STEAMPUNK (and Associated Fantastical Anachronisms) Books in 2017!

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Ah Steampunk – and the singular allure of Victoriana with added steam, cogs and fantastical contrivances. What’s that sir / madam? You’d like an overview of the literary diversions of the very same and associated anachronistic, retro-futuristic fiction published in 2017? Well you’ve come to the right place!
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ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES * Kim Newman * 9781781165706 * PB * £7.99 * Titan * February

A brand new collection of chilling stories by master of horror Kim Newman, in which Jack the Ripper still stalks the streets, Frankenstein s monster rises from the Arctic ice, and the terrifying legacy of Dr Jeyll and Mr Hyde haunts fog-shrouded London. This volume also includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story, Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899 , which sets the scene for the forthcoming novel Anno Dracula 1999: Daikaiju.

 
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B - Feb 17 - Infernal Devices

INFERNAL DEVICES * K.W. Jeter * 9780857666840 * PB * £8.99 * Angry Robot * The George Dower Trilogy * 1 * February

“This is the real thing – a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys and windblown Scottish Isles … a wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.” – James P. Blaylock

A steampunk classic from the father of the genre – a classic tale of time travel, clockwork and sexual intrigue. * When George’s father died he left George his watchmaker’s shop – and more.

But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices. When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue.

The classic steampunk tale from the master of the genre.

 
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BROTHER’S RUIN * Emma Newman * 9780765393968 * PB * £11.99 * Tor * Industrial Magic * 1 * April

The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance.

For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie’s life and their own livelihoods. But Archie Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.

However, maintaining the charade will mean masquerading as Archie’s assistant, and delaying or destroying her own plans for marriage. When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.

 
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FIENDISH SCHEMES * KW Jeter * 9780857666871 * PB * £8.99 * Angry Robot * Infernal Devices * 2 * April

The first British publication of the sequel to Infernal Devices, to mark the 30th anniversary of Steampunk.

In the disorienting steam-fuelled Victorian London, the son of a great inventor finds himself drawn into plots and mysteries he can barely grasp.

The world George Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London. Dower is enticed into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans of which he can only guess. If he can locate and make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future is assured.

But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.

 
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ROTHERWEIRD * Andrew Caldecott * 9781784297619 * HB * £14.99 * Jo Fletcher Books * May

Intricate and crisp, witty and solemn: a book with special and dangerous properties,’ Hilary Mantel

‘Baroque, Byzantine and beautiful – not to mention bold’ M.R. Carey

Rotherweird is a twisted, arcane murder-mystery with shades of Deborah Harkness, Hope Mirrlees and Ben Aaronovitch, Mervyn Peake and Edward Gorey at their disturbing best.

The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history. For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out. Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothing before 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town’s long-derelict Manor House. Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time – and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!

 
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GRIM EXPECTATIONS * KW Jeter * 9780857666901 * PB * £8.99 * Angry Robot * The George Dower Trilogy * 3 * June

A mind-boggling new novel in Jeter’s iconic steampunk series, to celebrate thirty years of Steampunk. A death-bed gift leads a man into a mysterious quest for a missing person when a puzzle box opens to reveal letters from an unknown acquaintance. But they’re not love letters. They’re clues. * Some time after the events of Fiendish Schemes, George Dower finds himself a widower, of sorts. On her deathbed, Miss McThane entrusts Dower with a small, ticking clockwork box. The box is mysteriously linked to her.

When she breathes her last, the box stops ticking and Dower is able to open it, to find hundreds of letters – written in an unknown hand, signed only with the initial S. They’re not love letters, but refer instead to the letter-writer’s ongoing search for some other person. The last is a simple note, reading “Found him…”

 
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ANNO DRACULA – ONE THOUSAND MONSTERS * Kim Newman * 9781781165638 * PB * £7.99 * Titan Books * October

From London to Tokyo…

In 1899 Geneviève Dieudonné travels to Japan with a group of vampires exiled from Great Britain by Prince Dracula. They are allowed to settle in Yokai Town, the district of Tokyo set aside for Japan’s own vampires, an altogether strange and less human breed than the nosferatu of Europe. Yet it is not the sanctuary they had hoped for, as a vicious murderer sets vampire against vampire, and Yokai Town is revealed to be more a prison than a refuge. Geneviève and her undead comrades will be forced to face new enemies and the horrors hidden within the Temple of One Thousand Monsters…

 
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THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND * Stephen Baxter * 9781473205116 * PB * £8.99 * Gollancz * November

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.

So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells’ book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist – sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins – must survive, escape and report on the war.

The Massacre of Mankind has begun.

Another retro continuation from master SFer Stephen Baxter
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Late addition from September

The Legion Prophecy * Mark A Latham * 9781783296842 * PB * £8.99 * Titan Books * September

London, 1893. The Order of Apollo, investigator of mysterious events for the Crown, has been uncovering artefacts and refugees from another world, smuggled through boundaries that seem to be thinning. A breach would mean disastrous consequences for the entire universe.

Meanwhile, rumours abound of an enemy the Order thought long-since dead, alive and gathering followers. Colonel John Hardwick, an embittered veteran of Apollo, is forced to join the fight again, with his former friend Captain Jim Denny and mysterious adventuress Marie Furnival.

But facing this new threat brings them to dark secrets that implicate whole nations and threaten the very fabric of reality.

 
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MOONLOCKET * Peter Bunzl * 9781474915014 * PB * £6.99 * The Cogheart Adventures * 2 * Usborne * May

Quiet! I’ve one more trick up my sleeve…” Jack pulled a playing card from thin air and pinned it to the jail door.

When he lowered his arm, Finlo saw what it was: the Jack of Diamonds.

“And now,” said Jack, slipping into the shadows, “we disappear.”

An escaped convict.

A missing locket.

A woman from the past…

When infamous escapologist Jack Door breaks out from Pentonville Prison, he sets out for the town of Brackenbridge, determined to find his missing treasure – the Moonlocket.

But when Lily and Robert unwittingly find themselves caught up in Jack Door’s search, they discover that Robert’s history holds the secret to the Moonlocket’s whereabouts…

Another delicious slice of Victoriana, return to the mysteries locked at the heart of London’s dark and murky streets and a world of adventure and extraordinary invention.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017, Cogheart was a heart-stealer amongst last year’s publishing, becoming a fast favourite of booksellers across the country, who have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment.

Check out book one Cogheart here
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Graphic Novels

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SCARLET TRACES VOLUME 1 * Ian Edginton and Disraeli * 9781781085028 * PB * £15.99 * 2000 AD * January

The celebrated comic book sequel to H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds in a brand new omnibus edition. The ground-breaking series from Ian Edginton and D’Israeli is collected in this the first of two volumes. Starting with their visionary adaptation of the original novel, the collection also includes the first of three sequel stories set a decade after the Martian invasion. Great Britain has cannibalised Martian technology and now Hansom cabs scuttle along on multi-limbed crab legs, and the Martian heat-ray has become the weapon with which the British Empire dominates the world. When the bodies of several young women are found washed up on the banks of the Thames Captain Robert Autumn, retired solider and adventurer, and his former Sergeant-Major Archie Currie are drawn into a mystery that leads them from gin palaces to the corridors of power and the very Hall of the Martian King.

UK Comic greats bring their retro continuation of the SF classic…
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G - Mar - Providence Act 1

PROVIDENCE HC 1 FINAL PRINTING * Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows * 9781592912919 * HC * £17.99 * Avatar Press * March

Due to overwhelming demand, we offer one final printing of the Providence Act 1 Hardcover! Alan Moore’s quintessential horror series has set the standard for a terrifying reinvention of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. It is being universally hailed as one of Moore’s most realized works in which the master scribe has controlled every iota of the story, art, and presentation. The result has been a masterpiece like no other and a true must-have addition to his essential works in the field. We present a collected Providence Act 1 Hard Cover edition that contains Providence issues #1-4, and all the back matter, in this one-time printing of the edition. There will be Act 2 and Act 3 Hardcovers in the coming months, also limited to single production runs. This will not be kept in print any further and this is the final opportunity to get a hardcover edition of the first chapter of Alan Moore’s horror masterpiece .

 
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G - Mar - Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk

GRIMM FAIRY TALES STEAMPUNK * Patrick Shand, Ryan Fassett, Annapaola Martello, Noah Salonga, Robby Bevard * 9781942275572 * PB * £8.99 * Zenescope * March

In an alternate Steampunk reality, Cinderella, Robyn Hood, Calie Liddle, Captain Hook, and many other of the most popular Grimm Universe characters live in a stunning but dangerous world unlike any you’ve seen before.

When a group of outlaws led by the infamous Robyn Locksley pulls off a major heist, her and her crew are hunted down by the local Sheriff named Shang, an assassin called Cinderella and an extremely dangerous gangster who owns the town: Sela Mathers.

 
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