Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

More Signed Hardcovers!

OK, so here are some more pictures of some of the signed stock I have available at very reasonable prices! Check around if you don’t believe me!
They’re all first editions.
Clicking on the covers will bring up larger images.

Lets start with a collection from one of the grandest of surviving Grand Masters, Robert Silverberg!

Robert Silverberg – Early Days: More Tales From the Pulp Era
Subterranean Press 2016 cover by Bob Eggleton
signed & numbered 659/1000

Next today is a great looking edition from Richard Morgan

Richard K. Morgan – The Cold Commands
Subterranean Press 2012 cover & endpaper art by Vincent Chong
signed & numbered 360/500

followed by one of the pricier books, but not the priciest, on the list today, the 4th Temeraire novel

Naomi Novik – Empire of Ivory
Subterranean Press 2011 cover by Dominic Harman
signed & numbered 213/500

Then there’s this admittedly somewhat less popular weird western

Stephen Gallagher – The Authentic William James
Subterranean Press 2017
signed & numbered 311/1000

followed by this rather hefty hard SF novel

Peter F. Hamilton – The Naked God
Subterranean 2012 cover by Tomislav Tikulin
signed & numbered 224/500

and next a horror novel from Kelly Armstrong

Kelly Armstrong – Amityville Horrible
Subterranean Press 2012
signed & numbered 886/1500

A rock & roll journey across hell from Stephen Boyett

Stephen Boyett – Mortality Bridge
Subterranean Press 2011 cover by J. K. Potter
signed & numbered 632/750

And now one of my personal favourites, Lewis Shiner. His current novel, <i>Outside the Gates of Eden</i> is excellent! I’ve not listed here, but it is in stock. This one contains ‘three short novels and a fable’

Lewis Shiner – Heroes and Villains
Subterranean Press 2017 cover by Ken Laager
signed & numbered  671/750

Local best=selling author Charlie Stross

Charles Stross – Singularity Sky
Ace 2003 cover by Danilo Ducak

Almost there! Today’s penultimate entry is a collection from the ever dependable Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt – A Voice in the Night
Subterranean Press 2018 cover by Les Edwards
signed & numbered 548/1000

And to close, an admittedly minor work from another Grand Master, Tom Disch, with what I think is his last published novella. One or two older works have surfaced since. Having been published postumously, this one isn’t signed.

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Thomas M. Disch – Proteus Sails Again
Subterranean 2008 cover art by Jacob McMurray & Shawn Wolfe


June 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles! (But still closed)

Books continue to arrive, although I have no re-opening date. (More on that later)

In hardcover:

Laura LamGoldilocks eagerly awaited new SF novel from the now-local author! Signed copies may be available!

Mark LawrenceThe Girl and the Stars volume 1 of his new fantasy series, The Book of Ice
Claire McKennaMonstrous Heart a lonely lighthouse shines out over a sea teeming with colossal, ancient beasts…
Rin ChupecoWicked As You Wish Avalon has fallen, it’s magic dispersed and it’s citizens scattered, with their prince currently in exile in Arizona…
Mark BlacklockHinton Victorians, philosophy and mathematics! In a novel.

Lois McMaster Bujold – Penric’s Travels her latest fantasy novel (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)
Adrian Tchaikovsky
Firewalkers (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)
Mike ResnickThe Mistress of Illusions (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)

in large format:

Simeon MillsThe Obsoletes a pair of robots pass as human, knowing they’ll be disassembled if they’re discovered...

Corry L. LeeWeave the Lightning (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)
Glen Cook – Port of Shadows the latest Chronicle of the Black Company (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)
Joe LansdaleMice and Minestrone his latest collection featuring Hap & Leonard (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)

in ‘B’ Format:

Joe AbercrombieA Litle Hatred the 1st volume of The Age of Madness trilogy
Anna Smith SparkThe House of Sacrifice book 3 of The Empires of Dust series
Edward Cox – Song of the Sycamore Finn was a casualty of the war, but has been posessed by an ancient entity and is enmeshed in an even older struggle…
Peter Newman – The Ruthless sequel to The Vagrant & The Deathless
Eric Lewis – The Heron Kings her patients slaughtered, Sister Alessia vows to save as many on both sides of the war as she and her followers possibly can… From Flame Tree Press

Andrew Caldecott – The Lost Acre 3rd in the trilogy which began with Rotherweird
Jane Rawson – From the Wreck George Hills is saved from a shipwreck in 1859 but is convinced they was another person(?) helping him survive…
Maria Lewis – The Wailing Woman Sadie Burke is a banshee and thus at the bottom of the pecking order…
Ramsey Campbell – Wise Friend Patrick and his teenage son have discovered his late aunt’s ocult journals…

Christina Henry – Looking Glass 4 novellas  set in the world of her books Alice and Red Queen
Mike Ashley (editor) – A Phantom Lover and other Dark Tales by Vernon Lee  the latest Tales of the Weird anthology from the British Library
Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane (editors) – Cursed anthology with stories from top authors such as M. R. Carey, Christina Henry & Charie Jane Anders. Oh, Neil Gaiman as well!

Lord DunsanyThe King of Elfland’s Daughter re-issue the classic 1924 fantasy novel

Peter F. Hamilton – Salvation Lost sequel to Salvation
Cixin Liu – The Supernova Era a wave of deadly radiation is due to reach the Earth imminently… translated by Loel Martinsen
Baoshu – The Redemption of Time novel set in the same background as The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Translated by Ken Liu
Premee MohamedBeneath the Rising an invention by Nick’s best friend may eliminate the need for fossil fuels but has also inadvertently awakened ancient horrors!
Jack CampbellTriumphant the 3rd volume of The Genesis Fleet series, part of The Lost Fleet universe…
Becky ChambersTo Be Taught if Fortunate adapted humans are able to explore hazardous exoplanets… Novella

Elizabeth BearHammered re-print of her first novel, and the sequel
Elizabeth BearScardown her second novel! The first 2 parts of the Jenny Casey trilogy about a Modified Soldier in 2062

Andy Frankham-Allen & Tim GambrellAn Ordinary Man featuring Lethbridge-Stewart from Doctor Who; the 1st of the new Bloodlines series

in paperback:

David Weber & Jacob HoloThe Gordian Protocol alternate history involving time travel (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)
Taylor AndersonPass of Fire the 14th in his Destroyermen series (in transit; due on Monday or Tuesday)

art/gift, etc:

Grant Snider I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf the case for books from the creator of The Shape of Ideas


Locus – May ( # 712) edition [if you’ve not already contacted me about your subscription, please do so by e-mail to]

Mail Order, or local delivery by hand, is possible for all these titles (and any other books in stock! Contact me for details)

May 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Goldilocks – Signed Copies!

I’ve not been able to do very much during the Lockdown, but here’s a thing!

One of the hottest new titles just published is the SF novel Goldilocks, by Laura Lam – and I’ll have some signed copies available soon.
I’ll have signed copies of the UK hardcover for £19.00 plus only £1.00 postage
I can also offer the US edition but that will be £23.00 plus £1.00 postage.

Books can be personalised with date, location (Edinburgh) or brief greeting (to Micah, to Carina, best wishes, etc) but in the present circumstances I can only offer this option for a few days and then I’ll only be able to provide plain signatures.

e-mail me at if you’re interested and I’ll issue a Paypal Invoice.
For the moment this offer is restricted to the UK.



May 14, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Signed Hardcovers!

Thought I would put a few pictures up of some of the signed stock I have available at very reasonable prices!
They’re all first editions.
Clicking on the covers will bring up larger images.

First up, here’s three from ex-local author Hannu Rajaniemi with some great cover art!



Rajaniemi, Hannu – The Causal Angel
Gollancz 2014 cover by Chris Moore



Rajaniemi, Hannu – The Causal Angel
Tor 2014 cover by Kekai Kotaki



Rajaniemi, Hannu – The Fractal Prince
Tor 2012 cover by Kekai Kotaki

And a couple of horror titles, the first from a great bloke I got drunk with a couple of times, the late, great Lucius Shepard



Shepard, Lucius – Beautiful Blood
Subterranean 2014 cover by J. K. Potter
signed & numbered 539/1000

and from Robert McCammon



McCammon, Robert – Stinger
Subterranean Press 2012 cover by Les Edwards
signed & numbered 826/1000

and also from McCammon, but not so much horror (despite the great octopus endpapers) is his fourth Matthew Corbett historical thriller



McCammon, Robert – The Providence Rider
Subterranean Press 2012 cover by Vincent Chong

Next up are two from Peter V. Brett





You’ll see there’s a signed bookplate with one of the copies; I’ll include it with either title, depending on which one sells first!
And next is a volume of modern pulp adventure from the influential Mike Resnick



Resnick, Mike – Voyages: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones
Subterranean 2017 cover by Bob Eggleton
signed & numbered 759/1000

Almost near the end with a title by acclaimed newcomer Charlie Jane Anders



Anders, Charlie Jane – Rock Manning Goes For Broke
Subterranean Press – 2018 cover by Carolyn Nowak
signed & numbered 503/1500

Finally, and most modernly, there’s current top seller Aliette de Bodard‘s latest beautiful edition from Subterranean Press!



de Bodard, Aliette – Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight
Subterranean 2019 cover by Maurizio Manzieri
signed & numbered 1017/1250

To purchase any of these titles, please e-mail me at
I regret that at present these books are only available to UK customers only.
P&P £3.00 per volume.



May 3, 2020 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Locus Magazine (and a little more)

It’s been a little while but there’s not really much additional information to post here.

But I would appreciate it if my customers who get Locus magazine regularly would contact me via email at or twitter  @transrealshop so I can maybe get your copies to you.

Book distribution has pretty much ceased for the duration but a few titles trickled in which were already in transit, so here’s a taster of stock I’ll have when I eventually re-open. (Obviously there will be a lot of other titles, but these ones are physically in the shop right now!)

in hardcover:

N. K. JemisinThe City We Became her eagerly awaited new hardcover!
Elena K. ArnoldRed Hood a modern re-imaginaing of Little Red Riding Hood, set in present day Seattle

in large format:

Maria LewisThe Wailing Woman

Tony Peak  – Beethoven’s Tenth time travel escapades across post-Napoleonic Europe, looking for a rumoured musical score

in ‘B’ format:

Kameron HurleyThe Broken Heavens the 3rd volume of her Worldbreaker Saga
Neal AsherWarship sequel to The Soldier
BaoshuThe Redemption of Time set in Xixin Lau‘s Three-Body Problem universe
Alex IrvineAnthropocenr Rag post-disaster nanotech western!

in paoerback:

W. Michael GearPariah volume 3 of his Donovan series, set on a ‘Deathworld” type of planet…:
Michael Davuid Ares – Dayfall
Martin L. ShoemakerToday I am Carey a specialiast carer android must find a new purpose after the person it is looking after dies…

Brad TorgersenA Star-Wheeled Sky
John Ringo & Gary Poole (editors) – Voices of the Fall anthology set in Ringo’s Black Tide Rising zombie apocalypse setting…

magazines, etc:

McSweeney’s  – issue # 58 hardcover, subtitled 2040 A.D.
McSweeney’s – issue # 59 – odd softcover, with 4 different sizes of page, some of which are nice and shiny! There doesn’t seem to be a stated theme to the issue.




April 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Quiet Anniversary!

Sadly, the shop is still closed until virus regulations are relaxed, which may be some time.

However, it’s not all bad news, as Transreal Fiction is quietly celebrating it’s 23rd Anniversary this morning! Back in 1997 the shop opened for a couple of hours on the afternoon of Friday 11th April (and sold a couple of books!) but the first official,  full day was the Saturday, April 12th.
I remember opening the shop doors on the Saturday morning and standing at the doorway in Cowgatehead and greeting my first customer in the Spring sunlight. I don’t remember what he bought, but I do know that he is still a customer, although not as frequent a shopper as he was back then!

