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A “Legyőzhetetlen”

A “Legyőzhetetlen” másodosztályú cirkáló, a Lant csillagképbeli támaszpont legnagyobb egysége, fotonmeghajtással szelte át a csillagzat szélső ívnegyedét. A nyolcvanhárom főnyi legénység a központi fedélzet alagút-hibernátorában aludt. Mivel aránylag rövid volt az útvonal, a teljes hibernáció helyett csupán olyan mély alvást idéztek elő, hogy a test hőmérséklete ne süllyedjen tíz fok alá. A vezetőfülkében csak automaták dolgoztak. Látómezejükben a célkereszten a nap korongja feküdt, amely nem volt sokkal fényesebb a közönséges vörös törpe csillagoknál. Amikor karimája már a fél képernyőt eltakarta, az annihilációs folyamat lefékeződött. Egy darabig az egész űrhajóban halálos csend uralkodott. Hangtalanul dolgoztak a klimatizáló berendezések és a számítógépek. Megszűnt az a finom remegés is, mely a hajó farából kiáramló fényoszlop sugárzásától keletkezik. Ez hajtotta eddig előre a hajót, és végtelen hosszúságú pengeként hasított a homályba. A néma és látszólag üres Legyőzhetetlen a tehetetlenségi erő következtében még mindig fénysebességgel száguldott…

Автор: Lem Stanislaw
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A kígyó szíve

Jefremov az 1958-ban írott A Kígyó szíve című kisregényével folytatja ugyanezt az utópikus vonalat. A mű, amely nem tartozik szervesen az Androméda-ködhöz, lényegében válasz Murray Leinster First Contactjára. Mindkét írásban két úrhajó találkozik a Galaxis egyik csücskében; az egyik földi űrhajó, a másik idegen. Csakhogy amíg az amerikai író történetében {úgymond: érthető módon} a két csapat ellenségesen méregeti egymást, addig A Kígyó szívében barátként közelednek egymáshoz. Az író visszanyúl egy korábbi kisregényéhez, a Csillaghajókhoz, amikor azt fejtegeti, hogy a fejlett lényeknek hasonló testi adottsággal kell, hogy legyenek megáldva — tehát szépnek (más szóval célszerű, tehát harmonikus felépítésűnek) kell lenniük.

Jefremov ugyanis nem tartja hihetőnek, hogy ‘szarvval és farokkal ellátott szörnyetegek’ vagy ‘gondolkodó penészgombák’ népesítsék be a Világegyetemet. Nem valami szűklátókörű antropocentrikus meggyőződés viszi erre az eredményre, hanem a művészeti érzékkel megáldott tudós filozófus tudományon alapuló okfejtése. (Bár a kisregényben az idegen lények fluorint lélegeznek be oxigén helyett, külső megjelenésben hasonlóan szépek a földi emberekhez.) Úgyszintén, A Kígyó szívében az író megerősíti azt a nézetet, hogy csak egy osztálynélküli társadalom képes olyan magaslatra jutni, ahonnan elrugaszkodva a csillagokhoz képes szárnyalni. Ebből következően, vonja le az író, bármely két civilizáció is találkozik az Univerzumban, azok feltétlenül békések kell, hogy legyenek.

Автор: Jefremov Ivan
 
Автор: Poe Edgar Allan
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Aristoi

Gabriel jest Aristosem, członkiem kasty wybrańcow, stojących na czele ludzkiego społeczeństwa. Na planecie którą zbudował, poddani czczą go niczym boga, ale w elektronicznym świecie Hiperlogosu jest jednym z wielu Aristoi, wcale nie najważniejszym. Pewnego dnia odkrywa coś, co zagraża całej rasie ludzkiej — gdzieś w galaktyce ukrywa się Aristos odszczepieniec, który oszalał. Gabriel musi go zniszczyć ,albo on zniszczy panujący we wszechświecie ustalony porządek. Walter Jon Williams to jeden z najciekawszych amerykańskich pisarzy science fiction, zdobywca wielu prestiżowych nagród. Jest postrzegany jako odnowiciel „twardej” odmiany fantastyki i uznawany za jednego z najbardziej błyskotliwych autorów ostatniej dekady.

Автор: Williams Walter Jon
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A gyermekkor vége

A gyermekkor vége (angolul: Childhood´s End) Sir Arthur C. Clarke 1953-ban kiadott sci-fi regénye. Clark Őrangyal című novelláján alapul, amely 1950-ben jelent meg a Famous Fantastic Mysteries magazinban. Később egy új előszót írt hozzá, amelyben ellenben az előzővel, kifejti, hogy manapság már teljesen szkeptikus az okkult, misztikus dolgokkal kapcsolatban. Magyarul első változata 1990-ben jelent meg a Móra Ferenc Könyvkiadónál F. Nagy Piroska fordításában

Автор: Clarke Arthur
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Alice in Zombieland

Can Alice escape Zombieland before the Dead Red Queen catches up to her?

When little Alice falls asleep, she finds herself in an undead nightmare of rotting flesh and insanity. Following a talking rat, she ventures further into this land of zombies and monsters.

There’s also something else troubling poor Alice: her skin is rotting and her hair is falling out. She’s cold and there’s the haunting feeling that if she remains in Zombieland any longer, she might never leave and forever be caught between life and death.

Have a seat at the table for the Tea Party of your life and explore the wondrous adventure that is Zombieland.

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All Tomorrow's Parties

Rydell is on his way back to San Francisco. A stint as a security man in a Los Angeles convenience store has convinced him his career is going nowhere, but his friend phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is.

Автор: Gibson William
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Approaching Oblivion: Road Signs On the Treadmill Toward Tomorrow

The New York Times called him relentlessly honest and then used him as the subject of its famous Sunday Acrostic. People Magizine said there was no one like him, then cursed him for preventing easy sleep. But in these stories Harlan Ellison outdoes himself, rampaging like a mad thing through love (Cold Friend, Kiss of Fire, Paulie Charmed the Sleeping Woman), hate (Knox, Silent in Gehenna), sex (Catman, Erotophobia), lost childhood (One Life, Furnished in Early Poverty) and into such bizarre subjects as the problems of blue-skinned, eleven-armed Yiddish aliens, what it's like to witness the end of the world and what happens on the day the planet Earth swallows Barbra Streisand. Oh yeah, this one's a doozy!

A glossary of Yiddish words and their meanings follows on pp. 92-96. Please refer to same if you are farblondjet.[1]

Автор: Ellison Harlan
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Antihielo

En 1870, cuando el poder del Imperio británico es absoluto, en las remotas tierras de una península antártica al sur del continente australiano se descubre un nueva material: el antihielo. Por el fenómeno que Faraday denominará de «conductancia aumentada», el material libera prodigiosas cantidades de energía cuando su temperatura se eleva. Su potencial energético, casi infinito, va a acelerar la Revolución Industrial de forma insospechada.

El antihielo, como no podía ser de otra manera, es empleado en la campaña de Crimea, pero también se revela útil en otras aventuras del espíritu humano que, a priori, parecen menos. sangrientas. En la Nueva Gran Exposición de Manchester de 1870, un joven agregado del Foreing Office descubrirá el inmenso poder del antihielo y, junto al visionario sir Josiah Traveller, tendrá que enfrentarse a un inesperado y decimonónico viaje espacial a la Luna.

Stephen Baxter, la nueva y gran estrella de la ciencia ficción británica, es considerado el sucesor de Arthur C. Clarke y un igual de Isaac Asimov y Robert A. Heinlein. Sus homenajes a Herbert G. Wells (Las naves del tiempo) y a Julio Verne (Antihielo) son un verdadero tour de force de la mejor ciencia ficción.

Автор: Baxter Stephen
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Автор: Tenn William
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Автор: Asimov Isaac
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Автор: Russell Eric Frank
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AELITA

ALEKSEJS TOLSTOJS

AELITA

FANTASTISKS STĀSTS

TULKOJIS VALDIS GREVIŅŠ

Автор: TOLSTOJS ALEKSEJS
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AĻEKSEJA AĻEKSEJEVA KĻŪDA

AĻEKSEJA AĻEKSEJEVA KĻŪDA

Aleksandrs Poļeščuks

Latvijas valsts izdevniecība Rīga 1963 g

Tulkojis Jānis Ozols Lipina mākslinieciskā apdare

Mēs neatkāpsimies, mēs ceļu laužam Uz turieni, kur izplatījums skarbs — Kur kādreiz šķita dieva roku paužam, Tur visur būs tik mūsu roku darbs!

S. Sčipnčovs

Es esmu tārps, saka ideālists. Es esmu tārps, iekām nekā nezinu, iebilst materiālists dialektiķis; bet es esmu dievs, kad es zinu. Tantum possumus, quantum scimusl (Cik daudz spējam, tik daudz zinām.)

G. Pļehanovs

Aleksandrs Poļeščuks dzimis 1923. gadā Dņepropetrovskas pil­sēta kalpotāja ģimenē. 1947. gadā A. Poļeščuks beidzis Habarovskas Pedagoģiskā institūta Fizikas un mateinatikas fakultāti un sācis strādāt par fizikas pasniedzēju institūtā un skolā.

A. Poļeščuka pirmais stāsts «Zvaigžņu cilvēks» iespiests žurnālā «Pioņer» 1957. gadā. 1959. gadā Bērnu literatūras izdevniecība Mas­kavā izdevusi stāstu «Lielais veikums jeb Brīnumainais stāsts par doktoru Mekanikusu un vitļa suni Almu». «Alekseja Aleksejeva kļūda» ir rakstnieka trešais fantastiskais stāsts.

Автор: uks Aleksandrs
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ANDROMĒDAS CELMS

ANDROMĒDAS CELMS

MAIKLS KRAITONS

. .. 1967. gada februāris. Apakšzemes laboratorijas vis­dziļākais, piektais līmenis. Četri amerikāņu zinātnieki, kas mobilizēti pēc ultraslepenās trauksmes «Meža ugunsgrēks», sasprindzināti pēta sīkbūtni, ko no atmosfēras augšējiem slāņiem pārvedis pavadonis «Smeltnis» un kas acumirklī pārvērš cilvēka asinis tumšsarkanā šūnainā masā. Sīk- būtnei piešķirts kods «Andromēdas celms» (celms ir vis­sīkākā mikroorganismu klasifikācijas vienība). Par «veik­smīgo» zinātnisko atradumu jau samaksājuši ar savu dzī­vību mazās pilsētiņas Pīdmontas iedzīvotāji, un pastāv briesmas, ka kuru katru brīdi kosmosa sērga sāks nāves pļauju tuvos un tālos rajonos. Vai pagūs to izpētīt un savaldīt? Zem laboratorijas atrodas pašlikvidācijas kodol- ierīce — gadījumam, ja sīkbūtnes izkļūs ārā . . .


Diemžēl grāmata saplēsta-trūkst lapas 29.30.31.32.77.78.79.80.81.82.83.84.141.142.143.144.145.146.147.148. Šo lappušu tekstu esmu paņēmis no krievu valodā esošas grāmatas. Bet iztulkot nebija laika.

Автор: KRAITONS MAIKLS
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ASTEROĪDA GŪSTEKŅI

G.GUREVIČS

ASTEROĪDA GŪSTEKŅI

STĀSTI

IZDEVNIECĪBA «LIESMA» RIGĀ 1966

Tulkojis O. KALNCIEMS Mākslinieks A. JĒGERS

Автор: S
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APBURTA VIETA

NIKOLAJS GOGOLIS

IZLASE

APBURTA VIETA

LATVIJAS VALSTS IZDEVNIECĪBA RiGĀ 1948

Tulk. M. Mencendorfa

Noskannējis grāmatu un FB2 failu izveidojis Imants Ločmelis

APBURTA VIETA

Автор: GOGOLIS NIKOLAJS
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All You Zombies

"All You Zombies" chronicles a young man (later revealed to be intersex) taken back in time and tricked into impregnating his younger, female self (before he underwent a sex change); he thus turns out to be the offspring of that union, with the paradoxical result that he is his own mother and father. As the story unfolds, all the major characters are revealed to be the same person, at different stages of her/his life.

Автор: Heinlein Robert A
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Already Dead: A Novel

Those stories you hear? The ones about things that only come out at night? Things that feed on blood, feed on us? Got news for you: they’re true. Only it’s not like the movies or old man Stoker’s storybook. It’s worse. Especially if you happen to be one of them. Just ask Joe Pitt.

There’s a shambler on the loose. Some fool who got himself infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is lurching around, trying to munch on folks’ brains. Joe hates shamblers, but he’s still the one who has to deal with them. That’s just the kind of life he has. Except afterlife might be better word.


From the Battery to the Bronx, and from river to river, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe is one of them, and he’s not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be stronger and faster than you, and he’s tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that’s eating at him isn’t his idea of a good time. And Joe doesn’t make it any easier on himself. Going his own way, refusing to ally with the Clans that run the undead underside of Manhattan — it ain’t easy. It’s worse once he gets mixed up with the Coalition — the city’s most powerful Clan — and finds himself searching for a poor little rich girl who’s gone missing in Alphabet City.


Now the Coalition and the girl’s high-society parents are breathing down his neck, anarchist Vampyres are pushing him around, and a crazy Vampyre cult is stalking him. No time to complain, though. Got to find that girl and kill that shambler before the whip comes down. . and before the sun comes up.

Автор: Huston Charlie
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A mágia fénye

Nagy A’Tuin, a Korongvilágot hátán cipelő csillagteknőc az egyetlen lény kerek e világon, aki pontosan tudja, hová tart. Hamarosan a Korong varázslói is megtudják, és akkor kezdhetnek csak igazán aggódni…

A világot katasztrófa fenyegeti, s az egyetlen ember, aki megmenthetné, Széltoló, egy meglehetősen kétes hírű és gyáva varázsló, aki eltűnt. Állítólag legutóbb a Peremről lezuhanni látták egy négyszemű turista társaságában…

A legmókásabb és legszokatlanabb fantasy történet az egész galaxisban. (Vagy bármely más galaxisban.)

Автор: Prachett Terry
Серия: Korongvilág
 
Angel Town

Jill Kismet is back from the grave in this explosive conclusion to Lilith Saintcrow's urban fantasy series.

She wakes up in her own grave. She doesn't know who put her there, she doesn't know where she is, and she has no friends or family.

She only knows two things: She has a job to do: cleansing the night of evil. And she knows her name.

Jill Kismet.

Автор: Saintcrow Lilith
Серия: Jill Kismet
 
Автор: Bradbury Ray Duglas
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A mágia színe

Valahol messze, az űr egy eldugott zugában lavíroz A’Tuin, a gigászi teknőc. Hátán a lenyűgözően őrült, páratlanul szórakoztató, sosem látott hősöktől és elvetemült egyénektől hemzsegő Korongvilág…

Kard és varázslat, Bárd és kacagás, Kalandok a Világ Pereméig — és még annál is tovább!

Автор: Pratchett Terry
Серия: Korongvilág
 
A kaszás

A halál eltűnt! Állítólag… ööö… eltávozott. És ez olyasfajta káoszhoz vezet, amilyenek mindig is keletkeznek, amikor egy létfontosságú közszolgáltatás megszűnik. Időközben egy messzi, messzi kis farmon feltűnik egy magas, sötét idegen, aki meglehetősen jól bánik a kaszával. És mivel épp aratómunkásokat keresnek…

Автор: Pratchett Terry
Серия: Korongvilág
 
All You Need Is Kill

L to R (Western Style). There's one thing worse than dying. It's coming back to do it again and again.When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji's escape, or to his final death?

Автор: Sakurazaka Hiroshi
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Автор: Weinbaum Stanley G
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Автор: Weinbaum Stanley G
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Against the Tide

In the distant future, the world was a paradise — and then, in a moment, it was ended by the first war in centuries. People who had known godlike power, to whom hunger and pain were completely unknown, desperately scrabbled to survive. As the United Free States, the bastion of freedom and center of opposition to the tyrants of New Destiny, prepared for the long-feared invasion by the Changed legions of Ropasa, Edmund Talbot realized that bureaucratic ineptitude and overconfidence was setting the USF naval forces of ships and dragons up for a disastrous defeat at sea. His fears came true, and the destruction of the fleet seemingly left the UFS open for a full scale invasion. But Talbot had new concepts and strategies ready to put into effect, along with new technical innovations from his brilliant engineer. He survived an assassination attempt and quickly assembled a formidable land force combining cavalry, longbowmen, Roman style legions, and dragons for airborne assault. The fascist forces of New Destiny thought that their war was all but concluded, and world domination within their grasp. Edmund Talbot was ready to show them just how wrong they were…

Автор: Ringo John
Серия: The Counsil Wars
 
Against the Tide

In the distant future, the world was a paradise — and then, in a moment, it was ended by the first war in centuries. People who had known godlike power, to whom hunger and pain were completely unknown, desperately scrabbled to survive. As the United Free States, the bastion of freedom and center of opposition to the tyrants of New Destiny, prepared for the long-feared invasion by the Changed legions of Ropasa, Edmund Talbot realized that bureaucratic ineptitude and overconfidence was setting the USF naval forces of ships and dragons up for a disastrous defeat at sea. His fears came true, and the destruction of the fleet seemingly left the UFS open for a full scale invasion. But Talbot had new concepts and strategies ready to put into effect, along with new technical innovations from his brilliant engineer. He survived an assassination attempt and quickly assembled a formidable land force combining cavalry, longbowmen, Roman style legions, and dragons for airborne assault. The fascist forces of New Destiny thought that their war was all but concluded, and world domination within their grasp. Edmund Talbot was ready to show them just how wrong they were…

Автор: Ringo John
Серия: The Counsil Wars
 
Against the Tide

In the distant future, the world was a paradise — and then, in a moment, it was ended by the first war in centuries. People who had known godlike power, to whom hunger and pain were completely unknown, desperately scrabbled to survive. As the United Free States, the bastion of freedom and center of opposition to the tyrants of New Destiny, prepared for the long-feared invasion by the Changed legions of Ropasa, Edmund Talbot realized that bureaucratic ineptitude and overconfidence was setting the USF naval forces of ships and dragons up for a disastrous defeat at sea. His fears came true, and the destruction of the fleet seemingly left the UFS open for a full scale invasion. But Talbot had new concepts and strategies ready to put into effect, along with new technical innovations from his brilliant engineer. He survived an assassination attempt and quickly assembled a formidable land force combining cavalry, longbowmen, Roman style legions, and dragons for airborne assault. The fascist forces of New Destiny thought that their war was all but concluded, and world domination within their grasp. Edmund Talbot was ready to show them just how wrong they were…

Автор: Ringo John
Серия: The Counsil Wars
 
A Deeper Blue

Heart-sick over the deaths of so many of his Keldara followers, and one in particular, former SEAL Mike Harmon, hero of Ghost, Kildar and Choosers of the Slain, decides to sit this one out. WMDs headed for the US no longer matter to the Kildar. But when his best friend and intel specialist both are seriously wounded in an ambush aimed at him, the Kildar gets his gameface back on. Mike has always said that he’s not a nice guy, and he’s about to prove it to a boatload of terrorists and Colombian drug dealers. Set in the Bahamas and Florida Keys, A Deeper Blue is a fast moving thriller that never slows down from the first page. With the return of some old faces, the action-packed novel proves, once again, the adage that sometimes it takes some very bad people to do good things.

Автор: Ringo John
Серия: Paladin of Shadows
 
An Old Fashioned War

Something strange was happening - and only Chuin knew what it was.


In America, the Indian tribes had united and were delivering crushing blows to the U.S. Army. In the Middle East, the Arabs had regained their martial mastery and were demolishing all who resisted them. In Mongolia, scattered tribesman had joined together for the first time since Genghis Khan to form a new Golden Horde poised to ravish all the earth.


Something strange was obviously happening all over the globe. Remo had no idea what it was, even as he desperately tried to fight it. Chiun knew but wasn't saying anything, as he got ready to cut a deal and split the world with the fiendish for behind it all. With Remo and Chiun divided, the whole world was wide open for conquest, and an ancient evil was spawning modern terror. Humanity's greatest enemy was now in the driver's seat - and its ultimate nightmare was coming true....


Серия: The Destroyer
 
A Time of Changes

A spellbinding tale of a tradition-bound centuries-old Earth Colony and an Earthman who offers a magic drug that tears down the walls between men’s souls.

Автор: Silverberg Robert
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Arabian Nightmare

The Maddas Touch

Everything that Maddas Hinsein touched turned to blood as the mad-dog dictator of outlaw Irait pursued his plans of conquest by taking over tiny oil-rich Kuran. Only Remo and Chiun could stop this man who was up to his mustache in gore. But Remo was possessed, slave to his immortal nemesis, the death goddess Kali. And the feeble Chiun was merely a shadow of his former awesome self. Unless CURE's terrific twosome could be restored to their full powers, Maddas Hinsein would turn the whole into one...


Серия: The Destroyer
 
American Obsession

Fatted Calves

The new body culture is finally bringing its rewards, thanks to a hormone treatment that rapidly restructures body fat to muscle - all overnight, during a true beauty snooze.

But it's way-out expensive, and only the rich and famous can indulge. After all, what's a thousand bucks a day when the result is a body to die for?

There are some side effects - no pain, no gain! But when innocent people start paying a steep price for the star's self-improvement regimens, CURE's Dr. Smith sends Remo and Chiun to infiltrate the Lycra crowd and the hallowed halls of the legalized drug trade. Soon their investigation is blocked by a greedy corporation, but the worst challenge is from an army of celebrities - lean, mean products of a killer diet...


Серия: The Destroyer
 
Автор: Harris T R
Серия: The Human chronicles
 
Aftermath

In 2026, the Earth faces an unexpected disaster. A supernova in the nearby Alpha Centauri system has apparently wiped out nearly every electronic component on the planet, leaving human civilization paralyzed. Phones don't work, transportation grinds to a halt, and essential services such as medical care are thrown back into the Stone Age. As the world tries to cope with this technological cut-off, a man dying of cancer begins a journey to save his life and that of his fellow patients, a master criminal escapes a sentence of “judiciary sleep,” a returning Mars expedition faces what looks like certain death, and U.S. president Saul Steinmetz strives to keep his country from falling apart. Author Charles Sheffield has taken a classic hard-SF concept, applied it to the real world, and created a gripping story of survival.

Автор: Sheffield Charles
Серия: Aftermath
 
A Song for Arbonne

Arbonne is a lush, fertile land near the sea, and its people revere music and the Goddess Rian. In Gorhaut, the God Corannos and war are the only considerations. These two countries are on a collision course, which ends in a war where brother fight father — and a life-long friendship ends in death.

Автор: Kay Guy Gavriel
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A Touch of Lavender

Hugo Best Novella nominee (1990)

Nebula Best Novella nominee (1990)

Автор: Lindholm Megan
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Abissi d’acciaio

New York è irriconoscibile: niente più torri e grattacieli, ma un’immensa metropoli «coperta» che non viene mai a contatto con l’aria, dove decine di milioni di uomini e donne brulicano come formiche sulle strade mobili. Dove il lusso di un bagno privato è inammissibile. Dove, soprattutto, i robot stanno soffiando i posti di lavoro agli uomini a un ritmo sempre più preoccupante. E alle porte di New York si stende come una sfida Spacetown, la città degli Spaziali dove tutto è lusso e ariosità, superbia e ostentazione. C’è da meravigliarsi che uno dei tanti terrestri scontenti ammazzi uno Spaziale nella sua aristocratica dimora di Spacetown? E c’è da meravigliarsi se il caso rischia di diventare un incidente interplanetario? Per risolverlo bisogna ricorrere al miglior poliziotto della City, Lije Baley, e affidargli come compagno il miglior poliziotto di Spacetown, R. Daneel Olivaw. Il guaio è che quella «R.» significa robot : sta per cominciare una sfida implacabile tra l’intelligenza umana e quella artificiale per risolvere l’omicidio più esplosivo che la Terra ricordi; e, per il lettore, una delle letture più appassionanti nel campo della fantascienza «pura». Nuova traduzione integrale e introduzione di Giuseppe Lippi

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Aztechs

Недалекое будущее. Америка отгородилась от Мексики и Латинской Америки сплошной непроходимой стеной из лазерных лучей, проходящей вдоль границы. Вдоль всей границы вырос город. Город трущоб, бедноты, уличныx банд и безумия. Главный герой, некто Эдди По, молодой человек, живет в этом городе. У него своя частная фирма — служба безопасности, состоящая из «Сэмми», генетически и наркотически измененных солдат. И ему предлагают опасное дельце — сопровождать и охранять одного из агентов Ацтеков (Искусственных Интеллектов) на встрече с одним из самых опасных и влиятельных картелей по эту сторону границы — семьей Карбонеллов…

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Aztechs

Недалекое будущее. Америка отгородилась от Мексики и Латинской Америки сплошной непроходимой стеной из лазерных лучей, проходящей вдоль границы. Вдоль всей границы вырос город. Город трущоб, бедноты, уличныx банд и безумия. Главный герой, некто Эдди По, молодой человек, живет в этом городе. У него своя частная фирма — служба безопасности, состоящая из «Сэмми», генетически и наркотически измененных солдат. И ему предлагают опасное дельце — сопровождать и охранять одного из агентов Ацтеков (Искусственных Интеллектов) на встрече с одним из самых опасных и влиятельных картелей по эту сторону границы — семьей Карбонеллов…

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Автор: LeGuin Ursula K
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A Winter Haunting

Dale Stewart's life has become a shadow of what it once was. A respected college professor and successful novelist, he sabotaged his career and his marriage with an obsessive love affair that ended badly.With darkness closing in on him, Dale decides to return to his boyhood home in Illinois. Drawn by a recurring nightmare that has plagued him since his youth -- and a troubling certainty that something is waiting for him there -- he hopes to exorcise his demons.In the last hours of Halloween, he reaches the outskirts of the dying town of Elm Haven. There, he moves into the abandoned farmhouse that was once the home of his closest boyhood friend, the strange and brilliant Duane McBride, who lost his young life in a grisly "accident" back in the terrible summer of 1960. Hoping to find peace in isolation, he settles in for the long, harsh winter.But Dale is not alone. Soon after he arrives, cryptic messages begin appearing mysteriously on his computer screen while he struggles to work on his novel. He sees black dogs roaming the grounds. And an old enemy has reemerged, a bully who seems as determined to persecute Dale as he was in childhood.

Автор: Simmons Dan
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Armed & Magical

Raine Benares is a sorceress linked to the Saghred, an ancient soul-stealing stone of unfathomable power. Only the Isle of Mid, home to the most prestigious sorcery college, can free her from the power of the stone.

Автор: Shearin Lisa
Серия: Raine Benares
 
Agent to the Stars

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish.

So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal.

Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

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A Dance for Emilia

Even lifelong friendships can't outlast death...or can they?

Award-winning author Peter S. Beagle presents a deeply personal story of dreams abandoned and recovered, friends loved and lost, and the strength it takes to let go....

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A Fine and Private Place

Now available in a handsome trade paperback edition, this timeless classic of a romance between two ghosts who must fight to remain cognizant of what life and love once were--and still are--is a love story that transcends all love stories and a ghost story that transcends all ghost stories. Funny and heartwarming, it's perfect for young readers and adults alike.

Автор: Beagle Peter S
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Altered Carbon

Mankind is strung out across interstellar space, and human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies, but some things never change, so when Takeshi is downloaded into the body of a ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer he shouldn't be surprised.


Awards

Philip K Dick Award

Автор: Morgan Richard K
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Altered Carbon

Mankind is strung out across interstellar space, and human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies, but some things never change, so when Takeshi is downloaded into the body of a ex-thug and presented with a catch-22 offer he shouldn't be surprised.


Awards

Philip K Dick Award

Автор: Morgan Richard K
Серия: Takeshi Kovacs
 
Amazon Ink

“Outstandingly exciting!” – Fallen Angel Reviews

“Extremely talented and guaranteed to keep you reading.” – Paranormal Romance Reviews

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Meet Mel: Business owner. Dedicated mom. Natural-born Amazon.

It's been ten years since Melanippe Saka left the Amazon tribe in order to create a normal life for her daughter, Harmony. True, running a tattoo parlor in Madison, Wisconsin, while living with your Amazon warrior mother and priestess grandmother is not everyone's idea of normal, but Mel thinks she's succeeded at blending in as human.

Turns out she's wrong. Someone knows all about her, someone who's targeting young Amazon girls, and no way is Mel going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe Saka is quite a force…even when she's facing a barrage of distractions – including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a seriously angry Amazon queen who views Mel as a prime suspect. To find answers, Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do: embrace her powers and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe…but you can't take the tribe out of the girl.

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A Season for Slaughter

As tenacious aliens transform the war torn Earth into a replica of their own terrifying world, a handful of scientists, soldiers, and citizens prepares to fight back.

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A Matter for Men

With the human population ravaged by a series of devastating plagues, the alien Chtorr arrive to begin the final phase of their invasion. Even as many on Earth deny their existence, the giant wormlike carnivores prepare the world for the ultimate violation--the enslavement of humanity for food!

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A Day for Damnation

McCarthy was drafted from his college biology studies and became a member of the Special Forces. Then he is given the opportunity to contact the Chtorr, but when a helicopter crash leaves him and his companions stranded in enemy territory, he must decide whether to communicate with the Chtorr--or kill them!

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A Stone in Heaven

In A Stone in Heaven, Dominic Flandry finds friendship, maybe even love, after many years of being totally alone.

After A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, Flandry’s life stood in ruins. His Emperor, unbeknownst to him at the time, was dead; his sons were incompetent. His love was dead; his son was dead; he didn’t believe in his job any longer, and he’d taken out his biggest adversary.

So, what was left? This book shows the answer: plenty.

The younger son of Hans Molitor now holds the throne in his incompetent grasp, and worse, does not like Flandry. So, although Flandry is now a Vice-Admiral and commands much respect, he isn’t thrown too many assignments. On the other hand, he is able to make his own schedule, so when Miriam Abrams, daughter of mentor Max Abrams (his superior in Ensign Flandry), manages to get to him to point out a major problem on Ramnau, he leaves.

Once again, he finds intrigue and lots of it, problems, and pain. But unlike A Knight of Ghost and Shadows, Flandry this time finds more while he’s solving the mystery. He and Abrams reach an understanding, and more or less pair off by the end of the book. He also helps solve her problem, take out a would-be Emperor candidate, and rehabilitate his image with Emperor Gerhardt (the younger son of Hans Molitor) in the process, so it’s definitely not a wasted trip.

Автор: Anderson Poul
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Angels' Pawn

A Companion Novella to Angels' Blood

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Angels' Blood

Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other — and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn't destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Автор: Singh Nalini
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Archangel's Kiss

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel—and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

Автор: Singh Nalini
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Автор: Howard Robert Ervin
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At Winter's End

After a recurrence of the cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs and a resulting Long Winter of 700,000 years, the eventual New Springtime sees only two of the far future Earth’s original Six Peoples emerge from their deep cocoons: the resilient, insect-like hjjk-folk and the simian tribes who regard themselves as heirs to humanity. Young Hresh-full-of-questions is a member of one of the latter, a small band that must radically change its ancient rituals and taboos to adapt to their new life. Taking up temporary residence in the shell of a once great city, the group fearfully meets another people, is itself torn in half by rivalry and, through Hresh, achieves a new realization of who they are. This solid, dramatic novel expands on a favorite motif of Silverberg’s: the mixed terrors and pleasures of freedom, of going out into the wider world without guide, map or a sure sense of one’s own capabilities.

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Appuntamento nel tempo

Innamorato di una donna vissuta molto tempo prima, il protagonista di questo libro straordinario comincia a studiarne i ritratti, la carriera, l’ambiente. Finché l’ossessione lo porta a tentare di raggiungere la misteriosa attrice… nel passato. Ma è solo l’inizio dell’avventura. Da questo grande romanzo è stato tratto un film con Christopher Reeve.

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Autocombustione umana

Nella cittadina americana di Whiteford una ragazza va in cucina a preparare il caffè lasciando il padre seduto nella sua poltrona. Quando ritorna dopo pochi minuti, la stanza è piena di fumo ma non c’è più incendio: ciò che è bruciato (dall’interno) e ridotto in finissima cenere, è soltanto suo padre. Si scopre allora che testimonianze più o meno credibili sul fenomeno del CUS (Combustione Umana Spontanea) si erano avute fin dall’antichità. E pochi giorni dopo, nella stessa cittadina — un secondo caso si verifica sotto gli occhi dello stesso scettico giornalista che sta indagando sul primo. L’“autocombustione umana” è ormai un fatto accertato. Resta solo da spiegare chi o che cosa “si nasconda” dietro il mostruoso fenomeno.

Автор: Shaw Bob
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Analyste

Что может быть общего между Ветхим Заветом и нашей жизнью начала XXI века? Как могут пересечься пути Господни и, скажем, Главного разведывательного управления? Почему роман, написанный на русском, назван французским словом «Analyste» («Аналитик»)?

Во многом необычное произведение Андрея М. Мелехова — это путешествие туда, где редко бывают живые и откуда никогда не возвращаются умершие. Вернее, почти никогда. Действие романа начинается в африканской стране Ангола, в которой в наши дни мало что напоминает о временах холодной войны. Кроме разве что оружия советского производства, да теперь уже российских военных разведчиков. Но помимо Африки читателю предстоит побывать и в гораздо более далеких и загадочных местах…


Андрей М. Мелехов — литературный псевдоним человека, настоящее имя которого известно на просторах бывшего СССР скорее в сфере бизнеса. Он учился и работал в Англии и США, несколько лет прослужил в Советской Армии, выполняя интернациональный долг все в той же Анголе. «Analyste» — это не детектив, а попытка ответить на волнующие автора вопросы жизни, смерти и совести.

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Analyste

Что может быть общего между Ветхим Заветом и нашей жизнью начала XXI века? Как могут пересечься пути Господни и, скажем, Главного разведывательного управления? Почему роман, написанный на русском, назван французским словом «Analyste» («Аналитик»)?

Во многом необычное произведение Андрея М. Мелехова — это путешествие туда, где редко бывают живые и откуда никогда не возвращаются умершие. Вернее, почти никогда. Действие романа начинается в африканской стране Ангола, в которой в наши дни мало что напоминает о временах холодной войны. Кроме разве что оружия советского производства, да теперь уже российских военных разведчиков. Но помимо Африки читателю предстоит побывать и в гораздо более далеких и загадочных местах…


Андрей М. Мелехов — литературный псевдоним человека, настоящее имя которого известно на просторах бывшего СССР скорее в сфере бизнеса. Он учился и работал в Англии и США, несколько лет прослужил в Советской Армии, выполняя интернациональный долг все в той же Анголе. «Analyste» — это не детектив, а попытка ответить на волнующие автора вопросы жизни, смерти и совести.

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Amerykańscy bogowie

Po trzech latach spędzonych w więzieniu Cień ma wyjść na wolność. Ale w miarę jak do końca odsiadki pozostają tygodnie, godziny, minuty, sekundy, czuje narastający niepokój. Na dwa dni przed zakończeniem wyroku, jego żona, Laura, ginie w wypadku samochodowym w tajemniczych okolicznościach — wszystko wskazuje na zdradę małżeńską. Oszołomiony Cień powraca do domu, gdzie spotyka tajemniczego Pana Środę, twierdzącego, iż jest uchodźcą wojennym, byłym bogiem i królem Ameryki. Razem wyruszają oni w niesamowitą podróż przez Stany, rozwiązując zagadkę morderstw, które co zimę są dokonywane w małym Amerykańskim miasteczku. Jednak podąża za nimi ktoś, z kim Cień musi zawrzeć pokój…W swojej niepokojącej, wciągającej i bardzo osobliwej powieści Neil Gaiman, wyrusza w podróż w poszukiwaniu duszy Ameryki.


Książka otrzymała nagrodę Hugo 2002 w kategorii Najlepsza Powieść Roku.

Автор: Gaiman Neil
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Arcymag. Część I

Zmęczony dość uciążliwymi w przyswajaniu lekturami szkolnymi oraz nieco ambitniejszą fantastyką, jakiś czas temu poczułem silną potrzebę sięgnięcia po coś lekkiego i nie wymagającego zbytniego zaangażowania umysłowego, a do tego na tyle rozluźniającego, bym mógł z nowymi siłami wrócić do poważniejszej literatury. Fabryka Słów stanęła na wysokości zadania i wypuściła na rynek pierwszą część Arcymaga, który wyszedł spod pióra jeszcze nieznanego u nas rosyjskiego fantasty, Aleksandra Rudazowa. Ponieważ opis z tyłu okładki – zabawny i oryginalny – wydał mi się zachęcający, bez zbędnego wahania chwyciłem za wspomniane dzieło. Jak się wkrótce okazało, była to jedna z moich najtrafniejszych decyzji od przynajmniej kilku miesięcy, jeśli chodzi o dobór lektury.

Fabuła okazuje się dość oryginalna. Aby uciec od swych przeciwników, sumeryjski arcymag Kreol decyduje się na wielce ryzykowny krok – wraz ze swym filigranowym dżinem-sługą ukrywa się w grobowcu i zapada tam na długi, bo trwający aż pięć tysięcy lat, sen. W ten sposób, a także dzięki wyprawie archeologicznej, która odkryła jego miejsce spoczynku, budzi się we współczesnym San Francisco. Jako że przeżycie w naszych realiach bez jakichkolwiek informacji jest niewątpliwie sporym wyczynem, nasz bohater ochoczo przyjmuje pomoc tutejszej młodej policjantki, napotkanej w dość niespodziewanych okolicznościach. Teraz Kreol ma szansę zadomowić się w nowych czasach, jednak szybko okazuje się, że jego wrogowie wcale nie zniknęli w mrokach dziejów.

Powieść okazała się tak bardzo wciągająca, że na jej pochłonięcie wystarczyło mi jedno popołudnie. Co ciekawe, fabuła nie ma w tym pierwszorzędnej zasługi, albowiem ta jeszcze nie zdążyła się rozkręcić i jak na razie obyło się bez fajerwerków. Nic w tym dziwnego, skoro recenzowana przeze mnie pozycja to dopiero pierwsza z dwu części Arcymaga (a znając ostatnie tendencje Fabryki Słów do cięcia powieści na połówki, należy sądzić, iż w oryginale autor ograniczył się do jednej książki). Jednak w żadnym razie nie znaczy to, że było nudno. Zderzenia dwóch kultur czy dwóch światów zawsze dawało autorowi spore pole do popisu. Kreol – człowiek bardzo inteligentny, a do tego – dzięki profesji arcymaga – nawykły do wszelkich cudów czy pozornych niemożliwości, nie ma większych problemów ze zrozumieniem naszej rzeczywistości i przyjmuje ją bez skrajnych emocji, co stanowi miłą odmianę od wszelkiej maści "tryglodytów" z innych powieści fantastycznych, nieustannie dziwiących się każdej nowej rzeczy. Paradoksalnie ten powiew świeżości wcale nie pozbawił autora narzędzia do tworzenia śmiesznych scen, lecz jedynie uatrakcyjnił lekturę.

Ogromną zaletą Arcymaga są bohaterowie. Duża część z nich to istoty z innych światów, jak chociażby wspomniany już wcześniej zabawny dżin Hubaksis, inni są ludźmi. Jednak każdy z nich jest znakomicie wykreowany, dzięki czemu od razu można go zapamiętać i polubić. To szczególnie oni, wraz z ich dążeniami, kłopotami oraz wadami i zaletami powodowali, że z taką przyjemnością pochłaniałem wzrokiem kolejne strony powieści.

Innym walorem tej pozycji jest świat przedstawiony, wspaniale ożywiony magią. Mamy więc do czynienia z prawdziwym magiem, artefaktami, nawiedzonymi domami oraz istotami z innych wymiarów. Opis wydawcy z tyłu okładki obiecuje nam także podróże po innych rzeczywistościach. Nie jest to do końca prawdą, gdyż żadnych podróży międzywywiarowych na razie nie uświadczymy. Piszę "na razie", ponieważ biorąc pod uwagę moment, w jakim doszło do urwania akcji, wygląda na to, że jednak nas nie ominą. Za to cieszy przedstawienie przez autora własnej wizji dziejów starożytnego Bliskiego Wschodu. Nie jest to co prawda zbyt obszerne przedstawienie, ale i tak bardzo dobrze, że się pojawiło, zwłaszcza iż współgra z fabułą.

Już to zasygnalizowałem we wstępie, ale nie zaszkodzi powtórzyć: Arcymag jest powieścią wybitnie rozrywkową i tylko jako taką można ją traktować; próżno doszukiwać się tutaj głębszych treści, moralizowania czy nawet naukowych ciekawostek, jakże chętnie dostarczanych w hurtowych ilościach przez wielu naszych rodzimych twórców. Ciężko mi jednoznacznie stwierdzić, co tak naprawdę stanowi humor w tej książce. Na pewno nie pojedyncze scenki lub gry słowne, bo tych jest znikoma ilość. Myślę, że nie było to coś konkretnego, lecz cała powieść jest nim wprost przesycona. To właśnie dzięki bohaterom, historii oraz lekkości opisywanych wydarzeń uśmiech nie schodził mi z ust przez całą lekturę i trwał jeszcze długo po jej zakończeniu. Odniosłem wrażenie, iż pisanie sympatycznej powieści mającej na celu wyłącznie rozluźnić czytelnika, jest dla Rudazowa czymś zupełnie naturalnym, dzięki czemu nie musi co i rusz chwytać się różnych zabiegów, mających na celu rozśmieszenie czytelnika. To wyraźnie odróżnia go od pewnego fantasty rozrywkowego z naszego podwórka, a mianowicie Andrzeja Pilipiuka. Ten ostatni, przy tworzeniu humoru nierzadko sięga po takie narzędzie jak erotyka, zgorszenie albo brutalność (jakkolwiek dziwnie by to nie brzmiało). Każdy, kto miał do czynienia chociażby z Wieszać każdy może, zapewne domyśla się, co miałem na myśli. Wszystkich, których zniechęciła ta cecha prozy Pilipiuka, mogę ze spokojnym sumieniem odesłać do Rudazowa – u niego próżno doszukiwać się podobnych rzeczy.

Książka została napisana sprawnie i lekkim piórem. Styl współgra z treścią, toteż na tym polu nie stwierdziłem zgrzytów. Również korekta dobrze wywiązała się z powierzonego jej zadania, gdyż nie zauważyłem istotniejszych błędów językowych, choć trochę pomniejszych się prześlizgnęło. Jeśli chodzi o jakość wydania, to tu – jak to w każdej publikacji Fabryki Słów – widać dobrze wykonaną robotę. Co prawda grafika tytułowego arcymaga na okładce mogłaby być lepsza, ale to już czepianie się szczegółów.

Podsumowując, Arcymag jest idealną propozycją dla osób spragnionych lekkiej, rozrywkowej fantastyki. Za rozsądną cenę dostajemy porządnie wydany produkt, który zapewni kilka godzin relaksującego odpoczynku od prozy życia. Gorąco polecam i z niecierpliwością wypatruję drugiej części, która zgodnie z zapowiedziami wydawcy już niedługo powinna trafić do sklepów.

Автор: Rudazow Aleksander
Серия:
 
All Spell Breaks Loose

My name is Raine Benares—and it sucks to be me. The Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that has given me unlimited power, has been stolen by a goblin prince, and with it went my magic. The Saghred is in the goblin capital of Regor, in the hands of Sarad Nukpana, who's on the verge of becoming the most powerful mage ever... just as soon as I'm dead.

Because Sarad can't use the stone while I'm alive. Incentive enough to plan a little trip to Regor with a small band of good friends, not-so-good friends, and outright enemies. All we need to do is destroy the Saghred, kill Sarad, and put a renegade prince on the throne. Did I mention I'll be doing this without magic?

Автор: Shearin Lisa
Серия: Raine Benares
 
Автор: Abraham Daniel
Серия: Long price quartet
 
A Local Habitation

Toby Daye—a half-human, half-fae changeling—has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world had other ideas...

Now her liege, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills, has asked Toby to go to the Country of Tamed Lightening to make sure all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary. It seems like a simple enough assignment—until Toby discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, and that if the killer isn't stopped, January may be the next victim.

Автор: McGuire Seanan
 
An Artificial Night

October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae—and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down—even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt—and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power.

Автор: McGuire Seanan
 
As canções da Terra distante

Apenas algumas ilhas espalhadas num planeta selvagem oceânico, Thalassa era um verdadeiro paraíso. Feliz e tranquilo, o povo de Thassala deleitava-se em viver bem no seu belo e abastado mundo. Envolvdos pelos encantos e recursos do planeta, aqueles colonos não suspeitavam do colossal evento que repentinamente tomaria lugar sobre seus mares. O idílio de Thalassa seria rompido em breve com o aparecimento de Magalhães em sua órbita.

Protegida por um escudo de gelo que a cercava, Magalhães tinha a aparência fascinante de um enorme cristal esverdeado e resplandecente. Por dentro do iceberg, artificial, Magalhães uma nave espacial de proporções gigantescas, transportava um milhão de refugiados da Terra em estado de hibernação. Eles eram os sobreviventes dos últimos e alucinados dias da civilização humana em seu planeta de origem.

A chegada de Magalhães a Thalassa fatalmente abalaria a calma e segurança dos nativos: a astronave estaria só fazendo uma escala em sua jornada para uma estrela mais distante, como alegou a tripulação, ou a intenção era ficar e estabelecer os passageiros naquele cenário divino?

Автор: Clarke Arthur Charles
Серия:
 
A Princess of Mars

Forty-three million miles from the earth--a succession of the weirdest and most astounding adventures in fiction. John Carter, American, finds himself on the planet Mars, battling for a beautiful woman, with the Green Men of Mars, terrible creatures fifteen feet high, mounted on horses like dragons.

Автор: Burroughs Edgar Rice
Серия: Barsoom series, Barsoom
 
A Princess of Mars

Forty-three million miles from the earth--a succession of the weirdest and most astounding adventures in fiction. John Carter, American, finds himself on the planet Mars, battling for a beautiful woman, with the Green Men of Mars, terrible creatures fifteen feet high, mounted on horses like dragons.

Автор: Burroughs Edgar Rice
Серия: Barsoom series, Barsoom
 
Axis

Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door"—the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world—and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance ten years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed—as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

Автор: Wilson Robert Charles
Серия: Spin
 
A Chalice of Wind

After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio.

Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.

Автор: Tiernan Cate
Серия: Balefire
 
A Chalice of Wind

After seventeen-year-old Thais Allard loses her widowed father in a tragic car accident, she is forced to leave the only home she's ever known to live with a total stranger in New Orleans. New Orleans greets Thais with many secrets and mysteries, but none as unbelievable as the moment she comes face to face with the impossible — an identical twin, Clio.

Thais soon learns that she and the twin she never knew come from a family of witches, that she possesses astonishing powers, and that she, along with Clio, has a key role in Balefire, the coven she was born into. Fiery Clio is less than thrilled to have to share the spotlight, but the twins must learn to combine their powers in order to complete a rite that will transform their lives and the coven forever.

Автор: Tiernan Cate
Серия: Balefire
 
A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows

Dominic Flandry, troubleshooter for the decaying Terran Empire, returns to the spaceways and becomes tangled up in the well-laid plans of his lifelong enemy, Aycharaych.

Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия: Dominic Flandry
 
A Circus of Hells

Bribed to explore a supposedly barren moon, Lt. Flandry finds it swarming with a hideous race of killers, controlled by a deranged computer brain!

Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия: Dominic Flandry
 
Автор: Power P S
Серия: The young ancients
 
A technicolor időgép

A hollywoodi Climactic filmstúdiót csőd fenyegeti. Péntek este van, hétfő reggel megjelennek a bank csődszakemberei. Addigra el kell készülnie a Viking Kolumbusz című monstre szuperprodukciónak, még akkor is, ha az ónorvég sagákat esetleg újra kell értelmezni, és a kritikusok is némi joggal fanyalognak a film földhözragadt realizmusa láttán…

Автор: Harrison Harry
Серия:
 
Annihilation

A journey through the unforgiving expanse of the endless Abyss awaits. At the end of that journey a ragged band of dark elves hope to find Lolth herself. Through they've managed to survive the fall of Ched Nasad, the demon-haunted ruins of Myth Drannor, and the vicious cunning of aboleth slave-masters, the Underdark is child's play compared to the chaotic infinity of the Demonweb Pits. They'll go to find the truth but may well find only Annihilation.

Автор: Этанс Филип
 
ANDROMĒDA

F. Hoils Dž.Eliots

ANDROMĒDA

IZDEVNIECĪBA «ZINĀTNE» RĪGA 1969

Ievērojamā angļu astronoma, astrofizika un matemā­tiķa Freda Hoila un literāta Džona Eliota kopīgi uz­rakstītais zinātniski fantastiskais romāns k<Andromēda» saista lasītāju gan ar spraigo sižeta risinājumu un dra­matiskajām situācijām, kas dažbrīd pat atgādina detek­tīvromānu, gan ar interesanti veidotajiem galveno varoņu raksturiem. Tai pašā laikā autori izvirza no­pietnu pamatdomu par zinātnieka atbildību cilvēces priekšā, par kompromisa nepieļaujamību, parāda, kā kapitālistiskajā pasaulē militāristi un alkatīgi veikal­nieki jebkuriem līdzekļiem cenšas dabūt zinātnes sa­sniegumus savās rokās, lai izmantotu tos saviem nolū­kiem. IļVaras un peļņas kāres apstulbināti, viņi neuz­klausa zinātnieku brīdinājumus un ar savu rīcību paši palīdz svešas, nezināmas planētas «sūtnim» īstenot tā ļaunprātīgos nodomus. «Jūs visi iznīksit, tāpat kā dino­zauri,» saka biosintēzes ceļā izaudzētā cilvēkveidīgā būtne Andromēda, un vienīgi jaunā zinātnieka Fle- minga asais prāts, drosme un pašaizliedzība izglābj cil­vēci no draudošajām briesmām,

No angļu valodas tulkojusi R. Koka Māksliniece J. Antimonova

Автор: Hoils Freds, Eliots žons
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ANDROMĒDAS IZLAUŠANĀS

Freds Hoils, Džons Eljots

ANDROMĒDAS IZLAUŠANĀS

Автор: Hoils Freds, Eljots žons
Серия:
 
A Meeting with Medusa

Won the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1973.

Nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1972.

Автор: Clarke Arthur C
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Автор: Brown Ryk
Серия: The Frontiers saga
 
A Wizard Alone

Kit and Nita join forces once more against the terrible Lone Power on an unusual battleground, as they fight for the heart and mind of a young wizard with the power to save their world…

Initially, Kit finds himself flying solo as Nita has sunk into a deep depression after the events of The Wizard's Dilemma. Luckily, Kit's telepathic pooch, Ponch, is happy to fill Nita's niche temporarily, as long as enough dog biscuits are involved.

Kit's fighting to understand why autistic wizard-in-training Darryl McAllister has been stuck in his wizardly Ordeal for over three months. Is it merely the fault of his autism? Exploring inside Darryl's mind, Kit and Ponch discover complex landscapes of weird beauty that belie Darryl's rocking, vacant exterior. But they also find the Lone Power, attacking Darryl with a relentless brutality that seems to make little sense. What makes Darryl so important — and why can't he escape his Ordeal?

Nita, meanwhile, is distracted from her sorrow by a series of strange dreams in which some mysterious being pleads desperately for her aid. What do the cryptic messages mean? She has to find out quickly — because now Kit, too, has vanished. Can she find him — and if she does, will the two of them be able to come together in time to deal with the Lone Power before It can destroy them?

Автор: Duane Diane
 
A Wizard Abroad

To give Nita a vacation from magic, her parents pack her off for a stay with her eccentric aunt in Ireland. But Nita soon finds herself with a host of Irish wizards battling creatures from a nightmare land.

Автор: Дуэйн Диана
 
A.D. 999

Anno Domini 999…

Год девятьсот девяносто девятый от Рождества Христова.

Мир, затаившись, ждет - Апокалипсиса.

Мир замков и королей, рыцарей и астрологов, колдунов и чернокнижников ждет КОНЦА СВЕТА.

НАШ мир - или мир, ПОХОЖИЙ на наш? Прочитайте - и узнаете сами!

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Anochecer

El planeta Kalgash está al borde del caos, pero solo unas pocas personas se han dado cuenta de ello. Kalgash conoce únicamente la luz diurna perpetua, pues durante más de dos milenios la combinación de sus seis soles ha iluminado el cielo. Sin embargo, ahora empieza a reinar la oscuridad. Pronto se pondrán todos los soles, y el terrible esplendor del anochecer desencadenará una locura que marcará el final de la civilización. Anochecer , novela basada en un relato escrito por Asimov en 1941, permite al lector experimentar el cataclismo que sobrevendrá sobre Kalgash a través de los ojos de un periodista, un astrónomo, un arqueólogo, un psicólogo y un fanático religioso.

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Автор: Earl Robert
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Akce L

Pak se Běhounek pro SF na sedm let odmlčel a v 50. letech zahájil novou etapu své tvorby, ve které se pustil — jak se tehdy slušelo — do popisování komunistické budoucnosti. V roce 1956 vydává román Akce L (SNDK 1956). První polovina knihy popisuje úspěchy lidstva na poli vědy a techniky. Je podána ve formě filmu Vítězný pochod, který sledují dva kamarádi Jan a Petr jako historický dokument. Ve druhé části knihy chlapci odletí na Měsíc, kde se připravuje velkolepý projekt — urychlení rotace měsíčního tělesa. Během této „akce L“ jsou chlapci svědky objevu prastaré kosmické lodě z Marsu. Loď obsahuje dokumentární filmy o marťanské civilizaci, zničené globální katastrofou planety.

Автор: ěhounek šek
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Автор: Forstchen William R
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Alarm in der Tiefsee

Aus der Reihe »Utopia-Classics«

Band 8

Frederik Pohl und Jack Williamson

Alarm in der Tiefsee

Gefahr für Krakatau Dome, die Tiefseestadt

Jim Eden, Kadett der US-Tiefsee-Akademie, wird überraschend nach Krakatau Dome abkommandiert. Dort, tief innerhalb der Erdrinde unter der Tiefseestadt, läuft ein geheimes Projekt an.

Es gilt, Seebeben vorherzusagen und die permanente Bedrohung der Unterwasserstädte durch seismische Einwirkungen in Grenzen zu halten. Und es geht darum, den Elementen auf die Spur zu kommen, die durch künstlich erzeugte Beben Angst und Schrecken unter den Bewohnern Marinias verbreiten.

Nach DUELL IN DER TIEFE und STÄDTE UNTER DEM OZEAN (UTOPIA-CLASSICS-Bände 4 und 6) legen wir hiermit den Abschlußband der TIEFSEE-TRILOGIE der beiden amerikanischen Autoren vor.


Titel des Originals: UNDERSEA CITY

Серия: Utopia-Classics
 
Автор: Child Star
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A Hard Day's Knight

John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special—and dangerous—weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside.

London Proper. It's been years since John's been back—and there are good reasons for that.

Автор: Green Simon R
Серия: Nightside
 
Anathem

Anathem is set on a planet called Arbre, where the protagonist, Erasmas, is among a cohort of secluded scientists, philosophers and mathematicians who are called upon to save the world from impending catastrophe. Erasmas — Raz to his friends — has spent most of his life inside a 3,400-year-old sanctuary. The rest of society — the Sæcular world — is described as an "endless landscape of casinos and megastores that is plagued by recurring cycles of booms and busts, dark ages and renaissances, world wars and climate change." Their planet, Arbre, has a history and culture that is roughly analogous to Earth. Resident scholars, including Raz, are unexpectedly summoned by a frightened Sæcular power to leave their monastic stronghold in the hope that they may prevent an approaching catastrophe.

Автор: Stephenson Neal
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A Quantum Murder

Peter F. Hamilton returns to the future of "Mindstar Rising" with an engrossing new adventure of Greg Mandel, a freelance operative whose telepathic abilities give him a crucial edge in the high-tech world of the 21st century. Mandel must investigate the murder of professor Edward Kitchener, a double Nobel laureate who had been researching quantum cosmology for the powerful Event Horizon conglomerate.

Автор: Hamilton Peter
Серия: Greg Mandel
 
A Maze of Death

Fourteen strangers came to Delmak-O. Thirteen of them were transferred by the usual authorities. One got there by praying. But once they arrived on that planet whose very atmosphere seemed to induce paranoia and psychosis, the newcomers found that even prayer was useless. For on Delmak-O, God is either absent or intent on destroying His creations.

Автор: Dick Philip Kindred
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A Perfect Blood

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth — a would-be creator is determined to make his (or her) own demons. But it can't be done without Rachel's blood.

As a bounty hunter, Rachel has battled vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more. But humanity itself might be her toughest challenge.

Автор: Harrison Kim
Серия: The Hollows
 
A Storm of Wings

It is the time of the Locust. 'Fear death from the air, and avoid the North -' Eighty years have passed since Lord tegeus-Cromis broke the yoke of Canna Moidart, since the horror of the geteit chemosit. The Reborn Men, awoken from their long sleep, have inherited the Evening Cultures. In the wastelands to the north and west of Virconium a city is being built. But not by men. In the Time of the Locust a paralysing menace threatens to turn the inhabitants of the Pastel City into hideous, mindless insects..

Автор: Harrison M John
Серия: Viriconium
 
A Darkling Plain

It’s six months after the tumultuous events on Brighton, and Wren Natsworthy and her father Tom have taken to the skies in their airship, The Jenny Haniver. Wren is enjoying life as an aviatrix but Tom is troubled by matters of the heart—Hester’s disappearance, and the old wound caused by Pennyroyal’s bullet. Until a fluke encounter with a familiar face sets him thinking about the ruins of London and the possibility of going back...

Meanwhile the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out again. Events are set on a collision course as things end where they began, with London...

Автор: Reeve Philip
Серия: Mortal Engines
 
Автор: Bester Alfred
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Автор: Bloch Robert
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Abzalon

Ester : un monde menacé par l’instabilité de son étoile. Sur le continent Nord, le gouvernement, pressé par l’Eglise du Moncle, décide l’annexion du Sud, où vivent les Kroptes, peuple pacifique, religieux et polygame. Une invasion brutale qui dissimule un autre projet : la recherche d’une nouvelle planète habitable.

Abzalon et Loello, incarcérés dans la sinistre prison de Doeq, se battent pour leur survie sous l’oeil des “mentalistes”, les spécialistes du comportement. Ils ignorent qu’une épreuve plus terrible encore les attend. Celle-là mêmepeut-être que devine dans ses visions Ellula, jeune Kropte rebelle mariée d’autorité : un interminable voyage à travers le néant.

Un jour, Abzalon fait une étrange rencontre dans les souterrains de Doeq. Serait-ce un Qval, un de ces êtres légendaires dont on dit qu’ils furent les premiers Estériens ?

Or un gigantesque chantier s’achève sur un satellite d’Ester : le projet “Estérion”…

Автор: Bordage Pierre
Серия: Abzalon
 
Alapítvány és Föld

A regényfolyam befejező kötetében ismét Golan Trevize, az Alapítvány tanácsosa a főszereplő, ő az, akinek döntenie kell a Galaktikus Birodalom jövőjéről. Az előző kötet végén döntött is, de a döntés pillanatában kételkedés fogta el, nem volt-e idegen befolyás alatt. Hogy önmagát megnyugtassa, elhatározza megkeresi az emberiség bölcsőjét, a mitikus múltba süllyedt Földet, amelyről senki sem tudja, hogy valóság-e vagy mese.

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия: Alapítvány
 
Alas, Babylon

“Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

Автор: Frank Harry Hart
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Alas, Babylon

“Alas, Babylon.” Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness.

Автор: Frank Harry Hart
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Автор: Simak Clifford D
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Автор: Simak Clifford D
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Автор: Simak Clifford
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A presto, caro mio

«Стиратели-2000».

Литературный клуб молодых фантастов, которые начали публиковаться не раньше 2000 года.

Они гордятся тем, что не принадлежат ни к одной школе или группе отечественной фантастики.

Они пришли в жанр каждый своей дорогой и дорожат своим «лица необщим выраженьем».

Их объединяет одно — все они, по словам основателя клуба Романа Афанасьева, «любят фантастику ради фантастики, а не ради себя».

Добро пожаловать в клуб «Стиратели-2000»!

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Автор: Wilson F Paul
Серия: Repairman Jack
 
Автор: Marquitz Tim
Серия: Demon squad
 
Alexa

Первая часть трилогии в цикле «Хроники Ориона». Каждый новый день, она проживала, свято веря, что привычной жизни никогда не наступит конца, что все, кто её любит и ценит, всегда будут рядом. Но в день равенства — праздник мира и спокойствия, этой вере пришёл конец: все, кого она любила, были убиты, а её родная планета уничтожена. Ей лишь чудом удалось спасти свою жизнь. И в этот момент судьба столкнула её с Блейком Бентоном — человеком, который не ведал преград на своем пути, и чья сила воли могла подчинить себе любого. Будучи примером, для подражания и лучшим в своей сфере, этот мужчина, олицетворяющий идеал, даже не догадывался, что теперь, когда в его жизни появилась эта таинственная незнакомка, отнюдь не все будут играть по его правилам. Он спас ей жизнь, заключив фиктивный брак, и дал ей своё имя. Но к чему приведёт столкновение двух равных характеров под покровом тайного брака? К войне? К ненависти? К неожиданной и прекрасной любви? Или, может, им суждено стать спасением друг для друга…

 
A Case of Conscience

A Case of Conscience is a science fiction novel by James Blish, first published in 1958. It is the story of a Jesuit who investigates an alien race that has no religion; they are completely without any concept of God, an afterlife, or the idea of sin; and the species evolves through several forms through the course of its life cycle. The story was originally published as a novella in 1953, and later extended to novel-length, of which the first part is the original novella. The novel is the first part of Blish's thematic “After Such Knowledge” trilogy, followed by Black Easter/The Day After Judgment and Dr Mirabilis.

The story is unusual in several respects. Few science fiction stories of the time attempted religious themes, and still fewer did this with Catholicism. Some of the first part is taken up with the Jesuit's attempt to solve a puzzle, a long description of scandalous intrigue between various pseudonymous characters. As he is about to leave for Earth, he realizes the puzzle is soluble. The puzzle is contained within the pages of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.

Many reacted negatively to the story, but surprisingly few educated Catholics were among them. One even sent James Blish a copy of the actual Church guidelines for dealing with extraterrestrials. These are not detailed, but merely suggest overall strategy based on whether the beings have souls or not, and if they have them, whether they are fallen like humans, or exist in a state of grace.

Won Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1959.

Автор: Blish James
Серия:
 
Absolution Gap

A further awe inspiring leap into the darkly imagined future of REVELATION SPACE. With his first novel Reynolds laid the foundations of a galaxy spanning future for mankind. And with each novel he takes us further into that galaxy, reveals another aspect of a future that holds few boundaries. Further into the dark heart of mankind. Awe inspiring doomsday weapons, vicious AIs, cities overwhelmed by plagues that twist and meld man and machine. The further we go into this future the more it is revealed to be the creation of a uniquely talented writer who is making a massive impact on world SF.


Nominated for BSFA Award in 2003.

Автор: Reynolds Alastair
Серия: Revelation Space
 
A Woman of the Iron People

Li Lixia is one of eight field anthropologists set down on Sigma Draconis II after the first starship from Earth detects pre-industrial intelligent life there. She experiences several of the cultures of the humanoid people of the planet as she travels with Nia, a female exile of the Iron People. Arnason introduces Nia and her way of life, then brings in Lixia and, gradually, includes others of the starship’s exploratory team. While removed from the starship, the anthropologists remain in contact with it as they all struggle with the question of whether their active intervention will help or harm those whom they encounter. As in life, no clear answers are offered.


Nominated for John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1992.

Автор: Arnason Eleanor
Серия:
 
Acélbarlangok (Gyilkosság az Űrvárosban)

„A jövő évezred krimije” - így határozták meg a kritikusok a tudományos-fantasztikus regények egyik világhírű művelőjének, Asimovnak ezt a könyvét.

A szerző, akárcsak a már megjelent “Én, a robot” című regényében, most sem a puszta fantasztikum szárnyain kalandozik el a jövőbe, hanem a kibernetika és a többi technikai tudományág ma már részben előre látható, részben csak sejthető fejlődésének felvázolása útján. Elektronikus számítógépeink, kozmikus rakétáink és műholdjaink, embert szállító űrhajóink már ma is vannak. Így hát nem irreális ez a feltevés, hogy történetünk kezdetén már vagy ezer éve laknak emberek más bolygókon, ahová a Földről települtek ki, sőt egy újabb generáció már e bolygókról vándorolt vissza a Földre. A Föld lakossága megsokszorozódott, és a földfelszín alá költözött, húsz-ötvenmillió lakosságú óriásvárosokba, a technika ma még csak elképzelhető csodái közé, ahol minden nehezebb munkát robotemberek végeznek helyette, ám kezdik azzal fenyegetni, hogy az élő munkás előbb-utóbb felesleges lesz.

És e tökéletesen megszervezett társadalomban egy nap valami rendkívüli történik: meggyilkolnak egy embert. Egyikét az űrből jötteknek, a robotszerkesztés kiváló tudósát. Ki tette? Közönséges gyilkos? Fanatikus robotgyülölő? Vagy egy egész összeesküvő csoport, amely a „régi világot” szeretné visszaállítani?

Elijah Baleynek, a New York-i rendőrség detektívjének kell megoldania a gyilkosság rejtélyét, mégpedig az áldozat utolsó mesterműve, egy tökéletes „emberszabású” robot segítségével. De vajon valóban gép ez a „tökéletes robot”?…

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия:
 
A Game of Thrones

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Clash of Kings

The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world…

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others-a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords…

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Storm of Swords

Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall. But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Robb plots against his despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King’s Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world…

But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others-a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords…

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Feast for Crows

It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears… With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist — or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces — some familiar, others only just appearing — are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes… and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests — but only a few are the survivors.

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Feast for Crows

It seems too good to be true. After centuries of bitter strife and fatal treachery, the seven powers dividing the land have decimated one another into an uneasy truce. Or so it appears… With the death of the monstrous King Joffrey, Cersei is ruling as regent in King’s Landing. Robb Stark’s demise has broken the back of the Northern rebels, and his siblings are scattered throughout the kingdom like seeds on barren soil. Few legitimate claims to the once desperately sought Iron Throne still exist — or they are held in hands too weak or too distant to wield them effectively. The war, which raged out of control for so long, has burned itself out.

But as in the aftermath of any climactic struggle, it is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces — some familiar, others only just appearing — are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

It is a time when the wise and the ambitious, the deceitful and the strong will acquire the skills, the power, and the magic to survive the stark and terrible times that lie before them. It is a time for nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages to come together and stake their fortunes… and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests — but only a few are the survivors.

Автор: Martin George R R
 
Автор: Anghelides Peter
Серия: Torchwood
 
After Utopia

It is the far future. Earth is a beautifully planned, efficiently run and happily united. But still it is a world with problems—people have become so lazy, so self-satisfied, that human progress has all but ceased. Addicts of the newly-developed “programmed dreams” are increasing at an enormous rate. Only a few individuals realize that the human race is destroying itself. This book is about what those few people do.

Автор: Reynolds Mack
Серия:
 
As Lie the Dead

Evangeline Stone, a rogue bounty hunter, never asked for a world divided between darkness and light . . .

. . . or the power to die and live again in someone else's borrowed body. After a murder plot meant to take her out leaves an entire race of shapeshifters nearly extinct, Evy is gnawed by guilt. So when one of the few survivors of the slaughter enlists her aid, she feels duty-bound to help — even though protecting a frail, pregnant shifter is the last thing Evy needs, especially with the world going to hell around her.

Amid weres, Halfies, gremlins, vamps — and increasingly outgunned humans — a war for supremacy is brewing. With shifters demanding justice, her superiors desperate to control her, and an assassin on her trail, Evy discovers a horrifying conspiracy. And she may be the only person in the world who can stop it — unless, of course, her own side gets her first.

Автор: Meding Kelly
Серия: Dreg City
 
Автор: Asaro Catherine
Серия:
 
Arena

Книга на тему любви и дружбы. На что способны люди в экстремальных ситуациях? Каково предназначение каждого? Арена — жестокая игра, в которой на одной чаше весов слава и богатство, на другой — жизнь игрока. Гладиаторы — богема современности, они законодатели мод, они те, кому подражают и на кого ровняются. Хозяин Арены — Линдон Вивариус, человек богатый и эксцентричный. Он играет жизнями людей легко и непринужденно. Своих звезд он может сделать из кого угодно, и для того чтобы заставить человека сражаться на Арене, применит любые способы, даже шантаж. Это порок Вивариуса и неотемлемая часть его самого. Но и он может сделать неправильный выбор, попытавшись заставить простого таксиста Джея сражаться на Арене за жизни его друзей. Джею придется поставить на кон дружбу и любовь, а потом понять, что эти вещи слишком важны, чтобы играть на них со смертью. P.S: Прошу читателя не слишком судить это творение за его «реалистичность». Это было написано под впечатлением от компьютерной игры Unreal Tournament 2003. Я не задавался целью написать реалистичный роман и ни в коем случае не претендую на его «научность». Фактически, он о любви, а все остальное — лишь фон.

Серия:
 
American Gods

Shadow si è fatto tre anni dentro. Sta per uscire ma proprio il giorno prima di tornare in libertà lo informano che sua moglie e il suo migliore amico sono morti in un misterioso incidente. Sull’aereo che lo riporta a casa, Shadow fa conoscenza con un enigmatico Mister Wednesday che gli offre di lavorare per lui. Shadow finisce per accettare: un lavoro gli risolve il problema di cosa fare della sua vita, anche se gli arriva da un vecchio bevitore di Jack Daniel’s dall’aria poco raccomandabile. Il contratto con il losco Mr Wednesday viene annaffiato da una bevuta di idromele, ma Shadow ci metterà ancora qualche tempo per capire chi siano in realtà il suo boss, i suoi compagni in affari, i suoi concorrenti, e ancora più tempo per capire in che gioco sia finito. Il vecchio baro corpulento, l’improbabile seduttore di ragazzine, il gran mangiatore e bevitore, l’uomo dall’eloquio torrenziale e dalla risata tonitruante è Odino, Votan, Grimnir, il Padre di ogni cosa, la somma divinità del pantheon nordico, arrivato in America secoli e secoli fa con una nave di vichinghi. Come lo slavo Chernobog, ridotto a vivere della pensione maturata negli anni di lavoro al macello di Chicago, come l’africano Anansi, come la celtica Easter e la mediterranea Bilqis che batte i marciapiedi di Hollywood, come tutte le divinità maggiori o minori, anche Odino tira a campare e conduce l’esistenza grama di un dio privo di adoratori, dimenticato, in un mondo che ne venera altri, più belli e nuovi. E’ per muovere battaglia contro i nuovi dèi americani, quelli dei mass-media, di Internet e delle carte di credito che Wednesday ha arruolato Shadow ed è per reclutare i compagni di lotta fra i colleghi del vecchio mondo che i due si metteranno ’on the road’ attraversando in lungo e in largo l’America più profonda, quella delle cittadine spopolate, dei motel persi nel nulla, delle riserve indiane degradate: un’America arciamericana ma al tempo stesso lontanissimada quella dei Nuovi Dèi. Alla fine di questo lungo vagabondaggio che ha tutte le caratteristiche di un viaggio iniziatico, ci sarà la battaglia di proporzioni epiche in cui si sfogherà un conflitto vecchio quanto l’uomo, una battaglia che ha per oggetto la conquista dell’anima stessa dell’America…

Автор: Gaiman Neil
Серия:
 
Assassin's Quest

In this conclusion to the Farseer saga, Fitz Chivalry's quest for revenge on the usurping Regal requires him to journey to the Elderlings (wise old mages in the classic mold) and afterwards to realize the emergence of his own magical gifts, at which point the quest comes to an end after a mere 688 pages. Like much high fantasy these days, the book could have been pruned more than a trifle; on the other hand, along with the extra wordage come extra measures of characterization, world building, and emotionally compelling scenes of both magic and battle. And this is definitely the end of one story, although the world Hobb has created is now sufficiently developed (even why the characters have such archetypical names is explained) to be the scene of future books. In all, this is an improvement over its predecessors that will please their readers and probably whet their appetites for more from Hobb.

Автор: Hobb Robin
Серия: The Farseer Trilogy
 
Aquamarine

Vera Parkhutik (Minsk, 1979) es una escritora de origen bieloruso, Vera Parkhutik es licenciada en medicina y está afincada en España desde los 12 años.

Sobre Aquamarine: ¿Puede la música convertirse en un instrumento de manipulación mental? Gabriel Cherny posee un don, es capaz de crear emociones reales en la gente a través de su música.

Gabriel Cherny es el mejor concertista de orchestrón, un instrumento musical electrónico muy especial, que transmite las emociones de su intérprete al público que lo escucha. Pero una historia oscura rodea a Cherny y a su instrumento. Treinta años atrás, el empresario Stiven Ramis, creador del orchestrón, se vio envuelto en un escándalo a causa de una serie de suicidios que tuvieron lugar en la sede de su empresa, Emociones Líquidas. El propio Cherny arrastra un pasado solitario y lleno de secretos.

Cody Weil, periodista de Hoy y Mañana, será el encargado de desenmarañar todo este entramado de mentiras y secretos. Mientras la pequeña Fally, hija adoptiva de Ramis y poseedora, si cabe, de un talento mayor que el del propio Cherny, parece ser la clave para desvelar la verdadera historia que rodea al orchestrón.

Автор: Parkhutik Vera
Серия:
 
Anti-Ice

The novel can be classified as an alternate history for its portrayal of 19th century Europe and the changes resulting, particularly in Britain, from an explosive scientific discovery made in the 1850s. A new element has been discovered in a hidden vein near the South Pole. Anti-ice is harmless until warmed, when it releases vast energies that promise new wonders and threaten new horrors beyond humankind’s wildest dreams.

Автор: Baxter Stephen
Серия:
 
Alvin Czeladnik

Alvin Smith znowu wyrusza w świat i szybko trafia do wiezienia, oskarżony przez swego dawnego mistrza o kradzież złotego pługa. Proces musi właściwie wykazać, że Alvin naprawdę jest Stwórcą. Tymczasem jego brat, Calvin, płynie do Europy, gdzie spotyka Napoleona i Balzaca. Od Napoleona uczy się manipulowania ludźmi, z Balzakiem wraca do Ameryki. Razem stanowią groźną parę.

Автор: Card Orson Scott
 
Țara norilor purpurii

Nuvela științifico-fantastică „Țara norilor purpurii” descrie o expediție grea și primejdioasă, bogată în evenimente dramatice, pe planeta Venus, una din cele mai greu accesibile planete ale sistemului solar.

La sfîrșitul secolului XX, în toiul marii ofensive pentru cucerirea de către om a spațiului cosmic din apropierea Soarelui, s-au descoperit pe Venus zăcăminte neobișnuit de bogate de minereuri radioactive, cărora li s-a dat denumirea de „Golconda uranică”. Pentru asaltul planetei Venus, constructorii sovietici concep o navă interplanetară de tip nou — racheta fotonică „Hius”. Un grup select de cosmonauți, alcătuit din șase oameni, este trimis să exploreze misterioasa „Golcondă uranică” și să instaleze în apropierea ei primul rachetodrom.

Aventurile prin care trece expediția în uriașele mlaștini și pustiuri negre de pe Venus sînt relatate în nuvela de față, în care facem cunoștință cu „centura roșie” și cu „enigma lui Tahmasib” și ai cărei eroi, animați de simțul datoriei și al tovărășiei, dau numeroase pilde de curaj, luptînd pentru cucerirea naturii de către om. Tinerii autori ai nuvelei, orientalistul Arkadi Strugatki și astronomul Boris Strugatki, au publicat pînă acum mai multe nuvele științifico-fantastice în diverse reviste și continuă să scrie în acest gen. În prezent ei lucrează la o nuvelă care ne povestește ce s-a întîmplat mai departe cu eroii romanului „Țara norilor purpurii”.

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Andromēdas Miglājs

Andromēdas Miglājs (1957, latv.1961) Туманность Андромеды Zinātniski fantastisks romāns par tālu nākotni, kad cilvēki dzīvo harmoniskā komunistiskā sabiedrībā. Visas planētas tautas sadzīvo vienotā saimē un dažādās Visuma malās mītošās civilizācijas sadarbojas kopējā «Lielajā Lokā» apmainoties ar kultūras un zinātnes sasniegumiem. Šī grandiozā utopija pavēra jaunus apvāršņus padomju fantastiskajā literatūrā. Pirmā grāmata triloģijā par Lielo Loku. Otrā «Čūskas sirds» (1959?) Сердце змеи Zinātniski fantastisks stāsts tematiski turpina «Andromēdas miglāja» norises — Zemes astronauti tālu kosmosā satiek citas civilizācijas pārstāvjus, kuru vielmaiņa balstās uz ftora, nevis uz skābekļa, kā zemiešiem.

Trešā «Vērša stunda» (1969) Час Быка Zinātniski fantastisks romāns, kura darbība risinās uz tālas planētas Tormans (Mocības), kur valda nežēlīga oligarhiska tirānija. Dzīve tur lielā mērā atgādināja padomju reālijas. Romāns tika publicēts klajas izdevēju nevērības dēļ, par ko viņiem nācās dārgi samaksāt. Atklāti kritizēt romānu padomju vara neuzdrīkstējās — Jefremovs bija pārāk populārs, taču grāmata uz 20 gadiem tika noklusēta — to nepublicēja, izņēma no bibliotēkām un nepieminēja nekādos rakstniekam veltītos rakstos. Latviski protams netika iztulkota.

Stāstos un romānos Jefremovs slavēja padomju cilvēku un “drīz gaidāmo” komunistisko nākotni, kad visiem uz Zemes klāsies jauki un saulaini, taču viņam pašam nebija ilūziju par to, kādā valstī un kādā laikā viņš dzīvo — īsi pirms Staļina nāves viņš apcietinājuma gaidās sadedzināja savas dienasgrāmatas un vēstules. Drīzumā pēc Jefemova nāves (1972.gada 5.oktobrī 65 gadu vecumā) VDK darbinieki izdarīja viņa dzīvoklī kratīšanu, meklējot “ideoloģiski kaitīgu literatūru”, un atņēma visus viņa melnrakstus. Uz diviem gadu desmitiem Jefremova vārds tika aizmirsts.

Автор: Jefremovs Ivans
 
Awakening

Morgan begins to understand something of her power and to move on with her life after the terrible betrayal of Cal, her first love. She realizes that Wicca can work for good or for evil as she fights the dark magick of Seline and Cal — and later David, who runs the store "Practical Magick".

Автор: Tiernan Cate
Серия: Sweep
 
Agent Fundacji

Pięćset lat od założenia jej przez Hariego Seldona Pierwsza Fundacja jest największą potęgą w Galaktyce. Narządzonym twardą ręką przez burmistrz Branno monolicie pojawia się jednak rysa. Golan Trevize, członek Rady Wykonawczej na Terminusie, głosi pogląd, że zniszczona rzekomo Druga Fundacja nadal decyduje o losie Pierwszej. Tymczasem mentalista Stor Gendibal, jeden z trantorskich Mówców, podejrzewa istnienie organizacji kontrolującej z ukrycia obie Fundacje. Zarówno Trevize, jak i Gendibal wyruszają w przestrzeń, by dowieść swoich racji. Do ostatecznej rozgrywki, której stawką jest przyszłość Galaktyki, dochodzi w pobliżu rodzinnej planety Muła, tyle że do ścierających się sił dołącza jeszcze jedna…


Otrzymała nagrodę Hugo w 1983.

Nominowana do nagrody Nebula w 1982.

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия: Fundacja
 
Az Alapítvány pereme

A könyv az Alapítvány-trilógia után következő kötet. 498 év telt el az Első Alapítvány megalapítása óta. Az Öszvér fenyegetése elmúlt: a Trantor bolygója békés, virágzó korszakát éli. A pszichohistorikus Hari Seldon váratlan megjelenése azonban olyan érdekes kérdéseket vet fel, melynek nyomán egy fiatal tanácsost az űrben száműznek, hogy megkeresse a választ: létezik-e még a Második Alapítvány. A tét: az emberiség sorsa. Az Alapítvány pereme című Asimov-regény ennek a nagy tétnek a kérdésével foglalkozik.


Az Alapítvány pereme megnyerte 1982-ben a Nebula-díjat és 1983-ban a Hugo-díjat.

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия: Alapítvány
 
Čarodějem sobě navzdory

Magie a věda se navzájem vylučují — ale ne na Gramarye…

Christopher Stasheff je znám zejména díky fantasy sérii o Rodu Gallowglassovi - Čarodějem sobě navzdory. Jinak píše většinou další fantasy o čarodějích a čarodějnicích...

Автор: Stasheff Christopher
 
A Kiss Of Shadows

Meredith, a runaway Elven princess posing as a human private detective with a specialty in supernatural crime, is confronted by a dangerous new adversary, Doyle, the chief bodyguard and assassin of Meredith's aunt, the Queen of Air and Darkness, as Meredith becomes caught up in one of her dreaded aunt's evil schemes.

Серия: Merry Gentry
 
A Caress Of Twilight

Private Investigator, Princess Meredith, is heir to a throne, if she can live long enough to claim it. For a deadly game is being played in the Faerie court and whoever produces an heir first wins the crown. Then, in her adoptive home, in the City of Angels, people start dying in mysterious ways.

Серия: Merry Gentry
 
A Stroke Of Midnight

A faerie princess turned private investigator in a world where faeries are not only known to the general public, but are also fashionable, the title heroine is Princess Meredith NicEssus, also known as Merry Gentry. As niece to Andais, The Queen of Air and Darkness, she is a royal of the Unseelie Court. While her aunt tried to kill her as a child, she has since offered her the title as crown princess as the Court needs more heirs.

Серия: Merry Gentry
 
A Lick Of Frost

A faerie princess turned private investigator in a world where faeries are not only known to the general public, but are also fashionable, the title heroine is Princess Meredith NicEssus, also known as Merry Gentry. As niece to Andais, The Queen of Air and Darkness, she is a royal of the Unseelie Court. While her aunt tried to kill her as a child, she has since offered her the title as crown princess as the Court needs more heirs.Введите сюда краткую аннотацию

Серия: Merry Gentry
 
Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия:
 
Arka odkupienia. Tom 1: Zdrada

Pięćdziesiąt lat temu interwencja ludzi obudziła obcą, uśpioną od wieków strukturę, stworzoną dawno temu po to, by ostrzegała o pojawieniu się istot inteligentnych w tym rejonie galaktyki. Teraz nastąpi reakcja. Kiedyś Clavain uciekł, by walczyć po stronie Hybrydowców — pewnego odłamu ludzi, uczestników zbiorowej świadomości, zbudowanej na modłę ula. Czterysta lat później, w końcowej fazie brutalnej wojny międzyplanetarnej, coś wywołało panikę wśród tajnego kierownictwa Hybrydowców. Gdy zrozumiano przyczynę nowego zagrożenia, Clavain planuje ponowną ucieczkę. Szuka dawno zaginionej infernalnej broni, która może wpłynąć na bieg wydarzeń. Wraz z grupą sprzymierzeńców Clavain leci na Resurgam — kolonię archeologiczną, która przeżywa kryzys. Dla dobra ludzkości zamierza odzyskać broń. Jego rozgoryczona rywalka Skade postawiła sobie inny cel i by go zrealizować, gotowa jest zmienić nawet samą rzeczywistość.

Автор: Reynolds Alastair
 
Автор: Clarke Arthur C
Серия:
 
Автор: Clarke Arthur C
Серия:
 
Автор: Hulick Douglas
Серия: Tales of the Kin
 
A Crown of Swords

Elayne, Aviendha and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heatwave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel — Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And, above all, Rand faces the dread forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey…

Автор: Jordan Robert
Серия: The Wheel of Time
 
Ascending

Oar is the last of her kind — a resident of the so-called "planet of no return," once the Admiralty’s dumping ground for undesirables and those who had become expendable. Oar’s transparent body is indestructible. Yet the mind it houses grows weary and will soon surrender to the catatonic torpor that has already claimed the others of her genetically altered human race. But Oar cannot sleep, not yet. There are powerful forces seeking her destruction for reasons unknown. There are old allies who need her assistance and a true history that must be revealed. There is much Oar must accomplish before the "apathetic hibernation" overcomes her, though time is decidedly her enemy. Together with her friend, Admiral Festina Ramos, she must find her final destiny… and in a vast and volatile universe, destiny is never a sure thing.

Автор: Gardner James Alan
Серия: League of Peoples
 
Автор: Slade Stuart
Серия: The Salvation war
 
ANDROMĒDA

F. Hoils Dž.Eliots

ANDROMĒDA

IZDEVNIECĪBA «ZINĀTNE» RĪGA 1969

Ievērojamā angļu astronoma, astrofizika un matemā­tiķa Freda Hoila un literāta Džona Eliota kopīgi uz­rakstītais zinātniski fantastiskais romāns k<Andromēda» saista lasītāju gan ar spraigo sižeta risinājumu un dra­matiskajām situācijām, kas dažbrīd pat atgādina detek­tīvromānu, gan ar interesanti veidotajiem galveno varoņu raksturiem. Tai pašā laikā autori izvirza no­pietnu pamatdomu par zinātnieka atbildību cilvēces priekšā, par kompromisa nepieļaujamību, parāda, kā kapitālistiskajā pasaulē militāristi un alkatīgi veikal­nieki jebkuriem līdzekļiem cenšas dabūt zinātnes sa­sniegumus savās rokās, lai izmantotu tos saviem nolū­kiem. IļVaras un peļņas kāres apstulbināti, viņi neuz­klausa zinātnieku brīdinājumus un ar savu rīcību paši palīdz svešas, nezināmas planētas «sūtnim» īstenot tā ļaunprātīgos nodomus. «Jūs visi iznīksit, tāpat kā dino­zauri,» saka biosintēzes ceļā izaudzētā cilvēkveidīgā būtne Andromēda, un vienīgi jaunā zinātnieka Fle- minga asais prāts, drosme un pašaizliedzība izglābj cil­vēci no draudošajām briesmām,

No angļu valodas tulkojusi R. Koka Māksliniece J. Antimonova

Автор: Eliots F Hoils
Серия:
 
ANDROMĒDAS IZLAUŠANĀS

Freds Hoils, Džons Eljots

ANDROMĒDAS IZLAUŠANĀS

Серия:
 
APZIŅAS PARAZĪTI

KOLINS VILSONS

APZIŅAS PARAZĪTI

RIGA «SPRĪDĪTIS» 1990

THE MIND PARASITES Moscow Raduga Publishers 1986

No angļu valodas tulkojusi MARA RŪMNIECE Redaktore INTA SMITE Mākslinieks GUNTARS SIETIŅS

AUGUSTAM DĒRLETAM,

kurš pamudināja sarakstīt šo grāmatu

«Pirms nomirstu, man jārod veids, kā pasacīt to būtisko, kas ir mani, ko es nekad vēl neesmu teicis — kas nav ne milestiba, ne naids, ne žēlums vai nicinājums, bet pati dzīves elpa, spēcīga un nākusi no tālienes, tā ienes cilvēka dzīvē plašumu un baiļpilnu, bezkaislīgu spēku, kāds nepiemīt cilvēcei. . .»

BĒRTRANDS RASELS*[1]vēstule Konstancei Malsonei, 1918. g.,

citēts no: «Mana filozofiskā attīstība», 261. lpp.

Автор: VILSONS KOLINS
Серия:
 
Atnācēji no nekurienes

Atnācēji no nekurienes

Fransiss Karsaks

Priekšvārds

 Atšķirībā no daudziem citiem Rietumu rakstniekiem fantastiem, kas, daudzveidojot sižeta kolīzijas, paplašinot savu varoņu dar­bības sfēru līdz kosmiskajai telpai vai pat pārnesot to ārpus galaktikas, tikai retumis pieskaras nopietnām sociālām vai morāles problēmām, franču rakstnieks Fransiss Karsaks neatkāpjas no jaunatnes fantastiskās li­teratūras klasiskajām humānismā tradīcijām. Viņš ir pārliecināts optimists, kas tic labā uzvarai un skaistākai cilvēces nākotnei. Pa­saule bez kariem un varmācības, bez rasis­tiskiem aizspriedumiem un atomkara drau­diem — lūk, sapnis, kas radis iemiesojumu Karsaka daiļdarbos. Gandrīz visos savos dar­bos viņš parāda, kā starp dažādu planētu civilizācijām nodibinās draudzīgi sakari.

Romānā «Kosmosa robinsoni» Karsaks ap­raksta, kā kosmiskas katastrofas rezultātā no Zemes atdalījies gabals kopā ar cilvēkiem īonāk pasaules telpā. Liekot saviem varoņiem darboties neparastos apstākļos — uz svešasļ planētas, ko apdzīvo citas saprātīgas būtnes, rakstnieks risina problēmas, kas ir aktuālas uz Zemes.

«Kosmosa robinsonos» skartie jautājumi—| divējāda veida saprātīgu būtņu līdzāspastā-l vēšana, divu rasu eksistence uz vienas pla-ļ nētas — sīkāk attēloti savstarpēji saistītaj jos romānos «Atnācēji no nekurienes» un «Su pasaule pieder mums». Tieši ar šiem darbiem' Karsaks kļūst plaši pazīstams kā talantīgsf mūsdienu piedzīvojumu fantastiskās litera­tūras žanra meistars.

Karsaks tēlo civilizēto planētu iedzīvotāju konfliktu ar agresīvajiem svešo pasauļu iemītniekiem, viņš poetizē visu cilvēču kopīgo radošo darbu ne vien mūsu Saules sistēmā, bet pat ārpus tās. Milzīgie attālumi viņa varoņiem nav nekāds šķērslis. Zvaigžņu kuģi ienirst «ahūnā», kas aptver mūsu Telpu atdalot to no antipasaulēm, un, bez grūtibām pārvarējuši telpas un laika barjeru, veic miljoniem gaismas gadu lielus attālumus dažās stundās vai dienās, rēķinot Zemes laika vienībās. Ar šādu vienkāršu, kaut arī nevisai oriģinālu paņēmienu autors panāk va­jadzīgo efektu.

Romānos «Atnācēji no nekurienes» un «Šī pasaule pieder mums» attēlotajām civilizā­cijām ir raksturīgs augsts zinātnes, tehnikas, un morāles līmenis, par negrozāmu likumu tajās ir kļuvusi miera saglabāšana uz ne­skaitāmām Putnu Ceļa planētām. Viena no romāna «Šī pasaule pieder mums» sižeta līnijām — Apdzīvoto planētu savienības cīņa pret ļaunajiem spēkiem mislikiem, kuri dzēš zvaigznes un cenšas pakļaut Visumu Mūžī­gas Tumsas valstībai —• kļūst par galveno ari romānā «Atnācēji no nekurienes». Centrālais tēls — Vsevolods Klērs — skaidri pauž autora demokrātiskos, humānos uzskatus.

Pēc apbrīnojamiem piedzīvojumiem Klērs talas pasaulēs iepazīstas ar dažādu svešu civilizāciju pārstāvjiem^— Apdzīvoto planētu savienības locekļiem. Šajā savienībā uzņem līkai tos, kas uz savām planētām izbeiguši I u'bkurus iekšējus konfliktus un uz mūžīgiem [ laikiem nodibinājuši mieru. Apvienoto planētu savienības galvenais mērķis — uzveikt mislikus, kas apdraud ikvienu dzīvības formu Visumā. Šie briesmoņi eksistē ļoti zemā temperatūrā, kas ir tuva absolūtajai nullei, un spēj pārtraukt zvaigžņu kodolreakcijas. Nesot iznīcību dažādu sauļu sistēmu planētām, tie ielaužas Galaktikas dzīlēs.

Romāna optimistiskā izskaņa liecina par autora bezgalīgo ticību Prāta un Zinātnes uzvarai. īsi — intelektuāli augsti attīstītie tālas planētas Ellas iedzīvotāji, kuri, apciemo­jot Zemi, aizved sev līdzi Klēru, beidzot at­rod efektīvu līdzekli cīņai pret mislikiem — iespēju mākslīgi atjaunot atomreakcijas mi­rušajās zvaigznēs.

Karsaka romāns dzīvi sasaucas ar mūs­dienu notikumiem. Tas uzrakstīts 50. gadu

vidū, tāpčc tajā skaidri jaušams otrā pasau­les kara atspulgs un pēckara dzīves pretru­nas. Misliki ir alegorisks fašistisko barbaru attēlojums, bet Apdzīvoto planētu savienība: simbolizē apvienoto nākotnes cilvēci. Viss] darbs konsekventi pauž autora antimilitāristiskos uzskatus.

Karsaks ir lielisks stāstītājs, viņš prot la­sītāju saintriģēt ar saistošu sižetu, ar kon­centrētu, dinamisku un mērķtiecīgu darbību. Tiesa, reizēm viņš dažādus notikumus pār­mērīgi sablīvē, kas, bez šaubām, vājina darba iekšējo loģiku un rada psiholoģiskus vienkāršojumus.

Romānā «Atnācēji no nekurienes» progre­sīvais idejiskais saturs apvienojas ar neno­liedzamām literārām vērtībām: raitu darbību, atjautīgu sižetu, asprātīgu, tipiski francisku, viegli plūstošu valodu.

Viss tas Karsaka romānu padara parvieny no Rietumu modernās fantastikas labākajiem paraugiem.

5. Cepurniece

Автор: Karsaks Fransiss
Серия:
 
Автор: Evans Chris
Серия: Iron Elves
 
Across the Great Barrier

Eff is an unlucky thirteenth child — her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful seventh son of a seventh son. And yet, Eff is the one who saved the day for the settlements west of the Great Barrier. Her unique ways of doing magic and seeing the world, and her fascination with the magical creatures and land in the Great Plains push Eff to work toward joining an expedition heading west. But things are changing on the frontier.

There are new professors of magic for Eff and Lan to learn to work with. There's tension between William and his father. And there are new threats on the frontier and at home. To help, Eff must travel beyond the Barrier, and come to terms with her magical abilities-and those of her brother, to stop the newest threat encroaching on the settlers.

With wit, magic, and a touch of good pioneer sense, Patricia C. Wrede weaves a fantastic tale of the very wild west.

Автор: Wrede Patricia C
Серия: Frontier Magic
 
A Clash of Kings

The Seven Kingdoms have come apart. Joffrey, Queen Cersei's sadistic son, ascends the Iron Throne following the death of Robert Baratheon, the Usurper, who won it in battle. Queen Cersei's family, the Lannisters, fight to hold it for him. Both the dour Stannis and the charismatic Renly Baratheon, Robert's brothers, also seek the throne. Robb Stark, declared King in the North, battles to avenge his father's execution and retrieve his sister from Joffrey's court. Daenerys, the exiled last heir of the former ruling family, nurtures three dragons and seeks a way home. Meanwhile the Night's Watch, sworn to protect the realm from dangers north of the Wall, dwindle in numbers, even as barbarian forces gather and beings out of legend stalk the Haunted Forest.

Автор: Martin George
 
A game of thrones

In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.

Автор: Martin George
 
A Storm of Swords

The third volume of the high fantasy saga that began with A Game of Thrones and continued in A Clash of Kings is one of the more rewarding examples of gigantism in contemporary fantasy. As Martin's richly imagined world slides closer to its 10-year winter, both the weather and the warfare worsen. In the north, King Joffrey of House Lannister sits uneasily on the Iron Throne. With the aid of a peasant wench, Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer, escapes from jail in Riverrun. Jaime goes to the other youthful ruler, Robb Stark, to secure the release of Joffrey's prisoners, Robb's sisters Arya and Sansa Stark. Meanwhile, in the south, Queen Daenarys tries to assert her claim to the various thrones with an army of eunuchs, but discovers that she must choose between conquering more and ruling well what she has already taken. The complexity of characters such as Daenarys, Arya and the Kingslayer will keep readers turning even the vast number of pages contained in this volume, for the author, like Tolkien or Jordan, makes us care about their fates. Those two fantasy greats are also evoked by Martin's ability to convey such sensual experiences as the heat of wildfire, the chill of ice, the smell of the sea and the sheer gargantuan indigestibility of the medieval banquet at its most excessive. Perhaps this saga doesn't go as far beyond the previous bounds of high fantasy as some claim, but for most readers it certainly goes far enough to command their attention.

Автор: Martin George
 
Automated Alice

Jeff Noon's previous novels, Vurt and Pollen, have attracted a cult following with their psychedelic science fiction creation of the realm of "Vurt"--a region defined by illusion, dream and drug-induced fantasy. Noon has now decided to link up with an imaginative precursor by introducing Lewis Carroll's Alice as the protagonist in a new adventure that draws on Carroll's through-the-looking-glass inversions of reality, and adds a Jeff Noon menace and edginess absent from Carroll's Wonderland. Alice finds herself in 1998 Manchester when she enters an old grandfather clock, and soon becomes the prime suspect in the puzzling "Jigsaw Murders." Noon emulates Carroll's crazy wordplay throughout, and even adds his own illustrations inspired by those of John Tenniel, the famous interpreter of Alice.

Автор: Noon Jeff
Серия:
 
Автор: Barker Clive
Серия:
 
Автор: Asprin Robert
Серия:
 
Автор: Asprin Robert
Серия: Thievs World
 
Автор: Varley John
Серия:
 
Автор: Vinge Vernor
Серия:
 
Автор: Vinge Vernor
Серия:
 
Автор: Weber David
Серия:
 
Автор: Weber David
Серия:
 
A Grand Tour

This appendix sketches in some of the salient points of the galaxy into which Honor was born… and which she, willingly or not, was to play a major part in changing forever.

Автор: Drake David, Weber David
Серия: More than Honor
 
Автор: Card Orson Scott
Серия:
 
Автор: Cook Glen
Серия: Garrett Files
 
Автор: Cook Glen
Серия:
 
Автор: Cook Glen
Серия:
 
Автор: Cook Glen
Серия:
 
A Hundred Words for Hate

As an Angel, Remy possesses powers and skills only to be used if the situation calls for it. And the sudden reappearance of the Garden of Eden is just such a situation. Two opposing forces of immortals want the Key to the Gates of Eden, so Remy must turn for help to a fallen angel who is sometimes friend, sometimes foe—and always deadly.

Автор: Sniegoski Thomas E
Серия: Remy Chandler
 
Автор: Brown Fredric
Серия:
 
Автор: Brown Fredric
Серия:
 
Автор: Brown Fredric
Серия:
 
Автор: Brown Fredric
Серия:
 
Автор: Taylor Roger
Серия:
 
A Hymn Before Battle

This debut from a strong new talent in military science fiction tells the powerful story of military personnel chosen to battle an approaching alien force. It should appeal to fans of David Drake and David Weber.

Автор: Ringo John
 
Adventures in the Liaden Universe

This is the set of Liaden stories found in the space of Internet by DmB.

Автор: Lee Sharon, Miller Steve
Серия:
 
Adventures in the Liaden Universe. Collaterial Adventures

You can buy these stories as eBooks at embiid.com. Unfortunately, they come in a form that can only be read by the Embiid reader. After you have bought a story, you can escape from Embiid’s wretched typography by reading the version here. Please don’t read stories that you don’t own.

This text was created from the Embiid version. It has been spell-checked and proofread, but not carefully. Some errors doubtless remain.

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #1

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #2

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #3

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #4

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #5


2001

ISBN 1-58787-208-0

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #6


2000

ISBN 1-59787-090-8

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #7


ISBN 1-58787-212-9

“A Matter of Dreams” originally appeared in A Distant Soil #27, April 1999

Adventures in the Liaden Universe #8


2002

ISBN 1-58787-214-5

“Naratha’s Shadow” originally appeared in Such a Pretty Face, edited by Lee Martindale, Meisha Merlin Publishing, 2000

Автор: Lee Sharon, Miller Steve
Серия:
 
Assassins Play Off

For centuries, the ancient House of Sinanju is recognized as the center of learning for all the martial arts. From the ancestral nucleus of Oriental power and prestige have come the world's deadliest assassins and killers, also man's greatest protectors and warriors. To become a Master of Sinanju, however, is to totally perfect one's mental, spiritual, and physical powers. Very few mortals possess even a fraction of the necessary skills. Mere muscle or brains do not matter. Rarer still have been the men who dare to even approach the lowest steps of this shrine to violence and sudden death at Sinanju. The masters of Sinanju are the sun source and essence of the martial arts since prehistory. Recent upstart fighting techniques such as Kung Fu, Karate, Ninja, Aikido are but minor variations in the deadly armament of a Master. Only foreplay to the Grand Battle. And now, for the first time, a Westerner, a white man, Remo Williams, is defending the Holy Place against his relentless archenemy, Nuihc. Not since the Mongol invasions and the barbaric Chinese warlords has the land trembled in such anticipation. The scenario begins in New Jersey. The die is cast in a U.S. government submarine. Now Chiun and the Premier of Korea will witness the Grand Battle. And Remo Williams - the Destroyer - is being allowed but one blow. One split-second opportunity to punch, slash, chop, smash or kick . . . The ghosts of a thousand warriors dance in the dust as the two men face each other. And Chiun knows.

Серия: The Destroyer
 
Автор: Reynolds Mack
Серия: United Planets
 
After the Golden Age

Can an accountant defeat a supervillain? Celia West, only daughter of the heroic leaders of the superpowered Olympiad, has spent the past few years estranged from her parents and their high-powered lifestyle. She's had enough of masks and heroics, and wants only to live her own quiet life out from under the shadow of West Plaza and her rich and famous parents.

Then she is called into her boss' office and told that as the city's top forensic accountant, Celia is the best chance the prosecution has to catch notorious supervillain the Destructor for tax fraud. In the course of the trial, Celia's troubled past comes to light and family secrets are revealed as the rift between Celia and her parents grows deeper. Cut off from friends and family, Celia must come to terms with the fact that she might just be Commerce City's only hope.

This all-new and moving story of love, family, and sacrifice is an homage to Golden Age comics that no fan will want to miss.

Автор: Vaughn Carrie
Серия:
 
Автор: Goss James
Серия: Torchwood
 
A sehollakók

Egy franciaországi kisváros melletti erdei tisztáson különös, zöld bőrű, emberszerű lények vezette, idegen űrhajó landol. Clair doktor, a városkában élő magányos tudóskutató a Hiss-ek segítségére siet, mert a földi támaszpontok megsebesítették őket és űrhajójukat. Hálából magukkal viszik az Ellára, a béke és a szabadság bolygójára, ahol egyenrangú társként fogadják. Kitűnő barátokra talál, s a Mislixek elleni küzdelemben egyedülálló érdemeket szerez. A «Fény gyermekei» maguk közé fogadják, majd a bájos Ulna kíséretében visszatér a Földre, hogy újabb társakat toborozzon az emberiségeket fenyegető Mislixek támadásai elleni, nemes küzdelemhez.

Автор: Carsac Francis
Серия:
 
A Girl's Guide to Vampires

Joy Randall's Top 5 Tips for Vampire Hunters

1. Location, location, location. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. They won't be found dead (ha!) in places like discos, ten-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Check the Czech Republic.

2. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire.

3. No matter how tempting it might be, DO NOT "ACCIDENTALLY" ACQUIRE A PAPER CUT AND SUGGEST YOUR VAMPIRE KISS YOUR FINGER TO MAKE IT BETTER. What you offer as a snack, he might take for a four-course meal.

4. From here on out, play it cool. Don't offer to accompany your prince of the night on the talk show circuit and WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T OFFER HIM YOUR HEART.

5. And most of all, remember—being a vampire is nothing to laugh about.

Серия: Dark Ones
 
A Crown of Swords

Elayne, Aviendha and Mat come ever closer to the bowl ter'angreal that may reverse the world's endless heatwave and restore natural weather. Egwene begins to gather all manner of women who can channel — Sea Folk, Windfinders, Wise Ones, and some surprising others. And, above all, Rand faces the dread forsaken Sammael, in the shadows of Shadar Logoth, where the blood-hungry mist, Mashadar, waits for prey…

Автор: Jordan Robert
Серия: The Wheel of Time
 
Автор: Emerson Ru
Серия:
 
A Nomadic Witch

A Note from Debora: For those of you who haven't discovered my witches yet, I invite you to start with book one, A Modern Witch. Some series can be read out of order – this isn't one of them:).

For the rest of you who have been eagerly awaiting this release… happy reading – and thank you!

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Spring brings a traveler to Nova Scotia – a tiny babe who will turn Marcus's life upside down and reincarnate the horrifying events of his past.

Can Marcus find his way through the pain to love and healing? And can the witching community finally learn to keep their astral travelers safe?

A Nomadic Witch is book four of the top-rated A Modern Witch series. Light contemporary fantasy with a good dose of humor, a little romance, and characters you won't want to leave.

Автор: Geary Debora
Серия:
 
Автор: Hemry John G
Серия: Paul Sinclair
 
Автор: Hemry John G
Серия: Paul Sinclair
 
Автор: Larson B V
Серия: Haven
 
Arcane Circle

Even magic can't solve everything. . . .

After facing down the forces of Fairy in mortal combat, Persephone Alcmedi still must deal with the aftermath. Not only does Seph now possess deadly secrets she must hide from the arcane and mundane world alike, but the dozens of magical creatures who've taken up residence behind her cornfield need food and shelter, and there's still her foster daughter Beverly's tenth birthday party to plan.

And that's not all. . . . Seph's boyfriend Johnny has revealed himself as the wærewolf Domn Lup, and the ruler of the wære world is en route from Romania to make sure Johnny really is the 'king' he claims to be. But Johnny's hiding a dangerous secret: his magic is locked in his mysterious tattoos. He and Seph must find a way for him to reclaim it - fast - despite those who have no intention of letting Johnny gain his full powers. Seph knows that, in the arcane world, strength is always a necessity and power must be constantly proven, but how far is she willing to go to succeed . . . and at what cost?

Автор: Robertson Linda
Серия: Circle
 
Allies Of The Night

The quest for the Vampaneze Lord continues for the hunters of the dusk. Darren gets an unwelcome taste of reality when he is forced to go back to school and his past catches up with him. THE SAGA OF DARREN SHAN BOOK 8 Maturing at one fifth the rate of a normal human, Darren has the looks of a fifteen year old, even though he is very much older. Vampire Prince and vampaneze killer he may be, but someone has shopped him to the authorities and it's time for Darren to go back to school. But school is not the only thing Darren has to come to terms with: faces from the past, the death of a clan member, a clash with a vampire hunter and blood-thirsty vampaneze mean Darren's past is catching up with him — fast. It's time for the allies of the night to join forces. The hunt is on…

Автор: Shan Darren
 
Awakened

At the start of Awakened, the pulse-pounding eighth installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey has returned, mostly whole, from the Otherworld to her rightful place as High Priestess at the House of Night. Her friends are just glad to have her back, but after losing her human consort, Heath, will Zoey — or her relationship with her super-hot Warrior, Stark — ever be the same?

Stevie Rae is drawn even closer to Rephaim, the Raven Mocker with whom she shares a mysterious and powerful Imprint, but he is a dangerous secret that isolates her from her school, her red fledglings, and even her best friends.

When the dark threat of Neferet — who is coming closer and closer to achieving her twisted goal of immortality — and Kalona returns, what will it take to keep the House of Night from being lost forever, and what will one desperate girl do to keep her heart from being irreparably broken?

Автор: Cast PC, Cast Kristin
Серия: House of Night
 
Asteroidenjäger

Die Erzählung stellt eine technische Raumfahrt-Utopie dar, die ganz vom Gedanken humanistischer Völkerverständigung zwischen den Sternen getragen wird. Das führt fast unvermeidlich zu einem Pathos und Heldenmut, der heute etwas eigentümlich anmutet. Der Nachteil von Helden ist schließlich auch der, daß sie zumeist ihr Leben für eine große Idee opfern müssen oder es sogar freiwillig tun. Dieses Opfer wissen ihre Nachkommen oft nicht zu schätzen oder münzen es um in falsches Märtyrertum.

Автор: Rasch Carlos
Серия:
 
A praia mais longínqua

A Praia mais Longínqua é o terceiro volume desta série e promete ser tão fantástico como os anteriores. Desta vez, Gued, o poderoso arquimago, terá como missão descobrir por que razão a magia foi secando como um rio no mundo de Terramar. Os encantamentos deixaram de ter poder e as palavras de feitiçaria foram esquecidas. A fim de restaurar os poderes mágicos perdidos, Gued embarca com Arren, príncipe de Enland, para bem longe, isto é, para o terrível reino dos mortos, onde encontram pessoas muito estranhas e também alguns dragões. No fim desta empreendedora viagem, conseguirá Gued alcançar o seu objetivo ou a feitiçaria acabará mesmo por desaparecer? Não perca esta empolgante obra já com milhões de exemplares vendidos em todo o mundo.

