Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Lucius Shepard

I was surprised and saddened this morning to learn that Lucius Shepard had died.
He first gained recognition back in the mid-1980s with Green Eyes, one of the re-launched Ace Specials that also promoted the careers of William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson among others… Then followed Life During Wartime and The Jaguar Hunter collection, both set in future Central America. Also The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter, the first of several connected slightly more traditional fantasies.
More recently I read Dog-Eared Paperback of My Life, a novella-length piece in the anthology Other Earths, which was excellent.

More personally, I had the great good fortune to end up hanging out with Lucius a couple of times years ago at a big London convention we were both attending. We ended up chatting and drinking long into the night and he came across as a really interesting character with loads of stories to tell… somewhere I have a photo!
Anyway, quite a brief friendship, but one I’ve remembered for decades.
I’ll miss him.






March 20, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of Descent by Ken MacLeod

As with previous books, Ken has agreed to sign copies of his new hardcover for me.
Options include a plain signature, or with the date, location or a brief greeting added.

The book is due out from Orbit in early March and will cost £19.99
Postage within the UK will add £2.61, making the total £22.60 altogether.
Postage to the rest of Europe will be £7.85 or £27.84 in total.
Postage to further afield (e.g. U.S. & Canada) will be £12.60 or £32.59 in total and to Australia/NZ £13.25 or £33.24 altogether.

To order, just e-mail me saying where you live and what you’d like and I’ll issue a PayPal Invoice which will detail your request and also ask for your full address…


HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH? Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft.

Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can’t identify or explain the phenomenon. And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred? Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover-up? Or does the very idea of a cover-up hide the biggest secret of all?






February 25, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | Leave a comment

Christmas Knitting

My shop christmas tree received it’s final decorations this morning!
It now has 13 little yellow and black knitted trefoils to go with all the other mathy designs and shapes…


There are 13 because that’s next in the Fibonacchi sequence of numbers of types of knitted mathematical decorations – and the colours are split 5 and 8!
Full explanation on the artist’s blog here.

And we’ll be open tomorrow (Christmas Eve) from 11.00 until late aftertnoon sometime. Then I’m off home! Merry Christmas!

Open again at 11.00 on Friday.

December 23, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | , | Leave a comment

Neptune’s Brood – Charles Stross signed copies

Charlie’s new hardback is out in about three weeks in early July.

It’s called Neptune’s Brood and the UK edition costs £16.99
Signed & personalised copies will be availabe as in the past; I’ll be e-mailing previous customers about this, but feel free to contact me and tell me what you’d like.

Plain signature, date, location, brief greeting, etc. should be possible, but no first lines, I’m afraid.

The postage within the UK will be £1.90 or £18.89 in total
Within Europe: £6.00 or £22.99 altogether
Most of the rest of the world: £10.40 or £27.39 altogether
Australia & NZ, etc: £10.80 or £27.79 altogether

If you want more than one copy, I’ll check and let you know the postage.


“My friend has discovered faster-than-light travel! If we get in now, we can make it rich! Just send us your bank details today…” Krina Alizond-114 is a metahuman in a universe where the last natural humans went extinct five thousand years ago. When a letter from her sister goes missing Krina embarks on a dangerous journey across the star systems to find her, along the way getting caught up in an elegant and unprecedented financial scam that involves the mystery of the missing space colony – Atlantis.

June 13, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

Jack Vance: The sun has guttered and finally gone out

I woke up this morning to the sad news that my favourite author had died at the weekend, aged 96. I’ve been reading Jack Vance since the late 1960s – 45 years! -  and although he stopped writing some time ago, it’s still a great loss.

Locus have a brief piece here.

And I like what Battered, Tattered, Yellowed & Creased said as well.

I first came across his work when I bought The Eyes of the Overworld back in about 1967 or so, possibly a bit later, but still 45 years ago! I used to go to a local newsagent whenever I had enough pocketmoney to buy one of the import sf titles they had on a spinner and one time that’s what I risked my money on! It probably cost me 10d, maybe 1/-


By the mid 70s I was picking up his books as   they were (re)released by Mayflower and in the late 70s I bought my first hardback (the outsize Underwood Miller edition of Morreion)! Since then I’ve got hold of most of what he’s written, from almost all his 1st appearances in old pulp magazines, though paperbacks, hardbacks and more!

In 1992 he was Guest of Honor at Worldcon in Orlando and I made the trip there to see him. It was great fun and I ended up chatting to him and Norma and their son Jack, jr. and helping with one of the official signing events he had. Even then his sight was failing and I sat beside him opening all the books to the right page, lining them up so he could sign without needing to adjust his wrist and telling him what the titles were… I felt quite honoured.
To keep my luggage weight under control I only took one book of my own to get signed – The Blue World h/c from Putnam

IMG_2330  I’ve accumulated many    other signed editions, but  that’s the only personalised one.

He’s written too many books for me to name a favourite but The Killing Machine, Trullion, Pao, The Miracle Workers, The Blue World are all up there, with many more! One or two clunkers, I admit, especially in his early short fiction but nothing I haven’t felt worth re-reading at some point! Over the years his books have been a constant, the centre-point of my reading, around which everything else has revolved.

But, at last, like the Dying Earth’s sun, his light is finally eclipsed.

Fare thee well, Jack.


Jack Vance 1916 – 2013

My Flickr set has my comments on some of his books, etc.



May 30, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Author News | | Leave a comment

Signed Eric Brown Books

Please note that signed copies of Eric’s two new paperback books, Starship Seasons and The Serene Invasion, will be available from Wednesday 15th May.

Starship Seasons is published by DIP (an imprint of PS Publishing) and consists of 4 linked novellas, Starship Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.
The Serene Invasion is a new novel about the peaceful invasion of earth, and of those who oppose it and is published by Solaris.

The books are both £7.99 each, plus £1.00 per book for postage within the UK. Some other signed titles of Eric’s are also available.


In other related news, also available signed (and numbered) is The Boolian Gate by Walter Jon Williams, a limited edition hardcover novella from Subterranean Press. Price is £25 plus £2.00 posteage in the UK.



May 13, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Signed Books | Leave a comment

Alba ad Astra exhibition

If you missed this exhibition about Scotland’s forgotten space project by Madeleine Shepherd when I had it on display back in 2009, you can catch it displayed around the walls at Hula Juice Bar at the foot of Victoria Street for the next few weeks!

A companion exhibition book is still available, with a forward by Ken MacLeod. Copies cost £6.99 over the counter , or £7.99 inc. postage & packing within the UK (overseas price on request). You can purchase it either from Transreal, from Hula or from the artist direct.

March 12, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

My Location!

At last!

Google Street View have finally driven down (or maybe up) the top half of Candlemaker Row and I can finally post a Streetview of the shop and update my ‘Location’ page.

March 8, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a good Christmas, enjoy the New Year when it comes, and I’ll see you again in 2013!

December 31, 2012 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 29th December 2012

in hardback:

Robert ConroyRising Sun what if the Japanese had won at Midway?
Allen SteeleApollo’s Outcast forced to flee to the Moon, wheel-chair-bound Jamey finds he has to fight for freedom…

large format:

J. L. BourneShattered Hourglass the 3rd of the Day By Day Armageddon series, set during the zombie apocalypse!

Bjorn KurtenDance of the Tiger a novel of life in the ice age, written by an expert in the (ice) field!

Russell Jones (editor) – Where Rockets Burn Through an anthology of new UK sf poetry

in ‘B’ format

James P. BlaylockThe Aylesbury Skull the latest steampunk adventure of Langdon St. Ives, last seen in The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs. But don’t worry, it’s a stand-alone.

in paperback:

Joe HaldemanEarthbound the 3rd in the series that began with Marsbound
Tobias Buckell – Arctic Rising near-future thriller, set in the high Arctic after the ice cap has melted… I liked the h/c a lot
Gareth L. PowellAck-Ack Macaque wonderful title, and looks fun! Zany alternate history, set in arond the 2050s
Timothy ZahnCobra Gamble the 3rd of his Cobra Wars series, after Alliance and Guardian
Steve PerryThe Ramal Extraction the 1st in his new Cutter’s War military sf series
Brian Herbert & Kevin J. AndersonSisterhood of Dune Frank Herbert‘s most famous creation continues!

Star Trek TNG: The Body Electric the 3rd part of the Cold Equations trilogy, by David Mack

Simon R. GreenThe Bride Wore Black Leather the 10th of his Nightside novels
Diana Pharaoh FrancisBlood Winter the 4th Horngate Witches adventure
K. J. TaylorThe Shadow’s Heir the 2at in the author’s new Risen Sun series
Larry CorreiaSpellbound the sequel to Hard Magic, and the 2nd in his Grimnoir Chronicles

Rachel Caine & Kerrie L. Hughes (editors) – Chicks Kick Butt 13 new stories from 2011, when this anthology first appeared in a different edition

art, etc:

Ashley WoodSparrow Box Set 4 small hardcovers in a box; one, called sketches and ideas, hasn’t been available until now
Jim BalentThe Art of JB: Magick in Black and White vol. 2 softcover comes with an extra mini artbook called Holly G!‘s Witches n Whatnot

Alexandro Jodorowski & Zoran JanjetovBefore the Incal 300 page h/c from Humanoids, set before the classic Incal story
Philippe RicheThe Alliance of the Curious madcap adventure as 3 antique dealers try to track down the source of some Neanderthal DNA!


Locus  – December cover date
Juxtapoz – January 2013 issue




December 24, 2012 Posted by | Announcements, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment


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