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Two novels of adventure: One set in the hills of the Old West, the other across the Bermuda TriangleIn Wild Angel, Sarah sits by the river with her mother, watching her father pan for gold. The calm of the California hills is broken by a rifle shot, the start of an ambush that leaves Sarah's parents murdered and scalped and forces the three-year-old to flee into the woods. Hungry, cold, and terribly lost, she is rescued by a she-wolf named Wauna, who feeds Sarah as if she were one of her own pups. As Sarah grows up among the wolves, she will tame the wilderness, and her adventures--chronicled by a writer named Max Merriwell--will make her a legend of the frontier.Unlike the hero of Wild Angel, the women of Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell do not expect danger when they set off on their journey. But when Pat and Susan's cruise ship sails into the Bermuda Triangle, reality begins to twist. As supernatural creatures menace the ship, these two would-be vacationers will have no choice but to hang on for the ride.
In an abandoned San Francisco, the city's rebirth is powered by artA young man strides across the Golden Gate Bridge, roller in hand, painting the famous structure a thousand shades of blue. A woman stands on the edge of the sea, sending messages to far-off lands in corked wine bottles. And a sleeping man dreams of building an angel from the spare parts that are the last remnants of a vanished civilization. A plague has passed through San Francisco, leaving only the artists, eccentrics, and dreamers to build the city anew. But when war threatens to overtake this quiet metropolis, the artists must learn to fight back.The bloodthirsty General Miles wants the city for himself and will destroy all those who stand in his way. To protect their whimsical paradise, the citizens band together in a curious form of guerilla warfare, fighting hate with the favorite weapon of bohemia: an open heart.
Winner of the Nebula Award: An archaeologist with a strange power risks death to unlock the secret of the MayansWhen night falls over the Yucatan, the archaeologists lay down their tools. But while her colleagues relax, Elizabeth Butler searches for shadows. A famous scientist with a reputation for eccentricity, she carries a strange secret. Where others see nothing but dirt and bones and fragments of pottery, Elizabeth sees shades of the men and women who walked this ground thousands of years before. She can speak to the past--and the past is beginning to speak back.As Elizabeth communes with ghosts, the daughter she abandoned flies to Mexico hoping for a reunion. She finds a mother embroiled in the supernatural, on a quest for the true reason for the Mayans' disappearance. To dig up the truth, the archaeologist who talks to the dead must learn a far more difficult skill: speaking to her daughter.
From the book jacket: A woman faced with proof of ancient Mayan magic; locked in a conflict of souls that has survived a millennium; trapped between the shadows of a present that disowns her, and a lost, blood-stained past that can be reborn with the power of her faith - and the strength of her madness. Portraying the intense, intimate struggle of a woman torn between reality and the unknown, Pat Murphy writes with passion, control and vision worthy of Doris Lessing, Kate Wilhelm, and Alice Hoffman. Archaeologist Elizabeth Butler's personal liberation-a traumatic nightmare of nervous breakdown, attempted suicide, divorce, loss of child custody - has left her permanently alienated from modern society. She is happier excavating the ruins of the ancient city of Dzibilchaltiln, free to talk to herself and conjure spirits of the past; she is accepted by Yucatan natives who see her suicide scars as brands of courage, her eccentricities as marks of a bruja, a witch, a wise woman. Suddenly two women - both strangers - invade Elizabeth's life. Diane Butler, Elizabeth's grown daughter, abruptly arrives in Mexico - recovering from her father's death, and the shattering end of an affair with a promiscuous married man, Diane wants to learn more about her mother, to understand Elizabeth's absence from her childhood. At the same time, one of Elizabeth's "ghosts" proves real.- Zuhuy-kak, the specter of a once deified, millennium-dead Maya priestess, appears, teaching Elizabeth secrets of hidden tombs and lost rituals. Zuhuy-kak refuses to relinquish the past; according to the Mayan calendar, a cosmic cycle is ending, and the priestess believes a sacred blood sacrifice will revive the Mayan gods. The night for the ceremony nears; the archaeological site drifts in a timelessness beyond eras or cultures; and Elizabeth faces a devastating choice. Whether to destroy Zuhuy-kak's dream, accepting a present Elizabeth detests; or to become midwife and saviour of a world she yearns for, that beckons her, that needs her-by committing an act of horror that modern civilization can only consider a psychotic atrocity. The death the priestess demands is Diane's.
19 short stories, including the Nebula Award-winning 'Rachel in Love'
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.
On the wrong end of history, a Neanderthal boy fights to get homeFor generations, the people of the valley have hunted the bear, killing it to draw on its mystical power. On his first hunt, a young member of the tribe pursues the bear through the wilderness. Moments before their battle begins, the boy plunges into darkness--and awakes in a world beyond his wildest imagination, where nature is corrupted and the boundaries of time mean nothing at all.The researchers who brought him into the future call the Neanderthal boy "Sam." The portal he fell through is the plaything of a billionaire intent on repopulating the world of its many extinct animals: birds, wolves, and bears. Sam was brought along by accident, but he will find a purpose in these alien surroundings. Guided by one woman who can see the past and another who can look into the future, the boy who hunted the bear will unlock the mysteries of time itself.
It is the early 1970s. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves from Connecticut to California. Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called "Fox", and lives with her author dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. "The Wild Girls" is about friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers, rather than simply taking adults on faith.
Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to hate her new home-but almost right away she finds a kindred spirit. "You're lucky I didn't just start throwing rocks at you. I can hide in the trees and nail a kid with a rock from thirty feet away. " That's Sarah, who prefers to be called "Fox," who lives with her writer father in a rundown house in the middle of the woods-near Joan's suburb, but it feels like a totally different world. Joan and Sarah-Newt and Fox-spend all their spare time outside, and soon start writing stories together. When they win a contest, they're recruited for a summer writing class taught by a free spirit named Verla Volante. "Verla said that you need to open a door so that people can walk into your world. . . . To do that, you have to pay attention. " The Wild Girlsis about friendship, the power of story, and how growing up means finding your own answers-rather than simply taking adults on faith.
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