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The Hawking left Earth during the 21st Century on a one-way mission to colonize a distant world. Due to the relativistic effects of pre-warp travel, it's crew has aged only thirty years while two centuries have passed outside the ship. When the Starship Enterprise comes to the rescue of the malfunctioning Hawking, the colonists find themselves thrust into a universe and an era that has left them behind. Captain Kirk intends to help the colonists adjust as best he can, but the task is not a simple one. The newcomers are survivors of a more violent, more paranoid time -- and the have brought old suspicions, and an ancient weapon of mass destruction, into a world of unexpected challenges and dangers.
Two hundred million kilometers across, with a surface area that exceeds that of a quarter-billion worlds, the Dyson sphere is one of the most astounding discoveries the Federation has ever made. Now the U.S.S. Enterprise has returned to explore the awesome mysteries of the sphere. Intrigued by what is possibly the greatest archaeological treasure of all time, Captain Jean-Luc Picard hopes to discover the origin of humanoid life throughout the galaxy -- or perhaps the ultimate secret of the Borg. But when a neutron star approaches on a collision course with the sphere, a mission of discovery becomes a desperate race against time. The many sentient species inhabiting the sphere face extinction -- can even the Starship Enterprise save them all?
Short stories and scientific articles about how we might do interstellar travel.
It was a wild planet, but the space ships of Earth saw that it would someday be suitable for habitation, so they seeded it with lower forms of life--bacteria, fungi, simple plants, and insects--to re-create the food chain that human colonists would need. Next should have come the higher forms of animal life, but something went wrong. The Galactic record keepers lost their punch card, the planet was forgotten, and for centuries the forces of evolution worked their magic without further human intervention. Then one day a lifeboat, escaping from the stricken starship Icarus, brought a party of humans to the forgotten planet, where they encountered a nightmare world of huge mushrooms, giant spiders and beetles, monster worms and deadly fungi, a land of dense clouds and perpetual mists, without sunlight. It was an experiment out of control. Rescue was impossible and survival uncertain, so the descendants of the Icarus's people lost their technology, their culture and their language, and degenerated into savagery.
With their sun about to go nova, the people of Epictetus III face annihilation. Although theU. S. S. Enterprise has come to lead the rescue operation, there is no way to evacuate a population of over twenty million, leaving Captain Picard to make an agonizing decision. Should he try to salvage the planet's children, its greatest leaders and thinkers, or its irreplaceable archeological treasures? No matter what he decides, millions must be sacrificed -- unless another solution can be found. With time running out, Data proposes a revolutionary scientific experiment that could save all of Epictetus III, or doom both the planet and theEnterpriseas well.
GARTH OF IZAR: The legend of Captain Garth, the hero of Axanar, has spread throughout the Federation. His exploits are required reading at Starfleet Academy -- where he became a hero of a future legend, James T. Kirk. . . GARTH OF IZAR: Brutal injuries sustained on Antos IV forced the native Antosians to heal him by means of giving him their natural shape-changing abilities. But the cure proved worse than the disease, as Garth was driven insane. . . GARTH OF IZAR: His madness apparently cured at the rehab colony on Elba II, Captain Garth has returned to service to mediate a crisis on Antos IV, with the aid of Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise . But has Garth truly put his insanity behind him, or will he renew his plans for conquest -- starting with the Antosians?
When an abandoned space habitat is found within a distant asteroid belt, the Starship Enterprise is sent to investigate. Captain Kirk and his crew discover an artificial world full of technological marvels -- and unexpected dangers. But wonder and curiosity give way to fear when the habitat's shifting orbit sends it on a collision course with an inhabited planet within the same solar system. Now Kirk and Spock must find a way to save the planet without destroying a treasure trove of alien science, and time is running out...
There is a strange object moving towards the sun. Can Kirk and Spock intercept it?
The opening chapter of an incredible adventure includes the destruction of Earth by ten thousand relativistic bombs launched by an alien race in a science fiction thriller and follows the desperate struggles of the remnants of humankind to survive in a hostile universe.
from the back cover 6599 A.D. The war between the Earth Federation and the Herculean Empire has been over for more than three centuries. The planet in the Hercules Globular Cluster was a cinder; the few descendants of the surviving Herculeans lived on Myraa's World, half a galaxy away, in what seemed to be a religious commune. But on an unnamed planet, deep within the Hercules Cluster, two survivors, father and son, gather their resources and plan a reign of terror against Federation worlds. But the woman Myraa has a different vision-one which excludes empires and warring armies. Subtly, she strives to shape events toward a different end. Rising to one of the most unusual climaxes in recent fantastic literature, this novel of chase and vengeance depicts a colorful, poetic future struggling to overcome its past. Filled with striking twists and vivid ideas, this is space opera at its most modern.
Rings Charles L. Harness In 1998, NESFA Press published An Ornament to His Profession, a collection of the short SF of Charles L. Harness. This year we are proud to present Rings, an omnibus of four SF novels by the same author. The extravagantly symmetrical selections in this omnibus were chosen to spotlight Harness' dazzling "ring" stories. These powerful works display the momentous themes spoken of in NESFA's previous Harness collection--transformation, change, transcendence, evolution. . . destruction and rebirth, death and transfiguration. . . grand beginnings and epic endings . . . . Rings contains three previously-published novels, The Paradox Men, The Ring of Ritornel, and Firebird that loop through space-time, and a new work, Drunkard's Endgame, that accomplishes the same dizzying feats as its predecessors. Baroque space-time opera at its best! Charles Harness was born in Texas in 1915. He has degrees in chemistry and law, and worked as a patent lawyer in Connecticut and Washington D.C. for more than thirty-five years. He was first published in 1947, and he is still producing exciting and refreshing science fiction tales. During this impressive time span, he produced eleven novels and more than thirty shorter works. His stories are characterized by Byzantine plots and myriad baroque ideas, through which serious social themes are woven. He writes about love and transcendence, humanity and hope. Read and enjoy the NESFA Press selection of four novels by Charles Harness. ... And bring your sense of wonder along for the ride.
With their sun about to go nova, the people of Epictetus III face annihilation. Although the U.S.S. Enterprise has come to lead the rescue operation, there is no way to evacuate a population of over twenty million, leaving Captain Picard to make an agonizing decision. Should he try to salvage the planet's children, its greatest leaders and thinkers, or its irreplaceable archeological treasures? No matter what he decides, millions must be sacrificed -- unless another solution can be found. With time running out, Data proposes a revolutionary scientific experiment that could save all of Epictetus III, or doom both the planet and the Enterprise as well.
A strange message comes from deep space. Is it a warning of impending disaster for Earth and its Sunspace civilization? Seventeen-year-old Lissa works with the greatest scientific minds on Earth. Together the scientists must decode the alien warning. Nothing can interfere with the work--not even Alek, Lissa's first love. For if Lissa and her colleagues cannot translate the language of the stars, civilization will be destroyed. How the radio buoy had arrived on the outskirts of the solar system, no one would probably ever know. Lissa felt a moment of awe and pity. It would change all human history forever. But suddenly she knew that she would trade it all for a message telling her that Alek was safe.
This is an anthology of original science fiction stories selected by George Zebrowski, written by some of the best known writers of the 1980s, including: Bleak Velocities by Gregory Benford, Jewels in an Angel's Wing by Ian Watson, Signals by Charles L. Harness, Veritas by James Morrow, My Life as a Born-Again Pig by Frederik Pohl, Madonna of the Red Sun by W. Warren Wagar, Inside Out by Rudy Rucker, and What Should an SF Novel Be About by Brian W. Aldiss.
This book consists of the stories Diary of a Mad Deity by James Morrow, French Scenes by Howard Waldrop, Taking from the Top by Daniel Pearlman, Probability Pipeline by Rudy Rucker and Marc Laidlaw, The Daily Chernobyl by Robert Frazier, Backward, Turn Backward by James Tiptree, Jr. an introduction by George Zebrowski and an essay SF Poetry: A New Genre by Andrew Joron.
Anthology of stories by various authors about an exotic planet called Cleopatra.
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