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While Malcolm Blakley seeks to end the war before all of Tenumbra is consumed, his son Ian searches for the huntress Gwendolyn Adair, and finds himself shadowed by the totem of his family, the Iron Hound. Gwen herself becomes allied with the pagans, and wrestles with the effect of having been bound to a god.
Inspired by the Mahabharata. The Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, pass the Burning Throne's Test of Fire and are declared heirs to the empire... but there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives: a girl from an outlying kingdom. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart - leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos....
Cowboy Jim has the sole surviving FTL drive, and he and his Reason soldiers are determined to track down and re-enslave the Bala. But on their new planet, the Bala are on the brink of civil war: should they accept Unicorn rule, or follow necromancer Bao Zhi and exact revenge on their human oppressors? Only Captain Jenny, with her new elfin parasite, can return peace to the galaxy.
Los Angeles is burning. During one of the hottest summers the city has ever seen, someone is murdering mages with fires that burn when they shouldn't, that don't stop when they should. Necromancer Eric Carter is being framed for the killings and hunted by his own people. To Carter, everything points to the god Quetzalcoatl coming after him, after he defied the mad wind god in the Aztec land of the dead. But too many things aren't adding up, and Carter knows there's more going on.
Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making...if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.
Wayward grifter Jude Dubuisson has been lying low since Katrina's waters receded, hiding from his own power to find lost things, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the fortune god of New Orleans. When the fortune god is murdered, Jude must find the truth behind it before the killer can strike again.
When one of Glenlyon's warships is blown apart trying to break the blockade that has isolated the world from the rest of human-colonized space, only the destroyer Saber remains to defend it from another attack. Geary's decision to take Saber to the nearby star Kosatka to safeguard a diplomatic mission is a risky interpretation of his orders, to say the least.
Learning that the young Lord Roper is planning to invade the southern lands, Bellamus conspires with his Queen to unleash a weapon so deadly it could wipe out Roper's kind altogether.And at a time when Roper needs his friends more than ever, treachery from within puts the lives of those he loves in mortal danger.
Isobel is a Heaven Architect, and she helps dying people create afterlives from these memories. So when she falls for Jarek, one of her terminal - and married - clients, she knows that while she cannot save him, she can create the most beautiful of heavens, just for him. But when Jarek's wife is found dead, Isobel uncovers a darker side of the world she works within, and she can trust no one with what she finds...
Lieutenant Sam Bitka, U.S. Naval Reserve, is called back to active duty due to increased tensions between Earth and the alien Varoki. He is assigned as a tactical officer to the deep space destroyer USS Puebla and dispatched to a distant colony. Then a crippling surprise attack from the Varoki against the Earth coalition fleet leaves Sam in command of the USS Puebla.
All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation - a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke. Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage.
In a dense star cluster, the solar winds blow fiercely. The star sailing ship HMSS Daring is running at full sheet with a letter of marque allowing them to capture enemy vessels involved in illegal trading. Posing as traders, Daring's dashing second-in-command Liam Blackwood and brilliant quartermaster Amelia Virtue infiltrate shady civilian merchant networks, believing one will lead them to their quarry. But their mission is threatened from within their own ranks when Daring's enigmatic captain makes a series of questionable choices, and rumblings of discontent start bubbling up from below decks.
1300 gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. As Elvi Okoye struggles to learn the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte's authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia's eternal rule - and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose - seems more and more certain.
An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika along the way. Unless those two kingdoms can overcome the lingering hostility and conspiracies that threaten their alliance, all will be lost.
In Amberlough City, out of the ashes of revolution, a traitor returns, a political campaign comes to a roaring head, and the people demand justice for crimes past. As a nation struggles to rebuild, who can escape retribution?
After the tempest, after the reunion, after her father drowned his books, Miranda finds herself in Milan, in her father's castle, surrounded by hostile servants who treat her like a ghost. With only Dorothea, her sole companion and confidant to aid her, Miranda must cut through the mystery and find the truth about her father, her mother, and herself. 208 pages
Taraxippus is coming: a black hole one tenth the mass of the sun is about to enter the solar system. Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter off-shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed forever.
Ruth has returned to Edinburgh, faced with the daunting task of clearing her dead father's house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine. She reads of his rise from genteel poverty to a career in the military to become Lord Chancellor.Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond. Ruth slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy's.
Kellanved could not care less about any of the petty politicking or strategy or war between the bickering city states. His attention has been caught an ancient mystery that involves the Elder races themselves, the semi-mythic and universally dreaded Army of Dust and Bone. No one in his right mind would embark on a quest from which no one has ever come back, no one except Kellanved, together with a reluctant and decidedly sceptical Dancer.
Rhia Harlyn, noble and rebellious scientist, watches the skies. The stars are changing shape. Something is happening to the mysterious artifact which shields her people from the sun's lethal light. She ventures into the bright and dangerous skylands where her brother - transformed by exposure to the harsh rays - lives with the alien skykin. Meanwhile, an occult scientist who believes he can defeat death at the cost of others' lives spies a new subject for his experiments...
In order to relieve the Ottoman Empire's pressure on the Austrians, General Mike Stearns proposes to open a second front in the Levant. Meanwhile, Poland is coming to a boil. Gretchen Richter, the newly elected chancellor of Saxony, has seized control of Lower Silesia, and her small army forms an alliance with the Polish revolutionaries who have seized power in the Ruthenian province of Galicia.
A genetically engineered smart virus has wiped out humanity to the last man. That man is Ruslan, rescued from the charnel house of his home planet by the Myssari - an intelligent alien race. Ruslan wants only oblivion for himself and his species -- until the Myssari offer him a deal. If he allows them to use his genetic material to resurrect humanity, they will do everything in their considerable power to find the lost home world of his species - an all-but-mythical place called Earth - and, perhaps, another living human.
Imagine a drug that made your brain function to its full potential, pick up a foreign language in a single day, process information so fast you could see patterns in the stock market. Just as his life is fading into mediocrity, Eddie Spinola comes across such a pill: MDT-48 - a sort of Viagra for the brain. But while its benefits materialize quickly, so do certain unwelcome side-effects. And when Eddie decides to track down other users, he soon discovers that they're all dying, or already dead...
When Mary Jekyll receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?
England, 1952. A time of peace, regeneration and hope. A Golden Age. Unfortunately, it's been 1952 for the past 65 years. Meet Professor Quanderhorn: a brilliant, maverick scientific genius with absolutely no moral compass. Assisted by a rag-tag crew - his part-insect "son" (reputedly 'a major breakthrough in Artificial Stupidity'), a recovering amnesiac, a brilliant scientist with a half-clockwork brain, and a captured Martian hostage - he'll save the world. Even if he has to destroy it in the process.
Three Queens. One crown. And it is all out war among the contenders - Gaela the ruthless commander, Regan the master manipulator, and Elia, the star-blessed priest. Based on Shakespeare's King Lear.
Drem and his friends are haunted by the horrors they witnessed at the battle at Starstone Lake. But worse than any memory is Fritha, the demons' deadly high priestess. And she is hunting them. Concealed in Forn Forest, Riv knows her very existence as a half-breed is a threat to the Ben-Elim. She represents their most dangerous secret - and if the warrior angels find her, they won't hesitate to silence her. As the demonic forces multiply, they send a mighty host to overthrow the angel's stronghold. And Drem, Riv, and the Bright Star's warriors must do battle to save themselves and save their land.
It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen's world is turned upside down - or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts - from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses - all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder.
November, 1936. British spy Kim Tavistock is undercover in Berlin, hoping for a spill that will unlock a secret Nazi operation called Monarch. Forging an alliance with the Jewish resistance, Kim discovers the alarming purpose of Monarch: the creation of a company of enforcers with augmented Talents and strange appetites. Called the Progeny, they have begun to compel citizen obedience with physical and spiritual terror.
Set in a 5th century post-Roman Britain besieged by invading war bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, this novel will tell - through the warrior's own words - the story of Lancelot, the most celebrated of all King Arthur's knights, a story that's ready to be re-imagined for our times.
Nona Grey faces the final challenges that must be overcome if she is to become a full sister in the order of her choice. But it seems unlikely that she and her friends will have time to earn a nun's habit before war is on their doorstep. The shiphearts offer strength that she might use to protect those she loves, but it's a power that corrupts. A final battle is coming in which she will be torn between friends, unable to save them all. A battle in which her own demons will try to unmake her.
Sequel to THE GATHERING EDGE. The sentient ships that remain after a catastrophic war keep their distance from the humans who outlawed them. A clandestine support network has grown up, including hidden yards where smart ships are manufactured, and mentors - humans specially trained to ease a new intelligence into the universe - socialize them, and teach them what they needed to know to survive. But now there are rumours that there is a newly-awakening Self-Aware Logic with the power to destroy universes. The question is: Who will get to it first?
The city of Maradaine is vexed by the Gearbox Murders: a series of gruesome deaths orchestrated by a twisted mechanical genius. With no motive and no pattern, Inspectors Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling - the retired spy and untrained mage - are at a loss to find a meaningful lead in the case. At least, until the killer makes his most audacious exhibit yet - over a dozen victims in a clockwork deathtrap on the floor of the Druth Parliament.
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident - or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Together for the first time, here are the novellas, novelettes, and short stories that complete Matthews' epic science fiction series. Plus, supplemental materials that flesh out Matthews' characters and detailed worldbuilding.
Through ingenious political manipulation and sheer force of will, Lucas Cortas rises from the ashes of corporate defeat and seizes control of the Moon. The only person who can stop him is a brilliant lunar lawyer, his sister, Ariel. Witness the Dragons' final battle for absolute sovereignty in the finale to the Luna trilogy.
San Francisco, 1947. An enigmatic, comely blonde walks into Sammy's scruffy gin joint and it's love at first sight. But before Sammy can make his move, an Air Force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. A suspicious flying object has been spotted up the Pacific coast in Washington State near Mount Rainier, followed by a mysterious plane crash in Roswell, New Mexico.
In response to losing the crown jewel of its fleet, the evil Praxis empire has vengefully reinforced its tyranny across the galaxy. Yet, led by hotshot pilot Kira Sen, a growing rebel force stands in the way of Praxis's might. They also possess the ultimate ace in the hole: the Rokura, the most powerful weapon ever known. Too bad Cade Sura hasn't figured out to use it. As the war grows more intense, Cade tries to find the Rokura's origin.
A historical fantasy set in an alternate Rome. Senators, generals, and elemental mages vie for the power to shape the future of the city of Aven. One such mage, Latona of the Vitelliae, must recover her incredible but suppressed powers of Fire and Spirit in order to protect her family and the city she loves. Her siblings - a widow who conceals a canny political mind in the guise of a frivolous socialite, a young prophetess torn from the sanctuary of her temple, and a military tribune leading a dangerous expedition in the province of Iberia - will be her allies.
When the mysterious invaders retreated from Earth they took scientist Rose Franklin and her crew with them. Now Rose returns to find a devastating new war. America and Russia are locked in combat, fighting to fill the power vacuum left behind after the invasion. It appears the aliens left behind their titanic death machines so humankind will obliterate itself. Rose is determined to find a solution, whatever it takes. But will she become a pawn in a doomsday game no one can win?
Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. A dedicated gamer, she is approached by a designer who asks her to play test his new game. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realizes that at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man - a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.
Fergus Ferguson, interstellar repo man and professional finder, has been hired to find the spacecraft Venetia's Sword and steal it back from Arum Gilger, ex-nobleman turned power-hungry trade boss. Fergus locates both Gilger and the ship in the farthest corner of human-inhabited space, a gas-giant-harvesting colony called Cernee. But a cable car explosion launches Cernee into civil war, and Fergus must ally with Gilger's enemies to navigate a field of space mines and a small army of hostile mercenaries.
A siege is approaching, and the City has little time left to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all. Their only chance rests with a colonel of engineers - a despised outsider, a genius, a master of military and political strategy with the wrong color skin. He is the City's only hope. But nobody, rich or poor, wants to take orders from a jumped-up Milkface.
Inspector Keon's life is back on track. But a deadly shooting in a police-guarded room in a high-security hospital threatens to ruin everything. Who got past the defences? Why did they kill the seemingly unimportant military officer who had been in a coma for weeks? And why did the scanners pick up the deceased man the next day on the other side of the planet, seemingly alive and well? As Keon digs into the mysteries he begins to realise that the death was connected to a mysterious object, potentially alien, discovered buried in ice under the north pole.
The dead tell no tales, unless they have grave witch Alex Craft to speak for them. When a paranormal war threatens, Alex's unique abilities might be the only thing that can stop our world from being changed forever.
Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did - no body has been recovered, and she shouldn't have been on that particular plane at that time. But he knows she was. Nearly 20 years later a chance encounter rekindles Ben's interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bothered him. Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew...
DeKalb, Illinois: March, 1979. Wannabe writer Todd Milstead has an eidetic memory. In that memory is a novel entitled All My Colors that no one else seems to have ever heard of. When Todd discovers his literary career is hampered by the fact that he can't write, he decides to "write" All My Colors. After all, if nobody's heard of it, how can he get into trouble?
Eddie Raven's adventures begin with a shooting in a very strange shop in Manhattan - but soon he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality, he's suddenly become one of several undersized people helping a young woman search for a wizard. And after confronting the wizard, he somehow finds himself in Camelot.But as he rushes to solve the mystery of his many appearances, a larger threat looms. Because someone or something is stalking him through time and space with deadly intent...
Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent's head and carry it through the goalposts. All the players are "threeps," robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden's Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder?
Awakened in a world he doesn't quite recognize, Chris Csejthe will have to use his wits to once again keep the supernatural world at bay. INTERPOL is interested in some of his associations with Vlad Drakul's grandson - better known as Dracula - and a trio of witches from Greek myth want him dead - and for good this time. Bad enough. But what's worse is that the IRS is looking into his tax returns and not at all liking what they find...
Olivia Nikitas, a hardened journalist whose specialty is war zones, has been reporting from the front lines of the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. When Brian, an aid worker she reluctantly fell in love with, dies while following her into danger, she'll do anything to bring him back. In a makeshift death chamber beneath an ancient, sacred site, a strange technology is revealed to Olivia: the power to remake the future by changing the past. Following her heart and not her head, Olivia brings Brian back, accidentally shifting the world to the brink of nuclear and biological disaster. Now she must stay steps ahead of the guardians of this technology, who will kill her to reclaim it, in order to save not just herself and her love, but the whole world.
In 1997 Laura Bow invented Organon, a rudimentary artificial intelligence. Now she and her creation are at the forefront of the new wave of technology, and Laura must decide whether or not to reveal Organon's full potential to the world. If it falls into the wrong hands, its power could be abused. Will Organon save humanity, or lead it to extinction?
Gyre Price is hired to map sub-surface mineral deposits on another planet. But instead of a skilled surface team monitoring her suit and environment to keep her safe and sane, she has only her contractor Em -- who sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre's body with drugs or withholding critical information. As Gyre descends into the planet, little inconsistencies - missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em's motivations - drive her out of her depths.
The best short science fiction and fantasy of the previous year.
Jane Kamali is an agent for the Justified. Her mission is to recruit children with miraculous gifts in the hope that they might prevent the Pulse from once again sending countless worlds back to the dark ages. Hot on her trail is the Pax - a collection of fascist zealots who believe they are the rightful rulers of the galaxy and who remain untouched by the Pulse. Now Jane, a handful of comrades from her past, and a telekinetic girl called Esa must fight their way through a galaxy full of dangerous conflicts, remnants of ancient technology, and other hidden dangers.
Nicole Hammond and her partner Bungie were snatched by a race of mysterious moth-like aliens and taken to a strange ship called the Fyrantha. Now she is a Sibyl, a special human that has the ability to communicate with the aliens and their ship. Competing factions control different parts of the Fyrantha with the humans and other sentient aliens caught in the middle. But Nicole has a plan to take control of the ship. She just has to outsmart war profiteers and slavers to do it.
A young detective who specializes in "tiny mysteries" finds herself at the center of a massive conspiracy in this beguiling historical fantasy set in 1921 on Manhattan's Westside - a peculiar and dangerous neighbourhood home to strange magic and stranger residents.
With the Walker out of commission for repairs, Reddy takes command of a different ship and joins a desperate battle to block the Grik swarm. Meanwhile, the humans and their allies face a deadly second front in the Republic to the south. All of Reddy's forces are committed, and there is no turning back.
Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate's doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.
Oraldine lives aboard a state of the art weapons station, her mission to keep watch on a hidden corner of space swarming with lethal alien technology that represents a danger to all sentient life. The weapons were created by the Jain, a long-dead race, and forces are on the move who will do anything to unleash their last secrets. Meanwhile, humanity's galactic territories and the alien Prador Empire watch this sector of space with interest, as neither can allow the other to claim its power. However, things are about to change, the Jain might not be as dead as they seem and interstellar war is never far away...
Aboard Factory Station Room 101, the behemoth war factory that birthed Penny Royal, groups of humans, alien Prador, and AI war drones grapple for control. The stability of the ship is complicated by the arrival of a gabbleduck known as the Weaver, the last living member of the ancient and powerful Atheter alien race. What would an Atheter want with the complicated dealings of Penny Royal? Are the Polity and Prador forces playing right into the dark AI's hand, or is it the other way around?
16 unicorn tales from fantasy icons including Garth Nix, Peter S. Beagle, Patricia A. McKillip, Bruce Coville, Carrie Vaughn, and more.
The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is the Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the bodyguard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.
Airship captain Josette Dupre's hometown has been occupied by the enemy and her mother made a prisoner of war. But before she can rescue her town, Josette must maneuver her way through the nest of overstuffed vipers that make up Garnia's military and royal leaders in order to drum up support. The foppish and mostly tolerated Mistral crew member Lord Bernat steps in to advise her, along with his very attractive older brother.
Rhett Walker is looking for peace, the memories of all he's lost haunting his dreams. And now the Shadow tugs him West, back to where his journey began. With the lawless Rangers on his heels and monster attacks surging, Rhett is surrounded on all sides. This time it's not all about horses and land. This time, it feels personal. Because the newest monster on the horizon just may be wearing the face of someone from Rhett's past.
Londoners Paul and Tricia Feenan move to the isolated Holiwell village where Tricia has inherited a property. Scattered throughout the settlement are centuries-old stones used during the Great Plague as boundary markers. Ever since, each year the village trustees have insisted on an ancient ceremony to renew the village boundaries, until a misguided act by the Feenans' son then reminds the village that there is a reason traditions have been rigidly stuck to, and that all acts of betrayal, even those committed centuries ago, have consequences...
An attack is launched against the recently colonized planet Glenlyon's orbital facility with forces too powerful for fleet officer Rob Geary to counter using their sole remaining destroyer, Saber. Mele Darcy's Marines must repel repeated assaults while their hacker tries to get into the enemy systems to give Saber a fighting chance.
In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity...but in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction. If Khai is to keep his soul's twin Zariya alive, their only hope lies with an unlikely crew of prophecy-seekers on a journey that will take them farther beneath the starless skies than anyone can imagine.
In the season of the Serene City's great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire - and at everything Amalia holds most dear. To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets, and unleash Zaira's most devastating fire.
The Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. When a disaster rocks this already fragile community, those Exodans who still call the Fleet their home can no longer avoid the inescapable question: What is the purpose of a ship that has reached its destination?
The long-awaited new collection of stories from the author whose short story "The Story of Your Life" was the basis for the movie Arrival.
When outlaw spellslinger Kellen Argos accidently smears blood on the Daroman flag, he's dragged before the queen to be executed for his act of treason. Face-to-face with the young monarch, Kellen is offered a chance to save himself. If he can defeat the queen at a game of cards, he'll walk free...if not, his life is forfeit. But what begins as a game reveals a conspiracy against the queen's life. And now, Kellen is not only playing for his own freedom, but also for the future of an empire.
Warlock Holmes may have demons in his head, but now Dr. John Watson has a mummy in his bloodstream. Specifically that of the sorcerer Xantharaxes, who when shredded and dissolved in an 8% solution, results in some extremely odd but useful prophetic dreams. There's also the small matter of Watson falling for yet another damsel-du-jour, and Warlock deciding that his companion needs some domestic bliss...
Roy Olfetrie planned to be an officer in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy, but when his father was unmasked as a white-collar criminal he had to take whatever he was offered. What is offered turns out to be a chance to accompany Captain Daniel Leary and Lady Adele Mundy as they go off to start a war that will put Roy at the sharp end. Duty snatches Roy from the harem of a pirate chief to a world of monsters, from interstellar reaches in a half-wrecked starship to assassination attempts at posh houses.
Science fiction, urban fantasy and mystery stories with a noir theme from Laurell Hamilton, Larry Correia, David Weber, Sarah Hoyt, Robert Buettner and many more.
My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football. My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?
Down on Donovan, Talina Perez takes refuge in the ruins of Mundo Base with the wild child, Kylee Simonov. But the quetzals are playing their own deadly game: one that forces Talina and Kylee to flee farther into the wilderness. Too bad they're stuck with Dortmund Weisbacher in the process. Back in Port Authority, corporate assassin Tamarland Benteen is making his play for control of PA. And in the final struggle, if Benteen can't have it, he'll destroy it all.
Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. But then her brother Neri is caught thieving with the aid of magic. Now she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it.
In a subterranean city in Northern Iraq, archaeologist Sophie Durand has discovered a secret chamber covered in writing that confirms a version of the Pandora's Box myth - a chamber which contains a single jar. Those who believe the myth want to know whether this is the jar that contains blessings, or the one full of curses. The jihadi, though, don't care which. Whatever the jar contains, they want it, no matter who they have to kill...or what will emerge when they open it.
Hal was once a knight sworn to protect her future queen Banna. Yet, after a rebellion led by her own mother, she now holds the position as queen of Aremoria. Her former lover Isarna, known as Lady Hotspur for her temper and warcraft, was blindsided by Hal's betrayal. And Banna has fled to Innis Lear to lick her wounds, heal her heart, and plot revenge against those who would usurp her crown.
Mumbai, 2010: Everyone's talking about Swayamvara Live!, the TV reality show recreating the ages-old custom where young men compete for the hand of a noble bride. In this case, the bride is Bollywood stunner Sunita Ashoka, who is pledged to marry the man who wins the on-screen contest. For Vikram Khandavani, it's a chance to draw out his nemesis Ravindra, the reincarnated sorcerer-king - but he's taking a deadly gamble.
After Bollywood superstar Sunita Ashoka's reality show Swayamvara Live! has ended in bloodshed and disaster, Vikram, Amanjit and Rasita are on the run. When an unexpected death forces Vikram into the open, they start to despair - but there is some hope: Amanjit's warrior skills are returning, Rasita is beginning to remember her own past lives, and Deepika is awakening to terrifying new powers. But the enemy, Ravindra, has also found allies: the nightmarish Rakshasa army.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing - and terrifying - playground of amusements he calls "Christmasland." Then, one day, Victoria McQueen goes looking for trouble - and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx's unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He's on the road again and he's picked up a new passenger: Vic's own son. Recommended.
News reaches Jame that something is preying on the gods of Tai-tastigon. The new Pantheon is falling, and the ancient city is in turmoil. The self-serving, beguiling demi-god leader of the Thieves Guild has coerced Jame into finding the soul of his missing brother by holding hostage people she loves. Jame reluctantly returns to find a Tai-tastigon in turmoil, with citizen pitted against citizen, and day and night-time folk at one another's throats.
Yesterday, Amanda Back's life was flawless: the perfect social credit score, the perfect job, the perfect home. Today, Amanda is a target, an enemy of the system holding information dangerous enough to disrupt the world's all-consuming tech - a fugitive on the run. But in a world where an un-hackable blockchain links everyone and everything, there is nowhere to run...
15 year old Tobias Doljan finds himself trapped in an adult body, his king murdered and with an infant princess, Sofya, to protect. Now joined by fellow Walker and Spanner, Mara, he must find a way to undo the timeline which orphaned the princess and destroyed their future. Arrayed against them are time-traveling assassins and the Tirribin demon whose desperate quest for human love and Tobias leads her into alliances which threaten all of Islevale.
With the order of St. George destroyed, Ember Hill and her unlikely allies Riley and Garret are the only ones who can stand in the way of total world annihilation at the hands of the Elder Wyrm and the dragons of Talon. With her twin brother, Dante, leading the onslaught, Ember, Riley and Garret must face off against him and his legion of Talon dragon clones.
Naia dreams of becoming a Jaihar Blademaster, but after assaulting a teacher, her future seems ruined. The timely intervention of a powerful stranger suddenly elevates her into elite Upper Grounds training. Now disguised as the legendary Princess Xarimet of Challimar, she must challenge the imperial family, and somehow win.
Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a count - and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast. Danio's fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the Beast's chambers one autumn night, intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger - and freedom - which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place.
Lion Zorn is the first of his kind - an empathy tracker, an emotional soothsayer, with a felt sense for the future of the we. In simpler terms, he can spot cultural shifts and trends before they happen. But when a routine em-tracking job leads to the discovery of a gruesome murder, Lion finds himself neck-deep in a world of eco-assassins, soul hackers and consciousness terrorists. But what the man really needs is a nap.
Crawford Award winner. Nebula Award nominee. Rin, a war orphan, aced an Empire-wide test and found herself in an elite military academy. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. With the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive - and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
Trade with the aliens is done on a basis of putting things on a table and taking them off again until agreement is reached. The aliens are inscrutable. Alien anti-gravity technology was traded for a bicycle tyre. But for an FTL engine the aliens want a human. We don't know what happens to them, but rumour says they are taken to a Nirvana where all illnesses will be healed. Their families are also very well compensated. Interstellar immigration and trade are central to the world's economy. There is no shortage of volunteers.
In the futuristic world of Indigo, Magdala is one of the rare few babies accidentally born biologically. Her natural-born features make her an outcast in society - abandoned at birth, abused in the orphanage she grew up in, and branded with the cruel name "Ugly." But then she is approached by a wealthy scientist who has created a beautiful artificial body and who offers to transfer Magdala's consciousness into the body.
As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated - scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
Caitlin Hext's first shedding ceremony is imminent, but she's far from prepared to produce a Snakeskin clone. When her Skin fails to turn to dust as expected, she must decide whether she wishes the newcomer alive or dead. Worse still, it transpires that the Hext family may be of central importance to the survival of Charmers, a group of people with the inexplicable power to produce duplicates every seven years and, in the process, rejuvenate.
J is one of 26 students at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world, trained to be prodigies of art, science and athletics. He, like the others, think of the school's enigmatic founder as his father. Then he discovers another school like his own, but all girls. As he and one of the girls, K, work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.
She was a warrior of words. As a journalist she exposed corruption across the Interstellar Commonwealth, shifting public opinion and destroying careers in the process. Long-since retired, she travels back to the planet of her childhood, partly through a sense of nostalgia, partly to avoid running from humanity's newest - and self-created - enemy, the jenjer.
When a seemingly alien artifact goes missing from Gabe's old collection, it grants Alex, Chase and Gabe a chance to dive into solving the mystery of its origins. When a lead on the artifact is tied to a dead pilot's sole unrecorded trip, another clue seems to lead to one of the greatest lingering mysteries of the age: the infamous disappearance of a team of scientists aboard a space station orbiting a black hole.
1980s London. Charlie is young and reckless and in love with his mysterious upstairs neighbour Miranda. He has spent his inheritance on the acquisition of one of the 24 highly developed new robotic humans - named Adam or Eve, each one beautiful, strong and clever - developed by Alan Turing. As London is consumed by the huge protests over England and Argentina's Falklands War and Margaret Thatcher's jingoistic ambitions, Charlie courts Miranda, and his Adam finds himself, inevitably, central to their affair.
Roger instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. For his twin Dodger, it is the power of math that gives her understanding of the world. Both are the constructs of Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. And he has a plan to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.
Nebula nominee. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again.
Geriatric politicians bring the nation to the brink of a third world war to control the burgeoning population of young males, while working-class men dream of burying the elites. Adjustment Day's arrival makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche.
Orphaned at an early age, DCI Holly Craig grew up in the small Welsh coastal town of Pontyrhudd. As soon as she was old enough, she ran away to London and joined the police. Now, fifteen years later, she's back in her old hometown to investigate what seems at first to be a simple hit-and-run, but which soon escalates into something far deadlier and unexpectedly personal - something that will take all of her peculiar talents to solve.
Mimi is a 'waste girl', a member of the lowest caste on Silicon Isle, located off China's southeastern coast, and home to the world's largest electronic waste recycling center. As government restrictions make life even more miserable for Mimi, an American corporation is negotiating to modernize the island's recycling process. And then a dark futuristic virus is unleashed on the island.
Maggie Hoskie, Dine monster hunter, has lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she's somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power. Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie's door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust.
2029, Tokyo. Filipino nurse Angelica Navarro works as caretaker for Sayoko Itou, a moody, secretive woman about to turn 100 years old. One day, Sayoko receives a present: a cutting-edge robot "friend" that will teach itself to anticipate Sayoko's every need. The old woman begins to reveal a hundred-year saga of forbidden love, hidden identities, and the horrific legacy of WWII and Japanese colonialism - a confession that will tear apart her own life and Angelica's. [BC author].
When a seemingly-innocent trumpet solo somehow opens a transdimensional connection to a parallel universe, three California teens are taken on a million mile road trip across a landscape of alien civilizations in a beat-up, purple 80s wagon - with a dark-energy motor, graphene tires and quantum shocks, of course. Their goal? To stop carnivorous flying saucers from invading Earth.
A drake of unimaginable power has risen, and it commands an army of both beasts and men. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and Ironship captain Corrick Hilemore, spread to disparate corners of the world, must rely upon the new powers and knowledge they have gained at great price to halt its forces - or face the end of all they know.
An unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site - as it's come to be called - and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely.
After the discovery of a diabolical new weapon that could give the German Imperial Navy command of the North Sea. Crack Black Chamber agent Luz O'Malley and budding technical genius Ciara Whelan must travel across a world at war to live under false identities in Berlin itself to ferret out the project's secrets. Close on their trail is the dangerous German agent codenamed Imperial Sword, who is determined to get his revenge, and a band of assault-rifle equipped stormtroopers, led by a murderously efficient killer.
Itinerant cave diver James Tighe is hired by billionaire Nath Joyce for a high-risk venture to mine a near-earth asteroid - with the goal of kick-starting an entire off-world economy. Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow adventurers - ex-soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers - must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi-year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space.
Seconded to the Time Police to join in the hunt for the renegade Clive Ronan, Max is a long way from St Mary's. But life in the future does have its plus points - although not for long. A problem with the Time Map reveals chaos in the 16th century and the wrong Tudor queen on the throne. History has gone rogue, there's a St Mary's team right in the firing line and Max must step up.
Firstname Lastname is a no one with nowhere to go. With a name that is the result of an unfortunate clerical error she is destined to be one of the only humans on an alien space station. That is until she sneaks aboard a ship and joins up with a crew of repomen (they are definitely not pirates). Now she's traveling the galaxy "recovering" ships. What could go wrong?
A strange psychotic episode reveals to historian Benjamin Schroder an appalling history that never happened in his universe. That would be our history, of course. He is recovering from the shock -- until, that is, a lunatic named Raibert Kaminski knocks on his door one afternoon with an impossible and horrifying story about alternate realities, time travel, temporal knots, and more than a dozen doomed universes which must inevitably die if the temporal storm front rushing towards the distant future isn't stopped.
Emily can solve advanced mathematical problems, unlock the mind's deepest secrets, but unfortunately, even she can't restart the sun. She is an artificial consciousness, designed in a lab to help humans process trauma, which is particularly helpful when the sun begins to die 5 billion years early. But Emily finds a potenial answer buried deep in the human genome. Then her servers are attacked and she is taken on the run by two human companions - college student Jason and small-town Sheriff, Mayra.
The Arduan warrior caste, the Kaituni, are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union, human and Arduan alike, driving the Arachnid fleet ahead of them, inflicting untold damage. Now the Arachnids and the Kaituni are at the doorstep to the Heart Worlds. The odds look bleak. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds in the past.
Esa and fellow Justified agent Jane Kamali have been traveling across the known universe, searching for children who share Esa's supernatural gifts. Then they find themselves on the tail of a mysterious being with impossible powers who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the very children that Esa and Jane are trying to save.
Simon and Miriamele's allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive.
When a young assassin, Josef, is summoned to Sunam, he expects to help uncover a nameless enemy, but instead, the priestess who invited him is arrested and shockingly executed. When he investigates, secrets are revealed - including his own forgotten past - all somehow linked to the ancient scroll he has always carried.
The new collection of 34 post-apocalyptic stories, featuring never-before-published tales and recent reprints from some of the field's major talents.
A selection of the year's best in modern military sf, space opera, and adventure sf.
Swords, sorcery, venegeance, and the rise of sleeping giants: two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. When an outside threat arises - the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the world - the two warring nations must somehow set aside generational hatreds and form an alliance to fight their true enemy.
Matt Reddy and his battered old destroyer USS Walker lead a human-Lemurian army up the Zambezi toward the ancient Grik capital city and the largest, most dangerous force of Grik yet gathered. Meanwhile General Shinya and his Army of the Sisters are finally prepared for their long-expected assault on the mysterious El Paso del Fuego, where the dreaded Dominion waits.
Orlandine has destroyed the alien Jain super-soldier by deploying an actual black hole. And now that same weapon hoovers up clouds of lethal Jain technology, swarming within the deadly accretion disc's event horizon. But Earth Central knows Orlandine was tricked into releasing her weapon, and fears the Jain are behind it. The prador king knows this too - and both foes gather fleets of warships to surround the disc.
At the centre of the Galaxy the Xeelee have built a belt a light year in circumference and rotating at near light speed. Populations of lesser species have gathered here for the immense surface area, the unending energy flows. Poole, Miriam and their party, having followed the Ghosts, must explore the artefact and survive encounters with its strange inhabitants - before Poole, at last, finds the Xeelee who led the destruction of Earth...
The sequel to THE STONE IN THE SKULL takes the Gage into desert lands under a deadly sky to answer the riddle of the Stone in the Skull. The Gage and the Dead Man brought a message from the greatest wizard of Messaline to the ruling queen of Sarathai, one of the Lotus Kingdoms. But the message was a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war.
1870. Golgotha is a haven for the blessed and the damned, including a fallen angel, a mad scientist, a pirate queen, and a deputy who is kin to coyotes. Sheriff Jon Highfather and his deputies already have their hands full dealing with train robbers, a mysterious series of brutal murders, and the usual outbreaks of weirdness. But now an army of thirty-two outlaws, lunatics, serial killers, and cannibals are converging on the town, drawn by a grisly relic that dates back to the Donner Party - and the dawn of humanity.
Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales series, TITHE, VALIANT and IRONSIDE, is now available in a single volume omnibus. 16 year old Kaye finds herself as an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.
If the Druid Drisker Arc and his student, Tarsha Kaynin, can only survive Tarsha's brother, Tavo, and the Druid who betrayed Drisker Arc, they might stand a chance of defeating the Skaar. But that is a very big if - since Tavo now carries the Stiehl - one of the most powerful weapons in all the Four Lands - and is hellbent on taking his revenge on everyone he feels has wronged him.
The elite terrorist known as the Asp survives a U.S. drone strike as he makes his way on a solo mission to penetrate America's heartland. Meanwhile, ambitious aircraft historian Cassidy Gooding and irascible Colorado cowboy Frank Luck unlock an aviation relic's secret and discover the terrible truth the Asp may be closing in on.
An all-new story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring professional wizard Harry Dresden.
1558: 12 children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird. Four and a half centuries later, cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: no one, but no one studies the town or its history. Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparalleled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird - deeply buried secrets and all...
A coalition of Earth's nations barely fought off the Formics' first scout ship. Now it's clear that there's a mother-ship out on edge of the system, and the aliens are prepared to take Earth by force. Can Earth's warring nations and corporations put aside their differences and mount an effective defense?
All three books in C.J. Cherryh's epic of the mri, KESTRITH, SHON'JIR and KUTATH, collected in one volume.
From the author of DARK MATTER. "My son has been erased." Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn't an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to.
Among the Mystics that gather to protect the world from the impending realm of Fayun is Shevia, a prodigy whose mastery of the Myst is unlike anything Pomella has ever seen. Shevia will challenge Pomella in every possible way, from her mastery of the Myst to her emotional connection with Pomella's own friends - and as Shevia's dark intentions become more clear, Pomella fears she may be unstoppable.
RCN officer and scientist Harry Harper has been assigned to the Far Traveller, a vessel probing sponge space to open routes for Cinnabar traders - and for RCN warships if war breaks out again. But the ship's Director of Science, Doctor Veil, has her own agenda: to learn more about the Archaic Spacefarers who roamed the universe tens of thousands of years before humans reached the stars.
Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Now she must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery, or risk seeing her way of life slip away.
Inspired by the American up-timers' radical notion that all people are created equal, Russian serfs are rebelling. The entire village of Poltz, led by blacksmith Stefan Andreevich, pulls up stakes to make a run for freedom. Meanwhile, Czar Mikhail has escaped house arrest, with the aid of up-time car mechanic Bernie Zeppi, his Russian associates - and a zeppelin. The czar makes his way to the village of Ufa. There he intends to set up a government-in-exile. It is to Ufa that the serfs of Poltz are heading, as well.
Teagan Frost has telekinetic powers - a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she's normal for once. But then a body turns up at the site of her last job - murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off.
The rag-tag defenders of Dunrun are all that stand in the way of the Iron Tusk and the bandit clans. With their country besieged on all sides, troubling rumours of a priestess amassing power in the North, and unnatural alliances to the south, no help is coming. Alone, they must hold back the god-like powers of the Iron Tusk, or see life as they know it come to an end.
Ivy Gamble was born without magic, unlike Tabitha, her estranged, gifted twin sister. When a gruesome murder is discovered at the Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister - without losing herself.
Tech innovator Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider - until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride - a ravening horde of sentient machines - and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.
Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labor provides food for the remnants of humanity, she is destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After ten gruelling years of training, she is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields. But everything changes when a new student arrives, and Arika begins to realizes that the laws she has dedicated herself to uphold are the root of her people's misery.
When Lucie Sterling's niece is abducted, she knows it won't be easy to find answers. Stanton has banned all invasive digital technology. Only one place stays firmly anchored in the bad old ways, in a huge bunker across town: Green Valley, where the inhabitants have retreated into the comfort of full-time virtual reality - personae non gratae to the outside world. And it's inside Green Valley, beyond the ideal virtual world it presents, that Lucie will have to go to find her missing niece.
Ravindra has captured Rasita, and demonic beings are rallying to his cause. His triumph is looking certain. Vikram and Amanjit must rescue Rasita - but in every past life, Vikram has died at Ravindra's hands. This time, failure is not an option. This time, if Ravindra wins, it will be forever.
Captain John Wyndham returns from war to the city of Khelathra-Ven and takes lodging with Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament. When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham is drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa.
Three months ago the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps. And though there are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night, and though sometimes there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined, the woman in the red jacket isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...
Canadian author. Autistic scientist Yasira Shien's radical new energy drive could change the future of humanity. But its activation warps reality, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI Gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy - if she'll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor.
The vector calculus blazing through Cas's head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she'll take any job for the right price. But now she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own, someone who can reach directly into people's minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she's involved. There's only one problem... She doesn't know which thoughts are her own anymore.
All parties converge on the capital city, Triah - Cinzia and the Odenites to establish their new religion and appeal against a charge of heresy; Knot and Astrid to find answers in the vampire girl's past; and Winter has come to conquer the city, at the head of a tiellan army. And as the battle lines are drawn, the true nature of the goddess Canta, and the Odenites' final purpose, will soon be revealed...
Abi Hadley and her brother Luke both have reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim--but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine.
A Skallgrim army is marching on the mountain passes of the Clanhold. Tyrant magus Edrin Walker and a coterie of villains race to stop them, but the mountains are filled with gods, daemons, magic, and his hideous past. Walker must stop at nothing to win, even if that means losing his mind. Or worse...
As the city of Lower Proszawa celebrates the end of the Great War, it overlooks, in its decadence, the intelligent automata taking away jobs, the genetically engineered creatures that serve as pets and beasts of war, the theater where gruesome murders happen twice a day, and a new plague. But Largo, an addict and a bike messenger, has dreams to lift himself off the streets of the city.
Four years ago Jon was kidnapped. Now he has reappeared, bigger, stronger, with no memory of the time he was gone - and with the realization that he possesses strange powers that pose a grave threat to everyone he cares for. Meanwhile, in Providence, Rhode Island, healthy college students and townies with no connection to one another are inexplicably dropping dead.
Errol is forced back to the magical Kingdoms where he must attempt to undo a deadly curse threatening reality itself, in hopes of returning the realm to equilibrium. Aster and Veronica follow, but Aster is captured by an ancient evil - the source of the curse - while Veronica confronts a mysterious admirer, her own evolving nature, and the dark spirit that murdered her years earlier.
It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday. But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight he is tapped by the President for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it. The problem is - Truckee's not sure it's worth it.
A collection of 16 short stories (and one poem) that tap into one of King's greatest fears - air travel - featuring brand-new stories by King and Joe Hill - as well as 14 classic tales and one poem - from Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others. Each story is introduced by Stephen King.
Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, proposes as a next stage of training for his son Justyn, that he join a group of traveling players and musicians. When the troupe settles for a season at a fortified manor of a local lord, Justyn watches the attitude toward the indigenous Hawkbrothers grow increasingly hostile. The manor lord dismisses Hawkbrothers as inhuman - and has a local militia to back up his hatred. When a child goes missing, the locals immediately blame Hawkbrothers, and Justyn finds himself in a dangerous position.
The new collection of Lee and Miller's shorter Liaden Universe stories features four novelettes, two novellas, and two short stories - including the celebrated linked stories, "Block Party" and "Degrees of Separation.".
Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files.
The Dynize have unlocked the Landfall Godstone, and Michel Bravis is tasked with returning to Greenfire Depths to do whatever he can to prevent them from using its power. Meanwhile, bereft of her sorcery and physically and emotionally broken, Lady Vlora Flint now marches on Landfall at the head of an Adran army seeking vengeance against those who have conspired against her. While allied politicians seek to undo her from within, she faces insurmountable odds and Dynize's greatest general.
Sophie's dangerous foray into curse casting has rendered her powers unpredictable, and her increasingly visible romantic entanglement with the Crown Prince makes her a convenient target for threatened nobles and malcontented commoners alike. With domestic political reform and international alliances - and her own life - at stake, Sophie must discern friend from foe... before her magic grows too dark for her to wield.
The creatures that wreaked havoc underneath New York have spread worldwide, and with a massive cover-up - and a secret organization holding nations hostage with the knowledge of how to kill them - Cafferty's team must fight against impossible odds to save the entire planet from an apocalyptic scale disaster.
The Gameshouse is the place where fortunes can be made and lost through every game under the sun. But those whom fortune favors may be invited to compete in the higher league - a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all...
On a routine maneuver Sanda looses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. She awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.
The members of an Operational Support Team spend seasons in hell to not only try and fix what's broken in each of them, but also to make enough bank to change their fortunes. Now seven months back from Afghanistan and safely on American soil, one by one they come together and discover that they've all been having the same dream - a dream of a woman, a goat, and a sky that won't stop burning.
Nnedi Okorafor's lifelong struggle with scoliosis was something a simple operation would easily correct. But when she woke from the surgery to find her legs paralyzed, her entire sense of self began to waver. What Nnedi discovers during her months-long confinement to a hospital bed would prove to be the key to her life as a successful science fiction author.
Languoreth is queen of 6th century Scotland and twin sister to Lailoken, the warrior and druid known to history as Merlin. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, she collides with the warrior Maelgwn, their passionate connection forged by enchantment. But Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity.
Ghosts can be caught, and bottled, and sold by covert dealers to addicts who inhale the things - and when a young boy named Kootie accidentally inhales the ghost of Thomas Edison, he finds that all the factions of Los Angeles' occult underground are after him, determined to kill him and get Edison's powerful ghost for themselves.
After a cataclysmic magical confrontation, many elves and humans were cast out of their own world and stranded in the Outworlds. While elves can find those of their own race, they cannot track humans in the same way. Perhaps, if the powers of the elves, the human mages of Myrcide, and the one surviving Kjempemagiska, the sorcerer Kentt, can be combined, they can bring back most of those lost in chaos.
British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is builder of the 19th century's greatest ship, The Great Eastern. But when he's kidnapped by Captain Nemo to help design a submarine with which to fight the laying of the Translatlantic cable - linking the two colonialist forces Nemo hates, England and the US - Brunel finds himself going up against his own ship, and the strange man hired to protect it, Captain Ahab, in a battle for the soul of the 19th century.
Raised in a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya live a peaceful, sheltered life until a troupe of mysterious men arrives. As dark forces close in on their small village, the sisters discover they possess a magical heritage that they never knew existed -- that the old fairy tales are true -- and could save them all.
On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe starts down a path that can only end in fire. He flees his father and a future as a torturer only to be left stranded on a strange, backwater world. Forced to fight as a gladiator and navigate the intrigues of a foreign planetary court, Hadrian must fight a war he did not start, for an Empire he does not love, against an enemy he will never understand.
How will a father, so long constrained by the vicious and conservative world of the drow, be able to reconcile his ingrained prejudices with the world and companions of his enlightened son? The answer lies in their desire for peace over chaos. And as long as the scourge of the goddess Lolth's ambitions still remain, both are determined to keep her dark will at bay. But the Spider Queen is powerful, and now demons have been unleashed on the unwitting denizens of the surface world. United in purpose - and through their mutual friendship with Jarlaxle - Zaknafein and Drizzt will need to put aside their differences in order to keep the ones they love safe.
Sura Neelin is on the run and the total surveillance society that is mid-21st century America means that every camera and every pair of smart glasses is her enemy. But people can disappear in the LARP game worlds, into the alternate economy of Notchcoin and blockchains. The people who build the games also program the surveillance networks - she just needs an introduction, and the skills to play.
What if Franz Kafka did not die of tuberculosis at age 40? What if he awoke the day after his supposed death to find himself attended by the giant insect he once imagined in his own story? And what if he were recruited to investigate the bizarre circumstances surrounding a rash of mysterious hangings plaguing 1924 Vienna?
Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents' ambition to advise the celestial elite. Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at the Sol Majestic, the galaxy's most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos's one-percent. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized "free meal" risks putting the Sol Majestic into financial ruin.
Gaming multibillionaire Richard "Dodge" Forthrast (from REAMDE), undergoes a routine medical procedure in which something goes irrevocably wrong. He is pronounced brain dead and put on life support. His brain is scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud. Subsequently technology advances, and an eternal afterlife - the Bitworld - is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem.
After a probe sent out to explore the Oort Cloud found a strange alien rock, an international team of scientists was put together to go and look at it. Astronaut Gary Rendell makes the draw. When disaster hit and the team was split up, scattered through the endless cold tunnels, Gary somehow survived. Now he's lost, and alone, and scared, and there's something horrible in here with him.
Born into serfdom Agnes is forced into servitude as a laundress's apprentice when she is only ten. Then, as a teenager, she is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant. She becomes nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone's unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems.
Set 'In Britain's land beyond the seas' during the Age of Chivalry, The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun tells of a childless Breton Lord and Lady (the 'Aotrou' and 'Itroun' of the title) and the tragedy that befalls them when Aotrou seeks to remedy their situation with the aid of a magic potion obtained from a corrigan, or malevolent fairy.
New York City's streets of Gotham are swarming with self-driving cars, and the competition between two entrepreneurs for this cutthroat futuristic business grows increasingly fierce. Then the escalating technological warfare produces superintelligent AI computers that use data to decide who should live and die. It is left to young Naomi Sumner, inventor of the virtual world in which the AIs train, to recognize that the supercomputers are developing goals of their own--goals for which they are willing to kill.
Young Girolamo Savanarola can see demons and he can cast them out with the force of his will. His miraculous talents bring him control over 15th century Florence. And that's only the beginning. Because Girolamo is not who - or what - he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives.
Jewel carries the last of the surviving saplings that might usher in a new Summer age - but all of the roads that lead to the court of the Winter Queen are closed. But she must find her way there and ask - or beg - the Queen to intervene to save her kind, her House, and everything she loves. But demons are waiting to bar her way, bringing battle to the hidden ancient paths on which she must travel.
Ardor Benn saved civilization from imminent destruction, but his efforts brought war to the kingdom. It is believed that the rightful rulers have all been assassinated. However, a young heir might have survived. An ancient organization known as the Realm is behind the chaos, working from the shadows. Ard's been hired to infiltrate them, but he's got competition from an old friend.
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen opens at Lords Cricket Ground, the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith bearing witness to a group of androids in cricket whites (who materialize in a pavilion) violently stealing the Ashes.
The Ruinstorm, a galaxy-wide maelstrom of chaos, hides the Throneworld from the primarchs of the Triumvirate. Now the fleets of three Legions depart Macragge, and the primarchs will stop at nothing to overcome the Ruinstorm. Yet an insidious enemy watches their every move, and plots against the weaknesses of the errant sons of the Emperor.
The story of Judge Dredd's evil twin Rico's years on Titan is finally revealed. Broken, sentenced, stripped of office, Rico was shipped out to the brutal moon Titan, to do my twenty years' hard labour. Here is what really happened there.
When Jedi Rael Averross requests their assistance with a political dispute, Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi travel to the royal court of Pijal for what may be their final mission together before Qui-Gon joins the Jedi Council. What should be a simple assignment quickly becomes clouded by deceit, and by visions of violent disaster that take hold in Qui-Gon's mind. As Qui-Gon's faith in prophecy grows, Obi-Wan's faith in him is tested--just as a threat surfaces that will demand that Master and apprentice come together as never before, or be divided forever.
Thanos' pursuit of the Infinity Gems has always defined him. But when the Marvel heroes defeat him once again, Thanos' beloved Mistress Death grants him one final chance. Stripped of his powers and his old skin, Thanos embarks on a cosmic walkabout to reassert his power over himself and the Multiverse.
Throughout the Federation, Section 31's agents and leaders are being taken into custody as the sheer scope of its misdeeds comes to light. Now Starfleet Command must decide the consequences for numerous officers caught up in the scandal - including Admirals William Ross, Edward Jellico, Alynna Nechayev, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard who, along with many others, are implicated in the forced removal of a Federation president.
A former U.S. Army major draws on his experience to discuss the military science of the sprawling Star Wars universe: its personnel, weapons, technology, tactics and strategy, including an analysis of its key battles to explain how the outmanned and outgunned rebels ultimately prevailed against overwhelming forces.
The Buying of Lot 37 brings Season Three of the podcast to book form. It includes a foreword by recording artist and author Dessa, introductions by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, insightful behind-the-scenes commentary by cast members and supporters, and beautiful illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth accompanying each episode.
A collection of episodes from Season Four of the hit podcast, featuring an introduction by the authors, a foreword by Jonny Sun, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations.
Neil Gaiman's complete original scripts for the highly anticipated six-episode original series, adapted from the classic novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett.
Shroud of the Avatar prequel. Aren Bendis is a Captain in the Obsidian Army who has seen enough of what a world without Virtue looks like and is willing to do whatever it takes to establish a lasting peace. But after finding a magical sword that only he can wield, a sword his trusted scout, Syenna, claims is a blade once used by the legendary Avatars, Aren is thrown into a far more unfamiliar battle.
The novelization of the film, in which young Han Solo leaves a life of poverty and crime on the planet Corella to make his way toward his dream of becoming a space pilot and makes first encounters along the way with Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, and first lays eyes on the Millennium Falcon.
A history of the science fiction genre's pivotal and most influential movies - from pioneering films to such blockbusters as Avatar and Inception in the 21st century, exploring how they were made, how they reflected the mood of the time in which they were released, and how they have influenced other filmmakers in the years since.
The official novelization of the fourth Men in Black movie.
The story of Kirk's first starship command and the remarkable achievements by which Starfleet's youngest captain earned the right to succeed Christopher Pike as the commander of the famous Enterprise.
Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.
The Emperor is dead. His final weapon has been destroyed. The Imperial Army is in disarray. Imperial defector Yrica Quell is selected to join Alphabet Squadron, a new unit tasked by New Republic general Hera Syndulla herself. Their mission is to track down and destroy the mysterious Shadow Wing, a lethal force of TIE fighters exacting bloody, reckless vengeance in the twilight of their reign.
Fictional autobiography of the iconic Star Trek character, told in his own words and telling the story of his life, including his difficult childhood, his adventures on the Enterprise, and his death and resurrection on the Genesis Planet.
Here are the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
After years of crushing defeats against the web-slinger, big game hunter Kraven has hatched one last plan to best Spider-Man.
Fresh cracks are spreading through the alliance between the Iron Hands, Salamanders and Raven Guard, along with mysterious rumours of the return of Ferrus Manus. Haunted by a sense of destiny unfulfilled, Vulkan must choose between joining their war of vengeance against the traitors, or following his own barely understood path all the way to the Throneworld itself.
When she's not busy amassing armies of Cybermen, or manipulating the Doctor and his companions, Missy has plenty of time to kill (literally): an all new collection of stories about the renegade Time Lord.