|A. C. Ellis||Worldmaker||In a world pocked with gutted buildings, looted stores and packs of computer-implanted wild dogs, one man senses more than mere devastation in his surroundings. He begins to grasp that the biochip in his own skull enables him to change reality at will--a tantalizing prospect until he realizes he isn't the only one with that ability.
"An intriguing adventure story that has more than a little to say about our ideas of reality. Like his hero, Ellis takes on the whole world in this book."—Connie Willis, winner of both the Hugo and Nebula awards --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Harlan Ellison||Deathbird Stories||Harlan Ellison's masterwork of myth and terror as he seduces all innocence on a mind-freezing odyssey into the darkest reaches of mortal terror and the most dazzling heights of Olympian hell in his finest collection. Deathbird Stories is a collection of 19 of Harlan Ellison's best stories, including Edgar and Hugo winners, originally published between 1960 and 1974. The collection contains some of Ellison's best stories from earlier collections and is judged by some to be his most consistently high quality collection of short fiction. The theme of the collection can be loosely defined as God, or Gods. Sometimes they're dead or dying, some of them are as brand-new as today's technology. Unlike some of Ellison's collections, the introductory notes to each story can be as short as a phrase and rarely run more than a sentence or two. One story took a Locus Poll Award, the two final ones both garnered Hugo Awards and Locus Poll awards, and the final one also received a Jupiter Award from the Instructors of Science Fiction in Higher Education (discontinued in 1979). When the collection was published in Britain, it won the 1979 British Science Fiction Award for Short Fiction. His stories will rivet you to the floor and change your heartbeat...as unforgettable a chamber of horror, fantasy and reality as you'll ever experience. -Gallery "Brutally and flamboyantly shocking, frequently brilliant, and always irresistibly mesmerizing." -Richmond Times-Dispatch --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.||Trade Paperback|
|Harlan Ellison (ed.)||Dangerous Visions||Harlan Ellison is a multiple HUGO and NEBULA AWARD winning writer and editor. He wrote the script for the hugely popular STAR TREK episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, the NEBULA AWARD-winning novella, A BOY AND HIS DOG, and many acclaimed stories including 'Shatterday' and 'I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream'. His groundbreaking anthology DANGEROUS VISIONS was instrumental in defining the New Wave movement. Harlan Ellison lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Jane Emerson||City of Diamond||Six centuries after the alien Curosa imparted the wisdom of their dying race to Adrian Sawyer and gave him three massive city-ships, two of those ships -- City of Diamond and City of Opal -- are locked in a battle for intergalactic political dominance. Now the Protector of Diamond has chosen a protege, young Adrian Mercati, and told him the hiding place of the Sawyer Crown, an artifact that will give him and the Diamond unassailable superiority over the Opal. But spies are at work, and a desperate race to find the Crown begins. Yet what neither side can see is that finding it may prove their downfall.||Paperback|
|Sylvia Engdahl, Rodney Shackell||Enchantress from the Stars.|
|Sylvia Engdahl, Richard Cuffari||This Star Shall Abide.|
|M. J. Engh||Wheel of the Winds||This unusual, enjoyable second novel by Engh ( Arslan ) is a charming picaresque adventure set on another planet. To this unnamed planet comes the odd-looking man known as the Exile. The Warden, Lethgro, has captured the Exile after his escape from Sollet Castle, and now holds him prisoner on the small sailing ship Mouse. But when an inspector of the Council of Beng is about to board the Mouse , Captain Repnomar, seeing that her friend the Warden does not wish to surrender the Exile to the Council, cuts and runs. And so begins for Lethgro, Repnomar and the Exile (who we have begun to suspect is an Earthman) an around-the-world journey over sea and land, through strange places previously unseen by civilized eye. Engh tells the story in a 19th century prose style: ("For, as he said, they did not know when they would come to water again; and Repnomar thought this so prudent that she filled the little bailer that dangled always at her belt."). This device is appropriate to the level of civilization on this planet, which resembles life here a century ago.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Hardcover|
|Terry England||Rewind|| do this for you."
The alien Holn came in peace. . . and stayed for six years. Never leaving their ship, they remained a mystery--communicating only occasionally, and only with scientists. Then, as abruptly as they arrived, they departed--leaving behind a wealth of knowledge. . .and something more.
Seventeen human adults had entered the Holn vessel. And now they have reemerged as nine-year-old children--their emotions, maturity and memories intact--returning to adult lives irreparably shattered by the aliens' incomprehensible " Devils or angels, prophets or infiltrators, who are they really and what is their purpose?
Soon the whole world will know. . .||Paperback|
|Lloyd Arthur Eshbach||The Armlet of the Gods||Paperback|
|Rutledge Etheridge||Agent of Chaos||While the Silver and Gold Fleets struggle to recover from their Great Battle, the ""Grounders"" are safe from the plundering of the space clans, and when renegades target a world for destruction, it is up to a Grounder spy to thwart any alliance between the clans. Original."||Paperback|
|Philip Jose Farmer||To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld #1)||Riverworld||To Your Scattered Bodies Go is the Hugo Award-winning beginning to the story of Riverworld, Philip José Farmer's unequaled tale about life after death. When famous adventurer Sir Richard Francis Burton dies, the last thing he expects to do is awaken naked on a foreign planet along the shores of a seemingly endless river. But that's where Burton and billions of other humans (plus a few nonhumans) find themselves as the epic Riverworld saga begins. It seems that all of Earthly humanity has been resurrected on the planet, each with an indestructible container that provides three meals a day, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, a lighter, and the odd tube of lipstick. But why? And by whom?
That's what Burton and a handful of fellow adventurers are determined to discover as they construct a boat and set out in search of the river's source, thought to be millions of miles away. Although there are many hardships during the journey--including an encounter with the infamous Hermann Goring--Burton's resolve to complete his quest is strengthened by a visit from the Mysterious Stranger, a being who claims to be a renegade within the very group that created the Riverworld. The stranger tells Burton that he must make it to the river's headwaters, along with a dozen others the Stranger has selected, to help stop an evil experiment at the end of which humanity will simply be allowed to die. --Craig E. Engler
Review by Bill Johnston (PSSFS):
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose' Farmer is the first installment in an unending series of unending books. It literally has no ending and the blurb at the back says that Farmer intends to start the sequel with new characters. I don't see how it won an award unless it is a product of the "Ringworld Syndrome": a good idea by a well known author wins even though it's in a bad novel. In To Your Scattered Bodies Go all of humanity wakes up in an enormously long river valley and is provided with food and clothing. The novel progresses with the travels of Richard Francis Burton as he finds that the rulers of the riverworld are out to get him, finds a man who says the rulers are just using humanity for scientific experiments, and, in the end, meets the rulers who tell him they are overseeing the salvation of humanity. He doesn't know who to believe. That's the end of the book.
This is the first novel I have read by Farmer, but I can remember "Riders of the Purple Wage" by him (from Dangerous Visions ed. by Harlan Ellison) about a complete welfare society. It was a good story except that the dream sequence at the beginning offended some people enough to make them stop reading it. ||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||Gods of Riverworld (Riverworld Series / Philip Jose Farmer)||Riverworld||Praise for the novels of Riverworld:
“A feast for the imagination.”
—Los Angeles Times
“A virtual playground for SF’s growing fascination with history.”
“Farmer’s blend of intellectual daring and pulp-fiction prose found a world-wide audience…sprawling, episodic works gave him room to explore the nuances of a provocative premise while indulging his taste for lurid, violent action.”
—The New York Times
“An excellent science fiction writer, far more skillful than I am.”
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||The Dark Design (Riverworld #3)||Riverworld||The Dark Design is the third book in the epic Riverworld saga, in which almost all of humanity has been resurrected on a strange planet along the shores of a river 22 million miles long. But why have humans been given another chance at life, and who is behind it all? That's what Sir Richard Francis Burton and Sam Clemens set out to discover in two earlier novels, one by riding the "suicide express" (if you die on Riverworld, you're resurrected again at a random point along the river) and the other steaming on the greatest riverboat ever seen. Now Milton Firebrass, Clemens's former enemy and now his No. 1 lieutenant, is planning to use the dwindling iron supply on the Riverworld to create a great airship, which can fly to the North Polar Sea far more quickly than any boat can travel. There he hopes to learn the secret of the mysterious tower thought to house the beings who created this planet.
Jill Gulbirra does not care as much about the mission as she wants the chance to captain the great airship, which in all likelihood will be the last airship ever constructed by humankind. But in landing the coveted role, she faces stiff competition--especially from the greatest swordsman of all time, Cyrano de Bergerac, who turns out to be a natural pilot. But even if Jill can win the command of the airship and even if the ship can reach the river's headwaters, there is no guarantee it can get through the mountain wall that surrounds the tower. And it's likely that one or more agents of the Ethicals--the creators of Riverworld--are on board the airship, plotting its downfall. Worse still, somewhere along the way the airship is sure to encounter the Rex Grandissimus, the steamboat stolen by Sam's archnemesis, King John Lackland. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Philip Jose Farmer||World of Tiers, The, Volume 1 One : The Maker of Universes and The Gates of Creation||World of Tiers||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||Dark is the Sun||The story proceeds briskly, with fresh inventions on every page. . . The particularly exotic settings and earthlike flora and fauna lend an atmospheric touch. --Fantasy and Science Fiction
Farmer's brilliant imagination and narrative skill hold the reader's attention. . . Recommended. --Library Journal
Farmer's unflagging energy guarantees some diversion for everyone. . . --Publishers Weekly
A big episodic quest-novel [with] enough pizazz to carry one and all along. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||The World of Tiers Volume Two||World of Tiers||This is the second of a two-volume set of five novels of action and suspense, science fiction and fantasy.Contains A Private Cosmos, Behind the Walls of Terra, and The Lavalite World.||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld #2)||Riverworld||In To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip José Farmer introduces readers to the awesome Riverworld, a planet that had been carved into one large river on whose shores all of humanity throughout the ages has seemingly been resurrected. In The Fabulous Riverboat, Farmer tells the tale of one person whose is uniquely suited to find the river's headwaters, riverboat captain and famous Earthly author Sam Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain). Clemens has been visited by "X," a mysterious being who claims to be a rebel among the group that created Riverworld. X tells Clemens where he can find a large deposit of iron and other materials that Clemens can use to build the greatest riverboat ever seen. Since there is virtually no metal on the planet, it will also give Clemens an unbeatable edge when it comes to battling the various warlike societies that dominate the Riverworld.
