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Classic science fiction

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Author: Yevgeny Zamyatin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2020

In a glass city composed of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of OneState live their lives without passion or agency. That is until D-503, a man tasked with bringing the Revolution to the stars, meets a remarkable woman . . . Supressed in Russia for decades, Zamyatin's dystopian masterpiece prophesized the worst excesses of the Soviet Union, while creating an enduring and vivid vision of what future societies might look like - a vision that would inspire George Orwell's 1984 and many subsequent dystopias.

Born of the Sun Adventures in Our Solar System

Born of the Sun Adventures in Our Solar System

Author: Mike Ashley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Terror in the steamy jungles of Venus, encounters on the arid expanse of Jupiter; asteroids mysteriously bursting with vegetation whizz past and reveal worlds beyond imagination orbiting the giver of all known life - the Sun. Mike Ashley curates this literary tour through the space around this heavenly body, taking in the sights of Mercury, Venus, Mars, an alternate Earth, strange goings on on Saturn and tales from a bizarre civilization on Neptune. Pluto (still a planet in the Classic period of SF) becomes the site for a desperate tale of isolation, and a nameless point at the limits of the Sun's orbital space gives rise to a final poetic vision of this spot in the universe we call home... Born of the Sun collects one story for each of the planets thought to be in our solar system during the Golden Age of SF, from some of the greatest, and from some of the most obscure, authors of the genre. Featuring the genius works of Larry Niven, Poul Andersen, Clifford D Simak, Clare Winger Harris and many more.

The Mother Code

The Mother Code

Author: Carole Stivers Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2020

What it means to be human-and a mother-is put to the test in Carole Stivers' debut novel set in a world that is more chilling and precarious than ever. Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners has acquired the worldwide film rights for THE MOTHER CODE. It's 2049, and the survival of the human race is at risk. Earth's inhabitants must turn to their last resort: a plan to place genetically engineered children inside the cocoons of large-scale robots-to be incubated, birthed, and raised by machines. But there is yet one hope of preserving the human order-an intelligence programmed into these machines that renders each unique in its own right-the Mother Code. Kai is born in America's desert southwest, his only companion is his robot Mother, Rho-Z. Equipped with the knowledge and motivations of a human mother, Rho-Z raises Kai and teaches him how to survive. But as children like Kai come of age, their Mothers transform too-in ways that were never predicted. When government survivors decide that the Mothers must be destroyed, Kai must make a choice. Will he break the bond he shares with Rho-Z? Or will he fight to save the only parent he has ever known? In a future that could be our own, The Mother Code explores what truly makes us human-and the tenuous nature of the boundaries between us and the machines we create.

Twelve Tomorrows 2016

Twelve Tomorrows 2016

Author: Nick Harkaway, Charles Stross, Daniel A. Suarez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2020

A diverse collection of science fiction authors, characters, and stories, featuring contributions by Nick Harkaway, Charles Stross, Jo Walton, and Paula Antonelli. Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of hard science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. This volume of Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling (as was the 2014 volume), includes stories by Nick Harkaway, Charles Stross, and Jo Walton, as well as an extraordinary vision of design by Paula Antonelli, a curator of art and design attThe Museum of Modern Art.

The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World

Author: Margaret Cavendish Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2020

First published in 1666>>>, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle's Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World is the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, theEmpress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole, filled with talking animals and intelligent hybrid creatures. She establishes a royal society of scientists, initiates learned conferences, interrogates existing knowledge, and spends her days speculating on natural philosophy. She also forms a lively intellectual collaboration with the Duchess of Newcastle, a female character summoned from Earth. A companion volume to Cavendish's important Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Blazing World is the first known science fiction novel to have been written and published by a woman, and represents a pioneering female scientific utopia. This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish's role in the intellectual world of her time.

TRSF 2011

TRSF 2011

Author: Technology Review Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/03/2020

A diverse collection of science fiction authors, characters, and stories, featuring contributions by at Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Haldeman, Ken Liu, Tobias Buckell and others, as well as color illustrations by Chris Foss. TRSF is the first iteration of the Twelve Tomorrows series. Published by MIT Technology Review, this volume brings together original stories by leading science fiction authors inspired by today's emerging technologies. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of hard science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. Pat Cadigan, Elizabeth Bear, Joe Haldeman, Ken Liu, Tobias Buckell and others offer stories about space flight, biocomputing, virtual reality, and filmmaking. Ranging from sad to hilarious, but always thought-provoking, the stories are interspersed with beautiful full-page color illustrations from the work of SF illustrator Chris Foss.

Twelve Tomorrows 2013

Twelve Tomorrows 2013

Author: Technology Review, Neal Stephenson, David Brin, Brian Aldiss Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2020

A diverse collection of science fiction authors, characters, and stories, featuring contributions by Neal Stephenson, Paul McAuley, Peter Wat, Brian Aldiss, Nancy Fulda, and Greg Eaton. Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of hard science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. The 2013 edition of Twelve Tomorrows begins with an interview with Neal Stephenson, which is followed by Paul McAuley's charming Western set among mutating a-life organisms and a story by Peter Wat about editorial cover-ups for escaped biofuel microbes that cause spontaneous human combustion. Other contributors include Brian Aldiss, Nancy Fulda, and Greg Egan. Color illustrations by Richard Powers accompany the texts.

Twelve Tomorrows 2014

Twelve Tomorrows 2014

Author: Gene Wolfe, Lauren Beukes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/03/2020

A diverse collection of science fiction authors, characters, and stories, featuring contributions by Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow, Warren Ellis, and Gene Wolfe. Originally launched in 2011 by MIT Technology Review, the Twelve Tomorrows series explores the future implications of emerging technologies through the lens of fiction. Featuring a diverse collection of authors, characters, and stories rooted in contemporary real-world science, each volume in the series offers conceivable and inclusive stories of the future, celebrating and continuing the genre of hard science fiction pioneered by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein. The stories chosen by Bruce Sterling for this edition of Twelve Tomorrows includes Pat Cadigan on interface design and refrigerator neuroses; Cory Doctorow on networks, power, and rot-fungus; Warren Ellis on spy tradecraft in a hyper-connected world; and a Q&A with science fiction legend Gene Wolfe.

When the Sleeper Wakes

When the Sleeper Wakes

Author: Herbert George Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Supernova

Supernova

Author: Diane Anthony Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2020

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 42nd Anniversary Edition

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 42nd Anniversary Edition

Author: Douglas Adams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

'One of the greatest achievements in comedy. A work of staggering genius' - David Walliams An international phenomenon and pop-culture classic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been a radio show, TV series, novel, stage play, comic book and film. Following the galactic (mis)adventures of Arthur Dent, Hitchhiker's in its various incarnations has captured the imaginations of curious minds around the world . . . It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC. The weekend has only just begun . . . With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies. The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in the first volume of the 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams' comedy sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Author: Douglas Adams Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/03/2020

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is the fourth installment in Douglas Adams' bestselling cult classic, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'trilogy'. There is a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. It's not an easy thing to do, and Arthur Dent thinks he's the only human who's been able to master this nifty little trick - until he meets Fenchurch, the woman of his dreams. Fenchurch once realized how the world could be made a good and happy place. Unfortunately, she's forgotten. Convinced that the secret lies within God's Final Message to His Creation, they go in search of it. And, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it . . . Follow Arthur Dent's galactic (mis)adventures in the last of the 'trilogy of five', Mostly Harmless.