Best of
Science-Fiction

2006

In Fury Born


David Weber - 2006
    It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But they made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries' quiet home work, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Alicia decided to turn "pirate" herself, and stole a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she's gone crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth's most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won't rest until vengeance is served.In Fury Born is a greatly expanded new version of David Weber's popular novel Path of the Fury, which has gone through six large printings in its original mass market edition. David Weber has added considerable new material, revealing the earlier life of Alicia DeVries before she embarked on her mission of vengeance, and illuminating the universe of the original story. The result is a novel with almost twice the wordage of the original, and a must-buy for all David Weber fans.

Horus Rising


Dan Abnett - 2006
    His dream for humanity nearly accomplished, the emperor hands over the reins of power to his warmaster, Horus, and heads back to Terra. But is Horus strong enough to control his fellow commanders and continue the emperor's grand design?

Daemon


Daniel Suarez - 2006
    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them. Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer—the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy—or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . . Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

Deathbird Stories


Harlan Ellison - 2006
    The collection contains some of Ellison's best stories from earlier collections and is judged by some to be his most consistently high quality collection of short fiction. The theme of the collection can be loosely defined as God, or Gods. Sometimes they're dead or dying, some of them are as brand-new as today's technology. Unlike some of Ellison's collections, the introductory notes to each story can be as short as a phrase and rarely run more than a sentence or two. One story took a Locus Poll Award, the two final ones both garnered Hugo Awards and Locus Poll awards, and the final one also received a Jupiter Award from the Instructors of Science Fiction in Higher Education (discontinued in 1979). When the collection was published in Britain, it won the 1979 British Science Fiction Award for Short Fiction.His stories will rivet you to the floor and change your heartbeat...as unforgettable a chamber of horror, fantasy and reality as you'll ever experience.-Gallery "Brutally and flamboyantly shocking, frequently brilliant, and always irresistibly mesmerizing."-Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Stories of Ibis


Hiroshi Yamamoto - 2006
    She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in their own colonies. They resent the androids, who have built themselves a stable and cultural society. In this brutal time, our main character travels from colony to colony as a “storyteller,” one that speaks of the stories of the past. One day, he is abducted by Ibis, an android in the form of a young girl, and told of the stories created by humans in the ancient past.The stories that Ibis speaks of are the 7 novels about the events surrounding the announcements of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the 20th to 21st centuries. At a glance, these stories do not appear to have any sort of connection, but what is the true meaning behind them? What are Ibis' real intentions?

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect


Roger Williams - 2006
    Taking the Three Laws of Robotics literally, Prime Intellect makes every human immortal and provides instantly for every stated human desire. Caroline finds no meaning in this life of purposeless ease, and forgets her emptiness only in moments of violent and profane exhibitionism. At turns shocking and humorous, Prime Intellect looks unflinchingly at extremes of human behavior that might emerge when all limits are removed.

The Crystal Variation


Sharon Lee - 2006
    Jela is a top-of-the-line of soldier who realizes the peril and persuades a talented space ship pilot named Cantra yos’Phelium to help what humans remain to escape to an alternate reality with unpopulated, but livable, star systems: the Liaden® universe!  Crystal DragonCantra is revealed to be no merely a great pilot, but a genetically engineered aelantaza, or assassin and spy whose specialty is taking on the entire personality of her “cover,” so much so that she believes it herself.  She remakes herself, as only a aelantaza can, and infiltrates the scholarly towers on the university world of Landomist where she narrowly avoids being killed in scholarly conflicts.  There she liberates the scholar Liad dea’Syl, along with the equations for escape stored inside his head.  Once in her new domain, Cantra creates a hereditary alliance to protect her child by Jela – to be known (and become legendary) as Clan Korval.Balance of TradeYoung Jethri Gobelyn is a young Terran, working on his family's trading spaceship.  Jethri has ambition, and he sets out to make a name for himself in the time-honored fashion of his family by investing in a trading scheme with what he takes to be a bona fide Liaden® master trader.  But when Jethri discovers he’s been had, Jethri must master the intricacies of Liaden society, which include many formal rules and regulations of behavior, to regain his place – and face – within the clan.   About the Liaden Universe® series:“Every now and then you come across an author, or in this case, a pair, who write exactly what you want to read, the characters and personalities that make you enjoy meeting them. . . . I rarely rave on and on about stories, but I am devoted to Lee and Miller novels and stories.” —Anne McCaffrey“These authors consistently deliver stories with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters from fully-realized cultures, both human and alien, and each book gets better.” –Elizabeth Moon“[T]he many fans of the Liad universe will welcome the latest…continuing young pilot Theo Waitley’s adventures.” – Booklist on Saltation“[A]ficionados of intelligent space opera will be thoroughly entertained. . .[T]he authors' craftsmanship is top-notch.” –Publishers Weekly on Lee and Miller’s popular Liaden® thriller, I Dare

A Confederation of Valor


Tanya Huff - 2006
    She more than proves her mettle when a diplomatic assignment and a scientific expedition both turn dangerous.

Galactic North


Alastair Reynolds - 2006
    With eight short stories and novellas--including three original to this collection--Galactic North imparts the centuries-spanning events that have produced the dark and turbulent world of Revelation Space.

The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume 2


David Drake - 2006
    Upon this tactical foundation, Drake uses historical metaphor to provide a rich and detailed future-history that is both unique and strangely familiar. The characters that make up the Hammer’s Regiment are neither cartoon heroes nor propaganda villains; rather they are competent professionals engaged in a deadly business. The inevitable conflicts between policy, necessity, and human nature are often at the forefront of the Slammers narratives, and it is this rich fusion of elements that makes Drake’s Slammers fiction instantly identifiable and utterly compelling. The Hammer’s Slammers series is some of the most important and influential work in military SF. The Vietnam War made indelible marks on the science fiction genre, and Drake’s service with the Blackhorse Regiment during the war gives his fiction a unique perspective. It is this perspective that is sometimes lacking in military SF, and one that makes Drake’s work so important to the science fiction genre as a whole. This three-volume set collects all the Slammers short fiction and novels into a set of uniform editions, and presents a new, previously uncollected piece of fiction in each volume. This second volume collects the first four Slammers novels, At Any Price (1985), Counting the Cost (1987), Rolling Hot (1989) and The Warrior (1991). The novella “A Day of Glory” was written for this volume, and has been uncollected prior to the publication of tihs volume.

H.I.V.E. Higher Institute of Villainous Education


Mark Walden - 2006
    He is the perfect candidate to become the world's next supervillain.That is why he ends up at H.I.V.E., handpicked to become a member of the incoming class. The students have been kidnapped and brought to a secluded island inside a seemingly active volcano, where the school has resided for decades. All the kids are elite; they are the most athletic, the most technically advanced, and the smartest in the country. Inside the cavernous marble rooms, floodlit hangars, and steel doors, the students are enrolled in Villainy Studies and Stealth and Evasion 101. But what Otto soon comes to realize is that this is a six-year program, and leaving is not an option.With the help of his new friends: an athletic martial-arts expert; a world-famous, beautiful diamond thief; and a spunky computer genius -- the only other people who seem to want to leave -- can Otto achieve what has never been done before and break out of H.I.V.E.?

Fallen Dragon


Peter F. Hamilton - 2006
    But as the Skins invade bucolic Thallspring, Z-B's strategy is about to go awry, all because of: Sgt. Lawrence Newton, a dreamer whose twenty years as a Skin have destroyed his hopes and desires; Denise Ebourn, a school teacher and resistance leader whose guerrilla tactics rival those of Che Guevara and George Washington and Simon Roderick, the director who serves Z-B with a dedication that not even he himself can understand. Grimly determined to steal, or protect, a mysterious treasure, the three players engage in a private war that will explode into unimaginable quests for personal grace...or galactic domination

The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1


J.G. Ballard - 2006
    The new edition is introduced by Adam Thirwell.With eighteen novels over four decades – from ‘The Drowned World’ in 1962 to his final novel ‘Kingdom Come’ in 2006 – J.G. Ballard is known as one of Britain’s most celebrated and original novelists.However, during his long career he was also a prolific writer of short stories; in fact, many people consider that he is at his best in the short-story format. These highly influential stories have appeared in magazines such as New Worlds, Amazing Stories and Interzone, and in several separate collections, including ‘The Terminal Beach’, ‘The Venus Hunters’, ‘Vermilion Sands’, ‘Low-Flying Aircraft’ and ‘Myths of the Near Future’.Set out in the original order of publication and frequently the point of conception for ideas he further developed in his novels, these stories provide an unprecedented opportunity to see the imagination of one of Britain’s greatest writers at work. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard’s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Robert Macfarlane, Iain Sinclair, James Lever and Ali Smith) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.

Those Left Behind


Joss Whedon - 2006
    Here's how it is -- in a universe filled with hearts and minds as cold and dark as the reaches of space, one small Firefly-class starship named Serenity takes its ragtag crew of mercenaries, outlaws, and fugitives in search of a job, any job, that'll earn them enough cash to afford that most elusive commodity -- peace.Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, unveils a previously unknown chapter in the lives of his favorite band of space brigands in the prequel to the Serenity feature film -- the blockbuster followup to Whedon's cult-hit TV show Firefly.

1632


Eric Flint - 2006
    Famine. Disease. Religous war laying waste the cities. Only the aristocrats remained relatively unscathed; for the peasants, death was a mercy. 2000 Things are going OK in Grantville, West Virginia, and everybody attending the wedding of Mike Stearn's sister (including the entire local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, which Mike leads) is having a good time. THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGED.... When the dust settles, Mike leads a group of armed miners to find out what happened and finds the road into town is cut, as with a sword. On the other side, a scene out of Hell: a man nailed to a farmhouse door, his wife and daughter attacked by men in steel vests. Faced with this, Mike and his friends don't have to ask who to shoot. At that moment Freedom and Justice, American style, are introduced to the middle of the Thirty Years' War.

Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy


Terry Brooks - 2006
    Experience the sweeping tale of good and evil, of myth and magic, of innocence and power-and witness the tragic transformation of Anakin Skywalker from mere slave to one of the greatest, most powerful, and feared villains of the galaxy: Darth Vader. "The path has been placed before you, Anakin.The choice to take it must be yours alone." On the barren desert world of Tatooine, young Anakin Skywalker toils by day and dreams by night . . . of traveling the stars to worlds he's only heard of in stories. When Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, cross paths with Anakin, it marks the beginning of the drama that will become legend. Courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin comes of age in a time of great upheaval. The attempted assassination of Senator Padme Amidala thrusts the Republic close to the edge of disaster-and brings Anakin and Padme into a secret romance as intense as it is forbidden. As combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame. Tormented by unspeakable visions, Anakin edges closer to the brink of a decision with profound ramifications. It remains only for Darth Sidious to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic-and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader. THE PHANTOM MENACEby Terry Brooks, based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas ATTACK OF THE CLONESby R. A. Salvatore, from a story by George Lucas and a screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales REVENGE OF THE SITHby Matthew Stover, based on the story and screenplay by George Lucas

Betelgeuse: L'intégrale


Luiz Eduardo de Oliveira (Leo) - 2006
    The first ship, with over 3,000 people onboard, arrived without incident and remained in orbit while a team of technicians went down to the surface to prepare for the colonists’ arrival. Soon afterwards, all communication with Earth mysteriously ceased. It took six years for Earth finally to send a rescue mission to Betelgeuse in order to find out what had happened a small mission, with a reduced crew of only three: two astronauts and young Kim, now 24, who had just finished her biology studies on Earth. Once more, she would be swept into a series of events, often tragic and extraordinary, that would eventually change her life forever. After the six months she would spend on Betelgeuse, world of green canyons, she would never be the same person again.

Pump Six and Other Stories


Paolo Bacigalupi - 2006
    Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning, and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.The eleven stories in Pump Six represent the best Paolo's work, including the Hugo nominee "Yellow Card Man," the nebula and Hugo nominated story "The People of Sand and Slag," and the Sturgeon Award-winning story "The Calorie Man."

The Most Important Person On Earth


Myles Munroe - 2006
    Myles Munroe explains how the Holy Spirit is the Governor of God's kingdom on earth, much as royal governors administered the will of earthly kings in their territories.

Blindsight


Peter Watts - 2006
    The heavens have been silent since - until a derelict space probe hears whispers from a distant comet. Something talks out there: but not to us. Who to send to meet the alien, when the alien doesn't want to meet? Send a linguist with multiple-personality disorder, and a biologist so spliced to machinery he can't feel his own flesh. Send a pacifist warrior, and a vampire recalled from the grave by the voodoo of paleogenetics. Send a man with half his mind gone since childhood. Send them to the edge of the solar system, praying you can trust such freaks and monsters with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find - but you'd give anything for that to be true, if you knew what was waiting for them.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Lisa Church - 2006
    In the process, Verne imagined a vessel that had not yet been invented: the submarine.

Peace and War


Joe Haldeman - 2006
    But his greatest test will come when he returns to Earth. Relativity means that everey time he returns home after a few months' tour of duty, centuries have passed on Earth, making him and his fellows ever more isolated from the world for whose future they are fighting.FREEWhen Mandella returns for the last time he finds humanity has evolved into a group mind called Man. Living a dull life in an autocratic and intrusive society, missing the certainties of combat and feeling increasingly alienated, the veterans plan an escape. But when their ship starts to fail, their journey becomes a search for the unknown.PEACE2043. The Ngumi War rages, fought by 'soldierboys', indestructible machines operated remotely by soldiers hundreds of miles away. Julian Class is one of those soldiers, and for him war is truly hell. But he and his companion, Dr Amelia Harding, have discovered something that could literally take the universe back to square one. For Julian, the discovery isn't so much terrifying as tempting...

From Here To Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature


Michael D.C. Drout - 2006
    Wells’s War of the Worlds to Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles to the fiction of “cyberpunks.” In addition to enthralling readers with breathtaking narratives and dazzling the imagination with mind-bending glimpses of possible futures, the best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we’re not?Esteemed professor Michael D.C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to today’s cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at hard-boiled science fiction, the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.14 Lectures on 7 Audiocassettes.

Zima Blue and Other Stories


Alastair Reynolds - 2006
    Short story collection by the critically acclaimed author of Revelation Space and Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days.

Impossible Dreams


Tim Pratt - 2006
    But there's something even more interesting than the remarkable movies: the woman working behind the counter.

The Shadow And Night


Chris Walley - 2006
    Twelve thousand years into the future, the human race has spread across the galaxy to hundreds of terraformed worlds. The effects of the Fall have been diminished by the Great Intervention, and peace and contentment reign under the gentle rule of the Assembly. But suddenly, almost imperceptibly, things begin to change. On the remotest planet of Farholme, Forester Merral D’Avanos hears one simple . . . "lie." Slowly a handful of men and women begin to realize that evil has returned and must be fought. What will this mean for a people to whom war and evil are ancient history? Thus begins the epic that has been described as “If C. S. Lewis and Tolkien had written Star Wars.” "The Shadow and Night" was previously published in two volumes: "The Shadow at Evening" and "The Power of the Night."

The Two Moons


James P. Hogan - 2006
    Hogan - 'Inherit the Stars' and 'The Gentle Giants of Ganymede'.

A Hymn Before Battle


John Ringo - 2006
    You can protect yourself from your enemies, but God save you from your allies!

McCoy: The Provenance Of Shadows


David R. George III - 2006
    George's Crucible Trilogy explores the legacy of one pivotal, crucial moment in the lives of the men at the heart of Star Trek -- what led them to it, and to each other, and how their destinies were intertwined.For Doctor Leonard McCoy, life takes two paradoxically divergent paths. In one, displaced in time, he saves a woman from dying in a traffic accident, and in doing so alters Earth's history. Stranded in the past, he struggles to find a way back to his own century. But living an existence he was not meant to, he will eventually have to move on, and ultimately face the shadows born of his lost life.In the other, he is prevented from saving the woman's life, allowing Earth's history to remain unchanged. Returning to the present, he is nonetheless haunted by the echoes of an existence he never lived, and by fears which will bring him full circle to the shadows he never faced.

Ships of the Line


Doug Drexler - 2006
    To explore, to seek out what lay beyond the close and comfortable, every explorer had to embrace danger. And as they did so, what arose was a mystical bond, a passion for the ships that carried them. From the very first time humans dared to warp the fabric of space, escaping from the ashes of the third World War, they also created ships. These vessels have become the icons of mankind's desire to rise above the everyday, to seek out and make the unknown known. And these ships that travel the stellar seas have stirred the same passions as the ones that floated in the oceans. While every captain has wished that their starship could be outfitted in the same manner as the sailing ship H.M.S. Beagle -- without weapons -- that proved untenable. From the start, Starfleet realized that each vessel, due to the limited range of the early warp engines, must be able to stand alone against any attack. Thus arose the idea, taken from the days of wooden sailing ships, that every Starfleet vessel must stand as a ship of the line. Through the actions of their captains and crews, countless starships have taken on that role. Here we remember some of those ships and their heroic crews. In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Star Trek, here for the very first time collected together are the spectacular images from the highly successful and acclaimed Star Trek: Ships of the Line calendars. Gloriously rendered, each of these illustrations was created exclusively for Pocket Books. With text by Michael Okuda (The Star Trek Encyclopedia), the story of each of these valiant starships comes to life.

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species


Ann Margaret Lewis - 2006
    From the skylanes of Coruscant to the worlds of the Outer Rim, an untold number of species populate those planets far, far away. And if you confuse Gungans with Gamorreans, or don’t know a bantha from a tauntaun, you definitely need the in-depth data that only this revised, expanded, and updated guide can deliver.This comprehensive overview includes beings from all six of the classic movies–plus the novels, cartoon series, comics, and video games. It’s an even bigger cross section of species than what you’ll find in the Mos Eisley cantina. And each entry, from acklay to Zabrak, from amphibians to vacuum-breathers, features everything you need to know, including• complete physical description and official designation, so you can tell your sentients from your non-sentients, and your humanoids from your insectoids• homeworld: from dry and dusty Tatooine, stormy and waterlogged Kamino, to arctic Hoth, and countless other strange and varied worlds• phonetic pronunciation: Askajian, H’nemthe, Iktotchi, Ssi-ruu, and Xexto/Quermian aren’t as easy to say as they are to, er, spell• notable appearance: a listing of one of the more significant appearances of each species in the teeming Star Wars storylinePlus, this brand-new edition includes a glossary of crucial descriptive terms and a completely original, full color illustration for each of more than one hundred individual species. It’s a big galaxy, and someone has to organize it. Count on Star Wars®: The New Essential Guide to Alien Species–and don’t leave your homeworld without it.

The Caves Of Steel & The Rest Of The Robots


Isaac Asimov - 2006
    All robots must follow the three laws, but that leaves room for a surprisingly wide range of unexpected outcomes...THE THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

The Awakening


Michael Carroll - 2006
    But Danny and Colin 13 are changing. Danny moves at the speed of light, Colin is surprisingly strong. Their parents, the lost generation of superhumans, have watched and waited for these changes. So have others who will do anything to stop them.

A Canticle for Leibowitz


Walter M. Miller Jr. - 2006
    Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature—a chilling and still provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

We the Underpeople


Cordwainer Smith - 2006
    Underpeople are slave humanoids bred from animals. Planet Norstrilia is the only source of drug stroon that makes man immortal, where Rod McBan is a boy, yet owns Earth. On Earth, he joins C'Mell and the Underpeople to bring back freedom.

The Stardance Trilogy


Spider Robinson - 2006
    Stardance: Shara Drummond was a gifted dancer and a brilliant choreographer, but could not pursue her dream of dancing on Earth, so she went to space, creating a new art form in three dimensions. And when the aliens arrived, there was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. The only hope was Shara, with her stardance. Starseed: Years later, another dancer of genius faced the end of her career when her body failed her, and Rain McLeod followed Shara into space. If she joined with a symbiotic lifeform that would let her live without artificial protection in the vacuum of space, she would take a quantum leap in human evolution. Starmind: Rand Porter has been offered the job of a lifetime, as a shaper of visual effects and music for the world's most famous zero-gravity dance company in High Orbit. But his beloved novelist wife Rhea Paixao has her roots sunk deep in the Earth, in her beloved Cape Cod. And as they wrestle with their private dilemma, bizarre things-small miracles-are beginning to occur everywhere on Earth and throughout the entire Solar System. The human race-and its evolutionary successors, the space-dwelling Stardancers-find themselves approaching the terrifying cusp of their shared destiny, an appointment made for them a million years ago, a make-or-break point beyond which nothing, anywhere, can ever be the same again.

H5N1 Code Name: Greed


Jacqueline Druga - 2006
    The hybrid germ is a success. The results disastrous. The vaccine is ineffective on the new strain and an airborne route of transmission sends the hybrid out of control. The world spirals into a super pandemic. Scientists scurry and find and antidote using the blood of those who show natural immunity. A cure is found, however, the synthetic antidote turns those saved from the virus into raging maniacs void of human qualities. Lisa Marshall is immune. Her blood is part of the ‘save the world’ project. She is placed in a Savior tank to ensure her survival and safety from a world gone chaotic. When she finally emerges, she faces a world void of everything she remembers. Every day is a fight for her survival and sanity. Trapped in the desolate city of Cleveland with only the mutated humans, Lisa maps her escape in hopes of someday finding someone, anyone, who is alive and well. Edited Version added June 2014

Calamity's Child


Sharon Lee - 2006
    Not officially a "Liaden Universe® Adventure", Calamity's Child is SRM Publisher's first chapbook of 2006 and features two Sharon Lee and Steve Miller stories ...one is the off-the-beaten track Liaden Universe® novelette "Sweet Waters," which appeared in magazines in both the UK and the US (3SF and Absolute Magnitude), and the second is "Night at the Opera," a fantasy-mystery first seen in the critcally acclaimed Rosemary Edghill anthology Murder by Magic in October of 2004.

The Android's Dream


John Scalzi - 2006
    Earth is on the verge of war with a vastly superior alien race. A lone man races against time and a host of enemies to find the one object that can save our planet and our people from alien enslavement...A sheep.That's right, a sheep. And if you think that's the most surprising thing about this book, wait until you read Chapter One. Welcome to The Android's Dream.For Harry Creek, it's quickly becoming a nightmare. All he wants is to do his uncomplicated mid-level diplomatic job with Earth's State Department. But his past training and skills get him tapped to save the planet--and to protect pet store owner Robin Baker, whose own past holds the key to the whereabouts of that lost sheep. Doing both will take him from lava-strewn battlefields to alien halls of power. All in a day's work. Maybe it's time for a raise.Throw in two-timing freelance mercenaries, political lobbyists with megalomaniac tendencies, aliens on a religious quest, and an artificial intelligence with unusual backstory, and you've got more than just your usual science fiction adventure story. You've got The Android's Dream.

Dune Boxed Set #1


Brian Herbert - 2006
    Anderson. Working from Frank Herbert's own notes, the acclaimed authors reveal the chapter of the Dune saga most eagerly anticipated by readers: the Butlerian Jihad.Throughout the Dune novels, Frank Herbert frequently referred to the war in which humans wrested their freedom from "thinking machines." In Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring to life the story of that war, a tale previously seen only in tantalizing hints and clues. Finally, we see how Serena Butler's passionate grief ignites the struggle that will liberate humans from their machine masters; here is the amazing tale of the Zensunni Wanderers, who escape bondage to flee to the desert world where they will declare themselves the Free Men of Dune. And here is the backward, nearly forgotten planet of Arrakis, where traders have discovered the remarkable properties of the spice melange. . . . Dune: The Machine Crusade More than two decades have passed since the events chronicled in Dune: The Butlerian Jihad. The crusade against thinking robots has ground on for years, but the forces led by Serena Butler and Irbis Ginjo have made only slight gains; the human worlds grow weary of war, of the bloody, inconclusive swing from victory to defeat.The fearsome cymeks, led by Agamemnon, hatch new plots to regain their lost power from Omnius--as their numbers dwindle and time begins to run out. The fighters of Ginaz, led by Jool Noret, forge themselves into an elite warrior class, a weapon against the machine-dominated worlds. Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva are on the verge of the most important discovery in human history-a way to "fold" space and travel instantaneously to any place in the galaxy.And on the faraway, nearly worthless planet of Arrakis, Selim Wormrider and his band of outlaws take the first steps to making themselves the feared fighters who will change the course of history: the Fremen.Here is the unrivaled imaginative power that has put Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson on bestseller lists everywhere and earned them the high regard of readers around the globe. The fantastic saga of Dune continues in Dune: The Machine Crusade. Dune: The Battle of Corrin It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of Dune: The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. Synchronized Worlds and Unallied Planets are liberated one by one, and at long last, after years of victory, the human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.Unfortunately, Omnius has one last, deadly card to play. In a last-ditch effort to destroy humankind, virulent plagues are let loose throughout the galaxy, decimating the populations of whole planets . . . and once again, the tide of the titanic struggle shifts against the warriors of the human race. At last, the war that has lasted many lifetimes will be decided in the apocalyptic Battle of Corrin.In the greatest battle in science fiction history, human and machine face off one last time. . . . And on the desert planet of Arrakis, the legendary Fremen of Dune become the feared fighting force to be discovered by Paul Muad'Dib in Frank Herbert's classic, Dune.

Classic Battletech: Total Warfare


Randall N. Bills - 2006
    As star empires clash, these epic wars are won and lost by BattleMechs, 30-foot-tall humanoid metal titans bristling with lasers, autocannons and dozens of other lethal weapons; enough firepower to level entire city blocks. Your elite force of MechWarriors drives these juggernauts into battle, proudly holding your faction s flag high, intent on expanding the power and glory of your realm. At their beck and call are the support units of armored vehicles, power armored infantry, aerospace fighters and more, wielded by a MechWarrior's skillful command to aid him in ultimate victory. Will they become legends, or forgotten casualties? Only your skill and luck will determine their fate! October of 2006 sees the unveiling of a whole new look and presentation for Classic BattleTech. The basic rules and concepts of the game have not changed: thirty-foot tall metal titans of doom piloted by feudal MechWarrior knights firing lightning bolts, coherent lasers and autocannons in an orgy of destruction across a futuristic landscape of thousands of worlds. These concepts have made Classic BattleTech/MechWarrior one of the most successful science fiction lines ever created, spawning millions of sold MechWarrior PC games, almost a hundred full-length novels, more than ten million sold MechWarrior: Dark Age Collectable Miniatures Game figures, comic books, toys, a cartoon, virtual reality centers, over five-thousand fan-based websites and more. Yet it all began with the original board game, which still conveys all the best the universe has to offer, presented in a whole new way with the publication of the first in a new series of core rulebooks, Total Warfare. TOTAL WARFARE The product of more than twenty years of gaming experience, Total Warfare presents the rules of the Classic BattleTech game system as never before. For the first time, all the rules for various units that have a direct impact

Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century


Justine Larbalestier - 2006
    Justine Larbalestier has collected 11 key stories--many of them not easily found, and all of them powerful and provocative--and sets them alongside 11 new essays, written by top scholars and critics, that explore the stories' contexts, meanings, and theoretical implications. The resulting dialogue is one of enormous significance to critical scholarship in science fiction, and to understanding the role of feminism in its development. Organized chronologically, this anthology creates a new canon of feminist science fiction and examines the theory that addresses it. Daughters of Earth is an ideal overview for students and general readers.Content: 1. The Fate of Poseidonia - Clare Winger Harris, 19272. The Conquest of Gola - Leslie F. Stone, 19313. Created He Them - Alice Eleanor Jones, 19554. No Light in the Window - Kate Wilhelm, 19635. The Heat Death of the Universe - Pamela Zoline, 19676. And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill Side - James Tiptree Jr., 19717. Wives - Lisa Tuttle, 19768. Rachel in Love - Par Murphy, 19879. The Evening and the Morning and the Night - Octavia E. Butler, 198710. Balinese Dancer - Gwyneth Jones, 199711. What I Didn't See - Karen Joy Fowler, 2002

Destiny's Forge


Paul Chafe - 2006
    Now, the young heir to the Kzinti patriarchy is forced into a desperate wilderness exile as his empire cracks and the contentious Great Prides attempt to rip one another apart while facing war with humanity.

The Empty Chair


Diane Duane - 2006
    To the Federation, they are the Romulans. By any name they are adversaries as formidable as they are inscrutable. Self-exiled from Vulcan in ages past, they retain an ancient martial philosophy and a code of conduct that has sustained them through centuries of hardship, warfare, and thwarted ambition.Now their empire is gearing for war once again. Armed with the revolutionary Sunseed technology, which can destabilize entire stars, a Romulan vessel is warping toward the heart of the Federation. Its target: Earth's sun.But this offensive comes at a perilous time, as a growing number of Romulan worlds are joining a revolution -- one led by the renegade Commander Ael t'Rllaillieu of the warbird "Bloodwing," with the aid of Captain James T. Kirk of the "Starship Enterprise(TM)" and the Hamalki physicist K's't'lk, the Federation's foremost authority on Sunseed technology. As the threat to Earth looms ever larger, "Bloodwing" and "Enterprise" lead an armada toward the Romulan homeworld for a final reckoning that will decide the future of the Rihannsu people.Cover Artist: Tom Hallman

Xenology: Notes from the Alien Bestiary of Biegel, and Studies of Its Vile Specimens, by Those Present at Its Destruction


Simon Spurrier - 2006
    Dark secrets are revealed, not only about the fascinating creatures under scrutiny but also the working of the shadowy Ordos Xenos itself!

Outward Bound


Robert A. Heinlein - 2006
    Everything about him is average; his only claim to fame is that he won a contest and now owns an obsolete but fully equipped space suit. One day, he's walking around his back yard testing it out, when a voice comes over the talkie & the next thing he knows, he's onboard a spaceship heading for the very place he dreams about. But this is no dream. For Kip has been captured by a race of monstrous yet highly advanced aliens who see humans as untrained animals...and a good source of protein...."Starship Troopers": In a far future where military service is voluntary, even discouraged, there is of course a catch: enlist or forfeit full citizenship. Basic training is made particularly harsh so that only those of the highest character will survive. But the logic of this escapes Johnnie Rico, an ordinary kid from a wealthy family. Thinking he's joining a peacetime army, the 18-year-old signs up on a whim and becomes a soldier in the Mobile Infantry where his sergeant tells him, We'll make a man of you or kill you trying. To Johnnie's surprise, he gets through the toughest boot camp in the Universe...just in time to be sent into battle against mankind's most terrifying enemy."Podkayne of Mars": Podkayne Fries is a thoroughly modern young Marswoman with a timetable for success based on one goal to be the first female starship captain & she has her strategy all mapped out. So when she gets a chance to travel to Earth with her Uncle Tom, a distinguished elder statesman, Poddy jumps at it...despite the fact that her obnoxiously brilliant kid brother, Clark, is coming along as well. What Poddy doesn't realize is that her uncle is the official Ambassador Plenipotentiary from Mars to the Three-Planets Conference & that certain parties will stop at nothing to gain control of his vote. (Features both the first published ending and Heinlein's original ending.)

Men of Mars


Edgar Rice Burroughs - 2006
    With this exclusive omnibus, the third in our series, the SFBC gathers three more of these classic tales, adventures set on a brutal world where fierce green warriors roam the dead sea bottom and red men rule a civilization of decaying splendor.A Fighting Man of Mars: When a nobleman's daughter is abducted at the point of a gun that can disintegrate metal, it portends great danger for the empire of Helium. To rescue the woman he loves and locate the source of the gun, Hadron of Hastor must run the gauntlet of giant Martians, man-eating apes and a xenophobic city where he is sentenced to "The Death" - a place of roiling horror that will carry him to the weapon's mad inventor...and a surprising twist of fate.Sword of Mars: John Carter hires on as bodyguard to Fal Sivas, a scientist who steals ideas from other inventors and then has them killed. Sivas' greatest invention - a spaceship run by a mechanical brain - come in handy when Carter's wife, Dejah Thoris, is taken hostage on a moon of Mars. There, inside a castle built of precious gems, the Carters' fate may be sealed...unless they can foil invisible foes, cannibalistic cat-men and a powerful guild of assassins.Synthetic Men of Mars: In a vat on an island in the Toonolian Marshes, a grand experiment has gone awry. Ras Thavas, the Master Mind of Mars, has learned the secret of growing humans from a single cell, but now these invulnerable warriors have taken control and cloned an army to conquer the world. As John Carter and young warrior Vor Daj discover, the only thing worse than a monster that cannot die is a giant writhing mass of them - a grotesque mutation that will grow to consume everything in its path.

The Halo Graphic Novel


Lee Hammock - 2006
    This graphic novel, based on the best-selling video game, brings the Halo universe to life for the first time in the sequential art medium.

Thieves


Ella West - 2006
    The first novel of a 'thriller' trilogy.Nicky is asked to read some of her work aloud in class. She dreads it-and, just as she starts-she finds herself elsewhere. Transported. For Nicky is one of a select few people who can will themselves away not just in mind, but in body. She has the gift of teleportation. It's a rare, genetic ability, and a sinister, anonymous group called the Project want to use her 'gift' for their own ends. Nicky finds herself whisked off to a nameless desert site. Here, she and four other teenagers, who are also 'travellers', are educated and trained for search and rescue missions. As these missions grow more frightening, more perilous, the five start to form closer friendships. Yet it is only when they realise that the Project wants them to breed more travellers like themselves, that Nicky, Paul and the others, find the impetus to form an escape plan. In a stark, direct style, Thieves pulls you right in to this strange, sinister world of gifted young adults exploited by an anonymous group. This novel is above all a thriller. It comments on much that is surreal in our own supposedly ordinary times. A remarkable and original debut and the first in a trilogy that includes Anywhere But Here (2008) and Real Life (2009) .". . . the best teenage science fiction novel I have read this century." Trevor Agnew, Magpies"My teenager read it almost in one sitting (getting up at 5am to continue)." Tania Roxborogh, Otago Daily Times"Not many debut novels make it onto the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards shortlists, but Thieves, by Ella West, fully deserves its place." Tessa Duder, the Australian Women's Weekly"As readers we are in the same predicament as the five teens and we are left to grapple with the sort of questions and interesting possibilities raised by novels such as Slaughterhouse 5 and more particularly The Time Travellers Wife." Steve Langley in English in Aotearoa

Two-Handed Engine: The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore


Henry Kuttner - 2006
    Moore ever published. It features a frontispiece by Richard Powers, and an introduction by the book’s editor, David Curtis. The stories, ranging from across their entire career, include: Shambleau, The Graveyard Rats, Mimsy Were the Borogoves, Vintage Season, Private Eye, and more.Contents7 • Introduction (Two-Handed Engine) • (2005) • essay by David Curtis9 • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore39 • The Graveyard Rats • (1936) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner47 • A Gnome There Was • (1941) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]75 • The Twonky • (1942) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]99 • Compliments of the Author • (1942) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]137 • Mimsy Were the Borogoves • (1943) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]173 • Shock • (1943) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]191 • Reader, I Hate You! • (1943) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner207 • The World Is Mine • [Gallegher] • (1943) • novelette by Henry Kuttner [as by Lewis Padgett ]243 • When the Bough Breaks • (1944) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]271 • The Cure • (1946) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]285 • The Code • (1945) • novelette by C. L. Moore [as by Lawrence O'Donnell ]331 • Line to Tomorrow • (1945) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]345 • Clash by Night • [Keeps • 1] • (1943) • novella by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lawrence O'Donnell ]407 • Ghost • (1943) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner425 • The Proud Robot • [Gallegher] • (1943) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]463 • Nothing But Gingerbread Left • (1943) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]483 • No Woman Born • (1944) • novelette by C. L. Moore533 • Housing Problem • (1944) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]549 • What You Need • (1945) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]565 • Absalom • (1946) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]581 • Call Him Demon • (1946) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Keith Hammond ]607 • Daemon • (1946) • shortstory by C. L. Moore633 • Vintage Season • (1946) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lawrence O'Donnell ]681 • The Dark Angel • (1946) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]697 • Before I Wake • (1945) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner (variant of Before I Wake . . .)715 • Exit the Professor • [Hogben • 2] • (1947) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]731 • The Big Night • (1947) • novelette by Henry Kuttner [as by Hudson Hastings ]763 • A Wild Surmise • (1953) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore775 • Don't Look Now • (1948) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner789 • Private Eye • (1949) • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ]821 • By These Presents • (1953) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner835 • Home Is the Hunter • (1953) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore847 • Or Else • (1953) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Henry Kuttner ]857 • Year Day • (1953) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner871 • A Cross of Centuries • (1958) • shortstory by Henry Kuttner885 • Two-Handed Engine • (1955) • novelette by C. L. Moore and Henry Kuttner

The Ultramarines Omnibus


Graham McNeill - 2006
    From their home world of Macragge, into the dreaded Eye of Terror and beyond, Graham McNeill's prose rattles like gunfire and brings the Space Marines to life like never before.

Gallifrey: Mindbomb


Justin Richards - 2006
    I'm beginning to believe it.'The first presidential election for millennia is about to be held on Gallifrey. But in the wake of the civil war that has torn the Time Lords apart, can even an election restore calm and order?And what of the candidates? Darkel — determined to win at any cost... Matthias — a dark horse with his own agenda... Romana — impeached for high treason...But even as the candidates manouevre and plan, an assassin stalks the galleries of the Panopticon. Gallifrey will soon have a new president, but at what cost? How many people will have to die? And which — if any — of the candidates will survive..?

Strange Robby


Selina Rosen - 2006
    So when a vigilante dubbed 'The Fry Guy' starts to systematically kill the scum of the city by somehow microwaving their brains, they don't see him as a serial killer, they see him as an implement of justice.

Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales


Robert Hood - 2006
    Winner of the Australian Speculative Fiction Ditmar Award for Best Collection 2005.Contributors and their stories featuring in the anthology are: Chris Barnes, "Big Day"; David Carroll, "Footprint"; Terry Dartnall, "Footfall"; Chris Dickinson, "Watching the Titans"; Paul Finch, "CALIBOS"; Adam Ford, "Seven Dates That Were Ruined By Giant Monsters, Or Why I Really Need To Get Out of This City"; Anthony Fordham, "Aspect Hunter"; Cody Goodfellow", "Kungmin Horangi: The People's Tiger"; Richard Harland, "The Greater Death of Saito Saku"; Trent Jamieson, "Five Bells"; Martin Livings, "Running"; Penelope Love, "The Unlawful Priest of Todesfall"; Rosaleen Love, "Once Giants Roamed the Earth"; Michelle Marquardt, "Crunch Time"; Chuck McKenzie, "Like A Bug Underfoot"; Garth Nix, "Read It In The Headlines!"; Skip Peel, "Park Rot"; Stephen Mark Rainey, "The Transformer of Worlds"; Eric Shapiro, "Newborn"; J.M. Shiloh, "Man In Suit!"; Petri Sinda, "The Quiet Agrarian"; Andrew Sullivan, "Notes Concerning Events at the Ray Harryhausen Memorial Home for Retired Actors"; George Thomas, "Requiem for a Wild God"; Iain Triffitt, "In Final Battle"; D.G. Valdron, "Fossils"; Sean Williams, "daihaiku / haikaiju"; Doug Wood, "Lullabye"; Frank Wu, "The Tragical History of Guidolon, the Giant Space Chicken"; Special Cinema Supplement Article by Brian Thomas, "Wonders 8 Through 88: A Brief History of the Larger-Than-Life".

The Isis Trilogy


Monica Hughes - 2006
    She and her companion, Guardian, have lived alone on the remote planet Isis since the death of her parents. Now, colonists from an overcrowded and polluted Earth have landed and are settling in the valleys. Olwen fears these new inhabitants may ruin her world forever, and it seems she may be right. Years later, in Hughes’ sequel, The Guardian of Isis, the planet remains pristine and remote, even after the arrival of settlers from Earth. Over time, the settlers have abandoned the technological knowledge of their ancestors and replaced it with myth. But one young man seeks the truth, and he soon gets the chance to find it.The final chapter in the Trilogy, The Isis Pedlar, brings the devious Michael Joseph Flynn and his daughter, Moira, to Isis. Michael’s magic firestone, his strangely delicious ambrosia, and his mysterious Forever Machine are beguiling to the humble members of the Isis community. Only Moira can expose this smooth-talking pedlar for the charlatan that he is. But will she be able to do it in time to save the simple agricultural community?

Howard Who?


Howard Waldrop - 2006
    R. Martin The first paperback (and twentieth anniversary) edition of a landmark debut collection. Howard Waldrop's encyclopedic knowledge of superheroes, baseball players, world wars, long-dead film stars, Mexican wrestlers, pulp serials, fairy tales, and extinct species is put to good use in these sophisticated re-combinations of our pop-culture dreams.Contents:The Ugly Chickens (1980)Der Untergang des Abendlandesmenschen (1976)Ike at the Mike (1982)Dr. Hudson's Secret Gorilla (1977)"...The World as We Know't." (1982)Green Brother (1982)Mary Margaret Road-Grader (1976)Save a Place in the Lifeboat for Me (1976)Horror, We Got (1979)Man-Mountain Gentian (1983)God's Hooks! (1982)Heirs of the Perisphere (1985)

Stargate SG-1: The Ultimate Visual Guide


Kathleen Ritter - 2006
    An essential addition to any fan's collection of Stargate SG-1 memorabilia, this is the ultimate companion to the long-running sci-fi television series.

Mother Aegypt and Other Stories


Kage Baker - 2006
    A brand new short story collection from Kage Baker, including an original novella set in her ongoing series of The Company, "Mother Aegypt." The Company novels are being released by Tor, and include The Graveyard Game and The Life of the World to Come.

Shadows of the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing / Writers on Wolfe


Peter Wright - 2006
    Shadows of the New Sun brings together an impressive selection of hard-to-find resources for the Wolfe reader and scholar. Included are essays on the nature of writing, with discussions of key concepts such as character, structure, and the professional life of the writer; a series of interviews with Wolfe; and the rare Wolfe essay “Books in the Book of the New Sun."

And Your Point Is?


Steve Aylett - 2006
    This series of essays and reviews from around the globe, representing decades of study, is being presented for the first time in collected form. A must-have for collectors, students, imitators, and stalkers alike. "Satire has no effect-a mirror holds no fear for those with no shame." Contributors include Steve Aylett, Eileen Welsome, Arkhipov Halt, Daniel Guyal, Chris Diana, Alfred Bork, Michael H. Hersh, George Cane, Dennis Ofstein, and Jean-Marie Guerin.

Little Greed Men


Kym O'Connell-Todd - 2006
    First an amusement park and museum, then a celestial motif for the whole town. Con artists and embezzlers, tourists and kooks, all get caught up in the frenzy, some hoping to make a quick buck, others seeking a spiritual message from beyond the stars. Ride along on this irreverent adventure that reveals Colorado mountain culture at its most outrageous, and where just about everybdy shares in the madness of money, murder, and mayhem.

The Book of the Ler


M.A. Foster - 2006
    Together, the books form a challenging examination of what it means to be human.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Volume 1: The Lost Memory


Junichi Fujisaku - 2006
    When Major Motoko Kusanagi is able to capture one of the boys used as a pawn she hacks into his cyberbrain to find out who the ringleader is, but what she discovers will take her and the operatives of Section 9 on a journey deep into the heart of cyberspace, and the answers she finds will shake Section 9 to its core.

Moonsinger


Andre Norton - 2006
    The life of a Free Trader was all junior crew member Krip Vorlund knew. That life ended at a beast show on Yiktor when Vorlund was strangely attracted to the owner of the show animals, a delicate and mysterious woman named Maelen. Too soon Vorlund learned the nature of Maelen's sorcery, too soon he is caught up in the struggle over the fate of a world.... But his soul would remain his own.Exiles of the Stars: The galactic trade ship Lydis is making a run to the planet Thoth when a civil war lands her in a battle of ancient powers and nameless evil, with a Forerunner treasure at its heart. The crew seems normal-until you look closely at two of its members: Krip Vorlund, a man who walks in a body not his own, and his pet, a four-legged beast hiding the mind of Maelen the Moon Singer, a woman whose esper powers can save them all-or bring them to eternal destruction.Publisher's Note: Moonsinger has appeared separately as Moon of Three Rings, and its sequel, Exiles of the Stars. This is the first time the complete saga has appeared in one volume.

Strange Birds


Gene Wolfe - 2006
    Paintings and sculpture by Lisa Snellings-Clark. From the back cover: "Gene Wolfe presents two tales inspired by the engaging sculptures and paintings of Lisa Snellings-Clark. A collaboration characterized by the detail and mystery inherent in each of the artists' work, *Strange Birds* is a delight of imaginary beings and too-real people."Includes the two stories, "On A Vacant Face A Bruise" and "Sob In The Silence."

Conflagration


Mick Farren - 2006
    The Republic of the Carolinas and the Virginia Freestate have already fallen to the invading Mosul, a ravening, barbaric horde led by an evil fundamentalist priesthood. Only the Kingdom of Albany, with aid from the Norse Alliance of Britain and Scandinavia, remains free to continue the struggle.Against the hellspawn controlled by the Mosul stands The Four, a supernatural entity comprised of four youngsters from disparate backgrounds: Argo, the back-country hick; Jesamine, the slave-concubine; Raphael the Hispanian cannon-fodder conscript; and Cordelia, the spoiled aristocrat. Together, they alone have managed to combat the Mosul's Dark Things.The army of Albany moves south to attempt to free Virginia and The Four go along in support. The battle engages cavalry, infantry, and artillery -- but the Mosul have other weapons in their arsenal, and as The Four try desperately to protect their comrades from other-worldly foes, they catch fleeting glimpses of two albino children, the White Twins. Even the enigmatic Yancey Slide has no clue as to what kind of threat the twins may represent.

Jane_E, Friendless Orphan


Erin McCole Cupp - 2006
    Born not in a past of corsets, bonnets and arranged marriages but in a future of human cloning, bioterror and fleeting relationships, could Jane Eyre survive?

Grease Monkey


Tim Eldred - 2006
    The mysterious alien Benefactors who healed the planet also offered "uplift" to our dolphins and gorillas. The dolphins turned them down. The gorillas said yes. As a result, we're now sharing our world with language-using, tool-making simians. Tensions are inevitable, in both directions, but it's gradually working out.Decades later, teenage cadet Robin Plotnik has been assigned to Fist of Earth, a defense station high above Earth, keeping watch against further attacks by the interstellar Horde. Robin's a spacecraft mechanic-in-training, apprenticed to Chief "Mac" Gimbensky, a cranky but basically benign gorilla with issues of his own.Fist of Earth is a challenging place to grow up. Robin and Mac maintain fighter craft for the all-woman "Barbarian Squadron", which constantly competes for prestige with the other squadrons based on Fist of Earth. Robin's trying to romance a young librarian, and he's far from sure he knows what he's doing. Most of all, he's constantly struggling to figure out his moody, mercurial boss.Then he and his best friend become entangled in a burgeoning scandal over betting on the squadrons' standings. And just when things look like they've hit rock bottom, the worst thing imaginable arrives at Fist of Earth: an efficiency expert from Earth, determined to reorganize Robin's hard-won life, and the whole squadron system, out of existence.Fresh and engaging, crammed with likeable characters and science-fictional inventiveness, Grease Monkey is like a classic "Heinlein juvenile" in sequential-art mode.Introduction by Kurt Busiek, author of Astro City

Battlestar Galactica #0


Greg Pak - 2006
    proudly presents their all-new Galactica series, Making its debut with this special #0 issue featuring an original story - with a "dynamite cliffhanger" ending - that leads into the ongoing series! Pak is an exclusive writer for Marvel Comics, but has carved out this series for D.E. and he's turning out a comic that fans both new and old are going to love. And we're so sure they're going to love it, that this introductory issue is available for just one thin quarter! And what would this issue be without a red-hot Photo cover featuring the beautiful Cylon, "Number Six!" PLUS: A Special preview of Brett Matthews and John Cassaday's Lone Ranger comic book series from D.E.! Featuring an art cover by Steve (Civil War) McNiven, shipped in a 50/50 ratio with the photo cover version. Future covers by Michael Turner, Billy Tan, and other high-profile artists to be announced!

Classic Battletech: Technical Readout 3058 Upgrade (FPR35015)


Herbert A. Beas II - 2006
    Wars Present. In the 3050's, the discoveries of long-buried Star League records led to a plethora of new cutting-edge BattleMech and vehicle designs by the end of that decade, resurrected from the blue prints of design firms centuries old and thought lost to antiquity. Now, ten years later, these designs have moved from novelty to workhorse, as the Inner Sphere once more finds itself at war! Fully updated to circa 3070 and still containing the same fantastic art by Duane Loose, Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade launches these designs into the current time frame, including notable MechWarriors/pilots, as well as new variants. Additionally, a battle armor section has been included, providing full Classic BattleTech stats, and updating the histories for these twenty venerable designs.

Codex: Eldar (4th Edition)


Phil Kelly - 2006
    Now the Eldar teeter upon the precipice of annihilation and must battle constantly against the other races of the galaxy, even resorting to piracy in their fight to avoid extinction. Codex: Eldar is one of a series of supplements for Warhammer 40,000. Each book in the series describes in detail an army, its history and its heroes.

Official Nintendo Power FINAL FANTASY V ADVANCE Player's Guide


Nintendo Power - 2006
    Nintendo's Official Player's Guide will help you explore the deepest secrets of FINAL FANTASY V Advance and see the Light Warriors through their journey. Detailed breakdown of all 26 jobs! Complete walkthrough with maps! Strategies for every boss battle! GBA-exclusive dungeons revealed! Complete strategy for FINAL FANTASY V Advance for Game Boy Advance!

Coheed & Cambria - Good Apollo I'm Burning Star, IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness


Coheed and Cambria - 2006
    16 tracks from the third concept album in the series, which The All Music Guide says "is a prog rock opera on par with anything that Rush or Queensrche ever released." Songs include: Always & Never * Apollo I: the Writing Writer * Keeping the Blade * Mother May I * The Suffering * Wake Up * Welcome Home * Willing Well IV: The Final Cut * and more. PARENTAL ADVISORY FOR EXPLICIT LYRICS.

Clarke's Universe


Arthur C. Clarke - 2006
    On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the pitiless and unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment. The Lion of Comarre presents the far-flung future where one city of extraordinary means was built on Earth--Comarre--and it is rumored to still exist. None but a few know of its location. A young man with great prospects and no worries goes on a hunt for the fabled city, and what he finds is something mankind has only dreamed of.

GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars


Paul Drye - 2006
    Now, for the first time in any game system, Traveller players can explore this rich setting.GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars covers the 200 years of war and change as the ancient Vilani empire falls to the upstart Terrans. This is an official GURPS Fourth Edition sourcebook for the Traveller universe. It includes a detailed timeline, along with rules for starship design, interstellar trade, exploration, ship-to-ship combat, and tailoring characters to the last days of the First Imperium. * Traveller is the classic science fiction roleplaying universe, and GURPS Fourth Edition is the perfect system for it. * Live through the history! This book allows fans to explore a key era in the development of the Traveller universe, never before explored. * The Traveller universe is adaptable to many styles of play - the potential campaigns are virtually unlimited.

The Science Fiction Century, Volume 2


David G. Hartwell - 2006
    It is the genre that stands in opposition to literary modernism." -David G. Hartwell, from the IntroductionFirst published in hardcover in 1997, The Science Fiction Century was an anthology that defined and explained what we mean when we talk about modern SF. Now it returns to print in an affordable two-volume softcover edition. Here in volume 2, bestsellers like Frank Herbert and William Gibson mix with stylists like Harlan Ellison and Cordwainer Smith, alongside titans of the genre such as Gregory Benford, John Crowley, Robert Silverberg, John Wyndham, Roger Zelazny, Bruce Sterling, and Nancy Kress. Here is modern science fiction in all its breadth, from the anthologist hailed by John Updike as a "loving expert."Contents Sundance • (1969) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg Something Ending • (1973) • shortstory by Eddy C. Bertin Sail the Tide of Mourning • [Bentfin Boomers] • (1975) • shortstory by Richard A. Lupoff Rumfuddle • (1973) • novella by Jack Vance Liquid Sunshine • (1982) • novelette by Alexander Kuprin (aka Zhidkoe solntse 1913 ) Johnny Mnemonic • (1981) • shortstory by William Gibson If the Stars Are Gods • [Bradley Reynolds] • (1974) • novelette by Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford I Still Call Australia Home • (1990) • shortstory by George Turner He Who Shapes • (1965) • novella by Roger Zelazny Greenslaves • (1965) • novelette by Frank Herbert Great Work of Time • (1989) • novella by John Crowley Drunkboat • [The Instrumentality of Mankind] • (1963) • novelette by Cordwainer Smith Consider Her Ways • (1956) • novella by John Wyndham Blood's a Rover • (1952) • novella by Chad Oliver Beggars in Spain • [Sleepless] • (1991) • novella by Nancy Kress Another World • (1962) • novelette by J. H. Rosny aîné (aka Un Autre Monde 1895 ) "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman • (1965) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison Swarm • [Shaper/Mechanist] • (1982) • novelette by Bruce Sterling The Dimple in Draco • (1967) • shortstory by R. S. Richardson [as by Philip Latham ]

GURPS Space


Jon F. Zeigler - 2006
    Design alien races and monsters.Create campaigns of every style, from science fantasy to space opera to star merchants. Build worlds, from asteroids to Dyson spheres.With this book, you can create anything from a single alien beast to a whole galaxy of civilizations and star systems... quickly and randomly, or with a detailed step-by-step process that's true to biology and astrophysics as we understand them today.

The Transformer Trilogy


M.A. Foster - 2006
    So a secret weapon was created to preserve the status quo-the Morphodite. A bioengineered and laboratory-raised super assassin, the Morphodite was designed to scent out and destroy subversive conspiracies. A unique being, it can change its sex, identity, and even its genetic code as a defense. But its creators did not foresee that this untraceable, powerful assassin would morph into a true revolutionary hero-that would turn against the police state that created it.

Words of Birth and Death


Hannu Rajaniemi - 2006
    In this collection, modern Nokia-toting Finns come face to face with their deepest roots.In "The Viper Blanket", family blood is stronger than death, but an old man discovers something even stronger. "Barley Child" sees a suicide attempt turn into a drinking game where life itself is the prize. And a businessman’s summer haven by the sea becomes a gilded trap in "Fisher of Men".“A very impressive collection” — Tangent Online.Published in a signed, numbered limited edition of 250 copies.

Dauntless


Jack Campbell - 2006
    Now its fleet is crippled and stranded in enemy territory. Their only hope is a man who's emerged from a century-long hibernation to find he has been heroically idealized, beyond belief...Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend...

Stargate Sg-1: The Illustrated Companion, Season 9


Sharon Gosling - 2006
    The official companion to season nine of the TV series, this text includes a story synopsis of each episode, followed by commentary and behind the scenes background information featuring interviews with the producers.

City Of The Sun


Sarah Bryant - 2006
    In the aftermath of nuclear war, Russia cowers in the shadow of Solntse, a dictator with a chilling idea of utopia and a plan to bring it to life. The lynchpin of his plan is Sifte Pierson, a child so gifted that he has gambled his entire future on her obedience. Confined at Institute 1, an isolated school which produces the most powerful minds and bodies to serve Solntse, Sifte has grown up without knowledge of her parents or the life she was stolen from. When a new teacher arrives with a dangerous agenda and clues to her past, Sifte and her closest friends uncover a secret history with the power to destroy Solntse's empire. When the secrets leak to the Socialist rebels in the slums of St. Petersburg, their dreams of revolution begin to take solid form. And as Sifte and her friends work to uncover Solntse's plans for Utopia, she comes to realize that her identity and future are vital not only to Russia's freedom, but to all humankind.

Shapers Chronicles: The Wreckers


Dan Kirk - 2006
    Justin Ackeman learns that the end of the world is the beginning of a new one for him as he sets off on a path of self-discovery. Able to shape reality with the power of his mind, he learns that there are always terrible consequences for unbridled power.

I, Davros - Innocence


Gary Hopkins - 2006
    Knowing that it would die..."The Kaled and Thal races are at war. No one really remembers why, or when it started, but generations of people on both sides have lost so very much.Born into an influential family is Davros. Now aged sixteen, he is being pulled in various directions -- his father wants him to follow tradition and go into the military. His sister has joined the Military Youth. And his scheming, devoted mother wants him to pursue a life of science.But no one seems terribly interested in what Davros himself wants. So he must begin to assert himself, begin to take control over his own life, begin to work towards his destiny...

Freedom!


Martin H. Greenberg - 2006
    This volume explores this theme, combining landmark stories from science fiction's golden age with new stories:Give Me Liberty - (2003) - Martin H. Greenberg and Mark TierVisions of Liberty - (2004) - Martin H. Greenberg and Mark Tier...And Then There Were None - (1951) - Eric Frank RussellCommittee of the Whole - (1965) - Frank HerbertGadget vs. Trend - (1962) - Christopher AnvilHistorical Note - (1951) - Murray LeinsterMonument - (1961) - Lloyd Biggle, Jr.Second Game - (1958) - Katherine MacLean and Charles V. De VetThe Ungoverned - (1985) - Vernor VingeThe Weapon Shop - (1942) - A. E. van Vogt

Babylon 5: Darkness And Light


Various - 2006
    For eons the Shadows and Vorlons have fought each other across the universe. With the younger races as their tools and pawns, entire races and civilizations have risen, fallen and disappeared from history as the age-old rivalry of these ancient and powerful beings plays out. Now, in Babylon 5: Darkness and Light their histories, technologies, motivations, and secrets are exposed in unparalleled depth.

Incarnation Day


Walter Jon Williams - 2006
    But, what if you parents didn't have to let you grow up? What if they could simply delete you?"Incarnation Day" was published in 2007 in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume One.

RahXephon - The Novel, Volume 4


Hiroshi Ohnogi - 2006
    But something is not right. Bewildered, he wanders around in a world that is the embodiment of his own desires. Elsewhere, Quon awakens from her sleep, and it is decided she will be put in the care of the Bahbem Foundation.

Painter: The World's Finest Painter Art


Daniel P. Wade - 2006
    Painter exhibits 209 works by 135 artists across diverse categories such as portraits, concept art, fantasy, editorial illustration, and abstract art. The Painter Awards are selected by an industry renowned panel of Painter artists.

Mythspring: From the Myths and Lyrics of Canada


Julie E. Czerneda - 2006
    MythspringSong and story. Myth and tradition. They are a shared legacy that both satisfies and inspires. Join these talented authors as they celebrate the rich, diverse, and occasionally truly odd culture of our country.Mythspring is an anthology of original short speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror, where each story is derived from a Canadian song, folktale, myth, or other cultural source. Excerpts of the source text or image appears in the book with each story, along with a brief description of how the author was inspired by it.Includes stories from notable speculative fiction authors such as Charles de Lint, James Alan Gardener, Alison Baird, Tanya Huff and Karin Lowachee.The stories will be suitable for an older young adult audience, and the book will be of great interest to educators. It will be included as a "special event" volume within the Realms of Wonder series of original fantasy anthologies.Be inspired. Celebrate our wealth of ideas and talent. Taste the delights of Mythspring.This collection was nominated in 2007 for the Prix Aurora Award in the Best Other Work in English category, and two of the stories it contains ("All the Cool Monsters at Once" by James Alan Gardner and "This Ink Feels Like Sorrow" by Karin Lowachee) were individually finalists in the Best Short-Form Work in English category.

Heavenly Bodies


Celine Chatillon - 2006
    Her sexy mailman, Del Tourner, gives her reason to continue her lonely existence, but he's unable to stay more than fifteen minutes at a time. Lelia orders a "PlayMate" holographic robot to pleasure her personally... What will Del think of how she's programmed her PlayMate to look exactly like him? Alien Seduction: Jenna Henson is a first rate sf geek, but even she knows the difference between fantasy and reality. Prince Reglund of her favorite TV show, Galactic Guerillas, cannot be the sexy hunk pleasuring her in her own bed. But what the heck? Why not give in to the fantasy and enjoy herself? It's only when she wakes up on Reg's home world does she begin to suspect there's more to the television series than meets the eye. Diplomatic Relations: Ambassador Cherae Longbow is nervous. She and her Martian assistant/lover, Jax, have been recalled from their diplomatic post to talk to the High Commissioner on Earth. Rumors have it that the Alliance needs to make a good impression on its newest potential members, the Magnens. But why does the High Commissioner keep mentioning that Cherae's "open-mindedness" is an asset in this delicate situation?Heavenly Bodies: Telepathic, non-humanoid aliens Mahla and Shahla find astronaut Frank Rimmer frozen in a cryo-statis chamber, the lone survivor of a deep-space asteroid impact on his vessel. The two make repairs to the damaged ship and do their best to help Frank to recover both physically and mentally--including transmitting images of gorgeous women they've discovered on a pin-up calendar into Frank's mind for their appearances.

North of Infinity II


Mark Leslie - 2006
    A man sending messages to himself in the past to alter his destiny.. A society in which purchasing a new personality is the norm.. An erotic affair with a cartoon character.. Breaking medical advances that challenge a society's morals.. Genetic reproduction to the extreme.The return of the remarkable series!!!!Stories by today's best Science Fiction writers as they embark on a speculative journey examining change in its many different guises and styles.The editor, Mark Leslie, is the Aurora-nominated genre-bending mind behind the critically acclaimed short story collection. One Hand Screaming North of Infinity II includes 13 short stories by Internationally Acclaimed and Award Winning authors.

RahXephon - The Novel, Volume 5


Hiroshi Ohnogi - 2006
    As the human world and the Mulian's world collide together, Ayato must make the ultimate decision: save his own life or save the one he loves.