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The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz

Jack Vance’s stories of the Dying Earth are among the most indelible creations of 20th century fantasy. Set on a far future Earth moving toward extinction under a slowly dying sun, these baroque tales of wonder have exerted a profound influence on generations of writers. One of those writers is Dan Simmons, who acknowledges that influence in spectacular fashion in The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz, an informed and loving act of literary homage.
The narrative begins at a critical moment in the Dying Earth’s history, a moment when signs and portents indicate that the long anticipated death of the planet is finally at hand. Against this backdrop, Simmons’s protagonist – Shrue the diabolist – learns of the death of Ulfant Banderoz, ancient magus and sole proprietor of the legendary Ultimate Library and Final Compendium of Thaumaturgical Lore. Determined to possess its secrets, Shrue sets out in search of the fabled library, guided by the severed nose of the deceased magician. The narrative that follows tells the story of that quest, a quest whose outcome will affect the fate of the entire dying planet.
The result is a hugely engrossing novella filled with marvels, bizarre encounters, and an array of astonishing creatures – the pelgranes, daihaks, and assorted elementals of Jack Vance’s boundless imagination. Written with wit, fidelity, and grace, and rooted in its author’s obvious affection for his source material, The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz is something special, a collaborative gem in which the talents and sensibilities of two master storytellers come powerfully – and seamlessly – together.

The Green Trap

Microbiologist Michael Cochrane has been murdered. His brother Paul wants to find out who did it…and why.
Accompanied by a beautiful industrial spy, Elena Sandoval, Paul follows the trail from California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Along the way, a lot of people seem to be interested in getting in their way, or discovering what they know. It’s clear that Michael was working with cyanobacteria, the bacteria that crack water molecules and release free oxygen. It’s less clear why this would get anybody killed. Or why oil billionaire Lionel Gould wants to pay Paul and Elena big money for the details of Michael’s work.
Then the truth emerges: Michael had found a way to get cyanobacteria to crack hydrogen out of simple water molecules. A process that could be industrialized, producing enough hydrogen to cleanly power the world. Practically free fuel, out of one of the planet’s most abundant resources: water.
No wonder everyone, from Middle Eastern heavies to hired domestic muscle, suddenly seems to be trying to get in Paul and Elena’s way.
As the world’s secrets—and their own—teeter in the balance, both Paul and Elena must decide what to do before it’s too late.
Contemporary, topical, and exciting, *The Green Trap* is a thriller of today’s energy skulduggery—both the kind you read about in the headlines, and the kind you don’t.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

Science fiction. Cory Doctorow burst on the SF scene in 2004 like a rocket, inspiring awe in readers (and envy in other writers) with his bestselling novels and stories, which he insisted on giving away via Creative Commons. Meanwhile, as coeditor of the wildly popular Boing Boing, he became the radical new voice of the Web, boldly arguing for internet freedom from corporate control. Doctorow’s activism and artistry are both on display in this Outspoken Author edition. The crown jewel is his novella, The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow the high velocity adventures of a trans-human teenager in a Disney-dominated Tomorrow, battling wireheads and wumpuses (and having fun doing it!) until he meets the “meat girl” of his dreams, and is forced to choose between immortality and sex. Plus a live transcription of Cory’s historic address to the 2010 World SF Convention, “Creativity vs. Copyright”, dramatically presenting his controversial case for open-source in both information and art. Also included is an international Outspoken Interview (skyped from England, Canada, and the U.S.) in which Doctorow reveals the surprising sources of his genius.

The Goblin Reservation

**From science fiction Grand Master Clifford D. Simak, an interstellar adventure of aliens, fairies, and time travel.**
Until the day he was murdered, Professor Peter Maxwell was a respected faculty member of the College of Supernatural Phenomena. Imagine his chagrin when he turns up at a Wisconsin matter transmission station several weeks later and discovers he’s not only dead but unemployed.

During an interstellar mission to investigate rumors of dragon activity, this alternate Maxwell was intercepted by a strange alien race that wanted him to carry knowledge of a remarkable technology back to Earth, and it seems someone does not want the information shared. Suddenly, it’s essential for Maxwell to find his own killer.

He enlists the aid of Carol Hampton of the Time College, along with her pet saber-tooth tiger, a ghost with memory issues, and the intelligent Neanderthal Man recently rescued from a prehistoric cooking pot.

But the search is pointing them toward the goblins, fairies, and assorted Little Folk living in reservations on campus, and into the dangerous heart of an interspecies blood feud that has been raging for millions of years.

Ingeniously inventive and unabashedly tongue-in-cheek, this novel demonstrates multi-award-winning fantasy and science fiction favorite Clifford D. Simak operating at the imaginative peak of his considerable powers.

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home, and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.
Here is another rich, beautifully told, wisely humorous and passionately layered book from *New York Time* s bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente.
Praise for the FAIRYLAND series:
‘One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.’ ***Time* Magazine *(* A *Time* Best Book of 2012)**
‘A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian fairy-tale, done with heart and wisdom.’ **Neil Gaiman**
‘A mad, toothsome romp of a fairy-tale – full of oddments, whimsy and joy.’ **Holly Black** , author of *Zombies vs. Unicorns* and the Spiderwick Chronicles
‘September is a clever, fun, stronghearted addition to the ranks of bold, adventurous girls. Valente’s subversive storytelling is sheer magic.’ **Tamora Pierce** , author of The Immortals series
‘Valente is making new myths right now, before our eyes. Don’t miss the show.’ **Lev Grossman**
‘One of the strongest fantasy novels for young readers I’ve had the pleasure of getting lost in…There’s as much *Phantom Tollbooth* here as there is Narnia…Shot through with menace and heroism, you never know what’s coming next.’ **Cory Doctorow**

The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – for a Little While

This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old–from Catherynne M. Valente, author of the children’s fantasy sensation *The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making*.
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

**In the kingdom of Fairyland-Below, preparations are underway for the annual Revels . . .** **but aboveground, the creatures of Fairyland are in no mood for a party.**
It has been a long time since young September bid farewell to Fairyland, and she is excited to see it again; but upon her return she is shocked to find that her friends have been losing their shadows, and therefore their magic, to the kingdom of Fairyland-Below… It spells certain disaster and September won’t stand for it. Determined to make amends, she travels down into the underworld where, among creatures of ice and moonlight, she encounters a face she recognizes all too well: Halloween, the Hollow Queen. Only then does September realize what she must do to save Fairyland from slipping into the mundane world forever.
Come and join in the Revels with September and her friends. But be warned: in Fairyland-Below, even the best of friends aren’t always what they seem . . .
Praise for *The Girl Who Circumnavigated Farilyand in a Ship of Her Own Making:*
‘A glorious balancing act between modernism and the Victorian Fairy Tale, done with heart and wisdom.’ Neil Gaiman.
‘An *Alice in Wonderland* for the 21st century… So effortless, so vivid, so funny. Every page has a phrase or observation to savour and her characters are wondrous creations.’ *Sunday Telegraph.*
‘A charming modern fairytale…with a knowing twinkle in its eye.’ *Telegraph.*
‘A whole esoteric world of whimsy – Alice meets the Wizard of Oz meets the Persephone story with a whiff of Narnia.’ *Independent on Sunday.*
‘Bundles of imagination and wry wit.’ *Financial Times.*

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century.”—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series
Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.
With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, *Fairyland* lives up to the sensation it created when author Catherynne M. Valente first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of *Alice in Wonderland* and the soul of *The Golden Compass* , here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.
*The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making* is a *Publishers Weekly* Best Children’s Fiction title for 2011.

The Ghost of a Model T: And Other Stories

**Tales of nostalgia and loss in a world overrun by technology**
Hank is walking home from the bar when the Model T pulls alongside him. It’s been decades since he saw a car this old, and the sound of it takes him right back to his twenties. The door is open, and when he climbs in, the car takes off—without a driver. Before he knows what’s happened, Hank is right back at Big Spring Pavilion, where he spent his youth drinking bootleg whiskey and chasing pretty girls. He will find the past is not quite as he remembered it, but still a lovely place to go for a drive.

This collection includes some of the finest short fiction Clifford Simak ever wrote, including “City,” the story that became the basis for his beloved novel of the same name. In the history of science fiction, no author has ever better understood that the Great Plains and the cosmos are closer together than we think.

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

The Ganymede Club

Lola Belman was a refugee. She and her younger brother were on one of the last ships to leave Earth as the bombs began to fall; by the time they left lunar orbit, they were orphans. Lola is now practicing as a therapist on Ganymede, and she has a new patient whose past is a mystery.
During those years of chaos, many records were lost and histories forgotten, and it was an ideal time for anyone who wanted to conceal his or her identity. Now there is a small, dangerous group who will stop at nothing to keep Lola from exploring the past and discovering their existence.

The Games of Supervillainy

Get ready for the action-packed follow up to The Rules of Supervillainy. This time with zombies, zombified heroes and villains, cults, magic, super-science, a dragon, a giant Nazi robot, a Greek demigod, and so much more! Gary and Cloak have returned from the supervillain prison on the moon only to discover the city he plans to conquer and rule with an iron fist has been overrun with the living dead. Once again taking up the mantle of Merciless: The Supervillain Without Mercy , Gary will have to pull it together quickly, find his wife, his gang, and a whole lot of help to stop the Brotherhood of Infamy from slaughtering the population of Falconcrest City and opening a portal to summon a primal force of destruction. But Gary has a plan, or at least he’s sure he’ll have one soon. Just give him a second.

The Fuller Memorandum

Bob Howard is an IT specialist and field agent for the Laundry, the branch of Her Majesty’s secret service that deals with occult threats.
Overworked and underpaid, Bob is used to his two jobs overflowing from a strict nine to five and, since his wife Mo has a very similar job description, he understands that work will sometimes follow her home, too. But when ‘work’ involves zombie assassins and minions of a mad god’s cult, he realises things are spinning out of control.
When a top-secret dossier goes missing and his boss Angleton is implicated, Bob must contend with suspiciously helpful Russian intelligence operatives and an unscrupulous apocalyptic cult before confronting the decades-old secret that lies at the heart of the Laundry: what is so important about the missing Fuller Memorandum? And why are all the people who know dying . . . ?

The Foundling’s Tale, Part Three: Factotum

Rossam?nd Bookchild stands accused of not truly being a human at all, but of being a monster. Even the protection of Europe, the Branden Rose-the most feared and renowned monster-hunter in all the Half-Continent-might not be enough to save him. Powerful forces move against them both, intent on capturing Rossam?nd-whose existence some believe may hold the secret to perpetual youth.

The Formerly Dark Mage

Silvia is a dark mage. Unfortunately she finds herself about to be sacrificed. Someone must have told her evil master about her plans to kill him and take over. After that, things just seem to go downhill. She has no choice but to escape the kingdom of Zual, something that to her knowledge has never been done before. She will need to deal with many issues she never had to face before.
Among those issues, the white mages, and her conscience.
Note: This is a standalone book, not the beginning of a series. It has also been edited as of August 2016 to fix grammar issues.

The Final Key

Catherine Asaro has won numerous awards for her Saga of the Skolian Empire novels, including the Nebula Award and two *Romantic Times* awards for Best SF Novel. Combining cutting edge scientific theory with grand romantic adventure, this series represents space opera at its finest.
*The Final Key* is the second half of the story arc known as *Triad* , which began in *Schism*. *Schism* ended with the Skolian Empire torn asunder by personal conflict within the royal family. With *The Final Key* , the Skolian Empire comes under all-out assault from its nemesis, the Euban Concord, who have undermined the Empire via subterfuge and assassination, leaving it ripe for conquest. The Skolian Empire’s only hope? A young woman barely out of her teens who hasn’t even complete her training as a cadet.

The Final Formula Collection

When magic returned almost two decades ago, it found a modern world rooted in science, and those beliefs colored the way new abilities manifested. This New Magic is in sharp contrast to Old Magic, which has always been around, hiding in the dark and forgotten places.
Addie isn’t magical, but she can wield power with the best of them. As a master alchemist, she bottles magic through knowledge and skill. To the magical community, she is just a mundane human who dares to wield a power she doesn’t innately possess. But Addie is used to surprising those who underestimate her.
When an explosion levels the Alchemica, the country’s premier alchemy institute, Addie suspects the magical community. She sets out to prove her suspicions only to discover that it might not have been professional envy that led to the destruction of her home. It might have been the discovery of a particular formula. A formula that anyone—magical or not—would kill to possess.
Filled with action, magic, humor, and romance, The Final Formula Collection includes the first three titles in the series, along with two never before published short stories:
The Final Formula (Book 1)
The Element of Death (Book 1.5)
The Blood Alchemist (Book 2)
The Lich’s Lab (Bonus Short Story)
A Christmas Formula (Bonus Short Story)