Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

Alba Ad Astra!

Alba Ad Astra: Scotland’s Forgotten History of Space Exploration!

Back in 2009, Transreal Fiction hosted the original Alba Ad Astra exhibition, instigated & curated by artist Madeleine Shepherd, in it’s original premises at Cowgatehead. It was quite a success and the 48 pp programme/booklet published to coincide with it was also well received and sold well.

And now, finally, the book is back! Bigger and better! Squarebound, 148 pages, even more full colour photos, with more prose and extra documentation, from an extended range of contributors.
With Introductions from both Ken MacLeod (now also a contributor) and Pippa Goldschmidt!

Physical copies are now in stock at Transreal Fiction, or it’s available as an e-book direct from the publishers, Shoreline of Infinity, at https://www.shorelineofinfinity.com/product/alba-ad-astra-scotlands-forgotten-history-of-space-exploration/

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New Titles – week ending 19th June 2021

in hardcover:

Brian CatlingHollow a band of mercenaries are tasked with transporting a religious oracle across landscapes populated by beasts from Bosch and Bruegel

Terry MilesRabbits an addictive, mysterious game has rumours of wonderful prizes – maybe even immortality! But by Round 11 there seems to be errors creeping in, with possibly disastrous consequences

in large format:

Miles CameronArtifact Space using fake papers, Marca has gained a place on the huge interstellar Greatship Athens but leaving her past behind isn’t easy

Mirah BolenderFortress of Magi sequel to City of Broken Magic & The Monstrous Citadel. The 3rd of the Chronicles of Amicae

in ‘B’ format:

Megan E. O’KeefeCatalyst Gate the 3rd of her Protectorate novels, after Velocity Weapon & Chaos Vector
Stark HolbornTen Low a ex-con scraping a living out on civilisation’s edge saves an enhanced enemy General from a wrecked spaceship…

Silvia Moreno-GarciaMexican Gothic just what it says! Loved her earlier Gods of Jade and Shadow but this time fewer gods and more shadows!
Ge YanStrange Beasts of China a cryptozoologist is commissioned to track down the ancient beasts of legend (and other more recent cratures) some of which are closer than anyone suspects!. Translated by Jeremy Hang

Adrian TchaikovskyThe House on the Old Cliff dyslexic friendly, large print novella featuring paranormal investigators, time trave;l and an ancient Sciottish home!

George RobinsonGreyfriars Bobby and the One O’Clock Gun new, revised edition of a very local history book!

in paperback:

art, etc:

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

June 18, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 12th June 2021

in hardcover:

Zen ChoBlack Water Sister a young woman returns to her family’s roots (and ghosts) in Malasia…
Martha WellsFugitive Telemerty the latest Murderbot novella!
Kate MilfordThe Raconteur’s Commonplace Book stranded by bad weather at the Blue Vein Tavern, varied travellers tell their different stories in their own ways… Set in the world of The Greenglass House.

David Weber & Richard FoxGovernor volume 1 of Ascent to Empire, although it also appears to be a set in the same background as Path of the Fury/In Fury Born (originally from the early 90s)
John Ringo & Gary Poole (editors) – We Shall Rise anthology with 11 new stories set in the world of Ringo’s Black Tide Rising apocalyptic zombie series

Roland Lehoucq, Loic Mangin & Jean-Sebastian Steyer (editors) – The Science of Middle Earth serious essays about all sorts of aspects of Tolkien’s Middle Earth! The anatomy of Hobbit feet; climate; metallurgy, Elvish eyesight, and many more! B&W illustrations by Arnauld Rafaelian

in large format:

Edward CoxThe Wood Bee Queen a soon-to-be unemployed folklorist may be the last hope of saving the ruling House Wood Bee of a realm on the other side of the sky and the sea… Signed copies available v. soon.
J. S. DawesThe Last Watch far in the future one of the worst military postings is to be a Sentinel, guarding The Divide at the edge of the Universe
Jack CampbellPirate of the Prophecy volume 1 of the Empress of the Endless Sea series. Her naval career destroyed by a prophecy, Jules flees to join a pirate crew. Elsewhere, the powerful Guilds hold strange secrets about the Empire’s origins…

Margaret St.ClairA Compendium of Mst.C little remembered, innovative female sf author; 62 short stories, almost all from the 1950s, with a couple slightly later. Big book, small print! Edited by Christopher Broschell

in ‘B’ format:

D. K. FieldsThe Stitcher and the Mute more stories are revealed in volume 2 of the Tales of Fenest as Detective Cora Gorderheim continues her investigation into the murky world of murder and politics… I’m keen to read volume 3!
Tasha SuriThe Jasmine Throne volume 1 of The Burning Kingdoms confined in an ancient temple, Princess Manhi drams of vengence against her family while her maid dreams of freedom! Epic fantasy

Nicky DraydenEscaping Exodus: Symbiosis sequel to Escaping Exodus, one of the strangest generation starship novels I’ve read!
Robbie ArnottThe Rain Heron Ren lives alone in a bleak future, but then soldiers arrive searching for a mythical bird said to be able to change the weather…
Fernando A. FloresTears of the Trufflepig absurdist near-future novel about the black market for animals of species brought back from extinction…
Kate MilfordGreenglass House  1st in the series set in the old smugglers inn. Long time since I’ve stocked it!

Nick MametasThe Planetbreaker’s Son the latest in the PM Press Outspoken Authors series. a novella, a short story, an essay, a bibliography & an interview with Terry Bisson.

Tarun K. Saint (editor) – New Horizons subtitled The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction. 28 new stories

in paperback:

Adam Wisniewski-SnergRobot another of the new Penguin Science Fiction Classics, translated from Polish by Tomasz MirkowiczBER-66‘s controllers tell him that he’s a robot, but as he caries out his mission of exploring a mysterious underground complex, he becomes less sure that he is!

art, etc:

Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci Love: The Mastiff the latest in the series of full colour h/cs about a day in the life of a particular animal. Looks great.
Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci
Love: The Fox new edition. Also in stock are Love: The Tiger, Love: The Lion & Love: The Dinosaur
Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci
Brindille and the Shadow Hunters h/c graphic novel about a young girl who might be an elf!
Jim Henson‘s LabyrinthUnder the Spell h/c collecting the comics Under the Spell # 1 & Masquerade # 1

Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten & Michelle NguyenThe Underfoot: The Mighty Deep vol 1 of the full colour adventures of some post-human future ‘uplifted’ animals. Vol 2 came in last month… softcover; good fun!
Jeremy Tankard & Hermione TankardYorick and Bones humorous full colour softcover  featuring a young skeleton and his dog, and lots of Shakespeare references!
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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

June 11, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 6th June 2021

in large format:

Brian Keene & Nick MamatasThe Damned Highway subtitled Fear and Loathing in Arkham the darker side of Nixon’s 1972 Presidential campaign trail!

in ‘B’ format:

Peter F. HamiltonSaints of Salvation the 3rd in the Salvation Sequence
Chaz BrenchleyThree Twins at the Crater School steampunk high jinks at a girl’s boarding school on Mars!

in paperback:

The 2nd tranche of new Penguin Classics adding to the 8 released last year
Kōbō AbeThe Ark Sakura classic Japanese novel from 1984 about a recluce who retreats to a vast bunker system
Samuel R. Delany – Driftglass his 1971 collection with classic work from 1967 – 71
Harry HarrisonMake Room! Make Room! classic over-population novel, filmed as Soylent Green
Anna KavanIce frozen post-nuclear dystopia from 1967
David LindsayA Voyage to Arcturus astral projection to a strange planet around a distant star
George S. SchuylerBlack No More race satire from 1931
Robert SheckleyUntouched By Human Hands his 1st short story collection (1954), with work from 1952 & 53
Olaf StabledonStar Maker epic tale of the Cosmos!
James Tiptree Jr.Warm Worlds and Otherwise her 1975 collection with stories from 1968 – 1973. Includes Silverberg’s erroneous Who is Tiptree. What is He? essay

magazines:

Locus – issue # 724, May 2021 cover date. Includes interviews with Nnedi Okoraror & Nghi Vo
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Tues – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

June 4, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 29th May 2021

in hardcover:

Adrian TchaikovskyShards of Earth part 1 of The Final Architecture trilogy, his big new series about a war the humans thought had ended!
Joanne M. HarrisHoneycomb her latest fantasy, illustrated by Charles Vess. There is a story the bee used to tell…
Christopher Buelhman – The Blacktongue Thief having run up huge debts training to be a thief, Kinch awaits the next traveller to pass his hiding place, but Galva is a survivor of the brutal Goblin Wars…
Mike ShackleFool’s Hope sequel to We Are the Dead and part 2 of The Last War
A. J. Smith – The Sword Falls sequel to The Glass Breaks and vol 2 of The Form & Void Trilogy

Catriona Ward – The Last House on Needless Street in the trees at the end of Needless Street something unexpected lies buried… Probably not related to Needless Road in Perth! 😉

in ‘B’ format:

Elizabeth BearMachine sequel to Ancestral Night and thus the 2nd White Space novel
Stephen BaxterCreator the 2nd in his World Engines series, following Destroyer
Gareth HanrahanThe Broken God volume 3 of The Black Iron Legacy. The 1st was The Gutter Prayer & v2 was The Shadow Saint
Alfred Bester The Flowering Thundermug novelette from 1964. An imagined look back at the mid-20thC from 500 years in the future

Jen Baker (editor) – Minor Hauntings the latest Tales of the Weird anthology from the British Library, subtitled Chilling Tales of Spectral Youth.
Mike Ashley (editor) – Future Crimes a Science Fiction Classics anthology from the British Library, subtitled Mysteries and Detection Through Time and Space

in paperback:

Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt1636: The Atlantic Encounter the latest paperback (apparently the 25th!) in his 1632 / Ring of Fire alternate history series

art, etc:

Aron Wiesenfeld – Travellers h/c. Guaranteed no superheroes from this ex-Marvel artist! Moody forests & landscapes

Hisao FukuiFantastic Origami Sea Creatures hardcover with full colour details on making walrusses, penguins, manta rays, ichthyosaurs, and 16 other marine based animals!

Guillaume Perreault – Biker Bandits a 2nd book about the Postman From Space
Frederic Brremaud & Federico Bertolucci – Love: The Tiger reprint of the 1st in their series. A wonderfully illustrated day in the life of a tiger!

magazines:

Illustration – issue # 72 excellent feature on the b&w work of Frank Fruzyna. Also Mark Ludlow & C. Calvert Beall

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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

May 28, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Shop Hours, End of Sale, etc

I’ve been offering £2.00 OFF every item as a special re-opening offer but I’m afraid it has to end!

The last day the offer is on will be Saturday 29th May, after which the marked prices will apply again.
I would have run it to the end of the month but, since the shop is closed on Mondays, Saturday 29th is the end of the month for me!
The shop will also be closed for part of Friday 28th as I just gor my appointment letter for my 2nd COVID vaccination jab. I hope to open not long after 14.00 but my first appointment was very slow and took over an hour queueing, so no guarantees just when I open!

The current shop hours are

Tue – Fri: 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00
Closed Sunday & Monday

As things pick up again I hope to open longer hours, as before.

May 22, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 22nd May 2021

in hardcover:

Natasha Pulley The Kingdoms alternate history where, having won at Trafalgar in 1805, the French Empire rules supreme, including over England! In Londres Joe receives a postcard from almost 100 years in the past, with a picture of a much more recently-built Scottish lighthouse on it…

in ‘B’ format:

Joe AbercrombieThe Trouble With Peace the 2nd in The Age of Madness trilogy, which started with A Little Hatred
Seth DickinsonThe Tyrant the 3rd in his Masquerade series, which began with The Traitor & The Monster

Mike Ashley (editor) – Queens of the Abyss the latest anthology from the British Library in their Tales of the Weird series. Subtitled Lost Stories From the Women of the Weird

art, etc:

Daniel WallaceGodzilla vs Kong: One Will Fall full colour art from the recent film. Subtitled The Art of the Ultimate Battle Royale

Patrick J. JonesOil Painting Masterclass softcover full of tips and examples. Mainly portraiture rather than landscapes.
Tim FielderInfinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale hardcover; looks interesting!
Alejandro Jodorowsky & JeremyKnights of Heliopolis full colour graphic novel set in 18thC Spain and featuring alchemy, secret Royal identities & immortality!
Jak Lemonner & Eddy SimonRenoir: Father and Son full colour graphic novel of the artists’ lives, with an intro by Jacques Renoir, a descendant.

Barry Windsor-SmithMonsters giant b&w graphic novel. H/C
Val McDermid & Kathryn Briggs (artist) – Resistance b&w graphic novel about a fast-spreading disease!

Ben Fisher, Emily S. Whitten & Michelle NguyenThe Underfoot: Into the Sun the continuing adventures of some very special hamsters! Full colour softcover
Andy RuntonOwly: Flying Lessons softcover reprint, with added English text in the speech bubbles!
Rob Reger & Buzz Parker Emily the Strange: All Things Strange the complete collection in softcover

PS Artbooks SofteeForbidden Worlds reprint of ‘stories of strange adventure’ from PS Artbooks
PS Artbooks SofteeMysteries of Unexplained Worlds collects Unexplained Worlds issues # 1 – # 5
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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

May 21, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 16th May 2021

in hardcover:

P. Djeli ClarkA Master of Djinn novel set in the background of last year’s excellent The Haunting of Tram 015 novella
Eric Flint & Griffin Barber1637: The Peacock Throne the latest in Flint’s 1632 / Ring of Fire series

in large format:

Zen ChoBlack Water Sister Jessamyn has moved back to the family home and now she keeps hearing her dead grandmother speaking to her, wanting justice…
Seanan McGuireAngel of the Overpass the 3rd in her Ghost Roads series
Emma MelvilleLong Miles Hoime the 2nd Inspector Marshall Mystery, as a city detective tries to get to grips with rural life and age-old legends as he tries to solve his cases…

Guy HaleyRichards & Klein an omnibus edition of his 22ndC crime-solving AI & it’s gun-toting sidekick cyborg. Contains slightly overhauled versions of Reality 36, Omega Point and Richards & Klein
Tobias S. BuckellThe Trove Jane dreams of adventure but is stuck helping her mother run an inn on a space port…

Ben AaronovitchTales From the Folly very late getting this, but his Rivers of London short story collection is finally here!

Gideon Lichfield (editor) – Make Shift the latest in the Twelve Tomorrows series of sf anthologies from MIT Press

in ‘B’ format:

Essa HansenNophek Gloss Caiden’s hope of survival lies in joining a crew of misfit aliens aboard a very strange spaceship..
Django WexlerHard Reboot off-worlder Kas is lured into the seedy side of brutal battle-droid prize fights back on Old Earth…
Nigel FosterRevelations part 3 of the Netherspace Trilogy. The first two were co-authored with Andrew Lane

Raymond E. FeistQueen of Storms sequel to King of Ashes and the 2nd in his Firemane Saga
Anna StephensThe Stone Knife book 1 of The Songs of the Drowned only two tribes remain to stand against the Empire. But then there are also the river-dwelling monsters…
Suyi Davies OkungbowaSon of the Storm the 1st volume of The Nameless Republic Danso is a scholar who only wants to do his research about what may be outside the City, but the ruling elite want his findings suppressed…

Nicole JarvisThe Lights of Prague in 19thC Prague, the city’s lamplighters had a more important role in keeping the streets safe than lighting the lamps!

Jeff NoonWithin Without the 4th Nyquist Mystery

Eric BrownAce Doubles a fading Sf author is asked to ghost write a novel, but there’s something odd about the person he’s ghost-writing for… An homage to the sense of wonder!

in paperback:

W. Michael GearUnreconciled the 4th in his Donovan series, which began with Outpost

art, etc:

3dtotal PublishingCreating Stylised Animals the latest in their series about aspects of visual art and a companion to the recent Creating Stylised Characters

magazines:

3dtotal PublishingCharacter Design Quarterly (CDQ) issue # 16
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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

May 14, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wednesday 12th May – Closed

For personal reasons Transreal Fiction will be closed on 12th May (tomorrow).

I should re-open at Noon on Thursday as normal.
All stock continues to be £2 off each item!

May 11, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 8th May 2021

Sale! There is still £2 off every book or magazine in stock for in-shop sales!

in hardcover:

Andy Weir Project Hail Mary Ryland comes to and discovers he’s lost his memory and all his crewmates re dead, – and that he’s part of a vital deep space mssion…
Arkady MartineA Desolation Called Peace sequel to A Memory Called Empire

in large format:

Chloe NeillShadowed Steel the 3rd Heirs of Chicagoland novel

in ‘B’ format:

Naomi NovikA Deadly Education El attends an academy of magic where you have to survive to graduate!
A. K. LarkwoodThe Unspoken Name the 1st in the Serpent Gates series about girl who is offered a new fate rather than to sacrifice herself to the gods

Marie BrennanNight Parade of 100 Demons a Legend of the Five Rings adventure!
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Saturday: 11.00 – 17.00

May 7, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment