Best of
Science-Fiction

1997

Young Miles


Lois McMaster Bujold - 1997
    Being an officer in Barrayar's military wasn't easy. And being the leader of a force of spaceborne mercenaries while maintaining a secret identity wasn't easy—in fact it should have been impossible, to say nothing of being a capital offense on Barrayar. Not that impossibility or great danger would slow down young Miles Vorkosigan much.The Warrior's Apprentice 1Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles (17) takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions.The Mountains of Mourning 373Miles (20) is sent to a small mountain village to investigate the murder of an infant, killed because she had a physical defect. Miles must deal with deep-seated prejudice against “mutants” and uncover the real killer in this novella that won both the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.The Vor Game 465 Miles (20s) faces enormous challenges in this Hugo Award-winning novel as he leads a mutiny against his military commander's criminal orders, rejoins his Dendarii mercenaries, and attempts to rescue Emperor Gregor after Barrayar's royal scion has run off straight into trouble.

Animorphs


K.A. Applegate - 1997
    This power is granted them by a dying Andalite alien named Elfangor, who also warns the teens that Earth is being threatened secretly by a group of aliens called Yeerks. This high-interest series is currently a successful television show and will be sure to intrigue even the most reluctant readers.

The Reality Dysfunction Part 2: Expansion


Peter F. Hamilton - 1997
    Reprint.

The Reality Dysfunction 1: Emergence


Peter F. Hamilton - 1997
    The Edenists are genetically engineered space-dwellers with telepathic affinity for their biotechnological homes and ships. The Adamists, effectively the Luddites of the future, are willing to pioneer new worlds, much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. The two groups, peopled by fascinating characters, clash on a primitive world called Lalonde, setting in motion a tale of adventure unparalleled in this universe.

The Philip K. Dick Reader


Philip K. Dick - 1997
    Dick the greatest science fiction mind on any planet. Since his untimely death in 1982, interest in Dick's works has continued to mount, and his reputation has been further enhanced by a growing body of critical attention. The Philip K. Dick Award is now given annually to a distinguished work of science fiction, and the Philip K. Dick Society is devoted to the study and promulgation of his works.Dick won the prestigious Hugo Award for the best novel of 1963 for The Man in the High Castle. In the last year of his life, the film Blade Runner was made from his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ?This collection includes some of Dick's earliest short and medium-length fiction, including "We Can Remember it for You Wholesale" (the story that inspired the motion picture Total Recall), "Second Variety" (which inspired the motion picture Screamers), "Paychecks", "The Minority Report", and 21 more.Content: "Fair Game" (1959) "The Hanging Stranger" (1953) ""The Eyes Have It"" (1953) "The Golden Man" (1954) "The Turning Wheel" (1954) "The Last of the Masters" (1954) "The Father-Thing" (1954) "Strange Eden" (1954) "Tony and the Beetles" (1954) "Null-O" (1958) "To Serve the Master" (1956) "Exhibit Piece" (1954) "The Crawlers" (1954) "Sales Pitch" (1954) "Shell Game" (1954) "Upon the Dull Earth" (1954) "Foster, You're Dead!" (1955) "Pay for the Printer" (1956) "War Veteran" (1955) "The Chromium Fence" (1955) "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" (1966) "The Minority Report" (1956) "Paycheck" (1953) "Second Variety" (1953)

Jurassic World: Jurassic Park / The Lost World


Michael Crichton - 1997
    In Jurassic Park, scientists of today clone dinosaurs of the prehistoric past to serve as attractions in a modern theme park. When a rival biogenetic firm attempts to steal the scientists secret, the stage is set for a nightmare of science and dinosaurs run amok. The Lost World picks up the story six years later, with scientists scrambling to find the jungle island that served as the dinosaur production factory for Jurassic Park. Once again, rivalry and subterfuge combine to create life-threatening dangers for the scientists, who must contend with the rampaging dinosaurs as well as their cutthroat competitors.This volume contains the full text of both of Michael Crichton's bestselling novels. Featuring a beautifully stamped bonded leather cover, gilt edging, colorful endpapers, and a satin-ribbon bookmark, this collectible edition is a fine addition to any home library.

The Caves of Steel


Isaac Asimov - 1997
    Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

The Reality Dysfunction


Peter F. Hamilton - 1997
    Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.

The Demon Princes, Volume One: The Star King, The Killing Machine, The Palace of Love


Jack Vance - 1997
    Theses are the names of the five Demon Princes who led the historic Mount Pleasant Massacre, which destroyed not only Kirth's family but his entrire world as well. He roams the universe, searching the endless galaxies of space, hunting down the Demon Princes and exacting his revenge. Three princes will fall before Kirth's work is done, and two more await their doom...

Diaspora


Greg Egan - 1997
    Of the discovery of an alien race and of a kink in time that means humanity — whatever form it takes — will never again be threatened by acts of God.

The Demon Princes, Volume Two: The Face, The Book of Dreams


Jack Vance - 1997
    The winner of a Hugo, a Nebula, and a World Fantasy Award, Vance lays claim to a career that spans more than five decades of critical acclaim and devoted readership. Tor Books has recognized his widespread audience and for years has brought classic Jack Vance novels back into print--most recently The Demon Princes, Volume One, and omnibus containing the first three books of Vance's beloved Demon Princes series. Tor now presents The Demon Princes, Volume Two, and omnibus containing the series' final two novels, The Face and The Book of Dreams.Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it--the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. however, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet--and who deserves to die for those misdeeds. Three have already fallen in Kirth's hands, but there are two more names on his list, two more Princes who will live only long enough to regret their evil ways.Lens Larque was just as unique as the other Demon Princes--uniquely appalling. He was personally ugly, startling vicious, and arrogant above all others. Larque's own mission was a villainy of the highest order, and his personal obsession with success kept him hidden well from attackers--almost well enough. Howard Alan Treesong poisoned his friends, tortured his colleagues, and wrote his own horrific holy book, The Book of Dreams. But, clever as he may be, a galaxy-wide guessing game will be his undoing--and Kirth Gersen's sworn vengeance will be complete.

The Golden Apples of the Sun


Ray Bradbury - 1997
    He saw the skin peel from the rocket beehive, men thus revealed running, running, mouths shrieking, soundless. Space was a black mossed well where life drowned its roars and terrors. Scream a big scream, but space snuffed it out before it was half up your throat. Men scurried, ants in a flaming matchbox; the ship was dripping lava, gushing steam, nothing!Journey with the century's most popular fantasy writer into a world of wonder and horror beyond your wildest dreams.Contents:- The Fog Horn (1951)- The Pedestrian (1951)- The April Witch (1952)- The Wilderness (1952)- The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl (1948)- Invisible Boy (1945)- The Flying Machine (1953)- The Murderer (1953)- The Golden Kite, the Silver Wind (1953)- I See You Never (1947)- Embroidery (1951)- The Big Black and White Game (1945)- A Sound of Thunder (1952)- The Great Wide World Over There (1952)- Powerhouse (1948)- En la Noche (1952)- Sun and Shadow (1953)- The Meadow (1953)- The Garbage Collector (1953)- The Great Fire (1949)- Hail and Farewell (1953)- The Golden Apples of the Sun (1953)

The Petaybee Trilogy (Petaybee, #1-3)


Anne McCaffrey - 1997
    Then some of its staunch champions are kidnapped....

The Merro Tree


Katie Waitman - 1997
    His sublime, ethereal performances were unforgettable, drawing on the most treasured traditions of every culture, every people, throughout inhabited space. His crowning achievement, and his obsession: the Somalite song dance, an art form that transcends both song and movement to become something greater and more spectacular . . . almost divine.When tragic events caused performance of the song dance to be proscribed, Mikk was devastated . . . until his strong sense of justice forced him to defy the ban. His trial will be the most sensational in the recent history of the galaxy; the sentence he faces is death. Now the greatest performance master must hope to become the greatest escape artist. Somehow Mikk must break the stranglehold of censorship and change the law . . . or die trying!

Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays


Laurent Bouzereau - 1997
    Through hours of exclusive interviews with George Lucas and others involved in crafting the original trilogy, Laurent Bouzereau has uncovered the complex process through which life was breathed into the legendary Star Wars saga.

Game of Universe


Eric S. Nylund - 1997
    Germain has an advantage--the ability to absorb the consciousness of his victims. Yet during his quest, his inner personalities begin battling for singular control of his body. Original.

The Andalite Chronicles


K.A. Applegate - 1997
    Relates the story of Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, the Andalite war-prince responsible for creating the human animorphs on Earth.

New Frontier


Peter David - 1997
    Billions of sentient beings are faced with starvation, warfare, and worse. Faced with a tragedy of interstellar proportions, Starfleet assembles a new, handpicked crew to help where it can and report what it finds. Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, recommended by Jean-Luc Picard himself, takes command of the U.S.S. Excalibur, which is manned by Starfleet's best and brightest, including some old friends from Star TreK: The Next Generation and some of the most dynamic new characters ever to boldly go where no one has gone before!This special hardcover edition contains the first thrilling adventure that launched Star Trek into a new frontier. It also contains a pull-out full-color print of all of the characters and a special "minipedia" guide to the people, places, and things that make up the New Frontier universe!

The Fifth Element


Terry Bisson - 1997
    In one dimension lies the universe and all of its multitude of varied life forms. In another exists an element made not of earth, air, fire or water, but of an anti-energy, anti-life. This "thing", this darkness, waits patiently at the threshold of the universe for an opportunity to extinguish all life and all light. Every five thousand years, the universe needs a hero, and in New York City of the 23rd Century, a good hero is hard to find. The Fifth Element, a timeless story about love and survival, heroes and villains, good and evil, set in a strangely familiar yet intoxicatingly different 23rd Century. The film stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich. The Fifth Element is written directed by Luc Besson, the visually innovative director of La Femme Nikita and The Professional.

The Golden One


Deborah Chester - 1997
    Yet their struggles are universal: for justice, for freedom, for peace. "Lucasfilm's Alien Chronicles" is a sweeping adventure that will transport you to another time, and to another place, where a legend is about to be born.The ruler of the reptilian Viis has purchased a new pet for his daughter. But the animal, named Ampris, has a more important destiny.

The Last Day


Glenn Kleier - 1997
    A comet, satellite, or perhaps the finger of God, rends the night sky above Israel and rains fiery destruction on a top-secret military research facility in the Negev. Only one mute and naked survivor struggles from the ruins in the aftermath of the explosion, then vanishes into the desert unnoticed. Drawn by the rumor of a Jordanian SCUD attack, a World News Network team producing a Millennium Eve special in Jerusalem races to the scene and stumbles upon the story of their lives, involving veteran reporter Jonathan Feldman and his cameraman Breck Hunter in perhaps the greatest story ever told. Throughout the final year of the century, messianic sects have descended upon the great religious centers of Rome, Jerusalem, and Salt Lake City to await the coming of the millennium, convinced that the Last Days are at hand. Now, in the fulfillment of prophesy, at the stroke of midnight, New Year's Eve, a beautiful and mysterious young woman appears on the steps of the ancient Israelite Temple of the Messiah just as a violent earthquake rocks Jerusalem and sets off aftershocks felt even in the Vatican. By a stroke of purest luck, WNN has it all on videotape. As a world audience primed for spectacle clamors for more, Feldman and Hunter follow the elusive figure as she appears throughout "Apocalypse Central," proclaiming a new gospel of the apotheosis to Christian, Muslim, and Jew alike. Overnight, Jeza, as she calls herself, has become a worldwide phenomenon, occasioning a summit meeting of the world's religious leaders and spawning a brisk trade in T-shirts,ashtrays, and other novelties bearing her image. But despite reports of miracles, fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and even the announcement of an 11th commandment "Thou shall honor woman as thy equal; and thou shall cherish her in unity with thy fellow man", the question remains: Is Jeza imitating or emulating Christ? Is she messiah, antichrist, or something even more sinister; a biotech experiment gone tragically wrong? Deftly incorporating subplots that include Vatican conspiracies, IDF assassination squads, cutting-edge scientific speculation, and the doomsday prophesy of the Last Secret of Fatima, Glenn Kleier's The Last Day cleverly exploits the growing fascination with the millennium and eschatology, provoking impassioned questions about our most cherished beliefs; and delivering a suspenseful thriller of the highest order.

Men In Black


Steve Perry - 1997
    That alien beings are here--now--walking among us in human form. These men are members of an agency dedicated to tracking and policing the movements of these aliens--a top secret organization known only as...Men in Black.James Edwards is a tenacious, streetwise NYPD cop who's recruited by Agent Kay of the Men in Black. He will step into a world where his identity will be erased, where nothing is what it seems on the surface. His first case will threaten to make Earth the battleground for two warring races...and end humanity's rule in a fiery apocalypse.

Singularity


William Sleator - 1997
    Barry's more athletic, more aggressive - and he's the one who suggests that they house-sit their great-uncle's farm. Harry hopes that it will bring the two of them closer. And it does - because there's something chilling about the farmhouse, something that makes the locals stay far away. The twins are sure that the locked shed on the property is the reason why - but what they find inside is far more horrible than their worst nightmare.

Specter of the Past


Timothy Zahn - 1997
    But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats--one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.

The Family Tree


Sheri S. Tepper - 1997
    NOW NATURE, APPARENTLY, HAS DECIDED TO FIGHT BACK. Police officer Dora Henry is investigating the bizarre murders of three geneticists. Meanwhile, strange things are happening everywhere she turns. Weeds are becoming trees; trees are becoming forests. Overnight, a city is being transformed into a wild and verdant place. And, strangest of all, Dora can somehow communicate with the rampaging flora. A potential civilization-ending catastrophe is in the making. The nearer Dora gets to a murderer--and to the truth--the more seemingly disparate events begin to entwine. And the answers she seeks today to the salvation of humankind may lie in afar distant future. . .one which is suddenly much closer than anyone imagines. An exhilarating and enchanting novel that deftly combines fantastic invention with insight and a social conscience, from one of the most lyrical and important voices in contemporary speculative fiction.

The Dark Beyond the Stars


Frank M. Robinson - 1997
    Now, just as the ship is falling apart, the only direction left to explore is across the Dark, a one-hundred-generation journey through empty space.The ship's captain--immortal, obsessed--refuses to abandon the quest. He will cross the Dark, or destroy the ship trying.Only Sparrow, a young crewman uncertain of his own past, can stand against the captain, and against the lure and challenge of the dark beyond the stars...

The World of Tiers, Volume 2


Philip José Farmer - 1997
    These are the great originals of universe-hopping adventure that later writers, including Roger Zelazny in his Amber Series, used as models. Zelazny himself says, "I admire his sense of humor and facility for selecting the perfect final sentence for everything he writes. He can be stark, dark, smoky, bright, and any color of the emotional spectrum...put quite simply, he arouses awe," The tierworld books are full of non-stop action and typify Farmer's boundless imagination. Who else would have thought of stacking up pocket universes like a ziggurat or the layers of a cake? Join Earthlings Robert Wolff and Paul Janus Finnigan (alias Kickaha) on an unforgettable adventure to big for any single world.

Star Wars: The Han Solo Omnibus (Star Wars: Han Solo, #1-3)


A.C. Crispin - 1997
    Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.The Collection includes:The Paradise SnareThe first book in this exciting new Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he escaped an unhappy adopted home situation to carve out an adventurous new life for himself as a pilot. Han Solo, the handsome rogue, is every girl's dream man, and every boy's hero. The Paradise Snare is another stellar Star Wars production, complete with original music and sound effects.The Hutt GambitSolo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy. But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt. Han will need all the help he can get. For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once. But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt. Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw allies...a battle where even victory means death!Rebel DawnThe Millennium Falcon is "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy." So when Han Solo wins it in a game of sabacc, he and Chewbacca become kings of the smugglers--uncatchable, unstoppable. But with the Empire clamping down, Han knows his luck can't last. Still, when an old girlfriend who is now the leader of an insurgent Rebel group offers him a shot at an incredible fortune, Han can't resist. The plan seems a sure thing. The resistance will be light and the take enormous. Han and his friends will divide it equally with the Rebels. Too bad for Han that the planet of Ylesia is far from a pushover, that the Rebels have an agenda of their own, and that smuggler friends can often turn into enemies...quicker than lightspeed.

Report on the Barnhouse Effect


Kurt Vonnegut - 1997
    It originally appeared in 1950 in Collier's Weekly. It is also the subject of an Alexisonfire song. The protagonist, Professor Arthur Barnhouse, develops the ability to affect physical objects & events thru the force of his mind. He calls his power 'dynamo-psychism'. He makes the mistake of telling the government about his power. When they try to turn him into a weapon, Barnhouse decides that he is the first weapon with a conscience, & goes into hiding. While in this reclusive state the Professor uses his 'dynamo-psychic' powers to destroy large quantities of weapons, & other things used in states of war. He realizes tho, that he will die eventually & decides to pass down his "powers" to an ex-student. The story is told as a report by this ex-student, hence the title.

Infinite Worlds: Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art


Ray Bradbury - 1997
    Author Vincent Di Fate combines all of these elements to create a book that is as enjoyable to read as it is to look through. It even has a two-page digression on the influence of Stanley Meltzoff's famous painting for Robert A. Heinlein's The Puppet Masters. Whether you're after a coffee-table art book or an encyclopedia of the science fiction world, Infinite Worlds is the book for you.

Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester


Alfred Bester - 1997
    And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than in these seventeen short stories—two of them previously unpublished—that have now been brought together in a single volume for the first time.Read about the sweet-natured young man whose phenomenal good luck turns out to be disastrous for the rest of humanity. Find out why tourists are flocking to a hellish little town in a post-nuclear Kansas. Meet a warlock who practices on Park Avenue and whose potions comply with the Pure Food and Drug Act. Make a deal with the Devil—but not without calling your agent. Dazzling, effervescent, sexy, and sardonic, Virtual Unrealities is a historic collection from one of science fiction's true pathbreakers.CONTENTS:Disappearing ActOddy and IdStar Light, Star Bright (1953)5,271,009 (1954)Fondly Fahrenheit (1954)Hobson's Choice (1952)Of Time and Third Avenue (1952)Time is the Traitor (1953)The Men Who Murdered Mohammed (1958)The Pi Man (1959)They Don't Make Life Like They Used To (1963)Will You Wait? (1959)The Flowered Thundermug (1964)Adam and No Eve (1941)And 3 1/2 to GoGalatea Galante (1979)The Devil Without Glasses

Anne McCaffrey's Unicorn Girl: The Illustrated Adventures


Mickey Zucker Reichert - 1997
    Dodger means well, Didi Badini does not.2 Pony Girl - Child slaves traditionally carry bets for horse races, or die, till Acorna intervenes.3 Acorna's Serum - Acorna hopes her healing horn can provide serum to cure viral plague, but loses helper Peter. Suicide or murder?4 Biographic - main character profiles

The Star Dancers (omnibus edition of Stardance and Starseed)


Spider Robinson - 1997
    On Earth she could not pursue her dream of dancing, so she left the Earth, and in the weightlessness of space created an art form that is to Dance as three dimensions are to two. Then the aliens arrived.... There was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. Shara did it, with her Stardance.Years later, another dancer of genius faced the end of her career when her body failed her, and Rain McLeod followed Shara into space. Her only hope was the Starseed Foundation. If she joined with a symbiotic lifeform that would let her live without artificial protection in the vacuum of space, she would take a quantum leap in human evolution. She would become a Stardancer....

His Share of Glory


C.M. Kornbluth - 1997
    M. Kornbluth. Many of the stories are SF "classics", such as "The Marching Morons," "The Little Black Bag," "Two Dooms," "The Mindworm," "Thirteen O'Clock," and, of course, "That Share of Glory". His Share of Glory includes all of Kornbluth's solo short science fiction, fifty-six works of short SF in all, with the original bibliographic details including pseudonymous by-line. The introduction is by noted SF writer and life-long friend and collaborator of C. M. Kornbluth-Frederik Pohl. Hardbound with cover art by Richard Powers.

Society of the Mind


Eric L. Harry - 1997
    Laura Aldridge, a young Harvard psychology professor, is offered one million dollars by billionaire computer-genius and inventor Joseph Gray to assist on a mysterious project, she leaves her comfortable existence to live on his beautiful island in the South Pacific. The centerpiece of his world empire is a massive, artificially intelligent neurocomputer buried deep under the island. Its life has grown troubled and Laura must psychoanalyze and cure Gray's all-too-human computer before its malfunctions lead to global catastrophe. What she learns is information that some men--and governments--would kill to keep from being exposed.

Blood Sport: A Journey Up the Hassayampa


Robert F. Jones - 1997
    A pathbreaking, surreal novel of the outdoors.

The Parafaith War


L.E. Modesitt Jr. - 1997
    In the far future among the colonized worlds of the galaxy there's a war going on between the majority of civilized worlds and a colonial theocracy.Trystin Desoll grows up fighting against religious fanatics and becomes a hero, a first-class pilot, then, amazingly, a spy.What do you do if you're a relatively humane soldier fighting millions of suicidal volunteers on the other side who know that they are utterly right and you are utterly wrong, with no middle ground?Trystin Desoll has an idea.

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories


Isaac Asimov - 1997
    48 stories and some poetry, including “The Last Question”, “The Ugly Little Boy”, and “Nightfall”.

The World of Tiers Volume 2


Philip José Farmer - 1997
    These are the great originals of universe-hopping adventure that later writers, including Roger Zelazny in his Amber Series, used as models. Zelazny himself says, "I admire his sense of humor and facility for selecting the perfect final sentence for everything he writes. He can be stark, dark, smoky, bright, and any color of the emotional spectrum...put quite simply, he arouses awe," The tierworld books are full of non-stop action and typify Farmer's boundless imagination. Who else would have thought of stacking up pocket universes like a ziggurat or the layers of a cake? Join Earthlings Robert Wolff and Paul Janus Finnigan (alias Kickaha) on an unforgettable adventure to big for any single world.

From the End of the Twentieth Century


John M. Ford - 1997
    Short fiction and poetry previously published in magazines and anthologies, including several items released only in limited edition printings, and a new story, "Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail." Hardbound with cover art by Ron Walotsky.

Twilight of the Empire (Twilight of the Empire, #1-3)


Simon R. Green - 1997
    Now it is rotten to the core, and a half-mad empress rules with a fist of iron. This is the future fate of humanity as envisioned by the genius imagination of Simon R. GreenBefore the rise of Owen Deathstalker, other heroes defended this perilous galaxy. Their exciting stories are told in three action--packed novellas set in the amazing Deathstalker universe. "Mistworld " introduces the intrepid Investigator Topaz as she battles an Imperial fiend on a distant pirate haven. "Ghostworld" is Base thirteen, where Jhon Silence and his crew investigate a mystery more chilling than the vacuum of space. And in "Hellworld" Captain Hunter and his fellow scouts are stranded on a planet straight out of their worst nightmares. For in the final years of the Empire, there is no safety anywhere.

The Star Wars Trilogy [The Comic Book Adaptations]


Howard Chaykin - 1997
    Included in this deluxe, slipcased set are all three of the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition graphic-novel adaptations. Thrill to the adventures of Luke and Leia, Han and Chewbacca, and the faithful droids Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio Witness the horror of Darth Vader, Jabba the Hurt, Boba Fett, and the Emperor And prepare yourself for the next installment of the greatest battle the galaxy has ever seen

Alien Terror


Chris Archer - 1997
    After a short while most of the aliens left. But others assimilated and cross-bred with humans. These children have lived ordinary lives--until now. At age 13, these offspring will manifest their alien powers . . . and have been targeted for termination. In "Alien Terror", Ethan Rogers used to be a wimp. But suddenly he knows martial arts, wrestling moves, combat skills and even weaponry. He'd think it was pretty cool--if he wasn't running for his life.

Kaleidoscope


Ray Bradbury - 1997
    Van Vogt (1-56740-958-X 17B) (see individual titles for more information)Unabridged.Read by Harlan Ellison.1 audiocassette (approximately 90 min.) : analog.

AEon


Andrew Bates - 1997
    Take to the stars in AEon, White Wolf's new Storytelling game about a high-tech, psi-powered future As humanity's next step of evolution, you can venture to the depths of space, uncovering all manner of mysteries -- or scheme among the nations and corporations of Earth as they extend their grasp into our solar system and beyond.

A Stanislaw Lem Reader


Peter Swirski - 1997
    Anyone interested in Lem's provocative and uncompromising view of literature's role in the contemporary cultural environment, and in Lem's opinions about his own fiction, about the relation of literature to science and technology, and the dead ends of contemporary culture, will be fascinated by this eclectic collection.

Voyages by Starlight


Ian R. MacLeod - 1997
    Includes the following stories: "Ellen O'Hara, " "Green, " "Starship Day, " "The Giving Mouth, " "The Perfect Stranger, " "Tirkiluk, " "Papa, " "1/72nd Scale, " "Marnie, " "Grownups."

Hunting the Corrigan's Blood


Holly Lisle - 1997
    Badger Bede is a technical wizard adept at creating programs that make Cady's life easier. Both are handy with a stunner.All their talents are put to the test as they search for the CORRIGAN'S BLOOD, a new kind of TFN-drive spaceship with some very special abilities. At first it looks like their dream job — the job that will allow them to pay off their own ship, the HOPE'S REWARD, and to be more picky about the clients and work they accept — but they quickly learn that every dream has a price.Because behind the stolen ship lies the mystery of the people who stole it, people who appear to be using this insanely expensive vessel and others like it to smuggle inexpensive medicine to people who don’t need it.And behind that mystery is another...Why are all these people linked to Cady's past and the one person who made it impossible for her to ever go home again?And why does everyone in the universe want Cady dead?

Kings of the High Frontier


Victor Koman - 1997
    Tammy Reis, beautiful NASA Space Shuttle commander, works for the most highly funded, technologically advanced space program in the world. So why do nightmares of the Challenger disaster haunt her sleep? And why is NASA incapable of recapturing the stunning successes it once achieved? Visionary spacecraft designer Gerry Cooper struggles at his tiny rocket company in the Mojave Desert. Who in the world wants him stopped -- or dead? One-armed billionaire playboy Laurence Poubelle hopes to build his own orbital X-15. Can his keen marketing skills overcome a nation hostile to wealth and contemptuous of adventure? Meanwhile, the horror of the Challenger tragedy threatens to repeat itself on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. Standing at ground zero, NASA engineer Jack Lundy races the countdown to prevent the deadliest space disaster of all. While bureaucrats and businessmen publicly battle for the high ground, a young descendant of the legendary Davy Crockett secretly constructs a single-stage-to-orbit rocket deep inside an abandoned warehouse in the South Bronx. Will he and his NYU classmates survive when NORAD detects the launch that blows the lid off the greatest conspiracy in the history of mankind? Tammy Reis -- stripped of her astronaut wings for defending herself against a congressman's zero-gravity rape -- is recruited by the National Security Agency to infiltrate the stronghold of a er-rich smuggler who schemes to place a massive space station into orbit with a single, spectacular launch. When she discovers the true nature of his secret plan, she faces an impossible choice between duty to her government or freedom from her -- and humanity's -- nightmare.

Bio Booster Armor Guyver, Volume 5: Guyver Reborn


Yoshiki Takaya - 1997
    Now Sho and the girl of his dreams find refuge in a secluded cave, until renegade Hyper-Zoanoid Aptom appears to tell Sho the awful truth about his father's death. When Sho's trauma keeps him from transforming into the Guyver, Aptom performs some unlicensed therapy.

Conceiving The Heavens: Creating The Science Fiction Novel


Melissa Scott - 1997
    How does one write science fiction so that it is believable and meaningful? In Conceiving the Heavens, Scott shares her successful techniques and insights to help would-be science fiction writers turn their ideas into workable stories.

Paragons: Twelve Master Science Fiction Writers Ply Their Craft


Robin Wilson - 1997
    The dozen masters assembled here each take one of their own stories and show exactly how they crafted a particular aspect of it - the style, the theme, the characters, the plot, the setting, or the point of view. A dozen of today's leading science fiction writers provide an inside look at how their craft is accomplished. An invaluable and delightful tool for anyone who writes, "Paragons" includes advice from Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Joy Fowler, Greg Bear, and seven others.

Space Colonies


Isaac Asimov - 1997
    The unique result is a series capable of answering, in an understandable and truly informative way, the multitude of questions children ask when they gaze skyward.

The Pure Product


John Kessel - 1997
    Reprint.

A Century of Science Fiction 1950-1959: The Greatest Stories of the Decade


Robert Silverberg - 1997
    KornbluthThe pedestrian by Ray BradburyCommon time by James BlishCrucifixus etiam by Walter M. Miller, Jr.Mother by Philip Jose FarmerThe nine billion names of god by Arthur C. ClarkeOr else by Henry KuttnerWarm by Robert SheckleyDown among the dead men by William TennThe father-thing by Philip K. DickDreaming is a private thing by Isaac AsimovThe game of rat and dragon by Cordwainer SmithThe gift of gab by Jack VanceCall me Joe by Poul AndersonWorld of a thousand colors by Robert SilverbergThe man who lost the sea by Theodore SturgeonThe wind people by Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Arbitrary Placement of Walls


Martha Soukup - 1997
    In her best efforts, such as "Living in the Jungle," the Nebula-winning "A Defense of the Social Contracts," and the absolutely stunning "The Story So Far," Soukup provides an intimate perspective on protagonists who are fundamentally alienated from the worlds in which they live. It's a perspective that also comes to bear on the eerily humorous "Alita in the Air," in which an unaccompanied child on an airplane refuses to meet her party at the gate and becomes a permanent passenger, and the poignant tale of two runaways, "Jones and the Stray." And we guarantee that, after reading "Good Girl, Bad Dog," you'll never think of Lassie in the same way again. --Ron HoganContents:Dress Rehearsal (1986)Living in the Jungle (1987)The Big Wish (1988)Having Keith (1988)Over the Long Haul (1990)Dog's Life (1991)The Arbitrary Placement of Walls (1992)Things Not Seen (1992)The Story So Far (1993)The Spinner (1994)Good Girl, Bad Dog (1994)Absent Friends (1993)A Defense of the Social Contracts (1993)Jones and the Stray (1995)Fetish (1996)Alita in the Air (1996)To Destroy Rats (1996)

Wired Hard 2: More Erotica for a Gay Universe


Cecilia Tan - 1997
    Sometimes dark, always intense, these stories range from a futuristic "Kiss of the Spider Woman" scenario to the gentle "first time" story of an alien youth. These are stories that are guaranteed to be both arousing and thought-provoking, creating a uniquely queer form of literature.

Countdown to Millennium


Rodney Matthews - 1997
    Also here are Matthews' idiosyncratic realizations of the fantastic worlds of Lewis Carroll's 'Wonderland', C. S. Lewis' 'Narnia' and J. R. R. Tolkien's 'Middle Earth'. Looking to the future, we are treated to a glimpse of his computer game designs and a number of exciting TV projects, such as the whimsical 'Lavender Castle'. Matthews gives a very personal insight into the creative processes and spiritual forces at work behind his art. He shares these convictions in depictions of the lost days of Arthurian legend and his sometimes unsettling visions of the future.

Star Wars Introductory Adventure Game (Star Wars RPG) [BOX SET]


Peter Schweighofer - 1997
    Now Live the Adventure!Match wits against an Imperial probe droid. Fight your way out of a besieged Rebel Base. Gather your allies, supplies and weapons while the Empire hunts you down with TIE fighters and walkers. Take on an Imperial Star Destroyer with a handful of starfighters and a heavily armed freighter. Liberate an entire planet from the Empire's tyranny. You can do all this and more with the Star Wars Introductory Adventure Game.This game has everything you need to create your own make-believe adventures in the Star Wars universe. You and your friends can pretend to be heroes fighting the Empire -- all you need is this game and your imagination.This game teaches you the rules while you play. One game booklet shows how to create and use your own customized Star Wars game character. You can choose to play a character typle from the Star Wars films: smuggler, Wookiee, young Jedi, Mon Calamari, even a bounty hunter!Another booklet teaches one person, the narrator, how to run other players through exciting Star Wars missions. It also includes an overview of the equipment, droids, creatures, starships, weapons and vehicles in the Star Wars universe. An adventure book lets you and your friends play your very own Star Wars saga. Maps of popular locations, illustrated cards, and character stand-ups help you visualize the action and create your own adventures.Your Star Wars adventures are limited only by your imagination.This box includes:* A Players Booklet which begins teaching the rules as soon as you start reading.* 14 Character Sheets you can choose from to customize and play: smuggler, Wookiee, young Jedi and Rebel trooper.* A Narrator Booklet with information on the Star Wars galaxy.* A Star Wars Adventure Book in which you help liberate a planet from the evil Empire.* 64 Color Cards showing characters, technology and Force powers used in Star Wars adventures.* Stand-Up Characters to help play out the action.* 7 Maps illustrating popular Star Wars locations, such as a Rebel Base, a starport, a docking bay and a cantina.* 6 Dice.

Meltdown Man


S.F. Black - 1997
    A boy becomes an expert at the Internet game Meltdown Man...and starts to possess this supernatural being's creepy powers.

The Science Fiction Century, Volume 1


David G. Hartwell - 1997
    It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." –David G. Hartwell, from the IntroductionFirst published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 1, literary names such as Rudyard Kipling and Jack London rub shoulders with genre authors whose pedigrees run back to the 1940s and 50s, including figures such as Hal Clement, John Wyndham, Poul Anderson, Harlan Ellison, Bruce Sterling, James Tiptree, Jr., and Connie Willis. Here is modern science fiction in all its breadth, from the anthologist hailed by John Updike as a "loving expert."

The Empire Strikes Back


J.J. Gardner - 1997
    The further adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends in their continuing battle against Darth Vader and the evil side of the Force.

A Geography of Unknown Lands


Michael Swanwick - 1997
    This book was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for best collection.