Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore


I apologise for any inconvenience but Transreal Fiction has had to close for a short, indefinite period.

Updates in due course.


October 19, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal new Titles – w/e 17th October 2021

in hardcover:

Lindsay EllisTruth of the Divine sequel to Axiom’s End; vol 2 of the Noumena series
Gregory BenfordShadows of Eternity in the SETI library of alien transmissions on the Moon clues are discovered to a wormhole hidden somewhere in the Solar System…

Jasper FfordeThe Great Troll War the 4th in his Last Dragonslayer series
A. Deborah BakerAlong the Saltwise Sea sequel to Over the Woodward Wall & 2nd of the Up-And-Under series. ADB is a pseudonym of Seanan McGuire

Jiankin Sun (translator) – Fantastic Creatures of the Mountains and Seas illustrated edition of the Chinese classic with art by Siyu Chen together with a fresh translation

in large format:

Harry Josephine GilesDeep Wheel Orcadia sf novel written in verse using Orcadian dialect, from a local author

Un-Su Kim The Cabinet the clerk looking after the files in cabinet # 13 on emerging mutants finds the job & responsibilities very annoying… Translated from Korean by Sean Lin Halbert
David LissPeculiarities Thomas has been forced into a tedious job but he has more to worry about than the family business – he’s started growing leaves and turning into a tree!

Averil DrummondGloam on a distant world two alien Rangers work at an animal sanctuary; elsewhere, Rosee visits the mysterious Gila…

T. J. KluneFairy Tales From Verania short story collection from the author of The House in the Cerulean Sea

in ‘B’ format:

Derek KünskenThe Quantum War 3rd in his Quantum Evolution series, which began with The Quantum Magician
Adam RobertsPurgatory Mount a spaceship approaches a distant planet to examine an ancient alien construction. Meanwhile a neurotoxin is destroying people’s memories back on Earth…

Melissa CarusaThe Quicksilver Court sequel to The Obsidian Tower; 2nd in her Rooks and Ruin series
Gabby Hutchinson CrouchWish You Weren’t Here near off-season Skegness some local ghosthunters fear they’ve found the start of the apocalypse… Part 1 of The Rooks

Neil CockburnM.J.Bikie Meets the Loch Ness Monster children’s adventure

in paperback:

Mercedes LackeyJolene her latest Elemental Masters novel

art, etc:

Alison E. WrightCurious Beasts: Animal Prints from the British Museum historic prints & wookcuts (not always based on accurate descriptions!) previously published but new to Transreal

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current opening hours:
Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

October 15, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 10th October 2021

in hardcover:

Lavie TidharThe Hood adventure in a version of medieval England in 1145 A.D. Companion to his Arthurian novel, By Force Alone

Paul Magrs The Panda, the Cat and the Dreadful Teddy: a Parody (of little ‘inspirational’ books) Heavily illustrated by the author

in large format:

A. A. BalaskovitsStrange Folk You’ll Never Meet 21 strange & fabulous little stories…
Veronica Roth & John Joseph Adams (editors) – The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 20 of the best stories of the year
Stanislaw Lem Dialogues essays translated by Peter Butko. From MIT Press

in ‘B’ format:

Alix E. Harrow The Once and Future Witches in 1893 three suffragists turn to the old arts to help their cause…
Claire E. BartlettThe Winter Duke Ekata can’t wait for her brother to inherit the Dukedom so she can at last escape her family, but then disaster strikes her family and she inherits the title!
Mark Stay The Crow Folk during WWII in Kent, Faye finds her mother’s spell book. And just in time! Pumpkinhead & the Crow Folk are coming…

H. L. MacFarlanePrince of Foxes part 1 of the Bright Spear trilogy, about a faerie prince exiled into a fox’s body; to avoid being stuck in it, he seeks the help of a human called Sorcha
H. L. MacFarlane Lord of Horses part 2 of her Bright Spear trilogy. 2 years later, Sorcha seeks the prince’s help to aid one of his enemies!
H. L. MacFarlaneKing of Forever part 3 of her Bright Spear trilogy. Sorcha is caught in a power struggle among the fae…

T. L. HuchuThe Library of the Dead ghoststalkers among the streets, alleys & graveyards of Edinburgh!
Lyndall ClipstoneLakesedge Violetta visits a remote estate where she finds that a death god lurks in the waters of the lake…

Josh ReynoldsDeath’s Kiss a Daididji Shin Mystery, set in the Legend of the Five Rings world

art, etc:

Frank FrazettaThe Sensous Frazetta hardcover with lots of his early comic strip work, magazine & book illustrations
Alice A. Carter & John FleskesThe Drawings of Edwin Austin Abbey thick softcover with hundreds of his b&w sketches & drawings
Jim KayHarry Potter: A Magical Year hardback with a short piece of text for every day of the year. With The Illustrations of JK
Michael Dumontier & Neil FarberLibrary a hardback book of imaginary book covers!

