New Arrivals · Science Fiction

May 4, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


May 3, 2016
Rucka, Greg.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2013-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
v. 1. Family -- v. 2. Lift -- v. 3. Conclave -- v. 4. Poison

Night speed

May 3, 2016
Howard, Chris, 1976- author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
410 pages ; 22 cm
"Only those young enough can survive tetra, a dangerous drug that creates a pulse-pounding rush of enormous strength and incredible speed. Seventeen-year-old Alana West has been trained to use tetra so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power--criminals like the one who nearly killed her kid brother. On tetra, Alana is unstoppable--an explosive blur as she surges through New York City. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush . . . when just one more dose will prove deadly. Supported only by her steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop their supply of the drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem--especially Ethan, the boy who seems to see the truth inside her. With her dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie, before the rush ends. Forever." -- Provided by publisher.

Shattered spear

May 3, 2016
Campbell, Jack (Naval officer), author.
New York : Ace Books, 2016.
x, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Syndicate Worlds continues to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule undermines their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with another threat. An enigma warship has appeared and vanished near a Syndic colony. If the aliens are capable of jumping into other human-occupied star systems, then billions of people could be vulnerable to a hostile invasion fleet anywhere it chooses to strike. But an even greater liability lies with Iceni and Drakon as a once-trusted adviser turned saboteur plans revenge.."--Provided by publisher.


May 2, 2016
Peeters, Frederik, author, artist.
London : SelfMadeHero, 2014-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
v. 1. The smell of warm dust -- v. 2. The invisible throng -- v. 3. The desert of mirrors -- v. 4. You will be glorious, my daughter

Spider-Man 2099

May 2, 2016
David, Peter (Peter Allen), author.
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
v. 2. Spider-verse -- v. 3. Smack to the future

Injustice : gods among us. Year three

May 2, 2016
Taylor, Tom, 1978-
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
The sequel to the video game and comic series Injustice: Gods Among Us!
v .1. Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three #1-6 -- v. 2. Collects Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three #8-12, Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three annual

Just over the horizon : the complete short fiction of Greg Bear. Volume one.

May 2, 2016
Bear, Greg, 1951- author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2016.
360 pages ; 20 cm
Sisters -- A Martian Ricorso -- Schrödinger's plague -- Blood music -- Silicon Times e-book review -- Warm sea -- Tangents -- Through road no whither -- Dead run -- The white horse child -- Webster -- The visitation -- Richie by the sea -- Sleepside story -- Genius.
This collection of newly revised stories and rare screenplay by Greg Bear combines his intense concern with the human condition with a deep understanding of science. Here are mind-bending explorations of the near future, or just beyond the border of conventional reality.

Rock of pages

May 2, 2016
Xopher, Lee, author.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [], 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
" part semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, and one part time travel sci-fi adventure."--Page four of cover.

The map of bones

April 28, 2016
Haig, Francesca, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
406 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.

New charity blues

April 27, 2016
Griep, Camille, 1977- author.
275 pages ; 21 cm
In the wake of a devastating plague, two communities emerge as bastions of survival. One is called the City, and its people scrabble for scraps in the wasteland. The other, New Charity, enjoys the bounty of its hydroelectric dam and refuses City denizens so much as a drop of precious water. When City-dweller Cressyda inherits her father’s ranch within New Charity, she becomes intent on opening the dam to all—no matter the cost. But when Syd reunites with her old best friend, Casandra, a born seer and religious acolyte, she realizes that her plans could destroy the fragile lives they’ve built in order to survive. What’s more, the strange magic securing the dam’s operations could prove deadly if disturbed. Yet when Syd discovers evidence that her father might have been murdered, she is more determined than ever to exact revenge on New Charity’s corrupt. Pitted against Cas, as well as her own family, Syd must decide how to secure the survival of both settlements without tipping them over the brink to utter annihilation. In this intense and emotional reimagining of the Trojan War epic, two women clash when loyalty, identity, community, and family are all put to the ultimate test.

My hero academia

April 26, 2016
Horikoshi, Kōhei, 1986- author, illustrator.
San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 19 cm
Written in the Japanese right to left format.

