'Arthur C. Clarke-díj' címkével ellátott könyvek a rukkolán
China Miéville - The City and the City
Better known for New Weird fantasies (Perdido Street Station, etc.), bestseller Miéville offers an outstanding take on police procedurals with this barely speculative novel. Twin southern European cities Beszel and Ul Qoma coexist in the same physical location, separated by their citizens' determination to see only one city at a time. Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad roams through the intertwined but separate cultures as he investigates the murder of Mahalia Geary, who believed that a third city, Orciny, hides in the blind spots between Beszel and Ul Qoma. As Mahalia's friends disappear and revolution brews, Tyador is forced to consider the idea that someone in unseen Orciny is manipulating the other cities. Through this exaggerated metaphor of segregation, Miéville skillfully examines the illusions people embrace to preserve their preferred social realities.
Ann Leckie - La justice de l'ancillaire
Rien ne peut arrêter l'expansion de l'empire radchaaï. Chaque annexion fournit des armées supplémentaires, les ancillaires, des captifs à la conscience détruite changés en troupes de choc, des marionnettes animées par l'intelligence artificielle des vaisseaux de guerre de l'empire. L'un de ces vaisseaux, le Justice de Toren, a été détruit, victime d'un complot au plus haut niveau du pouvoir. Mais son IA est parvenue à s'échapper et à s'incarner dans le seul ancillaire rescapé du massacre. Dix-neuf ans plus tard, sa vengeance est sur le point de s'accomplir…
Richard Morgan - Thirteen
The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs - private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero - into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country... or a planet. Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back - and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison - a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous. Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen - one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane - and alive - long enough to succeed?
Rachel Pollack - Unquenchable Fire
In an America where the miraculous is par for the course, where magic and myths are as real as shopping malls and television game shows, Jennifer Mazdan listens to the modern storytellers recite the tales of the Founders. But when strange things start to happen and Jennie becomes pregnant - from a dream - she enters a struggle which threatens her own life and causes her to question everything she has ever learned. Unquenchable Fire won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1989.
Kazuo Ishiguro - Non lasciarmi
Kathy, Tommy e Ruth vivono in un collegio, Hailsham, immerso nella campagna inglese. Non hanno genitori, ma non sono neppure orfani, e crescono insieme ai compagni, accuditi da un gruppo di tutori, che si occupano della loro educazione. Fin dalla più tenera età nasce fra i tre bambini una grande amicizia. La loro vita, voluta e programmata da un'autorità superiore nascosta, sarà accompagnata dalla musica dei sentimenti, dall'intimità più calda al distacco più violento. Una delle responsabili del collegio, che i bambini chiamano semplicemente Madame, si comporta in modo strano con i piccoli. Anche gli altri tutori hanno talvolta reazioni eccessive quando i bambini pongono domande apparentemente semplici. Cosa ne sarà di loro in futuro? Che cosa significano le parole "donatore" e "assistente"? E perché i loro disegni e le loro poesie, raccolti da Madame in un luogo misterioso, sono così importanti? Non lasciarmi è prima di tutto una grande storia d'amore. È anche un romanzo politico e visionario, dove viene messa in scena un'utopia al rovescio che non vorremmo mai vedere realizzata. È uno di quei libri che agiscono sul lettore come lenti d'ingrandimento: facendogli percepire in modo intenso la fragilità e la finitezza di qualunque vita.
Jeff Noon - Vurt (angol)
Take a trip in a stranger's head. Along rainshot streets with the stash riders, a posse of hip malcontents, hooked on the most powerful drug you can imagine... Vurt feathers... But as the Game Cat says, Be careful, be very careful. This ride is not for the weak... Scribble isn't listening. He has to find his lost love. A journey towards the ultimate, perhaps even mythical, Vurt Feather... Curious Yellow.
Tade Thompson - Rosewater
Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro's life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a women known as Bicycle Girl. And that's just the beginning. An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The cities of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn't so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past and comes to a realization about a horrifying future.
Emily St. John Mandel - Das Licht der letzten Tage
Niemand konnte ahnen, wie zerbrechlich unsere Welt ist. Ein Wimpernschlag, und sie ging unter. Doch selbst jetzt, während das Licht der letzten Tage langsam schwindet, geben die Überlebenden nicht auf. Sie haben nicht vergessen, wie wunderschön die Welt war. Sie vermissen all das, was einst so wundervoll und selbstverständlich war, und sie weigern sich zu akzeptieren, dass alles für immer verloren sein soll. Auf ihrem Weg werden sie von Hoffnung geleitet – und Zuversicht. Denn selbst das schwächste Licht erhellt die Dunkelheit. Immer.
Chris Beckett - Dark Eden
You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of Angela and Tommy. You shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees, hunting woollybuck and harvesting tree candy. Beyond the forest lie the treeless mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among you recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross between worlds. One day, the Oldest say, they will come back for you. You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of two marooned explorers. You huddle, slowly starving, beneath the light and warmth of geothermal trees, confined to one barely habitable valley of a startlingly alien, sunless world. After 163 years and six generations of incestuous inbreeding, the Family is riddled with deformity and feeblemindedness. Your culture is a infantile stew of half-remembered fact and devolved ritual that stifles innovation and punishes independent thought. You are John Redlantern. You will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. You will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture in to the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden.
Kazuo Ishiguro - Să nu mă părăseşti
Katie H. este educatoare. Slujba ei este aceea de a-i ajuta pe „copiii-clone” sa creada ca, in institutia de la Hailsham, intre vizionarile de scene erotice din filme si joaca, intre colectiile de reviste sau carti si iazul cu rate, ei vor uita adevaratul si unicul motiv al existentei lor, acela de a dona organe. In scurta lor viata, care se intinde pret de un numar limitat de „donatii”, ei asteapta plini de speranta ziua cind vor avea parte de libertatea din spatele gardului de sirma ghimpata si cind vor inceta sa mai fie simple some, corpuri cultivate pentru piese de schimb.
Adrian Tchaikovsky - Children of Time
A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers? WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
Pat Cadigan - Synners
Synners are synthesizers—not machines, but people. They take images from the brains of performers, and turn them into a form which can be packaged, sold, and consumed. This book is set in a world where new technology spawns new crime before it hits the streets. The line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim; the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with reality is incidental. This classic novel from one of the founders and mainstays of the cyberpunk movement.
Geoff Ryman - The Child Garden
In a semi-tropical London, surrounded by paddy-fields, the people feed off the sun, like plants, the young are raised in Child Gardens and educated by viruses, and the Consensus oversees the country, 'treating' non-conformism. Information, culture, law and politics are biological functions. But Milena is different: she is resistant to viruses and an incredible musician, one of the most extraordinary women of her age. This is her story and that of her friends, like Lucy the immortal tumour and Joseph the Postman whose mind is an information storehouse for others, and Rolfa, genetically engineered as a Polar Bear, whose beautiful singing voice first awakens Milena to the power of music.
Lauren Beukes - Zoo City (német)
Wer Schuld auf sich lädt ... ... muss mit zwei Dingen leben: Einer magischen Begabung. Und einem Tier, das plötzlich da ist und einem nie mehr von der Seite weicht. So wie das Faultier, das Zinzi December auf dem Rücken trägt. Zinzi hat einen Haufen Schulden und ein Talent dafür, verlorene Dinge zu finden. Oder Menschen, wie im Fall des verschwundenen Pop-Starlets Songweza. Die Suche gestaltet sich schwierig, denn in einer Welt, in der Magie und Verbrechen regieren, sind allzuviele Fragen nicht erwünscht. Wenn man anfängt, in Johannesburgs dunkle Ecken zu schauen, kommt schnell die Wahrheit ans Licht. Eine Wahrheit die einige Leute dringend unter Verschluss halten wollen. Die Wahrheit über die «Getierten» und über das, was im Verborgenen mit ihnen geschieht ...
Neal Stephenson - Quicksilver
Daniel Waterhouse possesses a brilliant scientific mind and yet knows that his genius is dwarfed by that of his friends Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, and Robert Hooke. A student of the twin disciplines of science and alchemy, he is embroiled in a bloody struggle for religious freedom. Jack Shaftoe began his life as a London street urchin and is now a reckless wanderer in search of good fortune. The intrepid exploits of Half-Cocked Jack, King of the Vagabonds, are quickly becoming the stuff of legend through Europe. Eliza is a young woman whose ingenuity is all that keeps her alive after being set adrift from the Turkish harem in which she has been imprisoned since she was a child. Daniel, Jack and Eliza traverse a landscape populated by mad alchemists, Barbary pirates, and bawdy courtiers, as well as historical figures including Samuel Pepys, Ben Franklin, and other great minds of the age. Travelling from the infant American colonies to the Tower of London, the glittering courts of Louis XIV, and all manner of places in between, this magnificent historical epic brings to vivid life a time like no other, and establishes its author as one of the pre-eminent talents of our own age.
Emily St. John Mandel - Tizenegyes állomás
A Lear király bemutatóján a címszereplőt játszó színész, Arthur Leander szívinfarktust kap, de halála szinte senkinek sem tűnik fel: ez az éjszaka ugyanis arról lesz híres, hogy ekkor szabadult el a világ legpusztítóbb járványa. Élete és elmúlása azonban láthatatlan szálakkal köti össze képregényrajzoló exfeleségét, Mirandát, a mentősnek tanuló Jeevant és a halálát végignéző gyerekszínész Kirstent, aki húsz évvel később az Utazó Szimfónia nevű vándortársulattal együtt próbál fényt vinni az egymástól elvágott, túlélésért küzdő közösségek életébe. „Mert életben maradni nem elég.” Ez a társulat, és egyben a könyv mottója is. A halott színészhez kötődő alakok egymásba szövődő múltján és jelenén keresztül látjuk a végzetes éjszakát, a civilizáció törékeny szépségét, és az új világot, ahol mindig van, aki tovább vigye a fáklyát. A Tizenegyes állomás Arthur C. Clarke-díjat és Toronto Book Awardot nyert regényét számos nyelvre lefordították. Gyönyörű, lírai könyv a művészet hatásáról és értékéről, amely az apokalipszis után sem veszít fontosságából.
Bruce Sterling - Distraction
From Bruce Sterling, bestselling author of Heavy Weather and Holy Fire, comes this startling, disturbing, and darkly comic vision of the future of America. It is the story of a once great nation coming apart at the seams while an unending spectacle of politics, science, sex, and corruption has everyone too busy to notice.... It's November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The federal government is broke, cities are privately owned, the military is shaking down citizens in the streets, and Wyoming is on fire. The last place anyone expects to find an answer is the nation's capital. Washington has become a circus and no one knows that better than Oscar Valparaiso. A master political spin doctor, Oscar has been in the background for years, doing his best to put the proper spin on anything that comes up. Now he wants to do something quite unusual in politics. He wants to make a difference. But Oscar has a skeleton in his closet: a grotesque and unspeakable scandal that haunts his personal life. He has one unexpected ally: Dr. Greta Penninger. She is a gifted neurologist at the bleeding edge of the neural revolution. Together Oscar and Greta know the human mind inside and out. And they are about to use that knowledge to spread a very powerful message: that it's a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It's an idea whose time has come...again. And once again so have its enemies: every technofanatic, government goon, and reactionary laptop assassin in America. Like all revolutionaries, Oscar and Greta might not survive to change the world, but they're determined to put a new spin on it.
Neal Stephenson - The Baroque Cycle
Get all three novels in Neal Stephenson's New York Times bestselling "Baroque Cycle" in one e-book, including: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World. This three-volume historical epic delivers intrigue, adventure, and excitement set against the political upheaval of the early 18th century.
Amitav Ghosh - The Calcutta Chromosome
From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life. When Antar discovers the battered I.D. card of a long-lost acquaintance, he is suddenly drawn into a spellbinding adventure across centuries and around the globe, into the strange life of L. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.
Colin Greenland - Take Back Plenty
It is carnival time on Mars, but Tabitha Jute isn't partying. She is in hiding from the law, penniless and about to lose her livelihood and her best friend, the space barge "Alice Liddell". Then, the intriguing Marco Metz offers her some money to take him to Plenty, and the adventure begins.
China Miéville - Perdido Street Station
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rivers are sluggish with unnatural effluent, and factories and foundries pound into the night. For more than a thousand years, the parliament and its brutal militia have ruled over a vast array of workers and artists, spies, magicians, junkies and whores. Now a stranger has come, with a pocketful of gold and an impossible demand, and inadvertently something unthinkable is released. Soon the city is gripped by an alien terror - and the fate of millions depends on a clutch of outcasts on the run from lawmakers and crime-lords alike. The urban nightscape becomes a hunting ground as battles rage in the shadows of bizarre buildings. And a reckoning is due at the city's heart, in the vast edifice of Perdido Street Station. It is too late to escape.
M. John Harrison - Nova Swing
Years after Ed Chianese's fateful trip into the Kefahuchi Tract, the tract has begun to expand and change in ways we never could have predicted - and, even more terrifying, parts of it have actually begun to fall to Earth, transforming the landscapes they encounter. Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you'll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts - not to mention the black and white cats that come pouring out at irregular intervals. Vic Serotonin is a "travel agent" into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman who's nearly as unpredictable as the site itself - and maybe just as dangerous. She wants a tour just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts are leaving the site - living algorithms that are transforming the world outside in inexplicable and unsettling ways. Shadowed by a metaphysically inclined detective determined to shut his illegal operation down, Vic must make sense of a universe rapidly veering toward a virulent and viral form of chaosand a humanity almost lost.
Ann Leckie - Die Maschienen
Was wird aus den Menschen, wenn die Maschinen frei sein wollen? Breq ist eine Kämpferin, die auf einem einsamen Planeten auf Rache sinnt. Hinter ihrer verletzlichen, menschlichen Fassade verbirgt sich mehr, als es zunächst den Anschein hat: Sie wurde von den Radch geschaffen, die nach und nach das gesamte Universum unterworfen haben. Breq ist nur dem Äußeren nach eine Frau, vor allem aber ist sie ist eine perfekt konstruierte Maschine, abgerichtet zum Erobern und Töten. Nun aber beschließt sie das Unmögliche: Ganz allein will sie es mit Anaander Mianaai aufnehmen, dem unbesiegbaren Herrscher der Radch. Denn Breq will endlich frei sein.
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