|Carlos J. Cortes||The Prisoner||Carlos J. Cortes was born in Madrid. An engineer by trade, he has published a score of technical books in Spanish and to date has lived in thirty-two countries. Perfect Circle is his first novel. He splits his time between Spain and California, where he lives with his family.||Paperback|
|Juanita Coulson||Unto The Last Generation||Laser Books, November 1975 release. Original science fiction novels, three novels were issued per month beginning August 1975 until the line folded in February 1977.||Paperback|
|Juanita Coulson||Tomorrow's Heritage (Children of the Stars, Book 1)||Children of the Stars||Paperback|
|Robert Coulson, Gene DeWeese||Gates of the Universe ||Number 4 in the Laser Books series of original science fiction novels, released in September 1975. Three novels were be issued per month until the line folded in February 1977. Cover by Kelly Freas.||Paperback|
|Robert Cowley (ed.)||What Ifs? of American History: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been||The 18 contributors to this latest installment of the What If? series are indeed eminent: they include David McCullough, Tom Fleming and Robert Dallek (though series editor Cowley might have found more than one woman for his roster). For historians whose works are bound by facts, there must have been pleasure in letting their imaginations engage instead in speculation, though the "shadow universe" presented here is still rooted in the historical record and reflects back on it. In "Might the Mayflower not have sailed?", for example, Theodore K. Rabb enumerates a series of "strokes of luck" that enabled the Pilgrims to come to America, including Sir Edwin Sandys's propitious takeover of the Virginia Company. And in "What if Watergate Was Still Just an Upscale Address?", Lawrence Malkin and John Stacks wonder what would have happened Nixon hadn't been forced to resign the presidency. Americans would be less cynical, they speculate, and, more surprisingly, the U.S. might have had a national health insurance plan. Other essays ask fascinating questions about the the Civil War and the Cuban missile crisis. A pleasure for history buffs longing to engage in some footloose imagination, this book drives home the fact that even momentous political events can hinge on a few uncontrollable events. Maps and b photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Hardcover|
|Richard Cowper||The Road to Corlay||Hardcover|
|Richard Cowper||The Twilight of Briareus||Paperback|
|John Cramer||Twistor||A university physics experiment unexpectedly opens a door into an alternate universe in this first novel by physicist and science writer Cramer. Before he leaves his protagonist, professor David Harrison, stranded, with a colleague's two children, in the gargantuan forest of the shadow world, Cramer has set in motion several other plots, from the problems of a venal department head to the more serious threat by a nefarious corporation determined to make off with the invention. These busy, rather artificial developments, not to mention a romantic subplot, detract from the appealing central situation. Given Cramer's dry, stiff, academic prose and the equally dry, stiff, academic characters, the interesting and dramatic kernel of physics speculation will open only to the most persistent of readers. Science Fiction Book Club featured alternate.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Roberta Cray||The Sword and the Lion||When the forces of Haffat the Conqueror lay siege to the independent city of Ghezrat, the city's elite fighting force of father-daughter "Dyads" channels the power of their earth-goddess Denota against the enemy's lion god Axtekeles in a desperate attempt to preserve their freedom. Set in a world reminiscent of ancient Greece during the Alexandrian conquests, this first novel starts slowly but gathers in momentum and intensity as it reaches its dramatic, but not unforeseen, conclusion. Richly detailed and vividly imagined, this belongs in larger fantasy collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Paperback|
|Michelle Shirey Crean||Dancer of the Sixth||Conditioned to forget her past, hotshot pilot Dancer is safe from her memories until a pilot rescued from a crash turns out to be a dead ringer for Dancer.||Paperback|
|Michael Crichton||The Andromeda Strain||Paperback|
|Michael Crichton||Sphere||Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton is possibly the best science teacher for the masses since H.G. Wells, and Sphere, his thriller about a mysterious spherical spaceship at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is classic Crichton. A group of not-very-complex characters (portrayed in the film by Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Queen Latifah) assemble to solve a cleverly designed roller coaster of a mystery while attempting (with mixed success) to avoid sudden death and expounding (much more successfully) on the latest, coolest scientific ideas, including the existence of black holes. Somehow, Crichton manages to convey the complicated stuff in utterly simplistic prose, making him, as his old pal Steven Spielberg puts it, "the high priest of high concept." Yet there is more to Crichton than science and big-ticket show biz. He is also, as any reader of his startling memoir Travels knows, a bit of a mystic--he is entirely open to notions spouted by spoon-bending psychics that most science writers would scorn. Sphere is not only a gratifying sci-fi suspense tale; it also reflects Crichton's keen interest in the unexplained powers of the human mind. When something passes through a black hole in Crichton's fiction, a lesson is learned. The book also contains another profound lesson: when you're staring down a giant squid with an eyeball the size of a dinner plate, don't blink first.||Paperback|
|A. C. Crispin||Yesterday's Son||Cover by Boris Vallejo||Paperback|
|John Crowley||Little, Big||''A book that all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy.'' --Ursula K. Le Guin
''Crowley is generous, obsessed, fascinating, gripping. Really, I think Crowley is so good that he has left everybody else in the dust.'' --Peter Straub, award-winning horror fiction author
Ambitious, dazzling, strangely moving, a marvelous magic-realist family chronicle.'' --Washington Post
''John Crowley writes sentences of such coruscating magnificence that the rest of the English language has fallen in love with them. I once knew an adverbial clause who was so infatuated with the linguistic beauty of Little, Big that the poor creature pined away into a comma.'' --James Morrow, World Fantasy Award-winning author
''One of my favorite works of modern fantasy, Little, Big, is an amazing tale told in an amazing way. Reading it I felt as if I were watching a high-wire artist: one slip and he would fall into the dreadful net of Twee. Yet Crowley never slips, not upon a single word, and the book grows more powerful with every page.'' --Katharine Kerr, bestselling author --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.||Trade Paperback|
|Julie E. Czerneda||Hidden in Sight (Web Shifters #3)||Web shifters||"HIDDEN IN SIGHT is richly textured, frequently funny and much more complex that it first appears. Julie E. Czerneda takes her world-building seriously yet imbues her characters with a piquant otherness that is endearing." -Romantic Times "Esen is one of the most unique and refreshing sentient beings ever created by an author and it is easy to see why readers will cherish her. After six centuries of life, she is still an innocent who reveres life and regrets that people can't see past the surface of what she is. Paul is the one person who cares for her, as she is, a man who understands her nature and still cares deeply for her. They have a relationship that can only be severed by death. Their adventures together make for a strong outer space science fiction tale." -TheBestReviews.com "The human/alien team is well portrayed once again in this latest space opera, which also includes some interesting and imaginative new races and situations. This one becomes exciting very early and doesn't let up until the last few pages are turning beneath your fingers." -SF Chronicle --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.||Paperback|
|Julie E. Czerneda||Changing Vision (Web Shifters #2)||Web shifters||"...Every single alien culture is well thought out and the numerous moral dilemmas Esen finds herself in make for a consistently absorbing read. The world-building is excellent, the characters are believable and sympathetic (even the unpleasant ones), and the plot is fast and strong from beginning to end." -KLIATT "CHANGING VISION is the delectable second installment in Julie E. Czerneda's engaging Web Shifter series. Fifty years after shape-shifter Esen-alit-Quar reveals her true self to the human Paul Ragem, both are living under new names on a remote planet making a nice living from their import-export business. In fact, everything is going so well that they decide to take a vacation. That, of course, is when the trouble begins. Ms. Czerneda deftly spices an intricate, ever-surprising plot with breezy wit, characters with panache and irresistible style." -Romantic Times Magazine --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.||Paperback|
|Clifford D.Simak||Goblin Reservation||Paperback|
|Brian Daley||Han Solo at Stars' End||Star Wars||Paperback|
|Brian Daley||Han Solo and the Lost Legacy||Star Wars||The fabled hoard of the mad tyrant Xim is vast. And as far as Han Solo and Chewbacca are concerned, strictly legendary. But when a little misunderstanding sets the deadliest gunman in the galaxy on Han's trail, a secret expedition to almost any place becomes highly desirable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Kara Dalkey||Goa (Blood of the Goddess #1)||Blood of the Goddess||On the cusp of the medieval and modern worlds, dream-haunted journeyman apothecary Thomas Chinnery sets sail on Bear's Whelp for Cathay to trade in drugs for his master. But the Whelp's captain wants easier money from attacking Portuguese ships. Among the usual plunder, they find two prisoners to ransom: a Portuguese man accused of sorcery and a beautiful Indian woman accused of heresy, both being shipped from Goa to Portugal for trial by the Inquisition. In their possession is a potent drug called the Blood of the Goddess, and Thomas determines to find more of it. But others in Goa have heard of the drug as well, and the price of the Blood of the Goddess begins to mount, promising to cost more dearly than Thomas could have imagined.
Review by Paul Melko (PARSEC):
Young Thomas, apprentice apothecary from London, on a voyage to open a trade route from Cathay, finds himself caught in a web of intrigue, all tied around a powder that has the power of life and death. Originally bound west to find a trade route through the Straits of Magellan, the trading fleet heads east around Africa, looking for easy pickings along the African coast. Off the coast of India, the fleet turns privateer against a Portuguese galley. Aboard is the alchemist sorcerer De Cartago and the mysterious priestess Aditi. Thomas, with the help of the Scotsman Andrew Lockheart, gains some intimacy with the two and obtains possession of the Blood of the Goddess.
When the trading crew is betrayed to the Portuguese, Thomas finds himself an English man in Portuguese-held Goa, a city caught in the clutches of the Inquisition, a Church-headed purge that has been corrupted in the quest for power. He must use all his abilities to escape the Inquisitor and find the source of the powder that brings life.
Dalkey is to be applauded for her historical research. The setting of late 14th century India for this historical fantasy is an excellent choice. Relying heavily on alchemical lore and Greek myth for her magical system, Dalkey creates a universe only a step or two away from our own universe: real, mysterious, and compelling.
The characters are dynamic and interesting, especially the resourceful young Thomas and the roguish Andrew Lockheart. The plot is well-paced, perhaps too fast-paced in some spots, the problem being that some key elements seem to be glossed over in the desire for the author to get somewhere specific. In this multi-volume epic, one would think that Dalkey could afford to be a little more thorough on the plot smoothness.
Compared to Dalkey's Sagamore series with its weak humor and sophomoric tone, this book is much more mature and balanced. In fact, Goa is the best this reviewer has seen from Dalkey. I look forward to the next books in the series. ||Hardcover|
|John Dalmas||The Varkaus Conspiracy||Paperback|
|John Dalmas, Carl Martin||Touch the Stars: Emergence||A Tom Doherty Associates book||Paperback|
|Dean Dalton||The Rostma Lure (Operation Star Hawks Book 4)||Operation Starhawks||Paperback|
|Sean Dalton||Code Name Peregrine (Space Hawks, No. 2)||Operation Starhawks||Paperback|