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Omnibus edition of the first-contact novels SENTIENCE and MASTER OF CHAOS.
14th century England. As a child, Elisha witnessed the burning of a witch outside of London, and saw her transformed into an angel at the moment of her death, though all around him denied this vision. He swore that the next time he might have the chance to bind an angel's wounds, he would be ready. And so he became a barber surgeon, at the lowest ranks of the medical profession, following the only healer's path available to a peasant's son.
The vast sea and scope of the conflict has trapped Matt Reddy too far away to help on either front, but that doesn't mean the Walker can rest. Man and four-stacker must face a bigger ship while elsewhere the long-awaited invasion of Griik "Indiaa" has begun and a terrible plot explodes in the Empire of New Britain Isles.
In the Pacific, as USS "Walker" is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in Indiaa, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief.
Javier is a self-replicating humanoid on a journey of redemption. Javier's quest takes him from Amy's island, where his actions have devastating consequences for his friend, toward Mecha where he will find either salvation... or death.
On the coast of what used to be Maine, the group's armourer, J. B.Dix, lies dying from a gunshot wound. Having no other choice, Ryan makes a deal with a local baron and his strangely beautiful wife. J.B. will get the surgery he needs when Ryan and crew rescue the couple's daughter, abducted by slavers. But the cold, deep Atlantic waters harbor predark secrets, including the terrifying specter of a U.S.S.R. nuclear submarine...and its descendants.
18 year old Kit lives with his father Guy in a decaying country house on the unstable brink of a vast quarry. Now Guy is dying and his old friends are gathering. As young film students they all lived together in the house. Now they're back, and they're all looking for a mysterious tape. Kit too has ulterior motives. He wants to know who his mother is and what's on that tape. But most of all he wants to stop time and keep his father alive.
Anthology of stories. The machines started popping up around the world: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death, you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does.
In a world where all power belongs to long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar, office politics can be vicious beyond belief. Linnet Ellery is beginning her career in a powerful New York "white fang" law firm, but after some initial missteps, she finds herself sidelined and assigned to unpromising cases. Then, for no reason she can see, she becomes the target of repeated, apparently random violent attacks, escaping injury each time through increasingly improbable circumstances.
Discovery of a new, Earthlike planet eventually results in dispatch of an exploration team on an 80 year long voyage. Relativistic effects and cryonics reduce that to a dozen years subjectively, so it isn't a bunch of old geezers who are greeted on arrival by a small group of intelligent and inordinately friendly creatures who look very much like human beings. As the scientists probe the nature of these creatures they begin to suspect that the entire planet might be an artifact.
The quest for the missing Elfstones has gone badly awry. The Druid Order has been decimated, and its surviving leader and her followers are trapped inside the Forbidding - the hellish dimension that imprisons the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands. But now the powerful magic barrier that surrounds the Forbidding is crumbling, and an evil horde is poised to break free - unless one young Druid is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Young Elf Arling Elessedil possesses the enchanted means to repair the eroding wards and once more seal the denizens of the Forbidding out of the Four Lands. But when she falls into the hands of the powerful Federation's diabolical Prime Minister, her efforts may be doomed. Only her determined sister, Aphen, who bears the Elfstones and commands their magic, has any hope of saving Arling from the hideous fate her captor has in store. Meanwhile, Railing Ohmsford - desperate to save his imprisoned brother - seeks to discover if his famed but ill-fated ancestor Grianne is still alive and willing to help him save the world.
Rumours are spreading that someone is organizing a Tournament of Swords - a brutal contest that magically compels the children of sorcerers to battle until only one is left alive. The winner will absorb the power from those he has killed and thus become a demigod. Strafa and her family want to protect her daughter, Kevans, from being forced to take part in the lethal contest...and they've asked Garrett to find out who is organizing the tournament and nip it in the bud. The only problem is that finding the culprit is most likely impossible. But the Algardas are used to getting what they want.
There is no time for Gair to dwell on his grief or hunger for revenge. Pursuing an artefact from the Founding Wars, he travels deep into the hostile southern deserts. As religious tensions erupt into bloody violence around him, he must make an impossible choice: save innocent lives or sacrifice them in the hope that thousands more can be saved later. And all the while, his grip on his powers is failing.
Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company east of Gascony in 1356. Edward, the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French, but before Thomas can join, he must fulfil an urgent task. La Malice, a sword of mythical power guaranteeing victory to its owner, is thought to be hidden near the town of Poitiers. But others are seeking the treasure too, with some pursuing their private agendas against Thomas.
Monster Hunter International might be the premier monster eradication company in the business, but they've got competition. When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War II weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.
A critical fuel shortage threatens to cut the urgent voyage short, even as a population explosion stretches the generation ship's life-support capacity to its limits. When the astronomer Tamara discovers the Object, a meteor whose trajectory will bring it within range of the Peerless, she sees a risky solution to the fuel crisis. Meanwhile, the biologist Carlo searches for a better way to control fertility, despite the traditions and prejudices of their society.
Trouble, treachery, and magic just won't stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother's murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren't even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets. Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue. Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them. Recommended.
The scarred man, Donovan buigh, half honoured guest and half prisoner, is needed for the rebel assault on the Secret City. But if he does not soon remember the key information locked inside his fractured mind, his rebel friends may resort to torture. Meanwhile, Bridget ban has organized a posse - a pack of Hounds - to go in pursuit of her kidnapped daughter, despite knowing that Ravn Olafsdottr kidnapped the harper precisely to lure Bridget ban in her wake.
Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, Steelhaven has been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States. But when the herald of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha, infiltrates the city to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise. It could be the beginning of the end . . .
Destined to become the Fae Queens of Winter and Summer, Wind Witch Cicely and her cousin, Rhiannon, are eager to assume their roles and marry the loves of their lives. But while Myst hides in the shadows, seeking to regroup her forces, another danger is lurking closer. Renegade vampires Geoffrey and Leo manage to free the Blood Oracle and set him upon New Forest, Washington. Not satisfied with wreaking havoc on the town, Leo ups the ante by kidnapping Rhiannon. Now, Cicely must lead her forces in a bloody battle to save her cousin before everything they've worked for crumbles to dust.
Without warning small groups of humans from the competing scientific communities of Houston, Texas and Bangalore, India are transported to the vast interior habitats of the alien spacecraft. Their first challenge is to survive. Their second, to discover why The Architects - the unknown, unseen aliens controlling Keanu - brought them there. And soon a third emerges as they must find a way to take control of Keanu -- it is moving again - away from Earth. The Architects are headed home. Recommended.
It wasn't the career Sharon had in mind, but she's getting used to running Magicals Anonymous and learning how to Be One With The City. When the Midnight Mayor goes missing, leaving only a suspiciously innocent-looking umbrella behind him, Sharon finds herself promoted. Her first task is to find the Midnight Mayor. The only clues she has are a city dryad's cryptic message of doom and several pairs of abandoned shoes. Recommended.
The Company, which ended a catastrophic plague by bringing a life-saving vaccine back from the future, now controls everything. They ration the scant food and supplies through a lottery system, mandate daily doses of virus suppressant, and even monitor future timelines to stop crimes before they can be committed. Brilliant but autistic, 16 year old Clover Donovan is drafted into the Time Mariners, a team of Company operatives who travel through time to gather news about the future. Then one of her missions reveals that the life of West, her brother and caretaker, is in danger. To change West's fate, they'll have to take on the mysterious Company.
On Royce's suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten - literally - in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them--and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge.
The Market rules all, plotting the rise and fall of fortunes without human intervention. Mankind, trapped by a rigid hierarchy of wealth, bends to its every whim. To function, the Market must expand without end. The Earth is finite, and cannot hold it, and so a bold venture to the stars is begun, offering a rare chance at freedom to a select few people. But when the colony fleet is sabotaged, a small group finds itself marooned upon the tidally locked world of Nychthemeron, a world where one hemisphere is bathed in perpetual daylight, the other hidden by eternal night.
