Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 2nd June 2018

in hardcover:

Catherynne M. ValenteSpace Opera humans have reached the stars and discovered that influence and position can be gained by competing in the once-a-Cycle Metagalactic Grand Prix…
Greg EganPhoresis one of a pair of twin planets is dying, and it’s people hope that migration to it’s unknown companion may save them…

in large format:

Sarah GaileyAmerican Hippo alternate history omnibus containing the novellas River of Teeth & Taste of Marrow with 2 more short stories, all about the hippo ranching business in the swamps of the American South!
Yahtzee CroshawJam the Apocalypse will be a lot… stickier… than anyone prepared for!

Duncan Lunan (editor) – Starfield re-issue of the 1989 anthology of 17 Scottish science fiction stories, published this time around by the Shoreline of Infinity team.

David RoweThe Proverbs of Middle-Earth strange as news from Bree!

Mur LaffertyI Should Be Writing subtitled ‘A Writer’s Workshop‘ and written by the award winning podcaster and author

in ‘B’ format:

Peter WattsThe Freeze-Frame Revolution when only a tiny proportion of deep-sleep passengers are awake at any one time, how can they plan anything? Especially without the controlling AI knowing!
Ian McDonaldTime Was two people, presumed dead during WW2, are adrift in time and try to find each other by leaving clues in books, plays, etc…

in paperback:

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.Assassin’s Price the 11th volume of the Imager Portfolio
Hailey EdwardsBone Driven the sequel to Bayou Born and part 2 of her Foundling series…
Deborah HarknessA Discovery of Witches Diana discovers a rare manuscript about alchemy in the Bodlian Library stacks and wants nothing to do with it. But it’s too late, and strange beings are stirring! Volume 1 of her All Souls trilogy

Star Trek: PrometheusThe Root of All Rage the 2nd novel set on the USS Prometheus in the same era as ST: The Original Series. Written by Bernd Perplies & Christian Humberg

art, etc:

The Art of Jim Starlin: A Life in Words and Pictures large, heavily illustrated hardcover
Simon Grenan, Roger Sabin & Julian WaiteMarie Duval hardcover collecting the work of this Victorian cartoonist & illustrator
Frank QuietlyDrawings & Sketches small h/c with b&w and colour sketches and drawings

M. Alice LeGrowBizenghast: Falling Into Fear hardcover, with 2 dozen little removable colour posters in plastic sleeves and a dozen pages of stickers

David Munoz, Tirso & Javi MontesWhispers in the Walls horror story set in a children’s hospital in Czeckoslovakia in 1949. From Humanoids
Giovanni Gualdoni, Gabriele Clima, Matteo Piana & Davide TurottiThe Ring of the Seven Worlds softcover. Steampunk fantasy from Humanoids
Daniel LieskeThe Wormwood Saga brightly coloured little fantasy adventure. Softcover

Bernard Seret & Julien SoleSharks small h/c all about sharks! One of several titles in IDW’s new The Little Book of Knowledge series

Evan DorkinMilk and Cheese b&w collection of the comic, which ran from 1989 – 2000. Softcover

Tentacle Kitty: Coloring Book with b&w drawings by 8 artists, from Dark Horse


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Gardner Dozois – 1947 – 2018

The man who was probably the top short fiction editor in the field for over 30 years died last week. The 35th edition of his annual doorstop of an anthology of The Year’s Best Science Fiction is due out this summer although his editing career (as opposed to his writing career) started long ago in a small way back in 1972 and kicked into gear in 1976 and hardly paused until now. Apart from producing dozens of anthologies, often with the assistance of Jack Dann or George R. R. Martin, among others, he also edited Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years and won innumerable awards for his work.


(cover art by Doug Herring)

But he was also an acomplished author in his own right and won, or was nominated for, Hugos & Nebulas 16 times over 30 years. I probably first read his short work in The Visible Man, his first short story collection, back in 1977 (I still have my copy!) and later in Geodesic Dreams.  He also wrote a couple of novels, Nightmare Blue, with George Alec Effinger in 1975, which I bought when it came out for the Effinger connection but never really liked, and Strangers three years later, which I struggled with as well. But his short fiction was great! He collaborated with several authors, including his wife Susan Casper, and Slow Dancing Through Time, in 1990, collected the best of these stories in one place.

When I heard of his death, I wanted to read something of his but many of my books are currently boxed up. But I did find my little copy of Peacemaker, his Hugo nominated and Nebula winning story from 1983, re-issued on it’s own by Pulphouse in 1991.
I hadn’t remembered much about it, but it’s still a strong story; the climate change details are fortunately wrong (his changes are much speeded up), but the portrayal of a future rural America is still chilling to read today.

So, farewell Gardner, a giant in our field.

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