Garry Kilworth SF Gateway Omnibus
By Garry Kilworth
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 the WORLD FANTASY AWARD-winning author, Garry Kilworth.In addition to a decorated career in SF and fantasy, Garry Kilworth has been twice shortlisted for the prestigious CARNEGIE MEDAL for his children's writing and is a highly regarded writer of historical military adventure novels. This omnibus collects his critically acclaimed Navigator Kings trilogy, THE ROOF OF VOYAGING, THE PRINCELY FLOWER and LAND-OF-MISTS.
The Grey Horse
By R. A. MacAvoy
Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, THE GREY HORSE chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. In the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent, completely grey stallion appears. The horse brings with him the promise of better times and magical happenings, for he is actually the shape-shifted form of Ruairi MacEibhir, journeyed to such a time of danger in order to win the hand of the woman he loves.
By Sean Williams, Shane Dix
Geodesica: Descent concludes the compelling, space-faring adventure begun by Geodesica: Ascent. Three unlikely allies begin plotting their revenge against an artificial intelligence behind the destruction of the system of Bedlam - and fight to control the ancient labyrinth of Geodesica.
By Sean Williams, Shane Dix
The year is 2388. Humanity has spread to the stars, but the far-flung Arc Systems chafe under the tight control of the Exarchs, post-human AIs whose domination of Faster-Than Light technology gives them unsurpassed power. Then the discovery of a vast hyperspatial labyrinth known as the Geodesica changes everything.
By Fritz Leiber
GATHER, DARKNESS! is a science-fiction classic. It tells the story of Armon Jarles, a man on the edge, living amidst the disputes of two rival powers at large in the world. 360 years after a nuclear holocaust ravaged mankind, throwing society back into the dark ages, the world is fraught with chaos and superstition. The new rulers over the masses of humanity are the techno-priests of the Great God, endowed with scientific knowledge lost to the rest of humanity. Jarles, originally of peasant descent, rises to become a priest of the Great God. He knows the gospel propagated by the priests to be a fraud, based on illusion and trickery. Even more offensive to him is the paucity of true believers among the priesthood. One day he rebels against his priestly training and attempts to incite the peasants to rise up and demand freedom, but they are not ready. Jarles is not the only dissenter trying to sabotage and expose the false theocracy of the priesthood¿-witchcraft is slowly gaining strength and support among the populace. Although Jarles is unaware, his rebellion against the power of the priests is about to throw him headlong into the middle of the greatest holy war the world has ever seen.
By Donald Moffitt
After intercepting a message from Earth, Nar scientists have learned the secret of human life. The alien species understands everything about human technology and culture and uses this knowledge to build on each breakthrough until they succeed in re-creating humans. Now they encourage their "pets" to evolve within the alien community and learn the mysteries of the galaxy, but prohibit any knowledge of the planet Earth itself. Bram has always dreamed of traveling to the forbidden planet. Although Earth is millions of miles away, the bioengineer is determined to discover the truth about his species and the land that has been keep a secret his whole life. Bram must discover a way to unveil the truth and see the homeland he has been denied.
A Gathering of Stars
By Donald Moffitt
The ambitious Sultan of Alpha Centauri can only claim the illustrious title of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. This journey completed, he will rule the entire population of the greater Islamic universe. But human knowledge has not yet been able to overcome the significant challenges presented by interplanetary travel. However, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the help of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a clever fugitive with a price on his head and the law on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering world of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul receives a hasty introduction to complex physics and the even more complex political intrigues of the Sultan's court. Responsible for the successful execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the fate of the entire Solar system could be resting on his shoulders.
By Harlan Ellison
The original 50 cent paperback edition of this book now goes for $100 in rare book auctions. Why? Because it contains 25 of the best, hardest-to-find stories of the writer the Washington Post calls 'one of the great living American short story writers,' the unpredictable Harlan Ellison.
The Glasswrights' Master
By Mindy Klasky
The final battle...Rani Trader has fled her homeland, escaping Morenia just as enemy armies invade. Encamped in the southern kingdom of Sarmonia, Rani must make the hardest bargain of her life - negotiating safety for herself, her beloved king, and his heir, even as she struggles to control mystical powers that rise within her.As armies line up for the final battle, Rani must fight to become the master of her fate - and her guild.
Guardsman of Gor
By John Norman
Thrust into a life full of woeful twists and turns, Jason Marshall has contended with the prehistoric customs and immeasurable power of the Goreans. His struggles on Gor, a planet resembling Earth, included escaping imprisonment, enslavement, and redeeming lost land. Jason has fought to regain control of his life. Having ascended to a position of power in the Gorean army, Jason must prevail in a battle that seems destined to destroy Gor. Jason has a lot riding on his success as a war leader: prestige, wealth, and an Earth girl of goddesslike beauty. Will Jason be able to win the war and avoid a fate worse than death? Will he be able to find the girl who holds his affections? Will he be able to live as a free man on Earth's counterpart and rise to a still higher position of power and respect?
By Elizabeth Scarborough
So, what if someone wished for a fairy godmother to help the entire city of Seattle? An overworked, overstressed social worker named Rose Samson does just that when she makes an idle wish on a mustard seed. Felicity Fortune of Godmothers Anonymous shows up to help. Rose Samson is neither fashion-model beautiful nor a twit and she happily joins forces with Felicity Fortune, a "Godmother" who demonstrates that Grimm's fairy tales are still relevant in our humdrum modern world.What nobody in the fairytales ever says directly, though, is that fairy godmothers are on a magical budget so every possible way they can get human beings or animals to assist each other they will try rather than using up their magical means.Still, Felicity encounters many strangely familiar situations. A pretty stablehand named Cindy Ellis is mistreated by her cruel stepsisters. A rock star's daughter, scared of the super model she married, runs away from home and encounters seven Vietnam veterans at an encounter session and retreat. One of them might be a big bad wolf, who knows?The hardest case is that of two children whose parents have become so alienated and stressed out that they ignore the needs of the kids. The children are offered help by a man who builds a gingerbread house at the mall every Christmas. He is the modern day equivalent of a wicked witch or Bluebeard (which is considered a fairytale). He is the scariest of all criminals among us - a child molester and murderer. The good news is, this is a story so we are going to spoil it for you enough to tell you that the kids get away and the wicked man gets what's coming to him.The story is grounded by being set in and around a social-services agency in Seattle and by having a central character who is sympathetic and realistic-but the author still manages to have a lot of fun with the idea. In all their encounters, Rose and Felicity try to blend their magical aid with realistic human initiative and social responsibility.
The Glasswrights' Test
By Mindy Klasky
The ultimate test...Rani Trader has finally been summoned by her exiled Glasswrights Guild, invited to test for the rank of master. Rani has craved such acceptance for years, and she has high hopes that all her past mistakes will finally be forgiven.Rani journeys to Brianta, the religious center of all the land. Soon, she is cut off from her long-trusted companions, isolated by the glasswrights who have long memories of past betrayals.Surrounded by religious fanatics, sickened by long hours of study, Rani soon realizes that she will be tested on far more than her knowledge of glassmaking - and the lives of loved ones hang in the balance.
The Glasswrights' Journeyman
By Mindy Klasky
A land in ruin...Rani Trader's beloved homeland of Morenia has been destroyed by fire. The only hope for rebuilding is for King Halaravilli to marry a wealthy princess from distant Liantine. Rani must set aside her own feelings to journey with the king, to negotiate for his bride.In Liantine, Rani soon discovers a tangle of powerful entities: the wealthy Spiderguild with its monopoly on trade in silk and the brutal royal family, who have turned away from worship of the Thousand Gods. Even more intriguing, Rani finds the Players, traveling entertainers who have hoarded glassmaking secrets, guild-based knowledge that Rani craves.Knowledge, though, always has a price. Can Rani strike a bargain that will save her homeland, her king, and her own heart?