Journey to a quarantined planet in this “entertaining, fast-moving, and thoughtful” science fiction novel (S. M. Stirling). On the outskirts of the Ayne Sector sits Pock’s World. Years ago, humankind settled the planet. Now, it might or might not have been infested by humanoid aliens, hidden amongst the populace, waiting to interbreed and use humans as incubators for their parasitic spawn. Five people are chosen to travel to the quarantined Pock’s World to find out whether it should be sterilized of all life--a ruthless priest, a scandal-seeking reporter, an ambitious politician, a bureaucrat, and a questionable billionaire. Each has his or her own agenda as to what they wish to find on that distant planet. Instead, they discover the unexpected--a web of deceit, love, politics, and religion. With very little time left, there don’t seem to be any simple answers in the complicated universe of Pock’s World. From the celebrated author of Portal of a Thousand Worlds and the Seventh Sword series, this is a suspenseful adventure from Dave Duncan, who “has produced one excellent book after another” (Locus).
Odd Exam is a novella from Piers Anthony about an unusual college entrance examination. Entrance exams are taken in the form of a multi-player online game in a semi-virtual reality, with portals to other worlds and alien monsters. For those who qualify, board and tuition will be free. Can this be serious?
Sierra Mason has landed the career of a lifetime, becoming a special agent for a firm run by the best in the business. She has proven herself more times than she can count and has given herself to her job... and then some.
But everything isn’t always as it seems.
When the truth is uncovered about her firm's investors and who they are tied to, the team is thrown into turmoil. Her partner, Calder McKenna, becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that is weaving itself through their lives and finds his own life in danger.
Helpless, the team is in need of a hero and they are running out of time. Will Sierra realize what they need lies within her or will the journey send her reeling past her breaking point?
Jacob Renselaer and his fleet of eight starships are all that stand between a new attack by wasp-like aliens and the survival of the Kepler 10 colony world. His girlfriend Daisy helps as the new XO, while Jacob relies on a grizzled Marine to educate him in the ways of war. Jacob sends the Marines to attack a wasp ship. While the raid succeeds, things turn upside down when the relief fleet arrives from Earth, led by an admiral who takes overall command. Then a wasp attack fleet of 36 deadly ships shows up. Can humans defeat this giant fleet? Can they survive the artificial black holes created by the wasps? If they can't, 71,000 colonists will die. Jacob's ship will die. And any hope to stop humanity's first interstellar war will also die. Jacob must do what he never thought he could. He must lead his ship and his people and be the daring hero his father raised him to be.
This early work by Philip K. Dick was originally published in 1953 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'The Variable Man' is a novella about a war between the people of the Terran System and that of Proxima Centauri. Philip Kindred Dick was born on December 16 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. Dick and his family moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco when he was young, and later on to Washington DC following his parents divorce. Dick attended Elementary school and then a Quaker school before the family moved back to California. It was around this time that Dick began to take an active interest in the science fiction genre, reading his first magazine ‘Stirring Science Stories’, at age twelve. Dick married five times between 1959 and 1973, and had three children. He sold his first story in 1951 and from that point on he wrote full-time, selling his first novel in 1955. In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote an estimated 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote an estimated 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime. After his death, many of his stories made the transition to the big screen, with blockbuster films such as Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report being based on his works.
The final chapter in Sergei Lukyanenko's internationally bestselling Night Watch series—a revelatory urban fantasy set in contemporary Moscow.
They live among us. They fight among us. They’re the Others, a supernatural race of magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers. Divided into the Light and the Dark, these rival factions have spent a millennium under a reluctant truce. Now, however, both sides must unite against the ultimate enemy.
A Light magician and high-ranking member of the Night Watch, Anton Gorodetsky fears nothing. But lately the threats are mounting. A reincarnated vampire has been terrorizing Moscow. His daughter’s school is ambushed by a bizarre chimera. And the Prophets have all reached the same chilling conclusion: The world will end in five days’ time.
To ward off the apocalypse, an ancient council called the Sixth Watch must be assembled. After both Light and Darkness select their emissaries, Anton must enlist the unwilling aid of the four other Great Parties: the Vampires, the Witches, the Form-Takers, and the enigmatic Foundation. Journeying from Russia to Paris, the Alps, and New York City, Anton comes in peace—but he is prepared for war. For if he fails, none are safe.
Interplanetary journalist Jack Summer discovers that smugglers plan to secret their supply of the deadly drug Zombium aboard an immense movie studio starship, and, with the help of his boss's daughter and a robot photographer, he sets out to get the story.