There’s no short­age of books on Hitch­hiker’s cre­ator Dou­glas Adams, but Jem Roberts’s bi­og­ra­phy THE FROOD ( , out now, Arrow) takes ad­van­tage of ac­cess to the Adams Archive – an Aladdin’s Cave of un­used scripts and scrib­bled notes – to present some never- seen­be­fore gems. We said: “Roberts’s lively con­ver­sa­tional prose tells the story of Adams’s life in an ac­ces­si­ble, com­pelling flow… thor­oughly ab­sorb­ing.” The first in Neal Asher se­ries Trans­for­ma­tion, DARK IN­TEL­LI­GENCE ( , 24 Septem­ber, Tor) cen­tres on a for­mer soldier who is reawak­ened in a new body, out for re­venge against a rogue AI. We said: “Asher dearly loves to en­ter­tain, to con­struct set­pieces where things ex­plode in spec­tac­u­lar and crowd- pleas­ing fash­ion… but many of the un­der­ly­ing ideas here cry out for more care­ful ex­plo­ration.” In Ben­jamin Percy’s post- apoc­a­lyp­tic tale THE DEAD LANDS ( , 8 Oc­to­ber, Hod­der), St Louis has de­scended into a nearme­dieval state; it fol­lows a group of rebels as they trek across the waste­land in search of a bet­ter and more peace­ful life. We said: “Has more in com­mon with mythic fan­tasies like Stephen King’s Dark Tower se­ries than The Walk­ing Dead… but the fresh­ness of the ap­proach can’t dis­guise the over­all sense of fa­mil­iar­ity.” Oh, and Ge­orge RR Martin fans take note: his 1977 de­but DY­ING OF THE LIGHT is now avail­able in Gol­lancz’s SF Master­works se­ries.

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