When the Dream Dies
By A. Bertram Chandler
ALAN KEMP HAD A DREAM FEW SPACEMEN EVER SAW COME TRUE. BUT IN THE RIM WORLD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE...Alan Kemp was a man obsessed. Stranded with his crew on the Rim planet Elsinore, he saw a chance to realise that dream - and took it. When a gausjammer crash-landed on Elsinore, Kemp rebuild the second-hand, obsolete starship and set out to establish a shuttle between the Rim planets.But before they reached their destination, Kemp and his comrades were waylaid by an alien colony. A colony inhabited by giant mechanical spiders who imprisoned their captives in a palace of pleasure whey the chance - or desire to escape - is precisely zero.
The Way Back
By A. Bertram Chandler
Lost in space...lost in time. There can be no more terrifying situation for any spaceman to be in, and such was the problem when Commodore Grimes' Faraway Quest broke free from the mysterious Kinsolving's Planet.Because the universe was vast and they had been out beyond the Galactic Lens. Because time is infinite and they had slipped beyond their own epoch. Because in whatever universe they were in they could raise no etheric word, no telepathic beacon, no other star vessel.But for John Grimes, a veritable Commodore Hornblower of the future space seas, there had to be a way back. The first step was to locate Earth, the launching place for all humanity.But Earth turned out to be legend and myth and faith - and Grimes' rebellious crew were to enact roles already fabled before they were born.
Women as Demons
By Tanith Lee
In this rich and varied collection of fantasy, science fiction and horror stories, Tanith Lee brings her power to bear on the nature of relationships between women and men. The witch, the femme fatale, the vengeful goddess, the Amazon - past, present and future - spring to live in these tales of mystery and imagination.
White as Snow
By Tanith Lee
Arpazia is the aging queen who paces the halls of a warlord's palace. Cold as winter, she has only one passion-for the mysterious hunter who courts the outlawed old gods of the woodland. Coira is the princess raised in the shadow of her mother's hatred. Avoided by both her parents and half forgotten by her father's court, she grows into womanhood alone . . . until the mirror speaks, and blood is spilled, and the forest claims her.The tragic myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, stolen by the king of the underworld, is woven together with the tale of Snow White to create a powerful story of mothers and daughters and the blood that binds them together, for good or ill. Black queen. White maid. Royal huntsman. Seven little folk who live in the forest. Come inside, sit by the fire, and listen to this fairy tale as you've never heard it told before. Once upon a time there was a mirror, and a girl as white as snow. . .
Warm Worlds and Otherwise
By James Tiptree, Jr.
Warm Worlds and Otherwise contains the following stories:All the Kinds of YesThe Milk of Paradise And I Have Come upon This Place by Lost WaysThe Last Flight of Dr. Ain AmberjackThrough a Lass DarklyThe Girl Who Was Plugged In The Night-Blooming SaurianThe Women Men Don't See FaultLove Is the Plan the Plan Is DeathOn the Last Afternoon
When the Lights Go Out
By Tanith Lee
Hesta Web, with her hot red hair and her tough, guarded coldness, is trapped with a mother who hates her and a father who is mostly away earning money on an oil rig. When Hesta discovers that her mother and her mother's lover have had rampant sex in Hesta's bed, she absconds with her friend Janey to the seaside.It is the last day of the season, sun bright and sea sparkling. The bars and shops are open, the funfair spins round with shrieks and shouts. As night falls, the illuminations go on. But when Janey catches the last train to London, Hesta stays behind. She falls in with the gothic-looking, unpleasantly attractive Skilt and his subject colony of junkies and beggars. In a rotting hotel on the front, among the broken marble balustrades, the mouse-eaten rooms and the bonfire in the ballroom, Hesta takes up her new life. She hears drugged legends told beside the fire, the rumours of ghosts and the strangeness of the sea.For now the season has ended, the seaside is deserted, the illuminations are switched off, this place is very strange. Does Skilt know its secret? Should Hesta be wary of the blond man who watches her from the pier? And what happens when the lights go out?It's dark.
The Water of Wondrous Isles
By William Morris
Stolen as a child and raised in the wood of Evilshaw as servant to a witch, Birdalone ultimately escapes in her captor's magical boat, in which she travels to a succession of strange and wonderful islands.
The Wizard of Venus
By Edgar Rice Burroughs
The fifth and final adventure of Carson Napier among the exotic peoples and beasts of Amtor is Burroughs' THE WIZARD OF VENUS. Sequel to his fabulous four Venus novels, it is an adventure not to be missed as Napier encounters a new kind of science and a new master of alien deviltry.
The Wallet of Kai Lung
By Ernest Bramah
This is a collection of Kai Lung's entertaining tales, told professionally in the market places as he travelled about - sometimes to occupy and divert the minds of his enemies when they were intent on torturing him.
The World Beyond
By Ray Cummings
Out of nowhere came the grim, cold, black-clad men, to kidnap three Earth people and carry them to a weird and terrible world where a man could be a giant at will.
The Whipping Boys
By Guy Cullingford
As Miss Maggs made her way nervously home, a clock stuck one, the town's lights were switched off and footsteps sounded behind her. She broke into a desperate run. Later the doctor pronounced that she had literally died of fright.In a provincial town, who was there to suspect but the rowdy gang led by Nick Salter? But Nick's young wife swore to an alibi for him and so Sergeant Brent - a trifle embarrassed as a beneficiary under the will of the deceased - must look deeper into a case in which teenagers might too easily be made the whipping boys for the crimes of others.
Wood Beyond the World
By William Morris
The hero of this romance is named Golden Walter, son of Bartholomew Golden, a great merchant in the town of Langton on Holm. Tired of his mundane life, Walter sets out on a sea voyage, anxious to see and learn more of the outside world, eventually winning for himself the kingdom of Stark-Wall and the love of a beautiful maiden.
Wild Cards 18-20: The American Heroes Triad
By George R.R. Martin
There is a secret history of the world - a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces - those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others became Jokers - cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.The Wild Cards series returned in 2008 with a brand new trilogy, featuring new heroes and villains and designed to act as an introduction to the world for new readers. The three books collected here tell the stories of a group of Aces chosen to compete on a reality show. But as they find their lives broadcast to the world, some will decide that they can do more with their powers then simply show off on television. Whether they will use those powers for good or ill, though, is another question.This trilogy contains stories by Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams, Ian Tregillis, Victor Milan, Daniel Abraham, John J. Miller, Melinda Snodgrass and George R. R. Martin himself.Contains WILD CARDS: INSIDE STRAIGHT, WILD CARDS: BUSTED FLUSH, and WILD CARDS: SUICIDE KINGS
Wild Cards 4-7: The Puppetman Quartet
By George R.R. Martin
There is a secret history of the world - a history in which an alien virus struck the Earth in the aftermath of World War II, endowing a handful of survivors with extraordinary powers. Some were called Aces - those with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Others became Jokers - cursed with bizarre mental or physical disabilities. Some turned their talents to the service of humanity. Others used their powers for evil. Wild Cards is their story.THE PUPPETMAN QUARTET builds on the original trilogy and also introduces a new cast of heroes and villains, all trying to make their way in a changed world. But the mysterious Ace known as the Puppetman has a plan which will thrust him into a postion of immense power, and he is prepared to murder anyone who stands in his way...This quartet contains stories by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, Pat Cadigan, Walton Simons, Lewis Shiner, Michael Cassutt, John J. Miller, Melinda Snodgrass and George R. R. Martin himself.Contains WILD CARDS: ACES ABROAD, WILD CARDS: DOWN AND DIRTY, WILD CARDS: ACE IN THE HOLE and WILD CARDS: DEAD MAN'S HAND
By Graham Ison
Convicted armed robber Jimmy 'Spotter' Gould is shot dead within seconds of emerging from London's Stone Mill Prison at the end of an eight-year sentence, and Brock and DS Poole are faced with yet anther baffling crime.s enquiries continue, an embezzling solicitor's clerk, a dodgy undertaker and a dubious motor trader all enter the frame.
By Graham Ison
When the traffic police call the local police station, who call CID, DI Brock is none too pleased to be forced to attend the scene of a traffic accident when he doesn't see how it's any of his business. But then it turns out that the body of a woman discovered in a ditch alongside the crashed car was not involved in the accident, but had been there for some time. What's more, the woman is naked and covered in the vicious marks of a whip.Unpleasant as it might be, this is very definitely Brock's business.
By Graham Ison
A fast-moving, intricate and compelling contemporary mystery, starting with the brutal murder of a prostitute in London's West End, and uncovering a politician with feet of clay, a bent ex-policeman and a baggage handling scam at Heathrow airport.Brock and Poole might seem mismatched in age and temperament, but their verbal sparring hides a genuine mutual respect.
By George R.R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle
Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms, to bring news, gossip, songs and stories to a waiting populace.Maris of Amberly, a fisherman's daughter, wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit rather than inheritance.But even after winning that bitter battle, Maris finds that her troubles are only beginning. Now a revolution threatens to destroy the world she fought so hard to join - and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice...This early collaborative novel from George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle is a masterclass of fantasy and storytelling.
Wheels of Terror
By Sven Hassel, Jordy Diago
A graphic novel adaptation of Sven Hassel's classic war novel, WHEELS OF TERROR, illustrated by Jordy Diago.Stationed on the Eastern Front and now equipped with armoured vehicles, Sven Hassel and his comrades from the 27th Penal Regiment fight on remorselessly . . . All of them should be dead: life expectancy on the Front is measured in weeks. But Sven, Porta, the Old Un and the Legionnaire fight to the end, not for Germany, not for Hitler, but for survival.From the blistering cold to the horrors of tank warfare, WHEELS OF TERROR is a sobering depiction of war's brutalities, and the violence and inhumanity that the history books leave out.
Wealth of the Void
By John Russell Fearn, Vargo Statten
That a planetoid of solid gold might exist in the Solar System is not beyond scientific possibility, insofar that our own Earth is basic nickel-iron, so might another world - of smaller size perhaps - be of basic god. Such a world is ZK/70, a planetoid in the region of the Asteroidal Belt.Why, when he discovered the golden planetoid, did not Professor Brailsford bring back with him enough of the precious metal or gold dust to make himself financial dictator of the Earth? Why? That is the question. Instead, he dies without explaining and leaves his space machine and the course to ZK/70 to his daughter, step-daughter and their respective partners.Out to ZK/70 travel the intrepid quartet, each one quite sure what will be one with unlimited gold once they have their hands on it...