The Essential Ellison: A 50 Year Retrospective
Harlan Ellison - 2005
But his range is much broader than that, encompassing stories, novels, essays, reviews, reminiscences, plays, even fake autobiographies. The Essential Ellison, a special limited edition personally signed and numbered by Ellison, contains 74 unabridged works, including such classics as "A Boy and His Dog," "Xenogenesis," and "Mefisto in Onyx."
Keith R.A. DeCandido - 2005
The characters are based on the science fiction TV series Firefly, which has achieved cult status.Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds, a hardened war veteran (on the losing side), ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family -- squabbling, insubordinate, and undyingly loyal.When Mal takes on two new passengers -- a young doctor named Simon and his unstable, telepathic sister, River -- he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from a coalition that dominates the universe with unlimited wealth and power -- and that will stop at nothing to control River and her abilities. The crew of mercenaries, used to skimming the outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed, soon find themselves caught between the unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of space. Caught up in the fight to stay alive, they don't yet realize that their greatest danger may be on board Serenity herself....
Serenity: The Official Visual Companion
Joss Whedon - 2005
Five hundred years in the future, Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of the transport-for-hire ship Serenity take on two new passengers and soon find themselves in a crossfire between an invincible military force and cannibalistic savages.
Peter F. Hamilton - 2005
The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star... vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship's mission for its own ends.Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth... and humanity itself. Could it be that Johansson was right?
Frank Herbert - 2005
The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world's best-selling sf novel.
A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories
Ray Bradbury - 2005
. .a nubile young witch who yearns to taste human love. . .an expedition that hunts dinosaurs across the fragile and dangerous chasm of time. . . These strange and wonderful tales of beauty and terror will transport you from the begininng of time to the outermost limits of the future. Selected from his best-selling collections "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" and "R Is For Rocket," here are thirty-two superb stories from one of the master fantastics of our age--the inimitable Ray Bradbury.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Robert A. Heinlein - 2005
It is a tale of a culture whose family structures are based on the presence of two men for every woman, leading to novel forms of marriage and family. It is the story of the disparate people, a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic who become the movement's leaders, and of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to the revolt's inner circle, who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.
Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited
Aldous Huxley - 2005
Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Aldous Huxley's most enduring masterpiece.The non-fiction work Brave New World Revisited, published in 1958, is a fascinating work in which Huxley uses his tremendous knowledge of human relations to compare the modern-day world with his prophetic fantasy envisioned in Brave New World, including the threats to humanity, such as over-population, propaganda, and chemical persuasion.
On Basilisk Station
David Weber - 2005
Her demoralized crew blames her for their ship's humiliating posting to an out-of-the-way picket station. The aborigines of the system's only habitable planet are smoking homicide-inducing hallucinogens. Parliament isn't sure it wants to keep the place; the major local industry is smuggling, the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called "Republic" of Haven is Up to Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn't work to police the entire star system.But the people out to get her have made one mistake.They've made her mad!
Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds
Alastair Reynolds - 2005
One of the most thought-provoking and accomplished short-fiction writers of our time, this collection is a delight for all SF readers.Table of Contents: • Great Wall of Mars • Weather • Beyond the Aquila Rift • Minla's Flowers • Zima Blue • Fury • The Star Surgeon's Apprentice • The Sledge-Maker's Daughter • Diamond Dogs • Thousandth Night • Troika • Sleepover • Vainglory • Trauma Pod • The Last Log of the Lachrymosa • The Water Thief • The Old Man and the Martian Sea • In Babelsberg • Story Notes
Neal Asher - 2005
This remote world is mostly ocean, and it is a rare visitor who ventures beyond the safety of the island Dome. Outside it, only the native Hoopers dare risk the voracious appetites of the planet's wildlife. But somewhere out there is Spatterjay Hoop -- and Keech will not rest until he brings this legendary renegade to justice for hideous crimes committed centuries ago during the Prador Wars.While Keech is discovering that Hoop is now a monster -- his body and head living apart from each other -- Janer is bewildered by a place where the native inhabitants just will not die and angry when he finally learns the Hive mind's intentions for him. Meanwhile, Erlin thinks she has plenty of time to find the answers she seeks, but could not be more wrong. For one of the most brutal of the alien Prador is about to pay the planet a surreptitious visit, intent on exterminating all remaining witnesses to his wartime atrocities. As the visitors' paths converge, major hell is about to erupt in a chaotic waterscape where minor hell is already a remorseless fact of everyday life . . . and death.
Adam Fawer - 2005
A compulsive gambler and brilliant mathematician prone to crippling epileptic seizures, he possesses the uncanny ability to calculate odds of any hand in the blink of an eye. But one night at an underground poker club, Caine makes a costly misscalculation, sending his life spinning out of control. Desperate, he agrees to test an experimental drug with unnerving side effects: inexplicable visions of the past, present, and future. Unsure whether he's perceiving an alternate reality or suffering a psychotic breakdown, Caine embarks on a journey that stretches beyond the possible into the world of the improbable. Gradually, he discovers the extent of his astonishing new ability -- but powerful, shadowy forces know Caine's secret. Now Caine must fight for his survival -- and his sanity . . .
Pat Frank - 2005
When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.
The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 1
David Drake - 2005
Volume 1 also features an introduction by Gene Wolfe and an original Slammers story, “A Death in Peacetime.”Contents:* Introduction by Gene Wolfe* Foreword: Becoming a Professional Writer by Way of Southeast Asia* Under the Hammer* Supertanks* The Butcher’s Bill* The Church of the Lord’s Universe* But Loyal to His Own* Powerguns* Caught in the Crossfire* Backdrop to Chaos* Cultural Conflict* The Bonding Authority* Hangman* Table of Organization and Equipment, Hammer’s Regiment* Standing Down* Code-Name Feirefitz* The Interrogation Team* The Tank Lords* Liberty Port* Night March* The Immovable Object* The Irresistible Force* A Death in Peacetime* Afterword: Accidentally and by the Back Door
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction
Gardner Dozois - 2005
Now, after twenty-one annual collections, comes the ultimate in science fiction anthologies, The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, in which legendary editor Gardner Dozois selects the very best short stories for this landmark collection. Contributors include: * Stephen Baxter * Greg Bear * William Gibson * Terry Bisson * Pat Cadigan * Ted Chiang * John Crowley * Tony Daniel * Greg Egan * Molly Gloss * Eileen Gunn * Joe Haldeman * James Patrick Kelly * John Kessel * Nancy Kress * Ursula K. Le Guin * Ian R. MacLeod * David Marusek * Paul McAuley * Ian McDonald * Maureen F. McHugh * Robert Reed * Mike Resnick * Geoff Ryman * William Sander * Lucius Shepard * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Steven Utley * Howard Waldrop * Walter Jon Williams * Connie Willis * Gene WolfeWith work spanning two decades, The Best of the Best stands as one of the ultimate science fiction anthologies ever published.Contents xi • Foreword (The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction) • essay by Robert Silverbergxvii • Preface (The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction) • essay by Gardner Dozois1 • Blood Music • (1983) • novelette by Greg Bear19 • A Cabin on the Coast • (1984) • shortstory by Gene Wolfe28 • Salvador • (1984) • shortstory by Lucius Shepard42 • Trinity • (1984) • novella by Nancy Kress78 • Flying Saucer Rock and Roll • (1985) • novelette by Howard Waldrop (aka Flying Saucer Rock & Roll)93 • Dinner in Audoghast • (1985) • shortstory by Bruce Sterling103 • Roadside Rescue • (1985) • shortstory by Pat Cadigan109 • Snow • (1985) • shortstory by John Crowley121 • The Winter Market • (1985) • novelette by William Gibson137 • The Pure Product • (1986) • novelette by John Kessel152 • Stable Strategies for Middle Management • (1988) • shortstory by Eileen Gunn162 • Kirinyaga • [Kirinyaga • 2] • (1988) • novelette by Mike Resnick177 • Tales from the Venia Woods • [Roma Eterna] • (1989) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg191 • Bears Discover Fire • (1990) • shortstory by Terry Bisson199 • Even the Queen • (1992) • shortstory by Connie Willis213 • Guest of Honor • (1993) • novelette by Robert Reed238 • None So Blind • (1994) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman246 • Mortimer Gray's History of Death • (1995) • novella by Brian Stableford (aka Mortimer Gray's "History of Death")293 • The Lincoln Train • (1995) • shortstory by Maureen F. McHugh303 • Wang's Carpets • (1995) • novelette by Greg Egan328 • Coming of Age in Karhide • [Hainish] • (1995) • novelette by Ursula K. Le Guin342 • The Dead • (1996) • shortstory by Michael Swanwick352 • Recording Angel • (1996) • shortstory by Ian McDonald363 • A Dry, Quiet War • (1996) • novelette by Tony Daniel380 • The Undiscovered • (1997) • novelette by William Sanders400 • Second Skin • (1997) • shortstory by Paul J. McAuley418 • Story of Your Life • (1998) • novella by Ted Chiang454 • People Came from Earth • (1999) • shortstory by Stephen Baxter464 • The Wedding Album • [Cathy] • (1999) • novella by David Marusek502 • 10 to 16 to 1 • (1999) • novelette by James Patrick Kelly (aka 1016 to 1)520 • Daddy's World • (1999) • novelette by Walter Jon Williams541 • The Real World • [Silurian Tales] • (2000) • shortstory by Steven Utley561 • Have Not Have • (2001) • novelette by Geoff Ryman577 • Lobsters • [Macx Family] • (2001) • novelette by Charles Stross597 • Breathmoss • (2002) • novella by Ian R. MacLeod647 • Lambing Season • (2002) • shortstory by Molly Gloss
The Stars at War II
David Weber - 2005
The alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet . . . and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. Defeat was not an option. . . . The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self-defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Their most powerful offensive operation has ended in shattering defeat and the deaths of their most experienced military commanders. Whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming. But the warriors of the Grand Alliance know what stands behind them and they will surrender no more civilians to the oncoming juggernaut. They will die first-and they will also reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcomes are victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable. The Shiva Option.And peace isn't always wonderful Once the enemy is defeated, the central governments of the Inner Worlds were anything but willing to relinguish their wartime powers. To insure that their grip on the reins of power remained firm, the bureaucrats are allowing the non-human beings of the Khanate in, while keeping the Fringe Worlds out, smugly confident that this will keep the colonial upstarts in their place. The Fringers have only one answer to that: Insurrection.
Alastair Reynolds - 2005
Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclearpowered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But when Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, inexplicably leaves its natural orbit and heads out of the solar system at high speed, Bella is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach. In accepting this mission she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has many surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome...
Into the Looking Glass
John Ringo - 2005
But there was no radiation detected, and, when physicist Dr. William Weaver and Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Robert Miller were sent to investigate, they found that in the center of the destruction, where the University¿s physics department used to be, was an interdimensional gateway to . . . somewhere. An experiment in subatomic physics had produced a very unexpected effect. Furthermore, other gateways were appearing all over the world¿and one of them immediately began disgorging demonic visitors intent on annihilating all life on Earth and replacing it with their own. Other, apparently less hostile, aliens emerged from other gateways, and informed Weaver and Miller that the demonic invaders¿the name for them that humans could most easily pronounce was the ¿Dreen¿¿were a deadly blight across the galaxy, occupying planet after planet after wiping out all native life; and now it would be Earth¿s turn, unless Weaver and Miller could find a way to close the gateways. If they failed, the less belligerent aliens would face the regrettable necessity of annihilating the entire Earth to save their own worlds. . . .
Robert Charles Wilson - 2005
They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.
Dan Simmons - 2005
On Earth, a small band of the few remaining humans pursues a lost past and devastating truth—as four sentient machines depart from Jovian space to investigate, perhaps terminate, the potentially catastrophic emissions emanating from a mountaintop miles above the terraformed surface of the Red Planet.
The Metabarons #3: Steelhead & Dona Vicenta
Alejandro Jodorowsky - 2005
The cyborg Metabaron, Steelhead, who may be the most ruthless of all the Metabarons, shakes the galaxy with a reign of violence and murder. But when he falls madly in love with Doa Vicenta, the daughter of one of his many victims, Steelhead decides to prove himself worthy of love. He searches out Zaran Krleza, the last poet in the universe. Joining Krlezas head with his cyborg body, Steelhead and the poet become one person, Melmoth, and in his new form Steelhead wins Doas heart. The two conceive twinsbut tragedy strikes: as Steelhead cradles his dying wife in his arms, the fate of the Metabarons clan hinges on his decision of which child to save.
Sharon Lee - 2005
Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.
Beast Master's Planet: Omnibus of Beast Master and Lord of Thunder
Andre Norton - 2005
Storm, a Navajo from the American southwest, served in the Planetary Confederacy forces as a Beast Master teamed with an African eagle, a meercat, and a dune cat. Telepathically linked to his team animals, Storm served valiantly in the war that eventually defeated the alien Xiks, though victory could not prevent the aliens from destroying Earth. With his homeworld gone, Storm emigrated to the colonized frontier planet Arzor, where he would have to help fight a holdout Xik force that has brought the war to his adopted home. In Lord of Thunder, Storm's beast master skills and animal partners are needed to unravel the mystery behind a huge gathering of the indigenous Norbies. Only Storm and his half-brother Logan Quade can penetrate the Norbies' clan secrets and discover what is behind the threat of an uprising that could destroy the tenuous peace between the colonists and the aliens who share their planet.These two novels are science fiction adventure at its best. Here is exciting space opera full of colorful, absorbing SF action on an alien world, as only Andre Norton can write it.
Dmitry Glukhovsky - 2005
The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend. More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Rusted railways lead into emptiness. The ether is void and the airwaves echo to a soulless howling where previously the frequencies were full of news from Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man's time is over. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth. They live in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built. It is humanity's last refuge. Stations have become mini-statelets, their people uniting around ideas, religions, water-filters - or the simple need to repulse an enemy incursion. It is a world without a tomorrow, with no room for dreams, plans, hopes. Feelings have given way to instinct - the most important of which is survival. Survival at any price. VDNKh is the northernmost inhabited station on its line. It was one of the Metro's best stations and still remains secure. But now a new and terrible threat has appeared. Artyom, a young man living in VDNKh, is given the task of penetrating to the heart of the Metro, to the legendary Polis, to alert everyone to the awful danger and to get help. He holds the future of his native station in his hands, the whole Metro - and maybe the whole of humanity.
The Deep Beyond: Cuckoo's Egg / Serpent's Reach (Union-Alliance Universe)
C.J. Cherryh - 2005
Original.Cuckoo's EggThey named him Thorn. They told him he was of their people, although he was so different. He was ugly in their eyes, strange, sleek-skinned instead of furred, clawless, different. Yet he was of their power class: judge-warriors, the elite, the fighters, the defenders.Thorn knew that his difference was somehow very important -- but not important enough to prevent murderous conspiracies against him, against his protector, against his caste, and perhaps against the peace of the world. But when the crunch came, when Thorn finally learned what his true role in life was to be, that on him might hang the future of two worlds, then he had to stand alone to justify his very existence.Serpent's ReachWithin the Constellation of the Serpent, out of bounds to all spacefarers, humans live among the insect-like aliens--and one of them, a woman named Raen, is bent on a revenge that will tear apart the truce between human and alien. "Brisk pacing . . . and genuinely brilliant world-building."--ALA Booklist. Reissue.
Sally Malcolm - 2005
Emerging in an abandoned Ancient city, the team quickly confirms that they have found the Lost City of Atlantis. But, submerged beneath the sea on an alien planet, the city is in danger of catastrophic flooding unless it is raised to the surface. Things go from bad to worse when the team must confront a new enemy known as the Wraith who are bent on destroying Atlantis. Stargate Atlantis is the exciting new spin-off of the hit TV show, Stargate SG-1. Based on the script of the pilot episode, Rising is a must-read for all fans and includes deleted scenes and dialog not seen on TV � with photos from the pilot episode.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: The Complete Radio Series
Douglas Adams - 2005
From the original Primary and Secondary Phases, through to the more recent Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases, these are the adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox and their assorted human, robotic and alien companions. These full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramas star Simon Jones, Peter Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Mark Wing-Davey, Stephen Moore and Susan Sheridan, with a stellar guest cast including John le Mesurier, Joanna Lumley, Christian Slater, Jackie Mason, Sandra Dickinson, Rula Lenska, Griff Rhys Jones and Jonathan Pryce. Also included is an exclusive bonus disc containing two programmes from the BBC Archive: Kaleidoscope from 1980 (going behind the scenes of the second series) and Six Characters in Search of an Answer: Arthur Dent from 2002.14 CDs. 14 hrs 45 mins.
Articles of the Federation (Star Trek)
Keith R.A. DeCandido - 2005
But no sooner does she take office than the Romulan Star Empire falls into chaos. With tensions already high, a Reman refugee ship is sighted approaching a Federation outpost, its intentions unknown.As the first year of the Bacco Administration unfolds, the Federation Council is slow to work with its new president, and not always supportive of her policies or her appointments to key council positions; a successful first contact suddenly becomes a diplomatic disaster; and the sins of President Zife prove difficult to lay to rest...as one celebrated Starfleet officer's career reaches a turning point.
James J. Caterino - 2005
This is the road—the place where it happened, the birthplace of my journey, the crossroads, the crux of time where the line between life and death merged. It is the place where I was forever changed. "In July of 1983, JC Pezzini and his parents were involved in a deadly hit-and-run car accident. A mysterious Good Samaritan referred to as “She” was the only reason JC survived—and finding She has become his all-consuming passion in life. More than twenty years later, JC is a filmmaker, a voyeur, and a man haunted by his past. With the help of his psychiatrist, his friends, and old acquaintances of the unknown woman, JC will attempt to get closer to She than he could ever hope to—even in his most lucid daydreams. Whether through regression hypnotherapy, time travel by means of an anti-reality chamber, or sheer determination, JC won’t stop until he recovers the answers he has been searching for all these years. After coming across a stunning She look-alike named Angela, JC is convinced he’s almost completed his life quest. Only then are the real answers—and the shocking secrets that have hidden the truth—revealed.
The Masque of Mañana
Robert Sheckley - 2005
HartwellContains:Leech --Demons --Fool's mate --Monsters --Seventh victim --Shape --Untouched by human hands --Something for nothing --Accountant --Thief in time --Battle --Milk run --Ghost V --Laxian key --Skulking permit --Squirrel cage --Lifeboat mutiny --Necessary thing --Citizen in space --Ticket to Tranai --Skag castle --All the things you are --Bad medicine --Early model --Pilgrimage to earth --Native problem --Language of love --Deaths of Ben Baxter --Wind is rising --Gray flannel armor --Holdout --Prize of peril --Minimum man --Sweeper of Loray --Triplication --Store of the worlds --Prospector's special --Shall we have a little talk? --Sarkanger --Dukakis and the aliens.
Justin Richards - 2005
A mutilated, comatose Time Lord who cannot be identified... A new Castellan desperate to make his mark... Evils of the past, events of the present, and echoes of the future conspire to destroy the very heart of Gallifrey's civilisation.Only Romana can understand it - but she is haunted by her own ghosts. Only Leela can sense it - but she has unfinished business. Only Braxiatel can stop it - but he cannot begin to guess the personal cost.With both Narvin and Darkel waiting for Romana to make a mistake, the President must take decisions that will change Gallifrey forever. And an ancient evil is ready and waiting for just that moment?
Star Wars Boxed Set, Episodes I-VI: 6 Movie Novelizations
Patricia C. Wrede - 2005
Here in one exclusive boxed set are paperback editions of each episode in George Lucass epic: "The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back," and "Return of the Jedi."
Gary Russell - 2005
Well, apart from Romana's latest scheme, the opening up of Gallifrey's famed Academy to the students of alien races with the ability, or the potential, to harness temporal powers.Unfortunately, deep below the Capitol, Leela, confused and morose over the truth about her husband Andred, disturbs a malevolent power. Something from the Dark Days of Ancient Gallifrey.Something that wants to be reborn and will use any and every means that is at hand. Including the past of Gallifrey's incumbant President…
Stewart Sheargold - 2005
When the bombs start going off, the President of Gallifrey decides enough is enough.While Leela and K9 race to track down the terrorist to avoid more bloodshed, Romana enters into a risky bargain for control with a dangerous, influential figure from her past. But she soon discovers that the answer to her problems lies in the future. A future she has already witnessed. And one she has been trying to avoid.But someone desperately wants this future and will stop at nothing to make it occur.Even if it means leading Romana and Gallifrey to war.
Douglas E. Richards - 2005
Ages 9 to adult A fantastic alien city buried deep underground. What wonders -- and what dangers -- is it hiding? Ryan and Regan Resnick have just moved to the world's most boring place. But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus they are plunged into a nonstop adventure: one that will be the ultimate test of their wit, courage, and determination. Soon they are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her. But if they save their mom, they will have no way to save themselves. . .
An Accidental Goddess
Linnea Sinclair - 2005
The last thing she remembers is her ship being attacked. Now it seems that while she was time-traveling, she was ordained a goddess…. Gillaine’s only hope of survival rests with dangerously seductive Admiral Mack Makarian, who suspects her of being a smuggler—or worse. But he can’t begin to imagine the full extent of it. For Gillaine is now Lady Kiasidira, holy icon to countless believers, including Mack—a man who inspires feelings in her that are far from saintly…feelings she knows are mutual. But when their flirtation is interrupted by a treacherous enemy from the past, Gillaine’s secret—and secret desires—could destroy them both….
The Amadeus Net
Mark A. Rayner - 2005
Lucky for both of them, nobody knows, but how long can it stay that way?Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart walks into the sex change clinic, determined to have his “sprouter” snipped off. So begins The Amadeus Net, a satirical novel set in the year 2028, which explores art, love, and identity at the end of the world. For more than two centuries, the one-time wunderkind has kept his existence secret while he tried to understand his immortality. Living in style through funds raised by selling “lost” Mozart works, he has also helped to create Ipolis, a utopian city-state, after the cataclysmic Shudder, a global disaster caused by an asteroid strike in 2015.But a few complications mar Mozart’s utopia. The woman he loves is a lesbian, which, paradoxically, makes him forget about his sex-change plans. The world’s greatest reporter knows he’s still alive and will stop at nothing to expose him. The stakes are higher than he knows, because if the reporter finds him, so will the spy planning to sell Mozart’s DNA to the highest bidder. Oh, and, by the way, the world might end in seven days. His only allies are a psychotic American artist, a bland Canadian diplomat, and the city itself: a sapient, thinking machine that is screwing up as only a sapient, thinking machine can.
The Ocean and All Its Devices
William Browning Spencer - 2005
The Ocean and All Its Devices won't disappoint. Spencer's first collection, The Return of Count Electric was acclaimed by reviewers in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Cemetery Dance, Publishers Weekly and other magazines and newspapers. Science fiction legend Roger Zelazny, once introduced to Spencer's work, became a lifelong devotee. He wrote: William Browning Spencer is one of those rare short story writers who comes along once in a generation -- like Saki, Collier, Sheckley -- and manages to combine all of the virtues within that restricted format. The Ocean and All Its Devices collects some of Spencer's finest published work. Three of these stories appeared in year's best anthologies. Another, The Death of the Novel, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award, while The Essayist in the Wilderness was on the final ballot for a World Fantasy Award.Contains: Introduction (The Ocean and All Its Devices) • essayThe Ocean and All Its Devices • (1994) • noveletteThe Oddskeeper's Daughter • (1995) • noveletteThe Death of the Novel • (1995) • short storyDownloading Midnight • (1995) • noveletteYour Faithful Servant • (1993) • short storyThe Foster Child • (2000) • short storyThe Halfway House at the Heart of Darkness • (1998) • short storyThe Lights of Armageddon • (1994) • short storyThe Essayist in the Wilderness • (2002) • novelette
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Ani-Manga Box Set: Innocence
Mamoru Oshii - 2005
The year is 2032. Somewhere in a sprawling East Asian metropolis, blood is on the ground--human blood, spilled in the latest baffling set of murder-suicides committed by "gynoids," or robotic companions. Now it's up to Section 9 agent Batou to unravel the mystery, which weaves into the fate of his legendary partner, the Major. Batou was the only witness to Major's disappearance into the Net and has become as compelled by her image, as by the unknown hacker attempting to seize what remains of his own humanity...
Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence: After the Long Goodbye
Masaki Yamada - 2005
So why did he dream the other night--and dream that he has a son?At one time, Batou had a human love for his partner, the legendary Major, before he witnessed her transfiguration into something beyond humanity. Now he has only his job, and his beloved basset hound, Gabriel. But when Batou has a near-death experience in an arranged car "accident," he returns home to find Gabriel has gone missing--perhaps, to go look for her owner's lost soul.Batou's desperate search for Gabriel leads him down surreal streets where homeless men fight tanks and yakuza racing hounds chase rabbits downloaded into their heads. Batou fears his poor dog has made a horrible mistake out of innocence--for Batou has taken a cold look inside himself...and decided that he never truly had a soul...Innocence, After The Long Goodbye is the prequel to the Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence film, also available as a four-volume Ani-Manga box set from VIZ Media. The Innocence novel contains a special bonus discussion between the director, Mamoru Oshii, and the author, Masaki Yamada.
Serenity Role Playing Game
Jamie Chambers - 2005
The Earth got used up, and we found a new solar system and used terraforming technology to create hundreds of new Earths. The central planets formed the Alliance and decided that all worlds should unite under their rule. There was some disagreement on that point. After the Unification War, many of the Independents who had fought and lost drifted to the edges of the system, far from Alliance control. Out here, people struggled to get by with the most basic technologies. A ship would bring you work, a gun would help you keep it. A captain's goal was simple: find a crew, find a job, keep flying. The Serenity Role Playing Game lets you re-create the action of the 'Verse, the science-fiction setting created by writer/director Joss Whedon. Fly a ship out in the black, take jobs as they come, and always make sure you get paid. Everything you need to get started is right here! All you need is dice, friends, and your imagination. - A self-contained role playing game. All the rules are provided for both players and Game Masters! - Full character creation rules, plus fifteen sample characters-including the crew of Serenity. - Complete details on spaceships, guns, and technology. - Emphasis on story, action, and character development with easy-to-learn rules. - Game details and descriptions of the characters and settings of the film!
Stephen Cole - 2005
Tired of the backbiting politics and intrigues in the sterile society of Time Lords. With the fate of her husband now known, she feels lonely and out of place on Gallifrey.Romana is tired. Tired of justifying herself and her policies to a hostile council. With the line between allies and enemies beginning to blur, she persuades Leela to go with her to the presidential retreat of Davidia, a protected paradise.Then an anomalous time ship arrives, carrying a single passenger. His hands are crushed, his tongue torn out, his mind destroyed. Is this broken man a victim of some terrible crime or part of a trap now primed and ready to spring? After this strange encounter, Romana and Leela may never be the same again.
The Breaking of Northwall
Paul O. Williams - 2005
One of the latter is Pelbar—proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas. Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall, defending Pelbar against the fierce Shumai and Sentani tribes. Restless and brilliant Jestak is a visionary who has seen and learned too much in his distant travels to be content with life in Pelbarigan. During his exile at Northwall, he makes contact with Pelbar’s age-old enemies and risks all to rescue his beloved Tia from nomads armed with long-lost weapons from before the atomic holocaust. Jestak’s daring quest for love brings profound changes to his world. The Breaking of Northwall is the first in a series of seven classic postapocalyptic novels about the Pelbar people. Williams’s fascinating and uniquely optimistic vision of an America long after a nuclear war has enthralled readers for decades.
Batman Begins: The Man Who Falls, The Bat-man, The Long Halloween
Dennis O'Neil - 2005
Compilation copyright 2002. Originally published as "Secret Origins of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes, copyright 1989 "Detective Comics #27 copyright 1939. "Batman: The Long Halloween #1, Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special" copyright 1996.
Brian S. Matthews - 2005
But hey, that's life at the bottom of the food chain. One normal summer day, every mammal, reptile and avian on the entire planet unite with a single goal: The extermination of mankind. Three days later the insects join in, and it doesn't stop. It never stops. Ten years later, scattered pockets of humanity fight to keep flesh and sanity intact as they strive to unravel the mystery of what made the animals change, and more importantly, how to change them back.
Star Wars: Galactic Crisis!
Ryder Windham - 2005
Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in DK READERS, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children's interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge.
Space Demons: The Trilogy
Gillian Rubinstein - 2005
First there was Space Demons.Then there was Skymaze.The ultimate computer game, Shinkei, is so powerful that it has the potential to make thoughts, desires and even dreams come true.This new edition of a classic Australian fantasy brings together in one volume all three books of the Space Demons trilogy, Space Demons, Skymaze and Shinkei.
Classic Battletech: Technical Readout 3055 Upgrade (FPR35006)
Herbert A. Beas II - 2005
Now, twelve years later, those designs have become a staple of the modern battlefield, giving rise to notable MechWarriors and new variants, while the demands of the ever-popular Solaris VII Games has resulted in a plethora of new dueling 'Mechs using prototype technology. For the first time, Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade? presents 'Mechs built using technology from MaximumTech, Revised?, as well as MapPack: Solaris VII?. Upgraded in appearance and technology, the designs first presented in the Solaris VII box set and Solaris: The Reaches are now back in print, along with several new Solaris VII designs. Additionally, as well as the upgraded appearance of selected Clan designs, all the art work for Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade is new, providing fresh illustrations of now classic Inner Sphere BattleMechs.
Bill DeSmedt - 2005
More than a hundred years earlier, the most violent cosmic collision ever recorded flattened a remote area in Tunguska, Siberia. Now, astrophysicist Jack Adler, conducting research at the site, discovers a tiny black hole at the center of the mysterious event, and alarmingly, the object has been burrowing its way through the Earth's core ever since. Meanwhile, secret agent Marianna Bonaventure enlists the help of Jonathan Knox, an analyst with an uncanny ability to find hidden relationships between seemingly disparate people and events, to search for three missing scientists and infiltrate the floating headquarters of a Russian industrialist.
Jeffrey Lang - 2005
Dauntless, Captain Kathryn Janeway's indefatigable crew continues their odyssey of discovery through an enigmatic region of the Delta Quadrant, encountering a system inhabited by a species that, according to known physical laws, shouldn't exist.These unusual beings, the Monorhans, hover near the edge of extinction; technology from the Starship Voyager(TM) promises life. Janeway, compelled by the aliens' plight, dispatches Seven of Nine and Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres to the Monorhan homeworld. But an unexpected shock wave crashes the shuttle carrying Torres and Seven, catapulting Voyager into a place beyond the fabric of space-time.As B'Elanna and Seven wage an interpersonal war, Voyager struggles to prevail on an extradimensional battleground against an indefinable enemy. But fate has determined that one is inexorably linked to the other: the insurmountable chasm separating Voyager from her lost crew members must be bridged...or all will perish.
Dumarest of Terra Omnibus 1: Gath, Derai, Toyman, Kalin
E.C. Tubb - 2005
A man with lightning reflexes and carrying a knife he knows how to use. A man prepared to kill unhesitatingly to defend himself and to achieve his goal-to return to Earth. Earth The planet of his birth, from which he had been forced to flee when little more than a child. A world so ancient that it has passed into legend, its very existence denied, derided, expunged from all stellar almanacs. But how can a man find a myth? Moving outward from the Galactic Center, along a spiral arm of stars, Dumarest moves through a hostile universe. His quest takes him to strange and harsh worlds, as savage as the people who inhabit them. Sometimes he finds friends, sometimes only enemies, and sometimes lush and exotic women who desire him. And everywhere he goes, he is being pursued by an implacable, inhuman enemy-the Cyclan The Cyclan, with its legion of agents, the Cybers, cold zealots whose emotions have been surgically removed, and who are psychically linked to a gigantic organic computer of a million disembodied brains. The Cyclan seek to exert control over the thousands of inhabited planets, but to do that they must first capture Dumarest, who alone possesses the secret they need. Inhuman monsters looking for a human target. But Dumarest is determined to survive, no matter what the cost. For somewhere in the vastness of the teeming galaxy, he hopes to find the one person who could answer his question. 'Have you ever heard of a planet called Earth?'-and answer 'Yes'
Stark and the Star Kings
Leigh Brackett - 2005
John Gordon is torn from his 20th Century humdrum into otherworldly intrigue as he exchanges bodies with Prince Zarth Arn, heir to the Kingdom of Fomalhaut. Shorr Kan, Lord of the Dark Worlds, schemes to kill Zarth Arn and overthrow the alliance of the Star Kings. Gordon reluctantly assumes the role of Zarth Arn to prevent Shorr Kan from throwing the entire universe into interstellar anarchy! ERIC JOHN STARK Forged in the hellish heat of Mercury and tempered on the desert sands of Mars, Eric John Stark battles the forces of evil and tyranny, selling his sword-arm to defend the cause of justice among worlds of sin and decay. STARK AND THE STAR KINGS In their only formal collaboration, Hamilton’s Star Kings and Brackett’s Eric John Stark meet to confront a peril of unending doom. Can Stark persuade the Star Kings to put aside their political games long enough to defeat this threat to the whole universe? For the first time, admirers of both authors can enjoy this long-coming story.
Roger Luckhurst - 2005
The book introduces and explicates major works of science fiction literature by placing them in a series of contexts, using the history of science and technology, political and economic history, and cultural theory to develop the means for understanding the unique qualities of the genre. Luckhurst reads science fiction as a literature of modernity. His astute analysis examines how the genre provides a constantly modulating record of how human embodiment is transformed by scientific and technological change and how the very sense of self is imaginatively recomposed in popular fictions that range from utopian possibility to Gothic terror. This highly readable study charts the overlapping yet distinct histories of British and American science fiction, with commentary on the central authors, magazines, movements and texts from 1880 to the present day. It will be an invaluable guide and resource for all students taking courses on science fiction, technoculture and popular literature, but will equally be fascinating for anyone who has ever enjoyed a science fiction book.
There Falls No Shadow
David E. Crossley - 2005
Are you in a vast warehouse of free shopping, or the vilest mortuary in the universe? Could you survive? Would you want to? Read on for the story of some who decided to live. And imagine yourself there. There Falls No Shadow is the story of a group of survivors struggling to rebuild their lives after a terrorist released plague mutates and decimates the world's population. Although each novel is complete in its own right, TFNS is the first book of a trilogy which follows the main characters from the first days of the plague to a stunning conclusion some years later. Live with them as they fight fear, disease, hunger, feral animals and one another. Feel the elation and devastation as they find and lose friends and lovers, face storms and fire, see their crops grow and fail. There have been disaster novels before. There has never been one so believable, nor so timely.
Runners, Vol. 1: Bad Goods (Runners, #1)
Sean Wang - 2005
Their adventure takes them from shootouts with pirates to ship-to-ship dogfights with ruthless bounty hunters, culminating in an all-out, three-way ship, cycle, and foot chase through the streets of an alien space station. All the while, they also have to contend with a vengeful mercenary, a ghost from the past, and a mysterious alien girl lying unconscious on their cargo bay floor. Collected in its entirety with new enhancements to the artwork, the Runners: Bad Goods graphic novel begins the epic Runners saga. Special features include a pronunciation guide, 10-page character and vehicle sketchbook, and the original short story that introduced the universe and cast of characters.
The Gist Hunter and Other Stories
Matthew Hughes - 2005
The stories of Henghis Hapthorn, Old Earth's "foremost freelance discriminator", combine mystery and science fantasy while simultaneously recalling the arch irony of Gene Wolfe and the sly fancies of Jack Vance.
Final Fantasy Iv: Advance: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
Nintendo Power - 2005
There are expert boss strategies revealing every boss's weakness. Learn info for every summon spell. There are detailed data appendices with complete item and spell stats, plus a full Bestiary that lists every monster's hidden treasures.
Joe Haldeman - 2005
War Stories collects together two novels, several short stories, and two long poems that deal explicitly with Haldeman’s Vietnam and post-Vietnam experiences. The novel War Year was one of the first books written by Haldeman upon his return from Vietnam, and the novel 1968 (which chronicles time in country, as well as a soldiers return “home”) was not published until 1994. These two novels form compelling bookends to a career’s worth of writing that has been passionately engaged with the questions raised by the Vietnam War. War Stories includes the Forever War novella, “A Separate War,” as well as three new author introductions which give some historical, personal, and bibliographic background to the fiction herein. The novels and stories in this book have never been as potent, nor as terribly relevant as they are today.
Turtle Dolphin Dreams
Marian K. Volkman - 2005
Most of the narration is by the Turtle, via the human and Dolphin's voice comes through both turtle and human, yet somehow this strange book hangs together and holds the reader's attention.Turtle wonders why humans identify so closely with our family and friends that their every action affects us, perhaps bringing deep joy or deep pain. Turtles view each life as an egg - overlapping and separate. They have developed the ability to link thoughts with others of their kind during the dream state of the annual hibernation. Somehow they recognise family and friend with whom they have no real contact during the wakeful summer, other than the brief mating season. Eggs are laid and left to hatch alone. The parents have no contact with the hatchlings until they mature and begin their first hibernation, when the dreaming begins.Dolphin cannot understand why adult humans are so serious while their children play. For dolphins it is the other way around. Youth is for learning everything needed for survival. Adulthood brings expertise, strength and time to play."A pearl is a small thing, and yet it is as precious as any jewel. So is this little book." --Robert Rich, Ph.D."Turtle Dolphin Dreams is a wonderful little book. Not since Gibran's The Prophet or Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull has a book come along so inviting, refreshing, and relevant." --James Clifton, Ph.D."Turtle Dolphin Dreams is a lovely book with much food for thought. Very inspirational indeed." Susan M. Phillips, Spiralthreads Reviews
Daniel M. Davis - 2005
Yes, that's probably the best way to describe it. It is full of monsters (mostly those that are caught), a Haiku for each one, and well, lots and lots of full color monster art. 48 pages, in fact. * Is it for kids? Sure! * Is it SCARY? Nope, not a bit. * Is it for adults? You bet! * Is it educational? There are lots of example Haikus in the book. * Is it for fans of monsters or Halloween? Huzzah! * Who wrote it? Daniel M. Davis. (The idea was from his wife.) "I created this book for my son Kaid" said Daniel Davis, the artist and illustrator of Caught Creatures. "He's inherited my love of monsters and the desire to hunt them down and capture them for their monster gold." "Though I wanted to make it for a kid, Caught Creatures isn't strictly a kid's book. It's full of references to old americana; video games, chopper bikes, old guitars, and vintage lighting. Most kids won't get it as much as their parents will... it's a wink and a nod to Gen X." Daniel goes on to say that "Caught Creatures is influenced by the 1970's as well as the Pop Surrealism/Lowbrow Art movement; Tim Biskup, Dave Wasoon, Junko Mizno, Mark Ryden, Bob Dob, and tons of other talented folks." Vintage toys, old cartoons, and sugary cereal all have contributed to Davis' unique and fresh vision.
Science Fiction Quotations: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits
Gary Westfahl - 2005
Jekyll into Mr. Hyde; is present when Bruce Wayne resolves to become Batman; and overhears the cosmic conclusions of The Incredible Shrinking Man. Drawing upon two centuries of the vast and provocative literature of science fiction and fantasy, this comprehensive book presents more than 2,900 quotations from wide-ranging sources, including science fiction and fantasy stories, novels, films, and television programs. The quotations are organized by topic—alien worlds; darkness and light; robots, androids, and cyborgs; machines and technology; weapons; and more than one hundred others. The reader will encounter the wit and wisdom of renowned authors (H. G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin) along with definitive versions of such important statements as Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics and Star Trek’s Prime Directive. With its thorough index, this book is both an invaluable resource for the writer or scholar and an irresistible page-turner for the curious browser.
Battlestar Galactica : The Official Companion
David Bassom - 2005
The fight is just beginning.Battlestar Galactica is back. The "re-imagined" version of the cult 1970s series has quickly become one of the most critically acclaimed shows on TV. With its suburb ensemble cast, cutting-edge special effects, outstanding production design, and gritty, adult-oriented scripts, the new Battlestar Galactica is both a worthy successor to a classic original, and a stunning piece of television in its own right.Author David Bassom was granted full access to the production for this official companion, which is packed with exclusive cast and crew interviews, previously unseen photos, behind-the-scenes revelations, and a complete episode guide to the miniseries and first season.Launch when ready!
Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Don D'Ammassa - 2005
Pulling together the people, events, and works that defined each individual movement, these A-to-Z references create a clear, vivid picture of the way literature was formed within these genres or time periods. Offering hundreds of entries, each compelling encyclopedia details writers and influences, works and characters, places, historical events, figures, terms, and much more, providing a comprehensive resource for high school and college literature students. Spanning the significant works and writers of the Harlem Literary Renaissance and the Chicago Literary Renaissance as well as the broad spectrum comprising Gothic literature, science fiction, and pulp fiction writers, the Literary Movements series thoroughly traces each movement and its development.
The Psychic's Handbook
Steve Kenson - 2005
The Psychic's Handbook provides a completely independent system for adding psychic abilities to your campaign, abilities which are at once more subtle and wider-reaching than magic, powers with their own applications and limitations that separate them from the spells of clerics and wizards, and even the powers of psions. The core of the system is the psychic, a new class whose mental powers are based on skills and feats. The Psychic's Handbook, by award-winning game designer Steve Kenson, provides you with everything you need to integrate the class into your game, including prestige classes, new equipment, campaign advice, and conversion notes for Modern games. Discover the true powers of the mind.
Adventures From Mauretania
Chris Reynolds - 2005
"Adventures From Mauretania" contains all the best Chris Reynolds stories from the famous Mauretania Comics series. Includes "Monitor's Human Reward", "The Small Mines" and "Whisper in the Shadows". Read a review here. Voted one of the Best Comics of 2006 in Comics Journal 281.
The Courtesan Prince
Lynda Williams - 2005
Reetions Ranar (anthopologist) and Ann (pilot)came to check out what the socially primitive neo-feudal people of Sevildom have been up to in the last 200 years. What they discover will threaten their own civilization. Di Mon, Sevolite king-maker, aristocrat and champion for his beleaguered house under Sword Law, finds the one thing he's avoided at all costs: love. Hot-headed Reetion pilot, Ann, learn that true love has a price. And Von, the sword-dancer and Courtesan, is somehow the key to it all. First book of the character-driven science fiction series called The Okal Rel Saga.
Astro City (1996-2000) Vol. 5: Local Heroes
Kurt Busiek - 2005
2 #21-22, ASTRO CITY: LOCAL HEROES #1-5 and the ASTRO CITY special, plus the the short story from DC's SEPTEMBER 11th VOL. 2 and the promotional story done to announce the LOCAL HEROES miniseries!
Forrest Aguirre - 2005
These marvelous tales come to you from the fringe of speculative literary fiction where innovative minds keep busy dreaming up the future's uncharted territories and mining forgotten treasures of the past. Whether exploring the stars or unearthing ancient cultures these stories will surprise and delight. In Aguirre's world anything can happen, and does, with regularity.
Rogue Trooper: Eye of the Traitor
Gerry Finley-Day - 2005
Collects:- Major Magnum (Progs 312-315)- Bigfoot (Prog 316)- Bio-Wire (Prog 317)- Mill-Com Memories (Progs 318-322)- Vid-Vultures (Progs 323 to 326)- Eye of the Traitor (Progs 327-332)- Frisco Phog (Progs 333-334)- From Hell to Eternity (Progs 335-340)- Mega-Minefield (Progs 341-342)- Gasbah (Progs 343-347)- Timeslip (Progs 348-349)
The Time Saving Agency
Christina Engela - 2005
Time travel wasn’t for the faint of heart. The pay was good enough, but as Agent Scrooby decided long ago, even if he didn’t get paid for it, the thrill alone was payment enough. Then again, the TSA realised they couldn’t afford to have disgruntled employees with the power of God at their fingertips, so the pay was very, very good. Things happen at a certain time in a certain way, which in a sense, is what it’s all about. If it didn’t, then things would be completely different. Johnathan Scrooby was extremely tense. His job at the Time Saving Agency was a tough one. Billions of lives depended on him not screwing up. Once, he screwed up in only a small way and people wore those little yellow smiley faces on t-shirts for decades afterwards. And that was just a small screw up. A week ago, the American War of Independence was fought in Mexico. Yesterday Napoleon managed to dig a tunnel across the English Channel, invaded London and everybody at the Agency ended up speaking French for a while. Sorting that out had been… well, challenging. Mon dieu.Something smelled funny in the anals of History. Things were not as they were supposed to be. Someone somewhere was tinkering with the works. And it fell to him to go back and fix it or who knows what might happen this time.
Thomas M. Disch - 2005
The volume's opening essay, for example, characterizes writers of science fiction as "the provincials of literature." Other essays explore science fiction's roots-Poe, Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Vonnegut-as well as modern practitioners such as Stephen King, Philip Dick, Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and William Gibson. Disch entertains and provokes with essays on UFOs, Science Fiction as a Church, and Newt Gingrich's Futurist Brain Trust. Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Madame Blavatsky also get the Disch treatment. Throughout, the writing is lively, agile, and irreverent, exhibiting an incisive honesty that is undiluted by Disch's own attachments as a sci-fi practitioner. On SF will appeal equally to lovers of science fiction and connoisseurs of the finest critical prose.
The Country You Have Never Seen: Essays & Reviews
Joanna Russ - 2005
In the 45 years since, Russ has continued to write some of the most popular, creative & important science fiction. She was a central figure, along with contemporaries Ursula K. Le Guin & James Tiptree, in revolutionizing the genre in the 60s & 70s, and her 1970 novel, The Female Man, is widely regarded as one of the most successful & influential depictions of a feminist utopia in the entire genre. The Country You Have Never Seen (Science Fictions Texts & Studies) gathers Russ' most important essays & reviews, revealing the vital part she played over the years in the never-ending conversation among writers & fans about the roles, boundaries & potential of science fiction. Spanning her entire career, the collection shines a light on Russ's role in the development of new wave sf & feminist science fiction, while at the same time providing fascinating insight into her own development as a writer.
Field Guide to the Apocalypse: Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World
Meghann Marco - 2005
Enjoying life after most of civilization is wiped out -- that's entirely different. Maybe you can outrun an avalanche, or escape a burning building, but can you really cut it after the unthinkable happens? Can you, for example, deal with damn dirty apes, convert your car to run on bathtub gin, or synthesize a species-saving vaccine from your own mucus? No?Obviously, it's not going to be as easy as you thought to come out of Armageddon as the new ruling king of the world. Any chump off the street could be lucky enough to have the immunity to survive theall-of-humanity-killing disease, or be the one dude who happensto make it through a meteor strike. But not everyone will knowwhat clothes to wear to intimidate, or what kind of vehicle you want to be driving in the postapocalyptic wasteland. Not everyone will have the sense to discern whether their food is, in fact, people.You can survive the apocalypse without this book. But the apocalypse isn't the problem: It's what happens afterward. You against the other people left in the world. You'd better be prepared.
Babylon 5: Crusade
Christopher Blackmoor - 2005
Babylon 5 - Crusade is set in the early years of the Interstellar Alliance, following on from the end of the final Shadow War. This new source book for the hugely successful Babylon 5 roleplaying game examines the Crusade TV series, describing it in rich detail for gamers and adding an open-ended future for players to immerse themselves in.
The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook
Suzette Haden Elgin - 2005
Within these pages you'll find chapters on the look, sound and grammar of poetry; what makes a poem a science fiction poem; and what will make a science fiction poem work for readers. Even beyond tips for honing your craft, this Handbook offers down-to-earth guidance for poets and writers in general about how to sell your work and how to promote your career. Whether you're just starting or a well-established veteran, you'll find _The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook_ holds invaluable advice.
Protector of the Realm
Gun Brooke - 2005
When Commodore Rae Jacelon of the Gamma VI space station apprehends the alluring but decidedly dangerous Kellen O'Dal, it is the start of a breathtaking love story, as well as a dangerous rescue mission. A space adventure filled with suspense and a daring intergalactic romance.
Neotopia Color Manga #3 (Neotopia)
Rod Espinosa - 2005
Now her masquerade has led her to greater dangers than she ever imagined. Forced to leave the island paradise of Eriden to the forces of Felltower, Nalyn and crew escape the continent of Ar. Instead of gaining allies, though, they find only temporary shelter with the elves of Shielliniath, and nothing but false promise from the denizens of Maledon. Hope may yet be found across the mountains in the land of Lesazon, but can they reach it in time, and will it be enough?
Steve Lyons - 2005
And now, they have the chance to attend the finest, most exclusive school known to the temporal powers. After millennia of secrecy, the Gallifreyan Academy has opened its doors to off-worlders…But the experiment is failing. As interracial violence erupts in the corridors of learning, somebody is using the students as pawns in a political power game - and, while Tutor Leela struggles to unravel the motives of her ex-husband, Andred, President Romana may be falling under an ancient spell.It's a dangerous time to be a stranger on Gallifrey.It seems that not all Time Lords want to share their secrets…
Marco Palmieri - 2005
Voyager(TM) faced a choice: accept exile or set a course for home, a seventy-thousand-light-year journey fraught with unknown perils. She chose the latter. Janeway's decision launched her crew on a seven-year trek pursuing an often lonely path that embodied the purest form of the Starfleet adage "to boldly go..."(TM)Committed to that difficult road, Voyager's crew was rewarded with unimaginable experiences on strange and fantastic worlds, encountering exotic alien species and astonishing phenomena...and challenged along the way by conflicts from within as well as from without. Yet none of their adventures tempered their shared determination to find a way back to friends and family.
The Mountain of Truth
Dale Carlson - 2005
YA Science Fiction. Teenagers sent to international camp have disappeared in Tibet. Two brothers form a secret teen cult, learn mental powers to change themselves and the world."Gripping, futuristic tale." Booklist. "Slickly plotted scifi." Kirkus
Mick Morris Myth Solver # 1, All Isn’t Well in Roswell!
K.B. Brege - 2005
(RL4) These fantastic adventures take Mick Morris, his cousin, Sissy and his best friend Nathan Juarez on some wild rides. While they travel with their parents in the Myth Mobile to film the show Myth Solvers, this trio decides to find out the truth about myths on their own.In this first book they are off to Roswell, New Mexico to uncover facts and search for clues on the famous story about aliens crashing to earth in the 1940’s. While the parents and crew are filming the show, Mick, Nathan and Sissy decide to do some of their own Myth Solving as they sneak away to see if the myths exist or not. But it’s not long before they are on a mission to save Sissy, and the world! The best part about this book is that is has ‘5 Ways to Finish.’ That means for every Mick Morris Myth Solver book you get five different endings. In this book the five endings are normal, scary, super silly, exciting superhero and short.
Andre Norton - 2005
In a sweeping generational saga, the story of Warlock is told by three humans:Shann Lontee was the lowest-ranking member of an exploration team sent to the newly discovered planet Warlock. When the insectile Throgs attacked the base, only he and two trained wolverines escaped. Hunted by the Throgs, he and the wolverines had to survive without technology on an alien world. Then he discovered the Wyvern, who were his only hope-if they weren't an even more deadly menace than the Throgs . . .Charis Nordholm was sold into slavery by the outlaw colony on the planet Demeter. The trader, Jogon, who holds her contract, was on his way to Warlock to trade with the Wyvern. But the alien witches had ominous plans of their own, and both Charis and Shann Lantee found themselves fighting for their lives . . .Ziantho's mental powers had made her a valuable asset to the interstellar criminals she worked for. Then she encountered a gem of ancient power, an artifact made by the vanished prehistoric race known as the Forerunners, and stole it. Pursued both by the stone's owners and the agents of the Patrol, she fled across the galaxy and encountered Ris Lantee, o man from the planet Warlock, who alone could solve the powerful gem's mystery ....
M. John Harrison - 2005
In Signs of Life, the beautiful Isobel Avens dreams of flying like a bird; Mick 'China' Rose runs a fast (and sometimes illegal) courier service to the genetics industry. When they meet and become lovers, it sets off an unstoppable train of events. Set in London and Budapest, against a backdrop of cosmetic surgery, genetic engineering and medical wastedumping, Signs of Life is both a sparely written thriller and an unforgettable love story. The Course of the Heart follows three students whose lives are changed forever by the ritual they carry out one May night in a Cambridge meadow. To escape the consequences, they seek out the Coeur, a country which emerges from the shifting borders of Europe under only the most special conditions. In the Coeur anything is possible: even hope; even redemption.
The Cave Painting: A Parable of Science
Roddy M. Bullock - 2005
. . Written for readers of all ages, the updated second edition of The Cave Painting is particularly suitable for high school and college students desiring to understand the truth about evolution and intelligent design. Non-fiction comprehensive end notes fully explain the allegorical content. With a Foreword by John H. Calvert, Managing Director of Intelligent Design Network, Inc., The Cave Painting is sure to become a valuable addition to your library. Ideal for: --Public school students who will not learn about alternatives to evolution in school --Home school students who wish to learn all the truth of origins --Parents and teachers desiring to be educated on the scientific, political, cultural, and ethical issues of evolution --Pastors and other clergy wishing to learn the issues, including the science behind their faith --Study groups --And more . . . all in a fun, engaging story! About The Cave Painting: Almost six hundred pages of serious fun, The Cave Painting is an allegorical novel exploring the intelligent design/evolution debate. With special emphasis on contemporary intelligent design theory the novel, together with comprehensive end notes, highlights the key shortcomings of current evolutionary theories in explaining the origin of specified complex things, whether they be cave paintings, or, by analogy, human beings. The fully documented end notes not only provide a thorough criticism of Darwinism but also detail the many scientific arguments for design. The book will appeal not only to those who simply seek to be entertained, but also to those who wish to deepen their understanding on how best to answer one of the greatest questions of all: Where do we come from?