Championship B'tok

FoxAcre Press
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The name of the game is B'tok. It's how the alien Snakes learn military strategy. B'tok is to chess as chess is to rock-paper-scissors. You do not want to tick off Snakes -- especially when aggrieved Snakes may be the least of your worries. This thrilling adventures moves the story of the InterstellarNet forward as only Edward M. Lerner could do it.

This special Hugo Nominee edition of Championship B'tok includes both the version nominated for the 2015 Hugo for Best Novelette, and the version that was incorporated into Edward M. Lerner's latest science fiction novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, just published by FoxAcre Press.

And remember: it's not how you play the game -- it's how you win.

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About the author

EDWARD M. LERNER worked in high tech and aerospace for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president, for much of that time writing science fiction as a hobby. Since 2004 he has written full-time.

His novels range from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to traditional SF, like the InterstellarNet novels, to (collaborating with Larry Niven) the space-opera epic Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels.

Ed’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies, collections, and many of the usual SF magazines. He also writes the occasional nonfiction technology article.

Lerner lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.

His website is www.edwardmlerner.com.

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Publisher
FoxAcre Press
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Published on
Apr 5, 2015
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Pages
80
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Science Fiction / Alien Contact
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For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning the Ringworld has vanished, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas:

Adventurer Louis Wu and the exiled Puppeteer known only as Hindmost, marooned together for more than a decade, escaped from the Ringworld before it disappeared. And throughout those years, as he studied Ringworld technology, Hindmost has plotted to reclaim his power ...

Ol't'ro, the Gw'oth ensemble mind—and the Fleet of World's unsuspected puppet master for a century—is deviously brilliant. And, increasingly unbalanced ...

Proteus, the artificial intelligence on which—in desperation—the Puppeteers rely to manage their defenses, is outgrowing its programming. And the supposed constraints on its initiative ...

Sigmund Ausfaller, paranoid and disgraced hero of the lost human colony of New Terra, knows that something threatens his adopted home world. And that it must be stopped ...

Achilles, the megalomaniac Puppeteer, twice banished—and twice rehabilitated—sees the Fleet of World's existential crisis as a new opportunity to reclaim supreme power. Whatever the risks ...

One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days in this final installment to Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner's Fleet of Worlds series.


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Time travel is one of the staples of science fiction, right up there with aliens, space opera, and robots. Most science fiction authors have written at least one time travel story. This collection samples some of the best.

TIME OUT, by Edward M. Lerner
THESE STONES WILL REMEMBER, by Reginald Bretnor
PROJECT MASTODON, by Clifford D. Simak
12:01 P.M., by Richard A. Lupoff
TIME CONSIDERED AS A SERIES OF THERMITE BURNS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, by Damien Broderick
TIME AND TIME AGAIN, by H. Beam Piper
TRY, TRY AGAIN, by John Gregory Betancourt
THE ETERNAL WALL, by Raymond Z. Gallun
THE MAN FROM TIME, by Frank Belknap Long
OF TIME AND TEXAS, by William F. Nolan
THE EDGE OF THE KNIFE, by H. Beam Piper
THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT (10), by Grendel Briarton
TIME BUM, by C.M. Kornbluth
NEBOGIPFEL AT THE END OF TIME, by Richard A. Lupoff
UNBORN TOMORROW, by Mack Reynolds
LOST IN THE FUTURE, by John Victor Peterson
THE WINDS OF TIME, by James H. Schmitz
ARMAGEDDON -- 2419 A.D., by Philip Francis Nowlan
THE MAN WHO SAW THE FUTURE, by Edmond Hamilton
A TRAVELER IN TIME, by August Derleth
THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT (71), by Grendel Briarton
FLIGHT FROM TOMORROW, by H. Beam Piper
IN THE CRACKS OF TIME, by David Grace
SWEEP ME TO MY REVENGE!, by Darrell Schweitzer
THE SOLID MEN, by C.J. Henderson THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT (Epsilon), by Grendel Briarton

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