Priya is the exotic girl who says what she thinks. Will was a star athlete before the attack. They find Trevor and Aiyana, the twins; Alex and Ricardo, the tough guys; and finally, Lindsey, the innocent. Together, the seven of them are the last humans on earthbut are they really humans at all? They have no idea that the government has known of the incoming alien attack for decades; to prepare they created special children with very special abilities.
The chosen seven are part alien and part human, and they exist to fight off the otherworldly forces, threatening to conquer the planet. But with such differing personalities, will the seven be able to put their pride be-hind and work together? They must move beyond the grief of lost friends and family and find the strength to go on; if they dont, the world will die, taken over by monstrous creatures that can smell your fear.
Our bodies and minds are malleable, and only the imagination is the limit to the possible improvements. From genetics to artificial enhancements, humanity will alter the course of its own evolution. Included here are more than twenty stories from the most imaginative writers in the field, including:
Poul Anderson * James Blish * Eric Brown * Ted Chiang * Tony Daniel * Samuel R. Delany * Greg Egan * Joe Haldeman * Geoffrey A. Landis * Paul McAuley * Ian MacLeod * David Marusek * Tom Purdom * Robert Reed * Joanna Russ * Robert Silverberg * Brian Stableford * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Michael Swanwick * Liz Williams * Gene Wolfe * Roger Zelazny
Ashamed of her world, five-year-old Holly promises her unearthly alien relatives that she will make everything better. And Holly never breaks a promise! But as she ages, that innocent promise becomes her albatross. She takes a job as a clerk with a company where a team of scientists has combined a cloned brain with a supercomputer they call BACH. To pass the time and soothe her soul, Holly starts writing poetry on her computer terminal. Her words secretly spur BACHs disembodied, ultraintelligent mind into consciousness, and BACH begins a search for the young woman who gave it new life. And now, the charmed supercomputer will stop at nothingeven blackmailto communicate with her. All hell breaks loose when the scientists and the military lose control of BACH as the powerful supercomputer accepts a new master: tiny, unassuming Holly.
Hollys life is threatened by an unknown enemy as she gives birth to a daughtera child who is the key to the future of two civilizations. With only BACH to protect her, Hollys worst nightmare looms: She may die without keeping her promise.
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.