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The Warlock Rock

**THEY ROCK. THEY ROLL. THEY’RE AFTER YOUR SOUL!**
A plague of mysterious singing stones have flooded the kingdom, capturing the eyes–and ears–of the good folk of Gramarye, young and old alike. Entertaining, yes. But what exactly *are* these strange, musical rocks? Where did they come from? Why do they have such influence over the thoughts and feelings of everyone who hears them, and to what purpose? Rod Gallowglass intends to see the stones in concert and find out–before his children sell their souls to rock and roll…

The Warlock Insane

HOW CAN YOU FIGHT YOUR OWN MADNESS?
Rod Gallowglass, Lord High Warlock of Gramarye, has gone mad. Lost in hallucinations, fighting monsters that aren’t really there, he’s a danger to his family and himself. Has he finally lost his mind? Or have his adversaries found a way to not just destroy him, but discredit him as well? Most of all, how can he find his way back to sanity? With a handful of allies real and imagined, battling enemies part real and part delusion, can the warlock win a war on the battlefield of the mind?

The Warlock in Spite of Himself

In an interstellar romp that proves science and sorcery can mix, only hard-headed realist Rod Gallowglass can save the people of Gramarye from their doom by becoming–The Warlock in Spite of Himself–if only he believed in magic.

The Warlock Enraged

Something sinister is creeping over the northern duchy of Gramarye. Fleeing refugees carry rumors of a warlock army conquering barony after barony. The Lord High Warlock of Gramarye, Rod Gallowglass, is sent to investigate, accompanied by his wife and children. But before he can confront the rebel sorcerer, Rod must find a way to reign in his violent, explosive temper. If he loses control at the wrong moment, he’ll lose more than his temper, he’ll lose his head – or, worse, his family!

The Wandering Earth

“The Wandering Earth” is a collection of short stories by Cixin Liu, China’s most acclaimed contemporary science-fiction author. Unabashedly classic in the great tradition of Asimov and Clarke, Cixin Liu’s science-fiction is firmly rooted in the cosmic. “[most] literature has always left me with the impression of indulging an intense anthropocentric narcissism. […] In the world of literature, the Sun exists for no other reason than to illuminate the pure, unadulterated countryside, the Moon has no other reason to shine than to cast the shadows of the seaside lovers, [but] if the universe is the Sahara, then all that makes the Earth a grain of gold within it, is that a particular bacteria called humanity clinging to its surface.” Cixin Liu uses the unique perspective of science-fiction to take us on a journey into this majestic, desolate cosmos. He gives us the chance to reacquaint ourselves with the fundamental truth that in the face of a vast universe we are no more than a speck of dust; That the Earth is just another celestial body – And an extremely vulnerable one at that. The flash of a gamma-ray burst or the blast of a nearby supernova could, at any moment, reduce our cherished home to nothing but ashes. It can be terrifying to contemplate the end of our world and stories that describe such destruction can be disturbing. At the same time however, they can leave us feeling not only entertained, but exhilarated and inspired. Maybe, they can even give us a chance to renew our love of life. Most stories found in the “The Wandering Earth” collection take us to a sci-fi vision of Earth’s end. But here, there are no Hollywood aliens, descending from the depths of space to blow up our cities. In these futures, the dangers humanity faces are much stranger and whimsical than that. The unexpected calamities that befall his richly detailed worlds are only eclipsed by humanity’s epic, but always plausible, attempts to escape destruction. In all this peril and doom, Cixin Liu always feels for humanity. His stories are full of a deep love for all of Earth’s peoples. But even this love does not escape reflection and even ridicule when viewed through his unrelenting cosmic lens. No matter how dearly one loves the Earth, humanity and all its cultures, there is no avoiding the cold, hard truth that they mean absolutely nothing when viewed against the vastness of the universe. But even an infinite universe could not change the simple fact that we are worthy of love, that we need love. It is this twist that lies at the very heart of the stories in this collection. ———————– Reviews Cixin Liu’s writing will remind SF fans of the genre’s golden age, with its positive focus on scientific development, combined with a consistently constructive vision of China’s future role as a global superpower. It’s characteristic of an SF genre which has been embraced by Chinese culture because it is seen as representing the values of technological innovation and creativity so highly prized in a country developing more quickly than any other in the world today. – Damien Walter, The Guardian A science fiction tale with a Chinese touch. The Wandering Earth is filled with imaginative tech and a moving world, literally. – Indiebookoftheday.com

