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1 1959 2015 "All You Zombies-": Five Classic Stories by Robert A. Heinlein
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The story "All You Zombies—" is the basis for PREDESTINATION from Sony Pictures, just released in the US on January 9, 2015, starring Ethan Hawke, directed and written by the Spierig Brothers.

Robert A. Heinlein's brilliance and diverse talents are on display in this collection of five short stories that range from mind-twisters ("All You Zombies—"), paranoia and surprise ("They—"), hilarious engineering conundrums ("—And They Built a Crooked House"), fantasies ("Our Fair City), and the beautiful, heart-breaking "The Man Who Travelled in Elephants".

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world … [Heinlein] remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction."
- Stephen King

"There is no other writer whose work has exhilarated me as often and to such an extent as Heinlein."
- Dean Koontz

"One of the most influential writers in American Literature."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Heinlein wears imagination as though it were his private suit of clothes."
- The New York Times

"Heinlein… has the ability to see technologies just around the bend. That, combined with his outstanding skill as a writer and engineer-inventor, produces books that are often years ahead of their time."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"One of the grand masters of science fiction."
- The Wall Street Journal

about the author:
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), often called the Science Fiction Grand Master, was the author of such ground-breaking novels as STARSHIP TROOPERS, RED PLANET, STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND and THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS. He is generally considered the greatest and most influential science fiction writer of the twentieth century. In addition to being a bestselling author, Heinlein's novels won 4 Hugo awards, 3 "retro Hugo" awards, and the first "Grand Master Award" from the Science Fiction Writers of America
2 1965 The 10th Victim
Victim #1
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BANG! YOU'RE DEAD

And your Hunter can claim another Victim.  Unless, of course, you're clever enough to do in your Hunter first, say with a rapid-fire brassiere, or explosive spurs....

In the 21st century, all the world's a stage, and the play is war games.  Nothing messy, of course; no armies, no bombers.  Instead, war has become personalized: an intimate game for two players.

But when the players are a Roman sunset-seller compounded equally of charisma and incompetence, and a beautiful blonde backed by corporation money, cameras, spotlights, and the Roy Bell Dancers, the game becomes even more intimate than usual.  Because Caroline Meredith will do anything for her 10th Victim
3 2011 2018 11/22/63
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On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime.

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.
4 1949 1980 1984
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War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
And Big Brother is watching...


Thought Police.  Big Brother.  Orwellian.  These words have become part of our national vocabulary because of George Orwell's classic novel 1984, the story of one man's nightmare odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory.  A minor functionary named Winston Smith joins a covert brotherhood and pursues a forbidden love affair against the cold, gray backdrop of the Republic of Oceania - only you become a hunted enemy of the state... and of Big Brother.

Today, half a century after it was written, Orwell's prophetic, haunting tale of conformity and identity strikes a disturbing chord.  As we follow Winston Smith through his rebellion, imprisonment, torture, and reeducation, we witness firsthand the worst crime we can inflict upon ourselves and others: the destruction of the truths and freedoms that make us who we are.

With an Afterword by Erich Fromm

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5 1996 1996 Diary
Doctor Who - Miscellaneous
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6 1968 1980 2001: A Space Odyssey
Space Odyssey Series #1
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A Special Edition with a new introduction by the Author

"Dazzling... wrenching... eerie, a mind-bender."  - Time

"Full of poetry, scientific imagination, and typical wry Clarke wit.  By standing the universe on its head, he makes us see the ordinary universe in a different light...  [This novel becomes] a complex allegory about the history of the world."  -  The New Yorker

"Brain-boggling."  - Life

"Clarke has constructed an effective work of fiction... with the meticulous creation of an extraterrestrial environment, the sort of extrapolation of which Mr. Clarke is a master."  - Library Journal

"Breathtaking."  - Saturday Review

2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY

A SPECIAL EDITION
With a new introduction by Arthur C. Clarke

It has been over thirty years since the publication of this classic science fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves.  From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man ventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

This allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity, was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick's immortal film, and lives on as a hallmark achievement in storytelling.

