New Arrivals · Science Fiction

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

Inside a silver box

January 22, 2015
Mosley, Walter, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
300 pages ; 22 cm
"[T]wo people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself" -- from publisher's web site.

The dread

January 22, 2015
Martin, Gail, 1962-
New York, NY : Orbit, 2012.
625 p. : 18 cm.
THE DREAD is the epic conclusion to the Fallen Kings Cycle.
"Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms' weakness. In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assassinated and she will now have no choice except to return and claim the crown. But she must leave behind her husband and their infant son to face the dark power that threatens her rule"--Publisher.

Celestial invasion

January 20, 2015
McFarlane, Glendon J., author.
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2014]
108 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"This book is the first volume of a narrative written in four parts."--Page 3.
"I am proud to paint a literary portrait of my ancestral homeland that though fictional, provides the reader with information about our cultural practices. The sighting by a teenager of an alien landing in this rural historic village known also as Maroon Town, rapidly developed into an international incident... This story ... goes into the cultural history and practices of the Maroons the first fighters of freedom from slavery under the domination of British rule for three centuries." -- Page 3.

Mort(e) : a novel

January 19, 2015
Repino, Robert, author.
New York, NY : Soho, [2015]
358 pages ; 22 cm
"The 'war with no name' has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, [has] been silently building an army that would forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation, and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is transforming the surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who rise up to kill their masters"--Amazon.com.

Takedown

January 19, 2015
Miller, John Jackson.
New York : Pocket Books, 2015.
353 pages ; 18 cm.
When renegade Federation starships begin wreaking destruction across the Alpha Quadrant, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are shocked to discover that the mastermind behind this sudden threat is none other than Picard’s protégé and friend: Admiral William T. Riker. The newly minted admiral is on board the U.S.S. Aventine as part of a special assignment, even as the mystery deepens behind his involvement in the growing crisis. But the Aventine is helmed by Captain Ezri Dax, someone who is no stranger to breaking Starfleet regulations, and her starship is by far the faster vessel and Riker cannot yield even to his former mentor. It’s a battle of tactical geniuses and a race against time as Picard struggles to find answers before the quadrant’s great powers violently retaliate against the Federation.

The missing

January 19, 2015
McCormack, Una, author.
©2015.
307 pages ; 18 cm
"The entire sector is waiting to see what the newly reopened Bajoran wormhole will mean for the shifting political landscape in the Alpha Quadrant. On Deep Space 9, Captain Ro Laren is suddenly drawn into the affairs of the People of the Open Sky, who have come to the station in search of sanctuary. Despite Deep Space 9's new CMO, Doctor Beverly Crusher, offer the People aid. But when Dr. Crusher's highly secure files are accessed without permission--the same files that hold the secrets of the Shedai, a race whose powerful but half-understood scientific secrets solved the Andorian catastrophe--the People seem the likeliest suspects. As tensions rise on the station, the science vessel Athene Donald arrives as part of its journey of exploration. The brainchild of Doctor Katherine Pulaski, this ship is crewed by different species from the Khitomer Accords and the Typhon Pact. Pulaski's hope is that science will do what diplomacy has not: help the great powers put aside their hostilities and work together. But when the Athene Donald is summarily stopped in her voyage by the powerful vessel of a hitherto unknown species, Pulaski begins to wonder--will this first contact bring her crew togetehr or tear them all apart?,"-- page [4] of cover.

