It’s publication day for two books that plumb the depths of what humans are capable of in very different ways. We have a collection of Alastair Reynolds’ short stories that show you what humanity is capable of in the furthest reaches of the time and space. While the paperback release of Sarah Pinborough’s 13 Minutes takes you to the dark recesses of the human heart and holds up a terrifying mirror in which we can’t help but recognise our most secret thoughts and feelings.
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds has something for every science fiction reader, and delivers stories that are the hardest of the hard science fiction and great entertainment.
With a career stretching over more than 25 years and across fourteen novels, including the classic ‘Revelation Space’ series, the bestselling ‘Poseidon’s Children’ series, Century Rain, Pushing Ice, and most recently The Medusa Chronicles (with Stephen Baxter), Reynolds has established himself as one of the best and most beloved writers of science fiction and space opera working today.
A brilliant novelist, he has also been recognised as one of our best writers of short fiction. His short stories have been nominated for the Hugo, British Fnatasy, Bristish Science Fiction, Theordore Sturgeon Memorial, Locus, Italia, Seiun, and Sidewise Awards, and have won the Seiun and Sideways Awards.
The very best of his more that sixty published short stories are gathered in Beyond The Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds, a sweeping 250, 000 word career retrospective which features his very best stories.
‘A galaxy sized imagination allied to real story-telling’ Bernard Cornwell
‘A turbulent, wildly entertaining ride’ Guardian
‘Reynolds is the mastersinger of space opera’ The Times
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a YA thriller voted one of the best YA books of 2016 by the Telegraph. Described as ‘Mean Girls for the Instagram age’ by The Times, 13 Minutes is a taut psychological thriller that will remind you that for all the dark, cold void of space or the supernatural horror of cemeteries and other things that hunt in the night, there is still nothing quite as terrifying as being a teenage in high school.
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 teenager, it’s hard ot tell them apart. My friends love me, I know they do. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me.
13 Minutes is a gripping murder mystery about people, fears, manipulation and the power of the truth. A stunning read, it questions our relationships – and what we really know about the people closest to us . . .
`An absolute belter of a twist’ Independent on Sunday
‘The most exciting premise of the year surely belongs to Sarah Pinborough’s 13 Minutes’ Express
13 Minutes is out now in paperback.