New Arrivals · Science Fiction

August 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The fate of ten

August 27, 2015
Lore, Pittacus, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
399 pages ; 22 cm.
"An I am number four book"--Spine.
In order to thwart the Mogadorian invasion, a group of the Garde head to a pyramid in Mexico in order to awaken a power that can save the world.

Iron wolf

August 25, 2015
Brown, Dale, 1956- author.
©2015
xxiv, 480 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
In the spring of 2017, the U.S. economy is rebounding under President Stacy Anne Barbeau, the country's first female president. But her leadership is about to be severely tested: Russian president Gennadiy Gryzlov has sent Special Troops, disguised as pro-Russian activists, into Ukraine and Moldova. Though NATO is outraged, its response is tepid. Refusing to let Russian aggression go unpunished, former U.S. president Kevin Martindale approaches Polish president Peter Wilk with a radical solution: a counterattack using a covert force of Cybernetic Infantry Device (CID): manned robots. Underwritten by the wealthy Wilk, Operation Iron Wolf is launched -- without the knowledge of the Americans or its NATO partners.

Star Wars. Lost stars

August 25, 2015
Gray, Claudia, author.
Los Angeles : Disney/Lucas Film Press, 2015.
551 pages ; 22 cm
"Journey to Star Wars: The force awakens"--T.p.
"The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule. Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion--putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood. Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them--and the galaxy--apart?" -- provided by publisher.

End time

August 25, 2015
Korman, Keith.
New York : Tor, 2015.
524 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Cover.
"What is happening to the country--and the planet? A government bio-lab experiment goes hideously wrong, infecting people with scientifically-programmed madness. Random kidnappings of women and girls proliferate throughout the land. Some people suddenly succumb to horrifically virulent viruses while others become able to read minds. Mysteriously summoned to confront these frightening questions, three people are thrown together on a bizarre cross-country quest: Cheryl Gibson, an LA cop; Billy Howahkan, a Lakota Sioux with seeming supernatural gifts; and Bhakti Singh, a distinguished space scientist. This unlikely group must track down a pair of children with extraordinary powers, children who will determine humanity's fate--obliteration or salvation. As the three set out across America, a blood-dimmed tide is unleashed. Anarchy, terror, and death stalk the land in Keith Korman's End Time"-- Provided by publisher.

Breakout : the Dred chronicles

August 24, 2015
Aguirre, Ann, author.
New York : Ace Books, ©2015.
323 pages ; 17 cm.

From a distant star

August 24, 2015
McQuestion, Karen, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2015]
272 pages ; 22 cm
When Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered. But when she finds an unidentifiable object on his family's farm--and government agents come to claim it--she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems.

Atonement

August 18, 2015
Beyer, Kirsten.
New York : Pocket Books, 2015.
386 pages ; 18 cm.
"Based on Star trek created by Gene Roddenberry and Star trek: Voyager created by Rick Berman & Michael Piller & Jeri Taylor."
Admiral Kathryn Janeway faces a tribunal determined to execute her for supposed crimes committed during Voyager’s maiden trek through the Delta Quadrant. Captain Chakotay knows that the Kinara, several species now allied against the Full Circle fleet, are not all they appear to be. The Confederacy of the Worlds of the First Quadrant—a pact he cannot trust—is his only hope for unraveling the Kinara’s true agenda and rescuing Admiral Janeway. Meanwhile, Seven and Tom Paris are forced to betray the trust of their superiors in a desperate bid to reveal the lengths to which a fellow officer has gone in the name of protecting the Federation from the legendary Caeliar.

1920 : America's great war

August 18, 2015
Conroy, Robert (Joseph Robert), 1938-
©2013
x, 516 pages ; 17 cm
"First Baen paperback printing."
"Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914 she had crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The U.S. is militarily inept, hosever, and is led by a sick and delusional president who wanted to avoid war at any price. Thus, Germany is able to ship a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government to invade and conquer California and Texas. America desperately resists and as a second battle of the Alamo looms, only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser's challenge"-- Provided by publisher.

Finches of Mars

August 18, 2015
Aldiss, Brian W. (Brian Wilson), 1925- author.
©2015
187 pages ; 21 cm

Ancient appetites

August 17, 2015
McGann, Oisín, author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2015.
405 pages ; 21 cm
"The Wildenstern saga, book one"--Title page.
After two years, eighteen-year-old Nate returns home to the family empire ruled by his father, the ruthless Wildenstern Patriarch. But Nate's life is soon shattered by his brother's death, and the Rules of Ascension, allowing the assassination of one male family member by another, means he's being blamed. He knows that he is not the murderer, but who is?

Zer0es

August 17, 2015
Wendig, Chuck, author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, 2015.
419 pages ; 24 cm
Five iconoclastic hackers are recruited against their will to serve the U.S. government by working as cyberspies before discovering an NSA artificial intelligence program that is rapidly growing out of control.

Press start to play

August 14, 2015
New York : Vintage Books, 2015.
xix, 507 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Original"
God mode / Daniel H. Wilson -- NPC / Charles Yu -- Respawn / Hiroshi Sakurazaka -- Desert walk / S. R. Mastrantone -- Rat catcher's yellows / Charlie Jane Anders -- 1UP / Holly Black -- Survival horror / Seanan McGuire -- Real / Django Wexler -- Outliers / Nicole Feldringer -- <endgames> / Chris Avellone -- Save me plz / David Barr Kirtley -- The believe box / T. C. Boyle -- Roguelike / Marc Laidlaw -- All of the people in your party have died / Robin Wasserman -- Recoli! / Mickey Neilson -- Anda's game / Cory Doctrow -- Coma Kings / Jessica Barber -- Stats / Marguerite K. Bennett -- Please continue / Chris Kluwe -- Creation screen / Rhianna Pratchett -- The fresh prince of gamma world / Austin Grossman -- Gamer's end / Yoon Ha Lee -- The clockwork soldier / Ken Liu -- Killswitch / Catherynne M. Valente -- Twarrior / Andy Weir -- Select character / Hugh Howey.
A groundbreaking anthology of short stories from award-winning writers and game-industry titans who have embarked on a quest to explore what happens when video games and science fiction collide. From text-based adventures to first-person shooters, dungeon crawlers to horror games, these twenty-six stories play with our notion of what video games can be-and what they can become-in smart and singular ways.

Zero world

August 14, 2015
Hough, Jason M.
©2015
578 pages ; 25 cm
"Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough's first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan's Inception. Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew--save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin. Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he's unprepared for what awaits on the planet's surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test--and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined. Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator. Advance praise for Zero World "Warning: Do not pick up this book if there is anything else you need to do. There is no safe place to rest inside these pages, no lag in the full-throttle action, no moment when you will think, 'Okay; this is a good spot to take a break.' Once you realize how much you don't know--about this world, these characters, this inexplicable mission--the only way out is forward."--Brian Staveley, author of the Emperor's Blades series "I just finished Zero World and there's just one thing I want to know. how long must I wait for the sequel!?"--Raymond Benson, former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto series Praise for Jason M. Hough's The Darwin Elevator "A hell of a fun book."--James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon's Gate "Hough's first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey's 'Expanse' series."--Library Journal (starred review) "The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. As soon as you finish, you'll want more."--Analog "A debut novel unlike any other. This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes."--SF Signal "Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It's a brilliant debut, and from now on Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles"-- Provided by publisher.
"Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator" -- dust jacket flap.
How long must I wait for the sequel!?"--Raymond Benson, former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto series Praise for Jason M. Hough's The Darwin Elevator "A hell of a fun book."--James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon's Gate "Hough's first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey's 'Expanse' series."--Library Journal (starred review) "The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. As soon as you finish, you'll want more."--Analog "A debut novel unlike any other. This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes."--SF Signal "Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It's a brilliant debut, and from now on Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles"-- Provided by publisher.

The dark forest

August 11, 2015
Liu, Cixin.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
512 pages ; 25 cm.
"With the scope of Dune and the rousing action of Independence Day, this near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multple-award-winning phenemonenon from China's most beloved science fiction author. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion--in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead"--Provided by publisher.

The song of Synth

August 11, 2015
Doubinsky, Seb, author.
New York : Talos Press, 2015.
271 pages ; 21 cm.

Falling in love with hominids

August 11, 2015
Hopkinson, Nalo, author.
©2015
222 pages ; 22 cm.
Foreword -- The Easthound -- Soul case-- Message in a bottle -- The smile on the face -- Left foot, right -- Old habits -- Emily breakfast -- Herbal -- A young candy daughter -- A raggy dog, a shaggy dog -- Shift -- Delicious monster -- Snow day -- Flying lessons -- Whose upward flight I love -- Blushing -- Ours is the prettiest -- Men sell not such in any town.
"In this long-awaited collection, Hopkinson continues to expand the boundaries of culture and imagination. Whether she is retelling The Tempest as a new Caribbean myth, filling a shopping mall with unfulfilled ghosts, or herding chickens that occasionally breathe fire, Hopkinson continues to create bold fiction that transcends boundaries and borders."--Back cover.

The end of all things

August 10, 2015
Scalzi, John, 1969-
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2015.
380 pages ; 22 cm
"[T]he direct sequel to 2013's The Human Division"--Publisher's web page.
The life of the mind -- This hollow union -- Can long endure -- To stand or fall -- An alternate "The life of the mind"
"Humans expanded into space ... only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement ... for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more. Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time--a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: a group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other--and against their own kind--for their own unknown reasons. In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity's union intact ... or else risk oblivion, and extinction--and the end of all things"-- provided by publisher.

Power surge

August 10, 2015
Bova, Ben, 1932- author.
New York, NY : Tor, 2015.
363 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Dr. Jake Ross, the science advisor to a newly elected freshman senator, must figure out how Washington really works when his comprehensive energy plan runs afoul of special interests, cynical bureaucrats, and a powerful U.S. senator.

Chasing the Phoenix

August 10, 2015
Swanwick, Michael, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
316 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In the distant future, Surplus arrives in China dressed as a Mongolian shaman, leading a yak which carries the corpse of his friend, Darger. The old high-tech world has long since collapsed, and the artificial intelligences that ran it are outlawed and destroyed. Or so it seems. Darger and Surplus, a human and a genetically engineered dog with human intelligence who walks upright, are a pair of con men and the heroes of a series of prior Swanwick stories. They travel to what was once China and invent a scam to become rich and powerful. Pretending to have limited super-powers, they aid an ambitious local warlord who dreams of conquest and once again reuniting China under one ruler. And, against all odds, it begins to work, but it seems as if there are other forces at work behind the scenes.

Deadpool max. Nutjob

August 6, 2015
Lapham, David.
New York : Marvel ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2011.
1 v. : chiefly color ill. ; 26.
Contains material originally published in magazine form as Deadpool max #1-6.
It's Deadpool uncensored! Government agent Wade Wilson is too valuable an assassin for the brass not to take advantage of, but the unstable killer needs the guidance of a steady hand to be effective. It's Bob's job to make sure Deadpool completes his missions - by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Deadpool considers him something of a sidekick, and it's always the sidekick who takes one for the team. And Bob's got the bruises and mental scars to prove it. Bob manages to keep Wade focused on the likes of Hammerhead, Baron Zemo and the Taskmaster - and although he gets a glimpse of the assassin's tragic upbringing, it becomes clear Deadpool isn't the only damaged goods in this duo.

The rise of the automated aristocrats : a Burton & Swinburne adventure

August 6, 2015
Hodder, Mark, 1962-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
383 pages ; 21 cm
Sir Richard Francis Burton’s expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies that must remain secret if history is to proceed as it should. However, when one of his colleagues turns rogue, the secret falls into the hands of the very people most likely to misuse it. Betrayed, Burton and Swinburne watch in horror as the Empire’s elite employ the technology to secure their positions of privilege. When London's parks are transformed into concentration camps, artists and philosophers are declared enemies of the State, and propaganda proliferates, the king’s agent finds himself on the wrong side of—the king! Can Burton and his band of hunted revolutionaries overthrow an apparently indestructible and immortal autocrat ... and if so, at what personal cost?

The first twenty

August 5, 2015
Lavoie, Jennifer, 1985-
Valley Falls, NY : Bold Strokes Books, 2015.
233 p. ; 22 cm.
"Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn't count on meeting Nixie." -- From p.4 of cover.

Stories for Chip : a tribute to Samuel R. Delany

August 4, 2015
©2015
380 pages ; 23 cm
Michael Swanwick and Samuel R. Delany at the Joyce Kilmer service area, March 2005 / Eileen Gunn -- Billy Tumult / Nick Harkaway -- Voice prints / devorah major -- Delany encounters: Or, another reason why I study race and racism in science fiction / Isiah Lavender, III -- Clarity / Anil Menon -- When two swordsmen meet / Ellen Kushner -- For sale: Fantasy coffins (Ababuo need not apply) / Chesya Burke -- Holding hands with monsters / Haralambi Markov -- Song for the asking / Carmelo Rafala -- Kickenders / Kit Reed --Walking science fiction: Samuel Delany and visionary fiction / Walidah Imarisha -- Heart of brass / Alex Jennings -- Empathy evolving as a quantum of eight-dimensional perception / Claude Lalumière -- Be three / Jewelle Gomez -- Guerilla mural of a siren's song / Ernest Hogan -- An idyll in Erewhyna / Hal Duncan -- Real mothers, a faggot uncle, and the name of the father: Samuel R. Delany's feminist revisions of the story of SF / L. Timmel Duchamp -- Nilda / Junot Díaz -- The first gate of logic / Benjamin Rosenbaum -- The master of the Milford altarpiece / Thomas M. Disch -- River, clap your hands / Sheree Renée Thomas -- Haunt-type experience / Roz Clarke -- Eleven stations / Fábio Fernandes -- <<Légendaire.>> / Kai Ashante Wilson -- On my first reading of The Einstein Intersection / Michael Swanwick -- Characters in the margins of a lost notebook / Kathryn Cramer -- Hamlet's ghost sighted in Frontenac, KS / Vincent Czyz -- Each star a sun to invisible planets / Tenea D. Johnson -- Clones / Alex Smith -- The last dying man / Geetanjali Dighe -- Capitalism in the 22nd century / Geoff Ryman -- Jamaica ginger / Nalo Hopkinson & Nisi Shawl -- Festival / Christopher Brown.

This broken wondrous world

July 31, 2015
Skovron, Jon.
New York : Viking, published by Penguin Group, [2015]
365 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Man made Boy.
As Boy, the hacker son of Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride, moves to Switzerland to enroll in college, the secret world of monsters and mythical creatures, hiding in plain sight, is torn apart by conflict.

The girl at the center of the world

July 31, 2015
Aslan, Austin, author.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2015]
340 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Sequel to The islands at the end of the world.
As sixteen-year-old Leilani and her family learn to live without electronics, farming the land as her ancestors did, she finds strength in her relatives, her strange connection to the Emerald Orchid--a being whose presence caused global devastation--and her friendship with Aukina but suffers regret over what she had to do to survive.

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