Here’s some recently added SciFi titles which have been recommended by readers.
The forever watch by David Ramirez — The Noah, a city-sized ship, half-way through an 800-year voyage to another planet. In a world where deeds, and even thoughts, cannot be kept secret, a man is murdered: his body so ruined that his identity must be established from DNA evidence. Within hours, all trace of the crime is swept away, hidden as though it never happened. Hana Dempsey, a mid-level bureaucrat genetically modified to use the Noah’s telepathic internet, begins to investigate
Hannu Rajaniemi’s The Causal Angel – With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science, Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark for SF in the 21st century. And now with his third novel he completes the tale of his gentleman rogue, the many lives and minds of Jean de Flambeur. Influenced as much by the fin de siecle novels of Maurice leBlanc as he is by the greats of SF, Rajaniemi weaves intricate, warm capers through dazzling science, extraordinary visions of wild future and deep conjecture on the nature of reality and story. And now we find out what will happen to Jean, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung through the solar system
Carrie Patel’s first novel, The Buried Life is set many years after a catastrophe has engulfed the planet, and humanity dwells underground in the vast city of Recoletta, a gas-lit realm evoking a steampunk Victorian London. The city’s rulers are draconian in their control of the knowledge of history, and the possession of unapproved texts is a crime. When eminent historian Dr Cahill is murdered, it falls to municipal inspector Liesl Malone to investigate, only to find her work on this case and subsequent murders hampered by the secretive Directorate of Preservation. The Buried Life excels on many levels, quite apart from its presentation of strong female characters: it’s a cracking whodunnit with sufficient twists and turns to make Agatha Christie proud, a vivid portrayal of a vibrant multicultural society, and an intriguing love story. (Guardian)
David Barnett – Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon the second volume of his Gideon Smith trilogy, he puts steampunk through the mangle and mashes it into something magical. Likable hero Gideon is on a mission to America on the trail of the evil villain Louis Cockayne, who has kidnapped Gideon’s true love, Maria the Mechanical Girl, and a brass dragon known as Apep. What follows is a breathless tale of thud and blunder, villains and monsters galore, a crazed and convoluted plot and a clever denouement that nicely sets up the third and final volume. (Guardian)
The Martian by Andy Weir -So that’s the situation. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed
Abaddon’s gate bu James S A For generations, the solar system – Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt – was humanity’s great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core