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Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection

Gold: The Final Science Fiction Collection by Isaac Asimov
*Gold* is the final and crowning achievement of the fifty-year career of science fiction’s transcendent genius, the world-famous author who defined the field of science fiction for its practitioners, its millions of readers, and the world at large.
The first section contains stories that range from the humorous to the profound, at the heart of which is the title story, “Gold,” a moving and revealing drama about a writer who gambles everything on a chance at immortality: a gamble Asimov himself made — and won. The second section contains the grand master’s ruminations on the SF genre itself. And the final section is comprised of Asimov’s thoughts on the craft and writing of science fiction.

Going Postal

SUMMARY: Arch-swindler Moist Van Lipwig never believed his confidence crimes were hanging offenses – until he found himself with a noose tightly around his neck, dropping through a trapdoor, and falling into … a government job? By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it’s Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position – and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt. But it says on the building neither rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t … Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what’s called for, he’ll do it – in order to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every human being (not to mention troll, dwarf, and, yes, even golem) requires – hope.

Going Down Hard

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your high school crush finally noticed you? What if it happens 12 years later? I’ve only loved one man in my life. Gavin O’Leary. He made my high school days a nightmare. Not because he loved me. Not because he hated me. But because he had no idea who I was. He was the popular guy with the chiseled abs, dark tan and perfect hair. You know the type. The type that only dated the perfect-ten, cheerleader. I was the loner. The nerd who hated high school and couldn’t wait to say goodbye. And I did-to Freemont High and to Gavin. The last thing I expected was to see him again twelve years later. Yet here he is. Only this time-he notices me. This time-he kisses me. This time saying goodbye to Gavin O’Leary might destroy me. Novella introducing a brand new series. Instant lust that took twelve years to explore. Safe read with an Alpha who knows what he wants and goes after it–HARD

Godspeed

### From Publishers Weekly
Sheffield, known for both rigorous hard science fiction ( Cold as Ice ) and pulpy space opera ( Transcendence ) combines the two in this space adventure with a background of speculative science and the plot and characters of a Flash Gordon serial. On the isolated planet of Erin, young Jay Hara has grown up on dreams of space and legends of the fabled Godspeed drive, which once allowed humans to travel at translight speeds. After meeting Paddy Enderton, a seedy old spacer, Jay is drawn into a chase which carries him off the planet, into the asteroid belt and its tiny worldlets, and finally to the remnants of an ancient space station where the Godspeed drive may still exist. Along the way, Jay is at once awed and terrified of the piratical spacers who crew the ship, particularly the smooth-talking, ruthless captain, Daniel Shaker. Struggling to reconcile his admiration for Shaker with the man’s evident viciousness, Jay eventually comes into his own as a spacer and an adult. With this voyage of development, Sheffield raises his undemanding story above its otherwise rather hackneyed science fiction elements.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Library Journal
To the citizens of the planet Erin, the Godspeed Drive is a legendary device from a lost age before the isolation of the Forty Worlds. To teenager Jay Hara, however, it is his one chance to claim his future in deep space–if he can find it. The author of Cold as Ice ( LJ 6/15/92) sets this coming-of-age adventure against the backdrop of a planet struggling in quiet desperation to hold onto the remnants of a dying technology. Despite the high-action content of his plot, Sheffield never slights his characters or his science. A good choice for most sf collections.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

The Gods Themselves

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
In the twenty-second century Earth obtains limitless, free energy from a source science little understands: an exchange between Earth and a parallel universe, using a process devised by the aliens. But even free energy has a price. The transference process itself will eventually lead to the destruction of the Earth’s Sun—and of Earth itself.
Only a few know the terrifying truth—an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun. They know the truth—but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy—but who will believe? These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to Earth’s survival.

