Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

New Titles – w/e 12th September 2020

in hardcover:

Susanna ClarkePiranesi the reviews all say ‘excellent, but nothing like Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Andrea StewartThe Bone Shard Daughter Lin is heir to an empire but must master old magic to restore her lost memory and claim her position…
Silvia Moreno-GarciaMexican Gothic dark fantasy set in 1950s Mexico from the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow

Terry PratchettThe Time-travelling Caveman children’s book collecting 17 short stories, illustrated by Mark Beech

in ‘B’ format:

Carl NevilleEminent Domain in an alternate timeline, the Communists won the Cold War in Europe and Britain is planning Games to celebrate 20 years of being a republic, but the celebration organiser dies suddenly and an investigator discovers hints of a vast conspiracy…

Maggie Tokuda-HallThe Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea the Lady Evelyn is travelling on her way to her unwelcome arranged marriage, only to discover that she’s taken passage on a pirate ship!

Christina Henry The Ghost Tree Lauren doesn’t believe the police will find a brutal killer; her father was also killed the year before, and she’s had visions of a monster in the woods…
Paul TremblaySurvivor Song a rabies-like virus is spreading quickly but two women must venture out to try to reach a hospital…
Jonathan JanzThe Raven 2 years after a genetic warfare attack mankind has regressed and ancient traits have become dominant
Hunter Shea Misfits the Melonheads were just an urban myth – feral cannibals living in the woods on the edge of town…

M. John HarrisonSettling the World: Selected Stories 1970 – 2020 his choice of his best 17 short fictions from the past 5 decades!

Mike Ashley (editor) – Born of the Sun anthology from The British Library in their Science Fiction Classics series. Subtitled Adventures in Our Solar System, it features stories set on each of the planets

art, etc:

Frank ChoThe Art of FC: 20 Year Retrospective large hardback full of his art, probably 2/3rd in full colour

Andy RuntonOwly: Just a Little Blue new full-colour softcover edition of the 2nd volume. Great fun, and the various speech bubble heiroglyphs now also have the English meaning beside them.


Heavy Metal – issue # 300 a big round number from this long-running magazine!
Hi-Fructose – volume # 56 includes a 16 page insert of art by Dave Cooper
IllustrationIssue Number Sixty-Eight featuring the art of Austin Briggs
IllustrationIssue Number Sixty-Nine with Robert O. Reid and his cover work for Colliers magazine, Nesya McMein & J. F. Kernan

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Tues – Friday : 12.00 – 17.00
Saturday : 11.00 – 17.00
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September 11, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – August/September

in hardcover:

Seanan McGuireA Killing Frost the 14th October Daye adventure. Also includes a new novella called Shine in Pearl

Max BarryProvidence the crew in an advanced new warship fighting the aliens find that there’s nothing the ship’s AI wants them to do…

Jenn LyonsMemory of Souls 3rd in her Chorus of Dragons series, which began with The Ruin of Kings
Lev GrossmanSilver Arrow Kate is given a magical steam train for her birthday! A children’s/YA title, but looks fun!

in large format:

Nancy KressSea Change new novel from Tachyon Publications set in a grim, anti-science near future
Julliet MarillierA Dance With Fate the 2nd of her Warrior Bards fantasy series; sequel to The Harp of Kings

 Roger Zelazny – The Magic: Ten Tales by RZ  3 intoductions, 2 interviews and his best fiction from the 1960s, from October ’61 to October ’67, selected by Samuel R. Delany
Mike Resnick
– The Hex is In linked short stories subtitled The Fast Life and Fantastic Times of Harry the Book

in ‘B’ format:

Nina AllanThe Dollmaker Andrew the dollmaker becomes penfriend to the strange, troubled Bramber, and creates a plan to save her!
Mercedes LackeySpy, Spy Again 3rd in her Family Spies series
Katy Rose PoolAs the Shadow Rises sequel to There Will Come a Darkness, and part 2 of the Age of Darkness series

Kassandra Montag After the Flood in a now mainly underwater America, Myra & her daughter Pearl venture into the chaotic remnants of the world to seek her missing husband, who left with her other daughter years earlier…

Toshikazu Kawaguchi Before the Coffee Gets Cold in an obscure little Japanese coffee shop, customers can travel back in time – but they can’t leave the cafe! Translated from Japanese by Geoffrey Ttousselot

Richard KadreyBallistic Kiss the latest Sandman Slim adventure
Claire L. Smith Helena times are hard in Victorian London for mortician Helena Morrigan who is forced to move closer to the local graveyard, but that leads to problems with the ghosts, who also have problems!
Steve FrechNightingale House recent widower Daniel and his young daughter want a new start and move into an old house by a lake…

John Miller (editor) – Weird Woods: Tales From the Haunted Forests of Britain gothic horror from The British Library‘s Tales of the Weird series
A J DaltonThe Satanic in Science Fiction and Fantasy serious book about the subject from the author of The Sub-Genres of British Fantasy Literature

art, etc:

J. David SpurlockFantastic Paintings of Frank Frazetta large hardcover showcasing his art. Very nice edition. Also in stock is the deluxe limited edition in a slipcase with a 16 page bonus art portfolio.
Ashley WoodZawa, Zawa new 220+ page softcover of his art. Mainly in colour

Alexandro Jodorowsky & MoebiusThe Incal new softcover edition of the classic bande desinee from Humanoids publishers


Locus – issue # 715 August cover date with the Locus Awards results
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current shop hours are
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Saturday : 11.00 – 17.00
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September 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Late August New Titles

in hardback:

Adrian Tchaikovsky The Doors of Eden are disappearances and sightings of monsters on the moors related to rumours of parallel worlds!?
Tamsyn MuirHarrow the Ninth sequel to Gideon the Ninth. Limited stock
Linden A. LewisThe First Sister she is bound to her ship but has a mission to accomplish which will test her severely…

Peter NewmanThe Boundless the 3rd in his Deathless series of The Deathless & The Reckless
Guillermo del Toro & Chuck HoganThe Hollow Ones the 1st volume in The Blackwood Tapes
Stephen R. Lawhead – In the Land of the Everliving vol 2 of his Eirlandia Irish fantasy series
Stephen R. Lawhead
In the Kingdom of All Tomorrows vol 3 of his Eirlandia series

Joe R. LansdaleJane Goes North from Subterranean Press
Sarah PinboroughDead to Her mainstream thriller

Jonathan Strahan (editor) – The Book of Dragons 23 new tales & 6 new poems from 28 authors…

in ‘B’ format:

Mark LawrtenceHoly Sister the 3rd Book of the Ancestor
Kevin HearneInk & Sigil 1st in a new series, set in Scotland
Marie BrennanDriftwood Last is a guide to the Driftwood, where everything finally ends up to die or fade away, and rumours say that he’s died…
R. D. LembergThe Four Profound Weaves 4 linked short tories, set in their Birdverse
A. J. HackwithThe Library of the Unwritten Claire is newly in charge of the wing of Hell’s library where unfinished books are kept. Obviously, without an end to their stories, the characters in them are restless!

Lindsay EllisAxiom’s End Cora is forced by circumstances to become an interpreter for aliens who have been on Earth secretly for decades!
Gardner Dozois & Michael SwanwickCity Under the Stars the authors were working on an expansion of their novella, The City of God, when Dozois died. Swanwick has now completed the project.

Frances HardingeDeeplight Hark & Jeh scrounge a living, diving in search of relics of the Gods…
G. S. DenningThe Finality Problem the 5th of the Warlock Holmes books
Stephen Graham JonesThe Only Good Indians a Native American spirit is seeking revenge against four elk hunters…

Elizabeth Dearnley (editor) – Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales From the Weird City the latest in the Tales of the Weird series from The British Library.

in paperback:

C. J. CherryhResurgence the 20th in her Foreigner series overall; the middle volume of the 7th trilogy.t
T. C. McCarthyTyger Burning Maung is one of a group of disgraced much-enhanced warriors and an alien invasion may be their chance for redemption!

Seanan McGuireThe Unkindest Tide the 13th October Daye book
Mercede Lackey & Rosemary EdghillThe Waters and the Wild subtitled ‘An Underhill Adventure‘. It’s been 17 years since their previous novel in the Bedlam’s Bard series…

Penguin Books have launched a new series of Penguin Classics: Science Fiction
Initial titles include

Andreas EschbachThe Hair-Carpet Weavers
Angelica GorodischerTrafalgar
H. P. LovecraftThe Colour Out of Space (3 novellas)
Robert SheckleyDimension of Miracles
Arkady & Boris StrugatskyOne Billion Years to the End of the World (previously Definitely Maybe)
James Tiptree Jr.10,000 Light-Years From Home (collection)
Kurt VonnegutCat’s Cradle
Yevgeny ZamyatinWe

art, etc:

J. A. W. CooperThe J.A.W. Cooper Genesis Collection mainly sketches with some finished pieces, a mix of b&w and colour. Softcover
Jeffrey Alan LoveThe Mountain of Smoke: A JAL Sketchbook hardcover with b&w art somewhat reminiscent of Ian Miller

Tim Lane – Toybox Americana h/c with short strips, single page illos., etc. & observational text about all sorts of aspects of life during the previous century in America…

Trina Robbins – Flapper Queens: Women Cartoon Artists of the Jazz Age wonderful looking hardcover full of great colour art from the 1920s

Hugo PrattMu: The Undiscovered Continent volume 12, the final Corto Maltese volume!
Osamu TezukaWonder 3 fat manga (in English) about three aliens disguised as animals (a duck, a rabbit & a horse) observing humans to see if we are fit to join galactic society, or if the planet should be destroyed!

August 26, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Transreal Fiction Opening Hours

Current opening hours are

Tuesday – Friday : Noon to 17.00
Saturday : 11.00 – 17.00
or by arrangement




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

August New Titles

Laura Lam & Elizabeth MaySeven Devils fast moving space opera as the resistance battles to save a vital peace conference from disruption. Signed copies will be available (but not quite yet; see previous post)
Eric Flint & Walter H. Hunt – 1636: The Atlantic Encounter the latest Ring of Fire/1632 adventure

Emily St.John  Mandel – The Glass Hotel novel partially set at a remote hotel on Vancouver Island. A brother & sister simultaneously leave their employment there under very different circumstances… Her previous book was the excellent, award-winning Station Eleven

Zen ChoThe Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water a ‘wuxia’ (martial arts) fantasy novella from Tor.

in Large Format:

Mary Robinette KowalThe Relentless Moon the 3rd of her Lady Astronaut alternate history novels
Morgan LlywelynInch By Inch sequel to Drop By Drop and Volume 2 in her Step By Step near-future sf series

Hank Davis  & Christophe Ruocchio (editors) – Cosmic Corsairs 15 stories about space pirates, from Baen Books!

in ‘B’ format:

Elizabeth BearWorldwired 3rd in the Jenny Casey trilogy which began with Hammered & Scardown. Humanity’s first contact may just be it’s last!

in paperback:

Arkary & Boris SrtugakskyOne Billion Years to the End of the World  a re-issue by Penguin of one of my favourite Strugatsky novels, previously published as Definitely Maybe by Collier back in 1978. It’s the same translation in both, by Antonina W. Bouis.

art, etc:

Titan BooksAlien: 40 Years 40 Artists large hardcover packed with all sorts of art from over the decades since the film first appeared. Also with a fascinating little Forward by (one of the original Alien film concept artists) Chris Foss. Very nice package altogether.

Pernille ØrumSparks… the Art of PØ hardcover full of her rather cartoon/retro looking figure work and details of her technique

3dtotal PublishingArt Fundamentals 2nd edition subtitled  Color, Light, Composition, Anatomy, Perspective, and Depth softcover


Shoreline of Infinityissue # 18 now more content than before! More pages! More words!
Character Design Quarterly CDQ # 12


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August 10, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Signed Copies of Seven Devils, by Lam & May

Laura Lam & Elizabeth May have a new science fiction book out this week.
It’s called Seven Devils.  It’s grand space opera and signed copies will be available from Transreal Fiction.Slightly unfortunately (for me, not her!)  Elizabeth doesn’t live locally and so I won’t have signed copies until later in the month when she visits Edinburgh.
The book is an £18.99 hardcover and postage within the UK/local delivery would bring the price up to £20.00
This offer is not available outside the UK
If you would like a copy please let me know how you’d like it signed – date, location, brief greeting, etc  or just a plain signature –  and I will issue a PayPal Invoice and forward the book once both authors have signed it.
The best contact address is
Seven Devils

This first book in a feminist space opera duology follows seven resistance fighters who will free the galaxy from the ruthless Empire – or die trying. When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy.

If they can’t, millions may die.


August 3, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Late July, 2020 New Titles

Back to 5-day a week opening! Tuesday to Saturday.  Noon until Four. Longer hours soon! E-mail to request private browsing outwith these core hours.

in hardcover:

Jim ButcherPeace Talks the long-awaited 16th volume of The Dresden Files
S. A. Chakraborty – The Empire of Gold book 3 of the Daevabad Trilogy
Beth CartwrightFeathertide Marea was born covered with feathers and, searching for her father, voyages to the city of Murmurs – a place of mystery & mermaids!

Jo WaltonOr What You Will a recurring character in a popular novelist’s work worries about his fate as the writer ages…
Lois McMaster BujoldThe Orphans of Raspey a novel length Penric story from Subterranean Press

in large format:

Tamsyn MuirGideon the Ninth a necromancer needs a swordswoman; Gideon has a sword but also no time for any of that ‘undead’ nonsense!

Arkady & Boris StrugatskyLame Fate Ugly Swans twin interwoven novels, the second of which is written as if by the protagonist of the first! Lame Fate is in English for the first time; Ugly Swans is a fresh new translation by Maya Vinokour, not the one from Collier in the 1970s

Gideon MarcusKitra staking her inheritance on an old salvaged spaceship, Kitra finds herself and her crew stranded with little hope of returning home…
R. S. BelcherThe Queen’s Road his life in ruins after Hurricane Harvey, Ray is entrusted with an interstellar quest by a dying alien…
Lilith SaintcrowHood: Season Two Robin Locke doesn’t want to be helped up but a childhood friend is in danger from his planet’s visiting overlords…

Anne & Jeff Vandermeer (editors) – The Big Book of Modern Fantasy 92 short stories, many of them from places other than the US & UK. A companion volume to last year’s The Big Book of Classic Fantasy

in ‘B’ format:

Tade ThompsonMaking Wolf a store detective bigs up his career on a visit back to his home town in West Africa, and finds himself forced to investigate much more serious crimes…

Ian DouglasAlien Secrets volume 1 of his new Solar Warden series, about a Navy SEAL picked to join a secret intersteller project being put together in conjunction with aliens
Nicholas BowlingAlpha Omega the key person who might prevent a catastrophic plague is unreachable, deep in the levels of a huge on-line VR game
Hailey EdwardsEnd Game the 5th in the Foundling series, which began with Bayou Born
D. B. JacksonTime’s Assassin 3rd volume of the Islevale Cycle, following on from Time’s Children & Time’s Demon

art, etc:

Bong Joon HoParasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards the full 2020 Oscar winning film storyboarded with script and shooting directions alongside the (mainly) b&w shetches
Guillaume PerreaultThe Postman From Space humorous colour graphic novel about a postman; text translated by Francoise Bui. Great fun!
Jacques Lob & Jean-Marc Rochette
Snowpiercer 1: The Escape the original graphic novel, now in softcover. b&w
Fleetway Picture Library ClassicsAir War Stories with 4 b&w strips by Ferdinando Tacconi from the 1950s & 60s
Fleetway Picture Library ClassicsJohn Steel 4 thrilling adventures from the early 1960s, with art by Luis Bermejo & Reg Bunn

Nathan W. PyleStrange Planet  little h/c with 4-panel cartoons of aliens mis-describing human activities! Good fun.
Nathan W. PyleStranger Planet more of the same good fun!

Meredith Finch, Renae de Liz (art) & Ray Dillon (art) – George MacDonald‘s The Light Princess complete graphic novel of the classic Victorian children’s story


Illustrators – Issue Twenty-Nine with articles on Charles Adams & Lawson Wood, among others
IllustratorsPirates: Special Issue # 7 including art by Howard Pyle

Heavy Metal – issue # 299: Mythical Worlds Special edition
Jesse LonarganHedra textless colour sf graphic novel from Image

Locus – issue #714 July cover date with interviews/articles on Steven Erikson & Veronica Roth with Locus,Award & Nebula Award winners


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July 31, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mid-July New Titles

in hardcover:

M. John HarrisonThe Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again a new novel!
Martha Wells – Network Effect: A Murderbot Novel the previous novellas are also all in stock
Grady HendrixThe Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires looks good fun!
Kim HarrisonAmerican Dream the 15th Rachel Morgan novel, as she returns to The Hollows
Charles E. GannonAt the End of the World set in the South Atlantic as a yacht crew make for the dubious safety of South Georgia, set in John Ringo‘s Black Tide Rising background

in large format:

Ken MacLeodSelkie Summer short novel set on Skye from Newcon Press

Nnedi OkoraforBinti: The Complete Trilogy comprising of the novellas Binti, Binti: Home & Binti: The Night Masquerade plus the short story/novelette Binti: Sacred Fire
Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne – The Princess Beard the 3rd of their Tales of Pell
Jo Walton Lent
Yahtzee Croshaw – Differently Morphous the Ministry of Occultism is forced to become public in it’s efforts to protect Britain from magic

in ‘B’ format:

Ry Herman Love Bites Angela meets Chloe and discovers she can only come out at night. Local author; signed copies now available!

Shaun HamillA Cosmology of Monsters Noah’s father Harry is obsessed with building a Haunted House, which becomes only too real…
Madeline AshbyReV vol 3 of The Machine Dynasty. I’ve had this title on order since October 2015! The previous books in the series were vN & iD. Post-human intelligences road the internet…

Ted ChiangExhalation his new collection of short stories


Eric Flint1637: The Polish Maelstrom the latest in the long-running 1632/Ring of Fire alternate history series
Michelle WestFirstborn the 7th in her Housewar series

art, etc:|

Laurent DurieuxMirages: The Art of LD big full colour hardcover loaded with dozens of his prints and posters
Spoke Art GalleryMy Neighbor Hayao Miyazaki hardcover with art inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli creator Miyazaki

Carl BuziakCreating Celtic Animal Designs from basic shapes to complex designs; the author is an expert on Celtic knotwork & art…

John GarthThe Worlds of J. R. R. Tolkien subtitled The Places That Inspired Middle-Earth heavily illustrated hardcover with lots on info on all sorts of geographical locations, pieces of art and historical items which Tolkien may have been inspired or influenced by. Looks very interesting.
Note: The is very different from the recent The Illiustrated World of Tolkien by David Day. Same size though!


Italo CalvinoInvisible Cities an mp3-cd of his classic book, read by John Lee

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

Open Again (Briefly)

Transreal Fiction will be open for a few hours on Tuesday 14th July from about 14.00 (after a non-essential appointment at my GP’s) until about 17.00 or so – later if I have a customer! 😉
Maximum of 3 customers in the shop at any one time. Sanitiser by the door as you come in. I’ll be wearing a mask or a visor and there’s also a protective screen on the counter.

My partner is on the ‘shelter in place’ register so I’m taking things slower than I might otherwise.
Opening hours will be brief this week but should include 11.00 until 16.00 on Friday.
Next week I hope to open noon until four on Tuesday through Saturday.
All times subject to change.

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

‘Safe Browsing Experience’ at Transreal

So, after many weeks, Transreal Fiction is cracking it’s doors open a little again. Not to the general public perhaps, but maybe to you!

The shop now has an eventbrite page for booking your own personal 45 minute tiimeslot with no other customers in the shop! Worry free browsing! There’s a small fee, offset against any purchase, and also 10% OFF pretty much everything except books already on ‘sale’.

Available times are on Tuesday to Saturday this week, with start times of Noon, one, two, thtee & four p.m. The tickets cost £3.00 (redeemable against purchase) and allow up to three people in the shop for up to 45 minutes (not the whole hour as I’ll need to wipe down surfaces, etc. before the next customer).



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