Science fiction (Novelty)

Up The Line

Up The Line


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0345325850
Year of publication: 1969

Up The Line by Robert Silverberg 1. Sam the guru was a black man, and his people up the line had been slaves and before that, kings. I wondered about mine. Generations of sweaty peasants, dying weary Or conspirators, rebels, great seducers, swordsmen, thieves, traitors, pimps, dukes, scholars, failed priests, translators from the Gheg and the Tosk, courtesans, dealers in used ivories, short-order cooks, butlers, stockbrokers, coin-trimmers All those people I had never known and would never be, ...

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To Live Again

To Live Again


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 1584450185
Year of publication: 1969

To Live Again by Robert Silverberg There is therefore but one comfort left, that though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death: God would not exempt himself from that the misery of immortality in the flesh he undertook not, that was in it immortal. Sir Thomas Browne: Religio Medici Chapter 1 The lamasery rose steeply from the top of the bluff on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate. Feeling a faint cramp in his left calf, ...

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Gateway

Gateway


Frederik Pohl

ISBN: 0312317808
Year of publication: 1977

Gateway by Frederik Pohl Chapter 1 My name is Robinette Broadhead, in spite of which I am male. My analyst whom I call Sigfrid von Shrink, although that isnt his name he hasnt got a name, being a machine has a lot of electronic fun with this fact: Why do you care if some people think its a girls name, Rob I dont. Then why do you keep bringing it up He annoys me when he keeps bringing up what I keep bringing up. I look at the ceiling with its hanging mobiles and pinatas, then I look out the ...

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The Things

The Things


Peter Watts

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Year of publication: 0

About author Peter Watts is an awkward hybrid of biologist and science-fiction author, known for pioneering the technique of appending extensive technical bibliographies onto his novels this serves both to confer a veneer of credibility and to cover his ass against nitpickers. Described by the Globe Mail as one of the best hard-sf authors alive, his debut novel Starfish was a NY Times Notable Book. His most recent Blindsight a rumination on the nature of consciousness which actually became a ...

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The Green Odyssey

The Green Odyssey


Philip Jose Farmer

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Year of publication: 0

The Green Odyssey The Naked Word electronic edition of The Green Odyssey by Philip Jose Farmer, 1957 Make friends fast. Handbook For The Shipwrecked To Nan Gerding 1 FOR TWO YEARS Alan Green had lived without hope. From the day the spaceship had crashed on this unknown planet he had resigned himself to the destiny created for him by accident and mathematics. Chances against another ship landing within the next hundred years were a million to one. Therefore it would do no good to sit around ...

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The Queen of Springtime

The Queen of Springtime


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0575045868
Year of publication: 1989

The Queen of Springtime by Robert Silverberg 1 The Emissary As he came over the knife-edge summit of the bare rock-strewn hill and turned to descend into the warm green valley that was his destination, Kundalimon felt the wind change. For weeks it had been at his back, hard and dry and biting, as he journeyed from the interior of the continent toward its southwestern coast. But it was blowing from the south, now: a sweet soft wind, almost a caress, carrying a host of strange fragrances toward ...

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The New Springtime

The New Springtime


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0575045868
Year of publication: 1989

The Queen of Springtime by Robert Silverberg 1 The Emissary As he came over the knife-edge summit of the bare rock-strewn hill and turned to descend into the warm green valley that was his destination, Kundalimon felt the wind change. For weeks it had been at his back, hard and dry and biting, as he journeyed from the interior of the continent toward its southwestern coast. But it was blowing from the south, now: a sweet soft wind, almost a caress, carrying a host of strange fragrances toward ...

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At Winter's End

At Winter's End


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0446513849
Year of publication: 1988

At Winters End by Robert Silverberg For Terry Carr, who was here for the beginning of this one, though not the end An axe-age, a sword-age, shields shall be sundered A wind-age, a wolf-age, ere the world falls. The sun turns black, Earth sinks in the sea, The hot stars down from heaven are whirled Fierce grows the steam and the life-feeding flame Till fire leaps high about heaven itself. Elder Edda Everyone on Earth for a million years or more had known that the death-stars were coming, that the ...

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Downward to the Earth

Downward to the Earth


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0575075236
Year of publication: 2004

Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth ECCLESIASTES 3:21 One HE HAD COME back to Holmans World after all. He was not sure why. Call it irresistible attraction call it sentimentality call it foolishness. Gundersen had never planned to revisit this place. Yet here he was, waiting for the landing, and there it was in the vision screen, close enough to grasp and squeeze in one hand, a ...

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Tower of Glass

Tower of Glass


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0684105446
Year of publication: 1970

Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg 1 Look, Simeon Krug wanted to say, a billion years ago there wasnt even any man, there was only a fish. A slippery thing with gills and scales and little round eyes. He lived in the ocean, and the ocean was like a jail, and the air was like a roof on top of the jail. Nobody could go through the roof. Youll die if you go through, everybody said, and there was this other fish, he went through, and he died. And there was this other fish, and he went through, and ...

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The Stochastic Man

The Stochastic Man


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0446345075
Year of publication: 1975

The Stochastic Man by Robert Silverberg It is remarkable that a science which began with the consideration of games of chance should have become the most important object of human knowledge The most important questions of life are, for the most part, really only problems of probability. LAPLACE, Thorie Analytique des Probabilits Once a man learns to see, he finds himself alone in the world with nothing but folly. CASTANEDA, A Separate Reality 1 We are born by accident into a purely random ...

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Dying Inside

Dying Inside


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0684130831
Year of publication: 1972

Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg ONE. So, then, I have to go downtown to the University and forage for dollars again. It doesnt take much cash to keep me going 200 a month will do nicely but Im running low, and I dont dare try to borrow from my sister again. The students will shortly be needing their first term papers of the semester thats always a steady business. The weary, eroding brain of David Selig is once more for hire. I should be able to pick up 75 worth of work on this lovely golden ...

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The Masks of Time

The Masks of Time


Robert Silverberg

ISBN: 0345234464
Year of publication: 1968

The Masks of Time by Robert Silverberg INTRODUCTION It was the late winter of 1967 and I was preoccupied with a need to prove to the science fiction community that I was a reformed character. Back in the 1950s, at the outset of my career, I had allowed some early discouragements in the marketplace to turn me into a purveyor of mass-produced claptrap I had written and sold untold reams of stuff with titles like Guardians of the Crystal Gate and Thunder over Starhaven, unreconstructed zap-zap pulp ...

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Reaper

Reaper


James Alan Gardner

ISBN: 0060087706
Year of publication: 2005

Reaper byJames Alan Gardner I could tell this Call would be a traffic fatality. It was a Friday evening in early March, the pavement was icy, and the sun was low on the horizon, at the precise spot to strike drivers eyes as cars came around the curve. My compass pointed to that curve and my hourglass was almost empty. A dozen of my fellow Reapers were already there we were certainly going to make network news tonight. Most of the other Reapers sprawled indolently on the snow of the embankment ...

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Transcendent

Transcendent


Stephen Baxter

ISBN: 0345457919
Year of publication: 2005

Transcendent by Stephen Baxter ONE The girl from the future told me that the sky is full of dying worlds. You can spot them from far off, if you know what youre looking for. When a star gets old it heats up, and its planets oceans evaporate, and you can see the clouds of hydrogen and oxygen, slowly dispersing. Dying worlds cloaked in the remains of their oceans, hanging in the Galaxys spiral arms like rotten fruit: this is what people will find, when they move out from the Earth, in the future. ...

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