GodPretty in the Tobacco Field

“Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty.” –Sara Gruen, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of *Water for Elephants* ******Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact–just  like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval. RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she’s imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field* follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted.
***GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD***
* Longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize
“A great piece of work.” – Bill Burton, Host, *Morning Edition, *WFPL(Kentucky NPR affiliate) on GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD by Kim MicheleRichardson
“A voice rich and authentic, steeped in the somber beauty that defines life in the South. Richardson knows this place well, and *GodPretty* sings of that honesty.”–David Joy, author of *Where All Light Tends to Go*
“Richardson’s brilliant writing made me feel as though I were transported back in time to poor parched Nameless, Kentucky, and actually there witnessing this poignant heartfelt story. To be able to do that to a reader is a sign of a truly gifted novelist.”–Charles Belfoure, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Paris Architect*
“When a tale of days gone by, in a place you’ve never been, feels as vivid as your own memory, you know you’re in the hands of a great writer. Lyrical, wrenching, and riveting, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field *is a triumph.” –Jamie Mason
“A reader always recognizes when the author has poured her soul into a body of work. *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field * is a tender, beautifully written second novel.” –Ann Hite
**Liar’s Bench**
“This story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini.” –*Booklist*
“You’ll hear echoes of *To Kill A Mockingbird *in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson’s debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” –Susan Wiggs, # 1 *New York Times *bestselling author
“An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson’s debut novel. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers’ hearts.” –*RT Book Reviews*
“Readers of Southern fiction won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough as they follow this colorful tale.” –Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of *What She Left Behind*
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“Beauty and sweetness weave a diaphanous fabric against the stark backdrop of poverty and cruelty.” –Sara Gruen, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of *Water for Elephants* ******Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact–just  like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he’s given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her sixteenth birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it’s something to do with the paper fortunetellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it’s because of Rainey Ford, an African-American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field, and with whom she has a kinship, despite her uncle’s worrisome shadow and the town’s disapproval. RubyLyn’s predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she’s imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
Atmospheric, poignant, and searingly honest, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field* follows RubyLyn through the course of one blazing summer, as heartbreaking revelations and life-changing decisions propel her toward a future her fortunetellers never predicted.
***GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD***
* Longlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize
“A great piece of work.” – Bill Burton, Host, *Morning Edition, *WFPL(Kentucky NPR affiliate) on GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD by Kim MicheleRichardson
“A voice rich and authentic, steeped in the somber beauty that defines life in the South. Richardson knows this place well, and *GodPretty* sings of that honesty.”–David Joy, author of *Where All Light Tends to Go*
“Richardson’s brilliant writing made me feel as though I were transported back in time to poor parched Nameless, Kentucky, and actually there witnessing this poignant heartfelt story. To be able to do that to a reader is a sign of a truly gifted novelist.”–Charles Belfoure, *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Paris Architect*
“When a tale of days gone by, in a place you’ve never been, feels as vivid as your own memory, you know you’re in the hands of a great writer. Lyrical, wrenching, and riveting, *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field *is a triumph.” –Jamie Mason
“A reader always recognizes when the author has poured her soul into a body of work. *GodPretty in the Tobacco Field * is a tender, beautifully written second novel.” –Ann Hite
**Liar’s Bench**
“This story has southern small-town charm and may appeal to those who like Rebecca Wells or Jennifer Chiaverini.” –*Booklist*
“You’ll hear echoes of *To Kill A Mockingbird *in this haunting coming-of-age story, in which old and more recent tragedies collide. Beautifully written, atmospheric and intricately plotted, Kim Michele Richardson’s debut novel will stay with you long after the last page is turned.” –Susan Wiggs, # 1 *New York Times *bestselling author
“An intricately crafted plot with vivid characters make up Richardson’s debut novel. A wonderful story that will leave its mark on readers’ hearts.” –*RT Book Reviews*
“Readers of Southern fiction won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough as they follow this colorful tale.” –Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of *What She Left Behind*
### L’autore
**Kim Michele Richardson** is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. She is also the author of the memoir*The Unbreakable Child* and the novel *Liar’s Bench*. Kim Michele resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky with her family and is hard at work on her next novel.

The Godfather

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The Godfather is the Mafia leader Vito Corleone, a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. Set in Long Island, Hollywood and Sicily, this is a story of a feudal society within society which does not hesitate to consolidate its power.

