Gordon R. DicksonMan From EarthReview by Bill Johnston (PSSFS): The Man From Earth by Gordon Dickson is a collection of some of his most well known short stories; three of them were even the title stories of other collections, and one, "Call Him Lord", won him an award. I would recommend it for those who like Dickson. His most well known book is Dorsai! which is strange because it is intentionally written different from his usual style. He typically writes lighter novels which still introduce ideas but move quickly and are not entirely serious. Soldier, Ask Not in the Dorsai series (excuse me, "Childe Cycle") is more characteristic of him. His main characters are loyal and self-sacrificing, but very competent bordering on infallible. Since Dickson considers the Dorsai series his most serious work most of the books are overdone in this respect, and I can't recommend any of them except Dorsai! and Soldier, Ask Not. None of his other books stand out in my mind, but are worth reading if you prefer lighter sf. Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonForward!Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonNaked to the StarsA Nebula Award-winning Author During an action on the third planet from Arcturus, soldier Cal Truent woke up in the hospital with a sixteen-hour hole in his memory. No one knows what it is that Cal has forgotten, but his superiors can't take the chance that it might be something deadly to his fellow soldiers -- and to Earth. Somehow Cal means to seek out whatever it is that his mind is resisting ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonThe Forever ManIn a break from his heavy-going Childe series, Dickson offers a lighter and brisker-than-usual adventure. The hero is another military superman, but here starship fighter pilot Jim Wander is manipulated by scientist Mary Gallegher into a mental symbiosis with his beloved ship. Their mission is to gather information about the mysterious aliens, the Laagi, who have been locked in battle with Earth for 200 years. In typically didactic Dickson fashion, the two disembodied human minds learn as much about themselves and each other as they do about the Laagi. Various implausibilities and an overworked serendipity aside, the tantalizing exploration of alien cultures moves this adventure forward rapidly as the protagonists keep readjusting and expanding their ideas to meet new, challenging situations. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonMindspanWhat do you do when you're being misunderstood by an alien race whose weapons are meaner than yours? If diplomacy fails, then good old human cunning is the only alternative.Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonArcturus LandingOriginaly published as Alien From ArcturusPaperback
Gordon R. DicksonFar CallPaperback
Gordon R. DicksonThe Spirit of Dorsai (Dorsai/Childe Cycle)DorsaiFeared and respected as the most effective soldiers humanity has ever known, the Dorsai find their reputation at risk when an invader attacks their planet, inhabited only by the Dorsai women who are left behind to defend it. Reprint. AB.Paperback
Gordon R. DicksonTactics of Mistake (Childe Cycle)DorsaiIt's obvious that Cletus Graeme--limping, mild-mannered scholarly--doesn't belong on a battling field, but instead at a desk working on his fourth book on battle strategy and tactics. But Bakhalla has more battlefields than libraries, and Graeme sees his small force of Dorsai--soldiers of fortune--as the perfect opportunity to test his theories. But if his theories or his belief in the Dorsai lead him astray, he's a dead man.Paperback
Gordon R. Dickson (ed.)Nebula Winners: 12Hardcover
Gordon R. Dickson (ed.)Combat SFPaperback
William C. DietzDrifter's WarThird in the national bestselling author's Drifter series. As an alien war shatters the galactic empire, both sides want Pik Lando's high-tech drift ship-minus Lando.Paperback
William C. DietzMars PrimeAce reporter Rex Corvan is thrilled to be accompanying the second major colonization mission to Mars, but his excitement diminishes when a serial killer begins stalking the colonists while they are still en route.Paperback
William C. DietzLegion of the DamnedThis imperial space opera takes up the theme of fighting against impossible odds. At the center of the story is a futuristic French Foreign Legion made up of cyborgs and other societal misfits. The scrappy, chip-on-their-shoulder soldiers occupy their own planet in the far reaches of a contracting human space empire. When a xenophobic alien empire strikes at the humans, the legion becomes the last best hope for human salvation. The legionnaires are an oddball lot, ranging from their cut-throat, sexy commander, General Marianne Mosby, to the passionate Sergeant Bill Booly and the industrious, never-say-can't Legion General Ian St. James. Their cyberborgic compadres, with human minds trapped in armored killing machines, are rich and quirky characters as well. Throw in a Nero-like emperor more interested in his own pleasure than in the future of his empire, aristocratic conspirators working behind the scenes to take over the throne and ruthless, paranoid aliens with no way of understanding human psychology, and Dietz's ( Drifter's War ) latest tale becomes exciting and suspenseful. The humanity of the characters mixes well with the action to give this space drama real punch. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.Paperback
William C. Dietz, Bruce JensenWhere the Ships DiePaperback
William C. DietzLogos RunAt the start of Dietz's fast-moving sequel to Runner (2005), human civilization is about to lapse into a new dark age after the collapse of an interstellar empire threatens to isolate many of the inhabited worlds. However, the web of star gates that once spanned the empire may be reactivated if the duo of super-courier Jak Rebo and ESP-sensitive Lonni Norr can deliver the shape-changing AI, Logos, to the control center housed in the artificial satellite of a remote planet. Antitechnology fanatics would do anything to prevent that, the unscrupulous Techno Society craves the power that will accompany control of the restored network, and Logos has selfish plans of its own. In addition, the disembodied spirits of dead characters hang around to influence the action and sometimes to possess the bodies of the living. In a military SF novel that will entertain readers with a taste for cheerfully casual mayhem, much treachery and betrayal ensue, and there's seldom a dull-or quiet-moment. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Paperback
William C. DietzDeath Dayaranoids, take note. Bestselling military SF author Dietz (By Blood Alone; By Force of Arms; etc.) requires just the first six lines to destroy every major city on Earth in this overheated opener of a near-future alien-invasion epic, which reads much like an inferior clone of L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth. Several nations fire missiles at each other, not noticing colossal extraterrestrial spaceships hovering over the planet (neither does any astronomer). The huge, insect-like Saurons, nicknamed "chits" for their chitinous shells, kill billions. They enslave the survivors to construct "temples" that they claim will be a path to "a planet named Paradise" but are actually hatcheries where adult Saurons die giving birth. The invaders drop leaflets with instructions to bring them to "any Sauron-sponsored processing center and receive six cans of Spam," a courtesy possibly in response to human spacecraft offering galactic friendship. A plaque from Pioneer Ten, launched in 1972, served as "a space-going road map, pointing right at Earth." The aliens admit they surreptitiously "monitored thousands of audiovisual broadcasts," besides absorbing major languages and mapping technology. So those UFOs were real after all. The book abounds in racial hatreds at the same time that it high-mindedly condemns them. The action constant, confusing, deadening and dull abruptly halts, mid-slaughter, to announce, heroically, "the countdown continues" in a sequel slated for 2002. Be patient. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Paperback
William C. DietzMatrix ManRex Corvan is the World's Greatest Reporter. It's not the video camera implanted in his right eye. It's not his popularity with news audiences everywhere. What makes him a great reporter is his determination to run toward the story. With a killer on his tail, hopefully Rex can run fast enough. With his video technician Kim, Rex unravels the mystery of Matrix Man, a dangerous program controlled by a secret group looking to subvert the government. They've already infiltrated the White House with deadly results. Now, they're coming after Rex and Kim. If Rex can break the story, it'll be the scoop of a lifetime. As long as his lifetime lasts long enough to get it done.... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.Paperback
William C. DietzRunnerKnown for his hard SF, Dietz (Legion of the Damned) changes pace with this engaging effort, whose philosophical themes evoke Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series. In a bleak far future, many technological advances, including interstellar travel, have fallen into disuse, leaving most people in despair. Followers of a faith the author acknowledges is modeled on Buddhism cling to a faint hope for redemption when rumors circulate that a legendary spiritual leader has been reborn, but that good news is tempered by the existence of rival claimants for the position. Jak Rebo, a "runner" entrusted with valuable missions requiring travel between star systems, gets enmeshed in this religious conflict when he accompanies one of the aspirants to the planet where the tests to establish the true heir are to be administered. Action-packed, albeit with a few improbable escape scenes, this novel stands out with its intriguing spiritual explorations. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Paperback
J.M. DillardStar Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek)Star TrekInternal pressures, enormous military expenditures, and the destruction of their primary energy source have brought the Klingon Empire to the verge of catastrophic collapse. To avert disaster, Gorkon, Chancellor of the Klingon High Council, proposes negotiations between the Federation and Klingon Empire, negotiations that will put an end to the years of hostility between the two powers, and herald a new era of peace and cooperation. Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM are dispatched to escort the Chancellor safely into Federation space. But a treacherous assassination brings negotiations to a sudden halt and places Kirk and Dr. McCoy in the hands of the Federation's greatest enemy. With time running out, Spock and the Enterprise crew work to uncover the deadly secret that threatens to propel the galaxy into the most destructive conflict it has ever known.Paperback
Thomas M. DischCamp ConcentrationThomas M. Disch is one of the overlooked masters of science fiction, and Camp Concentration is one of his finest novels. The unlikely hero of this piece is Louis Sacchetti, an overweight poet who's serving a five-year prison term for being a "conchie," or conscientious objector, to the ongoing war being fought by the United States. Three months into his sentence, Sacchetti is mysteriously taken from prison and brought to Camp Archimedes, an underground compound run by General Humphrey Haast. This is the so-called "camp concentration" of the book's title, a strange oubliette where inmates are given a drug that will raise their intelligence to astounding levels, though it will also kill them in a matter of months. Sacchetti's job is to chronicle the goings-on at Archimedes in a daily journal that is sent to Haast and other select members of the project. Through his writings, readers get to know the various characters that inhabit the camp, geniuses whose intellectual fires burn brightly even while their bodies slowly go cold. Although these latter-day Einsteins are supposed to be thinking up new ways of killing the enemy, most of the inmates are instead focusing their studies on alchemy, which Haast hopes will allow them to discover the secret of immortality. Camp Concentration is one of those SF books that falls squarely into the "literature" category both for the eloquence of Disch's writing and the timelessness of his ruminations on life and war. This is a thoughtful novel that offers insights into human existence, and it will likely stay with readers long after they have turned the last page. Ursula K. Le Guin summed up the book best in her cover blurb, which says simply: "It is a work of art, and if you read it, you will be changed." --Craig E. Engler Review by Bill Johnston (PSSFS): Camp Concentration by Thomas Disch is about a government installation experimenting with an intelligence enhancing disease. The disease is eventually fatal and is being tested on non-violent convicts. It bears some resemblance to "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes, but it is difficult to say which is better because they have different emphases. Paperback
Cory DoctorowEastern Standard TribeCory Doctorow’s Eastern Standard Tribe is a soothsaying jaunt into the not-so-distant future, where 24/7 communication and chatroom alliances have evolved into tribal networks that secretly work against each other in shadowy online realms. The novel opens with its protagonist, the peevish Art Berry, on the roof of an asylum. He wonders if it's better to be smart or happy. His crucible is a pencil up the nose for a possible "homebrew lobotomy." To explain Art's predicament, Doctorow flashes backward and slowly fills in the blanks. As a member of the Eastern Standard Tribe, Art is one of many in the now truly global village who have banded together out of like-minded affinity for a particular time zone and its circadian cycles. Art may have grown up in Toronto but his real homeland is an online grouping that prefers bagels and hot dogs to the fish and chips of their rivals who live on Greenwich Mean Time. As he rises through the ranks of the tribe, he is sent abroad to sabotage the traffic patterns and communication networks in the GMT tribe. Along the way, he comes across a humdinger of an idea that will solve a music piracy problem on the highways of his own beloved timezone, raise his status in the tribe and make him rich. If only he could have trusted his tightly wound girlfriend and fellow tribal saboteur, he probably wouldn't be on the booby hatch roof with that pencil up his nose. As a musing on the future, Doctorow's extrapolation seems entirely plausible. And, not only is EST a fascinating mental leap it's a witty and savvy tale that will appeal to anyone who's lived another life, however briefly, online. --Jeremy PughHardcover
Robert DohertyArea 51: The Reply (#2)Area 51Area 51 was the most secret place in America.  But it was only one piece in a puzzle that stretched from Egypt's Pyramids to the mysterious face on Mars... Part of a plan begun 5,000 years ago by those who had been here before.  And are coming back. When scientist Lisa Duncan and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte uncovered the stunning truth about Area 51--a "training area" on Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada--they opened up a Pandora's box kept hidden from the American public for fifty years. What they uncovered explained decades of UFO sightings--and the most baffling mysteries of history from the Great Pyramid to Easter Island. But these findings were only the beginning. Now a signal had come in from outer space: our first contact with extraterrestrials. The message said they were coming. It didn't say they had been here before...and left something behind. But what waited deep within the Rift Valley of Ethiopia and inside an ancient Chinese tomb would determine Earth's fate. The dawning of a new age.  Or the destruction of us all... Robert Doherty is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of military suspense thrillers. He is also the author of Area 51 and The Rock, and is currently working on a third novel in the Area 51 series, entitled Area 51: The Mission.Paperback
Robert DohertyArea 51 (Area 51, Book 1)Area 51When nine atmospheric crafts of unknown origin were discovered in the Antarctic in the late 1940s, the U.S. government established Area 51 to study the abandoned technology. Dr. Hans Von Seeckt, who is the only original member of the secret research committee, has observed the marvelous craft in flight and witnessed a fantastic array of bizarre, unexplained phenomena. But Dr. Van Seeckt fears that the technology of the mothership is beyond our scope and an explosive threat to the entire planet. He must race against time to unlock the secret of the ship--and to the origins of mankind itself.Paperback
Robert DohertyThe Mission (Area 51, Bk. 3)Area 51Since the discovery of an alien presence on Earth in conjunction with extraterrestrial technology concealed in Area 51, a small group of humans continues to wage a battle to prevent a takeover by the race known as the Airlia. This third volume in Doherty's ongoing chronicle of human-alien clandestine warfare should appeal to fans of UFOs, conspiracy theories, and "ancient astronauts." For large collections. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.Paperback

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