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Tim Powers
Description: "Something weird is happening to the Los Angeles freeways--phantom cars, lanes from nowhere, and sometimes unmarked offramps that give glimpses of a desolate desert highway--and Sebastian Vickery, disgraced ex-Secret Service agent, is a driver for a covert supernatural-evasion car service. But another government agency is using and perhaps causing the freeway anomalies, and their chief is determined to have Vickery killed because of something he learned years ago at a halted Presidential motorcade. Reluctantly aided by Ingrid Castine, a member of that agency, and a homeless Mexican boy, and a woman who makes her living costumed as Supergirl on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Theater, Vickery learns what legendary hell it is that the desert highway leads to--and when Castine deliberately drives into it to save him from capture, he must enter it himself to get her out. Alternate Routes is a fast-paced supernatural adventure story that sweeps from the sun-blinded streets and labyrinthine freeways of Los Angeles to a horrifying other world out of Greek mythology, and Vickery and Castine must learn to abandon old loyalties and learn loyalty to each other in order to survive as the world goes mad around them"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pow
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Cixin Liu
Description: When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen's quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.
Call Number: FIC Liu
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Nicholas Eames
Description: "Live fast, die young. Tam Hashford has always dreamed of living through glory days of her own. With a renowned mercenary for a mother and an illustrious bard for a father, battles and adventure seem the only way to really live. So when she learns that the most revered mercenary crew in Grandual is in need of a bard, she grabs her lute and goes on tour. Led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam and her new band embark on a mission that will earn them everlasting fame -- or certain death"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Eam
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Vivian Shaw
Description: "When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen -- and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires -- and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets, where there is more to find than simply dead men's bones"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Christopher Ruocchio
Description: It was not his war. On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives--even the Emperor himself--against Imperial orders. But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier. Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and into the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, he will find himself fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
Call Number: FIC Ruo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 23, 2018
Robert Jackson Bennett
Description: Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne's docks, is nothing her unique abilities can't handle. But unbeknownst to her, Sancia's been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic--the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience--have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact's secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims. Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there's nobody with the power to stop them. To have a chance at surviving--and at stopping the deadly transformation that's under way--Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact's power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.
Call Number: FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Jay Schiffman
Description: Max Cone is a renowned military commander and judge, but all he really wants is a life outside politics. When one leader gives Cone a powerful device that predicts the future, he doesn't want to believe the prophecy: that the world will soon end, and he is to blame. Soon after, his wife and children are taken, his allies are killed, and his friends are imprisoned. With the world descenting into a cataclysmic global war, every nation wants Cone on their side. However, his only priority finding his family, freeing his friends, and save his people. To do this, Cone must become a lethal killer and lead a ragtag group of warriors, including a thirteen-year-old girl with special powers, a mathematical genius, a religious zealot, and a former revolutionary turned drug addict. Together, they might be the world's only hope.
Call Number: FIC Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
Description: "Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, a hero, the Chosen One, was born...and so begins every fairy tale ever told. This is not that fairy tale. There is a Chosen One, but he is unlike any One who has ever been Chosened. And there is a faraway kingdom, but you have never been to a magical world quite like the land of Pell. There, a plucky farm boy will find more than he's bargained for on his quest to awaken the sleeping princess in her cursed tower. First there's the Dark Lord who wishes for the boy's untimely death...and also very fine cheese. Then there's a bard without a song in her heart but with a very adorable and fuzzy tail, an assassin who fears not the night but is terrified of chickens, and a mighty fighter more frightened of her sword than of her chain-mail bikini. This journey will lead to sinister umlauts, a trash-talking goat, the Dread Necromancer Steve, and a strange and wondrous journey to the most peculiar "happily ever after" that ever once-upon-a-timed"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hea
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Marina J. Lostetter
Description: Generations ago, Convoy Seven and the AI known as I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond our solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx. Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes--or something far more sinister? Meanwhile, Planet United's littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web's greater purpose. Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web's puzzle... but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure's true nature before it's too late.
Call Number: FIC Los
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Matt Carter, F. J. R. Titchenell
Description: "To some people, Pinnacle City is a glittering metropolis, a symbol of prosperity watched over by the all-star superhero team the Pinnacle City Guardians. But beneath the glitz and glamor is a gritty underbelly, one still feeling the physical and economic damage of the superhero-villain battles of generations past, where the lower class--immigrants, criminals, aliens, sorcerers, and non-humans alike--jostles and elbows for scraps to scrape by. Private investigator Eddie Enriquez is an ex-con and veteran with powers of his own who still bears the scars of his time as a minion for a low-level supervillain. Good work's been hard to come by until a mysterious woman shows up at his office with a case the police and superheroes are ignoring: the suspicious death of a prominent non-human rights activist. Meanwhile, superhero Kimberly Kline, a.k.a. Solar Flare, has just hit it big, graduating to the Pinnacle City Guardians. With her good looks, incredible superpowers, and a family name that opens doors, the sky is the limit. But in trying to make the world a better place...she'll discover Pinnacle City isn't as black and white as it once seemed"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Becky Chambers
Description: Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering empty space, their descendants were eventually accepted by the well-established species that govern the Milky Way. But that was long ago. Today, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, the birthplace of many, yet a place few outsiders have ever visited. While the Exodans take great pride in their original community and traditions, their culture has been influenced by others beyond their bulkheads. As many Exodans leave for alien cities or terrestrial colonies, those who remain are left to ponder their own lives and futures: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination? Why remain in space when there are habitable worlds available to live? What is the price of sustaining their carefully balanced way of life--and is it worth saving at all?
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Mur Lafferty
Description: Young Han dreams of someday soaring into space at the helm of his own starship and leaving his home, the gritty industrial planet Corellia, far behind. But as long as he's trapped in a life of poverty and crime--and under the thumb of the sinister Lady Proxima and her brutal street gang--reaching the distant stars seems impossible. When Han tries to escape with his girlfriend and partner-in-crime, Qi'ra, he makes it out--but she doesn't. Desperate for a way to find his own off-world vessel and free her, Han enlists in the Imperial Navy--the last place for a rebellious loner who doesn't play well with others. When the Empire clips his wings, Han goes rogue and plunges into the shady world of smugglers, gamblers, and con artists. There he meets the charming and cunning high roller Lando Calrissian, makes an unlikely friend in a cantankerous Wookiee called Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon. To snag his piece of the outlaw pie, Han joins a crew of pirates to pull off a risky heist. The stakes are high, the danger is great, and the odds are slim. But never tell Han Solo the odds.
Call Number: FIC Laf
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
S. K. Dunstall
Description: Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship--and its valuable record of unexplored worlds. His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory. A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war. Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all--and riches beyond their wildest dreams.
Call Number: FIC Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Nicky Drayden
Description: "Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with--six to be exact--each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there's no way he'll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben's spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he's envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won't involve Auben. The twins' strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side--encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings. On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good during the time of year when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his temper."--Publisher's website.
Call Number: FIC Dra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
P. Djèlí Clark
Description: "Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Her sights are set on securing passage aboard Captain Ann-Marie's smuggler airship Midnight Robber, earning the captain's trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls the Black God's Drums. But Creeper keeps another secret close to her heart-- Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities..." -- Page [4] of cover.
Call Number: FIC Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Mary Robinette Kowal
Description: "The Fated Sky looks forward to 1961, when mankind is well-established on the moon and looking forward to its next step: journeying to, and eventually colonizing, Mars. Of course the noted Lady Astronaut Elma York would like to go, but there's a lot riding on whoever the International Aerospace Coalition decides to send on this historic--but potentially very dangerous--mission? Could Elma really leave behind her husband and the chance to start a family to spend several years traveling to Mars? And with the Civil Rights movement taking hold all over Earth, will the astronaut pool ever be allowed to catch up, and will these brave men and women of all races be treated equitably when they get there?"--Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Kow
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Neil Clarke
Description: The urge to explore and discover is a natural and universal one, and the edge of the unknown is expanded with each passing year as scientific advancements inch us closer and closer to the outer reaches of our solar system and the galaxies beyond them. In this collection of galaxy-spanning adventures of discovery and adventure, science fiction writers give readers increasingly new and alien ways to look out into our broad and sprawling universe. From generations ships to warp drives, exploring new worlds to first contacts, they are a reminder that the universe is brimming with possibilities. -- adapted from back cover
Call Number: FIC Fin
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Drew Williams
Description: "Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission: to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages. Hot on her trail is the Pax--a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse. Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers. And that's just the beginning..."--book jacket.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Chloe Neill
Description: "As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she's a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he's prince of the Pack and its future king. When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nei
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
Irene Gallo
Call Number: FIC Wor
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 8, 2018
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Alternate Routes
Tim Powers
FIC Pow
Record Of A Spaceborn Few
Becky Chambers
FIC Cha
Ball Lightning
Cixin Liu
FIC Liu
Solo : A Star Wars Story
Mur Lafferty
FIC Laf
Bloody Rose
Nicholas Eames
FIC Eam
Stars Uncharted
S. K. Dunstall
FIC Dun
Dreadful Company
Vivian Shaw
FIC Sha
Temper
Nicky Drayden
FIC Dra
Empire Of Silence. The Sun-eater : Book One
Christopher Ruocchio
FIC Ruo
The Black God's Drums
P. Djèlí Clark
FIC Cla
Foundryside
Robert Jackson Bennett
FIC Ben
The Fated Sky
Mary Robinette Kowal
FIC Kow
Game Of The Gods
Jay Schiffman
FIC Sch
The Final Frontier : Stories Of Exploring Space, Colonizing The Universe, And First Contact
Neil Clarke
FIC Fin
Kill The Farm Boy
Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson
FIC Hea
The Stars Now Unclaimed
Drew Williams
FIC Wil
Noumenon Infinity
Marina J. Lostetter
FIC Los
Wild Hunger : An Heirs Of Chicagoland Novel
Chloe Neill
FIC Nei
Pinnacle City : A Superhero Noir
Matt Carter, F. J. R. Titchenell
FIC Car
Worlds Seen In Passing : Ten Years Of Tor.com Short Fiction
Irene Gallo
FIC Wor