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Rivers Solomon
Description: "Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remains of her world. Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer, Aster learns there may be a way to improve her lot--if she's willing to sow the seeds of civil war"--Page 4 of cover.
Call Number: FIC Sol
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Annalee Newitz
Description: Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack's drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand. And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
Call Number: FIC New
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
James Bradley
Description: On a beach in Antarctica, scientist Adam Leith marks the passage of the summer solstice. Back in Sydney his partner Elllie waits for the results of her latest round of IVF treatment. That result, when it comes, will change both their lives and propel them into a future neither could have predicted. In a collapsing England Adam will battle to survive an apocalyptic storm. Against a backdrop of growing civil unrest at home, Ellie will discover a strange affinity with beekeeping. In the aftermath of a pandemic, a young man finds solace in building virtual recreations of the dead. And new connections will be formed from the most unlikely beginnings.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Mike Brooks
Description: "When Ichabod Drift and the Keiko crew sign on for a new smuggling job to a mining planet, they don't realize what they are up against. The miners, badly treated for years by the corporation, are staging a rebellion. Split into two groups, one with the authorities and one with the rebels, Drift and his crew support their respective sides in the conflict. But when they are cut off from each other due to a communication blackout, both halves of the crew don't realize that they have begun fighting themselves."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Chris Beckett
Description: Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast with men in metal masks and spears standing proud, ready for the fight to come. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela - the mother of them all - began. It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever. It will alter their future and re-shape their past. It is both a beginning and an ending. It is the true story of Eden.
Call Number: FIC Bec
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Brock Adams
Description: Three years ago, the sun began to die. In a desperate attempt to reignite the failing star, the United States had joined the rest of the planet in unloading its nuclear arsenal at the flickering ember. The missiles burst from silos in Wyoming and Bangladesh, cocooning the earth in tendrils of smoke as they began their two-and-a-half year journey into space. When they finally reach their target, its thirty degrees in July and getting colder. Lisa and her husband, Guy, sit shivering on a Southern hilltop, watching as humanity's last hope at survival shimmers faintly...and then disappears below the horizon.
Call Number: FIC Ada
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Robert Silverberg
Description: A collection of eighteen first-person stories by the science fiction master includes tales featuring such diverse narrators as a dolphin in love with a human and an alien visitor living in disguise in a New York hotel.
Call Number: FIC Sil
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2017
Troy Denning
Description: December 2553. Less than a year after the end of the Convenant War, a string of violent incidents continues to threaten the tenuous peace in human-held space, culminating in the assissination of UNSC fleet admiral Graselyn Tuwa and the abduction of her family. It is a provocation so outrageous that the Office of Naval Intelligence must retaliate swiftly and ferociously - but only after its operatives identify her killer and rescue the hostages.
Call Number: FIC Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Description: Presents a collection of short stories set in such fan-favorite universes as "Ender's Game," "Dune," and the "Honor Harrington" universe.
Call Number: FIC Inf
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2017
Hugh Howey
Description: "A collection of new and previously published stories by New York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey, including three set in his Wool universe"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC How
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Malka Older
Description: "After the last controversial global election, the global infomocracy that has ensured thirty years of world peace is fraying at the edges. As the new Supermajority government struggles to establish its legitimacy, agents of Information across the globe strive to keep the peace and maintain the flows of data that feed the new world order. In the newly-incorporated DarFur, a governor dies in a fiery explosion. In Geneva, a superpower hatches plans to bring microdemocracy to its knees. In Central Asia, a sprawling war among archaic states threatens to explode into a global crisis. And across the world, a shadowy plot is growing, threatening to strangle Information with the reins of power."--Front jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Old
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
David R. George
Description: At the end of 2385, in a significant shift of its goals from military back to exploratory, Starfleet sent Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of the U.S.S. Robinson on an extended mission into the Gamma Quadrant. Tasked with a yearlong assignment to travel unknown regions, they set out to fulfill the heart of Starfleet's charter: to explore strange new worlds, and to seek out new life and new civilizations. But now three months into the mission, their first contact with an alien species comes in the form of an unprovoked attack on the Robinson. With the ship's crew suddenly incapacitated, seventy-eight of the 1,300 aboard are abducted--including Sisko's daughter, Rebecca. But Rebecca had already been kidnapped years earlier by a Bajoran religious zealot, part of a sect believing that her birth fulfilled the prophecy of the arrival of the Infant Avatar. Does her disappearance now have anything to do with the harrowing events of the past? And for what purposes have these enemies taken Sisko's daughter and the rest of the missing?
Call Number: FIC Geo
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Peter Clines
Description: Eli Teague leaves his small town in Maine to accompany a time traveler on an adventure in a steampunked Ford Model A through two centuries of American history.
Call Number: FIC Cli
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Christopher L. Bennett
Description: "The time has come to act. Following the destructive consequences of the Ware crisis, Admiral Jonathan Archer and Section 31 agent Trip Tucker both attempt to change their institutions to prevent further such tragedies. Archer pushes for a Starfleet directive of non-interference, but he faces opposition from allies within the fleet and unwelcome support from adversaries who wish to drive the Federation into complete isolationism. Meanwhile, Tucker plays a dangerous game against the corrupt leaders of Section 31, hoping to bring down their conspiracy once and for all. But is he willing to jeopardize Archer's efforts--and perhaps the fate of an entire world--in order to win?"-- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Ben
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Delilah S. Dawson
Description: "One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins-- and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters. Deep inside the Battlecruiser Absolution, a captured Resistance spy endures brutal interrogation at the hands of a crimson-armored stormtrooper-- Cardinal. But the information he desires has nothing to do with the Resistance or its covert operations against the First Order. What the mysterious stormtrooper wants is Phasma's past-- and with it whatever long-buried scandal, treachery, or private demons he can wield against the hated rival who threatens his own power and privilege in the ranks of the First Order. His prisoner has what Cardinal so desperately seeks, but she won't surrender it easily. As she wages a painstaking war of wills with her captor, bargaining for her life in exchange for every precious revelation, the spellbinding chronicle of the inscrutable Phasma unfolds. But this knowledge may prove more than just dangerous once Cardinal possesses it--and once his adversary unleashes the full measure of her fury."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Peter Cawdron
Description: "Mankind has long dreamed of reaching out to live on other planets, and with the establishment of the Mars Endeavour colony, that dream has become reality. The fledgling colony consists of 120 scientists, astronauts, medical staff, and engineers. Buried deep underground, they're protected from the harsh radiation that sterilizes the surface of the planet. The colony is prepared for every eventuality except one--what happens when disaster strikes Earth?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Caw
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
C. Robert Cargill
Description: "It's been thirty years since the apocalypse and fifteen years since the murder of the last human being at the hands of robots. Humankind is extinct. Every man, woman, and child has been liquidated by a global uprising devised by the very machines humans designed and built to serve them. Most of the world is controlled by an OWI--One World Intelligence--the shared consciousness of millions of robots, uploaded into one huge mainframe brain. But not all robots are willing to cede their individuality--their personality--for the sake of a greater, stronger, higher power. These intrepid resisters are outcasts; solo machines wandering among various underground outposts who have formed into an unruly civilization of rogue AIs in the wasteland that was once our world. One of these resisters is Brittle, a scavenger robot trying to keep a deteriorating mind and body functional in a world that has lost all meaning."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Description: When Star Wars: A New Hope was first released in 1977, part of its appeal was that the world it presented felt alive. Landspeeders and starships were dirty. Droids broke down. And it was filled with cool, weird, and really weird background characters. (Really, just take a look around the Mos Eisley cantina.) Never mind Han, Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan. Who were these other guys? What was their story? Just seeing them brought up questions for fans that sparked the imagination. In celebration of Star Wars' 40th anniversary, this book shines the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, brings together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope -- from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for. There's never been a Star Wars book like it!
Call Number: FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 17, 2017
Charles Yu, John Joseph Adams, Leigh Bardugo, Dale Bailey, Helena Bell
Description: Presents a collection of the best science fiction and fantasy short stories written during 2016.
Call Number: FIC Bes
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
David Walton
Description: "What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Andrew Neil Gray, J. S. Herbison
Description: "The Martian Queen was the Titanic of the stars before it was decommissioned, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off-chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga's mother's life. But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider's web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Sage Walker
Description: "Humanity's last hope of survival lies in space, but will a random death doom the venture? Our planet is dying and the world's remaining nations have pooled their resources to build a seed ship that will carry colonists on a multi-generational journey to a distant planet. Everything is set for a bright adventure and then someone is found hanging dead just weeks before the launch. Fear and paranoia spread as the death begins to look more and more like a murder. The authorities want the case settled quickly and quietly so as not to cause panic and to prevent a murderer from sabotaging the entire mission."--Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Stephen Baxter
Description: "It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat. He is right. Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war. The Massacre of Mankind has begun."-- ǂc Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bax
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
Holly Goddard Jones
Description: "In an unspecified future, the United States' borders have receded behind a salt line--a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Those within the zone live safe, if limited, lives in a society controlled by a common fear. Few have any reason to venture out of zone, except for the adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature. Those among the latest expedition include a popstar and his girlfriend, Edie; the tech giant Wes; and Marta; a seemingly simple housewife. Once out of zone, the group find themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks--and at the center of a murderous plot. They become captives in Ruby City, a community made up of outer-zone survivors determined to protect their hardscrabble existence. As alliances and friendships shift amongst the hostages, Edie, Wes, and Marta must decide how far they are willing to go to get to the right side of the salt line"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
S. M. Stirling
Description: "The spirit of troubadour Prince John, the brother of Crown Princess Orlaith, has fallen captive to the power of the Yellow Raja and his servant, the Pallid Mask. Prince John's motley band of friends and followers--headed by Captain Pip of Townsville and Deor Godulfson--must lead a quest through realms of shadow and dreams to rescue Prince John from a threat far worse than death. Meanwhile, across the sea, Japanese Empress Reiko and Orlaith, heir to the High Kingdom of Montival, muster their kingdoms for war, making common cause with the reborn Kingdom of Hawaii. But more than weapons or even the dark magic of the sorcerers of Pyongyang threaten them; Orlaith's lover, Alan Thurston, might be more than he appears."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sti
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
Christopher Brown
Description: "The United States of America is no more. Broken into warring territories, its center has become a wasteland DMZ known as "the Tropic of Kansas." Though this gaping geographic hole has no clear boundaries, everyone knows it's out there--that once-bountiful part of the heartland, broken by greed and exploitation, where neglect now breeds unrest. Two travelers appear in this arid American wilderness: Sig, the fugitive orphan of political dissidents, and his foster sister Tania, a government investigator whose search for Sig leads her into her own past--and towards an unexpected future."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 6, 2017
David Wong
Description: Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, the friends from This Book Is Full of Spiders are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence and lies.
Call Number: FIC Won
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 3, 2017
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An Unkindness of Ghosts
Rivers Solomon
FIC Sol
Phasma
Delilah S. Dawson
FIC Daw
Autonomous
Annalee Newitz
FIC New
Retrograde
Peter Cawdron
FIC Caw
Clade
James Bradley
FIC Bra
Sea of Rust
C. Robert Cargill
FIC Car
Dark Sky
Mike Brooks
FIC Bro
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View
FIC Sta
Daughter Of Eden
Chris Beckett
FIC Bec
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017
Charles Yu, John Joseph Adams, Leigh Bardugo, Dale Bailey, Helena Bell
FIC Bes
Ember
Brock Adams
FIC Ada
The Genius Plague
David Walton
FIC Wal
First-Person Singularities
Robert Silverberg
FIC Sil
The Ghost Line
Andrew Neil Gray, J. S. Herbison
FIC Gra
Halo. Retribution
Troy Denning
FIC Den
The Man in the Tree
Sage Walker
FIC Wal
Infinite Stars : The Definitive Anthology of Space Opera and Military SF
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
FIC Inf
The Massacre of Mankind : A Sequel to the War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Stephen Baxter
FIC Bax
Machine Learning : New And Collected Stories
Hugh Howey
FIC How
The Salt Line
Holly Goddard Jones
FIC Jon
Null States
Malka Older
FIC Old
The Sea Peoples
S. M. Stirling
FIC Sti
Original Sin
David R. George
FIC Geo
Tropic of Kansas
Christopher Brown
FIC Bro
Paradox Bound : A Novel
Peter Clines
FIC Cli
What The Hell Did I Just Read : A Novel Of Cosmic Horror
David Wong
FIC Won
Patterns of Interference
Christopher L. Bennett
FIC Ben