Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 27th April 2019

in hardcover:

Neal AsherThe Warship part 2 of The Rise of the Jain trilogy. The 1st was The Soldier

in large format:

Emma NewmanAtlas Alone her latest Planetfall novel

Sarah PinskerSooner Or Later Everything Falls Into The Sea 13 short stories from the Nebula Award winning author (Best Novelette 2018; included here)
Sofia SamatarTender collection of 20 cross-genre short stories

Larry Niven  (creator) – Man-Kzin Wars XV 7 new tales of the conflict…

in ‘B’ format:

Greg EganPerihelion Summer a small black hole enters the Solar System…

Scarlett ThomasThe Chosen Ones sequel to Dragon’s Green, in her Worldquake Sequence

Ramsey CampbellThe Hungry Moon his latest horror novel; a firebrand priest and an ancient sacrificial pit!
Raymond A. VillarealA People’s History of the Vampire Uprising a plague of vampirism sweeps America…

Ian DoescherWilliam Shakespeare’s Get Thee… Back to the Future! From the author of the popular William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series

in paperback:

Eric Flint & Charles E. Gannon1636: The Vatican Sanction the latest novel in Flint’s sprawling Ring of Fire/1632 alternate history series
Travis S. TaylorBringers of Hell the 6th in his Tau Ceti Agenda series…
Les Johnson Mission to Methone an asteroid miner discovers something very odd about the rock he’s mining…
Sharon Lee & Steve MillerNeogenesis their latest Liaden Universe novel


April 26, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 20th April 2019

Happy Easter!

in hardback:

M. G. WheatonEmily Eternal an AI which could maybe save humanity is under threat, but 2 human companions may be able to help…
Jim Al-KhaliliSun Fall in a little over 20 years, scientists discover that the Earth’s magnetic field is begining to fail. Ist novel from the well known physicist & radio/tv personality…
Timothy ZahnKnight the sequel to Pawn and the 2nd in his Sibyl’s War series. Nicole has a plan to take control of the massive spaceship she has been abducted to…

Mike ResnickThe Master of Dreams madcap timeline hopping fantasy romp…
Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin HearneNo Country for Old Gnomes the sequel to Kill the Farm Boy; and the second of the Books of Pell

in large format:

Jonathan Strahan (editor) – The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year: Volume Thirteen 30 of the best f&sf stories published in 2018

Peter S. Beagle & Jacob Weisman (editors) – The Unicorn Anthology 16 stories about unicorns,  written since the late 1980s

in ‘B’ format:

Melissa CarusoThe Unbound Empire sequel to The Defiant Heir and the conclusion of her Sword and Fire trilogy
Anna StephensDarksoul sequel to Godblind
Nicki Pau PretoCrown of Feathers 16 years ago the legendary Phoenix Riders disappeared but Veronika’s dream is to join their ranks…

Andrew BannisterStone Clock the 3rd in his Spin series, which began with Creation Machine

Roque LarraquyComemadre Argentinian strangeness, translated by Heather Cleary

art, etc:

Mark A. NelsonFantasy World-Building subtitled A Guide to Developing Mythic Worlds and Legendary Creatures. From Dover Publications. This appears to be a late re-titling of the announced Creative World Building and Creature Design

April 19, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e13th April 2019

in hardcover:

Mark LawrenceHoly Sister the 3rd in the Book od the Ancestor series, after Grey Sister
Terry GoodkindThe Scribbly Man the 1st Children of D’Hara novella

in large format:

Claire LegrandFuryborn a thousand years on, ancient events seem more like a fairy tale but assassin Eliana finds that’s not the case as she searches for her mother…

in ‘B’ format:

K. J. ParkerSixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City engineer Orhan leads the defense of his city during the Great Siege!

Mike Ashley (editor) – Menace of the Machine anthology from the British Library subtitled The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction. Part of their Science Fiction Classics series


Locusissue # 699 April 2019 cover date, with Jasper Fforde as the lead interview

CDQ – issue # 8 of Character Design Quarterly

IllustratorsIssue Twenty-Five with feature articles on Milo Manara, Greg Hildebrandt, Margaret Brundage & Art Frahn
Illustrators Special issueThe Art of Ron Embleton


Cthulhu Landscape Mug – mug with wrap-around b&w art of Cthulhu rising from the ocean and threatening the crew of a passing sailing ship!

