New Arrivals · Science Fiction

July 30, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Black hole : a novel

July 29, 2015
Sinister, Bucky, 1969-
Berkeley, California : Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint, [2015]
181 pages ; 21 cm
"Chuck had ambitions. He doesn't know how he ended up as the creepy 43 year old guy with the drugs, or the guy who's too old to be at the party doing everyone else's drugs, but if it ain't broke ... Well, he manages to make it to work at the dwarf whale distributor every day. He may hate that his dearly seedy San Francisco has become overrun with Starbucks, startups, and Lululemon moms, but he makes due every month for the rent-controlled apartment he shares with roommates he never sees. It's not perfect, but it's livable. In the end, though, every addict has that one special vice that can tip them from relatively functional to completely unhinged. For Chuck, it's a new drug that doesn't even have a name yet; it's just a smokable, everlasting gobstopper of mellow high. But when chunks of time begin to disappear and rearrange themselves altogether, he wonders if this really is just another life-ruining drug, or if it's something straight out of a Philip K. Dick universe. Word on the street is that this little black marble is actually altering users' timelines, but that's impossible, right? That's just something the schizophrenic homeless guy on Guerrero screamed at customers outside Tartine, isn't it? Isn't it?!"-- Provided by publisher.

The fall

July 28, 2015
Pineiro, R. J., author.
344 pages ; 25 cm
"In R. J. Pineiro's The Fall, a sci-fi thriller, a man jumps from the upper-most reaches of the atmosphere and vanishes, ending up on an alternate Earth where he died five years earlier. Jack Taylor has always been an adrenaline junkie. As a federal contractor, he does dangerous jobs for the government that fall out of the realm of the SEALS and the Marines. And this next job is right up his alley. Jack has been assigned to test an orbital jump and if it works, the United States government will have a new strategy against enemy countries. Despite Jack's soaring career, his personal life is in shambles. He and his wife Angela are both workaholics and are on the verge of getting a divorce. But the night before his jump, Jack and Angela begin to rekindle their romance and their relationship holds promise for repair. Then comes the day of Jack's big jump. He doesn't burn up like some predicted--instead, he hits the speed of sound and disappears. Jack wakes up in an alternate universe. One where he died during a mission five years earlier and where Angela is still madly in love with him. But in this world, his boss, Pete, has turned to the dark side, is working against him, and the government is now on his tail. Jack must return to his own world but the only way for him to do that is to perform another orbital jump. This time is more difficult though--no one wants to see him go. Jack's adrenaline is contagious--The Fall will keep readers on the edges of their seats, waiting to find out what crazy stunt Jack will perform next and to learn the fate of this charming, daredevil hero"-- Provided by publisher.


July 28, 2015
Dietz, William C.
New York : Ace Books, 2015.
291 pages ; 17 cm
"The mutant files"--Cover.
Police detective Cassandra Lee's investigation of a murderer killing police officers is interrupted when she receives a letter from her long-lost mother that draws her into a dangerous, lawless zone inhabited by mutants.


July 28, 2015
Molles, D. J., author.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
471 pages ; 19 cm.
"This is the sixth and final novel in the action-packed series following Special Forces Captain Lee Harden and a group of survivors struggling to survive while rebuilding an America devastated by a bacterium that has turned 90% of the population into a ravenous horde. The merciless tide of infected is flooding south and time is running out to stop them. Bolstered by new allies, Captain Lee Harden continues his struggle to establish a safe haven from which the embers of a shattered society can be rekindled."--provided from

Sacraments of fire

July 28, 2015
George, David R., III, author.
388 pages ; 18 cm
"Based on Star trek and Star trek: the next generation created by Gene Roddenberry, and Star trek: deep space nine created by Rick Berman & Michael Piller."
Days after the assassination of Federation President Nan Bacco on Deep Space 9, the unexpected appearance of a stranger on the station raises serious concerns. He seems dazed and confused, providing-in a peculiar patois of the Bajoran language-unsatisfactory answers. He offers his identity as Altek, of which there is no apparent record, and he claims not to know where he is or how he got there. A quick scan confirms the visitor is armed with a projectile weapon-a firearm more antiquated than, but similar to, the one that took President Bacco's life. But the Bajoran liaison to the station believes that Altek has been sent from the Prophets, out of a nearby wormhole. The last time such an event occurred, it was to reassure Benjamin Sisko of his place as the Emissary. For what purpose has Altek now been sent out of the Celestial Temple?

1636 : the Cardinal virtues

July 27, 2015
Flint, Eric, author.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2015]
373 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
In 1636 France, King Louis sends his expectant wife, Queen Anne, into seclusion to keep her safe, while France's foreign enemies as well as traitors within the court make their move, forcing factions both inside and outside of the country to choose sides.

Long shot

July 22, 2015
Mack, David, 1969-, author.
319 pages ; 18 cm.
Based on Star trek created by Gene Roddenberry.


July 20, 2015
O'Rourke, Erica, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2015]
viii, 434 pages ; 22 cm.
Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he's gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him. She's back at the Consort--training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

No going back

July 20, 2015
Van Name, Mark L.
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, c2012.
324 p. ; 24 cm.
"A Jon & Lobo novel" -- Cover.
"A Baen Books original"--T.p. verso.
Nano-enhanced John Moore is haunted by memories of child soldiers he couldn't save. Now he's so self-destructive that Lobo, his hyper-intelligent assault vehicle, fears a high-stakes illegal mission could be their last.

The flicker men : a novel

July 17, 2015
Kosmatka, Ted, 1973- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
338 pages ; 24 cm
"Eric Argus has one last chance. His earlier scientific work-- groundbreaking and infamous--jeopardized his reputation and threatened his sanity. But an old university friend hires him at Hansen Research, a Boston laboratory that provides researchers a probationary period of free reign. Argus has a final opportunity to regain his standing and renew his faith in science. He replicates Feynman's double-slit experiment that famously demonstrated the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. Building upon that work, Argus discovers a staggering and elemental difference between humanity and the rest of the animal kingdom: he proves the existence of the human soul"-- Provided by publisher.

Battlesaurus : rampage at Waterloo

July 16, 2015
Falkner, Brian, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
361 pages ; 22 cm
In this alternate history, Napoleon wins at Waterloo by unleashing a secret battlefield weapon--a legion of giant, carnivorous dinosaurs imported from the wilds of the Americas--and only fifteen-year-old Willem Verheyen stands in the way of the emperor's plan for world domination.

The Drosten's curse

July 16, 2015
Kennedy, A. L., author.
361 pages ; 21 cm.
"Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers' Golf Spa Hotel: receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency toward disappearance among the guests. She's tried talking to the manager; she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages on the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand"-- Provided by publisher.

The empress game

July 16, 2015
Mason, Rhonda, author.
London : Titan Books, 2015.
371 pages ; 21 cm
"One seat on the intergalactic Sakien Empire's supreme ruling body, the Council of Seven, remains unfilled, that of the Empress Apparent. The seat isn't won by votes or marriage. It's won in a tournament of ritualized combat in the ancient tradition. Now that tournament, the Empress Game, has been called and the females of the empire will stop at nothing to secure political domination for their homeworlds. The battle for political power isn't contained by the tournament's ring, however. The empire's elite gather to forge, strengthen or betray alliances in a dance that will determine the fate of the empire for a generation. With the empire wracked by a rising nanovirus plague and stretched thin by an ill-advised planet-wide occupation of Ordoch in enemy territory, everything rests on the woman who rises to the top."--provided from

A, B, C : three short novels

July 15, 2015
Delany, Samuel R.
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2015.
xviii, 472 pages ; 21 cm
The jewels of Aptor -- The ballad of Beta-2 -- They fly at Çiron.

Rebel mechanics : all is fair in love and revolution

July 13, 2015
Swendson, Shanna, author.
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.
x, 310 ; 22 cm
In 1888 New York City, sixteen-year-old governess Verity Newton agrees to become a spy, whatever the risk, after learning that the man for whom she has feelings sympathizes with rebels developing non-magical sources of power, via steam engines, in hopes of gaining freedom from British rule.

Dark orbit

July 13, 2015
Gilman, Carolyn, 1954- author.
New York : Tor Books, 2015.
303 pages ; 25 cm
"Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate. Thora was once a member of the interplanetary elite, but since her prophetic delusions helped mobilize a revolt on Orem, she's been banished to the farthest reaches of space, because of the risk that her very presence could revive unrest. Upon arrival, the team finds an extraordinary crystalline planet, laden with dark matter. Then a crew member is murdered and Thora mysteriously disappears"-- Provided by publisher.


July 13, 2015
Sigler, Scott.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
345 pages ; 22 cm
Book one of the Generations trilogy"--Title page.
Waking up in a mysterious enclosed space with no memory of their identities, a group of adults uncovers evidence of a long-past war and the horrifying realities of their confinement.

Stone rider

July 13, 2015
Hofmeyr, David, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
325 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"A young man who seeks revenge and redemption from his past joins a brutal race to win a chance to escape his dying world"-- Provided by publisher.

Octavia's brood : science fiction stories from social justice movements

July 13, 2015
296 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Revolution shuffle Bao Phi -- The token superhero David F. Walker -- the river adrienne maree brown -- Evidence Alexis Pauline Gumbs -- Black angel Walidah Imarisha -- The long memory Morrigan Phillips -- Small and bright Autumn Brown -- In spite of darkness Alixa Garcia -- Hollow Mia Mingus -- Lalibela Gabriel Teodros -- Little brown mouse Tunde Olaniran -- Sanford and sun Dawolu Jabari Anderson -- Runway blackout Tara Betts -- Kafka's last laugh Vagabond -- 22XX: one-shot Jelani Wilson -- Manhunters Kalamu ya Salaam -- Aftermath LeVar Burton -- Fire on the mountain Terry Bisson -- Homing instinct Dani McClain -- children who fly Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha -- Star Wars and the American imagination Mumia Abu-Jamal -- The only lasting truth Tananarive Due -- Outro adrienne maree brown.
"Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are producing speculative fiction. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought twenty of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. The visionary tales of Octavia's Brood span genres -- sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism -- but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. The collection is rounded off with essays by Tananarive Due and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and a preface by Sheree Renée Thomas" -- Publisher's website.

Shower of stones : a novel of Jeroun

July 10, 2015
Jernigan, Zachary, 1980-
New York : Night Shade Books, 2015.
238 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The follow-up to Zachary Jernigan's critically acclaimed literary debut, No Return. At the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash, imploring mankind to unite in this struggle. Good intentions count for nothing. In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better. In fact, it is now on the verge of dying. The Needle hangs broken in orbit above Jeroun, each of its massive iron spheres poised to fall and blanket the planet's surface in dust. Long-held truces between Adrashi and Anadrashi break apart as panic spreads. With no allegiance to either side, the disgraced soldier Churls walks into the divided city of Danoor with a simple plan: murder the monster named Fesuy Amendja, and retrieve from captivity the only two individuals that still matter to her--Vedas Tezul, and the constructed man Berun. The simple plan goes awry, as simple plans do, and in the process Churls and her companions are introduced to one of the world's deepest secrets: a madman, insisting he is the link to an ancient world, offering the most tempting lie of all . . . hope. Concluding the visceral, inventive narrative begun in No Return, Shower of Stones pits men against gods and swords against civilization-destroying magic in the fascinatingly harsh world of Jeroun"-- Provided by publisher.

Armada : a novel

July 10, 2015
Cline, Ernest, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
355 pages ; 25 cm
It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom--if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada--in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills--as well as those of millions of gamers across the world--are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar?


July 10, 2015
Sandford, John, 1944 February 23- author.
325 pages ; 24 cm.
Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation by rescuing Shay's brother and Fenfang, a girl who literally knows too much. Can the knowledge brought by these ex-captives help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation?

Time salvager

July 9, 2015
Chu, Wesley, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
380 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one's hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world, and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity's demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history"

The map of chaos : a novel

July 1, 2015
Palma, Félix J., author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
574 pages ; 24 cm
"The action of the wondrous final volume in Spanish author Palma's speculative thriller trilogy (which began with "The Map of Time" unfolds in several Victorian eras in parallel universes, beginning with esteemed biologist Herbert George Wells' attempt to create a virus that will allow the residents of his doomed steampunk world to escape to another realm free of threat"-- Provided by publisher.

Artemis invaded

June 30, 2015
Lindskold, Jane M., author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
316 pages ; 24 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"In Artemis Invaded, Jane Lindskold returns to the world of Artemis, a pleasure planet that was lost for millennia, a place that holds secrets that could give mankind back unimaginable powers. Stranded archaeologist Griffin is determined to make his way back to his home world with news of the Artemis discovery. He and his gene-modified native companion, the huntress Adara, and her psyche-linked puma Sand Shadow, set out to find another repository of the ancient technology in the hope that somehow Griffin will be able to contact his orbiting ship. In the midst of this, Adara wrestles with her complex feelings for Griffin-and with the consequences of her and Sand Shadow's new bond with the planet Artemis. Focused on his own goals, Griffin is unaware that his arrival on Artemis has created unexpected consequences for those he is coming to hold dear. Unwittingly, he has left a trail-and Artemis is about to be invaded"-- Provided by publisher.

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