"The Rift would be a very good beach book, if you could put it down long enough to get into the water." —— The San Diego Union Tribune
FRACTURE LINES PERMEATE THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES. Some comprise the New Madrid fault, the most dangerous earthquake zone in the world. Other fracture lines are social—— economic, religious, racial, and ethnic.
What happens when they all crack at once?
Caught in the disaster as cities burn and bridges tumble, young Jason Adams finds himself adrift on the Mississippi with African-American engineer Nick Ruford. A modern-day Huck and Jim, they spin helplessly down the river and into the widening faults in American society, encountering violence and hope, compassion and despair, and the primal wilderness that threatens to engulf not only them, but all they love...
" A breakout book that you'll swear the author lived" —— SF Age
"I don't like disaster novels. I would not have even glanced at The Rift if it weren't backed by Walter Jon Williams' reputation for excellence. And I definitely would not have kept reading if Williams hadn't demonstrated on every page that he deserves his reputation. The result? I was so engrossed in—— and engaged by ——The Rift that I forgot that I don't like disaster novels. This book is an impressive achievement.”
—— Stephen R. Donaldson, New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
"The Rift is bloody wonderful! Williams brings an historic disaster back for an encore and metaphorically flattens it again. This is the stuff for which sleep is lost--and awards are made." —— Dean Ing
"The Rift shakes up the world like it's never been shaken before." —— Fred Saberhagen
"[For fans of the disaster novel] Williams delivers the requisite thrills and setpieces—— but he also, to paraphrase Conrad, offers a bit of that truth for which they forgot to ask." —— Locus
It was started by an AI, and few humans even knew there was a war at all. But now people are dying, not just robots and aliens—and the AI wants it to stop. But a war is easier to start than to stop, and the computer can't alter its course without outside help. When the Gnostic Control System searches for conspirators, it chooses its friends carefully...Pali: a public relations director, who broods far too much on her unfulfilled ambitions.Ramo: a flamboyant senso-dancer and sculptor, who prefers a musical jamdam to serious conversation.Sage: an awkward systems designer, for whom the AI rapture-field is realer than life.And three of the alien Ell: Harybdartt, who would rather die with dignity than betray his people; Lingrhetta, who tries to unravel the meaning of human dance and music, pain and love; and Moramaharta, the binder, who must persuade his fellow decision-makers to risk everything for the sake of a fragile bridge of understanding across the stars.
A thought-provoking novel of the not-too-distant future, from the Nebula-nominated author of Eternity’s End and The Chaos Chronicles.
“The story is meaty and satisfying. I enjoyed this one greatly.” —Analog Science Fiction
“An absorbing, suspenseful novel of first contact and interstellar war. It’s a complex book, requiring concentration from the reader, and is well worth the effort.”—Aboriginal SF
“A lively dance of ideas—first contact, interstellar war, artificial intelligence, alien culture—and it moves at a rapid pace, from Earth through cyberspace to the Horsehead Nebula, and various points between. It’s well-worth the trip ticket.” —Roger Zelazny
Originally published by Tor Books
From Edward Kennedy to Playboy magazine, readers have praised Warday as an absorbing, suspenseful novel — and an important book for every American to read.
"A first-rate novel, as real as snapshots of tomorrow. And as scary." — New York Daily News
"Haunting … horrifying … engrossing … an all too believable look at what could be the future." — United Press International
"Disturbingly plausible … its vision of postnuclear chaos exceeds 'The Day After'." — Newsweek
"Imaginative … entertaining reading." — Boston Herald
"Frightening … controversial … a futuristic thriller." — Chicago Tribune
Sie - Sarah - ist eine Auftragskillerin mit einer tödlichen Metallschlange in der Kehle, die sie zum gefährlichsten Geschöpf der Welt macht.
In die Enge getrieben tun sie sich zusammen, und es machen noch ein paar der alten Jet-Piloten mit, um den ebenso allmächtigen wie überheblichen Multis im Orbit den Kampf anzusagen, und mag er noch so aussichtlos sein...
Walter Jon Williams' Roman Hardwired - erstmals im Jahre 1986 erschienen - gilt als eines der herausragenden (Schlüssel-)Werke der zweiten Generation des literarischen Cyberpunk: Der Roman verknüpft dabei postapokalyptische Mad-Max-artige Szenarien mit den ikonischen Schlaglichtern des Cyberpunk zu einem völlig eigenständigen, mitreißenden Ganzen.
Little Jamie lives with his family in an eerily perfect environment, entertained by characters from literature, sung to sleep at night by the Woman in the Moon. But cracks begin to appear in Jamie’s world that reveal rifts within his family, and he begins to see the terrifying reality behind the walls of his life, and to understand that perfection has its price . . .