Sleeping giants

April 26, 2016
Neuvel, Sylvain, 1973- author.
304 pages ; 25 cm.
"17 years ago: A girl in South Dakota falls through the earth, then wakes up dozens of feet below ground on the palm of what seems to be a giant metal hand. Today: She is a top-level physicist leading a team of people to understand exactly what that hand is, where it came from, and what it portends for humanity. A swift and spellbinding tale told almost exclusively through transcriptions of interviews conducted by a mysterious and unnamed character, this is a unique debut that describes a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts"--Provided by publisher.

One thousand words for war

April 26, 2016
Dallas, Texas : CBAY Books, [2016]
iii. 221 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction / Madeline Smoot and Hope Erica Schultz -- Shadowland / Valerie Hunter -- Before night fall / C.H. Spalding -- Unexpected guests / Laura Ring -- The commander / Steve DuBois -- Reflections / Susan Bianculli -- Exile / Bethany Marcello -- Beyond the promised land / Darrel Duckworth -- Jar of pickles / Sarah Lyn Eaton -- Threshold / Anthony R. Cardno -- Testing, testing, 1-2-3 / Susan Bianculli -- Eighteen roses / Ameria Lewis -- Alien truce / Nori Odoi -- Terror / Walt Socha -- Strands of grass / Renee Whittington -- In other words / Lisa Timpf -- Another sunset / Anne E. Johnson -- Mechanika / Mara Dabrishus -- Maverick / Cathy Bryant -- Where the death storms blow / Hope Erica Schultz.
"Imaginative and original, One thousand words for war explores in various fantastic settings the different types of conflict--from powerful internal and external conflicts with the potential to destroy the main character's world to the peace that comes from accepting change. Whether it's a transgendered girl standing up to bullies or a child soldier trying to save his fellows from war, this collection shows the powerful ways teens can overcome and embrace extraordinary circumstances."--Page [4] of cover.

Elseworlds : Batman.

April 21, 2016
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016]-
volumes: chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Batman: holy terror / Alan Brennert, writer ; Batman: the blue, the grey, and the bat / Elliot S. Maggin & Alan Weiss, story ; Elliot S. Maggin, writer ; Robin 3000 #1 / Byron Preiss, story ; Byron Preiss & Steven Ringgenberg, writers ; Robin 3000 #2 / Byron Preiss, story ; Byron Preiss & Steven Ringgenberg, writers ; Batman/Dark Joker: the wild / Doug Moench, writer ; Batman/Houdini: the devil's workshop / Howard Victor Chaykin & John Frances Moore, writers ; Batman: castle of the bat / Jack C. Harris, writer ; Batman: in darkest knight / Mike W. Barr, writer ; Batman: dark allegiances / Howard Victor Chaykin, writer, artist & cover

Civil war : Captain America, Iron Man

April 21, 2016
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in magazine form as Captain America #22-24, Winter soldier : winter kills, Iron Man #13-14, Iron Man/Captain America: casualties of war and Civil War: the confession.

Green Lantern

April 20, 2016
Johns, Geoff, 1973-
New York : DC Comics, c2012-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Sinestro -- v. 2. The revenge of Black Hand -- v. 3. The end -- v. 4. Dark days -- v. 5. Test of wills -- v. 6. The life equation


April 19, 2016
Toutonghi, Steve, 1964- author.
328 pages ; 22 cm
"What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That's the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors. Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger--a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers--and survival--brings them from the networks and spire communities they've known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the 'ferals' left behind by the rush of technology."-- Provided by publisher.

Thirst : a novel

April 13, 2016
Warner, Benjamin.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
286 pages ; 22 cm
"On a searing summer Friday, Eddie Chapman has been stuck for hours in a traffic jam. There are accidents along the highway, but ambulances and police are conspicuously absent. When he decides to abandon his car and run home, he sees that the trees along the edge of a stream have been burnt, and the water in the streambed is gone. Something has gone very wrong. When he arrives home, the power is out and there is no running water. The pipes everywhere, it seems, have gone dry. Eddie and his wife, Laura, find themselves thrust together with their neighbors as a sense of unease thickens in the stifling night air. Thirst takes place in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious disaster as the Chapmans and their neighbors suffer the effects of the heat, their thirst, and the terrifying realization that no one is coming to help. As violence rips through the community, Eddie and Laura are forced to recall secrets from their past and question their present humanity. In crisp and convincing prose, Ben Warner compels readers to do the same. What might you do to survive?"-- Provided by publisher.

