hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. Only this year, the souls will not be quieted. Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters' journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they've ever known.
Trapped and desperate on a world surrounded by alien Prador forces, Thorvald Spear watched a rescue ship arrive. But instead of providing backup, Penny Royal, (the AI within the destroyer), turned rogue and annihilated friendly forces in a frenzy of destruction. When Spear is brought back from the dead a century later he learns that Penny Royal is still free and vows to track it across worlds and do whatever it takes to bring it down.
An emergency signal draws Books and Braun back to London, where they find the situation even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro's dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally - a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself...
London, May 2010. Foxes are behaving oddly. Burmese people are going missing. A new synthetic drug, Glow, has begun to appear on the streets of London. This is a story of London's underworld in every sense of the word: corporate mercenaries, pirate radio DJs, small-time gangsters, and the foxes that go through your bins at night. A conspiracy with global repercussions will converge on one small flat above a dentist's office.
It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives - brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer - is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In Aylesford itself a grave is opened and possibly robbed of the skull. The suspected grave robber, the infamous Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, is an old nemesis of Langdon St. Ives. When Dr. Narbondo returns to kidnap his four-year-old son Eddie and then vanishes into the night, St. Ives and his factotum Hasbro race to London in pursuit.
Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons -- from feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics. As she copes with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, she is accompanied not only by her young son Jake, but also by a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella's in ways both professional and personal.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir's first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne. In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late. Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton - rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest. All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them.
Jazen and Kit's personal balance point is upset by thirsts for power and revenge by old enemies, Jazen's problematic past, and his former girlfriend. The two cold warriors find their relationship, and their very survival, tested as never before. Lost in space, and from one another, they must each penetrate Yavet, the universe's most insular and repressive world, then foil a plot that could turn Cold War II hot and nuclear - or die trying.
Bren Cameron now has the pieces of a decades-old plot that's been threaded through Guild actions going back before his arrival on the continent, and more - he knows the person responsible. In the heart of Assassins' Guild Headquarters, the most closely guarded fortress on the continent, that person is going to find out he knows, and find out within hours. They have no choice. If they don't move, the other side will. And the lives of the boy, the guests, the entire ruling family are at stake.
Bren's current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm's way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager's daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji's recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren's workload is challenging, but at least things on the "atevi "world seem to be on the right track. Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens...
Special Agent Von Kodiak uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from the slums of Salt City to the floating gas mines of Jupiter. There, deep in the roiling clouds of the planet, the Jovian Mining Corporation is hiding something, a secret that will tear the Fleet apart and that the Morning Star, a group of militarized pilgrims searching for their lost god, is determined to uncover. But there is something else hiding in the Jovian system. Something insidious and intelligent, machine-like and hungry. The Spiders are near.
Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany is able to ship a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government. Her real goal is the invasion and permanent conquest of California and Texas. America desperately resists the mightiest and most brutal army in the world in a battle fought on land, at sea, and in the air as enemy armies savagely march up on California, and move north towards a second Battle of the Alamo. Only the indomitable spirit of freedom can answer the Kaiser's challenge.
The guy who saved Lark's life needs her to repay the favour. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins - who should know better than to mess with the dead - may be their only hope of staying alive.
In claiming a place in the world, mortals have won many enemies for themselves. The ancient gods are jealous and conspire against them. The King of the Dead looks to lead his armies into the land of the living. In their own realm, the mighty Declension watches and waits, as events begin to unfold precisely as they had always planned. Jillan and his companions are beset on all sides, yet are plagued by self-doubt and internal division.
When Secret Riven, an uncanny child who can mysteriously communicate with plants and animals, is twelve, her mother, Zavet, receives an arcane manuscript to translate. Suddenly, Zavet dies - and the manuscript is missing. The only clue left is a cipher for Secret to find. Soon, she will have a choice to make: confront a destiny tied to an ancient past or deny it, never to know its whole truth.
Authors S. M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye return with four novellas. The cat-like Mrem, our heroes, battle the deep reptilian intelligence of humanoid dinosaurs in a Bronze Age world. Sequel to Exiled: Clan of the Claw.
Stories by various alternate historians, edited by Flint, that details the aftermath of the cosmic accident which set the modern West Virginia town of Grantville down in war-torn 17th century Europe.
In 1893, young Asa Shaw's fiance Jo takes a job as a stenographer for some of the fashionable spiritualist and occult societies of fin de siecle London. But a war breaks out between competing magical societies, and Asa interrupts Jo in the middle of an elaborate occult exploration. This rash move turns out to be dire, as Jo's consciousness is stranded at the outer limits of a psychic day trip. Which, Asa is chagrined to find, was somewhere in the vicinity of Mars. Asa won't give up the love of his life so easily and vows to do anything it takes to reunite her mind and body...even if he must follow her to Mars.
When Kai sees one of her creations dying and tries to save her, she is grievously injured and then sidelined from the business entirely, her near-suicidal rescue attempt offered up as proof of her instability. But when Kai gets tired of hearing her boss, her coworkers, and her ex-boyfriend call her crazy, and starts digging into the reasons her creations die, she uncovers a conspiracy of silence and fear - which will crush her, if Kai can't stop it first.
Spirits are hounding Jensen Murphy for justice day and night, and, now, a ghost-hunting TV show is digging up dirt on her unsavory demise that she'd rather keep buried. Worst of all, a seriously evil specter is making her afterlife hell by hurting the people and ghosts she cares about. To stop her, Jensen will need assistance from a higher power - only the price she'll have to pay for that help could be her very soul...
In Toronto a 17 year old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: she was one of the original scientists who developed the drug. With the help of an ex-government agent and an imaginary, drug-induced doctor, Lyda sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made the Numinous in a quest to set things right.
On Harrison's first day at school in the Lovecraftian town of Dunnsmouth, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources - and an unusual host of allies - to defeat the danger and find his mother.
Molly, the 10 year old sister of Ciel Halligan's boyfriend Billy, has already begun to show signs of being an adaptor herself. But then she takes on the form of a baby orangutan that she touches and can't change back. Ciel and Billy head for New York City and the only person they know can help, Ciel's brother James, a non-adaptor scientist who is determined to crack the aura adaptor genetic code. But when Billy winds up in jail, accused of attempted murder, Ciel begins to suspect Molly's unusual adapting ability is more than just a fluke. Who has been experimenting on Molly, and what do they hope to gain? And will Ciel survive to find out?
Continuing the NEW CTHULHU project: more eldritch tales and even fresher fiction inspired by Lovecraft. Contributors include John Langan, Laird Barron, Elizabeth Bear, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, John Shirley, Charles Stross, & Carrie Vaughn.
When Miranda, baby daughter to James Asher and his wife Lydia, is kidnapped by the Master Vampire of London, the stakes are high. Blindly follow the Master Vampire's instructions, keep out of the way of the human networks that serve the vampires, destroy the interloper who seeks to seize control of the London Nest, and find the key to the Nest's tortuous inner workings: The Book of the Kindred of Darkness.
15 tales of unusual athletics, including stories from such mystery and fantasy authors Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Charlaine Harris, Mercedes Lackey, Joe Lansdale, Laura Lippmann, Seanan McGuire, and Brandon Sanderson.
Welcome to Midnight, Texas. Midnight seems like an ordinary, dried-up western town, the perfect place for psychic Manfred Bernardo to live and work in privacy. Then a dead body is an uninvited guest at the town picnic, and as the investigation proceeds, Manfred learns that Midnight - and the people who live there - are far, far from ordinary.
While Sofia is struggling to understand her miraculous pregnancy, the City of Towers grows wealthy. But it's not long before the people of Rasenna start arguing again, and as the city falls apart once more, Sofia realises she must escape Etruria to save her baby. When prophecy leads her to another cesspit of treachery, the decadent Crusader kingdom of Oltremare, Sofia begins to despair, for this time she can see no way out.
Atticus's apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What's more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do. Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus's chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury's still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki - or merely a pain in the arse.
Street magician Missy Masters has inherited her grandfather's preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather. Lung Huang isn't quite as ancient as Missy expected, and a romantic interlude embroils her in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Di, Huang's brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr. Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier.
Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defense of the city. But Lom has other concerns. The police are after him, the mystery of the otherworldly Pollandore remains and the vast Angel is moving, turning all of nature against the city. But will the horrors of war overtake all their plans?
Omnibus containing TWO FACES OF TOMORROW and REAL TIME INTERRUPT.
Financial meltdown, global warming and Internet censorship have created a world in which only the wealthy and privileged survive. Michael Paul, the creator of the government firewall, uses his wealth to buy a huge ship, in which he will transport five hundred handpicked people to a safe, fulfilling destiny. Included is his daughter Lalla, and she alone is able to question her father, whose hold over his people becomes more absolute and more sinister the closer the ship comes to its destination ...
16 year old Baxter Zevcenko is kingpin of a smut-peddling schoolyard syndicate, and a possible serial killer who suffers from weird historical dreams. He is unable to cope with the increasingly bizarre landscape of Cape Town's supernatural underworld when his girlfriend, Esme, is kidnapped. Baxter turns to the only person drunk enough to help: bearded, booze-soaked, supernatural bounty hunter, Jackson "Jackie" Ronin.
One of the strongest of the ruthless vampire witches of the European Council is set to create some havoc in the city of New Orleans, and it's definitely personal. Jane is tasked with tracking him down. With the help of a tech wiz and an ex-Army ranger, her partners in Yellowrock Securities, she'll have to put everything on the line, and hope it's enough.
On her 19th birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen's Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon - from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic-to prevent her from wearing the crown.
These new offerings of cosmic terror come from many of the genre's greatest modern acolytes, including Jason V Brock, Peter Cannon, Lois Gresh, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Darrell Schweitzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson and W. H. Pugmire, Simon Strantzas, Brian Stableford, and Don Webb.
Most of the world's resistance leaders and the Lifeweavers are gathering for a peace conference in Helsinki, but the enemy has already inserted an agent among the delegates. David Valentine is chosen to be head of security for the Army of Kentucky representatives - and Alessa ignores his order to stay behind. Now, thrust into a lethal intrigue that threatens the entire peace process, she learns that the Kurian agent may be the least of her concerns. For the Lifeweavers themselves are about to reveal something that will devastate the Resistance to its very core.
Travelling to Murano to study with glassblowers, Jane and Vincent are waylaid by Barbary corsairs. They arrive in Murano destitute. Their plight worsens when a travelling companion, apparently a local banker, empties their British bank accounts and leaves them both in debt to a number of people in town and forbidden from travel. Vincent hatches a reckless plan to get their money back.
A secret laboratory in the Appalachians achieves a breakthrough: a gateway to a new world. But it lets through a disease that begins wiping out the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead. In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race. But will they find her in time?
A terror-filled story of one family and their friends, as they struggle to survive in a world overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt purely by sound...
Horrific war destroyed the Empire that created the pleasure planet Artemis with its concealed technology and bioengineered animals. Artemis became a fable told to children until young archeologist Griffin Dane finds intriguing hints that send him on a quest to find the lost world. Stranded on Artemis after crashing his ship, he encounters the Huntress Adara and her psych-linked companion, the puma Sand Shadow. Their journey with her will lead Dane to discover the planet's secrets...and perhaps provide a key to give unimagined power back to mankind.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions - two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Four planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. There doesn't seem to be a connection between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters, a single child is the only survivor. A fanatical preacher starts insisting that the surivors are three of the four harbingers of the apocalypse. As the children's behavior becomes increasingly disturbed, even their loved ones start to suspect there could be some truth behind the conspiracy theory. When a survivor from the fourth accident is found, deadly alliances are formed and it becomes difficult - and dangerous - to decipher the truth.
20 years after general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle and then went into retirement, the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.
Blaine "Mick" McFadden managed to partially restore Donderath's magic, but now they are bound together, and the magic remains dangerous and erratic - draining the life from him with every use. New threats are rising from the wreckage of the battered kingdoms, and warlords both mortal and undead vie for control. Now, Blaine and his unlikely band of convict heroes must find allies amidst a seas of enemies, and discover a way to rebind magic to the will of mortals before it destroys him.
The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. These worlds are littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo's previous clients. Chloe Millar works in London, mapping changes caused by imported scraps of alien technology. When she stumbles across a pair of orphaned kids possessed by an ancient ghost, she must decide whether to help them or to hand them over to the authorities. And on one of the Jackaroo's gift-worlds, the murder of a man who has just arrived from Earth leads policeman Vic Gayle to a war between rival gangs over possession of a remote excavation site. Something is coming through. Something linked to the visions of Chloe's orphans, and Vic Gayle's murder investigation.
Omnibus edition. Confluence - a long, narrow, artificial world, half fertile river valley, half crater-strewn desert. A world beyond the end of human history. This is the home of Yama, found as an infant in a white boat on the world's Great River, raised by an obscure bureaucrat in an obscure town in the middle of a ruined necropolis, destined to become a clerk - until the discovery of his singular ancestry. For Yama appears to be the last remaining scion of the Builders, closest of all races to the revered architects of Confluence, able to awaken and control the secret machineries of the world.
Young Lerial, the second son of Duke Kiedron, lives in the shadow of his older brother Lephi, the heir to their father's realm. But when he is sent abroad to be fostered by Major Altyrn to learn the skills and wisdom he will need to fulfill his future duties, he begins a journey into a much larger world that brings out his true potential. Lerial has talents that few, as yet, suspect. He is one of those rare beings who can harness both Order and Chaos, the competing natural forces that shape the world and define the magic that exists within it. And as war finally engulfs the fringes of Cigoerne, Lerial's growing mastery of Order and Chaos is tested to its limits, and his own.
Six months have passed since the release of Nexus 5. It has become a weapon deployed in a global war that pitches human against post-human. A diverse set of characters, scattered across the planet, begin to struggle against the forces that have been put in motion.
When Damon's half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave. His new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere, but when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
Harlow is a ghost in her own body. She has no control, no power - all she can do is watch as her twin sister Ava Mae lives recklessly and foolishly, slowly destroying everything Harlow has worked so hard for. Augustine needs to focus on his new role as Guardian of New Orleans, as tourists mysteriously disappear off the streets, but all he can think of is rescuing Harlow. As the Coven grows more powerful, control of the city hangs in the balance and if the witches prevail, no fae will survive.
Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the 'insane' women kept in the haunting Sanatoria.
To escape an arranged marriage, a jinni granted Lyla her wish: to live a thousand years as a jinni herself. Now, her servitude is ending, but there are a few obstacles in Lyla's path to freedom. A Magi intent on binding her again, a jinni bent on vengeance, and not to mention the nightmare from her past that threatens to make her curse permanent - and claim her very soul.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
A few humans have carried on after the collapse, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis. But then a report is received that west of the Cascades rain falls, crops grow, and civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Tania Deeley is a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids, teknoids, manufactured by Oxted Corporation. Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend Sian may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Sian has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Sian could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania's life are not real?
NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn's great moon, Titan. Programmer Melissa Shepherd has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI to control the probe, but when miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet. Former CIA agent Wyman Ford joins Shepherd in tracking down the rogue AI. But the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, and Dorothy has become traumatized and angry.
The Noah is a city-sized ship, half-way through an eight hundred year voyage to another planet. In a world where deeds, and even thoughts, cannot be kept secret, a man is murdered; his body so ruined that his identity must be established from DNA evidence. Within hours, all trace of the crime is swept away, hidden as though it never happened. Hana Dempsey, a mid-level bureaucrat genetically modified to use the Noah's telepathic internet, begins to investigate.
