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Lancer, a spaceship built to specifications found in the computers of an alien derelict, journeys to the star, Ra, from which the Earth has received mysterious radio transmissions in English.
Featuring more than sixty groundbreaking short stories by modern science fiction's most important and influential writers, The Ascent of Wonder offers a definitive and incisive exploration of the SF genre's visionary core. From Poe to Pohl, Wells to Wolfe, and Verne to Vinge, this hefty anthology fully charts the themes, trends, thoughts, and traditions that comprise the challenging yet rich literary form known as "hard SF. "
AGAINST THE FALL OF NIGHT is one of Arthur C Clarc's earliest extended works of fiction. Set in the very far future, it tells the story of a young man, Alvin, the only child to be born in the enclosed city of Diaspar for many centuries. Dissatisfied with the stasis of Utopian life in the city, Alvin discovers that Diaspar is not, as its inhabitants believe, the only city left on earth to turned to desert. There is another city, Lys, who's people have remained close to nature. For Alvin, this discovery, is the first step in a journey that will take him to the stars - and to the truth about the universe. In Benford's sequel, Alvin's discovers lead to a renaissance; man is reclaiming the Earth and even recreating earlier species of humanity. But along with creativity, evil has returned to the Earth.
Humanity's attempts to communicate with itself across ages and to communicate with other spieces across space
Impending personal tragedy is dimming the brilliant light of Dr. Benjamin Knowlton's world. On the threshold of their greatest achievement, the renowned astrophysicist's beloved wife and partner -- ex-astronaut-turned astronomer -- is dying.But something looms alarningly on the far edge of the solar system: at once a scientific find of unparalleled importance that could ensure the Knowltons' immortality, and a potential earth-shattering cataclysm that dwarfs their private one. For Benjamin and Channing have discovered "Eater," an eons-old black hole anomaly that devours stars and worlds. Yet its most awesome and devasting secrets are still to be revealed...and feared.
[from the book jacket] "Gregory Benford, one of the great SF writers of our day, has assumed the mantle of editor to produce an ambitious hard SF anthology: Far Futures. Many of the field's greatest works concern vast perspectives, expanding our visions of ourselves by foreseeing the immense panorama of time. This anthology collects five original novellas that take the very long view, all set at least ten thousand years in the future. The authors take a rigorously scientific view of such grand panoramas, confronting the largest issues of cosmology, astronomy, evolution, and biology. The new tales are: Genesis by Poul Anderson is set a billion years ahead, when humanity has become extinct. Earth is threatened by the slowly warming sun. Vast machine intelligences decide to recreate humans. In At the Eschaton by Charles Sheffield, a man tries to rescue his dying wife from oblivion by hurling himself forward, in both space and time, to the very end of the universe itself. Joe Haldeman's For White Hill confronts humanity with hostile aliens who remorselessly grind down every defense against them. A lone artist struggles to find a place in this distant, wondrous future, where humanity seems doomed. The last moments of a universe besieged occupy Greg Bear's Judgment Engine. Can something human matter at the very end of creation, as contorted matter ceases to have meaning and time itself stutters to an eerie halt? Donald Kingsbury contributes Historical Crisis a startling work on the prediction of the human future that challenges the foundations of psychohistory, as developed in Isaac Asimov's famous Foundation Trilogy."
Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy is one of the high-water marks of science fiction. It is the monumental story of a Galactic Empire in decline, and the secret society of scientists who seek to shorten the inevitable Dark Age with the science of psychohistory. Now, with the permission -- and blessing -- of the Asimov estate, the epic saga continues.Fate -- and a cruel Emperor's arbitrary power -- have thrust Hari Seldon into the First Ministership of the Empire against his will. As the story opens, Hari is about to leave his quiet professorship and take on the all but impossible task of administering 25 million inhabited worlds from the all-steel planet of Trantor. With the help of his beautiful bio-engineered "wife" Dors and his alien companion Yugo, Seldon is still developing the science that will transform history, never dreaming that it will ultimately pit him against future history's most awesome threat.
The Nebula Award-winning author's fifth installment of his classic Galactic Center series is reissued in this special edition that contains a teaser chapter from his new hardcover "The Sunborn," scheduled for release in March 2005.
The third novel in the award-winning author's classic Galactic Center series is available once again. "A challenging, pacesetting work of hard science fiction that should not be missed."--"Los Angeles Times."
Eleven Stories of the German Victorie in World War II.
2019: NASA astronaut Nigel Walmsley is sent on a mission to intercept a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Ordered to destroy the comet, he discovers that it is actually the shell of a derelict space probe - a wreck with just enough power to emit a single electronic signal...2034: A reply is heard. Searching for the source of this signal that comes from outside the solar system, Nigel discovers the existence of a sentient ship. When the new vessel begins to communicate directly with him, the astronaut learns of the horrors that await humanity. The ship was created by an alien race that has spent billions and billions of years searching for intelligent life... to annihilate it.
The Jovian Astronautical-Biological Orbital Laboratory circles Jupiter and its moons--a metal shell bathed in lethal radiation, held in tenuous place by the gravity of the massive gas giant like a fragile glass ornament in a monstrous fist. For seventeen-year-old Matt Bohles and his friends, "the Can" is home.<P> Life onboard the aging space station is cramped, spartan, and dangerous. Its mission--to monitor incoming signals and transmissions in search of alien life--has so far proven fruitless.<P> It is the only world Matt has ever known.<P> But now, as the threshold of adulthood--with its onset of new questions, confusions and feelings --Matt Bohles faces an impending crisis that threatens everything he knows and is. For unless he can prove himself an invaluable member of the scientific team--and quickly--he will be exiled to a filthy, perilous and unfamiliar hell called Earth.
By the Nebula Award-winning author of Timescape & Foundation's Fear comes a hard-SF novel about the first manned expedition to Mars.
War between artificial intelligences that are dedicated to destroying the human race. Humans and aliens try for a last stand in a world powered by a black hole.
With their death-defying exploration of Mars and groundbreaking discovery of primitive Martian life, Viktor and Julia have become history's most famous astronauts. Now, after a series of exploits deemed reckless by space agency bureaucrats, they are being pressured to retire and spend their remaining days handling agency publicity. Fortunately, the Mars mission's primary financier, billionaire John Axelrod, has the political muscle to reassign them to an ongoing Pluto mission before it's too late; but the trip has a price tag: rescuing Axelrod's zealous astronaut daughter, Shanna, from a calamitous exploration of Pluto's frozen methane surface. By the time Viktor and Julia reach the outer solar system, however, Shanna has not only set foot on the planet surface but also established contact with a walrus-like native creature known as the zand. Together, the three astronauts must forge a tenuous union to unravel the mystery of Plutonian life. Working from a thrilling premise and with original, speculative science, Benford, a premier practitioner of hard sf, is in top form.
This book contains three novellas: Threads of Time by Greg Benford, The Marathon Photograph by Clifford Simak, Riding the Torch by Norman Spinrad and an Introduction by Robert Silverberg. In "Threads of Time," Gregory Benford introduces the reader to a crisis at a moon station, where a mysterious domelike structure has been discovered and threatens all who try to approach it. Veteran science fiction writer Clifford D. Simak gives us "The Marathon Photograph," the story of two scientists who stumble on time travelers from four hundred million years in the past. And Norman Spinrad in "Riding the Torch" creates for us a world long sick of its own evil, which dies only to be reborn, with a second chance to redeem itself.
Now in a new, revised edition, the fourth book of the Nebula Award-winning author's Galactic Center series is a classic tale of man's future and fate--and the greatest mystery from outer space that humanity has ever encountered.
The author of Tides of Light offers his Nebula Award-winning SF classic -- a combination of hard science, bold speculation, and human drama. In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperatey to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future -- if it is not averted in the past.
Three short science fiction and fantasy novel, As Big as the Ritz by Gregory Benford, Fugue State by John M. Ford, and Chance by Nancy Springer
What if the story of the Iran hostages had been merely an elaborate coverup for what really happened in Tehran? What if the Roman Empire had not fallen, and the first contact with extraterrestrials occurred in the time of the Caesars? What if, instead of a man's world, it was a woman's, and football was absolutely illegal? The past has drawn writers of speculative fiction as surely as the future. The temptation to twist a well- known tale--to dream of what might have been--is powerful, if not completely irresistible. And the results can be surprising, unsettling, completely mesmerizing, as this extraordinary 2-in-1 anthology proves. Suppose Albert Einstein had decided to give up physics in favor of a career as a violin teacher. Or Abe Lincoln had traveled into the future and discovered that the Civil War had had a very different outcome. Or two guys in a stolen 1950 Cadillac had stopped the invention of the hydrogen bomb--in one fiery crash. <P><P> These are just a few of the intriguing suppositions that fill the pages of What Might Have Been: 12 stories of Alternate Empires in Volume One... 14 tales of Alternate Heroes in Volume Two. Featuring the talents of such noted SF writers as Harry Harrison, Robert Silverberg, Judith Tarr, James Morrow, Gregory Benford, Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl--to name only a few-- these bold excursions through time will transport you into bizarre new worlds, oddly familiar yet disturbingly different.
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