SIR ARTHUR C. CLARKE is one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century and achieved vast popularity with 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968.  He has over 20 million books in print and has won every imaginable science fiction award, including the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Award for Life Achievement in 1986.  In addition to his literary accomplishments, Sir Arthur, a former radar officer for the RAF, invented the communications satellite.  For this achievement he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; in 1998, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for Services to Literature.
7 1982 1984 2010: Odyssey Two
Space Odyssey Series #2
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2010: odyssey two

When 2001: A Space Odyssey first shocked, amazed, and delighted millions in the late 1960s, the novel was quickly recognized as a classic.  Since then, its fame has grown steadily among the multitudes who have read or seen the film based on it.  Yet, along with almost universal acclaim, a host of questions has grown more insistent through the years:

  • Who or what transformed Dave Bowman into the Star-Child?  What purpose lay behind the transformation?  What would become of the Star-Child?
  • What alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in space?
  • What could drive HAL, a stable, intelligent computer, to kill the crew?  Was HAL really insane?  What happened to HAL and the spaceship Discovery after Dave Bowman disappeared?
  • Would there be a sequel?


Now all those questions and many more have been answered.  Cosmic in sweep, eloquent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe, and filled with the romance of space, this novel is a monumental achievement.

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2061: ODYSSEY THREE AND
3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY


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8 1987 1993 2061: Odyssey Three
Space Odyssey Series #3
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2061: odyssey three

Only rarely does a novelist weave a tapestry so compelling that is captures the imagination of the entire world.  But that is precisely what Arthur C. Clarke accomplished with 2001: a space odyssey.

It is even more unusual that an author is able to compliment so well-received an invention with an equally successful sequel.  But Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: odyssey two enthralled a huge audience worldwide.

Now, in 2061: odyssey three, Arthur C. Clarke revisits the most famous future ever imagined, as two expeditions into space are inextricable tangled by human necessity and the immutable laws of physics.  And Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monoliths, must once again confront Dave Bowman - or whatever Bowman has become - a newly independent HAL, and the power of an alien race that has decided Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy whether it wishes it or not.

ARTHOR C. CLARK'S 2061: ODYSSEY THREE IS A TRULY MASTERFUL ELABORATION ON ONE MAN'S EPIC VISION OF THE UNIVERSE.

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9 1997 3001: The Final Odyssey
Space Odyssey Series #4
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A SPACE ODYSSEY

"3001: The Final Odyssey has been an eerie and compelling plausibility."  - Business Week


One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen ond forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable.  But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind - and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again...

"A fascinating picture of our future: cities atop needlelike towers that extend into space, the colonization of Venus, the pacification of humanity, and the abolition of religion." - Newsweek

"Science-fiction master Arthur C. Clarke has taken generations of readers to the far and lonely reaches of the universe."  - USA Today
10 2013 2019 Abaddon's Gate
The Expanse #3
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BREAK ON THROUGH


PRAISE FOR THE EXPANSE SERIES:
"This is the future the way it was supposed to be."
- The Wall Street Journal

"Riveting."
- Publishers Weekly
(Starred Review)

"Interplanetary adventure the way It ought to be written."
- George R. R. Martin

For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier.  Until now.  The alien artifact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has appeared in Uranus's orbit, where it has built a massive gate that leads to a starless space beyond.

Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artifact.  But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.  As the emissaries of the human race try to decide whether the gate is an opportunity or a threat, the greatest danger is the one they brought with them.

ABADDON'S GATE is he the explosive third novel in the acclaimed Expanse series, following the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War.
11 1982 1993 The Abode of Life
Star Trek Novels #6
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ON THE PLANET MERCAN
THERE ARE NO STARS, NO MOON,
NO OUTER SPACE...


The citizens of Mercan cannot conceive of worlds beyond their own.  Their sun, Mercaniad, is prone to deadly, radioactive flare-ups, and the Mercans have organized their life around the need to survive The Ordeal - until a strange visitor appears from out of nowhere...

The Enterprise, badly crippled and in desperate need of repairs, must seek help from a people who cannot believe in its existence.  Mercaniad is about to blow, and James Kirk faces an impossible choice: to attack the sun itself and save his ship and crew - or let a people live in peace, in the only world they know...

THE ABODE OF LIFE
12 2003 2023 Absolution Gap
Revelation Space #3
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In the third book in the acclaimed author Alastair Reynolds's Inhibitor Trilogy, the last remnants of humanity realize that their only chance for survival may mean forging an alliance with a mysterious alien force.

The Inhibitors were designed to eliminate any life-form reaching a certain level of intelligence - and they've targeted humanity.  War veteran Clavain and a ragtag group of refugees have fled into hiding.  Their leadership is faltering, and their situation is growing more desperate.  But their little colony has just received an unexpected visitor: an avenging angel with the power to lead mankind to safety - or draw down its darkest enemy.

"Revelation, Repemption, Absolution...  Reynolds provides them all."  - GUARDIAN

"A book of great fascination, rich description, and memorable action." - LOCUS

"Absolution Gap is as good as it gets, and should solidify Alastair Reynolds's reputation as one of the best hard SF writers in the field."  - SF SITE
13 2009 2010 Abyss
Fate of the Jedi #3
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Peace is the way of the Jedi. But with deadly enemies on every side, war may be the only way out.

On Coruscant, an epidemic of madness is preying on the ranks of the Jedi Order - driving the Galactic Alliance to martial actions.  As Han and Leia Solo, along with their daughter, Jaina, join the fight to protect more stricken Knights from arrest, Jedi healers race to find a cure for the rapidly spreading affliction.

Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker continues his quest to find the reasons behind Jacen Solo’s dark downfall and to win redemption for the Jedi Order - a journey that draws Luke and his son, Ben, to the forbidden reaches of the Maw Cluster. There dwell the Mind Walkers: those whose power to transcend their bodies and be one with the Force is as seductive as it is potentially fatal. As Luke and Ben push their Force abilities beyond known limits, they draw closer to a nexus of dark-side energy unprecedented in its power, and to an explosive confrontation from which only one Master - good or evil - can emerge alive.
14 2014 The Abyss Beyond Dreams
Chronicle of the Fallers #1
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The year is 3326. Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel - self-appointed guardians of the Void, the enigmatic construct at the core of the galaxy that threatens the existence of all that lives. The Raiel convince Nigel to participate in a desperate scheme to infiltrate the Void. Once inside, Nigel discovers that humans are not the only life-forms to have been sucked into the Void. The humans trapped there are afflicted by an alien species of biological mimics - the Fallers - that are intelligent but merciless killers. Yet these same aliens may hold the key to destroying the threat of the Void forever - if Nigel can uncover their secrets.
15 1996 Ace!
Doctor Who - Miscellaneous
Sophie Aldred  
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16 2017 Activated
The Ascension Myth #2
Michael Anderle  
Ell Leigh Clarke  
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17 1979 The Adventures of Doctor Who
Doctor Who - Novelizations (Collections) #1
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He's tall and thin, wears a motley array of garments that includes an incredibly long scarf and a battered wide-brimmed hat - and he's a centuries-old Time Lord. Untold years ago he left his own people to roam through Space and Time, fighting evil, righting wrongs, and trying to satisfy a deep-rooted curiosity.

Now, the resourceful adventurer who has long thrilled British television viewers is winning legions of fans in the U.S.A., and this volume captures all the excitement, humor and imagination of that popular TV series. It contains a trio of action-packed novelisations:

DOCTOR WHO AND THE GENESIS OF THE DALEKS. The war between the Thals and the Kaleds had been raging for a thousand years. Then, suddenly, one side gained an advantage: machine creatures called Daleks, programmed to kill on command... grim weapons which would insure the annihilation of any race - or individual - that opposed them. And the Doctor had traveled through centuries to oppose them.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE REVENGE OF THE CYBERMEN. A mysterious plague had wiped out almost everyone aboard Space Beacon Nerva. The only survivors were the Beacon's commander, two of his crew, and a civilian professor. The professor was there, ostensibly, to study a new asteroid; but before long it became clear to the Doctor that the man's interest was far from scholarly. For the space fragment proved to be the remains of Voga - a planet of gold destroyed long ago in the war against the dreaded Cybermen.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. The recent destruction of oil rigs in the North Sea had brought Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart to a small Scottish village on the shores of Loch Ness. But when his investigation failed to shed any light on the matter, he called for the Doctor's help - and the Doctor uncovered the bizarre truth. The Zygons, alien beings who had been shipwrecked on Earth millenia ago, were trying to take over the planet... and the use of a cyborgized, dinosaurlike creature from their home world was only part of their diabolical plan.
18 1979 1999 The Adventures of K9 and Other Mechanical Creatures
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Hello!
This is the Doctor.
Here's a book all about my faithful friend, K9.  As you know, K9 is a kind of robot dog - though he'd sooner be described as a completely-mobile, self-powered computer with multi-sensory circuits and built-in defensive capabilities!

I'll also be telling you about some other amazing mechanical creatures I've encountered on my travels through Space and Time - some have been surprisingly friendly, but others were very dangerous indeed…
19 2016 2019 The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance AgentLarry Correia  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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20 2001 2001 The Adventuress of Henrietta Street
Doctor Who - 8th Doctor #51
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On February 9, 1783, a funeral was held in the tunnels of the dead heart of London.  It was the funeral of a warrior and a conjuror, a paladin and an oracle, the last of an ancient breed who'd once stood between the Earth and the bloodiest of its nightmares.

Her name was Scarlette.  Part courtesan, part sorceress, this is her history: the part she played in the Seige of Henrietta Street, and the scrifice she made in the defence of her world.

In the year leading up to that funeral, something raw and primal ate its way through human society, from the streets of pre-Revolutionary Paris to the slave-states of America.  Something that only the eighteenth century could have summoned, and against which the only line of defence was a bordello in Covent Garden.

And then there was Scarlette's accomplice, the 'elemental champion' who stood alongside her in the final battle.  The one thay called the Doctor.
21 2011 2015 After the Battle on Starship Hill: Prolog to The Children of the Sky
Zones of Thought #4
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"After the Battle on Starship Hill" is more than 12000 words of prologue from Vernor Vinge's forthcoming novel, The Children of the Sky. Taking place on Tines World, this mini e-book describes events of the years immediately following the conclusion of the predecessor novel, A Fire Upon the Deep.
22 2008 2013 After the Coup
Old Man's War #3.5
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23 2012 2020 Agenda 21
Agenda 21 #1
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Just a generation ago this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of UN-lead program called Agenda 21, it's simply known as the 'Republic'. There is no president. No congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.

There are only the Authorities.

Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life.

Those who cannot do either are of no use to society.

This bleak and barren existence is all that 18-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.

Until the day they came for her mother.

Woken up to the harsh reality of her life and her family's future inside the Republic, Emmeline begins to search for the truth. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth?

As Emmeline begins to understand the true objectives of Agenda 21, she realizes that she is up against far more than she ever thought. With the Authorities closing in, and nowhere to run, Emmeline embarks on an audacious plan to save her family and expose the Republic - but is she already too late?
24 2000 2005 Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #4
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Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling.  Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat.  In these darkest times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived - and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered life back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.

Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure... and in revenge.  When he learns that on old friend from his smuggling days in operating as a mercinary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor.  But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Repiblic's will and ability to fight - the Jedi.

Now Han must face down the inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice the only way that matters - by being worthy of it.
25 2000 2005 Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #5
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A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point.  Leia Organa Solo, estranged from her husband, Han, oversees the evacuation of refugees on planets in the path of the merciess invaders.  Luke Skywalker struggles to hold the fractious Jedi Knights together, even while one of them undertakes a bold but reckless undercover mission.

Manipulating their alliance with the amoral Hutts, the Yuuzhan Vong leave a cunning trail of vital information where New Republic agents are sure to find it - information the deperate defenders cannot afford to ignore: the location of the aliens' next target.

Then Han Solo stumbles into the dark heart of a raging battle, thus beginning a furious race against time that will require every skill and trick in his arsenal to win…
26 2009 2019 Akira, Vol 1
Akira Graphic Novels #1
Katsuhiro Otomo  
Jo Duffy (Translator)  
Yoko Umezawa (Translator)  
Linda M York (Translator)  
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27 2010 2019 Akira, Vol 2
Akira Graphic Novels #2
Katsuhiro Otomo  
Jo Duffy (Translator)  
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28 2010 2019 Akira, Vol 3
Akira Graphic Novels #3
Katsuhiro Otomo  
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Linda M York (Translator)  
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29 2010 2019 Akira, Vol 4
Akira Graphic Novels #4
Katsuhiro Otomo  
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30 2011 2019 Akira, Vol 5
Akira Graphic Novels #5
Katsuhiro Otomo  
Jo Duffy (Translator)  
Yoko Umezawa (Translator)  
Linda M York (Translator)  
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31 2011 2019 Akira, Vol 6
Akira Graphic Novels #6
Katsuhiro Otomo  
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32 2016 Alexander X
Battle for Forever #1
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Alexander Grant is a little too good at a few too many things. Two dozen martial arts. Twice that many languages. Chess, the piano, sports, forging excused absences, you name it. He graduated high school top of his class...seventeen times. Of course, no one knows any of this. Not that he wants to go unnoticed. It’s just safer that way. So for the last several decades, Alexander has been forced to move from town to small town to even smaller town - he just bought his 651st house - in an effort to live a painfully quiet life. But when a mysterious cabal attempts to kidnap him and kill his friends, Alexander must use all his skills and centuries of training to outwit the most dangerous man alive, the mastermind of a plot that would change the world forever.

Clever, intriguing, skillfully woven with humor, Alexander X launches us on an epic journey toward a future few of us will survive, rising from a past we never knew existed.
33 2004 2004 The Algebra of Ice
Doctor Who - Past Doctors #68
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34 1979 1979 Alien
Alien Novelizations #1
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Where was Earth?

This was not their galaxy.  A strange sun lit the sky with orange rays.  In their long cold sleep, the seven space travelers had left their own universe behind, and now their monitor told them that on the planet revolving below them, someone was signalling for help.  By space law, they must descend, explore and render assistance.  But they would carry weapons.  For who could tell what being called to them - or why.  All they knew was that it was Alien.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX PRESENTS
ALIEN
TOM SKERRITT • SIGOURNEY WEAVER
VERONICA CARTWRIGHT • HARRY DEAN STANTON
JOHN HURT • IAN HOLM & YAPHET KOTTO AS PARKER
Executive Producer RONALD SHUSETT
Produced by GORDON CARROLL, DAVID GILER and WALTER HILL
Directed by RIDLEY SCOTT
Story by DAN O'BANNON & RONALD SHUSETT
Screenplay by DAN O'BANNON  Music by JERRY GOLDSMITH
PANAVISION®  EASTMAN KODAK COLOR®  PRINTS BY DELUXE®
© 1979 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
35 1997 1997 Alien Bodies
Doctor Who - 8th Doctor #6
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On an island in the East Indies, in a lost city buried deep in the heart of the rainforest, agents of the most formidable powers in the galaxy are gathering. They have been invited there to bid for what could turn out to be the deadliest weapon ever created.

When the Doctor and Sam arrive in the city, the Time Lord soon realises they've walked into the middle of the strangest auction in history - and what's on sale to the highest bidder is something more horrifying than even the Doctor could have imagined, something that could change his life forever.

And just when it seems his life can't get any worse, the Doctor finds out who else is on the guest list…
36 2019 2019 Alien III
Alien Novelizations #3.5
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Audible is bringing William Gibson’s uncovered Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien franchise. 

Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens. 

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online.

This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

The story begins with the Sulaco on its return journey from LV-426. On board the military ship are the cryogenically frozen skeleton crew of that film’s survivors: Ripley, Hicks, Newt and Bishop.

We travel aboard and hear an alarm blare. Our heroes are no longer alone....

Starring: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Cliff Chapman, Samantha Coughlan, Ben Cura, Dar Dash, Harry Ditson, Mairead Doherty, Lance Henriksen, Graham Hoadly, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Martin McDougall, Sarah Pitard, Michael Roberts, David Seddon, Andrew James Spooner, Siri Steinmo, Dai Tabuchi, Keith Wickham, Rebecca Yeo.
37 2018 2019 Alita: Battle Angel
Alita: Battle Angel #1
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Pat Cadigan  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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In the 26th century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by a scientist....

This is the official audio novelization to the 2018 science-fiction film, Alita: Battle Angel, based on manga by Yukito Kishiro. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez, written and produced by James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame, and stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Mahershala Ali.
38 2018 Alive
Pandora Experiment #3
Jonathan Yanez  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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39 2010 2019 All Clear
Oxford Time Travel #5
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In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060, the setting for several of her most celebrated works, and sent three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

Now the situation has grown even more dire. Small discrepancies in the historical record seem to indicate that one or all of them have somehow affected the past, changing the outcome of the war. The belief that the past can be observed but never altered has always been a core belief of time-travel theory, but suddenly it seems that the theory is horribly, tragically wrong.

Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the historians' supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, and 17-year-old Colin Templer, who nurses a powerful crush on Polly, are engaged in a frantic and seemingly impossible struggle of their own - to find three missing needles in the haystack of history.

Told with compassion, humor, and an artistry both uplifting and devastating, All Clear is more than just the triumphant culmination of the adventure that began with Blackout. It's Connie Willis' most humane, heartfelt novel yet - a clear-eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, ordinary acts of heroism and sacrifice too often overlooked by history.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an introduction written and read by author Connie Willis.
40All My Sins RememberedJoe Haldeman  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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41 2017 2019 All Systems Red
Murderbot #1
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Martha Wells  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels.

All Systems Red tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid - a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot."

Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
42 1962 All the Traps of Earth and Other Stories
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CLIFFORD D. SIMAK
Winner of the
HUGO and INTERNATIONAL FANTASY AWARDS
and the
GRAND MASTER NEBULA

Nine Stouries Of
Robots On The Runs,
Mechanical Messiahs,
Galactic Baby-Sitters,
Freudian Aliens,
Calico Cosmic Critters,
And Immortality
On The Installment Plan

He is an ancient robot on the lam - a messiah hunted by the men he must save.
Henderson James is a duplicate man dreaming of immorality - but his creators foresaw his dream and built in a nightmare.
A planet where creatures in every hue of the rainbow die without giving it a second thought.
Their gift to mankind is a gentle ear and all they ask is to banish sorrow forever.
Every child is perfect - studious, well-mannered, and possessed of an alien calm.


In ALL THE TRAPS OF EARTH, Clifford D. Simak presents a fantastic universe where man is a seasoned wanderer of space, where the creatures of the galaxy view Earth as a second home, and where every traveler of the cosmos must beware not only of the traps of an unknown earth, but also the deadly snares of the universal dream - ambition.
43 2017 2021 All These Worlds
Bobiverse #3
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The epic and highly anticipated conclusion to the listener-favorite series that had countless Audible listeners (and employees) hooked from the very first Bob - featuring, as always, a flawless performance from the inimitable Ray Porter.

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble.

They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others.

Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol - unless the Others arrive first.

All These Worlds is the third installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.
44 2004 2015 All You Need is Kill
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Hiroshi Sakurazaka  
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Alexander O Smith (Translator)  
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THE FULL METAL BITCH
A war junkie always chasing the action no matter where it led her...  Her voice filled my suit, clear as crystal.  A high-pitched tone, at odds with the two-meter axw and carnage I'd just seen.  "I read that the green tea they serve in Japan at the end of a meal comes free.  THAT TRUE?" - From All You Need Is Kill

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL WHEN ALIEN MIMICS INVADE, KEIJI KIRIYA is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill.  Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again.  On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch.  Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?
桜坂 洋 Hiroshi Sakurazaka
45 1994 All-Consuming Fire
Doctor Who - New Adventures #27
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'I've been all over the universe with you, Doctor, and Earth in the nineteenth century is the most alien place I've ever seen.'

England, 1887. The secret library of St John the Beheaded has been robbed. The thief has taken forbidden books which tell of mythical beasts and gateways to other worlds. Only one team can be trusted to solve the crime: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

As their investigation leads them to the dark underside of Victorian London, Holmes and Watson soon realize that someone else is following the same trail. Someone who has the power to kill with a glance. And they sense a strange, inhuman shape observing them from the shadows.  Then they meet the mysterious traveller known only as the Doctor - the last person alive to read the stolen books.

While Bernice waits in nineteenth-century India, Ace is trapped on a bizarre alien world. And the Doctor finds himself unwillingly united with England's greatest consulting detective.
46 2013 2013 Allegiant
Divergent #3
Veronica Roth  Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2Rated 2
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47 2019 Alliance Rising
The Hinder Stars #1
C J Cherryh  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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48 2008 Alliance Space
Alliance-Union Universe #0.5
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Two Alliance-Union novels, Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna, bound in one omnibus volume for the first time!

Merchanter's Luck

His name was Sandor, and he was the owner and entire crew of a tramp star-freighter that flew the Union planets under false papers and fake names. Her name was Allison, and she was a proud but junior member of the powerful family whose mighty starship, Dublin Again, was the true queen of the spaceways. They met at Viking Station. She seeking a night's dalliance; he desperately in search of a spacer assistant. Their fateful meeting was to lead to a record-breaking race to Pell Station, thereby catching the calculating eye of the grim commander of the Alliance battlecraft Norway and a terrifying showdown at a deadly destination off the cosmic charts.

Forty Thousand in Gehenna

When 40,000 human colonists are abandoned for political reasons on a planet called Gehenna, and re-supply ships fail to arrive, collapse seems imminent. Yet over the next two centuries, the descendants of the original colonists survive despite all odds by entering a partnership with the planet's native intelligence - the lizard-like, burrowing calibans.
49 2011 2011 Allies
Fate of the Jedi #5
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Only one thing could unite the forces of Jedi and Sith: an enemy far deadlier than both.

What began as a quest for truth has become a struggle for survival for Luke Skywalker and his son, Ben. They have used the secrets of the Mind Walkers to speak with the spirits of the fallen, risking their lives in the process. They have faced a team of Sith assassins and beaten the odds to destroy them. And now the death squad’s sole survivor, Sith apprentice Vestara Khai, has summoned an entire fleet of Sith frigates to engage the embattled father and son. But the dark warriors come bearing a surprising proposition that will bring Jedi and Sith together in an unprecedented alliance against an adversary more ancient and alien than they can imagine. For in the treacherous web of black holes that is the Maw, the Skywalkers and their Sith allies will have to fight an unimaginable evil, and Luke will be rocked by a staggering truth.
50 1981 Allies of Antares
Dray Prescot #26
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Alan Burt Akers  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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DRAY PRESCOT


Beneath the two suns of Antares, the planet Kregen was truly the wonder of the universe.  For there, at the inscrutable planning of unseen powers, had been gathered members of the great races of the galaxy, set down among Kregen's lands to become part of the wonderful semi-civilized cities and kingdoms of that world.

There, too, were natural humans and their strivings and ambitions colored and led the struggle to create a world of peace.  Dray Prescot, Earthman, had been brought there as an agent of the Star Lords, buy he had made himself into a rallying point of strength in Kregen's colorful history.

Now, when the worst war between the humanoid lands had finally concluded, Prescot again confronts the Star Lords, only to learn that the hard-won peace was just a transition to a great hemispheric invasion that was even then raiding over the horizon.

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