Before now, Anita Blake would have considered zombies merely off-putting, never dangerous - she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that's all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease." Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren't the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them.
13 paranormal getaways from Jeff Abbott, L. A. Banks, Jeaniene Frost, Christopher Golden, Chris Grabenstein, Charlaine Harris, Toni Kelner, Katie MacAlister, A. Lee Martinez, Sharan Newman, Lilith Saintcrow, Sarah Smith & Daniel Stashower.
Short story collection, including an original Hollows novella, "Million-Dollar Baby," about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in "Pale Demon", and all the previously published Hollows short stories.
Dodging the slings and arrows of Artemis and Diana, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha De Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is to run like hell. Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok - AKA the Apocalypse. Also contains the novella "Two Ravens and One Crow".
Scientists, engineers, surgeons and other luminaries are disappearing. The government turns to its usual source of guidance, the Afterlife, only to find that the dead mystic Adbu El Yezdi now refuses to speak to them. They then turn to Sir Richard Burton, newly knighted and newly returned from the sources of the Nile.
An unknown entity has taken out the Great Sky Dragon, the head of all dragon shifters. With his power devolving on Tom Ormson just as Kyrie finds that a mysterious ailment prevents her from shifting, Rafiel must rely only on himself, a seductive dragon girl and an even more seductive and unreliable old shifter to solve the crimes, keep shifters hidden and prevent his best friend in the world from becoming a dragon of unimaginable mass destruction.
Boston, 1767: Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes. He is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family but suddenly finds himself facing another, unknown, conjurer of enormous power, someone part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed - and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power.
Canadian best of the year -- includes work from Cory Doctorow and Tanya Huff.
Egil and Nix have retired, as they always said they would. No, really - they have! No more sword and hammer play for them! But when two recent acquaintances come calling for help, our hapless heroes find themselves up against the might of the entire Thieves Guild. And when kidnapping the leader of the most powerful guild in the land seems like the best course of action, you know you're in over your head.
The terrified citizens of Constantinople are plagued by mysterious sorcery. The wolves outside the city are howling. A young boy has traded the lives of his family for power. And a Christian scholar, fleeing with his pregnant wife from her enraged father, must track down the magic threatening his world. All paths lead to the squalid and filthy prison deep below the city, where a man who believes he is a wolf lies chained, and the spirits of the dead are waking.
Markus Selvage has been bent by life, ground up and spit out again. In San Francisco's darkest sexual underground, he is a perpetual innocent, looking within bodies - his own and others' - for the lost secrets of satisfaction. But extreme body modification is only the beginning of where he will go before he's finished...
Rhian, a girl from the Welsh valleys on the run from tragedy and herself, finds a new home in the modern East End of London. As bodies begin to litter the East End streets, The Commission dispatches its best enforcers to deal with the situation: Karla is not human, and Jameson left his humanity behind in pieces in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Rhian makes new friends, dangerous friends; and where Rhian goes, the wolf is always in her shadow, just a heartbeat away.
First of two volumes collecting the LIADEN UNIVERSE stories, 33 in all (17 in this volume).
A new collection of her stories.
979 AD. After Olag Tryggvasson, known as Crowbone, receives a cryptic message, he is launched into action. At stake is the crown of Norway. Opposing him is Gunnhild, the Witch Mother of Kings.
After discovering the third murder victim with the chest cracked open and heart removed, Scotland Yard sends for supernatural specialist Sir Maurice Newbury and his determined assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes. They deduce that the killings may be the work of an apparently immortal woman, a mercenary known as the Executioner.
Helen and Troy are on a road trip across an enchanted America. If the curse placed upon them by an ancient god doesn't kill them or the pack of reluctant orc assassins don't catch up to them, Helen and Troy might reach the end of their journey in one piece, where they might just end up destroying the world. Or at least a state or two. A minotaur girl, an all-American boy, a three-legged dog, and a classic car are on the road to adventure, where every exit leads to adventure. Whether they like it or not.
Aral has learned that one of the few people willing to help him in his darkest days has been imprisoned by Maylien's uncle, King Thauvik. Aral knows he can't let an old friend die, but the alternative is to return to the life he left years ago. It was the death of Thauvik's half brother that earned Aral the name Kingslayer, and now he is thrust into a war that will see no end until he lives up to his name.
Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt, accompanied by witch Mae Lindson and the capricious Madder brothers, is tracking down all seven pieces of the Holder - a strange device capable of deadly destruction. But a glacial storm forces them to take refuge in the frontier town of Des Moines, Iowa. The town, under mayor Killian Vosbrough, is ruled with an iron fist - and plagued by the steely Strange, creatures that pour through the streets like the unshuttered wind. But Cedar soon learns that Vosbrough is mining cold copper for the cataclysmic generators he's manufacturing deep beneath Des Moines, bringing the search for the Holder to a halt.
Driven out of hell and with nothing to lose, the Fallen wage open warfare against the angels on the streets of London. As the balance tips towards the darkness, Alice - barely recovered from her own ordeal in hell and struggling to start over - once again finds herself in the eye of the storm. But with the chaos spreading and the Archangel Michael determined to destroy Lucifer whatever the cost, is the price simply too high... and what sacrifices will Alice and the angels have to make in order to pay it?
Twenty-five years ago, the Briareus mission took Doctor Toby Glyer's nanomachinery out to divert an Earth-crossing asteroid and bring it back to be mined, only to drop out of contact as soon as it reached its target. The project was shut down and the technology was forcibly suppressed. Now, a much, much larger asteroid is on a collision course with Earth - and the Briareus nanites may be responsible. While the government scrambles to find a solution, Glyer knows that their only hope of avoiding Armageddon lies in the nanites themselves. On the run, Glyer must track down his old partner, William Connors, and find a way to make contact with their wayward children.
The disappearance of the Ringworld has left the Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds with converging crises. Hindmost, the exiled Puppeteer marooned with Louis Wu for more than a decade, has plotted for years to reclaim his power. Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind, and the Fleet of World's unsuspected puppet master for a century, is deviously brilliant, and increasingly unbalanced. Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which, in desperation, the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming, and the supposed constraints on its initiative. And Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer, twice banished, and twice rehabilitated, sees the Fleet of World's existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power.
On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing. The Wizards of the Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards' god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion. As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle -- and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on -- librarian Marjorie Dawe finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair.
A new 'America', called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth -- and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government... Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity's thoughtless exploitation.
Tina Clancy hardly has a chance to celebrate passing the bar exam when an explosion at Acme Chemical sends a noxious pink and green cloud billowing over Baltimore's radioactive Zone. It is not as if the place was normal to begin with, but as the poisonous fumes overtake the sky, her neighbors start falling comatose - and Acme is plucking them off the streets faster than Tina and her friends can save them.
The sequel to BLUE REMEMERED EARTH. It is a thousand years in the future. Mankind is making its way out into the universe on massive generation ships.
A quarter century after the Seawitch disappeared with everyone on board it mysteriously returns to its Seattle Berth. Harper is hired by its insurance company to investigate. As Police Detective Rey Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger's wife, Harper's investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be involved.
Nebula Award Winner. 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But now an event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen. For Swan Er Hong, it is an event that will change her life. Swan was once a woman who designed worlds. Now she will be led into a plot to destroy them.
When a zombie movie starts filming in town Angel begins to suspect that it's not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets. Angel's been through more than her share of crap, but this time she's in way over her head. She'll need plenty of brainpower to fit all the pieces - and body parts - together in order to save herself, her town, and quite possibly the human race.
THE INITIATE BROTHER and GATHERER OF CLOUDS together in one omnibus edition for the first time.
Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father, Battle Lord to King Janue, left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order to be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. Vaelin's rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. But he is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.
1565. Malta must rely on the ancient Knights of the Order of St. John for survival. Sir Thomas Barrett is summoned by the Order and is compelled by loyalty to return to the beseiged island.
Set in Jack Vance's DYING EARTH. It is a critical moment in the Dying Earth's history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Shrue the diabolist learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician.
The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct - for the fourth time - due to its fragile nature. Metahuman Krina Alizond-114 is on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. They each possess half of the Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value and power. En route she is captured by pirates, led by the enigmatic Count Rudi who suspects the truth of her search. But what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole - and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale.
When Ray Schiller - an American televangelist with the uncanny ability to miraculously heal the ill - becomes uncomfortably close to the Prime Minister, External Assets dispatches the brilliant, beautiful, and entirely unpredictable Persephone Hazard to infiltrate the Golden Promise Ministry and uncover the preacher's agenda. And it's Bob Howard's job to make sure Persephone doesn't cause an international incident. Recommended.
When two plane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, corporate corruption, and financial double-dealing, it's not enough that Niceville detective Nick Kavanaugh (ex-Special Forces) has to investigate. He and his wife, family lawyer Kate, have also just taken in brutally orphaned Rainey Teague. Something bothers Nick about Rainey - and it isn't just that the woman in charge of attendance at Rainey's prep school has disappeared. In fact, people have long been disappearing from seemingly placid Niceville, including, most disturbingly, Kate's father.
Promising young psychiatrist James Richardson takes up a post at Wyldehope Hall in deepest Suffolk. One of his tasks is to manage the charismatic Dr. Hugh Maitland's most controversial project - a pioneering therapy in which extremely disturbed patients are kept asleep for months. As Richardson settles into his new life, he begins to sense something uncanny about the sleeping patients - six women, forsaken by society. Why is Maitland unwilling to discuss their past lives? Why is the trainee nurse so on edge when she spends nights alone with them? And what can it mean when all the sleepers start dreaming at the same time?
A brother and sister escape from a top secret facility deep behind the Iron Curtain. Once subjects of a twisted Nazi experiment to imbue ordinary people with superhuman abilities, then prisoners of war in the immense Soviet research effort to reverse-engineer the Nazi technology, they head for England. Because that's where former spy Raybould Marsh lives. And Gretel, the mad seer, has plans for him. As Marsh is once again drawn into the world of Milkweed, he discovers that Britain's darkest acts didn't end with the war. And while he strives to protect queen and country, he is forced to confront his own willingness to accept victory at any cost.
A collection of some of Catherynne Valente's most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella "Silently and Very Fast" and the Locus Award finalist "13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time," with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.
A scientist has developed a cure for America's addiction to foreign oil - a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid. He didn't consider it might spread. In Los Angeles, screenwriter Dave Marshall heard this scenario from a retired US marine and government insider who acted as a consultant on Dave's last film. It sounded as implausible as many of his scripts, but the reality is much more frightening than anything he can envision. And now he must protect his wife and daughter from the coming apocalypse that will alter the future of Earth - and humanity.
Includes stories by Charles E. Gannon, Timothy Zahn and Joelle Presby. It's rounded out with an all new David Weber authored novella featuring a young Manticoran Royal Navy commander who goes by the name Harrington.
As the Bottom-Dwellers' contramagic eats away at the magic of the dragons that helps protect the world above, a former dragon-riding hero gathers a ragtag group to form a new dragon brigade. Their high-flying heroics will be to no avail, though, unless they can somehow uncover forbidden knowledge, long hidden by the Church, without which they will never be able to prevent the world's destruction.
Captain Marcus d'Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire's colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. Then a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert. To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds. The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order.
Bobby Dollar's secret is that his real name is Doloriel and he's an angel--not an important angel, but a rough-and-tumble guy who's always done his part in the long cold war between Heaven and Hell. But now there's an unprecedented number of missing souls, and a truly unpleasant Babylonian demon is doing his best to track him down. To make matters worse, his opposite number on the case is arguably the world's sexiest she-devil and his feelings for her are not exactly Heaven-sanctioned.
Alex Marlow and Ripple Creek Security's best personal security detail return to action. This time, they really don't like their principal, World Bureau of State Minister Joy Herman Highland--a highly-placed bureaucrat with aspirations to elected office. Even worse, Highland's assistant wants to publicize every movement and action for her boss's pending campaign, which is anathema to good security. With a person of this status, it's not a case of someone wanting her dead. The only question is how many people want her dead, and what are they bringing to the fight?
Best of Connie Willis.
There are just 77 days before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth, and Detective Hank Palace is out of a job. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the U.S. Justice Department, Hank's days of solving crimes are over...until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband. Brett Cavatone disappeared without a trace - an easy feat in a world with no phones, no cars, and no way to tell whether someone's gone "bucket list" or just "gone." With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college-campus-turned-anarchist-encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off "impact zone" refugees.
Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate Curran, the Beast Lord. are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Many of the Pack's shape-shifting children, unable to control their beasts, fail to survive to adulthood. With the Pack's future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept an offer of help from the European shape-shifters, but they have little doubt that they're heading straight into a trap.
The conclusion to the series that chronicles the struggles for political dominance in a resource-scarce future. Power vacuums and new despots spring up across the solar system, in the wake of the events of THE DEPARTURE and ZERO POINT, and Alan Saul continues to be in the middle of the chaos.
Nurtured in the secret laboratories of nineteenth-century London where they were designed as Queen Victoria's ultimate supersoldiers, five immortals break free from their most recent subterranean prison in the Gray Area. Impervious to attack, stronger and faster than ordinary humans, these surreally beautiful, self-serving five are the ultimate killing machines. And they're ready to make up for centuries of boredom, warping everyone they meet in their perverted quest to rule the world. Only Kane and his team dare to stand against their wicked art-- if they can.
Haunted by the terrible truth of her past, Sorcha must lead the charge against the hordes seeking to cross into the Empire. But to do so, she will need to manipulate powers beyond her understanding.
After the worldwide implementation of a UN-led program called Agenda 21, people lead a bleak and barren existence. 18 year old Emmeline begins to question the status quo. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth?
Telepath Den Harper did the dirty work for the authoritarian Expansion, reading the minds of criminals, spies and undesirables. Unable to take the strain, he stole a starship and headed into the unknown, a sector of lawless space known as Satan's Reach. For five years he worked as a trader among the stars - then discovered that the Expansion had set a bounty hunter on his trail. But what does the Expansion want with a lowly telepath like Harper? Is there validity in the rumours that human space is being invaded by aliens from another realm? Harper finds out the answer to both these questions when he rescues an orphan girl from certain death - and comes face to face with the dreaded aliens known as the Weird.
Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returne addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors' undead assassin - who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn's lover Patrick - is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way. And while Bryn's allies aren't about to go down without a fight, the secret she's been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side - and her own lover - will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity.
Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels. The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the huge task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors. Lorkin has also had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians - or make Lorkin an outcast forever.
Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score. The problem is hardly anyone believes him. The world's most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late.
In the present day, as three strangers attempt to navigate the chaos cast upon civilization by a U.S. government experiment gone wrong, their destinies intertwine. More than a hundred years in the future, Amy, Peter, Alicia and the others introduced in THE PASSAGE pinpoint the weaknesses of the twelve original vampires . . . even as they confront a betrayal by one of their own.
The Cree called the area Ocsana, "pile of bones", a fertile hunting ground where game abounded. Now known as Wacsana Park, the land reverts into a magical kingdom after midnight, where a group of college students become warriors, bards, archers, and gladiators. It's all harmless fun, until they discover the magic is bleeding into the real world, an incusion far more dangerous than the students suspect.
The best of the year collects work by award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. It includes an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction.
Vocates Aloe Oaij and Morlock Ambrosius go into the Unguarded Lands to learn the reason gods are being slayed in the land of Kaen. After crashlanding on its hostile coast, they will face vengeful gods, a calmly murderous dragon, a demon called Andhrakhar, and a bitter old necromancer.
Forcibly implanted with a technology far in advance of anything he's encountered before, Archivist Luc Gabion sees and hears things he knows he's not supposed to. So when he finds himself investigating the murder of one of the Tian Di's ruling clique, the Thousand Emperors, he knows he's in real trouble. Any one of them could be the killer, and any one of them could have him put to death on a whim. Worse, the murdered man is the architect of the coming Reunification: two great civilisations are about to reunite in a new age of peace and prosperity.
