New Arrivals · Science Fiction

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Batman, the caped crusader

September 16, 2019
Starlin, Jim, writer.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2018]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers vary between volumes.
Originally published in single magazine form.
"A new collection featuring the legendary 1980s Batman epics."--Provided by publisher.

Lies of descent

September 16, 2019
Bucher, Troy Carrol, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2019]
420 pages : map ; 24 cm
"In this compelling fantasy from a debut author, two young people must unite two warring cultures to banish the gods who destroyed their homeland. The Fallen Gods War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control. Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it's discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes. For Riam, who welcomes his escape from an abusive father, the power to protect those who cannot defend themselves is alluring. For Nola, who wishes to return home, it is a betrayal by all she holds dear. Neither is given a choice...and neither may ever get the chance to serve. Lies of Descent begins an epic trilogy of fallen gods, betrayal, and magic - where dark motives often dwell within the true and just, and where the things most feared sometimes lead to salvation"

Eclipse the skies

September 16, 2019
Milan, Maura, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman and Company, 2019.
388 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Ignite the stars.
"Ia Cōcha never thought she'd be working for the Olympus Commonwealth. But that was before she found out her trusted brother Einn was trying to tear apart the universe. Now, Ia, the Blood Wolf of the Skies, has agreed to help the Royal Star Force on one condition: when she finds him, she gets to kill Einn herself. Brinn Tarver has just come to terms with her Tawny identity when the public lashes out against her people, crushing her family. At her breaking point, she starts to question everything she believes in--including Ia. After the death of his mentor, Knives Adams is doing his best to live up to a role he didn't ask for as Aphelion's new headmaster. Still, with each new step deeper into war, he feels torn between his duties and the pull of Ia's radical--sometimes criminal--ideas. As they fight to keep darkness from eclipsing the skies, their unpredictable choices launch this breathtaking sequel to explosive new heights."--Dust jacket.

The immortal Hulk

September 13, 2019
Ewing, Al, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., [2018]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Originally published in magazine form.
Artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. Or is he both? -- v. 2. The green door -- v. 3. Hulk in hell -- v. 4. Abomination

1636 : the China venture

September 12, 2019
Flint, Eric, author.
448 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
"A Baen Books original."
"The newly formed United States of Europe, created by an alliance between the time-displaced Americans from the town of Grantville and the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, decides to send an embassy to the Chinese empire. One of the main purposes of the embassy is to establish trade in order to gain access to critical resources. The mission is a gamble--some might say, a long shot. The Ming dynasty is on the verge of collapse and China's rulers are suspicious of foreigners. The mission experiences one setback after another, but presses on. And they gain an important ally along the way: Zheng Zhilong, a former pirate now an admiral for the Ming navy and the head of an extremely wealthy Fujian province trading family. He knows through his Jesuit missionary connections that according to Grantville's history books, the Ming dynasty is in danger, from famines, bandit armies and barbarian invaders. And he is determined that, one way or another, he and his family will survive and even prosper. The embassy is joined as well by a young scholar, who helps them make inroads into China's complex and often dangerous society. Can the up-timers and their friends persuade the imperial dynasty and its mandarins to establish trade and diplomatic relations with the USE? They have one great asset: their knowledge may be the key to saving China from decades of mass suffering and civil war."-- Provided by publisher.

Black spire

September 12, 2019
Dawson, Delilah S., author.
New York : Del Rey, [2019]
378 pages ; 25 cm.
After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower--and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy's edge. A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help. To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu--before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

Inch by inch

September 12, 2019
Llywelyn, Morgan, author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
268 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In Inch by Inch, book two in the trilogy, the residents of Sycamore River have only just adjusted to the end of the Change. Until the morning people notice that metal starts to behave oddly. It's dissolving. The world is pushed into global war, and a small band of Sycamore River survivors only have on another. They have to survive the unthinkable.-- Publisher's description.

Knaves over queens

September 12, 2019
New York : Tor, 2019.
550 pages ; 25 cm.
Series numeration from
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A flint lies in the mud / by Kevin Andrew Murphy -- The coming of the crow / by Peadar Ó Guilín -- But a flint holds fire / by Kevin Andrew Murphy -- Needles and pins / by Caroline Spector -- Night orders / by Paul Cornell -- Police on my back / by Charles Stross -- Probationary / by Marko Kloos -- Twisted logic, part1 / by Peter Newman -- Twisted logic part 2 -- The cracks in the city / by Peadar Ó Guilín -- Twisted logic, part 3 -- The ceremony of innocence / by Melinda M. Snodgrass -- How to turn a girl to stone / by Emma Newman -- The visitor / by Mark Lawrence -- Feeding on the entrails / by Peadar Ó Guilín.
As the alien Xenovirus reaches Britain, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, now gifted with extraordinary longevity, joins with Alan Turing to set up a special organization, the Order of the Silver Helix, to outmaneuver the terrifying mutations of the virus in Britain.

The captain's oath

September 11, 2019
Bennett, Christopher L., author.
389 pages ; 21 cm.
"Based on Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry."
One part of James T. Kirk's legend has barely been touched upon until now: the story of his first starship command and the remarkable achievements by which Starfleet's youngest captain earned the right to succeed Christopher Pike as the commander of the famous Enterprise. From his early battles with the Klingons to the rescue of endangered civilizations, Kirk grapples with difficult questions: Is he a warrior or a peacemaker? Should he obey regulations or trust his instincts? -- adapted from back cover.

Cold storage : a novel

September 9, 2019
Koepp, David, author.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
When Pentagon bio-terror operative Roberto Diaz was sent to investigate a suspected biochemical attack, he found something far worse: a highly mutative organism capable of extinction-level destruction. He contained it and buried it in cold storage deep beneath a little-used military repository. Now, after decades of festering in a forgotten sub-basement, the specimen has found its way out and is on a lethal feeding frenzy. Only Diaz knows how to stop it. He races across the country to help two unwitting security guards--one an ex-con, the other a single mother. Over one harrowing night, the unlikely trio must figure out how to quarantine this horror again. --Provided by publisher

Last ones left alive

September 5, 2019
Davis-Goff, Sarah, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
280 pages ; 22 cm
Raised in isolation on a small island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen's life has revolved around training to fight a threat she's never seen. More and more she feels the call of the mainland, and the prospect of finding other survivors. But that is where danger lies, too, in the form of the flesh-eating menace known as the skrake.

To be taught, if fortunate

September 5, 2019
Chambers, Becky, author.
153 pages : illustrations : 20 cm.
"A novella"--Cover.
"At the turn of the twenty-second century, scientists make a breakthrough in human spaceflight. Through a revolutionary method known as somaforming, astronauts can survive in hostile environments off Earth using synthetic biological supplementations. They can produce antifreeze in subzero temperatures, absorb radiation and convert it for food, and conveniently adjust to the pull of different gravitational forces. With the fragility of the body no longer a limiting factor, human beings are at last able to journey to neighboring exoplanets long known to harbor life. A team of these explorers, Ariadne O'Neill and her three crewmates, are hard at work in a planetary system fifteen light-years from Sol, on a mission to ecologically survey four habitable worlds. But as Ariadne shifts through both form and time, the culture back on Earth has also been transformed. Faced with the possibility of returning to a planet that has forgotten those who have left, Ariadne begins to chronicle the story of the wonders and dangers of her mission, in the hope that someone back home might still be listening."--Amazon.

Song of the abyss

September 4, 2019
Lucier, Makiia, author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2019]
357 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Companion to: Isle of blood and stone.
When men start vanishing at sea without a trace, seventeen-year-old Reyna, a Master Explorer, must travel to a country shrouded in secrets to solve the mystery before it is too late.

Mind games

September 4, 2019
Silver, Shana, author.
311 pages : 22 cm
"Arden sells memories. Whether it's becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate's memories and upload the experience for you just as if you'd lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard. The boy her friends assure her she's had a crush on for years. Arden realizes that her own memories have been hacked, but they haven't just been stolen and shared... they've been removed. And she's not the only one: her mysterious crush, Sebastian, has lost ALL of his memories. But how can they find someone who has the power to make them forget everything they've learned?"--Amazon.

Press enter to continue

August 26, 2019
Galvañ, Ana, 1975- author.
Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books Inc., ©2019.
94 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Press enter to continue. To suffer the fate of a sideshow attraction that has outlived its novelty. To be mentally controlled within the liquid crystal walls of interstellar internment camps. To be humiliated by human and inhuman resources. To be blackmailed by computer viruses nourished by trama. To grasp the malevolence in even the most quotidian details of large corporations. To recognize that the system should fail. To enter a contemporary twilight zone of our collective dread, the familiar unknown of Ana Galvañ. Do not check your pulse. Do not read the terms and conditions. Press enter to continue."--Back cover.

Doctor Who. The thirteenth doctor

August 22, 2019
Dinnick, Richard, 1968- author.
London : Titan Comics, 2018-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Authors and artist vary between volumes.
v. 0. The many lives of Doctor Who -- v. 1. A new beginning -- v. 2. Hidden human history


August 21, 2019
Johns, Geoff, 1973- author.
Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
Originally published in magazine form.

Fantastic Four : the mystery of the Black Panther. Voulme 4, 1966-1967

August 21, 2019
Lee, Stan, 1922-2018, author.
New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2019.
432 pages: chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The Epic Collections feature the best characters and stories from Marvel's history. Volumes from the Epic collection are not published in chronological order.
Contains material originally published in magazine form as Fantastic Four #52-67, Annual #4-5, and Not Brand ECHH #1 and #5.

Our war : a novel

August 19, 2019
DiLouie, Craig, 1967- author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
385 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A prescient and gripping novel of a second American civil war, and the children caught in the conflict, forced to fight. Our children are our soldiers. After his impeachment, the president of the United States refuses to leave office, and the country erupts into a fractured and violent war. Orphaned by the fighting and looking for a home, 10-year-old Hannah Miller joins a citizen militia in a besieged Indianapolis. In the Free Women militia, Hannah finds a makeshift family. They'll teach her how to survive. They'll give her hope. And they'll show her how to use a gun. Hannah's older brother, Alex, is a soldier too. But he's loyal to other side, and has found his place in a militant group of fighters who see themselves as the last bastion of their America. By following their orders, Alex will soon make the ultimate decision behind the trigger. On the battlefields of America, Hannah and Alex will risk everything for their country, but in the end they'll fight for the only cause that truly matters - each other"-- Provided by publisher.

Alex + Ada : the complete collection

August 19, 2019
Vaughn, Sarah, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Originally published in single magazine form as Alex + Ada #1-15"--Title page verso.
"The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is unexpectedly thrust into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot. Despite laws against and fear of sentient artificial intelligence, Alex takes a huge risk to unlock Ada so she can think for herself and explore life. But can they survive the consequences?"--Back cover.

Archie meets Batman '66

August 19, 2019
Parker, Jeff, 1966- author.
[Pelham, NY] : Archie Comics/DC, [2019]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations; 26 cm
Inspired by the 1960's Batman television series.
"The United Underworld has all of Riverdale under their control and it's up to Batman, along with Archie and the gang, to save the beloved town! It's going to come down to some ingenuity, a few high tech devices, and the showdown of the century right in the center of Riverdale!"--Provided by publisher.

Star Wars

August 16, 2019
Aaron, Jason.
[New York] : Marvel Comics, 2015-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Writers and artists vary between volumes.
v. 1. Skywalker strikes -- v. 2. Showdown on the smuggler's moon -- v. 3. Rebel jail -- v. 4. Last flight of the harbinger -- v. 5. Yoda's secret war -- v. 6. Out among the stars -- v. 7. The ashes of Jedha -- v. 8. Mutiny at Mon Cala

The emperor's fist : a Blackhawk novel

August 16, 2019
Allan, Jay, author.
326 pages ; 21 cm.
"When the Far Stars came under imperial attack, Astra Lucerne--the daughter and successor of the Far Stars' greatest conqueror--Marshal Augustin Lucerne--rallied her father's confederation forces to defend their worlds. They were joined in the fight by former imperial general Arkarin Blackhawk, a warrior whose skills and brutality made him infamous, and who has, for two decades, sought the redemption he knows is unreachable. Now, with the imperial foothold in the sector eliminated, the Far Stars is free and almost united. While Astra's forces continue to depose local tyrants and warlords, Ark and his crew have slipped back into the shadows. Though his heart belongs to Astra, Ark cannot get too close. His imperial conditioning remains under control, but it is still volatile, and the temptation of power threatens to unleash the dark compulsions that made him the most merciless of the emperor's servants. He cannot risk allowing Astra to see the darkness inside him. But while the battle has been won, the war may not be over. A petty smuggler makes a discovery that can enable the emperor to strike back and crush the resistance--unless Ark and Astra join forces again to stop him"--Page [4] of cover.

Meet me in the future : stories

August 15, 2019
Hurley, Kameron, author.
viii, 329 pages ; 21 cm
An introduction: meet me in the future -- Elephants and corpses -- When we fall -- The red secretary -- The sinners and the sea -- The women of our occupation -- The fisherman and the pig -- Garda -- The plague givers -- Tumbledown -- Warped passages -- Our faces, radiant sisters, our faces, full of light! -- Enyo-enyo -- The corpse archives -- The war of heroes -- The light brigade -- The improbable war.
"In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship. Fighters ally to power a reality-bending engine, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world--from her plague casting former wife. So come meet Kameron Hurley in the future. It's weirder--and far more hopeful--than you could ever imagine."--Back cover.

Rey and pals

August 15, 2019
Brown, Jeffrey, 1975- author, illustrator.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2019]
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 18 cm
What if Rey had not grown up alone on the dusty planet of Jakku, but instead had a galaxy of friends to share her adventures, all under the watchful eyes of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie?

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