Ultimate Spider-Man ultimate collection

April 11, 2016
Bendis, Brian Michael.
New York, N.Y. : Marvel Worldwide, c2007-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in magazine form.


April 8, 2016
Cherryh, C. J., author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2016]
viii, 376 pages ; 24 cm.
It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year since he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track, and Bren hopes that life may soon become much more tranquil.

Sword art online. Volume 7, Mother's rosary

April 8, 2016
Kawahara, Reki, author.
New York, NY : Yen On, 2016.
204 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
"First published in Japan in 2011 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"Kirito and Sinon's battle with Death Gun is over, but something strange is a foot in the next-generation VRMMO ALfheim Online. A new dualist with a custom sword skill is defeating all comers--including Kirito! But when Asuna goes to face this dualist, she receives something she never expected: An invitation to an exclusive guild!"--Provided by publisher.

Sword art online. Volume 5, Phantom bullet

April 8, 2016
Kawahara, Reki, writer.
New York, NY : Yen On, 2015.
202 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2010 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Title page verso.
Kirito reenters the world of VRMMOs, this time logging in to Gun Gale Online in order to investigate the Death Gun, an in-game item rumored to be responsible for real-world deaths. He immediately runs into trouble when, after transferring his old avatar into the new game, he discovers that he looks a bit more feminine than he'd anticipated! With the help of Sinon the sniper, he enters the Bullet of Bullets tournament and tries to adapt his old skills to the new gun-based combat of Gun Gale Online. He'll need every friend he can get and every trick in the book, though, to crack the mystery of the Phantom Bullet and learn the truth about the Death Gun!

Sword art online. Volume 6, Phantom bullet

April 8, 2016
Kawahara, Reki, author.
294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
First published in Japan in 2010 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION, Tokyo --Title page verso.
"In an effort to discover the truth behind Death Gun, Kirito has entered the Bullet of Bullets tournament in Gun Gale Online. Both he and Sinon the sniper girl have made it to the finals, and the reality of what they discover is stranger than anything they could've prepared for. As Sinon is forced to face her own past, lives are on the line once again, and Kirito struggles to connect Death Gun to events in the original SAO game--but can Death Gun's bizarre rampage be stopped in time?"


April 7, 2016
Jennings, Holly, 1985-
New York : Ace, 2016.
325 pages ; 24 cm
"A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming ... Every week, Kali Ling fights to the death on national TV. She's died hundreds of times. And it never gets easier ... The RAGE tournaments--the Virtual Gaming League's elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator--leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world--until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game--and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems. The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside.."--Provided by publisher.


April 7, 2016
Connolly, John, 1968- author.
New York, NY : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, 2016.
440 pages ; 24 cm.
"Paul and Syl fight to save Earth from an enemy who is closer than ever. Syl Hellais and Paul Kerr have traveled through Derith, the mysterious wormhole from which no traveler has ever returned. Yet Derith's secrets are darker than they imagined, and trapped in a dimension beyond their own, they finally emerge to discover a universe that has moved on without them. Years have passed, and Civil War rages among the Illyri. It is whispered that the Earth is lost, prey to the alien parasites known as the Others, and other worlds will soon follow. Most shocking of all, the sinister Archmage Syrene of the Nairene Sisterhood has disappeared into the bowels of the Sisterhood's lair. But before she cloistered herself, Archmage Syrene chose her replacement. The Sisterhood has a new leader, with her own plans for the future of her race. Now Syl and Paul, teenagers in a deadly adult world, must find a way to change the course of history and save the lives of billions. They have but one hope. For Syl Hellais is changing."--Provided by publisher.

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