The rods and the axe

January 19, 2015
Kratman, Tom.
Riverdale, New York : Baen Publishing Enterprises : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, [2014]
484 pages ; 25 cm
"Carerra ; 6"--Title page verso.
"Books #6 in the popular Carrera military science fiction series. Tarawa. Iwo. Normandy. Names that shine in the military history of two worlds, places where brave men stormed ashore and fought their way to victory no matter the odds. But then there are other names: Marathon. Malta. Gallipoli. Balboa's Patricio Carrera has driven the Tauran Union from his adopted country, driven them out with appalling loss and worse humiliation. That's not enough though. To finally finish his enemies, Carrera needs to draw them back for a more telling defeat. He cannot take the battle to them because, beyond some long range bombardment capability, he cannot reach them. But when they return, they don't plan to come alone; they insist on having someone else do most of the bleeding for them. Carrera understands this. And that's why he's provoked the Zhong Guo mercilessly, infuriating their ruling Empress. He needs the Zhong in the war, to buck up the Taurans to continue the war to its bitterest end. But to get to Carrera, the Zhong must take the Isla Real, the strongest island fortress on two worlds. In the process, they'll learn why Marines never forget those other names. Gallipoli...Malta...Marathon. Carrera's enemies are about to learn why the expression "blood-stained water" is not just a literary allusion. About Tom Kratman's Carrera series: "[I]nterplanetary warfare with.[a] visceral story of bravery and sacrifice. fans of the military SF of John Ringo and David Webershould enjoy this SF action adventure."-Library Journal "Kratman's dystopia is a brisk page turner full of startling twists... [Kratman is] a professional military man... up to speed on military and geopolitical conceits." -Best-selling author of America Alone Mark Steyn on Tom Kratman's uncompromising military SF thriller, Califate "Kratman raises disquieting questions on what it might take to win the war on terror...realistic action sequences, strong characterizations and thoughts on the philosophy of war." - Publishers Weekly Carerra Series: A Desert Called Peace Carnifex The Lotus Eaters The Amazon Legion Come and Take Them Rods and the Axe "-- Provided by publisher.

Ecko rising

January 19, 2015
Ware, Danie.
London : Titan Books, 2013.
524 p. : map ; 21 cm.
In a futuristic London where technological body modification is the norm, Ecko stands alone as a testament to the extreme capabilities of his society. Driven half mad by the systems running his body, Ecko is a criminal for hire. No job is too dangerous or insane. When a mission goes wrong and Ecko finds himself catapulted across dimensions into a peaceful and unadvanced society living in fear of 'magic', he must confront his own percepions of reality and his place within it.

The ghosts of heaven

January 16, 2015
Sedgwick, Marcus, author.
©2014.
359 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Orion Children's Books, London."
Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

Unbreakable

January 16, 2015
Bauers, W. C., author.
©2014
368 pages ; 25 cm
"Chronicles of Promise Paen ; book 1"--Title page.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently-minded. Even as a provisional member of the Republic of Aligned Worlds, Montana merits little consideration--until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war"--Dust jacket flap.

The whispering swarm

January 14, 2015
Moorcock, Michael, 1939- author.
New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
480 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tor book."
Back in the Thirteenth Century, King Henry III granted a plot of land in the heart of London to an order of Friars known as the Carmelites. In return, they entered into a compact with God to guard a holy object. This sanctuary became a refuge for many of ill-repute, as the Friars cast no judgment and took in all who were in search of solace. Known as Alsatia, it did not suffer like the rest of the world. No Plague affected it. No Great Fire burned it. No Blitz destroyed it. Within its walls lies a secret to existence--one that has been kept since the dawn of time--a bevy of creation, where reality and romance, life and death, imaginary and real share the same world. One young man's entrance into this realm sends a shockwave of chaos through time. What lies at the center of this sacred realm is threatened for the first time in human existence.

1636 : the Viennese waltz

January 13, 2015
Flint, Eric.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2014]
381 pages: maps ; 25 cm
"The United States of Europe, the new nation formed by an alliance between Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus and the West Virginians hurled back in time is beset by enemies. But as a young new emperor comes to the throne in Austria, an opening has developed for making peace with one branch of the mighty Habsburg dynasty. However, this is no job for diplomats. With the Austro-Hungarian empire teetering on the brink of economic collapse, the USE sends auto mechanics and financiers to the rescue. But the mechanics are West Virginia hillbillies and the financiers are mostly teenage American girls. Ready to greet them is an emperor uncertain of his goals, common folk desperate for work, noblemen with intentions both fair and foul and priest plotting on all sides. To put it mildly, a culture clash in the making"-- Provided by publisher.

Ancillary justice

January 12, 2015
Leckie, Ann.
©2013
573 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

Strands of sorrow

January 9, 2015
Ringo, John, 1963-
Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2015.
viii, 343 pages ; 25 cm
In the conclusion to the Black Tide Rising series, the Wolf Squadron, its leader Steve Smith and what's left of the U.S. Navy band together to retake the mainland from the infected, while Smith's teenage daughters hold the key to the rebirth of civilization on a devastated planet.

Meteor Men

January 7, 2015
Parker, Jeff, 1966- author.
Portland, OR : Oni Press, Inc., 2014.
133 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more - the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden keep humanity from oblivion? From writer Jeff Parker (Aquaman, Hulk) and artist Sandy Jarrell (Batman '66) comes this story of adolescence, friendship, and hard decisions."

Legion : skin deep

January 5, 2015
Sanderson, Brandon.
Burton, Michigan : Subterranean Press, 2014.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"Stephen Leeds, AKA "Legion," is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the new story begins, Leeds and his "aspects" are hired by I3 (Innovative Information Incorporated) to recover a corpse stolen from the local morgue. But there's a catch. The corpse is that of a pioneer in the field of experimental biotechnology, a man whose work concerned the use of the human body as a massive storage device. He may have embedded something in the cells of his now dead body. And that something might be dangerous" -- from publisher's web site.

Golden son

December 30, 2014
Brown, Pierce, 1988-
New York : Del Rey, 2015.
xii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Golden Son continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within-- Provided by publisher.

Originator

December 30, 2014
Shepherd, Joel, 1974-
Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2015.
399 pages ; 23 cm
"A Cassandra Kresnov novel"--Title page.
"The adventures of the ultimate synthetic soldier who was made by the League, but defected to her former enemy, the Federation. Explosive action sequences and a focus on character make the Cassandra Kresnov novels unique in SF"-- Provided by publisher.

Firefight

December 29, 2014
Sanderson, Brandon, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2015.
419 pages ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: Steelheart.
"David and the Reckoners continue their fight against the Epics, humans with superhuman powers, except they may have met their match in Regalia, a High Epic who resides in Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan"-- Provided by publisher.

The galaxy game

December 29, 2014
Lord, Karen, 1968-
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
320 pages ; 21 cm
"A Del Rey trade paperback original."
"Karen Lord is one of today's most brilliant young talents. Her science fiction, like that of predecessors Ursula K. Le Guin and China Mieville, combines star-spanning plots, deeply felt characters, and incisive social commentary. With The Galaxy Game, Lord presents a gripping adventure that showcases her dazzling imagination as never before. On the verge of adulthood, Rafi attends the Lyceum, a school for the psionically gifted. Rafi possesses mental abilities that might benefit people. or control them. Some wish to help Rafi wield his powers responsibly; others see him as a threat to be contained. Rafi's only freedom at the Lyceum is Wallrunning: a game of speed and agility played on vast vertical surfaces riddled with variable gravity fields. Serendipity and Ntenman are also students at the Lyceum, but unlike Rafi they come from communities where such abilities are valued. Serendipity finds the Lyceum as much a prison as a school, and she yearns for a meaningful life beyond its gates. Ntenman, with his quick tongue, quicker mind, and a willingness to bend if not break the rules, has no problem fitting in. But he too has his reasons for wanting to escape. Now the three friends are about to experience a moment of violent change as seething tensions between rival star-faring civilizations come to a head. For Serendipity, it will challenge her ideas of community and self. For Ntenman, it will open new opportunities and new dangers. And for Rafi, given a chance to train with some of the best Wallrunners in the galaxy, it will lead to the discovery that there is more to Wallrunning than he ever suspected. and more to himself than he ever dreamed"-- Provided by publisher.

Journey through the mirror

December 19, 2014
Williams, T. R. (Tyler Ronald)
New York, NY : Atria Paperback, 2015.
450 pages ; 23 cm.

Sword art online. 2, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York, NY : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"002"--Cover.
"Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten"-- Provided by publisher.

Sword art online. 1, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo."
"001"--Cover.
In the year 2022, some six thousand gamers excitedly explore the new Sword Art Online, which manipulates users' brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience, but soon learn it lacks a log-out button and to escape they must conquer all one hundred floors--or die trying.

Sword art online. 3, Fairy dance

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
204 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"003"--Cover.
After escaping Sword Art Online, the forbidden VRMMORPG of death, Kirito returns to reality to find that his game partner and lover, Asuna Yuuki, has not returned and his only clue to her virtual whereabouts is a mysterious screenshot than leads him into the new VRMMORPG world of ALfheim Online.

Earth & sky

December 16, 2014
Crewe, Megan, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2014]
304 pages ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky's beginning to think she's crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar's help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.

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