New Speculative Fiction


Thu, 03/02/2017 - 20:47
by Gray, Claudia,
Publisher Del Rey, [2016]
First edition.
341 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number SP SW GRA
Summary Presents a prequel to Star Wars: The force awakens, set roughly six years before the events of the film.

Breath of earth

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:12
by Cato, Beth,
Publisher Harper Voyager, [2016]
First edition.
387 pages : map ; 21 cm
Call Number SP CAT
Summary "In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation-- the Unified Pacific--in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong secretary Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer wardens who have no idea of the depth of her own talent--or that she is the only woman to possess such skills. When assassins kill the wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic. But the pair is far from safe. Without its full force of guardian geomancers, the city is on the brink of a cataclysmic earthquake that will expose the earth's power to masterminds determined to control the energy for their own dark ends. The danger escalates when Chinese refugees, preparing to fight the encroaching American and Japanese forces, fracture the uneasy alliance between the Pacific allies, transforming San Francisco into a veritable powder keg. And the slightest tremor will set it off" -- provided by publisher.

Den of wolves : a Blackthorn & Grim novel

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:12
by Marillier, Juliet,
Publisher Roc, 2016.
Roc hardcover edition.
ix, 433 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number SP MAR
Summary "Healer Blackthorn knows all too well the rules of her bond to the fey: seek no vengeance, help any who ask, do only good. But after the recent ordeal she and her companion, Grim, have suffered, she knows she cannot let go of her quest to bring justice to the man who ruined her life. Despite her personal struggles, Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl's home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task--repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn't take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems--the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies. Back at Winterfalls, the evil touch of Blackthorn's sworn enemy reopens old wounds and fuels her long-simmering passion for justice. With danger on two fronts, Blackthorn and Grim are faced with a heartbreaking choice--to stand once again by each other's side or to fight their battles alone"--

After the crown

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 23:47
by Wagers, K. B,
Publisher Orbit, 2016.
First edition.
402 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number SP WAG
Summary "The adrenaline-fueled, Star Wars-style sequel to Behind the Throne, a new space adventure series from author K.B. Wagers. Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule. When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world"--


Wed, 12/14/2016 - 02:09
by Wendig, Chuck,
Publisher Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016] ©2016
First edition.
320 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number SP WEN
Summary On the isolated Kolohe Atoll in the middle of the Pacific ocean, a charismatic billionaire employs a team of scientists to conduct cutting-edge research that he hopes will change the world. In a cabin on a remote lake in the Adirondacks, FBI futurist Hannah Stander finds a barely recognizable human body, which appears to have been skinned alive by thousands of genetically engineered ants. Hannah's investigation leads to Kolohe, where the scientists vehemently deny any connection to the body. But the more Hannah studies the group, the more she suspects their research has sinister applications, and the more she realizes no one may get off the island alive--

Death wave

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 08:20
by Bova, Ben, 1932-
Publisher Tor, 2016. ©2015.
First Mass Market Edition.
433 pages ; 18 cm
Call Number SP BOV
Summary "In Ben Bova's novel New Earth, Jordan Kell led the first human mission beyond the solar system. There they discovered only devastation: the ruins of an ancient alien civilization. But one alien AI survived, and it revealed to Jordan Kell that an explosion in the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy has created a wave of deadly radiation, expanding out from the core toward Earth. Unless the human race acts to save itself, all life on Earth will be wiped out. Kell and his team return to Earth to carry the warning. But they arrive centuries after their departure and find that their world has changed almost beyond recognition. Not only has a second wave of greenhouse flooding caused sea levels to rise, but society has been changed by the consequences of the climate shifts. Few people want to face Jordan Kell's news. He must convince Earth's new rulers that the human race is in danger of extinction unless it acts to forestall the death wave coming form the galaxy's heart." --

In the shadow of the gods : a bound gods novel

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 17:08
by Dunne, Rachel,
Publisher Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
First edition.
389 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number SP DUN
Summary "A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals, led by violent, secretive man, must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world"--

The long way to a small, angry planet

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 17:08
by Chambers, Becky,
Publisher Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016] ©2014
First edition.
443 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number SP CHA
Summary "When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The patched-up ship has seen better days, but it offers her everything she could possible want: a spot to call home, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy and some distance from her past. And nothing could be further from what she's known than the crew of the Wayfarer"--Page [4] of cover.

The race

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 17:08
by Allan, Nina,
Publisher Titan Books, 2016. ©2016
First edition.
447 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number SP ALL
Summary The present day and an alternate future merge as a child is kidnapped, a writer reaches into the past to discover the truth about a possible murder, and a young woman prepares for her mysterious future.

Zen city

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 17:08
by Fintushel, Eliot,
Publisher Zero Books, 2016. ©2015
viii, 122 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number SP FIN
Summary "The world of Zen City is a world of passionate desires: the desire for power, the desire for order, and the desire for self-transcendence. Zen City is a story about the struggle and violence of people who see themselves as striving for the ultimate. Along the way, Zen City presents a sly critique of the practice and perversions of imported spirituality in twentieth-century America"--Page [4] of cover.

