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Par John Elizabeth Stintzi. 2022
The brilliant new novel from the fiercely talented author of Vanishing Monuments, shortlisted for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.…On the morning of June 2, 2016, a jogger in Central Park notices a mass of stone in the centre of the reservoir, a mass that - three weeks later - will have grown into an active stratovolcano nearly two and a half miles tall. This inexplicable event seems to coincide with an escalation of strange phenomena happening around the world. For readers of Karen Tei Yamashita and Haruki Murakami and fans of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Olga Tokarczuk's Flights, My Volcano sets the mythic and absurd against the starkly realistic, attempting to portray what it feels like to live in a burning world stricken numb. My Volcano is a pre-apocalyptic vision following a global and diverse cast of characters, each experiencing private and collective eruptions: an eight-year-old boy in Mexico City finds himself 500 years in the past, where he lives through the fall of the Aztec Empire; a folktale scholar in Tokyo studies a story with indeterminate origins about a woman coming down a mountain to destroy villages and towns; a white trans writer living in Jersey City struggles to write a sci-fi novel about a thriving civilization on an impossible planet; a nurse with Doctors without Borders works with Syrian refugees in Greece as she tries to grapple with the trauma of surviving an American bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; a nomadic herder in Mongolia is stung by a bee and finds himself transformed into a green, thorned, flowering creature that aims to cleanse the worldâ s most polluted places on its path toward assimilating every living thing on Earth into its consciousness. With audacious structure and poetic prose, My Volcano is an electrifying tapestry on fire.
Par Victoria Hetherington. 2022
After being detained at the border of the New Canadian Protectorate, university counsellor Slaton meets an AI, Julian, who works…interviewing detainees at the Canadian/American border. As a plague ravages the planet, they encounter a strange bubble of super-rich elite, whose ploy for immortality will spell danger for them all.
Par Brian M. Thomsen, Martin H. Greenberg. 1998
The stories that launched money-making blockbusters? ?almost any of the stories is worth the price of the whole volume.? The…Reel Stuff collects thirteen memorable?and in some cases award-winning?tales from legendary names in science fiction, fantasy, and horror that inspired some of Hollywood?s greatest successes on the silver screen, or found rabid followings as cult classics. Features the stories that inspired: Minority Report ? Total Recall ? The Thing ? Johnny Mnemonic ? Re-animator ? Candyman ? Millennium ? Enemy Mine ? Mimic ? Screamers ? Nightflyers ? Amanda and the Alien ? The Outer Limits: Sandkings
Par W. Michael Gear. 1992
THE CALL TO BATTLE…The Forbidden Borders, an unassailable gravity-powered barrier, confine rival human empires to a few star systems, leaving…them to strive endlessly against one another for domination. Now the balance of power has shifted so drastically that the long-dreaded final war between Rega and Sassa, the last surviving empires, is about to begin. Staffa kar Therma, Lord Commander of the Companions, the finest of mercenary soldiers, knows this war could reduce all human civilization to ashes, and he is desperately striving to avert the spiral into total destruction.Then, seeking to blackmail Staffa into fighting for them, the Regans kidnap Skyla Lyma, Staffa's second-in-command and the woman he loves. And suddenly Staffa is forced to choose between Skyla's life and the possible end of his universe. Yet perhaps the choice will not be left to him at all. For Sinklar, the son stolen from the Lord Commander as an infant, now a general who has become Staffa's sworn enemy, is already mobilizing his own forces for a pre-emptive strike....But others, too, are weaving strategies of intrigue and betrayal as they reach out to seize control of the known worlds. And only time will tell if anyone will survive to claim the title of victor....ON IMPERIAL SASSA—An empire drained of precious resources by decades of interstellar war prepares for a final strike against its last surviving enemy - a winner-take-all campaign of conquest....ON REGA—The capital hovers on the brink of civil war as, with Emperor Tybalt assassinated, Sinklar Fist is forced to take control of preparations for a pre-emptive strike against the Sassan Empire....AND IN THE ITREATIC ASTEROIDS—Staffa kar Therma, Lord Commander of the elite mercenary troops, the Companions, struggles to find a way to force the two warring empires to make peace - before all of human civilization within the Forbidden Borders finds itself driven one step too far along the road to destruction....
Par Lisanne Norman. 1996
As members of the feline-like Sholan race and human begin to bond, creating a hybrid new race with powers beyond…the control of any of the Guilds, the uneasy peace threatens to unravel, and Carrie, a human telepath, and her Sholan companion, Kusac, strike out on their own.
Par Julie E. Czerneda. 2018
This exclusive e-novella, set shortly after the events in Hidden in Sight, features the first glimpse of the All Species'…Library of Linguistics and Culture in the Web Shifters sci-fi series.The Human Commonwealth has spread into a section of space well and truly claimed by others, a wealth of intelligent species who doubt we've much to offer. The only recourse? Diplomacy! At least that's what Evan Gooseberry, assigned to the Human embassy on Urgia Prime, firmly believes. Enough to fight his own deep terrors and remain where even a walk outside is an exhausting challenge.But what happens when a species' misunderstood biology is its diplomacy? The stakes are high; the situation desperate. Doubted by his superiors, Evan stands alone. Unless he can accept help from the strangest alien of all: Esen-alit-Quar, Esen in a hurry, Es between friends. Having come to Urgia Prime with her friend Paul on their own mission, the remarkable Webshifter is willing to do whatever she can. There's only one problem.Esen is everything Evan Gooseberry fears.
Par W. Michael Gear. 2008
The groundbreaking novel that launched Gear's sci-fi career, this 20th anniversary edition introduces readers to the thrilling Spider trilogyThe Directorate…was run by the powerful few—genetically-altered humans permanently linked with the GI-net, the massive computer network that contained everything there was to know about the planets and space stations claimed by humankind. For centuries, the Directorate had ruled over countless star systems, its authority absolute and unquestioned. But now stirrings of rebellion were being felt in the far-flung commercial empire. And at this crucial time, the Directorate had discovered a planet out beyond its farthest reaches, a place known only as World, where the descendants of humans stranded long ago by a starship crash had survived by becoming a race of warriors, a race led by its Prophets, men with the ability to see the many possible pathways of the future. Men who had already foreseen the coming of the Directorate’s Patrol ship Bullet—and were preparing their warriors for this first contact in which even one wrong choice could destroy both World and empire....
Par W. Michael Gear. 1990
In a galaxy on the brink of civil war, the Brotherhood seeks to keep peace through diplomacy, subterfuge, and control…of both technological advances and the carefully gathered knowledge of countless worlds. But now Speaker Archon, formerly a privateer and currently head of the world of Star’s Rest, has brought news of a discovery that may prove a great boon to humankind or a catalyst for its destruction. The Brotherhood ship Boaz, carrying diplomats representing all the human planets, stations, and colonies, is launched on a journey to distant Star’s Rest. Only Archon and his daughter know what awaits them there. And neither they nor Captain Carrasco can anticipate the treacherous games of intrigue and betrayal about to be played out aboard Boaz. Yet the greatest danger is that they will actually survive to reach Star’s Rest and the alien Artifact. For this creation of a long-vanished civilization has been waiting patiently for millennia to lure humans to extinction....
Par W. Michael Gear. 1989
The conclusion to Gear's thriling Spider sci-fi trilogyThe Sirian rebellion had proved the catalyst for the rise of two powerful…new forces in the galaxy. Ngen Van Chow, leader of the failed rebellion, had fled to a distant world, establishing a base from which he would launch an interstellar holy war of destruction, a war fueled by the discovery of a long-hidden technology that could transform ordinary men and women into fanatical soldiers of Deus.While on the long-lost colony planet of World, the Romanans, known as the warriors of Spider, and their Patrol allies—formerly part of the military and police force that kept order among the worlds and stations controlled by the computer network of the Directorate—prepared for civilization’s final stand against this seemingly unstoppable conqueror.
Par W. Michael Gear. 1989
The thrilling sequel to Gear's groundbreaking sci-fi debut, The Warriors of SpiderRebellion on Sirius threatened to become the spark that…would set the galaxy ablaze, bringing on the destruction of the Directorate-run empire—a tyranny powered by an elite corps of human, computer-linked brains. The Directorate’s only hope of overthrowing the Sirian rebels rested with three of its once-mighty but now battle-damaged Patrol ships, three backup warships, and a rate of primitive, long planet-bound warriors—the Romanans.For the Directorate had spent many centuries breeding initiative and the capability for violent action out of the human race. And only on the lost colony of World did true warriors of spider still exist. But would the Romanans willingly join the cause of the star men who had once attempted to destroy their world? And even if they did, could warriors so newly exposed to the weapons of deadly technology defeat a world and a leader ready to utilize legendary tools of destruction more lethal than any humankind had ever known?
Par Lisanne Norman. 2000
The catlike aliens return--in the sixth exciting novel in Lisanne Norman's best-selling Sholan Alliance series. . . . Delicate negotiations…for an alliance are underway with the Primes, a previously unknown faction of the hated Valytegan race. But the Sholans and Humans must avert a full-fledged rebellion--begun in a laboratory engaged in illegal breeding experiments. . . .
Par Jean Rabe, Martin H. Greenberg. 2011
From the co-editor of Steampunk'd comes an all-new collection of adventure and romance amid Victorian steampunk settings. Sparks fly in…these original stories of a steam-driven airship searching for a lost city, a crazy inventor in a powered wheelchair with a plot to take over the world, and a love story set in an alternate history version of America. Adventure abounds in these stories of love, loss, and danger- and there is plenty of steam!
Par Lisanne Norman. 1995
They have been brought together by mutual need when both their peoples were faced with the threat of the warlike…Valtegans, an enemy bent on conquering any other race it encountered,She was Carrie, the daughter of the human governor of the Terran colony planet Keiss. He was Kusac, the son and heir of the Sholan Clan Lord. Both were telepaths of the highest order, and the bond they formed was compounded equally of love and mind power. But even as they sought to refine their suddenly enhanced and intermingled powers and to define their relationship, the two were thrust into the heart of an interstellar conflict.For while Terran and Sholan representatives worked together in good faith to negotiate a mutual defense strategy, opposing factions on both their worlds sought to use Carrie and Kusac for their own ends...or failing that to destroy them--and with them all hope for a Terran-Sholan alliance!
Par Terry A. Adams. 1986
For true-humans, it is common knowledge that the D'neerans, human telepaths who come from the planet D'neera, are considered not…quite human, though trustworthy. After all, true-humans are the lords of the universe, which is why the exploratory star ship Endeavor has launched its star search, broadcasting a message of greeting and hope to possible sentient lifeforms throughout the galaxy. Everyone is shocked when their broadcast is answered -- and even more so when the message is meant for the single D'neeran aboard Endeavor, Lady Hanna. Hanna, merely a navigator, is just as suprised, but she must soon shoulder a responsiblity much bigger than she could have forseen. Soon the fate of all humankind and the likelihood of an intersellar war rests on her shoulders, as she becomes the reluctant ambassador for the human race. This omnibus of Sentience and The Master of Chaos preludes the release of a brand-new Terry A. Adams novel, Battleground, set in the same universe. Upon original publication, Sentience was a Best First Novel in Locus and nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel .
Par Lisanne Norman. 2003
The seventh novel of the action-packed science fiction series takes readers into the heart of a secret Prime base-where Kusac…must make an alliance with an enemy general to save his son's life.
Par Marty Halpern, Nick Gevers. 2010
Beyond our skies...and imaginations. Are we alone in the universe, and if not, who else-or what else-is out there? Here…are thought-provoking stories that explore such questions as: Do intelligent species invariably destroy themselves by nuclear war or ecological collapse? Are the sentient aliens that do exist just too far away? Do they exist in forms beyond our comprehension? Are they among us, but undetectable? These are just some of the possibilities explored by a stellar lineup of contributors.
Par Gini Koch. 2013
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini have learned the ins and outs of Washington politics, not to mention how to prevail in…intergalactic war and foil any variety of dangerous conspiracies. So when the newly elected Representative from New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District dies under mysterious circumstances while at the Centaurion Embassy, it's up to Kitty and the rest of the Diplomatic Corps to find out how and why and stop the killer, before the rest of the U. S. House of Representatives become casualties, particularly the replacement Representative for New Mexico's 2nd District-Jeff Martini. .
Par C. J. Cherryh. 2013
It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew…from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's far a darker business going on in the background--a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him. For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage. It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage. The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Protector is the 14th Foreigner novel. It is also the 2nd book in the fifth subtrilogy.
Par Terry A. Adams. 2013
Hanna Bassiano, formerly known as Lady H’ana ril-Koroth of D’neera, was, like all the people of the planet D’neera a…telepath. Mutated from true-human stock, the D’neerans had claimed a world of their own to escape persecution, and started a flourishing civilization there. Now, accepted by true-humans, some like Hanna had ventured out into the wider universe, using their talents to the benefit of all. Hanna herself had become humanity’s expert in first contact with other sentient races. And though her very first mission had nearly ended in her death and could have resulted in a devastating interstellar war, both Hanna and humanity had survived. Several additional contacts had seen her firmly established as the person to spearhead this new first-contact mission. She and her handpicked team were now aboard alien contact ship Endeavor Three, following a centuries’ cold trail to a distant world that had sent its own expedition to the human colony world New Earth two hundred years ago. Long before Endeavor reached the planet they came to know as Battleground, Hanna began to explore the starways with her mind, seeking contact with this legendary race. But when at last she managed to touch the minds she sought, Hanna could scarcely believe what she had founda race that seemed to exist only to fight, to breed, and to die. How could they survive for all these years? How had they come to be like this? And how would they respond to a peaceful expedition of humans arriving on their world? This brand-new science fiction novel follows The D'neeran Factor, an omnibus of Sentience and The Master of Chaos, and continues the adventures of Hanna Bassiano, human telepath and first-contact specialist aboard the spaceship Endeavor. .
Par Gayle Greeno. 1997
Someone is determined to end the acting careers with the famous Stanislaus Troupe of mother and son. And when an…assassin's strike leaves Jerelynn on the brink of death, Glynn has no choice. He won't let his mother die--even if it means using forbidden and highly experimental technology to keep her alive. Yet this may prove but a temporary reprieve, for the assassins will not rest until their destruction is complete. Their only chance for survival lies in tracking down the people behind the killers.