And here we go with the second tranche of new books for January:
Emergence by C.J. Cherryh
A station in a distant sector of space has been destroyed, and so Alpha Station is now crowded with refugees. The station itself cannot cope, so the refugees will have to be relocated to the planet surface. But where. They cannot go to the land of the atevi, but the territory allocated to humans is not welcoming either, because the refugees represent a political faction at odds with the human colony down on the planet. It’s a tricky problem for the diplomat Bren Cameron, if he is going to preserve the peace.
Time Shards by Dana Fredsti & David Fitzgerald
It’s called “The Event”, a rather quiet name for an unimaginable cataclysm: time itself has broken apart. The survivors cluster on an almost unrecognisable world made up of shards of all different times, so prehistoric monsters and futuristic robots coexist together. A desperate band including a 21st century Californian, a Romano-British warrior, a policewoman, and a World War II soldier have to come together to try and discover the truth behind the Event if they are going to survive.
The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
Nuclear war, disease, and the breakdown of society have all made the world a much colder place that we could know. At the edge of the world, amid the harsh snows of the Yukon, a young woman learns how to survive in this unforgiving landscape. Until a visitor from outside brings dark secrets from the past, and the woman is forced to set out on a desperate journey across the frozen landscape to find the answers that will help to keep her small community alive.
Points of Impact by Marko Kloos
The concluding volume in the Frontlines series begins with the alien ships having been chased out of the solar system. But the war is far from over, and the grinding task of chasing the aliens out of their burrows on Mars is having terrible impact on Earth forces. Earth is preparing a game-changer, but the aliens aren’t going to wait before they launch another attack, and all too soon we are plunged back into the chaos and mayhem of a full-scale war.
Neogenesis by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
The latest volume in the Liaden Universe sequence is set among the Free Ships and AIs who were supposed to have been destroyed centuries before, but who survive with their human allies by keeping away from much of human space. But now there is a Self-Award Logic that has awakened, and it is rumoured to have the power to destroy universes. The question is: who will get to it first?
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
This is the third book in McGuire’s series about Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, and since the previous volume, Every Heart a Doorway seemed to win every award going, it’s a sure bet that this is going to attract a lot of attention this year. It’s the story of Rini, whose mother seems to have died years before Rini was even conceived. Rini has an entire world to save, but before she can do that she has to restore her mother, or else she will never have been born.
The Weight of Words edited by Dave McKean & William Schafer
Dave McKean’s distinctive artwork has graced graphic novels, CD covers, book jackets and more. Now a bunch of top-notch writers, including Neil Gaiman, M.John Harrison, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joe Hill, Catherynne M. Valente, and Alastair Reynolds among others have contributed stories, each inspired by one of McKean’s paintings. Words and pictures combine into an amazing book, which includes two brand new pieces by Neil Gaiman, and even a story by McKean himself.
Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci
This is a swaggering, fast-paced space opera that should keep everyone gripped. At the centre of the story is Cade Sura, a renegade, a scoundrel, and a total fraud, who also just happens to possess the ultimate weapon. He doesn’t want it, he certainly doesn’t want to use it, but he may have no choice because everyone else is out to get it. Including a fanatical overlord who wants to bring the whole galaxy under his cruel reign. So it’s up to Cade and his cronies to change the history of the galaxy, and get out alive.
The Continuum by Wendy Nikel
Somebody has to enforce the essential rules of time travel, so Elise spends her days travelling into the past to rescue time travellers who’ve got into trouble in all sorts of locations. But then Elise herself gets into trouble. She’s kidnapped and forced to take part in a very dangerous assignment in the future. So for once she’s the one in the wrong place and the wrong time.
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.