of Brazil and beyond, Skyler and company are in for a wild ride, jam-packed with daunting challenges, run-and-gun adventure, and unexpected betrayals-- all in a race against time to finally answer the great questions that have plagued humanity for decades: Who are the Builders, and what do they want with Earth?" -- from publisher's web site.

The Exodus Towers

July 9, 2014
Hough, Jason M.
New York : Del Rey, [2013].
527 pages : maps ; 19 cm.
Aliens have built a second space elevator in Brazil and it's up to scavenger crew captain Skyler Luiken and brilliant scientist Dr. Tania Sharma to solve the puzzle of these Builders' master plan ... before it's too late for the last vestiges of humanity.

Seven grams of lead

July 9, 2014
Thomson, Keith, 1965-
New York : Anchor Books, a Division of Random House LLC, 2014.
446 pages ; 18 cm
"Anchor Books mass-market original"--Title page verso.
When one of his ex-lovers is murdered before she can reveal government secrets, hard-hitting journalist Russ Thornton goes on the run from a killer who is after the recording device implanted in his head.

The little green book of Chairman Rahma

July 8, 2014
Herbert, Brian.
New York : Tor, [2014].
412 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
After solving the environmental problems of the United States, dictator Chairman Rahma must fight off new weapons being deployed by the corporations and deal with unsettling reports of mutants.

World of trouble

July 8, 2014
Winters, Ben H.
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2014]
316 pages ; 21 cm.
"With the doomsday asteroid looming, Detective Hank Palace has found sanctuary in the woods of New England, secure in a well-stocked safe house with other onetime members of the Concord police force. But with time ticking away before the asteroid makes landfall, Hank's safety is only relative, and his only relative--his sister Nico--isn't safe. Soon, it's clear that there's more than one earth-shattering revelation on the horizon, and it's up to Hank to solve the puzzle before time runs out . . . for everyone" -- from publisher's web site.

Tomorrow and tomorrow

July 8, 2014
Sweterlitsch, Thomas.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"In the near-future around the tenth anniversary of a devastating, apocalyptic attack on Pittsburgh, one survivor - an archivist working in a perfect, immersive digital reproduction of the city - stumbles upon a dark and violent cover-up that unravels what is left of the life he knew"-- Provided by publisher.


July 7, 2014
Stohl, Margaret, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
415 pages ; 22 cm
"An icons novel"--Title page verso.
In the near future, four teenagers discover that their emotions have been weaponized and that they have been genetically bred to end the alien occupation of Earth.


July 7, 2014
North, Phoebe.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2014]
421 pages ; 22 cm
After five hundred years, the Earth ship seventeen-year-old Terra and her companions were born and raised on arrives at Zehava, a dangerous, populated world where Terra must take the lead in establishing a new colony.


July 3, 2014
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
407 pages ; 24 cm.
"When an animal rights action at a research lab goes wrong, a terrible secret is exposed, and Shay must find her brother Odin before the researchers at Singular Corp can silence both of them"-- Provided by publisher.

All those vanished engines

June 27, 2014
Park, Paul, 1954-
New York : Tor, 2014.
269 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Follows the Park family in three different areas of the nation after the Queen of the North agreed to a two-nation settlement in the Civil War, in this new alternate-history novel from the author of A Princess of Roumania.

Ghosts of time

June 27, 2014
White, Steve, 1946-
Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen , 2014.
pages cm
"Special Operations office Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority must once again plunge into Earth's blood-drenched past to combat the plots of the transhumanist underground to subvert the past. This time they are attempting to use the chaos of the American Civil War to escape the Observer Effect: the immutable law that recorded history cannot be changed. The Fall of Richmond looms and in the Shenandoah Valley insurgency brews. The time travelers must join the raiders to prevent a transhumanist trap from dooming the mission from the start. Meanwhile, the leader of a secret slave underground possesses an incredible secret that may change Jason's fate--and that of the future itself--forever"-- Provided by publisher.

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