Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 13th October 2018

in hardcover:

Tim PowersAlternate Routes LA’s freeways are infested with ghosts, and mysterious on- and off-ramps…
Terry BrooksStreet Freaks adventure in the Los Angeles megacity of the future…
Greg Van EekhoutVoyage of the Dogs with the human crew missing, the up-lifted ‘barkonauts’ must do theit best to pilot their spaceship home

Shaun TanTales From the Inner City short stories about humans and animals, heavily illustrated by the author

Michael J. SullivanThe Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter the 4th of his Riyria Chronicles
Cherie PriestThe Agony House Denise has moved back to New Orleans and hopes that the answers to strange goings-on will be found in an old comic… Illustrated by Tara 0’Conner
Charlie Jane AndersRock Manning Goes For Broke signed & numbered novella from Subterranean Press featuring Vikings and Steampunks!

Doctor WhoTwelve Angels Weeping collection of a dozen short stories, eaxh featuring a different Villain! Written by Dave Rudden, with illutrations by Alexis Snell

in large format:

C. E. MurphyRedeemer Rosie wants to keep her job now the troops are returning home after WW2 but first there are demons to kill…
John BirminghamStalin’s Hammer omnibus edition of the sequels to his epic Axis of Time alternate history

in ‘B’ format:

John Scalzi The Consuming Fire sequel to The Collapsing Empire
Derek KunskenThe Quantum Magician genetic engineering has enabled him to become the greatest con artist and thief in the Galaxy. But now there’s job which will either end in war, or spur mankind’s evolution… 1st book in the Quantum Evolution series

Elizabeth MayThe Fallen Kingdom missed this when it came out fairly recently. 3rd in her Falconer trilogy
Jin YongA Hero Born volume 1 of Legends of the Condor Heroes epic fantasy from China
Gary KembleStrange Ink Harry finds he has a strange tattoo on his neck one morning. Gradually more appear which trigger nightmares, and worse…

Martha WellsAll Systems Red the 1st in her Murderbot Diaries series

Richard MathiesonThe Best of RM 33 short stories chosen by Victor LaValle and issuead as a Penguin Classic

in paperback:

Nicholas Sansbury SmithDeliverance Helldivers III

art, etc:

Dopress BooksMonsters of the Imagination published by Cypi Press. Subtitled ‘Amazing Creature Designs by Global Artists

MoebiusInside Moebius Part 3 hardcover from Humanoids

Terry MooreHow To Draw softcover, mainly on figure drawing, especially for comic panels

magazines, etc:

Hi-Fructose issue # 49 with a 18 page insert on ‘The art of the mushroom‘!
Graphiteissue # 09


Jack YerkaSurrealscapes a dozen of his clasic weird pitures…
Vintage Sci-Fi – another dozen old pulp magazine covers!


October 12, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Labyrinth Index – Charles Stross

Yes, it’s that time again!

There’s a new Laundry Files novel out (the ninth!) at the end of the month and, as ever, I’ll be able to provide signed copies.

The cost is £18.99 for the Orbit UK edition

Postage within the UK will be an additional £2.95
Postage to Europe will be £7.45
Postage to Canada, the US and most of the rest of the world will be £10.95
Postage to Australia & NZ,etc. will be £11.65
Multiple copy order prices on request.

Let me know how you’d like your copy/ies signed, and the country you live in and I’ll send a PayPal Invoice confirming the details and asking for yours!

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


about The Labyrinth Index:

Britain is under New Management. The disbanding of the Laundry – the British espionage agency that deals with supernatural threats, has culminated in the unthinkable – an elder god in residence in 10 Downing Street. But in true ‘the enemy of my enemy’ fashion, Mhari Murphy finds herself working with His Excellency Nylarlathotep on foreign policy – there are worse things, it seems, than an elder god in power, and they lie in deepest, darkest America.

A thousand-mile-wide storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the president is nowhere to be found – Mhari must lead a task force of disgraced Laundry personnel into the storm front to discover the truth. But working for an elder god is never easy, and as the stakes rise, Mhari will soon question exactly where her loyalties really lie.

October 6, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 6th October 2018

in hardcover:

Gigi McCaffreyDragon’s Code stand alone (I think) novel set on mother Anne McCaffrey‘s world of Pern. The story of some of the time-stranded Dragonriders, stuck 400 years in their future…
Martha WellsExit Strategy one of  The Murderbot Diaries
Graham MastertonGhost Virus his latest horror novel, set in present day London…

in large format:

Sebastien de CastellSoulbinder the 4th of his Spellslinger books
Grady HendrixMy Best Friend’s Exorcism

in ‘B’ format:

James S. A. Corey Persepolis Rising the 7th in the Expanse series
Tricia SullivanSweet Dreams Charlie is a dreamhacker, hired to help someone who believes they’re being stalked in the dreams…
John Hornor JacobsInfernal Machines the 3rd in his Incorruptibles series, about Romans in America…
Terry GoodkindShroud of Eternity book 2 of The Nicci Chronicles
D. B. JacksonTime’s Children volume 1 of the Islevale series. He also writes as David B. Coe
Alison LittlewoodThe Crow Garden Nathaniel takes a new position as a mad-doctor at a remote Manor in mid-19th C England…

Jennie MelamidGather the Daughters in a remote, restrictive society, all the children are given a taste of freedom by being left to roam the island doing whatever they want every summer. One young girl discovers a dark secret…

Tanya HuffThe Demon’s Den and Other Tales of Valdemar  collection of 7 stories set in Mercedes Lackey‘s world of Valdemar

Warhammer 40,000Legacy of Dorn featuring a Chapter of Crimson Fist Space Marines. Written by Mike Lee

in paperback:

L. E. Modesitt, jr.The Mongrel Mage the 20th volume of the Saga of Recluce, set several generations after the events in Cyador’s Heirs and featuring Beltur, a young  Mage.
Marshall Ryan MarescaThe Way of the Shield part 1 of The Maradaine Elite, and the 9th novel set in Maradaine overall

Orson Scott CardChildren of the Fleet volume 1 of new Enderverse series, Fleet School

art, etc:

John HoweA Middle-Earth Traveller subtitled Sketches From Bag End to Mordor. Nice looking hardback with mainly b&w work but some full colour more finished looking pieces as well. It includes some art relating the Hobbit and the Silmarillion (I think) as well, not only LotR. Same size and look as The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee (signed copies of the Alkan Lee book available!)
Huw Lewis JonesThe Writer’s Map heavily illustrated book all about the history of fantasy maps! Looks fascinating. Subtitled An Atlas of Imaginary Lands, but it looks to be much more than that!


listed last week, but not until Saturday afternoon!

Locusissue # 692 September cover date

October 5, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 30th September 2018

in hardcover:

Hank GreenAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing giant, mysterious  humanoid sculptures start appearing all over the world and April is the first person to upload video, etc. about them and thus becomes the popular expert on, um, whatever they are!
Rena RossnerThe Sisters of the Winter Wood in a remote village steeped in folklore in eastern Europe two sisters discover they have a magical heritage…

in ‘B’ format:

Adrian TchaikovskyThe Hyena and the Hawk book 3 of his Echoes of the Fall series

Andrew Michael HurleyDevil’s Day a century ago a huge blizzard struck and life in the valley has never been the same since, and who can put credence in the old tales of how it used to be…

Mike Ashley (editor) – Glimpses of the Unknown 18 forgotten ghost stories, dating from 1899 to 1929,  issued in one volume by the British Library in their Tales of the Weird series
Cecily Gayford (editor) – Tales From the Dead of Night collection of 13 classic ghost stories…

art, etc:

Hugo PrattTango the 10th in Eurocomics‘ re-issues of the Corto Maltese books

Tommy RedolfiMarilyn’s Monsters softcover graphic novel from Humanoids re-imagining Norma Jean‘s life
Youssef DaoudiMonk! nice looking  hardcover biography of jazz great Thelonius Monk

Mike WuHenri’s Hats a young boy finds a trunk full of his grandfather’s hats! Hardback children’s storybook from Pixar in their Artist Showcase series
Jim Henson‘s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure slim hardcover with large pictures of scenes from the film, with a list of characters and items to find in each piece… Art by Laura Langston
Krent Able & Julian Hanshaw (editors) – I Feel Machine softcover anthology of 6 stories about technology & humanity…  Each tale is by an individual, not a collaboration.

Rosemary Mosco & Jon ChadSolar System: Our Place in Space the latest Science Comics title
Andy HirschTrees: Kings of the Forest the other latest Science Comics title! Easy to read & easy to understand science books for (mainly) young beginners

Scott McCloudMaking Comics softcover subtitled Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels


Shoreline of Infinityissue #13 latest issue of the British Fantasy Award nominated magazine produced here in Edinburgh

late arrival!

Locusissue # 692 September cover date

September 28, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 22nd September 2018

in hardback:

V. E. SchwabVengeful sequel to Vicious
Harry TurtledoveThrough Darkest Europe alternate history in which Europe is the equivalent of  today’s troubled Middle East…
Chris WoodingThe Ember Blade the 1st book of The Darkwater Legacy. Unjustly imprisoned, Aren must escape but maybe it was safer in jail!
Christelle DabosA Winter’s Promise Ophelia can read the past of any object, and can also travel through mirrors… Book 1 of The Mirror Visitor. Translated from French by Hildegarde Serle
Tamora PierceTempests and Slaughter volume 1 of The Numair Chronicles, about how young Arram becomes the powerful mage Numair…

Brandon SandersonLegion: Lies of the Beholder a 3rd novella featuring polymath/multiple pesonality Stephen Leeds
Brandon Sanderson Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Legion omnibus edition containing Legion, Skin Deep & Lies of the Beholder
Peter V. Brett – Barren  new novella set in the world of The Demon Cycle

Stephen EriksonThe Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach contains the stories The Wurms of Blearmouth, Crack’d Pot Trail & The Fiends of Nightmaria

Nnedi OkoraforWho Fears Death Oops! several months late…

Flame Tree BooksRobots & Artificial Intelligence: Short Stories a wide range of Thrilling Tales, from L. Frank Baum to the present day; editied by Josie Mitchell
Flame Tree BooksLost Souls: Short Stories a wide range of Gothic Fantasy from Poe to the present day; edited by Laura Bulbeck

Philip PullmanDaemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling 30+ essays covering all aspects of creating fiction

Ryan NorthHow To Invent Everything the only book you’ll need if you’re stuck sometime in history!

in large format:

David Stokes (editor) – Beyond the Edge volume 2 of anthology series Myriad Lands. V1, Around the World, came in a few weeks ago…

in ‘B’ format:

Tade ThompsonRosewater set in Nigeria in 2066
Chris BeckettAmerica City Holly takes a job in a climate-changed America, working for a dodgy Presidential candidate…
Nicky DraydenTemper in a future South Africa, two twins lead very different lives… I really enjoyed her previous book, The Prey of Gods
Scott WesterfieldImposters one of a pair of identical twin sisters has been trained to kill, in order to protect the other…

Victoria SchwabCity of Ghosts ghost story set in Edinburgh
L. L. McKinleyA Blade So Black Alice has to venture deeper into Wonderland from Atlanta to find an antidote to the poison her mentor has been dosed with…
Grady HendrixWe Sold Our Souls Kris quits her dead-end job, determind to re-unite the rock group she was in, which almost made it big, until the lead singer went solo…
Robert DinsdaleThe Toymakers in 1917, runaway Cathy finds a job in a magical London toyshop
John BellairsThe House With a Clock In It’s Walls YA novel the new film is based on. 1st published in 1973, with several sequels following

Max BrooksMinecraft: The Island adventure set in the game and landscape of Minecraft! From the author of World War Z and The Zombie Apocalypse Guide
Warhammer 40,000Carcharodons: Outer Dark new Space Marines adventure from Robbie MacNiven

Mark Morris (editor) –  New Fears 2  21 brand new stories
Rowan Routh (editor) – Eight Ghosts modern ghost stories, all set in places owned by English Heritage!


Interzoneissue # 277
Black Staticissue # 65

September 21, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 15th September 2018

in hardback:

Glen CookPort of Shadows the latest Chronicle of the Black Company. The 15th overall, I think

in large format:

Nick MamatasThe People’s Republic of Everything collection of 14 of his short stories
Michael Sims (editor) – Frankenstein Dreams 20 stories; subtitled ‘A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Science Fiction

William Hope HodgsonThe Nightland and Other Perilous Romances the 4th volume in the definitive 5 volume The Collected Fiction of WHH, from Night Shade Books. The final volume is due in January 2019

in ‘B’ format:

Angus WatsonThe Land You Never Leave sequel to You Die When You Die
Justina RobsonSalvation’s Fire volume 2 of After the War, which follows on from Adrian Tchaikovsky‘s Redemption’s Blade

Chris McCruddenBattlestar Suburbia screwball science fiction…

in paperback:

Tim PrattThe Dreaming Stars sequel to The Wrong Stars

Julie E. CzernedaTo Guard Against the Dark the 3rd in the Reunification set of The Clan Chronicles sequence

Clive Cussler & Robin BurcellThe Romanov Ransom the latest Fargo adventure…

art, etc:

Mark P. WittonThe Palaeoartist’s Handbook complete illustrated guide to everything about drawing and painting dinosaurs, etc!
Tony MillionaireTM’s Sea Monsters Coloring Book 4 dozen b&w illustrations with some of his favourite characters!

Simon StalenhagThe Electric State his 3rd book of alien invasion in Sweden, this time with a bit more narrative structure!
Philippe Druillet & Michel DemuthYragael: Urm the Mad fantastical, psychedelic graphic novel from 2012, now in English
The BeatlesYellow Submarine 50th anniversary hardcover edition of the story,  Full colour adaptation by Bill Morrison


Heavy Metal – issue # 291

September 14, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

una impresión española de la librería

From this site, about 2/3rds of the way down the page.
(English translation below this text)

Saliendo de la Royal Mile en dirección al cementerio de Greyfriars muy cerca de la estatua del popular terrier Bobby que da la bienvenida al camposanto (un pequeño perro que podríamos considerar como el Hachiko escocés), descubriremos en Candlemaker Row, el sencillo hogar de Transreal Fiction. A diferencia de los locales que mencioné anteriormente, esta librería es mucho más austera en espacios y decoración, y se avoca a un nicho en particular: ciencia ficción y fantasía, tanto en formato de novela como en literatura gráfica. Aquí es posible encontrar desde lo más clásico, hasta las ediciones más recientes de estos géneros. De hecho, según leí tiempo atrás, Transreal tendría la mayor gama de obras importadas de ciencia ficción y fantasía en Escocia, además de contar con la invaluable ayuda de su dueño, Mike Calder, si necesitas alguna recomendación u orientación en la búsqueda de material.
No muy lejos de Transreal, podemos avanzar hasta Grassmarket. Siglos atrás en esta zona se realizaron ejecuciones públicas, se cometieron famosos crímenes y se protagonizaron numerosos disturbios, sin embargo, hoy en día nos encontramos con un animado sector lleno de pubs y restaurantes. Si avanzamos hasta la calle West Port además veremos pequeños locales que ofrecen libros de segunda mano a bajos precios.


Leaving the Royal Mile in the direction of the cemetery of Greyfriars very close to the statue of the popular terrier Bobby who welcomes the graveyard (a small dog that we could consider as the Scottish Hachiko), we will discover in Candlemaker Row, the simple home of Transreal Fiction . Unlike the stores I mentioned earlier, this bookshop is much more austere in spaces and decoration, and is dedicated to a niche in particular: science fiction and fantasy, both in novel format and in graphic literature. Here you can find everything from the most classic, to the most recent editions of these genres. In fact, as I read some time ago, Transreal would have the largest range of imported science fiction and fantasy works in Scotland, as well as the invaluable help of its owner, Mike Calder, if you need any recommendation or guidance in the search for material.
Not far from Transreal, we can advance to Grassmarket. Centuries ago, public executions were carried out in this area, famous crimes were committed and numerous disturbances took place, however, today we find a lively sector full of pubs and restaurants.


translated using Google Translate; hope it’s more or less accurate!



September 13, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 8th September 2018

The shop will be closed on Friday, so I’m posting this a bit early… Open on Saturday as usual.

in hardcover:

Christopher PriestAn American Story Ben believes, without any hard evidence, that someone close died on 9/11, but now another plane crash has been discovered…
Seanan McGuireNight and Silence the 12th October Daye adventure…

Jo WaltonAn Informal History of the Hugos hefty book going year by year through the awards, from 1953 until 2000…

in large format:

Howard WaldropThings Will Never be the Same collection of his best stories, published in 2007. Limited stock available.

in ‘B’ format:

Philip PullmanLa Belle Sauvage 1st part of his new series, The Book of Dust, which is the name it was known by (mistakenly) as a hardback
Stephen AryanMage Fall sequel to Mage Born and thw 2nd in the Age of Dread series
Marc TurnerRed Tide the 3rd of The Chronicles of the Exile

Sue BurkeSemiosis on a new colony planet, the indigenous plants appear to be intelligent…

James LovegroveSherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities the 3rd of the Cthulhu Casebooks

Richard MorganThirteen previously published in 2007 as Black Man, about genetically enhanced soldiers in peacetime…

Warhammer 40,000Emperor’s Legion a Watchers of the Throne adventure by Chris Wraight
Warhammer 40,000Of Honour and Iron by Ian St. Martin A Space Marine Conquests book

magazines, etc:

McSweeney’sIssue # 53 softcover in a sealed bag, with 8 additional ‘inflatable stories’  (balloons with text and/or images on them – it’s hard to tell!)

September 6, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Don’t Come By On Friday 7th!

Pleae note that Transreal Fiction will be closed from approx 16.00 on Thursday 6th September until 10.00 on Saturday morning. I had hoped to close for only a couple of hours on Thursday and Friday morning but that’s no longer practical.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

September 1, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 1st September 2018

in hardcover:

Peter F. HamiltonSalvation an alien spaceship is discovered crashed at the edge of human space… Part one of the Salvation Sequence
Stephen BaxterXeelee Redemption the Belt is an immense structure enabling a population of the Xeelee to survive into the extreme future…

J. R. R. TolkienThe Fall of Gondolin the long awaited book length tale of the end of the Second Age of Middle Earth. Illustrated by Alan Lee

H. P. LovecraftThe Gothic Tales of HPL attractive hardcover from the British Library of 13 of his stories, edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes

in large format:

Miles CameronCold Iron part 1 of a new series from the author of The Traitor Son Cycle!

Adrian Tchaikovsky (editor) – The Scent of Tears the 4th Tales of the Apt collection, with 9 stories by other authors, and 2 by himself
Juliet MarillierPickle Moon 16 short stories

Angela P. NicholasAragorn: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Undervalued Hero large, 400+ page examination of the role and actions of Aragorn

in ‘B’ format:

Nicholas EamesBloody Rose sequel to Kings of the Wyld
John GwynneA Time of Dread 1st n his new series, Of Blood and Bone, which follows on after the events in his The Faithful and the Fallen quartet
Daniel PolanskyThe Builders spaghetti western style anthropomorphic animal fantasy!

Martin MillarSupercute Futures as young teenagers, childhood friends Mox & Mitsu founded what has grown into a huge global corporation, and things are very different now!
Rhonda MasonExile’s Throne 3rd part of The Empress Game series

Hal DuncanThe Land of Somewhere Safe novella featuring the Scruffians
Ricardo PintoMatryoshka lost in Venice, Cherenkov finds himself in mysterious Eborius…

Ramsey CampbellThirteen Days by Sunset Beach Ray & Sandra go on holiday to the Greek islands but it turns out not to be relaxing!
Tim WaggonerThe Mouth of the Dark Jayce’s daughter is lost in Shadow and even the Harvest Man won’t stop him finding her…
Hunter SheaCreature Kate & her husband book a cottage for the summer in rural Maine…
Jonathan JanzThe Siren and the Spectre a skeptic is invited to spend a month in ‘the most haunted house in Virginia’
Johnny Mains (editor) – Best British Horror 2018 17 of the best, from NewCon Press
Ian Whates (editor) – Steampunk International new stories from Finland, Portugal & the UK

William F. TempleFour-Sided Triangle reprint by the British Library of the 1949 classic about the invention of an all-purpose replicator

Arthur C. Clarke2001: A Space Odyssey new edition marking the 50th anniversary of the novel’s release. In the book, they’re actually warthogs, not tapirs, in the early scenes!

Peter BrannenThe Ends of the World an examination of the previous 5 mass extinctions on Earth, and also the current one…


Stanislaw LemThe Three Electro-Knights small volume from Penguin with 4 of his short stories

art, etc:

Bill Pearson & J. Michael Catron (editors) – Best of Witzend hardcover collecting strips, etc. from the entire 13 issue run (from mid 60s – mid 80s) of the groundbreaking underground comic published by Wally Wood
Jim Henson‘s The Power of the Dark Crystal volume 3
Octavia ButlerKindred 250 page softcover graphic novel adaptation of the novel, by Damian Duffy & John Jennings


Illustrationissue # 61 featuring Earl Moran, Thomas Nast & a feature on the changing American Frontier

2019 Wall Calendars:

Tolkien Calendar 2019  – with art by Alan Lee from The Fall of Gondolin, Beren and Luthian & The Children of Hurin

Olivia de BerardinisThe Art of Olivia 2019
Boris Vallejo & Julie BellFantasy 2019



August 31, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment