New Arrivals · Science Fiction

July 2, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Europe in autumn

June 30, 2015
Hutchinson, David, 1960-
Osney Mead, Oxford, UK : Solaris, 2014.
429 pages ; 18 cm
"Rudi is a cook in a Kraków restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he's trapped in, a new career -- part spy, part people-smuggler -- begins. Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue. With so many nations to work in, and identities to assume, Rudi is kept busy travelling across Europe. But when he is sent to smuggle someone out of Berlin and finds a severed head inside a locker instead, a conspiracy begins to wind itself around him. With kidnapping, double-crosses and a map that constantly re-draws, Rudi begins to realise that underneath his daily round of plot and counter plot, behind the conflicting territories, another entirely different reality might be pulling the strings", viewed February 7, 2014.

Sisters of the revolution : a feminist speculative fiction anthology

June 30, 2015
341 pages ; 23 cm
The forbidden words of Margaret A. / L. Timmel Duchamp -- My flannel knickers / Leonora Carrington -- The mothers of Shark Island / Kit Reed -- The palm tree bandit / Nnedi Okorafor -- The grammarian's five daughters / Eleanor Arnason -- And Salome danced / Kelley Eskridge -- The perfect married woman / Angélica Gorodischer -- The glass bottle trick / Nalo Hopkinson -- Their mother's tears : the fourth letter / Leena Krohn -- The screwfly solution / James Tiptree, Jr. -- Seven losses of na Re / Rose Lemberg -- The evening and the morning and the night / Octavia E. Butler -- The sleep of plants / Anne Richter -- The men who live in trees / Kelly Barnhill -- Tales from the breast / Hiromi Goto -- The Fall River axe murders / Angela Carter -- Love and sex among the invertebrates / Pat Murphy -- When it changed / Joanna Russ -- The woman who thought she was a planet / Vandana Singh -- Gestella / Susan Palwick -- Boys / Carol Emshwiller -- Stable strategies for middle management / Eileen Gunn -- Northern chess / Tanith Lee -- Aunts / Karin Tidbeck -- Sur / Ursula K. Le Guinn -- Fears / Pamela Sargent -- Detours on the way to nothing / Rachel Swirsky -- Thirteen ways of looking at space/time / Catherynne M. Valente -- Home by the sea / Élisabeth Vonaburg.
Sisters of the Revolution gathers a highly curated selection of feminist speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and more) chosen by one of the most respected editorial teams in speculative literature today, the award-winning Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. Including stories from the 1970s to the present day, the collection seeks to expand the conversation about feminism while engaging the reader in a wealth of imaginative ideas. -- taken from back cover.

Nowhere nowhen

June 30, 2015
Myers, Steven J., author.
98 pages ; 21 cm
"Fall to your knees or fight back! After a devastating blue lightning storm a child comes out of the Wasteland to become an untouchable--feared by everyone, even the cruel Overlords who control the city. When his caregiver is killed he thinks only of himself until he meets a lovely young woman and a cult that see him as their savior. Will events force him to leap into life or play it safe? How much can he risk in a world where the Lords have all the power?"--Page [4] of cover.

Dark disciple

June 29, 2015
Golden, Christie, author.
New York : Del Rey, [2015]
313 pages ; 24 cm
At head of title: Star wars.
"Based on Star wars: the clone wars, created and executive produced by George Lucas ; supervising director, Dave Filoni ; produced by by Carrie Silver. . . . Written by Katie Lucas and Matt Michnovetz and Dave Filoni."
The Jedi Council pairs brash Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos with infamous one-time Sith acolyte Asajj Ventress to target and kill the man responsible for so many war atrocities, Count Dooku himself.


June 26, 2015
Robinson, Kim Stanley.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
466 pages ; 25 cm
"Generations after leaving earth, a starship draws near to the planet that may serve as a new home world for those on board. But the journey has brought unexpected changes and their best laid plans may not be enough to survive. "-- Provided by publisher.

Rise of the King

June 26, 2015
Salvatore, R. A., 1959- author.
355 pages ; 25 cm.
Follows dwarf king Bruenor Battlehammer and his violent feud with the orc kingdom of Many Arrows, as they seek to take advantage of the Sundering chaos.

A girl undone

June 24, 2015
Linka, Catherine, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A girl called Fearless.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands"-- Provided by publisher.

