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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

New Titles – w/e 5th July

in hardcover:

Charles StrossThe Rhesus Chart the 5th Laundry novel. Signed copies available! (not all pre-ordered mail order copies have been signed but he’ll be back soon to finish them, so please be patient)

Joe AbercrombieHalf a King Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne…
Terry BrooksThe High Druid’s Blade the latest Shannara volume – part 1 of The Defenders of Shannara. Depending if you include The Word and the Void trilogy, it’s either #23 or #26 overall!

Tobias S. BuckellHurricane Fever sequel to the post-climate change thriller Arctic Rising
Paul ParkAll Those Vanished Engines an alternate history in three parts; starting after an alternate Civil War then moving to the present day and finally into the near future, where a bizarre secret is uncovered…
Rachel Pollack – The Child Eater Matyas has run away to Wizard School to learn how to fly, and in our world Simon tries to hide his strange powers. They’ll never meet, but they must work together…

in large format:

John Scalzi (editor)  – Metatropolis 5 novellas with a common background, by Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder & the late Jay Lake

in ‘B’ format:

Tobias S. BuckellHurricane Fever sequel to the post-climate change thriller Arctic Rising, which  I really enjoyed last year
Peter LineyThe Detainee the punishment satellites are constantly watching over the prison island but someone discovers a secret…
Guy AdamsThe Clown Service Toby Greene is reassigned to a strange, secretive branch of the security services…
Django WexlerThe Thousand Names set at a desert outpost on the edge of empire; part 1 of The Shadow Campaigns

Doctor WhoTales of Trenzalore 4 stories set at different times during it’s seige… Let it Snow by Justin Richards, An Apple a Day by George Mann, Strangers in the Outland by Paul Finch & The Dreaming by Mark Morris

in paperback:

Alex ArcherThe Devil’s Chord  the 49th Rogue Angel adventure…
James AxlerDesolation Angels the 68th Death Lands adventure…

art, etc:

Digital Art Masters – volume 9 from 3DTotal Publishing

Nick BertozziShackleton: Antarctic Odyssey b&w graphic novel of his famous, disastrous expedition (which turned out well!)
Harlan Ellison & Paul Chadwick with Ken Steacy7 Against Chaos full colour graphic novel


Hi-Fructose – volume 32
Heavy Metal – #269
Brick Journal – issue #28 all about Lego


July 3, 2014 Posted by | 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

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

New Titles – w/e 8th March 2014

in hardback :

Ken MacLeodDescent government surveillance and cover-ups! Signed copies available

Brandon SandersonWords of Radiance 1000+ page sequel to The Way of Kings. The Stormlight Archive #2

Sebastien De CastellTraitor’s Blade conspiracy in the most corrupt city in the world. Following the death of the king, three ex-magistrates have ended up in dead-end bodyguard jobs… Part 1 of The Greatcoats
Ramsey CampbellThe Pretence the day after a dire prediction failed to come true, everything should now be alright… shouldn’t it?

large format:

Andrzej SapkowskiBaptism of Fire the 4th in the fantasy series that began with The Last Wish. Translated from Polish by David French
Mark SmylieThe Barrow epic adventure in the world of Artesia
Nigel EdwardsBadger’s Waddle surreal story set in a minor English village. Giant rabbits, exploding tourists, shaved gibbons…
Barrington J. BaileyGateway Omnibus containing novels  The Soul of the Robot and The Fall of Chronopolis with the collection The Knights of the Limits

Mur LaffertyGhost Train to New Orleans Zoe writes travel guides to tourist spots for the undead…

Andy McDermottThe Valhalla Prophecy the 9th adventure with Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase

in ‘B’ format:

Jim C. HinesLibriomancer Isaac is in a secret guild which can draw forth objects mentioned in books…
David MunroThe Time Jigsaw fleeing trouble, James returns to Scotland but discovers he is time-slipping to different periods…

in paperback:

Julie E. CzernedaA Turn of the Light part 1 of Marrowdell; Jenn has grown up in a small valley on the edge of the magical realms…
Seanan McGuireHalf-Off Ragnarok the 3rd InCryptid adventure…
Anne BishopWritten in Red the 1st novel of The Others. Meg gets a Human Liason job despite being on the run and having to hide her foretelling ability
Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. RossThe Children of Kings a Darkover novel, which seems to follow on from The Alton Gift and Hastur Lord

Clive Cussler & Justin ScottThe Striker their 5th co-written Isaac Bell adventure; the 6th altogether.

art, etc:

John Ferguson, Tone Julskjaer & Gary WelshSaltire Scottish graphic novel set in Roman times… Full colour, published by Diamondsteel Comics

March 6, 2014 Posted by | Author News, Transreal New Titles | 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

Frederik Pohl 1919 – 2013

The last of a great generation of sf authors has died, aged 93.

Over the decades he wrote some great fiction, but his parallel career in editing was very influential as well and helped transform the field. He also wrote non-fiction, not least his auto-biographical books and latterly his website reminiscences about all sorts of corners and little-remembered niches of genre publishing.

I don’t know when I first read him but it was almost certainly back in the late 1960s. Either something he co-wrote, like The Space Merchants (with C. M. Kornbluth), or more likely various short stories.
I do know the first book of his I actually bought was the collection Gold at the Starbow’s End in 1972, which included a story I liked a lot called The Merchants of Venus (groan!) which 15 years on I recognised was the original story Gateway and it’s sequels sprang from!
The first novel I bought was Gladiator-at-Law a couple of years later in 1974 and I continued to read most of his new work, and dip into more of his back catalogue including his classic collaborations with C. M. Kornbluth and Jack Williamson.

I’ve not read it, but his final novel, two years ago, was All the Lives He Led, which seems like a fitting note to end on for a man with such an influential career in so many ways.

September 3, 2013 Posted by | Author News | Leave a comment

Richard Matheson 1926 – 2013

Another of the greats of imaginative literature dies.

Richard Matheson was probably best known for writing I am Legend, which has been filmed several times with varying results. But he also wrote hundreds of other short stories, novels, etc. many of which were adapted for tv and film. The original Duel story, which launched the career of Spielberg, Star Trek episodes, Twilight Zone episodes, all sorts of work.
My own favourite was the novel The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man in 1957). Both the original short novel and the classic film still feel fresh today; I watched the film again about a month ago and was again impressed by the shrinking effects.

He’ll be missed, but he leaves a great body of work to remember him by.

June 25, 2013 Posted by | Author News | 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

Iain M. Banks

Very sad to hear the news that my friend Iain Banks has passed away.

We all thought he had several months at least before the inevitable end but it was not to be.
I heard the news on the BBC News at 22.00 and was impessed by Ian Rankin’s interview about him and what he has meant to his friends and readers.
And now I’m just back from our local pub, where we went and raised a glass of malt to his memory. I had 10 y.o. Lagavulin and my partner Madeleine had a 10 y.o. Caol Ila, both from Islay. Cheers, Iain, you shan’t be forgotten!


June 9, 2013 Posted by | Author News, Shop News & Chat | 1 Comment


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