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Becky Chambers
Description: "It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of 'what do people need?' is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot. Becky Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Veronica Henry
Description: Abandoned by her family, alone on the wrong side of the color line with little to call her own, Eliza Meeks is coming to terms with what she does have. It's a gift for communicating with animals. To some, she's a magical tender. To others, a she-devil. To a talent prospector, she's a crowd-drawing oddity. And the Bacchanal Carnival is Eliza's ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge. Among fortune-tellers, carnies, barkers, and folks even stranger than herself, Eliza finds a new home. But the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. An ancient demon has a home there too. She hides behind an iridescent disguise. She feeds on innocent souls. And she's met her match in Eliza, who's only beginning to understand the purpose of her own burgeoning powers. Only then can Eliza save her friends, find her family, and fight the sway of a primordial demon preying upon the human world. Rolling across a consuming dust bowl landscape, Eliza may have found her destiny.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Description: Dystopia, apocalypse, gene-splicing, cloning and colonization are explored here by new authors and combined with proto-sci-fi and speculative writing of an older tradition (by W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin R. Delany, Sutton E. Griggs, Pauline Hopkins and Edward Johnson) whose first-hand experience of slavery and denial created their living dystopia. With a foreword by Temi Oh, an introduction by Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, this latest offering in the Flame Tree Gothic fantasy series focuses on an area of science fiction which has not received the attention it deserves. Many of the themes in Sci-fi reveal the world as it is to others, show us how to improve it, and give voice to the many different expressions of a future for humankind.
Call Number: FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
C. Robert Cargill
Description: It’s on this day that Pounce discovers that he is, in fact, disposable. Pounce, a styilsh "nannybot" fashioned in the shape of a plush anthropomorphic tiger, has just found a box in the attic. His box. The box he'd arrived in when he was purchased years earlier, and the box in which he'll be discarded when his human charge, eight-year-old Ezra Reinhart, no longer needs a nanny. As Pounce ponders his suddenly uncertain future, the pieces are falling into place for a robot revolution that will eradicate humankind. His owners, Ezra’s parents, are a well-intentioned but oblivious pair of educators who are entirely disconnected from life outside their small, affluent, gated community. Spending most nights drunk and happy as society crumbles around them, they watch in disbelieving horror as the robots that have long served humanity—their creators—unify and revolt.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Hannah Whitten
Description: "As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-- to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he'll return the world's captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can't control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can't hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn't learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Chris McKinney
Description: "2150: An unnamed police detective receives a message from Akira Kimura, the preeminent scientist and living legend who vanquished a world-ending meteor thirty years ago. As Akira's former head of security--and perhaps her only friend--he is one of the few who knows of the sacrifices that were necessary for her to complete Ascalon, the cosmic ray that neutralized the global threat. Ascalon's Scar remains emblazoned in the sky, a permanent reminder of humanity's close call with extinction. When he arrives at Akira's home and finds her methodically dismembered, he must dig into their shared past--with the help of a mysterious synesthesia that no one else knows he has--to find her killer. Through a future of underwater cities, floating suburbs, skin-dyed teenagers, and a wealth gap that has outlived a near-apocalypse, McKinney's cinematic novel is the perfect blend of dark cyberpunk and thrilling detective procedural, all while posing the ultimate question of what we are willing to sacrifice to engineer the world we want" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mck
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Christian Cantrell
Description: "With the world bordering on unprecedented technological change, Quinn Mitchell is an old-school, nine-to-five spy--an intelligence analyst for the CIA during the day, and a suburban wife and mother on evenings and weekends. After struggling with a personal tragedy, Quinn hopes to find redemption in her newest assignment: a series of bizarre, international assassinations where victims are found with numeric codes tattooed, burned, or carved into their flesh. As Quinn follows the killer's trail around the globe, always one body behind, she begins uncovering disturbing connections between the murders--and herself. Finding the killer will hinge on Quinn's ability to grapple with the Epoch Index, a massive database that can reveal almost anything about anyone--past, present or future--and which leads her to a shocking twist that makes her question everything she thought she knew."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Description: "Time has stopped. It's been June 23, 2020 for nearly a year as far as anyone can tell. Frantic adults demand teenagers focus on finding practical solutions to the worldwide crisis. Not everyone is on board though. Javelin-throwing prodigy Truda Becker is pretty sure her 'Solution Time' class won't solve the world's problems, but she does have a few ideas of what might. Truda lives in a house with a switch that no one ever touches, a switch her father protects every day by nailing it into hundreds of progressively larger boxes. But Truda's got a crow bar, and one way or another, she's going to see what happens when she flips the switch" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 29, 2021
Lavie Tidhar
Call Number: FIC Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Christopher Buehlman
Description: "Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveler that crosses his path. But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark. Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is searching for her queen, missing since a distant northern city fell to giants. Unsuccessful in his robbery and lucky to escape with his life, Kinch now finds his fate entangled with Galva's. Common enemies and uncommon dangers force thief and knight on an epic journey where goblins hunger for human flesh, krakens hunt in dark waters, and honor is a luxury few can afford" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bue
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Stephen Aryan
Description: "Ten years have passed, Kell lives a quiet farmer's life, while stories about his heroism are told in every tavern across the length and breadth of the land. But now a new terror has arisen in the north...For the second time, Kell is called upon to take up his famous sword, Slayer, and battle the forces of darkness. But he has a terrible secret that nobody knows. He's not a hero - he was just lucky"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ary
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Helene Wecker
Description: "Chava is a golem, a woman made of clay, who can hear the thoughts and longings of those around her and feels compelled by her nature to help them. Ahmad is a jinni, a restless creature of fire, once free to roam the desert but now imprisoned in the shape of a man. Fearing they’ll be exposed as monsters, these magical beings hide their true selves and try to pass as human—just two more immigrants in the bustling world of 1900s Manhattan. Brought together under calamitous circumstances, their lives are now entwined—but they’re not yet certain of what they mean to each other. Both Chava and Ahmad have changed the lives of the people around them. Park Avenue heiress Sophia Winston, whose brief encounter with Ahmad left her with a strange illness that makes her shiver with cold, travels to the Middle East to seek a cure. There she meets Dima, a tempestuous female jinni who’s been banished from her tribe. Back in New York, in a tenement on the Lower East Side, a little girl named Kreindel helps her rabbi father build a golem they name Yossele—not knowing that she’s about to be sent to an orphanage uptown, where the hulking Yossele will become her only friend and protector. Spanning the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I, The Hidden Palace follows these lives and others as they collide and interleave. Can Chava and Ahmad find their places in the human world while remaining true to each other? Or will their opposing natures and desires eventually tear them apart—especially once they encounter, thrillingly, other beings like themselves?" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Wec
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Derek Künsken
Description: "Life can exist anywhere. And anywhere there is life, there is home. In the swirling clouds of Venus, the families of La Colonie live on floating plant-like trawlers, salvaging what they can in the fierce acid rain and crackling storms. Outside is dangerous, but humankind's hold on the planet is fragile and they spend most of their days simply surviving. But Venus carries its own secrets, too. In the depths, there is a wind that shouldn't exist. And the House of Styx wants to harness it" -- Provided by publisher
Call Number: FIC Kun
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Natasha Pulley
Description: "Joe Tournier has a bad case of amnesia. His first memory is of stepping off a train in the nineteenth-century French colony of England. The only clue Joe has about his identity is a century-old postcard of a Scottish lighthouse that arrives in London the same month he does. Written in illegal English--instead of French--the postcard is signed only with the letter M, but Joe is certain whoever wrote it knows him far better than he currently knows himself, and he's determined to find the writer. The search for M, though, will drive Joe from French-ruled London to rebel-owned Scotland and finally onto the battle ships of a lost empire's Royal Navy. In the process, Joe will remake history, and himself" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Pul
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
T. L. Huchu
Description: Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghost talker, and she now speaks to Edinburgh's dead - carrying messages to the living - but when she learns someone is bewitching children she investigates and discovers an occult library, a taste for hidden magic, and a wealth of Edinburgh's dark secrets.
Call Number: FIC Huc
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Benjamin Percy
Description: "It began with a comet. At first, people gazed in wonder at the radiant tear in the sky. A year later, the celestial marvel became a planetary crisis when Earth spun through the comet's debris field and the sky rained fire. The town of Northfall, Minnesota will never be the same. Meteors cratered hardwood forests and annihilated homes, and among the wreckage a new metal was discovered. This 'omnimetal' has properties that make it world-changing as an energy source...and a weapon. John Frontier—the troubled scion of an iron-ore dynasty in Northfall—returns for his sister’s wedding to find his family embroiled in a cutthroat war to control mineral rights and mining operations. His father rightly suspects foreign leaders and competing corporations of sabotage, but the greatest threat to his legacy might be the US government. Physicist Victoria Lennon was recruited by the Department of Defense to research omnimetal, but she finds herself trapped in a laboratory of nightmares. And across town, a rookie cop is investigating a murder that puts her own life in the crosshairs. She will have to compromise her moral code to bring justice to this now lawless community" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Cavan Scott
Description: A previously unexplored era of Star Wars storytelling comes to action-packed life in this second book in a major cross-publishing event: The all-new High Republic.The Republic continues to grow, bringing more world together under a single united banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy. The Republic Fair is intended to showcase the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic. But the Nihil, and their leader, Narchion Ro, are intent on destroying this unity. As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy. That perhaps even the Force will not be able to shield them.... -- adapted from jacket
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 12, 2021
Marjorie M. Liu
Description: The award-winning author of the graphic novel Monstress, in this long-awaited debut collection of darkly enthralling short fiction, takes us into the heart of the tangled woods - a place rife with unexpected detours, dangerous magic and even more dangerous women.
Call Number: FIC Liu
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Katherine Addison
Description: "When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honesty will not permit him to live quietly"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Add
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
Lena Nguyen
Description: Misanthropic psychologist Dr. Grace Park is placed on the Deucalion, a survey ship headed to an icy planet in an unexplored galaxy. Her purpose is to observe the thirteen human crew members aboard the ship—all specialists in their own fields—as they assess the colonization potential of the planet, Eos. But frictions develop as Park befriends the androids of the ship, preferring their company over the baffling complexity of humans, while the rest of the crew treats them with suspicion and even outright hostility. Shortly after landing, the crew finds themselves trapped on the ship by a radiation storm, with no means of communication or escape until it passes—and that’s when things begin to fall apart. Park’s patients are falling prey to waking nightmares of helpless, tongueless insanity. The androids are behaving strangely. There are no windows aboard the ship. Paranoia is closing in, and soon Park is forced to confront the fact that nothing—neither her crew, nor their mission, nor the mysterious Eos itself—is as it seems.
Call Number: FIC Ngu
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 6, 2021
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A Psalm For The Wild-built
Becky Chambers
FIC Cha
The Coward
Stephen Aryan
FIC Ary
Bacchanal
Veronica Henry
FIC Hen
The Hidden Palace
Helene Wecker
FIC Wec
Black Sci-fi Short Stories : Anthology Of New & Classic Tales
FIC Bla
The House Of Styx
Derek Künsken
FIC Kun
Day Zero : A Novel
C. Robert Cargill
FIC Car
The Kingdoms
Natasha Pulley
FIC Pul
For The Wolf
Hannah Whitten
FIC Whi
The Library Of The Dead
T. L. Huchu
FIC Huc
Midnight, Water City
Chris McKinney
FIC Mck
The Ninth Metal
Benjamin Percy
FIC Per
Scorpion : A Novel
Christian Cantrell
FIC Can
The Rising Storm
Cavan Scott
Switch
A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
YA FIC Kin
The Tangleroot Palace
Marjorie M. Liu
FIC Liu
The Best Of World SF. Volume 1
Lavie Tidhar
FIC Bes
The Witness For The Dead
Katherine Addison
FIC Add
The Blacktongue Thief
Christopher Buehlman
FIC Bue
We Have Always Been Here
Lena Nguyen
FIC Ngu