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John Scalzi - Head ​On
Hilketa ​is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers. The main goal of the game: obtain your opponent’s head and carry it through the goalposts. With flesh and bone bodies, a sport like this would be impossible. But all the players are “threeps,” robot-like bodies controlled by people with Haden’s Syndrome, so anything goes. No one gets hurt, but the brutality is real and the crowds love it. Until a star athlete drops dead on the playing field. Is it an accident or murder? FBI Agents and Haden-related crime investigators, Chris Shane and Leslie Vann, are called in to uncover the truth - and in doing so travel to the darker side of the fast-growing sport, where fortunes are made or lost, and where players and owners do whatever it takes to win, on and off the field.

John Scalzi - A ​Kaidzsú Állatvédő Társaság
Amikor ​a Covid-19 végigsöpör New Yorkon, Jamie Gray egy ételszállító app futáraként kénytelen dolgozni. Kilátástalan helyzete azonban csak addig tart, amíg egy rendelés teljesítése során összefut Tommal, akivel érintőlegesen ismerik egymást régről. Tom a saját szavai szerint egy „állatjogi szervezetnek” dolgozik, és a csapatának sürgősen szüksége lenne egy egyszerű rakodómunkásra. Jamie, aki bármi mást szívesebben csinálna a futárkodáson kívül, azonnal elvállalja a munkát. Tom csak azt nem köti Jamie orrára, hogy az állatok, amelyekről a csapat gondoskodik, nem a Földön élnek. Legalábbis nem a mi Földünkön. Egy alternatív dimenzióban gigászi, dinoszaurusz-szerű, kaidzsúnak nevezett teremtmények kószálnak emberek nélküli, trópusi világukban. Ők az univerzum legnagyobb és legveszélyesebb pandái, és most bajban vannak. Ugyanis nemcsak a Kaidzsú Állatvédő Társaság talált utat magának ebbe az alternatív világba, hanem mások is. Óvatlanságukért pedig milliók fizethetnek az életükkel a mi Földünkön.

John Scalzi - After ​the Coup
In ​a universe of harsh interstellar conflict, the practice of interspecies diplomacy—when possible—is important. So being a Colonial Union officer attached to an interplanetary diplomatic mission sometimes means taking a fall. Literally.

John Scalzi - Lock ​In
Fifteen ​years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves 'locked in' - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. 1% doesn't seem like a lot. But in the US that's 1.7 million people 'locked in' - including the President's wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, 'The Agora', where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in or not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, allowing those who are locked in to occasionally 'ride' these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse...

John Scalzi - Fuzzy ​Nation
Jack ​Holloway works alone, for reasons he doesn't care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorp's headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporation's headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, that's not up for discussion. Then, in the wake of an accidental cliff collapse, Jack discovers a seam of unimaginably valuable jewels, to which he manages to lay legal claim just as ZaraCorp is cancelling their contract with him for his part in causing the collapse. Briefly in the catbird seat, legally speaking, Jack pressures ZaraCorp into recognizing his claim, and cuts them in as partners to help extract the wealth. But there's another wrinkle to ZaraCorp's relationship with the planet Zarathustra. Their entire legal right to exploit the verdant Earth-like planet, the basis of the wealth they derive from extracting its resources, is based on being able to certify to the authorities on Earth that Zarathustra is home to no sentient species. Then a small furry biped--trusting, appealing, and ridiculously cute--shows up at Jack's outback home. Followed by its family. As it dawns on Jack that despite their stature, these are people, he begins to suspect that ZaraCorp's claim to a planet's worth of wealth is very flimsy indeed…and that ZaraCorp may stop at nothing to eliminate the "fuzzys" before their existence becomes more widely known.

John Scalzi - The ​Collapsing Empire
Our ​universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible -- until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war -- and a system of control for the rulers of the empire. The Flow is eternal -- but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals -- a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency -- are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. “John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today.” –Joe Hill "If anyone stands at the core of the American science fiction tradition at the moment, it is Scalzi." ―The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition

John Scalzi - We ​Only Need the Heads
CDF ​Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwes missions are fated to crossand in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.

John Scalzi - Krieg ​der Klone
In ​ferner Zukunft wird der interstellare Krieg gegen Alien-Invasionen mit scheinbar bizarren Mitteln geführt: Für die Verteidigung der Kolonien weit draußen im All werden nur alte Menschen rekrutiert. So wie John Perry, der mit 75 noch einmal einen neuen Anfang machen will. Doch bald erfährt er das wohlgehütete Geheimnis: Das Bewusstsein der Rekruten wird in jüngere Klone ihrer selbst übertragen, die als unerschöpfliches Kanonenfutter in den Kampf geschickt werden ...

John Scalzi - Agent ​to the Stars
The ​space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity’s first interstellar friendship. There’s just one problem: They’re hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity’s trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. ___Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He’s one of Hollywood’s hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it’s quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he’s going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

John Scalzi - Redshirts
Ensign ​Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

John Scalzi - The ​Last Colony
Retired ​from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game--as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war

John Scalzi - The ​Dog King
CDF ​Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.

John Scalzi - The ​Dispatcher
One ​day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone—999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher—a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper. But when a fellow Dispatcher and former friend is apparently kidnapped, Tony learns that there are some things that are worse than death, and that some people are ready to do almost anything to avenge what they see as a wrong. It’s a race against time for Valdez to find his friend before it’s too late…before not even a Dispatcher can save him.

John Scalzi - The ​Last Emperox
The ​collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction… and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known. Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people from impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough. Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization… or the last emperox to wear the crown?

John Scalzi - The ​Human Division
Following ​the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race. The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy. Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race. Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man’s War universe, plus—for the first time in print—the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn’t part of the digital serialization.

John Scalzi - Az ​összeomló birodalom
Egy ​új világban játszódó űropera-sorozat első kötete a _Vének háborúja_ Hugo-díjas bestseller-szerzőjének tollából A világegyetemünket a fizika törvényei uralják, így nem lehetséges a fénysebességnél gyorsabb utazás. De egy dimenziókon túli mező, az Ár felfedezése mindent megváltoztat. Az emberiség elérheti a téridő bizonyos pontjait, melyeken át számtalan naprendszerbe eljuthat. Az emberiség kiárad a Földről az űrbe, idővel megfeledkezik a gyökereiről, és új birodalmat alapít, az Egyesülést. Alapelvük, hogy egyetlen emberi előőrs sem maradhat meg a többi nélkül. Ez biztosítékot jelent a csillagközi háború ellen, de egyben az uralkodás záloga is a birodalom vezetősége számára - a rendszer azonban nem hibátlan, és erre néhányan rájönnek. Egy tudós az élete kockáztatásával próbálja tudatni az uralkodóval, hogy a birodalom az összeomlás szélére került. Az egyik kereskedőház sarja ördögi összeesküvés nyomaira bukkan. Az Egyesülés új császárnője pedig veszélyes hazugságokkal és árulással kénytelen megküzdeni, miközben körülötte kitörni készül a forradalom. Míg mindhárman versenyt futnak az idővel, hogy megmentsék az emberi civilizációt, az ellenfeleiknek egészen más terveik vannak. John Scalzi a világhírű Vének háborúja-sorozat után ismét bizonyítja, hogy miért tartják korunk egyik legjobb űropera szerzőjének. _Az összeomló birodalom_ izgalmas nyitánya egy új, grandiózus sorozatnak, az év kihagyhatatlan sci-fije.

John Scalzi - Zoe's ​Tale
Zoe's ​Tale is a retelling of Scalzi's third Old Man's War novel, The Last Colony, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry. Zoë is the 17-year old adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan, two former-soldiers-turned-colonists who were the subjects of Scalzi's first book, Old Man's War. Her biological father, Charles Boutin, created a device capable of giving a race of creatures, called the Obin, consciousness. The Obin worshipped him, but he was killed for being a traitor to mankind and wanting to overthrow the Colonial Union, and so his daughter, Zoë, became a demigod to them.

John Scalzi - The ​B-Team
The ​opening episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Unions future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers theres more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected...a secret that could spell war for humanity.

John Scalzi - An ​Election
Subterranean ​Press is proud to present an election-oriented short story by John Scalzi on Whatever. When his city council representative is hit by a bus, David Sawyer decides to run for the newly-vacated seat. One problem: He's a human in an alien-majority district that hasn't voted in a human in half a century. Can Sawyer pull it off in a race that includes a politically smooth, physically gelatinous front runner, a carnivore whose entire platform is on the right to consume pets, and two literally bile-spewing sisters? A tale of aliens, politics and humor from the author of "Old Man's War" and "The Android's Dream".

John Scalzi - The ​President's Brain is Missing
The ​question is, how can you _tell_ the President's brain is missing? And are we sure we need it back?

John Scalzi - Miniatures
The ​ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity. Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi. These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would). Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

John Scalzi - The ​Gentle Art of Cracking Heads
United ​States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act, which had consequences for the entire planet. Now shes trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery or it could threaten her own life.

John Scalzi - Unlocked
In ​the near future--and sooner than you think--a new virus will sweep the globe. At first it will look like the flu, but then we will discover there is something else about it...something we weren't expecting. It will change society forever. No, this isn't another zombie virus. And no, this isn't the apocalypse. It's Haden's syndrome. We'll survive it. But the world will be remade in its image. ''Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome'' is a novella that will take you through the heart of this terrifying disease, from its unusual and ironic origin to the frantic response of doctors, scientists and governments. You will see the ''moon shot'' response to free the people locked in thrall to the disease. And you experience the emerging society that those with the disease build for themselves--and for the rest of us. A companion piece to John Scalzi's novel ''Lock In,'' ''Unlocked'' is an unexpected take on a frighteningly possible future.

John Scalzi - The ​Back Channel
The ​Conclave is a confederation of four hundred alien racesmany of whom would like to see the Colonial Union, and the humans inside of it, blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war.

John Scalzi - Questions ​for a Soldier
Captain ​John Perry, in Old Man's War, did a goodwill tour of the colonies after the Battle of Coral. This is the Q&A session from one of those stops, on the colony world of New Goa. There's no story here, really; just the back-and-forth between a combat veteran and some of the civilians the Colonial Defense Forces are defending—who have a variety of views of the CDF, the fact that it's composed entirely of old folks from Earth (colonists cannot enlist), and the perpetual state of war between humans and most other intelligent species they're in contact with.

John Scalzi - Vének ​háborúja
John ​Scalzi a Vének háborújában egy olyan világot ír le, ahol az ember már űrbéli gyarmatokon él, és folytat kegyetlen harcokat újabbakért a Gyarmati Véderő vezetésével. Erre mindenképp szükség van, ugyanis az erőforrások szűkösek, lakható bolygókból pedig kevés van, és emiatt a kivándorlást erősen korlátozzák a Földről. Sokaknak csak az a lehetőség marad, hogy a hetvenöt éves kort elérve jelentkezzenek katonának, majd két év frontszolgálat után letelepedjenek valamelyik kolónián, busásan megjutalmazva. Nem csak emiatt hangzik csábítónak ez a lehetőség: a közvélekedés szerint a Gyarmati Véderő valamilyen módszerrel meg is fiatalítja az embereket, hiszen öregekkel nem lehet harcba indulni. Úgyhogy John Perry két dolgot tett a hetvenötödik születésnapján. Meglátogatta a felesége sírját, majd belépett a hadseregbe. Csak két évet kell túlélnie. Azt viszont még ő sem sejti, hogy milyen megpróbáltatások várnak rá - a brutális háborúk és az otthon fényévekre nyúló távolsága örökké megváltoztatja az embert. Valami sokkal különösebbé és veszélyesebbé.

John Scalzi - Bezárt ​elmék
Egy ​hotelszobában ismeretlen férfi holttestére bukkan a rendőrség. A feltételezett gyilkost még a helyszínen elfogják, de ő semmire sem emlékszik. Nem sokkal később újabb bűntény történik. Az esetet a kezdő FBI-ügynök Chris Shane-nek és sokat látott társának kell megoldania. Hamarosan rájönnek, hogy igen nagy a tét. Az események ugyanis összefüggésben vannak egy frissen beiktatott törvénnyel, amelynek értelmében az USA radikálisan csökkenti a Haden-szindróma által érintett emberek ellátására szánt összegeket. A gyógyíthatatlan betegség több millió amerikait fertőzött meg: az életben maradottak elméje ugyan ép maradt, de elveszítették az uralmat önnön testük felett, így az agyukba ültetett neurális háló segítségével tartják a kapcsolatot a világgal. Az új törvény nemcsak a lakosság jelentős részét háborítja fel, hanem számos nagyvállalat érdekeit is sérti. A hadenes közösség tiltakozásként tüntetéseket és sztrájkot szervez, mások azonban akár ölni is képesek... John Scalzi futurisztikus politikai thrillere két Vének háborúja-kötet közti szünetben íródott, és kiváló példája annak, hogy a tengerentúl legnépszerűbb sci-fi szerzője az akciódús űroperák világán kívül is képes maradandót alkotni.

John Scalzi - Die ​letzte Kolonie
John ​Perry ist als altgedienter Veteran der Klon-Armee im Ruhestand, doch das Abenteuer fehlt ihm. Er erklärt sich bereit, die Leitung einer neu gegründeten Kolonie zu übernehmen, nichts ahnend, dass die Siedler nur Schachfiguren in einem Ränkespiel zwischen Menschen und Aliens sind. Nach und nach kommt Perry hinter das Intrigenspiel – und versucht, mit allen Mitteln zu verhindern, dass seine Kolonie die letzte in der Galaxis wird.

John Scalzi - This ​Must Be the Place
Colonial ​Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn't wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CUs diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career.

John Scalzi - The ​End of All Things
Humans ​expanded into space… only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement... for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.   Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time - a couple of decades at most, before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness, to drive humanity to ruin. And there’s another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other - and against their own kind - for their own unknown reasons.   In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and keep humanity’s union intact...or else risk oblivion, and extinction - and the end of all things.

John Scalzi - Az ​utolsó emperátor
_John ​Scalzi díjnyertes, nagyszabású és kalandos űroperája lebilincselő végjátékához érkezett._ Az ár, az Egyesülés bolygóit összekötő csillagközi útrendszer összeomlása felgyorsult. Egész naprendszerek – és emberek milliárdjai – szigetelődtek el egymástól. Noha az összeomlást tudományos módszerekkel megjósolták, sokan még a tagadhatatlan és temérdek bizonyíték dacára is inkább nyerészkedni akarnak, miközben az emberiség történelmének legnagyobb birodalma a végóráit éli. II. Grayland emperátor végre visszaszerezte a birodalma feletti hatalmat az ellene áskálódóktól és az összeomlást tagadóktól. De a „hatalom” illékony, és miközben Grayland minden erejével azon van, hogy a lehető legtöbb alattvalóját megmentse az elszigetelt nélkülözéstől, az uradalma ellen lázadók minden lehetséges módot megragadva egy végső, kétségbeesett támadást indítanak ellene, hogy megfosszák a trónjától és a befolyásától. Grayland és fogyatkozó szövetségesei kénytelenek minden szalmaszálat megragadni, hogy nemcsak önmagukat, de az egész emberiséget megmentsék. Azonban lehet, hogy minden erőfeszítésük sem lesz elég. Vajon Graylandre az emberiség megmentőjeként fognak emlékezni, vagy úgy, mint a történelem utolsó emperátora?

John Scalzi - Tales ​from the Clarke
Captain ​Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she's showing off holds suprises of its own...and it's not the only one with secrets.