We’re thrilled to be releasing a bumper crop of books today – head to your bookshop or favourite website for a selection of the best of SF and fantasy. This week Gollancz has everything you might need, from one of the best-known classics of SF to the culmination of an epic ten-book fantasy series with lots of dragons.
The widely acclaimed debut novel by Al Robertson posits a terrifying future ruled by corporations – and introduces one rogue AI in the shape of a ventriloquist’s dummy. Hugo Fist is coming for you…
With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality – ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.
With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual ventriloquist’s dummy tied to Jack’s mind and created to destroy the Totality, have returned home. But their battle rages on…
The Cathedral of Known Things
The sequel to the BSFA-nominated THE RELIC GUILD see Ed Cox’s band of intrepid adventurers forced to flee across the multiverse…
Divided, hunted and short on resources, the surviving members of the Relic Guild are in real trouble. Their old enemy, the Genii, and their resurrected master have infiltrated Labrys Town and taken over the police force.
So the Relic Guild must flee their home, and set off on a dangerous journey across the worlds of the Aelfir. One that will lead them to a weapon which might destroy the Genii. Or the whole universe…
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea
Adam Roberts revisits Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel in the mindbending way only he can, ably assisted by illustrator Mahendra Singh.
It is 1958 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, one of the Navy’s most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers and scientists.
The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down… Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond.
The pressure builds, the hull protests, the crew prepare for death, the boat reaches the bottom of the sea and finds… nothing.
The Silver Kings
The world has burned. The dragons rule. And all things must end.
The dragons have awakened, the hole in reality is expanding, and the shackles that kept the half-gods controlled have been broken. The Black Moon lives on in the body of Berren Crowntaker, and has taken control. With an army behind him, the dragons above and the Dragon Queen at his side, he goes to war with his god-brother.
The worlds are turning, and only one thing is sure – there will be an ending.
The Day Of The Triffids
John Wyndham’s classic of chillingly calm catastrophe comes to the SF Masterwork line in a beautiful hardback with a new introduction by Stephen Baxter.
When Bill Masen wakes up in his hospital bed, he has reason to be grateful for the bandages that covered his eyes the night before. For he finds a population rendered blind and helpless by the spectacular meteor shower that filled the night sky, the evening before. But his relief is short-lived as he realises that a newly-blinded population is now at the mercy of the Triffids…
The Day Of The Triffids is available in hardback.
Paul McAuley’s Clarke Award-winning classic of near-future SF also joins the Masterwork list with a new introduction from Stephen Baxter.
The 21st century.
Europe is divided between the First World bourgeoisie, made rich by nanotechnology and the cheap versatile slave labour of genetically engineered Dolls and the Fourth World of refugees and homeless displaced by war and economic upheaval. In London, Alex Sharkey is trying to make his mark as a designer of psychoactive viruses, whilst staying one step ahead of the police and the Triad gangs. At the cost of three hours of his life, he finds an unlikely ally in a scary, super-smart little girl called Milena, but his troubles really start when he helps Milena quicken intelligence in a Doll, turning it into the first of the fairies.
Three Classic Novels- Fred Hoyle
In addition to being the man who coined the term ‘the Big Bang’, world-renowned astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle also produced a fine body of science fiction. This omnibus contains three of his SF novels: Ossian’s Ride, October the First Is Too Late & Fifth Planet, co-written with his son, Geoffrey Hoyle.
Ossian’s Ride: The year is 1970. Sealed behind an impenetrable barrier in the south of Ireland, the Industrial Corporation of Eire startles the rest of the world with its efficiency, its brilliance . . .
October the First Is Too Late: Unusual solar activity has played havoc with terrestrial time: England is in the ’60’s, but in France, it is 1917 and WWI is still raging in western Europe . . .
Fifth Planet: Another star is due to pass close to the sun, close enough for conventional spacecraft to reach it. Signs of chlorophyll are detected on one of the worlds, suggesting that it supports life. Rival Soviet and US expeditions are launched to visit it. But what will they find on the ‘Fifth Planet’?