Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Interruption in Service!

Please note that Transreal Fiction will be closed briefly from Tuesday 7th October until Friday the 10th and also on Monday 13th. But I will be open as usual on the Saturday in between, the 11th October.

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

The Causal Angel – Hannu Rajaniemi

Contrary to what I understood, Hannu will be able to sign copies of his new book, The Causal Angel, for me.

The book itself is £20.00 and mailing prices will be as for Charlie’s recent Laundry novel, The Rhesus Chart. i.e. within the UK it’ll be £22.80

Europe, £20 + £6.60

World, £20.00 + £10.15

Australia & NZ, £20 + £10.75

Let me know how you’d like it signed and which postage rate applies and I’ll send a PayPal Invoice.


“With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur. Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story.

And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system.”



July 14, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of The Rhesus Chart

Yes, it’s the new Laundry novel from Charlie Stross and it’s due out at the beginning of July.
As before, he’s agreed to sign copies for me.

It’s the UK Orbit hardcover and will cost £16.99 + postage.
Postage will be £2.80 within the UK (2nd class parcel under 1kg)
To the rest of Europe it’ll be £6.60
To most of the rest of the world it’ll be £10.15
And to Australia/NZ it’s £10.75

Books can be signed with a plain signature, or with the date, location or brief greeting added. Not the first line though, I’m afraid.
Drop me a note at saying how you’d like it signed and where it’s to be sent and I’ll issue a PayPal Invoice (which will ask for your full address).
(People who have already e-mailed me should receive their invoices or an e-mail shortly, so no need to remind me)

And I should be able to supply the Laundry novella Equoid to be published by Subterranean Press soon; it’s likely to be £25.00 + postage.





June 21, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | 1 Comment

Closed for a few days…

Please note that the shop is likely to be closed from Monday through Thursday next week.

i.e. the 16th to the 19th June inclusive.
E-mails, etc. will be answered as soon as possible after that, especially ones relating to getting signed copies of Charlie Stross’ new Laundry novel. (due out early July)


edit: actually, I’ve managed to get someone in for most of the time.

June 11, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

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


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