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1 Adams, Bill
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The Unwound Way(SciFi)

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Evan Larkspur dreamed of greater glory than his play writing could ever bring him. But his newfound career as officer on a star-survey mission ended in disaster almost as soon as it had begun. And when he returned home, the only survivor of a freak accident that had flung his ship out of known space, he found that a century had passed -- and though Larkspur the playwright was now famous, Larkspur the explorer was a wanted man.

Buried in his memory was the fate of his ship; hidden on his person was the star-access data that would have been worth several fortunes -- if it were not scrambled beyond repair. The repressive First Column government coveted that data and would not hesitate to strip Larkspur's mind in an attempt to decipher it.

There was nothing a deceased playwright or a vanished explorer could do against the Column. And so Larkspur fled to the fringe worlds, hiding his identity, intent only on survival -- until, on an obscure planet called Newcount Two, he discovered a powerful legacy he never knew he had . . .

2 Adams, Douglas
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The earth is destroyed for a construction project and ONE man hitchs a ride with a passing ship. DON'T PANIC. Things have a strange way of working out. Really strange!

If you enjoy Prachett or insanity in general, you will love this famous bit of farce!


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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

3 Adams, Douglas
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After being stranded on pre-historic Earth after the events in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent is met by his old friend Ford Prefect, who drags him into a space-time eddy, represented by an anachronistic sofa. The two end up at Lord's Cricket Ground two days before the Earth's destruction by the Vogons. Shortly after they arrive, a squad of robots land in a spaceship in the middle of the field and attack the assembled crowd, stealing The Ashes before departing. Another spaceship arrives, the Starship Bistromath, helmed by Slartibartfast, who discovers he is too late and requests Arthur and Ford's help.

And hilarity ensues...


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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox. How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it--and don't know it!

4 Adams, Douglas
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Okay, you probably already know this but Douglas Adams is a lunatic, and it comes out in his books. This, like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is another of his lunatic creations, but less well known.

All I distinctly recall is the mystery of the couch in the stair case. How it managed to get stuck there and how they were going to get it out. When it is revealed how it first got stuck, you almost miss it, but if you catch it, you will roll over laughing. (The couch has nothing to do with the main story.. it's just something the characters remark on as they have to keep passing it in the apartment stairs.)


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When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk's latest--and late-- client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record "Hot Potato"? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe...

5 Adams, Douglas
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Arthur Dent plans to sightsee across the Galaxy with his girlfriend Fenchurch, but she disappears during a hyperspace jump, a result from being from an unstable sector of the Galaxy. Depressed, Arthur continues to travel the galaxy using his biological donations to DNA banks to fund his travels, and knowing that he cannot die until he visits Stavromula Beta, as told to him by the insane Agrajag whom had been repeated killed in various ways by Arthur before being reincarnated. During one trip, he ends up stranded on the homely planet Lamuella, and decides to stay to become a sandwich maker for the local population.

And hilarity ensues...


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Douglas Adams is back with the amazing, logic-defying, but-why-stop-now fifth novel in the Hitchhiker Trilogy. Here is the epic story of Random, who sets out on a transgalactic quest to find the planet of her ancestors

6 Adams, Douglas
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Arthur Dent has hitchhiked through the galaxy and is dropped off on a planet in a rainstorm. He realizes that he appears to be in England on Earth, even though he saw it destroyed by the Vogons. While he has been gone for several years, it appears only a few months have passed on Earth. He manages to hitch a ride with a man named Russell, who is driving home his sister Fenchurch (Fenny for short). Russell explains that she had become delusional after worldwide mass hysteria over the "hallucinations with the big yellow spaceships" (Vogon ships). Arthur also learns that all the dolphins disappeared shortly after that event.

The name of the book was the final message from the dolphin, who decided to leave earth before it was destroyed.

And hilarity ensues...


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Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription, the mysterious disappearance of Earth's dolphins, and the discovery of his battered copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy all conspire to give Arthur the sneaking suspicion that something otherworldly is indeed going on. . . .

God only knows what it all means. And fortunately, He left behind a Final Message of explanation. But since it's light-years away from Earth, on a star surrounded by souvenir booths, finding out what it is will mean hitching a ride to the far reaches of space aboard a UFO with a giant robot. But what else is new?

7 Adams, Douglas
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe begins just as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ended. Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox have just left the planet Magrathea when they are attacked by a Vogon ship. They find they are unable to use the Improbability drive to escape, as Arthur has accidentally jammed the computer with a simple request for a cup of tea which proved a rather difficult problem.

And of course, hilarity ensues...

Every Douglas Adams book gets a thumbs up from me.


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Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability--and desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself. Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker's Guide deleted the term "Future Perfect" from its pages, since it was discovered not to be! "What's such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams' sardonically silly eyes." --Detroit Free Press

8 Adams, Douglas
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This is kind of short story about what happens to Zaphod prior to his life as President of the Universe. A farce like always.


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The story is a prequel to the events in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and has the young Zaphod Beeblebrox working as a salvage ship operator. He guides some bureaucrats to a crashed spaceship that may be leaking some dangerous materials, radioactive, toxic and otherwise hazardous by-products which were destined to be thrown into a black hole. The bureaucrats swear that it is "perfectly safe." When asked why they want to see it if that is true, they claim that they "like looking at things that are perfectly safe." The comic asides in the story include some of the time travel paradoxes which are a common running theme in Adams' SF work, and plenty of material about lobsters.

Since this was before Zaphod blocked off sections of his own brain for the presidency, readers are able to glimpse what his original personality was like. His general speech patterns and goof-off personality are the same, but he seems to have moral views and is more likely to go off on life-threatening and exciting quests for the greater good.

Throughout the story, it is emphasized that there is something particularly dangerous on board that ought to have been utterly destroyed, but is feared to have escaped.

Ultimately, it is revealed that the something was actually three identical "Designer People". The personalities seem totally benign, which is what makes them so dangerous. The ship is filled with substances so dangerous that they are safe because no one who would actually use them would be let near. The personalities, products of a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation project, however, have custom personalities that could not naturally exist. There is "nothing they will not do if allowed, and there is nothing they will not be allowed to do." Since no one will recognize that they are capable of mass destruction (despite their good intentions), no one will stop them from doing the unspeakable.

The story culminates with the revelation that one of the personalities has escaped and headed off into Galactic Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, which is where Arthur and Ford Prefect were picked up by the Heart of Gold a fraction of second before they would have perished (and just minutes after they had been rescued from the demolished Earth in the same sector), in the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

9 Aldiss, Brian W.
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Starship(SciFi)

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This was a good one. About a multi-generational space ship where the occupants have forgotten it is a space ship and turned primitive.


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10 Allen, Roger MacBride
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The Ring of Charon(SciFi)

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WHERE HAS THE PLANET AND ITS POPULATOIN GONE? CAN THE REMAINING HUMANS, SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE SOLAR SYSTEM, LOCATE AND RECLAIM THEIR MOTHER WORLD? OR WILL THEY, TOO, FIND THEMSELVES POWERLESS TO DEFEAT THE UNKNOWN ALIENS AND DESTINED TO SHARE EARTH'S MYSTERIOUS FATE?


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The first book in the Hunted Earth series, published to tie in with the hardcover publication of its sequel, The Shattered Sphere. The Earth has disappeared, but was it destroyed by an unauthorized gravity experiment, or was the planet kidnapped by an alien race? Humanity must discover the answer before it's too late.

11 Anderson, Kevin J.
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Nano-machines, and what they could do if an alien civilization used em to explore the universe.

An incredible discovery on the lunar farside--massive structures being erected by intelligent, living machines--could threaten the lives of the colonists living on the Moon.


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Nebula Award Nominee. The crew of Moonbase Columbus make an amazing discovery on the far side of the Moon—a massive alien structure is erecting itself, built up atom by atom by living machines, microscopically small, intelligent, and unstoppable, consuming everything they touch. The mysterious structure begins to expand and take shape, and its creators begin to multiply.

12 Anderson, Kevin J.
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Lifeline(SciFi)

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In shock and grief the last remnants of the human race watched from space as the holocaust of war raged across the face of the Earth. Now the future rested in the hands of three fragile space colonies: Aguinaldo—The Philippine L-5 colony whose brilliant biochemist engineered a limitless supply of food. Kibalchich—The Soviet space exploration platform that harbors a deadly secret. Orbitech 1—The American space factory whose superstrong weavewire could be a lifeline to link the colonies—or a cutting-edge weapon of destruction. As allies, they could unite to rebuild a better world. As enemies, they could destroy mankind's last hope for survival.

13 Anderson, Kevin J.
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Resurrection Inc.(SciFi)

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In the future, the dead walk the streets—Resurrection, Inc. found a profitable way to do it. A microprocessor brain, synthetic heart, artificial blood, and a fresh corpse can return as a Servant for anyone with the price. Trained to obey any command, Servants have no minds of their own, no memories of their past lives.

Supposedly.

Then came Danal. He was murdered, a sacrifice from the ever-growing cult of neo-Satanists who sought heaven in the depths of hell. But as a Servant, Danal began to remember. He learned who had killed him, who he was, and what Resurrection, Inc. had in mind for the human race.

14 Anderson, Poul
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The Corridors of Time(SciFi)

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A young man from the twentieth century is recruited to fight in a war that rages throughout time in a classic science fiction adventure from a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award–winning master

College student, ex-marine, and martial artist Malcolm Lockridge is in prison awaiting his trial for murder when he receives an unexpected visit from an extraordinarily beautiful woman named Storm. Claiming to be a representative of the Wardens, a political faction from two thousand years in the future, Storm offers the astonished young man a proposition: freedom in return for his assistance in recovering an unspecified lost treasure. But it is not long before Malcolm realizes that, in truth, he's been recruited as a soldier in the Wardens' ongoing war against their rivals, the Rangers. And this war is different from any that has ever been fought, because the battlefield is not a place but time itself.

Traveling backward and forward through corridors connecting historical epochs separated by thousands of years, Malcolm is soon embroiled in a furious conflict between the forces of good and minions of evil. But the deeper he is pulled into this devastating time war, the clearer Malcolm's ultimate role in humankind's destiny becomes, causing the troubled young soldier from the twentieth century to question whether he's been chosen to fight on the side of good or evil . . . and if such a distinction even exists

15 Anderson, Poul
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The Guardians of Time(SciFi)

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A 2 stories in 1 book of time travel featuring The Guardians of Time and 2 novelettes from Time Patrolman. Great settings like the tremendous waterfall at Gibraltar as the Atlantic fills the dry Mediterranean basin, Ukraine's Goth lands, the ancient Phoenecian city of Tyre, a Celtic New York City, and Northwestern US as Kublai Khan's explorers move south and threaten to connect with the Navajo and later, the Aztecs. Recruited in 1957, Time Patrolman Manson Everard is trained as a roving agent and is charged with catching trespassers and criminals. The stories tell of his exploits and solutions in the true science fiction spirit.


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16 Anderson, Poul
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Harvest of Stars(SciFi)

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Space pilot Kyra Davis, aided by an electronic ghost, risks her life in a desperate chess game to try to save a rebel corporation called Fireball from the repressive dictatorship that rules Earth.

17 Anderson, Poul
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It was first contact and - The Gods Laughed(SciFi)

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The stories included in The Gods Laughed are: "The Martyr" (1960) Desperate for knowledge, men capture representatives of an alien race. What they find out is different than they expected to learn... "Night Piece" (1961) A man doing research into ESP and other worlds lets his study take him several steps too far. "When Half-Gods Go" (1953) The Harvard Astronomy department agrees to meet a couple who claim to be representatives of an interstellar civilization. "Peek! I See You!" (1968) Sean F.X. Lindquist is fairly convinced that he just saw a flying saucer. The only question becomes what doe she do about it? (This was my favorite story in the collection.) "Details" (1956) Representatives from a distant civilization try to positively influence the historical development of Earth. "Captive of the Centurianess" (1978) An unlikely threesome from different planets gets thrown together, building the base for future Galactic expansion. "The Soldier from the Stars" (1955) A group of mercenaries from outer space appears on Earth and offers their support to the highest bidder. "The Word To Space" (1960) Earth finally makes contact with another species. Unfortunately, the conversation isn't getting very far... "A Little Knowledge" (1971) A group of pirates get more than they bargained for when they kidnap the Trillian pilot Witweet.

18 Anderson, Poul
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The Night Face(SciFi)

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19 Anderson, Poul
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Satan's World(SciFi)

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20 Anderson, Poul
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Time Travel done right!


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Jack Havig was born in the American midwest in 1933 with a genetic mutation that allows him to travel through time. He learns that an apocalypse will occur sometime in the 21st century due to over-pollution and nuclear warfare. Farther still in the future, a New Zealand/Micronesian culture known as "the Maurai Federation" will eventually dominate the world and impose their vision of a less industrialized, more ecologically balanced world. Jack reasons that there must be others born with the same innate ability to travel through time. In his initial search for them, he visits Jerusalem at the time of the Crucifixion. Jack is discovered by other time-travelers who are agents of a time-traveling organization called the "Eyrie," that is based in the far future and is led by a racist man born in 19th century United States. Initially Jack joins the group, but eventually rebels against them when he discovers and experiences first hand, the extent of the Eyrie's rampant brutality and inhumanity as they attempt to achieve their goal of stopping the Maurai ascendancy. To defeat the Eyrie, Jack returns to the 20th century and devises a plan of his own to recruit time-travelers and create a "tribe" that will return to the future to destroy the Eyrie

21 Anderson, Poul
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Time Patrolman(SciFi)

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22 Anthony, Patricia
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Brother Termite(SciFi)

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HE IS THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF

He is a major figure in national and international affairs. He plays high-stakes political power games with the FBI and the CIA. He is responsible for many lives—and many deaths.

The President of the United States trusts his friendship and advice above all others. He is everything to those who surround him—player and pawn, friend and enemy, husband and father.

He's also an alien being from a far world, from another existence, and he has set his own agenda for the future of OUR world.

He is an alien ... and yet, he is only too human.

23 Anthony, Piers
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Dead Morn(SciFi)

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With humankind surviving underground in the twenty-fifth-century's last city, a courageous man journeys back in time into Cuba's history to try to alter the past and stop the worldwide conflagration that would leave Earth a nuclear wasteland

24 Anthony, Piers
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The Ring(SciFi)

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After a youth spent trapped in space exile, Jeff Font returned to Earth to seek vengeance against the planetary mogul who had framed and destroyed his family. Jeff's plans backfired: He was captured, drugged, rammed through a computerized court system, convicted . . . and ringed.

25 Appleby, Ken
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The Voices of Cephus(SciFi)

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26 Ashton, Edward
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Three Days in April(SciFi)

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An interesting bunch of thoughts about the future of bio-engineering, nano-tech, surveillance, national security, and artificial intelligence all rolled together in a rather mysterious, and for some of the characters, dangerous mix that leaves them confused and wiser. The Amazon summary doesn't do it justice. This is a not to off-the-wall speculation about what could happen if our national security apparatus gets everything it wants. An interesting read.


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Anders Jensen is having a bad month. His roommate is a data thief, his girlfriend picks fights in bars, and his best friend is a cyborg…and a lousy tipper. When everything is spiraling out of control, though, maybe those are exactly the kind of friends you need.

In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an anomaly: engineered, but still broke and living next to a crack house. All he wants is to land a tenure-track faculty position, and maybe meet someone who's not technically a criminal—but when a nightmare plague rips through Hagerstown, Anders finds himself dodging kinetic energy weapons and government assassins as Baltimore slips into chaos. His friends aren't as helpless as they seem, though, and his girlfriend's street-magician brother-in-law might be a pretentious hipster—or might hold the secret to saving them all.

Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back?

27 Asimov, Isaac
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One of the "ROBOT" novels, Caves of Steel is where we first meet 2 great Asimov characters; Elijah Baley and R. Daneel Olivaw (The R. standing for Robot).

Based in a far future society where humanity lives in giant enclosed cities; where exposure to the outside it terrifying - the 2 characters must work together to solve a murder mystery that implies one of two impossible conclusions: That a human walked outside in the open OR that a robot committed murder.

A good exploration of a lot of ideas, one of Asimov's at his best.


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A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together. Like most people left behind on an over-populated Earth, New York City police detective Elijah Baley had little love for either the arrogant Spacers or their robotic companions. But when a prominent Spacer is murdered under mysterious circumstances, Baley is ordered to the Outer Worlds to help track down the killer. The relationship between Life and his Spacer superiors, who distrusted all Earthmen, was strained from the start. Then he learned that they had assigned him a partner: R. Daneel Olivaw. Worst of all was that the "R" stood for robot--and his positronic partner was made in the image and likeness of the murder victim!

28 Asimov, Isaac
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Time Travel - and the begining of the human universal empire. But as it typical with time travel plots - difficult to unwind once changes are set in motion.


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One of Isaac Asimov's SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov's single best SF novel.

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs.

During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambent, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

Unfortunately, they are caught. Harlan's punishment? His next assignment: Kill the woman he loves before the paradox they have created results in the destruction of Eternity.

29 Asimov, Isaac
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Foundation(SciFi)

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The start of a great series exploring the concept of Psyho-History - Basically meaning, you can't predict what ONE person will do, but you can predict what populations of people will do... that is what billions of people will do.

The theory predicts the fall of civilization and a long period of Dark Ages. Given this information can we shorten the length of the Dark Ages by setting up a planet - Foundation - that will bring light back to the universe and shorten the time of darkness.

A great concept, and a great series


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For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future--to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire--both scientists and scholars--and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind's last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun--or fight them and be destroyed.

30 Asimov, Isaac
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So the Foundation is known to exist, but can it survive? This book tells the tale of the Foundations survival.. but is it the real Foundation. The mystery deepens..


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Although small and seemingly helpless, the Foundation had managed to survive against the greed of its neighboring warlords. But could it stand against the mighty power of the Empire, who had created a mutant man with the strength of a dozen battlefleets...?

31 Asimov, Isaac
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I, Robot(SciFi)

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DO NOT LET THE COVER FOOL YOU. This book has nothing to do with the Will Smith movie of the same name, other than the three laws. The Will Smith movie is a story unto itself.. and really did a disservice to the ROBOT books of Asimov (though it was quite good as a separate fiction). These stories are great and a good exploration of what Asimov thought robots could do and would become when governed by the three laws.


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The three laws of Robotics:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm

2) A robot must obey orders givein to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.

Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world--all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

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The second of the ROBOT detective novels, this one takes place off earth. A human and a robot need to cooperated to solve another murder on a planet where humans never actually have any contact with each other. Each lives on a giant estate surrounded by robots who cater to their every need.

The mystery? Since a robot could not have done it, it must have been a human; but no humans ever interact personally? And why would a robot not have stopped the attack?

Like Sci-Fi? Like a detective novel? You'll like this classic.


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A millennium into the future, two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermit-like existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations. The victim had been so reclusive that he appeared to his associates only through holographic projection. Yet someone had gotten close enough to bludgeon him to death while robots looked on. Now Baley and Olivaw are faced with two clear impossibilities: Either the Solarian was killed by one of his robots--unthinkable under the laws of Robotics--or he was killed by the woman who loved him so much that she never came into his presence!

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This is the story of the pre-Foundation when Hari Seldon first invented psycho-history. It makes him a dangerous man, though he doesn't realize it.


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It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

Hari Seldon has come to Trantor to deliver his paper on psychohistory, his remarkable theory of prediction. Little does the young Outworld mathematician know that he has already sealed his fate and the fate of humanity. For Hari possesses the prophetic power that makes him the most wanted man in the Empire... the man who holds the key to the future - an apocalyptic power to be know forever after as the Foundation.

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Another great series of stories based on the Three Laws of robotics. Read this if the first I, ROBOT was enjoyable. I recommend it.


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The Rest of the Robots is the third timeless, amazing and amusing volume of Isaac Asimov's robot stories, offering golden insights into robot thought processes. Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics have since been programmed into real computers the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used as the outline for a legal robotic charter in Korea. ROBOT TONY is the first robot designed to perform domestic duties by the US Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation. Is it Tony's fault that the lady of the house where he's field tested falls in love with him? - ROBOT AL was intended for shipment to a mining outfit on the moon. Instead, he's loose in the mountains of Virginia...building from scraps of junk his very own, very dangerous disintegrator. - ROBOT LENNY answers workaday questions in babytalk. So why is Dr Susan Calvin, the world's top robopsychologist, fascinated by this messed up specimen of an industrial robot?

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The combination of the Empire and Robot series. Interesting to read how they come together.


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Isaac Asmiov's classic novel about the decline and fall of Solaria. Gladia Delmarre's homeworld, the Spacer planet Solaria, has been abandoned - by its human population. Countless robots remain there. And when traders from Settler worlds attempt to salvage them, the robots of Solaria turn to killing...in defiance of the Three Laws of Robotics. Pax Robotica Long ago, Gladia's robots Daneel and Giskard played a vital role in opening the worlds beyond the Solar system to Settlers from Earth. Now the conscience-stricken robots are faced with an even greater challenge. Either the sacred Three Laws of Robotics are in ruins - or a new, superior Law must be established to bring peace to the galaxy. With Madam Gladia and D.G. Baley - the captain of the Settler traders and a descendant of the robots' friend Elijah Baley - Daneel and Giskard travel to the robot stronghold of Solaria...where they uncover a sinister Spacer plot to destroy Earth itself.

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The 3rd in the ROBOT series detective novels, and as good as the others. This is a classic that everyone should read if you want to understand the history of science fiction. And it is damn entertaining like all of Asimov.


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A millennium into the future two advances have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the Galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Isaac Asimov's Robot novels chronicle the unlikely partnership between a New York City detective and a humanoid robot who must learn to work together.

Detective Elijah Baiey is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice. This time Baley's career, his life, and Earth's right to pioneer the Galaxy lie in the delicate balance.

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A Cold Wind From Orion(SciFi)

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Read to long ago to review


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Orion should never have been sent into orbit - its deadly nuclear cargo was in violation of the most sacred international agreements. Now the General Orbital Decay Syndrome was bringing the satellite down, decades ahead of schedule, and out of control. If it landed in any of hundred trouble spots on Earth, it could start a war.

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The Bug Wars(SciFi)

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Exactly what the name implies. A war. With Bugs.


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The Tzen, fierce warriors, master strategists, and reptiles, and the Enemy, savage conquerors, brilliant technicians, and insects, fight their fiercest battle yet.

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What happens when corporate competition turns to open warfare with no rules.


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International conglomerates plot a complete domination of the free world, facing off against world governments, who want only freedom, in a calculated and vicious battle of wits and profit

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I enjoy when SciFi is mixed with comedy, and this does that pretty well. The pun of the title gives you a hint of what to expect, and it continues pretty much throughout.


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Meet the soldiers of Captain Willard Phule's Company--a handful of military rejects able to do more damage before 9 A.M. than most people do all day. Threatened by an alien enemy, Earth's military sends Phule and his soldiers to a distant planet. But now, the aliens have chosen a new target of war . . . Phule's Company.

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Another in the funny Phule's series


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Be all that you can be: clumsy, inane, sloppy, reckless, idiotic.Phule's Company is the laughingstock of the military. Their latest mission: to guard an intergalactic casino from an unlikely criminal takeover...The odds are against the oddballs.

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Time Scout(SciFi)

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A light hearted approach to time travel stories.


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Kenneth "Kit" Carson was one of the best time scouts in the business. Nowadays, Kit prefers to be a hotelier at Time Terminal 86. He has sworn off gallivanting through the centuries. Kit might take an occasional consulting fee to keep his hand in, but no more travel--until his granddaughter takes a trip through an unauthorized Gate and winds up lost in time

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Starship Down(SciFi)

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Not a bad book, but it just sort of ends. There is no continuation of the story. Really, this needed a sequal, but I have not found it. Don't read this unless you want to be frustrated at an incomplete tale.


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A starship on a circuit to service earth's colonies is sabotaged and winds up irrevocably lost in space. The only option is to find a habitable planet to live on. Aboard the ship is a contingent of convicts bound for a prison planet, an army company rotating to one of the colony worlds, government officials and scientists going or coming from the colonies, a contingent of prospective colonists going out to pioneer and a miscellany of other passengers. A crew of two hundred fifty is now responsible for a thousand people after they finally find a new world to settle on. Add in a mad captain, combative convicts and some unworldly aliens and it becomes all that acting Captain Travis Callahan can handle-and then some!

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Pretty well done for a galactic war novel


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The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Moons, planets, the very stars themselves, faced destruction, cold-blooded, brutal, and worse, random. The Idirans fought for their Faith; the Culture for its moral right to exist. Principles were at stake. There could be no surrender.

Within the cosmic conflict, an individual crusade. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, a Planet of the Dead proscribed to mortals, lay a fugitive Mind. Both the Culture and the Idirans sought it. It was the fate of Horza, the Changer, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, human and machine, actually to find it, and with it their own destruction.

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What began as a technothriller continues as high adventure in the newly savage ruins of civilization. A fairly good read.


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In late 2024, Daybreak, a movement of post-apocalyptic eco-saboteurs, smashed modern civilization to its knees. In the losing, hopeless struggle against Daybreak, Heather O'Grainne, a one-time minor bureaucrat and former Federal agent, rose to become a vital leader in the struggle to restore civilization. That story was told in Directive 51.

Now Heather's story continues in Daybreak Zero. In the summer of 2025, she leads a tiny organization of scientists, spies, scouts, entrepreneurs, engineers, dreamers, and daredevils based in Pueblo, Colorado. Both of the almost-warring governments of the United States have charged them with an all but impossible mission: find a way to put the world back together.

But Daybreak's triumph has flung the world back centuries in technology, politics, and culture.

  • Pro-Daybreak Tribals openly celebrate ending the world as we know it.
  • Army regiments have to fight their way in and out of Pennsylvania.
  • The Earth's environment is saturated with plastic-devouring biotes and electronics-corroding nanoswarm.
  • A leftover Daybreak device drops atom bombs from the moon on any outpost of the old civilization it can spot.

Confined to her base in Pueblo to give birth to her first child, Heather recruits and monitors a coterie of tech wizards, tough guys, and modern-day frontier scouts: a handful of heroes to patrol a continent. All the news is bad:

  • Tribals have overrun Indiana and Illinois
  • The last working aircraft carrier sits helplessly out in the Indian Ocean, not daring to come closer to land
  • The crash of one of the last working airplanes kills a vital industrialist

Tribals try to force appeasement on the Provi government while the Temper government faces a rebellion of religious fanatics Seventeen states are lost to the Tribals as California drifts into secession and hereditary monarchy Everywhere, Provis and Tempers lurch toward civil war.

Heather's agents may be brave, smart, and daring, but can they be enough? For the sake of everything from her newborn son to her dying nation, can she forge them into a the weapon that can at last win the world back from the overwhelming, malevolent force of Daybreak?

Her success or failure may change everything for the next thousand years, beginning from Daybreak Zero.

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Gorgon Child(SciFi)

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p>A virtual superman, a street fighter trained by the Mob, Knight turns his awesome powers on those who created him. Fighting alongside his beautiful mate, he takes on a corrupt television evangelist who schemes to enslave America. The action-packed, near-future adventure sequel to Streetlethal

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Ark(SciFi)

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The sequel to FLOOD, this deals with the people who manage to get off the Earth before it is completely flooded. The ship is huge and the science is good, but the book is just not that compelling. Sorry, but another non-recommend.


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It's the year 2030. The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerged. But the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away gives those who remain alive hope. Only a few will be able to make the journey-Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates. If she makes the cut, she will live. If not, she will be left to face a watery death...

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Flood(SciFi)

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This is the prequel to the movie WATERWORLD... or it may as well be. The Earth is flooding. Some people are trying to get off. Big boring tragedy.

Normally I love Stephen Baxter, but this was not worth the time.


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Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this. The world they have returned to has been transformed-by water. And the water is rising.

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Weird weird weird!!! In all 3 of the Manifold books, Baxter explores the Fermi Paradox. If you don’t know what that is, then wiki it. The most basic explanation is that, given the age of the galaxy, any civilization that didn’t manage to destroy itself should have expanded to occupy the entire galaxy by no. No faster than light travel needed. So the Fermi Paradox simply says, “Where are they?”

There are plenty of reasons we might not see them; and most of those reasons are extremely frightening. Most of them involve conclusions that don’t bode well for the future of our race.

Stephen Baxter’s Manifold novels have struck the world of science fiction like a meteor. Heralded by Arthur Clark as “a major new talent,” Baxter stands time and space on their collective heads, envisions the future reflected in the past, and the past in the galaxy’s most distant reaches and unformed speculations. Claiming the legacy of Heinlein and Asimov, Baxter now returns with his third Manifold novel–in which he uses an astounding adventure story to posit a breathtaking vision of the origin of species . . . on earth and beyond.

In the year 2015 a red moon appears in the Earth’s orbit: brooding, multitextured, beautiful, and alive. Catastrophe follows. While coastlands flood by the new gravitational forces, millions of people die. Scientists scramble desperately to understand what is on the big red moon and how it got there. And NASA astronaut Reid Malenfant, and his wife Emma, are hurtling through the African sky in a training jet, when everything changes forever.

For Malenfant and Emma, a reckless flight in a T-38 above the sun-baked continent sends them colliding with a great wheel in the sky. Now Emma has awakened in a strange, Earthlike world, among physically powerful, primitive creatures who share humankind’s features and desires but lack the human mind. And Reid Malenfant is back in Texas, reliving the plane crash, looking up at the red moon, and knowing in his heart that Emma is there.

Emma is there, beginning a journey of survival that is both horrific and fascinating, utterly familiar and totally beyond comprehension. Malenfant, teamed with a Japanese scientist named Nemoto, will get his chance to rescue his wife. But neither can foresee the extraordinary adventures that await them. Neither can imagine the small and immense evolutionary secrets cloaked in the atmosphere of the red moon, or guess at how a vast, living, tightly woven cosmos has shaped our planet as we know it–and how it will shape it again.


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Stephen Baxter's Manifold novels have struck the world of science fiction like a meteor. Heralded by Arthur Clark as "a major new talent," Baxter stands time and space on their collective heads, envisions the future reflected in the past, and the past in the galaxy's most distant reaches and unformed speculations. Claiming the legacy of Heinlein and Asimov, Baxter now returns with his third Manifold novel–in which he uses an astounding adventure story to posit a breathtaking vision of the origin of species . . . on earth and beyond.

In the year 2015 a red moon appears in the Earth's orbit: brooding, multitextured, beautiful, and alive. Catastrophe follows. While coastlands flood by the new gravitational forces, millions of people die. Scientists scramble desperately to understand what is on the big red moon and how it got there. And NASA astronaut Reid Malenfant, and his wife Emma, are hurtling through the African sky in a training jet, when everything changes forever.

For Malenfant and Emma, a reckless flight in a T-38 above the sun-baked continent sends them colliding with a great wheel in the sky. Now Emma has awakened in a strange, Earthlike world, among physically powerful, primitive creatures who share humankind's features and desires but lack the human mind. And Reid Malenfant is back in Texas, reliving the plane crash, looking up at the red moon, and knowing in his heart that Emma is there.

Emma is there, beginning a journey of survival that is both horrific and fascinating, utterly familiar and totally beyond comprehension. Malenfant, teamed with a Japanese scientist named Nemoto, will get his chance to rescue his wife. But neither can foresee the extraordinary adventures that await them. Neither can imagine the small and immense evolutionary secrets cloaked in the atmosphere of the red moon, or guess at how a vast, living, tightly woven cosmos has shaped our planet as we know it–and how it will shape it again.

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Of the 3 books Baxter has written, this one is, for various reasons, the most disturbing. It takes place on a moon that has all the various human hominid ancestors living at the same time. How they live and interact is the most disturbing aspect of this book (ex. One group attacks another as food and there is a graphic description of an infant being torn apart while still alive and eaten.)

I would only recommend this book to someone who enjoyed the first 2 in this series (Manifold: Time & Manifold: Space). To everyone else. Stay away!!!

The year is 2020. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space. What lies on the other side of the gateway? Malenfant decides to find out. Yet he will soon be faced with an impossible choice that will push him beyond terror, beyond sanity, beyond humanity itself. Meanwhile on Earth the Japanese scientist Nemoto fears her worst nightmares are coming true. Startling discoveries reveal that the Moon, Venus, even Mars once thrived with life–life that was snuffed out not just once but many times, in cycles of birth and destruction. And the next chilling cycle is set to begin again


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The year is 2020. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity, Reid Malenfant ventures to the far edge of the solar system, where he discovers a strange artifact left behind by an alien civilization: A gateway that functions as a kind of quantum transporter, allowing virtually instantaneous travel over the vast distances of interstellar space. What lies on the other side of the gateway? Malenfant decides to find out. Yet he will soon be faced with an impossible choice that will push him beyond terror, beyond sanity, beyond humanity itself. Meanwhile on Earth the Japanese scientist Nemoto fears her worst nightmares are coming true. Startling discoveries reveal that the Moon, Venus, even Mars once thrived with life–life that was snuffed out not just once but many times, in cycles of birth and destruction. And the next chilling cycle is set to begin again

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Another hard science novel.. and boy does this one get strange at times. One of the theories presented in the novel is pretty depressing. So is the other. Once you get the point you have to wonder if Baxter isn't onto something. Basically this book, like the first in this series deals withFermi's Paradox which basically says, if there is other life in the universe, the odds that they are not already here is astronomical... so where are they.

He deals with expanding civilizations and how they would take over the galaxy... wave after wave of warring destructive civilizations.. expanding using CURRENT technology.. no big reach into fantasy science. Basically, as a civilization expands due to population pressure, it will wipe out any lesser civilization in its way - that being us.

The other theory he offers (and right at the end of the book) explains why we have yet to see this happen - and talk about depressing - spin a couple of neutron stars at the center of the galaxy in unstable orbits... when they collide the pulse of gamma rays release pretty much wipes out all the life in the galaxy... problem solved.. everyone dead.

So the question becomes... what do you do about both these problems

You think you can handle this long deep book with some of the oddest twists and turns I have ever seen (like how to get along with Neanderthal's who happen to be living on Jupiter's Moon IO) well.. this might be for you. I liked it, though I think it could have been a tad more direct.

Oh.. and if you read the first book MANIFOLD: TIME - well.. he uses the same characters over again. Not sure what is up with that, but I think the work MANIFOLD is a hint... lol - the exact same characters.


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The year is 2010. More than a century of ecological damage, industrial and technological expansion, and unchecked population growth has left the Earth on the brink of devastation. As the world's governments turn inward, one man dares to envision a bolder, brighter future. That man, Reid Malenfant, has a very different solution to the problems plaguing the planet: the exploration and colonization of space. Now Malenfant gambles the very existence of time on a single desperate throw of the dice. Battling national sabotage and international outcry, as apocalyptic riots sweep the globe, he builds a spacecraft and launches it into deep space. The odds are a trillion to one against him. Or are they?

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Ring(SciFi)

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Okay.. I read this one. But I cannot recall it. Re-reading the plot summary - Holy Cow - This is one complicated plot. Perhaps I should give it a re-read?


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Michael Poole's wormholes constructed in the orbit of Jupiter had opened the galaxy to humankind. Then Poole tried looping a wormhole back on itself, tying a knot in space and ripping a hole in time.

It worked. Too well.

Poole was never seen again. Then from far in the future, from a time so distant that the stars themselves were dying embers, came an urgent SOS--and a promise. The universe was doomed, but humankind was not. Poole had stumbled upon an immense artifact, light-years across, fabricated from the very string of the cosmos.

The universe had a door. And it was open...

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I really enjoyed this book... but not so much for the plot as the structure. It gave me an idea that I started to write in my own novel (yet to be finished).

Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. Then a major discovery high in the Alps --the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.


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Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. Then a major discovery high in the Alps --the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.

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Eon(SciFi)

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The 21st century was on the brink of nuclear confrontation when the 300 kilometer-long stone flashed out of nothingness and into Earth's orbit. NASA, NATO, and the UN sent explorers to the asteroid's surface...and discovered marvels and mysteries to drive researchers mad.

For the Stone was from space--but perhaps not our space; it came from the future--but perhaps not our future; and within the hollowed asteroid was Thistledown. The remains of a vanished civilization. A human--English, Russian, and Chinese-speaking--civilization. Seven vast chambers containing forests, lakes, rivers, hanging cities...

And museums describing the Death; the catastrophic war that was about to occur; the horror and the long winter that would follow. But while scientists and politicians bickered about how to use the information to stop the Death, the Stone yielded a secret that made even Earth's survival pale into insignificance.

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A Fermi-Paradox exploration where a group of robots track down any "noisy" civilizations (i.e. Earth) and destroy them so they are not a threat to their ancient (and possibly extinct) creators.

As good a theory as any.


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On July 26, Arthur Gordon learns that Europa, the sixth moon of Jupiter, has disappeared. Not hiding, not turned black, but gone.

On September 28th, Edward Shaw finds an error in the geological records of Death Valley. A cinder cone was left off the map. Could it be new? Or, stranger yet, could it be artificial? The answer may be lying beside it—a dying Guest who brings devastating news for Edward and for Planet Earth.

As more unexplained phenomena spring up around the globe—a granite mountain appearing in Australia, sounds emanating from the earth's core, flashes of light among the asteroids—it becomes clear to some that the end is approaching, and there is nothing we can do.

In The Forge of God, award-winning author Greg Bear describes the final days of the world on both a massive, scientific scale and in the everyday, emotional context of individual human lives. Facing the destruction of all they know, some people turn to God, others to their families, and a few turn to saviors promising escape from a planet being torn apart. Will they make it in time? And who gets left behind to experience the last moments of beauty and chaos on earth?

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The book is so oddly written with so little reason as to why things are the way they are you just don't care by the end. This is not Bear's best work. Not a recommend


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A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination—unknown. Its purpose—a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home—a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms—he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

All he has are questions—Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull 03?

All will be answered, if he can survive the ship.

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Moving Mars(SciFi)

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A well written novel about inter-planetary struggles for independence. Really, it doesn't make sense that a different planet can be a colony forever.


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Moving Mars is a story of human courage and love set within the greater saga of a planetary liberation movement. Mars is a colonial world, governed by corporate interests on Earth. The citizens of Mars are hardworking, but held back by their lack of access to the best education, and the desire of the Earthly powers to keep the best new inventions for themselves. The young Martians -- the second and third generations born on Mars -- have little loyalty to Earth, and a strong belief that their planet can be independent. The revolution begins slowly, but will grow in power over decades of political struggle until it becomes irresistible.

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War Dogs(SciFi)

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A great SciFi war novel. I really enjoyed it.


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One more tour on the red. Maybe my last.

They made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago.

Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisers and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus.

It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back.

It was a very big shoe, completely slathered in crap.

They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin -- a

One more tour on the red. Maybe my last.

They made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago.

Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisers and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus.

It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back.

It was a very big shoe, completely slathered in crap.

They had been hounded by mortal enemies from sun to sun, planet to planet, and were now stretched thin -- and they needed our help.

And so our first bill came due. Skyrines like me were volunteered to pay the price. As always.

These enemies were already inside our solar system and were moving to establish a beachhead, but not on Earth.

nd they needed our help.

And so our first bill came due. Skyrines like me were volunteered to pay the price. As always.

These enemies were already inside our solar system and were moving to establish a beachhead, but not on Earth.

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This Green Hell: Alex Hunter 3(SciFi)

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Meh. This contained a whole lotta stupid - kinda like all those horror movies where people walk into rooms and DON'T turn on the lights. Please.


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In the jungles of Paraguay, Dr Aimee Weir and her team are in trouble. While drilling deep into the Earth a contagion strikes, their camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night. Is it fear of contamination - or has something far more lethal surfaced? Alex Hunter - code name Arcadian - and his Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos are dropped in to the disaster area to do whatever it takes to stem the outbreak. But for the mission to be a success, the Arcadian must learn to master his violent inner demons long enough to confront the danger that not only threatens his own immediate survival, but that of mankind.

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Einstein's Secret(SciFi)

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An interesting book that twists history around with time travel. Apparently Einstein had a secret that he revealed on his deathbed. And someone wants it kept secret and is willing to kill to do it.

Most time travel books mess up. This one, though confusing, seems to keep it straight, but I found my interest waning 3/4 of the way through. Not a recommend


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It's 1955, and Albert Einstein lies in a hospital bed, deathly ill. He suddenly stirs, asks his assistant for paper and pen, then scribbles something down. Minutes later, he dies.

History tells us that Einstein jotted down equations that night. But struggling scholar Jacob Morgan believes that history is wrong. He's convinced that Einstein wrote a deathbed confession that night—a secret that the great scientist didn't want to take to his grave.

Jacob has spent his entire adult life obsessively hunting down that secret—with nothing to show for it but the scorn of his colleagues and the tattered remnants of a once-promising teaching career.

But now, thanks to a lucky break, Jacob has a chance to get his life back on track. His appointment as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia is a fresh start, and he's vowed to end his pursuit of Einstein's secret.

Until history chooses this moment to deliver him one more clue. A clue that leads him to an impossible and unbelievable discovery:

Time travel.

And so begins the last leg of Jacob's desperate quest, one where history is not only changeable—it's changing. All by itself. And if Jacob doesn't rescue Einstein's secret, everything that he's ever known will disappear forever

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Artifact(SciFi)

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Not a bad read.


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A small cube of black rock has been unearthed in a 3500-year-old Mycenaen tomb.

An incomprehensible object in an impossible place; its age, its purpose, and its origins are unknown.

Its discovery has unleashed a global storm of intrigue, theft and espionage, and is pushing nations to the brink of war.

Its substance has scientist baffled. And the miracle it contains does not belong on this Earth.

It is mystery and madness-an enigma with no equal in recorded history. It is mankind's greatest discovery. . .and worst nightmare.

It may have already obliterated a world. Ours is next.

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I remember enjoying this when I first read it many years ago. But re-reading the plot summary - there is so much here that only bits and peices still stick.

Benfor's work is so good, normally, that this complicated plot must have made complete sense at the time.


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Radio astronomy on the Moon in 2021 reveals the presence of life by a nearby red dwarf, on a tide-locked planet.[1]

To investigate them and the message they are transmitting, Earth's governments repurpose a space colony that was to be stationed at one of Earth's Lagrangian points and convert it into Lancer, a Bussard ramjet powered interstellar ship based on the design of a crashed alien ship discovered in the Mare Marginis on the Moon, and send it to investigate.

In 2061, it arrives and discovers a primitive biological race of nomads broadcasting en-masse with organs adapted to emit and receive electromagnetic radiation; their transmissions were blurred by various nomads falling out of synch with the rest. Close up, the transmission is discovered to be an old radio show from the 1950s - the signal the EMs (as they are called) consider best to reply to Earth with.

A curious satellite is discovered in orbit, from at least as far back as a million years — roughly when an anomalous meteor shower destroyed the EMs' civilization.

On Earth, international commerce is brought to a standstill when mysterious spaceships drop sea creatures dubbed "Swarmers" and "Skimmers" (for their behaviour; Swarmers swarm ships and head-butt them until they sink, and Skimmers simply jump and skim around like dolphins). They begin multiplying and the Swarmers begin attacking humans and all their works on the seas, high or otherwise.

The Ra expedition's first contacts go poorly. The attempt to examine and enter the more interesting of the total of two satellites prompts a massive retaliation by the satellite with plasma weapons that kills most of the crew involved in the attempt. The attempt to contact the EMs on Isis does not go well either; the EMs are confused by the presence of a human on the surface. They had been expecting a reply from Earth itself. In the confusion and surprise, they attempted to simultaneously broadcast their lengthy and elaborate summary of their history and culture, and also to see in more detail the messenger. Unfortunately, in order to see in radar, radar must be broadcast, and the narrowing gaze of the EMs and all the other transmissions literally cook the communications specialist alive. The standby team misinterprets this tragic incident as a deliberate attack and massacres the lot of EMs.

Nigel works with the mathematicians and other experts to interpret the original transmission and later ones. His analysis reveals that their technologically advanced Space-age civilization had attracted the attention of machines, and perished in a massive and prolonged deliberate orbital bombardment that levelled their cities, infrastructure, and civilization. The bombardment of asteroids was severe enough to crack open the crust of the planet and permanently alter for the worse the EMs' ecosphere. The EMs drew to the utmost on what was left of their genetic engineering and biology, and radically altered their bodies to use silicon and transistors for a nervous system and so broadcast; the watching satellite is programmed to react to high technology, not inbuilt features of organisms, so this way the EMs will be able to broadcast their message and possibly help out other biological races.

No sooner has some genuine two-way communication been established than new orders come from Earth, to move on to a new system where they think the Skimmers and Swarmers may've come from originally. En route, they preoccupy themselves analysing reports from the far-flung space probes: everywhere except Earth that traces could be found, anomalies like other Watchers abound.

Walmsley theorizes that a machine-based race that was systematically destroying or guarding planets supporting organic life was responsible for these anomalies; the Swarmers represent a first strike at Earth, which had thus far eluded the machines' attempts to kill it, since the assigned Watcher (as Nigel calls the satellites) was destroyed by the Mare Marginis wreck. His theories are generally disregarded as being too speculative; the sober consensus agrees that Watchers are simply a common form of weaponry left over from the suicide of biological races, and the Swarmer invasion simply a grab for a fresh and relatively unspoiled world.

At the next system, Ross 128, a moon like Ganymede is found with a Watcher around it. Initially it is taken as a disproof of Walmsley's Rule that Watchers will appear around any depopulated world that had once harboured technologically advanced biological life, but the de facto leader (Ted), who has always disliked Walmsley, attempts to covertly force Walmsley into hibernation until the long-planned-for return to Earth. Walmsley breaks out part-way through the necessary medical preparations and escapes to the moon in a submersible. Avoiding the people the Lancer sends out in pursuit, he discovers a much-reduced sapient civilization that had links to the EMs before the Watcher came. The Watcher prevents them from ever reaching the surface and thus from developing much technology, but it cannot complete its task and kill them—they are protected by ten kilometres of ice, which Walmsley remarks would insulate them from even the worst the Watcher could do: cause the sun of that system to go nova. The two are in a stalemate.

During the standoff, news comes in from Earth (delayed nine years by the speed of light) that the Swarmers have begun land invasions; the tense superpowers each suspect each other, and escalate the conflict into a full-scale multi-party nuclear war. The machines, who had attempted to engineer just such an internecine conflict (more efficient than attacking a unified humanity), send their flotilla against Earth, when the defences are denuded, destroyed, or depleted.

This grim news galvanizes the crew to do something. They agree to reactivate the fusion drive and turn the plume on the Watcher. This tactic cripples the Watcher, but its retaliation does even more damage to Lancer; worst of all, the drive system is destroyed.

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Part of the Galactic Center series that didn't do it for me


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Galactic Center 3: Great Sky River(SciFi)

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Book 3 of a series that had so much promise. It's not bad, but it gets bad later


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The third novel in the award-winning author's classic Galactic Center series is available once again. "A challenging, pacesetting work of hard science fiction that should not be missed."--"Los Angeles Times."

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Galactic Center 4: Tides of Light(SciFi)

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I keep reading hoping it will get better.

Another in the Galactic Center series


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Galactic Center 5: Furious Gulf(SciFi)

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Didn't make it for me. Part of a series the looked SO promising.


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Escaping from the genocidal forces of their home world, the last survivors of Snowglade, under the command of Captain Killeen, journey toward the Galactic Center while facing hunger, desperation, and distrust. Reprint. PW. AB.

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Galactic Center 6: Sailing Bright Eternity(SciFi)

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So bad I don't think I finished it.


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I love me a SciFi where the science is good. And with these authors, the science is always good.


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David Brin and Gregory Benford come together again to issue a new edition of their bold collaboration about our near human future in space, planting our boots . . . and staking our destiny . . . on becoming the People of the Comet. Prescient and scientifically accurate, Heart of the Comet is known as one of the great "hard sf" novels of the 1980s.

Prescient and scientifically accurate, Heart of the Comet is known as one of the great "hard sf" novels of the 1980s. First published in 1986, it tells the story of an ambitious manned mission to visit Halley's Comet and alter its orbit, to mine it for resources. But all too soon, native cells— that might once have brought life to Earth—begin colonizing the colonists. As factions battle over the comet's future . . . and that of Earth . . . only love, courage and ingenuity can avert disaster, and possibly spark a new human destiny.

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Time-Scape(SciFi)

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A really enjoyable TIME wise novel (i.e. No time travel, but messages sent back in time to affect the present, but not so much as to cause a paradox). Given that time travel/message plots are so hard to get right, this one really works.

The author of Tides of Light offers his Nebula Award-winning SF classic--a combination of hard science, bold speculation, and human drama. In the year 1998, a group of scientists works desperatey to communicate with the scientists of 1962, warning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future--if it is not averted in the past.


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The story is written from two viewpoints, equidistant from the novel's publication in 1980. The first thread is set in a 1998 ravaged by ecological disasters such as algal blooms and diebacks on the brink of large scale extinctions. Various other events are mentioned in passing, such as student riots and an event of nuclear terrorism against New York City which took place before the events of the novel. This thread follows a group of scientists in the United Kingdom connected with the University of Cambridge and their attempts to warn the past of the impending disaster by sending tachyon-induced messages to the astronomical position the Earth occupied in 1962–1963. Given the faster-than-light nature of the tachyon, these messages will effectively reach the past. These efforts are led by John Renfrew, an Englishman, and Gregory Markham, an American most likely modeled on Benford himself.[5]

The second thread is set in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in La Jolla, California, in 1962 where a young scientist, Gordon Bernstein, discovers anomalous noise in a physics experiment relating to spontaneous resonance and indium antimonide. He and his student assistant, Albert Cooper (also likely based on the author and his experiences at UCSD), discover that the noise is coming in bursts timed to form Morse code.

The resulting message is made of staccato sentence fragments and jumbled letters, due to the 1998 team's efforts to avoid a grandfather paradox. Their aim is to give the past researchers enough information to start efforts on solving the pending ecological crisis, but not enough that the crisis will be entirely solved (thus making a signal to the past unnecessary and creating a paradox). Due to the biological nature of the message, Professor Bernstein shares the message with a professor of biology, Michael Ramsey. Since the message also gives astronomical coordinates, he also shares it with Saul Shriffer, a fictional scientist who is said to have worked with Frank Drake on Project Ozma. Initially, these characters fail to understand the true meaning of the message. Ramsey believes it to be an intercepted military dispatch hinting at Soviet bioterrorism, while Shriffer thinks the message is of extraterrestrial origin. Shriffer goes public with this theory, mentioning Bernstein in his findings. However, Bernstein's overseer, Isaac Lakin, is skeptical of the messages and wants Bernstein to keep working on his original project and ignore the signal. As a result of this interruption in their experimentation, Bernstein is denied a promotion and Cooper fails a candidacy examination. The signal also exacerbates difficulties in Bernstein's relationship with his girlfriend, Penny.

