New Arrivals · Science Fiction

December 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Death wave

November 30, 2015
Bova, Ben, 1932-
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
411 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tor Book."
"In Ben Bova's previous novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. They discovered the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out. When Kell and his team return to Earth, many years after their departure, they find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shift. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming from the galaxy's heart" -- provided by publisher.


November 30, 2015
Grant, Mira.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
488 pages ; 25 cm.
The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built...including the chimera.

The builders

November 25, 2015
Polansky, Daniel, author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
219 pages ; 21 cm
A missing eye. A broken wing. A stolen country. The last job didn't end well. Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain's company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain's whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score.


November 25, 2015
Krueger, Jim.
New York : DC Comics, ©2011.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Originally published in single magazine form in Justice 1-12"--Title page verso.
After the villains of the Legion of Doom — led by Lex Luthor and Brainiac — band together to save the world after a shared dream that seems to be a vision of the Earth’s demise. They are confronted by the Justice League of America, who doubt their true motives. The true plans unfold as the two teams do battle.

Child of two worlds

November 24, 2015
Cox, Greg, 1959- author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2015.
360 pages ; 18 cm.
"Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry."
The year is 2255, not long after the events of the Original Series episode "The Cage." A young Spock is science officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, when an outbreak of deadly Rigelian fever threatens the crew. Reviewing the Starfleet medical database, Dr. Phillip Boyce comes up with a highly experimental and untested new treatment that might save the crew. Just one problem: it requires a rare mineral substance, ryetalyn, which is not easily obtained…except on a remote alien colony near the Klingon border. But borders are somewhat blurry in this part of galaxy. Pike will need to tread carefully in order to avoid provoking an armed conflict with the Klingons, or starting an all-out war.

The game of lives

November 24, 2015
Dashner, James, 1972- author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
337 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The rule of thoughts.
The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael's passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine-- Kaine's master plan-- has nearly been realized, and if Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box-- if Michael can figure out who his friends really are....

Star Wars battlefront. Twilight Company

November 24, 2015
Freed, Alexander, author.
397 pages ; 25 cm
The Galactic Civil War rages on. Twilight Company is the nickname for the men and women, human and nonhuman, of the Sixty-First Mobile Infantry. Defiance is their most powerful weapon until they are ordered to fall back in the face of superior opposition numbers and firepower. An unlikely ally gives the Rebel Alliance's hardest-fighting warriors a crucial chance to turn retreat into resurgence as they strike at the ultimate target: the very heart of the Empire's military machine.

Her brother's keeper

November 23, 2015
Kupari, Mike.
365 pages ; 24 cm
"It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is a master of her own destiny. But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea from her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood. It seems Catherine's brother Cecil, heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has been taken hostage on the failed world of Zanzibar. Augustus, knowing Catherine is the only one who can be trusted to return Cecil safely, hires her to bring her brother home. To save her brother, Catherine must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making"-- Provided by publisher.


November 17, 2015
Friedman, C. S.
New York, NY : Daw Books, INC. [2015]
325 pages ; 24 cm
"Book Two of The Dreamwalker Chronicles"--Dust jacket.
When Jessica Drake learns that her DNA doesn't match that of her parents, she has no idea that the search for her heritage will put her family's lives in danger, or force her to cross into another world--an alternate Earth dominated by individuals with unnatural powers called Gifts. There she learns she's a Dreamwalker--and there's a curse within her blood so feared that all who possess it are destroyed on sight.

