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By Max Barry. 2021
From the author of Lexicon and Providence comes a thrilling speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim…across time and space.From the critically acclaimed author of Jennifer Government and Lexicon comes mind-bending speculative psychological suspense about a serial killer pursuing his victim across time and space, and the woman who is determined to stop him, even if it upends her own reality. "I love you. In every world." Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her, and professes his love - shortly before he murders her. Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a mid-size New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May's shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes. Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity's encounter with the mysterious man. And her cat is missing. Felicity realizes that in her pursuit of Madison's killer, she followed him into a different dimension - one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. At first, she is determined to return to the reality she knows, but when Madison May - in this world, a struggling actress - is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer - and learns that she is not the only one hunting him. Traveling through different realities, Felicity uncovers the opportunity - and danger - of living more than one life.(P) 2021 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
By Margot Harrison. 2020
After living off the grid for more than a decade, a teenage girl must play a dangerous game -- and…face the shadows of her past -- to save the world from a dangerous dark force. <P><P>After ten years of living on an isolated, tech-free ranch with her mother, sixteen-year-old Hedda is going back to the world of the Glare -- her word for cell phones, computers, and tablets. Hedda was taught to be afraid of technology, afraid that it would get inside her mind and hurt her. But now she's going to stay with her dad in California, where she was born, and she's finally ready to be normal. She's not going to go "off-kilter," like her mom says she did when she was just a little kid. <P><P>Once she arrives, Hedda finally feels like she's in control. She reunites with old friends and connects with her stepmom and half-brother. Never mind the terrifying nightmares and visions that start trickling back -- they're not real.Then Hedda rediscovers the Glare: the real Glare, a first-person shooter game from the dark web that scared her when she was younger. They say if you die thirteen times on level thirteen, you die in real life. But as Hedda starts playing the so-called "death game" -- and the game begins spreading among her friends -- she realizes the truth behind her nightmares is even more twisted than she could have imagined. And in order to stop the Glare, she'll have to first confront the darkness within herself.
By Natalie Sammons. 2022
In a world where motherhood can be a crime, a woman risks everything to defy those in power . . . Ten years…after the world took drastic action to rein in overpopulation, Elspeth suspects she is pregnant—illegally—after a brief, alcohol-fuelled fling with Nick. Even procuring a test to confirm it would be risky. As Elspeth tries desperately to keep her condition hidden from the authorities, a female detective becomes convinced something illicit is going on—and tries to resuscitate her own troubled career by pursuing this lawbreaker. But behind the scenes, two people are determined to come to Elspeth&’s aid. One is someone close to her who has a secret. The other is someone she would never have expected. Now, as danger closes in, how far will they go to keep Elspeth—and her unborn baby—safe?
By Pierce Brown. 2014
"Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow."--Scott Sigler Pierce Brown's relentlessly entertaining debut channels the excitement of The Hunger Games by Suzanne…Collins and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. <P><P>"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them." "I live for you," I say sadly. <P><P> Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more." Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. <P><P>But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow--and Reds like him--are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.
By Isaac Asimov. 1980
Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could…it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...?<P><P> The Foundation has survived and thrived following its inception, in the face of the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. The Empire — still the mightiest force in the Galaxy — is in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the on-going triumph of the Foundation's small planet of scholars and scientists lies assured in the prophecies of Hari Seldon. But Hari Seldon, brilliant psycho-historian and founder of the technologically superior Foundation, couldn't have predicted the birth of an extraordinary mutant: the Mule. The Foundation's future is no longer assured, and the Mule's military genius and telepathic abilities to turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave may spell the end of mankind. Hugo Award winner.
By Frank Herbert. 1976
The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal…twins, possesing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs. But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...
By Ted Chiang. 2019
From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award –nominated film Arrival: a…groundbreaking new collection of short fiction. <P><P>"THE UNIVERSE BEGAN AS AN ENORMOUS BREATH BEING HELD." <P><P>In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. <P><P>In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. <P><P>Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Frank Herbert. 1969
Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme…to create a super-being. "Brilliant...It is all that Dune was, and maybe a little bit more." --Galaxy Magazine
By James S. Corey. 2017
The Vital Abyss is a novella that expands the world of James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse…series - now a Prime Original TV series.Somewhere in the vast expanse of space, a group of prisoners lives in permanent captivity.The only company they have is each other and the Belters who guard them. The only stories they know are the triumphs and crimes that brought them there. The only future they see is an empty life in an enormous room.And then the man from Mars came along . . .The Expanse series: Leviathan WakesCaliban's WarAbaddon's GateCibola BurnNemesis GamesBabylon's AshesPersepolis RisingTiamat's WrathPraise for the Expanse: 'The science fictional equivalent of A Song of Ice and Fire' NPR Books'As close as you'll get to a Hollywood blockbuster in book form' io9.com'Great characters, excellent dialogue, memorable fights' wired.com'High adventure equalling the best space opera has to offer, cutting-edge technology and a group of unforgettable characters . . . Perhaps one of the best tales the genre has yet to produce' Library Journal'This is the future the way it's supposed to be' Wall Street Journal'Tense and thrilling' SciFiNow
By Cat Sparks. 2017
“Imaginative and richly rendered . . . Sparks frames all of this in haunting, near-poetic detail, such that the readers…can smell the toxic red sand and perhaps taste the blood. Recommended for people who crave fresh post-apocalypse chaos—because Sparks’s post-apocalyptic chaos is pretty fresh, at that.”—NK Jemisin, The New York TimesPowerful war machines of the far-future collide across a barren desert world in this post-apocalyptic debut novel from award-winning Australian author Cat Sparks.Seventeen-year-old Star and her sister Nene are orphans, part of a thirteen-wagon caravan of nomadic traders living hard lives travelling the Sand Road. Their route cuts through a particularly dangerous and unforgiving section of the Dead Red Heart, a war-ravaged desert landscape plagued by rogue semi-sentient machinery and other monsters from a bygone age.But when the caravan witnesses a relic-Angel satellite unexpectedly crash to Earth, a chain of events begins that sends Star on a journey far away from the life she once knew. Shanghaied upon the sandship Dogwatch, she is forced to cross the Obsidian Sea by Quarrel, an ancient Templar supersoldier. Eventually shipwrecked, Star will have no choice but to place her trust in both thieves and priestesses while coming to terms with the grim reality of her past-and the horror of her unfolding destiny-as the terrible secret her sister had been desperate to protect her from begins to unravel.Meanwhile, something old and powerful has woken in the desert. A Lotus Blue, deadliest of all the ancient war machines. A warrior with plans of its own, far more significant than a fallen Angel. Plans that do not include the survival of humanity.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
By Virginia Soenksen. 2018
The city of London is beginning to rebuild from the ashes of the Third World War. Ruled by the fascist…Libertas Party, the city is a desolate landscape of crime, corruption, and illegal genetic modification that turn humans into animalistic mods. Ineffectually policed, mods blend into normal society by day and rule the ruins beyond the city limits at night. People frequently go missing in this world, and those who want to survive must close their eyes to the crimes committed on their streets. Within the city lives Liane, a girl trained since childhood to be an unfeeling, unthinking killing machine known as an Agent. Beautiful and deadly, Liane exists in a world of constant surveillance and brutality, living only to carry out the orders of the all-powerful Agency. This secret government organization enforces the laws of Libertas, killing anyone who threatens the tenuous peace within the country. Liane&’s only human contact comes in the form of her Handler, Damian, who demands perfect obedience from her and desires for them to be far more than Agent and Handler. Chafing under the rules of the Agency, Liane secretly longs for a normal life and steals away to the ruins to spend time with the mods. But when mods begin to turn up murdered and mutilated around the city, Liane finds herself wanting to help protect the people who have been her only friends. Working alongside Seth, a young police officer on the Genetic Modification Task Force, Liane defies her Handler in an effort to find the killers. Together, Liane and Seth weave their way through the dark world of cyberpunk London, following whispers of the next genetic advancement known as the Titan Strain.
By Virginia Soenksen. 2019
GENETICS CHRONICLES - 2Within London of the future, there are no limits to genetic engineering. Altered humans, known as mods,…rule the underbelly of the city, while the Libertas Party maintains its stranglehold on the government and its people. Wielding a sinister Agency of genetically modified assassins, Libertas will stop at nothing to keep order - and silence those who would threaten the Party&’s power. This includes Liane, an Agent gone rogue and on the run from her former masters. Having barely survived the last attack by the Agency and still grappling with the truths she learned about the Titan Strain, Liane vows to destroy those who turned her into an inhuman killer. But that means outsmarting and outrunning Damian, her former Handler, who wants his Agent back at any cost. Liane isn&’t the only one fighting against the Agency, however, and soon she is drawn into a secret war brewing between assassins and mods. Led by a man who knows far more about the Agency than he lets on, the mods are determined to fight back against Libertas and reclaim the city. When Damian draws the all-powerful Prime Minister into the hunt for Liane, the stakes become even more deadly. As the Osiris Contingency threatens ruin for them all, Liane will find herself faced with an impossible choice between freedom and survival.
By Tristan Palmgren. 2022
Omega-level mutant Elixir must come to terms with his anti-mutant upbringing while fighting off vampiric mermen and a leviathan of…ancient lore in this intense survival adventure from Marvel&’s School of XOnce, Joshua Foley hated mutants, then he became one. It&’s… problematic. When his healing powers manifested, the violent anti-Mutant Reavers rejected him and only the X-Men offered sanctuary. Now he&’s surrounded by mutants who still see him as their enemy. A deep-sea training mission isolates him with a select team of new X-Men, which is bad enough, but then the attacks begin. A sect of sea monster-worshiping vampire mermen besiege the base, leaving them stranded and trapped. As the attacks escalate, their chances of survival plummet. Things go from awful to even worse when one of their team begins sabotaging their attempts to call for help, all in the name of a sleeping behemoth soon to awake…
By Anna Carey. 2022
Nineties nostalgia takes a dark turn in this thrilling sequel to This Is Not the Jess Show, perfect for readers…of We Were Liars and One of Us Is Lying.Months after Jess escaped from the set of Stuck in the &’90s, the nostalgic reality show she believed was her real life, the teen star is getting to know the outside world for the first time. But she can&’t outrun her fictional life forever—or the media empire that owns it.After Like-Life Productions tracks her down and forces her boyfriend to return to the show, Jess teams up with an underground network fighting to uncover Like-Life&’s schemes. To expose the truth, Jess must go back to the set and take Like-Life down from the inside . . . but getting revenge might just cost her everything.
By Tim Jordan. 2022
Tim Jordan returns with the hotly-anticipated sequel to his mind-bending 2021 debut, GlowGlow is not gone. Glow remains. Glow is…alive. The nanotech drug is now everywhere. It creeps across the world, a mind-bending plague, a brain-altering poison that lives on from host to host, twisting everyone to its will.Still recovering from his addiction, Rex remains in hiding, battling the voices in his head that are not all his own. Some days are peaceful, others are downright terrifying. But there are bigger problems to face – a new alliance threatens the balance of power in the world again, and a dangerous enemy from Rex's past tracks him down.Can Rex really be the cure for the plague that Sisters promised him, or the root of humanity&’s downfall? Faced with ultimate destruction, Rex must decide if he really is a prophet... or just a coward.File Under: Science Fiction [ Welcome to my Half-Life | I'm Glowing Down | Feeling Ruff | Tech Blues ]
By K. S. Covert. 2022
In a virus-fearing world, skin hunger can drive you crazy — and human petting zoos can return you to yourself.…Ten years after the deadly virus nicknamed Henny Penny, the world has largely recovered — there’s an interim government as well as law and order, and life is returning to normal for the greatly reduced population. But despite effective vaccines, the law still requires people to wear protective masks and gloves at all times in public, and many still fear a resurgence of the virus. On top of this, people who haven’t been touched in years are going crazy from skin hunger.Lily has lived in fearful isolation for ten years, afraid to rejoin the world. But a return-to-work order and an invitation to go to a petting zoo — a highly illegal club where people go to touch and be touched — start to bring her back to life.A post-apocalyptic sex adventure and a woman’s journey of self-discovery, The Petting Zoos is an erotic love story for an age of extreme caution, in which the value of safety itself is questioned.