When Cade finally looks into the possible futures, he sees a royal castle blowing up, though his vision does not tell him who is responsible. But he knows that if it is in his visions, he can take action to stop it from happening. And when he finally discovers the truth, he takes the knowledge to the only man in the Kingdom who would believe him: his deadly enemy the Archduke.
The line between ally and enemy blurs as Kara gathers the remnants of her posse to prevent a devastating demonic incursion, but a shattered trust may cost them the war and put Kara behind bars. With treachery rife, and her loved ones in danger, Kara must call upon the essence of who she truly is in order to rally back from a crushing loss. And if she can't, the world is going straight to hell.
Centuries ago, the Australia left a dying Earth in search of an inhabitable planet. But no such planet was ever discovered. Law and order gave way to rioting and chaos as gangs began battling for control of the ship and its dwindling resources, and the Australia was left to drift, directionless, through the emptiness of space. But now 17 year old Chan makes an extraordinary discovery - a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so would bring her to the attention of the fanatics and the murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger.
In a fit of drunken self-pity, Frank turns to using a cursed artifact, hoping to become a man again. So, now a kingdom away from Lendowyn court, he occupies the body of a notorious thief wanted throughout the known world. He's stranded, his only allies a group of outcast teenage girls convinced that he's the legendary master thief Snake. But he must get back to Lendowyn--avoiding the armies of thieves, mercenaries, and assassins after the bounty on his new head--because that is where Snake, a man of ruthless ambition, now occupies the body of the princess.
Alexander Moore, equipped with a supercarrier spacecraft and lots of armoured AI-assisted Marines, is hunting down remnant weaponry platforms left by the brilliant, mad artificial intelligence known as Copernicus, the being ultimately responsible for the Solar System wide civil war. Yet Moore is about to uncover far more sinister threats to the survival of the human race.
Two years ago, the crow-god Marhuk sent his grandson to Sixes. Two nights ago, a stranger picked up his gun and shot him. Two hours ago, the funeral party set out for the holy city of Atali'Krah, braving the wastelands to bring home the body of Dulei Marhuk. Vuchak struggles to keep the party safe from monsters, marauders, and his own troubled mind. Weisei is being eaten alive by a strange illness. And fearful, guilt-wracked Elim hopes he's only imagining the sounds coming from Dulei's coffin.
A mansion fire claims the life of Democratic Presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt and so the party turns to Congressman Joe Steele. Achieving a landslide victory, President Steele wastes no time pushing through Congress reforms that put citizens back to work. His critics may believe the government is gaining too much control, but they tend to find themselves in work camps if they make too much noise about it. And most people welcome strong leadership, full employment, and an absence of complaining from the newspapers - especially as Hitler and Trotsky begin the kind of posturing that seems sure to drag America into war.
On a voyage to New Earth, the starship Rolling Thunder is powered by an energy no one understands, except for its eccentric inventor Jubal Broussard. But after returning from a state of suspended animation, Jubal makes a shocking announcement - the ship must stop or everyone will die. As the ship's inhabitants are torn into two opposing groups - those who believe and those who doubt - it will be up to Jubal's twin daughters, Cassie and Polly, to stop a mutiny.
Jacob Kelley's family is turned upside down when an old friend appears waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker - apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob's house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial. As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.
Iron Age warriors Dug and Lowa captured Maidun castle and freed its slaves. But now they must defend it. A Roman invasion is coming from Gaul, but rather than uniting to defend their home, the British tribes go to battle with each other - and see Maidun as an easy target. Meanwhile, Lowa's spies infiltrate Gaul, discovering the Romans have recruited British druids. And Maidunite Ragnall finds his loyalties torn when he meets Rome's charismatic general, Julius Caesar.
Finnegan has been diagnosed as a Positive, a potential zombie. He is sent to a special facility for Positives, segregated from the regular population for everyone's safety, where he must wait out the two year incubation period. But the military caravan is attacked, and Finn is separated and alone. This leads to an epic cross-country journey across an America transformed, populated with heroes, villains, and madmen. And though the zombies are everywhere, Finn discovers that the real danger may be his fellow humans.
CIA agent Mike Caldwell just confronted a fallen angel and survived. But he wasn't the only one tracking down Semyaza, and the demon's escape from an ancient tomb has caught the attention of several powerful entities. Now they will stop at nothing to get Mike to play by their rules. Mike must head out on an international mission to confront the covert brotherhood in an effort to save the world from destruction.
Young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the twenty two Affinities, and finds that he's a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It's utopian - at first. Problems in all areas of his life begin to simply sort themselves out, as he becomes part of a global network of people dedicated to helping one another - to helping him. But as the differing Affinities put their new powers to the test, they begin to rapidly chip away at the power of governments, of global corporations, of all the institutions of the old world. Then, with dreadful inevitability, the different Affinities begin to go to war - with one another. What happens next will change Adam, and his world, forever.
Menelaus Montrose has forged an uneasy alliance with his immortal adversary, Ximen del Azarchel. They have become the architects of aeons, bringing forth minds the size of planets as they steer the bizarre intellectual descendants of an extinct humanity. Ever driving their labors and their enmity is the hope of reunion with their shared lost love, the posthuman Rania, whose eventual return is by no means assured, but who may unravel everything these eternal rivals have sought to achieve.
While Dr. Warthrop is attempting to disprove that "Homo vampiris," the vampire, could exist, his former fiancee asks him to save her husband, who has been captured by a Wendigo - a creature that starves even as it gorges itself on human flesh. Although Dr. Warthrop considers the Wendigo to be fictitious, he relents and performs the rescue - but is he right to doubt the Wendigo's existence? Can the doctor and Will Henry hunt down the ultimate predator, who, like the legendary vampire, is neither living nor dead, and whose hunger for human flesh is never satisfied?
Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in the Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. Galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.
The long-planned raid on the Grik Empire has grown more ambitious - and more dangerous. Only Matthew Reddy, commander of the old destroyer USS Walker, seems focused on the original intent. As the raid begins and chaos reigns, Reddy has no choice but to go 'all in' and risk everything. And the final cost might be more than he - or the Alliance - can bear.
Reddy and his crew are exhausted, far from reinforcements, and wildly outnumbered, so the odds seem greater than ever before. As for the fate of the Americas, Don Hernan and the evil Dominion have gathered to annihilate the forces behind the walls of Fort Defiance as a shadowy power with an agenda all its own rises with chilling resolve.
Companion to LIFE AFTER LIFE : the story of Ursula Todd's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is facing the difficulties of living in a future he never expected to have.
Young adult. The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem. Soon, the children are confronted by a mysterious stranger - and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives.
Bizarre murders are taking place in a fertile farming community, and the locals are quick to point fingers at Ryan and his companions. But they know that a colony of mutants has been driven from its underground home, forced to find sustenance in the light of day. And only human flesh will satisfy their hunger. Ryan and the companions face an ultimatum - help the cannibals reclaim their territory, or risk becoming the next meal. Except something far more sinister - and ravenous - lurks beneath the lush fields...
Beautiful, seductive and deadly, she is called Ereshkigal. Her flowerlike temple - eerie and alien - rises out of the desolate, sun-drenched desert of postapocalyptic Spain. The river of blood flowing to her temple doors is just the first sign of the horror to follow. With her army of Terror Priests eager to kill for their queen, Kane, Grant and Brigid must confront her dark power. But Ereshkigal's power to control men's lives may prove stronger than anything the Cerberus warriors have ever faced.
Down on the runway of the abandoned Las Vegas airport goes the B-52 bomber Liberty Bell, on a last, desperate mission, a nuclear strike on a secret compound in the middle of the world's most inhospitable desert. But when it crashes, the surviving crew are stranded in the most remote corner of Death Valley, with no hope of rescue. And death is creeping towards them from the place they sought to destroy - and may already reside beneath their feet in the burning desert sands.