The fire children

June 24, 2015
Roy, Lauren M., author.
Oxford, UK : Ravenstone, 2015.
270 pages : map ; 21 cm
"Fifteen years have passed since Mother Sun last sent her children to walk the world. When the eclipse comes, the people retreat to the caverns beneath the Kaladim, passing the days in total darkness while the Fire Children explore their world. It's death to even look upon them, the stories say. Despite the warnings, Yulla gives in to her curiosity and ventures to the surface. There she witnesses the Witch Women--who rumors say worship dead Father Sea, rather than Mother Sun--capturing one of the Children and hauling her away. Yulla isn't the only one who saw the kidnapping; Ember, the last of the Fire Children, reveals himself to Yulla and implores her to help. Trapped above and hunted by the witches and the desert wind, Yulla and Ember must find a way free his siblings and put a stop to the Witch Womens' plans, before they can use the Fire Children to bind Mother Sun herself"--Page [4] of cover.

The red : first light

June 24, 2015
Nagata, Linda, author.
©2013, ©2015 (jacket photograph)
405 pages ; 22 cm.
"Lieutenant James Shelley commands a high-tech squad of soldiers in a rural disctrict within the African Sahel. They hunt insurgents each night on a harrowing patrol, guided by three simple goals : protect civilians, kill the enemy, and stay alive--because in a for-profit war manufactured by the defense industry there can be no cause worth dying for. To keep his soldiers safe, Shelley uses every high-tech asset available to him--but his best weapon is a flawless sense of imminent danger as if God is with him, whispering warnings in his ear"--Jacket

Tin men : a novel

June 19, 2015
Golden, Christopher.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
337 pages ; 25 cm
"In the near future, the U.S. has deployed the Remote Infantry Corps: thousands of robots remote-piloted by soldiers whose bodies lie hidden in underground bases. But the worst occurs when anarchists set off a global pulse that shorts out electrical connections. In Damascus, Private Danny Kelso, Corporal Kate Wade, and their platoon realize they are trapped inside the Tin Men--something the government never warned them could happen. In Athens, the G20 Summit comes under fire, and a band of security soldiers and advisors risk everything in an effort to shepherd the President to safety. As chaos descends, and with anarchist Bot Killers on their trail, the Tin Men must survive a gauntlet of violence on the road from Damascus to the heart of Europe, half of them determined to stay true to their mission and save their president, half of them hellbent to save themselves.."-- Provided by publisher.

The long Utopia

June 16, 2015
Pratchett, Terry, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
354 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Lobsang's pursuit of a human life, Joshua's search for his father and the adaptation efforts of "the Next" post-humans are challenged by a voracious alien race that would conquer and colonize the Long Earth.

The iron assassin, or, A clockwork Prometheus

June 10, 2015
Greenwood, Ed, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
320 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"On an Earth that is not our own, Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gaslamps and regularly scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork with countless smoke-belching stacks. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threatens the throne itself. Energetic young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces "the Iron Assassin" to the highly placed Lords who will decide if Straker's invention becomes a weapon of the Lion--or something to be destroyed. It quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie's past life is far more sinister than Straker thought. Has he created a runaway monster? Or the best guardian the Lion could ever hope for?"-- Provided by publisher.

Evening's empires

June 9, 2015
McAuley, Paul J., author.
London : Gollancz, 2014.
374 pages ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2013.
In the far future, a young man stands on a barren asteroid. His ship has been stolen, his family kidnapped or worse, and all he has on his side is a semi-intelligent spacesuit. The only member of the crew to escape, Hari has barely been off his ship before. It was his birthplace, his home and his future. He's going to get it back. But throughout his journeys, Hari must always bear one thing in mind: nobody is to be trusted.

The border

June 8, 2015
McCammon, Robert, author.
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2015.
441 pages ; 24 cm.
The Border is the saga of an Earth devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations.

The fold

June 4, 2015
Clines, Peter, 1969-
375 pages ; 25 cm
An old friend presents Mike Erikson with an irresistible mystery to solve -- far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device that shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step but evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn't quite what it seems--and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

Blood of the cosmos

June 4, 2015
Anderson, Kevin J., 1962-
New York : Tor, 2015.
607 pages ; 24 cm.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"As the second book of the trilogy opens, the humans and Ildirans, having narrowly escaped annihilation at the hands of the Shana Rei and their robot allies in book one, are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them, the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies, believing they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, [test a new weapon], but it's a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction"-- Provided by publisher.

The year's best military SF & space opera

June 3, 2015
Riverdale, NY : Baen, [2015]
349 pages ; 24 cm
Preface / David Afsharirad -- Excitement! Adventure! Science fiction! / David Drake -- Codename: Delphi / Linda Nagata -- Persephone descending / Derek Künsken -- The end of the Silk Road / David D. Levine -- Picket ship / Brad R. Torgersen -- Decaying orbit / Robert R. Chase -- Morrigan in the sunglare / Seth Dickinson -- Light and shadow / Linda Nagata -- Icarus at noon / Eric Leif Davin -- Soft casualty / Michael Z. Williamson -- Palm Strike's last case / Charlie Jane Anders -- Brood / Stephen Gaskel -- Stealing Arturo / William Ledbetter -- Rules of Engagement / Matthew Johnson -- Ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler (the successful kind) / Holly Black -- War dog / Michael Barretta.
"Here are the most thrilling, pulse-pounding, and thought provoking military science fiction stories of the past year. Stories of future military men and women, space opera on a grand scale, and edge-of-your-seal adventure tales in the pulp tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

Dragon in exile

June 3, 2015
Lee, Sharon, 1952-
Riverdale, NY : Baen Books, [2015]
404 pages ; 25 cm.
"A new Liaden universe novel".
Star-trading Clan Korva, known to Terrans as the Tree-and-Dragon Family and to the locals simply as "the Dragon", has been convicted of crimes against the homeworld. No matter that one of the "crimes" consisted of saving the elitist planet of Liad from very real internal threats, the Council of Clans wanted Korval heads to roll. Unfortunately for the Council, the Dragon's allies conspired to impose a milder punishment for saving the world: banishment, rather than execution. Now relocated to the free-for-all world of Surebleak, the Dragon is under contract to keep the Port Road open to all traffic, and to back the New Bosses in imposing law and order on a society originally based on larceny and assassination. This modest rustication is going surprisingly well, until Korval discovers that the enemy they'd sought to destroy. . .wasn't quite destroyed, and is more determined than ever to eradicate Korval. While the banishment killed no one initially, many of Korval’s trading allies are spooked, and some are reneging on ancient agreements, leaving the Dragon to make its own way. The clan’s efforts to stealthily recruit new allies is going haywire, and a secret death toll is rising even as the clan’s adherents endure increasing exposure to danger and deceit off-world. To make matters worse, an active portion of Surebleak's native population liked the Old Ways just fine, and are conspiring to take the New Bosses and the Dragon down, and are sure they have the firepower and people to do it. The exiled Dragon has to make an urgent choice: accept an alliance with criminals or face down each and every enemy in person, one by one.

Nemesis games

June 3, 2015
Corey, James S. A.
New York : Orbit, 2015.
532 pages ; 24 cm.
"The fifth novel in James S.A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series now being produced for television by the SyFy Channel! A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle. Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price. And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left"-- Provided by publisher.


June 2, 2015
Fortune, Margaret, author.
New York : DAW Books, Inc., 2015.
310 pages ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia's childhood best friend. Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there's far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time--literally--runs out.

The water knife

May 28, 2015
Bacigalupi, Paolo, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
371 pages ; 25 cm
The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel "cuts" water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, ensuring that lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust. When water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.


May 27, 2015
Rosen, Lev AC.
New York, NY : Regan Arts., 2015.
264 pages ; 24 cm
"Combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States. But the city survives, and Simone Pierce is one of its best private investigators. Her latest case, running surveillance on a potentially unfaithful husband, was supposed to be easy. Then her target is murdered, and the search for his killer points Simone towards a secret from the past that can't possibly be real--but that won't stop the city's most powerful men and women from trying to acquire it for themselves, with Simone caught in the middle"

Captain Marvel

May 26, 2015
DeConnick, Kelly Sue, author.
New York : Marvel, 2014-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Higher, further, faster, more -- v. 2. Stay fly
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's mightiest hero with an attitude to match, is launching headfirst into an all-new adventure! As Carol Danvers comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life, and the entire Marvel Universe.

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