New Arrivals · Science Fiction

February 22, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


February 21, 2020
Polk, C. L. (Chelsea L.), author.
New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2020.
348 pages : 21 cm
"A Book"--Title page verso.
"After spinning an enthralling world in Witchmark, praised as "thoroughly charming and deftly paced" by the New York Times and as a "can't-miss debut" by Booklist, C. L. Polk continues the story in Stormsong. Magical cabals, otherworldly avengers, and impossible love affairs conspire to create a book that refuses to be put down. Dame Grace Hensley helped her brother Miles undo the atrocity that stained her nation, but now she has to deal with the consequences. With the power out in the dead of winter and an uncontrollable sequence of winter storms on the horizon, Aeland faces disaster. Grace has the vision to guide her parents to safety, but a hostile queen and a ring of rogue mages stand in the way of her plans. There's revolution in the air, and any spark could light the powder. What's worse, upstart photojournalist Avia Jessup draws ever closer to secrets that could topple the nation,and closer to Grace's heart. Can Aeland be saved without bloodshed? Or will Kingston die in flames, and Grace along with it?"--Provided by publisher.

Gravity of a distant sun

February 21, 2020
Stearns, R. E., 1983- author.
419 pages ; 22 cm.
"Adda and Iridian have survived the murderous AI that tried to kill them in Barbary Station and an evil megacorporation in Mutiny at Vest but now they'll need all of their ingenuity to make it to the end of this epic trilogy. Adda Karpe and Iridian Nassir are on the run-both from the authorities who want to imprison them and the artificial intelligence that want to control their minds. Trapped on a desolate black-market space station on the edge of Jupiter, they're nearly out of allies-and out of luck. Now, they have one last shot to find a safe haven where they can live together in peace-across the interstellar bridge to another galaxy. Getting onto that mission will take everything they've got and more. But on the other side of that bridge lies the life they've always dreamed of...if they can survive long enough to reach it"-- Provided by publisher.

Magic for unlucky girls

February 21, 2020
Balaskovits, A. A., author.
Santa Fe, NM : SFWP, [2017]
226 pages ; 22 cm
Put back together again -- Postpartum -- Eden -- Food my father feeds me, love my husband shows me -- Three times red -- Let down your long hair and then yourself -- Suburban alchemy -- The Ibex girl of Qumran -- Beasts -- The romantic agony of Lemonhead -- Mermaid -- Bloody Mary -- Juniper -- All who tremble.
The fourteen fantastical stories in Magic For Unlucky Girls take the familiar tropes of fairytales and twist them into new and surprising shapes. These unlucky girls, struggling against a society that all too often oppresses them, are forced to navigate strange worlds as they try to survive. From carnivorous husbands to a bath of lemons to whirling basements that drive people mad, these stories are about the demons that lurk in the corners and the women who refuse to submit to them, instead fighting backsometimes with their wit, sometimes with their beauty, and sometimes with shotguns in the dead of night.

The light years

February 20, 2020
Greene, R. W. W., author.
314 pages ; 20 cm
Includes excerpt from The Bayern agenda by Dan Moren (pages 295-314).
"Before Hisako Saski is even born, her parents make a deal on her behalf. In exchange for a first-class education and a boost out of poverty, Hisako will marry Adem Sadiq, a maintenance engineer and self-styled musician who works the trade lanes aboard his family's sub-light starship, the Hajj. Hisako is not happy when she finds out about the plan. She has little interest in the broken branch of physics the deal requires her to study, and is not keen on the idea of giving up her home and everything she knows to marry a stranger. Sparks fly when Adem and Hisako meet, but their personal issues are overshadowed by the discovery of long-held secrets and a chance at faster-than-light travel."--Amazon.

Venom vs Carnage

February 20, 2020
Milligan, Peter, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., [2004]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Contains material originally published in magazine form as Venom vs. Carnage, issues #1-4."
Venom's offspring, Carnage, is about to have a baby--a creature of indescribable power and appetites.

The amazing Spider-Man. The secret of the petrified tablet

February 20, 2020
Lee, Stan, 1922-2018, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2019.
431 pages : chiefly chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
"Volume 5, 1968-1970"--Back cover.
"Contains material originally published in magazine form as Amazing Spider-Man #68-85 and annual #5"--Title page verso.
"Two of the fiercest crime lords in New York City are on a quest to decipher an ancient petrified tablet - whose secrets promise great power!"--Provided by publisher.

Batman detectives comics

February 20, 2020
Tomasi, Peter, author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2020]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally pubilshed in single magazine form.
v. 1. Mythology
"The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core! A mysterious enemy who knows everything about Batman's history is pulling no punches.

The bear

February 18, 2020
Krivak, Andrew, author.
221 pages ; 20 cm
"In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last two left. But when the girl suddenly finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness, which offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen. A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature's dominion"-- Provided by publisher.

