|Anne McCaffrey||Freedom's Ransom||Freedom's Ransom is the fourth novel in Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series, also known as the Catteni Sequence. The sequel to Freedom's Landing, Freedom's Choice, and Freedom's Challenge, Freedom's Ransom will please some fans of this star-spanning science fiction series, but others will find the book slow-paced, talky, and lacking in action. Freedom's Ransom ends conclusively, with no major unresolved plot lines, yet leaves space for at least one sequel.
The planet Botany was settled by a mixed group of humans and aliens, slaves of the alien Catteni and their alien masters, the Eosi. But one Catteni was dropped on Botany with the slaves: Zainal, who helped them win their independence. Now Botany must establish trade with other planets in order to survive. But the other worlds have been ravaged by the Catteni, and once-proud Earth has been reduced to primitive poverty, its technology stolen by corrupt Barevi merchants. To save Botany, Zainal and Kris Bjornsen, his human lover, must find a way to help all the worlds.
While the preface of Freedom's Ransom crisply summarizes the preceding books, this series has so many characters, races, and planets that newcomers should start with the first book, Freedom's Landing. Sophisticated SF readers aren't likely to enjoy the series, but it should hook young adults; if you're looking to broaden a child's reading beyond Harry Potter, try Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series and Dragonriders of Pern series. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Anne McCaffrey||Pegasus in Flight||McCaffrey continues to develop her future world in which psionic Talents, once feared and despised, are by now necessary to the comfort and conduct of society. Following the events in To Ride, Pegasus and set a generation or so before The Rowan , this era finds mankind not yet having settled planets outside the solar system. Even with officially mandated birth control, the world teems with too many people. Essential to the construction of a space station being built to serve as springboard to the stars are the services of the Talents--particularly the telekinetics, who can move objects by mental power. Telepath Rhyssa Owen, a top official of the Center for Parapsychic Talents, must contend with the station's construction manager, who treats Talents brutally and otherwise discourages them from working for her. Meanwhile two youngsters are found to be unusually Talented: Peter Reidinger overcomes paralysis to develop the first gestalt with electrical generators (this becomes the basis for future space travel), while Tirlap, an illegal child from the vertical slums, facilitates communication among a wide variety of cultures. Meanwhile, kidnappers prey on children for pederastic pursuits and for spare parts. McCaffrey's world of the Talented is as vivid as that of Pern and its dragons. Major ad/promo.
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|Anne McCaffrey||Restoree||Sara had been torn from Earth by a nameless black force and taken to Lothar where she was forced to care for a strange man, who she discovered was the Regent. She escaped in panic, and become a fugitive in a world of multiple evils.... --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough||Maelstrom: Book Two of The Twins of Petaybee||In McCaffrey and Scarborough's action-packed, kid-friendly sequel to 2005's Changelings, Murel and Ronan Shongili, telepathic 10-year-old twins with the ability to change into river seals, rescue the inhabitants of the environmentally degraded planet Halau and bring them to their home world of Petaybee. The sentient planet's adaptation to the refugees provides dangerous adventures for the twins, their friends and their parents, geneticist/selkie Dr. Sean Shongili and former Company officer Yana Maddock-Shongili, coadministrators of Petaybee, who discover an aquatic alien race. Meanwhile, off-planet, the Intergalactic Enterprises Company arrests their friend Marmion, who helped transport the refugees from Halau. A cliffhanger ending, ecological lessons, anthropomorphic animals and simplistic good vs. evil morality will speak to middle-school readers but not adults. (Dec.)
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|Anne McCaffrey, Joan H. Holly, Jeffrey A. Carver||Future Love: A Science Fiction Triad||Hardcover|
|Anne Mccaffrey (ed.)||Alchemy and Academe||An enchanting collection of tales, enchantments, things magical and strange, devils and demons, professors of potent powers, witchcraft and wizardry, and more. Master fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey has chosen 20 short tales and poems of wonder and awe, written by the finest writers of fantasy today, including: Robert Silverberg, L. Sprague de Camp, R.A. Lafferty, Gene Wolfe, Carol Emshwiller, Sonya Dorman, and others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cover by Rowena Morrill.||Paperback|
|Wil McCarthy||The Collapsium||Paperback|
|Wil McCarthy||Bloom||In the distant future, nanotechnology has gotten out of control. The inner solar system has been overrun by Mycora, atom-size machines that devour everything they touch. Humanity has long since fled Earth for the cold reaches of the outer system, where the lack of heat and sunlight make it difficult--but not impossible--for the Mycora to bloom. Life in the Immunity is hard, and the survivors of humanity face the constant onslaught of the ever-evolving Mycora. But if they are to survive, the remaining humans must try to learn what happened to Earth, and whether the Mycora are finding ways to overcome their susceptibility to cold. When the Immunity mounts an expedition to plant probes on Earth's polar caps, shoemaker and aspiring journalist John Stasheim is asked to come along to chronicle the journey. He soon learns that the trip will be fraught with as many political dangers as nanotech ones, and that the Mycora are both more and less than they seem. An excellent SF novel along the lines of Greg Bear's Blood Music, but with more action and plot. Wil McCarthy is a writer to watch. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Wil McCarthy||Flies from the Amber||Struggling for survival despite limited technology and daily earthquakes, the mining colonists on Unua dig up a beautiful alien mineral just before Earth scientists discover an alien artifact that inexplicably rests beside a black hole.||Paperback|
|Bill McCay||Crossover||Riftworld||A hilarious new series from the mastermind of Marvel Comics. Stan Lee is the creator of Spider Man and The Incredible Hulk, and his new series tells of a writer at the Fantasy Factory who discovers a link between our world and the world of superheroes.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||A Greater Infinity||Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey. Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||Antares Dawn||Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey. Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Books are autographed by the author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||The Clouds of Saturn||Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey.
Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Books are autographed by the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||Life Probe||Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey. Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Book is autographed by the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||Procyon's Promise||Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey. Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Books are autographed by the author. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Michael McCollum||Thunder Strike!||Paperback|
|Jack McDevitt||A Talent for War||Christopher Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a rag-tag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the alien Ashiyyur. But now, one man believes Sim was a fraud, and Alex must follow the legend into the heart of the alien galaxy to confront a truth far stranger than any fiction. Reissue.||Paperback|
|Jack McDevitt||Hercules Text||Paperback|
|Jack McDevitt||Ancient Shores||Something very strange has turned up in Tom Lasker's wheat field: a ten-thousand-year-old sailboat made of an unknown substance. And then there's the Roundhouse, apparently a doorway to another world, sitting squarely on Sioux reservation land. How did they get there, and what do they signify for the people embroiled in their discovery? This is sci-fi on a grand scale by the author of The Engines of God.||Hardcover|
|Ian McDonald||Out on Blue Six||Paperback|
|John D. McDonald||The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything||Paperback|
|Thomas R. McDonough||The Architects of Hyperspace||"A splendid book. McDonough has created the most mind-boggling artifact since EON." -- Arthur C. Clarke --This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Richard S. McEnroe||Skinner||Paperback|
|Richard S. McEnroe||The Shattered Stars (Far Stars and Future Times, Bk. 1)||Far Stars and Future Times||Paperback|
|Seanan McGuire||A Local Habitation (October Daye, Book 2)||Fantasy DAW||Second efforts following strong debuts often disappoint, but that’s not the case with the latest Toby Daye mystery (after Rosemary and Rue, 2009). Half human and half fae, Toby, now working full time as a PI, is contracted for what seems an easy job—checking in on her liege lord’s daughter, January, who hasn’t been returning his phone calls. But January’s home (and computer company) is a tiny free duchy located between larger fae countries, each of whom would like to take over her land and wealth. Undismayed, Toby sets off with Quentin, a fairy knight in training, only to find that far more is going on than unreturned phone calls: three of the computer company’s employees are dead, and January is missing. The action takes place only over a few days, and the setting is limited to January’s duchy, allowing McGuire to evoke the country-house-murder plot of traditional mysteries while at the same time writing an excellent urban fantasy. This unusual but enthralling combination will draw in both mystery and fantasy readers. --Jessica Moyer||Paperback|