The great forgetting

November 17, 2015
Renner, James, 1978- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
342 pages ; 24 cm
"Sarah Crichton Books."
Jack Felter, a history teacher, returns home to bucolic Franklin Mills, Ohio, to care for his father, a retired pilot who suffers from dementia and is quickly losing his memory. Jack would love to forget about Franklin Mills, and about Sam, the girl he fell in love with, who ran off with his best friend, Tony. Except Tony has gone missing. Soon Jack is pulled into the search for Tony, but the only one who seems to know anything is Tony's last patient, a paranoid boy named Cole. Jack must team up with Cole to follow Tony's trail-and maybe save the world. Their journey will lead them to Manhattan and secret facilities buried under the Catskills, and eventually to a forgotten island in the Pacific-the final destination of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. When Jack learns the details about the program known as the Great Forgetting, he's faced with the timeless question: Is it better to forget our greatest mistake or to remember, so it's never repeated?

Hollowgirl : a Twinmaker novel

November 12, 2015
Williams, Sean, 1967-
New York : Balzer + Bray, [2015]
503 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Crashland.
"In the final book in the Twinmaker series, Clair, Q, and Kari Sargent must enter The Yard, a digital landscape created by their enemy, in order to save the world"-- Provided by publisher.

I am crying all inside and other stories : the complete short fiction of Clifford D. Simak. Volume one

November 9, 2015
Simak, Clifford D., 1904-1988, author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2015.
xi, 317 pages ; 21 cm
"Includes a never-before-published story"--Cover.
Clifford D. Simak : grand master indeed! / David W. Wixon -- Installment plan -- I had no head and my eyes were floating way up in the air -- Small deer -- Ogre -- Gleaners -- Madness from Mars -- Gunsmoke interlude -- I am crying all inside -- The call from beyond -- All the traps of Earth.

Heart legacy

November 9, 2015
Owens, Robin D.
New York, NY : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
x, 358 pages ; 22 cm.
"The award-winning author returns to her "wonderfully imaginative"* world of Heart Fire and Heart Fortune for an all-new Celta novel about a young woman's destiny, and the one man whose love could be her downfall. After the death of GrandLord Yew years ago, the Yews withdrew to their self-sustaining estate and disappeared from Celtan society. The current head of the household is believed to be eighteen-year-old Loridana. To find out, Draeg Blackthorn has been sent to the estate to spy, undercover as a stableman for the stridebeasts--beautiful creatures that hold a place in Lori's heart no member of her family ever could. Bullied by her family, Lori has decided to abandon her bloodline and live on her own with her true family--her animals. When Draeg discovers she's rejecting her heritage, he's appalled. He's come to love the land as much as the woman, even spinning small fantasies of marrying Lori and becoming Lord and Lady of the manor. Draeg wants her to stay and fight her elders. For Lori, it's an alternative that could render her absolutely powerless to pursue her own destiny, and drive her further away from her perfect dreams and the man she loves, Draeg. *Romance Junkies "-- Provided by publisher.


November 9, 2015
Newman, Emma, 1976-
New York : Roc, [2015]
320 pages ; 21 cm
"From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thorns, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity's future might be its undoing... Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi's vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown. More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret. Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi. The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart.."-- Provided by publisher.

Forget tomorrow

November 6, 2015
Dunn, Pintip, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2015.
336 pages ; 22 cm
On Callie's seventeenth birthday, she receives her vision of the future--a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. But Callie's vision shows her murdering her younger sister, and she is arrested and sent to a prison for those destined to break the law. Callie escapes and, on the run from the government and from her future, hoping to change her fate and protect her sister.

This gulf of time and stars

November 6, 2015
Czerneda, Julie, 1955-
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
ix, 453 pages ; 24 cm.
First in a new science fiction trilogy, set in the same universe as the Clan Chronicles, by the Prix Aurora Award-winning Julie E. Czerneda.

Solar express

November 6, 2015
Modesitt, L. E., Jr., 1943- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
445 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tor book."
"You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation. The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself. Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations. Solar Express is a thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr"-- Provided by publisher.

