Science fiction (Novelty)
Year of publication: 1958
Who by Algis Budrys PART ONE CHAPTER ONE 1 It was near the middle of the night. The wind came up from the river, moaning under the filigreed iron bridges, and the weathercocks on the dark old buildings pointed their heads north. The Military Police sergeant in charge had lined up his receiving squad on either side of the cobbled street. Blocking the street was a weathered concrete gateway with a black-and-white-striped wooden rail. The headlights of the MP super-Jeeps and of the waiting Allied ...
Year of publication: 1982
Courtship Rite by Donald Kingsbury 1 In the deserts of the Swollen Tongue below the Wailing Mountains there lives an insect species which organizes other insects by mimicking their olfactory communication systems. The sense and control organs of the eight-legged kaiel are contained in an intricate design on their backs called honto-kae. Priests of the human clan named Kaiel carve a stylized version of the hontokae into their skins so all will know that they intend to command all. Harar ...
Year of publication: 1995
Remake by Connie Willis Not much is impossible. Steve Williams, Industrial Light and Magic The girl seems to have talent but the boy can do nothing. Vaudeville booking report on Fred Astaire Acknowledgments To Fred Astaire Special thanks to Scott Kippen and Sheryl Beck and all the rest of the UNC Sigma Tau Deltans and to my daughter Cordelia and her statistics classes and to my secretary Laura Norton all of whom helped come up with chase scenes, tears, happy endings, and all the other movie ...
Year of publication: 1994
Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress To Miriam Grace Monfredo and Mary Stanton without whose friendship in a bad time this book would not have been finished. Prologue 2106 The clanging of the priority-one override alarm ripped through the cavernous backstage dressing room. Drew Arlen, the only occupant, jerked his head toward the holo-terminal beside his dressing table. The screen registered his retina scan and Leisha Camdens face appeared. Drew Have you heard The man in the powerchair, upper ...
Year of publication: 1980
The Snow Queen by Joan Vinge To the Lady, who gives, and who takes away. strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14 You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God you shall not have both. Ralph Waldo Emerson I would like to gratefully acknowledge the inspiration and artistry of Hans Christian Andersen, whose folk tale The Snow Queen gave me the seeds of this story and Robert Graves, whose book The White Goddess provided me ...
Ursula Le Guin
Year of publication: 1974
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin Chapter 1 There was a wall. It did not look important. It was built of uncut rocks roughly mortared. An adult could look right over it, and even a child could climb it. Where it crossed the roadway, instead of having a gate it degenerated into mere geometry, a line, an idea of boundary. But the idea was real. It was important. For seven generations there had been nothing in the world more important than that wall. Like all walls it was ambiguous, two-faced. ...
Year of publication: 1970
The Year of the Quiet Sun by Wilson Tucker The kind of prophet these people want is a windbag and a liar, prophesying a future of wine and spirits. The Book of Micah ONE The leggy girl was both alpha and omega: the two embodied in the same compact bundle. The operation began when she confronted him on a Florida beach, breaking his euphoria it ended when he found her sign on a grave marker, hard by a Nabataean cistern. The leap between those two points was enormous. Brian Chaney was aware of only ...
Year of publication: 1973
The People of the Wind byPoul Anderson To Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett with thanks for many years of adventure. I You cant leave now, Daniel Holm told his son. Any day we may be at war. We may already be. Thats just why I have to go, the young man answered. Theyre calling Khruaths about it around the curve of the planet. Where else should I fare than to my choth When he spoke thus, more than his wording became bird. The very accent changed. He was no longer using the Planha-influenced ...
Year of publication: 0
Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl For Anjula 1 No I dont want the mangosteen. Anderson Lake leans forward, pointing. I want that one, there. Kaw pollamai nee khap. The one with the red skin and the green hairs. The peasant woman smiles, showing teeth blackened from chewing betel nut, and points to a pyramid of fruits stacked beside her. Un nee chai mai kha Right. Those. Khap. Anderson nods and makes himself smile. What are they called Ngaw. She pronounces the word carefully for his foreign ear, ...
Year of publication: 0
Stewart Farrar Omega Stewart Farrar 1980 In memory of our friend DAVID BUCKINGHAM who was in at the birth PROLOGUE It had been amazingly simple, the fur-clad engineer from Florida told himself, to turn the Earth into a huge electric battery, with terminals 12,700 kilometres apart, give or take a few. But it would have been one hell of a lot more comfortable for the terminal crews if Earth had arranged itself better, with land masses opposite land masses instead of perversely almost ...
Sheri S Tepper
Year of publication: 1989
Grass by Sheri S. Tepper A voice says, Cry And I said, What shall I cry All flesh is grass Isaiah 40-6 1 Grass Millions of square miles of it numberless wind-whipped tsunamis of grass, a thousand sun-lulled caribbeans of grass, a hundred rippling oceans, every ripple a gleam of scarlet or amber, emerald or turquoise, multicolored as rainbows, the colors shivering over the prairies in stripes and blotches, the grasses some high, some low, some feathered, some straight making their own geography ...
Year of publication: 0
Richard Adams MAIA NOTE Readers of Shardik will observe that the maps, included in this story, of the Beklan Empire and of Bekla itself differ from those in the earlier book. These maps are not, however, inconsistent with those. Certain places, e.g., Lak and Tissarn, shown on the Shardik maps have been omitted here, since they form no part of Maias story. Conversely, other features, e.g., Lake Serrelind, Nybril and Suba, played no part in Shardik, and accordingly were not shown on those maps. ...
Year of publication: 2002
Kiln People by David Brin PART I Adieu for once again the fierce dispute how who why who Betwixt damnation and impassiond clay Must I burn through But when I am consumed in the Fire, Give me new Phoenix wings to fly at my desire. John Keats, On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again 1 A Good Head for Wine or how Mondays green ditto brings home fond memories of the river Its hard to stay cordial while fighting for your life, even when your life doesnt amount to much. Even when youre just a ...
Year of publication: 1985
The Postman by David Brin PRELUDE THE THIRTEEN-YEAR THAW Chill winds still blew. Dusty snow fell. But the ancient sea was in no hurry. The Earth had spun six thousand times since flames blossomed and cities died. Now, after sixteen circuits of the Sun, plumes of soot no longer roiled from burning forests, turning day into night. Six thousand sunsets had come and gone gaudy, orange, glorious with suspended dust ever since towering, superheated funnels had punched through to the stratosphere, ...
Year of publication: 1990
Earth by David Brin Authors preface As writers go, I suppose Im known as a bit of an optimist, so it seems only natural that this novel projects s future where theres little more wisdom than folly maybe a bit more hope than despair. In fact, its about the most encouraging tomorrow I can imagine right now. What a sobering thought. PART I PLANET First came a supernova, dazzling the universe in brief, spendthrift glory before ebbing into twisty, multispectral clouds of new-forged atoms. Swirling ...