First entry in a new series with three big all new linked novellas from multiple best-sellers S.M. Stirling, John Ringo & Jody Lynn Nye, and Harry Turtledove! After the extinction asteroid DOESN'T strike Earth, the dinosaurs keep evolving—but so do the mammals. We mammals have achieved human-like shapes, but now it's cold-blooded, magic-using reptiles against the hot-blooded, hot-tempered descendants of cats.
In a heroic, bronze-age world similar to 300, the Mrem Clan of the Claw and its sister warbands are expanding their rough-and-tumble territory, but now they face the Lishkash, masters of a cold-blooded empire of slave armies and magic. It's mammalian courage and adaptation against reptile cunning in a clash of steel and will that will determine which line shall inherit the Earth.
Barbarian Bahzell, originally an outsider to so-called civilization, has become the first hradani wind rider in history—a position that confers elite status within the territories of the powerful Sothoii. But certain very powerful and very nasty sorts are not at all happy about Bahzells' new status, and resentment stirs. Deadly resentment.
To complicate matters even further, Baron Tellian's daughter, the heir to the realm, is convinced that Bahzell is the only man—or hradani—for her. Yet Bahzell is no stranger to entanglements and threats, and his enemies are the ones who had best watch themselves. For they aren't just going up against any hradani barbarian, but a tried and proven champion of the War God Himself.
Pittsburgh, PA has been magically transported to a world of elves and magic
in order to stave off a monstrous invasion of Earth. Now Tinker, once a downtrodden
waif from that city, but now a full-blooded elf ruler, must root out and
destroy an evil plot that involves the kidnapping and breeding of elf children.
Tinker uncovers ancient secrets and a web of betrayal as she searches for the
lost elflings. Meanwhile, the orc-like oni gangster kidnappers will stop at nothing
to win, so neither can she. At five foot nothing, Tinker’s greatest weapon
has always been her intelligence. Politics, she discovers, is a battle of wits, and
Tinker comes heavily armed.
Classic novellas and short stories from the Dean of Science Fiction, Robert A. Heinlein. Masterful speculation on what makes us human—and the problems, opportunities, and adventures humans must face in order to win a superhuman future.
Gulf: in which the greatest superspy of them all is revealed as the leader of a league of supermen the rest of us. The prequel to Heinlein's New York Times best seller, Friday.
Lost Legacy: in which it is proved that we are all members of that league of the superhuman—or would be, if we but had eyes to see.
Plus two great short stories: two of the master's finest: one on the nature of being, the other on what it means to be a man ("Jerry Was a Man," adapted for the television series Masters of Science Fiction, and available on DVD).
Kenneth Chinran commanded the elite unit assigned to take out an entire planet in a terrible war. Millions died; billions more perished in the aftermath. One doesn't send a sociopath on such a mission. A sociopath might not stop. Chinran did stop—but in the process nearly lost his sanity and his soul.
But one of Chinran's men was a sociopath going in. Now he's a trained sociopath with the knowledge and firepower to take out entire tactical teams, evaporate security cordons and change identity at will. Who do you send after a killer like that? There's only one answer: the man who trained him. The man who made him.
Take a walk on the wild side of urban fantasy. Spend some quality time lolling in the moonlight shadows with loves that come out only at night. From light- spirited romps to black-hearted noir, from steampunk London to the bleeding edge of the present, come tales of love, eros, betrayal, and seduction in a beguiling vein. Bestsellers Tanya Huff, Caitlin Kittredge, and Toni L.P. Kelner join Dana Cameron, Sarah Hoyt, John Lambshead, Diana Rowland, and editor Mark L. Van Name to create a dazzling cast of vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies, oh my. Oh my.
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To maintain the integrity of their reputation as the galaxy's mercenary elite, the soldiers of the barren world of Metzada adhere to a rigid code of loyalty and honor reminiscent of their Jewish-Israeli ancestors. When a veteran soldier apparently betrays the code, it becomes the ongoing task of his nephew to terminate him if he can.