But Clemens is not alone in his quest for the iron, which arrives on the planet in the form of a giant meteorite. In fact, Clemens is besieged on all sides by forces determined to seize the precious ore, leading him to make a deadly pact with one of history's most notorious villains, John Lackland. Lackland's crimes during his reign as king of England were so hideous that no other English monarch will ever carry his name, and he's up to equally nefarious tricks on Riverworld. However, Clemens has a guardian angel in the form of Joe Miller, a giant subhuman with a big nose, a serious lisp, and a cutting wit. Miller has also been to the very headwaters of the river, where he saw a mysterious tower in the middle of the North Sea and where the creators of Riverworld are thought to reside. He will be an invaluable ally in completing the riverboat and sailing to the headwaters, but even an 800-pound giant may not be enough to help Clemens fulfill X's mission. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer||The Complete Story of the Man of Bronze - Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life||Paperback|
|Philip Jose Farmer||The Magic Labyrinth (Riverworld #4)||Riverworld||At the end of The Fabulous Riverboat, Sam Clemens finally set out in the great iron riverboat Not for Hire to reach the headwaters of the massive river on whose shores humanity has been resurrected. After 33 years on the river, Clemens and his crew--including the giant subhuman Joe Miller--are finally near the end of their journey, and only one obstacle remains: the evil Earthly king, John Lackland. John is waiting just upriver in the Rex Grandissimus, the first riverboat that Sam constructed and the one that John and his crew hijacked, and he's hell-bent on sinking Sam's boat (and vice versa). Complicating the battle is the fact that both ships likely contain agents of the Ethicals, the group of advanced beings who created Riverworld for reasons unknown. One or more of the Ethicals themselves may even be on board, as are various humans that the rebel Ethical, known as the Mysterious Stranger (but known to Clemens simply as X), enlisted in his cause, which may or may not lead to humanity's salvation.
The battle is set to take place along the shores populated by members of the Church of the Second Chance, a group that believes they must attain ethical perfection in order to proceed to the next phase of existence. The Second Chancers are not violent, but their charismatic leader, La Viro, may attempt to sink one or both of the iron ships in order to prevent the battle. Among the Second Chancers is former Nazi officer Hermann Goring, who had a run-in with Sir Richard Francis Burton in the first Riverworld novel, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. Burton and his companions--among them several people who were contacted by the Mysterious Stranger--are reluctantly serving on John's boat in order to reach the headwaters of the river. But will any of the humans working for X survive the coming battle? And if so, how can they possibly hope to penetrate the tower in the North Sea where the Ethicals are thought to reside? And what could lowly humans hope to do against a race so advanced that they can reshape entire planets and resurrect all of humanity? --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Hardcover|
|Philip Jose Farmer, Don Ivan Punchatz||Dayworld (Dayworld Trilogy, I)||Dayworld||First edition. Was followed seven moths later by a book club edition. First in the "Dayworld" trilogy, which also includes "Dayworld Rebel" (1987) and "Dayworld Breakuop" (1990).||Hardcover|
|Matthew Farrell||Thunder Rift||After Thunder was chaos. The energy output of the inexplicable alien artifact that humans called Thunder Rift shattered the fragile links that held Earth's highly technological society together. And the only world young Taria Spears knew fell violently to pieces.
Thirty years later, the adult Taria -- an anthropologist -- has seen the planet renewed and the true nature of Thunder Rift revealed. An artificially constructed "wormhole," it was created to provide human beings with a bridge to somewhere else in the galaxy...or as an open door for an invading alien fleet.
Joining the crew of the exploratory ship Lightbringer, Taria is venturing into the wormhole on a mission of knowledge, contact and, possibly, survival. What awaits her on the other side is a destiny too powerful to deny -- and a perplexing alien culture that thrives in a strange aural landscape, where what is seen is meaningless...and where devastating truths lie in silence.||Paperback|
|Joe Clifford Faust||A Death of Honor||Hardcover|
|Richard Fawkes||Face of the Enemy||"Face of the Enemy is space opera for thinking readers. Fawkes creates a universe where governments conspire, scientists discover, and soldiers struggle, not just with the enemy, but with the moral dilemmas of duty andhonor. This book makes an excellent addition to the ranks of military SF. Even better, it's good science fiction." -- Bill McKay||Paperback|
|Gregory Feeley||The Oxygen Barons||Paperback|
|Cynthia Felice||Double Nocturne||Paperback|