Ralf works in the US government office that updates the software in the boosts - networked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the population's brains. When he notices a problem with an update and attempts to hack the boost, his boost is ripped from his head and he barely escapes with his life. Pursued by a lobbyist's mercenary cadre, Ralf flees to the US-Mexico border, where there are others like him, unenhanced by technology, living in a frightening and backward world controlled by powerful drug lords.
The long-beleaguered detective Harry D'Amour, investigator of all supernatural, magical, and malevolent crimes faces off against his formidable, and intensely evil rival, Pinhead, the priest of hell.
Generations after the breakup of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. But both have built hierarchical societies sustained by violence and dominated by men - and both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth that all Eden knows as Gela, the mother of them all.
Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his side. The last thing the overweight, balding safety manager needs is an explosion at work, on his off-shore oil rig. It wasn't, despite the news reports, a terrorist attack. When Dave wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes that killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed him into something else entirely. A foul-mouthed, beer-loving monster slayer, and humanity's least worthy Champion.
When Mara's Mask, specially made by her own father, cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Now she must try to understand her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic - and to tear magic from the living bodies of those around her. But Mara has yet to discover just how horrifying her power can be... Canadian author.
Eddie Lacrosse must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew...and his even more legendary treasure.
In the magical confrontation that ends BLACKVEIL, Karigan G'ladheon, a Green Rider, is jolted out of Blackveil forest and wakes in a darkness blacker than night. She's in a sealed stone sarcophagus, some unknown tomb, and the air is becoming thin. Is this to be her end? And if she should win free of her prison, will she be walking straight into a trap?
Standalone SHANNARA novel. Paxon Leah never thought of the old family sword hanging above his living room hearth as anything other than an intriguing ornament - until his sister is kidnapped by a sorceror. Following the dark mage with nothing but this piece of steel to protect him, Paxon stumbles into a plot to remake the world - and accidentally unlocks the powers of the ancient blade.
In the early 2020s, two young, genius computer hackers, Elizabeth Santiago and David Schwartz, meet at MIT, and have a brief affair. Now, a decade later, the two are opponents. There is money to be made in space piracy - deflecting ore shipments coming from space to pirate territory. One is assisting the deflections, the other attempting to prevent them.
Admiral John 'Black Jack' Geary and the crew of the DAUNTLESS have just completed a mission, but before anyone can go home, two of Geary's lieutenants vanish. The search leads the admiral to his most profound moral dilemma - and that's only the beginning of his troubles.
A fleet controlled entirely by a malfunctioning AI has turned on its creators and attacked Alliance space. Geary's fleet is no match for the firepower of the machine-piloted armada. With the help of the Dancer species of aliens, Geary has tracked the A.I. ships to their secret base in the supposedly mythical Unity Alternate star system where his fleet, the last hope of the Alliance's future, will end the conflict at any cost...
In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces. Elsewhere, in an land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath.
Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the alien ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn't wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
Tsungali, a marksman conscripted by the colonial authorities, is on the hunt for an English bowman who has made it his mission to become the first human to traverse the Vorrh, a vast sentient and magical forest. Between the hunter and the hunted are Ishmael, a curious and noble Cyclops raised by Bakelite robots; the evil Dr. Hoffman, who punishes the son of a servant by surgically inverting his hands; and the slave owner MacLeish, who drives his workers to insanity, only to pay the ultimate price.
Pipe-smoking, action-loving spaceship commander Lieutenant John Grimes (think Captain Kirk with more of a navy, salty attitude) moves out of the Federation navy and finds his true calling adventuring along the spaceways of the galactic rim. Combines the novels and collections THE GATEWAY TO NEVER, THE DARK DIMENSIONS and THE WAY BACK.
At fifteen, Rose has earned herself a place alongside her father in the Department, a brutal law-enforcement organisation run by the magically Gifted to control the non-magical Ashkind. But now an old enemy is threatening to start a catastrophic war, and Rose faces a challenging test of her loyalties. How much does she really know about her father's past? How far is the Department willing to go to keep the peace? And, if the time comes, will Rose choose to protect her secret, or the people she loves?
Following his unlikely but decisive (and immensely popular) 1876 victory over Sitting Bull and the Sioux at the Little Big Horn, George Armstrong Custer is propelled into the White House in 1880. Two years later, he finds himself bored and seeks new worlds to conquer. He and his wife Libbie fixate on Spain's decaying empire as his source for immortality. What President Custer doesn't quite comprehend is that the U.S. military isn't up to such a venture. When a group of Americans on a ship headed for Cuba is massacred, war becomes inevitable - and unless calmer, patriotic citizens and soldiers can find a way to avoid debacle, this war may be America's last stand!
The gates have opened the way to thousands of habitable planets, and settlers stream out from humanity's home planets in a vast, poorly controlled flood, landing on a new world. Among them are the Rocinante haunted by the vast, posthuman network of the protomolecule and what destroyed the great intergalactic society that built the gates and the protomolecule. But Holden and his crew must also contend with the growing tensions between the settlers and the company which owns the official claim to the planet.
The Sun Guild has conquered the former thief guilds, destroying the peace that Haern the Watcher fought so hard to obtain. The Trifect is their next target, and Alyssa Gemcroft must reach out to whatever allies she can obtain, even if it means casting aside longtime friends. As the chaos grows, so does the power of the dark god Karak who lays siege to Veldaren. The legendary Thren Felhorn, broken, guileless, and rejected by his own son, holds the fate of the entire city in his hands.
Liz Drake crosses a continent looking for her best friend, Blake, and finds him comatose in a Vancouver hospital, victim of a mysterious accident that claimed his lover's life - in her dreams he drowns. To rescue Blake she must brave the darkest depths of the dreamlands. Even the attempt could kill her, or leave her mind trapped or broken. And if she succeeds, she must face the monstrous Yellow King, who is about to enslave Blake forever.
Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth Barnabus resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire, and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth. Her unstoppable curiosity leads her to a dark world of body-snatching, unseemly experimentation, politics and scandal.
All are born only once, but die many times - until they come at last to the City Unspoken, where the gateway to True Death can be found. Wayfarers and pilgrims are drawn to the City, which is home to murderous aristocrats, disguised gods and goddesses, a sadistic faerie princess, immortal prostitutes and queens, a captive angel, gangs of feral Death Boys and Charnel Girls . . . and one very confused New Yorker. Late of Manhattan, Cooper finds himself in a City that is not what it once was. The gateway to True Death is failing, so that the City is becoming overrun by the Dying, who clot its byzantine streets and alleys - and a spreading madness threatens to engulf the entire metaverse.
1879. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury, a forensic psychic reader, is summoned to the scene of a questionable death. She is adamant that the death is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.
Illustration and gallery markets have traditionally been seen as a largely male profession, but women have always been active participants -- from Kewpie creator Rose O'Neill in the early 20th Century, to 1950s Disney film designer Mary Blair to "Spectrum" Grand Masters Diane Dillon and Kinuko Y. Craft. WOMEN OF WONDER reflects of the expanding numbers of women artists featured in SPECTRUM: THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FANTASTIC ART.
Jerry Beche has been rescued from a desolate Earth where he was the last man alive and then trained for the toughest conditions imaginable and placed with a crack team of specialists on an isolated island. Each one is a survivor of the violent ending of their own alternate Earth. But who is it who is rescuing them and training them? And how is it done?
Ciel Halligan is filling in on set for action superstar Jackson Gunn, whose snake phobia is standing in the way of his completing his latest mega-millions Hollywood blockbuster. What she doesn't count on is finding out that while she was busy wrangling snakes for him, his wife was busy getting killed. When Ciel goes to break the sad news to the star, she finds out Jack was AWOL from her client hideaway at the time of the murder.
Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to LA and began working as a PI at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise. In fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she has had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life. In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey.
When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family - before it's too late.
Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does. They only know that she's beautiful and dangerous. Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day.
Power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now. To save her best friend Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever-after and our own world from utter destruction at the hands of fanatics, Rachel Morgan will risk everything. End of the series.
Assailed by danger from all sides, surrounded by lies and intrigue, Rhapsody is left with one undeniable truth, if their forces are to prevail, she must join the war herself, wielding the Daystar Clarion, an ancient weapon whose power is nearly unparalleled. As she struggles to reconcile her duties as a mother and ruler, a danger far more devastating than Talquist is stirring beneath the surface of the land itself.
Seers Celine and Amelie Fawe have been summoned back to Shetana. Prince Damek is on the verge of closing marriage negotiations with a powerful family when his intended's sister is murdered. To keep the engagement from falling through, Damek must expose the killer quickly. But none of them is prepared for the peril that awaits them at Castle Kimovesk - for someone in the court is determined to prevent the marriage from happening, no matter how deadly the cost....
The Vlast stands two hundred feet tall, four thousand tons of steel ready to be flung upwards on the fire of atom bombs. Ready to take the dream of President-Commander of the New Vlast General beyond the bounds of this world. But not everyone shares this vision. Vissarion Lom and Maroussia Shaumian have not reached the end of their story, and in Mirgorod a woman in a shabby dress carefully unwraps a sniper rifle. And all the while the Pollandore dreams its own dreams.
Katherine Emerson does not know she was born to fulfill a dark prophecy centuries in the making. However, there is one who does - the killer stalking the women of New York, a monster the media dubs the "Sickle Man" because of the way he turns his victims into canvasses for his mesmerizing, twisted art.
Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules.
Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out Charley Davidson's jugular and serve her body to Satan for dinner. So there's that. Also, her father has disappeared, an ex-BFF is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiance has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity.
Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. Ember is determined to save Garret, the soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George who saved her from a Talon assassin. She must somehow convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters to release Garret before he can be executed.
The Mastermind has finally been identified, but before Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini can take him down, they, their daughter, Jamie, Charles Reynolds, Paul Gower, Christopher White, and several others are zapped out of their solar system and into another. Landing them on an alien planet - and not together...
Vincent receives word that his estranged father has passed away on one of his properties in the West Indies. The sea voyage is long and Jane spends enough time unable to perform glamour that towards the end of the trip she discovers that she is with child. They are overjoyed, but when they finally arrive at the estate to complete what they expect to be routine legal tasks, they realize that nearly everything they came expecting to find had been a lie.
The kings of the Broken Empire dread the old Red Queen. She has fought a long secret war against the powers that stand behind nations, for higher stakes than land or gold. Her greatest weapon is The Silent Sister - unseen by most and unspoken of by all. The Red Queen's grandson, Prince Jalen Kendeth - drinker, gambler, seducer - can see the Silent Sister. When an undead army attacks, the Red Queen calls on her family to defend the realm. Jal thinks it's all a rumour, that none of it affects him. He couldn't be more wrong.
Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane are members of the Mercenary Guild, veterans of numerous battles and missions, and masters of martial arts. But more than that, Dhulyn and Parno are Partners, a Mercenary bond that can only be broken by death. This is the second and final omnibus volume of Violette Malan's Dhulyn and Parno series, including THE STORM WITCH and PATH OF THE SUN. Canadian author.
The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts - the last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear...
It's been nine long years since the death of his patron, Namara, and exalted assassin Aral Kingslayer misses the thrill and glory of being a higher power of justice. He is haunted by the ghosts of the past - and by the ghost of the lost goddess herself. When Namara calls upon Aral in a dream to seek justice for her death and the ruination of her temple, Aral must pursue the vengeance he knows Namara deserves. Even if it means attacking Heaven's Son - and going against one of their own - in a bloody battle of epic proportions...
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...
Global unrest spreads as mass protests advance throughout the US and China, Nexus-upgraded riot police battle against upgraded protestors, and a once-dead scientist plans to take over the planet's electronic systems. The world has never experienced turmoil of this type, on this scale.They call them the Apex - humanity's replacement. They're smarter, faster, better. And infinitely more dangerous. Humanity is dying. Long live the Apex.
From a host of contributors -- Hal Colebatch, Matthew Joseph Harrington, Alex Hernandez, Jessica Q. Fox, and more. The kzin, formerly invincible conquerors of all they encountered, had a hard time dealing with their ignominious defeat by the leaf-eating humans. Some secretly hatched schemes for a rematch, others concentrated on gathering power within the kzin hierarchy, and some shamefully cooperated with the contemptible humans, though often for hidden motives.
The villagers must pay a price for protection against the malevolent power of the corrupted Wood. The cold, driven wizard known as the Dragon demands one young woman be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. Agnieszka is full of dread, knowing - as everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia, beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn't, and her dearest friend in the world. But Agnieska is wrong.
Prequel to WHO FEARS DEATH. Phoenix is an "accelerated woman" - only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7. Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
Ten years have passed since the disappearence of Lucien. His young protege, the swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien's legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfil his vow he must become both spy and assassion. And all the while the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfilment.
Born into the lowest class of an ancient hierarchical society, Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, an Untouchable, whose labour is at her ancient orchard hive's command. Her society is governed by the priestess class, questions are forbidden and all thoughts belong to the Hive Mind. But Flora is not like other bees. Her curiosity is a dangerous flaw, especially once she is exposed to the mysteries of the Queen's Library.
Gray and Layan are a married couple, master thieves who are hiding out and trying to escape their former gang. Unfortunately, for Gray and Layan, they unwittingly hold the key to a powerful magical weapon that could bring the Damned back to power. Hounded by the killers on their trail and by the fearsome creatures sent by the Damned, Gray and Layan are aided by Luk, a soldier and Ga-Nor, a Northern barbarian - and Harold, the hero of the Chronicles of Siala. Realizing what's at stake they decide that, against all odds, they must stop the Damned.
It is 1958 and France's first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, makes her first dive and plummets out of control to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond. But the dive continues miles beyond that, until the depth gauge is useless. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere?
Genetically engineered human beings, Gems, are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves. But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these unholy creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.
Zavcka Klist has reinvented herself: no longer the ruthless gemtech enforcer determined to keep the gems they created enslaved, she's now all about transparency and sharing the fruits of Bel'Natur's research to help gems and norms alike. Then confiscated genestock disappears from a secure government facility, and the more DI Varsi investigates, the closer she comes to the dark heart of Bel'Natur and what Zavcka Klist is really after-not to mention the secrets of Aryel Morningstar's own past...
The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. Lady Sophia Kendall is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed - or perhaps cursed - with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion's ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court with Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised to be fiercely loyal to the Crown. Then Sophia's powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the temptation of power.
Eremul the Halfmage has learned of a race of immortals known as the Fade, and if he cannot convince the White Lady of their existence, all of humanity will be in danger. Far to the north, Brodar Kayne and Jerek the Wolf continue their odyssey to the High Fangs only to find themselves caught in a war between a demon horde and their enemy of old, the Shaman. And in the wondrous city of Thelassa, Sasha must overcome demons of her own. Because the Fade are coming...
Royal heiress Vicky Peterwald, now Naval Lieutenant, will need to use both her military and political ranks to rebuild war-torn planet. When the death before dishonor code of the Navy meets the anything goes to win motto of the Imperial family, Vicky must confront, outwit, and conquer both revolutionaries and her own family to stifle galactic disorder. And nothing stops a Grand Duchess, on or off the field.
When the medical re-contact ship, Waiora, arrives on the lost colony of Eyre with its dual mission of finding the plague and stabilizing surviving colonies, its crew is quickly immersed in a religious schism that threatens their mission and their lives. As a mysterious contagion threatens lives and incites revolution against the Caducean Order, the Waiorans must choose between the success of their mission and their most deeply held values. Canadian author.
Sequel to PHOENIX RISING. A dark power stirs on the far side of the terrifying Rivendream Pass. Now, as the world shudders at the arrival of the Black City, of the King of All Hells, Kyri, Tobimar, and Poplock must venture beyond Rivendream Pass and into Moonshade Hollow, a place from which none have ever returned. What they find there will challenge everything they believe in and conceals a menace they cannot imagine.
A catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb. A plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity in space. But the enterprise runs into the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers, until only a handful of survivors remain. 5000 years later, their progeny - seven distinct races now three billion strong - embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown - back to Earth.
The best and brightest science fiction and fantasy stories from around the globe from the past twelve months are brought together in one collection by multiple award winning editor Jonathan Strahan.
A decade has passed since Pittsburgh was reduced to ash. But survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past, reliving his lost life by immersing in a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh. Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cases long grown cold, but when he discovers glitches in the code surrounding a crime scene - the body of a woman abandoned in a muddy park that he's convinced someone tried to delete from the Archive. He tracks the murder through a web of deceit that takes him from the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, and into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than he could ever have imagined.
The war between Denland and Lascanne rages. Emily Marshwic has watched the war take her brother-in-law and now her young brother. Every household must now give up one woman to the army and Emily has no choice but to join the ranks of young women marching to the front. In the midst of warfare, with just enough training to hold a musket, Emily comes face to face with the reality: the senseless slaughter; the weary cynicism of the Survivor's Club; the swamp's own natives hiding from the conflict.
On a tiny archipelago, cut off from the rest of the world by a cursed sea, a handful of survivors live a precarious existence, clinging to their memories of the time before magic and their hope that those times will return. As far as he knows, Rory is the only boy left. Then the man comes, weaving his tales of a quest to find a powerful ring, and Rory finds himself embarking on a journey through terrors and marvels, once more in the world of men.
It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know - what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. And the moon outside her window - does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles? Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history - each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs. Canadian author.
1927. Fiery, handsome dancer Emil achieves his dream to partner the legendary ballerina Violette Lenoir - until his forbidden desire for her becomes an obsession. Rejected, he seeks solace with a mysterious beauty, Leyla. But she too is a vampire, with a hidden agenda... Don't you hate it when that happens? When Karl and Charlotte undertake an exotic, perilous journey to rescue Emil, they unearth secrets that threaten disaster for vampire-kind.
The shadowy Mesan Alignment has launched a bold move to destroy Manticore's reputation as the champion of freedom. And when the RMN doesn't arrive, when the MLF is brutally and bloodily crushed, no independent star system will ever trust Manticore again. Mike Henke knows she has no orders from her government to assist any rebellions or liberation movements, that she has only so many ships, which can be in only so many places at a time - and that she can't possibly justify diverting any of her limited, outnumbered strength to missions of liberation the Star Empire never signed on for. But no one is going to send thousands of patriots to their deaths, trusting in Manticoran help that will never come. Not on Mike Henke's watch.
If the Sleepers wake, the city will not survive--and the Sleepers are waking. To save the city--and the House over which she rules--Jewel must go to face the Oracle. In her hands, she carries the only hope of the Winter Queen. But the path she must travel was old when the gods ceased to walk the world. Ancient creatures stalk winter skies at the behest of the demons who mean to ensure that she will never reach the Oracle's side. Secrets, long hidden from all but the firstborn, will finally be brought to light. Choices will be made, and paths chosen, from which there will be no return.
Ten soldiers on convoy in Afghanistan suddenly find themselves lost in time. Somehow, they arrived in Earth's Paleolithic Asia. They discover groups of the similarly displaced: Imperial Romans, Neolithic Europeans, and a small cadre of East Indian peasants. Then two more time travelers arrive from a future far beyond the present. But if they have the means to get back, they aren't sharing it.
The humans and Ildirans are desperate to find a way to combat the black cloud of antimatter of the Shana Rei. The mysterious alien Gardeners, who had helped them previously, turn out to be a disaster in disguise and because of them, the world tree forests are again in danger. The allies believe they have found a way to stop their dreaded enemies, a new weapon is tested, but it's a horrible failure, throwing the human race and its allies to the brink of extinction.
Found among Patricia Anthony's papers after her death. A close encounter changes a woman's life forever, and gives her a permanent alien "tenant" in her mind - affecting the lives of everyone she encounters.
Las Vegas Water Knife, Angel Velasquez, "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, with bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river.
Terra is a couple of years older and back on earth. She's in hiding. But none of this is known to Billy Dolphin. He's just annoyed that since Terra returned to Earth, Science Fiction has died a death. How wrong could a teenage boy be? Terra may be back on Earth but the powers of the universe are not finished with her. Her old home faces a terrible threat which possibly only Terra can overcome. Just what is the black planet? To find out, first Terra must learn how to survive as there is an alien bounty hunter on her trail. And only Billy Dolphin to help her.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards; half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him "Bambi," but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe - and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
As the hordes from the UnderRealms regroup for their next attack, Dave parties with celebrities, lunches with A-listers, and gets his ass lawyered up - because his hellacious ex is looking for a piece of that sweet, sweet action. It's all good, until new monsters roll in, looking to parley with "the Dave." And when things go to hell at warp 10, a suit from a shadow operation swoops in to offer Dave a deal he can't refuse.
Assumed to be dead and buried deep beneath London, St. Ives lives secretly on the streets of the great city where he, Alice St. Ives, and their stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: the gruesome death of a witch in a forest hovel, the kidnapping of a blind, psychic girl who can see into the human soul, and the grim horrors of a secret hospital where experiments in medical electricity and the development of human, vampiric fungi serve the strange, murderous ends of St. Ives's greatest and most dangerous nemesis.
Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover Jefferson Powell were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. But now Bo-Kate is back, with rockabilly singer Byron Harley who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He's ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds. The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell.
In a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon Leah must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source - and ensure the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. But danger is already afoot in the village of Portlow. Gentle traveling minstrel Reyn Frosch possesses the uncanny gift, and curse, of the wishsong. And now his coveted abilities have captured the malevolent interest of none other than Arcannen - whose quest for power is exceeded only by his thirst for vengeance.
Jessica arrives back from the Underworld to find her father embroiled in a battle against the Made wolves. She and her crew drop everything to join them.Once she arrives, the threat is after her. Jessica is lured into danger when her adversary takes something precious from her. With help from an unlikely source, Jessica goes up against her creator in a battle that will decide the path of everyone involved. She must war against a new set of foes, ones who could not only steal her power, but could take her soul as well.
Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen's secret society of spies and killers - and possibly his life - to save her. Answers to their questions may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power - the Lady's Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste.
PI Justis Fearsson is on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. A "weremyste", Justis has a wizard's gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world - and an unfortunate tendency to go crazy on the full moon. He is tracking the Blind Angel, whose signature stroke is to burn out the victims' eyes with magic.
A thousand worlds have opened, and the greatest land rush in human history has begun. But 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. 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 known.
The magical seers who protect the Floating City are being killed by Djinn that rise out of the canals at night. Members of the city's Council of Ten are being assassinated by masked fanatics. Refugee ships are arriving, bringing plague. Othmen spies are infiltrating everywhere. New power blocks are battling for control of the city. And the three Montecchi daughters, Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella, are struggling with love and loss - and trying to write their own destinies. And moving amongst them all is the mysterious and deadly Shadow Master, who seems to be directing everyone like players in a game. But some things in this game may be beyond even his control.
The horrifying murder of a duke and his family sends Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats in a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland. Canadian author.
Lost in a body that isn't his own, Berren - the Bloody Judge - continues his search for the man who stole his life. But there is another power inside Berren, one which escapes when he is in danger and has the habit of disintegrating those around him. And that power has its own agenda.
One minute, 24 year old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world: Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies - and a language different from any Sophie has heard. It is her world, where everyone seems to know who she is. She doesn't know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm. Canadian author.
Just as the Marines root out the last violent dissenters, an alien ship of unknown origin suddenly flees Earth's orbit. USNA forces chase the runaways down. But upon first contact, it's not apparent where - or when - the crew is headed. For this bizarre species has somehow mastered the power to manipulate time itself. Now Koenig must decide whether he's dealing with angels of astonishing technological prowess - or the agents of humanity's destruction.
A tribute to Poul Anderson, and a wonderful collection of stories by some of the genres top writers! Authors include Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, Greg Bear, Raymond Feist, Larry Niven, and Eric Flint.
The supercomputer Zentrum maintains stasis on Duisberg, assisted by the periodic barbarian invasions known as the Blood Winds, soon to blow again. But Abel Dashian, helped by the spirit of Raj Whitehall and the supercomputer Center, must conquer the very land of his origin and attempt to destroy the computer A.I. "god" who has doomed his world to an everlasting Dark Age.
Book One of a new series featuring the best stories of the year from the top magazine and online venues with a military and adventure science fiction theme. Contributors: Brad R. Torgersen, Michael Z. Williamson, Linda Nagata, Seth Dickinson, William Ledbetter, Eric Leif Davin, David D. Levine, Stephen Gaskell.
Inspired by New York Times bestselling author Neal Stephenson, an anthology of stories, set in the near future, that reignites the iconic and optimistic visions of the golden age of science fiction -- from twenty of today's leading writers, thinkers, and visionaries - among them Cory Doctorow, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Bear, Karl Schroeder, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling...
High Priest Konig is leading his believers to focus on one thing: helping a young man, a boy whose delusions take substance, ascend to become a god. A god they can control. Trouble is, there are many who would see a god in their thrall, and as these forces converge on the boy, there's one more obstacle: time is running out. Because as the delusions become more powerful, the also become harder to control.
Eddie Cantrell, now married to the king of Denmark's daughter, is sent by Admiral Simpson to the Caribbean to secure access to the most valuable commodity on that continent - not the gold and silver which the Spanish treasure, but the oil which up-time machines and industry need.
Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes "even duds can still blow up." If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock.
The war between the worlds is about to reach its final conclusion: the End of Days. Only one element in the arsenal of the world can possibly give Earth a fighting chance at survival: the Matchstick Man. But who is this small being, exactly? Can he outsmart his former masters? Can he be trusted? Can the event group defeat the world's greatest evil - before it's too late?
The future of Eddie Drood's family lies in the iron grasp of the Lady Faire, an incredibly seductive, mysterious and powerful being. She possesses an ancient object that can save his family, and Eddie has to stealthily steal it from her. Easy enough to say. Difficult - and very, very dangerous - to do.
Eddie Drood's girl Molly and his parents, among others who owe supernatural powers a debt, have been kidnapped and forced to participate in the "Big Game." The rules are simple: get from one side of the pocket dimension to the other and kill your competitors. The winner's debt is paid in full, and the losers get themselves permanently lost, body and soul, forever. To save his loved ones, Eddie must become a ringer in this deadly contest that's undoubtedly rigged by the Powers That Be...
Energetic young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. But it quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie's past life is far more sinister than Straker thought.
Werewolves are not only prowling the back alleys of Victorian London, they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
Quentin Coldwater, cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams, uncovers the key of a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create a magical utopia, a new Fillory - but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them Quentin will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Anita Blake is the go-to expert for zombie issues, and right now the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue. Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother her. But the women being victimized aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.
The rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better than to be lulled by this comfortable sense of normalcy. It's just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight towards the shocking truth about her sister's death.
At Sept-Tours, the ancestral home of vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont, Matthew and historian-witch Diana Bishop reunite with the characters from A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.
Queen Michella is captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans had developed their minds to the point where they could evolve and, in so doing, trigger another Big Bang, wiping out everything. The rogue Xayans thought they succeeded in stopping the ascension, but the orthodox Xayans on Hellhole are nearly ready. Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort.
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself - but she doesn't remember any of them. Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who claim to be friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, and that her memories may return in time. But, for her own sake - so they claim - they refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state.
The United States is on the brink of total anarchy in the wake of a super-EMP attack. Gordon Van Zandt and his family have managed to beat the odds so far, but can they survive once war erupts?
This seventh volume of the year's best science fiction and fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre's greatest authors, selecting the best from Asimov's, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and other top venues.
Jacob's son has been enslaved, his home destroyed. Now he has only one goal: to reclaim his family, no matter how much blood is spilt.
As the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling - and that of Kelsea's own soul - may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
Ursual, eldest daughter to the High King, is Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king. Ursula's loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior's spine, and so never imagined it would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other - that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior.
The grandparents of SandGreyGirl made the one-way trip to the Fifth World, hoping to return to their way of life and the Kachina spirits that nurtured them. Sand has her doubts but she longs to believe that the real Kachinas live beyond the stars and made this world ready for her people. Someone has been seeding planets; nine habitable worlds have been found spanning the galaxies. But no other sign of the aliens was discovered - until now. They've returned to the Fifth World and they do not like what they find.
Sequel to MR. MERCEDES. Morris Bellamy is livid - his favourite author, John Rothstein, has stopped writing Jimmy Gold novels. Morris kills Rothstein and obtains Rothstein's notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years.
A billionaire businessman from our time is unfrozen in a future where every individual is formed into a legal corporation at birth, and spends many years trying to attain control over their own life by getting a majority of his or her own shares. Justin Cord is the only unincorporated man in the world, and cannot accept only part ownership of himself, even if that places him in conflict with a civilization that extends outside the solar system to the Oort Cloud.
Gretchen Schwarzwald grew up in Germany's legendary Black Forest. Ten years ago, she was orphaned by an evil Earth Master whose werewolves murdered her parents for their land. Rescued by a Fire Master and taught how to use her Fire Powers, Gretchen is in London to help destroy the Elemental Master behind a vicious werewolf pack terrorizing the city...
Prince Jalan Kendeth and the Viking Snorri ver Snagason are now in possession of Loki's Key, an artefact capable of opening any door, and sought by the most dangerous beings in the Broken Empire - including the Dead King. Jal wants only to return home to his wine, women, and song, but Snorri has his own purpose for the key: to find the very door into death, throw it wide, and bring his family back into the land of the living.
Now relocated to the free-for-all world of Surebleak, the Dragon is under contract to keep the Port Road open to all traffic, and to back the New Bosses in imposing law and order on a society originally based on larceny and assassination. This modest rustication is going surprisingly well, until Korval discovers that the enemy they'd sought to destroy. . .wasn't "quite" destroyed, and is more determined than ever to eradicate Korval.
After a decade in the Imperial City Enchei's mistakes have been few, but one has now returned to haunt him. As Narin's pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn't be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck's rarely been on Narin's side. Once, Enchei swore he'd take his own life rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it's not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city - and a man's ghosts are always watching and waiting...
The first attack occurrs in the underwater caverns of the Bahamas. Two professional divers exploring the unknown. Now the attacks are coming closer and closer to shore. Now, in a desperate race against time, Eric Watson, an expert on remote control underwater vehicles, and marine biologist Valerie Martell, must identify a savage new species of killer - and piece together one of nature's most horrific mysteries.
All of Great Britain is infected and hungry. The rest of the world has a tough choice to make. Should they nuke the Brits right off the map - men, women, children, cows and all - in the biggest genocide in history? With hungry zombies attempting to cross borders by planes, trains, boats, and any other form of transport available, it's only a matter of time before the virus gets out.
Earth has been devastated by a war between two marauding alien civilizations, the living ships of the monstrous Gorgons and the motion-blurred shock troops of the armored Cyphers. The handful of surviving humans on Panther Ridge succumb to despair or are transformed by otherworldly pollution into cannibalistic mutants. And then there comes Ethan, an amnesiac teenaged boy with unknowable powers that present a threat to the warring aliens, long used to fearing only each other, and thrust him and his comrades into ever more perilous circumstances.
The order of the world is in turmoil. An age of industry is beginning, an age of machines fuelled by magic. Sprawling cities rise, strange devices stalk the land. New money brings new power. The balance between the Hundred Kingdoms is upset. For the first time in generations the threat of war looms. In these turbulent days, fortunes can be won. Magic runs strong in the Kressind family. Six siblings strive - one to triumph in a world of men, one to survive murderous intrigue, one to master forbidden sorcery, one to wash away his sins, one to contain the terrible energies of his soul. And one will do the impossible, by marrying the might of magic and iron in the heart of a great ship, to cross an ocean that cannot be crossed.
Religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier sent to protect him, are assigned to a diplomatic delegation going into Arcadia, the RUNA's dangerous neighboring country. But as Justin and Mae work against the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter's connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission - and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.
In the distant past, the Kingdom of Harcia was torn apart by royal brothers who could not accept a lesser inheritance. Now, the consequences of their actions are coming to light. Balfre, son of Aimery, Duke of Harcia, is his father's heir. But he has dreams of a crown, not a coronet. He dreams himself the king of a Harcia reunited, but his brother Grefin, their father's favorite, stands in his way. Harald, debauched Duke of neighboring Clemen, is feared and despised by his nobles. He thinks he can trust his bastard-born cousin Ederic - but Ederic fears for the duchy and will do what he must to save it. And caught between dangers is Harald's infant son, Liam. Stolen by his nurse, vanished into the lawless Marches, he is the spark that will grow to set the world on fire.
In the Otherworld Hannah Falconer is as trapped by circumstance as the strange wild Sithe boy whose horse nearly kills her. When Rory tricks her into crossing the Veil and entering his world, she's sure it can't be any worse than her usual home life. Meanwhile, Seth MacGregor is fighting to keep his clan safe from the malevolent queen Kate. When an attack comes after years of stalemate, he is shocked to discover who is behind it.
Mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy are visiting the mystical mountain kingdom of Gyongxe when they are suddenly called away. The emperor of Yanjing has invited them to see his glorious gardens. During their brief stay, though, the mages learn that the emperor is about to launch a major invasion of Gyongxe - home of the First Temple of the Living Circle, a treasure Rosethorn has vowed to defend.
Here we will discover the ultimate fates of Jean le Flambeur, his employer Miele, the independently minded ship Perhonnen, and the rest of a fractured and diverse humanity flung throughout the solar system.
Scur, a conscripted soldier, is captured by a renegade war criminal, and left for dead in the ruins of a bunker. She revives aboard a prisoner transport vessel. Something has gone terribly wrong with the ship. Passengers - combatants from both sides of the war - are waking up from hibernation far too soon. Their memories, embedded in bullets, are the only links to a world which is no longer recognizable.
King Janus's vision of a Unified Realm has failed. Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, returns home, seeking peace. But Vaelin finds himself a target, both for those seeking revenge and those who know about his gift. And as a great threat once again moves against the Realm, Vaelin realizes that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
Rescued during a storm, Koko and Flynn are taken in by what amounts to a self-sufficient outlander cult. To save Flynn's life, Koko barters her warrior skills and assists the de-civ group in fending off their most imminent threat: a horde of genetic-mutant raiders. But being among the outlander de-civs doesn't sit well with Koko. In spite of the de-civ group's hospitality and Flynn's arguing that they have it pretty good, Koko suspects something is amiss.
Horace, caught between two women and two cultures, must contend with deadly forces from the unseen world. Jirom feels his connection with Emanon slipping away with every blow the rebels strike in the name of freedom. Alyra has severed her ties to the underground network that brought her to Akeshia, but she continues the mission on her own. Yet, with Horace's connection to the queen and the rebellion's escalation of violence, she finds herself treading a knife's edge between love and duty.
All-new stories of the Emberberse, including offerings from S.M. Stirling, Harry Turtledove, Walter Jon Williams, John Birmingham, John Barnes, Jane Lindskold, A. M. Dellamonica, Victor Milan, Jody Lynn Nye, and Diana Paxson.
In a locked ward of a notorious psychiatric hospital sits a man who insists that he is Dr. Nicholas Slopen, failed husband and impoverished Samuel Johnson scholar. Slopen has been dead for months. Yet nothing can make this man change his story. What begins as a tale of apparent forgery, involving unseen letters by the great Dr. Johnson, grows to encompass a conspiracy between a Silicon Valley mogul and his Russian allies to exploit the darkest secret of Soviet technology: the Malevin Procedure.
The last campaign of King Arthur, recounted in verse. It was composed in the thirties, but apparently put aside for THE HOBBIT and never finished. 240pp.
The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, completed in 1926. It is accompanied by commentary in the form of selections from a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s. Sellic Spell, a "marvellous tale", is a story written by Tolkien suggesting what might have been the form and style of an Old English folk-tale of Beowulf, in which there was no association with the "historical legends" of the Northern kingdoms.
Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead. He will run any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who is touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles. On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant king with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race.
Seeking weapons, Ecko and his companions follow a trail of myth and rumour to a ruined city where both nightmare and shocking truth lie in wait. Back in London, the Bard is offered the opportunity to realise everything he has ever wanted - if he will give up his soul. When all of these things come together, the world will change beyond recognition.
The follow-up to BLINDSIGHT. Daniel Bruks is a living fossil: a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational, a catspaw used by terrorists to kill thousands. Now he's trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn't yet found the man she's sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call "The Angels of the Asteroids."
The ailing king of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he passes, his daughter Raesina Orboan will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries - and a ripe target for those who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom. And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesina completely at his mercy - and that could throw the nation into chaos.
Based on the DC Comics character, the American TV series Arrow follows billionaire Oliver Queen who, after spending five years marooned on a remote island, returns home and secretly creates the persona of Arrow to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
The Endeavour investigates when the rediscovered writings of Vulcan's great philosopher Surak are seemingly proven to be a fraud, threatening decades of peaceful progress and returning power to the old, warlike regime. Meanwhile, the Pioneer attempts to track down the origins of a long-forgotten technological threat that has re-emerged beyond the Federation's borders.
Detective Catherine Chandler is on a mission to unveil the truth behind her past and discover the secrets surrounding her family. Yet, things get increasingly more complicated for Cat when she becomes romantically involved with the handsome doctor Vincent Keller, who harbours a dark secret of his own - he turns into a terrifying beast when angered. Together, they struggle to maintain their unorthodox relationship whilst being pursued by the mysterious organization known as Muirfield.
Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new case files from the X-Files. Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Max Allan Collins, Heather Graham, Briane Keene and Ray Garton are among the contributors.
For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed - and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire. Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects' lives. But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine's machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off.
1766. After a hurricane destroyed their city, vampires Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. But Klaus wants power. And when he finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse - one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors - and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans.
In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world. Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war, and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all...
Geekographica presents an infographic showcase of the many worlds of science-fiction and fantasy through surprising and fascinating infographics - from the relative sizes of USS Enterprise's various incarnations to the contents of superman's wardrobe.
The Enterprise has just signed a pact with a peaceful alien race - a race with great intellectual achievements but with little interest in exploring space - when another set of aliens show up. This set used to live on the planet now occupied by the first set. They want it back.
On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as "spice," an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. Emperor Palpatine and his apprentice Darth Vader intend to deal with it personally, but an ambush sends them crashing to the planet's surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them.
The dead are miraculously returned to their old lives -- but now experience some difficulty fitting back in.
The brutal siege of Orgrimmar is over. Alliance and Horde forces have stripped Garrosh Hellscream, one of the most reviled figures on Azeroth, of his title as warchief and put him on trial. As the trial unfolds, agents of the bronze dragonflight present shocking visions of Garrosh's atrocities. Unbeknownst to anyone, shadowy forces are at work on Azeroth, threatening not only the court's ability to mete out justice...but also the lives of everyone at the trial.
Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure. In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious woman. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality.
Approaching a star system with two inhabited planets, Captain Picard and crew find a massive alien vessel, drifting in interstellar space for decades. Sensors detect life aboard the derelict - aliens held in suspended animation. Thought to be an immense sleeper ship, the vessel actually is a weapon capable of destroying entire worlds...the final gambit in a war that has raged for generations across the nearby system.