Calculating God

By Robert J. Sawyer

An alien travel craft lands outdoor the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. A six-legged, two-armed alien emerges and says, in ideal English, "Take me to a paleontologist."

In the far-off previous, Earth, the alien's domestic planet, and the house planet of one other alien species, all skilled an analogous 5 cataclysmic occasions whilst (one instance: the meteor that burnt up the dinosaurs). either alien races think this proves the life of God: i.e., he is evidently been twiddling with the evolution of existence on each one of those planets. From this provocative release aspect, Sawyer tells a fast moving, morally and intellectually difficult tale of formidable scope and touching humanity. Calculating God is SF on a grand scale.
Calculating God is a 2001 Hugo Award Nominee for top Novel.

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Seconds

By David Ely

What may you surrender for a moment chance?

Antiochus Wilson is totally and completely tired of his existence, until eventually he gets the decision that alterations every little thing. whilst the voice at the different finish of the road grants him pleasure, wealth, and happiness, he's greater than a bit intrigued.

Arriving at a rapidly scrawled handle, Wilson discovers a mysterious and particular association that gives its consumers entire new lives . . . for a cost. The association arranges for a client's dying or disappearance and clothes every one with a brand new physique within which to start back. yet there is no turning again, and no room for second-guessing. while Wilson starts to question his new situations and pushes a few very well-established limitations a piece too some distance for the organization's convenience, his moment likelihood may be his last.

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Mindscan

By Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer's Hominids, the 1st quantity of his bestselling Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, gained the 2003 Hugo Award, and its sequel, people, was once a 2004 Hugo nominee. Now he's again with a pulse-pounding, mind-expanding standalone novel, wealthy along with his signature philosophical and moral speculations, all grounded in state of the art science.

Jake Sullivan has cheated loss of life: he's discarded his doomed organic physique and copied his attention into an android shape. the hot Jake quickly unearths love, anything that eluded him whilst he was once encased in flesh: he falls for the android model of Karen, a lady rediscovering the entire joys of existence now that she's now not restricted by way of a tired physique either.

But by surprise Karen's son sues her, claiming that via importing into an immortal physique, she has performed him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the unique model of Jake, consigned to die at the a long way facet of the moon, has taken hostages there, hard the go back of his rights of personhood. within the court docket and at the lunar floor, the way forward for uploaded humanity hangs within the balance.

Mindscan is classic Sawyer — a dinner party for the brain and the guts.

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The Black Guard (The Long War)

By A. J Smith

The urban of Ro Canarn burns. With their father’s blood clean upon the headsman’s sword, Lord Bromvy and woman Bronwyn, the final scions of the home of Canarn, face fugitive exile or demise. within the court docket of Ro Tiris, males worry to talk their minds. the military of the pink marches upon the North. unusual injuries befall those that dare query the King’s new advisors. these silly adequate to talk their names name them the Seven Sisters: witches of the fireplace god; every one as attractive and as harmful as a flame. And, referred to as from the lengthy a while of deep time via conflict and sacrifice, the kids of a useless god are waking with a pitiless cry. All that was once useless will upward thrust. All that now lives will fall.

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Promise of the Flame

By Sylvia Engdahl

300 humans, remoted on a uncooked new planetin the desire that their psi powers turns into the basis of aculture that could sometime form the way forward for humankind. in the event that they don'tstarve first. in the event that they do not lose middle within the face of hardships beyondany they imagined. And if their young ones will be reared to think in thedream and improve either their expertise and their psi powers from onegeneration to the next.

Starship captain Jesse Sanders hasn'texpected to be liable for the payment. Peter is the chief, thevisionary on whose idea all of them count. yet Peter has his handsfull, not just with protecting morale yet with grueling ordeals of hisown. So the activity of making sure the colony's survival falls on Jesse. And finally, he needs to stake his existence in a determined try and hinder theloss of all they've got gained.

Although this is often the second one e-book within the Hidden Flame sequence, it really is an self sufficient tale which may stand on my own. the 2 are in lots of respects relatively assorted and a few readers want this one, because it does not care for the arguable view of healthcare on which Stewards of the Flame is concentrated. (If you intend to learn either, in spite of the fact that, examining them in opposite order will damage the various previous book's suspense.)

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The Time Between

By Karen White

New York Times bestselling writer Karen White promises a unique of 2 generations of sisters and secrets and techniques set within the wonderful South Carolina Lowcountry.

Eleanor Murray will never forget her youth on Edisto Island, the place her past due father, a neighborhood shrimper, shared her ardour for tune. Now her thoughts of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the twist of fate that positioned her sister in a wheelchair—and the emotions she harbors for her sister’s husband.

To support aid her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston funding company in the course of the day, yet she escapes into her track, enjoying piano at a local bar. until eventually the evening her enigmatic boss walks in and gives her a part-time task taking good care of his aged aunt, Helena, again on Edisto. For Eleanor, it’s an opportunity to revisit where the place she was once her happiest—and to percentage her love of track with grieving Helena, whose sister lately died below mysterious circumstances.

An island lush with sweetgrass and salt marshes, Edisto has been a relaxed shelter for Helena, who escaped along with her sister from war-torn Hungary in 1944. The sisters have been recognized at the island, the place they volunteered of their church and neighborhood. yet now Eleanor will eventually examine the reality approximately their prior: secrets and techniques that would aid heal her courting along with her personal sister—and set Eleanor free....

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The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage)

By Greg Iles

From no 1 New York Times bestselling writer Greg Iles comes the second one novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which additionally contains Natchez Burning and the approaching Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy of blood and race, kin and justice, that includes Southern attorney Penn Cage.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and writer Caitlin Masters, have slightly escaped with their lives after being attacked via prosperous businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to a couple of Mississippi’s strongest males. however the actual chance has simply began as FBI exact Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the genuine chief of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who really controls the terrorist crew is a guy way more fearsome: the executive of the country police’s felony Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.

The simply approach Penn can shop his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a homicide cost in addition to corrupt law enforcement officials bent on killing him—is both to make a devil’s cut price with Knox or smash him. whereas Penn desperately pursues either strategies, Caitlin uncovers the genuine tale in the back of a sequence of unsolved civil rights murders which could carry the most important to the Double Eagles’ downfall. the path leads her deep into the earlier, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a mystery killing floor utilized by slave proprietors and the Klan for over 200 years . . . a spot of terrifying evil identified basically as “the bone tree.”

The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed mystery packed with twisting intrigue and lethal secrets and techniques, a story that explores the conflicts and casualties that end result while the darkest truths of yank heritage come to mild. It places us contained in the dermis of a noble guy who has continuously fought for justice—now eventually driven past his limits.

Just how a ways will Penn Cage, the hero we proposal we knew, visit guard these he loves?

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Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side [Vault Edition]

By Daniel Wallace

Get rid of the disposable external field to bare the black-and-red pyramid-shaped Sith case. it sounds as if harmless at first.

The Sith have existed within the galaxy for hundreds of years, lurking, anticipating their likelihood to grab keep an eye on. As a number of Sith Lords emerged and rose to energy, they recorded their suggestions, exploits, and plots for Sith keep watch over of the galaxy. once they fell, their wisdom vanished with them endlessly. Or so it appeared. . . .

Over the years, those writings have been handed between various Sith and Jedi, who further their reviews to the pages. In his quest for domination, Darth Sidious tracked down what remained of 5 pivotal Sith texts written through his strongest predecessors. Then, drawing at the wisdom in the compiled pages, he wrote a 6th text—his personal manifesto. jointly, those records, besides numerous accumulated items linked to them, make clear the philosophy, achievements, and screw ups of the Sith Order. For years, this assortment remained hidden, present as legend in simple terms. yet now all who're tempted could liberate the e-book of Sith and delve into the darkish part. . . .

From the creators of The Jedi course, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, booklet of Sith unearths the secret and insanity of the darkish side—while introducing new characters, historical past, in addition to sinister insights into what it skill to be a Sith Master.

Recovered darkish aspect texts:
• A chronicle through Sorzus Syn of her encounters with Sith Purebloods, explorations in alchemy, and the rules of the Sith Order.
• A struggle magazine saved through Darth Malgus throughout the nice Galactic warfare, describing equipment of warfare and the campaigns of the Sith military.
• A resource e-book via Darth Bane that info the assumption and the philosophy in the back of the guideline of 2 in addition to the educational required for a Sith.
• an educational guide through mom Talzin exploring the Nightsisters’ use of the darkish facet and their function as darkish part mercenaries within the galaxy.
• a systematic magazine by way of Darth Plagueis with notes approximately his experimentation with and manipulation of the strength.
• Darth Sidious’s manifesto concerning the philosophy and political manipulation that marked his upward push to strength and confirmed his Empire.

Those who further their reviews: Darth Sidious, Darth Vader, Asajj Ventress, Yoda, Mace Windu, Quinlan Vos, and Luke Skywalker

Removable gains: A scrap of a Sith burial shroud, a conflict map from the nice Galactic warfare, a Sith lightsaber crystal, a Nightsister talisman, a diagram detailing Palpatine’s political ideas through the Clone Wars, and a propaganda poster for the Galactic Empire, and a be aware from Luke Skywalker

Fully Illustrated, with detachable good points and a Motorized Case e-book

Dimensions: 8.25" x 6.125" x 0.75"
Case Dimensions: eleven" x eleven" x 6.25"
Exterior Disposable field Dimensions: 11.75" x 11.75" x 6.5"

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1876: A Novel

By Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire sequence spans the background of the USA from the Revolution to the post-World warfare II years. With their large canvas and big solid of fictional and ancient characters, the novels during this sequence current a landscape of the yankee political and imperial adventure as interpreted through considered one of its so much worldly, realizing, and ironic observers.

The centennial of the USA was once celebrated with nice fanfare--fireworks, exhibitions, pious calls to patriotism, and maybe the main underhanded political machination within the country's heritage: the robbery of the presidency from Samuel Tilden in prefer of Rutherford B. Hayes. This was once the Gilded Age, while robber barons held the handbag strings of the state, and the social gathering in strength was resolute to stick in strength. Gore Vidal's 1876 provides us the inside track of the day in the course of the eyes of Charlie Schuyler, who has again from exile to regain a misplaced fortune and manage a wedding into manhattan society for his widowed daughter. And even if Tammany corridor has faltered and Boss Tweed has fled, the results of corruption succeed in deep, even into Schuyler's circle of relatives.

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Recalled to Service

By Alter S. Reiss

Ao Laiei doesn't be aware of what occurred to the good progressive warfare hero Uroie Aei considering the fact that she resurrected him, yet she has lengthy meant to determine. ultimately, a clue from an not likely info source—the complicated artwork of dream-diving—enables her to be current for a stunning strike opposed to an educational aligned with the innovative executive. Laiei fast discovers that it isn't the actual goal she is worried with, yet his box of analysis, that may liberate the key of what mysterious deeds the elusive Uroie Aei has been as much as considering the fact that his disappearance. This compelling story from author modify Reiss is a wealthy examine the area of the Shoesi and the magic that drives Ao Laiei's distinct skills.

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