By Michael Hastings
The inspiration for the upcoming movie WAR MACHINE, starring Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley (streaming on Netflix from 26 May).General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative commander of international and US forces in Afghanistan, was living large. Loyal staff liked to call him a 'rock star'. During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional Allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of ROLLING STONE. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings' piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was unceremoniously fired.In THE OPERATORS, Hastings gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of Allied military commanders, their high-stakes manoeuvres and often bitter bureaucratic in-fighting. He takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands and to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry, drawing back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.
By Damon Knight
McNulty's Disease has escaped the Sea Venture and is now epidemic on land. The disease kills only a few of its victims...but no one knows what long-term effects it has on those who survive. For the public's safety, the U.S. government sets up a giant internment camp on the old CV herself, and attempts to find as many survivors as possible to keep safely on board the ship. Fortunately, Julie Prescott has a most resourceful and clever husband (he used to be a high-priced hired killer) who doesn't want his wife locked up forever. So he sets himself up against the entire government bureaucracy - with remarkable results.
Our Man in Camelot
By Anthony Price
By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to GloryAnthony Price ingeniously combines the machinations of British Intelligence with the legend of King Arthur in an extraordinary thriller that crackles with suspense from start to finish. A US Air Force plane mysteriously vanishes on a flight from its base in Britain, and its ace pilot with it. The CIA investigates the missing pilot, and makes some odd findings - finding that will take British Intelligence officer David Audley back to the sixth century in an absorbing battle of wits with the Soviet secret police.
By Anthony Price
By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to GloryIn the fourth title of Anthony Price's gripping spy series, British Intelligence officer David Audley slips away to Italy without authorisation, taking his wife with him. Immediately the suspicion arises that he may have defected, and the head of Italian security is also interested in his arrival, particularly as it has flushed from cover a rogue communist. But Audley has his own reasons for leaving Britain, in an investigation that becomes a matter of life or death.
The Other Child
By Charlotte Link
A suspenseful psychological crime novel from one of Germany's No.1 bestselling authors.In the northern seaside town of Scarborough, a student is found cruelly murdered. For months, the investigators are in the dark, until they are faced with a copy-cat crime. The investigation continues apace, yet they are still struggling to establish a connection between the two victims. Ambitious detective Valerie Almond clings to the all too obvious: a rift within the family of the second victim. But there is far more to the case than first appears and Valerie is led towards a dark secret, inextricably linked to the evacuation of children to Scarborough during World War II.Horrified at her last-minute discovery, Valerie realises that she may be too late for action...
The Opoponax Invasion
By John Brosnan
It's 2248, and in a society so electronically wired-up that everyone is obliged to be imprinted with their own personal circuitry, it takes a pretty sharp operator to beat the system. Joster Rack is such an operator. He is a unique and special kind of thief: an electronic chameleon who can penetrate and manipulate any computer going. For years he has been just one step ahead of the all-powerful corporations whose empire stretches from Earth to the moons of Jupiter and back - but now they are finally closing in on him. For Joster has made a serious mistake: in pulling off his most audacious heist yet, he has revealed an Achilles heel. But even worse, he has unwittingly sparked off the most terrifying threat the human race has ever had to face - The Opoponax Invasion.
By Norman Spinrad
Spinrad examines one of his most compelling obsessions - the possible "futures" of America.Street Meat: In New York City, streeties, zonies and subway cannibals are locked in a nighmarish scrabble for rat meat, sex - and survival.The Lost Continent: group of African tourists visit the ruins of Space Age America - a surreal landscape of abandoned skyscrapers, empty streets and dead, rusted machinery.World War Last: The hashish-smoking Sheik of Koram has a plan to trick America and Russia into war.La Vie Continue: In Paris exiled science-fiction author Norman Spinrad ignores a lucrative - but dangerous - bidding war between the KGB and the CIA for the film rights to his story "Riding the Torch".
Outside the Universe
By Edmond Hamilton
'Spaceships in their thousands, and they're attacking us! They've come from somewhere toward our galaxy - have come out of intergalactic space itself to attack our universe!' The Interstellar Patrol, that fabulous fleet manned by all the assorted races of our galaxy, faced its greatest struggle when that alarm came through. For this was an attack from OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSE, a vast migration from another galaxy, and it had to be stopped if a thousand worlds were to survive! This terrific classic space novel on the grandest scale involves three giant galaxies in an all-out conflict.
By Joe Haldeman
The twentieth century lies hundreds of years in humanity's past. But the near-immortal citizens of the future yearn for the good old days - when people's bodies were susceptible to death through disease and old age. Now, they immerse themselves in virtual reality time machines to explore the life-to-death arc that defined existence so long ago. Jacob Brewer is a virtual reality engineer overseeing the time machine's operation aboard the starship Aspera. But on the thousand-year voyage to Beta Hydrii, the eight-hundred-member crew gets more reality than they expect when people entering the machine start to die.The time machine has become sentient. Obsessed with humanity, it wants John Brewer to enter its confines - and discuss this fragile state of being called life...
By William Fowler
The inside story of the most daring SAS rescue mission everIn September 2000 eleven British soldiers were captured by a notorious militia gang in Sierra Leone. The so-called 'West Side Boys' had subjected their part of the country to a long reign of terror, murdering, kidnapping and mutilating anyone who stood in their way.Now British soldiers were at their mercy. Surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered, any resistance would have seen them all killed; yet their hopes of a quick exchange soon faded. They were assaulted and subjected to mock executions. Negotiations with the 'Revolutionary United Front' leaders and the 'West Side Boys' proved futile. Prime Minister Tony Blair ordered the armed forces to get the men back. The SAS and elements of the Parachute Regiment were rushed to West Africa and a naval squadron assembled offshore. The stage was set for the biggest British military operation on the continent for a generation - and their most daring rescue mission ever.
