|Barbara Hambly||The Witches of Wenshar (Sun Wolf and Starhawk, No. 2)||Sun Wolf and Starhawk||Once, it was said, Wensha had been a city of witches, summoning and controlling demons for their evil magic. But in nearby Tandieras, Kaltha claimed to have found their lost book of spells to perform only white magic. When Sun Wolf arrived, he discovered increasing signs of evil magic and demon-controlling spells. And he realized, too late, that a new swarm of demons was trying to lure him to his death....||Paperback|
|Edmond Hamilton||City at World's End||The line of guns and stolid men remained unmoved. Kenniston considered trying to crash it, and gave that up at once. The lieutenant was watching him suspiciously, so suspiciously that an uncomfortable thought occurred to Kenniston. He spoke the language and he had worked closely with the star-folk, and the good people of Middletown might just possibly take him for a traitor or a spy... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.||Paperback|
|Edmond Hamilton||Captain Future and the Space Emperor (Captain Future)||Paperback|
|Edmond Hamilton||Battle For the Stars||Hardcover|
|Peter F. Hamilton||Mindstar Rising||Critically acclaimed in his native England for four novels, all SF, Hamilton makes his stateside debut with the novel that launched his writing career and that begins his Greg Mandel trilogy. Set in a 21st-century England recovering from massive global warming, the story reads like a collaboration between William Gibson and Ian Fleming. Freelance operative Mandel is a veteran of the Mindstar Battalion, whose men received telepathic powers via implanted glands. Now he is the ally of the teenage heiress of a high-tech industrial empire, Julia Evans, in a desperate battle against Kendric di Girolamo, a ruthless and obsessed financier, and Leopold Armstrong, former leftist dictator of England, who is trying to regain power. Plenty of action, exotic hardware (particularly computers), urban grunge, double handfuls of eccentric, decadent or criminal characters and enough willing women to raise the eyebrows of the politically correct hallmark this fast-moving tale. SF fans may particularly enjoy, as a change of pace, experiencing a vision of the future that coheres but that takes its clues from British, rather than American, society and history.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Peter F. Hamilton||The Reality Dysfunction: Emergence & Expansion||Review by Ann Cecil (PARSEC):
This is intended, I think, to be an SF version of Robert Jordan's books. There are 3 more very long books in this series (I own the second 2, but not the last). The signs that Hamilton is trying for the Jordan effect: we have a very large cast, many worlds, many plots, Big Themes, major set pieces (battles, mostly), and clear indications that our cast will all eventually meet and interact.
So much for ambition. Problem is that Hamilton is not Jordan by a long shot. Each chapter introduces a new set of characters; it is something like seven chapters before you get around to a repeater, and by that time you've forgotten who these people are and what their problem was. Towards the end of the first book (some 400 pages in), Hamilton starts using multiple cuts, scenes per character, which makes it a little easier to remember who's who.
It doesn't make you care, though. Many of the characters are introduced just so Hamilton can kill them off, in spectacularly gruesome and ugly fashion. By the end of book 1 he's killed about half his cast, so in book 2 he introduces a whole bunch more people (and new worlds as well, since he also blew up some of the original ones). Book 2 repeated the pattern, so I suspect book 3 introduces yet more newbies.
Jordan-style, Hamilton is recycling. Every character is a cliche, every world, plot, and device a familiar copy of someone else's. Nothing wrong with that - it's been done by the best, but, it has to be done with a fresh twist, a slant that makes it feel a little different. Hamilton hasn't quite learned the difference between adopting and just copying.
Oh, yeah, and when the plot gets a little thin, Hamilton throws in some detailed (if pretty unbelievable) sex. I mean, I can handle one character who can have sex two or three times an hour for days on end, but by the sixth or seventh character... uh, strains my suspension of disbelief a little?
So this is a non-recommendation.||Hardcover|
|W.A. Harbinson||Inception (Project Saucer, Book 1)||Projekt Saucer||The ultimate conspiracy begins... W.A. Harbinson started to uncover the nightmarish truth about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in the research for his bestseller GENESIS. Now, he has taken that groundbreaking work and expanded it, going back decades to create another astounding epic. INCEPTION is a terrifying story based on documented historical fact that reveals what is really known about UFOs while holding its readers spellbound with a breathtaking thriller about organized evil, global conspiracy - and the secret future of our world... INCEPTION - THE FIRST BOOK OF THE EPIC PROJEKT SAUCER SERIES. 'A Herculean conspiracy epic... superbly written, crammed with food for thought.' -Los Angeles Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|W.A. Harbinson||Genesis (Projekt Saucer, Book 3)||Projekt Saucer||The first two novels in the "Projekt Saucer" sequence traced the origins of the alarming global conspiracy behind the sinister UFO phenomenon and revealed the ultra-secret scientific organization responsible. "Genesis" exposes the next moves of this horrible cabal to enslave and subvert humanity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. (Note: This was the first written, even though it is 3rd in the trilogy. Likely able to stand alone. --Greg)||Paperback|
|Lee Harding (ed.)||Rooms of Paradise||Hardcover|
|Tara K. Harper||Shadow Leader (Tales of the Wolves)||What began as a rite-of-passage journey for Healer/WolfWalker Ember Dion and her twin brother Rhom becomes a desperate struggle for freedom as they and their companions stumble upon a madman's designs for war and conquest. Despite an engaging collection of protagonists, Harper's sequel to WolfWalker ( LJ 3/15/90) suffers from an overly contrived plot. Not an essential purchase.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Paperback|
|Tara K. Harper||Lightwing||Kiondili Wae considered herself lucky to land a job as a research assistant on Corson Station. And not just any job, but the project of her dreams: the development of a faster-than-light ship drive. Her special talents -- powerful telepathy and an uncanny flair for manipulating electromagnetic fields -- were particularly suited to the work at hand. And if the goal was reached, the federation of alien races that peopled the greater galaxy would finally accept humanity as a full member.
But false accusations and misunderstandings plagued Kiondili from the moment of her arrival. Even the mental talents that had won her the job seemed to work against her, alienating her co-workers. Somehow she would have to show them -- that she could rise above it all, that she could fit in with the group, and most of all, that only she could make the FTL effort a success!||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||A Rebel in Time||Can history be changed?
Can the south still win the War Between the States?
Colonel McColloch thinks so...and his gold, his gun, and some very special blueprints stand behind him to help him prove it.
Sargeant Harmon is a black man who hopes not...and only his readiness, ingenuity, and wit stand behind him to help him stop it.
In the corridors of contemporary Washington and on the fields where Civil War battles have yet to be fought, these two men take each other on--and the winner will determine the course of history.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cover by Howard V. Chaykin.||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||The Planet of the Robot Slaves (Bill the Galactic Hero #1)||Bill, the Galactic Hero||After an attack by mechanical dragons destroys the Imperial military base on the planet Grundgy, Corporal Bill is "volunteered" to locate the source-planet of the evil machines. The author of the "Stainless Steel Rat" series continues the adventures of another irrepressible "hero" in an outrageous spoof that features broad satire, slapstick humor, and a strong antiwar message. For large collections.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||The Deathworld Trilogy (Omnibus)||Deathworld Trilogy||DEATHWORLD centers on Jason dinAlt, a professional gambler who uses his somewhat erratic psionic abilities to tip the odds in his favor. He is challenged by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who turns out to be the ambassador from the planet Pyrrus) to turn a large amount of money into an immense sum by gambling at a government-run casino. He succeeds and survives the planetary government's desperate efforts to steal back the money. In a fit of ennui, he decides to accompany Kerk to his home, despite being warned that it is the deadliest world ever colonized by humans...DEATHWORLD! DEATHWORLD is one of the classics of the Golden Age of science fiction, born in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction under the editorship of John W. Campbell, Jr. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||One Step from Earth.||Hardcover|
|Harry Harrison||To the Stars||To the Stars||Omnibus collection of the full trilogy: Homeworld; Wheelworld; Starworld.||Hardcover|
|Harry Harrison||The Technicolor Time Machine||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||West of Eden (#1)||West of Eden||"An exciting adventure into a 'what if' world. A brilliant work of creative imagination, one that rivals in conception, scope, and execution of plot Jean Auel's bestselling novels." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||Return to Eden (West of Eden, Book 3)||West of Eden||The conflict between the human Tanu and the reptilian Yilane reaches a climax as the two implacable enemies face each other in a battle for the destinies of their races. Harrison's conclusion to his alternate prehistory of Earth excels in its detailed depiction of an alien civilization that might have been. Recommended where the series is popular. JC
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Hardcover|
|Harry Harrison, Robert Sheckley||On the Planet of Bottled Brains (Bill, the Galactic Hero #2)||Bill, the Galactic Hero||Bill, the galactic hero, is sent on a suicide mission to a planet from which no one has ever returned. En-route, he must cope with the likes of Captain Dirk of the starship Gumption. Harry Harrison's previous books include "Bill, the Galactic Hero", while Robert Sheckley's include "Mindswap". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||Jupiter Plague||Paperback|
|Harry Harrison||The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted||Hardcover|
|Kim Harrison||The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, Book 2)||The Hollows||Paperback|
|Kim Harrison||Ever After (The Hollows #11)||The Hollows||Hardcover|