The Difference Engine

Author: William Gibson,Bruce Sterling

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 147320805X

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4997

The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytical Engine. The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam-driven cybernetic Engines, is in full and drastic swing. Great Britain, with her calculating-cannons, steam dreamnoughts, machine-guns and information technology, prepares to better the world's lot . . .
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Synners

Author: Pat Cadigan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575119551

Category: Fiction

Page: 435

View: 5666

In Synners, the line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim. To be a Synner is to join the online hardcore, an outlaw band of hackers, simulation pirates, and reality synthesizers hooked on artificial reality and virtual space. Now you can change yourself to suit the machines - all it costs you is your freedom, and your humanity. Synners shows us a world perilously close to our own. A constant stream of new technology spawns new crime before it hits the streets, and the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with "reality" is incidental. Equal parts thrill-ride and cautionary tale, this classic novel by the Queen of Cyberpunk offers us a terrifying glimpse into the future of our race. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel, 1992
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The Peripheral

Author: William Gibson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241961017

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 4090

Flynne Fisher lives in rural near-future America where jobs are scarce and veterans from the wars are finding it hard to recover. She scrapes a living doing some freelance online game-playing, participating in some pretty weird stuff. Wilf Netherton lives in London, seventy-some years later, on the far side of decades of slow-motion apocalypse. Things though are good for the haves, and there aren't many have-nots left. Flynne and Wilf are about to meet one another. Her world will be altered utterly, and Wilf's, for all its decadence and power, will learn that some of these third-world types from the distant past can be real badass.
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Snow Crash

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141924047

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 2412

The only relief from the sea of logos is within the well-guarded borders of the Burbclaves. Is it any wonder that most sane folks have forsaken the real world and chosen to live in the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? In a major city, the size of a dozen Manhattans, is a domain of pleasures limited only by the imagination. But now a strange new computer virus called Snow Crash is striking down hackers everywhere, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last best hope.
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A Very Murderous Christmas

Author: Profile Books

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781788161015

Category:

Page: 240

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The Christmas season is one of comfort and joy, sparkling lights and steam rising from cups of mulled wine at frosty carol services. A season of goodwill to all men, as families and friends come together to forget their differences and celebrate the year together.Unless, of course, you happen to be harbouring a grudge. Or hiding a guilty secret. Or you want something so much you just have to have it - whatever the cost. In A Very Murderous Christmas, ten of the best classic crime writers come together to unleash festive havoc, with murder, mayhem and twists aplenty.Following Murder on Christmas Eve and Murder under the Christmas Tree, this is the perfect accompaniment to a mince pie and a roaring fire. Just make sure you're really, truly alone ...
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Rotherweird

Author: Andrew Caldecott

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

ISBN: 9781635061536

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

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1558: Twelve children, gifted far beyond their years, are banished by their Tudor queen to the town of Rotherweird. Some say they are the Golden Generation; some say the devil's spawn. But everyone knows they are to be revered--and feared. Four and a half centuries later, cast adrift from the rest of England by ElizabethI and still bound by its ancient laws, Rotherweird's independence is subject to one disturbing condition: no one, but no one studies the town or its history. Then an Outsider arrives, a man of unparalleled wealth and power, enough to buy the whole of Rotherweird--deeply buried secrets and all...
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Random Acts of Senseless Violence

Author: Jack Womack

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0575132310

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 963

It's just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She's a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town. A normal, happy, girl. But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year. No one notices any more. Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side - Loisaida - to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets. The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun ...
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The Left Hand of Darkness

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143111590

Category: FICTION

Page: 288

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The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary's mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose--and change--their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Exploring questions of psychology, society, and human emotion in an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of science fiction.
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Mirrorshades

The Cyberpunk Anthology

Author: Bruce Sterling

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 239

View: 9843

With their hard-edged, street-wise prose, they created frighteningly probable futures of high-tech societies and low-life hustlers. Fans and critics call their world cyberpunk. Here is the definitive "cyberpunk" short fiction collection.
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Trouble and Her Friends

Author: Melissa Scott

Publisher: Lethe Press

ISBN: 1590216008

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

View: 4413

One hundred years in the future, someone steals Trouble's identity on the computer nets and she, the greatest hacker of them all, returns from retirement to track down and confront the imposter in the strange, constantly-changing world of computer reality.
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Bring the Jubilee

Author: Ward Moore

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 1434478548

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 9545

Moore's classic 1953 novel of alternate history, in which the Confederate States of America wins the Battle of Gettysburg, and eventually the "War of Southron Independence."
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The Forever War

