This week in new hardcovers: The latest yarn from Ben Bova, plus a rise of demons, a conspiracy to hide the true reality of the world, and much more.
by Ben Bova
"Farside, the side of the Moon that never faces Earth, is the ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting for a tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder. Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planet circling a star some thirty light-years away. Now the race is on to get pictures of that distant world, photographs and spectra that will show whether or not the planet is truly like Earth, and if it bears life. Farside will include the largest optical telescope in the solar system as well as a vast array of radio antennas, the most sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference of Earth's radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the Moon's solid body. Building the Farside observatory is a complex, often dangerous task. On the airless surface of the Moon, under constant bombardment of hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids, builders must work in cumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns—mechanical and emotional—are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of them fatal." Tor Books, 368 pages, Feb 12.
by Peter V. Brett
Book Three of The Demon Cycle. "On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all." Del Rey, 656 pages, Feb 12.
by Brett Ashton
"It's New Years Eve in Times Square when Alex Marshall suddenly finds himself alone. He's the only one of millions gathered there who is moving; the rest of whom are all in some kind of trance. Shortly he is found by the Underground Society who removes him from New York and takes him to their base in North Carolina. In the next couple of hours he discovers that the world he thought he was living in is a deception. Who really is controlling the world?" Wheatmark, 376 pages, Feb 15.
by Rich Margopoulos, Doug Moench, Gerry Boudreau, Budd Lewis, Don McGregor, Philip Simon (Editor), Bernie Wrightson, Ken Kelly, Richard Corben, Luis Bermejo, Jose Gual
"When Creepy teams up with Edgar Allan Poe, you know you're in for a terrifying treat! The latest hardcover volume in Dark Horse's Creepy Archives series includes a whopping twelve tales adapted from the founding father of short-form horror himself. Creepy Archives Volume 15 collects issues #69-72 of Warren Publishing's monumental anthology and features work by Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson, Luis Bermejo, Jose Gual, and others!" Dark Horse, 246 pages, Feb 12.
by Igor Baranko
"In the year 1206, Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde dominated an immense territory from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea with only 150,000 men. In the year 2040, the latest Russian dictator has a unique vision: to invoke the spirit of Genghis Khan and his Golden Horde to create an empire reaching from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. To do this, his secret service must find the corpse of the latest reincarnation of Genghis Khan! A brand-new and retitled edition of the cult-favorite graphic novel The Horde, now presented in its original size and in a pristine hardcover format." Humanoids, Inc., 144 pages, Feb 12.
by Guy Saville
"Africa, 1952. More than a decade has passed since Britain's humiliation at Dunkirk brought an end to the war and the beginning of an uneasy peace with Hitler. The swastika flies from the Sahara to the Indian Ocean. Britain and a victorious Nazi Germany have divided the continent. The SS has crushed the native populations and forced them into labor. Gleaming autobahns bisect the jungle, jet fighters patrol the skies. For almost a decade an uneasy peace has ensued." Henry Holt and Co., 400 pages, Feb 12.
by Karen Lord
"A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race—and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team—one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive—just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all." Del Rey, 320 pages, Feb 12.
by David Gaider, Alexander Freed, Dave Marshall (Editor), Chad Hardin
Dragon Age. "Reluctant monarch King Alistair travels to an empire of evil mages. Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, Alistair will stop at nothing to uncover the fate of his lost father - even if it means battling an army of cultists singlehandedly! The fight turns even more personal as Alistair faces a former ally and Isabela must confront the tragedies of her past while imprisoned in the cultists' dungeon!" Dark Horse, 72 pages, Feb 12.
by Alexandro Jodorowsky, Travis Charest, Zoran Janjetov
Metabarons. "The trio of Jodorowsky, Travis Charest (Wild C.A.T.s), and Janjetov shows us how the Metabaron assembled the galaxy's most powerful and destructive weapons in an effort to secure his position as the universe's mightiest warrior." Humanoids, Inc., 64 pages, Feb 12.
by Clifford B Bowyer
The Imperium Saga - The Warlord Trilogy, Book 1. "The Troll Wars ravage the northern Imperial Highlands, thrusting generations of Falestians into battle with creatures who view them as an infestation that must be eradicated. On the verge of victory, a prophecy threatens to tear apart everything that the bold heroes have fought so hard to achieve. Follow the heroes of Falestia as they desperately fight to defend their homeland, their families, their dreams, and their ideals against an army that is overwhelming and terrifying. But will even their combined efforts be enough to survive what is prophesized to come?" Silver Leaf Books, 362 pages, Feb 11.