I would much prefer to be there today, open as on so many other days since 1997, but that’s not possible.  But I will be back open in due course and hope to see you back as customers and friends when I do.

My twitter handle is @transrealshop should you wish to follow me for other news, etc.

In the meantime, thank you all for your trade over the past 23 years,

stay safe




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

Transreal is Closed

Further to my tweet a couple of days ago, Transreal Fiction is closed for business for a while. This includes any deliveries to local customers.

Updates to my situation as necessary.

My twitter handle is @transrealshop should you wish to follow me for other news, etc.

March 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Opening (& Closing)

Transreal is open today (Saturday 21st) but will be closing in the early afternoon, probably for some time.

I’m fine, so far as I can tell, but the graphs are spiking and my partner’s health is more important to me than whatever sales I might make. She’s in a higher risk category so the choice for me is clear.
I live within walking distance, and will have to be in the shop for various reasons at times, so for the moment I’m continuing to offer a free delivery service within the city (see earlier post).
However, as I won’t be in the shop so much, please use the e-mail address to contact me. Include a phone number and I’ll get back to you by phone, if you like.
This service is contingent on the continuing health and welfare of my couriers and I, so I can’t guarantee how long I’ll be able to offer the service.

Stay safe, everybody.
Best Wishes, Mike.




March 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

New Titles – w/e 21st March 2020

No more deliveries expected this week, so here’s the usual post, a day early!

in large format:

Paul McAuley War of the Maps on a huge, distant artificial world, one man is hunting a villain too powerful and useful in a bizarre war to be punished by the authorities…

in ‘B’ format:

Elizabeth BearAncestral Night vol 1 of White Space, about a space salvager and the find of a lifetime…
Jim Al-KhaliliSunfall the Earth’s magnetic field is failing…
Eddie RobsonHearts of Oak strange sf/fantasy novel involving reality, town planning and talking cats!
Eric Brown The Martian Menace latest volume in multi-author series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Aliette de BodardThe House of Sundering Flames final volume of the trilogy which began with The House of Shattered Wings
Den Patrick– Stormtide sequel to Witchsign and book 2 of The Ashen Torment trilogy, set 75 years after the rule of dragons was overthrown
David DalgleishRavencaller book 2 of The Keepers and sequel to Soulkeeper. The magic has returned and so have the monsters!
Chris Humphreys – Smoke in the Glass Immortals Blood vol 1. Someone is killing the Gods!

E. F. BensonThe Outcast and Other Dark Tales by EFB the latest collection from the British Library in their Tales of the Weird series, edited by Mike Ashley

Christopher Fowler
Lonely Hour the latest case for Bryant & May

Georgina BruceHoneybones new novella from the2017 BSFA Best Short Story Award winner, published by TTA Press
Malcolm DevlinEngines Beneath Us new novella, published by TTA Press


Interzone – issue # 286 March/April cover date
Black Static – issue # 74 – March/April cover date

Locus – issue # 710 March 2020 cover date, with Nina Allan, Sue Burke & Gareth L. Powell highlighted on the cover

March 19, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Local Home Delivery

Following on from yesterday’s post, I can say that I’m in a position to offer free home delivery of books bought from Transreal while the shop remains open (and my courier remains healthy also!) The delivery area isn’t completely defined but will basically be Edinburgh & Musselburgh.

The shop doesn’t have a searchable database, or a shopping basket facility, but I put up lists of new titles every week and existing customers know broadly what I’m likely to have. I can also recommend titles.
You can phone 0131 226 6266 or contact me via email at and I can take all the details I’ll need.
The usual stuff; name, address, card details, contact number for texting (if possible) and, of course, what book/s you’d like!

This isn’t something we’ve done before but we’ll try and keep any hiccups to a minimum!



March 18, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment