|Rod Serling||The Season to Be Wary||Paperback|
|Rod Serling (ed.)||Rod Serling's Triple W: Witches, Warlocks, and Werewolves||Paperback|
|William Shatner||Tek Money (Tek Series #7)||Tek Series||Private investigators Jake Cardigan and Sid Gomez follow a money-trail that leads them into danger in this sixth installment of a popular series. Purchase according to demand.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Hardcover|
|William Shatner||Tek Lab (Tek series #3)||Tek Series||In their third adventure (after Teklords ) set in the 22nd century, private detective Jack Cardigan and sidekick Sid Gomez are once again fighting the evil and omnipotent Teklords. A serial killer who calls himself the Unknown Soldier is stalking and executing people whom he perceives as war criminals. The wife of the latest victim thinks her husband was murdered by a copycat assassin at Teklord command, and she hires the detectives to find the Teklord killer. The story goes rapidly downhill as the villains, miraculously aware of the detectives' plans, calmly kill off the witnesses but only try to scare Cardigan away. Nor is the reader distracted from the flaws in the plot by the depiction of earth in 2120: a sprinkling of buzzwords does not paint a foreign culture. There are so many cameo appearances and short sidetracks that all tension is drained from the main story line. What little resolution there is comes not from the efforts of the heroes but from unmotivated mistakes on the part of the Teklords.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|William Shatner||Tek War (Tek series #1)||Tek Series||In his first novel, Shatner delivers a hard-boiled private eye story set against a science-fiction background. The erstwhile "Captain Kirk" of Star Trek fame takes us to the 22nd century where many of the technical trappings of society have changed drastically, but politics and attitudes remain the same. Some of Shatner's projections are likely (newspapers and magazines published by fax), some are improbable (androids so human-like that most people can't tell the difference) and some are the same old thing (a missing scientist with the standard-issue beautiful daughter). Ex-cop Jake Cardigan has been sentenced to 15 years in a controlled coma on an orbiting penal colony after being framed for dealing "Tek," an addictive, computerized mind-altering drug. Mysteriously released after only four years, he is hired by a detective agency to find the missing scientist, a task involving a trip to a Mexico torn by civil war to question his former lover, the beautiful rebel leader known as "Warbride." Accompanied by an android of the scientist's missing daughter and torn by the growing evidence that his ex-wife is involved not only in the present case but also his framing, Cardigan fends off attacks by maniacal cyborgs and other futuristic menances. While the writing is awkward in spots, the pace is unrelenting.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.||Hardcover|
|Bob Shaw||Orbitsville Departure||Paperback|
|Bob Shaw||The Ceres Solution||Paperback|
|Bob Shaw||Fugitive Worlds||Paperback|
|Bob Shaw||The Ragged Astronauts||Paperback|
|Bob Shaw||Medusa's Children||Hardcover|
|Robert Sheckley||Crompton Divided||Hardcover|
|Robert Sheckley||Mindswap||June 1978 First Ace Printing features cover art by Howard Darden.||Hardcover|
|Charles Sheffield||Dancing With Myself||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||Cold As Ice||The war between the inner planets and the asteroid belt is 25 years in the past; travel is common throughout the solar system, and human interests have spread as far as the moons of Jupiter. When a handful of very special people find themselves drawn by apparent circumstance to the underground colony on Europa, the seeds of a conflict long thought to be ended begin to bear unexpected fruit. The author of "The Heritage Universe" series combines a wealth of expertise in theoretical physics with a gift for storytelling to create a novel of hard science and political intrigue that belongs in most sf collections.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||Starfire||The sky is falling--again. Following up on 1998's excellent Aftermath, Starfire subjects planet Earth to yet another cosmic blast from the Alpha Centauri supernova. But while the blast that hit Earth in Aftermath simply cooked the Southern hemisphere and knocked out unshielded technology with a flash of gamma rays, this wave promises to do some real damage, with a sleet of trillion-nuclei bundles moving at one-tenth the speed of light.
Warned by the first catastrophe, Earth began building an electromagnetic shield out of the orbiting Sky City station to divert the incoming apocalypse. But not only will the storm come earlier than expected, the carnage may be worse than anyone imagined--preliminary data shows that the supernova was no accident, and that the wave of particles may in fact be a beam. Crackerjack hard-SF author Charles Sheffield brings back much of the cast of Aftermath for this suspenseful, well-paced follow-up, the two most satisfying returnees being sociopath-savant Oliver Guest and his former patient Seth Parsigian. In the book's subplot, the brilliant Guest and gruff Parsigian must team up to solve a string of grisly child murders on Sky City that threatens to push the shield project even further behind schedule. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||Summertide (The Heritage Universe #1)||The Heritage Universe||This promising first installment of the projected Heritage Universe series stands on its own, even though many threads are left dangling. In A.D. 6219, mankind has spread across the galaxy, discovering two other star-traveling races and 1236 artifacts, from three to 10 million years old, left by beings known as the Builders. Now one person from each race has detected clues that might lead to another artifact, or perhaps even to the Builders themselves. Conflicts among the three races fuel most of the plot. Wishing to keep the findings secret, their respective governments provide only covert aid--a device Sheffield ( Between the Strokes of Night ) may have employed to justify the small size of his cast, six members of which will clearly be the main characters in future series volumes.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||Divergence (The Heritage Universe, Book 2)||The Heritage Universe||This second book of the Heritage Universe series drops into the low end of space opera. Darya Lang is the galaxy's authority on Builder artifacts, devices made between three and 10 million years ago by a vanished race. Her research has led Darya, and she has led others (both companions and competitors) to the site of a previously unknown artifact, where the group meets The One Who Waits, a robot who offers to send them to the Builders. Ensuing events hinge on a one-in-350,000-chance coincidence, and the creation and destruction of an entire galactic empire is tossed off with the wave of a pseudopod. Individuals and governments both seem naive for a competitive society 4300 years in the future. Motivation and characterization--both reasonably strong in the first book, Summertide --are sacrificed here in favor of banal plot devices. During the novel's climactic battle, Sheffield misplaces one of his humans, leaving him to certain death, then absentmindedly brings him back into the action. The narrative portion of the book is less interesting and less well-written than between-chapter essays on the various sapient species of the galaxy.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||The Ganymede Club||Sheffield returns to the future of Cold as Ice, here using the aftermath of the solar system-wide Great War of 2067 as backdrop for a science-fiction mystery. Lola Belman is a haldane: she uses a mixture of computer technology and drugs to treat clients' psychological problems. She lives on, or rather in, the Jovian moon Ganymede with her precocious teenage brother, Spook, who is just beginning to make a name for himself on the cyberspace Puzzle Network. Spook soon meets another teenage Master of the Net (seen in Cold as Ice): Megachirops, or Bat, a fat, poorly socialized but brilliant hacker. The mystery at first concerns Lola's client Bryce Sonnenberg, who has memories of places he has never been and whose account of himself and his family differs markedly from what Lola finds in the census records. But more is involved, and soon not only Bryce but also Lola, Spook and Bat are in danger. The characters, generally interesting and likable, credibly use their various skills to save themselves and unravel level after level of secrets. Sheffield provides a rich and satisfying history, including time lines of human colonization of the solar system and the subsequent disputes leading up to the Great War, and his world-building always works with the plot, never overpowering it.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Charles Sheffield||Dark as Day (Cold as Ice)||(sequel to) Cold as Ice||The Great War is over and humans have spread across the solar system, but mathematician Alex Ligon's complex computer model has just predicted that humanity is inexplicably doomed within a century. At the same time, scientist Milly Wu has identified what appears to be an extraterrestrial signal, and the idiosyncratic genius Bat searches for weapons from the Great War to add to his collection, finding much more than he bargained for. Their stories and others are intertwined in this tightly plotted and thoroughly engaging follow-up to Sheffield's Cold as Ice.
Nebula Award winner Sheffield distinguishes himself as a writer of intelligence, humor, and a pleasing balance of hard science and interesting, engaging characters. Fans will be particularly delighted to renew their acquaintance with Bat, but readers new to Sheffield's work should take the plunge enthusiastically--this novel easily and gracefully stands alone as a story of people, science, and the puzzles that both can produce. --Roz Genessee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.||Paperback|
|Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley||Frankenstein||Frankenstein, loved by many decades of readers and praised by such eminent literary critics as Harold Bloom, seems hardly to need a recommendation. If you haven't read it recently, though, you may not remember the sweeping force of the prose, the grotesque, surreal imagery, and the multilayered doppelgänger themes of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. As fantasy writer Jane Yolen writes of this (the reviewer's favorite) edition, "The strong black and whites of the main text [illustrations] are dark and brooding, with unremitting shadows and stark contrasts. But the central conversation with the monster--who owes nothing to the overused movie image … but is rather the novel's charnel-house composite--is where [Barry] Moser's illustrations show their greatest power ... The viewer can all but smell the powerful stench of the monster's breath as its words spill out across the page. Strong book-making for one of the world's strongest and most remarkable books." Includes an illuminating afterword by Joyce Carol Oates. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.||Hardcover|
|Will Shetterly (ed.), Darrell K. Sweet (ed.)||Spells of Binding (Liavek bk4)||Liavek.||Paperback|
|Sharon Shinn||Reader and Raelynx (The Twelve Houses #4)||The Twelve Houses||Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shapechanger's Wife, was selected by Locus as the best first fantasy novel of 1995. She has won the William C. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest most of her life.||Paperback|
|Sharon Shinn||Wrapt in Crystal||Wrapt in Crystal examines religious faith and the nature of love while providing a riveting murder mystery. Shinn's setting is the desert planet Semay, whose culture and language are mostly Spanish, with some French and Italian influences. Here, two orders of priestesses worship the goddess Ava: the Triumphantes, who live in worldly comfort and celebrate her with joy; and the Fideles, who renounce wealth to serve the poor and see her as the comforter of the hungry, the sick, and the sorrowful.
A serial killer is murdering members of both orders alternately, and Semay has asked Interfed, an alliance of federated planets with an elite peacekeeping force called the Moonchildren, for assistance. Cowen Drake, the Moonchild assigned, is under pressure to solve the case quickly, impressing Semay with the benefits of joining Interfed and keeping the priestesses safe. Though he has lost his own faith, Drake sets out to understand the victims, the orders, and the role of religion in Semay. His guides are the powerful, charismatic Jovieve, head of the Triumphantes, and the self-abnegating, dedicated Laura.
Readers will find the characters compelling, the suspense taut, and the developing love story moving. If you enjoyed Shinn's Samaria trilogy, you shouldn't miss this one. --Nona Vero||Trade Paperback|