In 1998, Ian Peterson recovers a safe deposit box in La Jolla containing a piece of paper indicating that the messages were received. Meanwhile, it is clear that the viral nature of the algal bloom is spreading it faster and through more mediums than originally expected. Strange yellow clouds that have been appearing are said to be a result of the viral material being absorbed through the water cycle, and it soon affects the planet's agriculture as well, resulting in widespread cases of food poisoning. Flying to the United States, Markham is killed in a plane crash when the pilots fly too close to one of the clouds and experience seizures.

In the past story line, now advanced into 1963, Bernstein refuses to give up on the signals. He is rewarded when the signal noise is also observed in a laboratory at Columbia University (a nod "Tachyons were the sort of audacious idea that comes to young minds used to roving over the horizon of conventional thought. Because of Feinberg I later set part of my tachyon novel at Columbia" towards the inventor of the tachyon concept, Gerald Feinberg of Columbia). Using hints in the message, Ramsey replicates the conditions of the bloom in a controlled experiment and realizes the danger it represents. Bernstein finds out that the astronomical coordinates given in the message represent where the Earth will be in 1998 due to the solar apex. He also receives a more coherent, despairing message from the future. Having built a solid case, Bernstein goes public and publishes his results.

This decision has monumental consequences. On November 22, a high school student in Dallas is sent by his physics teacher to the Texas School Book Depository to get a copy of Bernstein's findings. There he interrupts Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy, attacking the shooter and sending the would-be fatal third shot awry. Though seriously injured, Kennedy survives. This paradox creates an alternate universe and forever ends the contact with the original 1998.

The concluding chapters portray the 1998 of the original timeline as a bleak, failing world, the intensified ecological disaster taking a noticeable toll on the human way of life. Peterson retreats to a fortified country farmhouse which he has obviously prepared well in advance. Renfrew continues to send out signals (including the more coherent one that Gordon receives) until the building's generator gives out. Before it does, however, he receives a signal purportedly from the year 2349.

In the final chapter, set in the alternate 1974, an awards ceremony is held for achievement in science. In light of Kennedy's survival, the United States President giving out the awards is William Scranton, who is said to have defeated Bobby Kennedy due to a telephone tapping scandal. The scientists whose work stemmed from the signal are honored, including Bernstein, who receives the Enrico Fermi Prize for his discovery of the tachyon.

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Regiment of Women(SciFi)

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The book is set in a future where women rule the world. And they rule it with an iron fist. Men are excluded from all positions of power and relegated to second-class status. Society has experienced a complete role reversal of the sexes. The women are the politicians, business leaders and generals, while the men are secretaries, clerks and maids. Men are not permitted to hold political office or even vote, serve in the military or the police force.

This was part of a College course on SciFi - and boy was it extreme. Worth a gander if you like over the top satire


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Once again, Thomas Berger brings a satiric and irreverent perspective to the human experience, evoking a world that most dare not even imagine and effectively dismantling all existing definitions of sex and gender. "Imagined with such ferocity and glee that we assent to it almost in spite of ourselves . . . a brilliant accomplishment by one of out best novelists."--New York Times Book Review.

71 Berry, Mike
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Xenoform(SciFi)

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Well.. this is one of those books that throws out so many ideas about future culture and life in a blinding mash that the fact that it's just not very good seems to get lost in the translation. Like - Oh look at all the sparkly lights!!! Just doesn't hold up.


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City Six is a dark and brutal place, mired in crime and corruption. Gangs rule the streets of the Undercity and every private police force is for sale. The rich live in secure enclaves, oblivious to the suffering and violence that plague the city's poor. Sinister and powerful corporations trade stolen bodymods, fearless of the law, and human life itself is just another saleable commodity.

In this harsh environment an unprecedented threat is emerging. Whistler and her team of professional abductors start to see a new parasitic organ in the bodies of their victims. Debian, a young cyber-criminal turned commercial hacker, finds a terrifying computer virus in the databanks of an AI-research company.

An unknown enemy is attacking the city, altering the populace into nightmarish creatures and decimating computer systems. It seems unstoppable.

Can these unlikely heroes find a way to fight it? Or will City Six fall prey to an environmental and technological catastrophe on an unimaginable scale?

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Winner of the First Hugo Award.

In a world policed by telepaths, Ben Reich plans to commit a crime that hasn't been heard of in 70 years: murder. That's the only option left for Reich, whose company is losing a 10-year death struggle with rival D'Courtney Enterprises. Terrorized in his dreams by The Man With No Face and driven to the edge after D'Courtney refuses a merger offer, Reich murders his rival and bribes a high-ranking telepath to help him cover his tracks. But while police prefect Lincoln Powell knows Reich is guilty, his telepath's knowledge is a far cry from admissible evidence.

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It was only about halfway through this book that I realized it was writing in 1957. (Reading in 2009) Not bad.. Not bad at all. Sort of a Count of Monte Cristo in Space (not my phrase by the way)


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Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die.

When it comes to pop culture, Alfred Bester (1913-1987) is something of an unsung hero. He wrote radio scripts, screenplays, and comic books (in which capacity he created the original Green Lantern Oath). But Bester is best known for his science-fiction novels, and The Stars My Destination may be his finest creation. With its sly potshotting at corporate skullduggery, The Stars My Destination seems utterly contemporary, and has maintained its status as an underground classic for fifty years. (Bester fans should also note that iPicturebooks has reprinted The Demolished Man, which won the very first Hugo Award in 1953.)

Alfred Bester was among the first important authors of contemporary science fiction. His passionate novels of worldly adventure, high intellect, and tremendous verve, The Stars My Destination and the Hugo Award winning The Demolished Man, established Bester as a s.f. grandmaster, a reputation that was ratified by the Science Fiction Writers of America shortly before his death. Bester also was an acclaimed journalist for Holiday magazine, a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and even a writer for Superman.

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Day of the Dragonstar(SciFi)

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Part of a series, that sounds good, but I can't recall reading it.


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An artificial Jurassic world spins through space, kilometers long and made to order, build to endure for an eternity. An enticing mystery for the humans of the Heinlein exploratory mission, it holds deadly secrets from the universe's savage past.

INSIDE THE MILES-LONG SPACESHIP IT WAS 160 MILLION YEARS AGO ...

Day after artificial day, outwitting the carnivorous saurians that had devoured their shipmates, the two survivors of the Heinlein expedition to the mysterious object known as Artifact One picked their way through the vast, horizonless jungle that filled the hull of the star-traveling terrerium.

They did what a man and a woman fighting together to survive usually do:

They prayed for rescue.

They searched for a way to escape.

They fell in love

Then, from a rise in the forest, they saw a wall.

And something on the wall saw them.

THE SENTRY

75 Bischoff, David F.
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Night of the Dragonstar(SciFi)

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Another in the Dragonstar series about a giant space craft that contains a Jurrasic Park - where explorers try to survive.

On a a miles-long spaceship on a journey between the stars ...

After establishing communications with the sentient dinosaurs aboard the gigantic alien warship Dragonstar, the human exploration forces were ready to reveal their accomplishments to an eager public ... then disaster struck! During a live holovision broadcast, something made the cooperative Saurians go berserk—and begin slaughtering and eating their former friends. At the same moment, the Dragonstar’s access hatches closed down, imprisoning all aboard her.


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On a a miles-long spaceship on a journey between the stars ...

After establishing communications with the sentient dinosaurs aboard the gigantic alien warship Dragonstar, the human exploration forces were ready to reveal their accomplishments to an eager public ... then disaster struck! During a live holovision broadcast, something made the cooperative Saurians go berserk—and begin slaughtering and eating their former friends. At the same moment, the Dragonstar's access hatches closed down, imprisoning all aboard her.

76 Bischoff, David F.
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Nightworld(SciFi)

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I do remember this one as not bad. Not usually into vampires, etc. but this was early on in my reading years.


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By day it was paradise. By night it was a seething hell. Nightworld — where for centuries werewolves, dragons, griffins, and vampires served a computerized Prince of Darkness …

Where every sunset brought forth a call for the most heinous acts imaginable by the most frightening creature of all … Where a courageous young lord and a determined outworlder set forth on a journey of innumerable terrors to destroy the computer creature known as Satan in its own technologically horrifying haven of hell!

"Wonderful! A journey in the company of odd travelers through a landscape of old menaces newly twisted — a cleanly written adventure story." — Roger Zelazny

77 Bischoff, David F.
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Vampires of Nightworld(SciFi)

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More of the Nightworld series


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For five hundred years a mad computer scientist who called himself Satan ruled the nights of the planet Styx, each sundown unleashing hordes of cyborg creatures — werewolves, vampires, dragons, and worse — to terrorize what had once been the idyllic Victorian villages of an interstellar pleasure world. Then Satan was killed by Geoffrey Turner and young Oliver Dolan — and things grew worse, for Satan's creations, left to their own devices, quickly began to terrorize the days as well as the nights. It was left to Oliver Dolan to pacify the creatures and defeat Satan's last, most insidious weapon — before all men were turned into Zombies.

78 Black, Alan
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Chewing Rocks(SciFi)

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A bit of libertarian political proselytizing in here, but all in all a pretty good read

Miners in the asteroid belt and the conflicts that take place when one group tries to pirate another. Seems justice is served when one person uses might to make right... not very just, really, but the flaws in such an idea are not discussed. The author is rather starry eyed about how all that would work, but hell, it's his book.


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Chastity Snowden Whyte just wanted to mine for rocks, metal and ice in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Rock mining in space was all she knew. It was all she was good at doing. She was comfortable living alone as the captain of her mining ship the Sedona. Normally she managed with only infrequent trips to the planetoid Ceres for resupply.

She didn't want to have to make extra trips back to base because of equipment failure. She didn't want to become a mining tutor for a group of newcomers from Earth. And she certainly didn't want to get entangled in corporate conspiracies, piracy, kidnapping, murder and worst of all…politics.

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Empty Space(SciFi)

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Okay.. I mean.. WHAT THE HELL. The main character is a bit of a psychopath. He kills people who need killing, and he decides who needs it. Still, at times you are rooting for him. I guess it's a little like DEXTER.

Once again the author is showing his political beliefs a little heavy handedly, but then it is his book. Mildly entertaining.


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York August Sixteen was abandoned as a baby, abused and molested as a child, beaten and harassed as a teen, and had his rightful place in the Republic's Space Navy stolen from him. Fighting back against huge government systems was useless. Dispensing justice on an individual case-by-case basis was more to his liking, yet even that was taken away when he was stationed on a lonely communication space station. York's life would change when he decides to seek justice for people even less fortunate than him.

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Metal Boxes(SciFi)

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Its a coming of age novel, but really, not very realistic. I mean, this kid manages to convert and engine from regular to hyper-space and back a couple of times, and NO ONE else has ever thought of this. I call B.S. And they pop out of space right next to a habitable planet; and then again later right next to a space station - I call B.S. And then they make this midshipman the Captain of the ship and he wins and unwinnable battle... Just too much B.S. to be a good book. Not recommended.


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Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.

Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.

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Bright Angel(SciFi)

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Sounds like they found Spock


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Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man--a priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He has found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics . . . until he is sent to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they are incapable of faith or belief.

Confronted with a profound scientific riddle and ethical quandary, Father Ruiz-Sanchez soon finds himself torn between the teachings of his faith, the teachings of his science, and the inner promptings of his humanity. There is only one solution: He must accept an ancient and unforgivable heresy--and risk the futures of both worlds

83 Bohacz, Kevin
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Immortality(SciFi)

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I can't even remember reading this. And a review of the synopsis didn't ring any bells.

It was that memorable.


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Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world's eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected and environmental damage may be the catalyst. Once discovered, this knowledge changes everything....

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The Alien Within(SciFi)

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Winter turned her back on a tragic past and dedicated her life to the Federation Space Service. Ever since she had been a model starcaptain, decisive, emotionless, and utterly committed. But then she rescued Shaw, a smuggler and spy with powers no one had ever seen before. Suddenly Winter is a target for assassination by a powerful alien nation and by the Federation itself! Now, for the first time, Winter found herself questioning her orders … The Alien Within was first published by Ballantine Del Rey in 1988

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Mission: Tori(SciFi)

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Mier Sliver was one of the Federation's top agents, trained, honed, and genetically enhanced. Her uncanny empathy & enhanced vision had carried her through 17 years of Security's deadliest missions. When two diplomatic missions to a newly discovered planet failed, Mier was suddenly on her way to the most dangerous sector of space with an android partner. All the clues led straight to Tori, but on that wild planet, the very assets that had made Mier the best would now be her greatest liability. It also turned out that the problem was not in deep space, but much closer to home. Evidence pointed to a traitor within Security itself! Could Mier and her android partner find the answers and save themselves before the terrifying nightmare spawned on Tori destroyed them both? And what would happen when Mier discovered the terrible secret that her mechanical partner was keeping from her?

86 Bond, Jason Andrew
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Hammerhead(SciFi)

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Sounds exciting. Wish I could recall it better. Parts are there, so it must have held my interest for a bit, but now - not so much


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Jeffrey Holt tears apart decommissioned ships that have been crash-landed in the Nevada desert. He's a ship breaker, no one of consequence—just as he wants it. However, decades after his role in the world mattered, someone is trying to kill him. Searching for a reason, he tears into the bridge of a derelict Kappa-Class freighter and finds corpses. As he stands on the bridge considering how to stay alive, a hand grips his leg…

87 Bova, Ben
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Colony(SciFi)

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"The Earth has been poisoned by pollution, choked by overpopulation, and ravaged by the mindless greed of power-hungry corporations. A fragile peace is threatened by landless revolutionaries and global anarchy seems imminent.

Yet a single ray of hope remains..."

Island One is a celestial utopia, and David Adams is its most perfect creation—a man with a brain as advanced as any computer and a body free of human frailties. But David is a prisoner—a captive of the colony that created him—destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet. Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And as Earth's boundaries, fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior. For David Adams has a plan—one that will ultimately ensure the salvation of his species... or its annihilation.

88 Bova, Ben
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The Dueling Machine(SciFi)

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The trouble with great ideas is that someone is sure to expend enormous effort and ingenuity figuring out how to louse them up.

Exactly as the title implies.. machines for dueling - but then...

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Mars, Inc.(SciFi)

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How do you get to the Red Planet? Not via a benighted government program trapped in red tape and bound by budget constrictions, that's for sure. No, what it will take is a helping of adventure, science, corporate powerplays, a generous dollop of seduction—both in and out of the boardroom—and money, money, money!

Art Thrasher knows this. He is a man with a driving vision: send humans to Mars. The government has utterly failed, but Thrasher has got the plan to accomplish such a feat: form a "club" or billionaires to chip in one billion a year until the dream is accomplished. But these are men and women who are tough cookies, addicted to a profitable bottom-line, and disdainful of pie-in-the-sky dreamers who want to use their cash to make somebody else's dreams come true.

But Thrasher is different from the other dreamers in an important regard: he's a billionaire himself, and the president of a successful company. But it's going to take all his wiles as a captain of industry and master manipulator of business and capital to overcome setbacks and sabotage—and get a rocket full of scientist, engineers, visionaries, and dreamers on their way to the Red Planet.

The man for the job has arrived. Art Thrasher is prepared to do whatever it takes to humans on Mars—or die trying!

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Privateers(SciFi)

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America Has Ceded The Heavens To The Tyrants -- And The Renegades. The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph's life is changed forever. Now cataclysm is aimed at the exposed heart of America -- a potential catastrophe that Randolph himself inadvertently set in motion. And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision -- and wear proudly the mantle that fate thrust upon him: space

91 Bova, Ben
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The Starcrossed(SciFi)

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Television in the 21st century, where ratings are everything... Physicist Bill Oxford has just developed a device that can make the networks even more powerful, and now he is caught in the most vicious battle of the future: the ratings war!

A delightful bit of fun in the future, poking fun at those who should be poked.

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Test of Fire(SciFi)

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A solar flare destroys everything in the Eastern hemisphere. The rest of civilization goes under when Soviet military leaders assume the flare is a nuke attack and unleash their ICBMs. A small community survives at a moon base but faces serious survival problems. The biggest one being that lack of fissionable material forces them to preiodically go back to Earth and forage for reactor rods. On one foray Daniel Morgan, the unofficial moonbase leader, refuses to come back and hoards up the available fissionables in an attempt to force the moon people to make a permanent connection with Earth. After 20 or so years, his wife (the official leader) sends her son Alec back with a quasi-military unit to get the rods.....and to get back at dear old dad for walking out on everyone.

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A solar flare destroys everything in the Eastern hemisphere. The rest of civilization goes under when Soviet military leaders assume the flare is a nuke attack and unleash their ICBMs. A small community survives at a moon base but faces serious survival problems. The biggest one being that lack of fissionable material forces them to preiodically go back to Earth and forage for reactor rods. On one foray Daniel Morgan, the unofficial moonbase leader, refuses to come back and hoards up the available fissionables in an attempt to force the moon people to make a permanent connection with Earth. After 20 or so years, his wife (the official leader) sends her son Alec back with a quasi-military unit to get the rods.....and to get back at dear old dad for walking out on everyone.

93 Bova, Ben
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To Save the Sun(SciFi)

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Earth's Sun will explode, not millions of years hence but in mere lifetimes—violently enough to scour Earth clean and leave the Empire of the Hundred Worlds adrift. The Empire's scientists deem that nothing can be done. The age of heroism is past: this is the long, stagnant afternoon of the human race.

Until—over massive opposition—a single young woman makes her way to the Emperor with that rarity, a new scientific insight... and a plan, flowing from its implications, to mobilize humanity's slumbering energies toward a thousand year effort of applied astrophysics. Of engineering carried out on the hearts of stars. A plan to save the Earth. To save the Sun.

I vaguely recall liking this one. The idea was interesting.


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Earth's Sun will explode, not millions of years hence but in mere lifetimes—violently enough to scour Earth clean and leave the Empire of the Hundred Worlds adrift.

The Empire's scientists deem that nothing can be done. The age of heroism is past: this is the long, stagnant afternoon of the human race.

Until—over massive opposition—a single young woman makes her way to the Emperor with that rarity, a new scientific insight... and a plan, flowing from its implications, to mobilize humanity's slumbering energies toward a thousand year effort of applied astrophysics. Of engineering carried out on the hearts of stars. A plan to save the Earth. To save the Sun.

94 Bova, Ben
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Voyagers(SciFi)

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Keith Stoner, ex-astronaut turned physicist, knows the signal that his research station is receiving from space is not random. Whatever it is, it's real.

And it's headed straight for Earth.

He'll do anything to be the first man to go out to confront this enigma. Even lose the only woman he's ever really loved.

And maybe start a world war.

95 Bova, Ben
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Voyagers II: The Alien Within(SciFi)

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Eighteen years ago, astronaut Keith Stoner had been the American member of a joint U.S.-Soviet mission to capture an alien ship that had entered the solar system. It was the greatest adventure in the history of Earth--but disaster struck when a bomb placed on the Soviet craft forced its recall. Stoner refused to return to Earth, staying behind in the strange ship alone where he fell into suspended animation.

Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries. Jo's dogged determination has forced the recovery of the alien ship, and now her company is in control of the vast new technology--and in control of Keith Stoner. What Camerata doesn't know, however, is that when Stoner wakes, someone else awakens, too. The alien presence in Stoner's mind that has kept him alive all these years is now free, and intends to explore the world.

And it will let nothing stand in its way.

96 Bova, Ben
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Voyagers III: Star Brothers(SciFi)

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Jo Camerata, the ambitious young student who fell in love with Keith Stoner, is now head of Vanguard Industries which has recovered an alien ship. As a result, Jo's company now controls the incredible wealth of technology aboard the ship as well as the fortune it reaps in - not to mention control of Keith Stoner.

What Camerata does not know, however, is that someone else has been awake, someone who dwells deep within the recesses of Stoner's mind. The alienate presence that has kept Stoner alive for so long is now free and fully intends to explore our world and will let nothing stand in its way.

97 Boyd, John
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The Gorgon Festival(SciFi)

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Was the youth elixir the panacea that mankind dreamed of-or a bitter and ironic joke? To Alexander Ward, his discovery could have meant fame, wealth, the Nobel Prize. But his 70-year-old lab assistant stole it and turned herself into a teen-age sex kitten, a nursing home into a brothel--and the world into a madhouse.

98 Boyd, John
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The Organ Bank Farm(SciFi)

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99 Bradbury, Ray
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Fahrenheit 451  Best Book Lists: 5 (SciFi)

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A short but powerful book about censorship and desperation. I've read plenty of Bradbury in the context of Science Fiction, but I think this is the best book of his I have ever read.

The edition I read contains an after word by Bradbury talking about what has happened to the novel in the years since it was first published - how, in fact, a book about strict censorship has itself been slowly censored over the years, and how requests have been made for him to revise it to cope with various people's offended feelings. Unbelievable!!!

(NOTE: The amazon edition on the side is not the edition with the epilogue by Bradbury - as soon as I find that I will change the link.

I recommend this to everyone for it's dystopian view of the future, and one man's look into his sudden dissatisfaction with his world. If we all don't feel that way once in life, I don't know what makes us more human.


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Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family." But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn't live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

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The Illustrated Man is a 1951 book of eighteen science fiction short stories by Ray Bradbury that explores the nature of mankind. A recurring theme throughout the eighteen stories is the conflict of the cold mechanics of technology and the psychology of people. It was nominated for the International Fantasy Award in 1952

Read this as a teenager and I recall it being strange and wonderful and a little scary at the time. It was a long time ago and I cannot say if the stories will have stood the test of time. Read at your own risk... but a good book for a look into the times.


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You could hear the voices murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.

A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury— eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. In this phantasmagoric sideshow, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

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Obviously not science, but a great read in any case. A great bunch of stories from a great writer.


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In The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury, America's preeminent storyteller, imagines a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor— of crystal pillars and fossil seas—where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a vanished, devastated civilization. Earthmen conquer Mars and then are conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race. In this classic work of fiction, Bradbury exposes our ambitions, weaknesses, and ignorance in a strange and breathtaking world where man does not belong.

Read this as a teenager, in the days when Mars was still a giant mystery capable of holding any story.

102 Bradley, Will
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Ark Liberty(SciFi)

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Refusing to allow his government to complete its destruction of the Earth, Stefan Li activates Liberty, an undersea ark, staffing it with as many refugees as he can before the ports are sealed.

103 Bretnor, Reginald
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Gilpin's Space(SciFi)

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104 Brin, David
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Brightness Reef(SciFi)

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A good start to this trilogy. the story is intriguing and the characters interesting.


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An UPLIFT novel

The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies. But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races. Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony. Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo. Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?

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Another novel about the Fermi Paradox. And this one has a very strange explanation!!!


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In a universe filled with habitable worlds why have we had no contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? David Brin's "The Crystal Spheres" offers a fantastic explanation for the Great Silence. Instead of being late-comers - might humanity have come upon the scene too early? This haunting tale was voted one of the "most beautiful of the eighties. Winner of the 1985 Hugo Award

106 Brin, David
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Existence(SciFi)

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An excellent read... could have used a sequel. Plenty of good action, characters, and an interesting concept to toy with. How could all the civilizations in the universe manage to be in touch with each other... well, they can't, but they can still help each other out.


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Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there's something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn't on the decades' old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth's infomesh about an "alien artifact."

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

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The end is near for the fugitives on this planet. Things get exciting in this the conclusion of the trilogy.


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The brutal enemy that has relentlessly pursued them for centuries has arrived. Now the fugitive settlers of Jijo--both human and alien--brace for a final confrontation. The Jijoans' only hope is the Earthship Streaker, crewed by uplifted dolphins and commanded by an untested human.

Yet more than just the fate of Jijo hangs in the balance. For Streaker carries a cargo of ancient artifacts that may unlock the secret of those who first brought intelligent life to the Galaxies. Many believe a dire prophecy has come to pass: an age of terrifying changes that could end Galactic civilization.

As dozens of white dwarf stars stand ready to explode, the survival of sentient life in the universe rests on the most improbable dream of all--that age-old antagonists of different races can at last recognize the unity of all consciousness.

108 Brin, David
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Kiln People(SciFi)

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This book was really good - a detective novel with a really twisted idea - that you could "bake" a short-lived copy of yourself to do jobs for you and retrieve their memories later. Imagine the implications for crime!


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In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember.

But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown. Dr. Yosil Maharal, a brilliant researcher in artificial intelligence, has suddenly vanished, just as he is on the verge of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough. Maharal's daughter, Ritu, believes he has been kidnapped-or worse. Aeneas Polom, a reclusive trillionaire who appears in public only through his high-priced platinum duplicates, offers Morris unlimited resources to locate Maharal before his awesome discovery falls into the wrong hands.

To uncover the truth, Morris must enter a shadowy, nightmare world of ghosts and golems where nothing -and no one-is what they seem, memory itself is suspect, and the line between life and death may no longer exist

109 Brin, David
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The Postman(SciFi)

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I loved this book - much better than the movie. The lie of the postman (that becomes the reality) is better told in the book. Recommend.


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This is the story of a lie that became the most powerful kind of truth. A timeless novel as urgently compelling as War Day or Alas, Babylon, David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction.

He was a survivor--a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale, of a nation on the road to recovery.

110 Brin, David
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This was hilarious. Things in this universe only work if you "practice" them, and the more you practice them, the better they work.


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Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds?alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own?with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.

111 Brin, David
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Tank Farm Dynamo(SciFi)

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A short read, but not bad. Good hard science in this one about life in Earth orbit and economics of running a space station.


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Can a sci fi story alter the course of something ponderous, like the space program? Perhaps. "Tank Farm Dynamo" sure tried! What if we found the nerve, the spirit and daring to use every resource - including those that NASA simply threw away? An unabashedly old-fashioned hard SF story with science and technology as central, problem-solving players... plus a real twist.

112 Brin, David
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A very enjoyable book, and the start of the UPLIFT series - the theory being that no species manages to get to the stars without help.


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No species has ever reached for the stars without the guidance of a patron--except perhaps mankind. Did some mysterious race begin the uplift of humanity aeons ago? Circling the sun, under the caverns of Mercury, Expedition Sundiver prepares for the most momentous voyage in history--a journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.

113 Brin, David
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The second of a great series


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David Brin's Uplift novels are among the most thrilling and extraordinary science fiction ever written. Sundiver, Startide Rising, and The Uplift War--a New York Times bestseller--together make up one of the most beloved sagas of all time. Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race. But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind?

The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed in the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.

114 Brin, David
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As galactic armadas clash in quest of the ancient fleet of the Progenitors, a brutal alien race seizes the dying planet of Garth. The various uplifted inhabitants of Garth must battle their overlords or face ultimate extinction. At stake is the existence of Terran society and Earth, and the fate of the entire Five Galaxies. Sweeping, brilliantly crafted, inventive and dramatic, The Uplift War is an unforgettable story of adventure and wonder from one of today's science fiction greats.

The last of the Uplift series (not to be confused with the Uplift trilogy - yeah right - A fun read.


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As galactic armadas clash in quest of the ancient fleet of the Progenitors, a brutal alien race seizes the dying planet of Garth. The various uplifted inhabitants of Garth must battle their overlords or face ultimate extinction. At stake is the existence of Terran society and Earth, and the fate of the entire Five Galaxies. Sweeping, brilliantly crafted, inventive and dramatic, The Uplift War is an unforgettable story of adventure and wonder from one of today's science fiction greats.

115 Brin, David
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Interesting implications of the idea of Uplift


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The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology protected by guardians of the Five Galaxies. But over the centuries it has been resettled, populated by refugees of six intelligent races. Together they have woven a new society in the wilderness, drawn together by their fear of Judgment Day, when the Five Galaxies will discover their illegal colony. Then a strange starship arrives on Jijo. Does it bring the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals willing to destroy the six races of Jijo in order to cover their own crimes?

116 Brin, David
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Another good read in the Trilogy.


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For the fugitive settlers of Jijo, it is truly the beginning of the end. As starships fill the skies, the threat of genocide hangs over the planet that once peacefully sheltered six bands of sapient beings. Now the human settlers of Jijo and their alien neighbors must make heroic--and terrifying--choices. A scientist must rally believers for a cause he never shared. And four youngsters find that what started as a simple adventure--imitating exploits in Earthling books by Verne and Twain--leads them to the dark abyss of mystery. Meanwhile, the Streaker, with her fugitive dolphin crew, arrives at last on Jijo in a desperate search for refuge. Yet what the crew finds instead is a secret hidden since the galaxies first spawned intelligence--a secret that could mean salvation for the planet and its inhabitants...or their ultimate annihilation.

117 Brown, Eric
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Cosmopath (Bengal Station)(SciFi)

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Another in this enjoyable series. An entertaining read. Good thriller set on the largest space station imaginable.


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Telepath Jeff Vaughan is approached by billionaire tycoon Rabindranath Chandrasakar, who wants him to read the mind of a spacer on an unexplored world on the edge of known space. There's only one problem - the spacer is dead. On Delta Cephei VII, Vaughan finds himself drawn into a web of treachery and deceit in a bid to discover what an alien race is concealing from humanity - a secret that could change forever the course of human expansion through the galaxy.

118 Brown, Eric
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Necropath(SciFi)

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Bengal Station: an exotic spaceport that dominates the ocean between India and Burma. Jaded telepath, Jeff Vaughan, is employed by the spaceport authorities to monitor incoming craft for refugees from other worlds. When he discovers a sinister cult that worships an mysterious alien god, he's drawn into an deadly investigation. Not only must he attempt to solve the murders, but he has to save himself from the psychopath out to kill him.

A psychic who has the ability to read a dying mind. Ugh.. the ability has made him reclusive and has driven him to run from the government organization that gave him the ability. Working as a sort of psychic customs officer at a space port he uncovers a plot by an alien race to murder people under the guise of a religious cult.

This book meanders, but is not bad. A pretty good SciFi read. I plan on picking up some others in this series to see how they go.


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Science fiction meets crime noir, as Jeff Vaughan, jaded telepath, employed by the spaceport authorities on Bengal Station, discovers a sinister cult that worships a mysterious alien god. We follow Vaughan as he attempts to solve the murders and save himself from the psichopath out to kill him. This is Eric Brown's triumphant return to hard SF.

119 Brown, Eric
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Starship Summer(SciFi)

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A novella/short story. Can't really recall it, so must not have been impressed.


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This is the story of David Conway and his new life on Chalcedony, a planet renowned for its Golden Column, an artifact that is mysterious and strange, no one knowing why it is present there. Conway meets some locals in the town of Magenta Bay and buys an old starship from Hawksworth, who runs a scrap yard in the town full of old and disused starships. Conway sets up the ship on his land and uses it as his home, but the presence of what can only be described as an alien ghost starts a string of events that lead to a revelation that will change everything for humanity.

120 Brown, Eric
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Xenopath (Bengal Station)(SciFi)

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This novel held my interest and was pretty entertaining. If you like a little mystery set in a very large technical background in space, you will probably like this one. A cop thriller on the largest space station above Earth.


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Telepath Jeff Vaughan is working for a detective agency on Bengal Station, an exotic spaceport that dominates the ocean between India and Burma, when he is called out to the colony world of Mallory to investigate recent discoveries of alien corpses. But Vaughan is shaken to his core when he begins to uncover the heart of darkness at the centre of the Scheering-Lassiter colonial organisation...

121 Brown, Fredric
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Martians, Go Home(SciFi)

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I recall this being very funny... as the Martians were so totally annoying. They were the worst nightmares...


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THEY WERE GREEN, THEY WERE LITTLE, THEY WERE BALD AS BILLIARD BALLS AND THEY WERE EVERYWHERE! Luke Devereaux was a science fiction writer, holed up in a desert shack waiting for inspiration. He was the first to see a Martian - but he certainly wasn't the last. It was estimated that one billion of them had arrived - one to every three human beings on Earth. Obnoxious green creatures who could be seen and heard (but not harmed) and who probed private sex lives as shamelessly as they exposed government secrets. No one knew why they had come. No one knew how to make them go away - except perhaps, Luke Devereaux. Unfortunately he was going slightly bananas, so it wouldn't be easy. But for a science fiction writer nothing was impossible

122 Browne, Robert
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The New Atoms Bombshell(SciFi)

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A SciFi baseball novel... go figure.

Read to long ago to rate.


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123 Brunner, John
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When mankind colonized the stars, they travelled out from Earth in two directions - to Centaurus and its Southern Hemisphere neighbours and to Ursa Major and the constellations around Polaris. And strange to say the humans who settled on those various worlds began to develop into two differing antagonistic types. For Ray Mallin, born under the surface of Mars in the sparse colony of Earth's inhospitable old neighbour, neither the anarchic 'bears' nor the autocratic 'Centaurs' commanded his loyalty. So when secret agents of both galactic groupings suddenly focus their unwelcome attention on his most recent star-piloting mission, he knew only that something of vast significance was up - and that he unknowingly was the key to it.

124 Brunner, John
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A hundred thousand years from now, Creohan the scholar discovers a star approaching Earth on a deadly collision course. If he can arouse everyone to the danger, there might be time enough to save the world. But the Earth had become a strange and kaleidoscopic place in that distant era. Too many empires had risen and fallen - humans had become too apathetic, too self-centered to pay attention to this new alarm. Creohan would have to save the world by himself. The story of his efforts is a brilliant blend of science-fiction and fantasy, and one of John Brunner's most colorful concepts.

125 Brunner, John
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The novel explores several themes: environment degradation of the modern world (which Brunner believed was shortening his own life), paternal irresponsibility (in the form of accepting cash for donating sperm to a sperm bank), and conservative (fascist) tendencies in British politics. The latter may reflect that the book was written during the Thatcher years.

126 Brunner, John
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The novel deals with the efforts of an alien species to escape their homeworld, whose system is passing through a cloud of interstellar debris, resulting in a high rate of in-falling matter. The species' unique biology and their biological technology complicate matters.

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A short story collection. Brunner is very good.


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In THE JAGGED ORBIT, Brunner, writing at the peak of form that allowed him to create STAND ON ZANZIBAR, takes a long, hard, disturbing, hilarious look at the near, and not-so-distant, future and the catastrophic changes that widespread and rampant drug abuse, uncontrolled violence, high-level corruption in government, inhumane treatment of the too-readily defined "insane" and the accompanying collapse of the social order are wreaking on the world we recognize and turning it into a reality we must fear and hope to avoid. Brunner tells a spine-chilling tale and makes where the world could possibly go all too believable and real for our comfort.

129 Brunner, John
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Quicksand(SciFi)

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This 1967 novel tells of a troubled psychiatrist trying to unravel the mystery behind a girl discovered wandering in the woods near a mental hospital. She speaks a language no one understands and doesn't seem to recognize commonplace items such as telephones or automobiles. As the novel progresses, the clues about her origin become more intriguing, even as the psychiatrist's personal life is falling apart.

130 Brunner, John
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Spectacular - one of the best novels of all time - not just Science Fiction


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In THE SHEEP LOOK UP, Brunner returns to a style similar to that of the manically inventive STAND ON ZANZIBAR, and delivers another fast-paced, kaleidoscopically comprehensive view of a near future rife with looming ecological dangers and possibly about to be saved by an underground revolutionary movement--if its leader can survive the hostility of vested interests to deliver his message of hope.

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In a world drowning in data and information and choking on novelty and innovation, Nickie Haflinger, a most dangerous fugitive who doesn't even appear to exist, provides a window onto a global society falling apart in all directions, with madness run amok and personal freedom surrendered to computers and bureaucrats. Caught and about to be re-programmed, can he escape once again, defy the government and turn the tide of organizational destruction?

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You get a sense of it through the book, but the author 'fesses up at the end and tells you that the plot is based on a chess game. Hence the name..


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It is a sociological story of urban class warfare and political intrigue, taking place in the fictional South American capital city of Vados. It explores the idea of subliminal messages as political tools, and it is notable for having the structure of a famous 1892 chess game between Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin. The structure is not coincidental, and plays an important part in the story.

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One of the best!!

This book take many story lines that seem unconnected and winds them into an amazing whole that will blow you away.


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Norman Niblock House is a rising executive at General Technics, one of a few all-powerful corporations. His work is leading General Technics to the forefront of global domination, both in the marketplace and politically---it's about to take over a country in Africa. Donald Hogan is his roommate, a seemingly sheepish bookworm. But Hogan is a spy, and he's about to discover a breakthrough in genetic engineering that will change the world...and kill him.

These two men's lives weave through one of science fiction's most praised novels. Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions. Where society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of 2010, and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

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After a riot in a near-future England where telepathy has been discovered, the authorities discover Gerald Howson, a physically deformed youth with greater telepathic power than has ever been seen before. The novel details Howson's struggles to come to grips with his power and his deformity.

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Yet to read


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Humanity continues to gain control of the Forty Eight Worlds as they deorbit wormholes and join the many worlds and civilizations together. But as they do so, they must deal with the horrors of past injustices as humanity forms new societies out of the wreckage of the old.

And some of those horrors aren't content to rest. Kay, who has rescued herself from a hellish life dominated by uncaring alien creatures, seeks bloody twisted revenge for what was done to her.

And a new force is not happy about the manner in which the Forty Eight worlds are reshaping

136 Buettner, Robert
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Orphan's Alliance(SciFi)

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A very good SciFi war novel. Enjoyable if you like war scenarios.


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Humans have been discovered on the Outworlds. And the Army decides to send emissaries. Emissaries like Jason Wander.

As intraplanetary conflicts rage around him, and the personal stakes get ever higher, Jason finds that playing planet-hopping politician can be harder than commanding armies.

When united mankind squares off to battle the Slugs for a precious interstellar crossroad, Jason will discover that the most dangerous enemy may be the one he least expects.

137 Buettner, Robert
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Orphanage(SciFi)

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The first in the Orphan Series - These are great coming of age novels. Plenty of people would call these science fiction. I would categorize them as military. There is plenty of military history to be had in here, if you're paying attention. In particular these books are about the burden of command.

Its about a man (a kid really) in the very near future who ends up in a futile war against an alien invader, and who spends his whole life... and the lives of others, fighting them. It talks about why soldiers really fight - which hasn't changed since the Greeks fought the Persians. Its not about God, or country or ideology. Its about the guy next to you in line. Anyone who doesn't believe that only has to watch a few video's from troops in Iraq to realize its an eternal fact of war.

If you liked Heinlein's STARSHIP TROOPER - and the ideas it explored. You will like this series of books. If you loved Joe Haldeman's FOREVER WAR - then these will knock your socks off.

Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.

They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.


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Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.

They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

138 Buettner, Robert
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Orphan's Journey(SciFi)

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The third in this series - see the review for ORPHANGE for a summary of this, and all the books in this series.

In the years since the last Slug War, Jason's command style hasn't made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war.

When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful of others, will be torn from orbit and thrust into space. Now, stranded on an alien planet, Jason realizes that not only are his friends are looking to him for rescue, but an entire planet sees him as their only hope.


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In the years since the last Slug War, Jason's command style hasn't made him any friends in the Army. Now, in an effort to keep him out of trouble, the Army has sent Jason to the vast, Earth-orbiting resort called New Moon. At the core of this enormous space station is a starship, a relic from the last war.

When a test run of the ship goes wrong, Jason, along with a handful of others, will be torn from orbit and thrust into space. Now, stranded on an alien planet, Jason realizes that not only are his friends are looking to him for rescue, but an entire planet sees him as their only hope.

139 Buettner, Robert
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Orphan's Destiny(SciFi)

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The second in this series - see the review for ORPHANGE for a summary of this, and all the books in this series.

At twenty-five, General Jason Wander has fought and won man's only alien conflict. Now, after long years in space, he's coming home...but to what? Earth's desperate nations, impoverished by war damage and military spending, are slashing defense budgets. There's just one problem with this new worldwide policy-the first alien invasion was merely Plan A.

Suddenly, the real assault begins: Earth is attacked by a vast armada of city-sized warships. To block their invasion, mankind has only one surviving craft and a single guerrilla strike force...a suicide squad led by Jason Wander.


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At twenty-five, General Jason Wander has fought and won man's only alien conflict. Now, after long years in space, he's coming home...but to what? Earth's desperate nations, impoverished by war damage and military spending, are slashing defense budgets. There's just one problem with this new worldwide policy-the first alien invasion was merely Plan A.

Suddenly, the real assault begins: Earth is attacked by a vast armada of city-sized warships. To block their invasion, mankind has only one surviving craft and a single guerrilla strike force...a suicide squad led by Jason Wander

140 Bullion, Glen
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Soul Insurance(SciFi)

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This was an entertaining story and nice tight read. I enjoyed it.


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Everyone knows the spheres of light that mingle with society are souls. When a person dies their soul leaves the body until it's time for reincarnation. Only the privileged can afford soul insurance, a way to continue on after dying.

The living don't know what the afterlife holds, that period of time between bodies. They know nothing about life as a soul. Do souls think and feel? How do they fly up in the clouds? Do they take any part of their old life into the new one?

Only Connor has the answers.

Connor was born able to communicate with souls. He's tried to keep his ability hidden since he was a child. But Brooke, a woman with whom he shares a strange connection, needs the help of someone who can understand both worlds. They just have to avoid becoming souls themselves.

141 Burch, CK
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The Icarus Void(SciFi)

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This was a good read. Once the crew realizes the mistake they have made with the artifact it is a matter of survival - who will live and who will die and how - all the while under the stress of being inside a star. SUMMARY

The crew of the Icarus is used to high-stress situations: their ship is designed to dive into the heart of a star to collect scientific data for research. Testing out the Icarus's new heatshielding is the plan, but when they discover an artifact in orbit of the Sun, the head of the research team presses the captain to retrieve the object for further analysis. The interior of the artifact is hollow -- a void -- and should be incinerated, but it's perfectly intact. If they can discover what makes the object naturally resilient to the radiation of the Sun, perhaps it can be used for future development in stardiving. Once the artifact is on board, research begins, and the scientists discover the terrifying secret of the void -- but the fate of the ship may have already been sealed.

The Icarus Void is an intense novel of science-fiction horror that will drag you in and pull you along until the final page. It also serves as the terrifying prelude to CK Burch's upcoming Equinox Saga

142 Burkett, William R. Jr
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Sleeping Planet(SciFi)

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This is one of the really early ones that I read. The copyright is 1965.. that would be over 40 years ago. A long time to remember a book hum... I guess SciFi made a big impact. I guess I keep books around too long.


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Science Fiction Encyclopedia described this as a "hard-edged" tale of the 24th-century conquest of Earth by an alien empire the humans had judged too stupid to pull off such a coup. Only a handful of humans escaped the effects of a mutated narcoleptic drug that put humanity into protracted hibernation. The battle to liberate Earth is fought by those few with the aid of a vengeful ghost called "Gremper" by the aliens. The action is fast and furious, while the genius general of the invading fleet goes slowly insane at the disruption of his well-laid plans. "A natural-born storyteller," said bestselling author Frank G. Slaughter. A classic reprint of a sci-fi masterpiece.

143 Byers, Edward A.
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The Babylon Gate(SciFi)

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Read to long ago to rate.


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Dark Messiah(SciFi)

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As I recall a very powerful war lord comes to a bad end. Too long ago to rate


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145 Caidin, Martin
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The Messiah Stone(SciFi)

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An object that gives the holder power over other people. Just how will it be used... I recall this being pretty good.


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Doug Stavers plays the mercenary game, and every time he plays he wins: in Africa, Central America, Vietnam - or right here in the USA. Now he's up on the biggest hunt of his life: to find and seize a certain object that, incredibly, confers the power of absolute belief on its owner. Christ once wore it. So did Mohammed. The last to own it was Adolf Hitler. The next will rule the world. It's code name is the Messiah Stone.

146 Calouette, Casey
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Steel Breach(SciFi)

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The Vasilov Worlds are on the edge of Human space. They have fought a war for 35 years against the insectoid Kadan that they have no intention of ending. It’s too essential to a society where the only social movement is via battle promotion. Then it all changes when the Kadan nearly annihilate the front lines.

Vasilov Officer Colonel Cole Clarke has just returned home from service with the Sigg Military. Now that he has learned how the Sigg fight, he's bringing that knowledge to the Vasilov Military, plus an entire battalion of second hand Sigg Armor purchased on the scrap market. But instead of a fresh battalion of troops, he’s assigned a penal battalion filled with convicts. The Vasilov Military doesn't accept change easily, even when they need it.

What would happen if an entirely new style of warfare came onto the battlefield? Could a strike force of second hand armor trump the defensive doctrines they’d used for thirty five years or would they be doomed to failure and death on the icy planet Lishun Delta?

One squadron of armor. One Colonel. A thousand of the worst convicts in the Vasilov Military. Will they be up to the task?


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A pretty darn good battle book. I enjoyed this. Seems like a metaphor for World War I where the upper ranks got medals and everyone else died. One soldier decides it's time to WIN instead of having a constant draw.

147 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 1: Screw the Galaxy(SciFi)

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This is a fun book. You start to really like the characters in here, even though they are all pretty reprehensible. After all... the whole place is just one big criminal enterprise.


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Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist.

Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.

Unless you are a criminal.

Because of its location, Belvaille is populated with nothing but crooks. Every day is a series of power struggles between the crime bosses.

Hank is an intrinsic part of this community as a premier gang negotiator. Not because he is eloquent or brilliant or an expert combatant, but because if you shoot him in the face he keeps on talking.

Hank believes he has it pretty good until a beautiful and mysterious blue woman enters his life with a compelling job offer.

Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves at the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention.

148 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 2: Prince of Suck(SciFi)

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This is a follow up to the first Hard Luck Hank book. Hank is a mutant human who lives on a space station (massive) run by a bunch of crime bosses who settles issues between them - in as peaceful a manner as possible; for bone breaking values of peaceful. Nearly invulnerable due to his mutation, Hank still tries to get things done peaceably. The city is falling apart, and some how, it is up to Hank to get it all back together with no real authority, other than his reputation.

You really need to read the first books for this to make a bunch of sense, but the character is good, and the books are enjoyable.


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An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation.

Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try and maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille's first ever election.

He thinks it is an impossible task. Every year the city, and even the galaxy, falls further into chaos as he himself succumbs to the debilitating effects of his mutation.

With economic turmoil everywhere, a dirty election in the works, and the galaxy's foremost assassin hunting him, Hank has to decide if he can save Belvaille. Or if it's even worth saving.

NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank - Screw the Galaxy and Hard Luck Hank - Basketful of Crap

149 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 3: Basket Full of Crap(SciFi)

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Someone is trying to start a galactic civil war, and Hank is in the middle of what is going on, but what really is going on. That naked guy seems to be stirring things up, but who the hell is he. Can Hank do something to stop the civil war, and still manage to make all his meals? Maybe if people stop shooting at him for no reason (or even a good reason) he might get something done. Good thing he is bullet proof. Nothing goes right for Hank, but eventually he does figure out who Naked Guy really is.. or maybe not. Ah well, its all just a Basket Full of Crap!!


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Hank was a dying breed on the space station Belvaille. The criminal gangs that had once made their homes there were forced out by the corporations that had taken over since the facility became an Independent Protectorate.

Instead of the gentlemanly gang wars that had once dominated the scene, and made Hank's services prized as a negotiator, the city was now plagued by the clash of corporate armies using heavy weapons. Even tanks roamed the streets regularly.

Most everyone from the olden days had either fled the station or was killed due to the organizational changes. Changes that Hank personally brought about when he had negotiated Belvaille's status with the Navy.

As Hank contemplates whether he can survive in this increasingly hostile environment, he realizes that things aren't as bad as they seem--they are quite a bit worse. The constant power plays among corporations might have further reach than just the alleys of a backwater space station at the edge of the galaxy.

NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank - Screw the Galaxy

150 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 4: Suck My Cosmos(SciFi)

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Oh, Hank is in trouble now. Again, someone hires him to do a job, and then someone hires him to do a conflicting job, and then some one hires him to not do a job, and it is all very confusing. He is shot, burned, knifed, punched, bazookaed, and it is all in a days work for Hank. As long as he has enough to eat.. all is good.

These books are amusing and funny.. and there is a mystery to solve so.. have at it.


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Life is tough on the space station Belvaille. Not for the aristocratic nobles that call it home, but for the poor slobs like Hank.

Hank is considered a "celebrated cutthroat" and the oldest living person in the city. His occupation is to be hired muscle for those people who don't want to get their hands dirty but still want dirty things done. He possesses a mutation that allows him to be bulletproof and weigh thousands of pounds, two helpful traits in his line of work.

When the wife a City Councilman approaches him about spying on her husband, Hank worries he's flying too close to the flames for safety. When the husband is assassinated, he's sure of it.

Hank has to keep himself from getting framed for the murder while he finds himself increasingly manipulated by increasingly powerful people as the machinations of the City Council start to spill into his daily life.

NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank - Screw the Galaxy, Hard Luck Hank - Basketful of Crap, and Hard Luck Hank - Prince of Suck

151 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 5: Stank Delicioius(SciFi)

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Another of the Hard Luck Hank series about a guy.. a mutant, who lives on a space station, and manages to get himself into all kinds of trouble... and manages to get himself out of it. In this book he becomes a "glocken" player (it's a game, sounds pretty brutal, and kinda like it would be fun to watch). Anyway, there is that, and someone is kidnapping folks, and he is supposed to figure that out, and then there is the immortal guy who keeps trying to destroy the galaxy. Yeah, Hank has his hands full, like always. A fun book like the others.


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Belvaille has cemented its place as the most important System in the galaxy and Hank is working as an official Factotum, negotiating deals between gangs and noblemen under the watchful eye of the Arch Minister.

When his ever-capable butler, Cliston, is approached to become the general manager of a Super Class glocken team, Hank is hired not only as protection, but as a player.

Hank finds himself thrown into the most grueling bloodsport in the galaxy and he is tasked with finding out how and why players are being abducted.

The friendly rivalries turn into full-scale conflict and Hank unravels a far more insidious plot than the fixing of gambling results. In the process, Hank learns a lot about his history that he never even dreamed had existed.

Many of Hank's friends and enemies return in this action-packed and humorous take on the professional sporting world.

NOTE: Sequel to Hard Luck Hank - Screw the Galaxy, Hard Luck Hank - Basketful of Crap, Hard Luck Hank - Prince of Suck, and Hard Luck Hank - Suck My Cosmos

152 Campbell, Steve
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Hard Luck Hank 6: Robot Farts(SciFi)

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Well, things have not gone well for Hank since we last saw him. Times are a little tougher and life is sucking for Hank and all the low-lifes in the space station because they can't figure out how to rob and steal for a living... til Hank lays it out for them how to get around all the new laws. Oh, and then a race of robots declare war on humanity.. thanks to Hank. And his old girlfriend has joined the Navy. As usual, life sucks and Hank just copes looking out for Hank.

This is an unusual series of books.. funny and snide.. and this one is no exception. Hank ain't any kind of character you would want to depend on.. his moral compass is very flexible.. but you grow to like him, and how he acts. He is the perfect Heroic - anti-hero. I'm loving it.


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Sometimes it?s not easy being a mutant thug.

The space station Belvaille, once the center of civilization, is nearly deserted because of the new government?s policies. Hank makes do by working odd jobs, but he isn?t sure how long those, or the city, can last.

However, there are still some people trying to scratch out a (dis)honest living on Belvaille. Hank concocts a plan to save the city: steal from the countless transports and freighters that pass through the System.

In the meantime, Hank falls in with a tough crowd of freedom fighters who seem determined to overthrow the government. The team goes on exceedingly dangerous assignments, with Hank taking the brunt of the danger.

As if things weren?t bad enough, the Navy set up residence in the System, a powerful alien dignitary is scheduled to arrive, and Hank?s absurdly-competent butler states that his robotic species may declare war on Hank?s home.

It?s up to Hank to fix the problems, find out who is doing what and why, and to try and earn a little cash in the process.

153 Cantrell, Christian
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Containment(SciFi)

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A pretty good read. The science is reasonable. The twist ending you see coming from a mile away, but sill entertaining.


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The colony on Venus was not built because the destruction of Earth was possible, but because it was inevitable…

A brilliant young scientist and one of the first humans born on Venus, Arik works tirelessly to perfect the science of artificial photosynthesis, a project crucial to the future of his home, V1. The colony was built on the harsh Venusian surface by the Founders, the first humans to establish a permanent extraterrestrial settlement. Arik's research becomes critical when he awakens from an unexplained, near-fatal accident and learns that his wife is three months pregnant. Unless Arik's research uncovers a groundbreaking discovery, V1's oxygen supply will not be able to support the increase in population that his baby represents.

As Arik works against time, he begins to untangle the threads of his accident, which seem inextricably linked to what lies outside the protective walls of V1—a world where the caustic atmosphere and extreme heat make all forms of known life impossible. For its entire existence, Arik's generation has been expected to help solve the problems of colonization. But as Arik digs deeper and deeper, he discovers alarming truths about the planet that the Founders have kept hidden. With growing urgency and increasing peril, Arik finds himself on a journey that will push him to the limits of his intelligence and take him beyond the unimaginable.

154 Canyon, Derek J
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Dead Dwarves Don't Dance(SciFi)

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This was a fun book. The main character is a nasty bit of work, but you sympathize with his motives. The society described is lawless and chaotic, but well fleshed. Probably post apocalyptic but never explicitly said that I can remember.


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Noose, a genetically engineered dwarf mercenary, barely survives a terrorist attack on a neohuman dance club. Injured and alone, he embarks on a brutal quest for vengeance into the squalid underbelly of the Regional Atlanta Metroplex, through the desert wasteland of the not-so-pristine wilderness, and to the peerless towers of elite society.

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Burster(SciFi)

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Homeless Among the Stars

In a last ditch effort to reunite the world, the multinational starship Asia was launched fourteen years ago on a journey through the near solar systems. Its mission: to search out and colonzie Earth-type planets that could support human life. Yet, as the crew approaches their first destination in the Epsilon Indi system, an unexplained burst of radiation apparently emanating from Earth wipes out all contact with the mother planet.

Fearing the worst but unwilling to jeopardize essential crew members, the captain chooses the brilliant but restless Peter Zolotin to undertake the hazardous voyage back to Earth. With the aid of an advanced artificial intelligence Zolotin embarks on a mind-bending journey to discover the truth about Earth's fate. And the message he carries back to the orphaned cre will change the course of humanity forever.

A remarkable solo debut, Burster is a stunning and thought-provoking novel of a young man's coming of age in the galaxy.

156 Card, Orson Scott
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The first book about Ender Wiggin - Ender's Game - was fantastic. But what happened after that book ended. What could a child do, who was raised for nothing but war? This book gets to that and is a very good followup.


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In Ender's Game, the world's most gifted children were taken from their families and sent to an elite training school. At Battle School, they learned combat, strategy, and secret intelligence to fight a dangerous war on behalf of those left on Earth. But they also learned some important and less definable lessons about life.

After the life-changing events of those years, these children--now teenagers--must leave the school and re adapt to life in the outside world.

Having not seen their families or interacted with other people for years--where do they go now? What can they do?

Ender fought for humanity, but he is now reviled as a ruthless assassin. No longer allowed to live on Earth, he enters into exile. With his sister Valentine, he chooses to leave the only home he's ever known to begin a relativistic--and revelatory--journey beyond the stars.

What happened during the years between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead? What did Ender go through from the ages of 12 through 35? The story of those years has never been told. Taking place 3000 years before Ender finally receives his chance at redemption in Speaker for the Dead, this is the long-lost story of Ender.

For twenty-three years, millions of readers have wondered and now they will receive the answers. Ender in Exile is Orson Scott Card's moving return to all the action and the adventure, the profound exploration of war and society, and the characters one never forgot.

157 Card, Orson Scott
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Ender's Game(SciFi)

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Absolutely Spectacular !!!!! One of the best Science Fiction novels of all time. I cannot praise this book enough. Not only is the story great, but the characters are complex and interesting. Ender Wiggin especially comes to realize that to beat and enemy, he has to understand the enemy - and with understanding comes empathy. How do you destroy that with which you empathize?


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In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.

158 Card, Orson Scott
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Absolutely Excellent!!!

Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with the novel that begins The Shadow Series and allows us to reenter Ender's world anew.


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With all the power of his original creation, Ender's Shadow is Card's parallel volume to Ender's Game, a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion.

The human race is at War with the "Buggers", an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a war, and win.

The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth--they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging then into an irresistible force in the high orbital facility called the Battle School.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean--the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers.

Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all the others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older.

Bean's desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

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Homecoming Vol. 1: Memory of Earth(SciFi)

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This is the promising start of a series that turned out to be awful. Do not start this series, it is a disappointment.


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High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet--to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.

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Homecoming Vol. 2: Call of Earth(SciFi)

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Devolving. Not what I was hoping for from Orson Scott Card.


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As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.

Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop a army. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city

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Homecoming Vol. 3: The Ships of Earth(SciFi)

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The series has gone off the rails now and become wrong. Do not start this series as it turns disappointing.


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The City of Basilica has fallen. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes, and cross the wide continents to where Harmony's hidden spaceport lies silent, abandoned, waiting for the command to make the great interstellar ships ready for flight again.

But of these sixteen people, only a few have chosen their exile. The others, Rasa's spiteful daughters and their husbands; Wetchik's oldest son, Elemak, have been forced against their will. Their anger and hatreds will make the difficult journey harder.

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Homecoming Vol. 4: Earthfall (SciFi)

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Dull. Did not seem interesting enough to continue.. but I did.


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The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown to a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Nafai and Elemak, Wetchick's youngest son and his oldest.

On board the starship Bailica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle. Two factions are each making secret plans to awaken the children, and themselves, early from the cold-sleep capsules in which they will pass the long decades of the journey. Each side hopes to gain years of influence on the minds of the children, winning their loyalty in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth.

But the Oversoul is truly in control of this journey. It has downloaded a complete copy of itself to the Ship's computers. And only Nafai, who wears the Cloak of the Starmaster by the Oversoul's command, really understand what this will mean to all their plans for the future.

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Homecoming Vol. 5 : Earthborn (SciFi)

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High above the earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemai alone has survived the hundred of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.

She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly--there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from the who followed Nafai or Elemak.

But in all the long years of watching and searching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of the Earth, the central intelligence that also can repair the Oversoul's damaged programming.

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Shadow of the Hegemon(SciFi)

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What happened to Ender Wiggen after the war in which he was trained to be a weapon is explained in the book Ender in Exile - But what about Bean - and the other children of the war school. They are just as capable of leading wars on Earth now that the alien threat is over.

What will become of them? A great read.


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The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.

But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heroes; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.

Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.

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After the drama of Ender's Game, this novel is a significant step back from the action, and s deeper exploration of Ender's empathy for the enemy. Interesting.


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In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in Orson Scott Card's Ender Quintet, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Treason(SciFi)

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A very interesting character - part psychopath - for whom you start to root. How does he turn a negative into a positive and stick it to his enemies?


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p>Lanik Mueller's birthright as heir to planet Treason's most powerful rulership will never be realized. He is a "rad" -- radical regenerative. A freak among people who can regenerate injured flesh... and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. For, on a planet without hard metals -- or the means of escape -- iron is power in the race to build a spacecraft. Iron is the promise of freedom -- which may never be fulfilled as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination.

Now charged with a mission of conquest -- and exile -- Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan... a quest that may finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of Treason as the Offworld never could.

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Multi-generational story of one powerful family. Not a bad read.


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It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful--they lived their lives at the rate of one year every ten. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put in motion. It allowed interstellar Empires to be built.

It came near to destroying humanity.

After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies, and teaching robots, and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

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Xenocide(SciFi)

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Ender Wiggin performed xenocide when he destroyed the Formick race. Now can he help prevent it from happening again?


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The war for survival of the planet Lusitania will be fought in the heart of a child named Gloriously Bright.

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults. The Starways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, a second xenocide seems inevitable.

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Plague Year(SciFi)

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Finally A well done story about nano-technology gone hay wire. Highly recommended.


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The nanotechnology was designed to fight cancer. Instead, it evolved into the machine plague, killing nearly five billion people and changing life on Earth forever.

The nanotech has one weakness: it self-destructs at altitudes above ten thousand feet. Those few who've managed to escape the plague struggle to stay alive on the highest mountains, but time is running out. There is famine and war, and the environment is crashing worldwide. Humanity's last hope lies with a top nanotech researcher aboard the International Space Station... and with a small group of survivors in California who risk a daring journey below the death line...

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Gamers(SciFi)

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Well, there was a good idea in here somewhere.. but it never quit panned out. Your left hanging and not really interested. So I never read the follow-up books.


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Two points for brushing your teeth. Ten points for keeping your room tidy. Seventy-two points for the Bioeconomic Game Design pop quiz on the ride to school in your personal FunCar. Another thirty for making every hurdle in gym class.

Life is a game, unless you're not the one winning.

Gabby DeCorte, top student and reality-hacker extraordinaire, has been doing whatever it takes to keep her best friend, Zaela, from falling behind in LifeGame. Zaela has gifts of artistry that amaze Gabby, but none of those skills translate in LifeGame and with final exams coming up, they can't afford to waste a single minute. But when a mysterious group called the Frags contacts Gabby claiming to know what really happens to the losers of LifeGame, she must choose between winning and what she believes in.

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From a Changeling Star(SciFi)

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A good hard science read. Very enjoyable.


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Beneath the roiling surface of Betelgeuse, scientists anxiously await the one man essential to the success of Starmuse, the greatest engineering project in human history. But on Kantano's World, Willard Ruskin battles invisible agents for control of his life, his physical form, and even his memories. Drawn into a conflict from which not even death will free him, Ruskin must find a way to reach Betelgeuse before his enemies sabotage Starmuse—and humanity's future among the stars. A harrowing journey from inside the human cell... to the mind of a dying star.

A stunning blend of hard science fiction with moving characterization, both human and otherwise. Introduces the robot Jeaves, familiar to readers of The Chaos Chronicles. From the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity's End.

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The Rapture Effect(SciFi)

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A fun and complex plot. Enjoyed.


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It was started by an AI, and few humans even knew there was a war at all. But now people are dying, not just robots and aliens—and the AI wants it to stop. But a war is easier to start than to stop, and the computer can't alter its course without outside help. When the Gnostic Control System searches for conspirators, it chooses its friends carefully...

- Pali: a public relations director, who broods far too much on her unfulfilled ambitions.

- Ramo: a flamboyant senso-dancer and sculptor, who prefers a musical jamdam to serious conversation.

- Sage: an awkward systems designer, for whom the AI rapture-field is realer than life.

- And three of the alien Ell: Harybdartt, who would rather die with dignity than betray his people; Lingrhetta, who tries to unravel the meaning of human dance and music, pain and love; and Moramaharta, the binder, who must persuade his fellow decision-makers to risk everything for the sake of a fragile bridge of understanding across the stars.

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Different for a Chalker book.

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Asmodeus Mogart was not a bad fellow, as demons go. Having gotten in trouble back in the home office, he had been assigned to duty on Earth. There he toiled, doing the kinds of things demons do and turning into something of a drunk.

Then a rogue asteroid threatened to crash into Earth and destroy all life on the planet -- demons included! There had to be a better way. Mac Walters and Jill McCullough, holding a private wake for their world in a Reno bar, were more than startled when a strange-looking little drunk told them they could save the world. All they had to do was enter five alternate universes and steal a demon-guarded jewel in each. Clearly, the man was crazy.

But they had nothing better to do than go along with the gag. Then they each found themselves, naked and alone, on a hostile alien world!

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Changewinds 1: When the Changewinds Blow(SciFi)

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Watch out. When the change winds blow, change can catch you and make into something completely new. Not only your mind, but your body as well. How can you survive?

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SHE WAS HAUNTED BY THUNDER AND PLAGUED BY DREAMS...strange, dark dreams of a world beyond time and space, a land of magic and mystery. But Charley knew it was more than a dream---for her friend Sam shared her vision.

SUDDENLY, THE DREAMS BECOME A REALITY...as a raging storm sweeps Charley and Sam to the fantastic land of Akahlar, where unicorns and griffins run free, an enchantress commands a den of unearthly pleasures, and a wizard warns of a terrifying inescapable event:

THE CHANGEWINDS ARE COMING...savage, purple-tinged storms that alter the shapes of man and beast alike. Soon, all creatures must look to the skies---and beware..

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Changewinds 2: Riders of the Winds(SciFi)

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This is a tale of a choice of dreams, and a choice of nightmares, down, deep, where the Changewinds blow.

The Changewinds are exactly that - they will change you into something different if they catch you.

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Changewinds 3: War of the Maelstrom(SciFi)

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I cannot recall to rate..

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SUMMARY

Completes the trilogy which began with "When the Changewinds Blow" and "Riders of the Winds". The magical Changewinds descend upon the land of Akahlar. They can take away the power of the storm princess and place it into the demon Klittichoru, laying open the possibility of all-out war.

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Dancing Gods 1: River of the Dancing God(SciFi)

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I recall the Dancing Gods series not being as good as other Chalker series. Only read these if you are very much into Chalker

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SUMMARY

Something strange happens to Joe and Marge on the way to El Paso. They run into Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, a strange wizard who informs them that they are going to die in nineteen minutes and eighteen seconds.

But they also have a choice. They can abandon the current world by taking a ferryboat across the Sea of Dreams to a new life in a new world, full of magic, fairies and wonder.

But along with all its wonders, the new world is also the site of an ancient battle still being fought between the forces of Evil and Good, and the forces of Hell threaten to unleash perpetual darkness.

Joe and Marge not only need their wits to survive in this unpredictable and dangerous world, but must somehow help prevent the oncoming Armageddon.

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Dancing Gods 2: Demons of the Dancing Gods(SciFi)

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Second in another good Chalker series

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SUMMARY

While the initial battle for Husaquahr has been won, dark forces are gathering to the south.

But before the Dark Baron and the Demon Prince can put their plans into action, they need to deal with Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, master sorcerer who suspects that all is not as it should be.

Once again Ruddygore must call on the help of the two humans, Joe and Marge, and together they must face the evil forces that threaten Husaquahr with annihilation.

One of the Council of Thirteen has to be the Dark Baron and the Baron is plotting with the Demon Prince to shatter the fragile peace and bring Armageddon to the magic world beyond the Sea of Dreams.

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Dancing Gods 3: Vengence of the Dancing Gods(SciFi)

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Once again, average people have to rise up to extraordinary challenges despite new handicaps.

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The Dark Baron, defeated at last, had been stripped of all his magical power and exiled to Earth. But there he enlisted a computer to create even more effective spells. Helped by the forces of Hell, the Dark Baron is once again threatening Husaquahr -- and only Joe and Marge can stop him!

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Dancing Gods 4: Songs of the Dancing Gods(SciFi)

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I recall the Dancing Gods series not being as good as other Chalker series. Only read these if you are very much into Chalker

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A FEW ALTERATIONS

Throckmorton P. Ruddygore, master wizard, had troubles--again! Ruddygore had defeated the Dark Baron and exiled him from the magical realm of Husaquahr to Earth. But he hadn't counted on the Baron's using an earthly computer to create even more effective spells.

Of course, the Baron couldn't use those spells. But the forces of Hell soon sent him a second-rank wizard who could--and together they worked a scam so that Ruddygore couldn't cross the Sea of Dreams to deal with the Baron directly. Now the Baron was developing a scheme that would surely result in Armageddon before its time.

Once again Marge the fairy and Joe the barbarian were called upon to do the dirty work. They had to return to their home world and stop the Baron--if they could . . .

And that would be only the beginning of their assignment!

"A damn fine storyteller . . . Chalker is a master."
--Orson Scott Card

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In this series of books... the character has his personality duplicated and inserted into a body on different planets in an attempt to spy/gain knowledge about what is going on there. As the series progresses the character changes his motivation based on the things he experiences on each planet!!

This is a great series, and a good twist on the usual Chalker personality mind mess!!!

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The Confederacy, a massive space empire, duplicates the personality of its best agent and implants it into four brain-dead hosts. These hosts are sent to the four planets of a penal colony, the Warden Diamond, to investigate an alien threat and assassinate the four lords of the planets, the "Four Lords of the Diamond." The original agent is on a picket ship and downloads information from his copies.

A copy of the agent wakes up in the body of "Cal Tremon," a criminal on a prison ship heading to Lilith. He must then adapt to Lilith, a beautiful tropical world where its Warden Organism, a symbiotic microorganism, destroys all non-Lilith material, making modernization very difficult. Thus, the several million inhabitants of Lilith's feudal society are serfs. The nobility of Lilith are the few who can control the organisms.

The agent thus finds himself a serf, with no hope of advancing unless he harnesses the power of the Warden Organisms. When a girl he liked was being taken away for experimentation, he taps into his Warden powers and kills the overseer, a petty tyrant.

While living in the Castle, the residence of the Duke, Cal gains some initial training and knowledge. He escapes when he learns that the nobles plan to kill him. Outside of the castle walls, he gains a secure status in Lilith's society and no longer desires to serve the Confederacy.

Instead, he realizes that the Lord of Lilith, Marek Kreegan, a former Assassin of the Confederacy, cooperates with the aliens to preserve peace and order. Cal learns that Kreegan dissuaded the aliens from a genocide against humanity, choosing the slower course of subversion and sabotage instead. Cal does not kill Kreegan. His girlfriend, believing that Kreegan's death would will elevate Cal to Lordship, kills Kreegan by using a potion to draw on Cal's power.

The Agent wakes up in the picket ship, worried about his duplicate's behavior in Lilith.

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An excellent series and a good read.

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Robots were infiltrating the Federation. Someone was kidnapping people and substituting indetectable, synthetic imitations. Somewhere, aliens were studying the Federation, using techniques beyond human developments. The trail led back to Cerberus and the Lord who ruled that planet.

Cerberus, however, was one of the Warden Worlds - and those Worlds were the untouchables of space. There a strange microscopic life-form invaded all matter, and anyone so infected died on leaving those Worlds. Men could go there, but never return.

But the Federation had its own techniques. They took a criminal named Qwin Zhang and stripped her mind of all memory and personality. Then they poured into that empty receptacle the full mind of the Federation's best operative. They exiled her to the prison world of Cerberus. The mission: Find the Lord who ruled, kill him, and take over. Too bad there were things about Cerberus they couldn't know!

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An excellent series and a good read.

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They took the body of Park Lacoch and stripped away his mind. Then they stuck him aboard a spaceship and exiled him to Charon, from which no return was possible. And just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, Park found himself transformed into a changeling -- a half-beast, half-man, with the beast rapidly gaining ascendancy . .

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The conclusion of this great series!!

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The Confederacy is a collection of human populated worlds in which all members are biologically and socially engineered to be perfect and docile citizens in a materialistic utopia. Any alien worlds that the Confederation comes across are assimilated or eliminated. Not wishing to stagnate, the Confederacy continually expands, and the worlds of the Frontier have humans of unaltered genetics.

Despite the Confederacy's best efforts, there are always criminals. Over-ambitious politicians, too powerful religious leaders, and the usual white collar criminals and violent offenders. To track down such people the Confederacy has bred Assassins, who are assigned to deal with such. Often that involves killing the offenders or giving them a brain wipe and new personality. However, the best of the criminal elite are exiled to the Warden Diamond - those with connections, or those who may have information that insures that powerful people will protect them.

The Warden Diamond is the Confederacy's penal colony. It is four human habitable worlds circling a single star, and that has a unique organism, the Warden Organism that is a microscopic symbiotic lifeform. When one is exposed to it, it takes up residence in each cell of one's body, generally improving it and seeing to the body's continued health. It can also give a person additional powers, that vary depending on which variety they have been exposed to and how well their mind can be in tune with the vague collective consciousness of the organism. Due to the fact that people die if they are taken out of the Warden System, it is thought to be the perfect penal colony, as escape is impossible.

The Confederacy has learned in the first book that an alien race of unknown power, size or location has discovered them. And has managed to have human looking robots infiltrate the Confederacy to access data on the military capabilities of mankind. The aliens are apparently getting inside information from the criminal bosses who run the Warden Diamond. An Assassin, whose name is never given in the entire series, but who calls himself "Mr. Carroll" in the last book, was called in as he is the best they have.

It was explained to him that his department will be taking a mindprint of him and placing it in the bodies of four condemned criminals. That way, one of "him" can be sent to each of the Warden worlds, with the plan of assassinating each of the Four Lords of the Diamond. This will destabilize things and buy the Confederacy time to prepare against the alien menace. "Mr. Carroll" will be in a picket ship outside the contamination zone of the Warden Diamond, and have each of the agent's experiences uploaded into his mind, by means of an organic transmitter that each carries in his brain.

In this way, he can collate all the data from each world, as from his perspective he will have "lived" on each through his surrogates. He is aided in this by a self-aware computer, who is his partner, and in some ways, his overseer.[1]

Having received the first, second and third report from Lilith, Cerberus and Charon, this last book deals with his receipt of the report from Charon and the conclusion to the saga.

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G.O.D. Inc. 1: The Labyrinth of Dreams(SciFi)

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This has a rather unusual premise if I remember it correctly. G.O.D. stands for General Omnidimensional Delivery - meaning.. items from one reality to another. If you need items shipped to an alternate reality, then you need to call G.O.D.

Naturally crossing into other dimensions has risks and consequences.. and this series take a look at them.

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Meet the Horowitzes. Sam and Brandy are private eyes, finding no business, going dead broke - or maybe just dead! A missing person case may save them: find Martin Whitlock, a hotshot banker who skipped town with over two million in laundered drug money.

Whitlock's trail led from a posh mansion to a hick burg in Oregon, and the G. O. D. Inc., those geeks who hawk overpriced garbage on late-night TV. They found their man(?); in fact, they found three of him(?). One was female. One was dead. The third was just plain dangerous.

They found themselves involved with a mob far more powerful and vicious than the Mafia. McInerny, Oregon wasn't just off the map. It was off the Earth! It was the entrance into the Labyrinth of Dreams

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G.O.D. Inc. 2: The Shadow Dancers(SciFi)

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Another good one by Chalker.

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G.O.D. Inc. 3: Maze in the Mirror(SciFi)

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a good concept and an enjoyable series

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Third in the G.O.D. series, this novel features the characters of Sam and Brandy Horowitz. Horowitz, private eye, works for G.O.D., Inc. - the company that rules the Labyrinth between infinite alternate Earths. Only now he has got two clients - vengeful rebels out to wreck the Labyrinth.

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A Jungle of Stars(SciFi)

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Jack Chalker has this way of writing the same book over and book over and over and over... but a little different each time so that you love them all.
Basically what happens in every book is that the main character(s) are transformed into different bodies.. some much more handicapped than their original bodies. And yet, each learns to become a better person.. more confident.. more capable.. Thus proving over and over that it's not the body you have to work with.

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Paul Carlton Savage died on July 20, 1969, in Vietnam -- but that was only the start of his troubles! Approached by a mysterious entity called The Hunter, Savage was offered immortality in exchange for his services in The Hunter's continuing war against The Bromgrev. Suddenly, Savage found himself pitted against an enemy he had never seen, an enemy who could be anyone, anywhere, at any time . . . an enemy determined to destroy him and all who got in his way. And in this raging intergalactic war between Good and Evil, Savage discovered that he couldn't be sure whose side he was on . .

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Quintara Marathon 1: The Demons at Rainbow Bridge(SciFi)

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The start of this series is pretty exciting. The premise is good. But I never understood how many books are in a "marathon"... If you like Chalker, you will like this.

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Three empires and their spheres of influence existed in uneasy proximity in the known galaxy. The Exchange, among whose hundreds of member worlds was Earth, was led by its cybernetic leaders. The Mizlaplan were long-lived, with high intelligence, and a mission to spread the word of the Cosmic All. The Mycohlians were parasitic beings who invaded other life forms like a virus, and controlled them. Oddly, all three empires had only one thing in common: demons.Each had a legend of humanoid creatures with hooves and horns, representing supernatural power and unspeakable evil. The similarity of the legends across the galaxy had led some to theorize that they had some basis in fact. Unfortunately, they were right.On an Earth-like planet in a region of space called Rainbow Bridge, an Exchange scouting expedition has found a mysterious structure with its mechanisms still functioning after unknown aeons. Within are the bodies of two horned creatures, gigantic in stature, perfectly preserved. Some races thought the demon world should be destroyed. The Mycohlians, who perversely revere the demons of their legends, wanted to make it a shrine. And some wanted to investigate. That was a fatal mistake for the investigators. The demons were not dead, just sleeping. And their wakening began a terror-filled nightmare for all the galaxy!

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Quintara Marathon 2: Run to Chaos Keep(SciFi)

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the chase is on. Are these actually devils, and what can be done about them? Fun.

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When the two horned demons--the greatest discovery of all time--escape their giant sealed amber cell and leave a trail of mutilated victims, the three major empires must follow these creatures into another dimension.

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Quintara Marathon 3: Ninety Trillion Fausts(SciFi)

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I don't know, this one kind of lost the focus in this last book. Could have been better.

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Three teams pursue horned creatures known as demons through a gate into another spacetime continuum, and fight each other all the way. But they now must join forces to save the 90 trillion beings of the galaxy in danger of losing their lives--and souls.

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Rings of the Master 1: Lords of the Middle Dark(SciFi)

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Long ago, the machines had rebelled, wiping out most of humanity and exiling the survivors in widely scattered reservations. Master System ruled unchallenged, the key to breaking its power -- five microchips disguised as gold rings, carefully hidden away. But then an Amerindian called Hawks stumbled across information about the five rings, and suddenly Master System developed an interest in seeing Hawks dead

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Rings of the Master 2: Pirates of the Thunder(SciFi)

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The next in this good space opera by Chalker

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Hawks had refused to help the ambitious Lazlo Chen in his quest to find the five gold rings that could break Master System's hold over humankind -- and that refusal had landed him on the deadly prison planet Melchior.

But when Hawks and some fellow prisoners engineered a bold escape, it seemed almost too easy. Hawks guessed that Chen was pulling the strings, but he couldn't shake the feeling that there was another, greater power involved. And that scared him.

Now the stakes were rising, and Hawks was more determined than ever to find the gold rings. But Master System was out to capture him, and Chen was trying to follow him -- and the only place his small band of rebels could hide was smack in the middle of pirate territory...

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Rings of the Master 3: Warriors of the Storm(SciFi)

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I recall enjoying this series immensely. A combination of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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Vulture is a shapechanger capable of absorbing the body and memories of any organic being. Without the information only Vulture can collect, the rebels will never succeed in gathering the five rings necessary to defeat Master System. Now an unknown entity seems to be giving Vulture an unseen hand. But the question is -- whose side is it on?

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Rings of the Master 4: Masks of the Martyrs(SciFi)

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A good space drama by Chalker!

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The renegade pirates of the giant spaceship THUNDER have collected all five of the rings necessary to eliminate the threat of Master System forever. But no one -- not even Hawks -- knows how the rings are used. And with Master Systems space fleet dogging their every step, they better find out fast!

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Soul Riders 1: Spirits of Flux and Anchor(SciFi)

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This at first seems like a fantasy series, but if you complete it.. it is totally SciFi .

Living in a world where pockets of civilization are separated by areas of FLUX - areas that can change your shape and your life. Travelers between areas must have guides that can see the safe lines.. the guidelines that will prevent these changes.

How does a slave free themselves other than to wander into the Flux and learn its secrets.

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Soul Riders 2: Empires of Flux and Anchor(SciFi)

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The secrets of Flux and Anchor are being revealed, and what the universe actually is, is not what it seems to be at all.

This whole series is good.

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Cassie did not feel the soul rider enter her body... but suddenly she knew that Anchor was corrupt, and that, far from being a formless void from which could issue only mutant changelings and evil wizards, Flux was the source of Anchor's very existence. The price of her new knowledge is exile, yet Cassie and the Rider of her soul are the only hope for the redemption of both Flux and Anchor.

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Soul Riders 3: Masters of Flux and Anchor(SciFi)

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This is a great series of books that start as fantasy but end up as science fiction when the world in which the characters live is explained. Worth the read.

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Soul Riders 4:The Birth of Flux and Anchor(SciFi)

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Finally... the source of Flux and Anchor and the Soul Riders is revealed. Consider it a sort of pre Matrix matrix.

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The strange and haunted place called World has been a land divided between the stability of Anchor and the chaos of Flux?a land of near magic, where reality yields to madness. It is in this universe that courageous men and women battle treachery, rebellion, and hellish forces to establish a New Eden.

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Soul Riders 5: Children of Flux and Anchor(SciFi)

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What was a fantasy is revealed to be science all along. It is not magic that controls the world, but science. The revelation is great. This was a really good series.

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The last Someone has found the key to great battle of the Bellgates has been won and Flux and Anchor are at peace for now. But soon the balance could be destroyed.

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A War of Shadows(SciFi)

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Holy Cow! A book by Jack Chalker that is not part of a series!!!

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In California, the victims are blind. In Maine, severely retarded. Small towns across America are being systematically "wiped out" by terrorists and their campaign of germ warfare waged against the U.S. The President's only option seems to be an equally deadly counterattack.

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The Well of Souls books are all excellent - more fantasy than science fiction - and more psychology than fantasy.

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Nathan Brazil had been the guardian of the Well of Souls, where the Well World's master control lay. But now the universe faced a threat more grave than mere destruction: An unnamed and utterly alien entity had somehow been released from its ancient prison and was bent on the corruption of the Well World itself. If successful, it would cause chaos beyond mortal understanding....

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The Well is under threat and in this new series the threat must be countered.

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Immortal, unchanging, the eternal survivor, Nathan Brazil had tired of his long duty as the guardian of the Well World and had enlisted Mavra Chang, space pilot and adventurer, as his companion and equal, sharing with her the godlike power to control the universe's destiny. Now the Well World is changing, and Brazil and Chang have drifted apart . . . but they must work together one more time to stop a new threat to the Well World -- the greatest threat of all . .

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The Web of the Chozen(SciFi)

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A one-off by Chalker - which is amazing given his penchant for series. Again, transformational challenges abound.

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NOBODY BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY. He was paid to find Terraformable worlds, new planets for his corporation to plunder. Up until the day he came upon the Peace Victory, an abandoned generation ship hovering ominously above a definitely habitable planet, he believed nobody ever could. NOBODY BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY ... because he was never satisfied with anything lower than first place, because he was always the oddball, in charge of his own welfare, his own destiny ... a man determined to make his mark in the world and win all games at any cost. NOBODY EVER BEATS BAR HOLLIDAY... because he only took the wrong chances at the right times. But on the planet Patmos, where everything looked safe, but nothing was, Bar Holliday had at last met his match!

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The Well of Souls series is thoroughly enjoyable. A great concept well written and super entertaining.

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Welcome to the Well World: a construct of an ancient defunct race known as the Markovians. The Well World acts both as the controller of and the gateway to 1560 worlds created by the Markovians at the end of their time.

Nathan Brazil is a starship captain carrying passengers and cargo from planet to planet. Answering a distress call, he (with others) is suddenly transported to the Well World by a hidden gate.

There Nathan Brazil must stop mysterious forces from taking control of the Well World, and through the Well World, the universe. But to do so, he must deal with bizarre transformations which have changed people into centaurs, mermaids and giant insects. In this strange land, inhabited by these strange transformed creatures, who are his friends, and who are his enemies? And what of his own memories, which seem to have been deeply suppressed?

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The whole concept of the Well of Souls is great. Anyone who falls in is transformed physically, and mentally. This is a great vehicle for some great story telling

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Welcome to the Well World: a construct of an ancient defunct race known as the Markovians. The Well World acts both as the controller of and the gateway to 1560 worlds created by the Markovians at the end of their time.

Gilgam Zinder finally discovers the secret to the Markovian Well World but is then forced by the evil politician and drug dealer, Antor Trelig, to develop a computer that can control the artificial construct.

Mavra Chang is a freighter pilot hired to rescue Zinder's daughter, who has been kidnapped by Trelig, and to save the worlds populating the construct from Trelig's malicious plans. In the process, Obie, the self–aware computer, accidentally causes a whole world to be automatically transported around the Well World, causing Mavra's ship to crash on a "non-tech" hex-world.

As inhabitants of surrounding hex-worlds start to realize what is going on, they scramble to collect the pieces of the scattered ship in the hope of escaping the planet, resulting in a chaotic war between various races that might lead to the destruction of the Well World itself.

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This is Chalker's best series with a great concept - a planet, divided into thousands of areas, each with a unique species of intelligent life that dominates that area. And each trying to find the secret to the Well of Souls

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Exiles at the Well of Souls left Mavra Chang captured by the Olborn and partially converted into a beast of burden. Twenty-two years later, Chang has tried to escape numerous times, failing each time…each attempt leading to greater despair.

Moreover, one of two tiny hopes has already been destroyed. Two ships had crashed into the Well World: hers in the south and another in the inhospitable Northern Hemisphere. The attempt to recover her ship has ended in the destruction of that ship.

But a possible method of traveling to the North may offer a final hope and it ignites a new race between Mavra and her enemies…with the winner poised to gain control of Obie…the super-computer that can manipulate the very fabric of existence.

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The story continues and is still good.

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Humanity is reeling when the Dreel (a viral, hive-minded species) attack the Milky Way and seem ready to take over the galaxy. In desperation they go back to the ancient sciences of the defunct race of Markovians which no one really understands.

But using science concepts as alien and as powerful as those of the Markovians can have dire consequences, as the humans discover when they inadvertently create a situation which can lead to the destruction of the universe itself.

The Well World can help prevent total destruction, but the planet- sized computer has itself been damaged and must be repaired before it can be used to save the universe. Nathan Brazil can fix the damage, but where is Nathan Brazil? It is up to Mavra Chang and Obie the sentient robot to find Brazil before the entire universe is destroyed.

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The story of the threat to the universe continues. this is an excellent series.

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Twilight at the Well of Souls is a direct continuation of the story started in The Return of Nathan Brazil. The rift in space created in the earlier book is now even larger and threatens to permanently damage the Well of Souls. Mavra Chang and Nathan Brazil race to reach the Well and find a solution before it is too late.

Arrayed against them is a myriad group of sentient beings who will stop at nothing to bring down Nathan Brazil. But Brazil is not that easily gotten rid of, and he has already snuck into the Well World without anyone realizing it. And he has special allies including Mavra Chang and Gypsy, who has suprising powers himself.

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet(SciFi)

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Mildly interesting as the crew of the ship in the story consists of multiple species of creatures that all manage to get along despite minor problems along the way to do what they believe will be a mildly dangerous job - building a tunnel through space time from a new planet.

Nothing really exciting.


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Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn't expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she's never met anyone remotely like the ship's diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It's also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn't part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary's got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn't necessarily the worst thing in the universe

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Rimrunners(SciFi)

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Bet Yaeger, heroine of the Hugo Award-winning "Downbelow Station", has hit bottom. She is jobless, homeless and starving. Once a marine, she enlists on the first ship that docks, only to find it crewed by her sworn enemies whose mission is to hunt down the fleet Bet has spent her life serving.

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2001:A Space Odyssey  Best Book Lists: 5 (SciFi)

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One of Arthur C. Clarkes greatest and grandest works, this book is amazing to read. I still have a wonderful impression of it from more than 30 years ago when I first read it.


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The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse-a kind of signal-in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is-and who it was intended for.

The Discovery and its crew, assisted by the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer system, sets out to investigate. But as the crew draws closer to their rendezvous with a mysterious and ancient alien civilization, they realize that the greatest dangers they face come from within the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a dangerous traveling companion, and the crew must outwit him to survive.

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Much like the movie, this book has one other twist about a Chinese mission that fails when it breaks the taboo about landing on Jupiter. A really good read.


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Nine years after the ill-fated Discovery One mission to Jupiter, a joint Soviet-American crew travels to the planet to investigate the mysterious monolith orbiting the planet, the cause of the earlier mission's failure—and the disappearance of David Bowman. The crew includes Heywood Floyd, the lone survivor from the previous mission, and Dr. Chandra, the creator of HAL.
What they find is no less than an unsettling alien conspiracy—surrounding the evolutionary fate of indigenous life forms on Jupiter's moon Europa, as well as that of the human species itself. A gripping continuation of the beloved Odyssey universe, 2010: Odyssey II is science-fiction storytelling at its best.

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Projection way into the future about what mankind would be doing in 1000 years. I don't think even Clarke can do that accurately. Still a good read.


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A thousand years after being cast into the frozen void of space by the supercomputer HAL, Frank Poole is brought back to life-and thrust into a world more technically advanced than the one he left behind. He discovers a world of human minds directly interfacing with computers; genetically-engineered dinosaur servants; and massive space elevators built around the Equator.

He also discovers an impending threat to humanity-lurking within the enigmatic monoliths. To fight it, Poole must join forces with David Bowman and HAL, now fused into one corporeal consciousness-and the only being with the power to thwart the monoliths' mysterious creators.

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Excellent. Recently made into a SciFi special.


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In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind's largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development-and their purpose is to dominate the Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly beneficial-end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age-or so it seems.

But it comes at a price. Without conflict, humanity ceases to work toward creative achievement, and culture stagnates. And as the years pass, it becomes more and more clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race-that may not be as beneficial as it seems.

Originally published in 1953, Childhood's End is Clarke's first successful novel-and is considered a classic of science fiction literature. Its dominating theme of transcendent evolution appears in many of Clarke's later works, including the Space Odyssey series. In 2004, the book was nominated for the Retro Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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Clarke speculates on the eventual end of mankind in this novel set so far in the future that the sun has started to change.


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A billion years into the future, Earth's oceans have evaporated-and humanity has all but vanished. The inhabitants of the City of Diaspar believe theirs is the last city-but there is no way to find out for sure. The city is completely closed off by a high wall, and nobody has left in millions of years.

The last child born in the city in millions of years, Alvin is insatiably curious about the outside world. He embarks on a quest that leads him to discover the truth about the city and humanity's history-as well as its future.

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Earthlight(SciFi)

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A story about colonialism between the earth and the moon.


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Two hundred years after humans first touched down on the surface of the Moon, there are permanent settlements there-as well as on Venus and Mars. The inhabitants of these colonies have formed their own political alliance: the Federation.

On the Moon, a government agent from Earth is hunting a suspected spy at a prominent observatory. He is caught up in the larger political struggle between Earth's government and that of the Federation, and ultimately must struggle for his life-in the beautiful and barren landscape of the Moon under Earth's light.

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Okay. I've been saying for years that if we want to get into space we have to get rid of rockets. This book tells you how. It's not science fiction. It's just unrealized FACT. Read It.


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Renowned structural engineer Dr. Vannevar Morgan seeks to link Earth to the stars-through the construction of a space elevator connecting to an orbiting satellite 22,300 miles from the planet's surface. The elevator would lift interstellar spaceships into orbit without the need of rockets to blast through the Earth's atmosphere-making space travel easier and more cost-effective.

Unfortunately, the only appropriate surface base for the elevator is located at the top of a mountain already occupied-by an ancient order of Buddhist monks who strongly oppose the project. Morgan must face down their opposition-as well as enormous technical, political, and economic challenges-in order to make the project successful.

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In the year 2276, Duncan Makenzie travels from Saturn's moon, Titan, to Earth as a diplomatic envoy to the United States. As a member of Titan's 'First Family' descended from the moon's original settlers 500 years before, Duncan finds himself welcomed into the glittering political and social scene in Washington.

But Duncan isn't just on Earth for a diplomatic visit. Haunted by the memory of a woman from Earth he once loved, Duncan is also driven by the need to continue the family line-despite a devastating genetic defect. A tour-de-force of vivid characterization, futuristic vision, and suspense, Imperial Earth is one of Arthur C. Clarke's most ambitious novels.

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Another great collection of Clarke short stories. Some of these have really held up over time.. especially the nine-billion names.


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In the title story of this outstanding collection, a group of cosmonauts discovers the remains of an advanced civilization in a remote star system-destroyed when their sun went supernova. They find that the civilization was very similar to Earth's-and that its people knew of their coming doom centuries before it occurred. What they find leads their chief astrophysicist-also a Jesuit priest-into a deep crisis of faith, sparked by a shocking revelation that has implications not just for history-but for religion.

This collection of short stories demonstrates not only Clarke's technological imagination-but also a deep poetic sensibility that led him to ponder the philosophical and moral implications of technological advances. These stories demonstrate the range of his vision as an author-based on both our scientific potential and the deeper aspects of the human condition.

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A very early work of science fiction this talks about an early concept for getting to the Moon and back. Worth reading for the historical perspective on 1940's and 50's space science.


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The world's first lunar spacecraft is about to launch. The ship, Prometheus, is built from two separate components-one designed to travel from Earth's atmosphere to the Moon and back, and the other to carry the first component through Earth's atmosphere and into orbit. Sound familiar? That's because it's the basic description of the first space shuttle-well before its launch in 1971.

Prelude to Space was published in 1951-well before the first Sputnik expedition. Even so, the book is full of detailed technical descriptions and conversations regarding the possibility of spaceflight-many of which were actually included during the construction of the first spaceships-as well as telecommunications satellites. It's a fascinating read-from both a fictional and a historical perspective.

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Rama II(SciFi)

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What would we do if we encountered an artificial construct drifting through our system on the way to... some where else? Good story as is most of Clarke


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Years after the first encounter with a mysterious alien spacecraft in Rendezvous With Rama, a second spaceship enters the solar system—and a team of Earth's most accomplished scientists and cosmonauts is sent to intercept it.

The human crew is no stranger to Raman culture and technology. But Rama II offers surprises not encountered on the first ship—surprises that could turn out to be deadly. Set against a backdrop of economic crisis that threatens all human settlements throughout the solar system, Rama II tells the story of an advanced scientific team dealing with the unexpected both on an enigmatic alien spacecraft and within their own psyches.

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Great Clarke short stories. These are the stories that started my life long SciFi reading habit.


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This collection of short stories brings numerous lesser-known works from the world's foremost master of science fiction together for the first time. Reach for Tomorrow includes twelve highly memorable stories. Included is "Rescue Party," a short story that may have served as an origin story for the renowned Rama series.

As a cross-section of Clarke's work, Reach For Tomorrow is astonishingly diverse. Readers will find tales ranging in scope from the time of the dinosaurs to the unimaginably distant future; locations as far-flung as distant galaxies and as close as London; and voyages to the center of the earth and beyond the stars. It's a fun and fascinating read for any fan of Clarke or science fiction in general.

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A page turner about the rendevous and exploration of an alien object that passes through our solar system. Turns out to be a huge ecosphere that would take years to fully explore.


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An enormous cylindrical object appears in Earth's solar system, hurtling toward the sun. A ship is sent to explore the mysterious craft-which the denizens of the solar system name Rama-and what they find is intriguing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours. They find an interior stretching over 50 kilometers; a forbidding cylindrical sea; mysterious and inaccessible buildings; and strange machine-animal hybrids, or "biots," that inhabit the ship. But what they don't find is an alien presence. So who-and where-are the Ramans?

Often listed as one of Clarke's finest novels, Rendezvous With Rama has won both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. A fast-paced and compelling story of an enigmatic encounter with alien technology, Rendezvous With Rama offers both answers and unsolved mysteries that continue to fascinate readers decades after its first publication.

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When I started reading SciFi, Arthur C. Clarke was in his prime. I started by reading his collections of short stories, and the amazing ideas and sense of wonder that he could convey in a short story captured my imagination, and I have been a SciFi fan my whole life. I can't recall any of the stories, but I remember the enjoyment.


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In the White Hart Pub in London just north of Fleet Street, Harry Purvis holds court-a consummate tall-tale teller who always has a good story up his sleeve. He is joined by science fiction writers Samuel Youd, John Wyndham, and Clarke himself-all under pseudonyms, and all trying to outdo each other with their outlandish tales of science and invention.

Inspired by the Jorkens collections by Lord Dunsany, this collection of stories is Clarke's third-and, while they were written in locations as diverse as New York and Sydney, they all have a distinctly English flavor. Written by one of the genre's most important authors, Tales of the White Hart is sure to delight Clarke fans, lovers of science fiction, and anyone who appreciates a good tall tale.

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A good hard science read about a very high gravity world with life!!


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Shrouded in eternal gloom by its own thick atmosphere, Tenebra was a hostile planet a place of crushing gravity, 370-degree temperatures, a constantly shifting crust and giant drifting raindrops. Uncompromising - yet there was life, intelligent life on Tenebra. For more than twenty years, Earth scientists had studied the natives from an orbiting laboratory... and had even found a way to train and educate a few of them.

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Cycle of Fire(SciFi)

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If you are interested in a nice read without a lot of the unnecessary bells an whistles many authors are fond of putting in you will enjoy this one.


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A stranded earth man, a native of the planet trying to make it back to safety before the planet goes through a massive change in temperature which will, as far as we know, kill every living thing on the planet. The native and the Earth man develop a friendship against the background of struggling against time. The interesting subplot about the planets odd cycle and the evolutionary diversions it had caused was interesting. When at first one of the planetary scientists heats up a sample terrarium full of native plants, animals and dirt, only to watch them wither and die while at the same time tiny new creatures obviously built for the heat emerge from under the soil was an interesting way to start this section of the novel.

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Iceworld(SciFi)

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A funny concept - the ICE world is Earth - because it is so cold here. How do those humans manage to live on such a cold planet?


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The novel concerns an interplanetary narcotics agent who is forced to work on an incredibly cold world (from his point of view — the planet is in fact Earth), where he teams up with natives of the alien planet (humans) in his attempt to stop the smuggling of a dangerous drug (tobacco) to Sirius. Although the story involves both aliens and humans, it is told primarily from an alien perspective.

229 Clement, Hal
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Another good hard science novel about a planet with high and inconsistent gravity. How do you explore such a planet. Maybe you get a high-g worlder to do it for you.


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For a profit -- and adventure -- Barlennan would sail thousands of miles across uncharted waters, into regions where gravity itself played strange tricks. He would dare the perils of strange tribes and stranger creatures -- even dicker with those strange aliens from beyond the skies, though the concept of another world was unknown to the inhabitants of the disk-shaped planet of Mesklin. But in spite of the incredible technology of the strangers and without regard for their enormous size, Barlennan had the notion of turning the deal to an unsuspected advantage for himself . . . all in all a considerable enterprise for a being very much resembling a fifteen-inch caterpillar!

The story is set on a highly oblate planet named Mesklin, which has surface gravity that varies between 700 g at the poles and 3 g at the equator. The story is told from the points of view of one of the local intelligent life forms and a human explorer. The locals are centipede-like, in order to withstand the enormous gravity, and terrified of even small heights (because in 700 g even a tiny fall is fatal).

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Starlight(SciFi)

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a fun read.


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The return of Barlennan Dhrawn was a giant rockball, more than 3,000 times the mass of Earth. Perhaps a planet, perhaps a nearly dead star, the 17 billion square miles of mystery cried out for investigation. But its corrosive atmosphere and crushing gravity assured that no human would ever set foot on its surface. Those hardy, caterpillar-like Mesklinites, on the other hand, were ideally suited to explore Dhrawn, and their leader certainly knew a good deal when he saw one. So Barlennan, a shrewd sea captain if ever there was one, struck a sharp bargain with the Earth men for his services in leading the expedition. But the humans might not have been so pleased with their side of the bargain, if they had known that Barlennan had plans of his own for Dhrawn The stunning sequel to the classic SF novel Mission of Gravity.

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This book is GREAT. If you grew up in the era of Video Arcades and quarter games, then this book will bring back a TON of memories. If you didn't, then you will miss many of the inside references, but this is still a fun book - a page turner. Big Recommend.


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In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

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The Fold: A Novel(SciFi)

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This novel was quite good.. right up until the end (not the very end.. that bit was interesting and made me want to read more). No, I mean the "danger" imposed by the FOLD to our planet. It was... hookey.

Still and all, a pretty good read with some interesting ideas.


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STEP INTO THE FOLD. IT'S PERFECTLY SAFE.

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to "fold" dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind's dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn't quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there's only one answer that makes sense. And if he's right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you'll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

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The Taking of Satcon Station(SciFi)

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The first of the STEN novels. All amusing. All fun to read. Leading to an interesting end.


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Hailed as a "landmark science fiction series" the Sten Series has thrilled millions of readers all over the world. Set three thousand years in the future, the eight Sten novels tell the tale of a tough, street-wise orphan who escapes his fate as factory planet "delinq" to become the strong right-hand of the most powerful man in the Universe--a man hailed by his billons of subjects as "The Eternal Emperor." This edition contains a brand-new "Forward" introduction to the series as well as a selection of recipes from the Emperor's cookbook. Classic SF adventure!

235 Cole, Allan
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Sten is becoming the Emperor's right hand man. Thumbs UP


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When the Emperor needs to pacify the Wolf Worlds, the planets of an insignificant cluster that have raised space piracy to a low art, he turns to Mantis Team and its small band of militant problem--solvers. Sten's destiny is in his own hands

236 Cole, Allan
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Sten is still fighting for the emperor, but things are not as clear cut as they used to be. Good action, Good story.


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Having fought his way from slave labor on a factory world to commander of the Eternal Emperor's bodyguard, the most dangerous weapons Sten has encountered in Prime World are the lies of Court politicians. When a bomb goes off, however, he discovers the danger and corruption behind Court intrigue.

Sten is starting to see the corruption around the Emperor, and beginning to question the wisdom of things as they are.

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In this book Sten goes to flight school to learn the ins-and-outs of space combat and then heads off to the front lines of the impending war with the militaristic Tahn.

As good as all of these in this series. Really enjoyable.


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Hailed as a "landmark science fiction series," the Sten novels have thrilled millions of readers all over the world. Set three thousand years in the future, they tell the tale of a tough, street-wise orphan who escapes his fate as factory planet "delinq" to become the strong right-hand of the most powerful man in the Universe—a virtually immortal figure known to his billons of subjects as "The Eternal Emperor." THE FOURTH ADVENTURE Sten had barely scraped through Imperial flight school when he was assigned a tacdivision in the Fringe Worlds, where Imperial officers are more concerned with the perfect fit of their dress whites than honing their fighting skills. The enemy Tahn couldn't have picked a better time or place to launch an attack against the Empire. Sten and his men are outgunned — with no reinforcements in sight. It looks like Sten's number is up. But if he has to go, he won't go alone . . . THE STEN SERIES Sten The Wolf Worlds The Court of a Thousand Suns Fleet of the Damned Revenge of the Damned The Return of the Emperor Vortex Empire's End

238 Cole, Allan
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Another great book in a great series. Thumbs up


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Sten fully expected to die in a blaze of glory, taking his Emperor's greatest foe with him. Instead, he is a slave laborer in a POW camp deep in the heart of enemy territory. But sitting out the action had never been Sten's style. And now that the war is building to a climax, the Eternal Emperor needs him more than ever. Not even the toughest prison in the known universe can keep Sten from his mission...

239 Cole, Allan
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Here we learn how it is that the Eternal Emporer manages to remain Eternal. And no, it ain't simple and it ain't easy.


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The Eternal Emperor was dead, and the five members of the Privy Council ruled in his place. But they quickly discovered that their power would collapse around them if they didn't locate the Emperor's secret source of Anti-Matter Two, the economic keystone of the Empire. And so they sent a team of crack commandos to capture Sten, one of their late ruler's few surviving confidantes. But Sten, as usual, had his own agenda. For he knew something about the Eternal Emperor that would shake the Empire to its foundations. And to play his part, all Sten had to do was kill the five most powerful beings in the universe!

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Another great read in this series.


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Sten fulfilled many tasks in service to the Eternal Emperor and his empire as special forces agent, tacship fleet captain and admiral. Now he is going to add a new one – a diplomat.

The Eternal Emperor, who was assassinated six years ago, is back from the grave and once again he can lead his merchant Empire. However, the domestic situation is desperate. Tahnwar followed by six-year shortage of Antimatter Two brought many regions of Empire to the brink of economic collapse that can't be prevented with restoring flow of AM2. Even the Eternal Emperor can't manage this whole situation alone, so he asks his friends for help – friends like certain Karl Sten

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In this final book, all secrets are revealed. Sten kills the Eternal Emporer, and contemplates taking his place. Will he?

One of the best SciFi series ever!


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After the victorious defeat of an Imperial Assault fleet, former Ambassador Plenipotentiary Sten finds himself now a traitor and renegade to the Empire in the midst of a dangerous, galactic Civil War that threatens to put Sten at odds with the Eternal Emperor himself...

242 Cole, Jen
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Play or Die(SciFi)

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You are selected at random for a game. If you win, you get to live. The game? Stay alive for 5 days while every 3 hours a psychopath is given your exact location. Could you do it? Better yet, could you figure it out and beat the people that set up the game in the first place?

This was an exciting read. I enjoyed it a bunch.


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Ready to play the game of your life?

Could you stay ahead of a sociopathic hunter being sent your co-ordinates every three hours? Jo Warrington is about to live this nightmare. On a Melbourne city street she is plunged into a game devised by people from the future. Her choices - play or die.

As Jo flees a remorseless Hunter, her watching audience places bets on how long she will survive and awards points for ingenuity. The points allow her to ask questions, but when the answer to one reveals her father's recent death to have been no accident, she resolves to play the game on her own terms.

Desperately searching for clues as the assassin closes in, Jo is tempted when her father's sexy equipment salesman turns up asking her to trust him, but Richard seems to have his own agenda.

Can Jo track down her father's murderers before she herself is killed? And what of her viewers from the future? Will they be satisfied with anything less than her death?

A lot can happen in five days.

If you crave the adrenaline hit of an action-packed thriller, then choose a comfy chair to read Play or Die. It'll be a while before you leave.

This is a novel for young adults and old.

243 Cole, Nick
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The Old Man and the Wasteland(SciFi)

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This actually does read a bit like The Old Man and The Sea... with a character determined to prove his worth and accomplish something meaningful to himself, but possibly self-destructive. That said, this is only an average read.


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Part Hemingway, part Cormac McCarthy's The Road, a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of the post-apocalyptic American Southwest.

Forty years after the destruction of civilization, human beings are reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. One survivor's most prized possession is Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea. With the words of the novel echoing across the wasteland, a living victim of the Nuclear Holocaust journeys into the unknown to break a curse.

What follows is an incredible tale of grit and endurance. A lone traveler must survive the desert wilderness and mankind gone savage to discover the truth of Hemingway's classic tale of man versus nature.

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Duende Meadow(SciFi)

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What happens when you go back to a world that has forgotten about you?


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When the last great war came, a small group of survivors hid themselves below the fields of Kansas, living in a place of eternal twilight.

Over time the energy surrounding the descendants of these survivors turned them into Duendes, ghost-like beings, never having seen real light or knowing anything of the conditions of the world beyond their underground enclosure.

Six hundred years have passed since the war and now some Duendes want to leave the safety of their habitat and finally go ‘above.' But what will they discover once they have emerged into the sunlight?

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Halo(SciFi)

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The mysterious alien artifact called the Halo came quietly and mysteriously and then sowed the earth with seeds that threatened to destroy humanity by destroying their souls. **** But the aliens had underestimated the human spirit and a band of Moon-based scientists survive to fight and take back what is rightfully ours. **** A powerful, visionary and scary look into our future and a possible encounter with an alien species almost impossible to beat.

246 Cook, Robin
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Coma(SciFi)

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This is the book, and movie that convinced me NEVER to use general anesthesia when a local will do the job. To this very day I will go without general anesthesia if at all possible. Even did just Novocain for a liver biopsy - that sucker hurt and I went into shock... but better than not waking up.


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They called it "minor surgery," but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others—all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine procedures were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up. . . .

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Norstrilia(SciFi)

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An odd novel with odd concepts


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Welcome to Old North Australia, or Norstrilia, the only planet that has "stroon," a substance that indefinitely delays aging in humans. Stroon is cultivated from huge, deformed sheep farmed by the wealthiest estate owners to ever exist in all of humanity's existence.

Rod McBan is the last of one of the oldest and most honorable families on Norstrilia. But he himself has shortcomings that would normally have led to his death under the strict laws governing population control on a planet where immortality is cheap and imperfect citizens are ruthlessly "culled" to make way for more productive members of society.

But even McBan's vaunted stature in the society is not enough to save him from the basest of human emotions-jealousy- as the enmity of a former friend forces him to escape to Earth, where McBan's unprecedented fortune quickly makes him a magnet for all manner of crooks and revolutionaries.

248 Corey, James S.A.
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An excellent SciFi story/Detective novel about a down and out cop who catches a missing persons case that leads him into the most diabolical of situations and a war between Earth, Mars, and the "Belt" - when one of the most powerful companies in the solar system tries to take advantage of an alien molecule that looks like it is designed to spread alien life to other planets. Notably destroying the life that exists there already. Everything in here is believable.. the physics, the characters, the science.. Nothing "magic" happens that isn't plausible or already in our grasp if we chose different priorities. A really good read.

And, apparently made into a TV series on the SyFy channel called "The Expanse". Guess I will have to watch that now. I plan on reading the next book in this series.


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This book is the basis for the first season of The Expanse, now a major television series from Syfy!

Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship's captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.

249 Corey, James S.A.
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The sequel to Leviathan Wakes where mankind discovered and before life even had a foothold on Earth, another civilization tried to destroy us. And nearly succeeded.

In this edition, the danger is not yet past, and the solar system is at war to see who will be standing when the alien menace finally makes its plan clear. People are still experimenting with the alien proto-molecule; and governments are fighting for position rather than doing what needs to be done to ensure that mankind survives as a species. Well written and exciting.


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We are not alone.

On Ganymede, breadbasket of the outer planets, a Martian marine watches as her platoon is slaughtered by a monstrous supersoldier. On Earth, a high-level politician struggles to prevent interplanetary war from reigniting. And on Venus, an alien protomolecule has overrun the planet, wreaking massive, mysterious changes and threatening to spread out into the solar system.

In the vast wilderness of space, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante have been keeping the peace for the Outer Planets Alliance. When they agree to help a scientist search war-torn Ganymede for a missing child, the future of humanity rests on whether a single ship can prevent an alien invasion that may have already begun .

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Another great addition to this on-going space opera - The Expanse. In this, the proto-molecule that almost destroyed the human race has left Venus and is out near Uranus where it has built a giant structure that is a gate to other star systems. The problem, the gate is not working, and the 3 factions of the human race (Earthers, Martians, and Belters) all have different ideas about what to do. Another excuse for war, unless things are handled just right. Of course, they won't be handled right when a saboteur with their own agenda blows up and Earth ship and tries to pin the blame on James Holden. Meanwhile, Holden is talking to a dead man who is trying to tell him the real purpose and the real problem with the gateway to the stars.

I got to the end of this and it was another late night when I could not put it down. This series of books is really entertaining - and hard-science - which I love. No made up transporter beams - just human technology (well, except for the alien construct which is much more advanced and little understood). I recommend.


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For generations, the solar system -- Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt -- was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless dark.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core. As the emissaries of the human race try to find whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

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The great characters from the previous books are back and find themselves hired to resolve an impossible situation. People are heading out to settle the newly discovered planets, and corporations are claiming ownership and fighting for resources. In the mean time, the alien proto-molecule that caused such havoc in the past is not finished with the planet in question. The appearance of the settlers and the corporate ship in space has cause the old machinery to come to life. This nearly destroys the planet and everyone on and above it.

An edge of the seat kind of read - as good as all the others in this series so far.


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"An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave."

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home. Innocent scientists are slaughtered as they try to survey a new and alien world. The struggle on Ilus threatens to spread all the way back to Earth.

James Holden and the crew of his one small ship are sent to make peace in the midst of war and sense in the midst of chaos. But the more he looks at it, the more Holden thinks the mission was meant to fail.

And the whispers of a dead man remind him that the great galactic civilization that once stood on this land is gone. And that something killed it.

252 Corey, James S.A.
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With the gate to 10,000 new worlds opened up, everyone who can is leaving the Earth based solar system, which means that people who had power are losing it, and people who want power are fighting for it. The whole political balance (fragile as it was) is falling apart. One group commits an unthinkable crime (dropping a rock on Earth killing millions) to make a point and destroy the old order.

Holden and the rest of the characters from this series are split up and all find themselves in danger and on different sides of the fight. Ultimately, their loyalty is to each other - they are family more than they ever realized, and will suffer anything for each other. A good read, though not quite as good as the previous books in this series.


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A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. As wave after wave of colonists leave, the power structures of the old solar system begin to buckle.

Ships are disappearing without a trace. Private armies are being secretly formed. The sole remaining protomolecule sample is stolen. Terrorist attacks previously considered impossible bring the inner planets to their knees. The sins of the past are returning to exact a terrible price.

And as a new human order is struggling to be born in blood and fire, James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante must struggle to survive and get back to the only home they have left.

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A faction of the Belters (folks who live and work in the asteroid belt) has committed genocide against Earth, and is declaring freedom for the Belt. But freedom comes at too high a price and their actions threaten to kill millions on Earth, Mars, and the Belt. The inner planets want to stop them.. but cannot figure out how without help from Belters to see their leader for what he is - a megalomaniac with no plans, just reactions. Can they win?

A great continuation and conclusion to this series of books that keeps the science right and the action amazing. If you want to read GOOD science fiction, then pick up this series. It is about PEOPLE dealing with things no one should ever have to deal with. How a group of folks thrown together by chance become family by choice. About rage and forgiveness, Love and lose. And of course, orbital mechanics and g-forces. Great reading.


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The sixth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse series--now a major television series from Syfy!

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.

The Free Navy - a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships - has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante's problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.

254 Coulson, Juanita
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I recall this being not bad.


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Faster-than-light travel to the stars was a discovery of the great Saunder family, and the vast Saunder fortune helped in the colonizing of alien worlds, among strange, nonhuman races. But Anthony Saunder had no share in that fortune or heritage. He was only a clone, the illegal result of a cruel woman's whim, not truly human. And the business he had started on Procyon Four, making colonist's emoto-tapes, was on the brink of failure. Then the catlike humanoid Whimeds came, asking him to use his skill in directing a presentation for the coming Interspecies Conference. And once he saw Yrae, their beautiful, almost human-seeming star, he could riot refuse, though the job seemed impossible and led to endless trouble. But all that was simple, compared to what he found at the Conference. There he ran squarely into the middle of a secret war between Whimeds and equally alien Vahnaj, fought across the bodies of his bitterest enemy and his best friend

255 Coulson, Juanita
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How can the people of Earth reach the stars? One faction prefers the slow but safe method of sending a colony ship with its passengers and crew cryogenically frozen. The voyage will take 75 years, and the colonists will awaken as anachronisms, but the technique has been tested and can be depended on. Not everyone is willing to accept exile from friends and family as the price of interstellar travel. Two of the Saunder children- Brenna Saunder and Morgan Saunder McKelvey- have thrown the resources of the vast Saunder empire into developing a faster-than-light propulsion system which would permit people to travel freely within the universe during their normal lifetimes. So far, on unmanned test vehicles, it works. But its first manned test ends in a terrifying explosion, killing Morgan's parents. Brenna's lover, Derek, loses faith in faster-than-light travel, joins the crew of the colony ship, and urges Brenna to do the same. And now Brenna, caught between her lover's pleas and the project she has already sacrificed so much for, risks losing not merely Derek- but Earth's path to the stars as well....

256 Coulson, Juanita
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Good read.


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Dan McKelvey, poor relative of the powerful Saunder-McKelvey family, was stranded on a world where aliens and human archaeologists sought evidence of the past of a strange race. Members of that race were stunted savages now, but long before they had been a mighty, star-roving people. By now, Dan had become fascinated by the project. With his mechanical skill to help, the scientists were about to uncover a temple or museum of the distant past. But none could guess what lay within, and Dan worried as he helped to open the strong, buried doors that guarded it. Would they find secrets that could enrich the present races? Or would they discover an ancient horror that could threaten all life? Some alien force had certainly ruined these once-great natives. As they neared success,

257 Coulson, Juanita
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First in the series about a family that invented faster-then-life travel and became rich and powerful because of it. Multi-generational like a soap opera with some interesting ideas to explore


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2041.

A world in peril...

When the first alien was approaching Earth, it found itself in the grip of the all-powerful Saunder Family. Every member of this dynasty seemed at war with the other.

Ward Saunder is the now-dead genius who dared to dream and become a touchstone for all other Saunders. He protected people against the Death Years and the Chaos.

Jael, the family Matriarch, shares Ward's determination to make the Saunders a dynasty.

Patrick, or Pat, the eldest son, is a political opportunist, head of the Earth First Party. He had learned how to wield power and lead with dignity from his mother Jael. He is keen to protect the future of the planet by establishing enclaves in the Antarctic, freezing the bodies of people.

Todd is the idealist who tries to keep the peace within the Saunder family.

Mariette is rebellious, building a new frontier and standing out as the girl of the clan.

In the quest for the Chairmanship of the people, the Saunders must struggle and fight in a contest over Earth's very future. Project Search is in action, while brave pilots take to the stars.

Can human civilization survive with the coming of alien life, and can the Saunders find a way to listen to one another and lead humanity to that survival?

Find out in Tomorrow's Heritage, a vivid science fiction tale – at once a large political canvas and an intimate, attention-grabbing story of like-minded people. It is the first book in the Children of the Stars series.

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A very well done movie and an interesting book. The idea that we might bring something back from space that would be dangerous is something to consider. Course, we seem to be sending our germs to other places already.. so perhaps WE are the problem.


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Five prominent biophysicists have warned the United States government that sterilization procedures for returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, a probe satellite falls to the earth and lands in a desolate region of northeastern Arizona. Nearby, in the town of Piedmont, bodies lie heaped and flung across the ground, faces locked in frozen surprise. What could cause such shock and fear? The terror has begun, and there is no telling where it will end.

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Congo(SciFi)

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Experimenting on animals with bad consequences.


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Deep in the African rain forest, near the ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, a field expedition is brutally killed. At the Houston-based Earth Resources Technology Services, Inc., a horrified supervisor watches a gruesome video transmission of that ill-fated group and sees a haunting, grainy, man-like blur moving amongst the bodies. In San Francisco, an extraordinary gorilla named Amy, who has a 620-sign vocabulary, may hold the secret to that fierce carnage. Immediately, a new expedition is sent to the Congo with Amy in tow, descending into a secret, forbidden world where the only escape may be through the grisliest death.

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If you don't know what this is about then you have been living under a rock for many years. The book is almost as good as the movie... and the movie blew people away when if first came out.


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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong. . . .

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Sphere(SciFi)

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A scientific mystery and a dangerous device found at the bottom of the ocean. The people who explore it are in much more danger than they know.

This idea has been explored before in Star Trek and movies. This is just another take on the idea of "what if our thoughts and desires could be manifested in reality. Would that be a good thing?


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In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate the astonishing discovery. What they find defies their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship, but apparently it is undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old, containing a terrifying and destructive force that must be controlled at all costs.

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Alien Caller(SciFi)

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Would you reveal it if you discovered aliens.. who needed your help.. and who seemed harmless? You know that you would never be free again.. even if the government let you live. And the aliens... they would never be seen again. Would you reveal them? Not a bad read for this dilemma.


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Retired agent David Hill lives alone in a remote wilderness community. His house is a fortress. His neighbors know nothing about him. His name has been changed. Even his face is not his own. He likes it that way. It's comfortable. And with enemies like his it's a simple matter of survival.

Then one night an injured alien woman comes calling and his quiet comfortable life is turned upside down. She's beautiful and innocent and above all else she needs his help. What's a man to do?

Of course he still has his duty to do - and a conscience that won't let him do it. After all he knows what his old bosses would do to Cyrea if they ever caught her. What they would do to the rest of her people on Earth and his neighbors who've been hiding them for years. To reveal the Leinians' presence would be to place them all in deadly peril. To keep the secret is to betray everything he has believed in for his entire life.

But there is a greater danger facing them all. David has terrible enemies. The Leinians have an enemy too though they don't know it. And when the two of them get together it just might mean the end of the world.

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F-Cubed(SciFi)

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Read too long ago to rate.


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Texas on the Rocks(SciFi)

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Bringing Icebergs to Texas for water


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Texas Triumphant(SciFi)

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Rated this long ago. Cannot recall now.


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Blind Spot 1: The Girl They Couldnt See(SciFi)

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An interesting premise about a girl who could convince people around her not to notice her - see, feel or hear her - and anything she does. Course, she still shows up on video which causes a problem. She also has a very coordinated brother. Together the two of them decide to do something about the crime family in town that has been terrorizing people for too long. I would read the next one in this series. It was short, but fun.


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This story is about Roni Buchry, a young multiracial girl with dark skin but blue eyes. She faces discrimination in her school and her family?s retail business is plagued by an organized crime family that collects ?insurance,? often brutally.

Roni?s always been extraordinarily good at hiding, first in hide-and-seek as a child and later to avoid embarrassment. Now, older, she and her brother begin to realize that what she actually has is a form of telepathy. She can?t read other people?s minds, or speak to them silently, or force her thoughts on theirs. All she can do is make other people ?not notice? her. At first being able to become invisible seems like a great way to hide from or avoid her old boyfriend, but she slowly begins to realize that it will let her do so much more.

She even begins to wonder if she might be able to do something about the mob family that?s been holding her city in its thrall.

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Elle Donsaii 1: Quicker(SciFi)

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The first in a great series of books with an extremely strong and talented female lead character. She is brilliant and pulls others into her universe with her strong moral character and her desire to see all those around her succeed. An excellent young readers series.


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Quicker is a near future SciFi/Thriller whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation that makes her much quicker than a normal human. She becomes an intrepid athletic phenom who reminds one of David Weber's Honor Harrington. Like Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) Ell is also a mathematical genius who, instead of counting sheep, works on her own theory of quantum mechanics to help her drift off to sleep. At once shy and concerned about her social skills, yet well loved by those around her, she finds herself at the center of a terrorist plot at the Olympics. The terrorists never considered the difficulty of holding a hostage with the unbelievable quickness and athleticism of Ell Donsaii
A tradition of young, strong, brilliant, female heroines like Honor, Lisbeth, and Katniss Everdeen is continued

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Elle Donsaii 2: Smarter(SciFi)

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A minor genetic change makes Elle Donsaii stronger, faster, smarter - but still a girl in the eyes of those around her. Don't worry. She can outsmart them anytime.


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Smarter is a near future SciFi/Thriller whose young heroine Ell Donsaii we learned in "Quicker" has a nerve mutation that makes her an athletic phenomenon, so fast that no one can keep up with her. Like Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) Ell is also a mathematical genius who, while trying to drift off to sleep, instead of counting sheep has developed a new theory of quantum mechanics. At once shy and concerned about her social skills, yet loved by those around her, she goes to grad school to try to understand experimental physics. In the process she discovers a means for enormously improving communications using quantum entangled molecules. Her brilliant quantum theories make her the target of industrial spies, other countries and jealous physicists all at the same time. Those who attack her don't consider that the very skills they envy and desire make her hard to

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Elle Donsaii 3: Lieutenant(SciFi)

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An inspirational young woman - strong moral character - A Good young readers novel.


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"Lieutenant" is the third in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii we learned in "Quicker" has a nerve mutation that makes her an athletic phenomenon, so fast that no one can keep up with her. In "Smarter" we learned how these fast nerve processes have made her a genius. She's both shy and concerned about her social skills, yet loved by those around her. Like Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), while trying to drift off to sleep, instead of counting sheep Ell does mathematics. Doing this she develops a new theory of quantum mechanics. She has now dropped out of grad school after using her quantum theories to invent a means for enormously improving communications using entangled molecules. Back in the military to complete her commitment, she continues her physics research in her spare time. She also has to fend off more attempts to kidnap her by groups wanting access to her skills. As in the past, those who attack her don't consider that the very skills they envy and desire make her hard to subdue. Then the People's Republic of China shoots down the US satellites over Asia in preparation for an invasion of Taiwan. Ell's quantum entangled communication chips can substitute for lost satellite communications and observation. Can she convince the brass to use them?

270 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 4: Rocket(SciFi)

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Another fun story in this series. A Good young readers novel.


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"Rocket!" is the fourth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has rendered her a genius and an athletic phenomenon. In "Rocket!" she works out the enormous potential of the wormholes she discovered in "Lieutenant." Though they only provide small openings through space, the wormholes could prove to be a tremendous boon to humankind.

271 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 5: Comet(SciFi)

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Another fun story in this series. A Good young readers novel.


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"Comet!" is the fifth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has rendered her a genius and an athletic phenomenon. In "Comet!" she and her team begin exploring outer space using the wormholes she produced in "Rocket." Unfortunately Comet Hearth-Daster is on a trajectory to strike the Earth. Though it is smaller than the object that wiped out the dinosaurs, it still weighs 300 million metric tons and if it hits it will wipe out civilization and may render the human race extinct.

272 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 6: Tau Ceti(SciFi)

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An inspirational young woman - strong moral character - A Good young readers novel.


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"Tau Ceti" is the sixth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius and an athletic phenomenon. In "Tau Ceti!", she is continuing to find uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she has discovered. These wormholes aren't big enough to send people through, yet they are making huge changes in our world. Ell used one to send a small rocket to the third planet of Tau Ceti where it sends back images of intelligent but primitive beings that can fly! While observing and occasionally trying to help a pair of these aliens, Ell continues to deal with the issues resulting from her fame as an athlete, a scientist, and as a beautiful woman. This makes her suspect every relationship. Having a boyfriend is hard when he may just want you for who everyone else thinks you are.

273 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 7: Habitats(SciFi)

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I'm enjoying this series immensely. Given that there are so few main female characters in SciFi, this is really enjoyable.


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"Habitats" is the seventh in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In "Habitats," she is continuing to find uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she discovered. These wormholes aren't big enough to send people through, yet they are making huge changes in our world. After a friend lost his hand, Ell finds a way to use ports to build better prostheses for amputees!
However, there are terrorists wanting to use ports to cause destruction and the military arms of some countries covet them as well. Ell must try to prevent such people from obtaining the technology and using it for harm.
Meanwhile, her small company is trying to build a habitat in space and one of her rockets has discovered a mind boggling habitat at Sigma Draconis.

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Elle Donsaii 8: Allotropes(SciFi)

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I'm enjoying this series immensely. Given that there are so few main female characters in SciFi, this is really enjoyable. We just keep extending the ideas of the worm-hole generator and what it could lead to... lots of territory to explore here.


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"Allotropes" is the eighth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation which has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In "Allotropes," she finds even more uses for the quantum entangled wormholes that she discovered. These wormholes aren't big enough to send people through, yet they make possible technologies that create huge changes in our world. She installs some ports in her own body that she is able to use as weapons, delivering darts and drugs to stop her adversaries. Having earned gold medals in gymnastics in previous Olympics, she is challenged to enter track meets by world record holding sprinter Michael Fentis who's angry that some have said she can run faster than he can.
Meanwhile, one of her waldoes is exploring the ringworld she discovered at Sigma Draconis. The aliens there are doing surprising things with carbon allotropes! Can we learn to do the same?

275 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 9: Defiant(SciFi)

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No one dictates to Elle Donsaii.. not even the President of the U.S. When she tries she learns a thing or two about just how smart Elle Donsaii really is.


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"Defiant" is the ninth in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation. This mutation has made her a genius as well as an athletic phenomenon.
In "Defiant," she, her husband Shan Kinrais, and their friend Gary Pace begin working on commercialization of the carbon allotrope technology they learned about in "Allotropes." Also, new uses, both beneficial and dangerous are being found for her ports. These wormholes aren't big enough to send people through, yet they make possible technologies that have created huge changes in our world. Those changes have resulted in tremendous economic and political upheavals. The political disturbances bring Edith Stockton to Presidential power, a woman who despises Ell and who is being stroked in that direction by individuals who want the secrets of Ell's highly dangerous ‘one ended ports.'
Stockton imprisons Ell in an effort to extort the one ended port technology from her and Ell, having determined that she cannot release that particular secret, must decide how to respond.

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Elle Donsaii 10: Wanted(SciFi)

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Another fun story in this series. Enjoy


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"Wanted" is the tenth of a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii's nerve mutation makes her a genius and provides astonishing athletic abilities. In "Wanted," President Stockton continues her efforts to imprison Ell in order to protect the world from some of Ell's dangerous new technology. While the President rightfully wants this technology to be restricted, she wants it to be controlled by the government. Ell doesn't want even the government to have the terrible destructive potential of a technology that can cut through absolutely any material in the world! When the FBI and CIA prove to be unable to find and capture Ell, the President instructs them to imprison Ell's friends. However, the President hasn't considered just how many technological advantages Ell would have in any effort to spring her friends from prison.

277 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 11: Rescue(SciFi)

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I'm enjoying this series immensely. Ah.. the president has gone and gotten herself into trouble. And who can come to her aid... you guessed it.


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"Rescue" is the eleventh of a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose young heroine Ell Donsaii's nerve mutation makes her a genius and provides her some astonishing athletic abilities. In "Rescue," President Stockton tells the FBI to tone down its efforts to imprison Ell. Unfortunately, the SCDF, a group of ultraconservative survivalists now has the President in their sights. Their attack on the President succeeds far beyond anyone's imagination. Could it be that Stockton's very life will now depend on the woman she has been imprisoning and harassing?
Meanwhile, Stell Simsworth, the ten year old blind singing sensation, is hoping that Ryan will be able to use his technology to restore her eyesight and Carter is working on a project to colonize Mars (despite his daughter's cogent observation that a colony would have high risks but provide few benefits.)

278 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 12: Impact!(SciFi)

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An inspirational young woman - strong moral character - A Good young readers novel.


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"Impact" is the twelfth book in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers whose heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation that makes her a genius and provides her some astonishing athletic abilities. In "Impact," Ell's been taken off the "Most Wanted" list and is resuming somewhat of a normal life. Her old friend Phil Zabrisk is on his way to Mars. One of her exploration rockets is about to land on an earthlike world. Then an enormous comet crashes into Tau Ceti three, threatening the lives of the teecees there. Aliens that Ell and others have come to think of as friends. Phil falls on Mars, breaking his hip in a fashion that needs surgery soon if he's not to be crippled. Can she save her friends at Tau Ceti and is the risk of porting Phil back to Earth acceptable? Oh, and her son Zage is confounding people right and left…

279 Dahners, Laurence
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Elle Donsaii 13: DNA(SciFi)

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The next in the Elle Donsaii series that I have been really enjoying. They are, however, getting to be a little unbelievable now (the 5 year old genius is a bit much, but they blend in some things that he doesn't know quite nicely - like what is drywall). A good continuation of this series, and yes, I will read the next one when it comes out.


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"DNA" is the thirteenth book in a series of near future SciFi/Thrillers. Their heroine Ell Donsaii has a nerve mutation that makes her a genius and provides her some astonishing athletic abilities. In "DNA," Ell's five-year-old son Zage has become interested in the effects of certain genes on obesity. He's obtained permission to do research in a university lab where he hopes to test some of his ideas.

Work is being done to evaluate the possibility of terraforming the planet Mars by using Ell's port technology to bring in water, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen from various other worlds in the solar system.

Ell's robotic probes have found intelligent aliens on the third planet of 61 Virginis. Although these aliens appeared to be completely non-technological, it turns out that they are far ahead of Earth in the manipulation of DNA. Can we safely trade technology for some of their DNA know how? Finally, some of Ell's old enemies have decided to have one more try at kidnapping her in order to obtain some of her secrets…

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The Regiment(SciFi)

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The planet Tyss is so poor that it has only one exportable resource - its fighting men. Each year three regiments are sent forth into the galaxy. Hiring their services is very expensive, but well worth it, for the Tyss secret training makes their soldiers into mystic warriors, irresistible in battle.

Alpha-Males: You can't live with 'em, but sometimes you can't live without 'em. An alien migration fleet -- 14,000 star ships strong -- searches the stars for a new home, its home world forever lost. When they finally find planets that can support them, all they have to do is eradicate the pesky human natives, a task they assume is easily within their powers. But Earth's Commonwealth of Worlds isn't about to give up so easily -- even if it has to create and train something it hasn't had for centuries: soldiers!

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The White Regiment(SciFi)

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This long awaited companion novel to The Regiment finds those legendary warriors training the first test regiment of teenagers--the first ever White Regiment. But teenagers who make the perfect warriors are about as easy to train and control as wildcats. And there's little time to whip them into shape before the horrendous Klestronu unleash their massive firepower on the inexperienced regiment.

282 Dalzelle, Joshua
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Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1 - Warship(SciFi)

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Overall, a good read. The way the ship is run seems very realistic, and the space battles as well take physics and orbital velocities into account. I enjoyed it.


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In the 25th century humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity.

So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy? Would humanity fold and surrender, or would they return to their evolutionary roots and meet force with force? One ship—and one captain—will soon be faced with this very choice.

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Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 2 - Call to Arms(SciFi)

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Another convincing space battle book. If you liked the first, you will like this one. I enjoyed it.


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Captain Jackson Wolfe survived the initial incursion of a vicious alien species into human space ... barely.

He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier.

Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously. While powerful factions make backroom deals he is desperate to find irrefutable proof that the invaders are coming and if humanity expects to survive they must marshal their forces and make a stand before it's too late.

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The Karma Machine(SciFi)

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Mind Light(SciFi)

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Disheveled, disoriented, and ill, Greg Lukas didn't look like much of a pilot. But the Michaelsons, a family of interstellar traders, had to hire another crew member or lose the ship that was their livelihood. So they took Lukas on temporarily, assuming that he was a good pilot with a bad attitude.
But Lukas's problem was much deeper: as a pilot in the Space Corps, he had stumbled upon a secret a powerful Corps faction would do anything to hide. His mind had been invaded and his memories rewritten, but the process had damaged him, perhaps beyond repair. Now he was tortured to the edge of endurance by the return of memories meant to be blocked forever. Lukas was falling apart -- and his rediscovered knowledge had put him in danger once again. When the Michaelsons learned who Lukas really was, they were willing to protect him -- but they were no match for his enemies. Unless help came from a surprising direction .

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A classic of the genre. A must read for SciFi historians.


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Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as "Lest Darkness Fall" has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the ‘favorite' books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction.
An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is by the number of best-selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or influenced by, "Lest Darkness Fall." This new volume also includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty-three years—a testament to the timelessness of the book.
Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome.
Once in ancient Rome, Padway (now Martinus Paduei Quastor) embarks on an ambitious project of single-handedly changing history.
L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history (and the author of a number of popular works on the subject). In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.

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Another time travel novel where folks don't know what to expect when they go back in time. If you go back far enough it shouldn't matter what you do.. should it?


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Reginald's 21st-century safari business is struggling . . . until the invention of the time machine. He quickly begins leading safaris back in time, after the biggest game of all. But taking hunting expeditions back to the age of dinosaurs is very dangerous indeed.

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Dr. Dimension(SciFi)

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When an anonymous benefactor sends Dr. Demetrios Demopoulos a crate full of future technology, the doctor builds a space time machine in which he, Dr. Vivian Vernon, and three colleagues take a one-way ride into galactic chaos.

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Skyway 1: Starrigger(SciFi)

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Interesting idea.. well explored.


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Independent space trucker Jake McGraw, accompanied by his father, Sam, who inhabits the body of the truck itself, his "starrig," picks up a beautiful hitchhiker, Darla, and a trailer-load of trouble. One of the best of the indies, Jake knows a few tricks about following the Skyway, which connects dozens, or maybe hundreds, of planets—nobody knows how many and nobody really knows the full extent of the Skyway, and much of it remains unexplored. But somehow, a rumor gets started that Jake has a map for the whole thing, and suddenly everybody wants a piece of him: an alien race called the Reticulans; the human government known as the Colonial Assembly; and a nasty piece of work called Corey Wilkes, head of the wildcat trucker union TATOO. No matter what Jake does, no matter how many twists and turns he makes, he cannot shake any of the menaces on his tail. The Starrigger series continues with Red Limit Freeway and concludes with Paradox Alley. Starrigger was a nominee for the Locus Award for Best First Novel in 1984.

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Skyway 2: Red Limit Freeway(SciFi)

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Another space trucker story. Amusing concept.


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Jake McGraw is a man on the run from half the universe. After stumbling upon what seems to be the fabled roadmap to the stars, Jake must outrun the most detestable vermin and roadbugs in the galaxy and the only thing separating him from them is his tattered starrig. In the lawless region of space Jake must keep his rig running if he knows what's good for him. He has something that everyone wants and they will stop at nothing to get it. But how long can he keep going on the road where there is no relief for light years?

291 DeChancie, John
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Skyway 3: Pardox Alley(SciFi)

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Good series conclusion.


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Jake McGraw, independent space trucker, has been shanghaied. He and his crew, fresh off their adventures in Starrigger and Red Limit Freeway, are plucked off the Skyway by a creature of unknown power. Now on an alien planet where most of the rules of the regular universe do not seem to apply, Jake confronts the builders of the Skyway once and for all. Will he and his crew make it out alive?

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Fred Halpern, a young man with a gift for mentally calculating trajectories and orbits is expelled from the Goddard Space Academy a week before graduation due to his long history of insubordination and lack of discipline. Because of a foolish attempt to land on the moon in a stolen rocket which caused him to be trapped and the subsequent death of one of his rescuers, he is ostracized by the space community. When given a final chance to show he has grown up, he questions his motives and wonders if he can escape his past.

293 Del Rey, Lester
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Nerves(SciFi)

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Call this one a Chernobyl prediction. Can't rate it.. read too long ago.


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In a nuclear plant in Kimberly, workers are nervous when a congressional committee comes for a surprise inspection. A few minor problems come up during the inspection, but the plant continues to run at full capacity—at least at first.

Half-way through the inspection, one of the converters has a major failure. Jorgenson and his team had been trying to use a new isotope in the giant reactors, but the unstable isotope causes disaster to strike. The reactor walls give out, and Jorgenson is stuck inside.

Jorgenson is the only survivor, and the only person who knows how to stop the reactor from causing a disaster that could wipe out half of the continent, but he is stuck inside the reactor with no way to communicate with anyone. It's a race against time to rescue Jorgenson so that he can save the world from nuclear fallout.

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Police Your Planet(SciFi)

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"[...]it up, I'll never know!" Gordon's mind switched to the readers in his bag. The cards were plastic, and should be good for a week or so of use before they showed wear. During that time, by playing it carefully, he should have his stake. Then, if the gaming tables here were as crudely run as an old timer he'd known on Earth had said, he could try a coup. "... be at Mother Corey's soon," the fat little drummer babbled on. "Notorious—worst place on Mars. Take[...]".

295 Del Rey, Lester
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Pstalemate(SciFi)

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Eggheads(SciFi)

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Seeking the technology secrets of a vanished ancient race, poverty-born An dreams of fortune and independence before being betrayed by her employer and her lover and must escape deadly alien prospectors in order to survive.

297 Dick, Phillip K.
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Blade Runner (a.k.a. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)(SciFi)

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Like Clockwork Orange, you have to get the hang of the language, but a good read.


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By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrées to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

Rick Deckard was an officially sanctioned bounty hunter whose job was to find rogue androids, and to retire them. But cornered, androids tended to fight back, with deadly results.

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Ubik  Best Book Lists: 2,4 (SciFi)

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I've read some strange fiction in my time. And this is one of the strangest. It's Science Fiction, but half-way through you are scratching your head and thinking, what the hell is going on. By the end you start to feel like you are on good footing again, and in the last page, Dick knocks the supports out again.

I enjoyed this. It had themes in it unlike any sci-fi novel I've read before. There is a time-travel aspect to it, but time travel accomplished by the decay of things into their previous forms. A reference to Plato's cave of ideals is even mentioned in the text when one of the characters notices how things revert to earlier versions of themselves.

Strange and entertaining. Go for it if you like Sci-Fi or psycho-thrillers; because this is both.


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Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time. As consumables deteriorate and technology gets ever more primitive, the group needs to find out what is causing the shifts and what a mysterious product called Ubik has to do with it all.

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Pro(SciFi)

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Professional... that was Harb Mallard. A hardened pro, able to shift the direction of developing alien cultures any way he needed to, with just a few well-placed punches to the tender spots. The Expansion Service depended on men like Mallard to boost potentially useful planets out of the Dark ages, and they put an even dozen backward worlds into his capable hands. Eleven of them were doing just fine under the supervision of Mallard's subordinates. But the last one needed something extra - the kind of dangerous action that coudl only be risked by a real PRO.cepted their robot-like existence. Either way, the human race was doomed!

300 Douglas, L. Warren
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Bright Islands in a Dark Sea(SciFi)

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Yan Bando's quiet pursuit of knowledge, poring over the documents of a long-gone era--before aliens took over North America--lands him in big trouble when he uncovers his alien leaders' greatest secret.

301 Drake, David
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Fortress(SciFi)

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Fortress is America's guarantor of freedom, an orbiting arsenal of laser weapons and nuclear missiles. It was considered impregnable--until now. Former CIA officer Tom Kelley is sent to learn the secrets surrounding a dead alien found in Turkey and discovers a maze of lies and treachery that could transform America's shield into an engine of global terror.

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Sky Ripper(SciFi)

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In five years, little green men are going to invade Earth--and the only man who knows is Professor Emil Vlasov. Is Vlasov crazy? Or is something actually watching the Earth . . . waiting . . . From the bestselling author of Northworld.

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The Memories of Alcheringia(SciFi)

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First book in the Erthring cycle (misspelled "Erthring" on first printing). followed by "The Gaian Expedient" (1985) and "The Master of Norriya" (1986). Wayland Drew (1932 - 1998) was a Canadian writer known for his environmental themes; his first novel, "The Wabeno Feast" (1973) is widely praised. Drew also wrote a number of movie novelizations, including "Corvette Summer" and "Dragonslayer."

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When Gravity Fails, the first Marid novel, is set in a high-tech near future featuring a divided United States and USSR, a world with mind- or mood-altering drugs for any purpose, brains enhanced by electronic hardware, with plug-in memory additions and modules offering the wearer new personalities (James Bond, celebrities), and bodies shaped to perfection by surgery. Marid Audran, an unmodified and fairly honest street survivor, lives in a decadent Arab ghetto, the Budayeen, and against his best instincts, becomes involved in a series of inexplicable murders. Some seem like routine assassinations, carried out with an old-fashioned handgun by a man wearing a plug-in James Bond persona; others, involving whores, feature prolonged torture and horrible mutilations. The problem comes to the attention of Budayeen godfather Friedlander Bey, who makes Audran an offer he can't refuse. Audran submits to electronic brain-enhancement in order to track down and deal with the killer or killers.

In a decadent world of cheap pleasures and easy death, Marid Audrian has kept his independence the hard way. Still, like everything else in the Budayeen, he's available…for a price.

For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can't refuse.

The 200-year-old "godfather" of the Budayeen's underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

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The Gate of Ivory(SciFi)

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A blend of science fiction and fantasy in which the heroine, Theodora, finds herself marooned on the one planet in the galaxy where magic works - and where her magical skills will plunge her into deadly peril.

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Riverworld(SciFi)

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A great premise that never really grabbed my interest. Another speculation regarding life after death.


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Imagine that every human who ever lived, from the earliest Neanderthals to the present, is resurrected after death on the banks of an astonishing and seemingly endless river on an unknown world. They are miraculously provided with food, but with not a clue to the possible meaning of this strange afterlife. And so billions of people from history, and before, must start living again.

Some set sail on the great river questing for the meaning of their resurrection, and to find and confront their mysterious benefactors. On this long journey, we meet Sir Richard Francis Burton, Mark Twain, Odysseus, Cyrano de Bergerac, and many others, most of whom embark upon searches of their own in this huge afterlife.

307 Farmer, Phillip Jose
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The Stone God Awakens(SciFi)

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Time's Last Gift(SciFi)

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I recall this being pretty good.


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Three men and a woman onboard a timeship travel from 2070 AD to 12,000 BC - a journey that could never be repeated. For the passengers, all anthropologists, it was a once-in-a-million-lifetimes expedition... a chance to study primitive man as modern man never could. But none of them was prepared for what they would discover - or for the impact of their travels in a time that had yet to come...

309 Farmer, Phillip Jose
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Traitor to the Living(SciFi)

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Hey.. let's all talk to dead people. That can't have negative consequence.. right!!


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A machine that enables the living to communicate with the dead threatens to allow angry and vengeful ghosts to reenter the world of the living and enact cruel revenge.

310 Farmer, Phillip Jose
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The Wind Whales of Ishmael(SciFi)

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Moby Dick was better.


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Ishmael, lone survivor of the doomed whaling ship Pequod, falls through a rift in time and space to a future Earth - an Earth of blood-sucking vegetation and a blood-red sun, of barren canyons where once the Pacific Ocean roared. Here too there are whales to hunt - but whales that soar through a dark blue sky...

311 Farren, Mick
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The Armageddon Crazy(SciFi)

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312 Farren, Mick
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The Feelies(SciFi)

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The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys(SciFi)

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314 Farren, Mick
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The Long Orbit(SciFi)

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315 Farren, Mick
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Mars - The Red Planet(SciFi)

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316 Farren, Mick
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Necrom(SciFi)

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Phaid the Gambler(SciFi)

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Their Master's War(SciFi)

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Vickers(SciFi)

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320 Faust, Joe Clifford
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The Company Man(SciFi)

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Andrew Birch is a Company Man - a spy, a soldier, a saboteur... a corporate terrorist by any other name. He is one of the top operatives for Astradyne, one of the giant corporations that now rule the irradiated world he lives in. Among his peers, his ruthless efficiency and his love for the company are legendary.

Then, on a routine mission, a chance encounter puts an all-too-human face on the consequences of corporate rule. As Birch begins to question the world he has helped build, corporate war breaks out - and he now finds himself a pawn in a game that goes deeper than he ever imagined.

And Birch begins to wonder if perhaps he has put his faith in the wrong thing...

321 Faust, Joe Clifford
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A Death of Honor(SciFi)

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THE GIRL WAS SPRAWLED OUT ON THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS APARTMENT.

So begins Joe Clifford Faust's classic science fiction mystery, which has thrilled both SF and non-SF readers since its release nearly 25 years ago. Originally published as a paperback original by Del Rey Books, Honor was also a main selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, where it was given a generic cover and enjoyed crossover sales through the Mystery Guild Book Club. It was also chosen as a Recommended Read in the Crime and Punishment category by the Science Fiction Museum.

The novel takes place in an alternate future where a crumbling United States is one of the few nations left to have fended off Soviet domination. It tells the story of seven days in the life of D.A. Payne, a bioengineer who finds the naked corpse of a woman in his apartment and is compelled to investigate her murder. As he digs deeper into the woman's identity and the cause of her death, he learns things about himself and his world that will conspire to change his life forever.

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Desperate Measures(SciFi)

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The Essence of Evil (Angel's Luck Vol. 3)(SciFi)

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324 Faust, Joe Clifford
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Precious Cargo(SciFi)

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325 Feintuch, David
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The start of an excellent series revolving around one kid who has to grow up fast.


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In the year 2194, seventeen-year-old Nicholas Seafort is assigned to the Hibernia as a lowly midshipman. Destination: the thriving colony of Hope Nation. But when a rescue attempt goes devastatingly wrong, Seafort is thrust into a leadership role he never anticipated. The other officers resent him, but Seafort must handle more dangerous problems, from a corrupted navigation computer to a deadly epidemic. Even Hope Nation has a nasty surprise in store. Seafort might be the crew's only hope . . .

326 Feintuch, David
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Seafort Saga 2: Challenger's Hope(SciFi)

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Excellent series about a military man who has to step up the the challenges around him when all else fails.


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The second installment of the Seafort Saga finds Nick Seafort heading back to Hope Nation, but danger isn't far behind . . .

After his heroics aboard the Hibernia in Midshipman's Hope, Nicholas Seafort wins command of his first ship, the Challenger, and joins Admiral Tremaine's task force. Their first meeting is a rude awakening, however, as Tremaine demotes him to a smaller, overcrowded ship and blatantly ignores Seafort's report of alien life on Hope Nation. Above all, Seafort is anxious for his pregnant wife, who's due to have their baby on the journey.

After an alien attack and an admiral's betrayal, a wounded Seafort is left stranded aboard a ship short of weapons and fuel. Hundreds of lives hang in the balance as Seafort must find a way to survive.

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Seafort Saga 3: Prisoner's Hope(SciFi)

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Our hero is now a captain, but nothing is easier for him. Good read.


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Captain Nick Seafort's previous encounter with aliens cost him nearly everything. Now, in the third installment of the Seaford Saga, the only way to save Hope Nation is to commit high treason.

While recovering from the physical and emotional wounds he sustained in Challenger's Hope, Nick Seafort is named as the liaison between the wealthy planters of Hope Nation and the United Nations Navy. The lurking, acid-spewing, fish-shape aliens are a real threat, and everyone is on edge. When the fleet returns to Earth, dissent grows among the people of Hope Nation, who feel abandoned by the military and left at the mercy of the alien horde.

The Seafort Saga continues as Nick Seafort takes on powerful rebels at home, the cold-blooded aliens, and his own self-doubt. He must make a choice that could save Hope Nation, but would also sentence him to death.

328 Feintuch, David
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Seafort Saga 4: Fisherman's Hope(SciFi)

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A good space series revolving around one character and his challenges.


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Nick Seafort returned to Earth expecting a court martial but instead he's tapped by the Naval Academy. This is no ordinary desk job . . .

Luck has always run in both directions for Naval Commandant Nicholas Seafort. While he has managed to save the Hope Nation colony from alien attack, he and his friends have paid a heavy price. Most recently, his exploits have earned him a dignified position as an instructor at the United Nations Naval Academy. But, as Seafort suspects, trouble isn't far behind.

A return to Earth means a return to his roots, some of which he wishes would remain buried. He's uncomfortable with fame and can't always restrain his temper as the political machine shifts around him. But when the fishlike aliens mount an attack, Seafort is the only man Earth can count on. Now he must decide whether he has the courage and fortitude to make a terrible choice . . .

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Good concept on an interesting world.


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Michael Ormson was the One of the prophecy, but by whom had he been chosen?

For millennia after the Accident, Earth lay cold and still, its small population punished by the dismal climate, harried by plague, and impoverished by frequent, bloody wars.

Then, unexpectedly, a hero emerged and offered hope to the oppressed. With great ice fleets, he conquered the forces of tyranny and brought the promise of renewal to an otherwise miserable world. But nothing was quite as it seemed -- either to Michael Ormson or to his

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331 Forward, Robert L.
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Dragon's Egg(SciFi)

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This is as hard as the science gets in SciFi. A mind boggling look at how life would exist on the surface of a neutron star. How that life evolves, lives, interacts with us, and eventually reaches out to the universe, surpassing us.


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In the story, Dragon's Egg is a neutron star with a surface gravity 67 billion times that of Earth, and inhabited by cheela, intelligent creatures the size of a sesame seed who live, think and develop a million times faster than humans. Most of the novel, from May to June 2050, chronicles the cheela civilization beginning with its discovery of agriculture to advanced technology and its first face-to-face contact with humans, who are observing the hyper-rapid evolution of the cheela civilization from orbit around Dragon's Egg.

332 Forward, Robert L.
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The Flight of the Dragonfly(SciFi)

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Another hard science book with amazing concepts. In particular a stable double planet system!!!


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Powered by a revolutionary laser-driven stardrive, the first interstellar expedition would reach the double planet circling Barnard's Star in a mere twenty years. Some of the world's finest scientists were aboard that ship, and they would arrive prepared for adventure, danger and - to them, most important of all - the thrill of scientific discovery. But what they would find, both in terms of danger and discovery, would surpass all their expectations.

333 Forward, Robert L.
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Indistinguishable From Magic(SciFi)

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A short story collection based on physics and the famous A.C. Clarke quotation about highly advanced technology.


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An intergalactic adventure applies all the theories of modern technology, including antigravity machines, space warps, black holes, time machines, and reactionless drives, and considers their impact on the universe.

334 Forward, Robert L.
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Martian Rainbow(SciFi)

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An okay read.


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Welcomed as a hero after he successfully defeats Mars's Russian invaders, General Alexander Armstrong lets the adoration turn him into a power-hungry demagogue, and it is up to his twin brother, Gus, now Governor of Mars, to stop him.

335 Forward, Robert L.
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Saturn Rukh(SciFi)

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Good science in the atmosphere of Saturn. This is actually the 2nd book I have ever read that postulated large animals living in the atmosphere of Saturn (or Jupiter)


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In the near future five intrepid men and women have been paid a billion dollars each to risk the first voyage into the upper atmosphere of Saturn. The goal: to convert atmospheric chemicals into fuel to power interplanetary spaceships.

But no one anticipates a crash landing on one of the enormous flying creatures known as rukhs that live in Saturn's atmosphere.

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Another collection of great short stories from Foster.


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337 Foster, Alan Dean
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Alien(SciFi)

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This is the novelization of the film by that same name. Same plot. Better embellishment


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Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien, Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. A best-selling science-fiction and fantasy author in his own right; the popular Pip and Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

338 Foster, Alan Dean
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Bloodhype(SciFi)

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This is the 11th in the Pip & Flinx series, though it was originally written as a stand alone. See the wiki link to get even more confused.


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It caused instant addiction, followed by an excruciating slow death, and there was no known antidote.

339 Foster, Alan Dean
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Cachalot(SciFi)

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A good read. An interesting planet and concept.


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Cachalot - landless ocean planet, long ago reserved by man as a refuge for the great sea-creatures they had hunted near to extinction. Scattered humans lived peacefully in floating townships, until one day something rose from the deep destroying all in its path.

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First in a series. Okay, but I won't be buying the rest


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Bound by honor, Ehomba has traveled through many exotic and perilous lands on a quest to save a beautiful princess he has never met from the hands of the evil Hymneth the Possessed. Through all their travels Ehomba has ignored the warnings he has heard from seers and psychics, foretelling of disaster and death if the quest was completed. Now that Ehomba and his traveling party have finally reached the destination of their epic journey, the kingdom ruled by Hymneth, will they be able to defend themselves against Hymneth's powerful and evil magic? Will they be able to rescue the princess and bring her safely home with their lives intact?

341 Foster, Alan Dean
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Cyber Way(SciFi)

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Cyber space and South west Indian mythology.. sorry, the mix did not work.


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Vernon Moody is a modern cop who likes to catch killers the modern way - with computers and common sense. He's not happy when his latest case revolves around the supposedly mystical properties of a lost Navaho sandpainting. Or when the painting leads him to suspect an alien presence.

342 Foster, Alan Dean
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Dark Star(SciFi)

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This is the novelization of a really quirky movie.

If you ever get a chance to see the movie that was made from this one, Do It. It's a hoot.


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In the mid 22nd century, mankind has reached a point in technological advancement that enables colonization of the far reaches of the universe. Armed with artificially intelligent "Thermostellar Triggering Devices", the scout ship "Dark Star" and its crew have been alone in space for twenty years on a mission to destroy "unstable planets" which might threaten future colonization of other planets.

And they are starting to go a tad crazy!!!!

343 Foster, Alan Dean
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Design for Great-Day(SciFi)

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I recall this being a really fun read. Very entertaining.


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When a strange starship appears mysteriously on a distant alien world, bearing only a single human and his bee-like extraterrestrial companion, the powerful warlord of that world laughs at the stranger's preposterous demand: End an all-out war with an interstellar rival, or face devastating consequences. But James Lawson, emissary from an intergalactic federation of advanced race, means every word he says, and has the power to back them up--whatever the cost.

344 Foster, Alan Dean
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The Dig(SciFi)

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Well.. not that good.


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In a novelization of the LucasArts CD-ROM computer game, a space shuttle is dispatched to prevent an asteroid from striking the earth, only to be pulled away to a distant and dangerous planet, with little hope of return.

345 Foster, Alan Dean
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Greenthieves(SciFi)

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Not bad.


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When a shipment of high-tech pharmaceuticals is stolen from a supposedly impenetrable metal shed that was heavily monitored, Detective Manz and his two robot assistants are assigned the difficult case.

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A seemingly primitive civilization hold a powerful secret. Humans show up thinking they can negotiate from a position of strength until the natives show them that they are not without some secrets of their own.

A good story.


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Enter another realm in the amazing world of the Humanx Commonwealth--the interstellar empire governed jointly by humans and aliens!

The newly discovered planet of Senisran was a veritable paradise--a sprawling world of vast oceans dotted with thousands of lush islands and copious deposits of rare-earths and minerals. First-contact specialist Pulickel Tomochelor's mission to Senisran was straightforward: Secure mining rights for the Humanx Commonwealth before the vicious AAnn Empire beat them to the chase. With Senisran's Parramat clan resisting entreaty, negotiations could be difficult, but Pulickel was more comfortable with aliens than with his own species, and looked forward to a triumphant return to Earth.

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The THRANX are an interesting allie with humans - and insect race there is much made here about the natural aversion to insects! I recall that, but cannot rate.


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In the beginning, before Man and the insect Thranx became allies, one young Thranx agricultural expert lived a life of quiet desperation. A dreamer in a world of sensible beings, he buried himself in his work in the marshland until the day he met the aliens, the aliens called Man.

Nor Crystal Tears (1982) is a first-contact novel written by Alan Dean Foster about the meeting of the insectoid Thranx and Man. This sets in motion the creation of the Humanx Commonwealth; the political body that is the union of human and thranx society which forms the foundation for many of Foster's science-fiction novels.

348 Foster, Alan Dean
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First in a really good trilogy where humans find themselves stranded with aliens who have their own issues.

This is a great series about a world where, instead of ships on oceans, the inhabitants sail seas of ice on iceriggers. Fun and exciting.


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Ethan Fortune was simple salesman -- knowledgeable and civilized . . . a sophisticated traveler between many worlds. But he had certainly never thought of himself as a hero.

Skua September, on the other hand, never thought of himself as anything else.

A matched pair, if ever there was one!

When the two of them were suddenly stranded on a deadly frozen world, Ethan Fortune incredibly found himself cast in the role of Leader.

And he didn't find that at all amusing .

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This is a great series about a world where, instead of ships on oceans, the inhabitants sail seas of ice on iceriggers. Fun and exciting.


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Fortune confronts vicious predators (even the plants want to make a meal of him) and forges an alliance with a native Tran. As he searches for a way off Tran-ky-ky, he helps the Tran gain admission to the Humanx Commonwealth and learns about their troubled history. Just as Fortune accepts that he'll never escape the harsh planet and acclimates to its relentless winter, he learns that scientists have detected rising temperatures in the atmosphere. This sinister change leads Fortune to a thrilling and unexpected final adventure.

The novel follows the continuing adventures of Skua September, Ethan Fortune and Milliken Williams on Tran-Ky-Ky as they try to help the native race, the Tran, win admission to the Commonwealth. During their struggle they deal with corrupt Commonwealth officials and an insane Tran leader, find the fabled city of Moulokin and learn of the history of the Tran.

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This is a great series about a world where, instead of ships on oceans, the inhabitants sail seas of ice on iceriggers. Fun and exciting.


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It looked as if Ethan Fortune was stuck on the icy world of Tran-ky-ky, never to enjoy the warm comforts of civilization again. But when the scientists at the outpost of Brass Monkey detected an odd atmospheric phenomenon, things began to heat up. Only the great icerigger Slanderscree could make the dangerous journey to the isolated southern continent, and only Ethan could convince the primitive Tran that the mysterious warm spot was worth the trip. Nothing could have prepared Ethan and his Tran and human companions for what they encountered as they sped southward, for its like had not been seen for thousands of years -- open water on the ice oceans of Tran-ky-ky! But the worst was yet to come. This was no natural phenomenon. Someone was systematically raising the temperature of the frozen planet. If Ethan and crew of Slanderscree couldn't stop the process, soon Tran-ky-ky would become a paradise for humans -- and a living hell for the Tran.

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An interesting idea for an invasion novel. Very different.


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Earth is being invaded by the shetani—-spirit creatures so small and stealthy that only one man knows about the increasing peril. The potential savior is an African elder named Olkeloki who is capable of fighting evil both in this world and the spirit one. But to be successful he must recruit the help of two others: government agent Joshua Oak and a feisty young woman named Merry Sharrow. Only the three of them can keep the shetani from destroying reality as we know it.

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Life Form(SciFi)

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Not the usually great Foster novel.


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When nine scientists discover a faraway planet that is miraculously like Earth, they immediately move in for a closer look but discover that nothing is as it actually seems and that their survival will be challenged.

353 Foster, Alan Dean
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The Man Who Used the Universe(SciFi)

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Not memorable


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No one knows the true motives of Kees vaan Loo-Macklin. He's a mastermind criminal who gave up his place at the head of the dark underworld to become a legitimate member of Evenwaith's cities. But soon he was reaching out to powerful enemies—-the slimy aliens called the Nuel. Loo-Macklin negotiates an illusory peace agreement and gains precious alien secrets in the process. Is he after peace, power or pure evil? With enemy starships beginning to amass, we won't have to wait long to find out.

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Midworld(SciFi)

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Another good Foster novel.


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The peaceful inhabitants of the jungle planet Midworld must fight for their survival in this classic adventure novel from Alan Dean Foster

From the rich imagination of science fiction great Alan Dean Foster comes the story of Midworld, a Humanx Commonwealth planet that's equally fragile and hostile. Covered by a lush rainforest, Midworld is home to a primitive society that lives in harmony with the natural world. But the arrival of an exploitative human company, whose workers know nothing of Midworld's delicate ecosystem, sparks a conflict. Should Midworld's villagers aid the humans or stand against them? The hero of Foster's addictive page-turner, Born, decides to lead two humans across the perilous jungle. His choice propels Midworld toward annihilation—and leads him headlong into a battle for survival.

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Another short story collection.


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The ultimate maquiladora. Montezuma Strip: First world tech and Third World wages, sprawling from L.A. to East Elpaso Juarez, Guyamas to Phoenix; a thousand gangs, a million locos; and a few wealthy beyond the dreams of god.

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I liked these. A orphan who learns plenty about himself and has adventures with his mini-drag!


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He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely compelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers.

For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew -- even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.

Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip's venom . . . and Flinx's unusual Talents

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Love the PIP and FLINX stories.


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Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings -- two great golden clouds suspended in space around it.

Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers -- a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time.

In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place...

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Another good Pip and Flinx adventure. Good for young readers.


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One man in the Universe holds the key to the mystery of Flinx's past–and that man is trying to kill him!

It is a strange childhood for a kid, to be adopted by the restless Mother Mastiff and raised in the bustling marketplace of Drallar. Flinx never knew the mom and dad who abandoned him years ago. In fact, his birth has always been shrouded in mystery. But Flinx eventually discovers that his unknown parents have left him a curious legacy–extraordinary mental powers that are both a marvelous gift and a dreaded curse.

This double-edged legacy will lead Flinx, along with his loyal protector, the mini-dragon Pip, on a harrowing journey in search of the truth . . . about who he is and where he comes from. It is a daring adventure that brings him to another world–and into the clutches of one of the most evil and powerful men in the galaxy. . . .

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Another enjoyable Pip and Flinx story.


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Accompanied by his faithful minidrag Pip and a most troublesome alien called Abalamahalamatandra -- Ab for short -- Flinx set out for Alaspin, the ruggedly primitive home world of his flying snake.

There he hoped to find the giant man with the gold earring who somehow held the key to Flinx's mysterious past and to the strange powers he possessed. Chasing down his heritage was trouble enough, but Flinx didn't know what real trouble was until he realized that the Qwarm -- a deadly assassin squad -- were three steps behind him with a contract to kill.

But the minidrag's home world did not offer safety and Flinx had a terrible time just staying alive ... a matter complicated to no mean degree by a collapsar already set on an unstoppable death course across the galaxy!

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Loved all the books in the series.


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When Flinx, no stranger to galactic intrigue, found an unconscious woman on a riverbank deep in the jungles of Alaspin, he took it in stride. When he learned that the woman, Clarity Held, was a brilliant scientist abducted from a remote outpost on inhospitable Longtunnel by a group of fanatic assassins, he tried to help the beautiful Clarity back to her project. Unfortunately, the assassins were still at work. They would do anything to stop the research on Longtunnel and would kill anyone or anything that got in their way....

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I enjoyed all the PIP and FLINX novels. The adventuress are fun and exciting. The characters are interesting. Good young persons novels.


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OVER THE EDGE

Where Flinx and his flying minidrag Pip went, trouble always followed--that law had governed their lives through years of unsought danger and galactic intrigue. Now an evil rich man was out to kidnap the minidrag for his personal zoo, and Flinx and Pip were on the run again--this time into uncharted space, on a random course they hoped would foil their pursuers.

They found more than they bargained for when they landed on Midworld, a verdant planet covered by an immense jungle, hosting an incredible variety of plant and animal life--all of it unknown and all of it deadly. And now they wer

OVER THE EDGE

Where Flinx and his flying minidrag Pip went, trouble always followed--that law had governed their lives through years of unsought danger and galactic intrigue. Now an evil rich man was out to kidnap the minidrag for his personal zoo, and Flinx and Pip were on the run again--this time into uncharted space, on a random course they hoped would foil their pursuers.

They found more than they bargained for when they landed on Midworld, a verdant planet covered by an immense jungle, hosting an incredible variety of plant and animal life--all of it unknown and all of it deadly. And now they were in real trouble. Their hiding place was in danger of discovery, and their only hope lay with this bizarre and untamed planet . . . if it didn't kill them first!

e in real trouble. Their hiding place was in danger of discovery, and their only hope lay with this bizarre and untamed planet . . . if it didn't kill them first!

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Well the answer it obviously - everything. Nice read.


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The company had a big problem, it was illegally exploiting a fabulously rich planet named Prism, a world where even the tiniest creatures were living jewels. But somehow, all contact had been lost with the scientist of the survey team. The Company didn't want to draw attention to itself by sending in a rescue mission so they assigned Evan Orgell, a self-confident problem-solver, to investigate. He was smart, he was good. He was backed up by the Commonwealth' s best equipment. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Damned 1: A Call to Arms(SciFi)

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What happens when two space faring civilizations show up at your doorstep, and you have to chose which to join - or be destroyed because they are at war with each other. Interesting premise.

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For eons, the Amplitur had searched space for intelligent species, each of which was joyously welcomed to take part in the fulfillment of the Amplitur Purpose. Whether it wanted to or not. When the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races called the Weave, the Purpose seemed poised for a great leap forward. But the Weave's surprising unity also gave it the ability to fight the Amplitur and their cause. And fight it did -- for thousands of years.

Will Dulac was a New Orleans composer who thought the tiny reef off Belize would be the perfect spot to drop anchor and finish his latest symphony in solitude. What he found instead was a group of alien visitors -- a scouting party for the Weave, looking. for allies among what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.

Will tried to convince the aliens that Man was fundamentally peaceful, for he understood that Human involvement would destroy the race. But all too soon, it didn't matter. The Amplitur had discovered Earth...

364 Foster, Alan Dean
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The Damned 2: The False Mirror(SciFi)

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Interesting war story.


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For millennia, the alien union called the Weave had been at war with evil Amplitur. When its new elite fighting unit appeared, it became frighteningly clear that Amplitur was subjecting humans to vile genetic manipulations. The Weave could reverse the effects, but the result could turn the former warriors into the most despicable creatures in the galaxy....

365 Foster, Alan Dean
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The Damned 3: The Spoils of War(SciFi)

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The Weave was on the verge of winning a decisive victory after a milennia of war, thanks to their new allies from earth. But then the birdlike Wais scholar Lalelang found evidence that Humans might not adapt well to peace. Researching further, she uncovered a secret group of telepathic Humans called the Core, who were on the verge of starting another war, and then eliminating Lalelang. At the last moment, she was saved by a lone Core commander. He took a chance on her intelligence and compassion, and gambled the fate of Humanity on the possibility that together, they could find an alternative to a galaxy-wide bloodbath....

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To the Vanishing Point(SciFi)

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Rated this a long time ago.


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The Sonderberg family does not know it yet, but this is not going to be any ordinary road trip. After they pick up an unassuming hitchhiker, a quiet drive down Interstate 40 becomes a trip into an alternate reality. It turns out the family has just given a ride to an alien who has the fate of the universe resting on her shoulders. Now the Sonderberg family must fight evil alongside their new alien friend, in a desperate attempt to save the world they love.

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A collection of great short stories .. followed by "...WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?"


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Willie Whitehorse could have been just another boozed-up guitarist, if it hadn't been for his songs. Somehow they were different -- they reached out and grabbed people's souls. Now agent Sam Parker wanted a piece of the action. But when he had it, Sam knew he'd made a terrible mistake...a mistake it was much too late to correct...

368 Frankowski, Leo
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Cross Time Engineer 1: The Cross-Time Engineer(SciFi)

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This the first novel in the set where an engineer ends up in the middle ages and decides to "fix things up a little". It's great. If you ever played with the idea of what would you do if you found yourself in a pre-technological setting, this book is a totally fun read.


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THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB

One moment Conrad Schwartz was a hungover hiker in the mountains of modern Poland, the next he was running for his life from an angry Teutonic knight.

At first Conrad just thought he'd stumbled across a mad hermit. But several days of ever stranger events convinced him that he had somehow been stranded in A.D 1231.

And that meant Conrad had to turn Medieval Poland into the most powerful country in the world. Otherwise the Mongols were destined to destroy it--in just ten years!

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Cross Time Engineer 2: The High-Tech Knight(SciFi)

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Another good one in the series

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p> Somehow, Conrad Stargard, faithful Roman Catholic and stalwart Socialist of the Peoples Republic of Poland, 20th Century, had been marooned in Poland, A.D. 1231.

Somehow, Conrad found himself under investigation by the Inquisition, got himself knighted, was granted his own fief, and made a few enemies.

Somehow, he had to round up a few vassals, build himself a city, and figure out how to survive armed combat against the Champion of the Teutonic Knights, one of the Toughest Men Alive.

Then he'd have time to worry about the Mongols . . .

370 Frankowski, Leo
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Cross Time Engineer 3: The Radiant Warrior(SciFi)

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Great. I really love this series because it involves hard science in a primitive setting.


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New Light on the Past. Conrad Stargard, a 20th-century Pole marooned in 13th-century Poland, had just ten years to prevent the Mongol Hordes from slaughtering everyone in Poland. So he "invented" all the modern advances, things like prefabricated housing, playboy clubs, the steam engine, universal education, the cloth factory, and belly dancing. But wars are fought by warriors, not strong economies, and Conrad would need the very best. So he set out to create an army...

371 Frankowski, Leo
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Cross Time Engineer 4: The Flying Warlord(SciFi)

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Another Good one...Engineering in Medieval Poland. How would YOU do it?


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UNCERTAIN VISION

For a twentieth-century man, Conrad Stargard had done a lot in thirteenth-century Poland. In just nine years, he had "discovered" universal education, aircraft, radios, steamboats, and machine guns. More important, he had prepared Poland to defeat the bloodthirsty Mongols in 1241.

But now that the Mongol hordes had arrived, something was disturbing the flow of history. Even the Time Masters who secretly watched over Conrad couldn't predict his future, because they no longer even knew their own past . . .

372 Frankowski, Leo
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Cross Time Engineer 5: Lord Conrad's Lady(SciFi)

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Good.

The continuing story of a man not living in his own time, and trying to single handedly drag medieval Europe out of the dark ages.

I really enjoyed this whole series.


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Lady Francine, a French woman known as one of the two most beautiful women in Poland (the other lives with Conrad, but as an heretical Muslim can't or won't marry him) maneuvers Conrad into marrying her.

373 Frezza, Robert
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McLendon's Syndrome(SciFi)

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Okay read. Kinda silly.


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Ken MacKay's career in space was going nowhere. The decrepit trading ship he served on was also going nowhere: the Rustam's Slipper was grounded on Schuyler's World, a backwater planet lacking even a good bar. For diversion, Schuyler's offered bad bars, cute yet conniving aliens called Rodents, and Catarina -- a mysterious, beautiful, unsettlingly smart woman. Catarina Wanted a berth on the Slipper; the Slipper needed a crew member. She Was hired.

But Ken soon discovered that Catarina was more than a vamp with a razor-sharp wit. First was her case of McLendon's Syndrome, an obscure little contagious disease treatable only with chocolate-chip cookies. Then there were all the secrets she was hiding. So she wasn't the most trustworthy ally a guy could want as the Slipper hurried straight into murder, mayhem, intrigue, and an interspecies war -- but she was all Ken had. And unless she helped Ken whip the crew into shape and muster the misfits and malcontents of Schuyler's World, it would be the shortest war on record...

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The Madness Season(SciFi)

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Three hundred years had passed since the Tyr conquered the people of Earth as they had previously overcome numerous races throughout the galaxy. In their victory they had taken the very heart out of the human race, isolating the true individualists, the geniuses, all the people who represented the hopes, dreams, and discoveries of the future, and imprisoning them in dome colonies on planets hostile to human life. There the Tyr, a race which itself shared a unified gestalt mind, had left these gifted individuals to work on projects which would, the conquerors hoped, reveal all of human kind's secrets to them.

Yet Daetrin's secret as one no scientist had ever uncovered, for down through the years he had succeeded in burying it so well that he had even hidden his real nature from himself. But, taken into custody by the Tyr, there was no longer any place left for Daetrin to run, no new name and life for him to assume. Now he would at last be forced to confront the truth about himself—and if he failed, not just Daetrin but all humans would pay the price...

375 Gamblin, Brand
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Tumbler(SciFi)

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A nice coming of age story with a female main character. I enjoyed this one.


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Libby Carter wanted to get away from it all, so she took a job mining asteroids as far out into the inky blackness as possible. However, her escape turned into a trap, leaving her stuck in indentured servitude, living on a tiny rock in space. As she tries to dig herself out, she gains friends and finds adventure. Cave-in rescues, planetary collisions, and other mishaps keep her new family fighting to stay alive.

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Repo Men(SciFi)

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There was a movie out last year of this title, and it looked more like a SciFi Slasher movie than anything really interesting. About guys who repossess artificial organs from living people. Repo-Men.

The book however turned out to be quite good. The man character finds himself in a completely untenable situation, and as the book progresses he reviews his life to see exactly how he managed to get there. The exploration of this past is fun and interesting.. how he ends up as a repo-man.. how he tries to stop being a repo-man, and how (as it's said in the Godfather) they pull him back in.

A repo-man on the run from other repo men because he can't pay for the artificial heart he never asked for.. how will this be resolved. And yet, the resolution it quite satisfactory. A story of our near future.


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In a brave new world, you'll never have to die . . . as long as you keep up with the payments.

Thanks to the technological miracle of artiforgs, now you can live virtually forever. Nearly indestructible artificial organs, these wonders of metal and plastic are far more reliable and efficient than the cancer-prone lungs and fallible kidneys you were born with—and the Credit Union will be delighted to work out an equitable payment plan. But, of course, if you fall delinquent, one of their dedicated professionals will be dispatched to track you down and take their product back.

This is the story of the making—and unmaking—of one of the best Repo Men in the extraction business, who finds his soul when he loses his heart . . . and then he has to run.

377 Gauger, Rick
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Charon's Ark(SciFi)

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A planeload of high-school students, their teacher, and the airliner's crew are hijacked in midair by an alien spacecraft. The aliens take them to their crazily-malfunctioning starship Ark, which we know as the planet Pluto and its moon Charon.

Sixty-five million years ago, the Ark came to Earth to collect plants and animals. It was ship-wrecked and stranded in our solar system. Now its alien crew intends to force the teenagers to learn to operate the Ark, so it can continue on its multi-billion year mission of sowing life among the stars.

The humans are flabbergasted of course, but life-change is not unwelcome to two of them. One is copilot Froward, whose drinking, womanizing, and general fecklessness are about to cost him his career.

The other is misfit student Charlie Freeman, a ‘casualty on the battlefield of puberty.' He's with the group only by the whim of his teacher, Mrs. Robinelli.

Aboard the plane are two other women who are about to be important in Froward's life: Gershner, the stewardess, who is Froward's lover, and sharp-thinking sixteen-year-old Chela Suarez.

Charlie is intrigued and puzzled by the aliens' ineptitude. He is contacted by a sinister new entity: the Proctor. The Proctor offers Charlie knowledge, power, and prom queen Eva Wilcox, in return for helping the aliens obtain the students' cooperation. Charlie, intending to subvert everything and return to Earth a hero, grabs the opportunity.

Can the hijacked students and adults overcome the dinosaur-infested wilderness of Charon, evade the murderous blundering aliens, and exploit the vast inexplicable Ark technology? Can they do it in time to save Earth from destruction by the monomaniacal Proctor?

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A Covenant of Justice(SciFi)

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In A Covenant of Justice, the sequel to Gerrold's classic space opera Under the Eye of God, The Phaestor, a genetically altered vampiric race, have set in motion their final plan for the complete enslavement of the galaxy. However, they will not go unopposed, for on numerous worlds, humans, androids, and bioforms have joined forces against their vampiric overlords.

A government of vampires, dragons, and mutated humans display their galactic dominance, and while those entrusted with the wisdom of the galaxy sanction the struggle against the Phaestor, a cunning Vampire war queen, her ambitious suitor, and the fierce and invincible Dragon Lord vie for total domination.

The last hope for the galaxy remains in the hands of rebels from Thoska-Roole: a band of malcontents, outnumbered and pursued, fighting for their freedom, their lives, and the future of the stars.

379 Gerrold, David
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Under the Eye of God(SciFi)

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They were once humanity's last hope: a race of genetically engineered killing machines known as the Phaestor and their army of deadly Moktar Dragons. Now, the enemy long vanquished, the Phaestor themselves have become the enemy, seizing control of the galaxy and subjugating all lesser species—including humans—to feed their appetite for terror and blood.

380 Gibson, William
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Neuromancer  Best Book Lists: 2,4 (SciFi)

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I have to guess that this is on the "top book list" because it was a first of it's kind. An exploration into a future of cyberspace before the word really existed - and the potential of AI.

Well, I didn't think this was very good. And I've read a lot of science fiction. Feel free to skip by this one, unless you are interested in story developmental history and how we got to where we are today.


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The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employees crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century's most potent visions of the future.

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The Eternity Brigade(SciFi)

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Hawker was a good soldier--so good, in fact, that the Army asked him and his buddies to sign on for an extended hitch. What they couldn't know was that the extension would last forever. Century after century, war after war, Hawker and his comrades were resurrected over and over to fight on alien planets with ever more advanced weapons. The reasons for the wars were incomprehensible, but that didn't matter. All that counted was the fighting itself.

From incarnation through incarnation, one goal remained in Hawker's mind. Somewhere, somehow, there had to be a way out of the loop. And he was determined to find it.

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Event Group 1: Event(SciFi)

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The EVENT agency is super secret and (apparently) very well funded. They are like the agency that handles the X-Files if Mulder and Scully didn't exist. And the stuff they deal with is weird and deadly.

I enjoyed this whole series... some were more "far out" and seemed a bit of a stretch, but still, the characters are interesting. All in all, a good read.


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The Event Group is the most secret organization in the United States, comprised of the nation's most brilliant individuals in the branches of science, philosophy, and the military. Led by the valiant Major Jack Collins, they are dedicated to uncovering the hidden truths behind the myths and legends propagated throughout world history&#8213;from underground agencies and conspiracy theories to extraterrestrial life and UFOs. And now that a new, unspeakable threat has been revealed, humanity's greatest hope for survival lies with Collins and his crew.

This time, the Group faces an enemy of remarkable strength and power. In order to ensure that history's errors never be repeated, the Group must team up with an unlikely ally to stop a deadly presence known only as the Destroyer of Worlds. Now, amid the desert wastelands of the American Southwest, the epic battle between two entities is about to begin…

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Event Group 2: Legend(SciFi)

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Who handles situations that are based on myth, but become suddenly real? This is another adventure for the Event group. This was not the best one.


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Go down a river of no return, toward a fateful meeting with an animal that predates mankind's existence by ninety million years---after a treasure that has captured man's desires for centuries. This is what Legends are made of.

The year 1533: Sent by Francisco Pizarro, Captain Hernando Padilla and his small Spanish expedition found the legend that men had only dared to whisper. In a lost valley deep in Brazil, he discovered what had driven men of greatness into sheer madness: El Dorado, the largest gold deposit in the world, hidden away from the march of time, preserved as the pristine Eden of wondrous sights and forgotten people.

But what he found wasn't just gold.

Instead, Padilla and his crew awakened a devil hidden in the lost valley, a beast of the Amazon who rises from the mother of all waters to viciously kill any who threaten the secret of the long-vanished Incas. But one soldier survives the bloody savagery and, before dying, shares his story with a lone priest in Peru. A secret the Vatican quickly buried away.

The Present: Professor Helen Zachary is searching for a hidden legend, buried deep within the Amazon Basin---a great beast who has survived there since the dawn of time, a being ready to plunge modern science into a world of darkness. And into this darkness, Professor Zachary and her team vanish.

Now a letter from a colleague of Zachary's sends the Event Group, led by Major Jack Collins, chasing down the professor's lost expedition and into the legendary darkness of the Amazon. Dedicated to discovering the truth behind the myths and legends propagated throughout world history, the Event Group---an agency within the U.S. government that officially doesn't exist---ensures that mistakes from the past are never repeated. They are a dedicated collection of the nation's most brilliant men and women of science, philosophy and the military.

Using cutting-edge technology exclusively designed for the Event Group by the U.S. military, they travel from Brazil to the Little Bighorn, from Columbia to the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. As they do, the Event Group faces mounting opposition from several different adversaries bent on either discovering the whereabouts of El Dorado . . . or trying to bury the legend forever.

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Event Group 3: Ancients(SciFi)

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What is it this time? Looks like the folks in Atlantis were not very nice people, and destroyed themselves with a weapon they planned to use on others. Now that weapon is back in the wrong hands, and the Event Group has to figure this out. Another not bad adventure.


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Eons before the birth of the Roman Empire, there was a civilization dedicated to the sciences of earth, sea, and sky. In the City of Light lived people who made dark plans to lay waste to their uncivilized neighbors using the very power of the planet itself. As the great science of their time was brought to bear on the invading hordes, hell was set loose on Earth. And the civilization of Atlantis disappeared in a suicidal storm of fire and water…

Now history threatens to repeat itself. The great weapon of the Ancients has been discovered in the South Pacific, and it is being deciphered by men of hatred who want to unleash hell on Earth once again. This time, it's up to the Major Jack Collins and the Event Group&#8213;comprised of the nation's most brilliant minds in the fields of science, philosophy, and the military to find the truth behind the world's greatest unsolved myths&#8213;to end the cycle of destruction. Meanwhile, the seas rise, the earth cracks, and entire cities crumble to dust as the evil plan mapped out thousands of years before begins to take shape

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Event Group 4: Leviathan(SciFi)

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What is it this time? Looks like the Nautilus is up to her old tricks.. but.. wait.. that was fiction, right? Or was it? Another good adventure story.


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The ships of the world are under attack, attacks so sudden and vicious that many ships are lost without a single distress call. The navies of the world start a frenzied search, but even these ships disappear without a trace.

Enter the Event Group, the most secret organization in U.S. history. Armed with proof that history is repeating itself, the Group finds themselves in the grasp of an insane genius straight out of the pages of Jules Verne. They are up against the descendent of the man who was the inspiration for the captain of a vessel known to the world as Nautilus.

Legend comes to life in the form of Leviathan, the most advanced undersea vessel in history. She will stop at nothing to save the seas and to render justice to humankind for a world that has long been dying, a world Leviathan plans to alter forever, unless the Event Group can stop her!

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Event Group 5: Primeval(SciFi)

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What is it this time? Sasquatch. Yep... that's the assignment this time. An adventure in the woods this time.


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Twenty thousand years ago, when man crossed the land bridge to North America, creatures called They Who Follow made the great trek as well. But once in the new continent, the giant beasts disappeared, whether into hiding or extinction, no one knew.

Centuries later, a battered journal—the only evidence left from the night of the Romanovs' execution—turns up in a rare bookstore. As the U.S. and Russians vie for the truth, and the lost Romanov treasure, they collide with a prehistoric predator thought long-extinct.

It's up to the Event Group to lay to rest the legends. On an expedition into the wilds of British Columbia, Colonel Jack Collins and his team make a horrifying discovery in the continent's last deep wilderness, where men have been vanishing for centuries.

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Event Group 6: Legacy(SciFi)

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A good addition to the EVENT GROUP series wherein a super secret organization handles those things that the rest of us know as "The X-Files" - things that have not logical or current explanation and which could be devastating to mankind. Course, finding a corpse on the moon counts as one of those things. These are all fun reads.


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"Fans of Clive Cussler, Verne, X-Files, and military tactical thrillers will find much to enjoy in this increasingly clever series." –Booklist on Leviathan

The New York Times bestselling author of Leviathan and Primeval is back at full throttle with an adrenaline-pumping addition to the Event Group Thriller Series.

The United States is ready to make a triumphant return to the moon, striking out boldly into the solar system in an attempt to regain the confidence of the heady days of the Apollo program. The first of what are to be many missions to the lunar surface was designed to find the frozen water needed to prepare to build a base to launch an assault on Mars.

But a shocking discovery at Shackleton Crater brings the first Prometheus mission to an abrupt halt. Remote robots uncover human skeletal remains and a base that had been destroyed countless millennia ago. The information is sent back to earth where forensic analysis at NASA reveals the corpse to be over seven hundred million years old.

A secret this devastating cannot be kept forever, and the news is leaked to the world. Soon nations are thrown into a head-long collision, pitting governments against their own citizens as the flames of fundamentalism start a conflagration that threatens to engulf the world as a race to return the moon is on.

The Event Group is tasked to unravel the mystery and to offer something that can either explain our ancient visitor or, at least, keep the world from descending into chaos. Colonel Jack Collins once again leads a team of the world's greatest scientists and philosophers on a journey that will take the Event Group to the airless world of space. But while a battle rages over the truth of our heritage, the Event Group realizes that this may not be humanity's war alone. Could something else—someone else—be coming to finish a war that they started

388 Goleman, David
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Event Group 7: Ripper(SciFi)

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The formula that created the original Jack the Ripper has been rediscovered and death follows quickly. The Event Group first has to figure out what is going on, and then stop it, without everything blowing in their face.


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The real Jack the Ripper is loose, and this time he's brought friends to the darkness of the deep desert in the newest adrenaline rush from David Golemon, The New York Times bestselling author of Legacy.

In the tradition of works by James Rollins, Preston and Child and Matthew Reilly, Ripper is the latest in an action-packed series about the nation's most secret agency—The Event Group. In 1887, the British Empire contracted brilliant American professor Lawrence Ambrose to create a mutant gene to turn an ordinary person into an aggressive fighting machine. But all too quickly, Ambrose was found to be behind a streak of vicious murders, and in a cover-up of massive proportions, Queen Victoria ordered the project, and Ambrose, terminated. Thus the legend of Jack the Ripper was born.

The killings stopped as suddenly as they had begun—but not because Ambrose was caught. Instead, he escaped and returned home to America where he and his formula faded into history. But in 2012, a raid against a Mexican drug lord uncovers a small cache of antiquated notebooks containing long-buried instructions to create blind killers out of normal men. Enter the Event Group and Col. Jack Collins, who are desperate to stop one of their most feared enemies. When the formula is loosed in the underground halls and vaults of the Event Group complex itself, brother will battle brother, and for the first time in many men's brave lives they will understand the true meaning of fear.

The next heart-stopping chapter in the New York Times bestselling Event Group series, Ripper takes readers to new levels of suspense, where death could be hiding around any corner on this non-stop thrill ride.

389 Goleman, David
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Event Group 8: Carpathian(SciFi)

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The EVENT group is a super-secret organization that tackles things that others cannot deal with, and which must be handled quietly. Like werewolves. Yep. Werewolves. Not so much a SciFi novel, but not a horror novel either this is an interesting take on the whole werewolf mythos.


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Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, the latest gripping thriller from David L. Golemon takes the Event Group---the nation's most secret agency---to the brink in a heart-stopping race against time.

Rumors of the seemingly magical victory that allowed the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt have resonated through the archaeological world for decades. Now evidence has been discovered that points to a new explanation of how the ancient Hebrews destroyed the unstoppable army of Pharaoh with a tribe of warriors who disappeared a generation later, after the destruction of the City of Jericho, taking with them the most valued treasures of a people without a homeland.

Today a treasure of a different kind is unearthed at the lost ruins of Jericho, one that will change the history of God's Chosen People for all time—the petrified remains of an animal that could not exist. Enter the Event Group. Led by Col. Jack Collins, the Group's brilliant men and women gather to discover the truth behind not only the Exodus, but also the magnificent animals that led the defeat of Pharaoh's army. On a whirlwind race to save the most valuable treasure and artifacts in the history of the world from those who would destroy them, the Event Group will come face-to-face with every myth, legend, and historical truth that has ever unfolded in the mythic and larger-than-life Carpathians---or as the area was once known, Transylvania, the land of Vlad the Impaler.

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7th Sigma(SciFi)

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Not a bad read.. good story, interesting concepts. Kind of like a western, given the lack of metal based technology in the territory. Worth the read.


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Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they'll go right through you to get it…Don't carry it, don't wear it, and for god's sake don't come here if you've got a pacemaker.

The bugs showed up about fifty years ago--self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He's one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.

In 7th Sigma, Gould builds an extraordinary SF novel of survival and personal triumph against all the odds.

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How do you keep someone captive who can teleport? How do you brainwash them? You would have a pretty powerful weapon if you could... and these people have figured it out. This is an interesting book as the concept of a captive "jumper" is fully explored. I enjoyed this plenty.


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Davy has always been alone. He believes that he's the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn't?

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don't want to hire him, and they don't have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. They have even found a way to keep a teleport captive.

But there's one thing that they don't know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life....

"This is a fun, fast-paced novel that - like Gould's other books - also has a social conscience that gives it more depth than such a story might have in lesser hands. You don't need to have read Jumper to enjoy the new novel, but [it's] highly recommended." - Charles de Lint, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction on Reflex

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Jumper 3: Impulse(SciFi)

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What if you know about "jumping" but have never done it yourself? And suddenly you discover you have the talent... and all the danger it brings!! A good coming of age with super powers story.


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Steven Gould returns to the world of his classic novel Jumper in the thrilling sequel Impulse. Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger.

Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom. That was the first time.

393 Gould, Steven
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Wildside(SciFi)

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An interesting story about a group of teens who discover a portal to another world.. one they can keep ALL to themselves.. or can they. How they manage to do this makes for an exciting read.. when the government wants in.. they are coming in (oh wait.. you cut their tank in half by closing the portal.. opps) This was fun.


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Forget the lottery.

Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything—everything—was yours just for the taking?

Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.

There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret?

394 Greene, Kirby
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Brotherhood of the Stars(SciFi)

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Returning to the planet Glaurus in search of a long-lost friend, Ree Barsac, a career space worker, begins a search that will take him from the city of Luasparru's teeming slums and into the heart of a terrifying cult.

395 Griffith, Nicola
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Ammonite(SciFi)

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Change or die: the only options available on the Durallium Company-owned planet GP. The planet's deadly virus had killed most of the original colonists -- and changed the rest irrevocably. Centuries after the colony had lost touch with the rest of humanity, the Company returned to exploit GP, and its forces found themselves fighting for their lives. Afraid of spreading the virus, the Company had left its remaining employees in place, afraid and isolated from the natives.
Then anthropologist Marghe Taishan arrived on GP, sent to test a new vaccine against the virus. As she risked death to uncover the natives' biological secret, she found that she, too, was changing, and realized that not only had she found a home on GP -- she herself carried the seeds of its destruction . . .

396 Groves, J.W.
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Crisis(SciFi)

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The Listeners(SciFi)

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ShellBreak(SciFi)

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What do you do when your protection becomes a prison.


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It was the perfect nuclear deterrent, but is was also a trap forever.

A story about people stuck inside their own protective shell.. and wanting out.

399 Haldeman, Jack C.
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Fall of Winter(SciFi)

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400 Haldeman, Jack C.
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High Steel(SciFi)

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A native American is conscripted to work on the dangerous, high-tech industrial facilities orbiting Earth in the future, where he arouses suspicion by maintaining the spiritualism of his tribe and by learning too much about his employers.

401 Haldeman, Joe
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The idea is a little bogus, but mildly interesting. You have no control over when you go in the future, but each time the distance doubles.


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A not so scientist creates a time machine that he cannot control other then to keep jumping into the future with for ever longer stretches of time. What can he do but go along for the ride until he reaches the end. Strange stops along the way with unpredictable consequences.

402 Haldeman, Joe
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Buying Time(SciFi)

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403 Haldeman, Joe
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Forever Free(SciFi)

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This is the sequal to Forever War. A group of veterans from the Forever War decide to jump through time (via perfectly normal time dilation) and see if they can't improve their lot in life. Unfortunately, the universe ends.. sorta.. And our hero needs to sort things out with God. Go figure.


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William Mandela is a genetic throwback, one of the small group of humans who fought and survived the Forever War. They returned to find humanity has evolved into a group mind called Man.

Surrounded by a society that is too autocratic and intrusive, living a dull existence which cannot compare to the certainties of combat and feeling increasingly alienated, the veterans plan an escape to the future by means of space travel and relativity. But when their ship starts to fail, their journey becomes a search for the Unknown, the elusive entity responsible.

404 Haldeman, Joe
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Not a sequal to Forever War – but still about what soldier's must endure during war, this book is also quite good. Most of what Joe Haldeman writes is simple, down to earth, good solid science fiction.

2043 A.D.: The Ngumi War rages. A burned-out soldier and his scientist lover discover a secret that could put the universe back to square one. And it is not terrifying. It is tempting...


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2043 A.D.: The Ngumi War rages. A burned-out soldier and his scientist lover discover a secret that could put the universe back to square one. And it is not terrifying. It is tempting...

405 Haldeman, Joe
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This is my favorite SciFi novel - The best of all time.

This is simple story about a soldier who signs up for interstellar war and, thanks to relativity and time dilation ends up thousands of years into mankind's future – and all the changes that brings with it. This soldier manages to fall in love as well, but time dilation means they will be forever separated – or does it.

Classic science fiction at it's best. Read this simple book. I have read it several time in my life, and I will read it again at least once before I die.


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Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award: He went off to war, but the Earth he came back to wasn't the one he left behind

Man has taken to the stars. Deep in space, humans discover the fearsome Taurans after a transport ship is destroyed. To combat the threat, humanity sends in the United Nations Exploratory Force—a highly trained unit built for revenge. Conscripted into the service, physics student William Mandella fights for his planet against the alien force light years away. However, because of the relative passage of time when one travels at incredibly high speed, the Earth he returns to after his two-year experience has progressed decades and is foreign to him in disturbing ways.

Based in part on the author's experiences in Vietnam, The Forever War is regarded as one of the greatest military science fiction novels ever written, perfectly capturing the alienation that servicemen and women experience even now upon returning home from battle. The Forever War shines a light not only on the culture of the 1970s, the era in which it was written, but also on our potential future.

406 Haldeman, Joe
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Marsbound(SciFi)

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A good read. I enjoyed this one.


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Young Carmen Dula and her family are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime-they're going to Mars. But Carmen's rebellious streak leads her to venture out into the bleak Mars landscape alone, where she is saved by an angel. An angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad-and a message for the humans on Mars: We were here first...

407 Haldeman, Joe
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A mystery on a starship taking a trip to another world that will last 100's of years - the crew have started dying - which is not supposed to happen. And it seems to be the fault of the virtual reality machines that everyone uses to keep sane over their extended life spans. A pretty good mystery novel.


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The twentieth century lies hundreds of years in humanity's past. But the near-immortal citizens of the future yearn for the good old days—when people's bodies were susceptible to death through disease and old age. Now, they immerse themselves in virtual reality time machines to explore the life-to-death arc that defined existence so long ago.

Jacob Brewer is a virtual reality engineer, overseeing the time machine's operation aboard the starship Aspera. But on the thousand-year voyage to Beta Hydrii, the eight-hundred member crew gets more reality than they expect when people entering the machine start to die

408 Haldeman, Joe
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Nicholas Foley survived the horrific siege of Leningrad. Since World War II ended, he has risen through the ranks of American academia to his current post as a respected university professor with a loving wife. His one secret: He works for the KGB. Foley acts as a sleeper agent for the Russians, pointing out potential talent for recruitment. This precarious position takes a turn for the deadly when Foley creates an invention that will change the world: a device that makes people obey orders, no matter what.

The fate of the world is balanced on a razor's edge. As both superpowers pursue Foley, doing whatever they can to get their hands on his miraculous superweapon, he realizes he must choose a side.

Nebula and Hugo Award winner Joe Haldeman is one of America's finest creators of science fiction, and Tool of the Trade is a masterful adventure.

409 Haldeman, Joe
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Worlds(SciFi)

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A good read - a story of political intrigue and how it effects the life on one young woman looking to live in orbit, but stuck on Earth.


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In the near future, an idealistic young student visiting Earth from an orbiting colony becomes ensnared in radical politics and a dark conspiracy of violent destruction

By the close of the twenty-first century, almost half a million souls have already abandoned Earth to live in satellites orbiting the strife-ridden planet. Each of these forty-one Worlds is an independent entity boasting its own government and culture, yet each remains bound to the troubled home World by economic pressure.

A brilliant student of political science born and raised in New New York, the largest of the orbiting Worlds, young Marianne O'Hara has never been to the surface but now has a golden opportunity to continue her studies far below her floating home of steel. Life on Earth, however, is very different from anything she has ever experienced.

With power in the hands of a privileged few and unrest running rampant, the allure of radical politics might be too much for an idealistic and inexperienced young World dweller to resist. But even the best of intentions can have disastrous consequences, and Marianne soon finds herself unwittingly drawn into a wide-ranging conspiracy that could result in the total destruction of everything on Earth . . . and above.

The first book in the acclaimed science fiction trilogy by Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Joe Haldeman, Worlds offers a powerful vision of a possible future.

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Chariot of Fire(SciFi)

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Another novel that takes place in Hell. Read too long ago to rate.


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411 Hambly, Barbara
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The Ladies of Mandrigyn(SciFi)

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A brilliant mercenary must lead his army against the forces of the most powerful wizard alive

Gifted with courage, strength, and the intelligence to know when to fight, Sun Wolf is the greatest mercenary in a land overrun by war. With his first lieutenant, Starhawk—a woman more deadly than any man—at his side, he has laid waste to countless cities, taking the best of their treasures for himself, and distributing the rest among his bloodthirsty crew.

Then a woman comes to him, an emissary from the town of Mandrigyn, a lush port city recently sacked by a powerful, mad wizard of unmatched abilities. She offers Sun Wolf untold riches for the use of his army, but the captain is not fool enough to wage war against a magician. He refuses her offer, but that is not the end of it. The women of Mandrigyn can be very persuasive.

412 Hamilton, Peter
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An extremely interesting premise.. and a fun read ... right up to the end of the trilogy where everything is sewn up in much to neat a package. Don't start this on if can't handle how it might end. Still and all.. a pretty fun ride with famous dead folks coming back to life an trying to rule the universe (Al Capone!! Really?)

Space is not the only void...

In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp.

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history.


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In AD 2600 the human race is finally beginning to realize its full potential. Hundreds of colonized planets scattered across the galaxy host a multitude of prosperous and wildly diverse cultures. Genetic engineering has pushed evolution far beyond nature's boundaries, defeating disease and producing extraordinary spaceborn creatures. Huge fleets of sentient trader starships thrive on the wealth created by the industrialization of entire star systems. And throughout inhabited space the Confederation Navy keeps the peace. A true golden age is within our grasp. <[p>

But now something has gone catastrophically wrong. On a primitive colony planet a renegade criminal's chance encounter with an utterly alien entity unleashes the most primal of all our fears. An extinct race which inhabited the galaxy aeons ago called it "The Reality Dysfunction." It is the nightmare which has prowled beside us since the beginning of history. <[p>

THE REALITY DYSFUNCTION is a modern classic of science fiction, an extraordinary feat of storytelling on a truly epic scale.

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Great premise, and interesting read. The barrier between the living and the dead has become weak, and the dead want to get out. In this book, they finally manage to escape the single planet they have been stuck on, and get out into the wider universe. The universe, as yet, does not know what is happening.

Good premise, and this book is pretty exciting.


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The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world.

On planets and asteroids, individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously over-stretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night.

In such desperate times the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr. Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist -- so she can complete her thirty-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated.

But he's not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to use the ultimate doomsday device.

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This was an interesting series with a great premise that did not quite live up to the hope. In this final part things if feels like Hamilton ressorted to deus ex machina to solve the problem of the series. This was disappointing.


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The Confederation is starting to collapse politically and economically, allowing the `possessed' to infiltrate more worlds.

Quinn Dexter is loose on Earth, destroying the giant arcologies one at a time. As Louise Kavanagh tries to track him down, she manages to acquire some strange and powerful allies whose goal doesn't quite match her own. The campaign to liberate Mortonridge from the possessed degenerates into a horrendous land battle, the kind which hasn't been seen by humankind for six hundred years; then some of the protagonists escape in a very unexpected direction. Joshua Calvert and Syrinx fly their star ships on a mission to find the Sleeping God -- which an alien race believes holds the key to overthrowing the possessed.

415 Hamilton, Peter
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You better sit down and get a big gulp before you take on this series of books. This is space Opera at its best. The sweep of these books is amazing. The plot - convoluted. Hell, in the first book you are reading the stories of 4 different people who seem entirely unconnected to each other. One of them, not even in the same universe as the others. But eventually, slowly, comprehension dawns and everything comes together in a story that could literally destroy the galaxy. Go For IT !!!

Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet.

The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself. At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo’s dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo’s dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . .


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Reviewers exhaust superlatives when it comes to the science fiction of Peter F. Hamilton. His complex and engaging novels, which span thousands of years–and light-years–are as intellectually stimulating as they are emotionally fulfilling. Now, with The Dreaming Void, the eagerly awaited first volume in a new trilogy set in the same far-future as his acclaimed Commonwealth saga, Hamilton has created his most ambitious and gripping space epic yet.

The year is 3589, fifteen hundred years after Commonwealth forces barely staved off human extinction in a war against the alien Prime. Now an even greater danger has surfaced: a threat to the existence of the universe itself. At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be breached, cannot be destroyed, and cannot be stopped as it steadily expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path: planets, stars, civilizations. The Void has existed for untold millions of years. Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy's sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin, its makers, or its purpose.

But then Inigo, an astrophysicist studying the Void, begins dreaming of human beings who live within it. Inigo's dreams reveal a world in which thoughts become actions and dreams become reality. Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise. Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, Inigo's dreams are shared by hundreds of millions–and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet. But then he vanishes.

Suddenly there is a new wave of dreams. Dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serve as the inspiration for a massive Pilgrimage into the Void. But there is a chance that by attempting to enter the Void, the pilgrims will trigger a catastrophic expansion, an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.

And thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and the mysterious Second Dreamer. Some seek to prevent the Pilgrimage; others to speed its progress–while within the Void, a supreme entity has turned its gaze, for the first time, outward. . . .

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Thing begin to makes much more sense. You find your self understanding both sides - each a threat to the other - and each knowing almost nothing of the other.

Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. Inigo’s inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy, gave birth to a religion: Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the expansion of the Void—which is devouring everything in its path—the Intersolar Commonwealth is thrown into turmoil.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people: Araminta, now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe . . . or destroy it.


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Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. Inigo's inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy, gave birth to a religion: Living Dream. But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the expansion of the Void—which is devouring everything in its path—the Intersolar Commonwealth is thrown into turmoil.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people: Araminta, now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe . . . or destroy it.

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Fantastic Space Opera... The conclusion does NOT QUITE live up to the promise of the first 2 books, but still, quite satisfying.!!!

Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by others equally determined to prevent—or facilitate—the pilgrimage into the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, but it is also a deadly threat. For the reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy drawn from planets, stars, galaxies—from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, continues to unfold. With time running out, Inigo, the First Dreamer, must decide whether to release Edeard’s dangerous final dream. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the leader of a rival faction enters the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.


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Exposed as the Second Dreamer, Araminta has become the target of a galaxywide search by others equally determined to prevent—or facilitate—the pilgrimage into the Void. An indestructible microuniverse, the Void may contain paradise, but it is also a deadly threat. For the reality that exists inside its boundaries demands energy drawn from planets, stars, galaxies—from everything that lives.

Meanwhile, the story of Edeard, the Waterwalker, continues to unfold. With time running out, Inigo, the First Dreamer, must decide whether to release Edeard's dangerous final dream. And Araminta must choose whether to run from her responsibilities or face them down, with no guarantee of success or survival. But all these choices may be for naught if the leader of a rival faction enters the Void. For it is not paradise she seeks there, but dominion.

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They Tell Me I'm The Bad Guy(SciFi)

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A short novel about humans with powers - the main character's being the ability to control and create fire - who get up to all sorts of nasty things.. in this case, unwillingly. Our hero wants nothing to do with his former life of crime, but is dragged back by psycho-paths bent on using him and lots of others in a twisted experiment to control reality itself.

Not a bad read. Short and entertaining. Screams for a sequel.


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Work. Home. Work. Home. Drink. Smoke. Work. Home. It's a routine that's kept Donnie Guillory a free man ten years after one of the most shocking acts of Post-Human devastation the world had ever seen. Control, caution and a factory time clock run his life, his fireproof suit long ago moth-balled along with hazy drunken memories of tearing up Europe. But someone with abilities like his can't stay forgotten forever, and when he's dragged back into the murky life of manipulation and violence he's come to hate, he'll have the powers on both sides of the law shaking the earth to put him under their thumb. But if there's one thing Donnie's misspent youth taught him, it was that few things can't be solved with cigarettes, obscenities, a couple of felonies, and a well-placed inferno.

419 Harness, Charles L.
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The Venetian Court(SciFi)

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Actually a mildly fun read.. sort of a court/detective novel with some SciFi for the premise.


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The Plaintiff, Universal Patents, Inc., was heartless.

The judge, Rex "Spider" Speyer was merciless.

Ellen Welles' case seemed hopeless.

Unless her lawyer could locate the mad creator of FAUST - the robot-inventor who'd given Universal Patents its stranglehold on the world economy - she was sure to die for patent infringement, a capital crime in the twenty-first century.

Quentin Thomas, Ellen's lawyer, already knew that the judge was a psychopath, and he quickly learned just how dirty Universal could play...

420 Harper, Rory
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Petrogypsies(SciFi)

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Funny ideas in a funny little read. Imagine oil exploration using biological drilling beasts and oil cowboys, and you get the idea.

In an alternate universe, organic, semi-sentient, alien engineered oil field drilling rigs roam the plains of Texas and the Southwest in search of petroleum. Petrogypsies is the first novel in Harper’s series about the great drilling beast, Sprocket, his best friend, Henry Lee MacFarland, and the rowdy, musical crew of “petrogypsies” who travel with them in their quest for fortune, romance, and adventure.

For Sprocket and Henry Lee, it was love at First Blow-Out

Henry Lee MacFarland is a big, ugly man, a farm boy who is so strong that he’s had to learn to be gently, whether he’s dealing with livestock or normal people.

Sprocket is a hundred and twelve feet of healthy young male Driller, dark as a moonless night, with a spiked tongue that can bore four miles into the earth in his relentless quest for the thing he loves best—Texas heavy crude oil.

Doc, Razer, Big Mac, and the others in Sprocket’s crew are the roughest, rowdiest bunch in the oilpatch. They live inside of Sprocket’s body and travel like gypsies from one drilling job to another. They work like animals. Party like ‘em, too.

Then there’s Star, the stunning Casing gypsy who has a hankering for fine cigars, a killer instinct at poker, and a liking for big, ugly, strong men.

Looking for adventure, Henry Lee leaves the farm behind and signs on with Sprocket’s crew.

He gets a helluva lot more “adventure”—as in monsters, mayhem, and murder—than he bargained for.


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In an alternate universe, organic, semi-sentient, alien engineered oil field drilling rigs roam the plains of Texas and the Southwest in search of petroleum. Petrogypsies is the first novel in Harper's series about the great drilling beast, Sprocket, his best friend, Henry Lee MacFarland, and the rowdy, musical crew of "petrogypsies" who travel with them in their quest for fortune, romance, and adventure.

For Sprocket and Henry Lee, it was love at First Blow-Out

Henry Lee MacFarland is a big, ugly man, a farm boy who is so strong that he's had to learn to be gently, whether he's dealing with livestock or normal people.

Sprocket is a hundred and twelve feet of healthy young male Driller, dark as a moonless night, with a spiked tongue that can bore four miles into the earth in his relentless quest for the thing he loves best—Texas heavy crude oil.

Doc, Razer, Big Mac, and the others in Sprocket's crew are the roughest, rowdiest bunch in the oilpatch. They live inside of Sprocket's body and travel like gypsies from one drilling job to another. They work like animals. Party like ‘em, too.

Then there's Star, the stunning Casing gypsy who has a hankering for fine cigars, a killer instinct at poker, and a liking for big, ugly, strong men.

Looking for adventure, Henry Lee leaves the farm behind and signs on with Sprocket's crew.

He gets a helluva lot more "adventure"—as in monsters, mayhem, and murder—than he bargained for.

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Gotta love this character!!

This omnibus collection consists of the first three novels in this popular series: The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World.


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This omnibus collection consists of the first three novels in this popular series: The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World.

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Deathworld(SciFi)

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In DEATHWORLD, professional gambler and psionicist Jason dinAlt uses his latent psionic powers to beat the house odds and turn millions into billions at the gaming tables. DinAlt succeeds and escapes the crooked casino planet Cassylia to Pyrrus, the deadliest planet in the galaxy.

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The first of the Eden series – both dinosaurs and mammals have evolved intelligent species. Now they cross paths and there are consequences.


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In the parallel universe of this novel, Earth was not struck by an asteroid 65 million years before the present. Consequently, the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event which wiped out the dinosaurs and other reptiles never happened, leaving the way clear for an intelligent species to eventually evolve from mosasaurs, a family of Late Cretaceous marine lizards closely related to the modern monitor lizards.

The intelligent reptiloid species is called the Yilanè, and represents the dominant life form on most of the planet. However, during the evolutionary process, the species became non-viable on the North American continent and Caribbean area, leaving them free of Yilanè for millions of years and opening an ecological niche for a top predator. A human-like species, the Tanu, evolved to fill the niche in North America, but are only found on that continent. Unlike humans, which evolved from African primates, the Tanu have evolved from a lineage of New World monkey. By the time the novel begins, the humanoids have reached a late stone age level of technology and culture, with a number of societies having developed farming skills.

The Yilanè, having had millions of years of civilization, have a very advanced society primarily based on a mastery of the biological sciences, especially genetic engineering, so much so that almost every tool and artifact they use is a modified lifeform. Their boats were originally squids, their submarines are enhanced ichthyosaurs (here called uruketos), while their guns are modified monitor lizards which eject projectiles using pressurised gas.

The Yilanè are a matriarchal society. The females control all political, military, and scientific aspects of the culture and keep the males segregated. Males are primarily poets and artisans, and enjoy dull, pampered lifestyles. Repeated matings will kill males, so they are generally very wary of the females. The Yilanè language is incredibly complex, based on sounds, colour (The Yilanè are able to alter the skin colour on parts of their body, notably the hands, akin to Chameleons) and body movements, and a key factor in social status among females is how well the language is mastered. As their emotions are directly and immediately translated into the movement of their bodies, Yilanè cannot lie. In order to deceive others they may only restrict their movements or go into a state of immobility until the emotion or thought has passed.

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The second of the Eden series – More interaction between 2 intelligent species that evolved on the same planet – an alternate Earth.


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In Winter in Eden, Kerrick and Herilak (fellow chieftain) searches the burned Alpèsak and discovers two Yilanè males. Herilak and Armun (wife of Kerrick) go north, while Kerrick stays in the city to learn more about the Yilanè. The reptiloids use their mastery of biology to drive them off and reconquer the city. Meanwhile, Enge, her fellows and an old, grumpy scientist establishes a city in South America. Vaintè allies Lanefenuu, leader of another city. Together they attempt to eradicate humans. After several unsuccessful attempt, they corner Herilak and the tribes in a valley. Kerrick and Armun tries to find each other and finally they end up at the Paramutan (northern whale hunter humanoid). They return and find a safe haven at a small lake with their own child, some humans and the two Yilanè males. Later, Kerrick and Armun travel to the Paramutan again, and with their help Kerrick manages to blackmail Lanefenuu to withdraw Vaintè and make peace. Vaintè initially obeys, but later defies to make peace with the humans, so Lanefenuu banishes her.

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Third in the Eden series – an alternate history in which man and intelligent dinosaurs via for control of the planet.


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The novel is the third and final volume in Harrison's Eden. The first two stories of the trilogy are West of Eden and Winter in Eden.

The novel tells an alternate history of planet Earth in which the extinction of the dinosaurs never occurred. There is a war between a group of Cro-Magnon-level humans and a reptilian race called the Yilanè, who are descended from the prehistoric mosasaur and have become the dominant lifeform on the planet.

The central characters from the first book return, Vaintè, an ambitious Yilanè, and Kerrick, a "ustouzou" (the Yilanè word for mammal) captured by the Yilanè as a boy and raised by them. Kerrick eventually escapes to rejoin his own people and burn the Yilanè colony city

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Unexpectedly, the long-lost first manned Jupiter probe has returned--but only a madman would have tried to land it at Kennedy International!

The result is the biggest air disaster in history. And that's only the beginning: now comes THE JUPITER PLAGUE.

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A rather farcicle novel about the making of a historical movie, using actual history – via time machine. The whole thing is run on a shoe-string budget and will probably fail, but hey... it's HOLLYWOOD!!!

The narrative revolves around the efforts of a mediocre film director to save his job, his livelihood and just incidentally the studio he works for. To do this, he enlists a mad scientist, the crooked studio owner, a jazz tuba player, a cowboy, two fabulously stupid movie stars, and a real live ocean-crossing Viking. He ends up making history, but in a way he never dreamed of.


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Why pay for costumes, scenery, props or actors when the most brilliant drama of all time is unfolding before your very eyes, in vivid color--in 1050 A.D.?

Join the film crew of that stupendous motion picture saga VIKING COLUMBUS as they journey back in time to capture history in the making.

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The world's foremost authority on artificial intelligence is shot by terrorists, and it is up to a brilliant surgeon to reconstruct the scientist's brain using the research he pioneered

429 Heinlein, Robert
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Brilliant engineer Dan Davis finds himself hoodwinked by his greedy business partners and forced to take the Long Sleep… placing him in suspended animation for 30 years. But his partners never anticipated the existence of time travel, enabling Dan to exact his revenge and alter his own future…

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More of Heinlein's ideas on how to run a society


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You Would Have Peace Then Prepare for War!

Hugh Farnham was a practical, self-made man. and when he saw the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he built a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. What he hadn't expected was that when the apocalypse came, a thermonuclear blast would tear apart the fabric of time and hurl his shelter into a world with no sign of other human beings.

But Farnham's small group had barely settled down to the back-breaking business of low-tech survival when they found that they were not alone after all. The same nuclear war that had catapulted Farnham two thousand years into the future had destroyed all civilization in the northern hemisphere. And the world had changed in more ways than one.

In the new world order, Farnham and his family, being members of the race that had nearly destroyed the world, were fit only to be slaves. After surviving a nuclear war, Farnham had no intention of being anybody's slave, but the tyrannical power of the Chosen Race reached throughout the world. Even if he managed to escape. where could he run to...

431 Heinlein, Robert
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Interesting Ideas about citizenship that were not explored enough in the Movie of the same name.


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In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.

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Already mentioned this one. One of the few books in existance (the other's being the Bible, Koran, Etc) that actually can lay claim to founding a religion. The Church of All Worlds is real. A very odd read.


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Here at last is the complete, uncut version of Heinlein's all-time masterpiece, the brilliant novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a classic in a few short years. It is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, the man from Mars who taught humankind grokking and water-sharing. And love.

433 Heppner, Vaughn
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The Lost Starship(SciFi)

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Has always happens a new race wants to sweep the old race away, and the old race is not happy about it. The old race being us.. humans. There is a secret weapon out there, and both races are trying to find it. This is a good cat and mouse story about the search for that weapon against pretty overwhelming odds. I enjoyed this one.


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Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.

In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth's military.

Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true. Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men?

On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it.

Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance…

434 Herbert, Brian
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The Garbage Chronicles(SciFi)

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I thought this was a funny one.


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In the super-consumer society of the future, recycling is illegal, and Earth's garbage is catapulted into deep space. But as humankind reluctantly learns, what goes up must come down. . . .

In this rollicking, thought-provoking, highly imaginative exploration, Brian Herbert shares the environmental concerns of his father, Frank Herbert, the world-famous author of Dune.

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Third in the series. Read the summary on wikipedia – the Dune family saga continues and Frank Herbert continues to deliver a great space opera.


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The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possessing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.

But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...

436 Herbert, Frank
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Dune(SciFi)

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Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. The movie does not do it justice.

This is a classic science fiction opera covering a vast universe and a single family. Almost Shakespearean in tragic sweep and characters the intrigue will hold you through the entire series of novels.


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"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. Clarke

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

437 Herbert, Frank
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Dune Messiah(SciFi)

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Enjoyable continuation of the DUNE series. If you like DUNE you will like this.


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More intrigue as Paul Atreides becomes emperor of the galaxy and tries to steer the fate of mankind against the wishes of conspirators.

Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad'dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a super-being.

"Brilliant...It is all that Dune was, and maybe a little bit more."--Galaxy Magazine

438 Herbert, Frank
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A society of overlords want to stop history. Conflict naturally occurs because, after all, you cannot stop history... people will find a way out.


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A New World in Embryo

Public Law 10927 was clear and direct. Parents were permitted to watch the genetic alterations of their gametes by skilled surgeons . . . only no one ever requested it.

When Lizbeth and Harvey Durant decided to invoke the Law; when Dr. Potter did not rearrange the most unusual genetic structure of their future son, barely an embryo growing in the State's special vat-the consequences of these decisions threatened to be catastrophic.

For never before had anyone dared defy the Rulers' decrees . . . and if They found out, it was well known that the price of disobedience was the extermination of the human race . . .

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This series is beginning to wind down. Not as good as the others..


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Paul Atreides son must complete the work of his father and pay a terrible price to save the human race from destruction.

Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune's savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice...

440 Herbert, Frank
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Immortal aliens have observed Earth for centuries, making full sensory movies of wars, natural disasters, and horrific human activities . . . all to relieve their boredom. When they finally became jaded by ordinary, run-of-the-mill tragedies, they found ways to create their own disasters, just to amuse themselves. However, interfering with human activities was forbidden, and by the time Investigator Kelexel arrived to investigate, things were really getting out of hand. . . .

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People who take on life as insects, living in a hive and obeying as insects would. Odd read.


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America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects.

When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses--it could not be allowed to continue. What they discovered was a nightmare more horrific and hideous than even their paranoid government minds could devise.

442 Hertling, William
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Kill Process(SciFi)

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A pretty dark book about a woman who kills men she believes are wife abusers. She searches them out via her access to one of the largest social networks on the planet, and then kills them in ways that cannot be traced back to her. Because she was abused in her life.

That is pretty sick right there. And the company she works for is pretty freaking sleazy as well, selling phony privacy to its clients.

The whole thing goes south when she decides to fight the abusive system instead of individual abusers. She becomes the target of people with more resources than she can muster and is fighting one of the largest corporations in the world - all on a shoe-string budget.

This novel made me queasy, starting with the vigilante justice the main character thought she had the right to dish out based on symptoms of abuse. There are no good people or heroes in this book. But still pretty thought provoking regarding the future of all our privacy and information.

Finally, there are some pretty technical aspects to the computer work in this book - particularly as it relates to on-line privacy (TOR networks, encryption, VPN's, etc.) From what I know, all this is very accurate and perhaps worth reading if you are a computer geek, just for that stuff.


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By day, Angie, a twenty-year veteran of the tech industry, is a data analyst at Tomo, the world's largest social networking company; by night, she exploits her database access to profile domestic abusers and kill the worst of them. She can't change her own traumatic past, but she can save other women.

When Tomo introduces a deceptive new product that preys on users' fears to drive up its own revenue, Angie sees Tomo for what it really is--another evil abuser. Using her coding and hacking expertise, she decides to destroy Tomo by building a new social network that is completely distributed, compartmentalized, and unstoppable. If she succeeds, it will be the end of all centralized power in the Internet.

But how can an anti-social, one-armed programmer with too many dark secrets succeed when the world's largest tech company is out to crush her and a no-name government black ops agency sets a psychopath to look into her growing digital footprint?

443 Hogan, James P.
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Bug Park(SciFi)

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Hogan turns his scientific eye on the development of Nano Machines and the kinds of things you can do with it. Good young persons read.

All it takes to change the world is one visionary—and a team of people to keep him alive.


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Kevin Heber had it good. He had his own lab, a colleague he could trust, and an idea that could make him millions. Using his father's breakthrough technology in direct neural interfacing, he and his friend Taki have created a new entertainment media—live action adventure in micro mechanical scale. Bug Park: The ultimate out of body experience. And Taki's uncle wants to take it public.

Two problems:

Kevin and Taki are teenagers. Somebody wants to squash Bug Park dead, and Kevin's father along with it. When you're a teenager, even a teenager with a rich, indulgent parent, you don't have a lot of power. But when things get very small, the rules change. Physics changes. What every body knows, ain't so, the weak are mighty, and the mighty and the powerful can be brought down by those they thought they've already trodden underfoot. And even those who think they own the world can learn the hard way that innocence is not another word for ''stupid,''

444 Hogan, James P.
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This is GREAT. How a machine based intelligence would work – including machine based DNA – amazing ideas in here. I cannot recommend this one enough!!!


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Hogan skillfully draws the reader into a fascinating philosophical and theological debate, without ever forgetting he's supposed to entertain and tell a good story."—Newsday

Long ago, an alien "searcher" ship flew too close to a star gone nova. Though heavily damaged, the ship landed on one of Saturn's moons, Titan.

Attempting to fulfill its original function of seeding suitable planets for exploitation, the ship creates an bewildering society of self-replicating machines that gives rise to a bizarre ecosystem and culture with intelligent beings and organically grown houses. The intelligent beings are known as Taloids and they have developed their own brand of religion around a mythical figure, a creator of machines, and hence, life. ****

When humans descend from the sky, the Taloids see them as those creators. ****

However, powerful financial and industrial interests are all set to exploit the moon and the Taloids to maximize Titan's vast production potential and the future for the Taloids looks grim.

But they find a champion from an unexpected source. Karl Zambendorf is a "psychic" who has wrangled a place aboard the human mission to Titan. And when all of man's forces are conspiring to ruthlessly exploit Titan and the Taloids, Zambendorf becomes their champion and in the process challenges not only the religious imperatives of the Taloids, but the core of our own beliefs as well.

445 Hogan, James P.
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Endgame Enigma(SciFi)

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A thriller/spy novel based on old cold war attitudes. If you don't know what the cold war was all about.. this won't mean much.


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New York Times bestseller. In the near future, Russia has built Valentina Tereshkova, a space station a mile in diameter, a shining city in space. Its builders claim that the orbiting space city is a peaceful Utopian experiment, but American intelligence reports raise the ominous possibility that the space colony is actually a weapon built by the last heirs of the Soviet dictators.When scientist Paula Bryce and trained agent Lew McCain travel to the station to investigate, they become prisoners in the station's high-tech prison facilities. Escape seems impossible but if they can't escape, Armageddon is inevitable. . .

446 Hogan, James P.
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This is a fantastic book about scientists exploring cutting edge ideas and making discoveries. Hard SciFi at its best. I will always remember the scene near the end where, after shutting off an experiment they begin to realize that they might have just created a universe!!


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Brad Clifford's theory was just applied mathematics -- but its implications were too hot for the frozen minds of his superiors. So they buried it -- and him -- under wraps of secrecy. Then Aubrey Philipsz, iconoclast and fellow genius, appeared on the scene to build the Genesis Machine Clifford's theory made possible.

Suddenly, all weapons seemed useless before the previously unimagined power of the Genesis Machine. It could wreck a world or save it -- and the men who ruled that world on a path of disaster now fought to gain control of this new force.

But Clifford and Philipsz had another goal, another dream. They were reaching for the stars!

"In the grand tradition of the classic super-science stories, but with more exciting science and with better writing, too. What more can anyone want?" -- Isaac Asimov

447 Hogan, James P.
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A great start to a great series. Hogan is a great HARD SCIENCE fiction writer.


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The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn't know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was fifty thousand years old -- and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

448 Hogan, James P.
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Great!!!! One in a series of “first contact” novels that are really well written.


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Long before the world of the Ganymeans blew apart millennia ago, the strange race of giants had already vanished. All that remained of them was a wrecked ship abandoned on a frozen moon of Jupiter. Now Earth's scientists are there, determined to ferret out the secret of the lost race. But when suddenly the Ganymeans return, they bring with them answers that will reveal the secret of our own as well.

449 Hogan, James P.
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An excellent read. Good addition to the whole great series.


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Eons ago, a gentle race of giants fled the planet Minerva, leaving the ancestors of man to fend for themselves. Fifty thousand years ago, Minerva exploded, hurling its moon into an orbit about Earth.

In the twenty-first century, scientists Victor Hunt and Chris Danchekker, doing research on Ganymede, attract a small band of friendly aliens who are lost in time - and who begin to reveal something of the origin of mankind. Finally, man believed that he comprehended his place in the universe . . . until he learned of the Watchers in the stars. Now Earth finds itself in the middle of a power struggle between a benevolent alien empire and an off-shoot group of upstart humans who hate Earth more than any alien ever could.

450 Hogan, James P.
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The last of the GIANTS series, this explores some odd ideas about life INSIDE a computer.

If you liked the Matrix - you might like this as well... actual LIFE FORMS made up of code in a computer - and the physics they would observe. I loved it... I loved the whole GIANTS series.


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Human society on Jevlen was falling apart -- and it looked as if JEVEX, the immense super-computer that managed all Jevlenese affairs, was at the heart of the matter. Except that the problems didn't stop when JEVEX was shut down. People were changing -- or being changed. It was almost as if the Jevlenese were being possessed...

Meanwhile, in a very different universe, where magic worked and nothing physical was predictable, holy men caught glimpses of another place, a place where the shape of objects remained unchanged by motion, and cause led directly and logically to effect. And the best part was that when the heart was pure, the mind was focused, and circumstances were right, some lucky souls could actually make the transition to that other universe. If only they all could...

451 Hogan, James P.
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The Immortality Option(SciFi)

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This is a sequel that is just as good as the original. The "ORIGIN" of the machine life from the first novel is revealed. As always, Hogan's science and his extrapolations are great.


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In this spectacular sequel to the acclaimed Code of the Lifemaker, James Hogan returns to the strange world of Titan, inhabited by bizarre self-conscious robots. ****

Little is known about the civilization that gave birth to these machine intelligences until scientists discover blocks of embedded computer code that appear to be strangely out of place. ****

Reactivating the computer codes results in the re-awakening of ancient alien beings, creators of the strange robot culture, totally alien and immensely powerful. And they are unhappy at being restrained within the narrow confines of the machines they find themselves in. They would much rather be the masters of all. **** But while the scientists are helpless against these mighty beings, Karl Zambendord, the media-star 'Psychic' and his support team prepares to meet the challenge. ****

The alien intelligences might be intellectually superior and super rational, but this also makes them hyper-materialistic and mechanistic in their outlook and hence, totally unprepared for such "higher" concepts as the spiritual, the mystical, and the transcendental. And selling such notions is precisely Zambendorf's stock in trade

452 Hogan, James P.
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Mirror Maze(SciFi)

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Another good one from James Hogan!


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In the apocalyptic year 2000, a United States safe beneath her web of defense lasers prepares to meet the future. The Constitutionals, a newly formed third party, have succeeded in uniting the country around a goal shared by all: unrestrained freedom. But, all is not as simple as it seems, for with the loss of an air-to-ground missile and the attempted assassination of a brilliant young physicist, it becomes clear that a sinister power is determined to keep America from this glorious golden age. Stephanie Carne has always felt that America's new direction was worth any price. But, when her look-alike sister is killed in an obvious case of mistaken identity, she realizes that the price may well be her very life. Plunged into a nightmare tangle of international deception and deceit, it is up to her to make sense of the myriad reflections that are... The Mirror Maze. At stake is not only her life and the future of her country, but quite possibly much, much more...

453 Hogan, James P.
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Good Time Travel.. with the implications followed with hard science.


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When malcontents from a utopian twenty-first century use their time gate to transform Hitler into an invincible conqueror, a band of freedom-fighting Americans launches the Proteus project and builds a second time gate.

454 Hogan, James P.
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Time travel in the Hogan style. Excellent


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When Murdoch was summoned to his grandfather's isolated Scottish castle, he had no idea of the old man's latest discovery -- nor where it would lead him. Sir Charles, a genius in far-out physics, had found a flew in the law of conservation of energy; in any process, an incredibly tiny increment of energy escaped -- back through time! Using this "tau" radiation, he could send messages into the past.

But Murdoch discovered records of messages he knew he had never sent. Were many futures possible? Could a message from Future X alter the past -- and thus wipe out Future X? But who would be foolish enough to send a message that could eliminate his own existence?

Then disaster struck. An advanced fusion reactor threatened to destroy all Earth. Grimly, Murdoch sat down to send back the words that would destroy everything he had learned to love.

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An interesting exploration of what happens if a human society does not grow up with the same ignorant burden's that current earthly society has – religion, government, ideologies of all sorts that require one person to have power over another. Hogan writes great SciFi, and this is no exception.


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The colonists on Chiron were educated entirely by robots, and really believe that stuff about liberty. Then ships from Earth arrive to take over -- and find that those damned colonials have such an attitude. . . .

456 Horvitz, Leslie
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The Dying(SciFi)

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An interesting idea that becomes more so when I read that people were digging into the permafrost to try and recover samples of the H1N5 Flu virus that killed 1/3 of the worlds population at the beginning of the 20th century. But... Read too long ago to rate.


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After lying dormant for decades, a deadly virus is unleashed, threatening millions of lives and uncovering a shocking conspiracy

Danger lies frozen in the Alaskan wilderness, unnoticed by mankind, waiting to be released. A man's corpse holds the remnants of a ferociously infectious disease that ravaged the globe at the end of World War I. Once the virus is set free again, a gruesome death awaits millions of unlucky victims. Everyone on Earth is at risk—or so it seems. The followers of a mysterious religion possess an uncanny immunity to the illness, and a sinister intrigue unravels.

But before long, the insidious virus begins to mutate, daring the unwavering Dr. Lightman to keep up with it. Desperate to find a cure, he discovers that in order to stop the spread of the pandemic, it will be necessary to discover the human forces responsible.

457 Hoskins, Robert
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To Control the Stars(SciFi)

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458 Hoskins, Robert
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To Escape the Stars(SciFi)

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Just how far would a money-loving freesailer go to find the master key to every planet in the galaxy? And how would he get back? - When freesailer, plunderer James Oregas and his beautiful business partner set out to bilk the unsuspecting denizens of the backwater planet Llango... it got complicated... when Jamas, who knew the ins and out of stargates was double-crossed and had to disappear -- and fast, it moved into high gear... when Jamas landed on Prime -- a repository planet of galactic history -- and learned of a mysterious lost race that held the master key to all the stargates for all the worlds... when Jamas himself decided to scour the galaxy, looking for that long-lost race, following a trail that would lead him to power beyond his wildest dreams -- if he somehow managed to stay alive!

459 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 1: Wool(SciFi)

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This is the beginning of a really interesting series where people live their entire lives in a single underground silo. The outside world is a toxic mess due to war, and these are the only people left, living in this underground world. They can look out, but they can never go out. Unless they commit a crime. Then the punishment is to be sent outside to clean the sensor array.. and die. Just thinking about going outside is a crime... but why?


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Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside.

Or you'll get what you wish for.

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Boing Boing's Official Review: "This story is terrific. I was completely immersed, watching Howey slowly paint a picture of a society gone wrong through the eyes and discovery of some truly compelling characters."

460 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 2: Proper Gauge(SciFi)

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The old sheriff has been exiled, and a new one must be found. But in the search, the society in the silo starts to show cracks and more people are starting to wonder if this is all there is. The series continues.


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A cleaning has been performed, and now the silo is without a sheriff. With only one good candidate available, Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes set off for the down deep to recruit her in person. Along the way, they discover much about each other, troubling news about this candidate, and stumble upon fractured alliances that could spell the doom of a silo they've worked long years to protect.

461 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 3: Casting Off(SciFi)

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The new sheriff is learning things about the silo that no one is supposed to know.. in particular that some things about the history of the silo are a lie. And that the cycle is about to start again.


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The silo has appointed a new sheriff. Her name is Juliette, and she comes not from the shadows of deputies, but from the depths of the down deep.

But what does being a mechanic have to do with upholding the law? And how will she be able to concentrate on the silo's future when she is surrounded by the ghosts of its past?

Before she can even settle in, the whirring gears of the silo begin to grind anew. Things aren't right. And the people whose help she needs the most are gone.

If Juliette isn't careful, she'll soon be among them.

462 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 4: The Unraveling(SciFi)

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There is going to be a war in the silo. It is not the first. In fact it is planned for. Who could have planned for this? What other secrets are known to only a select few about the real origin of the Silo - and whether there are others!!!


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There is a legend in their past of an uprising, a war they have learned about, but have learned nothing from.

Nobody knows what went wrong. Nobody talks about what happened. Such are the silo taboos.

Now, nearly two hundred years later, the people of the Silo will get a chance to learn more about that distant uprising.

They'll get to start one of their own...

463 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 5: The Stranded(SciFi)

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The war has come, and there is no escape.. or is there? One brave soul will leave the silo and discover that they have been lied to for generations!! Yes, the world is toxic, but there are other silos with life, and you can travel outside if your suit is not purposely sabotaged by the system. And.. the worst truth yet. The silos are in communication with each other - and the elite are in control.


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There is no synopsis on Amazon as any synopsis would be a huge spoiler. Suffice to say things just get stranger and stranger.

464 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 6: First Shift - Legacy(SciFi)

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This book jumps back to when the silos were built.. and the earth turned toxic. Find out how it all started, and why.


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In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate.

In the same year, the CBS network re-aired a program about the effects of propranolol on sufferers of extreme trauma. A simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event.

At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall. And the ability to forget it ever happened.

465 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 7: Second Shift - Order(SciFi)

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We are back in the beginning of the Silo series... and how some people did not like the idea of living in silos for the rest of their lives - and have the means to escape.


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This is the second part of the SHIFT trilogy. Please be aware that the three books will be combined and released as a single work in the Spring of 2013. You can save some money if you wait until then.

466 Howey, Hugh
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Wool 8: Third Shift - Pact(SciFi)

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The new order is in place, and the last details need to be worked out to control the future of all of the remains of mankind. This is how the SILO(s) became what they are for the next several hundred years...


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This is the third part of the SHIFT trilogy. Please be aware that the three books will be combined and released as a single work in the Spring of 2013. You can save some money if you wait until then.

467 Hubbard, L. Ron
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Okay okay.. I read it before I ever heard of Dyanetics. Big Book! Thin ideas. Good to take when you go to a non-english speaking country because it will last you a long time.


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Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans a courageous leader emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.

468 Hudner, Kennedy
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Alarm of War(SciFi)

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Follows 4 recruits as they train for the military. Only one of them is ambitious to become a leader - though, he's not very good at it, and has an ego. They go through training, learning each others strong and weak points and find themselves in the middle of a sudden war. Space battles described in great detail, and the lives of these 4 as they rise, or lower, to the occasion. Another coming of age story - rather brutal in that everyone lives through plenty of death and destruction - that follows these main characters, and a Queen who was not expecting to become Queen so suddenly.

If you think you would like space battles and tactics, then this is a good book. Not so sure of some of the science, but still a good read.


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Intrigue. Betrayal. A devastating surprise attack and a frantic fight to survive. Gritty warfare in space as four young officers respond to the alarm of war. Four officer cadets in the Victorian Fleet meet in training camp. Emily, the young woman who dreams of becoming a Fleet historian, but discovers her real talents lay elsewhere. Grant, the arrogant son of Victoria?s most famous admiral. Hiram, the nervous but brilliant strategist, and Cookie, intent on joining the Fleet Marines. Together, they survive the trials and hardships of training to join the Fleet, unaware that that their home is about to be plunged into a maelstrom.

For three hundred years, the Kingdom of Victoria has enforced peace across the galaxy. But it has grown complacent, and its enemies are ready to strike. The Tilleke Empire and the Dominion of Unified Citizenry have been waiting a long time, and now is their chance. As their web draws closed around Victoria, the band of new officers find themselves on the last line of defense. They?ve been well trained ? but will it be enough to save the Kingdom?

469 Hudner, Kennedy
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Alarm of War II: The Other Side of Fear(SciFi)

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If you read the review for the first book, then this is much the same. Space battles and tactics galore. Some pretty horrible scenes of prisoner mistreatment. The Victorians plan how to come back from their massive defeat in the last novel, and our cast of characters must deal with decisions they never hoped they would have to make. Same quality as the first book. Looking forward to the next.


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Victoria?s fate hangs by a thread. The Dominion?s surprise attack was almost a total success. Victoria?s home world was captured. Victoria?s vaunted Second Fleet was annihilated, its Third Fleet shattered. The Home Fleet fought a bitter and bloody rear-guard action as Queen Anne and the space station Atlas fled to Refuge, but now they are trapped there. The Dominion fleet batters at the worm hole defenses and its strength increases every day. The Victorian forces are not strong enough to fight their way out. It is a war of attrition that Victoria cannot win. But an unexpected ally holds a millennia-old secret, a secret that offers a chance of survival?if Queen Anne and Admiral Douthat are bold enough. In order to exploit this opportunity, Admiral Douthat must divide the already weak Victorian forces and launch an audacious attack. If they succeed they could blunt the Dominion advance and buy precious time. If they lose, they lose everything.

For Emily Tuttle, it is a chance to redeem herself after sacrificing a shipmate.

For Hiram Brill, it is nothing more than an elaborate screen to hide his real mission ? seize the Dominion prison ship Tartarus and rescue the woman he loves.

For Cookie Sanchez, horribly abused and tormented by her captors, it is her only chance of freedom. But Cookie has a secret as well, learned through great hardship: The most important thing is not staying alive at any cost, but rather dying on your own terms. It is a lesson she intends to share with her captors.

And one by one they face the harsh truth: Everything you desire in this life is on the other side of fear

470 Hughes, Zach
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Deep Freeze(SciFi)

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When their retired parents disappear in a space tug, David, Ruth, Josh, Sheba, and Sarah set out to find them and discover a millennia-old alien space trap. Original.

471 Hughes, Zach
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Mother Lode(SciFi)

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After a five-year mission to the edge of the known universe, Erin is ready to return home. But her mission has stolen too much time away, and Erin returns to find her father dead and herself heir to a mining tug and a set of coordinates that may lead to vast wealth. Erin takes to the stars and discovers a mystery far older than the human race. Original.

472 Huxley, Aldous
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I read this ages ago, but I still carry the impression of enjoyment, and tragedy with me. If you know something about Buddhism, you might want to read this book – since some of it seems to be talking about Buddhist philosophy. I read this when I was studying comparative religions – which are naturally giant discussions of how to live life, death and the odds of immortality.

A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and you might expect it to be fantastic, extravagant, crazy and preposterous. It is all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life....The story is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's elegant mockery, his cruel aptness of phrase, the revelations and the ingenious surprises he springs on the reader are those of a master craftsman; Mr. Huxley is at the top of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.


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A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. "This is Mr. Huxley's Hollywood novel, and you might expect it to be fantastic, extravagant, crazy and preposterous. It is all that, and heaven and hell too....It is the kind of novel that he is particularly the master of, where the most extraordinary and fortuitous events are followed by contemplative little essays on the meaning of life....The story is outrageously good."—New York Times. "A highly sensational plot that will keep astonishing you to practically the final sentence."—The New Yorker. "Mr. Huxley's elegant mockery, his cruel aptness of phrase, the revelations and the ingenious surprises he springs on the reader are those of a master craftsman; Mr. Huxley is at the top of his form." —London Times Literary Supplement.

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Single Combat(SciFi)

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Dean Ing (born 1931) is an American author, who usually writes in the science fiction and techno-thriller genres. Dean Charles Ing was formerly a member of the United States Air Force, an aerospace engineer, and a university professor who holds a doctorate in communications theory. He has been a professional writer since 1977. Following the death of science fiction author Mack Reynolds in 1983, Ing was asked to finish several of Reynolds' uncompleted manuscripts. A novel of post-holocaust America Fight for life in streamlined America! 1995: Scorse of our cities are vaporized, everwhere chaos reigns. In all of America only one major social unit was prepared for Armageddon: the Mormons. In Utah Civil Defense is a religious imperative: now every practicing Mormon is crowded into a warren of bunkers underneath Salt Lake City with a year's supply of food, medicine-and weapons. Small wonder then if when America begins to dig itself out it looks to a Mormon President for leadership. Small wonder too if the Mormon hieracrchy yields to the siren call of religious dictatorship...

474 Ing, Dean
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Wild Country(SciFi)

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Ted Quantrill is a human weapon. He has been a soldier, a commando, and, finally a hit man for the United States government.

But a man can grow tired of killing, and Quantrill has turned his back on the past. Here in the rugged wilderness of the Southwest, he plans to make a new life for himself and the woman he hopes to marry.

But yesterday won't let him alone. To preserve his life, he'll have to kill again. And his target is a good friend, as well-trained and deadly as he is...

475 Jennings, Phillip C.
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Tower to the Sky(SciFi)

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476 Jeter, K.W.
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So, imagine a story that takes place on the outside of a skyscraper that is so huge, just the outside is it's own society. Interesting Idea


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You're either on the inside or the outside -- and either way, you're in trouble...

A hustling young artist finds himself on the run from warring tribes, mysterious conspirators, body-swapping hackers and more, as he tries to both survive and strike it rich on the vertical surface of a skyscraper big enough to be its own world.

477 Jones, Paul Antony
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Extinction Point Series Book 1: Extinction Point(SciFi)

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It is an alien invasion, but not like any you read about before. Alien biology invades, not aliens themselves. Most people die as a result, but some survive and watch as the biology changes the landscape of Earth in preparation for.. what? Emily is a survivor, and she set out to see if anyone else is alive. It is an odd journey through an increasingly strange landscape as the green Earth is turned to red, and the alien life forms rapidly take over everything.


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First comes the red rain: a strange, scarlet downpour from a cloudless sky that spreads across cities, nations, and the entire globe. In a matter of panicked hours, every living thing on earth succumbs to swift, bloody death. Yet Emily Baxter, a young newspaper reporter, is mysteriously spared—and now she's all alone.

But watching the happy life she built for herself in New York City slip away in the wake of a monstrous, inexplicable plague is just the beginning of Emily's waking nightmare. The world isn't ending; it's only changing. And the race that once ruled the earth has now become raw material for use by a new form of life never before seen…on this planet.

With only wits, weapons, and a bicycle, Emily must undertake a grueling journey across a country that's turning increasingly alien. For though she fears she's been left to inherit the earth, the truth is far more terrifying than a lifetime of solitude.

478 Jones, Paul Antony
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Extinction Point Series Book 2: Exodus(SciFi)

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Emily has survived, but she need to get someplace safe, and since the alien life forms don't much like the cold she heads for Alaska - on foot and by bike. There are people and challenges on the way, and a surprise at the end, if she can make it.


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Reporter Emily Baxter survived the alien red rain that blanketed and annihilated the human race. But after the downpour, and the lethal contagion it spread, came an even greater horror: the rampant transformation of the dead into something utterly unearthly.

With a terrifying new form of life emerging from the mutated landscape, Emily's only hope is to flee toward distant Alaska where she can unite with the survivors who have reached out to her from a remote science facility. The journey from New York will be long and painstaking, and Emily has only her faithful dog and whatever she can carry. But, after discovering a small family of refugees along the way, Emily's determination to escape the unfolding catastrophe and carve out a new future is renewed. Standing in their way are Earth's new masters, equally determined to survive and thrive, and possessed of monstrous capabilities Emily and her allies can't begin to imagine…until they're face to face with the hideous reality.

In the battle about to begin, there will be no room for mistakes or mercy—only the most ruthless instincts to survive.

479 Jones, Paul Antony
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Extinction Point Series Book 3: Revelations(SciFi)

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Well, the planet Earth has been taken over by an alien race that has managed to terra-form the whole thing in just a couple of months using biological processes. A few humans are left, but not enough to create a new human race even if they could. Sorry. A disappointing ending to a series of books that had some interesting ideas on terraforming. Humanity is screwed. End of story. Oh it ends on a hopeful note.. but seriously.. a couple of hundred people, confined to a couple of square miles - insufficient space or resources to even grow food - let alone figure out how to keep it for the winter is doomed to fail. Bummer. Series was pretty good, but the ending was disappointing.


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There is nowhere left to run. In the wake of the deadly plague that virtually annihilated the human race, a vast red jungle teeming with alien creatures and lethal plants is devouring Earth, swallowing buildings whole and ruthlessly decimating what life remains. A witness to the terrifying transformation, survivor Emily Baxter thinks the odds against humanity can?t get any worse.

She is wrong.

The next volume in the thrilling Extinction Point series, Revelations takes a humanity on the brink of devastation?and throws it over the edge!

480 Jones, Paul Antony
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Toward Yesterday(SciFi)

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Most "time travel" books try to avoid paradox - this one revels in it. The entire poplulation of the Earth is thrown back in time to meet their previous selves - the dead live again - some are not even born. It's a mess and finding out why it happened needs to be top priority, because - it's going to happen again. And again. And again. Interesting.


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What would you do if you suddenly found yourself twenty-five years in the past? For the nine billion people living in the year 2042 it?s no longer a question?it?s a reality.

When a seemingly simple experiment goes disastrously wrong, James Baston finds himself stranded in the past alongside the rest of mankind. Here the old are young once more, the dead live again, and civilization is in chaos.

With the fate of humanity on the line, James must join a hastily assembled group of scientists, a reincarnated murder victim, and a genius trapped in her six-year-old body to reconcile the earlier mistakes of their future counterparts. The team struggles to prevent global extinction, and along the way they come face-to-face with their past losses, new loves, and a cold-blooded killer. As the team plummets toward a final confrontation, will they be able to undo time?s unraveling in order to save the human race?

481 Kilian, Crawford
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The Fall of the Republic(SciFi)

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Jerry Pierce, a colonel barely out of his teens, is fighting to preserve all Mankind and planet Earth itself from a government of martial law and last-minute solutions.

482 Kilian, Crawford
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Rogue Emperor(SciFi)

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A ground-breaking page turner in the realm of speculative Science Fiction. The novel depicts the Chronoplane Wars, a battle between the 21st Century against the 1st for the Roman Empire.

483 Killough, Lee
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The Voice out of Ramah(SciFi)

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The women served, bred, and obeyed-never questioning the dark Divine Will that yearly claimed the lives of their sons. The men ruled, meditated, and sired-if they survived. That was the way it had always been on Marah, where a deadly virus attacked young males and left ony a few to reach maturity...the way it had always been until a beautiful and forceful Terran female landed and began asking questions-and a devoted true-believing Shepherd named Jared began having doubts!

484 King, Sara
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The Legend of ZERO - Book 1: Forging Zero(SciFi)

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A boy is pressed into service in an army that invaded Earth.. and he gets to be good. It is not easy. In fact, it nearly kills him. But he manages and becomes a leader to those around him. This is the nucleus of the group that will become legendary in service to the alien races that dominate the universe. But will he remain loyal forever?


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THE OVERWHELMINGLY POPULAR #1 BESTSELLER!!!

****ONE OF THE HIGHEST-RATED SCIENCE FICTION THRILLERS ON AMAZON!!***

For lovers of sci-fi thrillers, alien invasion stories, space opera, and sprawling first contact science fiction, this is an unforgettable post-apocalyptic epic about perseverance and survival in a harsh new world where humanity is just another item on the menu...

First Contact doesn't go as anyone expected. Now they own us.

The Legend of ZERO: Forging Zero is the epic journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs in a post-apocalyptic universe following a massive galactic empire's invasion of Earth. The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force—and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie.…

But first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

485 King, Sara
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The Legend of ZERO - Book 2: Zero Recall(SciFi)

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You thought life was tough in boot camp. Now there is a real war, and all the species are being pressed into service. Zero must lead.. and lead he does - gaining multi-species respect as he goes. What the leaders don't realize is that Zero is not just a soldier.. he is a uniter. What will he do with that kind of power?


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SEQUEL TO THE #1 BESTSELLER FORGING ZERO!!!

It's been 53 turns after the legendary Commander Zero graduated as a Congie warrior. Joe, now a battle hardened veteran, has spent his life surviving wars he had no right to survive. Yet his real test is coming: New forces are conspiring to start a great war like the universe has never seen, one that would rip apart the very fabric of Congress. Joe is conscripted to fight the very war everyone has been fearing since the rise of the Dhasha—the war against the legendary Dhasha Vahlin. Unfortunately for Joe, at the same time, other ruthless powers are conspiring to kill him before he fulfills the prophecy of the Trith.

To fight the Vahlin, a desperate Congress comes up with a tactic it abandoned millennia ago—the use of multi-species groundteams. Joe, now a Prime Commander, is given command of his own team of misfits and pitted against the Vahlin's forces in a war whose casualties are millions-to-one. Can Joe keep his group of aliens from killing each other long enough to make them into a battle-ready team? Will he survive long enough to kill the Vahlin? Or is he destined to destroy Congress, as the Trith have prophesized about him?

The Legend of ZERO: Zero Recall is the exciting continuation of the ZERO series, sure to delight fans of Science Fiction Adventure, Alien Sci-Fi, Space Exploration, First Contact, Galactic Empire, Military Space Fleet, Apocalyptic, and Space Opera Science Fiction.

486 Kitson, David
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Turing Evolved(SciFi)

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A really well done book about people who interface with an alternate reality (of their creation) via neural implants. If you have the money, you can create, then live in your own world. If you run out of money.. well.. you are yanked back out to the real world. Some think this is a great idea. Some thing it is a bad idea. And some think they can weaponize the concept. Always a bad guy in the mix. Good read.


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BLADE RUNNER meets THE MATRIX in this gripping thriller with an incredible twist. When ex-demon pilot Jon Carlson meets beautiful humanitarian Rachel, it's a match made in heaven. Literally, because Rachel's an angel. She's also an AI controlled android of immense power and capability. As Jon finds himself drawn into the world of these enigmatic creations of mankind, he unknowingly becomes involved in a program to create autonomous superweapons intended to fight the next war.

487 Koontz, Dean R.
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The Dark Symphony(SciFi)

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488 Langford, David
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The Space Eater(SciFi)

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I recall one thing about this book. Apparently the only way to get something from one planet to another is through a 1 inch diameter worm hole. So, if you want to send someone through.. you have to slice em up on one end, and put em back together on the other. Yeah.. That sounds fun. Otherwise - Read too long ago to rate.


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DEATH WILL NOT RELEASE YOU Ken Jacklin is a soldier who has died many times. Rossa Corman has a communications talent that depends on pain. Together they must make an excruciating journey via makeshift matter transmitter and persuade a distrustful, war-torn planetary colony to halt research into Anomalous Physics -- the maverick science whose side effects include continent-busting nullbombs, exploding suns, and a mysterious final weapon called the Devourer. Gradually Jacklin and Corman realize that what Earth has told them about their own mission is a labyrinth of bluff and lies.... A high-tension hard SF thriller.

489 Larson, B. V.
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Star Force Series 1: Swarm(SciFi)

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A guy is snatched up by a starship. He has to learn how to operate it without instructions, or he dies. Seems like a pretty crappy recruiting method, but I went with it. The premise is kind of nonsensical.. but hey.. I've read worse.


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Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet!

Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there....

SWARM is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war, and faced with extinction. SWARM is an 88,000 word novel of science fiction by award-winning author B. V. Larson.

490 Larson, B. V.
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Star Force Series 2: Extinction(SciFi)

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Not sure why I read this follow-up to the first novel. It is just a little to simplistic and I won't be reading any others.


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Earth's Star Force Marines invade an alien world!

In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission--one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force's Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.

EXTINCTION is the story of Earth's entry into an interstellar war between living creatures and machines. To buy the peace, we've signed up with the machines.... EXTINCTION is an 111,000 word novel of science fiction by bestselling author B. V. Larson.

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Two Planets(SciFi)

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First printed in 1897, this is a SciFi novel from the last century with some interesting quirks - like, you can only land a space ship at the poles of a planet due to the rotation, etc. This is a great read if you want to see some early SciFi other than Verne and Wells!!!


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Kurd Lasswitz's 1897 utopian novel describes man's first encounter with beings of higher intelligence from another planet, the inhabitants of Mars. Physically differing little from man, but intellectually, ethically, scientifically, and socially far advanced, the Martians seek to educate man, whom they encounter at the North Pole, where they seek air and energy to supplement the diminished supplies in their own, older world. The encounter is seen through the eyes of several characters, both Martian and human, and the action is drawn together by the love affair between a beautiful Martian girl and a man from the earth exploring party.

For decades the novel has captured the imagination of Europeans, including that of Dr. Wernher von Braun, who recently noted that he had "devoured [the novel] with curiosity and excitement as a young man." Readers will be especially interested in obtaining a view of the richness of ideas at the eve of the twentieth century which gave rise to this novel.

492 Laumer, Keith
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Funny concept. Good story.


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So, what happens if you try to use a really great computer to create a hoax of a time machine, and the computer is so good that, rather than fake it, it just sends you back in time. Uh oh...

Little did Chester W. Chester realize on that uneventful day in 2064 what would happen to him when his great-grandfather finally passed away. Chester was the sole heir, but on the surface the estate seemed far from imposing -a million credits liability in back taxes; a mangy and defunct circus; a white elephant of a Victorian mansion; and the old gentleman's invention, a mammoth computer that took up almost all of the old house. The Generalized, Non-Linear Extrapolator (G.N.E. for short, sometimes known as Genie) seemed useless, an idiot savant that knew everything because it had the world's knowledge stored away in its memory banks but hadn't the foggiest notion what to do with it. That's what Chester thought. Until he made the mistake of trying to operate the computer without having read the instruction book ...

493 Laumer, Keith
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The Long Twilight(SciFi)

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Read too long ago to rate. A short story collection.


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A huge volume of edge-of-the-seat science fiction adventure, including: * The Long Twilight: Grayle and Falconer met in relentless combat with no quarter in prehistoric ages past, their endless battle now remembered only as dark myths and legends. Now their long battle is nearing its climax and the final battleground is an uncontrolled experimental power plant that threatens the Earth itself!*

Night of Delusions: A detective is hired by men claiming to be government agents and given an assignment that may lead to his being hailed as the savior of the nationAor executed for treason. His mysterious clients also give him devices to use in the assignment, devices which seem to be far beyond anything human technology is capable of. And as he doggedly pursues the case, he finds that the very fabric of reality seems to be changing around him, even to the point that he himself seems never to have existed!* Plus three short novels of equally stunning concepts and breathtaking action.

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Another short story collection.


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Invisible aliens ruled the Earth, and only one man could see them-and they were hunting him down.

A complete novel of science fiction adventure and a host of short novels in one large volume. A Plague of Demons: One man found out the secret behind the aliens who controlled the world, harvesting "dead" soldiers to fight wars on distant worlds-and only he could stop them, if he could keep from getting harvested himself. Thunderhead: An officer has manned an outpost on a lonely planet for years, watching for the alien enemy that may never come, forgotten by the bureaucracy which sent him there-and then the enemy came! Test to Destruction: Aliens are testing a human prisoner to determine how serious a foe the human race might be-and they have chosen the wrong man to Test to Destruction. And much more

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Retief and the Warlords(SciFi)

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Retief – the galactic diplomat must stop a conflict in his normal – amusing – way.


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Across the galaxies, against wrongdoers and rogues! Only Retief -- the indomitable champion of the underdog and 27th-century diplomacy -- can seal the peace between the battling earthlings and the lobster-like aliens known as the Haterakans. In constant peril, the daring spacewarrior must join a pirate band, cross the fatal boundaries of the Terran Defense League, and take on his arch rivals Foulbrood and Bloodblister. Facing certain torture, double-dealing, and ruthless espionage, he passes within inches of death. But he must emerge victorious -- or the Hatracks will waste no time in executing their berserk plan to raise earthlings as a food supply!

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Retief: Emissary to the Stars(SciFi)

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A satirical/comic look at what it like to be a diplomat to the galaxy. Amusing.


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The Groaci! They are nasty little five-eyed sticky-fingers who want the Galaxy and will stoop to anything to get it. But when they try to sabotage one planet and use another for garbage, it's time for Retief, that cunning and courageous emissary from the *Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne*, to smash in. Contains four long stories: The Hoob Melon Crisis, The Garbage Invasion, The Troubleshooters, and The Negotiators, plus a brief excerpt from the then-forthcoming first Retief novel.

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Rogue Bolo(SciFi)

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A BOLO is a self aware tank. Exploration of what that would be like!!!

The saga of the first completely automated bolos --- and perhaps the beginning of the end for the human race.

This presaged Terminator by decades.


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Self aware tanks might destroy the human race.

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Star Colony(SciFi)

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Coming in fast and low, the huge ship made planet fall. Three years out from Terra, the colony ship Omega had reached her destination, and the crew began to off-load the cargo and passengers. - Then the ship vanished. - Against the vast panorama of an unexplored universe, science fiction master Keith Laumer sets this first volume of the history of the world called Colmar -mankind's first venture among the stars.

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The Time Bender(SciFi)

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A Trace of Memory(SciFi)

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Great Pulp Space Adventure Classic from Hugo and Nebula and Hugo Nominee Author! From the Ruins of Stonehenge to the Starships of Vallon he sought the secret of a trace of memory. When the man named Legion signed on as a soldier of fortune he did not expect to end up as the master of a private island nor to cower in ancient druid pits nor fight for his life in the great hall of Okk-Hamiloth, on a planet galaxies away. Keith Laumer, the master storyteller of interstellar adventure sweeps you through time and space in a novel of retribution.

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Parralell worlds and diplomatic relations. Did I mention that Laumer himself was a diplomat?

For Brion Bayard, the discovery of an alternate world to Earth where history took a different turn in the road was not a pleasant experience. His kidnapping brought him some startling revelations. Here was a world in which appeared identical doubles of famous personages—including a dangerous and hated dictator named Brion Bayard!

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Beyond Rejection(SciFi)

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Dinosaur World(SciFi)

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TIEM SAFARI INC. - Safaris to any year in the past. You name the animal. We take you there. You shoot it. The sign said it all, but the hunters soon became the hunted. Their safari took them to the age of the dinosaurs, but the hunt went terribly wrong, sending ripples of change throughout the time stream. Aaron Cofield and Jennifer Mason are discussing their future when they make an incredible discovery: a newly laid dinosaur egg, ready to hatch! Before long the two are caught in an astonishing trip across the millennia to Earth's dim past, chased by a psychotic member of a Time safari. Racing against time, they face Mesozoic monsters, mysterious time travellers and a strange new race of intelligent dinosaurs - humanity's allies in their effort to rescue the future!

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Slow Fall to Dawn(SciFi)

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The Hoorka, a guild of skilled assassins, maintain their existence in the turbulent society of Neweden through strict obedience to a stern code of neutrality: Kill only when hired. Reveal your client only if successful. If the victim survives until dawn, he goes free. Through years of harsh training and iron discipline, the Thane of Hoorka Guild has molded a group of men and women without kinship, lassari outcasts, into a lethal force separate from the blood feuds and intricate alliances of other clans. The Alliance of Worlds has been watching the Hoorka closely with an eye to allowing them to operate offworld. But now an important target has eluded the Hoorka's weapons--the leader of the opposition party. And the Rule of Neweden, maker of the contract, suspects them of treachery. Beset with suspicion and fear, and challenged by a young usurper within the Guild, the aging Thane faces a day of reckoning: He can abide by the code he created, or break it in the name of expediency. His fateful decision could mean a new future for the Hoorka--or its end for all time.

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Word Bringer(SciFi)

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Richard Ryan, attorney, patent investigator, engineer, was a man with clients ranging from the United States government to corporations at the forefront of technological development. His clients valued him for his unique ability to sense deceit, especially in the form of scientific cover-ups. Some thought his talent was empathy, some clairvoyance or telepathy, but Ryan himself would only admit to a well-developed power of observation. Then Ryan was hired to uncover the source of some incredible scientific breakthroughs, and he stumbled on a truth he couldn't deny. For Richard Ryan did indeed have a special kind of mind power - a power which could open the way to communication with the first emissary from the stars! But was this alien ambassador offering humanity the riches of the universe - or the trigger for Earth's destruction?

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Temporary Duty(SciFi)

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A great read about two lowly naval enlistees who are volunteered to set up quarters in an alien ship for the people who really matter. Guess what - The people who really matter are jerks, and these two enlistees wind up really connecting with the aliens, and becoming ambassadors for the human race - much to the chagrin of their so called superiors! This was a really fun read. I recommend it. A good young persons novel as well.


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A pair of enlisted sailors are assigned to an alien spaceship, to clean and prepare quarters for the real human delegation. Once there, they find that there's a little more to it... Alien worlds, exploding spaceships, IRS agents, derring-do, and a little sex. Oh, and mops, brooms, and dustpans. Truly there are wonders Out There.

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Seeker's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper 1 - In Ashes Born(SciFi)

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Another great book from Nathan Lowell about the life of Ishmael Wang - Captain of an interstellar freight hauler. This picks up where the last one left off with Cpt. Wang now sure of what to do with his life, until is friend Pip shows up with an idea that could make them lots of money (they have plenty already) and that could satisfy a need for justice. Ish and Pip are about to embark on journeys to the "dark side" of interstellar trade in a ship know for having killed its entire crew.

I love these books because the characters a decent, honest people who sometimes have to lead by example. They are not exciting, edge-of-your seat adventures, but well paced stories of people acting in their own, and others, best interests. (It is the later that most of us tend to forget.) As an example - while out drinking one night Ish and Pip see a piece of art for sale, and they want to use it for their new company logo. They track down the artist who does a great bit of work for them to turn their idea into a real logo, and when they ask for his bill, they both look at it and say it won't do. The artist doesn't understand so Ish tells him to add 2 0's and Pip says to then double that. They will not let another person sell themselves short. I wish I lived in a world filled with such people. I love these books.


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An old friend. A new course
A deadly ship with a secret cargo.
Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares.

Together, Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.

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Smuggler's Tales From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper Book 1: Milk Run(SciFi)

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Another great book by Nathan Lowell based on the universe he has created where inter-stellar trips are common and cargo travels the deep-dark. In this he introduces us to new characters and a new aspect of his universe - Toe-hold space. A quasi-pirate group of people who run off the books and provide a needed service to those in "normal, fully law-abiding" space.

Again, these books are not exciting, but are character driven. Examples of good people trying to do right.. and sometimes not so good people trying to get away with anything. I really enjoy these.


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Framed. Betrayed. Exiled.

Academy graduate Natalya Regyri stood first in line for her pick of Engineering Officer jobs, until, at the graduation party, a classmate turned up dead. Now, betrayed by her friends and framed for murder, she must flee beyond the reach of the Confederation...and any semblance of civilized society.

With a damaged second-hand ship and TIC interceptors dogging her step, she nets a smuggling contract that might just get her back on her feet and in control of her destiny. But only if she's willing to make an ore run back to the place she's wanted for murder, and into the arms of the authorities... ...who somehow know she's coming.

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 1: Quarter Share: (SciFi)

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The first in this series - Suddenly orphaned on a planet he has to leave, Ishmael (yep, named after that Ishmael) joins a trader ship and starts to learn his way around a star ship. Spending most of the first book in the galley, no less. There are no aliens. There are no space battles. There is just a teenager who has to come of age working on a space trader; and learn to cook a perfect omelet.

If you like coming of age novels then you will like these books.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After finishing the first book, I was hooked and intended to read the next 4 on the kindle. Hell, they only take 2 days to read. But I discovered after finishing the 2nd that the rest are not available except as audio books. Major bummer. When/If the rest come out as books I will be buying them to find out how Ish works his way up in rank. I can hardly wait.

The Golden Age of Sail has Returned -- in the Year 2352

When his mother dies in a flitter crash, eighteen-year-old Ishmael Horatio Wang must find a job with the planet company or leave the system--and NerisCo isn't hiring. With credits running low, and prospects limited, he has just one hope...to enlist for two years with a deep space commercial freighter. Ishmael, who only rarely visited the Neris Orbital, and has never been off-planet alone before, finds himself part of an eclectic crew sailing a deep space leviathan between the stars.


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When his mother dies in a flitter crash, eighteen-year-old Ishmael Horatio Wang must find a job with the planet company or leave the system--and NerisCo isn't hiring. With credits running low, and prospects limited, he has just one hope...to enlist for two years with a deep space commercial freighter. Ishmael, who only rarely visited the Neris Orbital, and has never been off-planet alone before, finds himself part of an eclectic crew sailing a deep space leviathan between the stars.

Join the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, a Manchester built clipper as she sets solar sails in search of profit for her company and a crew each entitled to a share equal to their rating.

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 2: Half Share(SciFi)

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The second book in the series - Ish continues to grow as a spacer by dealing with the mundane things that happen on a ship and the commaderie of his shipmaktes.

Again, this is a great coming of age series and I highly recommend it as good Science Fiction. (Warning: There is plenty of sex in these books - these are sailors, after all.)

SIX MONTHS IN THE DEEP DARK. FOUR VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN. ONE MAN DISCOVERS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SPACER.

It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the mess deck and Ishmael Wang moves to the environmental section. Just after getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space.

Both Ish and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra, "Trust Lois." For Sarah, there is the hope of escaping a horrifying past. For Ish, he must discover what type of man he wants to become and learn the consequences of his choices.

Return with the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, as you set sail in the next installment of the Trader Tales of the Solar Clipper Series. All your favorites return: Ish, Pip, Cookie, Brill, Diane, and Big Bad Bev. You might even discover some new friends as you travel among the stars.


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Six months in the Deep Dark.
Four different women.
One man discovers what it means to be a spacer.

It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the crew and Ishmael Wang moves to Environmental. After getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space.

Both Ishmael and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra, "Trust Lois." For Sarah, there is the hope of escaping a horrifying past. For Ishmael, he must discover what type of man he wants to become and learn his choices have consequences.

Return with the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, and set sail in the next installment of the Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper. All your favorites return: Ish, Pip, Cookie, Brill, Diane, and Big Bad Bev. You might even discover some new friends as you travel among the stars.

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 3: Full Share(SciFi)

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The third book in the series and our main character is graduating to the command deck and then, off the ship. WHAT? You will love these characters. I sure do and will continue to read these as they come out.

If there was ever a time to "Trust Lois"...

The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.

Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he's been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader's Tale.


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If there was ever a time to "Trust Lois"...

The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.

Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he's been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader's Tale.

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 4: Double Share(SciFi)

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All the books in this series are enjoyable. They are not action packed. No, they are almost mundane. But they are great for life aboard and inter-stellar ship - and the challenges and people thereon.


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AN INEXPERIENCED OFFICER. A DYSFUNCTIONAL SHIP. LIFE IN THE DEEP DARK JUST GOT A LOT HARDER.

In his first assignment as an officer, Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself fresh out of school, wet behind the ears, and way out of his depth. Aboard the William Tinker the senior officers are derelict and abusive, the crew demoralized and undisciplined, and change unwelcomed and dangerous. Can Ishmael use what he learned aboard the Lois McKendrick to help the crew find the ship's heart? Or will he discover that bucking the system may come at too high a price? Return to the Deep Dark with Ish in this fourth installment of the award winning Solar Clipper Series as he makes the transition from crew to officer.

"Fans of Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper series are legion, and for just cause. Each book provides another chapter in the life of one of the most endearing characters to come along in recent memory. Nathan demonstrates that suburb story telling doesn't require massive space battles or warring aliens, just great characters and a knack for spinning a really compelling tale." —Michael J. Sullivan, author of the Riyria Revelations

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 5: Captain's Share(SciFi)

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All the books in this series are enjoyable. They are not action packed. No, they are almost mundane. But they are great for life aboard and inter-stellar ship - and the challenges and people thereon.


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Ish has made captain... and the job is tougher than he ever thought.

A good captain protects his crew. Who protects the captain?

A shuffling of cabins puts Ishmael Horatio Wang in command of the worst ship in the fleet. He learns that being captain doesn't make you infallible and that life in the captain's cabin is filled with new kinds of challenge as he tries to keep the ship moving, the crew out of trouble, and turn a profit to earn his Captain's Share.

In a ship where the officers outnumber the crew, can he keep everybody happy? Welcome to the SC Agamemnon.

Again.. this series is not about action.. but about people. People who spend most of their time in the deep dark between planets.

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Solar Clipper Trader Tales 6: Owner's Share(SciFi)

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All the books in this series are enjoyable. They are not action packed. No, they are almost mundane. But they are great for life aboard and inter-stellar ship - and the challenges and people thereon.

I'm just hoping there is more to this series...


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When Diurnia Salvage and Transport undergoes a change in management, Captain Ishmael Horatio Wang finds himself adrift in a sea of red ink, and intrigue. He dives in only to find that he is over his head in a universe where cut-throat competition takes on an all new meaning. What tragic price will Captain Wang pay for his Owner's Share?

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Tales from the Deep Dark Book 1: A Light In The Dark(SciFi)

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This is a different take on the Solar Clipper series that I have really enjoyed. These books tend not to be exciting - they are about chosen family and coming of age. But this book shows what happens when things go horribly wrong. Do ships get lost in the deep dark? Yes, they do and, most times, no one ever finds you why. Here is one of those tales.


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When Captain Bjorn Gunderson docks with what he thinks is routine cargo, he embarks on an unexpected voyage. On a milk run from Welliver to Breakall, a tiny rock punctures his ship and leaves the crew adrift twenty-thousand years from home. With food, water, and air running out, a desperate crewman takes a reckless gamble, risking his life in a daring bid to find safety. What he finds instead puts them all at risk.

Join Captain Gunderson and his crew on the final voyage of the Solar Clipper Wanderer in book one of Tales from the Deep Dark -- A Light in the Dark..

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The Big Empty(SciFi)

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Sole-survivor of an intelligence mission gone disastrously wrong, a cyber-enhanced veteran who holds the key to an imminent war becomes the object of a galaxy-wide hunt by human and machine agents.

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A Fearful Symmetry(SciFi)

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At a time of global tension, the president of the United States, grieving over the death of his wife, becomes involved with a Brazilian cult leader and healer. (A Phillip K. Dick Aware nominee.)

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Illegal Alien(SciFi)

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A sensory-enhanced spymaster is tasked with ferreting out the weak point in an alien civilization that will allow it to be exploited for Earth's benefit. That weak point will turn out to be sex.

519 Malzberg, Barry N.
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The Remaking of Sigmund Freud(SciFi)

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Interesting concept that didn't pan out in this novel.


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O Brave New World . . . When man roamed freely among the planets and away to the stars, spacecraft had to carry the best advisers with them, for outside help was usually too far off to do any good in emergencies. And so the android simulacrum was born - a conveniently storeable but believably human package which duplicated all the strengths of the Master after whom each was modeled. For centuries a Sigmund Freud was standard equipment on long voyages, but put to little use. Then Man met his first etees, and Freud's career entered a new phase - one which would change history forever.

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One Against Time(SciFi)

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The Automatic Detective(SciFi)

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This is a rather odd - steampunk-ish kind of book. It is about a robot, who is a cab driver, but finds himself involved in a mystery revolving around the disappearance of a family that lives next door to him in his apartment building. He really doesn't have a moral sense, per sa, but he does care, and as he tries to track down what happened he finds himself swept up into a much larger mystery that involves the whole city in which he lives and the lives of many more people than just the one family.

Like I said, don't look for anything like tech or scientific accuracy (or even an attempt at it) this is more of a steam punk kind of story, but still enjoyable. The author makes a nod to the Mickey Spillane novels of old with characters that use the word "dame" and hard-bitten police detectives - but it is only a nod. The main character is a robot, after all.


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Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.

When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders---not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

522 Mason, Douglas
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Matrix(SciFi)

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Paradise City had come of age in its own right. Complexity born of complexity had given it a mind of its own, which could be served well enough by the androids who had been created to relieve the inhabitants of the boring routines of admin. Now the time was ripe for the human element to be phased out as being no longer able to contribute anything of importance. Joe Dill, in spite of a clear veto, had gotten himself a technical education and saw further into the long term aims of the tin brain than anyone else. But getting the message across to the man or woman in the market place, with the very fabric of the city working against him, was a very dubious operation indeed.

523 Maxwell, Ann
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Timeshadow Rider(SciFi)

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Sharia and Kane, two outcasts who have been exiled for their gifts as Timeshadow Riders, fall in love with each other as a deadly plague threatens to destroy their planet and places the fates of their people in their hands. Original.

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The Many-Colored Land(SciFi)

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In the year 2034, Theo Quderian, a French physicist, made an amusing but impractical discovery: the means to use a one-way, fixed-focus time warp that opened into a place in the Rhone River valley during the idyllic Pliocene Epoch, six million years ago. But, as time went on, a certain usefulness developed. The misfits and mavericks of the future—many of them brilliant people—began to seek this exit door to a mysterious past. In 2110, a particularly strange and interesting group was preparing to make the journey—a starship captain, a girl athlete, a paleontologist, a woman priest, and others who had reason to flee the technological perfection of twenty-second-century life.

Thus begins this dazzling fantasy novel that invites comparisons with the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Quin. It opens up a whole world of wonder, not in far-flung galaxies but in our own distant past on Earth—a world that will captivate not only science-fiction and fantasy fans but also those who enjoy literate thrillers.

The group that passes through the time-portal finds an unforeseen strangeness on the other side. Far from being uninhabited, Pliocene Europe is the home of two warring races from another planet. There is the knightly race of the Tanu—handsome, arrogant, and possessing vast powers of psychokinesis and telepathy. And there is the outcast race of Firvulag—dwarfish, malev-o olent, and gifted with their own supernormal skills. Taken captive by the Tanu and transported through the primordial European landscape, the humans manage to break free, join in an uneasy alliance with the forest-dwelling Firvulag, and, finally, launch an attack against the Tanu city of light on the banks of a river that, eons later, would be called the Rhine.

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The Nonborn King(SciFi)

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The story began with a group of talented misfits from the Galactic Milieu of 2110 A.D. who passed through a time portal, hoping to find an idyllic world six million years ago in Earth's Pliocene Epoch. Instead, they encountered two exiled alien races—the knightly Tanu, who had made slaves of the time travelers,and the dwarfish Firvulag, fierce rivals of the Tanu. At the end of The Golden Torc, one of the humans, Felice Landry, engineered a stunning cataclysm, a flood that destroyed the Tanu capital and put an end to that race's domination of Pliocene Europe.

In The Nonbom King, Aiken Drum, a young human with awesome mental powers, manages to usurp the Tanu throne. Aiken faces opposition from human-hating Tanu, from free humans who mistrust his fantastic mind-powers, from the madwoman Felice, who has vowed to destroy him, and from the revitalized Firvulag, who now greatly out-number the Tanu-human coalition that Aiken has patched together. Aiken's efforts to retain his throne are complicated by the appearance of a new menace posed by survivors of the Metapsychic Rebellion of 2083, who, for the past 27 years, lived quietly in North America. Now these powerful humans, led by Marc Remillard, who almost succeeded in destroying the benevolent Galactic Milieu, seek to take advantage of the chaos in King Aiken's Many-Colored Land in order to seize control of the time-portal. The Nonborn King features the same blend of adventure, rich pageantry, humor, and fantastic eroticism that characterized The Many-Colored Land and The Golden Torc.

526 May, Julian
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The Surveillance(SciFi)

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In 1945, the technology of death was mastered, and mankind entered an era that could be its last. But Nature evolves its own defense, and children with amazing mental talents have been born. They are the metapsychic operants--and they have the power to rule the world. An amazing new series from the author of The Saga of Pliocene Exile. HC: Houghton Mifflin.

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Public Enemy Zero(SciFi)

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Why does everyone want to kill Mitchell Roberts the instant they see him. He didn't do anything, but for some reason everyone around him goes insane when he is in sight. He needs to figure it out, and find a way to stay away from people while doing it. People are dying, they stampede over each other trying to get to him. What has happened?
When the answer is finally revealed, it is not so far fetched as to be out of the realm of possibility, but does it leave Mitchell with a way to live with his fellow humans, or must he be isolated for life.


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The world is out to kill Mitchell Roberts. The helpless girl who needs help changing her tire. His petty ex-girlfriend and her new mate. An entire mall full of unassuming shoppers. They all want to murder Mitch in a blind rage when he's in their presence.
As Mitch attempts to unravel the mystery around his situation, he learns quickly that rabid strangers and friends aren't his only predators. Police attempt to hunt him down by any means necessary and his every move is tracked by a shadowy government official with a secret to protect.
He'll need to use every resource he has, from the advice of a paranoid late night radio host, to his Twitter account and find out why he's become Public Enemy Zero.

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Four Hundred Billion Stars(SciFi)

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Dorothy Yoshida is a telepath, and a really rather good one at that.

She's also a scientist, and when a small planet begins to manifest some unusual signs she is sent to investigate. The planet is more than it seems, and on further investigation the scientists begin to suspect it has been artificially altered.

But despite their suspicions the only life they can detect is on the surface, none of which has advanced far above the level of animals. And despite the hopes of mankind to find something which will help them in a burgeoning war against other species, there seems to be nothing there to aid them.

With Dorothy's arrival, however, they are in for some surprising discoveries.

529 McCaffrey, Anne
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Until now, this series could be considered fantasy. But with this book we start to understand the Pern is a lost human colony from an inter-stellar age that suffered a devastating blow to technology when the THREAD first appeared. Those early settlers created the race of Dragons to defend the planet, but the knowledge was lost. Now things get interesting again.


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Led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, the people of Pern excavate the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement and uncover the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system.

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An independent crystal miner works her own claims looking for the perfect find. Challenges and failures abound.


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Her name was Killashandra Ree. And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable....

531 McCaffrey, Anne
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Another female character related to the Sassinak series.


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Like every other citizen of the Federation of Sentient Planets, Lunzie Mespil believed that no harm would come to her, but when the planet pirates attack the space liner on which she is a passenger, she might have to suffer more than just inconvenience.

532 McCaffrey, Anne
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Decision at Doona(SciFi)

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Diplomatic relations in crisis with an alien race.


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After the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to to coexist with an alien race....

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With the knowledge that Pern was a lost human colony, two boys begin to realize that humans were not the only intelligent species sent to the planet. The dolphins are an intelligent race - and it is time to make contact again.


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Two boys, one of them a dragonrider, re-establish crucial contact with the wise dolphins, the legendary "shipfish" of Pern.

534 McCaffrey, Anne
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This is McCaffrey's best series with well over a dozen books; these are a joy to read.

They all deal with people on the planet Pern which is a human colony that has lost the knowledge of it's origin due to the “thread” that fall from the sky periodically. The “thread” are destructive worm like creatures that have reduced the colony to a primitive state, living largely in caves and protected by the dragon riders. The riders are people who have a connection to the dragons that are the only weapon against the thread. (Think Avatar, and you will know what this means... every idea comes from somewhere!!). The riders protect the people of Pern whenever thread falls.

Just about every one of these is a great book and will keep you entertained for quite some time. They are appropriate for all ages and follow a long arc of history as the colonists re-discover their true heritage.

Dragonflight takes place in the far future, where Pern is a planet colonised by humans. The colonists had originally intended to adopt a low-technology agrarian lifestyle gradually, but were thrust into this more precipitously after they encountered the deadly Thread raining down from the sky. By harnessing the indigenous flying, fire-breathing dragons (with genetic alterations to make them larger and telepathic), the dragons, with their human riders, destroyed the Thread in the skies over Pern before it was able to burrow into the land and breed, creating pockets of safety over Pern's surface. Humanity finally managed to find equilibrium and began to create a thriving culture, society and economy, eventually expanding right across the northern continent of Pern. However, when this narrative begins, an unusually long interval between Thread attacks has caused the general population to dismiss the threat as myth and gradually withdraw support from the Weyrs where dragons are bred and trained. By the time of this narrative, only one Weyr remains (the other five having mysteriously disappeared at the same time in the last quiet interval), maintaining a precarious existence.


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HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa's world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .

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Another in the (rather good) Sassinak series.


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The fate of the galaxy is placed in the hands of Lunzie, who discovers the true nature of a new friend; Fordeliton, who is dying of a mysterious poison; Dupaynil, who is exiled; and Aygar, who tries to prove himself.

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Another good Pern book.


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Moreta, Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, struggles to save the dragons of Pern from a deadly plague and risks her life to destroy the lethal parasite Thread and to preserve the future of the planet.

537 McCaffrey, Anne
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Restoree(SciFi)

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A stand alone novel – A tad like the Star Trek pilot; a woman is “restored” by an alien race and ends up helping that race.


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Sara had been torn from Earth by a nameless black force and taken to Lothar where she was forced to care for a strange man, who she discovered was the Regent. She escaped in panic, and become a fugitive in a world of multiple evils....

538 McCaffrey, Anne
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Sassinak(SciFi)

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A good book with a strong female lead character. This is the start of a pretty good series.


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Old Enough to be Used

Young Enough to be Broken

Sassinak was twelve when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn't let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

But that was only the beginning for Sassinak. Now she's a Fleet Captain with a pirate-chasing ship of her own, and only one regret in her life: not enough pirates.

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A human with a great intellect but crippled body is “encapsulated” into an intelligent interstellar ship. This series is about the adventures of one such ship and its partner. A nice series.


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Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted into the titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and exhilarating escapades in space.

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Another book about the musicians guild on Pern and the guild politics.


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Robinton was rejected by his jealous father, Petiron, and spent most of his childhood with his nurturing mother. Since Robinton grew up in a very musically-inclined setting, all the inhabitants helped bring him along in his journey to adulthood. Robinton composed many successful songs at a very early age and was unanimously elected Masterharper, also at a relatively young age. He tried to warn the Lord Holders of the rapacity of Lord Fax, but was unsuccessful. He was present when Lessa used her wit to provoke the duel in which Lord Fax was killed by F'lar; she had been in disguise as a drudge.

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Parker Interstellar Travels Book 1: The Trilisk Ruins(SciFi)

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A so-so novel about exploring alien artifacts, and the dangers therein.


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Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans have found alien artifacts but haven't ever encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are investigated, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.

Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.

When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life's work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.

542 McCollum, Michael
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Anteres Dawn(SciFi)

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When the super giant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century. Then one day, a powerful warship materialized in the system without warning. Alarmed by the sudden appearance of such behemoth, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy dispatched one of their most powerful ships to investigate. What ASNS Discovery finds when they finally catch the intruder is a battered hulk manned by a dead crew.

That is disturbing news for the Altans. For the dead battleship could easily have defeated the whole of the Altan navy. If it could find Alta, then so could whoever it was that beat it. Something would have to be done.

543 McCollum, Michael
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The Clouds of Saturn(SciFi)

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When the sun flared out of control and boiled Earth's oceans, humanity took refuge in a place that few would have predicted. In the greatest migration in history, the entire human race took up residence among the towering clouds and deep clear-air canyons of Saturn's upper atmosphere. Having survived the traitor star, they returned to the all-too-human tradition of internecine strife. The new city-states of Saturn began to resemble those of ancient Greece, with one group of cities taking on the role of militaristic Sparta ...

544 McCollum, Michael
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Procyon's Promise(SciFi)

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Good story with an interesting premise and use of time dilation.


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Three hundred years after humanity made its deal with the Life Probe to search out the secret of faster-than-light travel, the descendants of the original expedition return to Earth in a star ship. They find a world that has forgotten the ancient contract. No matter. The colonists have overcome far greater obstacles in their single minded drive to redeem a promise made before any of them were born ...

545 McCollum, Michael
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The Sails of Tau Ceti(SciFi)

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Starhopper was humanity's first interstellar probe. It was designed to search for intelligent life beyond the solar system. Before it could be launched, however, intelligent life found Earth. The discovery of an alien light sail inbound at the edge of the solar system generated considerable excitement in scientific circles. With the interstellar probe nearing completion, it gave scientists the opportunity to launch an expedition to meet the aliens while they were still in space. The second surprise came when Starhopper's crew boarded the alien craft. They found beings who, despite their alien physiques, were surprisingly compatible with humans. That two species so similar could have evolved a mere twelve light years from one another seemed too coincidental to be true.

One human being soon discovered that coincidence had nothing to do with it ...

546 McCollum, Michael
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Thunder Strike!(SciFi)

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The movies DEEP IMPACT and ARMAGEDDON had their roots in this novel. Comet heading toward earth... oh gosh what do we do.


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547 McDevitt, Jack
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The first of the Priscilla Hutchins series from this author, and a fun ride. Some mystery of the omega clouds is introduced (to be solved 3 novels later) while terra-formers and archeologists fight over the rights to a planet. Enjoyed this book and the series it leads to...

Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.


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Humans call them the Monument-Makers. An unknown race, they left stunning alien statues on distant planets in the galaxy. Each relic is different. Each inscription defies translation. Yet all are heartbreakingly beautiful.

And for planet Earth, on the brink of disaster, they may hold the only key to survival for the entire human race.

548 McDevitt, Jack
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Put people in a situation that is both tantalizing and dangerous, and see what they will risk to learn more before everything goes to hell in a hand basket. The phrase, "We will only do 'X' until things start going south.", pops up in various forms many times in all the books, but no one ever defines "going south" until it's too late and something happens that drives the plot even more. But the fun is in the anticipation and the surprise... We will never know what the light in the harbor was because the planet gets destroyed.... maybe a later novel.

This was another page turner for me. Enjoyed the created world and the people in it. Enjoyed the frustrations of the folks trying to help and how human the characters were.

In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins -- the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet -- must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad -- as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...


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In the year 2204, tragedy and terror forced a scientific team to prematurely evacuate Maleiva III. Nineteen years later, a rogue moon hurtling through space is about to obliterate the last opportunity to study this rare, life-supporting planet. With less than three weeks left before the disaster, superluminal pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins -- the only even remotely qualified professional within lightyears of the ill-fated planet -- must lead a small scientific team to the surface to glean whatever they can about its lifeforms and lost civilizations before time runs out. But catastrophe awaits when they are stranded on this strange and complex world of puzzles and impossibilities. And now Hutch and her people must somehow survive on a hostile world going rapidly mad -- as the clock ticks toward apocalypse for a doomed enigma now called...

549 McDevitt, Jack
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Great... Great... Great... SciFi at it's best. Okay I confess... when I get bored with something I run back to Sci Fi because it was my first love. And this one nails it. The story is interesting (even if some of the characters are caricatures) and the science it really good... (ex. Suppose you needed 9 hours to rescue someone who was trapped on a ship moving 0.25c who only had 6 hours of air left........... well? It was 3 am and I was like OOH OOH OOH TUDDY!!!! Anyway with a little help from Einstein and general relativity you'll get the answer.) This book nails it... I didn't put it down until I was done.


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Excellent. Finally someone discovers another civilization in space... just before it's going to get destroyed. What can we do to save it? Almost nothing. But....

A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system--and its alien society. And suddenly, a handful of brave humans must try to save an entire world--without revealing their existence.


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A civilization-destroying omega cloud has switched direction, heading straight for a previously unexplored planetary system--and its alien society. And suddenly, a handful of brave humans must try to save an entire world--without revealing their existence.

551 McDevitt, Jack
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This is not as good as CHINDI... too much time spent on politics (which, no matter the time, The Roman Empire or Congress today... is inevitably stupid) and not enough getting out there and seeing what's what. Some bits are unbelievable (like the Senator letting his daughter ride out on an FTL ship when he is trying to kill the whole program), but well... c'est la vie. This is not a page turner like the first, but even bad SciFi can be good sometimes.

To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.


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To boost waning interest in interstellar travel, a mission is sent into deep space to learn the truth about "moonriders," the strange lights supposedly being seen in nearby systems. But Academy pilot Valentina Kouros and the team of the starship Salvator will soon discover that their odyssey is no mere public-relations ploy, for the moonriders are not a harmless phenomenon. They are very, very dangerous-in a way that no one could possibly have imagined.

552 McDevitt, Jack
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The last of the Priscilla Hutchins series.. she's is aging after all.. and she will be missed. In this final version it's obvious that there was room for at least 3 other novels, but not enough time in the characters life to write them, so they are all packed in here, and the last 3rd of the book is a roller coaster. Enjoy the ride - who knows.. perhaps we will revisit some of these places in the future.

Chosen as One of the Five Best SF Novels of the Year by Library Journal.

When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla ?Hutch? Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly omega clouds that continue to haunt her.


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When a young physicist unveils an efficient star drive capable of reaching the core of the galaxy, veteran star pilot Priscilla ?Hutch? Hutchins finds herself back in the deepest reaches of space, and on the verge of discovering the origins of the deadly omega clouds that continue to haunt her.

553 McDevitt, Jack
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Another great book by Jack McDevitt.

I have never been disappointed by one of his novels.


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These are the stories of Priscilla Hutchins first jobs after graduation from the academy (a step back in time from the previous novels). She doesn't have an easy time of it, and ends up in the middle of some pretty daunting situations.

I recommend this as well as all the others.

Priscilla Hutchins has been through many experiences.
This is the story of her first unforgettable adventure…

Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins has finally realized her lifelong dream: She's completed a nerve-bending qualification flight for a pilot's license.

Her timing is far from optimal, however. Faster-than-light travel has only recently become a reality, and the World Space Authority is still learning how to manage long-range missions safely. To make matters worse, efforts to prepare two planets for colonization are killing off native life-forms, outraging people on Earth.

So there's not a lot of demand for space pilots. Priscilla thinks her career may be over before it has begun. But her ambition won't be denied, and soon she is on the bridge of an interstellar ship, working for the corporation that is responsible for the terraforming.

Her working conditions include bomb threats, sabotage, clashes with her employers—and a mission to a world, adrift between the stars, that harbors a life-form unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Ultimately, she will be part of a life-and-death struggle that will test both her capabilities and her character...

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A pretty complex detective novel about an antiques dealer who starts to investigate the myths behind a legendary war hero, and discovers things are not always what they seem. Pretty darn entertaining if you like both SciFi and Mystery novels. I didn't see the end coming until pretty darn close to it (course, they keep one of the big secrets right up to the end... so you can't really blame me.

The acclaimed classic novel and fan favorite—the far-future story of one man's quest to discover the truth behind a galactic war hero.


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The acclaimed classic novel and fan favorite—the far-future story of one man's quest to discover the truth behind a galactic war hero.

555 McDevitt, Jack
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Another mystery novel, with the same characters as A Talent for War, but this time told from the point of view, not of the main character, but of his pilot and business partner. As a result, you don't get to see what the main character is thinking, but I think Jack McDevitt just likes writting things with a female as his main character... so.. he managed to pull that off again.

Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.


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Jack McDevitt brings back the daring Alex Benedict from A Talent for War, thrusting him into a far-future tale of mystery and suspense that will lead the prominent antiquities dealer to the truth about an abandoned space yacht called the Polaris.

556 McDevitt, Jack
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Wow, talk about a find - in the plot that is, not the book. A convoluted mystery that will lead you this way and that, and have you wondering who the bad guys are almost to the end. (Nope. Not who you think it is.) And the ending has a final twist that is great fun.


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With Polaris, multiple Nebula Award-nominee Jack McDevitt reacquainted readers with Alex Benedict, his hero from A Talent for War. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, return to investigate the provenance of the cup. Alex and Chase follow a deadly trail to the Seeker - strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

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Another mystery that continues even after the mystery is solved. I don't want to give anything away, but the ending is very satisfying as war between humans and the "Mutes" is averted.. probably for good.


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Interstellar antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his assistant Chase Kolpath travel to the most remote of human worlds and uncover a secret connected to a decades-old political upheaval-a secret that somebody desperately wants hidden.

558 McDevitt, Jack
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Another Alex Benedict detective novel about the search for alien life. Alex thinks he is chasing down an antique, but winds up opening a mystery that many people do not want discovered. Genocide and xenocide are all being covered up and Alex risks his life to get to the bottom of things..


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Sunset Tuttle spent a lifetime looking for alien species. Twenty-five years after Tuttle's death, Alex Benedict discovers a stone tablet inscribed with cryptic symbols, now in the possession of Tuttle's one- time lover Rachel Bannister. Benedict is determined to decipher its secret-one Bannister doesn't want revealed. Could it be that Tuttle's obsessive quest was successful?

559 McDevitt, Jack
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Alex Benedict 6: Firebird(SciFi)

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The Alex Benedict novels are all great and I will read any more that come out. This one is no exception. A mystery, danger, and a revelation!!!


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Forty-one years ago the renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies.

Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger...

560 McDevitt, Jack
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Alex Benedict 7: Coming Home(SciFi)

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Another great mystery about Alex Benedict who (in the very far future) deals in antiquities - items that often lead to discoveries no one ever expected.


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Thousands of years ago, artifacts of the early space age were lost to rising oceans and widespread turmoil. Garnett Baylee devoted his life to finding them, only to give up hope. Then, in the wake of his death, one was found in his home, raising tantalizing questions. Had he succeeded after all? Why had he kept it a secret? And where is the rest of the Apollo cache?

Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict and his pilot, Chase Kolpath, have gone to Earth to learn the truth. But the trail seems to have gone cold, so they head back home to be present when the Capella, the interstellar transport that vanished eleven years earlier in a time/space warp, is expected to reappear. With a window of only a few hours, rescuing it is of the utmost importance. Twenty-six hundred passengers—including Alex's uncle, Gabriel Benedict, the man who raised him—are on board.

Alex now finds his attention divided between finding the artifacts and anticipating the rescue of the Capella. But time won't allow him to do both. As the deadline for the Capella's reappearance draws near, Alex fears that the puzzle of the artifacts will be lost yet again. But Alex Benedict never forgets and never gives up—and another day will soon come around...

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A farmer discovers an odd artifact on his land. A boat that could only have been used millions of years before when his property was a lake. And it is in perfect shape. One discovery leads to another, and eventually the discovery of a star gate system that will change the future of mankind.

It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.


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It turned up in a North Dakota wheat field: a triangle, like a shark's fin, sticking up from the black loam. Tom Lasker did what any farmer would have done. He dug it up. And discovered a boat, made of a fiberglass-like material with an utterly impossible atomic number. What it was doing buried under a dozen feet of prairie soil two thousand miles from any ocean, no one knew. True, Tom Lasker's wheat field had once been on the shoreline of a great inland sea, but that was a long time ago -- ten thousand years ago.

562 McDevitt, Jack
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What is the secret that is so important a president will resign to cover up? Why did Watergate really happen? If you found out.. would you share it; or agree that it must be kept?

A really good mystery and a good read. What is discovered will shock you... and make you wonder what you would do in the same circumstances!


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Two science fiction masters—Jack McDevitt and Mike Resnick—team up to deliver a classic thriller in which one man uncovers the hidden history of the United States space program…

"Houston, we have a problem…"

Formerly a cynical, ambitious PR man, Jerry Culpepper finally found a client he could believe in when he was hired as NASA's public affairs director. Proud of the Agency's history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future.

But public disinterest and budget cuts changed that future. Now, a half century after the first Moon landing, Jerry feels like the only one with stars in his eyes.

Then a fifty-year-old secret about the Apollo XI mission is revealed, and he finds himself embroiled in the biggest controversy of the twenty-first century, one that will test his ability—and his willingness—to spin the truth about a conspiracy of reality-altering proportions...

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Post apocalyptic explorations in a world devastated by a plague that wiped out most of mankind. We are back to the days before the printing press, and one of Jack's strong female characters (all his main characters are female) is off to explore the world, and solve the mystery of the origin of the book A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Slightly better than standard fare for these type of novels.


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The Roadmakers left only ruins behind -- but what magnificent ruins! Their concrete highways still cross the continent. Their cups, combs and jewelry are found in every Illyrian home. They left behind a legend,too -- a hidden sanctuary called Haven, where even now the secrets of their civilization might still be found.

Chaka's brother was one of those who sought to find Haven and never returned. But now Chaka has inherited a rare Roadmaker artifact -- a book called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court -- which has inspired her to follow in his footsteps. Gathering an unlikely band of companions around her, Chaka embarks upon a journey where she will encounter bloodthirsty rirver pirates, electronic ghosts who mourn their lost civilization and machines that skim over the ground and air. Ultimately, the group will learn the truth about their own mysterious past.

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A good one by McDevitt - as per normal.


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The classic first-contact science fiction novel that launched the career of Jack McDevitt, the national bestselling author of Coming Home—now revised from the original edition, and featuring a new foreword.

From a remote corner of the galaxy a message is being sent. The continuous beats of a pulsar have become odd, irregular…artificial. It can only be a code.

Frantically, a research team struggles to decipher the alien communication. And what the scientists discover is destined to shake the foundations of empires around this world—from Wall Street to the Vatican…

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A stand alone by Jack McDevitt, it tells the story of people who are searching for other life in the universe, and not finding it. Or, at least, they don't think they found it, until one woman starts the search for her lost clone sister. Part detective novel and part high SciFi adventure this one was a fun read (as all of McDevitt's books have been so far).


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We are alone. That is the verdict, after centuries of Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence missions and space exploration. The only living things in the Universe are found on the Nine Worlds settled from Earth, and the starships that knit them together. Or so it's believed, until Dr. Kimberly Brandywine sets out to find what happened to her clone-sister Emily, who, after the final, unsuccessful manned SETI expedition, disappeared along with the rest of her ship's crew.

Following a few ominous clues, Kim discovers the ship's log was faked. Something happened out there in the darkness between the stars, and she's prepared to go to any length to find answers. Even if it means giving up her career...stealing a starship...losing her lover. Kim is about to discover the truth about her sister -- and about more than she ever dared imagine.

566 McDevitt, Jack
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Another good read (one off) by Jack McDevitt - one of the best current authors around for my money.


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We are alone. That is the verdict, after centuries of Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence missions and space exploration. The only living things in the Universe are found on the Nine Worlds settled from Earth, and the starships that knit them together. Or so it's believed, until Dr. Kimberly Brandywine sets out to find what happened to her clone-sister Emily, who, after the final, unsuccessful manned SETI expedition, disappeared along with the rest of her ship's crew.

Following a few ominous clues, Kim discovers the ship's log was faked. Something happened out there in the darkness between the stars, and she's prepared to go to any length to find answers. Even if it means giving up her career...stealing a starship...losing her lover. Kim is about to discover the truth about her sister -- and about more than she ever dared imagine.

567 McDevitt, Jack
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A fun read.. you just don't know completely what is going on until the end - like many time-travel novels.


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When physicist Michael Shelborne mysteriously vanishes, his son Shel discovers that he had constructed a time travel device. Following his father's trail through history-from the enlightenment of Renaissance Italy through the American Wild West to the civil-right upheavals of the 20th century-Shel makes a devastating discovery that sends him feeling back through the ages, and changes his life forever.

568 McFarlane, Jamie
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Blockade Runner (Privateer Tales Book 11)(SciFi)

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A little disappointing - the story is getting out of hand - The characters are still good, but this is going a bit far. Just one example: Why do they have to travel to another galaxy? This betrays the ignorance of just how big our galaxy really is. I mean, you could have a huge civilization encompassing thousands of planets in our own galaxy.. and it would barely a blip on the screen compared to the whole And with nary a blink our travelers decide to boop through a black hole as if it was something they did on a daily basis - trusting alien tech they have no clue about.

It's all too much of a stretch in this series that used to be so grounded in the situations it threw at people. Sigh. Too bad. This does not get one of my thumbs up, but if you are a sci-fi fan, you will probably like it.


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Trapped in a far-off galaxy, Liam Hoffen receives news that a massive Kroerak fleet has found its way to Earth. Knowing an invasion is imminent stuns our explorers, but there?s nothing they can do when they discover the interplanetary Trans Loc system has been shut down to stem the tide of invading bugs.

As if things couldn?t get worse; Intrepid is then seized by an overzealous alien government and the crew is relegated to the backwater planet ? Zuri. When a chance discovery, that could end Earth?s desperate war comes to light, our heroes find they will stop at nothing to return home. That is if there is anything left.

Blockade Runner, the eleventh installment of the Privateer Tales saga, is an exciting mix of fleet combat, mechanized infantry battles and non-stop space opera action. While this completes the Kroerak story arc, it exposes a new struggle against a corrupt government ? the Confederation of Planets.

569 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 1: Rookie Privateer(SciFi)

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The first book in a pretty enjoyable series about teenagers coming into their own out in the asteroid belts, where life is hard, and can be short.

Like the Ele Donsai series I enjoy the moral choices the main character makes throughout. Loyalty, justice and just plain doing the right thing are good to read about.

This would be a good series for any young reader to start with SciFi.


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When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn't realize is that fate is about to change everything.

When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn't realize is that fate is about to change everything.

Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn't easy to literally lose parts of yourself to the pirates who attacked your home, gaining the stars is worth everything.

He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the way.

570 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 2: Fool Me Once(SciFi)

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Short but tight. Introducing a new set of characters to the series

Celina Dontal just escaped eighteen months of captivity at the hands of Alexander Boyarov and his crew, members of the brutal Red Houzi Clan. That should have been the hard part. It was only the beginning.

Celina Dontal just escaped eighteen months of captivity at the hands of Alexander Boyarov and his crew, members of the brutal Red Houzi Clan. That should have been the hard part. It was only the beginning.

When she tried to contact her younger sister, Jenny, Celina received shocking news. The one person in the universe that Celina loved and lived for, was missing, and no one could tell her what happened. A vague mention of passage booked to the metropolis of Puskar Stellar on Mars was the only clue Celina unearthed, but Jenny hasn't responded to any of Celina’s messages.

Celina has no friends on Mars and to make things worse, Boyarov is skating on thin ice with the Red Houzi. He lost their ship and prisoner. Retrieving both as quickly as possible is the only hope he has of preserving his own life. He's on the hunt.

If there is to be any help for Celina and Jenny, it will have to come from strangers. Puskar Stellar is a big city and finding someone who is trustworthy can be a slippery quest.

Fool Me Once, a standalone novella, is the second story in Jamie McFarlane’s Privateer Tales.


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Celina Dontal just escaped eighteen months of captivity at the hands of Alexander Boyarov and his crew, members of the brutal Red Houzi Clan. That should have been the hard part. It was only the beginning.

Celina Dontal just escaped eighteen months of captivity at the hands of Alexander Boyarov and his crew, members of the brutal Red Houzi Clan. That should have been the hard part. It was only the beginning.

When she tried to contact her younger sister, Jenny, Celina received shocking news. The one person in the universe that Celina loved and lived for, was missing, and no one could tell her what happened. A vague mention of passage booked to the metropolis of Puskar Stellar on Mars was the only clue Celina unearthed, but Jenny hasn't responded to any of Celina's messages.

Celina has no friends on Mars and to make things worse, Boyarov is skating on thin ice with the Red Houzi. He lost their ship and prisoner. Retrieving both as quickly as possible is the only hope he has of preserving his own life. He's on the hunt.

If there is to be any help for Celina and Jenny, it will have to come from strangers. Puskar Stellar is a big city and finding someone who is trustworthy can be a slippery quest.

Fool Me Once, a standalone novella, is the second story in Jamie McFarlane's Privateer Tales.

571 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 3: Parley(SciFi)

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More adventures in space for our great cast of characters

After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, nothing sounds better than shore leave at Puskar Stellar on Mars where Liam can reconnect with his girlfriend. But neither their newest crew member, Marny, nor the Mars Protectorate Navy is ready for them to spend much time relaxing.

Liam Hoffen and Nick James are back in the next, exciting installment of Jamie McFarlane's Privateer Tales.

After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, nothing sounds better than shore leave at Puskar Stellar on Mars where Liam can reconnect with his girlfriend. But neither their newest crew member, Marny, nor the Mars Protectorate Navy is ready for them to spend much time relaxing.

Their old nemesis, Harry Flark, found a new mining station to pillage and the crew of Sterra's Gift has been hired to transport a covert operative into Flark’s lair. This is the perfect opportunity for them to set things right if it helps to bring him down. The big problem comes when Liam and Nick discover Flark is expecting them and has no intention of letting them get away with their lives.

Like white knights on silver steeds, Liam, Nick, Marny and a passel of new friends fight their way across the solar system, making a name for themselves and their mission.


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After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, nothing sounds better than shore leave at Puskar Stellar on Mars where Liam can reconnect with his girlfriend. But neither their newest crew member, Marny, nor the Mars Protectorate Navy is ready for them to spend much time relaxing.

Liam Hoffen and Nick James are back in the next, exciting installment of Jamie McFarlane's Privateer Tales.

After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, nothing sounds better than shore leave at Puskar Stellar on Mars where Liam can reconnect with his girlfriend. But neither their newest crew member, Marny, nor the Mars Protectorate Navy is ready for them to spend much time relaxing.

Their old nemesis, Harry Flark, found a new mining station to pillage and the crew of Sterra's Gift has been hired to transport a covert operative into Flark's lair. This is the perfect opportunity for them to set things right if it helps to bring him down. The big problem comes when Liam and Nick discover Flark is expecting them and has no intention of letting them get away with their lives.

Like white knights on silver steeds, Liam, Nick, Marny and a passel of new friends fight their way across the solar system, making a name for themselves and their mission.

572 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 4: Big Pete(SciFi)

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A background story. Very short but good. So far everything in this series has been very good.

The fourth in the Privateer Tales series, this short story (47 pages) steps back in time to the Great Amazonian War. This story gives some background to Liam's parents and how battle suits work.

The fourth in the Privateer Tales series, this short story (47 pages) steps back in time to the Great Amazonian War. .

Shot down behind enemy lines, all Marine Sergeant Pete Hoffen can think of is getting the remainder of his beleaguered platoon back to the extraction zone. But when a cocky, PITA lieutenant orders him to leave behind one of his own, he'll have nothing to do with it.

Big Pete fights to locate his men and get the wounded out of the city, rescue his missing pilot, and avoid ripping the entire city down around him. His capture brings an entirely new problem. Who will rescue the rescuer?

There's a reason Liam Hoffen goes up against great odds in order to do the right thing. He learned from his father that sacrifice and honor go hand in hand.


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The fourth in the Privateer Tales series, this short story (47 pages) steps back in time to the Great Amazonian War. This story gives some background to Liam's parents and how battle suits work.

The fourth in the Privateer Tales series, this short story (47 pages) steps back in time to the Great Amazonian War. .

Shot down behind enemy lines, all Marine Sergeant Pete Hoffen can think of is getting the remainder of his beleaguered platoon back to the extraction zone. But when a cocky, PITA lieutenant orders him to leave behind one of his own, he'll have nothing to do with it.

Big Pete fights to locate his men and get the wounded out of the city, rescue his missing pilot, and avoid ripping the entire city down around him. His capture brings an entirely new problem. Who will rescue the rescuer?

There's a reason Liam Hoffen goes up against great odds in order to do the right thing. He learned from his father that sacrifice and honor go hand in hand.

573 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 5: Smuggler's Dilemma(SciFi)

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Good battle story.


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There's guerrilla warfare in the main asteroid belt. The Red Houzi pirates have launched a deadly campaign, sacking defenseless mining colonies and then vanishing into the deep dark of space. No one can predict where or when they will show up next, not even the great Mars Protectorate Navy.

Liam Hoffen and Nick James have returned from their last encounter grateful to be alive, but wondering what they'll do next. Sterra's Gift is nothing more than a broken heap, strapped to a pile of ore. Replacing their beloved ship is hopeless - or so they think until a crazy old man introduces them to an old British warship named Hotspur.

News of Red Houzi attacks near Colony 40 spurs Liam and his crew into action and they set off on a desperate race to save their families. But, what can one ship possibly do against an entire fleet? They'll put everything on the line, but the question is - will it be enough?

574 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 6: Cutpurse(SciFi)

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This is just a short story to introduce some new, down and out, characters. I guess it will be needed for the next in this series


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In the tangled bog city of Nannandry, Priloe Sharpe's life is worth only what his pick-pocketing skills can buy him. The entire planet of Grünholtz is now one big colonization failure and run completely by rival gangs. Hope of a better life is nonexistent - until the day off-worlders show up in the marketplace with a shiny piece of tech, which Priloe artfully snags. In a race for his life, Priloe must save his sister and somehow leave the planet, risking everything for a new life in the cloud city of Léger Nuage.

Cutpurse introduces Privateer Tales fans to the Tipperary Solar System where Liam Hoffen and his crew plan to make their new home and where they will start a whole new set of adventures. In the tradition of McFarlane's novellas, Cutpurse provides background and intersecting story line for the next Privateer's story. Where are Liam and his crew – and will they arrive to save the day?

575 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 7: Out of the Tank(SciFi)

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War veterans never get a break, even in the far future. And it takes a while to get over such severe physical and mental injuries. As part of the Privateer series, this is a good addition. I enjoyed this.


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War veteran, Tabitha Masters, expected to live out the rest of her days with the debilitating scars of battle. But, after her crew made a deal with the devil (Smuggler's Dilemma, Privateer Tales Book 6), she's been given a second chance. A month in a medical tank and Tabby's injuries are repaired, replaced and even upgraded.

Within hours of being discharged from the hospital, Tabby hears from Shri Ganguly - a fellow veteran and survivor of the Red Houzi war. Shri is convinced she's being targeted and hopes that Tabby can help.

It will take everything Tabby has to recover, while facing down the danger that threatens her friend.

576 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 8: Buccaneers(SciFi)

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Again, the crew of the Hotspur have to make choices that, though right, are not easy. I love the characters and their moral up-rightness in the face of people and organizations that are not so scrupulous. Set in space it is also a coming of age novel for the characters involved. I enjoyed this.


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The crew of the Hotspur just happens to be looking for a new home. If Nick James is right, and he usually is, the Tipperary solar system is about to become the busiest trading hub in the galaxy. To sweeten the pot, the cloud-city of Lèger Nuage is offering free warehouse space to qualified traders. It's a deal that seems too good to pass up.

Of course, nothing's as simple as it seems. Just like Earth's Old West, the Tipperary system is as full of promise as it is Buccaneers who are happy to prey on the weak. No one expects it to be easy, but deceit, piracy and murder kindle the pioneering spirit in each of them. Only the strong will prosper and the question is - can Liam, Nick and the rest of the crew carve out a place to call their own?

Be sure to also check out Rookie Privateer, which is free and the first in this exciting science fiction series.

577 McFarlane, Jamie
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Privateer Tales 9: A Matter or Honor(SciFi)

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This whole series has been great, and as more come out I will read them all. I love the characters and their moral up-rightness in the face of people and organizations that are not so scrupulous. Set in space it is also a coming of age novel for the characters involved. I enjoyed this.


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Following closely on the heels of Buccaneers, Liam and the crew of Hotspur take a much needed vacation on the tropical planet Curie, where they have nothing more to do than enjoy sun and sand. Trouble is never far away for this group of privateers, however, as a mysterious invitation to meet the reclusive Phillipe Anino interrupts their holiday.

With more wealth than could be spent in twenty lifetimes and access to illicit technology and information, Anino discovered a common interest with the crew – the fate of the Cape of Good Hope. Anino believes he has a way to recover the Cape's crew, but to do so will pit Liam and his friends against the powerful Belirand Corporation.

Will the crew of Hotspur take the risky mission and become fugitives for the sake of forty-five people they don't know? Or will they leave the people on board the Cape of Good Hope to die, alone in the deep dark of space?

There's more at stake than any of them could guess. The actions of Liam and his friends could very well change the known universe forever.

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HAB 12(SciFi)

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Well, the first scrape yard book was alright, so I went on to this one. Not as good.


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"Buckle up--this is another crazy ride!"

The Scrapyard Ship sci-fi "cliff-hanger" adventures continue with HAB 12, the second book in the series:

Captain Jason Reynolds faces new challenges, not only on Earth but from the far side of the universe as well. The only way to stop the Craing this time will be to square off with them on their home turf.

Jason's been informed that three powerful Craing warships, having similar technology as The Lilly, will soon be en route to Earth. The Alliance must destroy the Craing's wormhole means of distant space travel to avert Earth's total annihilation. Unfortunately, there's no way to reach the Craing worlds in time, at least not through conventional means.

It's up to Jason and his hand-picked assault team to traverse, by advanced phase-shifting means, through the hazardous environment of HAB 12. This is an adventure fraught with carnivores of a Jurassic Age magnitude, and a terrain so deadly that turning back may be their only hope of survival.

579 McGinnis, Mark Wayne
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Scrapyard Ship(SciFi)

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An interesting book... what happens if you stumble upon an alien ship, and manager to get it up and running. Why do we always find ourselves in the middle of an interstellar war all the time.


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Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately -- evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But It's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

The adventure begins… and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.

Fortunately, Jason's unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain's chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.

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How are you treated if you DON'T want to live forever? You must be insane.


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In this world, no one can hide for two hours. Benny Rice has been hiding for twenty years.

For billions of people, the Rebirth Institute holds the key to eternal life. But only a tiny minority - less than 1 percent - are selected for rebirth.

Benny Rice isn't one of them. True, he's got all the necessary traits: compassion, health, energy, potential for creativity. But intelligence tests show he's a moron - automatically disqualifying him.

And then, in the midst of a crisis that threatens more than Benny's life, his intelligence scores must be reexamined . . . And he's not exactly who he says he is.

581 McKinney, Jack
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Kaduna Memories(SciFi)

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First contact story takes place in the 21st century. Filled with humor, evil villains that aren't annoying, and twisting plot.

582 McLean, Patrick
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How to Succeed in Evil (Volume 1)(SciFi)

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Thoroughly amusing, the concept of an evil consultant has actually been explored before - the latest incarnation being the British TV SHERLOCK series. The frustration of this poor consultant as he tries to give good advice to morons is amusing.


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How to Succeed in Evil is the story of Edwin Windsor, Evil Efficiency Consultant. He tries to help supervillains be more villainous. Or at least more profitable and sensible about the business side of Evil. Along with his very proper and English secretary Agnes and his hench-lawyer Topper, he struggles to make the world of super powered people make sense. But this is very difficult because, while Edwin's advice is excellent, all of his clients are too ego maniacal to listen. There is, it must be said, a bit of comedy in this work. Edwin struggles with a cast of characters including, Dr. Loeb, a trust fund child who desperately wants to be an Evil Genius, but has none of the talent. Dr. Loeb's hideous mother, Iphagenia – who's evil scheme is to foment a second Southern Rebellion, beginning with Lower Alabama. And the Cromogoldon, a brute with forehead villainous low and quite possibly the strongest creature on the planet. Inevitably, Edwin's unique clientele lead him into direct conflict with the greatest superhero of them all, Excelsior. And so, the quiet, restrained intellectual is pitted against heroic force.

583 Merle, Robert
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Malevil(SciFi)

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Post apocaliptic France... and how to survive.


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The story's events take place in rural France in the late twentieth century. The protagonist is Emanuel Comte, former school director, now turned farmer and landowner. He is also an owner of a tourist attraction - an old castle called Malevil after the nearby village. Comte is a highly motivated, well-respected person with a talent for diplomacy and leadership.

By chance, Emanuel and several of his friends find themselves in the wine cellar of the castle during the unexpected outbreak of nuclear war. The survivors find their surroundings reduced to ashes and rubble. Together under the leadership of Emanuel they start to rebuild. They later discover that other people and animals have survived in nearby farmsteads and villages. Nature begins anew and an agrarian society starts to reform. From time to time more survivors show up, some bringing death and destruction with them.

One of the main challenges of the slowly emerging society is to fend off the threat of a new theocratic dictatorship that has taken over a neighboring village with the assistance of a marauding gang.

584 Miller, Walter M. Jr.
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A post-apocalyptic novel about a group of monks dedicated to preserving human knowledge until it is prepared for it once again. Pretty good.


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Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

585 Moffitt, Donald
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Crescent in the Sky(SciFi)

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Read too long ago to rate.


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For one thousand years, the Great Awakening has spread the teachings of Islam to all of the far corners of the known universe. Without a Caliph at its head, the great Muslim empire had been a disparate conglomerate of power, for no one ruler had been able to bridge the great interplanetary distances to make the requisite pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. Then the Emir of Mars announces his plans to undertake this most ambitious of journeys and win the prize of the Caliphate, and Mars is thrust into a frenzy of plots and intrigue. Young scientist Abdul Hamid-Jones is not interested enough in politics to see how any of this could affect him, but he soon finds himself caught up in the web of court politics with his life at stake because of what he knows.

586 Moffitt, Donald
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A Gathering of Stars(SciFi)

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Read too long ago to rate.


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The ambitious sultan of Alpha Centauri can only claim the illustrious title of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. This journey completed, he will rule the entire population of the greater Islamic universe. But human knowledge has not yet been able to overcome the significant challenges presented by interplanetary travel. However, the sultan resourcefully enlists the help of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a clever fugitive with a price on his head and the law at his heels. Thrown into the bewildering world of the sultan's schemes, Abdul receives a hasty introduction to complex physics and the even-more-complex political intrigues of the sultan's court. Responsible for the successful execution of the sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the fate of the entire solar system could be resting on his shoulders.

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Mankind explores the galaxies by sending it's DNA via radio signals to other species. How does that work out?


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After intercepting a message from Earth, Nar scientists have learned the secret of human life. The alien species understands everything about human technology and culture and uses this knowledge to build on each breakthrough until it succeeds in re-creating humans. Now they encourage their "pets" to evolve within the alien community and learn the mysteries of the galaxy, but prohibit any knowledge of the planet Earth itself. Bram has always dreamed of traveling to the forbidden planet. Although Earth is millions of miles away, the bioengineer is determined to discover the truth about his species and the land that has been kept a secret his whole life. Bram must discover a way to unveil the truth and see the homeland he has been denied.

588 Moffitt, Donald
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This was an interesting idea about an advanced civilization that passes through our solar system and steals the planet Jupiter for Fuel... Big thinking!!


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The Lunar Observatory on Earth is picking up a very strange and unidentifiable signal from the direction of Cygnus. When the meaning of this signal is finally understood, it clearly spells disaster for Earth. An immense object is rushing toward the Solar System, traveling nearly at the speed of light, its intense nuclear radiation sure to kill all life on Earth within months. As it moves closer the humans can discern that it is an enormous convoy of some sort, nearly as large as a planet. And there is nothing anyone can do to divert such an enormous alien object. Then, unexpectedly, the object changes course and heads toward the dead planet of Jupiter...but what could an enormous alien convoy want with such a useless planet?

589 Moffitt, Donald
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Mankind recreated from radio signals searched for it's origins.


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Many centuries ago, an alien race known as the Nar were able to recreate human beings from genetic code, broadcast from Earth into outer space by a beleaguered humanity. Although the Nar are kind and benevolent masters to the humans, discontent leads the humans to revolt, and the Nar realize that they do not yet fully understand their rebellious creations. They allow a group of humans to travel millions of light years through the galaxy, in order to discover what has happened to the original occupants of planet Earth. However, none of the human participants of the expedition are prepared for what awaits them at the completion of their journey...

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A great "detective" novel with some great, far flung, concepts - like how, you can be shipped across the galaxy as a signal and encarnated into a new body for whatever job your bosses want. This novel is great from the opening lines right through to the end.


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In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats "existence" as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . .

591 Morris, Janet
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The Gates of Hell(SciFi)

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Out of the underworld and into your heart! Rumor has it that there is a way out of Hell, through tunnels. Of course the rumors could he disinformation direct from the Father of Lies; all the Heroes of Hell who have assembled for the adventure know that. Though they do not know what hideous dangers they will face once they forsake the sanctuary of Julius Caesar's palace in New Hell, they are sure that boredom, the most awfiil fate Eternity has to offer, will not he one of them. Anything less they can handle; they are who they are, after all, and they have their army, equipped with the most modern weapons and electronics.... Join the greatest Heroes and Rogues of all the Ages in the first full-length novel in the greatest of all shared universes: Heroes in Hell.

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They are in hell.. what's the point


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593 Nagata, Linda
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The Bohr Maker(SciFi)

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Sounds a little like the premise for Blade Runner. Read too long ago to rate.


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Nikko is the first true "post human"—a man genetically engineered to survive in the airless void of space—but the research permit that allows his existence is about to expire. His body has already begun an insidious, pre-programmed failure that will end in his death. Nikko's only hope for survival rides on an illegal and extremely powerful nanotech device known as the Bohr Maker, that will allow him to rewrite his genetic code and extend his life. He attempts to steal the Maker from the archives of the Commonwealth police, but his plan goes awry. The device escapes into the wild, infecting a young woman named Phousita who lives in an impoverished slum where nanotechnology is regulated only by the black market. Phousita's genetic code is rewritten by the Maker. Her senses are enhanced, and she gains extraordinary powers of healing, but like Nikko she has become a fugitive. The Commonwealth police are on the hunt, determined to sterilize all traces of the Bohr Maker before it can be copied and spread throughout the population. Together, Phousita and Nikko must evade a ruthless pursuit, both to preserve their own lives and to save the Bohr Maker, which holds the promise of re-defining humanity—for good or for ill.

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Tech Heaven(SciFi)

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For Katie Kishida, the nanotechnology revolution begins with an act of love. Katie is a young mother with a successful career and a loving marriage, when her perfect life is shattered by the sudden death of her husband, Tom. Putting her faith in a science that hasn't been invented yet, Katie has Tom's body placed in cryonic suspension—frozen in liquid nitrogen against a time when advances in nanotechnology might heal his injuries and restore his life. Katie never suspects the consequences that will follow. Tom's death and his costly entombment spark immediate political controversy. It's a debate that only grows more passionate as the years pass. Katie's life is taken over by the need to defend her husband's future and to shepherd into existence the controversial technologies that might let him live again . . . even as she's haunted by the question: Does Tom really want to come back?

Tech-Heaven is a compelling story of devotion and unyielding determination set amid the tumultuous politics of our time, in a world that is teetering on the cusp of a technological revolution like no other in history.

595 Naha, Ed
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The Paradise Plot(SciFi)

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First of two novels (the other is "The Suicide Plague") featuring Harry Porter, the likably cynical journalist. Excellent hardboiled-mystery meets science fiction. This one features Harry investigating murderous goings-on at Earth's first orbital colony. Entertaining reading!

596 Naylor, Grant
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Red Dwarf(SciFi)

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Stories from and to the British television series. Funny.


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Here are the first two novels of the cult series Red Dwarf in one volume – Red Dwarf and Better Than Life – plus the first draft of the original TV pilot script. It all when Dave Lister is celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday on a Monopoly board pub crawl round London, and somehow ends up three million years from Earth, marooned in the wrong dimension of the wrong reality, and down to his last two cigarettes. Together with a dead man, a senile computer, a deranged sanitation mechanoid with an overactive guilt chip and the best-dressed entity in all six known universes, the last remaining member of the human race begins his epic journey home.

597 Niven, Larry
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The Barsoom Project(SciFi)

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The Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first visit to the-state-of-art amusement arena Dream Park ended in disaster: the special effects had seemed more real than life... until the holograms she was shooting with live ammunition turned out to be solid flesh and blood... and very, very dead.

Haunted by the past, rebounding from a lengthy spell in a mental hospital, she has returned to Dream Park to exorcise a nightmare that has become reality. But in Dream Park, nothing is what it seems. The Inuit mythology controlling the images is part of a "Fat Ripper Special" designed to implant new behavioral memes. The players are struggling against the game master, one another, and their own demons. And there is a killer who wants to ensure Eviane never regains her memory...noo matter what it costs.

Blending together hard science fiction with topical RPG-like fantasy games, The Barsoom Project is SF at the cutting edge and a classic creation from two of the genre's most beloved writers.

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An interesting moral dilemma.. how to survive when you are just a tool. Or slave. Perhaps you don't even realize you are a tool or slave, until you are nearing the end of your work and are told that you will be sacrificed so that others can life. What would you do?

Well worth the read.


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The first interstellar starship, John Glenn, fled a Solar System populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn's crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir, in hopes of creating a utopian society that would limit intelligent technology. But by some miscalculation they have landed in another solar system and must shape the gas giant planet Harlequin's moon, Selene, into a new, temporary home. Their only hope of ever reaching Ymir is to rebuild their store of antimatter by terraforming the moon. Gabriel, the head terraformer, must lead this nearly impossible task, with all the wrong materials: the wrong ships and tools, and too few resources. His primary tools are the uneducated and nearly-illiterate children of the original colonists, born and bred to build Harlequin's moon into an antimatter factory.

Rachel Vanowen is one of these children. Basically a slave girl, she must do whatever the terraforming Council tells her. She knows that Council monitors her actions from a circling vessel above Selene's atmosphere, and is responsible for everything Rachel and her people know, as well as all the skills, food, and knowledge they have ever received. With no concept of the future and a life defined with duty, how will the children of Selene ever survive once the Council is through terraforming and have abandoned Selene for its ultimate goal of Ymir?

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A roller coaster of a story. Good read.


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When a Dream Park employee and girlfriend of Dream Park security chief Alex Griffin is found murdered, Alex hunts for the killer while trying to protect and oversee the world's most famous, high-stakes live-action gaming tournament. Gamers strive for points, fend off opponents, as the world watches the most imaginative, high-tech gaming contest ever held. Set eight years after THE BARSOOM PROJECT, the stakes in this game are enormous, and some will risk everything to steal secrets or throw the outcome of the game. Third novel in the Dream Park series called "fascinating" by Booklist and "science fiction at its best" by the Central Phoenix Sun.

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A not very believable story about tech vs. luddite society and what happens when tech people end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.


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It's the American Revolution all over again. But this time it's a ragtag band of space colonists vs. the United States. And the fate of the world hangs by a thread--200 miles above the earth.

601 Niven, Larry
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A new world. An okay read. Not great


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Wide and smooth, the Road was seared into planet Destiny's rocky surface by the fusion drive of the powered landing craft, Cavorite. The Cavorite deserted the original interstellar colonists, stranding them without hope of contacting Earth.

Now, descendants of those pioneers have many questions about the Road, but no settler who has gone down it has ever returned. For Jemmy Bloocher, a young farm boy, the questions burn too hot--and he sets out to uncover the many mysteries of Destiny's Road.

602 Niven, Larry
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Dream Park(SciFi)

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Interesting idea... I'd do that.


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A group of pretend adventurers suit up for a campaign called "The South Seas Treasure Game." As in the early Role Playing Games, there are Dungeon Masters, warriors, magicians, and thieves. The difference? At Dream Park, a futuristic fantasy theme park full of holographic attractions and the latest in VR technology, they play in an artificial enclosure that has been enhanced with special effects, holograms, actors, and a clever storyline. The players get as close as possible to truly living their adventure.

All's fun and games until a Park security guard is murdered, a valuable research property is stolen, and all evidence points to someone inside the game. The park's head of security, Alex Griffin, joins the game to find the killer, but finds new meaning in the games he helps keep

603 Niven, Larry
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Fallen Angel(SciFi)

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Science Fiction satire/adventure published in 1991 novel by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn. Near future/alternate future in which anti-technology forces control Earth, while a struggling colony survives in orbital space and on the Moon. Science fiction fans on Earth work to save downed astronauts. Contains new (2011) Retrospective Afterwords by Niven, Pournelle, and Flynn. Original cover by Steve Hickman used with permission.

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Excellent continuation of the Niven universe with the Puppeteer's Fleet of Worlds, and the natural reaction of the Puppeteers to the various threats around them - external, and self-made. When the humans who have been living with the Puppeteers for generations find the truth of their history, will they then become a threat to the Puppeteer race? And what will the Puppeteers - the biggest cowards in the universe - do about this new threat?

A great read, like most of Larry Niven.


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Humanity has been faithfully serving the Citizens for years, and Kirsten Quinn-Kovacks is among the best and the brightest of the humans. She gratefully serves the race that rescued her ancestors from a dying starship, gave them a home world, and nurtures them still. If only the Citizens knew where Kirsten's people came from.

A chain reaction of supernovae at the galaxy's core unleashes a wave of lethal radiation that will sterilize the galaxy. The Citizens flee, taking their planets, the Fleet of Worlds, with them.

Someone must scout ahead, and Kirsten and her crew eagerly volunteer. Under the guiding eye of Nessus, their Citizen mentor, they explore for any possible dangers in the Fleet's path&#8213;and uncover long-hidden truths that will shake the foundations of worlds. Fleet of Worlds marks Larry Niven's first novel-length collaboration within his Known Space universe, the playground he created for his bestselling Ringworld series. Teaming up with fellow SF writer Edward M. Lerner, Fleet of Worlds takes a closer look at the Human-Puppeteer (Citizens) relations and the events leading up to Niven's first Ringworld novel.

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This is a partial retelling of the first book in the series from the point of view of humans in Known Space. And how Nessus the Puppeteer handles the biggest threat of all the humans - Sigmund Ausfaller. How can Nessus protect the Puppeteer race from the paranoid research of Sigmund Ausfaller? Nessus is not a killer. He is a co-opter, but can he distract, confuse or co-opt Ausfaller enough to prevent him from learning the secret of the Puppeteers?

Another good read.


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For too long, the Puppeteers have controlled the fate of worlds. Now Sigmund is pulling the strings...

Covert agent Sigmund Ausfaller is Earth's secret weapon, humanity's best defense against all conspiracies, real and potential - and imaginary - of foes both human and alien. Who better than a brilliant paranoid to expose the devious plots of others?

He may finally have met his match in Nessus, representative of the secretive Puppeteers, the elder race who wield vastly superior technologies. Nessus schemes in the shadows with Earth's traitors and adversaries, even after the race he represents abruptly vanishes from Known Space.

As a paranoid, Sigmund had always known things would end horribly for him. Only the when, where, how, why, and by whom of it all had eluded him. That fog has begun to lift...

But even Sigmund has never imagined how far his investigations will take him - or that his destiny is entwined with the fates of worlds.

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The core of the galaxy has exploded, and many species are trying to get away from the radiation blast. One of those species is the PAK - a race of xenophobe who destroy everything they encounter - including other PAK that are not in their tribe. The fleet of PAK ships have left nothing but destruction in their wake.. and they are aimed right at the Puppeteer planets. Can they get the newly freed Humans of New Terra to help? What can they possibly do to destroy a dispersed fleet of PAK ships? This book explores the interdepence of New Terra and Hearth (the Puppeteer home world) and how they need to save each other - even with their distrust.

Another good read.


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Worlds closer to the galatic core than Known Space are --or were-- home to intelligent speciers. Some learned of the core explosion in time to flee. Destroyer of Worlds opens in 2670, ten years after Juggler of Worlds closes; with refugee species fleeing in an armada of ramscoops in the direction of the Fleet of Worlds. The onrushing aliens are recognized as a threat; they have left in their trail a host of desolated worlds: some raided for supplies, some attacked to eliminate competition, and some for pure xenophobia. Only the Puppeteers might have the resources to confront this threat--but the Puppeteers are philosophical cowards... they don't confront anyone. They need sepoys to investigate the situation and take action for them. The source of the sepoys? Their newly independent former slave world, New Terra.

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The PAK have been turned, but a new threat emerges in a race of aquatic beings who can combine their individual intelligence to make progress faster than any other race on the planet. The Puppeteers already set up a plan to destroy this race, but the New Terra humans have stopped that. Now, a single insane Puppeteers has manipulated them into becoming a real threat and is using them to grab power for himself. Can the race be saved? This is a pretty tense read with everyone having a different motive and a different power dynamic.

Another good read.


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Fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have---just barely---survived. They've stumbled from one crisis to the next: The rebellion of their human slaves. The relentless questing of the species of Known Space. The spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth. The onslaught of the genocidal Pak.

Catastrophe looms again as past crises return---and converge. Who can possibly save the Fleet of Worlds from its greatest peril yet?

Louis Wu? Trapped in the Wunderland civil war, all he wants is to go home---but the only possible escape will plunge him into unknowable danger.

Ol't'ro? The Gw'oth ensemble mind fled across the stars to establish a colony world free from tyranny. But some problems cannot be left behind, and other problems---like the Fleet of Worlds itself---are racing straight at them.

Achilles? Despite past disgrace, the charismatic Puppeteer politician knows he is destined for greatness. He will do anything to seize power---and to take his revenge on everyone who ever stood in his way.

Nessus? The insane Puppeteer scout is out of ideas, out of resources, with only desperation left to guide him.

Their hopes and fears, dreams and ambitions are about to collide. And the winner takes . . . worlds.

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Okay... This was deeply confusing because between Book 4 of this series and Book 5 you were supposed to read the entire RINGWORLD Opus. This book picks up where that series leaves off... and if you have not read any of that, well, you will be very confused. I had read enough to figure out what was going on, but still.. this is pretty bad planning on Niven's part. (Or good planning if you are trying to sell books). For this reason, I give this only and average rating... Sure, it wraps up all the loose ends, but at the expense of a whole lot of clarity. You are saying to yourself WTF? all the time while this is going on. Bummer, because this could have been done without that kind of confusion.

I enjoyed the series, but this ending basically wrecked it, so I do not recommend the series unless you are going to invest in all the Ringworld books as well. Of which the first is very good.


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For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power …

Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind—and the Fleet of World's unsuspected puppet master for a century—is deviously brilliant. And, increasingly unbalanced …

Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which—in desperation—the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming. And the supposed constraints on its initiative …

Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world. And that it must be stopped …

Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer, twice banished—and twice rehabilitated—sees the Fleet of World's existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks …

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days in this final installment to Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner's Fleet of Worlds series.

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A really funny series of stories, each with a twist ending the will make your mind flip.


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We don't know where on Earth you'll wind up,' Ra Chen had told him. And the Director of the Institute for Temporal Research didn't know precisely when, either. All he knew was that Hanville Svetz would be traveling back in time almost 2,000 years. But when he comes back, Hanville Svetz won't be alone. If his mission is successful he will be accompanied by a creature long extinct - a spectacular birthday present for the Secretary-General. His only help is a picture from a child's picture book. A picture of a horse. And so begins the first incredible adventure in time of Hanville Svetz.

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Footfall(SciFi)

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An invasion novel, but an invasion novel by two of the best writers ever. Well worth the read.


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They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star.

The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteroids.

Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender--or death for all humans.

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The Moties must be contained to their home planet. But the meetings with humans has shown them that there are other places to live in the galaxy, and they are desperate to get there - destroying anything in their way.


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For the safety of mankind, the aliens called Moties have been quarantined for 25 years (see THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE) and are now poised to break out of their solar system and spread rapidly into humanity's space. Kevin Renner, Horace Bury, Rod Blaine and other characters introduced in THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE must now find new ways to cope with the inevitable Motie expansion while trying to protect humanity. Sequel to the novel Robert A. Heinlein called "Possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read."

612 Niven, Larry
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Inferno(SciFi)

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Loved this parody of Dante's Inferno. Another novel in Hell.


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After being thrown out the window of his luxury apartment, science fiction writer Allen Carpentier wakes to find himself at the gates of hell. Feeling he's landed in a great opportunity for a book, he attempts to follow Dante's road map. Determined to meet Satan himself, Carpentier treks through the Nine Layers of Hell led by Benito Mussolini, and encounters countless mental and physical tortures. As he struggles to escape, he's taken through new, puzzling, and outlandish versions of sin--recast for the present day.

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What a cool concept - Atmosphere and biology without a planet. The title refers to the shape of the trees, which makes it obvious that the person who designed this cover didn't know what they were doing.


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"Niven has come up with an idea about as far out as one can get. . . . This is certainly classic science fiction–the idea is truly the hero." –Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine

When leaving Earth, the crew of the spaceship Discipline was prepared for a routine assignment. Dispatched by the all-powerful State on a mission of interstellar exploration and colonization, Discipline was aided (and secretly spied upon) by Sharls Davis Kendy, an emotionless computer intelligence programmed to monitor the loyalty and obedience of the crew. But what they weren't prepared for was the smoke ring–an immense gaseous envelope that had formed around a neutron star directly in their path. The Smoke Ring was home to a variety of plant and animal life-forms evolved to thrive in conditions of continual free-fall. When Discipline encountered it, something went wrong. The crew abandoned ship and fled to the unlikely space oasis.

Five hundred years later, the descendants of the Discipline crew living on the Smoke Ring no longer remember their origins. Earth is more myth than memory, and no recollection of the State remains. But Kendy remembers. And just outside the Smoke Ring, Discipline waits patiently to make contact with its wayward children.

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They have their own Grendel.


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Light years from Earth, colonists land on a planet they name Avalon. It seems like a paradise -- until strange and terrifying native creatures savagely attack the Colony. It will take every bit of intelligence, courage and military-style discipline to survive…

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A good set of stories if you are into short SciFi. Talk about phantom limb syndrome!!!


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A set of stories with Gil Hamilton and his rather strange arm as the main character.

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A fantastic novel about a comet that strikes the earth with devastating results. Scenes in here are all really well done. I will never forget the surfer who rides the tsunami into Los Angeles.. past buildings.. in his attempt to survive. Great scene!!!


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In this bestselling novel by the authors of THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE, a massive comet breaks apart and bombards the Earth, with catastrophic results: worldwide earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, thousand-foot tidal waves and seemingly endless rain… With civilization in ruins, individuals band together to survive and to build a new society. "A MEGATON OF SUSPENSEFUL EXCITEMENT ... which should keep readers going non-stop, cover to cover" - Booklist.

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I actually can't recall this now - it was previously rated - but Niven is a great writer. I have yet to read a clunker from him.


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Larry Niven created his popular "Magic Goes Away" universe in 1967, and it has been a source of delight and inspiration ever since. By asking the simple question, What if magic were a finite resource?, Niven brought to life a mesmerizing world of wonder and loss, of hope and despair. The success of his first story collection, The Magic Goes Away, birthed two sequel anthologies, The Magic May Return and More Magic. All three volumes are collected here for the first time, with stories by Niven himself, as well as contributions by such luminaries of fantasy as Roger Zelazny, Fred Saberhagen, Steven Barnes, and Poul Anderson. Featuring a brand-new introduction by Larry Niven, The Magic Goes Away Collection gives readers insight into the breathtaking world of Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Burning City and Burning Tower and stands on its own as a landmark in fantasy fiction.

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First contact with an alien species. Are the dangerous to us? At first they don't seem to be, but something is not right. Can the aliens fool the humans long enough to get out of their own planet and start to breed on others, or will humans realize the threat these creatures pose simply because of their biology?

This is an excellent read.


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The united 'Second Empire of Man' spans vast distances, due to the Alderson Drive which has enabled humans to travel easily between the stars. After an alien probe is discovered, the Navy dispatches two ships to determine whether the aliens pose a threat… Called by Robert A. Heinlein: "Possibly the greatest science fiction novel ever written," this magnificent exploration of first contact and a truly alien society is a "must read" for science fiction fans.

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A beautiful city, glittering with lights, parks, walkways, shops, restaurants and elegant highrises looms 1,000 feet above Los Angeles, home to successful and adventurous citizens who love Todos Santos with a fierce loyalty. While the city in the sky provides economic benefits to the city on the ground, some Angelinos resent -- even hate -- Todos Santos. Ever fearful of sabotage, bombs and other means of destroying this fragile gem, the Todos Santos security take no chances with anyone carrying weapons who gets past their defenses.

When 3 young Angelinos die in a defensive action by the Todos Santos security forces to protect their city, all hell breaks loose. OATH OF FEALTY follows the subsequent events, as Los Angeles law and Todos Santos' vision of justice collide.

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1981, may yet prove a model for future cities in the sky or any closed environment and the new kinds of community and human behaviors that will evolve. A work that will appeal to libertarians and anyone who enjoys a good story set in a future that offers alternate ways of living and the inevitable conflicts with those maintaining the status quo.

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Interesting idea. Follow every idea to its logical conclusion and sometimes you end up where you don't want to be.

People would have a mighty incentive to support the death penalty if the organs were made available for harvesting.


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In a break from his usual ARM duties, Hamilton is an acting U.N. Delegate on the moon, attending a conference on Lunar Law. The Belt Delegate, Chris Penzler, is shot by a laser in an apparent murder attempt. The shot came from outside of the window of his personal quarters, which looks out onto the lunar surface. The only person known to be outside on the lunar surface at the time of the attempt is Naomi Mitchison, a tourist and old flame of Gil's.

Gil believes Naomi to be innocent of shooting Penzler, but suspects that she may be lying in order to hide an equally serious crime.

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Ringworld(SciFi)

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Absolutely spectacular SciFi

In case you don't know, a RINGWORLD is a solid ring of matter around a star that has the living area of 3 million Earths. It is one of the things we would expect to see in the universe if there are advanced life forms out there. In this book humans discover a Ringworld, and send an expedition to explore it.


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Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel, RINGWORLD remains a favorite among science fiction readers.

Louis Wu, accompanied by a young woman with genes for luck, and a captured kzin – a warlike species resembling 8-foot-tall cats -- are taken on a space ship run by a brilliant 2-headed alien called Nessus. Their destination is the Ringworld, an artificially constructed ring with high walls that hold 3 million times the area of Earth. Its origins are shrouded in mystery.

The adventures of Louis and his companions on the Ringworld are unforgettable . . .

"Larry Niven's RINGWORLD remains one of the all-time classic travelogues of science fiction — a new and amazing world and fantastic companions." - Greg Bear

"If there isn't a Ringworld out there somewhere, we ought to build one someday. Until then we have Larry Niven's. A rich and fantastic story." - Fred Saberhagen

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Not as good as the first Ringworld novel. The place is still amazing, but the premise is flawed in my opinion.


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Over twenty years after returning to Earth from the Ringworld, Louis Wu is kidnapped, along with a warrior kzin named Chmeee, by a Pierson's puppeteer, a brilliant 2-headed alien who calls himself the "Hindmost". The puppeteer hopes to regain status with his fellow citizens by traveling to the Ringworld to bring back treasures. Upon reaching the vast and mysterious Ringworld, Louis and his companions encounter many surprises, including that the Ringworld is unstable. Its billions of inhabitants will die within months if Louis and his companions do not find a way to locate the Control Center of its mysterious builders, the Ringworld engineers, and fix the problem.

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The follow-up to The Integral Trees


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In the free-fall environment of the Smoke Ring, the descendants of the crew of the Discipline no longer remembered their Earth roots -- or the existence of Sharls Davis Kendy, the computer-program despot of the ship. Until Kendy initiated contact once more.

Fourteen years later, only Jeffer, the Citizens Tree Scientist, knew that Kendy was still watching -- and waiting. Then the Citizens Tree people rescued a family of loggers and learned for the first time of the Admiralty, a large society living in free fall amid the floating debris called the Clump. And it was likely that the Admiralty had maintained, intact, Discipline's original computer library.

Exploration was a temptation neither Jeffer nor Kendy could resist, and neither Citizens Tree nor Sharls Davis Kendy would ever be the same again...

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All the Tales of Known Space are good. Who are the Ptavvs? The answer will be surprising!


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Larry Greenberg's telepathic tendencies had been trained and developed to a critical level. The trouble was that if these psychic interchanges were strong enough, a man could end up not knowing who he really was. But when Larry's mind is taken over by an alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind. And when Larry's mind is taken over by a sinister alien force, he has to fight to retain his sanity - and divert a disaster that threatens all mankind...

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A good set of stories.


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A solitary mountain rises from the searing, toxic blackness of the planet. The organ banks are the centre of this world. To them the subservient colonists contribute living limbs, and from them the overlords obtain the vital parts that keep them alive.

626 Niven, Larry
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Fantastic story with surprising ideas. Ask yourself.. just who were those breeders? And where are they now?


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Phssthpok the Pak had been traveling for most of his thirty-two thousand years. His mission: save, develop, and protect the group of Pak breeders sent out into space some two and a half million years before...

Brennan was a Belter, the product of a fiercely independent, somewhat anarchic society living in, on, and around an outer asteroid belt. The Belters were rebels, one and all, and Brennan was a smuggler. The Belt worlds had been tracking the Pak ship for days -- Brennan figured to meet that ship first...

He was never seen again -- at least not by those alive at the time.

627 Oberndorf, Charles
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Sheltered Lives(SciFi)

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With the government incarcerating citizens in concentration camps in order to stop the spread of the sexually transmitted disease called ""hives,"" Anna Baxter's new relationship with a male prostitute makes her a sexual suspect.

628 Ochse, Weston
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Velvet Dogma(SciFi)

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A pretty good cyber-punk story with lots of twists and a good mystery at the heart. A fun, action adventure story with a sympathetic main character who everyone seems out to kill.


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In the year 2040, the world has finally achieved the perfect merging of human and machine by developing a method by which the computer has direct integration into the brain. Called Personal Ocular Devices, or PODS, the interface fits over the eye feeding information directly along the optic nerve into the brain, allowing minds and computers to become one.
But not for Rebecca Mines who has been held in solitary confinement for the last 20 years. Arrested under the 2002 Patriot Act as a cyber-terrorist for unleashing a program called Velvet Dogma, her parole restricts access to all computers and all but the simplest of machines. Although the government is still fearful that she'll resume her previous profession, Rebecca wants nothing more than to find a place to exist in peace. She has a life to live, and twenty years of personal stagnation from which to recover.
But she discovers that things have changed dramatically since she's been in prison. Not only is organ theft sanctioned, but all of her organs have already been levied to the highest bidder. No sooner does she promise the judge that she'll be a law-abiding citizen, then she finds herself on the run from not only Chinese Black Hearts, eager to confiscate her organs, but the authorities who realize that they've let her out too soon.

629 Patrick, Martin I.
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The Unreturned(SciFi)

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Perhaps those who didn't come back.. didn't want to. What is the real reason some abducted people were not returned? The truth is startling.


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For hundreds of yeas, unseen aliens have abducted humans from their homes, leaving no trace of their existence behind. When they abduct his sister, David Paxton joins the Space Fleet. Out on patrol, he becomes the first person to see and alien ship, and while attempting to shoot it down accidentally kills his wing man and best friend.

Then, the abductions stop. The aliens communicate their intentions to return all living persons and never abduct a human again. Thousands of people come home. But some, including Paxton's sister, never return. Fifteen years later, Paxton never gives up hoe that his sister is alive and being held by the aliens.

When a deep space outpost detects evidence of the unseen aliens and finally pinpoints the location of the former prison planet - complete with signs of human life - the discovery sets off a chain of events that will ultimately unravel the narrative of the past two centuries as Paxton races to uncover the horrible truth behind what really happened to the Unreturned.

630 Pellegrino, Charles
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Flying to Valhalla(SciFi)

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The problem with interstellar war is that you only get one shot. This book explores that idea.


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As the pilot of the first traveling star vessel, Christopher Wayville travels to an earthlike planet that supports a humanoid population and becomes haunted by memories of his own death on the same planet.

631 Perry, Steve
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The Forever Drug(SciFi)

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Venture Silk and Zia Rélanj have fled Earth for her homeworld of E2 -- it was run or be arrested. They love each other, but he's a spindoc and she's a spy; she's going to get a treatment that will let her to live forever -- and he isn't. More than a few operatives want something from them, and if they are to survive, they will have to be sharp -- and quick on the draw ...

632 Perry, Steve
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Spindoc(SciFi)

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The story of a professional "spinner" - a job that did not exist when this book was written, but is now a phrase we hear all the time. Good prediction.


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Venture Silk is a corporate spindoc in beautiful Hawaii, twisting the news to serve his bosses when his girlfriend is murdered. Silk is pulled into a web of intrigue beyond the kind he has learned to spin. Spies, rogue agents, and religious fanatics, all armed and dangerous turn Silk's life into an adventure he never saw coming, and death lurks around every corner.

633 Piper, H. Beam
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The Cosmic Computer (Original Title: Junkyard Planet)(SciFi)

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This is the first SciFi book (other than Tom Swift) I ever picked up. I think I was 13 or so. I started to read it, but could not get into it. About a year later I started to read it again... and couldn't put it down until I was finished. I guess that's when I got hooked.

It's about a young man who was sent off to college to study the history of war.. to return to his home planet and help the people there find a mythical computer.. so powerful that it could answer any tactical question and predict outcomes. Find it would make everyone rich.. but what if is just a myth?

To the victor go the spoils and in the aftermath of a brutal and drawn-out war on the planet Poictesme, an agent is sent to hunt among the smoldering ruins for the most valuable prize of all Merlin, the most powerful computer the universe has ever known. Will the mission be successful, or will the intrepid technology hunter come home empty-handed?


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To the victor go the spoils and in the aftermath of a brutal and drawn-out war on the planet Poictesme, an agent is sent to hunt among the smoldering ruins for the most valuable prize of all Merlin, the most powerful computer the universe has ever known. Will the mission be successful, or will the intrepid technology hunter come home empty-handed?

634 Piper, H. Beam
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A great book with a great story. I named one of my cats using the language of the native species.

The story revolves around determining whether a small furry species discovered on the planet Zarathustra is sapient, and features a mild libertarianism that emphasizes sincerity and honesty.


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The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

635 Piper, H. Beam
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Fuzzy Sapiens series Book 2: Fuzzy Sapiens(SciFi)

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Another great story about the Fuzzies... and how they prove to humans, time and again, that they are sentient.

Read this, you will enjoy it.


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636 Piper, H. Beam
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Fuzzy Sapiens series Book 3: Fuzzies and Other People(SciFi)

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This is the third, and last book about the Fuzzies from H. Beam Piper. But his ideas inspired others to write Fuzzy novels as well. Look for them as these are a great alien race - and so cuddly.

This book was put together after Piper's death by suicide but is still great.


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"They don't even know that lying is possible. They don't have anything to lie about naturally. Their problems are all environmental, and you can't lie to your environment; if you try to lie to yourself about it, it kills you. I wish their social structure was a little more complicated; lying is a social custom. I wish they'd invented politics!"
- Leslie Coombes, chief counsel for the Charterless Zarathustra Company (CZC), in this book.

637 Piper, H. Beam
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Read too long ago to rate. Though I love a good time travel/alternate universe book.


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Cpl. Calvin Morrison of the Pennsylvania State Police goes out to arrest a killer, stumbles into a lateral time machine, and falls suddenly into the feudal princedom of Hostigos, which is not in another world, but right in the middle of Pennsylvania. Hostigos, ruled by a benevolent prince with a beautiful daughter, faces the short end of a war of extermination. Morrison has a chance to display his leadership ability, utilize his knowledge of military history, rescue the princedom, and wed the princess (who could never be mistaken for the stereotypical damsel in distress). But can he do it before he is hunted down by the Paratime Police? He did, after all, manage to shoot a Paratime Policeman when he stumbled into the lateral time machine.

638 Piper, H. Beam
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Uller Uprising(SciFi)

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The story of a confrontation between a human overlord and alien servants, with an ironic twist at the end. Like most of Piper's best work, Uller Uprising is modeled after an actual event in human history; in this case the Sepoy Mutiny -- though not a mere retelling of the Indian Mutiny, but rather an analysis of an historical event applied to a similar situation in the far future.

639 Pohl, Frederik
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The Age of the Pussyfoot(SciFi)

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Somewhat humorous take on the pitfalls of being revived into a future you don't understand

640 Pohl, Frederik
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Black Star Rising(SciFi)

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I recall this being pretty funny.


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When a mysterious alien spacecraft approaches the Earth and demands to speak with the President of the United States, then destroys a large Pacific island to demonstrate its strength and its seriousness, you'd expect the President to talk. Problem is, in the late twenty-first century, there is no President--not even a United States. China rules the Americas, and to most people "US" and "USSR" are just quaint abbreviations in historical dictionaries. But the aliens prove unreasonable about accepting substitutes. So one Anglo rice-cultivator from the Heavenly Grain Collective farm near Biloxi, Mississippi is forced to begin an adventure that will take him from peasant to President, from Pettyman to Spaceman.

641 Pohl, Frederik
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The novel tells the story of a professor who discovers a monstrous plot.

642 Pohl, Frederik
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Farthest Star(SciFi)

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643 Pohl, Frederik
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This satirical science fiction novel was first serialized in 1954 and published in book form in 1955. Whereas in the authors' earlier novel "The Space Merchants" the world was ruled by advertising agencies, here corporate lawyers have gained a stranglehold on the world.

644 Pohl, Frederik
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Land's End(SciFi)

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When Comet Sicara brushed near enough to strip the ozone layer form the Earth's atmosphere, civilization effectively ended--in fact, life on Earth was nearly extinguished. But the underwater cities survived, and some heavily protected land enclaves as well. When the "ozone summer" years were ending, submarine captain Ron Tregarth rediscovered his lost love, Graciela Navarro. but their triumph against all odds was only the beginning, for the alien known as the Eternal stood between them and threatened to destroy all they held dearest. The Eternal's goal was to absorb the minds of every living thing, to create a death-in-life to enslave the planet.

645 Pohl, Frederik
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Man Plus(SciFi)

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A good story with a plausible premise. Good read.


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In the not-too-distant future, a desperate war for natural resources threatens to bring civilization to a crashing halt. Nuclear warships from around the globe begin positioning themselves as the American government works feverishly to complete a massive project to colonize Mars. Former astronaut Roger Torraway has agreed to be transformed by the latest advances in biological and cybernetic science into something new, a being that can survive the rigors of Mars before it is terraformed. Becoming Man Plus will allow him to be the linchpin in opening the new Martian frontier…but not without challenging his humanity as no man has ever been challenged before.

A bestselling, Nebula Award-winning novel when first published more than thirty years ago, this book is now more relevant than ever, as the battle between corporate interests and those who seek to save Earth's natural resources steadily escalates. The question of where man will go once the world's food, water, and oil have run out has yet to be answered. Man Plus by Frederick Pohl is a brilliantly imagined, compelling possible scenario that has enthralled countless readers.

646 Pohl, Frederik
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A possible future that is not all that implausible.


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The Merchants' War, Pohl's brilliant new sequel to the previous masterpiece - a blistering satirical vision of Earth's foreseeable future, when advertising has gone mad, and society is divided into those who sell and the lowly consumers who buy . . and buy . . .and buy. It is a civilization in which no one eats natural foods, artificially cultivated meat cells provide all protein, soft drinks are laced with "harmless" addictives to ensure product loyalty - and onle the Conservationist rebels, or Consies, battle the status quo, waging an underground war against the powerful, exploitative advertising agencies that run the world.

647 Pohl, Frederik
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Kinda fun.

Maybe in today's world.. political PAC's


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The story of a philanthropic foundation used as a front by alien beings secretly monitoring Earth. Nolly Stennis - former opera singer turned accountant - hears of two performers who sign contracts with Narabedla and vanish. He investigates but is transported to one of Aldebaran's moons.

648 Pohl, Frederik
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The Company, a powerful, efficient, and thoroughly monstrous insurance organization, controlled the entire world. It scientifically regulating every aspect of life: war, epidemics, one-a-day food pills and test-tube sex...all through the use of its patented, terrifying human deep-freeze vault. Claims Adjuster Wills, a great believer in the Company, has second thoughts when he meets beautiful Rena, whose radical father lies frozen in one of the Company's subterranean vaults...

649 Pohl, Frederik
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This is a funny book.. I still remember Chicken Little - A giant cloned slab of chicken meat that is harvested instead of killing chickens to feed people.


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In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world's most powerful executives.

Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life. However, the most basic elements are incredibly scarce, including water and fuel.

The planet Venus has just been visited and judged fit for human settlement, despite its i