Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 10th August 2019

in hardcover:

Lois McMaster BujoldThe Flowers of Vashon the latest novella from Subterranean Prss, featuring Lady Vorkosigan

in large format:

Mike ShackleWe Are the Dead  Tinnstra deserted the army as the Egril defeated her people decisively using dreadful magic. Now she has to prove herself… Book 1 of The Last War
Breanna TeirntzeLord of Secrets an outlawed wizard saves a runaway slave but they both end up in prison…

Lord Dunsany  –Tales of Three Hemispheres 14 of his best short stories, with small b&w illustrations by Tim Kirk (taken from the earlier Owlswick edition) Also includes Idle Days on the Yann

Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng (editors) – The Sea is Ours anthology of a dozen Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia
Karen Lord (editor) – New Worlds, Old Ways anthology of 11 stories subtitled Speculative Tales From the Carribean

in ‘B’ format:

Adam RobertsBy the Pricking of Her Thumbs P.I. Alma, from The Real Town Murders,  is investigating a murder, although she’s not sure whose, when an obsessive Stanley Kubrick fan kidnaps her…
Stephen AryanMagebane volume 3 of his Age of Dread trilogy. which began with Mageborn & Magefall

Micah YongoPale Kings sequel to Lost Gods, set in the Five Lands

Stanislaw LemTales of Pirx the Pilot collection of 5 stories, which form the tale of a space pilot’s career. First issued in English in 1979. Translation by Louis Iribarne

Ian MacPhersonWild Harbour  a couple flee to the remote Highlands to escape the encroaching war… Novel from 1936, re-issued by The British Library

in paperback:

Edward WillettWorldshaper 1st volume of the Worldshapers series. Shawna is a potter, reluctantly drawn into a weird mission to use her skills to help mend the flaws in other, alternate worlds…


restock of available issues of both Graphite and CDQ: Character Design Quarterly


August 9, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 3rd August 2019

in hardcover:

D. K. FriendsWidow’s Welcome investigating a curious murder Cora finds herself sucked into the murky politics surrounding the up-coming election. Book 1 of the Tales of Fenest, set in a world where stories have power…

in large format:

Strefan SpjutTrolls sequel to 2015’s Stallo, set deep in the Norwegian forests a decade later…
Cherie PriestThe Toll two honeymooners drive across an unmapped bridge in the Florida swamps…

Glen CookChronicles of the Black Company omnibus edition of the 1st three novels in the series: The Black Company, Shadows Linger & The White Rose. Back in stock after a long break!

Darran AndersonImaginary Cities new edition at last! Non-fiction

in ‘B’ format:

Jy YangThe Ascent to Godhood the 4th in the Tensorate series

Robert Jackson BennettFoundryside in the city of Tavanne escaped slave Sancia is persuaded to try to steal an ancient artifact…
Brian RuckleyThe Free stand alone fantasy novel back in stock. A band of mecenaries take one last job…

in paperback:

Eric FlintWorlds 2 collection which includes a short Ring of Fire novel (The Austro-Hungarian Connection), a short novel (Fanatic) set in David Weber‘s Honor Harrington universe,  some short pieces from The Grantville Gazette and 7 other stories
Michael Z. WilliamsonTide of Battle collection of short tories and essays

Kevin J. Anderson & Sarah J. HoytUncharted magical, alternate history version of the Lewis & Clark expedition the Arcane Territories

Greg WeismanRavnica 1st volume of War of the Spark, the first new Magic: The Gathering novel for many years!

art, etc:

Pie InternatonalRetrospective Scenes From a Sentimental World matching volume to Beautiful Scenes From a Fantasy World & Everyday Scenes From a Parallel World. All are full colour softcovers with glossy wrap-around dustjackets. Various artists.

