Welcome to an alternate-world fantasy set in a 20th century where sorcery and alchemy are just as respectable--and reliable--as science and technology. In Operation Chaos, Steve Matuchek, an engineer and werewolf, is teamed up with Virginia Graylock, a licensed witch, to immobilize an afreet in the Moslem War. Although their operation is a success--and the American forces go on to win the war--the Dark Folk aren't done with them. In short order, Steve and Ginny find themselves pitted against a fire elemental out to consume the world, an incubus with less than honorable intentions toward Ginny, and, last and worst, a demon who carries their three-year-old daughter Valeria off to hell. Eleven years later, in Operation Luna, Steve and Ginny are living in Arizona where they are working on a project to take humans to the moon. But something sabotages the launch. Could it be the Native American trickster, Coyote? Or are Asian spirits meddling? While they struggle to find out, Valeria tries to help ... but just might end up lost in space. That is, unless her parents can save her from the demons who are hot on her heels.
THE TERRAN EMPIRE: Behemoth, reaching ever further across the star systems, seeking to suck the entire universe into its gigantic maw. In its favor it must be said that the Empire offers peace and prosperity to its subjects. THE YTHRIAN DOMAIN: Medium-size empire with room to grow.. .except where its borders meet those of the Terran Empire! Peopled by the Ythri, birdlike beings with a culture and intellect that is easily a match for the Terran way of life. AVALON: Colony planet of Ythri but inhabited by human and Ythri alike, Avalon is the Domain's secret weapon- or is it? For Avalon has formed a culture all its own, which it will defend against all comers. And Avalon seems quite capable of defying the combined might of two of the most powerful empires in the universe!
From glittering Venice to bloody Gallipoli, from barbaric northern Europe to decadent Byzantium plundering hordes hacked and tore at the once mighty Roman Empire. The giant of the world was faltering bleeding from a thousand wounds as it tried to hold its snarling enemies at bay. These were the days of savagery and splendor when wanton fury and greed fed mens souls and only the cunning and powerful survived. This was the world of Lucas Greco warrior rogue whose sword had become a legend to friend and foe alike. Both hating and loving the horror and cruelty of war he was driven from battle to battle and woman to woman in a desperate effort to wrench beauty and meaning from a chaotic world Scarred by war and love, he yearned for the promise of peace which could only be found in the arms of a beautiful pagan slave girl, DJANSHA.
Thousands of years away in time and space spins a planet whose wealth in natural resources makes it the most vulnerable target for man's oldest and deadliest game--War. In the super-mercantile universe of centuries from now, young Captain David Falkayn has earned his command by blazing a trail of brilliant achievements in opening new planets to trade. Yet his very aptitudes in the rough and ready encounters on frontier worlds make him vulnerable to the supersecret machinations of Serendipity, Inc.--a firm offering any information, at the highest available prices. The giant computers of Serendipity inform David of a planet whose untapped natural resources would bring to incredible heights the wealth and power of David's boss, the irascible Nicholas van Rijn and his company Solar Spice and Liquor. The highly classified information is coupled with the warning that David's next space trek should be surrounded with maximum security. But even before he can depart on his mission he finds himself the unwilling guest of the founders of Serendipity at their secluded Lunar castle. David soon finds that not only is his life in jeopardy but the existence of his employers as well. On an even more immense scale, the strength of the Polesotechnic League is in peril of disintegration. What could be revealed in an expedition to the rogue planet that could bring such destruction to so many, and so much?
Light could enter it, but no weapon known to man could penetrate its field. The Martians had given it to Koskinen because, alone among Earthmen, they trusted him. It made him the most protected man on Earth. Also the most wanted. Also the least likely to survive...
The Cynbe sang: "Back to your planet must you be cast! Back to your caves and your dust! STARWARD FROM EARTH The Aliens were as powerful as they were beautiful, and Earth had faltered before them. Now the Time-deep Aleriona were tightening their silvery grip on the universe, and all that stood between humankind and extinction was a band of guerrillas on a fire-stormed planet--and a legend called Star Fox. . . .
[from inside flaps] "Poul Anderson, one of science fiction's most treasured visionaries, returns with a new masterpiece. Starfarers is the story of an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy, where answers to mankind's greatest questions await. The saga begins when evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers. "Trails" observed in the sky are thought to be from starships traveling at the speed of light, an enigma that spurs scientific minds until this breakthrough is achieved by mankind as well. An expedition is then mounted and an eclectic team of scientists chosen to journey into the sector where the intelligent life is allegedly located. But because the destination of the starship, Envoy, and her crew is 60,000 light-years away, the time required to reach the point of origin of the signals and return is 120,000 years--longer than Homo sapiens has been on Earth. And though the crew is ready to face the ramifications of such a trek, no one is prepared for what awaits them at the outer edge of the cosmos--or back at the planet they once called home. Starfarers is a story of patience and immediacy, but most of all of courage. It is a saga for anyone who has ever felt the emptiness of life on Earth and found the missing substance in the spaces between the stars. Poul Anderson's latest is the story of those who see the future in a clear night's sky and are ready to journey into it armed with both insight and passion."
THIS IS THE CULMINATION OF THE GREATEST ADVENTURE SERIES IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION. WITH A STONE IN HEAVEN POUL ANDERSON HAS BROUGHT THE CAREER OF DOMINIC FLANDRY FULL CYCLE. FROM THE BEGINNING FLANDRY HAS PIECE BY PIECE MORTGAGED HIS SOUL THAT THE LONG NIGHT of GALACTIC BARBARISM MIGHT BE HELD OFF JUST A LITTLE LONGER. NOW, FACE TO FACE WITH HIS PERSONAL LONG NIGHT, FLANDRY IS OFFERED ONE LAST CHANCE FOR LOVE AND HONOR IN A UNIVERSE He HAS COME TO BELIEVE HOLDS NEITHER...
Poul Anderson's book Tau Zero stands out in the genre in large part because it does precisely the thing that one so rarely sees in science fiction: it takes a keen interest in the emotional lives of the characters in the novel, which the novel combines this with a general fascination for all things scientific. In Tau Zero, these two often competing themes in the genre work together with a synergy that makes the novel much more than just another deep space adventure story. From practically the very first page, Tau Zero sets the scientific realities in dramatic tension with the very real emotional and psychological states of the travelers: you have the time factor and their emotional response to the consequence of traveling at this high rate of speed and the time that has passed. This tension is a dynamic that Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel as fifty crew-members settle in for the long journey together. While they are a highly-trained team of scientists and researchers and therefore professionals, they are also a community of individuals, each of them trying to create for him or herself a life in a whole new space (or literally, in space). It isn't too long, however, before the voyage takes a turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted cloud-like nebula that makes it impossible to decelerate the ship. The only hope rather, is to do the opposite and speed up. But acceleration towards and within the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more rapidly, sending the crew deeper into space and also, further into an unknown future.
A modern earthman becomes a very reluctant knight in another age on an alien world!
Dominic Flandry is the central character in the second half of Poul Anderson's "Technic History" series. He first appeared in 1951. The space opera series is set in the thirty-first century, during the waning days of the Terran Empire. Flandry is a dashing field agent of the Imperial Intelligence Corps who travels the stars to fight off imminent threats to the empire from both external enemies and internal treachery. His long-time archenemy is Aycharaych, from the planet Chereion, a cultured but ruthless telepathic spymaster who weaves plots for the expansionists rival empire of the alien Merseians. Similar to the James Bond stories (which started two years later), every new adventure brings Flandry another beautiful damsel to woo and rescue. The illegitimate son of a minor nobleman, Flandry rises to considerable power within the decadent Empire by his own wits, and enjoys all the pleasures his position in society gives him. Still, he is painfully conscious of the impending fall of the Terran Empire and the subsequent "Long Night" of a galactic Dark Age. His career is dedicated to holding it off for as long as possible.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if: ...one of the "machines that think" decided to think for itself? In The Critique of Impure Reason you'll meet a robot so clever it outwitted the man who invented it. ... a spaceship landed on an uninhabited planet, and the female passengers refused to cooperate in propagating the race? In Eve Times Four a spacecrewman fashions a "survivors' law" to keep from being lonely. ... an exploring spaceship found aliens far superior to man? Turning Point poses the question "should man destroy any space beings that might threaten his control of the universe?" Let your imagination roam free as one of America's finest science fiction writers explores the world of the future--where the problems are as new as tomorrow . . . and as old as time.
