The one definitive anthology of space opera and military science fiction. Today’s most popular writers produce all-new stories set in their most famous universes.
This is the definitive collection of original short stories by many of today’s finest authors, writing brand new adventures set in their most famous series. Herein lie canonical tales of the Honorverse, the Lost Fleet, Dune, Vatta’s War, Ender Wiggin, the Legion of the Damned, the Imperium, and more.
Also included are past masterpieces by authors whose works defined the genre. Nebula and Hugo Award winners, New York Times bestsellers, and Science Fiction Grand Masters—these authors take us to the farthest regions of space.
The modern masters of space opera and military science fiction, with 14 brand new stories set in their most famous universes—exclusive to this volume!
DAVID WEBER The Honor Harrington Saga
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON Dune
ELIZABETH MOON Vatta’s War
ORSON SCOTT CARD Ender’s Game
JACK CAMPBELL The Lost Fleet
…plus more new adventures by:
Catherine asard Dave Bara Bennett R. Coles William C. Dietz
Charles E. Gannon Jean Johnson Linda Nagata
Jody Lynn Nye Alastair Reynolds
And ten seminal stories by some of the most famous authors in the genre:
POUL ANDERSON LEIGH BRACKETT & EDMOND HAMILTON
LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD A. C. CRISPIN DAVID DRAKE ANNE McCAFFREY
LARRY NIVEN & JERRY POURNELLE NNEDI OKORAFOR
ROBERT SILVERBERG CORDWAINER SMITH
Truly this is a must-have collection for the SF reader.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Primarchs
Created in the Emperor’s own image, the primarchs had long thought themselves to be princes of the universe and masters of their own destiny – they led the Space Marine Legions in glorious conquest of the galaxy, and no enemy of the Imperium could stand against them. However, even amongst this legendary brotherhood, the seeds of dissent had been sown long before the treacherous Warmaster Horus declared his grand heresy.
Lois McMaster Bujold - Miles Errant
Truth and Consequences: A covert ops liberation of Barrayaran allies in a Cetagandan pow camp goes awry and Miles Naismith is right in the middle of it. Will he find damnation though good works, or faith alone? Still reeling from the prior mission, the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet puts in at old Earth for repairs and finds old enemies. Miles' attempt to juggle both his identities, Admiral Naismith and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan, crashes when a new player enters the game: the brother he never knew he had. Two years later, on the crime planet of Jackson's Whole, disaster gets a new name: Mark Pierre Vorkosigan. Another rescue, of clone children scheduled to be murdered for their bodies, goes seriously sour. This time, the consequences look fatal and permanentunless two brothers can each learn the other's true names and games. Publisher's Note: "Miles Errant" has been previously published in parts as "Borders of Infinity", "Brothers in Arms", and "Mirror Dance". This is the first chronologically combined edition, as chosen by the author. 'Georgette Heyer has met her match for intrigue and style!...[Komarr] has twists and turns that could only happen in a Vorkosigan-inspired novel...Boy, can she write! ' - Anne McCaffrey.
Ted Chiang - Stories of Your Life and Others
Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern SF. Now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far — plus an eighth story written especially for this volume. What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven — and broke through to Heaven's other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life...and others.
Ismeretlen szerző - Tales of Heresy
When Horus the Warmaster rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across galaxy, pitting Astartes against their battle-brothers in a struggle where death was the only victor. This collection features stories of heroism and tragedy set during this turbulent time : Contents Dan Abnett - Blood Games Matt Farrer - After Desh’ea Mike Lee - Wolf at the Door Graham McNeill - The Last Church James Swallow - The Voice Anthony Reynolds - Scions of the Storm Gav Thorpe - Call of the Lion
Dan Abnett - Brothers of the Snake
In the grim darkness of the 41st Millennium, the Space Marines are the supreme defenders of humanity, the Emperor's ultimate shock troops. The Iron Snakes Chapter has sworn a pledge to protect the Reef Stars from ruin, what ever the cost. Brothers of the Snake follows Sergeant Priad and the Damocles Squad as they battle to preserve humanity against the myriad foes that threaten to destroy it, from the depraved dark elder to a vast ork Waaagh!
Ismeretlen szerző - Age of Darkness
After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation...
Ismeretlen szerző - War Without End
The Emperor’s vision of mankind ascendant lies in tatters. The Great Crusade is naught but a fading memory. The dream of Unity is no more. But with Horus’s rebellion spreading to every corner of the Imperium and war engulfing new worlds and systems almost daily, there are some who now ask: were the signs there to be seen all along? In these dark times, only one thing is certain – the galaxy will never know peace again, not in this lifetime or a thousand others... This anthology contains twenty-one stories from the Horus Heresy: Sermon of Exodus by David Annandale Howl of the Hearthworld & Lord of the Red Sands by Aaron Dembski-Bowden Black Oculus by John French The Laurel of Defiance, A Safe and Shadowed Place & Twisted by Guy Haley Artefacts, The Phoenician, Imperfect & Chirurgeon by Nick Kyme The Devine Adoratrice & Wolf Mother by Graham McNeill Hands of the Emperor & The Harrowing by Rob Sanders Virtues of the Sons by Andy Smillie All That Remains & Gunsight by James Swallow By the Lion's Command by Gav Thorpe Allegiance & Daemonology by Chris Wraight
Ismeretlen szerző - Legacies of Betrayal
Only from out of great conflict can true heroes arise. With the galaxy aflame and war on an unimaginable scale tearing the Imperium apart, champions of light and darkness venture onto countless fields of battle in service to their masters. They ask not for remembrance or reward - simply to meet their destiny head-on, and only by embracing that destiny will they come to learn what the unseen future may yet hold for them...
Ismeretlen szerző - StarCraft II - War Stories
As the Swarm boils in chaotic uncertainty, Arcturus Mengsk has seized this opportunity to bolster his Dominion forces. He has gathered a seasoned team of scientists—the best terran minds in the Koprulu sector—to unravel the secrets of the savage zerg and the enigmatic protoss. Because in this brutal corner of the galaxy, the human race is going to need every chance it can get. Collected here for the first time is Blizzard Entertainment’s revolutionary Project Blackstone transmedia campaign. It is a compilation of tightly woven short stories, journals, emails, chats, and tweets from the research staff of a top-secret government facility dedicated to shedding light on the mysteries of this sector. More than a simple anthology, this volume is a target-rich environment of weapons data, exotic alien science, and faceted backstory—the lore foundations of the StarCraft universe.
Ismeretlen szerző - Mark of Calth
The Heresy came to Calth without warning. In just a few hours of betrayal and bloodshed, the proud warriors of the XIIIth Legion - Guilliman's own Ultramarines - were laid low by the treachery of their erstwhile brothers of the XVIIth. Now, as the planet is scoured by solar flares from the wounded Veridian star, the survivors must take the fight to the remaining Word Bearers and their foul allies, or face damnation in the gloomy arcology shelters beneath the planet's surface. A collection of stories by authors including Dan Abnett, Aaron Demsbki-Bowden and Rob Sanders. The battle for Calth is far from over...
John French - Aaron Dembski-Bowden - Nick Kyme - Gav Thorpe - Guy Haley - L. J. Goulding - Graham McNeill - Dan Abnett - Sons of the Emperor
From their shadowed origins to the desperate battles that ensued when half of them rebelled against their father, the Sons of the Emperor – the vaunted primarchs – were among the greatest of humanity's champions, warriors without peer and heroes whose deeds became legend. From the Angel Sanguinius, who took the sole brunt of his Legion's most brutal acts, to Vulkan, whose humanity made him unique amongst his brothers, and from dour Perturabo, architect, inventor and murderous warlord, to Horus, whose shining light was eclipsed only by the darkness that grew within his soul, this anthology covers eight of the primarchs and their greatest – or darkest – deeds.
James Swallow - Garro
From out of the shadows of the Silent War, a hero emerges. Clad all in grey, an errant warrior of the Legiones Astartes kneels before the Regent of Terra, and accepts a solemn new duty – Battle-Captain Garro, once commander of the Eisenstein, now Agentia Primus of Malcador the Sigillite. From the desolation of Isstvan to the halls of the Imperial Palace itself, he stands as a paragon of loyalty and protector of the innocent, ever ready to strike back at the traitorous allies of the Warmaster. But Garro is walking a path of his own, one that may lead him to question his own place in the Imperium... and what if he, too, should falter? Contents: Garro: Oath of Moment Garro: Legion of One Garro: Sword of Truth Garro: Shield of Lies Burden of Duty Garro: Ashes of Fealty Garro: Vow of Faith "Garro is not a collection of short stories - it's James Swallow's full novelisation of Nathaniel Garro's story arc, something we've previously only seen (in part) in the audio dramas and novella. There are new and extended scenes, whole new chapters in fact, making this just about the most definitive exploration of the founding of the Knights Errant, and everything that comes after."
David Annandale - Grey Knights: Sons of Titan
The Grey Knights are a myth, a secret Chapter of Space Marines that responds to the greatest of threats, daemonic incursions into the Emperor's realm. They are spoken of in legends, silver-armoured heroes whose weapons blaze with holy fire and whose merest touch can destroy the servants of the Ruinous Powers. And the legends are true. In this collection of stories, a squad of Grey Knights commanded by Justicar Styre battle the infernal followers of the Plague God across the Imperium. Includes the stories 'Maledictus', 'True Name', 'Incorruptible' and 'The Mourning Tower'.
Peter Fehervari - Braden Campbell - Andy Chambers - Andy Smillie - Joe Parrino - Shas'o
It is the manifest destiny of the Tau Empire to rule the stars. Guided by the principle of the Greater Good and driven by the orders of the mysterious ethereals, they conquer worlds, by words or force, and defend them by the might of the fire caste, noble warriors armed with advanced weaponry and powerful battlesuits. ‘Shas’o’ contains ten tales of the Tau Empire at war, featuring mighty battlesuits battling Imperial tanks, fire warrior snipers duelling with Space Marines and stories of some of the tau’s greatest heroes, including Farsight, Shadowsun and Aun’Shi. It also features a brand new novella by Peter Fehervari. Get all sorts of insights into the way the tau Fire Caste wage war. Embittered snipers, tank-busting battlesuits, and some of the greatest heroes of the Empire all get their time in the spotlight. And there's a brand new story with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster that will have you wondering just what the infamous Commander Farsight is up to...
John French - Tallarn
As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors. A brutal, all-consuming armoured conflict ensues, the greatest of the war, and one that grinds down all combatants over more than a year of relentless battles. But Perturabo's reasons for the attack are about more than unleashing punitive destruction against the Imperium - he has an entirely darker purpose in mind. The contents of this novel were previously published separately as the novella Tallarn: Executioner, the novel Tallarn: Ironclad, and the short stories 'Tallarn: Siren' and 'Tallarn: Witness'.
Ismeretlen szerző - What Price Victory
Collection of short stories from the pages of Inferno! Magazine, including a novella from Simon Jowlett called Xenocide.
Dan Abnett - A Kígyó Testvérisége
A 41. évezred komor valóságában az űrgárdisták az emberiség legfőbb védelmezői, a Császár legvégső rohamcsapatai. A Vaskígyók esküt tettek, hogy megvédik a Zátony-csillagokat a romlástól, bármibe is kerül. A Kígyó Testvérisége Priad őrmestert és a Damoklész osztagot követve harcol, hogy megoltalmazzák az emberiséget a számtalan fenyegető ellenségtől, a romlott sötét eldák, vagy akár a hatalmas ork, Waaagh ellen.
Marko Kloos - Aftershocks
Across the six-planet expanse of the Gaia system, the Earthlike Gretia struggles to stabilize in the wake of an interplanetary war. Amid an uneasy alliance to maintain economies, resources, and populations, Aden Robertson reemerges. After devoting twelve years of his life to the reviled losing side, with the blood of half a million casualties on his hands, Aden is looking for a way to move on. He’s not the only one. A naval officer has borne witness to inconceivable attacks on a salvaged fleet. A sergeant with the occupation forces is treading increasingly hostile ground. And a young woman, thrust into responsibility as vice president of her family’s raw materials empire, faces a threat she never anticipated. Now, on the cusp of an explosive and wide-reaching insurrection, Aden plunges once again into the brutal life he longed to forget. He’s been on the wrong side of war before. But this time, the new enemy has yet to reveal themselves…or their dangerous endgame.
David Estes - Soulmarked
In the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, a diverse cast of characters, war, political intrigue, and romance. Despite the efforts of several of the fatemarked, turmoil and violence continue to plague the Four Kingdoms… To the north, Annise Gäric ventures into the Hinterlands to discover the truth of the Sleeping Knights, who may be the only hope for her kingdom. Meanwhile, Tarin Sheary travels to Darrin in a desperate bid to repel the eastern forces amassing at Crow’s Nest. Unbeknownst to either of them, a new threat rises in Blackstone. In the west, Rhea Loren seeks to ransom her prisoners, Gareth Ironclad and Gwendolyn Storm, which will bring her one step closer to her goal of controlling the fatemarked. Relying on her ability to summon the ancient sea creature, Wrathos, she seeks to unify her people while persuading them that the child growing inside her was placed there directly by Wrath. With his fatemarked sister in tow, Grey Arris sails toward Pirate’s Peril in search of the truth about Shae’s marking and the cause of her recurring dream of a pirate. In the southern empire of Phanes, a slave rebellion is brewing, with Jai Jiroux and Shanti Parthena Laude at its core. But the Hoza brothers will not relinquish their power without a fight. Finally, in Calyp, Raven Sandes’ dragonia are growing, and she must decide whether to use them against the east, who continue to attack her desert borders. Simultaneously, Roan Loren shows up at her palace with an offer she cannot refuse, as he strives to learn the truth of the Western Oracle’s prophecies and the origins of the fatemarked. As always, Bane is lurking in the shadows with his new partner, Chavos the plaguemarked, plotting how to destroy those who would stand in the path of peace.
David Estes - Lifemarked
The Four Kingdoms and the fatemarked face the most powerful army the world has ever seen...In Phanes, Roan Loren, the Peacemaker, has high hopes for a united response to the threat from the Horde, but swiftly realizes the only true ally he has is his arch nemesis, Bane. Meanwhile, Rhea Loren, a new mother with a secret must decide whether to protect her child or share what she knows with the fatemarked...To the north, Annise Gäric, Tarin Sheary and their allies are hunted mercilessly by the army of barbarians known as the Horde, led by her long-lost uncle Helmuth, now known as Klar-Ggra. While she seeks refuge in the east, Tarin once more struggles with his own demons...In the west, Ennis Loren and his brothers, including self-proclaimed king of the west, Sai, return to Knight's End against the advice of the fatemarked, who they despise. Secretly, they plot another attack on the south...In the east, Gareth Ironclad returns to Ferria hoping to find a unified people with a common enemy, but instead faces a fractured kingdom uncertain of its future. But when he makes a drastic decision, everything begins to unravel...In Calyp, Raven Sandes returns with the most unlikeliest of friends: Gwendolyn Storm. But when tragedy strikes at the heart of the empire, the survivors are left behind and forced to pick up the pieces...The fate of the Four Kingdoms hangs in the balance in the epic finale to the Amazon #1 bestselling series!