XEROUS CITY – The capital city of Porra, the nation Colin Bourke has been sent to rule on command of his Majesty, Entell Thellon the Third.
SCATT – Self Contained All Terrain Transport.
Due to a scientific catastrophe, numerous people from a vast variety of places and various timelines have been summarily deposited on the distant world of Perencore. Since arriving, they have been in a constant fight for survival against often hostile people and strange creatures. In some instances their endeavours to exist in this new environment lead them to form alliances with the planet’s original inhabitants.
Colin Bourke has been given reign over the entire nation of Porra after his rescue of King Entell Thellon the Third’s only daughter. He travels to Xerous with a military contingent to take charge of the capital city in the wake of Lord Laninval having been deposed due to his treacherous undertakings. Once in place in this mysterious city, he discovers ruling the nation far more difficult than then he ever imagined. He seeks to make drastic, far-reaching though humanitarian changes to the draconian lifestyle of the local populace, only to be thwarted at seemingly every turn by those persons already in power.
The Bonaparte family and the Appor tribe have been beset by a plague of evil flesh-eating beings determined to destroy them. They are in a race from this threat to their very existence. Sergeant Major Walter Bradshaw and his unit of redcoats continue to traipse across the countryside and eventually put an end to a disgraceful evil. Lorraine Montague and Victor Chan continue to try and discover exactly why this scientific mishap has occurred and rectify the problem with the Minerva Project. They also become increasing involved with the local community, unawares that their good intentions will eventually lead them both into grave personal danger.
Lieutenant Gary Wyndham and his Marines are still entrenched at the homestead with the farming family. He is slowly developing a close relationship with one of the women there- although an ongoing issue threatens their relationship as well as everyone’s lives. Captain Carl Buchanan of the Union army and his band of Confederate soldiers have fled from the city of Valderhien after an ugly brawl. They find themselves constantly on the run from different local authorities as well as the Anhil, the murderous plains bandits. Soon, the Civil War squad must decide on the best course of action to assure their safety on this new world. Should they return to the site of their former battle and face the Hamaforth Kingdom’s reigning monarch who insists he means them no harm- or should they continue to elude all forms of authority?
Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth’s history. Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance?
Bisesa’s questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun’s core–an anomaly that has no natural cause is evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life in a bombardment of deadly radiation.
Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort.
And all the while, the Firstborn are watching...
From the Hardcover edition.
Critically deemed one of Twain’s finest and most caustic works, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is both a delightfully entertaining story and a disturbing analysis of the efficacy of government, the benefits of progress, and the dissolution of social mores. It remains as powerful a work of fiction today as it was upon its first publication in 1889.
Until Veronica finds Leo…
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Do you dream of a city at the end of time?
In a time like the present, in a world that may or may not be our own, three young people–Ginny, Jack, and Daniel–dream of a doomed, decadent city of the distant future: the Kalpa. Ginny’s and Jack’s dreams overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward, into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa–a would-be warrior, Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba–who have been genetically retro-engineered to possess qualities of ancient humanity. As for Daniel: He dreams of an empty darkness–all that his future holds.
But more than dreams link Ginny, Jack, and Daniel. They are fate-shifters, born with the ability to skip like stones across the surface of the fifth dimension, inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And each guards an object whose origin and purpose are unknown: gnarled, stony artifacts called sum-runners that persist unchanged through all versions of time.
Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a terrifying, goddess-like entity known as the Chalk Princess, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn, despite themselves, into an all but hopeless mission to rescue the future–and complete the greatest achievement in human history.
From the Hardcover edition.
H. G. Wells’s seminal short story “The Time Machine,” published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction’s time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories. Here are eighteen of the most exciting tales ever told, including
“Time’ s Arrow” In Arthur C. Clarke’s classic, two brilliant physicists finally crack the mystery of time travel–with appalling consequences.
“Death Ship” Richard Matheson, author of Somewhere in Time, unveils a chilling scenario concerning three astronauts who stumble upon the conundrum of past and future.
“Yesterday was Monday” If all the world’s a stage, Theodore Sturgeon’s compelling tale follows the odyssey of an ordinary joe who winds up backstage.
“Rainbird” R.A. Lafferty reflects on what might have been in this brainteaser about an inventor so brilliant that he invents himself right out of existence.
“Timetipping” What if everyone time-traveled except you? Jack Dann provides some surprising answers in this literary gem.
. . . as well as stories by Poul Anderson • L. Sprague de Camp • Joe Haldeman • John Kessel • Nancy Kress • Henry Kuttner • Ursula K. Le Guin • Larry Niven • Charles Sheffield • Robert Silverberg • Connie Willis
By turns frightening, puzzling, and fantastic, these stories engage us in situations that may one day break free of the bonds of fantasy . . . to enter the realm of the future: our future.
Note: "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury and "I'm Scared" by Jack Finney are not included in this edition.
Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir’s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power–a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity’s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.
This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed–and one that will obliterate Earth.
Bisesa’s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.
From the Hardcover edition.