We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week. It’s paperback time, which means affordable and portable reading is at your fingertips! Even more so if you include our audio release! We’ve got multi-award-nominated short fiction, mind-expanding science fiction, and more of the fantasy series that inspired the mega hit game The Witcher!
Mindblowingly inventive and beautifully written short stories from the most exciting new name in SF
Hannu Rajaniemi exploded onto the SF scene in 2010 with the publication of his first novel The Quantum Thief. Acclaimed by fellow authors such as Charles Stross, Adam Roberts and Alastair Reynolds and brilliantly reviewed everywhere from Interzone to the Times and the Guardian he swiftly established a reputation as an author who could combine extraordinary cutting edge science with beautiful prose and deliver it all with wit, warmth and a delight in the fun of storytelling.
It is exactly these qualities that are showcased in this his first collection of short stories. Drawn from antholgies, magazines and online publications and brought together in book form for the first time in this collection here is a collection of seventeen short stories that range from the lyrical to the bizarre, from the elegaic to the impish. It is a collection that shows one of the great new imaginations in SF having immense fun.
‘The best and most original debut anthology since Angela Carter’s ‘Fireworks’ 40 years ago’ Wall Street Journal
‘Nano-jacked super-beings, carnivorous emergent technologies, the doors of perception yanked wide and almost off their hinges . . . put the barrel of Rajaniemi’s fiction in your mouth and blow your mind’ Richard Morgan
Invisible Planets is available now in paperback.
The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt the Witcher returns, along with both his friends and enemies, in another installment of the best-selling series. A must-read for fans of the novels and games alike.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.
But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.
There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting…
The Tower of the Swallow is available now in paperback.
Nemesis by Alex Lamb
The unequal war between the genetically-modified pioneers and the humans on Earth has ended. But a new threat is rising…
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.
‘Lamb shares Hamilton’s ability to sustain a breakneck narrative where you always want to rush ahead and see what happens next. hugely promising’ SFX
‘Lamb’s got so many ideas that they almost spill off the pages, and telling the story from both sides is a smart way of balancing the argument’ SciFi Now
Nemesis is available now in paperback.
Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley Beaulieu
Second in epic new fantasy series of mystery, prophecy and death within the ancient walled city of Sharakhai, home to the Twelve Kings . . .
Çeda’s mission is partly complete . . . so now she must continue to uncover the riddles her mother has left – especially when those scattered clues are incomplete.
The answers lie in the desert, where the few remaining members of the Thirteenth Tribe are hidden, and though they doubt she can make a stand against the Kings, they are prepared to help her in her quest.
The remaining Kings, however, have not been idle. One of their own has been murdered, and the hunt is on to find the culprit. Ceda unlocks the last secrets as their hunt comes closer and closer . . . and Çeda may be forced to use the King’s tainted power herself, if she is to save her own life – and the city of Sharakhai.
Read by Sarah Coomes
Blood Upon the Sand is available now in audio.