hc = hardcover, tp = trade (oversized) paperback, [UK ed] = British publication, [CDN ed] = Canadian publication. Default is US publication.
Please note that this listing is not exhaustive; we have many more (several hundred more) titles coming during this period.
The Shield is Earth's only defence. Rendering the planet invisible from space, it keeps humanity safe from alien invasion. The Actives, in some mysterious fashion, are necessary for the Shield to function. When an Active called Tobe finds himself caught in a probability loop, the Shield is compromised. Then the malady begins to spread among the Active, leaving Earth vulnerable. Earth Security's paramount concern is the preservation of the Shield, but Tobe's assistant, Metoo, is only interested in Tobe's wellbeing and strives to prevent Tobe's masters from undermining his fragile equilibrium. Meanwhile, the global danger escalates.
High fantasy action and adventure in a military vein by top authors including Jonathan Maberry, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Moon, Tanya Huff, Glen Cook, Simon R. Green, Seanan McGuire, and Linda Nagata.
The ruling powers must decide whether to help the city of Voechenka or leave it to its grisly fate. Four mismatched individuals are given the task of investigating the dead who plague the city at night, picking off its living citizens. No one else may enter or leave the city - so if this ragtag group of survivors can't figure out what is going on, they'll live out their last few, short days within its walls. And night is coming on fast...
He is the reason there are no zombies at Christmas, no fairy magic (the bad kind) at Gay Pride, and no werewolves (except one and he's a dear friend) at Hanukkah. He's Derby Cavendish, and for several years Don Bassingthwaite has been bringing him to life each holiday season.
An omnibus of the first seven books in the fantasy series collected together, for the first time in one 912 page volume. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho, hiding from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers - her ex-boyfriend Samir. Justice Calling; Murder of Crows; Pack of Lies; Hunting Season; Heartache; Thicker Than Blood; and Magic to the Bone.
Recommended. A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.
Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness, break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied and too glorious to surrender.
When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test.
The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength - but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and protect their families. But will the kingdom ever be the same again?
Ella Patel - thief, con-artist and smuggler - is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, a sparkling light rises from a dying woman and enters Ella. She soon realizes she's been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.
Recommended. Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes' ghost walked the city, and now someone has put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. What could be the motive? The small team of Metropolitan Police detectives who have the Sight find themselves pursuing a criminal genius who soon lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence.
Uhtred's plans are shattered when the Scots surge down and lay claim to the north of England, as the West Saxons, under Uhtred's old enemy, Aethelhelm, invade Northumbria from the south. If Uhtred is to succeed in recapturing Bebbanburg he must both defeat Aethelhelm's forces and drive the Scots away before he can attack the formidable fortress by the sea. He has a small army and many enemies, but Uhtred is not the supreme warlord of Britain for nothing.
Mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. Meanwhile, Valentine's friend, one-time enemy, and sometime partner Hector Lorenzo finds himself in a dungeon owned by Asian drug lord Sala Jihan. He must make a deal that may lead him to cross paths with Valentine again.
Clara, a young woman barely able to control her werewolf side, has seen her friends and mentors killed in front of her. She is the last hope for Labrys Town. But someone else is watching...
Thirteen year old Piro watches powerless as her father's enemies march on his castle. A traitor whispers poison in the King's ear, undermining his trust in her brother, Byren. Determined to prove his loyalty, Byren races across the path of the advancing army, towards the Abbey. Somehow, he must get there in time to convince the Abbot to send his warriors to defend the castle. Meanwhile, the youngest of King Rolen's sons, Fyn, has barely begun his training as an Abbey mystic, but he wakes in a cold sweat, haunted by dreams of betrayal.
Two alien invasions. Two heroes. One Story. Collects EMPIRES: EXTRACTION and EMPIRES: INFILTRATION in one volume, the story of humanity caught in the crossfire between two deadly alien races, who have made Earth their battleground.
The Mystics - those with the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst, the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe - have chosen Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate for apprenticeship. Breaking both law and tradition, she competes against the other candidates while navigating a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.
Spens is a tour rep for a select group of clients who have paid for a trip back to the early 21st century to experience what life was like then. Today's excursion was a bus ride from the resort to the attraction, a typical shopping mall. But when Spens counts the clients off the bus at their return to the resort, there's a problem.
Washington D.C. was a casualty of the meteor onslaught that decimated the nation's leadership and left the surviving elements of the armed forces to try and restore order as American society fell apart. As refugees across America band together and engage in open warfare with the military over scarce resources, a select group of individuals representing the surviving corporate structure makes a power play to rebuild the country in a free market image as The New Confederacy...
When Commander Charlie Cass, the bastard son of the Duke de Maris, returns from five years in a squalid Syndonese POW camp, he finds that, as always, the King and the nine Dukes are conspiring against each other. But now some of them are plotting with Charlie's old enemy - and as interstellar war looms, they certainly don't need Charlie Cass messing up their delicate plans. Unfortunately for them, that's what he's best at.
Battling magicians, spirits, gods, and forces from supernatural realities, the soldier Corylus and his companions from the family of the nobleman Saxa--especially Saxa's impressive wife Hedia, and his friend (and Saxa's son) Varus--must face constant, deadly and soul-destroying dangers, climaxing in a final battle not between good and evil but in defense of logic and reality.
The continuing adventures of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child in its ongoing mission to seek out strange new worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the... And so we join the not-terribly-bright but exceedingly cock-sure Captain Hadrian Sawback and his motley crew on board the Starship Willful Child.
Sergeant Samuel Morgan Campbell had been in plenty of tight spots before, but nothing like this. It had happened in a few terrifying seconds. The starship he and his crew travelled on shattered to pieces before their eyes and disappeared, leaving them stranded in the endless night of deep space on Lifeboat LS-88, all systems dead, light-years from any known colony. Sergeant Campbell and his crew of half-trained children must somehow repair systems with no tools, navigate with no computers, and - if they could find a planet they could live on - land a shuttle whose controls were more than half-destroyed.
Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. But the teenager's military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through - a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered - questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she's been told these past six years has been a lie.
Includes Salman Rushdie, Sofia Samatar, Charlie Jane Anders, Ted Chiang, Kelly Link, Maria Dahvana Headley, Adam Johnson, Kij Johnson, Catherynne M. Valente, Dexter Palmer and others.
Spirt Shaman Kerris Fellwater's best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake. Now the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Kerris, her guardian and mate, Bryan, work to break the hex, they uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past - a mystery the Hounds of Cu Chulainn will do anything to guard - even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.
After the joint Arat Kur/Hkh'Rkh invasion of Earth is defeated, the mysterious but potentially helpful Slaasriithi appeal to Caine to shepherd a diplomatic mission on a visit to their very alien worlds. But a group of renegade K'tor follow Caine and his legation into the unknown reaches of Slaasriithi space, intending to destroy humanity's hopes for a quick alliance. And that means finding and killing Caine Riordan. Assuming that the bizarre and dangerous Slaasriithi lifeforms don't do it first.
Due to her classified knowledge of alternative worlds, Katya's being blackmailed into working as a spy - and her father's life is at stake. But Katya's assignment seems impossible. She must hunt down a mysterious artifact that could give the dying Tzar his dearest wish - new life. It's hidden on an alternate Earth, on an American controlled island. She'll have to go deep undercover to gain access to this prize. And Borodin, the Tzar's ruthless spymaster, has his own reasons for needing the object.
Isobel, upon her 16th birthday, makes the choice to work for the devil in his territory west of the Mississippi. But this is not the devil you know. This is a being who deals fairly with immense - but not unlimited - power, who offers opportunities to people who want to make a deal, and they always get what they deserve. But his land is a wild west that needs a human touch, and that's where Izzy comes in. Inadvertently trained by him to see the clues in and manipulations of human desire, Izzy is raised to be his left hand. As we all know, where there is magic there is chaos...and death.
The three Dance kids, seemingly abandoned by both parents when they were younger, are now adults and are all disturbed by memories of a reality that existed in place of their world. The older girl, Jill, even remembers the disappearance of their mother while preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against the brother-and-sister blog superstars, the Masons. Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they must hit the presidential campaign trail and uncover dangerous truths. Or die trying.
After spending centuries trapped inside the void, the planet Bienvenido with its human and Faller inhabitants, has been expelled into normal space -- millions of light years from the Commonwealth. With the Fallers' numbers growing, and their ability to mimic humans allowing them to infiltrate all levels of society, it's only a matter of time before they surge to victory over the humans. Then, on a routine space flight, Major Ry Evine inadvertently frees a captive vessel that crash-lands on Bienvenido carrying the last, best hope for human survival: a baby. But a far from ordinary one.
Shikanoko has withdrawn to the furthest reaches of the country, leaving his allies stranded and the Spider Tribe unchecked. Lakes are drying up, rivers receding - have the powers of Heaven abandoned the Eight Islands?
Ellis Harkington is trapped in a limbo between life and death, struggling to escape the domination of an evil force masquerading as Ellis's friend, Merrick. By Merrick's dark power over the nightmare existence, the seaside town of Gamin, Maine, has been transformed into a decaying succession of infinite rooms, bottomless stairwells and boundless corridors filled with never ending masquerades, parties, balls and banquets. Yet each pageant is about the life Ellis lived before her return-and each revelation more terrifying than the last.
Kyndra is rescued from her village by two strangers wielding powers not seen for an age. Together, they flee to the hidden citadel of Naris. And here, Kyndra experiences disturbing visions of the past, showing war and one man's terrifying response. She'll learn more in the city's subterranean chambers, amongst fanatics and rebels. But first Kyndra will be brutally tested in a bid to unlock her own magic. If she survives the ordeal, she'll discover a force greater than she could ever have imagined. But could it create as well as destroy? And can she control it, to right an ancient wrong?
Kyndra has taken on the sunken citadel of Naris and won - for now. In its subterranean chambers, she faced its dangerous politics and a fanatical sect. And as she discovered more about herself than she ever believed possible, she almost lost her life. Now, she's changed the rules for a whole world, but her greatest challenge is still to come.
Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance, comrades for the coming travails.So assisted ably and otherwise by his vampiric brother, Horst, and by the kindly accompaniment of a criminologist and a devil, he will encounter ruins and diableries, mystery and murder, the depths of the lowest pit and a city of horrors. London, to be exact.
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr, no longer a Confederation Marine, has drawn together an elite corps of friends and allies to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not - or would not - officially touch. Now ancient H'san grave goods are showing up on the black market - grave goods from just before the formation of the Confederation, when the H'san gave up war and buried their planet-destroying weapons...as grave goods for the death of war. Someone is searching for these weapons and they're very close to finding them.
Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their twelve-year-old daughter, Jade move into a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion in the country. Jade is the first to learn of the other residents. A friend, talking to her on Facetime, sees a spectral woman standing behind her. Then, two weeks after moving in, Caro, out in the garden, is startled to see faces staring out of an upstairs window of the house. The window of a room which holds the secret to the house's dark history... a room which does not appear to exist...
Clockwork engineer Petra Wade works to subtly sabotage the design of a new war machine in the hopes of delaying the war. But sabotage like this isn't just risky: it's treason - and she is being watched. Now she just has to survive long enough to find another way to stop the war before her sabotage is discovered and she's sentenced to hang for crimes against the empire.
A new collection of stories, never before collected in a book -- featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman. Her doctor says she has one year to live. She replies, "We'll see." Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science. An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she? Bibi's obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
After he was Chosen by his Companion Dallen, Mags slowly adjusted to being well fed, educated, and treasured as a trainee in the Herald's Collegium at Haven. Singled out by the King's Own Herald, Mags thrived in his secret training as a spy. His unusually strong Gift - an ability to Mindspeak and Mindhear anyone, not just others who were Gifted - made him a perfect undercover agent for the king.
Genteel blackmail amongst the highborn and wealthy is a way of life, even in the relatively staid and well-behaved Court at Haven--but someone is breaking the unspoken rules. Whoever it is has several families (who only visit the Court over the Midwinter Holidays) terrified to the point of refusing to talk to anyone about it. Then, when one well-loved young man commits suicide, and a beloved daughter is kidnapped, Mags and Amily have to pull out all the stops to find the blackmailer and bring him to justice.
The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer.
All of her novellas, collected together for the first time.
A collection of the best of Le Guin's short stories.
A terror-filled story of one family and their friends, as they struggle to survive in a world overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt purely by sound...
Waking from several millennia of cryo-sleep, Jessie Madison discovers that she is the last surviving member of the Human race. She is aboard the Covenant Patrol vessel Jinxed Thirteenth whose crew works to repair the damages suffered in her rescue. When the merchant vessel Althena arrives on the scene, its captain, a shrewd trader named Domiant, offers to sell Captain Morwyn the parts he needs. As guards are lowered on the Jinxed Thirteenth and repairs get underway, it becomes evident that a cunning foe has managed to infiltrate the ship.
Unbeknownst to most of Alden, King Erik, in thrall to a cruel bloodbinder, is locked away in his own palace, plotting revenge. To save her king, Lady Alix must journey behind enemy lines to destroy the bloodbinder. But her quest will demand sacrifices that may be more than she can bear.
Kuni Garu, now known as Emperor Ragin, runs the archipelago kingdom of Dara, but struggles to maintain progress while serving the demands of the people and his vision. Then an unexpected invading force from the Lyucu empire in the far distant west comes to the shores of Dara and chaos results. But Emperor Kuni cannot go and lead his kingdom against the threat with his recently healed empire fraying at the seams, so he sends the only people he trusts to be Dara's savvy and cunning hopes against the invincible invaders: his children, now grown and ready to make their mark on history.
This collection of Liu's short work features all of his award-winning and award-finalist stories.
Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn's bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But a noblewoman from the northern border has asked for the prince of Dalriada's help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land - one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns.
AN EXCHANGE OF HOSTAGES, PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE, and ANGEL OF DESTRUCTION in one omnibus volume.
An alien structure is on a cometary trajectory toward the sun, triggering a race between countries to get control of the artifact. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead to revolutionary discoveries--provided war can be averted.
Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder and calls from High Holders to repeal the Codis Legis, removing authority from the Rex. Alastar attempts to maintain a political balance, but he cannot avoid the involvement of the Collegium when someone begins killing students. Trying to protect his imagers and hold Solidar together for the good of all, Alastar stumbles on to a plot by the High Holders involving illegal weapons, insurrection, and conspiracy.
In the final volume of the trilogy, Alex Locke is transported to World War One London - will he finally discover the truth about the Obsidian Heart?
A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, the Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most-threatening to destroy them from the inside out.
Deep in the shadows under the Paris Opera House resides Erik the Phantom, mysteriously enduring through the decades as the mastermind behind a strange and secret agency. A revolving door of female agents are charged by wealthy Parisians and the French Government to investigate crimes and misdemeanours they would prefer to keep out of the public eye.
A collection of 19 short stories, including an Old Kingdom novella, a short story set in the same world as Shade's Children, and another story set in the world of A Confusion of Princes.
Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There, a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?
To shore up the city's defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he'll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it's Detan's fault. Detan doesn't dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he's going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.
An all-new anthology of cross-genre fairy tale retellings, featuring 18 stories from award-winning and critically acclaimed writers that include Naomi Novik, Seanan McGuire, Daryl Gregory, Garth Nix, Catherynne M. Valente, and Marjorie M. Liu.
M is an ageless drifter with a sharp tongue, few scruples, and the ability to bend reality to his will, ever so slightly. He's come back to New York City after a long absence, and though he'd much rather spend his days drinking artisanal beer in his favorite local bar, his old friends and his enemies have other plans for him. Before too long, M realizes he's landed in the middle of a power struggle between Celise, the elegant White Queen of Manhattan, and Abilene, Brooklyn's hip, free-spirited Red Queen, a rivalry that threatens to make New York go the way of Atlantis.
There is something hiding in the forest. A man is found dead near an isolated forest outside of London. When another body is discovered a few days later, DCI Antonia Hawkins knows that she must move fast. The hunt is on. With each passing day, Hawkins struggles to find a pattern in this seemingly random scattering of murders. But who is the hunter?
The 2017 Discworld Diary - which will be a perennial diary - has been given over to the remembrances and tributes from some of those who knew and loved Pratchett and his extraordinary body of work. With an introduction from his daughter Rhianna Pratchett and an afterword from longtime friend and colleague Rob Wilkins.
Sidelined demon summoner Kara Gillian has her hands full when dimensional rifts allow demons to cause widespread panic and destruction on Earth. These aren't the human-tolerant summonables she's known before, but demons from the far reaches of the demon realm.Add three demonic lords with conflicting ambitions to the mix, and Kara has the perfect recipe for global disaster.
Mistborn's society is evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. The twinborns, Waxillium Ladrian and his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks.
2050. Former fighter pilot and FBI field agent Samuel Lord and his space-based team of FBI agents, the Zero-G men, are in charge of investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage beyond the Earth's atmosphere and of keeping an eye on the rival Chinese and Russian stations. During the Zero-G team's first days in space, a mysterious and beautiful scientist, Dr. May, shows up on the Empyrean claiming that important research has been stolen from her lab on the moon. Her arrival suspiciously coincides with the timing of a tsunami that destroys part of the coast of Japan, and her unusual behavior makes Director Lord think that Dr. May might know more about the disaster than she's letting on. Meanwhile, the Chinese space station has gone mysteriously silent.
Taita, the Pharaoh's advisor and hero of Desert God and River God, once again finds himself caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that threatens the very foundations of the beloved empire he has pledged his life to protect. Plunged into dangerous and deadly waters more treacherous than the Nile, he must use his intelligence, alchemy, and cunning to protect his Pharaoh and keep safe all he loves.
The "Sons of Osama" have established a powerful Islamic Caliphate with Pakistani nuclear weapons and Arabian oil money. This is the story of one of those "sons" of the martyr, a naive and sincere young man who becomes a Caliphate secret agent to escape its closed confines and see the world - and becomes by happenstance, Osama the Gun, a terrorist leader on a small scale, a mercenary used by Islamic forces fighting an American proxy invasion in the oil lands of Nigeria.
A young girl awakens in a hastily dug grave - vague memories of blood and fever, her mother performing a mysterious ceremony before the world went away. Germany has lost the first Great War and Europe has lost millions more to the Spanish flu epidemic. But Maddy has not only survived, she has changed. No longer does she eat, sleep, or age. No longer can she die. After taking up with a pair of street performers, she shocks and fascinates the crowds with her ability to survive outrageous traumas. But at a studio in Berlin, Maddy discovers her true calling: film.
The story of the aftermath of a war between gods and men. A mysterious city stripped of its name. A mythic hero with blood on his hands. A young librarian with a singular dream. A girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger. Alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage. Welcome to Weep.
Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island sized alien creatures, will be her last.
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town.
Now, for the first time, a definitive anthology that gathers a wide range of larger-than-life short fiction with creatures that run a gargantuan gamut: the stealthy gabbleduck of Neal Asher's Polity universe; Gary McMahon's huge sea-born terror; An Owomoyela's incredibly tall alien invaders; Frank Wu's city-razing, eighty-foot-high, fire-breathing lizard; Lavie Tidhar's titanic ship-devouring monstrosity; a really big Midwest US smackdown related by Jeremiah Tolbert . . . and many more mega-monster stories to feed your need for killer kaiju!
With the Central Valley barren, underground aquifer drained, and Sierra snowpack entirely depleted, most "Mojavs," prevented by both armed vigilantes and an indifferent bureaucracy from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps. But in LA's Laurel Canyon, two young Mojavs - Luz, once a poster child for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the "forever war" turned surfer - squat in a starlet's abandoned mansion. Then, when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. They head east, a route strewn with danger: sinkholes and patrolling authorities, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent sun. Ghosting after them are rumours of a visionary dowser - a diviner for water - and his followers, who whispers say have formed a colony at the edge of a mysterious sea of dunes.
Grand Imperial Princess Andrin bears her family's Talent, the Glimpses, which show flashes of events yet to come. She knows the accords must be secured - and like her brother, she will pay any price, make any sacrifice for her duty to her people. Sharona's soldiers dig in, facing the Arcanans in a tense standoff which cannot last long.
[Canadian author]. In his debut collection Wiersema draws on myth and folktale, ghost stories, and fairy tales to share a glimpse of the worlds bordering our own.
With the Towers in disarray, without a governing body or any defense against the dangers lurking in the clouds, daily life is full of terror and strife. Naton, Kirit's wing-brother, sets out to be a hero in his own way - sitting on the new Council to cast votes protecting Tower-born, and exploring lower tiers to find more materials to repair the struggling City. But what he finds down-tier is more secrets - and now Nat will have to decide who to trust, and how to trust himself without losing those he holds most dear, before a dangerous myth raises a surprisingly realistic threat to the crippled City.
Having offended her superiors by winning a battle without permission, Caroline Sula has been posted to the backwater planet Earth. Exposure of some of her secrets is threatened when an old acquaintance turns up unexpectedly. Someone seems to be forging evidence that would send her to prison. And all that is before someone tries to kill her. If she's going to survive, Sula has no choice but to take action.
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't "quite" work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle especially when the stress of managing her all too eager to communicate at all times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning.
A collection of 28 original stories, from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Garry Kilworth, Mary Gentle, K. J. Parker, Storm Constantine & many more - all based on the same alternate world premise: a collection of documents that have been suppressed by the Vatican and hidden away for years, in some cases centuries, are revealed when the vaults are thrown open by a reforming Pope.
176 page novella. Disgraced government operative Colonel Chu is exiled to the flooded relic of New York City. Something called the Light has hit the streets like an epidemic, leavings its users strung out and disconnected from the mind-network humanity relies on. Chu has lost everything she cares about to the Light. She'll end the threat or die trying. A former corporate pilot who controlled a thousand ships with her mind, Zola looks like just another Light-junkie living hand to mouth on the edge of society. She's special though. As much as she needs the Light, the Light needs her too. But, Chu is getting close and Zola can't hide forever.
Determined to escape Burroughside, the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards until he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside's brutal governor, and flees for his life. Candlestick Jack leads a group of professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create illusions. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company. Then he learns that they are thieves and want him for their next heist.
Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster, as punishment for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened, are back together on board Galileo patrolling the Third Sector. Then the Galileo picks up a distress call. Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship is in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves 97 of Exeter's crew dead. An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. Someone is willing to set off a war in the Third Sector to keep their secrets, and the clues point to the highest echelons of power.
A wave of death is spreading through the Milky Way galaxy, an expanding sphere of lethal gamma radiation that erupted from the galaxy's core twenty-eight thousand years ago and now is approaching Earth's sector at the speed of light. Guided by the ancient intelligent machines called the Predecessors, men and women from Earth seek out those precious, rare worlds that harbor intelligent species, determined to save them from the doom that is hurtling toward them. The crew of the Odysseus has arrived at the third planet of the star Mithra, to protect the stone-age inhabitants from the Death Wave. But they'll also have to protect themselves.
[CANADIAN AUTHOR]. Kris Ballard is a motorcycle courier, Level 2 trash in a multi-level city that stretches from San Francisco to the Mexican border, a land where corporations make all the rules. But then she walks in on the murder of one of her clients. Now she's stuck with a mysterious package that everyone wants. It looks like the corporations want Kris gone, and are willing to go to almost any length to make it happen. Hunted, scared, and alone, she retreats to the only place she knows she can hide, the Level 1 streets.
[Canadian author]. Just as Kris Ballard's training with the anti-corporate movement ends, their compound is destroyed. The trainees head for San Angeles, but their transport is shot down and Ian Miller, the man she loves, is captured. With the help of a retired operative with PTSD, and the mysterious man who fled the scene when Kris's parents were killed, Kris searches for any sign of Ian. As the corporations battle civil unrest--and each other--the city slowly shuts down. Kris is running out of time.
Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death's stygian blackness.
Samantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie are on the other side of the world from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, mysterious corpses, and from Dr. Emir's multiverse machine. But even in Australia Sam can't help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related not just to each other, but to the case of the woman found dead in an empty Alabama field in 2069. When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes that every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her closer to becoming that girl in the grave.
Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career. Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated: his own mother.
Vienna, 1814. The Congress of Vienna has just begun. Lady Caroline Wyndham is a wealthy English widow who has a secret - she was born Karolina Vogl, daughter of a radical Viennese printer. When her father was arrested by the secret police, Caroline's childhood was stolen from her by dark alchemy. Under a new name and nationality, she returns to Vienna determined to save her father even if she has to resort to the same alchemy that nearly broke her before. But she isn't expecting to meet her father's old apprentice, Michael Steinhuller, now a charming con man in the middle of his riskiest scheme ever.
With one army defeated in a victory which will be remembered through the ages, now the Red Knight must fight again. For every one of his allies, there is a corresponding enemy. Spread across different lands and seas, it will all come down to one last gamble. And to whether or not the Red Knight has guessed the foe's true intentions. With each throw of the dice, everything could be lost.
In Argentine Antarctica, Eliana Gomez is the only female PI in Hope City - a domed colony dependent on electricity (and maintenance robots) for heat, light, and survival in the icy deserts of the continent. When an aristocrat hires her to protect an explosive personal secret, she finds herself caught up in the political tensions threatening to tear Hope City apart. Then the electricity that keeps Hope City from freezing begins to fail.
Sean Falcone, former National Securty Advisor, must investigate the theft of a laptop from an elite Washington law firm. It isn't just the potential losses to the firm if word gets out that a computer containing confidential client information is missing. The stolen laptop contains vital information concerning an American billionaire, his secret Russian partner, and their attempt to mine an asteroid. This is a dangerous endeavor; even the slightest change in orbit might put the asteroid on a collision course with Earth. NASA and the White House are plunged into a race to prevent the destruction of all humankind.
Quill is confronted with a new Ripper - one who seems to have changed the MO of the old completely. He is only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or 'the funny people' as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern. Meanwhile, the Ripper keeps on killing.
It's December in the English village of Lychford and the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and another. Which means it's Lizzie's first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin's. Then the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches are about to face their toughest battle yet.
Often described as an alchemical allegory, John Crowley instead decided this is "the first science fiction novel." After all "it's fiction; it's about the possibilities of a science; and it's a novel." No matter what else it might be, it's definitely "one of the great outlandish stories in Western literature." With eight appropriately weird and fascinating black and white woodcuts by Theo Fadel.
Bree and Kael Skyborn have seen their island invaded, their Seraphim disbanded, and their royal family imprisoned. A rebellion grows from the ashes, demanding Bree to be their Phoenix, their symbol against Center's tyranny, and for Kael to find the doomsday prophet Johan and sway his cult to their side. Should they fail, the hope of their rebellion fails with them.
Now a slave, Piro finds herself in the royal palace of Merofynia, serving her parents' murderer. She must watch every step, for if her real identity is discovered, she will be executed. Fyn is desperate to help his brother, now the uncrowned king of Rolencia. Byren never sought power, but finds himself at the centre of a growing resistance movement as people flee Palatyne's vicious soldiers. Can he hope to repel the invasion with a following of women, children and old men?
In these twenty-four chilling tales, you will find iconic authors, including Richard Kadrey, Garth Nix, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Gene Wolfe, reminding us that evil will simply not go away.
2162. Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads the Tellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. But they are sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future. As the ship's Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.
Gail Godwin - once so famous for being kidnapped by supervillains, the media still calls her Hostage Girl - is done with superheroes and their shadowy schemes. She's got a cute boyfriend, a great roommate, and she's even returned to her old job. For the first time in years, life is exactly what she wants it to be. But when a figure from her past resurfaces, he brings with him a plague that changes the game for every superhero and villain out there. Now Gail must team up with both friend and foe to help save the world she thought she had left behind.
1879. Alexandrina Victoria Pendlebury, a forensic psychic reader, is summoned to the scene of a questionable death. She is adamant that the death is a magically compromised murder and not a suicide, as the police had assumed. Alex must put her personal loss aside to uncover the deeper issues at stake, before more bodies turn up.
Pandemic drought, skyrocketing oil prices, dwindling energy supplies and wars of water scarcity threaten the planet. Only four people can prevent global chaos, united in their belief that a space elevator is the path to the future, and willing to take the steps and make the sacrifices necessary to make their dream a reality.
Series conclusion. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Except what isn't lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever.
Prequel to MONUMENT. The Hawks are the Pilgrim Church's elite regiment, soldiers entrusted with missions far beyond the scope of the conventional army. Three are sent to bring home the abducted Blessed Master Helligraine, one of the Church's highest ranking, most beloved holy men. But Helligraine's past - and present - is not what it seems, and two nations are drawn into a conflict whose seeds were sown millennia ago.
Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and the agency who turned her into the very thing she fought against, Peri abandoned the wealth and privilege of Opti for anonymity riddled with memory gaps and self-doubt. But when a highly addictive drug promises to end her dependency on those who would use her as a tool for their own success, she must choose to remain broken and vulnerable, or return to the above-the-law power and prestige she once had.
The vampires, led by power-mad pain-in-the-neck Theophilus, have become a huge problem requiring a solution. But Atticus's allies have problems of their own. Ornery archdruid Owen Kennedy is having a wee bit of troll trouble. Turns out when you stiff a troll, it's not water under the bridge. Meanwhile, Granuaile is desperate to free herself of the Norse god Loki's mark and elude his powers of divination - a quest that will bring her face-to-face with several Slavic nightmares. As Atticus globetrots to stop his nemesis Theophilus, the journey leads to Rome.
37 stories originally published between 1952 and 1979, plus one story, "The Daddy Box," that has never appeared before.
Nick Smith, computer programmer and brilliant strategist, hooks up with Annabel Bakana, the savvy new director of E-Tech, an organization dedicated to limiting runaway technological growth. Together they secretly assemble a small combat team to hunt and kill binaries, the genetically engineered assassins composed of a single consciousness inhabiting two human bodies. But there's a fly in the ointment, the mysterious team leader, Gillian. A tormented soul with an unseemly attraction to Annabel, his actions just might help the binaries' cause and draw the world closer to Armageddon.
After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more.
The invaders from another world, who share the faces of those they seek to destroy, have put the nation of Dhai under siege. The only hope for survival lies in the hands of an illegitimate ruler and a scullery maid with a powerful but unpredictable magic. As the foreign Empire spreads across the world like a disease, one of their former allies takes up her Empress's sword again to unseat them, and two enslaved scholars begin a treacherous journey home with a long-lost secret that they hope is the key to the Empire's undoing. But when the enemy shares your own face, who can be trusted?
As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything. To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is. And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.
Eliana is a model citizen of the island, a weaver in the prestigious House of Webs. She also harbors a dangerous secret - she can dream, an ability forbidden by the island's elusive council of elders. The web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house, with Eliana's name tattooed in invisible ink across her palm.
The RAGE tournaments are virtual fights to the death broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament.
Both novels (NO RETURN and SHOWER OF STONES) set in Zachary Jernigan's genre-bending world of fierce sensuality, dangerous alchemy, and awakening gods. The Needle extends over the heads of all who live upon Jeroun. Composed of iron spheres massive enough to affect the tides, it is the god Adrash's ultimatum to the people on the planet below: Prove yourselves worthy, or be destroyed.
18 stories of supernatural detective fiction, featuring sleuths who investigate fantastic and horrific cases, protecting the world from the forces of darkness. Each writer offers a tale of a great fictional detective, including Neil Gaiman's Lawrence Talbot, Clive Barker's Harry D'Amour, and the eight-part "Seven Stars" adventure by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula).
A secret laboratory in the Appalachians achieves a breakthrough: a gateway to a new world. But it lets through a disease that begins wiping out the human population. The only hope is a cure and the only cure is genetic resistance: an uninfected person amongst the billions dead. In the chaos of destruction there is only one person that can save the human race. But will they find her in time?
Uhlume, Lord of Death, second of the Lords of Darkness, King of Shadow and Pallor, makes an unusual bargain which sets in motion an intricate sequence of events that entangle men and gods, queens and kings, sorcerers and witches, and lowly wanderers.
The thirteen stories in this collection are a strong and diverse representation of Chinese science fiction, including two by Liu Cixin.
After the death of Julius Caesar, civil war rages from Rome to Alexandria, and vast armies and navies battle for supremacy. A secret conflict may shape the course of history. Juba, Numidian prince and adopted brother of Octavian, has embarked on a ruthless quest for the Shards of Heaven, lost treasures said to possess the very power of the gods-or the one God. Driven by vengeance, Juba has already attained the fabled Trident of Poseidon, which may also be the staff once wielded by Moses. Now he will stop at nothing to obtain the other Shards, even if it means burning the entire world to the ground.
Alexandria has fallen. Only Cleopatra's young daughter, Cleopatra Selene, survives to continue her quest for vengeance against Rome and its emperor, Augustus Caesar. To show his strength, Augustus Caesar will go to war against the Cantabrians in northern Spain, and it isn't long before he calls on Juba of Numidia, his adopted half-brother and the man whom Selene has been made to marry - but whom she has grown to love. The young couple journey to the Cantabrian frontier, where they learn that Caesar wants Juba so he can use the Trident of Poseidon to destroy his enemies.
After a decade in the Imperial City Enchei's mistakes have been few, but one has now returned to haunt him. As Narin's pregnant lover comes to term, life has never been so perilous. There couldn't be a worse time for a nightmare to be unleashed on the Imperial City, but luck's rarely been on Narin's side. Once, Enchei swore he'd take his own life rather than let his past catch up with him, but now it's not just his own in the balance. Demons, rogue mages and vengeful noblemen haunt the city - and a man's ghosts are always watching and waiting...
In the stews of London's East End, an outbreak of insanity sees ordinary men and women reduced to gibbering, incoherent wrecks; a mysterious creeping fog hides terrifying apparitions within that rob the wits of all who see them and even inspire suicide. Sherlock Holmes, in the infancy of his detecting career, deduces a connection between these sinister "shadows" and an Oriental drug lord who is bent on expanding his criminal empire. Yet there are even more sinister forces at work, as the great detective faces a challenge so fearsome and deadly that his career may be over almost as soon as it has begun.
When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling. But the murder scene appears deliberately constructed to point blame toward rival groups in this neighbourhood of Maradaine. Unless the Constabulary can solve the case quickly, the crime will spark a citywide war.
Blackthorn agrees to help the princess of Dalriada in taking care of a troubled young girl who has recently been brought to court, while Grim is sent to the girl's home at Wolf Glen to aid her wealthy father with a strange task - repairing a broken-down house deep in the woods. It doesn't take Grim long to realize that everything in Wolf Glen is not as it seems - the place is full of perilous secrets and deadly lies.
The Spear of Lugh, one of the four Kingly Hallows of Ireland is in Chicago. And everyone, everyone wants it, for it is said that he who carries the spear into battle cannot be defeated. Among those who seek it are an agent of the infamous Wild Hunt; a mobster who knows far more about these things than he should; and of course both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts - the last people PI Mick Oberon would want getting hold of the spear...
Stella Maris, the star of the sea, is a small world beyond the edge of the human Expansion where a few men and women, Vetch and human alike, have made their homes. The peace they have found was threatened, when Delia Walker came seeking hope for the future, hunted by her enemies in the Expansion, and went into the portal. Now, impossibly, her daughter has walked out, a grown woman, and demanded passage to the Expansion's capital.
Day One: No one can remember anything - who they are, family and friends, or even how to read. Reality has fragmented and Earth consists of islands of rock floating in an endless sky. Food, water, electricity gone, except for what people can find, and they can't find much. Faller's pockets contain tantalizing clues: a photo of himself and a woman he can't remember, a toy solider with a parachute, and a mysterious map drawn in blood. With only these materials as a guide, he makes a leap of faith from the edge of the world to find the woman and set things right.
Don Drake, diabolist and semi-reformed hitman, and an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, and the Burned Man hatch a plan to keep the archdemon Bianakith from corrupting and killing all the Earth Elementals beneath London and bringing down the city. But the Burned Man has other plans and those may have dire consequences for everyone.
Mexico City. Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his life. Atl, the descendant of Aztec blood drinkers, must feast on the young to survive and Domingo looks especially tasty. She is pursued by a rival narco-vampire clan. And then there's Ana, a cop who suddenly finds herself following a trail of corpses and winds up smack in the middle of vampire gang rivalries.
Ringil Eskiath, a reluctant hero viewed as a corrupt degenerate by the very people who demand his help, has traveled far in search of the Illwrack Changeling, a deathless human sorcerer-warrior raised by the bloodthirsty Aldrain, former rulers of the world. Separated from his companions - Egar the Dragonbane and Archeth - Ringil risks his soul to master a deadly magic that alone can challenge the might of the Changeling. While Archeth and the Dragonbane embark on a trail of blood and tears that ends up exposing long-buried secrets, Ringil finds himself tested as never before, with his life and all existence hanging in the balance.
Lin is a musician and lyricist of uncommon ability in a land where women are forbidden to answer such callings-a fugitive who must conceal her identity or risk imprisonment and even death. On the eve of a great festival, Lin learns that an ancient scourge has returned, a pandemic both deadly and unnatural. The Red Death's return can mean only one thing: someone is spilling innocent blood to master dark magic.
Gulien Madalin, heir to the throne of Carastind, finds himself more interested in ancient history than the tedious business of government and watching his father rule. But Gulien suspects that his father has offended the Kieba, the last goddess, so seriously that she has withdrawn her protection from the kingdom. Worse, he fears that Carastind's enemies suspect this as well. Then he learns that he is right. And invasion is imminent.
Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Atlas's departure, it's got something to do with why Casales was found dead in his hotel room - and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.
The series finale of the Ballad of Sir Benfro. As the dragon fantasy series draws to a close Errol and Sir Benfro find their destinies drawing closer together, and the fate of the two realms of Gwlad depends entirely on the success or failure of our heroes.
The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio, a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit. But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money.
N8-C, better known as Nate, has been Manhattan Hasbro Hospital's resident robot for more than twenty years. But now one of the hospital's physicians has been found brutally murdered with Nate standing over the corpse, a blood-smeared utility bar clutched in his hand. Lawrence Robertson, designer and programmer of Nate's positronic brain, is arrested for his creation's crime. Susan Calvin knows the Three Laws make it impossible for Nate to harm a human being, but she has to consider the possibility that someone somehow manipulated the laws to commit murder...
The Skogsgra and the Naravelle have launched their final offensive, and Private Jones and his companions are caught in the melee. Tens of thousands will die before the battle is over.They travel deep underground, to find and release the Iron Beast... the one creature that can end not one world war, but two.But at what cost?
The Colony, a race of intelligent ants, has used its strange technology to transform the surface animals into highly evolved killing machines who rise up and murder their oppressors. The bobcat Culdesac is among the fiercest, the perfect leader of the Red Sphinx, an elite unit of feline assassins. With the humans in retreat, the Red Sphinx seizes control of the remote village of Milton. But holding the town soon becomes a bitter struggle of wills. While the humans threaten a massive counterattack, the townsfolk protect a dark secret that could tip the balance of the war.
Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian. But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who is going to be the problem: it's all of the people who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead.
An all-new Stormlight Archive novella will be the crown jewel of Brandon Sanderson's first book of short fiction. The collection will include eight works in all.
The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war. On one side is the tyrannical Empress, on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again - Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Due to their shared history, the Emperor believes Kris can mediate between the factions and bring about peace. But before Kris even begins her mission, she survives two assassination attempts on her family home world. Kris immediately suspects Vicky or the Empress, only to learn that it could also be a traitor among her own people...
Leah finds she enjoys the challenges of opening a shop catering to foreign visitors, especially since it affords her the opportunity to get to know Mally, the child she abandoned five years ago. Leah is simultaneously thrilled, terrified, hopeful, moved, and almost undone as she slowly attempts to become part of her daughter's life. But when the regent asks her to spy on ambassadors from a visiting nation, she develops a dangerous friendship with a foreign woman and finds herself falling in love with a man from her past.
Who are these bold rebels pillaging their European neighbours in the name of revolution? The Futurists! Utopian pirate warriors of the diminutive Regency of Carnaro, scourge of the Adriatic Sea. Mortal enemies of communists, capitalists, and even fascists (to whom they are not entirely unsympathetic).
The latest volume in the Hugo award-winning Infinity Project series, showcasing all-original hard science fiction stories, with new stories from Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Bear, Gregory Benford, Zachary Brown, Pat Cadigan, Kameron Hurley, Scott Lynch, Vonda N. McIntyre, Hannu Rajaniemi, Allan Steele, and many more. Here are metal spheres wrapped around stars, planets rebuilt and repurposed, landscapes transformed, starships bigger than worlds. Here is the world itself, the solar system, even the entire universe, reimagined and rebuilt.
Max and Leon are reunited and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. Sadly, that doesn't even last until lunchtime. The action races from 17th-century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th-century Southwark as the historians are pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide-and-seek before seeking refuge at St. Mary's, where new dangers await them.
A collection of short stories in tribute to David Drake, including two from Drake himself. Other contributors include Eric Brown, Larry Correia, Tony Daniel, Eric Flint, Cecelia Holland, Barry Malzberg and Mark Van Name.
Nothing here is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil. Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line. Short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, Rob Thurman, Tanya Huff, and more.
The Mesan Alignment has engineered a war between Manticore and the Solarian League launching a devastating sneak attack which destroyed the Royal Manticoran Navy's industrial infrastructure. Then, to destroy Manticore's reputation, it launched Operation Janus a false-flag covert operation to encourage rebellions it knows will fail by promising Manticoran support. But even the best laid plans can have unintended consequences, and one of those consequences in this case may just be a new dawn of freedom for oppressed star nations everywhere.
After eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and - faced with the unthinkable - it's decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.
The Seven Satrapies have collapsed into four-and those are falling before the White King's armies. Gavin Guile, ex-emperor, ex-Prism, ex-galley slave, formerly the one man who might have averted war, is now lost, broken, and trapped in a prison crafted by his own hands to hold a great magical genius. But Gavin has no magic at all. Worse, in this prison, Gavin may not be alone.
Lyle Fontanelle is the chief scientist for NewYew, a health and beauty company experimenting with a new, anti-aging hand lotion. As more and more anomalies crop up in testing, Lyle realizes that the lotion's formula has somehow gone horribly wrong. It is actively overwriting the DNA of anyone who uses it, turning them into physical clones of someone else. Lyle wants to destroy the formula, but NewYew thinks it might be the greatest beauty product ever designed - and the world's governments think it's the greatest weapon.
Ghosts have always been cruel to Loxley Fiddleback - but none more than the spirit of her only friend, alive only hours earlier. Loxley lives near the bottom of a cutthroat, strip-mined metropolis known as The Hole. She swears to take blood for blood and find her friend's killer. In doing so, she uncovers a conspiracy that rises all the way to the top of The Hole. As her enemies grow wise to her existence, she becomes the quarry, hunted by a brutal enforcer named Hiram McClintock.
2030. Freelance sweeper Peter Holman is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S'hudonni. The S'hudonni offer advanced science in exchange for various trade goods from Earth. Peter finds himself falling for Heather Newsome, a scientist chosen by the S'hudonni to act as their liason. Engaged to his brilliant marine biologist brother, Tom, Heather is not what she seems. But Peter has bigger problems. While he and his brother fight over long-standing family troubles, another issue looms: a secret war among the aliens, who are neither as benevolent nor as unified as they first seemed.
The UN forces may hold most of the stations, the docks, and the jump points, but now the Freehold of Grainne has its own lethal weapon: Angie Kaneshiro. The Intelligence branch sends a freighter crewed with Blazers, special forces troops. All Angie has to do is lead them through the holes. Responsibility for the explosions and wreckage will be theirs. But war is complicated, and heroes can be forged in its crucible even if the hero turns out to be a tramp freighter crew-woman determined to fight for the freedom she loves.
E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated.
Menelaus Montrose, having renewed his enmity with his immortal adversary, Ximen del Azarchel, awaits the return of the posthuman princess Rania, their shared lost love. Rania brings with her the judgment of the Dominions ruling the known cosmos, which will determine the fate of humanity, once and for all. Vindication or destruction?
Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or 'anchor', is a guy who is rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Billionaire Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue. He also wants Harper in his bed. Harper is not so sure she wants either of those things. But when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.
The Wield, an ancient and elite order of warriors, attempt to understand the ancient myths of "an Old Enemy" that led to their foundation, and the war they must fight when they inadvertently reawaken a dark and inhumanly terrible adversary...
The humanoid supersoldiers known as the dechet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City's children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger's conscience won't let her look the other way. The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger's mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo's female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force.
Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn's moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn and his comrades face double danger from Earth and from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are really doing in our solar system. The former combatants must now team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination and their training, and journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists' home world, a Sun-Planet in the comet-generating Kuiper belt.
378 Collarmill Road looks like an ordinary house. Alice Collier was happy here, once, but following the end of her marriage and loss of her daughter, she's come back to pick up the threads of her life. John Revell, an old flame of Alice's, reluctantly comes to her aid when the house begins to reveal its secrets. The hill on which it sits is a place of legends of Old Harry, the Beast of Crawbeck, of the Virgin of the Height and of the mysterious Red Man and home to the secrets of the shadowy Arodias Thorne.
Award-winning Cape Town author and journalist Lauren Beukes spares no targets in this edgy and satiric retrospective collection of fiction and nonfiction that ranges from Johannesburg across the galaxy.
Selene DiSilva is walking her dog along the banks of the Hudson when she finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. With the NYPD out of its depth, Selene vows to hunt the killer on her own. But when classics professor Theo Schultz decodes the ancient myth behind the crime, the solitary Huntress finds herself working with a man who is her opposite in every way. Together, they face a long-forgotten cult that lies behind a string of murders, and they'll need help from the one source Selene distrusts most of all: the city's other Immortals.
For years, Vlad has run from one end of the Empire to the other, avoiding the Jhereg assassins who pursue him. Now, finally, he's back in the imperial capital where his family and friends are. He means to stay there this time. Whatever happens. And whatever it takes.
Due to her involvement in an unfortunate set of mishaps between the dragons and the Fae, Librarian spy Irene is stuck on probation, doing what should be simple fetch-and-retrieve projects for the mysterious Library. But Irene's longtime nemesis, Alberich, has once again been making waves across multiple worlds, and, this time, his goals are much larger than obtaining a single book or wreaking vengeance upon a single Librarian. He aims to destroy the entire Library - and make sure Irene goes down with it.
With New Orleans out of control, Chad Oliver Gardenier, one of Monster Hunter International's premier hunters, has been dispatched from Seattle to reinforce the beleaguered members of MHI'S Hoodoo Squad in their fight against the darkness. With half a dozen or more "loupgarou" appearing every full moon, mysterious shadow demons, "houdoun" necromancers, fifty-foot bipedal crocodiles showing up every couple of months and more vampires than a Goth concert, New Orleans in the '80s gives a whole new perspective to the term Hell on Earth.
When Cobalt stole the Rolencian throne, Byren, Fyn and Piro were lucky to escape with their lives; now they've rallied, and will set out to avenge their parents' murders. Byren is driven to defeat Cobalt and reclaim the crown, but at what cost? Fyn has sworn to serve Byren's interests but his loyalty is tested when he realises he loves Byren's betrothed. And Piro never wanted to win a throne, but now she holds the fate of a people in her hands.
When a series of ships within the Fleet of Nations, the main governing body that rules a loose alliance of island nation states, are sunk by magical sabotage, Sophie is called on to find out why. While surveying the damage of the most recent wreck, she discovers a strange looking creature-a fright, a wooden oddity born from a banished spell causing chaos within the ship. The question is who would put this creature aboard and why?
A serial killer known as the Stuffer is on the loose in Ostend, Belgium. He fills his victims full of sand and poses them as public art installations. On the case is Rafael Styx - the corrupt, middle-aged cop has a bum hip, a bad marriage, and ties to the Belgian underworld, but no leads. Then a chance encounter with the Stuffer cuts Rafael's life short by a gunshot to the chest. He wakes up a zombie and soon gathers his first clue about the killer. But with his new decaying body and hunger for human flesh getting in the way, he'll need some help closing the case.
The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They will conquer Baru's island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, join the Masquerade, and claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free. To test her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.
Anton, an ambitious young soldier, impresses the royal court with incredible horsemanship and is given command of a strategic fortress. The feats that earned this reward were due to a little magical assist from his servant Wulf, and Wulf's voices tell him that the reluctant Anton must accept the command. BC author.
While the Crown Princess of Lancia seeks to share the new technology of the lines, her father, the Emperor, has other plans. As tensions mount, the princess works within the tumultuous Alliance, Ean seeks the help of the impatient alien ships, and Ean's close friend and bodyguard, Radko, embarks on a mysterious and perilous mission. Meanwhile, someone is trying to take down the New Alliance from within - and will use anything, even the lines themselves, to ensure its destruction.
When the diplomatic embassy from the United States of Europe was freed from the Tower of London during the Baltic War, most of its members returned to the continent. But some remained behind in Britain, including notorious enemy to the Crown Oliver Cromwell. Now, the hunt for Cromwell is on, with King Charles himself demanding Cromwell's head.
Now the deadly wraiths known as reapers, created to hunt down the last Dreamwalkers, are starting to target Jessica Drake's family. In order to destroy them she must seek out a mysterious shapeshifting tower where the secret of the reapers' creation - and her own Dreamwalker heritage - can be found. Joining forces once more with the ex-Shadow Isaac and loremaster Sebastian, she travels to the Badlands, a region on the alternate Earth from which no traveler has ever returned.
Gaiman's preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles the various published British and US editions and reinstates a number of cut scenes. Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl - an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed.
The dreaded emperor is dead. The successor to the throne is his nemesis, Archange. Now word arises of a massive army gathering in the shadows of the north. They are eager to lay waste to the City and annihilate anyone - man, woman, or child - within it. Even so, family feuds, ancient rivalries, and political battles rage on within the cold stone walls of the City.
Tess Devlin runs into her ex-husband, Nick, on a Boston sidewalk, and is furious when he pretends not to know her. Afterwards, Tess calls his cell to have it out with him...only to discover that he's in New Hampshire with his current girlfriend. But if Nick's not in Boston, who was the man she encountered on the street?
King Nathair has taken control of the fortress at Drassil and three of the Seven Treasures are in his possession. Once he has all seven, he can open a portal to the Otherworld. Then Asroth and his demon-horde will finally break into the Banished Lands and become flesh. Corban, meanwhile, has been taken prisoner by the Jotun, warrior giants. His warband scattered, Corban must somehow bond with competing factions of warlike giants if he's to counter the threat Nathair represents.
The Omega resistance has been brutally attacked, its members dead or in hiding. The Alpha Council's plan for permanently containing the Omegas has begun. But all is not entirely lost: the Council's seer, the Confessor, is dead, killed by her twin's sacrifice. Cass is left haunted by visions of the past, while her brother Zach's cruelty and obsession push her to the edge and threaten to destroy everything she hopes for.
Baxter has been packed off to Hexpoort, a magickal training school for MK6 agents. It sucks but Baxter slowly learns to control his fledgling abilities and takes his first steps to being a Dreamwalker. Lessons with Jackie Ronin lead them to suspect that the Obayifo may be involved with a doorway that Baxter inadvertently opened when operating the Mantis. Baxter and Jackie are plunged into the most dangerous place they've yet encountered: Cape Town Fashion Week.
Three years after taking up residence at the University of Din Edin, Sophie and Gray return to London, escorting the heiress of Alba to meet the British prince to whom she is betrothed. Sparks fail to fly between the pragmatic Lucia of Alba and the romantic Prince Roland, and the marriage alliance is cast into further doubt when the men who tried to poison King Henry are discovered to have escaped from prison. Gray sets off to track the fugitives abroad, while Sophie tries to spark a connection between the bride and groom by enlisting them in her scheme to reopen a long-shuttered women's college at Oxford.
THE KILLING MOON and THE SHADOWED SUN in one omnibus volume from the Hugo-winning author of THE FIFTH SEASON.
Trilogy conclusion. In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch, the Queen of the Tearling. To protect her people from the Red Queen's invasion, Kelsea gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne. Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea and the Tearling itself will finally be revealed.
The First Salik War is underway, and the Alliance is losing - their newest allies must find a way to win, or everyone will be slaughtered. Even as Imperial Prince Li'eth and Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie struggle to get their peoples to cooperate, they still face an ethical dilemma: How do you stop a ruthless, advanced nation from attacking again and again without slaughtering them in turn?
Three malevolent gods are on earth to kill Charley's daughter, leaving her little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension. There's just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers? Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we're saved. If not, well...
The stress levels for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini take a big uptwitch when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system. They are coming to ask Kitty for protection, and asylum on Earth. They are fleeing an enemy so terrifying that even a Z'porrah ship is trying to get to Earth for safety and protection. And if Earth isn't able to stop this threat, there may not be anything left of humanity.
When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.
Join Elizabeth Vaughan, Fiona Patton, Jennifer Brozek, Brenda Cooper, Rosemary Edghill, and others in twenty-two original stories, including a brand-new novella by Mercedes Lackey, as they add their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this fantasy realm.
Sentient machines work, fight and die in interstellar exploration and conflict for the benefit of their owners - the competing mining corporations of Earth. But sent over hundreds of light-years, commands are late to arrive and often hard to enforce. The machines must make their own decisions, and make them stick. With this new found autonomy come new questions about their masters. The robots want answers. The companies would rather see them dead.
The ultimate pay-off is DH-17, an Earth-like planet hundreds of light years from human habitation. Ruthless corporations vie over the prize remotely, and war is in full swing. But soldiers recruited to fight in the extremities of deep space come with their own problems: from AI minds in full rebellion, to Carlos 'the Terrorist' and his team of dead mercenaries, reincarnated from a bloodier period in earth's history for one purpose only - to kill. But as old rivalries emerge and new ones form, Carlos must decide whether he's willing to fight for the company or die for himself.
Though the Shadari managed to oust the Norlander regime through uprising, internal strife and rumors of an approaching plague are lending new terror, and their old enemy's ships have been seen back on the horizon. A leader is denounced for his failures, and an old Asha is installed in place - but is she planning on using her powers to help the Shadari, or just in service of an old, hidden vengeance?
Jerusalem, holy to three human religions, has become the touchstone for anyone not yet absorbed into the Na'id Empire, under its twin banner of Galactic Dominion/Human Supremacy. The captain was a notorious rebel runner. He was known as Alihahd, "He Left", the word Na'id enforcers heard when they demanded to know where the rebel had gone - always one step ahead - as if he knew his enemy very well. Hero, villain, coward. Three times a legend on both sides of the same war.
Florida's Everglades is home to an ages-old war between the Gorgons and the Lamia. Tanis Barlas is, in no particular order, a daughter of Lamia, a snake-woman, a killer, and a hunter, collecting men to mate with her mother and continue the precious line. She hates it, like she hates her messed-up family and everything that goes with it. But now Lamia's favourite daughter has gone missing, and it's down to Tanis to bring her back.
A collection of short stories by the award-winning author of Anno Dracula.
Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon is enlisting the dragons of every country - and the ferals - with promises of vast new rights and powers. Even the dragons of England, who have long rankled at their disrespectful treatment, are accepting. But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready, one that may win him the war, and the world.
Nationality is a fading memory, and most people identify instead with their choice of the seven global Hives, distinguished from one another by their different approaches to the big questions of life. This is a world in which, unknown to most, the entire social order is teetering on the edge of collapse. Because even in utopia, humans will conspire. And also because something new has arisen: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to conscious life.
Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden, the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne.
In the year 1635, the Rhineland is in turmoil. The impact of the Ring of Fire, the cosmic accident which transported the small modern West Virginia town of Grantville to Europe in the early seventeenth century, has only aggravated a situation that was already chaotic. Add to the witch's brew the deaths in battle of Duke Wolfgang of Julich-Berg and his son, which leaves his young widow Katharina Charlotte as the heir to those much-prized territories. She is now on the run, in disguise and pregnant. Add the unexpected arrival of Austria's most capable general, Melchior von Hatzfeldt, along with the most ruthless spy and torturer in the Rhineland, Felix Gruyard. The wars for the Rhine have erupted, and only the devil knows how they will end.
A few humans have carried on after the collapse, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis. But then a report is received that west of the Cascades rain falls, crops grow, and civilization thrives. But there is danger too. The rising power of an army pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
Scott and Madeline Madden return to the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised, and where their decadent and reclusive cousins still live. There, a collection of hypnotic eight-limbed abstract images inked on paper allows the Maddens to briefly fragment and flatten time--to transport themselves into the past and future in addictive visions. As Madeline falls more completely under the mansion's spell, Scott discovers that to protect his sister, he must use the perilous spiders himself. But will he unravel the mystery of the Madden family's past and finally free them - or be pulled deeper into their deadly web?
The vampire Lestat de Lioncourt battles the strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of his undead body and soul. It is through this spirit that we come to be told the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent - and of how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.
Producer Val Margolian has found the motherlode of box-office gold with his new "live-death" films whose villains are extremely sophisticated, electronically controlled mechanical monsters. To give these live-action disaster films greater realism, he employs huge casts of extras, in addition to the stars. Few of these will survive the shoot, but the extras do it because if they survive they'll be paid handsomely, and they can make even more if they destroy any of the animatronic monsters trying to stomp, chew, fry, or otherwise kill them. If they earn enough, they can move out of the the vast slum that most of L.A. has become.
A collection of fifteen fantastical stories of beasts, and the beasts we sometimes become, asking us how much influence we have over each other, and how much control the beasts already have over us.
Cal Leandros is back from the dead, stuck eight years in the past trying desperately to save his younger self and everyone he cares about, and playing a killer game of hide-and-seek with a godlike lunatic with murderous powers. And unless Cal can keep both his mind and body together without descending into complete soul-rending insanity the next time he ends up dead, he's going to stay that way...
The mechanicals were built to serve humankind, duty-bound to fulfil their every whim. But now the bonds are breaking, and they are awakening: their time has come and a new age is dawning. Third and final novel in a series of revolution, set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams.
Accompanied by his troop of warriors, Shiva travels East to the land of Branga in hopes of discovering clues as to the whereabouts of the Naga people. The journey concludes in the Naga capital of Panchavati, where a surprise awaits him that will change the balance of power...
A collection of five novellas each set in the same house - Irongrove Lodge. This five storey Georgian mansion, once a grand detached property, has now been split into five apartments. This is a building with history, the very bricks and grounds imbued with the pasts of those who have walked these corridors, lived in these rooms. Featuring novellas by Sarah Lotz, K. J. Parker, Nina Allan, Robert Shearman and Tade Thompson.
Caught between life and death, Skylan Ivorson must lead those who journeyed with him to battle the evil god and the vast army of the god and his human emperor. He must fight as never before to win back his life and his love, while seeking the last Spiritbone - the key to summoning the ultimate victory - before it can be snatched away by the forces of evil.
It's the near future, and the technology exists to open doorways into the past - but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can only be reached once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened. A passageway has been opened to a version of late 19th-century Ohio. Jesse Cullum is a native. And he knows the passageway will be closing soon. He's fallen in love with a woman from our time, and he means to follow her back - no matter whose secrets he has to expose in order to do it.
As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He's got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they're going to have to pick a side. It's a choice they'll be staking their lives on. Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed. When the smoke clears, who will be left standing? Stand-alone conclusion to the series.
15 years after The Dunwall Plague, the Empire begins to plunge into chaos after Empress Emily Kaldwin is suddenly dethroned by an 'otherworldly usurper', and becomes an outlaw to society. Determined to claim it back, Emily follows the steps of her father, Corvo Attano, in becoming an Assassin. Armed with the Outsider's mark, she intends to reclaim her title and restore power to what had been lost.
Set years after Return of the Jedi, this stunning new action-packed adventure rockets us back into the world of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, and Luke Skywalker, while introducing a host of exciting new characters. Darth Vader may have been redeemed and the Emperor vanquished, but peace can be fleeting, and evil does not easily relent.
The Rage launch the ultimate assault on the Human Sphere. Their greatest weapons are the most fearsome creatures in the galaxy - the Xenomorphs.Having fled centuries before, the Rage return to take revenge and claim the planet for their own. Now, through a deal struck with the unlikeliest of allies, the human race may rely on the Predators to ensure mankind's ultimate freedom. Yet even the combined might of the two races may not be enough. The fate of the Earth may rest with a single android - Liliya of the Rage.
When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance. Now, a century later, while on a diplomatic mission for the Federation, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew are snared in the aged Korgh's trap and thrust directly in the middle of an ancient conflict.
Ripped from the pages of Empire magazine, the first collection of film critic, film historian and novelist Kim Newman's reviews of the best and worst B movies. Some of the cheapest, trashiest, goriest and, occasionally, unexpectedly good films from the past 25 years are here, torn apart and stitched back together again in Kim's unique style. Everything you want to know about DTV hell is here. Enter if you dare.
The secrets of the Star Wars galaxy have been recorded in a series of handbooks and guides created and kept hidden by the Jedi Order, the Sith, the Bounty Hunters Guild, and the Empire itself. Collects THE JEDI PATH, BOOK OF SITH, THE BOUNTY HUNTER CODE, and THE IMPERIAL HANDBOOK.
Previously published as Story of Your Life and Others. The title story is the basis for the major new motion picture Arrival. When a linguist is brought in to help communicate with alien lifeforms on earth and discern their intentions, her new knowledge of their language and its nonlinear structure helps her deal with the pangs of divorce and the death of her daughter.
Illidan has escaped his 10,000-year imprisonment and fled his home on Azeroth for Outland, an alien world dominated by the Burning Legion. Along with new demon hunter recruit Vandel, Illidan begins gathering an army, though who he plans to strike with his newfound might remains unclear.
The prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!
The Klingon-Federation alliance is in peril as never before. Lord Korgh has seized control of the House of Kruge, executing a plot one hundred years in the making. The Klingon cult known as the Unsung rampages across the stars, striking from the shadows in their cloaked Birds-of-Prey. And the mysterious figure known as Buxtus Cross launches a scheme that will transform the Klingon Empire forever.
Something akin to "peace" has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do'Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go, Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And so Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface once again.
A cease-fire between the three factions - the enigmatic protoss, the savage zerg, and the terrans, humanity's descendants in the sector - is threatened by the sudden restoration of an incinerated planet. An expedition of terran and protoss soldiers and researchers is deployed to investigate the mysterious zerg planet and its inhabitants' intentions. But the lush alien landscape is host to other denizens, creatures shrouded in shadow, and should they be unleashed, they will change the fate of the entire galaxy.
This first Flash adventure pits the Scarlet Speedster against the villains who comprise his metahuman Rogues Gallery. But when the Flash's own abilities begin to fail him, he must seek help from his closest ally - the Arrow. This two part adventure will cross directly into the next Arrow novel.
In the wake of violence from the cult known as the Unsung, paranoia threatens to break Chancellor Martok's regime. Klingons increasingly call for a stronger hand to take control...one that Lord Korgh, master manipulator, is only too willing to offer. But other forces are now in motion. Assisted by a wily agent, the Empire's enemies secretly conspire to take full advantage of the situation.
PREY, HUNTER'S PLANET & WAR in one volume.
GOTHAM is an American crime-drama television series centering on a young Bruce Wayne, then-detective James Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, a pre-Catwoman Selina Kyle, as well as a rogues gallery of burgeoning villains before they became known as the Penguin, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, Two-Face and more.