This latest novella from Greg Egan, Australia’s reigning master of hard, rigorous SF, is an astonishment and a delight. With great economy and precision, it tells the story of an unprecedented new disease—the Dispersion of the title—and its effects on both individual sufferers and the fragmented social structure they inhabit.
In a world not quite our own, every living thing is born into one of six discrete “fractions” that are incompatible with—and often invisible to—each other. These fractions have coexisted peacefully for centuries, but now a disease has appeared that seems to drag the infected parts of the body into a different fraction. The effects are devastating. Individual victims suffer painful, protracted deaths. Entire communities turn against one another, and a state approaching perpetual war takes hold.
Against this backdrop, Egan has constructed an absorbing account of people determined to confront, comprehend and ultimately overcome a disease that has no recognizable cause, that threatens to obliterate the bonds that hold the human community together. Like the best of Egan’s earlier work, Dispersion is both wildly imaginative and plausibly detailed. It offers the sort of unique narrative pleasures that only science fiction can provide, and that Egan’s many readers have come to expect. They won’t be disappointed.
Greg Egan - Perihelion Summer
Greg Egan's Perihelion Summer is a story of people struggling to adapt to a suddenly alien environment, and the friendships and alliances they forge as they try to find their way in a world where the old maps have lost their meaning. Taraxippus is coming: a black hole one tenth the mass of the sun is about to enter the solar system. Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter off-shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed forever.
Greg Egan - Phoresis
Welcome to Tvibura and Tviburi, the richly imagined twin planets that stand at the center of Greg Egan’s extraordinary new novella, Phoresis. These two planets - one inhabited, one not - exist in extreme proximity to one another. As the narrative begins, Tvibura, the inhabited planet, faces a grave and imminent threat: the food supply is dwindling, and the conditions necessary for sustaining life are growing more and more erratic. Faced with the prospect of eventual catastrophe, the remarkable women of Tvibura launch a pair of ambitious, long-term initiatives. The first involves an attempt to reanimate the planet’s increasingly dormant ecosphere. The second concerns the building of a literal “bridge between worlds” that will connect Tvibura to its (hopefully) habitable sibling. These initiatives form the core of the narrative, which is divided into three sections and takes place over many generations. The resulting triptych is at once an epic in miniature, a work of hard SF filled with humanist touches, and a compressed, meticulously detailed example of original world building. Most centrally, it is a portrait of people struggling - and sometimes risking everything - to preserve a future they will not live to see. Erudite and entertaining, Phoresis shows us Egan at his formidable best, offering the sort of intense, visionary pleasures only science fiction can provide.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection
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Ismeretlen szerző - The Year's Best Science Fiction: Ninth Annual Collection
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Stephen King - The Langoliers
On a cross-country, redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, ten passengers awaken in Bangor, Maine, to find that the crew and most of their fellow passengers have disappeared. The airport shows no signs of life. Yet they hear "radio static" in the distance. Craig Toomey, an irritable investment banker on the verge of a breakdown, believes it is "The Langoliers," monsters he was afraid of as a child who attack those who waste time. It's mystery author Bob Jenkins who first theorizes that they have flown through a time rip. Bob declares they have entered a place that forbids time travelers to observe or interfere with past events. It turns out that Craig is right, in a way. Two creatures, followed by hundreds more, emerge from the forest and head for the plane, consuming everything in their path. Can the survivors manage to fly the plane back to Los Angeles, back to the correct time, before The Langoliers succeed in their deadly mission to destroy the plane and the world? Dinah Bellman, the young blind girl whose aunt did not survive the time rip, has the greatest insight of all. A spine-tingling, propulsive novella, The Langoliers is a brilliant read from the masterful Stephen King.
Jane Washington - Jaymin Eve - Neutral
_Sometimes, the end is only the beginning._ Emmy was born a dweller and she expected to die as a dweller ... until Willa changed everything. Now she has no idea of her path, and she certainly wasn't prepared for what would happen after her death. Caught in the middle of a war that threatened to prove much more significant than anyone had ever expected, there is only one person who can help her ... but his terms are steep. Cyrus was born out of necessity: a being of light, brought to life with a singular purpose. Time has changed him and the recent events have unsettled him … but a certain transformed dweller is about to do much worse than that. She is about to turn his existence upside down. Topia is giving them no choice: they survive together, or the war is lost.
Tamara McKinley - Lands Beyond the Sea
Loss It is the 1700s. The Aborigine has lived in spiritual harmony with the land in Australia for sixty thousand years. Now the ghost-men come in their ships and the Aborigine's very existence is threatened by this terrifying white invasion. Discovery When Jonathon Cadwallader leaves Cornwall to sail on the Endeavour he cannot know of the change it will make to his life, and to that of Susan, the sweetheart he has left behind. Love Susan Penhalligan mourns everything she has lost to the sea. But destiny will lead her far from home in Cornwall, where an act of brutality will bring her and Jonathon together once more in the raw and unforgiving penal colony of New South Wales. Hardship Billy Penhalligan has survived transportation and clings to the promise of a new life and a new beginning. But there will be more suffering before he or his fellow convicts can regard Australia as home…
Octavia Cade - The Impossible Resurrection of Grief
IN A DYING WORLD, GRIEF HAS A LIFE OF ITS OWN... With the collapse of ecosystems and the extinction of species comes the Grief: an unstoppable melancholia that ends in suicide. When Ruby's friend, mourning the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, succumbs to the Grief, the letters she leaves behind reveal the hidden world of the resurrected dead. The Tasmanian tiger, brought back from extinction in an isolated facility, is only the first... but rebirth is not always biological, and it comes with a price. As a scientist, Ruby resists the Grief by focusing her research on resilient jellyfish, but she can't avoid choosing which side she's on. How can she fight against the dead and the forces behind them when doing so risks her home, her life, and the entire biosphere?
Daniel O'Malley - The Rook
"The body you are wearing used to be mine." So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her. She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own. In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined. Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.
Nina Croft - Rescued by the Space Pirate
A few days ago, in a galaxy right here... The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world! Hopeless romantic, Ruby Robbins spends her days as an accounts clerk, and her nights with her head in the stars, dreaming of space adventures in the arms of an alien…or two. Then one day, she's approached to help her country by going undercover…in space! She jumps at the chance and before she knows it, she finds herself in the cargo hold of an alien slaver ship. Space pirate, Killian Sharpe owes a lot of money to some very bad people. So when an anonymous employer offers him a tidy sum to extract one Ruby Robbins from a slaver ship, it sounds like easy money. But once he sets eyes on Ruby, he knows he's in over his head. Not only is she breathtakingly beautiful—she refuses to be saved. Luckily Killian hasn't met a woman yet who could hold out against him for long….
Premee Mohamed - These Lifeless Things
Eva is a survivor. She's not sure what she survived, exactly, only that They invaded without warning, killed nearly all of humanity, and relentlessly attack everyone who's left. All she can do to stay sane, in the blockaded city that's no longer home, is keep a journal about her struggle. Fifty years later, Eva's words are found by Emerson, a young anthropologist sent to the ruins to study what happened. The discovery could shed light on the Invasion, turning the unyielding mystery of the short war into a story of hope and defiance.
Julie K. Cohen - Alien Claimed
The blue horned alien says he won’t touch me. What if I want him to? Ivy Earth isn’t exactly paradise, not since the Coalition took control, but it was home... until Ivy’s brother shoved her on an alien ship to be a mail-order bride. The truth be told, she is better off without the murderous psycho, but that doesn’t mean she wanted to be thrust into the universe, totally unprepared, and she certainly won’t marry some horned alien. She’ll make her own way back to Earth and stay far away from her brother and his criminal ties. Nothing will change her mind. Not even a tall, sweet, protective warrior who makes human males look like boys and the universe look much more appealing than she ever thought possible. Quinnov Quinnov’s alone in the universe. Except for his planet... war torn, burned out Zyan. No one in his family survived the war, except maybe his older brother Jaizon. Quinnov’s been searching for him since the war ended. But when he crosses paths with his heartmate, his priorities shift. To keep her safe from those hunting her, he may have to return her to her world, even though she makes his heart soar and both of his cocks harden.
Claire North - Sweet Harmony
From the award-winning, bestselling Claire North comes a brand new stand-alone novella - a clever and unnervingly plausible dystopian tale set five minutes into the future . . . Harmony is tired. Tired of working so hard, tired of the way she looks, tired of being average. But all that changes when she decides to splash out and upgrade her nanos. And why not? Everyone's doing it now. With a simple in-app purchase, you can update the tech in your bloodstream to transform yourself - get enhanced brain power, the perfect body or a dazzling smile. Suddenly, everything starts going right for Harmony. She's finally becoming the person she always wanted to be. But when she ends up running too many upgrades on her body all at once, the effects will be more catastrophic than she could have imagined. With Sweet Harmony, Claire North proves yet again that she is one of the most innovative and original voices in modern fiction.
Guy Haley - Sanctus Reach: Evil Sun Rising
The Red Waaagh! descends on the world of Alaric Prime, intent on plunging the sector into war. The beleaguered Imperial forces of the planet prepare to sell their lives dearly to drive back the alien tide. As the Red Waaagh! engulfs the Sanctus Reach, orks flock to Warlord Grukk's banner, Big Mek Uggrim and his Red Sunz among them. But even with plenty of humans to kill, the orks can't help fighting amongst themselves, encouraged by the psychotically unstable Grukk. THE STORY As the Red Waaagh! engulfs the Sanctus Reach, orks flock to Warlord Grukk's banner, Big Mek Uggrim and his Red Sunz among them. But even with plenty of humans to kill, the orks can't help fighting amongst themselves, encouraged by the psychotically unstable Grukk. The Red Sunz soon finds themselves having to contend with the attentions of Mogrok, another Big Mek who covets Uggrim's creations. Beset by conflict with the Imperium, their rivals and each other, the Red Sunz prepare for the fight of their lives.
