The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

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Science fiction and fantasy enjoy a long literary tradition, stretching from Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Jules Verne to Ray Bradbury, Ursula K. Le Guin, and William Gibson. In The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy award-winning editor JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS delivers a diverse and vibrant collection of stories published in the previous year. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds, along with those who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories uphold a longstanding tradition in both genres — looking at the world and asking, What if . . . ? The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 includes: Kelly Link, Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, T. C. Boyle, Sofia Samatar, Jo Walton, Cat Rambo, Daniel H. Wilson, Seanan…

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Tiny Instruments

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What defines a human? Is it mental or physical traits? Award-winning author, Mitchell Bogatz, skillfully weaves his studies of philosophy into his intricate new work on the things that make us human. In his new philosophical science fiction novel, Tiny Instruments [July 2015], Bogatz brings to life the story of Timothy Cottard, an endearing “artificial” with the DNA of a brilliant scientist. “The book isn’t just a mindless escape for readers,” says Bogatz, “it challenges their minds and strives to make them better human beings, while at the same time, packing quite a literary punch.” With a powerful emphasis on character development, readers will feel what it’s like to want to be human and at the same time question what…

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MARTians

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In a near-future world of exurban decay studded with big box stores, daily routine revolves around shopping—for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live. Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where “your smile is the AllMART welcome mat.” Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means “life,”…

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The Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass

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im Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors… Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew…

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The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

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Critically acclaimed author Kai Ashante Wilson makes his commercial debut with this striking, wondrous tale of gods and mortals, magic and steel, and life and death that will reshape how you look at sword and sorcery. Since leaving his homeland, the earthbound demigod Demane has been labeled a sorcerer. With his ancestors’ artifacts in hand, the Sorcerer follows the Captain, a beautiful man with song for a voice and hair that drinks the sunlight. The two of them are the descendants of the gods who abandoned the Earth for Heaven, and they will need all the gifts those divine ancestors left to them to keep their caravan brothers alive. The one safe road between the northern oasis and southern kingdom…

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Escape from Netherworld

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Escape from Netherworld, a thrilling tale of a group of friends whose simulated war games go awry one weekend, sending them into an alternate realm from which there appears to be no escape.  The friends go from playing the game to living the game, as they become the characters that they created. Travel along with these friends as they embark upon one harrowing adventure after another, befriending druids along the way and battling ogres and orcs with the help of an array of magic weapons. Watch them try to outwit the evil wizard who seems determined to keep them in this alternate world. The battle scenes are vividly drawn and charged with suspense. Will the group ever escape from this alternate world?  You will find yourself rooting…

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The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers, Book One: Divine Intervention

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Louisa Sparks is thrown into a world of chaos and adventure when she finds an unusual timepiece in the pocket of her grandfather’s old coat. With the press of a button, Louisa is suddenly transported through time. Soon after, she receives an invitation to join the strange fraternity of The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers. But her adventures have only just begun! Time travellers are going missing and Louisa may be the only one who can save them. Visit us at www.thetimetravellersclub.com Meet the Author ELYSE KISHIMOTO’s journey as an author began after she graduated from the University of Toronto with a double-major in politics and philosophy and minor in English literature. Afterword, she pursued a Master’s degree…

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Jonesbridge: Echoes of Hinterland

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In a post-apocalyptic Earth, the past is almost as uncertain as the future and the present exists with no indication of how it came to be. Set more than two hundred years into the future, Myron Daw finds himself trapped inside the restrictive ‘protection’ of the Jonesbridge Industrial Complex in M.E. Parker’s debut book, Jonesbridge: Echoes of Hinterland. When Myron meets Sindra, a new arrival snatched from her rail-walker clan, her spirit fuels his hope of someday escaping the compound. When Sindra confides in Myron that the Jonesbridge guards have assaulted her and she is pregnant, despite the complex’s sterilization procedure, Myron tells her his secret—he has built an airship to fly them over the gorge that surrounds Jonesbridge. As…

