The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost
By Brad Strickland, John Bellairs
When a malevolent creature tries to claim his father as its latest victim, thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass risk their own lives trying to save him.
Women in Deep Time
By Greg Bear
"Three stories with a common theme: the female psyche, multiplied and divided," says Greg Bear in his introduction to this Women in Deep Time. "There's probably something Jungian in common with all three. At any rate, throughout my writing career (and for whatever reason) I've been fascinated by the feminine voice." Featured in this special collection are "Sisters," "Scattershot," in which the inhabitants of many universes meet in limbo, and the Nebula Award-winning "Hardfought," in which engineered warriors redefine humanity.
The Woman Who Loved the Moon
By Elizabeth A. Lynn
This contains: Wizard's Domain; The Gods of Reorth; We All Have to Go; The Saints of Driman; I Dream of a Fish, I Dream of a Bird; The Island; The Dragon that Lived in the Sea; Mindseye; The Man Who Was Pregnant; Obsessions; The Woman in the Phone Booth; Don't Look at Me; Jubilee's Story; The Circus that Disappeared; The White King's Dream; and The Woman Who Love the Moon.
The Woman of Flowers
By Susan Shwartz
Alexa, princess of Byzantium, was destined to rule with her devoted brother Marric until the evil forces cast dark magic upon her and made her betray him. Thus, Marric feels under assault, a usurper has seized the throne and, by means both magical and moral, defeated Alexa. Saved by warrior allies, Alexa has been taken to an unfamiliar northern land. Convinced of Marric's death, she is consumed by guilt--and fear. Even from afar, the usurper's power reaches out to trap her. Savage dreams agonize her nights, prophecies of doom upset her days, and the fiery magic runs wild within her soul. Alexa's only hope lies amidst the Druids of the distant Misty Isles. They alone can cleanse her of the darkness that infects her and teach her to use her powers well. But Alexa must learn more than just the secrets of the Druids, for within her hands and heart lie the very survival of Penilyn itself...and the fate of Byzantium.
Witness of Gor
By John Norman
Ar, defeated, shamed, systematically looted, is occupied by Cosian forces. Perhaps Marlenus of Ar, alone, the great ubar, could recall the men of Ar to the recollection of their Home Stone and its meaning. But it is thought that he perished in the Voltai. Young women from Earth brought to Gor are commonly brought for the markets, to be branded and collared, and sold as the delicious, lovely livestock they are. Naturally Goreans regard these women as barbarians, for they do not speak Gorean, and know little of civilization, Gorean civilization. They have little in common save their beauty, and their newly acquired fear of their masters. Their naivety and ignorance, while sometimes troublesome, are occasionally of considerable value to a master. An instance of such a case is the young woman whom we shall call Janice, for that name was put on her as a Gorean slave name. In the prison pits of piratical Treve, a bandit city in the Voltai mountains, there exists a large man, a chained prisoner, an amnesiac who believes himself to be of the Gorean peasantry. The nature and even the existence of this prisoner, strangely enough, is a closely guarded secret. In order to better keep this secret, it is decided that his servant and warder had best be no native Gorean, but, ideally, one muchly ignorant of the history and politics of Gor. For this purpose, Janice is purchased and brought to Treve. Of her charge she knows only what she has been told, but even that may prove to be too much.
The Witching Hour
By James E. Gunn
"WE SUMMON THEE, PRINCE, RULER OF DARKNESS, LORD OF EVIL: YOUR WORSHIPPERS SUMMON THEE TO RECEIVE OUR SACRIFICE." James E. Gunn's SF world has veered into the realm of the unholy with THE WITCHING HOUR, three novelettes of satanic scenery and devilish deceit. Demons, death and disbelief will haunt you at every corner. Macabre rituals of darkness will creep up your spine until your fragile mind tingles with fear.
By Algis Budrys
Until K-eighty-eighty blew him into little pieces Martino had been one of the West's greatest physicists. The Russians spent four months putting him together again and when they finally handed him back to the Americans he was as good as new - apart from the gleaming steel head they'd stuck on his shoulders.That was where the trouble began. How could they be sure that this ball-bearing on legs was the old Martino? How could he go back to work on top-secret projects when, for all they knew, he might be a spy with a hot-line straight to the Kremlin?Algis Budrys weaves a brilliant mystery around the half-metal man with the world's biggest identity crisis.
A Whisper of Time
By Paula Downing King
She was found alone lost in the stately ruins of an alien city. And when they hunted for the child's people, and found no clue that would lead them to the truth, they adopted her as humanity's first alien. Medoret grows up with the archaeologist who discovered her in her alien city, but dreams of her early years plague her, and as her curiosity grows, she begins to study the glyphs that were once carved into the stones of the alien ruins. Many mysteries of the alien land were waiting to be solved, and Medoret was determined to unravel every last one.
Where the Ships Die
By William C. Dietz
Somewhere, deep in the vast blackness of space, a wormhole waits to be found. Dorn Voss needs to find it. But, the stakes are high and he isn't the only one looking. Natural occurring wormholes are the lone means of intergalactic travel in the universe. Whoever controls them gains riches and power unimaginable. The coordinates of one such wormhole, the Mescalaro Gap, are lost, hidden behind conspiracy and murder. With a prize so great, many a man or alien would do anything to find those coordinates and control the universe.In WHERE THE SHIPS DIE, author William C. Dietz creates a dense adventure filled with complex characters and multiple storylines all crashing headlong towards one final confrontation.
When The Blue Shift Comes
By Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
In the far future, Earth is about to be swallowed by a black hole in this sweeping SF epic from one of the masters of the genre.In a time so far from our own that we cannot comprehend it, humanity has spread amongst the stars and changed in more ways than we can count. But they have never forgotten their birthplace - Earth. But now Earth stands on the brink of catastrophe, at risk of being swallowed by a black hole. One man, Hanosz Prime, ruler of his world, is determined to visit Earth before it is destroyed. His abdication from his throne and his wanderlust are to prove the beginning of a much longer journey - one that will see him fall in love, meet the Oracles of Earth and perhaps, if he is very lucky, provide a means to save the cradle of humanity.Originally started by Robert Silverberg more than 20 years ago but never completed, Hanosz's story is taken up by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. Silverberg hand-picked Zinos-Amaro to complete the book, and provided notes and guidance. The result is a remarkable collaboration between one of the masters of SF and one of the most exciting new voices in the genre.
When Gravity Fails
By George Effinger
When Gravity Fails, the first Marid novel, is set in a high-tech near-future featuring a divided USA and USSR, a world with mind-or mood-altering drugs for any purpose; brains enhanced by electronic hardware, with plug-in memory additions and modules offering the wearer new personalities (James Bond, celebrities); bodies shaped to perfection by surgery. Marid Audran, an unmodified and fairly honest street-survivor, lives in a decadent Arab ghetto, the Budayeen, and, against his best instincts, becomes involved in a series of inexplicable murders. Some seem like routine assassinations, carried out with an old-fashioned handgun by a man wearing a plug-in James Bond persona; others, involving whores, feature prolonged torture and horrible mutilations. The problem comes to the attention of Budayeen godfather Friedlander Bey, who makes Audran an offer he can't refuse. Audran submits to electronic brain enhancement in order to track down and deal with the killer or killers.
What Entropy Means to Me
By George Effinger
Doctor, watch out! As Dore stood by, he saw the Doctor backing slowly into the corner where he would meet his fate. Initially defending himself with a torch, the Doctor searched frantically for a new method of defense. The crimson mass is lunging forward using long, tentacle-like attachments: what is that thing? Slowly the subhuman blob comes in to focus, and Dore realizes...it's a colossal radish! This is a monster never before wrestled with; what are they going to do? After reading this vegetative tale, you won't look at your garden the same way again.
West of January
By Dave Duncan
Set on a distant planet, far in the future, WEST OF JANUARY tells the story of a world in which the sun moves across the sky with agonizing slowness. It takes lifetimes for a region to experience dawn, midday and dusk and because of this the planet's population does not remember the catastrophes that occur as the sun moves across the sky - entire civilizations have been scorched into oblivion. The only people who remember the dangers of the past are the planet's "angels" - a people who have tried to preserve past technologies and the ancient knowledge and who work to try and save the other people from the destruction that threatens them when the sun moves. The hero of this book, Knobil, was born among the herdsmen, a primitive civilization in which the men kill each other and exile their sons so that each man can have as many women and children as possible. Knobil, however, is the son of an angel, and his destiny leads him to move among all the other peoples of his world--the beautiful but unthinking seafolk, the cruel slavers, the manipulative traders and, worst of them all, the spinsters whose deadly secret he discovers nearly too late. This action-filled story of a very strange planet showcases Duncan's remarkable ability to create unique worlds.
By Elizabeth A. Lynn
In a land brought to life by warriors and lovers, war and honor, the legendary tower, Tornor Keep, is invaded by raiders. No longer the watchtower at the winter end of a summer land, Tornor turns to a young prince with the hopes that he might protect the future of the enchanting land. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1980
By Pamela Sargent
Alone in the desert, Daiya is faced with a dilemma that will determine her fate. If she can successfully resolve it she will join the Net of her village, but if she fails, her life will be spent with the feared Merged Ones. Confused and torn between worlds near and far, Daiya harbors a secret of her people, and must find a way to move beyond her discoveries to a safe place where she can survive.
By M.M. Buckner
What would you do if you were rich, bright, vigorous, virtually immortal - and nearly bored to death?You'd invent a thrill sport . . .It's the 23rd century and Nasir Deepra is 248 years old, wealthy, kept young by all-pervasive nanotechnology, a corporate executive and bored with life. To spice things up he has become an Agonist, dipping into war zones - many of them in satellites orbiting the Earth - and filming his daredevil antics. Agonists have a large fan-base who watch them on the Net and they revel in the attention. But when a war surf goes badly and the Agonists lose their top ranking amongst war surfers, they decide to up the ante and go to Heaven, a class 10 difficulty war zone (the toughest), in order to get back on top. Nasir is reluctant to go since he's on the board of directors that controls Heaven and he knows why it's a class 10. His younger girlfriend, Sheeba, talks him into it and disaster strikes: Nasir and Sheeba are captured by workers who control Heaven. Now, Nasir has to avoid the "disease" that runs rampant amongst Heaven's workers - and come to terms with the brutal exploitation he has been a part of.
The War Amongst the Angels
By Michael Moorcock
The Michael Moorcock Collection continues with this trilogy of novels featuring some of his greatest characters, and the terror of the Second Ether. Across the centuries of the human experience and the unimaginable reaches of the Second Ether, Rose Von Bek and Jack Karaquazian travel. They live by a strict moral code, gambling their sanity or their lives on the turn of a card or the roll of a dice.But the Second Ether contains a fault, a crack through which inexhaustible power flows. Power and something else ... Something which might threaten the entire multiverse ...Contains BLOOD: A SOUTHERN FANTASY; FABULOUS HARBOURS; and THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS.
By Fritz Leiber
All eyes were watching the eclipse of the Moon when the Wanderer came. Only a few scientists had even suspected its presence, and then, suddenly, it was there, dwarfing and threatening the Moon and wreaking havoc with Earth's tides and weather. The huge, garishly coloured artificial world has only stopped in the Solar system to refuel but its mere presence is a catastrophe for the inhabitants of Earth, who all struggle in their different ways to survive the climatic chaos it unleashes. A brilliant description of the of the days of chaos as total destruction threatens the Earth.Winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, 1965
By Al Robertson
Return to the world of Station in the sequel to the acclaimed Crashing Heaven.Leila Fenech is dead. And so is her brother Dieter. But what's really pissing her off is how he sold his afterlife as part of an insurance scam and left her to pick up the pieces. She wants him back so she can kick his backside from here to the Kuiper Belt. Station is humanity's last outpost. But this battle-scarred asteroid isn't just for the living. It's also where the dead live on as fetches: digital memories and scraps of personality gathered together and given life. Of a sort. Leila won't stop searching Station until she's found her brother's fetch - but the sinister Pressure Men are stalking her every move. Clearly Dieter's got himself mixed up in something a whole lot darker than just some scam. Digging deeper, Leila discovers there's far more than her brother's afterlife at stake. Could it be that humanity's last outpost is on the brink of disaster? Is it too late for even the dead to save it?Waking Hell is a sequel to Crashing Heaven, the novel that announced the arrival of this exciting new talent.