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Today is the official release date for All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries 1) by Martha Wells!

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

“Murderbot is wonderfully relatable, very funny and a great narrator, editorial asides and all. The story is well put together and sketches out an intriguing future, but the real draw is our host, and the result is a story that builds to an unexpectedly moving climax. More Murderbot, please.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!

“This slim read is both surprisingly funny and packed with intriguing future worldbuilding, all the more reason to celebrate the sequel due later in the year.” — B&N SFF Blog

Also hitting the shelves today: The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

A series milestone as we welcome the twentieth amazing entry in the nationally best-selling Liaden Universe® series.

The luck runs rough around Theo Waitley. Not only are people trying to kill her and capture the self-aware intelligent ship Bechimo to whom Theo is bonded, they’re also trying to arrest her crew members, and throw the dignity of an important passenger, the duly-constituted norbear ambassador Hevelin, into question.

“The anomalous scenario gives Theo serious choices to make, transforming the “safe space” into something much more perilous­and much more adventurous.” — B&N SFF Blog

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Today is the official release day for Brimstone by Cherie Priest!

“In this pitch-perfect penny dreadful, Priest (The Family Plot) evokes the strangeness and charm of early-19th-century Florida and the fortitude of two spectacular protagonists. Priest wields a brilliant command of the delightful and the frightening in this enchanting tale. The detailed extrapolation of Spiritualist beliefs into reality makes the story even more terrifying than if it had a supernatural villain driving the chaos. The conclusion is both uplifting and satisfying, a fitting reward for the protagonists, who have each sought only to give help and love to those in need.” – Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Priest weaves intriguing historical detail throughout this slowly intensifying tale of darkness, fire, and the power of human connection. Recommended for fans of Joe Hill, otherworldly suspense, and stories with a strong sense of place and history.” – Booklist

Also available today, the first of the brand new novels in the acclaimed Under Jurisdiction series: Blood Enemies by Susan R. Matthews

“Matthews’ intelligent prose, her genius for the unexpected, and her keen sense of atmosphere, produce an extremely compelling read.” – New York Review of Science Fiction

Andrej Koscuisko is a former Fleet Medical Officer for the Jurisdiction. But he also served as the Inquisitor for the Bench, a position both tempting and full of conflict. Finally reaching his limit, Andrej fled into Gonebeyond Space. Now savage terrorist organization Angel of Death means to make Gonebeyond its own, but the secret service of the Dolgorukij church, the Malcontent, plans to stop them. The Malcontent faces Andrej’s unplanned intervention at the worst possible time, and the only way to bring down an organization that has slain whole systems is for Andrej to once again risk his soul and sanity as an Inquisitor.

Want to see how it all began? Baen Books has also re-issued the first six novels of the Jurisdiction series in two omnibus volumes: Fleet Inquisitor, including Exchange of Hostages, Prisoner of Conscience, and Angel of Destruction, and Fleet Renegade, including Hour of Judgment, The Devil and Deep Space, and Warring States!

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Out today – Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, the fifth and final story of Simon and Meg and the World of the Others!

“Bishop’s Novel of the Others series has truly been one of the most original and phenomenal UF series out there, so this fifth book is a bit bittersweet. While Bishop’s worldbuilding is second to none, it has been the characters and their relationships that elevate these stories into masterpieces. It appears that this will be the final Simon and Meg book (at least for now), since in her next book Bishop will turn to new characters in a different part of Thaisia. Bottom line, this is once again an epically amazing and thrilling story, but I really hope Bishop returns to continue Simon and Meg’s unforgettable journey because this didn’t feel like a finale.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!

“The last book of the Others ends one of the most intriguing urban fantasy series ever written. It picks up in the wake of the events of Marked in Flesh, in which the Humans First and Last movement rose up, forcing the Others to deal with them. The Others are understandably dubious about allowing humans into their realm after all that trouble, and are keeping a close eye on the folks living in the Courtyard–­especially Meg Corbyn and her human friends. One final time (at least until the announced spin-off series), Bishop proves she is a master at carefully setting the scene before tearing it to shreds and throwing everything into delightful chaos: when a mysterious, powerful man arrives in the Courtyard, everyone knows the Others are watching to see how Meg and Simon Wolfgard deal with him. (We vote “teeth and claws,” but maybe cooler heads will prevail.)” — B&N SF&F Blog

Read the whole epic story!

Book 1: Written in Red
Book 2: Murder of Crows
Book 3: Vision in Silver
Book 4: Marked in Flesh
Book 5: Etched in Bone

First chapter of Written in Red!

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Today is the official release date for the new novel from Mary Robinette Kowal: Ghost Talkers!

“In this entrancing alternate history, Kowal (the Glamourist Histories series) introduces the Spirit Corps, a group that communicates with recently killed soldiers to gather important wartime information. It’s the summer of 1916, and American medium Ginger Stuyvesant works with the British Army at Le Havre to coordinate and lead spirit circles. When her intelligence officer fiancé, Capt. Benjamin Harford, uncovers a German plot to target the Spirit Corps and is sent to the front soon after, Ginger must use every power at her disposal to track down a traitor and protect the corps. Kowal’s depiction of spiritualism is richly imagined, and its complications and consequences are thoughtfully considered. Her depiction of the Western Front includes diverse characters often neglected in wartime stories: the many people who help Ginger include women young and old, people of color, and disabled veterans, all of whom are dismissed by the British men in charge. The well-drawn characters and the story’s gripping action and deep emotion will captivate readers.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Once again, Kowal takes an innovative premise and executes it superbly, imaginatively marrying history with a fresh fantasy concept. Though the romance between Ginger and Ben is bittersweet, the story never becomes maudlin — in fact, it’s absolutely riveting. The story moves briskly as Ginger struggles to identify a spy in the English army, revealing itself as an engrossing amalgam of romance, historical fiction, fantasy and mystery. I only have one caution: When you start , Ghost Talkers, clear your schedule — you won’t be able to put it down.” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!

Read an excerpt here!

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Today is the official publication day for a new Raksura novel: The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells!

The Edge of Worlds, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura, shape-shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups. The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas, near the deeps of the impassable Ocean. They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.

“An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through.”
—Publishers Weekly

Also available today: Jericho by Alex Gordon!

In this follow-up to the masterful debut Gideon, a young witch must risk death and damnation to defeat a powerful ancient evil.

In unearthing her father’s secret past, Lauren Reardon discovered a shocking truth about herself. She is a Child of Endor, a sect of witches who believe they are the guardians of the “thin places”—areas across the globe where evil can seep through the divide between the worlds separating the living and the restless dead. At any time, she can be called upon to close one of these breaches and prevent demons from infiltrating our realm. When Lauren has a disturbing vision of an Oregon forest, she is drawn back to the familiar woods of the misty Pacific Northwest to investigate.

Locals had long whispered about an abandoned logging camp known as Jericho—of the strange disappearances and eerie sounds heard in the woods deep in the night. But these ghost stories only hint at the true evil lurking within the camp’s dilapidated buildings, a primeval malevolence far more terrifying than Lauren’s darkest imaginings. And now, Lauren must face this evil, even if it takes her life . . . even if it costs her soul.