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Set in the world of Larry Niven's popular The Magic Goes Away, The Burning City transports readers to an enchanted ancient city bearing a provocative resemblance to our own modern society. Here Yagen-Atep, the volatile and voracious god of fire, alternately protects and destroys the city's denizens. In Tep's Town, nothing can burn indoors and no fire can start -- except when the Burning comes upon the city. Then the people, possessed by Yagen-Atep, set their own town ablaze in a riotous orgy of destruction that often comes without warning. Whandall Placehold has lived with the Burning all his life. Fighting his way to adulthood in the mean-but-magical streets of the city's most blighted neighborhoods, Whandall dreams of escaping the god's wrath to find a new and better life. But his best hope for freedom may lie with Morth of Atlantis, the enigmatic sorcerer who killed his father!
Return to the "vivid and unusual" (Kirkus Reviews) world of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City, where the fire god has retreated into myth, leaving the residents of Tep's Town unprotected for the first time in their history. Unfortunately, a fiery fate isn't the only danger the town is facing. From out of the desert come monsters -- great birds with blades instead of wings, driven by some unknown force. Although they can be killed, the threat these terror birds pose is worse than death. Danger on the roads means no trade. No trade means that Tep's Town will be no more. Sent by the Lords of Lordshills to discover the source of the terror birds, Lord Sandry and his beloved, Burning Tower, must travel into a world where magic is still strong -- and where someone or something waits to destroy them! Filled with the sweeping adventure, memorable characters, and imaginative world-building that have defined the novels of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Burning Tower is another triumph.
Someday in the near future, our pioneer spirit will take us to the stars. But how will we organize our colonies? What unforeseen dangers will we face? And who will be chosen to go? Now today's masters of science fiction offer some startling possibilities. Introduction: The endless frontier by Jerry Pournelle Consort by Jerry Pournelle The Free Agent by Michael Cassutt What are these Lagrange points anyway by Doug Beason The Christmas Count by Henry Melton The Lagrange League Stationary Habitats by William John Watkins When Silver Plums Fall by Bruce Boston High Flight by John Gillespie MaGee Jr. Lifeguard by Doug Beason New Worlds in Space by Norman Spinrad The Software Plague by John Park Blindsight by Robert Silverberg Access to Space, SSX by Jim Ransom Ghost Town by Chad Oliver Poppa Was a Catcher by Steven Gould In appreciation Robert A. Heinlein by Jerry Pournelle The Long Watch by Robert A. Heinlein
Allan Carpenter escaped from hell once but remained haunted by what he saw and endured. He has now returned, on a mission to liberate those souls unfairly tortured and confined. Partnering with the legendary poet and suicide, Sylvia Plath, Carpenter is a modern-day Christ who intends to harrow hell and free the damned. But now that he's returned to this Dantesque Inferno, can he ever again leave?
Kevin Senecal was nobody's hero. All he wanted from life was a professional career, a strong union to protect him, and comfortable company-owned housing well away from his Welfare Slum origins. As a senior engineering student at U.C.U, Kevin seemed on the verge of realizing his ambitions, when one night he was attacked by a murderous "youth gang"-and accidentally killed one of them while escaping. That's when it all changed: "You don't kill juvies in this town," the Homicide Detective told him, Suddenly Kevin Senecal was on the run, and on all of Earth there was no place to hide...
As the world reels under the sudden onslaught of the new ice age, the lunatic fringe of the environmental movement controls the U. S. government. Abandoned by Earth, the space colonies must replenish their air supply by scoopships diving into the atmosphere.
A lucid narration of a novel telling the tale of an alien incursion to Earth.
'High Justice' outlines the beginning of Jerry Pournelle's own future history, the universe which he shared with Larry Niven in their collaborative novel, 'The Mote in Gods Eye'.
The late great Allen Carpentier begins his one-way journey into the dim nether regions where demons wield pitchforks and vixens reign forever in a pond of sheer ice.
200 men and women carve out an idyllic colony on Tau Ceti Four. One man urges caution, but they ignore him until a monster threatens to destroy their world.
The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival-a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known.
Humans meet aliens for the first time.
In the near future, Los Angeles is an all but uninhabitable war zone, racked by crime, violence, pollution and poverty. But above the blighted city, a Utopia has arisen: Todos Santos, a thousand-foot high single-structured city, designed to used state-of-the-art technology to create a completely human-friendly environment, offering its dwellers everything they could want in exchange for their oath of allegiance and their constant surveillance. But there are those who want to see the utopia destroyed, whose answer to tomorrow's best and brightest hope is mindless violence. And they have just entered Todos Santos. . . .
Originally published as a series of four novels, this omnibus tells the whole story of John Christian Falkenberg, the prince of mercenaries. It is superb military sf and provides a future history bridge between now and the formation of the Empire that is so much a part of a Mote in God's Eye and its sequel.
Kidnapped from Earth as they were about to die in battle, Rick Galloway and his band of mercenaries, like the other human slaves on the planet Tran, will not be missed. Subjects of the Shalnuksi slave-masters, they are forced to harvest the priceless drug surinomaz. Now, even as slaves, Earth's transplanted warriors are locked in battle-against each other. But an epoch is ending. As the Demon Star sweeps toward its devastating apex, the slave-masters flee the planet to await its annihilation in safety. Soon all life on the planet will cease, leaving it ripe for re-population.
Stories to set your imagination -- and your spirit -- free...
The cause of the collapse of the First Empire of Man in the twenty-seventh century was a war of extermination fought between the 'old style' humanity and the bio-engineered Sauron Supermen, creatures who walked like men, thought like battle computers, and fought like demons. Though humanity eventually annihilated the home world of the Saurons, the cost was high; the Empire fell into a new Dark Age in which the secret of interstellar travel was lost for centuries. So when a remnant of the Saurons escaped to a world called Haven, the merely human inhabitants should have been easy prey for the superhuman newcomers. But the Saurons hadn't anticipated a mutiny in their own ranks leading to a three-cornered war.
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