Best of
Science-Fiction

1995

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts


Douglas Adams - 1995
    and expert at seeing the cosmos on 30 Altairian dollars a day. Ford lives by the Guide's seminal bit of advice: Don't Panic. Which comes in handy when their first ride--on the very same vessel that demolished Earth to make way for a hyperspacial freeway--ends disastrously (they are booted out of an airlock). with 30 seconds of air in their lungs and the odd of being picked up by another ship 2^276,709 to 1 against, the pair are scooped up by the only ship in the universe powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive.But this (and the idea that Bogart movies and McDonald's hamburgers now exist only in his mind) is just the beginning of the weird things Arthur will have to get used to. For, on his travels, he'll encounter Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-President of the Galaxy; Trillian, a sexy spacecadet he once tried to pick up at a cocktail party, now Zaphod's girlfriend; Marvin, a chronically depressed robot; and Slartibartfast, the award-winning engineer who built the Earth and travels in a spaceship disguised as a bistro.Arthur's crazed wanderings will take him from the restaurant at the end of the Universe (where the main dish of the day introduces itself and the floor show is doomsday), to the planet Krikkit (locked in Slo-Time to punish its inhabitants for trying to end the Universe), to Earth (huh? wait! wasn't it destroyed?!) to the very offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide itself as he and his friends quest for the answer to the Question of Life, the Universe and Everything ... and search for a really good cup of tea.Ready or not, Arthur Dent is in for one hell of a ride!

The Complete Robot


Isaac Asimov - 1995
    Daneel Olivaw] • (1972) • short story by Isaac Asimov 231 • The Tercentenary Incident • (1976) • short story by Isaac Asimov 253 • First Law • [Mike Donovan] • (1956) • short story by Isaac Asimov 257 • Runaround • [Mike Donovan] • (1942) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 280 • Reason • [Mike Donovan] • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 302 • Catch That Rabbit • [Mike Donovan] • (1944) • short story by Isaac Asimov 329 • Liar! • [Susan Calvin] • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 350 • Satisfaction Guaranteed • [Susan Calvin] • (1951) • short story by Isaac Asimov 368 • Lenny • [Susan Calvin] • (1958) • short story by Isaac Asimov 385 • Galley Slave • [Susan Calvin] • (1957) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 427 • Little Lost Robot • [Susan Calvin] • (1947) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 459 • Risk • [Susan Calvin] • (1955) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 490 • Escape! • [Susan Calvin] • (1945) • short story by Isaac Asimov 518 • Evidence • [Susan Calvin] • (1946) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 546 • The Evitable Conflict • [Susan Calvin] • (1950) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 575 • Feminine Intuition • [Susan Calvin] • (1969) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 605 • ... That Thou Art Mindful of Him • (1974) • novelette by Isaac Asimov (variant of —That Thou Art Mindful of Him!) 635 • The Bicentennial Man • (1976) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 683 • A Last Word • (1982) • essay by Isaac Asimov THE COMPLETE ROBOT is the ultimate collection of timeless, amazing and amusing robot stories from the greatest science fiction writer of all time, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics were programmed into real computers thirty years ago at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - with surprising results. Readers of today still have many surprises in store...

Bloodchild and Other Stories


Octavia E. Butler - 1995
    Appearing in print for the first time, "Amnesty" is a story of a woman named Noah who works to negotiate the tense and co-dependent relationship between humans and a species of invaders. Also new to this collection is "The Book of Martha" which asks: What would you do if God granted you the ability—and responsibility—to save humanity from itself?Like all of Octavia Butler’s best writing, these works of the imagination are parables of the contemporary world. She proves constant in her vigil, an unblinking pessimist hoping to be proven wrong, and one of contemporary literature’s strongest voices.

