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On My Radar: EMPIRE OF DUST by Jacey Bedford, THE THOUSAND EMPERORS by Gary Gibson, THE DEATH HOUSE by Sarah Pinborough

Here’s a trio of books I’m looking forward to…

(DAW | November 4, 2014 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


Mega corporations, more powerful than any one planetary government, use their agents to race each other for resources across the galaxy. The agents, or psi-techs, are implanted with telepath technology. The psi-techs are bound to the mega-corps — that is, if they want to retain their sanity.

Cara Carlinni is an impossible thing – a runaway psi-tech. She knows Alphacorp can find its implant-augmented telepaths, anywhere, anytime, mind-to-mind. So even though it’s driving her half-crazy, she’s powered down and has been surviving on tranqs and willpower. So far, so good. It’s been almost a year, and her mind is still her own.

She’s on the run from Ari van Blaiden, a powerful executive, after discovering massive corruption in Alphacorp. Cara barely escapes his forces, yet again, on a backwater planet, and gets out just in time due to the help of straight-laced Ben Benjamin, a psi-tech Navigator for Alphacorp’s biggest company rival.

Cara and Ben struggle to survive a star-spanning manhunt, black-ops raids, and fleets of resource-hungry raiders. Betrayal follows betrayal, and friends become enemies. Suddenly the most important skill is knowing whom to trust.

A few reasons: The story sounds interesting, with a decent space opera vibe; It’s a 500+ page fat paperback from DAW…and I love digging into those things; It’s an unknown (to me) author being published by a big name publisher. I’d be lying if I said some part of me didn’t want this to be a “New Discovery” I found on my own.

The Thousand Emperors by Gary Gibson
(Pan Macmillan | November 1, 2014 | Cover illustration artist: Steve Stone)


The second in a high octane space adventure series from a master storyteller

Archivist Luc Gabion is dying, slowly, victim of a forced technology implant while on assignment. He brought down a powerful terrorist, but at great cost, and this new tech brings unexpected dangers. Luc must investigate the Thousand Emperors, rulers of the Tian Di’s stellar empire. One of their number has been murdered and he needs to find the killer. But the technology he now carries supersedes anything he’s encountered, and Luc sees things he knows are forbidden. As the truth emerges, he’s in trouble. Any of these leaders could be guilty—and could execute him on a whim. Worse, the murder victim was brokering the coming Reunification. Two great warring civilizations, separated for centuries, due to unite in a new age of peace. But it becomes clear that someone will do anything to ensure that day never comes.

At this very moment, I am (too slowly) making my way through the first book, Final Days, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Speaking of space opera, it feels a bit like the complex plotting of Peter F. Hamilton mixed with some ideas from Freederik Pohl’s Heechee saga, and it’s darn fun.

THE DEATH HOUSE by Sarah Pinborough
(Gollancz | February 2015 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)


This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel. The Death House is a home where, in a world where people are safe against illness, children and teenagers who are susceptible to terminal conditions are sent to die. Their fates are certain. Their lives are in their hands. The question is: what will they choose to do with them?

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sarah Pinborough’s work but have yet to read her work. This sounds like a good place for me to start.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

9 Comments on On My Radar: EMPIRE OF DUST by Jacey Bedford, THE THOUSAND EMPERORS by Gary Gibson, THE DEATH HOUSE by Sarah Pinborough

  1. You sure sell me a lot of books, John.

  2. You might like the Gary Gibson books, John. They aren’t too long. They’re just printed to look that way.

  3. The Bedford (no relation) book looks very interesting. (cover rant – Much better typeface on this one compared to a similar image on Palmatier’s novel).

    I just finished Gary Gibson’s EXTINCTION GAME and liked that one a lot. Very surprised a US publisher hasn’t snatched the rights to his work.

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