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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 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.
3 1984 Banquets of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #4
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4 2011 2019 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
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Includes the story “Premium Harmony”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

The masterful #1 New York Times bestselling story collection from O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King that includes twenty-one iconic stories with accompanying autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write (or rewrite) each one.

For more than thirty-five years, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he introduces each story with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

As Entertainment Weekly said about this collection: “Bazaar of Bad Dreams is bursting with classic King terror, but what we love most are the thoughtful introductions he gives to each tale that explain what was going on in his life as he wrote it."

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. In “Afterlife,” a man who died of colon cancer keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Others address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

“I made these stories especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
5 2019 2024 The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft
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For the first time ever, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has produced an audio recording of all of Lovecraft's stories. These are not dramatizations like our Dark Adventure Radio Theatre - rather, this is an audiobook of the original stories, in all-new, never-before-heard recordings made by the HPLHS' own Andrew Leman and Sean Branney exclusively for this collection. Working from texts prepared by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, this collection spans his entire career from his earliest surviving works of childhood to stories completed shortly before his death. All tales include original music by HPLHS composer Troy Sterling Nies. This audio bonanza features 74 stories adding up to more than fifty (50!) hours of Lovecraftian listening fun, professionally performed and recorded for your enjoyment.
6 1994 Crashlander
Known Space #9
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Crashlander Beowulf Shaeffer has long been one of the most popular characters in Known Space.  Now, for the first time ever, Larry Niven brings together all the Beowulf Shaeffer stories - including a brand-new one - in one long tale of exploration and adventure!
NEUTRON STAR

Beowulf Shaeffer uncovers one of the puppeteers' greatest secrets.
AT THE CORE

Beowulf Shaeffer learns something that scares the puppeteers into fleeing Known Space.
FLATLANDER

Beowulf Shaeffer meets the love of his life and discovers a haunted planet.
GRENDEL

Beowulf Shaeffer solves a mystery, foils a kidnapping, and rescues an alien.
THE BORDERLANDS OF SOL

Beowulf Shaeffer stops a mass murderer and destroys the ultimate weapon.
PROCRUSTES

An exciting new story in which Beowulf Shaeffer loses his head - literally.
PLUS - an all-new framing story that pulls together all of the Beowulf Shaeffer's adventures and allows Shaeffer and his family to make a clean start at life once and for all!
7 1982 Different Seasons
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"RIVETING, IRRESISTIBLE... A ZESTFUL DELIGHT TO READ... HIS BEST SO FAR!"  - Los Angeles Herald Examiner

IN THE BODY, BASIS OF THE FILM STAND BY ME FROM COLUMBIA PICTURES, FOUR RAMBUNCTIOUS YOUNG BOYS PLUNGE THROUGH THE FACADE OF A SMALL TOWN AND COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH LIFE, DEATH, AND INTIMATIONS OF THEIR OWN MORTALITY....

PLUS, AN UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED CONVICT SEEKS A STRANGE AND STARTLING REVENGE... A TEENAGER BECOMES BOTH THE PUPPET AND THE PUPPET MASTER OF EVIL... A DISGRACED WOMAN IS DETERMINED TO TRIUMPH OVER DEATH.  THESE ARE YOUR GUIDES TO THE ULTIMATE IN FASCINATION AS STEPHEN KING SHOWS THE HORROR THAT LURKS WITHIN US ALL.

DIFFERENT SEASONS

"FAST-PACED PAFE TURNERS... AN UNQUALIFIED SUCCESS!" - People

"CLEVER AND TRIUMPHANT... STEPHEN KING REMAINS A MASTER!" - The New York Times

"CAUSE FOR REJOICING!" - Washington Post Book World

A BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB MAIN SELECTION

STAND BY ME
COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS AN ACT III PRODUCTION
A ROB REINER FILM "STAND BY ME" STARRING WIL WHEATON  RIVER PHOENIX
COREY FELDMAN  JERRY O'CONNELL  KIEFER SUTHERLAND
MUSIC BY JACK NITZSCHE  DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY THOMAS DEL RUTH
SCREENPLAY BY RAYNOLD GIDEON & BRUCE A. EVANS  BASED ON THE NOVELLA "THE BODY" BY STEPHEN KING
PRODUCED BY BRUCE A. EVANS  RAYNOLD GIDEON  ANDREW SCHEINMAN
DIRECTED BY RON REINER
8 1997 End of the Drive
The Sacketts #19
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BEST OF THE WEST


A veteran trail driver, who has survived thundering stampedes and Comanche raids, discovers there's nothing so dangerous as courting a beautiful woman....  A brutally beaten homesteader crawls off to die - only to stumble upon an ancient talisman that restores his will to live....  This treasure trove of newly discovered stories captures the grit, grandeur, and glory of the men and women who wielded pistol and plow, Bible and branding iron to tame a wild country.  A mysterious preacher rides into town to deliver a warning that leads to a surprising revelation....  And in the full-length novella Rustler Roundup, the hardworking citizens of a law-abiding town are pushed to the edge as rumors of rustlers in their midst threaten to turn neighbor against neighbor.  Each of these unforgettable tales bears the master's touch - comic twists, stark realism, crackling suspense - all the elements that have made Louis L'Amour an American legend.

LOUIS L'AMOUR, America's favorite storyteller, has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier.  There are more than 260 million copies of his books in print around the world.
9 1942 1993 Escape on Venus
Venus #4
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Earthman Carson Napier had found his share of adventure on the cloud-shrouded planet of Venus. He had rescued his beloved Princess Duare from one peril after another. But when Carson finally restored Duare to her home in the lofty kingdom of Vepaja, she was sentenced to death for daring to love a lesser mortal! Once again, Carson rescued the Princess, snatching her from her own father’s palace in an airship of his own devising.

The two outlaws searched the misty skies of Aptor for a refuge, but found only trouble. From the country of the amphibian people to Voo-ad, the city of human amoebae, they faced dangers beyond imagining.
10 1995 Flatlander
Known Space #10
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LARRY NIVEN
Hugo and Nebula Award-winning creator of Known Space, home to Gil Hamilton, Beowulf Shaeffer... and the classic Ringworld!
Gill "The Arm" Hamilton was one of the top operatives of ARM, the elite UN police force.  His intuition was unfailingly accurate; his detective skills were second to none; and his psychic powers - esper sense and telekinesis - were awesone.

Tough and deadly, Gil Hamilton could reach right into a person's brain for the truth... or for the kill!

Read all the stories of the legendary ARM operative, collected here in one volume for the vrey first time:
  • Organleggers aren't stopping at robbing body parts from the corpses of the frozen dead.  Now they're stealing from the living... and Gill is a prime target!
  • The most beautiful woman on Luna has been falsly accused or murder.  Unless Gil can prove her innocence, she's doomed to end up as a sack of spare parts in the organ banks...
  • And more... Plus an all-new, never-before-published Gil Hamilton adventure!
11 1973 The Flight of the Horse
Svetz #1
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THESE
ARE THE
STORIES
SVETZ...

And his mad adventures with horses, unicorns, ostriches, rocs, and other unlikely fauna, both extinct and as yet unborn, and of the extrabrdinary difficulties into which a simple, humdrum time-.trayeller can get when his Department supplies him with inadequate information.  But then, the Civil Service has ever been notorious for truly staggering foul-ups.  Several hundred centuries ahead or behind makes little difference except to complicate matters even further...

AND HERE THERE BE (ALSO) WARLOCKS, WEREWOLVES and divine witchery.

Proving that LARRY NIVEN can write on both sides of the science fiction fence.
12 1952 1981 Foundation and Empire
Foundation #2
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FOUNDATION
AND EMPIRE

tells the incredible story of a new breed of man who creates a new force for galactic government.  Thus, the FOUNDATION hurtles into conflict with  the decadent, decrepit First Empire.  In this struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars, man stands at the threshold of a new, enlightened life which could easily be put aside for the olf forces of barbarism.  The FOUNDATION novels of Isaac Asimov constitute what is very likely the most famed epic in all of science-fiction.
13 1950 I, Robot
Robot #1
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THE RISE OF MECHANICAL MEN


Here is a whole panorama of strange and thrilling tales about Earth in the years to ahead when robots reach such an advanced stage that they theaten to rise up and control the world.

I, ROBOT

The classic chronicle-novel about a future civilization helped, and menaced, by complex servomechanisms - has been hailed as the outstanding science-fiction book of its kind.

"An exiting science thriller." - New York Times

ISAAC ASIMOV, one of the outstanding imaginative writers today, is also a biochemist and teacher at the Boston University School of Medicine.  Mr. Asimov is the author of The Caves of Steel, The End of Eternity, and The Martian Way.
14 2020 2022 If It Bleeds
Holly Gibney #1.5
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Number one New York Times best seller

From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new "exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King’s] mastery of the form" (The Washington Post).


Readers adore Stephen King’s novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption).

Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King’s remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, fan-favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears and possibly another outsider - this time on her own. In Mr. Harrigan’s Phone an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. The Life of Chuck explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in Rat, a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

If these novellas show King’s range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it. There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward.

"Exactly what I wanted to read right now," said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. "Phenomenal," said Brian Truitt in USA Today. "King still owns the fright business like none other.”"
15 1951 1983 The Illustrated ManRay Bradbury  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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16 1976 Interstellar Empire
Interstellar Empire
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JOHN BRUNNER


"Interstellar Empire deals with a power play on a planet that was formerly part of the now-crumbling and decadent Empire.  Three brothers struggle to regain the power usurped by a strange cult...

"The most interesting thing about this book is Brunner's ability to create, with a few strokes of his typewriter, a new galactic empire, and characters to play on the stage of a crumbling imperial bureaucracy.  The characterizations are impressibly vivid...

"The panoramic view of the empire from the standpoints of the planets Annanworld, Delcadore, and Asconel, presents an interesting interpretation of human motivations and human nature.

"John Brunner has succeeded once again in creating an excellent novel in the science fiction mode, re-establishing his well-deserved reknown and fame.  By all means, read this book.  It's bound to become a part of the 'Best of Brunner'"

- Drexel Triangle

- A DAW BOOKS ORIGINAL -

FROM DAW
THE PRODUCTIONS OF TIME by John Brunner
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GATE OF IVREL by C. J. Cherryh
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THE JOAN-OF-ARC REPLAY by Pierre Barbet
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17 1916 2017 Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Tarzan #6
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EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS

Ballantine Books made publishing history with the simultaneous publication of the first ten volumes in the Tarzan series of books by EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS.  The remaining twelve volumes are being published in their proper sequence.  All Ballantine editions are complete and unabridged, all are authorized: the following are available NOW:

1 TARZAN OF THE APES
2 THE RETURN OF TARZAN
3 THE BEASTS OF TARZAN
4 THE SON OF TARZAN
5 TARZAN & THE JEWELS OF OPAR
6 JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN
7 TARZAN THE UNTAMED
8 TARZAN THE TERRIBLE
9 TARZAN & THE GOLDEN LION
10 TARZAN & THE ANT MEN
11 TARZAN, LORD OF THE JUNGLE
12 TARZAN & THE LOST EMPIRE

TARZAN 6 JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN


Reared in the heart of the jungle, Tarzan, the foster-child of the ape tribe of Kerchak, fights his way by the power of his brain and muscle to the highest rank among the apes.  Again and again the ape-man hero faces overwhelming odds in his fight for right and justice.

WATCH FOR THE RELEASE OF MORE BALLANTINE BOOKS IN THE TARZAN SERIES
18 2002 A Life of Surprises
Bernice Summerfield #7
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Peter Anghelides  
David Bailey  
Terrance Dicks  
Paul Ebbs  
Stephen Fewell  
Nev Fountain  
Steve Lyons  
David A McIntee  
Jonathan Morris  
Daniel O'Mahony  
Kate Orman  
Lance Parkin  
Justin Richards  
Lloyd Rose  
Jim Sangster  
Robert Shearman  
Mark Stevens  
Dave Stone  
Nick Walters  
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A new collection of short stories published to coincide with Benny's tenth anniversary. Each story is set at a different period during Professor Bernice Summerfield's highly eventful life.
19 1996 2009 Lightsabers
Young Jedi Knights #4
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Rebecca Moesta  
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JACEN and JAINA

When the Empire died, they were born - a new hope for a New Republic. The young twins of Han Solo and Princess Leia are now fourteen, and enrolled at Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy on Yavin 4. Together with friends both old and new, the future heroes of an already legendary saga begin their training.

STAR
YOUNG JEDI KNIGHTS
WARS

Luke Skywalker has come to a grim conclusion.  With the threat of a new generation of Dark Jedi being trained at the Shadow Academy, he knows the New Republic will need all the fighters it can muster.  At last, it is time for the young Jedi Knights to  build their lightsabers.

But there is more to mastering the ancient weapon than mere swordmanship.  Each student must learn about the mysterious bond between Jedi and lightsaber.  For Jacen and Jaina, success will mean growing stronger in the Force.  But for one of their friends, failure will mean tragedy.
20 1989 Long Ride Home
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LONG RIDE HOME


No one brings to life the Old West like Louis L'Amour.  Collected here for the first time, these vintage frontier stories introduce you to lawmen and loners, ranchers and renegades, gunslingers, cardsharps, bank robbers - even a "he school-ma'rm."  In these pages L'Amour brings to life such classic characters as the Cactus Kid, Tensleep Mooney, One-Eared Tim, and the gunfighter Kim Sartain.  These are frontier tales as only L'Amour can tell them - stories that surprise like the sharp crack of a Winchester and move like the lonely howl of the wind across an empty plain on the long ride home.

LOUIS L'AMOUR
Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, L'Amour has thrilled a nation by chronicling the adventures of the brave men and women who settled the American frontier.  There are more than 200 million of his books in print around the world.
21 1988 Lonigan
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THE LEGEND OF LONIGAN


In his newest collection of frontier short fiction, Louis L'Amour celebrates the tough breed of men who work the cattle drives.  Men like Lonigan, whose quick draw and hard fists were as respected as his reputation for doing right by the people who did right by him.  Lonigan didn't just ride herd for Tom Gurney's Circle G, he loved it as if it were his own.  But now that Tom was dead his daughter Ruth was braving the hard cattle drive into Dodge, and it didn't look like she would make it - thanks to the conniving outlaw band who thought she was easy pickins'.  But they hadn't counted on Lonigan, who would show them no fear and no mercy.

LOUIS L'AMOUR

Our foremost storyteller of the authentic West, L'Amour has thrilled a nation by bringing to vivid life the brave men and women who settled the American frontier.  There are now almost 200 million of his books n pr nt around the world.
22 1981 The Magic May Return
The Magic Goes Away #2
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Mildred Downey Broxon  
Dean Ing  
Larry Niven  
Fred Saberhagen  
Larry Niven (Editor)  
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ONCE THERE WAS MAGIC
IN THE WORLD....


Unlimited magic, enough magic for every wizard's son who ever wished to cast a spell. But the "mana," the power that makes the magic and fuels the spells, is drying up, a natural resource wasted by centuries of careless and short-sighted magicians.

In The Magic Goes Away master fantasist Larry Niven chronicled the end of an age, and the beginning of a new world where steel and muscle rule.  In this eagerly awaited sequel, Larry Niven has invited Poul Anderson, Steve Barnes, Mildred Downey Broxon, and Dean Ing into his world to tap the hidden reserves of mana and uncover the forgotten places of power.  All is not lost.  The magic may return.

THE MAGIC MAY
RETURN
23 1950 1979 The Martian ChroniclesRay Bradbury  Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4Rated 4
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24 2009 Mean StreetsJim Butcher  
Simon R Green  
Kat Richardson  
Tom Sniegoski  
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25 2003 Mind Out of Time
DDT-verse #31
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BUT THERE'S NO SUCH THING
AS A TIME MACHINE...

Inventor Dr. Angus McAran, born brilliant but deformed, had as little use for other people as they had for him.  Until the day he met the Neanderthal... and Angus discovered he had a destiny, one he wasn't sure he wanted.

Turns out Angus had invented a time machine.  Well, not yet, but soon, any day now.  He'd also founded and led a secret time-traveling organization.  That's why the Neanderthal was here - to make sure Angus' life went according to plan.  Well, that and to protect him from rival time organizations trying to assassinate Angus before he could invent his time machine.

But Angus wasn't sure he wanted any of this - and didn't like taking orders, even from himself.  Was his destiny inescapable?  Or could he turn his back on all of it and lead a simple, safe life?  One thing was certain: no matter what, he was going to find out!

This novella is the origin story of Doc Angus and his time organization, G.R.I.P.E., from Christopher Stasheff's Warlock of Gramarye series.
26 1999 More Short Trips
Doctor Who - BBC - Collections #2
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Here on Earth or out in the depths of the cosmos, the Doctor and his companions are never far from adventure. More Short Trips - the cleverly-titled follow-up to the popular Short Trips volume of short stories - takes the time travellers on another careering course of exciting escapades throughout time and space.