Ghost talkers

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 22:58
by Kowal, Mary Robinette, 1969-
Publisher Tor, 2016.
First edition.
304 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number SP KOW
Summary "Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force ... Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiancé to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things"

Infinite rooms

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:56
by Griffin, David John.
Publisher Urbane Publications, 2016.
264 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number SP GRI
Summary While narrating to a remembered psychiatrist, Donald Clement's inner reality becomes infused with surreal fantasy: Neptune rising from the sea; a giant showing the wonders of the universe; an incredible stranger who promises to reveal the secrets of infinity. As Donald falls deeper into the mental realm, so his protected memories are gradually revealed again, exposing the shocking truths he has been hiding--even from himself. Like a unique, mind-bending cross between Clive Barker and China Mieville, this is a novel of wonderful psychological terrors and fantastical dreams, as one man wrestles with the thin line between fantasy and reality.

False hearts

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Lam, Laura, 1988-
Publisher Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
First U.S. edition.
xi, 365 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number SP LAM
Summary One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila's identity and gather information -- then if she brings down the drug syndicate, the police may let her sister live. But Taema's investigation raises ghosts from the twins' past. The sisters were raised by a cult which banned modern medicine. But as conjoined twins, they needed surgery to divide their shared heart--and escaped. Taema now finds that Tila discovered the links between the cult and the city's underground. Once unable to keep secrets, the sisters will discover the true cost of lies--


Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Walton, Jo,
Publisher Tor, 2016.
First edition.
334 pages ; 22 cm.
Call Number SP WAL
Summary "The conclusion to The Just City and The Philosopher Kings" -- "More than sixty-five years ago, Pallas Athena founded the Just City on an island in the eastern Mediterranean, placing it centuries before the Trojan War, populating it with teachers and children from throughout human history, and committing it to building a society based on the principles of Plato's Republic. Among the City's children was Pytheas, secretly the god Apollo in human form. Sixty years ago, the Just City schismed into five cities, each devoted to a different version of the original vision. Forty years ago, the five cities managed to bring their squabbles to a close. But in consequence of their struggle, their existence finally came to the attention of Zeus, who can't allow them to remain in deep antiquity, changing the course of human history. Convinced by Apollo to spare the Cities, Zeus instead moved everything on the island to the planet Plato, circling its own distant sun. Now, more than a generation has passed. The Cities are flourishing on Plato, and even trading with multiple alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately as Apollo in his full glory. And there's suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato--a ship from Earth" --

The dragon round

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Power, Stephen S.,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2016.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
320 pages : map ; 24 cm
Call Number SP POW
Summary "A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik--when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation"--

The ghoul king

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Haley, Guy, 1973-
Publisher Tom Doherty Associates, 2016.
First edition.
159 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number SP HAL
Summary "The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world - whatever that means, any more - to restock his small but essential inventory. After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi-functional robot. But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many."--

The time train

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Bosarge, Eric.
Publisher Medallion Press, 2016.
First edition.
430 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number SP BOS
Summary "When Amos, a rebellious young man in the 1930s, attempts to stop time travelers from kidnapping a girl, he learns the future is overrun by aliens - and his future grandson will cause the invasion by contacting them. When the time travelers realize who Amos is, they hunt him down with murderous intent in order to save the future. But when their plan fails, the time travelers must offer Amos an uneasy exchange - knowledge and wealth for his help in creating a secret refuge outside of time for the survivors of the alien attack. Their goal: to change the future before it happens"--

Waypoint Kangaroo

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 22:43
by Chen, Curtis C.,
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
First edition.
312 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number SP CHE
Summary "Kangaroo isn't your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is "the pocket." It's a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower. After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory "vacation:" an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn't the only spy on the ship--and he's just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System. Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that's existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake. Weren't vacations supposed to be relaxing?"--

After atlas : a Planetfall novel

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:41
by Newman, Emma, 1976-
Publisher Roc, 2016.
First edition.
365 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number SP NEW
Summary "Some truths are better left undiscovered.... Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos's entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away, what made his father lose hope, what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas's departure, it's got something to do with why Casales was found dead in his hotel room--and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation. To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past isn't so easy. There is more to Casales's death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes..."--

Alien morning

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:41
by Wilber, Rick, 1948-
Publisher Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
First edition.
300 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number SP WIL
Summary "The fate of two civilizations depends on one troubled family in Rick Wilber's science-fiction adventure Alien Morning. Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper. The year 2030 sees a new era in social media with sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, immersing the audience in another person's experience. By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S'hudonni. The S'hudonni offer advanced science in exchange for various trade goods from Earth. But nothing is as simple as it seems. Peter finds himself falling for, Heather Newsome a scientist chosen by the S'hudonni to act as their liaison. Engaged to his brilliant marine biologist brother, Tom, Heather is not what she seems. But Peter has bigger problems. While he and his brother fight over long-standing family troubles, another issue looms: a secret war among the aliens, who are neither as benevolent nor as unified as they first seemed. Peter slowly learns secrets he was never meant to know, about the S'hudonni, and about his own family. Realizing that he has been used, he can only try to turn his situation around, to save what he can of his life and of the future of Earth. "--