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Baen

1635: A Parcel of Rogues (Ring of Fire) by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis (Baen 05 January 2016 / $26.00) - Product Description: Book #20 in the Ring of Fire series. When the diplomatic embassy from the United States of Europe was freed from the Tower of London during the Baltic War, most of its members returned to the continent. But some remained behind in Britain, including notorious enemy to the crown Oliver Cromwell. Now, the hunt for Cromwell is on, with King Charles himself demanding Cromwell's head.

When the diplomatic embassy from the United States of Europe was freed from the Tower of London during the Baltic War, most of its members returned to the continent. But some remained behind in Britain: Oliver Cromwell and a few companions, including the sharpshooter Julie Sims, her Scot husband Alex Mackay, and Cromwell's Irish-American self-appointed watchdog Darryl McCarthy.

Soon, the hunt is on for the most notorious rebel in English history, with King Charles himself demanding Cromwell's head. The new chief minister Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, brings over from Ireland a notorious crew of cutthroats led by the man called Finnegan to track down and capture the escapees from the Tower.

The hunt passes through England and into Scotland, where the conflict between Cromwell and his companions and their would-be captors becomes embroiled in Scotland's politics, which are every bit as savage and ruthless as Finnegan and his men. To make things still more conflicted and confused, the time Darryl McCarthy spends fighting alongside Cromwell forces him against his will to admire and respect--and even like--the man, despite Cromwell's demonic reputation among all self-respecting Irish nationalist families like Darryl's own.

It's a Gordian knot anywhere you look--until Julie Sims brings out her rifle. Now it's the turn of Scot partisans and English lords and Irish toughs to learn the lesson already learned on the continent: A safe distance isn't what you think it is. Not after the American angel of death spreads her wings.

(see review)

Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen 05 January 2016 / $16.00) - Product Description: Sick of combat and betrayal, Cordelia Vorkosigan is ready to settle down to a quiet life. But when the Emperor dies, her husband Aral becomes guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war. But neither Aral nor Cordelia can guess the part that their cell-damaged unborn will play in Barrayar's bloody legacy. Winner of the Hugo Award.

Read our review of Barrayar in our April 2013 issue. (Source: Baen)

Castaway Planet (Boundary) by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor (Baen 26 January 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: NEW ENTRY IN THE BEST-SELLING BOUNDARY SERIES. Stranded humans must adapt alien technology to survive on a dangerous planet.

Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien "Bemmie" nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets.

(see review)

Dark Victory (Alien Resistance) by Brendan DuBois (Baen 05 January 2016 / $15.00) - Product Description: A decade ago, the alien Creepers came to Earth. Humanity was driven back to a nineteenth-century existence. Then the war really began.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Knox has the usual problems of a teenage boy: getting along with his father, dating his sweetheart, and trying not to fail his junior year of high school. But Randy also has other demands on his time, as a sergeant in the N.H. National Guard, attached to the U.S. Army, and fighting the invading Creepers.

Randy has dim memories of a time of electric lights, laptop computers, television screens and above all, plenty of food at every meal. He has earned the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Endless war is all he knows. Endless war is all he knows now. And he's just been given the most dangerous assignment of his life.

(see review)

No Going Back (Jon & Lobo) by Mark L. Van Name (Baen 26 January 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: Haunted by memories of children he could not save, Jon Moore becomes so increasingly self-destructive that even his best friend, the hyper-intelligent Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, Lobo, is worried. So when Jon receives both a job offer and a message from a woman from his distant past, he and Lobo leap at the welcome diversions.

That the job is illegal is the least of their problems. They're happy to retrieve stolen artifacts from Jon's quarantined home world, and their fee is high even for a job so highly illegal. The forces protecting their targets are formidable, and the assault team that's chasing them is even more dangerous–but Jon and Lobo are used to that. The scientist Jon and Lobo need for the mission has an agenda of her own, but they've faced that problem before.

This time, though, the knowledge that they and the others seek spells doom for Jon.

Racing from planet to planet, Jon and Lobo come at last to a world so inhospitable that its statues and monuments outnumber its living inhabitants. Desperate and out of options, they encounter their deadliest challenges yet and must make life-changing decisions from which there truly is no going back.

(see review)

Shattered Shields by (Baen 26 January 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: Swords and Shields. Faith and Magic. Grab your weapons and prepare, for the enemy is on the move. High fantasy and mighty conflicts go hand-in-hand. In great wars, armies rise to fight evil hordes and heroes struggle to push beyond their imperfections to save the day. These stories include more than just epic landscapes and characters...they also feature epic battles.

Imagine a doctor struggling to identify the spy who has infiltrated his company's ranks and poisoned his colleagues or a boy suspected of murder by a king yet protected by a princess as he helps her father against his own people. Imagine a butcher discovering that he's called to lead an uprising, or a First Born knowing that she must betray her own in order to save humanity.

The possibilities are endless, but at the heart they have this in common: soldiers--ordinary and otherwise--struggling against extraordinary odds to survive the day. They must withstand dark magic, dodge enemy blades, and defy the odds to survive shattered schields.

Contributors: Larry Correia, Sarah A. Hoyt, Gray Rinehart, David Farland, Glen Cook, Seanan McGuire, John Helfers, Annie Bellet, Joseph Zieja, Wendy N. Wagner, Cat Rambo, Robin Wayne Bailey, Nancy Fulda, John R. Fultz, Dave Gross, James L. Sutter, and Elizabeth Moon.

(Source: Baen)

Unforgettable by Eric James Stone (Baen 05 January 2016 / $15.00) - Product Description: TRADE PAPERBACK ORIGINAL. Out of sight, out of mind. Due to a fluke of quantum mechanics, no one can remember Nat Morgan for more than one minute--not even his boss at the CIA.

Out of sight, out of mind. In the near future, a fluke of quantum mechanics renders Nat Morgan utterly forgettable. No one can remember he exists for more than a minute after he's gone. It's a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists.

Nat's attempt to steal a quantum chip prototype is thwarted when a former FSB agent, Yelena Semyonova, attempts to steal the same technology for the Russion mob.

Along with a brilliant Iranian physicist who wants to defect, Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

(see review)

Worst Contact by (Baen 05 January 2016 / $14.00) - Product Description: STORIES OF ALIEN CONTACT GONE WRONG. Will it be, "Greeting, fellow Sentients" or, "Nice Planet—we'll take it"? These stories from SF greats answer the question, "Are we alone in the universe?" with a resounding, "No, but we wish we were!"

When the first contact between humans and aliens from another planet happens, will they say, "Take me to your leader," or is "Surrender, puny primitive bipeds" more likely? Or maybe, "Hello there, I'm selling the latest edition of the Galactic Encyclopedia, and no planet should be without a set," might be the first words from the alien visitor.

Ever since H.G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds, science fiction writers have speculated on what the first contact might be like. From attacking invaders to wise and benevolent visitors who are ready to solve all our problems for us, from horror stories to hilarious satire, with all the stops in between, including plenty of tales in which the aliens are the ones who wish they'd stayed at home and never come across Earth and its inhabitants.

With stories by such science fiction masters as Poul Anderson, David Drake, William Tenn, Sarah A. Hoyt, Tony Daniel, and more, this is a collection filled with chills, thrills, and laughter, all reporting on what happens when First Contact turns into Worst Contact.

(Source: Baen)

Broadway Books

City of Blades (The Divine Cities) by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway Books 26 January 2016 / ) - Product Description: A generation ago, Voortyashtan was the stronghold of the god of war and death, the birthplace of fearsome supernatural sentinels who killed and subjugated millions. Now, the city lies in ruins and its god is dead. So it makes perfect sense that General Turyin Mulaghesh — foul-mouthed hero of the battle of Bulikov, rumored war criminal, ally of an embattled Prime Minister — has been exiled there to count down the days until she can draw her pension and be forgotten. At least, it makes the perfect cover story.

(see review)

Cosmic Egg Books

Visions Through a Glass, Darkly by David I. Aboulafia (Cosmic Egg Books 29 January 2016 / $18.95) - Product Description: Two days, eighteen hours, fifty-eight minutes... The time of your life on this earth. Richard Goodman is the caretaker of a unique institution that trains disabled youth in the art of watchmaking. But he is no ordinary administrator. He possesses extra sensory powers he does not fully understand and cannot control. But an innocent outing to Coney Island results in him obtaining a more disturbing ability, along with a terrifying prophecy that he will die in less than three days. As the clock of his life counts down, a still greater threat emerges. An uncanny assassin who will destroy everyone he knows and loves. Unless he can discover who the killer is. And stop him in time.