William GibsonAlien 3 graphic novel of his unused script for the 3rd film in the Alien franchise. adapted by Johnnie Christmas & Tamra Bonvillain

Enki BilalMonster big new hardcover from Titan Books collecting the whole Monster tetralogy of The Dormant Beast, December 32, Rendez-vous in Paris & Four? in English for the first time.
Phillippe Thirault & Jorge MiguelShanghai Dream a pair of aspiring film-makers flee Germany in 1938 and end up in China… Full colour softcover from Humanoids

Ben KatchorConversations collection of interviews about his art spanning his career

August 2, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 27th July 2019

in hardcover:

Andrew CaldecottLost Acre the 3rd volume of his Rotherweird trilogy, with b&w illustrations by Sasha Laika
Blake Crouch
Recursion people are waking up and finding their memories are all different…
Alexander Dan Vilhjalmsson – Shadows of the Short Days fantasy novel set in Reykjavik

Terry GoodkindHateful Things the 2nd novella in The Children of D’Hara series, which is set in the world of The Sword of Truth

Mark SawardResurrection of the Daleks  the latest Doctor Who novella

in large format:

Aliette de BodardThe House of Sundering Flames 3rd in the series which began with The House of Shattered Wings
Max GladstoneEmpress of Forever a billionaire entrepreneur finds herself fighting for survival at the end of time

Andy DuncanAn Agent of Utopia collection of ‘a dozen new and selected’ stories
Vandana SinghAmbiguity Machines and Other Stories collection of 14 short stories

Neil Clarke (editor) – The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four 29 top stories from 2018

in ‘B’ format:

David Wellington The Last Astronaut the sole astronaut still alive leads a team to investigate a strange, alien object which has taken up station around Earth…
Lee Fonda Jade War sequel to Jade City, and the 2nd in her Green Bone Saga about controlling the magical jade trade

Muriel JaegerThe Question Mark 1925 dystopian novel featuring a man displaced 200 years into the future

Emily Tesh – Silver in the Woods a solitary man lives in a cottage deep in the woods with his cat and his dryads…
Hailey EdwardsBayou Born a young girl is rescued from the swamps but has no memories and apparently no traceable past…

Elizabeth BearSanction sequel to Pinion and previously published as Chill. 2nd in her Jacob’s Ladder trilogy. Set on a giant, damaged generation starship, the original titles were Dust, Chill & Grail but now the books have been re-titled Pinion, Sanction & Cleave

Steven Erikson – The Second Collected Tales of Bauchelain & Korbal Broach includes The Wurms of Blearmouth, Crack’d Pot Trail & The Fiends of Nightmaria
Jodi TaylorLong Story Short collection of 8 tales set in the world of her Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel research institute background

Alan GarnerWhere Shall We Run To? childhood autobiography

in paperback:

Gareth L. PowellAbout Writing advice and ideas

Jorge Luis BorgesThe Garden of Forking Paths small edition of 5 of his short stories – only £1.00; I also already stock matching volumes by Italo Calvino & Stanislaw Lem

July 26, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 20th July 2019

in hardcover:

Max Gladstone & Amal El-MohtarThis is How You Lose the Time War two rival time travellers start to fall in love…
Neal StephensonAtmosphaera Incognito novella about the construction of a 20 kilometre high skyscraper! Smart looking limited edition from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Rebecca RoanhorseTrail of Lightning 1st book in her Sixth World post apocalyptic series drawing on Native American lore.
Christopher RuocchioHowling Dark 2nd volume of his epic science fantasy Sun Eater series, following on from Empire of Silence.
Brian StablefordThe Cthulhu Encryption: A Romance of Piracy sea-going Lovecraftian adventure!
David Lindsay – A Voyage to Arcturus back in stock after a long break!

