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The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century

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**LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, AND SHOOT BACK TO THE PAST
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H. G. Wells’s seminal short story “The Time Machine,” published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction’s time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories. Here are eighteen of the most exciting tales ever told, including
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***“Time’s Arrow”** In Arthur C. Clarke’s classic, two brilliant physicists finally crack the mystery of time travel—with appalling consequences.
**“Death Ship”** Richard Matheson, author of *Somewhere in Time*, unveils a chilling scenario concerning three astronauts who stumble upon the conundrum of past and future.
**“A Sound of Thunder”** Ray Bradbury’s haunting vision of modern man gone dinosaur hunting poses daunting questions about destiny and consequences.
**“Yesterday Was Monday”** If all the world’s a stage, Theodore Sturgeon’s compelling tale follows the odyssey of an ordinary joe who winds up *backstage.
***“Rainbird” **R. A. Lafferty reflects on what might have been in this brainteaser about an inventor so brilliant that he invents himself right out of existence.
**“Timetipping” **What if everyone time-traveled except you? Jack Dann provides some surprising answers in this literary gem.
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“Time Locker” by Henry Kuttner • “I’m Scared” by Jack Finney • “A Gun for Dinosaur” by L. Sprague de Camp • “The Man Who Came Early” by Poul Anderson • “Leviathan!” by Larry Niven • “Anniversary Project” by Joe Halderman • “Fire Watch” by Connie Willis • “Sailing to Byzantium” by Robert Silverberg • “The Pure Product” by John Kessel • “Trapalanda” by Charles Sheffield • “The Price of Oranges” by Nancy Kress • “Another Story, or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea” by Ursula K. Le Guin
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By turns frightening, puzzling, and fantastic, these stories engage us in situations that may one day break free of the bonds of fantasy . . . to enter the realm of the future: *our* future.
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Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today’s Sexual Culture (Best Sex Writing)

In *Best Sex Writing 2012*, sex columnist Rachel Kramer Bussel and noted commentator Susie Bright, this year’s guest judge, collect the most challenging and provocative work on this endlessly evocative subject. Find out what’s behind the latest political sex scandals in “Sex, Lies, and Hush Money,” learn about how “Atheists Do It Better” and find out “Why Lying About Monogamy Matters.” From an insider look at being gay in the military pre-DADT and an impassioned defense of circumcision to a dating site for people with STDs, nuanced explorations of teen sex laws, prostitution, sex at 66, SlutWalks, female orgasm workshops, and more, *Best Sex Writing 2012* explores the smarter side of sexuality. This is bedtime reading for erotic intellectuals and those who want to go behind the latest leering headlines for real talk about the topic on everyone’s lips.
Winner of IPPY (Independent Publisher) Gold Award for Sexuality/Relationships

Best Sex Writing 2012

In *Best Sex Writing 2012*, sex columnist Rachel Kramer Bussel and noted commentator Susie Bright, this year’s guest judge, collect the most challenging and provocative work on this endlessly evocative subject. Find out what’s behind the latest political sex scandals in “Sex, Lies, and Hush Money,” learn about how “Atheists Do It Better” and find out “Why Lying About Monogamy Matters.” From an insider look at being gay in the military pre-DADT and an impassioned defense of circumcision to a dating site for people with STDs, nuanced explorations of teen sex laws, prostitution, sex at 66, SlutWalks, female orgasm workshops, and more,*Best Sex Writing 2012* explores the smarter side of sexuality. This is bedtime reading for erotic intellectuals and those who want to go behind the latest leering headlines for real talk about the topic on everyone’s lips.
Winner of IPPY (Independent Publisher) Gold Award for Sexuality/Relationships
(source: Bol.com)

Best New Horror 3

Winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology, and the British Fantasy award of the same category, this anthology includes the best horror stories from 1991. Stories by Jonathan Carroll, Thomas Ligotti, Brian Lumley, Karl Edward Wagner, Garry Kilworth and Peter Straub are included.
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Best New Horror 2

A showcase of outstanding samples of the horror genre includes works by Peter Straub, Harlan Ellison, F. Paul Wilson, Gene Wolfe, Thomas Ligotti, Elizabeth Massie, and others
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Best New Horror 1

From razor sharp terror to supernatural chills…This sensational for the best short horror novels and stories collects spine-melting material from all areas of the field – blood-soaked reveries; splatterplunk nightmares; and thought-provoking fantasies that linger long into the night.Rare treats include the ‘The Pin’ by Robert R. McMannon, one of the most sustained, stomach churning chillers of recent years; Thomas Tessier’s elegant ‘Blanca’; ‘The Horn’ by Stephen Gallagher and Thomas Ligotti’s dark vision ‘The Strange Design of Master Rignolo’.Included are other writers at the pinnacle of their careers: Karl Edward Wagner, Richard Laymon, Steve Rasnic Tem and Ramsey Campbell, as well as rising stars like Kim Newman, Ian Watson, Brian Lumley, Chet Williamson and many more.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2010

*Best Lesbian Erotica 2010* travels around the world of lesbian sex with deliriously delicious stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by Kathleen Warnock and selected and introduced by the the world’s hottest lesbian band, BETTY, this latest edition of the bestselling lesbian erotica series is thoughtful, surprising, and breathtaking. Featuring handome butches and flirtatious femmes and everything in between, these stories expertly blend sex and seduction with affection and desire. From inventive threesomes to seductive first-times, the women in these stories reveal all their pleasures in this collection of arousing and sensually lyrical fiction. *Best Lesbian Erotica 2010* is the most provocative, authentic, smart, edgy, and hot lesbian erotica published anywhere.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2009

Best Lesbian Erotica 2009 by Tristan Taormino, Joan Larkin
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Erotica in 2003 and 2004, Cleis’ *Best Lesbian Erotica* series is the gold standard for erotic lesbian fiction, and this year’s collection is no exception. *Best Lesbian Erotica 2009* journeys into the world of hot women-on-women action with edgy, unusual stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. Edited by best-selling author Tristan Taormino and selected and introduced by the noted author, playwright, and poet Joan Larkin, this latest edition of America’s most popular lesbian erotica series is smart, sensual, inventive, and breathtaking. From threesomes to gender-bending to shedding one’s wholesome image to indulge in more visceral pursuits, the women in these stories reveal all their pleasures in memorable tales that are both sexy and lyrical.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2004

The sister release of Best Gay Erotica 2004, Best Lesbian Erotica 2004 is the ninth annual collection in Cleis’s successful series featuring the steamiest, most thought-provoking lesbian sex writing. This selection of the year’s finest erotica represents a wide range of styles and voices journeying into the world of lesbian sex with uncommon, edgy stories that push lesbian lust and desire to new heights. This year’s stories are selected by award-winning author Michelle Tea, whose gritty, personal writing has earned her the accolade ‘a modern day Beat’ – Publishers Weekly.

Best Laid Plans

SUMMARY: She was the sexiest thing in a hard hat that architect Cody Johnson had ever seen, but structural engineer Abra Wilson also had a will as strong as a steel girder – and just about as flexible. But Cody had plans for Abra that not even this spirited beauty could resist…

The Best American Short Stories 2018

Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay guest edits this year’s Best American Short Stories, the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction. Best-selling, award-winning, pop culture powerhouse Roxane Gay brings her “signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth” (Harper’s Bazaar) to selecting The Best American Short Stories 2018.

The Best American Short Stories 2011: Selected From U.S. And Canadian Magazines

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2011, Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft strokes. There s generally a setup, a reveal, a reversal, and a release . . . In the joke and in the short story, the beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs. The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often, like good jokes, surprising humor. Richard Powers s To the Measures Fall is a comic meditation on the uses of literature in the course of a life. In the satirical The Sleep, Caitlin Horrocks puts her fictional prairie town to bed the inhabitants hibernate through the long winter as a form of escape while in Steve Millhauser s imagined town the citizens are visited by ghostlike apparitions in The Phantoms. Allegra Goodman s spare but beautiful La Vita Nuova finds a jilted fiancee letting her art class paint all over her wedding dress as a poignant act of release. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wryly captures the social change in the air in Lagos, Nigeria, in her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become. As Brooks pursued these richly imagined and varied landscapes she found that it was like walking into the best kind of party, where you can hole up in a corner with old friends for a while, then launch out among interesting strangers. ”

The Best American Short Stories 2011

In her introduction to The Best American Short Stories 2011, Geraldine Brooks draws the comparison between a well-told joke and a good short story. She writes, Each form relies on suggestion and economy. Characters have to be drawn in a few deft strokes. There s generally a setup, a reveal, a reversal, and a release . . . In the joke and in the short story, the beginning and end are precisely anchored tent poles, and what lies between must pull so taut it twangs. The twenty tightly crafted stories collected here are full of deftly drawn characters, universal truths, and often, like good jokes, surprising humor. Richard Powers s To the Measures Fall is a comic meditation on the uses of literature in the course of a life. In the satirical The Sleep, Caitlin Horrocks puts her fictional prairie town to bed the inhabitants hibernate through the long winter as a form of escape while in Steve Millhauser s imagined town the citizens are visited by ghostlike apparitions in The Phantoms. Allegra Goodman s spare but beautiful La Vita Nuova finds a jilted fiancee letting her art class paint all over her wedding dress as a poignant act of release. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wryly captures the social change in the air in Lagos, Nigeria, in her story of a wealthy young man who is not entirely at ease with what his life has become. As Brooks pursued these richly imagined and varied landscapes she found that it was like walking into the best kind of party, where you can hole up in a corner with old friends for a while, then launch out among interesting strangers. ”

Berserker Wars

With the support of the peace loving Carmpan Race, earth descended humanity continues to lead the struggle in the ongoing thousand-year war against the Berserkers, an unliving, self-replicating enemy programmed to destroy all life.
   Almost all the information earth descended humanity have ever had directly from the Carmpan on any subject—Berserkers, the Builders, the Carmpan themselves, the Elder Races, almost everything—a very great proportion of this information has come to our Solarian worlds through long-distance communications signed by one individual, known only as Third Historian.
   Here are eleven of THs translated communications along with an explanation of their discovery by Archivist Ingli:
   Stone Place, The Face Of The Deep, What T and I did?, Mr. Jester, The Winged Helmet, Starsong, Some Events at the Templar Radiant, Wings out of Shadow, The Smile, The Adventure of the Metal Murderer, and Patron of the Arts

Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ships 2019

If you want a holiday that’s hassle-free, virtually pre-paid, and that lets you see lots of places while only needing to pack and unpack once, then you should try a cruise. This best-selling book is the cruise industry bible: it gives you all the information you need to choose the right cruise for you. Meticulously updated every year by cruise expert Douglas Ward, it is divided into two main parts: the first helps you work out what you’re looking for in a cruise holiday and how to find it; the lively text and colour photographs describe every aspect of life on board, including safety, the highs and lows of the cruise experience and how to save money. The second part contains unbiased reviews and fascinating detail of almost 300 ocean-going cruise vessels, and grades them on service, food, entertainment and facilities, using an internationally recognised ratings system.

Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography by Julia Van Haaften
The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.Berenice Abbott is to American photography as Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. She was a photographer of astounding innovation and artistry, a pioneer in both her personal and professional life. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography, but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. Famously reticent in public, Abbott’s fascinating life has long remained a mystery—until now.In Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, author, archivist, and curator Julia Van Haaften brings this iconic public figure to life alongside outlandish, familiar characters from artist Man Ray to cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener. A teenage rebel from Ohio, Abbott escaped first to Greenwich Village and then to Paris—photographing, in Sylvia Beach’s words, “everyone who was anyone.” As the Roaring Twenties ended, Abbott returned to New York, where she soon fell in love with art critic Elizabeth McCausland, with whom she would spend thirty years.In the 1930s, Abbott began her best-known work, Changing New York, in which she fearlessly documented the city’s metamorphosis. When warned by an older male supervisor that “nice girls” avoid the Bowery—then Manhattan’s skid row—Abbott shot back, “I’m not a nice girl. I’m a photographer…I go anywhere.” This bold, feminist attitude would characterize all Abbott’s accomplishments, including imaging techniques she invented in her influential, space race–era science photography and her tenure as The New School’s first photography teacher.With more than ninety stunning photos, this sweeping, cinematic biography secures Berenice Abbott’s place in the histories of photography and modern art, while framing her incredible accomplishments as a female artist and entrepreneur.