It’s publication day once again! We have some brilliant paperback titles, including a remarkable collection of short stories from one of our greatest science-fiction authors, Stephen Baxter, as well Beaulieu’s prequel to his highly acclaimed Twelve Kings. PC Grant makes a return in Aaronovitch’s bestselling series, and the perfect introduction to the wonderful worlds of Keith Laumer is also being released.
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
The sixth outing for PC Peter Grant in this bestselling series sees him back in London and facing up to the terrifying legacy of London’s hangings…
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour.
Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about.
He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week . .
‘An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups’ The Times
‘As brilliant and funny as ever’ The Sun
‘For all the murder and mayhem, this is a darkly comic read with characters you can’t help but like’ The Sunday Express
Obelisk by Stephen Baxter
From one of the most important voices in modern science-fiction, Stephen Baxter returns with OBELISK, a collection of stories including two brand new novellas!
A remarkable collection of short fiction from one of our greatest science-fiction authors, including two brand new short stories.
This collection contains stories set in the universe of the bestselling duology PROXIMA and ULTIMA, which expand on the characters and worlds of that series. There are also a selection of alternate histories and possible futures, echoing Baxter’s work with Terry Pratchett on the LONG EARTH series.
This not only confirms Stephen Baxter’s place as one of the greatest practitioners of the SF short story, but also cements his position as the acknowledged heir to Arthur C. Clarke’s literacy legacy.
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley Beaulieu
An epic new story willed with mystery, prophecy and death within an ancient walled city ruled by Twelve Kings…
Çeda is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this brilliant new story, a prequel to Twelve Kings, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf. None but her closest friends and allies know her true identity.
But this all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, one of the sadistic creatures known as ehrekh which were forged long ago by the god of chaos. They are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. As Rümayesh works to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, Çeda’s struggle becomes a battle for her friends, her life, and her very soul.
‘This isn’t like the last epic fantasy you read. It’s a constantly shifting narrative of betrayal and friendship, loyalty and vengeance. It’s vivid and diverse, full of complex relationships, eye-opening magic, and world building for this new age of fantasy that’s broken out of its medieval shackles’ A Dribble of Ink
‘Bradley P. Beaulieu is a welcome addition to the roster of new fantasy novelists’ Michael A. Stackpole
‘If you are a fan of the epic fantasy genre, you should definitely give this book a chance’ The Ranting Dragon
‘Exactly the kind of fantasy I like to read’ Kevin J. Anderson
Three by Laumer by Keith Laumer
This galaxy-spanning omnibus is the perfect introduction to the wonderful worlds of Keith Laumer.
Enter the worlds of Keith Laumer. From the adventures of self-aware superheavy battle tanks to the intricacies of galactic diplomacy via the clash of parallel worlds, Laumer’s imagination knew few bounds.
In Worlds of the Imperium, an American diplomat finds himself kidnapped by agents of the British Empire, which rules over a parallel world.
James Retief travels the stars, resolving conflicts and avoiding cultural clashes, while battling the endless bureaucracy of the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne in Retief: Envoy to New Worlds.
In Bolo, Laumer explores what happens when mankind’s most advanced weapons of war become self-aware.
These are the opening volumes to three classic series, collected in one exciting, thrill-a-minute omnibus.
‘A James Bond figure among helpless bureaucrats . . . adventure tales that are brisk, light and sardonic’ Publishers Weekly
‘The most amusing science fiction story I’ve read in ten years . . . once I started reading I couldn’t put it down’ A. E. van Vogt