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This month’s big pa­per­back de­but is Neil Gaiman’s TRIG­GER WARN­ING ( , 27 Oc­to­ber) a col­lec­tion of sto­ries and verse mostly pre­vi­ously pub­lished in an­tholo­gies and mag­a­zines. Just one is new: “Black Dog”, which cen­tres on a spec­tral ghost- hound, and re­vis­its the land­scape ( and hero) of Amer­i­can Gods. We said: “An es­sen­tial pur­chase for any­one who loves Gaiman’s work… he’s fre­quently on top form.” If the no­tion of space­trav­el­ling Ro­man le­gion­naires and In­can space sta­tions ap­peals, you may well en­joy UL­TIMA ( , out now), Stephen Bax­ter’s se­quel to Prox­ima. Slam­ming to­gether all the au­thor’s re­cur­ring ob­ses­sions – cos­mol­ogy, al­ter­nate worlds, al­ter­nate history – this end-of- all-worlds tale fol­lows a mot­ley bunch of trav­ellers as they’re buf­feted around the mul­ti­verse. We said: “A hard SF novel that bat­tles bravely with big ideas.” Fi­nally, if you’re strug­gling to get suf­fi­cient shut­eye then Ken­neth Cal­houn’s BLACK MOON ( , 22 Oc­to­ber) will prob­a­bly strike a chord; its high con­cept is that al­most the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of the world sud­denly loses the abil­ity to sleep. This is no At­tack Of The In­som­niac Zom­bies though, but se­ri­ous char­ac­ter drama which aims to say some­thing about the hu­man con­di­tion, and which abounds with metaphors and al­lu­sions. We said: “A valiant at­tempt to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, but the plot me­an­ders list­lessly… it’d ben­e­fit from a caf­feine in­jec­tion.”

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