Best of
Science-Fiction

2010

Ender's Game, Volume 2: Command School


Christopher Yost - 2010
    Ender Wiggin may be the only hope that humanity has against an alien race that threatens Earth with annihilation. He's been given his own army, and now commands 40 soldiers in a series of war games in preparation for invasion... and he's only nine years old! The classic sci-fi story heads to its incredible conclusion as Ender takes control of Dragon Army. But Ender is quickly realizing that the aliens may not be his true enemy in Battle School... his Teachers are

Ender's Shadow: Command School


Mike Carey - 2010
    But their relationship is a bruising clash of egos and agendas from the start - and it only gets worse when Dragon face their first battle.

Stories of Your Life and Others


Ted Chiang - 2010
    Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern SF.Now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven's other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life . . . and others.

The Martian Chronicles / The Illustrated Man / The Golden Apples of the Sun


Ray Bradbury - 2010
    This giant omnibus volume collects three major works by this genre titan: The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and The Golden Apples of the Sun. It would be nearly impossible to identify three works more central to sci-fi than this trio.

The Lost


Dan Abnett - 2010
    'The Lost' gathers together four novels - 'Traitor General', 'His Last Command', 'The Armour of Contempt', and 'Only In Death'.

Soul Hunter


Aaron Dembski-Bowden - 2010
    The Imperial world puts up a stern defence, but the biggest obstacle to success will be the disunity and mistrust between the two Legions. Will their covenant last long enough for them to succeed in their mission?

Ciaphas Cain: Defender of the Imperium


Sandy Mitchell - 2010
    Cain wants nothing more than to keep out of trouble and get to the other side of his commission in one piece, but the war-torn 41st millennium has other ideas. Confronted with the powers of Chaos and hordes of alien foes, our intrepid Commissar seeks to sidestep danger and talk his way out of trouble. Yet each time he survives his legend only grows, and his life is in ever-greater jeopardy… Defender of the Imperium contains the novels Death or Glory, Duty Calls and Cain’s Last Stand, plus the short story Traitor’s Gambit and a new introduction from author Sandy Mitchell.

The Maze Runner Series


James Dashner - 2010
    "If you ain't scared, you ain't human." When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone. "Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade." Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive. "Everything is going to change." Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. Praise for the Maze Runner series: "[A] mysterious survival saga that passionate fans describe as a fusion of "Lord of the Flies," "The Hunger Games," and "Lost.""--EW.com "Wonderful action writing--fast-paced...but smart and well observed."--"Newsday" "[A] nail-biting must-read."--Seventeen.com "Breathless, cinematic action." --"Publishers Weekly" "Heart-pounding to the very last moment." --"Kirkus Reviews" "Exclamation-worthy." --"Romantic Times"[STAR] "James Dashner's illuminating prequel ["The Kill Order"] will thrill fans of this Maze Runner [series] and prove just as exciting for readers new to the series."-"Shelf Awareness," Starred

Live Free or Die


John Ringo - 2010
    But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief. Who Controls the Orbitals, Controls the World When the Horvath came through, they announced their ownership by dropping rocks on three cities and gutting them. Since then, they've held Terra as their own personal fiefdom. With their control of the orbitals, there's no way to win and earth's governments have accepted the status quo. Live Free or Die. To free the world from the grip of the Horvath is going to take an unlikely hero. A hero unwilling to back down to alien or human governments, unwilling to live in slavery and with enough hubris, if not stature, to think he can win. Fortunately, there's Tyler Vernon. And he has bigger plans than just getting rid of the Horvath.

The Dragon Variation


Sharon Lee - 2010
    Yet his heart is immersed in another universe, influenced by another culture, and lost to a woman not of his world. And to take a Terran wife such as scholar Anne Davis is to risk both his honor and reputation--not to mention the lives of loved ones."Scout's Progress"--Aelliana Caylon is a brilliant mathematician, revered by pilots for the life-saving revisions she brought to the ven'Tura Piloting Tables. Despite this, her home life is terrifying, as the target of her elder brother's spite and her mother's indifference. Convinced that she has no recourse, Aelliana endures, until, on a dare, she plays a game of chance and wins a spaceship. Suddenly she has a way to escape her drab life - if she can qualify as a pilot, and survive her brother's abuse."Conflict of Honors"--Declared legally dead by a High Priestess of the Goddess and abandoned by her mother, Priscilla Delacroix has roamed the galaxy for ten years, surviving and becoming a woman of extraordinary skills. Now, she's been betrayed and abandoned once again, left on a distant planet by the Liaden starship on which she had been an important officer. But she's not alone: starship captain Shan yos'Galan has his own score to settle with the same enemy and is about to offer her an alliance.

J. D. Robb CD Collection 10: Promises in Death, Kindred in Death


J.D. Robb - 2010
    When she’s taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn’t just “one of us.” Dallas’s friend Chief Medical Examiner Morris had started a serious relationship with Coltraine, and from all accounts the two were headed for a happy future together. Eve starts questioning everyone, including Coltraine’s squad, informants, and neighbors, while Eve’s husband, Roarke, digs into computer data on the dead woman’s life back in Atlanta. To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own painful, shadowy pasts.Kindred in DeathWhen the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, they are looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter, who stayed behind. Not even their worst nightmares could prepare them for the crime scene that awaits them instead. Deena has been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

Zones of Thought: A Fire Upon the Deep / A Deepness in the Sky


Vernor Vinge - 2010
    Earth remains in the "Slowness" zone, where nothing can travel faster than light and minds are fairly limited. The action of the book is in the "Beyond", where translight travel and other marvels exist, and humans are one of many intelligent species. One human colony has been experimenting to find a path to the "Transcend", where intelligence and power are so great as to seem godlike. Instead they release the Blight, an evil power, from a billion-year captivity.' Publisher's WeeklyIn DEEPNESS, 'the story has the same sense of epic vastness despite happening mostly in one isolated solar system. Here there's a world of intelligent spider creatures who traditionally hibernate through the "Deepest Darkness" of their strange variable sun's long "off" periods, when even the atmosphere freezes. Now, science offers them an alternative. Meanwhile, attracted by spider radio transmissions, two human starfleets come exploring--merchants hoping for customers and tyrants who want slaves. Their inevitable clash leaves both fleets crippled, with the power in the wrong hands, which leads to a long wait in space until the spiders develop exploitable technology. Over the years Vinge builds palpable tension through multiple storylines and characters.' Dave Langford

Serenity: Float Out


Patton Oswalt - 2010
    Float Out includes three brand-new stories of Wash in a series of exciting smuggling raids, each providing a hair-raising escape or daring last-minute rescue! Featuring a cameo that will leave Serenity fans reeling, this special one-shot presents new tales of the Serenity universe's past and tantalizing hints about its future!

The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force


Daniel Wallace - 2010
    The inner platform rises, revealing this exclusive edition of The Jedi Path.This ancient training manual, crafted by early Jedi Masters, has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi. It explains the history and hierarchy of the Jedi Order, and what Jedi must know to take their place as defenders of the peace in the galaxy — from mastery of the Force to the nuances of lightsaber combat.Passed down from Master to Padawan, the pages of this venerable text have been annotated by those who have held it, studied it, and lived its secrets. From Yoda and Luke Skywalker to Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, they have shaped the content of the book by leaving mementos tucked within the pages, tearing out pages, and adding their personal experiences as tangible reminders of the lessons they’ve learned.Through wars and rebellion, only a single copy of this manual has survived. It is now passed on to you.The ancient Masters who wrote the text: Fae Coven, Grand Master and head of the Jedi Council; Crix Sunburris, Jedi Ace starfighter pilot; Restelly Quist, Jedi Chief Librarian; Skarch Vaunk, Jedi Battlemaster and lightsaber expert; Bowspritz, Jedi Biologist and expert on the Living Force; Sabla-Mandibu, Jedi Seer and Holocron expert; Morrit Ch’gally, Jedi Recruiter; Gal-Stod Slagistrough, Jedi leader of the Agricultural Corps.Jedi who added personal commentary: Yoda, Thame Cerulian, Count Dooku, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Sidious, and Luke Skywalker.Removable features: A letter tracing the book’s history, a severed Padawan braid, a metal Jedi Credit medallion, a Jedi starfighter patch, a burned poster of the Jedi Code, a map of the Jedi Temple, a lightsaber diagram sketched on the back of a napkin from Dex’s Diner, and a note on the missing pages torn from the book by a Sith.Created in collaboration with Lucasfilm — along with an acclaimed Star Wars author and revered Star Wars illustrators — this volume provides new insights into the history and lore of the Jedi Order while introducing never-before-seen ships, creatures, characters, and details about how one trains to become a Jedi.

Psion Beta


Jacob Gowans - 2010
    As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive.The Silent War is at a tipping point; even one boy can be the difference.But to do so, he must survive.

Ender's Game Ultimate Collection


Christopher Yost - 2010
    His peers bully him, his parents are aloof, and his older brother is violently resentful of him. He might also be humanity's only hope. Ender is recruited to join the International Fleet's legion of child warriors in training, to report for duty in defense of the planet. Leaving behind the only person who ever understood him--his kind-hearted sister Valentine--he takes on the challenge of becoming a commander in Earth's defenses. His promise is high, and his teachers are sure he will rise to the test--that is, if Battle School doesn't kill him first. Ender struggles to find a place within his soul for tranquility, humanity and a connection with something greater than the brutal mechanics of war and strategy. But when he is thrust into Command School at a vastly accelerated pace, will he crack up on the road to becoming the hero that the human race so desperately needs? Sci-fi legend Orson Scott Card's Hugo and Nebula-Award winning classic is brought to vivid life by writer Christopher Yost (X-Force) and artist Pasqual Ferry (Ultimate Iron Man II).COLLECTING:ENDER'S GAME: BATTLE SCHOOL 1-5; ENDER'S GAME: COMMAND SCHOOL 1-5

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction


Arthur B. Evans - 2010
    The fifty-two stories and critical introductions are organized chronologically as well as thematically for classroom use. Filled with luminous ideas, otherworldly adventures, and startling futuristic speculations, these stories will appeal to all readers as they chart the emergence and evolution of science fiction as a modern literary genre. They also provide a fascinating look at how our Western technoculture has imaginatively expressed its hopes and fears from the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century to the digital age of today. A free online teacher's guide accompanies the anthology and offers access to a host of pedagogical aids for using this book in an academic setting.The stories in this anthology have been selected and introduced by the editors of Science Fiction Studies, the world's most respected journal for the critical study of science fiction.

Halo: Helljumper


Peter David - 2010
    When the distress signal comes, two Helljumpers will find themselves at the centre of the mystery on Ariel, and they'll have to put everything on the line.

Firefly: Still Flying: A Celebration of Joss Whedon's Acclaimed TV Series


Joss Whedon - 2010
    UNSEEN PHOTOS. SHINY.“We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.”Since its short-lived appearance on TV in 2002, Joss Whedon’s Firefly has indeed done the impossible. It’s sold over a half a million copies on DVD, spawned the hit movie Serenity, and most remarkably, inspired a loyal fan following — the Browncoats — whose numbers are still growing to this day.Still Flying is a brand new celebration of all aspects of the show, featuring a wealth of rare and previously unpublished images — including storyboards, production design art and candid behind the scenes photos — memories from the cast and crew, a tribute to the Browncoats, and, as a special bonus: EXCLUSIVE NEW FIREFLY FICTION BY WRITERS OF THE ORIGINAL TV EPISODESFUN WITH DICK AND JAYNE written and drawn by Ben Edlund WHAT HOLDS US DOWN by Jane EspensonCRYSTAL by Brett MatthewsTAKE THE SKY by Jose Molina

Ender's Game


Frederic P. Miller - 2010
    The book originated as the novelette "Ender's Game," published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Elaborating on characters and plot lines depicted in the novel, Card later wrote additional books to form the Ender's Game series. Card released an updated version of Ender's Game in 1991, changing some political facts to accurately reflect the times. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the "Buggers"). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world's most talented children, including the novel's protagonist Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.

Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter


Dan Luvisi - 2010
    Details the characters, corporations, and products in the world of the forthcoming Last Man Standing graphic novel and motion picture, presented as if the book is a scrapbook kept by the protagonist.

Brave New Worlds


John Joseph Adams - 2010
    Brave New Worlds brings together the best dystopian fiction of the last 30 years, demonstrating the diversity that flourishes in this compelling subgenre. This landmark tome contains stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, M. Rickert, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and many others.Table of ContentsIntroduction / John Joseph Adams --Lottery / Shirley Jackson --Red card / S.L. Gilbow --Ten with a flag / Joseph Paul Haines --Ones who walk away from Omelas / Ursula K. Le. Guin --Evidence of love in a case of abandonment / M. Rickert --The Funeral / Kate Wilhelm --O happy day! / Geoff Ryman --Pervert / Charles Coleman Finlay --From homogeneous to honey / Neil Gaiman & Bryan Talbot --Billennium / J.G. Ballard --Amaryllis / Carrie Vaughn --Pop squad / Paolo Bacigalupi --Auspicious eggs / James Morrow --Peter Skilling / Alex Irvine --The Pedestrian / Ray Bradbury --Things that make me weak and strange get engineered away / Cory Doctorow --Pearl diver / Caitlin R. Kiernan --Dead space for the unexpected / Geoff Ryman --"Repent harlequin!", said the Ticktockman / Harlan Ellison --Is this your day to join the revolution? / Genevieve Valentine --Independence day / Sarah Langan --Lunatics / Kim Stanley Robinson --Sacrament / Matt Williamson --Minority report / Philip K. Dick --Just do it / Heather Lindsley --Harrison Bergeron / Kurt Vonnegut Jr. --Caught in the organ draft / Robert Silverberg --Geriatric ward / Orson Scott Card --Arties aren't stupid / Jeremiah Tolbert --Jordan's waterhammer / Joe Mastroianni --Of a sweet slow dance in the wake of temporary dogs / Adam-Troy Castro --Resistance / Tobias S. Buckell --Civilization / Vylar Kaftan.

Narraciones Completas


Edgar Allan Poe - 2010
    Nevertheless, his handling of psychological depth is unmatched in the field.This major collection features all of Poe's horror, detective, and science fiction, and includes the complete Poe illustrations of Harry Clarke, Fritz Eichenberg, Gahan Wilson, and Arthur Rackham, among others, including some new and fine color paintings by Swiss artist Gwabryel. Bound in three-piece cloth with ribbon marker, translucent overlays, and enclosed in a cloth slipcase. The introduction is by Poe scholar Mark Samuels.

Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron (Transformers


Alexander C. Irvine - 2010
    Yet the full story of the conflict between the two most famous Transformers—everything that happened before Optimus and Megatron arrived on planet Earth—has always been a mystery . . . until now. Here, for the first time told in its entirety, is the thrilling saga of Optimus and Megatron before they were enemies, before they even knew each other. “Freedom is every Cybertronian’s right!” After Megatron utters these immortal words, the caste-bound planet of Cybertron is rocked to its foundations. Megatron, an undefeated gladiator thug, gives voice to the unspoken longings of the oppressed masses—and opens the mind of an insignificant data clerk to possibilities previously unthinkable.Long before becoming the honorable Optimus Prime, Orion Pax is a mere office underling, an unlikely candidate to answer an outlaw’s call to revolution. But Orion is determined to meet this defiant enemy of all that Cybertron stands for, no matter what he has to do, or how many laws he has to break.What happens between Orion Pax and Megatron forever changes the destiny of all Transformers. This gripping, action-packed novel reveals all the loyalties and treacheries, trust and betrayals, deadly violence and shining ideals, as well as the pivotal roles played by other characters, including Starscream, Sentinel Prime, Omega Supreme, and one of the thirteen original Primes, the last link to Cybertron’s glorious Golden Age.Discover how meek disciple Orion Pax becomes the fearless leader Optimus Prime; follow the tantalizing clues about the lost Matrix of Leadership and the lore surrounding it; find out why the two allies fighting a corrupt regime suddenly turn on each other, and what triggers their epic war. Transformers: Exodus provides everything fans ever wanted to know about one of the fiercest rivalries of all time.

Short Story Collections by Stanislaw Lem: The Cyberiad, Tales of Pirx the Pilot, the Star Diaries


Books LLC - 2010
    Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 20. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: The Cyberiad (Polish: ) is a series of short stories by Stanisaw Lem. The Polish version was first published in 1967, with an English translation appearing in 1974. The main protagonists of the series are Trurl and Klapaucius, the "constructors." The vast majority of characters are either robots, or intelligent machines. The stories focus on problems of the individual and society, as well as on the vain search for human happiness through technological means. Two of these stories were included in the book The Mind's I. Trurl and Klapaucius are brilliant (robotic) engineers, called "constructors" (because they can construct practically anything at will), capable of almost God-like exploits. For instance, on one occasion Trurl creates an entity capable of extracting accurate information from the random motion of gas particles, which he calls a "Demon of the Second Kind." He describes the "Demon of the First Kind" as a Maxwell's demon. On another, the two constructors re-arrange stars near their home planet in order to advertise. The duo are best friends and rivals. When they are not busy constructing revolutionary mechanisms at home, they travel the universe, aiding those in need. Although the characters are firmly established as good and righteous, they take no shame in accepting handsome rewards for their services. If rewards were promised and not delivered, the constructors may even severely punish those who deceived them. The universe of The Cyberiad is pseudo-Medieval. There are kingdoms, knights, princesses, and even dragons in abundance. Robots are usually anthropomorphic, to the point of being divided into sexes. Love and marriage are possibl...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=59380

Halo: Blood Line


Fred Van Lente - 2010
    But when this quartet of super-soldiers is shot down, humans and aliens will have to forge an uneasy alliance.

Halo: Reach Signature Series Guide (Official Strategy Guides (Bradygames))


Doug Walsh - 2010
    Find detailed maps pinpointing key locations of each area in Forge World, giving you a closer look into the life of the Noble 6 super soldiers.Exclusive maps found only in the official guide show you the locations of enemy engagements, weapon caches for the campaign and more.Existing weapons from the Halo series have been fully updated and there are brand new weapons to help you fulfill combat roles. This Halo Reach Signature Series Guide is a collectible for all Halo fans.Official artwork enhances every page, designed for beauty and easy-of-use. Can you prevent the fall of Reach?Book: Paperback: Premium Edition | 8.50 x 10.86in | 352 pages | ISBN 9780744012323 | 03 Sep 2010 | BRADY GAMES SIGNATURE SERIES S | 13 - AND UP yearsGuide Book

No Enemy Within (Lantean Legacy, #1)


Keira Marcos - 2010
    John and Rodney face changes in their friendship, Earth’s abandonment of the expedition, and find themselves altered for life when they accept a gift from Atlantis.Stargate: AtlantisPairings: McKay/SheppardWarnings: graphic sex, secondary character death and violenceBeta(s): Chris King, Ladyholder, & DjaddictRating: NC-17Word Count: 66,900 complete

U.S.S. Enterprise Haynes Manual


Ben Robinson - 2010
    Enterprise is without doubt the most famous starship in history. The vessels that have carried the name have saved the galaxy countless times and her captains, including Archer, Kirk, and Picard, have been legendary. This Haynes Manual provides in-depth information about these extraordinary ships, from the Enterprise NX-01, to Captain Kirk’s Enterprise NCC-1701 and Captain Picard’s Enterprise NCC-1701-D including histories of each vessel, technical information about their systems, and discussions of key technologies such as transporters and warp-speed travel. Find out exactly what powered these ships, how they were armed and what it took to operate them. The book features newly created artwork throughout, including full-ship cutaways of each Enterprise, key systems, and interior locations together with detailed new exterior views by one of STAR TREK’s original visual effects artists. This Haynes Manual is fully authorized by CBS and technical consultant Michael Okuda, who spent thirteen years working on STAR TREK TV series and movies.

Halo: Evolutions, Volume II


Tobias S. Buckell - 2010
    The original Halo: Evolutions, split into two volumes.  This volume contains stories by: Tessa Kum & Jeff VanderMeerKevin GraceRobt McLeesKaren TravissFred Van Lente  When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there.  When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost—but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge.  In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend.  This collection holds eleven stories that dive into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also those who vowed to wipe humanity out of existence.  Included in this volume you’ll find the stories of:* A high-ranking prophet musing on the catastrophic last days of the Covenant Spartan: Team Black, who discover that the Covenant’s politics might be more deadly than their military might* The terrors of survival in the aftermath of a Flood infection* The Master Chief struggling with his own humanity as he battles through war-torn New Mombassa* The insatiable appetite of the Gravemind as it claws its way through Cortana’s tortured consciousness* An existential Elite, in the aftermath of the Human-Covenant War, returning to the site of his greatest victory as he deals with his worst defeat* And new to this volume, the last confessions of a Prophet in “Wages of Sin”

Pathfinder


Orson Scott Card - 2010
    A dangerous path. Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him--secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain. Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent…or forfeit control of his destiny.

The Confusion (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 2, Books 4 & 5)


Neal Stephenson - 2010
    A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.Back in Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, master of markets, pawn and confidante of enemy kings, onetime Turkish harem virgin, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France's most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession -- her child.Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies. And Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended.The Baroque Cycle, Neal Stephenson's award-winning series, spans the late 17th and early 18th centuries, combining history, adventure, science, invention, piracy, and alchemy into one sweeping tale. It is a gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive historical epic populated by the likes of Isaac Newton, William of Orange, Benjamin Franklin, and King Louis XIV, along with some of the most inventive literary characters in modern fiction.Audible's complete and unabridged presentation of The Baroque Cycle was produced in cooperation with Neal Stephenson. Each volume includes an exclusive introduction read by the author.

11 Science Fiction Stories


Philip K. Dick - 2010
    SpaceshipPiper in the Woods

Throne of Lies


Aaron Dembski-Bowden - 2010
    They prey on their victims from the shadows, stalking the faithful of the False Imperium in their ultimate quest to destroy the Emperor. The warband of the Exalted, travelling aboard The Covenant of Blood, are recovering from the events at Crythe Primus. But their dark crusade against the loyal Imperial forces continues, and they will leave a trail of blood and terror behind them.

Command Decision, Part 1


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    This subsequent career in the family business was tough: marked by war, mutiny and attempted assassination. But then her home was attacked and her parents killed - their trading empire left in ruins. Now she must save what is left of the family and the business, with few friends and too few assets. She must make full use of her hard-won experience to not just survive, but to restore the shattered fortunes of the Vatta family and their allies. Now, Kylara Vatta, space-trader and sometime privateer, has destined herself for a dangerous and unpredictable future. She will muster an interplanetary taskforce and forge them into a lethal weapon: one that the pirates who destroyed her family will never forget...

Deep Navigation


Alastair Reynolds - 2010
    It contains a broad spectrum of his work, from his first published story, "Nunivak Snowflakes," through "The Receivers" and "Monkey Suit," both published within the last year, plus an introduction by his friend, and former Boskone Guest, Stephen Baxter. It is well-known that the scope of Dr. Reynolds' stories is vast; his Revelation Space stories alone attest to that. This collection shows his impressive range, from the claustrophobic Antarctic station, "Byrd Land Six," to the branespanning "Tiger, Burning," to the millennia-long quest of "Fury." His viewpoints are as varied as his constant production of big, new ideas. A lone artist calmly painting the universe. A planetary ecological struggle reduced to a game. A fleeing assassin drawn into an alien rescue between the stars. The full-color dust jacket is by John Picacio, the Boskone 47 Official Artist.Table of Contents:-Introduction by Stephen Baxter-Nunivak Snowflakes-Monkey Suit-The Fixation-Feeling Rejected-Fury-Stroboscopic-The Receivers-Byrd Land Six-The Star Surgeon's Apprentice-On the Oodnadatta-Fresco-Viper-Soirée-The Sledge-Maker's Daughter-Tiger, Burning

Dr. Halsey's Journal (Halo: Reach Special Edition Exclusive)


Eric S. Nylund - 2010
    Halsey's personal journal is a booklet co-written by Eric Nylund and is included with the Halo: Reach Limited and Legendary editions. It covers various elements from the Halo universe and is written through the eyes of Catherine Elizabeth Halsey herself.

Bolos: Their Finest Hour


Keith Laumer - 2010
    Stirling and More. Military Science Fiction at Its Best.Controlled by their tireless electronic brains which were programmed to admit no possibility of defeat, the gigantic robot tanks known as Bolos were almost indestructible, and nearly unstoppable. Their artificial intelligences were designed to make them selflessly serve and protect humans throughout the galaxy and made each Bolo the epitome of the knight sans peur et sans reproche, and often far more noble than the humans who gave them their orders.Created by Keith Laumer, the saga of the Bolos has been extended by several of the best writers in science fiction. Now, the best stories of the saga are collected in one Omni-Trade volume, including work by New York Times best-selling writers David Weber, Mercedes Lackey and S. M. Stirling, military science fiction grand master David Drake, and Laumer himself, who recount the exploits of the dauntless Bolos in Their Finest Hour.

Sabbat Worlds


Dan Abnett - 2010
    This anthology opens the gateway to the Sabbat Worlds like never before, featuring new stories from some of the Black Library's best-known authors including Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill and many more.

Fine Structure


Sam Hughes - 2010
    Every year, a random person on Earth is struck by lightning and gains superpowers.Each new superhuman is twice as powerful as the previous one.This has been going on for ten years.

Grand Central Arena


Ryk E. Spoor - 2010
    But when the Sandrisson Drive activated, every automated system crashed, the nuclear reactor itself shut down, and only the reflexes and training of a racing pilot saved the test vessel Holy Grail from crashing into the impossible wall that had appeared before them, a wall which is just part of a monstrous enclosure surrounding a space twenty thousand kilometers across. With all artificial intelligences inert and their reactor dead, they had to find some other source of power to reactivate the Sandrisson Drive and—hopefully—take them home.            And that was only the beginning. As Ariane, Dr. Simon Sandrisson, darkly enigmatic power engineer Marc C. DuQuesne, and the rest of the Holy Grail's crew explore the immense artifact, they discover that they are not alone; they have entered a place the alien inhabitants call “The Arena,” and there is no way out without joining one of the alien factions . . . or winning recognition as a faction in their own right, playing by the Arena's rules – and by the Arena's rules, one failed challenge could mean death or worse – perhaps for the entire human race.            Surrounded by alien factions, each with its own secret plans and motivations, some wielding powers so strange as to be magical, Ariane sets out to beat the Arena at its own game. With DuQuesne's strategies, Sandrisson's genius, and her own unyielding determination, she's going to bring the Holy Grail home – even if she has to beat every faction in the Arena to do it!

Novels by Walter Moers: The 13 1|2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, the City of Dreaming Books (Zamonia, #1, #3, #4) (Dreaming Books, #1)


Walter Moers - 2010
    Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear, Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures, the City of Dreaming Books, Der Schrecksenmeister, Flowergrazer, Ensel and Krete. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The 13 Lives of Captain Bluebear is a 1999 fantasy novel by German writer and cartoonist Walter Moers which details the numerous lives of a human-sized bear with blue fur. The novel was originally written in German, but an English translation was published in the United Kingdom in 2000 and in the United States in 2005. The 13 Lives of Captain Bluebear follow the adventures of the character Bluebear in the first half of his 27 lives. The novel intersperses Bluebears narrative with excerpts from The Encyclopedia of Marvels, Life Forms and Other Phenomena of Zamonia and its Environs by Professor Abdullah Nightingale, who bacterially transmits it into Bluebears brain. The plot is set in the fictional continent of Zamonia (location of several other novels by Walter Moers) on Earth before the "great descent" in which Zamonia and many other continents sink beneath the waves. Many of the creatures encountered by Bluebear in the novel are taken from myths, folktales, prehistory, and Moers' imagination, among them Gryphons, Maenads, Trolls, Yetis, and Pterodactyls. Nearing the end of the novel, the mythical city of Atlantis disappears from Earth, an event witnessed by Bluebear. In Bluebear's Life 1, where he is a tiny baby, he is floating in a walnut shell in the north Zamonian sea, next to the Malmstrom, a mysterious and giant whirlpool that all the world's sailors take care to avoid. Bluebear is saved by a diminutive crew of Minipirates, who are very mysterious, adopt the bear as their good-luck charm. Aboard their tiny craft he learns mu...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=676340

Short Stories: Harrison Bergeron/Epicac/2br02b/Welcome to the Monkey House/Miss Temptation/Report on the Barnhouse Effect


Kurt Vonnegut - 2010
    Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Harrison Bergeron, Epicac, 2br02b, Welcome to the Monkey House, Miss Temptation, Report on the Barnhouse Effect, All the King's Horses, Who Am I This Time?, Deer in the Works. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: "Harrison Bergeron" is a satirical, dystopian science fiction short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and first published in October 1961. Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was re-published in the author's collection, Welcome to the Monkey House in 1968. In the story, social equality has been achieved by handicapping the more intelligent, athletic or beautiful members of society. For example, strength is handicapped by the requirement to carry weight, beauty by the requirement to wear a mask and so on. This is due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th amendments to the United States Constitution. This process is central to the society, designed so that no one will feel inferior to anyone else. Handicapping is overseen by the United States Handicapper General, Diana Moon-Glampers. Harrison Bergeron, the protagonist of the story, has exceptional intelligence, strength, and beauty, and thus has to bear enormous handicaps. These include headphones that play distracting noises, three hundred pounds of weight strapped to his body, eyeglasses designed to give him headaches, a rubber ball on his nose, black caps on his teeth, and shaven eyebrows. Despite these societal handicaps, he is able to invade a TV station, declare himself Emperor, strip himself of his handicaps, then dance with a ballerina whose handicaps he has also discarded. Both are shot dead by the brutal and relentless Handicapper General. The story is framed by an additional perspective from Bergeron's parents, who are w...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=18941

Dreadstar: The Beginning


Jim Starlin - 2010
    These gorgeous, painted pages originally appeared in Epic from 1979 to 1982, and introduced audiences to Vance Dreadstar and the other characters whose saga would be continued in the Dreadstar series.

Syd Mead's Sentury II


Syd Mead - 2010
    Loyal fans and art enthusiasts will rejoice in being able to view what Syd Mead has been imagining for nearly the past decade. Having illustrated the future for us for the past 40 years, Syd Mead continues to amaze and surprise us with his stunning pieces no matter how much of the future we have seen from the start of his career to present day. Looking through his unrivaled artwork, we still find ourselves continuously waiting for his future to be in our present. Images from countless conceptual projects as well as realized ones will be included in this fantastic visual voyage into the future with the one and only Visual Futurist, Syd Mead. This limited edition hardcover will not be available again.

Marque and Reprisal, Part 2


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    The exciting military career she hoped for never got off the ground but Ky Vatta ended up seeing plenty of combat when she took the helm of one of the commercial transport vessels in her family's fleet...and steered it into a full-blown war. Now the lessons she learned in that trial by fire are about to pay off: because this time, the war has come to her. To be exact, someone unknown has launched a full-throttle offensive against Vatta Transport Ltd., Ky's father's interstellar shipping empire. In short order, most of Ky's family is killed, and subsequent attacks sever vital lines of communication, leaving Ky fighting, in every sense, to survive.Determined to identify the ruthless mystery enemy and avenge her family's name, Ky needs not only firepower but information. And she gets both in spades from the band of stranded mercenaries she hooks up with, from her black-sheep cousin, Stella, who's been leading a secret life, and from Stella's roguish ex-lover, Rafe. Together they struggle to penetrate the tangled web of political intrigue that's wreaking havoc within InterStellar Communications, whose effective operation their own livelihoods and perhaps lives depend on.But the infighting proves to be infectious, and it isn't long before Ky's hired military muscle are turning their suspicions on the enigmatic Rafe, whose wealth of knowledge about ISC's clashing factions and startling new technologies has begun to make him smell like a rat...or a mole. With swift, violent destruction a very real possibility, the last thing Ky needs is a crew divided against itself and she's prepared to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that Vatta stays in business, as well as in one piece.What she's not prepared for is the shocking truth behind the terror and a confrontation with murderous treachery from a source as unexpected as it is unrelenting. (Part 2 of 2)

Engaging the Enemy, Part 2


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta, black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy's wealthiest merchant houses, is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet.There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter. Placing her cousin Stella in command of the trading vessel Gary Tobai, Ky embarks aboard the captured pirate ship Fair Kaleen on a twofold mission: to salvage the family business and to punish those responsible for the killings...before they strike again.Since the network providing instantaneous communication between star systems has been sabotaged, news is hard to come by and available information impossible to trust. But as she travels from system to system, with Stella a step behind, Ky pieces together the clues and discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness.The only hope the independent systems and merchants have against this powerful enemy is to band together. Unfortunately, because she commands a ship known to belong to a notorious pirate - her own relative Osman Vatta, whom she killed for his part in her parents' deaths - Ky is met with suspicion, if not outright hostility. Rumors swirl about her intent, her very identity. Soon even Stella begins to question her cousin's decisions and her authority to make them.Meanwhile, the conspiracy Ky hunts is hunting her in turn, with agents insinuated into every space station, every planetary government, every arm of the military, and every merchant house - including her own. Before she can take the fight to the enemy, Kylara must survive a deadly minefield of deception and betrayal. (Part 2 of 2)

A Beacon of Hope


Walter E. Mark - 2010
    It is a world of great technological advancement. It is a world that has been at peace for a hundred years.While the world known as Kosundo by its inhabitants goes about its usual business, an ancient prophesy ominously predicts that the time of the soulless has come. Then, a mysterious man lurks about a secret city. A forgotten miscreation is plotting revenge. An emperor is going mad. A terrible weapon threatens to wreak destruction. And finally, a being of absolute evil is planning to make the world his own.But a prophet reveals a beacon of hope and tells of choices that need to be made. Each choice will determine whether another beacon of hope shines forth or if the darkness of evil prevails. A Beacon of Hope is the first book in The Sixth World of Men series.

The Jewels of Bangkok


Megan Derr - 2010
    A loving family, a jewelry business he helped his father run, and the esteemed position of Jeweler Troisieme to Mars. But the revelation of deep betrayals by his father tore his life and his family apart, culminating in a tragedy that forever ruined any chance of happiness for Elton and his sister, Lana. Parents dead, abandoned by friends, and their reputations ruined, Elton and Lana accept the offer of a new life on a planet far away from Mars.Before settling into their new lives, however, Elton and Lana decide to stop on Bangkok, the notorious 'star of pleasures.' In the place where all dreams come true, all they want is to learn how to be happy again. But everything goes awry when Elton's unmatched skills with gems allows him to spot a fake necklace in a museum, a discovery that leads him straight to the legendary Jewels of Bangkok.

Jago & Litefoot: Series 1


Andy Lane - 2010
    As death strikes on the streets of London, Sergeant Quick calls upon the help of Professor Litefoot, while an old enemy lurks in the shadows. Jago and Litefoot are on the trail of the Bloodless Soldier – and tragedy will hit close to them...1.2 The Bellova DevilWritten by Alan BarnesA body is found on the Circle Line, wearing full dress uniform. It as identified as Reginald Colville – a man who was certified dead some six weeks ago! In an attempt to solve the mystery Jago and Litefoot become unwilling bodysnatchers... And thus begins a chain of events that will pit them against killer Bulgars and the mysterious machinations of the Far-Off Travellers Club...1.3 The Spirit TrapWritten by Jonathan MorrisEllie Higson believes that spiritualist Mrs Vanguard can hear the voices of the dead, but Henry Gordon Jago thinks it’s all superstition and theatrical trickery. But if Vanguard is a harmless fake, then why have some of those who have attended her sceances disappeared so mysteriously? Jago and Litefoot investigate... And find themselves facing a deadly foe from the afterlife.1.4 The Similarity EngineWritten by Andy LaneWhen Jago takes a tumble on an unseasonably icy road, he ends up in hospital. But this is no ordinary medical establishment, and the patients are suffering from no ordinary illnesses. At last, the fiendish scheme of Dr Tulp is drawing to its cataclysmic climax. The Similarity Engine is operational. And a new, improved model of mahogany murderers have been unleashed...

FANG: A MAXIMUM RIDE NOVEL - Free preview: Book One


James Patterson - 2010
    For years, Max has been desperately on the run from evil forces trying to prevent her from her destiny to save the world –– but nothing has ever rocked her world like this horrifying prophetic message . Fang is Max’s best friend, her soul mate, her partner in leading the flock of winged children. A life without Fang is unimaginable. Max’s desperate desire to protect Fang brings the two closer than ever. But their world is turned upside down yet again when another winged boy, the beautiful Dylan, is introduced into the flock. Raised in a lab, like the flock, he exists for only one reason: He was created to be Max’s perfect other half. Now a battle of science against soul and perfection versus passion unfolds, twists and turns . . . A meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming.

The Cat's Job


Sharon Lee - 2010
    Plus more! An excellent gift! Delightful reading!

Bootstrap Colony


Chris Hechtl - 2010
    That is what the aliens had warned Mitch Chambers a year ago. It wasn't like it was anything new, mankind had always been teetering on the edge of extinction. But when aliens visit, you listened. They gave him and nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine other people a year to prepare before they are transplanted to another world. Mitch didn't even consider going to the media or the government, they would have laughed him right into an asylum. No, Mitch knew he would have to do it the hard way, pull mankind up by the bootstraps. Bootstrap colony.

The Best of Larry Niven


Larry Niven - 2010
    This spellbinding collection is a must for fans of classic SF. - Publishers WeeklyWith the publication of his first story, 'The Coldest Place', in 1964 Larry Niven launched one of the most important careers in the history of science fiction. Over the next decade his stunning hard science fiction won four short fiction Hugo Awards and both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his all-time classic novel, Ringworld.But it was the short stories that amazed and astounded first. Stories like 'The Coldest Place', 'Becalmed in Hell', 'Neutron Star', and 'All the Myriad Ways' set the boundaries for 'Known Space', one of science fiction s grandest future histories, while Niven also explored the classic tavern story in his 'Draco's Tavern' sequence and even fantasy in his 'Magic Goes Away' stories.Astoundingly, there has never been a single compendium the focused solely on Niven's best short fiction until now. The Best of Larry Niven collects no less than twenty seven stories written over a period of thirty-five years, bringing together some of the best-loved stories in science fiction for the first time, along with some overlooked classics. Whether this is your first time in Known Space or you're visiting old friends in Draco's Tavern, The Best of Larry Niven is unforgettable.Contents:9 • Introduction (The Best of Larry Niven) • essay by Jerry Pournelle11 • Becalmed in Hell • [Known Space] • (1965) • shortstory by Larry Niven25 • Bordered in Black • (1966) • shortstory by Larry Niven45 • Neutron Star • [Known Space] • (1966) • novelette by Larry Niven63 • The Soft Weapon • [Known Space] • (1967) • novelette by Larry Niven113 • The Jigsaw Man • [Known Space] • (1967) • shortstory by Larry Niven125 • The Deadlier Weapon • non-genre • (1968) • shortstory by Larry Niven135 • All the Myriad Ways • [Time Travel - Parallel Universe] • (1968) • shortstory by Larry Niven145 • Not Long Before the End • [Magic Goes Away] • (1969) • shortstory by Larry Niven157 • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex • (1969) • essay by Larry Niven165 • Inconstant Moon • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven191 • Rammer • [State] • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven219 • Cloak of Anarchy • [Known Space] • (1972) • shortstory by Larry Niven239 • The Fourth Profession • (1971) • novelette by Larry Niven285 • Flash Crowd • [Teleportation] • (1973) • novella by Larry Niven337 • The Defenseless Dead • [Gil Hamilton] • (1973) • novelette by Larry Niven381 • The Flight of the Horse • [Svetz] • (1969) • shortstory by Larry Niven395 • The Hole Man • (1974) • shortstory by Larry Niven409 • Night on Mispec Moor • [State] • (1974) • shortstory by Larry Niven421 • Flatlander • [Known Space] • (1967) • novelette by Larry Niven459 • The Magic Goes Away • [Magic Goes Away • 1] • (1978) • novel by Larry Niven523 • Cautionary Tales • (1978) • shortstory by Larry Niven527 • Limits • [Draco Tavern] • (1981) • shortstory by Larry Niven533 • A Teardrop Falls • [Berserker] • (1983) • shortstory by Larry Niven545 • The Return of William Proxmire • (1989) • shortstory by Larry Niven555 • The Borderland of Sol • [Known Space] • (1975) • novelette by Larry Niven595 • Smut Talk • [Draco Tavern] • (2000) • shortstory by Larry Niven605 • The Missing Mass • [Draco Tavern] • (2000) • shortstory by Larry NivenCover art by Edward Miller

When You Reach Me/First Light


Rebecca Stead - 2010
    Someone is sending her anonymous notes, and each one reveals more about a mystery that changes her life forever.Stead’s debut novel, First Light, is a dazzling tale of science, secrets, and adventure at the top of the world. While on a research expedition with his family, Peter discovers a hidden world beneath the arctic ice of Greenland, and meets Thea, a bold explorer.

Halo: Evolutions Volume I


Tobias S. Buckell - 2010
    BuckellB. K. EvensonJonathan GoffEric NylundFrank O'ConnorEric Raab When humanity expanded beyond the safety of Earth to new stars and horizons, they never dreamed what dangers they would encounter there.  When the alien juggernaut known as the Covenant declared holy war upon the fragile human empire, millions of lives were lost—but, millions of heroes rose to the challenge.  In such a far-reaching conflict, not many of the stories of these heroes, both human and alien, have a chance to become legend.  This collection holds eleven stories that dive into the depths of the vast Halo universe, not only from the perspective of those who fought and died to save humanity, but also those who vowed to wipe humanity out of existence. Included in this volume you’ll find the stories of:* A Spartan II washout who was most dangerous when he was told he could not serve with his fellow warriors. * An ONI intelligence officer who falls captive to a ravenous pack of Brutes* A dying man standing between The Covenant and the location of Earth, with only a compromised AI to aid him  * The confession of an ODST who tried to get more out of the war than just victory* A select unit of Spartan IIIs put on a mission to succeed against against a never-before-seen Elite force* The impossible life and possible death of Admiral Preston J. Cole* And new to this volume, a glimpse into Forerunner life in “Soma the Painter” At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

The Time Machine


Tim Chaffey - 2010
    Jax and Isaiah expect pyramids and pharaohs, but come face-to-face with some of the deadliest creatures to ever walk the earth. Can JT and Micky get there before it's too late? And what will happen when they are confronted with the true history of the world?

Command Decision, Part 2


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    This subsequent career in the family business was tough: marked by war, mutiny and attempted assassination. But then her home was attacked and her parents killed - their trading empire left in ruins. Now she must save what is left of the family and the business, with few friends and too few assets. She must make full use of her hard-won experience to not just survive, but to restore the shattered fortunes of the Vatta family and their allies. Now, Kylara Vatta, space-trader and sometime privateer, has destined herself for a dangerous and unpredictable future. She will muster an interplanetary taskforce and forge them into a lethal weapon: one that the pirates who destroyed her family will never forget...

Feral Machines


Ginn Hale - 2010
    When the interstellar wildlife sanctuary Casaverde is quarantined due to an mysterious outbreak of malaria, Andrew Salazar must turn to military surplus synthetic life-forms to help him in his work as warden.But Andrew soon discovers that the synthetics are far more complex creatures than he first imagined and that something more deadly than an old-world disease is stalking Casaverde.

The Air that Angels Breathe


Keira Marcos - 2010
    John has hid his mutation all of his life and then everything changes in an instant.

Super


Aaron Dietz - 2010
    Either stick with being sucked down further into your life, or earn the lift-off of the elite.Aaron Dietz’s debut novel moves with an experimental edge into America’s heroic mythology. Structured as a novel-length job application for a superhero agency, Dietz uses his iron touch to explore themes that go far deeper than the swashbuckling world of comics and costumes. It’s a story about commitment, ability, bureaucracy, possibility, crisis, and heartbreak. Super.

The Night Land, a Story Retold


James Stoddard - 2010
    Penned in 1912, The Night Land is considered by many to be a work of genius, but one written in a difficult, archaic style that readers often find impenetrable. As a labor of love, James Stoddard has rewritten Hodgson's book to bring it to a wider audience. The story opens in the 19th century, but quickly moves to the far future, where the sun has gone out, leaving the world in a darkness broken only by strange lights and mysterious fires. Over the ages, monsters and evil forces have descended to the earth, compelling the surviving humans to take refuge in a great pyramid of imperishable metal built in a miles-deep chasm. The monsters surround the pyramid in a perpetual siege lasting for eons, waiting for the moment when its defenses must fail.But one man, born out of his time, must leave the pyramid to seek his long-lost love though all the perils of the Night Land.

Podthology: The Pod Complex


Timothy Reynolds - 2010
    Inside Dragon Moon's first Podthology can be found demons, angels, pirates, ghosts, ghouls, the past, the future, and one slightly confused Vietnam veteran. Join writers Scott Sigler, Tee Morris, Mike Bennett, Emerian Rich and the others as they chill your spine, raise your hackles, tickle your funny bone and maybe even make you ponder your own special place in the Podosphere. Including stories by: Phil Rossi Marie Bilodeau J. Daniel Sawyer Jack Mangan Scott Sigler Jared Axelrod Mike Bennett Justin R. Macumber Emerian Rich Tee Morris E. A. Zefram Timothy G.M. Reynolds J.D. Williams Jennifer Rahn Alexander T. Crisp

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes


P.H.C. Marchesi - 2010
    Shauna, his sister, never gets sick. As far as most people are concerned, the inseparable Kitt twins are odd 13-year-olds. No one, however - not even Shelby and Shauna - can guess how extraordinary they are until the vice consul of Miriax, a planet from another dimension, asks them to take part in a dangerous mission. From that moment on, Shelby and Shauna Kitt discover that the universe is full of klodians, cities in jungles, giant bats, and tea with mushrooms. Most of all, they discover that it will take more than special powers for them to face - and survive - the evil that threatens the galaxy.

Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 40 (Clarkesworld Magazine, #40)


Neil Clarke - 2010
    Ridler"Video Game Sci-Fi Comes of Age" by Brian Trent"2009 Reader's Poll and Contest" by Neil ClarkeReceived Shirley Jackson Award in 2010 for "The Things" by Peter Watts

Marco and the Red Granny


Mur Lafferty - 2010
    Campbell Award Nominee and Two Time Parsec Award Winner"Lafferty's most memorable and exciting creation to date." ~Goodreads.com"...a really fun read. I love the setting (an alien settlement on the moon becomes "Mollywood", the hottest cultural Mecca of the 21st century), as well as how it looked at art, media, and commerce and the sometimes messy ways that they interact." ~Goodreads.comHave you ever tasted a symphony? Listened to a seven course meal?An alien species brings back the old artist patronage system, and suddenly Sally Ride Lunar Base is transformed into the new artistic center of the universe: “Mollywood.” These aliens can do amazing things with art and the senses, allowing a painting, for example, to stimulate other senses than simply sight. Marco wanted a coveted patronage, once. But then his girlfriend got one and shuttled off to Mollywood for fame and fortune, and Marco stayed home, waiting for his own patron. His career faltered. His agent dumped him. But then he gets THE call. But he’s about to find out that an artistic patronage isn’t what it was in the good old days, and that the only friend he’s made, a tiny old woman who’s the star of a blood sports reality series called The Most Dangerous Game, has secrets of her own.Nominated for the 2011 Parsec Award for Best Novella Podcast

Subject 12 (Guild Files, Volume 1)


S.W. Douglas - 2010
    Unfortunately his ex-boss has other plans and drives him from hiding in a violent confrontation. In an attempt to get his bearings again, he seeks out his ex-girlfriend and finds himself getting drawn deeper and deeper into conflict with himself, his former employer, and the very 'heroes' he'd disdained for so long.

Hard Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance


Jack Vance - 2010
    A legend has to start somewhere... As so many writers have said, it's in the shorter and mid-length work that the storytelling craft is best learned. Hard-Luck Diggings brings together fourteen such pieces from the first twelve years of Grand Master Jack Vance's genre-defining career, from back when he first worked to pay the mortgage, buy the groceries, travel the world, eventually building his own private 'dream castle' and starting a family.Like any writer serious about staying in the game, we see him targeting the markets of the day, doing what was needed to meet the tastes of editors and their readerships while at the same time perfecting his own special way of doing things so that his name, his distinctive voice, stood a chance (in modern marketing parlance) of becoming a viable 'brand.'Hard-Luck Diggings brings that fascinating process to life in fine style. As well as serving up vintage entertainment from one of the field's genuine masters, it provides an illuminating armchair tour of how the Jack Vance enterprise came to be, full of zest and life, the thrill of the upward climb and of so much more to be done. This is a book to be savoured with a twinkle in the eye, a knowing smile, but most of all, with a love of adventure and high romance firmly in place.Contents:Introduction-essay by Jonathan Strahan and Terry Dowling;-afterword-essay following each story, by Jack Vance; Hard-Luck Diggings [Magnus Ridolph] (1948); -- The Temple of Han (1951); -- The Masquerade on Dicantropus (1951); -- Abercrombie Station (1952); -- Three-Legged Joe (1953); -- DP! (1953); -- Shape-Up (1953); -- Sjambak (1953); -- The Absent-Minded Professor (1954); -- When the Five Moons Rise (1954); -- The Devil on Salvation Bluff (1955); -- Where Hesperus Falls (1956); -- The Phantom Milkman (1956); -- Dodkin’s Job (1959).Cover illustration by Tom Kidd.

The Grasslands


Kenneth Tam - 2010
    After returning from a campaign in the Third Afghan War, Major Thomas Waller and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment are assigned to escort two mysterious ladies into the unknown lands of the new world. With the help of an American drifter named Smith, Waller and his men must face daunting hordes of 'savages' that roam the steppes of the alien planet, and help to uncover the ladies' secrets - and the secrets of the new world itself. A dangerous mission awaits on the Grasslands...

Short Story Collections by George R. R. Martin: Tuf Voyaging, Dreamsongs: a Rretrospective, Sandkings


Books LLC - 2010
    Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 20. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Tuf Voyaging is a science fiction novel by George R. R. Martin, first published in 1986. It is a darkly comic meditation on environmentalism and absolute power, and is regarded by many fans as being among Martin's best early work. He has also cited Jack Vance as a big influence on the Tuf stories, trying to emulate Vance's style in many of them. This fix-up novel is a collection of short fiction works published over several years beginning in 1976 with "A Beast for Norn," and did not incorporate the S'uthlam stories (all of which were published in Analog) until late 1985, shortly before the fix-up was collated, given a Prologue, and published in book form. The novel concerns the (mis)adventures of Haviland Tuf, an exceptionally tall, bald, very pale, overweight, phlegmatic, vegetarian, cat-loving but otherwise solitary space trader. Due to the venality and cutthroat tactics of the party chartering his one-man trading vessel, Tuf inadvertently becomes master of Ark, an ancient, 30-kilometer-long "seedship," a very powerful warship with advanced ecological engineering capabilities. Tuf travels the galaxy, offering his services to worlds with environmental problems, and sometimes imposing solutions of his own. The story begins with four people requiring transport: Celise Waan, a scholar of anthropology; Jefri Lion, a scholar and retired soldier; Annitas, a half-robotic cybertech; and Kaj Nevis, the leader of the expedition. They hire Rica Dawnstar, a mercenary bodyguard, and acquire the services of Haviland Tuf, a not very successful trader. Their destination is a so-called "plague star," known to inflict disease and pestilence on every third generatio...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=93247

Victory Conditions, Part 1


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    There's also a score to be settled and payback to be meted out for the obliteration of the Vatta Transport dynasty, and the slaughter of Ky's family. But the enemy have their own escalation efforts under way, including the placement of covert agents among the allies with whom Ky and the surviving Vattas are collaborating in the war effort.

Doctor Who: Find and Replace


Paul Magrs - 2010
    Iris Wildthyme.Confronted with memories she knew nothing about, Jo agrees to a meeting with Iris inside her transdimensional bus, and together the three of them take a trip back in time. Back to the 1970s, to UNIT HQ, and a meeting with the only person who knows the whole truth...

Battlecry


Chris Bunch - 2010
    Vulcan breeds just two types of native - complacent or tough. Sten is tough.When his family is killed in a mysterious accident, Sten rebels, harassing the Company from the metal world's endless mazelike warrens. It's a fool's errand, of course - no man can stand against the might of the Company and expect to live. But Sten isn't just any man.From the corrupt and brutal factories of Vulcan to the plots and intrigues of the Imperial Court, the galaxy is about to come face-to-face with the ultimate warrior. Sten's already learned how to survive - now he wants more; he wants control of his own destiny. And he'll do whatever it takes to get it.No compromise, no retreat, no surrender. Only Sten.This omnibus edition contains: STEN, THE WOLF WORLDS and THE COURT OF A THOUSAND SUNS.

Engaging the Enemy, Part 1


Elizabeth Moon - 2010
    The brilliantly unorthodox Kylara Vatta, black-sheep scion of Vatta Transport Ltd., one of the galaxy's wealthiest merchant houses, is a heroine like no other, blessed with a killer instinct for business and for battle. Now, in the aftermath of cold-blooded assassinations that have left her parents dead and the Vatta shipping empire shattered, Kylara faces her greatest challenge yet.There is a time for grief and a time for revenge. This is decidedly the latter. Placing her cousin Stella in command of the trading vessel Gary Tobai, Ky embarks aboard the captured pirate ship Fair Kaleen on a twofold mission: to salvage the family business and to punish those responsible for the killings...before they strike again.Since the network providing instantaneous communication between star systems has been sabotaged, news is hard to come by and available information impossible to trust. But as she travels from system to system, with Stella a step behind, Ky pieces together the clues and discovers a conspiracy of terrifying scope, breathtaking audacity, and utter ruthlessness.The only hope the independent systems and merchants have against this powerful enemy is to band together. Unfortunately, because she commands a ship known to belong to a notorious pirate - her own relative Osman Vatta, whom she killed for his part in her parents' deaths - Ky is met with suspicion, if not outright hostility. Rumors swirl about her intent, her very identity. Soon even Stella begins to question her cousin's decisions and her authority to make them.Meanwhile, the conspiracy Ky hunts is hunting her in turn, with agents insinuated into every space station, every planetary government, every arm of the military, and every merchant house - including her own. Before she can take the fight to the enemy, Kylara must survive a deadly minefield of deception and betrayal. (Part 1 of 2)

Doctor Who: The Guardian of the Solar System


Simon Guerrier - 2010
    But, in an old house in Ely, Sara Kingdom lives on…Now joined in the house by her confidante Robert, Sara recalls her travels in the TARDIS with the Doctor – and a particular adventure when the ship appeared to land inside a giant clock, where old men are caught in its workings…And behind this nightmare is an old enemy: Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System.Then and now, Sara's past is catching up with her. The cogs have come full circle…

Glitter Rose


Marianne de Pierres - 2010
    Each copy of this limited edition print run will be signed and presented in a beautiful hardbound cover, with internal black and white illustrations.The Glitter Rose stories are set against the background of Carmine Island (an island reminiscent of Stradbroke Island, Queensland) where a decade ago spores from deep in the ocean blew in, by a freak of nature, and settled on the island. These spores bring fierce allergies to the inhabitants of the island. And maybe other, more sinister effects. As we follow Tinashi’s journey of moving to and settling into island life, we get a clearer picture of just what is happening on Carmine Island.Glitter Rose is named after the glitter rose dusks that happen at certain tides on the island – when the last of sunset has fallen, a strange phosphorescence can be seen on the sands of the beaches. Colourless at first, it rapidly changes to a “carpet of tiny, shining, rose-coloured grains” as the sky darkens.TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroduction by Trent JamiesonGlimmer-by-darkMoon Flowers at the RitzThe Flag GameMama AilonPlus bonusIn the Bookshadow

Sectors


Brick Marlin - 2010
    With Bobby’s sudden disappearance, Gilbert finds himself caught up in an adventure that only starts with the ghosts who reside in the house. After stepping through a door into the Sectors, Gilbert is confronted with an entirely new world populated with werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghosts, robots, humans and a cannibal…

Girl Found: Legacy of Mara


Lisa Hall - 2010
    Every past but her own. Exiled to a controlled city after the death of her parents, she dreams of a place where she isn't monitored. A time when she isn't hunted. But once the Republic finds her, that hope dies as quickly as her protector.Betrayed by her friends and her past, Ellen is transported to a place she once couldn't wait to see. Europa. It isn't the sanctuary she seeks. The Republic hasn't just lost its hold on her, but on the colony they believe to be theirs. As the embers of rebellion brighten, Ellen is forced to rely on the one thing that has always frightened her the most - the talent lying in the palm of her hands.

Babylon 5: Artifacts from Beyond the Rim


J. Michael Straczynski - 2010
    We include scans of his original notes along with a transcription of what he wrote. (If you've ever seen JMS's handwriting, you'll understand what a bonus this is.) These season one notes include --* The two-part episode that was scrapped in favor of “A Voice in the Wilderness,” which includes an Earth Alliance ambassador being stationed on B5* The plot for the unproduced episode “Blockade”* The original notes for "Quality of Mercy," which in his notes was called “The Resurrectionist”Story Editor Larry DiTillio's Character ProfilesWritten as a personal reference to aid him while developing scripts, these dossiers contain fascinating bits of data such as --* Jeffrey Sinclair’s favorite composer* What John Sheridan’s father was named before he became David* What Susan Ivanova liked to collect* The name of Michael Garibaldi’s brother* What celestial body was the birthplace of Dr. Stephen Franklin* Talia Winters’s favorite movie* How Vir Cotto's mother's maiden name linked him to a powerful Centauri family* How Na'Toth’s religious beliefs differed from G’Kar’s* Which ancient Earth culture interested G'Kar * And a wealth of hitherto unknown facts about Delenn, Lennier, Keffer and Londo Mollari...and nothing at all about Kosh* Bonus: the dossier DiTillio wrote about the teenaged telepath Alisa Beldon, who appeared in “Legacies”"Some Basic Thoughts on Telepaths"Another "lost" document from story editor Larry DiTillio. Again, written for his personal reference, this is a list of twenty-six telepathic abilities in the Babylon 5 universe. Included in the listing are abilities such as --* The Six Types of Mind Scan* Thermal Manipulation* The "Chaos" Maneuver* The Empathy ScanThe JMS Interview Conducted Two Months Before the Pilot AiredHighlights include --* The circumstances in which he'd want someone to hit him over the head with a baseball bat* How he’d convince an SF fan to watch Babylon 5* What it means to give a Babylon 5 writer a "blind assignment"* How JMS wanted Babylon 5 to be like Hill Street Blues* Which actor had the most difficult time adapting to prosthetic makeup* JMS's rules for designing the aliens* The real reason he wanted diversity in the cast “The Strange Exhibition of Sebastian D'Arque”This was to be a season two episode featuring Sebastian, the character who later appeared in “Comes the Inquisitor.” You will get to see not one, but two outlines for the aborted episode. They explain how JMS planned to integrate an ISN reporter into the series’s regular cast, as well as how Sebastian was originally envisioned -- a very different take from what he would eventually become. The JMS Interview From the Week “The Coming of Shadows” AiredIn this detailed interview JMS reveals --* Which season two episodes he liked* What went wrong with the episodes that fell short of his approval* Which guest characters he wanted to use again (and which he didn't)* His thoughts on sex and SF* The origins behind the infamous “fasten-zip” conversation from “Babylon Squared”* Why he didn't regret losing Catherine Sakai when he wrote out Sinclair* The amazing thing Michael O'Hare did while filming "Parliament of Dreams"* Why sacrifice is a recurring theme in season two* In which episode he thought he did too much "preaching"* Why he was glad Deathwalker was female* Why "Believers" did not violate JMS's "no kids" rule* Why "Survivors" required so much rewriting* The reason "Grail" went off the rails, and why it was aired later in the season* The complete background on why "Eyes" was written* Which actor's performance he thought could have been better* The storyline that divided the fansNever-Before-Seen Concept Art by Peter LedgerSix pieces total --* Ledger's "simplified" English alphabet* A "really alien" alphabet* Four posters intended to decorate the walls of Babylon 5, including one promoting the "Church of the Beatles"J. Michael Straczynski's JournalHour-by-hour details of how the executive producer/creator/writer spent four days during the production of his TV series during late season two. You get to read his innermost thoughts on --* "The Quality of Mercy" and his definition of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"* What Warner Bros. noticed (and what they didn't)* Getting better time slots* What Doug Netter really does* The importance of lunch (especially on Fridays)* What a spotting session is* The crew member that is "completely nuts"* The necessary evil he agrees to that makes him think he's a "six-foot five-inch duck"* The conversation with cast members about "Narn butt"* The thing most people don't know about how television is made* Why JMS stays up most nights until 4 a.m."The Mysteries of Babylon 5" ProposalWritten between season two and season three, this proposal outlined a catch-up special designed to familiarize new viewers with the first two seasons of the show. Though the special was not to be, you get to read what could have been. "Approaching Babylon"The complete, unedited, uncensored text of J. Michael Straczynski’s eighteen-page article written for the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York. In this candid piece, JMS details his childhood love of science fiction, what inspired him to create Babylon 5 and what his hopes and fears were for the series as it entered its third season. The Mind-Wipe Story NotesSee for yourself “Passing Through Gethsemane’s” tortuous journey from script to screen. Yes, this is the episode that nearly had be to aborted after a fan posted a similar storyline in an online forum. In addition to the notarized release from the fan allowing JMS to resume work on the episode, we've also included two gems: the scratch paper featuring a very different plot and additional notes for a version of the story featuring Alfred Bester.The JMS Interview During Early Season ThreeThis brief one-on-one tells us --What he considers the most "intense" episode to dateThe real-life reason behind Vir becoming the Centauri envoy to MinbarThe season three episodes he considers "self-contained" that don't move the arc story forwardWhy he planned to write all the scripts for the seasonThe contingency plan if he ever got sick while writing every episodeThe four words he uses to describe season threeThe Patches of Babylon 5For the first time ever, detailed scans of an array of uniform patches -- thirty-one to be exact -- that were seen on the costumes in Babylon 5. Each one is identified along with where they were shown on each uniform. The inventory includes most Earthforce insignia (Command, Security, Medical, Engineering, Mars Command, etc.), as well as patches from the Earth/Minbari War, Earthforce vessels, Starfury squadrons stationed on Babylon 5 and the EAS Excalibur.TNT's "Babylon 5 Lives" ProposalThis proposal, structured as a memo, outlines three concepts --A Babylon 5 prequel set during the Earth/Minbari WarA re-edited version of the pilot movie that would form the basis for Babylon 5's TNT premiereA way to reinvigorate each cycle of re-runs on the network. Includes several intriguing Straczynskian hypotheses."Ancillary B5 Material"This is a page of notes that details the plot of yet another unmade Babylon 5 TV movie titled "The Trial of John Sheridan." You'll also learn the medium in which JMS originally planned to tell the story of Sheridan’s death. (Hint: it wasn’t an episode of the TV series.)The JMS Interview During Early Season FourA concise interview in which J. Michael Straczynski discusses --How Stephen Furst became a director on the showJMS's strategy to compensate for PTEN’s peculiar predilection for airing the season finale immediately before the following season’s premiereWhy JMS wrote all twenty-two season four episodes after nearly killing himself by writing all of season threeThe TNT Promo SpeechesRemember those fifteen- to sixty-second spots that aired on TNT around the clock leading up to Babylon 5's January 1998 premiere? You know, the ones that had Ivanova and G'Kar speaking directly to the audience and which ended with, "And that's why I am on Babylon 5." Guess what? There were actually four total. The ones featuring Sheridan and Londo were never used. For the first time you'll get to read the ones that didn't air and the two that did.The Psi Corps Manual ProposalThe premise of this proposal, written for Del Rey books, was that this would resemble an actual manual (thin, bound in a soft cover similar to those used for accountant's journals) and that it had been "smuggled out of the Psi Corps." We don't want to spoil the contents, but we will tell you that this proposal is written so vividly you'll probably be able to picture the unwritten final product. And that is what makes it so much fun.The JMS Interview After Directing “Sleeping in Light"Lots of insights in this one such as --Which season four episode might have been a two-part storyHow he kept Kosh and the other First Ones mysteriousHis thoughts on how he got around people thinking they knew what the ending wasWhy he wanted to direct this episode, his directing debutWhy none of the actors were moving when they started shooting the first sceneWhy he appeared in the finale, though he said previously he would never do soThe reason he wasn't surprised how the "Sleeping in Light" scenes turned outThe scenes he was most pleased withWhy he instructed Bruce not to touch Mira until the very end of their farewell sceneRevised Season Five Storylines & Index CardsAs many fans will recall from previously released books, J. Michael Straczynski's notes for B5's fifth season were discarded by a hotel housekeeping staff, despite the fact that they were sitting on a table, not in a trash bin. After the loss of these vital notes, along with the departure of Claudia Christian from the series, JMS began revising the season five storylines. Copies of these handwritten notes are reprinted here. You'll see --How JMS structured the fifth season, starting with five pages of character-specific notesHow he developed those notes into individual episodesThe plots that were abandoned:The three-part story in which an amnesiac stirred up trouble for President SheridanThe two-part plot in which a central character was kidnappedAn episode featuring Londo Mollari’s replacement as the Centauri ambassador to Babylon 5 (it wasn’t originally Vir)Andreas Katsulas's Last Interview During Babylon 5's ProductionConducted on 22 Jan 1998 by journalist Joe Nazarro, Katsulas shares --What he believes JMS was really trying communicate by G’Kar becoming a religious iconWhat he enjoyed about season five and why he calls it the G'Kar cropWhy he wasn't bothered by the fact that we was featured less in season fourHow long it took for Tracy Scoggins to settle into the castHis favorite aspect of G'Kar and what type of scripts are his favoriteThe difficulties of adding a spiritual element to G'KarHis thoughts on G’Kar becoming Londo’s bodyguardWhy he would have been open to starring in a cowboy-based seriesWhat he thinks when he sees fans wearing G'Kar t-shirtsThe River of Souls TreatmentWhile most -- but not all -- of what was written made it to the screen, the footnote may haunt you for the rest of your lives.Babylon 5: The Motion PictureThis is one of our favorite finds. In 1998 JMS attempted to bring Babylon 5 to the big screen with the original characters. (Note: this is neither the one about the Telepath War that JMS started to develop in 1996 nor The Memory of Shadows from 2004.) What makes this premise extra special is how true it remains to the series by presenting a story in keeping with the show's philosophical and dramatic underpinnings, though writ on an epic canvas.BUT WAIT...THERE'S MOREYes, there are more goodies that aren't even listed, including another "last interview," several more with JMS conducted in real-time while the show was in production and a few more goodies. We decided to save a few surprises so that you can have the same "wow" response that we got when we uncovered these artifacts.

Enter a Future, Fantastic Tales from Asimov's Science Fiction


Sheila Williams - 2010
    Later: Enter Another.” In the “locations” between these captivating stories you’ll find exciting and richly rewarding tales by some of today’s best-known SF writers and several of its most talented newcomers. Each of these stories has something that Asimov’s is rightly famous for—strong and deeply moving characters that face their futures head on. Whether they’re a jazz musician on a starship, the spirit of H.L. Mencken tangling with a twenty-first century medium, or the new personality of a wayward teenager trying to stake a claim on a body that is and sort of isn’t hers, they must all find their way in uncharted territory. You can join them on their journey. Turn the electronic page and enter a future. A little later, you can enter another.

Drive: A Hero Rises


Dave Kellett - 2010
    But their mission ripples out in ways neither they nor the Emperor could imagine, to impact the fate of both warring races.This first DRIVE book collects the first year of the sci-fi strip...along with memos, letters, and historical reports from across the empire. There are even tidbits not seen online!

Valhai


Gillian Andrews - 2010
    No wonder she’s on the apprentice program - Six is amazed her aristocratic family managed to put up with her for so long.Their destination is Valhai – a planet in orbit around a red dwarf star - where they are to spend so much time in a strange solitary confinement that even the sight of each other might be welcome. Nobody on Valhai seems to know or care what happens to the apprentices - until one hesitant girl with an uncertain future of her own stumbles across the real nature of the donor program——and the biggest surprise on Valhai, which has been lying dormant for thousands of years, wakes up ...

Silver Moon, Bloody Bullets: An Anthology of Werewolf Tails


Jessica A. Weiss - 2010
    From gladiator fights and cursed blood lines to secret societies and anonymous meetings, the following talented authors have turned the mysteries of the werewolf inside out: Matthew S. Dent, Jay Raven, Kelly Metz, Christopher Jacobsmeyer, Mark Souza, Dale Carothers, David Bernstein, Scott M. Sandridge, Marianne Halbert, Donald Jacob Uitvlugt, J. Leigh Bailey, Dylan J. Morgan, Edward McKeown, F.J.R. Titchenell, Patricia Puckett, Jessy Marie Roberts, Ben Langhinrichs, Kiki Howell, D. Nathan Hilliard, Frank Summers, Christopher Heath, Rob Rosen, Carl Hose, Stephanie L. Morrell, and Lawrence R. Dagstine.

Knight Errant


K.D. Sarge - 2010
    His new sister, former Marine Eve Marcori, promised his dead mother she'd look after him. To her that means family, home--her interstellar freighter--and a solid future. In four years she has trained Taro extensively; the next step is college. Taro would rather be shot, but he never forgets his debt to Eve, so he means to honor her plans or die in the attempt. When Eve rescues former joy-boy and current layabout Rafe Ballard, death seems the likely outcome. Rafe is so apparently useless that Eve calls him 'the baggage' and appoints Taro his custodian. Irritated into disobedience by his carefree charge, Taro tries to get rid of Rafe. Instead he gets them both kidnapped by the jealous husband Rafe was fleeing. Though they are off-planet before Taro can act, his training may be enough to bring them safely through--but now he has bigger problems. Forced into partnership--and freedom--with Rafe, Taro begins to see him differently. Kind, funny, and caring, Rafe is everything Taro never knew he wanted. And all he can't have. Eve's plans leave no room for a playboy boyfriend who can never measure up, and Taro can't let her down. Caught between the sister he'd die for and the man he's beginning to live for, Taro decides it's time to start making his own plans. And if the new skills aren't enough, he'll give the old ones a try.

What Doctor Gottlieb Saw


Ian Tregillis - 2010
    Gretel likes to pick wildflowers. Gretel is one of the subjects on the farm, and she is Doctor Gottlieb's responsibility, but she knows something she isn't telling -- and if Doctor Gottlieb doesn't figure it out, it may be his body in a ditch next. This story is set in the world of Ian Tregillis's Milkweed series, which began with Bitter Seeds.

Gerald and the Wee People


Greta Burroughs - 2010
    He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the "visions" are real and the wee people need help. While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald's wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict. Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned. Excerpt This time it was no illusion. The walls burned their hands; the hot air burned their throats. The floor was sticky with some kind of hot substance, burning their feet through their shoes. They began to hear a distant sound like the laughter they had heard earlier. Cian fell to his knees and cried out in pain as the scalding liquid burned his skin. "I can't go on, just leave me here to die," he screamed. Tomas reached out to his brother trying to help him up. It was no use; he was too weak and exhausted. In a very weak voice he said, "You all go on. I'll stay with Cian. I can't go another step anyway." No one else said a word. The others were too tired to talk, too tired to walk, too tired to care. This was not supposed to be happening. Gerald did not remember this from his nightmares. Something was wrong. He yelled to whoever was listening, "Did we take a wrong turn or something? Stop it Miach, stop it. You want me, leave my friends alone." That just made matters worse. The scampering, unseen creatures came out of nowhere. They did not just run past this time but stayed and started pinching and biting the legs and arms of Gerald's companions. For some strange reason though, the creatures did not bother him. All four of his companions were down, rolling around on the ground trying to fight off the shadowy figures. The screams intensified from his friends as the burning liquid covered their bodies and the creatures' biting turned to gnawing. Gerald could hear pieces of flesh being torn away as the other boys were being eaten alive. The laughter was all around them now bouncing off the walls and echoing through Gerald's head. "Stop it, stop it now. Please, I'll do anything you want, Miach. Stop the noise, stop torturing my friends." Total silence fell; all the gnawing, screaming and laughter were gone. Gerald did not know if the total lack of sound was worse than all the noise. He noticed a light shining above him. He looked around and realized he was all alone. A voice spoke inside his mind and said, "Anything I want, huh," followed by a soft, haunting chuckle.

Sybil's Garage No. 7


Hal Duncan - 2010
    7, of course. In this seventh issue of the highly acclaimed series, you will find twenty-seven original works of fiction and poetry from today's top talent, with suggested musical accompaniment, our trademark design aesthetic, and much more. But be sure to leave a trail of breadcrumbs on your way into Sybil's Garage, or you may not find your way out. Published by Senses Five Press, the World Fantasy Award-winning publisher of Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy. Contributors include Kathryn E. Baker, Cheryl Barkauskas, Kelly Barnhill, Tom Crosshill, Hal Duncan, Lindsey Duncan, Amal El-Mohtar, Lyn C. A. Gardner, Juliet Gillies, M.K. Hobson, Swapna Kishore, Avi Kotzer, Terence Kuch, Megan Kurashige, Sam Ferree, Richard Larson, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Anil Menon, E.C. Myers, Adrienne J. Odasso, Eric Schaller, Alexandra Seidel, Amelia Shackelford, Amy Sisson, Sonya Taaffe, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Jacqueline West, & A.C. Wise

Tribes: The Dog Years


Michael Geszel - 2010
    One day everything changes for Sundog of the Sky Shadows. Is there new hope for longer life? Can the condition, the -plague,- be cured or reversed with the help of an -Immortal- from a city under the sea?

My Fake War


Andersen Prunty - 2010
    Saul Dressing is a flabby middle-aged librarian who just wants to be left alone to listen to jazz, watch porn, and cultivate his toenails. All of this changes when a soldier in a camouflage sweat suit shows up to draft him into the army of the United States of Everything. His mission is simple: go to a foreign country no one has ever heard of and incite the opposition to strike first. All alone in the middle of a desert with no enemy in sight, Saul must come to terms with the absurdity of his situation. Thus begins a surreal journey into the politics of war, consumerism, and giant robots.It's Rambo meets Waiting for Godot in this subversive satire of American values and the scope of the human imagination.

Jump Gate Twist


Mark L. Van Name - 2010
    “Van Name has created a hero worth at least a dozen more novels . . . I want this to be a series. I want to read a new one every year.” —Orson Scott Card      Jon Moore: A nanotech-enhanced warrior who wants nothing more than a quiet life and a way back to his strange home world. Lobo: An AI-enhanced Predator-Class Assault Vehicle, a mobile fortress equipped for any environment from the seabed to interstellar space. TWO WOLVES IN A GALAXY OF LARGER PREDATORS!       For the first time in a Jon & Lobo book, “My Sister, My Self,” the short story which introduced Jon Moore.      One Jump Ahead: Jon Moore wanted only to relax on the pristine planet of Macken--but Macken was the secret battleground of two megacorporations, both determined to control the local jump gate and the riches of an undeveloped world. Finding allies and enemies among terrorist groups and elite mercenaries, gun-runners and the only kind of government possible on a frontier short on rules and long on riches, Jon and Lobo fight to a climax with a corporate army that can't afford to leave any witnesses. Exotic settings, fast action, real tech, mechanically-enhanced animals—and a beautiful woman who's as deadly as a cobra! Slanted Jack: The job looked simple enough:  Jon agreed to help a con man, a friend from a part of his past he’d rather forget, protect a very special young boy.  But the deal didn’t stay simple, as each move Jon and Lobo made resulted in more danger and more enemies. The best con man Jon’s ever known, a ruthless gang boss, a heavily armed group of religious fanatics, a beautiful woman with a mysterious agenda, and an interstellar government out to clean up a dangerous frontier world rush together toward an explosive climax—and Jon and Lobo are caught in the middle. Plus new introductions by the author, making this a package that every Jon & Lobo fan will want to buy.

The Fourth Kingdom


Alexandra Swann - 2010
    Alexander Sinclair travels to Santa Fe to meet Dr. Karl Helmick, a brilliant but mysterious scientist. Over the next twenty-one years, the two men perfect cloning techniques that will alter the future of mankind, and Karl becomes friend, mentor and father-figure to Alexander.The longer Alexander knows Karl, however, the more aware he becomes that his colleague is not who he appears to be. When Karl prepares to implement his plans for the future, the men discover just how far each is willing to go to live forever.

Daughter of Dreams


Marshall A. Miller - 2010
    Under the guidance of the Security Committee, the Guardians patrol the streets, using a network of DNA-tracking pods to enforce their will. The Guardians have brought stability to the City, but not everyone is happy with the cost. The forces of dissent are growing louder, and one of their most influential voices is a brilliant scientist named Jared Manning. But when the tracer pods start hunting him, he knows that he has a far more urgent problem than politics. Jared is hiding a deadly secret, and someone very powerful wants to know it.Jared and his daughter Serda must flee the City in order to protect the secret, but the danger to Serda is great. Without her doctor to guide her, can she control the terrifying dreams that once tore her life apart? She fantasizes about a life in the Communes, but will their idealistic society have the wisdom to understand the darkness inside her? She may never know, because she may never escape. Many have tried to elude the tracers, but no one has ever succeeded. And in every one of Serda’s nightmares, the City is burning...Daughter of Dreams is a sci-fi thriller with a gripping storyline, complex characters, and a philosophical edge. It is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Space Crime Conspiracy


Gareth P. Jones - 2010
    But when he is released, matters get even worse! He discovers that his assumed crime has given him not only notoriety, but value.

Charlie and the Cheesemonster


Justin C.H. Birch - 2010
    Join Charlie as he takes a trip to the moon in his home-made rocket, only to discover that it really is made of cheese! Soon he meets a strange creature who explains to him the real reason the moon goes through different phases every month.

The John Wyndham Collection: Six Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramas


John Wyndham - 2010
    Includes the BBC Radio dramatisations of such classic stories as: 'The Day of the Triffids'; 'The Kraken Wakes'; 'The Chrysalids'; 'Survival'; 'The Midwich Cuckoos' and 'Chocky'.

Journeys


Ian R. MacLeod - 2010
    From a changed Jerusalem to windmills which draw their own wind. From windswept British campsites to vast slave empires which have never been. MacLeod's breadth of vision in this collection is extraordinary, but what unites these stories is his abiding interest in humanity, and the way in which he combines the fantastically strange and with the memorably everyday. Expect widescreen wonder in Journeys, with many surprising truths, and some dazzling writing, along the way.Despite a distinguished record as a novelist, which has recently won him both the Arthur C Clarke and John W Campbell Awards for his novel Song Of Time, Ian R MacLeod is probably still most widely known as one of the great writers of shorter fiction. He says that it's still his own abiding love in the genre, and, after more than twenty years of writing, the area where he feels you can take the biggest risks, have the most fun, and make the biggest (and most entertaining) mistakes. MacLeod lives in the riverside town of Bewdley in England with his wife Gillian, and divides his time between writing, teaching, and trying to write.Contents: * "The Master Miller's Tale", first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 2007 * "Taking Good Care of Myself", first published in Nature, May 2006 * "The English Mutiny", first published in Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2008 * "Topping off the Spire", first published as a pamphlet for Novacon, November 2008 * "Elementals", first published in Extraordinary Engines * "The Camping Wainwrights", first published in Postscripts, WInter 2008 * "The Hob Carpet", first published in Asimov's Science Fiction, June 2008 * "On the Sighting of Other Islands", first published in Celebration * "Second Journey of the Magus", first published online by Subterranean Online

Midnight's Ghost


Sara Brookes - 2010
    Given the fact her ship, Eidolon, is the fastest in the star runner fleet, Taran knows she can make the run in the time Wallace has allotted. As the best – and only – female pilot, she’s got something to prove.As if things weren’t complicated enough, Wallace, and the teenager he has in tow, are both escapees from the harshest prison facility in seven galaxies. Not only is Taran putting her career on the line, she’s got the Intergalactic Patrol hot on her heels. It isn’t long before unresolved feelings and tempers flare to life again and Taran is left second-guessing her decision of putting everything she stands for on the line.Her determination may just cost her everything.One man who feels no remorse for a crime he committed and one woman pilot determined to fulfill her promise equal one impossible mission.

Celestial Heat


Ali Atwood - 2010
    Once she would have given her very soul to Ketrick DeSardon, but after a few, short weeks of tender romance and phenomenal sex, the dashing Starfleet captain left her in a storm of heartache. Now she’s strictly business, a clinical psychologist on her way to the top. Is she troubled by the unexpected assignment aboard DeSardon’s warship? Not a bit. Darkly seductive DeSardon is running from his feelings, hiding dangerous secrets. Unbekno

A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories


Ray Bradbury - 2010
    Collecting rare and unknown tales as well as notable early triumphs,A Pleasure to Burn offers an unparalleled window into Bradbury’s creativeprocess, and a unique glimpse at the evolution of one of the greatest works of20th century American literature. Absolutely essential for fans ofBradbury books like Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes,The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles—and for readersof William Golding, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and other titans ofspeculative fiction—A Pleasure to Burn illuminates the unusual hiddencorners of Bradbury’s expansive imagination, revealing a creative force asvivid and powerful as the hottest burning flame.

Homecoming


Sue Ann Bowling - 2010
    Although they formed The Confederation, they still depended on the R'il'nai for guidance and protection not only from the Maungs but from each other. But only one of the pureblood R'il'nai still lives Lai, an embittered survivor who mourns his lost human love but still feels bound to honor his race's responsibility to the Confederation. Two others possess the potential to change his and the Confederation's future Snowy, a young slave dancer who is frightened of his odd powers, and Marna, a healer who survived a planet-wide epidemic on her home world. All have their own individual loyalties which put them in conflict with one another, but the only way they can reach a future which will benefit all is to work together. "