Science fiction (Novelty)

Coming Home

Coming Home


Jack McDevitt

ISBN: 9780425260876
Year of publication: 2014

Coming home by Jack McDevitt For Ginjer Buchanan, longtime editor, inspiration, and friend Acknowledgments Im indebted to Michael Bishop for his advice and intuition to Walter Cuirle and David DeGraff for technical guidance to Sara Schwager, the copy editor to my agent, Chris Lotts to Mike Resnick and especially to my wife, Maureen, who always has to read the second draft. Dates not classified as Common Era C.E. are based on the Rimway calendar. Prologue 11,256 C.E. When Alex Benedict graduated ...

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The Status Civilization

The Status Civilization


Robert Sheckley

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Year of publication: 2007

THE STATUS CIVILIZATION ROBERT SHECKLEY TO ANYA Chapter One His return to consciousness was a slow and painful process. It was a journey in which he traversed all time. He dreamed. He rose through thick layers of sleep, out of the imaginary beginnings of all things. He lifted a pseudopod from primordial ooze, and the pseudopod was him. He became an amoeba which contained his essence then a fish marked with his own peculiar individuality then an ape unlike all other apes. And finally, he became a ...

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The Leech

The Leech


Robert Sheckley

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Year of publication: 2009

The Leech Illustrated by CONNELL The leech was waiting for food. For millennia it had been drifting across the vast emptiness of space. Without consciousness, it had spent the countless centuries in the void between the stars. It was unaware when it finally reached a sun. Life-giving radiation flared around the hard, dry spore. Gravitation tugged at it. A planet claimed it, with other stellar debris, and the leech fell, still dead-seeming within its tough spore case. One speck of dust among ...

Keywords: Science Fiction Short stories
The Hour of Battle

The Hour of Battle


Robert Sheckley

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Year of publication: 2009

THE HOUR OF BATTLE BY ROBERT SHECKLEY ILLUSTRATED BY KRENKEL That hand didnt move, did it Edwardson asked, standing at the port, looking at the stars. No, Morse said. He had been staring fixedly at the Attison Detector for over an hour. Now he blinked three times rapidly, and looked again. Not a millimeter. I dont think it moved either, Cassel added, from behind the gunfire panel. And that was that. The slender black hand of the indicator rested unwaveringly on zero. The ships guns were ready, ...

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Ghost V

Ghost V


Robert Sheckley

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Year of publication: 0

GHOST V Hes reading our sign now, Gregor said, his long bony face pressed against the peephole in the office door. Let me see, Arnold said. Gregor pushed him back. Hes going to knock - no, hes changed his mind. Hes leaving. Arnold returned to his desk and laid out another game of solitaire. Gregor kept watch at the peephole. They had constructed the peephole out of sheer boredom three months after forming their partnership and renting the office. During that time, the AAA Ace Planet ...

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A Replant Day Carol

A Replant Day Carol


John Vester

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Year of publication: 1996

A Replant Day Carol by John Vester Illustration by Janet Aulisio The lorry-load of monsters shocked Andrea Forman out of her memories. Jonathan, in the back seat, shouted excitedly. Reptants Look at em all Settle down, Jon. Youll wake your sister. OK. But when is Replant Day, Mom Can I kill one this year Well see, honey. Listen to your music. Its going to be a long drive. Following her sons eyes, Andrea saw hundreds of writhing, demonic reptilianarachnoid nightmares, each in its own small cage, ...

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The Best is Yet to Be

The Best is Yet to Be


H G Stratmann

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Year of publication: 1996

H. G. Stratmann The Best is Yet to Be Illustration by John Stevens But what if I dont want to live forever Schrader looked at his wife and frowned. Agnes, dont be so difficult Swiveling a little in her chair behind the long wooden desk, Dr. Re-nard replied calmly, The treatment wont make you immortal. It makes you much more resistant to infections and life-threatening diseases, but youll be just as vulnerable to accidental injuries. And, of course, it makes you younger. Agnes, dont you want to ...

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The Shaper

The Shaper


Rick Shelley

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Year of publication: 1996

The Shaper by Rick Shelley Illustration by Janet Aulisio The world had ceased to exist for James Kaiser Lohman. Deeply morose, his thoughts would not extend beyond the most narrow dimensions of self. He was hardly aware of the city around him. For an hour or more he had been wandering the streets, paying no attention to where he was going, scarcely paying attention to traffic when he crossed a street. Twice he had nearly been hit by cars. Even the swearing of those drivers had not penetrated his ...

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The Lily Gilders

The Lily Gilders


Joseph H Delaney

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Year of publication: 1996

The Lily Gilders by Joseph H. Delaney Illustration by Nicholas Jainschigg We could threaten to move our headquarters out of the country, Rossi snarled. He paused, contemplatively, to savor the thought, then added, Thatd serve em right, with all the taxes we pay and all the jobs we supplyyeh I dont think so, Mr. Rossi, the lawyer countered. Joe Duffy had expected precisely that reactionnot those exact words, of course, but something dose. He didnt like Martino Rossi to start with. Rossi had the ...

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The Widower's Wife

The Widower's Wife


Jayge Carr

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Year of publication: 1996

The Widowers Wife by Jayge Carr Illustration by John Stevens Men are fools. Eve probably said it first, within five minutes of meeting Adam. No. Five seconds. Oddly though, its the guys who normally never put a foot wrong who drop the deepest into smelly doodoo when they fall. Could he have Been that stupefyingly stupid I was aaaaalmost sure. He had. The he, my widower, who still had to force himself to look at me, sat eating calmly in his usual place, the head of the family table. Randy, one of ...

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Gerry Boomers

Gerry Boomers


Daniel Hatch
A J Austin

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Year of publication: 1996

Gerry Boomers by A.J. Austin Daniel Hatch Illustration by John Stevens Ed Ronson regarded the dying razor in his hand, the soft buzz fading as he stared at it. So much for manufacturers claims, he mused. The charge should have held for at least a month, and he had recharged the razor only five days earlier. But then he remembered that it had been plugged in the day the power went off, and must not have had a chance to become fully charged. Leaning on the edge of the sink, he bent closer to the ...

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Foggery

Foggery


Mark Rich

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Year of publication: 1996

Foggery by Mark Rich Illustration by Dell Harris Take me to your leader, said the voice above me. Huh I looked up. Oh, Mr. Fogg said Adelaide Jones from the third desk in the news room. Mr. Fogg said the man at my desk. Observe that word: Man. I have no intention to be sexist. But, damn it all, if I called the thing standing at my desk, as green as a celery stalk and looking about as stringy, may I addanyway, as I say, if I called that thing Woman, I would be up on charges of degenerate sexism, ...

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Epona

Epona


Wolf Read

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Year of publication: 1996

Wolf Read Epona Epona may not really exist, but its certainly a good example of how scientific principles can be used to imagine worlds and beings that might exist Figure One: A computer generated Eponan landscape offering a view from one of Eponas warm temperate regions. The umbrella leafed plants are pagoda trees, and are grouped in the phylum Myophyta. Illustration by Steven Hanly Epona is a strikingly detailed fictional alien world. How detailed Very. A Websters-sized dictionary might be ...

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The Spectral Stardrive

The Spectral Stardrive


Jerry Oltion

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Year of publication: 1996

The Spectral Stardrive by Jerry Oltion Illustration by Alan M. Clark Tilbey was the first guy I ever knew who could stare a firing rocket engine in the nozzle and survive to tell the tale. Of course he was dead at the time, so I dont know if that counts, but it sure impressed me. Not that he was such a macho guy or anything. Alive or otherwise, he was mostly just a klutz. Thats how he wound up dead in the first place. Hed been working on the main engines ignition system, but he hadnt shut down ...

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Fugue on a Sunken Continent

Fugue on a Sunken Continent


G David Nordley

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Year of publication: 1996

Fugue on a Sunken Continent a story of Epona by G. David Nordley Illustration by Wolf Read Disaster, Anna, is the way of life on Epona. Gregos Konstantis, Chief of Ground Service Operations, smiled ironically and looked past the beautiful but impatient woman on his office balcony across the Nell Strait and into the mainland. Disasterand deception. There, under the mist in the deceptively normal morning light of the star Taranis, lay Tir fo Thuinnhuman names whimsically derived from Welsh, as ...

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