by Gregory Benford
Archaeologists have unearthed a strange
artifact buried in a 3500-year-old Mycenaen tomb. A small cube of black
rock topped with an amber horn, it contains the heat of a sun within and
its discovery has unleashed a global storm of intrigue and espionage, and
has led nations to the brink of war. And now a team of dedicated scientists
must unlock the secrets of its origins and its purpose, before a mysterious
relic that may have already obliterated one world destroys another.
A modern answer to Clarke's book "Against
the Fall of Night.". He shows how Alvin missed the point, how humans are
just tiny players in a universe too complicated for one of them to understand
fully. He gives details, describing Alvin's differences from present day
humans. He writes conflict---people struggle and grow or die. Adjectives
are everywhere---nuances, careful descriptions of sight and sounds, and
of how his characters feel.
From the Nebula Award-winning author of
"Timescape" comes a provocative adventure that blends compelling human
drama with cutting-edge physics. When a brilliant young physicist's experiment
goes awry, the ensuing explosion leaves behind a wonderful sphere made
of nothing yet known to science--an object that opens a vista onto an entirely
This ambitious, hard SF anthology includes
five completely new short novels by living masters of the genre--all set
at least ten thousand years in the future. Contributors include Poul Anderson,
Charles Sheffield, Joe Haldeman, Greg Bear, and Donald M. Kingsbury.
The strength of this novel is the unique
premise of building a colony on a moving comet and it's scientifically
plausible solutions to the scary dangers they encounter. It's definetely
hard sci-fi, that is filled with techy stuff, but very well done and well
thought out. Starting off slowly and working to a moderate head, this advanture/drama
encapsulizes all different elements: A microcosm of society complete with
human interaction, idealogical divisions, and eventually, conflict. Scientific
mysteries appearing at every bend. What happens when totally unknown
lifeforms are attracted to the warmth of the human-occupied tunnels? Will
the crew defeat them? Will the crew be defeated? Or could there be a third
Finally, how will Earth greet its returning heroes? Will they be seen as humanity's greatest triumph, or its greatest threat?
The Jovian Astronautical-Biological Orbital
Laboratory, a.k.a. "the Can", is the only home 17-year-old Matt Bohles
has ever known. Concerned about the aging space station's failure to find
evidence of alien life on Jupiter or its moon, the cost-conscious powers
back home have determined that all non-essential personnel must be evacuated.
Now, unless Matt can somehow prove himself to be an invaluable member of
the scientific team, he faces exile to a dangerous, frightening, and unfamiliar
The complete version of the unforgettable
masterpiece that went from Nebula Award-winner to a timeless classic. Aliens
have come to Earth in search of a man who knows the stars, and that man
is Bradley Reynolds. They want to know whether the sun loves us. And what
Reynolds finds in the end is a transformation so glorious as to be far
beyond his capacity to dream--a universe where beings are collected like
In the epic conclusion to the Galactic
Center series, the hope of human survival comes down to one man, an ancient
scientist from the distant past who leads a struggle against a gigantic
race called the Old Ones.
A gigantic asteroid the size of a mountain,
Shiva is set to hit Earth with the force of a hundred thousand nuclear
bombs, poised to destroy all life on Earth and blast the human race into
instant extinction. Only a last-ditch space mission has a chance of saving
the Earth--or what's left of it after the first asteroid rainshower.
Since 1953, the annual Hugo Awards presented
at the World Science Fiction Convention have been as coveted by SF writers
as is the Oscar in the motion picture field--and SF fans recognize it as
a certain indicator of the finest in science fiction. Now bestselling author
Gregory Benford presents the Hugo winners for 1992, 1993, and 1994 in a
book that will be a must-buy for all SF readers.
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