Created in an ancient war, implacable machines programmed to destroy all life, they seem invincible. But now humanity has come to a berserker base: Lars, a prisoner of war who will not surrender; the crew of ASTER'S HOPE, peaceful explorers who must now learn to fight; and Holt and Morgan, who will use the alien skills of the primitive 'Reen to face the planet killers.
Invasion seemed like a good idea at the time, but the catlike Kzin should have been polite to those apes from Earth. Humans know that there's more than one way to skin a cat -- even a Kzin.
In the introduction, Jerry Pournelle writes "Niven wrote hard science when it wasn't fashionable." And he wrote it as well is it can be written. Spanning his career and crossing the universe. You get a good sampling of his work. There are a couple of Man-Kzin stories, several from his Known Space universe, one from the surface of Venus and two from before and after the Fall of Atlantis. The stories are all entertaining and some will haunt you. If you hear the term Flashmob on the news you will find out where it came from in this book. When you visit Draco's Tavern you will come to a bar that makes the famous bar seen in Starwars seem like a boring meeting of the local Rotary Club. And wait until you meet The Jigsaw Man or the Swordsman in Just Before the End.
An inter-generational starship goes off course and must find a way to replenish their anti-matter if they are ever going to get to their destination. Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper deliver a fast-paced story about the virtual slave labor of children that is used to create the anti-matter factory. Could it be that, once the work is done, the children will be abandoned?
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.
Here are the complete Beowulf Shaeffer stories including a brand new one. Science fiction.
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.
Gil "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN plice force. His intuition was unfailingly accurate, his detective skills second to none, and his psychic powers -- esper sense and telekinesis -- were awesome. Now you can read all the classic stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected in one volume for the first time -- plus, an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!From the Paperback edition.
A lucid narration of a novel telling the tale of an alien incursion to Earth.
The world named Mount Lookitthat was never meant for humans--it was shrouded in lethal mists. Life existed only on one plateau, unreachable except from space. But the disastrous decision to colonize the planet could not be reversed. So the settlers survived somehow-- under a ruthless dictatorship. Mount Lookitthat was rebellion-proof. Then fate dealt the colonists a wild card named Matthew Keller, who had a talent that neither he nor anybody else knew about. At last the colonists had a glimmer of hope!
A visionary tale from Larry Niven and Matthew Joseph Harrington. The year is 2052 and Dr. Toby Glyer has effected miracle cures with the use of nanotechnology. But Glyer's controversial nanites are living things--a new form of life--and they have more uses than just medical. They also have the potential to make everyone on Earth rich from the wealth of asteroids ... if he can control them. Unfortunately, as every parent learns, when you produce a new, thinking being, the plans it makes are not necessarily your plans. And when a two-hundred-gigaton asteroid that rivals the rock that felled the dinosaurs is hurtling toward Earth on a collision course, you don't have time to argue. Will Glyer's nanites be Earth's salvation or destruction?
I was watching the news when the change came, like a flicker of motion at the corner of my eye. I turned towards the balcony window. Whatever it was, I was too late to catch it.The moon was very bright tonight. I saw that, and smiled, and turned back. Johnny Carson was just starting his monologue.
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.
A group of humans settle in The Smoke Ring, which was already home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free-fall.
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.
3 novellas from the science fiction writer: Death by Ecstasy, The Defenseless Dead, and Arm.
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. . . .
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