Foundation / Foundation and Empire / Second Foundation / The Stars, Like Dust / The Naked Sun / I, Robot
Isaac Asimov - 1981
. .The Stars, Like DustA masterpiece of suspense and drama: Biron Farrill sets out on a dangerous quest through the galaxies to find "Rebellion World" and its key to man's future peace.The Naked SunEarth's very existence is at stake when a murder takes place on power-hungry Solaria. One of the greatest detective stories in the science fiction canon.I, RobotThe classic vision of a future where robots are so sophisticated that mankind is threatened with redundancy. Stories include: Robbie, Runaround, Reason, Catch That Rabbit, Liar!, Little Lost Robot, Escape!, Evidence, and The Evitable Conflict.
George R.R. Martin - 1981
Now, in search of some new pets to satisfy his cruel pursuit of amusement, Simon finds a new shop in the city where he is intrigued by a new lifeform he has never heard of before... a collection of multi-colored sandkings. The curator explains that the insect-like animals, no larger than Simon's fingernails, are not insects, but animals with a highly-evolved hive intelligence capable of staging wars between the different colors, and even religion - in the form of worship of their owner. The curator's warning to Simon about the regularity of their feeding, unfortunately, was not taken seriously... Contents:- The Way of Cross and Dragon- Bitterblooms- In the House of the Worm- Fast-Friend- The Stone City- Starlady- Sandkings
Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy
Robert Anton Wilson - 1981
It's a wise and wacky look at our recent past seen through a fun-house mirror...it's a satire on our violent, inexplicable, wonderful world...and it's a mind trip inward to expose our deepest hopes and fears.The missing plutonium a terrorist group turns into nuclear devices, the Mad Fishmonger, the future America called Unistat, our hero Benny "Eggs" Benedict, and the Invisible Hand are real but beyond the Black Hole, out of space, out of time—in the universe next door.
The Silver Metal Lover
Tanith Lee - 1981
In this unforgettably poignant novel, Lee has created a classic tale--a beautiful, tragic, erotic, and ultimately triumphant love story of the future.For sixteen-year-old Jane, life is a mystery she despairs of ever mastering. She and her friends are the idle, pampered children of the privileged class, living in luxury on an Earth remade by natural disaster. Until Jane's life is changed forever by a chance encounter with a robot minstrel with auburn hair and silver skin, whose songs ignite in her a desperate and inexplicable passion.Jane is certain that Silver is more than just a machine built to please. And she will give up everything to prove it. So she escapes into the city's violent, decaying slums to embrace a love bordering on madness. Or is it something more? Has Jane glimpsed in Silver something no one else has dared to see--not even the robot or his creators? A love so perfect it must be destroyed, for no human could ever compete?
Heritage and Exile
Marion Zimmer Bradley - 1981
This is the complex and compelling tale of the early life of Regis Hastur, Darkover’s greatest monarch. But Heritage also spins the terrifying and heartbreaking story of those who sought to control the deadly Sharra Matrix and tells how Lew Alton met and lost his greatest love, Marjorie Scott. This is the unforgettable showdown between those Darkovan lords who would bargain away their world for the glories of Terran science and those who would preserve the special matrix powers that are at once the prize and the burden of the Darkover.Sharra’s Exile: The most dangerous magical implement on all of Darkover was the infamous, legendary Sharra Matrix. Embodying the image of a chained woman wreathed in flames, it was the last remaining weapon of the Age of Chaos—an era of uncontrolled laran warfare which had almost destroyed all life on Darkover. The Sharra Matrix has been exiled offworld to one of the far-flung planets of the Terran Empire, in the protective custody of one who had suffered gravely from its use: Comyn Lord Lew Alton. But when Lew was called back to Darkover to contend for his rights, he had no choice but to bring this dangerous matrix back with him, and once Sharra Matrix was back, her flaming image spread far and wide, setting in motion events which would change the lands, the seven Domains, and the entire future of Darkover.
Canopus in Argos: Archives
Doris Lessing - 1981
Even as it gives an epic account of the struggles between Canopus and its rivals over the fate of the universe, 'Canopus in Argos' comments, with Lessing's characteristic insight and eloquence, on human history and our prospects for the future.
Unaccompanied sonata & other stories
Orson Scott Card - 1981
Introduction.--Ender's game.--Kingsmeat.--Deep breathingexercises.--Closing the timelid.--I put my blue genes on.--Eumenidesin the fourth floor lavatory.--Mortal gods.--Quietus.--The monkeysthought 'twas all in fun.--The porcelain salamander.--Unaccompaniedsonata.--Afterword: On origins.
Patrick Tilley - 1981
The naked body of a 35-year old man is rushed into Manhattan General Hospital. He has a two-inch stab wound below his rib cage and nail wounds in his feet and wrists. The impossible has happened: Jesus Christ has appeared 7000 miles and 20 centuries away from the Crucifixion- dead on arrival. What can the witnesses do? What would you do? MISSION is powerful and compelling fiction by Patrick Tillet, author of FADE OUT. It is also a stunning reassessment of the central truths and deepest beliefs by which we live.
Out of the Everywhere, and Other Extraordinary Visions
James Tiptree Jr. - 1981
Collection of science fiction stories, two of which are original. STORIES: Angel Fix (1974); Beaver Tears (1976); Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! (1976); The Screwfly Solution (1977); Time-Sharing Angel (1977); We Who Stole the Dream (1978); Slow Music (1980); A Source of Innocent Merriment (1980); Out of the Everywhere; With Delicate Mad Hands.
The Green Futures of Tycho
William Sleator - 1981
Soon he is jumping back and forth in time, mostly to play tricks on his bossy older brothers and sister. But every time he uses the device, he notices that things are different when he gets back—and the futures he visits are getting darker and scarier. Then Tycho comes face-to-face with the most terrible thing of all: his grown-up self. Can Tycho prevent the terrible future he sees from coming true?
Dennis Schmidt - 1981
But Way-farer is more than that: it is a novel that may well change the way you view reality itself.According to every reading it was a paradise planet—a warm and fecund world far more desirable than the teeming, polluted warrens of the planet-city that Earth had become. Yet when the last of the one-way transports had landed its cargo of Pilgrims, the men of Earth were to learn of a danger that no machine could detect, and against which no machine could defend them—the Mushin, mental entities that stimulate and amplify the dark streak of violence that lies near the core of every human being.Seven generations would pass before a descendant of the scattered remnant of the original colonists would be ready to face the power of the Mushin. But first he would have to learn to wield the weapon that is no weapon—and that only where there is no Will, is there a Way…His name is Jerome. This is his story. He is the WAY-FARER.
The Early Asimov: Book Two
Isaac Asimov - 1981
A ghost sues for the legal right to haunt a house...a new world is discovered, inhabited by robots, & only by robots...& the author of the famous Reginald de Meister detective series finds he has a new rival in love: Reginald de Meister.Contents 9 • Introduction (The Early Asimov Volume 2) • (1973) • essay by Isaac Asimov 13 • Homo Sol • [Homo Sol • 1] • (1940) • short story by Isaac Asimov 35 • Half-Breeds on Venus • [Half-Breed • 2] • (1940) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 61 • The Imaginary • [Homo Sol • 2] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 79 • Heredity • (1941) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 105 • History • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 119 • Christmas on Ganymede • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 135 • The Little Man on the Subway • (1950) • short story by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl [as by Isaac Asimov and James MacCreigh] 148 • The Hazing • [Homo Sol • 3] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 165 • Super-Neutron • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 180 • Not Final! • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 199 • Legal Rites • (1950) • novelette by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl [as by Isaac Asimov and James MacCreigh] 231 • Time Pussy • [Probability Zero] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 235 • Appendix -- The Sixty Stories of the Campbell Years • (1973) • essay by uncredited
Wilanne Schneider Belden - 1981
Making her way in her sailboat with her cat and an abandoned infant she had mysteriously been drawn to, she found another call pulling her in a particular direction. The place was a hidden fortress; the caller was a madman with mental powers like Tallie's own.One by one, children followed the summons to the fortress, but they were far from being the slaves their "captor" believed them. Tallie and her new friends must learn to use their strange powers to defend themselves against the evils within the fortress and the ones approaching from outside.
William Gibson - 1981
When a rescue mission reaches the ship, they find the cosmonaut dead but a seashell grasped in her hand. What follows is the discovery of a passage to another place, where the technology isn't necessarily more advanced but just very different from our Universe. All future missions fail to bring back any digital data, only handwritten notes survive, and the mission crews come back dead or insane. This sets the stage for an intense mystery of what lies on the other side.
The Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction
Peter Nicholls - 1981
Nearly two thousand illustrated entries covering science-fiction authors, editors, critics, magazines, anthologies, comics, illustrators, films, filmmakers, and major themes are thoroughly cross-referenced.
Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction
Frederik Pohl - 1981
Gold 80 essay Frederik PohlGold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. GoldComing Attraction 50 story Fritz LeiberTo Serve Man 50 story Damon KnightMemoir 80 essay Damon KnightBetelgeuse Bridge 51 story William TennFrom a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass]Cost of Living 52 story Robert SheckleyMemoir of Galaxy Magazine 80 essay Robert SheckleyThe Model of a Judge 53 story William MorrisonMemoir 80 essay William MorrisonThe Holes Around Mars 54 story Jerome BixbyMemoir 80 essay Jerome BixbyHorrer Howce 56 story Margaret St ClairMemoir 80 essay Margaret St ClairPeople Soup 58 story Alan ArkinMemoir 80 essay Alan ArkinSomething Bright 60 story Zenna HendersonThe Lady Who Sailed the Soul/Instrumentality 60 novelette Cordwainer SmithThe Deep Down Dragon 61 story Judith MerrilMemoir 80 essay Judith MerrilWall of Crystal, Eye of Night 61 novelette Algis BudrysMemoir: Spilled Milk 80 essay Algis BudrysThe Place Where Chicago Was 62 novelette Jim HarmonMemoir 80 essay Jim HarmonThe Great Nebraska Sea 63 story Allan DanzigMemoir 80 essay Allan DanzigOh, to Be a Blobel! 64 novelette Philip K. DickMemoir 80 essay Philip K. DickFounding Father 65 story Isaac AsimovMemoir 80 essay Isaac AsimovGoing Down Smooth 68 story Robert SilverbergMemoir 80 essay Robert SilverbergAll the Myriad Ways/Time Travel-Parallel Universe 68 story Larry NivenMemoir 80 essay Larry NivenThe Last Flight of Dr Ain 69 story James Tiptree JrFrom Galaxy Bookshelf 80 essay Algis BudrysMemoir 80 essay Algis BudrysGalaxy Book Shelf 9/69 essay Algis BudrysSlow Sculpture 70 novelette Theodore SturgeonMemoir 80 essay Theodore SturgeonAbout a Secret Crocodile 70 story R.A. LaffertyMemoir 80 essay R.A. LaffertyCold Friend 73 story Harlan EllisonMemoir 80 essay Harlan EllisonThe Day Before the Revolution/Hainish 74 story Ursula K. Le GuinGift of Garigolli 74 novelette C.M. Kornbluth & Frederik PohlOverdrawn at the Memory Bank/8 Worlds 76 novelette John VarleyNote 80 essay John VarleyHorace, Galaxyca 80 essay Alfred BesterIndex to Galaxy Magazine 80
Kevin O'Donnell Jr. - 1981
O'Donnell. As the title implies, the focus is on a character named McGill Feighan. In this first book, the origin of McGill and the start of his adventerous life is revealed. "Caverns" is at first a light-hearted read, but you soon find yourself drawn into the life of the hero, his triumphs and despair. McGill is a "flinger", a person who can teleport anything (himself, other people, things) anywhere that he's been before. But even for a flinger, he does not lead a normal life due to unusual events in his life, when he was a newborn. Much of the story revolves around McGill's growing-up and learning to deal with his powers, as well as the assortment of people and aliens that take an interest in his life (both good and bad).
Bound in Time
D.F. Jones - 1981
Bound in Time. Dr. Mark Elver can only stare at the man sitting across from him. Joe Heimblatt has just proposed the impossible – time travel. However, after viewing the successful tests and experiments, Mark is strangely tempted by the possibility. Recently diagnosed with a heart condition that reduces his life expectancy to a couple years, he agrees to be the first human guinea pig and jump more than 400 years into the future. The future can only be an improvement. New technology may mean a way to save his life. Or if not, at least he gets to travel and experience something new before he leaves. After arriving, Mark finds the future to be a strange and dangerous place. He encounters primitive children among sophisticated technology. The dangers of the future Earth haven’t even begun to reveal themselves… After being whisked into space by a strange people, he discovers a rather soporific society living, self-contained, on a space station. Upon learning that Joe has followed him into the future, Mark follows in his steps and makes his way to the people living on the Moon. Though Mark hated how the station was run, he quickly discovers that life on the Moon is dangerous; trading no leadership for a dictatorship was not beneficial. Will he be able to return to Earth? In Bound in Time, Mark learns about human nature, survival and passion in a brilliantly prophetic and timeless journey. This suspenseful story gives readers a gut-wrenching look at a possible future and what happens when humanity pushes too far. Praise for D. F. Jones’ Colossus: ‘Full marks for this technological horror story. A combination of cybernetics and suspense that adds up to real SF’ – Sunday Citizen ‘A whip-cracker…’ - Chicago Tribune 'It chilled my blood' - The Yorkshire Post 'Horrifying instalment of the man vs. machine competition' - New York Times Dennis Feltham Jones was a British Science Fiction author; he was a Naval Commander in World War II, and lived in Cornwall until his death in 1981. His writings dealt with the ongoing battle – both physical and philosophical – between man and machine. He is perhaps most famous for his Colossus series, which was translated to the big screen in 1970 for the film Colossus: The Forbin Project, which was well received by critics, and was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1971. Venture Press is a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We are committed to the discovery and rediscovery of immensely talented authors in the SFF genre, and continue to push boundaries in search of great literature. Join us as we venture across universes and unknown landscapes – past, present and future. Sign up to our newsletter: http://bit.ly/1LUVI4n Follow us on Twitter @venture_press Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1NnFow7
La mente alien
Philip K. Dick - 1981
"Five minutes." "Okay," he said, and struggled out of his deep sleep. He had five minutes to adjust the course of his ship; something had gone wrong with the auto-control system. An error on his part? Not likely; he never made errors. Jason Bedford make errors? Hardly.
The World of Tiers, Volume 1
Philip José Farmer - 1981
1 - The Maker of Universes (1965)p. 171 - The Gates of Creation (1966)The Maker of UniversesWhen Robert Wolff found a strange horn in an empty house, he held the key to a different universe. To blow that horn would open up a door through space-time and permit entry to a cosmos whose dimensions and laws were not those our starry galxy knows.For that other universe was a place of tiers, world upon world piled upon each other like the landings of a sky-piercing mountain. The one to blow that horn would ascend those steps, from creation to creation, until he would come face to face with the being whose brain-child it was.But what if that maker of universes was a madman? Or an imposter? Or a super-criminal hiding from the wrath of his own superiors?THE MAKER OF UNIVERSES is unlike any science-fiction novel you have ever read, it is wonderfully unique.The Gates of CreationImagine a whole series of separate universes, made to suit the whims of a race of super-beings. Imagine these universes with their own laws, cultures, creatures, and ecologies -- all existing solely to please the fancies of their individual master.Then imagine one such universe constructed as a diabolical trap to destroy a single person -- the man called Robert Wolff, one of the race of universe-makers, and once of Earth. When the satanic Master-Lord, Urizen, kidnap's Wolff's wife, he forces Wolff to enter the deadly universe of ambushes, filled with every kind of tortuous snare that the evil mind of the Master-Lord can advise.Wolff has only his courage and his wits with which to combat this cosmic maze -- unless he can perform a miracle, he and Chryseis are doomed.
Philip José Farmer - 1981
But Earth had become a new world. Where science and technology had reigned, now there were agricultural and tribal warfare. And mankind worshipped the Goddess and was content. They named Stagg "Sunhero" and performed the secret rites. Endowed with the virility of a nation, and with foot-high antlers throbbing on his head, he set out on an orgiastic cross-country jaunt. He was the Sunhero, king of the Earth and all its willing women. But how long he would hold his throne, only the Goddess could say...Lord TygerMy Mother is an ape. My Father is God. I come from the land of ghosts. So sings Ras Tyger, Philip Jose Farmer's monumental incarnation of a modern-day Jungle Lord. Savage, heroic, and beautiful, he is master of the world. And he rules his kingdom with sex, savagery, and sublime innocence. Until one day, with the landing of the great whirling "birds," the insane reality of his existence begins to unfold...and plunges him into an incredible quest for the truth which cannot end until he comes face to face - with God.
Asimov on Science Fiction
Isaac Asimov - 1981
He has taken part in all the significant developments and knows most of the important writers personally. His familiarity with the history of sf is unsurpassed, including UTOPIA, FRANKENSTEIN, the stories of Jules Verne and the concerns of today's writers.ASIMOV ON SCIENCE FICTION is just that: the Grand Master's views on his subject. There is no other book like it.
Alien Encounters: Anatomy Of Science Fiction
Mark Rose - 1981
It is a contribution to genre theory. But most of all it is a book that finally puts science fiction into a context achieved enough in its individual readings and broad enough in its allusions to non-science fiction works to recoup this vital literature for serious scholarly study." (Michael Holquist)
Summer of the Green Star
Robert C. Lee - 1981
As their summer friendship deepens, David begins to suspect that Adrienne and her family are different until finally, at summer's end, his full understanding of just how extraordinary they are, forces him to make a very difficult decision.
The Doctor Who Programme Guide
Jean-Marc Lofficier - 1981
The stories are listed in order of broadcasting, starting with the first episode broadcast in 1963. Each entry includes the storyline, the cast list, and the names of the producer, script editor, writer and director, and the details of novelizations, video and audio cassette releases. This indispensable guide first appeared over twenty years ago, and immediately established itself as the single, most important reference work about Doctor Who."THE bible to an entire generation of [Doctor Who] fans on both sides of the Atlantic." —Andrew Pixley, Celestial Toyroom"A real treat for Doctor Who buffs." —David McDonnell, Starlog"It sits invaluably upon every fan’s bookshelf and is a constant source of reference." —Gary Russell, Doctor Who Monthly"A remarkable work of...dedicated scholarship." —Barry Letts, Producer, Doctor Who
They Came from Outer Space: 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales That Became Major Motion Pictures
Jim Wynorski - 1981
Cyclops / by Henry Kuttner --Who goes there? / by John W. Campbell, Jr. --Farewell to the master / by Harry Bates --The fog horn / by Ray Bradbury --Deadly city / by Ivar Jorgenson--The alien machine / by Raymond F. Jones --The cosmic frame / by Paul W. Fairman --The fly / by George Langelaan --The seventh victim / by Robert Sheckley --The sentinel / by Arthur C. Clarke --The racer / by Ib Melchior --A boy and his dog / by Harlan Ellison.
Doris Piserchia - 1981
The assassination failed, but Creed was never the same again. Because it launched the cliffdwellers of Creed's colony onto a new course of life---which could lead to humanity's re-emergence as Earth's masters.In those far future days, Earth's masters were two trees. Not trees as we know them, but two Everest-high growths, who sentient roots and fast-growing branches dominated every living thing on the world. Men lived between their arboreal combat.Creed's quest for vengeance-knowledge is the basis for one of the strangest novels of the future ever written. Who else could have projected it but the author whose vivid imagination produced such thought-variant classics as THE SPINNER, EARTHCHILD, SPACELING, and others?
The Time Machine / The War of the Worlds / The Island of Dr. Moreau
H.G. Wells - 1981
802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture--now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity--the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.The War of the WorldsThe night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge. Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey. The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.The Island of Dr MoreauA shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before -- it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror.As H. G. Wells himself wrote about this story, "The Island of Dr. Moreau is an exercise in youthful blasphemy. Now and then, though I rarely admit it, the universe projects itself towards me in a hideous grimace. It grimaced that time, and I did my best to express my vision of the aimless torture in creation."
Strange Seas and Shores
Avram Davidson - 1981
This contains: Sacheverell; Take Wooden Indians; The Vat; The Tail Tied Kings; Paramount Ulj; A Bottle Full of Kismet; The Goobers; Dr Morris Goldpepper Returns; The Certificate; Ogre in the Vly; Apres Nous; Climacteric; Yo Ho and Up; The Sixty Third Street Station; The House the Blakeneys Built; The Power of Every Root; and The Sources of the Nile.
The Bone Flute
Lisa Tuttle - 1981
Venn, a fickle and restless young musician, is drawn to the “lost planet” of Habille where, it is said, human nature has changed, and love once experienced can never die.In an afterword written especially for this edition, Lisa Tuttle explains her controversial decision to refuse the Nebula Award for this story.
The Golden Age of Science Fiction
Kingsley Amis - 1981
S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham ] •78 • The Tunnel Under the World • (1955) • novelette by Frederik Pohl •111 • Old Hundredth • (1960) • shortstory by Brian W. Aldiss •124 • A Work of Art • (1956) • novelette by James Blish •141 • Harrison Bergeron • (1961) • shortstory by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. •148 • The Voices of Time • (1960) • novelette by J. G. Ballard •183 • Specialist • (1953) • shortstory by Robert Sheckley •200 • He Walked Around the Horses • [Paratime Police] • (1948) • novelette by H. Beam Piper •223 • The Game of Rat and Dragon • [The Instrumentality of Mankind] • (1955) • shortstory by Cordwainer Smith •239 • The Nine Billion Names of God • (1953) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke •247 • The Streets of Askelon • (1962) • shortstory by Harry Harrison (aka The Streets of Ashkelon) •263 • The Country of the Kind • (1956) • shortstory by Damon Knight •278 • The Machine That Won the War • (1961) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov •284 • Student Body • (1953) • novelette by F. L. Wallace •306 • It's a Good Life • (1953) • shortstory by Jerome Bixby •325 • Sister Planet • (1959) • novella by Poul Anderson
John Hill - 1981
Val was designed for total politeness, Aqua was the ultimate seductive hostess. Together they were the finest America could produce, until something went wrong and they did the two things robots were programmed NOT to do. First, they fell in love. Then they built a baby...