Out This Week! Ad Astra Special!

With the previously announced launch of the Ad Astra Imprint from House of Zeus, today we’re bringing you a very special Out This Week! feature on all of their launch titles!


1st October 2020 – Hold Up the Sky – Cixin Liu

A collection of award-winning short stories – a breathtaking selection of diamond-hard science fiction.

Liu’s writing takes the reader to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu’s stories show humanity’s attempts to reason, navigate and, above all, survive in a desolate cosmos.

Stories included are:

  1. The Village Teacher
  2. The Time Migration
  3. 2018-04-01
  4. Fire in the Earth
  5. Contraction
  6. Mirror
  7. Ode to Joy
  8. Full Spectrum Barrage Jamming
  9. Sea of Dreams
  10. Cloud of Poems
  11. The Thinker

Cixin Liu is China’s #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem – the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.

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1st October 2020 – Unconquerable Sun – Kate Elliot

It has been eight centuries since the beacon system failed, sundering the heavens as it collapsed. Without
beacons the void between stars is navigable only by the slow crawl of knnu driven argosies. Rising from
the ashes of the collapse, cultures have fought, system-by-system,for control of the few remaining beacons.

The Republic of Chaonia is one such polity. Surrounded by the Yele League and the vast Phene Empire, they
have had to fight for their existence. After decades of conflict, Queen-Marshal Eirene has brought the Yele
to heel, binding them into subservience.

Now it is time to deal with the Empire.

Princess Sun, daughter and heir to the queen-marshal, has come of age. In her first command, she has
driven a Phene garrison from the beacons of Na Iri.

Growing up in the shadow of her mother has been no easy task. The queen-marshal, having built Chaonia into a magnificent republic against impossible odds, is both revered and feared. While Sun
may imagine that her victorious command will bring further opportunity to prove herself, it will in
fact place her on the wrong side of court politics. There are those who would like to see Sun removed
as heir, or better yet, dead.

To survive, while the battle between empires ignites all around her, the princess must rely on her wits
and companions: her biggest rival, her secret lover, and a dangerous prisoner of war.
Hold on tight. This is the space opera you’ve been waiting for.

Kate Elliott has been writing stories since she was nine years old, which has led her to believe that writing, like breathing, keeps her alive. Writing science fiction and fantasy, her particular focus is immersive world building and
centering women in epic stories of adventure, amid transformative cultural change. Kate was born in Iowa, raised in Oregon and now lives in Hawaii, where she paddles outrigger canoes and spoils her schnauzer.

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1st October 2020 – Ashes of the Sun – Django Wexler

Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy.

Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.

Django Wexler is the author of the Shadow Campaigns novels. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. He is also the author of middle-grade fantasy novels, The Forbidden Library , The Mad Apprentice , and The
Palace of Glass .

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1st October 2020 – The Lost Colony – A.G. Riddle

Can humanity survive on a new world?

The last survivors of the human race escaped a ruined Earth. Their new homeworld – Eos – seemed perfect at first. Warm. Hospitable. Safe from the grid. But everything isn’t as it seems.

The first colony of settlers have disappeared. Their settlement is still there, but everyone is gone. As Dr James Sinclair digs into the mystery of the lost colony, he discovers a series of spheres, buried on Eos. Are they the key to finding the lost colonists? Or are they responsible for their deaths?

Just as James is unraveling the secrets of the spheres, a storm hits Jericho City. Emma, recently elected mayor, struggles to lead her people to safety while James tries to make his way home. In the middle of the chaos, a new danger emerges – a threat no one saw coming.

With time running out to save the colonists, James and Emma will face their hardest choice yet in the final pulse-pounding instalment in the Long Winter trilogy.

A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He lives in North Carolina.

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1st October 2020 – The House of a Hundred Whispers – Graham Masterson

The chilling return of the Master of Horror.

Graham Masterton is one of the horror genre’s most celebrated and popular writers. Now, after eight years writing crime fiction, he is back with this terrifying novel about a haunted house on Dartmoor.

All Hallows Hall, a rambling Tudor mansion on the edge of the bleak, misty moor is not a place many would choose to live. Yet the former Governer of Dartmoor Prison did just that. Now he’s dead, and his estranged family are set to inherit his estate.

But when the dead man’s family come to stay, the atmosphere of the moors seems to drift into every room. Floorboards creak, secret passageways echo, and wind whistles in the house’s famous priest hole. And then, on the morning the family decide to leave All Hallows Hall once and for all, their young son Timmy goes missing…

Graham Masterton trained as a newspaper reporter before beginning his career as an author. Graham’s credits as a writer include the bestselling horror novel The Manitou, which was adapted into a film starring Tony Curtis. He is also the author of the Katie Maguire crime series, which became a top-ten bestseller in 2012.

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1st October 2020 – Attack Surface – Cory Doctorow

Returning to the world of Little Brother and Homeland, Attack Surface takes us five minutes into the future, to a world where everything is connected and everyone is vulnerable.

Masha Maximow has made some bad choices in life – choices that hurt people. But she’s also made some pretty decent ones. In the log file of life, however, she can’t quite work out which side of the ledger she currently stands.
Masha works for Xoth Intelligence, an InfoSec company upgrading the Slovstakian Interior Ministry’s ability to spy on its citizens’ telecommunications with state-of-the-art software (at least, as state-of-the-art as Xoth is prepared to offer in its middle-upper pricing tier).

Can you offset a day-job helping repressive regimes spy on their citizens with a nighttime hobby where you help those same citizens evade detection? Masha is about to find out.

Pacy, passionate, and as current as next week, Attack Surface is a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger – the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books: In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age; and Homeland, the award winning, best selling sequel to the 2008 YA novel Little Brother. Cory has been on the frontline of international debates on privacy, copyright and freedom of information for over
a decade.

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If you’re an author, agent or publisher (or just a fan) that would like to add an upcoming release to our Out This Week feature then get in touch with our editor on Pete@ZealotScript.co.uk with the details.

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