Jack L. Chalker - The Labyrinth of Dreams - Orion Publishing Group

The Labyrinth of Dreams

By Jack L. Chalker

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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.

Biographical Notes

Jack L. Chalker (1944 - 2005)
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: 9780575098831
  • Publication date: 31 Oct 2013
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  • Imprint: Gateway
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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.

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The Sea Is Full of Stars

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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

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The interstellar wormholes failed and silence fell across a third of the galaxy. And when Karl Woodward's starship The Mountain found a lost colony, a stranded criminal mob struck, determined to seize his ship.

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War of the Maelstrom

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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

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The March Hare Network

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Time after time, life after life, Cory Maddox was being incarnated into worlds he found both familiar and strangely different. And only in this latest incarnation did Cory bring along knowledge, skills, and memories of his previous existence - memories of cold betrayal that promised nothing he saw or felt could be trusted. Nor could he trust his companions who, like himself, kept moving from life to life trying to escape the endless cycle. But it was only with the help of those companions that Cory could develop the technological means to peer beyond the veil of reality - to the shadowy figures whom he was sure were manipulating reality . . . if what he was experiencing actually was reality.Time was running out. His memories gave him an advantage over the others, but he would have to act quickly and surely if he were to discover the truth - before truth itself could no longer be trusted . . .

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The Hot-Wired Dodo

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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

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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

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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

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Priam's Lens

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Downtiming the Night Side

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Gods of the Well of Souls

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In its hour of need, the Well World's guardians had been neutralized. Nathan Brazil was shipwrecked on a desert island with a seemingly harmless girl but his contact with her had allowed his mind to be invaded, his will sapped, and his mission forgotten. Mavra Chang had been abducted by a vicious gang of inter-hex drug smugglers, and was now held prisoner by a revenge-mad creature who had surgically and genetically altered her into a bizarre form and made her a slave to powerful narcotics. But the Well could allow nothing to stop the guardian's journey for long. For the Well of Souls was only a machine; it needed the Watchers to handle events and circumstances beyond its sophisticated programming. And so it set plans in motion to jolt its champions back into the game. The only other help Brazil and Chang could expect was from the companions who had been swept along to the Well World by accident or design. But the newcomers had been caught in a web of intrigue and deceit spun by the ruling council, a group desperate to stop both Brazil and Chang. What none of them could know was that all of them, even the great Well computer, were being manipulated by the Kraang, an entity more ancient than the universe itself, a being that would use the guardians to give it powers far beyond even those of the Well of Souls- a being that would become a living god...

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Vengeance of the Dancing Gods

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Horrors of the Dancing Gods

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When the Changewinds Blow

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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

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The Birth of Flux and Anchor

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The Identity Matrix

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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

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It was the ultimate case: to stop the ultimate drug... I'm Horowitz. Brandy Horowitz. My husband Sam and I are private eyes who take cases for G.O.D., Inc. - the outfit that runs the Labyrinth to infinite alternate earths filled with crime, danger...and murder. Power-mad fanatics are running a narcotic V.D. that spreads like a bug, works like a drug, and one touch hooks you for good. You don't become a junkie...you become a zombie. 'Cause this monkey's not just on your back, but in your brain - it's got a mind, and if you kick it, it kicks back with madness and death. So this beautiful black PI and wonderful Jewish sleuth have to smash the source before the drug-bug reaches our client's Home World. But the opposition's got fake Sams and Brandys set up in headquarters on the two worlds that hold any possible leads: one that never heard of civil rights... And one ruled by the Nazis.