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Joe Ollinger
Description: On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element's scarcity led the world's government to declare it the official currency. In the decades since, the governments of other colonized worlds have suppressed shipments of calcium in order to maintain favorable exchange rates, while Brink's Commerce Board has struggled to negotiate importation quotas to keep the population alive and growing. Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life, and the very fabric of her society.
Call Number: FIC Oll
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
James L. Cambias
Description: "Young Arkad is the only human on a distant world, on his own among beings from across the galaxy. His struggle to survive is disrupted by the arrival of three humans: an eccentric historian named Jacob, a superhuman cyborg girl called Baichi, and a mysterious ex-spy known as Ree. They seek a priceless treasure which might free Earth from alien domination. Arkad risks everything to join them on an incredible quest halfway across the planet."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cam
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Ken Liu
Description: "The stories span the range from short-shorts to novellas, and evoke every hue on the emotional spectrum. Besides stories firmly entrenched in subgenres familiar to Western SFF readers such as hard SF, cyberpunk, science fantasy, and space opera, the anthology also includes stories that showcase deeper ties to Chinese culture: alternate Chinese history, chuanyue time travel, satire with historical and contemporary allusions that are likely unknown to the average Western reader. While the anthology makes no claim or attempt to be "representative" or "comprehensive," it demonstrates the vibrancy and diversity of science fiction being written in China at this moment. " --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Jasper Fforde
Description: "Imagine a world where all humans must hibernate through a brutally cold winter, their bodies dangerously close to death as they enter an ultra-low metabolic state of utterly dreamless sleep. All humans, that is, apart from the Winter Consuls, a group of officers who diligently watch over the vulnerable sleeping citizens. Charlie Worthing is a novice, chosen by a highflying hero Winter Consul to accompany him to the Douzey, a remote sector in the middle of Wales, to investigate a dream which is somehow spreading amongst those in the hibernational state, causing paranoia, hallucination and a psychotic episode that can end in murder. Worthing has been trained to deal with Nightwalkers whose consciousness has been eroded by hibernation, leaving only one or two skills and an incredible hunger; he's been trained to stay alive through the bleakest and loneliest of winters--but he is in no way prepared for what awaits him in Sector Twelve. There are no heroes in Winter, Worthing has been told. And he's about to find out why."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: FIC Ffo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 25, 2019
Mike Chen
Description: Kin Stewart works in IT, tries to keep the spark in his marriage, struggles to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. Memory loss is wiping his memory as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin's rescue team arrives eighteen years too late. Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he's been gone weeks... and where another family is waiting for him. Desperate to connect to both families, his efforts threaten to destroy the agency, history itself-- and wipe out Miranda's existence. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: FIC Che
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Larry Correia
Description: "Ashok Vidal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok whose life was devoted to upholding the Law, delivering swift justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. Until the day he learned his entire life to that point was a lie. Now one of the casteless, he began a campaign of rebellion, war and destruction. Thera had been a member of the Warrior Order, spending her life training for combat until she was struck by lightning gaining the power to see the future. She fought alongside Ashok and his company of men know as the Sons of the Black Sword until a shapeshifting wizard with designs on her powers of precognition spirited her away. He holds her prisoner in the House of Assassins. Ashok and his men march to the rescue. With his sword Angruvadal, he was unstoppable. But Angruvadal is gone, shattered defeating a demon. Now Ashok must fight without the aid of the magic blace for the first time. Thera's life depends on it."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
N. K. Jemisin
Description: N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.
Call Number: FIC Jem
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 29, 2019
Seanan McGuire
Description: "Lundy is a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should. When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she's found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the Goblin Market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 11, 2019
R. S. Belcher
Description: "Jimmie Aussapile, Lovina Marcou and Heck Sinclair are members of a secret society dedicated to protecting those who travel America's highways from the monsters, both supernatural and mundane, that lurk in the darkness just beyond your headlights. At home in Lenoir, North Carolina, Jimmie and his squire Heck find themselves drawn into an all-out war between two competing biker gangs. One is led by a rival biker in possession of new found supernatural allies and the other is an all-female werewolf pack. One way or another peace must be maintained and the many roads of America must be protected. But it might just cost the Brotherhood their souls if they aren't careful."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Laura Bickle
Description: "Petra Dee and her immortal husband, Gabe, have been trying to gain a toehold in what passes for ordinary life in Temperance, Wyoming--a wickedly enchanted land founded generations ago by the alchemist, Lascaris. Petra may be adept when it comes to the uncanny, but as a reasoned geologist, Petra still can't fathom the wildfires suddenly engulfing Yellowstone National Park, or why Gabe claims to have seen the sky explode in flames. The answers could lie in the past" -- Back cover
Call Number: FIC Bic
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Charlie N. Holmberg
Description: "As a human vessel for an ancient spirit, Sandis lives no ordinary life. At the command of her master, she can be transformed against her will into his weapon--a raging monster summoned to do his bidding. Unlike other vessels, Sandis can host extremely powerful spirits, but hosting such creatures can be fatal. To stay alive, she must run. And in a city fueled by smoke and corruption, she finds a surprising ally. A cunning thief for hire, Rone owns a rare device that grants him immortality for one minute every day--a unique advantage that will come in handy in Sandis's fight for freedom. But Sandis's master knows how powerful she is. He's determined to get her back, and he has the manpower to find her, wherever she runs. Now, to outwit her pursuers, Sandis must put all her trust in Rone and his immortal device. For her master has summoned more than mere men to hunt her down..."--Jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
Description: Three young thieves stand against rising darkness in an effort to save the city of Guerdon, the last refuge from a centuries-old magical war that could bring about the end of the world.
Call Number: FIC Ryd
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
S. A. Chakraborty
Description: "Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad—and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there. Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of a devastating battle, Nahri must forge a new path for herself. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family—and one misstep will doom her tribe. Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid—the unpredictable water spirits—have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried." -- Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Eyal Kless
Description: More than a hundred years have passed since the Catastrophe brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Those who survived are changed. The Wildeners have reverted to the old ways--but with new Gods--while others place their faith in the technology that once powered their lost civilization. In the mysterious City of Towers, the center of the destroyed Tarakan empire, a lowly scribe of the Guild of Historians is charged with a dangerous assignment. He must venture into the wilds beyond the glass and steel towers to discover the fate of a child who mysteriously disappeared more than a decade before. Born of a rare breed of marked people, the child, Rafik--known as "The Key"--was one of a special few with the power to restore this lost civilization to glory once again. In a world riven by fear and violence, where tattooed mutants, manic truckers, warring guilds and greedy mercenaries battle for survival, this one boy may have singlehandedly destroyed humanity's only chance for salvation--unless the scribe can figure out what happened to him.
Call Number: FIC Kle
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Samantha Shannon
Description: The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction--but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Lois McMaster Bujold
Description: Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, and the widow Nikys receive a letter from a friend warning them that Niky's mother has been taken hostage by her brother's enemies, and confined in an island sanctuary. The pair must put their romance on hold and set out to the rescue. They soon find that family relationships can be as unexpectedly challenging as any rescue scheme. -- adapted from jacket and goodreads.com info
Call Number: FIC Buj
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Jenn Lyons
Description: When destiny calls, there's no fighting back. Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel's son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family's ruthless power plays and political ambitions. Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins. Then again, maybe he isn't the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world. He's destined to destroy it.
Call Number: FIC Lyo
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
David Drake
Description: "The universe has shattered into chaos and monsters. Jon, the Leader, is dedicating his life to reuniting the scattered hamlets into a Commonwealth where all humans can live protected against the darkness. But no man can reshape the universe by himself. Jon has Makers to build weapons and clerks to handle the business of government--but he also needs Champions to face the powers of chaos which will not listen to any argument but force. Lord Pal of Beune is one of those Champions. But now Guntram, the man who transformed Pal from an ignorant rube into a bulwark of the Commonwealth, has disappeared. Pal must locate his friend and mentor--and then battle an entity which may be at the core of the splintered universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Dra
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 11, 2019
Katherine Arden
Description: "Now, in the conclusion to this powerful trilogy, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers--and someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of this conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of both worlds resting on her shoulders. With her destiny uncertain, Vasya must uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Ard
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 22, 2019
Marlon James
Description: "In the first novel in Marlon James's Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jam
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 19, 2019
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10,000 Bones
Joe Ollinger
FIC Oll
Smoke & Summons
Charlie N. Holmberg
FIC Hol
Arkad's World
James L. Cambias
FIC Cam
The Gutter Prayer
Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
FIC Ryd
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction In Translation
Ken Liu
FIC Bro
The Kingdom Of Copper
S. A. Chakraborty
FIC Cha
Early Riser
Jasper Fforde
FIC Ffo
The Lost Puzzler
Eyal Kless
FIC Kle
Here And Now And Then
Mike Chen
FIC Che
The Priory Of The Orange Tree
Samantha Shannon
FIC Sha
House Of Assassins
Larry Correia
FIC Cor
The Prisoner Of Limnos: A Fantasy Novella In The World Of The Five Gods
Lois McMaster Bujold
FIC Buj
How Long 'Til Black Future Month?
N. K. Jemisin
FIC Jem
The Ruin Of Kings
Jenn Lyons
FIC Lyo
In An Absent Dream
Seanan McGuire
FIC McG
The Storm
David Drake
FIC Dra
King Of The Road
R. S. Belcher
FIC Bel
The Winter Of The Witch
Katherine Arden
FIC Ard
Phoenix Falling
Laura Bickle
FIC Bic
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James
FIC Jam