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Sci-Fi Saturday
New Books (09/27 – 10/08)

From physicists to stormtroopers, it’s been published recently. Check out the latest science-fiction to hit the digital shelves. Read any of it? Let IF know what you thought!

The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi
A physicist receives a mysterious paper. The ideas in it are far, far ahead of current thinking and quite, quite terrifying. In a city of “fast ones,” shadow players, and jinni, two sisters contemplate a revolution. And on the edges of reality a thief, helped by a sardonic ship, is trying to break into a Schrödinger box for his patron. In the box is his freedom. Or not.
Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B007NJPRRM

Mammoth Books presents And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear
Reminiscent of both “Damnation Alley” by Roger Zelazny and “The Postman” by David Brin, “And the Deep Blue Sea” offers almost three stories for the price of one.
Publisher: Robinson (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B0097AY0FA

Mammoth Books presents Fermi and Frost by Frederik Pohl
Astronomer Harry Malibert is at an airport when nuclear war breaks out. Having been recognised by a fan, he is offered a seat on a plane to Iceland. Though most of Reykjavík has been destroyed by a thermonuclear weapon, the rest of the Iceland has been left untouched. Malibert and the remaining survivors must take advantage of Iceland’s geology in preparing for the nuclear winter ahead of them, all the while calculating their chances of survival and contemplating the Fermi paradox: given the size and age of the universe, there ought to be many extraterrestrial civilizations, yet none has so far been found. Will Malibert and his group survive, and will they or their successors live to see proof of extraterrestrial civilization?
Publisher: Robinson (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B0097AXZBU

Mammoth Books presents Life in the Anthropocene by Paul Di Filippo
Indebted to Gaia Vince’s New Scientist article ‘Surviving in a Warmer World’, Paul di Filippo’s story depicts the life of Aurbindo Bandjalang in the climate change-ravaged planet of the Anthropocene Age. A member of the Reboot Civilisation, ‘AB’ is part of a new configuration of humanity, nine billion people crowded together in densely populated, high-rise areas on the quarter of the Earth’s present-day land mass that remains above water. Di Filippo imagines a world in which the Earth’s resources are pushed to their very limits and the human race, while dependent on the all-powerful Sun for its survival, is also subject to its devastating effect on Earth’s climate.
Publisher: Robinson (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B0097AY3F2

Mammoth Books presents Sleepover by Alastair Reynolds
This story is not part of the Revelation Space series. It was developed from notes for an unwritten novel and maybe one day that novel will be completed, for we need to know the fate of the Earth. This story presents one of the more unusual apocalyptic ideas.
Publisher: Robinson (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B0097AXWUY

Mammoth Books presents The Books by Kage Baker
In a time beyond the apocalypse, when the remnants of society are trying to restore life to the way it once was, three young circus children go exploring in the town where the circus is camped. As they wander the empty streets they stumble upon a building they will never forget, in which floor after floor is crammed with an abundance of books. This library is heaven for these child survivors of the apocalypse, but they may not be the only ones who feel this way.
Publisher: Robinson (September 27, 2012) ASIN: B0097AY0O6

Blood Zero Sky by J. Gates
Unprofitables are banished to work camps to pay off their credit. Other tie-men and women look on apathetically. Fair is fair. Everyone knows you shouldn’t use more credit than you are worth to the Company. They turn their attention to the next repackaged but highly coveted N-Corp product on the market, creatively advertised on the imager screens that adorn virtually every available flat surface. All the while, their mandatory cross-implants and wrist-worn “ICs” keep them focused on the endless cycle of work and consumption to which they are enslaved.
Publisher: HCI (October 1, 2012) ASIN: B008MXQBG4

The Middle Kingdom (Chung Kuo 3) by David Wingrove
A masterpiece of world-building to match George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, David Wingrove’s extraordinary and ambitious 20-volume Chung Kuo series is a dark glimpse into mankind’s destiny. ‘Awesome, Chung Kuo carries the hallmark of legend’ – SFX
Publisher: Atlantic Books (October 1, 2012) ASIN: B0099TTVL2

The Valmont Contingency by Val Roberts
Tasha Ocasek is having a bad day. First, her father forces her to meet the son of the ben Khalid ship-building cartel to secure a marriage contract. Then she gets stood up by ben Khalid, and sold off like a common whore to a psychopathic pharmaceutical magnate. Threatened with a life of drugged servitude, Tasha stows away on the first available ship.
Publisher: Carina Press (October 1, 2012) ASIN: B008O53SGG

Dead Space: Catalyst by Brian Evenson
Two hundred and fifty years in the future, extinction threatens mankind. Tampering with dangerous technology from the Black Marker—an ancient alien artifact discovered on Earth eighty years earlier— Earthgov hopes to save humanity. But the Marker’s influence reanimates corpses into grotesque rampaging nightmares. Steeped in desperation, deceit, and hubris, the history of the Markers reveals our ominous future…
Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (October 2, 2012) ASIN: B008BU6X2U

The Essential Guide to Warfare: Star Wars by Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart
Like many a great epic, Star Wars is rooted in a rich history of armed conflict. Now, for the first time, the facts, figures, and fascinating backstories of major clashes and combatants in the vast Star Wars universe have been documented in one fully illustrated volume.
Publisher: LucasBooks (October 2, 2012) ASIN: B008ZPFPAM

The Essential Novels: Star Wars 10-Book Bundle by Timothy Zahn, Michael A. Stackpole, James Luceno, and R.A. Salvatore
The Star Wars novels have been expanding the universe of this popular epic for decades. Now ten thrilling, action-packed classics have been collected in one convenient eBook bundle, a perfect introduction to the vibrant and varied eras of Star Wars history, past and future. With a rich cast of characters that includes beloved favorites—Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa—along with new villains and heroes, including the next generation of Jedi, these adventures will take fans for a breathtaking ride across time and space in the galaxy far, far away!
Publisher: LucasBooks (October 2, 2012) ASIN: B00957T4R4

The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.
Publisher: Ace (October 2, 2012) ASIN: B008EXK1P4

The Second Ship (The Rho Agenda: Book One) by Richard Phillips
In 1948, an alien starship fell from the New Mexico sky—and immediately vanished behind the walls of the Los Alamos Laboratory. Since that day the US military has endeavored to reverse engineer the ship’s alien technology through top-secret research known only as the Rho Project. Now, sixty years after the crash, the government is prepared tell all. Or so it claims…
Publisher: 47North (October 2, 2012) ASIN: B007TBSLG8

El Arca by Stephen Baxter and Almudena Romay Cousido
¿SERÁS TÚ UNO DE LOS AFORTUNADOS EN SOBREVIVIR AL SEGUNDO DILUVIO UNIVERSAL? «Revistas de gran difusión como New Scientist no tienen reparos en considerar a Baxter como el sucesor de Arthur C. Clarke y un igual de Isaac Asimov y Robert A. Heinlein.» —Miquel Barceló «Hace reflexionar no solo acerca de cómo estamos tratando a nuestro planeta, sino también sobre temas como el capitalismo salvaje, el uso y abuso de ciertas tecnologías, o sobre la forma de relacionarnos con los demás.» —Sagacomic Lothlórien «Baxter es un autor que hay que tener en cuenta: renueva la ciencia ficción adaptándola a los nuevos tiempos.» —Jaime Santamaría, Fantasymundo «Nunca antes había ofrecido Baxter una visión tan emocionante y conmovedora de un posible futuro. ‘El arca’ podría ser su obra maestra.» —Guardian Mientras suben las aguas y se desencadenan guerras salvajes por lo que queda de terreno elevado, los trabajos para construir una nave espacial en la que unos pocos privilegiados viajarán hacia un nuevo mundo continúan. Aquellos que vivan, de miles de millones que van a morir, serán los elegidos. Familias enteras son separadas por la fuerza al tiempo que se reúnen los recursos de un planeta anegado para una última apuesta… pero para los pocos supervivientes, el día del lanzamiento será solo el comienzo de otra pesadilla.
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas; 1 edition (October 5, 2012) ASIN: B009A81AI4

Última misión: Margolia by Jack McDevitt and Beatriz Ruiz Jara
CON ESTA NOVELA, GALARDONADA CON EL PREMIO NEBULA, MCDEVITT DA UN PASO MÁS EN LA SERIE DE ALEX BENEDICT. «Ambientada en el mismo universo que Polaris y Deepsix, la última aventura de ciencia ficción de McDevitt nos presenta un drama personal, así como una acción sin tregua en las profundidades del espacio exterior.» —Library Journal «Uno de los autores contemporáneos que mejor ha recuperado la tradición de las novelas de ficción especulativa.» —La Razón «Lo que me seduce de autores contemporáneos como Haldeman y McDevitt es que, sin necesidad de inventar complejísimas sociedades futuras, son capaces de catapultar al lector al centro mismo de una trama de pura y deslumbrante ciencia ficción.» —Locus «“¿Por qué leer a Jack McDevitt?”. La pregunta debería ser: “¿Quién está tan fuera de onda como para no estar leyendo ya a Jack McDevitt?”.» —Harlan Ellison Miles de años después de que una colonia entera, instalada en la mítica Margolia, desapareciera misteriosamente, llega a manos del marchante de antigüedades Alex Benedict un objeto proveniente, en apariencia, de la Buscadora, una de las naves margolianas. Investigando la procedencia del objeto en cuestión, Alex y su ayudante, Chase Kolpath, siguen una pista mortal hasta dicha nave, que, extrañamente, se encuentra a la deriva en un sistema carente de mundos habitables.
Publisher: La Factoría de Ideas; 1 edition (October 5, 2012) ASIN: B009A7YPBE

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