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Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 7, March 2014

Stories by C.J. Cherryh, Steve Cameron, Robert Sheckley, Martin L. Shoemaker, Mercedes Lackey, Lou J. Berger, Elizabeth Bear, Brad R. Torgersen, Robert T. Jeschonek, and Alexei Panshin.

Serialization: Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp (Part 1)
Columns: Barry Malzberg, Gregory Benford.    Book Reviews: Paul Cook.

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The Phoenix Pick Anthology of Classic Science Fiction

ISBN 978-1-60450-258-9, 208 Pages, Trade Paperback 6.14”x9.21”

The Phoenix Pick Anthology of Classic Science Fiction Stories is a collection of stories taken from across the 19th century and into the early 20th that showcases many of the genre’s early attempts. “Science Fiction” of this period is rich with new ideas that reflect both the concerns and the imagination of the society and writers of its time.

Each of the stories included in this volume has stood the test of time and many of the themes reflected by these authors are still relevant to us today.

Edgar Allan Poe, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar; Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Birth Mark; Herman Melville, The Bell Tower; Ambrose G. Bierce, The Damned Thing; Jules Verne, In The Year 2889; H. G. Wells, The Empire of the Ants; Frank Lillie Pollack, Finis; E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops; Rudyard Kipling, As Easy as A.B.C.; Jack London, The Red One; H. P. Lovecraft, Dagon; Edited by Paul Cook

 

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Tau Ceti   (sequel novelette by Steven Savile)
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The Stellar Guild Series

ISBN 978-1-61242-047-9 , 204 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

The Beacon has spent generations reaching a home away from home…only to discover that Earth now has faster-than-light ships and a ruthless dictator wants to lay claim to their dream. Can Captain Jorie Taylor stave off almost certain disaster and save their dreams?

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Tucker's Grove

ISBN 978-1-61242-099-8 , 180 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

The rise and fall of a cursed town in rural Wisconsin, Tucker’s Grove, where legends and nightmares lurk in the shadows, a place where the dead don't necessarily stay dead, where preachers collect demons rather than cast them out, where haunted trains and a shadowy circus exist side by side with ancient gods and prehistoric echoes seeping up from the ground.

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Anderson, Poul

 

 

The Burning Bridge

ISBN 978-1-60450-232-9, 80 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

Fleet Captain Joshua Coffin leads a cast of characters fleeing an unforgiving and unyielding Earth, to settle a colony around a far-away star.

But just as they are reaching ‘the point of no return,’ they receive a short message from Earth indicating that things are settling down and giving them the choice of perhaps returning home instead of fleeing into the desperate unknown. Hard choices need to be made. Is Captain Coffin up to the task, and at what cost?

 

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Security

ISBN 978-1-60450-240-4, 108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

In a world where Security is all-important, nothing can ever be secure. A mountain-climbing vacation may wind up in deep Space. Or loyalty may prove to be high treason. But it has its rewards.

 

 

 

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Centuries

ISBN 978-1-60450-283-1, 442 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Another mind-bending science fiction epic from a true visionary, Centuries explores a barely recognizable future where humans control their own evolution. Genetic manipulation and artificial intelligence shape an astounding destiny for our species.

With these wondrous changes come unexpected new truths of heart and mind that challenge the very definition of human, and that threaten not only our existence but the universe itself as our surprising powers—both miraculous and monstrous—evolve through the centuries.

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Solis

ISBN 978-1-60450-402-6, 164 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Mr. Charlie is a brain without a body, revived after being frozen  for a thousand years.

Charlie Outis has no idea of what the world might be like in the far future after he decides to have his brain frozen with the slim hope of it being revived one day.

But even a thousand years from now, brains are a valuable commodity—even brains without heads. But who does the brain belong to? And who controls a mind without a body?

Solis is a thought-provoking and original exploration of what it means to be a sentient being by the author of the highly acclaimed Radix Tetrad, and an author the Los Angeles Times calls “a truly amazing, original talent.”

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The Lani People

ISBN 978-1-60450-251-0, 156 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Sex Toys? Pleasure Creatures? Animals? Humans? Who are the Lani People? Who created them?

A classic novel of the future that continues to question our basic value systems.

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Brackett, Leigh  

 

 

The Long Tomorrow

ISBN 978-1-61242-013-4, 202 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

One of the original novels of post-nuclear-holocaust America, The Long Tomorrow is considered by many to be one of the finest science fiction novels ever written on the subject. The story has inspired generations of new writers and is still as mesmerizing today as when it was originally written.

Len and Esau are young cousins living decades after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization as we know it. The rulers of the post-war community have forbidden the existence of large towns and consider technology evil.

However, Len and Esau long for more than their simple agrarian existence. Rumors of mythical Bartorstown, perhaps the last city in existence, encourage the boys to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure that will call into question not only firmly held beliefs, but the boys' own personal convictions.

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The Big Jump

ISBN 978-1-61242-053-0, 136 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

What awaits us out in space?

New star-drive engines promise to open up the galaxy to humankind. But the first ship to use the engines disappears and a sole survivor returns...alone and dying of some strange type of radiation.

No one can figure out what has happened to the ship or the crew. Nor does anyone know what happens to a ship travelling using star-drive technology.

Does some unknown horror await us out there?

The only way to find out is to go out again. And Arch Comyn is determined to be the one to solve the mystery.

But is he, and the rest of mankind, ready for whatever awaits us beyond The Big Jump?

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Warlord of Kor

ISBN 978-1-60450-252-7, 116 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

God, Machine—Or Listening Post for Outsiders?

Horng sat opposite the tiny, fragile creature who held a microphone, its wires attached to an interpreting machine. He blinked his huge eyes slowly, his stiff mouth fumblingly forming words of a language his race had not used for thirty thousand years.

“Kor was ... is ... God ... Knowledge.” He had tried to convey this to the small creatures who had invaded his world, but they did not heed. Their ill-equipped brains were trying futilely to comprehend the ancient race memory of his people.

Now they would attempt further to discover the forbidden directives of Kor. Horng remembered, somewhere far back in the fossil layers of his thoughts, a warning. They must be stopped! If he had to, he would stamp out these creatures who were called “humans.”

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Chalker, Jack L.  

 

 

Lilith: A Snake in the Grass - The Four Lords of the Diamond 1

ISBN 978-1-61242-022-6, 200 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Four worlds that cannot be visited.
Four worlds that must be visited.

Aliens are spying on Earth from one of the four worlds that make up the Warden Diamond. But it is impossible to send agents to any of the four worlds because of unique microscopic symbionts that make it impossible for visitors to leave the Diamond.

Seeking a unique solution, each of the four worlds making up the Diamond is sent a person whose mind has been stripped of everything and who is now controlled by an agent of the Confederacy.

Lilith is the first planet to be visited. Here, Cal Tremon, stripped of his own personality, must overcome incredible odds and survive not only the incredible perils of the foreign planet but his own controllers as well.

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Cerberus: A Wolf in the Fold - The Four Lords of the Diamond 2

ISBN 978-1-61242-023-3, 206 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Cerberus is the second planet to be visited. Qwin Zhang is stripped of her personality and left naked on the planet with her mind now occupied by one of the Confederacy’s best operatives.  Can she/he survive long enough to find out the truth about the deadly planet known as Cerberus?

 

 

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Charon: A Dragon at the Gate - The Four Lords of the Diamond 3

ISBN 978-1-61242-024-0, 224 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Seeking a unique solution, each of the four worlds making up the Diamond is sent a person whose mind has been stripped of everything and who is now controlled by an agent of the Confederacy.

Park Lacoch's body (stripped of his own mind) is exiled to the hell-world of Charon, one of the Warden Diamond worlds being investigated for alien influences and presence. Can he survive long enough to complete his investigation in this unbearably hot world where strange creatures roam and witchcraft is a normal way of life?

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Medusa: A Tiger by the Tail - The Four Lords of the Diamond 4

ISBN 978-1-61242-025-7, 254 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

This frozen world is the last of the four worlds to be explored. But are Tarin Bul and his controller up to the job? The secret powers of the hated dictator, Lord Ypsir, are far more extensive than had been anticipated and may prove too much for them. Can the Agent With No Name save the mission?

 

 

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The Messiah Choice

ISBN 978-1-61242-078-3, 242 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Sir Robert McKenzie, owner of the Magellan Corporation, dies suddenly in a mysterious and grisly way. His daughter may be next, for a Satanic cult is determined to herald the arrival of the apocalypse.

Greg MacDonald unravels the mystery of the cult, run by scientists with a distorted sense of duty and a computer that may be the Antichrist itself.

 

 

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The River of Dancing Gods (Dancing Gods: Book One)

ISBN 978-1-61242-083-7, 242 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Something strange happens to Joe and Marge on the way to El Paso. They run into Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, a strange wizard who informs them that they are going to die in nineteen minutes and eighteen seconds.

But they also have a choice. They can abandon the current world by taking a ferryboat across the Sea of Dreams to a new life in a new world, full of magic, fairies and wonder.

But along with all its wonders, the new world is also the site of an ancient battle still being fought between the forces of Evil and Good, and the forces of Hell threaten to unleash perpetual darkness.Joe and Marge not only need their wits to survive in this unpredictable and dangerous world, but must somehow help prevent the oncoming Armageddon.

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Demons of the Dancing Gods (Dancing Gods: Book Two)

ISBN 978-1-61242-085-1, 232 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

While the initial battle for Husaquahr has been won, dark forces are gathering to the south. But before the Dark Baron and the Demon Prince can put their plans into action, they need to deal with Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, master sorcerer who suspects that all is not as it should be.

Once again Ruddygore must call on the help of the two humans, Joe and Marge, and together they must face the evil forces that threaten Husaquahr with annihilation.

One of the Council of Thirteen has to be the Dark Baron and the Baron is plotting with the Demon Prince to shatter the fragile peace and bring Armageddon to the magic world beyond the Sea of Dreams.

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Vengeance of the Dancing Gods (Dancing Gods: Book Three)

ISBN 978-1-61242-087-5, 242 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Husaquahr has been saved by the brave actions of Joe and Marge. The Dark Baron has been defeated and exiled to Earth where all his magical powers have been stripped.

But Ruddygore has badly underestimated his deadly enemy. The Dark Baron proves as resourceful on Earth as he was in Husaquahr and he enlists a computer to help him create even more effective spells to become more powerful than before.

Helped by the forces of the underworld, he is poised to unleash hell on Husaquahr and only Joe and Marge can stop him!

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Songs of the Dancing Gods (Dancing Gods: Book Four)

ISBN 978-1-61242-089-9, 274 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Joe has reunited with his son, who has accompanied Joe to Husaquahr. But their joy at being united is cut short by news that the Dark Baron has escaped once again and is gathering a force in the North to capture and enslave them all.

Can Joe and Tiana (and Irving) make another stand for their new world or is the Dark Baron finally going to vanquish Husaquahr?

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Horrors of the Dancing Gods (Dancing Gods: Book Five)

ISBN 978-1-61242-091-2, 258 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

In this final volume of the Dancing Gods series, Ruddygore and his heroes must face an ancient evil seeping forth from the Sea of Dreams. Long-dormant evil is rising to challenge reality as we know it and it will destroy Earth and the magical world of Husaquahr if left to its own devices.

The Rules require the Great McGuffin to challenge and stop the evil forces, but the McGuffin is lost in Hell and Ruddygore must once again depend on the skills of Marge and Joe (and Joe's estranged son, Irving).

 

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Cook, Paul      (Author's website)  

 

 

The Engines of Dawn

ISBN 978-1-60450-190-2, 240 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

The great engines of the Enamorati have enabled humanity to travel the stars, but at what cost? Little is known of the jealously guarded engines while a complacent humanity slowly loses its edge and becomes increasingly dependent on mysterious alien technologies.

However, when an engine failure strands a university ship, Professor Ben Bennet and a group of students challenge the status quo and start discovering hidden secrets that threaten the future of humanity itself.

“A lot of contemporary SF satisfies but doesn’t excite. Cook’s latest delivers everything you could want”—Science Fiction Chronicle
 

 

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Fortress on the Sun

ISBN 978-1-60450-200-8, 216 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Ra is a 21st century prison camp that also acts as a facility for harvesting metals—from the Sun. The prisoners have all been banished here for extreme crimes, but none of them remembers anything from their past.

As a lethal disease slowly spreads through the camp and the prisoners are abandoned, Ian Hutchings must find a way out if he and his people are to survive. But dark secrets lurk, and as they try to survive both the illness and the inferno they live on, they will discover a truth even stranger than their own circumstances.

“A suspenseful scientific mystery and a good adventure story”—Science Fiction Chronicle

“Entertaining” —The Denver Post

“Highly inventive, highly engaging”—Robert J. Sawyer, Nebula Award-winning author of Starplex

“Provocative. A chilling and intriguing puzzle...an unexpected and original resolution—and a great climax!” —Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Author
 

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Karma Kommandos

ISBN 978-1-60450-259-6, 212 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Chuckle has just hit the streets of 21st century L.A. with devastating results. A member of the L.A.P.D.’s Protean Set—special detectives who can change their appearances—Rory Koestler sets out after Bob Thermopylae, L.A.’s main dealer in Chuckle. Problem is, someone else is after him as well—assassins who step out of walls or just appear out of nowhere. Soon they turn their sights on Koestler and several other citizens. Who are they? Where do they come from?

They are the Karma Kommandos . . .
 

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The Alejandra Variations

ISBN 978-1-60450-451-4, 218 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Nicholas Tejada is a dreamer having his dreams harvested by Mnemos Nine—a computer used in a top-secret government project.

But where do the dreams end and reality begin? And what is the ultimate goal of Project Foresee?

 

 

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Tintagel

ISBN 978-1-60450-473-6, 204 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Music can be many things, but when it is used as a medium to spread a deadly virus that transports listeners to a deadly world of dreams, it threatens the future of humanity itself.*** But not everyone is susceptible to the deadly virus and there is a group of 'stalkers' who are immune to its effects. *** Francis Lanier is a stalker who can walk through the deadly dream worlds of others. He spends his time rescuing others from their dreams and races to find a final cure for this deadly infection.

"An imaginative thriller."—Publishers Weekly

"Paul Cook's Tintagel is readable and intriguing."—The Reference Library

"(A) mature work...Cook renders the characters with sympathy and psychological depth."—Heavy Metal

"Ends with a marvelous surprise"— N.Y. Daily News

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Duende Meadow

ISBN 978-1-61242-002-8,  208 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

When the last great war came, a small group of survivors hid themselves below the fields of Kansas, living in a place of eternal twilight.

Over time the energy surrounding the descendants of these survivors turned them into Duendes, ghost-like beings, never having seen real light or knowing anything of the conditions of the world beyond their underground enclosure.

Six hundred years have passed since the war and now some Duendes want to leave the safety of their habitat and finally go ‘above.’ But what will they discover once they have emerged into the sunlight?

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Halo

ISBN 978-1-61242-003-5,  282 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

The mysterious alien artifact called the Halo came quietly and mysteriously and then sowed the earth with seeds that threatened to destroy humanity by destroying their souls.

But the aliens had underestimated the human spirit and a band of Moon-based scientists survive to fight and take back what is rightfully ours.

A powerful, visionary and scary look into our future and a possible encounter with an alien species almost impossible to beat.

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On the Rim of the Mandala

ISBN 978-1-61242-004-2,  256 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Lou Colleran is an immortal. But even immortals can be killed.

For the universe is being threatened by genetically designed creatures called calibans. And the only thing between them and the destruction of the worlds of the Mandala is Lou Colleran.

But can Lou Colleran, an immortal haunted by a woman dead hundreds of years, and preoccupied by seductive dreams, survive long enough to save the universe from destruction?

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de Camp, L. Sprague  

 

 

An Elephant for Aristotle

ISBN 978-1-61242-127-8, 376 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

What finer way for Alexander the Great to honor his old tutor Aristotle than to send him an actual Indian elephant?

After capturing a magnificent specimen from an Indian ruler, Alexander tasks Leon of Atrax, a cavalry commander, to deliver the animal to Aristotle in Athens. Leon leads a motley crew of companions (and the elephant) from India to Greece, encountering all sorts of dangers and adventures while attempting the long and arduous journey.

"An amazing narrative vehicle for the display of ... a fairly complete composite of the life and times of which the author writes."—The Chicago Daily Tribune

"By hybridizing a Middle-Eastern travelogue with an Alexandrine comedy of manners, the author has produced a specimen only slightly less rare then elephants in Westchester-to wit, a historical novel with a sense of humor."
—The New York Times

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The Bronze God of Rhodes

ISBN 978-1-61242-144-5, 406 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

The Bronze God of Rhodes is written as the memoirs of Chares of Lindos, a Greek sculptor born on the island of Rhodes. A pupil of Lysippos, Chares eventually built the Colossus of Rhodes, now considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

These memoirs present the trials and tribulations (some of them hilarious) of the sculptor as he undertakes various projects and is forced into a number of adventures, particularly in Ptolemaic Egypt.

This is the second historical novel that L. Sprague de Camp wrote (in order of writing), drawing upon his extensive and detailed historical knowledge of the period.

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The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate

ISBN 978-1-61242-158-2, 382 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Bessas of Zariaspa is a young officer in the Immortals regiment, sworn to protect and obey his King at all costs. The King wishes immortality and to that end tasks Bessas to find items that make an immortality potion, including the blood of a dragon and the ear of a king.

The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate is a swashbuckling historical novel with larger-than-life characters, set in a detailed historical background that only a scholar such as de Camp can create.

This is the third historical novel by L. Sprague de Camp (in order of writing), drawing upon his extensive and detailed historical knowledge of the period.

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Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories

Related Stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S.M. Stirling.

ISBN 978-1-61242-015-8, 290 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the ‘favorite’ books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction.

An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is the number of best-selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or been influenced by, Lest Darkness Fall. This new volume also includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty-three years—a testament to the timelessness of the book. 

Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome.

Once in ancient Rome, Padway (now Martinus Paduei, Quaestor), embarks on an ambitious project of single-handedly changing history.

L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history (and the author of a number of popular works on the subject). In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.

“Endlessly fascinating. The author knows  a lot about Gothic Italy and almost as much about human nature, and he has a real gift for making the people of those days come alive.”The New York Times

Lest Darkness Fall [is] one of the best time travel stories ever written…”
A Reader’s Guide to Science Fiction

“Good fun.” —The New Yorker

“A work of real and stimulating imagination.”
—Saturday Review of Literature

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Rogue Queen

ISBN 978-1-61242-071-4 , 182 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Rogue Queen is a ground-breaking novel by L. Sprague de Camp that was one of the first science fiction books to deal with sexual themes, paving the way for more daring works by future authors.

Part of the Viagens Interplanetarias series, the story takes place on a planet circling the star Lalande 21185, also known as Ormazd. When humans arrive on the planet they find a hive-like society with a hyper-fertile queen being serviced by male drones.

All the other females of the species are infertile, or so it is believed. However, when one of the worker females rebels she discovers that the workers' infertility is largely a result of the diet they follow.

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Flynn, Michael  

 

 

The Forest of Time & Other Stories

ISBN 978-1-60450-479-8, 362 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

"Interesting, engaging, and believable."—San Diego Union Tribune

Here is an eclectic collection of science fiction stories (and three short poems) by multiple-award-winning writer Michael Flynn, author of such acclaimed titles as Eifelheim (Hugo nominee) and Firestar, called
a 'knockout' by the San Diego Union Tribune.

This collection itself includes two Hugo-nominated stories ("The Forest of Time" and "Melodies of the Heart") as well as a selection of some of the author's finest works of short fiction that were originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Included in this edition are three humorous poems which also originally appeared in Analog.

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Captive Dreams

ISBN 978-1-61242-059-2, 266 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Fine literary writing meets Science Fiction. A thematic tour-de-force exploring the concept of being human through the eyes of imperfect protagonists struggling with their demons. More than just great SF, these are great stories told with style, wit and sensitivity.

"... great writing, vivid scenarios, and thoughtful commentary ... the stories will linger after the last page is turned"—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Galouye, Daniel F.  

 

 

Dark Universe   Hugo Award Nominee

ISBN 978-1-60450-487-3, 182 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

The classic tale of a post-apocalyptic world where humans have built a society in the dark underground. The descendants of the survivors only remember the pre-apocalyptic world in old stories, legends and myths.

Light itself is remembered as something holy, and Radiation is feared as the ultimate evil.

Jared is the son of the Prime Survivor, the leader of the Lower Level Clan. In a world of darkness and monsters both real and imagined, Jared embarks on a quest for Light. Little does he know just how dangerous his quest will turn out to be.

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Simulacron-3  (Afterword by Hugo- & Nebula-winner Mike Resnick)

ISBN 978-1-61242-020-2, 176 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

A virtual-reality novel from a time before virtual reality, Simulacron-3 is a prophetic tale of a future where nothing is as it appears to be.

Douglas Hall is part of a team that builds an artificial environment to simulate reality.  This enables them to get public opinion polls without waiting for the opinions of people around them. But then something goes terribly wrong and his partners on the program start disappearing.

But is it a simulated disappearance, or is someone out to get them all? And what is the true nature of reality?

Stories based on Simulacron-3 have been adapted for both television and movies, and the book is considered a favorite of many of the masters of science fiction.

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Gilman, Carolyn Ives  

 

 

Arkfall (Novella)   Nebula Nominee

ISBN 978-1-60450-454-5, 108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

Humans live deep within an apparently lifeless planet covered by massive ice sheets. Having to survive in confined spaces has bred a unique culture where deference and non-confrontation make co-existence possible.

Osaji's opportunities are limited by the need to care for her aging grandmother. But all that is about to change as circumstances push her toward a journey like no other.

 

 

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Halfway Human

ISBN 978-1-60450-440-8, 328 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

A Starflight Reader nominee for best book of the year

Tedla is a 'bland,' an asexual class of people that exist only to serve their fellow beings.

Val is an expert on alien cultures but has never seen a bland before. They come together after Tedla is found light-years away from its home planet—alone, isolated and suicidal. Val's mission is to help Tedla recover. But the more she learns about the beautiful alien being, the more she discovers about the torment Tedla and its kind suffer on their planet.

Little does the rest of the universe know of the hidden world of the blands, a world that hides shocking secrets and unspeakable crimes.

Halfway Human is a mesmerizing look at an intricately created alien world which is strange and distant, yet hauntingly familiar.

"Beauty, pain, wit, and wisdom all suffuse this powerful novel, as it uses imagined futures to reveal our own world in starkest clarity...and yes, with a whisper of hope." —Locus

"The best science fiction novel I've read in a long time"—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A major new voice in science fiction."—New York Review of Science Fiction

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The Ice Owl  Hugo & Nebula Award nominee

ISBN 978-1-61242-110-0, 44 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Set in the same universe as Arkfall (although a totally independent story), The Ice Owl tells a tale capturing that moment when we start to lose our childhood...when we start to realize that our parents and the "grown-ups" are just as flawed as we are...everyone struggling to deal with their own demons.

It is also a story about past crimes and the haunting echo of ghosts long dead, of a life-long quest for redemption and, for some, the final revenge for crimes lost in the stellar dust...

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Godwin, Tom

 

 

Space Prison

ISBN 978-1-60450-257-2, 148 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

After two centuries....

The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly—the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them.

Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire ...

... with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs!

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Green, Terence M.    (Author's Web site)

 

 

Blue Limbo—A Mitch Helwig Book

ISBN 978-1-60450-434-7, 178 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Mitch Helwig is a cop on the edge, “a man who’s gone through the valley of the shadow and hasn’t quite made it out the other side” (Toronto Globe & Mail). Vengeance and heroism, the subtleties of family woven into the metaphysics of life and death, all come together here in a page-turner, “a near-future tech-noir thriller” (SF Site) that moves at breakneck speed.

"A chilling picture of Toronto in the not too distant future."—The Toronto Star

“He writes with a real and rare sympathy for his characters.”—The Atlanta Constitution

“A deft storyteller.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A wonderfully evocative writer.”— The Ottawa Citizen

“Solid entertainment, with more than a bit of heart.”—The Edmonton Journal

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Barking Dogs—A Mitch Helwig Book

ISBN 978-1-60450-254-1, 190 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Is your boss lying to you? Your wife? Husband? Is everybody?

Suppose you could tell. Absolutely.

Suppose you had a Barking Dog.

Mitch Helwig is a cop who has gone over the edge. He’s got a Barking Dog—an infallible, illegal lie-detector, worn under street clothes—and he’s tired of being lied to. 

He’s a criminal’s worst nightmare.

“A real page-turner… Not to be missed.” — Locus

“The near-future cop-thriller is a growing sub-genre, in which old-time heroes walk the dark and subtly altered mean streets of a cityscape we can all identify from Blade Runner. Barking Dogs is the first novel to turn Toronto into one of those darkly menacing cities.” —The Toronto Star

“Weird and wonderful… Green has created a novel that is part cop story and part psychological chiller, and the surprise is that it works on both levels.” — Globe & Mail

“Lingers long in the memory.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Likeable, beleaguered characters.” — Publishers Weekly

“Green is such an honest and perceptive writer, the book transcends its material.” Orson Scott Card

 

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Haber, Karen     (Author's Web site)

 

 

The Mutant Season (with Robert Silverberg)

ISBN 978-1-61242-146-9,  264 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

There are mutants living among us. People with golden yellow eyes, extraordinary powers and strange abilities. For centuries they have hidden themselves, fearing persecution. After rising tensions in recent decades, the mutants find new hope in the twenty-first century, with one of their own holding high political office.

But underlying prejudices are hard to eradicate completely. And even as the mutants find greater acceptance in society, a single event threatens to undo everything.

In 2017, the murder of a prominent politician sets off a series of events that will bring the mutants into direct conflict with “normal“ humans, and the world may never again be the same.


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The Mutant Prime

ISBN 978-1-61242-168-1,  222 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

The world is a changed place since the events related in The Mutant Season. An uneasy peace exists between “normal” humans and the psychic mutants with the golden eyes.

While Michael Ryan gets entangled in an investigation into a lethal explosion on the moon, the world is faced with a "supermutant" with unknown origins, whose very existence threatens the fragile truce that exists between the communities.





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Haldeman, Joe     (Author's Web site)

 

 

The Hemingway Hoax Nebula & Hugo Winner

ISBN 978-1-61242-136-0, 132 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

The Hemingway Hoax is a Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella that weaves an intricate plot of a fake Hemingway manuscript with time travel, multiple universes, and the potential destruction of the omniverse itself.

Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, lost a bag containing the manuscript of his first novel on a Parisian train. In 1996, John Baird, a renowned Hemingway scholar, decides to use that loss to account for a fake manuscript he creates.

Little does Baird suspect that his attempt to pass off the forgery as a recovered Hemingway manuscript will take him on a journey involving parallel universes and time travel. For Hemingway’s reputation is intricately linked to the fate of multiple worlds in the omniverse and any attempt to change that can have disastrous consequences.

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Hamilton, Edmond  

 

 

The Best of Edmond Hamilton (Edited by Leigh Brackett)

ISBN 978-1-60450-489-7, 348 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Here is a collection of some of the finest short fiction penned by one of "fathers" of modern science fiction.

These stories were selected (and edited) by his wife Leigh Brackett, an author and a screenwriter. Her screen-writing credits include work on such films as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, The Long Goodbye and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

This collection spans nearly half a century of Edmond Hamilton's work and was selected from a repository of hundreds of stories that he had written over that period.

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Heinlein, Robert A.   

 

 

Take Back Your Government

ISBN 978-1-61242-061-5, 246 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

Before the Tea Party, the Coffee Party, the “Occupy” movement, Ross Perot or even the Libertarian Party, there was Robert Heinlein, a prophetic mastermind, calling to the people to organize in a grassroots movement to take back their government and to find an effective voice for their individual selves.

Originally titled How to be a Politician, the book was written in 1946 based on Heinlein’s own political experiences, in particular his efforts on behalf of Upton Sinclair to become the governor of California and for Sinclair’s landmark effort to End Poverty in California (EPIC).

Though Heinlein is best known for his science fiction work, he always had strong political views and often involved himself with various causes, including personally paying for advertisements in newspapers propagating his views.

Here is a fascinating look, both historically and philosophically, at a great visionary’s take on the political landscape in the United States, and what each of us can do to better this country.

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Herbert, Frank

 

 

Missing Link and Operation Haystack

ISBN 978-1-60450-230-5, 108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

Missing Link and Operation Haystack are two independent stories starring Field Agent Lewis Orne. In Missing Link, he is sent to investigate a missing ship and runs into ‘native’ trouble on the planet Gienah III. In Operation Haystack Agent Orne must contend with genetic manipulation and dig deep into a complex political situation to untangle deep embedded secrets.

 

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Hogan, James P.    (Author's Web site)

 

 

Code of the Lifemaker

ISBN 978-1-60450-456-9, 330 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Long ago, an alien “searcher” ship flew too close to a star gone nova. Though heavily damaged, the ship landed on one of Saturn’s moons, Titan.

Attempting to fulfill its original function of seeding suitable planets for exploitation, the ship creates a bewildering society of self-replicating machines that gives rise to a bizarre ecosystem and culture with intelligent beings and organically grown houses.

The intelligent beings are known as Taloids and they have developed their own brand of religion around a mythical figure, a creator of machines, and hence, life.

When humans descend from the sky, the Taloids see them as those creators.

However, powerful financial and industrial interests are all set to exploit the moon and the Taloids to maximize Titan’s vast production potential and the future for the Taloids looks grim.

But they find a champion from an unexpected source. Karl Zambendorf is a “psychic” who has wrangled a place aboard the human mission to Titan. And when all of man’s forces are conspiring to ruthlessly exploit Titan and the Taloids, Zambendorf becomes their champion and in the process challenges not only the religious imperatives of the Taloids, but the core of our own beliefs as well.

“Hogan skillfully draws the reader into a fascinating philosophical and theological debate, without ever forgetting he’s supposed to entertain and tell a good story.” —Newsday

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The Immortality Option (Sequel to Code of the Lifemaker)

ISBN 978-1-60450-457-6, 288 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

In this spectacular sequel to the acclaimed Code of the Lifemaker, James Hogan returns to the strange world of Titan, inhabited by bizarre self-conscious robots.

Little is known about the civilization that gave birth to these machine intelligences until scientists discover blocks of embedded computer code that appear to be strangely out of place.

Reactivating the computer codes results in the re-awakening of ancient alien beings, creators of the strange robot culture, totally alien and immensely powerful. And they are unhappy at being restrained within the narrow confines of the machines they find themselves in. They would much rather be the masters of all.

But while the scientists are helpless against these mighty beings, Karl Zambendorf, the media-star ‘psychic’ and his support team prepare to meet the challenge.

The alien intelligences might be intellectually superior and super rational, but this also makes them hyper-materialistic and mechanistic in their outlook and, hence, totally unprepared for such “higher” concepts as the spiritual, the mystical, and the transcendental. And selling such notions is precisely Zambendorf’s stock in trade.

“[Hogan] once again demonstrates his mastery”—Publishers Weekly

“...on the cutting edge of technology...Hogan’s talent carries the reader from peak to peak in the story”—Booklist

“In the grand tradition of the classic super-science stories, but with more exciting science and with better writing too. What more can anyone want?”—Isaac Asimov

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The Multiplex Man

ISBN 978-1-61242-017-2, 312 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Winner of the Prometheus Award for Best Novel

Who is Richard Jarrow?

Is he the unassuming, mild-mannered teacher he thinks himself to be or something much more?

And how does the brilliant scientist named Ashling fit into the picture?

The Multiplex Man (winner of The Prometheus Award) is an intriguing thriller set in a future where every aspect of life on Earth is micromanaged by authorities who consider any deviation from the prescribed path as dangerous.

Off-world colonies are considered dangerous enemies threatening to take Earth’s precious resources .

Jarrow must find Ashling, who holds the key not only to Jarrow’s own identity but to freedom itself.

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Johnson, Kij

 

 

The Man Who Bridged the Mist (Novella) Nebula & Hugo Winner

ISBN 978-1-61242-119-3, 46 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

The river of Mist, an almost living organism, divides the Empire in two. A few Ferries make dangerous and treacherous journeys across the Mist when they can, trusting in good fortune and the uncanny skills of those plying the trade.

A bridge across the Mist will greatly ease the suffering of those who risk crossing the river. The last bridge builder sent by the Empire died while building it.

Kit now comes to the town of Nearside to complete the task left unfinished by the dead bridge builder. Will he be the man who will finally bridge the Mist?

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Kress, Nancy    (Author's website)

 

 

New Under the Sun (Stellar Guild) 
(companion novelette by Therese Pieczynski)

Includes 2013 Nebula Nominee "Annabel Lee"

ISBN 978-1-61242-123-0,  190 Pages, Trade Paperback 8”x5”

A brand-new book by master storyteller Nancy Kress. Set in the near future, Nancy Kress’ story gives us a world increasingly hostile to new ideas as religious fundamentalism dictates social agenda and where the primary use of science is to bolster these very same uncompromising attitudes. Annabel Lee is a child of this society, but unique. She has been infected by a long-dormant alien parasite. But this “infection” may be the only hope for the world, if she can survive long enough.

Therese Pieczynski’s companion piece predates the world Nancy Kress gives us and takes us to back to 1980s Nicaragua, where a strange demon lurks.

“Kress at her best”—Publishers Weekly

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Oaths and Miracles

ISBN 978-1-61242-177-3,  343 Pages, Trade Paperback 9”x6”

Judy Kozinski needs answers. Her husband, a prominent genetic scientist, has been found murdered and no one can find a motive.

In Las Vegas, a showgirl sends a cryptic message to FBI agent Robert Cavanaugh from a murdered friend.

How are the two related, and what does it all have to do with the mysterious drug company Verico in New Jersey? Kozinsky and Cavanaugh must work together to solve an intricate maze of deceit, murder, and mystery before the life of an entire town is put at risk.

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Act One (Novella) Nebula & Hugo Nominee

ISBN 978-1-60450-455-2, 104 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

"One of the best of the year...a compelling novella about a once-famous actress and her devoted manager who get much more publicity of an unfortunate sort when they inadvertently become embroiled with an act of biological terrorism with potentially world-changing results."
—Gardner Dozois, Locus

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Beggars in Spain (Novella) Nebula & Hugo Winner

ISBN 978-1-61242-057-8, 100 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

PLEASE NOTE: This is the original novella which won the Hugo and Nebula awards.
Leisha Camden is a genetically engineered "Sleepless." Her ability to stay awake all the time has not only made her more productive, but the genetic modifications have also given the "Sleepless" a higher IQ and may even make them immortal. Are they the future of humanity? Or will the small community of "sleepless" be hunted down as freaks by a world that has grown wary of its newest creation?

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Future Perfect: Six Stories of Genetics  (Collection)

ISBN 978-1-61242-063-9, 246 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Nancy Kress is unrivaled in her treatment of genetic engineering. In 1991 she wrote the ground-breaking classic novella Beggars in Spain (Hugo/Nebula) and since then has only enhanced her outstanding reputation of telling stories set in the near-future and dealing with genetics.

This collection brings together six of these stories written between 1984 and 2008, including "The Flowers of Aulit Prison," which won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short story.

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The Body Human: Three Stories of Future Medicine  (Collection)

ISBN 978-1-61242-065-3, 114 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Nancy Kress is famous for creating realistic near-future societies based on technological advances and then studying the impact those technological changes have on our society.

Here is a collection of three outstanding stories that deal with innovations in medical science and how they affect our lives.

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AI Unbound: Two Stories of Artificial Intelligence  (Collection)

ISBN 978-1-61242-067-7, 128 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-two novels and numerous short stories. She is perhaps best known for the “Sleepless” trilogy that began with Beggars in Spain. Her fiction has won four Nebulas, two Hugos, a Sturgeon, and the 2003 John W. Campbell Award (for Probability Space).

These two outstanding stories give us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.

 

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Lackey, Mercedes    (Author's website)

 

 

Reboots   (prequel novelette by Cody Martin)

The Stellar Guild Series

ISBN  978-1-61242-049-3 , 162 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

What better way to deal with space travel than to man ships with creatures that regenerate or don't need air, or are immune to various maladies? But what are the consequences of squeezing werewolves, vampires and zombies into the tight confines of a spaceship?

"Film noir runs smack-dab into space opera in Lackey and Martin’s sequel to Reboots, which populated an SF universe with paranormal creatures. Principled Humph the Boggart is a down-on-his-luck private investigator on the Mos Eisley–esque, downtrodden Planet Mildred when a case neither he nor his partners can resist walks into the office."—Publishers Weekly

"The wonderful story, a clever mixing of the paranormal and space opera subgenres, is a classic tale of espionage. From the outset, Martin, through deft use of self-deprecating humor, makes Skinny Jim a sympathetic protagonist who the reader desperately wants to “survive.” Martin’s writing is easygoing and comfortable, his characters well rounded and personable, and the story’s conceit both familiar and exciting. One can easily see why Lackey, who shares many similar writing traits, would pick Martin as an author to watch. I’d certainly like to see more stories from Martin, particularly in this same universe with a broader range of paranormal beings"—Grasping for the Wind

"Really prefer my zombies, reboots, as non-thinking shambling munchers; however, this was a lot of fun. Comedic and made me laugh. Lots of derring-do and space opera."—GoodReads Review

"Inventive combination of paranormal and scifi with a quirky sense of humor. Loved it!"—GoodReads Review

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Reboots: Diabolical Streak   (with Cody Martin)

ISBN  978-1-61242-138-4 , 148 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

The original Reboots was published as part of our Stellar Guild series, which pairs a veteran author with a newer author of the veteran's choosing. Each of the writers constructs a story set in the same universe, complementing each other.

Mercedes Lackey chose a promising young writer, Cody Martin, and together they created the universe of Reboots: a universe where paranormal creatures live side by side with regular humans...and who best then to take on the rigors of space flight?

Spaceships full of zombies, werewolves and vampires ...what could be better?

Not much, it seems like, and we decided it was a world that needed more material. It helped that we kept getting requests for a sequel.

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Leigh, Stephen    (Author's website)

 

 

Dark Water’s Embrace    Spectrum Award Winner

ISBN 978-1-60450-401-9, 304 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Locus Magazine Recommended Reading List
Tiptree Award Long List

Often compared to Ursula K. Le Guin’s ground-breaking The Left Hand of Darkness, Dark Water’s Embrace is a fascinating look at issues of human (and alien) sexuality. Stephen Leigh creates a rich world with elaborate care and uses this alien backdrop to delve into issues of survival, sexuality and the meaning of life itself.

“Gripping”—Starlog

“Haunting and thought-provoking”—Library Journal

“Intriguing, intelligent”—Mysterious Galaxy
 

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Speaking Stones (Sequel to Dark Water's Embrace)

ISBN 978-1-60450-441-5, 228 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

The descendants of humans marooned on the strange planet known as Mictlan have survived against almost impossible odds and have reached a tentative peace with themselves and the native inhabitants.

Perhaps the most terrifying change has been the development of a third human gender—the mid-male 'Sa'—fundamentally changing the meaning of relationships and social structures humans have known for thousands of years.

Adjustments to these changes and influences have come at a terrible physical and emotional cost. The fragile peace governing the communities hides deep rivalries, prejudices and animosities.

Then a young human 'Sa' is kidnapped and savagery rules as long-buried emotions and feelings burst forth and the planet is gripped in a storm of violence—a violence that threatens to destroy all.

Yet there may be salvation. For an imposing curved monolith called 'The Speaking Stone' holds ancient knowledge that may help bring true peace to the people of Mictlan. But the knowledge itself is buried deep within cryptic hieroglyphs that must be deciphered if the planet's inhabitants are to survive.

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The Shape of Silence (originally published as Thunder Rift)

ISBN 978-1-60450-493-4, 318 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

"Replete with adventure, mystery, and sociological conflict."
Publishers Weekly

First contact was never supposed to be like this.

A sudden rift appears in near-earth space, causing electronic components to permanently fail and cause total chaos. As Earth's fragile technological society disintegrates, no one can answer the obvious question: What is the rift, and who or what has created it?

A new generation comes to age attempting to answer these questions, and Taria Spears, an anthropologist, is selected as part of the crew on the exploratory ship Lightbringer. Lightbringer's mission is to investigate the worm-hole-like Rift and, if possible, to pass through it to find out what lies on the other side, and to seek some answers.

But what if all they find is an alien culture where sound, not sight is the primary sense?

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The Woods

ISBN 978-1-61242-096-7 , 190 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

“I was blown away by The Woods...The magic in this story is both beautiful and disturbing... Leigh’s prose is elegant, his plotting tight, his character work outstanding.”—David B. Coe, Crawford Award-winning fantasy author

There is a certain magic growing up with life-long friends. The charmed existence became almost dream-like with two young boys growing up in a small neighborhood surrounded by an old, dense forest.

But what happens when fantasies start becoming all too real? Grotesque and bloody rites give rise to a fey and magical girl who threatens to destroy the last remnants of the boys’ idyllic childhood existence...whose mere presence may set the jealous boys at each other’s throats.

Hidden among the trees they know so well, Rob and Mark confront a grim, violent solution to their problems.  This is a story of choices, a tale where the wild, romanticized dream-scape of youth intersects the gray world beyond, where fantasy collides and merges with reality.

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The Abraxas Marvel Circus

ISBN 978-1-61242-094-3,  200 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Carlos Theopelli had been dead for years, and no one cared about his life’s work: the so-called “Destiny Matrices.”  As far as most people were concerned, Theopelliwas just another crackpot scientist, and pretty much a jerk, to boot.

But not to Angela.  And not to the mage-dwarf Caleb Mundo and his pet mindbeast Alice.  To them, Theopelli’s notebook -- and his corpse -- might be the key to survival.  Everything swirled around the confused mind of Joan the Flower Man, who had used pages from the notebook to wrap the flowers she sold on the NYC streets.

Add into the mix Dirk, a former history professor turned rock singer, as well as Ecclesiastes  Mitsumishi, an eccentric mortician, and Abel Henderson, a preacher with a pet prophet, and you’re ready for a wild romp through multiple realities, as well as world-saving heroics.

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Niven, Larry   Author's website

 

 

Limits

ISBN 978-1-61242-069-1, 214 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Here is an extraordinary mix of fantasy and science fiction from one of the masters of science fiction, Larry Niven.

The stories in this collection include some collaborations with authors such as Jerry Pournelle (Spirals) and Steven Barnes (The Locusts), as well as stories written by Niven himself.

Larry Niven’s credits include the award-winning Ringworld series, his “Known Space” novels and the Man-Kzin anthologies. His collaborations with Jerry Pournelle include such titles as Lucifer’s Hammer, Inferno and The Mote in God’s Eye.

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Norton, Andre  

 

 

Key Out of Time

ISBN 978-1-60450-234-3, 140 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Key Out of Time is a book in the Time Trader Series. Ross Murdock and Arthur Ashe continue their grand adventure across Time and Space.

Ross and Arthur are helped by Karara and two trained dolphins on the World of Hawaika, settled by Hawaiian and Polynesian settlers.

 

 

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Voodoo Planet

ISBN 978-1-60450-239-8, 108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

Dane slid his blade out surreptitiously, setting its point against the palm of his hand and jabbing painfully; but the terrible creature continued to advance... There was no blurring of its lines...

Dane Thorson of the space-ship Solar Queen knew there was only one way to win out over this hideous thing—a battle to the end between his rational mind and the hypnotic witchcraft of Lumbrilo, the mental wizard of the planet Khatka.

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Panshin, Alexei    (Author's website)

 

 

The World Beyond the Hill   Hugo winner
co-authored with Cory Panshin

ISBN 978-1-60450-443-9, Hardcover, 680 Pages, $39.99, Index/Bibliography

A study of science fiction like no other. Published to unprecedented critical acclaim (and a Hugo).

“The best, the best, history of science fiction I have ever read”
Isaac Asimov

“This IS the history of science fiction.”—Science Fiction Chronicle

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Farewell to Yesterday’s Tomorrow

ISBN 978-1-60450-264-0, 180 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

A fascinating array of stories from the boundless imagination of Hugo- and Nebula-winning Alexei Panshin taking the mind on a journey from the near and familiar to the farther reaches of what we must become.

“A remarkable collection."—Sunday Oregonian

“Panshin, a young Ancient Mariner, dramatizes the struggles involved in getting rid of the albatross–our immaturity. In a sense, this book is a parabolic sequel to Darwin, Panshin’s Ascent of Man.”—Philip José Farmer
 

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Earth Magic (with Cory Panshin)

ISBN 978-1-60450-417-0, 184 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

A Magical World of Witches, Warlords and Shifting Realities

Haldane, son of Black Morca, who would make himself King of the Gets, must suddenly flee for his life through a landscape grown alien, his only companion an aging wizard of uncertain skills, his only hope the perilous favor of the Goddess Libera, to find his true identity amidst the standing stones of power on Stone Heath.

 

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Resnick, Mike   (Author's website)

 

 

Adventures: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones Vol I. 1922-26

ISBN 978-1-61242-034-9, 194 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

Mike Resnick’s accomplishments (to date) include 64 novels, 21 collections, 40 anthologies, two screenplays and approximately 250 short stories—resulting in a couple of shelves of major awards (including five Hugos from 35 nominations and awards from various countries including Spain, France, Croatia and Japan).

Of all the characters that Mike has created, Lucifer Jones remains his favorite. We are proud to republish this hilarious series of adventures starring a most unique character.

Adventures is the first volume of the Chronicles.

Being a Stirring Chronicle of Intrigue, Romance, Danger, Hairbreadth Escapes, and Thrilling Triumphs over Fierce Beasts and Fiercer Men in the Mysterious and Exotic Dark Continent, as Recounted by the Daring, Resourceful, Handsome, and Modest Christian Gentleman Who Experienced Them

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Exploits: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones Vol. II 1926-31

ISBN 978-161242-035-6, 150 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

Exploits is the second volume of the Chronicles.

Being a Thrilling Chronicle of Romance, Danger, Spectacle, High Adventure, Narrow Escapes, and Uplifting Triumphs Over Sinister Villains and Mystic Mages in the Exotic Continent of the East, as Recounted by the Bold, Daring, Handsome and Modest Christian Gentleman Who Experienced Them.

 

 

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Encounters: The Chronicles of Lucifer Jones Vol. III 1931-34

ISBN 978-1-61242-036-3, 154 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

Encounters is the third volume of the Chronicles.

Being a Romantic Chronicle of Intrigue, High Adventure, Danger, Spectacle, and Thrilling Triumphs Over Wicked Villains, Painted Women, and Horrific Monsters in the Sinful Nations of Europe, as Recounted by the Daring, Handsome, Resourceful and Modest Christian Gentleman Who Experienced Them

 

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Bug-Eyed Monsters & Bimbos (Edited by Mike Resnick)

ISBN 978-161242-032-5, 268 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9"

Who better to parody science fiction than science fiction authors themselves?

In this classic collection of stories, compiled by Mike Resnick (winner of five Hugos, plus a plethora of other awards in multiple categories), such prominent authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Barry Malzberg and a host of others take their pens and wits to make fun of themselves and the genre they live for.

This collection was originally titled Shaggy B.E.M. Stories and was compiled exclusively for the 1988 Worldcon (Nolacon II). Seventy-five percent of the original edition sold out over the Worldcon weekend and the rest disappeared soon after.

Phoenix Pick is proud to republish this classic collection of parodies. All the original stories are included and the only changes that have been made are corrections of typos and other mistakes. One new poem ("There's a Bimbo on the Cover" by Michael F. Flynn) has been added to the book for obvious reasons—it just begged to belong to this irreverent collection.

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Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge Nebula & Hugo Winner
(also The Homer Award, SF Chronicle Poll, The Ingotus Award (Spain), The Universitat Politecnica Award (Spain), The Prix Ozone Award (France) and The Futura Award (Croatia).

ISBN 978-1-61242-117-9, 44 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5

In the far future, eons after the demise of Humanity and its far-flung galactic empire, a group of alien archeologists visits Earth to uncover the secret of the dead race’s initial overwhelming success and its ultimate death.

Digging through layers of archeological strata at Olduvai Gorge, they discover seven unique artifacts, each related to a different era of humanity’s history and each telling a unique story about humankind’s strengths and weaknesses. But are they prepared for their final discovery, which will change their worlds forever?

Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge is one of the most celebrated novellas ever written. It not only won both the Hugo and Nebula, but also the HOMer award and the SF Chronicle Poll and was a nominee for the Locus Award and the Sturgeon Award. It was also nominated for a number of international awards, winning the Ignotus and the Universitat Polytechnica Awards in Spain, the Prix Ozone Award in France and the Futura Award in Croatia.

 

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Bully! Nebula & Hugo Nominee

ISBN 978-161242-032-5 48 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9"

In March 1909, Theodore Roosevelt went on a safari to central Africa. In this fictionalized account of that trip, Mike Resnick takes us on an amusing “what-if” with Roosevelt deciding to “liberate” the native Africans from Belgian rule and to set up a model democratic state in the heart of Africa.

 

 

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Six Blind Men and an Alien

ISBN 978-1-61242-170-4  108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8"

They tell the story about the four blind men and the elephant. One felt the elephant’s trunk and declared he was touching a snake. Another felt his leg and concluded that it was a tree trunk. A third felt his tusk and said it was a spear, and the fourth felt its tail and proclaimed that it was a rope…

 

 

 

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Sheffield, Charles  

 

 

Georgia On My Mind & Other Stories

ISBN 978-1-61242-030-1, 326 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Includes the Nebula- & Hugo-winning title novelette.

A collection of some of the finest short stories penned by a master of hard science fiction, this anthology includes Charles Sheffield’s highly acclaimed novelette, Georgia On My Mind.

Georgia On My Mind won both the Hugo and Nebula when originally published in 1993. The accompanying stories were written by the author between 1987 and 1994.

“Sheffield, a physicist, proves to be one of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene in recent years.”Publishers Weekly

 

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Godspeed

ISBN 978-1-61242-156-8, 308 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Jay Hara is an ordinary young man growing up on the isolated planet of Erin. But Jay dreams of adventure and escapades and the legend of the lost “Godspeed“ drive which allowed humans to travel at faster-than-light speeds.

His life changes when he joins up with the seedy spacer, Paddy Enderton and Captain Daniel Shaker. Captain Shaker is a charming but ruthless adventurer who inspires both fear and admiration in equal measure, and he and his questionable crew are joined by Jay as they race to find the legendary drive Jay Hara used to dream about.

Godspeed is a true coming-of-age tale told in the classic tradition of R.L. Stevenson's Treasure Island. A modern day pirate story, set among the stars.

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Silverberg, Robert   (Author's website)

 

 

Beyond the Doors of Death (with Damien Broderick)

ISBN 978-1-61242-112-4, 186 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

“Broad, intriguing speculation on human evolution and first contact.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Born With the Dead” (the novella) was nominated for every major science fiction award when it was originally published in 1974, winning the Nebula and Locus awards.

The author now revisits the classic story with Australian author Damien Broderick. Broderick uses Robert Silverberg’s original novella as a starting point for a brilliant leap into the far future, widening the scope and tenor of the original story by revisiting some of the subtler implications of the original story.

“It's one of those pieces so powerful that I doubted anyone could create anything of matching strength in the same vein, but Broderick does a good job.”—Don D’Ammassa (DonDammassa.com)

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Starborne

ISBN 978-1-61242-080-6, 299 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Is utopia a death sentence for mankind?

Does living in a perfect world destroy all that makes us human?

Fifty men and women, living perfect lives, decide to give it all up to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Equipped with enough genetic material to populate a new planet, these fifty set out to travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, with their only link to home a fragile telepathic bond between a blind crew member and her sister back home.

Starborne is a thoughtful, introspective look by one of the Grand Masters of science fiction at what it means to be human and to live a life of meaning.

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The Masks of Time

ISBN 978-1-61242-107-0,  202 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

A Nebula-nominated classic by a Grandmaster of Science Fiction, Robert Silverberg, The Masks of Time tells the story of Vornan-19…a naked man who suddenly appears on the Spanish Stairs.

Vornan-19 claims to have come from the far future and has access to technological marvels that support his claim. But is he really what he claims to be?

Leo Garfield and his fellow scientists must unravel the truth about Vornan-19, but are they up to the job, or will they too fall under his magic-like spell, just like the rest of the world who is ready to worship a new kind of a messiah?

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The Mutant Season (with Karen Haber)

ISBN 978-1-61242-146-9,  264 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

There are mutants living among us. People with golden yellow eyes, extraordinary powers and strange abilities. For centuries they have hidden themselves, fearing persecution. After rising tensions in recent decades, the mutants find new hope in the twenty-first century, with one of their own holding high political office.

But underlying prejudices are hard to eradicate completely. And even as the mutants find greater acceptance in society, a single event threatens to undo everything.

In 2017, the murder of a prominent politician sets off a series of events that will bring the mutants into direct conflict with “normal“ humans, and the world may never again be the same.

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Thebes of the Hundred Gates

ISBN 978-1-61242-105-6,  92 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Edward Davis, a rookie of the Time Service, has already made several successful jumps to the past. Now he is given his most important mission.

Two members of the Service have disappeared in ancient Egypt and Edward Davis’s assignment is to locate and rescue them.

But is he ready for all that Egypt has to offer and for the surprising truths he discovers as he explores this ancient land of myths and mysteries—truths that jeopardize his own mission and return back to the future?

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When the Blue Shift Comes (Stellar Guild) (sequel novella by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)

ISBN 978-1-61242-074-5,  190 Pages, Trade Paperback 8”x5”

Life has spread across the stars, and everyone enjoys a long life. However, only those who are Earth-born are truly immortal. But what happens when the immortals of Earth are suddenly faced with their ultimate destruction?

Hanosz Prime, a near-immortal (though not truly so, not being of true Earth stock) travels to humanity’s ancient home to discover the ultimate answer to humanity’s end.

A grand new adventure by a Grand Master of science fiction, a Silverberg story in the tradition of the old classics, with an accompanying novella by up-and-coming writer Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.

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Slonczewski, Joan     (Author's website)

 

 

Daughter of Elysium - An Elysium Cycle Novel

ISBN 978-1-60450-444-6, 356 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

The pristine city of Elysium floats on the water world of Shora, inhabited by 'immortals' who have succeeded in unlocking the secrets of life.

Outsider Blackbear Windclan wants to share the secret of immortality with his own people, but can he, and the City of Elysium, survive the corruption and decadence that immortality has bred into the ageless society?

And what of the consciousness of self-aware nano-sentient servitors and their quest for vengeance?

"An enormously impressive achievement...A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth"—Kirkus Review

"A thoughtful, well-crafted novel"—Publishers Weekly

"Masterful story"—Library Journal

"Magnificently detailed"—Chicago Sun Times 
 

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The Children Star - An Elysium Cycle Novel

ISBN 978-1-60450-445-3, 228 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

Only children can colonize the planet Prokaryon, genetically modified for a world whose chemistry kills unaltered adults. A colony of orphans struggles to survive, and finds the planet hides strange secrets.

The Prokaryan landscape is ordered, as if by unseen gardeners, "hidden masters" no human has ever found. The weather behaves as though designed to meet the planet's needs. When fire threatens a forest, a rainstorm appears, only to dissipate when the fire is put out.

When a ruthless corporation threatens to terraform Prokaryon, to recreate it for "normal" humans, there is a sudden urgency to find the intelligent life form directing the planet. For only then can the colonists save their world—and reveal unexpected possibilities for the human future.

“A story that is not only exciting but also filled with memorable characters.”—Publishers Weekly

“This novel's fireworks in the final third admirably justify its long, slow fuse.”—The New York Times

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Brain Plague - An Elysium Cycle Novel

ISBN 978-1-60450-444-6, 308 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9

“Fascinating, flawlessly developed, meticulously detailed.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“In Joan Slonczewski’s Brain Plague...a starving artist on the planet Veledon agrees to let a colony of “brain enhancers” occupy her skull. These microscopic creatures live in the brain’s outer linings, causing bursts of genius—or irreparable harm. The creatures themselves are like tiny human beings; one of their greatest concerns is getting their young to breed.”The New Yorker

“Slonczewski shows imaginative breadth of vision in her depiction of nanotechnology’s pervasive impact on Fold civilization...her narrative, though hip-deep in biotech jargon, is rich in subtle analyses of the relationships between individuals and societies, art and life, the organic and inorganic, health and disease, free will and personal responsibility, and spiritual and scientific aspirations.”—Publishers Weekly

“A most compelling and engrossing read.”—SF Site

“One of the most interesting SF novels I have read in a long time...Not to be missed.”
—Nancy Kress

“Slonczewski’s world building is magnificent”—Booklist

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Smith, L. Neil   (Author's website)

 

 

Down With Power: Libertarian Policy in a Time of Crisis

ISBN 978-1-61242-055-4, 302 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

HOW TO FIX AMERICA

The "land of the free" is in deep trouble—the deepest since the War Between the States—not just economically, but politically and every other way. Her greatest institutions are crumbling all around us.

In Down With Power, the acclaimed libertarian writer and thinker L. Neil Smith, author of more than 30 liberty-related books and 50-year veteran of the freedom movement, strips this crisis to its essentials, offering solutions—sometimes "radical", in that they go straight to the root, more often simple common sense—resulting in a body of ideas that can elevate America to her former greatness.

Subjects covered include *The Zero Aggression Principle*National defense*
The moral effects of taxation*Limiting corporate power *The truth about money*The United Nations*terrorism and torture*Global warming*

If you're feeling politically homeless these days; If you're new to libertarianism and want to know what it's really all about; If you're a libertarian candidate and need a campaign guide; or If you just want to sort out the fakers from the real thing, Down With Power is the book for you! And possibly a book that can change the course of history.

 

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Sweeter Than Wine

ISBN 978-1-60450-483-5, 152 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

With just one tiny exception, J Gifford is an ordinary, decent, small-town kind of guy. He pays his bills on time. He waters his lawn. He treats his neighbors and the folks with whom he does business with kindness and respect. He's good to children and small animals.

The tiny exception? He's a vampire.

Born in 1920, and "brought over" shortly after D-Day in a little French village, 90-year-old Gifford still looks and feels 24. He has friends, a place in the community, a thriving business, and a big orange tabby cat named Fiddlestring. He knows where all the good restaurants are. He's very tidy about that "tiny exception" and has never killed anybody. All he lacks in his life is the beautiful girl who made him what he is today -- and then mysteriously vanished.

Now, suddenly, after sixty-five years, she's back and needs his help. But is she his long-lost love or a serial-killing fiend? Only time and blood will tell.

 

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Their Majesties' Bucketeers

ISBN 978-1-61242-148-3, 200 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Captain Agot Edmoot Mav, Extraordinary Inquirer for Their Majesties' Bucketeers, must solve the unsolvable mystery of who has killed a famed, but controversial, scholar.

The killing was done in a windowless room which was locked and the murder weapon itself is a mystery.

But Agot Edmoot Mav is nothing if not persistent, and as a loyal member of the Bucketeers, will not rest till the truth is revealed about this murder, most foul...and most alien.

 

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Tom Paine Maru—Special Author’s Edition

ISBN 978-1-60450-483-5, 152 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Corporal Whitey O’Thraight may need to choose between his own survival and that of his home planet.

Whitey O’Thraight, the Ship’s Armorer on the first interstellar vessel launched by his home planet Vespucci, finds himself stranded on a strange planet with just one other survivor.

Captured by the local Baron, they are freed by a group of monks who are much more than they initially appear to be. Their new benefactors and friends have something special in mind for the two survivors, but going along with these plans might mean the destruction of Vespucci as they knew it.

Another breath-taking adventure by the author of the award-winning Pallas and The Probability Broach.
 

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The Venus Belt

ISBN 978-1-60450-442-2, 166 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

More than 150,000 women have been kidnapped without a trace or any ransom demand in the 'normal' world run by the Federalists and the bureaucracy. But that is not the only problem, because the freedom loving population in the 'alternate' reality of the North American Confederacy are facing their own crises.

People are disappearing across the Probability Broach, including Win Bear's closest friend, Featherstone-Haugh (who heads the Confederacy), and even Win's wife and assistant.

Ill (and deadly) winds are blowing and threatening to destroy the Probability Broach as we know it. Win Bear, keeping one step ahead of lethal assassins and fighting incredible odds, must solve multiple apparently disparate cases that all seem to lead to the end of freedom.
 

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The Crystal Empire

ISBN 978-1-60450-452-1, 378 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Earth is ruled by three mighty empires: The Saracen-Jewish Empire led by the Caliph of Rome, the Mughal-Arab Empire, ferocious in its determination to destroy its neighbor, and the great Sino-Aztec's Crystal Empire, led by a living God.

Little is known about the Crystal Empire, which spans most of western America. But it is the most powerful force surviving on Earth and its might is unchallenged.

One man, however, will change that. Sedrich Sedrichsohn, a legendary fallen fighter, has a chance at redemption and nothing will stand in his way to reclaim his life and his purpose, even if he must fight the Sun-God himself.

"Impressively Imagined"—Kirkus Reviews

"A vibrant, science-fiction epic filled with verve, dash and inventive characters. It's creative, and it's fun, a fine bit of escapist fare for winter reading"—The Chattanooga Times
 

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Pallas (Book I of the Ngu Family Saga)  

Prometheus Award Winner

ISBN 978-1-60450-475-0, 328 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Ex-U.S.-Senator Gibson Altman rules the prison colony where everyone is expected to live by rules that govern every aspect of their lives.

The inhabitants of the experimental colony survive in a society plagued by crime, corruption and despair, toiling endlessly at tasks they are appointed to. Altman lives a life of luxury, ruling the lives of the souls trapped within his experiment and brooking no opposition to mandate.

However, Pallas, the terraformed asteroid, is also home to Curringer, a society in stark contrast to Altman's prison. It is a community where individual freedoms are championed and men and women are free to live as they please.

Emerson Ngu escapes from Altman's prison colony and becomes a hero of Curringer. Altman is driven by a deep hatred of Emerson and his triumph and will do anything to get his revenge on him. But in the process will he also destroy his own daughter and even the world of Pallas?

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Ceres (Book II of the Ngu Family Saga) 

2011 Prometheus Award Finalist

ISBN 978-1-61242-007-3, 490 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

In the 22nd century people have spread into the Solar System. Born and raised in a twentieth of Earth's gravity on the asteroid Pallas, young skater Llyra Ngu is grimly determined to compete and win on mankind's homeworld—an ambition that many say will cripple or kill her.

Her older brother Wilson is equally set on quitting his job as a surveyor's apprentice to become an asteroid hunter, a calling fraught with the promise of fabulous riches and the danger of sudden death. He will find a full share of romance and disappointment, love and loss, and pursue the asteroid hunter's holy grail, the legendary Diamond Rogue.

Llyra's training will require years, and a journey that will take her to Ceres, at one tenth Earth's gravity, where her father bosses the Ceres Terraformation Project, to the one-sixth gravity of the Moon, to Mars and one third gravity, and finally to Earth. Along the way, she will survive jealous rivals, a hostile press, terrorist attacks, and the hijacking of a spaceliner in order to achieve her goal.

In the end, Llyra and Wilson will hear the call of the stars, themselves.

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Brightsuit MacBear 

ISBN 978-1-61242-162-9, 195 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Berdan Geanar has had a difficult life. Unsure of himself, and apparently hated by the grandfather he has lived with since the death of his parents, he has no idea of what to do with his life.

But when his grandfather abandons him, taking all the family money and a special space suit, Berdan decides to fight and take back what is rightfully his.

Set in the North American Confederacy universe (Probability Broach, Tom Paine Maru), Brightsuit MacBear is a coming-of-age story, an adventure tale, and a rallying cry for defending one's rights against the odds.

 

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Hope (with Aaron Zelman)

ISBN 978-1-60450-293-0, 228 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Can Alexander Hope, the accidental President, restore basic values and freedom to the nation?

His opponents will stop at nothing to force their own agenda on the nation, including killing the President of the United States.

An electrifying what-if political thriller by Aaron Zelman (founding member of Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership) and four-time Prometheus Award winner L. Neil Smith, author of Pallas and Tom Paine Maru.

“A spell-binding novel of politics and passion that will appeal to women as well as men.”—Dr. Joanne D. Eisen & Dr. Paul Gallant 

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Stasheff, Christopher  

 

 

The Warlock in Spite of Himself (Book I of the Gramarye Series)

ISBN 978-1-60450-485-9, 280 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Rod Gallowglass is a man of science who does not believe in magic.

Gramarye is a world of witches and warlocks. Of strange abilities and phenomena. A world where society mirrors Earth's own Middle Ages, and a world headed for doom.

Rod Gallowglass must become a part of the local fabric to save the world from both itself and external forces that threaten its existence. But to do so, he must put aside his own convictions and beliefs, and become a warlock, in spite of himself.

A grand adventure mixing science fiction with elements of fantasy, this is the book that launched a whole series (fourteen books and counting).

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King Kobold Revived (Book II of the Gramarye Series)

ISBN 978-1-61242-043-1, 198 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Christopher Stasheff wrote the original King Kobold in 1971. Twelve years later, based on feedback from readers as well as his own personal dissatisfaction with the book, he decided to rewrite the story.

While King Kobold Revived follows the same basic outline as the original 1971 edition, the book has been totally redone. The author had twelve years between the two writings to mull things over, and it shows. The plot is much tighter, the characters much more developed and the writing more fluid.

Enter the fantastic world of Gramarye once again, where magic lives with science and the Warlock in Spite of Himself, Rod Gallowglass, is once again called upon to save the planet from marauding evil...if he can overcome the insidious mental fog that clouds his mind and threatens his powers.

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The Warlock Unlocked (Book III of the Gramarye Series)

ISBN978-1-61242-051-6 , 228 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

A scientist from Earth at heart, Rod Gallowglass has come to terms with the “magic” of Gramarye, and is just beginning to understand his own powers.

But when his family accidentally goes through a portal to what appears to be an alternate universe, he must follow them into a world where magic really does seem to work and where the laws of the universe seem to have been rewritten.

Bringing his renowned blend of science fiction and fantasy back to the world of Gramarye, Christopher Stasheff once again redefines what is real and what is “magic.”

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Strauss, Victoria    (Author's website)

 

 

The Arm of the Stone

 ISBN 978-1-60450-494-1, 348 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Long ago, when the worlds were one...

So begins the Tale, the ancestral legend Bron's family has guarded for a thousand years. Once, they were the keepers of the Stone, the most sacred object on earth, from which all the powers of Mind are drawn. But when the conflict between Mind and Hand split the worlds apart, the Stone was seized by an ambitious sorcerer. To keep the new world from contamination, he created rigid Limits circumscribing which tools might be made and which knowledge might be pursued—laws brutally enforced by a group of Guardians known as the Arm of the Stone.

For centuries, Bron's family has concealed the secret of its heritage. But when Bron's brother invents a new kind of plow—an unpardonable heresy in the world of the Guardians—the Arm of the Stone reaches in once again to tear them apart. Fleeing for his life, Bron vows revenge. To strike the Guardians down, he will become a Guardian himself. But Bron cannot know how much that choice will change him. Nor does he anticipate the hatred of a powerful enemy, or the love of a beautiful Guardian named Liliane...whose mission is to destroy him.

“Treated with unusual depth.”—Locus

“An intelligent, fascinating novel...the complicated politics and social structure of this world give it a depth most fantasy novels lack.”—SF Site

“Compelling...a most unusual and fascinating novel.”—Anne McCaffrey

“A rich story about human nature, this fantasy is a thought-provoking page-turner. The characters are deeply etched, and the plot turns are credible yet arresting...A thoroughly enjoyable read.”—Kliatt

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The Garden of the Stone

 ISBN 978-1-60450-496-5, 400 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

It was a living entity of power beyond understanding—not even by the men who had used its energies to control the unGifted masses, ever since the wrenching cataclysm that shattered the union of Hand and Mind and split the world centuries ago. Then came Bron, his arrival long foretold, destined to restore the balance between Hand and Mind. But Bron had other plans. He stole the Stone...and vanished.

Now Bron's daughter Cariad, a powerful empath and skilled assassin, must follow the footsteps of a father she has never known, into the depths of the same Fortress. Waiting there is Jolyon, her father's deadly enemy, a man whose thirst for domination is matched only by his taste for blood...and who possesses the power to satisfy both appetites. Cariad must learn the secret of Jolyon's strength before it is too late. For just as her father's arrival was prophesied, so too is his return. And this time Jolyon is ready—for Bron to die.

“A powerful tale of repression, rebellion, and prophecy.”—Locus

“A superior and original novel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Strauss has created a complex plot filled with action, suspense, intrigue, and romance. Rich characterizations and vivid settings combine in a story that readers will relish....Highly recommended for serious readers of fantasy.”—Kliatt

“I couldn’t stop reading this wonderful novel.”—Kate Elliott

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Turtledove, Harry  

 

 

On the Train (Stellar Guild) (sequel novella by Rachel Turtledove)

 ISBN 978-1-61242-076-9   182 Pages, Trade Paperback 5”x8”

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“Turtledoves père and fille offer two stories set on a railroad-girt world. Harry Turtledove (Supervolcano) introduces Javan, a young man from the city of Pingaspor whose third-class ticket allows him to expand his worldview, and whose ambition allows him to make a life for himself in the narrow confines of the Train. Rachel Turtledove’s story describes the first-class travels of nanny Eli, hired by the Baroness Vasri, who becomes entangled in the world of the Directors of the Railroad and the slinkers who stow away. The world of the Train is insular even as it circles the planet, offering only fleeting glimpses into the wonders beyond, whether the ravages of war or the effects more magical regions have on the Train’s mechanism. The original setting and likable characters have a surprising number of possibilities that could easily be explored in future books.”

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Over the Wine-Dark Sea

 ISBN 978-1-61242-140-7   340 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Menedemos, the young dashing sea captain, and his helper, the scholarly Sostratos, are sea-traders from the Greek island of Rhodes. Fearless sailors, they will travel any distance to make a profit or to search for rich treasures.

While they trade in fineries such as wine and silk (and even, to the chagrin of many, peacocks), they live in dangerous times with pirates, thieves and barbarians. As if avoiding death by the hands of these miscreants isn't enough (particularly the barbarians from an obscure town called Rome), they are also caught between the political intrigues of Alexander's former generals.

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Verne, Jules

 

 

The Moon Book (From Earth to the Moon & Round the Moon)

ISBN 978-1-60450-250-3, 232 Pages, Trade Paperback 6.14”x9.21”

 

 

 

 

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The Underground City

ISBN 978-1-60450-255-8, 132 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

 

 

 

 

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Wells, Catherine

 

 

Mother Grimm

ISBN 978-1-61242-115-5  324 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Twila Grimm has lived her whole life inside the sterile limits of the Biodome, an isolated domed oasis in the middle of a ravaged Earth.

The outside is world of mystery and disease: where those infected by the deadly CM virus are sent to die. This is a land of disease and death; of warring tribes and half crazed factions that live on the edge of sanity.

But the outside is also where Twila Grimm’s destiny lies. For she is much more than what she appears, and the secrets about her own origins may prove to be the world’s salvation or its ultimate destruction.

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The Earth Is All That Lasts

ISBN 978-1-61242-164-3 378 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Welcome to the North American continent after a series of catastrophes, including famine, plague and floods, have destroyed almost all of humanity.

Descendants of the survivors (those who stayed) have created a tribal society in the depopulated American West which lives side by side with an enclave of scientists.

But unknown to all, a spaceship is coming: one with humans on board who care little for the new tribal customs and ways of life. Financed by an influential family settled away from Earth, Homeward Bound is an exploratory ship sent back to see what has become of the home planet, and how best it can be used to further the aims of certain vested interests.

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Children of the Earth

ISBN 978-1-61242-166-7 451 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

Almost all of humanity has been destroyed on the North American continent by a series of catastrophes, including famine, plague, and floods.

Descendants of the survivors (those who stayed) created a tribal society in the American West which lives side by side with an enclave of scientists.

Earth has kept its rebirth a secret for some time, but when colonists throughout the stars begin to long for contact with the mother world, violence and greed could once again threaten the planet.

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Wells, H.G.

 

 

The First Men in the Moon

ISBN 978-1-60450-246-6, 176 Pages, Trade Paperback 6”x9”

 

 

 

 

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The Invisible Man

ISBN 978-1-60450-242-8, 132 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

 

 

 

 

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

ISBN 978-1-60450-245-9, 132 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

 

 

 

 

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The Time Machine (Afterword by Paul Cook)

ISBN 978-1-60450-247-3, 108 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

 

 

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Williamson, Jack

 

 

The Ultimate Earth

ISBN 978-1-61242-154-4  47 Pages, Trade Paperback 5.5”x8.5”

Generations of clones on the moon chronicle the recovery of mother Earth, which has been destroyed and deserted. Eons have passed and a new generation of clones discover that their own base on the moon had been destroyed in the past and then rediscovered and rebuilt by the man known as Sandor Pen.

In the meantime the remnants of humanity have just started unlocking the mysteries of interstellar flight, but over the years their memory of old Earth has faded…a memory Sandor Pen intends to reignite.

The Ultimate Earth is classic Williamson. A multi-layered story with subtle interpretations. The novella was published to much critical acclaim, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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