By James Hamilton
** BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week ** 'Compulsively readable - the pages seem to turn themselves' John Carey, Sunday Times 'Brings one of the very greatest [artists] vividly to life' Literary Review Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) lived as if electricity shot through his sinews and crackled at his finger ends. He was a gentle and empathetic family man, but had a volatility that could lead him to slash his paintings, and a loose libidinous way of speaking, writing and behaving that shocked many deeply. He would be dynamite in polite society today.In this exhilarating new biography - the first in decades - James Hamilton reveals Gainsborough in his many contexts: the easy-going Suffolk lad, transported to the heights of fashion by a natural talent; the rake-on-the-make in London, learning his art in the shadow of Hogarth; falling on his feet when he married a duke's daughter with a handsome private income; the top society-portrait painter in Bath and London who earned huge sums by bringing the right people into his studio; the charming and amusing friend of George III and Queen Charlotte who nevertheless kept clear of the aristocratic embrace.There has been much art history written about this chameleon of art, but with fresh insights into original sources, Gainsborough: A Portrait transforms our understanding of this fascinating man, and enlightens the century that bore him.
By E.C. Tubb
The things from beyond the Milky Way galaxy found the intelligent races of our universe amusingly slight. To them, possessors of vast cosmic power, the strivings of various humanoids to outdo each other were a source of contemptuous entertainment.They established a contest between the worlds. It would be an Olympiad of the whole galaxy - a Galactiad. Let these puny interstellar intelligences meet each other in contest. Pit one against the other - and let the losers beware!Earth had its team - a mixed group of powerful athletes and genius scientists. Because other worlds did not always believe in the ideal of good sportsmanship, they had to confront the reality. Win at all costs . . . or goodbye to humanity!
By William C. Dietz
A traitor is on the loose. A treacherous navy captain plans to sell military secrets to the alien Il Ronn. The only man who can stop him is Sam McCade. Betrayed by his friends, stalked by his enemies, McCade is the only one standing between a terrifying alien threat - and the unimaginable devastation of the Terran Empire?
By Keith Laumer
Billy Danger had gone past hitting the skids - now he was freezing to death in a blizzard. So he took shelter in a corn silo that turned out to be a disguised alien starship, and woke up light years from Earth.
By Keith Laumer
Retief is an officer of the distinguished Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne, a supra-national organization devoted to keeping the peace - or more accurately, to maintaining a state of tension short of armed conflict.Retief is not exactly in the mainstream of current Galactic diplomacy, as expounded by such giants of the C.D.T. as Crodfoller, Hidebinder, Straphanger, and his own immediate superior, Magnan. Deviously sincere, uncompromisingly venal, fearlessly cowardly, these great, dedicated public servants will seem curiously familiar as they strive to keep the peace seven hundred years in the future.But when Retief's on the scene things have a way of coming right in the end...Contents:Ultimatum Saline Solution The Brass God The Castle of Light Wicker Wonderland Native Intelligence The Prince and the Pirate Courier Protest Note
Galactic Medal of Honour
By Mack Reynolds
It was the highest and most coveted award of all time. It was given only to the bravest among those defending Earth from the mysterious Kradens. Many had sacrificed their lives for it. The current bearer of the medal became the idol of all mankind - a man above the law, a man who would never want for anything. Everyone on Earth sought that medal. One man was going to cheat to win it - and live to regret it.
By Philip K. Dick
Joe Fernwright works as a pot-healer, a repairer of ceramics, in a dull future where there isn't much call for his skills. He's broke and bored when the offer from the Glimmung comes along. It might just be the answer to both his financial and spiritual problems, even if it does mean working on a strange project on Plowman's Planet with other assorted odd creatures. The only thing is that the Glimmung may just be divine and ask for more than Joe's commitment to the job ...
By Douglas Hill
He stands alone, his planet, Moros, destroyed by unknown forces. His one vow - to wreak a terrible vengeance on the sinister enemy.But Keill Randor, the Last Legionary, cannot conceive the evil force he will unleash in his crusade against the Warlord, the master of destruction, and his murderous army, the Deathwing.
Galactic Takeover Bid
By J. T. McIntosh
CHART (Cartography Headquarters, Astro Research Trust) is Earth's galactic takeover bid. Knowledge is power, and the human race means to go on using painfully acquired knowledge of other worlds to remain top dog in the galaxy. But pioneers are not normal men. Blake is not a normal man; and Rachel, a lovely redhead, is not a lovely sexy redhead. In timeshift the CHART men drift off into a fantasy world; except Blake, who is condemned to repeat over and over again, agonisingly, the great trauma of his life. He doesn't know it, but this serves to prepare him for the second great crisis of his life - the weird, terrifying, sickening drama of his meeting with the Men of Crock.
By Alastair Reynolds
Gathered here for the first time are Alastair Reynolds' stories and novelettes set in the universe of REVELATION SPACE, his first bestselling blockbuster.
By E.E. 'Doc' Smith
The space-pirates of Boskone raided at will, menacing the whole structure of interstellar civilization. Master-minded by a super-scientist, their conquering fleets outgunned even the mighty space cruisers of the Galactic Patrol.When Lensman Kim Kinnison of the Patrol discovered the secret Boskonian base, it was invulnerable to outside attack. But where a battle-fleet would meet insuperable resistance, a single infiltrator might penetrate the Boskonian defenses - if he had the guts to take on million-to-one odds. Kinnison had guts enough to take on the odds - even with the future of the civilized Universe riding on his shoulders . . .Galactic Patrol is the third self-contained novel in E. E. 'Doc' Smith's epic Lensman series, one of the all-time classics of adventurous, galaxy-spanning science fiction.
By Barry N. Malzberg
Fortieth-Century Space Probe!The diabolically clever Bureau had superbly trained their space pilot, beautiful Lena Thomas.Nothing could go wrong in an age where science had conquered the universe. In one of their fifteen faster-than-light ships, Lena would reach beyond the over-populated Milky Way, carrying her grotesque cargo: seven programmed prosthetic engineers to give advice and comfort, and 515 dead men sealed in gelatinous fix. Exposed to the unskilled ultraviolet of space, they would gradually become the living again!But the omniscient Bureau was not aware of the black galaxy in Lena's charted path. And Lena's ship fell into it, fell through twenty-five billion miles of hyperspace, into the lifeless, timeless expanse of the dreadful pit . . .The cyborg engineers couldn't help Lena now. She was totally alone except for the awakening dead! If she geared the ship up to tachyonic drive, would she break out of the terrifying black hole? Or would she destroy the universe?
By Pel Torro, Lionel Fanthorpe, Patricia Fanthorpe
They had reached the very limits of space. Nothing lay ahead except the evil planet, waiting to destroy. NOTES FROM CAPTAIN BRONET'S LOG: It looked like a lizard, or a snake with legs. It had a large flattish head, three eyes set in triangular formation, and a round food-intake in the centre of the "face." There was no chin. The head perched high on a mottled, leathery neck. The skin on its back was ribbed and corrugated. This creature was the first living thing we encountered on the sinister planet...
The Galaxy Builder
By Keith Laumer
The world, as Lafayette O'Leary knew it, disappeared in a flash. Perhaps it was his own doing - after all, he had the uncanny gift of creating alternate realities by sheer mental power.But the result was a nightmare gone out of control. All O'Leary wanted was to find his wife and return to the familiar world of Artesia. Yet no sooner did he manage to extricate himself from one bizarre situation than he was thrust into another, equally threatening...There was only one thing to do: he had to penetrate the very center of power from which his destiny was being controlled and - take it into his own hands!
By Edmond Hamilton
They called him the Life-Lord and the deadly milk-white elixir that his syndicate pushed was called Lifewater.As promised, Lifewater brought youth to the old. Women who were losing their once cherished beauty, men who were losing their strength gave their life's savings for a vial of the magic substance. What they did not know was that the powerful brew could cause sudden and violent death.As the fatal youth epidemic spreads throughout the Solar System, Captain Future battles with time and danger to save his fellow beings from doom - only to find himself trapped in a master fiend's plot to conquer the solar system.
Galaxy of the Lost
By E.C. Tubb
FREE ACTING TERRAN ENVOYF.A.T.E.Captain Kennedy, Earth's trouble shooter carries the Banner of Terran against the unknown sciences and alien psychologies of a thousand worlds.The crack in the cosmos that has to be sealed!FATE is the space hero series that has become a must wherever Science Fiction is read. A solid space adventure more exciting than "Startrek" and far more real than "Perry Rhodan". Look out for further titles in this exciting series.
The Galaxy Primes
By E.E. 'Doc' Smith
The ship was called the Pleiades, and it was Earth's first starship. It could travel instantaneously to literally anywhere in the universe - but that was just the trouble with it. For there was absolutely no way of predicting where in the infinites of space it would reappear when it winked out of the Solar System, and no way of knowing how to return. Its crew was two men and two women, each a Psionic Prime with mind-powers unparalleled in Earth's history. The tale of how they pitted their powers against an entire universe is one of daring adventure on the galactic scale...
By Richard A. Lupoff
TECHNOLOGY'S GREATEST TRIUMPH. HUMANKIND'S LAST HOPE...Daniel Kitajima was a creature of mind and machine. His artificial limbs were endowed with super-human strength, his perceptual abilities enhanced with telescopic vision, radar and infrared. With proper care, he would live forever - except for one grim inevitable fact...The Solar System itself was about to be destroyed. The sun was heating up, scorching Earth's deserts and transforming its polar icefields into quagmires. The entire galaxy was in danger. And nothing human could halt the oncoming disaster.But Daniel Kitajima was not exactly human...
By Douglas Hill
The Edge - the farthest solar system of the civilized galaxy. Its one inhabitable planet, Tallyra, is unconventional, ungovernable an teeming with crooks - and it's where young Jaxie Cade heads when he breaks jail with stolen information that could lead him to the fabled Phantom Planet, the dream of every Edge-worlder...But trouble is right behind Cade: trouble from the alien Occians, from whom Cade stole the information; and from Raishe - a bounty-hunter and combat-ace determined to drag Cade back to prison. And that's before the Commonwealth Intelligence Agency turns up - or the evil, mysterious criminal, Acs, takes a hand...
By Michael White
Groundbreaking biography of Galileo, one of the greatest scientists and religious heretics in historyA giant of science, Galileo's achievements allow him to be bracketed alongside Newton, Einstein and Darwin. A devout Roman Catholic, his genius threw him into conflict with his Church and his refusal to back down turned him into a martyr for many. Here, bestselling author Michael White gets to grips with the man and the world he challenged. Both biography and exploration of a time when religious and scientific understanding had become deeply and dangerously intertwined, GALILEO ANTICHRIST traces the path that led to its subject's denunciation as a heretic. And here the story is tainted with the suggestion of conspiracy and cover up. For while it is perfectly possible to view Galileo's collision with the Catholic Church as near inevitable, White draws on evidence recently discovered in the Vatican archives to question the accepted reasons for his trial. In doing so he shows why Galileo became such a contentious figure, so contentious in fact that, centuries later, the Pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger felt driven to declare the process against the father of science as 'reasonable and just'.