This is the story Harry Ransom, inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world. Or you may have read about how he lost the battle of Jasper City, or won it, depending on where you stand in matters of politics. If you're reading this in the future, Ransom City must be a great and glittering metropolis by now, with a big bronze statue of Harry Ransom in a park somewhere. Well, here is its story, full of adventure and intrigue. And it all starts with the day that old Harry Ransom crossed paths with Liv Alverhyusen and John Creedmoor, two fugitives running from the Line, amidst a war with no end. Recommended.
Jan is surprised to learn that her boyfriend Tyler has gone missing -- he's been stolen--and Jan's the only one who might be able to get him back. From Elfland. Elves, who don't belong in this world at all, have found a portal into our world. A doorway they can use to infiltrate, to take, to conquer. And now Jan's not just Ty's only hope--she's got to rescue humanity, as well...
A collection of his horror and dark fantasy stories.
The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard and Kahlan have survived. But a new menace has attacked them in the Dark Lands. Infected with the essence of death itself, robbed of his power as a war wizard, Richard must race against time to uncover and stop the infernal conspiracy assembling itself behind the wall far to the north. Bereft of magic, Richard has only his sword, his wits, his capacity for insight - and an extraordinary companion, the young Samantha, a healer just coming into her powers.
The immense long-range spaceship Keanu has now reestablished contact with Earth - and discovered that the Reivers have, in fact, taken over the planet, placing most of the population under their dominion. A few scattered pockets of humanity, constantly in danger of being assimilated, have mounted a resistance. As the Reivers prepare a devastating strike against the Architects, Rachel Stewart, who grew up in Keanu, leads a small band of human survivors in an attempt to infiltrate the massive Reiver fortress in the American West. But their only hope for victory may yet be somewhere inside the NEO. If the men and women still in Keanu cannot find it, humanity will be finished. And the galaxy will be next.
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?
Nathan Hawke is a pseudonym for British fantasy author Stephen Deas. Gallow -- Truesword, Griefbringer and trouble for anyone who crosses him -- will travel to the end of the world for his king. He will find the fabled Crimson Shield so that the king's legions may carry it to battle. And when Sword and Shield must finally clash, there you will find him.
Two novellas and two stories.
Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenaere, an organization founded by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood, are called in to investigate the killing of a wendigo in a long-established werewolf territory. Lena's powers are unique, and Gutenberg's enemies hope to use those powers for themselves. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil.
Who Collects the Collectors? Sam Thornton has had many run-ins with his celestial masters, but he's always been sure of his own actions. However, when he's tasked with dispatching the mythical Brethren - a group of former Collectors who have cast off their ties to Hell - is he still working on the side of right?
Boston's zombies have suddenly become inexplicably violent, resulting in a catastrophic all-out battle against humans. And it might put Vicky on the front lines of the wrong side of the war.
In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator - created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders - emits a plague-suppressing aura. Skyler Luiken has a rare immunity to the plague. Backed by an international crew of fellow "immunes," he leads missions into the dangerous wasteland beyond the aura's edge to find the resources Darwin needs to stave off collapse. But when the Elevator starts to malfunction, Skyler is tapped - along with the brilliant scientist, Dr. Tania Sharma - to solve the mystery of the failing alien technology and save the ragged remnants of humanity.
They hide in mattresses. They wait till you're asleep. They rise in the dead of night to feast on your blood. They can multiply by the hundreds in less than a week. They are one of the most loathsome, hellish species to ever grace God's green earth. Thought to be eradicated decades ago, thanks to global travel they're back. And with them comes a nightmare beyond imagining. Bed bugs. Infected with a plague virus so deadly it makes Ebola look like a summer cold. One bite turns people into homicidal maniacs.
Sophie Lawson's new assignment sends her undercover into a realm where even the most powerful paranormals fear to tread - her old high school. Being a human immune to magic is no defense against soulless picture-perfect mean girls--or a secret witch coven about to sacrifice a missing female student. And Sophie's Guardian, uber-proper Englishman Will, is determined to convince Sophie he's the kind of temptation she should indulge in permanently.
La Nueva Temporada is Earth's only extrasolar colony - an Earth-type planet caught in the grip of a very Earth-type Ice Age. Alex Mateo wants nothing more than to stay and contribute to the terraforming of his homeworld. But tragedy strikes the colony, and to save it from starvation and collapse Alex must reluctantly entrust himself to the only starship in existence to make the long, slower than light journey back to Earth. But it is his brother Quin, who loathes La Nueva Temporada and all the people on it, who must watch his world collapse around him and become its ultimate saviour.
As captain and commander at the helm of Hellfire, Ia must now assemble a crew that can rise to the challenge of saving the galaxy. A crew that will trust her prophecies. The Salik are breaking through the Blockade, plunging the known galaxy into war. Now only time itself can prove whether each member of her crew is merely a soldier, or truly one of Ia's Damned.
The hunt for an all-powerful weapon of the older gods leads Stark to an abandoned shopping mall - a global shopping paradise infested with Lurkers and wretched bottom-feeding Sub Rosa families, squatters who have formed tight tribes to guard their tiny patches of retail wasteland. Somewhere in this kill zone is a dead man with the answers Stark needs.
Sandra O'Toole is the president of the Outer Alliance, which stretches from the asteroid belt to the Oort Cloud beyond Pluto. Her Civil War against the inner planets has been going badly, in part because of the great General Trang, a fit opponent for the brilliant J. D. Black. Choices have to be made to abandon some of the moral principles upon which the revolution was founded. It is a time of great heroism and great betrayal, madness, sacrifice, and shocking military conflict. Nothing is predictable, even the behavior of artificial intelligences. There may be only one way out, but it is not surrender.
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. When hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shogun to capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over. Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shogun is death. Accompanying her father on the Shogun's hunt, the girl Yukiko finds herself stranded, a young woman alone in Shima's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her. But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.
The Wild West has never seen the likes of Reverend Jebediah Mercer, a hard man wielding a burning Bible in the battle between God and the Devil - an endless struggle he's not sure he cares who wins. All five of Mercer's adventures are collected in this blasphemous volume laced with fast-paced action, non-stop humor, and delectable creepiness.
Even as King Jorg's need for revenge continues to consume him, twenty thousand men march toward the gates of his castle. His enemy is far stronger than him. Jorg knows that he cannot win a fair fight. But he has found, in a chamber hidden beneath the castle, ancient and long-lost artifacts. Some might call them magic. Jorg is not certain - all he knows is that the secrets they hold can be put to terrible use in the coming battle.
King Jorg Ancrath is twenty now - and king of seven nations. His ambition to become Emperor has run up against an obstacle, a necromancer unlike any he has ever faced - a figure hated and feared even more than himself: the Dead King. The boy who would rule all may have finally met his match...
The war in the Land of the Faerie has finally ended. Stormwulf, formerly a Hound but cured by his prince's magic and restored to the Rider he once was, is dispatched to the Shadowlands to call home the People who remain refugees there. But Stormwolf finds the Hounds of the Wild Hunt now prey upon the souls of the humans, draining them of the magic which is the very lifeblood of the People. With the help of Valory Martin, a mortal psychic, Stormwolf must find the magic needed to defeat the Hunt before it's too late.
Joy Malone sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room--right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world--a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same. Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink's chosen one--his helper, his love, his "something" for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both.
The old emperor's daughters, Rika and her sister Eir, are all that remains of the Jorsalir bloodline and Commander Brynd Lathera is determined that Rika will lead her people in the creation of a new city and new culture. But Villiren has never been a city to play by the rules and, despite the impending threat of destruction, criminal gangs may still undermine everything that Brynd has set out to do.
Two classic novels from the FORERUNNER universe in one volume: ICE CROWN and BROTHER TO SHADOWS.
Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg.
Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus Sanguis is the most powerful being they've ever come up against. Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light. One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed.
A magic-wielding serial killer is prowling the Pacific Northwest -- and all of his victims have ties to Sarah Jane Beauhall, the blacksmith turned dragon slayer. Sarah must unravel the web she finds closing around her as a powerful necromancer and a crazed blood cult known as the Dragon Liberation Front work to tear apart everything she holds dear.
The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.But when a lone gunman reluctantly accepts the mantel of protector to a young boy and his dying mother against the forces that pursue them, a hero may yet arise.
Lord Brentford wishes to create a Grand Exposition that will showcase The Wonders of the Worlds and encourage peace between the inhabited planets of Venus, Jupiter and Earth. Ernest Rutherford wants to construct a time ship, powered by the large hadron collider he has built beneath the streets of London. Detective Cameron Bell wants to solve the crime of the century before it takes place. Darwin, the monkey butler, wants to end Man's inhumanity to Monkey. Lavinia Dharkstorrm would like to erase Man and Monkey alike from the face of the Earth and to hasten in the End of Days. Then there is the crime-fighting superlady, all those chickens from the past and the unwelcome arrival of The Antichrist.
The world as we know it is gone. It's the near future, and thanks to a perfect storm of reckless banking practices, hyper-inflation, a stock market gone mad, and the negligence of our elected officials, the entire social, political, and economic infrastructure of America has collapsed. Chaos reigns in the streets, medical treatment is no longer available, and a silent coup has placed a dangerous group of men at the helm of a false government. America's fate is in the hands of those few individuals who have the survival skills, the faith, and the forethought to return this country to the state its founding fathers intended.
As the evil sorcerer Arunis fell, beheaded by the young warrior-woman Thasha Isiq, he summoned the Swarm of Night, a demonic entity that feasts on death and grows like a plague. Now Thasha and her comrades - the tarboy Pazel Pathkendle and the mysterious wizard Ramachni - seek the one person with the power to stand against the Swarm, the great mage Erithusme.
When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she's never witnessed, with a skill she's never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including mysterious writing appearing on the patient's skin and strange voices issuing from her mouth, even her doctors start to wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated, frightened, and at the end of her rope, the patient's sister reluctantly turns to Harper Blaine to discover who - or what - is occupying her sister's body.
Janea, Barbara Everette's assistant and the Foundation for Love and Universal Faith's best operative, has been thrown into a coma by some very nasty magic she's stirred up. Barbara must track down the perpetrators and break the spell or Janea's soul will be forever lost on the astral plane. Oh, and if she can't break the spell, zombies will destroy all mankind. Barbara tracks Janea to an astral science fiction convention. There the two will battle an ancient Old One.
Alisanos, the deepwood, is more than just a forest... ...it is sentient, and predatory. Home to demons and worse, its mercurial boundaries can suddenly shift miles in any direction to encompass previously safe human lands - and those taken by the deepwood are forever changed. Audrun, a human woman trapped within the forest, is reunited with her four children, only to learn that each has been marked by the deepwood's wild magic. And her newly born fifth child, captured by a winged demon, is still missing. Audrun has sworn to find the infant, but can a mere human possibly hope to outwit the monstrous inhabitants of Alisanos...and the nightmarish deepwood itself?
1903. Blood-sucking immortal Nightwalkers and their spellcasting Alchemist allies have a plan to cover the whole world in shadow. All they require is the sacrifice of a certain young woman whose past conceals a dangerous secret. But when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for. This enterprising young woman, the daughter of a scientific genius, has reserves of bravery and determination that even she scarcely suspects. Now she is about to meet her match in more ways than one - a handsome yet infuriating Warlock named Hugh Marsh, whose agenda is as suspect as his charms are annoyingly irresistible.
Marsh is assisting Commissioner Willoughby of the London Metropolitan police in solving a magical mystery. But in doing so, he loses his heart - literally. In place of the flesh-and-blood organ is a clockwork device - a device that makes Marsh a kind of zombie. Nor is he the only one. A plague of clockwork zombies is afflicting London, sowing panic and whispers of revolution. Now Elle must join forces with her husband's old friend, the Nightwalker Loisa Beladodia, to track down Marsh's heart and restore it to his chest before time runs out.
It is the year 2059. Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and works for a mysterious criminal underground called Scion. But then she is captured and imprisoned by a powerful, otherworldly race, the Rephaim. She is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be training her for the Rephaim army. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
Remy feels himself becoming more volatile as his human and angelic natures share the same space. Then Ashlie Berg, a young woman who is like a daughter to him, disappears without a trace. A once-formidable sorcerer has taken her, seeking vengeance against those he thinks have wronged him. Remy will become the instrument of his wrath -- or Ashlie dies.
When one of Heaven's greatest generals is murdered it falls to Remy to discover who - or what - might be responsible for the death. The deeper he digs, the further he goes into a dark world of demonic assassins, secret brothels, and things that are unsettling even to a being who has lived since time began. But it is not in his nature - angelic or human - to stop until he has found the killer, no matter the personal price.
As a glassmaker and magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers, particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade, require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. When the mission goes awry, Opal must tap into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. The further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and the magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance, including her own, Opal must control powers she never knew she possessed--powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.
Something is wrong in Niceville. A boy literally disappears from Main Street, the instant of his disappearance caught on a security camera. An audacious bank robbery goes seriously wrong, with four cops gunned down; a TV news helicopter shot out of the sky, and a cascade of events that ricochet across 20 different lives over the course of just 36 hours. Nick Kavanaugh, a cop with a dark side, investigates. Soon he and his wife, Kate, a distinguished lawyer from an old Niceville family, find themselves confronted with a shadow world where time has a different rhythm and where justice is elusive.
Myrmecologist Linda McKinney is entirely unprepared to have her research into the social structure of ants conscripted by unknown forces to help run the unmanned, automated drone army that has begun to attack the American homeland.
Steampunk space opera. The Armadas of the universe set sail for the next dimension! Will M. Francisco Fabrigas -- scientist, explorer, 'dreamer' (fool), and perhaps the greatest human of all ages (fool) -- with his shipful of slave children and mysterious stowaways -- succeed?
Two men who hate each other. One impossible mission. A legend in the making. Hadrian Blackwater, a warrior with nothing to fight for, is paired with Royce Melborn, a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Hired by an old wizard, they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm's most prized possessions. But it isn't gold or jewels that the wizard is after, and if he can just keep them from killing each other, they just might succeed.
22 genre-bending stories.
A freethinking Frenchman fights side by side with racist Nazis. A Czech finds himself on the dusty front lines of the Spanish Civil War, gunning for Germany's Nationalist allies. A German bomber pilot courts a half-Polish, half-Jewish beauty in Bialystock. And the Jews in Germany, though trapped under Hitler's fist, are as yet protected by his fear of looking bad before the world - and by an outspoken Catholic bishop.
Four years after Neville Chamberlain refuses to appease Hitler the civil war in Spain drags on, even after General Franco's death. The United States, still neutral in Europe, fights the Japanese in the Pacific. Russia and Germany go toe-to-toe in Eastern Europe - yet while Hitler stares east, not everything behind him is going as well as he would like.
As Denver adjusts to a new master vampire, Kitty gets word of an intruder in the Denver werewolf pack's territory, and she investigates the challenge to her authority. She follows the scent of the lycanthrope through the mountains where she is lured into a trap, tranquilized, and captured. When she wakes up, she finds herself in a defunct silver mine, the perfect cage for a werewolf. Her captors are a mysterious cult seeking to induct Kitty into their ranks in a ritual they hope will put an end to Dux Bellorum.
King Cayleb of Charis, his queen Sharleyan, and Merlin Arthawes will have their hands full trying to stave off wholesale starvation in Siddermark while at the same time shipping in enough land combat units to fend off the "volunteers" from the Church's Temple Lands. And while Vicar Clyntahn is hailed in the Church for his boldness and audacity, there are those who remember how dependent Church power is on money from Siddermark...and who wonder what will happen if Siddermark starves.
Special operations officer Jason Thanou of the Temporal Regulatory Authority and his companions travel to the 17th century to encounter the "real" pirates of the Caribbean - including a beautiful she-pirate who turns out to be Transhumanist renegade. To Jason's horror, he also learns that the Teloi aliens who were the grim reality behind the pagan pantheons of antiquity - aliens Jason believed he'd successfully destroyed - are still active, and aiding the Transhumanists in founding an unspeakable cult. What's more, these are a different - and far more dangerous - breed of Teloi than before.
14th century Scotland: the medieval king and warrior Robert the Bruce is pitted against Edward Plantagenet and the Kingdom of England.
These are stories of the warriors and civilians who get things done in extreme situations, whether it's rescue from a ship broken in space and leaking air and radiation, hard choices by a brigade of mercenary swords in a world of blood and magic, or scramble and response by troops in the Sandbox doing what it takes to make it through another scorching, rocket-filled day.
It is 2206. As Chung Kuo's population continues to swell, the Seven must make further concessions. But is it too late? Prince Li Yuan neglects his new bride, and in doing so forces her into the arms of his cousin, the T'ang Tsu Ma, and the affair threatens to destroy the Seven. Kim Ward, the prodigy, is courted by various great Companies as others seek to destroy him, and Ben Shepherd gets his first glimpse of where his own macabre art is heading.
Saint-Germain is living in a monastery in Egypt when he is hired to guide a group of pilgrims to underground churches in southern Egypt. The vampire finds a companion in a lovely widow who later fears that her dalliance with the Count will prevent her from reaching Heaven. The pilgrims begin to fall prey to the trials of travel in the Holy Lands. Some see visions and hear the word of God; others are seduced by desires for riches and power. A visit to the Chapel of the Holy Grail brings many quarrels to a head. Saint-Germain must use all his diplomacy and a good deal of his strength to keep the pilgrims from slaughtering one another.
The prison ship "Perdition", a floating city where the Conglomerate's most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid. Inmate Dresdemona "Dred" Devos controls one of "Perdition's" six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. She needs the help of the mercenary Jael. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn't betray her first.
Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters.
Miles beneath the ocean's surface, a decaying redoubt barely protects Ryan and his companions from a watery death. Battling vicious assaults from cyborgs programmed by artificial intelligence to kill them, they're desperate to escape this underwater trap. But above the waves a new threat awaits: a massive predark super ship banished to the seas of Deathlands. Decades of madness have led to civil war between the citizens of the upper and lower decks. Now pawns in a bloody game, Ryan and the other survivors must destroy the ship or face their certain end at sea.
As the Gzilt, one of the founding societies of the Culture, prepares to elevate themselves to Sublime, the Regimental High Command is destroyed. Lieutenant Commander (reserve) Vyr Cossont appears to have been involved, and she is now wanted - dead, not alive. Aided only by an ancient, reconditioned android and a suspicious Culture avatar, Cossont must complete the last mission given to her by the High Command. She must find the oldest person in the Culture, a man over nine thousand years old, who might have some idea what really happened all that time ago. Recommended.
Mariko Oshiro, the only female detective in Tokyo's most elite police unit, is given the case of the attempted theft of an old samurai sword. The sword is rumoured to have magical qualities, but Mariko is not convinced. Nonetheless, her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.
2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It's a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system. Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she's joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas.
The year is 1348. Thomas, a disgraced knight, finds a young girl alone in a dead Norman village. An orphan of the Black Death, she tells Thomas that plague is only part of a larger cataclysm - that the fallen angels under Lucifer are rising in a second war on heaven. She convinces the faithless Thomas to shepherd her across a depraved landscape to Avignon where she will confront the evil that has devastated the earth. As hell unleashes its wrath, and as the true nature of the girl is revealed, Thomas will find himself in the midst of a desperate struggle for nothing less than the soul of man.
An old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Captain Ivan Vorpatril to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate. Tej Arqua and her half-sister and servant Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan on free-for-all planet Jackson's Whole. Now it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret which could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barayarran family and provide the final advantage for the thugs who seek to overthrow Tej's homeworld. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. Recommended.
Harry Dresden is now Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn't about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.
Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son now reigns as king. Wessex survives but the Danes will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs. In Mercia, Aethelflaed, the King's sister and Uhtred's lover is wife to Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians. But on his death she will rise to rule the kingdom herself and emerge as the Lady of Mercia.
A collection of his stories, from near future to alternate history to posthuman odyssey.
This anthology presents his finest short stories and novellas, which originally appeared in pulp magazines of the early 1950s. Contents include "The Variable Man," "Second Variety," "Beyond the Door," "The Defenders," and more.
Varus accompanies Corylus on a visit to the household of Corylus's father. Joining them are Varus's father Saxa, who is Governor of the great city of Carce, with his family and a large entourage of servants. But on the way to the event, something goes amiss. Varus, who has been the conduit for supernatural visions before, experiences another. Giant crystalline worms devouring the entire world. Soon all are involved in supernatural events caused by a struggle between two powerful magicians, both mentored by the deceased poet and mage Vergil, one of whom wants to destroy the world and the other who wishes to stop him. But which is which?
As tensions mount over the risks of turning the ship around and starting the long voyage home, a new complication arises. There is the prospect of constructing a messaging system that will give the Peerless news of its own future. While some see this as a guarantee of safety and a chance to learn of their mission's ultimate success, others are convinced that the knowledge will be oppressive.
This is the story of the early years of Anomander Rake, and his brothers, Andarist and Silchas Ruin. It begins within the Age of Darkness and the Birth of Light and involves the forging of a sword unlike any other, and tells of the tragedy that was the collapse of the realm of the Tiste Andii. It tells of the devastating civil war that tore their world apart -- a story of bitter family rivalries, of jealousies and betrayals, of wild magic and unfettered power, of death and terriifying destruction. And it relates how the goddess of the Tiste, Mother Dark, abandoned her children and turned her back on her people.
When a terror from the past threatens Gin's friend and body-disposer, Sophia, Gin will stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means walking straight into a killer's trap. Meanwhile, the rocky romance between Gin and Owen reaches a turning point - can they reunite and rekindle their love? Or will the things Gin has been forced to do in her line of work as the deadly assassin the Spider keep them apart forever?
In this volume, a select group of Wolfe's fellow authors pay tribute with entirely new stories written specifically to honor him. The book features contributions by Neil Gaiman, David Brin, David Drake, Nancy Kress, and many others, plus two new short stories by Gene Wolfe himself.
Rome, 1635. Up to their necks in papal assassins, power politics, murder, and mayhem, the uptimers and their spouses need help and they need it quickly. Special rescue teams-including Harry Lefferts and his infamous Wrecking Crew-converge on Rome to extract Frank and Gia. And an uptime airplane is on its way to spirit the Pope to safety before Borgia's assassins can find him.
Pilot Megan Jacinth must find her friend Bash, who she'd left for dead to save her own life. Then she needs Bash's unique skill-set to locate an ancient spacefaring entity. Lastly she must use this Wanderer's knowledge to save human-occupied worlds from an alien incursion. Megan finds Bash, but the person she'd known and loved is a husk of his former self. Bash is also held captive by her greatest enemy, Gregor Tarrant. Tarrant wants the Wanderer too, even more than he wants her life, with motives less pure than her own. And he's close to finding Megan's most closely guarded secret.
Their latest assignment takes the operatives of the Carnacki Institute to a small country village, site of a famously haunted inn. At first, JC thinks that the spirits in the King's Arms are more the stuff of urban legend than anything that needs the Ghost Finders' expertise. Then one story rings true: the tale of a traveler trapped by an unusual thunderstorm who retired to her room for the night - and vanished. Trapped by an unusual thunderstorm - like the one that begins raging outside shortly after they arrive...
Fergus Sheppard's world changes forever the day his car crashes near the remote village of Allingley. Traumatised by his near-death experience, he returns to thank the villagers who rescued him, and stays to work at the local stables as he recovers from his injuries. He will discover a gentler pace of life, fall in love - and be targeted for human sacrifice. Clare Harvey's life will never be the same either. The young archaeologist's dream find - the peat-preserved body of a Saxon warrior - is giving her nightmares. She can tell that the warrior had been ritually murdered, and that the partial skeleton lying nearby is that of a young woman. And their tragic story is unfolding in her head every time she goes to sleep. Fergus discovers that his crash is uncannily linked to the excavation, and that the smiling and beautiful countryside harbours some very dark secrets. As the pagan festival of Beltane approaches, and Clare's investigation reveals the full horror of a Dark Age war crime, Fergus and Clare seem destined to share the Saxon couple's bloody fate.
Riley, a veteran of interstellar war, is one of many beings from many different worlds aboard a ship on a pilgrimage that spans the galaxy. However, he is not journeying to achieve transcendence, a vague mystical concept that has drawn everyone else on the ship to this journey into the unknown at the far edge of the galaxy. His mission is to find and kill the prophet who is reputed to help others transcend.
Ever since the outbreak of the mysterious plague known as "The Laz" turned thousands into the living dead, those with a heartbeat and those without one have been forced to coexist. And at least one unlikely couple - privileged Nora Dearly and dashing zombie ex-soldier Bram Griswold - have found true love, despite their "differences." But now a whole new strain of "The Laz" has appeared - and the nation of New Victoria braces for the next wave of the apocalypse.
Second in the month-by-month release of the trilogy.
Alex Versus was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of. As rumours swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he's afraid of what his friends - including his apprentice, Luna - will think of his past. But if they're going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they're fighting for.
Gifted by the gods with three magical Talismans, Daemron was corrupted by the power at his command, and dared to side with the Chaos spawn and challenge the gods themselves. He was defeated, the talismans were lost and Chaos walled off. Now the barriers are weakening and Daemron again stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself - wizard, warrior, prophet, king. Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the barriers or bring them crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.
The Elven Queen Vielissiar Faricarnon was the first to face the Endarkened in battle and the first to bond with a dragon. She worked some of the greatest magics her world has ever known, and paid the greatest price.
Stories from Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, George R.R. Martin, Cory Doctorow, Carrie Vaughn, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Lethem, Tim Pratt, Kim Newman, and many more.
First Class courier pilot Theo Waitley now has a trade route to run for Clan Korval while she convinces the near mythic ghost ship "Bechimo" - and herself - that she wants to commit herself as the human side to their immensely powerful symbiosis. While her former lover battles a nano-virus that's eating him alive, she's challenged to rescue hundreds of stranded pilots and crewmen from an explosive situation in near orbit around a suddenly hostile planet. Lovers, enemies, an ex-roomie, and a jealous spaceship are all in peril as Theo wields power that no one in the universe is sure of, especially her.
James Lovegrove presents three novellas with three different 'gods' and their appreance in the worlds of man. Age of Anansi, Age of Satan, and a third novella Age of Gaia appearing in print for the first time with the release of this omnibus.
To honour the magnificent career of Jack Vance. With the cooperation of Vance and his family, Martin and Dozois have created this tribute anthology. The best of today's fantasy writers return to the milieu of "The Dying Earth" from which they and many others have drawn so much inspiration, to create their own brand-new adventures in the world of Vance's greatest novel. Original stories from George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons, Elizabeth Moon, Tanith Lee, Tad Williams, Kage Baker, and Robert Silverberg, along with fifteen others.
The wizard Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, he transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains, along with a few ordinary folk who were just unfortunate enough to draw Margle's attention. It's Nessy's duty to tend this castle. It's a lot of work, but she manages, taking pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel. Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.
Dead changelings start appearing in the alleys of San Francisco, killed by an overdose of goblin fruit. Toby's efforts to take the problem to the Queen of the Mists are met with harsh reprisals, leaving her under sentence of exile from her home and everyone she loves. Now Toby must find a way to reverse the Queen's decree, get the goblin fruit off the streets - and, oh, yes, save her own life, since more than a few of her problems have once again followed her home.
A virus concocted by a power mad cartel gets loose on a cruise ship and turns the passengers into ravenous zombies. (I think I might have been on that cruise.) Enter Delta Force operative Juan Perez. He's fought the deadliest killers in the darkest hellholes on earth. But he's never seen anything like this-an apocalyptic cargo of pure zombie mayhem heading for the coast.
Ran, a newly-minted ninja field operative is set loose on a "musha shugyo," a wandering quest. He hears tales of a mysterious lord believed to have the dead for his servants. Soon these tales prove all too real as Ran comes to the aid of Jysal, a beautiful sorceress, whose undeveloped power gives her the ability to heal a land - or destroy it. But the Lord Kan-Gul also covets Jysal's power, and he sends a army of the undead to take Jysal by force.
Offered the job of assessing the ecological impact of the human presence on Stittara -- a planet that supplies the galaxy with longevity drugs -- freelance consultant Dr. Paulo Verano jumps at the chance to escape the ruin of his personal life. He gets far more than he bargained for. Stittara's atmosphere is populated with skytubes - gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. Their exact nature has eluded humanity for centuries, but Verano believes his conclusions about Stittara may hinge on understanding the skytubes' role in the planet's ecology - if he survives the hurricane winds, distrustful settlers, and secret agendas that impede his investigation at every turn.
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, and a diverse set of characters, scattered across the planet, begin to struggle against the forces that have been put in motion.
Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous instalments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, and Francis Ford Coppola, sinking his fangs ever deeper into the zeitgeist of 1980s America, it seems the past might not be dead after all.
When an airborne "zombie" plague is released, bringing civilization to a grinding halt, the Smith family, Steven, Stacey, Sophia and Faith, take to the Atlantic to avoid the chaos. The plan is to find a safe haven from the anarchy of infected humanity. What they discover, instead, is a sea composed of the tears of survivors and a passion for bringing hope. For it is up to the Smiths and a small band of Marines to somehow create the refuge that survivors seek in a world of darkness and terror. Now with every continent a holocaust and every ship an abattoir, life is lived beneath a graveyard sky.
The Barrani would be happy to see her die. So Kaylin Neya is a bit surprised by her safe arrival in the West March. Especially when enemies new and old surround her and those she would call friends are equally dangerous. And then the real trouble starts. Kaylin's assignment is to be a "harmoniste"--one who helps tell the truth behind a Barrani Recitation. But in a land where words are more effective than weapons, Kaylin's duties are deadly. With the wrong phrase she could tear a people further asunder. And with the right ones...well, then she might be able to heal a blight on a race.
The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.
Commander Cassandra Kresnov must lead an assault against the Federation world of Pyeongwha, where a terrible sociological phenomenon has unleashed hell against the civilian population. Then she faces the threat from a portion of League space known as New Torah, in which a ruthless regime of surviving corporations are building new synthetic soldiers but taking the technology in alarming directions.
Clay Jannon gets a job on the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. His suspicions are aroused. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead 'checking out' impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with gnomic Mr. Penumbra. When he finally thinks he knows what is going on he goes to Mr. Penumbra -- only to find the secrets extend far beyond the walls of the bookstore.
After leaving the small magical European country of Dobrenica to allow the man she loves to marry another woman, Kim Murray is horrified to learn her sacrifice was a total disaster. She returns to find ghosts, murder and mystery. Once again, sword in hand, she must try to make peace and learn the truth.
Student glass magician Opal Cowan's newfound ability to steal a magician's powers makes her too powerful. Ordered to house arrest by the Council, Opal defies them by traveling to the Moon Clan's lands in search of Ulrick, the man she thinks she loves. "Thinks" because she is sure another man- now her prisoner- has switched souls with Ulrick. Everyone is after Opal's special powers for their own deadly gain.
Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him--and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored...?
Anna's relationship with shape-shifter Daniel Frey has given her hope for a future with him and his son - especially when Frey proposes. But just when Anna starts to think her life couldn't be better, she must fly to France to be at the side of her dying mother. There she learns that not every vampire accepts her Chosen One status. And one such vamp is about to go rogue - by leading his followers in a fight to usurp humanity.
A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through a small island off the coast of South Carolina and travel writer Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm's aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys - twins - and she impulsively adopts them. Well, that turned out to be a bad idea.
Artos, the High King of Montival, and his allies have won several key battles against the Church Universal and Triumphant. But to end the war, Artos must journey to the Lake at the Heart of the Mountains and take part in a crowning ceremony that will unite the realms into a single kingdom - and grant him an army large enough to defeat his enemies once and for all.
Rudi Mackenzie will finally confront the forces behind the Church - the Powers of the Void. Yet even a victory will not end the conflict forever. The Powers of the Void are malevolent and infinitely patient, and the struggle is one that involves the entire world. They threaten Rudi not only in the present, but also in the future represented by his children, Orlaith and John. Rudi knows this. And as his heir Princess Orlaith grows up in the shadow of her famous father, she also realizes that the enemy will do anything to see that she does not live to fulfill her parents' dream.
Two thieves want answers. Riyria is born. For more than a year Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner Hadrian Blackwater from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of--but she's about to find out.
In an ancient forest, where Mantis clans pursue their own civil war, the Empress Seda is seeking lost magic. Some dangerous shadow of old night is locked up among these trees and she is wants its power. Cheerwell Maker must stop her, at any cost, but will their rivalry awaken something far deadlier? Something that could make even their clash of nations pale into insignificance.
Howard Waldrop's stories are keys to the secrets of the stories "behind" the stories . . . or perhaps the stories "between" the stories everyone else knows. From "The Wolfman of Alcatraz" to a horrifying Hansel and Gretel, from "The Bravest Girl I Ever Knew" to the sixth Marx brother's story of a vaudeville act tracking down the Holy Grail, this new collection is a wunderkammer of strangeness.
1960: a global peace conference is convening in London, where Britain, Germany, and Japan will oversee the final partition of the world. Hitler is once again on British soil. So is the long exiled Duke of Windsor - and the rising gangs of "British Power" streetfighters, who consider the Government "soft," may be the former king's bid to stage a coup d'etat. Amidst all this, two of the most unlikely persons in the realm will join forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose greatest worry until now has been where to find the right string of pearls, and the Watch Commander himself.
Gavin Guile is dying. He'd thought he had five years left - now he has less than one. With fifty thousand refugees, a bastard son, and an ex-fiance who may have learned his darkest secret, Gavin has problems on every side. All magic in the world is running wild and threatens to destroy the Seven Satrapies. Worst of all, the old gods are being reborn, and their army of color wights is unstoppable. The only salvation may be the brother whose freedom and life Gavin stole sixteen years ago.
Bobby Dollar, the angel sometimes known as Doloriel, is off to hell with the impossible mission to rescue his girlfriend, a beautiful demon named Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands. She is held by Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell, who'd like nothing better than to get his hands on Bobby Dollar.
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in a conspiracy that nearly succeeded in toppling the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor - and license to do so by any and all means - the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers - and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test!
The Romulans have retreated behind the Neutral Zone, but can the fragile alliances that were forged in the heat of war hold? Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the "Enterprise" are looking forward to easy service and returning to exploration - but history has other plans as they face a greater challenge.
Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod and Faora, Zod's evil partner. Also from Superman's native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman's mother and Superman's father, Jor-El.
Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised. Massive robots, called Jaegers, are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.
Meet Maimun - an orphan who couldn't imagine how unfortunate it would be to discover a stone that makes him forever lucky. Fleeing a powerful demon named Asbeel, Maimun stows away aboard the ship "Sea Sprite," where he meets Drizzt. Hunted by a demon, haunted by a mysterious spellcaster, and chased by a pirate, Maimun, with Drizzt's help, must unravel the secrets of the Stone of Tymora before his luck runs out!
The Elder Dragon Zhaitan has risen. In its wake, the drowned kingdom of Orr is reborn - and another destroyed. The city of Lion's Arch, for generations a cornerstone of civilization in Tyria, is brutally swept beneath the waves, leaving nothing but ruins. Among the survivors is Cobiah Marriner, a human sailor shipwrecked by the tsunami and stranded at sea. When he is rescued by a ferocious charr, Cobiah knows that he's been plunged into a world forever changed. Now, Zhaitan's undead servants dominate the sea, destroying port after port and slaughtering anything in their path. In the midst of ruin, Cobiah vows to see Lion's Arch rebuilt.
A collection of action-packed novellas from Warhammer's longest running series. Gotrek and Felix: unsung heroes of the Empire, or nothing more than common thieves and murderers? The truth perhaps lies somewhere in between, and depends entirely upon whom you ask.
Perturabo - master of siegecraft, and the executioner of Olympia - has long lived in the shadow of his more favoured primarch brothers, frustrated by the mundane and ignominious duties which regularly fall to his Legion. When Fulgrim offers him the chance to lead an expedition in search of ancient and destructive xenos weaponry, the Iron Warriors and the Emperor's Children unite and venture deep into the heart of the great star maelstrom that haunts Perturabo's dreams. Pursued by vengeful survivors from Isstvan V and the revenants of a dead eldar world, they must work quickly if they are to unleash the devastating power of the Angel Exterminatus!
When a portrait is lost that has maintained Quentin Collins's youthful appearance for over a century - and has also kept his werewolf curse at bay - Quentin begins to dread the full moon. Meanwhile, David, the sixteen-year-old heir to the Collins fortune, has fallen in love with Jacqueline, a young girl living at the Old House who is the reincarnation of Angelique.
As Drizzt's fate hangs in the balance, he reflects on the lives of the trusted allies who stood by his side throughout his early life - the friends now known as the Companions of the Hall. Meanwhile, the first stirrings of the Sundering begin.
2268. Following the encounter with the mysterious Gary Seven in the twentieth century, the crew of the "U.S.S. Enterprise" is startled by two intruders who have transported through space and time from Earth circa 1968. Incredibly, one of the infiltrators is a Vulcan, who asserts that he's lived among Earth's population for over a decade. The other represents a little-known race, and reveals to Captain James T. Kirk that she has spent that last twenty years working to bring about humanity's destruction. It is then that Gary Seven's young protege, Roberta Lincoln, arrives seeking Kirk's help.
As dignitaries begin to arrive for the dedication ceremony for the new Deep Space 9, a faction has already set in action a shocking plan that, if successful, will shake the Alpha and Beta Quadrants to the core. And what of Kira Nerys, lost aboard a runabout when the Bajoran wormhole collapsed? In the two years that have passed during construction of the new Deep Space 9, there have been no indications that the Celestial Temple, the Prophets, or Kira have survived. But since Ben Sisko once learned that the wormhole aliens exist nonlinearly in time, what does that mean with respect to their fate, or that of the wormhole...or of Kira herself?
In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice, whether it's forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople's amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. Now, for the first time, discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is in hiding on Tattoine from the Sith Lords who rule the galaxy and takes great pains to keep to himself. But as tensions escalate between the farmers and a tribe of Sand People led by a ruthless war chief, Ben finds himself drawn into the fight, endangering the very mission that brought him to Tatooine.
Determined to stand for what's right in the Realms once again, Drizzt Do'Urden forges a new road north - toward Icewind Dale. Will his new companions follow? While making promises they may not keep, the agents of the elite drow mercenary group hide plans of their own.
What began as a routine dirty-tricks operation - keeping the Elites busy with their own insurrection - turns into a desperate bid to extract one member of Kilo-Five from the seething heart of an alien civil war. But troubles never come singly for Kilo-Five. Colonial terrorism is once again surfacing on one of the worlds that survived the war against the Covenant, and the man behind it is much more than just a name to Spartan-010. Meanwhile, the treasure trove of Forerunner technology recovered from the shield world of Onyx is being put to work while a kidnapped Elite plots vengeance on the humans he fears will bring his people to the brink of destruction.