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The Change War has been going on and will continue on for billions of years. Two sides battle to change the future and the past. In a room outside of space-time doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves trapped with an atomic bomb.
PHIL GISH GOT LUCKY ... and that's when his problems started. Lucky was a green cat, and just being near him made Phil, and anyone else, feel wonderful. If only people would stop trying to kitty-nap the poor animal. But the Mob, the FBI, naked aliens, and the gorgeous woman with a very muscular friend all wanted to take Lucky away and use him for their own purposes. Phil and Lucky's adventure is a supercharged, futuristic romp by SF Grand Master Fritz Leiber that will charm and excite you till the very last page. Fritz Leiber, one of the most popular and talented science-fiction and fantasy writers since he began writing in 1939, has won six Hugo Awards, three Nebula Awards, and the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Among his other best-known works are the Hugo Award-winning novels The Big Time and The Wanderer as well as the "Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser" fantasy series, the biting political satire A Specter Is Haunting Texas, Conjure Wife, and Gather Darkness.
Sometime during a three-year drunk in San Francisco, Franz Westen, a pulp author, bought two strange books. One was Megapolismancy--a "science of cities"--by the black magician and socialite Thibaut de Castries; the other an early journal of Clark Ashton Smith, a writer of horror stories. As Westen tries to piece his life together, these books draw him to the ashes of a wealthy, brilliant and degenerate bohemian cult, and to a grotesque living world of technological curses. One morning, while examining the city through binoculars, Franz glimpses a priestlike dancing figure on a desolate hill. Fascinated and vaguely horrified, he investigates. The hill is deserted but now he sees the faceless spectre across the city, in his own apartment! Paranoia creeps over Franz; he knows intuitively that he has been selected by this entity. Somehow he must break its hold over him. His two eerie books have the answers. In Megapolisomancy Franz discovers an occult science of vicious demons"paramental entities"--who are intimately related to urban design and engineering. And in the diary of Smith, a disciple of Thibaut de Castries, Franz sees the personalities of the sorcerer and his circle. He goes back to the San Francisco of the 1900's and the Dionysian members of the Bohemian Club--Jack London, the poets George Sterling and Nora May Franch, Earl Rogers, Gertrude Atherton, Ambrose Bierce. For a brief, heady time, de Castries used these people in his paramental experiments. Hounded through the city by ravenous ghosts and at the end of his wits, Franz finally confronts his curse, the embodiment of the paramental force: Our Lady of Darkness. Fritz Leiber has written a subtle and elegant book. His realm is the arcane point where technology and mystery, science and horror, meet. OUR LADY OF DARKNESS is a terrifying and ethereal work of science fiction.
THE FIFTH BOOK OF FAFHRD AND THE GRAY MOUSER WHEREIN the Mouser chases a wolhy rat, and sundry monsters tame each other. The overlord's chamberlain addressed them as: "Fafhrd the northern barbarian and brawler" and "That mongrel and long-suspected burglar, cutpurse, swindler and assassin, the Gray Mouser-- but they were still the best fighting-men in all Lankhmar, and they could command a handsome fee to guard a Lankhmar ship bearing gifts to a neighboring monarch. For once, it looked like an easy job, with smooth sailing all the way; but just as the heroes were taking a well-deserved rest, danger struck-- in the form of some angry Mingol raiders, a two-headed sea serpent (and rider), and an army of tiny, implacable warriors.
A large object (flying saucer? atomic fireball?) is heading toward earth. Its sheer impossibility is belied by the massive earthquakes and tidal surges though.
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