Outlaws of the Moon
By Edmond Hamilton
The sorrowful cry spread throughout the Solar System. Captain Future and his Futuremen had been missed for months. There was little hope that they'd ever be seen again...A scheming scientist headed for the moon. Now was his chance to find the Futuremen's hideaway and steal their highly guarded secrets, secrets that could control the Universe. No one could stop him - not even the sinister lunar creatures - now that Captain Future was dead!
The Omicron Invasion
By E.E. 'Doc' Smith, Stephen Goldin
THE LADY A OFFERS AN ALLIANCE Devastated by alien invasion, one of the Empire's far-flung planets - Omicron - is the destination for an astonishing mission. For the first time in many years, top SOTE agents Yvette Babol and Jules d'Alembert agree to co-operate with the treacherous and dangerous Lady A. it is strictly an alliance of convenience. Together with the Empire's deadliest enemy and two of her followers, the two SOTE agents set off for Omicron - easily the most distant planet ever settled. With them is Captain Paul Fortier of Naval Intelligence. And what they find on Omicron could lead to intergalactic war...
By Bob Shaw
Orbitsville is the scene of two of Bob Shaw's most successful novels and is possibly the most gigantic artefact ever dreamed up by an SF writer - a vast hollow world completely enclosing its sun, habitable across its entire inner surface. At the end of ORBITSVILLE DEPARTURE the whole world was shifted to an alternative universe. In a conclusion which is both stunning and moving, ORBITSVILLE JUDGEMENT tells what happens next...
Orcs Bad Blood III
By Stan Nicholls
The Orcs are back! The epic conclusion to the internationally bestselling double trilogyStan Nicholls' Orcs have found an army of followers. These are Orcs who have fought a vicious battle for survival against the encroaching plague of humanity as it has poured across their world and the worlds of others. Now, in this the sixth volume, the battle reaches a bloody conclusion where the Orcs will need all their legendary martial prowess and their notorious brutality to survive.
Or All the Seas with Oysters
By Avram Davidson
Supposing you were Dr. Morris Goldpepper, D.D.S., kidnapped and brought to a strange new planet, condemned to fashion sets of false teeth for its toothless inhabitants?Supposing you owned a bicycle repair shop and the bicycles began to take on a strange new life of their own?Supposing you found an antique telephone in a curiosity shop, dialed a number and were connected with George Washington?Can you imagine the results? Only Avram Davidson can, and he convincingly transports you to a world where past and future intermingle, where weird creatures and events rub shoulders with everyday reality.
Old Father Thames
By Sally Spencer
A nostalgic East End saga of the Clarke family and their new neighbours, the Taylors, who featured in Salt of the Earth and Up Our Street.Sam Clarke and his wife Lil are a devoted couple - despite the odd argument that so often stems from Sam's quick sense of humour. But they are always united in their determination to take on whatever life throws at them. And there are certainly problems to cope with: such as their son, Eddie, interested only in those newfangled automobiles; their vague, other-wordly daughter Peggy, who desperately wants to buy a goat and will even break the law to raise the money. But it is their elder daughter, Annie, they worry about most, as she seems to be on the brink of making the wrong choice in love ...
On the Seas of Destiny
By Ru Emerson
In this, the third tale of the Nedao people, Nisana the AEldra of the cat-kind narrates her experience among the beleaguered humans. She wishes that there were others left to speak of such a story, yet she is the only witness able to tell of it. Sharing both the agonies and the victories of her companion, the warrior queen Ylia, Nisana is determined to see things through to their conclusion. As Ylia faces insurmountable odds while trying to survive, it is up to Nisana to nurture the magical powers within the young queen and teach her how to lead her people. Nisana the AEldra does not leave her side, even when the terrifying army of seemings marches on her people, even when the very air hangs heavy with the blood of the Nedao.
The Orpheus Machine
By Ray Aldridge
Slavery is the corporate foundation of the powerful Pangalic Worlds where Ruiz Aw leads a dangerous double life, as an enforcer for the Art League that so brutally controls its slaves and as an Emancipator dedicated to eradicating the cruel business. While Ruiz is still striving to free slaves across the embattled cities of the dangerous world of Sook, the pirate Lords are ruthlessly plotting. A death cult is luring in humans with an unending desire to see them suffer. Even the powers of the Art League have no jurisdiction over this killing machine. The growing domination of the Orpheus Machine will force Ruiz and his fugitives to fight for their lives against a supreme evil unlike anything they've ever witnessed before.
The Omega Point
By George Zebrowski
6599 A.D. The war between the Earth Federation and the Herculean Empire had been over for more than three centuries. The planet in the Hercules Globular Cluster was a cinder; the few descendants of the surviving Herculeans lived on Myraa's World, half a galaxy away, in what seemed to be a religious commune. But on an unnamed planet, deep within the Hercules Cluster, two survivors, father and son, gather their resources and plan a reign of terror against Federation worlds. But the woman Myraa has a different vision - one which excludes empires and warring armies. Subtly, she strives to shape events toward a different end. Rising to one of the most unusual climaxes in recent fantastic literature, this novel of chase and vengeance depicts a colorful, poetic future which is struggling to overcome its past. Filled with striking twists and vivid ideas, this is space opera at its most modern.
Our Lady of Darkness
By Fritz Leiber
Our Lady of Darkness introduces San Francisco horror writer Franz Westen. While studying his beloved city through binoculars from his apartment window, he is astonished to see a mysterious figure waving at him from a hilltop two miles away. He walks to Corona Heights and looks back at his building, to discover the figure waving at him from his apartment window - and to find himself caught in a century-spanning curse that may have destroyed Clark Ashton Smith and Jack London. Winner of the World Fantasy Award for best novel, 1978