Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 25th January 2020

in hardcover:

William GibsonAgency follow up to The Periferal and more tampering with the time streams
Jeff VandermeerDead Astronauts a weird collection of cross-dimensional rebels battle the all powerful Company…

Eoin ColferHighfire Squib is a bit of a tearaway, spending summer working for a Moonshiner on the bayou, but there’s a dragon lurking deep in the swamps…

Joe R. LansdaleThe Sky Done Ripped signed edition from Subterranean Press with the further cross-dimensional adventures of Ned, the ‘Uplifted’ seal!

in large format:

Matthew HughesA God in Chains in the extreme far future, on a dying Earth, Farouche must scheme to regain his stolen memories and identity…
Matthew HughesForays of a Fat Man collection of 4 novellas featuring Luff Imbry, one of the protagonists of Hughes’ novel Black Brillion back in 2004
Matthew HughesWhat the Wind Brings mainstream/slipstream novel about escaping shipwrecked slaves and the founding of Equador…

Frederic S. DurbinThe Star Shard Cymbril dreams of freedom, but she is trapped inside Thunder Rake, a gigantic labyrinthine town on wheels rolling across the land…

Gene WolfeThe Best of GW 31 of his finest short stories
Susan  PalwickAll Worlds Are Real: Short Fictions 15 stories spanning the sf, f & h genres,, including 3 previously unpublished

Clarissa Weaks (editor) – Once Upon An Enchanted Forest subtitled An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories. 10 new fantasies, including a new Juliet Marillier story…
Mike Ashley (editor) – Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories 31 tales originally published from 1869 to 1990…

Crawford Kilian & Silvia MoranoGarciaA Writer’s Guide to Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction and Fantasy packed full of tips and information for authors

in ‘B’ format:

Jen WilliamsPoison Song 3rd in her Winnowing Flame trilogy; the previous 2 volumes each won the BFA‘s Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel
R. F. KuangThe Poppy War the Empire has been invaded twice before and survived, but now a 3rd invasion looms…
Guy Gavriel KayA Brightness Long Ago historical fantasy in a land much like Renaissance Italy…
Ian C. Esslemont – Kellanved’s Reach the 3rd book of the Path to Ascendancy, which began with Dancer’s Lament & Deadhouse Gates, all set in the world of the Malazan Empire
Peter MacLeanPriest of Lies volume 2 of The War for the Rose Throne. Sequel to Priest of Bones
Gareth Hanrahan – Gutter Prayer volume 1 of the Black Iron Legacy

Rod DuncanThe Fugitive & the Vanishing Man the final volume of The Map of Vanishing Things trilogy…
Patricia BriggsStorm Cursed her 11th Mercy Thompson novel…
V. E. Schwab – The Near Witch re-issue of her first published  novel

James S. A. CoreyTiamat’s Wrath the 8th volume of The Expanse some years have passed and Chrisjen Avasarala has recently died… (Not a spoiler – it’s the 1st line of the book!)
Eyal KlessPuzzler’s War sequel to The Lost Puzzler & book 2 of the Tarakan Chronicles. The last of the Guild of Historians must return to the City of Towers…
S. K. DunstallStars Beyond the sequel to Stars Uncharted. The further adventures of the crew of the spaceship Another Road
Dominic DulleyMorhelion sequel to Scattermoon and book 2 of The Long Game. Orry must discover who the traitor is among the Ascendancy elite
Karen LordThe Best of All Possible Worlds a group of alien refugees arrive on an Earth colony planet…

Warhammer 40,000Anarch the latest Gaunt’s Ghosts outing by Dan Abnett
Warhammer 40,000The Knights of MacRagge by Nick Kyme, featuring the Ultramarines

in paperback:

Jack McDevittOctavia Gone the 9th in his Alex Benedict series, about a far-future antiquarian & antique dealer…


Locus – issue # 708 January cover date, with articles/interviews with Joe Abercrombie & Arkady Martine highlighted on the cover

January 24, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 18th January 2020

in hardcover:

C. J. CherryhResurgence the latest volume of her epic Foreigner series; the 20th overall and the direct sequel to Emergence
John Ringo, Kacey Ezell & Christopher L. SmithGunpowder & Embers the 1st book in new series Last Judgement’s Fire. 30 years after civilisation was almost destroyed repelling an alien invasion, they’re back!
Terry GoodkindHeart of Black Ice: Sister of Darkness the 4th in the Nicci Chronicles

Seanan McGuireCome Tumbling Down the 5th in her Wayward Children series, which began with Every Heart a Doorway
Lois McMaster BujoldPenric’s Progress omnibus edition containing Penric’s Demon, Penric and the Shaman & Penric’s Fox. Also an intro & author’s note by LMB

in large format:

Patrick ChilesFrozen Orbit the first manned mission to the outer planets discovers that a secret Soviet mission got there decades earlier!
S. P. SomtowThe Singing Moons 1st of the Inquestor Tales, related to his epic sf Inquestor quartet (as by Somtow Sucharitkul), which began with Light on the Sound in 1982… Previous knowledge not required though!

Jin JongA Snake Lies Waiting the 3rd of the Legends of the Condor Heroes. Translated from Chinese by Anne Holmwood & Gigi Chang

Charlaine Harris A Longer Fall the 2nd of her alternate American history series featuring mecenary Gunnie Rose
Kay KenyonNest of the Monarch the final part of her alternate, magical 1930s Dark Talents trilogy, which began with At the Table of Wolves & Serpent in the Heather
Deliah S. Dawson & Kevin HearneNo Country for Old Gnomes vol 2 of humorous fantasy series The Tales of Pell. The 1st was Kill the Farm Boy

in ‘B’ format:

Arkady MartineA Memory Called Empire 1st half of the Teixcalaan duology, about a new ambassador who discovers that her predecessor was murdered, whilst also trying to protect her own small home from being absorbed into the star-spanning Empire…
Gareth HanrahanThe Shadow Saint sequel to The Gutter Prayer and part 2 of the Black Iron Legacy.

Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman (editors) – A Thousand Beginnings and Endings new anthology of 16 tales, retelling Asian myths and legends

in paperback:

Martha Wells The Serpent Sea the sequel to The Cloud Roads and the 2nd of the Books of the Raksura

art, etc:

Andy Jones & Jeff Conner (project editors) – The Art and Making of The Expanse full colour hardcover full of photos & concept art, etc.

H. P. Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu large new heavily illustrated edition with lots of full page art by Francois Baranger. Intro by John Howe.
Owen D. PomeryBritish Ice spys and high adventure in the high North! Two tone softcover graphic novel
Jenni GudgeonFolkland Fables interesting, whimsical art and stories about Folkland Wood and the strange creatures which live in it. Based on Scottish tales & lore, in hardcover

Jordi BayarriIsaac Newton and the Laws of Motion; Charle Darwin and the Theory of Evolution; Marie Curie and Radioactivity; Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity these 4 books are short graphic novels showing important events in the characters’ lives and highlighting their main achievements. Full colour softcovers, with a timeline, glossary & further resources listed at the back of each.


Interzone – issue # 285
Black Static – issue # 73

January 17, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Monday Opening, or Not!

As in the previous few years, I’ll be closed on Mondays now it’s the New Year.

Unlike previous years, I probably won’t resume opening on Mondays in the Summer.
I might decide to open on Mondays during July, August & pre-Christmas December, but no guarantees!

January 11, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 11th January 2020

in hardcover:

Jane AlexanderA User’s Guide to Make-Believe near future thriller involving Imagen, a cutting-edge company bringing extreme VR experiences to the public…
Terry GoodkindWitch’s Oath subtitled a ‘Children of D’Hara Novella episode 4′

in large format:

Tanith LeeThe Heart of the Moon fairly obscure short novel, first published back in 2005. Also includes short story The Dry Season from 1996

in ‘B’ format:

Emma NewmanAtlas Alone her latest Planetfall novel
Blake CrouchRecursion an apparent epidemic is sweeping the world, implanting impossible memories in all it touches…
Ben H. WintersGolden State Laz is a special police veteran, trusted to find the truth in a society where the worst crime is to lie…
Megan AngeloFollowers Marlow and her mother are two of the ‘stars’ chosen to be continuously on tv, but why was she picked?

Mercedes LackeyThe Case of the Spellbound Child the 13th novel in her Elemental Masters series

Christopher RuocchioHowling Dark volume 2 of his Sun Eater series, and the sequel to Empire of Silence, mixing fantasy and epic space opera

Miles CameronBright Steel  the 3rd volume of hios Masters & Mages series
Terry BrooksThe Stiehl Assassin the 3rd book of The Fall of Shannara. By my count, the 31st Shannara volume overall, but maybe only the 28th!

John BrunnerThe Shockwave Rider the pre-cyberpunk classic from 1975, now re-issued in the SF Masterworks series from Orion/Gollancz

art, etc:

MunashichiThe Art of Munashichi full colour softcover packed with detailed paintings of mainly fantasy & traditional Japanese backgrounds and buildings but also including some characters. Very nice.



January 8, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Happy New Titles – w/e 4th January 2020

Hope you had a great time; a Happy New Year to all!

New titles available when I re-open at 10.00 on Saturday 4th January 2o2o will be:

in large format:

Tim MaughamInfinite Detail back in stock

in paperback:

David WeberThrough Fiery Trials his 10th Safehold book
James L. CambiasArkad’s World human visitors to a very alien world find a human orphan to be their guide across it…

Eric Flint & Dave FreerAll the Plagues of Hell the 6th in their Heirs of Alexandria series

art, etc:

Eric PowellArt and Many Mistakes large hardcover with a mix of b&w and ful colour art
Rick Berry & Phil HaleDouble Memory: Art and Collaborations warehouse find originally published in hardcover in 1992 by Donald M. Grant

Sam J. GlanzmanBattle For Britain (from the Pages of Combat) 3 short tales in full colour. Comic sized
J. Werner Presents Classic Pulp: Horror reproduction of 3 classic horror stories

magazines, etc:

Illustrators Magazine – issue # 28 including pieces on Frank Kelly Freas, Lauent Durieux, Yvonne Gilbert and more!
Illustrators Daggers Drawn! – The Art of Commando Comics. Special Issue – # 5
Illustrators – Brian Bolland. Special Issue – # 6

December 31, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Festive Closing Times!

Yes, I will be shut at Christmas and New Year!

As ever, I’ll be closing mid/late afternoon on Christmas Eve – open until at least 15.00  but definitely closing up by 16.00. After that I’ll be shut until Saturday  28th – i.e. closed for 3 days.

And the same routine for the New Year break; closing early on Hogmany and re-opening at 10.00 on Saturday 4th January 2020. And, also as in years past, I’ll be closed on Mondays after the turn of the year, so official shop hours will be
Tues – Friday 11.00 – 18.00
Saturday 10.00 – 18.00


December 23, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 21st December 2019

in hardcover:

Greg EganThe Best of GE giant collection from Subterranean Press. Numbered edition of 1000
K. J. ParkerMy Beautiful Life singed & numbered fantasy novella from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Elizabeth BearAncestral Night 1st volume of her White Space sf series about a salvage mission in deep space discovering some ancient tech…
Mirah BolenderThe Monstrous Citadel sequel to The City of Broken Magic and volume 2 of her Chronicles of Amicae. Defusing ancient magical weapons…

C. Henry MartensHell Follows After in the 23rd C, in a ruined but recovering America, Edge and Jody meet when they join a trading mission to the interior…

Allan Kaster (editor) – The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories restock of volume 3, plus the first 2 in the series…

Reliquiaevol 7 no. 2 small press publication described as ‘Landscape – Nature – Mythology‘. Verse & short prose pieces, both original and translations of older texts. Prayers, incantations, pastoral descriptive passages…

Adam RobertsH. G. Wells: A Literary Life apparently the 1st book to look at all his writings across his lifetime, both fictional and otherwise. Looks very readable.

in ‘B’ format:

Aaron Dembski-BowdenSpear of the Emperor a Warhammer 40,000 adventure

art, etc:

PIE Books – Silent World photographs of deserted Japanese buildings. From PIE International, in the same format as their anime-inspired Everyday Scenes From a Parallel World set of books

3dtotal PublicationsBeginner’s Guide to Comic Art Characters from 2016, although I don’t think I’ve stocked it before. Multiple artists give lessons and tips on creating all sorts of heroes and villains! Soft cover with lots of colour pages

