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Hellhounds of the Cosmos

**Hellhounds of the Cosmos** is a science fiction short story by Clifford D. Simak, from *Astounding Stories* of 1932.
Earth is being attacked by horrible black monsters that appear from nowhere and destroy and kill everything and everyone in their paths. Nothing affects them, nothing stops them; they are impervious to all weapons. Earth is doomed.
But there is one hope and it rests on the shoulders of 98 brave men. Can they do it? can they find a way of retaliating? Read and find out.
**Clifford Donald Simak** (1904 -1988) was an American science fiction writer. He was honored by fans with three Hugo Awards and by colleagues with one Nebula Award. The Science Fiction Writers of America made him its third SFWA Grand Master and the Horror Writers Association made him one of three inaugural winners of the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Vampire thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex-Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way. But Raylene’s biggest problem is that the death of Ian’s vaunted patriarch appears to have made him the next target of some blood-sucking sociopaths.  Now Raylene must snatch up the potent relics, solve a murder, and keep Ian safe—all while fending off a psychotic sorceress. But at least she won’t be alone. A girl could do a lot worse for a partner than an ass-kicking drag queen—right?
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Heavy Time

Asteroid miners Bird and Ben encounter an adrift ship in an asteroid belt that’s inhabited by a half-crazy spacer named Dekker. When they tow the ship, they find their livelihoods–and their lives–in deadly danger. Proves that high-tech science fiction need not sacrifice literary values.–Publishers Weekly.


THE BATTLE OF THE TREE-LORDS Year after year, the tribe of the Oak had observed the Midwinter ritual. And though the past season had proved especially unkind, with plague claiming far too many of them, still they would not fail to gather for the blessings, the prayers, the sacrifice, and the sacred battle between their gods, the Oak-Lord and the Holly-Lord. For if the Oak did not defeat the Holly, Winter would not end and the renewal of Spring would never come. With most of his family claimed by the recent plague, Darak no longer had faith in the gods. And now he was about to lose the last remaining member of his family, his younger brother Tinnean, who was sworn to become a full apprentice to the tribe’s Tree-Father at this year’s ceremony. And perhaps Darak was right to fear for his brother’s future, for the omens had not been good. But not even Darak could have anticipated just how disastrous the Midwinter rites would prove. Chaos was about to intrude on the inner sanctum of the First Forest, disrupting the battle before it could be completed, and casting both the Oak-Lord and Tinnean’s own spirit adrift, while imprisoning the Holly-Lord in the mortal realm. His world locked in what could prove an eternal Winter, Darak had no choice but to fulfill his role as the tribe’s Hunter, to seek out and free the Oak-Lord and Tinnean, even if the journey took him into the heart of Chaos itself….


To find out who he is, he must discover who he became.
Restored to life by Second Skyn, Finsbury Gage hunts rogue minds for the Toronto Police Service’s Psychorithm Crime Unit while secretly searching for his wife’s killer.
He’s conflicted, torn between staying true to who he was and accepting what he’s become—something both more, and less, than human. He’ll do whatever it takes to find the man who murdered his wife, even if it means losing who he is.
Then, eight months later, Finsbury wakes in a new body, hidden under a new name, with no memories of how he got there. He’s been disgracefully discharged from the police force, his reputation’s in tatters, he’s the primary suspect in a murder, and his wife’s death is the last thing he can remember.
To find out who he is, Finsbury Gage will have to discover who he became.
But will he be able to live with himself when he does?

Harper Connelly Mysteries Quartet

**Another acclaimed paranormal mystery series by the author of the #1 *New York Times* bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels that inspired HBO’s *True Blood*. These four novels introduce Harper Connelly, a “winning heroine”* who uses psychic skills to help law enforcement provide justice for the dead. **
“A series that just might surpass all [Harris’s] others in popularity.” – * *Booklist*

Harmony Black

Harmony Black is much more than your average FBI special agent. In addition to being a practicing witch, she’s also an operative for Vigilant Lock, an off-the-books program created to battle occult threats – by any means necessary. Despite her dedication to fighting the monsters threatening society, Harmony has become deeply conflicted about her job. Her last investigation resulted in a pile of dead bodies, and she suspects the wrong people are being punished for it.
While on a much-needed vacation, Harmony gets pulled back into action. This time, though, she’s gone from solo work to being part of a team. Their target: the Bogeyman, a vicious and elusive figure…and the creature that destroyed Harmony’s childhood.
Surrounded by quirky, fascinating characters as dedicated to one another as they are to their new partner, Harmony must learn to trust her team – and a new romantic interest – on a dangerous and deadly mission that conjures up memories she’d much rather forget.

Hard Nova

The Terran Union and the alien Qin have been at war for over twenty years. Neither the Terran armies nor the Qin space fleet have been able to break the stalemate. But now the biggest offensive in human history is about to unfold. In the Summer System, 50 Million soldiers and an armada of warships have gathered to take back the first human planet that fell to the Qin.
Leading the way are Captain Gavin McCloud’s 5th Rangers. Tasked with finding and destroying a key orbital defense battery, his elite soldiers expect an easy task. For McCloud, it is more than that. It is about revenge for his murdered mother and enslaved siblings, taken by the Qin years ago. When they find the battery defended by humans instead of Qin, Captain McCloud must face an enemy he never expected.

Hard Lessons

Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power, while Earth is increasingly backwards and falling into barbarism.  For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives …
But humanity’s involvement in Galactic affairs has not gone unnoticed.  The enigmatic masters of the universe have put together a fleet to crush the upstart humans before they can threaten the precarious balance of power.  Pushed to the limits, the Solar Union must fight to defend its freedom – and the existence of the human race.

Hard Bitten

Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals—and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan, are tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.
Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of an underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society—a world full of vampires who seem to be ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.

Guardians of the Keep

For ten long years, the noblewoman Seriana has lived in exile, believing her husband, Karon, is dead, executed for the crime of practicing sorcery. Then she learns his soul has been anchored to their world through magic. And though he has been restored to life, his memories of Seri are gone…. While a sorcerer slowly and painstakingly helps Karon regain his memories, Seri returns to her ancestral home Comigor to quickly take care of some family business. But her continual leadership is desperately needed the especially when her nephew Gerick disappears. Just as her husband’s memories lie in the balance, so d Seri’s life, as kidnapping and murder lead her to the Lords of Zhev’Na. And though they are strangers to each other, Seri and Karon must join together to fight the sorcerers of Zhev’Na before they destroy both this world and the magic realm that lies beyond.