Bridge 108

February 17, 2020
Charnock, Anne, author.
188 pages : 22 cm
"Late in the twenty-first century, drought and wildfires prompt an exodus from southern Europe. When twelve-year-old Caleb is separated from his mother during their trek north, he soon falls prey to traffickers. Enslaved in an enclave outside Manchester, the resourceful and determined Caleb never loses hope of bettering himself. After Caleb is befriended by a fellow victim of trafficking, another road opens. Hiding in the woodlands by day, guided by the stars at night, he begins a new journey - to escape to a better life, to meet someone he can trust, and to find his family. For Caleb, only one thing is certain: making his way in the world will be far more difficult than his mother imagined. Told through multiple voices and set against the backdrop of a haunting and frighteningly believable future, Bridge 108 charts the passage of a young boy into adulthood amid oppressive circumstances that are increasingly relevant to our present day."--Publisher.

The best of Uncanny

February 17, 2020
Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2019.
683 pages ; 24 cm
"Deluxe Hardcover Edition"--Dust jacket.
The uncanny valley--an introduction / Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas -- Our talons can crush galaxies / Brooke Bolander -- Blessings / Naomi Novik -- Folding Beijing / Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu -- The new ways / Amal El-Mohtar -- Fandom for robots / Vina Jie-Min Prasad -- Catcall / Delilah S. Dawson -- Wooden feathers / Ursula Vernon -- The long run / Neil Gaiman -- The heat of us: notes toward an oral history / Sam J. Miller -- Ghost champagne / Charlie Jane Anders -- Translatio corporis / Kat Howard -- Rose child / Theodora Goss -- The witch of the Orion Waste and the boy knight / E. Lily Yu -- Monster girls don't cry / A. Merc Rustad -- Midnight hour / Mary Robinette Kowal -- Henosis / N.K. Jemisin -- The persecution of witches / Ali Trotta -- Restore the heart into love / John Chu -- I frequently hear music in the very herat of noise / Sarah Pinsker -- You'll surely drown here if you stay / Alyssa Wong -- Meat bone tea / S. Qiouyi Lu (Poem) -- She still loves a dragon / Elizabeth Bear -- If you were a tiger I'd have to wear white / Maria Dahvana Headley -- Archival testimony fragments/Miner song / Rose Lemberg (Poem) -- Sun, Moon, Dust / Ursula Vernon -- Planet Lion / Catherynne Valente -- The hydraulic emperor / Arkady Martine -- Starskin, sealskin / Shveta Thakrar & Sara Cleto (Poem) -- Small changes over long periods of time / K.M. Szpara -- God-date / Brandon O'Brien (Poem) -- Auspicium melioris aevi / J.Y. Yang -- Clearly lettered in a most steady hand / Fran Wilde -- An ocean the color of bruises / Isabel Yap -- Dancing princesses / Roshani Choksi (Poem) -- Those / Sofi Samatar -- Though she be but little / C.S.E. Cooney -- Children of thorns, children of water / Aliette de Bodard -- Protestations against the Ides of Anglicization / Cassandra Khaw (Poem) -- My body, herself / Carmen Maria Machado -- Ye highlands and ye lowlands / Seanan McGuire -- The words on my skin / Caroline W. Yoachim -- And then there were (N-One) / Sarah Pinsker -- The sea never says it loves you / Fran Wilde (Poem) -- Pockets / Amal El-Mohtar.
The Best of Uncanny features some of the uncanniest stories and poetry in Science Fiction/Fantasy today, by its current leading voices. Immerse yourself in 44 original science fiction and fantasy stories and poems from the first 22 issues of Uncanny Magazine.

One week in the library

February 17, 2020
Prince, W. Maxwell, author.
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, Inc., [2016]
1 volume : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
A graphic novella that recounts a troublesome week in the Library via seven short stories--one for each day--that use comics, infographics, prose, and poetry to play with the graphic medium and explore the multivalent world of living narrative--Provided by publisher.

Miles Morales. Great responsibility

February 17, 2020
Bendis, Brian Michael, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published in amgazine form as Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23-28, Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man.
"None of Miles Morales' incredible powers could prevent his mother's death or spare his father from a life-changing injury in a brutal fight against Venom. Miles is convinced he caused the tragedy -- so in an emotion-filled decision, he has put away the costume, swearing never to fight as Spider-Man again! But when two new super-powered teenagers, Cloak and Dagger, emerge and the Taskmaster breaks up their fight with the juvenile delinquent Bombshell, innocent lives are at stake! It's a job for someone with great power and great responsibility -- but will that be Miles? And if he returns to the suit, will it be just in time for his universe to face Cataclysm? Plus: A celebration of the life of the Ultimate Peter Parker!" -- Back cover.