Neal ClarkeThe Eagle has Landed subtitled 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction 2 dozen moon-centric stories from the best in the field!
David Gullen (editor) – Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales anthology of 17 stories, including work by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Liz Williams & Neil Williamson

Philip K. DickThe Exegesis of PKD back in after a long break!
Paul MagrsThe Novel Inside You his guide to writing and living!

in ‘B’ format:

Lois H. GreschThe Adventure of the Innsmouth Mutations the 3rd in her Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu series

Heather KassnerThe Bone Garden Irreele fears that she’s not quite real, but she is only made of dustand bone and imagination!
Jonathan Janz – Castle of Sorrows seeking inspiration for a film score, a composer visits a haunted Californian island…
Tim Waggoner – They Kill a mysterious man revives her dead brother, but to make it permanent Sierra may have to pay a heavy cost…
Tade ThompsonThe Murders of Molly Southbourne horror novella


Interzone – issue # 282
Black Static – issue # 70

art, etc:

Ami Chopine3D Art Essentials subtitled The Fundamentals of 3D Modeling, Texturing, and Animation, from Focal Press

July 19, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 13th July 2019

Neal StephensonFall or, Dodge in Hell sequel to Reamde. Following an accident, a gaming billionaire’s mind is preserved until medical advances allow it to be re-awakened, but into a very different world…
BaoshuRedemption of Time novel set in the world of The Three Body Problem, by Xixin Liu
Alyson RuddThe First Time Lauren Pailing Died a young girl keeps dying, but each itteration alters reality for everyone surrounding her…

Christopher PriestEpisodes short story collection with 11 stories spanning his career

David C. WeinczokThe History Behind the Game of Thrones serious look as similarities between real Scottish history and the in-series history in the George R. R. Martin epic! Comes with free poster on heavy stock

in large format:

Tanya HuffThe Complete Smoke Trilogy comprising Smoke and Shadows, Smoke and Mirrors & Smoke and Ashes, from 2004 – 2006. Described as ‘Novels of Vampires, Wizards and TV Terror’
Paul G. Brand & Craig A. HartA Stark and Stormy Night fun parody of gumshoe P.I. pulp stories…

in ‘B’ format:

Angela Slatter Restoration the 3rd in her Verity Fassbinder urban fantasy series, which began with Vigil and then Corpselight
Joanne Harris
The Testament of Loki sequel to The Gospel of Loki
Suyi Davies OkungbowaDavid Mogo: Godhunter Lagos is in chaos as all the old gods return but David Mogo has a job to do…
Ausma Zehanat KhanThe Black Khan sequel to The Bloodprint; volume 2 of the Khorasan Archives
Mimi Yu The Girl King abruptly cut out of the line of succession to the throne, the emperor’s daughter seeks help from a shapeshifter…

Nick SetchfieldThe Spider Dance Cold War thriller, with added demons!

Morgan LlywelynDrop by Drop disaster novel in which all plastic worldwide starts to decay and melt…

Kim NewmanBeasts in Velvet reprint of a 1993 ‘Jack YeovilVampire Genevieve short story collection from Warhammer Horror
Kim NewmanSilver Nails reprint of a 2002 ‘Jack Yeovil’ Vampire Genevieve novel from Warhammer Horror

Warhammer 40,000Apocalypse a Space Marine Conquests novel by Josh Reynolds

in paperback:

Sean GrigsbyAsh Kickers sequel to Smoke Eaters

art, etc:

Jack Yerka & Harlan Ellison – Mind Fields back in stock after several years! Single page stories matched with surreal art. Hardcover

Robin Hobb & Manuel PreitanoFitz and the Fool Coloring Book with all your favourites from across the Six Dutchies!


Locus – issue # 702 cover date July 2019 Locus Award winners,  the Nebula Conference and the Locus Poll results

July 12, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 6th July 2019

in hardcover:

Ed McDonaldCrowfall the 3rd book of The Raven’s Mark
Wayne BarlowThe Heart of Hell the Underworld is in disarray and Lilith, Beelzebub’s original Consort, is busy scheming… Sequel to 2007’s God’s Demon

Ted ChiangExhalation new short story collection

in large format:

Lilith SaintcrowHarmony Val & her father visit a commune called Harmony House but gradually they learn it’s secrets…
Diana Pharaoh FrancisThe Witchkin Murders book 1 of Magicfall. Some years after the return of Wild Magic to the world, an ex-P.I. scavenging for trade goods can’t help starting to investigate a murder…

Ann Vandermeer & Jeff Vandermeer (editors) – The Big Book of Classic Fantasy 80 short stories, of which the most recent is from 1945 (I think). Text is double column.

Stephen L. GillettWorld-Building in stock again after several years! The strap line reads ‘A writer’s guide to constructing star systems and life-supporting planets

in ‘B’ format:

Jasper ffordeEarly Riser sf story featuring the maintainance crew of a ‘deep-sleep’ spaceship
Catheynine M. ValenteSpace Opera to join the galactic community, Earth must take part in a talent contest…

Mercedes LackeyEye Spy 2nd book in her Family Spies series, set in Valdemar
Richard KadreyThe Grand Dark fantastical novel set in a decadent, post-war metopolis…

July 5, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 29th June 2019

in hardcover:

Michael SwanwickThe Iron Dragon’s Mother sequel to 1993’s  Iron Dragon’s Daughter (although there was also The Dragons of Babel back in 2008)

Leo Carew Spider sequel to The Wolf. 2nd in his Under the Northern Sky series

Tom Lloyd – Knight of Stars volume 4 of The God Fragments series
Michael Sullivan Age of Legends 3rd in The Legends of the First Empire series

Ursula K. LeGuin – A Wizard of Earthsea new edition; the rest of the series should follow in h/c in due course. With 1 colour plate & several b&w illos by Charles Vess
David Morrell – Before I Awake limited edition from Subterranean Press

n large format:

David GerroldGanny Knits a Spaceship discovering that her way-station in the Asteroid Belt will soon be rendered redundant, the owner comes up with an unexpected solution!

Algernon BlackwoodThe Willows, The Wendigo, And Other Stories subtitled The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of AB. 20 of his best from Oldstyle Tales Press
Arthur MachenThe Great God Pan, The White People, & Other Horrors subtitled The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of AM. 13 of his best from Oldstyle Tales Press

Also in stock at the moment from Oldstyle Tales Press are their Robert W. Chambers, William Hope Hodgson, Edith Nesbit & Fitz-James O’Brian collections! It’s a great series of uniform editions of classic horror & weird authors…

in ‘B’ format:

Paul TremblayGrowing Things and Other Stories horror collection of 19 stories
Octavia E. ButlerBloodchild and Other Stories missed this completely, but I have it now! 7 short stories & 2 essays

Rudy RuckerJim and the Flims Jim inadvertently allows some strange aliens to invade the Earth through a quantum portal…
Rudy RuckerSpacetime Donuts reprint of the 1st of his books that read.! Circular scale. Great fun!

Josh ReynoldsSoul Wars a Warhammer: Age of Sigmar adventure

in paperback:

L. E. Modesitt, jr.Outcasts of Order the 20th in his Saga of Recluse and a direct sequel to The Mongrel Mage

art, etc:

Michael KoggeGame of Thrones: The Storyboards b&w storyboard sketches for scenes from the first 7 series of the epic fantasy production. Slip-cased hardcover

3DTotal PublishingCozy Days : The Art of Iraville the art of, and tips from, the artist Ira Sluyterman van Langeweyde, aka Iraville. Hardcover in a cardboard slip-case
Asia LadowskaSketch With Asia tips & tutorials for manga inspired art. Hardcover from 3DTotal Publishing

Frank FrazettaTelling Stories: The Comic Art of Frank Frazetta complete, full colour strips from his early career. Hardcover in a slipcase. 2008 publication, at a much reduced price!
Cathy Fenner (editor) – Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of fantastic Art highlighting dozens of female artists, full colour softcover, with some text about each artist. First published by Underwood Books 2015
Artie & Kathy Fenner (editors) – Strange Days: Aliens, Adventurers, Devils and Dames 30 full colour, outsize reproductions of clasic pulp illustrations. Includes work by Margaret Brundage, Hannes Bok & Virgil Finlay. First published by Underwood Books in 2009
Underwood BooksSavage Art hardcover of classic pulp art. Initially published in 2010
Underwood BooksShameless Art companion hardcover of classic pulp art. Initially published in 2010

