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    • ISBN:9781473202085
    • Publication date:27 Nov 2014

Richard Cowper SF Gateway Omnibus

The Road to Corlay, A Dream of Kinship, A Tapestry of Time, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

By Richard Cowper

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This SF Gateway Omnibus reprints the acclaimed Corlay Sequence by Richard Cowper.

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 the unique voices of British science fiction, John Middleton Murry, Jr, who wrote his best work under the pen name Richard Cowper.

The son of the famous critic John Middleton Murry, Cowper announced himself to the science fiction world in 1967 with BREAKTHROUGH, which found favour for a subtlety and richness of characterisation not seen in most contemporary SF. The idea of a transformed future England became his signature leitmotif and it is this theme that informs the Corlay tales contained in this omnibus. This is the complete Corlay sequence, featuring introductory novella PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN and novels THE ROAD TO CORLAY, A DREAM OF KINSHIP and A TAPESTRY OF TIME.

THE ROAD TO CORLAY:
On the Eve of the Fourth Millennium a slowly-building civilization, struggling out of the rubble of the Drowning, was crushed beneath the sceptre of a powerful and repressive Church. But on the Eve of the Fourth Millennium the sound of a magical pipe was heard, and the air was filled with songs of freedom and enlightenment. And on the Eve of the Fourth Millennium the Boy appeared, bringing the gift of sacrilege, a harbinger of the future, heralding the arrival of the White Bird of Dawning. It is the coming of a New Age. A glorious future bearing the presents of the past!

A DREAM OF KINSHIP:
They came to destroy! The treacherous Falcons, uniformed in the black leather tunics of the fanatic Secular Arm, descended on Corlay to burn and kill. Commanded by Lord Constant, ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, they were determined to crush the religious heresy of Kinship. But a new dream rose from the ashes... When four Kinsmen escaped the carnage of their beloved land, each helped to fulfill the miracle that had been foretold: the coming of the Child of the Bride of Time.

A TAPESTRY OF TIME:
Twenty years have passed since the martyrdom of the Boy-piper at York, twenty years in which his legacy, the movement of Kinship, has challenged the tyranny of the Church Militant in Britain's seven island kingdoms. Now his namesake, Tom, bearing the Boy's own pipes and perhaps himself imbued with the spirit of the White Bird, is wandering Europe in company with the girl, Witchet. But disaster overtakes them and Tom, in a furry of vengeance, breaks his vow of Kinship. A terrible path lies before him, one that transcends his own world. As he travels it, Tom must come to understand the true nature of the wild White Bird, of The Bride of Time and her Child, and of the Song the Star Born sang.

Biographical Notes

Born John Middleton Murry, Jnr, the son of writer John Middleton Murry, Richard Cowper was the pseudonym under which most of his science fiction was published (he wrote four novels under the name Colin Murry). He served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, although he was lucky enough not to see combat. After the war, he read Anglo-Saxon and English at Oxford. His works were shortlisted for the HUGO, NEBULA, BRITISH FANTASY and LOCUS AWARDs. He died in 2002, four weeks after the death of his wife.

For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/cowper_richard

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  • ISBN: 9780575108042
  • Publication date: 18 Sep 2014
  • Page count: 528
  • Imprint: Gateway
Gateway

Breakthrough

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper

The ability to distinguish reality from fantasy is supposedly the root of sanity.But if a man lives in two worlds, and both are real, what then? Is he mad, or sane? One person, or two? And if one of his worlds should begin to grow dim, a shadow world, could one say he was in danger of going sane?

Gollancz

Kane of Old Mars

Michael Moorcock
Authors:
Michael Moorcock
Gateway

Jack L. Chalker SF Gateway Omnibus

Jack L. Chalker
Authors:
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.

Gollancz

When The Blue Shift Comes

Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Authors:
Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

In the far future, Earth is about to be swallowed by a black hole in this sweeping SF epic from one of the masters of the genre.In a time so far from our own that we cannot comprehend it, humanity has spread amongst the stars and changed in more ways than we can count. But they have never forgotten their birthplace - Earth. But now Earth stands on the brink of catastrophe, at risk of being swallowed by a black hole. One man, Hanosz Prime, ruler of his world, is determined to visit Earth before it is destroyed. His abdication from his throne and his wanderlust are to prove the beginning of a much longer journey - one that will see him fall in love, meet the Oracles of Earth and perhaps, if he is very lucky, provide a means to save the cradle of humanity.Originally started by Robert Silverberg more than 20 years ago but never completed, Hanosz's story is taken up by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. Silverberg hand-picked Zinos-Amaro to complete the book, and provided notes and guidance. The result is a remarkable collaboration between one of the masters of SF and one of the most exciting new voices in the genre.

Gateway

Robert Holdstock SF Gateway Omnibus

Robert Holdstock
Authors:
Robert Holdstock
Gateway

Domino

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper
Gateway

The Custodians

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper
Gateway

Shades of Darkness

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper
Gateway

The Web of the Magi

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper

Both "Drink Me, Francesca" and "Out There Where the Big Ships Go" examine - in differing but related ways - humanity's first encounter with other intelligent life, and its inevitable profound consequences. In the former, one member of an interstellar expeditionary force is drawn into communion with an intangible, superior being; in the latter an astronaut, believed long dead, returns to Earth bringing with him an alien game whose subtleties the human race must master in order to show itself worthy of membership in the galactic community. "The Attleborough Poltergeist" is an eerie account of an apparently paranormal phenomenon which proves to have an even stranger scientific explanation, while the long title story is a surprising - and successful - departure: a full-blooded, adventurous fantasy reminiscent of Rider Haggard. A Victorian Army officer, doing surveying work in Asia Minor, stumbles upon a hidden valley in a remote mountain range. There he discovers a cult whose members literally tend and spin the loom of human destiny, and who await his long-predicted arrival to fulfil a strange and unexpected role in their society.

Gateway

The Twilight of Briareus

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper

On the murky outskirts of our solar system, a lonely star has exploded, emitting monstrous doses of radiation . . . The year is 1983. The exploding star Briareus Delta, 132 light years away, provokes only mild interest from planet Earth. Suddenly, appalling tornadoes and storms ravage the cities and countryside, leaving death and desolation in their wake. Then mankind realises another terrifying side-effect - every adult in the world has been rendered infertile. Schoolteacher Calvin Johnson discovers he is one of the select few to have acquired strange psychic powers. Termed 'Zetas', these people experience mental flashes of the future - a future of freezing isolation, snow-swept landscapes and bleak, ice-bound cities.A second ice-age is imminent as man faces the ultimate horror . . . extinction.

Gateway

Time Out of Mind

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper

As a young boy, Laurie Linton encountered a strange apparition: a ghostly man who urgently mouthed a message:KILL MAGOBION!Years later, as a member of the UN Narcotics Security Agency, Linton and the beautiful Carol Kennedy were assigned a special duty: investigation of a mysterious drug which endowed its addicts with superhuman powers.Now, that investigation leads Linton and Carol into a bewildering maze where past and future slide by each other at terrifying speed...where international peace teeters in the balance...and where all blues point to the top-secret Ministry of Internal Security and its prestigious, powerful leader - COLONEL PIERS MAGOBION.

Gateway

Worlds Apart

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper
Gollancz

The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi
Authors:
Hannu Rajaniemi
Gateway

The Tithonian Factor

Richard Cowper
Authors:
Richard Cowper

The Tithonian Factor takes us into the 22nd century and introduces the sempiterns, people who a hundred years or more earlier have taken a drug which confers a kind of immortality, but at an unexpected price.

Gateway

Swordsmen of Gor

John Norman
Authors:
John Norman
Gateway

Moving Mars

Greg Bear
Authors:
Greg Bear
Gateway

Lord of the Fire Lands

Dave Duncan
Authors:
Dave Duncan
Gateway

Demon Rider

Dave Duncan
Authors:
Dave Duncan
Gateway

The Black Gondolier

Fritz Leiber
Authors:
Fritz Leiber
Gateway

The Dying Light

Sean Williams, Shane Dix
Authors:
Sean Williams, Shane Dix

Intelligence agent Morgan Roche turns renegade to seek out a genetically enhanced warrior, whose very existence threatens the future of mankind.