The Visitors

It looked like a big black box- perhaps fifty feet high, two hundred long. And it had settled squarely on forestry student Jerry Conklin’s car, parked next to a fishing stream outside Lone Pine, Minnesota. — The townspeople of Lone Pine were the first to see it- and one of them was the first and only human to shoot at it. He paid for his rashness with instant death.
Within hours the press, the government and the public knew something strange had happened in Lone Pine and were beginning to face the incredible possibility that Earth now harbored SOMETHING from outer space. A machine? An intelligent being? There was no way to know.
But Jerry Conklin knew. The visitor had scooped him up, held him prisoner for hours, then let him go- and he had sensed its thoughts and feelings. Jerry knew the visitor was a living, intelligent creature.
Then more of the giant black boxes descended to Earth, almost all in the United States. And they began eating… and reproducing. The visitors seemed harmless if left alone, but their powers of defense, and their very existence, threatened world stability. The public, the nation’s allies- and its enemies- demanded more information. But there was none.
Then Jerry followed up on a rumor and made one more discovery. The visitors were paying for their food and lodging with fantastic gifts. And that payment could destroy Earth’s civilization.

The Veiled Web

Ballerina Lucia del Mar has two great passions: dance, which consumes most of her waking hours, and the World Wide Web, which brings the outside world into her tightly regimented life. Lucia’s two passions collide when a White House performance and reception leads to an encounter with handsome Moroccan businessman Rashid al-Jazari, creator of a brilliant technology that has set the Internet rumor mill afire.
A second, seemingly chance meeting with Rashid will plunge Lucia into a deadly world of desire and intrigue. For although his work has implications she cannot foresee, there are those who do understand and would turn its great power to their own destructive purposes. As she is drawn deeper and deeper into Rashid’s life and work, cut off from the outside world, she finds herself becoming more attracted to him. But is her seclusion within Rashid’s well-guarded Moroccan home intended to ensure her safety…or her silence? And is it already too late to stop the terrible consequences his new technology could unleash?
*From the Paperback edition.*

The Veil

**A brand new series from *New York Times* bestselling author Chloe Neill.**
*Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.*
Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.
As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…

The Unincorporated Woman

There’s a civil war in space and the unincorporated woman is enlisted! The epic continues.
The award-winning saga of a revolutionary future takes a new turn. Justin Cord, the unincorporated man, is dead, betrayed, and his legacy of rebellion and individual freedom is in danger. General Black is the great hope of the military, but she cannot wage war from behind the President’s desk. So there must be a new president, anointed by Black, to hold the desk job, and who better than the only woman resurrected from Justin Cord’s past era, the scientist who created his resurrection device, the only born unincorporated woman. The perfect figurehead. Except that she has ideas of her own, and secrets of her own, and the talent to run the government her way. She is a force that no one anticipated, and no one can control.
The first novel in this thought-provoking series, *The Unincorporated Man* , won the 2009 Prometheus Award for best novel.
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The Unincorporated War

The Kollin brothers introduced their future world, and central character Justin Cord, in *The Unincorporated Man*. Justin created a revolution in that book, and is now exiled from Earth to the outer planets, where he is an heroic figure.
The corporate society which is headquartered on Earth and rules Venus, Mars, and the Orbital colonies, wants to destroy Justin and reclaim hegemony over the rebellious outer planets. The first interplanetary civil war begins as the military fleet of Earth attacks. Filled with battles, betrayals, and triumphs, *The Unincorporated War* is a full-scale space opera that catapults the focus of the earlier novel up and out into the solar system. Justin remains both a logical and passionate fighter for the principles that motivate him, and remains the most dangerous man alive.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Tyrant’s Law

**The great war cannot be stopped.**
The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it.
Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.
Widowed and disgraced at the heart of the Empire, Clara Kalliam has become a loyal traitor, defending her nation against itself. And in the shadows of the world, Captain Marcus Wester tracks an ancient secret that will change the war in ways not even he can forsee.
**Return to the critically acclaimed epic by master storyteller Daniel Abraham, The Dagger and the Coin.**
**The Dagger and the Coin**
*The Dragon’s Path*
*The King’s Blood*
*The Tyrant’s Law*
*The Widow’s House*
*The Spider’s War*
Writing as James S. A. Corey (with Ty Franck)
**The Expanse** (soon to be a major SyFy Channel television series)
*Leviathan Wakes*
*Caliban’s War*
*Abaddon’s Gate*
*Cibola Burn*
*Nemesis Games*

The Trojan Horse

The aliens say they come in peace…
When the emissaries from the Galactic Federation arrive on Earth, humanity is astonished to learn of the populated universe outside Earth’s atmosphere. A peaceful federation of a thousand alien races, united in peace and harmony, is just waiting for the human race to abandon its warlike impulses and join the Federation. A brave new destiny awaits the human race…
But there are odd points about the Federation, little pieces of evidence that suggest a far darker motive for visiting Earth. As an unlikely band of heroes struggles to form a resistance against the alien threat, Earth’s fate hangs in the balance – and defeat may mean the end of everything.
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The Trikon Deception

The Trikon Deception opens up the next frontier in technothriller excitement with a page-turning novel of intrigue and assassination in high orbit – co-written by the former commander of Skylab. 1998: Trikon is a vast steel island in the vacuum of space, the first industrial research laboratory to be built in orbit, designed as the only risk-free environment for genetic experiments too controversial – or dangerous – to be performed on Earth. Devised by a visionary scientist and industrialist, Trikon is a shared project of North America, Japan, and United Europe. In theory, the international companies that make up the Trikon consortium are supposed to be working together for the betterment of all humanity; in reality, espionage and sabotage are Trikon’s major projects. Mankind has gone to space, but he has brought all his greed and deceit, all his lust and violence, with him – and the hidden conspiracies aboard Trikon may bring the gigantic space station crashing down upon the innocent and the guilty alike. No one can write about space like someone who’s been there, and The Trikon Deception is an authentic space age thriller on the cutting edge of tomorrow.

The Trafalgar Gambit

Humanity is losing the war.  The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack.  The end cannot be long delayed.  For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS *Ark Royal* , the stakes have never been so high.
The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.  But, as *Ark Royal* sets off on a desperate diplomatic mission, it rapidly becomes clear that there are both human and alien factions that wish to fight the war to the bitter end – and that her previous missions have sown the seeds of success … or total failure.
[Book One of the Ark Royal series is currently only available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.]

The Traders’ War

*The Traders’ War* by Charles Stross includes *The Clan Corporate* and *The Merchants’ War,* the third and fourth instalments in the spellbinding The Merchant Princes series combined into one volume.
The journalistic instinct runs deep – and comes with a fatality warning.
Miriam was an ambitious business journalist in Boston. Until she was fired – then discovered, to her shock, that her lost family comes from an alternate reality. And although some of them are trying to kill her, she won’t stop digging up secrets. Now that she knows she’s inherited the family ability to walk between worlds, there’s a new culture to explore.
Her alternate home seems located around the Middle Ages, making her world-hopping relatives top dogs when it comes to ‘importing’ guns and other gadgets from modern-day America. Payment flows from their services to US drug rings – after all, world-skipping drug runners make great traffickers. In a land where women are property, she struggles to remain independent. Yet her outsider ways won’t be tolerated, and a highly political arranged marriage is being brokered behind her back. If she can stay alive for long enough to protest.
*The Traders’ War* is preceded by *The Bloodline Feud* omnibus, and followed with the final volume, *The Revolution Trade.*

The Three-Body Problem

*The Three-Body Problem* is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.
“Fans of hard SF will revel in this intricate and imaginative novel by one of China’s most celebrated genre writers. In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death.
“Shortly after, she’s falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye’s work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title.
“Liu impressively succeeds in integrating complex topics—such as the field of frontier science, which attempts to define the limits of science’s ability to know nature—without slowing down the action or sacrificing characterization. His smooth handling of the disparate plot elements cleverly sets up the second volume of the trilogy.” — *Publishers Weekly*
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