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Some fantastic new arrivals folks (this update will be colourful!), but we had no doubt about which would headline - at last we have the final in the ‘Remembrance of Earth’s Past' trilogy from Subterranean Press and what a book.....

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This remarkable, multi-award-winning trilogy is probably our most recommended SF series currently, we have yet to have anyone revert with poor feedback.  

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

The protagonist, this time, is Cheng Xin, a 21st century scientist awakened from hibernation into a world she can no longer recognize, a world that exists in an uneasy détente with the Trisolarians. An ordinary, unassuming woman, Cheng brings with her some uniquely useful knowledge of 21st century technology, and she will play a crucial role in the gradual unfolding of this immense, constantly surprising narrative.

As usual with this trilogy the scale truly merits the term ‘visionary’, Cixin Liu deserved another Hugo here.   

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We had a shipment delayed somewhere between LA and Sydney for almost three months and that parcel contained our copy of ’Tiamat’s Wrath’, talk about angst! Anyway it just arrived, so here's the eighth novel of 'The Expanse'. As with the series to date this is an oversized limited edition, with a wraparound dust jacket by Daniel Dociu, from Subterranean Press. Check out the others at our James S.A. Corey page. Amazing set. 

Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8)

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.

In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.

At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn't guess.

And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule -- and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…

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We received the second in the latest YA SF series from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, our copy is the UK signed/limited with the orange page edges. Whilst we have not read these the fanbase at Goodreads is excited to say the least... 

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Our heroes are back… kind of. From the bestselling co-authors of the Illuminae Files comes the second book in the epic series about a squad of misfits, losers, and discipline cases who just might be the galaxy’s best hope for survival.

First, the bad news: an ancient evil—you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal—is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes—and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

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We have a number of NESFA (the publishing arm of the New England Science Fiction Association, Inc.) editions in our collection, mainly books in the NESFA's Choice series, which bring back into print the works of deserving classic SF writers such as James Schmitz (which is a great book!) and Cordwainer Smith. One such is 'Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson', published back in 1995. So it was with some pleasure to see a further Zenna Henderson collection from NESFA in 2020 featuring a Bob Eggleton dust jacket no less! 

Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson

by Zenna Henderson

Although best known for her stories of 'The People', published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the early 1950s to the mid-1970s, During the same period Henderson published an equal number of non-People stories. Like the stories of 'The People', they range from comforting to unnerving. Fans of 'The People' will recognize the same underlying belief in the goodness of people and other beings as they struggle for a chance at a better future. These stories have a common theme — belief. A girl believes that the hills are lost beasts and leads them home; a boy believes he can fight evil with a pocket piece made from Popsicle sticks; a boy believes he can build a noise-eating machine — with fatal results. 

'Believing: The Other Stories of Zenna Henderson' contains every non-People story, all long out of print. Thirty-three of the stories in this volume are from her collections, 'The Anything Box' and 'Holding Wonder’. The remaining five stories and three poems were previously published in other magazines and anthologies. Welcome to Zenna Henderson’s world.  

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                     Noir We’ve received the Centipede Press of this Kuttner classic! 

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

An arresting tale of loyalty, identity, and the power of art in a skillfully rendered fantasy world inspired by the Japanese occupation of Korea. The Empire of Razan conquered Hwaguk six years earlier, transforming it into Administrative Territory Fourteen. 

When Gyen Jebi, a nonbinary struggling artist, registers for a Razanei name to enhance their job prospects, their sister, Bongsunga, calls Jebi a traitor to their Hwagugin heritage and cuts off the financial support she had been providing. Jebi is left in no position to turn down a job offer from the Razan government’s defense sector, especially not when the recruiter threatens to arrest Bongsunga for her revolutionary ties should Jebi refuse. Jebi’s task is to destroy classic Hwagugin artworks, reducing them to a powder with magical properties that can be used as a pigment to paint codes onto automatons of war and program their behaviors.

 When Jebi secretly teaches the mechanical dragon they’re working on to speak, Jebi learns the devastating truth behind a recent massacre. But will Jebi be able to save their people and regain their sister’s trust?

The signed/limited Solaris first edition with blue page edges! 

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Here’s the fourth instalment of the Centipede Press 'Masters of Science Fiction’ series started in 2016, continuing with cover artists Jim & Ruth Keegan (last updates 'Swords Against Wizardry' dust jacket artists) to set the scene yet again. We love these so much that we have a dedicated page for the series. 

 Kate Wilhelm once said she didn’t set out to cross genre lines with her fiction, she just had a blind spot when it came to genre boundaries. Consequently, her stories often blend elements of mystery, crime, and the supernatural with the scientific rigor of science fiction, and readers never know what to expect when they start to read stories like “The Gorgon Field” or “The Day of the Sharks” or “The Look Alike.” There’s no telling where these characters will take you.     

The depth of characterization and the psychological insight in stories like “The Downstairs Room” and “The Infinity Box” firmly established her at the forefront of her generation. With forty-one stories (reprinted from a wide variety of sources), a perceptive introduction by Jack Dann, and an informative afterword by editor John Pelan, these two volumes are troves of reading pleasure for everyone lucky enough to get their hands on them. 

Over 1,500 pages of Kate Wilhelm’s best science fiction.

Limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

Signed by Jack Dann, Jim & Ruth Keegan, and John Pelan, with a facsimile signature by Kate Wilhelm.

A new graphic novel, Bird Parade by Patrick Loehr (with a fabulous introduction by Nathan Ballingrud) is a dark, coming of age narrative about two young boys and a gun. Set in rural Colorado, the story exposes a somber world wherein notions of strength and maturity are deeply intertwined with the mystique of firearms and family legend. The young narrator’s eagerness to grow up — to complete a rite of passage — compels him towards actions that ultimately shatter his childhood. The richly illustrated volume is awash in muted textures of brown and gray, a visually appropriate setting for this dark, thought provoking, and timely tale.

Centipede Press contributor Nathan Ballingrud (author of The Visible Filth from Simon and Schuster, and North American Lake Monsters from Small Beer Press) has written a poignant introduction that offers thoughtful insight and context to this uniquely American story. 

Patrick is a Colorado native who’s written and illustrated two children’s books for HarperCollins Publishers. He’s contributed illustration and design work on several Centipede Press publications, including Blackwater by Michael McDowell.

This is the first publication of Bird Parade. Aside from the author’s promotional copies, it has never before been published.

This premium bound, hardcover volume with dustjacket is printed on Mohawk Superfine with custom end sheets and a sewn-in bookmark. This edition is limited to 500 copies, signed by Patrick and Nathan, and numbered.


 Many Are the Dead (Raven's Shadow #3.6) by Anthony Ryan

“The Faith requires all we have.”

New York Times bestselling author Anthony Ryan returns to the Raven’s Shadow world in this prequel novella set ten years before the events in Blood Song.

For decades the brothers of the Sixth Order have fought a savage war against the Lonak clans amidst the frozen peaks of their Dominion.

When word reaches the north of a fresh outbreak of the dreaded Red Hand, Brother Sollis, the finest swordsman in the Order, leads a small band to a long-abandoned castle in search of a potential cure but discovers a far greater threat lurking in the mountains.

Enemies become allies as Sollis leads an increasingly desperate fight against an inhuman enemy steeped in the power of the Dark

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Stormblood (The Common #1) by Jeremy Szal 

Vakov Fukasawa used to be a Reaper, a biosoldier fighting for the intergalactic governing body of Harmony against a brutal invading empire. Now, he fights against the stormtech: the DNA of an extinct alien race Harmony injected into him, altering his body chemistry and making him permanently addicted to adrenaline and aggression. It made him the perfect soldier, but it also opened a new drug market that has millions hopelessly addicted to their own body chemistry.

But when Harmony tells him that his former ally Reapers are being murdered, Vakov is appalled to discover his estranged brother is likely involved in the killings. They haven’t spoken in years, but Vakov can’t let his brother down, and investigates. But the deeper he goes, the more addicted to stormtech he becomes, and Vakov discovers that the war might not be over after all. It’ll take everything he has to unearth this terrible secret, although doing so might mean betraying his brother. If his own body doesn’t betray him first.

Signed/Limited Gollancz First Edition




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WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO

  • The Man in Black - American Recordings 
  • John Mellencamp - latter stuff
  • The Killers - Direct Hits
  • Magna Carta - Lord of the Ages

Salvation - Peter F. Hamilton

Gideon the Ninth - Tamsyn Muir

The Black Hawks - David Wragg

Blackwing - Ed McDonald

The Consuming Fire - John Scalzi

The Last Emperox - John Scalzi

Many are the Dead( Novella) - Anthony Ryan

                                                                               









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