Lifeformed. Cleo makes contact

February 14, 2020
Mair Lowery, Matt, author.
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2017.
188 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
"In the wake of an alien invasion--and her father's death--a young girl must leave behind the life she knows to fight for the future of Earth"--Provided by publisher.

The last best hope

February 14, 2020
McCormack, Una, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2020.
322 pages ; 24 cm
"Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek: Picard created by Akiva Goldsman & Michael Chabon & Kirsten Beyer & Alex Kurtzman"--T.p.
"An original novel based on the new Star Trek TV series! A thrilling novel leading into the new CBS series, Una McCormack's The Last Best Hope introduces you to brand new characters featured in the life of beloved Star Trek captain Jean-Luc Picard--widely considered to be one of the most popular and recognizable characters in all of science fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

The puzzler's war

February 13, 2020
Kless, Eyal, author.
548 pages ; 21 cm.
Sent on a dangerous mission with little hope of succeeding, the man known as “Twinkle Eyes” has beaten the odds and found the key that could save civilization: Rafik, a teenage boy with the power to unlock the invaluable Tarakan technology that can restart their world. But the world might not be ready for what is unleashed, and now Twinkle Eyes must find a needle in a haystack in order to save himself . . . and perhaps the world.

Upright women wanted

February 13, 2020
Gailey, Sarah, author.
176 pages ; 22 cm
"A Book"--Title page verso.
"In Upright Women Wanted, award-winning author Sarah Gailey reinvents the pulp Western with an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity."

The stars we steal

February 13, 2020
Donne, Alexa, author.
393 pages ; 22 cm
Engagement season is in the air, and Princess Leonie 'Leo' Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin? When her childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Leo's family had deemed him unsuitable for marriage, but now he is the biggest catch of the season. And he seems determined to make Leo's life miserable in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.-- adapted from jacket

Wonder Woman by George Pérez

February 12, 2020
Pérez, George, 1954- author, illustrator.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artist vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
v. 1. Collects Wonder Woman 1-14, Who's who: The definitive directory of the DC universe 26, Who's who update '87 1-3, Wonder Woman 120, Wonder Woman Volume 1: Gods and mortals, Wonder Woman Volume 2: Challenge of the gods -- v. 2. Collects Wonder Woman 15-24 and Wonder Woman annual 1. -- v. 3. Collects Wonder Woman 25-35, Who's who: Update '87 4, and Who's who: Update '88 4 -- v. 4. Collects Wonder Woman 36-45, Wonder Woman annual 2

Green Arrow

February 12, 2020
Percy, Benjamin, author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in single magazine form.
Authors and artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. The death & life of Oliver Queen -- v. 2. Island of scars -- v. 3. Emerald outlaw -- v. 4. The rise of star city -- v. 5. Hard-traveling hero -- v. 6. Trial of two cities -- v. 7. Citizen's arrest -- v. 8. The end of the road

Star wars. Doctor Aphra

February 12, 2020
Gillen, Kieron, author.
New York : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., [2017]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Aphra -- v. 2. Doctor Aphra and the enormous profit -- v. 4. The catastrophe con -- v. 5. Worst among equals -- v. 7. A rogue's end

Batman : the dark knight detective

February 11, 2020
Barr, Mike W, writer.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2018]
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artist vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
"Following Batman: Year One -- the Caped Crusader learns what kind of compromises he must make to be the hero that Gotham City truly needs."--Provided by publisher.

Urusei Yatsura

February 11, 2020
Takahashi, Rumiko, 1957- author, artist.
San Francisco : VIZ Media LLC, 2019.
volumes : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan, ©2006.
v. 1. Contains parts 1, 2 -- v. 4. Contains parts 7, 8 -- v. 5. Contains parts 9, 10
Beautiful space alien princess Lum invades Earth on her UFO, and unlucky Ataru Moroboshi's world gets turned upside down! Will Lum become Earth's electrifying new leader? Or will Ataru somehow miraculously save Earth from space alien onslaught?

Brand of light

February 11, 2020
Kendig, Ronie, author.
388 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"There's a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm. Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they're not alone. After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she's borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders. Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order--not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted-or cursed-with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted."--Provided by publisher.

The last day : a novel

February 10, 2020
Murray, Andy (Andrew Hunter), author.
372 pages ; 24 cm
"A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future-with clear parallels to today's headlines--in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden. A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light. It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet's rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain--lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight--where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world. Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts--and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation's fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race"-- Provided by publisher.

Friendly neighborhood Spider-Man

February 6, 2020
Taylor, Tom, 1978- author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2019-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contains material originally published in magazine form.
Artist vary between volumes.
v. 1. Secrets and rumors -- v. 2. Hostile Takeovers
Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and…and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man’s (and Peter Parker’s) neighborhood than any book ever. Also, it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors.

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