The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth BearEpic Fantasy. As they brave a perilous journey through the Steles of the Sky and into the Lotus Kingdoms, a pair of mercenaries -- brass automaton Gage and the Dead Man, a former bodyguard for a deposed caliph -- think they're delivering a message from a powerful wizard to a beleaguered rajni (ruler). Little do they know they're wandering into the middle of a dynastic war. Set in the world of the Eternal Sky trilogy, The Stone in the Skull is the 1st book in the Lotus Kingdoms series.
Paradox Bound by Peter ClinesTime Travel SF. Eli Teague keeps running into Harriet "Harry" Pritchard, who dresses in 18th-century clothing and drives a Ford Model A.
Harry, as it turns out, is a member of a secret society known as The Chain, which searches throughout history for a mysterious artifact known as the American Dream. With nothing better to do in the present day, Eli comes along for the ride. Readers seeking a lighthearted time travel adventure story should pick up this fast-paced novel by the author of the Ex-Heroes series.
The Book of Swords by Gardner R. Dozois (editor)Short Stories. If you enjoy swashbuckling fantasy adventure, look no further than this anthology of 16 sword and sorcery tales. Whether you're looking for glimpses into your favorite fictional worlds or stand-alone stories, this collection has something for everyone with contributions from genre superstars such as Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Kate Elliott, Elizabeth Bear, Daniel Abraham, K.J. Parker, and George R.R. Martin (to name just a few).
The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat KhanEpic Fantasy. As members of the order of the Companions of Hira, warriors Arian and Sinnia fight the oppressive Talisman regime, led by the One-Eyed Preacher. Their best chance of defeating their foes lies with a sacred text known as The Bloodprint, which the regime has banned and ruthlessly suppressed. Can the women locate a copy before it's too late? Canadian author Ausma Zehanat Khan introduces strong female protagonists and a well-realized setting reminiscent of the Middle East in this opening volume of the Khorasan Archives.
Provenance by Ann LeckieSpace Opera. Ingray Aughskold has never been her mother's favorite child; that distinction belongs to her brother, who will almost certainly be named heir. But will a scheme to shame one of her family's political rivals win Ingray enough plaudits to change her fate? Although set in the universe of the author's Imperial Radch trilogy, Provenance stands on its own.
War Dogs by Greg BearMilitary SF. Years ago, aliens known as the Gurus approached humanity with an offer it couldn't refuse: access to advanced technology in exchange for assistance in battling their sworn enemies, the Antags. Now Master Sgt. Michael Venn commands a squad of Skyrines, an elite fighting force capable of combat both in space and on the surface of distant planets. Sent to Mars to fight the Antags, who have decided to use the red planet as their base of operations for conquering the solar system (including Earth), Venn and his crew quickly realize they're outnumbered and outgunned. Can they possibly survive their mission? Find out in this exciting opening installment of the Ares Rising trilogy
Red Rising by Pierce BrownDystopian SF. As a member of the Reds, Martian society's lowest caste, 16-year-old Darrow lives beneath the surface of the Red Planet, mining Helium 3. Having witnessed firsthand the harsh consequences of rebellion, he's anxious to preserve the status quo, however dire -- until his beloved wife, Eo, is executed for her political activism. Darrow joins the rebel group Sons of Ares in order to infiltrate the elite Golds and destroy the system from within. This fast-paced, action-packed debut is the 1st book in a trilogy that continues with Golden Son and Morning Star.
Arabella of Mars by David D. LevineAlternate History. Arabella Ashby's happy life on the British colony of Mars comes to an abrupt end when her parents send her to Earth to learn how to be a proper lady. But when Arabella receives word that her brother, still on Mars, is in danger, she disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of a Mars Trading Company vessel. With its steampunk-infused Regency-era setting and swashbuckling adventure among the stars, Arabella of Mars (and its sequel, Arabella and the Battle of Venus) should satisfy fans of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Martians Abroad by Carrie VaughnSF. Born and raised in Mars' Colony One, twins Polly and Charles are sent off-world to Earth's prestigious Galileo Academy. Polly, an aspiring starship pilot, has no desire to attend a boarding school full of rich Earth brats. But the twins' struggles with Earth's stronger gravity, bullies, and agoraphobia are nothing compared to the strange goings-on at their new school. With its sympathetic leads and hint of mystery, this engaging fish-out-of-water story may remind readers of Robert Heinlein's Podkayne of Mars.
The Martian: A Novel by Andy WeirNear-Future SF. Stranded on Mars after an aborted surface mission, astronaut Mark Watney must rely on his wits to survive on an inhospitable planet. As Watney documents his attempts to create food, water, and oxygen from limited resources, NASA officials work to increase his chances of survival until they can find a way to bring him back to Earth. Fans of hard science fiction and survival stories will appreciate this debut novel for its smart, likable lead who uses humor and technological ingenuity to make an impossible situation bearable.
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