Illustrated with line-drawings and overflowing with imaginative exuberance, puns and maniacal wordplay, Automated Alice is a stunningly skewed retelling of Alice in Wonderland, set in Manchester, in a future as might have been envisaged by one of Carroll's contemporaries. It is an escapist's dream of a book which will entertain the young-a ... [more]
This edition offers short, evaluative descriptions of around 3500 novels, brief statements and reviews by critics and a guide to sequels, related titles and film versions. New to this edition is expanded coverage of books of the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Also new is the category novelizations and spin-off fiction, a section whic ... [more]
"The evil foretold has risen ... and we are all that stands between it and the end." Asher has come a long way for a fisherman's son. Together with his friend Prince Gar, he has defended their kingdom against its bitterest enemy, but at great cost. Now, the evil mage Morg is preparing for his most deadly assault. Desperate, trapped in a br ... [more]
The acclaimed author of Grass and A Plague of Angels takes readers to a world distant in time and space, where the pace of life is counted by the tides of the great River, but where there are swift undercurrents. This magnificent novel was first published in two volumes--Northshore and Southshore--now
Like most professional fiction and nonfiction writers, Stableford has a day job to cover the slow times (creative writing, King Alfred's College, England). He traces the birth of the genre to 1726 and Book Three of Swift's Gulliver's Travels, calling it a fictional anti-science satire. His entries
This clear and well-developed approach to axiomatic set theory is geared toward upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. It examines the basic paradoxes and history of set theory and advanced topics such as relations and functions, equipollence, finite sets and cardinal numbers, rational and real numbers, and other subjects. 1960 ... [more]
In the far future, after human civilization has spread through the galaxy, communications begin to arrive in an apparently alien language. They appear to threaten invasion, but in order to counter the threat, the messages must first be understood. Joint winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1966
Five hundred miles beneath the surface of the Earth lies another world-a world of eternal day and endless horizons, in which dinosaurs still roam and cavemen hunt and terrors forgotten in the outer world still survive. Lieutenant von Horst, member of an exploring expedition, was left behind in this lost land of Pellucidar. BACK TO THE STON ... [more]
Melliandra, forced into a betrothal with a sinister prince, flees Castle Harvell with Jack, a kitchen apprentice with an uncontrolled power to work miracles. The Book of Words is a new fantasy adventure series featuring lethal conspiracies.
Science Fantasy blends science fiction AND fantasy, so it tends to be bolder and more highly colored than pure science fiction. In the middle of the last century, the British magazine SCIENCE FANTASY created its own distinctive strains of fantasy narrative, most famously by such writers as Brian W. Aldiss, J. G. Ballard, John Brunner, Mich ... [more]
The Star Folk were an anachronism. Living in their cluster of giant ships far out in space, cut off from contact with their fellow humans, they were shrouded in mystery. Through the allegory of an ancient song, Joneny, an anthropology student, set out to unravel that mystery - and found a truth stranger than any allegory . . .
With the universe's wormholes collapsed, darkness has fallen across interstellar civilization, and superstition once again holds sway over the masses, until Dr. Karl Woodward, commander of the starship The Mountain, ventures to an uncharted world and into a terrifying confrontation with a ruthless gang of space pirates. Reprint.
The earth is recovering from the Acid Head War, in which hallucinogenic chemicals were the primary weapon. Many humans are now suffering from delusions and are unable to tell the real from the imaginary. When a man named Colin Charteris tries to make sense of the drugged-out world, he is taken as the new messiah. As he descends into parano ... [more]
This collection by Lucius Shepard, one of the most exciting new writers to emerge in the 1980s, includes the eponymous story 'Barnacle Bill the Spacer', about an attempted mutiny on a space station, which won the Hugo Award, as well as 'Sports in America', about a man who finds out just how far he is willing to go when he is hired by a loc ... [more]
Following her marriage to the notorious 'Butcher of Komarr', Lord Aral Vorkosigan, Captain Cordelia Naismith has become an outcast on her own world. Sick of combat and betrayal, she is ready to settle down to a quiet life on Barrayar, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. At least, that ... [more]
Life at the Station had ceased to hold any drama. The only enemies were boredom - a psychic inertia - and the innate weakness of the human element. Reading and samplings, data analysis and stereotyped daily radio reporting filed the long bleak hours. Suddenly they lost all contact with the outside. No radio...No television...No physical co ... [more]
A visionary science fiction classic from Larry Niven and Steven Barnes. The Barsoom Project is the direct sequel to 1981's Dream Park. Eviane's first visit to the-state-of-art amusement arena Dream Park ended in disaster: the special effects had seemed more real than life... until the holograms she was shooting with live ammunition turned ... [more]
It was no place for man to be. Men were tissue, blood, bone, nerve. This place was not made for them. It was made for force and radiation. Go home, men. But I can't, thought Jay Birrel. Not yet . . . I have to go on into this place where a human being looks as pathetic as an insect in a furnace.