The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.
While the old entrenched rulers and manipulators continue to plot against this new upstart nation, everyday life goes on in Grantville, the town lost in time, with librarians, firefighters, and garbage collectors trying to make do under unusual circumstances. And what better place for an undercover spy from France than working with the garbage collectors, examining 20th century machines that others throw out and copying the technology (though he wishes one device—the paper shredder—had been left behind in the future).
There are more sinister agents at work, however. One of them, Ducos, almost succeeded in assassinating the Pope, but his plan was ruined by quick action by a few Americans. Now, the would-be assassin not only has a score to settle, but has also decided on two excellent targets: Grantville's leader Mike Stearns and his wife Rebecca. . . .
With the deft touch of a Keith Laumer, hard-SF master and legendary Analog regular Christopher Anvil brings together mind-bending ideas and grim-but-true black humor in the face of war's utter destruction in this mega-compilation of Anvil's adventure masterpieces edited by modern-day SF master, Eric Flint!
"[H]is characters are science-fiction descendents of Odysseus, the scheming fast thinker who dazzles his opponents with his footwork." — Best-seller David Weber on SF legend, Christopher Anvil.
"I've always tried to write the kind of book I most loved to read: character-centered adventure. Readers return to such books because those characters have become their friends, and there is no limit to the number of times you want to be with your friends again." —Lois McMaster Bujold, from The Vorkosigan Companion.
It's the companion for everything Miles and Vorkosigan: Insightful essays, encyclopedic entries on the characters, the plots and—most of all—the fantastic world-building! Plus, an extensive story-behind-the-story essay on the creation of the books, and a Bujold mini-biography!
"Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development. [E]normously satisfying." —Publishers Weekly
The power to read hidden thoughts. The power to bend the will against its very essence. Theres only one thing you can call it: mind rape. Now an Indowy renegade seeks to use the technology to destroy a powerful human mentat—and to bring down galactic civilization in the process. Master thief and assassin Cally ONeal faces her most difficult and grittiest ordeal yet. For to steal a mind-control device, she must find a way to mask the burning drive within that allows her to succeed where all others fail. And, as if the stakes werent high enough already—the mentat with the death sentence on her head is none other than Callys long-lost sister!
Multiple New York Times best-selling John Ringos "Posleen War" saga continues as beautiful assassin Cally ONeil returns in a gripping interplanetary thriller co-authored by John Ringo and best-selling Callys War collaborator, Julie Cochrane.
"[F]ast-paced military sf peopled with three-dimensional characters and spiced with personal drama as well as tactical finesse"
—Library Journal on John Ringos "Posleen War" saga.
The portents are lining up for the biggest supernatural showdown of all time and—as if the Big Easy didn't have enough problems with another hurricane on the way—New Orleans is due to be the epicenter. Or, more precisely, the storm is vectoring in on half-vampire (but fresh-blood-eschewing) Chris Cséjthe and his rag-tag coterie of outcast monsters. It seems Cséjthe's epic mating with a werewolf lover has produced a child who holds the destiny of several worlds in the balance. And everyone who is anyone—vampire lord, were-pack leader, and the odd sea monster god and immortal elven princess—wants to twist this fabled progeny to his or her own power-hungry purposes.
The latest thrill-packed, wisecracking entry in the popular "Halflife Chronicles" by witty (and nitty-gritty) goth master, Wm. Mark Simmons!
"[O]ne of those rare novels that combine levity and the supernatural in just the right balance." —Chronicle on Wm. Mark Simmons' Habeas Corpses.
A volume of visions of future wars, fought with weapons out of nightmare, by today's top writers of military science fiction, as well as some writers who are not usually associated with military SF, such as best-selling writer Gregory Benford, and award-winning author Kristine Katherine Rusch. Also present are Michael Z. Williamson, author of the strong selling novels Freehold and The Weapon, award-winning author of Bolo Strike, William H. Keith, and more. Through the centuries, weapons have changed radically, but the soldier has remained much the same. But in the future, soldiers, too, may undergo radical changes.
As editor Joe Haldeman puts it, "Weapons are an extension of the soldier, and also an extension of the culture or species that produced the soldier. And they are sometimes more dangerous to the soldier than the enemy. . . ."
KING ARTHUR SAVED THE GALAXY NOW WHO WILL SAVE THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING
In The Disinherited we learned that We Are Not Alone, but share this galaxy with the most loathe-somely aggressive communal aliens imaginable. Thank God for the U.S. Space Force.
In Legacy we learned that time-travel is not only possible for the humans of the far future, it's easy. But meddling in time can have awful consequences for mere mortals: Thank God for King Arthur.
And now . . .
The Once and Future War Duke of the Britons has been saved and as a special military consultant to the galactic overlords he has given the future new hope. But now that he has saved the universes, who shall save the King
Praise for Legacy
"This delightful book is a welcome sequel to The Disinherited. Mr. White's ability to capture a realm rich with detail and add adventure is without parallel. Anyone looking for a great read with a different twist should definitely place this title at the top of their list." —Sherrilyn Kenyon, Affaire de Coeur
"A mind boggling action-mystery. . . ." —Southern Book Trade
"A storyteller with marvelous instincts, Mr. White combines space opera high adventure with an enthralling peek into history." —Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times
Praise for The Disinherited
"Mr. White commands our interest with an exciting variation of a favorite plot and engages our empathy with his nicely developed cast of characters." —Romantic Times
"Excellent hard-core SF . . . Highly recommended for [all readers] who like exciting extraterrestrial battle scenes served up with a measure of thought and science." —Kliatt