Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

August New Titles

Laura Lam & Elizabeth MaySeven Devils fast moving space opera as the resistance battles to save a vital peace conference from disruption. Signed copies will be available (but not quite yet; see previous post)
Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt – 1636: The Atlantic Encounter the latest Ring of Fire/1632 adventure

Emily St.John  Mandel – The Glass Hotel novel partially set at a remote hotel on Vancouver Island. A brother & sister simultaneously leave their employment there under very different circumstances… Her previous book was the excellent, award-winning Station Eleven

Zen ChoThe Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water a ‘wuxia’ (martial arts) fantasy novella from Tor.

in Large Format:

Mary Robinette KowalThe Relentless Moon the 3rd of her Lady Astronaut alternate history novels
Morgan LlywelynInch By Inch sequel to Drop By Drop and Volume 2 in her Step By Step near-future sf series

Hank Davis  & Christophe Ruocchio (editors) – Cosmic Corsairs 15 stories about space pirates, from Baen Books!

in ‘B’ format:

Elizabeth BearWorldwired 3rd in the Jenny Casey trilogy which began with Hammered & Scardown. Humanity’s first contact may just be it’s last!

in paperback:

Arkary & Boris SrtugakskyOne Billion Years to the End of the World  a re-issue by Penguin of one of my favourite Strugatsky novels, previously published as Definitely Maybe by Collier back in 1978. It’s the same translation in both, by Antonina W. Bouis.

art, etc:

Titan BooksAlien: 40 Years 40 Artists large hardcover packed with all sorts of art from over the decades since the film first appeared. Also with a fascinating little Forward by (one of the original Alien film concept artists) Chris Foss. Very nice package altogether.

Pernille ØrumSparks… the Art of PØ hardcover full of her rather cartoon/retro looking figure work and details of her technique

3dtotal PublishingArt Fundamentals 2nd edition subtitled  Color, Light, Composition, Anatomy, Perspective, and Depth softcover


Shoreline of Infinityissue # 18 now more content than before! More pages! More words!
Character Design Quarterly CDQ # 12


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August 10, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of Seven Devils, by Lam & May

Laura Lam & Elizabeth May have a new science fiction book out this week.
It’s called Seven Devils.  It’s grand space opera and signed copies will be available from Transreal Fiction.Slightly unfortunately (for me, not her!)  Elizabeth doesn’t live locally and so I won’t have signed copies until later in the month when she visits Edinburgh.
The book is an £18.99 hardcover and postage within the UK/local delivery would bring the price up to £20.00
This offer is not available outside the UK
If you would like a copy please let me know how you’d like it signed – date, location, brief greeting, etc  or just a plain signature –  and I will issue a PayPal Invoice and forward the book once both authors have signed it.
The best contact address is
Seven Devils

This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Empire – or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy.

If they can’t, millions may die.


August 3, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Late July, 2020 New Titles

Back to 5-day a week opening! Tuesday to Saturday.  Noon until Four. Longer hours soon! E-mail to request private browsing outwith these core hours.

in hardcover:

Jim ButcherPeace Talks the long-awaited 16th volume of The Dresden Files
S. A. Chakraborty – The Empire of Gold book 3 of the Daevabad Trilogy
Beth CartwrightFeathertide Marea was born covered with feathers and, searching for her father, voyages to the city of Murmurs – a place of mystery & mermaids!

Jo WaltonOr What You Will a recurring character in a popular novelist’s work worries about his fate as the writer ages…
Lois McMaster BujoldThe Orphans of Raspey a novel length Penric story from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Tamsyn MuirGideon the Ninth a necromancer needs a swordswoman; Gideon has a sword but also no time for any of that ‘undead’ nonsense!

Arkady & Boris StrugatskyLame Fate Ugly Swans twin interwoven novels, the second of which is written as if by the protagonist of the first! Lame Fate is in English for the first time; Ugly Swans is a fresh new translation by Maya Vinokour, not the one from Collier in the 1970s

Gideon MarcusKitra staking her inheritance on an old salvaged spaceship, Kitra finds herself and her crew stranded with little hope of returning home…
R. S. BelcherThe Queen’s Road his life in ruins after Hurricane Harvey, Ray is entrusted with an interstellar quest by a dying alien…
Lilith SaintcrowHood: Season Two Robin Locke doesn’t want to be helped up but a childhood friend is in danger from his planet’s visiting overlords…

Anne & Jeff Vandermeer (editors) – The Big Book of Modern Fantasy 92 short stories, many of them from places other than the US & UK. A companion volume to last year’s The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

in ‘B’ format:

Tade ThompsonMaking Wolf a store detective bigs up his career on a visit back to his home town in West Africa, and finds himself forced to investigate much more serious crimes…

Ian DouglasAlien Secrets volume 1 of his new Solar Warden series, about a Navy SEAL picked to join a secret intersteller project being put together in conjunction with aliens
Nicholas BowlingAlpha Omega the key person who might prevent a catastrophic plague is unreachable, deep in the levels of a huge on-line VR game
Hailey EdwardsEnd Game the 5th in the Foundling series, which began with Bayou Born
D. B. JacksonTime’s Assassin 3rd volume of the Islevale Cycle, following on from Time’s Children & Time’s Demon

art, etc:

Bong Joon HoParasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards the full 2020 Oscar winning film storyboarded with script and shooting directions alongside the (mainly) b&w shetches
Guillaume PerreaultThe Postman From Space humorous colour graphic novel about a postman; text translated by Francoise Bui. Great fun!
Jacques Lob & Jean-Marc Rochette
Snowpiercer 1: The Escape the original graphic novel, now in softcover. b&w
Fleetway Picture Library ClassicsAir War Stories with 4 b&w strips by Ferdinando Tacconi from the 1950s & 60s
Fleetway Picture Library ClassicsJohn Steel 4 thrilling adventures from the early 1960s, with art by Luis Bermejo & Reg Bunn

Nathan W. PyleStrange Planet  little h/c with 4-panel cartoons of aliens mis-describing human activities! Good fun.
Nathan W. PyleStranger Planet more of the same good fun!

Meredith Finch, Renae de Liz (art) & Ray Dillon (art) – George MacDonald‘s The Light Princess complete graphic novel of the classic Victorian children’s story


Illustrators – Issue Twenty-Nine with articles on Charles Adams & Lawson Wood, among others
IllustratorsPirates: Special Issue # 7 including art by Howard Pyle

Heavy Metal – issue # 299: Mythical Worlds Special edition
Jesse LonarganHedra textless colour sf graphic novel from Image

Locus – issue #714 July cover date with interviews/articles on Steven Erikson & Veronica Roth with Locus,Award & Nebula Award winners


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July 31, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mid-July New Titles

in hardcover:

M. John HarrisonThe Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again a new novel!
Martha Wells – Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel the previous novellas are also all in stock
Grady HendrixThe Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires looks good fun!
Kim HarrisonAmerican Dream the 15th Rachel Morgan novel, as she returns to The Hollows
Charles E. GannonAt the End of the World set in the South Atlantic as a yacht crew make for the dubious safety of South Georgia, set in John Ringo‘s Black Tide Rising background

in large format:

Ken MacLeodSelkie Summer short novel set on Skye from Newcon Press

Nnedi OkoraforBinti: The Complete Trilogy comprising of the novellas Binti, Binti: Home & Binti: The Night Masquerade plus the short story/novelette Binti: Sacred Fire
Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne – The Princess Beard the 3rd of their Tales of Pell
Jo Walton Lent
Yahtzee Croshaw – Differently Morphous the Ministry of Occultism is forced to become public in it’s efforts to protect Britain from magic

in ‘B’ format:

Ry Herman Love Bites Angela meets Chloe and discovers she can only come out at night. Local author; signed copies now available!

Shaun HamillA Cosmology of Monsters Noah’s father Harry is obsessed with building a Haunted House, which becomes only too real…
Madeline AshbyReV vol 3 of The Machine Dynasty. I’ve had this title on order since October 2015! The previous books in the series were vN & iD. Post-human intelligences road the internet…

Ted ChiangExhalation his new collection of short stories


Eric Flint1637: The Polish Maelstrom the latest in the long-running 1632/Ring of Fire alternate history series
Michelle WestFirstborn the 7th in her Housewar series

art, etc:|

Laurent DurieuxMirages: The Art of LD big full colour hardcover loaded with dozens of his prints and posters
Spoke Art GalleryMy Neighbor Hayao Miyazaki hardcover with art inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli creator Miyazaki

Carl BuziakCreating Celtic Animal Designs from basic shapes to complex designs; the author is an expert on Celtic knotwork & art…

John GarthThe Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien subtitled The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth heavily illustrated hardcover with lots on info on all sorts of geographical locations, pieces of art and historical items which Tolkien may have been inspired or influenced by. Looks very interesting.
Note: The is very different from the recent The Illiustrated World of Tolkien by David Day. Same size though!


Italo CalvinoInvisible Cities an mp3-cd of his classic book, read by John Lee

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

Open Again (Briefly)

Transreal Fiction will be open for a few hours on Tuesday 14th July from about 14.00 (after a non-essential appointment at my GP’s) until about 17.00 or so – later if I have a customer! 😉
Maximum of 3 customers in the shop at any one time. Sanitiser by the door as you come in. I’ll be wearing a mask or a visor and there’s also a protective screen on the counter.

My partner is on the ‘shelter in place’ register so I’m taking things slower than I might otherwise.
Opening hours will be brief this week but should include 11.00 until 16.00 on Friday.
Next week I hope to open noon until four on Tuesday through Saturday.
All times subject to change.

July 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘Safe Browsing Experience’ at Transreal

So, after many weeks, Transreal Fiction is cracking it’s doors open a little again. Not to the general public perhaps, but maybe to you!

The shop now has an eventbrite page for booking your own personal 45 minute tiimeslot with no other customers in the shop! Worry free browsing! There’s a small fee, offset against any purchase, and also 10% OFF pretty much everything except books already on ‘sale’.

Available times are on Tuesday to Saturday this week, with start times of Noon, one, two, thtee & four p.m. The tickets cost £3.00 (redeemable against purchase) and allow up to three people in the shop for up to 45 minutes (not the whole hour as I’ll need to wipe down surfaces, etc. before the next customer).



July 6, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – Late June/Early July 2020

in hardcover:

Jasper FfordeConstant Rabbit a couple, who happen to be human sized anthropomorphic rabbits, move into a small, rural village… Not for sale until Thursday 9th July

Michael J. SullivanAge of Empyre the 6th of the Legends of the First Empire
Simon R. GreenThe House on Widow’s Hill the latest in his Ishmael Jones series

in B format:

Namwali SerpellOld Drift big novel of 3 Zambian families played out over the past century and into the future…
Robert HarrisSecond Sleep a young priest wanders lost across a strange landscape that appears not be of his era…

M. R. CoreyThe Book of Koli the 1st of his Rampart trilogy. Koli has spent his life being told to stay close to the village and never to go into the ancient woods…
Jenni LyonsThe Name of All Things sequel to The Ruin of Kings and vol 2 of A Chorus of Dragons
Amanda HockingThe Lost City Omte Origins volume 1. Ulla is a half-breed troll but finds attempts to trace her heritage blocked

Brandon SandersonThe Many Lives of Stephen Leeds collection of 3 novellas consisting of Legion, Skin Deep & Eye of the Beholder

J. R. R. TolkienThe Fall of Gondolin with colour plates by Alan Lee
J. R. R. TolkienThe Hobbit re-issue with new cover with art. The LotR trilogy also has new matching covers but stock of them is difficult to get right now…

David SolomonsThe Maze of Doom featuring the 13th Doctor Who


Sherwood SmithA Sword Named Truth volume 1 of The Rise of the Alliance series, continuing on from her Inda books

Bennett R. ColesWinds of Marque sailing the solar winds on HMSS Daring to protect the space lanes! Featuring Blackwood & Virtue
David DrakeTo Clear Away the Shadows the 13th in his RCN Saga
Tom Kratman (creator) – Terra Nova anthology featuring set in Kratman’s Wars of Liberation universe


The current mail order and delivery/collection service is still in operation, and individual visits may be possible at mutually agreed times. More on this soon!

July 3, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal (not) Re-Opening

Transreal Fiction will not be re-opening this week.

The current mail order and delivery/collection service is still in operation, and individual visits may be possible at mutually agreed times.

I apologise for any inconvenience caused by this decision.

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June 29, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yet More Signed Hardbacks!

This is probably the last of a trilogy of posts highlighting some of the rarer titles I have in stock. And some are really quite rare.

I’ll start with Jim Butcher, whose 16th Dresden File novel, Peace Talks, is due out next month!

Jim Butcher – Turn Coat
Subterranean Press 2018 cover art & interior illos byVincent Chong
signed & numbered 395/500

Then there’s the rather weird sequel to cult classic The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

Gordon Dahlquist – The Dark Volume
Subterranean Press 2008 cover art  by Dave McKean
signed & numbered 254/500

Who’s next? Top editor but also author, Jack Dann!

Jack Dann – Promised Land
PS Publishing 2007 cover art byVincent Chong
signed & numbered 4/500

and then the rather less known, but still interesting Bradley Denton with a collection of 3 linked novellas, each with an author intro, and also a concluding endpiece by Denton

Bradley Denton – Sargeant Chip
Subterranean Press 2014
signed & Numbered 643/750

followed by one of the most extravagantly produced titles I have, by Tim Powers

Tim Powers – Medusa’s Web
Subterranean Press 2017 cover art & interior illos by J. K. Potter
signed & numbered in a plain slipcase 375/474

And now a giant collection of essays and also a stand alone novella from one of my favourite authors, Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll – Crow’s Dinner
Subterranean Press 2017 cover by Ryder Carroll
signed & numbered 898/1000

Jonathan Carroll – Teaching the Dog to Read
Subterranean Press 2015 cover by Ryder Carroll
signed & numbered 601/1000

And now what’s probably the most recent publication, from another personal favourite, James P. Blaylock

James P. Blaylock – The Gobblin’ Society
Subterranean Press 2020 cover art by Jon Foster
signed & numbered 725/1000

Although Jo Walton‘s Lent is still fairly current also, with a large format paperback out earlier this year – and her next novel due in soon as well!

Jo Walton – Lent
Tor 2019 cover art by Chris Buzelli

Continuing with a collection of 3 linked novellas, by Garth Nix

Garth Nix – Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz: Three Adventures
Subterranean Press 2013 cover art by Thomas Canty
signed & numbered 760/1000

With a collection of three linked short novels (originally as by ‘Jack Buchanan’) from Joe Lansdale & Stephen Mertz next

Joe R. Lansdale & Stephen Mertz – M. I. A. Hunter
Subterranean Press 2015 cover art by Timothy Truman
signed by both authors & numbered 109/500

followed by an historical novel from Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons – Black Hills
Subterranean Press 2010 cover art by Ken Rosenthal
signed & numbered 447/500

and finally a collection from horror writer David J. Schow to round things off

David J. Schow – DJStories: The Best of David J. Schow
Subterranean Press 2018 cover art by Timothy R. Bradstreet
signed & numbered 963/1000

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

New Titles (received in June)

in hardback:

Walker DrydenThe City of a Thousand Faces first in a new epic fantasy series, Tumanbay, set in a vast city reminiscent of Byzantium

Taylor AndersonWinds of Wrath the 15th in his Destroyermen alternate history series
Max BrooksDevolution Mount Rainier has erupted violently and Bigfoot tribes have been forced into the open! From the author of The Zombie Survival Guide & World War Z

in large format:

Robert Jackson BennettShorefall sequel to Foundryside and part 2 of The Founders Trilogy
Liz WilliamsComet Weather 4 sisters re-unite to search for their missing mother…

Julian K. JarboeEveryone On the Moon is Essential Personnel 2 poems, 13 short stories and the title novella. Interesting looking collection.

in ‘B’ format:

Tim LebbonEden in the near future huge areas of the Earth are off-limits to allow nature to recover, but some people still venture there…

Ben AaronovitchThe October Man a Rivers of London novella
Carrie VaughnGhosts of Sherwood novella featuring Robin’s family…

in paperback:

Charles E. GannonMarque of Caine the 5th in the Caine Riordan series
Wm.Mark SimmonsA Witch in Time the 5th of the Halflife Chronicles
Michelle WestWar the 8th volume of The House War, which began with The Hidden City

art, etc:

Bryan TalbotLuther Arkwright: The Adventures of LA & Heart of Empire hefty comic-sized volume collecting the entire story. The first 40% (The Adventures section) is b&w with the rest in full colour
John Rhett ThomasThe Art of Frank Cho a Marvel Monograph


Locus – issue # 713 June cover date with book listings through until March! Interviews with Tobias S. Buckell & Madeline Ashby


If you want any of these titles, or any other book I’m likely to have in stock, please contact me and we can probably work something out. I don’t have a shopping basket on here but there are other ways of ordering & paying!

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