New Arrivals · Science Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Star Wars. Poe Dameron

March 12, 2020
Soule, Charles, author.
New York : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2016-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
Artist vary between volumes.
v. 1. Black squadron -- v. 2. The gathering storm -- v. 3. Legend lost -- v. 4. Legend found -- v. 5. The spark and the fire

Distant stars

March 12, 2020
MariNaomi, author, illustrator.
©2020
264 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"After an unexplained disappearance--and a reappearance that was just as odd--Claudia Jones is back at Blithedale High School. She's even started to tutor Nigel, who feels the power of Claudia's presence like no one else. As Claudia and her guardians put their plans in motion, they'll reveal a truth that links everyone's fate."--Provided by publisher.

Otaku

March 12, 2020
Kluwe, Chris, author.
New York : TOR, A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
352 pages ; 22 cm
"Ditchtown. A city of skyscrapers, built atop the drowned bones of old Miami. A prison of steel, filled with unbelievers. A dumping ground for strays, runaways, and malcontents. Within these towering monoliths, Ashley Akachi is a young woman trying her best to cope with a brother who's slipping away, a mother who's already gone, and angry young men who want her put in her place. Ditchtown, however, is not the only world Ash inhabits. Within Infinite Game, a virtual world requiring physical perfection, Ash is Ashura the Terrible, leader of the Sunjewel Warriors, loved, feared, and watched by millions across the globe. Haptic chambers, known as hapspheres, translate their every move in the real to the digital-and the Sunjewel Warriors' feats are legendary. However, Ash is about to stumble upon a deadly conspiracy that will set her worlds crashing together, and in the real, you only get to die once ..."-- Provided by publisher.

The insurrection

March 12, 2020
Babu, Chris, 1975- author.
©2020
345 pages : map ; 22 cm
Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America. Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America's darkest secrets from getting out. Drayden's only hope is the insurrection led by ally Kim Craig. The David versus Goliath battle between good and evil, between truth and lies, will push Drayden to his breaking point and require bravery, self-acceptance, and above all, belief in himself. Backed by the will of the citizens, he'll need to engineer an ingenious strategy to defeat the all-powerful authoritarians. The question is, will it be enough?

Edens zero

March 11, 2020
Mashima, Hiro, 1977- author, artist.
New York : Kodansha Comics, 2018-
volumes : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 2018 by Kodansha, Ltd., Tokyo.
v. 1. Path to destiny -- v. 6. The time oracle

Star trek : the higher frontier

March 11, 2020
Bennett, Christopher L., author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2020.
338 pages ; 21 cm
"An all-new Star Trek movie-era adventure featuring James T. Kirk!"-- Provided by publisher.

Docile

March 11, 2020
Szpara, K. M., author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
492 pages ; 22 cm
"Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles. To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents' debts and buy your childrens' future. Elisha Wilder's family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family's debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family's crowning achievement could have any negative side effects--and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it"--Provided by publisher.

Cyber shogun revolution

March 11, 2020
Tieryas, Peter, 1979- author.
New York : Ace, 2020.
337 pages; 20 cm
"Seattle 2020. After a severe injury, ace mecha designer and pilot Reiko Morikawa is recruited to a secret organization plotting a revolt against the corrupt governor (and Nazi sympathizer) of the United States of Japan. When their plan to save the USJ from itself goes awry, the mission is only saved from failure because the governor is killed by an assassin known as Bloody Mary. But the assassin isn't satisfied with just the governor. Bishop Wakana used to be a cop. Now he's an agent of the Tokko, the secret police. Following the trail of a Nazi scientist, Bishop discovers a web of weapons smuggling, black market mecha parts--and a mysterious assassin. This killer once hunted Nazis but now seems to be targeting the USJ itself. As the leaders of the United States of Japan come to realize the devil's bargain they made in their uneasy alliance with the Nazis, Bishop and Reiko are hot on the trail of Bloody Mary, trying to stop her before it's too late"--Provided by publisher.

The vanishing deep

March 10, 2020
Scholte, Astrid, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2020]
423, 8 pages ; 22 cm
"Seventeen-year-old Tempe brings her dead sister back to life for twenty-four hours in hopes of unraveling the truth behind their parents' death"--Provided by publisher.

The girl who could move sh*t with her mind

March 10, 2020
Ford, Jackson, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
482 pages : map ; 21 cm
Includes extras section.
"Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she's got telekinetic powers -- a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she's normal for once. But then a body turns up at the site of her last job -- murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She's got 24 hours to clear her name - and it's not just her life at stake. If she can't unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that's on the brink of exploding . . ."--Amazon.

The companions : a novel

March 9, 2020
Flynn, Katie M., author.
©2020
257 pages ; 24 cm
"In the wake of a highly contagious virus, California is under quarantine. Sequestered in high rise towers, the living can't go out, but the dead can come in--and they come in all forms, from sad rolling cans to manufactured bodies that can pass for human. Wealthy participants in the 'companionship' program choose to upload their consciousness before dying, so they can stay in the custody of their families. The less fortunate are rented out to strangers upon their death, but all companions become the intellectual property of Metis Corporation, creating a new class of people--a command-driven product-class without legal rights or true free will."--Provided by publisher.

The life below

March 9, 2020
Monir, Alexandra, author.
©2020
305 pages ; 22 cm
As Naomi and her fellow teen astronauts investigate the fate of their predecessors on the Europa colony, back on a deteriorating Earth, Leo works with a renegade scientist to warn the crew about hostile extraterrestrials.

This vicious cure

March 9, 2020
Suvada, Emily, author.
©2020
404 pages ; 24 cm.
"Cat is desperate to find a way to stop Cartaxus and the plague, but to do so, she'll have to face her most devastating enemy yet"--Provided by publisher.

Lupus

March 6, 2020
Peeters, Frederik, author, illustrator.
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, [2019]
391 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 29cm
Previously published by Les Éditions Atrabile.
"An existential interplanetary epic that never strays far from the human heart. Lupus Lablennorre is a man on the run. Like a cosmic Odysseus, he wanders from planet to planet, haunted by his past and orbiting around a woman. It starts as a fishing trip with his old pal, Tony. Their friendship has started to feel different lately, and not just because of the drugs. Picking up Sanaa, a beautiful runaway, only complicates the situation. When tragedy strikes, they're forced to flee to new worlds, each offering many ways to disappear. But Lupus will find that the tendrils of friendship, love, and family are not so easily severed. Armed with astonishingly expressive brushwork and a dreamy, intimate narrative, Frederik Peeters drifts on the solar winds to a new understanding of memory, guilt, isolation, and connection."--Provided by publisher.

The Dysasters : the graphic novel

March 5, 2020
Cast, P. C., author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2020.
v, 119 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
"Graphic novel adaptation"--Back cover.
Adopted daughter of a scientist, Foster Stewart, and star quarterback, Tate Taylor, discover there is more to their weather-controlling abilities when they team up to deal with a deadly tornado and discover they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse... they are being hunted.

The unbeatable Squirrel Girl

March 4, 2020
North, Ryan, 1980- author.
©2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in single magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. Squirrel power -- v. 2. Squirrel you know it's true -- v. 3. Squirrel, you really got me now -- v. 4. I kissed a squirrel and I liked it -- v. 5. Like I'm the only squirrel in the world -- v. 6. Who run the world? Squirrels -- v. 7. I've been waiting for a squirrel like you -- v. 8. My best friend's squirrel -- v. 9. Squirrels fall like dominoes -- v. 11. Call your squirrelfriend

Life is strange

March 4, 2020
Vieceli, Emma, author.
London : Titan Comics, 2019-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Video game tie-in.
v. 1. Dust -- v. 2. Waves

The best of Elizabeth Bear

March 4, 2020
Bear, Elizabeth, author.
©2020
574 pages ; 24 cm
Covenant -- She still loves the dragon -- Tideline -- The leavings of the wolf -- Okay, Glory -- Needles -- This chance planet -- The body of the nation -- Boojum -- The bone war -- In the house of Aryaman, a lonely signal burns -- Shoggoths in bloom -- Skin in the game -- Hobnoblin blues -- Form and void -- Your collar -- Terroir -- Dolly -- Love among the Talus -- The deeps of the sky -- Two dreams on trains -- Faster gun -- The heart's filthy lesson -- Perfect gun -- Sonny Liston takes the fall -- Orm the beautiful -- Erase, erase, erase.
"From the start of her career, Elizabeth Bear has been one of the most distinctive voices in modern speculative fiction. Her debut novel, Hammered, won the Locus award for Best First Novel in 2005, the same year she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In the years since, she has produced an impressive array of stand-alone novels (Undertow) and multi-volume series (The Eternal Sky Trilogy, The New Amsterdam Series), along with a steady stream of stories and novellas, the best of which are gathered in this generous, absolutely necessary volume. The Best of Elizabeth Bear contains 27 stories and novellas, many never before collected, that encompass an astonishing range of themes, settings, ideas and emotions."--Provided by publisher.

Finna

March 4, 2020
Cipri, Nino, author.
New York, NY : Tor, 2020.
137 pages ; 20 cm
"When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal to another dimension, it's up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company's bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago. To find the missing granny, Ava and Jules will brave carnivorous furniture, swarms of identical furniture spokespeople, and the deep resentment simmering between them."--Provided by publisher.

The hidden girl and other stories

March 4, 2020
Liu, Ken, 1976- author.
London ; New York : Saga Press, 2020.
xii, 411 pages ; 24 cm
Ghost days -- Maxwell's demon -- The reborn -- Thoughts and prayers -- Byzantine empathy -- The gods will not be chained -- Staying behind -- Real artists -- The gods will not be slain -- Altogether elsewhere, vast herds of reindeer -- The gods have not died in vain -- Memories of my mother -- Dispatches from the cradle: the hermit, forty-eight hours in the sea of Massachusetts -- Grey rabbit, crimson mare, coal leopard -- A chase beyond the storms, an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, The Dandelion Dynasty, book three -- The hidden girl -- Seven birthdays -- The message -- Cutting.
"From award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories. Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time. This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years-sixteen of his best-plus a new novelette. In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne"-- Provided by publisher.

Bent heavens

March 4, 2020
Kraus, Daniel, 1975- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2020.
291 pages ; 22 cm
Iowa. Two years ago Liv Fleming's father claimed he had been abducted by aliens-- and shortly after disappeared. Liv has accepted that he's dead, but every Sunday she and her friend Doug Monk continue to check the "alien traps" her father had set us. When they discover a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing, they choose to take matters into their own hands instead of turning him over to the authorities. -- adapted from jacket

The first 7

March 4, 2020
Pohl, Laura, author.
©2020
367 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The last 8.
Clover Martinez and the Last Teenagers on Earth are exploring the galaxy after leaving Earth behind, even if they are homesick. When their ship receives a distress signal from their former home, they arrive to find strange crystal formations are taking over Earth's soil and threatening to destroy the planet. They discover a colony of survivors in the mountains, but relief gives way to panic as the teenagers realize these survivors aren't who they seem-- and there may be no escape. -- adapted from jacket

A conjuring of assassins

March 4, 2020
Glass, Cate, author.
©2020
475 pages : map ; 21 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"Romy and her three partners in crime - a sword master, a silversmith, and her thieving brother - have embraced their roles as the Shadow Lord's agents, using their forbidden magic to accomplish tasks his other spies cannot. Now, they've been tasked with locating a list of powerful men and women pledged to assassinate the tyrant Protector of Mercediare, Cantagna's most dangerous enemy. Then, they must destroy the list before it falls into the Protector's hands, where it could plunge the entire Costa Drago into a rampage of murderous vengeance. But when Placidio and Romy infiltrate the ambassador's household by impersonating a cloth merchant and an aspiring diviner, they discover that the ambassador's oddities and the prisoner's identity signal dangers far more explosive than exposing the Assassins List"-- Provided by publisher.

The firmament of flame

March 4, 2020
Williams, Drew (Science fiction author), author.
New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates book, 2020.
368 pages ; 24 cm
"For nearly a century, the Justified have been searching for gifted children to help prevent the return of the pulse. Until recently, they thought they were the only ones. Jane Kamali and her telekinetic protégé Esa, now seventeen, barely managed to claim victory against a Cyn-a being of pure energy-hell bent on hunting down the gifted. Now they face an army. The Cyn and their followers will stop at nothing to find Esa and the others. No one knows what they want, but Jane, Esa, and their allies in the Justified are determined to find out. Even if they have to go to the ends of the known universe to do it"-- Provided by publisher.

The sound of stars

March 3, 2020
Dow, Alechia, author.
©2020
426 pages ; 22 cm
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world's population. Seventeen-year-old Janelle "Ellie" Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her. Born in a lab, M0Rr1S was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie's illegal library, he's duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They're both breaking the rules for the love of art--and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does. Ellie's--and humanity's--fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution--thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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