Автор: Le Guin Ursula K
Серия: Terramar (pt)
 
A Fistful of Charms

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Серия: The Hollows
 
Arslan

Arslan is a young Asian general who conquers the world in a week without firing a shot and shortly thereafter sets up his headquarters in a small town in Illinois. And if this did occur, this is how it would happen.

A masterpiece of political science fiction and a book to challenge such works as Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Dispossessed, Arslan is a book that others are now measured against. “It's about fathers and sons, about power, about a genuinely ruthless (but not unfeeling) mind in pursuit of a practical solution to the world's problems.” So M. J. Engh describes Arslan. This is a novel of power and depth that is unforgettable.

A Classic of Political Science Fiction

“Engh creates a truly shocking situation, introduces a monstrous character, and then refuses to satisfy any of the emotions he has aroused…. Engh’s performance is as perversely flawless as Arslan’s.”

The New York Times

Arslan starts with a strong science fiction premise—and then raises it to the level of the greatest tragedies. You will find surprises almost from the start, as Engh shatters the tired cliches of the genre. And by the end of the book, exhausted and fulfilled, you will realize you have read something that stands head and shoulders above the other fiction of its time.”

—Orson Scott Card

“This is wonderful and terrifying SF—terrifying because its premise, the takeover of the United States by a third-rate world power, is at once so preposterous and yet, in the hands of this highly-skilled writer, so stupefyingly believable. Certainly Arslan is the best political novel I’ve read in more than a decade.”

—Samuel R. Delany
Автор: Engh M J
Серия: SF Masterworks
 
Arrivald z Wybrzeża

Mimo podeszłego wieku, obdarzony nadzwyczajną siłą fizyczną i niemałymi (chociaż nie popartymi gruntownymi studiami) zdolnościami czarodziejskimi Arivald wiedzie żywot, jakiego nie powstydziłby się znacznie młodszy miłośnik kobiet i mocnych trunków. Ochoczo stawia czoło danskarskim piratom, rozprawia się z wampirami, spieszy z odsieczą księżniczkom uwięzionym w innym wymiarze, wyjaśnia zagadkę złowieszczych kopalń Ghorlagru. Z pewnością trudno by go nazwać ozdobą salonów, ale i jemu niezbyt tam było spieszno: po dniu pełnym przygód najchętniej zasiada w gospodzie przy suto zastawionym stole, z wiernymi kompanami u boku, i snuje opowieści o swych nadzwyczajnych dokonaniach, zerkając z ukontentowaniem na urodziwą karczmarkę…

Автор: Piekara Jacek
Серия:
 
Anywhere but Here

In a world dominated by America’s heavy hand, an independent scientist reveals the secret of fast, cheap interstellar travel, sparking an exodus like none in history. When anyone with a few hundred dollars and a little ingenuity can build their own spaceship, even American citizens can’t wait to get out from under the United States's domineering thumb.

Trent and Donna Stinson, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, seal up their pickup for vacuum and go looking for a better life among the stars, but they soon learn that you can’t outrun your problems. America’s belligerent foreign policy is expanding just as fast as the world’s refugees, threatening to destroy humanity’s last chance for peaceful coexistence. When their own government tries to kill them for exercising the freedoms that people once took for granted, Trent and Donna reluctantly admit that America must be stopped. But how can patriotic citizens fight their own country? And how can they succeed where the rest of the world has failed?

Автор: Oltion Jerry
Серия:
 
A Szigetvilág varázslója

Óceánföld és Gont sziget helyét hiába is keresnénk a megsárgult középkori pergameneken, hiszen egyike azoknak a csodálatos és tűnékeny képzeletbeli tájaknak, melyek csak az írók és az újraálmodott középkori mítoszok képzeletvilágában léteznek.

Le Guin talányos történetének középpontjában egy falusi bronzkovács fiának a sorsa áll, akit barátai csak Hókának becéznek, s akinek korán felfedezik mágikus képességeit, de ő nyers és pallérozatlan, titokzatos erejét már nem csupán gyerekes játékokra szeretné felhasználni. Így kerül az egyszerű halandók által megközelíthetetlen kútfői mágusiskolába, ahol viszont éppen alacsony származása miatt számos megaláztatást kell elszenvednie a könnyedén sziporkázó, látványos varázsmutatványokra képes főúri csemetékkel szemben. Hogy tehetségét és erejét bizonyítsa, vakmerő bátorsággal egy olyan varázslatba kezd, mely a fiatal nővérek számára szigorúan tiltott.

A fiú, akit később Karvaly néven ismer meg az egész Szigetvilág, megidézi az árnyat, mely ettől a pillanattól elszabadul, és nincs az a varázsló, aki meg merne vele küzdeni. Karvalyt egész ifjú életén át üldözi ez az arcát soha fel nem fedő lény, s később súlyos árat kell fizetnie azért, hogy megtudja, ki is ez a félelmetes erő.

Автор: Le Guin Ursula K
Серия: Óceánföld
 
Atuan sírjai

A fantasy műfajban immár klasszikusnak számító amerikai írónő trilógiájának második kötetét tartja kezében az Olvasó. A szigetvilág varázslójából megismert ifjú Kóbor halhatatlan figurája itt ismét felbukkan, mint a gonosz elleni harc képviselője. A regény főszereplője azonban mégiscsak Tenar, akit ötéves korában elszakítanak szüleitől, hogy a sötétség birodalmának mindenre elszánt őrzőjévé idomítsák. Sötét lelkű nevelői 15 éves koráig a külvilágtól elzártan, vak engedelmességre szoktatják a törékeny kisleányt, mígnem egy napon ismeretlen idegennel találkozik a tiltott sírkamrák mélyén.

Le Guin regénye kétségkívül az irodalmi minőség kitüntető jegyeivel dicsekedhet, s nem maradhat ki a High fantasy igényes olvasóinak a sci-fi irodalom értékeit tartalmazó gyűjteményéből.

Автор: Le Guin Ursula K
Серия: Óceánföld
 
A legtávolibb part

A szigetvilág varázslója, az Atuan sírjai után az olvasó megismerkedhet a fantasy műfajban ma már klasszikusnak számító amerikai írónő trilógiájának harmadik darabjával. Az előző két kötetből ismert Kóbor-Karvaly, immáron bölcs öreg főmágus a fiatal Arren herceggel, Rosszán trónjának várományosával indul hosszú útra az ismeretlenbe, hogy ezer veszéllyel dacolva is visszaszerezze a varázslás erejét, az elfelejtett szavakat. Mert kiapadtak a varázserő forrásai, mint ahogy kiszáradtak a tavak és a folyók. Ha Kóbor és az ifjú kalandokban bővelkedő nagy utazása nem jár sikerrel, a szigetvilág nem kerülheti el a pusztulást. Így hát magukkal viszik világuk minden reményét, hogy a balsors sötét vagy az új jövő csodás ígéretével térjenek majd vissza ősi földjükre, megjárva nemcsak a sárkányok vagy a holtak birodalmát, de a hit és a lélek útvesztőit is.

Автор: Le Guin Ursula K
Серия: Óceánföld
 
A Stranger in a Strange Land

Reviews

If any work of fiction will earn Robert Heinlein a permanent place on the collective bookshelf, it is going to be Stranger in a Strange Land, for the impact it has made on American society. If a person has not managed to read Strangerby now, then he has at least absorbed a bit of it osmotically, for it flows throughout our cultural consciousness. Perhaps least of all, it anticipated Nancy Reagan's reliance on astrology and spawned the water bed and the neologism "grok," (Heinlein's Martian verb for a thorough understanding), though "grok" would never have taken hold, had the young rebels of the 1960s not discovered Stranger as their counterculture bible. Some went even further and formed "nests" and churches based on what they found in Stranger; perhaps the most famous instance of that is the Church of All Worlds, a pagan group who lifted its name and logo intact from the book. Stranger has also begun to be included in many canonical college reading lists, and Billy Joel saw fit to mention the title in his 1989 Top-40 hit about history, "We Didn't Start the Fire."

Stranger's fire was kindled in 1948 in a brainstorming session between Robert Heinlein and his wife, Virginia. While looking for material to fit John Campbell's title, "Gulf," Mrs. Heinlein thought it would be interesting to explore the case of a human raised by Martians. Heinlein thought that the idea would make a pretty good Lettres Perses–type novel, took some notes and filed it away for later use, finally placing the completed but abridged version with Putnam's in 1961 (an uncut edition was released in 1991).

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, orphaned progeny of the first manned expedition to Mars, who has been raised by Martians and brought back to Earth by a second human expedition. Though he is a man in his twenties, Smith looks at absolutely everything on this new planet through the ignorant eyes of a baby, and faces the job of learning how to be a human being. If the world government of Earth will let him, that is, for Smith, through a legal fluke, not only has sole survivor rights to the space drive that his mother invented, but also to the surface of Mars. In a Byzantine maneuver that makes Watergate seem minor, the government holds Smith hostage while it tries to figure out how to seize his assets. Ben Caxton, a muckraking reporter, suspects the worst and attempts to rescue Smith. The problem is, if you can't fight City Hall, how can you even begin to fight a world government?

Enter Caxton's friend, Jubal Harshaw, attorney, physician, hack writer, bon vivant, curmudgeon, anarchist. He caches Smith in Freedom Hall, his Poconos enclave, and takes on the dual chore of fighting the world federation for Smith's liberty and of educating Smith in the ways of his biological race. The youth is an apt student, a strange admixture of human infant and Martian superman, and as time goes on, he manages to win more and more people over to his own alien viewpoint. He becomes a kind of messiah–with explosive results.

Given that, I leave it to the reader to pick up Stranger in a Strange Land and revel in it. In spite of the movements and religions it has birthed, Stranger is no bible; it is a sprawling satire of human conceits, including marriage, love, sex and–most importantly–religion. Satire usually aims to inform, so if one is looking for any message in Stranger, then one take a good, long look at Heinlein's targets and think. As Heinlein himself said in a letter to an avid fan, ". . .I would never undertake to be a `Prophet,' handing out neatly packaged answers to lazy minds. [. . .] anyone who takes that book as answers is cheating himself. It is an invitation to think–not to believe."

What an invitation. ~~Beth Ager

1: "Gulf" got written as a different sort of superman story and can be found in Assignment in Eternity.

2: Letter found in Grumbles from the Grave.

Автор: Heinlein Robert Anson
Серия:
 
A Stranger in a Strange Land

Reviews

If any work of fiction will earn Robert Heinlein a permanent place on the collective bookshelf, it is going to be Stranger in a Strange Land, for the impact it has made on American society. If a person has not managed to read Strangerby now, then he has at least absorbed a bit of it osmotically, for it flows throughout our cultural consciousness. Perhaps least of all, it anticipated Nancy Reagan's reliance on astrology and spawned the water bed and the neologism "grok," (Heinlein's Martian verb for a thorough understanding), though "grok" would never have taken hold, had the young rebels of the 1960s not discovered Stranger as their counterculture bible. Some went even further and formed "nests" and churches based on what they found in Stranger; perhaps the most famous instance of that is the Church of All Worlds, a pagan group who lifted its name and logo intact from the book. Stranger has also begun to be included in many canonical college reading lists, and Billy Joel saw fit to mention the title in his 1989 Top-40 hit about history, "We Didn't Start the Fire."

Stranger's fire was kindled in 1948 in a brainstorming session between Robert Heinlein and his wife, Virginia. While looking for material to fit John Campbell's title, "Gulf," Mrs. Heinlein thought it would be interesting to explore the case of a human raised by Martians. Heinlein thought that the idea would make a pretty good Lettres Perses–type novel, took some notes and filed it away for later use, finally placing the completed but abridged version with Putnam's in 1961 (an uncut edition was released in 1991).

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, orphaned progeny of the first manned expedition to Mars, who has been raised by Martians and brought back to Earth by a second human expedition. Though he is a man in his twenties, Smith looks at absolutely everything on this new planet through the ignorant eyes of a baby, and faces the job of learning how to be a human being. If the world government of Earth will let him, that is, for Smith, through a legal fluke, not only has sole survivor rights to the space drive that his mother invented, but also to the surface of Mars. In a Byzantine maneuver that makes Watergate seem minor, the government holds Smith hostage while it tries to figure out how to seize his assets. Ben Caxton, a muckraking reporter, suspects the worst and attempts to rescue Smith. The problem is, if you can't fight City Hall, how can you even begin to fight a world government?

Enter Caxton's friend, Jubal Harshaw, attorney, physician, hack writer, bon vivant, curmudgeon, anarchist. He caches Smith in Freedom Hall, his Poconos enclave, and takes on the dual chore of fighting the world federation for Smith's liberty and of educating Smith in the ways of his biological race. The youth is an apt student, a strange admixture of human infant and Martian superman, and as time goes on, he manages to win more and more people over to his own alien viewpoint. He becomes a kind of messiah–with explosive results.

Given that, I leave it to the reader to pick up Stranger in a Strange Land and revel in it. In spite of the movements and religions it has birthed, Stranger is no bible; it is a sprawling satire of human conceits, including marriage, love, sex and–most importantly–religion. Satire usually aims to inform, so if one is looking for any message in Stranger, then one take a good, long look at Heinlein's targets and think. As Heinlein himself said in a letter to an avid fan, ". . .I would never undertake to be a `Prophet,' handing out neatly packaged answers to lazy minds. [. . .] anyone who takes that book as answers is cheating himself. It is an invitation to think–not to believe."

What an invitation. ~~Beth Ager

1: "Gulf" got written as a different sort of superman story and can be found in Assignment in Eternity.

2: Letter found in Grumbles from the Grave.

Автор: Heinlein Robert Anson
Серия:
 
Atnācēji no nekurienes

Romānos «Atnācēji no nekurienes» un «Šī pasaule pieder mums» attēlotajām civilizācijām ir raksturīgs augsts zinātnes, tehnikas, un morāles līmenis, par negrozāmu likumu tajās ir kļuvusi miera saglabāšana uz neskaitāmām Putnu Ceļa planētām. Viena no romāna «Šī pasaule pieder mums» sižeta līnijām — Apdzīvoto planētu savienības cīņa pret ļaunajiem spēkiem mislikiem, kuri dzēš zvaigznes un cenšas pakļaut Visumu Mūžīgas Tumsas valstībai — kļūst par galveno ari romānā «Atnācēji no nekurienes». Centrālais tēls — Vsevolods Klērs — skaidri pauž autora demokrātiskos, humānos uzskatus.

Pēc apbrīnojamiem piedzīvojumiem Klērs tālās pasaulēs iepazīstas ar dažādu svešu civilizāciju pārstāvjiem — Apdzīvoto planētu savienības locekļiem. Šajā savienībā uzņem tīkai tos, kas uz savām planētām izbeiguši jebkurus iekšējus konfliktus un uz mūžīgiem laikiem nodibinājuši mieru. Apvienoto planētu savienības galvenais mērķis — uzveikt mislikus, kas apdraud ikvienu dzīvības formu Visumā. Šie briesmoņi eksistē ļoti zemā temperatūrā, kas ir tuva absolūtajai nullei, un spēj pārtraukt zvaigžņu kodolreakcijas. Nesot iznīcību dažādu sauļu sistēmu planētām, tie ielaužas Galaktikas dzīlēs.

Romāna optimistiskā izskaņa liecina par autora bezgalīgo ticību Prāta un Zinātnes uzvarai. Isi — intelektuāli augsti attīstītie tālas planētas Ellas iedzīvotāji, kuri, apciemojot Zemi, aizved sev līdzi Klēru, beidzot atrod efektīvu līdzekli cīņai pret mislikiem — iespēju mākslīgi atjaunot atomreakcijas mirušajās zvaigznēs.

Karsaka romāns dzīvi sasaucas ar mūsdienu notikumiem. Tas uzrakstīts 50. gadu vidū, tāpēc tajā skaidri jaušams otrā pasaules kara atspulgs un pēckara dzīves pretrunas. Misliki ir alegorisks fašistisko barbaru attēlojums, bet Apdzīvoto planētu savienība: simbolizē apvienoto nākotnes cilvēci. Viss darbs konsekventi pauž autora antimilitāristiskos uzskatus.

Karsaks ir lielisks stāstītājs, viņš prot lasītāju saintriģēt ar saistošu sižetu, ar koncentrētu, dinamisku un mērķtiecīgu darbību. Tiesa, reizēm viņš dažādus notikumus pārmērīgi sablīvē, kas, bez šaubām, vājina darba iekšējo loģiku un rada psiholoģiskus vienkāršojumus.

Romānā «Atnācēji no nekurienes» progresīvais idejiskais saturs apvienojas ar nenoliedzamām literārām vērtībām: raitu darbību, atjautīgu sižetu, asprātīgu, tipiski francisku, viegli plūstošu valodu.

Viss tas Karsaka romānu padara par vienu no Rietumu modernās fantastikas labākajiem paraugiem.

Автор: Carsac Francis
Серия:
 
Anansi Boys

When Fat Charlie’s dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie “Fat Charlie.” Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can’t shake that name, one of the many embarrassing “gifts” his father bestowed—before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie’s life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie’s doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is to day, a brother who’s going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun… just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie’s dad wasn’t just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion; he is able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, baffle the devil, and cheat Death himself.

Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, and a fierce and unstoppable farce, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.

Автор: Gaiman Neil
Серия:
 
Ascension

When they vanished fifty thousand years ago, the Protheans left their advanced technology scattered throughout the galaxy. The chance discovery of a Prothean cache on Mars allows humanity to join those already reaping the rewards of the ancients’ high-tech wizardry. But for one rogue militia, the goal is not participation but domination.

Scientist Kahlee Sanders has left the Systems Alliance for the Ascension Project, a program that helps gifted “biotic” children harness their extraordinary powers. The program’s most promising student is twelve-year-old Gillian Grayson, who is borderline autistic. What Kahlee doesn’t know is that Gillian is an unwitting pawn of the outlawed black ops group Cerberus, which is sabotaging the program by conducting illegal experiments on the students.

When the Cerberus plot is exposed, Gillian’s father takes her away from the Ascension Project and flees into the lawless Terminus Systems. Determined to protect Gillian, Kahlee goes with them… unaware that the elder Grayson is, in fact, a Cerberus operative. To rescue the young girl Kahlee must travel to the farthest ends of the galaxy, battling fierce enemies and impossible odds. But how will she be able to save a daughter from her own father?

Автор: Karpyshyn Drew
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Astronauti

Dne 30. června 1908 mohly desetitisíce obyvatel střední Sibiře pozorovat neobvyklý přírodní úkaz. Toho dne v časných ranních hodinách se na obloze objevila oslnivě bílá koule, která se nepředstavitelně rychle řítila po obloze od jihovýchodu k severozápadu. Byla pozorována v celé Jenisejské gubernii, která se rozkládá na ploše zhruba pěti set čtverečních kilometrů. V oblasti, nad kterou koule přelétla, třásla se země, drnčely tabulky v oknech, ze stěn padala omítka, zdi pukaly. A v místech vzdálenějších, kde bolid nebyl viditelný, slyšeli lidé hromový rachot, který vyvolal všeobecné zděšení. Mnoho lidí věřilo, že nastává konec světa; dělníci v zlatých dolech přerušili práci; strach se přenesl dokonce i na domácí zvířata. Za několik okamžiků po tom, co ohnivá koule zmizela, vznesl se nad obzorem sloup ohně a rozlehla se čtyřnásobná detonace, slyšitelná v okruhu 750 kilometrů. Otřesy půdy zaznamenaly seismografy všech evropských a amerických stanic a vzduchová vlna, způsobená výbuchem a pohybující se rychlostí zvuku, dosáhla Irkutska, vzdáleného 970 kilometrů, za jednu hodinu, Postupimi, vzdálené 5 000 kilometrů, za 4 hodiny a 41 minut, Washingtonu za 8 hodin, a konečně po 30 hodinách a 28 minutách byla znovu pozorována v Postupimi, kam se vrátila, když oběhla zeměkouli kolem dokola a urazila dráhu 34 920 kilometrů...

Автор: Lem ław
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A su imagen

Decker Hawthorne, editor de un modesto periódico local, y Harry Goodman, un escéptico profesor universitario, se unieron veinte años atrás para participar en un fascinante proyecto de investigación: verificar la autenticidad de la Sábana Santa. Ahora, transcurridos los años, los protagonistas vuelven a encontrarse. Goodman le revelará un secreto sobrecogedor: la Sábana contenía restos de células de ADN vivas e incorruptibles…

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Among the Living

Two novels in one trade volume.

There are so many mysteries hidden in the fog off the Pacific Coast. Jimmy Miles has been hired to solve them. But they're not the only things keeping him up at night…

In The Quick, an investigation into a long-ago murder leads to his discovery of the Sailors — restless strangers who roam the night, trapped between the world of the living and dead.

In The Next, still haunted by the Sailors, Jimmy becomes obsessed with a sudden rash of murders, and a never-forgotten love affair that may hold the clue to his future.

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A Rising Thunder


The war between the People’s Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace established, but grave danger looms — for there is a plan well on its way to completion designed to enslave the entire human species. Behind that plan lies the shadowy organization known as the Mesan Alignment.


Task number one for Honor is to defend against another devastating Mesan strike — a strike that may well spell the doom of the Star Kingdom in one fell blow. It is time to shut down and secure the wormhole network that is the source of the Star Kingdom’s wealth and power — but also its greatest vulnerability. Yet this is an act that the ancient and corrupt Earth-based Solarian League inevitably will take as a declaration of war.


The thunder of battle rolls as the Solarian League directs its massive power against the Star Kingdom. And once again, Honor Harrington is thrust into a desperate battle that she must win if she is to survive to take the fight to the real enemy of galactic freedom — the insidious puppetmasters of war who lurk behind the Mesan Alignment!

Автор: Weber David
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Agonia della Terra

Una bomba superatomica viene lanciata, da una nazione sconociuta, su una piccola città americana dove si cela un centro per le ricerche atomiche. L’esplosione ha per effetto di rompere la continuità del tempo e sbalestrare la piccola città, intatta, in un’epoca dell’avvenire, a milioni di anni nel futuro, in una Terra morente e arida, inabitabile e deserta. La Federazione delle Stelle, che governa tutti i mondi del futuro, interviene per evacuare la popolazione della città su un altro pianeta. Ma la popolazione si ribella, e, con l’aiuto di uno scienziato del futuro, alla Terra morente viene iniettata una potente carica atomica che ha la virtù di riscaldarla nuovamente. Gli ultimi superstiti rimangono quindi sulla Terra rinata e la vita degli abitanti della piccola città può riprendere il suo corso normale, nella eterna storia dell’Universo.

Автор: Hamilton Edmond
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Anvil of Stars

The acclaimed author of Eternity offers a compelling sequel to his visionary Forge of God. Earth is gone, completely destroyed by a ruthless alien. Hundreds of years away, a handful of exiles hurtles through the galaxies in a quest for revenge, armed with powers they do not understand—and determined to find and punish the killers who murdered their world.

Автор: Bear Greg
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A Canticle For Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to the science fiction magazine The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.

Set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the Southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.

Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research. Miller's follow-up work, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman, was published posthumously in 1997. (Wikipedia)

Автор: Miller Walter M
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Already Dead

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. After two hard-boiled hits, Caught Stealing and Six Bad Things, Huston does an irresistible and fiendishly original take on the vampire myth. Manhattan is teeming with the undead, the island divided into often-warring vampire clans such as the Society, the Hood and the Enclave. The most powerful is the Coalition, whose goal is to protect its members from public scrutiny and persecution. Rogue PI Joe Pitt (aka Simon), who like all vampires is infected with a virus that requires him to drink blood regularly, is hired by Marilee Horde, a prominent New York socialite, to locate her runaway teenage daughter, Amanda, who may be slumming with homeless goth kids in the East Village. Meanwhile, a "carrier" is on the loose, infecting its victims with a bacterium that turns them into brain-eating zombies. The Coalition wants Pitt to find and destroy the carrier, since the carnage the zombies are causing brings unwanted attention to the undead community. Huston has fun playing with the conventions of the genre, creating his own hip update that will appeal to fans of Quentin Tarantino and Buffy the Vampire Slayer alike.

From Bookmarks Magazine

Already Dead is not for the squeamish. Even so, it surprised even critics who had never thought themselves fans of Count Dracula. Huston portrays a noirish, gritty, alter-Manhattan world, with political rivalries comprised of all sorts of vampires, even "revolutionary" gay and lesbian ones. The terse, hard-boiled prose and characters contain shades of Raymond Chandler, Hunter S. Thompson, and Quentin Tarantino, but are wholly original. Despite the novel’s sophistication, it’s not for everyone. "Huston deserves hardcover publication and will get it soon enough, but it’s probably true that this book’s core audience is among the young, the cool, the hip, and the unshockable" (Washington Post).


Those stories you hear? The ones about things that only come out at night? Things that feed on blood, feed on us? Got news for you: they're true. Only it's not like the movies or old man Stoker's storybook. It's worse. Especially if you happen to be one of them. Just ask Joe Pitt.

There's a shambler on the loose. Some fool who got himself infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is lurching around, trying to munch on folks' brains. Joe hates shamblers, but he's still the one who has to deal with them. That's just the kind of life he has. Except afterlife might be better word.

From the Battery to the Bronx, and from river to river, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be stronger and faster than you, and he's tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time. And Joe doesn't make it any easier on himself. Going his own way, refusing to ally with the Clans that run the undead underside of Manhattan - it ain't easy. It's worse once he gets mixed up with the Coalition - the city's most powerful Clan - and finds himself searching for a poor little rich girl who's gone missing in Alphabet City.

Now the Coalition and the girl's high-society parents are breathing down his neck, anarchist Vampyres are pushing him around, and a crazy Vampyre cult is stalking him. No time to complain, though. Got to find that girl and kill that shambler before the whip comes down . . . and before the sun comes up.

Автор: Huston Charlie
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Achaja – Tom I

Znakomicie napisana powieść, łącząca elementy science fiction z klimatem fantasy. Udana próba wydobycia z obu podgatunków fantastyki tego, co w nich najlepsze. Ziemiański po raz kolejny dowodzi, że sztuka pisania dobrej prozy nie jest mu obca. – Feliks W. Kres Nowa powieść Ziemiańskiego to naprawdę, na wymagającym polskim rynku fantasy, znacząca pozycja. Ba, jestem pewien, że pisarz, nie mając żadnych kompleksów przed Sapkowskim, Tolkienem, stworzył własną, zupełnie nową wersją naszych dziejów fantastycznych i to w pełni kompletną, gdzie pierwszy i drugi plan ma bogatą artystyczną głębię "odtworzoną" z inteligencją i humorem.

Автор: ński Andrzej
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Achaja – Tom III

Cesarstwo Luan atakowane przez królestwo Troy i przez armię niewielkiego Arkach. Wydawałoby się, że z oddziałami tego ostatniego rozprawi się bardzo szybko.

Nikt w Luan nie sądzi, że cokolwiek może zachwiać potęgą Tradycji i Zakonu. Nikt oprócz tych, którzy już przeszli na stronę Biafry i Zaana? Achaja sądzi, że odnalazła swoje miejsce. Ale Biafra ma wobec niej inne plany: jej ręka, ręka księżniczki Arkach i Troy, stanie się kartą przetargową w politycznej grze z Zakonem, cesarstwem i księciem Orionem. Stary świat legł w gruzach. Jaki będzie nowy?

Автор: ński Andrzej
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Achaja – Tom II

W pierwszym tomie powieści Andrzeja Ziemiańskiego śledziliśmy losy upadku i upokorzenia Achai, księżniczki Troy. Drugi tom to historia powolnego, konsekwentnego acz zupełnie przypadkowego pięcia się w górę drabiny społecznej przez tytułową bohaterkę.

Od pierwszych stron mamy do czynienia z dowcipnymi, błyskotliwymi, doskonale skonstruowanymi dialogami, nadającymi wartkość akcji, a zarazem świetnie uwypuklającymi charaktery, wykształcenie czy pochodzenie postaci.

Bohaterów znanych z tomu pierwszego Achai spotykamy na początku książki dokładnie w tym samym miejscu, w którym autor porzucił ich w poprzedniej części.

Nie tyle warto dopatrywać się tu krytyki takiego pisarskiego posunięcia, co sugestii, że lekturę tej powieści najlepiej zacząć jednak od tomu pierwszego. W innym wypadku bowiem ominie nas przede wszystkim bardzo plastyczne i sugestywne przybliżenie rozmaitych krain tego świata miecza, magii i okrucieństwa, jaki spotykamy w Achai t.1, a który zaczyna w tym tomie powoli zbliżać się w stronę techniki, zapowiadając tym samym przemiany, jakim ulegnie zapewne w kolejnej części, jak i zadzierzgnięcie dwóch ciekawych wątków, które tutaj pojawiają się w zupełnie innych proporcjach.

Achaja t.2 to głównie opowieść o pewnym etapie życia Achai, etapie związanym ze służbą w armii Arkach, tworzonej nota bene przez kobiety.

Znawcom i miłośnikom militariów i taktyki wojennej kilkaset stron bitew, potyczek, pojedynków, strategii walk, codziennej służby i obyczajów żołnierskich zapewne mocno przypadnie do gustu.

Wciągająca, wartka akcja, świetne dialogi i poczucie humoru autora pozwolą na szybkie i przyjemne przebrnięcie przez książkę także i tym, którzy nie odróżniają dzirytu od lancetu (a może to była lanca:-)).

Niewątpliwie obok ciekawej fabuły, inteligentnych, dowcipnych i dynamizujących akcję dialogów, potrafiącego przykuć uwagę i wciągnąć świata przedstawionego czy intrygujących postaci zaletą książki jest także jej edycja. Powieść wydana jest bardzo ładnie i starannie. Mimo pokaźnej liczby stron brzegi okładki nie zaginają się podczas lektury. Po raz kolejny wydawca wypuścił na rynek dopracowaną edytorsko pozycję, której trudno pod tym względem cokolwiek zarzucić.

Warto na koniec zatrzymać się na chwilę przy nieco abstrakcyjnym na pierwszy rzut oka pomyśle Andrzeja Ziemiańskiego stworzenia armii składającej się z młodych kobiet czy raczej nawet nastoletnich dziewczyn.

Koncepcja wydaje się chybiona. Młode, często niewykształcone, średnio sprawne kobiety, biegające w krótkich, skórzanych spódniczkach bez majtek (tak, tak – ale pisarzowi nie zabrakło w tym pomyśle i autoironii, narrator czesto powtarza bowiem, że coś takiego mógł wymyśleć tylko mężczyzna), popijające tęgimi łykami wódkę i rzucające steki przekleństw mogą budzić kulturowe zdziwienie i sprzeciw czytelnika, zwłaszcza, że autor nie wykazał się wielką znajmością psychiki kobiet.

I tu wypada przypomnieć, że Achaja to powieść fantastyczna, w niej wszystko jest możliwe, a światy oraz zachowania i obyczaje zamieszkujących je osób, będąc wyrazem nieskrępowanej wyobraźni autora, często przecież odbiegają od znanej nam rzeczywistości, nawet jeśli poruszone w utworze problemy w jakiś sposób ją przypominają.

Автор: ński Andrzej
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Agent Dołu

Na pytanie, ile jest 6 x 6, można czasem usłyszeć: 66.

Wysłannicy Piekła są wśród nas, koniec świata już blisko!

Agent Dołu ujawnia teczkę TW 0001.

Meff Fason był normalnym, lubiącym się zabawić facetem. Pracownikiem dobrze notowanego na giełdzie konsorcjum, specjalistą od opakowań do opakowań. Do dnia, kiedy się dowiedział, ze jest ostatnim przedstawicielem diabelskiego rodu i że jego matka, Abigail, była w prostej linii potomkinią jednej ze spalonych w Salem czarownic. Chcąc wypełnić historyczną misję, odszukuje innych ‘uśpionych’ agentów Dołu: Drakulę, barona Frankensteina, ostatniego żyjącego wilkołaka, powiązaną z ruchami kontrkulturowymi topielicę i pokracznego gnoma o imieniu Mister Priap. I razem z nimi przygotowuje ludzkości Rozwiązanie Ostateczne.

Автор: Wolski Marcin
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Antybaśnie

Jak rodzą się antybaśnie? Metoda jest dobrze znana: bierzemy małe i wielkie dziwactwa naszej rzeczywistości i wiążemy je z wątkami o baśniowym rodowodzie. Proste? Wcale nie. Potrzeba wyrobionego zmysłu obserwacji i na poły alchemicznych umiejętności łączenia wody i ognia, by podobny mariaż nie okazał się budzącym niesmak mezaliansem. Wolski posiadł obydwie zdolności.

Pierwsze strony książki nie zapowiadają tego, co ma nastąpić dalej. Na początku afirmacja potęgi miłości, gdzieś tam niepozorna aluzja do Tylko Beatrycze Parnickiego, naraz obraz się ukonkretnia, jest stos, jest tłum, jest domniemana czarownica – dziecko jeszcze – i ludzie, którzy nie powinni w tym miejscu być. Jak łatwo przewidzieć, efekt takiego połączenia może być tylko jeden: nieliche zamieszanie. Nagle – bach! – zmienia się gwałtownie sceneria, lądujemy w zupełnie innym czasie i miejscu. Obraz to znany aż za dobrze, daruję sobie więc przymiotniki i powiem tylko: a to Polska właśnie. Aluzja do Parnickiego obiecuje ciekawą lekturę, znajoma rzeczywistość jednak zniechęca najbardziej tradycyjnym ze swoich odcieni: szarością.

Pogrążony ze szczętem w tej szarości młody sanitariusz Marek Kazimierzak, jak przystało na kogoś, komu przypadł w udziale niewdzięczny obowiązek ciekawego rozwijania fabuły, dość niespodziewanie (ale przecież nie dla nas) odkrywa wokół siebie mnóstwo zagadek i pakuje się w kłopoty. Uwikłany w zdarzenia, które niekoniecznie potrafi połączyć w logiczną całość, nasz bohater doprowadza czytelnika do tego, co w książce najważniejsze – do antybaśni. Wielbicielom Wolskiego nie trzeba raczej wyjaśniać, o co chodzi, dobrze znają oni bowiem Amirandę i okolice. Cóż można jednak powiedzieć tym, którym Amiranda jest obca? Wyjaśnić, że to państwo w alternatywnym świecie – to przecież za mało. Ową rzeczywistość alternatywną wiążą z naszą więzy ścisłe, choć nieco pokrętnej natury. Te zwichrowania powodują, że szklana góra na skutek niekompetencji wykonawców przekształca się w szklany dół, Kopciuszek zaś okazuje się "elementem antymonarchistycznego spisku określonych sił, z tak zwaną Dobrą Wróżką na czele", i to elementem obdarzonym wdziękami, powiedzmy, dyskusyjnej jakości. I tak dalej.

Tego rodzaju dziwy wywracają klasyczny baśniowy porządek do góry nogami. A to oznacza, że nie będzie tu dane czytelnikowi spocząć w sielskiej atmosferze kosmicznej sprawiedliwości, która nagradza czystość serca i myśli lub przynajmniej uszlachetnia cierpienie, zło zaś oddziela wyraźnie od dobra. Zawodzą w świecie antybaśni prawa znane nam z dziecięcych opowieści, antybaśniowy element ujawnia się najdobitniej w kpiarskim stylu, w karykaturalnym humorze, w degrengoladzie świata przedstawionego. W pierwszym, właściwym cyklu antybaśni to wszystko rzeczywiście śmieszy, chociaż gdyby zastanowić się nad naturą tego rozbawienia, niewątpliwie wydałaby się ona co najmniej podejrzana. Nie może być inaczej: aluzje do rzeczywistości zbyt często sięgają do znanych nam z mniej lub bardziej bezpośredniego doświadczenia przypadków, na myśl o których zwykliśmy na co dzień zgrzytać zębami. Śmiech oswaja tu zatem i w pewien sposób unieważnia głupstwa codzienności. Nic dziwnego, Antybaśnie z 1001 dnia wywodzą się przecież bezpośrednio z tradycji społeczno-politycznej satyry i takiegoż kabaretu.

Odniosłem jednak wrażenie, że tradycja ta zawodzi w drugim z antybaśniowych cyklów, zawartych w tomie. Wiekopomne czyny genialnego detektywa Arthura Darlingtona pozbawione są kpiarskiej lekkości wcześniejszych opowieści i w konfrontacji z nimi, miast bawić – nużą. Pomysły wydają się jakby zwietrzałe, humor – banalny. Ta część na pewno nie zachwyca.

Zastanawiam się również nad pomysłem fabularnego obudowania właściwych antybaśni. Wolski wykorzystał ramową konstrukcję do skomplikowania relacji wewnątrz świata przedstawionego (powiedzmy, że fikcyjny status Amirandy zostaje zakwestionowany), a także do otwarcia struktury utworu – zawieszone wątki mają być kontynuowane w kolejnej księdze pt. Włóczędzy czasoprzestrzeni. Wykorzystując znany motyw książki w książce – zarazem więc książki o książce – wprowadza autor zupełnie odrębne porządki, które nijak do siebie nie przystają. Dwa wzajemnie zależne układy fabularne różnią się środkami wyrazu tak bardzo, że trudno oprzeć się wrażeniu lekturowego dysonansu. O ile bowiem w przypadku wyimków z amirandzkiej historii kpina i groteska kształtują pełnię obrazu, o tyle wyczyny Marka Kazimierzaka relacjonowane są już w tonie poważniejszym (chociaż nadal niepozbawionym humoru), co wydaje się zresztą wyraźną intencją autora. Związek obuporządków okazuje się czysto mechaniczny, sztuczny i wymuszony, i mimo iż fabuła wyraźnie taki rozdźwięk sankcjonuje, wrażenie niespójności w odbiorze całego tomu pozostaje.

Powiedzmy sobie jednak wprost: to antybaśnie stanowią rdzeń tej książki, to one objętościowo dominują, przyćmiewając resztę. Przypuszczam, że można sobie uczynić ze zbioru samych antybaśni autonomiczną lekturę bez szkody dla radości czerpanej z przewracana kolejnych stronic (do takiej zresztą koncepcji blisko było pierwotnemu wydaniu książki). A że teraz dostajemy jeszcze coś dodatkowo? Cóż, nadmiar w tym wypadku nie powinien zaszkodzić.

Warto zatem zawitać do trapezoidalnego królestwa. Jeżeli więc tak się niefortunnie złożyło, że nie zdołałeś, Szanowny Czytelniku, zlokalizować w swojej szafie tajemnego przejścia do amirandzkiej rzeczywistości, nie pozostaje Ci nic innego, jak sięgnąć po tom prozy Marcina Wolskiego, by przekonać się, jakie to atrakcje Cię ominęły.

Автор: Wolski Marcin
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Another Fine Myth

After the murder of his master Garkin, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, joins forces with a demon dimension traveler named Aahz

Автор: Asprin Robert Lynn
Серия: Myth Adventures
 
Another Fine Myth

After the murder of his master Garkin, Skeeve, an apprentice magician, joins forces with a demon dimension traveler named Aahz

Автор: Asprin Robert Lynn
Серия: Myth Adventures
 
And One Last Thing...

Lacey Terwilliger’s shock and humiliation over her husband’s philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike’s company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of “administrative support” his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike’s family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say “instant urban legend,” Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town, a media punch line, and the defendant in Mike’s defamation lawsuit. Her seemingly perfect life up in flames, Lacey retreats to her family’s lakeside cabin, only to encounter an aggravating neighbor named Monroe. A hunky crime novelist with a low tolerance for drama, Monroe is not thrilled about a newly divorced woman moving in next door. But with time, beer, and a screen door to the nose, a cautious friendship develops into something infinitely more satisfying. Lacey has to make a decision about her long-term living arrangements, though. Should she take a job writing caustic divorce newsletters for paying clients, or move on with her own life, pursuing more literary aspirations? Can she find happiness with a man who tells her what he thinks and not what she wants to hear? And will she ever be able to resist saying one … last … thing?



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Alchymist

The Node has failed, rendering humanity's battle clankers and the Aachim's constructs useless. Hordes of alien Lyrinx are swarming from the tar pits of Snizort. The fate of humanity is dependent on one wily old man, the Scrutator Xervish Flydd. But he has been condemned to die a brutish death.

Автор: Irvine Ian
 
Автор: Huff Tanya
Серия: Confederation
 
Автор: Scholes Ken
Серия: Psalms of Isaak
 
A Fire in the Sun

Marid Audran has become everything he once despised. Not so long ago, he was a hustler in the Budayeen, an Arabian ghetto in a Balkanized future Earth. Back then, as often as not, he didn’t have the money to buy himself a drink. But he had his independence.


Nominated for Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1990.

Автор: Effinger George Alec
Серия: Marid Audran
 
Автор: Stirling S M
Серия: Shadowspawn
 
A New Beginning

Facing an unknown futureAs Max, Michael, Isabel, Liz, Maria, and Kyle pile into their van and leave Roswell behind, they are each hoping for positive experiences – or at least something different from most of the events of the past three years. After all, their high school years were anything but typical – the whole alien experience has nearly cost them their lives, again and again. Still, they know that taking charge of their destinies and deciding to make a positive difference in the world has empowered them all. But it isn't long before Liz sees a vision of future destruction, and the group realizes by leaving Roswell they have changed history, and not necessarily for the better. When they end up in a town where young girls are disappearing, it quickly becomes clear that their lives beyond Roswell will be anything but easy…

Автор: Ryan Kevin
Серия: Roswell’’
 
Agents of Light and Darkness

Введите сюда краткую аннотацию

Автор: Green Simon R
Серия: Nightside
 
Assassin of Gor

Kuurus was one of the dread caste of assassins on the hidden world of Counter-Earth. He was hired for twenty pieces of gold to avenge the death of a warrior. Now he was on his way to the great city of Ar, where he was forbidden by ancient sentance of death ever to appear again.

He knew nothing of his intended victim, save that the man had taken part in the savage tarn races at the Arena of the Ar. Ans all he knew of the man he was to avenge was a name.

The name was that of Tarl Cabot, the great warrior and servent to the all powerfull Priest-Kings.

And that was strange.

Because the true name of Kuurus was Tarl Cabot!

Автор: Norman John
 
Assassin of Gor

Kuurus was one of the dread caste of assassins on the hidden world of Counter-Earth. He was hired for twenty pieces of gold to avenge the death of a warrior. Now he was on his way to the great city of Ar, where he was forbidden by ancient sentance of death ever to appear again.

He knew nothing of his intended victim, save that the man had taken part in the savage tarn races at the Arena of the Ar. Ans all he knew of the man he was to avenge was a name.

The name was that of Tarl Cabot, the great warrior and servent to the all powerfull Priest-Kings.

And that was strange.

Because the true name of Kuurus was Tarl Cabot!

Автор: Norman John
 
Amazon Queen

Being an Amazon ruler just became a royal pain.Amazon queen Zery Kostovska has never questioned tribe traditions. After all, these rules have kept the tribe strong for millennia and enabled them to live undetected, even in modern-day America. Zery is tough, fair, commanding—the perfect Amazon leader.At least, she was. A new high priestess with a penchant for secrecy and technology is threatening Zery’s rule. Plus, with the discovery of the Amazon sons, males with the same skills as their female counterparts, even Zery can’t deny that the tribe must change. But how? Some want to cooperate with the sons. Others believe brutal new leadership is needed—and are willing to kill to make it happen.Once, Zery’s word was law. Now, she has no idea who to trust, especially with one powerful Amazon son making her question all her instincts. For Zery, tribe comes first, but the battle drawing near is unlike any she’s faced before . . . and losing might cost her both the tribe and her life.

Автор: Девоти Лори
Серия: Amazon
 
A Path to Coldness of Heart

At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook''s Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia''s queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina''s spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragia''s queen, Dane''s cousin Inger. And in the highest peaks of the Dragona''s Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting... For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart.

Автор: Cook Glen
 
A Path to Coldness of Heart

At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook''s Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia''s queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina''s spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragia''s queen, Dane''s cousin Inger. And in the highest peaks of the Dragona''s Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting... For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart.

Автор: Cook Glen
 
Agent kosmické flotily

Lehčí příběh zasazený do zvláštního prostředí vzdálené dvojice obydlených planet. Přesněji řečeno, jedna planeta je obydlená, na druhé civilizace zanikla globální válkou a nyní je tam divočina plná zarůstajících trosek. Na začátku zvláštní detektivní příběh se stává akčním poté, co je unesena meziplanetární loď za účelem získání zbraní z mrtvé planety.

Автор: čov Kir
Серия:
 
A Bridge of Years

Returning to his hometown after a failed marriage, recovering alcoholic Tom Winter purchases a house only to discover that it connects with another time and place—and his desire to “start over” suddenly becomes a literal possibility.

Wilson excels at psychological suspense, as the spiritual and emotional challenges his characters face are as intense as the physical dangers.


Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best novel in 1991

Автор: Wilson Charles Robert
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A Cidade e as Estrelas

Em um futuro muito distante, toda a humanidade está confinada a uma única cidade, totalmente fechada. Ninguém pode sair da cidade, que funciona como o último reduto da raça humana. Todas as necessidades humanas são atendidas por um sofisticado sistema de computadores e a vida é virtualmente eterna. Os seres humanos, após uma existência muito prolongada, são armazenados em bancos de memória dos computadores para depois ressucitarem, evitando o tédio da vida eterna. Mas nem todos se conformam com esta situação: um jovem quer saber o que há lá fora. Esse inconformismo dá origem a uma das mais belas histórias da ficção científica e certamente trata-se de uma obra-prima de Arthur C. Clarke.

Автор: Clarke Arthur C
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A Hidden Place

In the hard years of the Depression, young Travis lives with his uncle and aunt. Upstairs lives the mysterious Anna. Anna says she’s going to be “changing”, and she needs Travis’s help… for purposes she won’t explain. What follows is a tale of passion, terror, and hope, opening out to a great, dark, and unsuspected universe.


Nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best novel in 1986

Автор: Wilson Robert Charles
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Autobahn nach Poznan

Надеялись на светлое будущее? «американская бойня под Пекином и китайская бомба Чен» и будущее – в бункерах. Человечество отброшено в век пара, без электричества – «крошки чен витали в атмосфере Земли, кишели повсюду. И превращали изоляторы в проводники.» Генетически измененные звери рядом с людьми. Все привыкли и обустроились. Но американцы задумали обалделый проект. И для некоторых может вернуться все! Вот только поляки не глупы. Как все обернется – читайте в одном из лучших произведений новой польской фантастики – «Автобан нах Познань» Анджея Земянского! Перевод M.W. (жестче перевода Леонида Кудрявцева).

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Autobahn nach Poznan

Надеялись на светлое будущее? «американская бойня под Пекином и китайская бомба Чен» и будущее – в бункерах. Человечество отброшено в век пара, без электричества – «крошки чен витали в атмосфере Земли, кишели повсюду. И превращали изоляторы в проводники.» Генетически измененные звери рядом с людьми. Все привыкли и обустроились. Но американцы задумали обалделый проект. И для некоторых может вернуться все! Вот только поляки не глупы. Как все обернется – читайте в одном из лучших произведений новой польской фантастики – «Автобан нах Познань» Анджея Земянского! Перевод M.W. (жестче перевода Леонида Кудрявцева).

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Autobahn nach Poznan

Надеялись на светлое будущее? «американская бойня под Пекином и китайская бомба Чен» и будущее – в бункерах. Человечество отброшено в век пара, без электричества – «крошки чен витали в атмосфере Земли, кишели повсюду. И превращали изоляторы в проводники.» Генетически измененные звери рядом с людьми. Все привыкли и обустроились. Но американцы задумали обалделый проект. И для некоторых может вернуться все! Вот только поляки не глупы. Как все обернется – читайте в одном из лучших произведений новой польской фантастики – «Автобан нах Познань» Анджея Земянского! Перевод M.W. (жестче перевода Леонида Кудрявцева).

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Anna Dressed in Blood

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead — keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Автор: Blake Kendare
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A Logical Magician

When Jack Collins answers an ad asking for a young man with a background in mathematics and fantastic literature, he finds himself working for the legendary Merlin and battling an evil computer hacker who has summoned an ancient demon to terrorize Chicago.

Автор: Weinberg Robert
Серия: Logical Magician
 
Автор: Zinn Howard
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A Night in the Lonesome October

After years of unprepossessing folderol--the wearisome Nine Princes in Amber retreads are depressingly typical--Zelazny bursts forth with, well, ``Victorian light supernatural fantasy'' just about covers it. Narrator Snuff, a guard dog who performs complex thaumaturgical calculations in his head, has many duties: to keep various Things firmly trapped in mirrors, wardrobes, and steamer trunks; to accompany his master, Jack--he of the magical blade--on weird collecting expeditions into the graveyards and slums of Victorian London; and--for a single hour each night--discuss the day's goings-on in human speech. Snuff's neighbors include: Jill the witch and her familiar, Graymalk the cat, with whom Snuff forms a friendly alliance; Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula, a werewolf, and a satanic vicar. The witches, detectives, doctors, vampires, etc., along with their equally industrious familiars, trade information and scheme for advantage as the full moon of Halloween approaches; at that time, a magical showdown to decide the fate of the Earth will occur. Some of the characters are ``openers,'' determined to open a magical doorway allowing the Old Gods to reoccupy the Earth; others are ``closers,'' equally resolved to keep the magical door nailed shut; and a few are involved yet stand outside the Game altogether. Snuff's problem is to discover who is which. Sparkling, witty, delightful: Zelazny's best for ages, perhaps his best ever.

Автор: Zelazny Roger
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APOCALYPSE RETURN или о пробуждении национального самосознания

В мире произошел удивительный подъем национального самосознания, в результате чего политическая карта мира совершенно изменилась. На территории России возникло великое государство финнов, Крым снова стал греческой колонией, мавры вновь захватили Испанию, а англичане попали под иго ирландских оккупантов. И обо всех этих событиях миру поведали летописцы, путешественники и авторы саг.

Автор: Бугайенко И
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Ability Quotient

An elite soldier is asked to take part in problem researching sophisticated physical and mental testing, and to take university coursework as their computers direct. He finds out that more is going on than this, the creation of a mental and physical elite, going way beyond supergenius IQ into physical abilities and even immortality.

Автор: Reynolds Mack
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Автор: Clement Hal
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Antylód

S. Baxter z talentem dorównującym najznakomitszym przebłyskom geniuszu J. Verne’a opisuje świat, w którym wielkie mosty spinają Kontynent z Wielką Brytanią, błyszczące jednotorowe koleje przewożą błyskawicznie pasażerów na olbrzymie odległości, a przerażony świat wstrzymuje oddech w przededniu wojny prowadzonej za pomocą substancji o niebywałych właściwościach — antylodu. Autor przechodzi od odległej przyszłości, opisywanej w poprzednich dziełach, do niedawnej przeszłości, nie tracąc nic ze swej pomysłowości i błyskotliwości. Umiejętnie portretuje świat dyplomatycznych zabiegów, romantycznej miłości i gorącej publicznej debaty nad konsekwencjami ludzkiego panowania nad siłami natury.

Автор: Baxter Stephen
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Автор: Asprin Robert
Серия: Myth
 
An Enchanted Season

MELTING FROSTY

by Maggie Shayne

For Matt, Christmas has aroused painful memories ever since his father died, leaving his family all but destitute and Matt with far too much responsibility too soon. Holly lost her family in a tragedy—but found solace and strength in the holidays her family loved so much. So when Matt and Holly cross paths, it’s more than fate—it’s a chance for both of them to find the one perfect gift they have both searched for all their lives…

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

by Erin McCarthy

For the longest time, Charlotte Murphy has burned for Will Thornton. But as far as Charlotte can tell, Will sees her only as a friend. Tired of waiting for Will to recognize her as the sexy, wanton woman she truly is, Charlotte decides to fall back on her genes—and embrace the witch within her. Her newfound powers offer a tempting way to get what she wants out of who she wants. But does she really want a man like Will to love her because of witchcraft—or because he wants to?

BEAT OF TEMPTATION

by Nalini Singh

Young Tamsyn has always held a special place in her heart for her powerful fellow packmember Nate. But as a dominant male leopard in the pack, the more experienced Nate doesn’t want to trap Tamsyn into the fierce demands of the mating bond—a bond driven by the animal within—when she’s hardly had the chance to grow into a woman. But Tamsyn knows what she wants for Christmas, and she’s going to get it…

GIFTS OF THE MAGI

by Jean Johnson

Steve Bethel and his fiancée, Rachel, could use a few miracles right about now—the family bed-and-breakfast is mortgaged to the hilt, the biggest blizzard in half a century is ruining the shortest day of the year, and their guests are canceling right and left. Then three strangers show up at what seems like the darkest hour, looking for a place to stay for the holidays…

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Across A Billion Years

Set in the year 2375, the novel follows Tom Rice, a young archaeologist attached to a two-year dig on the planet of Highby V. He is searching for artifacts belonging to a long-lost and ancient race known simply as The High Ones. Throughout known space, details of this billion-year old civilization have been uncovered on many planets. What seems like a fairly straightforward expedition becomes a galactic odyssey when an artifact never seen before is uncovered. This device hints that perhaps the High Ones are not extinct at all. But, if they are not, then where are they? And will this lead to the culmination of Mankind’s greatest challenge or greatest disaster?

Автор: Silverberg Robert
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An die Musik

Орсиния – это вымышленная страна в центре Европы. Страна средневековых лесов, недоступных городов, горных шоссе. В этой стране порой происходят самые невероятные и необычайные события. Кто же, как не мастер построения сказочных миров, знаменитая американская писательница Урсула Ле Гуин, сможет лучше всех поведать о жизни этой загадочной страны?

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Čarodějky na cestách

Celé poslání se jevilo velmi jednoduché. Koneckonců, co těžkého je na tom, postarat se, aby si obyčejné služebné děvče nevzalo prince, zvláště když ho nechce? Jenže poněkud netýkavá a samolibá kmotřička sudička tak jednou rozhodla a na sňatku trvá. Bábi Zlopočasná, Stařenka Oggová a Magráta Česneková chtějí ubohému děvčeti pomoci, a vydávají se proto na cestu do dalekého města Genovy. Háček je v tom, že kromě svých kouzel, založených především na hlavologii, s sebou mají pouze tajemné vúdú paní Gogolové, jednookého kocoura Silvera a magickou hůlku, která dokáže jediné — vykouzlit dýně.

Автор: Pratchett Terry
Серия: Zeměplocha
 
An enemy of the State

An Enemy of the State (Book 1 of the LaNague Series) is the heart and soul of F. Paul Wilson's LaNague series, the story of the apocalyptic birth of the LaNague Federation.

Peter LaNague's unique revolution sets out to topple the entrenched Outworld Imperium as well as fundamentally altering every Outworlder's concept of government. To accomplish this he must ally himself with a madman, trust the word of the last of Sol System's robber barons, make incisive use of the consummate warriors from the planet Flint (without allowing them to run amok), confound at every turn the omnipresent forces of the Imperium, and, every now and then, make it rain money.

And those are the easy parts.

LaNague's greatest challenge is to see his plan through to successful completion without becoming the very enemy he has vowed to destroy.

Short stories "Lipidleggin'" and "Ratman" are reprinted in this edition as well as an introduction by the author.

Автор: Wilson F Paul
 
Ariel

Fantastický román o chlapci, který injekcí nabyl schopnosti létat, se odehrával v Indii, Americe a Anglii. Hrdina prožívá dramatické příběhy, seznamuje se s krutostí kolonizátorů i radžů, s dolarovým byznisem i s nadutostí anglické šlechty a nakonec se uchyluje k prostým Indům, které si zamiloval…

Автор: ěljajev Alexander
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Автор: Wolfe Gene
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A War of Shadows

Автор: Chalker Jack L
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A kárhozott város

A Város az égbe nyúló, megmászhatatlan sima Fal és feneketlen Szakadék közé szorítva éli mindennapinak igazán nem mondható mindennapjait. Lakói — németek, amerikaiak, oroszok, japánok, kínaiak, svédek és még ki tudja, hányféle náció fiai-lányai — sokat vitatkoznak arról, vajon a Földön vagy egy másik bolygón, esetleg egy másik galaxisban vannak-e. Csak azt tudják, hogy valamennyien önként vállalták, hogy részt vesznek a Kísérletben. Csakhogy a Kísérletről sem tudnak, nem is tudhatnak semmit, hiszen ha tudnák miről van szó, az befolyásolhatná viselkedésüket, cselekedeteiket…

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Автор: Farrell S L
Серия: Nessantico Cycle
 
A Dance With Dragons

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

Автор: Martin George R R
 
A Dance With Dragons

In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.

Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.

Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.

From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.

Автор: Martin George R R
 
Alexandrian Librarians

Автор: Burns Stephen L
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An Apple for Zoë: Book One ~ The Forsaken

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has lead, Inspector Thomas James to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins. A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night.

Автор: Amo Thomas
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An Apple for Zoë: Book One ~ The Forsaken

The City of San Francisco is locked in a grip of fear. A series of occult murders has lead, Inspector Thomas James to a crime scene similar to a murder committed 90 years ago in the once grand Aleris Hotel. A place where power barons of the early 20th Century engaged in witchcraft. And silent film stars indulged in the most wicked of sins. A place where no one questions the black smoke that rises from the hotel's incinerators in the middle of the night.

Автор: Amo Thomas
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Автор: Piccirilli Tom
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Автор: Lovegrove James
Серия: Age
 
Автор: Lovegrove James
Серия: Age
 
As correntes do espaço

Aquele homem poderia destruir um sistema solar, de modo que foi psico-sondado e condenado a morrer como uma criança. Amparado por uma camponesa solitária, foi gentilmente reconduzido à sua condição de homem. Caçado por reis e espiões, em uma rede de intrigas interplanetárias, Rik luta contra sua própria mente entorpecida e seu inimigo secreto em uma corrida solitária contra o tempo. Asimov nos traz, assim, mais um romance de um futuro inevitável, em que a humanidade leva o drama histórico de seu berço — a Terra —, rumo às estrelas, nossa herança...

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия: Imperio Galáctico
 
Автор: OBrien John
Серия: A New world
 
After the Apocalypse
Publishers Weekly Top 10 Best of the Year

In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we’d do to survive the coming zombie plague.

Praise for Maureen F. McHugh:

“Gorgeously crafted stories.”

—Nancy Pearl, NPR

“Hauntingly beautiful.”

Booklist

“Unpredictable and poetic work.”

The Plain Dealer
Автор: McHugh Maureen F
Серия:
 
Assassin's Apprentice

The bastard sons of kings play a noble role in fantasy: not only were King Arthur and Modred by-blows, but it is often suggested that Merlin himself came to power from the "wrong side of the bed." While Hobb's offering has a few too many illegitimate heirs backstabbing around, this is still a delightful take on the powers and politics behind the throne. Fitz, who is often called the "Boy" or the "Bastard," was begotten by good Prince Chivalry upon some "peasant" woman. At age six, he is given over to the safekeeping of the prince's man, Burrich. Fitz's impolitic existence causes the prince to abdicate his claim to the throne, and he and his wife leave the court, and the boy, behind. Fitz has inherited the "Skill," a mind-bending talent, and also has the ability to meld his thoughts with those of nonhuman creatures and to mentally "repel" physical advances. When Fitz finally comes to King Shrewd's attention, he is given over to the Royal Assassin's tutelage and trained to carry out the king's devious plans. The novel's conceit-that it offers Fitz's memoirs from childhood through adolescence-allows for several sequels. A gleaming debut in the crowded field of epic fantasies and Arthurian romances.

Автор: Hobb Robin
Серия: The Farseer Trilogy
 
Автор: Kane Paul
 
All Summer in a Day

Рассказ вошёл в сборники:

A Medicine For Melancholy (Лекарство от меланхолии)

The Stories of Ray Bradbury (И грянул гром: 100 рассказов)

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A Flaw in the Blood

The acclaimed author of the bestselling Jane Austen mysteries brings rich historical immediacy to an enthralling new suspense novel centered around Queen Victoria's troubled court...and a secret so dangerous, it could topple thrones.

Windsor Castle, 1861. For the second time in over twenty years, Irish barrister Patrick Fitzgerald has been summoned by the Queen. The first time, he'd been a zealous young legal clerk, investigating what appeared to be a murderous conspiracy against her. Now he is a distinguished gentleman at the top of his profession. And the Queen is a woman in the grip of fear. For on this chilly night, her beloved husband, Prince Albert, lies dying.

With her future clouded by grief, Fitzgerald can't help but notice the Queen is curiously preoccupied with the past. Yet why, and how he can help, is unclear. His bewilderment deepens when the royal coach is violently overturned, nearly killing him and his brilliant young ward, Dr. Georgiana Armistead, niece of the late Dr. Snow, a famed physician who'd attended none other than Her Majesty.

Fitzgerald is sure of one thing: the Queen's carriage was not attacked at random—it was a carefully chosen target. But was it because he rode in it? Fitzgerald won't risk dying in order to find out. He'll leave London and take Georgiana with him—if they can get out alive. For soon the pair find themselves hunted. Little do they know they each carry within their past hidden clues to a devastating royal secret...one they must untangle if they are to survive.

From the streets of London to the lush hills of Cannes, from the slums of St. Giles to the gilded halls of Windsor Castle, A Flaw in the Blood delivers a fascinating tale of pursuit, and the artful blend of period detail and electrifying intrigue that only the remarkable Stephanie Barron can devise.

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Alvin l'apprendista

In un mondo dominato da magie, incantesimi e misteriose potenze negative, nasce Alvin “Settimo figlio di un settimo figlio” che possiede tutte le energie positive del Creato ed è destinato a combattere per la salvezza degli uomini e della Terra. Il giorno in cui nacque Alvin, Peggy — colei che vede tutti i futuri possibili — ne lesse il destino carico di dolori e pericoli, ma vide anche la missione a cui era predestinato. Una missione che gli avrebbe dato la gloria di essere ricordato come il costruttore di un mondo migliore.

Автор: Card Orson Scott
Серия: Alvin Maker (it)
 
Автор: Nicholls Stan
Серия: Orcs
 
A világűr Robinsonjai

Óriási repülő hidrák, lila amőbák, rémítő szörnyek közé kerülnek egy rejtélyes kataklizma következtében Carsac tudományos-fantasztikus regényének robinsonjai. Össze kell szedniük minden erejüket és tudásukat, hogy emberi lakóhellyé változtathassák az idegen bolygót, a Tellust. Carsac — eredeti nevén Francois Bordes geológus és őstörténész — az izgalmas kalandot, a robinzonádot és az elgondolkoztató utópiát egyesíti világhírű, számos nyelvre lefordított regényében…

Автор: Carsac Francis
Серия:
 
At Grave’s End

Some things won't stay buried… at grave's end

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave.

Автор: Frost Jeaniene
Серия:
 
Автор: Hoyle Fred, Elliot John
Серия:
 
Asteroidensturm

Die nicht allzu ferne Zukunft: Während die letzten Rohstoffe dahinschwinden, steht die Erde vor einer gigantischen Klimakatastrophe. Da fasst Dan Randolph, ein privater Raumfahrtunternehmer, einen so atemberaubenden wie riskanten Plan: Er schickt eine Expedition in den Asteroidengürtel des Sonnensystems, um die ungeheueren Ressourcen zwischen Mars und Jupiter für die Erde und ihre Bewohner zu erschließen und damit die Zukunft der Menschheit zu sichern. Doch er hat einen mächtigen Gegenspieler: Martin Humphries, Erbe des milliardenschweren Humphries Trust, dessen einziges Ziel es ist, sein Vermögen zu mehren und seine Macht auszubauen. Um Randolphs Raumfahrtunternehmen seinem Trust einzuverleiben, setzt er alles daran, dessen Expedition scheitern zu lassen …

Mit diesem Buch setzt Ben Bova die faszinierende Geschichte fort, die mit »Der Asteroidenkrieg« begann.

Автор: Bova Ben
Серия: Grand Tour (de)
 
Andymon

Eine Weltraum-Utopie vom Werden einer Menschheit un von der Kultivierung eines Planeten, ein Epos von dem unzerstörbaren Drang nach Erkenntnis.

Серия:
 
Автор: Lalonde Randolph
Серия: Spinward Fringe
 
Angry White Mailmen


Серия: The Destroyer
 
Acid Rock

The stage is set for murder, mayhem and deafening music. But the music isn't loud enough to drown out the shots aimed at the gorgeous redhead on stage. Not that anybody is paying much attention, not in the screaming chaos of the world's biggest rock festival ever. The girl likes to be near singers, the freakier and more spaced-out the better. Some of them get too close and wind up permanently spaced out. Why? Someone wants to kill the beautiful girl with the long auburn hair. She is under contract for one million dollars. A big bounty is on her beautiful head. She has to be killed, and quick. But Remo and Chiun have other ideas. Their assignment from CURE says protect her at any costs - and that means someone is going to have to pay a very high price.

Серия: The Destroyer
 
A Pound of Prevention

IT AIN'T CLUB MED...

Something funny is going on in the East African nation of Luzuland...and it's more than just the usual civil unrest or military coup.  Organized crime lords are converging for what looks like an underworld summit - and Dr. Harold Smith dispatches Remo for a look-see and some quiet, effective neutralization.

But Remo has his own problems, and he's just not in the mood to be killing his way up chain of command in East Africa.  Chiun has gone AWOL, fulfilling some ancient Sinanju contract and busily storming the Luzu presidential palace with a handful of saber-wielding warriors.


And unless Chiun can beat some sense into his pupil's skull, Remo's bent on nuking an entire mob-infested Third World city to deliver a pound - make that a megaton - of prevention guaranteed to wipe out a generation of predators...and a few million innocent souls.


Серия: The Destroyer
 
Air Raid

DON'T BREATHE THE AIR

They are tiny, genetically engineered blue seeds that mature quickly into trees that literally suck all the oxygen out of the air. They're the twisted experiment of the earth-friendly but highly secretive Congress of Concerned Scientists, and now they've been snatched its head, Dr. Hubert St. Clair.

Having killed off all but one of his scientific team, he's leading Remo and Chiun on a chase through the proverbial forest. He's got enough seeds to choke off the world's oxygen supply, and the ability to create environmental disasters at will. Battling everything from acid rain to blistering heat to frigid cold, the Destroyer races to thwart double disaster in the Amazon rainforest: St. Clair is planting seeds like a maniac and a U.S. President prepares to nuke Brazil onto oblivion.


Серия: The Destroyer
 
Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия: Időjárőr
 
Amulety

Kilkaset lat temu pięciu rycerzy zawarło brzemienny w skutki pakt. Od tamtej pory na ich rodach spoczęło przekleństwo. Pierworodni w każdym pokoleniu umierali w młodym wieku, nie dożywali dwudziestych piątych urodzin… Unni, Morten i inni poszukują pięciu amuletów, które mogą przybliżyć rozwiązanie zagadki. W tym celu Morten jedzie do Skanii, gdzie spotyka Cecilie, młodą, piękną kobietę, w której z miejsca się zakochuje. Przeżywa szok, gdy wychodzi na jaw, że ona jest także potomkinią rycerzy, w dodatku pierworodną w swoim pokoleniu…

Автор: Sandemo Margit
Серия:
 
Автор: Williams Tad
Серия:
 
A nagy keresztes hadjárat

Idegen űrhajó száll le Angliában a keresztes háborúk idején azzal a céllal, hogy a Föld lakosságát kiirtsák, a használhatóbbakat rabszolgasorba vessék, s a bolygót lakhatóvá tegyék egyre terjeszkedő fajuk számára.

Mivel e világon középkori állapotokat találnak, gyanútlanul és hatalmuk tudatában gondatlanul viselkednek, és ez a vesztüket okozza.

A keresztesek vezére válogatott lovagjaival rajtaüt az űrhajón, s a váratlan támadást siker koronázza. Az idegeneket kardélre hányják, csak egy foglyot hagynak életben, akit megfelelő módszerekkel kényszerítenek rá, hogy beavassa őket az űrhajó működésébe…

És megindul a nagy keresztes hadjárat.

Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия:
 
Автор: Brin David, Brin Daniel
Серия:
 
An Ever-Reddening Glow

Why there is so much emptiness in the Universe and how it is related to ecology?

Автор: Brin David
Серия:
 
Автор: Greatshell Walter
Серия: Xombies
 
Автор: Shaw Bob
Серия:
 
Автор: Niven Larry
Серия:
 
Anioł O Czarnych Skrzydłach

Już jako mała dziewczynka Tula Backe odkryła, że różni się od innych dzieci. Nie zawsze wykorzystywała swe nadzwyczajne zdolności w służbie dobra, wiedziała więc, że jest jedną z dotkniętych z Ludzi Lodu…

Zła moc, nieskończenie potężniejsza od niej, knuła diabelskie plany. Tengel Zły wybrał sobie Tulę jako tę, która miała obudzić go ze snu…

Автор: Sandemo Margit
Серия:
 
Az idő folyosói

Az igazságtalanul bebörtönzött Malcolm Lockridge ítéletre várakozik, amikor cellájában megjelenik egy csodaszép nő, Storm Darroway, és Lockridge hamarosan kiszabadul. Az ár: el kell kísérnie a titokzatos hölgyet egy igen kockázatos küldetésre.

Lockridge mire észbe kap, máris harcba keveredik Storm oldalán különös, fekete egyenruhás alakokkal, s még nagyobb meglepetés éri, amikor az idő rejtélyes folyosóján keresztül jóval az időszámítás előtti korszakba jutnak. Lockridge hamarosan megtudja a teljes igazságot: az emberiség történetének legcsúfabb, legádázabb küzdelmébe csöppent bele, a korszakokon át húzódó időháborúba, az Őrzők és a Védők harcába.

Lockridge nem szándékozik részt venni ebben a csatában, mégis a szeszélyes sors eszközévé válik, és hamarosan rájön, miként irányíthatja úgy a háború kimenetelét, hogy az az emberiség számára a leghasznosabb legyen.

Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия:
 
Az istenek is…

A fantasztikus történet a 21. században játszódik. Egy földi laboratóriumban plutónium 186-ot találnak. Csakhogy ilyen izotóp egyszerűen nem létezhet a Földön, csakis egy másik univerzumból származhat… Ésszerűség és szűk látókörű ostobaság, felelősségérzet és féktelen önzés, szerelem és hiúság harcol egymással a regény három helyszínén: a Földön, a paralények világában és az emberiség által immár benépesített Holdon. A tét a Naprendszer és az emberi civilizáció fönnmaradása…

Автор: Asimov Isaac
Серия:
 
Автор: Mikhanovski Vladimir
Серия:
 
Автор: Marquitz Tim
Серия: Demon squad
 
Asteroidenfeuer

Die nicht allzu ferne Zukunft: Martin Humphries, Erbe des milliardenschweren Humphries Trust, wähnt sich auf der Höhe seiner Macht. Er lebt in einer luxuriösen Idylle auf dem Mond, die er zu einer uneinnehmbaren Festung ausgebaut hat, und ein Asteroid nach dem anderen fällt ihm zu, so dass er seine Macht und sein Monopol in der Raumfahrt immer weiter ausbauen kann. Seinen Rivalen Lars Fuchs hat er nicht nur ausgeschaltet, sondern auch gedemütigt, indem er ihm seine Frau Amanda genommen und geheiratet hat. Sie bringt den ersehnten Sohn und Erben zur Welt. Doch noch immer genügt ihm das nicht: Er will Lars Fuchs beseitigt haben und hetzt einen bezahlten Killer auf ihn, der sich im Asteroidengürtel auf die Lauer legt. Aber Humphries ahnt nicht, dass ihm längst ein viel gefährlicherer Gegner erwachsen ist …

Mit diesem Buch beendet Ben Bova die faszinierende Geschichte, die mit »Der Asteroidenkrieg« begann und in »Asteroidensturm« fortgesetzt wurde.

Автор: Bova Ben
 
Автор: Sheckley Robert
Серия:
 
Автор: Dalglish David
Серия: Shadowdance
 
Автор: Elliott Kate
Серия: Jaran
 
Автор: Silverberg Robert
Серия:
 
Ask a Foolish Question

It's well established now that the way you put a question often determines not only the answer you'll get, but the type of answer possible. So ... a mechanical answerer, geared to produce the ultimate revelations in reference to anything you want to know, might have unsuspected limitations.

Автор: Sheckley Robert
Серия: Citizen in Space
 
Автор: Lazellari Edward
Серия:
 
Автор: Dietz William C
Серия:
 
Absolutely Inflexible

Time travel is possible, but only forward in time. Visitors from the past are multiple and dangerous as they carry deadly germs people of the future do not have immunity against anymore. So all the time travelers are promptly apprehended and isolated. The head of the institution responsible for isolation of the time travelers is implacable and absolutely inflexible in carrying out his duties. Until one of the time travelers gives him a device allegedly capable of moving people back in time...

Автор: Silverberg Robert
Серия:
 
A Tip on a Turtle

Here’s an elegant and darkly ironic look at the proposition that some things in life are better not to know…

Автор: Silverberg Robert
Серия:
 
An End

Led by the Catalyst of the Sixth Extinction and the only man immune to the metal contagion within her, a shattered humanity takes to the stars in a jihad against an alien race. The sequel to Enemy, An End transports the reader to another universe ravaged by the machine species known as silver.

The recipient of the gold medal for the Fantasy/Science Fiction category of the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards, An End is the second book in the Silver trilogy by Paul Evan Hughes.

Автор: Hughes Paul Evan
Серия: The Silver Trilogy
 
At The Rialto

Won Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novelette in 1990.

Автор: Willis Connie
Серия:
 
A borotva éle

A “borotva éle” — szimbólum: azt a szinte érzékelhetetlen határt jelenti, amely a tudat és a tudatalatti között húzódik, vagyis amely a teljesen egészséges én pszichikai tengelye. Így magyarázza meg regényének címét maga a szerző, a szovjet tudományos-fantasztikus irodalom klasszikusa, aki ezúttal a legújabb biológiai kutatások és felfedezések fényében boncolgatja az ember pszichofiziológiájának időszerű kérdéseit. Csodával határos, de megtörtént esetek, valóságos jelenségek hiteles leírásával igyekszik feltárni az emberi test és lélek rejtett tartalékait, energiaforrásait.

A történések középpontjában egy titokzatos fekete korona, annak különös kisugárzása áll. Több csoport is meg akarja szerezni, hajszákat rendeznek érte. E kalandok leírásával válik a mű térben és időben több dimenziójúvá. Visszanyúl a régmúltba is, például Nagy Sándor korába, vagy az óindiai művészet kezdeteihez, hogy pontosabban megvilágítsa a tegnap, a ma, sót a holnap eseményeit. Oroszországból kiindulva, Itálián, Dél-Afrikán át a forró Indiáig és a jeges Tibetig húzódik a cselekmény fonala.

A bőven áradó események egzotikus környezetben, titokzatos templomokban, lámakolostorokban, tengerfenéken stb. játszódnak le. Szemünk előtt zajlik le egy kalandos nőszöktetés; látjuk, hogyan verekszenek meg erőművészek túlerőben lévő fogdmegekkel; megismerjük a különleges, bénító folyadékot kilövő pisztolyt.

A mű hősei sarkított jellemű, különleges képességű férfiak, hősnői egzotikus szépségű és rendkívüli sorsú nők. Tanúi vagyunk hipnózissal való csodálatos gyógyításnak, az önszuggesztió nem mindennapi eseteinek. Csak egy példa a sok közül: a tibeti önsanyargató reszpáknak melegük lesz, amikor a fagyos szélben meztelenül állva locsolgatják magukat — a vizes törülköző megszárad rajtuk!

Jefremov a tudománynak és a valóságban gyökerező fantasztikumnak olyan tájaira vezet el bennünket, amelyeken szovjet írók még nemigen jártak.

Автор: Jefremov Ivan
Серия:
 
Alaree

From Robert Silverberg’s “Earthmen and Strangers” anthology, 1966:


The German word “gestalt” means “shape” or “pattern,” but it also has the sense of “group” or “formation.” The science-fictional concept of the gestalt mind has frequently been examined—the intelligence that includes more than one individual. On Earth, the rule of one-body-one-intelligence seems to hold true, but who knows what we may find on other worlds? We already know of some simple creatures, like the corals and sponges, that exist in colonies numbering many individuals. Such Unkings are purely physical; the possibility exists, though, that on another planet some higher form of life may have developed a colony of linked minds. What it would be like to encounter such a form of life is considered in this story.

Автор: Silverberg Robert
Серия:
 
Afterlight

Jasper introduces tattoo artist Riley Poe in this shallow launch of a Southern-fried vampire romance trilogy. Once a wild child, Riley is now a surrogate parent to her younger brother, Seth. Riley's adopted Gullah relatives provide a living blood bank for the Dupré family of "good" vampires, who kept deadly undead "strigoi" bloodsuckers encrypted in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery until Seth's teenage prank freed them. Now evil strigoi Victorian and Valerian are bent on recruiting Seth and slaking their thirst on Riley's rare blood. Mysterious and magnetic Eli Dupré, entrusted with Riley's protection, both thrills her and freaks her out with vampiric cravings and sensual caresses. This superficial addition to today's vampire craze, couched in superheated first-person tough-girl lingo, adds only a few meager drops of insight into the current popularity of Dracula's literary descendants.

Автор: Jasper Elle
 
Afterlight

Jasper introduces tattoo artist Riley Poe in this shallow launch of a Southern-fried vampire romance trilogy. Once a wild child, Riley is now a surrogate parent to her younger brother, Seth. Riley's adopted Gullah relatives provide a living blood bank for the Dupré family of "good" vampires, who kept deadly undead "strigoi" bloodsuckers encrypted in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery until Seth's teenage prank freed them. Now evil strigoi Victorian and Valerian are bent on recruiting Seth and slaking their thirst on Riley's rare blood. Mysterious and magnetic Eli Dupré, entrusted with Riley's protection, both thrills her and freaks her out with vampiric cravings and sensual caresses. This superficial addition to today's vampire craze, couched in superheated first-person tough-girl lingo, adds only a few meager drops of insight into the current popularity of Dracula's literary descendants.

Автор: Jasper Elle
 
Автор: , автора без
Серия: Dumarest of Terra
 
Автор: Davis Lindsey
Серия:
 
Against the Tide of Years

Against The Tide Of Years continues the adventures of the Nantucket residents who have been transported through time to the Bronze Age. In the years since their arrival, the fledging Republic of Nantucket has strived to better the primitive world in which they now exist. Their prime concerns are establishing a constitution and handling the waves of immigrants from the British Isles. But a renegade time traveler plans his own future by forging an empire for himself based on conquest by modern technology. The Republic has no alternative but to face the inevitable war brought on by one of their own….

Серия: Nantucket
 
A Betrayal in Winter

Daniel Abraham

Автор: Daniel Abraham
Серия: Long price quartet
 
A Wind Is Rising

First appeared in Galaxy Magazine, 1957/7.

A part of Notions: Unlimited collection of science fiction short stories by Robert Sheckley. It was first published in 1960 by Bantam Books.

Автор: Sheckley Robert
Серия: Notions: Unlimited
 
Armageddon Crazy

A complex and mordant satire. Near-future America has become a dictatorship run by a fundamentalist Christian televangelist in the Jim Bakker mould, with the Constitution suspended, a religious police force of Deacons who root out heresy and liberalism by torture, and concentration camps for unbelievers. Control is reinforced at mass prayer meetings by the use of extravagant special effects projections – the Beast, the Whore of Babylon, and other Revelations favourites in 100-foot high 3D. The best effects programmer in the business is Charlie Mansard, an eccentric slob who would long ago have wound up in a camp but for his usefulness to the regime. Meanwhile, a terrorist group, the Lefthand Path, is setting bombs in public places. Harry Carlisle, a tough old-school NYPD cop, is tasked with nailing Lefthand Path, unaware that he is merely a pawn in a power struggle among the elite (and that his girlfriend is a terrorist sleeper agent). Some great jokes in here. Notice how Americans (the South Park movie, Dennis Leary in No Cure for Cancer, etc.) often jest about having a war with Canada?  Well, in this novel, it’s the Canucks who do the invading. Oh, and Elvis is an officially-tolerated cult religion, followers dressed in His image, and His own Holy Book. The whole thing builds to a glorious climax when the special effects finally run amok and the regime comes crashing down.  With the state of special FX in the movies now, this novel is entirely filmable.  But would anyone have the balls?  Not in Hollywood, probably.

Автор: Farren Mick
Серия:
 
A Changeable Market in Slaves

Part of Gravity Wells short stories collection (2005).

Автор: Gardner James Alan
Серия:
 
Автор: , автора без
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A Dűne

Az Impérium tízezer éves békéjét veszély fenyegeti. A lakott planéták ezreit összefogó, feudális birodalom egymásnak feszülő erői — a császár, a rivalizáló Nagy Házak és az Űrliga — mind egy kietlen sivatagbolygó köré gyűlnek, hogy eldöntsék, ki birtokolja az óriási homokférgek és pusztító viharok által uralt világot. Ez ugyanis az egyetlen hely az univerzumban, ahol megtalálható az űrutazáshoz elengedhetetlen, tudattágító hatású fűszer, a melanzs. A hűbérbirtokért megütköző seregek csatájában felülkerekedő ház győzelme azonban nem lehet teljes, mert a mély sivatagban felbukkan egy próféta, aki mögött felsorakoznak az eddig lakatlannak hitt terület népének fanatikus légiói… Frank Herbert klasszikus regénye négy évtized alatt sem veszített népszerűségéből. Jelen kiadás egy új novellával gazdagodott, melyet Herbert irodalmi örökösei tettek hozzá A Dűne történetéhez.

Автор: Herbert Frank
Серия: A Dűne
 
A Suitable Present for a Sorcerous Puppet

GARTH NIX grew up in Canberra, Australia. When he turned nineteen, he left to drive around the United Kingdom in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter. Despite a wheel literally falling off the car, he survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. He has since worked in a bookshop, as a book publicist, a publisher’s sales representative, an editor, a literary agent, and as a public relations and marketing consultant. His first story was published in 1984 and was followed by novels The Ragwitch, Sabriel, Shade’s Children, Lirael, Abhorsen, the six-book YA fantasy series the Seventh Tower, and, most recently, the seven-book the Keys to the Kingdom series. He lives in Sydney with his wife and their two children.

Автор: Nix Garth
 
A Calculated Magic

Jack Collins’s business trip to Las Vegas is anything but fun and games. Why? Because his boss is Merlin the Magician—and Jack’s job is saving the modern world from ancient dark forces.


A centuries-old legend, the Old Man of the Mountain, has returned with a vengeance. This time he has science on his side—a vial of biological plague germs as deadly as any black magic—and he plans to sell it to the highest bidder. The winner could be demon, devil, or demigod. Either way, the loser is humanity. But a new gambler is vying for a piece of the action: Jack Collins. And he’s packing a weapon that strikes fear in the hearts of humans and nonhumans alike: advanced mathematics…

Автор: Weinberg Robert
Серия: Logical Magician
 
A Scanner Darkly

British Science Fiction Award (1978)


Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D—which Arctor takes in massive doses—gradually splits the user’s brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn’t realize he is narcing on himself.

Автор: Dick Philip Kindred
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A Hat Full Of Sky

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster with the assistance of the six-inch-high Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax, the greatest witch in the world.

Автор: Pratchett Terry
Серия: Discworld (Childrens)
 
Автор: Vinge Vernor
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A Deepness in the Sky

A Deepness in the Sky is a science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge. Published in 1999, the novel is a loose prequel (set twenty thousand years earlier) to his earlier novel A Fire Upon the Deep (1992). The title is coined by one of the story’s main characters in a debate, in a reference to the hibernating habits of his species and to the vastness of space.


Nebula Award nominee, 1999; Hugo, Campbell, and Prometheus Awards winner, 2000; Clarke and Locus SF Awards nominee, 2000.

Автор: Vinge Vernor Steffen
Серия: Zones of Thought
 
Awanturnik

Młody, przystojny Retano szczyci się pochodzeniem od wielkiego maga Damira, a choć jego arystokratyczny ród mocno zubożał, on sam jest czarującym… łajdakiem. Oszustem i naciągaczem, któremu został rok życia. Obciążony magicznym wyrokiem szuka ratunku u potężnego czarodzieja. Ten zgadza się mu pomóc pod pewnym warunkiem. Młodzian musi zdobyć serce Alany z rodu Sollów i pojąć ją za żonę. Początkowo zadanie nie wydaje się trudne, lecz z dnia na dzień piętrzą się problemy. Nic nie jest takim, jakim się wydaje. Rodzina Luara Solla, Ostatniego Wieszczbiarza, skrywa wiele mrocznych sekretów, a i sam czarodziej wydaje się oszukiwać niefortunnego amanta… Niemądrego awanturnika, który będzie musiał zapłacić za swoje winy. W brawurowym, zaskakującym finale cyklu "Tułacze" nastąpi zamknięcie wszystkich wątków i wyjaśnienie wszystkich zagadek.

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Автор: Harris Charlaine
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Автор: Mistry Rohinton
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Автор: Revis Beth
Серия: Across the Universe
 
Автор: Lem Stanislaw
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Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it's legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived-hordes of undead Biters. Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases. What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill. A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland-a book called Alice in Wonderland.

Автор: Dhar Mainak
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A város és a csillagok

A Földön egy a külvilágtól mesterségesen elzárt város Diaspar alussza Csipkerózsika álmát évmilliók óta. Lakói mégis „ébren vannak”, élnek, járnak-kelnek, alkotnak, szeretnek és van egy különös képességük: halhatatlanok, ha nekik úgy tetszik, képesek újra születni, akár újabb évmilliók múlva is.

Ebbe az örök változatlanságba születik bele Alvin a Kiválasztott, aki merőben más vágyakkal rendelkezik, mint a többi ember, meg akarja tudni, mi van a város falain kívül. Mivel erre senkitől, még a Központi Kompjútertől sem kap választ, maga indul el, rejtett földalatti folyosókon, hogy megfejtse a titkot, a Diaspar elzárkózásának titkát.

Автор: Clarke Arthur C
Серия:
 
Antigravitazione per tutti

Antigravitazione: recentissima scoperta che consente a chiunque, previo allacciamento di un semplice giubbotto, di vincere l’attrazione terrestre e librarsi in volo. Il sogno dell’umanità si è finalmente realizzato? Abbiamo infranto, per cosi dire, l’ultima barriera? Niente paura, i guai non sono finiti nemmeno lassù, e le vie del cielo possono rivelarsi più micidiali di quelle della terra. Ce lo ricorda questo magistrale romanzo dell’inglese Bob Shaw, un’utopia in nero che turberà per molto tempo i sonni dei nostri lettori con una dose di cinismo e violenza quale può permettersi solo la grande fantascienza.

Автор: Shaw Bob
Серия: Urania
 
Автор: Pratt Tim
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Au guet !

Une société secrète d’encagoulés complote pour renverser le seigneur Vétérini, Patricien d’Ankh-Morpork, et lui substituer un roi.

C’est sans compter avec le guet municipal et son équipe de fins limiers.

Une affaire à la mesure du capitaine Vimaire — s’il boit, c’est pour oublier les laideurs de la vie — et de ses brillants adjoints. (« Tous pour un ! ») Et lorsqu’on retrouve au petit jour dans les rues les corps de citoyens transformés en biscuits calcinés, l’enquête s’oriente résolument vers un dragon de vingt-cinq mètres qui crache le feu ; on aurait quelques questions à lui poser.

Mais peut-être la collaboration du bibliothécaire de l’Université ne sera-t-elle pas inutile : n’arbore-t-il pas aussi une plaque de la DST (Défense simienne du territoire) ?

Автор: Pratchett Terry
Серия: Dusque-monde
 
A Kudarc

Miután az emberiségnek sikerült végrehajtania a távoli naprendszerekbe való galaktikus ugrást, expedíció indul az öt fényévnyire lévő Quintára annak kipuhatolására, hogy létezik-e élet és másik értelem ezen a különös, baljós bolygón…

Автор: Lem Stanislaw
Серия:
 
Academ's Fury

For one thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies--elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. The First Lord of Alera has fallen in his efforts to protect his people from the vicious attacks of their enemies. Now, the fate of the Alerians lies in the hands of Tavi, a young man who must use all of his courage and resourcefulness to save his people--and himself.

Автор: Butcher Jim
Серия: Codex Alera
 
A Plague of Demons

When John Bravais was sent on a secret mission to observe a war in North Africa he found out more than it was safe for him to know—even after he had secretly been surgically transformed so that he was as strong as a Bolo tank, and nearly as tough: Wolf-like aliens, invisible to the ordinary eye, were harvesting the brains of the fallen fighters! Bravais might have become the Ultimate Warrior, but still he was only one man against A Plague of Demons.

Автор: Laumer Keith
Серия:
 
A Plague of Demons

When John Bravais was sent on a secret mission to observe a war in North Africa he found out more than it was safe for him to know—even after he had secretly been surgically transformed so that he was as strong as a Bolo tank, and nearly as tough: Wolf-like aliens, invisible to the ordinary eye, were harvesting the brains of the fallen fighters! Bravais might have become the Ultimate Warrior, but still he was only one man against A Plague of Demons.

Автор: Laumer Keith
Серия:
 
Alien Harvest

This time the humans are taking the offensive! Stan Myakovsky is a once-famous scientist fallen on hard times. Now he dodges spaceship repo men and dreams of the marketability of his cybernetic ant. Then a woman named Julie Lish walks into his life. She is beautiful, mysterious, and totally amoral. She is also skilled in the arts of thievery and Oriental self-defense. What's more, she has a plan so outrageous there might be one chance in a million to pull it off.

Together Stan and Julie become the most unlikely pair of pirates in the universe. With a hijacked spaceship and a crew of hardcase misfits, they’re searching for the ultimate pot of gold at the end of a bloody intergalactic rainbow: royal jelly from an alien hive. The only problem is that the fortune lies on the universe’s most godforsaken planet. And once they get their hands on it, they’ll have to fight their way past the aliens to get off the planet alive.

Автор: Sheckley Robert
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Accelerando

His most ambitious novel to date, ACCELERANDO is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-century posthumans. The year is some time between 2010 and 2015. The recession has ended, but populations are ageing and the rate of tech change is accelerating dizzyingly. Manfred makes his living from spreading ideas around, putting people in touch with one another and leaving a spray of technologies in his wake. He lives at the cutting edge of intelligence amplification technology, but even Manfred can take on too much. And when his pet robot cat picks up some interesting information from the SETI data, his world – and the world of his descendants – is turned on its head.

Автор: Stross Charles
Серия: , Eschaton, Accelerando
 
Accelerando

His most ambitious novel to date, ACCELERANDO is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-century posthumans. The year is some time between 2010 and 2015. The recession has ended, but populations are ageing and the rate of tech change is accelerating dizzyingly. Manfred makes his living from spreading ideas around, putting people in touch with one another and leaving a spray of technologies in his wake. He lives at the cutting edge of intelligence amplification technology, but even Manfred can take on too much. And when his pet robot cat picks up some interesting information from the SETI data, his world – and the world of his descendants – is turned on its head.

Автор: Stross Charles
Серия: , Eschaton, Accelerando
 
Accelerando

His most ambitious novel to date, ACCELERANDO is a multi-generational saga following a brilliant clan of 21st-century posthumans. The year is some time between 2010 and 2015. The recession has ended, but populations are ageing and the rate of tech change is accelerating dizzyingly. Manfred makes his living from spreading ideas around, putting people in touch with one another and leaving a spray of technologies in his wake. He lives at the cutting edge of intelligence amplification technology, but even Manfred can take on too much. And when his pet robot cat picks up some interesting information from the SETI data, his world – and the world of his descendants – is turned on its head.

Автор: Stross Charles
Серия: , Eschaton, Accelerando
 
All Together Dead

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Android Karenina

“Literary hybrids of Jane Austen novels and zombie stories? That’s so last year. Quirk Books, which released the best‐selling novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, has seen the future of the mashup novel, and it is Leo Tolstoy and robots.” -New York Times

“Anna’s nightmare, one of the most famous passages in Anna Karenina, clearly anticipates the “steampunk‐inspired” atmosphere of Android Karenina… Tolstoy didn’t know about steampunk or cyborgs, but he did know about the nightmarishness of steam power, unruly machines, and the creepy half‐human status of the Russian peasant classes.” -Elif Batuman, author of The Possessed, via The New Yorker

“Whenever a truly pulpy trend reaches its apotheosis like this, I can’t help but wonder if we’ll get a new classic out of it.” -io9

“No word on whether she’ll [Anna] be bionically rebuilt following the ending, though. It’s good that this series is branching out to other authors…” -Entertainment Weekly

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Android Karenina – Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina-an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.

As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the much more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These four, yearning for true love, live in a steampunk-inspired 19th century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions alone would be enough to consume them-but when a secret cabal of radical scientific revolutionaries launches an attack on Russian high society's high-tech lifestyle, our heroes must fight back with all their courage, all their gadgets, and all the power of a sleek new cyborg model like nothing the world has ever seen.

Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction.

Leo Tolstoy wrote two of the greatest novels in world literature: War and Peace and Anna Karenina.

Ben H. Winters is coauthor of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which was hailed by The Onion A.V. Club as a "sheer delight" and by Library Journal as "strangely entertaining, like a Weird Al version of an opera aria." Mr. Winters lives in Brooklyn.

Автор: Tolstoy Leo, Winters Ben H
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Автор: Lem ław
 
Автор: Lem ław
 
Автор: Dalglish David
Серия: Shadowdance
 
Автор: Dalglish David
Серия: Shadowdance
 
Alea iacta est

Anche pubblicato come “Per muovere le ossa”, “Le ossa devono rotolare” e “Far rotolare le ossa”.


I premi Hugo e Nebula in 1968.

Автор: Leiber Fritz
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Автор: Greatshell Walter
Серия: Xombies
 
Автор: Howard Robert Ervin
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Автор: Greatshell Walter
Серия: Xombies
 
Avanti nel tempo

Un esperimento scientifico induce un temporaneo spostamento della percezione collettiva. Improvvisamente tutti gli abitanti della Terra vanno avanti nel tempo di ventun anni, e possono così vedere alcuni minuti del loro futuro mentre i loro corpi rimangono in stato d’incoscienza.

Quando il mondo si risveglia c’è chi ha osservato eventi devastanti o deprimenti, chi ha visto realizzare i suoi sogni e desideri, chi non ha trovato assolutamente nulla…

Un romanzo che affronta con sicurezza e profondità molte questioni di interesse scientifico e filosofico sulla responsabilità morale, sulla causalità degli eventi e sulla natura umana, rinnovando la tradizione della fantascienza classica di Isaac Asimov e Robert Heinlein.

Автор: Sawyer Robert J
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Aclimatación

El sol de nuestro sistema es el Castor C, una estrella enana roja de sistema binario, de la que ya conocemos bastante, y otra estrella destellante, que forma pareja con la anterior (para que haya más variación). Medea es un satélite, básicamente igual que la Tierra, de astro superjupiteriano inventado por mí. La rotación cerrada hace que una cara sea calentada por Argo, el superjupiteriano, y otra cara sea calentada alternativamente por los soles Castor C. Una órbita inclinada genera zonas permanentes y alternantes de luz y oscuridad, como las regiones ártica y antártica de la Tierra.

Автор: Clement Hal
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Автор: Odom Mel
Серия: Left behind
 
Автор: , автора без
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Arena

Anche pubblicato come “Il duello”.

Автор: Brown Fredric
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Автор: Niven Larry
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Anime

Vincitore del premio Hugo per il miglior romanzo breve (Novella) in 1983.

Nominato per il premio Nebula per il miglior romanzo breve (Novella) in 1983.

Автор: Russ Joanna
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Автор: Sheckley Robert
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Автор: Stout Rex
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Across the Universe

As the spaceship Godspeed travels toward a new earth, the lives of 100 cryogenically frozen settlers hang in the balance after someone endeavors to quietly murder them. The other passengers aboard the ship have never known life outside its walls and are enslaved by the machinations of Eldest, their tyrannical leader, who divides them into three distinct classes. When Amy, a frozen settler from earth, survives being thawed in a murder attempt, she immediately bonds with Elder, Godspeed's lone teen and future leader. Amy's individuality, her rebellion, and her fierce desire for freedom, inspire Elder to act on his own doubts and defy Eldest-his mentor and keeper-with shocking results. Eldest's methods of twisting history and altering the lives of this captive community are a frightening echo of tyrants in our own history, and Across the Universe challenges readers to consider the impact of unchecked power, blind trust, and the ability of one dissenting voice to make a difference.- Seira Wilson

Автор: Revis Beth
Серия: Across the Universe
 
Across the Universe

As the spaceship Godspeed travels toward a new earth, the lives of 100 cryogenically frozen settlers hang in the balance after someone endeavors to quietly murder them. The other passengers aboard the ship have never known life outside its walls and are enslaved by the machinations of Eldest, their tyrannical leader, who divides them into three distinct classes. When Amy, a frozen settler from earth, survives being thawed in a murder attempt, she immediately bonds with Elder, Godspeed's lone teen and future leader. Amy's individuality, her rebellion, and her fierce desire for freedom, inspire Elder to act on his own doubts and defy Eldest-his mentor and keeper-with shocking results. Eldest's methods of twisting history and altering the lives of this captive community are a frightening echo of tyrants in our own history, and Across the Universe challenges readers to consider the impact of unchecked power, blind trust, and the ability of one dissenting voice to make a difference.- Seira Wilson

Автор: Revis Beth
Серия: Across the Universe
 
Автор: Lawhead Stephen R
Серия: Pendragon cycle
 
Alice: The Girl From Earth

Another well known series of Bulychev's stories are young adult stories about Alisa Seleznyova, a young girl from the future. A number of them were made into films, with Guest from the Future ("Гостья из будущего"), based on Bulychev's novel One Hundred Years Ahead ("Сто лет тому вперед"), the most widely known about a girl Alice living in the future. Another famous film was the animated feature The Mystery of the Third Planet (1981), for which Bulychev penned the screenplay. Alice's Birthday is a 2009 animated film based on one of his tales.

Автор: Bulychev Kir
Серия:
 
Agent of the Terran Empire

Parts of this book were published before 1965 as separate titles.

1. Tiger by the Tail (1951)

2. The Warriors from Nowhere (1954)

3. Honorable Enemies (1951)

4. Hunters of the SkyCave, also known as A Handful of Stars and We Claim these Stars (1960)


Flandry, here a captain, undergoes a series of adventures: He is abducted by the Scothians, an alien race hoping to invade the Terran Empire; rescues the Emperor’s kidnapped granddaughter; meets Aycharaych, his nemesis in league with the Merseians; and investigates a previously unencountered alien race that has invaded the distant colonial world of Vixen.

Автор: Anderson Poul
Серия: Dominic Flandry
 
Автор: Martin George R R
Серия: Wild Cards
 
Автор: Martin George RR
Серия: Wild Cards
 
Автор: Martin George RR
Серия: Wild Cards
 
Автор: Kava Alex
Серия: Maggie O'Dell
 
Автор: Cooper Louise
Серия: Indigo
 
Автор: Cooper Louise
Серия: Indigo
 
Above It All

First published in the anthology Dante’s Disciples, edited by Peter Crowther and Edward E. Kramer (White Wolf, February 1996). In 2008 was included in Iterations And Other Stories collection (1st edition Quarry Press, January 2002).


Winner of the CompuServe Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum’s Sixth Annual HOMer Award for Best Short Story of the Year.

Автор: Sawyer Robert J
Серия:
 
Archangel's Consort

Nalini Singh steps back into the shadows of her “heartbreakingly original”* world where angels rule, vampires serve, and the innocent can pay the greatest price of all…

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school — the assault one of sheer, vicious madness — and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

Автор: Singh Nalini
Серия: Guild Hunter
 
Ascend

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

Серия: Trylle Trilogy
 
Alternate Generals II

Napoleon is in New Orleans in William Sanders's «Empire»; the German Empire thrives in 1929 in Harry Turtledove's "Uncle Alf"; Pancho Villa's about to become the vice-president in S.M. Stirling and Richard Foss's «Compadres»; and General Patton gets a new diary in Roland J. Green's "George Patton Slept Here." In Alternate Generals II, a collection of 13 wild speculations for those who enjoy specifically military alternative histories, Harry Turtledove (Colonization: Aftershocks) also gathers stories from the likes of Chris Bunch, Michael F. Flynn and Susan Shwartz.

Серия: Alternate Generals
 
Alternate Generals III

With its dual portrait of generals Grant and Lee on opposing sides of the Roman Civil War, the jacket of editor Turtledove's solid third alternative military history anthology neatly evokes this popular subgenre. While there's no such story, Robert E. Lee must decide, as the ambassador to Britain of a victorious but ostracized Confederacy, where his true loyalties lie in Lee Allred's provocative "East of Appomattox." Similarly, Roland J. Green's " 'It Isn't Every Day of the Week' " shows how altering the outcome of a few minor incidents can turn history on its head, making General "Old Hickory" Jackson and the Cherokee Nation allies when the U.S. is drawn into the Napoleonic wars. Chris Bunch's "Murdering Uncle Ho" vividly demonstrates the wisdom of "be careful what you wish for" in the book's most intensely drawn battle sequences; this tale of an alternative Vietnam War draws some disturbing parallels with Iraq, as does Turtledove's own "Shock and Awe." Esther M. Friesner's "First, Catch Your Elephant" may not tell us much about Hannibal, but it succeeds marvelously as comedy.

Серия: Alternate Generals
 
Aftershocks

The nuclear war between Nazi Germany and the Race ends with a Germany surrender after Ernst Kaltenbrunner, the Fuhrer, is killed and replaced by Walter Dornberger. Dornberger agrees to disband the Axis Forces, withdraw German troops from occupied France, and disband the German rocket and nuclear forces. The German withdrawal results in instability in the governments of its allies, such as the British Union of Fascists in Britain, as well as clashes between the Free French Forces and the new government of liberated France and radioactive drift into the Soviet Union. However, Dornberger secretly begins stockpiling weapons and missile parts, allowing Germany the option to rearm itself in the future. Meanwhile, the nuclear attack on the Race's colony fleet from Second Contact is finally revealed: it was an American attack, ordered by Earl Warren. When it is revealed, Fleetlord Atvar gives Warren a choice: dismantle the American space program, or allow the Race to nuke Indianapolis for revenge. To the surprise of all, Warren allows the Race to destroy Indianapolis, and then commits suicide, with Vice President Harold Stassen taking over. It is eventually stated that the reason Warren allowed the city to be destroyed over the space program was that the Americans were working on a starship that would allow them to journey to the Race's homeworld and repay their visit to Earth. During this time, the Race itself undergoes large social unrest, due to the effects of ginger on their females. Drug addiction, the black market, and prostitution all arise from it, along with a reproductive system that is unregulated, much like that of humans.

Автор: Turtledove Harry
Серия: Colonization
 
Advance and Retreat

Turning the American Civil War literally upside-down, this winning fantasy brings to life a war to free the blond serfs of the North and raise them to equality beside their swarthy masters. Turtledove not only swaps South for North but replaces rifles with crossbows, horses with unicorns and railways with magic carpets. The book opens in the fourth year of the war, when it's clear that the gray-clad armies of King Avram of Detina have the advantage over the followers of the traitorous Grand Duke Geoffrey, who has proclaimed himself king of the seceded North. Many Northern infantrymen have been reduced to robbing Southern bodies for shoes and warm clothing; and while the North has the best wizards, the Southern engineers have invented a rapid-firing crossbow that gives their soldiers a tremendous advantage in battle. The course of this war closely parallels the real one, which makes for a somewhat predictable story but clears the way for a focus on the various entertaining and well-drawn characters, including numerous homages to-or parodies of-various historical figures. Charm and humor balance out the grimly realistic depictions of battlefields and occupied towns, flavor the beautifully subtle treatment of racism and help to mask the occasional lack of descriptive detail. While perhaps best suited to Civil War buffs, this tale proves quite enjoyable for the less tactically inclined, and it's a must-have for any fan of alternate histories.

Автор: Turtledove Harry
Серия: War of the Provinces
 
A World of Difference

When the Viking lander on the planet Minerva was destroyed, sending back one last photo of a strange alien being, scientists on Earth were flabbergasted. And so a joint investigation was launched by the United States and the Soviet Union, the first long-distance manned space mission, and a symbol of the new peace between the two great rivals.

Humankind's first close encounter with extraterrestrials would be history in the making, and the two teams were schooled in diplomacy as well as in science. But nothing prepared them for alien war -- especially when the Americans and the Soviets found themselves on opposite sides...  

Автор: Turtledove Harry
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Arthas: Rise of the Lich King

Frostmourne.

It was caught in a hovering, jagged chunk of ice, the runes that ran the length of its blade glowing a cool blue. Below it was a dais of some sort, standing on a large gently raised mound that was covered in a dusting of snow. A soft light, coming from somewhere high above where the cavern was open to daylight, shone down on the runeblade. The icy prison hid some details of the sword's shape and form, exaggerated others. It was revealed and concealed at the same time, and all the more tempting, like a new lover imperfectly glimpsed through a gauzy curtain. Arthas knew the blade -- it was the selfsame sword he had seen in his dream when he first arrived. The sword that had not killed Invincible, but that had brought him back healed and healthy. He'd thought it a good omen then, but now he knew it was a true sign. This was what he had come to find. This sword would change everything. Arthas stared raptly at it, his hands almost physically aching to grasp it, his fingers to wrap themselves around the hilt, his arms to feel the weapon swinging smoothly in the blow that would end Mal'Ganis, end the torment he had visited upon the people of Lordaeron, end this lust for revenge. Drawn, he stepped forward.

The uncanny elemental spirit drew its icy sword. "Turn away, before it is too late," it intoned.

* * *

His evil is legend. Lord of the undead Scourge, wielder of the runeblade Frostmourne, and enemy of the free peoples of Azeroth. The Lich King is an entity of incalculable power and unparalleled malice -- his icy soul utterly consumed by his plans to destroy all life on the...

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

But it was not always so. Long before his soul was fused with that of the orc shaman Ner'zhul, the Lich King was Arthas Menethil, crown prince of Lordaeron and faithful paladin of the Silver Hand.

When a plague of undeath threatened all that he loved, Arthas was driven to pursue an ill-fated quest for a runeblade powerful enough to save his homeland. Yet the object of his search would exact a heavy price from its new master, beginning a horrifying descent into damnation. Arthas's path would lead him through the arctic northern wastes toward the Frozen Throne, where he would face, at long last, the darkest of destinies.

Автор: Golden Christie
Серия: World of Warcarft
 
A barlovento

Fue uno de los incidentes menos gloriosos de una antigua guerra.

Provocó la destrucción de dos soles y de los miles de millones de vidas que sustentaban.

Ahora, ochocientos años después, la luz del primero de estos antiguos errores ha llegado al orbital de la Cultura Masaq. La luz del segundo podría no llegar a hacerlo.

Автор: Banks Iain M
Серия:
 
Ange mémoire

Raymond Keller est un Ange : tout ce qu’il voit est enregistré dans une puce reliée directement à son cortex cérébral. Tenu à l’objectivité, il se veut une machine dénuée de sentiments. Sa nouvelle mission l’envoie au Brésil, au cœur de la forêt amazonienne, en compagnie de Teresa Rafael, une artiste désœuvrée, et de Byron Ostler, un Ange qui a définitivement renoncé à son câblage. Ils doivent y récupérer un onirolithe, une mystérieuse pierre extraterrestre aux propriétés hors du commun. Mais cela ne sera pas sans danger, d’autant que cette plongée au cœur des ténèbres sera aussi l’occasion d’explorer un territoire chaotique : la mémoire, les souvenirs perdus…


Dès son deuxième roman, écrit en pleine vague cyberpunk — genre auquel on peut rattacher Ange mémoire —, Robert Charles Wilson fait montre d’un talent annonciateur des grands romans à venir.

Автор: Wilson Robert Charles
Серия:
 
Ali della notte

In una Terra del lontano futuro una spaventosa catastrofe ecologica ha provocato lo sprofondamento delle Americhe e la decadenza della potenza terrestre nello spazio. La società del Terzo Ciclo si è strutturata in corporazioni feudali ed attende l’arrivo degli invasori, gli alieni che hanno salvato l’umanità dall’estinzione e che verranno a reclamare il possesso del pianeta.

Quando l’invasione arriva le misere forze della Terra vengono sconfitte, e gli invasori occupano con facilità quello che considerano un loro dominio.

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