Life is full of decision points—those key moments when what we decide can change everything for better or for worse. These 20 tales describe such instances in young people’s lives, ranging from tragic to triumphant, from horror to fantasy to science fiction. Written by authors new and old, those known for Young Adult writing and those known for Adult novels, a few new and barely known at all, these stories will make you think, make you laugh, make you feel angry, sad, determined, etc. as you examine choices and consequences and consider the many paths a life might take and think about your own.
Edited by Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Decision Points includes both brand new and reprint stories by award winners and bestsellers such as Orson Scott Card, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert Silverberg, Robert J. Sawyer, Kevin J. Anderson, Jody Lynn Nye, Cory Doctorow, Alethea Kontis, Jonathan Maberry, Nnedi Okorafor, Steven Gould, Mike Resnick, and more. Top authors telling great stories about life changing decisions that may well change yours.
Do you believe in angels? Do you believe in nanotech?
Her name is Ellay. She takes it from the city she loves, the city of her birth. She’s smart, she’s fast, she’s the first of her kind. And she knows that very soon, something horrible is going to happen. Ellay is an AI—Artificial Intelligence. Machines that think like humans, only faster. Some fear they will destroy us. But what if, like all living things, an artificial intelligence starts out just like a baby—cold, wet, lonely, scared, crying for attention? Can she convince the government to believe her or will they hunt her down before she gets the chance to help?
From the New York Times Bestselling author of Dragonsblood and Dragon’s Fire, comes an exciting new science thriller with the emotional impact of E.T., and the page-turning power of John Grisham. Ellay will make you believe in the power for good of science and technology … and angels all over again. City of Angels.
Even the author of Dune—the best-selling science fiction novel of all time—had trouble getting published. At first.
Frank Herbert wanted to be a writer, and though today his name is practically synonymous with worldbuilding and epic science fiction, Herbert didn’t start out with a particular genre in mind. He wrote mainstream stories, mysteries, thrillers, mens’ adventure pieces, humorous slice-of-life tales, and, yes, some science fiction.
For the first time, this collection presents thirteen completed short stories that Frank Herbert never published in his lifetime. These tales show a great breadth of talent and imagination. Readers can now appreciate the writing of one of the field’s masters in a kaleidoscope of new stories.
Notorious for their satanic lyrics, drunken excess, and rumors of blood sacrifice, the Banshees shocked the world with their only album Beat the Manshees. Death stalked their concerts—lightning, stabbings, overdoses. The world heaved a sigh of relief when the Banshees all died in a plane crash. Or did they? Forty years later, with no fanfare, they appear in a seedy Prague nightclub. Ian St. James, son of original Banshees drummer Oaian St. James, can’t believe his eyes.
Can a man escape from his past in a fighting battalion on an alien battlefield?
Wolfgang Hauser was an aristocrat—rich, privileged, pampered … until the day alien invaders overwhelmed his world and stripped him of everything he held dear. Now he was an outcast, without a family or a home, his honor tainted by accusations of cowardice and murder. He was a man on the run, and sooner or later his enemies would find him and destroy what was left of his shattered life.
There was only one safe haven in the far-flung Terran Commonwealth. He joined the Fifth Foreign Legion.
But Wolfgang Hauser soon discovered that the Legion demanded a high price from the misfits who flocked to his banner, seeking new life and new hope. The man who had lost everything found that he would have to surrender his name, his beliefs, and his very identity to become a Legionnaire.