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Space Team: The Holiday Special

Die Hard meets the Nativity – in space! A Space Team novella.Having successfully saved the galaxy on his very first day in space, Cal Carver and the crew of the Shatner drop by the North Star space station for Kroyshuk – an annual celebration of peace and goodwill – and some well-earned rest and relaxation.But the universe has other plans, and Cal soon finds himself playing guardian angel to a mysterious pregnant woman, whose unborn son is being hunted by a malevolent baby-eating king.With the king’s forces closing in, and the woman’s contractions coming at an increasingly alarming rate, it looks like Cal’s first Kroyshuk might just turn out to he his last.A short festive tale packed with space pirates, bounty hunters, Godzilla-lions and Dorothy out of the Golden Girls, Space Team: The Holiday Special provides the perfect entry point to the Space Team universe.“Call off the search – we’ve found the new Terry Pratchett!” – The Independent

A Space Girl From Earth

Ellie Whitmore is no ordinary girl. Even if her parents weren’t internationally famous celebrities, her six foot four inch height and oddly spotted complexion would make her stand out in any crowd. But never would she have guessed she was an alien from far across the galaxy. Or that hidden within her genetic makeup lies the Kyroibi: an ancient and powerful relic housing the forbidden knowledge of her people.
Knowledge some would sacrifice everything to possess.
Worse, it isn’t just the malevolent Emperor who wants the Kyroibi. Her own mother can’t resist the draw of ultimate power and the one person Ellie might be able to trust is an unrepentant assassin who may be responsible for her life’s upheaval. Now, she must travel to a distant planet and unlock the secrets to restoring peace and ending tyranny. But how can anyone expect her to save the galaxy when she can’t even pass organic chemistry? **
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Ellie Whitmore is no ordinary girl. Even if her parents weren’t internationally famous celebrities, her six foot four inch height and oddly spotted complexion would make her stand out in any crowd. But never would she have guessed she was an alien from far across the galaxy. Or that hidden within her genetic makeup lies the Kyroibi: an ancient and powerful relic housing the forbidden knowledge of her people.
Knowledge some would sacrifice everything to possess.
Worse, it isn’t just the malevolent Emperor who wants the Kyroibi. Her own mother can’t resist the draw of ultimate power and the one person Ellie might be able to trust is an unrepentant assassin who may be responsible for her life’s upheaval. Now, she must travel to a distant planet and unlock the secrets to restoring peace and ending tyranny. But how can anyone expect her to save the galaxy when she can’t even pass organic chemistry?

Soulmarked

In the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, a diverse cast of characters, war, political intrigue, and romance. Despite the efforts of several of the fatemarked, turmoil and violence continue to plague the Four Kingdoms…To the north, Annise G�ric ventures into the Hinterlands to discover the truth of the Sleeping Knights, who may be the only hope for her kingdom. Meanwhile, Tarin Sheary travels to Darrin in a desperate bid to repel the eastern forces amassing at Crow’s Nest. Unbeknownst to either of them, a new threat rises in Blackstone.In the west, Rhea Loren seeks to ransom her prisoners, Gareth Ironclad and Gwendolyn Storm, which will bring her one step closer to her goal of controlling the fatemarked. Relying on her ability to summon the ancient sea creature, Wrathos, she seeks to unify her people while persuading them that the child growing inside her was placed there directly by Wrath.With his fatemarked sister in tow, Grey Arris sails toward Pirate’s Peril in search of the truth about Shae’s marking and the cause of her recurring dream of a pirate.In the southern empire of Phanes, a slave rebellion is brewing, with Jai Jiroux and Shanti Parthena Laude at its core. But the Hoza brothers will not relinquish their power without a fight.Finally, in Calyp, Raven Sandes’ dragonia are growing, and she must decide whether to use them against the east, who continue to attack her desert borders. Simultaneously, Roan Loren shows up at her palace with an offer she cannot refuse, as he strives to learn the truth of the Western Oracle’s prophecies and the origins of the fatemarked. As always, Bane is lurking in the shadows with his new partner, Chavos the plaguemarked, plotting how to destroy those who would stand in the path of peace.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

From the author of the prophetic national bestseller Blowback, a startling look at militarism, American style, and its consequences abroad and at home In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe’s “lone superpower,” then as a “reluctant sheriff,” next as the “indispensable nation,” and now, in the wake of 9/11, as a “New Rome.” Here, Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire.Reminding us of the classic warnings against militarism—from George Washington’s farewell address to Dwight Eisenhower’s denunciation of the military-industrial complex—Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he maps America’s expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that supports them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional warriors who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as “secret” everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest. Among Johnson’s provocative conclusions is that American militarism is putting an end to the age of globalization and bankrupting the United States, even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon—with the Pentagon leading the way. Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley.He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, virtually every year since 1961. Chalmers Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some fifteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are, as editor and contributor, Okinawa: Cold War Island; Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (which won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation); and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic. In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe’s “lone superpower,” then as a “reluctant sheriff,” next as the “indispensable nation,” and, in the wake of 9/11, as a “New Rome.” Here, Chalmers Johnson thoroughly explores the new militarism that is transforming America and compelling its people to pick up the burden of empire. Reminding us of the classic warnings against militarism—from George Washington’s Farewell Address to Dwight Eisenhower’s denunciation of the military-industrial complex—Johnson uncovers its roots deep in our past. Turning to the present, he maps America’s expanding empire of military bases and the vast web of services that support them. He offers a vivid look at the new caste of professional militarists who have infiltrated multiple branches of government, who classify as “secret” everything they do, and for whom the manipulation of the military budget is of vital interest. Among Johnson’s provocative conclusions is that American militarism is already putting an end to the age of globalization, and bankrupting the United States even as it creates the conditions for a new century of virulent blowback. The Sorrows of Empire suggests that the former American republic has already crossed its Rubicon—with the Pentagon in the lead. “Exhaustive . . . Johnson, an Asia scholar and onetime consultant for the CIA, [produces] voluminous research on the many United States military and intelligence outposts unknown to most Americans, and weaves a frightening picture of a military-industrial complex grown into exactly the powerful, secretive force that Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against—made more dangerous by an aggressive executive branch, creating a state of perpetual war and economic bankruptcy. His assessment is chilling.”—Serge Schmemann, The New York Times Book Review “Exhaustive . . . Johnson, an Asia scholar and onetime consultant for the CIA, [produces] voluminous research on the many United States military and intelligence outposts unknown to most Americans, and weaves a frightening picture of a military-industrial complex grown into exactly the powerful, secretive force that Dwight D. Eisenhower warned against—made more dangerous by an aggressive executive branch, creating a state of perpetual war and economic bankruptcy. His assessment is chilling.”—Serge Schmemann, The New York Times Book Review”Johnson devotes most of his book to examining the numerous foreign bases (which have proliferated since the end of the Cold War), the often legitimate reasons for their initial establishment, the outrages that American servicemen from them perpetrate on their hosts, as well as the comforts and benefits of empire and militarism that prevent their abandonment. Johnson believes that the initial post-Cold War base expansion was aimed at supporting America’s century-old economic imperialism, now called ‘globalization.’ But with the election of the ‘boy emperor’ and the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, ‘the United States shifted decisively from economic to military imperialism,’ which undermined international law and organizations, weakened democracy at home, replaced truth with propaganda, and courted financial ruin. Johnson’s superbly researched book is also an angry book. But who can blame him?”—Walter C. Uhler, San Francisco Chronicle”A scathing and scary indictment of America’s military expansion to all corners of the globe.”—John Wilkens, The San Diego Union-Tribune”[An] enormously useful study.”—Ronald Steel, The Nation”Every page of The Sorrows of Empire0 burns with fierce indignation at the sacrifice of American rights, values, and economic well-being in the name of conquest and empire. Chalmers Johnson has produced a blistering critique of the Bush Administration’s militaristic foreign policy and its dangerous infatuation with high-tec

Sorcerous Rogue: Spirit Sorceress: Book 3

Miku is doing well so far in her debut as a part of society, but for the first time she’s questioning not only her place and how to uphold the tenets of Inari, but also her own morality.
Jared is another complication in her life, she’d gotten her fondest desire, and now she needs to balance three disparate responsibilities instead of two. Nothing worth doing is ever easy.
If that wasn’t enough for the nascent spirit sorceress, a new threat appears that makes rogue vampires, and evil artifacts, look like simple fun.
Even if she survives, she’ll never be the same again.

Songsmith

Eydrth is a Master Songsmith…who has no magic. She will do anything to save her father from the evil that has stolen his mind. But the paths to the magic of the Witch World are many–and to save the ones you love, the truest magic must come from the heart…Andre Norton has been called “one of the most popular writers of our time” (Publishers Weekly) and has for over twenty-five years enchanted readers with the most famous and popular of her works: the enthralling Witch World. With bestseller A.C. Crispin, Norton has woven an eternal love story, filled with magic and wonder. Songsmith is the novel that Witch World fans have been waiting for–a shining jewel in the Witch World cosmos.

