Science Fiction and Fantasy - February 7, 2017

Science Fiction and Fantasy


by Lara Elena Donnelly

Welcome to Amberlough City, the illustrious but corrupt cosmopolitan beacon of Gedda. The radical One State Party--nicknamed the Ospies--is gaining popular support to create an ironclad, socially conservative vision for the nation. Not everyone agrees with the Ospies' philosophy, including master spy Cyril and his lover Aristide smuggler and emcee at the popular Bumble Bee Cabaret. When Cyril's cover is blown on a mission, however, he must become a turncoat in exchange for his life. Returning to Amberlough under the Ospies' watchful eye, Cyril must play a complex game of deception. To safeguard Aristide, he has to risk trusting streetwise Cordelia, top dancer at the Bee and Aristide's runner, and the possible key to Cyril's plans. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means--and people--necessary.

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
by Seanan McGuire

When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline. But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.
by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Recently discovered documents, if authentic, reveal that magic actually existed throughout much of human history. But with the coming of the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment, its powers waned; it ceased with the Great Exhibition of 1851. Something in the modern world 'jams' the 'frequencies' used by magic. A shadowy government agency--the Department of Diachronic Operations, or DODO--is tasked with developing a device that overcomes the interference and achieve DODO's real mission--go back in time and meddle with history.

Kings of the Wyld
by Nicholas Eames

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

Seven Surrenders
by Ada Palmer

In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war...a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end. For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way. Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they burden Carlyle beyond description. And both Mycroft and Carlyle are privy to the greatest secret of all: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.

by Jeff VanderMeer

In a ruined city of the future, Mord, a creature created by a biotech firm known as the Company, ravages civilization. A survivor scavenger, Rachel, discovers another discard from the Company that she feels a worrisome attachment to--a weakness she cannot afford in this brutal world. Yet she takes the creature Borne to her sanctuary, and starts a sequence of events that will reveal secrets hidden between those few she trusts. And within the Company, lost and forgotten things will emerge that prove to be mighty indeed.

Passing Strange
by Ellen Klages

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer "authentic" experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet. Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

by Jacey Bedford

Britian, 1801. A world poised on the brink of modernity faces revolt amongst the rowankind, a source of free labor and a building force seeking fair treatment under the law for magical creatures. Ross and Corwen--she a summoner witch and he a wolf shapechanger--have helped the rowankind free themselves, but run the risk of exposure by the Mysterium, a government organization seeking to wipe out magic. But when the two are summoned to Yorkshire, they become enmeshed in intrigue surrounding dark magic, family secrets and industrial treachery--and an old, relentless enemy.

Spaceman of Bohemia
by Jaroslav Kalfar

Jakub Procha has risen from small-time scientist to become the Czech first astronaut. When a dangerous solo mission to Venus offers him both the chance at heroism he's dreamt of, and a way to atone for his father's sins as a Communist informer, he ventures boldly into the vast unknown. But in so doing, he leaves behind his devoted wife, Lenka, whose love, he realizes too late, he has sacrificed on the altar of his ambitions. Alone in Deep Space, Jakub discovers a possibly imaginary giant alien spider, who becomes his unlikely companion. Over conversations about the nature of love, life and death, and the deliciousness of bacon, the pair form an intense and emotional bond. Will it be enough to see Jakub through a clash with secret Russian rivals and return him safely to Earth for a second chance with Lenka?