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

New Titles – w/e 6th April 2019

in hardcover:

Chris BeckettBeneath the World, A Sea a police officer investiugates the killing of a number of Duendes, recently discovered somewhat humanoid creatures…
Eric FlintThe Polish Maelstrom the 26th Ring of Fire / 1632 (now 1637) novel overall, and the 22nd Flint has written himself, or co-written.

Samantha ShannonThe Priory of the Orange Tree the unwed Queen of Inys must avoid assassins and also produce an heir to continue the millenia old dynasty…

in large format:

Tais TengPhaedra: Alastor 824 a new stand alone Alastor Cluster novel, with the full permission and co-operation of the Jack Vance estate!

Jonathan JanzWolf Land a werewolf disrupts the 10 year anniversary High School reunion!

in ‘B’ format:

Hannu RajaniemiSummerland in 1938 the British secret services combat their Soviet opposite numbers in the realm of the afterlife…
Tim MaughanInfinite Detail terrorists destroy the Internet!
Tunde FarrandWolf Country in a future London, all but the rich live a life of enforced consumerism, ending eventually in obligatory euthanasia…

Kameron HurleyThe Light Brigade soldiers being ‘beamed’ back from fighting on other planets seem somehow…diferent
Drew WilliamsThe Stars Now Unclaimed Kamati is a mercenary searching for people who may be able to reverse the damage an alien pulse of energy has sone to civilisations across space…
Stephen BaxterXeelee Redemption a population of Xeelee may still live at the centre of the galaxy…

Mark LawrenceGrey Sister the 2nd Book of the Ancestor and the sequel to Red Sister
Den PatrickWitchsign decades after the victory over the forces of fire and magic, any child found with the witchsign is seized, never to be seen again…
Ed McDonaldRavencry sequel to Blackwing and book 2 of The Raven’s Mark

Gail CarrigerThe Omega Objection volume 2 of the San Andreas Shifters series. The Summage Solution (vol 1) is also back in stock
Gail CarrigerHow to Marry a Werewolf rejected by her family and friends, Faith travels to London looking to better herself, and plot revenge…

Catriona WardLittle Eve during a future war a terrible storm brings change to a secretive cult living on a remote Scottish island…
Lesley KellyThe Health of Strangers as a strange disease sweeps the city, the North Edinburgh Health Enforcement Team battle the Virus

Jonathan JanzThe Dark Game 10 authors find that the 6 week writing retreat they’ve been invited to is not what it seems!

C. L. MooreJirel of Joiry a Golden Age Masterworks edition of stories featuring her most famous fantasy character

William Hope HodgsonThe Weird Tales of WHH 10 of his best stories selected by Xavier Aldana Reyes for this British Library Tales of the Weird edition.
Gardner Dozois (editor) – The Book of Magic part 1 8 of the stories originally in the hardcover edition
Gardner Dozois (editor) – The Book of Magic part 2 the other 9 of the stories originally in the hardcover edition

in paperback:

Sylvain NeuvelOnly Human sequel to Sleeping Giants & Waking Gods; the 3rd of the Themis Files


Frederic S. DurbinDragonfly reading by Casey Holloway of one of my favourite Hallowe’en novels! Bridget investigates strange noises coming from beneath her uncle’s cellar…



April 5, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 30th March 2019

in hardcover:
James S. A. CoreyTiamat’s Wrath the 8th novel in the Expanse series
Adrian TchaikovskyCage of Souls on a far future dying Earth, one man leaves the last city to see what manner of folk may still survive in the wilds
Arkady MartineA Memory Called Empire the new ambassador to the alien Teixcalaanli Empire discovers that her predecessor may have been murdered…

in large format:

Theodora GossSnow White Learns Witchcraft short story collection
Georgina BruceThis House of Wounds short stories from a local author
Aliya WhiteleyWitchcraft in the Harem new dark fantasy collection

Joseph Michael Sommers & Kyle Eveleth (editors) – The Artistry of Neil Gaiman serious look at Gaiman’s career and work

in ‘B’ format:

Andrew CaldecottWyntertide the strange sequel to Rotherweird

Madeline MillerCirce historical novel

Josh ReynoldsShadowspire: The Mirrored City a Warhammer Underworlds adventure

art, etc:

Donato GiancolaMiddle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend big hardcover, full of his takes on iconic scenes and characters from The Hobbit & LotR. Looks great!

