Trade Paperback, 284ppFound naked and alone in a locked room. The beautiful woman was in perfect health - except she was dead... It's 2043 and much has changed: nuclear war, biotechnology and all-powerful corporations have ruled the world... Now science is taking DNA manipulation to new, unrestricted levels.
Superintendent Frank Steele is an old-fashioned cop. He commands a small, elite police unit that is handed all of the bizarre and baffling cases no one else can solve. He knows the money, the murders, missing persons and gruesome body shops are all connected. He knows it starts with the girl...
"Defining Diana manages to feel true to both its hardboiled and its futuristic roots. The writing presents an interesting mash-up of pulp dialogue and well-researched scientific theory. The novel's characterizations of the SDU's troubled and conflicted officers is also top notch. Trenholm's solid police procedural, set in a cyberpunk Calgary, will appeal to mystery and science fiction fans alike."
15.95Trade Paperback, 273pp
Four dead Borg and counting. Serial killer, gang violence or civil war? While the Special Detection Unit hunts for answers, a terrified family searchs for their Disappeared daughter, and war between society's elites takes an even nastier turn. Borg and genetic technology is evolving exponentially and Frank Steele finds himself up against unfathomable enemies.
Franks needs to find the key that ties it all together. He's sworn to protect every citizen. It's his duty as a cop. But now it's gotten personal and Frank has to face the ultimate test - investigating the death of his own son.
"Steel Whispers is an edge-of-your seat amalagam of police procedural and razor-sharp science fiction. The streets of Calgary never seemed so mean! Fans of Dashiell Hammett and William Gibson both will love this; a great novel from one of Canada's fastest-rising SF stars."
--Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Wake.
“A taut, near-future police procedural with a plot as sinewy as that cyborg snake in Blade Runner. Hayden Trenholm works the mean streets and millionaires’ mansions of mid-21st century Calgary and comes up with a winner.”
—Matthew Hughes, Author of the Tales of Henghis Hapthorn.
Trade Paperback, 256pp
The eagerly anticipated conclusion to The Steele Chronicles!
When Frank Steele retired from the police force to work as a private detective, he left behind more foes than friends. His girlfriend Nancy disappears in a high-tech abduction, no trace of her assailants to be found.
Steele has a good idea what his long-time enemies want from him in exchange for Nancy, but he isn’t willing to put control into the wrong hands. Fighting to survive amidst the treachery and power struggles of society's elite, he is haunted by the remnants of his dead son's memories. His new Borg implants introduce him to unimaginable physical capabilities and a final understanding of the intricacies of Borg culture.
Steele's investigation into the disappearance of his last chance at happiness only takes him further away from the law and deeper into the brutal underworld of a city and a man each desperately holding onto their humanity.
"Hayden Trenholm doesn't just steal home — he knocks the ball out of the park with this stunning conclusion to one of the best SF/Crime crossover series ever written. Bravo!"
— Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of WAKE
Right to Know
Trade Paperback, 236pp
Right to Know by Edward Willett, the Aurora-winning author of over fifty books, is a fast-paced space opera about first contact -- with a difference. When Art Stoddard, civilian information officer of the generation ship, Mayflower II, is kidnapped by secret military organization determined to overthrow the power of Captain and crew, he becomes embroiled in a conflict that tests everything he thought he knew. Now, he is forced to choose between preserving social order and restoring the people’s right to know. But what if knowledge is the most dangerous thing of all?
When Art is ripped from the safety of his ship by the mysterious residents of Peregrine, his problems only escalate. He becomes a pawn in a game that will determine the fate of both ship and planet. As he and his new found friends rush to save both, he faces questions of courage, loyalty and moral responsibility.
"An inspiring tale of redemption and courage, set in an all too plausible future in space. Well done!" Julie Czerneda, author of The Clan Chronicles
Trade Paperback 239pp
Ten years after the arrival of the interstellar generation-ship, Mayflower II, nothing much seems to have changed on the long-forgotten planet of Peregrine. Then Lorn Kymbal, now a Corporal in the planetary security service, is summoned to the remote cabin by an old friend of his family – Javik, a man better known for his dangerous conspiracy theories than his hospitality. Javik alerts Lorn to a new threat to the planet’s safety, moments before he is murdered. By exploding mechanical spiders!
Lorn tracks the conspirators into the deepest and most dangerous reaches of the planet to discover that the plot threatens not only his home planet, but the entire galaxy. Kymbal, a veteran of the war of liberation that had almost cost his life, now must fight poisonous trees, killer robots and his own inner demons as he tries to win peace for himself and his people.
Falcon’s Egg is the fast-paced sequel to Right to Know by Aurora-winning author of over fifty books, Edward Willett.
Trade Paperback, 284pp
The first of The Plague Confederacy series, Breakpoint: Nereis combines a rousing space opera with a first-rate medical mystery. Struggling to rebuild an empire shattered by plague, the starship, Waiora, recontacts the colony of Nereis, only to find themselves embroiled in war. The mandate of First Contact is to help stabilize devastated colonies while searching for the origins of the plague that brought down the empire. But the new Confederacy has struggles of its owns and it is ill-equipped to play peacemaker. Passions run high as deceit and trickery threaten to destroy them all.
"A many-layered story of political intrigue and action, with a broad cast of sympathetic characters and a well-thought-out scientific background; glad I picked it up!"
James Alan Gardner, two-time Aurora Award winner
Trade Paperback, 333pp
Eyre has survived the collapse of the galactic better than most of the lost colonies with a central government, a world trade network, an effective medical system. And a pathological fear of death. When the medical re-contact ship, Waiora, arrives, with its dual mission of finding the plague and stabilizing surviving colonies, its crew is quickly immersed in a religious schism that endangers their mission and threatens their survival. As a mysterious contagion terrorizes the city and incites revolution against the Caducean Order, the Waiorans must choose between the success of their mission and their most deeply held values.
Contagion: Eyre is the second volume of The Plague Confederacy.
Sinclair's writing is "a pleasure to read... the kind of intelligent interesting SF we want to be reading and thinking about."
-- Jo Walton, Nebula and Hugo Award Winning author of Among Others
Trade Paperback, 238pp
A race for power and wealth transforms into a race to save the world in Al Onia's debut novel, Javenny. A young woman's calling may be all that stands between Earth and the dreams of a dying alien race... assuming she survives the machinations of her church and the corporate sharks who want to use her for their own ambitions. Javenny is a globe spanning adventure that asks the question; can a single person change the world?
" Javenny is a thrilling first-contact story with an unforgettable heroine. An auspicious debut from a major new talent: this is one of the best first novels I've read in years."
-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Red Planet Blues
Trade Paperback, 244pp
On a distant mining colony at the far reaches of known space, vast cities crawl across the surface of a desolate planet looking for valuable minerals while their citizens struggle to survive. Victor Stromboli, a professional crime scene witness, is nearly crippled by the brutal memories he can neither control nor forget.
Now, he has to solve the mystery of a missing corporate executive. The only trouble is: the victim is married to the one love of Victor’s life. Stromboli has to overcome rogue miners, corporate intrigue and a pair of vicious psychopaths. Or die trying.
Trade Paperback, 238pp
In a secret settlement filled with rebels and outcasts, Victor Stromboli fights to establish his authority as the newly minted Sheriff of Rogue Town. Having survived the destruction of Transient City, Stromboli returns to his former home to recover vital technology, only to discover he has a murder investigation on his hands.
Recent arrival, Olaf Greggsun, was tortured before being brutally killed – but what secrets did he have that were worth dying for and who wanted them badly enough to kill? Caught between competing corporate agendas and corrupt local officials, Stromboli will need all his wits to solve this crime and protect Shoes, the peculiar and brilliant woman he has grown to love.
But who can he trust? Everyone seems to have their own dark secrets and hidden motives and if Stromboli can’t sort the good guys from the bad, he risks losing everything – including his life.
Children of Arkadia
Trade Paperback, 260pp
Kaus wants nothing more than to be loved while its human counterpart, Raj Patel, believes fervently in freedom. Arkadia, one of four space stations circling Jupiter, was to be a refuge for all who fought the corrupt systems of old Earth, a haven where both humans and Artificial Intelligences could be happy and free.
But the old prejudices and desires are still at play and, no matter how well meaning its citizens, the children of Arkadia have tough compromises to make.
When the future of humanity is at stake — which will prove more powerful: freedom or happiness? What sacrifices will Kaus, Raj and the rest of Arkadia's residents have to make to survive?