A Science Fiction Novel of Tomorrow's Children. The time is shortly after World War Three. Hugh Drummond, jet pilot, has been sent by the remnant of the United States Government to make a sweeping survey of a devastated planet. He returns with a report even grimmer than expected, a story of ruin, famine, and barbarism. Here and there a few strongholds of civilization struggle to survive, but even in America they are isolated and feeble. Worst of all is the rising tide of abnormal births. The radiation which now pervades every part of the world is not strong enough to destroy life directly; but it bids fair to end the human race more slowly and horribly, with each future generation more crippled by mutation run wild. During the long-drawn effort to restore order, a child is born named Alaric Wayne. He grows up as a sort of village idiot --until the day when the savage raiders come and only his peculiar powers can defend his people. Then it is seen that he is not really abnormal. Nor is he truly human. But one chance in a billion has given him a gift which goes beyond humanity. With so many mutations each year, the rare chance of actual improvement, of powers which man never had before, appears certain to be realized. Somewhere in a chaotic world are a few supermen, who don't know that they are! But how to find them? How to use their unique talents? Above all, how to outrace the galloping disintegration of life in the vast majority? And meanwhile other nations than America are groping their way back to power. Philosophies emerge which cannot be reconciled. Man drifts closer to a fourth global war, which may destroy him even sooner than his own genetic deterioration. The quest for an answer to these problems carries Alaric Wayne and his unwilling supermen beyond Earth itself, out to Mars and a final battle with an enemy who has followed them. Yet an even greater enemy remains --man's own fears and weaknesses and ignorance. twilight world presents a harsh, detailed picture of a world that our own children may have to live in. And yet it is not a chronicle of despair. While man lives, so does hope.
the story of the life of Hadding based on the notes of Saxo Gramaticus
A corpse in Arvanneth was nothing except food for stray dogs. That's why adventurer Josserek Derrain was so cautious as he slipped across the city's limits under cover of darkness. By now even the lowliest guard in the Southern Empire was looking to slit his throat for the reward. Josserek's intention was to see that no one ever collected that money. As he moved quickly onward looking for shelter, the wary traveler saw a naked child at play in the street. The boy was rolling a human skull around for sport. How Arvanneth had changed since the days of its great glory--before the Ice came! Those were the times--many thousands of years past --when men could fly, when myth says they went to the moon and beyond, and this city, under whatever name, stood as a shining monument to a long-forgotten civilization. But now the time for reveries was over ... some menacing words had just cut the still air. "Stand quiet," said a gruff voice--a voice not of the Empire. Donya of Hervar surveyed the captive with keen interest. He was quite unlike the other male specimens she'd seen in Arvanneth. This was someone to reckon with--a man with strong, challenging features similar to members of her own tribe, the Rogaviki, who roamed the North on the edge of the retreating ice caps. A proud and peaceful race, the Rogaviki hated and feared only one thing: invasion of their beloved hunting grounds. And this fear would shortly become a reality if the Empire moved ahead with its plans to invade and assimilate the Northern territories -- slaughtering both animals and people as they advanced. Donya knew that her tribe might soon have to fight for their survival. And if anyone could organize the Rogaviki into a defending army, this man called Josserek was the one who might do it! And so begins one of the most compelling science fiction adventures of the decade. Poul Anderson, the celebrated author of A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, Fire Time and The Day of Their Return, has created a spellbinding novel of Earth's far future. It is a world where the beautiful Donya and courageous Josserek brave countless perils--including their stormy love for each other--to save the Rogaviki from extinction.
Anthology of stories by various authors about an exotic planet called Cleopatra.
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