Word puppets : stories

November 6, 2015
Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969- author.
Gaithersburg, MD : Prime Books, [2015]
319 pages ; 23 cm
"With an introduction by Patrick Rothfuss"--back cover.
The bound man -- Chrysalis -- Rampion -- At the edge of dying -- Clockwork chickadee -- Body language -- Waiting for rain -- First flight -- Evil robot monkey -- The consciousness problem -- For solo cello, op.12 -- For want of a nail -- The shocking affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland -- Salt of the earth -- American changeling -- The white phoenix feather: a tale of cuisine and ninjas -- We interrupt this broadcast -- Rockets red -- The lady astronaut of Mars.
"Celebrated as the author of five acclaimed historical fantasy novels in the Glamourist series, Mary Robinette Kowal is also well known as an award-winning author of short science fiction and fantasy. Her stories encompass a wide range of themes, a covey of indelible characters, and settings that span from Earth's past to its near and far futures as well as even farther futures beyond. Alternative history, fairy tales, adventure, fables, science fiction (both hard and soft), fantasy (both epic and cozy)-nothing is beyond the reach of her unique talent. Word Puppets, the first comprehensive collection of Kowal's extraordinary fiction, includes her two Hugo-winning stories, a Hugo nominee, an original story set in the world of "The Lady Astronaut of Mars," and fourteen other show-stopping tales."--provided by publisher.


November 4, 2015
Pak, Greg, author.
New York : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidary of Marvel Entertainment, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Make it rain -- v. 2. Bring the thunder
Thief. Goddess. Headmistress. Queen. The X-Man called Storm has always defied a single title. And her desire to better the world has never been limited to only her own kind. On an ongoing mission to foster goodwill, and safeguard both humankind and mutants, Ororo Munroe will travel the globe--confronting villains, gods, monsters and everything in between. She will overthrow tyrants, quell tsunamis and strive to see her dream for the world realized. She is Storm, a hero like no other--and the skies will tremble at the sight of their namesake. But now, Storm must handle the fallout caused by familiar faces from her past. Why is Callisto kidnapping wayward youths from the streets of New York? When an old lover asks for her help will she answer the call? And can Yukio help Storm deal with the death of Wolverine?"

Our lady of the ice

November 4, 2015
Clarke, Cassandra Rose, 1983- author.
419 pages ; 24 cm
"A female P.I. comes into conflict with a ruthless gangster just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica."--Publisher.

Lightning : a novel

November 4, 2015
Calhoun, Bonnie S.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2015]
411 pages ; 22 cm.
"Selah must battle the forces of nature and those in the Mountain who are calling for her blood, but the ultimate betrayal of her own body may soon make her quest impossible as it becomes apparent that what has made her new could also drive her to a life of madness"-- Provided by publisher.

Manners & mutiny

November 3, 2015
Carriger, Gail.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
326 pages : map, illustration ; 24 cm.
In an alternate England of 1851, Sophronia Temminnick is the only hope for her friends, her school, and all of London when she must put her espionage training to the test to thwart an evil Picklemen plot.

The best of Nancy Kress.

October 29, 2015
Kress, Nancy.
Burton, Mich. : Subterranean Press, 2015.
558 p. ; 24 cm.
"This special signed edition is limited to 1000 numbered copies. This is copy 851."
"Nancy Kress, winner of multiple awards for her science fiction and fantasy, ranges through space and time in this stunning collection. Anne Boleyn is snatched from her time stream--with unexpected consequences for two worlds. A far-future spaceship brings religion to a planet that already harbors shocking natives. People genetically engineered to never need to sleep clash with those who do. A scientific expedition to the center of the galaxy discovers more than anyone bargained for. A woman finds that ''people like us'' does not mean what she thinks it does. Praised for both her hard SF and her complex characters, Nancy Kress brings a unique viewpoint to twenty-one stories, the best of a long and varied career that has won her five Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award"-- Provided by publisher.


October 27, 2015
Kaufman, Amie, author.
599 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all"-- Provided by publisher.


October 27, 2015
Valente, Catherynne M., 1979- author.
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2015.
432 pages ; 22 cm
"Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony's last survivor, Severin will never return" -- provided by publisher.

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