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The Complete Alien Omnibus

Alan Dean Foster - 1993
    While a computer guides their space tug, the crew of seven humans sleep - until scanners pick up a distress call from a remote dead planet. All the technology of the future cannot shield them from the nightmare of today.

V: The Original Miniseries

Kenneth C. Johnson - 2008
    television series V swept the nation and drew in hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide. Now, the novel V is finally back in print, with an all-new, never-before-seen revised ending.V tells the exciting story of mysterious Alien visitors who are ready to solve Earth’s problems. But soon after arriving, the Aliens’ true nature is revealed, and like so many oppressive regimes of Earth’s past, as long as people are not directly under attack, they will turn a blind eye to their tyrannical overlords. Now it is up to a small band of resistance fighters who know the aliens’ true nature to stand up for all of humanity. Few people are quick to join their cause, and the fight to expose the aliens to the public will not be an easy one.With fast-paced action, political intrigue and memorable characters, V is sure to stir fond memories for fans of the original miniseries, as well as make fans out of a new generation.

Fat Friends and Aliens

Jilly Jaxx - 2018
    And they're on the run! Because their ship is broken and she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Then she meets Kran.  He's hot, and he wears a kilt. Which is confusing because although he looks human, he's a little bit purple. Are the Scottish race descended from aliens? Or is he a purple human? The whole crew is purple, kilt wearing, and hot. Molly's captive and not happy about it and Kran needs to get his ship fixed. Not sure if she should be more worried about her attraction to Kran, losing her job, or maybe even losing her life? She really needs to get her priorities straight. But it's so hard with Kran around. Kran, on the other hand, is confused by Molly. Women are strong where he comes from, and in power. And untouchable. But he wants to touch her, and it seems she might want to touch him. Technically he's a virgin. And he doesn't have time for this complication.

Flash Gordon

Arthur Byron Cover - 1980
    Hans Zarkov, attempts to prevent Ming the Merciless of Mongo from destroying the earth.

Ganymede 4

Keegan Kennedy - 2013
    A Terran Empire starship is pulled into a wormhole on the other side of the galaxy. The ill-fated ship crashes on a strange and uncharted planet. Star-crossed former lovers, Burke Wolfhampton and Sitka Drakos lead a small group of survivors in an effort to build a new life on a hostile world.Burke Wolfhampton is the dominant Galactic Marine, who must take charge of the group of survivors. Sitka Drakos is the ship's First Officer, who is Burke's former lover and is plagued by prophetic dreams. Axel Steele is the bold and daring Marine, who falls for the submissive, aristocratic young jock, Brodie Halifax. Nagomi Moombazza is the female Marine of German and African descent, who is both tough and aloof. Jedrek Hamilton is the handsome and resourceful colonist, who is protective of the pampered actor, Bazkin Anders. Dexia Touchstone is the free-spirited xenobiologist with a headful of red curls. All of them will face a planet that will defy their understanding of biology, family, sex and gender.

Robotech: The New Generation: The Invid Invasion

Jack McKinney - 2007
    The mission seems nearly impossible, but don’t count out these unlikely heroes just yet!SYMPHONY OF LIGHTIt’s the final, explosive showdown. Scott and his ragtag team must face the Invid Regess and her warrior race that will fight to the death to keep its prize. However, a shocking, unforeseen turn of events changes everything in the ultimate prelude to the Shadow Chronicles!

Some Assembly Required

V.R. Tapscott - 2020
     But then her life got sidetracked by digging up the AI Pilot of a 140 million year old spacecraft. Now, she's running all over the world looking for spaceship parts, falling in and out of love and trying to keep her friends from thinking she's crazy. Not only that, but the ship she's helping to recover starts sounding more like the Death Star than the Millennium Falcon. When did life get so complicated?

The Truman Show: The Shooting Script

Andrew Niccol - 1998
    He is the unwitting star of a nonstop, 24-hour-a-day documentary soap opera called The Truman Show, with every moment of his life broadcast to a worldwide audience. Everyone around him is an actor. He is a prisoner in a made-for-TV paradise. This is the story of his escape.Rarely has a first-time collaboration between a writer and director produced such a stunning result. In this book, both Niccol and Weir's lively talents and creative force come to light, as each contributes some highly original material to amplify the brilliant107-page shooting script, reproduced here in facsimile. Niccol has given us another version of The Truman Show, in photos and captions—in effect, our very own photo album. For his contribution, Peter Weir chose to let us in on the intricately detailed, often hilarious "backstory," which he wrote as part of his preparation, and eventually shared with the cast and crew during production. Also included are complete cast and crew credits.

The Librarian: A First Contact Story

M.N. Arzu - 2015
    Aliens, it turns out, like to keep their existence quiet.Breaking a great number of rules, Seattle's resident alien has come back from a quick trip to his home planet to talk to his human wife. He just happened to land too close to a military base. Now, he will tell her the truth, even if he has to do it behind a glass wall and with the military between them. The Librarian is a contemporary novel set in America and dealing with first contact with an alien species unlike anything else in modern science fiction. Readers' Favorite Silver Award for Short Story/Novella, 2018WriteOn Staff Pick, 2015

The Unreasoning Mask

Philip José Farmer - 1981
    Three of these special ships were built to explore and make contact with the many sentient races inhabiting the universe. Suddenly, one of the ships mysteriously disappears. And then it is discovered that an unidentifiable creature is marauding through the universe, totally annihilating intelligent life on planet after planet. Ramstan, a thoughtful and moral man, becomes a fascinated yet reluctant pawn in the hands of the strange forces which arise to fight the deadly destroyer. Ultimately, he is the one man who, in a fearful race against time, can stop the destruction. But what price must he pay for becoming the savior of intelligent-kind? The Unreasoning Mask is Farmer at his best: fast-paced, complex, slightly mystical, high-action adventure.

For Sale by Owner

D.D. Godley - 2017
    Lieutenant Joshua Simpson receives his final order, “bond with it.”While “bonding with it” the Lieutenant discovers the frightening truth about humanity. Where did we come from? How did we get here? Who are these visitors?˃˃˃ Disclosure: October 16th, 2020 -One-thousand breeding couples are abducted.Why? How are these abductions related to Lieutenant Joshua Simpson?Book Two of this series is Refuge Planet: Colonization.You will believe.

Der unmögliche Planet

Philip K. Dick - 1953
    It was selected by Rich & Cowan publishers in the UK for inclusion in the first PKD collection, A HANDFUL OF DARKNESS (1955). Almost 20 years went by before it could be found again in Brian Aldiss’ SPACE ODYSSEYS (1974). Then into THE COLLECTED STORIES, Vol.2 in 1987. "The Impossible Planet" was originally titled by PKD as "Legend." "The Impossible Planet" tells the story of a little old rich lady who wishes to see Earth before she dies. An unscrupulous spaceship captain agrees to take her there even though the planet Earth is now only a legend. So he searches his computers for the most likely place and takes her there. But is it Earth? Or is he just taking her money and running? Well, that’s why Phil wrote the story. Once again Philip K. Dick comes up with a new angle on the old science fiction idea of the lost planet of origin of a future galactic empire. This is a great little story because it shows clearly how Dick creates his characters to perfectly fit the story. In "The Impossible Planet" There are four main characters: the opportunistic captain, his partner with moral qualms, the little old lady so wasted that she has to lean on her ‘robant’ servant, the fourth of the group. With these characters PKD, in a few thousand words, manages to create the image of a galactic empire in its totality.

Jardun's Embrace

Rayna Tyler - 2019
    Things change when she is tasked with retrieving a package—a gorgeous male with intense jade green eyes, a body rippling with muscles, and shimmering scales begging to be touched. Jardun is an elite warrior, a protector, a guardian to the ruler. When the leader is infected with a deadly toxin, and the physician capable of developing a cure is abducted, he turns to the humans, the only allies on the planet with the knowledge to assist with a rescue. What he expects are males trained for combat, males who can help him complete his mission. What he gets is Laria, an intoxicating creature with eyes the color of the midday sky. The infuriating female can wield a blade better than any battle ready soldier, makes his tail twitch, and possesses the alluring scent of a mate.With time running out and the future of both races depending on their success, can Jardun and Laria overcome their differences long enough to find the cure…and explore the connection growing between them?

The Best and the Brightest

Susan Wright - 1998
    They come from all over the Alpha Quadrant, from hundreds of worlds and species, to prepare themselves for the challenges of the final frontier. Meet a new generation of cadets: a newly joined Trill just beginning the first of many lives; a Bajoran Vedek who finds himself torn between his vows and an unspoken love; a reckless young man fond of pushing the limits; a feline alien raised among humans; a brilliant but immature young woman with a lot to learn; and a native-born Earth woman with a talent for engineering.Together they will learn about courage, life, teamwork, and themselves. Their future is just beginning-- but one of them will not survive!

The Aliens

Murray Leinster - 1959
    and so, they knew, were the Aliens. When two expanding empires meet... war is inevitable. Or is it...?