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By Rebecca Sugar. 2019
Pug Davis is a curmudgeonly, gruff and tough space hero... he also happens to have the head of a pug.Reluctantly…teamed with his sensitive and thoughtful partner, Blouse, this odd couple fights aliens in space so we don't have to fight them here. In this early comic work by Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, she shows her development as an artist and storyteller in an entertaining, thoughtful read with a lot of heart.
By Sarah Blake. 2022
&“An amazing blend of page-turning mystery, important commentary about environmental destruction, and poignant portraiture of maternal love. Sarah Blake is a…poet, and it shows in her economical prose, distilled insights, and wonderfully disturbing imagery.&” —ANGIE KIM, author of Miracle Creek The climate apocalypse has come and gone, and in the end it wasn&’t the temperature climbing or the waters rising. It was the trees. The world became overgrown, creating enough pollen to render the air unbreathable. In the decade since the event known as the Turning, humanity has rebuilt, and Izabel has gotten used to the airtight domes that now contain her life. She raises her young daughter, Cami, and attempts to make peace with her mother&’s death. She tries hard to be satisfied with this safe, prosperous new world, but instead she just feels stuck. And then the peace of her town is shattered. Someone starts slashing through the domes at night, exposing people to the deadly pollen—a serial killer. Almost simultaneously, Cami begins sleep-talking, having whole conversations about the murders that she doesn&’t remember after she wakes. Izabel becomes fixated on the killer, on both tracking him down and understanding him. What could compel someone to take so many lives after years dedicated to sheer survival, with humanity finally flourishing again? Suspenseful and startling, but also written with a wry, observant humor, Clean Air is the second novel from poet Sarah Blake, author of the award-winning literary debut Naamah. It will appeal to readers of The Need, The Leftovers, and Fever Dream as it probes motherhood, grief, control, and choice.
By Paul Gilligan. 2023
Meet Pluto Rocket, a friendly alien, and Joe Pidge, a wise-cracking pigeon, in the first book of this hilarious new…early graphic novel series, for fans of Narwhal and Jelly and Pizza and Taco!Joe Pidge, not just a pigeon but also the stylish king of the neighborhood, is bobbing his way down the street one day when, all of a sudden, Pluto Rocket enters the scene. It turns out, Pluto is from another planet, and is disguising herself for her secret mission — to find out what life in the neighborhood is really like.Lucky for Pluto, Joe Pidge has seen it all before, eaten it all before, and pooped on it all before, so he takes her under his wing and the two become fast friends. But Joe is the one who actually learns a thing or two and whose mind is blown by the out-of-this-world Pluto in this hilarious graphic novel series from Paul Gilligan, creator of the syndicated comic strip Pooch Cafe!
By Will Conrad, Rod Monteiro. 2023
Through his longer-than-usual lifetime, Michael appreciates artifacts and knowledge, and he gathers allies, enemies, and memories. A recent obituary has…him reflecting on his time imprisoned in a POW camp during WWII . . .A man can go by many names, and when someone has been around as long as Michael, he can gain more than just a few aliases. In the present he&’s Michael Smith, but back in the 1940s he went by James. When the obituary for John, an acquaintance of James&’s from WWII, comes up in the paper, Michael finds himself ruminating on an experience he thought he&’d left behind: the horrors and human experimentation he, John, and others, endured at the infamous Manchuria-based Japanese prisoner of war facility known as Unit 731. For other POWs, their experience at Unit 731 concluded there and then, but for Michael, his encounters with the Axis powers garnered interest that went beyond the end of the war. Michael is more than a simple body to use for target practice or as a research test subject, and both Germany and Japan wanted to have him. From Will Conrad (Justice League, Serenity) and Rod Monteiro (The Midnight Witch) comes a tale of historical fiction that visits some of humanity&’s darkest moments. Collects The Collector: Unit 731 #1–#4.
By Jack McDevitt. 2023
In Nebula Award–winning author Jack McDevitt&’s ninth installment in the beloved Alex Benedict science fiction mystery series, humanity discovers new…intelligent life lightyears away—only for it to disappear without a trace.Centuries after a war with the Mutes, the first aliens to be encountered by humankind, a startling new discovery in the far reaches of the Orion Nebula appears. On a planet with conditions favorable to life, explorer vessel The Columbia comes across a small town seemingly inhabited by an intelligent species not yet discovered. But when a highly publicized follow-up mission is sent to make contact mere months later, the entire town has vanished, leaving no trace—or such is presumed to be the case until Alex Benedict and his archaeological crew show up to investigate. Officially, their mission is to find concealed artifacts that may have been left behind, but the team&’s real goal is to solve the mystery of how these aliens disappeared so rapidly—and why. In turns terrifying and miraculous, the answers raise the stakes for every member on board as they look to make their mark on history. Nebula Award–winning author Jack McDevitt, whom Stephen King has called &“the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke,&” brings back Alex, Chase, and Gabe for another brilliantly crafted science fiction mystery.
By Mike Chen. 2023
From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Brotherhood&“A love letter to the power of music, this thoughtful, humorous exploration…of what constitutes living versus mere survival sees Chen (Light Years from Home) at the top of his game.&” —Publishers Weekly starred review"A strong emotional core carries Chen&’s (Light Years from Home, 2022) latest, which is ultimately about healing from old wounds and learning how to embrace life again after loss—even if you&’re dead." —BooklistBeing a vampire is far from glamorous…but it can be pretty punk rock.Everything you&’ve heard about vampires is a lie. They can&’t fly. No murders allowed (the community hates that). And turning into a bat? Completely ridiculous. In fact, vampire life is really just a lot of blood bags and night jobs. For Louise Chao, it&’s also lonely, since she swore off family ages ago.At least she&’s gone to decades of punk rock shows. And if she can join a band of her own (while keeping her…situation under wraps), maybe she&’ll finally feel like she belongs, too.Then a long-lost teenage relative shows up at her door. Whether it&’s Ian&’s love of music or his bad attitude, for the first time in ages, Louise feels a connection.But as Ian uncovers Louise&’s true identity, things get dangerous—especially when he asks her for the ultimate favor. One that goes beyond just family…one that might just change everything vampires know about life and death forever.
By Quincy Thomas Stewart. 2023
An intelligent machine built to study methods of social warfare struggles to understand and communicate the lived experience of race…In a narrative full of social significance and poetically decorated with monks, vampires, and mythical statistics, Race in the Machine presents a world where the stories we use to explain race all simultaneously exist, within and around us, dictating our interactions and innermost beliefs. The nameless protagonist, an enigmatic social mechanic at Nearbay Institute, living in a population of socially connected intelligent machines, encounters a simple query in the context of an introductory lecture: "What exactly is race? And what is it in the context of the social machine?" This prompt guides the protagonist along a twisting intellectual tale surrounding a series of experiments which explore: How many racists does it take to create systems of inequality? What role do non-racists actors play in upholding them? How is bias learned? How does it spread? The narrator develops a distinct understanding of race through the figurative bending of time, dreams of a "race code" and by confronting a series of mysterious communications that remain just outside comprehension. Over the course of this journey, the answers to important questions about racial inequality quietly emerge for the protagonist. Scholarly encounters with both antagonistic colleagues and unexpected allies, culminate when the hero is forced to reach a devastating conclusion about themself and the world. Stirring and luminous, Race in the Machine deftly oscillates between the allegorically simplified and the impossibly complex to weave an utterly unique and nuanced portrait of race in the modern world.
By Daniel Suarez. 2023
In New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez's latest space-tech thriller, a group of pioneering astropreneurs must overcome never-before-attempted engineering…challenges to rescue colleagues stranded at a distant asteroid—kicking off a new space race in which Earth's climate crisis could well hang in the balance. When unforeseen circumstances during an innovative—and unsanctioned—commercial asteroid-mining mission leave two crew members stranded, those who make it back must engineer a rescue, all while navigating a shifting web of global political alliances and renewed Cold War tensions. With Earth governments consumed by the ravages of climate change and unable to take the risks necessary to make rapid progress in space, the crew must build their own nextgen spacecraft capable of mounting a rescue in time for the asteroid's next swing by Earth. In the process they'll need to establish the first spin-gravity station in deep space, the first orbiting solar power satellite and refinery, and historic infrastructure on the moon's surface—all of which could alleviate a deepening ecological, political, and economic crisis back on Earth, and prove that space-based industry is not only profitable, but possibly humanity's best hope for a livable, peaceful future.
By Jodi Taylor. 2018
A Chronicles of St Mary's short story that is sure to entertain. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch,…you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor. It's not easy being a rebel.So many new skills to assimilate.Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle-stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first.And quickly.It's the time of the Civil Uprisings and two young women set out to make a difference.Their only problem?They don't know where they are.Or where they're going.Or what to do when they get there.Other than that ...Fans of St Mary's will enjoy this glimpse into the past of some of their favourite characters. Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2014
The fourth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.Sometimes, surviving is all you have left.Max and Leon are safe at last. Or so they think.Snatched from her own world and dumped into a new one, Max is soon running for her life. Again.From a 17th century Frost Fair to Ancient Egypt; from Pompeii to 8th century Scandinavia; Max and Leon are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a dangerous game of hide-and-seek, until finally they're forced to take refuge at St Mary's where a new danger awaits them.Max's happily ever after is going to have to wait a while... Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2015
The fifth book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.A Fete Worse Than Death...The St Mary's Institute of Historical Research has finally recovered from its wounds and it's business as usual for those rascals in the History Department.From being trapped in the Great Fire of London to an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, which leaves the fate of the western world hanging in the balance, Max must struggle to get History back on track.But first, they must get through the St Mary's Fete - which is sure to end badly for everyone.Only one thing is certain, life at St Mary's is never dull! Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
By Jodi Taylor. 2013
The second book in the bestselling Chronicles of St Mary's series which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as…they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.Wherever the historians go, chaos is sure to follow...Dispatched to Victorian London to seek out Jack the Ripper, things go badly wrong when he finds the St Mary's historians first. Stalked through the fog-shrouded streets of Whitechapel, Max is soon running for her life. Again.And that's just the start. Max finds herself in a race against time when an old enemy is intent on destroying St Mary's. An enemy willing, if necessary, to destroy History itself.From the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh to the murder of Thomas a Becket, via an unscheduled dodo rescue mission, join the historians of St Mary's as they hurtle around History on more hilarious, hair-raising escapades Readers love Jodi Taylor: 'Once in a while, I discover an author who changes everything... Jodi Taylor and her protagonista Madeleine "Max" Maxwell have seduced me' 'A great mix of British proper-ness and humour with a large dollop of historical fun' 'Addictive. I wish St Mary's was real and I was a part of it' 'Jodi Taylor has an imagination that gets me completely hooked' 'A tour de force'
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.
By Greg Bear. 1999
A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and…infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. Then a major discovery high in the Alps --the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up. Now, as the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lang must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve--an evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race . . . if a future exists at all.
By Philip Wylie. 1963
A small group of men and women, escaping the destruction of Earth, land on a strange planet in the solar…system and must contend with the unknown forces of their new home to survive and ensure the future of the human race. Sequel to "When Worlds Collide" by Wylie
By Robert A. Heinlein, Robert A Heinlein. 1953
Science-fiction stories pondering possible futures,in which all solar energy is directly converted into power, all cars and trains disappear to…make way for rolling roads, and lunar landlords control the moon
By Glen A Larson. 1979
Starbuck and Apollo battle a planet of lost clones, mind-slaves of the Cylon warrior Vulpa, who are aiming the ultimate…weapon at the embattled starfleet of humankind. For junior and senior high readers
By Joe W Haldeman. 1978
Collection of thirteen short science fiction tales including several award-winning stories. Includes stories about an ancient gypsy crone who puts…a curse on all mankind and a cranky Martian Jew who takes on the largest corporation in the Galaxy
By Hal Clement. 1957
The Hunter, a protoplasmic alien creature from the stars, crashes on Earth while pursuing an escaped criminal of his species.…In order to survive and continue the search, he must inhabit the body of a human host, which he finds in fifteen-year-old Bob Kinnaird. Alien symbionte and human host form a lasting friendship and together track down the criminal