Showcasing the talents of both established authors and first-time writers, More Short Trips features every TV Doctor and a whole host of companions - plus a few surprises...

Discover things from Earth you were never meant to know. Get around the universe. Get short tripping.

edited by Stephen Cole, this collection features stories by Peter Anghelides, Ian Atkins, Christopher Bulis, Paul Farnsworth, Simon Forward, Paul Leonard, Jason Loborick, Steve Lyons, Paul Magrs, David A, McIntee, Andrew Miller, Robert Perry & Mike Tucker, Gareth Roberts, Gary Russell, Tara Samms and Dave Stone.
27 1976 More Tales of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #2
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28 1986 Night Over the Solomons
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LOUIS L'AMOUR'S
FIGHTERS IN THE SKY


They're freelance pilots and full-time troubleshooters for democracy. They're men like Steven Cowan, Mike Thorne, and Turk Madden who face danger every day of their lives and fight like tigers for what they believe in.  With the world on the brink of war, they're on the front lines, wherever there's action.

From the dangerous South Seas islands, to steaming South American jungles, to the other islands of Japan, you'll find these men ready to fight the enemies of freedom - in a battle to the death.

NIGHT OVER THE SOLOMONS


For the first time ever in paperback, here is a brand-new collection of exciting stories of adventure by Louis L'Amour, America's favorite storyteller.  With more than 175 million copies of his books in print worldwide, L'Amour is the author of such recent #1 bestsellers as The Walking Drum, Jubal Sackett, and Last of the Breed.

Night Over the Solomons contains "Night Over the Solomons" • "Mission to Siberut" • "Pirates With Wings" • "Tailwind to Tibet" • "The Goose Flies South" • "Wings Over Khabarovsk"
29 1978 Night ShiftStephen King  Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0Rated 0
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30 2017 No Middle Name
Jack Reacher #18.5
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Brace yourself for the ultimate
Jack Reacher reading experience.


This pulse-pounding collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child features eleven previously published pieces and a brand-new novella, "Too Much Time," in which Reacher's sharp eye and quick deduction skills are on full display.  In story after story, Reacher fans and lovers of action-packed fiction will witness "one of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes"* during different periods of his life: a teenage Reacher in sweltering New York City, Reacher as an MP in Georgia, Reacher as a magnet for women, and, of course, Reacher the loner, on the road and righting wrongs.  No suitcase.  No destination.  No middle name.  No matter how far Reacher travels off the beaten path, trouble always finds him.  Feel bad for trouble.

PRAISE FOR LEE CHILD
AND JACK REACHER


"There's a reason Child is
considered the best of the best
in the thriller genre."
- Associated Press

"This series [is] utterly addictive."
- JANET MASLIN, The New York Times

"Jack Reacher is today's James Bond."
- KEN FOLLETT


*The Washington Post
31 1967 The Past Through Tomorrow
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ONE OF SCIENCE FICTION'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS

Here in one monumental volume are all 21 of the stories, novellas and novels making up Heinlein's famous Future History - the rich, imaginative architecture of Man's destiny that many consider his greatest and most prophetic work.

THE ROADS MUST ROLL
THE MENACE FROM EARTH
"- WE ALSO WALK DOGS"
METHUSELAH'S CHILDREN
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE MOON
THE GREEN HILLS OF EARTH
And 15 other celebrated classics

ROBERT A.
HEINLEIN

32 1978 Pendulum
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A.E.
VAN VOGT


Any new book by that classic master of sf A. E. Van Vogt is an event sure to warrant headlines in the mental news-recorders of science fiction readers.  For what Van Vogt has to tell, the ideas that are sure to be unusual and original, the things that can spark the imagination in ways no other writers can approach, is always worth waiting for.

Here again in PENDULUM the master displays his amazing technique in scenes dealing with alien beings and their alien minds, in concepts of the future of humanity, of androids and null-A operatives, of the present, the future, and even the astonishing past.

It's new, it's by the author of SUPERMIND, THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHER, SLAN, and all the myriad masterpieces of a master of science fiction.

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NEVER
BEFORE IN PAPERBACK
33 1990 Puzzles of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #5
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34 1999 Reave the Just and Other Tales
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Stephen R. Donaldson's unique talents have placed his work alongside that of J.R.R. Tolkien and established him as a writer with the rare ability to expand readers' imaginations.  Now he presents a magnificent new collection of eight stories and novellas - three of which have never before been printed.

"BEGUILING... INTELLIGENT AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING."  - World-Herald, Omaha

This outstanding volume commences with the fablelike title story, "Reave the Just," which highlights one of Donaldson's favorite themes: the individual's power to overcome adversity.  This collection also introduces the morbid, soul-taking hero of "Penance," the mysterious beggar woman in the dark fairy tale "The Woman Who Loved Pigs," and the pampered antihero forced to make a choice between virtue and vice in "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed."

"'REAVE THE JUST' IS A FIRST COUSIN TO THE CLASSIC PRINCESS BRIDE"  - BookPage

Boasting exotic settings and suspense fueled by sudden plot twists, Reave the Just and Other Tales is a testament to Stephen R. Donaldson's talent to spin unforgettably spellbinding stories, and the astonishing scope of his mastery of magic and myth.

"EACH (TALE) IS INSIGHTFUL AND MORAL, MOVING WITH A PROCESSIONAL PACE AND MOOD."  - San Jose Mercury News
35 1989 The Return of the Black Widowers
Black Widowers #6
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36 1986 The Rider of the Ruby Hills
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A WORD FROM
LOUIS L'AMOUR


"Almost four decades ago, when my fiction was being published exclusively in 'pulp' western magazines, I wrote a number of novel-length stories, known back then as 'magazine novels.'  In creating them, I lived with my characters so closely that their lives were still as much a part of me as I was of them long after the issues in which they appeared went out of print.  Proud as I was of how I presented the characters and their adventures in the pages of the magazines, I wanted to tell the reader more about my people and why they did what they did.  So, over the years, I revised and expanded these magazine works into novels that I published as full-length paperbacks under different titles.

"These particular early magazine versions of my books have long been a source of considerable speculation and curiosity among many of my readers, so much so of late, that now I've decided to bring four of my 'magazine novels' back into print in this latest volume of my short fiction."

"I hope you enjoy them."

THE RIDER OF THE RUBY HILLS CONTAINS
• "Showdown Trail," the original version of the novel
THE TALL STRANGER
• "A Man Called Trent," the first telling of
THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY WAR
• "The Trail to Peach Meadow Canyon," which became
SON OF A WANTED MAN
• "The Rider of the Ruby Hills," which was expanded to
WHERE THE LONG GRASS BLOWS
37 1986 Riding for the Brand
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LOUIS L'AMOUR
AMERICA'S STORYTELLER


Dear Reader,

I've taken great pride over the years in personally selecting and editing collections of my short stories for my publisher, Bantam Books, to issue in paperback.  Now, without my permission, a publisher, with whom I am in no way associated, is attempting to sell a book with this same title containing some of my stories that appear in this collection.  I am outraged by their completely unauthorized edition of my stories, and I have put together this collection so my fans will not be shortchanged.

The only authorized edition of Riding for the Brand is this one, published by Bantam.  Not only are there more of my personally chosen stories in this authorized edition than in any unauthorized version with this title, but, as with Bowdrie's Law, Buckskin Run, and my six other Bantam books of short stories, I've also added new introductory notes of interest and written a special foreword that puts this work in personal and historical perspective.

BANTAM BOOKS IS THE ONLY PUBLISHER AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE MY SHORT STORIES IN BOOK FORM.  ONLY ACCEPT MY SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS PUBLISHED BY BANTAM.

I am confident that my loyal fans will want to read only the authorized Bantam editions of my stories.

Sincerely,

Louis L'Amour
38 1998 The Rivan Codex
Belgariad Universe #13
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Join David and Leigh Eddings on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the extensive background materials they compiled before beginning the masterpiece of epic fantasy unforgettably set down in The Belgariad and The Malloreon and their two companion volumes, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.

Our tour stretches from the wealthy Empire of Tolnedra to the remote Isle of the Winds, from the mysterious mountains of Ulgoland to the forbidding reaches of darkest Mallorea.  Along the way, you will meet old friends and enemies alike.  Rare volumes will be opened to your eyes.  Sacred holy books in which you may read the secrets of the Gods themselves and of their prophets.  Scholarly histories of the rise and fall of empires from the Imperial Library at Tol Honeth.  The profound mysteries of the Malloreon Gospels.

THE RIVAN CODEX will enrich your understanding of all that has gone before... and whet your appetite for more spectacular adventures from this talented team.

"DAZZLING FANTASY THAT WILL CAPTIVATE THOSE UNINITIATED IN ANY OF THE SERIES AND BEGUILE OLD SERIES HANDS WITH ITS STORYTELLING."
- Booklist

"IRRESISTIBLE... FULL OF TREASURES."
- Publishers Weekly

Selected by the Science Fiction Book Club®
39 1991 2022 Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones
Scary Stories #3
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GET READY
TO BE
SPOOKED!


It was eleven o'clock at night.  Peter was in bed on the second floor of the old house where he lived alone.  It had gotten so chilly, he went downstairs to turn up the heat.

As Peter was on his way back to bed, a black dog ran down the stairs.  "Where did you come from?" Peter said.  He had never seen the dog before....


Welcome to  the macabre world of Scary Stories, a collection of folklorist Alvin Schwartz's most alrming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time, with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Bret Helquist.

"Read these if you date." - The New York Times
40 1981 2022 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stories #1
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ARE YOU BRAVE
ENOUGH FOR
SCARY STORIES?


Some boys and girls were at a party one night.  There was a graveyard down the street, and they were talking about how scary it was.

"Don't ever stand on a grave after dark," one of the boys said.  "The person inside will grab you."

"A grave doesn't scare me," said one of the girls.  "I'll do it right now...."


Welcome to  the macabre world of Scary Stories.  Inside, you'll find alarming takes of horror, dark revenge, and the supernatural, with spine-tingling illustrations by renowned artist Brett Helquist.

"Read these if you date." - The New York Times
41 2016 2023 Sharp Ends
First Law World #7
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From amazon.com:

Sharp Ends is the ultimate collection of award winning tales and exclusive new short stories from the master of grimdark fantasy, Joe Abercrombie.

Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.

The Union army may be full of bastards, but there's only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.

Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.

Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.

And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There's only one obstacle left -- his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . .
42 1998 Short Trips
Doctor Who - BBC - Collections #1
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From Neolithic Earth to the furthest reaches of the universe in the far future, Short Trips brings together established Doctor Who authors and first-time writers in a collection of stories exploring the ever-changing worlds of the Doctor and his friends.

Witness the last days of the siege of Masada with the First Doctor and meet the Fourth Doctor's extraordinary 'old flame'. An evil enemy makes life difficult for the Seventh and Third Doctors, and while the Fifth Doctor is under attack on a sinister ship shrouded in fog, the Second may soon be guilty of a grave error of judgment… The Sixth Doctor's hopes of a holiday are dashed when he discovers a pleasure planet is hiding a shocking secret, and the Eighth Doctor is caught up in a deadly drama played out during the construction of Stonehenge.

And, of course, that's just the beginning…

Edited by Stephen Cole, this collection features stories by Jonathan Blum, Simon Bucher-Jones, Guy Clapperton, Paul Grice, Matthew Jones, Paul Leonard, Sam Lester, Steve Lyons, Paul Magrs, Daniel O'Mahony, Robert Perry & Mike Tucker, Evan Pritchard and Tara Samms.
43 2000 Short Trips and Side Steps
Doctor Who - BBC - Collections #3
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How many lives has the Doctor had?  Perhaps more than you think...

Follow the Doctor and his companions as they take short trips around the universe - perhaps to a Wild West overrun with dinosaurs, to a land where robot rabbits roam, or a planet where the Doctor must marry or die - and then step sideways into other universes - worlds full of song and dance; planets made entirely of sweets; lands of movie monsters; places where the Doctor as we know him may never have existed at all...

This collection includes stories by Peter Anghelides, Trevor Baxendale, Steve Burford, Graeme Burk, Miche Doherty, Harriet Green, Jason Loborik, Steve Lyons, Paul Magrs, Daniel O'Mahoney, Lance Parkin & Mark Clapham, Justin Richards, Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman, Gary Russell, Tara Samms, Mike Tucker & Robert Perry, Christopher M Wadley, and the last ever Doctor Who fiction of Lawrence Miles.
44 2014 2024 Shots Fired
Joe Pickett #14.5
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"An excellent anthology...  One of America's best crime novelists."
-LANSING STATE JOURNAL


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series comes a thrilling collection of suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so Well - and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there....

In "One-Car Bridge," one of four Joe Pickett stories, Pickett goes up against a just-plain-mean landowner, with disastrous results.  In "Shots Fired," his investigation into a radio call nearly ends up being the last thing he ever does.  "Pirates of Yellowstone" features two Eastern European tough guys who find out what it means to be strangers in a strange land, and in "Le Sauvage Noble" the stranger is a Lakota in Paris who enjoys playing the noble savage for the French women - until he meets Sophie.  Then he discovers what savage really means....

C. J. Box has been hailed for the brilliant storytelling that defines his novels.  That same brilliance is here in the ten riveting stories - three of them never before published - that make up Shots Fired.

"Nonstop adventure and mystery are omnipresent with unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers begging for more." - LIBRARY JOURNAL (STARRED REVIEW)

"If you're looking for rising tension played out against spectacular natural scenery, nobody does it better."
- KIRKUS REVIEWS
45 1985 1988 Skeleton CrewStephen King  Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3Rated 3
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46 1972 Spell of the Witch World
Witch World #2
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SPELL OF THE
WITCH WORLD


Somewheres in the infinite spaces beyond the galaxy we know lies a planet with a strange affinity to the Earth.  For Earthling blood has crossed that incomprehensible vastness to mingle with the human-but-alien civilizations of that untracked world...  Earthling blood brought through an ancient "door" set down between the world in times unknwon.

Andre Norton's marvelous novels of the Witch World, so distant that the very laws of space and time differ from those that govern our cosmic sector, have been compared by critics to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien of LORD OF THE RINGS fame, and equally to the great interplanetary adventures of Clifford Simak or an Edgar Rice Burroughs.

But there is nothing "copy-cat" in Andre Norton's work - and in SPELL OF THE WITCH WORLD we have a fantasy-rending treat that compares favorably to the greatest of them all.

Here is the seventh book in the Witch World saga - with all the color and super-science imagery of those that have gone before.  Here you will meet the twins, Elys, the witch-sister, and Elyn, the warrior-brother - and the pact that drew both into perils beyond the laws of our everyday stars.

- A DAW BOOKS ORIGINAL -
47 1974 Star Trek Log Two
Star Trek Logs #2
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48 1982 Starship
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THE WARS ARE OVER...


The conflicts of Planet Earth are forgotten now.  Even The Solar System War with its Cold Victory is barely a memory.  In this the third and final volume of THE PSYCHOTECHNIC LEAGUE, the scale is immeasurably greater: in Space, in Time... and in violence.

Starship


Poul Anderson is one of the most highly regarded writers of science fiction of all time, ranking with Clarke, Asimov, Herbert, and Heinlein.  Among his Nebula and Hugo Award-winning works are THE LONGEST VOYAGE, NO TRUCE WITH KINGS, THE SHARING OF FLESH, THE QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS, and GOAT SONG.
49 1991 2022 The State of the Art
Culture Series #4
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State of the Art is the only collection of Iain Banks' short fiction, and includes the acclaimed Culture novella of the same name.  From science fiction to horror, dark-coated fantasy to morality tale, all bear the indefinable stamp of Iain Banks' staggering talent.

'Banks is a phenomenon: the wildly successful, fearlessly creative author of brilliant and disturbing non-genre novels, he's equally at home writing pure science fiction of a peculiarly gnarly energy and elegance.'  William Gibson

'Few of us have been exposed to a talent so manifest and of such extraordinary bredth'  THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION

'The standard by which the rest of SF is judged'  GUARDIAN

'Captivating' TIME OUT

'A wild imagination'  MAIL ON SUNDAY

'Spectacular... the field needs his energy, skill and invention.'  THE SCOTSMAN
50 1981 Sunfall
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C. I. CHERRYH
Men had gone to the stars; they had trod the soil of distant planets and settled their colonies; yet the homeworld of Earth remained. It was legend; it was a place of nostalgia for mankind's lost youth; it was always there. For every son or daughter who had departed for the stars, there were those who preferred the original skies and winds of the world which had first endured humanity's trials and triumphs. C. J. Cherryh, many honored author, has produced in SUNFALL a book of marvels in which six mighty cities laden with the grandeur of history confront their fates ...and those of the Earth-born who loved them. This is a truly unique work.






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