Best of
Science-Fiction

2003

Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales


Ray Bradbury - 2003
    In this landmark volume, America's preeminent storyteller offers us one hundred treasures from a lifetime of words and ideas. The stories within these pages were chosen by Bradbury himself, and span a career that blossomed in the pulp magazines of the early 1940s and continues to flourish in the new millennium. Here are representatives of the legendary author's finest works of short fiction, including many that have not been republished for decades, all forever fresh and vital, evocative and immensely entertaining.

Empire From the Ashes


David Weber - 2003
    Originally published as three separate novels, Mutineer's Moon, The Armageddon and Heirs of Empire, this volume recounts the adventures for Duhak, an AI-controlled Imperial starship, when it encounter's Colin Macintyre's routine flight over the moon.

On Dragonwings: Dragonsdawn / Dragonseye / Moreta


Anne McCaffrey - 2003
    Suddenly deadly spores are falling like silver threads from the sky, destroying everyone and everything they touch. Pern is in mortal danger. The only thing that can stop the Thread is the fire from Pern’s flying dragons. Now, the colonists must join forces with the dragons to burn the Thread before the parasite devours any and all organic life–and turns lush Pern into a barren wasteland.On Dragonwings traces the story of the early generations on Pern. From the colonists who first created the fire-breathing dragons for protection, through the rise of the dragonriders, these three novels set readers on a daring quest to protect a beautiful and extraordinary planet.

The Forever War


Joe Haldeman - 2003
    A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through military ranks. Pvt. Mandella is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries.

For the Emperor


Sandy Mitchell - 2003
    But when the alien ambassador is murdered and the situation quickly spirals out of control, Cain and his regiment of Valhallans find themselves in the middle of a war. As the Imperial Guard struggle to contain worldwide civil insurrection, can the wily Commisar Cain identify the real villian before the planet is lost to the Imperium forever ?

Brain Ships


Anne McCaffrey - 2003
    Includes PartnerShip by Anne McCaffrey with Margaret Ball and The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey with Mercedes Lackey complete with a cover by Tom Kidd.

The Ship Who Saved the Worlds


Anne McCaffrey - 2003
    Two Top-Selling Sequels to Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang in One Volume

Conqueror


David Drake - 2003
    There's only one problem -- Raj's overlord, whose paranoid suspicion of Raj has grown with every famous victory, until now he has room for only one thought: Raj Whitehall must die. . . .

Burning Chrome


William Gibson - 2003
    Johnny Mnemonic (1981)The Gernsback Continuum (1981)Fragments of a Hologram Rose (1977)The Belonging Kind (1981) with John ShirleyHinterlands (1981)Red Star, Winter Orbit (1983) with Bruce SterlingNew Rose Hotel (1984)The Winter Market (1985)Dogfight (1985) with Michael SwanwickBurning Chrome (1982)

Warlord


David Drake - 2003
    With Center's vast fund of knowledge and strategic calculating abilities, Raj could defeat the barbarians threatening to engulf the Civil Government, and start Bellevue on the road back to the stars. But the Governor, to whom Raj has sworn absolute loyalty, nourishes a paranoid envy and mistrust that grows with every victory. Can even a battle computer of the Galactic Age be enough to counter the fury of Raj's enemies . . . and the treachery of his "friends"?

The Golden Age


John C. Wright - 2003
    Phaethon, of Radamanthus House, is attending a glorious party at his family mansion celebrating the thousand-year anniversary of the High Transcendence. There he meets an old man who accuses him of being an imposter, and then a being from Neptune who claims to be an old friend. The Neptunian tells him that essential parts of his memory were removed and stored by the very government that Phaethon believes to be wholly honorable. It shakes his faith. Is he indeed an exile from himself? He can't resist investigating, even though to do so could mean the loss of his inheritance, his very place in society. His quest must be to regain his true identity and fulfill the destiny he chose for himself.The Golden Age is just the beginning of Phaethon's story, which will continue in The Phoenix Exultant, forthcoming from Tor.

1984


Michael Dean - 2003
    He fights this world with love. But it's dangerous: love for another person can be punished by death - and Big Brother is always watching.Orwell's classic story shows that there is no freedom unless ideas and beliefs can be questioned. This is as true today as when it was written, more than fifty years ago.

The Steerswoman's Road


Rosemary Kirstein - 2003
    If she asks, you must reply. A steerswoman will speak only the truth to you, as long as she knows it—and you must do the same for her. And so, across the centuries, the Steerswomen— questioning, searching, investigating—have slowly learned more and more about the world through which they wander. All knowledge the Steerswomen possess is given freely to those who ask. But there is one kind of knowledge that has always been denied them: Magic.When the steerswoman Rowan discovers a small, lovely blue jewel of obviously magical origin, her innocent questions lead to secret after startling secret, each more dangerous than the last—and suddenly Rowan must flee or fight for her life. Or worse, she must lie.With every wizard in the world searching for her, Rowan finds unexpected assistance. A chance-met traveler turned friend, Bel is a warrior-poet, an Outskirter, and a member of a barbaric and violent people. Or, so it would seem.For Bel, unknowing, possesses secrets of her own: secrets embedded in her culture, in her people, in the very soil of her homeland. From the Inland Sea to the deadly Outskirts, surrounded by danger and deceit, Rowan and Bel uncover more and more of the wizards’ hidden knowledge. As the new truths accumulate, they edge closer to the single truth that lies at the center, the most unexpected secret of them all. . . .

Snow Crash


Neal Stephenson - 2003
    Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous… you'll recognize it immediately.

Unity


S.D. Perry - 2003
    Investigation into the murder revealed the presence of a parasitic conspiracy threatening not only Bajor's future with the Federation, but the very survival of both. At the same time, the fracturing of Bajor's theology has put its people on the threshold of a startling transformation -- and its consequences now rest on the shoulders of Colonel Kira Nerys, who months ago defied the religious authority of her planet by making public an ancient heretical text that challenged the very foundation of the Bajoran faith. Now, after a harrowing and historic voyage of exploration in the Gamma Quadrant, the weary, wounded crew of "Starship Defiant" is at last coming home. But the joy of their return is short-lived as the crew becomes swept up in the crisis aboard the station, with many of them confronting personal issues that force them to make life-altering choices. Among those is a grief-stricken Commander Elias Vaughn, who reaches a crossroads in his life's journey and learns the true purpose for which he was Touched by the Prophets -- as well as the ultimate fate of Captain Benjamin Sisko. And...somewhere on Bajor...a child long awaited is about to be born.

GRRM: A RRetrospective


George R.R. Martin - 2003
    More than 1,000 pages, including nine novellas, unpublished teleplays, rare, never before collected short stories, and a small volume's worth of introductions and commentary.Each of the more than 30 stories will feature a full-page black and white illustration commissioned especially for this volume by Tim Truman, Mark A. Nelson, Janet Aulisio, Ron Brown and other fine artistsGRRM will be available only from Subterranean Press, in three editions:Trade: fully cloth bound sewn hardcover
Limited: 400 signed numbered hardcover copies housed in a handcrafted slipcase
Lettered: 52 signed leatherbound copies, housed in a handcrafted traycase, with original art not in the Limited or Trade editionsContents:ONE: A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY • Only Kids Are Afraid of the Dark • The Fortress • And Death His LegacyTWO: BREAKING THROUGH • The Hero • The Exit to San Breta • The Second Kind of Loneliness • With Morning Comes MistfallTHREE: THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS • A Song for Lya • This Tower of Ashes • And Seven Times Never Kill Man • The Stone City • Bitterblooms • The Way of Cross and DragonFOUR: SWORDS OF TURTLE CASTLE • The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr • The Ice Dragon • In the Lost LandsFIVE: HYBRIDS AND HORRORS • Meathouse Man • Remembering Melody • Sandkings • Nightflyers • The Monkey Treatment • The Pear-Shaped ManFIVE: A TASTE OF TUF • A Beast for Norn (original version) • GuardiansSIX: HURRAH FOR HOLLYWOOD • The Road Less Travelled (Twilight Zone teleplay) • DOORWAYS pilot/ first draft (unproduced teleplay)SEVEN: WILD CARDS • Shell Games • The Journal of Xavier DesmondEIGHT: THE HEART IN CONFLICT • Bat Durston, the Bard, and Me (speech) • Under Siege • The Skin Trade • Unsound Variations • The Glass Flower • The Hedge Knight • Portraits of His Children

Freehold


Michael Z. Williamson - 2003
    Mistakes might be made, but they are never acknowledged, especially when billions of embezzled dollars earned from illegal weapons sales are at stake. But where does one run when all Earth and the planets are under the aegis of one government?

Oryx and Crake


Margaret Atwood - 2003
    Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and elusive Oryx whom they both loved. In search of answers, Snowman embarks on a journey–with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake–through the lush wilderness that was so recently a great city, until powerful corporations took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining.

The Day of the Triffids


John Wyndham - 2003
    Fifty-two years later, this horrifying story is a science fiction classic, touted by The Times (London) as having “all the reality of a vividly realized nightmare.”Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia.

General Practice


James White - 2003
    In this vast hospital in the depths of space, the thousands of staff, human and alien both, have a single mission: to care for all patients, of all species. For decades, these dramas of humanity and humor have commanded a following among science fiction readers. Now, in a single omnibus, the seventh and eighth volumes of the series-Code Blue: Emergency and The Genocidal Healer-return to print, along with an introduction by John Clute.

SpongeBob AirPants: The Lost Episode


Kitty Richards - 2003
    And this time he sets out to make his dream a reality. From a makeshift flying machine to a hapless bat costume, SpongeBob's airborne attempts are grounded until he accidentally invents a pair of superherolike flying pants. But SpongeBob soon realizes that being a superhero isn't all it's cracked up to be. Will he ever be able to live as a mere mortal again? Find out in this aerodynamic adventure!

The Other Side Of The Sky


Arthur C. Clarke - 2003
    These stories of other planets and galactic adventures show Arthur C Clarke at the peak of his powers: sometimes disturbing, always intriguing.

The Legend of the Jade Phoenix Trilogy


Robert Thurston - 2003
     Aidan Pryde is a MechWarrior in training with Clan Jade Falcon who learns that there's more to war than honor and glory...

Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge


Mike Resnick - 2003
    A gripping exploration of human origins and motivations. Nebula Award Winner, Hugo Award Winner

The Martian Tales Trilogy


Edgar Rice Burroughs - 2003
    In the first installment, Carter wins the affections of the "princess of Mars" and the respect of the Martian warlords whom he befriends. The excitement continues in The Gods of Mars when Carter engages the Black Pirates in airborne combat above the dead seas of Mars and leads a revolt to free the Martian races from a religion that thrives on living sacrifices. In the third book, Warlord of Mars, Carter overcomes the forces of evil that would destroy the planet. By the end of the trilogy the Martians all clamor for a triumphant John Carter to be their king.About the Author:Born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 1, 1875, Edgar Rice Burroughs grew to maturity during the height of the Industrial Revolution and witnessed the emergence of the United States as a twentieth-century world power. Hailing from a well-to-do family, Burroughs was given an aristocratic education steeped in Latin and Greek, but he was drawn more to an itinerant life of adventure than to a life in the boardroom. The author of Tarzan of the Apes (1912), Burroughs did not confine himself to a single genre; he also wrote medieval romances (The Outlaw of Torn, 1914), westerns (The War Chief of the Apaches, 1927), and mainstream novels (The Girl from Hollywood, 1922).

Trading in Danger


Elizabeth Moon - 2003
    For Ky, it’s no contest: Even running the prestigious Vatta Transport Ltd. shipping concern can’t hold a candle to shipping out as an officer aboard an interstellar cruiser. It’s adventure, not commerce, that stirs her soul. And despite her family’s misgivings, there can be no doubt that a Vatta in the service will prove a valuable asset. But with a single error in judgment, it all comes crumbling down.Expelled from the Academy in disgrace–and returning home to her humiliated family, a storm of high-profile media coverage, and the gaping void of her own future–Ky is ready to face the inevitable onslaught of anger, disappointment, even pity. But soon after opportunity’s door slams shut, Ky finds herself with a ticket to ride– and a shot at redemption–as captain of a Vatta Transport ship.It’s a simple assignment: escorting one of the Vatta fleet’s oldest ships on its final voyage . . . to the scrapyard. But keeping it simple has never been Ky’s style. And even though her father has provided a crew of seasoned veterans to baby-sit the fledgling captain on her maiden milk run, they can’t stop Ky from turning the routine mission into a risky venture–in the name of turning a profit for Vatta Transport, of course.By snapping up a lucrative delivery contract defaulted on by a rival company, and using part of the proceeds to upgrade her condemned vehicle, Ky aims to prove she’s got more going for her than just her family’s famous name. But business will soon have to take a backseat to bravery, when Ky’s change of plans sails her and the crew straight into the middle of a colonial war. For all her commercial savvy, it’s her military training and born-soldier’s instincts that Ky will need to call on in the face of deadly combat, dangerous mercenaries, and violent mutiny. . . .From the Hardcover edition.

The Fluted Girl (Great Science Fiction Stories)


Paolo Bacigalupi - 2003
    She had been given the stolen black eyes of an Indian girl. Pigment drugs drained color from her skin. Then surgeries and cell knitters completed her transformation into a performance artist for the rich. This story is part of the publisher's Great Science Fiction Stories audio series. It's on 1 CD approximately 62 minutes in length. The author was recently awarded the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction.

Reasons to be Cheerful


Greg Egan - 2003
    Unwaveringly optimistic at his chance of survival, the risky surgery that saves his life also ends the euphoric bliss, leaving his brain with a cavernous hole where the pleasure centers used to be. The 18 years of sadness that follow are a downward spiral of despair, and as a last resort he agrees to another treatment that gives him conscious control over what makes him happy. As he attempts to re-enter the world beyond the hospitals and his gloomy apartment, he faces the ultimate dilemma of self-control ... how happy would you be if you could make yourself as happy as you want? Locus Poll Award Nominee

There Will Be Dragons


John Ringo - 2003
    The world is a paradise - and then, in a moment, it ends. The council that controls the Net falls out and goes to war. Everywhere people who have never known a moment of want or pain are left wondering how to survive.

The Course of Empire


Eric Flint - 2003
    Humanity's only chance rests with an unusual pair of allies: a young Jao prince, newly arrived to Terra to assume his duties, and a young human woman brought up amongst the Jao occupiers.But both are under pressure from the opposing forces--a cruel Jao viceroy on one side, determined to drown all opposition in blood; a reckless human resistance on the other, perfectly prepared to shed it. Added to the mix is the fact that only by adopting some portions of human technology and using human sepoy troops can the haughty Jao hope to defeat the oncoming Ekhat attack--and then only by fighting the battle within the Sun itself.

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection


Isaac Asimov - 2003
    The second section contains the grand master's ruminations on the SF genre itself. And the final section is comprised of Asimov's thoughts on the craft and writing of science fiction.

Ecolitan Prime


L.E. Modesitt Jr. - 2003
    E. Modesitt, Jr., includes the third and fourth of his four- volume Ecolitan series, The Ecologic Envoy and The Ecolitan Enigma, both starring Nathaniel Whaler. Four hundred years after winning secession from the Terran Empire (as chronicled in the earlier omnibus, Empire & Ecolitan), the star system Accord wants to sign a simple trade treaty with the Empire on microchip export tariffs. But if the agreement is so minor, why is Professor Nathaniel Whaler, chief economist at the Ecolitan Institute and his world's top commando killer, chosen as Accord's Envoy? Because the Imperial capital is a maddening bureaucracy of sniveling diplomats, high-profile figureheads, powers behind the throne, and spies---everywhere, spies. So the Envoy has to face red tape, politics, prejudice, as well as and a gauntlet of kidnappers, assassins, snipers, and bombs. And some ministry---but which?---doesn't want the treaty. In fact, some in the Empire still blame Accord for Earth's poisoning and for the defection of fifty star systems after the war between Imperial nuclear might and Ecolitan bio-ecological weaponry. A hidden cabal wants to fight that war again---even if, this time, the entire galaxy dies. And only Nathaniel Whaler, the Ecologic Envoy, has the power to stop the catastrophe. This omnibus concludes one of L. E. Modesitt's most powerful science fiction series.

The Helmsman


Bill Baldwin - 2003
    Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.

The Best of Ray Bradbury


Ray Bradbury - 2003
    6-up. Here's a collection that will have graphic novel fans and die-hard Bradbury readers scrambling for the shelves. Some of the best artists in the business have adapted the author's short stories for the comics page. Each adaptation is accompanied by a preface by Bradbury, offering insight into the inspiration for the story, and each artist is paired with a story that suits his artwork perfectly. Among the best are "Come into My Cellar," from Dave Gibbons (of Watchmen fame), a Tales from the Crypt -like story of invaders from outer space, complete with a cliff-hanger ending and retro artwork, and "The Golden Apples of the Sun," adapted by P. Craig Russell (Sandman), an interstellar exploration of the uninhabitable star. A wonderful showcase of graphic novel artists and a great introduction for readers new to Bradbury's dark fantasy world. -Carlos Orellana

Donnie Darko


Geoff King - 2003
    This study narrates the film's journey from box-office bemusement through word of mouth success to the recent director's cut of the film, and also discusses fans' reactions to the film's enigmatic conclusion, explaining how "Donnie Darko" gripped the imagination of Generation X teenagers across the world.

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days


Alastair Reynolds - 2003
    . . Alastair Reynolds burst onto the SF scene with the Arthur C. Clarke Award-shortlisted REVELATION SPACE, British Science Fiction Award-winning CHASM CITY, and REDEMPTION ARK. Now experience the phenomenal imagination and breathtaking vision of 'The most exciting space opera writer working today' (Locus) in these two tales of high adventure set in the same universe as his novels. The title story, 'Diamond Dogs', tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; 'Turquoise Days' is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers.

Succession


Scott Westerfeld - 2003
    He and his sister, the Child Empress-forever a little girl-are worshipped as living gods. No one can touch them.... ...no one but the Rix, machine-augmented humans who worship very different gods: AI compound minds encompassing entire planets. The Rix are cool, relentless fanatics, and their only goal is to propagate such AIs throughout the galaxy. They seek to end, by any means necessary, the Emperor's prolonged rule and supplant it with a cybernetic dynasty of their own. They begin by assaulting the Imperial Palace on Legis XV-and taking hostage the Child Empress. Tasked with her rescue, brilliant tactician Captain Laurent Zai of the Imperial Frigate Lynx is well aware that failure constitutes an Error of Blood. Yet when the mission goes badly wrong, he declines to commit ritual suicide, and instead takes on a suicide mission: stopping the next thrust of the Rix invasion with just his own ship. While combat rages among the stars, the newborn Rix compound mind expands through the global net on Legis XV and works to break the Imperial blockade. And light-years away, Captain Zai's lover, Senator Nara Oxham, suspects that the mind has discovered the Emperor's hidden weakness: a dangerous secret for which he is willing to countenance the killing of worlds.... Includes The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds. Jacket art by Stephan Martiniere.

Faction Paradox: This Town Will Never Let Us Go


Lawrence Miles - 2003
    The town, from midnight to six, marked out in headlights and the flash-fire of a culture in War-time. Séance-messages written in the patterns of the road signs, and ghost-transmissions scrambled into the background noise of the traffic. Animal scent-signals from the fried food stands. All describing something, buried under the tarmac and the street-geometry.Down there, a girl in a fake-bone mask is working on a ritual to bring it to the surface. A popular performing artiste with a navel stud and serious identity problems is finding herself stalked — literally — by her own image. An ambulance crewman is about to find his own way of getting involved in the War.And bringing them all together, in one neat little urban mythology, there's Faction Paradox - part cult, part subculture, part pop phenomenon, and part criminal syndicate, either watching-without-being-seen or simply not existing at all (at least until someone invents it). Assuming they're not wholly imaginary, the archons of the Faction seem like the only ones who know what this town really is - what every town really is — and what's bound to happen when it wakes up.

Star Wars - The New Jedi Order, Books 1-3


R.A. Salvatore - 2003
    The novels that launched the "New York Times" bestselling series"Star Wars" The New Jedi Order VECTOR PRIMEDARK TIDE I: ONSLAUGHTDARK TIDE II: RUIN

Imzadi Forever (Star Trek)


Peter David - 2003
     Yet to whom does Deanna's heart truly belong? Commander William Riker was the first Deanna called Imzadi. Long before they served together on board the Enterprise, they shared a tempestuous love affair back on Betazed. And even now, many years later, Riker will embark on a desperate journey across time and space to save Deanna's life. But Riker is not the only Starfleet officer to capture Deanna's heart. Lieutenant Commander Worf, the fierce Klingon warrior, is also drawn to Deanna's gentle and caring nature. Brought together by fate, he and Deanna share an unexpected passion that tests the bonds between Troi and Riker -- even as a deadly Romulan conspiracy threatens them all! Bonus: An Exclusive Interview with the Author

Paycheck and Other Classic Stories


Philip K. Dick - 2003
    Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original and thought-provoking fiction of our time. He has been described by The Wall Street Journal as the man who, "More than anyone else…really puts you inside people's minds."

Think Like a Dinosaur and Other Stories


James Patrick Kelly - 2003
    There are 14 stories in all, ranging from straight SF to tales that stray into the fantasy and horror genres. Of special note is the title story, which earned the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novelette, the 1995 Nebula Award nomination for Best Novelette, among several other awards and nominations as well. But all of the stories are excellent in their own right. An insightful forward by James Patrick Kelly's friend and sometimes collaborator John Kessel (Corrupting Dr. Nice) leads off the collection and explores Kelly's somewhat underrated career.Contents:Think Like a Dinosaur (1995)Heroics (1987)Pogrom (1991)Faith (1989)Big Guy (1994)Dancing with the Chairs (1989)Rat (1986)The First Law of Thermodynamics (1996)Breakaway, Backdown (1996)Standing in Line with Mister Jimmy (1991)Crow (1984)Monsters (1992)Itsy Bitsy Spider (1997)Mr. Boy (1990)

Things That Never Happen


M. John Harrison - 2003
    Banks.Over the last thirty years, M. John Harrison has been inspiring readers and writers alike across the world. His return to science fiction in 2002 with the magnificent space opera LIGHT was a monumental triumph, shortlisted for every major award in the genre. He combines brilliant storytelling with complex plots and evocative, mesmerising writing.THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPEN is M. John Harrison's definitive collection of short fiction, twenty-four dazzling stories of science fiction and fantasy; the perfect introduction to one of Britain's most brilliant writers.Contents:Settling the World (1975)Running Down (1975)The Incalling (1978)The Ice Monkey (1980)Egnaro (1981)Old Women (1984)The New Rays (1982)The Quarry (1983)A Young Man's Journey to London (1985)Small Heirlooms (1987)The Great God Pan (1988)The Gift (1988)The Horse of Iron and How We Can Know It and Be Changed by It Forever (1989)Gifco (1992)Anima (1992)Isobel Avens Returns to Stepney in the Spring (1994)Empty (1995)Seven Guesses of the Heart (1996)I Did It (1996)The East (1996)Suicide Coast (1999)The Neon Heart Murders (2000)Black Houses (1998)Science & The Arts (1999)

Xenozoic Tales Volume 2 The New World: New World v. 2


Mark Schultz - 2003
    Schultz's vision of our Earth's future includes guano-powered Cadillacs, warring factions of humanity battling for ruined cities, reborn dinosaurs, and their intelligent, humanoid descendants. The tough-as-nails shaman, Jack Tenrec, and the beautiful scientist, Hannah Dundee, seek to uncover the origins and secrets of their violent world while dealing with their own rocky relationship.

The War of the Worlds : Mars' Invasion of Earth, Inciting Panic and Inspiring Terror from H.G. Wells to Orson Welles and Beyond with audio cd


Alex Lubertozzi - 2003
    The audio CD includes the complete 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast, along with Orson Welles's press conference from the next day, a rare interview between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells and clips from a later version of "War of the Worlds." The book includes the story behind the "Panic Broadcast," the radio play script, biographical information on H.G. and Orson and the complete text of H.G. Wells's classic, "The War of the Worlds"-in addition, the book features lavish black-and-white and color photographs and illustrations. "Two words: absolutely priceless. To have all the aspects of this classic story and historic moment in American broadcast media wrapped into one finely researched package is fantastic."-Today's Librarian "With all of this information gathered into a neat package, young adults have an opportunity to read, listen and learn about one of the most important events of radio history and a science-fiction classic."-Library Journal

Free Radical


Shamus Young - 2003
    A cyberpunk story which explores the nature of intelligence and AI.

Carlucci 3-in-1


Richard Paul Russo - 2003
    Frank Carlucci investigating high-tech crime and corruption in a near-future San Francisco.

The Peace War


Vernor Vinge - 2003
    The Peace Authority conquered the world with a weapon that never should have been a weapon--the "bobble," a spherical force-field impenetrable by any force known to mankind. Encasing governmental installations and military bases in bobbles, the Authority becomes virtually omnipotent. But they've never caught Paul Hoehler, the maverick who invented the technology, and who has been working quietly for decades to develop a way to defeat the Authority. With the help of an underground network of determined, independent scientists and a teenager who may be the apprentice genius he's needed for so long, he will shake the world, in the fast-paced hard-science thriller that garnered Vinge the first of his four Hugo nominations for best novel.

God Is an Iron and Other Stories


Spider Robinson - 2003
    Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Locus Awards for Best Novella and Best Critic, and numerous other awards. Twenty-four of his 30 books are still in print, in 10 languages. His short work has appeared in magazines around the planet, from Omni and Analog to Xhurnal Izobretatel i Rationalizator (Moscow), and in numerous anthologies. His most recent books are the novels Callahan's Key, and The Free Lunch.Contents:God Is an Iron (1979)In the Olden Days (1984)Local Champ (1979)Melancholy Elephants (1982)Not Fade Away (1982)Orphans of Eden (1996)Rubber Soul (1982)Soul Search (1979)Stardance (1977) with Jeanne RobinsonThe Magnificent Conspiracy (1977)

The Angel in the Darkness


Kage Baker - 2003
    Limited edition chapbook in the The Company series.

The Q Continuum


Greg Cox - 2003
    But little was known of Q's mysterious past or of the unearthly realm from which he hails. Until now. A brilliant scientist may have found a way to breach the energy barrier surrounding the Milky Way galaxy, and the Enterprise is going to put it to the test. The last thing Captain Picard needs is a surprise visit from Q, but the omnipotent trickster has more in mind than his usual pranks. Kidnapping Picard, he takes the captain back through time to the moment the Q Continuum faced its greatest threat. Now Picard must learn Q's secrets -- or all of reality may perish!

The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner


Earl Hamner Jr. - 2003
    The recently revived series on FOX averaged 4.6 million viewers on its first episode. Indeed, the title itself conjures up thoughts of fantastic stories that bridge several forms of fiction to create a unique genre of morality tales with a touch of irony, unlimited by the boundaries of conventional fiction. Broadcast from 1959 to 1964, the show has run ever since in syndication, making it one of the longest running television shows of all time, creating a new genre of shows similar to the X-Files and Twin Peaks. Five writers created the core of the show, and together these men fashioned the bulk of the 156 original episodes: Rod Serling, Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, and Earl Hamner. All went on to other projects in film, television, theater, and print, but their involvement in the Twilight Zone is well known to fans of the series. The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner contains reprints of the eight episodes written by Hamner, along with Albarella's commentary on each story: The Hunt, " "A Piano in the House, " "Jess-Belle, " "Ring-a-Ding Girl, " "You Drive, " "Black Leather Jackets, " "Stopover in a Quiet Town, " and "The Bewitchin' Pool." Also included is a "lost" Twilight Zone short story by Mr. Hamner and an interview with Albarella that covers the background details of how Hamner became involved in the series."

Pellucidar: The Inner World, Vol 1


Edgar Rice Burroughs - 2003
    In the great tradition of scientific romances, what they encounter inside our planet quickly turns human knowledge on its head. They discover savage tribes, strange animals and nascent civilizations and become involved in wars, retribution and empire-building-all while rescuing and falling in love with beautiful, scantily clad maidens. Pellucidar: the Inner World - classic science fiction from a more innocent time that will delight readers both old and new.

Robotech: From the Stars


Tommy Yune - 2003
    the incredible origin of Robotechnology is now available in compact trade paperback format from Wildstorm Productions! Follow the early adventures of Roy Fokker, including his first encounter with the SDF-1, Captain Gloval, Colonel Edwards, and the mysterious Project Valkyrie! This convenient volume also features an informative appendix of original designs, illustrations, and commentary behind the Robotech universe.This 160-page volume contains the following: - the complete Robotech miniseries #0-6- excerpts from the Robotech Sourcebook- original cover art by top comic artists- previously unpublished designs, illustrations and commentary by Tommy Yune

Custer's Last Jump and Other Collaborations


Howard Waldrop - 2003
    'One Horse Town' breathes fresh life into an ancient tale, combining elements from the sack of Troy, Homer's early days, the last day in the life of a Trojan warrior, and the archaeological dig at Troy. In 'Custer's Last Jump!' the legendary Crazy Horse uses Confederate monoplanes in his famous battle against General Custer. 'A Voice and Bitter Weeping' paints a grim post-nuclear age where Israeli mercenaries fight Texans in a never-ending, hopeless war. Mystery, intrigue, and treachery abound in the Heian Japan setting of 'The Latter Days of the Law', where a clever man must find a lost prince.

The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One


J.G. Hertzler - 2003
    Now, with Worf at his side as the newly appointed Federation ambassador to Qo'noS, Martok at last is coming home, bringing with him the hope of a bright new future for his people.But the new chancellor's triumphant return to the Klingon homeworld is met by treachery and upheaval. As the demons of the general's past rise up, so too does a usurper to the Imperial Throne, one who knows exactly how to crush Martok and all who stand with him -- and who won't be satisfied until they are ashes under the foundation of a new Klingon Empire.

The Sheep Look Up


John Brunner - 2003
    In this nightmare society, air pollution is so bad that gas masks are commonplace. Infant mortality is up, and everyone seems to suffer from some form of ailment.

Lone Wolves


Dan Abnett - 2003
    Struggling to protect his beleaguered guardsmen from the ravaging tyranid hordes, Sergeant Marlin and his men are rescued from certain death by a band of savage Space Wolves, only to discover that they now have an all new problem to confront.

Messages from the Hollow Earth


Dianne Robbins - 2003
    Telepathic messages from advanced civilizations that live in peace and harmony in the center of our Earth, which is hollow and contains an inner sun, with oceans and mountains still in their pristine state.

Moreau Omnibus


S. Andrew Swann - 2003
    Andrew Swann blend the thrills of science fiction, mystery, and intrigue with the chills of genetic engineering-in a highly acclaimed series that takes the creations of Dr. Moreau and Dr. Frankenstein into the future...

A Good Day to Die


Keith R.A. DeCandido - 2003
    Gorkon, " part of the mighty new Chancellor class. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds...to seek out new life and new civilizations......and to conquer them for the greater glory of the Klingon Empire!Newly inducted into the prestigious Order of the "Bat'leth, " Captain Klag, son of M'Raq, leads the crew of the "Gorkon" into the unexplored Kavrot Sector to find new planets on which to plant the Klingon flag. There, they discover the Children of San-Tarah, a species with a warrior culture that rivals -- and perhaps exceeds -- the Klingons' own, living on a planet that would be a great addition to the Empire. Klag could call in General Talak's fleet to bring the world under the Klingons' heel -- but the San-Tarah offer Klag a challenge he cannot refuse. The "Gorkon" crew and the San-Tarah will engage in several martial contests. If the Klingons lose, they will go and never trouble the planet again -- but if they are victorious, the San-Tarah will cede themselves to the Empire, and Klag will have singlehandedly conquered an entire world!The first tale in a glorious adventure that will be remembered in song and story throughout the Empire!

The Changeling Plague


Syne Mitchell - 2003
    But when a desperate dying man takes an illegal gene therapy drug, he unleashes a worldwide plague that rewrites the DNA of everyone he encounters.

Nemesis the Warlock: Death to All Aliens


Pat Mills - 2003
    Warriors, Marshal Law) and Kevin O'Neill (A.B.C. Warriors, Marshal Law, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) comes the ultimate tale of futuristic rebellion! zealots rule with an iron fist, stamping out alien life and culture wherever they find it. However, one alien stands in his way: the mysterious Nemesis. Battle is soon joined as Nemesis attempts to lead the alien races to freedom -- and bloody vengeance! the legendary characters of British sci-fi and rates amongst 2000 AD's finest hours!

Farscape: The Illustrated Season 4 Companion


Paul Simpson - 2003
    This illustrated volume provides a detailed episode guide and behind-the-scenes secrets.

Blind Voices


Tom Reamy - 2003
    Campbell, Jr., Award for best young science fiction writer. One summer day in the 1920s, Haverstock's Traveling Curiosus and Wondershow rides into a small Midwestern town. Haverstock's show is a presentation of mysterious wonders: feats of magic, strange creatures, and frightening powers. Three teenage girls attend the opening performance that evening which, for each, promises love and threatens death. The three girls are drawn to the show and its performers-a lusty centaur, Angel the magical albino boy, the rowdy stage hands-but frightened by the enigmatic owner, Haverstock. The girls at first try to dismiss these marvels as trickery, but it becomes all too real, too vivid to be other than nightmare reality. Each feels the force of the show and its power to alter everyday lives: Francine is drawn embarrassingly to the centaur, Rose makes an assignation with one of the hands and gets in trouble, and Evelyn is fascinated by the pathetic, mysterious Angel, The Boy Who Can Fly, and together they plan escape. No stranger or more disturbing vision of the dark side of carnival life has been handled with such grace or conviction since Bradbury's vintage period. With a poet's mastery of language Reamy brings his circus of characters to a startling, fantastic conclusion. ABOUT THE AUTHOR TOM REAMY, at the time of his sudden death, was one of the most popular young writers in the Science Fiction field in recent years. His style is in the fantastic tradition of Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury, and BLIND VOICES, his only novel, demands comparison to such masterpieces as Bradbury's Dandelion Wine or Something Wicked This Way Comes.

The Regiment: A Trilogy


John Dalmas - 2003
    Each year three regiments are sent forth into the galaxy. Hiring their services is very expensive, but well worth it, for the Tyss secret training makes their soldiers into mystic warriors, irresistible in battle.

The Blue World


Jack Vance - 2003
    During the space of twelve generations, the descendents of a crash on a water-covered planet have managed to adapt to the marine culture. But they are always at the mercy of the kragen, giant, squidlike monsters. The colonists can communicate with the biggest of these, King Kragen, and must appease him. But finally, one man has had enough of this life of slavery and sacrifice. Can he convince his fellow citizens that they must kill King Kragen? But...how can they do it in a world without weapons?

Of Ants and Dinosaurs


Liu Cixin - 2003
    Millions of years ago, in the remote depths of the Late Cretaceous, two glorious civilization flourished in symbiosis: The dinosaur nations and the coalition of ants. Taking the best from each to complement the other, these two species lived in harmony. With their great intelligence and visionary creativity the dinosaurs constantly advanced both technology and society; While the ants managed all the small things, squeezing into the dinosaurs' computers to connect their microscopic circuitry. Until one day, on the annual dinosaur and ant summit, the ants insisted that the dinosaurs dismantle all their nuclear weapons...

Double Vision


Linda Joy Singleton - 2003
    He looks like an ordinary teen, but his gaze is menacing as he observes her and her family at a restaurant. And then he's gone - vanished - leaving behind a pair of shimmering silver sunglasses. When Haley peers through the sunglasses, colors fade and her best friend becomes someone else. Freaked out, she vows never to use the glasses again. But the Watcher returns with deadly intentions. And after Haley is in a near-fatal car crash, she realizes the sunglasses are her only hope to prevent a murder. She slips on the glasses and enters a parallel world where dead people live and beloved friends die. To survive in this duplicate world, Haley plays out the ultimate masquerade-pretending to be the girl living a twisted version of her life: her parallel twin, Halee.

Jedi Sunrise


Kevin J. Anderson - 2003
    Featuring three complete novels: Lightsabers Darkest Knight Jedi Under Siege

Phobos


Ty Drago - 2003
    Mike Brogue is one of a kind: the only native Martian to be a commissioned officer. He's the military's poster boy for relieving political tensions between Mars Colony and Earth---but he wants nothing to do with it. Brogue is just a man trying to do his job as a tactical analyst and prefers to leave the politics to civilians and government subcommittees.After he manages to save a top Terran official from an extremist plot, however, the only way to avoid the spotlight is to get offplanet. So he pulls some strings and gets shipped to one of the small moons of Mars to help unravel a mystery.Some people at the research station on the Martian moon Phobos have been killed, and it seems like the culprit is a native life form. The first military team sent in quickly discovered just how lethal the Phobos beast could be. Brogue, however, doesn't focus on the dust clouds and barren rock that compose the beast's lair but rather turns his attention to the high-tech research facility and its crew. He soon learns that there's no such thing as a safe haven from political upheaval.

Stealing Some Time: Volume 1


Mark Kendrick - 2003
    "It is 2479 AD. Technical Sergeant Kallen Deshara and his team have traveled from the 25th century to the 19th. Their mission: to eliminate powerful ion storms caused by the very device that opened the portal to the past. If they don't succeed, their present may cease to exist! Once done, they'll return home and the future will be as it should be. But Kallen didn't plan on meeting Aaric Utzman, a young cartographer from post-colonial America. Nor did he plan to fall in love with him. He must find a way for them to stay together or Aaric will have been dead for over six hundred years after Kallen's return. No matter what he decides, the past, the present, and the future will be irrevocably altered."

Robotech - The Macross Saga, Vol. 2


Jack Herman - 2003
    2 continues the groundbreaking science fiction tale of Earth's battle against a race of highly advanced alien invaders. With the fighting moving to the outer reaches of the solar system, the Zentraedi unleash a strategic assault on Earth in hopes of capturing the SDF-1, their lost warship that humans have been using to develop weapons and aircrafts for this epic intergalactic war. Meanwhile, defeated in battle, Rick, Lisa, and Ben become the unwitting captives of the Zentraedi and learn the true shocking motive behind their destructive invasion.

Five Star Stories #9


Mamoru Nagano - 2003
    Volume nine centers around the planet's newest visitor, the upstanding knight Muse Van Reyback and the planet's most notorious resident, the renegade Dougulus Kaien.

Manna from Heaven


Roger Zelazny - 2003
    This new collection includes all five previously uncollected "Amber" stories, plus the prologue from the rare limited edition of Trumps of Doom, and 16 other fantasy and science fiction stories (including a collaboration with Harlan Ellison).

Up Through an Empty House of Stars


David Langford - 2003
    Complementing the review columns collected in _The Complete Critical Assembly_ and the knockabout essays and squibs in _The Silence of the Langford_, this volume's 100 glittering selections mix serious critical insight with the inimitable Langford wit. In 2002 David Langford won his sixteenth Hugo award as Best Fan Writer, for critical and humorous commentary on SF. In the same year his occasionally scandalous SF newsletter _Ansible_ won its fifth Hugo. Langford also received the 2001 Hugo for best short story, and the 2002 Skylark Award. Here he shines a unique light on classics like Ernest Bramah, G.K. Chesterton, Robert Heinlein and Jack Vance, and analyses major SF -- and major clunkers, and minor eccentrics -- of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, continuing to the latest by such current stars as Gene Wolfe and China Mi, ville. Plus witty asides on crime fiction and its SF links, gleeful examination of writing so bad it's almost good, and (even at his most serious) turns of phrase to make you laugh aloud.

In The Late December


Greg Van Eekhout - 2003
    At the end of the universe, Santa Claus fights to keep Christmas and existence itself alive.

Rogue Trooper: Future War


Gerry Finley-Day - 2003
    But they tell tales of a blue-skinned man who needs no respirator, a man with a talking helmet.

Robotech - The Macross Saga, Vol. 1


Jack Herman - 2003
    This volume collects the first six issues of Comico's initial Robotech series as well as supplemental bonus material in a 176-page trade paperback. Written by Carl Macek and Jack Herman, with art by fan-favorite Dave Johnson, Neil Vokes, Mike Leeke, Reggie Byers, Chris Kalnick and Jeff Dee, and featuring a cover of original series production art, this is the first of six volumes that will reprint the entire Comico run, which itself was an adaptation of the Robotech television series. This story begins as an alien spacecraft — the SDF-1 — crash-lands on Earth, creating a global impact that leaves humanity waiting for the aliens to return. As mankind prepares to defend itself from an impending invasion and rebuild the SDF-1, the story of Rick Hunter, Lin Minmei, Roy Fokker and others unfolds.

The Redeemer


Pat Mills - 2003
    The priests lead the populace in prayers of hatred, calling for the Emperor's divine wrath to descend upon the galaxy. Only then can the heretic be cleansed through fire, blood and faith. Klovis is one such priest, ministering his faith throughout the Necromundan Underhives, battling to convert each non-believer through pain. But remember -- if it doesn't hurt, it doesn't count.Collected together into one volume, the full-colour Redeemer series charts the wrathful crusade of Klovis and his gang of Redemptionists as they fight the battle of faith one soul at a time.

Transfinite: The Essential A. E. Van Vogt


A.E. van Vogt - 2003
    van Vogt • essay by Hal Clement19 • Black Destroyer • [Space Beagle] • (1939) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt47 • The Monster • (1948) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt (variant of Resurrection)63 • Film Library • (1946) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt81 • Enchanted Village • (1950) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt93 • Asylum • (1942) • novella by A. E. van Vogt135 • Vault of the Beast • (1940) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt155 • The Ghost • (1942) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt185 • The Rull • [Rull] • (1948) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt207 • Recruiting Station • (1942) • novella by A. E. van Vogt (variant of Masters of Time)277 • A Can of Paint • (1944) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt289 • The Search • (1943) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt315 • Dear Pen Pal • (1949) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt321 • The Harmonizer • (1944) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt329 • The Great Judge • (1948) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt333 • Far Centaurus • (1944) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt351 • Secret Unattainable • (1942) • novella by A. E. van Vogt389 • Future Perfect • (1973) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt409 • The Great Engine • [Pendrake] • (1943) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt437 • Dormant • (1948) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt451 • The Sound • [Rull] • (1949) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt471 • The Rulers • (1944) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt487 • Final Command • (1949) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt505 • War of Nerves • [Space Beagle] • (1950) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt523 • Don't Hold Your Breath • (1973) • shortstory by A. E. van Vogt541 • Discord in Scarlet • [Space Beagle] • (1939) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt573 • Afterword (Transfinite: The Essential A. E. van Vogt) • essay by Rick Katze

Fire & Ice


Selina Rosen - 2003
    A year filled with loss, crushing disappointment, personal tragedy, physical trauma, mental anguish, and constant change. It's also a year of personal triumphs, growth, love and enlightenment. All while she's trying to catch the worst serial killer the city has ever known. A murderer whose modus operandi reopens old wounds and rekindles her worst nightmares. "In Fire & Ice, Selina Rosen reveals the subtle evil of a segregated society, while showing the metamorphosis of an intelligent, loving relationship between two people. In view of the pathetic compromise of 'Don't ask; don't tell,' this novel's near-future premise of carding gays and lesbians like illegal aliens suggests a sinister but believable possibility. This should be a warning to anyone who thinks that anything less than total civil rights for everyone would be an acceptable compromise."-- Mark Shepherd, Author of BLACKROSE AVENUE and LAZER WARZ

Rough Beasts and Other Mutations


Thomas F. Monteleone - 2003
    Monteleone has brought 20 of his most powerful and dark fantasy and horror stories into one spellbinding collection. Enter strange worlds that are at the same time not too far off from our own, where religion, mythology, emotion, and terror combine for a mix that will keep readers up until all hours of the night. Includes an introduction by John DeChancie, and the stories Mister Magister, The Dancer in the Darkness, The Prisoner's Tale and many more! Thomas F. Monteleone lives in Grantham, New Hampshire with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Olivia.

Five Star Stories #12


Mamoru Nagano - 2003
    Knights, known as "Headliners," control giant robots called Mortar Heads to protect the sanctity of each kingdom. Bound to the knights are the fatimas, fabricated humanoids who possess expanded mental abilities that make it possible for Headliners to control their robotic armor. Available in North America and the U.K. exclusively through Diamond

Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers


Tom Weaver - 2003
    Actors (including Mike Connors, Brett Halsey, Natalie Trundy and Richard Kiel), writers, producers and directors recall legendary genre figures Lugosi, Chaney, Jr., Tod Browning and James Whale; films ranging in quality from The Thing to Macumba Love and Eegah; behind-the-scenes tales of cult TV series (Twilight Zone, Batman, Lost in Space, more) and serials; and, of course, the usual barrage of outlandish movie menaces, this time including the Fly, Flesh Eaters, Monolith Monsters, ape men, voodoo women and spider babies! And all in the candid, no-holds-barred style that has made Weaver ?king of the interviewers? (Classic Images)!

Broken Dreams


Jamais Cascio - 2003
    . .On Earth in 2100, some are reaching for the stars . . . but others struggle just to survive. Much of the home world remains mired in war and intrigue, as powerful corporations and high-tech armies fight over resources, markets, and ideas. Cities on the edge of chaos are battlegrounds for covert operations and high-stakes diplomacy, and the developing nations see themselves falling further and further behind.Nations trapped in poverty, environmental disaster areas, and hellholes run by insane dictators . . . high-tech terrorism, rebellion, and crime, and rules for creating biological and chemical weapons . . . dangerous genetic designs, obsolete cybertechnology, and police state software . . . all part of daily life in Broken Dreams.

The Wild World of the Future


Claire Pye - 2003
    Their vision of the future comes alive in a 7-part television series and The Wild World of the Future, a fascinating introduction to evolution, geology and biology. It clearly explains how the amazing creatures of the future will evolve and what our planet may look like millions of years from now.The Wild World of the FutureProfiles 36 amazing creatures including the bumblebeetle, scrofa, poggle and sharkopath Explains how the Earth changes, how it may change in the future and what habitats will develop Describes past evolution and adaptation such as how the Cactus finch evolved on the Galapagos Islands Shows future evolution in action-how a snail becomes a desert hopper Invites kids to imagine their own future with a behind-the-scenes look at the science of the show and tips for creating their own creatures Features 200 color photographs and illustrations, a glossary and index

Five Star Stories #11


Mamoru Nagano - 2003
    Knights, known as "Headliners," control giant robots called Mortar Heads to protect the sanctity of each kingdom. Bound to the knights are the fatimas, fabricated humanoids who possess expanded mental abilities that make it possible for Headliners to control their robotic armor.

Empire of the East


Fred Saberhagen - 2003
    Dark forces now rule the land, keeping all humans under their oppressive thumbs. In the darkness of the shadows and whispered on the winds, there is talk of a rebellion. In the swamps, a small band has formed. Determined to regain their freedom, the rebellion, heavily outnumbered, plans to overthrow an army of thousands . . . with the help of one incredible weapon. It is only a legend, a story left over from the Old World before magic and the wizards came to the land. A weapon of technology. It is the mystical Elephant, and whoever masters it holds the key to freedom, or defeat. One young man, determined to avenge the death of his family, sets out to join the rebellion and find Elephant. What he discovers will change everything.

Five Star Stories #10


Mamoru Nagano - 2003
    Knights, known as "Headliners," control giant robots called Mortar Heads to protect the sanctity of each kingdom. Bound to the knights are the fatimas, fabricated humanoids who possess expanded mental abilities that make it possible for Headliners to control their robotic armor. The story shifts to the Kastenpo region on the planet Both, a rather desolate mining area along the Dragon Road and a training-cum-vacation spot for Headliners, their fatimas, groupies, etc. The events center around the region's newest visitor, the upstanding cleric/knight Muse Van Reyback, and its most notorious resident, the renegade Dougulus Kaien.

The Tomorrow Log


Sharon Lee - 2003
    Gem's hidden past proves an unexpected liability as his plans to leave the planet go catastrophically awry.

Film Posters - Science Fiction


Tony Nourmand - 2003
    From Metropolis to Godzilla and from Invaders From Mars to Star Wars, science fiction movies have peopled our universe, and others, with some of the studios' coolest creations - including a vast range of aliens, robots, bug-eyed monsters and spaceships.Considering the visual richness of the subject matter, it is no wonder that successive generations of the most talented illustrators, painters, art directors and designers, all with imagination to spare, have signed on to produce posters for science fiction films. Their creations not only provide us with a record of how they and their contemporaries saw the future, they also serve as a visual running commentary on all that has happened in graphic design since Lumière invented motion pictures.The images in this book, representing the crème de la crème of science fiction posters from artists in different countries and cultures, show what has been luring audiences into the cinema from 1902 to the present day.

The Diary of the Rose


Ursula K. Le Guin - 2003
    When a straitjacketed patient shows an inexplicable ability to hide his thoughts from the machine, she suspects there may be a link to his irrational fear of electroshock therapy. Locus Poll Award NomineeHugo Award NomineePublication: Femmes au futurPublication • Editor: Marianne Leconte, 1976

Seahorse Variations


Thomas Boggs - 2003
    This bizarre theme is transformed, in Seahorse Variations, into eight uniquely different renderings, each written in a style matching its subject. "The Girl in the Mirror" could almost be a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, albeit one for adults, about a boy who discovers a fantastic secret in his grandmother's storage room. In the near-future world of "The Investigation," the sinister Metromen track down anyone who deviates from the norm in any fashion. "Butterfly at Night" records the campy confessions of a postal clerk who seeks his romantic weekend encounters dressed as a woman. In "Etude," protagonists, genders, and points of view shift in a dizzying but delightful fashion. Medieval Japan is the setting for "The Tale of Young Lord Tatsunori," in which a warrior-lord's son finds sanctuary in a rival lord's harem, dressed as a girl—for the purpose of exacting his revenge upon his father's killer. The protagonist of "Tiresias" is a successful male novelist popular with women readers, who unexpectedly discovers the secret source of his inspirations. "A Seahorse's Tale" is a fantasy about a young man who wakes up one morning as a woman, and the hilarious results this transformation has upon his girlfriend and his best buddy. In the dystopian future of "Space Opus Alpha," when male homosexuality is the norm, and violence and decadence reign supreme, we are introduced to a spacer who has tasted every sin in the universe—or so he thinks.

Beyond the Gate: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Stargate Sg-1


Keith Topping - 2003
    And one that includes, within its impressive arsenal of strengths, a sly and laconic humour - heavily pushed by the personality of its leading man and executive producer, Richard Dean Anderson. The series is witty, inventive, surprising in all sorts of ways, and massively popular across the globe. It has tackled some very serious issues, but it's also loads of fun - full of pithy dialogue and knowing winks to its audience. In Beyond the Gate, an indispensable unofficial and unauthorised guide to the Stargate universe, acclaimed author Keith Topping breaks down each of the series' 100-plus episodes, analyses the elements and recurring themes that make it so popular, uncovers possible influences, acknowledges the moments when logic simply flies out of the window and provides trivia for use at dinner-parties and conventions.

Noble Mold


Kage Baker - 2003
    Boy, it was a soft job. Santa Barbara had become civilized by then: no more Indian rebellions, no more pirates storming up the beach, nearly all the grizzly bears gone. Once in a while some bureaucrat from Mexico City would raise hell with us, but by and large the days of the old Missions were declining into forlorn shades, waiting for the Yankees to come.

Brennan


Bernard Knight - 2003
    The survivors of Wales and the Marches are led by Brennan, a former brigadier who was left behind by the escaping government to salvage as much as possible. Brennan sets up his followers in a college near Newport, but attacks from abroad and from a rival group, drive them to shelter in Cardiff Castle, still intact amid the ruins of the city. When they go to the aid of the besieged Cambridge, the scale of the opposition and the enormity of their mission become apparent. It is all destined to end in a dramatic denouement along the M4 motorway. Not only is Brennan an exciting tale in its own right but it also reveals intriguing historical parallels. Unmissable!

Five Star Stories #13


Mamoru Nagano - 2003
    Unfortunately, he is mortally wounded when his transport is attacked by a secret mission led by Diver DiBarrow in search of the dying LED Dragon Meanwhile, with its commander-in-chief's departure, the Floating Temple is thrown into a state of mass confusion, with headliners and divers running amok and safety barriers breaking apart However, Lachesis ultimately proves to all her ability to rule in Amaterasu's absence.

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction


Edward James - 2003
    It is literature which draws on popular culture, and engages in speculation about science, history, and all varieties of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day; and introduces important critical approaches (including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory).

The Best of Sydney J. Bounds, Volume 1: Strange Portrait and Other Stories


Sydney J. Bounds - 2003
    By turns chilling, eerie, strange and exciting, here are nine hand-picked early stories by one of the craftsmen of British science fiction, including a complete short novel never before published.