Best of
Science-Fiction

2009

Ender's Game, Volume 1: Battle School


Christopher Yost - 2009
    The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young.

Ender's Shadow: Battle School


Mike Carey - 2009
    This is a tale of street smarts, survival instincts and the inevitable meeting with the Interstellar Fleet's battle-hardening school for children, where Ender Wiggin holds court as rising star.

Indian Hill


Mark Tufo - 2009
    Growing up in suburban Boston he enjoys the trials and tribulations that all adolescents go through. From the seemingly tyrannical mother, to girl problems to run-ins with the law. From there he escapes to college out in Colorado with his best friend, Paul, where they begin to forge new relationships with those around them. It is one girl in particular that has caught the eye of Michael and he alternately pines for her and then laments ever meeting her. It is on their true 'first' date that things go strangely askew. This is where the story truly takes a paranormal twist. Mike soon finds himself captive aboard an alien vessel, fighting for his very survival. The aliens have devised gladiator type games. The games are of two-fold importance for the aliens. One reason, being for the entertainment value, the other reason being that they want to see how combative humans are, what our weaknesses and strengths are. They want to better learn how to attack and defeat us. The battles are to the death on varying terrains that are computer generated. Follow Mike as he battles for his life and Paul has he battles to keep main stream US safe.

J.D. Robb CD Collection 9: Creation in Death, Strangers in Death, Salvation in Death


J.D. Robb - 2009
    Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring. Eve is catapulted back to an unsolved case nine years earlier, when “The Groom” put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. Now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.Strangers in Death:It doesn’t surprise Lieutenant Eve Dallas that Thomas Anders’s scandalous death is a source of titillation and speculation for the public - and humiliation for his family. But the facts don’t add up. Physical evidence suggests that the victim didn’t struggle. The security breach in his highly fortified apartment indicates that the killer was someone close to Anders, but everyone’s alibi checks out. Was this a crime of passion - or a carefully planned execution?Salvation in Death:At the most solemn moment of a Catholic funeral Mass, the priest brings the chalice to his lips. Seconds later, he is dead on the altar. For the mourners packed into the pews, Father Miguel Flores's sudden demise is an unimaginable shock. When Detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas confirms that the consecrated wine contained enough potassium cyanide to kill a rhino, she's prepared to plunge in and find out why.

The Philip K. Dick Collection


Philip K. Dick - 2009
    Dick’s best science fiction novels:The Man in the High Castle • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? • Ubik • Martian Time-Slip • Dr. Bloodmoney • Now Wait for Last Year • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said • A Scanner Darkly • A Maze of Death • VALIS • The Divine Invasion • The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Shadow Children: Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors


Margaret Peterson Haddix - 2009
     In Among the Hidden, Luke discovers the existence of another shadow child, and his world is turned upside down. How much is Luke willing to risk for the chance of freedom? In Among the Impostors, Luke has the chance to come out of hiding at last. Under a fake identity, he is enrolled in the Hendricks School, where he discovers that there is a lot going on under the surface. Luke doesn't know whom he can trust, where the truth will lead him -- or what price he'll have to pay for the answers he seeks.

Belisarius III: The Flames of Sunset


Eric Flint - 2009
    Now, from the far future, they have sent their creation back to rule the Malwa Empire, then to conquer and shape the world of the sixth century A.D. into the form that will make their own foul existence possible. Those in the future who never were human have sent their own messenger to the past: Aide, a gleaming jewel who has come to Belisarius, the greatest general of the sixth century and perhaps any century. Between them they have forged an alliance of all the world against the evil fro the far future—and an army that can be the spear through evil’s heart. The Dance of Time: The Malwa and their evil have been driven back to their Indian heartland, but there they coil to strike again. Ruled by a monster from the future that is part computer and part demon, they prepare a fresh attack whose success will leave them rulers of the world—and the monster that guides the Malwa will rule the whole future. Guided by Aide, Belisarius has arrayed the forces of Mankind against the Malwa evil. There is no hope for Mankind if he fails—so he must not fail! The triumphant conclusion of the Belisarius saga.

Eye of the Storm


John Ringo - 2009
    Having reached the end of their usefulness his beloved Corps, the last remaining ACS, are destroyed at the order of the Darhel, by their own Fleet. His staff are shot before his eyes, and he is arrested on the charge of war crimes. He faces a short, one-sided, trial, a trip to the Fleet Penal Facility and a bullet to the back of the head while trying to 'escape'. Yet all is not lost. Just as O'Neal faces certain death an entirely new and more powerful alien enemy threatens the galactic status quo, including the dominant Darhel themselves. This new threat requires that O'Neal take command of all military forces and wage war to save his enemies and humanity.

Belisarius II: Storm at Noontide


Eric Flint - 2009
    2.       Eric Flint is co-author of three New York Times best sellers: 1634: The Galileo Affair, 1634: The Baltic War and 1634: The Bavarian Crisis. 3.       David Drake has written many bestsellers, including the Hammer’s Slammers series for Baen, and the Lord of the Isles series for Tor. 4.     Eric Flint is a brilliant star of fantasy and science fiction. His alternate history novel, 1632, is a strong seller in mass market, with an 87% sell through to date, and strong critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called it “gripping and expertly detailed.” 5.       Advertising in Locus, more 6.       Simultaneous hardcover and trade paperback editions. 7.       Co-op availableContinuing the popular Belisarius saga, with two full-length novels in one volume.   Destiny’s Shield: Evil from beyond time: The Malwa Empire squats like a toad across sixth century India, commanded by ruthless men with depraved appetites. But the thing from the distant future that commands them is far worse. Those who oppose the purulent Hell the Malwa will make of Earth have sent a crystal, Aide, to halt their advance. Aide holds all human knowledge—but cannot act by himself. That requires Count Belisarius, the greatest general fo the age and perhaps of all ages, who must outwit the evil empire—and then, when there is no longer room to maneuver, to meet it sword-edge to sword-edge, lest evil beyond human conception rules the world forever.   Fortune’s Stroke: Link, the supercomputer from a future that should not, must not exist has used terror and gunpowder weapons to forge the Malwa Empire on the Indian subcontinent. Aide and Belisarius have led the armies of Byzantium and blunted the first assault of the Malwa hordes. Now he and his allies from all the world face overwhelming numbers in a ring that tightens about them. The armies of Good and Evil gathered on the fertile plains of Mesopotamia will decide the fate of the world—and the fate of all the future.

Three Worlds Collide


Eliezer Yudkowsky - 2009
    It grew, as such things do, into a small novella. On publication, it proved widely popular and widely criticized. Be warned that the story, as it wrote itself, ended up containing some profanity and PG-13 content.

Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe


Tobias S. Buckell - 2009
    Learn about the origins of the game, its place in gaming history, the mechanics behind it, and--of course--EVERYTHING about weapons, villains, heroes, vehicles, locations, and more.

