By Stephen Baxter
A new series that will chart the different evolutionary futures for mankind and chronicle a war that has been fought since the first nano-seconds after the Big Bang to the impossibly distant future. Collects for the first time in one volume: Coalescent, Exultant, Transcendent, ResplendentIt is a story that begins with a vivid depiction of the decline of the Roman Empire and which, down through the years, shows how one woman's determination to protect her daughter has such frightening consequences for mankind's future existence. For in that future twenty-five thousand years from now, mankind is still locked in its twenty-thousand year long war for survival with the Xeelee. Also included is Resplendent: a collection of stories that encompasses mankind's epic fight for survival against the Xeelee, a narrative of how man will change and evolve over our epic journey out into the universe.
Day Dark, Bright Night
By Fritz Leiber
Stories of suspense, surprise, wit, and weirdness from Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy-as well as a must-read horror author-Fritz Leiber.Assembled from magazine submissions, fanzines, and even "lost" manuscripts discovered among the author's personal papers, Day Dark, Night Bright includes the following short stories: "Time Fighter," "Femmequin 973," "Night Passage," "Moon Duel," "Later Than You Think," "Mirror," "The 64-Square MadHouse," "All the Weed in the World," "The Mutant's Brother," "The Man Who Was Married to Space and Time," "Thought" "Crystal Prison," "Bullet Was His Name," "Success," "To Make a Roman Holiday," "Bread Overhead," "The Reward," "Taboo," "Business of Killing," and "Day Dark, Night Bright."
By Andrew Pyper
'Pyper is a master architect of dread . . . Compulsive and nerve-jangling' Lauren BeukesAshleigh and Danny Orchard are twins, not that you'd ever tell by looking at them - Danny distant and shy, Ash beautiful and accomplished. But there's a secret in the Orchard house: Ash is a monster, a psychopath who can feel only through bringing others pain.When Ash and Danny are caught in a fire on their 16th birthday, both of them die. But only Danny comes back. Since then, Ash has haunted Danny, denying him any form of normal life ... or love. When Danny meets Willa and her son Eddie he glimpses the life he could have without Ash. To stop her from ruining his new-found happiness, Danny must venture into the frightening underworld of Detroit, where he will unearth the mystery of the night his and Ash's fates changed for ever. Dark and compelling, THE DAMNED is a story of how heaven and hell aren't about death, but about the decisions we make in life.
The Devolutionist and the Emancipatrix
By Homer Eon Flint
Bringing proofs which will satisfy the most skeptical Dr. William G. Kinney, G. Van Emmon, E. Williams Jackson and John W. Smith - who left the earth on December 9 in a powerful sky-car of the doctor's design - returned on the 23rd, after having explored the two planets which lie between the earth and the sun.
By Ray Garton
People from across the country and around the globe are coming to the mountain retreat of Hester Thorne, the enthralling leader of the Universal Enlightened Alliance. They are coming to hear the comforting wisdom and messages of peace offered by Orrin, the centuries-old entity that Hester channels. They are coming to donate their money and time to Hester, the Alliance and Orrin. And some are chosen to make a more significant contribution...a greater sacrifice.Jordan Cross is looking for a reporter who disappeared while investigating the truth behind the Alliance....Lauren Schroeder is trying to find her husband, who joined the Alliance and kidnapped their son....Together, they will go behind the Universal Enlightened Alliance's false front of crystals and meditation and life-affirming positivity to discover the terrifying truth of an ancient cult bent on tearing down the wall between this world and one of unspeakable evil. The process has begun and the final dark rites are underway. It may already be too late...
Dimension of Miracles
By Robert Sheckley
Thomas Carmody wins the Intergalactic Sweepstakes and leaves Earth behind. He ends up following his fast-talking Prize from place to place, seeing talking dinosaurs, a perfect city smothering its residents with motherly love, a giant, slightly bored God, and much more. The only problem is that death is chasing closely after him and there seems to be no way to get safely home . . .
By Ray Garton
The emergency room is no stranger to death, but not like this. Normally, a death serves as a final ending. Now, as a parasite straight out of hell slithers from the body of a serial killer, death has only begun its terrifying, grisly rampage through the small hospital and town.A surgeon, a fugitive, a pregnant mother, a hospital worker-each serves as host for this spawn of the Devildevil, driven to commit the vilest of acts. Murder, infanticide, nymphomania, cannibalism-their flesh and bones become puppets in service of Satan's grotesque theater. Some brave few may try to stand against this evil, but as the Darklings closes in around them, are they digging for clues or digging their own graves?
The Death of Naanji
By Dave Duncan
For fifteen years, the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the world, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu - who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst - must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, and this time he rides out to fight the war that he hoped would never come. As he leads his army forth, its two most junior members are Vixini, son of Shonsu, and Addis, son of Nnanji, who has an oath of vengeance to fulfill. Their failure or success will determine the fate of the world for the next thousand years.
A Dream of Wessex
By Christopher Priest
Christopher Priest's artful sleight of hand when it comes to manipulating the experience of his books and notions of what is real reaches a peak in this novel that accounts the trials and tribulations of a group of people who have escaped into a utopian shared virtual reality known as Wessex. It is a world engineered to give them their every desire. But when one woman becomes subject to the violent attentions of a man who feels that she is everything he desires she must decide to fight back. Obsession and abuse of power can cross from the real world to the imagined all too easily.Thought by some to have been instrumental in the inspiration of the film INCEPTION, A DREAM OF WESSEX is a classic in the literature of virtual realities and remains one of Chris Priest's most highly regarded novels.
Draconian New York
By Robert Sheckley
Hob Draconian, American-born but a two-decade resident of Ibiza and a tie-dyed-in-the-wool hippie philosopher, is happily back from America and living in Ibiza - until he learns that the property he's renting is about to be sold for re-development and he needs a quick $10K to save his house. Time for the Alternative Detective Agency to find a lucrative case to solve - one where he can avoid danger, get away with being a smart-mouth quipster and still save the day - and get paid.
By Frank Lauria
The spellbinding novel of a war for the soul of a young girl... A coven of witches and warlocks-among them some of New York's most prominent celebrities-toying with sexual perversion, black magic, and human sacrifice... A hot downtown discotheque where an incredibly beautiful sixteen-year-old seduces young men into the service of Satan ... A defrocked priest whose all-consuming ambition and awesome occult powers make him famous enough to lure a capacity crowd to Yankee Stadium to witness a dark "miracle' - the cure of the vice-president's daughter... Doctor Owen Orient, psychiatrist, physician, psychic adept - and his team of telepaths - stake their lives against the ravening evil known as... Susej. The book that launched the Doctor Orient series.
Damon Knight SF Gateway Omnibus
By Damon Knight
Author, editor, critic, fan: few people have had such a great and varied impact on modern SF as Damon Knight. From membership of seminal SF group the Futurians, through years of incisive reviews and criticism, to editorship of the influential Orbit series of anthologies, Knight bestrode 20th-century SF like a colossus. After his death in 2002, the SFWA GRAND MASTER AWARD was renamed in his honour. The four volumes contained in this omnibus represent the best of his acclaimed short fiction - FAR OUR, IN DEEP, OFF CENTRE and TURNING ON - including his retro HUGO-winning TO SERVE MAN, surely the only SF story to inspire episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE SIMPSONS!
Daughter of the Reef
By Clare Coleman
In the first volume, DAUGHTER OF THE REEF, Tepua, the daughter of a chief sails from her coral atoll home toward her planned, and ritually mandated, marriage. But she never reaches her destination because a violent storm damages her vessel and leaves her stranded on the shores of Tahiti, a land previously unknown to her. She is made unwelcome because of her foreignness and is victimized because of her weakness and innocence, but her spirit is strong and her will to survive and thrive is boundless.The world of Tahiti is very different from the one she has known, beautiful, savage and mystical by turns. But she is determined to build herself a new life and, in the process, she will change the destiny of all for generations to come.
The Disestablishment of Paradise
By Phillip Mann
Something has gone wrong on the planet of Paradise.The human settlers - farmers and scientists - are finding that their crops won't grow and their lives are becoming more and more dangerous. The indigenous plant life - never entirely safe - is changing in unpredictable ways, and the imported plantings wither and die. And so the order is given - Paradise will be abandoned. All personnel will be removed and reassigned. And all human presence on the planet will be disestablished.Not all agree with the decision. There are some who believe that Paradise has more to offer the human race. That the planet is not finished with the intruders, and that the risks of staying are outweighed by the possible rewards. And so the leader of the research team and one of the demolition workers set off on a journey across the planet. Along the way they will encounter the last of the near-mythical Dendron, the vicious Reapers and the deadly Tattersall Weeds as they embark on an adventure which will bring them closer to nature, to each other and, eventually, to Paradise.
By Michael Moorcock
'I am Oona, the shape-taker, Grafin von Bek, daughter of Oone the Dreamthief and Elric, Sorcerer Emperor of Melniboné'Ulric von Bek, now married to Oona, the Daughter of Dreams, has been abducted by a band of spectral natives, while travelling through Canada.Oona gives chase, en route to the Skrayling Oak which contains all realities, to brave the maelstrom of a mythic America - where malign forces try to pitch her against Elric, an aspect of the Eternal Champion and her father.Meanwhile, the captured Ulric finds himself once more in the multiverse where finally he is reunited with his alternate self, Elric, and his wife, Oona. There, the three of them must take arms against an impossible enemy, bent on destroying the Skrayling Oak. For if the tree falls, so too does the multiverse ...
Daughter of Dreams
By Michael Moorcock
'My name is Ulric, Graf von Bek, and I am the last of my earthly line.'As Nazism engulfs the Fatherland, the albino Ulric von Bek battles to keep the occult blade Ravenbrand from being taken by Adolf Hitler.As an inhuman army engulfs the eternal city of Tanelorn, the legendary albino Elric, last of the sorcerer-kings of Melniboné, fights to keep his black sword Stormbringer from the grasp of Gaynor the Damned.Failure for both puts the entire multiverse at risk, and the separate heroes of two worlds must now become the single champion of all worlds. Elric and Ulric must merge their lives and souls and become one, trusting their destinies to each other - and to Oona, the mysterious Daughter of Dreams ...
By Dave Duncan
All of Europe is ruled by the Khan, whose Golden Horde swept its conquering way across Europe in 1244. The Scottish outlaw Toby Strangerson, known as Longdirk, is ruled by an even harsher master. He is possessed by a "hob," a demon spirit murderous as a child although inherently neither good not evil.Toby wants his freedom - and the spirit of the tyrant-demon Nevil, ensorceled in amethyst, can be traded for the exorcism of the hob. In order to make the exchange, though, Toby and his friend and ally Hamish must face the hexer Oreste on his own ground, in the dank and fetid dungeons of Barcelona, where souls are racked and tortured and destroyed on the relentless wheel of the Inquisition.This book was originally published under the name Ken Hood.
By Michael Cassutt
Walsh's determination to find Maia, his girlfriend, will lead him into the middle of a conspiracy that spans two universes. Because Maia is from an alternate world, she is not the only person who knows how to walk between the two.
By Carol Severance
Iuti Mano is a legend of her time. She is a fierce warrior whose energy has been drained by watching those around her suffer and die. Determined to regain her inner calm, she severs her bonds with Mano Niuhi, the honored shark that had bestowed its magic and power on generations of her family. But, even though she has slain her source of power, she is still plagued by the continuing war ravaging her land. A resident evil force that is increasing its power has disturbed her sabbatical on the uninhabited island she chose for its solitude. When a sorceress tries to steal her power and the mythical Demon Drummers stalk Iuti in order to crown her the Mother Drum, Iuti's quest for peace is disturbed. She must use her remaining power to defeat the dark magic that haunts the tranquility of her island paradise.
The Dying Light
By 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.