It’s publication day! And you know what that means — there are some brand-new books out in shops for you to read. Be it epic, political science fiction; SF of the detective noir persuasion; or grand and sweeping science fantasy, go out and read all these gems and shout about how fantastic they are! We’re delighted to share them with you today — read on for a taster!
Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald
McDonald’s epic SF trilogy of corporate greed and family betrayal in the lethal setting of the moon reaches its triumphant conclusion.
Optioned for TV by CBS in a massive deal, Ian McDonald’s Luna trilogy has already been acclaimed as one of the most exciting and important SF series of the decade. This is Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy for a new generation; perfect SF for fans of Gravity and The Martian looking for a wider canvas and large-scale thriller format.
Akin to the mafia families of The Godfather, the families of the five Dragons who control the rich resources of the moon are locked in an endless and vicious struggle for supremacy and now the peace that reigned while the moon was colonised is breaking down. Which of the scions of the dragons will gain supremacy? Or will the moon, with its harsh vacuum, it’s freezing dark and blazing, irradiated light be the final winner?
Praise for Ian McDonald:
‘Provocative, gripping and prancingly adult, it’s a stunning example of how good science-fiction can be, and proof that McDonald is one of the best writers currently working in the genre’ SFX
‘There’s a lot of intrigue, some violence, rather more sex – healthily polymorphous and energetic, this – and all the pleasures of a cut-throat soap opera in space: a sort of Moon-Dome Dallas’ Guardian
‘Luna: New Moon is a world that has been intricately woven together by its author. It’s compelling and thought-provoking, and all without relying on overbearing sci-fi clichés. Brilliantly done’ SciFiNow
From Divergent Suns, Sam Peters
The thrilling conclusion to the brilliant trilogy set on a distant world among the stars.
A MISSING NUCLEAR WARHEAD. AN INTERSTELLAR CONSPIRACY. A DOOMSDAY CULT.
In a remote city, a renowned performance artist commits suicide on video; from a long-abandoned space station comes impossible footage of a dead body; and in an isolated outpost, a secretive cult believes they are communing with the ancient alien Masters.
How are they connected?
Inspector Keon is trying to investigate, but once again his life has been flipped upside down. His wife, Alysha, is alive. His long search is over. Or, so he thinks. But his investigation is leading to a grand conspiracy by a powerful cabal and the forces of distant Earth reaching into every level of Magentan society.
Is she involved?
As he tries to learn the truth, the AI construct of his wife he created searches for her own place in this world and Magenta faces an existential threat. On the run, and with nowhere to turn Keon must decide who to trust:
The wife he loves or the AI who loves him.
Praise for Sam Peters:
‘This is immersive SF, full of world-building detail, with a twisted love story at its heart’ Financial Times
‘A truly gripping novel with a mystery complex enough to keep me guessing to the end’ SF Crowsnest
‘An entertaining piece of high-concept science fiction’ Frightfest
Empire of Silence, Christopher Ruocchio
Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.
It was not his war.
On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives–even the Emperor himself–against Imperial orders.
But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.
Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fighting a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
Praise for Christopher Ruocchio:
‘Empire of Silence is epic science fiction at its most genuinely epic. Ruocchio has made something fascinating here, and I can’t wait to see what he does next’ James S.A. Corey
‘Empire of Silence is a rich tapestry of future history and worldbuilding, a galactic-sized story of a hero, a tyrant, but portrayed as a man’ Kevin J. Anderson