Books out today…
Altered Starscape (Andromedan Dark #1) by Ian Douglas. Hard SF, Harper Voyager
2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people—especially after they’re sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future. Civilizations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is most certainly a distant memory. All that matters now is survival. But as the ship’s Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.
Bold (Kris Longknife #14) by Mike Shepherd. Space Opera, Ace
Despite her role as a fleet admiral and protector of a planetary system, Kris is still beholden to her great grandfather King Raymond’s commands. She has been personally selected for a mission that, should she succeed, will save millions of lives. The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war. On one side is the tyrannical Empress, on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again—Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Due to their shared history, the Emperor believes Kris can mediate between the factions and bring about peace. But before Kris even begins her mission, she survives multiple assassination attempts on her family home world. Someone doesn’t want her interfering in the Empire’s affairs. Kris immediately suspects Vicky or the Empress, only to learn that it could also be a traitor among her own people…
Boy Robot by Simon Curtis. YA Science Fiction, Simon Pulse
There once was a boy who was made, not created. In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever: His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin. An origin he doesn’t want to believe, but one he cannot deny. Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now hunted, marked for termination. He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground—a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future. To be protected by the Underground, Isaak will have to make it there first. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable. Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive, at the risk of becoming the weapon he was made to be.
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Urban Fantasy, Thomas Dunne Books
Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy ekeing out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. Smart, beautiful, and dangerous, Atl needs to escape to South America, far from the rival narco-vampire clan pursuing her. Domingo is smitten. Her plan doesn’t include developing any real attachment to Domingo. Hell, the only living creature she loves is her trusty Doberman. Little by little, Atl finds herself warming up to the scrappy young man and his effervescent charm. And then there’s Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries. Vampires, humans, cops, and gangsters collide in the dark streets of Mexico City. Do Atl and Domingo even stand a chance of making it out alive?
Cloak of War (The Empress Game #2) by Rhonda Mason. Space Opera, Titan Books
The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home planet from occupation, Kayla must infiltrate the highest reaches of imperial power. But when a deadly nanovirus threatens to ravage the empire, it will take more than diplomacy to protect her homeworld from all-out war.
- A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith. YA Time Travel Fantasy, Running Brook
- A Taste of Honey (A Wildeeps Novella) by Kai Ashante Wilson. Fantasy/Dragons, Tor.com Publishing
- Bionic by Suzanne Weyn. YA Contemporary SF, Scholastic
- Black Ice Burning (Pale Queen #3) by A.R. Kahler. Fantasy, 47North
- The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer #4) by Brent Weeks. Epic Fantasy, Orbit
- Cast in Flight (Chronicles of Elantra #12) by Michelle Sagara. YA Fantasy, Mira
- Dark Detective: An Anthology of Supernatural Mysteries by Stephen Jones, editor. Supernatural Detective Fiction, Titan
- Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White. Supernatural Fantasy, Solaris
- Faller by Will McIntosh. Contemporary SF Thriller, Tor Books
- Illusion (Heirs of Watson Island #3) by Martina Boone. Contemporary Fantasy, Simon Pulse
- Isra-Isle by Nava Semel. Alternate History, Mandel Vilar Press
- The Jackal’s Trick (Star Trek: Prey #2) by John Jackson Miller. Media Tie-in, Pocket
- Lost Gods by Brom. Illustrated Supernatural, Harper Voyager
- Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls: After Dark #4) by C.C. Hunter. YA Urban Fantasy, St. Martin’s Griffin
- The Plague of Swords (Traitor Son Cycle #4) by Miles Cameron. Fantasy, Saga Press
- The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle. Alternate History, Ecco
- This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse by Robert Silverberg, editor. Anthology, Three Rooms Press
- Wandering Star (Zodiac #2) by Romina Russell. Science Fiction, Razorbill
- Weird Space: The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack. Science Fiction, Abaddon
Happy reading! Until next week in geek…