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After the Saucers Landed

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UFOlogist Harold Flint is heartbroken and depressed that the aliens that have landed on the White House lawn appear to be straight out of an old B movie. They wave to the television cameras in their sequined jumpsuits, form a nonprofit organization offering new age enlightenment, and hover their saucers over the streets of New York looking for converts. Harold wants no part of this kitschy invasion until one of the aliens, a beautiful blonde named Asket, begs him to investigate the saucers again and write another UFO book. The aliens and their mission are not as they seem. Asket isn’t who she seems either. Tracking down her true personality leads Harold and his cowriter through a maze of identity…

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The King in Yellow

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The supernatural stories that make up Robert W. Chambers’s classic piece of weird fiction are tied together by a play that brings madness to all who read it: The King in Yellow. It’s a book that draws readers in with an irresistible yet innocent opening act, then drives them insane with the poisonous words of Act 2. It’s a book that cannot be suppressed, spreading like a disease from city to city, continent to continent. An influence on writers from H. P. Lovecraft to Neil Gaiman, The King in Yellow is one of the most important works of American supernatural fiction. In this dangerously unputdownable graphic-novel adaptation, I. N. J. Culbard brings to life a thrilling tale of horror that will make…

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Blue Gemini: A Thriller

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The year is 1968: The Cold War is far from over, nuclear annihilation is always only a heartbeat away. America is racing the Soviet Union to land men on the Moon, a war is raging, and a pivotal presidential election looms on the horizon. A child of the early space age, Lieutenant Scott Ourecky joined the Air Force with aspirations of going to flight school. A brilliant engineer, he repeatedly fails the aptitude test to become a pilot but is selected to work on a highly classified military space program—the innocuously named Aerospace Support Project—in which Air Force astronauts are slated to fly missions to intercept and destroy suspect Soviet satellites. When one of the astronauts in training abruptly falls…

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Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola

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In another century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely dream of. But several earthly problems have not been resolved. One of these is the periodic emergence of infectious diseases that have evaded all efforts to prevent or control them. Enter Q-strain, an astoundingly pernicious mutation of Ebola virus which totally wipes out all humans on the Earth. There is time, however, to transport the very earliest stage of clones to the robotic station on the Moon. When the “all clear” for absence of the Ebola Q-strain mutant on the Earth has been biologically verified, these clones are given birth on the Moon and…

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Dark Intelligence

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One man will transcend death to seek vengeance. One woman will transform herself to gain power. And no one will emerge unscathed… Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he’s been brought back from the dead. What’s more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago. Spear had been trapped on a world surrounded by hostile Prador forces, but Penny Royal, the AI inside the rescue ship sent to provide backup, turned rogue, annihilating friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction and killing Spear. One hundred years later the AI is still on the loose, and Spear vows for revenge at any cost. Isobel Satomi ran a successful crime syndicate, but after competitors attacked…

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The Path (Tag Series)

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All life on earth is about to be terminated by an entity as old as the galaxy itself. To make matters worse, Simon has broken everything already. In a future world that is run by computer systems and that is without want, how can a man find his role? Then, if the very computers he works on to try to make them more human suddenly try to kill him, revealing a secret so vast that it affects every living soul on the planet, can that man be a hero? These are the questions that face the stumbling, comic, and certainly flawed Simon Bank. His job is to work with the System’s artificial intelligence, making it fit more perfectly into human…

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Storm Surge

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A renowned scientist takes us through the devastating and unprecedented events of Hurricane Sandy, using it to explain our planet’s changing climate, and what we need to do to protect ourselves and our cities for the future. Was Hurricane Sandy a freak event—or a harbinger of things to come?  Was climate change responsible?  What connects the spiraling clouds our satellites saw from space, the brackish water that rose up over the city’s seawalls, and the slow simmer of greenhouse gases? Why weren’t we better prepared? In this fascinating and accessible work of popular science, atmospheric scientist and Columbia University professor Adam Sobel addresses these questions, combining scientific explanation with first-hand experience of the event itself. He explains the remarkable atmospheric…

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The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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“Three times Randolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous city, and three times was he snatched away while still he paused on the high terrace above it.” Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there—but that won’t stop Randolph Carter from trying. About The Author H. P.…

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