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By H. F. Heard. 1943
H. F. Heard explores the place where science fiction ends and bone-chilling horror begins in this classic collection of strange… tales. It starts with common mildew--mold appearing where it has never grown before. A strange kind of mold, it spreads across the entire globe in a matter of months. Although it's harmless, it's an indication of something much more terrifying. Without our noticing, the Earth's climate has changed. But as the world's greatest scientists rush to save the planet, they realize it may already be too late. The balance of nature has been disturbed, and mankind is about to become an endangered species. "The Great Fog" is a chilling piece of hard science fiction that predicted global climate change decades before it became a reality. Like the other stories in this volume--including "Eclipse," "The Crayfish," and other classics--it shows author H. F. Heard at his best. A spiritualist, scientist, and early advocate of environmentalism, Heard was one of the leading thinkers of his day. A colleague of Aldous Huxley, author of the legendary Brave New World, he used his unique background to redefine the budding field of science fiction, producing elegant, odd short fiction that still "makes the flesh creep [and] the conscience crawl" (Time).
In the Distance, and Ahead in Time: Stories (Five Star First Edition Science Fiction And Fantasy Ser.)
By George Zebrowski. 1985
The ten stories of this collection present glimpses of our near, middle, and far futures "Heathen God," the author's first… Nebula Award finalist, reveals the consequences of learning that our solar system may have been engineered by an alien race. "In the Distance, and Ahead in Time" and "Wayside World" depict the rediscovery of a ruined Earth's interstellar colonies by a new culture of mobile habitats. In "Transfigured Night" and "Between the Winds," we enter two possible destinies as we tamper with human reality and humankind mutates into vastly different offshoots.
By Lynn Hightower. 1993
The electrifying second book in Lynn Hightower's futuristic crime series plunges big-city cop David Silver into a nasty interstellar war… Saigo City police detective David Silver and his partner Mel Burnett have been called to an unusual crime scene: a bed where four Elaki pouchlings have been smothered. The killer appears to be the babies' alien mother, who just shot herself and is in critical condition. But there are rumors the murders were politically motivated and carried out by the Izicho--the Elaki secret police. At the same time, cops are investigating other recent attacks against both humans and Elakis. And if relations between the two species weren't strained enough, three Elakis have just been added to the Homicide Task Force. Detective Silver immediately focuses his investigation on Angel Eyes. A figure of mystery and legend, she's an Elaki who emigrated to Earth two years ago. As a freedom fighter and former victim of persecution and torture in her home world, Angel Eyes has achieved a near-mythic status to both humans and Elaki alike. Are the recent killings hate crimes? Is revolution between the increasingly hostile worlds imminent? Once again teaming up with the Elaki called String, Silver chases down leads that make him a moving target. Author Lynn Hightower pulls out all the stops in this multi-layered thriller about hate, fear, and the limits of motherly love.
By Nancy Springer. 1989
A woman returns to wreak end-of-the-world vengeance on her Pennsylvania hometown Disfigured since birth, Joanie Musser has endured decades of… taunts and torments from the "normals" in Hoadley, Pennsylvania. Her only friend is a boy named Barry Beal, who has an ugly birthmark on his face. A few days after Barry lends her $500 and his welder's mask, Joanie disappears. Cally Wilmore, a vaguely discontented mother of two and the wife of the local funeral director, sees Joanie first: a breathtaking blond apparition galloping through town on a white steed. Rebel and resident cynic Gigi Wildasin senses that something peculiar is happening. The cicadas are crying out of season--modern-day locusts who swarm the town bearing dead children's faces--and a blacksnake appears next to the most beautiful and erotic naked man anyone has ever seen. Cally and Gigi, along with Shirley Danyo and her lover, Elspeth, all ride horses to escape their everyday lives, unaware that they are the Four Horsewomen of doom. A familiar stranger has come to Hoadley with a terrible purpose, and for the inhabitants of this struggling coal-mining community, it seems that Judgment Day is nigh. An allegorical novel about small-town prejudice and the secrets that fester beneath the surface, Apocalypse is also about the power of love to triumph against all odds.
By Allen Steele. 1990
The future of an orbiting space colony is threatened by a fugitive and the assassin on her trail in this… science fiction adventure from three-time Hugo Award winner Allen Steele Skycorp has always expected the near-Earth space colony Clarke County to serve as a cash cow, bringing the corporate behemoth a substantial return on its investment through food production and tourism. Now that the Church of Elvis is planning a major revival meeting on the colony, the execs anticipate that the devout and the curious alike will be rocketing to Clarke County in droves. Its residents, however, would prefer to be left alone, and there has even been some dangerous talk of freedom and independence from Earth. It's Sheriff John Bigthorn's job to keep the peace on the colony, but his work may prove more difficult than usual in the upcoming days--especially following the unexpected arrival of a frightened young woman carrying money and important data she's stolen from her gangster ex-boyfriend. With an ice-cold assassin called the Golem on the runaway's tail, the holy "Living Elvis" stirring up the faithful, and revolution in the wind, Bigthorn will have to lay off the peyote and stay particularly sharp if he hopes to prevent total chaos and bloodshed . . . and perhaps even save his floating artificial world.
By Greg Bear. 1980
Yoshio Kawashita is a great warrior until aliens whisk him away during World War II. They put him on a… desolate planet far from his home, where he is destined to remain forever, leaving him alone in his new hell. Then Anna Nestor appears. This empress does not see planets as homes for their inhabitants; she sees exploitable real estate. Anna Nestor views Kawashita as a sideshow attraction until they fall in love. But the two lovebirds cannot be free until they find out who kidnapped Kawashita and why.
By George Alec Effinger. 1976
THOSE GENTLE VOICES A Promethean Romance of the Spaceways"Because it's there..." That was why Earth men climbed Mt. Everest and… why, in 2017, they set out for the distant star, Wolf 359. In 1988, they had learned that intelligent inhabitants from a planet orbiting Wolf 359 had been signaling Earth. That fact was reason enough to dispatch a manned probe to explore and investigate. But perhaps there was another reason for the journey. A reason too incredible for Earth people ever to imagine. A reason they might never understand even when they land on the planet they call Jennings' World.Author George Alec Effinger was a true master of satirical Science Fiction. Before his death in 2002, he gained the highest esteem amongst his peers for his pitch-perfect stylistic mimicry and his great insight into the human condition. Despite a life filled with chronic illness, Effinger was a prolific novelist and short story writer, earning multiple Nebula and Hugo Award nominations.
By Sarah Zettel. 2000
A stunning discovery by a team of scientists on Venus endangers Earth itselfAt eighty-three, Dr. Helen Failia is nearing middle… age but has lost none of her fighting spirit. The founder of Earth's first fully functioning colony on Venus, she will do anything to ensure that the home she's built and nurtured not only survives, but thrives. Despite her constant work, funding for the colony is running out, and she's dreading telling the ten thousand colonists they must move to Earth, a world some of them have never even seen. When one of her probes returns with the unprecedented proof of an ancient alien artifact on the surface of Venus she cannot believe her luck. This is the first evidence that humanity is not alone, and the discovery will surely secure the research colony's future. As Helen and her team investigate the strange new find, they learn that humanity is not the only species with its eye on the planet. A dying race of spacefaring aliens needs a new home, and Venus is perfect for the people and their massive, living cities. But these newcomers consider the human presence on Venus a very small problem, one that can be swept aside if it dares get in the way.
By William C. Dietz. 1998
An android named Harley Doon finds himself caught in a battle between human and alien. It's not his fight, but… somebody has to save the world.Years ago, when humans and androids crash landed onto the planet Zuul, whatever remained of their society quickly succumbed to the ravages of earthquakes and a never-ending winter from volcanic dust clouds. As humans and machines scavenged to stay alive, they also faced the Zid, an alien race that abhors all technology with religious fervor. Add to that the Mothri--giant, bug-like aliens with brilliant minds and their own nanotechnology--and it is no longer simply the planet's geological upheaval that proves volatile.War between the races looms. Will Doon, tired and reluctant, rise to lead the fight? Can humans harness technology to save the planet, itself, before the Zid arrive? And, what secrets does Doon carry inside of him that might help them all?
By John D. Mimms. 2014
Thomas Pendleton loves his wife, Ann, and six-year-old son, Seth, more than anything, but his job often makes him an… absent husband and father. One day, after Thomas leaves on a business trip, his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Thomas shuts himself off from the world and is at home grieving when a cosmic storm enters Earth's atmosphere. Scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm's side effect: Anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly visible and can interact with the living. Ann does not return, but Seth does, and Thomas sees it as a miraculous second chance to spend time with his son and keep the promises he had previously broken. They set out on a trip to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but little do they know that they are traveling headlong into a social and political maelstrom that will test Thomas in ways he could never imagine. Along the way, they come face to face with armed kidnappers who want Seth for his supernatural abilities, meet up with a medium, the ghost of a slave boy, and encounter none other than Abraham Lincoln.Citing an overpopulation problem caused by the "Impalpables," the government begins to take drastic measures. Military scientists have a device called the Tesla Gate that is said to return "Impals" to where they were before the storm. Many have nicknamed the controversial machine "the shredder" because no one really knows if it will do what it is reputed to, or if it will instead shred the Impals--effectively destroying the soul. Thomas is determined to do everything possible to save Seth, or at the very least, ensure that Seth doesn't have to endure his sentence alone . . .
By John Barnes. 1997
The war for a million Earths spreads to an alternate eighteenth century in the second book of the epic science… fiction series the Timeline WarsJohn Barnes has reinvented alternate-history science fiction in his ingenious saga of the battle to save the multiverse from enslavement by an alien enemy who can transcend time and reality. In the second volume of his remarkable trilogy, the war moves to a new battlefield: a different colonial America still happily tied to the British crown, where miraculous machines prowl the skies.There are a million different Earths across an infinite number of timelines--and every one of them is in peril.Former Pittsburgh private investigator Mark Strang is now a fully trained and blooded Crux Ops special agent, dedicated to the fight against the alien Closers who are invading every Earth in every time. Now the eternal struggle is carrying Strang to a different 1775 Boston, home of astounding technologies, where the colonists remain fiercely loyal to their king across the ocean. Something is rotten in England, though, and Strang must ally himself with the well-respected commander George Washington, the Duke of Kentucky, to derail a terrifying Closer plot and put this world's history back on its proper course. But the enemy has unleashed a secret weapon that could permanently shift the balance: an unstoppable agent of destruction . . . named Mark Strang.
By Greg Bear. 1979
Curiosity may kill Larry Fowler. A scientist from New Mexico, Fowler is hot on the trail of a mysterious phenomenon… that is known to freeze animals instantly and can demolish an entire town. Part ghost story, part science fiction, part political treatise, Greg Bear's novel tracks Fowler on his journey to discover the true nature of the PSYCHLONE.
By Ray Garton. 2006
Medical research? Genetic experiments? No one knows exactly what goes on inside the sprawling BioGenTech building on the edge of… town. But after an enormous explosion at the facility, people in town start turning up dead...and in pieces.Something is loose in Hope Valley. Something big...and fast...and hungry. It has a lot of legs, a nasty disposition and a big appetite. This is one spider you can't step on.
By Robert Sheckley. 1965
From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers and fellow authors as a master… storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. E-Reads is proud to re-publish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections, all with striking new covers. Rediscover--or discover for the first time--a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was "a precursor to Douglas Adams."It's the 21st Century and the ugliness of war no longer exists, except on a very personal level. Nowadays, people like Marcello Polletti, seller of Roman sunsets, and Caroline Meredith, lithe, beautiful, blonde and backed by corporate sponsors and the Roy Bell Dancers, hunt, chase and kill each other for sport and for the entertainment of the masses--until something oddly like personal human feelings pops up to confuse the players and up the stakes...as each of them seeks to kill their 10th victim and rise in the ranks of the hunters.
By John Brunner. 1988
In CHILDREN OF THE THUNDER, Brunner creates another near-contemporary vision of a world gone awry and proposes a peculiarly disturbing… and frightening solution. Starting separately, a small number of very smart and uniquely talented children, none more than fourteen years old, create lucrative designer drugs, kill a Marine commando in unarmed combat, run a sex-ring of chilling depravity. None of them are even punished for their crimes. Combine powers of mental control and irresistible suggestion with creative and completely amoral intelligence and you have the recipe for a super-race of world-savers--or for the subjugation of all humanity to a new form of collective evil."One of the most important science fiction authors. Brunner held a mirror up to reflect our foibles because he wanted to save us from ourselves."--SF SiteFor each generation, there is a writer meant to bend the rules of what we know. Hugo Award winner (Best Novel, STAND ON ZANZIBAR) and British science fiction master John Brunner remains one of the most influential and respected authors of all time, and now E-Reads is pleased to re-introduce many of his classic works. For readers familiar with his vision, it's a chance to re-examine his thoughtful worlds and words, while for new readers, Brunner's work proves itself the very definition of timeless.
By Robert Silverberg. 1994
Several decades into the future, the long series of corporate and government decisions that favored short-term profit over long-term solutions… to ecological problems and polution has left the Eath in a state of disaster, almost uninhabitable. The icecap have melted and many coastal communities have been flooded out. The ozone layer is destroyed. There are some areas that are livable with breathing masks and injections that protect the skin from the now-deadly rays of the sun but the refuge, for all who can afford it, has become the near-space orbital colonies built and run by private companies and open only to those who are willing and able to pay.Valparaiso Nuevo is one of these colonies. Run by a shadowy dictator known only as the Generalissimo, it is haven and a center of action for hustlers, conspirators and people looking for an edge. Victor Farkas, operative of the megacorporation Kyocera-Merck Ltd., is blind but gifted with hypersensitive "blindsight." He comes to the habitat in search of a renegade geneticist of legendary skill. Back on Earth, Nick Rhodes, head of Samurai Industries, which is attempting to breed humans that can thrive in the horrendous conditions expected to prevail on Earth struggles with his conscience as he manipulates genetic structures and lives. Paul Carpenter works for a Japanese mega-corporation, seeking promotion and survival, but loses his job as a ship captain after a mutiny. Rhodes introduces him to an acquaintance of his girlfriend Isabelle. Jolanda is a talented sculptor, a passionate lover and a secret plotter. She embroils Carpenter in a scheme to take over Valparaiso Nuevo along with Enron, an Israeli spy, Farkas, and Rhodes. Their goals are individually motivated but the deadly combination of ambition, distrust, greed, stupidity, and lust leads to a dramatic conclusion that replicates in miniature the history of man's destruction of his own living space on the planet. A bleak picture of future Earth and a complex plot peopled with dark, rich characters, comes together as one of Silverberg's finer novels.
By William Shatner. 1991
Jake Cardigan tracks a deranged veteran with a taste for killing civil servants<P> A French diplomat is walking alone down… a darkened Paris side street, when a killer emerges from the shadows. He stuns the Frenchman, cuts his body into quarters, and leaves a note that reads: "This is for Brazil!" It is the ninth murder in this fashion in the last two months--a string of round-the-world killings that strikes fear into the hearts of all those connected with the bloody Brazilian wars of the past decade. But as private eye Jake Cardigan is about to discover, the culprit is far more treacherous than the average serial killer. As he makes his way through Europe's seamy corners, Cardigan begins to suspect that the trail of death may lead back to his old nemeses, the drug kingpins known as Teklords. As international peace teeters in the balance, Cardigan must stop the murders or risk being drawn and quartered himself.
By Ru Emerson. 1991
Jennifer, Chris, and Robin return for the second fantastical journey of Ru Emerson's Night-Threads trilogy. The trio is met by… two runaways, Aletto and Lialla, brother and sister from the mystical kingdom of Rhadaz. They have escaped from the estate of their uncle Jadek, who has ruled for years since the mysterious death of their father. Chris has taught Aletto how to fight like a warrior, while Lialla has begun to teach Jennifer the secret magic of the Night-Threads. Together the group must strategize and navigate their way through a richly imagined fantasy world of deceit, intrigue, illusion, and shape-shifting.Do not miss the entire Night-Threads series: The Calling of the Three, The Two in Hiding, One Land, One Duke, The Craft of Light, The Art of the Sword, and The Science of Power.
By Emiliano Monge. 2020
«Las ficciones de Monge son la metáfora exacta de la locura del mundo». The Observer Todo, tal y como lo… conocíamos, ha cambiado. El calor es agobiante, se ha agrietado el cielo y la geografía es otra. La humanidad, además, se ha duplicado. Entonces se desata una guerra global entre fuerzas igualadas cuya clave parecerían ser las niñas y niños de los orfanatorios. En una de esas instituciones comienza la más arriesgada y madura de las novelas de Emiliano Monge. Tejer la oscuridad es una distopía que reinventa nuestros mitos y desentraña nuestra idea de individuo y colectividad, mientras nos cuenta la liberación de un grupo de muchachos, así como la diáspora que emprenderán acompañados de su descendencia, atravesando un mundo desolado, huyendo de perseguidores incansables y buscando el sitio que les fuera prometido, donde podrán rendir culto a sus dioses, enhebrar un nuevo lenguaje y habitar la oscuridad. Cruzada por un sinfín de voces, Tejer la oscuridad presenta la eterna lucha entre el nosotros y el yo, deja que resuene en sus páginas el eco de libros antiguos y de diversas formas de escritura olvidadas y permite al lector imaginar otra forma de entender el tiempo, el espacio, la materia, el amor y la amistad.
By Tristan Palmgren, David Guymer, Robbie MacNiven, M K Hutchins, M Darusha Wehm, Cath Lauria, Thomas Parrott, C L Werner. 2020
Take a whirlwind tour to the incredible planet of a million fantasy races, the Crucible, in this wild science fantasy… anthology from the hit new game, KeyForge.Welcome to the Crucible – an artificial planet larger than our sun – an ever-growing patchwork of countless other worlds, filled with creatures, sentient beings and societies stolen from across the universe by the mythical Architects. Across this dizzying juxtaposition of alien biospheres, the enigmatic and godlike Archons seek to unlock the secrets at the heart of the Crucible. Everyone else is just trying to survive... Explore ten tales of adventure in a realm where science and magic team up, of discovery and culture clash, featuring mad Martian scientists, cybernetic surgeons, battle reenactors, elven thieves, private investigators, goblins, saurian monsters, and the newly arrived human Star Alliance.