Some fantastic new Fantasy Fiction this week

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The violent century by Tidhar, Lavie Where does it begin? A gunshot in the fog. A body, cold and white, in the water of the Havel River. A plane crashing into a skyscraper. Red poppies in a field as far as the eye can see. We sift through recollections, old footage, dusty manuscripts. Shadows gather. Probabilities collapse. The violent century. Where does it end? Perhaps where it begins. On a perfect summer’s day

Dragon Queen by Deas, Stephen -In the years before the Dragons laid waste to man’s empire, the fearsome monsters were used for war and as gifts of surpassing wealth to buy favour in the constant political battles that tore at the kingdoms. Notorious in these battles was the Dragon Queen. And now she is a prisoner – but no-one is more dangerous than when caged

The city by Gemmell, Stella -The City is ancient and vast and has been waging almost constant war for centuries. At its heart resides the emperor. Few have ever seen him. Those who have remember a man in his prime – and yet he should be very old. Some speculate that he is no longer human, others wonder if indeed he ever truly was. And a few have come to a desperate conclusion: that the only way to halt the emperor’s unslakebale thirst for war is to end his unnaturally long life

Dreams of gods and monsters by Taylor, Laini By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz. When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people – and, perhaps, for themselves

Thornlost by Rawn, Melanie – Part Elven, part Fae and part Wizard, Cayden Silversun is the talented playwright of the travelling theatre company, Touchstone. As the troupe’s tregetour, Cade creates the magic that enchants audiences throughout the Kingdom, but his powers are useless without his closest friend, the reckless Mieka. On stage, Mieka skilfully brings Cade’s visions to life, but behind the scenes, Cade’s prophecies warn of a dark future for the troubled elf

Spira mirabilis by Harte, Aidan In the 1347th year of Our Lady the engineers of Concord defeated the fractious city-state of Rasenna using the magical science of Wave Technology. The City of Towers fought back, and for a while Concord’s plans for domination were halted. But First Apprentice Torbidda regrouped, and reformed Concord to his own design. Now he is in absolute control, and plotting the final battle that will pacify Etruria – permanently. Contessa Sofia Scaligeri could rally her people once again, but she is far away in the Crusader Kingdom of Akka, trapped with her son by the tyrant Queen Catrina. Darkness is falling. The final battle must be fought and the tide must be turned, lest evil reign forever

Magician’s end by Feist, Raymond E -Discover the fate of the original black Magician, Pug, as prophecy becomes truth in the last book of the Riftwar Cycle

Tithe of the saviours by Dalton, A. J -The gods will see you brought down. The spirits of your ancestors will have their revenge upon you. The Saviours will drain you of your very soul. In claiming a place in the world, mortals have won many enemies for themselves. The ancient gods are jealous and conspire against them. The King of the Dead looks to lead his armies into the land of the living. In their own realm, the mighty Declension watches and waits, as events begin to unfold precisely as they had always planned. Jillan and his companions are beset on all sides, yet are plagued by self-doubt and internal division

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The quickening by Myerson, Julie Rachel and Dan – in love, expecting their first baby and also mourning the sudden death of a close friend – want to go somewhere hot in January. When Dan produces a ring and tells her he’s already booked a luxurious resort on Antigua, the holiday turns into a honeymoon. Rachel’s experience of the island soon turns from idyllic to disturbing. As furniture shifts and objects fly around, a waitress begs her to leave, and as a fellow guest starts to frighten her, Rachel realises that something sinister is going on. When the waitress is found dead, Rachel realises her only hope it to persuade Dan they should go. But Dan seems to have his own reasons for wanting to stay, and soon Rachel is unable to decide who – or what – she should be most afraid of

This house is haunted by Boyne, John –1867. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night. As she makes her way across the station platform, a pair of invisible hands push her from behind into the path of an approaching train. She is only saved by the vigilance of a passing doctor. When she finally arrives, shaken, at the hall she is greeted by the two children in her care, Isabella and Eustace. There are no parents, no adults at all, and no one to represent her mysterious employer. The children offer no explanation. Later that night in her room, a second terrifying experience further reinforces the sense that something is very wrong

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Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan review

Author of the Black Magician Trilogy, Trudi Canavan has a new series outThe Millenium’s Rule trilogy.  The Black Magician Trilogy is now rated by Nielsen BookScan as the most successful debut fantasy series of the last 10 years.

