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Savant

Nik Abnett

His mind can save the world, if she can save him from the human race...

The Shield is Earth's only defence. Rendering the planet invisible from space, it keeps humanity safe from alien invasion. The Actives maintain the shield - no one is sure how - but without them, the Shield cannot function.

When an Active called Tobe finds himself caught in a probability loop, the Shield is compromised. Soon, Tobe's malady spreads among the Active. Earth becomes vulnerable.

Tobe's assistant, Metoo, is only interested in his wellbeing. Earth security's paramount concern is the preservation of the Shield. As Metoo strives to prevent Tobe's masters from undermining his fragile equilibrium, the global danger escalates.

The Shield must be maintained at all costs...

The Only Purple House in Town

Ann Aguirre

Iris Collins is the messy one in her family. The "chaos bunny." Her sisters are all wildly successful, while she can't balance her budget for a single month. It's no wonder she's in debt to her roommates. When she unexpectedly inherits a house from her great aunt, her plan to turn it into a B&B fails—as most of her plans do. She winds up renting rooms like a Victorian spinster, collecting other lost souls...and not all of them are "human." 

Eli Reese grew up as the nerdy outcast in school, but he got rich designing apps. Now he's successful by any standards. But he's never had the same luck in finding a real community or people who understand him. Over the years, he's never forgotten his first crush, so when he spots her at a café, he takes it as a sign. Except then he gets sucked into the Iris-verse and somehow ends up renting one of her B&B rooms. As the days pass, Eli grows enchanted by the misfit boarders staying in the house...and even more so by Iris. Could Eli have finally found a person and a place to call "home"? 

The Avatar

Poul Anderson

In the immeasurable past a mysterious alien race known as The Others left mankind a challenging legacy, a 'gate' to the unexplored reaches of the stars. Humanity has utilized the gate to painstakingly colonize the Phoebus star system but has left the rest of the galaxy unexplored. In the midst of turbulent political upheaval on Earth, the exploratory ship Emissary leaves through the gate on a voyage of discovery. When the Emissary returns ahead of schedule the Social Welfare Party on Earth impounds the ship and imprisons its crew - and forbids all future space exploration. Dan Broderson, an entrepreneur and adventurer, commandeers a commercial spaceship from his own company and travels to Earth to find the Emissary. He locates the ship, confounds its captors and rescues some of the explorers, including the first alien to visit the solar system. But Broderson has to flee through the gate unprepared, to become a wanderer among the stars in search of The Others. They alone have the knowledge that will enable his ship to return home.

2666: A Novel

Roberto Bolaño

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of SantaTeresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border, where hundreds of young factory workers, in the novel as in life, have disappeared.

Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction

Kim Stanley Robinson
Gerry Canavan

Contemporary visions of the future have been shaped by hopes and fears about the effects of human technology and global capitalism on the natural world. In an era of climate change, mass extinction, and oil shortage, such visions have become increasingly catastrophic, even apocalyptic. Exploring the close relationship between science fiction, ecology, and environmentalism, the essays in Green Planets consider how science fiction writers have been working through this crisis. Beginning with H. G. Wells and passing through major twentieth-century writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, Stanislaw Lem, and Thomas Disch to contemporary authors like Margaret Atwood, China Miéville, and Paolo Bacigalupi--as well as recent blockbuster films like Avatar and District 9--the essays in Green Planets consider the important place for science fiction in a culture that now seems to have a very uncertain future. The book includes an extended interview with Kim Stanley Robinson and an annotated list for further exploration of "ecological SF" and related works of fiction, nonfiction, films, television, comics, children's cartoons, anime, video games, music, and more.

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Gerry Canavan
  • Introduction: If This Goes On (Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction) - essay by Gerry Canavan
  • Extinction, Extermination, and the Ecological Optimism of H.G. Wells - essay by Christina Alt
  • Evolution and Apocalypse in the Golden Age - essay by Michael Page
  • Daoism, Ecology, and World Reduction in Le Guin's Utopian Fictions - essay by Gib Prettyman
  • Biotic Invasions: Ecological Imperialism in New Wave Science Fiction - essay by Rob Latham
  • "The Real Problem of a Spaceship Is Its People": Spaceship Earth as Ecological Science Fiction - essay by Sabine Höhler
  • The Sea and Eternal Summer: An Australian Apocalypse - essay by Andrew Milner
  • Care, Gender, and the Climate-Changed Future: Maggie Gee's The Ice People - essay by Adeline Johns-Putra
  • Future Ecologies, Current Crisis: Ecological Concern in South African Speculative Fiction - essay by Elzette Steenkamp
  • Ordinary Catastrophes: Paradoxes and Problems in Some Recent Post-Apocalypse Fictions - essay by Christopher Palmer
  • "The Rain Feels New": Ecotopian Strategies in the Short Fiction of Paolo Bacigalupi - essay by Eric C. Otto
  • Life after People: Science Faction and Ecological Futures - essay by Brent Bellamy and Imre Szeman
  • Pandora's Box: Avatar, Ecology, Thought - essay by Timothy Morton
  • Churning Up the Depths: Nonhuman Ecologies of Metaphor in Solaris and "Oceanic" - essay by Melody Jue
  • Afterword: Still, I'm Reluctant to Call This Pessimism (Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction) - interview of Kim Stanley Robinson - interview by Gerry Canavan
  • Of Further Interest - essay by Gerry Canavan

Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre

Darko Suvin
Gerry Canavan

Returning to print for the first time since the 1980s, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction is the origin point for decades of literary and theoretical criticism of science fiction and related genres.

Darko Suvin's paradigm-setting definition of SF as "the literature of cognitive estrangement" established a robust theory of the genre that continues to spark fierce debate, as well as inspiring myriad intellectual descendants and disciples. Suvin's centuries-spanning history of the genre links SF to a long tradition of utopian and satirical literatures crying out for a better world than this one, showing how SF and the imagination of utopia are now forever intertwined.

In addition to the 1979 text of the book, this edition contains three additional essays from Suvin that update, expand and reconsider the terms of his original intervention, as well as a new introduction and preface that situate the book in the context of the decades of SF studies that have followed in its wake.

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction

Eric Carl Link
Gerry Canavan

The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience. Science fiction in America has long served to reflect the country's hopes, desires, ambitions, and fears. The ideas and conventions associated with science fiction are pervasive throughout American film and television, comics and visual arts, games and gaming, and fandom, as well as across the culture writ large.

Through essays that address not only the history of science fiction in America but also the influence and significance of American science fiction throughout media and fan culture, this companion serves as a key resource for scholars, teachers, students, and fans of science fiction.

Contents:

  • 1 - Introduction (The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction) - essay by Eric Carl Link and Gerry Canavan
  • 17 - The Mightiest Machine: The Development of American Science Fiction from the 1920s to the 1960s - essay by Gary Westfahl
  • 31 - Dangerous Visions: New Wave and Post-New Wave Science Fiction - essay by Darren Harris-Fain
  • 44 - American Science Fiction after 9/11 - essay by David M. Higgins
  • 58 - Afrofuturism in American Science Fiction - essay by Lisa Yaszek
  • 70 - Feminist and Queer Science Fiction in America - essay by Alexis Lothian
  • 83 - The Futures Market: American Utopias - essay by Mark Bould
  • 99 - American Slipstream: Science Fiction and Literary Respectability - essay by Rob Latham
  • 111 - Hollywood Science Fiction - essay by Sherryl Vint
  • 125 - U.S. Superpower and Superpowered Americans in Science Fiction and Comic Books - essay by Matthew J. Costello
  • 139 - Digital Games and Science Fiction - essay by Patrick Jagoda
  • 153 - Fandom and Fan Culture - essay by Karen Hellekson
  • 167 - American Frontiers - essay by John Rieder
  • 179 - Science, Technology, and the Environment - essay by Priscilla Wald
  • 194 - American Weird - essay by Roger Luckhurst
  • 206 - After America - essay by Rebekah C. Sheldon

The Magician's Apprentice

Trudi Canavan

600 years before the events in the Black Magician Trilogy, the world was a very different place - both simpler and harsher. Magical healing had not yet been discovered, no guild existed and all magicians were black magicians.

But events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries. . .

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Michael Chabon

With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century. Like Phillip Roth's American Pastoral or Don DeLillo's Underworld, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a masterwork by one of America's finest writers.

It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.

The brilliant writing that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to John Cheever and Vladimir Nabokov is everywhere apparent in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon writes "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader," wrote Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times about Wonder Boys, and here he has created, in Joe Kavalier, a hero for the century.

Savant Songs

Brenda Cooper

Sturgeon Award nominated short story. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, December 2004. The story can aslo be found in the anthologies Year's Best SF 10 (2005), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer and Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013), edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden. It is included in the collection Cracking the Sky (2015).

Tales from Gavagan's Bar

L. Sprague de Camp
Fletcher Pratt

Contents:

  • The Gift of God
  • Corpus Delectable
  • The Better Mousetrap
  • Elephas Frumenti
  • Beast of Bourbon
  • The Love Nest
  • The Stone of the Sages
  • "Where to, Please?"
  • The Palimpsest of St. Augustine
  • More Than Skin Deep
  • No Forwarding Address
  • When the Night Wind Howls
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • A Dime Brings You Success
  • The Raoe of the Lock
  • All That Glitters
  • Here, Putzi!
  • Gin Comes in Bottles
  • The Black Ball
  • The Green Thumb
  • Caveat Emptor
  • The Eve of St. John
  • The Ancestral Amethyst

The Apprenticeship of Isabetta di Pietro Cavazzi

L. Timmel Duchamp

This story can be found in the collection Love's Body Dancing in Time.


Read this story online for free courtesy of the author.

Custom Options Available

Amy Griswold

Short story first published in the January 2020 issue of Fireside Magazine.

Read for free on the Fireside site.

The Autobiography of a Traitor and a Half-Savage

Alix E. Harrow

Oona's blood is a river delta blending east and west, her hair red as Tennessee clay, her heart tangled as the wild lands she maps. By tracing rivers in ink on paper, Oona pins the land down to one reality and betrays her people. Can she escape the bonds of gold and blood and bone that tie her to the Imperial American River Company?

Read this story for free online at Tor.com.

Ice

Anna Kavan

In this haunting and surreal novel, the narrator and a man known as 'the warden' search for an elusive girl in a frozen, seemingly post-nuclear, apocalyptic landscape. The country has been invaded and is being governed by a secret organisation. There is destruction everywhere; great walls of ice overrun the world. Together with the narrator, the reader is swept into a hallucinatory quest for this strange and fragile creature with albino hair. Acclaimed by Brian Aldiss on its publication in 1967 as the best science fiction book of the year, this extraordinary and innovative novel has subsequently been recognised as a major work of literature in its own right.

Mercury

Anna Kavan

Set against a world facing apocalypse, a man searches for a woman who has left her sadistic husband. This glittering, hallucinogenic novel is surely one of the best inspired by drug-taking."" - Doris Lessing

This hitherto unpublished novel, an exciting literary discovery, is from Anna Kavan's most creative period. A work of sustained imaginative vision, it contains some of the novelists' best hallucinogenic writing.

The beautiful 'glass girl' Luz is pursued from one imaginary country to another by Luke, whose love for her becomes a pathological obsession. Luke is as bewitched, too, by the Indris, singing lemurs whose magical harmonies he encounters in a tropical forest of pellucid charms. The lemurs have no enemies in their jungle world 'where intelligence and affection were cherished, and destruction and cruelty had no place'.

Luke has chosen his wandering life of exile to escape his own shortcomings and failure in human relations. And he wants to protect Luz, estranged from her sadistic husband Chas. Luke himself reveals shades of latent sadism and becomes dependent on tablets that induce horror, shame and ecstatic excitement.

The narrative is projected like a series of dream sequences, enigma and illusion intertwined in the mound of Kafka. Yet, as in her novel Ice, Anna Kavan has fashioned a coruscating landscape of her own making - apocalyptic, compelling, unforgettable.

City of Savages

Lee Kelly

It's been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city's borders. But for Sky's younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she'd ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom's hidden journal from the war's outbreak, they both realize there's more to Manhattan--and their mother--than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island's long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin's lies about Manhattan's captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin's guards. Now they're outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city's Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom's old journal, into the island's dark and shocking past.

Nightmare City

Andrew Klavan

What should have been an ordinary morning is about to spiral into a day of unrelenting terror.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom is always on the lookout for an offbeat story. But from the moment he woke up this morning, his own life has been more bizarre than any headline could ever tell.

The streets of his town are suddenly empty and silent. A strange fog has drifted in from the sea and hangs over everything. And something is moving in that fog. Something evil. Something hungry. Closing in on Tom.

Tom's terrified girlfriend Marie says the answers lie at the Santa Maria Monastery, a haunted ruin standing amidst a forest blackened by wildfire. But can he trust her? A voice that seems to be coming from beyond the grave is warning him that nothing is what it seems.

Only one thing is certain: with his world collapsing around him, Tom has only a few hours to recover the life he knew--before he, too, is lost forever in this nightmare city.

Werewolf Cop

Andrew Klavan

Zach Adams is one of the best detectives in the country. Nicknamed Cowboy, he's a soft-spoken homicide detective from Houston known for his integrity and courage under fire. He serves on a federal task force that has a single mission: to hunt down Dominic Abend, a European gangster who has taken over the American underworld.

After a brutal murder gives them a lead, Zach and his tough guy NYPD partner Martin Goulart feel like they're finally on Abend's trail. But things get complicated--and very, very weird. Goulart's on-the-job enemies are accusing him of corruption. And Zach is beginning to suspect that Abend's evil goes beyond crime--perhaps to the edge of the supernatural. As his investigation continues in Germany, Zach finds himself lured into the impossible. In a centuries-old forest under a full moon, a beast assaults him, cursing him forever. In the aftermath, Zach is transformed into something horrible--something deadly.

Now, the good cop has innocent blood on his hands. He has killed--and he will kill again--in the form of a beast who can't be controlled or stopped. Before he can free himself, he's going to have to solve the greatest mystery of all: How can you defeat evil when the evil is inside you?

A People's Future of the United States

John Joseph Adams
Victor LaValle

A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and imagine new futures for America--from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more.

In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that imagining a brighter tomorrow has always been an act of resistance, editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in.

They also asked that the stories be badass.

The result is this extraordinary collection of twenty-five stories that blend the dark and the light, the dystopian and the utopian. These tales are vivid with struggle and hardship--whether it's the othered and the oppressed, or dragonriders and covert commandos--but these characters don't flee, they fight.

A People's Future of the United States is a call to arms for anyone who believes in our power to dream a just world. Thrilling, inspiring, and a sheer joy to read, this anthology reminds us of the life-giving power of storytelling.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Victor LaValle
  • The Bookstore at the End of America -- Charlie Jane Anders
  • Our Aim Is Not to Die -- A. Merc Rustad
  • The Wall -- Lizz Huerta
  • Read After Burning -- Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Chapter 5: Disruption and Continuity [excerpted] -- Malka Older
  • It Was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right -- Sam J. Miller
  • Attachment Disorder -- Tananarive Due
  • By His Bootstraps -- Ashok K. Banker
  • Riverbed -- Omar El Akkad
  • What Maya Found There -- Daniel José Older
  • The Referendum -- Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Calendar Girls -- Justina Ireland
  • The Synapse Will Free Us from Ourselves -- Violet Allen
  • O.1 -- Gabby Rivera
  • The Blindfold -- Tobias S. Buckell
  • No Algorithms in the World -- Hugh Howey
  • Esperanto -- Jamie Ford
  • ROME -- G. Willow Wilson
  • Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death -- N. K. Jemisin
  • Good News Bad News -- Charles Yu
  • What You Sow -- Kai Cheng Thom
  • A History of Barbed Wire -- Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Sun in Exile -- Catherynne M. Valente
  • Harmony -- Seanan McGuire
  • Now Wait for This Week -- Alice Sola Kim

Big Machine

Victor LaValle

Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to enlist in a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard what may have been the voice of God.

Infused with the wonder of a disquieting dream and laced with Victor LaValle's fiendish comic sensibility, Big Machine is a mind-rattling mystery about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.

Lone Women

Victor LaValle

Adelaide Henry carries an enormous steamer trunk with her wherever she goes. It's locked at all times. Because when the trunk opens, people around Adelaide start to disappear.

The year is 1915, and Adelaide is in trouble. Her secret sin killed her parents, forcing her to flee California in a hellfire rush and make her way to Montana as a homesteader. Dragging the trunk with her at every stop, she will become one of the "lone women" taking advantage of the government's offer of free land for those who can tame it--except that Adelaide isn't alone. And the secret she's tried so desperately to lock away might be the only thing that will help her survive the harsh territory.

Lucretia and the Kroons

Victor LaValle

Lucretia's best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny--a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness--has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.

Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia.

The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle

Sturgeon and Hugo Award nominated novella.

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

The Changeling

Victor LaValle

When Apollo Kagwa's father disappeared, all he left his son were strange recurring dreams and a box of books stamped with the word IMPROBABILIA. Now Apollo is a father himself--and as he and his wife, Emma, are settling into their new lives as parents, exhaustion and anxiety start to take their toll. Apollo's old dreams return and Emma begins acting odd. Irritable and disconnected from their new baby boy, at first Emma seems to be exhibiting signs of postpartum depression, but it quickly becomes clear that her troubles go even deeper. Before Apollo can do anything to help, Emma commits a horrific act--beyond any parent's comprehension--and vanishes, seemingly into thin air.

Thus begins Apollo's odyssey through a world he only thought he understood, to find a wife and child who are nothing like he'd imagined. His quest, which begins when he meets a mysterious stranger who claims to have information about Emma's whereabouts, takes him to a forgotten island, a graveyard full of secrets, a forest where immigrant legends still live, and finally back to a place he thought he had lost forever.

This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most. It's a thrilling and emotionally devastating journey through the gruesome legacies that threaten to devour us and the homely, messy magic that saves us, if we're lucky.

The Devil in Silver

Victor LaValle

New Hyde Hospital's psychiatric ward has a new resident. It also has a very, very old one.

Pepper is a rambunctious big man, minor-league troublemaker, working-class hero (in his own mind), and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He's not mentally ill, but that doesn't seem to matter. He is accused of a crime he can't quite square with his memory. In the darkness of his room on his first night, he's visited by a terrifying creature with the body of an old man and the head of a bison who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It's no delusion: The other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down. Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic who's been on the ward for decades and knows all its secrets; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD, who tries desperately to send alarms to the outside world; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl who acts as the group's enforcer. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that's stalking them. But can the Devil die?

The Devil in Silver brilliantly brings together the compelling themes that spark all of Victor LaValle's radiant fiction: faith, race, class, madness, and our relationship with the unseen and the uncanny. More than that, it's a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror about friendship, love, and the courage to slay our own demons.

Savage: From Whitechapel to the Wild West on the Track of Jack the Ripper

Richard Laymon

Whitechapel, November 1888: Jack the Ripper is committing his last known murder and beneath the bed on which he's butchering his victim cowers a fifteen-year-old boy. So begin the adventures of Trevor Bentley: a boy who embarked on an errand of mercy and ended up on a quest for vengeance, a boy who will bring the horrors of the Ripper to the New World.

Volkhavaar

Tanith Lee

VOLKHAVAAR is a novel of witchcraft and wonders on a world far removed from those we know. Here the gods contend for power - the Dark forces against the Light - and here an entire city and its land is plunged into the shadow of an eil beyond anything conceivable.

It is the story of Shaina the slave girl and of Volk the outcast who enslaved himself to cosmic forces to gain total power - and of how they were finally to meet and flash - with an entire world as their prize.

Phoenix Extravagant

Yoon Ha Lee

Gyen Jebi isn't a fighter or a subversive. Just an artist.

One day they're jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government's automaton soldiers.

But when Jebi discovers the depths of the Razanei government's horrifying crimes -- and the awful source of the magical pigments they use -- they find they can no longer stay out of politics.

What they can do is steal Arazi, the ministry's mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight...

Savage Planet

Barry B. Longyear

Hugo Award nominated novelette. It originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, February 1980. The story is included in the collection Manifest Destiny (1980).

Avalanche Soldier

Susan R. Matthews

Salli is an avalanche soldier. As a member of the elite paramilitary force she is responsible for prtecting the religious shrines scattered throughout the mountainous silderness regions of the troubled state of Shadene. As a devout member of the Orhodox Dreaming she freely accepts the faith that life is a dream, and that true believers will one day be awakened by the coming Messiah. But there is another faith on Shadene that preaches heresy-and its existence has sparked horrific acts of terrorism and civil unrest.

And suddenly Salli's life has been ripped in two. Her brother-vanished under a cloud of suspicion-is believed to have embraced the false religion. As a soldier sworn to safeguard Orthodox interests, Sali must track him down and return him to the fold. But as a disciple of the one true Messiah, she must confront the crisis that now assaults her conscience and her creed. For there is a woman in the enemy enclave who inspires fervent devotion-a personage of great power who impossibly, yet undeniably, shows signs of being the prophesied One.

The Savannah Liars Tour

Will McIntosh

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed, January 2016.

Read the full story for free at Lightspeed.

The Savage Dead

Joe McKinney

It starts in a laboratory. A man-made strain of flesh-eating virus. Created by a power-hungry cartel. Capable of turning victims into brain-dead carnivores. Smuggled aboard a cruise ship that's about to set sail...One by one, the passengers are exposed. A U.S. senator. A young couple. An undercover agent. A beautiful assassin. Some will be infected. Others will survive. But no one will be spared if the outbreak isn't contained - and the dead outnumber the living...

Enter Delta Force operative Juan Perez. He's fought the deadliest killers in the darkest hellholes on earth. But he's never seen anything like this - an apocalyptic cargo of pure zombie mayhem heading for the coast. If Perez and his SEAL team can't stop it, America, and quickly the entire population of the world, are finished. The plague years will begin...

The Witches of Bone Hill

Ava Morgyn

Cordelia Bone's meticulously crafted life and career in Dallas are crashing down around her thanks to a philandering husband with criminal debts. When her older, carefree sister, Eustace?a cannabis grower in Boulder?calls to inform her that the great aunt they never met has died and they must travel to a small town in Connecticut to deal with the estate, she sees an opportunity to unload the house and save herself.

But once there, the sisters learn they are getting much more than they bargained for. The Victorian mansion they stand to inherit is bound in a dynasty trust controlled by their late aunt's aging attorney, who insists they retain and inhabit the house but keeps them in the dark about the peculiar rituals of their ancestors. Not to mention a sexy, tattooed groundskeeper with a shrouded past who refuses to leave the carriage house and a crypt full of dead relatives looming at the property line.

As both women grapple with their current predicament, they come face to face with a haunting family secret, the truth of what happened to their mother, and the enemy that's been stalking them from the shadows for generations. In a twisting torrent of terror and blood, the sisters must uncover the power within them to heal their fractured relationship, reverse their mysteriously declining health, and claim the lineage they wanted to escape but now must embrace if they are to survive at Bone Hill.

An Offertory to Our Drowned Gods

Teresa Naval

This short story originally appeared in Lightspeed: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction! Special Issue, June 2016.

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Rabbit Island

Elvira Navarro

Combining the gritty surrealism of David Lynch with the explosive interior meditations of Clarice Lispector, the stories in Elvira Navarro's Rabbit Island traverse the fickle, often terrifying terrain between madness and freedom. In the title story, a so-called "non-inventor" conducts an experiment on an island inhabited exclusively by birds and is horrified by what the results portend. "Myotragus" bears witness to a man of privilege's understanding of the world being violently disrupted by the sight of a creature long thought extinct. Elsewhere, an unsightly "paw" grows from a writer's earlobe; a grandmother floats silently in the corner of a room.

These eleven stories from one of Granta's "Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists" are psychogeographies of dingy hotel rooms, shape-shifting cities, and graveyards. They act as microscopes fixed upon the regions of our interior lives we often neglect, where the death of God and the failures of institutions have given way to alternative modes of making sense of the world. They are cracked bedroom mirrors. Do you like what you see?

Reverse Documentary

Marisela Navarro

Dino is a documentary filmmaker, haunted by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend who was killed in a car crash while with another man. As Dino shoots his latest documentaryon the vandalism occurring in the woods of his hometown, he tries to move on from her unexpected death. But when his life starts to look up, the ghost encroaches on his property. The focus of the film begins to blur as the lens of the camera shifts onto Dino, the director succumbing to his ghostly obsession.

Afterage

Yvonne Navarro

A plague of vampirism has crept across the country, reducing once-thriving cities to ghost towns. In Chicago, a few scattered survivors hide behind the fortified walls of office buildings and museums, raiding deserted stores for dwindling supplies of clothing and food. Meanwhile a hungry vampire population also struggles for survival as their prey grows scarce, forcing them to capture alive the last remaining humans as breeding stock for the blood farms that will ensure their future. Now a small band of humans makes a despearate last stand against their vampire masters, fighting back with the only weapon that can kill the dead...

Out of Avalon: An Anthology of Old Magic and New Myths

Jennifer Roberson

Out of Avalon presents fifteen original stories of magic, adventure, and romance from an era lost to history - yet always remembered by those with imagination...

Table of Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (Out of Avalon: An Anthology of Old Magic and New Myths) - essay by Jennifer Roberson
  • 1 - The Heart of the Hill - short story by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxson
  • 17 - The Fourth Concealment of the Island of Britain - short story by Katharine Kerr
  • 29 - Prince of Exiles - short story by Rosemary Edghill
  • 47 - The Secret Leaves - novelette by Tricia Sullivan
  • 85 - The Castellan - novelette by Diana Gabaldon and Samuel Watkins
  • 111 - Lady of the Lake - novelette by Michelle West
  • 139 - The Mooncalfe - novelette by Dave Wolverton
  • 165 - Avalonia - short story by Kristen Britain
  • 179 - Finding the Grail - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • 209 - Me and Galahad - short story by Adrienne Gormley and Mike Resnick
  • 219 - A Lesser Working - short story by Jennifer Roberson
  • 229 - Grievous Wounds - novelette by Laura Resnick
  • 255 - Black Dogs - novelette by Lorelei Shannon
  • 277 - Marwysgafn (Deathbed Song) - novella by Eric Van Lustbader
  • 333 - The Mouse's Soul - poem by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • 337 - About the Editor (Out of Avalon: An Anthology of Old Magic and New Myths) - essay by Jennifer Roberson

Return to Avalon

Jennifer Roberson

Retellings of several Arthurian tales.

Table of contents:

  • 11 - Introduction: Just Like a Real Person - essay by Diana L. Paxson
  • 17 - Foreword (Return to Avalon) - essay by Andre Norton
  • 18 - To Light Such a Candle - short story by Rosemary Edghill
  • 29 - The Grail of Heart's Desire - novelette by Judith Tarr
  • 58 - Lady of Avalon - novelette by Diana L. Paxson
  • 80 - With God to Guard Her - short story by Kate Elliott
  • 92 - Appreciation (Return to Avalon) - essay by C. J. Cherryh
  • 94 - Sing to Me of Love and Shadows - short story by Deborah J. Ross
  • 113 - The Wellspring - short story by Katharine Kerr
  • 133 - Knives - short story by Dave Smeds
  • 152 - A Refuge of Firedrakes - novelette by Susan Shwartz
  • 182 - Appreciation - essay by Charles de Lint
  • 184 - The Hag - short story by Lawrence Schimel
  • 193 - Salve, Regina - short story by Melanie Rawn
  • 209 - Trees of Avalon - short story by Elisabeth Waters
  • 218 - Sparrow - novelette by Esther M. Friesner
  • 251 - The Spell Between Worlds - novelette by Karen Haber
  • 275 - The Stone Mother's Curse - novelette by Dave Wolverton
  • 303 - Appreciation - essay by Paul Edwin Zimmer
  • 305 - Iontioren's Tale - novelette by Paul Edwin Zimmer
  • 328 - Winter Tales - novelette by Adrienne Martine-Barnes
  • 349 - Dark Lady - short story by Jane Lindskold
  • 369 - The Lily Maid of Astolat - novelette by Laura Resnick
  • 392 - Appreciation - essay by Jennifer Roberson
  • 395 - Guinevere's Truth - short story by Jennifer Roberson

Savages

K. J. Parker

An unnamed man wakes to find himself facing the loss of everything that matters most to him. Against all odds, he escapes with his life and heads out into the turbulence of the wider world, recreating himself, step by step, as he goes along.

That wider world is dominated by an empire that has existed for decades in a state of near perpetual war. A host of colorful characters will help to shape the destiny of the empire, and its constantly shifting array of allies and adversaries; among them, a master military strategist, a former pacifist who inherits his father's moribund arms business, a beautiful forger and a very lucky counterfeiter. Each of them, together with corrupt bureaucrats and the nomadic 'savages' of the title, plays a part in a gradually unfolding drama of conflict and conquest played for the highest of stakes.

A story of war, politics, intrigue, deception, and survival, ''Savages'' is a hugely ambitious, convincingly detailed novel that is impossible to set aside. Filled with schemes, counter-schemes, sudden reversals of fortune, and brilliantly described accounts of complex military encounters, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary entertainment, the work of a writer whose ambition, range, and sheer narrative power have never been more thoroughly on display.

Juniper & Thorn

Ava Reid

A gothic horror retelling of The Juniper Tree, where a young witch seeks to discover her identity and escape the domination of her abusive wizard father...

A gruesome curse. A city in upheaval. A monster with unquenchable appetites.

Marlinchen and her two sisters live with their wizard father in a city shifting from magic to industry. As Oblya's last true witches, she and her sisters are little more than a tourist trap as they treat their clients with archaic remedies and beguile them with nostalgic charm. Marlinchen spends her days divining secrets in exchange for rubles and trying to placate her tyrannical, xenophobic father, who keeps his daughters sequestered from the outside world. But at night, Marlinchen and her sisters sneak out to enjoy the city's amenities and revel in its thrills, particularly the recently established ballet theater, where Marlinchen meets a dancer who quickly captures her heart.

As Marlinchen's late-night trysts grow more fervent and frequent, so does the threat of her father's rage and magic. And while Oblya flourishes with culture and bustles with enterprise, a monster lurks in its midst, borne of intolerance and resentment and suffused with old-world power. Caught between history and progress and blood and desire, Marlinchen must draw upon her own magic to keep her city safe and find her place within it.

Pavane

Keith Roberts

A fantastical alternate history set in a twentieth-century England dominated by the Church of Rome and untouched by the Industrial Revolution chronicles the dramatic impact of a scientific and technological revolution that will transform the world and its peaceful agrarian society.

Table of Contents:

  • Prologue - (1968)
  • The Lady Margaret - (1966)
  • The Signaller - (1966)
  • The White Boat - (1966)
  • Brother John - (1966)
  • Lords and Ladies - (1966)
  • Corfe Gate - (1966)
  • Coda (Pavane) - (1968)

Masque of a Savage Mandarin

Philip Bedford Robinson

Nicholas Coad, the Savage Mandarin: detached, scientific, 'converted' into a state of 'sublime, cosmic indifference'. He is at work on a unique project - the 'conversion' and liberation of the soul or Higher Self from the chains of physical bondage. His 'patient' is his good-natured neighbour, Rogers, up-and-coming ad-man. Rogers does not realise that his piercing headaches are caused by the fearsome, hypnotic machinery in Coad's flat. But as Coad brings him further along the path to liberation, he has no choice. After all, his brain now resembles a chunk of Gruyere cheese....

Excavation

James Rollins

High in the Andes, Dr. Henry Conklin discovers a 500-year-old mummy that should not be there. While deep in the South American jungle, Conklin's nephew, Sam, stumbles upon a remarkable site nestled between two towering peaks, a place hidden from human eyes for thousands of years.

Ingenious traps have been laid to ensnare the careless and unsuspecting, and wealth beyond imagining could be the reward for those with the courage to face the terrible unknown. But where the perilous journey inward ends--in the cold, shrouded heart of a breathtaking necropolis--something else is waiting for Sam Conklin and his exploratory party. A thing created by Man, yet not humanly possible. Something wondrous... something terrifying.

Moravagine

Blaise Cendrars

At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch--except that it's a lot more entertaining to read. Heir to an immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire. Released from a hospital for the criminally insane by his starstruck psychiatrist (the narrator of the book), who foresees a companionship in crime that will also be an unprecedented scientific collaboration, Moravagine travels from Moscow to San Antonio to deepest Amazonia, engaged in schemes and scams as, among other things, terrorist, speculator, gold prospector, and pilot. He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder. At last, the two friends return to Europe--just in time for World War I, when "the whole world was doing a Moravagine."

Ash Minette

Felicity Savage

This short story originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, May 1994, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, March 2013.

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The Travails Jane Saint and Other Stories

Josephine Saxton

A short story collection from one of SF's greatest authors, featuring her most successful character in the title piece. The other stories include 'Woe, Blight and, in Heaven, Laughs', 'Gordon's Women', 'The Message', 'Heads Africa, Tails America' and 'The Pollyanna Enzyme'.

Contents:

  • 1 - The Travails of Jane Saint - [Jane Saint] - (1980) - novella
  • 9 - A Plea to My Readers - essay
  • 95 - Woe, Blight and, in Heaven, Laughs - (1978) - short story
  • 109 - Gordon's Women - (1976) - short story
  • 121 - The Message - novelette
  • 165 - Heads Africa Tails America - (1971) - short story
  • 181 - The Pollyanna Enzyme - short story

The Obverse Book of Ghosts

Cavan Scott

The Obverse Book of Ghosts collects 13 tales of spectral terror, guaranteed to leave you awake at night.

Contents:

  • The Windmill - short story by Rebecca Levene
  • Down to the Last Drop - short fiction by Guy Adams
  • Just a Fox - short fiction by Mark Wright
  • Have to - short fiction by Stuart Douglas
  • Platform Alteration - short fiction by Scott Handcock
  • The Cull - short fiction by George Mann
  • Facebook of the Dead - short fiction by Paul Magrs
  • Miss Carkshine's Donation - short fiction by Philip Meeks
  • Damaged Goods - short fiction by Mark Michalowski
  • Missed Call - short fiction by Cavan Scott
  • Flats - short fiction by Tom Fletcher
  • Lost Heads - short fiction by Nick Walters
  • Sins of the Father - short fiction by Nick Peers

Cavalcade

Alison Sinclair

One day, early this century, the aliens arrive. They have an invitation for humanity – or at least that portion of it idealistic, desperate or brave enough to contemplate a one-way journey to the stars. Peoples' reasons for accepting the invitation are as varied as the people themselves. Stan Morgan is a young NASA scientist attached to a US Army Special Forces team. Hathaway Dene is his niece, a rebel teenager bent on finding a place where she – and her unborn daughter – can live life on their own terms. Sophie Hemingway is a research pathologist seeking a cure for her own and her family's genetic illness. Stephen Cooper is on the run from Earth justice. Marian West is an elderly former WW II agent in search of one last adventure.

Expecting welcome, the humans find themselves alone, cut off from Earth and deprived of all terrestrial technology. They are left to discover for themselves the meaning of the strange, malleable, artificial environment in which they find themselves and to renegotiate the relationships between men and women, soldiers and civilians, nationalities and political cadres... before these things become literally matters of life and death.

Caravan for China

Frank S. Stuart

HERE is a story of romance and high adventure that follows a mighty and colorful caravan from Rome across the Roof of the World to fabulous China. It happened when Tiberius was the aging ruler of the sprawling Roman Empire and Christ was a young man teaching the new faith in one small corner of it.

Excavation

Steve Rasnic Tem

Achaeologist Reed Taylor is called back to his hometown of Simpson Creeks, Kentucky - a town devastated by the collapse of a coal waste dam - ti dig into the earth now covering his family's old farm, and the bodies of his mother and his father. But in a terrifying rendezvous with his own pasthe discovers that his memories of the dead are not only palpable, but capable of fantastic transformation.

To The Lake

Yana Vagner

When a virulent flu epidemic sweeps through Moscow killing hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, Anya and her husband Sergei decide to flee to a lake in the far north of Russia where they hope to sit out the epidemic. But as the wave of infection expands from the capital, they encounter obstacles, hazards, and aggression, with near escapes from death as they try to navigate their way through a harsh Russian winter, with diminishing supplies of petrol and food. And their troubles multiply as Sergei agrees to takes on unwelcome guests and Anna struggles with her own feelings of hostility and jealousy.

My Name Is Cybernetic Model XR389F, and I Am Beautiful

Monica Valentinelli

This short story originally appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Issue 25, November-December 2018.

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Find Me

Laura van den Berg

Joy has no one. She spends her days working the graveyard shift at a grocery store outside Boston and nursing an addiction to cough syrup, an attempt to suppress her troubled past. But when a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage: she is immune. When Joy's immunity gains her admittance to a hospital in rural Kansas, she sees a chance to escape her bleak existence. There she submits to peculiar treatments and follows seemingly arbitrary rules, forming cautious bonds with other patients--including her roommate, whom she turns to in the night for comfort, and twin boys who are digging a secret tunnel.

As winter descends, the hospital's fragile order breaks down and Joy breaks free, embarking on a journey from Kansas to Florida, where she believes she can find her birth mother, the woman who abandoned her as a child. On the road in a devastated America, she encounters mysterious companions, cities turned strange, and one very eerie house. As Joy closes in on Florida, she must confront her own damaged memory and the secrets she has been keeping from herself.

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories

Laura van den Berg

An urgent and unsettling collection of women on the verge from Laura van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

>I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, Laura van den Berg's first story collection since her acclaimed and prizewinning Isle of Youth, draws readers into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that linger in the mouth and mind like rotten, fragrant fruit. Both timeless and urgent, these eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and the impossible economics of America with van den Berg's trademark spiky humor and surreal eye. Moving from the peculiarities of Florida to liminal spaces of travel in Mexico City, Sicily, and Iceland, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is uncannily attuned to our current moment, and to the thoughts we reveal to no one but ourselves.

In "Lizards," a man mutes his wife's anxieties by giving her a La Croix-like seltzer laced with sedatives. In the title story, a woman poses as her more successful sister during a botched Italian holiday, a choice that brings about strange and violent consequences, while in "Karolina," a woman discovers her prickly ex-sister-in-law in the aftermath of an earthquake and is forced to face the truth about her violent brother.

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears presents a collection of women on the verge, trying to grasp what's left of life: grieving, divorced, and hyperaware, searching, vulnerable, and unhinged, they exist in a world that deviates from our own only when you look too close. With remarkable control and transcendent talent, van den Berg dissolves, in the words of the narrator of "Slumberland," "that border between magic and annihilation," and further establishes herself as a defining fiction writer of our time.

The Third Hotel: A Novel

Laura van den Berg

In Havana, Cuba, a widow tries to come to terms with her husband's death--and the truth about their marriage--in Laura van den Berg's surreal, mystifying story of psychological reflection and metaphysical mystery.

Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He's wearing a white linen suit she's never seen before, and he's supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way.

Mermaid's Song

Alida Van Gores

Through the ages, the balance between good and evil is maintained by the Seadragons. But only two dragons remain, and unless the people of the underwater caverns can find a true Merramaid to act as a Between, evil will prevail in the watery realm.

The Witches of Cambridge

Menna van Praag

Be careful what you wish for. If you're a witch, you might just get it.

Amandine Bisset has always had the power to feel the emotions of those around her. It's a secret she can share only with her friends--all professors, all witches--when they gather for the Cambridge University Society of Literature and Witchcraft. Amandine treasures these meetings but lately senses the ties among her colleagues beginning to unravel. If only she had her student Noa's power to hear the innermost thoughts of others, she might know how to patch things up. Unfortunately, Noa regards her gift as a curse. So when a seductive artist claims he can cure her, Noa jumps at the chance, no matter the cost.

Noa's not the only witch who's in over her head. Mathematics professor Kat has a serious case of unrequited love but refuses to cast spells to win anyone's heart. Kat's sister, Cosima, is not above using magic to get what she wants, sprinkling pastries in her bakery with equal parts sugar and enchantment. But when Cosima sets her sights on Kat's crush, she conjures up a dangerous love triangle.

Assault on a City

Jack Vance

Hugo Award nominated novella. It originally appeared in the anthology Universe 4 (1974), edited by Terry Carr. The story can also be found in the collections Lost Moons (1982), Wild Thyme, Green Magic (2009) and Golden Girl and Other Stories (2012).

Chateau d'If and Other Stories

Jack Vance

A collection of Vance's early stories, including Phalid's Fate (1945), Chateau d'If (1949), Crusade to Maxus (1950), Shape-Up (1952), The Gift of Gab (1954), The Augmented Agent (1956), Milton Hack from Zodiac (1957), Nopalgarth (1964) and The Narrow Land (1966).

Emphyrio

Jack Vance

Far in the future, the craftsmen of the distant planet Halma create goods which are the wonder of the galaxy. But they know little of this. Their society is harshly regimented, its religion austere and unforgiving, and primitive -- to maintain standards, even the most basic use of automation is punishable by death.

When Amiante, a wood-carver, is executed for processing old documents with a camera, his son Ghyl rebels, and decides to bring down the system. To do so, he must first interpret the story of Emphyrio, an ancient hero of Halman legend.

Fantasms and Magics

Jack Vance

Contents:

  • Foreword (Fantasms and Magics) - (1978) - essay
  • The Miracle-Workers - (1958) - novella
  • When the Five Moons Rise - (1954) - shortstory
  • Noise - (1952) - shortstory
  • The New Prime - (1951) - novelette
  • Guyal of Sfere - [Dying Earth] - (1950) - novella
  • The Men Return - (1957) - shortstory

Note that this is a republication of an earlier collection (Eight Fantasms and Magics (1968)) but with two stories removed (Telek and Cil).

Future Tense

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • Dodkin's Job - (1959) - novelette
  • Ullward's Retreat - (1958) - novelette
  • Sail 25 - (1962) - novella
  • The Gift of Gab - (1955) - novella

Galactic Effectuator

Jack Vance

Featuring three tales of the galactic effectuator who first appeared in "The Dogtown Tourist Agency", a tale suggesting that its author is a well-travelled man, intimately acquainted with the shortcomings of those who may seek to serve your needs in foreign lands.

Gold and Iron

Jack Vance

Originally appeared in Space Stories, December 1952. An abriged version appeared in Ace Double D-295 (1958).

Roy Barch is taken slave by the Klau, along with the golden Lekthwan, Komeitk Lelianr. On the industrialized world Magarak, the Klau hunt Barch and others for recreation. Barch refuses to fall prey--and fights a grim battle to return to Earth.

Golden Girl and Other Stories

Jack Vance

A collection of Vance's early stories, including Golden Girl (1945), Masquerade on Dicantropus (1950), Abercrombie Station (1951), Cholwell's Chickens (1951), The Mitr (1951), The World Between (1952), When the Five Moons Rise (1953), Meet Miss Universe (1954), and The Insufferable Redheaded Daughter of Commander Tynnott, O.T.E. (1972).

Green Magic

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • Foreword - (1979) - essay by Poul Anderson
  • Introduction - (1979) - essay by John Shirley
  • Green Magic - (1963) - short story
  • The Miracle-Workers - (1958) - novella
  • The Moon Moth - (1961) - novelette
  • The Mitr - (1953) - short story
  • The Men Return - (1957) - short story
  • The Narrow Land - (1967) - novelette
  • The Pilgrims - (1966) - novelette
  • The Secret - (1966) - short story
  • Liane the Wayfarer - (1950) - short story

Sail 25 and Other Stories

Jack Vance

A collection of Vance's early short stories, including:

  • Planet of the Black Dust (1945)
  • Four Hundred Blackbirds (1948)
  • Dead Ahead (1949)
  • The Enchanted Princess (1949)
  • The Potters of Firsk (1949)
  • The Visitors (1950)
  • The Uninhibited Robot (1950)
  • Dover Spargill's Ghastly Floater (1951)
  • Three-Legged Joe (1951)
  • Sabotage on Sulfur Planet (1952)
  • Sjambak (1952)
  • Parapsyche (1957)
  • Sail 25 (1961)

Space Opera

Jack Vance

A society matron underwrites the interstellar tour of an Earth opera company, performing Beethoven, Mozart and Rossini for bewildered human and alien audiences on a kaleidoscopic range of planets. But intrigue and secret agendas complicate what was already a doubtful enterprise, and the matron's feckless nephew finds that the simple country girl he plans to marry is far more mysterious than she seems.

This is Jack Vance at his funniest, rolling out a rollicking picaresque tale where the belly laughs play a perfect duet with the grandmaster's sly observations on the absurdities of life, love and librettos.

The Augmented Agent and Other Stories

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Steven Owen Godersky
  • Shape-Up - (1953) - short story
  • The Man from Zodiac - (1967) - novella
  • Golden Girl - (1951) - short story
  • The Planet Machine - (1951) - short fiction
  • Crusade to Maxus - (1951) - novella
  • Three-Legged Joe - (1953) - short story
  • Sjambak - (1953) - novelette
  • The Augmented Agent - (1961) - novelette

The Best of Jack Vance

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • Preface to the Collection - essay by Jack Vance
  • Capturing Vance - (1976) - essay by Barry N. Malzberg
  • Sail 25 - (1962) - novella
  • Ullward's Retreat - (1958) - novelette
  • The Last Castle - (1966) - novella
  • Abercrombie Station - (1952) - novella
  • The Moon Moth - (1961) - novelette
  • Rumfuddle - (1973) - novella

The Blue World

Jack Vance

King Kragen has ruled a sea-covered world since human colonists arrived twelve generations before. A monstrous water creature with gluttonous appetites, King Kragen demands a payoff in return for protection- and to appease him has become a way of life. To anger King Kragen means certain death, but Sklar Hast is fed up with slavery and sacrifice. In a world without weapons, the fight won't be easy--particularly when the unwilling treat Sklar Hast as the enemy!

The Five Gold Bands

Jack Vance

The galaxy is full of wealthy planets and haughty aliens who guard the technology of interstellar travel. Earth must pay a price for use of the space drive, and this rubs Paddy Blackthorn the wrong way- so he sets out to steal the secret. The powerful Shauls capture and dump him on a barren planet- yet here he acquires five golden bands containing the very data he is after. The information is coded- and while Paddy solves the puzzle he must evade a galactic manhunt!

original publication: Startling Stories, 1950

first book publication, as The Space Pirate, Toby Press 1953

currently available as The Rapparee (Vance's preferred title)

The Languages of Pao

Jack Vance

The Panarch of Pao is dead and Beran Panasper, his young son and heir, must flee the planet to live and avenge his father's death. It is at the secret fortress on the planet Breakness that Beran discovers the dreaded truth behind the assassination of his father-and much more. The people of Pao are a docile lot, content to live in harmony with the rest of the cosmos, but the scientists at Breakness seek to alter the psychology of the Paonese for their own purpose-and Beran holds the key to their audacious plan. Beran will return to Pao, transforming his home world beyond his teacher's wildest dreams. But though he has been fashioned into a man of Breakness, Beran's heart is of Pao. And he brings to his world the seeds of change that will save Pao...or destroy it.

The Last Castle

Jack Vance

Hugo and Nebula Award nominated novella.

For 700 years the Meks served without complaint; they were indispensable, for no gentleman would demean himself with toil. But now they turn against the strongholds of civilization--Castle Halcyon, then Sea Island, Morninglight, and Maraval--one by one the proud castles of Earth fall; last standing is Castle Hagedorn.

Winner Nebula Award 1966, Hugo award 1967.

The story originally appeared in Galaxy Magazine, April 1966. The story can also be found in the Nebula Award Stories Two (1967), edited by Brian W. Aldiss and Harry Harrison, The Hugo Winners, Volume 2: (1963-70) (1971), edited by Isaac Asimov, and The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume III (1982), edited by George W. Proctor and Arthur C. Clarke. It is half of Tor Double #15: The Last Castle/Nightwings (1989, with Robert Silverberg) and is included in The Best of Jack Vance (1976) and The Jack Vance Treasury (2007).

The Miracle Workers

Jack Vance

Humankind has dominated the world Pangborn for sixteen-hundred years. Jinxmen use powerful telepathy as a weapon—but when the indigenous First Folk fight to win Pangborn back, their weapons may be superior.

The Moon Moth and Other Stories

Jack Vance

A collection of Vance's early stories, including The New Prime (1950), The Men Return (1955), Green Magic (1956), Ullward's Retreat (1957), Dodkin's Job (1958), The Moon Moth (1960), Alfred's Ark (1964), Sulwen's Planet (1966), and Rumfuddle (1972).

The World-Thinker and Other Stories

Jack Vance

A collection of Vance's early short stories, including The World Thinker (1944), I'll Build Your Dream Castle (1946), The God and the Temple Robber (1946), Men of the Ten Books (1949), Seven Exits from Bocz (1949), Telek (1951), The Secret (1951), Noise (1952), D.P. (1951), The Absent Minded Professor (1953), The Devil on Salvation Bluff (1954), The Phantom Milkman (1955), Where Hesperus Falls (1955), A Practical Man's Guide (1956), and The House Lords (1956).

This is Me, Jack Vance!: Or, More Properly, This is

Jack Vance

Jack Vance has long been one of the most influential, admired and imitated writers in science fiction and fantasy literature, the award-winning author of such widely acclaimed works as The Dying Earth, the Lyonesse trilogy, the adventures of Cugel the Clever, the Demon Princes series, and many other masterful tales set among the stars, in exotic fantasy realms or on our own Earth.

For much of his career, Vance has also been one of the field's most private writers, an author who preferred to let his work speak for him. Now, at last, to coincide with the release of the tribute anthology Songs of the Dying Earth, Jack gives us this intimate and fascinating glimpse into his rich and eventful life, and a valuable insight into how he went about practicing his craft.

For fans of the Grand Master's work, these memoirs are something to be treasured.

To Live Forever

Jack Vance

In the far-future city of Clarges, you can live forever – if you can make the grade. In Clarges, everyone competes for the ultimate prize: immortality. Gavin Waylock had that prize – the live-forever rank of Amaranth, but lost it when he was accused of murder. Now, after seven years in hiding he begins again the struggle to reach the top. But a strong-willed woman,The Jacynth Martin, is determined to see him fail – and failure means death.

The Spatterlight Press e-book is available under the alternate title Clarges.

Wild Thyme, Green Magic

Jack Vance

When Jack Vance decided to become a writer, a "million words a year" man as he put it so pragmatically at the time, he also gave fantastic literature one of its most cherished and distinctive voices. Though primarily a novelist throughout his long and distinguished career, this Hugo, Nebula, Edgar and World Fantasy Award-winning Grand Master also produced many short and mid-length works.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan
  • Assault on a City
  • Rumfuddle
  • The Augmented Agent
  • Green Magic
  • Ullward's Retreat
  • Coup de Grace
  • Chateau d'If
  • The Potters of Firsk
  • The World-Thinker
  • Seven Exits from Bocz
  • Wild Thyme and Violets

Acrobatic Duality

Tamara Vardomskaya

At the pinnacle of this demanding sport, artistry and balance is found in two moving as one. Yet the world's best pair of acrobats dare not reveal that their athletic brilliance has come at the price of their very identities.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Leslye Walton

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava -- in all other ways a normal girl -- is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others.

Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava's quest and her family's saga build to a devastating crescendo.

First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Robots vs. Fairies

Navah Wolfe
Dominik Parisien

A unique anthology of all-new stories that challenges authors to throw down the gauntlet in an epic genre battle and demands an answer to the age-old question: Who is more awesome--robots or fairies?

Rampaging robots! Tricksy fairies! Facing off for the first time in an epic genre death match!

People love pitting two awesome things against each other. Robots vs. Fairies is an anthology that pitches genre against genre, science fiction against fantasy, through an epic battle of two icons.

On one side, robots continue to be the classic sci-fi phenomenon in literature and media, from Asimov to WALL-E, from Philip K. Dick to Terminator. On the other, fairies are the beloved icons and unquestionable rulers of fantastic fiction, from Tinkerbell to Tam Lin, from True Blood to Once Upon a Time. Both have proven to be infinitely fun, flexible, and challenging. But when you pit them against each other, which side will triumph as the greatest genre symbol of all time?

There can only be one... or can there?

Featuring an incredible line-up of authors including John Scalzi, Catherynne M. Valente, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Jonathan Maberry, and many more, Robots vs. Fairies will take you on a glitterbombed journey of a techno-fantasy mash-up across genres.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction - essay by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
  • Build Me a Wonderland - short story by Seanan McGuire
  • Quality Time - novelette by Ken Liu
  • Murmured Under the Moon - short story by Tim Pratt
  • The Blue Fairy's Manifesto - short story by Annalee Newitz
  • Bread and Milk and Salt - short story by Sarah Gailey
  • Ironheart - short story by Jonathan Maberry
  • Just Another Love Song - short story by Kat Howard
  • Sound and Fury - short story by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Bookcase Expedition - short story by Jeffrey Ford
  • Work Shadow/Shadow Work - short story by Madeline Ashby
  • Second to the Left, and Straight On - short story by Jim C. Hines
  • The Buried Giant - short story by Lavie Tidhar
  • Three Robots Experience Objects Left Behind from the Era of Humans for the First Time - short story by John Scalzi
  • Ostentation of Peacocks - short story by Lila Bowen
  • All the Time We've Left to Spend - short story by Alyssa Wong
  • Adriftica - novelette by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • To a Cloven Pine - short story by Max Gladstone
  • A Fall Counts Anywhere - novelette by Catherynne M. Valente

The Mythic Dream

Navah Wolfe
Dominik Parisien

An all-new anthology of eighteen classic myth retellings featuring an all-star lineup of award-winning and critically acclaimed writers.

Madeleine L'Engle once said, "When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe." The Mythic Dream gathers together eighteen stories that reclaim the myths that shaped our collective past, and use them to explore our present and future. From Hades and Persephone to Kali, from Loki to Inanna, this anthology explores retellings of myths across cultures and civilizations.

Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed writers such as Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, JY Yang, Alyssa Wong, Indrapramit Das, Carlos Hernandez, Sarah Gailey, Ann Leckie, John Chu, Urusla Vernon, Carmen Maria Machado, Stephen Graham Jones, Arkady Martine, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, and more...

Table of Contents:

  • xi - Introduction (The Mythic Dream) - essay by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
  • 1 - Phantoms of the Midway - short fiction by Seanan McGuire
  • 24 - The Justified - short fiction by Ann Leckie
  • 49 - Fisher-Bird - short fiction by Ursula Vernon [as by T. Kingfisher]
  • 67 - A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy - short fiction by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • 82 - Bridge of Crows - short fiction by JY Yang
  • 97 - Labbatu Takes Command of the Flagship Heaven Dwells Within - short fiction by Arkady Martine
  • 112 - Wild to Covet - short fiction by Sarah Gailey
  • 134 - !Cuidado! !Que Vienne El Coco! - short fiction by Carlos Hernandez
  • 163 - He Fell Howling - short fiction by Stephen Graham Jones
  • 181 - Curses Like Words, Like Feathers, Like Stories - short fiction by Kat Howard
  • 192 - Across the River - short fiction by Leah Cypess
  • 207 - Sisyphus in Elysium - short fiction by Jeffrey Ford
  • 220 - Kali_Na - short fiction by Indrapramit Das
  • 243 - Live Stream - short fiction by Alyssa Wong
  • 262 - Close Enough for Jazz - short fiction by John Chu
  • 282 - Buried Deep - short fiction by Naomi Novik
  • 313 - The Things Eric Eats Before He Eats Himself - short fiction by Carmen Maria Machado
  • 320 - Florilegia; or, Some Lies About Flowers - short fiction by Amal El-Mohtar

The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales

Navah Wolfe
Dominik Parisien

Once upon a time in the desert, in a tower, on a spaceship, in the Other Country...

For centuries, storytellers have crafted timeless tales that have always found a place in our hearts. Here, a new generation of critically acclaimed, award-winning writers have taken up their mantle and shaped traditional and extraordinary fairy tales into something startling and electrifying.

From castles to canyons, a post-human landscape to a pixelated dungeon, from the far future to fantastical realms, The Starlit Wood transforms seventeen stories you thought you knew and takes you on a journey at once unexpected and familiar across time, space, and amazing new worlds.

Table of Contents:

  • The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales - interior artwork by Stella Björg Björgvinsdóttir
  • Introduction - essay by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe
  • In the Desert Like a Bone - short story by Seanan McGuire
  • Underground - short story by Karin Tidbeck
  • Even the Crumbs were Delicious - short story by Daryl Gregory
  • The Super Ultra Duchess of Fedora Forest - short story by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Familiaris - short story by Genevieve Valentine
  • Seasons of Glass and Iron - short story by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Badgirl, the Deadman, and The Wheel of Fortune - short story by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Penny for a Match, Mister? - short story by Garth Nix
  • Some Wait - short story by Stephen Graham Jones
  • The Thousand Eyes - short story by Jeffrey Ford
  • Giants in the Sky - short story by Max Gladstone
  • The Briar and the Rose - novelette by Marjorie M. Liu
  • The Other Thea - novelette by Theodora Goss
  • When I Lay Frozen - short story by Margo Lanagan
  • Pearl - novelette by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-footed Gazelle - short story by Sofia Samatar
  • Reflected - short story by Kat Howard
  • Spinning Silver - novelette by Naomi Novik

Caravan

Stephen Goldin

It's the 1980s in an alternate-world America. U.S. society has fallen apart under food shortages, fuel shortages, racial unrest and a host of other problems.

Peter Stone predicted the Collapse, but was helpless to prevent it. Now he's joined a group of people who intend to escape to another planet and start a whole new world... if they can make it safely across the country--stealing gas and fighting off bandits--to reach the ship before it leaves.

These Savage Futurians / The Double Invaders

Philip E. High
John Rackham

These Savage Futurians

Don't think new thoughts, don't improve anything, don't wander over the next hill.... These were the commandments for the men and women of the experimental village - one of those carefully nurtured settlements established after the collapse of world civilization.

The rules were made by the benevolent Masters of the Island - and they had to be obeyed. To disobey was to be destroyed. But Robert Ventnor, villager with a dangerous high quotient of curiosity, was the exception. He fled - and evaded liquidation.

But he fled right into the hands of These Savage Futurians and thereby supplied the key that could blast apart civilization's second chance and destroy the world once and for all.

The Double Invaders

The invasion of Scarta in the all-powerful name of the Space Empire of Zorgan was on. Everything went as predicted. The cities were taken, there was no opposing spacefleet. And yet everything went wrong.

For Scarta was a planet different from any other the arrogant Earthmen had invaded. Its peaceful people were tougher, its unarmed cities more impregnable, and its blue skies less placid than any world had any right to be.

Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Geopolitics in Contemporary North American Science Fiction Film and Television

Shawn Malley

Well-known in science fiction for tomb-raiding and mummy-wrangling, the archaeologist has been a rich source for imagining 'strange new worlds' from 'strange old worlds.' But more than a well-spring for SF scenarios, the genre's archaeological imaginary invites us to consider the ideological implications of digging up the past buried in the future. A cultural study of an array of very popular, though often critically-neglected, North American SF film and television texts - running the gamut of telefilms, pseudo-documentaries, teen serial drama and Hollywood blockbusters - Excavating the Future explores the popular archaeological imagination and the political uses to which it is being employed by the U.S. state and its adversaries.

By treating SF texts as documents of archaeological experience circulating within and between scientific and popular culture communities and media, Excavating the Future develops critical strategies for analyzing SF film and television's critical and adaptive responses to post 9/11 geopolitical concerns about the war on terror, homeland security, the invasion and reconstruction of Iraq, and the ongoing fight against ISIS.

Deadrush

Yvonne Navarro

Transformed into one of the hungry undead during a dark ceremony, a Georgia youth desperately seeks answers to what he has become and discovers an addictive craving that urges him to kill.

Big Planet / Slaves of the Klau

Jack Vance

Big Planet

Charley Lysidder, the Bajarnum of Beaujolais was ruthlessly expanding his empire on the Big Planet. The objectives of the mission from Earth was to stop him and ensure that the whole world didn't fall under the domination of the tyrant.

But when sabotage forced the spacecraft carrying the mission crashlanded, the priority changed. The survivors faced an epic 40,000 mile trek to safety, across the vast and unknown surface of the planet, harassed by monsters, the native people and the agents of the Bajarnum, and riven by their own deadly disputes.

Slaves of the Klau

Roy Barch is taken slave by the Klau, along with the golden Lekthwan, Komeitk Lelianr. On the industrialized world Magarak, the Klau hunt Barch and others for recreation. Barch refuses to fall prey--and fights a grim battle to return to Earth.

Monsters in Orbit / The World Between and Other Stories

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • Monsters in Orbit - novel
  • The World Between - (1953) - novelette
  • The Moon Moth - (1961) - novelette
  • Brain of the Galaxy - (1951) - novelette (variant of The New Prime)
  • The Devil on Salvation Bluff - (1955) - shortstory
  • The Men Return - (1957) - shortstory

Son of the Tree / The Houses of Iszm

Jack Vance

Son of the Tree

The Tree ruled the horizons, shouldered aside the clouds, and wore thunder and lightning like a wreath of tinsels- it had come to be worshipped by the first marveling settlers on Kyril". Joe Smith arrives from Earth and soon is caught up in a political plot between opposing worlds. Ultimately he discovers the true, horrific nature of The Tree of Life...

The Houses of Iszm

The people of Iszm live in homes which are alive. Their dwellings are elaborate, hollow trees, wherein the very walls, floors- even furniture and plumbing- are all part of a living plant. For decades, inhabitants of other worlds, including Earth, have been trying to steal a female house seed, but every attempt has failed. This is the story of a most ingenious plot to carry off a prize worth billions: one seed from the Houses of Iszm.

The Brains of Earth / The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph

Jack Vance

Table of Contents:

  • The Brains of Earth - novella
  • The Kokod Warriors - (1952) - novelette
  • The Unspeakable McInch - (1948) - shortstory
  • The Howling Bounders - (1949) - shortstory
  • The King of Thieves - (1949) - shortstory
  • The Spa of the Stars - (1950) - shortstory
  • Coup de Grace - (1958) - shortstory

The Dragon Masters / The Last Castle

Jack Vance

The Dragon Masters

Men have been at war for centuries with the reptilian race called "Basics." As conquerors always have, the winners of each bloody encounter have made slaves of the losers--but in this far-future war, each side has improved upon its slaves with genetic engineering.

And so at last there came to be two neighboring worlds: Aerlith, where men have raised a race of fearsome dragons to be their servants, and nearby Coralyne, where the descendants of those very dragons are served by strong, savage mutants who once were human. Inevitably, those two worlds would meet in one final contest...

The Last Castle

For 700 years the Meks served without complaint; they were indispensable, for no gentleman would demean himself with toil. But now they turn against the strongholds of civilization--Castle Halcyon, then Sea Island, Morninglight, and Maraval--one by one the proud castles of Earth fall; last standing is Castle Hagedorn.

The Five Gold Bands / The Dragon Masters

Jack Vance

The Five Gold Bands

The galaxy is full of wealthy planets and haughty aliens who guard the technology of interstellar travel. Earth must pay a price for use of the space drive, and this rubs Paddy Blackthorn the wrong way- so he sets out to steal the secret. The powerful Shauls capture and dump him on a barren planet- yet here he acquires five golden bands containing the very data he is after. The information is coded- and while Paddy solves the puzzle he must evade a galactic manhunt!

The Dragon Masters

The race of man is growing old, but it's not yet ready to die - not while there are dragons still to kill!

The cross-bred dragon armies of the Men of Aerlith are the most appalling horrors ever to threaten the sanity of our future:

Termagents ~ three hundred reptilian giants with six legs apiece, the most fecund breeders of them all

Jugglers ~ eighteen of them, growling amongst themselves, waiting for an opportunity to snap off a leg from any unwary groom

Murderers (striding and long-horned) ~ eighty-five of each, with scaly tails and eyes like crystals

Fiends ~ fifty-two powerful monsters, their tails tipped with spike steel balls

Blue Horrors, Basics, Spider Dragons.

The Last Castle / World of the Sleeper

Tony Russell Wayman
Jack Vance

The Last Castle

For 700 years the Meks served without complaint; they were indispensable, for no gentleman would demean himself with toil. But now they turn against the strongholds of civilization--Castle Halcyon, then Sea Island, Morninglight, and Maraval--one by one the proud castles of Earth fall; last standing is Castle Hagedorn.

World of the Sleeper

Take your choice of any world or time - but at your perril.

Vandals of the Void

Jack Vance

Fifteen-year-old Dick Murdoch leaves Venus to meet his father Paul on the Moon. On the voyage there, the captain stops to examine the wreckage of a sister spaceship. No one knows what attacked the ship—some say it's the Basilisk. Dick's adventures aboard spaceship and on the Moon start to pay off as he finds more and more clues.


Written for younger readers as part of the Winston Science Fiction series of "juveniles."

The Pictures of Pavanne / The Youth Monopoly

Ellen Wobig
Lan Wright

The Pictures of Pavanne

What was the frightning reality behind their alien allure?

The Youth Monopoly

What price eternal life?

1634: The Bavarian Crisis

163x: Book 7

Eric Flint
Virginia DeMarce

THE MAELSTROM THAT IS EUROPE, COMPLICATED BY IRON, LOVE AND 20TH CENTURY AMERICANS

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the United States of Europe, forged from an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century, led by Mike Stearns, who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns finds himself walking the fine line between keeping the pot boiling while keeping it from boiling over and destroying the USE in the process.

The USE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American ingenuity is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again--a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. First, because the expedition sent to revitalize the mining industry in the upper Palatinate walks into the middle of a ferocious battle between the USE and the Duke of Bavaria. Second, because in the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis from the most unexpected quarters. The young and beautiful daughter of the Austrian emperor, sent to marry the Duke of Bavaria for reasons of state, comes to an unforeseen conclusion based on her study of up-time history. The decision she makes as a result transforms the Bavarian war into a crisis for all of Europe.

Accel World 14: Archangel of Savage Light

Accel World: Book 14

Reki Kawahara

Prepare for a full dive!

Sparks have been flying on the Umesato campus ever since Kuroyukihime discovered that Haruyuki invited not one but multiple girls to the exciting school festival. However, when Rin collapses in the real world after Magenta Scissor infects her with an ISS kit, Haruyuki and the others put aside their issues to save their friend! The first step of their plan is to pull off a daring rescue to free Aqua Current, but lying in wait at the Castle's gate is Seiryu, one of the Four Gods...Even if they have Aqua Current on their side, how will they overcome Seiryu's horrifying ability Level Drain?!

Priestess of the White

Age of the Five: Book 1

Trudi Canavan

In a land on the brink of peace -- watched jealously by a ruthless cult from across the sea and beset by hidden enemies -- five extraordinary humans must serve as sword and shield of the Gods.

Auraya is one.

Her heroism saved a village from destruction; now Auraya has been named Priestess of the White. The limits of her unique talents must be tested in order to prove her worthy of the honor and grave responsibility awarded to her. But a perilous road lies ahead, fraught with pitfalls that will challenge the newest servant of the gods. An enduring friendship with a Dreamweaver -- a member of an ancient outcast sect of sorcerer-healers -- could destroy Auraya's future. And her destiny has set her in conflict with a powerful and mysterious, black-clad sorcerer with but a single purpose: the total annihilation of the White. And he is not alone . . .

Last of the Wilds

Age of the Five: Book 2

Trudi Canavan

After pitched battle, The White -- the avatars of the Five Gods -- have briefly turned back the vicious invaders. And now, the priestess Auraya is sent on an urgent mission to reconcile with the powerful, outcast Dreamweavers, for their magical healing abilities may be the key to saving the land. But as a deadly plague devastates their allies and old adversaries resurface, a dreadful surprise may ruin the chance for peace. For Auraya's terrible discovery will force her into a desperate choice -- one whose consequences will change the world forever.

Voice of the Gods

Age of the Five: Book 3

Trudi Canavan

Unable to avoid being drawn into the terrible conflict, Auraya, now protector of the Siyee, fears she will be unable to meet the conditions of the all-powerful gods she once served. And an offer from a mysterious woman may be impossible for Auraya to refuse, but, if revealed, would brand her an enemy of the gods. Now, the immortal Wilds will not be deterred in their quest for powerful, long-buried secrets. But they have deadly adversaries who also seek the world-shattering truth . . . and it may appear in a form that no one anticipates.

Fall of the White Ship Avatar

Alacrity Fitzhugh: Book 3

Brian Daley

Alacrity Fitzhugh and Hobart Floyt had claimed Hobart's inheritance from the ruler of a small interstellar empire, then returned to earth and toppled its government. But Alacrity had more important goals than body-guarding Hobart. He wanted command of the fabulous White Ship. Yet it took only a few minutes at the White Ship's helm for Alacrity to learn that a Captain's problems can be tougher than the work of a knockabout Spacer. And that solving them could cost a piece of his heart.

Trullion: Alastor 2262

Alastor Cluster: Book 1

Jack Vance

First of the three fabulous Alastor Cluster novels from Jack Vance, one of the finest authors ever to devote his career to science fiction, certainly one of the wittiest, most inventive, erudite and poetic. An absolutely wonderful novel.

The Alastor Cluster, thirty thousand inhabited worlds ruled by the mysterious Connatic.

Trullion, world 2262 of the Alastor Cluster, was a world of fens, mists, idyllic islands scattered in an aquatic setting of surpassing beauty with its shaggy trees like bursts of great chrysanthemums, its natural growth of fruits and all the richness the clear oceans provided for the easy taking.

The Trill were a lackadaisical, easy-living race-except for the planetwide game of hassade when a ferocious instinct for gambling drove them to risk all-home, friends, family, even life itself-on the teams that contested the water-checkerboard gaming fields.

With the prize the virginal body of a sheirl-maiden, a body any Trill is willing to die for...

Marune: Alastor 933

Alastor Cluster: Book 2

Jack Vance

His Past Was Gone-and There Were 3, 000 Worlds to Search for It!

From his fabulous palace on Nemenes, the Connatic ruled the sprawling Alastor Clustor. And kept track of the doings of each of his trillion or more subjects.

But there was one man he knew nothing about-for the past life of the wonderer called Pardero was a complete mystery. Pardero set himself two goals. Find out who he was.....and find his enemy, the person who had stolen his memory.

Psychologists deduced that his home world must be the mysterious Marune-a planet lit by four shifting suns.

Pardero made his way there-and was hailed as the Kaiark Efaim, ruler of the shadowed realm. Uncovering his last identity had been comparatively simple. Finding his sworn enemy would be more difficult - there were so many people to choose from!

This is the second book in the author's three books set in the Alastor Cluster , a whirl of 30,000 stars of which 3,000 are inhabited by five trillion humans.

Wyst: Alastor 1716

Alastor Cluster: Book 3

Jack Vance

The Alastor Cluster, thirty thousand inhabited worlds ruled by the mysterious Connatic.

Wyst, the planet numbered 1716 in the cluster, appears a utopia, but there is something decidedly strange going on that forces the Connatic to send in an investigator.

Aliens: Music of the Spears

Aliens Universe: Series 2: Book 8

Yvonne Navarro

New York City, 2124: The streets are clogged with the Jelly-addicted and the homeless, while the elite cluster in glittering office towers. Among them: the ruthless head of an entertainment conglomerate who seeks revenge by giving a maniacal artist his ultimate desire - an alien.

Damon Eddington will shock the world with his newest composition, the Symphony of Hate. Wrapped within its bizarre music can be found the most tortured of human sounds, combined with the razor-steel screams of a Homeworld alien. Yet the supreme cry continues to elude him and, obsessed with complete his musical creation and controlled by his need for the life-form's harshest voice, Eddington knows that the sound he seeks lies deep inside the ruthless creature he has named Mozart. And he will stop at nothing to free it....

The Savannah Problem

Andrea Cort: Draiken: Book 5

Adam-Troy Castro

Draiken, with Stang's help, is on a mission to capture a deadly enforcer/killer who works for a crime boss on a space station. But who are the mysterious clients waiting for delivery of the hostage on a nearby asteroid, and why does Draiken believe that the killer will be willing to cooperate with him?

This novella was a Finalist for the Analog Readers' Awards and was first published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in January/February 2019.

Read this story for free at Analog.

Burnt Sugar

Ava

Lish McBride

Ava, Lock, and Ezra are on assignment--for the magical mafia, of course. Faced with a gingerbread house, they're pretty sure that what's inside isn't nearly as sweet as the outside. It never is.

Read the full story at Tor.com.

Firebug

Ava: Book 1

Lish McBride

Ava is a firebug--she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren't caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She's one of their main hitmen... and she doesn't like it one bit. Not least because her boss, Venus, killed Ava's mother. When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can't say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.

Pyromantic

Ava: Book 2

Lish McBride

Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn't set her free--she's still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he'll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since Ava's currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks. And that's not even taking into account the feelings she might have for him.

But when a mysterious illness starts to affect magical beings, it's up to Ava and her team to stop its spread... or else one of them might be next.

Silk Road: A Novel of Eighth-Century China

Avalokitesvara: Book 1

Jeanne Larsen

Set during the Tang Dynasty of eighth-century China, a sweeping fantasy tale of Greenpearl, kidnapped by Tibetan raiders, chronicles her dual quest--to learn the language of humans, and to find her long-lost mother.

Bronze Mirror

Avalokitesvara: Book 2

Jeanne Larsen

In an emotionally, sexually, and politically complicated twelfth-century China, Pomegranate begins service for a wealthy and degenerate family, while the Yellow Emperor engages his haughty wife and favorite courtier in a storytelling competition.

Manchu Palaces

Avalokitesvara: Book 3

Jeanne Larsen

The Empress Dowager's bond-servant, Lotus decides to follow a spiritual path through the Forbidden City and down paths of erotic fancy in search of place called Mandala, where life's troubles are left behind.

Avalon

Avalon: Book 1

Mindee Arnett

Jeth Seagrave and his crew have made their name stealing metatech: the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light. In a world where the agencies that patrol the outer edges of space are as corrupt as the crime bosses who control them, it's as much of a living as anyone can ask for. For years Jeth's managed to fly under the radar of the government that executed his parents for treason--but when he finds himself in possession of information that both the government and the crime bosses are willing to kill for, he's going to find there's no escaping his past anymore.

The Mists of Avalon

Avalon: Book 1

Marion Zimmer Bradley

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retold through the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind the throne. A spellbinding novel, an extraordinary literary achievement, THE MISTS OF AVALON will stay with you for a long time to come....

Polaris

Avalon: Book 2

Mindee Arnett

Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth's mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth's sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew--dead or alive.

With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he'd see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy's newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price--a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.

The Forest House

Avalon: Book 2

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Diana L. Paxson

The amazing prequel to Marion Zimmer Bradley's bestselling The Mists of Avalon. Inside the walls of the Forest House, in a remote part of Britain, a secret sect of Druidic priestesses guards the ancient rites of learning, healing, and magic against the onslaught of invading Romans.

Lady of Avalon

Avalon: Book 3

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Diana L. Paxson

The story is told from the time when Gawen, heir to the royal line, secured the sanctity of Avalon and established it as a sacred place, through to Helen, British princess, and finally of Viviane, who herself must face a new invader and a new danger to Avalon.

Priestess of Avalon

Avalon: Book 4

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Diana L. Paxson

Helena. Beautiful, young, enigmatic. She's a daughter of the Holy Isle who became a Christian Saint and the heroine of Welsh legend. In 296, the emperor Contantius come to Britian and falls in love with Princess Eilan, known as Helana to the Romans. She is also the daughter of King Coel and the high Priestess of Avalon. Helena see's a chance to marry the bloodlines of ancient royal families, and their myths and traditions. But she has to contend with the politics of Rome, the ill fortunes of war and the irresistable rise of a powerful new religion...

Ancestors of Avalon

Avalon: Book 5

Diana L. Paxson

The last instalment in the Epic Avalon series by Marion Zimmer Bradley The Ancestors of Avalon is the story of the priests and priestesses - the ancestors in body and spirit of the characters who reappear in the other Avalon books - who flee the destruction of Atlantis and take refuge in the mist-shrouded isle of Britain. But once landed at Belerion the survivors are torn, do they look north to the midlands and seek to lead the Wessex kings, or do they explore the mystical Tor and reestablish their magical traditions within a spiritual kingdom. It is they who teach the Neolithic inhabitants how to move the mighty stones, and carve the spiral pathway around Glastonbury Tor but can they survive the battle against each other.

Ravens of Avalon

Avalon: Book 6

Diana L. Paxson

Diana L. Paxson expands Marion Zimmer Bradley's beloved and bestselling Avalon series in a dramatic new installment. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon is the prequel to The Forest House and tells the story of the Roman conquest of Britain and the origin of the Forest House that preceded the return to Avalon.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon follows the journey of Boudica, a Celtic princess, and Lhiannon, a priestess who is Boudica's mentor on the Druid isle. When the Romans conquer Britain, Lhiannon fights them while Boudica is married to a king who has surrendered. Theirs is a great love story, but when he dies, the Romans brutalize her and her daughters. In rage, Boudica raises the British tribes and nearly succeeds in driving the Romans from Britain, claiming a place in history. Lhiannon survives and becomes the guardian of the Druid traditions in the new Roman Britannia as high priestess of the Forest House.

Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.

Sword of Avalon

Avalon: Book 7

Diana L. Paxson

Marion Zimmer Bradley's legendary saga of Avalon's extraordinary women continues with a tale of fiery visions, a lost king, and a forthcoming destiny.

Epic in its sweep and peopled by the remarkable women who have always inhabited Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword of Avalon expands the legendary saga that has enchanted millions of readers over the years and is sure to please Bradley's loyal readership and anyone who loves wonderfully told stories of history, myth, and fantasy.

A boy raised in secret after traitors kill his parents will return to Avalon - and when he does, he'll be faced with a formidable task: to prove his worth as a son of the kings and priestesses of his land and lead his followers to victory, wielding the newly-forged sword Excalibur.

The Hall of the Mountain King

Avaryan Rising: Book 1

Judith Tarr

The king's heir of Ianon is long lost, vanished into the south. Her father refuses to name his son heir in her place, though that son is a mighty warrior. Then one day a young wanderer arrives with news that both breaks and heals the king's heart: his heir is dead, but before she died, she gave birth to a son. That child, now grown, has come to take her place. But the king's son will not surrender his hope of kingship to a boy without a father, though he claims to be the son of a god.

The Lady of Han-Gilen

Avaryan Rising: Book 2

Judith Tarr

Elian of Han-Gilen is the pride and scandal of her father's princedom. She has out-ridden, out-hunted, and out-shot every suitor. Now comes one whom she could bring herself to love: No lesser man than the throne prince of the Golden Empire. But Elian swore an oath as a child to a foster brother who is now a warrior king. Consort to an imperial heir or squire at arms to a conqueror: Elian must choose, and in choosing, decide the fate of two empires.

A Fall of Princes

Avaryan Rising: Book 3

Judith Tarr

Kidnapped, tortured, betrayed by his brothers whom he loved, the heir of the Golden Empire has lost everything but his life. His only hope is a chance encounter, a wandering priest from the Empire of the Sun. But the priest is more than he seems, and the prince is stronger than he knew; and war is coming. Two empires hang in the balance. Two emperors will fall, unless the prince and his unwelcome ally find a way to make peace. But peace comes at a price; and that price may be too high for either to pay.

Arrows of the Sun

Avaryan Rising: Book 4

Judith Tarr

The war between the Golden Empire and the Empire of the Sun is over, the empires merged into one, and one emperor over them all: Estarion, heir to both royal houses. But Estarion will not accept half of his heritage, nor will the Golden Empire willingly accept him. The same forces that assassinated his father are arrayed against him, led by the last scion of an ancient imperial line--and he must stand against them and truly unite the empires, or see all the great work of his ancestors reduced to rubble.

Spear of Heaven

Avaryan Rising: Book 5

Judith Tarr

Worldgates are a great magic and a great convenience: opening the way from one world to the next, and from one side of a world to the other. Now the mages of the Gates are exploring a new continent and forging new alliances, led by the Master of the Mageguild and the heir to the throne of Sun and Lion. Suddenly, the Gates begin to fall--and the Master and the royal heir are trapped in a hidden kingdom on the far side of the world, with no way out but through the broken Gates.

Tides of Darkness

Avaryan Rising: Book 6

Judith Tarr

Prince Daros of Han-Gilen is an infamous rake and wastrel-and a hidden and completely untrained mage of enormous power. Caught breaking the strictest laws of the Mageguild and their magical Worldgates, he is sentenced to serve an aged emperor far away from either taverns or temptations.

But a tide of darkness is rising to swallow the worlds of the Gates. Mages are dying and worse; but Daros's very lack of training shows him the way to stand against the tide: to enter the darkness, and pay its price, and engage it on its own ground.

Avaryan Rising

Avaryan Rising Omnibus: Book 1

Judith Tarr

The classic series now in one volume for the first time!

He appeared out of the northern mountain fastness, wielding powerful magics and claiming to be the Sun God's own child. His burning desire was to rule the entire world, and he inspired the loyalty of men who would fight for it with him. But conquering an empire, and ruling it, are two very different things. Even for the children of a demi-God.

Contains:

  • The Hall of the Mountain King
  • The Lady of Han-Gilen
  • A Fall of Princes

Avaryan Resplendent

Avaryan Rising Omnibus: Book 2

Judith Tarr

Here in a single volume is the second trilogy of Judith Tarr's novels about the world of Avaryan, and the Sun God's children who rule it.

The Sunborn's heirs have ruled the two empires for four generations, but the newest Emperor of Endros and Asanion does not sit easily. The Golden Palace is full of plot and intrigue, and conspirators who plan to kill Estarion, as they killed his father, and take the throne for their own.

The Emperor Estarion's willful granddaughter, and heir to the throne, has wheedled permission to travel with the Master of the Mage Guild to a high mountain kingdom at the end of the chain of World Gates. But once inside the Kingdom of Heaven, mere magery will meet its match. The power of the Sun Lords will be needed counter the Breaker of Gates.

A chill wave of dark sorcery sweeps across a thousand worlds, turning souls without number into mute, blind slaves. In a desperate attempt to halt the shadow's relentless spread, the Sunborn's heir must join her formidable powers with those of a wild and untrained young mage who has stolen her heart.

Contains:

  • Arrows of the Sun
  • Spear of Heaven
  • Tides of Darkness

Glass Houses

Avatars Dance: Book 1

Laura J. Mixon

Ruby runs waldoes. Freelance. Construction, security - no job too large or small. And her favorite tool is Golem, 600 pounds of vaguely human-shaped, remote-operated power. Not an easy living, but it's better than most in half-sunken, greenhouse-heated, 21st-century New York. Best of all the waldoes go Outside, not Ruby. Ruby hates the Outside.

But when a Ruby/Golem tries to rescue a rich Egyptian from a collapsing skyscraper, and accepts the papers he presses into her hands as he dies, Ruby's in trouble. She may have to go Outside for real. All of which might be a lot easier if she hadn't stolen the diamonds off his body....

Proxies

Avatars Dance: Book 2

Laura J. Mixon

A broad, fascinating SF novel of murder, intrigue, family loyalty, and humanity's first steps to the stars, set in an immensely plausible near-future American Southwest scorched by global warming. Advanced biotech and brain-to-machine interfaces have melded in a secret project, creating full convincing human-shaped machines guided by faraway pilots; proxies. But who has the controls; and why?

Burning the Ice

Avatars Dance: Book 3

Laura J. Mixon

More than a hundred years after a small band of humans stole an antimatter-fueled starship and headed away at near-lightspeed, a colony of those renegades' descendants are now struggling to survive on Brimstone, a barely-habitable world of ice and bitter cold four dozen light-years from Earth.

In the long run, they hope to slowly terraform Brimstone, making it, if not Earthlike, at least bearable. In the short run-well, life is hard, and everyone lives in everyone else's laps. Not easy for anyone. Particularly hard if, like Manda, you just aren't cut out to get along with others in conditions of constant crowding and zero privacy.

Most people wouldn't be eager to get away from the main colony and work on a scientific project in the howling frozen wastes. For Manda, it's a deliverance. But news of the intelligent life she discovers in Brimstone's depths will change everything-if she can bring the news back to her fellows alive. For, it turns out, there are political plots and counterplots still active in the colony, dangerous twists tracing back to Earth itself... and outward to the stars.

The River of Souls

Babylon 5: TV Movie Novelizations: Book 4

Yvonne Navarro

After a short absence from Babylon 5, Michael Garibaldi returns to the station to meet with a person in his employ. An archaeologist in search of a means of immortality brings his most recent find to Babylon 5 - an orb containing one billion souls of an extinct race.

Within days a Soul Hunter arrives, claiming the orb was stolen from his people. With the assistance of the archaeologist, the souls break free from their captivity in the orb and bring havoc to the station.

Big Planet

Big Planet: Book 1

Jack Vance

The objective of the mission from Earth: to stop the ruthless Barjarnum of Beaujolais from expanding his empire on the Big Planet...and prevent the world from falling under this tyrant's domination. Then sabotage forces the craft to crash land, and the survivors face an epic 40,000-mile trek across the dangerous landscape. A SF landmark.

Showboat World

Big Planet: Book 2

Jack Vance

From Handbook of the Inhabited Worlds: "Big Planet lies beyond the frontier of terrestrial law, and has been settled by groups impatient with restraint: non-conformists, anarchists, fugitives, religious dissidents, misanthropes, deviants, freaks. Big Planet represents for us that tantalizing vision of the land beyond the frontier where bravery, resource and daring are more important than the mastery of urban abstractions. Who can deem this good or bad? Who can define justice, or correctness or truth? Big Planet is in essence a problem to which there exists no solution". Shipmasters who run the magnificent showboats along the rivers of Big Planet know that each port has unique character and sensitivities. Apollon Zamp and Garth Ashgale are adept at dodging danger; two of the wiliest rascals in the business, they are deadly rivals to boot. When Zamp sets out to compete at the Grand Festival at Mornune, he knows Ashgale is never far behind!

Vance Integral Edition/Spatterlight Press title: The Magnificent Showboats of the Lower Vissel River, Lune XXIII South, Big Planet.

Bhagavati

Blood of the Goddess: Book 3

Kara Dalkey

A young English apothecary's apprentice, sent to collect rare herbs in Africa and India, is shipwrecked off a Portuguese colony and captured by forces of the Inquisition. He saves his life (temporarily, at least) by pretending to know the source of a mysterious powder that can restore life to the dead.

The Cadwal Chronicles

Cadwal Chronicles

Jack Vance

For centuries the breathtakingly beautiful planet Cadwal has been held in trust by a centuries-old Charter of Conservancy, created by the now-defunct Naturalist Society on Old Earth.

Over time, restrictions on population expansion written into the Charter have become irksome to some who live on Cadwal--those who would take the unexploited wealth of Cadwal for themselves, also those forced to leave the planet to keep population in check.

Glawen Clattuc grows to manhood within the insular community of Araminta Station, the primary settlement on the planet, and becomes attuned to conflicts among the parties wishing to break free of the Charter. He joins the Constabulary, and ties mysterious events and circumstances together. To uphold the Conservancy, much depends upon locating the original Charter document, which has been lost for many years; Glawen is chosen to search for the Charter, on backwater Earth and worlds beyond.

The Cadwal Chronicles was written by Vance in his maturity--an accomplished master sure of his game- using a light touch and broad palette of characters.

Araminta Station

Cadwal Chronicles: Book 1

Jack Vance

At the remote end of Mircea's Wisp, far out on the galaxy's Perseid Arm, is the Purple Rose System--containing the three stars Lorca, Sing and Syrene. Around Syrene swings the spectacular planet Cadwal, which the now defunct Naturalist Society of Earth long ago chartered to forever protect from exploitation. Cadwal is administered from Araminta Station--where young Glawen Clattuc wonders what the future may hold for him in the hierarchic, constrained society of Cadwal. His budding relationship with the lovely Sessily Veder ends with her mysterious disappearance- casting Glawen into a strange adventure, and the unraveling of a potent conspiracy.

Araminta Station is part 1 of 3 of The Cadwal Chronicles.
Cadwal is a planet of extraordinary beauty. To protect it, the "Naturalist Society" has set up a Charter which allows only limited settlement on the planet in order to enforce the laws of the Conservancy. These laws forbid extensive human habitations, mining and other exploitation activities. Only six "Agents" and their staff are allowed to reside permanently on the planet: their main function is to prevent other humans from establishing residence, although tourists are allowed in specially designed lodges, overlooking sites of natural beauty and interest.

Ecce and Old Earth

Cadwal Chronicles: Book 2

Jack Vance

The planet Cadwal has an ecosystem unique in the human-explored galaxy. A thousand years past it was set aside as a natural preserve, protected by law and covenant against colonization and exploitation. But there is a conspiracy to open the planet and its rich resources to commerce. Glawen Clattuc must find who is behind the sabotage, and bring them to justice- but discovers that his own family is involved! Ancient crimes will be discovered, along with the key to the crisis which threatens Cadwal.

Ecce and Old Earth is part 2 of 3 of The Cadwal Chronicles.
Cadwal is a planet of extraordinary beauty. To protect it, the "Naturalist Society" has set up a Charter which allows only limited settlement on the planet in order to enforce the laws of the Conservancy. These laws forbid extensive human habitations, mining and other exploitation activities. Only six "Agents" and their staff are allowed to reside permanently on the planet: their main function is to prevent other humans from establishing residence, although tourists are allowed in specially designed lodges, overlooking sites of natural beauty and interest.

Throy

Cadwal Chronicles: Book 3

Jack Vance

The Conservancy of Cadwal has a new Charter- thanks to the courage of Glawen Clattuc and his beloved Wayness Tamm. But this has not brought peace to the people of Cadwal- instead, it has polarized them. Led by exiles, anti-Conservancy forces continue work to open Cadwal to commercial exploitation, while a new extremist faction seeks to restore Cadwal to entirely natural condition. In the middle are the governors of the planet, and their police force. Newly-promoted Commander Glawen Clattuc is charged with apprehending the conspirators wherever they might flee, but he also has a personal agenda. After twenty years, he will solve the mystery of his mother's death.

Throy is part 3 of 3 of The Cadwal Chronicles.
Cadwal is a planet of extraordinary beauty. To protect it, the "Naturalist Society" has set up a Charter which allows only limited settlement on the planet in order to enforce the laws of the Conservancy. These laws forbid extensive human habitations, mining and other exploitation activities. Only six "Agents" and their staff are allowed to reside permanently on the planet: their main function is to prevent other humans from establishing residence, although tourists are allowed in specially designed lodges, overlooking sites of natural beauty and interest.

A Swift and Savage Tide

Captain Kit Brightling: Book 2

Chloe Neill

Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.

Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him--and help stop him. But then Kit's path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who's working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. And he's not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he'll wield on Gerard's behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast into the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.

Available Dark

Cass Neary: Book 2

Elizabeth Hand

As this riveting tour-de-force opens, the police already want to talk to the photographer Cass Neary about a mysterious death she was involved with previously, but before they can bring her in, Cass accepts a job offer from overseas and hops on a plane.

In Helsinki, she authenticates a series of disturbing but stunning images taken by a famous fashion photographer who has cut himself off from the violent Nordic music scene where he first made his reputation. Paid off by her shady employer, she buys a one-way ticket to Reykjavik, in search of a lover from her own dark past.

But when the fashion photographer's mutilated corpse is discovered back in Finland, Cass finds herself sucked into a vortex of ancient myth and betrayal, vengeance and serial murder, set against a bone-splintering soundtrack of black metal and the terrifying beauty of the sunless Icelandic wilderness.

In this eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning Generation Loss, Cass Neary finds her own worst fears confirmed: it's always darkest before it turns completely black.

Savant

Chaingang: Book 7

Rex Miller

Daniel "Chaingang" Bunkowski, a powerful, twisted madman with an unquenchable taste for killing, makes his bloody way home to Kansas City in search of the mother whose abuse had transformed him into the monster that he is.

Conan the Savage

Conan Pastiches: Book 35

Leonard Carpenter

After a gambling dispute erupts into violence and death, Conan of Cimmeria is condemned to the hellish mine pits of Brythunia where no man has ever escaped--or survived. But Conan breaks free and disappears into the wilderness, far from civilization, and into the eager arms of Songa, a forest maiden. Still the demon-goddess Ninga has seized control of Brythunia and her insatiable appetite for human sacrifice threatens to devour the world. Only one man can strike at the very heart of Ninga's religion of blood. A man who carries death in his eyes.

Blue Diablo

Corine Solomon: Book 1

Ann Aguirre

Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border and wound up in Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover, and her "gift". Corine, a handler, can touch something and know its history—and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—and that's why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance…

Chance, whose uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep, needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas, and the only hope of finding her is through Corine's gift. But their search may prove dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic…

Hell Fire

Corine Solomon: Book 2

Ann Aguirre

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It's too bad she can't seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow-lending his own supernatural brand of luck-Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother's death and the origins of "gift".

But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Inside Kilmer's borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents-and it can only be satisfied with death...

Shady Lady

Corine Solomon: Book 3

Ann Aguirre

Whenever Corine Solomon touches an object, she immediately knows its history. But her own future concerns her more and more. Now back in Mexico, she's running her pawnshop and trying to get a handle on her strange new powers, for she might need them. And soon.

Then former ally Kel Ferguson walks through her door. Heavily muscled and tattooed, Kel looks like a convict but calls himself a holy warrior. This time, he carries a warning for Corine: the Montoya cartel is coming for her--but they don't just pack automatic weapons. The Montoyas use warlocks, shamans, voodoo priests--anything to terminate trouble. And Corine has become enemy number one...

Devil's Punch

Corine Solomon: Book 4

Ann Aguirre

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and learn its history. Her power is a gift, but one that's thrown her life off track. The magical inheritance she received from her mother is dangerously powerful, and Corine has managed to mark herself as a black witch by dealing with demons to solve her problems.

Back home, Corine is trying to rebuild her pawnshop and her life with her ex Chance, despite the target on her back. But when the demons she provoked kidnap her best friend in retaliation, Corine puts everything on hold to save her. It's undoubtedly a trap, but Corine would do anything to save those she loves, even if it means sacrificing herself...

Agave Kiss

Corine Solomon: Book 5

Ann Aguirre

Once Corine Solomon only had the touch—the ability to read an object's past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother's magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he's made the ultimate sacrifice. Can't she? All Corine knows is that she can't leave Chance behind if there's anything she can do about it.

But the clock is ticking—and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who's running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high…and this time it's truly Corine's last chance to save the love of her life.

Crier's War

Crier's War: Book 1

Nina Varela

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners' estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family's death... by killing the sovereign's daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father's legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn't the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

Iron Heart

Crier's War: Book 2

Nina Varela

For too long, Automae have lorded over the kingdom of Rabu, oppressing its human citizens. But the human revolution has risen, and at its heart is Ayla. Once a handmaiden, now a fugitive, Ayla narrowly escaped the palace of Lady Crier, the girl she would've killed if she hadn't fallen in love first.

Now Ayla has pledged her allegiance to Queen Junn, who can help accomplish the human rebellion's ultimate goal: destroy the Iron Heart. Without its power, the Automae will be weakened to the point of extinction. Ayla wants to succeed, but can't shake the strong feelings she's developed for Crier. And unbeknownst to her, Crier has also fled the palace, taking up among traveling rebels, determined to find and protect Ayla.

Even as their paths collide, nothing can prepare them for the dark secret underlying the Iron Heart.

Savage Armada

Deathlands: Book 53

James Axler

Book #1 of the Skydark Chronicles of Deathlands

A nuclear apocalypse almost destroyed Western civilization in 2001, leaving in its place the forbidding world of Deathland. Though the human spirit has not been broken, the new rules of survival are harsh and barbaric. As barons fight for power in a savage new America, power is claimed with the salvaged arsenels of a predark world: weapons, gasoline and those willing to kill.

The Marshall Islands, once the testing grounds for twentieth-century weapons of mass destruction, remains perversely beautiful. But the infested waters become the battleground for looting pirates and sec men in still-functional navy PT boats, all driven by greed and madness to plunder the predark caches of science and technology hidden in the islands. Ryan Cawdor and his warrior band emerge in this perilous waterworld, caught in a grim fight to unlock the secrets of the past.

In the Deathlands, the price for survival is high.

The Star King

Demon Princes: Book 1

Jack Vance

Star Kings are a race of non-humans who characteristically disguise themselves as humans -- but humans with a difference. Power alone is their goal -- a goal that is sought no matter the price in ordinary "human" life. Kerth Gerson was NOT a Star King, but he was looking for one -- a very specail Star King, a Star King who had murdered his parents many years before. All Gerson knew was that the Star King's name was Attel Malagate. Throughout endless galaxies of space, Gerson hunted down his Star King and finally found him....

The Killing Machine

Demon Princes: Book 2

Jack Vance

Jack Vance excels at writing a series of shorter works that together comprise a grand, interstellar adventure. Such is the The Demon Princes, a series of five tales that chronicle Kirth Gersen's quest for vengeance against the five demon princes. The princes led the Mount Pleasant Massacre, a raid that destroyed Gersen's family and his world. But now Kirth is on their trail, and no matter how many galaxies there are to search, he will find them one by one and exact his revenge. This first volume collects three of the five Demon Prince stories, while the second volume will carry the remaining two.

The Palace of Love

Demon Princes: Book 3

Jack Vance

In the midpoint novel of the "Demon Princes" series, Kirth Gersen sets his sights upon the mysterious Viole Falushe. Vance describes this murderous creature as a "sybarite." "Sadistic pervert" would probably be a more apropos phrase. After several false leads, Gersen backtracks the villain to his point of origin - Earth, of all places! Then the trail moves outward again, to the starworlds and a place back of beyond where there is actually a physical Palace of Love.

The Face

Demon Princes: Book 4

Jack Vance

Kirth Gersen carries in his pocket a slip of paper with a list of five names written upon it--the names of five Demon Princes. The Demon Princes are a race of beings who disguise themselves as humans and delight in power and destruction. however, to Kirth they are merely murderers who killed his family and destroyed his home planet--and who deserves to die for those misdeeds. Three have already fallen in Kirth's hands, but there are two more names on his list, two more Princes who will live only long enough to regret their evil ways.

The Book of Dreams

Demon Princes: Book 5

Jack Vance

Lens Larque was just as unique as the other Demon Princes--uniquely appalling. He was personally ugly, startling vicious, and arrogant above all others. Larque's own mission was a villainy of the highest order, and his personal obsession with success kept him hidden well from attackers--almost well enough. Howard Alan Treesong poisoned his friends, tortured his colleagues, and wrote his own horrific holy book, The Book of Dreams. But, clever as he may be, a galaxy-wide guessing game will be his undoing--and Kirth Gersen's sworn vengeance will be complete.

Savage Messiah

Destinies of Blood and Stone: Book 1

Robert Newcomb

With the demise of his evil half brother, Wulfgar, Prince Tristan restored peace to Eutracia... or so he thought. But the Orb of the Vigors was damaged in the climactic battle, and now the powerful artifact is bleeding magical energy and cutting a swath of death and destruction across the kingdom. Tristan can heal the wounded Orb, but not until his enchanted blood is returned to normal. Only then will the powers of the Vigors be his to command. Unfortunately, the secret of reversing the enchantment is lost.

Even worse, Wulfgar is neither dead nor defeated. Ensconced in his fortress across the Sea of Whispers, Tristan's hideously scarred half brother plots with the Heretics, the otherworldly masters of the Vagaries. With their aid, Wulfgar has grown even stronger in the dark arts. Now, with powerful demonic servants and weapons of dire potency, Wulfgar sets forth to complete the destruction of the Orb... and to avenge himself on the Chosen Ones. Preceding him, he sends a brotherly greeting: a cunning assassin with orders to dispatch Eutracia's ruling council.

Tristan and his trusted allies--the wise wizards Wigg and Faegan, the beautiful pirate Tyranny, and, dearest of all, his beloved Celeste--embark on a desperate quest to cleanse his blood. It is a journey that will lead from the Sea of Whispers to distant Parthalon to the mysterious Well of Forestallments, and it will change everything the Chosen Ones think they know about themselves and their destiny. If they should fail, the Orb will perish, and with it, the Vigors.

As for success, it may prove more costly still....

The Man Of Bronze

Doc Savage Novels: Book 1

Kenneth Robeson

High above the skyscrapers of New York, Doc Savage engages in deadly combat with the red-fingered survivors of an ancient, lost civilization. Then, with his amazing crew, he journeys to the mysterious "lost valley" to search for a fabulous treasure and to destroy the mysterious Red Death.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about The Man Of Bronze available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Thousand-Headed Man

Doc Savage Novels: Book 2

Kenneth Robeson

With a mysterious black Chinaman, Doc Savage and his amazing crew journey to the jungles of Indo-China in a desperate gamble to destroy the infamous Thousand-headed Man.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about The Thousand-Headed Man available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Meteor Menace

Doc Savage Novels: Book 3

Kenneth Robeson

Doc Savage and his fabulous crew journey to Tibet in pursuit of their most dangerous adversary, the evil genius Mo-Gwei. Battling against overwhelming odds, they try to stop him from conquering the world with a diabolical machine known as the Blue Meteor, a screaming blue visitor from space that turns men into raving animals!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about Meteor Menace available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Polar Treasure

Doc Savage Novels: Book 4

Kenneth Robeson

Menaced by "the strange clicking danger," Doc Savage and his fabulous five-man army take a desperate journey on a polar submarine in search of a missing ocean liner and a dazzling treasure. Their only clue is a map tattooed on the back of a blind violinist. Awaiting them at their destination is the most terrible killer the Arctic has ever known.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about The Polar Treasure available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Brand of the Werewolf

Doc Savage Novels: Book 5

Kenneth Robeson

Seeking to avenge his brother's murder, Doc Savage and his daring crew become involved in a desperate hunt for the lost treasure of the pirate, Henry Morgan. Stalking them every inch of the way is the archfiend, El Rabanos, and his strange ally, the werewolf's paw!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about Brand of the Werewolf available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Lost Oasis

Doc Savage Novels: Book 6

Kenneth Robeson

While seeking to solve the mystery of "the trained vampire murders," Doc Savage and his amazing crew suddenly find themselves prisoners of Sol Yuttal and Hadi-Mot aboard a hijacked Zeppelin. Their deadly destination is a fabulous lost diamond mine guarded by carnivorous plants and monstrous, bloodsucking bats.

More information about The Lost Oasis available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Monsters

Doc Savage Novels: Book 7

Kenneth Robeson

The breeding ground was a walled castle completely covered over with a huge electrified net. Inside were the scum of the earth, gathered from the prisons of the world, transformed into invincible giants. Now they were ready to ravage the world -- unless Doc Savage and his mighty crew could stop them.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about The Monsters available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Land of Terror

Doc Savage Novels: Book 8

Kenneth Robeson

A vile greenish vapor was all that remained of the first victim of the monstrous Smoke of Eternity. There would be thousands more if Kar, master fiend, had his evil way. Only Doc Savage and his mighty five could stop him. But the corpse-laden trail led to mortal combat with the fiercest killing machines ever invented by nature.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information about The Land of Terror available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Mystic Mullah

Doc Savage Novels: Book 9

Kenneth Robeson

It was an ageless thing that had existed since the beginning of time -- a monstrous green face that spoke sudden death. With its legions of ghostly, nebulous soul slaves, it had begun to terrorize the world. Even Doc Savage and his fantastic five were helpless against its awesome power, until....

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Phantom City

Doc Savage Novels: Book 10

Kenneth Robeson

Arabian thieves led by the diabolically clever Molallet set one fiendish trap after another for Doc Savage and his mighty five. Only "Doc," with his superhuman mental and physical powers, could have withstood this incredible ordeal of endurance which led from the cavern of the crying rock through the pitiless desert of Rub' Al Khali and its Phantom City to a fight to the death against the last of a savage prehistoric race of white-haired beasts.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Fear Cay

Doc Savage Novels: Book 11

Kenneth Robeson

It was all a great mystery. Who was this man called Dan Thunden who claimed he was one hundred and thirty years old? Did he really have the secret of the fountain of youth? What was this island called Fear Cay that spelled horror and death? What was the strange thing that turned men to bone? These were the mysteries that Doc Savage and his fearless crew had to solve at peril of their very lives.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Quest of Qui

Doc Savage Novels: Book 12

Kenneth Robeson

It started when a Viking Dragon ship attacked a yacht in the waters outside New York. Next, "Ham" was stabbed with a 1,200 year-old Viking knife. Then Johnny was captured and frozen solid in a block of arctic ice. Finally, even the mighty man of bronze himself -- Doc Savage -- is kidnapped and enslaved by the chilling menace. What is his plan this time? Can he save himself and his friends from almost certain destruction?

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Land of Always-Night

Doc Savage Novels: Book 13

Kenneth Robeson

With the fate of America hanging in the balance, Doc Savage and his fearless crew battle a hideously white-faced man named Ool who kills merely with a touch of his finger. The only clue to his diabolical power is a mysterious pair of dark goggles which brings death to whomever possesses them. The trail leads to a fabulous lost super-civilization hidden deep in the bowels of the earth, where Doc Savage and his fabulous five face their supreme challenge.

Walter Ryerson Johnson authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Fantastic Island

Doc Savage Novels: Book 14

Kenneth Robeson

It looked just like any other deserted island. But hidden under its tropical sands was a monstrous slave empire, a vast underground network of death pits, giant carnivorous crabs and prehistoric beasts, ruled by the blood-crazed Count Ramadanoff. Blasting their way into this nightmare of horror, Doc Savage and "the fabulous five" embark on their most daring adventure.

Walter Ryerson Johnson authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Murder Melody

Doc Savage Novels: Book 15

Kenneth Robeson

It began with a series of quakes which tore huge, gaping holes in the surface of the earth. Soon the sky over the Northwest was filled with the bodies of strange floating men playing a weird melody of death. Was the world doomed? Could Doc Savage and his Fabulous five save it from almost certain destruction? Join them as they race to the center of the earth for a titanic battle with the power-crazed leaders of a fantastic super-civilization.

Laurence Donovan authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Spook Legion

Doc Savage Novels: Book 16

Kenneth Robeson

The entire city of New York is swept up in a wave of terror, as an evil international conspiracy devises a crime so sinister that only Doc Savage and his five mighty cohorts can halt its fiendish plan. Led by a phantom master criminal with stupefying supernatural powers, the conspiracy sets trap after trap for Doc. Finally, in a fantastic underground empire, the fearless bronze giant and his courageous crew must fight for their lives against a diabolical enemy that cannot even be seen.

Lester Dent authored this book under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Red Skull

Doc Savage Novels: Book 17

Kenneth Robeson

Into a subterranean world of red-hot lava, Doc Savage and his fantastic five descend -- to face the most fiendish foe of his career. Awaiting Doc is an irresistible power that can level mountains... that can enslave the world... and that threatens to make Doc's most dangerous adventure his very last...

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Sargasso Ogre

Doc Savage Novels: Book 18

Kenneth Robeson

A ruthless attempt on the life of one of Doc's crew thrusts the Man of Bronze and his incomparable companions into a chilling new adventure. From the ancient, skull-lined catacombs of Alexandria to a fantastic sea of floating primitive life where they unravel the centuries-old mystery of the Sargasso, Doc Savage and his men once more pursue the perverse agents of evil!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Pirate of the Pacific

Doc Savage Novels: Book 19

Kenneth Robeson

Not ships but nations are the prey of the sinister Oriental mastermind, Tom Too. Only Doc Savage and his daring crew stand a chance of saving the world from this figure of evil and his lethal legions. On land and sea, in the weirdest corners of the wide world, Doc and his friends plunge into their wildest adventure -- against their most dangerous foe!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Secret in the Sky

Doc Savage Novels: Book 20

Kenneth Robeson

A ball of fire streaks across the heavens leaving death and ruin in its wake -- A machine of terror which cannot be halted -- An amazing intelligence capable of rendering an entire continent barren... All America trembles as Doc Savage grapples with the most awesome challenge of his astonishing career!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Cold Death

Doc Savage Novels: Book 21

Kenneth Robeson

Doc Savage meets his most merciless adversary -- VAR, the faceless fiend whose strange voice announces a terrible mandate of destruction! VAR, who wields the deadly Cold Light, and dares hurl the ultimate challenge at Doc and his mighty crew -- A fight to the death with the world at stake!

Laurence Donovan authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Czar of Fear

Doc Savage Novels: Book 22

Kenneth Robeson

DOC SAVAGE IS ACCUSED OF MURDER! The bronze giant battles police, thugs, and a macabre foe in a spectacular struggle to save a city from total desolation. The Arch Enemy of Evil pits his tremendous resources against the grisly and mysterious Green Bell -- the sinister hooded figure whose deadly genius threatens to destroy Doc and drive thousands of innocent people mad!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Fortress of Solitude

Doc Savage Novels: Book 23

Kenneth Robeson

The deep mysteries of Doc Savage are finally revealed! John Sunlight, poetic genius of evil, gruesome master of a thousand elements of screaming terror, discovers the innermost secrets of The Man of Bronze. Doc Savage finds himself enmeshed in a diabolical web of dark horror as he valiantly battles the appalling machines of destruction he himself has invented!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Green Eagle

Doc Savage Novels: Book 24

Kenneth Robeson

The Man of Bronze ride the mystery trail in a totally new kind of adventure. What is the strange fainting sickness? Who is the shadowy, white-haired McCain? Why would a starving man rather die than eat? And how many men must be brutally destroyed before Doc Savage can solve the riddle of The Green Eagle?

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Devil's Playground

Doc Savage Novels: Book 25

Kenneth Robeson

Night after night the Indian drums boomed their terrifying portent of evil and destruction. And each night another victim of "the thousand cuts" lay dead in the forest. Doc Savage grapples with the eerie and sinister Michabou, the great spirit of the primitive Ojibway tribe, in the Herculean attempt to cease the senseless blood bath of the Devil's Tomahawks, and to quiet forever the mysterious drums of murder.

Alan Hathway authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Death in Silver

Doc Savage Novels: Book 26

Kenneth Robeson

An awesome legion of master criminals launch a devastating series of raids that set the entire east coast of America aflame. Skyscrapers explode, ocean liners disappear, key witnesses are kidnapped and brutally murdered as the holocaust rages. In a desperate race against time Doc Savage attempts to discover the true identity of the twisted brain who rules the silver-costumed marauders -- while the mysterious Ull and his army of hooded assassins move closer to their grim objective of world domination!

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Mystery Under the Sea

Doc Savage Novels: Book 27

Kenneth Robeson

There was only one clue to the bloody enigma of TAZ -- the illegible, dying scrawl of a horribly mutilated sailor. What was the message he had so desperately tried to deliver? Why had sizzling acid been forced into his mouth? What secret had the dead man unraveled about the flamboyant and brutal Captain Flamingo? Held captive aboard a tramp steamer, The Man of Bronze and his bold allies wrestle with the dread riddle of Taz.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Deadly Dwarf

Doc Savage Novels: Book 28

Kenneth Robeson

Cadwiller Olden was only three feet tall, but he was the most dangerous man on Earth. With his legion of brutal giants, and control of REPEL -- a massive, devastating energy force -- the murderous midget began an all-out assault against the defenseless bastions of the free nations. As the entire world huddles in fear, Doc Savage battles against the bizarre doll criminal, and the unleashed fury of his deadly tool of destruction. The original Street and Smith Publication was titeled "REPEL!" (Bantam retitled this novel "The Deadly Dwarf").

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Other World

Doc Savage Novels: Book 29

Kenneth Robeson

From the moment Decimo Tercio appeared, it was obvious that everything connected with him was unearthly. His appearance was decidedly bizarre and the goods he carried for sale were astonishingly unique. The strange visitor remained on Earth less than four days, but in that short time he managed to lure Doc Savage into the most nightmarish escapade of his danger-studded career.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Flaming Falcons

Doc Savage Novels: Book 30

Kenneth Robeson

The huge terror Falcons swooped suddenly from the sky to feed on the flesh of hundreds of innocent human beings. Then, their mad lust satiated, they disappeared in a searing flash of white flame. While the terrified world waited for their return, The Man of Bronze and his gallant group penetrated the steaming, unexplored jungles of Asia to uncover the lost lair of The Blood-Birds of Indo-China.

Lester Dent authored this book under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Annihilist

Doc Savage Novels: Book 31

Kenneth Robeson

The dread Annihilist was slaughtering the criminals of New York in wholesale lots. Hundreds of men were found mysteriously murdered, victims of the hideous pop-eyed death. The finger of suspicion pointed directly at one man, Doc Savage himself. Even as The Man of Bronze scrambled to solve the terrifying enigma, the invisible assassin began to play havoc with one of humanity's most important secret defenses -- Doc Savage's legendary crime college.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Dust of Death

Doc Savage Novels: Book 32

Kenneth Robeson

The tiny South American republics of Santa Amoza and Delezon were at war when a mysterious, hooded figure -- known only as The Inca in Gray -- appeared and began slaughtering citizens of both sides with a strange dust that brought instant, writhing death. Doc Savage and his mighty crew rush to the dense Amazonian forest in hopes of saving lives, but all they find when they arrive is a firing squad -- ready to execute the Man of Bronze!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Terror in the Navy

Doc Savage Novels: Book 33

Kenneth Robeson

A bizarre dictator unleashes a deadly force against the United States Navy: the mightiest vessels in the U.S. armada are sunk; warplanes are pulled from the clouds; end Doc Savage's impenetrable sky fortress is ripped from the stratosphere! And the brash, strutting BRAUN demands one hundred million dollars in ransom from a nation in chaos. Only the Man of Bronze dares challenge the crushing power of this phantom force!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Mad Eyes

Doc Savage Novels: Book 34

Kenneth Robeson

Suddenly the air was filled with a thousand glistening reptiles. Suddenly Doc Savage became the cruelest of mass murderers. Suddenly the world was threatened with extinction by the contamination of its water supply. In the space of twenty-four hours the Earth became a seething storm of agony as the menace of the slithering madness struck in all its fury!

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Squeaking Goblin

Doc Savage Novels: Book 35

Kenneth Robeson

The tale of a skeletal sharpshooter who used a strange squeaking weapon was told around backwoods campfires. To most it was just a legend, but for some it became a terrifying reality -- especially those whose skulls were shattered by the deadly "disappearing bullets." Doc Savage dodges flying death as he tracks the spectral killer who defies every law of nature!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Resurrection Day

Doc Savage Novels: Book 36

Kenneth Robeson

The sweeping genius of the Man of Bronze reaches into the very secret of life itself. A stunned nation hears the announcement that one -- and only one -- long-dead human being will be brought back to life. Who will be chosen? Lincoln? Edison? Shakespeare? As the world rejoices and conjectures, the powers of Evil plan a final, insidious joke on all humanity!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Hex

Doc Savage Novels: Book 37

Kenneth Robeson

From the moment Miles Billings arrived in a little town near Salem Corners called Witches' Hollow, Hannah the witch began her reign of terror. While innocent people were being "hexed" and reduced to mumbling nonsense, The Man of Bronze went into action, risking his own life and those of his bold allies. Doc Savage plunged into nightmare horrors to subdue the most terrifying Mast of Crime alive.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Red Snow

Doc Savage Novels: Book 38

Kenneth Robeson

When the red snow descends, all in its path are destroyed, their bodies devoured by the scarlet rot. ARK, the monstrous-headed scholar of evil, sprays red death across a terrified nation and demands total surrender. Doc Savage is helpless as America reels under the crimson lash of deadly snow -- helpless because he stands accused of murder!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

World's Fair Goblin

Doc Savage Novels: Book 39

Kenneth Robeson

The thing called MAXIMUS was eight feet tall and matted with hair. It ran amok among the sophisticated, scientific marvels of the fair, striking stark, cringing fear into the sightseers. The Man of Bronze battles the brilliant brain that controls the monster -- an evil genius capable of creating an army of huge horrors.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Dagger in the Sky

Doc Savage Novels: Book 40

Kenneth Robeson

Three times the dagger had appeared -- destroyed -- then disappeared! Three times the knife of KUKULKAN hung in the sky, two hundred feet tall, while death struck. The Man of Bronze stalks the dark secret of the blade -- a quest that takes him deep into the jungle to the very edge of doom!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Merchants of Disaster

Doc Savage Novels: Book 41

Kenneth Robeson

The deadliest weapon ever devised is unleashed upon the world. A twisted message, scrawled by a blind man, is the only clue to the flashing lights of shuddering death. Doc Savage calls upon every known secret of science in his fierce battle with The Oxygen Destroyer!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Gold Ogre

Doc Savage Novels: Book 42

Kenneth Robeson

A legion of tiny terrorists launches a startling series of raids against Crescent City. Death, destruction, and a disease which drives men mad, are the results of the audacious attacks. The Man of Bronze meets a new quartet of allies -- and confronts the oddest opponents he's ever challenged....

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Man Who Shook the Earth

Doc Savage Novels: Book 43

Kenneth Robeson

One by one the rich nitrate miners of Antofagasta, Chile, were being hideously crushed to death by falling boulders. Then the Man of Bronze saw the evil hand of The Mad Earth Shaker -- and uncovered his terrifying plot to control the world!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Sea Magician

Doc Savage Novels: Book 44

Kenneth Robeson

King John's ghost was stalking The Wash, a vast marshy area in England, terrorizing and maiming the inhabitants. Then the mighty Man of Bronze investigated -- and discovered the impossible. The Wash was producing real gold... from nowhere!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Men Who Smiled No More

Doc Savage Novels: Book 45

Kenneth Robeson

It started with a senseless murder. Then it spread -- all over New York men were becoming robot-like automatons without emotions. The Man of Bronze went into action. But even Doc Savage was stricken helpless before he solved the terrifying menace of The Death's Head Grin!

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Midas Man

Doc Savage Novels: Book 46

Kenneth Robeson

Riches beyond the wealth of kings were within the evil grasp of The Midas Man. His very thoughts were worth criminal millions -- no man could escape his evil device. But he hadn't counted on the power for good of Doc Savage!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Land of Long Juju

Doc Savage Novels: Book 47

Kenneth Robeson

The ruthless power of The Shimba threatened to overthrow the good and gentle ruler of an African kingdom -- and destroy forever the line of succession. Until the mighty Man of Bronze smashed the jungle menace and solved its terrible secret!

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Feathered Octopus

Doc Savage Novels: Book 48

Kenneth Robeson

Lured into a trap by a bogus appeal to his sense of goodness, Doc Savage saw a dangerous plot to gain control of all the world's airlines. But the monstrous financial manipulator High Lar, his wife Lo Lar and their gang hadn't counted on the superhuman strength and cunning of the Man of Bronze to uncover their evil plan!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Sea Angel

Doc Savage Novels: Book 49

Kenneth Robeson

One by one, the biggest wheeler-dealers in the financial world of New York mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen or heard of again -- brutally gobbled up by The Silver Ogre. Until the Man of Bronze took up the eerie trail when the next victim was one of Doc's own men!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Devil on the Moon

Doc Savage Novels: Book 50

Kenneth Robeson

A fiery red flash bursts through the silence of the night... a dying green man insists he's been held captive on the moon... a small blue capsule conceals an unearthly medallion. Can the invincible Man of Bronze piece together this weird puzzle in time to save the world from the devilish merchants of international war?

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Haunted Ocean

Doc Savage Novels: Book 51

Kenneth Robeson

An awesome power haunts the sea, paralyzes New York City and brings the most powerful nations of the world to their knees. Deep in the frozen Arctic an astonishing army of naked men and the forces of international greed challenge the invincible Man of Bronze for the strange secret of the so-called Man of Peace!

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Vanisher

Doc Savage Novels: Book 52

Kenneth Robeson

Twenty convicts vanished without a trace from maximum security cells, and top businessmen suddenly disappeared. The tabloids trumpeted the reign of a small, deformed man -- or woman -- spotted at the scenes. Strangely, Doc Savage was framed for the disappearances -- and then the murders... But the Horrible Hunchback hadn't counted on the wrath of the mighty Man of Bronze!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Mental Wizard

Doc Savage Novels: Book 53

Kenneth Robeson

The massive creature -- a mile from head to toe! -- sleeps in the steaming jungle. Is the behemoth real, or has the golden enchantress "Z" conquered the magnificent Man of Bronze with the hypnotic power of her superhuman mind? Doc Savage meets his mental match when he uncovers the strange lost kingdom of the deadly Amazon

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

He Could Stop the World

Doc Savage Novels: Book 54

Kenneth Robeson

The world was imperiled by a terrifying, malevolent force that had the power to change men's minds. Even Doc Savage's own men willingly deserted him when struck by the waves of the Mind Changing Monster. High in the Sierras, he lived in an incredible fortress -- ruthless, omnipotent, preparing to rule the world. But he hadn't reckoned on the superhuman powers of the Man of Bronze.

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Golden Peril

Doc Savage Novels: Book 55

Kenneth Robeson

Few had known of the ancient Mayan kingdom which provided Doc Savage with billions of dollars in precious gold to finance his unceasing fight against evil. Threatened by The Leader and his international band of cutthroat warriors, the amazing Man of Bronze cunningly battles for the financial security and future peace of the entire world.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Giggling Ghosts

Doc Savage Novels: Book 56

Kenneth Robeson

Fears of ghosts and a deadly giggling gas become a terrifying reality to millions of people threatened by the S.R.G.V. The Man of Bronze faces a supreme test as he pits might against the forces of evil.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Poison Island

Doc Savage Novels: Book 57

Kenneth Robeson

Weird disappearances at sea... an empty schooner full-rigged with no signs of life on board... on the foremast a fantastic crimson eye. A mad dictator strangles the Caribbean as the Man of Bronze penetrates the century-old curse that triggered a submarine war!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Munitions Master

Doc Savage Novels: Book 58

Kenneth Robeson

Screaming trunks of soldiers seared by white-hot fire... a small, twisted man carrying long loaves of bread... a thin liquid with a peculiar sickening smell... Branded the worst traitor in history, the Man of Bronze fights through the flames of revolution to uncover the master of a world of the Living Dead!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Yellow Cloud

Doc Savage Novels: Book 59

Kenneth Robeson

The Navy's new ultra-secret super weapon vanished from the skies -- pilot and plane eaten up by a yellow cloud a quarter of a mile long. The country's military safety hung in the balance until the Man of Bronze uncovered the deadliest spy apparatus ever.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Majii

Doc Savage Novels: Book 60

Kenneth Robeson

In New York, Rama Tura, chosen disciple of the Majii, leads Doc Savage into a sinister world of drugs and advanced hypnotism. Far away in Jondore, a revolt is brewing that will pit the Man of Bronze against his most devious opponent: the who cannot die.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Living Fire Menace

Doc Savage Novels: Book 61

Kenneth Robeson

Nations arming for international conflict engage in a behind-the-scenes mineral war that threatens to disrupt the natural balance of the universe. The Man of Bronze rises to the titanic peak of his strength and wit to uncover the secret of the cavern with the living fire!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Pirate's Ghost

Doc Savage Novels: Book 62

Kenneth Robeson

At his supersensational best, the Man of Bronze finesses an international band of modern day pirates in possession of the master invention by the Mad Genius of Death Valley!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Submarine Mystery

Doc Savage Novels: Book 63

Kenneth Robeson

It might be a hoax, and it might not be. Blood has been spilled! People are dead! The Man of Bronze ably confronts a dangerous crackpot scheme that has a baffled world wondering what will happen next.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Motion Menace

Doc Savage Novels: Book 64

Kenneth Robeson

The Man of Bronze and his cousin Pat face an inordinate challenge: a machine that makes all modern weapons worthless. A gang of international thieves in control of the invention are shooting high: World Control.

Walter Ryerson Johnson authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Green Death

Doc Savage Novels: Book 65

Kenneth Robeson

From Matto Grosso -- in the deadly heart of the Green Hell -- comes an organic mystery that paralyzes even the Man of Bronze: an oozing horror that wipes out the line between life and death!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Mad Mesa

Doc Savage Novels: Book 66

Kenneth Robeson

In one of the most masterly of Doc Savage adventures, the Man of Bronze is jailed! But all the prison bars in the world could not hold Doc when he was on his way to dispelling the madness in the desert that changes people into other identities!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Freckled Shark

Doc Savage Novels: Book 67

Kenneth Robeson

In his most exotic adventure, the Man of Bronze encounters the insane money lust of Senor Steel, president-dictator of Blanca Grande (a very unfortunate South American republic); decodes the awful secret of Matacumbe; and sinks -- for what may be the last time -- into the muddy horror of the primitive jungle.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Quest of the Spider

Doc Savage Novels: Book 68

Kenneth Robeson

Inside the grim, swamp-surrounded "Castle of the Moccasin," the Man of Bronze and his faithful, fearless band are trapped -- perhaps forever -- in an insidious web of evil by a masterdevil known only as the Gray Spider!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Mystery on the Snow

Doc Savage novels: Book 69

Kenneth Robeson

In one of his most important adventures, the Man of Bronze journeys north to Canada, and in her magnificent wilderness solves a billion-dollar riddle: Who or What has committed murder -- and worse! -- to possess the secret of the miracle called Benlanium?

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Spook Hole

Doc Savage novels: Book 70

Kenneth Robeson

The Man of Bronze and his trustworthy friends track a one-armed man of mystery to the far reaches of South America -- only to find their lives endangered when they discover the amazing secret that Hezemiah Law is guarding so carefully on Spook Hole!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Murder Mirage

Doc Savage novels: Book 71

Kenneth Robeson

A blizzard in July and a woman's image is frozen in glass -- how could these bizarre events possibly be connected? To find the answer and save the life of Ranyon Cartheris, the Man of Bronze and his dauntless allies journey to hot desert sands halfway round the world, where they are trapped -- perhaps never to emerge -- in the ancient underground tombs of Tasunan.

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Metal Master

Doc Savage novels: Book 72

Kenneth Robeson

The Metal Master exists and will destroy the world! To stop him, the Man of Bronze and his daring friends launch a search for the source of his amazing power -- and find themselves trapped on a sandy deserted island with the Metal Master himself!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Seven Agate Devils

Doc Savage novels: Book 73

Kenneth Robeson

Murder on an international scale was being committed by a sinister mastermind. His method -- an unusual, inescapable form of death. His trademark -- a small statuette next to the corpse. The Man of Bronze and his fearless friends do battle with the thieving, murderous spawn from Hell -- and become marked men themselves!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Derrick Devil

Doc Savage Novels: Book 74

Kenneth Robeson

A mysterious jellylike creature is terrorizing the Indian Dome Oil Field! The Man of Bronze and his five fantastic aides descend upon Oklahoma to do battle with dastardly Tomahawk Tant -- and uncover the infernal secret of the weird monster from the depths of the earth.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Land of Fear

Doc Savage novels: Book 75

Kenneth Robeson

The skeleton death awaits all who come in contact with those from the land of fear -- and the Man of Bronze is not immune. He and his dauntless allies pursue the mystery from New York to Africa, doing battle with Greens Gordon all the way.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Black Spot

Doc Savage Novels: Book 76

Kenneth Robeson

All the guests were dressed as gangsters but their millionaire host was dead in the library with a black spot over his heart. Then the black spot struck again. And again. The Man of Bronze and his courageous crew leap into action against Jingles Sporado and his mob but they soon suspect a peril greater than any they have ever confronted.

Laurence Donovan authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The South Pole Terror

Doc Savage novels: Book 77

Kenneth Robeson

What was the fabulous treasure Velma Crale had discovered in the South Pole? And why was Cheaters Slagg willing to kill to keep her from talking? The Man of Bronze and his five aides give chase all the way to the bottom of the world -- and are nearly sunburned to death!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Crimson Serpent

Doc Savage novels: Book 78

Kenneth Robeson

A ferocious killer is stalking the Arkansas swamp! As the Man of Bronze and loyal companions venture forth to unmask the dread villain, they encounter some of the most horrifying perils of their careers -- including the Crimson Serpent itself!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Devil Genghis

Doc Savage novels: Book 79

Kenneth Robeson

A fantastic horror has come out of the polar regions -- a menace so bizarre it causes men to go insane! The Man of Bronze and his courageous crew penetrate the rugged Asian interior on a perilous mission: to find out the source of this mystery and smash the evil genius who controls it.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The King Maker

Doc Savage novels: Book 80

Kenneth Robeson

In the Kingdom of Calbia, the most far-flung plot of the century is already under way. The Man of Bronze and his daring companions join the revolutionary forces of Conte Cozonac but soon find themselves the intended victims of the most fearsome weapons the world has ever seen!

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Stone Man

Doc Savage novels: Book 81

Kenneth Robeson

The Man of Bronze and his fearless friends trail the treacherous Spad Ames to the Arizona Badlands. There they encounter the mysterious men who live through the mists — men who can turn flesh into stone.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Evil Gnome

Doc Savage novels: Book 82

Kenneth Robeson

Bronze and his courageous crew rush to uncover the fiendish mastermind responsible, they are drawn more tightly into a web of awesome terror.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Red Terrors

Doc Savage novels: Book 83

Kenneth Robeson

The Red Terrors -- they came out of the depths to seize an unsuspected ship and transport its precious human cargo to their watery domain. There, in a lost sunken world under the sea, they lived securely. Until they sank the wrong ship... and the Man of Bronze came to call.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Mountain Monster

Doc Savage novels: Book 84

Kenneth Robeson

The monster came without warning. It came as Indian legend had said it would come, in the night and while a storm raged. It brought terror and horror to peaceful Arcadia Valley. It transformed an Alaskan paradise into a panic-stricken, fear-blanched hell. Only one man could stop it — the Man of Bronze.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Boss of Terror

Doc Savage novels: Book 85

Kenneth Robeson

Men by the name of Smith were being knocked off all over town. And they were all killed by lightning — lightening that entered a room without leaving any marks, on a day when there was no lightning. As the Man of Bronze penetrated ever closer to the heart of this mystery, he was scared. For he knew he was closer to death than possibly at any other time in his hair-raising career.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Angry Ghost

Doc Savage novels: Book 86

Kenneth Robeson

The mysterious menace came out of nowhere to strike along the Atlantic coast. In its wake, buildings, planes and bridges crumbled. The government was worried -- soon there would be widespread panic. The Man of Bronze leaped into action to unmask the villain and expose his cunning treachery.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Spotted Men

Doc Savage novels: Book 87

Kenneth Robeson

The events were bizarre. First, a millionaire industrialist vanished. Then, his workers broke out in red spots and went crazy. The Man of Bronze and his courageous crew sped to the scene of disaster to search for the perfidious plotter willing to gamble the minds and bodies of men to amass a vast fortune. Were they already too late?

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Roar Devil

Doc Savage novels: Book 88

Kenneth Robeson

The Roar Devil -- he shook the earth. He stopped all sound. He had a vast organization of desperate criminals at his command. Now the good citizens of Powertown were terrorized. At any moment the Roar Devil might strike again. They sent for the only person whose cunning and skill could defeat him -- the Man of Bronze.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Magic Island

Doc Savage novels: Book 89

Kenneth Robeson

By night, a fabulous city floats like a phosphorescent fantasy over the watery waste of the Pacific. The awestruck sailors who witness this miraculous sight find themselves gifted suddenly with superhuman powers. But by morning the phantasm -- and its magic -- have mysteriously vaporized. Stranger still, why are a certain crime kingpin and beautiful but ruthless heiress fascinated by the unearthly event? To come up -- alive -with an answer, the Man of Bronze will need all his incredible cunning and towering strength.

The original Street & Smith Publications title for this novel is "OST".

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Flying Goblin

Doc Savage novels: Book 90

Kenneth Robeson

The Headless Horseman rides again in Sleepy Hollow -- this time streaking down the sky with flashing speed causing destruction and horror wherever he lands. Here is a puzzle worthy of the penetrating powers of the Man of Bronze -- a deception so devious it would have to be solved on two continents.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Purple Dragon

Doc Savage Novels: Book 91

Kenneth Robeson

Graduates of Doc's college for criminals who revert to their former identities. A master trickster who will stop at nothing to further his evil plans. A ferocious monster that turns men's minds to mush. All are part of a cunning scheme which the Man of Bronze and his loyal companions must smash -- or die trying.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Awful Egg

Doc Savage Novels: Book 92

Kenneth Robeson

From the frozen heart of the American continent comes a nameless prehistoric terror of unspeakable savagery, leaving a broken trail of mangled victims that shocks and baffles the world. Only the superhuman Man of Bronze can meet this horrifying menace on its own bloody ground -- and uncover the even greater evil that spawned it.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Tunnel Terror

Doc Savage Novels: Book 93

Kenneth Robeson

It came out of nowhere and turned men into mummies. It threatened the construction of the mighty Yellow River Dam. But when it came after Hardrock Hennesey, the tough little mucker summoned the Man of Bronze -- the sensational mind who could smash the diabolical forces behind the mind-boggling mystery.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Hate Genius

Doc Savage Novels: Book 94

Kenneth Robeson

World War II is drawing to a close. Hitler rigs an assassination of a look-alike double in a daring plot to save his ruined Reich -- then disappears. America calls on its greatest hero -- Doc Savage -- to track down this most evil of adversaries and stop the phony martyrdom. Joining him in this last-ditch crusade are a wide assortment of Allied agents -- one of whom may be the fleeing Fuhrer himself!

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The original Doc Savage magazine (Street & Smith) title was Violent Night.

The Red Spider

Doc Savage Novels: Book 95

Kenneth Robeson

Doc smuggles himself into Moscow on his most daring mission yet! The Man of Bronze tangles with a deadly military secret, some sinister Soviets, and -- most dangerous of all -- a heroine of the Russian underground who is as treacherous as she is beautiful.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Mystery on Happy Bones

Doc Savage Novels: Book 96

Kenneth Robeson

Happy Bones -- sinister island in the Caribbean that harbors a secret wealth vital to the success of World War II. The Man of Bronze exposes the Germans and undergoes one of the most shattering confrontations of the war. And Doc encounters the beautiful and savage Hannah, the last descendant of a lusty line of pirate marauders.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

More information available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Satan Black / Cargo Unknown

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 1

Kenneth Robeson

Satan Black

The Man of Bronze is pegged for murder in a family feud over a pipeline stretching from Arkansas to the Atlantic. The precious oil it carries is needed by the army for the invasion of Europe that will end the war. Only Doc Savage and his fearless sidekicks can find the real culprit and see that the pipeline gets built -- at the risk of death by dynamite!

This is # 97 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Satan Black available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Cargo Unknown

Doc Savage's men are on a top secret mission aboard the Pilotfish when the submarine explodes and sinks to the ocean floor. The Man of Bronze tracks down the treacherous vipers behind the sabotage and searches for the purgatory of terror 200 feet below the ocean surface -- with only 12 hours of air left!

This is # 98 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Cargo Unknown available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Hell Below / The Lost Giant

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 2

Kenneth Robeson

Hell Below

A mad refugee from Hitler's crumbling Reich has set up a powerful fortress in Mexico. The plan? Capture Doc Savage and bring him by submarine to the desert hideout... enlist his aid in carrying out the "New Effort" -- the one that will succeed where Hitler failed!

This is # 99 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Hell Below available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Lost Giant

Across the Arctic wastes, Doc Savage races deadly enemy agents on skis and in bombers -- to a remote island off the Greenland coast. The quarry is a secret so great that the future of nations hinges on Doc and his crew... and their ability to stand solidly against menacing forces of evil.

This is # 100 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Lost Giant available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Pharaoh's Ghost / The Time Terror

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 3

Kenneth Robeson

The Pharaoh's Ghost

In the mysterious land of the sphinx, Doc Savage and his crew confront a sinister foe -- who uses a pharaoh's curse and machine guns to carry out his evil will. Doc trails the malevolent genius to his remote hideout, just as his friends are scheduled for sacrifice to bloodthirsty gods!

This is #101 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Pharaoh's Ghost available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Time Terror

The monstrous winged lizard swooped out of the sky bringing terror and destruction. Was this horrible creature just a freak of nature? Or did it spell the end of humanity? Doc and his aides didn't have time to wonder. They had to push forward -- into a lost valley of prehistoric beasts and men!

This is #102 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Time Terror available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Whisker of Hercules / The Man Who Was Scared

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 4

Kenneth Robeson

The Whisker of Hercules

A superhuman god springs from mythology to terrorize and destroy. Those who cross its malevolent path also discover a quick way to die. Doc Savage and his crew set out to stop this ancient evil, and just as Doc closes in -- he's face to face with a silver-haired Adonis!

This is # 103 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Whisker of Hercules available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Man Who Was Scared

A simple breakfast cereal sends Doc after a faceless criminal mastermind who is plotting nationwide horror. Following a wild battle in New York's Grand Central Station, Doc discovers two shuddering facts -- his crew has vanished, and the cops, army, and FBI want him for murder!

This is # 104 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Man Who Was Scared available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

They Died Twice / The Screaming Man

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 5

Kenneth Robeson

They Died Twice

Doc is lured into a strange memory machine and learns that his father had committed a crime. To right that wrong, Doc must divulge his best-kept secret -- but it lands Doc and his crew in a lost valley as captives of an ancient tribe of savages... and the sacrificial rites have begun!

This is # 105 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about They Died Twice available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Screaming Man

From war-ravaged Manila to an ocean liner bound for chaos, Doc races to solve three mysteries at once -- the kidnapping of one of his valuable crew, the sinister secret behind a strange dancing girl and the identity of a power-crazed dictator more malevolent that Hitler!

This is # 106 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Screaming Man available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Jiu San / The Black, Black Witch

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 6

Kenneth Robeson

Jiu San

A malevolent new leader has risen to terrorize the Western world. No one knows who he is. Doc, his crew, and a blonde war correspondent risk everything to find out. But to get the answers, they must face the death-dealing powers of a madman on the nighttime streets of a city known for its bloodthirsty killers -- Yokohama!

This is # 107 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Jiu San Twice available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Black, Black Witch

From war-ravaged Manila to an ocean liner bound for chaos, Doc races to solve three mysteries at once -- the kidnapping of one of his valuable crew, the sinister secret behind a strange dancing girl and the identity of a power-crazed dictator more malevolent that Hitler!

This is # 108 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Black, Black Witch available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Shape of Terror / Death Had Yellow Eyes

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 7

Kenneth Robeson

The Shape of Terror

A sinister plot is underway, and it all begins with the incredible and horrifying death of Doc Savage. Everyone says it is an accident, but Monk and Ham know the truth -- and that means they know too much. For the terrifying plan to succeed, Monk and Ham must die too!

This is # 109 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Shape of Terror available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Death Had Yellow Eyes

Out of the darkness, yellow and bodiless eyes peer into the faces of Doc Savage and his crew. And when Monk vanishes inside a locked room, Doc leaps to the rescue -- plunging straight into a vicious international maelstrom that could change the course of history!

This is # 110 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Death Had Yellow Eyes available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

One-Eyed Mystic / The Man Who Fell Up

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 8

Kenneth Robeson

One-Eyed Mystic

A criminal master of mind-control conspires to sell the ultimate weapon of terror and destruction to the Nazis. Only Doc and his daring crew can stop him. They trail their malevolent quarry to the frozen Arctic sea -- and fall into an icy evil trap of machine guns, U-boats and sheer insanity!

This is # 111 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about One-Eyed Mystic available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Man Who Fell Up

Out of the darkness, yellow and bodiless eyes peer into the faces of Doc Savage and his crew. And when Monk vanishes inside a locked room, Doc leaps to the rescue -- plunging straight into a vicious international maelstrom that could change the course of history!

This is # 112 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Man Who Fell Up available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Talking Devil / The Ten Ton Snakes

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 9

Kenneth Robeson

The Talking Devil

Doc Savage is the target of a new, malevolent foe -- the spirit of the King of Evil, who utters murderous commands through an ancient Chinese Devil Doll. Is Doc cursed? Or has a maniacal criminal genius discovered the ultimate key to Doc's destruction? To survive, the Man of Bronze plunges into a terrifying struggle that can end only one way -- death!

This is # 113 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Talking Devil available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Ten Ton Snakes

A war hero running for his life and a mysteriously heavy cargo of exotic snake skins send Doc and his crew racing into the steaming jungles of Brazil. There, the Man of Bronze unearths a bizarre secret buried for centuries -- and battles a sinister force that marks him for instant execution!

This is # 114 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Ten Ton Snakes available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Pirate Isle / The Speaking Stone

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 10

Kenneth Robeson

Pirate Isle

A murderous madman is holding a South Sea atoll in terror. His aim? Nothing less than pirating the secret of turning sea water into gold. His obsession? Set a deadly trap -- then obliterate the Man of Bronze and his bold crew!

This is # 115 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Pirate Isle available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Speaking Stone

To unlock the secret of a mysterious talking stone, Doc travels to an ancient utopia high in the mountains. A vicious army of vipers are hot on his heels, racing him to the city in the clouds. To get the secret, Doc's awesome talents are soon tested when he must protect the lives of his crew -- and the lives of everyone in the city!

This is # 116 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Speaking Stone available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Golden Man / Peril in the North

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 11

Kenneth Robeson

The Golden Man

A murderous madman is holding a South Sea atoll in terror. His aim? Nothing less than pirating the secret of turning sea water into gold. His obsession? Set a deadly trap -- then obliterate the Man of Bronze and his bold crew!

This is # 117 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Golden Man available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Peril in the North

250 people are abandoned in the Arctic wilderness at the mercy of a murderous madman. Only Doc Savage can prevent wholesale slaughter on ice. Following a gun- and bomb-blasting battle on the New York docks, the Man of Bronze and his crew face northward to smash a sinister plot -- and to expose the cruel secret of a bloodthirsty foreign dictator!

This is # 118 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Peril in the North available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Laugh of Death / The King of Terror

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 12

Kenneth Robeson

The Laugh of Death

Doc's trusty crew suddenly disappears. The only clue is an unearthly laughter that arises from nowhere and destroys the will. Doc, alone, must save his sidekicks before they die -- but when the laughter attacks him, the Man of Bronze becomes the helpless puppet of evil!

This is # 119 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Laugh of Death available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The King of Terror

A ruthless madman is plotting to rule the world. His ingenious plan involves an enigmatic woman, a psychotic surgeon, and a strange and powerful fog that muddles men's minds. First, they have to kill Doc Savage. And Doc's vengeance begins only after he is dead!

This is # 120 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The King of Terror available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Three Wild Men / The Fiery Menace

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 13

Kenneth Robeson

The Three Wild Men

The FBI is after the Man of Bronze. The U.S. government believes he's conducting bizarre experiments to transform the world's wealthiest and most powerful men into brutal, mindless creatures. From posh New York apartments to murky Virginia swamps, Doc Savage races one step ahead of the G-men as he seeks the true evil genius behind the maniacal plot of worldwide terror!

This is #121 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Three Wild Men available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Fiery Menace

A ruthless madman is plotting to rule the world. His ingenious plan involves an enigmatic woman, a psychotic surgeon, and a strange and powerful fog that muddles men's minds. First, they have to kill Doc Savage. And Doc's vengeance begins only after he is dead!

This is # 122 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Fiery Menace available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Devils of the Deep / The Headless Men

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 14

Kenneth Robeson

Devils of the Deep

A mysterious "sea monster" is sighted by fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico. Then a pirated submarine, using a powerful secret weapon, begins to terrorize shipping along the entire Atlantic seaboard. Hundreds die as warships of all nations join together to find and destroy the deadly menace. The chief suspects: Doc Savage and his loyal crew!

This is # 123 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Devils of the Deep available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Headless Men

A mad scientist has invented a way to decapitate people and let them live as his headless slaves. The Man of Bronze and his crew pursue this deadly genius to Central America, where they are all trapped and captured. Only Doc Savage can prevent the headless horde from taking over the world -- but he is strapped to a sacrificial altar and is scheduled to lose his head at midnight!

More information about The Headless Men available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Alan Hathway authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Goblins / The Secret of the Su

Doc Savage Novels (Doubles): Book 15

Kenneth Robeson

The Goblins

Doc Savage and his crew are cornered. They're pinned down in a blazing crossfire between the forces of law, a ruthless master criminal and the most horrible horror the Man of Bronze has ever faced. A terror squad of tiny green men with fiendish grins -- whose slightest touch means instant, agonizing death!

This is # 125 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Goblins available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Secret of the Su

The Nazis have offered three million dollars for the ancient treasure -- and the insidious Dr. Light is eager to betray his country to feed his lust for power. Doc Savage and his amazing crew race toward the devastating secret buried in the Everglades. Deep in the jungle, they must battle a race of warriors from the lost continent of Atlantis -- with the fate of the civilized world at stake!

More information about The Secret of the Su available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

This is # 126 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

Lester Dent authored both novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #1

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 1

Kenneth Robeson

The All-White Elf

A weapon of incredible hypnotic power has fallen into evil hands. Doc Savage must uncover the secret of the paralyzing peril -- or face a fiery death at sea.

This is # 127 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The All-White Elf available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Running Skeletons

Doc Savage and his crew are suddenly guinea pigs in an experiment of terror -- and a fiendish gang of gun slinging skeletons are out to skin them alive.

This is # 128 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Running Skeletons available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Angry Canary

High in the mountains of India, Doc and his crew battle a madman genius whose frightening invention can doom the entire human race.

This is # 129 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Angry Canary available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Swooning Lady

Hot on the trail of two million in diamonds, Doc is caught in jungle treachery by ruthless thugs, head-hunting natives -- and a lovely lady with cold-blooded murder on her mind.

This is # 130 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Swooning Lady available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #2

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 2

Kenneth Robeson

The Mindless Monsters

Senseless, machine-like humans of incredible strength and little humanity are scouring the city, and even Doc Savage is no match for them. Doc races to find a way to destroy them -- but the world thinks he's their leader.

This is # 131 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Mindless Monsters available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Alan Hathway authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Rustling Death

A powerful weapon of destruction has been unleashed -- a device which can disintegrate the defenseless population. Can Doc and his crew save their country -- or will this tool of doom become a madman's terrifying toy?

This is # 132 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Rustling Death available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Alan Hathway authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

King Joe Cay

What do a coral reef, a purse, a fat man, and two captivating women have in common? As Doc Savage soon discovers, the perilous answer lies at a Bahamas fortress -- in the hands of the most vicious cut-throats in captivity

This is # 133 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about King Joe Cay available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Thing That Pursued

It's bizarre, horrifying, unstoppable -- a fiery unknown menace is consuming planes in the sky. And now the thing is plunging for Doc! But the biggest danger lies dead ahead, from a small man with a huge heart of pure evil.

This is # 134 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Thing That Pursued available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #3

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 3

Kenneth Robeson

The Spook of Grandpa Eben

Can an ancient ring put a curse on its hapless victims? Doc and his crew must uncover the incredible truth -- or be condemned for murder!

This is # 135 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Spook of Grandpa Eben available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Measures for a Coffin

Doc becomes a helpless pawn in a diabolical plot to steal millions. If his trusty crew can't save him, the Man of Bronze will surely die!

This is # 136 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Measures for a Coffin available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Three Devils

A strange supernatural beast stalks the northern wilds. Can Doc put an end to its reign of terror -- before a ruthless band of fanatics puts an end to Doc?

This is # 137 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Three Devils available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Strange Fish

A gorgeous heiress, a mysterious fat man, an unlovely fish, and murder -- they all bring Doc and his crew to a Midwest ranch, a bloody playground for the most cunning madmen on earth!

This is # 138 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Strange Fish available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #4

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 4

Kenneth Robeson

Mystery Island

Something sinister causes a whole island to vanish! If Doc can't uncover the fiendish plot behind this startling act, he might be the next to disappear!

This is # 139 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Mystery Island available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Men of Fear

Something sinister causes a whole island to vanish! If Doc can't uncover the fiendish plot behind this startling act, he might be the next to disappear!

This is # 140 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Men of Fear available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Rock Sinister

Two redheads, an ancient Mayan book, some mysterious photographs, and murder .... it all leads Doc and his crew to South America for a deadly show

This is # 141 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Rock Sinister available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Pure Evil

Suddenly, a creature of pure evil has materialized in our world! Can Doc dive into the mysterious land of the occult to confront a demon -- before the demon ends his brilliant career?

This is # 142 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Pure Evil available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored these four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #5

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 5

Kenneth Robeson

No Light to Die By

An eerie illumination in the moonless night sky lights a path to destruction for Doc Savage -- as the Man of Bronze must defuse the most explosive threat to mankind since the atom bomb!

This is # 143 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about No Light to Die By available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Monkey Suit

Why are people being murdered for a rented, moth-eaten ape costume? Doc and his crew battle to unmask the deadly mystery -- and to keep a billion-dollar scientific breakthrough out of the hands of gangland gorillas.

This is # 144 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Monkey Suit available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Let's Kill Ames

When a beautiful but unscrupulous con-artist gets herself entangled in a poisonous extortion plot, only Doc Savage and his bold crew can discover the hidden antidote for murder.

This is # 145 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Let's Kill Ames By available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Once Over Lightly

Sudden death turns a carefree vacation into a captive hell, as Doc races to prevent a terrifying transaction that could reduce America's cities to radioactive rubble!

This is # 146 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Once Over Lightly By available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

I Died Yesterday

Sudden death turns a carefree vacation into a captive hell, as Doc races to The corpse of a young man in a beauty parlor, an ice pick, a camera, plants, chemistry, and Doc's meddlesome cousin Pat Savage all add up to a frightening plot -- and an all-out mission to rescue the Man of Bronze!

This is # 147 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about I Died Yesterday available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Doc Savage Omnibus #6

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 6

Kenneth Robeson

The Awful Dynasty

When a deadly scarab starts visiting a curse from ancient Egypt on wealthy financiers, Doc and his bold crew face a terrifying death in the mysterious crypts of the most dangerous pyramid on earth.

This is # 148 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Awful Dynasty By available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Magic Forest

The mysterious disappearance of Renny and a series of tiny grotesquely carved totem poles send Doc and his hard-fisted crew on a deadly race deep into the Alaskan wilds in search of a strange hidden land.

This is # 149 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Magic Forest By available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Fire and Ice

Doc saves a beautiful woman stranded in the Alaskan wilderness. But he soon finds more than he bargained for as a black box and a tall, dark and dead man lead Doc to Manhattan on a thrilling mission to solve a macabre puzzle.

This is # 150 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Fire and Ice available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Disappearing Lady

The cloying scent of gardenias and a very strange auto leads Doc Savage on a desperate quest to find a kidnap victim deep in the heart of the underworld.

This is # 151 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Disappearing Lady available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

William G. Bogart authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #7

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 7

Kenneth Robeson

The Men Vanished

A mysterious man with a face like a pre-Columbian stone image lures Doc and his crew to a madman's secret empire deep in the Amazon jungles -- where seven of the world's foremost explorers have inexplicably vanished. Is Doc next?

This is # 152 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Men Vanished available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Terrible Stork

Why are people being murdered for a cheap tin statuette of a stork? The search for an answer takes Doc and his crew from a Long Island cemetery at night to a secret vault in the lowest and most dangerous depths of the Grand Canyon!

This is # 153 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Terrible Stork available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Five Fathoms Dead

When a submarine commandeered by crooks begins hijacking warships from the U.S. Navy, Doc races to the rescue -- only to find himself up against a bloodthirsty gang of modern-day pirates!

This is # 154 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Five Fathoms Dead available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Danger Lies East

War is about to break out in the Middle East -- unless Doc and his men can stop a fanatic from giving the word to his millions of crazed followers. Doc's quest to find the madman becomes a terrifying race to save the world from total annihilation!

This is # 155 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Danger Lies East available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #8

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 8

Kenneth Robeson

The Mental Monster

A ruthless master criminal with the horrifying power to read men's minds becomes Doc's greatest challenge -- and he'll need every ounce of his muscle and brain power to fight ... and survive!

This is # 156 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Mental Monster available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Pink Lady

A terrified young lady tries desperately to contact Doc Savage, but she's burned to a crisp in a hotel lobby before she can reach him -- thus launching Doc on one of his strangest escapades ever!

This is # 157 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Pink Lady available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Weird Valley

A man who has found the secret of eternal life is murdered, and Doc's search for the truth leads to a hidden valley deep in Mexico -- where eternal life awaits some, and death awaits Doc!

This is # 158 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Weird Valley available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Trouble on Parade

In Maine on business, Doc is mysteriously warned by everyone to leave if he values his health. Soon, Doc finds himself behind bars on trumped up charges. Forced to escape to prove his innocence, Doc travels to a secret cove that harbors a gang of bloodthirsty cutthroats, none of whom wish him good health!

This is # 159 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Trouble on Parade available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #9

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 9

Kenneth Robeson

The Invisible-Box Murders

Four men have mysteriously died after receiving an innocuous box that vanishes within minutes of the murder! Doc and his crew race to crack the case -- because Doc is suspect number one!

This is # 160 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Invisible-Box Murders available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Birds of Death

Doc's musical accomplishments are almost as well known as his scientific genius -- but even he can't match the peculiar talent of the strange yellow canaries whose sweet music is the song of death!

This is # 161 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Birds of Death available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Wee Ones

Hysterical tales of tiny half-human creatures sweep through town. Even the idea of such monsters seemed insane to Doc and his crew -- but one thing was very real: the trail of blood!

This is # 162 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Wee Ones available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Terror Takes 7

A young beauty's terror takes the most bizarre shapes. A coonskin cap, an exotic collection of rare orchids, a flintlock rifle, and a disappearing butler combine to create the most puzzling mystery of Doc's career!

This is # 163 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Terror Takes 7 available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #10

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 10

Kenneth Robeson

The Devil's Black Rock

A mysterious black rock with the power to unleash deadly explosions is about to be sold to the Nazis -- the destructive mineral will change the outcome of the war unless Doc can muscle in on the buy!

This is # 164 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Devil's Black Rock available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Waves of Death

A freak tidal wave occurs in the normally placid waters of Lake Michigan -- suddenly Doc and his crew find themselves on the trail of a mad inventor with the power to hold the world hostage!

This is # 165 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Waves of Death available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Terror and the Lonely Widow

Doc and crew are en route to the South Sea Islands where an evil mastermind plans to start WWIII by selling an atomic bomb to the highest bidder -- but Doc's search is cut short when the madman hijacks their plane!

This is # 166 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Terror and the Lonely Widow available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Too-Wise Owl

Doc is lured to the criminal hideout of an evil genius and an experiment with the incredible Vitamin M -- a nutrient that can make a man incredibly smart -- or terminally stupid!

This is # 167 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Too-Wise Owl available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #11

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 11

Kenneth Robeson

Se-Pah-Poo

Doc and his crew arrive at a remote archaeological dig in Arizona where scientists are being cooked alive and uncover the mummified hand of an angry god -- and an amazing weapon of death!

This is # 168 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Se-Pah-Poo available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Colors For Murder

A kidnapping, a killing, and a young woman on the run set Doc on an explosive trail of conspiracy and intrigue that leads straight to a group of mysterious, multicolored whales!

This is # 169 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Colors For Murder available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Three Times a Corpse

All Doc wanted was a quiet vacation, but what he gets instead is a femme fatale with a curious lucky streak, a bottle of poisoned bourbon, and a man who dies three times!

This is # 170 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Three Times a Corpse available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Death is a Round Black Spot

Doc is summoned to a small Missouri town where violent death is a way of life -- and a black spot marks the next victim!

This is # 171 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Death is a Round Black Spot available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

The Devil is Jones

A man, a woman, or the devil himself: who -- or what -- is the elusive, mysterious Jones? Doc better find out quick, before he's framed for murder!

This is # 172 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Devil is Jones available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Lester Dent authored all four novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #12

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 12

Kenneth Robeson

Bequest of Evil

One of Doc's friends inherits a Canadian estate, but they all get more than they bargained for, including kidnappers, torture, an Arctic colony of slaves -- and a diabolical madman with a plot to rule the world!

This is # 173 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Bequest of Evil available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Death in Little Houses

A group of bearded mountain men steals pieces of a miniature model home and a lady trucker is marked for death -- only Doc can put the pieces of this bizarre puzzle together before murder rules the road.

This is # 174 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Death in Little Houses available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Target for Death

When a seemingly innocent letter leaves a trail of dead bodies, Doc tracks the mysterious sender halfway round the world to stamp out a killer whose punishment is long overdue.

This is # 175 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Target for Death available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Death Lady

Doc and the gang head for the Brazilian jungle to rescue a missing heiress, but instead of a damsel in distress they find a lovely lady with a heart of darkness.

This is # 176 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Death Lady available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

William G. Bogart authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

The Exploding Lake

A lake vanishes in a fireball, a gregarious blonde with an ocelot cub, and a far-off land of mystery spell trouble for Doc and his crew -- and finis for the world as we know it.

This is # 177 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about The Exploding Lake available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Harold A. Davis authored this novel under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Doc Savage Omnibus #13

Doc Savage Novels (Omnibus): Book 13

Kenneth Robeson

Contents:

  • The Derelict of Skull Shoal
    In the middle of the Atlantic Ocean a dog howls -- launching Doc and his crew on a high-seas adventure involving bloodthirsty pirates, man-eating sharks, and an island of zombie-killers!
    • This is # 178 in the Doc Savage Novels series. More information about The Derelict of Skull Shoal available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

  • Terror Wears No Shoes
    When one of his trusty crew mysteriously vanishes in the Orient, Doc's investigation leads to a beautiful glamour-puss, a deadly virus, and a diabolical plot to poison America!
    • This is # 179 in the Doc Savage Novels series. More information about Terror Wears No Shoes available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

  • The Green Master
    In a secret fortress high in the Andes, Doc and his crew are enslaved by a race of extrasensory super-blondes who worship a strange green stone with a life of its own!
    • This is # 180 in the Doc Savage Novels series. More information about The Green Master available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

  • Return from Cormoral
    When an eccentric young millionaire suddenly starts predicting the future with unerring accuracy, Doc has to find out how and why fast -- because the next prediction is of his own death!
    • This is # 181 in the Doc Savage Novels series. More information about Return from Cormoral available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

  • Up From Earth's Center
    A shipwrecked lunatic, a mysterious cavern, and a plump little man with a fear of fire lead Doc on his strangest and most legendary adventure ever -- straight to the gates of hell itself!
    • This is # 182 in the Doc Savage Novels series. More information about Up From Earth's Center available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

  • Afterword, essay by Will Murray

  • Afterword, essay by Philip José Farmer

Lester Dent authored all five novels under pseudonym Kenneth Robeson.

Note: This Omnibus is the last of the Doc Savage Novels of the the pulp era. The remaining Doc Savage Novels were authored by Philip José Farmer or Will Murray, from notes or concept by Lester Dent.

Escape from Loki

Doc Savage Novels (Post Pulp): Book 1

Philip José Farmer

A brand new Doc Savage adventure, a prequel to the original MAN OF BRONZE book. A young Clark Savage joins the army at age 16, fights in WWI and meets the men who would become his companions while in a German prison camp. The story of their escape and the damage they do to the Germans in the process is vintage Doc and vintage Farmer. This story was adapted to a comic book in the DC Comics 1989 Annual Doc Savage issue.

This is # 183 in the Doc Savage Novels series.

More information about Escape From Loki available at the Hidalgo Trading Company website.

Shroud of Sorrow

Doctor Who New Series: Book 51

Tommy Donbavand

It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his deceased father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane.

Then the faces begin to talk, and scream and push through into our world as the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning. Can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Savage Scorpio

Dray Prescot: Book 16

Alan Burt Akers

Somewhere in the unmapped regions of Kregen, beneath the two suns of Antares, lies the hidden city of the Savanti. The Savanti were responsible for tearing Dray Prescot away from his native Earth for their struggle against the Star Lords. Dray has long sought the locale of his original landing because it would help solve the mystery of his transition. Now the time has come for the search to be completed without delay. The father of his beloved Delia is a victim of assassins, and only the Savanti can undo the evil that could shatter all that Dray holds dear in his second planetary homeland.

The Anome

Durdane: Book 1

Jack Vance

The minstrel Gastel Etzwane lives in Shant- a country of cantons, each independently dictating its own law and customs. The enforcement of law is simple, quick, and inevitable: death by decapitation, from an explosive torc clamped around each citizen's neck by authority of a single man- the Anome. For millennia Anomes have ruled Shant, dealing death as they see fit- and none dares defy them, until Gastel Etzwane risks his head to expose the Anome's identity- and end the tyranny of these faceless men forever.

The Anome is part 1 of 3 of Durdane.

The land of Shant on the planet Durdane is ruled by a purposely anonymous dictator called the Anome or Faceless Man. He maintains control by virtue of the torc, a ring of explosive placed around the neck of every adult in Shant.

The Brave Free Men

Durdane: Book 2

Jack Vance

Where the Anomes once ruled stands young Gastel Etzwane, facing a mortal threat to his homeland. Hoards of red Roguskhoi, armed by an unknown enemy, have swarmed out of the southern bogs to slaughter men, despoil women, and spread waves of terror. Through the peace imposed by the tyranny of the Anomes, men of Shant have lost the art of weaponry and war. Now Gastel must revive those skills to forge Shant's citizens into an army - an army of the free.

The Brave Free Men is part 2 of 3 of Durdane.

The land of Shant on the planet Durdane is ruled by a purposely anonymous dictator called the Anome or Faceless Man. He maintains control by virtue of the torc, a ring of explosive placed around the neck of every adult in Shant.

The Asutra

Durdane: Book 3

Jack Vance

Gastel Etzwane and his army of Brave Free Men have driven the Roguskhoi from Durdane, only to discover that Durdane is but one tiny front- a testing ground- for an implacable enemy intent on subjugating all the worlds of man. Gastel and his people are in no position to resist, but must find a way to escape a slave army, forced to fight a war that is not their own, and defeat the Asutra!

The Asutra is part 3 of 3 of Durdane.

The land of Shant on the planet Durdane is ruled by a purposely anonymous dictator called the Anome or Faceless Man. He maintains control by virtue of the torc, a ring of explosive placed around the neck of every adult in Shan't.

Tales of the Dying Earth

Dying Earth

Jack Vance

One of Jack Vances enduring classics is his 1964 novel, The Dying Earth, and its sequelsa fascinating tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. This volume comprises all four books in the series, The Dying Earth, The Eyes of the Overworld, Cugels Saga and Rialto the Magnificent.

The Bagful of Dreams

Dying Earth

Jack Vance

WFA nominated novelette. It originally appeared in the anthology Flashing Swords! #4: Barbarians and Black Magicians (1977), edited by Lin Carter. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Finest Fantasy (1978), edited by Terry Carr, and Masterpieces of Fantasy and Wonder (1989), edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. It is included in the collection The Jack Vance Treasury (2007). A limmited edition chapbook also appeared in 1979.

The Dying Earth

Dying Earth: Book 1

Jack Vance

The stories included in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisdom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home in Vance's lyrically described fantastic landscapes like Embelyon where, "The sky [was] a mesh of vast ripples and cross-ripples and these refracted a thousand shafts of colored light, rays which in mid-air wove wondrous laces, rainbow nets, in all the jewel hues...." The dying Earth itself is otherworldly: "A dark blue sky, an ancient sun.... Nothing of Earth was raw or harsh-the ground, the trees, the rock ledge protruding from the meadow; all these had been worked upon, smoothed, aged, mellowed. The light from the sun, though dim, was rich and invested every object of the land ... with a sense of lore and ancient recollection." Welcome.

alternate title: Mazirian the Magician

The Eyes of the Overworld

Dying Earth: Book 2

Jack Vance

The Eyes of the Overworld is the first of Vance's picaresque novels about the scoundrel Cugel. Here he is sent by a magician he has wronged to a distant unknown country to retrieve magical lenses that reveal the Overworld. Conniving to steal the lenses, he escapes and, goaded by a homesick monster magically attached to his liver, starts to find his way home to Almery. The journey takes him across trackless mountains, wastelands, and seas. Through cunning and dumb luck, the relentless Cugel survives one catastrophe after another, fighting off bandits, ghosts, and ghouls-stealing, lying, and cheating without insight or remorse leaving only wreckage behind.

Betrayed and betraying, he joins a cult group on a pilgrimage, crosses the Silver Desert as his comrades die one by one and, escaping the Rat People, obtains a spell that returns him home. There, thanks to incompetence and arrogance he misspeaks the words of a purloined spell and transports himself back to the same dismal place he began his journey.

Alternate title: Cugel the Clever

Cugel's Saga

Dying Earth: Book 3

Jack Vance

The roguish Cugel the Clever is stranded on a shore on the other side of the world by the Laughing Magic and must fight, bluff, and connive his way back to Almery to take vengeance on the wizard.

Alternate title: Cugel: The Skybreak Spatterlight

Rhialto the Marvellous

Dying Earth: Book 4

Jack Vance

Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is hisThe Dying Earth series, fascinating, baroque tales set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever.

Rhialto the Marvellous contains three linked novellas about the adventures of the wizard Rhialto across the decadent landscape of the Dying Earth, under its swollen red sun.

The Shadows of Avalon

Eighth Doctor Adventures: Book 31

Paul Cornell

The Brigadier, mourning the loss of his wife Doris, is called to help find a nuclear weapon that's gone missing over the Wiltshire Downs. The Doctor is on his way there too, to pick up his companion Compassion, after her holiday on Earth. But when the Doctor's TARDIS explodes, he, the Brigadier, Compassion and Fitz are thrown into the other-dimensional world of Avalon. Magic faces down science, dragons duel with jet fighters.

The War in the Waste

Ever: Book 1

Felicity Savage

Crispin is a "circus baby, " born in a caravan, working as a daemon handler and aerialist - until an accident on the high wire casts him out into a world even stranger than the circus that nurtured him. Crispin falls headlong into the arms of Rae, an orphan girl of equally exotic origins. And soars in daemon-powered biplanes over the wastelands of the Raw, joining the awesome battle between Ferupe's slow-dying Queen and her adversary, the Lizard Significant.

The Daemon in the Machine

Ever: Book 2

Felicity Savage

The epic battle joined in EVER Part One: The War in the Waste continues in the second volume of Felicity Savage's groundbreaking trilogy, The Daemon in the Machine.

Fleeing the trap laid for them by the treacherous David Burns, Crispin and Mickey strike out for Okimako, where Mickey is reunited with the family he abandoned to join the Disciples. Crispin struggles to reconcile his apocryphal visions with the political realities of Okimako. Meanwhile, on the far side of the continent, Rae faces the appalling truth about the cult to which she has attached herself.

Kirekune is winning the war in the Wraithwaste, but a Significant victory will have terrible consequences for humans and daemons alike

Trickster in the Ashes

Ever: Book 3

Felicity Savage

Since his birth in the back of a truck, Crispin Kateralbin has been a daemon handler, a trapeze artist, a fighter pilot, a street entertainer, a deckhand, a dock laborer, and a wanted man.

Now the war that divided Oceania for a hundred years is over, and Crispin has achieved wealth and anonymity as a middleman for a drug-smuggling monopolist.

On the far side of the continent, Crispin's first lover Rae Akila has joined a cult that worships daemons.

And in Okimako, Mickey Ash fights Greater Significance for the right to live.

When these three come together again, the world will change.

The Bavarian Gate

Farside: Book 2

John Dalmas

Curtis Macurdy leads two lives. On earth, he is a farmer; but on the other side of the secret cross-dimensional gate, in the world of Yuulith, he is the invincible mystic warrior, the Lion of Farside. With the war over, Macurdy hopes to return to his life as a farmer. But trouble is growing in Europe as Adolph Hitler rises to power and the Nazis threaten more than the fate of Earth...

Shadows of Doom

Forgotten Realms: The Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy: Book 1

Ed Greenwood

Elminster's Doom

It was the eve of the Time of Troubles. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerûn was still to come. Unbeknownst to mortals, the gods had been summoned together, and among them was Mystra, grown proud and willful in the passing eons. With the others, she was about to be stripped of her godhood.

The secret of her power gave her an idea. She made certain preparations, looking always for one who would be her successor... But until that person's ascension, her power must be preserved.

A lone mortal must carry the greater share of her divine energy until the power could be reclaimed, and it was the fate of this mortal to risk being destroyed or driven wild, involuntarily and without warning.

This was the occaision of Elminster's Doom.

Cloak of Shadows

Forgotten Realms: The Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy: Book 2

Ed Greenwood

The Shadow Over Faerûn

The Time of Troubles had arrived. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerûn had come.

But wrathful and warring gods were not Faerûn's only problem.

The dreaded and insidious Shadowmasters had seized the opportunity to increase their influence and power while Mystra and her minions were otherwise engaged. The Shadowmasters had woven a mgical cloak of spells that would render the wearer invisible to their rival's magic.

The shadow over Faerûn spreads.

All Shadows Fled

Forgotten Realms: The Shadow of the Avatar Trilogy: Book 3

Ed Greenwood

The Shadow Spreads

The Time of Troubles had almost passed. The chaos of spilled blood, lawless strife, monsters unleashed, and avatars roaming Faerûn was reaching an end.

However, not so Those Who Walk in Shadow.

The dreaded and insidious Shadowmasters realize that they have one last chance to seize control while chaos wrecks havoc on all of the Realms, and in doing so seal the fate of not just their archenemy Elminster, but all of Mystra's minions as well.

Darkness threatens to envelop all Faerûn.

The shadows loom.

The Eternal Savage: Nu of the Neocene

Frontiers of Imagination: Book 31

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Time travel, a millennium-spanning romance, and rousing action in modern African jungles and the untamed prehistoric wilderness ignite this classic adventure tale from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Nu, a warrior from the Stone Age, is buried alive in an earthquake while stalking a saber-toothed tiger. Awakening thousands of years later on Tarzan's estate in Africa, he gives his heart to Victoria Custer of Nebraska, a visitor to the estate, who is the reincarnation of Nu's Stone Age love, Nat-ul. But other men treacherously compete for the love of Victoria in modern Africa and for the heart of Nat-ul in the distant past.

Set in both a terrifyingly dangerous primeval setting and the beloved world of Tarzan, The Eternal Savage movingly reveals whether eternal love is strong enough to triumph over undying adversity.

The Savage Gentleman

Frontiers of Imagination: Book 62

Philip Wylie

Betrayed by his wife, Stephen Stone spirits his son, Henry, away to a remote tropical island and trains him to be an ideal physical specimen and a perfect gentleman. After years of isolation, Henry Stone is now a young man, standing a full six feet two inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. His hair is bronze, his eyes turquoise, his skin mahogany--a magnificent man. When Henry finally returns to civilization, he finds that his father's business has grown into a news empire. Though he is the owner of this huge conglomerate, a great conversationalist and excellent company, well versed in etiquette, and extraordinarily nice, Henry has never seen a woman. Indeed his father has taught him never to trust a female and that love itself is a myth. When Henry collides with the contemporary world and the modern woman, the collision is necessarily fascinating and complicated for both Henry and the society he is discovering.

Maske: Thaery

Gaean Reach

Jack Vance

Far across the galaxy on the planet Maske, young Jubal Droad leaves home to make his fortune. Droad attaches himself to the powerful court of Nai the Hever, and is made an interplanetary economic spy. Jubal courts Mieltrude - the cold-blooded, beautiful daughter of the house - and becomes the rival and enemy of the brutal Ramus Ymph. In disguise, Jubal leaves the planet and proves Ramus' connection to a sinister interplanetary cartel that covets a foothold on Maske; Jubal pursues Ramus, and finds him among the Waels - a strange people who worship intelligent trees. The trees will determine the outcome of their final confrontation...

Night Lamp

Gaean Reach

Jack Vance

Found as a child with no memory of his past, adopted by a scholarly couple who raised him as their own, Jaro never quiet fit into the rigidly defined Society of Thanet.

When his foster parents are killed in a mysterious bombing, Jaro Fath sets out to discover the truth of his origins--a quest that will take him across light-years and into the depths of the past.

The Domains of Koryphon

Gaean Reach

Jack Vance

The races of Koryphon keep an uneasy peace- the swift, nomadic Wind-runners, the fierce Uldras, and the aristocratic Outkers. For over two hundred years the Outkers have occupied the Alouan lands, living in baronial splendor where Uldra chieftains once ruled. When the self-proclaimed "Gray Prince" leads Uldras in an onslaught to expunge the Outkers from ancestral lands, he faces a challenge from the Outkers, and from history itself!

AKA: The Gray Prince, AKA: The Grey Prince

Humility Garden

Garden of Salt: Book 1

Felicity Savage

Humility never expected to leave her hardscrabble farming village, until Beau, her beautiful cousin, was chosen for the cruel ritual of ghosting. Now Delta City gleams like a diamond, drawing them to a future beyond their control and a destiny entwined with the world of Salt's.

To survive in this decadent realm, Humility must work out who she really is... and how far she's willing to go for justice.

Delta City

Garden of Salt: Book 2

Felicity Savage

Humility Garden is a broken woman, crippled and alone.

But the violent changes sweeping Salt make despair a luxury that Humility can't afford. With a militant atheistic movement is on the march, the remaining survivors of the old order begin to plan their revolt against the sadistic new Divinarch. And Humility's own sister is on the wrong side.

To restore peace to Salt, Humility will have to confront the gods themselves.

Blackdog

Gods of the Caravan Road: Book 1

K. V. Johansen

Long ago, in the days of the first kings in the north, there were seven devils...

And long ago, in the days of the first kings in the north, the seven devils, who had deceived and possessed seven of the greatest wizards of the world, were defeated and bound with the help of the Old Great Gods...

And perhaps some of the devils are free in the world, and perhaps some are working to free themselves still...

In a land where gods walk on the hills and goddesses rise from river, lake, and spring, the caravan-guard Holla-Sayan, escaping the bloody conquest of a lakeside town, stops to help an abandoned child and a dying dog. The girl, though, is the incarnation of Attalissa, goddess of Lissavakail, and the dog a shape-changing guardian spirit whose origins have been forgotten. Possessed and nearly driven mad by the Blackdog, Holla-Sayan flees to the desert road, taking the powerless avatar with him.

Necromancy, treachery, massacres, rebellions, and gods dead or lost or mad follow hard on their heels. But it is Attalissa herself who may be the Blackdog's-and Holla-Sayan's-doom.

The Leopard: Marakand Volume 1

Gods of the Caravan Road: Book 2

K. V. Johansen

Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.

To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.

The Lady: Marakand Volume 2

Gods of the Caravan Road: Book 3

K. V. Johansen

Possessed by a ghost who feeds on death, the undying assassin Ahjvar the Leopard has been captured by the Lady of Marakand, enslaved by necromancy to be captain of her Red Masks. His shield-bearer Ghu, a former slave with an uncanny ability to free the captive dead, follows Ahjvar into the war-torn lands of the Duina Catairna to release him, even if that means destroying what is left of Ahj's tormented soul.

Deyandara, the last surviving heir of the Catairnan queen, rides into a land ravaged by disease and war, seeking the allies she abandoned months before, though they have no hope of standing against the army led by the invulnerable Red Masks of Marakand and the divine terror of the Lady.

In the city of Marakand, former enemies ally and old friends seek one another's deaths as loyalists of the entombed gods Gurhan and Ilbialla raise a revolt, spearheaded by the Grasslander wizard Ivah, the shapeshifting Blackdog, and the bear-demon Mikki. The Lady's defenses are not easily breached, though, and the one enemy who might withstand her, the Northron wanderer Moth, bearer of the sword Lakkariss, has vanished.

Gods of Nabban

Gods of the Caravan Road: Book 4

K. V. Johansen

The fugitive slave Ghu has ended the assassin Ahjvar's century-long possession by a murderous and hungry ghost, but at great cost. Heir of the dying gods of Nabban, he is drawn back to the empire he fled as a boy, journeying east on the caravan road with Ahjvar at his side.

Haunted by memory of those he has slain, Ahjvar is ill in mind and body, a danger to those about him and to the man who loves him most of all. Tortured by violent nightmares, he believes himself mad. Only his determination not to leave Ghu to face his fate alone keeps Ahjvar from asking to be freed at last from his unnatural life.

Innocent and madman, god and assassin--two men to seize an empire from the tyrannical descendants of the devil Yeh-Lin. But in war-torn Nabban, enemies of gods and humans stir in the shadows. Yeh-Lin herself meddles with the heir of her enemies and his soul-shattered companion, as the fate of the empire rests on their shoulders.

The Last Road

Gods of the Caravan Road: Book 5

K. V. Johansen

When even the gods are dying, the hope of the world may lie in its most feared enemies.

A new god proclaimed as the All-Holy has arisen in the west and leads an army eastward, devouring the gods and goddesses of the lands between, forcibly converting their folk and binding their souls to himself. The very fabric of the world appears threatened by forces beyond the understanding of scholars and wizards alike. Even the great city of Marakand, where the roads of east and west converge, seems powerless to resist the All-Holy, though the devils Moth and Yeh-Lin and the assassin Ahjvar, undead consort of the god of distant Nabban, have come to stand with it. That may avail Marakand little, for the shapeshifting Blackdog, once a champion of the gods, follows obediently at the All-Holy's heel and Lakkariss, the sword of the cold hells, is in his master's hand.

Savages of Gor

Gor / Counter-Earth: Book 17

John Norman

Long ago in their intraspecific conflicts a violent, technologically sophisticated life form, the Kurii, destroyed their native world. They now seek another. Between Earth and Gor, or the Counterearth, and the power of the imperialistic, predatory Kurii, now ensconced in the 'Steel Worlds,' a number of satellite colonies concealed amongst the debris of the asteroid belt, stands only the defensive might of the Priest-Kings of Gor.

Tarl Cabot, once of Bristol, England, laboring in behalf of the Priest-Kings, once managed to foil a Kur attempt to set the stage for an invasion of Gor. In that venture he encountered a worthy foe, the redoubtable Half-Ear, or Zarendargar, now fallen from favor in the Steel Worlds. The Kurii, unforgiving and relentless, have sent a death squad to Gor seeking Zarendargar. They seek the assistance of Cabot in this enterprise, but he declines to be of service. A decorated piece of hide, bearing strange symbols, tells a story, which may or may not be true. It suggests that Half-Ear, or Zarendargar, whom Cabot believed dead, may yet live. The death squad will seek Zarendargar, but, so, too, will Cabot, to warn him, for once, long ago, and faraway, in the polar north of Gor, each with the other had shared drink, a gesture of warriors, a cup lifted amongst foes. But to pursue this mission Cabot must enter and traverse the Barrens, the vast Eastern prairies of the primary Gorean continent, lands contested by tribes of warring savages, lands forbidden to strangers.

The Dragon Masters

Gregg Press Science Fiction Series: Book 21

Jack Vance

The race of man is growing old, but it's not yet ready to die - not while there are dragons still to kill!

The cross-bred dragon armies of the Men of Aerlith are the most appalling horrors ever to threaten the sanity of our future:

Termagents ~ three hundred reptilian giants with six legs apiece, the most fecund breeders of them all

Jugglers ~ eighteen of them, growling amongst themselves, waiting for an opportunity to snap off a leg from any unwary groom

Murderers (striding and long-horned) ~ eighty-five of each, with scaly tails and eyes like crystals

Fiends ~ fifty-two powerful monsters, their tails tipped with spike steel balls

Blue Horrors, Basics, Spider Dragons...

Savage Season

Hap and Leonard: Book 1

Joe R. Lansdale

A rip-roaring, high-octane, Texas-sized thriller, featuring two friends, one vixen, a crew of washed-up radicals, loads of money, and bloody mayhem.

Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are best friends, yet they couldn't be more different. Hap is an east Texas white-boy with a weakness for Texas women. Leonard is a gay, black Vietnam vet. Together, they steer up more commotion than a fire storm. But that's just the way they like it. So when an ex-flame of Hap's returns promising a huge score. Hap lets Leonard in on the scam, and that's when things get interesting.

Chockfull of action and laughs, Savage Season is the masterpiece of dark suspense that introduced Hap and Leonard to the thriller scene. It hasn't been the same since.

Hunger Makes the Wolf

Hob Ravani: Book 1

Alex Wells

The strange planet known as Tanegawa's World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.

Ten years later, she discovers the body of Nick's brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered--both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.

Blood Binds the Pack

Hob Ravani: Book 2

Alex Wells

Join the fight for the people and power of Tanegawa's world in this thrilling sequel to Hunger Makes the Wolf

War is coming to Hob Ravani's world. The company that holds it in monopoly, TransRift Inc, has at last found what they're looking for--the source of the power that enables their Weathermen to rip holes in space and time, allowing the interstellar travel all of human society now takes for granted. And they will mine every last grain of it from Tanegawa's World no matter the cost.

Since Hob Ravani used her witchy powers to pull a massive train job and destroy TransRift Inc's control on this part of the planet, the Ghost Wolves aren't just outlaws, they're the resistance. Mag's miner collective grows restless as TransRift pushes them ever harder to strip the world of its strange, blue mineral. Now Shige Rollins has returned with a new charge--Mr Yellow, the most advanced model of Weatherman, infused with the recovered mineral samples and made into something stranger, stronger, and deadlier than before. And Mr Yellow is very, very hungry.

Honor Among Thieves

Honor: Book 1

Rachel Caine
Ann Aguirre

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that's made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn't much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she's headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan--a race of sentient alien ships--to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth's dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she's assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

Honor Bound

Honor: Book 2

Ann Aguirre
Rachel Caine

Savvy criminal turned skilled Leviathan pilot Zara Cole finds new friends and clashes with bitter enemies in the second book of this action-packed series from New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre that's perfect for fans of The 100 and The Fifth Wave.

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she's been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.

Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But they'll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind--but in the wrong direction.

Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evil--or stand and fight.

Honor Lost

Honor: Book 3

Ann Aguirre
Rachel Caine

Quick-thinking Leviathan pilot Zara Cole must stop a planet-eating monster or lose everyone she loves in the finale of this acclaimed trilogy.

Space renegade Zara Cole may have finally met her match. Lifekiller--a creature that can devour entire planets--is spreading terror throughout the universe, and it seems nothing can stand in the monstrous godking's way.

Zara's street smarts may not be enough when their enemy could be anywhere, destroying civilizations and picking his teeth with the bones.

With human enemies, alien creatures, and mechanical stalkers on her tail, it's down to the wire for Zara to save the galaxy--and the people she calls home--before the godking consumes them all.

The Savage Mountains

Horseclans: Book 5

Robert Adams

The Army of the Confederation is on the move again. For the Undying High Lord Milo Morai is ready to take th enext step in his master plan to reunite all the tribes which centuries ago formed a single, powerful nation known as the United States of America.

Before the Confederation forces lie the Armehnee Mountains, the home of the savage tribes that constantly raid the lowlands, bringing with them destruction and death. But Milo's forces are about to face an even more dangerous enemy than the Armehnee.

For the Witchmen -- twentieth-century scientists who have achieved a kind of immortality by stealing the living bodies of men while destroying their souls -- have long been at work in the mountains.

And unbeknownst to Milo, his troops are marching into much more trouble than they bargained for -- trouble that could spell the end of the Confederation!

Avatar

Indigo: Book 6

Louise Cooper

On her eternal quest to rid the world of the evil she had unleashed upon it, the wayfarer Indigo has been many things: penitent, messenger, pilgrim.

And perhaps now an avatar for the dead?

For Indigo's journey has lead her to the Dark Isles, where a cult of death has ensnared her and her companion Grimya...and the demon she has so long sought is now at hand.

Can courage alone be enough to dance with the Queen of the Dead?

A Sorcerer's Treason

Isavalta: Book 1

Sarah Zettel

1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin.

Bridget Lederle resides in the lighthouse she's tended since her father died. Here, on the rocky shore of Lake Suprior, she's alone with the bitter ignominy of her birth, the shame of her love child's death, and the ghost of a mother she never really knew...

That all changes on the wintry night she rescues a mysterious, charismatic stranger whose boat is nearly dashed upon the rocks. After she's nursed him back to health, he tells her a fantastical tale... of another world, where somehow only she can save the beleaguered Empress from sorcerous plottings to usurp the throne.

His tale is wildly fanciful, yet Bridget feels somehow drawn to his world, to the empire of Isavalta. Kalami, her handsome, charming patient, transports her with him from Lake Superior to a dazzling world that seems like a dream...

But if Isavalta is a dream, Bridget's new life is a nightmare. Caught in a magical crossfire between the powerful Dowager Empress, her daughter-in-law, an the sorcerers who serve their mistresses and other more subtle ends, she doesn't know whom to trust, whom to beware... With the fate of an empire at stake and her heart torn by conflicting desires, she becomes a reluctant player in a deadly game of politics and magic with rules as hard to untangle as the knots in a silken tassel or the threads of a woven rug.

As she attempts to see beyond the masks of power and discover truth in a world where magical spells can take almost any form, each hour she spends in the luxury of Isavalta's court bunds her more tightly in the seductive embrace of secrets from her own past and of unfulfilled yearnings she can't deny. A stranger in this bedazzling place, she must find a path to salvation - for herself and for her new, otherworldly home - but that path seems rockier than the Lake Superior shore she left behind.

The Usurper's Crown

Isavalta: Book 2

Sarah Zettel

In a sweeping new epic of breathtaking excitement and adventure, Sarah Zettel, author of A Sorcerer's Treason, tells the enthralling story of a courageous woman from small-town Wisconsin caught up in a maelstrom of empire-shaking politics and sorcerous conspiracy on a dazzling world far removed from our own.

It is 1872. Ingrid Loftfield and her sister Grace are living uneventful lives with their family on Sand Island, Lake Superior, until the day Grace nearly drowns. Grace becomes inexplicably ill, for she has been saved by the spirit of a drowned sailor which rests uneasily beneath the water. Ingrid can only watch as her sister drifts toward death, lured by the restless spirit, until an immegrant Finnish fisherman, Avan, helps Ingrid release Grace from the spell that binds her.

Having rescued her sister, Ingrid herself begins an odyssey stranger than she could imagine. For Avan is not what he's assumed to be. He's Avanasy, a powerful sorcerer who's been banished from another world, Isavalta, where he tutored Medeoan, the princess-heir to the empire until she married a prince of a rival realm. Prince Kacha has won Medeoan's heart, and with the aid of his mentor, a subtle and ambitious sorcerer, plans to win Isavalta, using sweet Medeoan's love and an array of magical means to usurp her crown.

Once Avanasy is gone, Kacha acts swiftly to isolate Medeoan from other allies, and to weave a spell that will weaken her so he can rule in her stead. When Medeoan discovers Kacha's treachery she flees, determined to win back her crown. She can only succeed if Avanasy, her oldest friend and most powerful ally, will return to help her. Because Avanasy loves Ingrid Loftfield and she loves him, together they must cross the vast gulf that separates our world from the magical realm of Isavalta. to rescue Medeoan, and fulfill a destiny far beyond Ingrid's wildest dreams.

The Firebird's Vengeance

Isavalta: Book 3

Sarah Zettel

Magic and the force of destiny propelled Bridget Lederle across the void between worlds, through the Land of Death and Spirit, to the world of Isavalta, where she discovered secrets about herself and her family that had been hidden since before her birth. It seems like only yesterday that a charismatic stranger swept her from her home on the shore of Lake Superior and took her on an impossible journey to a strange, bejeweled world where sorcery could spring from the simplest of patterns, with most serious effect.

In Isavalta she also discovered magical powers she had never suspected she possessed before her transit between the worlds. More than self-knowledge has changed her: she is in love with Sakra, a powerful sorcerer and her staunch ally. And she learns that her daughter, who she thought was lost to her, is alive.

But that daughter is also the pawn in a dangerous game of power and politics. The powerful spells of a ruler intent on conquest threaten to destroy both mother and daughter. Torn between the contending forces of magic and empire, Bridget lives an extraordinary adventure replete with unimaginable dangers. Beset by enemies on all sides, she must rely on the aid of supernatural forces she can't control, lest she be destroyed by a fate she cannot imagine.

The Firebird's Vengeance is a finalist for the RITA Award for Best Epic Romantic Fantasy

Sword of the Deceiver

Isavalta: Book 4

Sarah Zettel

For five hundred years, the great southern empire of Hastinapura has flourished, ruling the world of Isavalta with an iron fist. But nothing lasts forever...

The day of her womanhood ceremony finds Princess Natharie of Sindhu happily celebrating with her family, joyfully awaiting her marriage to a prince of another realm. However, when the Empire demands that her family send someone to court, Natharie realizes that she is the only one who can satisfy the Emperor's wishes.

As Natharie spends time in the Hastinapura court, she learns of the Empire's bloodthirsty worship of the Mothers, and that their High Priest, Divakesh, is intent on spreading their worship beyond the Empire, including into neighboring Sindhu, at any cost. At the court, Natharie learns of plots that threaten to pit her homeland against Hastinapura in a disastrous war.

Appalled by the power and brazenness of Prince Samudra, she realizes, as each day brings war ever nearer, that the powerful prince may be her only hope to prevent a war that could destroy them all.

Karavans

Karavans: Book 1

Jennifer Roberson

Audrun and her husband Davyd, along with the others of the land of Sancorra, have been left homeless because of the brutal Hecari. Consulting diviners, they learn that their newest child must be born in the peaceful province of Atalanda. They must now travel close to the sinister woodlands of Alisanos, where darkness awaits. Joining a karavan for safety, the family moves ever closer to the dangerous, mystical forest. And, as they are all about to discover, Alisanos is moving ever closer to them.

Deepwood

Karavans: Book 2

Jennifer Roberson

The Deepwood - a magical world that is home to demons, a thousand gods, and numerous other magical entities. But it is not just an environment. For the deepwood is sentient -- alive in a far different way than a normal forest. Even its magical denizens struggle to survive within its dangerous, ever-changing confines.

But Alisanos poses a far greater threat to humans than to any of its natives. For the deepwood coexists with human lands and can suddenly shift miles in any direction, unexpectedly encompassing previously safe land. Humans taken by the deep-wood are either never seen again, or are permanently transformed into hideous creatures -- neither true demon, nor true human.

Audrun, Davyn and their four children have fled their war-scourged homeland, joining a karavan headed toward a haven of peace where diviners have said their fifth child -- the one Audrun now carries -- must be born. Desperate to reach safety, they have chosen a dangerous route, one that separates them from their protective karavan, and sets them on a road alone -- a road that lies far too close to the volatile edge of the deepwood. Their only protection is the karavan's mysterious guide, Rhuan.

But they have barely begun their perilous journey when, with screaming winds, buckling earth, and burning rain, the deepwood overtakes them, separating and scattering this fragile human family.

Her family lost, left in a terrifying landscape, Audrun births her baby four months too soon…and yet, miraculously full term. For Alisanos has already claimed her newborn baby for itself. And, forced by circumstance, Rhuan reveals to her that he himself is a creature of the deepwood -- the child of an Alisani god and a human woman.

The Wild Road

Karavans: Book 3

Jennifer Roberson

Alisanos, the deepwood, is more than just a forest. It is sentient, and predatory. Home to demons and worse, its mercurial boundaries can suddenly shift miles in any direction to encompass previously safe human lands - and those taken by the deepwood are forever changed.

Audrun, a human woman trapped within the forest, is reunited with her four children, only to learn that each has been marked by the deepwood's wild magic. And her newly born fifth child, captured by a winged demon, is still missing. Audrun has sworn to find the infant, but can a mere human possibly hope to outwit the monstrous inhabitants of Alisanos... and the nightmarish deepwood itself?

Kushiel's Avatar

Kushiel's Legacy: Book 3

Jacqueline Carey

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good ... and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a woman pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Her path has been strange and dangerous, and through it all the devoted swordsman Joscelin has been at her side. Her very nature is a torturous thing for them both, but he is sworn to her and he has never violated his vow: to protect and serve.

But Phèdre's plans put Joscelin's pledge to the test, for she has never forgotten her childhood friend Hyacinthe. She has spent ten long years searching for the key to free him from his eternal indenture, a bargain he struck with the gods-- to take Phèdre's place as a sacrifice and save a nation. Phèdre cannot forgive-- herself or the gods. She is determined to seize one last hope to redeem her friend, even of it means her death.

The search will bring Phèdre and Joscelin across the world, to distant courts where madness reigns and souls are currency, and down a fabled river to a land forgotten by most of the world.

And to a power so mighty that none dare speak its name.

Walking Through Dreams

Lands of Red and Gold: Book 1

Jared Kavanagh

Imagine a world where a new crop, the red yam, emerged in Australia thousands of years ago. The red yam changed societies across the continent as a new form of farming spread. When Europeans first visit Australia's shores, they find a land that is alien to everything they know.

A land of many new cultures, of ancient cities, proud warriors, new faiths, and dangerous diseases. A land of gold and spices. A land of temptation, where the European trading companies seek to claim new wealth wherever they can find it. This is the tale of the new cultures which emerged in changed Australia, and of the collision of cultures when Europeans arrive. A tale of commerce and would-be conquistadors. A time of challenge, where the question is whether this new land of gold will also be stained with blood.

Lyonesse II and III: The Green Pearl and Madouc

Lyonesse Trilogy

Jack Vance

The Green Pearl and Madouc in a single volume.

Lyonesse: Suldrun's Garden

Lyonesse Trilogy: Book 1

Jack Vance

The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of ten contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him. Casmir coldly confines her to the overgrown garden that she loves to frequent, and it is here that meets her love and her tragedy unfolds.

Political intrigue, magic, war, adventure and romance are interwoven in a rich and sweeping tale set in a brilliantly realized fabled land.

Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl

Lyonesse Trilogy: Book 2

Jack Vance

In Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl the magical lands of high enchantment - the Elder Isles, the land, long-vanished beneath the ocean, from which King Arthur's ancestors fled to Britain - come to brilliant life again. In this ancient land the realm of chivalry and the world of faerie exist side by side and it is a place of strange beauty, high adventure and eerie magic. Warring kings renew their conflicts, opposing magicians devise ever more strange and sinister stratagems and Madouc, ostensibly the daughter of the ill-fated Princess Suldrun but in reality a changeling, becomes embroiled in political rivalries, military adventures - and the quest for the Grail.

Lyonesse III: Madouc

Lyonesse Trilogy: Book 3

Jack Vance

Set in the magical world of the Elder Isles, this novel describes the adventures of Madouc, ostensibly the daughter of the ill-fated Princess Suldrun, but really the daughter of a faerie. This is the third volume in the "Lyonesse" saga.

Magnus Ridolph

Magnus Ridolph

Jack Vance

"Magnus Ridolph didn't look like an interstellar troubleshooter, at first. He was not tall and muscular, ... and his voice and manner seemed far too mild for an adventurer. Yet there was a chill hardness in his mild eyes that warned of the deceptiveness of his appearance..."

This is a collection of all stories featuring Magnus Ridolph, troubleshooter for hire. Invariably those with whom he associates try to either cheat him or take advantage of him, but Magnus Ridolph always comes up with the answer to their problem and, usually with an unexpected twist, manages to collect his full fee from the cheater.

The Many Worlds of Magnus Ridolph

Magnus Ridolph

Jack Vance

Contains:

  • The Kokod Warriors
  • The Unspeakable McInch
  • The Howling Bounders
  • The King of Thieves
  • The Spa of the Stars
  • Coup de Grace
  • The Sub-standard Sardines
  • To B of not to C or to D

Thief's Magic

Millennium's Rule: Book 1

Trudi Canavan

In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen's world faces.

Elsewhere, in a land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer's daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it - should she dare to risk the Angels' wrath.

But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands.

Not even the people they trust.

Angel of Storms

Millennium's Rule: Book 2

Trudi Canavan

Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws - including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose...except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle's peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

Successor's Promise

Millennium's Rule: Book 3

Trudi Canavan

Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has grown up among the Travellers, with no memory of the life that was stolen from him.

Five years of chaos, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by deadly machines, some drained of magic by power-hungry sorcerers.

As Qall comes of age, and Rielle and Tyen's hard-won peace is threatened, their loyalties are tested--and Qall's very existence is at stake.

Because Dahli is still determined to restore Valhan to power, and he will stop at nothing to succeed.

Maker's Curse

Millennium's Rule: Book 4

Trudi Canavan

Together, Rielle and Tyen face a dazzling world of political intrigue, treacherous villains, and unforgettable magic in this powerful and thrilling final novel of the Millennium's Rule series.

Rielle is now the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she has been sent to save. Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war-machines that are spreading throughout the worlds.

But when an old enemy brings news of something worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers -- a threat unlike anything the worlds have faced before -- Rielle and Tyen must reunite if they are to have any chance of saving humanity.

Octavia E. Butler

Modern Masters of Science Fiction: Book 9

Gerry Canavan

"I began writing about power because I had so little," Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler's life as an African American woman--an alien in American society and among science fiction writers -- informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction.

Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic consideration of Butler's career. Drawing on Butler's personal papers, Canavan tracks the false starts, abandoned drafts, tireless rewrites, and real-life obstacles that fed Butler's frustrations and launched her triumphs. Canavan departs from other studies to approach Butler first and foremost as a science fiction writer working within, responding to, and reacting against the genre's particular canon.

The result is an illuminating study of how an essential SF figure shaped themes, unconventional ideas, and an unflagging creative urge into brilliant works of fiction.

This Savage Song

Monsters of Verity: Book 1

V. E. Schwab

There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains--and friends or enemies--with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city--a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent--but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side--including the monsters within.

Savage Drift

Monument 14: Book 3

Emmy Laybourne

In Monument 14: Savage Drift, the stunningly fierce conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy, author Emmy Laybourne ups the stakes even higher for a group of kids who have continually survived the unthinkable. Can they do so one last time?

It's over.
Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!

Or is it?
For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O's and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue. Meanwhile, scared by the government's unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid--along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake--joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.

Muse

Muse: Book 1

Brittany Cavallaro

The year is 1893,and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. Claire's father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift granted to him by his daughter's touch, so he keeps Claire under his control.

As their province prepares for war, Claire plans to escape, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne.

When her father's weapon fails to fire on the World's Fair's opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud's young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire's touch bestows graces he's never had, and with political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only ally.

The last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else's muse, but she finally has a choice: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows--or bring it down in flames?

Manifest

Muse: Book 2

Brittany Cavallaro

For the first time in her life, Claire Emerson isn't under a man's control. She's escaped from her dangerous father, and her fiancé, Governor Remy Duchamp, is too weak to rule. All eyes fall on Claire--and the power she could wield.

But that power is precarious as she and Remy are leading St. Cloud in exile after the General's attempted coup. And when King Washington descends on the small province, he brings with him his baseball team, Claire's brother, and a proximity to power Claire has never dreamed of.

With few allies to support her, she determines her best chance at survival is earning the King's good graces. Claire's schemes quickly get out of hand, reminding her that it isn't about who holds the power. It's about a system that grants such power to a select few, and the men who built it that way. Claire isn't anyone's muse, and if she can't fix the system from within, she's determined to be the spark of revolution in the First American Kingdom.

Savage

Nate Temple: Book 15

Shayne Silvers

Boys want attention. Men want respect. Legends just don't care...

Nate Temple is finally taking some time off to appreciate the finer things in life...like his new Valkyrie, Kára. But their weeks of romance come to a swift end and lethal end when assassins invade the sanctity of Chateau Falco.

Not only that, but Nate finds himself neck-deep in politics when he is framed for murdering one of the most notorious Academy Justices to ever walk the Earth, and the legendary suits of magical armor belonging to Camelot are suddenly up for grabs.

New faces--both good and bad--step into the game, and Nate soon finds himself at the center of a vortex of chaos leading to war in Camelot with the Fae Queens, on Earth with the Academy wizards, and potentially in Asgard with the Norse pantheon.

The more chaotic things get, the more certain Nate becomes that the Masters are finally starting to make their moves out in the open, no longer content to hide in the shadows. They want to force Nate to act...

And they might not live to regret his decision to agree.

Because only a savage beast of a man could believe that personally kicking off the wars--all at the same time--is the safest course of action. Will he reconsider the wisdom of that decision when it finally brings him face-to-face with one of the Masters--the very person behind all the chaos in the first place?

Especially when he learns that this chaos is only the opening move in their grand game of death, and that his foe has been practicing for many, many years for this precise moment. The chance to defeat Nate Temple, once and for all.

Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. --Sun Tzu

Nopalgarth

Nopalgarth

Jack Vance

Omnibus edition: The Brains of Earth (novella) aka Nopalgarth

  • The Houses of Iszm
  • Son of the Tree

Son of the Tree

Nopalgarth: Book 1

Jack Vance

Original publication: Thrilling Wonder Stories, 1951. Also appeared in Ace Double F-265 and #77525.

The Tree ruled the horizons, shouldered aside the clouds, and wore thunder and lightning like a wreath of tinsels- it had come to be worshipped by the first marveling settlers on Kyril". Joe Smith arrives from Earth and soon is caught up in a political plot between opposing worlds. Ultimately he discovers the true, horrific nature of The Tree of Life...

The Houses of Iszm

Nopalgarth: Book 2

Jack Vance

Original publication: Startling Stories, 1954. It also appeared as half of Ace Double F-265 and #77525.

The people of Iszm live in homes which are alive. Their dwellings are elaborate, hollow trees, wherein the very walls, floors- even furniture and plumbing- are all part of a living plant. For decades, inhabitants of other worlds, including Earth, have been trying to steal a female house seed, but every attempt has failed. This is the story of a most ingenious plot to carry off a prize worth billions: one seed from the Houses of Iszm.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Pandava: Book 1

Roshani Chokshi

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Pandava: Book 2

Roshani Chokshi

Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn't find the arrow by the next full moon, she'll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won't be going it alone.

Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they'll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn't at all who they expected.

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

Pandava: Book 3

Roshani Chokshi

War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. Fourteen-year-old Aru Shah and her friends are sent on a mission to rescue two "targets," one of whom is about to utter a prophecy that could mean the difference between victory and defeat. Turns out the targets, a pair of twins, are the newest Pandava sisters, though the prophecy says that one sister is not true.

When the Pandavas fail to prevent the prophecy from reaching the Sleeper's ears, the heavenly attendants ask them to step aside. Aru believes that the only way to put the shine back on their brand is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.

Careful what you wish for, Aru...

Aru Shah and the City of Gold

Pandava: Book 4

Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and her sisters--including one who also claims to be the Sleeper's daughter--must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.

Aru has just made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her.

Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The gods have been too devious up to now. Case in point: Kubera, ruler of the city of gold, promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won't stand a chance against the Sleeper's troops, which will soon march on Lanka to take over the Otherworld.

Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?

Filled with wondrous magic, unforgettable creatures, manipulative gods, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, this fourth book in the Pandava series, a fantasy adventure loosely based on mythology, will leave readers wishing they could read the finale right now.

Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality

Pandava: Book 5

Roshani Chokshi

The Pandavas only have until the next full moon to stop the Sleeper from gaining access to the nectar of immortality, which will grant him infinite power. But how can Aru, Mini, and Brynne hope to defeat him without their celestial weapons?

The Sleeper and his army are already plundering the labyrinth, and the sisters can't even enter. Their quest to get in will have them calling on old friends, meeting new allies, and facing fearsome trials, like... performing in a rock concert?

When the moment of confrontation finally arrives, it's up to Aru to decide who deserves immortality, the devas or the asuras. The most unexpected answer will come from a most unexpected place.

Savage Pellucidar

Pellucidar

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Hugo Award nominated shory. It appeared more or less simultaniously in Amazing Stories, November 1963 and the collection Savage Pellucidar (1963).

Savage Pellucidar (collection)

Pellucidar: Book 7

Edgar Rice Burroughs

When David Innes and Abner Perry set out to search for mineral deposits in Perry's newly invented Mechanical Prospectro, they never dreamed of discovering the beautiful, terrifying world of Pellucidar five hundred miles beneath their feet. Cast into a country of fierce fighting men, beautiful women, and vicious beasts, David and Abner take sharply diverging paths. David and his mate, Dian the Beautiful, set out to teach Pellucidar the ways of civilization and succeed in gathering a number of primitive kingdoms into the Empire of Pellucidar.

Meanwhile, Abner turns his inventive genius to the science of aeronautics, with dire results for both David and Dian. The seventh and final book in Edgar Rice Burroughs's Pellucidar series, Savage Pellucidar continues the epic story with a masterful blend of action, humor, and suspense.

Table of Contents:
• The Return to Pellucidar • (1942) • novelette
• Men of the Bronze Age • (1942) • novella
• Tiger Girl • (1942) • novella
• Savage Pellucidar • (1963) • novella

Avalon: The Return of King Arthur

Pendragon Cycle: Book 6

Stephen R. Lawhead

It has been fortold: In the hour of Britain's greatest need, King Arthur will return to rescue his people.

In Portugal, the reprobate King Edward the Ninth has died by his own hand.

In England, a dark scenario conceived by the power-hungry Prime Minister, Thomas Waring, is about to be realized: the total destruction of the British monarchy in the twenty-first century.

And in the Scottish Highlands, a mystical emissary named Mr. Embries--better known as "Merlin"--informs a young captain that he is next in line to occupy the throne. For James Arthur Stuart is not the commoner he has always believed himself to be--he is Arthur, the legendary King of Summer, reborn. But the road to England's salvation is rocky and dangerous, with powerful waiting to ambush: Waring and his ruthless political machine...and the agents of an ancient, far more potent evil. For Arthur is not the only one who has returned from the mists of legend. And Merlin's magic is not the only sorcery that has survived the centuries.

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes: Book 2

Michael Avallone

Another time-warped astronaut crashlands on the ape world. Like his predecessor he is captured, befriended by the sympathetic chimpanzee Zira, and meets the girl savage. But when he escapes with her Underground and discovers the remains of New York City, he finds a race of deformed, telepathic Mutants who worship a nuclear Doomsday Bomb. He meets the astronaut hero from the perivious book, now half-crazed and venomous, who ultimately detonates the bomb and brings about a Holocaust, wiping out apes, mutants and humans alike.

Ports of Call

Ports of Call: Book 1

Jack Vance

Myron Tany is an unhappy young economist until his flamboyant great-aunt lets him captain her space yacht on an interstellar hunt for a clinic rumored to restore youth. But when a disagreement with Dame Hester leaves Myron stranded on a distant planet, he signs on as supercargo aboard the tramp freighter Glicca. He travels the exotic worlds of the Gaean Reach, finding adventure or misadventure at every touchdown.

Jack Vance, grandmaster of lighthearted space opera, shapes a picaresque tale of adventure, romance, humor, and youth's eternal yearning to see the wonders that lie beyond the horizon.

Lurulu

Ports of Call: Book 2

Jack Vance

Rejoin the adventures of Myron Tany, rebellious scion of a wealthy family, as he tours the Galaxy on a very questionable interstellar freighter, in a crew of actors, musicians, thieves and other ne'er-do-wells.

Foundation

Razorland

Ann Aguirre

In Ann Aguirre's award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the eyes of a teen who would later have vast influence over the fate of many, and who gave his heart to the one person who needed him most.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.

Enclave

Razorland: Book 1

Ann Aguirre

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20's. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters--or Freaks--who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight--guided by Fade's long-ago memories--in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Outpost

Razorland: Book 2

Ann Aguirre

Deuce's whole world has changed. Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she's a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn't fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.

To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven't changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.

Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They're watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don't intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

Outpost is the second book in Ann Aguirre's page-turning Enclave series.

Horde

Razorland: Book 3

Ann Aguirre

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they're not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn't run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade's love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn't been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

Savage City

Romanitas: Book 3

Sophia McDougall

Imagine a world in which Rome never fell. Now the Empire stretches across the Atlantic, slaves are constructing a giant bridge over the Persian Gulf, and magnetic railways span the globe. But tensions within and without are about to change the face of the earth.

Marcus Novius is caught in a massive explosion at the Coliseum which kills his uncle the emperor... making Marcus, his heir, the new leader of the Roman Empire.

Marcus, the healer Sulien and Una, his sister - and Marcus' own love - have been together through thick and thin, fighting for freedom, fighting for their lives, fighting for justice, and Marcus' ascension to Roman throne was supposed to be the start of something magnificent...

But Marcus is horribly wounded himself in the explosion, and Sulien is having problems fighting his way through the terrible devastation to be at his friend's - his emperor's - side.

And it's not long before Sulien and Una realise life will never be the same again, for the Roman Empire is about to face its most dangerous enemy...

Savage Legion

Savage Rebellion: Book 1

Matt Wallace

They call them Savages. Brutal. Efficient. Expendable.

The empire relies on them. The Savages are the greatest weapon they ever developed. Culled from the streets of their cities, they take the ones no one will miss and throw them, by the thousands, at the empire's enemies. If they live, they fight again. If they die, there are always more to take their place.

Evie is not a Savage. She's a warrior with a mission: to find the man she once loved, the man who holds the key to exposing the secret of the Savage Legion and ending the mass conscription of the empire's poor and wretched.

But to find him, she must become one of them, to be marked in her blood, to fight in their wars, and to find her purpose. Evie will die a Savage if she has to, but not before showing the world who she really is and what the Savage Legion can really do.

Savage Bounty

Savage Rebellion: Book 2

Matt Wallace

A war has begun. Savages, the empire's most valuable resource, have been thrown at their captor's enemies long enough. If their rebellion succeeds, it will undo a nation.

At the helm of this Savage uprising is Evie, the Sparrow General. It isn't a title she asked for or particularly want, but she is the last hope for several peoples at the edge of extinction. Back in the empire's seat, Dyeawan, a brilliant young strategist plucked from the streets, must risk her life to maintain her newfound authority. And Lexi has finally taken control of the guild built by her family, but she finds herself at the heart of a sinister power play that could tear apart society as she knows it. Meanwhile, Lexi's royal retainer, Taru, has been conscripted into the legion of Savages still under the empire's control.

These four individuals hold the fate of the world in their hands. But even if they survive their missions, they may find themselves at odds with one another.

Savage Crowns

Savage Rebellion: Book 3

Matt Wallace

The final war for the nation of Crache has begun.

At the helm of the people's rebellion is Evie, the Sparrow General. She has been captured by the Skrian, Crache's vicious army, and is being brought back to the Capitol for punishment. But reinforcements are coming for her.

Dyeawan, who has climbed from street urchin to Crache's highest seat of power through clever schemes and ruthless bloodshed, finds trouble on every front once she arrives. The rebellion approaches, and there are whispers of a martyr within the city who holds enough sway to stage a coup. If she doesn't act quickly, her rule will be short-lived.

As the women who hold the nation's future meet each other from different sides of the battlefield, will they be able to find a shared vision of Crache, or will they destroy each other first?

Ravage the Dark

Scavenge the Stars: Book 2

Tara Sim

For seven long years, while she was imprisoned on a debtor's ship, Amaya Chandra had one plan: to survive. But now, survival is not enough. She has people counting on her; counting on her for protection, for leadership, for vengeance. And after escaping Moray by the skin of her teeth, she's determined to track down the man who betrayed her and her friends.

Cayo Mercado has lost everything: his money, his father, his reputation. Everything except his beloved sister. But he's well on his way to losing her, too, with no way to afford the treatment for her deadly illness. In a foreign empire also being consumed by ash fever, Cayo has no choice but to join Amaya in uncovering the mystery of the counterfeit currency, the fever, and how his father was involved in their creation. But Cayo still hasn't forgiven Amaya for her earlier deception, and their complicated feelings for each other are getting harder and harder to ignore.

Through glittering galas, dazzling trickery, and thrilling heists, Cayo and Amaya will learn that the corruption in Moray goes far deeper than they know, and in the end the only people they can trust are each other.

Avalanche

Secret World Chronicle: Book 5

Mercedes Lackey
Veronica Giguere
Dennis Lee
Cody Martin

Ultima Thule has been destroyed--but somehow the Thulians mounted an even bigger force to destroy Metis. The Metisians that escaped the carnage and destruction of their secret city now must somehow find somewhere safe to go--without getting snapped up by various world governments. And now the Thulians have changed their tactics to "blitz guerilla warfar," sending wave after wave of their ships and troops to attack vulnerable targets all over Earth, with no clue for ECHO as to where these things are coming from.

John Murdock and The Seraphym have become a force of nature, but they can't be everywhere at once, and if they were regarded with suspicion before, now they are regarded by ECHO's allies with fear as well.

You could say "things can't get worse."

You would be wrong.

Red Djinni's past is about to catch up with him.

So is Victoria Victrix's.

The heroes of ECHO and CCCP have to save the world. But first, they have to save each other. And the avalanche has begun.

Grimspace

Sirantha Jax: Book 1

Ann Aguirre

Sirantha Jax had the Midas touch. She and her pilot could do no wrong until the incident on the Sargasso. She's the only one who could say what went wrong, but she doesn't remember. Or doesn't want to. Now she's sitting on Perlas Station, waiting for the other shoe to drop. If dream therapy doesn't kill her, the Corp will, and after losing everything but her mind in the crash, she isn't sure she cares. Until the man in the suit strolls into her cell...

Wanderlust

Sirantha Jax: Book 2

Ann Aguirre

Broke and unemployed, 'Jumper' Sirantha Jax accepts a diplomatic mission for the government - only to find herself up against Syndicate criminals, man-eating aliens, and her own grimspace-weakened body.

Doubleblind

Sirantha Jax: Book 3

Ann Aguirre

As a 'Jumper' who navigates ships through grimspace, Sirantha Jax is used to kicking ass. So why is she suddenly chosen as an ambassador of peace?

Killbox

Sirantha Jax: Book 4

Ann Aguirre

Navigational grimspace "jumper" Sirantha Jax forms an army to defend colonists stationed on the outskirts of space from a legion of flesh- eating aliens.

Aftermath

Sirantha Jax: Book 5

Ann Aguirre

During the war against murderous, flesh-eating aliens, grimspace "jumper" Sirantha Jax decided to go it alone. The cost of her actions: the destruction of modern interstellar travel-and the lives of six hundred Conglomerate soldiers. Now she's on trial fro dereliction of duty, desertion, mass murder, high treason... and her life.

Endgame

Sirantha Jax: Book 6

Ann Aguirre

REGRET NOTHING.

Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to "jump" faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait...

Her final mission takes her to La'heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La'hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors.

All that's about to change.

Now, as part of a grass-roots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La'hengrin. Political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her; this will be the most dangerous game she's ever played--spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts, and everyone might not make it out alive...

Avatar: Book One of Two

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avatar: Book 1

S. D. Perry

A new era begins in the annals of Deep Space Nine...Star Trek's grittiest and most challenging series may have reached its climatic conclusion on the television screen, but all-new adventures on the frontiers of Federation space continue between the covers of Pocket Books.

In the aftermath of the Dominion War that brought the Star Trek universe to the brink of ruin, space station Deep Space Nine - the galaxy's nexus of military and scientific intrigue, situated as it is on the wormhole that links two quadrants - once again becomes a flashpoint of impending Armageddon when a surprise attack cripples the station, killing the First Officer and threatening the fragile peace. Colonel Kira and the surviving crew of DS9 - along with four controverisal new officers - are all that stand against the outbreak of a new conflict and a doom fortold by the Prophets to coincide with the birth of Captain Benjamin Sisko's child. Meanwhile, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise make a startling discovery, one that will determine the course of an entire civilisation and profoundly affect the lives of the crew of Deep Space Nine...

Avatar: Book Two of Two

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avatar: Book 2

S. D. Perry

A new era begins in the annals of Deep Space Nine...As the story begun in Book One continues...

The Federation prepares to launch a counterstrike against the Dominion. Searching for a way to prevent another galactic holocaust, Colonel Kira is forced to make a choice between being true to her faith and being true to her loyalties. Meanwhile, as the combined crews of Deep Space Nine and the USS Enterprise struggle to stop a treacherous plot from destroying both the station and the ship, the shocking truth behind a disturbing prophecy and a grisly murder is revealed. Dark secrets, divided allegiances, treachery and, ultimately, hope.

AVATAR is Deep Space Nine at its multi-layered best.

Available Light

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Dayton Ward

The past comes back to haunt Captain Jean-Luc Picard in this brand new thriller set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Section 31, the covert organization which has operated without accountability in the shadows for more than two centuries, has been exposed. Throughout the Federation, the rogue group's agents and leaders are being taken into custody as the sheer scope of its misdeeds comes to light. Now Starfleet Command must decide the consequences for numerous officers caught up in the scandal--including Admirals William Ross, Edward Jellico, Alynna Nechayev, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard who, along with many others, are implicated in the forced removal of a Federation president.

Meanwhile, deep in the distant, unexplored region of space known as the Odyssean Pass, Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must put aside personal feelings and political concerns as they investigate a massive mysterious spacecraft. Adrift for centuries in the void, the ship is vital to the survival of an endangered civilization which has spent generations searching for a world to sustain what remains of its people. Complicating matters is a band of marauders who have their own designs on the ancient ship, with only the Enterprise standing in their way....

Savage Trade

Star Trek: The Original Series

Tony Daniel

The U.S.S. Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk is en route to the extreme edge of the Alpha Quadrant, and to a region known as the Vara Nebula. Its mission: to investigate why science outpost Zeta Gibraltar is not answering all Federation hailing messages. When the Enterprise arrives, a scan shows no life forms in the science station. Kirk leads a landing party and quickly discovers the reason for the strange silence--signs of a violent firefight are everywhere. Zeta Gibraltar has been completely raided. Yet there are no bodies and the entire roster of station personnel is missing...

Killing Time

Star Trek: The Original Series: Book 24

Della Van Hise

Second History: a Romulan time-tampering project that has transported the Enterprise and the galaxy into an alternate dimension of reality. Now, Kirk is an embittered young ensign and Spock is a beseiged Starship commander.

Lured into a Romulan trap, Captain Spock and Ensign Kirk must free themselves from both their captors and their own altered selves... before the galaxy hurtles toward total destruction!

Dooku: Jedi Lost

Star Wars

Cavan Scott

Delve into the history of the sinister Count Dooku in the original script to the thrilling Star Wars audio production!

Darth Tyranus. Count of Serenno. Leader of the Separatists. A red saber, unsheathed in the dark. But who was he before he became the right hand of the Sith? As Dooku courts a new apprentice, the hidden truth of the Sith Lord's past begins to come to light.

Dooku's life began as one of privilege--born within the stony walls of his family's estate, orbited by the Funeral Moon where the bones of his ancestors lie interred. But soon, his Jedi abilities are recognized, and he is taken from his home to be trained in the ways of the Force by the legendary Master Yoda.

As he hones his power, Dooku rises through the ranks, befriending fellow Jedi Sifo-Dyas and taking a Padawan of his own, the promising Qui-Gon Jinn--and tries to forget the life that he once led. But he finds himself drawn by a strange fascination with the Jedi Master Lene Kostana, and the mission she undertakes for the Order: finding and studying ancient relics of the Sith, in preparation for the eventual return of the deadliest enemies the Jedi have ever faced.

Caught between the world of the Jedi, the ancient responsibilities of his lost home, and the alluring power of the relics, Dooku struggles to stay in the light--even as the darkness begins to fall.

The Rising Storm

Star Wars: The High Republic - First Series: Book 2

Cavan Scott

The heroes of the High Republic era return to face a shattered peace and a fearsome foe, following the dramatic events of Light of the Jedi.

In the wake of the Great Hyperspace Disaster and the heroism of the Jedi, the Republic continues to grow, bringing more worlds together under a single unified banner. Under the leadership of Chancellor Lina Soh, the spirit of unity extends throughout the galaxy, with the Jedi and the newly established Starlight Beacon station at the vanguard.

In celebration, the chancellor plans The Republic Fair, a showcase of the possibilities and the peace of the expanding Republic--a peace the Jedi hope to foster. Stellan Gios, Bell Zettifar, Elzar Mann, and others join the event as ambassadors of harmony. But as the eyes of the galaxy turn toward the Fair, so too does the fury of the Nihil. Their leader, Marchion Ro, is intent on destroying this unity. His storm descends on the pageantry and celebration, sowing chaos and exacting revenge.

As the Jedi struggle to curb the carnage of the rampaging Nihil, they come face-to-face with the true fear their enemy plans to unleash across the galaxy--the kind of fear from which even the Force cannot shield them.

Tempest Runner

Star Wars: The High Republic - First Series: Book 4

Cavan Scott

The Nihil storm has raged through the galaxy, leaving chaos and grief in its wake. Few of its raiders are as vicious as the Tempest Runner Lourna Dee. She stays one step ahead of the Jedi Order at the helm of a vessel named after one of the deadliest monsters in the galaxy: the Lourna Dee. But no one can outrun the defenders of the High Republic forever.

After the defeat of her crew, Lourna falls into the hands of the Jedi - but not before she hides her identity, becoming just another Nihil convict. Her captors fail to understand the beast they have cornered. Just like every fool she's ever buried, their first mistake was keeping her alive.

Lourna is determined to make underestimating her their last.

Locked onto a Republic correctional ship, she's dragged across the galaxy to repair the very damage she and her fellow Tempest Runners inflicted on it. But as Lourna plans her glorious escape, she makes alliances that grow dangerously close to friendships. Outside the Nihil - separated from her infamous ship, her terrifying arsenal, and her feared name - Lourna must carve her own path. But will it lead to redemption? Or will she emerge as a deadlier threat than ever before?

The Usual Sacrifices

Supernatural: Book 15

Yvonne Navarro

Sam and Dean Winchester have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat. Over the years, after dozens of bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods. With the help of allies--both human and supernatural--they've discovered that every threat they vanquish opens a new door for evil to enter in.

Visitors passing through Brownsdale, Kentucky are often never seen again. The locals claim that it's easy to fall victim to the vast local caves if explored unaided, but when two young girls go missing Sam and Dean set out to investigate.

As the brothers start to suspect something far more sinister in the town, and possibly lurking in Mammoth Cave, they realise that someone is determined to protect the town secret--even if it means killing Sam and Dean himself.

A Little Knowledge

Technic Civilization: Avalon

Poul Anderson

This short story originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, August 1971. It can also be found in the anthologies The 1972 Annual World's Best SF , edited by Donald A. Wollheim and Arthur W. Saha, and Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year (1972), edited by Lester del Rey. It is included in the collections The Earth Book of Stormgate (1978), The Earth Book of Stormgate 3 (1981), and David Falkayn: Star Trader (2009).

The People of the Wind

Technic Civilization: Avalon: Book 1

Poul Anderson

Terra + Ythri + Avalon = Universal War!

THE TERRAN EMPIRE: Behemoth, reaching ever further across the star systems, seeking to suck the entire universe into it gigantic maw. In is favor it must be said that the Empire offers peach and prosperity to its subjects.

THE YTHRIAN DOMAIN: Medium-size empire with room to grow... except where its borders meet those of the Terran Empire! Peopled by the Ythri, birdlike beings with a culture and intellect that is easily a match for the Terran way of life.

AVALON: Colony planet of Ythri but inhabited by human and Ythri alike, Avalon is the Domain's secret weapon - or is it? For Avalon has formed a culture all its own, which it will defend against all comers. And Avalon seems quite capable of defying the combined might of two of the most powerful empires in the universe!

The Earth Book of Stormgate

Technic Civilization: Avalon: Book 2

Poul Anderson

Omnibus Collection of Book of Stormgate 1, 2 and 3.

The Earth Book of Stormgate 1

Technic Civilization: Avalon: Book 3

Poul Anderson

Contents:

  • The Earth Book of Stormgate
  • Wings of Victory
  • The Problem of Pain
  • How to Be Ethnic in One Easy Lesson
  • Margin of Profit
  • Esau
  • The Season of Forgiveness

The Earth Book of Stormgate 2

Technic Civilization: Avalon: Book 4

Poul Anderson

aka The War of the Wingmen and The Man Who Counts. Versions may be slightly different.

The Earth Book of Stormgate 3

Technic Civilization: Avalon: Book 5

Poul Anderson

Contents:

A Glimmer of Hope

The Avalon Chronicles: Book 1

Steve McHugh

From Steve McHugh, the bestselling author of The Hellequin Chronicles, comes a new urban fantasy series packed with mystery, action, and, above all, magic.

Layla Cassidy has always wanted a normal life, and the chance to put her father's brutal legacy behind her. And in her final year of university she's finally found it. Or so she thinks.

But when Layla accidentally activates an ancient scroll, she is bestowed with an incredible, inhuman power. She plunges into a dangerous new world, full of mythical creatures and menace--all while a group of fanatics will stop at nothing to turn her abilities to their cause.

To protect those she loves most, Layla must take control of her new powers... before they destroy her. All is not yet lost--there is a light shining, but Layla must survive long enough to see it.

A Flicker of Steel

The Avalon Chronicles: Book 2

Steve McHugh

Avalon stands revealed, but the war is far from over. For Layla Cassidy, it has only just begun.

Thrust into a new world full of magic and monsters, Layla has finally come to terms with her supernatural powers--and left her old life behind. But her enemies are relentless.

Sixteen months after her life changed forever, Layla and her team are besieged during a rescue attempt gone awry and must fight their way through to freedom. It turns out that Avalon has only grown since their last encounter, adding fresh villains to its horde. Meanwhile, revelations abound as Layla confronts twists and betrayals in her own life, with each new detail adding to the shadow that looms over her.

As Layla fights against the forces of evil, her powers begin to increase--and she discovers more about the darkness that lies in her past. As this same darkness threatens her future, will she be ready to fight for everything she holds dear?

Bloodsworn

The Avatars of Ruin: Book 1

Tej Turner

Everyone from Jalard knew what a bloodoath was. Legendary characters in the tales people told to their children often made such pacts with the gods. By drawing one's own blood whilst speaking a vow, people became 'Bloodsworn'. And in every tale where the oath was broken, the ending was always the same. The Bloodsworn died.

It has been twelve years since The War of Ashes, but animosity still lingers between the nations of Sharma and Gavendara, and only a few souls have dared to cross the border between them. The villagers of Jalard live a bucolic existence, nestled within the hills of western Sharma and far away from the boundary which was once a warzone. To them, tales of bloodshed seem no more than distant fables. They have little contact with the outside world, apart from once a year when they are visited by representatives from the Academy who choose two of them to be taken away to their institute in the capital. To be Chosen is considered a great honour... of which most of Jalard's children dream.

But this year the Academy representatives make an announcement which is so shocking it causes friction between the villagers, and some of them begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Just where are they taking the Chosen, and why? Some of them intend to find out, but what they discover will change their lives forever and set them on a long and bloody path to seek vengeance...

The Magicians' Guild

The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 1

Trudi Canavan

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians' Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

The Novice

The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 2

Trudi Canavan

Alone among all the novices in the Magicians' Guild, only Sonea comes from lowly beginnings. Yet she has won powerful allies—including Lord Dannyl, newly promoted to Guild Ambassador. But Dannyl must now depart for the Elyne court, leaving Sonea at the mercy of the lies and malicious rumors her enemies are busy spreading . . . until the High Lord Akkarin steps in. The price of Akkarin's support is dear, however, because Sonea, in turn, must protect his mysteries—and a secret that could lead a young novice mage deep into the darkness.

Meanwhile, Dannyl's first order to resume High Lord Akkarin's long-abandoned research into ancient magical knowledge is setting him on an extraordinary journey fraught with unanticipated peril—as he moves ever-closer to a future both wondrous . . . and terrible.

The High Lord

The Black Magician Trilogy: Book 3

Trudi Canavan

Sonea has learned much since she was but a penniless urchin possessing an awesome untapped ability. She has earned the grudging respect of her fellow novices and a place in the Magicians' Guild. But there is much she wishes she had never learned-what she witnessed, for example, in the underground chamber of the mysterious High Lord Akkarin . . . and the knowledge that the Guild is being observed closely by an ancient fearsome enemy.

Still, she dares not ignore the terrifying truths the High Lord would share with her, even though she fears it may be base trickery, a scheme to use her astonishing powers to accomplish his dark aims. For Sonea knows her future is in his hands-and that only in the shadows will she achieve true greatness . . . if she survives.

The Guns of Avalon

The Chronicles of Amber: Book 2

Roger Zelazny

Seeking vengeance against his usurping brother, Eric, Corwin, the rightful heir to the throne, ventures into the dark world of Shadow in order to gather ammunition, and is distracted by a beautiful and mysterious woman.

The Hounds of Avalon

The Dark Age: Book 3

Mark Chadbourn

The Hounds of Avalon are coming...

These are the twilight days, when eternal winter falls and the gods destroy themselves in civil war; when an invasion force of ghastly power threatens to eradicate all life. Humanity's last chance lies with two friends, as different as night and day, bound together by an awesome destiny. Hunter: a warrior, a rake, an assassin; Hal: a lowly records clerk in a Government office. They must pierce a mystery surrounding the myths of King Arthur to find the dreaming hero who will ride out of the mists of legend to save the world. But time is running out, for when the Hounds of Avalon appear, all hope is lost...

HOUNDS OF AVALON is the latest instalment in Mark Chadbourn's brilliant new sequence: exciting, evocative, terrifying and awe-inspiring.

Perdition

The Dred Chronicles: Book 1

Ann Aguirre

WELCOME TO HELL

The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate's most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.

Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona "Dred" Devoscontrols one of Perdition's six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.

Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred's attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn't betray her first. Unfortunately, that's what he does best. Winning Jael's allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death...

Havoc

The Dred Chronicles: Book 2

Ann Aguirre

The Conglomerate's most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it...

Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility--and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.

Dresdemona "Dred" Devos hasn't survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate's armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down...

Breakout

The Dred Chronicles: Book 3

Ann Aguirre

All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition from New York Times bestselling author Ann Aguirre...

The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of Dred's soldiers still standing and now being hunted by Silence's trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander Vost--who is their only chance at escape--the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station.

If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedom--a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her grasp...

Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance

The Early Jack Vance: Book 1

Jack Vance

A legend has to start somewhere...

As so many writers have said, it's in the shorter and mid-length work that the storytelling craft is best learned. Hard-Luck Diggings brings together fourteen such pieces from the first twelve years of Grand Master Jack Vance's genre-defining career, from back when he first worked to pay the mortgage, buy the groceries, travel the world, eventually building his own private "dream castle" and starting a family.

Like any writer serious about staying in the game, we see him targeting the markets of the day, doing what was needed to meet the tastes of editors and their readerships while at the same time perfecting his own special way of doing things so that his name, his distinctive voice, stood a chance (in modern marketing parlance) of becoming a viable "brand."

Hard-Luck Diggings brings that fascinating process to life in fine style. As well as serving up vintage entertainment from one of the field's genuine masters, it provides an illuminating armchair tour of how the Jack Vance enterprise came to be, full of zest and life, the thrill of the upward climb and of so much more to be done. This is a book to be savoured with a twinkle in the eye, a knowing smile, but most of all, with a love of adventure and high romance firmly in place.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Hard-Luck Diggings (1948)
  • The Temple of Han (1951)
  • The Masquerade on Dicantropus (1951)
  • Abercrombie Station (1952)
  • Three-Legged Joe (1953)
  • DP! (1953)
  • Shape-Up (1953)
  • Sjambak (1953)
  • The Absent-Minded Professor (1954)
  • When the Five Moons Rise (1954)
  • The Devil on Salvation Bluff (1955)
  • Where Hesperus Falls (1956)
  • The Phantom Milkman (1956)
  • Dodkin's Job (1959)

Dream Castles: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Two

The Early Jack Vance: Book 2

Jack Vance

Jack Vance, Magician

Like the professional wizards and sorcerers he so often writes about, Jack Vance has long been a master magician when it comes to storytelling, turning out marvelous tricks with words, using his wonderful knack for names, detail and dialog, his fine eye for rendering the vagaries of the human condition to deliver high adventure set on fascinating worlds and in fabulous realms that are second to none.

In a career spanning nearly sixty years, this peerless F&SF Grand Master has taken us from the Dying Earth to Lyonesse, from the Oikumene of the Demon Princes to the farthest corners of the Gaean Reach, Alastor Cluster and beyond, bringing alive on the page magical places we can only dream about.

Dream Castles presents a generous serving of this celebrated magician's "performances," ten fascinating tales from his long and influential career, among them his two Miro Hetzel adventures, "The Dogtown Tourist Agency" and "Freitzke's Turn," the intriguing "The Narrow Land," a second outing for Jean Parlier in "Choldwell's Chickens," and the classic space opera of "Son of the Tree."

Dream Castles shows a true magician storyteller perfecting his craft, one moment as journeyman finding a voice all his own, the next as fully-fledged maestro intent on exploring worlds and delivering adventure and wonder in equal parts, the very stuff that dreams are made of.

Table of Contents:

  • The Dogtown Tourist Agency
  • Freitzke's Turn
  • I'll Build Your Dream Castle
  • Golden Girl
  • Sulwen's Planet
  • Cholwell's Chickens
  • A Practical Man's Guide
  • The Narrow Land
  • The Enchanted Princess
  • Son of the Tree

Magic Highways: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Three

The Early Jack Vance: Book 3

Jack Vance

The Ultimate Grandeur

Fantasy and Science Fiction Grandmaster Jack Vance is very much a writer of the Space Age. His time "traveling" the magic highways of his imagination spans the period bracketed by the final years of World War 2 and the Cassini-Huygens probe reaching Saturn space in late 2004, the year he brought his magnificent career to a close.

In those first thrilling, dangerous, heady days, science did seem to promise all the answers, and it was in a "double" universe of the familiar workaday world and the utterly unlimited one of the imagination that the ever-practical yet romantic, diligently physics-savvy yet as often wildly improvisational Jack Vance worked.

Even as he wrote tales set in the far future of his acclaimed Dying Earth, even as he produced mysteries and suspense stories of a much less fanciful kind, Jack's determined quest to become a "million words a year" man saw him ranging a universe criss-crossed with busy interstellar highways: a network of flourishing trade and tourist routes leading to new frontiers, far-flung colonies, alien worlds, with ample room for exotic races, travelers, traders and scoundrels, even space pirates, ample opportunity for grand schemes of every kind.

Magic Highways gathers sixteen of those early space adventures from that exciting first decade, spanning the years 1946 to 1956. In these frequently inventive, often surprising space operas, Jack takes us to vivid destinations along the vast interstellar highways of a future where anything is possible.

Table of Contents

  • Phalid's Fate
  • Planet of the Black Dust
  • Ultimate Quest
  • Men of the Ten Books
  • The Planet Machine
  • Dover Spargill's Ghastly Floater
  • Winner Lose All
  • Sabotage on Sulfur Planet
  • The House Lords
  • Sanatoris Short-cut
  • The Unspeakable McInch
  • The Sub-Standard Sardines
  • The Howling Bounders
  • The King of Thieves
  • The Spa of the Stars
  • To B or Not to C or to D

Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Four

The Early Jack Vance: Book 4

Jack Vance

Strange things happen...

Throughout his long and impressive career as a celebrated professional storyteller, Jack Vance showed a fascination not only with having characters solve mysteries in all sorts of dramatic and wondrous situations using their powers of observation, deduction and common sense, but also with the possibility of higher states of mind in play, other realms of existence, even spirit worlds.

Vance approached such things with a healthy, properly wary, scientific curiosity, even while embracing the liberties allowed any popular entertainer, and so made the exploration of such higher states part of his stock in trade.

Whether richly displayed in his Dying Earth stories with their wizardly spellcasting, eldritch beings and strange dimensions, or in his science fiction tales with the incredible mental powers afforded races like the Green Chasch, the Fwai-chi, the Meks of Etamin 9 besieging the final human strongholds in "The Last Castle," even given to divergent human peoples on Koryphon, Maske and countless other worlds, or to the likes of his most extraordinary Demon Prince, Howard Alan Treesong, Vance was forever drawn to what else might comprise human (and other) natures in all their myriad forms.

Minding the Stars: The Early Jack Vance Volume 4 reflects this beguiling blend of the practical and the otherworldly, combining tales that explore the workings of such mental powers with other stories selected from the earlier days of the Grandmaster's illustrious career.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Nogpalgarth
  • Telek
  • Four Hundred Blackbirds
  • Alfred's Ark
  • Meet Miss Universe
  • The World Between
  • Milton Hack from Zodiac
  • Parapsyche

Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five

The Early Jack Vance: Book 5

Jack Vance

Avenues into the Future...

"Truth to tell, we're tourists, out to see the wonders of the universe."

--Paddy Blackthorn, The Rapparee

Grand journeys among the stars--pursuits, quests, explorations and encounters. These were very much science fiction and fantasy Grandmaster Jack Vance's stock in trade, whether to have Kirth Gersen roam the Oikumene and Beyond tracking down his five Demon Princes or to strand Adam Reith on far-off Tschai. Or, as in this present volume, to take Earth-style opera to the non-human folk of distant Rlaru, to study the much coveted tree-pod dwellings on Iszm, to follow the clues in five gold bands to the knowledge that lets a handful of races control all space travel in the universe, or to endure servitude at the hands of ruthless alien overlords.

Just as Vance sought adventure and the joys of a fulfilled life by travelling the highways and byways of his own beloved Earth, so he had his heroes and heroines do the same on other worlds. The five early tales featured in Grand Crusades: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Five take us on a fascinating selection of such journeys, showing us how the future was in the earlier years of his writing career.

And inevitably, as with storytellers from Homer to Shakespeare, Dickens to Austen, Tolstoy to Twain, our Grandmaster also used his craft as something on which to hang personal preoccupations, fascinations and longings. For as with any good writer, the completions and pay-offs of these otherworldly travels often deliver more than just a satisfactory conclusion to the affairs on hand and a few hours' pleasant diversion for the reader. Vance also put us in touch with things beyond the page, delivering an awareness of a universe and a future for humanity filled with possibility, leaving us--as the best writers, artists and makers always do--with feelings of connection with something larger.

Table of Contents:

The Summer Tree

The Fionavar Tapestry: Book 1

Guy Gavriel Kay

It all began with a lecture that introduced five university students to a man who would change their lives, a wizard who could take them from Earth to the heart of the first of all worlds--Fionavar. And take them Loren Silvercloak did, for his need--the need of Fionavar and all the worlds--was great indeed.

And in a marvelous land of men and dwarves, of wizards and gods--and of the Unraveller and his minions of Darkness--Kimberly, Dave, Jennifer, Kevin, and Paul discovered who they were truly meant to be. For the five were a long-awaited part of the pattern known as the Fionavar Tapestry, and only if they accepted their destiny would the armies of the Light stand any chance of surviving when the Unraveller unleashed his wrath upon the world.

The Wandering Fire

The Fionavar Tapestry: Book 2

Guy Gavriel Kay

A mage's power has brought five university students from our world into a realm where an ancient evil has freed itself from captivity to wreak revenge on its enemies.

The Darkest Road

The Fionavar Tapestry: Book 3

Guy Gavriel Kay

As the Unraveller's armies march to battle and a plague-filled rain devastates the planet, the warriors of Light call upon one of the most ancient powers of evil to aid them in their struggle.

King Javan's Year

The Heirs of Saint Camber: Book 2

Katherine Kurtz

With young young King Alroy on his deathbed, the power-hungry Regents are plotting to keep the legitimate heir from ascending the thrown. But Prince Javan is a formidable opponent. And the Regents vow to stop at nothing to wrest back control of Gwynedd. To prevail against the Regents, to rule his kingdom justly, and even to live, Javan has to be strong. He has to be clever. And he has to be very lucky indeed...

Sea Dragon Heir

The Magravandias Chronicles: Book 1

Storm Constantine

For generations, the Palindrake family of Caradore have been cut off from their spiritual source, Foy the Sea Dragon Queen, since their ancestor Valraven I and his family were conquered and subjugated by the Emperor Cassilin of Magrast, follower of Madragore, the pitiless god of fire. The Palindrakes' connection to the powers of the sea was lost, remembered only in songs and legends, and the name of each male heir: Valraven. Now, most men of the Caradorean families are sent away to war, to fight for the current emperor, Leonid, who is known only as a family friend to the Palindrakes--their sorry history is mostly forgotten by those who now live in the pale castle beside the thrashing ocean.

But the sea dragons live on in the hearts of the Caradorean people, especially the women, and when Pharinet Palindrake's twin brother Valraven is sent to Magrast to join the emperor's army, events are set in motion that will revive magics long forgotten, as well as enmities, passions and fears.

The sea dragon Foy is not a gentle entity, and once roused, her terrifying daughters are unleashed upon the world. How can a people estranged from these powerful spiritual influences reclaim their dominion over the elements, while illicit obsessions wreak havoc between the ruling families, bringing death and ruin to ancient houses? Will it be down to a daughter of fire, the princess Varencienne, brought as a wife to Caradore, to help her newfound people retrieve what is theirs and bring the sea dragon heir, Valraven, back to the might of the ocean and its strange, unearthly denizens?

The dragon queen and her daughters demand a high price, and only the strongest may pay it.

Crown of Silence

The Magravandias Chronicles: Book 2

Storm Constantine

Shan's life in the peaceful village of Holme is overturned when the forces of Magravandias pour over the hills to plunder and destroy in the name of their emperor, Leonid Malagash. Snatched from the bloody ruins and then taken under the wing of Taropat, a mysterious magus, Shan's wounds heal and he realises his new mentor has rescued him for a purpose. Taropat is a sworn enemy of Magravandias and its Dragon Lord, Valraven Palindrake. But Taropat is not what he seems and harbours unimaginable secrets.

From the wyrd forest of his revival, and its bizarre inhabitants, to the royal court of Mewt, one of the most enigmatic lands in the empire, Shan absorbs quickly his undreamt of education. He is no longer a simple village boy, but a magus--and a warrior--in the making. He is drawn inescapably into the fate of the world, as players upon the stage of politics and war make unfathomable moves to claim power. Is Valraven the mortal enemy Shan has been led to believe he is, or is he in fact the only possible saviour of the known world against the machinations of the corrupt Malagash dynasty?

As Taropat's secrets are revealed, and the inscrutable Magravandian governor of Mewt, Lord Maycarpe, draws Shan into his cabal, so a company is formed to undertake an archetypal quest into a symbolic landscape, where nothing is as it seems. While long-buried passions and the spirit of the land itself seek to tear the company apart, Shan and his companions must continue, against all odds, to reclaim the Crown of Silence. But who--ultimately--is to wear it?

The Way of Light

The Magravandias Chronicles: Book 3

Storm Constantine

They who walk the way of light cast a shadow...

In the Magravandian capital of Magrast, the emperor, Leonid, lies dying. His warring sons wait in the shadows to fight for the throne against the legitimate heir, Prince Gastern.

Valraven Palindrake, Dragon Lord of the imperial army, concerned only with keeping his family safe in these precarious times, has vowed to support Gastern. But other people, in secret cabals across the world, have different ideas, and see Valraven as the obvious champion to overthrow the rule of the decadent Malagashes. He is the Sea Dragon Heir of mystical Caradore, the only man in power fit to wear the ancient Crown of Silence that embodies all the best qualities of a true king.

While Valraven devotes himself to keeping order in Magrast in the run-up to Gastern's coronation, his wife Varencienne and his daughter Ellony are kidnapped by the magus Taropat and his apprentice Shan, who are opposed to either Valraven or any of the Malagashes taking the throne.

As the new emperor goes slowly insane, tormented by horrific visions, Valraven is forced to face up to the dreams that others have invested in him. The elemental dragon spirits of old are waking from their timeless sleep, and the eternal conflict between them and Madragore, god of the Magravandians, will be played out through human avatars. While shadowy figures plot and scheme to secure the best result for themselves, Valraven and his family must face perils both physical and spiritual to reclaim their lost heritage and harness the power of Foy, the sea dragon queen, once more.

Pyre of Queens

The Return of Ravana: Book 1

David Hair

Mandore, Rajasthan, 769 AD: Ravindra-Raj, the evil sorcerer-king, devises a deadly secret ritual, where he and his seven queens will burn on his pyre, and he will rise again with the powers of Ravana, demon-king of the epic Ramayana. But things go wrong when one queen, the beautiful, spirited Darya, escapes with the help of Aram Dhoop, the court poet. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, 2010: At the site of ancient Mandore, teenagers Vikram, Amanjit, Deepika and Rasita meet and realise that the deathless king and his ghostly brides are hunting them down. As vicious forces from the past come alive, they need to unlock truths that have been hidden for centuries, and fight an ancient battle ...one more time.

The Ghost Bride

The Return of Ravana: Book 2

David Hair

Mumbai, October 2010: Bollywood actress Sunita Ashoka will marry the man who wins her hand in Swayamvara Live, a reality show on television. Vikram Khandavani decides to participate, for he needs to draw out his nemesis, Ravindra. It's a deadly gamble, one that could cost him everything and everyone he loves.

North India, 1175: King Prithviraj Chauhan is about to storm the swayamvara of the beautiful Sanyogita. But Ravindra is coming, riding at the side of a fierce invader. Only Vikram, in his life as Chand Bardai, stands between Ravindra and all the thrones of India.

In the second book of the engrossing The Return of Ravana series, the action oscillates from the floodlit studios of Mumbai to the glittering Rajput courts, while Vikram-Chand and his friends battle an age-old adversary whose power is growing like never before.

Souls in Exile

The Return of Ravana: Book 3

David Hair

Bollywood actress Sunita Ashoka's reality show Swayamvara Live has ended in bloodshed and disaster. Vikram, Amanjit and Rasita are on the run, accused of the actress' murder. Exiled like the heroes of the Ramayana, they are seemingly beset by the same perils, especially when Vikram encounters an unlikely temptress. Then another tragedy, also foretold in the Ramayana, forces Vikram into the open. But there is hope: Amanjit's skills as a warrior are returning, Rasita is beginning to remember her own past lives, and Deepika is awakening to powers undreamt. But the Enemy, Ravindra, has also found allies-the nightmarish Rakshasa army. Memories and legends are coming alive all over India, from the bloodied sands of Ullal and the fortress of Jhansi to secret places in Mumbai, Pushkar and Varanasi. The fight to the finish has begun...

King of Lanka

The Return of Ravana: Book 4

David Hair

For four teenagers, the Ramayana is not just a tale. It is their fate!
In every life they have ever lived, Vikram, Amanjit, Rasita and Deepika have been persecuted and killed by Ravindra, who aspires to the throne of Ravana the Demon-King.

Now Rasita is a captive of Ravindra, and demonic beings thought to be mythical are rallying to him. His triumph seems inevitable. Vikram and Amanjit must rescue her. This time, failure is not an option. This time, if Ravindra wins, it will be forever.

But slowly, pieces are falling into place. Why are they reliving the Ramayana? Who was Ravana? Where is the real Lanka? Age-old mysteries are uncovered and forgotten powers regained, as the quest to end the tyranny of Ravindra moves towards a finale that is as startling as it is electrifying.

Savage Empire: Prophecies

The Savage Empire

Jean Lorrah
Winston A. Howlett

Zanos the Gladiator and Astra, a master reader, are loyal citizens of the Aventine Empire. Nevertheless, one holds a deadly secret and the other is drawn into a high-level conspiracy that brings them together and propels them into a desperate flight to the Savage Empire. A prophecy of peace and hope might provide a new life for them there--if their pursuing enemies don't kill them first. One of Zanos and Astra's new friends in the Savage Empire is the blind reader Torio, who has unexpectedly gained the rare talent of prophecy. The cryptic messages of his new gift send Zanos, Astra, Torio, and his beloved Melissa on a danger-filled journey north to Zanos's homeland. There, each one finds a personal destiny, and all must pay a price for confronting the lethal Sorcerers of the Frozen Isles.

Table of Contents:

  • 9 - Flight to the Savage Empire - [The Savage Empire - 4] - (1986) - novel by Jean Lorrah and Winston A. Howlett
  • 179 - Sorcerers of the Frozen Isles - [The Savage Empire - 5] - (1986) - novel by Jean Lorrah

Savage Empire: Dark Moon Rising

The Savage Empire

Jean Lorrah

The Aventine Empire is crumbling under the attacks of savages armed with strange and dangerous powers. Exiled from the empire, a powerful telepath named Leonardo is captured by the savages, and finds himself in unfamiliar territory. Prepared for their brutality and mindless aggression, Leonardo learns their world differs from what he has been taught, and he is forced to question all of his previously held assumptions.

Table of Contents:

  • 11 - Savage Empire - [The Savage Empire - 1] - (1981) - novel by Jean Lorrah
  • 187 - Dragon Lord of the Savage Empire - [The Savage Empire - 2] - (1982) - novel by Jean Lorrah
  • 367 - Captives of the Savage Empire - [The Savage Empire - 3] - (1984) - novel by Jean Lorrah

Savage Empire

The Savage Empire: Book 1

Jean Lorrah

Lenardo, one of the most powerful Readers in the Aventine Empire, can read thoughts and sense details about objects and people miles away. His abilities are crucial, since the Empire is being attacked by savages with immense psychic powers. When he discovers that one of his former students, Galen, has turned traitor, he's sent on a mission to retrieve the turncoat. Instead, he encounters Lady Aradia, who dreams of ending the conflict. But most of the savage Adepts are allied with Lord Drakonius, whose only interest lies in conquest. Can Lenardo and Aradia find some means together to end the war?

Dragon Lord of the Savage Empire

The Savage Empire: Book 2

Jean Lorrah

Lenardo, a master Reader with strong telepathic powers, meets Aradia, a Lady Adept who can use her powers both to heal and destroy. Together they defeat an evil Lord Adept. When the war's over, though, what then? Can they actually build an empire together? Each then decides to sacrifice their own powers to weaken the other's. Is this treachery--or something else entirely? And then a new menace appears on the horizon. There's a fine line between love and hate.

Captives of the Savage Empire

The Savage Empire: Book 3

Jean Lorrah

Torio, a renegade Reader, has broken his oath and taken his powers of telepathy to the Savage Lands. The Savage Adepts have driven back the walls of the Empire, using their mysterious gifts of sorcery. Now, with the Readers in their midst, their powers--to tumble walls, to sink ships, to cause the earth to swallow entire cities--can reach into the very heart of the Empire. Melissa, Reader and Healer, must learn to leave her body for a treacherous journey into the Savage Lands, to save her true love and her world. Without her help, the Savage Empire may be doomed!

Flight to the Savage Empire

The Savage Empire: Book 4

Jean Lorrah
Winston A. Howlett

In the Aventine Empire, gladiator games still slake the multitudes' undying thirst for blood. Magister Astra hated the games - with her telepathic powers, she felt the warriors' agonies as her own. But the Master had once again sent her there to tend the wounded: it was a punishment - but for what? Even her strongest Reading couldn't tell her. Not until an unexpected death and an exotic, mind-bending drug brought her into the pat of the ex-slave warrior Zanos did Astra begin to understand the web of deceit, greed, and vengeance that would send them both in a desperate Flight To The Savage Empire.

Sorcerers of the Frozen Isles

The Savage Empire: Book 5

Jean Lorrah

Maldek's Evil Empire... Medura-a realm of ice and gloom, Zano's homeland and the dominion of the evil sorcerer, Maldek. It is a place of barbaric savagery and extraordinary Adept powers. Few men journey to Medura. Fewer yet leave her shores alive. Now the Blind Reader Torio impulsively demands to join Zanos on his journey home, a journey that will bring him to the heart of that forsaken land-and face to face with the evil powers of the black Lord Maldek...

Wulfston's Odyssey

The Savage Empire: Book 6

Jean Lorrah
Winston A. Howlett

The Strangers from Africa arrived on the shores of the Savage Empire seeking aid in battle to the death against Z'Nelia the Witch-Queen. The powerful adept was forced to refuse them, for his true duity was to protect the people of his own kingdom from harm. But when the Africans kidnapped his brother by marrage, Wulfston was forced to cross the seas in pursuit of his traitorous guests. And what began as a simple rescue mission became a deadly contest of wills.

Empress Unborn

The Savage Empire: Book 7

Jean Lorrah

As always Power ruled the Savage Empire. Not the crude force of sword and staff but the infinitely subtle strains of an Adept's musings. Aradia, the most powerful Adept of the Empire, is a woman thrust into greatness in order to rule a land beset by strife and ancient evil. But suddenly her strength falters. An unseen force seems to strike against her to sap Aradia's Power. Terrified she wonders about the unborn child growing inside her. Could its power be growing as well, overwhelming her own?

The Sisters Grimm

The Sisters Grimm: Book 1

Menna van Praag

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity...

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father's soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming.

So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

The Night of Demons and Saints

The Sisters Grimm: Book 2

Menna van Praag

After the battle with their demon father ends in a devastating loss, the Grimm sisters are separated. But, now three years later, as their twenty-first birthday approaches, dark fate brings them together once more.

For Goldie, this birthday is overshadowed by sorrow. She cannot forget the outcome of that battle, the devastating tragedy that has wreaked havoc on her already turbulent waking life. While her sisters have thrown themselves into their own endeavors, Goldie has grown distant and inconsolable. Driven by grief, she devises a diabolical plan using a human sacrifice to resurrect what she has lost.

When Liyana unexpectedly discovers what Goldie intends to do, she agrees to help if Goldie will try another way, without sacrificing a life. Returning to Everwhere, they combine their powerful magic to bring back what Goldie has lost. But something goes terribly wrong, and Scarlet is showing signs of being possessed by an evil spirit.

With their lives at stake, the sisters realize they must confront their personal trauma, make amends with the past, and once again prepare for a demonic fight to come.

And on the night of their birthday, battle ensues ... and tragedy strikes once more.

The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf

The Squire's Tales: Book 3

Gerald Morris

Her castle under siege by an evil knight who keeps beheading all her would-be rescuers, Lady Lynet realizes the only way to get help is to get it herself. So one night she slips away and strikes out for King Arthur's court where she hopes to find a gallant knight to vanquish the Knight of the Red Lands and free her castle. Gerald Morris's latest Arthurian novel is a highly comic tale of hidden identities, mysterious knights, faeries and enchantments, damsels-in-distress, and true love.

The Ambassador's Mission

The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book 1

Trudi Canavan

Sonea, a Black Magician of Kyralia, is horrified when her son, Lorkin, volunteers to assist the new Guild Ambassador to Sachaka. When word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him, but if she leaves the city she will be exiled forever. And besides, an old friend is in need of her help.

Most of her friend's family has been murdered - the latest in a long line of assassinations to plague the leading Thieves of the city. There has always been rivalry, but now the Thieves are waging a deadly underworld war, and it appears they have been doing so with magical assistance.

With over one million copies in print, Trudi Canavan has taken the fantasy world by storm. If you haven't done so already, THE AMBASSADOR'S MISSION is the perfect opportunity to discover the magic of Trudi Canavan.

The Rogue

The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book 2

Trudi Canavan

Sonea, Black Magician of Kyralia, remains deeply concerned about her son Lorkin, who has gone missing on assignment in the foreign land of Sachaka. Her problems at home remain as well, for there is a rogue magician on the loose, threatening the life of her friend Cery, leader of the Thieves.

Lorkin, living among the Sachakan rebels, does his best to learn about them and their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their knowledge for the Healing they so desperately want, and while he assumes they fear revealing their existence to the world, there are hints they have bigger plans.

In Sachaka, Dannyl has lost the respect of the Sachakan elite for letting Lorkin join the Traitors. The Ashaki's attention has shifted, instead, to the new Elyne Ambassador, a man Dannyl knows all too well.

And in the University, two female novices are about to remind the Guild that sometimes their greatest enemy is found within.

The Traitor Queen

The Traitor Spy Trilogy: Book 3

Trudi Canavan

Living among the Sachakan rebels, Lorkin does his best to learn about their unique magic. But the Traitors are reluctant to trade their secrets for the Healing they so desperately want.

Meanwhile, Sonea searches for the rogue, knowing that Cery cannot avoid assassination forever. The rogue's influence over the city's underworld, however, is far greater than she feared.

And in the University, two female novices are about to remind the Guild that sometimes their greatest enemy is found within...

The Traitor Spy Trilogy, which began with The Ambassador's Mission, is the new series set in the world of the international bestselling Black Magician Trilogy.

The Savage Blue

The Vicious Deep: Book 2

Zoraida Córdova

In the quest for the Sea Court throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces raging against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling pirates, sea dragons, and mutant creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends' support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between loyalty and ambition, friendship and love. In the race for a throne, all's fair in the savage blue.

Tor Double #15: The Last Castle / Nightwings

Tor Double: Book 15

Jack Vance
Robert Silverberg

The Last Castle:

For 700 years the Meks served without complaint; they were indispensable, for no gentleman would demean himself with toil. But now they turn against the strongholds of civilization--Castle Halcyon, then Sea Island, Morninglight, and Maraval--one by one the proud castles of Earth fall; last standing is Castle Hagedorn.

Winner Nebula Award 1966, Hugo award 1967.

Nightwings:

A fabulous tale of pilgrimage and hope, betrayal and transformation by one of science fiction's greatest writers. Only at night on the winds of darkness can she soar. And it was Avluela the Flier's ebony and scarlet wings that lead the Watcher to the seven hills of the ancient city from which, in a moment of weakness, the Watcher failed his vigil, leaving the skies and deep space unguarded. The invaders came and conquered. With Avluela lost in the turmoil of conquest, the Watcher set out alone for the Holy City home of the Rememberers, keepers of the past. This is where the secret of Earth's salvation lay hidden in antiquity. On his journey the Watcher hoped to recapture his youth and find the soaring, beautiful woman he loved. But Avluela held more for the Watcher - and Earth - than love. Her wonder stretched beyond flight, for she knew the riddle that would free all men.

Tor Double #28: A Short Sharp Shock / The Dragon Masters

Tor Double: Book 28

Kim Stanley Robinson
Jack Vance

A Short Sharp Shock:

A man tumbles through wild surf, half drowned, to collapse on a moonlit beach. When he regains consciousness, he has no memory of who he is or where he came from. he know only that the woman who washed ashore with him has disappeared sometime in the night, and that he has awakened in a surreal landscape of savage beauty -- a mysterious watery world encircled by a thin spine of land. Aided by strange tribesmen, he will journey to the cove of the spine kings, a brutal race that has enslaved the woman and several of the tribesmen. That is only the beginning of his quest, as he struggles to find her identity in this wondrous and cruel land -- and seeks out the woman whose hold on his imagination is both unfathomable and unshakable.

The Dragon Masters:

The race of man is growing old, but it's not yet ready to die - not while there are dragons still to kill!

The cross-bred dragon armies of the Men of Aerlith are the most appalling horrors ever to threaten the sanity of our future:

Termagents ~ three hundred reptilian giants with six legs apiece, the most fecund breeders of them all

Jugglers ~ eighteen of them, growling amongst themselves, waiting for an opportunity to snap off a leg from any unwary groom

Murderers (striding and long-horned) ~ eighty-five of each, with scaly tails and eyes like crystals

Fiends ~ fifty-two powerful monsters, their tails tipped with spike steel balls

Blue Horrors, Basics, Spider Dragons...

Tschai

Tschai, Planet of Adventure

Jack Vance

The four Planet of Adventure volumes chronicle Adam Reith's saga on the planet Tschai, under the amber glow of the star Carina 4269. Reith is a Terran first-in scout stranded on a planet which he learns is now occupied, after an ancient struggle which has come to a standstill, by three technically advanced cultures who now guardedly share the surface while the original inhabitants- the mysterious Pnume- dwell in subterranean depths. On Tschai, Reith discovers to his surprise (and disgust) Earth-derived humans whom the three off-world cultures imported long ago, who have undergone physical and perceptual modifications to closely mimic their masters. The enslaved humans retain however that most human of traits- ruthless self-interest.

In The Chasch, Reith encounters a handful of free humans ranging the face of Tschai, and begins his quest to secure a space-worthy craft with which to return to Earth. Resourcefulness is Reith's byword as his odyssey takes him among the domains of aliens, humans, and their various collateral societies.

In the final book of the omnibus, Vance introduces the Pnume, one of his most enigmatic and incomprehensible creations. Forced to live in the depths of Tschai by the long-ago surface struggle between the invading aliens, the Pnume have occupied themselves within an eternal obsession for collecting and preserving Tschai's historical oddities. Reith is horrified to discover that they seek to exhibit him in their Museum of Foreverness.

Jack Vance is at his best as he introduces the cultures and beings who make up the chaotic population of this ancient planet. Reith's path to return to Earth is thorny and fraught with constant threats. His epic tale is a masterpiece of story-telling.

City of the Chasch

Tschai, Planet of Adventure: Book 1

Jack Vance

alternate title (Spatterlight Press): The Chasch

When the Terran starship Explorator IV reached the planet Tschai, its crew didn't know what to expect.

Tschai was so far from Earth that the distress signal which had brought them here must have taken centuries to reach them.

Whatever cataclysm had threatened this planet was probably long past.

The starship Explorator IV is destroyed after entering orbit around the planet Tschai. Adam Reith's scout ship is en route to the surface when the attack occurs, and is damaged in the explosion; Reith crash-lands and is separated from his ship. He finds a world full of violence, where four non-human races rule: the Chasch, the Dirdir, the Wannek, and the Pnume. Humans are present, but dominated by the other races. In this volume Reith sets out to regain his scout ship, and makes his way to Dadiche, ruled by the Blue Chasch and their human servants. Along the way he finds loyal friends, and challenges social inequities with the same aplomb that he rescues fair maidens- like the lovely Ylin Ylan, Flower of Cath.

The Chasch is part 1 of 4 of Tschai. Tschai is a planet orbiting the star Carina 4269, 212 light-years from Earth. It is populated by three alien, mutually hostile species; the displaced, native Pnume; and various human races, some of whom live as slaves or clients of the aliens. Each of the four novels relates Reith's adventures with one of the species, and is named after that species.

Servants of the Wankh

Tschai, Planet of Adventure: Book 2

Jack Vance

Alternate title (Spatterlight Press edition): The Wannek

The second book of the Planet of Adventure series

Marooned on the strange planet Tschai, Adam Reith agreed to lead an expedition to return the princess Ylin Ylan, the flower of Cath, to her homeland halfway accross the globe. Reith is assured of assistance from her father if he delivers her back to Cath; but as events unfold, he is forced to make a dangerous choice. Inevitably he must risk everything against the enigmatic Wannek - and their devious human servants, the Wannekmen.

Monsters of land and sea lay before them, and beings both human and alien who might rob, kill or enslave them. Tschai was a large planet, an ancient planet, where four powerful alien races struggled for mastery while humans were treated as pawns...

The Dirdir

Tschai, Planet of Adventure: Book 3

Jack Vance

Book 3 of Tschai, Planet of Adventure:

Getting back to Earth from the planet Tschai involved either stealing a spaceship or having one built to order - for Tschai was home to several intelligent star-born races, and so they had spaceyards. But Adam Reith's problem was not so simple. He'd already been lucky to escape the Chasch and the Wankh and a dozen different types of humans, and now his course led directly to the Grand Sivishe Spaceyards in the domains of the Dirdir.

The Pnume

Tschai, Planet of Adventure: Book 4

Jack Vance

Book 4 of Tschai, Planet of Adventure:

The mystery-shrouded aliens of Tschai held him captive in a labyrinth of terror.

The Pnume were an ancient race of the planet Tschai, living undergound in a vast network of caverns with their human slave-species, the Pnumekin.

The Pnume were the historians of Tschai, collecting its past with scholarly disinterest. Surface-dwellers never saw the Pnume, if the surface-dwellers were lucky.

Adam Reith was not so fortunate. The Pnume had heard rumors of a strangeman, claining to come from the planet Earth, and they needed him for Foreverness, the museum of Tschai life. Adam Reith was about to become an alien exhibit.

ViraVax

ViraVax: Book 1

Bill Ransom

In the private laboratory known as ViraVax, former intelligence officer Rico Toledo has uncovered a horrifying truth. In this place, run by a mysterious group called the Children of Eden, the worst of his suspicions have been confirmed: his partner has been genetically programmed for assassination--and he may have been altered too.

Burn

ViraVax: Book 2

Bill Ransom

When the world's most devastating artificial virus, GenoVax, is created in 2015, the entire human race faces painful destruction after the virus, which makes people feel as if they are burning to death, is released.

Savage City

Warhammer: Florin and Lorenzo: Book 3

Robert Earl

Wild girl Katrina, fresh from the Ogre Kingdoms, is still trying to get used to life in normal society, Her 'saviours', Floren and Lorenzo, are enjoying their ill-gotten gains, and seem unconcerned that local crime boss Mordicio still has his eye on her...With the untimely (and suspicious) death of her husband Sergei, however, Katrina returns to what she knows best and, with Floren and Lorenzo in tow, sets out to tear the town of Bordelaux apart in her quest for vengeance. The dark, gothic world of Warhammer is brought to life in this gritty, no-holds-barred tale of honour and revenge.

Zavant

Warhammer: Zavant Konniger: Book 1

Gordon Rennie

The Old World is a dark and dangerous place. At its rotten heart, vast reaches of untamed forest teem with foul beasts and monsters. Yet even the towns and cities offer little shelter, for the evil that stalks their fog-shrouded streets is as deadly as it is elusive. Enter Zavant Konniger, the great sage-detective of Altdorf. Accompanied by his trusty halfling manservant, Vido, this most brilliant scholar must use his incredible powers of deduction to solve the most sinister mysteries of the day.

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

Wold Newton: Book 2

Philip José Farmer

He is the greatest hero of our time--Doc Savage!

Philip José Farmer, three-time Hugo award winner and Science Fiction Grand Master, has turned his superb research and narrative skills to one of the greatest heroes of our time: Doc Savage, the bronze champion of justice.

Now, at last, the incredible life story of the real man behind the Doc Savage pulp novels, including:

His true name and family background, covering his relationship to Lord Greystoke, Sherlock Holmes, Sam Spade, James Bond, and Fu Manchu.

Detailed information on some of his most devilish opponents--John Sunlight, the Mystic Mullah, and Mr. Wail.

A summation of some of Doc's most amazing inventions.

Biographies of the Fabulous Five--Monk, Ham, Renny, Long Tom, and Johnny--as well as the group's Lady Auxiliary and Bronze Knockout, Pat Savage!

Together with other data and brilliant deductions, Philip José Farmer offers an amazing account of this remarkable man's astonishing career!

The Lavalite World

World of Tiers: Book 5

Philip José Farmer

The Lavalite World is a world of slow but constant change. The very landscape moves. Here mountains rise from plains or sink into rifts. New oceans form as vast hollows collapse and seas rush in. And there is only one escape from this bizarre planet: the one gateway to other universes is in the palace of the Lord Urthona. Paul Janus Finnegan - also known as Kjckaha - must reach it if he is to survive. And he must do so despite the Lords Urthona and Red Ore, the hired thug McKay, flesh-eating vegetation on the run, assorted strange beasts of prey, and planetary pseudopods . . .

Up In A Heaval

Xanth Series: Book 26

Piers Anthony

An innocent piece of Mundane Snail Mail has provoked the dreaded Demon Jupiter to hurl his Red Spot at the magical land of Xanth. The unwelcome ordeal of saving the enchanted realm falls to Umlaut, an unlikely lad with an unknown past and an uncertain future. With a handful of colorful companions at his side, Umlaut must unravel a high-stakes intergalactic puzzle, uncover the secret of his mysterious past, and learn to understand the urgings of his own heart.