Six years have passed since Jamie Waterman took charge of a foundering expedition and courageously led its surviving members on a dangerous trek to Mars's Valles Marineris- and to, perhaps, the greatest scientific discovery in the history of humankind: fragile, lichenlike organisms growing just beneath the planet's rocky surface; extraterrestrial life in its most basic form. But things have soured for Waterman back in Earth's rich atmosphere since the monumental breakthrough that brought him fame and-for a time-happiness. And the two halves of Jamie's heart-native mystic and rational scientist-have slipped further and further out of balance. Now a second Martian expedition has been announced--one motivated purely by its profitable potential-and Jamie Waterman's wounded soul is beckoning him back to the eerie, unforgiving landscape whose towering cliffs and sere natural beauty remind him so strongly of Navajo lands. As commander of the new team, he will have to contend with a bitter and destructive rivalry, a disturbing new emotional attraction-and with the deadly, incomprehensible "accidents" that appear to be sabotage-all of which could doom the mission to failure. But Waterman knows he must not fail-for much more is at stake than his personal redemption and the safety of his crew. For there are still great secrets to be uncovered on this cruel and enigmatic world-not the least being something he glimpsed in the far distance during his first Martian excursion: an improbable structure perched high in the planet's carmine cliffs.
Visionary, scoundrel, lover, liar, Sam Gunn is the 21st century's greatest entrepreneur and its most hated public figure.
This book is an anthology that captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field and a definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas written between 1929 to 1964 and contains eleven great classics.
When the sun flared, the shielded New World almost escaped destruction. But as the sky began burning, who could blame the Russians for thinking that the Americans had attacked?
2095. After long months of travel, the gigantic colony ship Goddard has at last made orbit around Saturn, carrying a population of more than of 10,000 dissidents, rebels, extremists, and visionaries seeking a new life. Among Goddard's missions is the study of Titan, which offers the tantalizing possibility that life may exist amid its windswept islands and chill black seas. When the exploration vessel Titan Alpha mysteriously fails after reaching the moon's surface, long buried tensions surface among the colonists. Eduoard Urbain, the mission's chief scientist, is wracked with anxiety and despair as he sees his life's work unravel. Malcolm Eberly, Goddard's chief administrator, takes ruthless measures to hold onto power as a rash of suspicious incidents threaten to undermine his authority. Holly Lane, the colony's human-resources director, must confront the station's powerful leaders to protect the lives of its people. And retired astronaut Manuel Gaeta is forced to risk his life in a last, desperate attempt to salvage the lost probe. Torn by intrigue, sabotage, and an awesome discovery that could threaten human space exploration, a handful of courageous men and women must fight for the survival of their colony, and for the destiny of the human race.
more than a baker's dozen of science fiction stories -- some humorous, some serious -- written by an acknowledged master.
A man struggles to free his lover and avenge himself against the "gods" that "killed" her.
10 billion reward to recover the body of Alex Humphries from Venus, the most hellish place in the solar system.
Keith Stoner had been in a state of suspended animation for eighteen years. It was eighteen years earlier that Stoner had been an American member of a joint U.S. - Soviet venture to capture an alien ship, but when the Soviets had to pull out, Stoner willfully persisted and it was then, during that time on the strange ship that Stoner fell into the strange state that was neither here, nor there. Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Stoner is now head of Vanguard Industries, which has recovered the alien ship. As a result, her company now controls the vast new technology and the fortune it reaps in - as well as control of Keith Stoner. What Camerata doesn't know, however, is that someone else has been awake, someone who dwells deep within the labyrinths of Stoner's mind.
Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Keith Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries which has recovered an alien ship. As a result, Jo's company now controls the incredible wealth of technology aboard the ship as well as the fortune it reaps in - not to mention control of Keith Stoner. What Camerata does not know, however, is that someone else has been awake, someone who dwells deep within the recesses of Stoner's mind. The alienate presence that has kept Stoner alive for so long is now free and fully intends to explore our world and will let nothing stand in its way.
Keith Stoner, ex-astronaut turned physicist, knows the signal from space that his research station is receiving is NOT random, it's real. And it's headed straight for Earth.
"Take the energy of a full-fledged storm and compress it into a narrow funnel so that its wind speed reaches five hundred knots, causing a semi-vacuum inside its rotary structure. Such winds hit a wall with a force of a thousand pounds per square foot. And the vacuum immediately behind the wind makes the normal air pressure in a building explode the walls outside. Such a funnel makes a fine weapon, especially in a crowded city. It is called a tornado." From THE WEATHERMAKERS
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