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  • Asgard's Heart: Asgard 3

    By Brian Stableford
    Authors:
    Brian Stableford
    The acclaimed science fiction author Brian M. Stableford returns with the final book in his trilogy about a planet that contains thousands of worlds inside it - and the one man who will do anything to penetrate its secrets. The conflict between the Isthomi and Scarid races and the surface dwellers of Asgard had come to a halt, but not an end. Forces are at work on all sides to attempt to gain the upper hand in the struggle to control Asgard, for control of Asgard's heart could mean total power over the planet itself, and all who live in it. At the middle of the struggle is Michael Rousseau, who must penetrate the very core of the planet itself - both in reality and in another dimension altogether - to save Asgard and all who dwell in it, before it's too late,
  • Asgard's Conquerors: Asgard 2

    By Brian Stableford
    Authors:
    Brian Stableford
    Asgard's not an easy world to get away from. Mike Rousseau only wants to take a vacation in his home system, but he's back before he has time to draw breath, and he's been drafted into the Space Force once again. His new mission is even more dangerous than the last one, the number of his enemies has increased vastly, and his friends haven't improved at all. By way of compensation, he has another chance to get closer to the mystery at Asgard's heart--but the inhabitants of the megaplanet's core are no longer content to sit quietly and wait to be found. They've discovered the outside universe, and are trying to decide what to do about it--but they have problems of their own. Only Rousseau can cross the boundaries between species, and offer each of the races a possible solution.
  • Asgard's Secret: Asgard 1

    By Brian Stableford
    Authors:
    Brian Stableford
    They call it Asgard, the Home of the Gods. Beneath its artificial shell are at least three vast cave-systems, each one the size of an Earth-like world; and beneath those, possibly many more. No one knows how many layers there might be, and no one knows what secrets might be buried down at the "center"--if there is a center. At some time in the distant past, Asgard had suffered a terrible catastrophe. Now its outer layers are cold, its builders presumed dead. Explorers and exploiters from a hundred different worlds and races are scavenging among the ruins--but deep down, there might still be light, warmth, life...and perils unknown. Mike Rousseau was one of the first humans to come to Asgard, decades earlier. Now he's challenged by both friends and foes--and it's hard to tell them apart on this icebound planet. He might also be the one man who can solve the biggest puzzle in the galaxy...if only he can stay alive!

    Asteroid Forma

    By Rand Le Page, Denis Hughes
    Authors:
    Rand Le Page, Denis Hughes
    The Galaxy is a big place, made up of thousands of millions of worlds, and the work of exploration will probably never be entirely completed. But various systems within the Galaxy, each with its own particular humanoid race if intelligent beings, have joined in galactic federation for the mutual good of all concerned. Once major snag remained: speedy communication. When space travel velocities were increased by the introduction of 5C drive on all but local planetary working vessels the way was opened to enormously expanded regions of movement. Piet Tek, captain of a space tramp, tells of what happened when the secret of instantaneous communication was prematurely exploited by unscrupulous people in search of power.
  • The Aware

    By Glenda Larke
    Authors:
    Glenda Larke
    A halfbreed's search for a mysterious slave woman leads her to a lawless land of dark dunmagic and an evil that poses a threat to all the Isles of Glory.

    The Autocracy of Mr Parham

    By H.G. Wells
    Authors:
    H.G. Wells
    Mr Parham is a traditional academic disappointed with the social trends of his time. Sir Bussy Woodcock is an intelligent but unrefined self-made millionaire. The pair happen to meet one day and form an unlikely relationship; Sir Bussy interested to learn something of culture and Mr Parham looking for funding for a high-quality periodical

    All Aboard for Ararat

    By H.G. Wells
    Authors:
    H.G. Wells
    A profound and witty Voltairian dialogue between a twentieth-century Noah and an Old Testament Deity, planning a new Ark in which the best of mankind may be rescued from the new flood of war and horror.

    Agent of the Unknown

    By Margaret St Clair
    Authors:
    Margaret St Clair
    Don Haig had been content to lie around and drink in the synthetic beauty of the pleasure planetoid Fyon, until a woman came into his life. A woman more beautiful and more perfect than any other female in the galaxy. A woman who brought about a curious change in Don.For she was a pocket-sized foll - a very strange and miraculous puppet who shed constant tears and held powers that Don never even dreamed of.But what Don did know was that dangerous alien forces were swiftly focusing on him and his living puppet - and that he had to discover the doll's super-scientific secret before his own life was smashed into atoms.

    Angel-Seeker

    By Sharon Shinn
    Authors:
    Sharon Shinn
    The women who craved the attention of of angels were known as angel-seekers, a term used with awe by some - and scorn by others...Elizabeth was born to wealth, but circumstances forced her to live as a servant in her cousin's household. Determined to change her life, she travels to the town of Cedar Hills, hoping that an angel will take notice of her and take her as his own. Rebekah is a daughter of the Jansai tripe, raised to hate angels. But when she finds an injured angel near her village, she defies her upbringing to care for him.In time, these two women, whose paths will cross, will both find what they long for, in surprising - and dangerous - ways...

    Admiralty

    By Poul Anderson
    Authors:
    Poul Anderson
    Poul Anderson's stories are classics from the golden age of science fiction and beyond. A master storyteller, Anderson wrote tales ranging from the immediate to the distant future, from Earth to far-flung galaxies, from hard science fiction to fantasy - all the elements stirred and blended as only Anderson could!ADMIRALTY is the fourth volume of The Collected Works of Poul Anderson and collects his best works from a writing career that spans over 50 years.This volume contains 23 stories including:Goat Song (Hugo and Nebula winner)Operation ChangelingThe Adventure of the Misplaced HoundDelenda EstLodestarThe PugilistMariusInside StraightPlus the revised version of 'Black Bodies' and an afterword by Poul Anderson discussing 'Eutopia'

    Archangel

    By Sharon Shinn
    Authors:
    Sharon Shinn
    And so it came to pass...Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society they perceived as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if their laws were disobeyed. Fertile land that embraced a variety of climates and seasons. Angels to guard the mortals and mystics to guard the forbidden knowledge. Jehovah to watch over them all...Generations later, the armed space cruiser Jehovah still looms over the planet Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained. Bu tan age of corruption has come to the land, threatening that peace and placing the Samarians in grave danger. Their only hope lies in the crowning of a new Archangel. The oracles have chosen for this honour the angel named Gabriel and further decreed that he must first wed a mortal woman named Rachel.It is his destiny and hers. And Gabriel is certain that she will greet the news of her betrothal with enthusiasm and a devotion to duty equal to his own.Rachel, however, has other ideas...

    The Alleluia Files

    By Sharon Shinn
    Authors:
    Sharon Shinn
    It has been one hundred years since the Archangel Alleluia and the mortal Caleb discovered the truth about the god of Samaria. Legend says they left a record of that truth, though no document has ever been found. In time, an underground cult arose, seeking to find again what Alleluia found. But the reigning Archangel Bael called down the wrath of Jovah upon the cult, and hundreds died in a hail of thunderbolts. Yet some survived.Among them is Tamar, child of cultists, raised in captivity among the angels. Tamar believes that the Alleluia Files exist. She is determined to find them, and to free the people of Samaria from their fear of Jovah. In her search, she encounters the angel Jared, one of the members of his own kind who have come to question the wisdom of Bael. Together, these two uneasy allies will journey the length and breadth of Samaria, risking their lives and the lives of their comrades, seeking a truth that will alter the face of Samaria forever...

    Angelica

    By Sharon Shinn
    Authors:
    Sharon Shinn
    Two hundred years ago, in order to keep the peace in Samaria, the god Jovah created a legion of land-dwelling angels, led by an appointed Archangel. Now, Jovah has a new appointee: Archangel Gaaron. And for his life-mate, his Angelica, Jovah has chosen a woman named Susannah. With trepidation, she bows to the will of Jovah and an unspoken affection develops between the two.But there is a terrible threat besetting the land - black-clad strangers who call fire down from the sky, leaving death and destruction in their wake, And the true hearts of Archangel and Angelica may never be known, as the future of the planet hangs in the balance...

    Aliens from Space

    By Robert Silverberg
    Authors:
    Robert Silverberg
    Originally published in 1958, under the pseudonym David Osborne.Dr. Jeffrey Brewster, assistant professor of psycho-sociology at Columbia University, had been six weeks old when the first crude satellites were flung into space back in 1957. During his childhood there had been Moon rockets and the space stations - then the joint American-Russian-manned expedition to the Moon in 1965, right after the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship. Mars and Venus had been reached as he grew up and a permanent base was established on the Moon in 1973. Now the day's papers reported that an expedition was ready to leave for Callisto, moon of Jupiter. But Dr. Brewster had a class to make and he was late.That was when the telephone rang and Mari, his wife, said, "Long distance from Washington." The caller was Colonel Chasin of Unsecfor - United Nations Security Force, the global and international army that policed the world in these days of relative peace and harmony...
  • Always Coming Home

    By Ursula K. Le Guin
    Authors:
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    A long, long time from now, in the valleys of what will no longer be called Northern California, might be going to have lived a people called the Kesh. But Always Coming Home is not the story of the Kesh. Rather it is the stories of the Kesh - stories, poems, songs, recipes - Always Coming Home is no less than an anthropological account of a community that does not yet exist, a tour de force of imaginative fiction by one of modern literature's great voices.
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    Aurelia

    By R. A. Lafferty
    Authors:
    R. A. Lafferty
    Aurelia was a fifteen-year-old girl from a very advanced world. She'd passed Starship building easily enough, but she'd slept through most of celestial navigation. That was how she ended up on a little back-water dump like Earth, where her advanced powers seemed like miracles. Some thought she was the Messiah. Some thought she was the Devil. No one was prepared for the truth.
  • Assignment in Nowhere

    By Keith Laumer
    Authors:
    Keith Laumer
    THE COMING OF THE BLIGHTIt seemed as though the world was eroding right under everyone's feet. Stories disappeared from magazines; the baron's silver coat of arms, polished in the morning, was pitted with corrosion by afternoon; toadstools were springing up from every corner. And these were but the first signs of the coming plague, a cancerous orgy of patternless vitality seeking to engulf the world...TO STEM THE TIDECarefree Johnny Curlon, indelicately plucked from his fishing boat one evening, is bluntly informed by high powers that he is a man destined for a role in great affairs: only his unique powers can prevent the coming probability crisis that threatens to turn the world into bubbling chaos...

    Apocalypses

    By R. A. Lafferty
    Authors:
    R. A. Lafferty
    Two novellas by an author who has earned a reputation for original and imaginative writing, with a spark-bladed humour that is unlike anything ever written.Contents:Where have You been Sandaliotis?The Three Armageddons of Enniscorthy Sweeney

    Annals of Klepsis

    By R. A. Lafferty
    Authors:
    R. A. Lafferty
    OH COME TO KLEPSIS TO CLAIM YOUR SHARE ... AND BREATHE THE RANK AND LAWLESS AIR!Plots and intrigues and romances abound.Smoke pictures, ghosts and treasure chests to be found.Magnifying monocles and hallucinogenic grapes - the unvoiced dreams of the dregs of space.Long John Tony Tyrone, the peg-legged historian, journeys here...And marries a princess with rainbow hair.But the Ghost of Christopher Brannagan will not restUntil mathematician Aloysius has put to the testHis theory concerning the Doomsday EquationWhich might save the plane from total devastation.Or might not.

    Arrive at Easterwine

    By R. A. Lafferty
    Authors:
    R. A. Lafferty
    'This, I believe, is the first autobiography of a machine,' writes Epikt, a Ktistec machine. In the resulting mindbending, at times hilarious, work of the imagination, the careful and attentive reader realizes that Epikt is not only presiding at its own birth at the Institute for Impure Science, but it is also addressing itself to the interpretation of mankind's most profoundly puzzling problems.