Josh Frank, Tim Heidecker & Manuela Pertiga (illustrator) – Giraffes on Horseback Salad  hardcover graphic novel adaptation of the almost forgotten 1930s screenplay by Salvador Dali for a Marx Brothers movie! (Obviously, the film never got made!)

Tadd GalushaCretaceous textless, vibrantly coloured graphic novel about a T.Rex and the various other dinosaurs and reptiles it encounters. Softcover from Oni Press
Alejandro Jodorowsky & MoebiusAngel Claws new edition from Humanoids of this b&w graphic novel, re-issued to coincide with Jodorowsky’s 90th birthday. Mature content.
Alejandro Jodorowsky & Juan GimenezThe Metabarons 40th Anniversary edition from Humanoids!


Illustrationissue Sixty-Three with a large article on Mario Cooper

March 29, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 23rd March 2019

in hardcover:

Joe R. LansdaleRime sf novella from PS Publishing, set on board a giant deep-sleep starship…

in large format:

Ian McDonaldMoon Rising the conclusion of his Luna trilogy
Ryu Mutsuse 10 Billion Days &  100 Billion Nights Stabledonian scale philosophical Japanese sf novel, first published there in 1967
Joe R. LansdaleThe Elephant of Surprise the latest Hap and Leonard adventure…

K. A. DooreThe Perfect Assassin a young assassin is having doubts about his new occupation… Book 1 of the Chronicles of Ghadid

Caitlin R. KiernanTo Charles Fort With Love horror/dark fantasy collection

in ‘B’ format:

David DalglishSoul Keeper Devin is a peaceful, itinerant Soulkeeper but now the Veil is torn and magic and monsters are invading the land again…
David HairPrince of the Spear third part of his Sunsurge Quartet

Louisa MorganWitches Kind sequel to A Secret History of Witches, set just after the end of WW2

C. RuocchioThe Empire of Silence book 1 of the far future Suneater series, about Hadrian, some time hero, or just as likely, considered a monster!
Seth FriedThe Municipalists a bureaucrat & a rogue AI are tasked with tracking down a cyberterrorist, and it looks like it was an inside job…

Mandy HaggithThe Amber Seeker sequel to The Walrus Mutterer, about Pytheas the Greek‘s voyage to Britain and beyond in 320 BC!

Nisi Shawl (editor) – New Suns anthology of 17 new stories by people of colour

in paperback:

Alan Dean FosterRelic Rustan is probably the only human in the Galaxy but is persuaded to look for his rumoured home planet of Earth!

art, etc:

Charles Vess (illustrator) – The Book of Ballads and Sagas Neil Gaiman, Emma Bull, Jane Yolan, Charles DeLint and others interpret classic ballads & stories, which Vess then illustrates. The original verses, etc. are also included. 1st published in 2004. Hardcover, b&w

March 22, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 16th March 2019

in hardcover:

Cory DoctorowRadicalized 4 novellas set in the near future
Zen ChoThe True Queen magical goings-on in Regency London… sequel to 2013’s Sorcerer to the Crown

Kevin Hearne, Lila Bowen & Chuck WendigDeath & Honey 3 original novellas in a signed & numbered edition. The Buzz Kill by KH, Grist of Bees by LB & Interlude: Tanager by CW. Each with a colour plate by Galen Dara

in large format:

Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin HearneKill the Farm Boy humorous fantasy

Priya SharmaAll the Fabulous Beasts collection of 16 of her stories

Arkady & Boris StrugatskyThe Snail on the Slope new translation by Olena Bormashenko of one of their best novels. I re-read the old 1980 translation by Alan Meyers back in 2014 and now I’m keen to see how this one compares!

Jonathan JanzThe Nightmare Girl horror

in ‘B’ format:

Tade ThompsonRosewater Insurrection sequel to Rosewater
M. T. HillZero Bomb near future mystery in a future UK police state. Looks interesting.
Rachel HengSuicide Club  if she follows the rules Lea could live forever, but the sacrifices she’ll have to make may be too great
Karl SchroederThe Million the ruling class on Earth live lives of luxury but every 30 years 10 billion alien tourists descend on the planet…
Robert Jackson BennettVigilance in 2030 violent reality gameshows have perhaps become a bit too realistic…

Leo CarewThe Wolf epic fantasy in which the short-lived people of the South invade the lands of the long-lived, pastoral Northerners

Lilith SaintdrowThe Quill and the Crow volume 1 44 short essays about all sorts of aspects of writing

in paperback:

Timothy ZahnCobra Traitor book 3 of his Cobra Rebellion set

Lilith SaintcrowRoadtrip Z #1 – Cotton Crossing, #2 – In the Ruins, #3 – Pocalypse Road & #4 – Atlanta Bound complete quartet of the adventures of librarian Ginny and handyman Lee during a zombie apocalypse!

art, etc:

Dark Horse BooksThe Art of Anthem large full colour hardback with loads of art from the new game, from concept to final realisation

Gareth HindsThe Illiad hefty graphic novel version of Homer’s masterpiece. Full colour softcover. Extras include notes, map & a bibliography


Shoreline of Infinity – issue # 14 includes new Ken MacLeod story!

Interzone – issue # 280 with cover art by Richard Wagner
Black Staticissue # 68 cover art by Joachim Luetke

Locus – issue # 698 March 2019 cover date with remembrances of both Bety Ballantine and Carol Emshwiller


March 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 9th March 2019

in hardcover:

K. ChessFamous Men Who Never Lived hordes of refugees fleeing a nuclear war on an alternate time line settle in New York…
Temi OhDo You Dream of Terra-Two? the 1st ever mission to an Earth-like planet 23 years travel away, crewed by a mix of aging veteran astronauts and teenagers who have trained all their lives for this trip…

V. E. SchwabThe Near Witch reprint of her 1st published novel, from 2011

John Ringo & Gary Poole (editors) – Voices of the Fall a short story by Ringo plus a dozen other stories by other authors, using his Dark Tide Rising background…

in large format:

Elizabeth BearAncestral Night Haimey and her space salvager crew stumble upon some ancient alien tech but are immediately on the the run from pirates, revolutionaries & the government! Grand scale space opera!

Caitlin R. KiernanA is for Alien collection with a dozen of her best stories. Interior art by Vince Locke
Caitlin R. KiernanTales of Pain & Wonder collection of 22 interconnected stories (with an alternate reading order given at the end); interior art by Richard A. Kirk

Doctor WhoThirteen Doctors; 13 Stories anthology of Doctor Who stories, one per regeneration

in ‘B’ format:

Andrzej SapkowskiSeason of Storms the 8th Witcher novel, translated from Polish by David French
V. E. SchwabVengeful sequel to Vicious
Anna Smith SparkThe Tower of Living and Dying the sequel to The Court of Broken Knives; volume 2 in her Empires of Dust series

Graham EdwardsString City a PI able to jump between alternate timelines in an interdimensional city finds himself on a case which just keeps getting weirder!
Patrick EdwardsRuin’s Wake history has been erased, and individual identies are following suit…

Pat CadiganFools her 3rd novel (from 1992) and Arthur C. Clarke Award winner, now re-issued in Orion‘s SF Masterworks series
C. L. Moore – Northwest of Earth the space opera stories featuring Northwest Smith, starting with the classic Shambleau. Now re-issued by Orion in their Golden Age Masterworks series

in paperback:

Seanan McGuireThat Ain’t Witchcraft the 8th InCryptid novel

Clive Cussler & Graham BrownThe Rising Sea the 15th NUMA Files adventure wth Kurt Austin and the 7th by the Cisser/Brown pairing


Shoreline of InfinityThe Chosen From the First Age anthology collecting work fom the 1st 10 issues of the magazine

Graphiteissue # 10 concept design, illustration & urban sketching, from 3dtotal Publishing

March 8, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 2nd March 2019

in hardcover:

Ann LeckieThe Raven Tower the author of the multi-award winning Ancillery Justice series turns her hand to fantasy… the kingdom of Traden seems to have been deserted by it’s protective god, Raven
Marlon JamesBlack Leopard Red Wolf very well reviewed fantasy, drawing from African myth and history…

Django WexlerA Ship of Smoke and Steel career criminal Isoka is captured and forced to go on a mission to steal a ghost ship…
Den PatrickWitchsign 75 years have passed since the overthrow of magic and the founding of the Solmindre Empire but vigilante gangs still roam, seeking out any who bear the taint of magic…
Roshani ChokshiThe Gilded Wolves in Paris in 1889, the Order of Babel forces top hotelier Severin to track down a magical artifact…

Rudy RuckerNotes for Return to the Hollow Earth all sorts of extra material and background for his new novel

Ursula K. LeGuinThe Complete Orsinia volume 1 of her collected work, published by The Library of America. It was issued some time ago and is now almost out of print…

J. K. RowlingThe Tales of Beedle the Bard
J.K. RowlingQuidditch Through the Ages
J.K. RowlingFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
uniform large hardcover editions, with large clear text and illustrations

in large format:

Rudy RuckerReturn to the Hollow Earth reprint of his weird 1990 novel
Rudy RuckerThe Hollow Earth & Return to the Hollow Earth the original novel bound together with the sequel
Rudy RuckerNotes for Return to the Hollow Earth all sorts of extra material and background for his new novel

John KesselPride and Prometheus Mary Bennet falls in love with Victor Frankenstein, and befriends Frankenstein’s creation!
Dave FreerTom humorous novel featuring a cat who becomes a Wizard’s assistant

Gardner Dozois (editor) – The Very Best of the Best giant collection of the 38 best short stories from the 35 volumes of The Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies which he edited!

in ‘B’ format:

Becky ChambersRecord of a Spaceborn Few 3rd in the series that began with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Terry Brooks – The Skaar Invasion the sequel to The Black Elfstone and the 2nd part of The Fall of Shannara set, itself part of the overarching Shannara series (now at, I think, 30 volumes!)

in paperback:

B. Caitling / Iain SinclairScales / Silenic Drift 2 novellas published back to back. Brian Caitling (author of The Vorrh trilogy) has Scales, about a (real) expedition to Greenland to transport a massive 30+ ton meteorite from it’s landing site in Greenland to the New York Natural History Museum in 1894. Ian Sinclair’s story, Silenic Drift, is about London and it’s geology & meteorites

art, etc:

Alexandro Jodorowsky & MoebiusThe Incal: Alexandro Jodorowsky 90th Birthday Edition gorgeous boxed edition of the classic bande dessinee with additional rare illustrations and an extra short story by Moebius. Numbered edition, limited to 1550 copies in total.

Hugo PrattThe Secret Rose the 11th of the softcover EuroComics reprints of the classic Corto Maltese stories…
Cyril PedrosaEquinoxes nice h/c collection from NBM of some of his short graphic stories. Also with several fairly short prose pieces.

HeikalaThe Art of Heikala: Works and Thoughts very nice hardcover by the Finnish artist. Sketches, tutorials, finished pieces, her thoughts on all sorts of aspects of her work. The 1st edition was massively oversubscribed on Kickstarter and it’s obvious why!

3dtotal PublishingBeginner’s Guide to Sketching: Robots, Vehicles & Sci-Fi Concepts hints and tips from dozens of artists…

March 1, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 23rd February 2019

in hardcover:

Ian C. EsslemontKellanved’s Reach the 3rd book of the Path to Ascendancy

in large format:

Caitlin R. KiernanThe Very best of CRK   20 of her best stories, with an intro by Richard Kadrey

David CraigResurrection Men in Victorian Glasgow, the undead’s influence reaches the highest levels…
Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-TinsleySkraelings first contact between a small tribe of Inuit and a Norse expedition…

in ‘B’ format:

Gareth L. PowellFleet of Knives the sequel to Embers of War

Angus MacallanGates of Stone a prince and a princess from two completely separate countries both set out on quests which will cross the same pirate ridden seas… The 1st book of The Lords of the Islands series. Set mainly in an alternate S.E.Asia

T. FrohockWhere Oblivion Lives in 1932 arcane forces struggle to avert the looming Spanish Civil War! A los Nefilim novel.

Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin (editors) – The Outcast Hours 2 dozen new stories plus 9 ‘microstories’ by China Mieville. The editors previously released the well-received The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories


Locusissue # 697 cover date February 2019 includes The Year in Review 2018 and their recommended reading lists…

February 22, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment