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By Stirling E. Lanier. 1973
Hiero, a priest and warrior, from a time thousands of years after a cataclysmic global war, has been sent out…by his abbey to find artifacts called computers. The Unclean creatures that seek to destroy the only recently emerged new civilizatong are becoming just too numerous and powerful to keep track of without much better data management than just pen on paper. On his journey new friends and new enemies are found, obstacles, physical, mental, and spiritual are overcome. Yet none of these alone can assure the quest is successful. Luck also must play a hand.
First Among Sequels: Thursday Next Book 5 (Thursday Next #5)
By Jasper Fforde. 2007
The fifth book in the phenomenally successful Thursday Next series, from Number One bestselling author Jasper Fforde. 'Ingenious - I'll…watch Jasper Fforde nervously' Terry Pratchett on The Eyre AffairFourteen years after she pegged out at 1988 SuperHoop, Thursday Next is grappling with a recalcitrant new apprentice, the death of Sherlock Holmes and the inexplicable departure of comedy from the once-hilarious Thomas Hardy novels.Her idle sixteen-year-old would rather sleep all day than save the world from imminent destruction, the government has a dangerously high stupidity surplues, and the Stiltonista Cheese Mafia are causing trouble for Thursday in her hometown of Swindon. Then things begin to get bad. As Reality Book Shows look set to transplant Reality TV Shows and Goliath invent a trans-fictional tourist coach, Thursday must once again have her wits about her as she travels to the very limits of acceptable narrative possibilities to rescue the reading experience from almost certain destruction . . .
HALO: First Strike (HALO #3)
By Eric Nylund. 2008
The New York Times bestselling aftermath of Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief—part of the expanded universe based on…the award-winning video game series!2552. The theocratic military alliance known as the Covenant is showing no mercy as it continues to assault every human world it encounters, but in the way lies humanity’s greatest champion, the super-soldier Spartan John-117—the Master Chief. Together with his AI companion Cortana and the last remaining Spartans, the galaxy-spanning fight rages on two fronts following the destruction of the human military stronghold Reach by Covenant forces and the mysterious artificial ringworld known as “Halo” at the hands of the Master Chief. One faction—a squad of Spartans lead by Blue Team’s Fred-104 and Kelly-087—is trapped on the glassed surface of Reach, the only planet they’ve ever known as home. And beneath this ruined world, Dr. Catherine Halsey has discovered an ancient secret...one that could alter the course of the war. Meanwhile, the Master Chief and Cortana lead a second group toward a gathering of Covenant warships, as the United Nations Space Command’s worst nightmare has finally come true: the Covenant has discovered the location of Earth and is forming a massive fleet to utterly destroy it, as well as all who oppose the indomitable will of the Prophets…
Memory Prime (Star Trek: Vanguard #42)
By Judith Reeves-Stevens. 1991
Memory Prime It is the central core of an immense computer library -- an elite network of research planetoids. Here,…the Pathfinders -- the only artificial intelligences legally permitted to serve the Federation -- control and sift the overwhelming dataflow from thousands of research vessels across the galaxy... Now the greatest scientists in the Federation have gathered here for the prestigious Nobel and Z-Magnees prize ceremonies -- unaware that a deadly assassin is stalking one of them. And as Captain Kirk struggles to save his ship from sabotage and his first officer from accusations of murder, he discovers the hidden assassin is far from the deadliest secret lurking on Memory Prime...
HALO: The Fall Of Reach (HALO #1)
By Eric Nylund. 2008
The New York Times bestselling origin story of the Master Chief—part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video…game series Halo!The twenty-sixth century. Humanity has expanded beyond Earth’s system to hundreds of planets that colonists now call home. But the United Earth Government and the United Nations Space Command is struggling to control this vast empire. After exhausting all strategies to keep seething colonial insurrections from exploding into a full-blown interplanetary civil war, the UNSC has one last hope. At the Office of Naval Intelligence, Dr. Catherine Halsey has been hard at work on a top-secret program that could bring an end to the conflict…and it starts with seventy-five children, among them a six-year-old boy named John. And Halsey could never guess that this child will eventually become the final hope against an even greater peril engulfing the galaxy—the inexorable confrontation with a theocratic military alliance of alien races known as the Covenant. This is the electrifying origin story of Spartan John-117—the Master Chief—and of his legendary, unstoppable heroism in leading the resistance against humanity’s possible extinction.
The Red: First Light (The Red Trilogy #1)
By Linda Nagata. 2013
Reality TV and advanced technology make for high drama in this political thriller that combines the military action of Zero…Dark Thirty with the classic science fiction of The Forever War.Lieutenant James Shelley, who has an uncanny knack for premeditating danger, leads a squad of advanced US Army military tasked with enforcing the peace around a conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. The squad members are linked wirelessly 24/7 to themselves and a central intelligence that guides them via drone relay--and unbeknownst to Shelley and his team, they are being recorded for a reality TV show.When an airstrike almost destroys their outpost, a plot begins to unravel that's worthy of Crichton and Clancy's best. The conflict soon involves rogue defense contractors, corrupt US politicians, and homegrown terrorists who possess nuclear bombs. Soon Shelley must accept that the helpful warnings in his head could be AI. But what is the cost of serving its agenda?
Dreadnought! (Star Trek: Vanguard #29)
By Diane Carey. 1986
Star Empire is the Federation's most powerful new weapon -- a dreadnought, first in a class of super-starships -- capable…of outgunning a dozen Klingon cruisers, or subduing a galaxy. On the eve of her maiden voyage, Star Empire is stolen by terrorists who demand a rendezvous with the Starship Enterprise(tm) -- and with Lieutenant Piper, stationed aboard Kirk's ship on her first training cruise. Now Piper must discover why her friends from Starfleet are among the terrorists. . . and why they insist the ship was stolen not to attack the Federation -- but to save it!
Tender Is the Flesh
By Agustina Bazterrica. 2020
Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.His…wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly. First, it was reported that an infectious virus has made all animal meat poisonous to humans. Then governments initiated the &“Transition.&” Now, eating human meat—&“special meat&”—is legal. Marcos tries to stick to numbers, consignments, processing. Then one day he&’s given a gift: a live specimen of the finest quality. Though he&’s aware that any form of personal contact is forbidden on pain of death, little by little he starts to treat her like a human being. And soon, he becomes tortured by what has been lost—and what might still be saved.
Star Trek: The Never Ending Sacrifice (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
By Una Mccormack. 2009
A boy looks up. He sees a Cardassian's hand on his shoulder and knows that this is usually a prelude…to a beating or, if he is fortunate enough, arrest. The boy knows how many disappeared during the Occupation of Bajor. So he does the one thing he can think of: he bites the Cardassian. Then the nightmare begins. He is ripped from the family that took him in as an orphan, clothed him, fed him, always loved him unconditionally. And no matter how earnest, how caring the commander of Deep Space 9 is, the boy knows this is all a horrible mistake. How can someone from Starfleet judge him by what he looks like, not by what he is? He prays to the Prophets; he is Bajoran. They all keep telling him that the test proves the large Cardassian man is his father, that the other Cardassian -- that oily gul -- took him away from his father. But the boy keeps telling them that he is Bajoran, he only wants to go home with his father. So they send Rugal home -- to Cardassia. On the homeworld of the Cardassian Union where sacrifice and devotion to the state are surpassed only by the government's need to keep its people in check, one very lonely boy discovers that if he doesn't resist, his life -- like those of so many others -- will be added to the tally of the never-ending sacrifice.
Until the Last of Me: Take Them to the Stars, Book Two (Take Them to the Stars #2)
By Sylvain Neuvel. 2022
Sylvain Neuvel's Until the Last of Me is “[a] riveting blend of historical thriller and scientific speculation, which never loses…its core of humanity” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on A History of What Comes Next.The First Rule is the most important: Always run, never fight.For generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars.The year is 1968 and she is on the cusp of destiny, poised to launch the first humans into space.But she cannot take them to the stars, not quite yet. Her adversary is at her heels, the future of the planet at stake, and obeying the First Rule is no longer an option.For the first time in one-hundred generations, Mia’s family will have to choose to stand their ground, risking not only their bloodline, but the future of the human race.A darkly satirical thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who sacrifice all to make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them.Always run, never fight.Preserve the knowledge.Survive at all cost.Take them to the stars.“An exciting science fiction thriller that will in turn inform and surprise readers.” —Library Journal, starred reviewAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Thirsty Animals: A totally compelling and compulsive must-read of 2023
By Rachelle Atalla. 2023
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WATER RUNS OUT?THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER. With supply in the Scottish cities drying…up, Aida is forced back home to live with her mum at their rural farm. For now, they are safe with just enough to get by. Yet at the border, tensions are close to breaking point as more and more southerners chase the delusion that Scotland is an eternal spring - while fewer and fewer are allowed through. The service station where Aida works grows emptier with every day. Then, when suspicious strangers arrive at the farm asking for help, Aida and her family face a terrible decision. How much water can they afford to share? AND THEN THE TAPS ARE TURNED OFF. Now they must survive long enough for the rain to come.Completely compelling, devastating and thought-provoking, Thirsty Animals takes us on a captivating journey of survival and self-discovery.'Original, timely, terrifying. Thirsty Animals takes a brutal yet deeply heartfelt look at survival, and kindness, and just how difficult it can be for the two to coexist at the extremes' CHRIS WHITAKER'Thirsty Animals is a hard-hitting speculative thriller, equal parts terrifying and compassionate. Beautifully written, vivid and unflinching, it confirms Atalla as a real talent' DOUG JOHNSTONE'Rachelle Atalla's second novel has shown her once again to be a master of slow-burning tension and unease . . . The pace of the story builds to an unputdownable conclusion, and the characters will stay with the reader for a long time' CAILEAN STEED
Cita con Rama (ed. ilustrada)
By Arthur C. Clarke. 1973
La edición ilustrada Del gran clásico de Arthur C. Clarke con 5 ilustraciones del artista Gabriel Björk Stiernström Año 2130.…Los astrónomos detectan un misterioso asteroide, al que bautizan como «Rama», que está a punto de cruzar el sistema solar. Se trata de un cilindro perfecto de unos cincuenta kilómetros de largo, que gira a una velocidad fuera de lo normal y viaja por el espacio en línea recta. Ante esas evidencias, los investigadores se preguntan si están ante el primer visitante procedente de las estrellas... ¿Podrá la humanidad enfrentarse al enigma que alberga esta extraña nave, aparentemente extraterrestre, y que es ya una maravilla tecnológica que forma parte del imaginario de varias generaciones de lectores? Bienvenidos al gran clásico que Denis Villeneuve llevará al cine. Cita con Rama es una de las obras más premiadas de uno de los mejores escritores de ciencia ficción de todos los tiempos, galardonada con los premios Hugo, Nebula, Locus, John W. Campbell y BSFA.«Arthur C. Clarke expandirá tus horizontes».The Guardian
Grimlock's Bad Friend: Book 3 (Transformers Early Reader #2)
By Transformers. 2018
A full-colour early reader based on the hugely popular Transformers TV series.Grimlock is very excited when he meets another Dinobot…just like him. But Scowl is very naughty - and he wants Grimlock to be bad too! Will Grimlock learn not to follow his bad friend?This early reader is specially created with a literacy consultant and is perfect to build reading ability. Now even the youngest Transformers fans can read along with their adventures!
By Stephen Markley. 2022
&“This book is, simply put, a modern classic. If you read it, you'll never forget it. Prophetic, terrifying, uplifting.&” —Stephen…King From the bestselling author of Ohio, a masterful American epic charting a near future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity.In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing, its governments mired in gridlock while a patient but unrelenting ecological crisis looms. America is in upheaval, battered by violent weather and extreme politics. In California in 2013, Tony Pietrus, a scientist studying deposits of undersea methane, receives a death threat. His fate will become bound to a stunning cast of characters—a broken drug addict, a star advertising strategist, a neurodivergent mathematician, a cunning eco-terrorist, an actor turned religious zealot, and a brazen young activist named Kate Morris, who, in the mountains of Wyoming, begins a project that will alter the course of the decades to come. From the Gulf Coast to Los Angeles, the Midwest to Washington, DC, their intertwined odysseys unfold against a stark backdrop of accelerating chaos as they summon courage, galvanize a nation, fall to their own fear, and find wild hope in the face of staggering odds. As their stories hurtle toward a spectacular climax, each faces a reckoning: what will they sacrifice to salvage humanity&’s last chance at a future? A singular achievement, The Deluge is a once-in-a-generation novel that meets the moment as few works of art ever have.
The Book of Rain
By Thomas Wharton. 2023
A groundbreaking, deeply affecting work of environmental literary suspense for fans of Cloud Atlas, The Overstory, and Station Eleven.The northern…mining town of River Meadows is one of three hotspots in the world producing ghost ore, a new source of energy worth twenty-eight times its weight in gold. It's also linked with slippages of time and space that gradually render the area uninhabitable. After the town is evacuated, the whole region is cordoned off, the new no-go zone wryly nicknamed "the Park."Three intertwined stories flow from the disaster of River Meadows. Alex Hewitt and his sister, Amery, were among the first to be shipped out of the contaminated town. Now an accomplished game designer, Alex has moved on, but his sister has not, making increasingly dangerous break-ins to save animals trapped in the toxic wasteland. When at last she fails to return from a trip inside the fence, Alex flies to River Meadows to search for her, enlisting her friend, Michio Amano, a mathematician who needs to transcend the known laws of physics if he and Alex are to succeed.Claire Foley ran away from River Meadows as a teenager and now traffics in endangered wildlife. As Alex and Michio search for Amery, Claire arrives in an island nation under threat of environmental catastrophe to retrieve her greatest prize yet, only to find herself facing a life-altering choice.And, finally, in a future as distant as myth, a flock of birds sets out on a dangerous journey to prevent the extinction of their ancient enemy, humanity. The account they hand down is an Epic of Gilgamesh for our times, illuminating the wisdom of nature and our flawed stewardship of the planet. As sweeping in scope as a world of its own, The Book of Rain is a novel of epic reach, beautifully multi-layered, haunting and profound.
By Mike Baron. 2023
Nexus hits an object in space, sending him crashing into the nearest planet.To make matters worse, the planet serves as…a prison to a nearby world. With the wrong sun in the sky, Nexus is unable to use his powers—so he'll have to rely on his intelligence and survival skills if he wants to escape and see his family again.Nexus returns with a new graphic novel from the mind of Mike Baron, with art by Richard Bonk!
Assassin of Reality: A Novel (Vita Nostra #2)
By Marina Dyachenko. 2023
The eagerly anticipated sequel to the highly acclaimed Vita Nostra takes readers to the next stage in Sasha Samokhina’s journey…in a richly imagined world of dark academia in which grammar is magic—and not all magic is good.In Vita Nostra, Sasha Samokhina, a third-year student at the Institute of Special Technologies, was in the middle of taking the final exam that would transform her into a part of the Great Speech. After defying her teachers’ expectations, Sasha emerges from the exam as Password, a unique and powerful part of speech. Accomplished and ready to embrace her new role, she soon learns her powers threaten the old world, and despite her hard work, Sasha is set to fail.However, Farit Kozhennikov, Sasha’s dark mentor, finds a way to bring her out of the oblivion and back to the Institute for his own selfish purposes. Subsequently, Sasha must correct her mistakes before she is allowed to graduate and is forced to do what few are asked and even less achieve: to succeed and reverberate—becoming a part of the Great Speech and being one of the special few who dictate reality. If she fails, she faces a fate far worse than death: the choice is hers. Years have passed around the Institute—and the numerous realities that have spread from Sasha’s first failure—but it is only her fourth year of learning what role she will play in shaping the world. Her teachers despise and fear her, her classmates distrust her, and a growing love—for a young pilot with no affiliation to the school—is fraught because a relationship means leverage, and Farit won’t hesitate to use it against her.Planes crash all the time. Which means Sasha needs to rewrite the world so that can’t happen...or fail for good.
Sorghum & Spear: Harvest of the All-Mother (Sorghum & Spear #1)
By Dedren Snead. 2022
A new world of wonders and adventures await you in this highly original anthology of bold tales inspired by Dedren…Snead' s remarkable Sorghum & Spear. Here, celebrated and emerging writers take you on a journey of the imagination, one filled with imperfect heroines reaching for new horizons, dark, distant forces breaking through the veil of time, and those seeking love, sisterhood, and community.From sunlit savannahs to the rolling fields of bright-stemmed sorghum, to sharp-edged cliffs and lush, green mountaintops, The Eternal Realm unfolds, a mysterious map of memory and legends. But don' t worry if the ground shifts beneath your feet, for some people were born to fly!Acclaimed poet Linda D. Addison begins with a stirring testimony from “ The Messenger.” Eugen Bacon' s beautiful prose unveils a hidden world and forbidden love, bringing the outsider in with “ Nyamizi, the Skinless One.” Colleen Anderson' s “ Cane and Sword” explores the tumultuous path of Mi-Jung, an arrogant student who learns an invaluable lesson. In Teresa Schile' s “ Fir' yali,” a shapeshifter finds courage in dual forms, as she attempts to rescue loved ones from an unspeakable fate at the hands of demons. The masterful Valjeanne Jeffers evokes the shimmering waters of Oshun, in “ Pray for Peace, Prepare for War.” Nicole Givens Kurtz stuns and surprises with “ Themba' s Test,” depicting the often-ignored strengths of those among us. Two sisters answer the Call of magic in the face of Chaos in J.S. Emuakpor' s “ Sister' s Keeper.” Hard-worn victories, ancient rituals, and rites of passage test ambitions and boundaries in the riveting stories of Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Alicia McCalla, Sarah A. Macklin, G Dean Manuel, Violette L. Meier, Zelda Knight, and Dedren Snead, as Kenesha Williams skillfully carries you off on “ The Rhythm of War.” An exciting collection in a world we hope you return to again and again!
By Jane Hennigan. 2023
A thrilling dystopia, in turns heart-breaking and heart-poundingWhere were you at the beginning? Or at the end?And where are we…all now?Forty years ago, the world changed. Toxic threads left behind by mutated moths infected men and boys around the globe. Some were killed quietly in their sleep, others became crazed killers, wildly dangerous and beyond help. All seemed hopeless.But humanity adapted, healed and moved on. Now matriarchs rule, and men are kept in specially treated dust-free facilities for their safety and the good of society, never able to return to the outside.Mary has settled into this new world and takes care of the male residents at her facility. But she still remembers how things used to be and is constantly haunted by her memories. Of her family, of her joy, of… him.Now the world is quiet again, but only because secrets are kept safe in whispers. And the biggest secret of all? No one wants to live inside a cage…Exploring male violence against women, homo-normativity, and gynocracy, Moths is a powerful assessment of life through the lens of a main character in her 70s. A remastered and revitalised version of the previously self-published, smash-hit dystopian thriller by the same name, Moths shows us a new, post-pandemic world.File Under: Science Fiction [ Dust to Dust | Do you remember? | Kill or Be Killed | Another New World ]
The Red Scholar's Wake: A Xuya Universe Romance (Xuya Universe Romances)
By Aliette De Bodard. 2022
When tech scavenger Xích Si is captured and imprisoned by the infamous pirates of the Red Banner, she expects to…be tortured or killed. Instead, their leader, Rice Fish, makes Xích Si an utterly incredible proposition: an offer of marriage.Both have their reasons for this arrangement: Xích Si needs protection; Rice Fish, a sentient spaceship, needs a technical expert to investigate the death of her first wife, the Red Scholar. That’s all there is to it.But as the interstellar war against piracy rages on and their own investigation reaches a dire conclusion, the two of them discover that their arrangement has evolved into something much less business-focused and more personal...and tender. And maybe the best thing that’s ever happened to either of them—but only if they can find a way to survive together.A rich space opera and an intensely soft romance, from an exceptional SF author.Advance Praise for The Red Scholar's Wake:“So romantic I may simply perish.” —Tasha Suri, author of The Jasmine Throne“LESBIAN SPACE PIRATES. Enough said.” —Katee Robert, NYT bestselling author of Neon Gods“The Red Scholar’s Wake is a fizzingly inventive space opera, quite unlike anything I’ve encountered before, and told with style, grace, and a big dose of heart. SF is lucky to have Aliette de Bodard.” —Alastair Reynolds, Sunday Times bestselling author“The Red Scholar’s Wake takes you on an exhilarating dive into space piracy with passion, politics, dazzling settings, and-even better-a profound core of love transcending hopelessness that rings throughout the story.” —Everina Maxwell, author of Winter’s Orbit