Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

A Quiet Anniversary!

Sadly, the shop is still closed until virus regulations are relaxed, which may be some time.

However, it’s not all bad news, as Transreal Fiction is quietly celebrating it’s 23rd Anniversary this morning! Back in 1997 the shop opened for a couple of hours on the afternoon of Friday 11th April (and sold a couple of books!) but the first official,  full day was the Saturday, April 12th.
I remember opening the shop doors on the Saturday morning and standing at the doorway in Cowgatehead and greeting my first customer in the Spring sunlight. I don’t remember what he bought, but I do know that he is still a customer, although not as frequent a shopper as he was back then!

I would much prefer to be there today, open as on so many other days since 1997, but that’s not possible.  But I will be back open in due course and hope to see you back as customers and friends when I do.

My twitter handle is @transrealshop should you wish to follow me for other news, etc.

In the meantime, thank you all for your trade over the past 23 years,

stay safe




April 11, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal is Closed

Further to my tweet a couple of days ago, Transreal Fiction is closed for business for a while. This includes any deliveries to local customers.

Updates to my situation as necessary.

My twitter handle is @transrealshop should you wish to follow me for other news, etc.

March 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Opening (& Closing)

Transreal is open today (Saturday 21st) but will be closing in the early afternoon, probably for some time.

I’m fine, so far as I can tell, but the graphs are spiking and my partner’s health is more important to me than whatever sales I might make. She’s in a higher risk category so the choice for me is clear.
I live within walking distance, and will have to be in the shop for various reasons at times, so for the moment I’m continuing to offer a free delivery service within the city (see earlier post).
However, as I won’t be in the shop so much, please use the e-mail address to contact me. Include a phone number and I’ll get back to you by phone, if you like.
This service is contingent on the continuing health and welfare of my couriers and I, so I can’t guarantee how long I’ll be able to offer the service.

Stay safe, everybody.
Best Wishes, Mike.




March 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

New Titles – w/e 21st March 2020

No more deliveries expected this week, so here’s the usual post, a day early!

in large format:

Paul McAuley War of the Maps on a huge, distant artificial world, one man is hunting a villain too powerful and useful in a bizarre war to be punished by the authorities…

in ‘B’ format:

Elizabeth BearAncestral Night vol 1 of White Space, about a space salvager and the find of a lifetime…
Jim Al-KhaliliSunfall the Earth’s magnetic field is failing…
Eddie RobsonHearts of Oak strange sf/fantasy novel involving reality, town planning and talking cats!
Eric Brown The Martian Menace latest volume in multi-author series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Aliette de BodardThe House of Sundering Flames final volume of the trilogy which began with The House of Shattered Wings
Den Patrick– Stormtide sequel to Witchsign and book 2 of The Ashen Torment trilogy, set 75 years after the rule of dragons was overthrown
David DalgleishRavencaller book 2 of The Keepers and sequel to Soulkeeper. The magic has returned and so have the monsters!
Chris Humphreys – Smoke in the Glass Immortals Blood vol 1. Someone is killing the Gods!

E. F. BensonThe Outcast and Other Dark Tales by EFB the latest collection from the British Library in their Tales of the Weird series, edited by Mike Ashley

Christopher Fowler
Lonely Hour the latest case for Bryant & May

Georgina BruceHoneybones new novella from the2017 BSFA Best Short Story Award winner, published by TTA Press
Malcolm DevlinEngines Beneath Us new novella, published by TTA Press


Interzone – issue # 286 March/April cover date
Black Static – issue # 74 – March/April cover date

Locus – issue # 710 March 2020 cover date, with Nina Allan, Sue Burke & Gareth L. Powell highlighted on the cover

March 19, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Local Home Delivery

Following on from yesterday’s post, I can say that I’m in a position to offer free home delivery of books bought from Transreal while the shop remains open (and my courier remains healthy also!) The delivery area isn’t completely defined but will basically be Edinburgh & Musselburgh.

The shop doesn’t have a searchable database, or a shopping basket facility, but I put up lists of new titles every week and existing customers know broadly what I’m likely to have. I can also recommend titles.
You can phone 0131 226 6266 or contact me via email at and I can take all the details I’ll need.
The usual stuff; name, address, card details, contact number for texting (if possible) and, of course, what book/s you’d like!

This isn’t something we’ve done before but we’ll try and keep any hiccups to a minimum!



March 18, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Transreal Opening Hours, etc.

So far, the shop remains open although I don’t really expect many customers! I’ll be following government and health guidelines and will, I expect, have to close completely for a period in due course. I’m also considering if home delivery is an option in the Edinburgh area; I know some of my customers are self-isolating because of underlying health issues so this might be good for them.

More details on that soon!

March 17, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 14th March 2020

in hardcover:

Ken LuiThe Hidden Girl and Other Stories collection of 19 stories from the past 9 years
Matt Ruff88 Names John is an online ‘sherpa’, helping rich, but not very good, players around various VR games, but he begins to suspect that his customers are actually powerful politicians playing their own wars against each other…

in large format:

Roger TaylorTravellers fleeing refugees find a planet they could take over, but that will mean defeating the indiginous population…

in ‘B’ format:

Evan WinterThe Rage of Dragons  Tau would rather seek revenge than help save his people…
Patrick EdwardsEcho Cycle in 2070 Winston appears to have been sleeping rough for  years, but had actually time-slipped back to Roman days…

Zoran ZivkovikImpossible Encounters six short fantastical stories, translated from Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic. I enjoyed his collection 12 Collections & a Teashop several years ago.
Zoran ZivkovikThe Library six short fantastical stories, translated from Serbian by Alice Copple-Tosic. Excellent, strange stuff!

Marie Brennan New Worlds: Year One – subtitled ‘A Writer’s Guide to the Art of Worldbuilding‘ and consists of 50+ short chapters, each with common sense info & suggestions about a specific aspect of worldbuilding, from Folk Magic or The Etiquette of Names to the Structure of Marriage, Where Does the Food Come From? etc.
Marie BrennanNew Worlds: Year Two another 50+ chapters of good sense about Codes of Honor, Taboos, Clothing and Status, Armor, etc. Aimed at fantasy world creators, but much of the info would be adaptable for sf scenarios…

in paperback:

art, etc:

Shaun TanThe Bird King: An Artist’s Sketchbook should have had it a bit sooner, but never mind! Hardcover with hundreds of sketches, both colour and b&w
Lightbox Film CenterDreamdance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller great hardcover with 7 illustrated essays about aspects of Emsh’s life and career, from his earliest drawings through to his experimental films. Includes dozens of his sf&f magazine covers. Contribuors include his daughter Susan Emshwiller and Bill Griffith (creator of Zippy!)

Austin BriggsAB: The Consummate Illustrator hardcover with classic pulp & hardboiled crime magazine art, etc

Hugo PrattBallad of the Salty Sea the latest volume of the complete Corto Maltese; winner of the first Best Graphic Novel award at Angouleme in 1976 and set in the South Pacific in 1913


Heavy Metalissue # 298 a ‘Furthest Reaches Special‘ issue
Cirsova – issue # 3: Spring 2020
modern pulp science fantasy, with 2 novellas and half a dozen short stories…


March 13, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 7th March 2020

in hardcover:

Lavie TidharBy Force Alone life after the Romans left was grim, and King Arthur and his cronies didn’t make it any better…
Jane HealeyThe Animals at Lockwood Manor as WW2 looms, a museum’s mammal collection has to be evacuated to safety at a spooky old manor
Sarah J. MaasHouse of Earth and Blood half-fae Bryce &  Hunt (a fallen angel) must solve the mystery of her past, before terrible things awake… Set in the Crescent City

in large format:

David HairMother of Daemons 4th in his Sunsurge Quartet, which began with Empress of the Fall

in ‘B’ format:

Ian McDonaldLuna: Moon Rising the 3rd book in his Luna trilogy
Charlie Jane AndersThe City in the Middle of the Night half the city is in perperual darkness, the other in constant sunlight!
J. T. NicholasRe-Coil while salvaging a derelict spaceship, Carter is murdered – and then someone tries to kill his cloned back-up body on a space station weeks away!
M. G. WheatonEmily Eternal an artificial consciousness fights for her life, and tries to save humanity at the same time! I enjoyed this in hardcover…
Premee MohamadBeneath the Rising  a child prodigy invents a clean reactor which will change the world but in the process awakens ancient ones from the deeps!
Chris BeckettBeneath the World, A Sea a British policeman is sent to investiget a series of murders of a humanoid, but non-human, species…
M. T. HillThe Breach urban explorers find a weird nest, which may be linked to a death reporter Freya is investigating…

D. K. FieldsWidow’s Welcome investigating the murder of a Storyteller in a Federation where elections are won by the best stories… I enjoyed this a lot in hardback
Ed McDonaldCrowfall the 3rd in his Raven’s Mark series
Katy Rose Pool There Will Come a Darkness disgraced knight Bershad has been sentenced by the King to slay dragons until one kills him…
Brian NaslundBlood of an Exile 1st volume of Dragons of Terra
Mike ShackleWe Are the Dead Dinnstra deserted during the war with the inhuman Egril, but now she’ll have to fight…
Anna StevensBloodshild sequel to Godblind & Darksoul
Maya MotayneNocturna a prince & a faceshifter team up to try to find his older brother, who has apparently been kidnapped…

G. Willow WilsonThe Bird King historical fantasy set in 15th C Moorish Spain with a mapmaker who can make reality match his maps!
Jamie Lee MoyerBrightfall Robin & Marion become involved in a struggle for the Fey throne…
Peter TremayneBlood in Eden the latest Sister Fidelma historical mystery

T. Kingfisher – The Twisted Ones how bad can cleaning out your gran’s old house be!? That depends on what you might find!
Carrie VaughnThe Immortal Conquistador origin story for Ricardo “Rick” de Avila, partner of the vampire, Kitty Norville, in her long-running series
Tim WaggonerThe Forever House a family who feed on negative emotions move into a quiet cul-de-sac…

Tim GambrellThe Brigadier & the Bledoe Cadets the latest of the Lucy Wilson Mysteries, set in the world of Doctor Who

Jonathan Strahan (editor) – Made to Order: Robots and Revolution a century after the play R.U.R. was written comes this anthology, with new stories from the likes of Peter Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds & Peter Watts

Tobias BuckellIt’s All Just a Draft advice on all sorts of aspects of writing and publishing. Looks interesting.

art, etc:

Frank ChoDC Poster Portfolio outsize volume with 20 of his best character illustrations, many in full colour.


CirsovaSummer Special 2019 subtitled ‘Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense‘. Good, old-fashioned pulp adventure! Other issues can be ordered…


March 6, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 29th February 2020

in hardcover:

Natasha PulleyThe Lost Future of Pepperharrow sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and it’s companion volume The Bedlam Stacks.

Eric Flint & Ryk E. SpoorCastaway Resolution the 6th book in the series that started with Boundary and sequel to Castaway Planet & Castaway Oddyssey.

Sarah J. MaasHouse of Earth and Blood not for sale until Tuesday 3rd March

Martin ArnoldDragon new in stock. Serious book about dragons & their mythology throughout history

in large format:

C. L. PolkStormsong sequel to Witchmark and volume 2 of the Kingston Cycle
Nino CipraFinna novella about the search for a woman who goes missing in a store much like IKEA…

in ‘B’ format:

Meatspace PressHow to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables anthology of short stories illustrating how various modern tech companies might run a city! Edited by Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, Shannon Mattern & Joe Shaw. Satire about Disney, Uber, Instagram, IKEA, and many others!

Muriel JaegerThe Man With Six Senses a British Library Science Fiction Classic reprint from 1927
H. P. LovecraftThe Randolph Carter Tales 5 stories collected in one volume:The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Statement of RC, The Silver Key, Through the Gates of the Silver Key & The Unnameable

Olga WojtasMiss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar time travel adventure back to 19th C Russia with an ex-pupil who thinks Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie gave her school a bad name!
Olga WojtasMiss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace time travel & mysterious murders in turn of the Century France!

in Paperback:

Larry CorreiaHouse of Assassins sequel to Son of the Black Sword. Volume 2 of The Forgotten Warrior
Larry Niven (creator) – Man-Kzin Wars XV another 7 stories…

art, etc:

Studio GhibliMy Neighbour Totoro: 30 Postcards nice little book with images from the film

Octavia Butler‘s Parable of the Sower hardcover graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy & John Jennings
Jim Henson‘s Beneath the Dark Crystal: Volume Three full colour hardcover by Adam Smith & Alexandria Huntington

John KerschbaumSkyscrapers: The Heights of Engineering the latest in First Second‘s Science Comics series


LAAB Magazine #04 Outsize colour magazine in several fold out sections (think slim broadsheet supplements) in it’s own cardboard folder, subtitled LAAB: This Was Your Life. Comic strips, etc. by Ben Passmore. Reminds me of RAW & other experimental magazines of the 1980s…

IllustrationIssue Number Sixty Seven heavily illustrated lead article on Vincent Di Fate. Also pieces on Samson Polen & Ray Prohaska


February 28, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 22nd February 2020

in hardcover:

Ben Aaronovitch – the latest Peter Grant/Rivers of London novel
Marc-Uwe KlingQualityLand in this Utopian future, the algorithms are a step ahead of you in knowing what you want!
Katharine KerrSword of Fire return to the world of Deverry, first visited in Dragonspell back in 1986! This is part 1 of The Justice War series arc

Elizabeth BearThe Best of EB large signed & numbered collection of 27 stories, from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Bernd PerpliesBlack Leviathan an obsesive hunt for a particular dragon in the whiteness of the cloudmere, translated from German by Lucy van Cleef
Frank Chadwick
– Ship of Destiny an alien probe secretly reprograms an Earth warship’s stardrive and sends it 3,000 light years off course…

Anne CharnockBridge 108 with climate change worsening, even southern Europe is emptying out and heading north…

Eleanor ArnasonRing of Swords reprint of her 1993 novel about Earth’s defenders finally finding an enemy to fight! 2018 Introduction by Ursula K. LeGuin

Jim LeMay & Charles Eugene Anderson (editors) – A Fistful of Dinosaurs 16 recent stories featuring more recent interpretations of dinosaurs. Includes James Patrick Kelly, Steve Rasnic Tam, Mario Acevedo & others. Copyright 2018 by Mad Cow Press

Pierre V. ComtoisGoat Mother And Others – short story collection with all 20 of the Cthulhu Mythos tales by this author
Jamers Lowder (editor) – Madness of the Orient Express anthology with 16 train-based Lovecraftian horror stories!
Glynn Owen Phillips & Brian M. Sammons (editors) – Atomic-Age Cthulhu anthology with 19 Cthulhu Mythos stories set in the 1950s
Orrin Grey & Silvia Moreno-Garcia (editors) – Fungi short fiction inspired by William Hope Hodgson

Ivan PhillipsOnce Upon a Timelord subtitled The Myths and Stories of Doctor Who. A serious look at the nature of Doctor Who and his many adventures

in ‘B’ format:

Gareth L. PowellLight of Impossible Stars the final volume of his Embers of War trilogy
Neal StephensonFall, or Dodge in Hell sequel of sorts to Reamde, although knowledge of the earlier book isn’t required…
Sam PetersFrom Divergent Suns 3rd in the series which began with From Darkest Skies, about an off-planet émigré
Temi OhDo You Dream of Terra-Two? on board the first extra-solar space flight, which will take 23 years just to get there…

Anthony RyanThe Wolf’s Call volume 1 of The Raven’s Blade, which I think continues the story of The Raven’s Shadow & The Draconis Memora trilogies
S. A. ChakrabortyThe Kingdom of Copper sequel to The City of Brass

Silvia Moreno-GarciaSignal to Noise returning to Mexico City after decades away, Meche wonders if she really did cast spells using old vinyl records back when she was 15…

Robert BrockwayThe Unnoticeables, The Empty Ones & Kill All Angels trilogy of horror/crime novels featuring an ex-punk with a chequered history from New York City…

Nick MamatasThe Nickronomicon short story collection which first came out in 2014, although I haven’t had it in until now…
Wink TaylorThe Bandril Invasion the latest of the Lucy Wilson Mysteries, set in the world of Lethbridge-Stewart & Doctor Who

in paperback:

Seanan McGuireImaginary Numbers the 9th in her Incryptid series
Timothy ZahnKnight the 2nd Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War.  Nicole has been kidnapped from Earth to train as an engineer on a giant alien spaceship…
Shannon Lee & Steve MillerCarpe Diem apparently a re-print of the 3rd  in their Liaden Universe series…

art, etc:

R. J. IvankovicH. P. Lovecraft’s Dagon (for beginning readers) nicely illustrated hardback version of the Lovecraft story, retold in simple, Dr. Seuss-like verse!


Character Design QuarterlyCDQ # 11. Issues 7, 8, 9 & 10 also in stock

February 21, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment