Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

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

New Titles – w/e 25th August 2018

in hardcover:

Cixen LiuBall Lightning after his parents are killed by the phenomenon, Chen devotes his life to investigating cutting edge, top secret science projects which may help him understand… Translated by Joel Martinsen
Adam RobertsBy the Pricking of Her Thumbs investigating the murder of one of the richest men in the world, Alma is kidnapped by a Stanley Kubrick obsessive!

Simon GreenMurder in the Dark the 6th case for amnesiac ‘fixer’ Ishmael Jones
Richard KadreyHollywood Dead the 10th Sandman Slim outing…

Ursula K. LeGuinNo Time to Spare essays on a variety of subjects…

in large format:

Victoria SchwabThe Dark Vault omnibus edition containing The Archived & The Unbound
Greg Egan – Dichronauts set in a strange world reminiscent of Hal Clement’s work, where the population has to continually migrate to stay within the moving, livable zone
Gary Gibson
– Ghost Frequencies Susan is close to proving her theory of retrocausality, but is it responsible for the ghosts which may be in the building…

Emma Bridges & Djibril al-Ayad (editors) – Making Monsters fantastical stories (and a few essays) from around the World…

in ‘B’ format:

Tim AkersThe Winter Vow the 3rd book in his Hallowed War series, which began with The Pagan Night

David MealingBlood of the Gods sequel to Soul of the World; volume 2 of The Ascension Cycle, following on from Dancer’s Lament
Steven Erickson – Deadhouse Landing 2nd in his Path to Ascendancy series
Tomi Adevemi – Children of Blood and Bone magic had disappeared suddenly but Zelie was determined to restore it somehow…
Ari MaxwellIn Truth and Claw the 4th job for Mick Oberon

Richard KadreyHollywood Dead the 10th Sandman Slim adventure
Victor LavalleThe Changeling finally back in stock… I understood it was re-printing but this looks like the 1st printing.
Kristin MillerSo I Married a Werewolf a Seattle Wolfpack novel

John Varley – Irontown Blues a sequel to Steel Beach & The Golden Globe
Marina J. Lostetter
Noumenon Infinity sequel to Noumenon
Steven MordenOne Way 8 astronauts are building the 1st Mars Base but one of them’s a killer…

Brooke BolanderThe Only Harmless Great Thing  strange alternate history novella

Tricia SullivanDreaming in Smoke latest SF Masterworks volume from Orion

J. R. R. TolkienThe Story of Kullervo his translation of the Finnish folk tale, featuring the death of Topsy the elephant…

Caspar HendersonA New Map of Wonders companion volume to The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, subtitled A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels

WarhammerThe Horus Heresy:

James Swallow –  Garro: Weapon of Fate

in paperback:

Seanan McGuireThe Brightest Fell the latest October Day novel…
Mercedes Lackey & James MalloryBlade of Empire sequel to Crown of Vengeance, vol 2 of The Dragon Prophecy

Richard BakerValiant Dust slacker Skander is appointed as the CSS Hector’s new gunnery officer and will have to shape up…

W. Bruce CameronThe Dog Master the story of the 1st dog, and the 1st man, to live together…


Locusissue # 691 Martha Wells interview & tributes to Harlan Ellison trailed on the cover, also a piece of SF in Scotland and the Locus Awards

August 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Titles – w/e 18th August 2018

in hardcover:

Drew WilliamsThe Stars Now Unclaimed Jane’s task is to find gifted children who might, in due course,  help prevent the Pulse phenomenon from destablising whole worlds…

Phillip ReeveNight Flights 3rd in his Mortal Engines series; interior illustrations (and cover) by Ian McQue. The film of vol 1 should be in the cinemas around Christmas!

Jack McDevittA Voice in the Night two dozen short stories covering his whole career. Signed & numbered edition of 1000 from Subterranean Press

Alan GarnerWhere Shall We Run To? autobiographical memoir about his early childhood

in large format:

John CrowleyKa subtitled Dar Oakley in the Ruins of Ymr The epic tale of the 1st crow to learn to speak!

Robert J. BennettFoundryside an escaped slave is tasked with stealing a magical artifact, which may bring doom to the city of Tavanne. Book 1 of the Founders Trilogy
Kameron HurleyApocalypse Nyx a bounty hunter/assassin in an apocalyptic future…
Mary Robinette Kowal – The Fated Sky the 2nd Lady Astronaut novel, set in an alternate 1950s & 60s where Earth has been severely damaged by multiple meteorite strikes. Sequel to The Calculating Stars

J. K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone softcover edition of the illustrated edition; a bit smaller than the h/c, but with all the Jim Kay artwork still intact

Robert W. ChambersThe King in Yellow and Other Horrors: The Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories of RWC over 300 pages of his fiction from Old Style Tales Press, much more than is in most King in Yellow reprints…
Jack VanceNightlamp: An Outline first volume in a series called Backstage with Jack Vance, published in conjunction with his Estate. It’s much more than a standard outline, it’s a full work of 166 pp which he doubled in length before final publication as Night Lamp, although it has various discrepancies, etc. in it.

Tanith LeeVenus Burning: Realms 15 short stories which first appeared in Realms of Fantasy magazine

in ‘B’ format:

Ada PalmerWill to Battle 3rd in her Terra Ignota series. Signed copies available of all 3 books
Trudi CanavanSuccessor’s Promise 3rd in the Millennium’s Ride series, which began with Thief’s Magic
Jon HollinsBad Faith 3rd volume in his Dragon Lords series, after Fool’s Gold & False Idols

John Ajvide LindqvistI Am Behind You suspense/horror from the author of Let the Right One In. Translated from Swedish by Marlaine Delargy

Connie WillisTerra Incognita 3 novellas: Uncharted Territory, Remake & D.A.

art, etc:

Abby HowardOcean Renegades! a young child and her baby-sitter go for an adventure through time and visit the Age of Dinosaurs, and more! Fun little h/c in full colour

Roy Thomas PresentsPlanet Comics # 4 slipcased edition with reprints of issues # 13 – # 16, dating from July 1941 to Jan 1942

2019 wall calendars:

Frank Frazetta  – The Fantasy Art of FF

August 17, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment