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Attorney Barbara Holloway has given up on her father's dream for her to become a successful lawyer. The deaths of both Barbara's mother and her lover have deeply affected her, and now she lives on the tiny salary she makes helping the poor who can't pay for "real" legal services. When Lucille Reiner first asks Barbara to help her sister, Barbara has no idea that Lucille's sister is Paula Kemmerman, dubbed the "Baby Killer" by the press after her six-year-old daughter was burned to death, allegedly by a temporarily deranged Paula. The more Barbara investigates, the more certain she becomes that Paula is the innocent victim both of a right-wing fundamentalist with an ax to grind and of a legal system that has turned its back on an innocent woman.
Brave New Worlds collects over 30 of the best tales of dystopian menace by some of today's visionary writers.
In this compilation of three previously published novels Kate Wilhelm offers three riveting tales of mystery and murder. In The Hamlet Trap, the presence of an new theater director dredges up the alarming past of a set designer and murder stalks the theater company. In Smart House, Constance and Charlie must determine whether an ultra-high-tech house is a really a killer. In Seven Kinds of Death, there's murder at the artist colony. Charlie, a former arson investigator, and Constance a professional psychologist join forces to solve the murders.
The Kelso/McIvey rehab center is a place of hope and healing for its patients--and for the dedicated staff who volunteer there. But David McIvey, a brilliant surgeon whose ego rivals his skill with a scalpel, wants to change all that. His plan to close the clinic and replace it with a massive new surgery center--with himself at the helm--means that the rehab center will be forced to close its doors.Since he is poised to desecrate the dreams of so many, it's not surprising to anyone, especially Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway, that somebody dares to stop him in cold blood. When David McIvey is murdered outside the clinic's doors early one morning, Barbara once again uses her razor-sharp instincts and take-no-prisoners attitude to create a defense for the two members of the clinic who stand accused. And in her most perplexing case yet, Barbara is forced to explore the darkest places where people can hide--the soul beneath the skin.
Twenty-two years ago, controversial author David Etheridge and ambitious state senator Robert McCrutchen were investigated in the death of a young coed. But a circle of secrecy guaranteed the case was never solved.When Etheridge returns to Eugene, Oregon, McCrutchen is his grudging host--until the senator is found shot dead. Now Etheridge is back where he was two decades ago--suspected of murder. Only this time, with the cold case reopened, he's facing a double charge.Barbara must battle the prosecution and the court of public opinion, which has already tried and convicted Etheridge for both murders. As the pressure mounts, Barbara ties the past and present together, risking her own life to preserve justice.
What's the link between a powerful mind-altering computer program and two murders in the Oregon woods? Seven years ago Lucas Kendricks deserted his young family and took off for mathematician Emil Frobisher's research project in Colorado. Now, after one day's warning--he ordered a monster computer to be sent to his old address--he's back, and then, moments later, he's dead, along with a young woman he gave a lift to only a few hours before. The police think Lucas raped and killed the hitchhiker and was shot down by his tiny, sharpshooting wife Nell; but defense attorney Barbara Holloway, needled by her estranged father into coming back to him and the law (she'd been on the run from both for five years after a dose of professional disillusionment) is convinced that Lucas's death had more to do with the mysterious men who followed him from Colorado. Taking on her share of cliches--alliance with her curmudgeonly, reluctantly supportive father; opposition from prosecutor/former lover Tony DeAngelo; romance with mathematician Mike Dinesen (whom she's called in to make sense of the connections Lucas had with Frobisher, psychiatrist Ruth Brandywine, and computer expert Walter Schumaker)--Barbara delves into those blank seven years, and comes up with answers that are even scarier than the questions: a set of the most user-unfriendly computer disks in literature.
At her father's graveside, Abby vows to find out why her father was gunned down in his own home where there were three large vicious dogs that would bark loudly at any intruder they didn't know.
Fourteen stories of science fiction, fantasy, horror and romance including Unbirthday Party; Baby, You Were Great; When the Moon Was Red; Sirloin and White Wine; Perchance to Dream; How Many Miles to Babylon?; The Downstairs Room; Countdown; The Plausible Improbable; The Feel of Desperation; A Time to Keep; The Most Beautiful Woman in the World; The Planners; Windsong.
With the McNair's it's family first, so what are 4 children to do when they are traumatized by 2 tragedies which will surely pull them apart unless they can sustain a mounting number of lies and keep uncountable secrets until they are grown up, or maybe even forever? They have been good children for good parents. Can they remain good children when they have no adult guidance and must make up the rules as they go along? And what about the big house on 4 acres of land in the country? It was supposed to be their happy home, but mysterious spirits make noises and talk, keeping 6 year old Brian in a constant state of suspense. Eleven year old Liz is so busy maintaining secrecy and staying on good terms with her sensitive little brother and restless, bossy teenaged sister and brother, she can't begin to discover what real things could make her happy. 14 year old Amy will want to be a biologist and study coastland all over the world and 15 year old Kevin will want to write computer programs and start his own company, but the secret in the garden may keep them captive at home where they'll never attain freedom and independence. A young lawyer takes a personal interest in their lives. Is he helping them to follow their dreams or is he after their trust funds. He seems like a friend but he has the power to lead them to insanity, imprisonment and death. This is a very readable novel of suspense, drama and psychological complexity which raises several questions of ethics. The pages practically turn themselves as the reader tries to decide if the good children are brave young survivors or insane or self serving murderers.
Four science fiction stories by Kate Wilhelm along with her guest of honor speech at Noreascon II including "The Winter Beach", "Julian", "With Thimbles, With Forks, and Hope" and "Moongate"
Kate Wilhelm edits a collection that includes the winners of the nebula award for best novella, novelette, and short story for 1973 as well as some of the other contending short fiction. There are also essays on the state of Science Fiction.
Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award: Nineteen stories of power and humanity from a science fiction master with otherworldly talentIn a small house in the desert, a chimp named Rachel watches Tarzan on TV. Although her body is an ape's, her mind is something different--a hybrid between those of a chimpanzee and a young girl. When his wife and child died, the doctor who created Rachel implanted his daughter's brain into that of the chimp. Rachel remembers the jungle; she remembers high school. And when her father passes away, she will embark on the adventure of a lifetime.The Nebula Award-winning novella "Rachel in Love" anchors this haunting collection of stories from Pat Murphy, whose electric imagination is a testament to how wonderful science fiction can be. Her characters struggle with alien lovers, vegetative wives, and the burden of seeing into the future. And always, like Rachel, they search for something more: not just what it means to be human, but what it is to be alive.
In dire need of a job, Todd Fielding accepts the offer to work at The Brindle Times--even if she has to move to the lackluster town of Brindle. As she settles into her new home, Todd is fully prepared to adapt to the boredom of small-town life, but her preconceptions of Brindle are completely shattered when a local girl disappears. Even more shocking to Todd is the town's sheer indifference to the incident. No one--not even the police--appears particularly concerned.When Todd looks deeper into the story, she discovers that five other girls have "run away" from Brindle under strange circumstances over the past twenty years. As she sets out to uncover the history of a town that has cloaked itself in secrecy for far too long, evidence of manipulation and cold-blooded murder begin to unravel. And Todd may be the next victim to pay the deadly price of silence.
Lee Donne's family is gifted. Her mother has three doctorates, her father is an economics genius, and her grandfather is a world-renowned Shakespearean scholar. Lee's own gift, if you could call it that, is an eidetic memory that seems to maintain a visual representation of everything she's ever seen. For the most part, this gift is useless; it certainly hasn't helped Lee in college, where she's just spent four years drifting from major to major, with no degree in sight. Without a job or prospects, Lee is relieved to be house-sitting her grandfather's isolated Oregon home. But her stay soon becomes a nightmare when she is tormented by strange and menacing noises at night. Emboldened by a visit from her friend Casey, Lee finds that the source of these haunting sounds is an all-too human force--a young and well-respected man. He knew that Lee's grandfather would be away, but what could he have been looking for? The search for answers takes Lee from the Pacific Northwest to the streets of New Orleans. Using her strange gift as she probes into her family's past, Lee uncovers secrets more far-reaching and sinister than she ever could imagine.
Wally Lederer and his wife, Meg, are shocked when a chance reunion with a childhood acquaintance leads to Wally being accused of theft. When the accuser is found murdered in his home a few days later, Wally is in even more trouble.
"Wilhelm really knows students and knows how to teach them to craft a professional story. "--The Oregonian Part memoir, part writing manual, Storyteller is an affectionate account of how the Clarion Writers' Workshop began, what Kate Wilhelm learned, and how she passed a love of the written word on to generations of writers. Includes writing exercises and advice. A Hugo and Locus award winner.
Quiet--that's what the town of Spender's Ferry is. The lake, the abandoned mill, the woods behind the house-- everything is so rural and peaceful, not at all like the clamor and constant street noise of the Bronx. For all of the picturesque beauty of this rural retreat from New York Citymthe quaint stores, the two-lane roads, the blue lake lying like a gem at its heart--the one thing AI and Sylvie Zukal notice most since they won the lottery and retired here is the quiet. Of course, many of their wealthy neighborsmwho include aspiring politicians, researching botanists, and practicing gurus--think that this loud couple from the lower class is spoiling the serenity that envelops Spender's Ferry. But the threats AI and Sylvie receive don't mean much until their sweet guard dog is found dead--poisoned. And then a member of the biological research team is found a victim of this silent assassin. Suddenly, the quiet is as loud as a scream. In this fourth Constance Leidl and Charlie Meiklejohn novel, the persistent private investigators discover that the placid woods of Spender's Ferry muffle a teeming jungle of secrets-- secret vices, secret pasts, secret pleasures. And one man's pleasure, as the saying goes, is another man's sweet, sweet poison.
Oregon lawyer Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the most difficult cases--and winning them. But even she can't begin to anticipate the bizarre twists waiting ahead.The large retainer offered by a client who asks for complete anonymity is not the only thing that intrigues Barbara Holloway. The defendant, Carol Fredricks, is a gifted young pianist charged with killing the manager of a piano bar. But Carol is as much of a mystery as the details of the murder for which she is accused. She can't remember anything about her life before the age of eight, and she has been having haunting nightmares about a woman she cannot identify.Before long Barbara becomes convinced that her client is not only innocent, but is being framed by an enemy who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried. And as she unravels the stunning trail of deception, hatred and a remarkable abiding love that holds the key to the mystery of Carol Fredricks, Barbara discovers that the unbidden truth may just damn them both.
The story of an isolated post-holocaust community determined to preserve itself, through a perilous experiment in cloning.<P><P> The Sumner family can read the signs: the droughts and floods, the blighted crops, the shortages, the rampant diseases and plagues, and, above all, the increasing sterility all point to one thing. Their isolated farm in the Appalachian Mountains gives them the ideal place to survive the coming breakdown, and their wealth and know-how gives them the means. Men and women must clone themselves for humanity to survive. But what then?<P> Hugo Award winner.
Who knew that being a Good Samaritan would lead Barbara Holloway to face her biggest challenge ever: being named prime suspect in a high-profile kidnapping?Barbara's peace at her retreat on the Oregon coast is shattered when a terrified young boy leads her to a cabin in the woods where his battered mother has clearly been left for dead. Barbara runs for help, but by the time she returns both mother and son are gone.The puzzle deepens when Barbara learns the boy she met is the grandson of a prominent family...and they have accused her of aiding his disappearance. With the help of her father, Frank, she delves into the mystery, only to realize the kidnapping is a ruse for a more sinister plan--one that pits the meaning of family against cold hard cash.Troubling obstacles thwart Barbara's every move--from the justice system that employs her to the false identities of those around her. Yet none will compare with the shocking murder scene that awaits her.