Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn't understand.
He was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man ... so why wouldn't anyone at Court trust him
Why wouldn't even his own mother, the Empress, explain why they didn't trust him Or why the very mention of his father's name was forbidden at Court Or why his mother had decided to pack him off to a backwater planet aboard what was little more than a tramp freighter to represent her at a local political event better suited to a third assistant undersecretary of state
It probably wasn't too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life
But that was before a saboteur tried to blow up his transport. Then warships of the Empire of Man's worst rivals shot the crippled vessel out of space. Then Roger found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles were full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, torrential rain, and barbarian hordes with really bad dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations.
Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress' Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it's the Bronze Barbarians.
Assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Granted, the decade has just begun, but David Weber shows all signs of being the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. Weber is often compared to C.S. Forester (celebrated creator of Captain Horatio Hornblower) for his novels of the exploits of starship commander Honor Harrington, the most recent of which was the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.com bestseller, Ashes of Victory. Weber's work ranges from epic fantasy (Oath of Swords, The War God's Own) to breathtaking space opera (Path of the Fury, The Armageddon Inheritance) to military science fiction with in-depth characterization (the awesomely popular Honor Harrington novels). Weber lives in South Carolina and, in spite of having gotten married a year ago, shows no sign of slowing down. . . .
John Ringo had visited 23 countries and attended 14 schools by the time he graduated high school. This left him with a wonderful appreciation of the oneness of humanity and a permanent aversion to foreign food. A veteran of the 82ndAirborne, he later studied marine biology, but the pay was for beans, so he turned to quality control database management (much higher-paying). Then Fate took a hand, and he now is in the early stages of becoming fabulously wealthy, which his publisher has ASSURED him is the common lot of science fiction writers. With his bachelor years spent in the Airborne, cave diving, rock-climbing, rappelling, hunting, spear-fishing, and sailing, the author is now happy to let other people risk their necks. He prefers to read (and of course write) science fiction, raise Arabian horses, dandle his kids and watch the grass grow.
Mighty Greyboar, the world's greatest professional strangler, is dissatisfied with his lot in life. The work is steady and the pay is good, but what, he wonders, is the point of it all
But when he learns that there is a Supreme Philosophy of Life*, Greyboar the Strangler is Born Again! Still, just how can a professional man in good standing pay the bills with all this philosophical exploration getting in the way
That's what his hard-headed agent and manager Ignace wants to know! And Ignace's skepticism turns quickly into outright horror when Greyboar's philosophical preoccupation leads to one disaster after another . . .
—simple choke jobs turn into ethical quandaries . . .
—a bizarre artist and a deadly arms-master turn up to complicate their life . . .
—as if their new girlfriends haven't complicated it enough!
Before you know it, Greyboar the strangler and his disgruntled manager find themselves embroiled with an abbess at odds with her deity, heretics on the run, dwarves needing to be rescued, and then—worst of all!
Greyboar's long-estranged sister Gwendolyn, political activist and revolutionary, comes back to town asking Greyboar's help in an insane mission to the underworld. It's purely a noble cause, one which no self-respecting assassin would touch for a moment. But in the pursuit of Enlightenment, anything can happen. . . .
*What You want the details Hint: Entropy. For more on the secret, buy this book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric Flint has already demonstrated his talent as a gifted new star of military and alternate history SF and now shows a masterful skill at fantasy adventure. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His alternate history novel, 1632, sold out its first printing almost immediately and received lavish critical praise. With David Drake he has collaborated on five novels in the acclaimed "Belisarius" series, the next of which will be The Dance of Time. A longtime labor union activist with a degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in African history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
In 2064, Rand Porter has been offered the job of a lifetime, as resident Shaper of visual effects and music for the world's most famous zero-gee dance company, at a luxury hotel in High Orbit. But those who go to space for long must remain forever as their bodies adapt irrevocably to the absence of gravity—and Rand's beloved novelist wife Rhea Paixao has her roots sunk deep in the Earth, in her beloved Cape Cod . . .
And as they wrestle with their private dilemma, bizarre things—small miracles—are beginning to occur everywhere, on Earth and throughout the entire Solar system. Little things, at first, scarcely noticed . . . but gradually their impact and frequency build. All too soon the human race—and its evolutionary successors, the space-dwelling stardancers—find themselves approaching the terrifying cusp of their shared destiny: Courage Day, an appointment made for them both a million years ago.
In this stunning capstone to the Hugo and Nebula-winning Stardance Saga, mankind meets its greatest challenge since it left the trees—a make-or-break point beyond which literally nothing, anywhere, can ever be the same again . . .
"Nobody's perfect, but Spider comes pretty damned close!" —Ben Bova
". . . I'd nominate Spider Robinson as the new Robert Heinlein. Like Mr. Heinlein in his prime, Mr. Robinson writes in a crisp, tightly controlled prose about a future that is recognizably descended from today's world, yet provocatively altered." —The New York Times
"Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since Harlan Ellison . . . He can match the master's
frenetic energy and emotional intensity, arm-break for gut-wrench." —Los Angeles Times
"Sheer good storytelling . . . imaginative and captivating. . . ." —Publishers Weekly
QUINCEY P. MORRIS:
EXPLORER, ADVENTURER—VAMPIRE . . .
Rough and ready Texan Quincey Morris thrust his Bowie knife into Dracula's heart, bringing an end to the quintessential battle between the living and the Un-Dead. It also brought an end to Quincey as he bled his life away into the chill earth of Transylvania.
Or so he thought.
Waking to the night, surrounded by ravenous wolves, he finds himself plunged into his greatest adventure yet: life beyond life—as a vampire.
To survive, he must quickly adapt to his dark change. At the hands of his savage mentor it's a hard, painful process, but Quincey is determined to escape the wilderness and return to his grieving friends.
However, Professor Van Helsing has convinced them that the only good vampire is a dead one. Seen as an acolyte of their greatest enemy, can Quincey persuade them to accept his change or will a lifetime of friendship end in bloody betrayal And for whom
Praise for the Vampire Fiction of P.N. Elrod:
"Winning characterizations . . . a clever and fast-paced story. Elrod delivers a powerful tale of passion and madness with moments reminiscent of everything from the Bible to Bram Stoker's Dracula." —Publishers Weekly
"Plenty of action, full of twists and betrayals, and the quirky characters and many touches of period flavor keep things amusing." —Locus
". . . refreshingly creative . . . very special, a keeper above keepers." —The Midwest Book Review
After centuries of horrible high-tech wars, galactic humanity had at last emerged from The Time of Troubles, firm in the belief that nothing was preferable to war, convinced indeed that to believe otherwise was psychotic. But soon the Commonwealth of Worlds is going to need every "psychotic" it can get its hands on—because trouble is heading straight at them in the form of more than 14,000 warships from somewhere.
Every inhabited planet that armada encounters is wiped clean of human life to make room for alien colonists. Either humans will again learn how to be soldiers, and quickly, or humanity will join the dinosaurs as an interesting extinct species.
"Too many military SF novels ignore the essential unevenness and tragedy of war. . . . John Dalmas knows better. His Soldiers have both courage and heart." —David Brin, Hugo Winner and author of Earth and Startide Rising
"Slam bang action . . . with a heart and soul. . . ." —William C. Dietz, author of By Force of Arms