By Andy Weir. 2021
A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York…Times bestselling author of The Martian. <P><P>Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. <P><P>Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. <P><P>All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. <P><P>His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. <P><P>And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. <P><P>Or does he? <P><P>An irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could deliver, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian—while taking us to places it never dreamed of going. <P><P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Mike Chen. 2022
Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as…Jedi Knights in a high-stakes adventure set just after the events of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. The Clone Wars have begun. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the galaxy. With every world that joins the Separatists, the peace guarded by the Jedi Order is slipping through their fingers. After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order&’s most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. As Obi-Wan investigates with the help of a heroic Neimoidian guard, he finds himself working against the Separatists who hope to draw the planet into their conspiracy—and senses the sinister hand of Asajj Ventress in the mists that cloak the planet. Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone—and his former master&’s insistence that he listen this time—Anakin&’s headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling. Once a Padawan to Obi-Wan, Anakin now finds himself on equal—but uncertain—footing with the man who raised him. The lingering friction between them increases the danger for everyone around them. The two knights must learn a new way to work together—and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war. To overcome the threat they face they must grow beyond master and apprentice. They must stand together as brothers.
By Alastair Reynolds. 2019
'A swashbuckling thriller - Pirates of the Caribbean meets Firefly - that nevertheless combines the author's trademark hard SF with…effective, coming-of-age characterisation' GUARDIAN'A blindingly clever imagining of our solar system in the far flung future' SUNReturning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars.Two sisters ran away from home to join the crew of a spaceship. They took on pirates, faced down monsters and survived massacres . . . and now they're in charge. Captaining a fearsome ship of their own, adventures are theirs for the taking - and there's hoards to loot and treasures to find in the darkest reaches of space. But the rules are also more relaxed out on the fringes, as they're about to discover . . .'A rollicking adventure yarn with action, abduction, fights, properly scary hazards, very grisly torture and even ghosts of a sort' DAILY TELEGRAPH'By far the most enjoyable book Reynolds has ever written' SFX
By Elizabeth May, Laura Lam. 2022
The explosive finale to the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling SEVEN DEVILS series"Two authors at the forefront of their genres" LIST"SEVEN MERCIES…is a worthy successor to its equally magnificent predecessor and an enthralling culmination to its sprawling yet intimate narrative" STARBURST MAGAZINETHE MOST-WANTED REBELS IN THE GALAXY ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN SAVE ITAfter an ambush leaves the Novantae resistance in tatters, the survivors scatter across the galaxy. Wanted by two great empires, the bounty on any rebel's head is enough to make a captor filthy rich. And the Seven Devils? Biggest score of them all. The Devils take refuge on Fortuna where Ariadne gets a message with unimaginable consequences: the Oracle has gone rogue. In a planned coup against the Empire's new ruler, the AI has developed a way of mass programming citizens into mindless drones. The Oracle's demand is simple: it wants its daughter Ariadne back at any cost. Time for an Impossible to Infiltrate mission: high chance of death, low chance of success. The Devils will have to use their unique skills, no matter the sacrifice, even if that means teaming up with old enemies. Their plan? Get to the heart of the Empire. Destroy the Oracle. Burn it all to the ground.PRAISE FOR THE BESTSELLING SEVEN DEVILS SERIES:"Balancing high-octane interstellar thrills with nuanced, involving characterisation" Waterstones"A thrilling ride from two of the most exciting authors in the genre" Gareth L. Powell, BSFA award-winning author of EMBERS OF WAR"More gripping than The Expanse" Charles Stross, award-winning author of THE LAUNDRY FILES"MAD MAX: FURY ROAD in space ... Seven Devils is an explosive new addition to the space opera genre" K. B. Wagers, author of the FARIAN WAR trilogy'Moves at a cracking pace and, with neat plot twists and cliffhangers, is page-turning fun' GUARDIAN"Lam and May bring a multivoice story from a group of diverse, courageous females attempting to save themselves and their galaxy" LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)"Revels in the frenetic energy of its girl power-infused, space operatic premise" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"A witty, fast-paced, feminist space opera" BOOKLIST"Heists, secrets, horrible sibling relationships, and terrible revelations abound. It's a lot like Star Wars, but far more murdery" TOR.COM