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3001 The Final Odyssey

Author: Arthur C Clarke

Publisher: Voyager (2000)

Out beyond the orbit of Saturn, the space tug Goliath nudges the ice core of a comet onto its fifty-year journey sunward. Ice enough to cover the hell fires of Mercury and Venus with oceans kilometres deep, and thus to make those planets habitable. It is the beginning of the work of centuries but is interrupted when the Goliath is ordered to bring in the perfectly preserved body of Frank Poole, the first victim of the rogue computer HAL a thousand years before. But this is only the beginning of the Final Odyssey, an Odyssey that leads one man to defy the limitless power of an alien technology. An Odyssey that leads to the moons of Jupiter, to Europa, where a Monolith reaching ten kilometres skyward guards a village of ice on the shores of an ocean. Europa, a frozen world where a new life is being born and the future of Man is weighed in the balance…

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A Breath Of Hope

Author: Robert E Taylor

Part of a series: Humal Sequence

Publisher: Createspace (2011)

A Breath of Hope - The Humal Sequence Volume 1 The Humals. Humanoid Aliens. They dominated the spiral arm millennia ago then vanished without trace. Man had found traces of their presence, reverse-engineered their technology and speculated endlessly about their demise. But no one really knew what had happened. No one knew why they had disappeared or why so few traces of them remained. For James Hamilton the Humals were not something he concerned himself about. Not, that is, until a billionaire philanthropist seeks him out with a proposition he can't ignore. It started out as the offer of a lifetime. A way to finally end all his financial concerns and to do something good for humanity into the bargain. But as Hamilton was well aware, if something sounds too good to be true then it usually isnt. Suspicious, Hamilton fears the worst and plans accordingly but even he is unprepared for the events that will follow. With precious few allies and more questions than answers, Hamilton must desperately try to piece together the clues in order to understand what is going on before it is too late. For what starts out as a journey for the betterment of mankind may well sow the seeds of its destruction.

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A Comedy Of Justice

Author: Robert A Heinlein

Publisher: NEL (1984)

After he firewalked in Polynesia, the world wasn't the same for Alexander Hergensheimer, now called Alec Graham. As natural accidents occurred without cease, Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near. Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen, Margrethe, to a state of grace, and, while he was at it, save the rest of the world ....

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A Darkness At Sethanon

Author: Raymond E Feist

Publisher: HarperCollins (1996)

The triumphant finale to the Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist’s first classic, bestselling fantasy trilogy The battle may be over, but war is coming… The Kingdom forces may have won the first conflict but the enemy has a strong grip on Midkemia and invasion now seems inevitable. Arutha travels north to confront the Dark Elves, but without help, Pug knows that Arutha’s forces face slaughter. With Tomas he must scour the world – and beyond – to find the one person with enough power to give them a chance. If they fail, Midkemia will be the first of many worlds to fall to a madman with the power to dominate death itself…

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A Galaxy Unknown

Author: Thomas Deprima

Part of a series: Galaxy Unknown

Publisher: Vinnia (2011)

A young ensign, recently graduated from the Northern Hemisphere Space Academy, is awakened abruptly in the middle of the night by alarms, flashing lights, and dire messages to abandon ship. The petite blonde pulls on some clothes and races through the spaceship in a desperate search for an available life pod-- but it appears all have already departed. So begins the epic story of Jenetta Carver. Get a tight grip on your book and prepare for an exciting adventure like few others because Jenetta is ready to take names and kick butts from one end of the galaxy to the other. She may be small, but she has an intellect as large as Colossus of Rhodes and makes General Sun-Tzu look like an amateur military enthusiast.

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Against All Odds

Author: Thomas Deprima

Part of a series: Galaxy Unknown

Publisher: Vinnia (2011)

War has kept Admiral Jenetta Carver far from home for twelve years. With the advent of peace, she takes a well-deserved vacation and returns to Earth for a visit before her duties as Military Governor and Supreme Military Commandeer of Region Two prevent such a trip for more years. She picks up her two sisters on the way home and the three women surprise their mom with the unannounced visit. Just a week after arriving home, Jenetta receives word that Region Two has been invaded. No war has been declared, and details are sketchy, but Tsgardi Warriors have landed on at least one planet a hundred light years inside the border and begun rounding up, harassing, and in some cases killing the citizenry. Determined not to let the news interfere with her mother's joy of having her three daughters with her, she doesn't mention the invasion at home, but she's summoned to appear at Space Command Supreme HQ to discuss the situation. As Jenetta begins the trip back to her base, she begins formulating plans and sending orders so that all will be in readiness when she arrives. She's determined to deal with the Tsgardi situation once and for all, and in a manner consistent with the way she dealt with the Milori situation. When an enemy refuses to let you live in peace, the only action you can take is remove their ability to ever wage war against you again. Jenetta doesn't yet know that the Tsgardi thrust into Region Two is just the tip of the lance. Three other interstellar powers have joined the effort to arrogate the new territory before Space Command can move security forces into place. Jenetta's tiny fleet will face an armada a thousand warships strong. It's not just another day at the office.

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All Their Minds In Tandem

Author: David Sangar

Publisher: Riverrun (2016)

A mysterious figure by the name of 'The Maker' has entered this small community and, almost immediately upon doing so, started entering the minds of the townsfolk. Townsfolk who are as curious as The Maker himself. Like Dr Umbründ, the pint-sized physician with a prodigious capacity for sin; like the three sisters in the house on the hill - one stern, one wild, one mysterious; like the tavern's semi-mythical siren, 'The Bird', who plays spellbinding music from behind a black velvet curtain, and whom no patron has ever laid eyes on; like Odell, a youth with dreams and ambitions that his craven disposition will forever prevent him from seizing; and who has spent the entirety of his erstwhile existence under the crushing heel of Clay, New Georgetown's lead cad and chief alpha male.

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Aurian

Author: Maggie Furey

Publisher: Legend (1994)

In ages past, there had been four magical weapons, fashioned to be used only by the Magefolk. But their history had been lost, together with the Artefacts themselves, in the Cataclysm which had wrought changes on land and water alike. Lost also had been the history of the Magefolk, and the Winged Ones, the Leviathans and Phaerie. Aurian, the child of renegade Mages, finds herself sent to the city of Nexis to join the Academy and then train as a full Mage. Little does she suspect that she will quickly become entwined with a power struggle between Miathan, the Archmage, and the human inhabitants of Nexis. The only person to whom she can turn in Forral, Commander of the city's military garrison and friend of her dead father. But this friendship infuriates Miathan, and leads to a deadly conflagration, in which the first Artefact is revealed. Aurian's flight, with her servant Anvar, turns into both odyssey and rite-of-passage as she travels to the little-known Southern Kingdoms and begins to rediscover the history of the weapons which are the only hope against Miathan and Armageddon - The Artefacts of Power!

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Blood Music

Author: Greg Bear

Publisher: Vista (1998)

In the tradition of the greatest cyberpunk novels, Blood Music explores the imminent destruction of mankind and the fear of mass destruction by technological advancements. Blood Music follows present-day events in which the fears concerning the nuclear annihilation of the world subsided after the Cold War and the fear of chemical warfare spilled over into the empty void of nuclear fear. An amazing breakthrough in genetic engineering made by Vergil Ulam is considered too dangerous for further research, but rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just quite how his actions will change the world. Author Greg Bear's treatment of the traditional tale of scientific hubris is both suspenseful and a compelling portrait of a new intelligence emerging amongst us, irrevocably changing our world.

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Brave New World

Author: Aldous Huxley

Publisher: Vintage Classics (2007)

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress... Huxley's ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterpiece.

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