Author: Joe Haldeman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312536633

Category: Fiction

Page: 264

View: 785

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.
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Downward to the Earth #1

Author: Laura Zuccheri,Robert Silverberg,Philippe Thirault

Publisher: Humanoids Inc

ISBN: 1594656177

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 56

View: 9041

Based on Robert Silverberg's bestselling Sci-Fi novel about the effects of colonialism and the quest for transcendence. PUBLICATION IN 2 VOLUMES - COMPLETED WORK Ex-lieutenant Eddie Gundersen returns to Belzagor, where he had left behind his youthful illusions, the love of his life and his shameful past as a colonizer. He finds the planet returned to its two intelligent species: the Nildoror and the Sulidoror. Taking the lead on a scientific expedition to the borders of the indigenous lands, Gundersen must face his own demons and settle the score with a planet which still has hidden secrets.
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The Book of the New Sun

Sword and Citadel

Author: Gene Wolfe

Publisher: Gollancz

ISBN: 9781473212008

Category:

Page: 624

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An extraordinary epic, set a million years in the future, in the time of a dying sun, when our present culture is no longer even a memory. The torturer's apprentice, Severian, exiled from his guild after falling in love with one of his prisoners, is now the Lictor of Thrax, a city far distant from his home. But it is not long before Severian must flee this city, too, and journey again into the world. Embattled by friends and enemies alike, pursued by monstrous creatures, the one-time torturer's apprentice must overcome hitherto unimagined perils, as he moves closer to fulfilling his ultimate destiny. This edition contains the concluding two volumes of this four-volume novel, The Sword of the Lictor and The Citadel of the Autarch.
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The Demolished Man

Author: Alfred Bester

Publisher: iBooks

ISBN: 9781596879881

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 7448

In 2301, a psychopathic business magnate comes up with the ultimate plan to eliminate his competition and destroy the order of society.
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The Wanderer

Author: Fritz Leiber

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497616972

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 845

Science Fiction Grand Master and Hugo and Nebula–Award winning author Fritz Leiber concocts a powerful allegorical novel that pierces to the heart of the human condition. The Wanderer inspires feelings of pure terror in the hearts of the five billion human beings inhabiting Planet Earth. The presence of an alien planet causes increasingly severe tragedies and chaos. However, one man stands apart from the mass of frightened humanity. For him, the legendary Wanderer is a mere tale of bizarre alien domination and human submission. His conception of the Wanderer bleeds into unrequited love for the mysterious “she” who owns him.
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All Tomorrow's Parties

Author: William Gibson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101146486

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4506

“The ferociously talented Gibson delivers his signature mélange of technopop splendor and post-industrial squalor” (Time) in this New York Times bestseller that features his hero from Idoru... Colin Laney, sensitive to patterns of information like no one else on earth, currently resides in a cardboard box in Tokyo. His body shakes with fever dreams, but his mind roams free as always, and he knows something is about to happen. Not in Tokyo; he will not see this thing himself. Something is about to happen in San Francisco. The mists make it easy to hide, if hiding is what you want, and even at the best of times reality there seems to shift. A gray man moves elegantly through the mists, leaving bodies in his wake, so that a tide of absences alerts Laney to his presence. A boy named Silencio does not speak, but flies through webs of cyber-information in search of the one object that has seized his imagination. And Rei Toi, the Japanese Idoru, continues her study of all things human. She herself is not human, not quite, but she’s working on it. And in the mists of San Francisco, at this rare moment in history, who is to say what is or is not impossible...
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The Dancers at the End of Time

Author: Michael Moorcock

Publisher: Orion

ISBN: 9780575108554

Category: Science fiction

Page: 640

View: 6667

'What follows, then, is the story of Jherek Carnelian, who did not know the meaning of morality, and Mrs Amelia Underwood, who knew everything about it.' In a decaying far, far future, where everything and anything is possible, the citizens of the End of Time while away their days in an exuberance of wild parties, outlandish competitions and emotionless affairs. At the world's end, all love is timeless and all age-old disputes irrelevant. However Jherek Carnelian, a bemused denizen of the End of Time, is in danger of taking reality too seriously, and grows tired of his pleasures. So when love mysteriously blooms between Mrs Amelia Underwood, transported unwillingly from the nineteenth century, and Carnelian, only one question matters. Is his love true, or is it just another attempt to stave off the boredom that ultimate power and the End of Time bring? Contains An Alien Heat, The Hollow Lands and The End of All Songs
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