December 20, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 14th December 2019

in hardcover:

James IslingtonThe Light of All That Falls the 3rd in the Licanius Trilogy, which began with The Shadow of What Was Lost

David DayA Dictionary of the Sources of Tolkien. Subtitled The History and Mythology That Inspired Tolkien’s World. Published in the US as An Encyclopedia of Tolkien

in large format:

Kim Lakin-SmithRise imprisoned for sedition among members of what she thought was a lesser race, Kali stumbles upon an ancient energy source…
Stephen R. WilkTraveler a time traveller’s machine breaks down, leaving him stranded in ancient Rome, needing help from a street urchin who thinks of him as ‘the crazy man’!

Peter WattsPeter Watts is an Angry, Sentient Tumor 50+ short stories & essays published by Tachyon Publications
Philip K. DickThe early Science Fiction of PKD a dozen stories originally published in the early 50s
Philip K. DickThe early Science Fiction of PKD Volume 2 eleven stories originally published in the mid-50s. These volumes came out several years ago but I haven’t stocked them before…

Allan Kaster (editor) – The Year’s Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 3 eleven stories by the likes of Greg Egan & Alastair Reynolds!

in ‘B’ format:

Kristen BritainThe Dream Gatherer neat edition of a novella with a couple of short stories (with b&w illos by KB) set in her Green Rider millieu. Also an essay about the series; now running for over 20 years since the 1st volume… h/c also available
Caroline LoganThe Stone of Destiny YA fantasy novel, grounded in Scottish myths and legends. A Four Treasures novel
Eric BrownApproaching Omega disaster strikes a deep-sleep colony ship a thousand years into it’s mission… the 2017 edition of this novella, from Telos Publishing

Sharon BidwellThe Shadowman a Lethbridge Stewart: Bloodlines novel set in the world of Doctor Who

art, etc:

Rick BerryInvented People: Paintings by RB – Volume Number 1 full colour softcover of his art

3dtotal PublishingSketch Every Day attractive softcover full of drawing tips and tutorials by Simone Grunewald


Locus – issue # 707 December cover date

December 13, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Late Night Opening – Tonight!

Transreal will be open this evening until the start of this month’s Event Horizon, um, event! Science fictional goings on every month in the downstairs bar at Frankenstein’s on George the 4th Bridge. And tonight’s their Christmas Quiz night!

But not only will the shop be open until around 19.30 this evening, it will be hosting a pop-up shop all day by crafter/artist Madeleine Shepherd of KnotUnknot with her knitted Space Race Wall Hangings, cellular automata based pencil case designs, brooches, and more! There may be discounts – and there will be biscuits!

December 12, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 7th December 2019

in hardcover:

Doctor Who – Star Tales new anthology with stories by Paul Magrs, Jenny T. Colgan, Steve Cole, Mike Tucker, Jo Cotterill & Trevor Baxendale

Jeff VandermeerDead Astronauts strange goings on in a city with no name controlled by an all powerful Company…

in large format:

Robert MarkleyKim Stanley Robinson serious look at KSR’s work, published by the University of Illinois Press in their Modern Masters of Science Fiction series. I also stock their Iain Banks volume.

in ‘B’ format:

Brian McLellanBlood of Empire the 3rd in his Gods of Blood and Power series
A. J. SmithGlass Breaks book 1 of The Form & Void Trilogy. Young Duncan has just passed the initiation test to become a Sea Wolf, 16 years since they defeated the forces of the Pure Lands…
Angus Watson – Where Gods Fear to Go the 3rd volume of his West of West series, which began with You Die When You Die & The Land You Never Leave

Cory DoctorowRadicalized 4 novellas of the near future

in paperback:

Rudy RuckerThe Secret of Life as Conrad grows up he discovers the reasons behind his special powers… First published by Blue Jay Books in 1985

art, etc:

Christopher DellMonsters: A Bestiary of the Bizarre compact h/c edition which came out last year. I stocked the full size hardcover several years ago. All sorts of art depicting all sorts of monsters!
3dtotal PublishingBeyond Art Fundamentals not new but the 1st time I’ve stocked it

December 6, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment