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Tales From the Kingdoms

By Sarah Pinborough
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Sarah Pinborough
'This is not your Disney fairy tale. It is much, much better' Wilder's Book ReviewSnow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty - stories you love, and that we all think we know . . .. . . but what about the secrets hidden within them? Why would a prince fall in love with a woman in a coffin? Why would a queen try so hard to poison her step-daughter? And what is a fairy Godmother's real motivation?Turn the page, and discover these classic fairy stories, told the way they always should have been . . .This collection includes the award-winning novella BEAUTY, as well as the superb novellas POISON and CHARM.'Brilliantly subverts the classic fairy tale'One Chapter More
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A Trace of Memory

By Keith Laumer
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Keith Laumer
Nightmare at StonehengeWhen Legion meets a strange old millionaire called 'Foster', he doesn't know that his whole life will never be the same again. For 'Foster' has a strange story to tell. Part of his story is contained in his diary, which not only describes things in the very recent past, but goes back for centuries...
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  • Time Trap

    By Keith Laumer
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    Keith Laumer
    ABE LINCOLN IN AFRICA?He was seen - and photographed - in a Tunisian bazaar. And an ancient Spanish galleon, fully crewed with ancient Spaniard, was taken in tow off Tampa by the Coast Guard...and a few luckless people found themselves living the same day over and over and over...Something was badly wrong with Time - but Roger Tyson didn't know it until he met the lovely agent from elsewhen and started on a mad chase through the dimensions, plagued by a motley bunch of temporal castaways, and pursued hotly by Oob the Rhox!
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  • The Time Bender

    By Keith Laumer
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    Keith Laumer
    Draftsmen can't fight dragons.Then again, that's usually no problem - they generally don't have to. But Lafayette O'Leary does. When an accidental overdose of self-hypnosis wrenches him out of the dull (but safe) Mrs. MacGlint's Clean Rooms and Board and deposits him in the feudal, bedragoned world of Artesia, it takes him a little while to catch on, even with the attentions of the beautiful Princess Adoranne. Then he decides that he likes this new life of his - except for the part where he's supposed to get killed...
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    Too Scared to Cry

    By Maggie Hartley
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    Maggie Hartley
    A digital short story from author and foster carer Maggie Hartley. Also contains a sneak peek chapter from Maggie's highly anticipated debut memoir, TINY PRISONERS.Brothers Ben and Damien are shockingly quiet when they arrive on Maggie's doorstep. They don't shout or play like normal three and four year olds. They hardly dare make a sound, so much have they been conditioned to be 'seen and not heard' by their mother and controlling stepfather.More disturbingly, their little baby half-brother Noah is completely unresponsive. He doesn't play, he doesn't smile, he doesn't crawl - he doesn't even cry. In a state of blankness brought about by emotional neglect, poor baby Noah is disconnected from the world. Maggie has never seen such a young life so affected before. Yet with time, love and care, Maggie gradually unpicks what has caused this terrible void. She teaches the children to play and laugh and to not be afraid to make noise. We see Ben, Damien and Noah take steps towards a positive future and their journey reaches a happy conclusion when they are adopted by a loving family. With love and affection, they are no longer scared to be themselves. They are free to make their voices heard.
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    Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part Two

    By Christian Cameron
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    Christian Cameron
    Fifteenth-century Europe. Tom Swan is not a professional soldier. He's really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome - temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn't mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula - and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.
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    Two Great Novels

    By James Tiptree, Jr.
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    James Tiptree, Jr.
    Alice Hastings Bradley Sheldon - better known to the world as science fiction writer James Tiptree, Jr - produced just two novels, in a glittering but tragically short career. Gollancz is delighted to present them together in this omnibus edition:UP THE WALLS OF THE WORLDA secret US navy research project is founded to investigate the existence of paranormal powers, bringing together a variety of men and women who have shown indications of telepathic ability. As a result of the experiment they make mental contact with the Tyrenni, strange alien beings resembling winged squids who dwell in the upper atmosphere of their tempestuous world.The aliens' world, Tyree, is being threatened by a huge being, the Destroyer, which is moving inexorably towards them, obliterating whole solar systems in its path. When the Tyrenni realise that it threatens to exterminate life on Tyree, they are forced into the decision - contrary to all their moral beliefs - to take over the bodies of their human contacts in order to preserve their race.BRIGHTNESS FALLS FROM THE AIRSixteen humans have come together on Damien, a distant world where once, dreams were stolen and atrocities took place. They have gathered to view the last rising of a manmade nova, the testament to a war none can forget.Soon, time will warp and masks will fall. Soon, violence will erupt anew - along with treachery, horror, murder, release and love.Soon, some will find justice . . . and others, judgement. Soon.Now, sixteen humans have gathered - to await the light of the Murdered Star.
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    Tom Swan and the Last Spartans: Part One

    By Christian Cameron
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    Christian Cameron
    Fifteenth-century Europe. Tom Swan is not a professional soldier. He's really a merchant and a scholar looking for remnants of Ancient Greece and Rome - temples, graves, pottery, fabulous animals, unicorn horns. But he also has a real talent for ending up in the midst of violence when he didn't mean to. Having used his wits to escape execution, he begins a series of adventures that take him to street duels in Italy, meetings with remarkable men - from Leonardo Da Vinci to Vlad Dracula - and from the intrigues of the War of the Roses to the fall of Constantinople.
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    The Truth About Dogs

    By Stephen Budiansky
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    Stephen Budiansky
    Stephen Budiansky holds that virtually everything previously written about dogs is either wrong or misguided. Instead he maintains that to understand the true nature of dogs we need to stop interpreting their behaviour in the human terms of loyalty and betrayal. The truth is far more complex and surprising.The Dog Genome Project is currently laying the groundwork for identifying the genetic basis of why our dogs behave in the way they do. Other research investigates canine intelligence, and some remarkable experiments reveal what dogs can and cannot see. Budiansky brings together the disciplines of behavioural science, genetics, neuroscience and archaeology to show us how wrong we have been about man's best friend.
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    That Sweet Little Old Lady

    By Randall Garrett, Laurence M. Janifer
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    Randall Garrett, Laurence M. Janifer
    Malone lives in a world where psionic powers such as telepathy and teleportation exist. He must cope with them as well as an FBI Director who leaves Malone continually confused about what situation he is being asked to handle and what he is expected to do about it. That Sweet Little Old Lady finds Malone charged with investigating leaks in a secret government program. For assistance, he recruits a powerful psi from a mental institution who believes she is Queen Elizabeth I of England. The problem is, she may be right. Perfectly marrying SF adventure with slapstick comedy for hilarious results, it was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1960.
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    Terrors

    By Richard A. Lupoff
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    Richard A. Lupoff
    Ranging from the mysterious to pulp action to the Lovecraftian, this vivid collection of short fiction explores a world of radio heroes, masterful villains, and creatures from places unknown.
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  • To Keep The Ship

    By A. Bertram Chandler
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    A. Bertram Chandler
    John Grimes falls into the clutches of terrorists. Its going to talk all his efforts to keep his precious golden ship. (Especially as it is infected with mini-Susies who were sharp-toothed, hungry and ready to eat him alive.)
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  • Treason in my Breast

    By Anthony Gilbert
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    Anthony Gilbert
    'Few murders would go unhung,' said plump, cynical Arthur Crook, 'if people used their eyes more. It's the man selling violets in the gutter, the woman exercising her Pekinese, the chap reading the midday racing news in the Tube who actually have the chance to spot the murderer. They're the people he can't guard aginst.'Arthur Crook is a delightful nosey-parker, and here his blustering humour and bulldog tenacity face their toughest test yet.
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    The Tartan Conspiracy

    By Richard Grindal
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    Richard Grindal
    After his father dies of a heart attack, Ian Blackie finds an old box full of a bizarre assortment of papers in the attic of his parents' home. Hidden amongst the papers are some mysterious personal mementos belonging to General Alexander Ballantine, his father's old school friend, recently killed by an IRA bomb.Ian soon realises that his father had been conducting his own investigation into Ballantine's murder, refusing to believe the IRA angle. Intrigued, Ian decides to follow the clues he has left, which leads him to the Tartan Conspiracy and a race to prevent the murder of the Queen.
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    A Taste of Death

    By Richard Grindal
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    Richard Grindal
    When journalist Ronnie Bart visits a Rome clinic, where one of his colleagues lies drugged, he becomes involved in a series of adventures in which fear and death are never far away.In a Copenhagen nightclub, Bart meets a young millionaire, Paul Arved, and goes with him and his 'flying circus' of girls and hangers-on in a private jet to the South of France. They then proceed to Sicily, where the story reaches a dramatic, violent finale.
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    The Triune Man

    By Richard A. Lupoff
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    Richard A. Lupoff
    Is Buddy Satvan the creator of the cartoon superhero Diamond Sutro? Or is Sutro the creator of Buddy Satvan, the mightiest crusader in the universe? Are these two men, or six? Are they real, or figments of someone's imagination? A challenging journey to the other side of reality that adds up to a triple-play powerhouse of time, telepathy, and extrasensory shock!
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    The Trouble With You Earth People

    By Katherine MacLean
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    Katherine MacLean
    Contents:The Trouble with You Earth People (1968)Unhuman Sacrifice (1958)The Gambling Hell and the Sinful Girl (1975)Syndrome Johnny (1951)Trouble with Treaties (1959) with Tom ConditThe Origin of the Species (1953)Collision Orbit (1954)The Fittest (1951)These Truths (1958)Contagion (1950)Brain Wipe (1973)The Missing Man (1971)
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  • To Prime the Pump

    By A. Bertram Chandler
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    A. Bertram Chandler
    El Dorado is a planet with a problem, the men are infertile and the woman are getting out of hand. Its up to John Grimes to save them from deadly peril.
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    Threshold of Eternity

    By John Brunner
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    John Brunner
    Because of a twist in the structure of Time, three strangers were brought unexpectedly together: Red Hawkins of California, Chantal Vareze of London and a man from the 41st Century. Their meeting seemed an impossible prank of a universe gone mad - but it turned out to be quite otherwise. For it seemed there was a war going on throughout space and time. A war fought by men of different epochs, on planets of different cultures, but for a cause that all could acknowledge - the very continued existence of creation itself. And the coming together of these three very unlikely people - a modern man, a lovely girl and a futurian soldier - was to prove the master stroke of a super-science strategy that had already brought humanity to the THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY.
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    Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home

    By James Tiptree, Jr.
    Authors:
    James Tiptree, Jr.
    A collection of worlds of wit and wonder, including:"AND I AWOKE AND FOUND ME HERE ON THE COLD HILL'S SIDE" - Man seeks to get into bed with anything new and different, or die trying. But when the new and different was not human...would he die trying?"THE MAN WHO WALKED HOME" - The first-time astronaut, stuck in the far future, slid ever so slowly toward a present whose past was his future and whose future was his past..."I'M TOO BIG BUT I LOVE TO PLAY" - If genuine aliens are to communicate meaningfully, one must make himself into an analogue of the other. But how can you tell the difference between what is human - and what is merely identical?Contents:And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side (1972)The Snows Are Melted, the Snows Are Gone (1969)The Peacefulness of Vivyan (1971)Mamma Come Home (1968)Help (1968)Painwise (1972)Faithful to Thee, Terra, in Our Fashion (1969)The Man Doors Said Hello To (1970)The Man Who Walked Home (1972)Forever to a Hudson Bay Blanket (1972)I'll Be Waiting for You When the Swimming Pool Is Empty (1971)I'm Too Big but I Love to Play (1970)Birth of a Salesman (1968)Mother in the Sky with Diamonds (1971)Beam Us Home (1969)
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