Michael DeForgeFamiliar Face small hardcover about a future (or not so future) dystopia. Bright and surreal!
H. P. LovecraftThe Call of Cthulhu: A Mystery in Three Parts attractive softcover with the full story text, with b&w illustrations by Gary Gianni

Joe Henderson & Lee GarbettSkyward the complete Image Comics story of life 20 years after the Earth’s gravity is suddenly drastically reduced! Full colour h/c of all 15 comics
Pat Mills & Leonardo MancoSlaine: Dragontamer a new adventure for the mighty warrior, in hardback. Mainly full colour, with some b&w pages

DavBeneath the Trees: The Autumn of Mister Grumph a grumpy badger prepares for winter… Full colour h/c
Whit TaylorMontana Diary small comic about a road trip across Montana! Mainly b&w

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current opening hours:
Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

October 8, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction new Titles – w/e 2nd October 2021

in hardcover:

Naomi NovikThe Last Graduate sequel to A Deadly Education and Lesson Two of the Scholomance series
Jay KristoffEmpire of the Vampire imprisoned by vampires, the last ‘silversaint’ relates his story of the decades long war with them. Book 1 of a new series
Charles StrossInvisible Sun signed copies now available!

in large format:

K. Chess Famous Men Who Never Lived in New York thousands of refugees from an alternate timeline yearn for their lost history. Almost. but not quite, the same as the one they’re now forced to live in…
J. Dianne DotsonHeliopause part 1 of The Questtrison Saga Mandira Research Station is way out in the void and they discover they may be under attack!

in ‘B’ format:

Laura Jean McKay The Animals in That Country In Australia a strange plague gives human the capability to understand animals… Winner of the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award
Jim ButcherBattle Ground the 17th novel in the Dresden Files
Chang Yu-KoWhisper Taiwanese horror story, involving folklore, oppression & occupation… Translated by Roddy Hagg

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current opening hours:
Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

October 1, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 25th September 2021

in hardcover:

Christina HenryHorseman 14 y.o. Ben lives in Sleepy Hollow and plays with his friends, re-enacting the events of 30 years before…

in large format:

Charles StrossInvisible Sun 3rd part of his Empire Sun trilogy, The conclusion of the overall Merchant Princes cycle. Signed copies available soon!

Marko Kloos Aftershock 1st in his Palladium Wars series. New to Transreal Fiction although it came out in this format a couple of years ago
Marjorie LiuThe Tangleroot Palace collection of 7 new short astories
Neon YangThe Tensorate Series omnibus edition of all 4 titles, previously published separately as by Jy Yang: The Black Tides of Heaven, The Red Threads of Fortune, The Descent of Monsters & The Ascent to Godhood.

James BaldwinNordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala 37 short tales extracted fom the Finnish epic; first published in 1912. Illustrations by N. C. Wyeth

in ‘B’ format:

R. J. BarkerThe Bone Ship’s Wake 3rd in the Tide Child trilogy
Jonanthan FrenchFree Bastards following on from The Grey & The True

Christopher Paolini To Sleep in a Sea of Stars the 1st Fractalverse novel; Kira finds an alien relic during a routine survey of a distant planet…
James Kennedy Dare to Know he and Julia broke up long ago but now the Narrator has to find her to deduce why the new death-prediction technology he sells says he’s already dead!
Chris Beckett Two Tribes a future historian in the 23rd C investigates present day UK culture through the diaries of a young couple…
Ling MaSeverance Candace Chen has to ecide her future in devastated world, where plague has almost wiped out humanity…

Greg EganThe Best of GE missed this during the last lockdown… in the Gollancz SF Masterworks series. 20 stories in 720 pages.

Lily Seafield Scottish Witches companion to her popular Scottish Ghosts book. New to Transreal

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingArt Fundamentals Theory in Practice their latest volume on art technique, for a general audience, not specifically an sf/f one. Subtitled How to Critque and Improve your Art for Better Results
3dtotal PublishingBeginner’s Guide to Digital Painting inProcreate: Characters tips, etc. for using the Procreate package

Frank PeLittle Nemo (After Winsor McCay) full colour hardback with more strange adventures in Dreamland!
Frederic Brremaud & Giovanni RiganoLetters From Animals, to those who think they’re just beasts full colour hardback adapted from the writings of Allain Bougrain-Dubourg. Short stories from a variety of species, about their lives compared to how humans think of them. Brremaud also writes the Love: series about specific animals.
J. D. Morvan, Rey Macutay & Walter Ashes, Ashes full colour hardback set in the 2180s about life on Earth after the catastrophic collapse of 2052…

PS Artbooks SofteePlanet Comics # 7 containing the stories from issues 19, 20 & 21 from 1942
PS Artbooks SofteeMysteries of Unexplored Worlds # 2 with stories from issues 6 – 10, from 1957 & 58
PS Artbooks SofteeClassic Science Fiction Comics # 3: The Green Planet with a selection from 5 titles from 1950 & 52. Great cover; I’ve owned the original comic for decades!


Locus – issue # 728 September cover date with Zen Cho & Lavie Tidhar on the cover…

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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

September 24, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Signed Copies – Invisible Sun by Charles Stross

To be published 30th September 2021 – Invisible Sun – a UK large format softcover: £14.99 from Pan Macmillan
(sequel to Empire Games and Dark State and final part of the trilogy)


The alternate timelines of Charles Stross’ Empire Games trilogy have never been so entangled than in Invisible Sun–the techno-thriller follow up to Dark State–as stakes escalate in a conflict that could spell extermination for humanity across all known timelines.

An inter-timeline coup d’état gone awry.
A renegade British monarch on the run through the streets of Berlin.
And robotic alien invaders from a distant timeline flood through a wormhole, wreaking havoc in the USA.
Can disgraced worldwalker Rita and her intertemporal extraordaire agent of a mother neutralize the livewire contention before it’s too late?


The cost is £14.99 for the UK edition and £25 for the hardcover from Tor, which comes out at the same time.

Postage for either edition within the UK will be an additional £3.20
If you want both editions it will still be £3.20 for postage within the UK.
Prices for postage to other countries are substantially more and available on request.

Let me know how you’d like your copy/ies signed and I’ll send a Square Invoice (or a Paypal Invoice if you ask) confirming the details and asking for yours! Copies will be signed in person as usual; it won’t be a signed bookplate.

Options include having it dated, the location added, or a brief greeting, etc. No first lines though.

E-mails have gone out to previous customers and others who have already asked about it, so if you think you’ve missed it for some reason, get in touch…

September 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Transreal New Titles w/e 18th September 2021

in hardcover:

Joe AbercrombieThe Wisdom of Crowds the 3rd volume of The Age of Madness trilogy, after A Little Hatred & The Trouble with Peace
Taylor AndersonPurgatory’s Shore the 1st in his new Artillerymen series, about a mixed group of American soldiers from 1847 en route to Vera Cruz by ship who end up on a mysterious island…
Seanan McGuireWhen Sorrows Come the 15th October Daye novel, with a 60 page novella And With Reveling included at the rear

Ellen Datlow (editor) – When Things Get Dark subtitled Stories Inspired by Shirley Jackson 18 original stories

J. R. R. Tolkien The Nature of Middle Earth subtitled Late Writings on the Lands, Inhabitants and Metaphysics of Middle-earth, edited by Carl F. Hostetter. The slipcased deluxe edition.

in large format:

Tamsyn MuirHarrow the Ninth the 2nd of the Locked Tomb series, after Gideon the Ninth

Calder Szewczak The Offset to keep population growth in check when you reach 18 you must choose which parent will die…

Kai-Fu Lee & Chen QiufanAI 2041 10 short stories from China looking at the relatively near future…

in ‘B’ format:

Peter F. Hamilton & Gareth L. PowellLight Chaser Amahle & her AI traverse the galaxy collecting stories across time and space but she starts to realise that the impending fate of humanity may be woven through some of them…
J. T. Nicholas – Stolen Earth humanity has fled a ruined Earth, which is now behind an Interdiction Zone of orbiting satellites. But one spaceship crew make it through and discover they’ve not been told the truth…
Rab Fergusen – Landfill Mountains in a world full of discarded junk, Joe must seek help for a friend in the distant city… Along the way he has strange adventures and meets strange people!

Ben Aaronovitch – What Abigail Did That Summer the 3rd of the Rivers of London novellas

Charlotte Llewelyn-Wells (editor) – The Devourer Below 9 more original stories in this Arkham Horror anthology

in paperback:

Faith HunterTrue Dead the 24th of her Jane Yellowrock novels
Tom Kratman – Days of Burning, Days of Wrath the 8th in his Carerra series

art, etc:

Michael Leader & Jake CunninghamGhibliotheque attractive, heavily-illustrated hardcover which describes itself as The Unofficial Guide to the Movies of Studio Ghibli. A chapter on each of their 24 films, from Nausicca to 2020’s Earwig and the Witch. I think I’ve seen 18 of them, 14 in a cinema! (some of them thanks to the annual Scotland Loves Anime festival)

Frank ChoPencil & Ink mainly b&w softcover. Mainly full-page illustrations or sketches, with an interview
Dewey Cassell with Jeff Messer Mike Grell: Life is Drawing Without an Eraser comprehensive study of his work. Full colour & b&w softcover

Gareth BrookesThe Dancing Plague mainly two tone squarebound graphic novel about the strange events of July 1518 in Strasbourg

Alan Moore & Jacen BurrowsProvidence Compendium the complete Lovecraftian series in one very hefty square-bound softcover. Full colour
Steve Jones, Sergio Cariello & H. P. LovecraftDagon b&w comic adaptation with the complete story text by HPL at the back

Mike Butterworth & Don LawrenceThe Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire Volume III another 27 full colour chapters of adventure! Includes the Doran the Hypnotist section by Miguel Quesada

Metal HurlantSelected Works 23 stories from the ground-breaking French magazine. Full colour, squarebound graphic anthology
Heavy Metal: ElementsTaarna the Cosmic Gardener single issue colour comic by David Erwin, Matthew Medney & Butch Guice


Mike SedakatThe Real Prehistoric Beasts b&w art featuring short b&w stories about mainly dinosaurs but also Smilodons and Megalodons, together with a page of info about each of the 6 species represented

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current opening hours:
Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

September 17, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 11th September 2021

in hardcover:

Silvia Moreno-GarciaCertain Dark Things Aztec history, vampires, cannibals, and more, set in Mexico City! From the author of the exclelent Gods of Jade and Shadow
Calvin KasulkeSeveral people Are Typing Gerald works for a big PR company and finds his consciousness iinadvertently uploaded into their computers but nobody really wants to help him get free again…

Stanislaw LemThe Truth and Other Stories a dozen of his short stories, from the MIT Press

in large format:

Kristen BritainWinterlight the 7th full length Green Rider novel
Gene WolfeThe Land Across 1st time I’ve had in as a softcover. A travel writer visits a very obscure little East European country…

Kristine Kathyrn Rusch (editor) – Stories From Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine anthology of 10 stories (and brief intros) from the ground-breaking magazine, all from 1988-90

Julie PhillipsJames Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon highly commended biography of the late, award-winning author
Brent Ryan BellamyRemainders of the American Century subtitled post-apocalyptic novels in the age of US decline serious look at the books and also the background they were being published against

in ‘B’ format:

Susanna Clarke – Piranesi the eagerly awaited paperback edition, which just won a major award from the author of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Gary Gibson Echogenesis 15 people come to beside a wrecked shaceship on a distant planet – but interstellar space travel was still only a dream back on Earth…
Derek B. MillerRadio Life in a wrecked future Elimisha hides from the Keepers in an ancient ruin and finds an artifact the Keepers need to destroy – an internet connection!
C. S. FriedmanThis Virtual Night in deep space a suicide attack has destroyed the life-support systems of a key waystation – but the people responsible were only playing a VR game…
Jonathan LethamThe Arrest America has collapsed following an Event which caused almost everything to stop working..
S. Qiouyi LuIn the Watchful City short novel of nested stories. Looks intriguing; one author quote says cyberpunk but another says fantasy…
J. S. Barnes – The City of Dr. Moreau how Moreau’s experiments made their way in the world…

Stephen Graham JonesMy Heart is a Chainsaw loner Jade has a comprehensive knowledge of horror films, which is about to come in very handy in the small, lakeside town she lives in!

Gwyneth JonesWhite Queen the latest of the Gollancz SF Masterworks, from 1991. In 2033 the earth is a mess but then aliens arrive!

R. Murray GilchristI Am Stone: The Gothic Weird tales of RMG, edited by Daniel Pietersen and another of the ongoing British Library Tales of the Weird. 27 stories and one of the sections of stories is called Useless Heroes!

in paperback:

C. J. Cherryh Divergence the 21st in her Foreigner series, or the 3rd in the 7th sub-trilogy and sequel to Resurgence
Seanan McGuire – A Killing Frost the 14th October Daye novel

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current opening hours:
Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

September 10, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal New Titles – w/e 4th September 2021

in hardcover:

Alastair ReynoldsInhibitor Phase Miguel sets out to destroy a deserted spaceship before it attracts unwanted attention, but he finds there’s still someone left alive on board…
Guy Morpuss Five Minds population pressure has driven people to share bodies, each mind having control for 4 hours at a time!

William Gibson / Pat CadiganAlien 3: The Unproduced First-Draft Screenplay Gibson’s screenplay, now re-written as a novel by Cadigan

J. R. R. Tolkien The Nature of Middle Earth subtitled Late Writings on the Lands, Inhabitants and Metaphysics of Middle-earth, edited by Carl F. Hostetter. The standard edition, although I still expect to get the limited edition in.

in large format:

Elizabeth Knox & David Larsen (editors) – Monsters in the Garden anthology of sf & fantasy from New Zealand. 28 stories, mainly original but with a dozen dating back all the way to 1881!

Marc BurrowsThe Magic of Terry Pratchett a very readable-looking biography of Terry

in ‘B’ format:

Nina AllanThe Art of Space Travel and Other Stories 14 stories spanning her whole writing career

Penny Lewis (editor) – Spindles anthology of 14 stories about sleep of some sort, each with an afterword by a specialist in the topic

art, etc:

Bryan Talbot Grandville L’Integrale all five volumes of his Grandville books, plus more, in a giant 600+ page full colour hardcover!
Fyodor Dostoevsky & Dave McKeanCrime and Punishment: An Illustrated Edition large hardcover in a slipcase (still in it’s plastic wrap, so I can’t comment on the art, etc) , in an outer display box. Very impressive!

Sergio ToppiThe Collected Toppi Volume Six: Japan latest collection of his work; 6 more b&w stories set in the Far East. All previous volumes in stock!
Vincent Pompettoi Ancient Astronauts very nice looking h/c full colour graphic novel set on a distant, apparently pre-industrial planet. No obvious connection to the usual sort of ancient astronauts!

Fortunio Matania – Portfolio mainly b&w/2 tone historical figures and scenes
Ronald Sydney Embleton – Illustration Art Gasllery presents: Charles Dickens – Drawings and Paintings by RSE half Dickens’ characters & half more general, typical scenes
Illustrators Special #10 – The Art of Sydney Jordan / The Art of Jim Holdaway lots of illos from the Jeff Hawke strip!
Illustrators Special #11 – The Art of Frank Bellamy Dan Dare, Heros the Spartan, and much more!
Illustrators Special #12 – Blazing Guns and Flashing Swords: The Very Best of British Boys’ Comics

Michael Dumontier & Neil FarberConstructive Abandonment small h/c of single panel colour cartoons.
Ben Towle Four Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat short 2-tone stories about the use of animals in warfare, including
Wojtek the Bear. Also cats, birds, dolphins, and more
Ralph Tedesco & Victoria Rau – The Watcher collection of the 1st 3 issues of the horror comic


Heavy Metal – issue # 309 with 2 alternate covers

IllustratorsIssue Thirty-Three ( # 33) featuring J. C. Leyendecker, Edmund Dulac, Edmund Blair Leighton, and more!
lllustratorsIssue Thirty-Four ( # 34) featuring Jesus Blascoe, Victor de la Fuente and several others…
Illustration – issue # 73 includes articles on Peter Driben and Zoe Mozert

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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

September 3, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Fiction is Open Again!

Or will be from noon on Friday, 27th August.
Access on foot/bike only from the top end.

As of Thursday afternoon, Candlemaker Row is closed to all vehicle traffic at the top and the bottom and is also closed to pedestrians from the rear of Frankenstein’s on down. Barriers right across the road & pavements. So Still Life, Avizandum & Lackdhu are all still closed.

Outline, Little Blue Door, Black Moon Botanica and others on up to the junction are all allowed to be open.
The road will be closed for quite some time, I expect, with scaffolding needed right around the fire site.


Transreal Fiction New Titles – w/e 30th August 2021

Virtually nothing in this week as I’ve not known when I might be open, apart from various art magazines which I’ll list next week.

August 26, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment