New Arrivals · Science Fiction

April 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The machine awakes

April 22, 2015
Christopher, Adam, 1978-
©2015
416 pages ; 22 cm
"Adam Christopher's The Machine Awakes is a far future space opera set in the universe of Burning Dark. In the decades since the human race first made contact with the Spiders--a machine race capable of tearing planets apart--the two groups have fought over interstellar territory. But the war has not been going well for humankind, and with the failure of the Fleet Admiral's secret plan in the Shadow system, the commander is overthrown by a group of hardliners determined to get the war back on track. When the deposed Fleet Admiral is assassinated, Special Agent Von Kodiak suspects the new guard is eliminating the old. But when the Admiral's replacement is likewise murdered, all bets are off as Kodiak discovers the prime suspect is one of the Fleet's own, a psi-marine and decorated hero--a hero killed in action, months ago, at the same time his twin sister vanished from the Fleet Academy, where she was training to join her brother on the front. As Kodiak investigates, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover. But there is something else hiding in Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry. The Spiders are near" -- provided by publisher.

The architect of aeons

April 22, 2015
Wright, John C. (John Charles), 1961-
New York, NY : a Tor Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, [2015]
396 pages ; 25 cm
"The epic and mind-blowing finale to this visionary space opera series surpasses all expectation: Menelaus Montrose, having forged an uneasy alliance with his immortal adversary, Ximen del Azarchel, maps a future on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. No longer concerned with the course of history across mere millennia, Montrose and del Azarchel have become the architects of aeons, bringing forth minds the size of planets as they steer the bizarre intellectual descendants of an extinct humanity. Ever driving their labors and their enmity is the hope of reunion with their shared lost love, the posthuman Rania, whose eventual return is by no means assured, but who may unravel everything these eternal rivals have sought to achieve."-- Publisher's web site.

Zenith. Phase 3

April 22, 2015
Morrison, Grant, author.
©2015
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Originally serialised in 2000 AD Progs 626-634, 650-670 & 2000 AD annual 1990.
The Lloigor are back and this time they plan to take control of everything. In order to do so, they must align alternate universes and form a crystal known as the ‘Omnihedron’. Maximan of alternate 23 has gathered together an army of superheroes form multiple Earths to fight back against the dark gods. With reality itself at stake, will Zenith be mature enough for once to take the war seriously?

The Affinities

April 21, 2015
Wilson, Robert Charles, 1953- author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
300 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
After becoming a part of the Tau, one of twenty-two large global network Affinities in the near future, young Adam Fisk thinks his life has improved for the better until the different Affinities begin to go to war with one another -- in a conflict that will change Adam's world forever.

The Vorrh : a novel

April 21, 2015
Catling, B. (Brian)
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2015.
500 pages ; 21 cm
"A Vintage original"--Title page verso.
"The Vorrh follows a brilliant cast of characters through a parallel Africa where fact, fiction, and fantasy collide. Tsungali, a native marksman conscripted by the colonial authorities--against whom he once led a revolt--is on the hunt for an English bowman named Williams. Williams has made it his mission to become the first human to traverse the Vorrh, a vast forest at the edge of the colonial city of Essenwald. The Vorrh is endless, eternal; a place of demons and angels. Sentient, oppressive, and magical, the Vorrh can bend time and wipe a person's memory. Between the hunter and the hunted are Ishmael, a curious and noble Cyclops raised by Bakelite robots; the evil Dr. Hoffman, who punishes the son of a servant by surgically inverting his hands; and the slave owner MacLeish, who drives his workers to insanity, only to pay the ultimate price. Along with these fictional creations, Brian Catling mixes in historical figures, including surrealist Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. In this author's hands none of this seems exotic or fantastical. It all simply is"-- Provided by publisher.

Attack on Titan. Before the fall

April 16, 2015
Suzukaze, Ryo.
New York : Kodansha, 2014-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm.
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama.
v. 1. A child of carnage -- v. 2. Free to face the truth -- v. 3. Take a stand for humanity -- v. 4. A vilified exile
Cut alive from his mother's womb after she had been eaten by a rampaging Titan, Kuklo has spent his entire life in chains as a freakish curiosity and a feared abomination. Eventually the boy they call the "Titan's son" finds himself sold to wealthy merchant Dario Inocencio as a plaything for his cruel and ambitious son Xavi. Kuklo knows nothing but abuse and neglect, but help may come from the most unexpected place.

Before Tomorrowland

April 15, 2015
Jensen, Jeff, author.
Los Angeles : Disney Press, 2015.
xix, 310 pages, 20 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Includes comic book following the conclusion of the novel.
"From the world of Disney Tomorrowland" --Front cover.
"Based on the spellbinding world of the Walt Disney Studios film, Tomorrowland, this original prequel novel features a 20-page comic book and unlocks a place of unfathomable science and technology and the famous people behind it. The year is 1939. A secret society of extraordinary geniuses is about to share an incredible discovery with the world. A misguided enemy - half man, half machine - will stop at nothing to prevent the group from giving this forbidden knowledge to humanity. And a mother and son on vacation in New York City are handed a comic book infused with a secret code that will lead them straight into the crossfires of the conspiracy" --Publisher's website.

Hit

April 13, 2015
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015.
324 pages ; 22 cm
"Near future thriller about a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list--with the added complication of her sole ally's brother being the final assignment"-- Provided by publisher.

The Fearless

April 13, 2015
Pass, Emma, author.
©2014
353 pages ; 22 cm
Seven years after the Fearless army invades England and injects everyone with a serum that strips them of humanity, Cass and her brother, Jori, are living on Hope Island in a community of survivors, but when Jori is taken by the Fearless, she will risk everything to get him back.

Oryon

April 7, 2015
Cooper, T., author.
New York : Black Sheep/Akashic Books, [2015]
283 pages ; 21 cm.

Zeroboxer

April 6, 2015
Lee, Fonda.
Woodbury, Minnesota : Flux, 2015.
353 pages ; 21 cm
"As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations"-- Provided by publisher.

Grand crusades : the early Jack Vance. Volume five / edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan.

April 6, 2015
Vance, Jack, 1916-2013, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2015.
471 pages ; 24 cm
The rapparee -- Crusade to Maxus -- Gold and iron -- The houses of Iszm -- Space opera.
Grand journeys among the stars--pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance's stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth­style opera to the non­human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree­pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords. Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in ''Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five'' take us on a selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

Superposition

April 3, 2015
Walton, David, 1975-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2015.
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Jacob Kelley's family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker apparently murdered the night before he appeared at Jacob's house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial. As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves. "-- Provided by publisher.

The dead lands : a novel

April 3, 2015
Percy, Benjamin.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
403 pages ; 24 cm
In the postapocalypse, folks getting by in the Sanctuary (the remains of St. Louis) are surprised when a woman rushes in to report that in the West, civilization flourishes and crops grow. Unfortunately, there's also an army on the march that enslaves everyone it encounters.

Tracker

April 2, 2015
Cherryh, C. J., author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2015]
403 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Foreigner novel"--Cover.
With the Assassins' Guild functioning again after a year of upheaval and rebellion, Bren Cameron takes a position on the court to champion a trade agreement, but tranquility in the atevi world is transient.

Adventures of Superman

March 25, 2015
New York : DC Comics, [2014]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Rocketed from Krypton. Adopted by Earth. Powered by the sun. Raised to be a hero. Features standout stories from a host of comics' top talents in these collections of digital-first material.

The Laptev virus : a novel

March 25, 2015
Esmahan, Christy, author.
©2015
238 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"Once thought to be pure academic legend, scientists recently found proof of the existence of viruses thousands of times larger than ordinary viruses. So far all have been innocuous, but what if one was a human pathogen? While drilling for oil in the desolate reaches of the Arctic, an unsuspecting company extracts a permafrost ice core that has been frozen for 30,000 years, accidentally releasing 'megavirus.' Top investigator Sarah Spallanzani and her team must race against the ticking clock of the short Arctic summer to discover a way to protect workers from the virus before competitors drain the basin of its rich resources, and before anyone else succumbs to the deadly fever of the Laptev virus."--Back cover.

Dove arising

March 16, 2015
Bao, Karen, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"Dove chronicles ; 1"--Title page verso.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"On a lunar colony, fifteen-year-old Phaet Theta does the unthinkable and joins the Militia when her mother is imprisoned by the Moon's oppressive government"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost boys symphony : a novel

March 16, 2015
Ferguson, Mark Andrew, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
341 pages ; 22 cm
"After Henry's girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he's hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself. After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother's home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers--one old, one middle-aged--who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We've lost her, but you don't have to. In the meantime, Henry's best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry's deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger claiming to be an older version of his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With no one else to turn to, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val"-- Provided by publisher.

