Gollancz Books – Publishing Jan-Jun 16!

CPP - Gollancz 1 Here’s an (edited) look at what Gollancz have coming for you over the period Jan-Jun 2016! We’ll be bringing you our particular recommends of all publishers together by month of publication. Note: All copy from Gollancz; we’ve included Hardback or Trade PB jackets were a Mass Market Paperback cover is yet to be confirmed and publication dates are liable to change.
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* Pub Author ISBN Fm RRP Series Vol
9780575092105
FOUL TIDE’S TURNING
Jan
Stephen Hunt
9780575092112
MMP
8.99
 
2
Check out our Author Profile of Stephen Hunt here and you can read an extract of Foul Tide’s Turning on Carabas here! Also Book 3 is coming in Trade Paperback in March – details below…
The power struggle begins…
The people of Weyland always believed the slavers raids, which destroyed families and homes like a natural disaster, were a misfortune that couldn’t be averted or stopped.
But it’s not true.
King Marcus struck a deal: his people in exchange for technology and a powerful alliance with the Vandian civilisation.
And now everyone knows.
Jacob and Carter Carnehan escaped the slavers – along with the true king of Weyland – and have returned home with both the truth, and a Vandian princess as their hostage. Their purpose was to avoid war . . . instead, the truth prompts a civil war at home – while an invasion force focused on reclaiming the captive princess starts to gather on their borders.
Jacob and Carter will be separated once again – and this time they’re fighting for something bigger than their lives.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - SNUFF
S.N.U.F.F.
Jan
Victor Pelevin
9781473213043
MMP
8.99
   
Damilola Karpov is a pilot. Living in Byzantium, a huge sky city floating above the land of Urkaine, he makes his living as a drone pilot – capable of being a cameraman who records the events unfolding in Urkaine or, with the weapons aboard his drone, of making a newsworthy event happen for his employers: ‘Big Byz Media’.
His recordings are known as S.N.U.F.F.: Special Newsreel/Universal Feature Film.
S.N.U.F.F. is a superb post-apocalyptic novel, exploring the conflict between the nation of Urkaine, its causes and its relationship with the city ‘Big Byz’ above. Contrasting poverty and luxury, low and high technology, barbarity and civilisation – while asking questions about the nature of war, the media, entertainment and humanity.
Buy from Waterstones
CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Something Coming Through PB
SOMETHING COMING THROUGH
Jan
Paul McAuley
9781473203952
MMP
8.99
 
2
Check out our Author Profile of Paul McAuley on Carabas here!
The aliens are here. And they want to help. The extraordinary new project from one of the country’s most acclaimed and consistently brilliant SF novelists of the last 30 years.
The Jackaroo have given humanity fifteen worlds and the means to reach them. They’re a chance to start over, but they’re also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo’s previous clients.
Miracles that could reverse the damage caused by war, climate change, and rising sea levels. Nightmares that could forever alter humanity – or even destroy it.
Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. Authorities who believe that their visions point towards a new kind of danger.
And on one of the Jackaroo’s gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site.
Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe’s orphans, and Vic Gayle’s murder investigation. Something that will challenge the limits of the Jackaroo’s benevolence …
Buy from Waterstones
CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Two Great Novels
TWO GREAT NOVELS
Jan
James Tiptree, Jr.
9781473203105
MMP
12.99
   
Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon – better known to the world as science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr – produced just two novels, in a glittering but tragically short career. Gollancz is delighted to present them together in this omnibus edition:
UP THE WALLS OF THE WORLD
A secret US navy research project is founded to investigate the existence of paranormal powers, bringing together a variety of men and women who have shown indications of telepathic ability. As a result of the experiment they make mental contact with the Tyrenni, strange alien beings resembling winged squids who dwell in the upper atmosphere of their tempestuous world.
The aliens’ world, Tyree, is being threatened by a huge being, the Destroyer, which is moving inexorably towards them, obliterating whole solar systems in its path. When the Tyrenni realise that it threatens to exterminate life on Tyree, they are forced into the decision – contrary to all their moral beliefs – to take over the bodies of their human contacts in order to preserve their race.
BRIGHTNESS FALLS FROM THE AIR
Sixteen humans have come together on Damien, a distant world where once, dreams were stolen and atrocities took place. They have gathered to view the last rising of a manmade nova, the testament to a war none can forget.
Soon, time will warp and masks will fall. Soon, violence will erupt anew – along with treachery, horror, murder, release and love.
Soon, some will find justice . . .  and others, judgement. Soon.
Now, sixteen humans have gathered – to await the light of the Murdered Star.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - Occupy Me
OCCUPY ME
Jan
Tricia Sullivan
9781473212961
TPB
16.99
   
A woman with wings that exist in another dimension. A man trapped in his own body by a killer. A briefcase that is a door to hell. A conspiracy that reaches beyond our world. Breathtaking SF from a Clarke Award-winning author.
Tricia Sullivan has written an extraordinary, genre defining novel that begins with the mystery of a woman who barely knows herself and ends with a discovery that transcends space and time. On the way we follow our heroine as she attempts to track down a killer in the body of another man, and the man who has been taken over, his will trapped inside the mind of the being that has taken him over.
And at the centre of it all a briefcase that contains countless possible realities.
Tricia Sullivan returns to the genre with a book that will define the conversation within the genre and will show what it is capable of for years to come. This is the best book yet from a  writer of exceedingly rare talent who is much loved in the genre world.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - The Beauty of Destruction
THE BEAUTY OF DESTRUCTION
Jan
Gavin G. Smith
9780575127210
TPB
18.99
   
In the far future, after the Loss of Earth, war has begun and an unknowable alien race has awakened, intent on the destruction of everything.
Here and now, the end of the world has come. And the only way our species will survive is if two augmented humans can fight their way through apocalypse to a faint glimmer of hope.
Long ago, the seeds of that apocalypse were resisted by the warrior tribes of Britain, with devastating consequences for them and their lands.
And all three of these times will meet on another world . . .
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CB - Go - Nov - The Girl on the Liar's Throne
THE GIRL ON THE LIAR’S THRONE
Jan
Den Patrick
9781473200043
TPB
14.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Den Patrick on Carabas here!
Mixing Machiavellian intrigue and the high fantasy of authors like Scott Lynch, Den Patrick’s fantasy novels, with their Renaissance Italy like setting have brought an enticing new flavour to the fantasy genre. In a castle that is, itself, reminiscent of Gormenghast in its size and brooding presence a collection of young, flawed but resilient outsiders find their way in a dangerous society teetering on the brink of dramatic change, even as it learns the fantastical secrets of its past.
Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne.
Den Patrick has won an enthusiastic audience for this series and has rapidly become a key figure amongst a new generation of fantasy writers bringing a fresh engagement to the genre world both on the page and within the fan community.
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CBJJ16 - Go - Jan - The Bands of Mourning
THE BANDS OF MOURNING
Jan
Brandon Sanderson
9781473208254
HB
18.99
   
The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan’s epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction. Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story, building on the incredible success of THE ALLOY OF LAW.
The new Mistborn books move the series into a richly imagined 19th century analogue world with elements of the wild west mixed with magic and science. It’s a wonderful concoction from a master storyteller.
Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and this novel will take him to the next level.
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CPP - Mar - Quantum Mythology
A QUANTUM MYTHOLOGY
Feb
Gavin G. Smith
9780575127043
MMP
9.99
   
Praised by Stephen Baxter and Adam Roberts, reviewed ecstatically by SFX magazine, Gavin Smith is one of the brightest stars of space opera.
In the far future, many years after the loss of earth, humanity has changed. Strength is the only way to survive. And the most vicious man alive has a new con in mind…
Here and now, a man with unnatural powers hunts down a killer with impossible abilities. Infused with a barely-understood alien technology, the two are merely pawns in a bigger game…
A long time ago, the last tribes of Northern Britain face an unimaginable enemy. Demons risen from the sea, absorbing and twisting everything they touch. But there are some among the tribes who have power, who will fight…
And all of these times are connected…
Gavin Smith’s new epic space opera is a wide-ranging exploration of the past, present and future of mankind.
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CBP - Glorious Angels
GLORIOUS ANGELS
Feb
Justina Robson
9780575134034
MMP
8.99
   
Justina Robson (acclaimed author of NATURAL HISTORY, LIVING NEXT DOOR TO THE GOD OF LOVE and the QUANTUM GRAVITY series) is back with a cutting edge novel of science, adventure and ideas.
On a world where science and magic are hard to tell apart a stranger arrives in a remote town with news of political turmoil to come. And a young woman learns that she must free herself from the role she has accepted.
Always vivid, always full of stunning ideas and imagery, Justina Robson is the Clarke Award-winning author of some of our most exciting, yet philosophical SF. A new novel from her is a major event in the SF calendar.
CB - Go - Jul - Roboteer
ROBOTEER
Feb
Alex Lamb
9781473206090
MMP
8.99
   
The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer.
Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth’s once great empire, a new force arises – a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don’t want to be reclaimed. Mankind’s first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly.
  Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever… but at a cost.
9780575129665
VALKYRIE’S SONG
Feb
M.D. Lachlan
9780575129658
MMP
9.99
   