(Source: Cosmic Egg Books)

Del Rey

Staked (Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne (Del Rey 26 January 2016 / $27.00) - Product Description: When a Druid has lived for two thousand years like Atticus, he's bound to run afoul of a few vampires. Make that legions of them. Even his former friend and legal counsel turned out to be a bloodsucking backstabber. Now the toothy troublemakers--led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus--have become a huge problem requiring a solution. It's time to make a stand.

As always, Atticus wouldn't mind a little backup. But his allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble: Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination--a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares.

As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome. What better place to end an immortal than the Eternal City? But poetic justice won't come without a price: In order to defeat Theophilus, Atticus may have to lose an old friend.

(Source: Del Rey)

This Census-Taker by China Miéville (Del Rey 05 January 2016 / $24.00) - Product Description: In a remote house on a hilltop, a lonely boy witnesses a profoundly traumatic event. He tries--and fails--to flee. Left alone with his increasingly deranged parent, he dreams of safety, of joining the other children in the town below, of escape.

When at last a stranger knocks at his door, the boy senses that his days of isolation might be over.

But by what authority does this man keep the meticulous records he carries? What is the purpose behind his questions? Is he friend? Enemy? Or something else altogether?

Filled with beauty, terror, and strangeness, This Census-Taker is a poignant and riveting exploration of memory and identity.

(see review)

Forge Books

Only the Stones Survive by Morgan Llywelyn (Forge Books 05 January 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: For centuries the Túatha Dé Danann lived in peace on an island where time flowed more slowly and the seasons were gentle--until that peace was shattered by the arrival of invaders. The Gaels, the Children of Milesios, came looking for easy riches and conquest, following the story of an island to the west where their every desire could be granted. They had not anticipated that it would already be home to others, and against the advice of their druids, they begin to exterminate the Túatha Dé Danann.

After a happy and innocent childhood, Joss was on the cusp of becoming a man when the Gaels slaughtered the kings and queens of the Túatha Dé Danann. Left without a mother and father, he must find a way to unite what is left of his people and lead them into hiding. But even broken and scattered, Joss and his people are not without strange powers.

(see review)

Harper Voyager

Daughter of Blood (Wall of Night #3) by Helen Lowe (Harper Voyager 26 January 2016 / $7.99) - Product Description: Malian of Night and Kalan, her trusted ally, are returning to the Wall of Night--but already it may be too late. The Wall is dangerously weakened, the Nine Houses of the Derai fractured by rivalry and hate. And now, the Darkswarm is rising.

Among Grayharbor backstreets, an orphan boy falls foul of dark forces. On the Wall, a Daughter of Blood must be married off to the Earl of Night, a pawn in the web of her family's ambition. On the Field of Blood, Kalan fights for a place in the bride's honor guard, while Malian dodges deadly pursuers in a hunt against time for the fabled Shield of Heaven. But the Darkswarm is gaining strength, and time is running out--for Malian, for Kalan, and for all of Haarth.

(Source: Harper Voyager)

LucasBooks

The Force Awakens (Star Wars) by Alan Dean Foster (LucasBooks 05 January 2016 / $28.00) - Product Description: The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the highly anticipated blockbuster film directed by J.J. Abrams, featuring an 8-page color photo insert of thrilling images from the hit movie.

More than thirty years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike--beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the novel adaptation by Alan Dean Foster.

Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2,and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent. Yet the simple belief in good can still empower ordinary individuals to rise and meet the greatest challenges.

So return to that galaxy far, far away, and prepare yourself for what happens when the Force awakens.

(Source: LucasBooks)

Pink Narcissus Press

The Wan by Bo Balder (Pink Narcissus Press 01 January 2016 / $17.00) - Book Description: In a far future, on a faraway planet, humans have become infected by the alien Wan, creatures that communicate by feeding each other poems composed of their own flesh. Obsessed alien and former human biologist Ing infects Frog, a barren slave girl, and Firdaus, deposed ruler of the human settlement, with the alien fungus.

When a once-in-a-millennium Wan reproductive event threatens to destroy all human life on the planet, Frog and Firdaus must choose between transforming their loved ones into cadaverous toadstools and surviving - or watching them all die in a planetary holocaust.

Unless Frog can come up with a third solution - with the help of her greatest enemy.

(Source: Pink Narcissus Press)

Rosarium Publishing

The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez (Rosarium Publishing 01 January 2016 / $15.95) - Product Description: A quirky collection of short SF stories for fans of Kij Johnson and Kelly Link.

Assimilation is founded on surrender and being broken; this collection of short stories features people who have assimilated, but are actively trying to reclaim their lives. There is a concert pianist who defies death by uploading his soul into his piano. There is the person who draws his mother's ghost out of the bullet hole in the wall near where she was executed. Another character has a horn growing out of the center of his forehead—punishment for an affair. But he is too weak to end it, too much in love to be moral. Another story recounts a panda breeder looking for tips. And then there's a border patrol agent trying to figure out how to process undocumented visitors from another galaxy. Poignant by way of funny, and philosophical by way of grotesque, Hernandez's stories are prayers for self-sovereignty.

Contents
Introduction by Jeffrey Ford

The Aphotic Ghost
Homeostasis
Entanglements
The International Studbook of the Giant Panda
The Macrobe Conservation Project
Los Simpáticos
More Than Pigs and Rosaries Can Give
Bone of My Bone
The Magical Properties of Unicorn Ivory
American Moat
Fantasie Impromptu No. 4 in C#min, Op. 66
The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria
(see review)

Subterranean

Driven by Kelley Armstrong (Subterranean 31 January 2016 / $28.00) - Product Description: Subterranean Press is pleased to present a long Otherworld novella by Kelley Armstrong, featuring a number of full-color illustrations by Xaviere Daumarie.

Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world's worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.

When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can't refuse him. It isn't about morality or justice. It's about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.

But Elena is also dealing with the Pack's homegrown monster—Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena's control, as part of the most difficult decision she's had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she's going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think. (see review)

Titan Books

The Pagan Night: The Long Winter #1 by Tim Akers (Titan Books 19 January 2016 / ) - Product Description: The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it's the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart.

Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.

(see review)

Tor Books

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books 26 January 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one's peers and families.

But now they're both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world's magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world's every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together--to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

(see review)

Doom of the Dragon (Dragonships of Vindras) by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (Tor Books 05 January 2016 / $29.99) - Product Description: In three previous novels, Skylan Ivorson overcame obstacles that would have defeated a lesser man, rising from obscurity to become the Chief of Chiefs of the fearsome Vindrasi who sail their living dragonships far and wide to raid and plunder for the glory of the gods. However, a cruel twist of fate struck him down before he and his beloved could complete their quest for the five sacred dragonbones that would summon the great dragon Ilyrion and save their people from destruction at the hands of an evil god. But even true death is denied him, and his destiny is unfulfilled.

Caught between life and death, he must lead those who journeyed with him to battle the evil god and the vast army of the god and his human emperor. Skylan must fight as he never has before to win back his life and his love, while seeking the last Spiritbone--the key to summoning the ultimate victory--before it can be snatched away by the forces of evil.

(Source: Tor Books)

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson (Tor Books 26 January 2016 / $27.99) - Product Description: The author returns to the world of Mistborn with the follow-up to Shadows of Self. With The Alloy of Law and Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.

Now, with The Bands of Mourning, Sanderson continues the story. The Bands of Mourning are the mythical metalminds owned by the Lord Ruler, said to grant anyone who wears them the powers that the Lord Ruler had at his command. Hardly anyone thinks they really exist. A kandra researcher has returned to Elendel with images that seem to depict the Bands, as well as writings in a language that no one can read. Waxillium Ladrian is recruited to travel south to the city of New Seran to investigate. Along the way he discovers hints that point to the true goals of his uncle Edwarn and the shadowy organization known as The Set.

(see review)

Venture Press

Vanishing Point by Michaela Roessner (Venture Press 28 January 2016 / ) - Product Description: 90% of the population have vanished.
This apocalypse has nothing to do with bombs or some eco-catastrophe…
The World's population has simply disappeared.
People woke to find their lovers no longer beside them. Children woke to find their parents missing, parents woke to empty cribs. Neighbors found empty houses, empty apartment buildings. Civilization collapsed.

Three decades after the Vanishing, as it is called, the traumatized survivors are still trying to cope with loss and loneliness: some, like the destructive 'Bounders, gravitate toward religious fanaticism, thinking that the Vanishing was Judgement Day, while others preserve the memory of lost lives by maintaining their empty homes.

But all is not lost. Now, the inhabitants of the former Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California have reason to eb optimistic, pulling together to rebuild a secure life in an altered world.

At the House, a young woman, Renzie, is part of a team rebuilding society and researching the Vanishing. From across country an elderly scientist, Nesta Easterman, arrives with new theories and new approaches. Between them, they might just be able to salvage a new world order from the rubble.

But can Renzie and Nesta vanquish the 'Bounders before all is truly lost forever?
(see review)

Wildside Press

The Engineer ReConditioned by Neal Asher (Wildside Press 12 January 2016 / $11.99) - Product Description: Mysterious aliens ... ruthless terrorists ... androids with attitude ... genetic manipulation ... punch-ups with lasers ... giant spaceships ... what more could you want? This great collection presents 10 short stories (many set in Asher's best-selling Polity universe) by the author of Polity Agent, Gridlinked, Prador Moon, Hilldiggers, and many more.

(Source: Wildside Press)

William Morrow

Medusa's Web by Tim Powers (William Morrow 19 January 2016 / $26.99) - Product Description: From the author of Hide Me Among the Graves, Last Call, Declare, and Three Days to Never, a phantasmagoric, thrilling, mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family.

In the wake of their Aunt Amity's suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline's return to the childhood home they once shared. While Scott desperately wants to go back to their shabby South-of-Sunset lives, he cannot pry his sister away from this haunted "House of Usher in the Hollywood Hills" that is a conduit for the supernatural.

Decorated by bits salvaged from old hotels and movie sets, Caveat hides a dark family secret that stretches back to the golden days of Rudolph Valentino and the silent film stars. A collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time--to transport themselves into the past and future in visions that are both puzzling and terrifying. Though their cousins know little about these ancient "spiders" which provoke unpredictable temporal dislocations, Ariel and Claimayne have been using for years—an addiction that has brought Claimayne to the brink of selfish destruction.

As Madeline falls more completely under Caveat's spell, Scott discovers that to protect her, he must use the perilous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family's past and finally free them... or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?

(see review)

The Cyclops Initiative (Jim Chapel Missions) by David Wellington (William Morrow 05 January 2016 / $25.99) - Product Description: To save an innocent friend, soldier and spy Jim Chapel will risk his own life and reputation to stop a deadly conspiracy from threatening the country in this relentless, non-stop action adventure from the author of the acclaimed thrillers Chimera and The Hydra Protocol.

Jim Chapel pledged his life to protect his country from its enemies. But now, the one-armed Special Forces soldier turned spy is on the wrong side of the law. The person he trusts most in the world, the brilliant hacker known only as Angel, is suspected of terrorism. When his boss calls for Angel's arrest, Chapel--certain it's a frame job--has only one option: to go rogue.

To protect Angel--a woman he's never actually met--Chapel must clear her name. But first he has to find her, before a deadly Marine sniper, a drone aircraft gone feral, and the entire intelligence community closes in. With the aid of old friends and his ex-lover Julia, the search to find who framed Angel leads Chapel deep into the dark and lethal underbelly of the covert intelligence world ... to a conspiracy with deep roots that shocks even this hardened veteran--and a plan that will destroy the United States as we know it if it succeeds.

(Source: William Morrow)

Xenowealth Books

Xenowealth: A Collection by Tobias S. Buckell (Xenowealth Books 15 January 2016 / $5.99) - Product Description: High concept, adventurous science fiction stories featuring the beloved characters and settings from Tobias S. Buckell's popular Xenowealth novels. Enjoy this fast-paced ride through a universe that has been many years in the making, accessible to both fans of Buckell's Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose novels as well as first time readers. Xenowealth: A Collection includes stories like:

-The Fish Merchant: a glimpse at what first contact might be like from the perspective of those who will be battered by the fallout and geopolitical posturing. First published in one of science fiction's largest magazines and translated into multiple languages.
-Resistance: what happens when we hand over all our decision-making to algorithms and artificial intelligence? Can we let them vote for us? Should we?
-Necahual: an invading empire finds that not all is as it seems when it lands and gets a lesson about what both past and current occupation means.
-and including Ratcatcher, an all-new Xenowealth story written just for this collection.
Table of Contents: The Fish Merchant (Science Fiction Age); Manumission (Baen's Universe); Resistance ( Seeds of Change); A Cold Heart (first published in anthology Upgraded); Necahual (Clarkesworld Magazine); Placa del Fuego (Clarkesworld Magazine); The Rydr Express (The New Hero II); Ratcatcher (new); How the Xenowealth Came to Be.

(Source: Xenowealth Books)

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