The Best of Gene Wolfe: A Definitive Retrospective of His Finest Short Fiction


Gene Wolfe - 2009
    Gene Wolfe, of whom The Washington Post said, “Of all SF writers currently active none is held in higher esteem,” has selected the short fiction he considers his finest into one volume.  There are many award winners and many that have been selected for various Year’s Best anthologies among the thirty-one stories, which include: “Petting Zoo,” “The Tree Is My Hat,” “The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories,” “The Hero as Werewolf,” “Seven American Nights,” “The Fifth Head of Cerberus,” “The Detective of Dreams,” and “A Cabin on the Coast.” Gene Wolfe has produced possibly the finest and most significant body of short fiction in the SF and fantasy field in the last fifty years, and is certainly among the greatest living writers to emerge from the genres.  This is the first retrospective collection of his entire career.  It is for the ages.Contents11 • The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories • [Archipelago] • (1970) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe23 • Afterword (The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories) • essay by Gene Wolfe25 • The Toy Theater • (1971) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe30 • Afterword (The Toy Theater) • essay by Gene Wolfe31 • The Fifth Head of Cerberus • (1972) • novella by Gene Wolfe76 • Afterword (The Fifth Head of Cerberus) • essay by Gene Wolfe78 • Beech Hill • (1972) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe83 • Afterword (Beech Hill) • essay by Gene Wolfe84 • The Recording • (1972) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe86 • Afterword (The Recording) • essay by Gene Wolfe88 • Hour of Trust • (1973) • novelette by Gene Wolfe112 • Afterword (Hour of Trust) • essay by Gene Wolfe114 • The Death of Dr. Island • [Archipelago] • (1973) • novella by Gene Wolfe158 • Afterword (The Death of Dr. Island) • essay by Gene Wolfe159 • La Befana • (1973) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe162 • Afterword (La Befana) • essay by Gene Wolfe163 • Forlesen • (1974) • novelette by Gene Wolfe201 • Afterword (Forlesen) • essay by Gene Wolfe202 • Westwind • (1973) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe208 • Afterword (Westwind) • essay by Gene Wolfe209 • The Hero as Werwolf • (1975) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe221 • Afterword (The Hero as Werwolf) • essay by Gene Wolfe222 • The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton • (1977) • novelette by Gene Wolfe236 • Afterword (The Marvelous Brass Chessplaying Automaton) • essay by Gene Wolfe237 • Straw • (1975) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe243 • Afterword (Straw) • essay by Gene Wolfe244 • The Eyeflash Miracles • (1976) • novella by Gene Wolfe291 • Afterword (The Eyeflash Miracles) • essay by Gene Wolfe292 • Seven American Nights • (1978) • novella by Gene Wolfe331 • Afterword (Seven American Nights) • essay by Gene Wolfe333 • The Detective of Dreams • (1980) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe346 • Afterword (The Detective of Dreams) • essay by Gene Wolfe347 • Kevin Malone • (1980) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe355 • Afterword (Kevin Malone) • essay by Gene Wolfe356 • The God and His Man • (1980) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe360 • Afterword (The God and His Man) • essay by Gene Wolfe361 • On the Train • [Redwood Coast Roamer] • (1983) • shortfiction by Gene Wolfe362 • Afterword (On the Train) • essay by Gene Wolfe363 • From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton • (1983) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe367 • Afterword (From the Desk of Gilmer C. Merton) • essay by Gene Wolfe368 • Death of the Island Doctor • [Archipelago] • (1983) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe372 • Afterword (Death of the Island Doctor) • essay by Gene Wolfe373 • Redbeard • (1984) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe377 • Afterword (Redbeard) • essay by Gene Wolfe379 • The Boy Who Hooked the Sun • (1985) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe381 • Afterword (The Boy Who Hooked the Sun) • essay by Gene Wolfe382 • Parkroads—A Review • (1987) • shortfiction by Gene Wolfe384 • Afterword (Parkroads—A Review) • essay by Gene Wolfe385 • Game in the Pope's Head • (1988) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe390 • Afterword (Game in the Pope's Head) • essay by Gene Wolfe391 • And When They Appear • (1993) • novelette by Gene Wolfe408 • Afterword (And When They Appear) • essay by Gene Wolfe409 • Bed and Breakfast • (1996) • shortfiction by Gene Wolfe (variant of Bed & Breakfast)426 • Afterword (Bed and Breakfast) • essay by Gene Wolfe427 • Petting Zoo • (1997) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe431 • Afterword (Petting Zoo) • essay by Gene Wolfe433 • The Tree Is My Hat • (1999) • novelette by Gene Wolfe452 • Afterword (The Tree Is My Hat) • essay by Gene Wolfe454 • Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon? • (1999) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe464 • Afterword (Has Anybody Seen Junie Moon?) • essay by Gene Wolfe466 • A Cabin on the Coast • (1984) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe475 • Afterword (A Cabin on the Coast) • essay by Gene Wolfe

Exhalation


Ted Chiang - 2009
    Night Shade Books PresentsFor your 2009 Hugo Award"Best Short Story" considerationTed Chiang’s "Exhalation"As Published inEclipse Two:New Science Fiction and FantasyEdited by Jonathan Strahan

First Contact


Michael R. Hicks - 2009
    But Aurora is disabled by gigantic alien warships and boarded by blue-skin females with fangs and claws. The warriors slaughter the crew in ritual one-on-one combat. The sole survivor is returned to Earth. This Messenger bears a real-time globe device that counts down to an impending attack. That is the way of the Kreelan Empire. For centuries before man have they waged war, seeking a prophesied savior. Soon to be extinct, the ancient species wages their last war, hoping for redemption of sins long past.

Empire


Michael R. Hicks - 2009
    Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

Store of the Worlds: The Stories of Robert Sheckley


Robert Sheckley - 2009
    Today, as the new worlds, alternate universes, and synthetic pleasures Sheckley foretold become our reality, his vision begins to look less absurdist and more prophetic. This retrospective selection, chosen by Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich, brings together the best of Sheckley’s deadpan farces, proving once again that he belongs beside such mordant critics of contemporary mores as Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and Thomas Pynchon.

Threshold


Roger Zelazny - 2009
    The first in a six-volume series, Volume 1: Threshold contains all of Zelazny's short works from his early years through the mid 1960s--a period of experimentation and growth that flowered into gems such as "A Rose for Ecclesiastes," "The Graveyard Heart," "The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth," and "He Who Shapes." The stories in this series are enriched by editors' notes and Zelazny's own words, taken from his many essays, describing why he wrote the stories and what he thought about them in retrospect.

Unworthy


Kirsten Beyer - 2009
    But are they? Can this deadly menace that has hovered over humanity for decades truly be gone? Might some shadow of the Caeliar remain? The Federation decides that they have to know, and Starfleet is ordered to find out. The Starship Voyager leads a fleet into a region of space that has lived in fear of instant annihilation for generations: the Delta quadrant, home of the Borg. Afsarah Eden -- the new captain of Voyager -- is charged with getting answers, to reach out to possible allies and resolve old enmities in the Delta quadrant. The perfection that was given to the Borg was withheld from Seven of Nine. Left behind, she is living a twilight existence -- neither Borg nor human -- and slowly going mad. The whispers of the Collective, comforting murmurs she has always known, are replaced with a voice deep within her that keeps insisting she is Annika Hansen. Chakotay, the former captain of Voyager, offers to help Seven rendezvous with the ships that Starfleet Command has sent into the Delta quadrant, the probable destination of the mysterious Caeliar. These are not the friendly stars of the Federation; the unknown and the unexpected are the everyday.

The Wide, Wide Sea


Patrick Ness - 2009
    The Wide, Wide Sea is set in the past, at a time before the Spackle War, and we get a first look at the fishing village on the sea where some very important things happen at the end of Monsters of Men.Best read after The Ask and the Answer but before Monsters.(again, hints of things to come) - Patrick Ness

Under the Dome: Part 1


Stephen King - 2009
    Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

A Star Curiously Singing


Kerry Nietz - 2009
    He is property, bought and paid for in an Earth under sharia law. All faiths but one have been banned. And the rule of the great Imam is supreme. As a debugger, Sandfly has an implant in his head that connects him to the world's technology-and doles out mental shocks to keep him obedient. All he wants is to fix bots and avoid shocks Now he's been called into Earth orbit. The masters have a new spacecraft-one capable of interstellar flight. On its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself apart. Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans? When Sandfly reviews the bot's final moments, he perceives something unexpected. Something impossible. As Sandfly pieces together the clues, a trap spreads beneath his feet. If he solves the mystery, he may doom himself. And if he fixes the robot, he may shatter his world. Suspenseful, unique, and awash in cyberpunk jive, A Star Curiously Singing presents a bleak future that might be closer than we think.

Thousandth Night / Minla's Flowers


Alastair Reynolds - 2009
    This new double volume from Subterranean Press stands squarely in that distinguished tradition, offering a pair of colorful, fast-paced stories from the reigning master of the intergalactic space opera: Alastair Reynolds. Thousandth Night, the genesis for the epic novel House of Suns, is quintessential Reynolds. A visionary account of intrigue, ambition, and technological marvels set within a beautifully realized far-future milieu, it combines world-class storytelling with a provocative meditation on the mystery, grandeur, and inconceivable immensity of the universe.The masterful novella Minla s Flowers features Merlin, a familiar figure to Reynolds s readers. Diverted by technical difficulties to a planet known as Lecythus, Merlin finds himself forced to play a part in the moral and military dilemmas of a world on the verge of extinction.

The Breach


Patrick Lee - 2009
    It is the world's best-kept secret-and its most terrifying. Trying to regain his life in the Alaskan wilds, ex-con/ex-cop Travis Chase stumbles upon an impossible scene: a crashed 747 passenger jet filled with the murdered dead, including the wife of the [resident of the United States.Though a nightmare of monumental proportions, it pales before the terror to come, as Chase is dragged into a battle for the future that revolves around an amazing artifact. Allied with a beautiful covert operative whose life he saved, Chase must now play the role he's been destined for-a pawn of incomprehensible forces or humankind's final hope-as the race toward Apocalypse begins in earnest. Because something is loose in the world. And doomsday is not only possible...it is inevitable.

The Collected Novels of H.G. Wells: 33 Books in One Volume (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)


H.G. Wells - 2009
    WELLS includes 33 novels and novellas by British "father of science fiction" H.G. Wells. Several of Wells' books have become classics of science fiction, including THE TIME MACHINE, THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU, THE INVISIBLE MAN, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, and THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON. Wells was also an accomplished writer in other genres, with works like KIPPS and TONO-BUNGAY often considered among his finest as well. This collection also includes several of Wells' lesser-known novellas and novels, including his first time-travel story, THE CHRONIC ARGONAUTS. • The Chronic Argonauts • The Time Machine • The Wonderful Visit • The Island of Doctor Moreau • The Wheels of Chance • The Invisible Man • The War of the Worlds • When the Sleeper Wakes • Love and Mr. Lewisham • The First Men in the Moon • The Sea Lady • The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth • A Modern Utopia • Kipps • In the Days of the Comet • The War in the Air • Ann Veronica • Tono-Bungay • The History of Mr. Polly • The Sleeper Awakes • The New Machiavelli • Marriage • The Passionate Friends • The Wife of Sir Isaac Harmon • The World Set Free • Bealby • Boon • The Research Magnificent • Mr. Britling Sees it Through • The Soul of a Bishop • Joan and Peter • The Undying Fire • The Secret Places of the Heart Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a prolific 19th- and 20th century British science fiction writer. Together with French author Jules Verne, Wells has been called "The Father of Science Fiction." Wells was an outspoken socialist and sympathetic to pacifist views. Best known for his early works of science fiction, his later works became increasingly political in nature. This expanded Third Edition includes additional works as well as a number of editorial corrections.

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction: Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology


Gordon Van GelderM. Rickert - 2009
    This retrospective volume includes "All Summer in a Day,” Ray Bradbury’s lasting tale of what happened on one special day; "Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, describing what happened to Charlie Gordon when he was made into a genius; "Harrison Bergeron," Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist cautionary tale of mandatory equality; and "The Electric Ant" by Philip K. Dick, concerning what Garson Poole learned after the accident that hospitalized him. This remarkable collection also features some of the most highly acclaimed, award-winning authors, including Neil Gaiman, Harlan Ellison, Shirley Jackson, Peter S. Beagle, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Theodore Sturgeon, and Roger Zelazny. Hand-picked by the magazine’s current editor, this is an unmatched assemblage of appealing, first-rate fiction.ContentsIntroduction by Gordon Van Gelder"Of Time and Third Avenue" by Alfred Bester"All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury"One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts" by Shirley Jackson"A Touch of Strange" by Theodore Sturgeon"Eastward ho!" by William Tenn"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut"This Moment of the Storm" by Roger Zelazny"The Electric Ant" by Philip K. Dick"The Deathbird" by Harlan Ellison"The Women Men Don't See" by James Tiptree, Jr."I See You" by Damon Knight"The Gunslinger" by Stephen King"The Dark" by Karen Joy Fowler"Buffalo" by John Kessel"Solitude" by Ursula K. Le Guin"Mother Grasshopper" by Michael Swanwick"macs" by Terry Bisson"Creation" by Jeffrey Ford"Other People" by Neil Gaiman"Two Hearts" by Peter S. Beagle"Journey into the Kingdom" by M. Rickert"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang

The Works of Andre Norton


Andre Norton - 2009
    12 stories by science fiction author Andre Norton, together in one collection, with an active table of contents:The Defiant AgentsThe Gifts of AstiKey Out of TimePlague ShipRalestone LuckRebel SpursRide Proud, Rebel!Star BornStar HunterStorm Over WarlockThe Time TradersVoodoo Planet

Cryptic: The Best Short Fiction of Jack McDevitt


Jack McDevitt - 2009
    And he enjoys baffling his readers with enigmas like why, after so many years of listening with no results, would a SETI director hear an artificial signal and keep it quiet? Why might an astronomer at a space station, facing imminent death from a solar radiation blast, send off a frantic message that he had discovered a Clyde Tombaugh Special? Tombaugh, of course, was the discoverer of Pluto.What really happened to Christopher Sim, the George Washington of the war against the Ashiyyur? Why had a beloved artist at the top of his profession, with everything to live for, killed himself? Why had a brilliant young biologist discovered how life got started on Earth, but neglected to tell anyone?And there are of course other anomalies to be encountered in McDevitt's work: A computer threatens the literary world, while a time traveler worries the churches. One artificial intelligence runs for president, and another claims to be a Catholic and demands access to the sacraments. Two friends discover that whenever they get together, shuttles crash, wars break out, or tidal waves hammer a coastline.A researcher watches endless fighting on another world and finally rebels against the Academy's hands-off doctrine. Meantime, a crewman stranded light-years from Earth, entertains himself by intercepting radio broadcasts from home, originally transmitted during World War II.Among other questions these tales will answer: What might happen when people in a research lab literally try to play God. Why you don't ever, ever, want to turn out the lights at Bolton's Tower in the Dakotas. Why someone might want to blow up a star. And why it would be a really good idea if Hatch kept his hands off the mallet. These, and twenty-three other cosmic rides, await the reader.Contents:Cryptic (1983)The Fort Moxie Branch (1988)Nothing Ever Happens in Rock City (2001)Tweak (2007)Melville on Iapetus (1983)Lighthouse (2006) by Jack McDevitt and Michael SharaCool Neighbor (2007) by Jack McDevitt and Michael SharaWhistle (1989)In the Tower (1987)Ignition (2005)Indomitable (2008)Last Contact (1988)Never Despair (1997)Windows (2004)Dutchman (1987)The Tomb (1991)Promises to Keep (1984)To Hell with the Stars (1987)The Mission (2004)Report from the Rear (1998)Black to Move (1982)The Far Shore (1982)Sunrise (1988)Kaminsky at War (2006)Fifth Day (2007)Deus Tex (1996)Gus (1991)Welcome to Valhalla (2008) by Jack McDevitt and Kathryn LanceTyger (1991)Auld Lang Boom (1992)Cruising through Deuteronomy (1995)The Candidate (2006)Act of God (2004)Ellie (1995)Time's Arrow (1989)Dead in the Water (1999)Henry James, This One's for You (2005)Time Travellers Never Die (1996)

Crystal Nights and Other Stories


Greg Egan - 2009
    "Crystal Nights" portrays a driven man s moral compromises as he chases an elusive technological breakthrough, while in "Steve Fever" the technology itself falls victim to its own hype."TAP" brings us a new kind of poetry, where a word is more powerful than a thousand images. "Singleton" shows us a new kind of child, born of human DNA modeled in a quantum computer who, in "Oracle", journeys to a parallel world to repay a debt to an intellectual ancestor."Induction" chronicles the methods and motives behind humanity s first steps to the stars. "Border Guards" reflects on the painful history of a tranquil utopia. And in the final story, "Hot Rock", two immortal citizens of the galaxy-spanning Amalgam find that an obscure, sunless world conceals mind-spinning technological marvels, bitter factional struggles, and a many-layered secret history.Greg Egan is the author of seven novels and over fifty short stories. He is a winner of the Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

Trading in Danger, Part 1


Elizabeth MoonAndy Clemence - 2009
    For Ky, it's no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can't hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. It's adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. And despite her family's misgivings, there can be no doubt that a Vatta in the service will prove a valuable asset. But with a single error in judgment, it all comes crumbling down. Expelled from the Academy in disgrace-and returning home to her humiliated family, a storm of high-profile media coverage, and the gaping void of her own future—Ky is ready to face the inevitable onslaught of anger, disappointment, even pity. But soon after opportunity's door slams shut, Ky finds herself with a ticket to ride—and a shot at redemption-as captain of a Vatta Transport ship. It's a simple assignment: escorting one of the Vatta fleet's oldest ships on its final voyage...to the scrapyard. But keeping it simple has never been Ky's style. And even though her father has provided a crew of seasoned veterans to baby-sit the fledgling captain on her maiden milk run, they can't stop Ky from turning the routine mission into a risky venture—in the name of turning a profit for Vatta Transport, of course. By snapping up a lucrative delivery contract defaulted on by a rival company, and using part of the proceeds to upgrade her condemned vehicle, Ky aims to prove she's got more going for her than just her family's famous name. But business will soon have to take a backseat to bravery, when Ky's change of plans sails her and the crew straight into the middle of a colonial war. For all her commercial savvy, it's her military training and born-soldier's instincts that Ky will need to call on in the face of deadly combat, dangerous mercenaries, and violent mutiny...