Goddess

International bestselling author Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was a ”clever reworking of Greek mythology.”
After Helen Hamilton accidentally unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her friends must imprison them before their thirst for war—and blood—take over the world. But the gods’ fury already has a body count, and time is running out. With Lucas Delos’s life hanging in the balance, and their once-solid group of friends now divided, Helen must face this battle alone, while also deciding who has her heart—Lucas, or the possible Tyrant, Orion.
With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will leave readers completely spellbound.
**Recensie(s)**

Move over, Romeo and Juliet – Josephine Angelini debuts a dizzying tale of action, drama and romance with just the right twist of humour and tragedy. Modern mythology has never been sexier!’ — Kiersten White, author of The New York Timesbestselling Paranormalcy A gorgeous, haunting saga that completely swept me away. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can’t wait to read more! — Lauren Kate, author of the bestselling Fallen series.
(source: Bol.com)

God of Thunder

God of Thunder (Rogue Angel Series #7) by Alex Archer
Archaeologist Annja Creed narrowly
escapes an attack by unknown fi gures
when she tries to collect a package
near her loft. She later learns that
the sender—an old colleague named
Fellini—has been brutally murdered.
Fellini had been researching the
Hammer of Thor, the Norse god of
thunder, and had linked it to a Viking
warrior and a twelfth-century Latvian
village. A coded message in Fellini’s
package leads Annja on a wild chase
along the canals of Venice to Latvia
for more clues to an ancient treasure.
Rumored to be hidden deep in the
forests of Latvia for nine hundred
years, this fabled prize is also sought
by a ruthless corps of mercenaries.
And they will do anything to fi nd it.
Including killing Annja Creed.

A God of Gods

Chaos has chosen an ending. After stripping Trotter away from the Noevans, the race of people she’d sworn to protect, Chaos forced her into the mythical role of God of Gods. It is now her job to bring Death to all Creation. But something else is planning to use Trotter’s dominion over Death to alter the ending Chaos chose… The gods of Realm, terrified of Trotter’s new power, are manipulated into making a deal with devils from their ancient past. After thousands of years of imprisonment, however, the Undreams will stop at nothing to exact revenge on the gods and turn the universe back into a nightmare without end. Meanwhile, violence is spreading across the face of Aevum. Temples begin to fall one by one in cities far and wide to inexplicable uprisings. The only perpetrators left behind are nearly catatonic, with mysteriously solid white eyes and repeating the same phrase over and over again: Chaos Dreams, But He Never Sleeps. But even this isn’t as unnerving as when the gods begin appearing on their doorstep, ragged and terrified by what horrors they’ve released.

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins by Leon Uris
A God in Ruins
Spanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, *A God in Ruins* is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O’Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States. But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political amibitions, threaten his life, and tear the country apart–a secret buried for over a half century–that even he does not know…
“As exciting as Exodus, Topaz and Mila 18.” (*Dallas Morning News*)
“Great reading…Uris mixes politics, history, love and people’s passions into yet another bestseller….Compelling.” (*Tulsa World*)
“Vintage Uris.” (*Lancaster (PA) Sunday News*)

God Emperor of Dune

SUMMARY: THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE FICTION SERIES IN HISTORYWith more than ten million copies sold, Frank Herbert’s magnificent DUNE books stand among the major achievements of the imagination. God Emperor of Dune is the astonishing fourth book in the series. Centuries have passed on Dune itself, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune’s savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice…

Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional

Over twenty years ago at a company convention, Eric Worre had an aha moment that changed his life forever. At that event he made the decision to Go Pro and become a Network Marketing expert. Since that time, he has focused on developing the skills to do just that. In doing so, Eric has touched and been touched by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Now he shares his wisdom in a guide that will ignite your passion for this profession and help you make the decision to Go Pro and create the life of your dreams. In this definitive guidebook, you will learn to: -Find prospects -Invite them to your product or opportunity -Present your product -Follow up with your prospects -Help them become customers or distributors -Help them get started right -Grow your team by promoting events -And much, much more. Eric’s wish is for you to make the decision to become a Network Marketing Professional. For you to truly Go Pro. Because it is a stone-cold fact that Network Marketing is a better way. Now let’s go tell the world.
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Go Green, Live Rich

Let David Bach show you a whole new way to prosper—by going green
Internationally renowned financial expert and bestselling author David Bach has always urged readers to put their financial lives in line with their values. But what if your values are a cleaner and greener earth? Most people think that “going green” is an expensive choice they can’t afford. Bach is here to say that you can have both: a life in line with your green values and a million dollars in the bank.
*Go Green, Live Rich* outlines fifty ways to make your life, your home, your shopping, and your finances greener—and get rich trying. From driving the right car to making your home energy smart, Bach offers ways to improve the environment while you spend less, save more, earn more, and pay fewer taxes. Best of all, he shows you exactly how to take advantage of the “green wave” in personal finance without the difficult work of evaluating individual stocks. What’s more, he will get you thinking about a green business of your own so you can help the world along as it is changing for the better.
David Bach is on a mission to teach the world that you can live a great life by living a green life. With*Go Green, Live Rich*, you can live in line with your eco-values on the road to financial freedom.
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Gnostic Mysteries of Sex

An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism
• Reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists
• Investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild Lady of Wisdom
• Explains the vital significance of “the seed” as a sacrament in Gnostic practice
Examining every surviving text written by heresiologists, accounts often ignored in favor of the famous Nag Hammadi Library, Tobias Churton reveals the most secret inner teaching passed down by initiated societies: the tradition of sexual gnosis–higher union with God through the sacrament of sex. Discovering actual sex practices hidden within the writings of the Church’s authorities, he reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience as taught by initiated masters and mistresses and practiced by Christian couples seeking spiritual freedom from the world.
Churton explores the practices of the “first Gnostic,” the historical Simon Magus, and explains the vital significance of “the seed” in Gnostic practice, showing it to be the sacramental substance par excellence. He illuminates the suppressed truth of why the name “Valentine” came to be associated with ennobling erotic love and reveals profound parallels between sexual gnosis and Tantra, suggesting that gnosis lies at the root of the tantric path.
Solving a millennia-old riddle regarding the identity and secret symbol of Sophia, the mysterious Gnostic “Aeon,” Churton investigates Sophia’s connections to Barbelo, also known as Pruneikos, the Wild Lady of Wisdom, and the central focus of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century, whose religious sex practices so shocked orthodox Christian contemporaries that they were condemned, their cults of spiritual gnosis and “redemption by sin” driven underground.
Churton exposes the mystery of Sophia in the philosophy of the medieval Troubadours and explores William Blake’s inheritance of secret Renaissance sexual mysticism through the revolutionary English poet Andrew Marvell. Showing how Blake’s sexual and spiritual revolution connects to modern sexual magic, Churton also examines the esoteric meaning of the free-love explosion of the 1960s, revealing how sex can be raised from the realm of guilt into the highest magical sacrament of spiritual transformation.
(source: Bol.com)

The Glass Devil

“Know[s] how to craft a truly satisfying police procedural.”—*The Philadelphia Inquirer*

The principal of a high school telephones his friend, Inspector Andersson of the Göteborg Crime Police; one of his teachers failed to show up for work. To Inspector Irene Huss’ surprise, on the basis of this vague complaint her boss drives out with her to a remote cottage in snowbound southern Sweden to investigate. There they find a body, its head blasted by a rifle. Teacher Jacob Schyttelius has been murdered. When they go to break the news to his elderly parents, Pastor Sten Schyttelius and his wife, they find the couple dead in their beds, each shot between the eyes. Upside-down pentagrams have been drawn in blood on their computer screens. The only surviving member of the family is a daughter, now residing in London, but she is too distressed to be interviewed. Is the killer a member of a satanic cult? Is it the parish treasurer, rumored to have been embezzling church funds? Or one of the assistant pastors, tired of waiting for a promotion? Perhaps the attractive blonde who sings in church and practices witchcraft? Irene Huss has a hunch that the answer lies in England, and she travels there twice to discover the reason for this triple homicide.

Helene Tursten is the author of Detective Inspector Huss and The Torso. The latter is now a German film, and her series is being filmed for Swedish television. She lives with her husband in Göteborg.

From the Hardcover edition.
(source: Bol.com)