M.D. Lachlan’s brooding and powerful tales of Vikings, Norse gods and werewolves have already won praise from, amongst others, Joe Abercrombie, Adam Roberts, Mike Carey and Chris Wooding.
With an original and terrifying take on magic, an ability to bring the Norse gods to vivid life on the page, a keen historical eye and a knack for fast-moving and brutally effective plots, M.D. Lachlan’s series has won over critics, fellow authors and readers alike.
VALKYRIE’S SONG moves the action to Norman England and the Harrowing of the North. An immortal wolf and an immortal woman are on the run, fighting for their lives. They carry a magic within them, runes which flare with power when brought together. But others hold runes of their own, and the runes desire to be united.
And when they are, Ragnarok will come.
CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - 13 Minutes
13 MINUTES
Feb
Sarah Pinborough
9781473214033
HB
16.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Sarah Pinborough on Carabas here!
I was dead for 13 minutes.
I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?
13 MINUTES by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manuiplation and the power of the truth. A stunning read, it questions our relationships – and what we really know about the people closest to us…
Have you read the much-rated Death House by Sarah Pinborough? If not you can read a preview here…
CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - Calamity
CALAMITY
Feb
Brandon Sanderson
9780575104662
HB
16.99
A Reckoner’s Novel
 
They told David it was impossible – that even the Reckoners had never  killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart – invincible, immortal, unconquerable – is dead. And he died by David’s hand.
Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made  David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there’s no one in Newcago  who can give him the answers he needs.
He found some of those answers in FIREFIGHT. Now, he has to decide what to do with them . . .
Calamity is about what you do to fill your heart once you have vengeance.
CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - Down Station
DOWN STATION
Feb
Simon Morden
9781473211452
TPB
16.99
   
A small group of commuters and tube workers witness a fiery apocalypse overtaking London. They make their escape through a service tunnel. Reaching a door they step through…and find themselves on a wild shore backed by cliffs and rolling grassland. The way back is blocked. Making their way inland they meet a man dressed in a wolf’s cloak and with wolves by his side.  He speaks English and has heard of a place called London – other people have arrived here down the ages – all escaping from a London that is burning. None of them have returned. Except one – who travels between the two worlds at will. The group begin a quest to find this one survivor; the one who holds the key to their return and to the safety of London.
And as they travel this world, meeting mythical and legendary creatures, split between North and South by a mighty river and bordered by The White City and The Crystal Palace they realise they are in a world defined by all the London’s there have ever been.
Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock and Julian May this is a grand and sweeping science fantasy built on the ideas, the legends, the memories of every London there has ever been.
CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - Empire V
EMPIRE V
Feb
Victor Pelevin
9781473213074
TPB
14.99
 
?
Roman thought he’d found the perfect opportunity to rebel. He may have been wrong.
He awakens strapped to a set of parallel bars in a richly appointed sitting room, and begins a conversation with a masked man which will change his life. His world has been a facade – one which the mysterious Brahma is about to tear away.
A stunning novel about the real world, and about the hidden channels of power behind the scenes, EMPIRE V is a post-modern satirical novel exploring the cults and corruption of politics, banking and power. And not only are these cults difficult to join – it turns out they may be impossible to leave…
CBJJ16 - Go - Feb - The Medusa Chronicles
THE MEDUSA CHRONICLES
Feb
Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter
9781473210189
HB
16.99
   
Inspired by Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s short story A Meeting with Medusa, this novel, with permission from the Clarke Estate, continues the story of Commander Howard Falcon over centuries of space-exploration, interaction with AI, first contact and beyond. All brought to life by two of our greatest SF authors, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds.
Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident . . . and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. Not as himself, but as an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable.
The Medusa Chronicles charts his journey through time, the changing interaction between humanity and our universe, and combined moments of incredible action with unparalleled exploration of and expansion into space. A compelling read from the beginning, this is classic SF which has appeal for readers who like Gravity and The Martian.”
CBJJ16 - Go SFMW - Mar - Monday Starts on Saturday
MONDAY STARTS ON SATURDAY
Mar
Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky
9781473202214
MMP
9.99
   
When young programmer Aleksandr Ivanovich Privalov picks up two hitchhikers while driving in Karelia, he is drawn into the mysterious world of the Scientific Research Institute of Sorcery and Wizardry, where research into magic is serious business. Where science, sorcery and socialism meet, can chaos be far behind?
9780575131200
OLD MAN’S GHOSTS
Mar
Tom Lloyd
9780575131224
MMP
8.99
   
Some men can never outrun their ghosts.
Enchei thought he’d found a home at last – a life of quiet obscurity far removed from the horror of his military days. After a decade in the Imperial City his mistakes have been few, but one has now returned to haunt him.
As Narin’s pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn’t be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck’s rarely been on Narin’s side.
Once, Enchei swore he’d take his own life rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it’s not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city – and a man’s ghosts are always watching and waiting…
CBP - Radiant State
RADIANT STATE
Mar
Peter Higgins
9780575130654
MMP
9.99
   
Read a preview of Peter Higgins’ Radiant State on Carabas here!
With his loving evocation of a dark and fantastical realm that owes much to the myth and history of 20th-century Russia, and his rare ability to combine poetic writing and kinetic plotting, Peter Higgins has created one of the most original and critically lauded works of recent years. Adored by critics and authors such as Hannu Rajaniemi, Ian McDonald and Richard Morgan the Wolfhound Century novels now reach their extraordinary conclusion.
In RADIANT STATE we discover both the glory and the true horror of Joseph Kantor’s plan for the Vast and its people. It is a plan that transcends the boundaries of the world. And out in the depths of the endless forest that borders the Vast the mighty fallen angel and the powers of the earth itself will still have a part to play. Will Vissarion and Maroussia survive the violence of the end game?
CBP - Steeple
STEEPLE
Mar
Jon Wallace
9780575118584
MMP
8.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Jon Wallace here and read an extract of Steeple on Carabas here!
Another high action SF dystopia perfect for fans of Richard Morgan and Alfred Bester alike. The follow-up to the acclaimed Barricade this another short, sharp and kinetic SF thriller.
Kenstibec is a Ficial – a genetically engineered artificial life form; tough, skilled, hard to kill. Or at least he was. He’s lost the nanotech that constantly repaired him. Life just got real. Just like it is for the few remaining humans in this blighted world – the Reals; locked in a fight over a ruined world with the Ficials they created to make Utopia.
And now Kenstibec must take a trip to the pinnicle of our failed civilisation. The Steeple is a one thousand storey tower that looms over the wreckage of London. It is worshipped, feared and haunted by attack droids and cannibals. And the location of a secret that just might save Kenstibec’s life. The only way is up.
CBJJ16 - Go - Mar - Into Everywhere
INTO EVERYWHERE
Mar
Paul McAuley
9781473203983
TPB
16.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Paul McAuley here!
Humanity’s future has been disrupted and shaped by the mysterious alien Jackaroo. We spread to the planets they gave us, and we discovered the ruins of a dozen previous civilistions. All previous clients of the Jackaroo, all dead. So far we have escaped that fate – but we have also escaped from the Jackaroo’s planets and begun to explore the galaxy. The discovery of ancient spaceships, and the unlocking of their mysteries, has led to a new way of life. But humanity’s failings and conflicts are always with us.
A woman living a quiet secluded life, with only her dog and her demons for company. The dissolute heir to a powerful merchant family. The laminated brain of the woman who led us into the universe. A policeman, seemingly working for the Jackaroo. All of these people are on the edges of a vast plan, one which will span decades and light years. A piece of alien code has awakened, and the end of our species may be happening around us.
And we may finally discover if the aliens really are here to help us.
CBJJ16 - Go - Mar - The Stealers War
THE STEALERS’ WAR
Mar
Stephen Hunt
9780575092143
TPB
18.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Stephen Hunt here!
Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war.
All anyone should want is a return to peace.
But Jacob Carneham still wants his revenge; and if he can lure the invaders into the mountain he can have it. He can kill them all.
If he does, there may never be peace again.
If he doesn’t, Weyland will never be free of the threat of invasion.
The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter. Jacob’s son is trying to restore peace and stability to Weyland, alongside the rightful King. And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all…
CB - Go - Dec - The Mortal Tally
THE MORTAL TALLY
Mar
Sam Sykes
9780575132214
TPB
18.99
   
Akin to the works of both Fritz Leiber and Scott Lynch but bringing it’s own energy and humorous vigour the writing of Sam Sykes sets itself apart from the dour feel of Grimdark fantasy and brings a fresh vigour to fantasy fiction.
In this sharp and darkly mysterious novel Lenk and his fellow adventurers must find their way through the silk-trading city of C’Jer Daal as demons and gods stalk the streets in a battle for dominion even as the thieves guilds go to war for their own petty ends.
Mixing wild magics, exciting swordplay, mystery and an irrestible, if scurrilous, sense of humour this is a hugely exciting new direction for fantasy. Full of adventure and extreme imagination it nevertheless manages to weave in a surprising subtlety and sensitivity in it’s characterisation.
CA - PW AR
POSEIDON’S WAKE
Apr
Alastair Reynolds
9780575090514
MMP
8.99
   
MANKIND HAS REACHED THE STARS.
Two hundred years after the fall of Mechanism, human society has achieved a kind of stability. There are colonies beneath the oceans, throughout the solar system, and beyond: on extrasolar planets. Vast hemi-relativistic ships connect these colonies, travelling at half the speed of light. Or rather they would, if the ominous presence of the alien Watchkeepers had not led to an enforced moratorium on interstellar travel.
But when a seemingly impossible radio signal reaches the colony Crucible, everything changes:
SEND NDEGE
It’s origin is unpopulated, unexplored space. No one could be there – at least, not if they travelled using human technology – so who could have sent it? How did they get there? And what use do they have for the disgraced scientist Ndege Akinya?
Finding the answers will require one of the greatest expeditions humankind has ever launched, a journey further than ever attempted before, conducted under the implacable scrutiny of the Watchkeepers.
But as a mission is prepared on Crucible, it turns out they weren’t the only ones to see the message – or its potential . . .
‘Reynolds’ future is so brilliantly extrapolated . . . original ideas fizzing off every page’ The Guardian
‘Brilliant, self-assured, colourful space opera’ The Sun
Completing the informal trilogy which began with Blue Remembered Earth and On the Steel Breeze, this is a powerful and effective story.
CBJJ16 - Go - Apr - Tales from the Kingdoms
TALES FROM THE KINGDOMS
Apr
Sarah Pinborough
9781473202337
HB
14.99
   
Check our Author Profile of Sarah Pinborough on Carabas here!
This is not your Disney fairy tale. It is much, much better’ Wilder’s Book Review
Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty – stories you love, and that we all think we know . . .
. . . but what about the secrets hidden within them? Why would a prince fall in love with a woman in a coffin? Why would a queen try so hard to poison her step-daughter? And what is a fairy Godmother’s real motivation?
Turn the page, and discover these classic fairy stories, told the way they always should have been . . .
This collection includes the award-winning novella BEAUTY.
‘Brilliantly subverts the classic fairy tale’ One Chapter More
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9780575093225
THE TABIT GENESIS
Apr
Tony Gonzales
9780575093232
MMP
8.99
   
They left Sol in two great ships, carrying with them the last hope for humankind. Destined for different stars, their mission was to ensure the survival of our species. One ship was never heard from again. Decades later, the other arrived at a lifeless world, where the survivors learned that Earth was lost not to famine, but to an alien species determined to eradicate humans from existence.
Man is not alone in the universe, and the last of us are hunted. Driven by strong characters facing tremendous odds, Tony Gonzales delivers SF in the grandest tradition: an epic adventure full of colossal ships, vast battles and unimaginable challenges.
CB - Go - Apr - Nemesis
NEMESIS
Apr
Alex Lamb
9781473206113
TPB
16.99
   
Years ago, one starship and its crew discovered an alien entity which changed everything. Its discovery finally bought an end to the interstellar war being fought between the masses of humanity and the few pockets of genetically engineered colonists. An uneasy peace was negotiated as the human race realised there was something else sharing our universe. Something that had plans for us.
But the aliens have remained silent. The earthers have begun to test the edges of the peace treaty. Will, once a roboteer, once a human, now the most powerful being alive, has been sidelined and ignored. And a system-wide conspiracy threatens to plunge humanity back into war.
Now one man, his head full of alien technology that lets him interact with machinery, must get to the bottom of the plot, find out what the aliens want, stop the oncoming war and save Will. And his journey will uncover a new threat to humanity.
Nemesis is coming.
CBJJ16 - Go - Apr - Sharp Ends
SHARP ENDS
Apr
Joe Abercrombie
9780575104679
HB
18.99
   
The Union army may be full of bastards, but there’s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.
Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.
And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . .
Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
‘Joe Abercrombie is doing some terrific work’ George R. R. Martin
‘Delightfully twisted and evil’ Guardian
‘Joe Abercrombie has written the finest epic fantasy in recent memory.’ Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize Winner, on Red Country
‘Joe Abercrombie is probably the brightest star among the new generation of British fantasy writers…’ The Times
Buy from Waterstones
CBP Jun - Crashing Heaven
CRASHING HEAVEN
May
Al Robertson
9781473203419
MMP
8.99
   
Read an extract / preview of Crashing Heaven on Carabas here and check out our Q&A with Al on this and the upcoming sequel here!
A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality – ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.
With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist’s dummy tied to Jack’s mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home.
Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity’s. But with Fist’s software licence about to expire, taking Jack’s life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?
CBJJ16 - Go - May - Fairyland
FAIRYLAND
May
Paul McAuley
9781473215160
MMP
8.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Paul McAuley here!
The 21st century.
Europe is divided between the First World bourgeoisie, made rich by nanotechnology and the cheap versatile slave labour of genetically engineered Dolls and the Fourth World of refugees and homeless displaced by war and economic upheaval. In London, Alex Sharkey is trying to make his mark as a designer of psychoactive viruses, whilst staying one step ahead of the police and the Triad gangs. At the cost of three hours of his life, he finds an unlikely ally in a scary, super-smart little girl called Milena, but his troubles really start when he helps Milena quicken intelligence in a Doll, turning it into the first of the fairies.
Milena isn’t sure if she’s mad or if she’s the only sane person left in the world; she only knows that she wants to escape to her own private Fairyland and live forever. Although Milena has created the fairies for her own ends, some of the Folk, as fey and dangerous as any in legend, have other ideas about her destiny…
CB - Go - May - Mother London
MOTHER LONDON
May
Michael Moorcock
9781473213258
MMP
9.99
   
Shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, MOTHER LONDON is a dazzling journey through the heart of a city that the author loved. Spanning generations of characters across a variety of boroughs from the Blitz to the mid-eighties, this is a book about the real London that tourists will never find, a London which is being erased by the spread of high-rise flats and shining skyscrapers.
Following a group of released mental patients across the years and streets of London, Moorcock creates a vivid impressionistic portrait of the city, from its downtrodden pubs to its green parks. All of the lead characters hear voices – but are they the murmurings of their damaged minds, or the true voice of the city?
CB - Go - Oct - The Cathedral of Known Things
THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS
May
Edward Cox
9781473200340
MMP
8.99
 
2
Check out our Author Profile of Edward Cox on Carabas here and read an extract of Book 1 The Relic Guild here. We’ve also got Ed’s article on the musical inspirations of his characters here!
Divided, hunted and short on resources, the surviving members of the Relic Guild are in real trouble. Their old enemy, the Genii, and their resurrected master have infiltrated Labrys Town and taken over the police force.
So the Relic Guild must flee their home, and set off on a dangerous journey across the worlds of the Aelfir. One that will lead them to a weapon which might destroy the Genii. Or the whole universe…
And forty years before all this, the war which led to the fall of the Genii continues. And what happens to the Relic Guild during that conflict will change the course of their desperate flight.
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The Silver Kings
THE SILVER KINGS
May
Stephen Deas
9780575100626
MMP
9.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of Stephen Deas on Carabas here!
Praised by the likes of Joe Abercrombie and Brent Weeks, Stephen Deas has made dragons his own.
The Silver King, half-god, legend and myth, is returning. Once he fought his brother, the Black Moon, and his dragons, and was defeated. But the Black Moon was also weakened, and a millennia has passed. Humanity has grown used to a world without gods, a world where they were masters of all – including the terrifying dragons.
But the dragons have awakened, the hole in reality is expanding, and the shackles that kept the half-gods controlled have been broken. The Black Moon lives on in the body of Berren Crowntaker, and has taken control. With an army behind him, the dragons above and the Dragon Queen at his side, he goes to war with his brother.
The worlds are turning, and only one thing is sure – there will be an ending.
THE SILVER KINGS is the triumphant conclusion to one of the most brutal and wide-ranging fantasy series of recent years.
9780575134430
TWENTY TRILLION LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
May
Adam Roberts
9781473215313
MMP
8.99
   
It is 1958 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, one of the Navy’s most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers and scientists.
The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down… Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond.
The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds… nothing.
Her final dive continues, the pressure begins to relent, but the depth gauge is useless. They have gone miles down. Hundreds of miles, thousands…
And so it goes on. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?
Contains 33 full-page pen and ink illustrations by acclaimed artist Mahendra Singh, who previously illustrated an edition of THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK.
Adam Roberts and Mahendra Singh have revisited Jules Verne’s classic SF novel, and together they have come up with a unique vision.
CB - Go - May - The Fireman
THE FIREMAN
May
Joe Hill
9780575130715
HB
20.00
   
This exceptional new thriller from Joe Hill is essential reading for 2015 and perfect for fans of Justin Cronin’s The Passage. In a world overtaken by a deadly and dramatic new virus, Harper is determined to live long enough to deliver her baby. But when all it takes is a spark to start a deadly blaze, she’s going to need some help from the mysterious fireman.
CB - Go - May - Rig
RIG
May
Jon Wallace
9780575118898
TPB
16.99
 
3
A fast-moving, filmic and violent SF thriller, perfect for fans of Jack Campbell. A meeting of The Road and Rogue Trooper.
Barricade introduced artificial lifeform, Kenstibec. Steeple saw him reduced to the level of humanity. Now Kenstibec must fight his way to the home of the man who created him and the other Ficials. The man who tipped the world into war and sealed humanity’s fate. Can Kenstibec win a future back for man?
Jon Wallace has written a series of short, high-action yet thoughtful SF thrillers. Controversial yet full of dark humour these are rewarding SF thrillers that echo the pleasures of noir and bring a sharp new perspective to British SF.
CB - Go - Jun - Stranger of Tempest
STRANGER OF TEMPEST
May
Tom Lloyd
9781473213173
HB
12.99
   
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent’s principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he’s not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.
Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won’t turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he’s met over the years.
So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.
CB - Go - Jun - King of the City
KING OF THE CITY
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213272
MMP
£9.99
Moorcock’s second great London novel – and thematic sequel to MOTHER LONDON – returns to print in a newly revised edition.
The death of Princess Di heralded a spring clean of the soul.  And the dirt we wanted off our coffee tables was the kind of salacious exposure  tabloid paparazzo photographer Denny Dover had made a fortune out of. Now he’s out of work and moving to the godforsaken wastes of Skerring on  the South coast to lick his wounds.  A former rock star, this East End lad-made-good lived it up with the  best of them.
But his childhood friend, hugely wealthy magnate Sir John  Barbican-Begg (deceased, allegedly) is resurrecting events from a past  littered with dysfunction and greed, sex, rock and roll and a ton of  drugs.  Denny’s life encapsulates the fevered underground of a London  teeming with contradiction and ambivalence, subversion and rage.  Moorcock’s hugely entertaining follow-up to his masterpiece MOTHER LONDON captured the spirit of our age as we staggered into the new  millennium.
CB - Go - Jun - London Bone
LONDON BONE
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213296
MMP
9.99
Mysterious fossils found deep under London’s streets create a whole new ‘heritage’ industry – but what does selling London’s history mean for the city? In these remarkable stories Moorcock explores the parts of London most of us will never see, and creates a patchwork of tales which build up to a portrait of the whole city.
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CBJJ16 - Go SFMW - Jun - The Man Who Fell to Earth
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH
Jun
Walter Tevis 
9781473213111
MMP
9.99
   
Thomas Jerome Newton is an extraterrestrial from the planet Anthea,  which has been devastated by a series of nuclear wars, and whose  inhabitants are twice as intelligent as human beings. When he lands on  Earth – in Kentucky, disguised as a human – it’s with the intention of  saving his own people from extinction.
Newton patents some very advanced  Anthean technology, which he uses to amass a fortune. He begins to  build a spaceship to help the last 300 Antheans migrate to Earth.  Meanwhile, Nathan Bryce, a chemistry professor in Iowa, is intrigued by  some of the new products Newton’s company brings to the market, and  already suspects Newton of being an alien. As Bryce and the FBI close  in, Newton finds his own clarity and sense of purpose diminishing.
CB - Go - Aug - The Time of the Clockmaker
THE TIME OF THE CLOCKMAKER
Jun
Anna Caltabiano
9781473200449
MMP
8.99
   
Her mentor shockingly killed in front of her, Rebecca Hatfield must flee the place and time she knows. She has lost her family, her dearest love and her ability to live a normal life. All she has left is the gift – or curse – of her immortality, and the bizarre clock that allows her to travel in time.
But when she too is attacked by the mysterious black-clad figure, Rebecca finds herself stranded in Tudor England. The clock has been stolen and without it, she can never leave the past. Alone, without friends or resources, she must risk the danger of Henry VIII’s court and hunt down her attacker.
But someone else is waiting for her…
CB - Go - Jul - The Whispering Swarm
THE WHISPERING SWARM
Jun
Michael Moorcock
9781473213333
MMP
9.99
   
With his first full novel in almost ten years (not counting his Doctor Who book), Michael Moorcock – the most influential figure in modern fantasy and science fiction – returns to the city of his birth. London has always been a central character in Moorcock’s work, from the high-literary fiction of MOTHER LONDON to the roof gardens of Jerry Cornelius.
Now return to London just after the war, a city desperately trying to get back on its feet. And one young boy, Michael Moorcock, who is about to discover a world of magic and wonder. Between his first tentative approaches to adulthood – a job on Fleet Street, the first stirrings of his interest in writing – and a chance encounter with a mysterious Carmelite Friar, we see a version of Moorcock’s life that is simultaneously a biography and a story. Mixing elements of his real life with his adventures in a parallel London peopled with highwaywomen, musketeers and magicians, this is Moorcock at his dazzling, mercurial best.
LE - Oct - Twelve Kings
TWELVE KINGS
Jun
Bradley Beaulieu
9781473203020
MMP
8.99
   
In the cramped west end of Sharakhai, the Amber Jewel of the Desert, Çeda fights in the pits to scrape a living. She, like so many in the city, pray for the downfall of the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai, but she’s never been able to do anything about it. This all changes when she goes out on the night of Beht Zha’ir, the holy night when all are forbidden from walking the streets.
It’s the night that the asirim, the powerful yet wretched creatures that protect the Kings from all who would stand against them, wander the city and take tribute. It is then that one of the asirim, a pitiful creature who wears a golden crown, stops Çeda and whispers long forgotten words into her ear. Çeda has heard those words before, in a book left to her by her mother, and it is through that one peculiar link that she begins to find hidden riddles left by her mother.
As Çeda begins to unlock the mysteries of that fateful night, she realizes that the very origin of the asirim and the dark bargain the Kings made with the gods of the desert to secure them may be the very key she needs to throw off the iron grip the Kings have had over Sharakhai. And yet the Kings are no fools-they’ve ruled the Shangazi for four hundred years for good reason, and they have not been idle. As Çeda digs into their past, and the Kings come closer and closer to unmasking her, Çeda must decide if she’s ready to face them once and for all.
CB - Go - Jun - The Augurs Gambit
AUGUR’S GAMBIT
Jun
Stephen Donaldson
9781473214477
HB
12.99
   
From the international bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant comes an extensive and all original new fantasy novella.
Augur’s Gambit is a tight and action-filled novella of more than 40,000 words. A novella with all the rich word-building and acute characterisation that readers have come to expect from the man who re-invigorated the whole genre in the 1980s and went on to write one of Fantasy’s landmark series.
Revelling in the sense of freedom that comes from writing a new creation after the massive, controlled effort of the ten book epic of the Chronicles this is a novella that will both delight existing fans and win new readers for Donaldson’s uniquely rich and intelligent fantasies.
CBJJ16 - Go - Jun - Blood and Fire
HEART OF GRANITE
Jun
James Barclay
9781473202436
TPB
16.99
   
Check out our Author Profile of James Barclay on Carabas here!
Heart of Granite has a simple premise of nomadic fantasy nations warring over diminishing resources; it has a strong twist with a main character who uncovers a series of game-changing government lies; it combines politics, war and romance into a gripping story.
This is also a bold proposal: our hero may have uncovered the truth, but that doesn’t mean he can prove it. If he wants to save his team he may have to abandon them. If he wants to win the girl he’ll have to persuade her not to turn her back on him. If he wants to prove the lies, he may have to risk a descent into madness.
And all against the backdrop of a vicious daily war for survival.
CB - Go - Nov - The Hanging Tree
THE HANGING TREE
Jun
Ben Aaronovitch
9780575132559
HB
14.99
Peter Grant
6
Check out our Author Profile of Ben Aaronvitch here and you can read an extract of Book 5 Foxglove Summer here!
Another gripping and hilarious adventure through the secret streets of London. A tour of what remains and an insight into what once was with a liberal sprinkling of folklore, myth and violent crime. Each of Ben Aaronovitch’s previous Peter Grant novels have been Sunday Times Top Ten HB bestsellers and The Hanging Tree looks set to repeat the feat.
The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Somethings don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.
Peter Grant is back as are Nightingale et al at the Folly and the various river gods, ghosts and spirits who attach themselves to England’s last wizard and the Met’s reluctant investigator of all things supernatural.
CB - Go - Jun - The Kings Justice
THE KING’S JUSTICE
Jun
Stephen Donaldson
9781473214491
HB
12.99
   
Stephen Donaldson devoted many years to his epic creation The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Now he is back with an all new novella; 40,000 words of richly imagined fantasy with beautiful world building and intense characterisation. The perfect read for existing fans and new readers alike.
A man on a horse, confident in his powers but alone, rides a long and lonely road through rain-soaked woods. But he is on a path that he knows and he is bringing much needed justice with him. Four guards stop him. But not for long.
Stephen Donaldson has clearly loved the opportunity to write an all new fantasy and this book is a timely reminder of the power of his writing; writing that inspired a generation of readers and authors alike.

 

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Tom Lloyd’s Stranger of Tempest – see our June 2016 Book Recommends for more…

 

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