The Dickens mirror

March 5, 2015
Bick, Ilsa J., author.
New York : Egmont Publishing, [2015]
566 pages ; 22 cm.
"In the second book of the Dark Passages series, Emma wakes up trapped in the body of a grown Victorian woman trapped in an insane asylum, and must find a way a way back to Reality or else her friends and family will die with her"-- Provided by publisher.

The fire sermon : a novel

March 4, 2015
Haig, Francesca.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
370 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.

Burning kingdoms

March 3, 2015
DeStefano, Lauren, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
312 pages ; 22 cm.
After Morgan Stockhour and her friends escape Internment, she discovers that life on the ground is not safer, and that, perhaps, going over the edge has led her to madness.

The time traveler's almanac

March 3, 2015
New York : Tor, 2014.
xii, 948 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Head of Zeus, 2013.
Introduction / Rian Johnson -- Top Ten Tips for Time Travelers / Charles Yu -- Experiments. -- Death Ship / Richard Matheson -- Ripples in the Dirac Sea / Geoffrey Landis -- Needle in a Timestack / Robert Silverberg -- Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea / Ursula K. LeGuin -- Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters / Alice Sola Kim -- How the Future Got Better / Eric Schaller -- Pale Roses / Michael Moorcock -- The Gernsback Continuum / William Gibson -- The Threads of Time / C.J. Cherryh -- Triceratops Summer / Michael Swanwick -- The Most Important Thing in the World / Steve Bein -- Himself in Anachron / Cordwainer Smith -- The Time Machine / H.G. Wells -- Young Zaphod Plays It Safe / Douglas Adams -- Time Travel in Theory and Practice / Stan Love -- Reactionaries and Revolutionaries. -- A Sound of Thunder / Ray Bradbury -- Vintage Season / Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore -- Thirty Seconds From Now / John Chu -- Forty, Counting Down / Harry Turtledove -- The Final Days / David Langford -- Fire Watch / Connie Willis -- Noble Mold / Kage Baker -- Under Siege / George R.R. Martin -- Where or When / Steve Utley -- Time Gypsy / Ellen Klages -- On the Watchtower at Plataea / Garry Kilworth -- Alexia and Graham Bell / Rosaleen Love -- A Night on the Barbary Coast / Kage Baker -- This Tragic Glass / Elizabeth Bear -- The Gulf of the Years / George-Olivier Châteaureynaud -- Enoch Soames : a memory of the eighteen-nineties / Max Beerbohn -- Trousseau, Fashion for Time Travelers / Genevieve Valentine -- Mazes and Traps. -- The Clock That Went Backwards / Edward Page Mitchell -- Yesterday Was Monday / Theodore Sturgeon -- Is There Anybody There? / Kim Newman -- Fish Night / Joe Lansdale -- The Lost Pilgrim / Gene Wolfe -- Palindromic / Peter Crowther -- Augusta Prima / Karin Tidbeck -- Life Trap / Barrington J. Bayley -- The Lost Continent / Greg Egan -- The Mouse Ran Down / Adrian Tchaikovsky -- The Great Clock / Langdon Jones -- Traveller's Rest / David Masson -- Delhi / Vandana Singh -- Come-From-Aways / Tony Pi -- Terminós / Dean Francis Alfar -- The Weed of Time / Norman Spinrad -- The Waitabits / Eric Frank Russell -- Music for Time Travelers / Jason Heller -- Communiqués. -- What If / Isaac Asimov -- As Time Goes By / Tanith Lee -- At Dorado / Geoffrey Landis -- 3 RMS, Good View / Karen Haber -- Twenty-One, Counting Up / Harry Turtledove -- The House that Made the Sixteen Loops of Time / Tamsyn Muir -- Against the Lafayette Escadrille / Gene Wolfe -- Swing Time / Carrie Vaughn -- The Mask of the Rex / Richard Bowes -- Message in a Bottle / Nalo Hopkinson -- The Time Telephone / Adam Roberts -- Red Letter Day / Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- Domine / Rjurik Davidson -- In The Tube / E.F. Benson -- Bad Timing / Molly Brown -- If Ever I Should Leave You / Pamela Sargent -- Palimpsest / Charlie Stross.
"The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers"). In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth's history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler's Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life"-- Provided by publisher.

Unchanged

March 3, 2015
Brody, Jessica, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
420 pages ; 22 cm.
"As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it's a choice that may cost her everything she's ever loved"-- Provided by publisher.

Heir to the Jedi

March 2, 2015
Hearne, Kevin, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
288 pages ; 25 cm.
Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke Skywalker plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit.

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