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

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

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

Neal Stephenson – Some Remarks

Please note I have a limited number of siged copies of his new hardback available!

August 20, 2012 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

Charles Stross & Cory Doctorow – Rapture of the Nerds

Charles Stross‘ new hardback is out in September.

It’s a collaboration with Cory Doctorow called Rapture of the Nerds and published only  in the US with no UK edition.

I will have the hardback in early September and be able to supply copies signed by Charlie but not by Cory. Price will be £18.99 for the book and £2.20 for postage withing the UK. More for Europe and elsewhere.

One more point – he’s out of town when it’s initially published and won’t be able to sign until mid-September. Copies will be shipped as soon as possible after that.

August 18, 2012 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment


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