Patrick Wirbeleit & Ulwe HeidschotterBox small, full-colour graphic novel about the fun to be had with a strange cardboard box!
H. P. Lovecraft & Gou TanabeAt the Mountains of Madness: The First Volume square-bound manga style adaptation of the classic horror story. B&W, with 4 pages of colour. AtMoM: The Second Volume, with the rest of the tale, should be available in August/September


June 28, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 22nd June 2019

in hardcover:

Sarah GaileyMagic for Liars Ivy is a struggling P.I. and takes a case investigating a murder at a reclusive Academy for Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister is a teacher…
Sam HawkeCity of Lies the 1st Poison War novel. Jovan only appears to be an irresponsible heir; he’s actually trained to detect poisons and protect the rest of the ruling family

Simon R. GreenTill Sudden Death Do Us Part the latest Ishmael Jones mystery
Peter Newman – Ruthless sequel to The Deathless

in large format:

Rhys Williams & Mark Bould (editors) – M. John Harrison: Critical Essays 14 (inc. the intro) serious essays about one of the most interesting UK f&sf authors

in ‘B’ format:

Yoon Ha LeeHexarchonate Stories 21 short stories set in the Machineries of Empire background, where the Ninefox Gambit books were set

Jackson Ford – The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind Teagan is the only telepath the government is aware of but now someone’s been murdered in such a way that it looks like only she could have done it!

Gabby Hutchinson CrouchDarkwood Gretel Mudd is forced to flee into the nearby forest, where she meets various strange characters, but her knowledge of maths may help!
Christina Henry – The Girl in Red post-Apocalyptic take on a classic fairy tale…
Rena Rossner – Sisters of the Winter Wood in a remote village in the Ukranian forest two sisters discover that the old fairy tales may be true after all, and that this knowledge might save them!

Jonathan Barnes  – Cannonbridge in the 21st C, somebody realises that a flamboyant, ubiquitous character mentioned in popular culture and in all the history books about the 19thC maybe never existed!
Alexis HallThe Affair of the Mysterious Letter returning from an inter-dimensional war, Captain Wyndham takes rooms at 221b Martyr’s Walk and meets Sheharazed Haas, a consulting sorceress with a dark reputation…

John EversdonThe Devil’s Equinox
Jonathan JanzDust Devils

Andrew SmithMoon Dust up-to-date biographies of the surviving astronauts who walked on the Moon, based on interviews, etc. with them all.

SF Masterworks from Orion which I’ve not had in for some time:

Greg BearBlood Music classic cyberpunk from 1985!
Colin GreenlandTake Back Plenty BSFA & Clarke Award winner from 1990


Locusissue # 701 with Michael Blumlein, Kaaron Warren, Stokercon & the Nebula Awards winners highlighted on the cover

June 21, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Opening Times for Transreal Fiction

Short term:

Transreal Fiction will be closing today by 16.30 at the latest – I have a train to catch! – and won’t re-open until 11.00 on Thursday morning (the 20th) Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

Longer term:

I’ve resumed opening on Mondays again (except this Monday, obviously) and intend to continue being open 6 days a week until the end of the year. After that, I’ll be taking Mondays off again.

June 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 15th June 2019

In hardback:

Ben Aaronovitch – The October Man a Rivers of London novella, featuring Tobias Winter investigating a case in Germany

Taylor AndersonPass of Fire the 14th in his Destroyermen series, set on an alternate Earth populated by two civilised but antagonistic species evolved from lemurs and crocodilians
Helen OyeyemiGingerbread Perdita and her mother are a bit mysterious & new to the area. They  live in an exotically furnished flat and make wonderful gingerbread…
Peter NewmanThe Ruthless sequel to The Deathless

in large format:

Lawrence M. Schoen & Jonathan P. BrazeeThe Seeds of War Trilogy containing Invasion, Scorched & Bitter Harvest all action alien plant invasion!

C. S. E. CooneyBone Swans 5 short stories; the collection won a World Fantasy Award for Best Collection
C. J. CherryhThe Faded Sun Trilogy reprint omnibus of her late 1970s series consisting of Kesrith, Shon’jir & Kutath. A human stranded among aliens. Probably my favourite books of hers.
C. J. CherryhThe Collected Short Fiction of CJC includes the contents of previous collections Sunfall & Visible Light plus 14 other stories. 1st pubblished in 2004

in ‘B’ format:

Megan O’KeefeVelocity Weapon after her gunship explodes, instead of being patched up by medics, Sanda wakes to find herself on a deserted, sentient spaceship 230 years in the future…
Richard MorganThin Air Hakan is the bodyguard for an audit team investigating crooked goings-on on Mars
Justina IrelandDread Nation Jane has been trained as a personal bodyguard at Miss Preston’s School of Combat for Negro Girls and is fully capable of taking care of a few ‘shamblers’…
Jon SteinhagenThe Hanging Artist P.I. Franz Kafka and his sidekick, a giant insect, investigate a case in 1912 Vienna…
Cassandra KhawThe Last Supper Before Ragnarok the latest Rupert Wong case, in the Gods and Monsters series
Maria LewisThe Witch Who Courted Death a top medium must find a witch to help her gain her revenge against the Oct, although she’s not not too sure what it actually is!
Christina HenryThe Girl in Red an alternate take on Little Red Riding Hood
A. C. H. Smith Jim Henson‘s “The Dark Crystal” novelisation of the classic film

Miles CameronDark Forge sequel to Cold Iron and the 2nd in his Masters & Mages series

Tim LebbonThe Edge sequel to The Folded Land and the last of his Relics trilogy
Katherine Duckett – Miranda in Milan after her father dies in The Tempest, Miranda ends up in Milan, still trying to get free of Prospero’s scheming…
Norman Lock – The Boy in His Winter Huck Finn‘s raft also travels through the years as it drifts down the Mississippi. The 1st of Lock’s American Novels

P. Djeli ClarkThe Haunting of Tramcar 015 Cairo in 1912 is a strange, fervid city bursting with alchemical ideas, automatons, secret societies and more!
P. Djeli ClarkThe Black God’s Drums a young teen wangles a place aboard a smuggler’s airship…

Paul CornellWitches of Lychford 
Paul CornellThe Lost Child of Lychford
Paul CornellA Long Day in Lychford 3 novellas featuring 3 witches defending the world from danger, specifically any which threaten the village they live in, and it’s border with other Realms…!

Greg McWhorterShadowfall fun, pulpish horror novel set in London
Greg McWhorterCarnival Night at the Crematorium 21 horror short stories

Stephen King & Bev Vincent (editors) – Flight or Fright 17 horror stories set on aeroplanes; King himself and Joe Hill both contribute new work
Gregory J. Luce (editor) – Science Fiction Gems volume 1 this consists of 11 stories culled from the pulps and published by Armchair Fiction in an edition which reminds you of an old pulp or Ace Books cover. Includes stories by Simak, Budrys, Vance and more!

in paperback:

Charles E. GannonCaine’s Mutiny the 4th in the Terran Republic series featuring Caine Riordan, which began with Fire With Fire
Edward WillettThe Cityborn nobody living in and around the multi-tiered city realises that it’s actually the decaying remnants of a gigantic, crashed space ship!
I should have had both these titles a while ago…

art, etc:

Tara McPhersonWandering Illuminatuions: The Art of TMcP mainly full page colour art in this hardcover

Bryan TalbotThe Art of BT back in stock


IllustratorsIssue Twenty-Six great articles on Philip Mendoza & John Millar Watt, with a lead article on Petar Meseldzija. Other Illustrator special issues also back in stock.

June 14, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment