By Paul DiFilippo
Ten funky science fiction stories by the widely acclaimed author of Steampunk and Ribofunk. Irreverent, funny and sexy - samples of what Di Filippo calls "trailer park science fiction" - Fractal Paisleys explains the real reason for the disappearance of the dinosaurs, how John Lennon found inspiration, how the L'il Bear Bar in Providence, R.I., ended up with a talking moose head on its wall, why Republicans ruled the U.S. for an unbroken twelve years and many more secrets of life. The stories are united by Di Filippo's fascination with the infinite variety of alternate worlds: "what-if" scenarios that place an ordinary Joe or Jane in command of the forces that power the universe. Invariably, the results are . . . unexpected, to say the least.
By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Beautiful security expert Carter Milne joins investigator William Ridour in tracing a series of strange, unexplained, and devastating fires, and finds herself drawn into a deadly world of supernatural forces. Firecode is a compelling novel of horror about an ancient force summoned by very modern technology.
Frank Herbert SF Gateway Omnibus
By Frank Herbert
From The SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal sample introduction to one of the giants of 20th century science fiction: Frank Herbert. Although best known for his award-winning Dune, Herbert's other work is equally ambitious and accomplished. This omnibus contains three novels spanning some 20 years of Herbert's career: The Dragon in the Sea, The Santaroga Barrier and The Dosadi Experiment. THE DRAGON IN THE SEAIn the endless war between East and West, oil has become the ultimate prize. Nuclear-powered subtugs brave enemy waters to tap into hidden oil reserves. Psychologist John Ramsay has gone undercover aboard a Hell Diver subtug where, hunted relentlessly by the enemy, the crew find themselves isolated in a claustrophobic undersea prison, struggling for survival against the elements . . . and themselves.THE SANTAROGA BARRIERSantaroga seemed to be nothing more than a prosperous farm community. But there was something . . . different . . . about Santaroga. Maybe Santaroga was the last outpost of American individualism. Maybe they were just a bunch of religious kooks . . . Or maybe there was something extraordinary at work in Santaroga. Something far more disturbing than anyone could imagine.THE DOSADI EXPERIMENTGenerations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war - this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for Vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them . . .
The First Men In The Moon
By H.G. Wells
Published over 100 years ago, this is one of Wells's greatest novels, and the only one of his scientific romances to embrace space travel.Thanks to the discovery of an anti-gravity metal, Cavorite, two Victorian Englishmen travel to the Moon, where they encounter the extraordinary underground world of the Selenites, insect-like aliens living in a rigidly organised hive society.
The Fractal Prince
By Hannu Rajaniemi
Jean le Flambeur is out of prison, but still not free. To pay his debts he has to break into the mind of a living god. But when the stakes are revealed, Jean has to decide how far he is willing to go to get the job done.The sequel to Hannu Rajaniemi's extraordinary debut novel is set to build on the extravagant promise of one of the most exciting new voices to come out of the genre this century.
By Dave Duncan
In a place called Nextdoor - the farthest flung outpost of British imperialism - earthborn mortals possess the power of gods. Young Englishman Edward Exeter has spent five years trying to escape the magnetic and powerfully magical pull of The Great Game which has designated him as its most important player. But war and bloodthirsty intrigues rage on both sides of magical portals and across worlds and Exeter can resist his destiny no longer. He accepts the mantle of Liberator that has been thrust upon him and the decision turns old friends into foes and old enemies into acolytes as he is surrounded by murderous plots and betrayals But this is not the uninformed Edward Exeter who came naked into this hidden realm years ago. He has lived the Game and learned it well - and he intends to play it boldly to its shocking, worlds-shattering conclusion.
By Robin W. Bailey
How do you fight a supernatural battle without the most secret and ancient of powers? This is precisely the question that Frost must answer when she is given the awesome task of delivering the Book of the Last Battle to those who have work in good magic. Frost must rely solely on the physical strength of her sword and the magic contained within her beauty to succeed in her quest and regain her powers.
By Paula Downing King
When the Wolf II colony is bombarded by sudden bursts from its long-dormant sun, Jason Roarke, aboard an approaching supply ship, defies his captain and risks his career to prepare for the evacuation of the colony's survivors.
By William C. Dietz
Colonel Stell and his band of mercenaries yearn for a place to call home. To them Freehold is like a bright diamond in the vast universe. But its desert conditions, economic instability, social disarray, and political turmoil render the planet perfect for takeover. Willing to fight anything that stands in their way, Colonel Stell and his small crew contend with all who seek to dominate their planet, even vast interstellar empires. Their success will not be determined by their size but by their resolution to create creating a home for themselves.
The Face in the Frost
By John Bellairs
THE FACE IN THE FROST is a fantasy classic, defying categorization with its richly imaginative story of two separate kingdoms of wizards, stymied by a power that is beyond their control. A tall, skinny misfit of a wizard named Prospero lives in the Southern Kingdom - a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Both he and an improbable adventurer named Roger Bacon look in mirrors to see different times and places, which greatly affects their personalities and mannerisms and leads them into a myriad of situations that are sometimes frightening and often hilarious. Hailed by critics as an extraordinary work, combining the thrills of a horror novel with the inventiveness of fantasy, THE FACE IN THE FROST is the debut novel that launched John Bellairs' reputation as one of the most individual voices in young adult fiction.
By Paula Downing King
Floating in the caverns beneath the surface of an asteroid has been the only existence Jahnel has ever known. She is accustomed to the effortless freefall lifestyle of living with the alien race, Avelle, and the necessity of hiding behind her cloak when they approach. When intruders threaten the Avelle, Jahnel prepares to defend the only companions she has ever known. But when the invaders arrive she is stunned to discover her enemies are human. Torn between defending the Avelle or honoring her the race of her birth, Jahnel must choose where her loyalties lie. She can prove herself as a warrior for the aliens, return to the place of her birth with her rescuers, or turn away from both and begin a new life for herself away from everything she understands, both human and alien. As the battle between races begins on the asteroid, the conflict inside Jahnel grows out of control.
By James E. Gunn
Master of science fiction James Gunn explores the infinite possibilities of the unknown world in his collection of short stories, FUTURE IMPERFECT. From planets where social status is based on poverty to a human zoo that serves as a refrigerator for a bloodthirsty monster, Gunn tests the limit of human imagination. Step inside and feel free to browse. This Venusian factory in Jersey manufactures only the finest women on the market. Each is flawless in her beauty and poise, but there is one malfunction that may prove deadly for the future of this company and the owner of the lovely lass. Enjoy this tale and more, in this collection of alternate realities.
Faery Lands Forlorn
By Dave Duncan
A princess and a stableboy? It sounds like the worst sort of hackneyed formula romance. Think again, for A MAN OF HIS WORD may well be the most original fantasy you ever read. The magic is unique and applied in unexpected ways, some of which the late Lester del Rey admitted he had not met in fifty years as writer and editor. The world itself is unique - there are no humans in Pandemia, only imps, elves, gnomes, jotnar, and many more, all of whom you will recognize as "human". FAERIE LANDS FORLORN When Inos was abducted through the magic casement and Rap tried to follow her, they arrived in places very strange - and very far apart...
A Fire in the Sun
By George Effinger
In a world filled with so many puppets, strings tend to get tangled. In this follow-up to the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel WHEN GRAVITY FAILS, the Budayeen is still a very dangerous place, a high-tech Arabian ghetto where power and murder go hand in hand.Marid Audran used to be a low-level street hustler, relying on his wits and independence. Now, he's a cop planted in the force by Friedlander Bey, the powerful 'godfather' of the Budayeen. Marid is supposed to simply be Bey's envoy into the police, but as a series of grisly murders pile up - children, prostitutes, a fellow officer - he's drawn deeper and deeper into the city's chaos.Would Marid give up all his newfound money and power to get out of this mess? Absolutely. If only he could. But answers are never that easy and choices are never completely one's own in the Budayeen.
From the Land of Fear
By Harlan Ellison
From the Land of Fear: 11 Side Trips to the Dark Edge of Imagination. Eleven tales by master storyteller Harlan Ellison. A look back at stories not included in other collections. In his introduction, the author says: "I would not write them this way were I writing them today. Several of them I find painfully amateurish. Most of the stories were written in the late Fifties. When I was learning my craft." From the Land of Fear has at least one (or, in fact, two) standout piece, "Soldier," a clever anti-war tale included both in short-story form and as a screenplay Ellison wrote for TV's The Outer Limits.
Fighting Slave of Gor
By John Norman
Emotionally lost, Jason Marshall finds himself thrust into a lengthy struggle to save his beloved from slavery on an Earth-like world called Gor. Kidnapped and helpless, Jason begins a life on Gor as a slave and becomes a prominent warrior. He must battle his way to freedom, if only to liberate his love from the clutches of the alien slave emporium. Will Jason overcome the numerous obstacles he encounters? Will he ever reunite with the girl he loves? Can he survive the trials and tribulations he must endure on Gor?
By George Effinger
Someone's about to rip off a sleepy little Louisiana town! Chuck's gang of truckers are geared for looting. When Tom masterminds a false hurricane alert. When sheriff Boshardt orders an evacuation of the town. When Chuck moves in to strip the town clean. Their cool caper escalates into a devastating triple-cross that rips the rooftops off everything from Miami to New Orleans - and nothing - no one will ever be the same!
The Falling Torch
By Algis Budrys
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...
The Furious Future
By 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.
By Jon Courtenay Grimwood
No longer El Iskandryia's Chief of Detectives Ashraf Bey is taking stock of his life, but now a revolt is breaking out across North Africa and Raf comes out of retirement to investigate an assassination attempt on his Excellency.Going underground in the dangerous back-streets Raf is hunting a man and a past that he knows he will not survive for a second time. And all the while the fox haunts him, whispering cryptic messages.Felaheen is set in an alternate 21st Century where the Ottoman empire never fell. It is a stylish ands elegant novel that will appeal to crime and SF fans alike.