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    • ISBN:9780575108332
    • Publication date:16 Jan 2014

Algis Budrys SF Gateway Omnibus

The Iron Thorn, Michaelmas, Hard Landing

By Algis Budrys

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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 the work of acclaimed author Algis Budrys.

Algis Budrys was one of the few writers who managed to carve out a successful role as an influential critic and editor alongside his fiction writing. BENCHMARKS, his collection of reviews from the pages of GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION, is extremely well-regarded, and for almost two decades he was a judge of the Writers of the Future programme, but it is for his fiction that he is best known. This omnibus collects three of his later works: THE IRON THORN, MICHAELMAS and HARD LANDING.

THE IRON THORN: Honor White Jackson was a human being. But his planet was not Earth, nor his time Now. His world was dominated by a giant Iron Thorn. Beyond the reach of this tower there was supposedly nothing - except a frozen, airless desert where huge winged beasts called Amsirs roamed.

MICHAELMAS: Michaelmas and Domino, man and computer, were linked to each other, and to the complete database of Earth. There they virtually ruled the world. For by making the right subtle manipulations, they had the power to change the course of human destiny.

HARD LANDING: The body was found dead on the tracks, electrocuted. The autopsy confirmed what some had always feared, that we are not alone in the universe - and that even now, some visitors are still at large.

Biographical Notes

Algis Budrys (1931-2008) Born in East Prussia in 1931, Budrys and his family were sent to the United States when he was just five. After studying at the University of Miami and Columbia University, Budrys turned his hand to both writing and publishing science fiction. Over the years he worked as an editor, manager and reviewer for various publishing houses, while maintaining an impressive output of fiction and editing his own magazine, Tomorrow Speculative Fiction. He was shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, for his fiction and critical non-fiction. He died in 2008.

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  • ISBN: 9781473201934
  • Publication date: 16 Jan 2014
  • Page count: 608
  • Imprint: Gateway
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Rogue Moon

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Man of Earth

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Who?

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The Falling Torch

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The spaceship dropped them into the night - two men pitted against the mighty empire that held Earth as a slave planet. One was the anonymous agent of the mysterious "munitions firm" supplying weapons to Earth's Underground. The other was Michael Wireman - son of the last President of Free Earth.Their mission was simple - and suicidal - to weld the underground guerrilla fighters into a force capable of beating the most powerful army in the Galaxy. Danger and death waited for them on Earth's nightside - but within him Michael Wireman held the weapon that could conquer Earth.The only trouble was¿ he didn't know he had it...

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Some Will Not Die

Algis Budrys
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Algis Budrys

To get his woman a slice of bread, a man will kill. He does it out of love. To feed and protect his children, a man will conquer the world.A man wants things safe. If he has to, he will pick up a weapon, and if he can, he will march across the world with it. It's as simple as that. The need for security and the impulses of love left trails of dead and dying across the face of human history and always, somewhere, have made someone happy and safe, and free to build a future. In this novel, Algis Budrys shows us a hope some of us have not forgotten we have - one that many of us may not be able to stomach.

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The Iron Thorn

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Michaelmas

Algis Budrys
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Algis Budrys

Michaelmas and Domino, man and computer, were linked to each other, and to the complete database of Earth. There they virtually ruled the world. For by making the right subtle manipulations, they had the power to change the course of human destiny.Then came the day they discovered that someone - or something - was resurrecting the dead! And when Astronaut Norwood, assumed killed in a shuttle crash, suddenly reappeared, apparently willing and able to control a crucial exploratory mission to the Outer Worlds. Michaelmas knew it was time to act - before the unknown intruders had time to mastermind the doom of all mankind.

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Hard Landing

Algis Budrys
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Algis Budrys

The body was found dead on the tracks, electrocuted. The autopsy confirmed what some had always feared, that we are not alone in the universe - and that even now, some visitors are still at large.This started the investigation that revealed the starling story of four stranded aliens and their desperate struggle for survival. Fallen from the stars, they started with nothing more than a first-aid kit and instincts. Fighting their own insecurities and prejudices, they slowly blended their way into a primitive society they found to be at once brutal, accepting abusive and opportunistic. But when one of them trades technological advancements for personal wealth and protection, he risks blowing all their covers - and sets in motion a chain of political machinations that could alter the course of history.

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The Unexpected Dimension

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Algis Budrys

Seven classic excursions into the fantastic imagination of one of post-war America's greatest science fiction writers. This collection showcases the humanity, imagination and variety of Budrys' writing and plotting.

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The Furious Future

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Algis Budrys

In his latest science fiction volume Algis Budrys, author of 'The Unexpected Dimension' and 'Who?', continues to cast a scorching eye at life as it is lived today, skilfully extrapolating a present trend into the future, or presenting a current social problem in a new light. The stories are varied in mood and theme, yet they take an ironic view of mankind and its prospects, and the quality of writing is uniformly high.

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Blood and Burning

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Benchmarks

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From 1965 until his death, Algis Budrys was a leading critic of modern speculative fiction; insightful, eclectic, and notoriously uninhibited. Benchmarks collects the material that started it - all the Galaxy Bookshelf book-review columns Budrys created for the now-vanished Galaxy Magazine.

Al Robertson

Al Robertson is the author of Crashing Heaven and Waking Hell, as well as award-nominated SF, fantasy and horror short stories. He's also a poet and occasional musician. When he's not working on his own projects, he helps companies communicate more clearly. He was born in London, brought up in France and is now based in Brighton.You can find out more at his website www.allumination.co.uk. He's also on Twitter as @al_robertson and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alrobertsonwrites.

Barry N. Malzberg

Barry N. Malzberg (1939-) Barry N. Malzberg is an American writer, editor and agent, whose prolific career has spanned numerous genres - most notably crime and science fiction. Malzberg was particularly active in the science fiction scene of the early seventies, although he became disillusioned with the market forces defining the field, and has rarely published SF works since. His most recent activity in the field has been in the form of advice columns for writers in the quarterly magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Barry N. Malzberg has been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula and Philip K. Dick.

Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw (1931 - 1996) Bob Shaw was born in Belfast in 1931. After working in engineering, aircraft design and journalism he became a full time writer in 1975. Among his novels are Orbitsville, A Wreath of Stars, The Ragged Astronauts and his best-known work Other Days, Other Eyes, based on the Nebula Award-nominated 'Light of Other Days', the story that made his reputation. Although his SF novels and stories were for the most part serious, Shaw was well-known in fannish circles for his sense of humour, and his witty 'Serious Scientific Talks' were a favourite of attendees at Eastercons. Bob Shaw won two Hugos and three BSFA Awards. He died in 1996.

Cecelia Holland

Cecelia Holland was born in 1943 and is a well-known and acclaimed writer of historical fiction. Floating Worlds is her only SF novel.

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel, SONG OF KALI, inspired by his travels in India. In the 1990s he rewrote the SF rulebook with his Hyperion Cantos quartet. He has also written thrillers. Alongside his writing he maintains a career as a college lecturer in English Literature in the USA.

Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert (1920-86) was born in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a reporter and later editor of a number of West Coast newspapers before becoming a full-time writer. His first SF story was published in 1952 but he achieved fame more than ten years later with the publication in Analog of 'Dune World' and 'The Prophet of Dune' that were amalgamated in the novel Dune in 1965.

Fredric Brown

Fredric Brown (1906-1972) was an American SF writer and Edgar Award-winning crime writer. Although the author of a number of SF and detective novels, he remains most famous for his prolific short story writing.

Garry Kilworth

Garry Kilworth (1941 -) Garry Douglas Kilworth was born in York in 1941 and travelled widely as a child, his father being a serviceman. After seventeen years in the RAF and eight working for Cable and Wireless, he attended King's College, London University, where he obtained an honours degree in English. Garry Kilworth has published novels under a number of pseudonyms in the fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction and Children's Fiction, winning the British and World Fantasy Awards and being twice shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award for Children's Literature.