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The Planiverse: Computer Contact with a Two-Dimensional World by A.K. Dewdney
Sphereland: A Fantasy about Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe
Dionijs Burger Jr. - 1965
A short Science Fiction novel by a distinguished Dutch mathematician which entertains and instructs in the multi-dimensional geometries of curved space and the expanding universe.
The Defenders and Three Others
Philip K. Dick - 1950
Dick! Here are "The Defenders," in which mankind has taken refuge beneath the Earth's surface, leaving all-out war to robots ... "Beyond Lies the Wub," in which a highly philosophical Martian creature finds itself on the wrong end of the dinner table ... "The Crystal Crypt," in which the last Terran ship from Mars finds terrorists aboard ... and "Beyond the Door," a most unusual story in which an abusive husband ends up with more than he bargains for!
Minds, Machines & Evolution
James P. Hogan - 1988
Hogan here gives his thousands of readers a generous serving of high-quality SF, along with a look behind the scenes. Read how a young girl raised by robots learned her true destiny. Travel in time to learn that inventors are always misunderstood, even Og, the caveman. Worried about the idea of cloning? Hogan will really have you worrying. And much more.
Flight of the Dragonfly
Robert L. Forward - 1984
Some of the world's finest scientists were aboard that ship, and they would arrive prepared for adventure, danger and - to them, most important of all - the thrill of scientific discovery. But what they would find, both in terms of danger and discovery, would surpass all their expectations.
A War Of Shadows
Jack L. Chalker - 1979
In Maine, severely retarded. Small towns across America are being systematically "wiped out" by terrorists and their campaign of germ warfare waged against the U.S. The President's only option seems to be an equally deadly counterattack.
Charles Sheffield - 1990
And it was to be the most violent Summertide ever, due to the Grand Conjunction of the system's stars and planets, something that happened only every 350,000 years.Access to the unstable Quake was supposed to be prohibited, but some very insistent travelers were determined to make the trip. Professor Darya Lang, who had made a career studying artifacts left by the long-vanished aliens called the Builders, had a hunch that during this unusual Summertide she might find the Builders themselves. Louis Nenda and the Cecropian Atvar H'sial had their own interests in Quake, and would do anything to get there. And Councilor Julius Graves was hunting murderers—if they were hiding on Quake, he needed no one's permission to search for them.Planetary Administrators Hans Rebka and Max Perry had no choice but to go to Quake themselves—risking their lives to protect the others—and to learn, just maybe, the secret of Summertide and the Builders...
You Can Be the Stainless Steel Rat
Harry Harrison - 1985
The newest recruit in the Special Corps, you take your orders from the legendary Slippery Jim diGriz. Rogue. Rascal. And master-criminal turned cop. Linked by a hi-tech mind-meld, he'll be with you every step of the way. But you deal with his heckling.Your mission: kidnap the mad scientist Professor Geisteskrank from the planet Skraldespand. Why, you ask? Because he's invented a device that could end life as we know (and love) it in the entire universe.Oh yes, and did we mention that the planet Skraldespand is a prison planet and home to the felonious refuse of a thousand human and alien worlds? Good luck. You're going to need it.
The Magic Goes Away Collection: The Magic Goes Away/The Magic May Return/More Magic
Larry Niven - 2005
By asking the simple question, What if magic were a finite resource?, Niven brought to life a mesmerizing world of wonder and loss, of hope and despair. The success of his first story collection, The Magic Goes Away, birthed two sequel anthologies, The Magic May Return and More Magic. All three volumes are collected here for the first time, with stories by Niven himself, as well as contributions by such luminaries of fantasy as Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Steven Barnes, and Poul Anderson. Featuring a brand-new introduction by Larry Niven, The Magic Goes Away Collection gives readers insight into the breathtaking world of Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City and Burning Tower and stands on its own as a landmark in fantasy fiction
Dave Duncan - 1990
So the scientists of 4-I were happy to promise her a place in the next offworld colonization team if she agreed to assess the potential of the latest worlds they had discovered. Then she met Cedric, the grandson of 4-I's brilliant and tyrannical director, and for the first time ever she began to doubt her uncanny intuition.Cedric dreamed of becoming a scout and exploring other worlds. When he met the lovely Alya he was more determined than ever to leave Earth -- with her. His grandmother, though, needed him as a pawn in her Machiavellian plot to cover up a murder and protect 4-I itself from being destroyed.She had no intention of letting him go. But the director underestimated her grandson -- and the woman whose destiny seemed linked with his . . .
Mike Resnick - 1996
Only now the cost of his care has risen, so the Widowmaker is called out of retirement for one special commission, and a very large chunk of cash. A notorious assassin has been wrecking havoc on the Frontier; who better but the Widowmaker to defeat him?
The Hacker and the Ants
Rudy Rucker - 1994
Dick award-winner, Rudy Rucker, reads like a ripped-from-Reddit romp of white hat hacking, artificial intelligence. run amok, and an unstoppable electronic 'bugs.'From a two-time winner of the Philip K. Dick award, and one of the founding fathers of cyberpunk comes a novel about a very modern nightmare: the most destructive computer virus ever has been traced to your machine. Computer programmer Jerzy Rugby spends his days blissfully hacking away in cyberspace - aiding the GoMotion Corporation in its noble quest to create intelligent robots. Then an electronic ant gets into the machinery ... then more ants .... then millions and millions of the nasty viral pests appear out of nowhere to wreak havoc throughout the Net. And suddenly Jerzy Rugby is Public Enemy Number One, wanted for sabotage, computer crime, and treason - a patsy who must now get to the bottom of the virtual insectile plague. "Rudy Rucker warms the cockles of my heart ... I think of him as the Scarlet Pimpernel of science fiction." - Philip Jose Farmer
Q & A
Keith R.A. DeCandido - 2007
Enterprise NCC-1701-D. The captain knew it was an honor without equal. His new command bore the name of Enterprise. The people who had commanded other like-named starships had gone down in Starfleet's annals. Some officers would be intimidated, but they would not have been given command of Enterprise. On her first mission, the Enterprise was sent to Farpoint Station. A simple, straightforward investigation. Perfect for a crew that had never served together. Then there was Q. An omnipotent lifeform that seemed bent on placing obstacle after obstacle in the ship's -- and in particular in Picard's -- way. And it hadn't ended with that first mission. When he was least expected, Q would appear. Pushing, prodding, testing. At times needling captain and crew with seemingly silly, pointless, and maddening trifles. Then it would turn all too serious, and the survival of Picard's crew was in Q's hands. Why was it today that Picard was remembering the day he took command of the Enterprise-D? Now he commanded a new ship, the Enterprise-E. His crew was different. There was nothing about Gorsach that in the least resembled Farpoint. But Picard couldn't shake the feeling that something all too familiar was going on. All too awful. All too Q.