Science fiction (Novelty)

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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Moonseed

Moonseed


Stephen Baxter

ISBN: 0002254263
Year of publication: 1998

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter For Sandra, with all my love DRAMATIS PERSONAE Henry Meacher, geologist, NASA Geena Bourne, Space Station astronaut Jane Dundas, shopkeeper Arkady Berezovoy, Space Station astronaut GREAT BRITAIN EDINBURGH: Jack Dundas, son of Jane Mike Dundas, technician Ted Dundas, retired police officer Ruth Clark, neighbour of Ted Dundas Hamish Macrae, aka Bran, cult leader Billy Macrae, brother of Hamish Alan Macrae, father of Hamish Dan McDiarmid, geologist, Edinburgh University ...

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Moonseed

Moonseed


Stephen Baxter

ISBN: 0002254263
Year of publication: 1998

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter For Sandra, with all my love DRAMATIS PERSONAE Henry Meacher, geologist, NASA Geena Bourne, Space Station astronaut Jane Dundas, shopkeeper Arkady Berezovoy, Space Station astronaut GREAT BRITAIN EDINBURGH: Jack Dundas, son of Jane Mike Dundas, technician Ted Dundas, retired police officer Ruth Clark, neighbour of Ted Dundas Hamish Macrae, aka Bran, cult leader Billy Macrae, brother of Hamish Alan Macrae, father of Hamish Dan McDiarmid, geologist, Edinburgh University ...

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Moonseed

Moonseed


Stephen Baxter

ISBN: 0002254263
Year of publication: 1998

Moonseed by Stephen Baxter For Sandra, with all my love DRAMATIS PERSONAE Henry Meacher, geologist, NASA Geena Bourne, Space Station astronaut Jane Dundas, shopkeeper Arkady Berezovoy, Space Station astronaut GREAT BRITAIN EDINBURGH: Jack Dundas, son of Jane Mike Dundas, technician Ted Dundas, retired police officer Ruth Clark, neighbour of Ted Dundas Hamish Macrae, aka Bran, cult leader Billy Macrae, brother of Hamish Alan Macrae, father of Hamish Dan McDiarmid, geologist, Edinburgh University ...

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My Brother

My Brother


Charles Sheffield

ISBN: 0671578731
Year of publication: 2000

My Brothers Keeper byCharles Sheffield PROLOGUE I was sitting on a bench in St. James Park when Leo started work on me again. This time he was a lot more insistent. He began with my left hand. My arm was stretched out loosely along the bench top. As I watched the fingers lifted and started to tap out a regular rhythm against the wood. I had been quite relaxed, enjoying the sunshine and watching ducks in the lake and young couples on the bank as they went through their elaborate courting rituals. ...

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Starfire

Starfire


Charles Sheffield

ISBN: 0553577395
Year of publication: 2000

Starfire by Charles Sheffield 1 From the private diary of Oliver Guest. Entry date: June 25, 2053 When you have died once, you become most reluctant to do so again. I had been watching the man since early afternoon, ever since my Alert system detected his presence five and a half miles to the south. He came on foot, much closer to the sea edge than I would ever go. On his back he wore a light knapsack, and in his right hand he held what looked like a solid walking stick. Ten steps to his left ...

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Aftermath

Aftermath


Charles Sheffield

ISBN: 0553378937
Year of publication: 1998

Aftermath by Charles Sheffield PROLOGUE From the secret diary of Oliver Guest. Entry date: June 14, 2026 The day I died: July 6, 2021. I remember it like yesterday. I woke up a little after seven, though it might be more accurate to say that in the final night of dreams I never slept. Sometimes I was with my darlings, all my darlings. They were the same age at the same time, as they had never been in life. They would be fourteen years old forever. I would see to that. But I traveled into ...

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Coalescent

Coalescent


Stephen Baxter

ISBN: 057507423
Year of publication: 2003

Coalescent by Stephen Baxter To Neil, Ann, Katherine, Anna, and Clare Baines ONE Chapter 1 I have come to stay in Amalfi. I cant face going back to Britain not yet and to be here is a great relief after the swarming strangeness I encountered in Rome. Ive taken a room in a house on the Piazza Spirito Santo. There is a small bar downstairs, where I sit in the shade of vine leaves and drink Coke Light, or sometimes the local lemon liqueur, which tastes like the sherbet-lemon boiled sweets I used ...

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Vertigo

Vertigo


Bob Shaw

ISBN: 0441861709
Year of publication: 1979

Vertigo by Bob Shaw To Chris Priest counsellor and friend. one The drive to Chivenor had been long and tiring. As it had progressed the pain in Hassons back had grown worse, and with the pain had come a steady deterioration of his mood. At first there had been stray misgivings, hints of sadness which anybody might have felt on passing through a series of towns and villages where all commerce and community life seemed to have been vanquished by the chill grey rains of Match. By the time they had ...

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The Peace Machine

The Peace Machine


Bob Shaw

ISBN: 057503582
Year of publication: 1985

THE PEACE MACHINE by Bob Shaw PROLOGUE My finger rests lightly on the black button. The street beyond this window looks quiet, but I am not deceived for my death lies out there, waiting. I had thought myself prepared to face it, yet now a strange timidity grips me. Having surrendered all claim to life, I am still reluctant to die. The only parallel to this mood in my experience is that of a man whose marriage is failing of such things I can sneak with some authority but who lacks the nerve or ...

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