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

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 enquiries@transreal.co.uk 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

New Titles – w/e 21st June 2014

in hardcover:

Terry Pratchett & Stephen BaxterThe Long Mars the 3rd in their multiple worlds series The Long Earth. Across many of the worlds the gigantic Yellowstone caldera eruption is causing chaos and disorder…

Roberet GalbraithThe Silkworm sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling by a lightly-disguised J. K. Rowling. It again features P.I. Cormoran Strike, this time investigating the disappearance of a novelist.

Neil GaimanThe Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains story illustrated in various styles by Eddie Campbell and set on the Isle of Skye

J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings beautiful new slipcased illustrated edition.  Comes in it’s own cardboard box!

in large format:

Mike, Linda & Louise CareyThe House of War and Witness in 1740 war is coming to Europe and a young Austrian lieutenant is ordered to investigate the disappearance of a previous garrison at his company’s new posting. But there are very strange goings-on involved…
Mark MurphyMinology: The Curious Secret of Central Head Penelope is tiny and lives a quiet life in a gigantic ear but then there’s a malfunction in the Ear Department…

in ‘B’ format:

Kieran SheaKoko Takes a Holiday 500 years in the future retired mercenary Koko finds herself the target of her former colleagues. Fast-moving action cyberpunk.

Patrick LeeRunner eleven year old Rachel is the target of a huge manhunt. And not in a good way. Thriller.

Warhammer 40,000Fist of Demetrius the 2nd volume of William King‘s Macharian Crusade trilogy

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Shop News & Chat | Leave a 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…

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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?

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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…

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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

Christmas at Transreal!

Um, for the first time ever, we have a genuine CHRISTMAS TREE!

Usually I settle for some lights and tinsel, occasionally a bit more, but this tree is special!

Mathematical Decorations!

Mathematical Decorations!

It’s part of the Decorate Edinburgh charity christmas tree trail  – there  is a leaflet available for the project; the official launch was on Monday the 9th.

The decorations on my tree are rather special; they’re all knitted by Madeleine Shepherd of Plum & Pepper Studio and are all specific mathematical forms! Read all about her work on the tree here.

There are better photos at that link but I’ll be editing in some more pictures soon…

knitted 'tinsel'

knitted ‘tinsel’

December 10, 2013 Posted by | Shop News & Chat | 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

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

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