The Last Days of Thunder Child


C.A. Powell - 2009
    H.M.S. Thunder Child steams towards her glorious destiny in this 'War of the Worlds' pastiche! The War of the Worlds contains a small section on the Thunder Child battleship that attacks three tripods to save a paddle steamer. This story takes place a few days before the event and leads up to the final dramatic moment. The clever build-up leads to this final battle of ironclad v three Martian tripods. The story moves between the crew of the HMS Thunder Child at sea, and Mister Stanley, the man from the War Office. He is moving across the land to various semaphore stations. He is linked to the ship because he delivered the mission orders before the story starts. If you have read War of the Worlds and enjoyed it, you will like this story too.

Death Trap


Sigmund Brouwer - 2009
    Life on the red planet is not always easy, but it is definitely exciting. Tyce finds that the mysteries of the planet point to his greatest discovery--a new relationship with God. He talks about his growing faith and curiosity in a manner that kids can relate to as they are probably wondering some of the same things. Each book contains two exciting adventures. In the first adventure, the Mars project is in trouble and only Tyce holds the key. In the second adventure, Tyce has discovered there may be killer aliens on the loose. Robot Wars is a repackaged and updated version of Mars Diaries. There are now five books in the series; each book contains two stories. These new books contain a foreword about how far science has brought us.

Coyote Horizon


Allen M. Steele - 2009
    The planet of Coyote has become the last, best hope of humankind, but it has also become the principal point of contact with the hjadd, the alien race encountered by a European starship many years earlier. Although the hjadd have built an embassy near the original colony, they remain a mystery. And as the colonists make preparations to explore the rest of the new world, ex-convict Hawk Thompson discovers more about the hjadd than anyone has learned before-and his knowledge will change human history...

Marque and Reprisal, Part 1


Elizabeth Moon - 2009
    Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off - because this time, the war has come to her. Someone has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky's family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive. Ky is determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, but she needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spadesfrom the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with; from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, who has been leading a secret life; and from Stella's roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue that is wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, on whose effective operation their own livelihoodsand perhaps livesdepend. But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isn't long before Ky's hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth of knowledge about ISC's clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat...or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itselfand she's prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece. What she is not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terrorand a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting.

The Creature


Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira (Leo) - 2009
    Telling the story of humanity's first attempts to colonise distant planets, this is the tale of Kim and his companions and the strange creatures and perilous dangers they face in the unknown worlds.

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars


Jeremy Robert Johnson - 2009
    To survive it, you will have to make alliances with the sleeping demons in your blood; learn to wear new names and faces, and shed your soul; feed your inner child to the machine, before it eats you alive; build and defend your own heaven; and become one of the sacred, secret tools with which nature reinvents itself. To win this game, you will have to change into everything that you are not. To play you need only open this book and arm yourself with... Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

Sunward: The Inner System


Rob BoyleBrian Cross - 2009
    Stations and plot seeds are provided for each of the inner worlds and the factions that occupy them. Background and information on the Planetary Consortium, the most powerful political and economic force in the solar system, is also provided.

Predestination and Other Games of Chance


J. Daniel Sawyer - 2009
    with his skin intact. For three years he's lived by his wits and the fall of the cards in the criminal underworld of South America, but jumping planet for Space Station Sidon means walking into a ambush more dangerous than any he's yet faced: A man named Alex Hart wants to play cards with him.Their meeting will fling Joss into a game playing for highest stakes in town: control entire solar system. Chased by a revolutionary leader, agents of a corrupt senator, and an underworld boss known only as The Green Lady, he quickly discovers that in the looking-glass world above the gravity well, survival, like poker, is just another sport. And in this contest, it isn't whether you win or lose, it's how you rig the game.

Happy Snak


Nicole Kimberling - 2009
    She's out to make a name for herself and her line of intoxicating human snacks. Not easy in A-Ki s tightly controlled society. Her task gets even more delicate when she rushes to the aid of a dying alien and finds herself the unwilling guardian of a shunned alien ghost named Kenjan. And the new owner of his slave.The danger mounts when Kenjan's grieving lover, the powerful leader of the Kishocha, offers her a dream and a nightmare rolled into one: a new store all her own with a strange double purpose: half snack bar, half shrine. The catch? She must spend the rest of her life there, tending Kenjan the Heretic's ghost. Or the entire station will be destroyed.There's only one way to gain both her freedom and justice for Kenjan: teach both the powerful government elite and the Kishocha theocracy a lesson in "uncivil disobedience".

The EC Archives: Weird Science Volume 4


Al Feldstein - 2009
    Reprints issues #19 through #22 (16 stories) of the comic book Weird Science and issues #23-24 of Weird Science-Fantasy (8 stories), original published in 1953 and 1954.

The Babylonian Trilogy


Seb Doubinsky - 2009
    The Babylonian Trilogy is a novel divided in three loosely related parts, each dealing with a particular aspect of the bizarre metropolis. In The Birth of Television according to Buddha, a collection of characters try to make some sense of their lives through the cacophony of a seemingly endless war in a far away place, crazed-fueled medias prepared to do anything for a good audience rating and a patchwork of cryptic messages told by a mysterious narrator... Commissioner Georg Ratner is the main character of Yellow Bull, a twisted crime fiction homage in which a modern Jack the Ripper tries to bloodily gain his way to fame. The only problem is that Georg Ratner has other, more important things on his mind than to catch him. Finally, three characters crisscross each other in The Gardens of Babylon, trying to find their way out of the suffocating concrete labyrinth. Which they finally do, but not the way they expected to...

The Group


Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira (Leo) - 2009
    Telling the story of humanity's first attempts to colonise distant planets, this is the tale of Kim and his companions and the strange creatures and perilous dangers they face in the unknown worlds.

Massive Black: v.1: The Art of Massive Black


Dani Nomura - 2009
    Notable game projects featured in the book include Saboteur, Red Faction: Guerilla, Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Iron Man, Hellgate: London, Dragon Age: Origins, Maelstrom, Ride to Hell, Dead Head Fred, and Severity.

The Word of a Hastur


Marion Zimmer Bradley - 2009
    But proverbs have to start somewhere... This story was originally published in the Darkover anthology SNOWS OF DARKOVER, Apr 1994.

Wild Thyme, Green Magic


Jack Vance - 2009
    Though primarily a novelist throughout his long and distinguished career, this Hugo, Nebula, Edgar and World Fantasy Award-winning Grand Master also produced many short and mid-length works.Wild Thyme, Green Magic collects an alien s handful of these wondrous tales, among them the author s first-ever sale, The World-Thinker, the unforgettable Chateau D If, the stylish Green Magic, the macabre, gothic Seven Exits from Bocz, and The Seventeen Virgins, a rousing adventure with Cugel the Clever set in the author s acclaimed far-future Dying Earth.Table of ContentsIntroduction by Terry Dowling and Jonathan StrahanAssault on a CityRumfuddleThe Augmented AgentGreen MagicUllward's RetreatCoup de GraceChateau d'IfThe Potters of FirskThe World-ThinkerSeven Exits from BoczWild Thyme and Violets

BattleTech Classic: Classic BattleTech 25 Years of Art & Fiction


Randall N. Bills - 2009
    Full-color, hard-back and coffee-table-sized at over 10" by 12", its 304 pages are brimming with hundreds of color and B&W illustrations that span BattleTech's 25-year legacy. Additionally, the book contains:# An 8-page, detailed treatise on the evolution of the BattleTech/MechWarrior computer games and the creation one of the most successful franchises in history: from The Crescent Hawks Inception to MechWarrior 2, Virtual World Entertainment Cockpits to MechWarrior 4 and more!# A 25-page bibliography detailing every rulebook, box set, scenario pack and more ever sold for BattleTech/MechWarrior by FASA, FanPro, WizKids or Catalyst Game Labs; an era stamp with each entry allows for easy time period identification.# A universe timeline from the launching of Crippen Station in 2005 until the reformation of the shattered Free Worlds League in 3139# 18 all new stories from best selling, perennial authors Michael Stackpole, Robert Charrette, William H. Keith, Loren L. Coleman and authors; stories set from the time of the Star League to the Succession Wars, Clan Invasion to The Dark Age.# A look at a host of licensed products over the years, from comic books to the cartoon, toys to patches, and more.

Sygillis of Metatron


Ren Garcia - 2009
    Only the League's ruling body, the Sisterhood of Light, has been able to counter their evil. When a Black Hat is taken prisoner aboard Captain Davage’s ship, the Sisters have every intention of executing her, to put her to a slow, painful death. That is what's done to Black Hats. And no one dares challenge the Sister's authority. They are astounded when the Captain refuses to allow it. Using his Gift of Sight, Captain Davage, the Lord of the Great House of Blanchefort, has gotten a glimpse of the Black Hat’s face, and is shocked. Though no one but a Sister would ever willingly face a Black Hat and hope to survive, he enters her cell. The woman sitting there bears an exact resemblance to a beloved friend of the Captain’s—a friend who is dead, murdered, lost in space along with her ship and her crew. There she sits, Captain Davage's friend, apparently reborn as a Black Hat murderess, identical in every way except for the Black Hat's mark on her face. The Black Hat known as Sygillis of Metatron, vile and evil, immediately plots Captain Davage’s killing and, though the Sisters are near, none can protect him from her fury. She will come for his soul.

Frozen in Time


Ali Sparkes - 2009
    Why would their father leave them frozen? How is cryonic suspension even possible? Why doesn't the world know about the process fifty years later? How will the Emersons ever fit into the 21st century world of cell phones and microwave dinners? And why does it feel like they're all suddenly being followed?Winner of Blue Peter's Book That I Couldn't Put Down and Book of the Year Award 2010 .

Mongoose: Part I


Elizabeth Bear - 2009
    They have been published in a variety of places online and in short story compilations, and are also available as audio plays on Drabblecast.In the future, humanity has established space stations throughout the solar system using a combination of mechanical and organic technology. Life is a constant struggle: danger comes not only from competition over limited resources and the remorseless vacuum of space, but also inter-dimensional predators, brain-stealing aliens, Space Pirates in Living Ships, feuding between various ideological sects and cults, and the warped creations of their own eldritch science turning against them.Each story is stand-alone, featuring a different protagonist and containing only passing reference to the others. There are three stories in the Boojumverse so far:- "Boojum"- "Mongoose"- "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward"

Mongoose: Part II


Elizabeth Bear - 2009
    They have been published in a variety of places online and in short story compilations, and are also available as audio plays on Drabblecast.In the future, humanity has established space stations throughout the solar system using a combination of mechanical and organic technology. Life is a constant struggle: danger comes not only from competition over limited resources and the remorseless vacuum of space, but also inter-dimensional predators, brain-stealing aliens, Space Pirates in Living Ships, feuding between various ideological sects and cults, and the warped creations of their own eldritch science turning against them.Each story is stand-alone, featuring a different protagonist and containing only passing reference to the others. There are three stories in the Boojumverse so far:- "Boojum"- "Mongoose"- "The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward"

Paratime! Collected Paratime Stories


H. Beam Piper - 2009
    Included are these classic tales: "He Walked Around the Horses," "Police Operation," "Time Crime," "Last Enemy," "Temple Trouble," "Genesis."

The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 1: Call Me Joe


Poul Anderson - 2009
    Table of Contents: * Editor's Introduction (Rick Katze) 6 * Poul Anderson (Greg Bear) 7 * Call Me Joe 11 * Prayer in War 36 * Tomorrow's Children 37 * Kinnison's Band 57 * The Helping Hand 58 * Wildcat 77 * Clausius' Chaos 100 * Journey's End 101 * Heinlein's Stories 107 * Logic 108 * Time Patrol 129 * The First Love 156 * The Double-dyed Villains 157 * To a Tavern Wench 177 * The Immortal Game 178 * Upon the Occasion of Being Asked to Argue That Love and Marriage Are Incompatible 186 * Backwardness 187 * Haiku 195 * Genius 196 * There Will Be Other Times 222 * The Live Coward 223 * Ballade of an Artificial Satellite 240 * Time Lag 241 * The Man Who Came Early 266 * Autumn 283 * Turning Point 284 * Honesty 294 * The Alien Enemy 295 * Eventide 307 * Enough Rope 308 * The Sharing of Flesh 329 * Barbarous Allen 353 * Welcome 354 * Flight to Forever 360 * Barnacle Bull 399 * To Jack Williamson 411 * Time Heals 412 * MacCannon 425 * The Martian Crown Jewels 426 * Then Death Will Come 438 * Prophecy 439 * Sea Burial 444 * Einstein's Distress 444 * Kings Who Die 445 * Ochlan 466 * Starfog 467

Footprints


James Van PeltLouise Herring-Jones - 2009
    Imagine future explorers from among the stars interpreting that. The astronauts' footprints should last longer than the fossils in the Olduvai Gorge. Here are twenty-one views of that. Stories by Brenda Cooper, James Van Pelt, Lawrence M. Schoen, Heather McDougal, and more. Edited by Jay Lake and Eric T. Reynolds. Presented by Hadley Rille Books.

Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History


Steve Holland - 2009
    Wells through the classic cover art of pulp magazines from the 1920s and 30s, to graphic novels in the 60s and 70s, and right up to contemporary film posters, movies, and television shows.Chapters bring to light the most groundbreaking and talked about sci-fi art in media ranging from comic books, movies, and TV programs to art, posters, toys, literature, collectibles, board games and video games. Sci-Fi Art is a comprehensive compilation that reveals fascinating background information, anecdotes, ideas, and inspirations relied on by iconic artists from Chris Foss, Jim Burns, and David Mattingly to Moebius, Albert Robida, and Frank Kelly Freas. Illuminating analyses of these sci-fi masters' use of technique, tools, materials, and media are also featured.All images are richly illustrated and seemingly three-dimensional making Sci-Fi Art the perfect nostalgia book for sci-fi fans and collectors, as well as an inspiring resource for art lovers, designers, illustrators, writers and creative minds.

Stargate SG-1: Lines of Communication


Luke Mansell - 2009
    

The Word Reclaimed


Steve Rzasa - 2009
    Tolerance now rules the five colonies. Thanks to the secret police, no one has been bothered by so much as a hymn in two generations-much less a Torah, Koran, or that most dangerous of books, a Bible. Baden is a teenager with an attitude. He spends his spare time salvaging wrecks in deep space, claiming for himself whatever the pirates leave behind. One day, Baden finds a book. A strange and very old book, preserved carefully against the ravages of deep space. Thinking he'll become rich if only for the value of the paper, he takes it. He counts himself lucky beyond all imagining. Until it begins talking to him. Amidst an interstellar war that threatens to overthrow the monarchy and drive great families to oblivion, Baden must evade the secret police and their attempts to get that book. Baden never had much use for religion. But it seems one has use of him. *** Steve Rzasa was born and raised in South Jersey, and fell in love with books-especially science fi cti on novels and historical volumes-at an early age. He and his wife, Carrie, have two boys and live in Buff alo, Wyoming. Steve's short story, "Rescued," which is set in the universe of The World Reclaimed, won the 2009 G.K. Chesterton Award in the Athanatos Christi an Ministries Writi ng Contest.

Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance


George R.R. MartinMike Resnick - 2009
    Martin and Gardner Dozois, with the full cooperation of Jack Vance, his family, and his agents, suggest a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth, to encourage the best of today's fantasy writers to return to the unique and evocative milieu of The Dying Earth, from which they and so many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Jack Vance s greatest novel.Half a century ago, Jack Vance created the world of the Dying Earth, and fantasy has never been the same. Now, for the first time ever, Jack has agreed to open this bizarre and darkly beautiful world to other fantasists, to play in as their very own. To say that other fantasy writers are excited by this prospect is a gross understatement; one has told us that he'd crawl through broken glass for the chance to write for the anthology, another that he'd gladly give up his right arm for the privilege that's the kind of regard in which Jack Vance and The Dying Earth are held by generations of his peers.

Dead Mech


Jake Bible - 2009
    Their secret weapon: the Mechs. But what happens when a mech pilot dies in his mech and becomes a zombie? Hell on earth is unleashed...

Deathworld and Deathworld 2


Harry Harrison - 2009
    For outsiders, Pyrrus usually means a quick and painful death, but DinAlt is fleeing the crooked casino masters of Cassylia - where he just broke the bank. But DinAlt is not prepared for the hellish Pyrrus, where every living thing seems bent on exterminating mankind.In DEATHWORLD 2 (originally published as THE ETHICAL ENGINEER), Jason DinAlt finds himself on a hostile, barbarian planet where technology and civilization have almost disappeared. Using his skills, DinAlt literally reinvents the wheel in his quest to escape and return to his friends on Pyrrus.

Babylon 5: The Scripts of J. Michael Straczynski, TV Movies


J. Michael Straczynski - 2009
    Focusing on The Telepath War, and appropriately titled "Wars of the Mind," JMS' notes reveal the background of the conflict -- teeps vs. teeps, the cast of characters -- including the identity of the Interstellar Alliance's Vice President, and the explosive deaths of two B5 regulars -- something hinted at, but never stated in an official series document.* The lost tale from The Lost Tales. Did you know that there were originally three lost tales, not two? The middle segment, never produced due to production considerations, featured Michael Garibaldi making a startling discovery on Mars. Only a handful of people involved in the production have ever read this script, but now you can enjoy this "lost" installment.* The original short story on which The Lost Tales segment "Over Here" was based. It's called "The Darkness Between the Stars" and was originally published in the now out-of-print seventh issue of The Book of Dark Wisdom (Fall 2005). See how JMS adapts a story from one medium to another and witness a different ending than the one that concludes the B5 version.* J. Michael Straczynski's personal, behind-the-scenes photos taken on the set of The Lost Tales and The Legend of the Rangers -- included in these 36 images are the last pictures taken of Andreas Katsulas as G'Kar.YES, WE'VE ALSO INCLUDED "JOE CUTS"Because there are many differences between the scripts and what you see on the DVDs, you also get the Script/DVD Variations inventory, which catalogs all the changes, deletions, and additions that were made as the stories traveled from script to screen. It's all in this handy, easy-to-reference grid, just like the ones in JMS' Volume 15 and the Other Voices series.The TV Movie book includes 12 pages of "Joe Cuts" chronicling 78 of these variations exposing B5 data you never knew.BUT WAIT THERE'S MOREInstead of episode analysis, J. Michael Straczynski answers frequently asked questions about each of the TV movies. Here's just a sample of what you'll discover:* How JMS had to "spread the cast" over the movies and how that affected the stories.* What one theme JMS finds most intriguing about the Babylon 5 universe.* How much Lyta knew about Vorlon history.* Why Thirdspace is set after the Shadow war.* Learn about H.P. Lovecraft's influences on JMS in general and Thirdspace specifically.* A detailed description of JMS's headspace when writing The River of Souls after he had just said goodbye to B5 with the final episodes of season five.* What drew JMS back to the Soul Hunter idea after five years and 90 teleplays.* How Joe crafted The River of Souls to explore the archaeological science fiction ideas that would later be found in Crusade.* Why Lieutenant Corwin gets a bigger spotlight in The River of Souls.* How the Love Bat came to be.* How The River of Souls relates to the essential B5 question of "Who are you?"* What it was like to work with Martin Sheen and what he felt everyone he met should involve themselves in.* Why the Rangers of LotR were supposed to learn about "dying for the One."* How The Hand was differed from the the Shadows in the grand scheme of things.* Reflection from JMS about his days on the Ranger set with Andreas Katsulas, the very last time he would be Citizen G'Kar.* Londo's intention in sending Vintari to Sheridan in The Lost Tales.* What it was like being in the Babylon 5 universe during The Lost Tales after so many years had passed.* How the alliance got the quantum space technology from the Vorlons.* Who was first in line to succeed Londo (remember that Vir was second in line and Vintari was third).* Why JMS decided to base one of The Lost Tales on his short story "The Darkness Between the Stars" (note that the original short story is also included as a bonus).

Starfire


Stuart Vaughn Stockton - 2009
    Someone born into such a low caste has no hope of achieving much of anything in this life--unless he can prove himself as a warrior. Through his own skill and a fortuitous encounter with a massive creature, Rathe seeks to rise through the trials to secure a position within the imperial army.But larger forces are at work in the world, and Rathe has been chosen for a grand and terrible destiny. Through an enemy invasion, revitalized technology from an ancient civilization, and supernatural entities beyond his understanding, Rathe is presented with an unfathomable choice. No matter what he decides, it seems an empire--or a world--will be destroyed. And the only things informing Rathe’s decision are affection for a small saurin under his care and the admonitions from the mystical representative of a god Rathe doesn’t believe in.

Selections from Fragile Things, Volume Four


Neil Gaiman - 2009
    . . . In a Hugo Award�winning story, a great detective must solve a most unsettling royal murder in a strangely altered Victorian England. . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams�and nightmares. . . . These marvelous creations and more showcase the unparalleled invention and storytelling brilliance�as well as the terrifyingly dark and entertaining sense of humor�of the incomparable Neil Gaiman. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most original writers of our time.

Five Stories by Philip K. Dick


Philip K. Dick - 2009
    Beyond Lies the WubBeyond the DoorThe Crystal CryptThe DefendersThe Gun

Keeper


Kristine Williams - 2009
    When his inheritance turns out to be a genetically-altered slave named Evan, it's just the beginning of the end of Alex's normal, orderly life. Not only does Evan have his own brand of morality, his special abilities are coveted by his late owner's enemies. As the pair head into deep space with their enemies in hot pursuit, Alex's chief rival ahead of them, and a saboteur on board their ship, will they be able to learn to appreciate each other as individuals in time? Or will their differences be too much to overcome?

Conversations with Samuel R. Delany


Samuel R. Delany - 2009
    Delany (b. 1942) is also one of the most acclaimed figures in contemporary literary theory and gay/lesbian literature. As a gay African American writer, Delany's cerebral, experimental prose crosses lines of genre, gender, sexuality, and class. Several of his works--Dhalgren, The Einstein Intersection, Babel-17, Stars in My Pocket like Grains of Sand, and the Neveryon quartet are considered landmarks of -new wave- science fiction. His essays and critical works approach a wide variety of subjects from a perspective that is both resolutely philosophical and deeply provocative. Conversations with Samuel R. Delany collects interviews with the writer from 1980 to 2007. Delany considers the interview an especially fruitful form for the generation of ideas, and he has made it an integral part of his own work. In fact, two of his critical works are collections of interviews and correspondence. He insists that all interviews with him be written correspondence so that he is allowed the time and space to deliberate on each response. As a result, the conversations presented here are as rigorously constructed, elusive, and intellectually stimulating as his essays.

Revolution


Gail R. Delaney - 2009
    Nick will do whatever it takes to bring Michael home. He'll lay down his life, if that's the cost to reveal the truth and stop the Areth.Now, he cares. And if he ever finds the Areth that stole his son from him, she'll pay.

The Epsilon Eridani Alternative


Beth Groundwater - 2009
    could you do it? What if the future of the entire human race depends on your decision? When space colonists from Earth crash-land on a planet orbiting the star Epsilon Eridani, they must wrestle with an ethical dilemma. They've emerged from their stasis pods 33 years older than when they started. They could harvest stem cells from alien infants to counteract the effects of human aging... but the process will kill the infants. As factions develop among the astronauts, the scientists race ahead with experiments to restore their youthful vigor-and must face the unexpected consequences of their choices. "Entertaining and thought-provoking. Groundwater uses engaging characters to adeptly contrast the intellectual, biological, and emotional urges we have to protect our species." -Laura E. Reeve, author the Major Ariane Kedros Novels.

Air


James Swallow - 2009
    Stranded and alone on the far side of the universe, the mismatched team of scientists, technicians, and military personnel have only one objective: staying alive. As personalities clash and desperation takes hold, salvation lies in the hands of Dr. Nicholas Rush, the man responsible for their plight.

C. S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy


Sanford Schwartz - 2009
    Schwartz offers a reading that challenges the conventional view of them as portraying a clear-cut struggle between a pre-modern cosmology & the modern scientific paradigm that supplanted it. Schwartz situates Lewis' work in the context of modern intellectual, cultural & political history. He shows that Lewis doesn't simply dismiss the modern evolutionary model, but discriminates among different kinds of evolutionary theory-"mechanistic" in Out of the Silent Planet, "vitalist" in Perelandra, "spiritual" in That Hideous Strength-& their distinctive views of human nature, society & religion. He also shows that in each book the conflict between Xian & developmental viewpoints is more complex than generally assumed. In line with the Augustinian understanding that "bad things are good things perverted," Lewis constructs each of his three beatific communities-the "unfallen" worlds on Mars & Venus & the terrestrial remnant at St Anne's-not as the sheer antithesis but rather as the transfiguration or "raising up" of the particular evolutionary doctrine targeted in the novel. In this respect, Lewis is deeply engaged with the main currents of modern thought. He's also far more prepared to explore the possibilities for reshaping the evolutionary model in a manner compatible with traditional Xian doctrine & committed to addressing the distinctive concerns of modern existence. C.S. Lewis on the Final Frontier highlights the relevance of Lewis' fiction to contemporary concerns on a variety of issues, including the ethical problems surrounding biotech & the battle between religious & naturalistic worldviews. Far from offering a black & white contrast between old-fashioned Xian humanism & newfangled heresy, the Space Trilogy will be seen as a religious apologist's searching effort to enrich the former thru critical engagement with the latter.AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsIntroductionOut of the silent planetPerelandraThat hideous strengthConclusionAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex

Ender's Game: War of Gifts


Jake Black - 2009
    When Valentine learns of an injustice in her school, she wants to fight it. Enter Peter, who guides his sister through the process of nonviolent influence, and sets the ball rolling for his plans to one day rule the world. Next, in War of Gifts, Zeck Morgan causes an uproar when he sees another student celebrating Christmas - seemingly violating Battle School's rules against religious practice. Then, Mazer Rackham, the only man ever to defeat the Formics, takes on a new enemy... the International Fleet itself All this and more. Includes Ender's Game: Recruiting Valentine, War of Gifts, and Mazer in Prison.

Steel Walls and Dirt Drops


Alan Black - 2009
    She is a larger-than-life combat veteran and a bonafide war hero. She knows combat. She also knows that combat is one thing and that command is a warthog of a different and dubious color. Misha wonders if she has the necessary skills to turn this group of slackers, petty criminals and losers into an effective fighting unit in the short time she has left before being tossed out the back end of a spacecraft to fight in ground chewing warfare. APES are supposed to be an armored infantry fighting force. However, this unit’s last commander retired in the saddle leaving his unit to unravel and fend for themselves. Their assigned space forces transport captain is less than no help at all. The war with the Binders is heating up and there are secrets swirling around mixed with gossip about the last big battle against the aliens. Some secrets could mean life or death for the ground pounders who wear metal armor in dirt side warfare. Combat is on the horizon and even the veteran APES doubt they will be ready for what is coming. All Misha can do is crack a few heads, kick some backsides and see what happens. Her APES might live through the next battle if she is successful. If not…

Stochasticity


Tobias S. Buckell - 2009
     Reg Stratton is a bouncer eking a life out in the decaying Wilds just outside of Detroit in a pseudo post-oil collapse. But when he gets sucked into a making a little money on the side by tasking out his time via an anonymous app, he finds himself in the middle of a riot that could change his life, the city, maybe even the world… as long as Reg keeps cool and makes the right choice. This novella was originally a part of the award nominated Metatropolis series, edited by John Scalzi and Jay Lake. Now on sale for the first time ever! "...a fascinating shared urban future..." -Booklist (on METAtropolis) "Each story shines... - Publishers Weekly (on METAtropolis) "Metatropolis is about as Green Punk as it can get..." -Booktionary.com

Nebula's Music


Aubrie Dionne - 2009
    These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins. Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebula was made. He’s vowed to avenge his finance’s death and rescue her sister from the Gryphonites, a fierce race out to enslave the galaxy.Nebula grapples with her identity and how much of who she is comes from someone else’s past. She is not the woman that died, yet she is undeniably drawn to Radian. Together Nebula and Radian seek to rescue his fiancé’s sister and end the Gryphonites’ cruel reign. But can Radian learn to love again and can Nebula accept a past made from someone else’s memories?

Dinétah Dragon


Don A. Martinez - 2009
    In questioning its origins, he was put in contact with Ariel Sharpe, one of the team's members, who agreed to meet with him in a secret location to share the story of the team, and that of her own life. Ariel's life is one of isolated existence, both physically in the Arizona desert and emotionally from her surrounding peers. The isolation becomes even greater when she volunteers to become among the first wave of the nation's new Super Soldiers, only to wind up bound to a genetically-engineered dragon, complete with the scaly complexion and beastly abilities. When she escapes this sinister project she crosses paths with a Navy man who steers her into Special Forces. This team of professional soldiers, all of which embody legendary archetypes, becomes her new family, a place where she truly feels welcomed among people for the first time. The team's adventures in the shadowy supernatural world, though, hold the fate of the entire world in the balance, culminating in their final mission to stop Armageddon itself from commencing in the place where Ariel's story first began, the deserts and mesas of the American southwest. Through pain and joy, through suicide attempts and vicious fighting, Ariel survived to tell her tale. Learn how she not only reached a peaceful existence ... she truly earned it.

X6: A Novellanthology


Keith Stevenson - 2009
    A Locus Magazine 'Recommended Read' of 2009. 'in the race for the "Best Anthology of The Year" title.' Gardner Dozois - Locus Magazine. World Fantasy Award Winner for best novella - 'Sea-Hearts' by Margo Lanagan. Aurealis Award, Ditmar Award and Vogel Award Winner - 'Wives' by Paul Haines.Sea-Hearts / Margo Lanagan --Iron Temple / Trent Jamieson --Wives / Paul Haines --Heart of Stone / Cat Sparks --The Absent Men / Louise Katz --The Library / Terry Dowling.

Tower


Bae Myung-hoon - 2009
    Each story deals with how citizens living in the hypermodern high-rise deal with various influences of power in their lives: a group of researchers have to tell their boss that a major powerbroker is a dog, a woman uses the power of the internet to rescue a downed fighter pilot abandoned by the government, and an out-of-towner finds himself in charge of training a gentle elephant to break up protests. Bae explores the forces that shape modern life with wit and a sly wink at the reader.

Doctor Who: The Forgotten (The Forgotten, #6)


Tony LeeJohn Wycough - 2009
    Part 6: Reunion

Sinnoh Guidebook (Pokemon)


Simcha Whitehill - 2009
    Twinleaf Town, Jubilife City, the Eterna Forest--there's so much to see! And this guide covers it all, tracing Ash's steps from Season 10 and revealing key information about the region along the way.

Friends in High Places


Andi Marquette - 2009
    Along with her crew, she has to smuggle out rare black opals, in fulfillment of their latest contract, which skirts the edges of legality. Everything goes as planned until Torri discovers that the hated Coalition is increasing security and that Kai Tinsdale, her former bunkmate at the prestigious martial training institution known as the Academy, is stationed in Newburg to break up dangerous but profitable smuggling rings. Kai is now a captain in the Coalition military forces, and she's very, very good at her job. They'd shared a connection once that deepened not so long ago, but will it mean anything now? Because in a city where allies can quickly become adversaries, Torri and her crew have to navigate both, and any wrong move may be a price too high to pay.

The Secret Saturdays 1: The Kur Stone


Elizabeth Hurchalla - 2009
    V. Argost from recovering the dreadful Kur stone. But can they stop him before he unleashes an ancient evil on the world?

The Ten Doctors


Richard Morris - 2009
    His peace is quickly shattered, though, as all nine of his previous incarnations show up as well - accompanied by many of their companions. Naturally, such a confluence of criss-crossing timestreams is impossible, and so they set about attempting to determine how it all happened.

Being of the Field


Traci Harding - 2009
    She believes there is an ocean of microscopic vibrations connecting everything in the universe to every other universe - an inter-dimensional field theory.Unbeknownst to Taren, her research and hidden psychic talents are the reason she is called on by the prestigious AMIE space project to investigate an ocean planet and its strange light phenomena.However, there are conflicting agendas within the organisation and she is the only one who begins to suspect that foul play might be afoot ...

Of Berserkers, Swords and Vampires: A Saberhagen Retrospective


Fred Saberhagen - 2009
    In a book that will be irresistible for the thousands of Saberhagen fans, all three series are represented here, as well as gems from his other series, including his first-published story and his last-written story, marking the endpoints of a remarkable writer's remarkable career that spanned more than four decades As Joan Spicci Saberhagen writes in her foreword, "Even Fred's most ardent fans will have a fresh look at his talents. Whatever the setting, Fred's stories provide fast moving action and a thought provoking theme."

Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus


Paul MagrsStewart Sheargold - 2009
    With an introduction by Iris' alter-ego, Katy Manning, original artwork by legendary Doctor Who artist June Hudson and new stories from Paul Magrs, Philip Purser-Hallard and Steve Cole amongst many others. There really is always something new in the headlights of Iris' trusty number 22 bus to Putney Common!Contents: * Introduction by Katy Manning * A Gamble with Wildthyme by Steve Lyons * Sovereign by Mags L Halliday * The Unhappy Medium by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott * Living Legend by Stuart Douglas * Battleship Anathema by Phil Purser-Hallard * The Dreadful Flap by Paul Magrs * Not A Drop by Steven Wickham * Iris Wildthyme y Señor Cientocinco contra Los Monstruos del Fiesta by Cody Schell * Why? Because We Like You by Jonathan Dennis * The Scarlet Shadow by Stewart Sheargold * Only Living Girls by Steve Cole

The Terro-Human Future History Omnibus


H. Beam Piper - 2009
    Index The Edge of the Knife (Amazing Stories, May 1957) Omnilingual (Astounding Science Fiction, Feb 1957) Four-Day Planet (Ace Books, 1961) Uller Uprising (Ace Books, 1983) Naudsonce (Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, Jan 1962) Little Fuzzy (1962) Oomphel in the Sky (Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, Nov 1960) The Cosmic Computer (Ace Books, 1962) Space Viking (Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, Nov 1962 to Feb 1963) A Slave is a Slave (Analog Science Fact—Science Fiction, April 1962) Ministry of Disturbance (Astounding Science Fiction, Dec 1958) The Keeper (Venture Science Fiction, July 1957)

Timeline Of The Planet Of The Apes: The Definitive Chronology


Rich Handley - 2009
    Every film, episode, novel, comic book and more is covered, from 1968 to the present--including several unpublished works. Along with a painstakingly detailed timeline spanning millennia, this volume features a gallery of more than 350 cover images, a recommended viewing/reading order, an examination of time travel in the Planet of the Apes mythos (both on screen and in print), and a title/creator index of published fiction-plus, insightful notes discussing preliminary and discarded story concepts, inconsistencies and discontinuities, unpublished lore and other fascinating trivia.

A is for Alien


Caitlín R. Kiernan - 2009
    From the wastelands of Mars to the streets of a late 21st-century Manhattan, from the moons of Europa and Saturn to an iceless Antarctica, these tales bring an acclaimed author's trademark brand of the eco-gothic to bear on what it means to be human and the paths that may face mankind only a little farther along.

Ballistic Babes


John Zakour - 2009
    This omnibus volume, containing THE RADIOACTIVE REDHEAD and THE FROST-HAIRED VIXEN, continues the adventures of Zachary Nixon Johnson, the last freelance private eye on Earth.

Get Loved, Make More, Try to Stay Alive


Dira Sudis - 2009
    Well, or all three, case in point."Words:68261 complete

The Owl In Daylight


Tessa B. Dick - 2009
    A morality tale set in several alternate worlds.

Magic Man


Marie Treanor - 2009
    In the forbidden zone of Edinburgh's old town, Catriona Whithorn, a privileged lawyer escaping her dull life and a depressing divorce, becomes Cat, a blues singer in a sleazy bar. When she encounters Magic, a mysterious and sexy street magician, Catriona is drawn deeper into his world, where living for the moment leads to uninhibited pleasure--and a deadly struggle for freedom. For nothing is as it seems. No stranger to illusion, Magic's carefree exterior hides a man ruthless enough to do whatever it takes to protect the only family he knows-the people of the old town. When Cat enlists his help to find her missing ex-husband, Magic takes her into his care and into his bed. But he isn't fool enough to believe she wants more than a rough tumble and won't soon return to the comfort and security of the safe zone. Yet as they uncover layers of abuse, corruption and an undeniable conspiracy of oppression--with Cat's own family at its core--she and Magic must face impossible choices that threaten to divide them forever.

The Complete Alpha Dreamer


Al PhilipsonRichard Womack - 2009
    Can love come of such a match?THE PRECIPICESpano was a herder with dreams beyond the tribe’s valley.THE FIFTH EDGEWhen Jason’s molecular structure got blasted sideways, his future looked very dim indeed.COLONEL HATCH’S BLUE HORSEHatch had enough problems fighting Rebs without the addition of a blue alien in his HQ.HEATJohnny’s a “hit man” who hates heat. So why is he looking for his victim on the sunside of Mercury?THE CAMELFORD PROBLEMThe crew of a survey ship finds that if it looks to good to be true, it isn't.THE RETURN OF FRANCIS T. McCRACKENHeroism is something that can transcend cultures, or even species.ACROSS THE IRISH SEAThose who ignore history are bound to repeat it.DARK VOICESDisembodied voices from the stars strip away all that Steve holds dear.TIME TO REMEMBERTime travel didn’t work out well for MaryRIPPLES IN TIMEWhen is a mirage not a mirage?ARSE AND ALLCharlie’s client gave him a great container for smuggling. But there was a hitch.VOICESSaving a life can have unintended consequences.NAIVITEThe power of stupidity should never be ignored.SURROGATEMetal can replace the flesh, but how about the heart?LLANDOR A GUARDIANJane was a superwoman and the object of Llandor’s lust. Could he join the ranks of super-soldiers to win her?DEMON BATTLELlandor stands between the invaders and Earth. Can he survive?TERROR WAR III – THE EXTREMISTIn terror wars of the future, some will take the fight to any extreme.GOD WHISPERERIn the frontier of Mars settlers learn redemption never comes without sacrifice.SCHRODINGER’S GRANDFATHERGottfried went back in time to set his life right, but small choices create large consequences.ANECDOTAL EVIDENCEDid humans ever exist? Are there any left? Dedo wanted to know. Maybe the Siferi could help.140,600 words (equivalent to 527 pages in mass market paperback form)Rated "PG"

Dark Heresy RPG: The Radical's Handbook


Ross Watson - 2009
    Heretic allies, alien technologies, and daemon weapons of Chaos are but a few of these instruments chosen by Radicals who believe that the end always justifies the means. This sourcebook contains new rules, dark careers, and forbidden gear for both Game Masters and players who wish to tread the forsaken path of a Radical.

The Authorized Ender Companion


Orson Scott Card - 2009
    There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.

Soul Keeper


Belinda McBride - 2009
    The haunted Equis shelters the soul of Steven Goode, and with it, Phaedre’s hopes for a child with her late husband.The mysterious woman mesmerizes Dorian. How did she know to find him? How can she so clearly read his pain? With just a smile, she rouses his passion and wakes his dead heart.Phaedre must convince the centaur to leave the forest and accompany her on a journey that will change his very existence.Because Phaedre is keeping a secret. And Phaedre’s secret will rock the world.

Robots Beyond


Lane AdamsonPaula R. Stiles - 2009
    Intelligent machines, usually bearing at least some resemblance to humans, performing the routine drudgeries of life and freeing mankind for the pursuit of nobler goals. Karel apek conceived the term. Isaac Asimov codified their behavior, then spent the next fifty-plus years figuring out ways to get around his rules. Phillip K. Dick humanized them, chillingly. George Lucas and James Cameron, for good or ill, made them pop culture icons. Within these pages, you'll meet robots both familiar and fantastic, from the submicroscopic to large, carnivorous machines. Robots discovering their own humanity... and Man's inhumanity. Subversive inversions of genre that will leave the reader pondering the metaphysics of robotics. What if? There's a lot to answer for in those two little words. Look inside, and see what you discover.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Complete Newspaper Sundays, Vol. 1: 1930-1933


Russell Keaton - 2009
    Now for the first time see five complete years of the world's greatest sci-fi newspaper strip in one volume Reprinting the Buck Roger in the 25th Century strips in full color in their original tabloid format, see the gorgeous artwork of Russell Keaton and Rick Yager painstakingly reconstructed in vibrant tones and hues.

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction


Mark Bould - 2009
    It outlines major writers, movements, and texts in the genre, established critical approaches and areas for future study. Fifty-six entries by a team of renowned international contributors are divided into four parts which look, in turn, at:history - an integrated chronological narrative of the genre's development theory - detailed accounts of major theoretical approaches including feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism and utopian studies issues and challenges - anticipates future directions for study in areas as diverse as science studies, music, design, environmentalism, ethics and alterity subgenres - a prismatic view of the genre, tracing themes and developments within specific subgenres.Bringing into dialogue the many perspectives on the genre The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction is essential reading for anyone interested in the history and the future of science fiction and the way it is taught and studied.

Stargate Atlantis: Impressions


Scott K. Andrews - 2009
    I suppose you could say I'm trying to tell its story Plagued by blackouts, painting strange pictures in his sleep, Major Evan Lorne begins to fear that he's losing his mind. Has the stress of life in the Pegasus galaxy pushed him over the edge? Then, when Atlantis itself begins to behave strangely, the Major wonders if something else entirely is going on. But with his behaviour becoming increasingly erratic, who can he trust? And can the soldier convince his colleagues that the answer lies in his paintings?

Technologized Desire: Selfhood and the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction


D. Harlan Wilson - 2009
    Harlan Wilson measures the evolution of the human condition as it has been represented by postcapitalist science fiction, which has consistently represented the body and subjectivity as ultraviolent pathological phenomena. Operating under the assumption that selfhood is a technology, Wilson studies the emergence of selfhood in philosophy (Deleuze & Guattari), fiction (William S. Burroughs' cut-up novels and Max Barry's Jennifer Government), and cinema (Army of Darkness, Vanilla Sky, and the Matrix trilogy) in an attempt to portray the schizophrenic rigor of twenty-first century mediatized life. We are obligated by the pathological unconscious to always choose to be enslaved by capital and its hi-tech arsenal. The universe of consumer-capitalism, Wilson argues, is an illusory prison from which there is no escape-despite the fact that it is illusory.

Torchwood: The Radio Adventures


Anita Sullivan - 2009
    Performed by John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, and Freema Agyeman, stars of BBC America's #1 series.