Graham McNeill - Fury of Magnus
A Siege of Terra novella In the midst of the Siege of Terra, Magnus the Red embarks on a very personal mission – one that will bring him face to face with the Emperor once more! READ IT BECAUSE Discover the end of Magnus' journey from Prospero to treachery on Terra in a deeply moving and elegiac tale that sees him finally choose his side and take his place amongst his brothers. THE STORY Of all the Emperor’s sons who fell to Chaos, it is perhaps Magnus the Red whose tale is the most tragic. Sanctioned because of his desire for knowledge, chastised, judged, and shattered to his very elements – there is much for the Crimson King to feel vengeful for. Yet revenge is not the only thing that draws him to Terra alongside the Warmaster’s besieging armies. He seeks something, a fragment, the missing piece of himself that lies within the most impregnable place on the planet – the inner sanctum of the Imperial Palace. As the greatest conflict of the ages reaches fever pitch, Magnus fights his own inner battle. To be whole once more, he must not only overcome the fiercest of defences, but also face the one being whom he loves and hates with equal fervour more than any other – his errant father, the Emperor of Mankind.
Rita Indiana - Tentacle
Plucked from her life on the streets of post-apocalyptic Santo Domingo, young maid Acilde Figueroa finds herself at the heart of a Santería prophecy: only she can travel back in time and save the ocean – and humanity – from disaster. But first she must become the man she always was – with the help of a sacred anemone. Tentacle is an electric novel with a big appetite and a brave vision, plunging headfirst into questions of climate change, technology, Yoruba ritual, queer politics, poverty, sex, colonialism and contemporary art. Bursting with punk energy and lyricism, it’s a restless, addictive trip: The Tempest meets the telenovela.
Greg Egan - The Best of Greg Egan
Greg Egan is arguably Australia's greatest living science fiction writer. In a career spanning more than thirty years, he has produced a steady stream of novels and stories that address a wide range of scientific and philosophical concerns: artificial intelligence, higher mathematics, science vs religion, the nature of consciousness, and the impact of technology on the human personality. All these ideas and more find their way into this generous and illuminating collection, the clear product of a man who is both a master storyteller and a rigorous, exploratory thinker. The Best of Greg Egan contains twenty stories and novellas arranged in chronological order, and each of them is a brilliantly conceived, painstakingly developed gem, including the Hugo Award-winning novella "Oceanic", a powerful account of a boy whose deeply held religious beliefs are undermined by what he comes to learn about the laws of the physical world.
Ben Miller - The Boy Who Made the World Disappear
Step into a world of wonder this Christmas with bestselling author Ben Miller and join Harrison on a magical adventure in The Boy Who Made the World Disappear. ‘Stories are often about a good person who does a Bad Thing, and this is no exception …’ Harrison tries his best to be good. He doesn’t steal, he always shares with his sister and he never cheats at board games, but Harrison also has a BIG flaw … He can't control his temper! So when he’s given a black hole instead of a balloon at a party, Harrison jumps at the chance to get rid of everything that makes him cross. But when it’s not just things he hates that are disappearing into the black hole but things he loves, too, Harrison starts to realise that sometimes you should be careful what you wish for... An out-of-this-world adventure about twists of fate, time travel and troublesome black holes, Ben Miller's stunning storytelling is brought to life with beautiful illustrations from the bestselling Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. Praise for The Night I Met Father Christmas: 'A gorgeous tale brimming with the magic of Christmas. A sheer delight for all kids both big AND small.' Ruth Jones, award-winning writer and comedian 'Enchanting, funny and intriguing in equal measure' Philip Ardagh, bestselling author 'Bubbles with warmth and mischievous humour ... irresistible' Alexander Armstrong, presenter, comedian and writer 'A fire-side gem of a story' Abi Elphinstone, bestselling author
Tade Thompson - The Survival of Molly Southbourne
Who was Molly Southbourne? What did she leave behind? A burnt-out basement. A name stained in blood. Bodies that remember murder, one of them left alive. A set of rules that no longer apply. Molly Southbourne is alive. If she wants to survive, she'll need to run, hide, and be ready to fight. There are people who remember her, who know what she is and what she's done. Some want her alive, some want her dead, and all hold a piece to the puzzles in her head. Can Molly escape them, or will she confront the bloody history that made her? Tade Thompson returns to his "bloody exploration of identity and self in a changed world" (Publishers Weekly) in The Survival of Molly Southbourne.
Kate Richards - Her Masters' Hands
Liliana’s last memory is of the terrifying crash landing. She and her shipmates tumbling and screaming, the ship breaking up…but they’d survived. At least she had. And her new masters promised the others had as well, even if she was not allowed to see them. Masters. How could a scientist from Earth submit herself to the control of a pair of aliens, no matter how much her body loved their touch and, humiliatingly, their punishments. Those big, hard hands give pleasure as quickly as pain. Aman and Cain share a goal of finding the answer to the disease ravaging the Mekrons, yet another alien species. Not only for the aliens’ sake, but because their malady shows signs of crossing into the local population. Aman is sure a botanical solution can be found. Cain is not so positive, but perhaps their fosterling’s Earth science background can help. Once they have done their job and conditioned her to life on Pra’kir. A more stubborn female might never be found, nor a more enticing one. Can she ever be part of life in Endermere…part of their life?