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Thunder and Roses

This fourth volume of Theodore Sturgeon’s Complete Stories publishes the work of 1946-1948, wen Sturgeon’s early popularity among science fiction readers crystallized into a lasting reputation among a wider group of readers. “Maturity” and “Thunder and Roses” are the best-known of the stories in this period. “It Wasn’t Syzygy” display’s Sturgeon’s interest in psychological themes. “The Professor’s Teddy Bear” is an early prototype of the modern “horror story” as practiced by Clive Baker, Stephen King and many others.
In these years Sturgeon was recovering from the failure of his first marriage and a severe case of “writer’s block”. In March 1947 his luck turned around: a story he had failed to sell earlier won a short story contest sponsored by the prominent British magazine, *Argosy* , with the then-enormous prize of $1000. Later Sturgeon credited this event for restoring his faith in himself as a writer. The same year “Maturity” and “Thunder and Roses” were received with tremendous enthusiasm by his peers. Ray Bradbury, a few years short of his own success, wrote to Sturgeon in February 1947:
“Ted, I hate you!…MATURITY…is a damned nice story. Your sense of humour, sir, is incredible. I don’t believe you’ve written a bad story yet; I don’t think you ever will. This is not log-rolling, by God; I only speak the truth. I predict you’ll be selling at least six stories a year to *Collier’s* and *The Post* before long. You have the touch.” A month later, the day he learned he’d won the contest, Sturgeon wrote to his ex-wife, “It’s more than a thousand dollars. The curse is off with me. My faith in [the story’s] quality and my own is restored, and I don’t think that I shall ever again experience that mystic diffidence and childish astonishment when one of my stories sells or is anthologized. I know now why they do, and I’m proud of it, and I know how to use it.”
This fourth volume also features a major “undiscovered” story, “Wham Bop!”, from an obscure youth magazine in 1947. It may be one of the finest fictional portraits of a 1940s jazz band in American letters.
Additional delicacies awaiting the Sturgeon fan in *Thunder and Roses* are his first Western Story, “Well Spiced”, and a UFO saga, “The Sky Was Full of Ships”, written in 1947 and set in the Southwest. It could well be the true story of the Roswell incident.

The Ghost Rebellion

From authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, the award winning steampunk series continues… The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire. Meanwhile Ministry agents Brandon Hill and Bruce Campbell travel deep into Russia hunting down a rare ingredient to save Queen Victoria’s life. Amid the cold they uncover a threat from the revitalized House of Usher that comes directly from their new Chairman. All in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences will find their allegiances in question, and their mettle tested as a new dastardly era of international intrigue dawns.

The Garden of Rama

In the year 2130 a mysterious spaceship, Rama, arrived in the solar system. It was huge – big enough to contain a city and a sea – and empty, apparently abandoned. By the time Rama departed for its next, unknown, destination many wonders had been uncovered, but few mysteries solved. Only one thing was clear: everything the enigmatic builders of Rama did, they did in threes. Eighty years later the second alien craft arrived in the solar system. This time, Earth had been waiting. But all the years of preparation were not enough to unlock the Raman enigma. Now Rama II is on its way out of the solar system. Aboard it are three humans, two men and a woman, left behind when the expedition departed. Ahead of them lies the unknown, a voyage no human has ever experienced. And at the end of it – and who could tell how many years away that might be? – may lie the truth about Rama…

The Alchemist’s Code

It is said the legendary Maestro Nostradamus is able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him when he is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice’s ruling Council of Ten. Especially since the only clues are the spy’s intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.

But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the daring young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth. But the truth may be the end of both master and apprentice… “One of the best writers in the fantasy world today.”— *Writers Write*

Slaves of the Volcano God

SEE! South Sea beauties feed a virgin-hungry volcano! SEE! Cowboys who sing as well as they shoot! SEE! Zabana the jungle lord ride his trusty elephant companion! Roger Gordon’s job in public relations was never this exciting. Not until a Captain Crusader Decoder Ring unlocked the secret worlds of his favorite B-movies come alive! Now, he’s on a reel-life adventure filled with Action! Romance! Danger! Especially Danger… since the self-proclaimed arch-villain Dr. Dread has kidnapped the ever-so-alluring Delores, the love of Roger’s life. With a little help from his friends — the not-so-nasty Big Louie, the often-very-drunk Doc, and the ever-so- heroic Man in White — Roger must triumph in Silver Screendom’s weirdest Westerns, South Sea Thrillers, and Jungle Epics . Or Dr. Dread will turn Our Hero’s beloved Delores into just another face on the cutting room floor! WARNING: NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED AFTER THE FIRST TEN PAGES

Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies

CHEER the hapless heroism of Captain Crusader! JEER… the wanton wickedness of Antoinette, Mistress of Evil! FEAR the animated assault of the fearsome fluffy bunnies! A terrible change has come to the Cineverse. In all its many movie worlds, bad guys win, good guys perish, and boy doesn’t even get girl. Only Captain Crusader (until recently plain old Roger Gordon) can put things right — but the Captain has problems of his own. His sweetheart has been abducted by an amorous slime monster. His mother’s been transformed into a whip-cracking archvillainess. And his faithful sidekicks are stranded amidst the swords and sandals of an Italian gladiator flick. What’s a superhero to do? From the accelerating excitement of a cop-movie car chase to the fiendish heart of the Citadel of Dread, Roger must survive to the last act — or else the Forces of Darkness will meddle with movies better left unmade!

Oath of Swords

Whom the gods would recruit, they first tick off . . .
Our Hero: The unlikely Paladin, Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer Hradani. He’s no knight in shining armor. He’s a hradani, a race known for their uncontrollable rages, bloodthirsty tendencies, and inability to maintain civilized conduct. None of the other Five Races of man like the hradani. Besides his ethnic burden, Bahzell has problems of his own to deal with: a violated hostage bond, a vengeful prince, a price on his head. He doesn’t want to mess with anybody else’s problems, let alone a god’s. Let alone the War God’s! So how does he end up a thousand leagues from home, neck-deep in political intrigue, assassins, demons, psionicists, evil sorcery, white sorcery, dark gods, good gods, bad poets, greedy landlords, and most of Bortalik Bay Well, it’s all the War God’s fault. . . .
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Myth Conceptions

**Robert Asprin’s classic fantasy series, now available in eBook! With cover and interior illustrations by Phil Foglio!** **A Myth-Adventure in Combat …**          Having defeated the mad wizard, Isstvan, Skeeve and Aahz have taken over the remote inn that was the enemy’s hideout.  They’re generally safe from visitors, and if not, Skeeve’s growing magical abilities allow him to disguise himself and his friends as such repulsive serving staff that potential guests flee, screaming.          Skeeve has grown bored of studying magic at the isolated inn, however, and one visitor who does not flee offers him an invitation for employment as court magician in the kingdom of Possiltum. Seeing a chance for easy profit and a little on the job training for his apprentice, Aahz agrees,          Skeeve defeats the other applicants in a trial of magic to win the position, and that’s when the fun really starts — the pair find out they’ve actually been hired in lieu of a professional national army or mercenaries to defeat a huge military invasion! They’ve also been used as pawns in a game of influence between the king’s advisors … and General Badaxe is particularly unhappy that he got a magician for the kingdom’s money instead of a few thousand soldiers.          Even if they win, they’ll most likely be killed by one court faction or another.           What can a poor apprentice wizard and his demon teacher do?          # 1 – Call on some good friends.          # 2 – Cheat the odds.          # 3 – Do whatever it takes to WIN!   **Weapons of Myth-Destruction …**          “Now that we’ve got a minute,” Skeeve said, “would you mind telling me what your plan is?          “Well,” Aahz explained, “the way I figure it, we aren’t going to overpower them. There are only seven of us and thousands of them. So the name of the game is Delay and Demoralize … Right off the bat we’ve got two big weapons going for us.          “The gargoyle and the dragon?” Skeeve put in helpfully.          “Fear and Bureaucracy,” Aahz said.          “What’s Bureaucracy?” Skeeve asked.          “The organization to get things done that keeps things from getting done,” Aahz continued. “In this case, it’s called the chain-of-command. An army the size of the one we’re facing has to function like a well-oiled machine or it starts tripping over its own feet. I’m betting that if we toss a couple of handfuls of sand into the gears, they’ll spend more time fighting each other than us.”          For once, Skeeve wished he hadn’t asked Aahz for an explanation.

Kitty Saves the World

*Kitty Saves the World* : the final novel in the *New York Times* bestselling Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn
It’s all come down to this, following the discoveries made by Cormac in *Low Midnight,* Kitty and her allies are ready to strike. But, when their assassination attempt on the evil vampire Dux Bellorum fails, Kitty finds herself running out of time. The elusive vampire lord has begun his apocalyptic end game, and Kitty still doesn’t know where he will strike.
Meanwhile, pressure mounts in Denver as Kitty and her pack begin to experience the true reach of Dux Bellorum’s cult. Outnumbered and outgunned at every turn, the stakes have never been higher for Kitty. She will have to call on allies both old and new in order to save not just her family and friends, but the rest of the world as well.
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If Tomorrow Comes

**Nancy Kress returns with *If Tomorrow Comes* , the sequel of *Tomorrow’s Kin* , part of an all-new hard science fiction trilogy based on a Nebula Award-winning novella** ***Locus* 2018 Recommended Reading List** ***iO9* \–28 New SFF Books Worth Checking out in March** **2018**
***Kirkus* \–18 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in March** **2018**
***Unbound Worlds* \–Best SFF Books of March 2018**
***The Verge* \– 15 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this March** **2018** Ten years after the Aliens left Earth, humanity succeeds in building a ship, *Friendship* , to follow them home to Kindred. Aboard are a crew of scientists, diplomats, and a squad of Rangers to protect them. But when the *Friendship* arrives, they find nothing they expected. No interplanetary culture, no industrial base—and no cure for the spore disease. A timeslip in the apparently instantaneous travel between worlds has occurred and far more than ten years have passed. Once again scientists find themselves in a race against time to save humanity and their kind from a deadly virus while a clock of a different sort runs down on a military solution no less deadly to all. Amid devastation and plague come stories of heroism and sacrifice and of genetic destiny and free choice, with its implicit promise of conscious change. The Yesterday’s Kin Trilogy
*Tomorrow’s Kin*
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Bride of the Slime Monster

‘Poor Roger! He had found so much in the Cineverse and so many friends: Delores (how could he have known when he fell in love with the pouting beauty that she was from another dimension?); Doc, the former town drunk; Zabana, the Jungle Prince; and Big Louie, who’s actually rather short. And who could say how many of them were still alive? Is Delores lost to Roger forever, stranded as he is on Earth without a Captain Crusader Decoder Ring to return him to the Cineverse? Is the Cineverse doomed, with the nefarious, nasty Dr Dread triumphant over the forces of good? Roger is desperate. More so when he discovers his mother’s new boyfriend, the next-door-neighbour, is actually Menge the Merciless, Captain Crusader’s archest foe. And when Roger does escape the evil fiend and finds his way back, he is trapped in the most dangerous of all movie worlds – the musical.. Meanwhile, Delores and the gang escape the clutches of Dr Dread and his sadistic henchperson Big Bertha, only to find themselves in even greater danger – confronted by a creature that carries the putrescent stench of things long dead, a creature intent on making Delores his mate – the Slime Monster…

Bride of the Rat God

**A Hollywood diva. A Chinese curse. A suspense-filled fantasy from the *New York Times* –bestselling author “who can write well in any genre” (Charlaine Harris).**
  It is 1923, and silent film reigns in Hollywood. Of all the starlets, none is more beloved than Chrysanda Flamande, a diva as brilliant as she is difficult to manage. Handling her falls to Norah, widow of Chrysanda’s dead brother. She has always done her job well, but she was never equipped to deal with murder.   When a violent killing shocks Chrysanda’s entourage, and other weird happenings swiftly follow, Norah begins to suspect that some strange power is stalking the star. In Chinatown she receives warning that a curse has been placed on the actress as vengeance for wearing a sacred amulet in one of her films—and this curse could mean death for all who surround her.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

An Excess of Enchantments

Once upon a time, a brave young lad named Wuntvor, hapless apprentice to the mighty mage Ebenezum, journeyed from Vushta, City of Forbidden Delights, to the far distant Eastern Kingdoms in search of a cure for his master’s malady of magicks (which had, unfortunately, spread to the entire College of Wizards).
When he reached his destination, the luckless lad almost immediately ran afoul of the dread Mother Duck, a witch of awesome powers and great literary ambition.
Soon he found himself in the witch’s clutches … and her creations—cast as hero (or heroine) in a strange series of foundering fables.
Seeing her storytelling efforts fall far short of perfection, the dread Mother Duck flew into a rage, and brought all of her terrible powers to bear against the lad named Wuntvor, to make certain that he … Lived happily ever after?

A Difficulty With Dwarves

When a wizard is unable to cure his malady of magicks, he sends his apprentice Wuntnor to seek aid in the distant land of the Eastern Kingdoms which are ripe with fiendish peril.

Yurth Burden

The world of Zacar was wracked with storms and life there was hard. Yet tow races shared it with no love between them. The Raski were the first people, the Yurth the late comers.
This is the story of Elossa, the Yurth girl who followed the Call that every Yurth sensitive must follow when the time came. And this is the story of Stans, the Raski, who had to achieve manhood by blood rite against the hated Yurth.
This is a novel of a world where ancient injustice had been done and never righted, where brooding evil and age-old vengeance awaited peace-makers– and of two who brought this terror down upon their own heads.

A Werewolf Among Us

People – ordinary people – were afraid of Baker St. Cyr. Patiently the cyberdetective would explain that the computer half of his investigatory symbiosis did not “take over” when his human half joined with it. “A cyberdetective is part man and part computer, meshed as completely as the two can ever be. The highly microminiaturized components of the bio-computer remember and relate things in a perfectly mathematical manner that a human mind could never easily grasp, while the human half of the symbiote gives a perception of emotions and emotional motivations that the bio-computer could never comprehend. Together we make a precise and thorough detective unit.”