Canavan’s new series opener is Thief’s Magic  and it explores a land where an industrial revolution is powered by magic. Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.

Elsewhere, in an land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it – should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.

Yet not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust.

New Scifi, Fantasy and Horror

Here’s what’s new this week in these three genresThe concrete grove

 Horror

Pick of the week – Gary McMahon won the ‘This is Horror’ Novel of the Year award with  The concrete grove  It’s the first of a trilogy, so if you like it, 2 more to follow with, Silent Voices and Beyond here lies nothing. Imagine a place where all your nightmares become real. Think of dark urban streets where crime, debt and violence are not the only things to fear. Picture a housing project that is a gateway to somewhere else, a realm where ghosts and monsters stir hungrily in the shadows. Welcome to the Concrete Grove. It knows where you live.

Joshi  Black wings of Cthulhu VolumeThis is a collection of 18 horrifying tales taking their inspiration from stories by H.P. Lovecraft

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Lafferty  The ghost train to New Orleans  Zoe writes travel guides for the undead. And she’s good at it too – her new-found ability to talk to cities seems to help. After the success of ‘The Shambling Guide to New York City’, Zoe and her team are sent to New Orleans to write the sequel. Her career isn’t all that brings her to New Orleans. The only person who can save Zoe’s boyfriend from zombism is rumoured to live in the city’s swamps, but she’s out of her element in the wilderness. With her supernatural colleagues waiting to see her fail, and rumours of a new threat hunting citytalkers, can she stay alive long enough to finish her next book? 

Vandermeer  Annihilation For 30 years, Area X has remained mysterious, remote, and concealed by the government as an environmental disaster zone even though it is to all appearances pristine wilderness. For 30 years, too, the secret agency known as the Southern Reach has monitored Area X and sent in expeditions to try to discover the truth. Some expeditions have suffered terrible consequences. Others have reported nothing out of the ordinary. Now, as Area X seems to be changing and perhaps expanding, the next expedition will attempt to succeed where all others have failed. What is happening in Area X? What is the true nature of the invisible border that surrounds it?

Wood  No hero Oxford police detective Arthur Wallace is a good cop, but prefers that action and heroics remain on the screen, safely performed by professionals. But then secretive government agency MI12 comes calling, hoping to recruit Arthur in their struggle against the tentacled horrors from another dimension known as the Progeny

Wraight  Blood of Asaheim After half a century apart, in service to the Deathwatch and the Chapter, Space Wolves Ingvar and Gunnlaugr are reunited. Sent to defend an important shrine world against the plague-ridden Death Guard, the Grey Hunters clash with the pious Sisters of Battle, who see the Space Wolves as little better than the enemy they fight. As enemies close in around them and treachery is revealed, Gunnlaugr and his warriors must hold the defenders together – even as hidden tensions threaten to tear the pack apart

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D’Lacey  The book of the Crowman  It is the black dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the Earth wracked and dying. It is the bright day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the globe. The search continues for the shadowy figure known as the Crowman, as the Green Men prepare to rise up against the forces of the Ward

Eddings  Guardians of the west   Set against a backdrop of fantasy and mystery and in a land of dangerous imagination, the kidnapping of the son of the Overlord of the West, leads an army to embark upon a fantastic journey – that journey is chronicled in the Books of the Mallorean

Kashina  Blades of the old empire Kara is a mercenary, a Diamond warrior, the best of the best, and a member of the notorious Majat Guild. When her tenure as protector to Prince Kythar comes to an end, custom dictates he accompany her back to her guild to negotiate her continued protection

Scifi, fantasy, paranormal new this week

knightBach – Honour’s knight  After a mysterious attack left Devi Morris short of several memories and one partner, she’s determined to keep her head down, do her job and get on with her life. Even though she’s not looking for it this time, trouble keeps finding her. She sees ghostly creatures no one else can, the inexplicable black stain on her hands keeps getting bigger and she can’t seem to stop getting into compromising situations with a man she’s supposed to hate. When a deadly crisis exposes far more of the truth than she bargained for, she discovers there are worse fates than being shot – and that sometimes the only people you can trust are the ones who want you dead. Sci fi

Evans – The problem with promises   Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep. Half-fae Hedi has tried to live by this rule, yet however fast she runs, trouble tracks her down. In the fae realm, a mage has imprisoned her twin brother Lexi, and she swears to set him free. Paranormal

Grimwood – Felaheen Ashraf Bey has been many things since arriving in El Iskandryia from Seattle. One thing he hasn’t been is son to Moncef, Emir of Tunis – the father Ashraf has still to meet. Now it may be too late, since the rumours that don’t have Emir Moncef escaping assassination have him hovering on the edge of death Scifi

Leonard – Moth and spark Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer. When the two run into each other in the library, sparks fly. Fantasy

Neill – Wild things Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead … or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested! Paranormal

Ryan – Blood song Vaelin Al Sorna’s life changes forever the day his father abandons him at the gates of the Sixth Order, a secretive military arm of the Faith. Together with his fellow initiates, Vaelin undertakes a brutal training regime – where the price of failure is often death. Under the tutelage of the Order’s masters, he learns quickly and quietly. Now his new skills will be put to the test. War is coming Fantasy

 

Fantasy, paranormal and scifi new this week

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Among the highlights this week are Hugh Howey’s final instalment of the Wool trilogy and from G R R Martin, the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of The Song of Ice and Fire series, a book first published in 1986 about Haviland Tuf  – an honest space-trader who likes cats.

Denning, Tony – Star Wars: Crucible Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families, and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. |b The stunning follow-up to Fate of the Jedi! Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia have spent a lifetime fighting wars, bringing the Jedi back from extinction, raising families, and saving the galaxy more times than they can count. They’ve earned the right to rest on their laurels and let the younger generation shoulder the burden–but fate has another adventure in store for our heroes, a quest only they can tackle and hope to survive.

Eden, Greg – Eternal flame   The generation ship Peerless has set out on a mission to discover the technology needed to save its home world from annihilation. But the Peerless is facing urgent problems of its own. It does not carry enough fuel to return home, so without a new form of propulsion the explorers will remain stranded in space

 Howey, Hugh – Dust The much-anticipated final instalment of the Wool trilogy. In a time when secrets and lies were the foundations of life, someone has discovered the truth. And they are going to tell. Jules knows what her predecessors created. She knows they are the reason life has to be lived in this way. And she won’t stand for it. But Jules no longer has supporters. And there is far more to fear than the toxic world beyond her walls. A poison is growing from within Silo 18. One that cannot be stopped. Unless Silo 1 step in

Mann, Phillip – The disestablishment of paradise   Something has gone wrong on the planet of Paradise. The human settlers are finding that their crops won’t grow and their lives are becoming more and more dangerous, the indigenous plantlife is changing in unpredictable ways, and the imported plantings wither and die. And so the order is given – Paradise will be abandoned. Not all agree with the decision. There are some who believe that Paradise has more to offer the human race, and so the leader of the research team and one of the demolition workers set off on a journey across the planet

Martin, G R R – Tuf voyaging   Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader, one of the few, and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth’s Ecological Engineering Corps? We’ll leave that aside for now – just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds

Weir, Andy – The Martian  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

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Abraham, Daniel  – The tyrant’s law  Palliako begins a conquest aimed at bringing peace to the world, though his resources are stretched too thin. When things go poorly, he finds a convenient target among the 13 races and sparks a genocide. Clara Kalliam remakes herself as a loyal traitor and starts building an underground resistance movement

 Harris, Joanne M – The gospel of Loki With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods, who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take revenge. While Loki is planning the downfall of Asgard and the humiliation of his tormentors, greater powers are conspiring against the gods and a battle is brewing that will change the fate of the worlds

Williams, Jennifer – The copper promise There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel: some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths. For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him – and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done. But sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes it pays to listen. Soon this reckless trio will become the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart

Paranormal

Cole, Kresley – Wicked deeds on a winter’s night USA Today bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a tale about a jaded werewolf and a captivating young witch, adversaries with a vendetta between them

London, LaurieTempted by blood Paranormal Mills and Boon

Viehl, Lynn – Disenchanted & co Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot – one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband. Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police Chief Inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life – and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive

Scifi, Horror and fantasy new this week in Leeds Libraries

Some nice new titles in these genres for fans this week.

Scifi

Bach, RachelFortune’s pawn – Deviana Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. One of those is going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. Not when she just got a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble. And with a reputation for bad luck that makes one year as security detail on this ship equal to five years everywhere else – Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year might be more than even Devi can handle

Banks, Iain M Feersum endjinn  – a science fiction novel of great imagination, from a highly celebrated author.

Herbert and Anderson – Hellhole awakening General Adolphus knows the Monarchy crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together all the resources of the Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds

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Condit, SonjaThe starter house – When Lacey moves into her dream house, she believes it will be the perfect place to raise her first, precious child. But she soon realises that old houses hold secrets … and some secrets can kill

Duncan, GlenBy blood we live paranormal Remshi is the oldest vampire in existence. He is searching for the werewolf named Talulla, whom he believes is the reincarnation of his long lost – and only – love. But he is not the only one seeking Talulla. Hunted by the Militi Christi, a religious order hell-bent on wiping out werewolves and vampires alike, Remshi and Talulla must join forces to protect their families, fulfil an ancient prophecy and save both of their lives

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Dalglish, DavidA dance of cloaks  – The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins – they fear only one man. Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves’ guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren’s son, trained to be heir to his father’s criminal empire. He’s cold, ruthless – everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest’s daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers, and the iron rule of his fathe

Smith, A JThe black guard The Duke of Canarn is dead, executed by the King’s decree. The city lies in chaos, its people starving, sickening, and tyrannized by the ongoing presence of the King’s mercenary army. But still hope remains: the Duke’s children, the Lord Bromvy and Lady Bronwyn, have escaped their father’s fate. Separated by enemy territory, hunted by the warrior clerics of the One God, Bromvy undertakes to win back the city with the help of the secretive outcasts of the Darkwald forest, the Dokkalfar. The Lady Bronwyn makes for the sanctuary of the Grass Sea and the warriors of Ranen with the mass of the King’s forces at her heels. And in the mountainous region of Fjorlan, the High Thain Algenon Teardrop launches his Dragon Fleet against the Red Army

Tchaikovsky, Adrian War master’s gate Relentlessly advancing towards Collegium, the Empire is again seeking to break down its walls. The mighty imperial armies have learnt from their failures, and Empress Seda will brook no weakness in her soldiers. Yet the campaign may be decided far from marching armies. In an ancient forest, the Empress Seda is seeking lost magic. Some dangerous shadow of old night is locked up among these trees and she is wants its power. Cheerwell Maker must stop her – but will their rivalry awaken something far deadlier

Wilson, GeoffreyWar of the Grail The year is 1856. King John is dead and the war that will win or lose the English rebellion has finally begun. Regiments of Rajthanan troops are massing to the south of free Shropshire while to the north, refugees bring stories of attacks by the devil himself. A strange set of maps that Jack Casey discovered in Scotland could hold the key to England’s freedom. Kanvar, the rebel’s engimatic Sikh ally, believes the charts will unlock the secrets of the Rajthanans’ magic and perhaps guide Jack to the Holy Grail. But can Jack harness the power of the Grail before the conqueror’s overwhelming forces destroy the dream of a free England forever?

McKay, Emily – The lair fantasy/dystopian Twin sisters Lily and Mel have bravely escaped the Farm – a place where young people are bred to die. Now separated, they must continue the fight on their own. After making it to a resistance base camp, Lily decides to make the difficult trek north to Canada – and safety. Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the vampire who turned her.But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her and save her sister, But in the fight against the ultimate evil, can both hope to survive?

Duncan, GlenBy blood we live paranormal Remshi is the oldest vampire in existence. He is searching for the werewolf named Talulla, whom he believes is the reincarnation of his long lost – and only – love. But he is not the only one seeking Talulla. Hunted by the Militi Christi, a religious order hell-bent on wiping out werewolves and vampires alike, Remshi and Talulla must join forces to protect their families, fulfil an ancient prophecy and save both of their lives

Books that influenced game designers

image-medium (66)Keith Stuart writes in the Guardian blog about 10 books every gamer should read. He’s met game designers from all over the world –  US, Russia,  Japan,  France, Denmark,  Britain -while writing about technology for the last 17 years. He says while the cultural references can be hugely diverse, there are certain books / movies that come up in conversation over and over again. Game designers and developers have cited these most often as influences on their work. Links to our catalogue if you want to read them

Akira – Katsuhiro Otomo – Post-apocalyptic saga set in Tokyo charts the coming of the creature known only as Akira, a power both feared and prized for its potential to shake the recovering world. Influences from West (Star Wars) & East (Japanese author Seishi Yokomizo) Credited with introducing manga & through its animated movie translation, anime, to Western audiences. Other authors: Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Alan Moore’s Watchmen

Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories – HP Lovecraft – reinvented the horror genre for the 20thC, dropping witches & ghosts and ‘envisaging mankind as an outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe.’ Games  –Dungeons and Dragons, role-playing games since. Other authors: Michael Moorcock (especially the Elric books)Stephen King (The Dark Tower series 1 Gunslinger. 2 Drawing of the three 3 Waste Lands ); Robert Bloch.

Dragon Ball – Akira Toriyama Considered to be one of all-time great mangas  it ran as a serial in the weekly Japanese comic, Shōnen Jump, (230m copies sold worldwide). Based around the Chinese novel Journey to the West this epic combines exciting martial arts action and eccentric & fascinating characters. Mix of combat, mythology and comedy. Other authors ‘big 3’ manga – Naruto, Bleach One Piece

The Greek Myths – Robert Graves Ancient Greece inspired the heroic quest (Odysseus, Perseus), a central element in almost every role-playing game. Also influences ideas of prophesy, destiny and of ‘the chosen one’ who is born to vanquish evil. Myths include magic and vengeful gods.  Games: God of War and Altered Beast Other authors: the Norse and Celtic mythologies; the Bible.

The Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell (not got this one, but others by him) A study of world mythologies and the concept of the heroic archetype. The author argues that all mythological tales spring from a single monomyth in which a hero defeats a series of challenges to attain a life-changing gift. Other authors: Sir James George Frazer The Golden Bough

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski – a cybertext, ‘a work of “ergodic” literature in which the formatting of the text becomes a puzzle the reader must solve. A story about how to tell stories in the digital age’. Other authors: Jorge Luis Borges

King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard  Allan Quartermain is the archetypal flawed adventure hero and introduced the Lost World genre of fiction. Indiana Jones is the modern version.  Everything from Pitfall to Tomb Raider where hero and team locate a lost temple filled with treasures may have roots in this novel. Others:  Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island)  Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan),  Robert E. Howard (Conan)

Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien   Influenced  fantasy game designers about the importance of mythological back story e.g. Dungeons and Dragons and Japanese role-playing games such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy, and onto World of Warcraft. Other authors: Michael Moorcock; Terry Pratchett; Brandon Sanderson;  Steven Erikson; Mervyn Peake Gormenghast 

Neuromancer – William Gibson  Gibson more anarchic writing about hackers, criminal corps, paranoia, busted up computer hardware, hard-drinking renegades and drugs appealed to bedroom programmers in the 80s /early 90s   Games= Syndicate, Beneath as Steel Sky and later Deus Ex, .hack// and Metal Gear Solid  Other authors: Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson or Pat Cadigan;  Manga – Ghost in the Shell

Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein – eBook Gears of War, Halo, Killzone, Quake… owe a debt to the concept of the space marine brilliantly realised in Heinlein’s future war epic about the concept of a mechanised military defending humanity from invading aliens. Key elements in the biggest sci-fi games: troubled hero advancing through the ranks, an insect-like extra-terrestrial threat,  factional military.Other authors: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Iain M Banks’ Culture novels