The latest book by V. E. Schwab comes out in a couple of weeks and she has kindly agreed to sign copies for me.
It’s called A Darker Shade of Magic and is a ‘B’ format paperback from Titan Books, costing £7.99 plus postage.
Postage within the UK will be £1.51, making the total £9.50
I’ll also have a limited number of the Tor US hardcover, which will be £18.99 plus postage.
Postage within the UK will be £2.80, making the total £21.79
Signing options available will be plain signature, or with date, location (Edinburgh) or brief greeting (To Mike, Best wishes, Happy Birthday, etc.)
To order your copy e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org saying what you’d like and which country you live in and I’ll issue a PayPal Invoice for the appropriate amount. Once paid, and the books are in, I’ll get it signed and sent off to you.
For postage rates abroad, please see the V. E. Schwab page on the ‘pages’ list beside this post. Other books you can ask to be signed are listed there also.
A Darker Shade of Magic
Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered.
Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…
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Robin Hobb – Fool’s Assassin part 1 of her latest Farseer trilogy, Fitz and the Fool
Brent Weeks – The Broken Eye volume 3 of his Lightbringer trilogy
John Varley – Dark Lightning belated 4th volume in his Red Lightning series about space colonisation…
Jo Walton – My Real Children one elderly woman; two sets of memories… no wonder she’s confused!
Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory – The House of the Four Winds the duke of the tiny Balkan duchy of Swansgaard has 12 daughters and a lone son. Too many to support, so in this volume the eldest, Clarice, signs on for a trip to the New World… Part 1 of One Dozen Daughters
Lev Grossman – The Magician’s Land 3rd in the series that began with The Magicians
Kat Richardson – Revenant the 9th Greywalker novel
Mark Hodder – The Return of the Discontinued Man the 5th Burton & Swinbourne adventure…
Marie Phillips – The Table of Less Valued Knights ‘Arthurian’ story featuring the exploits of knights not good enough to sit at the Round Table. They have to sit at one with a wonky leg… Her previous book, Gods Behaving Badly (2008) was fun; Greek gods living quietly in a shabby mansion in present day London…
George R. R. Martin & Gardner Dozois (editors) – Rogues hefty anthology of 21 stories from the best fantasy authors out there; Gaiman, Rothfuss, Lynch, Abercrombie and many more, with a new Game of Thrones story by one of the editors!
Ursula K. LeGuin – The Real and the Unreal: Where on Earth volume 1 of a pair of books collecting her best short fiction
in large format:
Charles E. Gannon – Trial by Fire the sequel to Fire by Fire and volume 2 in his Tales of the Terran Republic
Jagopo Della Quercia – The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy Lincoln’s son and President Taft in a steampunk adventure carefully composed around real historical events…
Daniel Abraham – The Widow’s House the 4th volume of The Dagger and the Crown
in ‘B’ format:
Eric Brown – Jani and the Greater Game fun steampunk adventure set in India as the British Empire, Russia and China play the ‘great game’ and Jani is caught in the middle of it all when Russia shoots fown an Imperial Airship carrying her back from England to see her dying father, one-time Minister of Security on the Indian Cabinet. Signed copies available.
William Dietz – Andromeda’s Choice sequel to Andromeda’s Fall. Set in his Legion of the Damned universe and featuring Andromeda McKee, top Legion fighter…
Daryl Gregory – Afterparty the after effects of a new drug on it’s inventors! I really enjoyed the hardback earlier this year
Daryl Gregory – We Are All Completely Fine a psychiatrist persuades several apparently insane patients to join a support group and try to work out which of their demons are real… Always an interesting author.
Alan Campbell – The Art of Hunting sequel to The Sea of Ghosts and part 2 of The Gravedigger Chronicles
Richard Ford – The Shattered Crown the sequel to Herald of the Storm and part 2 of his Steelhaven series…
Jim Hines – Codex Born the sequel to Libriomancer and vbook 2 of Magic ex Libris
Tom Pollock – The Glass Republic in London-Under-Glass everything is reversed and Pen must venture there seeking her mirror-sister Parva…
James Treadwell – Anarchy sequel to dark fantasy Advent
Ari Marmell – Hot Lead, Cold Iron Mick Oberon turned his back on the Fae and became a PI in Chicago. But his new case involves tracking down a changeling…
Jon Steele – Angel City set in the shadows where the angels dwell…
Mark Hodder – The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi the 4th Burton & Swinbourne adventure…
Guy Gavriel Kay – River of Stars sequel to Under Heaven and set again in his version of ancient China…
Steve Haynes (editor) – The Best British Fantasy 2014 14 stories including 2 by Edinburgh residents Helen Jackson and Georgina Bruce and at least another 2 by Scots now living elsewhere.
Rob Thurman – Downfall the 9th Cal Leandros adventure
Stephen Blackmoore – Broken Souls 3rd in his City of the Lost series…
Irene Radford – The Wandering Dragon 3rd in her Children of the Dragon Nimbus series; the 13th Dragon Nimbus book overall
Steve White – Pirates of the Timestream 3rd of the Jason Thanoi adventures, which began with Blood of the Heroes
Dan Abnett – The Unremembered Empire the latest of the Horus Heresy adventures, set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe
John Alvin – The Art of JA hardback with both finished full-colour art and sketches, etc. Also 1/2 page of text introducing each project; Batman, Jurassic Park, Willow, E.T., etc.
Lorenzo Sperlonga – Dirty Works full colour softback with mainly finished pieces but also a few preliminary sketches… Also titled New Art Fantastix #1
Brian Michael Bendis – Words for Pictures subtitled ‘the art and business of writing comics and graphic novels‘. Includes chapters by top editor Diana Schutz and several others
Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell – Murder Mysteries hardback graphic novel, with sketches and an interview, etc at the back
Carol Swain – Gast b&w story of a young girl who moves to rural Wales and starts to investigate a death
Alexandro Jodorowsky, Zoran Janjetov & Fred Beltran – The Technopriests: Supreme Collection hardcover from Humanoids
Christian Perrissin & Boro Pavlocic– El Nino hardcover from Humanoids. Red Cross nurse Vera discovers she was born conjoined with, but soon separated from, a modern day pirate known as el Nino!
Xavier Dorison & Christophe Bec – Sanctum hardcover from Humanoids, previously issued in 2 volumes. A submarine lost 70 years ago is found in strange circumstances…
Jerry Frissen & Bill – Unfabulous Five a handful of Mexican wrestlers take up the fight against crime. Hardcover from Humanoids
Jeffrey Brown – Star Wars: Goodnight Darth Vader neat little hardback with colour sketches and rhyming couplets… well, doggerel, really.
Illustration – #45 big features on Mead Schaeffer and Michael Dolas
Locus – #642, July cover date with Edinburgh Book Festival guest Jeff Vandermeer on the cover. June’s issue has still not turned up.
Galaxy’s Edge – issue #9
Doctor Who – The Abandoned Forth Doctor adventure 3.7 from Big Finish, with Tom baker and Luise Jameson
2015 wall calendars:
Ciruelo – Dragons 16 month calendar
Contrary to what I understood, Hannu will be able to sign copies of his new book, The Causal Angel, for me.
The book itself is £20.00 and mailing prices will be as for Charlie’s recent Laundry novel, The Rhesus Chart. i.e. within the UK it’ll be £22.80
Europe, £20 + £6.60
World, £20.00 + £10.15
Australia & NZ, £20 + £10.75
Let me know how you’d like it signed and which postage rate applies and I’ll send a PayPal Invoice.
“With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur. Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story.
And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system.”
Charles Stross – The Rhesus Chart the 5th Laundry novel. Signed copies available! (not all pre-ordered mail order copies have been signed but he’ll be back soon to finish them, so please be patient)
Joe Abercrombie – Half a King Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain his throne…
Terry Brooks – The High Druid’s Blade the latest Shannara volume – part 1 of The Defenders of Shannara. Depending if you include The Word and the Void trilogy, it’s either #23 or #26 overall!
Tobias S. Buckell – Hurricane Fever sequel to the post-climate change thriller Arctic Rising
Paul Park – All Those Vanished Engines an alternate history in three parts; starting after an alternate Civil War then moving to the present day and finally into the near future, where a bizarre secret is uncovered…
Rachel Pollack – The Child Eater Matyas has run away to Wizard School to learn how to fly, and in our world Simon tries to hide his strange powers. They’ll never meet, but they must work together…
in large format:
John Scalzi (editor) – Metatropolis 5 novellas with a common background, by Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias Buckell, Karl Schroeder & the late Jay Lake
in ‘B’ format:
Tobias S. Buckell – Hurricane Fever sequel to the post-climate change thriller Arctic Rising, which I really enjoyed last year
Peter Liney – The Detainee the punishment satellites are constantly watching over the prison island but someone discovers a secret…
Guy Adams – The Clown Service Toby Greene is reassigned to a strange, secretive branch of the security services…
Django Wexler – The Thousand Names set at a desert outpost on the edge of empire; part 1 of The Shadow Campaigns
Doctor Who – Tales of Trenzalore 4 stories set at different times during it’s seige… Let it Snow by Justin Richards, An Apple a Day by George Mann, Strangers in the Outland by Paul Finch & The Dreaming by Mark Morris
Alex Archer – The Devil’s Chord the 49th Rogue Angel adventure…
James Axler – Desolation Angels the 68th Death Lands adventure…
Digital Art Masters – volume 9 from 3DTotal Publishing
Nick Bertozzi – Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey b&w graphic novel of his famous, disastrous expedition (which turned out well!)
Harlan Ellison & Paul Chadwick with Ken Steacy – 7 Against Chaos full colour graphic novel
Hi-Fructose – volume 32
Heavy Metal – #269
Brick Journal – issue #28 all about Lego
Yes, it’s the new Laundry novel from Charlie Stross and it’s due out at the beginning of July.
As before, he’s agreed to sign copies for me.
It’s the UK Orbit hardcover and will cost £16.99 + postage.
Postage will be £2.80 within the UK (2nd class parcel under 1kg)
To the rest of Europe it’ll be £6.60
To most of the rest of the world it’ll be £10.15
And to Australia/NZ it’s £10.75
Books can be signed with a plain signature, or with the date, location or brief greeting added. Not the first line though, I’m afraid.
Drop me a note at email@example.com saying how you’d like it signed and where it’s to be sent and I’ll issue a PayPal Invoice (which will ask for your full address).
(People who have already e-mailed me should receive their invoices or an e-mail shortly, so no need to remind me)
And I should be able to supply the Laundry novella Equoid to be published by Subterranean Press soon; it’s likely to be £25.00 + postage.
I was surprised and saddened this morning to learn that Lucius Shepard had died.
He first gained recognition back in the mid-1980s with Green Eyes, one of the re-launched Ace Specials that also promoted the careers of William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson among others… Then followed Life During Wartime and The Jaguar Hunter collection, both set in future Central America. Also The Scalehunter’s Beautiful Daughter, the first of several connected slightly more traditional fantasies.
More recently I read Dog-Eared Paperback of My Life, a novella-length piece in the anthology Other Earths, which was excellent.
More personally, I had the great good fortune to end up hanging out with Lucius a couple of times years ago at a big London convention we were both attending. We ended up chatting and drinking long into the night and he came across as a really interesting character with loads of stories to tell… somewhere I have a photo!
Anyway, quite a brief friendship, but one I’ve remembered for decades.
I’ll miss him.
in hardback :
Ken MacLeod – Descent government surveillance and cover-ups! Signed copies available
Brandon Sanderson – Words of Radiance 1000+ page sequel to The Way of Kings. The Stormlight Archive #2
Sebastien De Castell – Traitor’s Blade conspiracy in the most corrupt city in the world. Following the death of the king, three ex-magistrates have ended up in dead-end bodyguard jobs… Part 1 of The Greatcoats
Ramsey Campbell – The Pretence the day after a dire prediction failed to come true, everything should now be alright… shouldn’t it?
Andrzej Sapkowski – Baptism of Fire the 4th in the fantasy series that began with The Last Wish. Translated from Polish by David French
Mark Smylie – The Barrow epic adventure in the world of Artesia
Nigel Edwards – Badger’s Waddle surreal story set in a minor English village. Giant rabbits, exploding tourists, shaved gibbons…
Barrington J. Bailey – Gateway Omnibus containing novels The Soul of the Robot and The Fall of Chronopolis with the collection The Knights of the Limits
Mur Lafferty – Ghost Train to New Orleans Zoe writes travel guides to tourist spots for the undead…
Andy McDermott – The Valhalla Prophecy the 9th adventure with Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase
in ‘B’ format:
Jim C. Hines – Libriomancer Isaac is in a secret guild which can draw forth objects mentioned in books…
David Munro – The Time Jigsaw fleeing trouble, James returns to Scotland but discovers he is time-slipping to different periods…
Julie E. Czerneda – A Turn of the Light part 1 of Marrowdell; Jenn has grown up in a small valley on the edge of the magical realms…
Seanan McGuire – Half-Off Ragnarok the 3rd InCryptid adventure…
Anne Bishop – Written in Red the 1st novel of The Others. Meg gets a Human Liason job despite being on the run and having to hide her foretelling ability
Marion Zimmer Bradley & Deborah J. Ross – The Children of Kings a Darkover novel, which seems to follow on from The Alton Gift and Hastur Lord
Clive Cussler & Justin Scott – The Striker their 5th co-written Isaac Bell adventure; the 6th altogether.
John Ferguson, Tone Julskjaer & Gary Welsh – Saltire Scottish graphic novel set in Roman times… Full colour, published by Diamondsteel Comics
As with previous books, Ken has agreed to sign copies of his new hardcover for me.
Options include a plain signature, or with the date, location or a brief greeting added.
The book is due out from Orbit in early March and will cost £19.99
Postage within the UK will add £2.61, making the total £22.60 altogether.
Postage to the rest of Europe will be £7.85 or £27.84 in total.
Postage to further afield (e.g. U.S. & Canada) will be £12.60 or £32.59 in total and to Australia/NZ £13.25 or £33.24 altogether.
To order, just e-mail me saying where you live and what you’d like and I’ll issue a PayPal Invoice which will detail your request and also ask for your full address…
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH? Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft.
Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can’t identify or explain the phenomenon. And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred? Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover-up? Or does the very idea of a cover-up hide the biggest secret of all?
The last of a great generation of sf authors has died, aged 93.
Over the decades he wrote some great fiction, but his parallel career in editing was very influential as well and helped transform the field. He also wrote non-fiction, not least his auto-biographical books and latterly his website reminiscences about all sorts of corners and little-remembered niches of genre publishing.
I don’t know when I first read him but it was almost certainly back in the late 1960s. Either something he co-wrote, like The Space Merchants (with C. M. Kornbluth), or more likely various short stories.
I do know the first book of his I actually bought was the collection Gold at the Starbow’s End in 1972, which included a story I liked a lot called The Merchants of Venus (groan!) which 15 years on I recognised was the original story Gateway and it’s sequels sprang from!
The first novel I bought was Gladiator-at-Law a couple of years later in 1974 and I continued to read most of his new work, and dip into more of his back catalogue including his classic collaborations with C. M. Kornbluth and Jack Williamson.
I’ve not read it, but his final novel, two years ago, was All the Lives He Led, which seems like a fitting note to end on for a man with such an influential career in so many ways.
Another of the greats of imaginative literature dies.
Richard Matheson was probably best known for writing I am Legend, which has been filmed several times with varying results. But he also wrote hundreds of other short stories, novels, etc. many of which were adapted for tv and film. The original Duel story, which launched the career of Spielberg, Star Trek episodes, Twilight Zone episodes, all sorts of work.
My own favourite was the novel The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man in 1957). Both the original short novel and the classic film still feel fresh today; I watched the film again about a month ago and was again impressed by the shrinking effects.
He’ll be missed, but he leaves a great body of work to remember him by.
Transreal Fiction is a shop dedicated to selling science fiction, fantasy & related books, together with a limited selection of other merchandise.But really, it’s about books. Transreal Fiction opened in April 1997 in Cowgatehead and moved to it’s present location nearby in June 2011. The owner, Mike Calder, first sold sf & f books many years ago and has worked in the business either part- or full-time since. For years he also had a respectable job as well, but that’s another story…
The shop is named after the term coined by Rudy Rucker to describe his fiction and I thought it an apt name for a shop specialising in speculative fiction. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, Rudy Rucker was happy to allow me to use of the term as a name for my shop.
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