New Arrivals · Science Fiction

September 16, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Constellation games : a space opera soap opera

September 15, 2014
Richardson, Leonard, 1979- author.
357 pages ; 23 cm
"First contact isn't all fun and games. Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and doesn't have much to show for it. His computer programming skills are producing nothing but pony-themed video games for little girls. His love life is a slow-motion train wreck, and whenever he tries to make something of his life, he finds himself back on the couch, replaying the games of his youth. Then the aliens show up. Out of the sky comes the Constellation: a swarm of anarchist anthropologists, exploring our seas, cataloguing our plants, editing our wikis, and eating our Twinkies. No one knows how to respond--except for nerds like Ariel who've been reading, role-playing and wargaming first-contact scenarios their entire lives. Ariel sees the aliens' computers, and he knows that wherever there are computers, there are video games. Ariel just wants to start a business translating alien games so they can be played on human computers. But a simple cultural exchange turns up ancient secrets, government conspiracies, and unconventional anthropology techniques that threaten humanity as we know it. If Ariel wants his species to have a future, he's going to have to take the step that nothing on Earth could make him take. He'll have to grow up"--P. [4] of cover.

Falls the shadow

September 12, 2014
Gaither, Stefanie.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2014]
341 pages ; 22 cm
When her sister Violet dies, Cate's wealthy family brings home Violet's clone, who fits in perfectly until Cate uncovers something sinister about the cloning movement.

The vault of dreamers

September 12, 2014
O'Brien, Caragh M.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014.
418 pages : map ; 22 cm
Rosie Sinclair, who attends an elite arts school where students are contestants on a high stakes reality show, skips her sleeping pill one night and discovers that the school is really a cover-up for the lucrative and sinister practice of dream harvesting.

Echoes of us

September 11, 2014
Zhang, Kat, 1991-
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
356 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Once we were.
Fifteen-year-old Addie and Eva, still sharing a body as they fight for hybrid freedom, jump at the chance to go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, but they price they might pay for the hope of a better future is higher than they could have imagined.

Last plane to heaven : the final collection

September 11, 2014
Lake, Jay.
New York : Tor Books, 2014.
318 pages ; 25 cm
Science and other fictions. The starship machine ; Permanent fatal errors ; "Hello," said the gun ; The speed of time ; West to East ; The women who ate stone squid ; Looking for true in a wild blue yonder ; Angels ii : scent of the Green Cathedral -- Steam, punks, and fairies. Spendthrift ; Jefferson's West ; They are forgetten until they come again ; The woman who shattered the moon ; The blade of his plow ; Grindstone ; The temptation of Eustace Prudent McAllen ; That which rises ever upward ; Angels iii : a feast of angels -- Phantasies of style and place. Promises : a tale of the city imperishable ; Testaments ; The fall of the moon ; A critical examination of Stigmata's print Taking the rats to Riga ; From the countries of her dreams ; Unchambered heart ; Angels iv : novus ordo angelorum -- Decent into darkness. The tentacled sky ; Such bright and risen madness in our names ; Her fingers like whips, her eyes like razors ; Mother Urban's booke of dayes ; Angels v : going bad -- The end. The cancer catechism.
"Last Plane to Heaven is the final and definitive short story collection of award-winning SF author Jay Lake, author of Green, Endurance, and Kalimpura. Long before he was a novelist, SF writer Jay Lake, was an acclaimed writer of short stories. In Last Plane to Heaven, Lake has assembled thirty-two of the best of them. Aliens and angels fill these pages, from the title story, a hard-edged and breathtaking look at how a real alien visitor might be received, to the savage truth of "The Cancer Catechisms." Here are more than thirty short stories written by a master of the form, science fiction and fantasy both. This collection features an original introduction by Gene Wolfe. "-- Provided by publisher.

Starlight's edge

September 10, 2014
Waggoner, Susan, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
234 pages ; 20 cm
Sequel to: Neptune's tears.
Following her time traveling boyfriend David into the future to New Earth, Zee struggles to find her place and continue her career as an empath, but when David vanishes during a mission to Pompei on the eve of the Vesuvius eruption, Zee must try to save him.


September 8, 2014
Williams, J. H., III.
New York : DC Comics, c2012-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
v. 1. Hydrology -- v. 2. To drown the world -- v. 3. World's finest -- v. 4. This blood is thick
Batwoman (aka. Kate Kane) faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City's underworld, and new trials in her personal life.

City of stairs : a novel

September 8, 2014
Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984-
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
452 pages ; 21 cm
"The city of Bulikov once wielded the powers of the gods to conquer the world, enslaving and brutalizing millions--until its divine protectors were killed. Now Bulikov has become just another colonial outpost of the world's new geopolitical power, but the surreal landscape of the city itself--first shaped, now shattered, by the thousands of miracles its guardians once worked upon it--stands as a constant, haunting reminder of its former supremacy. Into this broken city steps Shara Thivani. Officially, the unassuming young woman is just another junior diplomat sent by Bulikov's oppressors. Unofficially, she is one of her country's most accomplished spies, dispatched to catch a murderer. But as Shara pursues the killer, she starts to suspect that the beings who ruled this terrible place may not be as dead as they seem--and that Bulikov's cruel reign may not yet be over."-- From back cover.

Station eleven

September 8, 2014
Mandel, Emily St. John, 1979-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
333 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it"-- Provided by publisher.


September 8, 2014
Gould, Steven.
New York : Tor, 2014.
460 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A Jumper novel"--Jacket.
"Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be--sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it's hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you're a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics. But Cent isn't easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She's going to make some changes in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Yesterday's kin

September 8, 2014
Kress, Nancy, author.
San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Publications, 2014.
189 pages ; 21 cm
Marianne Jenner, a geneticist and mother of three, has 10 months to try to avert a disaster and keep her family intact after aliens land in New York.

Michael Vey : hunt for Jade Dragon

September 8, 2014
Evans, Richard Paul.
New York : Mercury Ink/Simon Pulse, 2014.
319 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: Michael Vey. 3, Battle of the Ampere.
Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan head to Taiwan in search of nine-year-old child prodigy Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, who the Elgen kidnapped for Hatch's army of electric children.

The bone clocks : a novel

August 29, 2014
Mitchell, David (David Stephen)
New York : Random House, [2014]
624 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A vast, intricate novel that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and a small group of vigilantes called the Night Shift who try to take them down. An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism"-- Provided by publisher.


August 28, 2014
Watts, Peter, 1958-
New York : Tor, [2014].
383 pages ; 23 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."


August 28, 2014
VanderMeer, Jeff.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
341 pages ; 19 cm.
It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown, navigating new terrain and new challenges, the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting.

False future

August 28, 2014
Krokos, Dan.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, [2014]
308 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: False sight.
"A false memory novel"--Cover.
Rhys, Noble, Sophia, and Peter cannot face their enemy, True Earth, without Miranda but when they revive her, she is horrified to find her world in flames and must use her grief to fuel her spirit as she helps to seek Mr. East, who must be turned in for the brutal enemy occupation of Manhattan to end.


August 28, 2014
Hastings, Avery.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
261 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
In 2135 Ohio, Davis Morrow, a fiercely ambitious ballerina, has been primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects but when a deadly virus, the Narxis, begins killing Davis's friends she turns to Cole, a mysterious boy with his own agenda, and their love may be the only thing that can save her world.

Lock in

August 27, 2014
Scalzi, John, 1969-
New York : Tor, 2014.
336 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselves "locked in"--fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people "locked in"...including the President's wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, "The Agora," in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can "ride" these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....John Scalzi's Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Guardian : a Jack Sigler continuum novella

August 27, 2014
Robinson, Jeremy, 1974- author.
158 pages ; 21 cm.
"Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, has been a lot of things in his life. A soldier, a father, a hero. But now he's taking up a new title: guardian. After a life fighting billionaire madmen, terrorists and unnatural threats, he's stuck thousands of years in the past, using his knowledge of history and modern warfare to right wrongs and stand up for those in need. When he meets a twelve year old boy--the prince of the Babylonian Empire--who is to be sacrificed to the ancient goddess, Tiamat, by a twisted High Priest, King steps in, sword swinging. But what starts as a simple snatch and grab, quickly turns into a pitched battle against a legion of men and hideous creatures. As Tiamat rises from her ancient resting place, the fate of the world--and King's future--is at stake. Trapped millennia in the past and gifted with regenerative abilities, King must live out the centuries until he returns to his own time and his family. The Jack Sigler Continuum series tells the events that occurred in King's life as a result of the full-length novel, Omega, but no prior reading is required to enjoy the Continuum series. Each story will be a standalone adventure, and a great jumping-on point. For more of King's adventures, check out the entire Jack Sigler/Chess Team series."--Page [4] of cover.


August 25, 2014
Molles, D. J., author.
533 pages ; 19 cm.
"It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee's mission ... or his methods. Growing tensions within the camp's leadership are coming to a head, and as Lee struggles amid the dissention and controversy, new revelations about the infected threaten to destroy everything he has worked for."--Back cover.

Ecko burning

August 22, 2014
Ware, Danie, author.
London : Titan Books, [2014].
457 pages : map ; 21 cm
Ruthless and ambitious, Lord Phylos has control of Fhaveon city, and is using its forces to bring the grasslands under his command. His last opponent is an elderly scribe who's lost his best freind and wants only to do the right thing. Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait. When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition. Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted--if he will give up his soul.

The aftermath

August 21, 2014
Alexander, Jen.
272 pages ; 22 cm
Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville--polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibals. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psycholocial challenge--sometimes with devasting consequences--all just to live another day. With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in sore sort of game, and all her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border. If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival--and a life beyond the only world Caludia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.


August 19, 2014
Aguirre, Ann, author.
New York : Ace Books, 2014.
x, 310 pages ; 18 cm.
When the prison ship Perdition is taken over by mercenaries with orders to execute the prisoners, Dresdemona "Dred" Devos leads a ragtag army of inmates into a bloody war to make sure the mercenaries do not complete their mission.

Point of divergence

August 18, 2014
Ward, Dayton.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
651 pages ; 18 cm.


August 18, 2014
Molles, D. J., author.
London : Orbit, [2014].
708 pages ; 19 cm.

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