Best of
Science-Fiction

1986

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Four Parts


Douglas Adams - 1986
    For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the Galaxy is a very very very large and startling place.THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE.When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains --- "Where shall we have dinner?" The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING.In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot possibly get any worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-boggling big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.Just as Arthur Dent's sense of reality is in its dickiest state he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it.

Miles, Mutants, and Microbes


Lois McMaster Bujold - 1986
    Leo Graf was just your typical efficient engineer: mind your own business and do the job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where children had been bio-engineered to have four arms (and no legs) to function in zero gravity. Now that they’re no longer needed, a heartless mega corporation is getting rid of them before they eat into the profit margin. Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies—now he had to teach them to be free. “Labyrinth”—When Miles Vorkosigan is captured while on a secret mission to a lawless world, his only hope of escape is an unlikely pair of allies: a quaddie and a teenage werewolf. Diplomatic Immunity— Miles Vorkosigan and his wife were heading home for the births of their first children, but a major diplomatic disaster is looming at Graf Station, colonized by the descendants of the original quaddies, and duty calls. Unfortunately, diplomatic immunity doesn’t carry over to immunity from a very nasty biological weapon. The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back. . . .

Test of Honor (Omnibus: Shards of Honor \ The Warrior's Apprentice)


Lois McMaster Bujold - 1986
    Includes Shards of Honor and The Warrior's Apprentice

Ender's War (The Ender Quintet, #1-2)


Orson Scott Card - 1986
    Book Club 2-in-1 edition containing Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.

The Man Who Never Missed


Steve Perry - 1986
    Once a ruthless soldier, Emile Khadaji has disappeared from the Confederation-with a secret plan to destroy it all in the name of freedom.

Shards of Honour


Lois McMaster Bujold - 1986
    Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emerge.

Tuf Voyaging


George R.R. Martin - 1986
    So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands-hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way...and in every case the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity - and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues...Tuf Voyaging features interior illustrations by Janet Aulisio. Included in it will be her original eight illustrations, along with 28 newly commissioned ones.

Fiasco


Stanisław Lem - 1986
    It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding. Translated by Michael Kandel.The novel was published in German translation (translated by H. Schumann) in 1986. The Polish text published in 1987, the English translation (by M. Kandel) the same year.

The Forgotten Door


Alexander Key - 1986
    he only knows that he has fallen through the forgotten door to the strange planet, Earth, and that he is in great dangerSoon the family who befriends him is in great danger, too. There is very little time left. Jon must find the secret way back to his planet--before it's too late.

The Gandalara Cycle I


Randall Garrett - 1986
    The next, he found himself in a young, strong body in the exotic desert world of Gandalara.He was now a master swordsman telepathically linked to a giant warcat called Keeshah. And he was a man on the run, accused of murder and the theft of a precious gem with awesome, perhaps magical, powers.With the aid of Tarani, a beautiful illusionist, he sets out on a perilous quest to recover the sacred gem he had supposedly stolen and to clear his newfound name.

Earthclan


David Brin - 1986
    and how we may cope by taking wise partners with us on this journey. Artificial intelligence is one way that we may add diversity to our civilization. But in this series we've done it by giving a boost in intelligence to some of our fellow creatures on Planet Earth. Dolphins and apes -- especially -- seem trapped under a "glass ceiling" that limits their ability to speak, to argue, to create, to use tools, to invent and take part in Terran culture. But what if we, the first species on Earth to cross the wide gulf of sapience, were to turn around and offer a hand to others? To pass on the gift (that sometimes threatens to be a curse) of fully empowered mind?This omnibus volume includes Startide Rising and The Uplift War. (Does not include Sundiver)

The Gandalara Cycle II


Randall Garrett - 1986
    The Well of Darkness5. The Search for Ka6. Return to Eddarta WARNING*****I'M NOT SURE WHICH EDITION I HAD, BUT IT WAS PRINTED WITH #6 RETURN TO EDDARTA BEFORE #5 SEARCH FOR KA AND I GOT INTO 6 BEFORE REALIZING THAT IT WAS OUT OF ORDER IN THE BOOK, SO CHECK CAREFULLY

The Cross-Time Engineer


Leo Frankowski - 1986
    But several days of ever stranger events convinced him that he had somehow been stranded in 1231 A.D.And that meant Conrad had to turn Medieval Poland into the most powerful contry in the world. Otherwise the Mongols were destined to detroy it--in just ten years!

Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future


Mike Resnick - 1986
    The reward for him is the largest in history.

About Time: 12 Short Stories


Jack Finney - 1986
    The protagonists of these twelve stories are well-meaning but at odds with their surroundings and their lives. The time to which they escape—through time travel—doesn't always fulfill their expectations in the way they had hoped, but sometimes, they can still find their dreams.

A Hole in Space


Larry Niven - 1986
    If a man in, say, Hawaii could commit murder in, say, Chicago and be back in the time it would take him to visit the men's room, he would have a perfect alibi. And the police would have a problem. But that's only one of the problems found in Larry Niven's universe, in this collection of stories all about teleportation, deep space, black holes, artificial worlds and Louis Wu--our old friend from the "Known Space" cycle--Niven once again proves he's a master builder of fantastic worlds!Stories include: RammerThe Alibi MachineThe Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot ClubA Kind of MurderAll the Bridges RustingThere Is a TideBigger Than Worlds$16,940.00The Hole ManThe Fourth Profession

Trillion Year Spree: The History of Science Fiction


Brian W. Aldiss - 1986
    Crammed with fascinating insights, this generous spree takes us through decades of treats for the imagination: escape to other dimensions, flights to other planets, lost worlds, utopias, mechanical creatures and intelligent aliens. Amusing, intelligent and authoritative, it takes us on a tour through that zone where literature and science engage in an eternal flirtation. Examining the great writers SF has produced, and the images that have become the cultural wallpaper of the present day, this comprehensive expedition is for buffs and tenderfoots alike.

Creatures of Light and Darkness


Roger Zelazny - 1986
    To save his kingdom, Anubis, Lord of the Dead, sends forth his servant on a mission of vengeance. At the same time, from The House of Life, Osiris sends forth his son, Horus, on the same mission to destroy utterly & forever The Prince Who Was a Thousand. But neither of these superhuman warriors is prepared for the strange & harrowing world of mortal life. The Thing That Cries in the Night may well destroy not only their worlds, but all humankind. As Zelazny did with the Hindu pantheon in the legendary, groundbreaking classic Lord of Light, the master storyteller here breathes new life into the Egyptian gods with another dazzling tale of mythology and imagination.

Fantastic Tales of Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury - 1986
    (15:50) -- The pedestrian (10:35) -- The dwarf (27:20) -- There will come soft rains (20:17) -- The sound of thunder (28:59) -- Fever dream (14:32)

Timeshadow Rider


Ann Maxwell - 1986
    Now, as a deadly plague threatens their beloved planet, the Timeshadow Riders are a beleaguered civilization's final hope. And as passion flares between them like a firestorm, Sharia and Kane must battle the love that could ignite the greatest explosion of force and feeling of all!

Harry Harrison Trilogy: A Stainless Steel Rat is Born/The Stainless Steel Rat for President/The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues


Harry Harrison - 1986
    For novel upon novel, the Rat has outfoxed the forces of conventionality, cutting a stylish swathe through dozens of star systems-and stealing the hearts of thousands of readers.Now three of the Rat's greatest exploits are collected in a single volume. In A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born, we see the origin and early days of Jim DiGriz's brilliant criminal career, as our underworld hero is forced to work for the Good Guys. Conscripted again in The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, this time into a planetary army, the Rat must avenge the murder of his mentor-in-crime. And in The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues, Slippery Jim must retrieve a missing alien artifact, while disguised as a futuristic rock-and-roller...or forfeit his life.

Operation Sherlock


Bruce Coville - 1986
    Gang have to come along, and find themselves trying to stop a spy from destroying the project.

A Door Into Ocean


Joan Slonczewski - 1986
    A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army.

Companions Along the Way


Ruth Montgomery - 1986
    Here are the details of a Group Karmic experience that extends over thousands of years from the temples of ancient Babylon to Palestine in the days of Jesus to the present.

Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire


Phil Foglio - 1986
    The original four short stories introducing the controlled anarchy of planet New Hong Kong and hero Buck Godot, the futuristic gun-for-hire who is "always available, but never free..."

The Best of Leigh Brackett


Leigh Brackett - 1986
    These were her very own planets, with such fascinating features as the Sea of Morning Opals, the Mountains of White Cloud, wicked Canal cities, and lost lands full of magic and mystery.That girl's name is Leigh Brackett. And today, more than 35 years after selling her first science fiction story, she continues to thrill and excite all lovers of imaginative writing. Her haunting tales of ancient Mars, wind-swept Venus, and remote worlds beyond human technology have become almost instant classics in the genre; and now Edmond Hamilton, Leigh's husband and a great SF writer in his own right, has personally collected ten of her best stories into a beautiful hardcover anthology. Here's a preview of the amazing tales:THE JEWEL OF BAS. There's an ancient legend passed down among the people of the outermost planet. It tells of Bas the Immortal, possessor of the Stone of Destiny—a jewel of such power that owning it gives a man rule over the whole world. Ciaran and Mouse, two unscrupulous gypsies, only half-believed the story until they found themselves at the mercy of Bas's fierce android army ... pawns in a sinister plan to enslave the human race.THE VANISHING VENUSIANS. For years the space colonists had wandered the hellish eternal seas of Venus, seeking the home that was their birthright, death constantly stalking in their wake. And now they were making their final bid—three of their bravest fighting toward a promised land guarded by nightmare creatures. Who would emerge victorious? Close to 4000 desperate people waited anxiously for the answer...THE VEIL OF ASTELLAR. Tough, hardbitten Steve Vance ... once he was human! But three hundred years ago he betrayed his homeland for a race of alien vampires who fulfilled his every desire in return for a small "favor." All he had to do was lure innocent Earth spaceships to their doom on the vampires' world. He knew his soul was forever damned. But there was one way in which he might atone...THE QUEER ONES. Hank Temple was at the editor's desk when the hospital called him in to see the X-rays. They were of a hill girl's illegitimate baby, and they showed insides like no child ever had. That was the beginning ... and the end came on an enshrouded Ozark mountain, with deadly green lightning flickering and a sound in the sky that was not wind or thunder...

Lifter


Crawford Kilian - 1986
    But at night, something happens. Rick Stevenson has learned to harness the powers of his mind in a way men have longed to since they first began to dream.He has learned to fly.For now, it's a secret. But there are those who suspect the truth - and while most of the world looks up with delighted amazement, there are those who are already plotting to use his power for their own ends.Whether he likes it or not, Rick Stevenson's life is about to take off...

Ruth Montgomery: Herald of the New Age


Ruth Montgomery - 1986
    Few people have lived as rich and as varied a life as has Ruth Montgomery, the bestselling author who has enlightened millions about everything from spirit communication and reincarnation to Walk-ins, extraterrestrials, and the New Age that is dawning.Now she tells her own fascinating story: her earlier career as a nationally syndicated political columnist and distinguished Washington correspondent...her initial skepticism about psychic phenomena and her gradual conversion to the truths of this largely unexplored and mysterious realm...her friendship with renowned spiritualists like Jeane Dixon and Arthur Ford...her predictions of the sweeping changes that lie ahead of us as the twenty-first century approaches.

Cascade Point and Other Stories


Timothy Zahn - 1986
    Contents:The Giftie Gie Us (1981)The Dreamsender (1980)The Energy Crisis of 2215 (1981)Return to the Fold (1984)The Shadows of Evening (1983)Not Always to the Strong (1987)The Challenge (1987)The Cassandra (1983)Dragon Pax (1987)Job Inaction (1981)Teamwork (1984)The Final Report on the Lifeline Experiment (1983)Cascade Point (1983)

Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology


Bruce Sterling - 1986
    Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive "cyberpunk" short fiction collection.Contents:The Gernsback Continuum (1981) by William GibsonSnake-Eyes (1986) by Tom MaddoxRock On (1984) by Pat CadiganTales of Houdini (1981) by Rudy Rucker400 Boys (1983) by Marc LaidlawSolstice (1985) by James Patrick KellyPetra (1982) by Greg BearTill Human Voices Wake Us (1984) by Lewis ShinerFreezone (1985) by John ShirleyStone Lives (1985) by Paul Di FilippoRed Star, Winter Orbit (1983) by William Gibson and Bruce SterlingMozart in Mirrorshades (1984) by Bruce Sterling and Lewis Shiner

Demand the Impossible: Science Fiction and the Utopian Imagination


Tom Moylan - 1986
    Reading works by Joanna Russ, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marge Piercy, and Samuel R. Delany as indicative texts in the intertext of utopian science fiction, Tom Moylan originated the concept of the critical utopia as both a periodizing and conceptual tool for capturing the creative and critical capabilities of the utopian imagination and utopian agency. This Ralahine Classics edition includes the original text along with a new essay by Moylan (on Aldous Huxley's "Island") and a set of reflections on the book by leading utopian and science fiction scholars.

Star Commandos (Star Commandos, #1)


P.M. Griffin - 1986
    Come along with Commando-Colonel Islaen Connor on her secret mis-sion to Vishnu of Brahmin, investigating an illegal settlement colony, only to discover its frightening and deadly secret. On that strange world she finally meets her longtime nemesis face-to-face, War Prince and formal Arcturian Admiral Varn Tarl Sogan, and together they must fight to save the colony from annihilation. STAR COMMANDOS begins a legendary series of twelve volumes, spanning a saga of War, treachery, adventure, bravery, loyalty, friend-ship, cunning, ingenuity and heroics for the brave team assembled under Col. Connor's command.

Science Fiction Masterpieces


Isaac Asimov - 1986
    Paxson; In the Country of the Blind No One Can See by Melisa Michaels; Keepersmith by Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron; A Delicate Shade of Kipney by Nancy Kress; Born Again by Sharon N. Farber; Good-Bye Robinson Crusoe by John Varley; A Bait of Dreams by Jo Clayton; Dance Band on the Titanic by Jack Chalker; Bystander by Alan Dean Foster; Time and Hagakure by Steven Utley; Ghosts by Keith Minnion; A Simple Outside Job by Robert Lee Hawkins; The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny; Lost and Found by Michael A. Banks and George Wagner; Hellhole by David Gerrold; The Man Who Took the Fifth by Michael Schimmel; The Adventure of the Global Traveler by Anne Lear; Backspace by F. M. Busby; On the Q167 File by John M. Ford; Horseless Carriage by Michael A. Banks; Piece de Resistance by Jesse Bone; Lipidleggin' by F. Paul Wilson; Omit Flowers by Dean McLaughlin; One Rejection Too Many by Patricia Nurse; But Do They Ride Dolphins? by Frederick S. Lord; When There's No Man Around by Stephen Goldin; Guilt by James Gunn; Proud Rider by Barry B. Longyear; Lorelie at Storyville West by Sherwood Springer; On the Way by Conway Conley; Darkside by Gary D. McClellan; No Room in the Stable by A. Bertram Chandler; African Blues by Paula Smith; Coming of Age in Henson's Tube by William Jon Watkins; Star Train by Drew Mendelson; Softly Touch the Stranger's Mind by E. Amalia Andujar; Joelle by Poul Anderson; Quarantine by Arthur C. Clarke; Cautionary Tales by Larry Niven; Air Raid by Herb Boehm; A Many Splendored Thing by Linda Isaacs; Boarder Incident by Ted Reynolds; Low Grade Ore by Kevin O'Donnell; Heal the Sick Raise the Dead by Jesse Peel; A Time for Terror by Frederick Longbeard; Perchance to Dream by Sally A. Sellers; The Small Stones to Tu Fu by Brian W. Aldiss; To Sin Against Systems by Garry R. Osgood; Louisville Slugger by Jack C. Haldeman II; and Good Taste by Isaac Asimov.

Doc Savage Omnibus #1


Kenneth Robeson - 1986
    Tear in cover. Bend in book.

Doc Savage Omnibus #2


Kenneth Robeson - 1986
    Doc races to find a way to destroy them- but the world thinks he's their leader.Authored by Alan Hathway.The Rustling DeathA powerful weapon of destruction has been unleashed-a device which can disintegrate the defenseless population. Can Doc and his crew save their country-or will this tool of doom become a madman's terrifying toy?Authored by Alan Hathway.King Joe CayWhat do a coral reef, a purse, a fat man, and two captivating women have in common? As Doc Savage soon discovers, the perilous answer lies at a Bahamas fortress-in the hands of the most vicious cut-throats in captivity.Authored by Lester Dent.The Thing That PursuedIt's bizarre, horrifying, unstoppable-a fiery unknown menace is consuming planes in the sky. And now the thing is plunging for Doc! But the biggest danger lies ahead, from a small man with a huge heart of pure evil.Authored by Lester Dent.

The Spider and the Wolf


Gideon* - 1986
    Here is Natasha Kerensky, the infamous Black Widow, in one of her unit's first and most daring missions... a deadly mission of revenge against Anton Marik, the rebel of the Free Worlds League.

The Pathfinders


Geary Gravel - 1986
    But sporadic attacks of blindness seemed likely to end her career before it had truly begun.Desperate, she sought the counsel of an old family friend. But she found him lost to a living death, his mind mysteriously siphoned off in the Dark of space. So she brought his body back to Scholar Emrys, the one man she thought could help him.Years before, a bond had been forged among a group of scholars in an unusual experiment led by Emrys. None of them had ever realized quite how strong that bond could be. Now Ai's problems--and her special gifts--could lead them to the answers.

The Architect of Sleep


Steven R. Boyett - 1986
    That was before he stumbled into another world. Evolution has taken a very different direction on this parallel Earth, but some things are constant. Jim Bentley has fallen straight from his ordinary life into the most constant thing of all: war. Even as he struggles to learn the ways of a strange culture, to make a place for himself in what seems likely to be his home for the rest of his life, the tides of revolution are rising around him. Jim Bentley has a part to play in this war--for his coming has been foretold by True Dreamers. His feet are already set on a path that leads to the heart of the crisis. Like it or not, he is vital to the war efforts of the Architect of Sleep.

Ray Bradbury


David Mogen - 1986
    Analyzes Bradbury's short stories and novels and offers insight to his life and career.