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Miles, Mutants, and Microbes

Lois McMaster Bujold - 1986
    Leo Graf was just your typical efficient engineer: mind your own business and do the job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where children had been bio-engineered to have four arms (and no legs) to function in zero gravity. Now that they’re no longer needed, a heartless mega corporation is getting rid of them before they eat into the profit margin. Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies—now he had to teach them to be free. “Labyrinth”—When Miles Vorkosigan is captured while on a secret mission to a lawless world, his only hope of escape is an unlikely pair of allies: a quaddie and a teenage werewolf. Diplomatic Immunity— Miles Vorkosigan and his wife were heading home for the births of their first children, but a major diplomatic disaster is looming at Graf Station, colonized by the descendants of the original quaddies, and duty calls. Unfortunately, diplomatic immunity doesn’t carry over to immunity from a very nasty biological weapon. The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back. . . .

Tuf Voyaging

George R.R. Martin - 1986
    So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands-hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way...and in every case the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity - and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues...Tuf Voyaging features interior illustrations by Janet Aulisio. Included in it will be her original eight illustrations, along with 28 newly commissioned ones.


David Brin - 1986
    and how we may cope by taking wise partners with us on this journey. Artificial intelligence is one way that we may add diversity to our civilization. But in this series we've done it by giving a boost in intelligence to some of our fellow creatures on Planet Earth. Dolphins and apes -- especially -- seem trapped under a "glass ceiling" that limits their ability to speak, to argue, to create, to use tools, to invent and take part in Terran culture. But what if we, the first species on Earth to cross the wide gulf of sapience, were to turn around and offer a hand to others? To pass on the gift (that sometimes threatens to be a curse) of fully empowered mind?This omnibus volume includes Startide Rising and The Uplift War. (Does not include Sundiver)

The Gandalara Cycle II

Randall Garrett - 1986

The Blood of Ten Chiefs

Richard Pini - 1986
    The Blood of Ten Chiefs tells the story of the previous chieftains of the Wolfrider Clan

Fantastic Tales of Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury - 1986
    (15:50) -- The pedestrian (10:35) -- The dwarf (27:20) -- There will come soft rains (20:17) -- The sound of thunder (28:59) -- Fever dream (14:32)

Gom on Windy Mountain

Grace Chetwin - 1986
    He is quick and smart, he looks like his mother rather than his father, and he wears a rune that his mother left him when he disappeared the night Gom was born. And Gom can talk to animals and to the wind. They are his friends, more so than the village children, who think him strange. Gom's father is a woodcutter, and everyone expects Gom to follow in his father's footsteps. But Gom is sure that his destiny lies elsewhere. Why else would he have such gifts and talents? An evil man comes to the little village of Clack, and Gom leads him on a dangerous chase into the very depths of the mountain. Amidst pitch-black tunnels, caverns, and endless abysses, Gom must loose his mad pursuer or perish in the bowels of darkness. Will he ever live to see daylight and begin his quest for his mother?

A Door Into Ocean

Joan Slonczewski - 1986
    A ground-breaking work both of feminist SF and of world-building hard SF, it concerns the Sharers of Shora, a nation of women on a distant moon in the far future who are pacifists, highly advanced in biological sciences, and who reproduce by parthenogenesis--there are no males--and tells of the conflicts that erupt when a neighboring civilization decides to develop their ocean world, and send in an army.

Drinker of Souls

Jo Clayton - 1986
    Bonded to twin demonic shape-shifters, she roved the land in search of rich life source to feed her demons' need. But Brann too had a need that couldn't be denied, a quest to free her family from the evil king who'd enslaved them - a quest that would lead Brann and her unearthly allies into magical realms ruled by witches and werewolves, lawless lords and murderous villains, and the ever-present ghosts of the restless dead....(Source: back cover)

Cascade Point and Other Stories

Timothy Zahn - 1986
    Contents:The Giftie Gie Us (1981)The Dreamsender (1980)The Energy Crisis of 2215 (1981)Return to the Fold (1984)The Shadows of Evening (1983)Not Always to the Strong (1987)The Challenge (1987)The Cassandra (1983)Dragon Pax (1987)Job Inaction (1981)Teamwork (1984)The Final Report on the Lifeline Experiment (1983)Cascade Point (1983)


Chris Achilleos - 1986
    One of the most popular fantasy artist in the world, Chris Achilleos’ near photo-realistic paintings of fantasy, science fiction, stunning women and nature in all its forms have illustrated hundreds of books, magazines and posters for almost 40 years.Sirens collects the cream of Achilleos’ illustrations, including Doctor Who and Star Trek, movies, amazons, fighting fantasy and pin-ups, accompanied by a discussion of the artist’s techniques and influences, in a feast for the eyes.Packed with an eye-popping gallery of full-colour illustrations, this fantastic collection will delight old fans and thrill a whole generation of new ones!

Science Fiction Masterpieces

Isaac Asimov - 1986
    Paxson; In the Country of the Blind No One Can See by Melisa Michaels; Keepersmith by Randall Garrett and Vicki Ann Heydron; A Delicate Shade of Kipney by Nancy Kress; Born Again by Sharon N. Farber; Good-Bye Robinson Crusoe by John Varley; A Bait of Dreams by Jo Clayton; Dance Band on the Titanic by Jack Chalker; Bystander by Alan Dean Foster; Time and Hagakure by Steven Utley; Ghosts by Keith Minnion; A Simple Outside Job by Robert Lee Hawkins; The Last Defender of Camelot by Roger Zelazny; Lost and Found by Michael A. Banks and George Wagner; Hellhole by David Gerrold; The Man Who Took the Fifth by Michael Schimmel; The Adventure of the Global Traveler by Anne Lear; Backspace by F. M. Busby; On the Q167 File by John M. Ford; Horseless Carriage by Michael A. Banks; Piece de Resistance by Jesse Bone; Lipidleggin' by F. Paul Wilson; Omit Flowers by Dean McLaughlin; One Rejection Too Many by Patricia Nurse; But Do They Ride Dolphins? by Frederick S. Lord; When There's No Man Around by Stephen Goldin; Guilt by James Gunn; Proud Rider by Barry B. Longyear; Lorelie at Storyville West by Sherwood Springer; On the Way by Conway Conley; Darkside by Gary D. McClellan; No Room in the Stable by A. Bertram Chandler; African Blues by Paula Smith; Coming of Age in Henson's Tube by William Jon Watkins; Star Train by Drew Mendelson; Softly Touch the Stranger's Mind by E. Amalia Andujar; Joelle by Poul Anderson; Quarantine by Arthur C. Clarke; Cautionary Tales by Larry Niven; Air Raid by Herb Boehm; A Many Splendored Thing by Linda Isaacs; Boarder Incident by Ted Reynolds; Low Grade Ore by Kevin O'Donnell; Heal the Sick Raise the Dead by Jesse Peel; A Time for Terror by Frederick Longbeard; Perchance to Dream by Sally A. Sellers; The Small Stones to Tu Fu by Brian W. Aldiss; To Sin Against Systems by Garry R. Osgood; Louisville Slugger by Jack C. Haldeman II; and Good Taste by Isaac Asimov.

The Architect of Sleep

Steven R. Boyett - 1986
    That was before he stumbled into another world. Evolution has taken a very different direction on this parallel Earth, but some things are constant. Jim Bentley has fallen straight from his ordinary life into the most constant thing of all: war. Even as he struggles to learn the ways of a strange culture, to make a place for himself in what seems likely to be his home for the rest of his life, the tides of revolution are rising around him. Jim Bentley has a part to play in this war--for his coming has been foretold by True Dreamers. His feet are already set on a path that leads to the heart of the crisis. Like it or not, he is vital to the war efforts of the Architect of Sleep.

The Deryni Archives

Katherine Kurtz - 1986
    Katherine Kurtz has been writing these when not occupied with longer works, and they are now collected here. Some have appeared in books and other sources now hard to locate. More than half of the fiction is new -- including a major story of how Denis Arilan became the first Deryni priest in 200 years.Katherine Kurtz has provided an introduction and individual headings for each story to indicate her feelings and intents in writing each tale. Additionally, there is the complete first story she ever wrote -- the first version of her Deryni vision, and how it all came about.For all the myriad lovers of the Deryni, this should be a must book -- both for pleasure and as a reference!