Axiomatic


Greg Egan - 1995
    Contents:The Infinite Assassin (1991)The Hundred Light-Year Diary (1992)Eugene (1990)The Caress (1990)Blood Sisters (1991)Axiomatic (1990)The Safe-Deposit Box (1990)Seeing (1995)A Kidnapping (1995)Learning to Be Me (1990)The Moat (1991)The Walk (1992)The Cutie (1989)Into Darkness (1992)Appropriate Love (1991)The Moral Virologist (1990)Closer (1992)Unstable Orbits in the Space of Lies (1992)

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer


Neal Stephenson - 1995
    It is to some extent a science fiction coming-of-age story, focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a future world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. The novel deals with themes of education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence.

The Carpet Makers


Andreas Eschbach - 1995
    These carpets are made from the hairs of wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpetmaker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime.This art descends from father to son, since the beginning of time itself.But one day the empire of the God Emperor vanishes, and strangers begin to arrive from the stars to follow the trace of the hair carpets. What these strangers discover is beyond all belief, more than anything they could have ever imagined...Brought to the attention of Tor Books by Orson Scott Card, this edition of The Carpet Makers contains a special introduction by Orson Scott Card.

The Color of Distance


Amy Thomson - 1995
    Her only hope for survival is total transformation--and terrifying assimilation--into the amphibian Tendu species. Juna will learn more about her own human nature than ever before.

K-Pax


Gene Brewer - 1995
    One that looks human and exemplifies the ideal world he comes from, a world free from human nature's greed and cruelty. That creature would be "prot", as he calls himself, the newest patient at the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute.Prot seems to know more than he should about faster-than-the-speed-of-light-travel. And besides drawing constellations as viewed from K-PAX, the name of his home planet, "prot" can describe its orbit around double suns in unpublished detail. Who is "prot" and where did he really come from? Why does he have the ability to cure severe mental cases? And to disappear at will? And to charm everyone he comes into contact with?Bizarre delusion or reality? Listen in as a psychiatrist who specializes in delusional behavior documents his sessions with the man from K-PAX.(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit


Mike Resnick - 1995
    All the tales contain some science fiction or fantasy element, and all remain true to the spirit and personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and enduring creation.

The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick


Philip K. Dick - 1995
    Non-fiction.

Jules Verne: Five Complete Novels (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Around the World in Eighty Days)


Jules Verne - 1995
    Far ahead of their time, his novels and stories were the products of visionary flights of the imagination that soared beyond the limits of nineteenth- century science. Today, although many of Verne's concepts have become reality, and others have been surpassed, his works still captivate. His novels are packed with fascinating and meticulous details as well as escapist thrills.

Stargate


Dean Devlin - 1995
    Through it they enter into a strange country that is neigher the past nor the future - a country peopled by alien gods and an oppressed tribe. The book that inspired the film "Stargate".

The Tar-Aiym Krang


Alan Dean Foster - 1995
    The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers -- a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time.In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place...

I Who Have Never Known Men


Jacqueline Harpman - 1995
    In this reality where intimacy is forbidden--in the unrelenting sameness of the artificial days and nights--she knows nothing of books and time, of needs and feelings.Then everything changes...and nothing changes.A young woman who has never known men--a child who knows of no history before the bars and restraints--must now reinvent herself, piece by piece, in a place she has never been...and in the face of the most challenging and terrifying of unknowns: freedom.

Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia


John Clute - 1995
    This lavish volume, studded with graphics and nuggets of information, is the pleasing result. Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia showcases the prophecy and pageantry of science fiction. It weaves together world history with literary history and technical developments with SF trends, providing a cultural context to the Zeitgeist of the genre. Words truly cannot do justice to the visual delights of this colorful tome: time lines, charts, author biographies and bibliographies complete with photos and signatures, illustrated analyses of SF traditions, magazine covers, classic book covers, film and television snapshots, and historical photos. Use it as a reference, read it through, or pick it up and enjoy it in bits. Science Fiction : The Illustrated Encyclopedia will arouse curiosity, joy, and pride in the hearts of SF lovers. --Bonnie Bouman

Women of Wonder, the Classic Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1940s to the 1970s


Pamela Sargent - 1995
    Included are works by Leigh Brackett, C. L. Moore, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Judith Merril. Introduction and Bibliography by the Editor.Content"No Woman Born" by C. L. Moore (1944)"That Only a Mother" by Judith Merril (1948)"Contagion" by Katherine MacLean (1950)"The Woman from Altair" by Leigh Brackett (1951)"Short in the Chest" by Margaret St. Clair (1954)"The Anything Box" by Zenna Henderson (1956)"Death Between the Stars" by Marion Zimmer Bradley (1956)"The Ship Who Sang" by Anne McCaffrey (1961)"When I Was Miss Dow" by Sonya Dorman Hess (1966)"The Food Farm" by Kit Reed (1966)"The Heat Death of the Universe" by Pamela Zoline (1967)"The Power of Time" by Josephine Saxton (1971)"False Dawn" by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1972)"Nobody's Home" by Joanna Russ (1972)"The Funeral" by Kate Wilhelm (1972)"Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand" by Vonda N. McIntyre (1973)"The Women Men Don't See" by James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)"The Warlord of Saturn's Moons" by Eleanor Arnason (1974)"The Day Before the Revolution" by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974)"The Family Monkey" by Lisa Tuttle (1977)"View from a Height" by Joan D. Vinge (1978)

Q-Squared


Peter David - 1995
    In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious and seemingly all-powerful. But this time, when Q appears, he comes to Picard for help. Apparently another member of the Q continuum has tapped into an awesome power source that makes this being more powerful than the combined might of the entire Q continuum. This renegade Q is named Trelane -- also known as the Squire of Gothos, who Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over one hundred years ago. Q explains that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous. Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between super beings. And this time the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe -- this time the stakes are all of creation...

Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual


Lee Brimmicombe-Wood - 1995
    Ultimate troubleshooters equipped with state-of-the-art firepower, capable of power projection across the vast expense of deep space. They can sharpshoot a man at a thousand meters or obliterate an entire world from the safety of orbit. They reckon they are unbeatable.But on a dirtball colony planet known only as LV-426 the unthinkable happened.The marines lost.The ALIENS COLONIAL MARINES TECHNICAL MANUAL is your official guide to the equipment and organisation of the United States Colonial Marines Corps. Packed with never-before-published diagrams, technical schematics and plans, the manual takes a detailed look at the guns, vehicles and ships of the USCMC, and the men and women who use them.A must for all ALIENS fans, this book examines the technology of the film's futuristic nightmare in every detail, and tries to discover exactly what went wrong on LV-426.

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twelfth Annual Collection


Gardner Dozois - 1995
    Le Guin40 • The Remoras • [The Great Ship Universe] • (1994) • novelette by Robert Reed65 • Nekropolis • (1994) • novelette by Maureen F. McHugh93 • Margin of Error • (1994) • shortstory by Nancy Kress98 • Cilia-of-Gold • (1994) • novelette by Stephen Baxter118 • Going After Old Man Alabama • (1994) • shortstory by William Sanders131 • Melodies of the Heart • (1994) • novella by Michael F. Flynn206 • The Hole in the Hole • [Wilson Wu and Irving • 1] • (1994) • novelette by Terry Bisson230 • Paris in June • (1994) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan243 • Flowering Mandrake • (1994) • novelette by George Turner273 • None So Blind • (1994) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman281 • Cocoon • (1994) • novelette by Greg Egan305 • Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge • [Birthright Universe] • (1994) • novella by Mike Resnick343 • Dead Space for the Unexpected • (1994) • shortstory by Geoff Ryman355 • Cri de Coeur • (1994) • novella by Michael Bishop402 • The Sawing Boys • (1994) • novelette by Howard Waldrop417 • The Matter of Seggri • (1994) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin446 • Ylem • (1994) • novelette by Eliot Fintushel465 • Asylum • (1994) • novella by Katharine Kerr492 • Red Elvis • (1994) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams507 • California Dreamer • (1994) • shortstory by Mary Rosenblum520 • Split Light • (1994) • shortstory by Lisa Goldstein531 • Les Fleurs Du Mal • [Biotech Revolution] • (1994) • novella by Brian Stableford585 • Honorable Mentions: 1994 • (1995) • essay by Gardner Dozois

The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction


Phil Hardy - 1995
    In The Gangster Film, series editor Phil Hardy has created yet again a landmark in film reference.Included in this lavish volume are critical entries on more than 1,500 gangster films, complete with plot synapses and credits, and 650 black and white photographs to capture the look of this exciting genre. Arranged chronologically, The Gangster Film offers deliciously opinionated and detailed descriptions, statistical information, credits and trivia from early classics such as Public Enemy, Key Largo, Dragnet, and On the Waterfront to contemporary blockbusters such as The Grifters, Chinatown, The Godfather, and Pulp Fiction. Essential, authoritative, and entertaining, The Gangster Film is the guide for serious students of film, film buffs, and home viewers.

Women of Wonder, the Contemporary Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s


Pamela Sargent - 1995
    Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s — A companion volume to 'The Classic Years', dispelling the notion that women don't write "real" science fiction, showcasing recent science fiction by women. Here are Octavia E. Butler, Pat Cadigan, Angela Carter, Nancy Kress, and Connie Willis, among others.Contents: Introduction and Bibliography by the Editor. Cassandra / C.J. Cherryh; The Thaw / Tanith Lee; Scorched Supper on New Niger / Suzy McKee Charnas; Abominable / Carol Emshwiller; Bluewater Dreams / Sydney J. Van Scyoc; The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe / Angela Carter; The Harvest of Wolves / Mary Gentle; Bloodchild / Octavia E. Butler; Fears / Pamela Sargent; Webrider / Jayge Carr; Alexia and Graham Bell / Rosaleen Love; Reichs-Peace / Sheila Finch; Angel / Pat Cadigan; Rachel in Love / Pat Murphy; Game Night at the Fox and Goose / Karen Joy Fowler; Tiny Tango / Judith Moffett; At the Rialto / Connie Willis; Midnight News / Lisa Goldstein; And Wild For To Hold / Nancy Kress; Immaculate / Storm Constantine; Farming in Virginia / Rebecca Ore.

The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, Volume 1: The Ultimate Egoist


Theodore Sturgeon - 1995
    Although Sturgeon's reach was limited to the lengths of the short story and novelette, his influence was strongly felt by even the most original science fiction stylists, including Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene Wolfe, each of whom contributes a laudatory foreword. The more than 40 stories here showcase Sturgeon's masterful knack with clever, O. Henry-ish plot twists, sparkling character development, and almost archetypal, why didn't I think of that? story ideas. Early Sturgeon masterpieces include "It," about the violence done by a creature spontaneously born from garbage and mud, and "Helix the Cat," about an inventor's bizarre encounter with a disembodied soul and the cat that saves it. Sturgeon's unique genius is timelessly entertaining.Table of Contents:Forewords by Ray Bradbury,Arthur C. Clarke, and Gene WolfeStories:Heavy InsuranceThe HeartCellmateFluffyAlter Ego (prev unpub)Mailed Through a PortholeA Noose of Light (prev unpub)Strangers on a Train (prev unpub)Accidentally on PorpoiseThe Right Line (prev unpub)Golden DayPermit Me My GestureWatch My SmokeThe Other CheekExtraordinary SeamenOne Sick KidHis Good AngelSome People ForgetA God in a GardenFit for a KingEx-Bachelor ExtractEast is EastThree People (prev unpub)Eyes of BlueEther BreatherHer ChoiceCajun ProvidenceStrike Three (prev unpub)Contact!The CallHelix the CatTo Shorten SaleThanksgiving Again (prev unpub)Bianca's HandsDerm FoolHe ShuttlesTurkish DelightNiobeThe Long ArmThe Man on the StepsPunctuational AdviceA Place of HonorThe Ultimate EgoistItButyl and the BreatherLook Around You (poem)Mahout

The Shockwave Rider


John Brunner - 1995
    to restore their freedom in a world run mad.Nickie Halflinger, the only person to escape from Tarnover- where they raise hyper-intelligent children to maintain the political dominance of the USA in the 21st century – is on the run, dodging from loophole to crevice to crack in the computerised data-net that binds the continent like chains. After years of flight and constant changes of identity, at the strange small town called Precipice he discovers he is not alone in his quest. But can his new allies save him when he falls again into the sinister grasp of Tarnover...?

Seafort's Hope


David Feintuch - 1995
    Seventeen-year-old Midshipman Nicholas Seafort was proud to be aboard. Though he'd done well at the Academy and was ranked senior middy, he knew he had a lot to learn - skills he'd never perfect by the book alone - and he looked forward to serving under Captain Haag. The stop at the derelict Celestina changed everything. Hibernia's launch exploded, killing Haag and two of his three lieutenants. Lieutenant Malstrom assumed the Captaincy, but when cancer claimed his life there was no senior line officer left. So according to the regs, Nicky Seafort reluctantly took command - a young man whose training hadn't prepared him for such daunting possibilities, let alone the crisis that followed - insubordination, an attempted highjacking, and lethal aliens.

Aliens Vs Predator Omnibus Vol 1: Prey, Hunter's Planet


David Bischoff - 1995
    A special value double dose of hidh action entertainment featuring two of the silver screen's biggest monster icons - Alien who terrorised Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, and Predator who tested Arnie's nerve to the limit.

Shatterworld


Lelia Rose Foreman - 1995
    The promise of a future is shadowed by a dreadful past. Twelve-year-old Rejoice Holly is expected to someday become a farmer's wife, and set aside her dreams of astronomy. But the discovery that their Promised Land is already inhabited isn't helping her struggle between duty and dreams. Peace seems precarious, and the voice of reason is being silenced by one of fear. As a new danger looms, the friendship or enmity forged could save or doom them all. Will the colonists and natives be able to set aside their differences for the sake of survival?

Wang's Carpets


Greg Egan - 1995
    One of the copies of Cater-Zimmermann, Paolo Venetti, arrives at Orpheus; a water-world inhabited by floating mats that perform as a Turing machine.

E. T. 101: The Cosmic Instruction Manual for Planetary Evolution- An Emergency Remedial Earth Edition


Zoev Jho - 1995
    100,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Gamester Wars 3-in-1


William R. Forstchen - 1995
    NAPOLEON. THE 47 RONIN. LONG DEAD, BUT THE FUTURE STILL RIDES ON THEIR SUCCESSES AT WAR!First there was war, then there were wargames, growing more and more realistic until the games themselves surpassed war as mankind's most popular sport. But with no blood, guts, or glory, boredom began to set in and strategy lost its edge. Something was needed to bring fresh excitement to an old, old game. And so the past was mined for the greatest warriors and generals history had to offer: Napoleon, Alexander, the forty-seven Ronin, assassins from ancient Persia--all brilliant at either combat or at tactics and strategy.It was just a game--until mock war turned real on an unimaginable scale, and only those legendary warriors could turn the tide...THE GAMESTER WARS:The Alexandrian RingThe Assassin GambitThe Napoleon Wagerby William R. Forstchen, coauthor with Newt Gingrich of 1945

Polymer


Sally Rogers-Davidson - 1995
    Nor did she ever expect to fall in love with a member of the enemy forces. But when her idyllic existence on the Delta Station is shattered by the invading Gloman Empire, Polymer discovers that there is more to life than long, hot baths.Torn from the only home she has ever known, Polymer is forced to re-evaluate her own beliefs and convictions as she joins the battle against the seemingly unstoppable Glomans.Hunted across the galaxy by a ruthless suitor, Polymer finds herself at the centre of a terrible conspiracy and has to rely on courage, wit, and a little bit of luck to pull her through a series of events that will change the universe.This novel, by first time author Sally Roger-Davidson, is a great read; an exciting fast paced story told by a funny and engaging heroine.

The Nitpicker's Guide for Next Generation Trekkers, Volume II


Phil Farrand - 1995
    A follow-up to the first, best-selling Nitpicker's guide ferrets out the plot inconsistencies, scientific inaccuracies, and other foul-ups in the seventh, final season of the TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Journals of the Plague Years


Norman Spinrad - 1995
    Four people hold the fate of humanity in their hands... A sexual mercenary condemned to death as a foot soldier in the Army of the Living Dead; a scientist who's devoted his whole life to destroying the virus and now discovers he has only ten weeks to succeed; a God-fearing fundamentalist on his way to the presidency before he accepts a higher calling; and a young infected coed from Berkeley on a bizarre crusade to save the world with a new religion of carnal abandon. Each will discover that the only thing more dangerous than the Plague is the cure.

Ten Points for Style


Walter Jon Williams - 1995
    1. The Crown Jewels (1987) + 2. House of Shards (1988) + 3. Rock of Ages (1995) in one big book. Rock of Ages: He's the Human Constellation's number-one-rated Allowed Burglar, one of a very select few permitted to rob the public and keep his plunder - provided he performs with style and avoids getting caught before the caper is broadcast galaxy-wide to his enormous audience. Drake is so famous as an Allowed Burglar that he has been invited to join the Diadem, the group of celebrities who are well-known enough to need only one name, and whose every movement is recorded and broadcast, and sighed over by billions of humans and aliens in both the Empire and the Human Constellation. Maijstral has made himself a legend by declining to join. But being Number One has its drawbacks. Suddenly you become the target of every other Allowed Burglar in the system. You can't go anywhere without being suspected of every theft that occurs, and your friends suddenly become all too cautious about their valuables. And then there are the Duels. Drake Maijstral can tolerate the constant suspicion and the suddenly cancelled invitations. But the challenges to fight to the death over imagined breaches of hospitality are too much for him. The last straw comes when Drake himself is the victim of a burglary that is clearly a challenge to his status. Someone has stolen Drake's father's coffin, the hibernation module that maintains the old Duke in his status as Legally Dead. Clearly, something must be done.

The Green Progression


L.E. Modesitt Jr. - 1995
    When environmental consultant Jack McDarvid's boss is killed in a shootout near the Capitol, McDarvid becomes enmeshed in a diabolical plot behind the scenes of the environmental movement.

Star Wars Technical Journal


Shane Johnson - 1995
    It is a vast universe that provides the setting for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi; strange creatures known as Jawas deal in used droids, while moisture farmers eke out a living on a harsh and arid desert planet. Rebel forces use whatever material they can muster, bringing it to bear against a vast and technologically advanced Empire that possesses weaponry capable of destroying an entire world in the space of a heartbeat.The Star Wars Technical Journal takes an in-depth look at the many and varied elements that comprise the rich Star Wars tapestry, including:-- The spacecraft, from TIE Series fighters to Star Destroyers-- The exotic locales, including Tatooine, Hoth, and Cloud City-- Histories of the Empire and the Rebel forces...and much, much more.Through comprehensive entries, extensive photographs, detailed schematics, rare production artwork, character designs, and six eight-page fold-out blueprints, the secrets of the species, the technologies, and the inner-workings of the Rebel and Imperial forces unfold.Through months of meticulous research, Texas author Shane Johnson reviewed hours of film and radio drama, hundreds of pages of technical material and media materials, roleplaying rules, production art, and everything else available covering the Star Wars canon. A talented technical illustrator as well, he also produced the schematics needed to properly cover the technical details that went into producing the adventure of a lifetime. His other credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Journal and Mr. Scott's Guide to the Enterprise.Based on Starlog magazine's Star Wars Technical Journals.

Top Secret


John Reynolds Gardiner - 1995
    Perfect for STEM curricula. Despite the disapproval of his parents and his formidable science teacher, nine-year-old Allen is determined to do his school science project on human photosynthesis--turning sunlight into food for humans.Everyone laughs at his outrageous scheme until Allen turns green, sprouts roots, and develops an overwhelming desire to soak up the sun. He's turning into a plant and no one believes him--no one, that is, except the President of the United States. Can Allen protect his top secret discovery and ace his science project without being a threat to national security?

The Whims of Creation


Simon Hawke - 1995
    As they search for answers, a young misfit named Ulysses stumbles upon an alternative reality within an interactive cybergame and the software is alive.

Chrono Trigger Player's Guide


M. Arakawa - 1995
    to the End of Time, Chrono Trigger touches down in time, and you're traveling from century to century, or epoch to epoch, life becomes complicated in a hurry. But don't despair— you can time travel in style with the Chrono Trigger Player's Guide. It gives you all the tools you need to navigate in new time zones. Find out where to stay. What to take. What to buy. Read about who you should meet— and who you should miss. Peruse complete maps for every time period to find your way around unfamiliar territory. Study exhaustive lists and charts to see how to find and use the countless weapons, items, treasures and spells to be found in this age-spanning RPG. A word of advice about the Player's Guide: Don't leave home without it.

2001 A Space Odyssey/Transit of Earth/Fountains of Paradise/Childhood's End


Arthur C. Clarke - 1995
    Clarke reads selection from his own science fiction classics, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Transit of Earth and Other Stories, The Fountains of Paradise, and Childhood's End.

She's Fantastical


Lucy Sussex - 1995
    As Ursula K. Le Guin writes in her foreword: Fantasy has always been a rebel's mode, a means of sneakily saying unwelcome or disturbing things about one's society, or of offering a more or less plausible alternative to it. The stories and poems in this book are all, in one way or another, fantastic, all are rebellious, subversive, critical, or teasing, cheerfully or fiercely knocking the posts from under the status quo. Contributors include Carmel Bird, Isobelle Carmody, Henriette Dugdale, M. Barnard Eldershaw, Sarah Endacott, Leanne Frahm, Alison Goodman, Sue Isle, Lisa Jacobson, Berni M. Janssen, Gabrielle Lord, Rosaleen Love, Philippa Maddern, Hyllus Maris, Maurilia Meehan, Yvonne Rousseau, Jane Routley, Petrina Smith, Lucy Sussex, Daisy Utemorrah, Ania Walwicz, Nadia Wheatley and Tess Williams.5 • Acknowledgements (She's Fantastical) • essay by uncredited • 6 • Saint Martha According to Deborah Klein: Cover Art • essay by Deborah Klein • 7 • Foreword (She's Fantastical) • essay by Ursula K. Le Guin • 13 • Introduction (She's Fantastical) • essay by Judith Raphael Buckrich and Lucy Sussex • 19 • Alinta - 'The Flame' (from "Women of the Sun") • (1983) • poem by Hyllus Maris • 20 • Maydina - 'The Shadow' (from "Women of the Sun") • (1983) • poem by Hyllus Maris • 21 • The Master Builder's Wife • (1993) • shortstory by Lisa Jacobson • 31 • The Goddess Wakes • shortstory by Jane Routley • 46 • Widow Wilberforce and the Lyrebird • shortstory by Nadia Wheatley • 60 • The Pumpkin-Eater • shortstory by Isobelle Carmody • 77 • Aubade, from "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" • shortfiction by Marjorie Barnard and Flora Eldershaw (variant of Aubade from "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (excerpt) 1947) [as by M. Barnard Eldershaw ] • 92 • One Last Picture of Ruby-Rose (A Letter to Kevin Arnett) • shortstory by Carmel Bird • 98 • Angel Thing • novelette by Petrina Smith • 119 • from "The Sea People" • shortfiction by Maurilia Meehan • 122 • Entropy • shortstory by Leanne Frahm • 130 • Science Fiction • poem by Sarah Endacott [as by Sarah Carmela Helen Endacott ] • 132 • Flight • shortstory by Ania Walwicz • 138 • Possum Lover • novelette by Yvonne Rousseau • 167 • The Blinding of Bellevue Hearn • shortstory by Alison Goodman • 175 • from "SAW" • poem by Berni M. Janssen • 176 • Angel Jacko • (1987) • shortstory by Gabrielle Lord • 185 • A Sky Full of Ravens • shortstory by Sue Isle • 196 • from "A Few Hours in a Far-Off Age" • (1883) • shortfiction by Henrietta Dugdale • 202 • A Tour Guide in Utopia • shortstory by Lucy Sussex • 211 • The Know-All • shortstory by Rosaleen Love • 223 • Not With Love • shortstory by Philippa C. Maddern • 240 • The Padwan Affair • shortstory by Tess Williams • 251 • Our Mother Land • (1990) • poem by Daisy Utemorrah • 253 • Biographies (She's Fantastical) • essay by uncredited

Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology


John Kessel - 1995
    The result is Intersections, an original anthology on the cutting edge of the field.

Dinopix


Teruhisa Tajima - 1995
    45 color photos.

Freedom's Landing


Anne McCaffrey - 1995
    As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning…The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves—and Kristin has managed to survive her enslavement while hundreds of other humans have not. But her trial has just begun, for now she finds herself part of a massive experiment. The aliens have discovered a new world, and they have a simple way of finding out if it’s habitable: drop hundreds of slaves on the surface and see what happens.If they survive, colonization can begin. If not, there are always more slaves.

The Time Ships


Stephen Baxter - 1995
    But the journey has a terrible cost. It alters not only the future but the "present" in which we live.A century after the publication of H. G. Wells' immortal The Time Machine, Stephen Baxter, today's most acclaimed new "hard SF" author, and the acknowledged Clarke, returns to the distant conflict between the Eloi and the Morlocks in a story that is at once an exciting expansion, and a radical departure based on the astonishing new understandings of quantum physics.

Knuckles' Chaotix


Mike Kanterovich - 1995
    As with everything in nature, however, there is a balance.For every known quantity, there is the unknown. For every field of vegetation, there exists a patch of arid desert sand. For every explored territory, there lie uncharted regions. And for every friend, there exist the predators.For ages, visitors have been few and far between. With the war now being waged below upon of the surface of Mobius, between the forces of that evil despot Dr. Ivo Robotnik and the valiant Sonic the Hedgehog and his courageous band of Freedom Fighters, it was inevitable that The Floating Island would be drawn into the conflict....But as a haven to escape the harshness and cruelty pf the war... or a beachhead used by one side to overcome the other?

When Heaven Fell


William Barton - 1995
    For 20 years he has been conquering in the name of the master race. Now, upon his return to Earth he must make a decision: die betraying his masters or live betraying his dream.

Aurora


Sally Odgers - 1995
    Her father is an author, and her mother a conman's daughter, but these are not the only things that makes the family shun publicity. There's a secret about Aurora, and now Cousin Josh is about to blow it open.

Sonic the Hedgehog's Buddy Tails #1


Mike Gallagher - 1995
    Jellyfish! Tails will need all the help he can get as they all must battle the supremely terrifying Crocbot! Tails' solo adventures begin in Sonic Archives Vol. 7 with "Growing Pains" and continue in Sonic Archives Vol. 8. From there, it's straight into this number one!