Song of the Ovulum

***Song of the Ovulum*** is the first book in the Children of the Bard series. The story will take place on two stages and in two time periods. It will begin about fifteen years after the Oracles of Fire series ended, reacquainting readers with familiar characters from the previous series, as well as introducing new ones, particularly, the son and daughter of Billy and Bonnie. The book will also take readers back in time and give some background story that will shed light on mysteries from the previous series, as well as providing crucial information about happenings in the current world. In the previous series, the story established that in preflood times, dragons battled Watchers, fallen angels who sought to dominate the world. Now we go a step further and follow the adventures of Joran and Selah, Methuselah’s teenagers who helped the dragons find and neutralize the Watchers. They become trapped within a strange world that allows them to escape the great flood, but it also keeps them there for centuries in an ageless realm that allows them views of their home world and an occasional opportunity to influence what happens there. This story is told in flashback-style dream sequences in the minds of present-day characters.
The modern-day story takes place fifteen years after Billy and Bonnie helped repel the demonic assault on Heaven in *The Bones of Makaidos*. Now they and Ashley sit in a maximum security prison where the authorities conduct experiments on them to learn the secrets of long life. Earlier, the world’s acceptance of dragonkind crumbled, and the Enforcers took the twins born to Billy and Bonnie and stole Excalibur, planning to develop a weapon to battle the dragons that are sure to try to liberate their allies. Meanwhile, the kidnapped twins make their way to the prison, unaware of their relationships with each other or their parents, and it is up to them to rescue every prisoner.

The Soldiers of Halla

**The final installment of the #1** ***New York Times*** **bestselling series!** **Every question is answered. Every truth is revealed. The final battle has begun.** It was all leading up to this moment. Nine books—nine battles for nine territories—have brought Bobby Pendragon to where he is now. At last, Bobby and the rest of the travelers must join forces in an epic war against Saint Dane for not only one last territory, but for all of Halla. With more than three million books in print, the number one New York Times bestselling Pendragon series has a huge and passionate fan base, and these fans will not be disappointed as the series comes to an action-packed and satisfying conclusion in the tenth and final installment.

Sniper’s Honor

In this tour de force―part historical thriller, part modern adventure―from the New York Times bestselling author of “I, Sniper,” Bob Lee Swagger uncovers why WWII’s greatest sniper was erased from history…and why her disappearance still matters today. Ludmilla “Mili” Petrova was once the most hunted woman on earth, having raised the fury of two of the most powerful leaders on either side of World War II: Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. But Kathy Reilly of The Washington Post doesn’t know any of that when she encounters a brief mention of Mili in an old Russian propaganda magazine, and becomes interested in the story of a legendary, beautiful female sniper who seems to have all but vanished from history. Reilly enlists her friend, former marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, to parse out the scarce details of Mili’s military service. The more Swagger learns about Mili’s last mission, the more he’s convinced her disappearance was no accident―but why would the Russian government go to such great lengths to erase the existence of one of their own decorated soldiers? And why, when Swagger joins Kathy Reilly on a research trip to the Carpathian Mountains, is someone trying to kill them before they can find out? As Bob Lee Swagger, “one of the finest series characters ever to grace the thriller genre, now and forever” (Providence Journal-Bulletin), races to put the pieces together, Sniper’s Honor takes listeners across oceans and time in an action-packed, compulsive listen.

Snapshot

**If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?** From *New York Times* #1 bestselling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other. Anthony Davis and his partner Chaz are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today. Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1st, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery—until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That’s one order they have to refuse. The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn’t mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight. **Film rights have now been optioned by MGM, with Broken Road Productions and Entertainment 360 producing.**

Small Wind

Small wind turbines utilize wind energy to produce power with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts or less. With this increasingly popular technology, individual businesses, farms, and homes can generate their own electricity and cut their energy bills , while generating power in an environmentally sound manner. The challenges facing the engineers who are tasked with planning and developing these small wind systems are multifaceted, from choosing the best site and accurately estimating power output, to obtaining proper permitting and troubleshooting operational inefficiencies. Optimization of project development for small wind applications is a necessity. Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations provides a cohesive guide to achieving successful small wind installations from an informed expert. It is a comprehensive information resource from one of the world’s most experienced small wind professionals, covering all the key issues for small wind system development, from site and machine selection to international standards compliance.

* Establishes technical guidelines for the growing number of engineers called upon to plan small wind projects

* Identifies and explains the critical issues for small wind installations, including siting, turbine choice, applications and permitting, economics, load management, and grid integration

* Examples from real projects demonstrate key considerations for success, complete with template spreadsheets and measurements needed to support project planning efforts

* Includes reports on the most commonly used turbines and designs and synthesizes and clarifies relevant wind industry documentation, saving readers endless hours of research

(source: Bol.com)

Sleep Well Again

For readers who are tired of being tired…Lisa Morrone, author of Overcoming Overeating and Overcoming Headaches and Migraines offers hope for the “eight hours you don’t want to miss!”
The rush of twenty-first century life has left many busy people underslept, irritable, and worn out from everyday life. In this helpful book, readers will learn:
* the high cost of sleep deprivation
* how to prepare for a good night’s sleep
* ways to deal with middle-of-the-night “plumbing problems”
* whether medication will help
* how to calm an overactive brain
* how to deal with pain, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome

Refreshment, new energy, and a revitalized life await the readers of Lisa’s new book.
(source: Bol.com)

Slayground

The Wheel of Fortune turned and Parker figured his number had finally come up. An armored car heist had gone sour. His partners were dead or dying. He had escaped with the loot, but holing up in a deserted amusement park with only one exit had turned into a fatal mistake. Now the local mob and a couple of crooked cops were on their way in after the money…and the odds were against Parker getting out with his life. But Parker always did like to play the long shots. Besides, he knew all the ways there were to kill: with his gun…with his knife…with his own bare hands.
“Super-ingenious. Super-lethal… Parker is super-tough.” (New York Times Book Review)

Slashback

The eighth book in the Cal Leandros series that began with *Nightlife* , *Slashback* is clever, ironic and hugely entertaining urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher by the *New York Times* bestselling author, Rob Thurman. *I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.* *Play-time…* Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago – before they became a force to be reckoned with – the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer. Almost. Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent – the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him And now they are going to pay . . . and pay . . . *and pay . . .*
A dark contemporary fantasy with a humorous edge, Rob Thurman’s *Slashback* should not be missed. Praise for Rob Thurman: ‘Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris’ *SFRevu* ‘A roaring rollercoaster of a read . . . it’ll take your breath away’ Simon R. Green Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. *Nightlife* , *Moonshine,* *Madhouse* , *Deathwish* and *Doubletake* , the previous novels in the Cal Leandros series, are also published by Penguin. Visit Rob at www.robthurman.net.

Short Stories

A collection of short stories by A. E. van Vogt
(1939) Black Destroyer
(1940) The Gryb
(1940) Vault of the Beast
(1941) Not the First
(1942) Co-Operate – Or else!
(1942) Rebirth: Earth
(1942) Secret Unattainable
(1942) The Second Solution
(1943) The Great Engine
(1943) The Invisibility Gambit aka Abdication
(1944) The Harmonizer
(1945) Heir Unapparent
(1945) The Mixed Men
(1946) Film Library
(1947) The Barbarian
(1947) The Cataaaa
(1948) Ship of Darkness
(1948) The Great Judge
(1948) The Rull
(1949) Final Command
(1949) The Problem Professor
(1950) The Process
(1951) Fulfillment
(1951) The First Martian
(1963) Itself!
(1965) The Replicators
(1966) The Ultra Man
(1971) The Rat and the Snake
(1972) Ersatz Eternal
(1979) Enchanted Village

The Shipshape Miracle

**Nine tales of imagination and wonder from one of the formative voices of science fiction and fantasy, the author of *Way Station* and *City*.**

Named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Clifford D. Simak was a preeminent voice during the decades that established sci-fi as a genre to be reckoned with. Held in the same esteem as fellow luminaries Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury, his novels continue to enthrall today’s readers. And his short fiction is still as gripping and surprising now as when it first entertained an entire generation of fans.

The title story is just one example of this. Cheviot Sherwood doesn’t believe in miracles. They never seem to pay off. So when he’s marooned on a planet with no plan for escape and no working radio, he takes it in stride and prepares for a long stay gathering food, making shelter, and collecting all the diamonds the world has to offer. But when a ship like none he’s ever encountered lands, he sees his salvation—and an opportunity to take the priceless craft for himself. Unfortunately, his “rescuer” has the same idea . . .

This volume also includes the celebrated short works “Eternity Lost,” “Shotgun Cure,” and “Paradise,” among others.

*Each story includes an introduction by David W. Wixon, literary executor of the Clifford D. Simak estate and editor of this ebook.*