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An eclectic collection of all-original science fiction stories from some of the foremost luminaries in the genre. Featuring new tales of far future murder, first contact, love and war from such well-regarded and award winning authors as Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Adam Roberts, Jeffrey Thomas, Eric Brown, Paul Di Filippo, Neal Asher, Jay Lake and Ian Watson, this collection is sure to delight all fans of good science fiction. "A wide range of topics and diverse styles characterizes this enjoyable collection of science-fiction stories. While mediocre science fiction fails to work on any level other than the conceptual, the best of the stories in this new Solaris anthology successfully navigate both conceptual and emotional territory. . . Editor Mann has gathered a collection that should appeal to science-fiction buffs, and make a worthwhile introduction for novices. Stands as proof that science fiction is alive and well. " Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group
Kyle and Jan are sent on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Based on LucasArts' Dark Forces and Jedi Knight games.
From the book jacket: Latro forgets everything when he sleeps. Writing down his experiences every day and reading his journal anew each morning gives him a poignantly tenuous hold on himself, but his story's hold on readers is powerful indeed. The two previous novels, combined in Latro in the Mist (Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete), are generally considered classics of contemporary fantasy. At last we have a new book. Latro now finds himself in Egypt, a land of singing girls, of spiteful and conniving deities, of mysterious dangers. Without his memory, he is unsure of everything, except for his desire to be free of the curse that causes him to forget. The visions Gene Wolfe conjures of the wonders of Egypt and of the adventures of Latro as he and his companions journey south up the great Nile into unknown and legendary territory are truly unique and compelling. Soldier of Sidon is a thrilling and magical fantasy novel and yet another masterpiece from Gene Wolfe.
Ia is a precog, blessed--or cursed--with visions of the future. She has witnessed the devastation of her home galaxy three hundred years in the future, long after she is gone, but believes she can prevent it. Enlisting in the modern military of the Terran United Planets, Ia plans to rise through the ranks, meeting and influencing important people and building a reputation that will inspire others for the next three centuries. But she needs to be assigned to the right ship, the right company, and the right place to earn that reputation honestly--all while keeping her psychic abilities hidden from her superiors, who would refuse to risk such a valuable gift in combat. To save the galaxy, Ia must become someone else: the soldier known as Bloody Mary.
Long ago, before the dawn of civilization, they were banished to the realm of nightmares. Now the terrors are real . . .A generation ago, another Starship EnterpriseTM fought off a ship of exiled aliens intent on conquering all of the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet thought the foe had been repelled forever -- until now. The Furies have returned in might warships even more powerful than before. But their weapons are more than merely physical, for these aliens are the origins of all the demons and monsters of ancient myth, and they have found a way to project fear directly into the minds of their enemies. To defeat the Furies, and save the Federation, Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM must first conquer the darkest terrors of their unconscious minds.
An intense, personal story of survival, a departure from the more sweeping "battle against great evil" tales that characterize the rest of the Harpers books. Journeying far north in defiance of her Harper superiors, Martine of Sembia finds herself trapped in the lonely, snowbound valley of Samek.
After David Girard inherits his family's creepy old estate-a place that holds only tragic memories for him-he wants nothing to do with it. The sooner it's out of his possession, the better, so he hires Andi Petrowski to fix it up for a quick sale. He's immediately drawn to the feisty contractor, but he fears his father's cruel legacy will ruin everything. The moment Andi enters the Girard mansion, she's haunted by disturbing visions. She tries to brush them off, but her attraction to David isn't as easy to ignore. Their relationship soon crosses the line from professional to personal, despite his guarded nature and warnings about his dark past. When the dreams and visions intensify into very real violence, David and Andi are desperate to uncover the evil threatening to possess him. Could Andi's gifts be the key to uncovering the darkness within David? And will he be strong enough to break the family curse and protect the woman he loves? 86,000 words
Since the moment she came into the world, Ren "Jackal" Segura has been treated differently. As a Hope, she is a symbol of the highest principles of human society and is guaranteed a position of influence in the global government once she comes of age. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life- when she will leave her home to represent the massive corporate entity that houses, feeds, and employs her and everyone around her-Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie. Saddled with a crushing burden she dares not share with anyone-not even Snow, her closest web mate, her dearest heart-she must live as if nothing has changed. But on a recreational outing with the others in her web, she inadvertently finds herself at the center of a maelstrom of terror and catastrophe... and in a single instant, Jackal Segura is a Hope no longer. In the collective eyes of the society that once revered her, she has become someone else: a pariah... and a murderer. Now she must suffer a terrible punishment. Agreeing to participate in a "rehabilitation" experiment, she surrenders to a virtual solitude, imprisoned alone in a cold gray box in her mind, where months will seem like years and the demons of her psyche will be allowed free rein. But Jackal's history as a Hope has given her strengths and skills other prisoners lack-powers she will need to endure the tormenting loneliness; to survive, branded and despised, back in a world she doesn't know; to uncover the truth about her cruel betrayal; and to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul-in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings, called Solitaire.
The rocket-paced underground odyssey continues as Alex Sawyer and his mates seek the way out of Furnace Penitentiary. Their first try only lands them deeper in the guts of the prison for young offenders, and then into solitary confinement.
In Putnam 1989, a group of military scientists created Solo - a scientific robot which could access other computers on earth. However the robot learnt what dying and killing was and ran - Solo created another robot Nimrod. They travel the country - Solo makes friends and uses his powers to get through the challenging obstacles that he meets.
On a visit to Ireland, twin sisters are lured into the "Otherworld," where a dangerous enchantment threatens to separate them.
Tom is going home. Throughout his quest, he's imagined the day he'd finally get to return to Errinel, safe in the knowledge that he'd kept the kingdom safe. But Malvel has other ideas.
Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world - and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker . . . one who decided the best way to save my life was to take it. Turns out my saviour was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I've traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan 'Lord o' the Manor' Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four hundred year old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he also seems to expect my eternal gratitude - and servitude. Right . . . But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I'm surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy, and Ethan's attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone's out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war - and there's going to be blood . . .
The magic of friendship. Of art and music. And of love. Welcome to the world of Charles de Lint. Here is Lily, a photojournalist in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums. Here is Hank, who knows those slums all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their lives collide --uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants. For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they claim the city for their own. Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they've stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city's soul, nothing is quite as it appears.
I'm Madison Avery, in charge of heaven's hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way. When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she's finally with Josh-a perfect boyfriend who doesn't even mind that she's dead. But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back-to be alive again-she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl-and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she's worked so hard for?
When Joanna Barrett showed up, asking me John Taylor to find her runaway teenager daughter, I discovered that the girl had gone to the Nightside, that square mile of Hell in the middle of London where it's always 3am, where you can walk beside myths and drink with monsters.
The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . . and the stuff of nightmare. Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin. The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . . and the stuff of nightmare. Few American novels written this century have endured in the heart and memory as has Ray Bradbury's unparalleled literary classic SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience the hypnotic power of its dark poetry, step inside. The show is about to begin.
Swept back through time, former lovers Emilie Cross and Zane Rutledge land in the midst of the American Revolution. But soon Emilie finds herself caught between the man of her own time whom she once loved and a man of the past who could give her the home she's always longed for.
They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn't exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.
In this sequel to Wicked, we follow Liir, the adolescent boy who was left for dead in a gully. He is shattered in spirit as well as form.
Son of Avonar is a 480 page conventional fantasy novel written by the critically acclaimed author Carol Berg and first published in 2004. It is the first book in a series by Berg entitled The Bridge of D'Arnath; Subsequent novels in this series are, in order, Guardians of the Keep, The Soul Weaver, and Daughter of Ancients. Seri is a Leiran noblewoman living in exile. She wants nothing to do with the intrigues of her royal family, the politics of power, the unjust laws of her people. But her world is rent asunder when she shelters from Leiran soldiers a fugitive-a man with the skills of a warrior who is incapable of speech and quite possibly mad. There is more to this stranger than meets the eye. And now Seri must help him remember who and what he is before those responsible for his condition find him... and unleash an apocalypse against the world.
As curator of the Mesopotamian Art at the American Museum of Art In New York City, Denise Sheridan has seen many unusual things. Ilaron Highborn, art gallery owner and Dark Elf is unusual. Now, together they will have to stop a Sumerian demon from destroying the city of Manhattan!
Thorn infiltrates a gang of criminals with special powers-aberrant dragonmarks-trying to gain information on their leader, the enigmatic Son of Khyber. But when her orders and her experiences contradict each other, Thorn starts listening to what the Son of Khyber has to say. Featuring characters from Baker's popular Dreaming Dark Trilogy that return to challenge Thorn. The creator of the world of Eberron returns with a series that has all the smarts and action of a spy thriller, with the magic and depth of world only fantasy can create. There's something here for every fan!From the Paperback edition.
In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest: Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, To storm or fire the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath, And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death. Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea...