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    • ISBN:9781473202177
    • Publication date:11 Dec 2014

Jack L. Chalker SF Gateway Omnibus

By Jack L. Chalker

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From the vaults of the SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to one of modern SF and Fantasy's great storytellers, Jack L. Chalker.

A fan from an early age, Chalker was also active as an editor, founding a small press in his early 20s, but it is as a writer that he is best known. Although his earliest novels were singletons, he soon turned his attention to the sequences that would dominate his career: most notably, The Well of Souls series.

This omnibus collects the first volume of that series, MIDNIGHT AT THE WELL OF SOULS; book one of his Soul Rider series, SPIRITS OF FLUX AND ANCHOR; and standalone novel, THE IDENTITY MATRIX.

Biographical Notes

Jack Laurence Chalker was born in Baltimore in 1944. He received an MLA from Johns Hopkins University and taught history and geography for over a decade before becoming a professional writer in 1978. He was active in the fan community from his teens and though he published work as an editor and critic, it is for his fiction that he is best known. He was a prolific author, writing across genres successfully, and was nominated for the HUGO and JOHN W. CAMPBELL NEW WRITER AWARDs, among others. His major work is The Well of Souls sequence, comprising ten books across two series, and featuring the 'godgame' narrative device that was his signature. He died in February 2005.

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  • ISBN: 9780575097711
  • Publication date: 11 Dec 2014
  • Page count: 672
  • Imprint: Gateway
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The Sea Is Full of Stars

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

After three passengers - Ming, Ari, and Angel - embark on an elite starship journey into the Realm, they unwittingly become ensnared in one man's bloodthirsty vendetta that will alter their very beings. That man is Jeremiah Wong Kincaid. He vows to destroy Josich Conqueror Hadun, the evil genius who has wreaked unspeakable havoc throughout the universe. It is an obsession that will take to lands of demons and strange races - and into a deadly new cyberworld where humans are mere pawns of the godlike computers they have created. But it is only after Kincaid and his unwitting fellow travellers enter Well World and discover the water hexes that he confronts the mad tyrant- and learns their universe is threatened by something far, far worse...

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Balshazzar's Serpent

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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War of the Maelstrom

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

The magic of the Changewinds...They could alter the shape of every man and beast in Akahlar and now the threat of their coming is about to be made manifest.The evil of the Inner Hells...That can snatch away all control over the winds from the Storm Princess and deliver it into the all-destroying hands of the horned demon Klittichorn.The savagery of final war...May be the only hope of the latter days before the Changewinds blow not just the world Akahlar but all the worlds scattered through all the dimensions of time and space into the chaos of oblivion.

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Ghost of the Well of Souls

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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The March Hare Network

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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The Labyrinth of Dreams

Jack L. Chalker
Authors:
Jack L. Chalker

I'm Sam Horowitz. My wife Brandy and I are private eyes - and belly-up broke. This is why we agreed to trace Martin Whitlock, a hotshot banker who'd skipped town over $2,000,000 in laundered drug money. Not our usual sort of case, but even filthy mob lucre pays bills. The trail led from a posh mansion to a hick burg called McInerney, Oregon - and to G.O.D. Inc: the geeks who hawk overpriced garbage on late night TV. That's where we found our man...too often. There were three Mary Whitlocks, same prints. But one was female. One was dead. We got busted. That wasn't the worst. The mob rip-off was only one move in a caper to take over crime - not the Mafia but something bigger. A hell of lot bigger. Because McInerney, Oregon wasn't just off the map...It was off the edge of the Earth. And Brandy and I were being taken for a ride - into The Labyrinth of Dreams.

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The Hot-Wired Dodo

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

Reality wasn't what it used to be. Life after life, as man, woman, and child, Cory Maddox was trapped in an endless cycle of ever-changing realities, on the run from his ruthless companions and from the shadowy figures that seemed to exist outside the increasingly unstable matrix. As each new world proved increasingly bizarre, Cory wanted nothing more than to find the way home. Fragments of knowledge - a mysterious UFO crash, alien technology, glimpses of a computer that was controlling his fate - all pointed toward Matthew Brand, the virtual reality genius. But Brand had vanished long ago, into, or perhaps beyond, the borders of reality.To break the cycle of cyber-reincarnation, Cory had to find Brand - before the actions of his enemies destroyed reality altogether . . .

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And the Devil Will Drag You Under

Jack L. Chalker
Authors:
Jack L. Chalker

Asmodeus Mogart was not a bad fellow, as demons go. Having gotten in trouble back in the home office, he had been assigned to duty on Earth. There he toiled, doing the kinds of things demons do and turning into something of a drunk.Then a rogue asteroid threatened to crash into Earth and destroy all life on the planet - demons included! There had to be a better way.Mac Walters and Jill McCullough, holding a private wake for their world in a Reno bar, were more than startled when a strange-looking little drunk told them they could save the world. All they had to do was enter five alternate universes and steal a demon-guarded jewel in each. Clearly, the man was crazy.But they had nothing better to do than go along with the gag. Then they each found themselves, naked and alone, on a hostile alien world!

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The Run to Chaos Keep

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

Sealed in a giant amber cell, the two horned demons at Rainbow Bridge were the greatest discovery of all time. But now these creatures of legend have awakened and escaped - leaving an all-too-real trail of mutilated victims. The three major empires of the universe have no choice but to follow the demons...Into their shattered cell - and into another dimension.

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Masks of the Martyrs

Jack L. Chalker
Authors:
Jack L. Chalker

Even before the renegade pirates of the giant spaceship Thunder had collected all five of the rings that would eliminate the threat of Master System forever, Hawks knew that they still faced even greater problems.The shapechanger, Vulture, was lost on the watery planet of Chanchuk, his fate unknown. Master System's space fleet dogged the renegade's every step. Hawks suspected that the group was harbouring a traitor, but he was powerless to act. And, most important, the rebels had not yet figured out how the rings were used - a riddle that seemed to have no solution!Somewhere back on Earth lay the original computer interface, and somewhere in the distant past lay the secret to Master System's demise. As a historian, Hawks had the knowledge to solve the riddle; yet he had to be absolutely sure - for one misstep would destroy them all.

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Priam's Lens

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

Humans had finally gone to the stars, as the dreamers had always hoped; celestial stretches of the galaxy became the playgrounds of a new spacefaring race. But now these worlds were being taken over by Titans, creatures with unimaginable, godlike powers, supremely indifferent to humanity's survival.There was one chance to stop them. Helena, one of the Titan-dominated planets, concealed an untapped, hundred-year-old weapon - Priam's Lens. Getting to Helena would not be difficult, but activating the lens was another matter. No one had ever returned from a Titan encounter. They simply disappeared - status unknown.Now a small ragtag crew made up of scientists, warriors, a priest, and a stowaway - naval officer Gene Harker - were ready to pit themselves against the greatest power in the universe. With the help of a mad space pirate, they descended upon the deadly planet. They would succeed - or die trying...

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Downtiming the Night Side

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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Gods of the Well of Souls

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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Vengeance of the Dancing Gods

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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Horrors of the Dancing Gods

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

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

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When the Changewinds Blow

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

She was haunted by Thunder and Plagued by Dreams... strange, dark dreams of a world beyond time and space, a land of magic and mystery. But Charley know it was more than a dream - for her friend Sam shared her visions. Suddenly, the dreams become a reality...as a raging storm sweeps Charley and Sam to the fantastic land of Akahlar, where unicorns and griffins run free, an enchantress commands a den of unearthly pleasures, and a wizard warns of a terrifying, inescapable event: The changewinds are coming...savage, purple - tinged storms that alter the shapes of man and beast alike. Soon, all creatures must look to the skies - and beware...

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Twilight at the Well of Souls: The Legacy of Nathan Brazil

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker
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The Birth of Flux and Anchor

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

A science fantasy tale about a brilliant scientist who discovered a universe where mind rules matter, and the courageous men and women who battled treachery, rebellion and hellish alien forces, to found a colony there.

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The Identity Matrix

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker

While backpacking in Alaska, Victor Gonser, a 35 year old PhD in political science, finds himself trapped in the body of a 13 year old Tlingit Indian girl. A little later he is forced from there into the spectacularly beautiful body of an 18 year old blonde. He finds that the switches are part of a skirmish for Earth by two alien races...And that is just the beginning.

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The Shadow Dancers

Jack L. Chalker
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Jack L. Chalker