Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Michael Scott Rohan – signed copies

Michael Scott Rohan is the author of 15+ novels, mainly written in the 1980s & 90s, of which the best known are the Winter of the World novels. Sadly, they’ve all been out of print for years.
However, the first one, The Anvil of Ice, has now been issued in Orion’s Fantasy Masterworks series in paperbacK and the author has agreed to sign copies of it for me.
The date, the location or a brief greeting can also be added on request.

It’s a ‘B’ format £9.99 paperback and postage within the UK should be £1.51, making £11.50 in total.
Prices to elsewhere on application.

Let me know at if you’re interested and I can issue a PayPal Invoice if it’s not convenient to collect your copy.


The chronicles of The Winter of the World echo down the ages in half-remembered myth and song – tales of mysterious powers of the Mastersmiths, of the forging of great weapons, of the subterranean kingdoms of the duergar, of Gods who walked abroad, and of the Powers that struggled endlessly for dominion. In the Northlands, beleaguered by the ever-encroaching Ice and the marauding Ekwesh, a young cowherd, saved from the raiders by the mysterious Mastersmith, discovers in himself an uncanny power to shape metal – but it is a power that may easily be turned to evil ends, and on a dreadful night he flees his new home, and embarks on the quest to find both his own destiny, and a weapon that will let him stand against the Power of the Ice. His wanderings will bring him great friends but earn him greater enemies, and eventually they will transform him from lowly cowherd to a mastersmith fit to stand with the greatest of all men.


September 5, 2015 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books, Transreal New Titles | Leave a comment

Iain Banks & Ken MacLeod – Poems

Before Iain Bank‘s death in June 2013 he and Ken MacLeod agreed that a book of their poems should be published. It comes out in a couple of weeks time and is called, appropriately, Poems.

As with previous books of his, Ken has agreed to sign copies for me.
It will cost £12.99 and postage within the UK will be £1.51, making £14.50 in total.

Copies to Europe will be £12.99 + £5.15 p&p making £18.14 in total
Copies to almost everywhere else will be £12.99 + £7.45 p&p making £20.44 in total
Copies to Australia & NZ will be £12.99 + £7.90 p&p making £20.89 in total.

To order a copy, please contact me with your location and how you’d like it signed, and I will issue a PayPal Invoice for the amount due.

People who have previously ordered signed copies of books by either Ken or Iain should have received an e-mail from me about this offer by now. If I’ve missed you, please e-mail me.


January 31, 2015 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | Leave a comment

End of the Year!

Another year almost over!

I’ll be closing at 15.00 this afternoon, which is maybe a little early compared to previous years but I have other commitments to attend to, I’m afraid. I usually aim at three o’clock but then overshoot a bit! This year I have to be on time.
Anyway, hope you have a fun time and a great new year.

I’ll be open again at 10.00 on Saturday the 3rd January 2015.



December 31, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Interruption in Service!

Please note that Transreal Fiction will be closed briefly from Tuesday 7th October until Friday the 10th and also on Monday 13th. But I will be open as usual on the Saturday in between, the 11th October.

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of The Rhesus Chart

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 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.





June 21, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | 1 Comment

New Titles – w/e 21st June 2014

in hardcover:

Terry Pratchett & Stephen BaxterThe Long Mars the 3rd in their multiple worlds series The Long Earth. Across many of the worlds the gigantic Yellowstone caldera eruption is causing chaos and disorder…

Roberet GalbraithThe Silkworm sequel to The Cuckoo’s Calling by a lightly-disguised J. K. Rowling. It again features P.I. Cormoran Strike, this time investigating the disappearance of a novelist.

Neil GaimanThe Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains story illustrated in various styles by Eddie Campbell and set on the Isle of Skye

J. R. R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings beautiful new slipcased illustrated edition.  Comes in it’s own cardboard box!

in large format:

Mike, Linda & Louise CareyThe House of War and Witness in 1740 war is coming to Europe and a young Austrian lieutenant is ordered to investigate the disappearance of a previous garrison at his company’s new posting. But there are very strange goings-on involved…
Mark MurphyMinology: The Curious Secret of Central Head Penelope is tiny and lives a quiet life in a gigantic ear but then there’s a malfunction in the Ear Department…

in ‘B’ format:

Kieran SheaKoko Takes a Holiday 500 years in the future retired mercenary Koko finds herself the target of her former colleagues. Fast-moving action cyberpunk.

Patrick LeeRunner eleven year old Rachel is the target of a huge manhunt. And not in a good way. Thriller.

Warhammer 40,000Fist of Demetrius the 2nd volume of William King‘s Macharian Crusade trilogy

June 20, 2014 Posted by | Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Closed for a few days…

Please note that the shop is likely to be closed from Monday through Thursday next week.

i.e. the 16th to the 19th June inclusive.
E-mails, etc. will be answered as soon as possible after that, especially ones relating to getting signed copies of Charlie Stross’ new Laundry novel. (due out early July)


edit: actually, I’ve managed to get someone in for most of the time.

June 11, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Lucius Shepard

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.






March 20, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of Descent by Ken MacLeod

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?






February 25, 2014 Posted by | Announcements, Author News, Shop News & Chat, Signed Books | Leave a comment

Christmas Knitting

My shop christmas tree received it’s final decorations this morning!
It now has 13 little yellow and black knitted trefoils to go with all the other mathy designs and shapes…


There are 13 because that’s next in the Fibonacchi sequence of numbers of types of knitted mathematical decorations – and the colours are split 5 and 8!
Full explanation on the artist’s blog here.

And we’ll be open tomorrow (Christmas Eve) from 11.00 until late aftertnoon sometime. Then I’m off home! Merry Christmas!

Open again at 11.00 on Friday.

December 23, 2013 Posted by | Announcements, Shop News & Chat | , | Leave a comment


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